Thursday, January 28, 2010

What was missing this season.......

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The fall collections were all about texture—be it a pair of haute sari trousers at Balenciaga, a grosgrain puff sleeve at Proenza Schouler, or a bright silk-velvet dévoré dress at Rodarte. So it’s little surprise that nails are also following suit, turning up in cool just off the runway shades that offer a refreshing new alternative to the norm from high-gloss finish to glitter heaven. I don't know about you dolls, but the only thing I can afford straight off the runway is the nail lacquer : here's where Zoya comes in - the too haute nail care line offers an array of hues we can not wait to get our hands on this season!

Who doesn't have Avatar fever? This vibrant blue nail lacquer compliments any completion and the high shine finish will truly mesmerize you!


Oh Jo! This silvery blue nail lacquer is jam packed with opulence and decadence!

Purple is the new black...nail polish, that is. Juicy ($7) is versatile, high on gloss factor and works on both fingers and toes... yummy!

Mon Petits, I'm addicted to SouthBeach Ice ($7) the color goes on like a sheer dream and the outcome is always outstanding!!!!!

This glitter hue of perfection reminds me of Donna-Michelle (memorize the name dolls!) the oh so haute manicurist and inventor of the BlackBerry Bling & iPhone Bling (not familiar - check it out here!) the shade is uber high on glitz and will truly make any gal (or guy) camera ready!

ZOYA's Nail Lacquer in AKYRA ($7) is a out of this world metallic aqua blue with all the bells and whistles: flattering green undertones, a dazzling shine, and a mirror-like finish.

Some dark enamels make our nails so flat and inky, it looks like we scribbled on them with a dilapidated marker. Zoya's Nail Lacquer in Kotari ($7) puts an end to the felt-tip effect: The decadent deep aqua blue has metallic flecks to create a lustrous sheen.

Plenty of quick-dry topcoats are also quick to chip. But one thin layer of Zoya's Sparkle Gloss Top Coat ($9) produces bone-dry nails in 30 seconds—and smudge-free polish for a week added bones the sparkle will have your nails gleaming from miles away!

The day of the 'it' bag or shoe is over - it's all about the nails and with ZOYA anythings possible!
Life definitely has it's ups and downs - it's not easy to always be optimistic. Life can be difficult, and in hard economic times it's not just your finances that suffer. Your relationships can be strained. Your health can be stressed. Bad habits can return and negative thoughts can take over (let's not get started on one's waistline!). When one part of your life after another takes a bad turn, you can feel like there is no end in sight, no way out. The truth is, maybe you don't have an answer. With that being said we here at LPB truly believe it's essential how one starts your day and with Hearing from God Each Morning (Faith Words) your dark period would soon cease to exist! Meditating and affirmations has been linked to wellness and Joyce Meyer - the world renowned Bible Connoisseur not only knows this but she has created an opus for you too to ask and seek for a better understanding of yourself and God. In these pages, JM offers assurances that God does not want you to merely survive challenging times, He wants you to thrive. When you give your life over to Him, God will send opportunities your way so that you can soar to new heights of fulfillment through devotion. . History has shown that the most difficult times can serve as catalysts for creativity, innovation, and accomplishment. If you hold on to your faith - your devotions (daily!), ask for God's favor, and don't give in to depression or discouragement, you will emerge not bitter but better, not a victim but a victor.. in essence a must have book!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Darling, Who's Slimming You This Season?

can stare all day at the stylists, photographers and designers who will be flocking in and out of the Bryant Park tents for the New York fashion shows come this Feburary and still miss the accessory of the season. It's not some luscious, tangible object like last season's Balmain
vintage-looking military jacket with chevrons and pewter buttons. The accessory of the moment is the fit physique and that's where BARRY'S BOOTCAMP comes in. Barry Jay - the celebrated trainer and Director of Curriculum at Barry's Bootcamp, has sculpted celebrity clientele including
Katie Holmes, Eliza Dushku, Galen Gering and those Kardashian girls just to name a few. Barry and his uber team of instructors are the main source - the entity that many celebrities and men and women from the US & countries around the world train with when they need to get in shape fast.

