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Why get just one item when you can give that special someone a collection of tiny, little presents? Our selection of holiday gift sets may just be what you’re looking for...
‘Tis the season for an abundance of sparkle and shine and my favorite way to do this is with a subtle embellishment. Jewels, beading, bows—a little touch makes a big statement. And I love that I’m finding so many non-black items. While black is always chic, try mixing it up this season with navy, grays and whites.
Julie Macklowe, a former Vogue magazine ‘It Girl,’ was a hedge fund manager for 12 years before she broke into the beauty industry. With experience managing more than $500 million in investments, she launched her company with an exclusive partnership at Bergdorf Goodman, but soon learned that she could offer better prices—without changing her products—if she moved to other retailers. The products are now offered at Soft Surroundings, where LN caught up with Macklowe on a recent stopover in St. Louis.
Sun safety is important for everyone, especially during the summer months of intense sunlight and frequent sun exposure, but children’s skin is more sensitive than adults’, making careful protection of kids’ skin particularly necessary.
As a lifelong garden-lover and fan of imaginative landscape design, I have a particular fondness of water gardens. I’ve been studying the roots of regional garden design concepts, and I’ve been fortunate to have seen many of the world’s finest examples, including the gardens of Ryoan-ji, the serene dry sea of neatly raked gravel in Japan; the damp Zen moss gardens in Kyoto; the formal and ornate fountains of the French gardens of the Palais du Versailles; the relaxed lakeside English landscapes designed by Capability Brown; Villa d’Este, the fabulous fountain garden near Rome; and Generalife in Granada, Spain. My professional interest in the ancient four-part garden style has only increased after seeing the beautifully restored courtyard gardens in Granada last spring. You will find pictures of these famous and elegant gardens, with their linear canals and flowing fountains, in every book on the history of landscape design.
Whether you’re toting a clutch, a satchel or a handbag, sometimes, what matters is what’s inside. From basic rollerballs to a fancy flacons, there’s a fragrance that’s perfect for your purse or pocket.
Turk also has launched a line of fragranced candles to coordinate with various fabric patterns in her bedding line.
This summer, think of your backyard as the next decorating frontier. Use designer-quality furniture, rugs, lighting and charming decorative accents for stunning results.
When Nicki Myers’ son, Reece, was 18 months old, he itched so much he bled from scratching. Reece suffers from eczema, a non-contagious, inflammatory skin condition that may be caused by an array of triggers. “He had a moderate to severe rash on his lower legs and arms that became so inflamed and irritated he would scratch in his sleep,” says Myers. “He’d wake up with open wounds, and it was quite hard to manage.” The Ladue mom recalls slathering her child’s legs with various prescription and over-the-counter creams and ointments, and then wrapping them with gauze and compression bandages to prevent Reece from continuing to scratch.
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Looking for a new signature scent? Lucky for you, we’ve had a preview of the season’s most indulgent fragrances—and we’d be happy to give you the scoop!
Whether you prefer your shower in the morning or at bedtime, there’s nothing like the fresh, clean scent of soap to invigorate (or relax) your senses. So go ahead and lather up!
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Tradition isn’t everything when it comes to beauty and skincare, but when that tradition encompasses a commitment to excellence, it gives the customer reassurance that she’ll always be in good hands. Founded in 1828, Guerlain is a company with a rich history. We spoke recently with Marie Line Patry, the company’s national director of beauty and fragrance.
A lot of my gardening inspiration comes from visiting botanical gardens around the world in my travels with Peter. This column is being written while we are on the road with the Missouri Botanical Garden group in southern China. In this part of the world— Yunnan—there are images of elephants everywhere: in fresco, embroidery and sculpture. No live ones have presented themselves to us on this trip, but we have seen some stunningly huge annuals and perennials in these warm, tropical garden zones. Combining these two thoughts brought to mind the lyrics of Oklahoma with the line, “The corn is as high as an elephant’s eye.” So, with inspiration from the gardens at our sister institutions in Xishuangbanna and Kunming, Julie and I have selected a suite of bodacious specimens for the back of the border or center of a very large planting island.
You’ve opened the bottle. Now, how do you get the most pleasure from the fruit of a winemaker’s labor? Did you bring the bottle to its proper temperature prior to opening? This, among other tips, will help you to enjoy your next glass of wine to its full potential.
Whether you call it eczema or dermatitis, you’ll know if you have it from the red, swollen, itchy skin that characterizes this common dermatological problem.
Spring is here early this year. Soon, the ‘jade lilly’ blossoms of the Yulan magnolias (Magnolia denudata) will be in bloom. In China, it is most often planted in temple gardens where its graceful simplicity contrasts beautifully with the detailed architecture. If you are a Chinese herbalist, you will look beyond the elegant, white butterfly flowers on this mid-sized tree, to see the living treatment of x¯inyíh¯a, where these flower buds are harvested, dried and prepared by extraction or powdered, and then used to treat nasal problems like rhinitis, sinusitis and the colds.
The limited edition Cocoa Flower Shea Hand Cream from L�OCCITANE contains 20 percent shea butter, a pinch of cocoa and the sweet fragrance to comfort your skin. $10, available at L�Occitane en Provence.
The holidays are here, bringing with them the fragrance of mulling, chestnuts roasting, evergreen trees and home-cooked meals shared with loved ones. It’s also the season for gifting...
Can't decide which scent suits her best? The Favorite Fragrances Bubble Body Washes Set from CAROL'S DAUGHTER comes with three indulgent scents (Almond Cookie, Orange Ambrosia and Goddess Flower), as well as a loofah sponge. $35, available at Sephora.
SISLEY's 2011 limited edition release of Eau du Soir comes in a stunning abyssal blue and black bottle crowned with a sculptured gold stopper. The 11th collector's version gives the perfumery's iconic floral chypre fragrance new packaging for the holidays. $299, available at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and other fine department stores.
KILIAN's L'Oeuvre Noire collection comes with 10 fragrances in an ivory box and the signature black tassel. Delight the senses with scents like Prelude to Love, Beyond Love, A Taste of Heaven and Sweet Redemption. $195, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Some of the best gifts are ones that make the recipient feel beautiful. We asked Christina Polychroni, senior director of marketing and brand communication at L’Occitane, about the season’s top gift items, as well as how to take care of your skin throughout the winter months.