THIS WEEK WAS ALL ABOUT:
A Doll's Life
Gina Garan, the photographer who rescued the Blythe doll from obscurity, let me know this week that I was officially invited to participate as a designer for this year's Darling Diva fashion charity show in Tokyo. Past designers for Blythe include Gucci, Christian Dior, John Galliano, Dolce & Gabbana, Issey Miyake, Sonia Rykiel, Vivienne Tam, Paul Smith, Anna Sui, and dozens of other great designers. I just got my Blythe in the mail and now the eternal question is...what will she wear?
Don't you just love this frothy & lovely dress for fall? With all its nods to cinema and the past there's still something fresh and modern about it.
Andrew Gn had a beautiful collection of feminine dresses and coats that I would love to see hanging in my closet.
The lovely lines of Rochas did not disappoint this season...
Love the clever wit of fall's standout Balenciaga collection.
Despite the fact that fall 06 arrived with a few trends that were less than thrilling for me (leggings--been there, done that; the unfortunate bubble dress; and the no-comment 80s power suit ) there were some beautifully wearable clothes on the runway. Stylish women will probably gravitate to the fabulous trench coats--which are far from over--like this one by Jean Paul Gaultier.
My Weekly Salute To British Style
goes to the eccentric and wonderful Vivienne Westwood, who wore my favorite of all of her ensembles for her on-stage bow, complete with sparkly devil horns.
The Spa Life
As the stars geared up for the Oscars, I've been researching how to get Red Carpet gorgeous this week for my beauty column. My hat's off to what celebs have to go through to look picture-perfect. From manicures, pedicures, massages, stone therapy, and more--It's wonderful, pampering, and mega-time consuming...
A couple of my top beauty picks from the week includes the hair magic of color and cut master Barry Reitman of Juan Juan in Beverly Hills.
I've been carrying a dog-eared magazine page of the way I'd like my hair to look in my bag for over a year. Barry not only nailed it, he color-corrected my hair, gave the color a gorgeous rich and subtle glaze, and left me happier than I've ever been after a cut--he also gave me a lesson on how to style it and some other tips that will be in my column at www.sheknows.com next week. The bonus was that even though he's spending Suday getting stars ready for the Oscars, and regularly travels around the world doing hair for royalty and such, Barry is genuinely nice! As they say in Hollywood, I'll be back!
Another amazing beauty pro high on my list is Christopher Watt of Christopher Watt Esthetics in West Hollywood.
If you want what his clients Jennifer Lopez or Ricky Martin are having, which is a pampering skin treatment tailored just for you, this zen-like spa is the place to go. I indulged in Christopher's famed Honey Facial which involved a Cleanse, a Pumpkin Harvest Honey Scrub, a Papaya Pineapple Honey Smoothy (my favorite part), extractions (my least favorite), Collagen Amino Acid Honey Mask high frequency treatment, massage, mask, honey hand treatment (it's heated and leaves your hands super soft), and a Yin Yang Honey Whip. You'll float out with glowing skin feeling completely relaxed. Christopher shares honey skin care remedies that you can whip up in the comfort of your own home in my next Reel To Real column.
Getting Ready To Jet Off
In a couple of weeks I'll be heading to Oxford University to attend the 2006 Skoll World Forum to advance social change. Jeff Skoll was the first president of Ebay and founded this Centre to advance systemic change to benefit communities around the world by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs. I know I should have deeper thoughts on my mind, but right now I'm trying to figure out where to find cold-weather clothes as light-weight Spring Fashions are hitting the stores. (Love these Nicki boots designed by former Peter Fox partner John Fluevog). More on luggage and travel accessories of every shape and size in my column next week...
Not only is www.notmartha.org one of my favorite sites, the title is very fitting for my fav domestic goddess. How can you not love someone who shows you how to cook things learned while working as a chamber maid in Italy? I love
her new tins in red (not yet available in North America) or anything for the kitchen by Nigella.
THE LAMP QUANDARY:
I need two new bedside lamps, but which? This one?
Or this one?
...or this one by Jonathan Adler? Or this slightly more affordable one (12 of 21) by Restoration Hardware which would only be a temporary fix.
And with new lamps, I will need new night stands. Will this mirror table be too girlie deco and not modern enough? So many considerations when you start to change the furniture...
P.S. note to self:
learn to make fiberglass stuff.