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Beyonce Rise Sheer – Guess Dare Limited Edition Fragrances

Beyonce Rise Sheer – Guess Dare Limited Edition Fragrances

Introducing BEYONCÉ RISE SHEER, a limited edition fragrance by Beyoncé and GUESS Dare Limited Edition, a fresh and sensual fruity-floral, woody-green fragrance for the young, bold and carefree woman.

Guess Dare is sweet, cheeky and confident; you just can’t get enough of her innocent yet sultry vibes. She knows how to leave her mark. GUESS Dare, let her steal your heart. We Dare you…. Introducing GUESS Dare Limited Edition – a fresh and sensual fruity-floral, woody- green fragrance created by perfumer Catherine Selig. Top notes: Juicy Grapefruit, Crunchy Apple, Lychee Heart notes: Dewy Lily of the Valley, Pink Jasmine, Pear Blossom Base notes: Sheer Cedar wood, White Musk, Vanilla. Guess Dare Limited Edition Eau de Toilette 50ml is RRP$49 and will be available from March at Priceline, Guess retail stores and selected pharmacies nationally. For stockists please call 1800 812 663.

Guess Dare Limited Edition Fragrances

Guess Dare Limited Edition Fragrances

Beyonce Rise Sheer – Guess Dare Limited Edition Fragrances

Beyonce Rise Sheer, a limited edition fragrance by Beyoncé. A sparkling, fresh floral, Beyonce Rise Sheer is a lighter, fresher version of the alluring BEYONCÉ RISE scent. Featuring notes of citrus, orchid and blonde woods, it offers all of the gold sophistication of RISE with a fresh and alluring attitude. Top notes: Italian Bergamot, Sicilian Lemon, Iced Basil Sorbet Middle Notes: Gold Symphony Orchid, White Peony, Hydroponic Jasmine Bottom Notes: Blonde Woods, Sheer Musk, White Amber. Beyonce Rise Sheer Eau de Parfum 100ml RRP $69, Beyonce Rise Sheer is available from March 2015. For stockists please call 1800 812 663.

Beyonce Rise Sheer – Edition Fragrances

Beyonce Rise Sheer – Edition Fragrances

ESPA Super Active™ Skin Radiance Intensive Serum

ESPA Super Active™ Skin Radiance Intensive Serum

ESPA has launched a potent new Super Serum containing a powerful blend of brightening and revitalising SuperActives™ for a more even and naturally radiant complexion. After any annual holiday season the skin can always do with a boost and ESPA Super Active™ Skin Radiance Intensive Serum works hard to combat tired, dull skin.  Often it’s hard to see how the environment works against our skin, then combined with our own stress levels and how we adapt to change – at work or even in our personal space – the toll can be huge. ESPA treatment protocols given at their world renowned spas go a long way in keeping skin healthy, and the benefits can be maintained with the use of their skincare range at home.

ESPA Super Active™ Skin Radiance Intensive Serum

ESPA Super Active™ Skin Radiance Intensive Serum

For ESPA clients the Skin Radiance Facial is one way to rejuvenate skin affected by the rigors of travel and stress. This revitalizing facial helps refresh tired complexions, giving a truly noticeable brighter and naturally radiant appearance. Skin Radiance Intensive Serum helps maintain this radiant glow at home – working on many different levels and for all skin types.

ESPA Super Active™ Skin Radiance Intensive Serum

Ideal for mature skin with a dull complexion and signs of hyperpigmentation, this serum contains a synergistic complex of mulberry, bearberry and liquorice, which invigorates and renews a tired complexion to leave it visibly brighter and more radiant. The texture is so fine that it really must be experienced – just a few drops are so powerful, absorbing easily into the skin to work on hyperpigmentation, which is an ongoing issue for me. Most ESPA therapists I have visited wear little or no makeup – their skin truly speaks for the exceptional results the treatments and products offer – nothing hidden here.

ESPA Super Active™ Skin Radiance Intensive Serum

ESPA Super Active™ Skin Radiance Intensive Serum

At the other end of spectrum, ESPA Super Active™ Skin Radiance Intensive Serum is perfect for a young skin – even one that has just gone through a pregnancy – to bring back a natural radiance and glow. Use this serum for a few months after pregnancy as your body has been depleted of so much, that this powerful intensive serum can restore your natural skin’s health.

For young mums, ESPA Super Active™ Skin Radiance Intensive Serum is a multifunctional enzyme-activated Vitamin C that prevents premature degradation and preserves maximum efficacy. On contact with the skin, the active benefits of this potent antioxidant penetrate the epidermis to minimize the appearance of hyperpigmentation, boost collagen and even skin tone. Revitalizing Meadowsweet gently stimulates cell renewal for fresher, softer skin. ESPA’s bespoke blend of 100% pure essential oils delicately fragrances skin in the heavenly aromas of neroli and bergamot breathes new life into the skin.

After the ESPA Skin Radiance facial, continue its effective work with ESPA Super Active™ Skin Radiance Intensive Serum, at home.

ESPA’s Skin Radiance Intensive Serum (25ml) £44 Can be found online or at any ESPA spa worldwide, here in Hong Kong find all ESPA treatments at the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong.

