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It’s not as cold as it was… yesterday ,but it’s certainly far from the spring!

The groundhogs have burrowed away for the winter, but that doesn’t mean your sartorial sense should be in hibernation.

Despite the snow and sleet that may weather your cute booties and the strong wind that leaves you with haphazard hairdos, believe me, your wardrobe does not have to succumb to the winter blues.

I’ve put together a street style outfits that will give you a reason to warm up to winter and stay always fashion.

When you think of winter headwear, chances are your mind goes straight to those warm and snuggly beanies. I think the beanie a bit too heavily during those chilly winter months. In freezing temprature it may not seem like it, but you have other headwear option. Switch things up this winter – as temperatures continue to drop, forget about the beanies and try one of these classy, felt hats instead.

 

 

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Photos by Egor Tsodov

 

Kelly art by King Saladeen

As most of you saw my Kelly on Instagram by King Saladeen…

Let me tell you a bit about  great artist, Raheem Saladeen Johnson is a self taught artist born and raised in West Philadelphia. His passion for art began prior to attending Kindergarden… as he says : “My inspiration comes from a place so deep within that the only way to express it is though art”   after that phrase …I had a deep desire to have a peace of art by him which can represent the LOVE between me and my children . My idea was be able to carry that peace of art with me. New York is a wonderful city that we can always meet everyone and easy to communicate.

The Mark Hotel  is my favorite spot in New York where I saw a beautiful lady with a Birkin Hermes bag on my way out… Girls will be always girls… could not hold myself to take a look on it closer… wow …. could not say more)

I could not resist and ask her the details of King Saladeen and here we go… Enjoy his work art now ).  He has his artwork in New York City, Los Angeles and Miami. King Saladeen’s first solo art show was held in Holywood and followed up by showcasing and live murals at Art Basel 2013. The momentum of 2013 has led to Raheem working with art galleries, interior designers, high end auto collectors and fashion companies.

So stay fashion stay close to art) .

Oh yes and forgot to mention about delivery service was just perfect had a such a pleasure working with him.

Would like to say special THANK YOU to the lovely and beautiful lady for connecting me with King Saladeen and to him for giving me such a joy of wearing this art peace which is very special as its 1st of the family edition representing the LOVE to my Children )

Take a look:

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Photos by Egor Tsodov

 

I am wearing

Jeans Stella McCartney 

Ultra Light Jacket Uniqlo

Fur Jacket Fendi

Shoes Chanel

 

Winter Beauty Tips

Brrr… winter is looking chilly , but it does not mean your skin needs to suffer, here are my tips how to keep a warm glow during the bitter cold.

As the temperature drops, skin tends to get dry, red, flaky and blotchy . The face suffers because it is unprotected from the all winter elements. The low humidity, wind and indoor heating dehydrate the skin because of  moister evaporates.

Here is my solution:

Boscia Mask – Tsubaki Deep Hydration sleeping mask, for a sleeping beauty) For a better result use the gentle exfoliate and FAB FIRST AND AID BEAUTY face cleanser, of course.

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Problem with Chapped Lips

The skin on the lips is super thin and does not have a lot of oil glands, so the lips tend to dry out and crack in the winter.

The magical product I recently found is Kaplan MD Lip 20 Mask, you put it on the lips, wait for 5 min (you will feel a bit of burning as it’s an exfoliate mask) after wash them and put a lip 20 Balm . You would be amazed by the result)

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Body

Long , hot showers are the big culprit when it comes to dry irritated arms and legs. You need to shorten your shower time and use FRESH Sugar Shower Lychee Gel and then apply the FAB AID BEAUTY ULTRA REPAIR Cream  moisturizer. That’s a super cream I discovered this season, we can use it for body and face, it has a zero smell and your skin glows from inside !!!)))

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Morning tips

Cucumber de-tox by PETERTHOMASROTH mask for eyes.

