Agent Provocateur’s Fatale is Fiercely Feminine

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Monica Cruz for Agent Provocateur

Just as the new Agent Provocateur boutique opens at Saks’ Fifth Avenue location, they’ve also unleashed a powerful new fragrance — Fatale. This scent is not for the wallflower types. Fatale is a potion for embracing your sexiest, fiercest, most powerful you.  On second thought, if you’re looking to add a little “bad girl” to your personality, it my be just the thing. Inspired by retro glamour, the Agent Provocateur Fatale woman is described as “liquid desire – a potent formula for seduction”, among other things. Seriously though, who doesn’t want to be that woman? Fatale’s powerful edge also extends to it’s striking, faceted bottle design and AP’s choice to have Spanish Actress and dancer, Monica Cruz, head up their tough, yet soft, campaign imagery.

Representations of Fatale's fragrance notes.

Representations of Fatale’s fragrance notes.

Fatale's bottle designer explains the concept behind the packaging.

Fatale’s bottle designer explains the concept behind the packaging.

It Smells Like…

Quite the departure from previous Agent Provocateur fragrances, Fatale’s fragrance profile takes you on quite the ride. Starting out a bit Dorris Day, then a little Marilyn Monroe, then landing in Bettie Paige territory. Don’t take Fatale at first sniff. A visit to the Saks counter is in order to truly experience this journey.

 

This is one of the more unique fragrance concoctions that I’ve tried recently. Topped with Madagascar pink pepper, Succulent Mango Nectar, and Exotic Blackcurrant, the fragrance’s heart opens up to Velvet Gardenia, Royal Orris Absolute, Indonesian Patchouli. This blend is then anchored by Sultry Skin Musk, Vanilla Orchid Aphrodisiac, Chocolate Gourmand Addiction, and Spanish Labdanum.

Interesting fact: Spanish Labdanum has been used for centuries to treat severe depression in women and to help them regain their power.

Availability:

30ml Eau de Parfum – $52
50ml Eau de Parfum – $72
100ml Eau de Parfum – $95
 

Sold in-store and online at Saks Fifth Avenue and Agent Provocateur Boutiques.

This Warby Parker + Karlie Kloss Collab has your new favorite shades

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Karlie Kloss and Warby Parker CollectionEvery Summer I like to get a new pair of sunglasses to really seal the deal. Something that says “Screw you cold weather, it’s time to party!” This season, I’ve got my eye on sunnies from Karlie Kloss’ new collection with Warby Parker. A blend of classic styling and modern shapes, this collection is has a great chance of having your next pair of go-to shades.

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Karlie wearing Marple in Heirloom Silver with Faded Slate lenses – $145 WarbyParker.com

Every purchase from this collection will benefit Karlie’s chosen charity, Edible Schoolyard, that brings kitchens and gardens to low-income schools to help them learn healthy eating habits. And of course, as always, for every pair sold, a pair of glasses goes to someone who is in need. Don’t you love being a philanthropist while you shop?

If the fabulous Marple’s aren’t quite your speed, don’t worry. There are two other styles to fit your needs. Each style comes in two version, and all have the ability to define your Summertime looks. I know, deciding which pair is right for you may be hard, so I’ve put together a little guide to help you figure out which pair I think is the perfect fit for your personality.

 Marple – For the Adventurous Vixen

You’re the type that likes to make statement, without trying too hard.
You like your look to speak for you, since you’re too busy being fabulous to try to impress others.
But boy, do you impress! Your subtle glamour can’t be denied. You enjoy light day-drinking
excursions, stimulating conversation, and spontaneous fun.

marple-frames-2 marple-framesClara – For the Cool Visionary

Equal parts trendsetter, bohemian, and philosopher, you’re cool, but approachable.
Your friends look to you for your effortless style that’s always just ahead of the curve.
You enjoy: Brunching at soon-to-be hot spots, casually thrifting, and writing in your Moleskine.

clara-frames clara-frames-2Julia – For the Polished Go-Getter

People are pretty convinced you did indeed wake up like that. You always look pulled together.
Even if you’re just wearing a T-shirt and jeans. It may even be your uniform of sorts. You invest in
quality basics and add simple accessories, like these shades in a timeless aviator shape.julia-frames-2 julia-frames
It’s clear I’m all Marple, but which style do you think is all you?
Get your favorite for $145 at WarbyParker. And let me know what you chose.
I’m curious to find out which pair is standing out the most.
 

