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Gothic Chic & Dark Glamour

Posted in Chanel, D.L. & Co., Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Ferragamo, Gothic Chic & Dark Glamour, Haute Couture, Jean Paul Gaultier, Salvatore Ferragamo, Valentino, Versace with tags , , , , , , , on January 17, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

As a fashion designer, I’m inspired by many things around me. The imagery of a photo, scenery, sounds & musics, movies… just about everything! In recent conversations with a good friend of mine on facebook about “Goth” and it inspired me to google some imageries and articles about this mysterious & fascinating lifestyle which has inspired many arts & fashions.

So what is “Goth”? in simple definitions: To some, Goth is a style of dressing; to others it’s a lifestyle. Either way, the gothic look involves very black clothing and very white makeup with edgy, tough accessories. Prime example of classic gothic style: Musician – Marilyn Mansion. But as a person with an inquiring mind ( yes I do read the trashy gossip enquirer magazine ok! Haha) I know it has to be deeper than just the black clothing, smoky eye make-ups and of course ever so dreamy vampire Robert Pattinson aka “Edward Cullen” from the hit movie “Twilight”.

So after some googling, according to Goth.net

“Most Goths become Goths because they have been spurned by ‘normal’ society because the way they want to live their lives does not fit in with how most people are told to live theirs. Goths are free thinkers, people who do not accept the moral rules of society because they’re told ‘This is just how it is’ or ‘This is what God says!’. Rather Goths tend to listen to what you have to say, and make up their own mind..”

But of course this is not the case for all Goths. Many Goths today are Goths for a variety of other reasons. They like the music, or the clubs are better, they have Goth friends and joined in with them, or they just like staying up late nights and Goths are the only ones awake to talk to.

To us the fashionistas, the theme “Goth” has inspired many fashion designers over the years and here are some of the collections I think are super fabulous & go with our topic perfectly!

Junya Watanabe

Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2005

Rick Owens Fall 2006 Collection

When John Galliano was traveling south to research his couture collection during summer of 2005 he was inspired with the French Revolution stories & history, so in Dior’s Spring 2006 Couture show, blood- and gore-spattered drama was the theme and to me, it’s also very “Goth Glam” ,too!

Christian Dior 2006 Spring Haute Couture

Harper’s Bazaar Magazine October 2009 & Film Maker Tim Burton

As if Tim Burton’s characters all got together and did a fashion photoshoot, this amazing pictorial for the October edition of Harper’s Bazaar features characters from his past movies like The Night Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice and more, all look amazing in designer clothing and shoes.

Versace Haute Couture

Comme des Garçons Coat (Left) – Salvatore Ferragamo Jacket (Right)

Dolce & Gabbana

CHANEL

Alexander McQueen

Valentino

Givenchy

And for our male readers, me & mei-mei the pug didn’t forgot about you! Here are some fabulous menswear from Ann Demeulemeester Fall – Winter 2009 Collection for you! I just LOVE that chunky sweater in the middle

Of course how can we end this “Dark Glamorous” posting without mentioning one of my favorite designer Alexander McQueen!

Alexander McQueen 2007 Fall & Winter

In this collection, McQueen had put a heartfelt personal passion into a collection that was based on a startling revelation from his family history. His mother, who traces family trees, discovered that her bloodline leads back to a victim of the Salem witch trials who was hanged in the Puritan hysteria of 1692. The themes of witchcraft, paganism, and religious persecution played on the dark and angry side of McQueen’s creativity.

Here is a video of Alexander McQueen 2007 Fall & Winter totally fabulously spooky fashion show

All of you must be wondering ….how can I achieve that beautiful vampy smoky eye make-up to complete your Gothic Chic outfits & accessories?! So we have found 2 tutorials for our gal & dudes readers! Here is the female smoky eyes tutorials that shows you how to do it!

And here is the “Guyliner” smoky eyes tutorial

Don’t forget to check out our designer candles selections! D.L. & Co. is famous for his “Dark Glamourous” presentaions of his candles & diffusers! Utilizing the rarest of extracts, essences and absolutes, they are able to create fragrances that conjure time and place, transforming enviroments from the mundane to the sublime! it’s a MUST HAVE for all fashionistas! click on the picture below to check out our selections of D.L. & Co’s candles!

We hope this posting totally inspired you to bring out the “Dark” side of your inner Goddess! Until next time, Be well & look fabulous!

