Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!

Whether driving to the shore or firing up your grill, please give a thought to the valiant young men and women who have given their lives over the years to keep America free.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Scent of the Day 5.28.10

Today I'm wearing Parfums de Nicolai Fig Tea Eau Fraiche, a blend of sweet fig and osmanthus. It's almost too sweet at first, but settles down nicely into a figgy tea scent as the day progresses. I thought it was a perfect cheerful scent for this slightly chilly and gray Spring morning.

Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day Weekend!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Malan Breton Handbags

Designer Malan Breton has a new signature handbag line and he's releasing them two at a time on his Web site, This week we have Zelazo and Tartuffe.

Next week, two other designs. Go shop before he sells out!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Summer By Bravo

Ok, do you think all of the really Bravolebrities get together and party like this without flipping tables and verbal abuse?

Father's Day, Nautica Style

With Father’s Day just around the corner (ok, it's June 20th, but that will be here before you know it!), Nautica has launched a contest on Facebook that gives one lucky father the opportunity to win a $3,500 photo shoot and $1,500 Nautica shopping spree. All you need to do is upload your favorite father-daughter or father-son photo. Each entrant also receives 10% off a purchase. Wives can do it for their husbands, daughters for their dads, etc. Any dad you know is eligible for entry.

That Facebook contest has one winner, but here at Opalescent, we have THREE. I have three $100 Nautica gift cards to giveaway to three lucky winners.

Here's how you can be a winner: on the Nautica Web site, there's a page listing potential Father's Day gifts. Choose an item you would buy and in the comments section of this post, tell me for whom you would buy it. For instance, I'd buy the slim fit polo in that gorgeous "aquashell" color for my husband, because it would match with his eyes (and in case you're wondering, my husband is a wonderful doggie daddy). And for my Dad, I'd get the silk-cotton twill shirt in yellow because I know he secretly loves a pop of color, even if he does always seem to wear khaki and navy.

Interested? Then start commenting! Please note that entrants must be 18 or older and located in the US or Canada only. I will be putting all entries in a hat and drawing three names at random. Please leave a valid e-mail address so I may contact you if you are a winner.

Contest ends June 14th.

The prize was provided by Nautica, but Nautica is not a sponsor, administrator, or involved in any other way with this giveaway. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of Nautica.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Pimp Prom

Fashion Fail - Whats Your Flavor?
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"Reverse Retouching"

Not only is Photoshop used to make inches disappear, not to mention cellulite and blemishes, it is also used to make anorexic or other overly-thin women look bigger. Check out this article from the Mail Online.

Monday, May 24, 2010

amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS 2010

Must be a hard life for these celebs to have to go all the way to Antibes to attend a charity function. They have my pity.

I love Rachel Bilson's fresh-faced low-makeup look, but am not sure about the fireworks on her boobies.  Diane Kruger's dress makes her look like a linebacker. A really gay linebacker.

I think Elizabeth Banks looks like some really fancy theater curtains. And why, if she's a spokesmodel for L'Oreal hair color, does she have such ugly and obvious roots? Emily Blunt looks va va voom, plain and simple.

What the hell happened to Ivana Trump's face? She looks like she should be auditioning to play an evil Disney queen in that outfit. Why is Kirsten Dunst always wearing something so matronly?

Jennifer Lopez looks predictably like, well, Jennifer Lopez, in something pale and frothy. Maybe a little too Barbie for the 40-year-old. Mary J. Blige is still working that shit-pot haircut! She looks like a Chucky doll.

Michelle Rodiguez looks pretty in pink, but I hate her shoes. And Mischa Barton appears to be showing off a new set of boobs? I really love her dress, but not her bleach blonde locks.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Patrick McDonald Seeks Products

Although I didn't think he was the most talented designer on Launch My Line, I did love his personality. This is a press release I received this week:

NYC, NY 5/19/10. Fashion Icon, Celebrity Patrick McDonald is entering the licensing arena. Seeking product lines related to fashion is a natural for this Beau Brummell. He is a perennial front row favorite at New York Fashion week, so much so that he appeared front row in the movie Sex in the City during the fashion show scene. He is a feast for the paparazzi often photographed by Bill Cunningham of The New York Times and countless books and fashion chronicles. He recently competed in Bravo TV's Launch my Line where he was one of last designer contestants to leave.

