Friday, June 28, 2013

Kowtow to Kanye ...

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Mon petites, entertainment/music commentary is not a topic necessarily  broached on La PETITE Blog but there comes a time when the absurdity of society or the fascination of certain inane individuals should be discussed (we all need a good tee-hee now and then). Like the old adages says 'Truth is stranger then fiction' and it rings true with the tale of Kanye West. 
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Kanye Omari West - Donda's son, North's papa and Kim's paramour is a self-proclaimed tour de force. Not only is he a musical phenom, he is (according to the word of Kanye) the world's redeemer when it comes to art, design, technology, fashion and just about every aspect in correlation to the Universe itself. Kanye West is omnipresent (again according to Kanye).  The crux of the matter is - is Kanye a genius, a wunderkind amongst mere mortals or just a petulant man-child who wants the world to kowtow to him? 


- Kanye West to the NYT (quote breakdown on Vulture) via But You're Like Really Pretty | Ryan Casey
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Years ago I remember watching a documentary on the great master of art, Vincent van Gogh. His genius wasn't realized by his peers - what always stayed with me was the account of his work being used to patch a hole in a chicken-coop - a chicken coop! van Gogh like many other luminaries regardless of whatever medium they discovered, renewed or invented are rarely recognized - usually these innovators were praised postmortem and frankly Kanye West does not have time for that! KW wants us to marvel at his outfit choices, be utterly flabbergasted by his haunting arias and sing his praises on the mountaintops ''Ma Ma Sa, Ma Ma Ma, Ma Ma Coo Sa" (opps forgive me Kanye for referencing the KING). 

Trending Topic: All BLACK Everything!

This summer it's BACK TO BLACK for me! I am seriously obsessed with an monochromatic look this season. From day to night the hue works and I can dress it up, down, glam or grunge with just a few accessories. Here are some pieces I need in my wardrobe stat! 

Photo: Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com
It's no secret how in love I am with Jean Paul Gaultier's SPRING 2013 Collection - it's perfection. An like the now legendary l'enfant terrible's vision for us dames these pieces I have picked out from some of my favorite online boutiques surely fits the bill.  

From Left: JEAN PAUL GAULTIER net body top $358.54 - farfetch.com CHANEL Vintage 1990s Sunglasses $750 - 1stdibs.com | RICK OWENS Cotton-jersey tank $237 - net-a-porter.com | GIAMBATTISTA VALLI Crocodile Textured Lurex Skirt US$1,229 - brownsfashion.comKSUBI Alberceque distressed denim shorts $180 - net-a-porter.com |DSQUARED SWAROVSKI CLIP ON EARRINGS $725 - luisaviaroma.com | CHLOE BLACK STUDDED SUSANNA BOOTS $1345  -  ssense.comGIUSEPPE ZANOTTI 110MM SUEDE CUTOUT POINTY BOOTS $1095 - luisaviaroma.comBALMAIN 75MM CRYSTAL & SUEDE HIGH WAISTED BELT $ 1467 - luisaviaroma.com 
From denim hot pants, bold belts and sleek pencil skirts all noir everything is to die for! 

Photo: Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com

Gaultier's tribute to the eighties could be misconstrued and translated in a ghastly manner but lucky for us the fashion Gods delivered and these pieces are on trend. 
From Left: BALMAIN Woven Tailored Blazer $2,173 - brownsfashion.com | TOM FORD BLACK SILK NET CORSET  $1,595 - 1stdibs.com | GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI 35MM CALFSKIN COMBAT BOOTS  $1725 - luisaviaroma.com|  BALMAIN mini brocade print skirt $1662.27 - farfetch.com| SAINT LAURENT Leather skinny pants $2,890 - net-a-porter.com 

Vintage bustiers, leather skirts and ornate combat boots are my summer must haves! 
Photo: Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com
While most will relish in bright, vibrant hues I will luxuriate in an Onyx heaven.
From Left: LISA MARIE FERNANDEZ Poppy high-waisted bandeau bikini $398 - net-a-porter.com | GIVENCHY Leather Vest, $12,900 - modaoperandi.com |BALMAIN CRYSTAL DROP EARRINGS $629 - luisaviaroma.com | MCQ ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Zipped stretch-leather pencil skirt $1,330 - net-a-porter.com |  MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA BLACK LEATHER COSMETIC CLUTCH $1195 - ssense.comDOLCE & GABBANA MEDIUM CROSS ROSARY NECKLACE $ 1825 - luisaviaroma.comVERSACE SWAROVSKI VANITAS METAL EARRINGS  $468 - luisaviaroma.com
I am a firm believer that leather can be worn all year round (within reason) and these pieces are summer approved! 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Kiss Kiss




Mon petites, I don't know if it's the wedding season coming to a close or the endless romantic images that have captured my imagination— but all I want to do, see, and feel is LOVE. Since I don't want to be so literal with it (while I would love to wear a GIVENCHY Wedding Gown everyday I simply can not) I have found another way to express my adoration for all things with these amorous pieces that can be worn morning, noon and night. 