Barry's Bootcamp

Mon petites, if you're like me getting ready for NYFW can be a bit stressful! With the award season in full bloom and prepping for my stylist projects heading to the gym sometimes takes a backseat (will literally adds unwanted pounds to my backseat!) - Barry's BootCamp 5 Day Academy is my go to when time and space is limited. These 5 sweat inducing DVDs will tone and sculpt your body like no other! It's truly an amazing fitness regime...

With countless fat-burning fitness DVDs you can have the Bootcamp experience in the comfort of your own home ! My current fave - Barry's BootCamp ARMS AND ABS, an aero/tone “interval” workout that varies the exercises, but not the intensity — this super-tough program just never slows down. has added extra variety in the movements; including functional fitness, agility training and core routines. You will instantly see results with his fitness program and by next season's Fashion Week all eyes will be on you!

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Friday, January 22, 2010

The V Magazine SIZE ISSUE is my absolute obsession these past few weeks. Coming from a stylist background the layout in this issue truly has be salivating and wanting more...
“An iconoclast meets the icon of class.” –Karl Lagerfeld
Photography Karl Lagerfeld
Styling Jacob K
If someone told you that you could send insecurity packing and radiate serious self awareness in and out of your clothes just by reading a book, would you believe it? If you said no (or even thought it for a fleeting second), then you’re exactly the kind of person who could totally benefit from what we’re about to tell you. You see, mon petits attitude counts for a lot in life, and making little adjustments and investing in yourself can help pay off in the long run - leading to a fulfilled and happy life! This is where the beautiful, ingenious and trail brazing Joyce Meyer, comes in - her book The Confident Woman : Start Today Living Boldly and Without Fear (Faith Words) is your guide to basking in self -bravado— and achieving a new level of allure starts here and now! The real shocker: It’s easier than you think......

The Confident Woman
Start Today Living Boldly and Without Fear

By Joyce Meyer
Faith Words

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Every Haute Gal needs a signature fragrance!
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Monday, January 18, 2010


There's definitely something to be said of emerging New York City accessories designer Elizabeth Phillips of ELSPETH new york highly sought after bags are drawing legions of fans from celebrities, it girls and the chicest of chic set the world over. She recently unveiled her latest collection of logo-free confections of goodness, many of them peppered with strong hardware accents all worthy for you to tote around!

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Book It! Must Have Tome of The Month!

TITLE: The Last Chance Millionaire: It's Not Too Late to Become Wealthy
By Douglas R. Andrew
Business Plus

Synopchic: Money maven Doug R. Andrew's latest book The Last Chance Millionaire: It's Not Too Late to Become Wealthy (Business Plus), addresses the complicated (and often dysfunctional) relationship men and women the world over have with personal finance. Andrew's direct, non-condescending style is perfect for this subject matter--he begins with the premise that it's never too late to have financial security. Though his explanation of the Three Miracles of Wealth Accumulation: the Miracle of Compound Interest, the Miracle of Tax-Favored Accumulation, and the Miracle of Positive, Safe Leverage, Andrew explodes many of the commonly-held myths about 401ks, pensions, paying down one's mortgage, and other forms of retirement planning - the tome is inspirational and practical, he also presents a concrete "save yourself plan" for financial repair, starting with setting aside checking and savings accounts, fixing one's credit rating, saving for retirement, setting up a will and purchasing home insurance. This encouraging guide will not intimidate those who are foundering financially. Andrew equips men & women with the financial knowledge and emotional awareness to overcome the blocks that have kept them from making more out of the money they have to gain!

LPB FACTOR: With the looming economic crisis this book is a MUST for all ! From realizing your self-worth to overcoming debt Doug R. Andrew's leaves no stones unturned in this eye-opening book. Not only does he teach you to repair your financial situation he gives you hope! DRA is a force to be reckon with and with this book in no time you can too! Go out and splurge on this life changing tome...