He is the epitome of Dandyism, "A piquant sumptuousness in attire, a preoccupation with effect, an elegant admission of vanity, distinctly reminiscent to the French court.--Giving meticulous attention to dress."

John Peale Bishop, The Golden Age of the Dandy (1920) -- Vanity Fair (The Viking Press, Inc.) (1960)

Licensing rights for Patrick McDonald - The Dandy will be available through the offices of LA PRESSE PR 1 Penn Plaza 36 Floor New York City, New York 10119.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Cannes 2010

I usually enjoy looking at photos of the goings-on at the Cannes Film Festival every year because the stars in attendance usually dress to the nines for simple movie premieres. Extreme, but classy. But I'm not seeing so much class this year, particularly in the outrageous outfits of model Velvet D'Amour (left) and Julie Atlas Muz (right). Tacky tacky tacky.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Jennifer Hudson at Cannes

There was good reason for Jennifer Hudson to be overweight - her head is huge. Now that she's all svelte, it's really noticeable.

Monday, May 17, 2010


I found this on And it's a big WIN in my book! LOL!

Kelly Osbourne at the Belvedere Pink Grapefruit Launch

Yes, that is Kelly Osbourne. She looks terrific, doesn't she?

See, it's really her. Her hair is pink.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Nautica Swimwear

Summer is on its way, and that means swimsuit season!

One of the looks thats sure to be popular this summer is the tunic, as seen on Blake Lively (of course she'd look good in a potato sack). Nautica has this great French Terry Pullover Hoodie that will look great at the pool or beach, even if you're not a Gossip Girl. I think it's really cute, and I'd wear it, even though you won't catch me dead or alive in a swimsuit. Tankinis are cute too, if you don't like a one piece but still don't want to show too much.

Nautica just so happens to be having a 25% sale, ending today!  Head on over to the Nautica swim section to check out their entire swimsuit collection.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Kim Kardashian for Young Survival Coalition

Starting now, and for the next week, fans are invited to help Kim Kardashian and Sephora design the artwork for a limited edition version of her rollerball fragrance that will be sold in October to support breast cancer awareness. The winning design will be on Sephora shelves nationwide!

10% of every sale of this limited edition rollerball will be donated to Young Survival Coalition, an international organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women and breast cancer.

Fans can visit Kim’s site at for more info and to download the template, and then email their design to Kim will be logging in to check out all the designs, pick her three faves, and then fans will choose who wins by voting on their favorite.

“I always turn to my fans for inspiration and advice,” says Kim. “I’m so excited to see what unique, gorgeous designs they come up with. This is such a great opportunity for them do something fun while giving back to an amazing cause.”

Kim Kardashian reflects the sensuality, femininity and appeal of one of the most idolized women in the world. Feminine, alluring and irresistible, Kim Kardashian gives fans instant access to Kim’s glamorous lifestyle. Available in a new rollerball variation this fall, the sumptuous, floral fragrance evokes Kim’s trademark sultry style with crisp top notes, lush, floral mid notes and a rich, sexy drydown. Gorgeous, voluptuous florals reflect her captivating nature, while Jasmine, tuberose and gardenia evoke her femininity. Tonka bean, jacaranda wood and sandalwood add a warm, sensual base, representing Kim’s softer side.

What: Kim Kardashian Rollerball Competition
When: Submissions: May 10th – May 17th
Finalists (3) Announcement: May 17th
Winner Announcement: October 1st

**More information is available at

About Young Survival Coalition (YSC): YSC offers resources, connections and outreach so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful. With an interactive website, numerous national programs and nearly 30 affiliates across the United States, it is YSC’s goal that no young woman is left to face breast cancer alone. Founded in 1998 by three young women with breast cancer, YSC has grown to become the number one “go to” organization for young women facing a breast cancer diagnosis, reaching well over 200,000 women a year. YSC works with survivors, caregivers and the medical, research, advocacy and legislative communities to provide support and increase the quality and quantity of life for young women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Remember that I mentioned the Linari line in a previous post about the new MiN NY apothecary? Here's more info on the line. MiN now has exclusive rights to sell the line in North America, so if you want it, need it, have to have it....