The Coolest Gadgets From CEWEEK 2014

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Ceweek2014As one of Klout’s higher ranking infulencers (horn tooted), I had the opportunity to enjoy 2 whirlwind days of the most innovative consumer electronics on, or coming to, the market.  From iPhone tripods to home surveilance systems, there was some really, really, REALLY, cool stuff. I can’t wait to dig into some individual reviews, but here for now, take a look at the amazing gadgets that you’ll soon be drooling over.

 

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1. Olloclip Lenses

if you find yourself taking more photos with your iPhone or IPad rather than your big fancy camera, you’ll want to upgrade your photography with Olloclip lenses. These pro quality lenses clip on to your iPhone or iPad to enhance your photos. Combo options include Wide-Angle, Fisheye, Macro, Telephoto, and Polarizing lenses. Available for iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5s, 5c, iPad air and iPad mini. Olloclip.com

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FiftyThree Pencil Sketch

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2. Pencil by Fiftythree

This product turned me into a tech groupie at CEWEEK. If that’s even possible. When you see what this slickly designed stylus pen on steroids can do, you may join me in that club. Along with their free companion app Paper, you can be the creator you’ve always wanted to be. Designers, Artists, and Creative types of all sorts can take their ideas to the next level with this tool. Plus, you can get all your big ideas printed in a custom Moleskine notebook when you’re done. I know. Try to breathe. Best used with iPad 3+. Fiftythree.com
 

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3. Charger Leash

Charger Leash just might the answer to easy-to-lose smartphone charging cords. This well-built cord alarms within seconds when the phone disconnects, so you remember to unplug it from the power source. Great for forgetful minds and other people’s sticky fingers.

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4. JBL S400BT Wireless Headphones

Yes, these headphones are easy on the eyes, and comfortable to wear, but where these JBL S400BT headphones excel is crystal clear clarity, full bass, and the ability to control functions like answering calls, controlling volume, and switching songs, all with touch activated sensors located right on the headphones. Pretty slick indeed. JBL.com

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5. Bang & Olufsen BeoVision Avant (And everything else they make)

It’s pretty certain you’ve never seen a TV like this. Every sexy inch of the Bang & Olufsen Beo Vision Avant 55″ Smart TV is crafted to perfection. Double beveled edges, 4 stand options, motorized pivoting, and a disappearing speaker, makes this beauty a next-level device. Even the remote (BeoRemote) is worthy of display. B&O creates some of the most striking speakers and headphones that you’ll ever see, so every item is worth a look. Bang-Olufsen.com

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6. PNY Power Packs

There are a ton of mobile charging options out there, but these PowerPacks from PNY have a certain flair. These sleek devices come in a variety of charge sizes, but they all make mobile charging look good. Especially the L8000, with its elegant looks and soft leather feel. Your gadgets are beautiful, so you might as well charge them in style. Available for purchase via PNY.com soon.Check site for local retailers.

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7. HEOS by Denon

This is a true wireless speaker option for your entire home. Place your HEOS speakers where needed, download their free app, and you can start streaming your favorite music with high-quality sound. Connect up to 32 rooms.

