Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Love is life

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Last night I went on-line to browse Diane von Furstenberg collections and pick a treat for my wish list. I do like DvF dresses very much. They don’t seem to age, neither themselves nor the wearer, and have a wonderful ability to conceal a few secrets and make you feel beautiful.

Diane also amazes me as a person who always finds time to think about people and the world around her and uses her influence to make a difference. This time it’s about sharing our love by donating 10% of all Valentine’s collection sales made though 14 February to the National Institute of Health.

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The collection consists of three beautiful dresses in different shades of red including a classic wrap Jeanne dress, gorgeous slip-on Akari and figure-hugging versatile Takara, a perfume and a silk scarf. US fashionistas are also offered a very sweet and stylish ping-pong set, heart-embossed earphones, limited edition Cola bottles and a Love is Life t-shirt (which I’d love to have, but it’s not available here).

All pieces can be views and purchased via either UK, European or US website. If you’ve always wanted a Diane von Furstenberg dress, this could be a good place to start. Not only you will own a gorgeous designer pieces that you can wear day to night, but you will also become a part of a beautiful future.

Photo source: dvf.com

Monday, 30 January 2012

Angel

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A beautiful collaboration between Peter Lindbergh and Amber Valletta for December issue of Harper’s Bazaar 1993 that always, always makes me think about one of my favourite movies, a song, time spent with my best friend and time spent alone listening to that song on repeat. I think what I adore about editorials from the past is that so many of them weren’t just about clothes, but looked more like stories full of emotions.

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Photo source: Harper’s Bazaar December 1993

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Gabrielle Caunesil

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She looks like one of Ingres’ paintings. Timeless and flawless French beauty I have just discovered on Elite’s website. What a stunning girl.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Weekend sign off

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Whenever a week is busy in a good way, it gives me a special pleasure to welcome a weekend, wake up purring and stretching like a lazy cat, having a fun fight with pupster who jumps in bed as soon as he senses any movement, and running to the kitchen to make breakfast and coffee (a weekend-only treat).

I’m hoping for the sun and blue sky kind of day or two because I am starting to miss long walks. To be very honest, I also miss the spring very much and every ray of sunshine works as a reminder that my favourite season isn’t that far away. It makes me happy.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Always yours,

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Photo source: Numero 82 2007

Friday, 27 January 2012

This works, really

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I’ve heard of This Works a few years ago, but never got around to see their products, let alone try any. It changed a couple of months ago because I run out of my Korres Rose moisturiser. Off I went to purchase another portion only to see that it was out of stock. More over, I was told that it wasn’t suitable for my age and I needed something different because physical age is a physical age and one just has to get on with it. I did a quick research and ended up purchasing Materia Herba anti-aging moisturiser. I didn’t like that moisturiser at all. The packaging looked cheap and the feeling of the product on my skin was, how should I put it… well, it was strange, like a layer of sticky film without stickiness as you touch your face. It was my first disappointment. Next one came after I realised that some of Korres products do actually contain parabens and although this particular cream was ok, I didn’t feel comfortable any more. So I choose  not to continue using Korres skin care as wonderful as some products can be (I still adore and use the make-up range, though).

My next task was to find a product that

a) didn’t have parabens or mineral oils

b) was anti-aging

c) contained essential oils

d) was made in the UK or France

After selecting a few creams and thoroughly filtering the list, I finally choose No Wrinkles Extreme Moisturiser. Made by This Works, a UK-based company founded by Kathy Phillips who spent 7 years working at Vogue as a Health and Beauty Director, it was free from phthalates, sulphates, synthetic colours and fragrance, parabens, GMOs, mineral oils, petrolatum and propylene glycol.

It was also packed with some wonderful active ingredients including Retinol known for its anti-aging properties, hydrating and collagen-boosting hyaluronic acid, and moringa and UK sourced organic crambe oil that provide a generous supply of essential fatty acids. Plus the magic potion contained amino-acids, shea  and cocoa butters, castor  and jojoba oil and, of course, essential oils.

Then there was the jar. I took my own picture of it because I believe what you see on-line doesn’t really do it any justice. It looks gorgeous and expensive, it’s heavy when you hold it and smooth as you touch the surface. It’s like a large ice-cube that holds a frozen scoop of ice-cream inside. Even my husband commented how beautiful that jar looked on a bathroom shelf.

The cream itself is a pure indulgence. I always think of my beauty routine as a ritual and having to use this moisturiser every morning and evening makes me feel spoilt, relaxed and happy. A little goes a long way. I pick a small quantity, apply it with the palms of my hands and after pressing it into my skin, follow with a quick massage while inhaling a wonderful light fragrance of bergamot oil with a touch of lemon and cedarwood as undertones.

This cream really works. I can’t comment on the anti-aging effects yet, but my skin always feels comfortable and never – dry, even in this strange winter environmental mix of radiators and cold winds.

It costs £45 for 48g and will most likely last a couple of months. You can also get a No Wrinkles Get Srarted kit that costs £25 and contains two products: the moisturiser (15g) and a serum (15g).