Clockwise from Left: LYNN BAN Silver & Enamel Smoking Lips Lariat Necklace, $550 | LANVIN Metal chain with lips, $1550 |DELFINA DELETTREZ Gold/Enamel/Ruby Elisabeth Single Earring, $535| MIKEY Large Lip Earrings, $20 |   ELEPHANT HEART JEWELRY Big Kiss Ring, $80|  Markus Lupfer Smacker Lip Brooch, $73 | DELFINA DELETTREZ Silver/Pearl Necklace with Hot Pink Enameled Lips, $285 | DELFINA DELETTREZ Red lips and pearl single earring, $740


Clockwise from Left: MARC BY MARC JACOBS 'Stripey Lips' scarf ,$188.13 | RUPERT SANDERSON lip detail platform sandal , $480.93 | DIANE VON FURSTENBERG Lola lips print trousers , $144 | Markus Lupfer Sequin Lip Jumper, $385 |LULU GUINNESS Stars & Stripes Snakeskin Lips Clutch, $750 | Diane von Furstenberg Lips iPhone 5 Case, $28

Clockwise from Left:  NADA SAWAYA ‘Lip’ Hand-painted Resin Minaudière, $299 |  LULU GUINNESS Large Birdcage Red Lips, $41| LULU GUINNESS SHOCKING PINK HARD SIDED LIPS LARGE SPINNER CASE  ,$390 Diane Von Furstenberg CAROLINA LIPS SNAKESKIN CLUTCH, $322|  M MISSONI Striped raffia shoulder bag ,$276.50 |MARC BY MARC JACOBS PRETTY NYLON LIPS PRINT TABLET CASE , $82.50 | BENEDETTA BRUZZICHES Pochette Kiss, $275 | ROGER VIVIER A Kiss Clutch , $3,700|Diane von Furstenberg CAROLINA LIPS SNAKESKIN CLUTCH $322




Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Time To Say Good Buy: Summer Edition

Photo Courtesy of Allure Magazine
All winter long you've been meticulous with your workout regime.You’ve planned the perfect summer holiday along with the quintessential haute summer wardrobe, and even perfected your physique to show off your now rock hard abs. But despite all the hours of eating clean, working out and taking care of your self (now that's prep work), the coming heat wave could still K.O. your hair and makeup.  To keep looking cool, collected and chic this season here are some must have summer time beauty tips and essentials.

GOOD BUY FACE 


From Left: CHANEL HYDRA BEAUTY ESSENCE MIST, $90; smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer $36; tarte cosmetics  maracuja creaseless concealer, $24; Supergoop! SPF 35 DAILY CORRECT CC CREAM $32   Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée col. Berry Bliss, $22 
Honey, it's all about a good FACE and with that in mind one must always prep the face before leaving the house. And let's not forget in the summer there's no layers of clothes to hid under so be bold and beautiful starting with your gorgeous face of yours! Here are 5 products that are a must this season. 

GOOD BUY: CHANEL HYDRA BEAUTY ESSENCE MIST, $90 
BEAUTÉ TIP: This cooling facial mist tones skin and does a superb job of setting makeup. This luxurious facial spray soothes and cools skin. Hydrates, helps protect skin and can fit in your purse - score!
Shoplist: www.chanel.com

GOOD BUY: smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer $36 
BEAUTÉ TIP: To say I adore this primer is an understatement! The primer works under makeup or as a midday touch-up since it mattifies oily complexions (a summertime problem for most of us mere mortals). 
Shoplist: www.sephora.com

GOOD BUY: tarte cosmetics  maracuja creaseless concealer, $24 
BEAUTÉ TIP: Want to look picture perfect? Mon petites you can with  tarte cosmetics  maracuja creaseless concealer, no mere concealer, is a seamless (and creaseless) concealer that neutralizes any imperfection in the skin - think blemishes and broken capillaries - and leaves you looking fresh-faced and clear skinned. 
Shoplist: tartecosmetics.com

GOOD BUY: Supergoop! SPF 35 DAILY CORRECT CC CREAM $32
BEAUTÉ TIP: Mon petites, I don't know about you but I have been in heaven with the invention of all these alphabetical creams! If BB Creams were delightful, CC Creams are pure Elysium. Our go to this summer is the lightweight, designed to be worn as a primer or full coverage, Supergoop! SPF 35 DAILY CORRECT CC CREAM works on retexturizing skin while providing important UVA/UVB SPF 35 coverage. It evens skin tone and gives your make-up extra lasting power.Non-oily and creamy in texture,it the perfect summer cover up. Best of all, it covers blemishes better than most other lightweight formulations.
Shoplist:    www.supergoop.com

