Wednesday, October 15, 2014

TRENDING TOPIC: MATTE ATTACK


Les petites, ZOYA is the purveyor of all things nails and this season they literally nailed it with the haute  limited edition MATTEVELVET collection. These richly hued polishes do not need a top coat, base coat or speed dryer - it's truly a wonder in a bottle. The lacquer gives the look of luxurious crushed velvet along with a subtle shimmer finish. Perfect for your new fall / winter wardrobe these are a must have! 
MATTEVELVET, $9 each
zoya.com 



Zoya MATTEVELVETcolors are available exclusively on Zoya.com and in ULTA beauty stores 

Monday, October 6, 2014

FIT MIND | SOUND BODY

Photo: Raymond Meier, SPECT Scan image Courtesy of the Amen Clinics, Inc.
iClouds, syncing, uploading, scheduling, blogging, styling, LIVING, to say that I am for the most part overwhelmed with being overwhelmed is an understatement. I am more then certain that my overall quality of life has been compromised and that is not okay. It's not right that in this day and age we aren't generous with ourselves, instead we obsess over things we can never control (don't fret over those body images ladies and gents!) and showing kindness to our very beings seems like a daunting task. Let me rephrase that, I am not being kind to myself, I am not being generous with myself and I want to make a conscious effort to truly take care of me in the here and now. 
ELEMENT: YOGA FOR ENERGY & RELAXATION
Anchorbay Entertainment
amazon.com 

While I do not have the fund$ to make all my problems go away (who does besides Bill and Melinda) I now have a tool that I can use at home, travel with and utilize when I need to be kind to my mind, body and spirit. Les petites, I took a moment and was generous with myself and purchased ELEMENT: Yoga for Energy & Relaxation (Anchorbay Entertainment), $9.12 (under 10 dollars people!) which features Yogi Tamal Dodge in two restorative programs that releases tension in the joints, enables you to inhale your intentions for a better life and exhale your worries - this 74 minute DVD does not disappoint. With the many facets of life including hardships and set backs there should be a time where we stop, be kind and take care of ourselves. For me this dvd does just that. 

Seize The Chic: Get Anais Mali's Look!


Have you ever seen a woman so beautiful you are not green with envy but so inquisitive as to how she achieved this level of wonderment you simply must seize the chic for yourself? If you haven't take a gander at haute girl Anais Mali at the Jean Paul Gaultier S/S 2013 runway show. The flawless makeup, the simple hair (reminiscent to the Goddess Sade) is such a exquisite look that we here at LPB have put together easy steps on how to seize the chic! Thank us later. 

Photo: Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com
STEP I 
From Left: Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomade $18, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #12 $18; tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer $24; BECCA The One Perfecting Brush $49; CC Cream | Smashbox Cosmetics $42; the original beautyblender® $20
STEP I: Let's get down to the face darlings, it's all about the visage and any dame worth her salt knows that when you really want to make a statement the illusion of 'less is more' can transform any plain Jane to a drop dead gorgeous vixen! With that being said to achieve this epic status of gorgeousness focus on a define brow, bright, vibrant eyes and skin as smooth as silk. Les petites you can't go wrong with the items mentioned above, you simply can't! 

Photo: Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com
STEP II
From Left: Eylure LONDON Texture 159 False Eyelashes $9.08; tarte Best In Faux Lash Extending Fibers $19; Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick $21; Zoya Nail Polish in Carmen $9
STEP II: Now les petites, once you have the foundation (no pun intended) layed down it's all about the accoutrements, from eyelashes that accentuate the eyes to scarlet lips that could give anyone fever just by looking at you. Most importantly finish off the look with the perfect manicure - it's never cute to look like a million bucks and your nails look like trash. 

Photo: Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com
STEP III
From Left: Alexandre Vauthier Draped Shirt Dress $2,861; Lanvin Pewter-plated crystal clip earrings $995 ; Byredo Python Eau de Parfum Travel Case $295; Tamara Mellon Duty Free High cutout stretch-suede thigh boots $2,495; Charlotte Olympia Fantastic tasseled gold-tone cage clutch $1,995;  Antonio Berardi Goat hair jacket $12,390; all available via Net-A-Porter & farfetch
STEP III: While it's ideal to have the complete mind, body and soul intact it would be nice to have a wardrobe to reflect that as well. Anais looks absolutely ravishing in her LBD we can certainly look amazing too and when you go all black you can really play around with textures, lengths and truly express yourself. 

There you have it les petites, a three step tool on how to look like Anais - no glam squad required. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Throw Some Glitter On It!