We need to store the liquid eye-cubes in the freezer (until it’s frozen) at night before we go to sleep. In the morning peel back the seal and pop out the frozen eye cube from it’s pod. Insert eye-cube into the gauze pouch, you need only one for both eyes!! On the clean skin the best to do the 5-10 minutes morning BB Mask by ERBORIAN perfect morning , energy blast Mask for perfect skin effect. So the skin is clean and fresh, starting with the right eye gently massage around the eye contour in the circular motion. Repeat process on the left eye as desired – for up to 3 minutes. With a ring finger pat remaining product onto skin. Put the Eye cream Age Delay by FAB FIRST AID BEAUTY. This season I am in love with these products .

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And, Yes, lets do not forget about the Hair 😉

Overnight Mask – leaving hair mask on overnight by Overnight Hair RESCUE repair while you sleep by Caviar Anti Aging mask and gorgeous hair in the morning guaranty

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Wash your hair with a Living Proof Perfect day shampoo and conditioner and enjoy your silky hair!

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Stay Beautiful Girls and you can always ask me any questions )

Smart Dressing

Women’s professional attire should conform to the workplace norm. Sexy office wear need not necessarily mean distasteful, over the top or vulgar clothing . Properly tailored by Valentino jumping suit classic work wear that is worn by a career woman with confidence can give an aura of subtle sexiness.

Choosing work wear that can make a woman feel sexy is a quite a difficult task. Sexy work clothes should make a woman look attractive but the same time the clothes should not detract people’s attention way from the work at hand.  Simple look on how woman can dress sexily in the workplace .

Work wear can be extremely alluring if they are well fitting . Sharply tailored clothes can hug a woman’s natural curves and give her a very sexy appearance. So , while conforming to the workplace rules a well tailored Valentino Jumpsuit can make a woman look sexier than a dress showing a lot of cleavage.

Another simple tip I use to this outfit to mix and match work wear, dentelle top is a making me look sexy but classical shoes with no hill keeps it simple and chic.

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Beauty tips for the winter…

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Skin is one of our most important features… I have just returned from travelling and my skin encountered some very harsh winter conditions. I would like to share my tips on how to boost your skin during the winter…

Wind, humidity and cold all damage and dry the skin. Upon arriving home after a long day; there is a lot to do and we don’t have the energy to take care of our skin properly. Here are a few tips for quick recovery that will have your skin looking fabulous and healthy! The major plus is this is not at all expensive. Personally my skin is very sensitive and has a tendency towards allergies. I always need to be careful of the products I use so I can assure you if it works on me, it will for you too)))

This is the best way to achieve soft skin in the winter…

Once you are home and take a hot shower…wait 5 min; when your face is clean and warm use an instantpeel packet. Apply the cream to your face and massage it into the skin with your fingertips. This product works instantly removing dead skin cells. Your skin will look refreshed and healthy)!! The last step is to apply Yu-Be moisturizing cream (its concentrated glycerin and rich with vitamin E and vitamin B so it does have a comphor smell) but I can assure you that you will be happy with the result the next morning. It also helps your skin to look refreshed if you suffer from lack of sleep. Yu-Be moisturizing cream can also be used for the lips and hands; it works miracles for me!

 

Sushi Seki

 

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I am a sushi lover and always love discovering new Japanese restaurants in NYC.  Thanks to my friend from Geneva who always suggests amazing places to eat in NY; our current recommendation is a well known restaurant in Chelsea  Sushi Seki.  The restaurant has had a celebrity chef since 2002 and a new location has just opened on the Upper East Side. The sushi from here will melt in your mouth!

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The POWER of STYLE Verdura at 75

Today I went to a special exhibition of Verdura jewels, it’s only opened for four more days.  It’s amazing how much energy you get after viewing  pieces like the Coco Chanel cuffs which she wore for 50 years and I can actually see the scratches on them! The cuffs originally began as brooches, which Chanel pinned to her jersey dresses and suits, and most famously was the pair of wide enamel cuffs that became some of the most celebrated jewels of the twentieth century.

