Discovering Bioderma the French beauty line beloved by A-listers and celebrities

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Overseas travel is exciting and while I love experiencing the museums, restaurants and historical landmarks; I get just as excited making a trip to the local pharmacy to find the best local beauty buys.

I recently discovered for myself the famed French cult brand Bioderma while in South America. I knew the line is beloved by beauty editors, A-listers and journalists alike so my pulse quickened when I saw the products on a fully stocked shelf. Celebrated as the premiere no-frills French brand (among a host of impressive French beauty lines)  this selection of cleansing gels, moisturizers, pore refiners and sunscreens which are gentle enough for the most delicate skins is as affordable as they are good for you skin.

Bioderma Micellar Water for Sensitive Skin, in the pink bottle, is the must-have item from the collection. A soothing non-rinse cleanser & make-up remover that is seen on most beauty shoots, it cleans pores beautifully and doesn’t redden skin.

Bioderma’s lines include: sensitive, dehydrated, dry and combination concerns; along with a baby skincare line.

Currently Bioderma is available in most countries, including recently the U.K.  If you are living in the United States you can find Bioderma online at Amazon.

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The Duchess of Cambridge wears Jenny Packham and fresh beauty to debut her son

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their new baby boy.

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While the happy couple and new parents made a grand exit from the Lindo Wing of St. Marys Hospital the world was entranced with a glimpse of the future monarch.

Fashionistas, on the other hand, couldn’t help noticing how radiant Kate looked after giving birth.

Kate wore a Jenny Packham pale blue, polka dotted dress to debut herself as a new mom and to introduce her son to the world.  And while Kate has worn the famed British designer many times, her fashion choice echoed a similar polka dot design worn by Princess Diana wore when she left the hospital after the birth of Prince William.

Aside from the designer dress and signature L.K. Bennett wedges, Kate’s hair was simply flawless. In anticipation of her delivery day, she stopped by the Rosano Ferretti Hair Spa in London for a $1,500 haircut and color. And on July 23, her stylist visited her in the hospital to give her a blow-out with a slight curl on her ends. To keep you hair looking the best ‘it can be’ here are some tips to keeping your color looking fresher longer. Kate had her simply stylish hair complimented with a fresh face, defined cheeks, nude lipstick and lightly defined eyes.

The baby still has no name, so as the world waits for this news I will be reporting to see how Kate continues to define herself as a stylish new mom and a modern royal.

Burberry launches the virtual Kiss Campaign

Luxury brand Burberry looks to captivate and capture the digital marketplace with the new Kisses Campaign that allows you to send a ‘virtual’ kiss-sealed letter anywhere in the world.

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This social media marketing promotion, powered by Google, is in direct response to recent trends indicating apparel is the fastest-growing shopping category online; and reflects how the new consumer is choosing to shop online rather than in a store. Previously luxury brands saw the Internet as a discount shopping experience and avoided the Internet; but with shoppers flocking online brands such as Chanel, Calvin Klein, and Louis Vuitton are embracing social media and have found large followers on their Youtube channels.

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The Kisses campaign is very innovative, aiming to connect the Burberry with younger audiences and shows the evolution  of luxury branding by directly connecting to people where they spend the most time in a playful manner.

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Sending a virtual kiss is easy.  You simply need to take a photo of  your most perfect pout with a mobile, computer or tablet device. Next, simply color in your lips by choosing one of five available Burberry lipstick colors. Next, you can write a note ( a romantic one would be perfect, don’t you think) to your favorite someone and send via email.

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The website uses street and landmark imagery to follow the kiss’ journey to the final destination.

The idea is really quite adorable and I am hoping makes the art of the writing a letter popular again; for a girl can never receive too many love letters you know.

While the campaign is quite new, it is so popular Burberry is planning soon to unveil a new Kiss campaign using Google Lightbox.  Google Lightbox  is another innovative marketing experience for it turns a simple online ad into a nearly full screen canvas advertisement.

Well enough of the tech talk for now and here’s hoping that you receive many new Kisses in your inbox soon.

Repetto launches a signature fragrance

Rejoice, the legendary Parisian ballet shoes and flats line Repetto has just launched a signature fragrance.

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The new fragrance, called Repetto, promises to be as iconic as the lines signature ballet slippers which debuted in 1947 and gained worldwide fame when actress Brigitte Bardot asked for her own pair of ballet flats to be worn for casual use in 1956.
Primarily scented with a powdery-musky rose, Repetto’s notes of cherry blossoms and pear juice is bright and optimistic coupled with essence of rose, orange blossom, soft vanilla and amber-wood. Delicate and warm the scent is created to be memorable like the perfect dance of a ballerina and to envelop the wearer like a delicate satin ribbon.
Today, Repetto still creates ballet essentials and in my opinion ‘the ultimate’ ballet flat developed for the first ballet shoes which is a”cousu-retourné” technique using a stitch and return method. You can even purchase the  ‘Cendrillon’ ballerina which was created especially for and dedicated to Brigitte Bardot.
While the line has many beautiful options, I always have a pair of the Ballerina Bolchoi in black, which remind me of my early days as a child in ballet class.
You can find Repetto products online and in certain select stores.  I recommend purchasing your pair at the boutique found on the Rue de la Paix near the Opera Garnier in Paris.

