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Eco Basket by Lost Property of London

21 Aug

Elwin is their upcycled luxury eco basket bag made from fair trade coffee sack and natural hide handles. Think Sunday strolls through the market or chilling out on the beach.

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Six Senses Spa, Paris

7 Feb

by Paige Donner

The cocoons that Parisian architect Pierre David designed for the smallest of all the Six Senses spas are made from hand shaped light oak wood and are lined inside, like a Japanese lantern, by back lit paper. There are 4 single treatment cocoons and two for couples. There is no more ideal setting to receive a Paris Rooftop Honey Facial than inside one of these terrestrial cocoons. 

A couple of blocks down from the bejeweled Place Vendome and a few up from the gorgeous Tuilieries Gardens, you will come upon the door of the Six Senses Spa. The first thing that strikes you as you ring their bell, will be the vertical planted “Living Garden” wall that hugs the polished wooden stairway leading down to the spa treatment area.
Living walls have become popular indoor and outdoor urban features and not just in Paris. The Quai Branly Museum boasts a living wall on its exterior, and the Six Senses Spa boasts a living wall on its interior. You are immediately sealed off from the brouhaha of the busy Parisian street as the glass door is opened by remote pushbutton and you are welcomed into the warm and inviting sensorial spa waiting for you at the foot of the stairs.

The Living Wall is an important statement for Six Senses and goes well beyond a simple design choice. The entire philosophy of Six Senses spas are: SLOW LIFE. Sustainable Local Organic Wholesome. SLOW. Learning Inspiring Fun Experience. LIFE. The husband and wife team, Eva and Sonu Shivdasani who created Six Senses have embraced their service mantra, “Atithi Deva Bhava.” It means Guest is God in Sanskrit and they have scented their entire operation with that philosophy.

Hence, the Living Wall that is the first visual to greet you upon entry at rue Castiglione, Paris was chosen with the mindfulness that nature receives you into this oasis of wellbeing and healing. The Vertical Garden helps eliminate CO2 emissions and other toxic elements as well as being a refuge for biodiversity. On a subliminal level, the wall instantly signals to you that you are now in nature’s care and that more than just your physical beauty will be looked after.

 

Six Senses Spa rue Castiglione is a Green Globe Spa. Furthermore, it is most definitely a luxury, urban sanctuary.Green Globe Spa Key Benchmarking Criteria: Environmental Policy; Energy
Consumption; Water Consumption; Waste Production; Social Commitment; Paper Products; Pesticide Products; Cleaning Chemicals; per Treatment Hours... READ Complete Article on Bonjour Paris

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Winter Skin Spa

31 Jan

DIY Beauty by Suki Kramer

By: Suki Kramer

Winter’s stale indoor heat, low humidity, cold temperatures and windy
conditions all take a toll on your skin. Dry, dead skin cells build up, oil
imbalances cause an increase of clogged pores and wrinkles seem all the more
pronounced.

Beat the winter beauty blues with these easy skin care recipes that use
common kitchen ingredients. Of course, try to buy organic and local whenever
possible!
Soup to Nuts Facial Scrub
* 1Ž2 cup chopped cucumber (do not peel)–soothing, natural exfoliant
* 1 teaspoon pineapple juice–toning, exfoliating
* 1 tablespoon baking soda–ph balancer, gentle cleanser
* 2 whole eggs–clears blemishes, tightens skin, helps with wrinkles
* 2 tablespoons yogurt–hydrating, probiotic treatment
* 2/3 cup ground almonds–natural exfoliant

Puree the cucumber until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend on
medium-low speed for 1 minute. Apply to moistened face in a gentle, circular
motion. Rinse thoroughly.

Nourishing Hydration Masque
* 1Ž2 avocado (peeled & pitted)–moisturizing. vitamin-rich
* 3 seedless grapes–tightening, toning, antioxidant
* 1 egg–tightening, hydrating and adds protein value
* 1 teaspoon mayonnaise–nourishing
* 1 teaspoon honey–anti-blemishes & anti-wrinkle
* 1 tablespoon baking soda–ph balancer, gentle cleanser
* 2 teaspoons apple juice–exfoliating

Puree the avocado and grapes until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and
blend on medium speed for 45 seconds. Apply evenly to face & leave on for
10-15 minutes.

