I was so excited to learn about the collaboration of Poppy King and Kate Spade on a line of lipsticks: Supercalifragilipstick! that is. I had the pleasure of meeting Poppy King at her book signing at Henri Bendel in New York City several years ago and chronicled the experience on my blog. She is lovely and I am so happy to see her line and the span of her expertise growing! The packaging is adorable, the collaboration between the brands is brilliant, and I certainly cannot wait to try out the lipstick! Kate Spade here I come…..
the INTRO: After the summer months of trying my absolute very best to leave my face bare and sunkissed, my lips glossy, and my hair sea swept and beachy – I look forward to facing fall with bold color and trying out some of the beauty world’s newest and most promising products. I was so excited to attend a beauty breakfast at Neiman Marcus last month which exhibited some of the new finds from my favorite brands. I’ve spent the last month adding some new products and fragrances to my normal routine and wanted to share my favorites with you – the ones I certainly plan to replenish.
the FRAGRANCE: As far as fragrances go, I love the new scent from Prada: Candy. Prada Candy is light and sweet, it’s the perfect daytime fragrance to give you a bit of feminine sweetness throughout the day without being overpowering. The notes of the fragrance are caramel, vanilla, and powdery musks. And, for some reason, it wears even better with silk. There’s something about adorning yourself in a silk day dress and Prada Candy that is as sweet as can be! According to Neiman Marcus, “the perfume is named after this seductive and joyful girl who is running wild.” Now, if that doesn’t sound like a fun plan for fall, I’m not sure what does!
the LIPSTICK: Now, I’m the girl that tries her hardest not to judge a book by its cover and I guess I could also apply that to lipsticks. However, the Guerlain Rouge Automatique had me at first glance – I didn’t even care what the color was. I was using it. There’s something so sleek, shiny, and striking about this lipstick applicator – you feel cool just pulling it out of your purse. Lucky for me, I love the color as well! It’s a beautiful neutral called “101″ and it looks great with everything! If you want a beauty accessory to give your shoes a run for their money, this is it. Long lasting and smooth- it’s everything you could want in a fall lipstick and then some!
the GLOSS: And, as for gloss, I am so picky about gloss. I am the grown up six year old girl who had a Kaboodle filled with every flavor and color of Lipsmacker known to grade schoolers. Luckily, years later, I have now matured to Chantecaille, but now a connoisseur of course- I am picky when it comes to texture, flavor, shine, and wearability. The Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss is as the name states: brilliant. It’s light, juicy, INCREDIBLY SHINY, and simply gorgeous. Want kissable lips? This is your gloss. Want a gloss that can look great over almost every lipstick and on its own? Again, this is your gloss. The color I have is called Glee, but they all look beautiful! Seriously, if you don’t believe me, go to Neiman Marcus and just hold the tube of gloss up to the light – you will behold an unimaginably shiny pigment that looks even better on than it does in the translucent container.
the PENCIL: In the past, I have been very loyal to Chanel and Laura Mercier when it comes to eye pencils. However, I ventured out and seemed to have found a new favorite duo when it comes to eye makeup. I have two new favorite products from Giorgio Armani Beauty that seem to make the perfect pair! I love the Smooth Silk Eye Pencil from Armani Beauty, the black #8 – sharpens with ease and the application is smooth and only smudges as much as you so desire. And, in fact, the pencil comes with a smudger on one side, which has made packing it on business trips a breeze!
the MASCARA: As for mascara, I haven’t worn anything but DiorShow mascara in years. And, I ended up resenting anyone who would have me try anything different as I still ended up preferring DiorShow over x, y, and z that claimed to be more advanced. However, this time around, I was surprised when a lovely sales lady at Neiman Marcus NorthPark in Dallas offered to apply Armani Eyes to Kill mascara on my lashes while I was in the store. I loved it then – and love it now. I’ve completely switched from DiorShow! If you want beautiful and long lush lashes – this is truly the perfect mascara. And, the best part is, it rarely if ever clumps. Don’t get me wrong, I still adore DiorShow, but it is now second runner-up to Armani’s Eyes to Kill!
