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My Favorite Spa & SkinCare – Amore Pacific – Futuristic Skin Care Inspired From 5 Eastern Traditional Elements: Water, Metal, Earth, Fire & Wood

Posted in Amore Pacific with tags , , , , , , , on March 21, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Since 2007, I’ve been a big fan of their spa in downtown SOHO area in NYC. I usually go have a facial or massage once a month when I used to live in NYC, now I am in California, I still make sure to visit their Beauty Gallery in Soho whenever I am visiting New Yor.  What makes Amore Pacific so special is when you walked into the door, they will seat you down & offer you a cup of special blend of green tea before your appointment.

Then a thorough “Elemental Energy Analysis” inspired from five different Eastern traditional elements: Water, Metal, Earth, Fire and Wood will be performed by an aesthetician to determine which one of the five elements will best suit each client’s inner needs! I love it that they are really not just giving you a moisturizers and gives you a massage and send you home, instead it really follows the ancient Eastern philosophy of “Balancing the elements within” and by doing it will result a better well being & of course better skin.

Not just their products are amazing; the design of their spa is just wonderful! It mirrors the company philosophy of organic ingredients used to create its products. Within the architecture, the elements of Water, Earth, Wood, Metal and Fire are represented in either a literal or in a symbolic form. The atmosphere of the soothing warm light emanates from indirect sources behind the mirror and adjacent walls.

The signature ingredients are three Asian botanicals: Pure homegrown Korean green tea, bamboo and the precious & the amazing Red Ginseng. The green tea is specially grown for the company in farmland located at the foot of Hallasan Mountain on Jeju Island, an dormant volcano that has 1846 SQKM surface and located 130 KM from the southern coast of Korea.

It is there that fresh water & volcanic soils lie and the climate is ideal for the growth of the tea. Also the slow growing Red Ginseng they use are at least 6 years old plant that provides the most potent essence benefit to the skin. The elements in the products reach the deepest layer of the skin and are intended to help increase the rate at which your cells reproduce themselves.

Here are the secret ingredients that make Amore Pacific skin care stands out from others!

Bamboo is the most resilient plant on the planet and is often revered for its unique quality of incredible strength and utmost flexibility. Referred to in Asian culture as “Divine Water,” bamboo sap has been prescribed for centuries for purification, well-being, and longevity. It is carefully collected over 12 hours only in the peak months of May and June. Originating from a plant of amazing vitality and resiliency, bamboo sap is used in every AmorePacific product to strengthen the skin’s self defense. Benefits from this exclusive, patented, ingredient include:

* Increases radiance and vitality; hydrates and nourishes the skin

* Delivers vital minerals and amino acids to recreate a healthy environment for the skin

* Strengthens skin’s self defense against the environment, ultimately promoting age-resistant, resilient skin

Used exclusively throughout the entire AmorePacific skincare line, Korean red ginseng has extraordinary healing powers and has been used as a medicinal “cure-all” for hundreds of years, including promoting overall well-being. Having a positive impact on the entire body, this mineral-rich botanical nourishes the skin, helps ensure balance and strength, and provides important antioxidant benefits, making it an ideal ingredient for age-fighting skin care. The most powerful and highest quality ginseng in the world, Korean red ginseng (harvested after six years of growth) is used throughout the entire AmorePacific Skincare line. Benefits from this potent plant include:

* Improves radiance and vitality; rejuvenates skin energy

* Provides antioxidant protection to counter harmful environmental aggressors

* Minimizes lines and wrinkles

* Enhances benefits from all active botanicals

Over three decades ago, AmorePacific was the first to utilize green tea extract from its own green tea gardens into a skincare formulation. The AmorePacific green tea plantation is located in the Pacific Eden of Jeju Island, nestled at the foot of Mount Halla, where pristine fields and mineral-rich volcanic soil form a perfect microclimate for green tea cultivation. There, it’s nurtured in an environment unmatched anywhere in the world. The only cosmetic company to cultivate and hand pick its own green tea, AmorePacific has unlocked the secret to skin longevity and wellness, utilizing every vital component of the green tea plant—including the leaf, stem, flower, and seed. Each vital part of the plant is harvested at peak times, ensuring the purest nutrients and antioxidant properties are used in all their formulations, delivering unprecedented benefits to the skin including:

* Antioxidant protection to counter harmful environmental aggressors

* Vital nutrients to promote a healthy environment for the skin

* Continuous deep hydration to combat dehydration, fine lines, and wrinkles

If you like to make purchase some of these amazing products, it’s available at BergdorfGoodman.com  or NeimanMarcus.com and Sephora.com

To find out more info about this amazing skin care collection, click here Amorepacific.com or the photo below to visit their official website

Remember, it’s never too early to start taking care of your skin! and the true beauty having a balence mind, body & soul!

