Thursday, February 28, 2013

Les chapeaux!

Milan Fashion Week street style. Photo by Kuba Dabrowski|Courtsey of WWD
From New York to Milan there was the accessory de jour that took precedence all over the global fashion week scene and that mon petites were hats! Everywhere we looked there was a haute dame or gent whose statement piece wasn't an bag or a shoe - it was the hat that topped the scene this season. Let's take a look at the street style this season and the haute finds that will make us all say Good Buy!

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK 

Photos by Jenna Greene | Courtesy of WWD

The biting overcast that chilled us all during NYFW was enough for nearly everyone to top off their looks with style! And style it was from fabulous fur to studded to perfection hats that just works. 
OPENING CEREMONY Casino Hat ,$245 modaoperandi.com
It is fairly safe to say that we here at LPB are absolutely obsessed with Moda Operandi! From the ultra haute trunkshows to the boutique there is so much to covet from that style Oasis that is M'O! Although I missed the  OPENING CEREMONY trunk show I am praying upon a star that the Casino Hats will be available it the M'O boutique 

LONDON FASHION WEEK 

Photos by Merry Brownfield | Courtesy of WWD

London's definitely calling with all the haute headgear that was seen on the streets during fashion week. Veils, bowlers and chic knits were on trend this season - we fancied it all!
From Left to Right: SUPERDUPER LIMITED EDITION HARE FELT HAT $422; BORSALINO PER LUISA VIA ROMA LIMITED EDITION DELFINA DELETTREZ HAT $657; BORSALINO HARE FELT HAT $309; SUPERDUPER DRUSILLA VISCOSE BASEBALL HAT  $213.00 all available via luisaviaroma.com'

Luisa Via Roma is one of our favorite destinations when we want to splurge and score wardrobe staples that will will only get better with time. To say we are obsesses with the Borsalina Per Luisa Via Roma Limited Edition Delfina Delettrez Hat is an understatement! From the hardware to the boho-chic shape we have all the available colors in our check out bag! 

MILAN FASHION WEEK 

Photos by Kuba Dabrowski | Courtesy of WWD

Mon petites, the ladies do it big in Milano! Big personalities need chapeaux of epic proportions and case in point from the pictures above these dames did it well (in snow we  might add) during Fashion week. 
From Left to Right: MAISON MICHEL ‘Heidi’ Lace Cat-ear Headband $385; HOUSE OF HOLLAND Diamante Embellished Raffia Beanie $224; JUST DON Unisex Python and Leather Flat Peak Cap $1,002; ACNE Woven Panama Hat $369; SILVER SPOON ATTIRE Exclusive: Pom-Pom Beanie $160 all available via brownsfashion.com

Browns is an institution in itself - when you want to find a piece and when we state piece we mean Isabella Blow worthy piece Browns is the place to go! From hauter then haute python skin snap-backs (obsessed!) to Diamante Embellished Raffia Beanie - Browns is the place to go broke and look good while doing it!    

PARIS FASHION WEEK

Photos by Kuba Dabrowski | Courtesy of WWD











It's effortless in France - from a Tupac meets Betty Paige ensemble to the French standard of the beloved beret it always just works in the City of Lights. 

Left to Right: DSQUARED2 Leather Biker Hat  $841;KENZO Printed Cap  $57; PACO RABANNE VINTAGE Native American Style Headdress  $687; LANVIN Clear Visor  $523; ELEONORA BRUNO Turban with Shell  $1020 all available via farfetch.com

Farfetch is the ingenious shopping destination for lovers of all things haute (i.e. ME!) you get to peruse shops across the globe and score hard to find pieces that you won't necessarily have access to. The site is a dream and we here at LPB have logged in hours on this site just wish listing looks that need to find it's way to our wardrobes! Regardless of the season you can find whatever your heart's desire on this site - what's not to love?

Well mon petites, when you want to finish a look just top it off with style and you are set to turn heads! 