In the past seven years LINARI has become one of Germanyʼs most sought after luxury houses of scent. Known for itʼs exquisite home fragrances in glass and wood, Linariʼs diffusers, room sprays, and candles are architectural and beautiful in hotels and homes. Previously never made available in the USA, Linariʼs coveted collection of eau de parfums - Angelo di Fiume, Notte Bianca, Eleganza Luminosa, Vista Sul Mare and Aqua Santa - are now available at MiN New York.

Renowned perfumers Mark Buxton [Comme des Garçons, Karl Lagerfeld, etc.], and Egon Oelkers [Biehl Parfumkunstwerke, H&R Fragrance Guide], and Maurice Roucel [Envy for Gucci, Le Labo, Bond No. 9, etc.] created the LINARI scents.

LINARIʼs eau de parfum range comes in 100-ml bottles [$195.00]. The heavy French glass bottles resemble classic inkwells, each are topped with a flat round cap of African wenge wood. The cap also serves as a stand for the bottle.

LINARI Diffusers [$110.00] are created with milled internal thread from solid maple, wenge, zebra and multiplex birch woods. The natural quality of the wood ensures every closure is unique. The bottle design remains flawless to match any space.

LINARI room sprays offer an ideal way to create an immediate and reliably scented atmosphere. The purist 100ml bottles are manufactured from the finest Italian glass. Room sprays start at $47.00.

LINARI candles are hand poured in France by one of the most famous candle producers known. Using the highest quality wax available allows almost immediate fragrance diffusion. Candles are priced from $60.00.

LINARI creates just the right atmosphere in any private living area, it is also ideal for public spaces and enjoys prime placement within top class hotel lobbies, bars, and restaurants around the world. Linari is a perfect gift for the hostess or client.

Formerly distributed by Lafco, MiN New York now serves as the new exclusive distributor for North America as of January of 2010. MiN New Yorkʼs flagship Atelier at 117 Crosby Street in New York City serves as the primary showroom for the entire collection.

"Linari represents the finest in room scents and their recent creations in premium fragrances are superbly executed. Our partnership is a great alignment of values." Chad Murawczyk, CEO.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Lindsay Lohan
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Is this really Lindsay Lohan? She looks about 40!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Fragrance Reviews from A to Z

This index includes all perfume reviews posted here (and on the original fragrance blog) up to and including May 1, 2010. It will be updated periodically.

Abinoam Beleza
Abinoam Desejo

Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Arancia di Capri
Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Fico d’Amalfi
Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Cipresso di Toscana
Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Mirto di Panarea

Acquolina Blue Sugar
Acquolina Chocolovers

Agent Provocateur Maitresse

Amouage Ubar

Annick Goutal Ambre Fetishe
Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien
Annick Goutal Encens Flamboyant
Annick Goutal Grand Amour
Annick Goutal Myrrh Ardente
Annick Goutal Passion
Annick Goutal Petite Cherie
Annick Goutal Sables
Annick Goutal Songes

Antonia’s Flowers Soigni del Mare

Apothia If
Apothia L
Apothia Velvet Rope

Aqaba Midnight Sun

Aroma M Geisha Blanche
Aroma M Geisha Blue
Aroma M Geisha Green
Aroma M Geisha Marron
Aroma M Geisha Noire
Aroma M Geisha Rouge
Aroma M Geisha Violet
Aroma M Hana-Cha
Aroma M Nobara-Cha
Aroma M O-Cha

Ava Luxe Fig
Ava Luxe Gardenia Musk
Ava Luxe Linen Musk
Ava Luxe Loukhoum
Ava Luxe Moroccan Mint Tea
Ava Luxe Palisander
Ava Luxe Peonies