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Living The Life of O...really!

When I first heard of Robyn Okrant and her 365 day journey to O-ville I rolled my eyes - why on earth would I want to read about someone trying to live a life of an enigma (dolls I have my issues with the O but that's another post altogether). To my surprise Okrant's touching Living Oprah: My One-Year Experiment To Walk the Walk of the Queen of Talk (Center Street) was an enlightening tome from a woman who invested her time, money and marriage on the ideologies of Oprah (or rather Oprah's staff - again another post altogether). From her struggles to maintaining a sound mind (and not going bankrupt) while attempting to live her 'best life' Okrant discovered that living a life by her own design is what truly matters - it's an amazing read for O acolytes and those of us who just loves a really good book!

Love The Love: Get RIPPED!™ In Time For Summer!

If, like me, you were simultaneously romanced by the out of this world-themed beyond body con dresses at Alexander Wang, beguiled by the thigh-skimming boots by Christian Louboutin and seduced by the shredded, Kurt Cobain–worthy jean at Balmain, you are (a) possibly a bit of a fashion whore, and (b) already keenly aware of the current prominence of nearly all the designers showing off one's bodily features. Perhaps, even as you read this, you’re shrugging. Maybe you’re muttering something along the lines of Yeah, so? No biggie. If this is the case, God bless you and your 'I don't need to work out' physique, too. The rest of us, on the other hand, have cause for concern. Or causes; mine start with a little extra padding in areas I prefer to keep to myself... With the bikini season just a few weeks away I was weighing various body-perfecting options—and one person rather entity came to mind: Jari Love - the fitness maestro known the world over for her body sculpting fitness regime was just what I need this season to get in shape! Known for her revolutionary fitness experience that engages body, mind and spirit Jari Love helped legions of devout Love acolytes look and feel great by building muscle strength, promoting cardiovascular health, improving body tone, bolstering endurance and enhancing confidence. We are so elated Jari Love has taken the time out to for an exclusive Q & A that will surely take your flab to fab in no time!
Jari Love
Get RIPPED!™ Creator, World Renowned Trainer, Fitness Guru

1. Your name is synonymous with fitness - when it comes to Get Ripped! the revolutionary fitness program that has molded and sculpted thousands of haute bodies - how did you conceive the program?

JL: I taught my first aerobics class when I was 16 years old so I’ve been in the fitness industry for over 25 years! Since then I’ve been involved teaching fitness classes, working at fitness clubs and doing personal training. My husband and I own two clubs in Calgary that have been operating since 1983. I was a competitive runner and got injured because of running too much! As a result, I had to weight train to help keep my weight off – I was skeptical about weight training because like many women, I was afraid of getting big and bulky. To gain motivation to lift weights, I went to an exercise physiologist to find out how many calories I could burn through weight training. Through testing the exercises on a metabolic cart, I discovered that many of the exercises (that I later chose for the Get Ripped!
DVD’s) burn as many calories as running on a treadmill, if not more! I discovered that this was a great way to help people lose weight and boost their metabolism. From there, I put together only the top weight training and cardio exercises (the ones that would burn the most calories and help people get the most muscle definition) into a class and taught them at the Talisman center before putting them on a workout DVD. At the time, I wasn’t even thinking about turning the workouts into DVDs, it was just about teaching the most effective workouts for the class participants. The classes became an instant hit! When I taught my first one we had only 5 people but within weeks we ended up having about 150 – 175 per class. The Talisman center had to add more classes to accommodate the need. The classes became so popular that people would line up an hour before just to reserve a spot. As a result, many people were being turned away - which participants found quite frustrating! but, there was simply no room. One day, a lady came up to me and said “Jari, I wish you would put together the Ripped workouts on a video so that I can do the workouts at home – I just can’t get to the classes early enough to reserve a spot.” Through investigating with someone in the video industry I was given a quote of $1500. I thought that I could easily afford that. What he didn't tell me was that the $1500 was his cost only! As I dove deeper and deeper into the cost of shooting my first DVD workout, I ended up spending $35,000! It was then that my husband and I went into our savings. I was very worried about if I could make the money back - it felt like a HUGE risk and was the most stressful risk I had ever done.