ZUZKA'S HAUTE BODY 90-DAY RECIPE

If, like me, you were simultaneously romanced by the barely there dresses at Anthony Vaccarello, beguiled by the thigh-skimming boots at Emilio Pucci  and seduced by the out of this world slits at Fausto Puglisi, 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 holidays indulgences still lurking my waistline (no judgement people!) and the impending bikini season vastly approaching - I was weighing various body-perfecting options—and one person rather entity came to mind: Zuzka Light - the fitness dynamo known the world over for her body sculpting fitness regime (Seen over a half Billion times via YouTube!) was just what the I need to get in shape! Zuzka, known for her revolutionary fitness experience that engages and challenges the body, Light help legions of devout WarriorZ acolytes look and feel great by building muscle strength, promoting cardiovascular health, improving body tone, bolstering endurance and enhancing confidence. For those who don't peruse her YouTube channel Zuzka has been so kind to give us her Haute Body 90- Recipe to take your flab to fab in no time! 

ZUZKA'S HAUTE BODY 90-DAY RECIPE

Are you ready to take your body to the next level? ZCUT Power Cardio Series consists of body sculpting,  Tabata, and cardio athletic drills that will push you off your plateau with results that are outstanding. Zuzka Light's 90-day series is an effective total body workout for torching calories and transforming your entire physique. ZCUT Cardio Series, $15.95  (Watch It Now) is comprised of  3 discs containing 12 body-blasting workouts that progress and challenges you from day 1. These quick paced routines have stimulating, grueling moves to deliver an incredible workout and turn your body into a lean and sexy high performance machine.With the program - which includes dynamic warm ups, cool downs and bonus abs work along with calendar schedules the freedom is yours, allowing you to incorporate it into your life the best way possible. Added bonus you get all this at a mere $15.95 - if this isn't one of the best investments you can make for yourself I don't know what is!

Ingredients
ZCUT Power Cardio Series
Disc 1

Workout I: TIME CHALLENGE

Workout II: TIME CHALLENGE

Workout III: 10 MINUTE A.M.R.A.P.

Workout IV: 5 ROUND TABATA TRAINING


Take your body, mind and heart out of its comfort zone and get WarriorZ fit in this state of the art Tabata inspired workout regime. ZCUT Disc I is a thoughtfully designed interval drill based program. This super effective calorie torching system includes a total of 4 exercises that are fast, intense and will transform your body. With Zuzka's lead you will go big, get breathless and feel the difference.

ZCUT Power Cardio Series
Disc 2

Workout V: TIME CHALLENGE - 4 ROUNDS

Workout VI: 10 MINUTE INTERVAL TRAINING

Workout VII: 10 MINUTE INTERVAL TRAINING

Workout VIII: TIME CHALLENGE - 3 ROUNDS


DISC II is the perfect solution to finding and keeping a tight and toned waistline in just under 30-minutes a day (this includes warm-ups, cool downs and the occasional bonus abs feature). This innovative and addictive program includes four different haute body defining workouts. Each one is designed to help you lose inches in your midsection, strengthen your back, and change your overall appearance. No excuses needed since these ultra-efficient programs can fit into even the busiest daily schedule. 


ZCUT Power Cardio Series
Disc 3

Workout IX: TIME CHALLENGE - 2 ROUNDS

Workout X: TIME CHALLENGE - 2 ROUNDS

Workout XI: TIME CHALLENGE - 3 ROUNDS

Workout XII: TIME CHALLENGE - 2 ROUNDS



This high-energy cardiovascular and body transforming program in Disc III will help burn fat and sculpt the body with short high intensity workouts! Not only will you look HOT but increase your endurance and strength to perform your daily activities with ease. There are four time challenges that will provoke the greatness that is within you and trust you will get there. 



3 Dvd Set
Watch It Now Entertainment
$15.95

We loved this fitness program so muh we have partnered with Zuzka Light to give one uber lucky LPB reader the ZCUT Power Cardio Series - read below on how to enter and Good Luck! 
Please note the winner will be annouced on March 11th so be sure to enter! 



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Monday, February 25, 2013

FOOD , LOVE & THE CITY



Have you ever coveted an experience so profound it changes your life forever? If you are thinking 'we should all be that lucky' mon petites, I am here to tell you that anything is possible - just ask Elizabeth Bard! Bard, an American Journalist based in Paris has lived to tell the tale - even better she made it into a book! In Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes (Little Brown & Company) Bard meets the man of her dreams and her palate is taken on a savory Tour de Force that satisfies her taste buds but is the precursor a new life that she could not even begin to fathom. This riveting memoir also includes recipes so not only does Bard feeds the soul she feeds the tummy too! Mon petites, when I tell you this book is a must read!

Can You Keep A Secret?


