Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Year of Good Buys!


Mon Petites, we all know I love a good piece or too and with the new year comes new pieces I want to buy, wear, or, at the very least, covet from a dazzlingly distance! Thanks to the gals & gents over at Vogue I have my STYLELIST for seasons to come. The 2012 had it's ups and downs but one thing I do know is that 2012 sale racks will make 2013 all the more hauter!  Glance your pretty eyes at the haute finds from net-a-porterssenseluisaviaroma, modaoperandi , barney's & farfetch respectfully that made 2012 (and will make 2013) a year of good buys!

Yves Salomon for Intermix knitted raccoon jacket, $1,725
intermixonline.com
Photo: Marko MacPherson | Stylist: Starr McCaleb


All looks by Peter Som; modaoperandi.com


We here at LPB love love love an amazing Fur piece and these lovelies by Peter Som are everything that dreams are made of. 
Miu Miu dress with embroidered floral detailing, price upon request
Miu Miu, NYC, 212.641.2980
Photo: Marko MacPherson | Stylist: Starr McCaleb
   

From left to right: PREEN Wyatt printed silk crepe de chine top $585; STELLA MCCARTNEY Christine floral-print silk tapered pants $925; MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS Palm-print mid-rise skinny jeans $125; LANVIN Draped printed silk-blend lamé gown $3,340; 3.1 PHILLIP LIM Floral-print stretch-silk tank $350; CHRISTOPHER KANE Printed cotton-jersey track pants $475; STELLA MCCARTNEY Floral-print silk shirt $880; OSCAR DE LA RENTA 24-karat gold-plated flower necklace $545; ERICKSON BEAMON I Never Promised You A Rose Garden gold-plated Swarovski crystal clip earrings $415; CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA The Dolly suede platform pumps $945; 3.1 PHILLIP LIM Floral-print corded silk biker jacket $1,195; All Looks Available via net-a-porter.com

40's floral works and all but this dame love the blooming innovation of floral prints that we could not nestle ourselves in the retro looks - for us 2013 will be alive with floret fancies! 
Valentino python boot, $2,395
Bergdorf Goodman, NYC, 212.753.7300
Tory Burch snake-embossed leather Kellan wristlet, $250
shopbop.com
Photo: (from left) Marko MacPherson; Courtesy of Valentino

From left to right: 3.1 PHILLIP LIM  WHITE COMBO SNAKESKIN SPADE LOAFERS $238; GIVENCHY BROWN PYTHON LEATHER BOX CLUTCH $580; ALEXANDER WANG  SERPERTINE GREEN LEATHER & SUEDE MARION PRISMA $750; ALEXANDER WANG BLACK CROC EMBOSSED BOXER SHORT $850; BARBARA BUI  TURQUOISE PYTHON SKIN SNEAKERS $284; ALEXANDER WANG  LEOPARD CALF-HAIR PRISMA TOTE $805; 3.1 PHILLIP LIM  BLACK LIZARD-SKIN PATENT LEATHER BOMBER JACKET $495; SIMONE ROCHA  GREY LEATHER PONY SPOT TOP $428; ALEXANDER WANG  BLACK CROC-EMBOSSED BIKER APRON VEST $925; MARC BY MARC JACOBS  GOLD DRAGON SCALE CUFF $39; GIVENCHY  BROWN SUEDE EMBOSSED CROC BAG $411; PROENZA SCHOULER  NAVY AND DEERSKIN CHIEKO BAG $364
Available via ssense.com

It's our primal instinct to look chic - with exotic skins it's all the more better! Skins can be work throughout the year from accessories to must have pieces that will make a look you the queen of not only these haute streets ~  



Acne Stone leather pants in Dusty White, Flint, and Ultramarine, $1,340
acnestudios.com
Photo: Marko MacPherson | Stylist: Starr McCaleb






From left to right: A.L.C. Leather Legging $1,296; THE ROW Ellerton Crop Pant $2,190; BALENCIAGA Leather Legging $1,595; BALENCIAGA Leather Legging $1,595; BALENCIAGA Leather Leggings $1,595
Available via barneys.com

A wardrobe isn't a wardrobe without a great pair of leather pants~ Get versatile and add vibrant hues into your    arsenal and you are well on your way to greatness.   