GOOD BUY: Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée col. Berry Bliss, $22 
BEAUTÉ TIP: For a natural healthy-looking rosy glow that lasts all-day try Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée this blush goes from cream to powder for a non-drying, non-oily, long-wearing, water-resistant glow that will brighten your face and compliment your inner exuberance. 
Shoplist: www.sephora.com

GOOD BUY LIPS

From Left: smashbox HEAT WAVE LIP GLOSS SET, $29;  tarte cosmetics LipSurgence™ Lip Tint  col. Spirited, $24; Urban Decay  24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils col. Gash , $19

Mon petites, I can not stress enough how haute the LIP is this season! From out of this world glosses to jaw-dropping hues - all you really need this summer is a phenomenal lip. Ladies (and gents!) have a gander at these products - Lip Service indeed!

GOOD BUY: smashbox HEAT WAVE LIP GLOSS SET, $29 
BEAUTÉ TIP: This summer create full, sumptuous lips with the covetable new Luminizing Lip Gloss range from smashbox, featuring a pretty and wearable, cool hues that works well day or night. What we adore about this lip gloss- is that it truly stays put for hours and hours, and all the shades are bright but flattering.
Shoplist:  www.smashbox.com

GOOD BUY: tarte cosmetics LipSurgence™ Lip Tint  col. Spirited, $24
BEAUTÉ TIP:  This chunky swivel pencil delivers opaque, superbright pigment and a glossy sheen. What's genius about this warm, orange base hue that imparts a luminous, radiant tint on lips, perfect for a haute summer look. It also delivers the level of shine you'd expect from a gloss. The hyper-hydrating formula is smooth and glides on easily. The pigment is so rich you will feel like a million dollars.
Shoplist: www.sephora.com

GOOD BUY: Urban Decay  24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils col. Gash , $19
BEAUTÉ TIP: The tone plays nice with all complexions. Though the color comes on strong, it looks sheer and dewy when smudged. Use it in lieu of lipstick; it stays put and feels just as moisturizing. LOVE!
Shoplist: www.sephora.com

GOOD BUY VISAGE

From Left: Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser, $25; Clarisonic Aria™ Sonic Skin Cleansing System, $199; tarte cosmetics, Pure Maracuja Oil $46; Mally Beauty  Perfect Prep Lip Treatment System, $35

The adage "beauty is on the inside" may need an update. With these 4 must have beauty items your outer beauty will be undeniable! 
GOOD BUY: Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser, $25
BEAUTÉ TIP: This soothing Clarisonic facial cleanser for normal to combination skin washes away even stubborn mascara, and leaves skin clean, not tight and ready to take on the world.  
Shoplist: www.sephora.com 

GOOD BUY: Clarisonic Aria™ Sonic Skin Cleansing System, $199
BEAUTÉ TIP: This legendary skin-care brush deeply cleanses and exfoliates for all-around healthier looking skin. The oscillating brush works on every nook and cranny and transforms your skin instantly. It's one investment that is well worth it - especially after spending lazy days on the beach mon cheres!  
Shoplist: www.sephora.com

GOOD BUY: tarte cosmeticsPure Maracuja Oil $46
BEAUTÉ TIP: This Pure Maracuja Oil by tarte is literally magical! The serum brightens skin immediately and evens out skin tone over time. What's amazing about the oil is that it's potent, antioxidant-packed formula feels so lightweight you won't feel clogged when you put it on nightly. This oil my friends is a life changer!
Shoplist: www.sephora.com

GOOD BUY: Mally Beauty  Perfect Prep Lip Treatment System, $35
BEAUTÉ TIP: This kit from Mally Beauty contains everything your lips need to stay smooth and healthy-looking.The convenient kit is a perfect tool to keep your pucker on point all year long! 
Shoplist: www.mallybeauty.com

GOOD BUY NAILS 



From Left 1st Row: Zoya Nail Polish | Darcy, $8;  Zoya Nail Polish | Micky, $8; Zoya Nail Polish | Rocky, $8; Zoya Nail Polish | Thandie, $8; Zoya Nail Polish | Josie, $8; Zoya Nail Polish | Yana, $8 

When it comes to one's summer color story for your manis and pedis it's all about complementing your sun drenched complexion and we have the perfect find!

