Thursday, August 29, 2013

How Cute!


BARBIE OPENS HER FIRST SHOP IN SELFRIDGES SHOWCASING DOLLS
DRESSED BY FRED BUTLER, NASIR MAZHAR, AND SISTER BY SIBLING

Barbie has asked three of her favourite London designers to each dress five dolls which will be sold as special one-offs to herald her shiny new home within Selfridges London's new permanent 4th floor Toy Shop.





Barbie dressed by SISTER by SIBLING

A dedicated Barbie department will showcase the best of Barbie, where a central totem pole-style display will house dolls from Barbie collections past and present, as well as archive and special one-off gems including new dolls dressed by Fred Butler, Nasir Mazhar and SISTER by SIBLING.
Barbie (and Ken!) dressed by Nasir Mazhar

In the past 50 years, Barbie has established herself as one of the world's leading fashion icons, and has been dressed by leading design talents including: Alaïa, Burberry, Comme des Garçons, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Louise Gray and Roksanda Ilincic.  More than 100 million metres of fabric have gone into making her fabulous wardrobe and she has had over one billion pairs of gravity-defying shoes, including ones created by Christian Louboutin. She's a label whore & I love her! 
Barbie dressed by Fred Butler




LBD DELUXE: GET JOAN SMALL'S STELLAR LOOK!

The Stunning Joan Smalls
Photo by Evan Falk | WWD

Mon petites, Joan Smalls is a sight to behold. That girl can literally wear anything and look drop dead gorgeous! Joan in this Pucci LBD is outstanding, the fit - exquisite, her face flawless and let's not begin to discuss that hair. She is a force to be reckoned with and I am sure she painted the night BOLD  in that outfit. Make no mistake, we mere mortals can too transform ourselves with a haute frock and the right accoutrements. Here we put together some must have LBD from Net-a-Porter that will make even Joan herself green with envy. 


From Left: BALMAIN Wool-twill mini dress $5,440, BALMAIN Embellished metallic jacquard mini dress $14,605,  ROBERTO CAVALLI Embroidered leather dress $4,695
From Left: GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI+ Anja Rubik cutout suede pumps $1,295  , GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI Ester cutout suede ankle boots $1,095 , NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD Embellished suede and mesh ankle boots $1,050

From Left: GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI+ Anja Rubik suede clutch $1,250, STELLA MCCARTNEY Marbled acetate box clutch $2,255  NANCY GONZALEZ Crocodile and python clutch $1,450

From Left: DOLCE & GABBANA Sicilia gold-plated onyx and crystal charm earrings $1,095, EDDIE BORGO Gold-plated jade and howlite link necklace $1,500, AURÉLIE BIDERMANN Tangerine gold-plated earrings $570

Haute Body Report: The Truth About Weightlifting!

photo by David LaChapelle, Beauty in Vogue, November 2004

Every time I hear a woman proclaim her disdain for weightlifting I literally want to scream! Don't believe the hype mon petites, you will NOT get to HeMan proportions if you lift weights (can I get an AMEN!). With that said the fitness experts over at DailyBurn.com has shared some myth busting truths about weightlifting.   

 Read on for the truth about common muscle myths courtesy of the Life by DailyBurn team, so you can be better informed next time you head to the weight rack.

1. Myth: Lifting weights will make you bulk upThis is one of the biggest concerns for women considering starting a weightlifting program, says Rachel Cosgrove, CSCS, author of The Female Body Breakthrough. But unless you’re also consuming a ton more calories, your muscles will only grow to a healthy, normal level that promotes an increased metabolism. “You have to really work for every ounce of muscle that you gain, and it’s not as easy as most women think to sprout big muscles,” she says.

Truth: With proper nutrition, lifting weights will create a leaner physique — not a bulkier one.

2. Myth: Muscle turns to fat if you stop lifting
Some serious magic would have to happen for muscle to turn into fat, as they’re two completely different things, says Cosgrove. “Muscle never turns into fat, and fat never turns into muscle,” she says. Muscle will, on the other hand, help you burn fat. Research has found that an intense bought of strength training results in more calories burned in the 16 to 24 hours after your training session ends.

Truth: Your muscle won’t turn into flab if you take some time off, and having muscle will actually help you burn fat.

