Monday, October 20, 2014

Oscar De La Renta (1932-2014)

Oscar de la Renta quotes:

"Fashion is about dressing according to what's fashionable. Style is more about being yourself."

"Now is the most exciting time in fashion. Women are controlling their destiny now, the consumer is more knowledgeable, and I have to be better every single day."

"The qualities I most admire in women are confidence and kindness."

"I remember a hundred years ago, I was at La Côte Basque and a lady walked in wearing a tunic pantsuit by Courrèges. The maître d' told her that ladies in pants were not allowed. So she went outside, dropped her pants, and returned in a very short dress. She was bold, cheeky, and wonderful."

"When I started, the woman went to the store to buy a dress. She saw it in pink and red, and then she remembered that the husband, who is probably going to pay for the dress, loves it in pink. So she buys the pink. Today, the same woman goes to the store and remembers the husband likes pink, and she buys the red."

Currently- October 2014

Autumn Colors by Alexei Butiriskiy

I'm in the middle of another Laura Ingalls Wilder biography, but have also started a couple of other books, including Mandy Aftel's Fragrant, and The Viceroy's Daughters (about the Curzon sisters,upon recommendation of the wonderful Kafkaesque), and I need to read Cary Elwes' Princess Bride memoir (As You Wish) before the Husband tells me every last anecdote.

Kate Bush- Breathing.
1980, Kate in a bubble/womb, singing of death, rebirth, her mother, and the end of the world. And look at her makeup.

I'm actually enjoying Once Upon a Time again. I thought they jumped the shark a couple of seasons ago (but kept watching anyway, mostly for Robert Carlyle's performance), but suddenly the show managed to find its voice an an emotional hook (no pun intended. Honestly. But it does work).

I'm more than a little obsessed with Alexis Karl's work. I had a chance to test her next project, named Poetry of Longing, and I can't wait to get a bottle. It's a super limited release, centered around chocolate, but completely different than her stunning Body Made Luminous.

So many palettes, so little time. But mostly, I'm really into blush these days. I separated my blushes into two drawers, one for creams and one for powders, so things are much more streamlined and accessible. As a result, I'be been playing with some of my older Chanel and Lancome blushes and loving them dearly.

Mango. And more mango. Also mac& cheese made with a lot of Gorgonzola dolce.

Frequently Worn Outfit/Item
I'm living in head-to-toe cashmere until the new furnace is installed.

Guilty Pleasure
Long chat with dear friends. No guilt at all, even when we get snarky.

Totally baneless, and I thank the wonderful Eileen for the frequent reminders. And bonus:

Pippa (cat, not Middleton) has becomes increasingly cuddly and loving. She used to be the more aloof out of the triplets, but now she's finally into this snuggling thing. And she seems to favor me, which is nice considering you need a crowbar to pry Marigold and Gemma from the husband.

Ordering a second pair of glasses. Fuchsia, this time (my other one is brown+Tiffany blue). Obviously, I'm easily amused (and also becoming a bat).

A pair of statement shoes for fall/winter. Still searching.

Random Thought
 I think I might take up needlework again.

How are you doing? Please share your loves, banes, recommendations, and thoughts.

Jersey Cats

Giselle invites you to like our page Jersey Cats

It's kind of funny. I never wanted to create a Facebook fan page for this blog (instead I opted for a Facebook group, where we can hang out in a more laid-back way, ask questions, and share idea. Have you joined?). But when it comes to the cats, I knew that eventually I'd succumb and create such a page, where I can tell you stories about each one, and post pictures. Lots and lots and lots of cat pictures. Here's our page, Jersey Cats. Please stop by and check us out, "Like" if you're so inclined, and talk to us about all things cat-related, Jersey or not.

Five Pick-Me-Up Ideas For Monday

Some Mondays take their role way too seriously. Like this one.  Various workers have been going in and out of the house, but the new furnace won't actually be installed until Wednesday. Mt. Laundry has grown right in front of my eyes, like a pimple on a long-suffering chin. The cats started the morning on the obnoxious side of rambunctious, and there was just not enough tea in the world to make it all go away.  It might be too late to save this day, but here are five pick-me-up ideas to help us deal with the Mondayness of it all:

1. A quick moisture infusion mask. I know that time is a rare commodity on early Monday mornings, but if you can steal even just five minutes to give your skin extra hydration, it'll pay off a few minutes later when you're facing the mirror again. A Japanese paper mask (I use the pre-made Hada Labo ones, that save time and effort) is the answer to almost anything. If you really can't stop for even five minutes you can still use a no-rinse products that will make you feel pampered: Dr. Jart+ Sleeping Mask, Sisley Black Rose or Flower Gel Mask . Slather the mask on as soon as you're up, and by the time you're ready to do your makeup your face will feel and look much happier (don't rinse unless you're super-oily).