the CLEANSER: Sometimes, you are just too tired for the five step skin care system (shh, don’t tell my facialist or dermatologist). Yet, you still want to feel refreshed when your face hits the pillow. The Cellular Cleansing Water for Eyes and Face from La Prairie is an absolute must for every busy woman with an affinity for beauty products. It’s soft, light, and silky. It removes all dirt and makeup from your skin without leaving that oily residue that makes you feel as if you need to wash your face – yet again. It’s a refreshing lotion that is gentle on the skin, but still removes daily dirt, oil, and impurities from your skin’s surface. Tried and true – it is perfect for traveling and a quick makeup change after work and before an event. I love stashing the bottle in my gym bag to take off my makeup before a workout and to clean my face afterward.
the BOLD: It’s fall, expand your horizons when it comes to color! I’ve worn red, pink, magenta, and coral – but never PLUM! Before this season, if one would talk to me about wine or cranberry colored lips, I’d run the other way. Not my colors – until I tried Ken Downing’s duo from Le Métier de Beauté “I’m Worn This Way.” It’s an absolutely gorgeous vintage bordeaux – a deep plum – that brought out my green eyes in a way that I never thought possible! I am now addicted to the color plum and I can thank this duo from Le Métier de Beauté for that. And, the polish? It’s equally gorgeous – there’s just something about typing with wine colored nails that gets you through the day….
the END: So, there you have it – my fall beauty roundup. And, if my Dallas readers need a bit of an excuse to browse the fall selections from Neiman Marcus, they do have an event this Thursday, September 22nd at the Neiman Marcus Downtown location. The Current Event is a “Sip and Shop” focusing on the latest fall trends in women’s contemporary. So grab a cocktail, some friends, and if you spend $350+ you will receive a Neiman Marcus Rachel Zoe clutch. I’d say that’s certainly a stylish way to tote your new fall 2011 beauty finds around the city.
We all look forward to enjoying the fruits of summer and Samantha Reitmayer Sano‘s “The Summer Project,” is certainly not an exception. Samantha is the genius behind one of my favorite blogs, style/SWOON. And, recently, adding to her list of creative talents and endeavors, I learned she can also paint beautiful pictures! She says she has been painting all of her life, but this was her first formal exhibition of her work through her personal blog. After knowing her for several years and not knowing anything about her painting, I knew I had to catch up with her to get the scoop on her project- which she deemed completely spur of the moment! So, who inspires her and does she have a favorite artist? “Abstract art by far is my favorite,” she said, “I love everything from 70s Pop Art to famous artists like Cy Twombly to up-and-coming people like Michelle Armas. It’s impossible to name them all, but graphic and strong always seems to be what I gravitate towards.”
What’s this design maven’s favorite restaurant? “Salum (designed by Julio Quinones) in Dallas. In New York, BG at Bergdorf Goodman (designed by Kelly Wearstler) Both have AMAZING food, great people watching and the décor just takes me to my happy place.”
The harvest of her project is airy, elegant, lyrical, and bold. The pieces make a statement while retaining a certain mystique. And, after painting an array of different colors on multiple canvases, does Samantha have a favorite piece or pair? “ Oh gosh, the Boerne series has become my favorite,” she said, “I haven’t held onto one yet but I’m particularly fond of the diptychs esp LeMans and Trelawney.“ She originally began the project on a whim and said the process from thinking about selling them to launching them on The Summer Project Big Cartel website only took about a week (they certainly have been selling much much quicker)! Samantha said that the greatest challenge was sticking to one style. “I like so many things, but I think it’s stronger when it’s more consistent,” she said, “Who knows thought I may vary again! The most meaningful aspect of the project was probably just that people actually bought them (and they sold out, fast!). That was pretty cool. Something I’ve been capable of forever but too shy to show to people. I still don’t know what made me do it but I’m glad. It’s been fun.”