Ayala Moriel Roses et Chocolat

Bath and Body Works Chocolate Amber

becker.eshaya Golden Amber

Betsey Johnson Parfum

Biehl Parfumkunstwerke pc01
Biehl Parfumkunstwerke pc02

Bill Blass by Bill Blass

Bois 1920 Sushi Imperiale

Bond No. 9 Andy Warhol Lexington Avenue
Bond No. 9 Andy Warhol Success is a Job in New York
Bond No. 9 Andy Warhol Union Square
Bond No. 9 Astor Place
Bond No. 9 Boca
Bond No. 9 Brooklyn
Bond No. 9 Bryant Park
Bond No. 9 Harrods for Her
Bond No. 9 Harrods for Him
Bond No. 9 Harrods Special Edition
Bond No. 9 Little Italy
Bond No. 9 Saks Fifth Avenue for Her
Bond No. 9 Saks Fifth Avenue for Him
Bond No. 9 Scent of Peace
Bond No. 9 West Side

Brandy Brandy

Bulgari Au Thé Blanc
Bulgari Au Thé Rouge
Bulgari Au Thé Vert
Bulgari Omnia Amethyste
Bulgari Rose Essentielle

Burberry Summer

By Killian Prelude to Love Invitation
By Killian short reviews

Byredo Pulp

Calvin Klein Obsession for Men
Calvin Klein Secret Obsession

Campos di Ibizia Agua de Rosas
Campos di Ibizia Cedro
Campos di Ibizia Essencia di Higo
Campos di Ibizia Mandarina

Cartier Must de Cartier

Chanel 28 La Pausa
Chanel 31 Rue Cambon
Chanel Beige
Chanel Bel Respiro
Chanel Coco
Chanel Coromandel
Chanel Cuir de Russie
Chanel Eau de Cologne
Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere
Chanel No. 18
Chanel Une Fleur de Chanel

Chloe Chloe 2008

Chopard Mira Bai

Christiane Celle Calypso "New" Candy Rose
Christiane Celle Calypso Tangerine

Christina Aguilera Inspire

Comme des Garçpns Guerilla 1
Comme des Garçons Guerilla 2
Comme des Garçons Harissa
Comme des Garçons Series 8 Energy C;
Comme des Garçons Stephen Jones
Comme des Garçons Sweet Spicy Cocoa
Comme des Garçons Zagorsk

Comptoir Sud Pacifique Le Roi Santal
Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanilla Citrus

Coppeneur Eau de Cacao

Costes Costes 2

Costume National 21

Courvoisier L’Edition Imperiale

Creative Scentualization Beauty Comes From Within
Creative Scentualization Joy Comes From Within
Creative Scentualization Love Comes From Within
Creative Scentualization Perfect Vanilla

Creed Angelique Encens
Creed Virgin Island Water

Cristiano Fissore Rapsodia in Blu

Demeter Baby Powder
Demeter Sweet Delights Vanilla Ice Cream

Domenico Caraceni Loren

Donna Karan Chaos

Eadward Indulge

Eau d’Italie Magnolia Romana
Eau d’Italie Paestum Rose

Ed Hardy for Men

Estee Lauder Azurée Soleil
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess
Estee Lauder Private Collection Amber Ylang Ylang
Estee Lauder Pure White Linen Light Breeze
Estee Lauder Sensuous

Etat Libre d'Orange Antiheros
Etat Libre d'Orange Don't Get Me Wrong, Baby
Etat Libre d'Orange Encens et Bubblegum
Etat Libre d'Orange Noel au Balcon
Etat Libre d'Orange Nombril Immense
Etat Libre d'Orange Putain de Palaces
Etat Libre d'Orange Rossy de Palma
Etat Libre d'Orange Secretions Magnifiques
Etat Libre d'Orange Vraie Blonde

Etro Messe de Minuit
Etro Shaal Nur

Farmacia SS. Annunziata Chia
Farmacia SS. Annunziata Sofron

Fendi Theorema Esprit d'Ete

Filles des Iles Sensual Floral

Frapin Terre de Sarment
Frapin Caravelle Epicée

Frederick Malle Lipstick Rose
Frederick Malle Musc Ravageur

Fresh Sugar

Gucci Flora
Gucci Pour Homme II

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca
Guerlain Cruel Gardenia
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire
Guerlain L’Heure Bleue
Guerlain Insolence
Guerlain Iris Ganache
Guerlain L'Instant
Guerlain Nuits d'Amour
Guerlain Shalimar
Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille
Guerlain Your Insolence