Photo: Marko MacPherson | Stylist: Starr McCalebPhoto: Courtesy of Alexander Wang
Alexander Wang Hybrid Tweed ski jacket, $1,695



From left to right: DRIES VAN NOTEN 'VERONIQUE' Jacket $2604; BURBERRY PRORSUM asymmetric button jacket $2406.17; DRIES VAN NOTEN 'VERONIQUE' coatGIAMBATTISTA VALLI raccoon trim gilet $4129.39; BACON 'Icecon' padded jacket $1285.36; MONCLER GRENOBLE Fox fur padded jacket $3030.91
Available via farfetch.com


The weekend isn't just for schlepping in your sweats mon petites! Why not take the time out to cover said sweats in a hauter then haute coat that will make any schlep-ensemble look absolutely amazing (don't forget to wear a good heel or killer boot too!)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Good Buy Derek Lam !

Photo Courtsey of DEREK LAM

Mon Petites, there are once in a lifetime moments when all the stars align, Mercury is not in retrograde and your hair is worthy of any catwalk. Well lovelies this moment has just gotten even better by the hautest sale in town courtsey of DEREK LAM! From out of this word frocks to shoes that will surely turn heads this sale is not to be missed! Now all good things don't last forever so haul yourself over to DEREK LAM now to score some major finds.... Thank me later! 

Photo Courtsey of DEREK LAM



Wednesday, January 9, 2013

TGIE: Thank God It's Everyday!

Every Day a Friday
 How to Be Happier 7 Days a Week
 by Joel Osteen
It's a feeling we have all experienced in our lives - after a long week of schlepping, working our tails off and surviving the weekly grind there's this serene sense of calmness and  merriment that comes with the arrival of the proverbial Friday - a day that is synonymous with relaxation and liberty that just soothes the soul. A day that brings a smile to anyone's face no matter one's station in life from young to aged with perfection (old isn't a word we use here at LPB) the arrival of Fridays encapsulates what it means to happy with the liberty that the weekend brings . Now what if we can have that Friday sensation everyday? What is stopping us from being content on a hectic Monday or absolutely crazed Wednesday? Well according to acclaimed Pastor, Father, Husband, Author and Devout Believer Joel Osteen we can be happy every day of the week. In his best-selling tome Every Day a Friday:  How to Be Happier 7 Days a Week (FaithWords) Osteen delivers a message of emotional well-being that won't confuse, annoy or leave you feeling anything less then your absolute best. What we took away from the overall message of the book was that not being aware and mindful of our true selves can cause a cognitive dissonance that can wreak havoc on our emotional well-being. Being downtrodden by daily angst, negative thoughts -etc. essentially stifles our true selves and real personalities, which makes us in turn feel terrible and can be the very root to grave mental anguish and who wants that mon petites! Osteen teaches that not being true to oneself, constantly in a state of negativity and not having faith in whatever you believe in any form is honoring fear and that my friends breeds restlessness, discontent and a state that of sheer dejection that is killer to one's joie de vie. This tome is an experience in itself and no matter your denomination you can take away the message of happiness everyday that is not some mythical dream but a reality. 24/7 Happiness is the new black mon petites - let's all wear it! 




To learn more about Joel Osteen and his books check out  JoelOsteen.com and if you are like me add him on Facebook  & Twitter 

Friday, January 4, 2013

SEIZE THE CHIC: GET HAUTE NAILS WITH ZOYA NAIL LACQUER!


Photo: Raymond Meier

Mon Petites, we all know I LOVE a good deal and when it comes to haute beauté items like Zoya Nail Lacquer I just can not keep quiet! Starting today through Janaury 13 log onto www.ZOYA.com and use code: ZOYA2013 to get your hands on 3 haute Nail Lacquers!!!! If this isn't a sweet deal I don't know what is! Now mon petites, tweet me your haute Zoya Nail Lacquer finds as I would love to see how you will color your world in 2013~

Log onto www.Zoya.com for more information! Seize the chic & happy shopping ~ 



Tuesday, January 1, 2013

That's Why The Lady Is A VAMP!