Photo Courtesy of Vogue.com


On your nails that is.... 

Let's Dream a Technicolor Dream!


Dream Series
Photo Courtesy of Gray Malin
Dreams by definition are a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person's mind during sleep. These dreams can be beautiful, bewildering or simply perplexing at times but for the most part to dream is a gift to us all. Wouldn't it be lovely to be able to dream fully awake and gift other in the process? Well now is truly the time!

Dream Series
Photo Courtesy of Gray Malin
Gray Malin, the virtuoso behind the bewitching ''Dream Series'', a collection of photos capturing the breathtaking beauty of the Australian farm country with brightly hued sheep as the focal point. 

Dream Series
Photo Courtesy of Gray Malin
What I love about this series is that you can invest in beautiful art, donate to a worthy cause and dream in color for a good cause - and check out his new "Dream Series" which benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and inspires all to dream big!

Dream Series
Photo Courtesy of Gray Malin
  #coloryourdreams

Dream Series
Photo Courtesy of Gray Malin


Pink It This Month!

Les Petites, it's common knowledge that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's not just the month to purchase all things pink in hopes that your conscious expenditures will make a difference - non, non, et non! Breast Cancer Awareness month  is a reminder that cancer (of all forms people) is a vicious disease that needs to be eradicated from all our lives. It's imperative that everyone gets checked, be of support for those in the battle and donate when you can. Here are a few treats that are definitely worthy of your hard earned coins. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Time To Say Good Buy: Eyewear!

Les Petites, to say I have an affinity for eyewear is an understatement. Not only is it imperative that you protect your orbs from harsh environmental elements, weird individuals on the street and that guy from college you simply can't remember his name (sorry pal!) but sunglasses literally adorn your face and when you find the perfect pair all is well with the world. Here are some styles we here at LPB are salivating over. 


All summer long every haute girl, celeb and fashionista across the globe have adorned their visages with this luxurious sunglasses by Italia Independent made with the ingenious Uv Lux® treatment, which makes the surface of the frame soft to the touch as if it was covered with velvet.  The styles are on trend, the prices will make your hear sing and the product itself is well worth the investment. 
 Beyoncé Knowles wearing Italia Independent model 0096VR-009.B75  | Photo Courtesy of Italia Independent
www.italiaindependent.com
Beyoncé Knowles in the Etnia Barcelona Wild Love in Africa Limited Edition AFRICA06 HVBK | Photo Courtesy  of Ethnia Barcelona

While I am all for being green, I will be the first to admit that most eco-fashion lines have not peeked my interest in the least (don't judge me folks). 


Cate Blanchett in the Etnia Barcelona Wild Love in Africa Limited Edition AFRICA4 HVTQ |  Photo Courtesy  of Ethnia Barcelona

The  Etnia Barcelona Wild Love in Africa Limited Edition Collection a collaboration with famous photographer Steve McCurry (known for the infamous ‘Afghan Girl’ image which graced the cover of National Geographic in 1985) The Wild Love in Africa collection is inspired by the African Savanna in all it's glory. Not only are these frames haute, with each purchase Etnia Barcelona’s Wild Love in Africa collection along with the NGO Africa Rising Foundation donating a percentage to all it's sales. So while you splurge you also being philanthropic - it's a win for everyone! 


Garrett Leight California Optical  x Amélie Pichard | Photo Courtesy of  Garrett Leight California Optical 

What happens when a haute shoe designer teams up with an eyewear brand? Some seriously chic eyewear courtesy of Garrett Leight California x Amélie Pichard! What I personally love about the collection is the inspiration behind each style - from the bold Grace Jones, the coquettish Juliette Lewis and the enternally sexy Pamela Anderson there is a look for every dame. 



Friday, September 26, 2014

Sweet Libations : #HelloKeurig !

I grew up in a Haitian home where café reigned supreme. I can not tell you how the scent of freshly brewed café instantly brings me back to those wonder yesteryears of my youth when my grandparents  were alive and well discussing everything from politics, my gramere's thriving business or salacious soap opera dramas much to my grandfather's chagrin (my grandmother loved General Hospital!). 



While I am not a café enthusiast like my grandparents were (who would wake up a dawn for a tasse of café) I can appreciate a good brew and even more so a simplified way to making coffee thanks to my new (and gratis thanks to my friends over at InFluenster) Keuring 2.0! 


My family swears by making café using the old school way involving various apparatus and skill that I have yet to master. With the new Keuring 2.0 it's completely seamless - choose a pod, fill it up with some H2O , press a button and brew away. There isn't much of a science to it and for someone constantly on the go I love this! 