Heeley Iris Nuit

Hello Kitty Momoberry

Hermes 24 Faubourg Eau Delicate
Hermes Kelly Caleche
Hermes Osmanthe Yunnan
Hermes Un Jardin Sur Le Nil

Hilde Soliani CiocoRosissimo
Hilde Soliani CiocoSpesizissimo
Hilde Soliani Iris
Hilde Soliani Tulipano

Histoires de Parfums 1826 Eugenie de Montijo
Histoires de Parfums 1804 George Sand
Histoires de Parfums 1876 Mata Hari

Hors la Monde Shiloh

I Profumi di Firenze Spezie de Medici

Il Profumo Chocolate Amere
Il Profumo Chocolate Frais

Ineke Chemical Bonding
Ineke Evening Edged in Gold

Institut Tres Bien Cologne A la Russe

Jean Patou Sira des Indes

Jill Stuart Vanilla Lust

John Varvatos John Varvatos

Jo Malone Sweet Lime & Cedar
Jo Malone White Jasmine & Mint

Juliet Stewart Juliet

Juliette Has a Gun Calamity J
Juliette Has a Gun Citizen Queen
Juliette Has a Gun Miss Charming

Karl Lagerfeld Kapsule

Keiko Mecheri Fleurs d'Osmanthus
Keiko Mecheri Hanae
Keiko Mecheri Minime
Keiko Mecheri Sanguine
Keiko Mecheri Wild Berries

Kingsbury Lime Lift
Kingsbury Tres Bon

L.T. Piver Cuir de Russie

Lalique Encre Noire

Lancome Magnifique

L'Artisan Parfumeur Aedes de Venustas
L'Artisan Parfumeur Ananas Fizz
L'Artisan Parfumeur Bois Farine
L'Artisan Parfumeur Drole de Rose
L'Artisan Parfumeur Dzing!
L'Artisan Parfumeur L'Eau de L'Artisan
L'Artisan Parfumeur L'Ete; en Douce
L'Artisan Parfumeur Fleur de Liane
L'Artisan Parfumeur Mandarin Tout Simplement
L'Artisan Parfumeur Mood Swings Coffret
L'Artisan Parfumeur Poivre Piquant
L'Artisan Parfumeur Premier Figuier
L'Artisan Parfumeur Safran Troublant
L'Artisan Parfumeur Tea for Two

L’Atelier Boheme Fil de Soie
L’Atelier Boheme Helianthe

L'Occitane Iris

L’Orientaliste Santal

Le Prince Jardinier Bouton de Rose
Le Prince Jardinier Ciel Mon Jardin

Les Parfums de Rosine Eau Fraiche
Les Parfums de Rosine La Rose
Les Parfums de Rosine Roseberry
Les Parfums de Rosine Rose Kashmirie

Ligne St. Barth Les Alizes

Lorenzo Villoresi Donna

Lubin Idole

Lush The Comforter


Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Amber Precieux
Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Eau de Camellia Chinois
Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Secret Melange
Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Secrete Datura

Manuel Canovas Les Fantaisies Anse Turquoise
Manuel Canovas Les Fantaisies Ballade Verte
Manuel Canovas Les Fantaisies L'Ile Bleu
Manuel Canovas Les Fantaisies Pink Riviera
Manuel Canovas Les Fantaisies Route Mandarine

Marc Jacobs Marc Jacobs Daisy Solid
Marc Jacobs Marc Jacobs Perfume
Marc Jacobs Orange

Maria McElroy Untitled No. 5

Mat Cherry

Menard L'Eau de Kasaneka

Micallef Avant Garde
Micallef Black Sea
Micallef Note Vanillee
Micallef Red Sea

Michael Storer Genvieve
Michael Storer Stephanie
Michael Storer Yvette

Miller Harris Fleurs de Sel

Molinard Histoire de Chypre

Montale Aoud Roses Petals
Montale Black Aoud
Montale Chocolate Greedy
Montale Crystal Flowers
Montale Fruits of the Musk
Montale Ginger Musk
Montale Intense Tiare
Montale Mukhallat
Montale Rose Mukhalat
Montale Roses Musk
Montale Sweet Oriental Dream
Montale White Musk