XOXO

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

The Art of Aromatherapy From Greece – Anthousa Collection

Posted in Anthousa, Aromatherapy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2009 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

The Anthousa apothecary collection was born from a century old, family-owned essential oil company. Today, Anthousa starts with the world’s finest ingredients and uses the same time-tested methods to create each delicate blend. Drawing inspiration from the science of botany and the sun drenched terrain of the mediterranean, each Anthousa products is the perfect mix of Beauty, Tradition and Luxury.

 
Anthousa, which means the perfect bloom in Greek, launched in 2004 with 12 home ambiance scents: “They were fragrances inspired by locations of the founderMaria Christofilis has traveld or the scent her mom used to wear—very personal inspirations.
” Instead of creating a fragrance for individual wear, however, Maria decided to create a line to scent living space. “It’s like surrounding yourself with your favorite smells, and your favorite memories.”
 
Now with more than twenty scents and a new bath and body collection, “Anything and everything is inspiration for me: a time period, a particular moment.” To properly convey this, the fragrances had to be as true as possible. “I wanted it to be a collection where everything was very natural,” notes Maria. “There’s real cucumber, real gardenia, real ingredient notes.”
 
To find a fresh new scent to lighten your dorm room, study area, or bedroom, you should be aware of what you’re attracted to, says Christofilis. “Everyone is attracted to something different,” she notes. “For me, my favorite notes are Cyprus, linden blossom, and white gardenia. Cyprus reminds me of where my dad is from in Greece, Linden blossom reminds me of a fragrance my mom used to wear, and white gardenia reminds of a perfume I wore in college.”
For anyone thinking of starting her own business in beauty, Maria’s philosophy rings of Shakespearean wisdom: “It’s good to listen to the advice of people you respect and admire, but at the end of the day, you know what’s right. Do what’s exciting to you and what interests you and everything will come together.”
 

The Anthousa Collection invites you to experience the traditional quality of its fragrances with an Eco-Friendly innovation. This exceptional blends allows the fragrance to disperse evenly while leaving the sticks in place; reverse bundle only if you desire a more intense fragrance.

 
Ambiance Perfume Candles: Available individually in Anthousa’s exclusive, frosted Italian glass tumblers in 8 signature fragrances. These beautiful candles are vegetable based wax, with the purest, most elegant burn. Each 7.30 Oz Tumblers will burn beautifully for at least 50 hours!
Please visit our online store Luxe-Gifts.com for the complete collection & experience the magic of Anthousa! Our price is cheaper than Neiman Marcus!!
Until next time, be well and come back to check our blog to see what other fabulous finds we’ve found for you!
 
XOXO
 
Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

The Art Of Illumination & The Mystical World Of Douglas Little For D.L. & Co.

Posted in Aromatherapy, D.L. & Co. with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2009 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

I’m in awe of the creativity that lies within one Mr. Douglas Little. He’s probably best known for his signature line of luxury candles under the brand D.L. & Co., but dig a little deeper and you’ll find this is a man of many talents. His exquisite imagination reaches the deepest (and sometimes darkest) places, but he delivers it all with such haunting beauty.

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Douglas Little the founder of DL & Company was born with a desire to bring objects opulence and beauty to those who yearn for the uncommon and exquisite. Every item designed is intended to unfold like a love letter, each detail revealing a procession of small delights. Like the purveyors of curious goods in previous ages, every item is intended to stir and enthrall each and every one of the senses.

From the sleek feel of the carefully selected silk ribbons to the intoxicating atmospheres of the handmade fragrances. Douglas Little’s love of rare botanica, arcane curiosities and long forgotten sensations compel me to offer these modern heirlooms. Alchemy is the art of transformation; like those Alchemists before me, I aspire to turn leaden monotony into golden bliss. Through the intertwined poetry of the senses, DL & Co intends to transform the mundane into the magnificent.

DL & Co Signature Collection Candle – Tasmanian Boronia
Available at Luxe-Gifts.com

Mr Douglas Little is a sybarite of the senses who has created award winning images and ideas for the finest names in beauty. His appetite for rarefied pleasures has compelled him to bring DL & Company into being, so that he might share with others his passion for the hidden treasures of the world. DL & CO exists for the sole purpose of bringing a more vibrant way of living into being, a refuge for those weary of the prosaic, second rate offerings that surround us all.