 

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Ruby, Diamond, Gold and platinum “Sash Heart” brooch commissioned by actor Tyrone Power for his wife Abnabella, for Christmas 1941.

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We can see on the photo that she is wearing the heart)

 

Also I never knew that Coco Chanel was the first to start wearing  yellow gold!

A lot of the most beautiful pieces have been gathered at Verdura exhibition. So, if you are in NYC by chance then you have this great opportunity to visit it) xoxo

 

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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A time past, we all want to keep something special from each year, the present decoration from Tiffany&CO is something you can always pass to the second generation. We all believe in magic ….  Put it under your christmas tree and make a wish, it will come true! Very, very limited !!!! A very personal present to your loved ones!!!

Fragrance, how to choose the right one for you

7J5A5351Finding the right fragrance for yourself which will suit you and your personality is imperative. I have met a handful of people in my life whose scent has remained the same for such a long time that it has become a part of their essence. Also I associate people by their smells . My mom, boyfriends, teachers and friends. Our goal is always to find the one that is right for us, but there are too many signature perfumes on the market and something new always comes out. I love perfumes, but lately I started to use the same one most of the time, before I was choosing the smell by my mood, the time of the day, the activities I was doing and by the weather (humid, hot, cold temperature) the conditions strengthen the scent…

I also realize that everyone has their own unique scent. So when you use exactly the  same perfume your friend does, the fragrance on you becomes different from the fragrance on your friend . Buying a perfume someone else uses is the worst! We need a smell that suits us as an individual.

A fact that everyone should consider is to never choose a scent that is too strong.  This is not appealing.

After so many years of chasing smells and buying different type of fragrances, I want to share my opinion with you. I have also given this advice to my friends and loved ones.

I am so happy to share my selection with you :

MY favorite one is by Lacome Mile et UNE ROSES its very hard to find as they don’t sell it everywhere but in paris they do (night or winter) based on rose and amber

Climat by Lacome is the smell which reminds me of my mom when I was small .Top notes are violet, peach, jasmine, lily-of -the valley, bergamot, rose and narcissus. During the winter this smell is truly amazing

Peut-Etre by Lancome is the description from the love story ….. the moment is electric. Something important is going to happen… peut-etre… translation perhaps . Smell of rose, lily and linden blossom .

Ciel by Amouage which is an exclusive smell and is perfect for the winter as for summer its a bit strong

Winter number one for me is by Serge Lutens Fumerie Turque it’s a very strong smell but in the cold weather the smell turns and activates to a exclusive sense

Peace by Bond no 9 is a fantastic smell for every day and especially summer, how we say in french “Ca pass-partout” as well as Central Park , full of flowers most of roses.

Very exclusive Bouquet Ideal Casamorati Xerjoff Vintage.  I always buy it at the exclusive perfume shop in NICE, France.

Clive Christian X perfect during the day and C is for a night time or winter.

Apple Brandy by Kilian was made only for New York and Moscow the name says it itself the best choice for party. This is classic.

Life Threads Ruby by La Prairie is ideal for any occasion.

The MOST EXCLUSIVE one I got was at Harrods, at the top floor for the exclusive perfumes, they were selling it in a large bottle no name as the price was very high.  They were letting customers name the fragrance of your own choice, and would write it in the book. I named it after my daughter Katarina so it will always remain THE SMELL for me. If I want to describe it, it’s a mixture of roses, amber and jasmine. The art of applying this perfume is by very small amounts so that it’s not to strong to smell.

BYREDO perfumes is a woody spicy fragrance which we can use for woman and men Bullion, the one I just love from BYREDO Blanche (White), which is perfect for the summer and with a note of White Rose, Pink Pepper and Aldehyde.

I always apply perfume on my skin before I dress, to warm it with my skin and transmit the smell of the fragrance on me.