Monyette Monyette Paris

Nanadebary Green

Nasomatto Absinthe

Nelly Rodi Cardamome
Nelly Rodi Rose

Nina Ricci Nina

Odori Iris
Odori Zafferano

Olivier Durbano Amethyst
Olivier Durbano Black Tourmaline
Olivier Durbano Rock Crystal

Omonde Jayne Champaca
Omonde Jayne Frangipani
Omonde Jayne Ta’if
Omonde Jayne Tolu
Omonde Jayne Woman

Parfum d’Empire Equistrius

Parfums 06130 Lentisque

Parfums de Nicolai Balkis
Parfums de Nicolai Fig Tea Eau Fraiche
Parfums de Nicolai Number One
Parfums de NicolaiSacrebleu

Parfums DelRae Amoureuse
Parfums DelRae Bois de Paradis

Parfumerie Generale Cadjmere
Parfumerie Generale Felanailla
Parfumerie Generale Cedre Sandaraque

Parfums MDCI Ambre Topkapi
Parfums MDCI Enlevement au Serail
Parfums MDCI Invasion Barbare
Parfums MDCI Peche Cardinal
Parfums MDCI Promesse de l'Aube
Parfums MDCI Rose de Siwa

Paul Smith Paul Smith Extreme

People of the Labyrinths A Maze
People of the Labyrinths Luctor et Emergo

Pilar & Lucy Exact Friction of Stars

Profumum Dulcis in Fundo

Ralph Lauren Notorious
Ralph Lauren Pure Turquoise

Renee Musk

Robert Piguet Visa

Roger et Gallet Gingembre

Romea D’Ameor The Grand Inca Priestesses
Romea D’Ameor The Great Empresses of Japan
Romea D’Ameor The Mistresses of Louis XIV
Romea D’Ameor The Princesses of Venice
Romea D’Ameor The Secret Heroines of the Tsar
Romea D’Ameor The Sovereigns of Egypt
Romea D’Ameor The Taj Mahal’s Eternal Love

Safi Safi

Satellite 40º Dans L’Ombre
Satellite Corrida

Santa Maria Novello Citta di Kyoto

Serge Lutens Chergui
Serge Lutens Daim Blond
Serge Lutens Fleurs de Citronnier
Serge Lutens Louve
Serge Lutens Muscs Koublai Khan
Serge Lutens Sa Majeste La Rose
Serge Lutens Serge Noir
Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille

Shiseido Feminite de Bois

Sinfonia di Note Blanc de Cotons
Sinfonia di Note Coeur de Noisette
Sinfonia di Note Fleur de Santal
Sinfonia di Note Enforce d’Orange

Six Scents No. 4 Gareth Pugh

Solange Stoned

Sonoma Scent Studio Champagne de Bois
Sonoma Scent Studio Vintage Rose

Sasha Varon Soulgasm

St. John White Camellia

Takashimaya T

Tauer Incense Rose

Tauer L’Air du Desert Marocain
Tauer Reverie Au Jardin

Temper Chocolates Temperare 01

The Different Company Bois d'Iris
The Different Company Osmanthus

Thierry Mugler AngelMen Pure Coffee

Tom Ford Black Orchid
Tom Ford Black Orchid Voile de Fleur
Tom Ford White Patchouli
Tom Ford for Estee Lauder Youth Dew Amber Nude

Tommy Bahama Tommy Bahama for Men

Tsi-La Organics Saqui

Vera Wang Look

Vero Profumo Kiki
Vero Profumo Onda
Vero Profumo Rubi

Vertigo Hypnotica
Vertigo Vertigo

Virtue and Valor Virtuessence of Esther

Vivienne Westwood Boudoir

Washington Tremlett Black Tie
Washington Tremlett My Fair Lady

Yves Rocher Iris Noir

Yves St Laurent Elle

Friday, May 7, 2010

Barbie for the Home

When I was a little girl, I was definitely a Barbie girl. My favorite gifts were always Barbie dolls, Barbie accessories, Barbie clothes, etc. I had Malibu Barbie, PJ, Skipper, and Ken; Live Action On Stage Barbie in her groovy fringed jumpsuit; and Talking Julia, among countless others. When I was 10 or so, Mom and I went to a huge flea market held at Towson State University and found a treasure trove of 60s-vintage Barbies, clothing, and cases. I even scored a Ponytail Barbie, although I think she's #6 and not all that valuable.