3. Myth: It’s best to work one muscle group a day
You’ve probably overheard locker room chatter about it being “back day” or “leg day,” but unless you’re a bodybuilder (or dedicated lifter) it’s not always beneficial to adopt this schedule. Michael Carozza, owner of Carozza Fitness in Connecticut, suggests high-intensity interval training and circuit training, which are designed to help build muscle, increase aerobic capacity, burn calories and improve recovery time. Whatever program you choose, just keep in mind that muscles typically need about a day to recover, says Kelvin Gary, owner of Body Space Fitness in New York City, so it’s important to vary workouts so you aren’t doing the same full-body workout each day.

Truth: Choose compound exercises that work more than one muscle group at a time (like squats, pull-ups and deadlifts) for a more effective workout in a shorter period of time.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Get Your Weight Up Ladies: There's NO EXCUSE!

Photo Credit: Vogue.it
We've all been there, with the endless excuses why we can't work out and beeline for that jar of Nutella or that slice of cheesecake. But let's be honest with ourselves - unless we are under serious duress or experiencing medical issues we should get off our bum and get active daily! Here are some work out solutions from fitness pro Anja Garcia of DailyBurn.com. Let's end the excuses Ladies and get back to business! 


Solutions to Why You Don’t Work Out
Courtesy of Anja Garcia, Certified Fitness Instructor and DailyBurn.com Trainer

“I’m too tired after a long day at work.”          
Workout in the morning! People always ask me when is the best time to work out. The answer, my friends: Whenever you can get it in! If you are too tired after a long work day to fit it in, wake up 30 minutes early to get your burn in, or consider your lunch break.  Exercise has been proven to improve alertness and productivity. So get you morning fix or a noon-time sweat-sesh to keep your day rocking till the very end.

Haute Body Report: These Tricks Aren't For Kids! Playgroud Workouts With Chris Freytag

Photo Credit Courtesy Of Pinterest 

So the summer is winding down, it's time to turn in your bikinis and dust off those parkas but before you decide to pack up on the layers of clothing and indulge in some holiday fare remember to get off your bum and get in your workouts. Need some additional motivation? In comes Chris Freytag, the fitness buff with over 20 years of experience in health and wellness as an ACE certified trainer, health coach, published author and speaker. Her no frills drills get the job done and the best part it's FREE (don't believe us check out this video). Here she shares 5 amazing tips on working out at the playground. 



Haute Body Report: 5 Wallet Friendly Get Fit Tips!

Photo by Greg Lotus, Vogue Italia May 2007

With Thinspirational pictures on every social media outlet, the ever present fit celebs everywhere we turn - it's exhausting and frankly mentally draining!  Getting or staying in shape is on everyone lips (no pun intended).  With the abundance of tips in the market it's extremely to feel overwhelmed and even easier to give up and grab that jar of Nutella (true story). Well mon petites, we have hope by way of  Anja Garcia, RN, MSN and DailyBurn.com personal trainer who shares her tips on 5 simple and inexpensive things you can do to help maintain your haute body, while not breaking the bank. These foolproof tips are straightforward and can be incorporated into anyone's lifestyle. Thinspirations be damn ladies! Let's get fit~ 


Friday, August 23, 2013

TRENDING TOPIC: IT'S BLACK & IT'S WHITE,

It's simple and it gets the job done. Mon petites, be care while you think you are looking as chic as Coco herself you can easily look like a waitress. 

Credit: LuMarPhoto/AFF-USA; Guido Ohlenbostel/Startraks


STYLE Rx: GET YOUR LOOK!




Illustrations by Sara Singh | Vogue
Graphics La PETITE Blog 


Have no clue on how to decipher your style M'O? Don't fret mon  petites, we here at LPB put together 5 distinct style approaches that can transform your lackluster wardrobe to one of your dreams.  

STYLE Rx: GRUNGE DELUXE 


Clockwise From Top Left: IRO Britton leather-paneled cotton-flannel shirt $395;  DONNA KARAN Casual Luxe oversized merino wool and mohair-blend sweater $1,495; ACNE Beta oversized cotton-blend fleece sweatshirt $290; KSUBI Alberceque distressed denim shorts $180; MARKUS LUPFER  Sequined polka-dot leather boots $530; MIU MIU Lace-up leather ankle boots $990;  ÉTOILE ISABEL MARANT Prewitt leaf-print georgette dress $535 - all available via Net-a-Porter
Illustrations by Sara Singh | Vogue  | Graphics La PETITE Blog 

Mon Petites, the 90's are back and like any resurgence of la mode it's better the 2nd time around. From fab plaid, flattering baby doll dresses and combat boots so haute you'll put your most treasured heels on hiatus! 