 

 

 

 

My Travel Beauty Routine

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Time to travel… I am heading to Europe and the change of climate, water and food are all going to stress my skin.
I have spent extreme amounts of money trying new products and finally I have found the right ones . As women we always want to try something new; like we say in french ” tout nouveau tout beau!” I want to share with you the products I always have with me for my travel beauty routine.
I want to mention that I start every morning with my vitamins and a green juice. I think its super important to detox our bodies from the inside.
Vitamin E gives a boost to the skin. PURE MSM is a new vitamin which I recently discovered. The primary purpose of this supplement is to reduce the risk for chronic degenerative diseases. Also, it benefits your bone and joint care, detoxification effects, skin and hair care and a natural energy booster. It’s a super supplement for me . Biotin is a must for hair and fish oil for our skin. All these vitamins are important for us as we always have lack of sleep (at least I do;)
Let me share with you my travel tips.  As we all know the number one rule for beautiful skin is cleaning.  Environ (www.environ.co.za) is a pre cleaning oil.  This is the best discovery I made this year. Follow it with a cleansing soap Medik8  (www.medik8.com). I end my process with spritzing my face with Sisley Botanical Floral water www.parfume.com.  This product really hydrates the skin. It’s extremely refreshing and moisturizes your skin and its great to use when traveling as the water tends to change. Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask (www.laprairie.com) with advanced nutrients gives the skin a boost . It melts into the skin; repairing and replenishing the face while you sleep.
The energizing mask by LaPrairie (www.laprairie.com) is the ultimate reviver. This is so easy to fit into you’re morning routine. You can use the mask while you have your breakfast. Lipstick La Prairie luxe lip enhancer always keeps my lips nourished, shiny and smooth (www.laprairie.com).
Origins (www.origins.com) and Clinique (www.clinique.com) are the best products to keep pores clean.
Environ c-boost clarifying cream (www.environ.co.za) helps improve the appearance of uneven skin tone.  Medik8 anti-aging serum (www.medik8.com) should follow and then apply a daily moisturizer. I love to mix creams. Some days we need something lighter and some days we intensive hydration. I would never mix product brands for the skin but now I realize this is the best way to maintain your skin. Fresh is the product I prefer for the moment. I love the Lotus Yourth Preserve.
The lift and sculpt Butterfly Stone has many healing and anti-aging benefits; this is the best way to wake your skin up in the morning and look fresh (www.georgialouise.co.uk).
B-Active and Sebugel-A contains vitamin A and colostrum to smooth the skin. I love it especially when I have some imperfections on my skin .
Eyes are the attraction of every woman….) Clarins gel always helps me minimize the look of puffiness and dark circles. Cellular Revitalizing Eye Gel by La Prairie is for the sensitive skin around your eyes. Lotus eye cream by Fresh has a calming cucumber extract and is great to use before applying make up.
The face and body exfoliant by Fresh is my favorite. It refines the skin’s texture and balances it. Fresh has different types so I always choose based on the condition of my skin.
Once I am back from my travels; I try to do a Hydra Facial with Regina Aybinder. This treatment is perfect for clogged pores and oily skin. Sciton Fractional Skin Resurfacing is a wound-healing process and generates new collagen, plumping the skin and correcting any skin imperfections. You can make an appointment for this treatment at EUROPEAN STYLE AESTHETIC on 897 Park Avenue, NYC.
In the mean time I maintain my skin with Epidermal Re-Texturing Micro-Dermabrasion by KIEHL’S.
I adore a great body cream and my favorite is LOTION CELLULAIRE ENERGISANTE  by La Prairie with vitamins and anti-oxidants that nourishes the skin. A final tip I want to mention is LIERAC body slim Destock night body-contouring. This is a magic cream with an enveloping texture that targets dimpled skin and stubborn cellulite !!!!)))) Every woman’s dream cream!!!!
There are so many choices of deodorants on the market; my number one for this month is Certain DRI and I guarantee you will feel fresh all day!
My recommendation for glowing skin is Dior auto bronzant.
I always have hand cream by La Prairie in my purse when I travel.  You always want to keep your hands looking and feeling young!
Have a safe trip everyone …xx