My Little Paris
by Fany Péchiodat, Amy Péchiodat, Anne-Flore Brunet, Catherine Taret, Kanako Kuno
Hachette Livre Editions du Chéne
For me traveling to Paris has always been a treat within it's self. Unfortunately most of the time it's work related. So while I have yet to see the tourist sights. 
© My Little Paris 

This year I made it a promise to myself that whenever possible I will completely  immerse myself in particular quartiers [noun ( pl. samea district of a French city.] ,discovering little shops and bistros, exploring markets, hot spots, and local entertainment, and finding the quirks and particularities of the city’s day to day life. 
© My Little Paris  
While I have yet to truly plunge into the ultra chic lifestyle of the French I have just acquired a must have travel tome that will make my next voyage to the City of Lights all the more appealing! 
© My Little Paris


In this sui generis guidebook, My Little Paris: The Best Kept Parisian Secrets (Hachette Livre Editions du Chéne)   takes you on an high-toned but oh so hip Paris jaunt—some chic, some not,but all off the beaten track. 

STOLE IT!

Marni Fall 2013 RTW Collection
Photo: Fillipo Flor / InDigital | GoRunway 
Dear Fashion Gods,

Please have these scrumptious Marni Fox Fur stoles available on ModaOperadi.com, in the name of hautenss. amen

Friday, February 22, 2013

TRENDING TOPIC: SUIT UP!

Photo Courtesy of Net-a-Porter.com - Clockwise from above: Lauren Hutton; Bianca Jagger; Katharine Hepburn; Karolina Kurkova | From Left Corner: NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD Printed elaphe and mirrored-leather pumps $825; JUST CAVALLI Printed crepe tuxedo blazer $890; CLOVER CANYON Printed sateen blazer $440; J.CREW Perfect stretch-cotton shirt $72; CLOVER CANYON Printed jersey tapered pants $290; EDDIE BORGO Lock Nut gunmetal-plated cuff $425; MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA Set of four bronze-tone knuckleduster rings $440; PROENZA SCHOULER The PS11 mirrored leather wristlet clutch $1,335;JIMMY CHOO Abel suede pumps $525; all available via net-a-porter.com
The fashion Gods have spoken! 2013 will be the year of Le Suit - from monochromatic sophistication to graphic amalgams of glitz mon petites it's time to suit up!  And Suit Up we shall thanks to the Fashion Mecca Net-A-Porter.com - keep reading and thank us later! 


FW 2013 will be all about Le Suit! From L to R: Dsquared2, Wes Gordon, Iceberg, Tom Ford & Thom Browne Photos: Flippo Flor/ InDigital | GoRunway; Photo Courtesy of Wes Gordon;   Monica Feudi / InDigital | GoRunway; Yannis Vlamos/ InDigital | GoRunway; Gianni Pucci / InDigitalteam | GoRunway
From New York to Milan some of the strongest collections showcased tailored pieces of perfection that while made for a man was created to be worn by a woman! Whether double-breasted or skinny pant you can interpret this look to fit your fancy and the options are limitless. 

Here are some of our key wish list pieces from Net-A-Porter that will be on trend for this look! 
From Left to Right: ISABEL MARANT Malone crepe-jacquard blazer $930; ISABEL MARANT Mendel printed crepe pants $630;; LANVIN Striped cotton-blend blazer $3,185; STELLA MCCARTNEY Neon floral jacquard jacket $1,855; ACNE Jinx Currency printed satin-twill blazer $750 ; SAINT LAURENT Striped glossed rayure-effect blazer $2,950; SAINT LAURENT Cotton-poplin shirt $650; SAINT LAURENT Patent-leather pumps $685; SAINT LAURENT Lutetia suede clutch $950;  ACNE Karma Currency dollar-print woven pants $440 ; PREEN Stingray jacquard blazer $1,540;T BY ALEXANDER WANG Classic jersey T-shirt $76; EDDIE BORGO Lotus ionized cone bracelet $375; MONICA VINADER Fiji 18-karat rose gold-vermeil bracelet $175; CHAN LUU Silver, sodalite and leather five-wrap bracelet $215; PREEN Mid-rise skinny jacquard pants $910; GIVENCHY Leather sandals $650; PROENZA SCHOULER The PS11 mirrored leather wristlet clutch $1,335
So mon petites, it's time to man up and show these boys how it's done when suited up! 