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 8. Withings Activite fitness tracker

Tracking your fitness activities is the cool thing to do these days, but Withings has made it way more cool and a lot more sophisticated. Activite is the first fashion-forward activity tracker that marries connected technology with a Swiss-made timepiece. Tracking fitness isn’t just for the gym rats anymore. Available Fall 2014. Withings.com

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9. Voyce wearable technology for dogs

Speaking of fitness tracking, all of us humans are eager to track our health with a wearable device, but what about our furry friends who can’t speak up in ways we can understand? Well Voyce is a new “wellness experience” for your dog that can be tuned to their needs. A mix of gathered info, accessible on the cloud, gives you key indicators to your dog’s health. By late Summer 2014, Voyce will be available in three sizes, with the smallest able to fit a Westie or Beagle. I hear options for smaller dogs (And maybe cats?!) may be available in the future. MydogsVoyce.com

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10. iStick USB FLash Drive with Apple Lighting Connector (For iPhone or iPad)

This is one of those devices that everyone wishes existed years ago. iStick is the World’s first USB flash drive with an integrated Apple Lightning connector for iPhone and iPad. This means you can FINALLY move data between your computers, iPhones, iPads, and iPods without having to connect to the internet, networks, or clouds. This is long overdue. Visit their Kickstarter page to get more info.

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11. Piper video monitoring system

Piper is a tidy little way to keep an eye on things at home while you’re busy doing you. Place piper anywhere you want in your home, and you’ll have access to HD video and two-way sound, smart alerts and recordings when things happen at your home, analytics on your home environment, and even the ability to turn off lights and appliances. And you don’t even have to install a darn thing. Getpiper.com

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12. Thinkeco’s SmartAC Kit

For those of us who have to settle for window A/C units to cool their living spaces, this is just genius. The smartAC kit lets you control any of your plug-in air conditioners from your smartphone. You can even set up on/off schedules. Crazy simple. Also, check out their products to control just about anything you can plug in from anywhere. thinkecoinc.com

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13. Happy Plugs Stockholm

Happy plugs has managed to turn smartphone and tablet accessories into something quite chic. This simple, poppy colored earbuds, cases, and power cords do simply look great doing their job and, as it turns out, sometimes that’s all you need. happyplugs.com

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14. Audio-technica SonicFuel CKX7 Headphones

Audo-Technica’s CKX7’s bring sport headphones to the audiophile audience. 3 earpiece options for a superb fit, crazy bass, and some pretty impressive noise reduction combine in this sleek profile. Now you don’t have to choose between great sound and a great workout.

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15. Pioneer Nex car system

If you ever decide you never want to leave your car, you need this device. The Pioneer Nex system gives you access to music, restaurant reviews and all kinds of other info. How I now pine for my days in a driving city.

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15. Foreo Issa Toothbrush

This is definitely something you’ve never seen before. The Issa is the world’s first electric toothbrush with silicone bristles. A more hygenic option than anything else out on the market, Issa’s nonpoorus bristles prevent bacteria buildup for a cleaner dental routine. The devices pulsations remove biofilm more effectively and stimulates blood blow for healthier gums. And the kicker? Unlike other electric toothbrushes, Issa’s brush heads won’t need replacement for a year. foreo.com

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16. Libratone Speakers

These are speakers  you’ll want everyone to see when they walk into your home. Available to pair with a variety of colorful soft coverings, Libratone speakers bring you whole-room sound in impeccable style. Even on the go! Libratone definitely increases the aesthetic appeal to your surroundings. Libratone.com

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17. Korus speakers

In case you’re not keen on Bluetooth or Wifi, but still want wireless sound, there’s Korus. Korus uses the same technology as wireless microphones so you can stream crystal clear sound to up to four speakers. Perfect for traveling DJ’s, or just the wannabees. KorusSound.com

La Nuit En Rosé – New York’s First Rosé Wine Festival

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Rosé wine lovers set sail on NYC’s Hudson River on June 13-14 to indulge in exquisite
wines and seriously good times. The occasion? The country’s first large-scale Rosé tasting event, La Nuit en Rosé. The sold out event, taking place during four 4-hour sessions over two days, gave the public and members of the press, the opportunity to taste 85 rosés crafted by 58 wineries from around the world. The vast selection ensured that wine connoisseurs and novices alike, would be able to discover rosés that seduced their tastebuds.
 
