something new in beauty

posted in: La Beauté, Maquillage | 5
Lancome foundation
Lancôme “Miracle Cushion” Compact

Have you seen or tried this new foundation option from Lancôme? Apparently “cushion compact” foundations are all the rage in Korea and Japan, and this is the first version I’ve seen available here.

I tried this yesterday, and found that:

  • it goes on sheer but is build-able
  • it feels very soothing and moisturizing and gives a luminous, dewy finish.
  • it evens out skin tone and minimizes redness
  • I didn’t find that it settled in pores or lines at all.

This is a nice portable option you can carry with you for touch-ups, and one that I think would travel well. I wish it had some SPF. I’ve read reviews that indicate you don’t get a lot of product, but you can purchase refills rather than the whole compact each time. Here’s Lisa Eldridge doing her thing:

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Nordstrom half-yearly sale

Eileen Fisher tunic
Eileen Fisher

So the Nordstrom Half-Yearly sale is on, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t point our a few pieces that are worth a second look. With big sales, I usually start by seeing what pieces from Eileen Fisher are marked down. There are quite a few, and some good styles, but be prepared: many are already sold out in some sizes and colors. The linen tunic above still has several colors and sizes available.

EF silk tunic plus
Eileen Fisher

Still available in Plus sizes, this silk tunic is one of the pieces I’ll be packing for our Europe trip.

Eileen Fisher scarf
Eileen Fisher

I’ve seen this scarf in person and it’s really lovely. I’m tempted to snap up this one myself.

comfortable walking sandals

These ECCO sandals are similar to the ones I took to Hong Kong and Thailand last year, and would be great for summer travel. Other ECCO styles on sale here.

NYDJ colored jeans
NYDJ – Love this color!

There are lots of NYDJ styles included in the sale, including my current favorite, the “Clarissa” ankle jean in several colors.

Popular items do seem to be selling out fast, so my advice would be not to hesitate if you find something you like.
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your new summer pants

posted in: Pants, Shirts, Shopping, Tops | 15
J.Crew slim pants
J. Crew “Martie” pants

If you’re looking for a pair of slim, lightweight, flattering summer pants for the office, going out or travel, these “Martie” pants from J.Crew should be on your radar. Tried them on yesterday and they came home with me in Navy, though I’m thinking about going back for the color above (“Aztec Rust”). Machine washable too.

ikat top
J.Crew Ikat Shirt

I was hoping they’d have this ikat popover shirt in the store, but it wasn’t in stock yet. This one definitely has possibilities.

Both of these styles are available in Regular, Petite and Tall online.
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travel wardrobes: under and over

Spring in Paris
camisole | tee | cardigan | scarf (similar) | bracelet | jeans | shoes | trench | parapluie

For most types of travel, it’s hard to go wrong with lightweight layers. This applies to street clothes, as well as to base layers and outerwear. Not only does relying mainly on lightweight layers save space and weight in luggage, but several lighter layers are more versatile and comfortable in changing conditions than one or two heavy ones. There’s nothing like lugging around a heavy coat for half a (warm) day to drive this home. Been there, done that.

The base layer is your friend. A base layer (or what I sometimes refer to as “underpinnings”) does many things: provides warmth, provides coverage underneath lighter or less opaque tops, and helps keep clothes cleaner longer. I continue to rave about the Eileen Fisher silk jersey tees, tanks and camisoles as base layers. (Plus options: tees | tanks & camisoles.) They are almost weightless, layer beautifully underneath other clothing, can be hand washed and will dry overnight, and wear like iron. (Some of mine are a few years old and still holding up beautifully with regular wear.)

Adea Clothing also has excellent options for all of these styles in lightweight, moisture-wicking Italian fabric, available in many colors. I usually travel with one or two of the long-sleeve, scoop neck tees for weightless warmth underneath sweaters or shirts. These are snug-fitting pieces, and I recommend sizing up by one or two sizes.

While I have not yet tried this option, many travelers swear by silk thermal underwear during cooler or transitional seasons. Those who recommend say it’s non-bulky underneath clothing, and can double as pajamas in a pinch.

Keeping clothes cleaner longer? A base layer reduces contact between street clothes and skin/perspiration, and is easily hand-laundered as needed.

Against the elements. We live in a temperate climate and rarely travel to wintry destinations except to go skiing, which has its own set of clothing requirements. So I’m not an expert on dead-of-winter clothing. I’ve found that for most other seasons a lightweight weather resistant shell (coat or longer jacket) is usually sufficient. Layer up underneath for warmth if needed. If packing light is your goal, a coat that’s functional enough for daytime activities but looks “smart casual” enough for evening is optimal, but not always easy to find. There are a lot of “packable” raincoat styles available, and these may be a good option for you. Trenches: always a classic choice, but keep in mind that many are not actually water-resistant. I’ve traveled a couple of times with a reversible Mycra Pac raincoat, which has a roomy hood that collapses down to a collar, and kept me very dry even during a 30-minute downpour deluge while we were touring the grounds at Versailles. It also packs down into a very small pouch.

Lands’ End has some very workable options, and I’ve read many recommendations for Uniqlo’s Ultra Light Down pieces, and Pocketable Parkas but have not yet tried either.

We’re getting close to our departure date. I’ll be assembling my travel wardrobe (3 weeks, 1 carry-on!) over this coming weekend, so check back early next week to see what I’ve packed!

What are your favorite base layer and outerwear choices for travel?


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form meets function

posted in: Accessories, Bags, Leopard | 8
Clare V leopard shoulder bag
Clare V

I really like my Clare V leopard clutch and the visual impact it adds to an outfit. But I’ve often wished it had a strap so I could wear instead of carry. Apparently Clare V had the same idea, and is now offering a similar style with a detachable strap. This one also has a double pouch and is super lightweight. Nice!
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