DL & Co Signature Collection Candle – Golden Poppy
Available at Luxe-Gifts.com

Within the dim, opulent parlors of D.L. & CO, detail, craft and imagination are all greeted with a tender, reverent embrace and are cordially introduced to their lusty suitors, obscure botanica, Victorian surrealism and ancient charm. The fruits of their languorous unions are all found here. We humbly invite you to lose yourselves in their subtle yet vertiginous splendor.

DL & Co Signature Collection Candle – Black Dahlia
Available at Luxe-Gifts.com
 
DL & Co Signature Collection Diffuser – Lady Rhubarb
Available at Luxe-Gifts.com
 
 
D.L. & Co. pays great attention on details on Packaging:

The Box

Stitched in Burmese Silk, these carefully crafted containers recall the boxes that held cufflinks and collars in the glory days gone by. Your candle or diffuser are enclosed in a black satin ribbon imported from France, chosen for its exquisite sheen and weight.

The Tissue

The meticulous interior of each box ensures your candle or diffuser a long life, preserving fragrance as its flame slumbers, nestled in a cool embrace of hand-pleated tissue imported from Switzerland, exclusively dyed for D.L. & Co.

The Vessel

Mr. D.L. love & appreciation for finely crafted glassware served as the inspiration for this distinctive piece. Evoking the sublime vessels that flourished at the turn of the century until the middle of the 20th centry, it recalls the Art Deco period’s penchant for organic yet stylized contours. The true brilliance of this floral design lies not only in its visual elegance, but also in that the form itself actually amplifies the fragrance while the candle is alight. When awakened, the candle’s fragrance reverberates into the air with a surprising liveliness. The bowl is created from fine grade australian sand, selected for its clarity, weight and ability to display an intense hue. The bottom of each vessel bears the artist’s initials, and every bowl is hand-tinted, hence making each one unique.

The Wax

D.L. & Co. candles are comprised of a patented blend of high-grade european waxes, many of which are used for luxury body creams and lotions. One immediately feels the difference in the wax when one runs a finger along its milky surface. Moise but not greasy, it is virtually absorbed into the skin upon contact. This formul not only burns cleaner than any other candle, it also houses the delicately balance essential oils without altering their fragile character. The wax in these candles is specifically designed to have a low melting temperature, thereby yielding a greater liquified surface area by which to better release the fragrance held within.

I am opening up one box of the “Absinthe” Signature collection candle to show you  the beautiful hand pleated lining and packaging , the attention of details Mr. Little has put into all of his products! 

Absinthe scent is truly decadent, makes me think of Victorian era opulence.

Their attention to detail really made my day, the larger candles come with a little card about the candle fragrance as well.

The unveiling.. I love this candle, and after it’s used up you can use it for other candles (votives) or as a candy dish (for the larger ones).

Aromatherapy Meets Goth Chic

Posted in Aromatherapy, D.L. & Co. with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2009 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

After I got home from a long day at work and I get all comfy under my cashmere blanket, I just love lighting up a nice scented candle with a good book ( or the super popular Vampire Novel –Twilight, yes I am not that classy at all time LOL) and relax! So for me, choosing a good scented candle is very important. I recently discover these fabulous candles from “D.L. & Co. Modern Alchemy” I just can’t get enough of it!

“Modern Alchemy” is part of the world famous company “D.L & Co” which has big following from the Rich to Hip clienteles and can be found from selected few high end department stores such as Bergdorf Goodman in New York City and Maxfield Boutique in West Hollywood, CA
 
The “Gothic Splendor at Bergdorf Goodman” window disply


The word Alchemy was the medieval pursuit to transform un-precious metals into gold through a combination of magic and science. So D.L. & Co. Modern Alchemy Utilizing the rarest of extracts, essence and absolutes, they were able to create fragrance that conjure the time and place, transforming environments from the mundane to the sublime.
In their “Historical Collection Candles” there are 10 uniquely scents that is just purely magical!
  
Brothel “ A torrid fragrance of sultry orris root, musk, ancient civet, peru balsam and rarest plai
( Available at
Luxe-Gifts.Com )
 
” Boston Tea Party ” – Infused with scents of english black tea and cedar, tangled with blackish seeweed absolute.
( Available at
Luxe-Gifts.Com )
 
” Cake Walk “ – This candle combines the notes of buttery cream frosting, chicory and tobacco leaves.
( Available at
Luxe-Gifts.Com )
 
” Ex Libris “ This candle is infused with scents of antiquated leather-bound volumes of handsome papers and parchment permeate, sure to seduce the senses.
( Available at
Luxe-Gifts.Com )
 
” Dia de los muertos “ Dia De Los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”) candle is infused with scents of merigolds and frankinscence, sure to tantalize and evoke both the living and the dead.

