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Skin2Skin Brushes from Rose-Marie Swift

Skin2Skin Brushes from Rose-Marie Swift

Rose-Marie Swift, founder of RMS Beauty and beauty game-changer, is excited to introduce two revolutionary brushes into her collection of award-winning, organic cosmetics – RMS Beauty Skin2skin Foundation Brush & RMS Beauty Skin2skin Blush Brush. Created with high-end, synthetic fibers, each brush has been expertly designed to mimic Skin2Skin makeup application.

Skin2Skin Brushes from Rose-Marie Swift

Skin2Skin Brushes from Rose-Marie Swift

Skin2skin Foundation Brush – $38.00
Designed with a dual technology that has never been seen before, the Skin2skin Foundation Brush uses varying length bristles that are tightly layered in a swirl pattern to effortlessly and instantaneously blend your foundation. The brush is thicker at the bottom and thinner at the top, allowing the fibers to reach every curve of the face. Mimicking skin- to-skin application, the Foundation Brush covers pores and does not drag across skin.

Skin2skin Blush Brush – $34.00
Rose-Marie Swift created the Skin2skin Blush Brush with ultra-soft bristles on the tip to ensure that just the right amount of color is picked up from your RMS lip2cheek pot. When applied with the Skin2skin Blush Brush, the bristles do not pick up any foundation already on the face, instead the color is pressed into the skin to blend with the existing make-up to make for an “airbrush effect” that has only been seen with skin2skin application.

Skin2Skin Brushes from Rose-Marie Swift

Skin2Skin Brushes from Rose-Marie Swift

Because of the expertly placed bristles, both brushes effortlessly sweep foundation and blush onto the skin, pressing color into the skin rather than laying on top of the face. RMS Beauty’s Skin2skin Foundation Brush & Skin2skin Blush Brush are free of animal hair and are completely vegan. “Since I am such an advocate for skin2skin application, I wanted to make brushes that could essentially do the same job. The Swirl Dual Technology used with the Foundation Brush applies the foundation right into the skin instead of simply sitting on the skin, which makes for a radiant, perfect face.” Rose-Marie Swift, Creator & Makeup Artist.

Skin2Skin Brushes from Rose-Marie Swift

About RMS Beauty: Created by editorial and celebrity makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift, RMS Beauty is a pure and organic color cosmetic line. Based on living and organic principles, each product is created to hydrate and illuminate vital, radiant skin. Consider it skincare with mineral color – giving makeup a whole new meaning…
RMS Beauty Skin2skin Foundation Brush – $38.00
RMS Beauty Skin2skin Blush Brush – $34.00
RMS Beauty is available online at rmsbeauty.com, & select retailers nationwide.

How to get that spring french braid from ECRU NY

How to get that spring french braid from ECRU NY

Here is an amazing way  for you to keep spring alive with a step by step guide how to do your own french braid by ECRU New York! Below are step by step ways to get that FAB French Braid… from  ECRU New York Products are used to get that look!

How to get that spring french braid from ECRU NY

How to get that spring french braid from ECRU NY

How to get that spring french braid from ECRU NY

Reese Witherspoon Spring Smokey Eye

Reese Witherspoon Spring Smokey Eye

Spring time has FINALLY sprung and Reese Witherspoon rocked the perfect subtle smokey eye at the Warner Brother’s “The Big Picture” event the other night! Get the look with Gabriel Cosmetics and a few simple steps

Reese Witherspoon Spring Smokey Eye

Reese Witherspoon Spring Smokey Eye

Reese Witherspoon Spring Smokey Eye

Apply a light layer Gabriel Moisturizing Liquid Foundation for an even, glowing complexion and then use the ZuZu Luxe Concealer to add brightness and cover spots and blemishes as necessary.

• Prep your lids using the Gabriel Eye Primer. This will allows colors to stay truer and keeps shadows and liners looking vibrant and freshly applied morning to night!

• Use the Eyeshadow Trio in “Smokey Shimmer” to replicate Reese’s soft and feminine spring time smokey eye. Apply the taupe shade on lid and the grey in the crease blending the two together in a circular motion to create a subtle smokey tone.

• Blend the dusty rose shade in the corners to inside crease to create dimension and repeat on the outside corner to the crease.

• Apply ZuZu Luxe Eyeliner in “Slate” to the lower lash line and then create a “smudged” look by blending the grey shadow into the liner.

• Use Gabriel Liquid Radiance in “Halo” under the brow bone and on the inner corners of eyes for a natural highlight (you can also use this to add radiance and lift to cheekbones) and finish off with 2 coats of ZuZu Luxe Mascara in “Onyx”

• To complete the look, gently apply the Gabriel Multi Pot in “Peony” to the apples of cheeks and lips. For a touch of shine on the lips, use a light coat of ZuZu Luxe Lip Gloss in “Divinity”

Founded by Gabriel De Santino in 1992, Gabriel Cosmetics Inc. originated as a botanical skincare company drawing on Gabriel’s personal influences and childhood experiences of homeopathic skincare and cosmetics. Today, the brand has vastly grown into a beauty empire with the addition of Gabriel Color, ZuZu Luxe, and Clean Kids Naturally, making up a diverse collection of cosmetics and children’s skincare products to join the existing Gabriel Organics Skincare.

Gabriel Cosmetics Inc. started with a vision of natural beauty and has evolved with the philosophy of sustainable individual natural beauty while continuing to advocate healthy living. This philosophy is translated through their organic skincare and vegan and gluten-free cosmetics, both collections created to bring out a woman’s natural existing beauty.

Oprah’s Master hair stylist Andre Walker

Oprah’s Master hair stylist Andre Walker

Oprah Winfrey got glam in a gorgeous black and white cover to commemorate O, The Oprah Magazine’s 15th Anniversary in the magazine’s May issue. The lush look for her hair, swept dramatically over her shoulder, was created and crafted by her legendary exclusive hair stylist, Andre Walker. The entire issue was transformed into a keepsake guide including a 6-page Oprah hair retrospective featuring Andre Walker sharing eponymous styles Oprah has donned over the 15 years. Andre Walker, the innovator of the original hair typing system (hair types 1a-4b), is the master style genie behind each of O, The Oprah Magazine’s covers from the past 15 years.

