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Moment in Beauty.

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Hair inspiration for brides and all of the beautifully tressed.  Sachajuan products (I use the Dry Hair Shampoo and Conditioner) for the hair and body are divine.  From Sweden.  Give them a whirl.  Available at Woodley & Bunny (a fabulous Brooklyn salon and shop) or Sephora.  Or online.   Love the packaging, too.

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Have a beautiful Thursday. *Full disclosure: we are NOT paid to endorse this product.  This is simply an opinion.

Bridal Beauty Resolution #1 – Dry Brushing

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No, not your hair, sillies.  Dry body brushing.

Years ago, with no kids and much more time on my hands, I was (and still am, really) a beauty product and regimen addict. I recently resurrected one of these practices, mostly for research purposes and in doing so, realized that dry body brushing is more than just beauty folly.  The health benefits of dry body brushing are legion and, if you will be marching down the aisle this year, it’s a must for glowy skin, which, by the way, is our biggest organ.  So, go beyond your face and neck and think “whole body”.

So, in full disclosure, I actually thought to myself one day “hmmm…what happened to that body brush I had from ______?”  I think it was from The Body Shop or Bath and Body Works.  A quick Google search, and I brushed up (pun intended) on why I had begun the regimen in the first place.  Body brushing not only exfoliates, but it revs up the lymphatic system, improves circulation and blood flow, defeats cellulite, eliminates toxins and helps whatever product you use to sink in more effectively.  A total win.    I wear a lot of black sweaters and darned if I didn’t notice with the winter cold (and dry heat indoors) that errant flakes were adorning my cashmere.   Gross.

So, off to drugstore.com, where I found a terrific body brush.  Now, it’s not for the fainthearted, as it’s a tad painful, like whisking steel wool across your skin.  Start slowly and gently, maybe three times a week pre-shower or bath.  Work in small areas, from the feet up and always brush towards your heart.  Pay extra attention to elbows and knees.   Here’s a good primer from Livestrong.org.   I swear on a stack on Vogues that flakes were a-flying the first time I did it in three years.  And you know what?  One month later and my skin is glowing, soft and noticeably improved in texture.  I usually follow up with some essential oils in the bath and a great body butter like Kiehl’s Creme de Corps, Sephora‘s Body Butter, Chanel No. 5 Body Milk or, a seasonal favorite, Origins’ Ginger Body Soufflé.

So, brush away – your body (and anyone who touches it) will thank you, as will your general health.  And that wedding gown – strapless, backless, plunging – will highlight the gorgeousness of healthy skin.

You can use natural bristle or a loofah-based brush.

Show off that engagement ring with 2 FREE Zoya nail enamels. Yes, free.

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An unexpected January beauty freebie.  No strings attached.  Simply go to the Zoya home page, choose 2 of your favorite colors and add them to your shopping cart.  You will only pay shipping at $6.95.  For your coupon code, add ZOYA2012 in that field – and voila!  You have 2 gorgeous new nail lacquers coming your way.

We especially like Dulcinea, a neutral nude-beige with rosy-copper shimmer and Tao, a shimmery metallic grey with a hint of blue.  I’d like to add that whoever gets to name lipsticks and nail colors has the very best job in the world, no?  Now, get those pretty digits typing, as this offer ends at 11:59 PM, EST.

Beautiful Zoya colors.

Holiday Color Wheel. Purple.

Amethyst and diamond earrings - so pretty.

Christian Louboutin Ariella silver studded ankle boots

Modern Grape Muscari bouquet with Grosgrain Cuff

Purple Czech glass goblet by Juliska - an F4 favorite.

Lela Rose purple silk crinkle bridesmaids' dress.

Nars eye shadow in "Daphne" - a winter must.

She of the violet eyes.

Purple potato pancakes! Serve with creme fraiche for the holidays.

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Le Creuset Dutch oven in Cassis

Wedding Cake by Everything Lulu

Ah, look at the purple ones. Image: Tory Burch blog.

Purple Orchids from the studio of Karen Bussen

Mila Kunis in lilac Elie Saab at the Oscars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buying guide for PURPLE:  (some items special order or discontinued)  Amethyst earrings, NARS eye shadow in Daphne, Juliska “Colette” footed goblet, book about flower arranging by Karen Bussen, wedding cakes by Lulu, one of our favorities (Beyonce and Jay Z agree), Dutch oven by Le Creuset in all sizes, Lela Rose bridesmaid dress, Louboutin “Ariella” booties (still available in black at Net-A-Porter) .   Where possible, we feature our vendors and people we’ve worked with, so if you have any questions, shoot us an email or comment in the comments section.

Tomorrow is Pantone’s “Color of 2012” – Tangerine Tango.  Well, oranges.  Our favorite!

Holiday Color Wheel. Emerald.

Absinthe - get those sugar cubes ready!

C Wonder Ikat Mugs - just $8/each. Sip in style.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

From my own collection - python and cabochon cuff by G-Lish.

Manolo Blahnik emerald suede "Toubid" sandal.

Emerald Toy watch - great bridesmaids' gift, in any color.

Vintage-y green paper straws by Kikkerland

"Constance" china pattern - this was Charlotte's pattern on SATC when she wed Trey.

"Elope" by Illamasqua nail varnish - courtesy of "Polish or Perish"

J. Crew "candy stripe" cashmere pullover in aloe/emerald

Lulu Frost emerald resin and crystal ear drops.

Kale - it's really good for you; especially brides. Saute in garlic and olive oil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buying Guide for Emerald:  Toy Watch, Manolo Blahnik shoes, J. Crew sweater, Illamasqua nail varnish, Lulu Frost earrings, Kikkerland straws (these are Fish’s Eddy, since the green was sold out in Kikkerland, but check Amazon.com for all the great colors of the paper straws) and also try Etsy’s vintage section), Kale – at your local Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s or farmer’s market, Constance fine china by Bernardaud, Absinthe at all good liquor stores, C. Wonder Ikat Mugs, python and cabochon cuff by G-Lish. Manolo Blahnik “Toubid” is from Spring 2009 collection, but can be found by clever consignment and eBay hunters.  Enjoy – tomorrow will be PURPLE.

Holiday Color Wheel. Red.

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Campari - for that refreshing red cocktail.

Photo Credit: b-Glowing

Z Gallerie's Hanging Red Starbursts

Baccarat "Hayon" crystal cocktail shaker

Iomoi red herringbone matches - hostess gift.

Kate Spade "Scottie" in red satin

A Royal Red pet bed - maybe for my new little boy, Jingles

Tom Ford - perfect red lipstick.

Tory Burch limited edition red suede 797 Madison Satchel bag in Suede - want!

Red Anemones - making a statement

Natalie P - ravishing in red at the Venice Film Festival

Shopping Guide to “RED”:  Butter London nail enamel in “Come To Bed Red”, Tom Ford Lipstick in Scarlet Rouge, Kate Spade “Scottie” shoe in red satin, Iomoi matches (currently on backorder), Baccarat cocktail shaker, Campari at all major liquor stores, Tory Burch 797 Satchel, Z Gallerie hanging starbursts (on sale).

Tomorrow – choose your color – weigh in on comments.  Turquoise OR Emerald?

Nailing It. Thursday’s new nail.

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It’s no secret that I love every new nail product on the market – Essie, Butter London, Deborah Lippmann, OPI, Creative, Zoya, but it’s all about the trend.  The taupe-y, toffee, latte trend is great and Chanel laid this down last year when they sold out of the color I have on now.  Feast your eyes on “Particuliere”.  It’s back in stock!

I’ve also included a photo of Butter London’s “Yummy Mummy” for the shimmer as a topcoat.

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