2. Jari, you are truly a renaissance women - you've built a brand, changed lives and have amazing abs : - what keeps you motivated? What is your mantra?

JL: I have been overweight before. I have been dumped, cheated on, and made fun of due to the extra weight. I decided to get the weight off and make a change in my life. I thought that working at a Fitness club would be a very positive environment for me and it was a very positive experience. I was able to get the weight off and keep most of it off. It is really easy for me to put weight on – mainly due to genetics. So, I get motivated by remembering how I felt when I carried those extra pounds and what it did to me internally. I was so down on myself because I felt like a loss of control. For me, when the pants get a little too tight – I get motivated to drop those pounds by eating healthy and exercising. When you do those two things together you feel so much better about yourself and others. Working with thousands of clients it is amazing how extra weight dictates how we feel about ourselves. What I believe is that the fitness industry can be mostly about vanity. It often can be about having a great body and looking good – which if fine, but it focuses on the ‘me’ aspect of it. It is my ultimate goal to help others be the best that they can be so that they can help pay it forward and help others be the best that they can be. I am very passionate about fitness but more compassionate about people. For example, if a friend is going through a divorce and needs someone to talk to because they are hurting, I often will go for a walk with them and just listen instead of having the attitude of ‘that's not my problem.’ When you help others that are struggling – you feel better spiritually inside. I find this the most rewarding. This is why all of my life I have given back to those in need through charity and or donating my time to help others.

3. Besides your workout regime - what foods should people incorporate into their diet to lose weight?

JL: I really believe diet is 80 - 90% of the weight loss equation. People should really include lean proteins (chicken ,turkey, fish, tuna, and egg whites), raw veggies, fruits and whole grains - really all those high fiber foods that help you stay full all day long.

4. We are all affected by the economic crisis - with so many people forgoing the gym; what do you suggest the masses do to stay fit?

JL: Here are my best tips for staying motivated to keep fitness an important part of your life at all times:
* Be clear: the first step in making sure our efforts are well spent is to have clear values that translate into specific goals and objectives. A good way to accomplish this is to keep an exercise journal or write down from the outset what kind of goals you want to accomplish.

* Live creatively and avoid getting stuck in a rut: exercise plateaus happen when your body adapts to the exercise. Keep your program fresh by circulating exercises and introducing new movements so as to not fall into a rut that can zap your motivation

* Be a learner: in order to stay motivated, constantly learn about new things you can try out. Not only will this help you avoid a plateau, but the new knowledge will pull you in new directions you can experience.

* Seek a mentor: someone to look up to with exercise is crucial as it can help you get motivated both for the day's exercise and to redefine yourself as a whole. A mentor is someone that can be trusted for their honesty and wisdom, and they will help push you right in the right direction when you falter.

* Be organized: exercise takes effort, so make sure you don't give yourself options to quit by planning your exercises in advance and writing them down in a calendar or datebook.

* Stay in touch with your emotions: your body will let you know when it is time to exercise and time to rest. Pay attention to your energy levels, your mood and your psychological state for clues as to what to do next.

* Exercise is cheap: you don't necessarily need to go to an expensive gym. Running outside is virtually free and can be an excellent way to get away from it all while improving yourself.

* Remember exercise relieves stress, which is high for most people right now: During your exercise program, really focus on yourself and your body, ignoring all the external complications. For that period of time, the outside world doesn't exist. Lastly, exercise is something we NEED and not something that we want. It is during stressful times that we need to exercise more often. Stress is the number 1 killer!

