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Happy Valentine's Day!


Chanel- Coco (Vintage Perfume)

There are all kinds of adjectives that go with Coco, the 1984 Chanel perfume: opulent, big, womanly, classic, elegant... just like model Ines de la Fressange, who was the face of Chanel and of Coco during the 80s and has become an icon of that era. Show More Summary

Suri Cruise In Mom's Missoni Poncho

When I saw this photo of Suri Cruise in a big Missoni poncho on SocialiteLife I had a little flashback to September 2012 (my brain works in funny ways and stores the most ridiculous information): I usually don't post about kids here, for many reasons. Show More Summary

Anna Sui Lipstick #400 Anna Red

There was a brief moment in the early 2000s that Anna Sui makeup made an appearance at Sephora. It might have been only in NYC, and I think the emphasis was on the range of nail polish, but it was fun while it lasted. The packaging was adorable, and the products, even the polish, had a sweet rose scent. Show More Summary

Paco Rabanne- XS Extreme Girl

I spent years regarding Paco Rabanne XS Extreme Girl as a guilty pleasure; a somewhat shameful indulgence. Don't fault me for that. Between the perfume's name, the fact that Paco Rabanne is no longer what it used to be, and the ultra trashy advertisement (below), this 2001 limited edition fragrance was never meant to become Apres L'Ondee. Show More Summary

Juice Beauty- Green Apple Peel Full Strength

Chemical peels are my favorite way to revive dull skin and fight just about any issue. Usually I choose the heavy-duty stuff: retinoids and high-concentration acids (not for beginners!), and they've been serving me well. So I was hesitant...Show More Summary

Tory Burch Divine Bronzer, Blush & Highlighter Palette

I bought this Tory Burch Divine Bronzer, Blush & Highlighter Palette the same time I ordered her Cat's Meow Lip & Cheek Tint, though the palette arrived about ten days later. After the major disappointment of the cream product I wasn't exactly at the edge of my seat waiting for the FedEx guy to drop the package with this palette. Show More Summary

My Favorite Coffee Perfumes

I'm not a coffee drinker. There's a full list of beverages I prefer to coffee, from tea (obviously) to banana-strawberry smoothies. But I do like the smell of a coffee shop, of the coffee aisle at Whole Foods right after someone ground their beans, and a handful of coffee fragrances. Show More Summary

Valentino Pumps For Valentine's Day

Since we're supposed to get 2-4" of more snow on Thursday, I'll be wearing knee-high boots when going out on Valentine's Day. I'll be wearing my favorite red coat, though (I have three red coats, which should tell you something). But...Show More Summary

YSL Gloss Volupte- Rose Fusion & Rouge Velours

I bought these two lip glosses as soon as I heard that YSL rebooted their Gloss Volupte range. I've always loved the elegant formula and YSL's way with color, but the brand new applicators looked very appealing, and I harbored a secret hope that the nice people at Yves Saint Laurent Beauty finally decided to get rid of the horrid mango scent. Show More Summary

Comme des Garçons- Wonderwood

Just as Comme des Garçons Black is an extension of the brand's Incense Series, Wonderwood is related to Sequoia and Palisander from the Red Series, only bigger, woodier, and with a lot more determination. Perfumer Antoine Lie layered...Show More Summary

Tilda In Berlin

Tilda Swinton was in Berlin for the International Film Festival, which means several interesting fashion moments. The Valentino coat Tilda donned for the photocall is highly covetable (it's all about coats here these days). Tilda chose a minimalist look with this one, almost invisible makeup, and it works. Show More Summary

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush- Diffused Heat

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush is one of those products that does far better on face than when you casually swatch it on your arm. The photos above show some powdey/chalkiness that you really don't want in your blush, as well as some visible gold shimmer particles. Show More Summary

Jardins d’Ecrivains- George

Jardins d’Ecrivains is not the first brand that dedicated a perfume to George Sand. Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier was first with their George Sand from their Les Parfums Historiques collection, a sophisticated rose patchouli fragrance that I never managed to befriend. Show More Summary

Valentine's Day Special: How to win my heart (and a recipe for the perfect brownies)

Hallmark holiday or not, I love Valentine's Day. The Blond and I got engaged on Valentine's Day, and we make a point of celebrating it every year with a special dinner and various treats. The one thing we skip? Roses. Flowers in general don't always go well in a house full of cats. Show More Summary

Shiseido Lacquer Gloss RD305 & RD306

Some makeup shopping decisions are very easy and obvious. A new Shiseido lip product? I'm sold. A richly pigmented gloss? Yes, please. Choosing two out of eight available colors? Just give me the red and the plummish rose and back away slowly. Show More Summary

Rouge Bunny Rouge New Eye Shadow Palette- A Sneak Peek

Last night at the Elements Show in NYC I got to see the new Rouge Bunny rouge eye shadow palette that will be released this spring. The palette includes five new colors, all incredibly beautiful and very complex featuring the familiar Rouge Bunny Rouge iridescent finish. Show More Summary

Elements Showcase NYC February 2014

Forget the Superbowl and award shows. For NYC-based fragonerds the big event of the season is the Elements show. Expectations are always high. Everyone is eager to smell the next big thing and meet the perfumers behind promising new lines. Show More Summary

Kristen Stewart In Chanel

Kristen Stewart is in Paris for a Chanel campaign photo-shoot (she was confirmed as the new face of Chanel back in December). I've developed a soft spot for Kristen Stewart over time because she is different, and I'll take anything and anyone who isn't married to a Jonas and doesn't hang out with Bieber & co.. Show More Summary

Tory Burch Cat's Meow Lip & Cheek Tint

Tory Burch collaborated with Estee Lauder on a capsule collection of makeup: lipsticks, a bronzer/blush palette (which I'll show you next week), and a "universal" Lip & Cheek Tint in a warm pink color charmingly named Cat's Meow. I tend...Show More Summary

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