Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Let's SHAG! Throw A Party Inspired By The Art Work Of Josh Agle

Josh Agle—more commonly known as SHAG is one of today's most popular and widely regarded artists in the world. His trademark style of vibrant colorful scenes of signature retro decadence is the PERFECT theme for your next fête. We've put together a 'how-to SHAG' for your next soiree!
THE INVITES
$12.95
SHAG parties should be intimate (pun intended) so we would keep the guest list to no more then 8-10 guests. These SHAG Cocktail Coasters are cute for it's actual purpose but genius as invites/keepsakes for the lucky guys and gals who will attend your swank event!
THE DECOR
Let's face it most of us can't begin to fathom purchasing a 14 thousand dollar sculpture (of a bull made out of crayons no less!) as the focal point for a function but let's just pretend we have the coins to drop! If you lack imagination head over to ShinDigz.com and stock up on oriental stretch lanterns in bright vibrant hues, metallic foil curtains and lighting equipment to transform your space to a SHAG wonderland!
THE PLAYLIST
SHAG's work evokes a fantasy playground of crisp lines and sharp colors so we would keep the party going with up tempo tunes! Here's a list of songs we would most definitely have on blast..
SHAG PLAYLIST
Any & Everything by Daft Punk & Kylie Minogue
SIGNATURE COCKTAILS

Dom Perignon champagne bucket
The playful sleek green design screams SHAG and will surely turn heads at the party!

A party isn't a party without it's signature cocktail! For these celebration we chose a fun drink that will surely please the masses:
AZURE LUST
10 oz vodka
25 dashes triple sec
Champagne
Pour all ingredients (except champagne) over ice cubes in a shaker.
Strain into a champagne flute, fill with champagne, and serve.
(Serves 10)
$2.50
These sultry flutes are wallet friendly, SHAG chic and will be a treasured investments for future soirees to come (seriously $2.50)!
THE FOOD

Paper napkins, Charlotte Moss,
$25 for 50
Keep the Cocktail Banter going with these fun cocktail paper napkins!

Wine-Paired Hors d'Oeuvres
$62.00
neimanmarcus.com

We suggest keeping the food light, fun and full of color - these petite hors d'oeuvres & desserts will be a hit!

Six Fruit Sorbettos
$50.00
neimanmarcus.com



PARTY GIFTS

Shag
The Art of Josh Agle
Foreword by Billy Shire
Essay by Colin Berry
Chronical Books
$40.00
ChronicalBooks.com

What better way to say 'Merci', 'Happy New Year' or 'Thanks' to your chums by giving them the sensational monograph by SHAG! It's a great tome and will surely be treasured by all...
Here's a toast to you all for reading the Blog
For 2009 let's grab the Bull by the horn dolls!
Happy New Year
LPB xx

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

2009 LPB BOOKLIST

With the New Year vastly approaching there's a few books on my To-Do list that are an absolute must for the new & improved 2009 moi! Enjoy... Patent leather Dictionary,
I plan to define style & my vocabulary with this stunning leather-covered Dictionary
Learning has never been so chic!
For the first time, this book provides a visual history of Dalí’s illustrious life & career after 1940. One of the most widely recognized and controversial artists of the 20th century, Salvador Dalí has so many complex layers to his enigma and finally there's a book that explores his later under appreciated work. A must read for lovers of all things Dalí!

To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Richard Hamilton’s legendary letter “Pop Art Is.” Yale University Press published a magnum opus volume celebrating Hamilton himself as well as the works of more than forty artists from his own generation of Pop artists (Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Andy Warhol) and from artists of subsequent generations who have contributed to the development and dissemination of Pop Art (Jeff Koons, Richard Prince, Mike Kelley, Damien Hirst, and others). This tome is truly a treasure!



This intellectually compelling study of Angels in the Judeo-Christian tradition explores Angels, both good and evil and it's relation to the divine-human experience through history. No matter your belief system you will enjoy this apologia for Christian ideology.





Rex Ray

Art + Design

by Rex Ray

Chronical Books

Knowned for his color-bursting, curvaceous art Rex Ray - celebrated artist & graphic designer is an American original. In this stunning monograph showcases multi-faceted work in various media including paper cutouts, mixed-media collages, paintings, digital prints, and the highly admired graphic design and music packaging that launched his visual career Rex Ray is a veritable trove of his sleek yet playful aesthetic. A treat for the eyes!