And as if sampling a bevy of rosé wines weren’t enough, La Nuit En Rosé up’d the experience with a hot DJ, beautiful views aboard the state of the art Hornblower Hybrid, and cuisine to compliment the wines including: a choice of ice creams (one rosé-infused) from The Tipsy Scoop; French pastries, canelés and financiers by Céline; oysters provided from the Brooklyn Oyster Party;  and some of the most delectable cheese and charcuterie We’ve ever experienced, from Vin sur Vingt, among others. We were there, and we will definitely not miss the next event, which promises to be bigger and even better. More info at http://www.nuitrose.com

Here’s a look at the La Nuit En Rose experience:

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Perlier has the answer to fighting Summer heat

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perlier lemon sorbet crackling body waterIt won’t be long before the thick of Summer heat will be bearing down upon us, and you may be wondering what you could do to keep cool. Well this Lemon Sorbet Crackling Body Water from Perlier is unlike ANYTHING you’ve ever experienced. I can’t wait to use this unique body refresher on the most sweltering what-did-I-do-to-deserve this days.

This unique formula actually “crackles” when applied to the skin, giving you a nice cooling sensation.  It also moisturizes your skin and leaves behind a light lemony scent. Now, the directions suggest using it in the morning before heading out or in the evening after a hot day, but I’m ready to plop it in my bag for some spur of the moment goodness. Imagine having this cooler at your next picnic, or at the beach. Priceless!

$24.50 HSN

 

Perlier Honey Miel Royal Elixir Face Youth Serum

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Photo Jun 24, 2 56 56 PM Have you ever imagined Mother Nature might be off somewhere making you a special concoction to maintain your youth? Well your wish may have been answered by Perlier and their Honey Miel Royal Elixir. Made with fresh (not freeze dried) royal jelly and organic Italian Honey, this luxe serum leaves your skin look, refreshed and youthful.

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Skin appears to have a more hydrated appearance immediately after use.
 

How it works:

The serum’s Royal Jelly from African bees stimulates collagen production and provides nutrients and anti-oxidative properties that are vital to your skin’s health. It’s the same stuff that keeps the Queen bee (who is fed the Jelly by her minions) alive 50 times longer than other bees. Pretty remarkable.

The experience:

This serum glides on almost like a gel. When applied, my skin has a plumper, more refreshed look. Its great for “waking up” the skin after a long day or restless night. In warmer weather, you could likely just use this serum alone with only an spf on top, since it’s pretty moisturizing. I’ve even used some on my cuticles and feet for an intense jolt of moisture.

While wrinkles aren’t an issue for me, I do have to battle against dull skin tone at times. The Royal Elixir Serum helps to inject my skin with a dose of vitality so that my makeup routine has a great foundation.

To try Perlier’s Royal Elixir Serum for yourself, visit HSN here and be sure to watch for upcoming Perlier on-air segments.

*Product provided by the company via ifabbo

Anna Sui Debuts New Fragrance, La Nuit de Bohème

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La Nuit de Bohème fragrance

La Nuit de Bohème

Designer Anna Sui revealed her newest fragrance amidst the wonderland of her NYC boutique. Sister to 2013’s La Vie de Bohème, the new La Nuit de Bohème fragrance captures the spirit of Sui’s young, girl-child woman who has now turned to the night to express her freedom and individuality. La Nuit de Bohème is right up my alley. It has the sweetness of innocence but also has an air of sensuality and mystery. Perfect for evening frolicking in your neck of the words. It’s luxurious, feminine, and may just be your new favorite scent. Even its captivating packaging is a must have for any dresser.