Oprah's Master hair stylist Andre Walker

Oprah’s Master hair stylist Andre Walker

Andre has been doing Ms. Winfrey’s hair since 1985 and after decades of constant styling, Oprah says, Andre is “why I still have my hair.” In the issue’s feature “The Mane Event,” Andre’s various styles are featured ranging from pixies to up-do’s to one VERY big afro, with insight from Andre on how to achieve these looks at home.

Oprah’s Master hair stylist Andre Walker

“The covers are always great experiences. I remember being in a waterfall in Puerto Rico with my hair wet and my clothes wet and I remember feeling like, ‘Oh! So this is the glamorous life of doing magazine covers,'” says Oprah Winfrey. Andre Walker says, “From styling hair to making my own products, I love what I do! Oprah and I have been together over 25 years, and there’s never a dull moment. The O Magazine covers inspire some of my best work, and being Oprah’s exclusive stylist is a blessing in my life.  To honor his beloved client on this momentous issue, Andre is offering 15% off his luxury Gold System haircare products on andrewalkerhair.com from April 15-May 15.

Oprah's Master hair stylist Andre Walker

Oprah’s Master hair stylist Andre Walker

About Andre Walker Hair

Andre Walker Hair, custom-formulated by hair legend Andre Walker, is a luxury haircare system of expert-formulated products for dry, curly, kinky, textured and relaxed hair designed to moisturize hair so that it is the most beautiful and healthy every day. The Andre Walker Hair Gold System is a 3-step haircare approach (shampoo, conditioner and stylers) fortified with proven efficacious ingredients, including the rare Mongogo Oil, you can trust.

Nail the nude look SoftShades OPI

Nail the nude look SoftShades OPI

The number one salon brand, OPI, is celebrating the lighter side of nail color. With signature high-fashion colors and iconic shade names, OPI has been a go-to for salon professionals for 30 years. Now, to bring the richly pigmented formulas you love to the season’s hottest nude matte nail trend, OPI introduces the new SoftShades Collection. This of-the- moment collection of lacquers, and limited edition nail art kits in must-have neutrals includes blushes, nudes, and matte shades delivers rich, true-to-bottle color with just a few coats, even in the lightest hues. “SoftShadeS Nail lacquers make a very powerful Statement by being enticingly feminine with a delicate hue,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co- Founder & Brand Ambassador. “The iridescent glitter ‘Make Light of the Situation’ is perfect to wear alone for a touch of sparkle, or to layer over another shade for a personal touch.”

Nail the nude look SoftShades OPI

Nail the nude look SoftShades OPI

So be inspired to reinvent the French Manicure with new pink and white limited edition shades, create sophisticated nail art with exclusive Swarovski crystal kits, or create the ultimate bridal look in romantic springtime sheers. The Soft Shades Collection includes: Soft Shades Nail Lacquers ($19.95): These six pastel hues are the perfect way to lighten up your spring style. Available in sheer white Chiffon My Mind, pink and white flecked with white daisy decal Petal Soft, pink-toned beige Put it in Neutral, light beige Act Your Beige!, pearlescent silver This Silver’s Mine!, and iridescent glitter Make Light of the Situation.

Nail the nude look SoftShades OPI

As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI, a division of Coty, is committed to providing high-quality products and services with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting, and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and offers a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools and acrylics. OPI places a strong emphasis on corporate social responsibility by raising funds and awareness for numerous charities through retail partnerships and grassroots philanthropic initiatives.

Food & Wine

Pop culture icon the PepsiChallenge redesign Pepsi Can

Pop culture icon the PepsiChallenge redesign Pepsi Can

Pepsi® is putting creative control of its most iconic brand equity; the Pepsi can, in the hands of fans. As part of the 2015 #PepsiChallenge, consumers will have the extraordinary opportunity to re-envision the universally celebrated and recognized can with their own special designs and creative flair in the “Live For Now” Design Challenge. Led by #PepsiChallenge global ambassador and world-renowned fashion designer and creative director, Nicola Formichetti, the “Live for Now” Design Challenge will kick-off with a design concept from Formichetti, featuring his beloved Nicopanda emblem, that will serve as inspiration and lay the groundwork showcasing where consumers can go with their own submissions. A blank Pepsi can, with only the logo intact, allows consumers to re-imagine the facade of the Pepsi can, with the only limitations their own imagination.

Pop culture icon the PepsiChallenge redesign Pepsi Can

Pop culture icon the PepsiChallenge redesign Pepsi Can

Pop culture icon the PepsiChallenge redesign Pepsi Can

“I find inspiration around me constantly, particularly by the borderless world of design. From fashion and architecture to products and brands, design can be found in many mediums and created by individuals of all talents,” said Formichetti. “The ‘Live for Now’ Design Challenge was a challenge I couldn’t wait to accept and I am excited to see what the world conceives of and shares back.”

Beginning today and continuing through May 13th, submissions from around the world will be accepted on www.PepsiChallenge.com, with one (1) winning designer offered a once-of-a-lifetime design experience at the PepsiCo Design & Innovation Center in New York City working alongside PepsiCo’s industry-leading design team. Top submissions will be judged by Formichetti, PepsiCo’s Senior Vice President and Chief Design Officer Mauro Porcini and a hand-selected committee of design-world notables “The new Pepsi Challenge is all about encouraging consumers around the world to step out of their comfort zone and accept a new challenge and opportunity.

Design has long been a haven for those who dare to do differently, so we wanted one of our first global challenges to connect with this bold creative class directly,” said Kristin Patrick, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, PepsiCo Global Beverage Brands. “In a year of challenges, we have also turned the lens on ourselves to look at our brand differently. We’re turning over our most cherished piece of equity and our most visible piece of real estate – the facade of the Pepsi can – to consumers around the world to reimagine. We can’t wait to see the results.”