GOOD BUY: Zoya Nail Polish |  Stunning Summer 2013 Collection, $48
BEAUTÉ TIP: In recent years to say I have tried just about every nail trend is an understatement! From nail foils, graphic-print stickers, holographic finishes, even fabrics (a lace and pearl concoction that wasn't the best idea) —this summer I am keeping it chic and uncomplicated with Zoya Nail Polish |  Stunning Summer 2013 Collection. These are simply six of the glossiest, most stunning nail shades known to woman these season. And at just eight dollars a bottle you can splurge without breaking the bank. 
Shoplist: www.zoya.com

Monday, June 24, 2013

How to Grow Wheatgrass & Make Wheatgrass Juice at Home

Credit:  Martin Barraud


Wheatgrass Juice is one of the richest sources of Iron and hence is more sought after than Spinach or Broccoli. Also, it is also one of the expensive juices in the packed juices category. The readymade alternatives include the bottled juices and wheatgrass powders which can be mixed with water to have the Wheatgrass Juice. But, when it comes to nutrition content of the freshly prepared juice, all the market alternatives are overridden.

Friday, June 21, 2013

STYLE MACHINE

Photo Courtesy of Vogue.com 

Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine is a force to be reckoned with. From her flawless complexion to her out of this world la mode approach to dressing this dame just gets it. Here we put together some F.W. approved pieces that will transform any lassie to a full fledged Dame of hautness. Even better all our haute finds are on sale courtesy of net-a-porter.com

From Left: KARL LAGERFELD  Printed cotton-poplin cameo collar $44.50; ESTEBAN CORTAZAR by Alican Icoz gold-plated quartz double ring $283.50; ERICKSON BEAMON Aquarela di Brasil gold-plated Swarovski crystal earrings  $185; KENNETH JAY LANE Gold-plated agate necklace  $58; JENNIFER BEHR  Set of two gold-tone leaf hair clips $61.50;  EDDIE BORGO Eden gold-plated cuff  $675

Welch’s individuality can not be ignored! From flowing dresses,  dramatic sleeves and graphic tailored suits she exudes a unique style that is all her own. 
Bold color, patterns, tiers of paillettes and dramatic sleeves are but a few standards when it comes to dressing for the songstress.  



From Left: VIONNET Metallic silk-blend and cady gown $1,566; MARY KATRANTZOU Jigsaw printed metal-mesh and jacquard dress $5,220; ALESSANDRA RICH Thunderbolt stretch-cady gown  $957.50; ERDEM Brynn python-print satin and lace dress $2,040; VALENTINO Leopard-print silk-chiffon gown $2,950; JONATHAN SAUNDERS Jerri sequined crepe de chine dress $1,883.70

From her electrifying debut on the fashion scene as a fascinating new chanteuse, her career  and penchant for style is the stuff of industry legend. 
From Left: ALEXANDER MCQUEEN The Heroine leather shoulder bag $1,781.50; ANYA HINDMARCH Duke printed satin-moiré clutch $637.50; LANVIN The Happy Poppy leather clutch $1,191;  DOLCE & GABBANA Dea raffia-tasseled woven clutch $1,137
What's even better you can have a little of her hauteness in your closet too thanks to this killer sale at net-a-porter

HAUTE BODY REPORT: Get Fit At Home.

Photo Courtesy of Vogue.it

Mon petites, where does the time go? I have to admit with my busy schedule there are some days where I miss a workout and believe me I loath those moments especially when I feel my best when I do in fact get a workout in. I have now made a firm commitment to myself and my well-being that on my crazed days I will make an effort to exercise and i have discovered the perfect fitness find to assist me. It's concise, it's energetic, and it's only 10 minutes long! 

Trending Topic: SHEER BLISS!

While everyone is popping all over the scene in bright hues, I am taking a page from Jean Paul Gaultier's book and will blissfully be sheer this summer. Here are some of my favorite pieces from Net-a-Porter, FarFetch,  Browns Fashion and MyTheresa respectfully that will make it's way to my closet very, very soon! 
Photo: Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com
From Left: MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA a-line bustier dress $1144.04; CHRISTOPHER KANE Ruched tulle and silk dress $1,910; EMILIO PUCCI Silk-crepe and net dress $3,990; Alice + Olivia  ROBERTA DRESS WITH FLOOR-LENGTH OVERLAY $ 402.00

Photo: Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com
From Left: T By Alexander Wang SILK DRESS WITH SHEER INSERTS $476; Valentino PONCHO-STYLE SILK DRESS $1,876; Givenchy Lace Trousers $1,904;  LANVIN Dedale silver-tone Swarovski crystal necklace $3,290; GIANVITO ROSSI  Patent Leather and Perspex Pumps $689

Photo: Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com
From Left: GIVENCHY sheer one sleeve blouse $1536.31;  PEACHOO + KREJBERG embroidered asymmetric skirt $461.45; JEAN PAUL GAULTIER VINTAGE Sheer dress $675; KTZ Embroidered pencil skirt $719; ANDREA CREWS polka dot peplum skirt $165.57;  FRANCESCO SCOGNAMIGLIO sheer blouse $1915; HORACE 'Tron' legging  $124