Intense Hydrating Face/Body Lotion
* 1 teaspoon olive oil–great natural hydrator
* 1/3 teaspoon shea butter (found in natural food stores)–moisturizer
* 1 teaspoon apple juice–exfoliating
* 1 teaspoon lemon juice–tonic
* 1/3 teaspoon coconut oil–source of vitamins and rich nourishers

In a small saucepan, slowly heat ingredients together until warm. Remove
from heat and let cool. Note: oils and juices will separate. Pour into small
bottle and shake prior to use. Apply to face in circular massaging motion
until thoroughly absorbed.

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Bvlgari, The Golden Globes and Save The Children

17 Jan

Bulgari launched a unique silver and ceramic ring modelled after the famed B.zero.1 line in October 2010, with $75 from each ring benefiting Save the Children.

 

Julianne Moore wears Bvlgari, Golden Globes 2011 – Getty Images
Piper Perabo wears Bvlgari, 68th Annual Golden Globes – Getty Images

 

For 2010-2011, Bulgari has made an additional commitment of $7.4 million to Save the Children to help fund education programs, healing and education through the arts, teacher training, and other related programs in China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Indonesia, India, Ivory Coast, Kenya, South East Europe, Southern Sudan, Uganda and the United States.

  • Actress JULIANNE MOORE, nominated for Best Actress in a motion picture (Comedy or Musical) wore:
  • 2 yellow gold and diamond  (total weight 79+ cts) necklaces from Bulgari’s High Jewelry Collection
  • 2 emerald  (total weight 21+ cts) and diamond rings from Bulgari’s High Jewelry Collection
  • 1 vintage gold Bulgari Melone handbag, from Camilla Dietz Bergeron, Ltd.
  • Actress PIPER PERABO, nominated for Best Actress in a Television Series (Drama) wore:
  • Emerald cut diamond  (total weight 10+ cts) stud earrings from Bulgari’s High Jewelry Collection
  • White gold, PVD and diamond  (total weight 6+ cts) cocktail ring from Bulgari’s High Jewelry Collection
  • White gold and diamond (total weight 29+ cts) bracelet from Bulgari’s High Jewelry Collection
Actress Hayley Atwell, nominated for Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture (Made for Television) – Getty Images

Recognizing that education has the power to transform lives, Bulgari has since 2009 partnered with leading non-profit organization Save the Children to provide quality education opportunities for the world’s most vulnerable children. In 2009, Bulgari raised over $9 million to support education programs and teacher training in Afghanistan, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Southern Sudan, Uganda and countries in South East Europe. Proceeds from the sale of a much celebrated silver anniversary ring contributed to Save the Children’s Rewrite the Future campaign, which targeted support for over 10 million of the world’s children.

Photos Courtesy Getty Images

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Design Your Own [Eco] Bridesmaids’ Dresses

16 Jan

The design-your-own trend is one we’ve seen brought to countless product categories already, including — on several occasions — dresses. What’s interesting about New York-based Coco Myles is that it brings the concept to bridesmaid dresses, allowing the bride to choose the colour scheme while the bridesmaids design their own styles.

Consumers can create a variety of types of dresses at Coco Myles, including those intended for special events such as weddings and proms. All dresses are custom-made to the customer’s specifications and then cut and sewn by hand by a team of professional dressmakers. That’s all well and good, but the company really caught our eye for its special services for brides and bridesmaids. Specifically, brides can use the site’s tailored interface to choose the color and other features of their bridesmaids’ attire while permitting the wearers to choose a style that is right for their own tastes, body type and comfort. Available in sizes 0 through 32 — including maternity designs — Coco Myles’ custom made-to-order dresses take only about five weeks to produce and cost approximately USD 150. A Bridal Fabric Reservation System even lets brides make sure that their bridesmaids’ dresses are all cut from the same bolt, no matter when they get ordered.

So Choose Eco!  Choose Fair Trade Textiles!! Peace Silk!!