2009: The Year of BARBIE

Five decades after her debut at a New York toy fair, cultural icon Barbie celebrates 50 years of unapologetic glamour. Her fashion credentials are explosive, having worked with: Prada, Azzedine Alaia Louis Vuitton, Vivienne Westwood, and Manolo Blahnik amongst many other style luminaries.
In celebration of her 50th anniversary, Mattel has partnered with LA-based Jeremy Scott to produce a clothing collection inspired by Barbie, which debuts exclusively at colette 12 March during Paris fashion week. New partnerships also being lined up include IMG and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), which sees Mattel embark on a 3-year partnership with the CFDA in February, also sponsoring IMG’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. And if you can’t wait until then, House of Barbie opens in Shanghai in January, a 35,000 square foot, 8-floor emporium, complete with dedicated spa, runway, and gourmet restaurants; a sensory retail celebration.


“For five decades, the Barbie brand has been a beacon of fashion, inspiration and girlhood around the world. In 2009, we are calling upon Barbie’s most fabulous friends in fashion and pop culture to partner with us and continue their relationship with the brand in fun, new ways.” Richard Dickson, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Barbie
This is the first time Mattel has endeavoured to reach-out to women who love fashion and beauty through major licensing partnerships.
In even more exciting news Christian Louboutin is designing pumps in iconic Barbie Pantone 219 Pink, which will make their debut at the special runway show that Mattel Inc. is staging during New York fashion week next February. Fifty as-yet-undisclosed designers will produce Barbie-inspired outfits for the runway, and each of the 50 models will be wearing the pink Louboutins at the show.

Dirty Sexy Money: The Hell-Fire Clubs


THE HELL-FIRE CLUBS are legendary. Salacious tales of orgies, prostitutes, erotica, extreme rituals, and initiation ceremonies titillated & scandalized the aristocratic eighteenth-century English society. In The Hellfire Clubs: Sex, Satanism and Secret Societies by Evelyn Lord (Yale University Press) thoroughly explores the club's premise as well as sets aside the exaggerated gossip about the secret Hell-Fire Clubs and brings to light the first accurate portrait of their membership (including John Wilkes, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and the Prince of Wales), beliefs, activities, and the reasons for their proliferation, first in the British Isles and later in America, possibly under the auspices of Benjamin Franklin. Brilliant,
perverse, equally capable of elaborately obscene jests and the intricacies of parliamentary politics, the members of The Hellfire Club were the most astonishing men of their time. Since it's inception over two hundred years ago, the record of their revels has fascinated and repulsed the world.
Brilliantly readable and delving below the scandals to reveal the social and political impact of doing our own thing, which has roots far deeper than the post-war permissive society.
The Hell-Fire Clubs will appeal to all those curious about the shock-tactics of moral outrage.

Available at Yale, Amazon, Barnes&Noble

Monday, December 29, 2008

The Perfect Fix: Skin-Care Cocktails

Take a shot of antioxidants, a drop of retinol, a splash of sun protection, give it all a shake, and voilà- gorgeous skin! It's all about clever combinations of just the right ingredients. Whether your goal is to smooth lines, banish breakouts, or even out a mottled complexions, these 4 genius skincare products can be mix and match to your beauty regimens that will surely give you a recipe for skin-care success!

CURE FOR: Fine Lines, Wrinkles & Lackluster Skin
INGREDIENTS: Ginko Biloba, Green Tea Extract, and Nano-Claire GY™ a genius bioengineered growth hormone that mimics the hormones lost naturally as we age as well as a slew of other age defying nutrients!
USAGE: Apply unfolded sheet mask to cleansed and toned face. Leave on 10 minutes. Gently massage the excess fluid into skin and allow it to penetrate. Do not rinse. Follow with moisturizer of your choice.
LBP's PROGNOSIS: Every luxurious drop of this mask feeds the skin with powerful antioxidants, essential vitamins, age-defying hydration and vital nutrients - it's the PERFECT addition to any skin care regimen. We suggest using this mask with your P.M Regimen for amazing results!
COST: $120.00 (package of 6 sachets)
SHOPLIST: 3LAB Perfect Mask is available at Barneys New York and barneys.com; saks.com and 877.551.7257. For more information, please visit 3LAB.com