Pour it Up! Voli Light Vodka GIVEAWAY

Photo: AFP/Getty Images Haute Body Motivation! 
For most of us we are still recovering from indulging in a season's worth of Christmas eggnog, Valentine's Day chocolate, and the endless amounts of New Years Day bubbly, almost all of us have gained a couple pounds—and are more than a little bloated. That food mon petites,  will take some extra work at the gym, but in the meantime,let's all work on enriching our lifestyles overall and Voli Light Vodka is here to help. The low caloric libation's sole purpose is to help us indulge without compromising our waistline and even better Voli LIght Vodka wants us to live the best life possible (not just at cocktail hour!).  
photo courtesy of Voli Light Vodka
Voli Light Vodka has introduced the ''Drink This, Not That'' initiative to advocate that we can indulge in a cocktail and still maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. With Voli Light Vodka this mon petites is possible! Voli Light Vodka clocks in at one-third fewer calories then most brands and is just as decadent! 


To celebrate this new movement yours truly has partnered with Voli Light Vodka in the ''Drink This, Not That'' Giveaway - one uber lucky winner will receive: 
  • Voli Light Vodka Gym Tote
  • Voli Light Vodka  Towel
  • Sports Watch
  • Voli Light Vodka cocktail shaker
  • A 2 Week FREE Trial Membership To A CRUNCH GYM NEAR YOU (Transportation will not be included)

photo courtesy of Voli Light Vodka
The Voli Light Vodka Swag - Will you be the winner?
Now while we wish we could gift you all with this ultra fab prize there will be only one winner. In lieu of this we have a few Haute Body tips (from Allure) to keep you all fit and sexy for the impending Bikini season. Good luck to all the entrants and remember drink responsibly!! 

HAUTE BODY DO'S 


Say NO to salt. Sodium—including the kind found in processed foods like microwave products and canned soup—is one of the biggest bloating culprits because it makes your body retain water. Eat fresh ingredients, and try seasoning your meals with fresh herbs instead. 

Faux is OUT. You're probably avoiding sugar after that entire box of chocolate you had last week, but the artificial sweeteners found in sugar-free gum and diet sodas contain sugar alcohols like sorbitol, mannitol, and lactitol that are difficult for the stomach to digest, causing an excess of air and bloating.

Sip on H20. Natural diuretics, in solid or liquid form, can help flush bloating. Some great options: coconut water, green tea, and vegetables with a high water content like asparagus, cucumber, and fennel. Dietician Lauren Slayton also suggests cranberry juice, but to avoid the added sugar, she recommends only the unsweetened kind, mixed with four parts water.

Start Sweating. Sweating alone won't flush bloat, but exercises that focus on your abdomen, like yoga and twists, work your internal organs and can help you digest your meals more easily.

Pop it. Even if you aren't intolerant, food sensitivities to things like lactose or gluten can lead to bloating. If you think that might be the case, experiment with supplements like Lactaid or Beano, and see if the swap makes a difference.

Now it's Your Turn. Tell us your Haute Body Do's in the comments below! 

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Mane Attraction | Tools Of The Trade

Michele Moros/ Luca Cannonier / InDigitalteam |GoRunway

With Fashion week taking over the globe we have dreams for FW2013 of rich hues like azalea pink, fuchsia, and a Riviera blue that will make our wardrobe all the better - we  can't help but be fixated on the haute hair that has graced the runway from New York to Milan. All the better we have the tools of the trade that will transform your hair from subway to runway and you won't break the bank! 


Haute Hair Looks From St. John FALL 2013 READY-TO-WEAR Collection
Photos: Amanda De Simone/ InDigital | GoRunway
Don't have the insider connect like that dashing Ann Dello Russo who rocks those hauter then haute frocks straight off the runway. While we are currently inspired to save our coins for those frocks (Tom Ford anyone?) we can indulge in some cheap thrills that we give us a new look all the same. While we absolutely loved the looks for the FW2013 RTW St.John show the hair was to die for! Those retro waves with that ever so perfect sheen was a hit here at LPB. It's a standard in hair that truly never gets old. Our solution to achieving these look you ask?
Donna Bella 20" Full Head Human Clip-In, $150
www.donnabellahairextensions.com
Donna Bella Hair Extensions of course! When it comes to realistic, shake what ya mama gave ya realness - my friends look no further then the haute hair extensions from Donna Bella! The wefts have just the right amount of fullness and the clips are sturdy. Also at just $150 you can have a full mane and none will be the wiser. Here's a few tips we scored from Allure for the extension novices out there. 


