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
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


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? 

Monday, June 30, 2014

"YES, YES, YES!!!!"

Photo Courtesy of C.Cantave | La PETITE Blog 
We here at LPB are a lucky bunch of bloggers, we sometimes receive amazing packages from great brands and today was no exception. 

Photo Courtesy of C.Cantave | La PETITE Blog 

Our friends at Influenster sent us a Victoria's Secret Sports Bra gratis from the eponymous brand and it came just in time as I was in need for a new bra (especially since I plan on running eight miles tonight but that's a different post!).  

Photo Courtesy of C.Cantave | La PETITE Blog 
When it comes to staying active and physically fit it's all about the undergarments for us here at LPB and sportsbra can be so controversial with it's fit and being on the larger bust scale I am the one at the office that usually has to double up on my bras so I was eager to try out this out. 

Photo Courtesy of C.Cantave | La PETITE Blog 
 Not only was I gifted the bra but the package came along with socks and a coupon to shop Victoria's Secret Sport! 

Photo Courtesy of C.Cantave | La PETITE Blog 
 I was skeptical but after trying on the VSX Sport's Bra (and socks) I was pleased beyond words. The fit was good, I did not feel like I needed to double up on brassieres which is a first for me. 
Photo Courtesy of C.Cantave | La PETITE Blog 
All in all I would invest in this bra again and as a matter of fact my sister at Deesse Magazine used the coupon and bought a bra of her own! Gotta love a freebie~ 

The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of  Victoria's Secret | Influenster. 

My Summer In This City!

Photo Courtesy of La PETITE Blog 

Les petits, we have survived the Polar Vortex! While the rich and famous are out luxuriating at spas across the world and jet setting to lush exotic lands this summer I am here in New York City toiling away but don't cry for me Argentina! I am just happy I can put away the snow boots and get some much needed Vitamin D from the Sun  right here on these gorgeous city streets. My plan is to seize the day each and everyday during the summer season to ensure that when those first flurries of the blizzard (yes, blizzard!)season arrives I will be toned, tanned and ready for the Old man winter. Enough of with this cold chit chat, I am so excited about my staycation in the city that I want to share with you just how I will be fab in the boroughs. 

So first things first, I plan to start my 28 days of freedom this summer by venturing to haute spots all over town, libations that will hydrate me during the sweltering heat and skin so smooth you will think I am a bronzed Goddess.  
Photo Courtesy of  La PETITE Blog 
Being a native New Yorker it’s all about knowing the all the hot spots. Now while I am not a big on clubs I like more mellow settings, luxurious lofts, penthouse and the like. The only crowds I plan to encounter will be during the summer series across the city from free concerts and plays in the parks. Other then that les petits I take joy going to  places where I can relaxed and truly be one with myself and there’s no lines. I love taking in the views sipping on some infused  H2O. 

Photo Courtesy of  La PETITE Blog 

And since everyone is usually out of town during the weekends I get the best dibs on some über chic pied-à-terre with views that will have you believe you are in Elysium with the Gods. 

Photo Courtesy of C.Cantave | La PETITE Blog 
Now, let's talk about the body darlings, the physique! With the constant fetes, musical festivals and rooftops to be perused one needs to be well prepared! Here’s a secret petits (don’t judge me!) but during the harsh winter months to say I get a bit lazy with my ‘upkeep’ is an understatement (my sister’s use to call me Wolverine but that’s another article altogether) so when the weather breaks I unleash my get haute arsenal and my latest addition is the Veet Wax Ready-to-Use Wax Strips Hair Remover, Legs & Body. This at home hair removal has proven to be long - lasting, wallet friends (LOVE this), and so on trend for dolls and gents who need a quick fix.

Photo Courtesy of C.Cantave | La PETITE Blog 
So while I love to be writing to you about my jet setting lifestyle that is non existent ;  I will cherish my summer with free concerts in the parks around town, fun weekends at top secret locals and looking like a phenomenal woman with glistening skin. With my secret weapon, Veet® helps you feel smooth all summer long. There's nothing like the feeling of freedom that summer brings.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Reckitt Benckiser via MODE Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Reckitt Benckiser

Saturday, May 3, 2014

#TB HAUTENESS! Thierry Mugler’s 20th Anniversary Collection

Jerry Hall. Claudia Schiffer. Tippi Hedren. Julie Newmar. For his 20th anniversary collection, Thierry Mugler put on an unforgettable show featuring a host of leading ladies from different eras. Here's look back at the fashion spectacular, which culminated in a special performance by the Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown. There will never be another Thierry Mugler! Long Live ManFred!!!!! 