Ryan Fitzgerald at the MO Bar 2015 Master of Mixology Series

Ryan Fitzgerald at the MO Bar 2015 Master of Mixology Series

Legendary Mezcal expert Ryan Fitzgerald, Brand Ambassador for Del Maguey, returns to MO Bar at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong for its Masters of Mixology 2015 Volume One, from 17 to 20 March 2015. Jigmee Lama, Head Bartender of MO Bar, will join forces with his fellow mixology guru from San Francisco and together they will delve into the world of the mystical Mezcal during this four-night event. As one of the finest and purest spirits on earth, the agave-based Mezcal has a distinctively smoky, sweet and earthy flavour which allows for a more evolved tasting palate compared with tequila. Ryan will showcase his renowned expertise in Mezcal infused drinks as well as indulging Mezcal enthusiasts with original flights of tastings across Del Maguey’s richly diverse offerings, all of which originate in a single village in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Ryan Fitzgerald at the MO Bar 2015 Master of Mixology Series

Ryan Fitzgerald at the MO Bar 2015 Master of Mixology Series

Ryan Fitzgerald at the MO Bar 2015 Master of Mixology Series

Ryan has made an epic name for himself in the American cocktail arena by crafting world-class drinks at San Francisco hotspots such as Bourbon and Branch, Tres Agaves, Foreign Cinema, Beretta and now at ABV, the bar he opened recently. This outspoken and passionate educator is much admired for his eagerness to share his knowledge with spirit lovers. This has led him to guest bar tending stints at Drink in Boston and Mayahuel in Manhattan, among many other hot spots. Ryan is a certified doctor of tequila, a USBG spirits professional, and also the driving force behind the Tequila Interchange Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the culture and heritage of all agave-based spirits.

Ryan Fitzgerald at the MO Bar 2015 Master of Mixology Series

Ryan Fitzgerald at the MO Bar 2015 Master of Mixology Series

Ryan Fitzgerald at the MO Bar 2015 Master of Mixology Series

Kick off the evening sampling authentic Mexican treats from our Tacos menu by Mr. Taco Truck, created just for this special South of the Border event and enjoying thumping musical beats while sipping Ryan’s handcrafted drinks which complete this exotic Mexican fiesta at MO Bar. For more information or reservations, please call MO Bar on +852 2132 0077 or e-mail to lmhkg-mobar@mohg.com.

Antoine’s Celebrates 175 Years of Culinary Tradition

Antoine’s Celebrates 175 Years of Culinary Tradition

Antoine’s – an icon and a standard bearer for traditional French Creole culinary traditions in America – will commemorate its 175th anniversary in 2015 with a year of special events, menus and celebrations inside the walls of its fabled French Quarter dining rooms, as well as in other markets around the country. The legendary New Orleans restaurant is the oldest continuously operating restaurant in America, the birthplace of Oysters Rockefeller, and remains owned by the same family that started it nearly two centuries ago. “Dinner at Antoine’s” is such an experience that those three words fittingly served as the title to a famous novel, and the restaurant’s namesake is considered “the father of Creole cooking.”

Antoine's Celebrates 175 Years of Culinary Tradition

Antoine’s Celebrates 175 Years of Culinary Tradition

Antoine’s Celebrates 175 Years of Culinary Tradition

Born in France in 1822, Antoine Alciatore came to the New World at the age of 18 aiming to establish a business of his own, and after arriving in New Orleans in 1840, he opened a pension – a boarding house and restaurant in the French Quarter – that was simply to be known as “Antoine’s.”

Antoine's Celebrates 175 Years of Culinary Tradition

Antoine’s Celebrates 175 Years of Culinary Tradition

In ill health by 1874, Alciatore returned to France, where he died and was buried. Under Antoine’s wife’s tutelage, their son Jules served as an apprentice, running the restaurant for six years before traveling to France, where he served in the great kitchens of Paris, Strasbourg and Marseilles. He returned to New Orleans and became chef of the famous Pickwick Club in 1887, before his mother summoned him to head the House of Antoine.

His genius was in the kitchen, where he invented Oysters Rockefeller, so named after Standard Oil Founder John D. Rockefeller, for the richness of the sauce. While its namesake reportedly despised its title, Oysters Rockefeller is widely considered one of the greatest culinary creations of all time, with the recipe remaining a closely guarded secret.

Antoine’s Celebrates 175 Years of Culinary Tradition

Antoine’s features 14 dining rooms of varying sizes and themes, all steeped in history. Three of the private rooms bear the names of Carnival krewes – Rex, Proteus and Twelfth Night Revelers, with the bar named after the Krewe of Hermes. The walls are adorned with photos of Mardi Gras royalty and memorabilia, including crowns and scepters from many years long past.
The Mystery Room acquired its name from Prohibition, the 18th Amendment prohibiting the sale of alcoholic drinks from 1919 until 1933. During that time, select patrons would go through a secret door in the ladies’ restroom into a speak-easy behind it, and exit with a coffee cup of alcohol in spite of the laws. The protocol phrase to describe its origin was, “It’s a mystery to me.”
From its humble beginnings in 1840, Antoine’s has endured under the Alciatore family’s direction for five generations, helping make New Orleans one of the great dining centers of the world. The name has become synonymous with fine dining, and no visit to New Orleans should exclude a meal there.
Antoine’s, a traditional French Creole fine dining establishment since 1840, is located at 713 St. Louis Street in the historic New Orleans French Quarter. For more information, visit our website at www.antoines.com, like us on Facebook here, or make a reservation by calling 504-581-4422.

Downton Abbey Wines Launch Countess of Grantham Collection

Downton Abbey Wines Launch Countess of Grantham Collection

Just in time for the premiere of Downton Abbey’s fifth season, Downton Abbey Wines expands its growing portfolio with the Countess of Grantham Collection – a delicious selection of varietal wines crafted with premium fruit from California. The new world bottlings, including a Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, take inspiration from Lady Cora Crawley, the thoroughly modern, American-born wife of British aristocrat Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham. Bold-flavored and fruit forward, the new wines are the perfect counterpart to Downton Abbey Wines’ more classically reserved Bordeaux offerings.