5. What are your fail proof moves to ensure a killer physique for the impending bikini season?

JL: All of the exercises from the Get Ripped! series are effective. My personal favorite workout is Extremely Ripped! 1000, that includes classic cardio intervals and double duty strength exercises in there. What was interesting, was that when we tested the exercises on the metabolic cart (which tests how many calories and carbs you burn), I burned 2 calories per minute with a bicep curl, but when I did a bicep curl with a bent knee deadlift, I burned around 7 calories! On all the Get Ripped! exercise tracks, we show you how many calories you will burn, which is such a great motivator for people trying to shape up.

6. La Petite Blog has an affinity for fashion - and we have noticed your uber cute looks featured on your DVDs what collections do your wear when your working out?

JL: I designed them all with a gal here in Calgary. I couldn’t get sponsors for the workout DVD’s so I figured I would design them and get them custom made myself. I wanted them to be different that what people are used to seeing.

7. You have an illustrious career - what should we expect from Jari Love for 2010?

JL: Currently, I am getting ready for a three week tour in the United States to promote Extremely Ripped! 1000 as it became a favorite hit with Fitness Magazine! I am also promoting my newest release called “Body Rock” which incorporates dance and cardio with an effective weight workout at the end. I am also currently working on a diet book which I hope to have completed by Spring. It will be available on the I am also releasing a Latin workout later in the year and filming more Get Ripped!™ workouts.

This sweat inducing, heart racing Get Extremely RIPPED!™ 1000- the 60 minute work out will increase metabolism and burn more calories than any other workout on the scene! Combining strength training and stepping techniques, Get Extremely RIPPED!™ 1000 incorporates challenging muscle isolation exercises, explosive reflex training and high-speed movements with light weights to increase muscle definition, boost strength and burn optimum fat. Like Jari we are all about paying it forward so 1 uber lucky LPB reader will win a copy of Get Extremely RIPPED!™ 1000!

Do the following for your chance to win:

1. Email Your Full Name & Shipping Address to with 'Get Me Ripped' in the Subject

2. Comment on this post on how you will plan on staying or getting fit for summer.

The contest is open to the citizens of the world - so Ladies (and gents) enter for your chance to win this amazing DVD! The winner will be announce on Friday, January 29th
- Good Luck!

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Haute Moms - We thank you! We thank you for entering the 'BREAST GIVEAWAY EVER' & 'I LIKE IT HAUTE' contests. We thank you for not only sending in your contest entries but also emails of encouragement as my family and I deal with the tragedy in Haiti - our deepest warmest gratitude Ladies! Both Shima Green (our resident Haute Mom - who is literally due any minute now) and I would like to personally thank : Kelli Conkey, Nicole Tisdale and Amanda Fehr - 3 amazing dames whom not only made the contest a success but our Haute Mom series possible! Without further ado listed below you will find the winners (we truly wish we could gift you all but fear not Ladies we are working diligently on more amazing contests just for you!)
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Winner: Keri W. (& Big Andy)

Ladies, Gents & Big Andy be sure to stay tuned to our HM series you never know what's in store for you to win! Big Kiss!