Le Mans - The Summer Project
Another interesting aspect? Samantha incorporated her love for calligraphy into the project, which is visible in many of the pieces. “I took calligraphy a couple of years ago and loved it,” she said, “I love the beautiful thick/thin strokes and the flow of it. I thought it would be interesting to incorporate it with the watercolor. I chose not to say anything because I want people to read into it with their emotions, not mine.” She chose the array of soft and bold watercolors she used for The Summer Project from what she was feeling at the moment- whether it was a color trend or timeless style. “I’m really loving gray and blush right now and mostly that is driven by fashion,” said Samantha.
“The Summer Project + Manny’s” invitation – beautiful invitations – a work of art in their own right!
On top of adoring all of Samantha’s color selections and her art pieces, I absolutely loved her party for “The Summer Project” she held at the Manny Rodriguez Photography Studio in Dallas. At Manny’s on one August evening, guests sipped mojitos and enjoyed her works which were artfully exhibited around the space. And, of course, as owner of SWOON the Studio, her invitations stand as a gorgeous work of art on their own! So, with her project brought to a close at the end of summer, what is Samantha up to now? ” At the graphic design studio I’m working on the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art and branding a new line of shoes for Empower African Children,” she shared, “With style/SWOON I’m helping Dwell with Dignity launch Thrift Studio and working on a backdrop for Grace Bonney’s Design Sponge book signing. She’s one of my idols so that’s way cool to me.” And, can we expect anymore painting projects from this blogger, designer, stylist, writer, and artist extraordinaire? “Oh yes, I hope to continue this even if just for me… I am sure I will always paint.”
Hello Readers! I am so excited to share that I have made it to Round Three for the Lucky magazine Life Contributor contest sponsored by Revlon! My latest submission, was my Marie Antoinette Dinner party post. I certainly have some tough competition, but I would very much appreciate your support if you have a moment to vote for my latest entry!
Thanks so much for your support and excitement for Nonsense & Sensibility!
A Marie Antoinette Dinner Party – Nonsense & Sensibility style
It can often be difficult to think of fun, smart, dinner party themes on a whim. However, if one is to be at all budget conscious, it is wise to take inventory of flatware, dinnerware, and anything else you have in your china cabinet (or simply – your cabinets) that might make for a chic party to remember! Recently, after watching Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette while blogging, I remembered the Marie Antoinette inspired dishes I had purchased from Anthropologie earlier this year. And, thus, when the perfect evening arrived – a Marie Antoinette inspired dinner party (Sofia Coppola style) it was! I used a very simple white scalloped invitation that opened with: “Madame Marie Antoinette commands your presence at one fabulous fete….” Or, Paperless Post offers great options like the one below!
“The Party Planner” by Kimberly Schlegel Whitman and Lucky magazine
An invite example from Paperless Post!
Vintage gowns and Anna Sui for Anthropologie inspiration
I flipped through my new book, “The Party Planner” by Kimberly Schlegel Whitman for inspiration, as well as the latest Lucky magazine which shared in the Marie Antoinette vision with its striking hot pink September cover. For the menu, I browsed “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” by Julia Child and began sourcing the best local macarons. For course one: I decided on my friend Walker’s amazing French vinaigrette salad and for the main course, des haricots verts and herb encrusted salmon. For dessert, it would be a tray of my favorite tarts, cake balls, and macarons. And, of course, the evening would not be complete without lots of bubbly – pink champagne!
For the attire, I wanted it to be very feminine, but for everyone to be comfortable too- if they so wished! Guests could wear anything from a simple silk slip dress to their mother’s glamorous old ballgown that they’ve been dying to bring out of the attic! An eclectic mix of high and low is what I hoped the evening would encompass. As for hair, I love soft curls and elegant updos. My friend Walker put her hair half back with a bit of lift – it was very glamorous! And, when it comes to beauty for the occasion, I love a focus on eyes and lips! I did a focus on lashes with Armani’s Eyes to Kill mascara, a bit of rosy cream blush from La Prairie, and shiny magenta lips from Giorgio Armani. I think feeling soft, glamorous, and feminine is perfect for anything a la Marie Antoinette!