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Thursday, May 1, 2014



#GIRLBOSS, the new tome by Nasty Gal chieftain, Sophia Amoruso is slated to be a must have guide for not only female entrepreneurs but women everywhere who want to have the career of their dreams and truly invest in themselves. This message while not new is needed with legions of both men and women venturing out and creating jobs for themselves at this time of financial variability. With the influx of so many entrepreneurs there a need of resources that can further assist us all make our mark in the world. Since #GIRLBOSS isn't available until May 6th (you can pre-order the book HERE) - here we have some invaluable tips from Zenovia Andrews, author and business development strategist on the how to delegate and truly run things. 

Zenovia Andrews' Keys To Delegating Your Way To Success

  Understand that your team is made up of human beings. No one can work nonstop, so get your timing right. Know what each employee can handle, and never overwork them. Most people perform at their best when they are consistently busy but not rushed or pressured.

•  Focus on the strengths of your team. Delegation is not a dump-and-run tactic. Know your employees and how they fit into your business puzzle. Allow them to do what they do well, and give them responsibilities and authority. They’ll be happier and so will you.

•  Focus on your own strengths, then plug the holes. Few of us are great at everything! If bookkeeping’s not your thing, hire an accountant. If you don’t have marketing experience, find someone with proven skills. Trying to perform jobs that you don’t do well will require twice as much effort with less-than-satisfactory results. 

•  Be the resource king or queen. Your employees are only as good as the resources they have. Make sure that they are equipped to always do the best work for you on a daily basis. Running out of stock, not having new software and not shelling out for that desperately need printer is NOT good delegation.

•  Become the fire, ice and motivation behind your team. When they need guidance, give it to them; when they need appreciation, offer it to them. Inspire, motivate and lead by supporting your delegated decisions and following up on them often.

The 7th rule of being a #GIRLBOSS
Image Courtesy of SOPHIA AMORUSO | Nasty Gal
There you have it Mon Petites, if you are itching to create a space for yourself as a business owner or not these tips from both Sophia Amoruso and Zenovia Andrews are indispensable. Now let's get to business ladies! 

Rebel with a Corset

Mr. Pearl |Photo Credit: Pinterest | Graphics La PETITE Blog

Mr. Pearl is the illustrious pseudonym worn by Mark Pullin - master  corsetier to the Fashion world. His brilliance has been seen on runways for Dior, Thierry Mugler and Alexander McQueen, -  adorned by the likes of Dita Von Teese, Kylie Minogue and Mr. Pearl himself. I have always had a fascination with Mr.Pearl, how elusive he is, his famous physique and the outlandishly beautiful corsets he has produced for glamazons across the world.  A few weeks ago I was watching 'The View' and Sherri Shepherd question if corsets made a resurgence because of Kim Kardashian and I screamed 'blasphemy'  at the television! While KimK is known for her hourglass frame she does not encompass nor exudes the allure and sensuality of a true corset wearer.  Mr.Pearl radiates and oozes the poise, composure and sheer elegance a corset gives to one who commits to wearing that foundation. It's more then a garment, it's a lifestyle that might not be for all can be appreciated even from afar. 

Mr. Pearl laces up a corset swimsuit with white satin panels worn by Inna Zobova. Thierry Mugler Haute Couture Collection SS 1998
Mr. Pearl |Photo Credit: 

From Left: AGENT PROVOCATEUR Petunia floral-embroidered stretch-tulle corset , $790;  L'AGENT BY AGENT PROVOCATEUR Penelope boned satin corset, $240; AGENT PROVOCATEUR Demelza lace-appliquéd tulle corset, $790 all available via 
While we, mere mortals can not fax Mr.Pearl and order up a corset or two (or maybe you have that fabled number - if you do ...SHARE!) we can peruse these corsets from  that can give us the illusion of a tapered waist.