The entire range, the story behind each product and a list of retailers can be found on This Works website.

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As some people may be sensitive to essential oils, I’ve decided to list all the ingredients here as a health&safety part of my post.

No Wrinkles Extreme Moisturiser Ingredients: Aqua (water), butylene glycol, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, coconut alkanes, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, glycerin, crambe abyssinica seed oil, moringa oleifera seed oil, glyceryl stearate SE, theobroma cacao (cocoa) butter, caprylic triglycerides, candelilla/jojoba/rice bran polyglyceryl-3 esters, glyceryl stearate, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) peel oil, citrus limon (lemon) peel oil, cedrus atlantica (cedarwood) wood oil, citrus aurantium amara (petitgrain) oil, phenoxyethanol, cetearyl alcohol, sodium stearoyl lactylate, hydroxypropyl cyclodextrin, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, coco-caprylate/caprate, xylitylglucosides, mannitol, arginine, serine, sucrose, hydrogenated castol oil, mica, parfume, anhydroxylitol, sodium hyaluronate, benzyl alcohol, limonene, PCA, citruline, glycogen, histidine HCl, cera alba (beeswax), xylitol, ethylhexyglycerin, rtinol, linalool, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax, alanine, threonie, glutamin acid, lysine HCl, dehydroacetic acid, sodium hydroxide, citral, geraniol, Cl 77891 (titanium dioxide).

Thursday, 26 January 2012

A bit like heaven

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Dream home. I could just move in, unpack and faint (for a very short while and because I am prone to it). It looks a bit like Heaven, doesn’t it?

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Source: Nuevo Estilo

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Stylish quote

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“Elegance is not about being noticed, it’s about being remembered”.

Giorgio Armani

Photo source: Marie Claire Italia October 2004

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Beautiful lies

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Do you ever feel like you want to watch a movie that feels like a sunshine smile on a beautiful face that warms the heart and touches the soul like a wing of a coquettish butterfly?

I picked Beautiful Lies a couple of weeks ago because it had Audrey Tautou on a cover and she doesn’t do bad movies. I loved it. It wasn’t just about the story, it was a feeling and scenes and little touches: outfits, simple but with every detail being sweet and perfect dialogues, deco, music and attitude to life. Nothing that could bear a “Made in Hollywood” stamp – everything was natural, including emotions, wrinkles, eye browse that moved, dust, sunshine and surroundings.

“What about the story?”, you ask. A girl (Audrey Tautou) who runs a hair salon hires a handsome over-educated handyman(Sami Bouajila) who falls in love with her. He writes a beautiful anonymous love letter, which the girl then uses as a template to send a love note to her mother (Nathalie Baye) to cheer her up. After creating the initial emotional mess worsened by the fact that the over educated handy man doesn’t follow his boss’s instructions very well, the girl realises that she is, in fact, in love with the guy. To cut the long story short, they meet up at an exhibition in Paris and finally admit their feelings. Everyone is happy. The end.

It was a movie I could watch over and over again and would definitely recommend.

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Monday, 23 January 2012

The Year of the Dragon

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The year of the Dragon is finally here and I thought I’d celebrate it with an exquisite editorial from Vogue Korea shot by Paolo Roversi and leave you a link to one of the astrology websites I’ve come across in case you’d like to look into the future.

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Photo source: Vogue Korea June 2007

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Pretty, oh so pretty

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Can’t quite explain why I love this Oscar de la Renta campaign featured beautiful Karlie Kloss styled by Alex White and photographed by Craig McDean, but there’s just this “something”, the feeling of lightness and gorgeousness head to toe, a frost of lace, a tease of whispering feathers against the skirt, the sweetest shoes and Karlie’s amazing figure.

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Photo source: Oscar de la Renta Spring/Summer 2012 Campaign via fashionising.com

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Weekend sign off

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What’s your perfect weekend like? Breakfast in bed or an early morning run? Stroll in a park with you man or shopping with the girls? A party or a cozy evening at home with the above mentioned man, DVD, blankets, candles and treats of all sorts?

I didn’t make any weekend plans what.so.ever. None. Frankly, I found it hard to believe that the week’s gone by (yet again) and it’s time to turn the alarm clock off and wake up as nature (or Oscar) intended. And then we’ll see…

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Always yours,

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Photo source: Glamour UK February 2012

Friday, 20 January 2012

Love is…

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“Love is not some kind of pie that one can cut into pieces, it’s more like a balloon filled with air.”

Ines de la Fressange

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Photo source: Tatler UK June 2010, Brides December 2010, Harpers Bazaar January2003, Elle Norway March 2010, Elle UK March 2002, Material Girl 2011, W September 2006, Vogue Paris 2008, Vogue 2006, Numero February 2009, Hermes Spring 2006 Campaign, Vogue ????, Marie Claire ????, Elle Italy 2009, Vogue China June 2008, V magazine 2007, ????, Vogue US February 2009, Vogue China April 2009, Vogue US October 2008, Flare Canada April 2010, Vogue Italia ????, Vogue Italia June 2007, Vogue Nippon August 2008

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