Downton Abbey Wines Launch Countess of Grantham Collection

Downton Abbey Wines Launch Countess of Grantham Collection

Downton Abbey Wines Launch Countess of Grantham Collection

The Downton Abbey winemaking team looked to estate vineyards in Lodi, California as the high-quality fruit source for the new wines. Combining the best old world winemaking practices with the newest winemaking techniques, the finished wines offer a distinct new taste option for Downton Abbey Wine fans seeking a uniquely modern twist.

“We are thrilled to broaden our Downton Abbey Wine portfolio to include these popular varietals crafted with exceptional California fruit,” explains William Zysblat, co-founder of Downton Abbey Wines. “As legions of Downton Abbey fans continue to enjoy the show with a glass in hand, they now have even more choices with a new Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.”

The fruit-driven Downton Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are full-bodied wines with an abundant concentration of color and flavor. Scents of ripe red cherries and subtle oak dominate the nose in the Cabernet Sauvignon with spicy notes and soft vanilla on the palate. The Chardonnay offers the lovely aromas of tropical fruits and delicate oak giving way to citrus flavors on a soft, silky palate.

In support of the launch, consumers will be given the chance to participate in an exclusive sweepstakes via www.DowntonAbbeyWine.com to win $50 PBS.org gift certificates, Downton Abbey gift sets and discount coupons redeemable on the website.

The new Downton Abbey Wines will be available at select grocery stores and wine retailers in the U.S. beginning January 2015 for $14.99 per 750-ml bottle. To enter the exclusive sweepstakes or be one of the first consumers to try the new blend, visit www.downtonabbeywine.com.

About DOWNTON ABBEY WINES
The Downton Abbey Wine Collection is inspired by the critically acclaimed and award winning drama Downton Abbey®. The portfolio includes a Bordeaux “Claret” and “Blanc” alongside the just-released Countess of Grantham Collection’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, offering consumers a varied selection of wines that even Carson would approve of.

Peli Peli Launches 2015 Charity-of-the-Month Program

Peli Peli Launches 2015 Charity-of-the-Month Program

Beginning in January, Peli Peli, Houston’s first South African fusion restaurant, kicks off a new charity-of-the-month program, donating a set dollar amount for each prix fixe brunch and dinner sold throughout that month to a select charity. The restaurant’s first beneficiary: The Sunshine Kids Foundation, a Houston-based non-profit organization that is committed to providing positive group activities and emotional support to young cancer patients.

Espetada, one of the dinner entree

Peli Peli Launches 2015 Charity-of-the-Month Program – Espetada

“The community has given so much to us, and now it’s our turn to give back,” says Thomas Nguyen, co-owner of Peli Peli. “We visited The Sunshine Kids’ facility and are incredibly impressed with the work they do to make a positive impact on the lives of young cancer patients and their families,” says Nguyen. “It’s our honor to partner with them in launching this program.”

Peli Peli Launches 2015 Charity-of-the-Month Program

January prix fixe menu offerings will include a four-course $45 dinner menu, with $3 of each meal donated to the charity. Each course offers three choices, including the restaurant’s popular Espetada, Curry Chicken and South African Kingklip among entree selections. The fourth course will tempt you with a European favorite Sticky Toffee pudding or the decadent African Mud Hut–a chocoholic’s dream.

Bobotie

Peli Peli Launches 2015 Charity-of-the-Month Program – Bobotie

An alternate opportunity to eat for a cause is the affordable $25 brunch, available on Saturdays and Sundays. Entree selections will include South African Eggs Benedict, Bobotie Egg Crepe and Passion Fruit Crepe—swoon worthy with three types of fresh berries and walnuts folded in passion fruit cream.

In addition to the prix fixe menus, on Saturday, January 24th, the Peli Peli staff, along with the restaurant’s customer volunteers, will host a fun-filled “South African Culinary Carnival” for The Sunshine Kids, complete with culinary demonstrations by Chef Paul Friedman, sampling booths where kids will “travel” from booth to booth to learn about South African foods and ingredients and have their Peli Peli passport stamped, face painting, DJ music and more. “Our goal for this event is not only to create an amazing experience for the children, but also to provide an opportunity for the kids to interact with our staff and customers and take their minds off of the medical issues they are dealing with,” says Friedman.

Peli Peli Launches 2015 Charity-of-the-Month Program

Established in 2009, Peli Peli is Houston’s first South African fusion restaurant. The award-winning restaurant is located at 110 Vintage Park, Houston, TX. A second Peli Peli restaurant will open in the Galleria at 5085 Westheimer Road in Houston in April 2015.

Fashion

Celebrity hairstylist Peter Butler used Leonor Greyl – Claire Danes MET Gala

Celebrity hairstylist Peter Butler used Leonor Greyl – Claire Danes MET Gala

“For the China-themed MET Gala this year, Claire is wearing a Valentino dress that is a deep bottle green, really beautiful, delicate and quite formal.  So, we thought for her hair she needed to look more comfortable and cool.  The look is simple, but still chic and elegant – rough and finished at the same time.

Celebrity hairstylist Peter Butler used Leonor Greyl - Claire Danes MET Gala

Celebrity hairstylist Peter Butler used Leonor Greyl – Claire Danes MET Gala

Celebrity hairstylist Peter Butler used Leonor Greyl – Claire Danes MET Gala

I first began by towel drying her hair and blow-drying it roughly with my hands to get most of the moisture out.  Then I separated her hair into sections and took about 4 handfuls of Leonor Greyl Mousse au Lotus Volumatrice and applied it from scalp to ends and then sprayed Voluforme through the top sections into the roots.  After spraying the roots, I took the Leonor Greyl Wide Tooth Comb and combed her hair from the roots up and back straight up off the face.  I created a low side part on the right and pushed it into place, then let the look set.

 I went back with the blow dryer and rough dried the rest of her hair with my fingers to get the remaining moisture out.  While it was drying, I added a bit more Voluforme as needed when I thought it looked too “clean” since we wanted the look to have purpose and direction.  Once done, I went back with Leonor Greyl Sérum de Soie Sublimateur to break up the look and give it a little more shine and finish.