Create a good base. You need to give the hair some grip so that the combs on the back of the extension have something to hold onto and don't just slip out. We recommend spraying a medium- to strong-hold hair spray and using a comb to tease the area where you'll apply the clips. For natural hair girls like me (i.e. no relaxer) I skip the spray because the moisture will curl up my hair - so do this with caution! 
Be a master of disguise. Fine-haired ladies need to be more careful that the top of the extension doesn't peek through the natural hair. Teasing the section of hair just above the clip and just below it will provide the necessary coverage and also give you some extra hold.
Use your heat tools. The most important step is to blend your natural hair and the extension together. We here at LPB wrapped both our hair and the extension around the flatiron, to make sure they flowed into one another and to ensure that each layer had the same loose, wavy texture. Use a large-barrel curling iron for bigger curls or, if you want everything to be superstraight, run a flatiron over both your hair and the extension in the traditional way.
Shake it up. When you're finished, use your fingers to shake your hair and the extension, allowing it to fall naturally into place.


Photos: Gianni Pucci/ InDigital | GoRunway

It's no secret that here at LPB we LOVE all things Francesco Scognamiglio! From his ultra sexy looks to that Kurt Cobain meets Rita Hayworth hair we are absolutely besides ourselves over achieving this effortlessly chic look! 

Target Exclusive Revlon Limited Edition Python Conical Iron, 29.99
target.com

We searched, we tested and we have to admit - we LOVE the Revlon Limited Edition Python Concial Iron! The tapered-barrel cone-shaped curling iron is lightweight and has a ceramic surface that prevents hair from slipping as well as prevents damage. Because the conical rod creates curls that are larger near the root of the hair and narrower at the end, the result is more natural-looking than you'd get with a typical curling iron. Added bonus for you fine hair dames - the iron's surface hold hair in place, so it works extremely well on tricky to curl hair.

Photo Courtesy of Wes Gordon


The Wes Gordon show made us salivate from the rich hues to the the must have fur pieces the collection was a standout during NYFW. What we truly loved was the grunge hair that just works! While all the models wore the same look, in the form of unfussy ponytails, haphazard center parts, and clean hair that looked not-so-fresh it was legendary! While true 90's grunge gangly locks weren't calculated, these polished but not really polished looks definitely were and were on point!
Sam Villa 8 Piece Comb Set w/Case
samvilla.com

There's an easiness to this rumpled ponytail that is just so chic to us. And when one covets runway hair one goes to the brand used by literally all the runways of the world - Sam Villa! From the genius flat irons to the combs and brushes there's an execution of sheer precision that only can be done with Villa products! Sam Villa's 8 piece comb set should be in literally every fashionista, beauty acolyte and street style Goddess - home! That along with the flatirons will give you that perfect not really curled, not really straight but extremely beautiful texture that will turn heads wherever you go. The set comes with the most smoothest, flexible and heat resistance combs this side of fabulous that works well with hot irons so no worries at all when styling your hair.  And remember mon petites - not all grunge is gritty and with Villa products in your arsenal you will be more glitz then grit and still look hardcore. Done - but not quite.

Shoplist 

www.donnabellahairextensions.com



Thursday, February 7, 2013

ALL HAIL

Cleopatra
A Life
By Stacy Schiff
Little, Brown and Company
Cleopatra, the last Queen of Egypt - the one person on Earth who has stood apart from both men and woman.  Her legacy - a paradox  that encapsulated strength, cunning wit, beauty and pure unadulterated lust whose presence has outlived her contemporaries yet even still she remains an enigma yet to be solved. I first was enamored with the story of Cleopatra from reading the Margaret George tome The Memoirs of Cleopatra: A Novel - a riveting historical novel written in the 'vain' of Cleopatra's voice. That tome is a must have and a  great introduction to the world of Cleopatra - so richly detailed it quenched my thirst into learning more about this Queen who has been both glorified and vilified through the ages. In comes Cleopatra: A Life (Little, Brown and Company) by Pulitzer Prize Winner Stacy Schiff - a book that has been celebrated since it's 2010 release; a book that is on my short list of Cleopatra tomes to tackle. So mon petites, would you be interested in doing a book club with me with this book? Tweet me your thoughts and let's get the dialogue going.