I set the table using vintage plates I purchased several years ago from Simple Things in Fort Worth, Texas, my Marie Antoinette plates from Anthropologie, vintage brass napkin holders, vintage glasses purchased in Apalachicola, FL, blush champagne flutes from Crate & Barrel, and placemats from CAKE. To mark each placesetting, I used Paris book plate labels. I wrapped each label in pink tulle and tied it with a beige ribbon. This way, guests could also take home their name tag and place it in their favorite book for remembrance! For the chairs, I switched out two of my Kartell Louis Ghost Chairs for my favorite vintage floral print chair from Again and Again in Dallas and an old ivory leather arm chair given to my by my parents. After all, Coppola’s Marie Antoinette film was the epitome of whimsy and the unexpected!
I was so excited to find Sofia champagne by Francis Ford Coppola at Whole Foods! I found it so fitting – the perfect toast to an evening inspired by a Sofia Coppola film! It looked beautiful paired alongside the Waterford Crystal pitcher I used as a vase for the white roses and green pom pom flowers I purchased at Tom Thumb.
For the music, I played the Marie Antoinette film soundtrack, the Something’s Gotta Give film soundtrack, and the Pride and Prejudice (2006) soundtrack. I burned a Feu de Bois candle from LAFCO New York – a fragrance I’d highly recommend! The evening was a royal success – guests adored dressing up and were asking when we were going to do it again! And, when their friends saw the images, they wanted to join in as well! Marie would be proud.
Menu: French Vinaigrette Salad, French Green Beans, and Herb Encrusted Salmon, tarts and macarons
French Salad: Romaine lettuce, French Vinaigrette, Jarlsberg Cheese, Sesame Seeds
1.) Cook Sesame Seeds at 350 degrees until browned in the oven.
2.) Shred Jarslberg Cheese and add to Romaine lettuce
3.) Add toasted sesame seeds to the salad and toss with French Vinaigrette dressing
French Green Beans:
1.) Pan sautee French green beans on medium heat in olive oil, add butter and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
2.) Add fresh rosemary and salt and pepper to taste
Herb Encrusted Salmon:
1.) Pan sautee salmon in olive oil. Coat each side in a mixture of rosemary, oregano, and pepper to taste. Cook 3 minutes on a skillet on medium heat; carefully turn fillets over. Cook 4 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.
Dessert: Tarts and macarons- purchase from your favorite bakery or DIY and try it out at home! (good luck!)
* all images are my own and may not be used without permission.
I love visiting Nest to keep up with their mix of wonderful finds in Dallas. It’s one of my favorite places to shop in the city to find unique and interesting gifts! This fall, the store is filled with pieces that would make perfect presents and certainly spice up your own home for fall. Recently, I stopped by the store and photographed some of my favorite things! I loved all of the brass in the store entry – so worldly and glamorous! The store buyer and manager, Donald Fowler, was so helpful showing me around and introducing me to the store’s latest finds.
The store offers some amazing furniture and rugs in the realm of home decor. They have recently started to repaint and reupholster old furniture pieces – and what they’ve done so far is amazing! I love the store’s selection of pillows. The selection seems to encompass a variety of styles that you don’t often see or find anywhere else! It is apparent that store owner Heather Wiese Alexander has an ever-captivating vision for this store.
I was very much inspired by the new 21 Drops Aromatherapy Blends collection at Nest. This is a collection of 21 different therapeutic grade essential oils – each is colorfully labeled to serve a distinct purpose. And, the best part is? They seem to really work! They are tiny, savvy, and the roller application makes for easy use. You can even by 21 Drops Trio’s – which is a selection of three oils collected for a specific purpose or event. There is: The Weekender trio, Cold and Flu Fighters, Travel Well, Take Control, and the witty 21st Century Survival. I love this line and I’m so excited to try it out on my own! So, be sure to stop by the Nest store on McKinney Avenue or check out NestDallas.com to find your own favorite finds for fall!
For CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Finalist and jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth, the process of making jewelry has always been a creative outlet. “I love working with color and love the way that jewelry brightens everything up,” she said. She seems to have a favorite piece from every one of her collections. “This season, I am loving the lockets I made exclusively for Ylang 23,” said Irene. She feels the greatest accomplishment in her career has been the fact that she has a strong business with loyal customers, loyal store owners and a wonderful staff. “I feel lucky for it every day,” she added. Irene describes her personal style to be similar to that of her jewelry- feminine but bold. “A lot of my style influences come from traveling and nothing in my closet is black. I’m very inspired by color. I love mixing unusual colors and patterns,” she added.
Irene admitted that the greatest challenge for her has been making something that season after season stays true to her designs and aesthetic. And, to be proud of the jewelry as a piece of art, yet still maintaining its ability to sell. She describes her clients as the best a girl could dream of. “They’re successful, independent women with a strong sense of style,” said Irene. She loves visiting Ylang 23 owners, Joanne and Charles Teichman and the girls at their store in Dallas. “Joanne is a dynamite saleswoman and really understands her customers,” she said, “I like the easygoing experience of being there. It feels like the perfect match… there’s nothing forced or pushy about it.”
Irene Neuwirth lockets exclusive to Ylang 23 as seen in In Style
On top of being influenced by individuals she meets and works with on a daily basis, Irene finds traveling to be invigorating. She feels most inspired at her home in the Venice Canals and just about anywhere in Mexico. Her favorite places to visit are San Miguel de Allende, Tulum, Deia in Mallorca, and “traveling back home.” She is constantly pulling inspiration from people and places around her on a daily basis and enjoys the steady growth of her company – adding that her business tactic is different than that of many others. “I am happy with the accounts I have,” she said, “I want to grow my business over time. I want to keep my product very special and exclusive, so woman can love the experience of buying and wearing it. I want to grow within the accounts that I have and build lasting relationships with my retailers.”
Irene Neuwirth event at Ylang 23- more info. on the Ylang 23 Facebook Page!
Right now, Irene is busy preparing for her trunk show and “Sip & Shop Event” at Ylang 23 in Dallas this week. Always on the go, what’s this busy jewelry maven’s favorite breakfast food? “I love breakfast burritos,” she said. And, the current read in her travel bag? “A Visit from the Goon Squad By Jennifer Egan,” said Irene. And, with an array of glamorous guests already looking forward to her appearance this Thursday in Texas, the jewelry designer is also excited to help her customers select the perfect piece in person at the event. I know that I can’t wait to meet the ever-charming Irene and see some of her gorgeous new pieces for fall. I’ll see you there!
email: Party@ylang23.com to be added to the list for the Bellinis and Bites event with Irene this Thursday, September 15th! Want to see what’s in store? Check out Irene Neuwirth on Ylang 23.com beforehand!
Launching later this fall is the much anticipated full beauty line from Tom Ford. The collection will include both liquid and stick foundation, lipsticks, eyeshadow palettes, make-up brushes, lip glosses, skin care, brow pencils, nail polishes, and more. I’ve tried several lipsticks from Tom Ford since he launched his small collection of lip color and the pigment is incredible. If you are looking for a truly rich bold color, you can rest assured that is what you will find with Tom Ford’s collection.
Tom Ford Beauty Preview from beaut.ie blog
Tom Ford Beauty Preview from beaut.ie blog
Tom Ford Beauty Preview from beaut.ie blog
This palette is amazing!!! Must have. Tom Ford Beauty Preview from beaut.ie blog
And, the packaging? Of course, it’s sophisticated, glamorous, and so much fun to use. The color options in his full beauty line aren’t any different. The eye shadow palettes offer deep, gorgeous pigment, incredible textures, and beautiful shine. The options for blush are absolutely gorgeous. They are natural, fresh, and I can only imagine how stunning they are when applied to the cheeks. I absolutely must try the bright coral shown above!