( Available at Luxe-Gifts.Com )

 
” Opium Den “ This candle is infused with scents of smouldering raising, opiates and tobacco fume.

( Available at Luxe-Gifts.Com

 
” Secret Society “ – From their hidden sanctuaries, secret societies practice rites obscure and divine. a mysterious and powerful blend of frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood, cedar, patchouli and juniper.

( Available at Luxe-Gifts.Com

 
” Salem “ This candle is infused with scents of New England maple, hickory and wallnut. These scents are set ablaze in a ravenous bonfire consuming the imagination.

( Available at Luxe-Gifts.Com

 
 
” Tincture of winchester “ This candle is infused with scents of wood stock, 19th century lacquer and smoky gunpowder.

( Available at Luxe-Gifts.Com

 
” Speak Easy “ This candle combines the notes of prohibition, gin and pipe tobacco.

( Available at Luxe-Gifts.Com )

 
They also have a full collection of Goth inspired home decor collection such as stationary, jewelries, stationary holder…ect.

Resin Cast Stationary Correspondence box w/ Hand crafted note cards $175

 
Silver Thorn Apple – Silver effigy filled with an intensely fragranced votive thorn apple candle $225
 
Sterling silver spiny clam pin – $175
 
I can just go on and one about how much I love D.L. & Co. Modern Alchemy’s Candles and accessories! click on the pictures of the candles to see more info about each magical scents!
Now I am gonna snuggle up under my cashmere blankets, catch up my read of the “Twilight” and dream about the dreamy “Edward the Vampire” ! LOL
 
come back to check out our blog again to see what other fabulous finds we’ve found!
 
xoxo, Alan + mei-mei the pug

Awesome Way To Get Rid Of Stinky Smell From Your Pets !

Posted in Aromatherapy, Pet Products with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2009 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Nothing more nasty than those unpleasant smells from your dogs or cats ( well sometimes boyfriends or husbands included..LOL ) so we’ve search up and lows and found these fabulous products that not only get rid of the nasty smells of your pets, but also creating the aromatic atmosphere that you can enjoy !

These fabulous human grade (means you can use it on yourself,too!!) solid perfume balm iss for both your precious pets or on yourself!! Made with all natural shea & aloe butters, a blend of botanical & essential oils, purified beeswax, grapeseed, sweet almond & apricot kernel oils, vitamins A, E& F!

Rub a small amount on the top of your dog’s head and neck or on the belly (I use it on myself also! rub a lil behind your hear and your wrist, it smells like one of those expenisve designer perfume you get at the department stores!)

Avoid eyes, ears & nostrils! This perfume is concentrated and can last for long time! Big 3″x1.25″ Solid Perfume Block in a slide out tin container

Available in choice of:

* Honeysuckle Jasmine * Mandarin Green Tea * Lavender Chamomile
* Geranium Orchid Sage * Orange Nut Meg * Vanilla Lemongrass * Coconut Papaya
* Pomegranate Cucumber

**(Trust us, it smells so good, you will want to use it on yourself like we do! )

 

Aroma paws deodorizing dog coat spray is blended with green tea leaf extract for a shiny coat, aloe leaf extract to soothe skin, and sweet almond, coconut & olive oils to relieve dryness.

The spray is a chemical free product, PH balanced! in Eco-Friendly, Bio Degradable bottle!

Contains NO Dyes, Parabeans, Alchohol, Salt, Phosphates, Synthetic Fragrance! NO DEA, TEA, SLS, Pesticides or Animal by-products! It’s made with all with natural ingredients!

Big 4 oz and available in Choice of 8 fabulous scents!bottle

Ingredients: Purified water, glycerin, sweet almond oil, coconut oil, macadamia seed oil, green tea leaf extract, extracts of apple fruit, lime flower, beet root, aloe leaf, chamomile flower & Dandelion, olive oil & sorbitol surfactant, citric acid, blend of botanical & essential oils.