CURE FOR: Lackluster, Dull Skin
REMEDY:
Dr. Susan Taylor's Rx for brown skin Absolute Radiance Intensive Exfoliating Serum
INGREDIENTS: Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Seed & Pomegranate Extract, Glycolic acid and a slew of powerful antioxidants, polyphenols and essential vitamins.
USAGE: After cleansing skin saturate a cotton ball with the serum & apply liberally to skin - Follow with moisturizer for astounding results!
LBP's PROGNOSIS: While we are all equal our skin isn't! With
Absolute Radiance Intensive Exfoliating Serum by Rx for Brown Skin this high-potency treatment saturates the skin with a wave of hydration, smoothness and conditioning that will transform your complexion instantly. We can't get enough miracle in a bottle!
COST: $38.00
SHOPLIST:
rxforbrowskin.com, Sephora.com, Dillards Nationwide, Sephora at JC Penny Nationwide











CURE FOR: Dry, Chapped, Peeling Lips & Fatigued Eyes
REMEDY:
Bioelements Instant Emollient
INGREDIENTS: Vitamin E, Bulgarian Rose Oil , moisturizing Chamomile Oil

USAGE: For the Lips - Warm balm with fingertip and apply with a light, patting motion on lips, above and below the lip line. Wait a few minutes before applying lip color. Worn all day, lips are constantly protected. Applied at night, lips are renewed by morning.
For the Eyes- Dab a small amount and gently sweep onto the eye area morning and evening to ensure proper delivery of this potent treatment.
LBP's PROGNOSIS: This luxurious emulsion infuses a potent concentration of antioxidant-rich properties that transfroms both the lips and eyes with dramatic results! It works on contact to soften roughness, relieve dryness and flaking and help heal seriously dry lips as well as hydrate the delicate area around the eyes. Jam packed with botanicals and vitamins to regenerate the delicate lip skin it also hydrates eyes and is perfect for the harsh winter season. For the lips we love using it before we apply our lip color for a smoother application.

COST: $20.00
SHOPLIST:
bioelements.com, SpaLook.com, DermStore.com & spas nationwide or call 800.433.6650

CURE FOR: Blemish, Dark Marks, Age Spots
REMEDY:
Renée Rouleau Daytime Blemish Gel
INGREDIENTS: Green Tea, Beta Glucan ,Salicylic Acid (BHA) and Tea Tree Oil

USAGE: On clean skin, apply 1 drop to infected blemish. Let dry and proceed with makeup. Use daily until it clears.
LBP's PROGNOSIS: Having blemishes and wearing make up can be a disastrous scenario but with
Renée Rouleau Daytime Blemish Gel you can treat your god forsake blemishes and wear make up effortlessly! This acne-fighting serum protects blemishes as well as seal off dirt and debris from the effected area. The gel speeds up the recovery period, nourishes and hydrates the skin and at the same time, more effectively protects it against future outbreaks - Elysium in a bottle!
COST: $36.50
SHOPLIST:
reneerouleau.com

Friday, December 26, 2008

Get Red Carpet Ready for New Years

Tim Rogers’ Tips To Achieve Dazzling, On-Trend Holiday Coifs

Top NYC stylist & Editorial Spokesperson for Charles Worthington London, Tim Rogers, “ups” the glam factor this coming season with essential how to’s for achieving runway worthy styles just in the time for the holidays. Just a few twists and a dollop of professionally formulated products will have your in party perfect hair…

Scruffy, bouffant up-dos.
Rock and Roll meets Victorian punk. Vamp it up this holiday season… and combine the best of both tradition and trend.

Set clean hair on large electric or small velcro rollers. Use Charles Worthington London BIG HAIR Texturizing Salt Spray on the root of each sectioned roller setting to create texture and substance at the roots. Back brush the roots throughout the head using and ultrafine aerosol hair spray (try Charles Worthington London BIG HAIR Ultrafine Hairspray) on each brushing. The goal is to create a wispy, whimsical texture.