The Tom Ford Beauty collection is comprised of the pieces and instruments of a painter- a true master of beauty. The colors of the palettes are as rich as oil paints and the brushes like fine art. It seems with this collection, one is utilizing the tools of an artist. I can’t wait to try out the pieces on my own canvas!
The collection is available at Neiman Marcus this fall.
India Hicks trunk show with studio b. the beach
Earlier this month, I took a summer trip to one of my favorite places to visit- the Florida Panhandle. I was so grateful to be invited by the amazing studio b. the beach to a trunk show and meet and greet with model, author, and designer, India Hicks. This chic and intimate event was the first trunk show and unveiling of India’s jewelry line in person. India exhibited her jewelry collection and also brought some of her gorgeous tote bags and tunics from the Sugar Mill by India Hicks, her store on Harbour Island in the Bahamas. I was greeted by the incredible photographer, Colleen Duffley of studio b. the beach and Colleen Duffley Photography, who was kind enough to share her photographs with me for this post!
India was such a delight to meet. Because of the soft metallic colors of my sheer shawl, she immediately suggested I try one of her tunics by the Sugar Mill. As soon as I saw the beautiful cream and chocolate brown silk pattern, I put it in my “must have” pile without even trying it on! I can tell you – it is a purchase I certainly don’t regret (thank you – India)!
India Hicks and I at the trunk show at studio b. located at Alys Beach, FL
“Her jewelry offers an understated elegance that speaks brilliantly- without trying too hard.”
India Hicks at studio b.
Of course, with the addition of old weathered books and manuscripts bound with twine, I fell in love with the display of the jewelry. It was all done quite artfully and the displays were incredibly inviting. Colleen said she used local artist, Sherry Sandquist‘s art for the display as well as pieces from Antiques on Holiday and David Sheffield Antiques. India Hicks‘ ocean inspired collections looked right at home in this open and airy art studio that sits just steps away from the Gulf of Mexico. Her jewelry offers an understated elegance that speaks brilliantly – without trying too hard. I didn’t even know where to begin, but I knew I had to take tokens of this experience back to Texas with me.
India Hicks with her adorable daughter, Domino – enjoying a macaron at the event!
Macarons from the delightful Sucré shop in New Orleans
isn’t this pendant just stunning?
love studio b. photography – incredible!
India Hicks – showing guests a few different ways to wear and layer her jewelry pieces
A mix of guests came in and out throughout the evening and shared in the vibrant energy of the space. Of course, India, her team, and family simply lit up the room. Everyone couldn’t get enough of the jewelry and I certainly noticed quite a few ladies who went back and forth between several pieces without being able to choose! I was lucky enough to purchase an H initial pendant that is the same signature iconic pattern of India’s late father, famed interior designer David Hicks. I love it! I also purchased the brown and cream H patterned tote bag which India was kind enough to sign for me.
Guests shopped while sipping on India’s favorite cocktail: a Pimms Cup. Of course, the mix of sweet treats complimented the evening well. With studio b. and its seemingly flawless track record in finding the exquisite of the exquisite, it was all in excellent taste with a well curated display of chocolates, tarts, and macarons from none other than my favorite sweet spot in New Orleans: Sucré. In fact, word has it, that studio b. will soon be selling Sucré luxury chocolates and macarons around the clock. A dream!
I feel incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to meet India in person and learn a little more about her jewelry collection. She even helped me pick out each and every item I walked away with, which made the evening all the more meaningful. It was another successful and memorable event for studio b. and I am ever so grateful to have had a small part of it. Cheers to India’s beautiful new jewelry line and a lovely event!
To learn more about the India Hicks jewelry collection, visit my previous post here…
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Old news- but I had to repost! As I am going through all of my September issues, I can’t help but spend an extra few moments on all of the Miu Miu ads featuring Hailee Steinfeld by photographer Bruce Weber. They are natural and glamorous at the same time – and of course, the glittery collection is just stunning against all of the natural landscape. Anyways, they make me smile – so I had to share! And, as for the Miu Miu pieces? I love them all!
this outfit…. incredible!
images from FashionGoneRogue.. find more here!