Friday, January 15, 2010


WHEN you're a Haute Mom, a glamorous baby christening is de rigeur. We know your bébé lives a charmed fashion life - especially when the special moment comes for you to christen your petite one you want to adorn him or her in the best of the best- here's where Molly Brown christening jewellery comes in. From the Fresh Water Pearl Station Necklace to the Christening Bangle your bébé will look stellar in these oh so classic accoutrements. The collection is alluringly artistic, like small sculptures crafted from gorgeous materials. Every angle of each piece is totally complete - so while the front of a Gemstone Cross Necklace is covered in jewels—including generous gemstones stacked atop a pave-esqued layer—the back is entirely embellished too, with the Molly Brown signature (you will think the pieces were sent from above). In addition to numerous angel themes the pearl pieces are a must-have for your petite fille. For a look that’s straight Coco Chanel, layering on multiple strands of pearls (yes you can layer on your petite one) is an easy way to embrace the chunky necklace look that’s been spotted on catwalks across the globe and now on your camera ready bébé! You can also create an instant classic look with the Alphabet Initial Necklace that will surely become a family heirloom. Now Ladies don’t get envious of your bébé you too can look amazing for the event - create a DIY runway look à la Lanvin by securing a long satin, grosgrain, or velvet ribbon tied into a pretty bow to your string of pearls – you and your little one will turn heads (Posh isn’t the only Haute Mom , Darlings)! Whatever you do, just don’t limit your bébé’s look to his or her christening shawl- pair the pieces with jeans, tees, and onesies, if you please.
Mon petits, like most little girls, I loved playing grown-up, teetering around my mother's (and grandmother's and even one of my play uncles...yes girls) heels, smearing on red lipstick and piling on heaps of flashy baubles. Unlike most of my comrades who played this game of decadence with me as a flight of fancy - I still have the need for jewels! There's nothing like a pair of fanciful earrings or knock em' dead rings to glam up a look - especially a haute night on the town look. Just take one look at COMPTON and WOODHOUSE provocative collection of jewels from gold stunners to contemporary and fine jewellery collections. Whatever your style there is a piece designed to move your soul and transcend any look this season (actually Ladies & Gents – any season)! I am beyond obsessed with this site - to a jewellery novice you will be introduced to contemporary designers with modern pieces with quirky textures to epic legendary pieces that one could only dream of owning. This season have my eye on the Organza Full Eternity Diamond White Gold Ring - this modern structural piece is all woman and it's so transitional I can wear it day or night (and I plan too!). With Compton and Woodhouse my affinity for opulence and decadence is satisfied beyond measure! Being a self proclaimed jewellery enthusiast I adore the amazing assortment of pieces available (honey it's just 1 click away from being on your person!), there's no denying - Compton and Woodhouse's stunning collection of jewellery perfection will seduce you on the visuals alone... Dolls - I need a moment, talk amongst yourselves....

Monday, January 11, 2010

Ode to Black Orchid...

No one can deny the powerful (even polarizing) effect of fragrance. Happily, the only overwhelming thing about Tom Ford's Black Orchid is it's blend & appeal!
Fragrance aficionados, the smoldering scent of Tom Ford Black Orchid - the patchouli-sandalwood, truffle, dark chocolate, ylang-ylang, and black currant uber elegant blend offers the best of all worlds—it's citrusy, sugary, and flowery. The creamy vanilla notes make the scent completely irresistible. You know the saying "Go big or go home?" This is the fragrance version of it— now if you would rather indulge in sweets and glaze upon floral confections instead of smell like it fear not - offers a plethora of fragrances to choose from - from the hard to find ESCADA IBIZA HIPPIE to the nostalgic Bob Mackie trust there's a scent for everyone (and it's wallet friendly too!).

Need some decadence in your life? Enter our When You Go Black Orchid Giveaway!
Do the following for your chance to win!
1. Register to become a member click HERE
2. Email us your full name, address and with 'Black Orchid Lust' in the subject line to

2. For an additional entry tweet 'Lusting for Black Orchid!' to @LaPetiteBlog

The contest will end on Feburary 18th so hurry and enter before it's too late.

*Note this contest is to US residents only - don't worry International gals, we're working on some haute giveaways just for you!*

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Romper Room Chic!

Having the cutest bébé on the block isn't always enough...not when he can be in the running for best dressed, too! PRE-K APPAREL has the coolest, most colorful, and trendiest items designed exclusively for infants and toddlers.
PRE-K APPAREL the ingenius streetwear collection founded by Boston Luminaries Renatta Hosein & Brain Pope is the hautest item you can dress your bébé in!
The PRE-K APPAREL onesie, the quintessential knock-around piece, is your child's official wardrobe MVP.
And for good reason: It's a simple, classic silhouette that's ingeniously versatile: tagless, uber soft materials, and the most cheekiest of designs—you can essentially have your bébé camera ready in a snap!
With chic styles like a tuxedo onesie, it's never too early to establish your little one at the top of the fashion food chain. And with a portion of each sale going to charity, not only are you teaching your bébé to fashion conscious, but socially conscious, as well!
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- Shima Green
Haute Mom Correspondent