Celebrity hairstylist Peter Butler used Leonor Greyl – Claire Danes MET Gala

The focus of her look tonight was really all on the hairline – lifting it up and off the face.  The combination of the Mousse au Lotus Volumatrice and Voluforme at the roots really made the look.  The mousse is conditioning and gives a lot of body while the Voluforme really gets into the roots to give me that lift and hold that I’m looking for so the roots aren’t going to collapse, the volume isn’t going away – it looks subtle, but has really powerful hold.”

Gübelin delves deep into the mystery of sapphire

Gübelin delves deep into the mystery of sapphire

For connoisseurs of color there is no blue quite like that found in a fine sapphire. That has helped make the blue sapphire one of the most mysterious, and coveted, of all gems. This spring renowned Swiss jewellers Gübelin probes the depths of this unforgettable stone through a set of very special pieces.  Blue sapphires have captured the imagination for millennia. Deep, alluring, and often unfathomable, their subtle shades have often been associated with the blue of heaven and the all-encompassing sky. This has made them almost divine to many, symbols of nobility, virtue and wisdom.

Gübelin delves deep into the mystery of sapphire

Gübelin delves deep into the mystery of sapphire

Gübelin delves deep into the mystery of sapphire

Anyone who has had the good fortune to gaze into a fine blue sapphire, however, knows that it is a stone of great depth as well. Its mysterious hues pull one in, revealing a deep blue world full of marvel. Evoking the depths of the sea, sapphire blue can therefore also remind us of the origins of life. That makes it a potent symbol of life’s deeper meanings, of important connections, whether in nature or in our own lives, of loyalty and of the nurturing of deep friendships and lasting relationships.

Gübelin delves deep into the mystery of sapphire

Gübelin delves deep into the mystery of sapphire

Whatever one sees or associates with it, the blue sapphire is doubtless one of the most beguiling and inspiring of gems. This spring the House of Gübelin, renowned for its handcrafted high-end jewellery as well as for its expertise in coloured gems, presents a set of very special pieces centred on remarkable sapphires. Among the highlights is a superb 10.7 ct, pillow-shape Kashmir sapphire, set in a platinum ring with brilliant-cut diamonds and four smaller drop-cut sapphires.

The pieces, which include several other fine rings as well as necklaces and drop-earrings, are part of Gübelin’s Gem Classics Collection. As with all Gübelin jewellery, they are inspired by both the outer and the inner beauty of these extraordinary stones. They will appeal to all to those who seek a deeper luxury, one grounded in natural elegance and beauty, fine workmanship and the highest levels of quality.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for Violet Grey

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for Violet Grey

Rosie is part of a generation of models, including peers Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss, who aren’t just gorgeous, globe-trotting women but also incredibly ambitious. “Being a model, being an actress – it’s not decided by you. You’re chosen. You’re cast, and that’s fantastic, of course,” says Rosie. “There has always been a big part of me that wants to make things happen for myself. I’d like to get myself into a position where I’m starting something on my own. That’s my focus this year.” Off to an impeccable start, she is in the upcoming post-apocalyptic flick Mad Max and just debuted a new collection of her lingerie line, Rosie for Autograph, as well as her recently launched fragrance by the same name. This, in addition to her various campaigns and cover shoots, of course.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for Violet Grey

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for Violet Grey

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for Violet Grey

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley on her very first nude photoshoot:
“I was in London and it was a different time. I honestly think I was a lot more free when I was younger; Kate Moss was my favorite supermodel and she always took her clothes off for anything. It was like, ‘Well if it’s good enough for Kate…’”

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley on the business of being “Rosie”:
“I believe who you surround yourself is a reflection of yourself. There’s a quote I have always liked by Will Rogers: ‘It takes a lifetime to build a good reputation, but you can lose it in a minute’”

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley on her career ambitions:
“Being a model, being an actress—it’s not decided by you. You’re chosen. You’re cast, and that’s fantastic, of course. There is always a sense of pride when you make the cut, but there has always been a big part of me that wants to make things happen for myself. I’d like to get myself into a position where I’m starting something on my own. That’s my focus for this year.”

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for Violet Grey

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for Violet Grey

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley on eating right to keep in shape:
“I don’t want to be that miserable girl pushing a salad around my plate…At home; I eat clean, organic, and simple. And when I go out with friends, I enjoy myself…I couldn’t live life just restrictive all the time. It’s just no fun to me. That’s not a way to live. It’s all balance.”

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley  on her daytime makeup look:
“…I don’t wear a ton of it, but I will always have a little foundation on, I’m a big fan of Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. It’s a really natural foundation, so it just gives me a simple coverage. Then I put on Laura Mercier Crème Cheek Color in Rosebud and a little bit of YSL Babydoll Mascara in Wheedler Brown and a little bit of Eve Lom Kiss Mix and that suits me for the day, really.”

All photography was shot by Ben Hassett

BEAUTY CREDIT Makeup by: Alice Lane | Hair by: Jenny Cho | Nails by: Marisa Carmichael | Fashion Editor: Simon Robins

Timberland – Mark Makers 2 Days 1 Bag the Road Trip

Timberland – Mark Makers 2 Days 1 Bag the Road Trip

Timberland hits the road this spring, with a special Road Trip; an engaging campaign that reinforces Timberland’s position as the premier outdoor lifestyle brand.  Timberland are working with some of Europe’s most influential ‘Mark Makers’ to participate in the project. Entitled ‘Mark Makers: 2 Days 1 Bag, the Road Trip’, the concept involves the style ambassadors from 7 European countries documenting a unique trip where they are encouraged to “get lost” and feel in their Timberland element using the bespoke hashtags; #InMyElement, #2days1bag, to post the action!

TIMBERLAND(R) MARK MAKERS: '2 Days 1 Bag, The Road Trip' - S15

Timberland – Mark Makers 2 Days 1 Bag the Road Trip

In the UK, Timberland have partnered with TV presenter Rick Edwards to take a trip across the English Channel to the Isle of Wight. Known for his style credentials, Rick travels from the city to the coast armed with a bag of Timberland wears fit for the demands of everyday urban life. Timberland follows Rick from start to finish on this personal journey where he reflects on the moments in his life that have made a mark.