Website: www.cocomyles.com
Contact: customerservice@cocomyles.com by: Murtaza Patel

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Paris Soldes Offers Organic Goods

16 Jan

Reprinted from: Paris Seen By

Stylist Nathalie Garçon, the ambassador for Paris, Shopping and fashion capital,has a chic, ethnic style full of colour. Having discovered her love of fashion in Cannes, where she is originally from, she now considers herself 100% Parisian and tells us all about “her” capital.

Parisian by adoption for 30 years, you know the capital better than many of its citizens. If you had to persuade someone to visit for the first time, what would you say to them?

N.G.: It’s the most varied and disconcerting city I know, with such a classic air. It’s constantly changing with the times; a capital that manages the ultimate mixture of a rich historic past and the eclectic influence brought by a large influx of foreign visitors. But it’s also a dream city for any fashion lover!

If you were to spend 24 hours rediscovering Paris, in your own way, from breakfast to late evening, what would you choose to do?

N.G.: First of all, I’d have breakfast at Dalloyau in the 6th, with its view over the Luxembourg garden, followed by a walk and certainly a game of tennis in the “Luco”, which I absolutely adore. I’d then stroll around the surrounding streets for a bit of shopping, before stopping off around 11.45am, for a coffee at Flore, boulevard Saint-Germain, and a bit of people-watching. I’d then head towards the Musée du Quai-Branly to rediscover the collections of oceanic masks which is just as enjoyable each time I visit. Then it’d be off to Trocadéro, for a bit of a walk and to admire the Eiffel Tower; passing by the terrace at Carette, a hot spot for Parisians.

After that I’d go to the Marais district and get a Vélib; a quick stop along the lively rue de Bretagne for some organic fruit, and then I’d take a look around the Musée Picasso. I’d have lunch quite late on rue Charlot, in one of the little restaurants that have recently opened there, before continuing on to Drouot, where I’d hope to find something a bit unusual. At the end of the afternoon, a drink at the bar of the Meurice, before a trip to the theatre. Dinner at Cristal de Sel, a little bistro I love, one last drink at Mathis and finally to bed!

As an internationally renowned stylist, is Paris a source of inspiration?

N.G.: Paris instills into creators a subtle mixture of freedom, fantasy and elegance. But it’s also a multicultural capital, and so open to the entire world, making its influence both very Parisian and completely cosmopolitan at the same time.

Paris is continually evolving, with new boutiques, but also the opening of many palaces in the coming months. Do you think that this return to such grand luxury will breathe new life into the city?

N.G.: These palaces are both a reflection of a constantly changing world, and a strong sign of the end of the economic crisis. Paris is offering a large number of exceptional venues that will attract foreign visitors, many of whom may never have previously visited the city; they will also bring back visitors who are looking for high quality, up-market accommodation.

The elegance of Parisian women is often the envy of the world. But what do you think of Parisians, and what would you like to suggest to them?

N.G.: Definitely a bit more fantasy and freedom, both of which are fun. Men are definitely less favoured than women with regards to day-to-day fashion, as they’re still limited to a suit at work, but a simple accessory in a lively colour or elegant shoes would add a bit of creativity, making it less dull. And certainly more humour and lightness … And if their professional environment doesn’t allow them freedom with their clothes, my main advice would be to try and make a real effort at the weekend, rather than slouching around in jogging bottoms or other clothes that may very well make their own grandfathers blush!

You’re the ambassador for Paris, Shopping and fashion capital. For the “Soldes by Paris”, what advice can you offer to visitors and Parisians looking to make the most of the sales?

N.G.: The sales are always a chaotic time that merit a bit of practical preparation: good shoes (don’t wear them if they’re new!), clothes that are easy to take on and off in the changing rooms without a struggle …Then, you also need to make sure you avoid the well-known areas, as they get very busy. Go and discover new places during the sales with friends; and of course an outside opinion is always handy to avoid those shopping mistakes!

For Addresses

www.shoppingbyparis.com/en/ NATHALIE GARÇON  www.nathaliegarcon.com

 

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Bumble and Bumble’s Doc on Vidal Sassoon

12 Jan

Directed by: Craig Teper

Produced by: Michael Gordon and Jackie Gilbert Bauer

A feature documentary spanning 80 years of revolution in culture, as told through the life of one extraordinary man, VIDAL SASSOON THE MOVIE is the revealing and inspirational story of how one man changed the world with a pair of scissors.