HOW TO GET THE LOOK: When going retro it's fine to be influenced with the days of yesteryear but keep the look up to date. You don't want to look as if you are stuck in a time warp!


STYLE Rx: VINTAGE VIXEN



Clockwise from Left: Early CHANEL Earrings  $2,950; ADRIAN CORDOBES SPANISH STYLE EQUESTRIAN HAT;  1960's Teal Traina Tangerine Mod Chiffon Ruffle Cocktail Party Dress, Yves Saint Laurent Leather Knee Breeches, Silk Blouse and Belt  $3,650; 1990's Dolce & Gabbana Knit Multicolor Rhinestone SetGianni Versace Iconic embellished leather bomber $8,500;  Vintage Jean Paul Gaultier cut out corset cage blazer Jewel Covered Shell Ring  $250; DOLCE&GABBANA 3/4 Sleeve FOX Irredescent Jacket  $4,475; GIANNI VERSACE MASSIVE GOLD AND BLACK BELT WITH MEDUSA AND GRECA  $2,950 - all via 1stDibs.com
Illustrations by Sara Singh | Vogue  | Graphics La PETITE Blog 


Do you have an affinity for the dames of yesteryear. Rather glaze over Elizabeth Hurley in that epic Versace dress then Miley 'Hanna Montana' Cyrus try to revive it? Us too! There's nothing like buying vintage, the hunt in itself is a thrill and when you find gems (as I often do via 1stDibs.com) it's always triumphant.  

HOW TO GET THE LOOK: Get thrifty (pun intended)! No matter if you are on the search for one-of-a-kind couture pieces are period looks don't get scared to get down and dirty. Look at the garment, really look at it and see if it is worth the expense (no matter how cheap we mean inexpensive it is). With a vintage wardrobe it's all about the aesthetic but be sure that it's worth it. Most important be sure to be knowledgeable and fully cognizant of the era you are attempting to achieve with your look!

STYLE Rx: PUNK ROYALE


Clockwise From Top Left: ASHISH Anarchy Sign Sweatshirt $625; PIERRE BALMAIN Leather Biker Jacket $2,550; ANY OLD IRON Union Jack Safety Pin Tee $100; TRIPP NYC Black & Red Ripped Sweater With Safety Pins $135; GIVENCHY Leather Vest $12,900; ZANA BAYNE Black Leather Bra $300;  ZANA BAYNE Black Leather Choker Collar With Nickel Hardware $125;  BALMAIN M'O ExclusiveQuilted Leather Mini Skirt $4,180; TRIPP NYC Crossed Out Jeans $125; MOSCHINO Tartan Plaid Skinny Trouser $875; RODARTE M'O Exclusive: Black And Metallic Tights $550;   ZANA BAYNE Tan Leather & Nickel Harness $275;  EDDIE BORGO Pavé Cone Choker $1,625 ; BETONY VERNON O' Ring Mini $300 ; DR. MARTENS M'O Exclusive: Dr Martens Graffiti'd by Klughaus $445 - all available via MODAOPERANDI.com
Illustrations by Sara Singh | Vogue  | Graphics La PETITE Blog 


There are no rules when you want to express yourself. It shoes, the latest bags and other ''trends'' have no meaning to you. While you love to make a statement it's more then just a necklace. You don't let  clothes speak for you, yet you look declares attention!  


HOW TO GET THE LOOK: Just like the system you slash, cut up and pin up your clothes with abandon. You make a Mickey Mouse t-shirt hardcore there's no rules with you're a Punk so why start now?

STYLE Rx: ESSENTIAL DAME


Illustrations by Sara Singh | Vogue  | Graphics La PETITE Blog 

We have all seen her (unless - of course you are her), that confident , fiery specimen of a DIVA who exudes sex but commands respect from all those in her vicinity. Her wardrobe is a vast collection of frocks  so intoxicating, enchanting and uninhibited that she would make Dita herself blush. 
HOW TO GET THE LOOK: Don't be afraid of your body! Being a Dame comes with great responsibility and that mon petites, means wearing proper undergarments! It's very simple,  rock your frocks but be certain that the fit is correct and the silhouette compliments your frame. 