Timberland – Mark Makers 2 Days 1 Bag the Road Trip

Throughout this project where anything could happen, the campaign will be illustrating the spontaneity and adaptive style of living and travelling with Timberland – ready for anything in the freedom of the great outdoors or in the bustle of the city. Everything Rick needs for the 2 days road trip will be in 1 bag, highlighting how functional and versatile the Timberland® S15 collection really is.

Timberland® fans both new and old can constantly follow the action thanks to the digital format. Following Rick over 2 unpredictable days in an awe-inspiring location will be easy – only a click, tap or swipe away and who knows, it could even inspire your next getaway!

Once the road trips are complete, the final edited stories will be available to view on Timberland’s® own social media channels and site http://www.timberlandonline.co.uk/. Video recording will highlight the discoveries and hidden gems of each of the ambassadors’ chosen locations, all in the latest must-have items from Timberland.

Anyone can be part of the action by creating their own dream Timberland ‘Bag for 2 Days’ online, with each winner receiving the bag as a gift.

American Express celebrates Alexander McQueen retrospective

American Express celebrates Alexander McQueen retrospective

American Express unveils a striking new tableaux created by acclaimed international fashion photographer Nick Knight, OBE, using unseen photography captured backstage at the iconic 2004 American Express: McQueen Black Event. The commission celebrates American Express’ support of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.  This spectacular piece, entitled ‘Black’, is a stunning snapshot of McQueen’s work as showcased at the unique 2004 event, which was co-hosted and curated by Alexander McQueen.

American Express celebrates Alexander McQueen retrospective

American Express celebrates Alexander McQueen retrospective

Using material shot backstage at the event, Knight has created an unique tableaux showcasing the 35 breathtaking outfits modelled by Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Gemma Ward and Lily Cole amongst others, representing the full breadth of McQueen’s vision. The American Express: McQueen Black Event saw McQueen show in London for the first time in several seasons and kicked off with a dramatic showcase of black pieces; some from the archive and others designed specifically for the night.

At the event, Nick Knight was asked by McQueen to photograph each model backstage with a view to creating a composite image for the future; a vision that, 11 years on, has now been realised.

American Express celebrates Alexander McQueen retrospective

Nick Knight comments: “McQueen and I knew we had the ingredients to make an incredible image. Now to coincide with the opening of Savage Beauty at the V&A, it has been a fantastic opportunity to partner once again with American Express, immerse myself in the project and finally produce the image to honour him in a unique way.”

American Express celebrates Alexander McQueen retrospective

American Express celebrates Alexander McQueen retrospective

Lisa Gregg, Vice President, American Express, says: “Our partnership with the V&A and the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty retrospective has given us an exciting opportunity to work with Nick again and to commission this beautiful image, which is a wonderful tribute to our past collaborations with McQueen.”

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty will be at the V&A, London until 2 August in partnership with Swarovski and supported by American Express. For more information visit Americanexpress.com

American Express celebrates Alexander McQueen retrospective

About American Express

American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives, offer peace of mind and help build business success. For more information visit americanexpress.com.

About Nick Knight

Knight is among the world’s most influential photographers as well as being Director and founder of SHOWstudio.com the fashion and art internet broadcasting channel. A long-time collaborator with McQueen, Knight captured photography at 2004 American Express: McQueen Black Event.

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Met Gala Beauty Hannah Davis by Charlotte Tilbury

Met Gala Beauty Hannah Davis by Charlotte Tilbury

In New York City, model Hannah Davis attended her first Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art wearing a sunset-red J. Mendel gown and makeup by world renowned makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury. Hannah’s beauty look for the evening had a nod to the East fused with a Western beauty influence by way of an accentuated winged feline eye, flawless skin and a glamorous Dolce Vita look, accented with jewelry by Marina B, red patent leather Christian Louboutin heels, and a gilded clutch from Kotur.

Met Gala Beauty Hannah Davis by Charlotte Tilbury

Met Gala Beauty Hannah Davis by Charlotte Tilbury

Here is how to re-create Hannah’s makeup look:

1. Hannah’s skin was prepped with the Goddess Skin Clay Mask, Charlotte’s Magic Cream and WonderGlow, an Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash Primer – essentials for flawless red carpet skin – which were applied lightly all over the face. Charlotte calls this skincare ritual The Gift of Goddess Skin.

2. Her complexion was perfected with Light Wonder Youth-Boosting Perfect Skin Foundation SPF 15 in 8 Medium, and The Retoucher Conceal & Treat Stick in 2 Fair and 3 Medium were used to conceal any discoloration and imperfections.

3. Hannah’s brows were sculpted with the Brow Lift Three-Way Shape, Lift and Shade Tool in Grace K.

4. Hypnotizing eyes were created by first using the Bronzed Garnet Colour Chameleon as a base color all over the lid.

5. The ENHANCE shade from The Dolce Vita Luxury Eyeshadow Palette was dusted all over the lid and guided into the crease.

6. Then, the SMOKE shade from The Golden Goddess Luxury Eyeshadow Palette was applied to the crease and outer lid, and the Color Chameleon was used to further accentuate the lid for more dimension.

7. Hannah’s eyes were defined with in Rock ‘N’ Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in Bedroom Black, flicking the liner up at the outward corners and, using the Eye Smudger Brush along with the SMOKE shade from The Dolce Vita Luxury Palette along the lash line, a smokey feline-like eye began to take shape.

8. The Feline Flick Quick Fine Line Shodo Pen was applied over the smudged liner and The Classic Eyeliner Powder Pencil in Sophia was added to the waterline to create an even more dramatic cat-like gaze.

9. Lashes were defined and amplified with Full Fat Lashes Mascara.

10. Filmstar Bronze & Glow was used to sculpt and highlight Hannah’s incredible facial framework, with a focus on her temples and cheeks which were accentuated with Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blusher in Ecstasy.

11. Lip Magic Lip Balm was first applied to prime Hannah’s lips, which were then lined with Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk and filled in with K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Penelope Pink.

Met Gala Beauty Hannah Davis by Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Products:

COMPLEXION
• Goddess Skin Clay Mask
• Charlotte’s Magic Cream
• WonderGlow Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash Primer
• Light Wonder Youth-Boosting Perfect Skin Foundation SPF 15 in 8 Medium
• The Retoucher Conceal & Treat Stick in 2 Fair & 3 Medium
• Filmstar Bronze & Glow
• Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blusher in Ecstasy

EYES
• Brow Lift Three-Way Shape, Lift and Shade Tool in Grace K
• Color Chameleon in Bronzed Garnet
• The Dolce Vita Luxury Eyeshadow Palette
• The Golden Goddess Luxury Eyeshadow Palette
• Rock ‘N’ Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in Bedroom Black
• The Feline Flick Quick Fine Line Shodo Pen
• The Classic Eyeliner Powder Pencil in Sophia
• Full Fat Lashes Mascara

LIPS
• Lip Magic Lip Balm
• Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk
• K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Penelope Pink

Met Gala Beauty Hannah Davis by Charlotte Tilbury

Hans Uder – Pancakes & Booze Art Show Los Angeles

Hans Uder – Pancakes & Booze Art Show Los Angeles

Contemporary artist, Hans Uder, will join over 125 emerging artists, at the popular Pancakes & Booze Art Show May 1st and 2nd, 2015. Uder, who received recent acclaim for his exhibit, “Waiting For The Bus,” a live event that draws over 30,000 people to see his sculptures and painted mannequins each weekend under the Hollywood sign, says, “This is my first joint art show in Los Angeles. I’m very excited about the chance to show my work next to so many great talents at the Pancake & Booze Art Show.”

Included in Uder’s 14 new works at Pancakes & Booze will be collages, sculptures and 3D installation, painted mannequins and paintings in acrylic, oil, and watercolor. Among the paintings are “The Dancer” – acrylic on canvas, which highlights the movement of a Latin female dancer, the movement accompanied by out of focus lines that support the mystery and the motions of inherent ecstasy, and “Erika” – an appreciation of the female body in all its imaginations and forms while maintaining an aura of mystery.

Hans Uder - Pancakes & Booze Art Show Los Angeles

Hans Uder – Pancakes & Booze Art Show Los Angeles

Hans Uder – Pancakes & Booze Art Show Los Angeles

About the Artist
Hans Uder spent his childhood in the outskirts of Heidelberg, Germany, a picturesque Baroque-style city located in the southwest part of the country. Born into an engineer family, Uder discovered his passion for art at an early age and after completing his college studies, he set out to explore the art world and immigrated to the United States in 1992.

Upon finishing language school in St. Petersburg, Florida, Uder moved to Los Angeles, California to study at the prestigious Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre, where he mastered his craft for two years. It was during this time, as a means to support his acting, both creatively and financially, that Uder wandered by coincidence into the visual world of set design.

In the beginning of his career, he had the honor of being a production assistant and set designer on photography shoots for print publications such as Vanity Fair, Vogue, Esquire, FHM and Cosmopolitan. He was able to collaborate with iconic photographers including Mark Seliger, Robert Maxwell and Chris McLaren, just to name a few. Additionally, Uder collaborated alongside Mauro Borrelli, the acclaimed conceptual designer of “Batman Forever”, “Dracula” and “Planet of the Apes”. Uder also owes immense gratitude to his mentor, the late Academy Award-nominated costume designer, Theadora Van Runkle, most known for her work on iconic films including “Bonnie and Clyde”, “The Godfather: Part 2”, “New York, New York” and “The Thomas Crown Affair.”

After focusing solely on perfecting his art for more than 12 years, Uder now feels capable of fully expressing his visual quests with various artistic mediums and sharing it with the outside world. He currently resides in Los Angeles as well as New York City, however he extends his travels to Germany and Spain, where he finds the visual influences are capable of sparking his imagination and allowing him to dominate his creative outlet.

“My goal as an artist is not only to make the world a more beautiful place but also to surprise and entertain with new ideas, forms and color combinations. About The Show

Over 125 emerging artists will showcase their hottest work in a Warhol-style, anything-goes, massive warehouse environment. All-you-can-eat pancakes, live music, body painting and multimedia displays. The show originated in 2009 in Los Angeles and has since popped up more than 100 times in twenty five cities around North America. Each show draws as many as 3,000 guests throughout night.

WHEN: 8pm – 2am Friday & Saturday May 1 & 2, 2015

WHERE: Lot 613, 613 Imperial St., Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Ritz-Carlton Sanya Yalong Bay – Food Glorious Food

The Ritz-Carlton Sanya Yalong Bay – Food Glorious Food

With a unique location and perfect weather, Sanya has become an international holiday destination. Both domestic and international travelers arrive in formidable numbers, looking to enjoy the stunning beaches, hidden bays, verdant mountains and rich local culture. Most importantly, they are also seeking a superlative hospitality experience, including the best cuisine.

During the upcoming holiday from April 30th to May 2nd, The Ritz-Carlton Sanya Yalong Bay will directly cater to this need, presenting a dedicated Food Festival at Pearl, the resort’s iconic Chinese restaurant. Guests will be able to indulge in a delectable array of culinary samplings and fine wine — all amidst the resort’s elegant and luxurious setting in the spectacular Yalong Bay. This unrivaled event will feature tantalizing dishes from Sichuan, Tianjin and Guangdong, exclusively created by the Ritz-Carlton’s best known culinary superstars.

The Ritz-Carlton Sanya Yalong Bay - Food Glorious Food

The Ritz-Carlton Sanya Yalong Bay – Food Glorious Food

“We are thrilled to be offering the Food Festival at The Ritz-Carlton Sanya Yalong Bay,” said Eliot Chen, Chinese Chef of Pearl Restaurant from The Ritz-Carlton Sanya Yalong Bay and he is also the Head Chef for the festival. “It will be a feast for the senses, which perfectly blends international epicurean refinement with premium ingredients and sublime flavorings – to lead diners to a brand new food revolution and a celebration of all things delicious!”

The Ritz-Carlton Sanya Yalong Bay – Food Glorious Food

Chef Chen will be joined by two guest star chefs, Kevin Niu from Tian Tai Xuan Restaurant of The Ritz-Carlton Tianjin, and Andy Gao from Li Xuan Restaurant of The Ritz-Carlton Chengdu. This talented trio and their crew will present Sichuan, Tianjin and Cantonese culinary masterpieces, creating an unforgettable dining experience with China’s most celebrated regional cuisines.

The Ritz-Carlton Sanya Yalong Bay - Food Glorious Food

The Ritz-Carlton Sanya Yalong Bay – Food Glorious Food

The 3-day feast will also encompass a daily specialty based on Sichuan and Tianjin cooking traditions, an exclusive private dinner, a “challenge the chef” cooking class and a grand master buffet. The vibrant atmosphere will be topped off with live entertainment, featuring a cultural extravaganza from Sichuan, Tianjin and Guangdong.

The Ritz-Carlton Sanya Yalong Bay is embarking on a new journey in 2015, the beginning of its “Golden Age”, an exciting chapter in the resort’s history. And as part of its commitment to superlative services and unforgettable guest memories, the culinary team is dedicated to creating an exclusive personalized gastronomy experience unlike any other.

Actress Abigail Breslin signs publishing debut with HarperCollins

Actress Abigail Breslin signs publishing debut with HarperCollins

Award winning actress Abigail Breslin, best known to millions for her Academy Award-nominated breakthrough role in Little Miss Sunshine, has solidified herself over the years as one of the rising stars of young Hollywood. Now, with her upcoming television debut role on FOX’s highly anticipated Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens, multiple films on the horizon, and solo album titled The World Now scheduled for release June 15, 2015, Abigail will also be adding author to her already impressive resume with her publishing debut, THIS MAY SOUND CRAZY.

Written with Abigail’s wit and honesty, THIS MAY SOUND CRAZY is full of cautionary tales and clever advice ranging from why you should stop stalking your ex to how to survive your very own Halloween horror story. In this collection of nonfiction essays, Abigail brings her hilarious and heartfelt voice to the page as she explores the things nearest and dearest to every teen—love, loss, and Tumblr.

Actress Abigail Breslin signs publishing debut with HarperCollins

Actress Abigail Breslin signs publishing debut with HarperCollins

“I started my tumblr Mixtapes and Winter Coats because I wanted to share my late night ramblings and feels, such as talking to my cat at 2 AM, with all of you,” says Breslin. “That blog evolved into my book, THIS MAY SOUND CRAZY.  I hope when you read it, you’ll see that you are not alone even when you’re wondering when it’s ok to text your crush first, which is the most terrifying situation ever.”

Actress Abigail Breslin signs publishing debut with HarperCollins

“I’m so thrilled to be working with Abigail Breslin on THIS MAY SOUND CRAZY,” says Dave Linker, Executive Editor at HarperCollins. “She channels the angst of her generation with a fearlessness that’s at once hilarious and deeply moving. Anyone who’s ever had a broken heart or felt lost or who just wished for a perfect Christmas Day will feel instantly understood in these pages.”

World rights for THIS MAY SOUND CRAZY were sold to David Linker, Executive Editor HarperCollins US from CAA and will be published in October 2015.

The London West Hollywood new penthouse inspired by Vivienne Westwood

The London West Hollywood new penthouse inspired by Vivienne Westwood

The London West Hollywood hotel launches its new bi-level, 11,000 square foot Penthouse Inspired by Vivienne Westwood, scheduled for completion May 18, 2015. Guests will access the tenth floor penthouse through a private, contemporary-styled corridor that leads to 6,000 square feet of spacious and striking design, specially created to form an intimate ambiance. The experience is then taken to new heights on the suite’s 5,000 square foot private outdoor rooftop terrace, ideal for entertaining and featuring breathtaking panoramic city views. LA’s largest suite was designed in collaboration between Richmond Design and the renowned British fashion designer, featuring exclusive art and decor and customized furnishings. Three new Metropolitan guest suites, which will debut in tandem on the hotel’s second floor, will range between 1,600-2,200 square feet and feature upscale residential design. This will mark the completion of the hotel’s overall $25 million renovation.

The London West Hollywood new penthouse inspired by Vivienne Westwood

The London West Hollywood new penthouse inspired by Vivienne Westwood

“We are proud to unveil the city’s largest, most lavish and fashion-forward hotel suite, inspired by renowned designer Vivienne Westwood, and we look forward to impressing our discerning guests with all it has to offer,” says General Manager Jeff Kulek. The new penthouse, along with our three impressive new Metropolitan Collection suites, not only offer superior overnight accommodations, but also provide unparalleled entertaining opportunities found nowhere else in Los Angeles.

The London West Hollywood new penthouse inspired by Vivienne Westwood

“We were initially approached by The London West Hollywood to add inspiration to the penthouse with our prints and graphics. We have specially curated rugs, wall-hangings and soft furnishings to bring a subtle element of our brand to the luxury apartment. It’s really exciting to see our designs translated into an interior space,” says Andreas Kronthaler, Vivienne Westwood Design Partner & Creative Director.

Guests are welcomed into the suite through double entry doors, which are set back from the Corridor and accented by sconces on each side. The doors open onto a large foyer that seamlessly connects to the 2,000 square foot Grand Salon – a striking, open entertaining space boasting polished stone floors, large corner sofas, bespoke cabinetry and rich furniture, accented by Vivienne Westwood cushions and upholstery. A long back wall features a built-in bookcase, backed with Verre Eglomise mirror panels.

The London West Hollywood new penthouse inspired by Vivienne Westwood

The focal point of the salon is a large central rug, boasting the iconic Vivienne Westwood squiggle pattern. The hand-spun & hand-knotted Tibetan wool rug was especially designed and created for the room in a pale and teal blue squiggle print. The print was first seen in Westwood’s seminal 1981 Pirate Collection- and has become an iconic print synonymous with the brand. “Like clothes which have to be worn, a rug is an applied art, it has to be lived with”  -Vivienne Westwood