You've seen her before - we have all seen her:  the VAMP , an effervescent creature who enters the room and captivates us all. Like the mythological nymph her beauty is  undeniable, her presence is spellbinding and no one can escape her allure. The VAMP comes in many forms and we here at LPB want to celebrate them all! So Ladies (and Gents) have a seat and luxuriate in the world of the VAMP - be amazed mon petites... AMAZED! 

Elaine Irwin  
Photographed by Sheila Metzner, Vogue, 1991


Bright like the sun The GOLDEN Vamp shines on all who are lucky enough to be encapsulated by her subtle warmness. Not just tow-heads (all Blondes are NOT created equal - that's another post!) the Golden Vamp radiates beams of pure beauty that is truly captivating. 

Clockwise from left to right: DONNA KARAN Sequined stretch-tulle one-shoulder dress $2,295; YVES SAINT LAURENT Large Arty gold-plated glass cuff, $640; GUCCI Garcon gold-tone clutch with crocodile pouch, $4,900STELLA MCCARTNEY Christine silk-blend lamé tapered pants, $885OSCAR DE LA RENTA 24-karat gold-plated hoop clip earrings, $195; KARL Jane metallic faux leather jacket, $290

How To Spot Her: How can you not? She blinds you with her rays of ravishing beauty, confidence and her gold accents compliment everything about her! 

Get Vamp'ed: Add a Midas touch to your wardrobe and get your pretty hands on some 24k worthy pieces. Gold is a one neutral tone that works on any and everyone. 
Iman
Photographed by Ishimuro, Vogue, 1977

We are all Inner Vamps! It's those nights where you want to walk around your home in your highest, sexiest heels, when you just want to luxuriate on your bed in your barely there négligée or that Monday morning where you wear that sexy bra under your work outfit unbeknownst to the world just for your own pleasure. The Inner Vamp is indulgent and knows how to make herself feel and look beautiful just for herself alone - you just gotta love that! 

Clockwise from left to right: AGENT PROVOCATEUR Raphaella lace and tulle corset, $990; AGENT PROVOCATEUR Raphaella lace and tulle underwired bra, $250; AGENT PROVOCATEUR Sidonie floral-lace briefs, $170; CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Daffodile 160 crystal-embellished suede pumps, $6,395; PHILIPPE AUDIBERT Wollaston rose gold-plated necklace, $182; YVES SAINT LAURENT Leopard-print silk-mousseline strapless gown, $6,250; ETRO Gold-plated Swarovski crystal clip earrings, $380



How To Spot Her: Just look in the mirror. 

Get Vamp'ed: Building your lingerie closet will surely help as is knowing your proper bra size but getting vamp'ed internally really just starts by looking in the mirror (prefably in the buff) and loving every part of you. Take a moment and just relish in the hautness that you are. Instead of wearing sweats to bed invest in a beautiful piece of lingerie and just make yourself beautiful just to go to sleep. Trust us , you will wake up with a smile on your face.



Du Juan, Tao Okamoto, Hyun Yi Lee, Yyoni Kang, Liu Wen, Bonnie Chen, So Young Kang, and Lily Zhi.
Photographed by Steven Meisel, Vogue, 2010


Just because Gossip Girl ended does not mean we can still have opulence in our lives! If you are like me then you just love the drama that comes with Pomp & Circumstance the Opulent Vamp is the one. Overdressing is the only option for this dame, gowns are a standard as are jewels that will make even the Queen lust after. 
Clockwise from left to right: LANVIN Oversized Swarovski crystal ring, $950; CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Mini Loubi Lula lace and satin frame clutch, $1,195; DOLCE & GABBANA Gold-plated Swarovski crystal bracelet, $1,095NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD Ruffle-trimmed suede pumps, $950; NOTTE BY MARCHESA Pleated silk-taffeta and crepe gown, $1,155; ERICKSON BEAMON Envy gold-plated Swarovski crystal clip earrings, $505; DOLCE & GABBANA Strapless velvet dress, $7,245;



How To Spot Her: She is usually in the Society pages in the Newspaper. Her calendar is filled with endless charity events and more then likely Derek Blasberg is a good girlfriend. She loves a dress above all things and is not scared to strut her stuff in a frock that weighs more then her! 

