Posts Tagged ‘Fashion’

Shopbop Go Big Sale


I’m home recovering from my surgery, but I wanted to let you know about Shopbop’s current sale that starts today. This is not a “holiday shopping” for you. It’s a “treat yo’self” post. In my family, we don’t go crazy buying gifts. We believe in treating yourself all year long. Also my birthday is next month and I’m treating myself. For the past few years Shopbop has been one of my go-to shopping destinations. Not just for clothes, but candles, paper, books, and a few home decor items.

Since I’m cooped up I need my surroundings to smell divine. I have an insane love for Jonathan Adler candles, Tom Dixon candles, and Garance Doré paper.

Bespoke Tailoring with Kathryn Sargent

I recently had the pleasure of meeting and learning the art of  tailoring from Kathryn Sargent. You might say to yourself “tailoring?” Yes, I know. It may seem small or something that is not on your radar, but it should. We currently live in a world of cheap and fast fashion. I know. I’ve been there and bought the pieces. Now, I’m like no way. I’m done. Bespoke tailoring is very different than fixing a hem. It is custom clothing made to your exact body shape and only for you.

The Jefferson Hotel in DC has partnered with Kathryn and their distinguished clientele to create a partnership for bespoke tailoring. Kathryn was on hand to present the craft of bespoke tailoring, showcase a few items for her American clientele, and explain the bespoke process.

Kathryn spent 15 years working with one of London’s premiere Savile Row tailors to learn the craft. The work is impeccable and if I ever have the money I would live in custom clothing and a few pieces from Kathryn.

Kathryn Sargent Bespoke Tailoring
No.6 Brook Street
1st Floor, Mayfair, London, W1S 1BB

{Roses and wine at the Tailored Tea event with Kathryn Sargent.}



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{Details. Hand stitched.}

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Shopbop Friends & Family Sale Starts Today


Shopbop is one of my favorite places to shop online. Since I’m only buying very limited amounts of clothing, I’m curating my closet to only have beautiful and luxurious items. I love every single item I’ve purchased from Shopbop. So when they have a friends and family sale it’s worth spreading the love.

Happy fall shopping.

Dior and I

Dior and I

Last week before I headed to South Florida, my friend and I decided to see the limited release fashion documentary Dior and I. It was such a treat. The documentary follows Raf Simmons the new designer at Dior for his first haute couture show. He had to create the show in less than 8 weeks. Yes, you read correctly. In less than two months, he had to create a couture show for the house with original ideas with past influences.

The movie shows how much work and time goes into couture and why the dress is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. It also explains how the atelier and the designer sometimes butt heads. This film is for the true fashion lovers who love history, whimsy, and exceptional talent. The movie is in limited release so hurry and go see it.

It also gives you a glimpse of Paris and that is always a good thing.

Shopbop Friends & Family Event


One of my favorite online destinations is Shopbop. Since I am on a minimalist kick in my clothes and I don’t want a closet full of things I don’t love. I have been on a strict clothing excavation of my life. There are few items that I want for Spring from Shopbop and I can’t wait to get to shopping. I need to hurry up because their family and friends event sale ends tomorrow and with 25% off the majority of the site I know my favorites may run out.

Joyo Laser Cut Necklace




I’m a huge fan of jewelry. I usually stick to a uniform as I like to call it or as my friend Monica likes to say “basically fabulous.” I’m a huge fan of statement necklaces and I just added this new Joyo Laser Cut Necklace to my collection. This one is a perfect weight and style for fall. This necklace grabs lots of attention because of the material and the design and that’s the best part. It’s not something you see on a lot of people, but I have a feeling that is not going to be the case in the coming months. Joyo is the best kept jewelry secret and it’s my job to let the jewelry out of the bag.

JORD Wooden Watches

Jord Wooden Watches

I like to think I’m simple. Pause for the laughter effect right here. My husband would beg to differ. I like what I like. I am just as happy being spontaneous and having a schedule. Over the past few years my motto has been “the art of appropriate acquisitions.” After one to many events in DC with every girl wearing the same Zara dress/shoes/shirt, I realized that having a uniform works best for me. I never thought I would be that girl, but it has made life easy. I’m playful in other areas of my life, but with clothes not anymore. It’s the French way of life – quality over quantity.

It’s the same with watches. I’m a stickler for time. It really bothers me to be late so I do try to plan accordingly. I have two watches. An old faithful Michael Kors watch I’ve had since 2007 and been wearing before everyone started wearing them and a sports watch. When the lovely people at JORD Wooden Watches suggested I try one of their wooden watches I was intrigued. A watch made of wood. This definitely got me out of my comfort zone.

JORD Watches are seriously made of 99% wood. The minute I opened the box the smell of fresh wood rose up to greet me. It’s classic, simple, and understated. I love to be blinged out on my arms and this provides the perfect amount of arm candy. It’s light and durable. It passed the sweaty yoga class with flying colors. As I perused the watch I already knew it would become my new staple. And it has.

2014 Oscars Recap

Did you watch the Oscars last night? I did. After a fun gifting party and tweet-up with friends I was able to watch the entire show at home before the weather became to crazy. I was so happy with Ellen. Her jokes were hilarious and those celebrities seemed very happy to get pizza. My recap is not a best or worst. It’s my favorites. Lupita has me wanting a diamond headband and a pale blue frock to rock this spring. Also, can we discuss her skin? I’m on operation skin like Lupita. Once I receive her makeup look I will add it here. I have upped my weekly scrub routine to twice a week. I don’t know how I’m going to make time for it, but I will.

It’s March and snowing here. Really? Really?