I've sold most of my Barbie collection, apart from the Ponytail, a Midge, and a Ken from the early 60s. I simply have no room in my house for doll collections, but every once in a while one catches my eye. Like the Cyndi Lauper Barbie. And these amazing accessories from the new Barbie PLASTIC line, which went on sale 5/4:
Reinvention of the Philippe Starck's Louis Ghost chair, $650

Jonathan Adler “1959 Barbie Mirror” Hand-created for Barbie’s “Real” Malibu Dream House: $8,800 (WANT!)

“Fancy Footwear” Barbie Shoes Ring by Margaux Lange: $235

And for the man who has everything, a French-designed “Objet D’Art” Barbie Foosball Table: $25,000

You can buy any of these at or by calling 1-800-491-7514. And don't forget I want that mirror....

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Twinkle by Wenlan Sample Sale

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The 2010 Met Ball

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Ball is always a fun event for those of us who like to see what the celebrities are wearing. Normally there are at least a few freaks and geeks in attendance, like Madonna and Mary Kate Olsen last year.

This year, there was a preponderance of "meh" - ladies looked uniformly pretty, many wore pale colors - blush, apricot, white.

Anne Hathaway (Valentino) and Taylor Swift (in Ralph Lauren Collection) looked - lovely and boring.

Sarah Jessica Parker (in Halston Heritage) and Kate Hudson (in Stella McCartney) looked - lovely and boring.

Marion Cotillard (in Christian Dior) and Jennifer Lopez (in Zuhair Murad) looked - lovely and boring, although JLo's skirt had some snazz.

Diane Kruger and Diane Lane (in Michael Kors) both went for more plain looks, although Kruger's Calvin Klein is stunning in its simplicity.

Maggie Gyllenhaal wore what looked to be denim (Louis Vuitton). Eva Mendes wore her grandmother's sofa slipcover (Dolce & Gabbana).

Christina Hendricks looks to be wearing Donald Trump's toupee on the shoulder of her L'Wren Scott gown. And I think Rosario Dawson slaughtered Big Bird's sister for the occasion (Giambattista Valli).

Mary J. Blige looks too sweet in her frou-frou J. Mendel apricot gown. And I believe that hair style is what we used to call a "shit-pot haircut" when I was a kid. I'm torn on Renee Zellweger's Carolina Herrera gown, but I love her short hair.

Someone didn't tell Tina Fey or Carey Mulligan that this was a rather formal event. A jumpsuit? (even if it is YSL) My grandmother's apron? (Miu Miu) Come on!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Voyage d'Hermes

Voyage d'Hermes is the latest scent by Jean-Claude Ellena. It seems to me that he's been working a theme and has finally gotten it right. It takes the bright citrus aspect of Un Jardin Sur le Nil, the cedar of Terre d'Hermes, and the leather of Kelly Caleche, and combines them in a way that I like very much.

The citrus, with juniper berry and possibly cardamom, is initially akin to a mildly skanky grapefruit note. Underneath, one can sense the woods and a note that reminds me very much of a soft leather. I didn't like Kelly Caleche as much as my review of it would suggest. The more often I wore it, the less I liked it and eventually felt the leather + flowers just didn't work for me. But leather + citrus + cedar = perfect. And the drydown, although it retains some of the sharpness of the opening, has a nice soft musky quality that I love.

Reading other bloggers thoughts of Voyage makes me wonder if we've been smelling the same fragrance. No worries - plenty of room in this world for multiple opinions. But am I the only one who gets that Ellena has started doing a variation of the same fragrance over and over again? Not that it's a bad thing, and he does occasionally mix it up with something like Apres la Mousson, but I wonder when this particular obsession will subside.

Sample obtained at Sniffapalooza.


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