Until next time, be well and look fabulous!

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

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Get Stoked With California Style! Surfer, Bohemian, Skater Girl Chic

Posted in Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Diane Von Furstenberg, Fendi, Handbags & Accessories, Jewelry & Accessories, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Proenza Schouler with tags , , , , , , on March 20, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Ok, I am officially sick & tired of the cold weather & so glad the Spring has officially arrived & temperature has finally warms up! After organizing & put way all my cashmere sweaters into the storage, I change into my short sleeves Quiksilver Tees and hibiscus floral board shorts and headed to an outdoor café to enjoy the sun. To our readers who is not living in the sunny California but dreamed about soaking up the sun on the beach, enjoy the warm salty breeze & cruising with the top down going shopping while celebrities sighting on your next vacation to Southern California, here are some “California Looks” you can try it out at whatever city or country you are at now & looking Chic in “California Style” !

First, remember, California girls dress all different ways! From Bohemian Goddess to Surfer girl and the skater girl looks. Don’t assume we all look like the girls from the reality show “The Hills” or “Laguna Beach” on MTV! The most important thing to remember is being unique and show off your individuality! But typically the “California style” is a more laid-back and casual look. Here are some of the looks I think its super cute!

The Surfer Girl
  
 
Proenza Schouler – Tie-Waist Tricolor Pants
(Available @ SaksFifthAvenue.com)
 
 
Proenza Schouler – Tie-Skirt Tank Dress
(Available @ SaksFifthAvenue.com)
 
 
Proenza Schouler – Sequined & Feathered Silk Mini Dress
(Available @ SaksFifthAvenue.com)
 
 
Diane Von Furstenberg Paulita Ruffled Mini Skirt
(Available @ Net-A-Porter.com)
 
 
Alexander McQueen V-Neck Ocean Wave Sweater Dress
(Available @ SaksFifthAvenue.com)
 
 
Alexander McQueen Biker Faithful Satchel
(Available @ SaksFifthAvenue.com)
 

Marc by Marc Jacobs Multi Charms Sandle
(Available @ Bergdorf Goodman.com)
 
 
Dont forget to add some of the “Sun-Kissed” look on your face, so your skin will have this healthy glow just like the surfer girl hang out at the beach!!
 
Chanel Make-up Les Impressions Collection
(Available @ NeimanMarcus.com)
 
 
 
The Bohemian Goddess
 
 
Helmut Lang Italian Linen Slouchy Sweater
(Available @ SaksFifthAvenue.com)
 
 
Diane Von Furstenberg Beach Tabalah Kaftan
(Available @ Net-A-Porter.com)
 
 
Chloe Multi Strap Leather & Canvas Sandls
(Available @ Net-A-Porter.com)
 
 
Prada Mistolino Swarovski Crystal Tote
(Available @ Bergdorf Goodman.com)
 
 
Don’t forget to add a touch of color on your cheeks and lips but keep it natural and light !
 
Clinique Juiced-Up Colour Collection
(Available @ NeimanMarcus.com)
 
 
 
The Skater Girl
 
 
Ann Demeulemeester Leather Vest & Zipper Wrap
(Available @ SaksFifthAvenue.com)
 
 
Burberry Knotted Epaulette Jacket & Loop-Knot Skirt
(Available @ NeimanMarcus.com)
 
 
Givenchy Melancholia Bag
(Available @ Barneys.com)
 
 
Alexander McQueen Knuckle Duster Ring
(Available @ SaksFifthAvenue.com)
 
 
Fendi Logo Leather Cuff Bracelete
(Available @ Net-A-Porter.com)
 
 
To finish off that “Edgy” & “Stree Tough” look skater girls has, go bold with your eyeliners! make it dark and smoky! Black color nail polish & natural color lips
 
Shu Uemura Egerie Make-Up Collection
(Available @ NeimanMarcus.com)
 
 

Ok! after all these fabulous ideas showing you how to achieve that “California Look”, now! go to your closet dig up some of your already own pieces & go out to shop for some new stuff to create your own unique style to let out your “Inner California Girl” this summer !

Until next time, be well and look fabulous!

XOXO

Alan + Mei-Mei the Pug

Create Your Own Masterpiece with FENDI Baguette DIY Needlepoint Kit

Posted in Fendi, Handbags & Accessories with tags , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

OMG! this is just too cool! You can create your own unique one of the kind Fendi Baguette! But I don’t think I’d have the guts to sew or draw on a thousand dollar bag, but it’s such a great idea!

Every time I attempt to pull a “Martha Stewart” moment thinking I can be like a domestic diva like her turning an ugly flea market find junk into a paper-mache chandelier, it’s always a miserably failure. So needless to say, I haven’t been brave enough to attempt or having a thought to decorate my own FENDI Baguette!

