Sunday, May 17, 2015

In VOUGE: How To Dress Your Best Asset!


Photographed by Craig McDean, Vogue, April 2013 
Les petites, I am the first to admit that I do not follow trends when it comes to dressing but there are legions of haute guys and gals who need guidance when it comes to styling oneself.  In comes this article that was featured in VOGUE  about accentuating your best asset and it inspired me to pick out some pieces that would compliment particular body parts and here's a nod to VOGUE and say good buy to these haute finds! 


Photo: (from left) Courtesy of mytheresa.com; Courtesy of farfetch.com; Craig McDean, Vogue,April 2013; Courtesy of Matches Fashion; Courtesy of net-a-porter.com

From Left: Proenza Schouler paillette bustier dress, $2,254 mytheresa.com ; Alexander Wang sleeveless halter dress, $650
farfetch.com; Stella McCartney Exter miracle dress, $1,372 matchesfashion.com; Donna Karan stretch linen-blend canvas dress, $1,995 net-a-porter.com
 
There is nothing sexier then the sight of a beauftul back and these three will certainly deliver! From Left: Givenchy Backless studded vest in leather and nubuck $6,990 NET-A-PORTER.COMMarc Jacobs Sequined tulle mini dress $4,800 NET-A-PORTER.COM | Junya Watanabe Comme Des Garçon Cut Out Jacket $659  FARFETCH.COM


Photo: (clockwise from left) Courtesy of modaoperandi.com; Craig McDean, Vogue, April 2013; Courtesy of otteny.com 
From Left: Josh Goot Future Basics 2 Cut Away dress, $535 modaoperandi.com, VPL Armature bodice, $285 otteny.com , Thakoon Cake Frosting Cross Front halter dress, $1,450 modaoperandi.com

There's nothing cold about these shoulder pieces! From Left: Daizy Shely Feather and Lace Dress $2,264 FARFETCH.COMVersace Cropped Top $555 FARFETCH.COMVersace Collection Printed Trousers $390 FARFETCH.COMPrabal Gurung Silk Felted Bi-Level Dress $2,995 MODAOPERANDI.COM 



Photo: (from left) Courtesy of farfetch.com; Courtesy of brownsfashion.com; Craig McDean, Vogue, April 2013; Courtesy of mytheresa.com (2)
From Left to Right: Antonio Marras contrast bodysuit, $668 farfetch.com  Kenzo leopard brocade halter dress, $740 brownsfashion.com  Valentino floor-length gown, $4,202 mytheresa.com  Marc Jacobs paneled stripe dress, $3,286 mytheresa.com 

When you want to show off your neck you can go from sultry to fun and back again. From left: Giuliana Romanno Asymmetric Midi Dress $851 FARFETCH.COMVika Gazinskaya Flouncy Top With Shoulder Straps $1,900 MODAOPERANDI.COMPeter Pilotto OS color-block printed stretch-wool wide-leg pants $1,365 NET-A-PORTER.COM | DELPOZO Embellished Washed Twill Dress $4,700 MODAOPERANDI.COM 


Photo: (from left) Courtesy of Matches Fashion; Courtesy of brownsfashion.com; Craig McDean,Vogue, April 2013; Courtesy of net-a-porter.com From left: Burberry Prorsum metallic lamé pleated bustier dress, $4,967 matchesfashion.com,  House of Holland jacquard tweed bustier, $353 brownsfashion.com, J Brand Angelina sleeveless crepe tuxedo jumpsuit, $595 net-a-porter.com 

Cleavage can be tricky but when done right and tasteful it's spectacular! From Left: Sibling Cropped mesh and raffia top $1,790 NET-A-PORTER.COMGiambattista Valli  Red Ricamo Chevron Wide Leg Pants $1,550 MODAOPERANDI.COMCushnie et Ochs Embellished cutout stretch-cady jumpsuit $2,150 NET-A-PORTER.COMAlexander Wang Stretch-knit bra top $225 NET-A-PORTER.COMLoewe  Wide leg trousers $4,790 FARFETCH.COM  | Balmain Plissé silk-chiffon halterneck jumpsuit $5,730 NET-A-PORTER.COM