Fashion as Art Attraction

Fashion and art collide this summer with blockbuster exhibits featuring a fashion icon, a little black dress, a toast to 80’s club culture and a bunch of punks.

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Oscar de la Renta “American Icon” is being held  at the Bill Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock Arkansas.

The exhibit showcases the life, designs and  clothes from the man who adorns aristocrats, movie stars like Michelle Williams and Cameron Diaz  and first ladies such as Hillary Clinton whose ‘now famous’ Oscar de la Renta teal pantsuit is in the exhibit.

Oscar’s famous floral evening gowns are scattered beautifully throughout the exhibit, while Spanish inspired frocks are also strong in the collection reflecting the Dominican-born designer’s time in Spain.

This exhibit, which is free by the way, runs through December 1.

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The Little Black Dress Exhibit at the Savannah College of Art and Design details the historic rise of one singular dress that is part icon and staple for all women around the world.  Curated by André Leon Talley a contributing editor at Vogue, the show documents the evolution and staying power of the little black dress over shifting tastes and culture.

Top fashion houses such as Comme des Garçons, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent are presented, in addition to pieces from the private collections of those on the Internationally Best Dressed List such as Muccia Prada and Marc Jacobs. Over 80 unique dresses are on display and when the show debuted in Paris it was a huge hit so if you missed it this is your chance.  The exhibit book is really quite a gem too and I have a coffee table that is looking forward to meeting it soon.

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Club to Catwalk is all about 80’s fashion and club culture in London at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The show shines a bright techno spotlight on the creative relationship between the real world on the street and the conceptual world of design.  Music of the decade plays an important part of the show, serving as inspiration for designers as Katharine Hamnett, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith and John Galliano during their formative years.  The looks are intense and border on a mix of costume and fashion while documenting experimental unique looks for a group movement.

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This spring the Metropolitan Museum’s spring 2013 Costume Institute exhibition examines Punk: Chaos to Culture which runs until August 14 in New York City, 

Dramatically highlighting over 100 “do it yourself” punk inspired designs, the show blasts the beats of Johnny Rotten beside wild colored hair and splattered ball gowns. Movements from New York City and London are shown with curated sections called HardwareBricolageGraffiti, Agitprop, and Destroy that inspire movement down the seven galleries filled with sight, sound and mostly fashion.

Porcelain Beauty at Giambattista Valli for Paris Fall ’13 Couture Week

Giambattista Valli, known for his distinctive shapes, use of flowers and timeless esthetic, was inspired by porcelain for his 2013 Fall Paris Couture collection.

 Flawless skin, a strong eyebrow and radiant lips are the top beauty trends from the show.

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In fact fine porcelain literally inspired Mac Makeup artist Val Garland who created the models look.

To begin, Garland created flawless alabaster skin reminiscent of china figurines using an application of Josie Maran’s Argan Oil followed by MAC Mineralize Foundation.

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The next step in creating dewey skin is a mix of MAC Cream Colour Base in Shell, Luna and Pearl, brushed across the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose and on top of the Cupid’s bow of lips.

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Focusing on a very strong eyebrow, a pronounced eyebrow replaced mascara.

Completing the look is a lightly polished lip. To get this look I recommend Mac Creamsheen Glass in Paper Lantern.

So take a risk this fall and go for simple beauty, wear something bold in color or adorned in flowers, forgo the heavy mascara and be your own china doll.

Color is redefined with the Cher Dior line of jewelry

Victoire de Castellane just created a new line of jewelry for Dior and the result is spectacular.

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(Here is the backside view of earrings to show the delicate lace effect.)

Drenched in colors and bathed in light these beautiful baubles are uncommon color combinations made to be seen from far away.

The delicate floral designs which are part of the Cher Dior collection remind me a beautiful summer garden and contain pink, yellow, blue and purple sapphires, rubies, diamonds, garnets and Paraiba tourmalines.

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(Here is the front view.)

The collection was conceived as an imaginary letter to Monsieur Dior and is an homage to the firm’s couture atelier.

The pieces are designed to mimic the finest embroidery and the stones were curated over the last two years, hailing from places as far-flung as the American Southwest and Hong Kong.

I really do think Marie Antoinette would be proud to wear these beauties and I would be proud to wear them too.