Divide the hair in half, splitting at the crown between hair behind the ear and hair in front. Create a French twist using the back section. Integrate the front section using pins to create a fun, high party shape.
Slicked high bow pony.
Ideal for going straight from the office to the holiday shindig, this sleek look is classic, polished sophistication with a “twist”.

Prep hair using Charles Worthington London BIG HAIR Texturizing Salt Spray on damp, damp hair. Make pony by following the line of your jaw using a hand mirror.

Twist the pony over to create a 'bow' effect. Good for longer layered hair, or one length hair.

Shiny braids.
A modern take on the archetypal braid… that can be worn down or twisted into 'figure-8' over scaled chignon for and updated, slick style.
Start with damp hair. Add a texturizing balm mixed with a gel for shine and control, I like Charles Worthington London Moisture Seal Leave-in Conditioner or BIG HAIR Amazing Finishing Balm.

If your hair is shorter than your collar bone, consider a ponytail 'switch' extension. Make a pony, add the extension that has been color matched in daylight, dampened with water and with balm/gel mix added. Pin the extension into the ponytail band holding your own hair in place using large bobby pins. Divide the combined hair into three sections and braid conventionally.

If you choose to wear the pony down and slick, considering adding a hairline gripping bandeau OR make figure-8 chignon by twisting the hair into shape and securing with long hair pins for an update on the popular chignon.

Charles Worthington London available at Target, Walgreens & Ulta.com


Underlying Swag: Get Flawless with Dr. Rey's Shapewear

As we approach a New Year there are some underlying issues that must be addressed! Dolls when it comes to your unmentionables, let us say that the right undergarments (i.e. Dr Rey's Shapewear™ - the innovative line of shapewear that works wonders you won't leave home without it) can improve posture, shrink your physique down a size and make an off the rack frock appear red-carpet worthy ( not to mention launch legions of admirers hot in your pursuit!) So Ladies let's toast to a bygone year and a better intimates relationship for 09! Cheers
Designed of luxurious stretch microfiber that hugs and lightly molds the body, this Waist Cincher by Dr Rey's Shapewear™ offers comfortable everyday control. It's genius design instantly gives your body a younger-looking and toned physique. The cups support and enhance the bust, while the firm control fabric flattens and tones the stomach area.

This Plunge Bra from Dr Rey's Shapewear™ boost your cleavage to absolute perfection! The revolutionary Plunge Halter Bra has been created by Dr Rey's Shapewear™ to provide comfort, all the while naturally adjusting shoulder and back straps; it also reduces the appearance of bra lines and bulges.... amazing
We can not get over how great the High-Waist Step-In works for effectively covering cellulite when wearing tight-fitting clothes. The push-up effect offers a natural looking bottom while the shaping ensures a flat looking tummy and firm thighs. Designed to shape and contour problem areas, the High-Waist Step-In shaping bodysuit by Dr Rey's Shapewear™ will eliminate unwanted lumps and bumps to perfection!


The design is sexy and feminine, yet it provides great all-over body control and has a hidden underwire for support. Designed to smooth your curves, this slip by Dr Rey's Shapewear™ is styled to smooth from the waist to the thigh, this innovative slip offers firm control to flatten the tummy, tone the hips and thighs and even support the back all the while giving you an amazing cleavage!


For Dr. Rey's Shapewear™ visit HSN.com, Sears.com & Sears Stores Nationwide

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Down to the 11th Hour Shopping Guide

Every year you vow to come up with original ideas for the loved ones on your holiday shopping list, but between the endless cocktail parties and family obligations, who's to blame a girl for succumbing to that stress-free go-to, the gift certificate? For this extremely busy time of the year it's all about giving out signature gifts to the ones you love! We've come up with some equally easy but infinitely more personal options that will substantially up the wow factor on the big day. So this year, when your nearest and dearest squeal “It's so me!” you'll know they actually mean it.

For Your Nearest & Dearest:


Shag The Art of Josh Agle

Chronical Books

$ 40.00

ChronicalBooks.com

This major monograph is the perfect gift to give your loved ones! It's visually pleasing and wallet friendly - what's not to love...


Stocking Stuffers for your 'Girls':

$100
This fashion trivia board game will delight fashionistas and style tyros alike. Includes four shopping nags, collectible high heels, scissors, sunglasses, mirror figurines and golden dice.
For your co-workers:


$30,
Tiffany & Co. stores nationwide

With the looming economic crisis it's all about playing your cards right! It's a fitting gift for all your co-workers ...