Photo: (clockwise from left) Courtesy of farfetch.com; Craig McDean, Vogue, April 2013; Courtesy of farfetch.com; Courtesy of lagarconne.com
From Left to Right: 
Facetasm striped ruffle shirt, $345 farfetch.com  Carven crop sweater, $530 farfetch.com  Nomia cropped short-sleeved shirt, $276 lagarconne.com
How abtastic are these! From left: Delpozo Cut-Out Bodice Dress $5,200 FARFETCH.COMAlexander Wang Pleated Triangle Top $2,507 FARFETCH.COMMarco Bologna Crystal Embellished Jeans $1,379 FARFETCH.COMGiambattista Valli Cut Out Floral Sleeveless Dress $2,835 MODAOPERANDI.COM



Photo: (from left) Courtesy of stylebop.com; Courtesy of net-a-porter.com; Craig McDean, Vogue, April 2013; Courtesy of Matches FashionFrom Left to Right: Hakaan pencil skirt, $1,330 stylebop.com  Reed Krakoff stretch-crepe and matte-satin midi skirt, $1,190 net-a-porter.com  Preen Tindra multi-panel fitted dress, $2,001 matchesfashion.com 
From haute pants to gowns with killer slits you can show off your gams in a plethora of ways. From Left: Daizy Shely Sequin and Feather Top $974 FARFETCH.COM | ASHISH EMBELLISHED DISTRESSED DENIM SHORTS $1,255 | Plein Sud Zipped Up Dress $1,073 FARFETCH.COM   | Haney Longsleeve Cut-Out Maxi Dress $1,610 MODAOPERANDI.COM

Flex It Like Seymour

Photographed by Helmut Newton, Vogue, July 1976


Les petites, I have been in deep hibernation mode since November. Let's just say I have experienced some life altering occurrences that has left me weak, dejected and not in the mood for much of anything (which will be discussed in another article) - hence the lack of posts. My mood, my weight and my overall health needs a severe pick me up and since I am in recovery mode (hand surgery - it's been a whirlwind les petites) I need to take it slow and I have started by taking walks around the city. Just the other day I walked home from midtown Manhattan (I reside in Brooklyn) and the walk was therapeutic. This week I intend to log in some hours doing yoga and I will keep you all posted. Hopefully, by the Grace of the Divine I will be flexin' like Seymour in no time. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Protect Your Mane Attraction This Winter With Head & Shoulders Moisture Care Collection




Compensation was provided by P&G via Mode Media.

What a whirlwind its been here in NYC these past few weeks! From NYFW, the never ending Polar Vortex to a lackluster Valentines day (well for me at least), to say I need to relax, relate and release is an understatement!  With this horrid winter season I am not in the mood for anything pertaining to hair and thats where protective styling made its glorious ascension into my life.

Head & Shoulders Moisture Care Collection | Photo: La PETITE Blog


What is protective styling you ask? Well les petites, its an ingenious approach to haircare that involves the standard treatment of ones hair from shampoo, conditioner and treatments- blah, blah, blah but with a little something extra like extensions, wigs or sew-in weaves which alleviates the stress of daily styling - a timesaver on days when its a blizzard outside and you need to quickly schlep to the store before you are snowed in (which has been just about every other day this winterMother Nature, we need to talk!)  This winter my protective styling regimen has included Head & Shoulders Moisture Care Collection and its been a game changer! On days when I am too spent to lift a finger and co-wash (omitting shampooing and using conditioner only for you dames and gents not familiar with mane jargon), to the ones where I go the full gusto and do all the steps needed for a haute mane of hair I use the Head & Shoulders Moisture Care Collection of shampoo, 2-in-1, co-wash and scalp soother all enriched with  vitamin E , almond oil, coconut essence and dandruff-fighting ingredient zinc pyrithione (ZPT) that has transformed my mane just after a few washes. What I adore about the collection is once the product is activated with some good olH20, the formula targets the scalp and penetrates into the surface skin - dry, lifeless hair and an ashy, itchy scalp you will not have when using this set  -trust me! For instance this last NYFW I had absolutely no time for anything so I got wiggy with it and used the collection on my mane and it was haute!
My Protective Style two wigs that I absolutely love! | Photo: La PETITE Blog