So, of course, when I saw Fendi’s new Baguette Needlepoint Stitch Kit, designed by Silvia Venturini FENDI, I’m just not sure I can do it. Initially, I was excited like a little kid at the candy store! The bright colorful packaging box! It was luring me into this FENDI fantasy world like a whirling cotton candy machine that tells me, yes buy me! Buy me! And, then, I saw the contents of the box – and that’s when my rainbow sparkling, unicorn flying, Fendi-wonderland bubble bursted & face the reality.

Inside the box, you’ll find a basic canvas baguette, filled with color threads of every color in the rainbow, and instructions on how you can embroider your very own bag using needlepoint. HELLO! I will be a nervous wreck & so afraid if I make a boo-boo, then my $995 FENDI Baguette will be ruin! Also for this price, they better come already beaded, embroidered and ready to use! This is not the first time FENDI has come up with a “Do it yourself” bag, just about an year ago FENDI has a similar bag that’s made of white color canvas and came with 10 permanent pantone markers so you can create your own “Masterpiece”

But I have to say, it is a charming idea that FENDI has came up with this D.I.Y. Baguette Needlepoint Kit! And for those of you who are brave enough to do it yourself, more power to you! and I bow to your courage! Haha

If you are interested to get one of this fabulous D.I.Y. FENDI Baguette Needle Point Kit, it’s available at
Neiman Marcus.com Also at Net-A-Porter.com (UK store)

Until next time, be well & look fabulous!

XOXO

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Christian Louboutin Spiked High-Top Sneaker – A Must-Have For The Tough Luxe Rocker Looks

Posted in Christian Louboutin, fashion, Gothic Chic & Dark Glamour with tags , , , , , , on March 17, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug
When we think of Christian Louboutin’s shoes what’s pops into your mind? Dramatic sky-high heels , lady who lunches and the famous Red sole at the bottom of each pair of his fabulously designed shoes. Well in recent couple years, Monsieur Louboutin has totall revamp his company and reach out to more younger and hipper customers. In his spring summer 2010, here comes a pair of unisex sneakers that screams “Downtown cool & Rocker Chic” ! of course it still has his signature red color sole!

Music producer / Rap artist Pharrell Williams has been spotted with this rocking kicks at Art Basel in Miami. Here is a photo of Pharrell sporting the laced-up black leather version and Monsieur Christian Louboutin himself wearing a pair of slip-on leather loafers that are equally studded.

In Louboutin’s spring summer 2010, “Tough Luxe” will be one of the new look for this fabulous shoe design house. So boys and girls, get out your vintage Levi’s leather jackets handy when you go out at night and rock the town with this super fabulous UNISEX Christian Louboutin Spiked High-Top Sneaker!

Available at NeimanMarcus.com

Until next time, be well and look fabulous!

XOXO

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

The Magic of Fashion Illustrations & My Favorite Illustrators – Rene Gruau & Alfredo Cabrera

Posted in Dior with tags , , , , , on March 13, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

It’s another cold spring night in San Francisco bay area, as I am relaxing on my sofa, sipping some hot Jasmine pearl tea from my favorite Le Palais des Thés, I was flipping through some of the art books I’ve collected since I was a fashion student at Parson School of Design back in 1992 in New York City, there I came across a book of my favorite fashion illustrator Rene Gruau.

Before the adobe photoshop, illustrators and other computer art programs, a fashion illustrator is the key person to translate a designer’s vision from the runway to the general public! To me, Rene Gruau was the greatest fashion illustrator! With his trademark use of his powerful minimal lines, a gash of bright lips or a wash of color, Gruau’s style combined seductive sophistication with classic beauty, grace and sensual elegance. He had captured the spirit of haute couture & the glory days of Parisian high fashion with his pen and brushes.

 
 
 
 
Rene Gruau was born in Italy in 1909. In the 1940‘s and 50‘s Gruau became a favorite of the haute couture world, working with Femina, Marie-Claire, L’Officiel, L’Album Du Figaro and other “high-style” magazines. Some of Gruau’s best work can be seen in the dramatic visual statements he rendered for Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Hubert de Givenchy. In 1948 Rene Gruau left for the United States to work for Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, before becoming the exclusive artist for FLAIR. He also produced stunningly beautiful advertisements for the LIDO, MOULIN ROUGE and BEMBERG. His illustrations had totally influence on modern day fashion advertising and photography.
 
 
 
 

After enjoying Gruau’s beautiful illustration book, it reminded me to check out the blog (Mamie N Baby) from another one of my favorite fashion illustrator, Alfredo Cabrera. He is a seasoned fashion designer whom had designed for Geoffrey Beene, Polo Ralph Lauren, Victor Alfaro also had lend his talented fashion illustration skills to ad campaigns & window displays to Henri Bendel, Missoni, Gianfranco Ferre, Tommy Hilfiger, Hollister and many more famous fashion houses.