Fragrance Du Bois Brings Xerjoff to Southeast Asia

Fragrance Du Bois Brings Xerjoff to Southeast Asia

At its flagship boutique in Singapore’s Fullerton Hotel, Fragrance Du Bois announced the first time arrival in Southeast Asia of the luxurious Italian perfume brand, Xerjoff. Founded in 2004, the Turin-based perfume house — renowned for its enchanting fragrances, encased in exquisite flacons — is delighted to be expanding its worldwide presence. “We are thrilled to be in Singapore to showcase our finest and exclusive perfumes under Fragrance Du Bois,” said Sergio Momo, Xerjoff’s Founder and Creative Director. “I believe Fragrance Du Bois shares important principles with Xerjoff in the universe of artistic perfumery. It is extremely important for Xerjoff to be represented by dedicated partners who can introduce and support the philosophy of our brand. Additionally,” he concluded, “Singapore is one of the trendiest fashion capitals in the world, and we believe this will be a gateway for many opportunities in the region.”

Fragrance Du Bois Brings Xerjoff to Southeast Asia

Fragrance Du Bois Brings Xerjoff to Southeast Asia

Fragrance Du Bois Brings Xerjoff to Southeast Asia

“It brings us great pleasure to be the first (and only) fragrance house in Southeast Asia, to host and partner with the world acclaimed Xerjoff,” said Nicola Parker, Brand Director of Fragrance Du Bois. “Singapore is only the first stop. Xerjoff will be available in all our flagship boutiques, outlets and fragrance lounges around the word in the coming weeks. We pride ourselves in giving all our customers a luxury experience in fragrance, each and every time they walk into our boutiques or lounges. This partnership with Xerjoff,” Parker concluded, “will further enhance that experience. We offer nothing but the best in the market in order to make sure that our customers’ personal preferences and expectations are met.”

Fragrance Du Bois Brings Xerjoff to Southeast Asia

Fragrance Du Bois Brings Xerjoff to Southeast Asia

At the heart of the Xerjoff brand and all of its creations, is a combination of traditional perfumery (dating back hundreds of years), and modern, handcrafted bottles. Sergio Momo’s inspiration is derived from his Italian roots, and his dedication to a time-honoured craft has led to the formulation of some of the most memorable and original fragrances currently on the market. Momo’s empathy and understanding of the natural world has also played a part in the overall aesthetic, with a combination of precious and semi-precious hand cut stones, quartz, Murano glass, wood, brass, bronze, gold and leather, taking roles in the succession of masterpieces.

Also lending some weight to the rare and precious works of art that capture these unforgettable fragrances, are the many years of research and development in the art of perfumery, alongside the collaborations with renowned Italian artists. International and Italian ‘Noses’, painters and sculptors – along with jewellery designers, glassblowers, diamond cutters and wood engravers – work together to distil, blend and package the precious essences created in Grasse (South of France), Spain and Italy.

Xerjoff’s collection – redolent of history and tradition, and inspired by elements and events as diverse as Siberian meteorite showers and the ancient Arabian art of perfumery — is sure to contain a perfume that will excite and stimulate the senses of even the most jaded fragrance aficionado.

Working along parallel lines with Fragrance Du Bois, Xerjoff has dedicated two superb collections to the mystical and enigmatic Oud oil – both presented in beautifully crafted crystal bottles. Sourced from Laos, Indonesia, Thailand, India and Cambodia, the Oud-inspired creations are capturing the imaginations of fragrance enthusiasts worldwide.

Fragrance Du Bois Brings Xerjoff to Southeast Asia

A selection of Xerjoff’s luxury fragrances will be available at the Fragrance Du Bois flagship boutique in Singapore from today.  They will also be available in Du Bois’ second flagship boutique in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, within a matter of weeks. Xerjoff in Southeast Asia is exclusively brought to you by Fragrance Du Bois, and prices start from SGD 225.  Xerjoff is one of several new eminent brands that will be available at Fragrance Du Bois over the next few month

SpaRitual Introduces UNVEIL Peel-Off Basecoat

SpaRitual Introduces UNVEIL Peel-Off Basecoat

SpaRitual makes it easy to unveil and change your color with the newest edition to its manicure and pedicure essentials. UNVEIL Peel-Off Basecoat provides the solution to all of your glitter worries. Indulge your nails in sparkle and shine with a 1-2 day wear polish, without worrying about the time consuming removal process. Perfect for spring/summer or bridal season, it dries in 30 seconds. Glitter does not have to come with a price. UNVEIL Peel-Off Basecoat effortlessly peels off your glitter nail lacquer in one piece and without nail polish remover. You can remove your glitter nail lacquer wherever and whenever you want., also works on regular SpaRitual polishes as well.

SpaRitual Introduces UNVEIL Peel-Off Basecoat

SpaRitual Introduces UNVEIL Peel-Off Basecoat

SpaRitual Introduces UNVEIL Peel-Off Basecoat

For spring SpaRitual recommends the hottest colors, the Rhythm collection that comes in the perfect colors to match the season. SpaRitual offers spa and nail care products that fuse the mind, body, spirit connection. Like all SpaRitual lacquers, UNVEIL Peel-Off Basecoat is vegan and 5-free, formulated without toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, and DBP. Rhythm features six harmonious hues; Seasons, a chamomile shimmer matte satin, Cycles, a peach crème matte satin, Dynamics, a dusty pink crème matte satin, Vibration, a pale pink crème matte satin, Pattern, a dark grey glitter matte satin, and Groove, a soft blue matte satin. All priced at $12 each.

SpaRitual Introduces UNVEIL Peel-Off Basecoat

SpaRitual Introduces UNVEIL Peel-Off Basecoat

Lifestyle futurist Shel Pink captured the attention of the spa industry when she founded and launched SpaRitual in 2004. With a clear idea of an enlightened consumer in mind, she called them SpaRitualists, and created a brand to honor the collective mind, body and spirit. Turn your back to the frenzy. Quiet your mind from the noise. When the race to get ahead gets ahead of you, it’s time to slow down. It draws closer with each step. A greater awareness, an inexplicable calm, a deeper understanding of the rhythms of life, this is the world of Slow Beauty. It is a place unconstrained by time, envy or vanity a return to simple wellness, only by slowing down are we able to experience our true selves

UNVEIL Peel-Off Basecoat is available February 1, 2015 and retail for $17. It can be purchased at select spa and retail locations throughout the country, including online at SpaRitual.com.

Make an appointment tonight with AfterSpa

Make an appointment tonight with AfterSpa

After a day at the spa, your skin feels supple and luxurious and your mind, Zen and relaxed, you want to hold on to that feeling forever, but how? Launching this Spring/Summer, Emilio Smeke, creator of all things bath & spa, has created a line of eco bath & body products and accessories that will transform your mind, body and spirit; all in the luxury of your own home – introducing AfterSpa.

“I wanted to create an apothecary line that was affordable for anyone who can’t make it to the spa regularly. In the real world, we are all so busy, a spa trip possibly happens maybe every 6 months or once a year. With AfterSpa, you will have all you need to create a spa atmosphere at home,” Says Emilio Smeke, creator of AfterSpa, AfterSpa comes in two luxurious skin-loving scents; Macadamia-Coconut and Honey-Mint.

Make an appointment tonight with AfterSpa

Make an appointment tonight with AfterSpa

The start of the AfterSpa Collection awaits you:
AfterSpa Head Towel – $12
AfterSpa Back Scrubber -$9
AfterSpa Macadamia Coconut Hand Soap – $18
Make an appointment tonight with AfterSpa…

Make an appointment tonight with AfterSpa

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Food & Wine

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.

Healthy 2015 – swap lofty New Year resolutions for little changes

Healthy 2015 – swap lofty New Year resolutions for little changes

Every January, Americans reflect on the past and look to the future, often setting drastic health-related New Year’s resolutions they struggle to keep; an overwhelming 92 percent of resolution-setters failing to see them through. This year, actress, author and TV host Alison Sweeney and the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council aim to curb that trend, releasing findings from a poll fielded by ORC International*, and ringing in the New Year with a sweepstakes and motivational campaign challenging Americans to trade their lofty resolutions for more realistic lifestyle changes.

Alison Sweeney

Healthy 2015 – swap lofty New Year resolutions for little changes, Alison Sweeney

Healthy 2015 – swap lofty New Year resolutions for little changes

Choose Little, Win Big
ORC’s research revealed that four out of five Americans (82%) believe that making small lifestyle changes is a more effective way to improve health than making major changes that might require more self-discipline.

“Instead of setting big New Year’s resolutions, I encourage people to set small and sustainable goals,” said Sweeney. “Whether that means drinking an extra glass of water each day, signing up for a 5K, or adding blueberries to your usual oatmeal or yogurt, it’s the little changes that will add up to a healthier lifestyle over time.”

Among the changes poll respondents indicated as being easy to keep are spending more time with family (79 percent) and eating more healthy foods like blueberries (72 percent).

Ditch Deprivation, Ditch Frustration
While New Year’s resolutions have the tendency to make both men and women act irrationally or adopt a defeatist attitude, the poll found little changes make people feel more confident (61 percent), more likely to make additional positive changes (60 percent) and happier (58 percent).

Healthy 2015 – swap lofty New Year resolutions for little changes

Diets, on the other hand, tend to create unnecessary drama:

• A third of women (32 percent) and almost a quarter of men (20 percent) have given up on a diet completely after slipping up
• One in seven (14 percent) have snapped at someone because their diet was making them crazy

Additionally, respondents found it easier to add healthy foods like blueberries (50 percent) and broccoli (51 percent) to their diets than to eliminate things like gluten (16 percent) or dessert (33 percent), suggesting deprivation is not the best method for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Little Changes Sweepstakes
• Entering the Little Changes Sweepstakes for a chance to win prizes like a trip for two to LA for the Little Changes Kitchen Challenge with Alison Sweeney and a variety of gift cards,
• Accessing year-round Little Changes inspiration, tips and recipes and
• Subscribing to monthly emails that serve as Little Changes reminders.

Visit www.littlebluedynamos.com for more details.

Fashion

Keds unveils collaboration with skincare brand eos

Keds unveils collaboration with skincare brand eos

Pucker up for some lip-smacking style from Keds and eos, a new brand partnership featuring a fresh collection of three sneakers inspired by the flavors and colors of eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balms. The limited edition styles are available now exclusively at Shoe Carnival, retailing for $50 – $55. As a special bonus, each pair comes with a matching eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in the box. “The amount of love we got on Instagram for a combined Keds and eos post really kick started the collection,” said Chris Lindner, president, Keds. “This is just the type of fun and fashionable surprise we love to offer. We know our girl can’t live without eos lip balms, so we’re excited to give her a new way to experience two of her favorite brands.”

Keds unveils collaboration with skincare brand eos

Keds unveils collaboration with skincare brand eos

Keds’ iconic Champion sneaker and the Double Up, a newer Keds silhouette with the look of a stacked sole, are reimagined in bright solids and an eos™ sphere-inspired geo print that adds just the right amount of whimsy to warm-weather style. Finishing touches include glitter laces and a striped sole accented with a lips icon. Keds x eos styles include:

  • Champion eos Passion Fruit (purple); $50
  • Champion eos Blueberry Acai (blue); $50
  • Double Up eos Pomegranate Raspberry (pink); $55

Keds unveils collaboration with skincare brand eos

“We are thrilled that eos Lip Balm Spheres have inspired fashion-favorite Keds. We’ve seen how much eos consumers love Keds and this is a great way for our brands to come together,” said Sherry Jhawar, vice president of marketing, eos.

About Keds
In 1916 Keds redefined footwear with the introduction of the Champion sneaker. The simple and chic design ignited a style revolution, capturing the hearts of girls everywhere from fashion icons to the girl next door. Today, Keds is a head-to-toe fashion lifestyle brand fueled by a passion for imagination, inspiring a new generation of girls to stay authentic, optimistic and brave. Committed to inspiring bravery and encouraging girls to achieve their dreams, Keds launched The Brave Life Project™, a program dedicated to providing resources and grants to fund girls’ aspirations. For more information, please visit Keds.com and Bravehearts.com. Keds is a division of Wolverine Worldwide, the world’s leading maker of casual, work, outdoor, athletic and children’s footwear.

About eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm
eos is a leading skincare brand based in New York. Known for its unique packaging, elegant design and superior products, eos™ is the #1 lip balm brand in the United States. eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm (“The lip balm that makes you smile”) blends iconic design, organic ingredients and delicious, natural flavors for moisturized lips. Each of the eos Smooth Sphere lip balms in the Keds x eos Collection are 100% natural, USDA-certified organic and packed with moisturizing shea butter and jojoba oil – providing long lasting moisture leaving lips super-soft and sensationally smooth. All eos lip balms are petrolatum-free, paraben-free and gluten-free. eos unique Smooth Sphere packaging applies directly on lips, more hygienic than pot lip balms – and the soft-touch, ergonomic, recyclable packaging is easy to find in even the largest of bags.

Cole Haan with BBC International unveil partnership in kids footwear

Cole Haan with BBC International unveil partnership in kids footwear

Cole Haan, the iconic American lifestyle and accessories brand announces its partnership with BBC International, the leading children’s and athletic footwear designer and worldwide marketer, forging a new global position in Kids Footwear. Utilizing the same dedication and craftsmanship the brand puts forth in their existing collections, the new Cole Haan Kids Collection for girls, boys and infants is a playful collision of the brand’s traditional footwear with innovation and modern style. Akin to men and women’s footwear, the brand uses Grand.OS technology to ensure each shoe is lightweight, cushioned and flexible, and includes carefully crafted durable leathers and breathable materials for maximum comfort.

Cole Haan with BBC International unveil partnership in kids footwear

Cole Haan with BBC International unveil partnership in kids footwear

Cole Haan with BBC International unveil partnership in kids footwear

Founded in 1975 and now successfully servicing all levels of quality fashion and distribution from department stores to mass market, BBC International is a leader in the kid’s footwear marketplace with its creative design and advanced technology. The firm has secured various long-term, internationally recognized children’s licenses with a variety of premium fashion and entertainment brands.

The Cole Haan Kids Spring 2015 Collection is the debut of the partnership, and includes styles inspired by various classic Cole Haan silhouettes. The assortment will include Pinch Weekenders, Drivers and Sneakers that are offered in an array of vibrant, fun, kid-friendly colors. The Spring Collection is available on Colehaan.com and in stores in the United States and Japan. Cole Haan will continue to introduce the Cole Haan Kids collection in international markets such as China, Korea, SE Asia, Mexico and Latin America.

Cole Haan with BBC International unveil partnership in kids footwear

Cole Haan with BBC International unveil partnership in kids footwear

About Cole Haan:
Cole Haan LLC, with its Global Headquarters in Greenland, New Hampshire and Creative Center in New York City, is an iconic American lifestyle accessories brand and retailer of premium men’s, women’s and children’s footwear, handbags, leather accessories, outerwear and eyewear. Cole Haan stands for its commitment to craftsmanship, timeless style and design innovation. For more information, visit ColeHaan.com and follow @colehaan.

Sweet Valentine Diamonds from Israel

Sweet Valentine Diamonds from Israel

Looking for an exceptional gift for your very special valentine? have a look at Sweet Valentine Diamonds from Israel. This year buy your love a one-of-a-kind gift of a diamond or diamond jewelry at discounted wholesale prices, direct from the source — Israel. Tel Aviv is home to one of the world’s leading business-to-business diamond trading centers. This Valentine’s Day, the Israeli Diamond Industry is selling directly to the consumer via a pop-up Internet sales platform, offering special prices on unusual natural diamonds and fine jewels from Israel’s leading companies.

Sweet Valentine Diamonds from Israel

Sweet Valentine Diamonds from Israel

Sweet Valentine Israel Diamonds,  has been specially curated to offer you a range of hand-picked, heart-themed jewelry and loose diamonds from leading Israeli companies at discounts of up to 40%. You’ll find great deals on rings, necklaces and pendants as well as loose natural white and colored diamonds. Choose from yellow, pink or cognac diamonds, as well as the more exotic colors – orange, green and blue diamonds. List prices range from $369 for a diamond and sapphire pendant to $148,780 for a 1.75 carat radiant fancy green diamond.

Sweet Valentine Diamonds from Israel

Other items include:  a diamond heart pendant for less than $400, a diamond heart ring at under $1,500, a diamond tennis bracelet for $515, a double heart shaped fancy yellow and orange diamond ring at $3,840, and a heart shaped 6 carat fancy yellow diamond at less than $50,000.

The promotion will be available throughout February.

Israel: A Diamond Titan
Israel is the largest supplier of diamonds to the United States in value terms, providing close to 40% of the polished diamonds sold in the U.S. Selling diamonds directly to consumers is relatively new for Israel, a highly-innovative country which exports over $7 billion worth of diamonds worldwide each year. In the past few years, with the active support and encouragement of the Israel Diamond Institute (IDI), some Israeli diamond companies have begun to sell online, both to businesses and consumers. This trend reflects the commitment of some of the Israeli companies, steered by the younger generation, to utilize multiple marketing channels.

Pal Zileri design originals Milano 2015

Pal Zileri design originals Milano 2015

Who is Pal Zileri, the label originates from the principles of democratic tailoring that knows no limits. It was founded and developed in the Vicenza province, an area steeped in values and history, home to the architectural oeuvres of Andrea Palladio, the workshops of goldsmiths and the distinctive taste of the Renaissance. Pal Zileri, was conceived by two entrepreneurs, Gianfranco Barizza and Aronne Miola, who in 1970 founded Forall Confezioni SpA, an enterprise centered on Italian sartorial tradition and which, starting from its name – FOR ALL – emphasizes the attitude which has always been it’s hallmark.
Even today, every garment is entirely produced in Italy, either locally in the Quinto Vicentino manufacture or by a network of Italian craftsmen selected for their excellent workmanship. This ethos combined with strategic distribution has further contributed to company growth.

Pal Zileri design originals Milano 2015

Pal Zileri design originals Milano 2015

Pal Zileri design originals Milano 2015

Since 2014, a majority share in the company has been held by Mayhoola for Investments, a Qatar-based private company, whilst Arafa for Investments and Consultancies – (Arafa Holding – AIVC), a public company based in Egypt, holds the remaining share.

The Secret. A synthesis of fierce loyalty to cultural roots combined with an experimental avant-garde vision: the new Pal Zileri,establishes an equilibrium between skills apparent only in contra-position. AVANT-CRAFT is a concept encapsulated by this contemporary approach to a timeless tradition.

Pal Zileri design originals Milano 2015 - Scott Schuman & Paolo Roviera

Pal Zileri design originals Milano 2015 – Scott Schuman & Paolo Roviera

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Paolo Roviera CEO Born in 1970, and with over 15 years of experience in the menswear business, he has covered managerial positions with Ermenegildo Zegna, initially as director of the Zegna Sport brand and later responsible for the EMEA regions. Mauro Ravizza Krieger, Creative Director born in 1967, he has worked as a consultant for some of the most prestigious Italian companies, including Loro Piana, Herno, Allegri and Caruso. In addition to design direction, he has contributed to their market repositioning andgrowth.

Pal Zileri design originals Milano 2015

Pal Zileri design originals Milano 2015

Avant Craft
As the doors of the new Pal Zileri Milan headquarters at via Morimondo 2/3 open for the first time, the “Camera Obscura” technique from the Renaissance acts as a symbolic bridge between the past and present. Viewers are immersed in a video art experience which stitches the artisanal Veneto origins of Pal Zilerito it’s new position at the leading edge of sartorial technology.
Meanings: The Fall-Winter 2015/16 Collection is an innovative take on sartorial standards, with contemporary sensibilities, proportions and techniques executed by the hands of Italian craftsmen.
Language: Internationally cultured in outlook, Italian in tradition.
Keywords: Nonchalance, elegance, synthesis, modularity, function.
Colours: Autumnal, discreet, with forays into the unexpected. A true green enlivens blue and brick red. Subtle hues pair with greys and browns whilst yellow ochre illuminates various shades of black.
Fabrics and Materials: Drawing on inspiration from the archives of Pal Zileri’s parent company Gruppo Forall, each motif has been reinterpreted and restructured. Houndstooth and Prince of Wales patterns, as well as other geometric designs are presented as prints and jacquards. Each element is presented with a discreet contemporary sensibility. Modern alchemic layering blends the finest yarns— alpaca, cashmere, superfine wool, silk wool blends, mohair, angora—and man-made fibres. Leather outerwear is structured yet wonderfully soft.
Silhoutes: Proportions are classical yet updated. Jackets are shorter with narrow, supple lapels, and pants are straight-legged. Overall, there is sense of tasteful restraint, along a spectrum from the more generous volumes of outerwear to the sleek and figure-hugging formal wear.
Must-Haves: The Parka, equally modish in sheepskin with a nappa finish or in leather and flannel, leather with a feather-filled lining, leather and fabric in a sort of reversible garment: the contrast is not only a creative quirk but fulfills two different functions.
Accessories: The tone is total understatement. Lace-ups with grip-fast soles, bags and backpacks all appear in the finest leathers. Their familiar appearance belies the fact that these are exquisitely crafted by Italian artisans.
Contrast: Biker jackets with prominent zippers are worn with tailored white shirts, whilst T-shirts are worn with formal wear. Such contrasts transcend the traditional boundaries of menswear to respond to the needs of the contemporary sophisticated man. Impeccable in every detail, this is the new Pal Zileri.
“An extremely diversified wardrobe where the silhouette of the new jacket and the new Vicenza suits form the backbone of the collection. Where classicism is the foundation of the new language of Pal Zileri,: an urban mix with great personality.” – Mauro Ravizza Krieger

Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn a Burberry trench coat formula

Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn a Burberry trench coat formula

Burberry united both Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss for a campaign for their new My Burberry scent. Seems like the formula worked because they just launched a new campaign for their spring/summer 2015 collection starring Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn.Though Campbell, 44, has 20 years of experience on Dunn, 24, both have been hailed as supermodels. Both London-born, they were each scouted at the tender age of 15 and saw their careers sky-rocket quickly. Campbell, meanwhile, was a founding member of the original troop of ‘Supers’ who found worldwide fame in the Eighties.

Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn a Burberry trench coat formula

Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn a Burberry trench coat formula

Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn a Burberry trench coat formula

Like the previous campaign, this one was shot by Mario Testino, while Campbell has about 20 years of experience on Dunn, this is only her second Burberry spot—it’s Dunn’s fourth. Makeup by Wendy Rowe and creative direction by Christopher Bailey himself, the ads feature Campbell and Dunn modeling Burberry Prorsum’s hand-painted trench coats and color-drenched Bee bags.

Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn a Burberry trench coat formula

Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn a Burberry trench coat formula

Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn a Burberry trench coat formula

Campbell and Dunn are both pictured in Burberry’s trench coats, which Bailey has reimagined for the season in bold shades of pink and turquoise, printed with painterly illustrations of vintage book covers and British flora and fauna, along with styles in teal and lilac suede. The Bee bag for women, a boxy style that contrasts colorful leathers with the house check, is also front and center in the campaign.

The campaign will launch globally in January and appear in outdoor and print advertising, alongside platforms including burberry.com, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Sina Weibo, Youku and WeChat. A selection of Burberry’s trenchcoats will launch on burberry.com and in stores on Sunday, while the full spring collection will hit stores on Jan. 5.

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January Jones for Violet Grey

January Jones for Violet Grey

January Jones in an inventive shoot that delves into transformation and role play, the 37-year-old actress barreled through half-a-dozen looks in the span of a few hours – and January could not be a more fitting subject. This spring, television audiences will find Jones inhabiting two characters that are utter opposites – be it Betty on AMC’s Mad Men (the final season premieres on April 5th) or in the post-apocalypse comedy, Last Man on Earth. This May, audiences can also see her in a big-screen thriller, The Good Kill, which co-stars Ethan Hawke.

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January Jones for Violet Grey

On the concept of her beauty test shoot with Violet Grey:
We wanted to do an elevated take on before-and-after photos and explore the idea that a lot of women, myself included, feel less vulnerable once they’re dressed and have their make up on.

On her now infamous #TBT Instagram:
I was at my most confident as a kid. It actually wasn’t until I got into high school and started to get ‘pretty’ that my confidence started to disappear. So I want to give the message that girls can be proud and self-assured no matter what funky haircut they have. (Jones once posted a photo of herself at age 9 with a mullet)

January Jones for Violet Grey

On the finale of Mad Men: I was surprised, but the show has always surprised me. Each episode is so good and sort of ties up things—not in a perfect bow, obviously—but I think the audience will be happy.

All photography was shot by Alex Caley: Makeup by: Rachel Goodwin | Hair by: Mara Roszak | Styled by: Elizabeth Stewart

About Violet Grey

Founded by Cassandra Huysentruyt Grey, VIOLET GREY began in 2010 as a private dressing studio for red carpet clientele. The studio naturally evolved into a luxury content and commerce beauty company that includes an exclusive brick and mortar flagship store located on Melrose Place in Los Angeles and an editorially rich online destination—THE VIOLET FILES, a digital magazine dedicated to documenting Hollywood beauty culture in collaboration with celebrated storytellers in fashion and film.

LOreal – Julianne Moore Women of Worth

LOreal – Julianne Moore Women of Worth

LOréal Paris announces Julianne Moore with the 10th Anniversary of Women of Worth and the annual call for nominations. Born out of the iconic brand philosophy, “Because You’re Worth It,” Women of Worth honors those who are making a beautiful difference in the world. Over the last decade, Women of Worth has recognized 90 extraordinary women and helped elevate their causes by giving them a national platform to share their stories.

 Julianne Moore Women of Worth

Julianne Moore Women of Worth

From discovering new ways to detect breast cancer and mentoring at-risk youth, to empowering young Latinas and ensuring children are properly fed, Women of Worth honorees support a wide-range of causes. With over 80 organizations still thriving, the LOréal Paris Women of Worth platform has helped honorees catapult their stories to broader audiences, expand their missions and touch more lives. They have gone on to be honored by the White House, author books and spearhead new initiatives.

Introducing Women of Worth Wednesdays

In honor of the 10th Anniversary, “Women of Worth Wednesdays” on its social channels where it will highlight the stories of past honorees and reinforce the beauty in giving back. Each Wednesday, followers will be encouraged to share their own women of worth and can join the conversation by following LOréal Paris and using #WomenofWorth on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

 Julianne Moore Women of Worth

Julianne Moore Women of Worth

Call for nomination:2015 Women of Worth

The nominations period for Women of Worth, conducted in partnership with Points of Light, the world’s largest volunteer service organization, will run from March 2 to May 15. A respected panel of judges will select 10 women to each receive $10,000 towards her cause and one woman will be named the National Honoree and awarded an additional $25,000, following an online public vote later this year. All 10 honorees will be recognized in December at a star-studded awards ceremony hosted by LOréal Paris in New York.

Vow to be chic reshapes Bridal shopping by offering luxe looks for less

Vow to be chic reshapes Bridal shopping by offering luxe looks for less

Vow To Be Chic (Vow) is the first and only company that rents designer bridesmaid dresses and “Little White Dresses” (which brides wear to parties and receptions) for a fraction of the retail price.The bridal industry is ripe for disruption: 86% of bridesmaids, who spend more than $2 billion annually on their dresses, never wear their dresses again. Bridesmaids currently spend an average of $234 on their dresses. Vow rents sophisticated designer dresses for $95 to $125. Founder Kelsey Doorey was responding to an assignment at UCLA’s Business School when she asked herself, “Why can groomsmen rent tuxes while the girls have to spend a lot of money on one-time dresses?”  Doorey’s professors encouraged her to enter the 2013 Knapp Venture Competition. She won, was offered additional venture capital on the spot, and Vow To Be Chic was born.

Vow to be chic reshapes Bridal shopping by offering luxe looks for less

Vow to be chic reshapes Bridal shopping by offering luxe looks for less

Vow to be chic reshapes Bridal shopping by offering luxe looks for less

The company has been featured by national media outlets ranging from InStyle magazine to USA Today and was called a remarkable ‘why didn’t I think of that?’ business idea” by John Greathouse in Forbes magazine. ABC’s Abbie Boudreau waxed enthusiastic about the selection and economy of the concept on “Good Morning America” — “no more ruffles and tacky taffeta … a more fashion-forward dress — but for less!”

Vow to be chic reshapes Bridal shopping by offering luxe looks for less

Vow to be chic reshapes Bridal shopping by offering luxe looks for less

Vow to be chic reshapes Bridal shopping by offering luxe looks for less

How does it work?
Brides and bridesmaids browse through 56 different dress styles with 183 different style/color combinations, from 14 top bridal designers including Jenny Yoo, Watters, Alvina Valenta, and Nicole Miller. If the shopper needs a little help along the way, Vow’s complimentary stylist serves as a convenient and educated consultant. From there the shopper selects try-on dresses to be sent to them months before the event in two sizes. After confirming the perfect size, the shopper sends back the try-on dresses, and the final dress arrives a week before the event. Once the event is over, the shopper slips the dress inside a pre-paid pouch and dropped into any mailbox – no dry cleaning necessary!

 

Beauty Collection launches Beauty Curator Program

Beauty Collection launches Beauty Curator Program

This March, Beauty Collection is excited to unveil its new Beauty Curator program. This monthly initiative will feature popular online beauty influencers from around Southern California. These beauty influencers will be guest blogging about their favorite beauty trends and products on the Beauty Collection blog as well as featuring Beauty Collection products on their own respective sites. Beauty Collection stores will also have a dedicated area on the sales floor featuring the influencer’s favorite classic go-to and trendy products. A new influencer will be selected each month to offer variety to the program and to introduce new beauty themes and products to the consumer.

Beauty Collection launches Beauty Curator Program
Beauty Collection launches Beauty Curator Program in their West Hollywood location

Beauty Collection launches Beauty Curator Program

As the premiere specialty beauty retailer in Southern California, Beauty Collection currently represents over 350 prestige and salon beauty brands with over 30,000 unique products chosen for their quality and distinctiveness. Owner Shawn Tavakoli attributes Beauty Collection’s success to its focus on customer service and product selection that has garnered a large number of loyal fans (including celebrities who visit the stores daily).

“Everyone at Beauty Collection works hard to fulfill the brand promise, Curators in the Art of Beautiful,” said Tavakoli. “We know the importance of social media and hope to utilize this program to court the newest beauty influencers. But also with their unique profiles, we will likely reach a completely untapped consumer.”