I recently suffered a hand injury and with doctors orders of only using my right hand, I decided I will only co-wash my hair since its a fairly fast process and will get the job done. Being that the collection is designed for textured hair much like my hair, the entire task took no time at all - with the help of my sister who braided my hair and wearing one of my many wigs, I was good and out the door in under two hours. Les petites, whats not to love? Usually during the fall/winter season my hair can get extremely dry and with this collection my hair has received much needed moisture and although I am flaunting a haute wig at the moment, I know my mane will be an attraction come this spring.


Me & my wigs :) | Photo: La PETITE Blog
Head and Shoulders scientists explored the unique needs and characteristics of African American hair and found a drastic need for moisture and protection. Head & Shoulders NEW Moisture Care collection, with Vitamin E rich almond oil and coconut essence, provides moisture for scalp and hair immediately and also over time, eliminating dandruff and leaving you 100% flake-free. For more information, visit Head & Shoulders on Facebook (www.facebook.com/headandshoulders) and follow @HeadShoulders. Well, les petites, there you have it - when the temperature drops and you want to protect your mane look no further then a haute wig and this trifecta of outstanding hair products from Head & Shoulders.



Thursday, February 19, 2015

LET'S FACE IT! MAYBELLINE x NYFW

Les Petites, let's all face it MAYBELLINE New York rocked this F/W 2015 NYFW collections! From bold brows to electrifying lips MAYBELLINE delivered looks that us mere mortals can emulate thanks to these sleek turtorials. Take  a look les petites and thanks us later! 






Let's Get Fur Real!

It's beyond artic here in NYC and all I can do is snuggle under dozens of blankets with my ipad in tow and look at these drop dead gorgeous furs from Blumarine courtesy of Moda Operandi - a site that I am absolutely obsessed with! These three coats area must have but alas they are sold out....fingers crossed by this time next year a few will be in the M'O boutique (do you hear me Style Gods!)

In a New Me State of Mind



Compensation was provided by NISSAN ALTIMA via Mode Media.


The world is literally filled with amazing women, these glamazons who roam the earth fulfilling their life’s purpose, changing the way we view the world and being true to the sheer brilliance of living an exuberant existence all the while doing it in style and grace! Now les petites, we have all encountered one of these epic dames (or you just might be one) and are truly amazed how they impeccably exude this towering level of sophistication from their homes, their careers - their essence.



How do these women do it and have it all? It’s simple, les petites: with determination, clarity, a true sense of self, style and a really good eye for sales, it’s accessible to each and every one of us! Like these women, it’s our divine right to live the quality of life we dream of. I for one truly believe that the notion of ‘having it all’ starts from home and why not create the world you want to exist in and let that universe envelope you and unfurl itself to every aspect of your life.    



There are a plethora of women who have created these universes and why shouldnt we? I am undergoing a renewal of sorts; from renovating my Brooklyn home, coping with the lost of my mother and re-launching my stylist career, to say I have a lot on my plate is an understatement but it doesnt mean the plate shouldnt be pretty!  While most of my home (and my life) is literally under construction I have ensured my bedroom is serene and peaceful and my chic chevron window treatments help me with getting as many zs as possible. Another aspect of my world that I hold dear to me is my dream box that I just acquired.


This dream box holds all my Haute Haven aspirations and I know for sure that I am on the road to fulfillment, success and creating the universe that I want to live in. With its stylish looks and premium interior, the Nissan Altima is just as much an individual as you are. Not fitting into one mold is what makes the Nissan Altima not only unique, but very exciting!

Having it all is possible; all we have to do is turn the key and drive to our desires!



Friday, February 13, 2015

Time To Say Good Buy: Dr. Jart+

Photographed by Irving Penn, Vogue, February 01, 1999

Les petites tis the season for dry dehydrated skin and who has time for that with NYFW, Valentine's Day and our divine right to have flawless skin! Before you resign to the notion your skin will resemble a crocodile we have four haute items that will transform your skin to epic proportions. 