Lupita Nyong’o
Prada Dress
Fred Leighton Jewelry


Portia de Rossi
Naeem Khan Dress


Naomi Watts
Calvin Klein Collection Dress
Bulgari Jewelry

Naomi Watts

Lara Spencer
Kaufmanfranco Dress

Lara Spencer

Kate Hudson
Atelier Versace Dress

Kate Hudson

Karen O
Camilla Stærk Dress
Forevermark Jewelry

Karen O

Glenn Close
Zac Posen Dress

Glenn Close

Charlize Theron
Dior Haute Couture Dress
Harry Winston Jewelry

Charlize Theron

Bette Midler
Reem Acra Dress

Bette Midler

Anne Hathaway
Gucci Dress
Neil Lane Jewels

Anne Hathaway

Cate Blanchett
Armani Privé Dress
Chopard Earrings

Cate Blanchett


Camila Alves McConaughey
Makeup Votre Vu

Camille Alves

“Our inspiration for tonight’s look on Camila is very old classic Hollywood with a modern twist featuring warm and golden tones.  She’s wearing a beautiful soft flush pink/salmon Gabriella Cadena dress with an opening in the back and it is just stunning.

  1. Camila’s skin was prepped using products by vbeaute including their eye cream and protective cream.
  2. I started by applying Votre Vu’s Champagne Kisses on Camila’s lips for hydration.  Then, I began to moisturize her face first with VBeaute’s Anti-Wrinkle Protecting Serum and then applied Votre Vu’s Attentive Crème du Jour with a brush.  For her eyes, I dabbed VBeaute’s Nourishing Repair Eye Cream all around.
  3. To even out her complexion and give a golden glow, I mixed Votre Vu’s Love Me Deux Tinted Moisturizer in Paris and St. Tropez and stippled it onto her skin using a sponge.  This allowed me to concentrate and build the coverage where needed.  For the more delicate areas, such as under the eyes, I used my fingers to apply to tinted moisturizer.  Applying the product this way allowed me to achieve the most flawless results.  Camila has perfect skin so the Love Me Deux provided just enough coverage. I really love this product because it comes with a matching concealer that makes it foolproof!  I spot concealed around her nose and under the eyes for a flawless finish, then used a touch ofLingerie Pour Les Yeux in Medium over her eyelids to even out the skin there as well.
  4. Next, I went over her T-zone and eyelids lightly with Belle Poudre in Golden Medium and Medium to fix the makeup in place.  This also helps the eye shadow to stay put and make the colors stay true.
  5. Using Votre Vu’s Palette Play in Copper, I applied the light beige color for the base all over the eyes and then used the light gold color on the lids. I applied the deepest bronze along the crease and along the upper and lower lash line, and then pulled it out on the outer corners to elongate the eyes.  To blend the eye shadows seamlessly, I used a soft angled brush.
  6. Next, using Votre Vu’s Le Joli Crayon in Charbon, I lined the upper lash line and inside the upper and lower lids to add depth to the eyes.  To give more drama to the lashes, I used an eyelash curler and made sure to apply the Eiffel Power mascara from the very root to the top, applying from underneath.  This helps to keep the curl and prevent the mascara from weighing the lashes down.
  7. To accentuate the look, I filled Camila’s brows in with Arch de Triumphe in Fair. This product went on so smoothly and didn’t move, but still was easy to blend.
  8. On the cheeks, I applied Vu-On Rouge in Amourette (available Spring/Summer 2014) and dusted the pink blush in the Beauté en Bronze duo on top over the apples of her cheeks. Then I took the bronzer from Beauté en Bronze and applied is all over, carefully shading and sculpting her face in the process.
  9. Lastly, I lined and filled in her lips with Votre Vu’s Drawmatic Lip Liner in Naked, applied French Kiss in Lisette on top, and finished off the lips with Lip Lustre in Tender(available in Spring/Summer 2014). The French Kiss lipstick is the one product she’ll be carrying with her onto the red carpet!”

Chrissy Teigen
Makeup: Avon

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For tonight’s red carpet, Avon Global Celebrity Makeup Artist Lauren Andersen gave Chrissy a bold lip while keeping the rest of her face soft and natural to complement her gorgeous floral gown. Here’s how to get the look.

  1. Lauren groomed Chrissy’s brows with Votre Vu Brow Wax. 
  2. Next, Lauren applied the soft pink shade (#2) from Avon True Color Eyeshadow Quad in Emerald Cut to Chrissy’s lids and then coated her lashes withAvon Mega Effects Mascara
  3. To create Chrissy’s natural, sunkissed glow, Lauren used a YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation and then brushed on a Lorac Bronzer.
  4. To complete the look, Lauren gave Chrissy a bold lip—she applied the NEW Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Pure Orchid on the models lips.

Naomi Watts
Makeup: Lancôme and Armani

  1. Inspiration: For a modern take on classic, makeup artist Matthew VanLeeuwen created a pearlescent, lilac eye and a sultry, plum lip to complement Naomi’s light pearl Calvin Klein Collection gown.
  2. Eye. Lancôme Color Design 5 Pan Eyeshadow Palette in Plum Splendor – Matthew applied the base shade all over, then layered the palest lilac on top, blending the beige and lilac shades to create a pale lid. He then dotted the dark plum liner in between each lash to add depth.  Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl in Black Coffee. Lancôme Cils Booster XL. Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara
  3. Face: Matthew prepped Naomi’s skin with Giorgio Armani Crema Nera Extrema Serum. NEW Lancôme Le Correcteur Pro in 300 Bisque. Giorgio Armani Maestro Cream Compact Foundation #4. Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush #10
  4. Lip:  Giorgio Armani #7 Smooth Silk Lip Pencil and Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick in #502 Scarlatto

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