Get Vamp'ed: For each and every occasion overdress - it's just that simple. Now mon petites don't go around looking like Miss Havisham but wear a big puffy frock and don't care. Flood yourself with jewels throw on a fur coat (faux or real - we prefer the latter - don't judge us!) and hit the town. 


Helena Christensen
Photographed by Peter Lindbergh, Vogue, 1991


Like a lion to it's prey the Fierce Vamp is a force to be reckoned with. Vapidity  does not exist in her world. She takes a firm stance and that is being a woman without apologies. She's a girl's girl but men will be inspired by her gusto - she'll never go down without a fight!
Clockwise from left to right: VALENTINO Studded suede and leather ankle boots, $1,195;ROBERTO CAVALLI Animal-print brocade tuxedo jacket, $3,660BALMAIN Satin-trimmed jersey jumpsuit, $6,435VALENTINO Rockstud leather and calf hair gloves, $575; ASHLEY PITTMAN Hodi bronze and bone necklace, $485DOLCE & GABBANA Gold-tone crystal and glass-pearl clip earrings, $1,245; BALMAIN Quilted leather mini skirt, $6,870; JUST CAVALLI Printed cotton T-shirt, $195; YVES SAINT LAURENT Leather biker jacket, $4,900


How To Spot Her: Like a gust of wind , the Fierce Vamp needs no introduction, or pleasantries for that matter. She isn't a brut  - she is a woman that knows exactly what she wants and she looks like it too! She loves the mixture between chic and street which she pulls off amazingly. Just don't get in her way and it's all good! 

Get Vamp'ed: Add leather to your wardrobe, mix textures, silhouettes and accessories. With the Fierce Vamp it's a combination between rugged and sensual which sums up a woman anyway so it's an easy fete! 


Shalom Harlow
Photographed by Irving Penn, Vogue, 1996

She's the friend that looks perfect after getting caught in a thunderstorm, her hair never seems to get frizzy and her clothes while it's not the most ostentatious she is glamorous in the truest sense of the word. 

Clockwise from left to right: SONIA BY SONIA RYKIEL Trompe l'oeil cotton and cashmere-blend dress, $515KIMBERLY MCDONALD 18-karat gold, diamond and geode earrings, $15,545; PROENZA SCHOULER Shearling-collared quilted leather jacket, $6,495; BY MALENE BIRGER Saphia printed silk-chiffon playsuit, $445; CITIZENS OF HUMANITY Avedon paisley-print low-rise skinny jeans, $220; ZERO+MARIACORNEJO Draped silk-jersey dress, $1,050;

How To Spot Her: We all know her (some of you just might be her) she is The One female who just always seems to pull 'it' off. From her flawless skin to that magical way she smiles at you the Effortless Vamp is the epitome of self awareness that sums up her undeniable beauty. 

Get Vamp'ed: The effortless Vamp is just that - effortless. She knows herself and wears her confidence boldly. To get vamp'ed just be the very best version of yourself and no matter what you wear from loose cardigans to your favorite skinny jeans where it with ease and my friend you are well on your way. 

Cindy Crawford
Photographed by Sheila Metzner, Vogue, 1992


Sultry Vamps are forces of nature inhabiting this world with such seductive flair one needs to catch one's breath just to experience the allure of the Vamp.  


Clockwise from left to right: CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Divinoche 160 suede and textured-leather sandals$1,395; ROBERTO CAVALLI Rhodium-plated Swarovski crystal alligator cuff$1,400; LANVIN Asymmetric silk-satin wrap gown, $4,890; STELLA MCCARTNEY Anna stretch-cady and velvet jumpsuit, $3,925; SHOUROUK E. Vegas sequin and crystal earrings, $350; EDDIE BORGO Silver-tone crystal cuff, $650

How To Spot Her:  First things first: vulgar she is not! The Sultry Vamp owns the room when she enters. She’s not just noticed, she attracts the attention of everybody and is sexy in an organic way that never offends or comes off tawdry.

Get Vamp'ed: Sultry Vamps knows how to accentuate their shape - it's actually an art form the way these Vamps can adorn their body to epic proportions. To get Sultry Vamp'ed acclimate yourself with your body - zone in on your favorite attribute and play it up. Sultry Vamps invest in themselves and the ROI is truly priceless! 

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