VIDAL SASSOON THE MOVIE is a true rags-to-riches tale, tracing Sassoon’s path from a London orphanage to international success and celebrity.


Producer Michael Gordon, founder of natural hair care company Bumble and Bumble, first set out to document Vidal’s life in a richly visual book about icons in the world of hairdressing.

 

What started as an 80th birthday tribute to Sassoon became a movie when Gordon brought on director Craig Teper. While chronicling the fashion, style and social revolutions of the 1960s, VIDAL SASSOON THE MOVIE shows how Sassoon revolutionized the world of hair with his pioneering, geometric, Bauhaus-inspired styles and “wash and wear” philosophy, literally changing the way women look and cut their hair today.

Phase 4 Films will release VIDAL SASSOON THE MOVIE in New York on February 11th, 2011 and in Los Angeles on February 18th, 2011.

 

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The Stella App

6 Jan

Stella’s New Fasion App: The app contains an article on artist Barry Reigate, whose drawings are also featured on the homepage of the newly redesigned Stella McCartney website, an indepth look on Land Art today, a medium that uses nature as inspiration, All this and News, Videos, and photos from recent events and presentations.

The Ipad App features original content about the World of Stella McCartney. The launch issue features a “What’s News” section highlighting the latest updates about the brand, including a first look at backstage at the recent Summer 2011 show in Paris and an exclusive performance by Pharrell Williams and N*E*R*D at the after party. Editorial stories such as: “Stella’s Diary” on the day of her Spring 2011 presentation in New York consisting of an animated collage by artist Jeremy Kost; the debut of “In the Park,” a video directed by Alasdair McLellan with music by Brian Eno with Dree Hemingway in the most iconic looks from the Winter collection.

Interactive stories include an interview with the world’s tennis number 1, Caroline Wozniacki, the face of the Adidas by Stella McCartney tennis collection and a fun and playful story on the recently launched Stella McCartney Kids collection by Ryan McGinley.

Bonus: You can even get your own Farabella iPad Case:

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Nigel Barker’s Beauty Equation

3 Jan

by Nigel Barker

Over the years, I have had the opportunity to see beauty in almost every form. Whether it is on set with a model, at home with my wife and kids or even in the heart of Africa filming Generation Free, I am constantly surprised and confronted with the many elements that make up beauty. I am now ready to share these elements with you in my first book, Nigel Barker’s Beauty Equation.

Casting aside conventional rules, I draw on 20 years of experience in the beauty business and 13 seasons of judging America’s Next Top Model to unleash the 10 essential elements that make up true beauty: Allure, Confidence, Compassion, Spontaneity, Radiance, Health, Honesty, Charm, Energy + Humor.

As you discover your Beauty Equation, I will guide you through a series of instructive teaches and self-portraiture challenges that will reveal a better and more beautiful you. On your journey, you will make a portfolio of photos, words, and inspiration detailing how truly beautiful you are and can be.

Just like the dynamic portfolio of a top model, filled with a full range of their best shots, your portfolio will highlight your best attributes and show the true you. You can choose to keep this portfolio private, or you can share it with the Beauty Equation community online at www.beautyequation.com. Here, you can post your work, track your Beauty Equation progress, and share your experiences with other readers from around the globe!

Nigel Barker’s Beauty Equation hit stores last September. Visit www.beautyequation.com.

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Stevia is A Super-Beauty Food

30 Dec

By Paige Donner

30 times sweeter than sugar, Stevia, the herb-derived non-caloric sweetener that has replaced those others recently, is actually a beauty remedy as well!

It comes from a small green plant (stevia rebaudiana) found in Paraguay, the native Guarani Indians have apparently always used it to sweeten their drinks.

It’s also good for fruit salads and to sweeten whipped cream!

For your beauty regimen, its ultra-sweet power gives it its super hydrating properties, particularly for your entire body. Its “steviosides” not only moisturize but also soften the skin. Melvita makes an exquisite blend of thym infused honey and stevia called Apicosma that reveals ultra-soft, creamy rich and touchable arms, legs and all-over. You can also try blending some of your own beauty Super Potions using packets of Stevia that you find at your health food store.

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