Now les petites we have these four Dr. Jart+ finds that are truly a must have from the clarifying Dermaclear™ Micro Water  the all-in-one cleansing water removes makeup and impurities while toning and brightening skin, creating a fresh base for a hydrating mask or moisturizer.  The  Dr. Jart+ Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask  is über light and refreshing, the Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask  delivers a concentrated, hydrating serum containing chamomile flower water, collagen, and other magical ingredients that hydrate and soothe the skin- it's an experience to be had especially during this arctic season.  From endless holiday parties to Fashion Weeks events worldwide to Valentine Days all that make up application and removal can cause serious irritation, but thank the beauty Gods we are saved by the quick, soothing relief of Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin™ Cream and Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin™ Liquid . Jam-packed with micro-encapsulated ceramides, these powerful moisturizers soothes and soften the models' dry, itchy skin, helping to creating the perfect visage to be adorned by anyone that lays eyes on your (with or without make up). Trust us les petites when we say it's time to say good buy to Dr. Jart+

Dr. Jart+ is available at sephora.com 

Calling All Voters! Vote for La PETITE Blog in the Fedex Small Business Grant Contest






Les Petites, it's time that I spread my entrepreneur wings and grow La Petite Blog. Since 2008 we have reported on trends, haute finds and items that we must say 'Good Buy' to and now we want to deliver that to the masses. We have decided it's time to expand our little site to a full on online boutique and with the help of FedEx Small Business Grant Contest and I need your help. 

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Voting is open through March 17, so let petites log on and vote! The number of votes I receive will boost my visibility and it’s one factor FedEx considers when choosing the Top 100 finalists and the winners. Here's the link  (vote HERE) and thank you for helping us grow our petite site to so much more! 

For Lover's Only


All out of Valentine's Day gifts for your paramour? No need to break the bank on lavish gifts when you can give the gift of sensual touch to your love that will leave a lasting memory for years to come. Here Josie Feria, the Director of Operations at Lapis, the spa at Fontainebleau shares with us serious massage moves that will make this V-Day an epic one! 

All you need les petites. From Left: Kiki de Montparnasse | Le Chambre Candle |$65 KIKIDM.COM,  Kiki de Montparnasse | Massage Oil $65 KIKIDM.COMKiki de Montparnasse | Massage Candle $50 KIKIDM.COM,   Kiki de Montparnasse | Sleep/Fuck Pillowcase Set $295 KIKIDM.COM
Environment; Set the Setting-
  • Lower lights
  • Light candles
  • Warm the room to a comfortable 72 degrees
  • Burn a fragrant candle or incense

Props-
  • Use a pillow as a bolster to prop up the legs
  • Oil for massage – use a carrier oil like almond, avocado or grape seed oil and add a few drops of essential aromatherapy oil

Massage technique-
  • Slow rhythmic movements done in a series will produce a sense of relaxation and nurturing
  • Starting on the back left side use long and consistent strokes (effleurage).   Begin at waist and move up to the shoulder – do this 6 / 9 times with sufficient pressure to stimulate circulation and bring a rosy tone to the surface of the skin
  • Move to shoulder and perform slow, rhythmic kneading and rolling motion on the shoulder and the neck with emphasis on muscle from neck to shoulder which undergoes a lot of strain due to office work and bad posture.  
  • Be consistent by counting the number of strokes you use in each area and varying the pressure as you sense the tissue becoming more relaxed under your hands
  • Reapply oil as needed to maintain slip and movement of the hands. 
  • Continue to right side and repeat entire process
  • End the work on the back using both hands in sweeping upward motion through middle of back to nape of neck.  Apply pressure to the spinal column – gently with both thumbs
  • Now on to the scalp/head massage – this is important to massage as the scalp and face hold a lot of stress
  • Turn guest over and place a rolled hand towel – heated in your microwave wave under the neck and one (not rolled) under the back to give warmth and further relax – proceed to add a small amount of oil to your hands and perform a scalp massage by using thumb to apply pressure to temple- center of head and the bridge under the eyes – use the counting method to remain consistent in strokes