STYLE Rx: GAMINE FAB


Clockwise From Left: MARC by MARC JACOBS VIVIE HEART-PRINT SILK SHIRT $374; MOTHER THE LOOKER PAISLEY-PRINT JEANS $388; CURRENT/ELLIOTT THE STILETTO SKINNY JEANS $381; RALPH LAUREN SKINNY PRINT JEANS $535;  CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA CAPRICORN SUEDE SLIPPER-STYLE LOAFERS $839; TOD'S HEAVEN NEW LACETTO GOAT HAIR LOAFERS $635; MIU MIU CRACKED-LEATHER LOAFERS $550; MARY KATRANTZOU GALA SILK BLOUSE$ 1,144 - all available via MYTHERESA.COM
Illustrations by Sara Singh | Vogue  | Graphics La PETITE Blog 

You exude that boyish charm all the while celebrating all things female and we love you for it! Your flats are chic, your denim all the more stellar and those quirky button downs always seem to work. 

HOW TO GET THE LOOK: Don't go for the norm with it comes to your essential pieces - try pattern jeans, interesting patterns with your tops and explore your options with your flats. Anything goes! 




Monday, August 19, 2013

HAUTE BODY REPORT: 5 Tips On Staying Sleek & Smooth by Labor Day & Beyond!

Photographed by Mikael Jansson  | VOGUE

Where has the time gone? Just a few weeks ago we here at 

LPB were lamenting on how we need to get fit and trim for 

bikini season and alas here we are in the very mist of 

summer and with that comes the need to stay glowing,

hydrated and hair free! Lucky for us mon petites, we have 

the perfect solution thanks to 'Waxer to the Stars' Noemi 

Grupenmager, Founder & CEO of Uni K Wax Centers.

Here are 5 Haute Tips on staying sleek and smooth for 

Labor Day & Beyond. Thank us later... 



1)       Don’t get stuck with bumps or redness – Choose the right type of wax for your skin! One thing that many people don’t know is the difference between hard wax, strip wax and elastic wax, or that elastic wax even exists! Strip wax, which is the most popular wax used, makes for a tedious, slow and painful procedure, often leaving the skin feeling sticky. Hard waxes break and crack, making the wax difficult to remove. But elastic wax stretches to remove hair without strips causing less of a pull to the skin, meaning a more comfortable removal experience ideal for sensitive skin. Elastic wax is applied at body temperature, whereas hard wax, if too hot, can be uncomfortable and sometimes can even burn the skin. Uni K Wax Centers’ elastic wax is made out of all natural ingredients. Elastic wax not only removes hair from the root for long-lasting hair removal, it also exfoliates and softens leaving skin as smooth as silk. Perfect for getting your weekend glow on!

 2)       Labor Day weekend often means drinking alcohol, indulging in caffeine and basking in the sun. Enjoy it all, but be sure to get your wax before these festivities begin. Alcohol and stimulants like caffeine tighten pores making waxing more painful and less effective, and sunburns make skin too sensitive for proper hair removal. Avoid these no-nos 12-24 hours before getting waxed to ensure an effective, more relaxing experience. Instead, hydrate inside and out with water and moisturizers, which will maximize hair removal for a long lasting wax.

Friday, August 16, 2013

TIME TO SAY GOOD BUY: CROP TOPS

Photo Courtesy of Vogue
Mon petites it's that time again to say 'Good Buy' to some uber haute crop tops. No matter the season you can look effortlessly chic. Don't fret about showcasing your midsection with the right pieces you can reveal or conceal as much as you want! 


Photo: (from left) Courtesy of Calvin Klein Collection; Courtesy of farfetch.com | Marios cropped jumper, $259 farfetch.com

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of Derek Lam; Courtesy of modaoperandi.com | Louise Goldin grey cocktail top, $500 modaoperandi.com

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of Jason Wu; Courtesy of lagarconne.com | Cédric Charlier funnel neck knit, $595 lagarconne.com

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of Versace; Courtesy of newlook.com | Cameo Rose pink-&-white stripe crop jumper, $27 newlook.com

All Images Previously Posted on VOGUE.com