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Beauty Collection launched this program with a Cupcakes and Cocktails event at their West Hollywood location on February 18. Dawn McCoy of BeautyFrosting.com was announced as the first Beauty Curator starting on March 1. At the event, guests enjoyed cupcakes and signature cocktails while receiving mini treatments from brands, including Gorgeous Cosmetics, Lorac, Darphin, Jane Iredale, Daily Concepts and Gold Sin. At the close of the event, Stephanie Lavery of Nail IT! and NailPRO was announced as the Beauty Curator for April.

Oprah Winfrey Interviews Carmen Ejogo for Violet Grey

Oprah Winfrey Interviews Carmen Ejogo for Violet Grey

Exclusively for Violet Grey The Violet Files magazine, Oprah Winfrey talks to Selma star Carmen Ejogo about their Oscar-nominated film, the life-changing potential of a bubble bath, and the importance of beauty. Shot at a private estate in Los Angeles, the story went live at violetgrey.com this morning, Wednesday, February 11th. See below for select quotes.

O.W.: What was it like knowing there was a woman—a black woman—behind the camera, managing and directing the entire experience.
C.E.: I have been in this business long enough to know that Ava had to exhibit some very special qualities — not to mention stamina—to get to a place where she was taken seriously. I ultimately felt that what she had undertaken was quite incredible and trailblazing, not to mention that she was doing it with such grace, vision and leadership.

O.W.: That’s what I admire, her ability to lead that group really. Okay, so let’s do some fun ones. What’s the best night of your life and why?
C.E.: Yikes! That’s really hard. What would yours be?

Oprah Winfrey Interviews Carmen Ejogo for Violet Grey

Oprah Winfrey Interviews Carmen Ejogo for Violet Grey

O.W.: Well, the best night of my life was actually recently. It was pouring rain. I had a fire and the dogs were here and Stedman was in his office and I was curled up on a sofa reading the most exquisite book. I had a hundred and twenty-some pages to go and I just looked around the room and thought, “I am so happy. I mean, God, I am so happy! I hope it rains all night or at least until I finish this book!”
C.E.: What was the book?

O.W.: You must get it! It’s called Ruby. It’s by a first-time African-American novelist named Cynthia bond. It now goes on my list of top five all-time great books, which includes Roots and To Kill A Mockingbird. It’s a love story and the language is just astounding. So anyway, it was the combination of rain, a chill in the air, dogs and a good book. That’s it.
C.E.: One of my most enjoyable evenings was around a campfire in the mountains of Colorado. I was with my mom and two kids and we spent the entire night singing songs and telling stories about each other. It was just one of those really wonderful family moments.

O.W.: What are the most important qualities in a romantic partner?
C.E.: Kindness, empathy, compassion, passion, and a sense of humor. And intelligence. I’m a sucker for somebody that’s got serious brain power.

Oprah Winfrey Interviews Carmen Ejogo for Violet Grey

Oprah Winfrey Interviews Carmen Ejogo for Violet Grey

Oprah Winfrey Interviews Carmen Ejogo for Violet Grey

O.W.: It’s a good turn-on, isn’t it? So what comes first for you, kindness or intelligence?
C.E.: Kindness, actually. I’ve been with the intelligent guy who’s mean-spirited and a real jerk. That’s no fun to be around. Intelligence starts to get pretty dull if it’s not coupled with kindness.

O.W.: Oh, that’s really good. Are you a bath or shower woman?
C.E.: Baths. Absolutely. I’ve got the lavender essential oils and the whole routine down at this point.

O.W.: I was in Provence last summer, antiquing, and found this pure oil that they harvest in the lavender fields. I have a gallon of it that I transfer to different bottles by my bathtub. It’s an art form for me, bathing. So you’re a woman after my own heart.
C.E.: I’ve had as many as maybe three, maybe four baths in a day. Is that really excessive?

O.W.: Oh, you beat me. I think one every night is enough. But I will not take a bath without some kind of bubbles. As a kid I would use Ivory liquid soap and Joy dishwashing detergent because I didn’t want to clean the tub.

O.W.: Okay, I love this game: if you could invite three people, dead or alive, to your home for a dinner party, who would they be and what would you serve?
C.E.: I’d invite Josephine, Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife. I want to know more about what made that woman tick. She was quite a fascinating creature. I would also invite Gandhi. Now let me lighten the whole scene up with Reggie Watts. He’s this awesome, out of his mind comedian who I’m a little bit obsessed with. As far as the menu, it would be a potluck dinner. Gandhi could bring some Indian food, Josephine would bring a French dish, and I would make my three favorite desserts: banofee pie, crème brulee and panna cotta.

O.W.: How important is being beautiful to you?
C.E.: I think my definition of beautiful has shifted over time. It means something different than it did when I was fifteen and aware that how I looked had power. Now it’s more about character and having something to say. When I see those things in someone, I find that very attractive, particularly in women. It’s important for me to set an example for my daughter so I actively try to stay away from projects or situations that make me too hung up on the exterior. To be honest that’s always been a criteria for choosing work, avoiding the vanity trap.

Oprah Winfrey Interviews Carmen Ejogo for Violet Grey

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All photography was shot by Guy Aroch:

BEAUTY CREDITS
Makeup by: Jillian Dempsey | Hair by: Peter Butler | Nails by: Tracey Sutter | Styled by: Samantha Traina