I love how “free” and “easy” the lines flows in his illustrations! The women in his sketches all has this effortless high fashion elegance feel to it and translate glamour in a casual and approachable way that you can totally relate to!

 

He currently an Asst. Professor at Parsons School of Design teaching the lucky few students how to draw beautiful fashion illustrations and his long anticipated book “ 101 Things I Learned in Fashion School” with Matthew Frederick will be release on May 20th, 2010. I can’t wait to get a copy of this book!! It’s now ready for pre-order from Barnes & Noble – Click here or Amazon.com – Click here. If you are into fashion illustrations, then this is a must-have book for you!

I hope you enjoy these beautiful illustrations as much I do and inspire you to pick up a pencil and start sketching! Oh! don’t forget to visit & subscribe to Alfredo Cabrera’s blog! Click here to visit his fabulous “Mamie N Baby” & enjoy his fashion illustrations.

Until next time, be well & look fabulous!

XOXO

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Eskimo Ice Queen & Igloo Chic At Chanel Fall Winter 2010 Collection

Posted in Chanel, Jewelry & Accessories with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Maybe Karl Lagerfeld had looked into his Swarovski crystal ball and predicted this coming winter is gonna be extremely cold! So he offers up a fabulous collection that features this mystical Eskimo chic girl who lives in the igloo castle located at an extremely cold fantasyland that only the polar bear style coats can keep her warm! Better yet, how Coco Chanel would travel to north pole and how she would dressed!

Karl Lagerfeld had never fail to surprise us season after season with his vision! At the Grand Palais Paris this week, guests arrived with an invitation that has a polar bear sketched on it and once they walked in, there was a huge white box, which sat in the middle of the stage. As the show began, the box was lifted to reveal a huge 256 tons of iceberg imported from northern Sweden.

The collection featured every luxurious materials you can think of that’s almost like a Couture show than the ready to wear! Fur was woven into tweed fabrics for jackets, coats, skirts, also was weaved into luscious cashmere, angora sweaters & dresses. Thank God it was faux fur! I would hate to see some cute little furry animals died just for our vanity, even if it’s for the fabulous CHANEL dresses!

How about the accessories & handbags in the show you might ask? All I can say, it is so “COOL” that I want almost everything! Yes there is even a bag to hold a hot water bottle; you know the red plastic thing filled with hot water to keep you warm?! Talk about keeping it warm in Luxe style! Haha. I especially love the “Ice Cube” themed bags! Cute & clear ice cube decorated the bags with CC logos and there are couple evening clutch that looks like a chunk of ice cube and pave with Swarovski crystals CC logo! Here are some photos of these fabulous bags that is a must-have for this winter!

Click the video player below to view this fabulously “Cool” show!

I am calling my personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman & Chanel Boutiqes to get me on the wait-list for some of these fabulous items!! To find out more about this collection, please click here to visit CHANEL official website.

Until next time, be well and look fabulous!

XOXO

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

(All photos courtesy by Style.com)

Travel In Style With Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Cupertino Laptop Handbag

Posted in Jewelry & Accessories, Louis Vuitton with tags , , , , , on March 11, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Since the year of 1896, Louis Vuitton Monogram canvas has presents its unique charm in the fashion world. More than one hundred years has passed, the lightweight, supple, strong and sturdy Louis Vuitton Monogram canvas has become the one of the most recognizable fashion logo & status statement handbag all over the world. Recently Louis Vuitton website has a new addition to their fabulous handbags & luggage collection – The Cupertino Laptop Bag.

In this modern “cyber age” world, almost everyone has a desktop computer at home and a laptop computer to travel with. For me, this super chic laptop bag is simplistic & elegant on the outside but when you unzip the bag, it offers up total of 6 roomy compartments for all of your laptop related essential accessories, mobile phones, business cards and it also has 6 credit card or ID card slots! The Main compartment is padded with thick layer of foam material to ensure your laptop will travel safely and looking fashionable with you! It’s a super chic unisex bag and I think it’s a must-have for all the fashionistas!

– Size: 14.5″ x 12.2″ x 2.8″

– Monogram canvas, natural cowhide trimmings, textile lining

– Golden brass pieces

– Double zipper closure with Padlock

– One pocket for A4 documents, pockets for pens, phone and PDA

– One wide zipped pocket for battery and mouse and one rear flat pocket

– Comfortable hand or cross-shoulder carry with an adjustable and removable textile shoulder strap

– 6 card slots

– Price: $1870

Click the link here (Louis Vuitton Cupertino Laptop Bag) to visit LV’s website to get one!

Until next time, be well and look fabulous!

XOXO

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug