Sunday, May 25, 2008

Seeing the World Through Rose-Colored Glasses

There were only two things I really really wanted from Miu Miu's Spring/Summer 2008 show - the tea cup heels and these stained-glass sunglasses.

Well, I got the heels and I LOVE them but I'm now very sad. I've had my name on a waiting list at the New York Miu Miu store for months. I was going to stop by one of the stores when I'm in town next week to try them on, if they'd come in by then. But when I called the store on Friday I found out they they are not going to be making these because they are too challenging.


I can't imagine why that would be. I know some have been made because I've seen them in pictures and the store said a UK store (???) got them. I'm sure whatever they cost they would get back. So why, oh why aren't they making them. Especially when they were featured so prominently in the campaign.

If anyone sees a pair for sale or has any feedback I'd love to hear about it.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Voila! An Adorable Bag Just For You.

I was just on Simply Soles and saw this adorable little clutch from Cate Adair. I just love the Ottoman Empire-inspired shape.

Not that I'm wearing any of the newly resurged harem pants, but if you want to be cheeky, pair them with this.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Time in a Bottle

Lately I've received a couple of samples of lotions to test out, and while I'm no big expert or consumer of lotions, I do have really fair and sensitive skin. With the change in climate from Florida to North Carolina, I've also been spending more time outside and dealing with issues like wind-burn and forced heat induced dryness.

The first sample I got was directly from the company. They sent me a bottle of their SkinMD Shielding lotion which has aloe in it. After I was out at the antiques fair this worked great to calm down some redness I had gotten and it wasn't overly heavy or sticky, so I could put it on before bed. You can order bottles from the site or there is a store locator too.

The second lotion I got was a new night cream from Aveeno in their Positively Ageless line. The big ingredient they're touting is shiitake extract and wheat protein.

As I've said, my skin, being fair, pre-rosacea and tempermental, doesn't like change. I also don't buy a lot of expensive lotions or washes because I've found more basic things work well and don't make me react. But I am big on moisturizing and have been since high school. I think that is something I've always done no matter what the evening brings - wash my face and moisturize.

I have to say this is a good product. It's not a light cream but it absorbs really well and in the morning my face has been looking all glowy and not puffy. So I'd give this a thumbs up. I will probably even buy some more when I run out. Aveeno is doing a sampling program right now via the website. If you click here you can order some to try for yourself.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Infallible Choices

I am one of those people that get seduced by great colors in lip gloss. I don't buy a ton of it, but it does happen. I also get lured in by the possibilities but then I put them on and I either hate the taste or texture or the color just looks horrible on me.

But I was in Target on Saturday and saw these new L'Oreal Infallible Never Fail lip glosses and thought I would give them a try. I got two colors - Rebel Red, which is not too red, and Fiery, which looks brownish with gold flecks. Both of them look really great on although they do look different on than in the tube.

The wand is a little odd. It's in this kind of diamond shape which holds the gloss and applies it well on the bottom lip but is a little challenging for the top. I like to layer these colors as well.

I didn't realize they were long wear gloss but they really do work. I'm not sure about six hours but I wore them to a tea party yesterday and the color was still there at the end of the party. With all the sipping of tea and eating sandwiches that went on, that's pretty impressive.

The texture has some thickness but not overwhelmingly so. I hope they keep this product around, especially in these colors.