 

Girls! Ever wonder if the yucky smell is from your pets or your husband/boyfriend? well… this Extreme yet elegant & all natural odor eliminating room candle will do the job like magic!

This elegant candle is blended with an odor neutralizing oil & enzymes along with botanical and essential oils to remove Pet Odors (Husband or Boyfriend) odors from the air and will leave area smelling fresh and clean.

Big 12 oz designer glass bottle and available in choice of 2 scents: Citrus Blend (orange, lemongrass & peppermint) or Sandalwood & Cedarwood blend.

Maybe keep one in the garage, so after your husband/boyfriend working on their cars or poker games with his buddies, it will still smells nice and pretty just how you like it! LOL

 

That’s all we have to report today, come back again to check out what other fabulous must have items we’ve find to share with ya!

 

Xoxo Alan + Mei-Mei the Pug

Welcome to Luxe Gifts’ first blog

Posted in Aromatherapy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2009 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Hello Everyone!
Welcome to our first posting in our blog. It’s always fun and exciting to find something cool in the store, so let’s share with what you find and where we can get them. Also this is a place to share anything is fun in your life, share what’s on your mind!

As the holidays season officially started, it’s that time of the year to start doing your holiday shopping for your friends and family. But in a bad economy as we are in now, it’s very important that we watch our wallet and select gifts that won’t break our bank but something that’s still special and unique! ( we all know how we hate receiving those all the same fruite cakes and boring sweaters!)
So our team at luxe-gifts.com we believe in finding stylish, unique and fabulous stuff w/o the price tag! cause “It’s POSH w/o the price tag!” so here are couple thing we think it’s fabulous! and will be a great Holiday gift ideas!
PacificaPrincess of Flowers 3 oz Soy Wax Candle Gift Set $25
Three fragrances worthy of any princess – Nerola Orange Blossom, Tahitian Gardenia and Persian Rose are beautifully boxed together for an enchanting gift.

Contents: Set of three 3 ounce soy candles in glass.

*Nerola Orange Blossom Neroli* – Named for the Princess of the Nerola, is the blossom from the Bitter Orange Tree. Its distinctive spicy and sweet perfume is the predominate note in this alluring blend.

*Tahitian Gardenia* – Worn by Tahitian royalty, the sacred gardenia from Tahiti blooms with wild abandon throughout the island. Their intoxicating scent is reminiscent of a blend of jasmine and orange flowers – sweet, smooth and slightly citrusy.

*Persian Rose* – Long loved by royalty- with records dating back to Cleopatra, the rose is known as the Queen of the flowers. This is a true essence of a full blooming rose with notes of violet and myrrh.

QUALITY GUARANTEE : Pacifica candles and soaps are hand-poured creating the highest quality pillar candles, soy candles, votive candles, and natural Pacifica soaps. Pacifica candles combines your choice of vegetable-based soy wax or food-grade paraffin wax, lead-free cotton wicks, essences, and essential oils to create the finest scented candles. Pacifica soaps are made with our own biodegradable, vegan, vegetable oil and glycerin soap base, herbs and our signature Pacifica fragrance blends with natural and essential oils. Pacifica candles and Pacifica soaps are guaranteed to meet your complete satisfaction.
Enlightened Candles – Defenders Of The Faith Candles Set $42
We think this this mini candle votive candle set is fabulous! these beautiful boxed set of 6 mini votives features icons of faith: Gandhi, The Dali Lama, Mother Teresa & Pope John Paul II. Great for when you are praying, meditating, memorial ceremony or a perfect gift for your friends & family who is on their spiritual journey to the higher self!  Give a gift that will enlighten & heal your soul & spirits with this fabulous candel set!Each mini candle is 2″ Height and can burn up to 8 to 10 hours.


 

These beautiful boxed set of 6 mini votives icons of faith features: Jesus, The Virgin Mary, Ganesh & Buddha
Great for when you are praying, meditating, memorial ceremony or a perfect gift for your friends & family who is on their spiritual journey to the higher self!
Give a gift that will enlighten & heal your soul & spirits with this fabulous candke set!
Each mini candle is 2″ Height and can burn up to 8 to 10 Hours

 

Please come back to see what other finds we have till next posting! If you find something awesome and wanna share with us, please post them and share!! Happy shopping!
XOXO Alan + Mei-Mei the pug
Enlightened Candles – Keepers Of The Faith Candles Set $42