2. Did you buy something cute over the weekend? Wear it today. Whether it's an expensive new lipstick, a pair of shoes, or a little cardigan, don't save it for a special occasion or a nicer day. Make this Monday that nicer day by wearing and feeling brand new and just a bit more fancy.

3. Inject a bit of color. Yes, it's kind of dreary on top of everything else. Fall and winter call for somber colors and we all hope that we look as chic as those models in the black & white photos of yore. But real faces in real life need something extra, be it a bright lipstick, a fuchsia scarf or a pair of classic red pumps. They'll make you smile, and that can make all the difference in the world.

4. Perfume. Why, of course. Wear the one you save for special occasion (see a theme here?), a beloved perfume you haven't touched in a while, or something from your significant other's wardrobe, just to change things up a bit. Scent has a palpable impact on mood, so it's a great way to uplift yours.

5. Nest. This will take another five minutes of precious time, but making sure that you have a pleasant environment when you come back home, will give you a little boost during the day. Make your bed (and use a linen spray under the covers), quickly put away stuff, maybe get out a bath oil or another product for an evening bubble bath. Download a book on Kindle (how about Mandy Aftel's new book, Fragrant?). Maybe pre-order dinner delivery (I use the website that gives access to every restaurant that delivers in my area. You can use PayPal, schedule deliveries ahead of time, and include the tip). Thinking of the little pleasures awaiting you at the end of the day is certain to do wonders even in the most Office Space-y kind of place.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Winner Of Aftelier Palimpsest

Bob woke up from his nap to congratulates Cbstarker who won a mini of Palimpsest. He hopes we all smell like tuna.

Tilda Swinton Is The Face Of NARS Spring 2015 Campaigns.

Tilda Swinton by François Nars

Someone up there (François Nars, apparently) was listening and picked Tilda Swinton to front NARS Spring 2015 campaign. There'll be four different images, including the one above, and we can all ogle her amazing face and run out to buy the makeup. Looking at the first photo released, I'm delighted to see that Mr. Nars gave Tilda some lashes (but kept the unusual look by covering up her eyebrows). The result is stunning, but we wouldn't have expected anything else.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RS727 Rose Grey & RD728 Viola

It's very simple: As long as Shiseido keeps making new colors of Lacquer Rouge liquid lipstick, I keep buying (at least some of) them. The last batch for fall included five shades. I chose two, RD728 Viola and RS727 Rose Grey. As a reminder, here's my usual gushing about the formula of Shiseido Lacquered Rouge: an almost weightless liquid lipstick with a polished, almost varnished finish. They feel great on the lips, last long and stay put once they're set.

RS727 Rose Grey is a muted beige rose that looks completely nude on my (quite dark) lips. It's the color to wear with a very dramatic eye look. RD728 Viola is a cool-toned mauvish thing, quite sophisticated and very season-appropriate. These two can be mixed together for a very pretty natural rose color that goes with just about everything.

Bottom Line: why didn't I get RD529 Tango?

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RS727 Rose Grey & RD728 Viola ($25 each) are available at the counters and from

Dear You- Unsent Letters, A Very Cranky Edition

Dear Charlotte Tilbury,
You know what? I'm not Buying It. I had such high hopes, but everything looks and feels off. And your Magic Cream? Seriously? Alcohol denat and perfume? Not to mention the rest of the irritant list that makes up for its ingredients.

Bought Gucci Instead

Dear People Magazine,
Drew Barrymore is not "sharing her beauty secrets". She has a makeup line to promote.


A Drew Fan Who Doesn't Shop At Wal-Mart

Dear Frederic Malle,

Really? REALLY? You're so late to the party it's not even funny. As a matter of fact, it wasn't funny to begin with. And rumor has it that the price will be in the $800 ballpark.

No longer dans tes bras,
A Musc Ravageur Fan

Dear Uncle Serge,
Speaking of late to the party. I really liked your L`incendiaire. I did. But not $600 of like, and with your perfumes popping up all over on Amazon and various disounters (not complaining, mind you), I'm finding it hard to buy whatever you say you've put in this particular juice.

Le Sigh,

Dear Bobbi Brown,

A Highlighter that's not a Shimmer Brick? Knocked me out with a blending brush.

Bought It In NJ

Dear Lauder Corporation,
Couldn't you buy Bond No.9 instead of Le Labo?

Say "hi" and "bye" to Laurice,

Image: Encre L. Marquet by Eugène Samuel Grasset, 1892