Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Plantidote Mega-Mushroom Face Cream

I know the Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins line has been around for awhile, but I've never tried any of the products. Many months ago I received the Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Plantidote Mega-Mushroom Face Cream at an event, but never used it. It was just sitting in my bathroom cabinet. So one day I ran out of face cream and decided, finally, to give this a try. I'm always wary when it comes to face creams because I have oily skin, and something that isn't too thick and heavy is ideal for me.

I honestly had to get used to the smell (it's a little medicinal, but I guess that's a good thing), but once I got over that, it wowed me. It spreads on pretty thin and doesn't make my face oily at all. I began to use it every night before bed and it has worked wonders for my skin. My skin is clearer, and I didn't break out from using this because this is designed to make skin less sensitive and "build up its defenses." I make sure I only use a little bit so this could last me for a long time.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Alex Wang and Vena Cava for the Gap

Following the high-end-designer-teaming-up-with-a-mass-consumer-brand trend, Alexander Wang and Vena Cava have just released their respective lines for the Gap. Both are part of Gap's khaki collection and consist of pants, jackets, shorts, and dresses, all obviously in khaki. I am not a huge khaki fan, but the fantastic pleating on Wang's cropped pants and the skyscraper, ikat-ish print on Vena Cava's shift dress made me reconsider. Prices are under $100, a steal for these chic pieces!
A few of my favorites:

YSL New Vintage

For those of you who, like me, make a beeline to the fourth floor of Barney's (hello, salon shoes), and then leave, take a gander to the second floor to check out YSL's new vintage line. Stefano Pilati took vintage Yves Saint Laurent fabrics and created a new, ultrachic, sustainable collection. The 50-piece collection contains pieces that are one- or two- of a kind and range from strapless sheaths to ombre, eyelet-patterned jeans. In Pilati's words, the collection "fuses fashion and intelligence." My favorite is the khaki sheath, a timeless buy. The items range from $495 to $4,100. 

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Fresh Umbrian Clay Bath Powder

It’s important for me from time to time to soak in a bath. What a great way for me to de-stress and relax muscles that became tense from life. I usually pour Epsom salt to take me to nirvana, but then I stumbled upon something that takes me even further. Someone gave me Fresh Umbrian Clay Bath Powder a couple of weeks ago. When you pour the powder (which is made of White Clay, from the Umbria region of Italy) into the water, it's supposed to transform into a mud bath, which draws out toxins and impurities, while regenerating the skin.

I was skeptical; I felt that the Epsom Salt did that already, big deal. After about five minutes of soaking, I didn’t feel a difference—that was until I lifted my feet out of the water. I always do that, but this time it was unusual. My feet felt very heavy, as if the water was pulling my leg back in. I never had that sensation before with Epsom salt. I started thinking, “Maybe this Umbrian Clay does pull out impurities, because I’m definitely feeling a pull.”

I kept testing this “pulling effect” with both legs, and then just gave into the feeling and relaxed. After I finished, I felt lifted and light. I slept so well that night. I told my friend about my “pulling experience” and she said that many people describe that feeling when they take mud baths. I was very impressed with the Fresh Umbrian Clay Bath Powder, I’d definitely give it a try again.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Anna Wintour On 60 Minutes

In case you missed it, Anna Wintour was profiled on "60 Minutes" last month. Click the link below to watch:

Anna Wintour on 60 Minutes

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Monday, June 01, 2009

Lacroix Files for Bankruptcy

For those of you who don't follow the daily fashion gossips and thus may not have heard, as of two days ago, chez Lacroix has officially filed for bankruptcy. The house is known for its fantastic, theatrical dresses that may look more Moulin Rouge than Madison Avenue. While reading about this downturn, I was shocked to find out that the house has never made a profit! Unlike many other labels (Dior, Prada, etc.), Christian Lacroix has never had a huge perfume hit, nor has it made the big bucks by selling overpriced luxury accessories. Sales of the women's summer collection are down 35% this year, and last year the company lost $15 million. The company has been looking for investors, so here's hoping someone with some deep pockets takes an interest.

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