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Artistic Luxury: Indulge Yourself with These Art & FashionTomes!

ULTRA-LUXE art-fashion tomes are an absolute MUST for lovers of all art meduims such as myself! From the powerful, transgressive and emotionally charged images from new emerging artists from Japan to the iconoclastic work of Jeff Koons these tomes are the ultimate indulgence - or should that be investment?



Jeff Koons, the highly-anticipated, beautifully-produced volume showcases one of contemporary art’s most innovative and important figures. Koons has positioned himself as a new type of artist for the twenty-first century: a hybrid of creator, entrepreneur, and one of the most forward-thinking and innovative artists in the world. His uncanny use of presenting established images as his own ushered in an entirely new, critical approach to making art--one that questioned notions of originality is thoroughly explored in this book. Koons' technique involves appropriation, and he pilfers freely from the vast image bank of popular culture to create works that simultaneously embrace and critique a quintessentially American sensibility, with images stemming from the cartoons, celebrities and advertisements, among many other sources. This major retrospective brings together Koons' installations, paintings, sculptures and works is the most comprehensive examination of his work to date. This awe-inspiring tome also focuses on the work's iconography and how it registers prevalent themes in our social landscape, including an obsession with various images and a preoccupation with the tawdry and the illicit. Highlighting Koons' amazing oeuvre, this fully illustrated volume really is a gem to be treasured!



Having spent so long on the periphery of the art & fashion world, 'Gothic' is taking its place as a bonafide art form influencing fashion, literature, film, media, music, and design. Gothic Dark Glamour (Yale University Press) brings together in this thought provoking tome - the freshest, the darkest and the glamorous works from around the world inspired by the most compelling Gothic art across various media, from paintings and illustrations to photography and most importantly it's impact of fashion through the decades. Gothic is an essential volume for anyone who appreciates this timeless art form and the inspiring figures behind them. Dating back from the eighteenth century 'Gothic' has had a prolific impression on so many designers, the legacy of this visionary work continues to influence designers from Alexander McQueen to John Galliano. This lavishly illustrated volume features many photographs that showcase the 'Gothic' hallmarks: a love of erotic macabre, soaring flights of fancy, death and a devil-may-care dynamic that resulted in wildly eccentric combinations of silhouettes and textures that had never been seen before. A stunning exploration of the themes and historical imagery that inspired many Gothic-esque fashions from around the world this book is a MUST!




Drawing from street culture, high art, and traditional Japanese painting, Drop Dead Cute showcases the work of 10 cutting-edge female Japanese artists. What's fascinating about this gorgeous tomes are the artist themselves and their ability to blend aspects of manga, anime, and traditional art with their own idiosyncratic visions to create work that is international in appeal yet uniquely Japanese. A must for lovers of all things Japan!

Holiday Gifts For That Special Someone....You

While it is the season to Give there's nothing wrong with indulging yourself with goodies too! So treat yourself to something nice this season from statement necklaces to the finest in wellness & fitness!
Channel your inner Vixen in an ultra modern-style bib that makes a dramatic impact. A twinkling cascade of baguettes and faceted ovals in varying shades and translucencies of cool greens, purples & gold this striking piece is the ultimate statement necklace.
Price Upon Request
Preserve a full year’s worth of memories and reflections with this set of 12 beautifully crafted embossed volumes. An edgy accessory in elegant embossed faux leather, this silver-foil reptilian notebook is a dandy way to treasure a year's worth of thoughts! Featuring silver foiled edges and a cotton ribbon marker to keep track of one's place, this fine journal will make every fashionista take note.
$99

David Kirsch’s Gym In A Bag

Fitness Guru
David Kirsch (he's the man who made Heidi Klum 'The Body'!) and his genius inception of the 'Gym In A Bag' staying sleek & slim will no longer be a challenge with constant traveling, schlepping and endless run around! The lightweight gym bag comes equipped with his essential fitness tools (a set of wrist weights -2.5 lbs or 5 lbs , 1 medicine ball -2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 lbs, & The Ultimate New York Body Plan DVD ) so no matter where you are you can get fit to perfection with David!