Red Lipstick in Fashion

FullSizeRender-4Over the weekend my sister Wendy and I poured over all the European fashion magazines while we sipped iced tea.

UKBazaarThis was a ritual we began as teens and it’s something nice that we enjoy doing together.

I photographed various articles and pictures that I liked and the one element they all have in common?

FullSizeRender-3Red Lipstick, it’s a beauty staple and ladies it’s here to stay!

I love articles that continue to cover the obsession women have with crimson pouts, seems European women embrace our favorite hue more so than our American counter-parts.

Oh, well!


Afternoon Reading – Lola Rykiel for Harper’s Bazaar

01-mon-idee-de-la-mode-lola-rykiel-parisienne-modele-roland-mouret-cartier-giuseppe-zanotti-designI love, love surfing the net and have a lot of my usual blogs and websites that I visit on a daily basis.  The only time that doesn’t happen is on the weekends and while I’m away on vacation.

05-mon-idee-de-la-mode-lola-rykiel-parisienne-modele-sonia-rykiel-apc-tiffany-co-christian-louboutinToday I went to some of my usual haunts and came across an article by Lola Rykiel for Harper’s Bazaar.  I loved it and especially loved how there were links throughout the piece that led to more of her well-written pieces giving out words of wisdom in a storybook format.

So, with that being said I had to do more research and wanted to share this with you guys in the event that you find yourselves with time to read.

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City Girl in Red Lipstick – France, Bettina Graziani, Model

33rdhaaaxt1itxiaToday’s post was going to be about skincare, going back to basics to be exact but I changed my mind.

I finally was able to surf the net a little and came across  an article on  Bettina Graziani for Paris Vogue. I love discovering fashion icons of the 1950’s. Who was she? Only the most photographed model in France, of her generation.

Bettina GrazianiShe was beautiful and guess what? She wore red lipstick.  I just wish I knew what shades she preferred, more than likely those shades have been discontinued by now.

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Now I just wish my budget allowed a trip to Milan.




Jungle RedJungle Red by Nars is a  personal favorite that is being worn down to the nub.  If you guys haven’t seen the movie “The Women” that’s where the name for the iconic lipstick came from.

MV5BMTMyMTgyODE2Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjMwNzMyMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR3,0,214,317_AL_I love that movie and watch it every other year or so. I’m a huge fan of 1930’s Films.  Why? Not only because the leading ladies wore matching red lips and nails, but because some of the best writing went into those movies.

So, what’s your favorite 1930’s film?



How to Wear a Striped Tshirt

Breton Striped Tee's
Breton Striped Tee’s

Reading The Edit by Net-A-Porter this afternoon I re-discovered my love of the striped t-shirt, made famous by Coco Chanel. dior

A classic staple in every chic closet.

How do you wear one? Easy, with denim, pearls, ballet flats and red lipstick.


A bit of trivia, did you know that the Breton Striped T-shirt has 21 stripes, one for every one of Napoleon’s victories?

Something else, I’m a huge history connoisseur, especially when it comes to Napoleon.

I own various striped tees, but not one of these.

Anyway, these are on my list.


Le Episode of the Madeleine

photoI’ve become obsessed with Marcel Proust and Le episode of the Madeleine.

So much so that I ordered a Madeleine tin and made sure I was fully stocked with the ingredients to make a batch of my own.

Why? Because I enjoyed that chapter immensely and identified with him for the first time since beginning the book.  I had to get past page 15 to finally get into the story.

I missed buying these little beauties yesterday, which would have been fitting with it being Bastille Day, but better late than never.

I consider myself to be a literary snob, I am drawn to the classics and sometimes feel like I have been living under a rock when I discover a new book that has developed a cult following among my peers.

I’ve known of Marcel Proust, just never bothered to read his Remembrance of Things Past until Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea was reading The Captive.

She inspired me and now finally after having all 7 volumes in my possession am I starting to understand why Proust is hailed one of the greats of the literary world.

Enjoy Sofia’s Video for

So, what are you guys reading?


The Dior Magazine

photoI can’t help it, I loved it. I just wish it had more articles like The Edit on Net-A-Porter.

However, I came away in-love with the New Safari Collection, loving those heels. And Jessica Biel looks amazing, the makeup and hair simply stunning.


I also love that they added gorgeous pictures of their new store openings and cultural events.

This is one magazine to keep for future inspiration.

What do you think?