While I will forever miss those moments waking up to the smell of Cuban café and my hearing my grandparents voices - I can easily recollect those times with my Keuring and for that I am grateful. 

The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of  Keuring | Influenster. 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT A CHANEL BAG.




Photography Max von Gumppenberg and Patrick Bienert Editor Carine Roitfeld Makeup Frankie Boyd using M.A.C Cosmetics Hair Jordan M for Bumble & Bumble Manicure Tracylee
Photo Courtesy of CR Fashion Book 
There's something about a Chanel bag that is timeless, eternally on trend and an investment most women (and men) dream of. Purchasing one of these purses is like a rite of passage that I have yet to experience myself. While I wait patiently to invest in one (fingers cross it will be a BOY Chanel bag or one of those insanely chic minaudières) I will appreciate the bags from afar on you haute dolls and gent. 

Images Courtesy of CR Fashion Book 

Haute Body Report: FITSTAR 10 DAY Back To School Challenge!



Les Petites, it's time to get your bodies HAUTE for the Fall with FITSTAR's 10-Day Back-to-School Workout Challenge. Maybe it’s just the sobering reality that summer is ending,  that puffy coats will soon be replaced our wardrobe of  nothing-to-hide-behind swimsuits, crop tops and dresses but everyone—myself included—usually puts on a few pounds once the leaves start to fall and unlike the past years we now have a reason to be on a workout bender (and gain incentives too!). The 10-Day Back-to-School Workout Challenge runs from August 22nd to the 31st and is led by renowned former NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez. To begin the program, download FitStar Personal Trainer for FREE from the App Store and follow along with the workout plan detailed above. There will also be daily workout reminders on the Home Screen in-app.

One lucky Challenge participant will also be eligible to win a “New Gear for a New School Year” prize pack featuring a year of FitStar Premium, FitStar t-shirt and $150 gift card to Nike! For more details see the Facebook page after the Challenge.

So Les petites, we have our contingency plan on staying fit this fall and it's FITSTAR!  

The beauty of Life.

Nautica LIFE - $62.50, Macy’s
Les Petites, there's a new scent in town and it's bound to be your new signature aroma for years to come. NAUTICA has released LIFE, a fragrance with notes of Living Sea Salt, marine Seamoss and Natural Violet Leaf,that will revitalize your senses and dose yourself with the allure of seduction. This clean fragrance is elegant, timeless and worth the splurge. 

To try out the Nautica LIFE,  head over to Macy's, it's definitely time to say good buy! 

Reading Session Has Begun!

SUBTLE SUBVERSION Campbell wears a laser-cut leather ruffle jacket and organza dress with a matching headpiece, from spring 2012. Photograph by Karim Sadli. Styled by Joe McKenna. | T, The New York Times Style Magazine


Les Petites, there is nothing like a lazy weekend where you indulge, relax and read a good article or two! Here at LPB we absolutely adore all this STYLE and look forward to the moments we can immerse ourselves in a haute issue of  T, The New York Times Style Magazine. Here we share some must read links that deserve at least a gander. If nothing else look at the pretty pictures and have an amazing weekend! 

The Genius Next Door: Shy, unassuming and nice, Sarah Burton, the Alexander McQueen designer, is everything that her magically haunting collections are not. 

 Sign of the TimesStraightforward, commercial clothes used to be the antithesis of high fashion. Now, they are the benchmark, writes Cathy Horyn.

Brunch at Tiffany’s: As the storied jewelry house’s first female design director, Francesca Amfitheatrof is imbuing modern luxury with an unexpected hint of bohemianism — perhaps the result of her recent move to Brooklyn.

Vogue Magazine By The Numbers: Here, a look at the facts and figures behind fashion’s foremost franchise.

Cindy Sherman’s Wigs: These 156 wigs were shot in the artist’s New York City studio. See them all in 24 seconds in this stop-motion video.

Ai Weiwei and the Apocalypse: Despite inflated budgets and egos, the art provocateur makes his film acting debut.

Take Two: A dual review of what’s new starring Jenna Lyons and Courtney Love

The latest issue of T, The New York Times Style Magazine is Fall Women’s Fashion and it's not to be missed! 

Credit | T, The New York Times Style Magazine

Bring On The DRAMA!

Concept direction by David Sebbah | Vogue 



With fall being a few milliseconds away I can not wait to explore different beauty looks. From runway inspiration to my flights of fancy I plan to challenge myself when it comes to expressing myself with make up. Les petites, what do you have in store this fall?