La Nuit de Bohème opens with the fizz of Champagne Citrus and Midnight Blackberry, deepens to Gilded Lotus Flower, Rose Petale and Sunset Oud Wood. For it’s finish, it plays out with Cedarwood Heart, Haitian Vanilla Orchid, Indonesian Patchouli, and Golden Amber Resin.

Pricing: 30ml. – $46, 50ml. – $65, 75ml. $78

Available now at Beautylish.com, And Anna Sui Stores. Wider availability begins in Fall2014

David Burke Fabrick Opens in NYC

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Rasberry Caprihiahs from Bugatti Bar

Celebrity chef David Burke opened his latest culinary destination, Fabrick, at Archer Hotel in Manhattan’s Garment District. The new restaurant’s location is partly responsible for inspiring the restaurants unique name. The eatery will be serving “rustic American” fare in surroundings that include an open kitchen, a wall lined in Himalayan salt bricks, a modern tavern feel, and colorful accents.

At the exclusive opening event, guests nibbled on samplings from the Fabrick menu including succulent Lobster dumplings, perfectly balanced Avocado Pana Cotta, and a raspberry filled donut that is out-of-this-world-addictive. Well really everything was delectable, but those three dishes are still dancing in my head. The ambiance in Fabrick’s dining area is warm yet airy, with an open feel that seems fitting for a date or an impressive client dinner. If by chance you just want to pop in for a drink, the adjacent Bugatti Bar can whip up an equally crafty cocktail for your sipping pleasure.

Archer Hotel, 47 West 38th Street, 212-302-3838 davidburkefabrick.com

 

Will you kick your colorist to the curb for eSalon.com?

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Photo Jun 03, 3 44 57 PM (1)Since I decided to break up with permanently straight hair, I also broke up with salons for the most part. Hair stylists and colorists are important and vital parts of the beauty scene, but I was just tired of salon trauma. Nothing personal guys. Unfortunately, the idea of home hair color makes me rethink that decision. I don’t want anything crazy. Just fresh, glossy, grey covering color. Is that asking for too much? eSalon.com has answered with a loud NO.

Photo Jun 03, 3 37 38 PM (1)Photo Jun 03, 3 43 09 PM (1)My package included the color kit and a free glossing enhancer, along with the optional coloring tools add-on. They even included a battery for the timer!

Photo Jun 04, 12 25 51 PMThe kit comes with really cute personalized instructions too.

My first kit from eSalon just arrived* after a simple online quiz and color selection process. All you need to do is answer a few questions about your hair, choose from the color options recommended for you, upload a few pics of you and your current hair state (optional), and order! eSalon will blend a bottle of custom hair color for you. Now don’t worry if you get confused or if you think you’ve chosen a ridiculous color. eSalons experienced color experts are available for consultation and will contact you if they think you’re selected color might be an issue (That’s why it’s a good idea to upload a few photos).

And now, you can order even more products like full-sized bottles of shampoo, conditioners, treatments and touch up wands, so your color stays looking great. I can’t wait to try my new customized color. I’ll be posting soon with the results. Get started with your hair quiz at eSalon.com and be on your way to at-home hair excellence.

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*Products provided by PR company for evaluation.
-Referral links are included above.

 

 

Easy Summer Cocktails with Vita Frute by Veev

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VitaFrute1The only thing that’s better than a refreshing Summer cocktail, is a lazy Summer cocktail. You get both with Vita Frute by Veev! For your next BBQ, take the deliciously easy way out with these pre-crafted cocktails. They’re available in Organic Lemonade and Organic Cosmopolitan, and are under 125 calories per serving. The Organic Lemonade variety is my pick. I find it a bit smoother and maybe a tad less sweet, but they’re honestly both worth a try. Just mix with a little ice, and keep the party going. Take it easy this Summer and pick up a couple of Vita Frute Cocktails for your party.

*I received this product free as a Klout Perk.

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