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Hey Girls! Barneys March & April Fall Trunk Show Schedules – It’s Never Too Early To Start Shopping For Fall Winter 2010! Get Your First Dibs !!

Posted in Barneys New York, Sales & Trunk Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

My fellow fashionistas, as we all know Barneys New York ( one of our favorite store for all luxe designer goods!) is having a jam packed trunk shows for the fall-winter 2010 collections! Click on the photo below to see a more larger size & clear photo of the schedules.

Click below to check out Barneys New York’s Creative Director Simon Doonan is up to?! This episode is all about Unique Gifts ! We love this creative visions for Barneys!

It’s never too early to be on the wait list for the fab new designs! Check out the schedules below, grab your CHANEL bag and head to Barneys New York to get your first dibs !! Don’t forget to come back to our blog and share with us what fab stuff you bought!

Until next time, be well & look fabulous!!

XOXO

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

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Minimalist Elegance – Gucci Sigrid Oversize Clutch

Posted in Gucci with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 26, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Ever since the fashion genius Tom Ford transformed Gucci from traditional old money chic (sometimes a little boring) to this ultra glam, rock star, trend-setting fashion house; their fashion accessories & handbags has capture our attention season after season.

I just LOVE this clutch from their spring-summer 2010 collection! Minimalist chic, sleek & clean lines also it’s bigger than the usual clutch size ( Gurl! admit it! may of you are like me, we all have some extra “Baggages” mmmkay?! a little pea size clutch ain’t gonna fit all my stuff ! haha)

GUCCI Sigrid Oversize Clutch
(Available @ Saksfifthavenue.com & Gucci.com)


This fabulous clutch comes in glossy white or black patent leather. The shine from the patent leather makes it perfect for going out with the girls for drinks in the city, and the larger size of this bag also makes it a bit casual that can be use during the day! I just LOVE the asymmetrical flap closure with the super chic metal & enamel detailing! The asymmetry of the flap gives just a hint of a geometric feel without being too avan garde.

This oversized clutch measures 15.25″ W x 6.25″ H x 1″ D, it will go with all of the outfits in your closet & adds a touch of “Uptown chic & Downtown cool” look to any looks!

Click on the media player below to see Gucci’s spring summer 2010 fashion show

This bag is now available for pre-order ( should be in stores in april) so fo course I am already on the waiting list for both color of this super fabulous clutch! it’s a must-have girls!

Click here to go to SaksFifthAvenue.com or Gucci.com to pre-order this bag!

Until next time, be well and look fabulous!!

XOXO

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug 🙂

FENDI Limited Edition Silver Peekaboo Dégradé Bag

Posted in Fendi with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2009 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Fendi keeps making me sad. I want to like Fendi, I want to embrace their bags for the past couple seasons, but I rarely find myself doing so. Especially seeing their ugly Fendi “B” bag, makes me loose faith in this fabulous fashion house…..

(This is the super ugly “B” bags!!! barf !)

Recently, Fendi is sneaking in with some bags that we are liking, which gives us hope that Fendi is trying to get back into our hearts. The Fendi Peek-a-Boo Bag is the most recent popular bag from Fendi, being seen in many renditions and carried by celebrities. Let’s take a closer look at the Peek a Boo.

Fendi’s exquisite black and gray dégradé leather Peek-a-boo bag with a decadent gold leather interior is a subtle way to display your style wealth. Carry this beautifully crafted investment piece open to accent a professional ensemble with a flash of hot metallics.

Black goat leather tote with burnished silver-tone metal hardware. Fendi tote has a dégradé black and anthracite effect at front and back, handle at top, logo-embossed turnlock fastenings at top, pouch compartments at front and back, push-stud fastening straps at each side, a long detachable shoulder strap, internal zipped compartment and has a degradé gold and black leather and black suede lining.


Width 15″ / 37cm
Height 12″ / 31cm
Depth 7″ / 17cm
Handle Drop 5″ / 12cm

When I saw this bag I quickly ordered 2! So I can keep one for myself and one for our lucky customer at Luxe-Gifts.com. It’s a limited edition now only available at Luxe-Gifts.com for $2,650

There is a similar one on Nordstrom it has the same silver metalic effect on both front & back but inside is all suede lining and the clasp at the top opening is gold instead of this one of the kind hand etched silver antique silver finished as the one on Luxe-Gifts.com

Treat yourself with this fabulous classic bag that will last you for a long time!! I am glad I got mine !! woo hoo!

Here is Fendi Fall/Winter 2009 fashion show, enjoy!

Fendi Fall Winter 2009 Fashion Show

untill next time, be well and look fabulous!

XOXO

Alan Tung + Mei-Mei the pug 🙂

Christian Louboutin’s Shoes are so hot, it cause collisions!!

Posted in Christian Louboutin with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2009 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Ok girls, we all love those super high heels( 4″ or taller is better! ) & bright red sole shoes by Christian Louboutin! and have you seen these uber fabulous new collection? They are so hot, they cause collisions!

” Barneys Trash – Silver $995 “

PVC coated couture trash peep toe pump with metallic leather double platform and elastic sling back. 140mm thin covered heel. Signature red leather sole. Available in Silver. Made in Italy. Each shoe is a one-of-a-kind design, using a unique selection of Barneys’ materials, and is Exclusively @ Barneys New York!

And if you are into 80’s chic like lady gaga or whenever you feel like 80’s fab, wanna dress up in gold and put the show “Dynasty” to shame, then this is a must have for you! It’s so “Subtle”, it’s perfect to wear for everyday occation or go to church 😛

” Very Galaxy – Fuchsia or Gold $1295 “

Mirror metallic leather platform peep toe pump. 120mm thin covered heel. Signature red leather sole. Available in Fuchsia. Made in Italy.

I just love this uptown chic downtown sporty ” Dillian ” Shoe! fall & winter is just around the corner, what would be more chic than dressing up your winter coats with this fabulous shoe!

” Dillian – Available in Color: Blush, Brown & Red $1850 “,/B>


Nappa leather snub toe covered platform maryjane with ruffled instep and four adjustable buckle straps. 120mm thin covered heel. Signature red leather sole. Available in Blush. Made in Italy.

Now go get your AMEX black card ready and rush to Barneys and buy buy buy !

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

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
 
DL & Co Signature Collection Diffuser – Lady Rhubarb
 
 
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).

Modern Day Mystic & Path To Enlightenment

Posted in Spiritual Enlightenment with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2009 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

 I recently just finished reading one of my favorite spiritual teacher Caroline Myss’s book “Sacred Contracts” and has really raise a lot of questions like “am I on the right spiritual path”? or “why did this happened to me? did I do something wrong to experience?”

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Since I was a kid, I’ve always be interested in any stories or books about religion and spiritual stuff. As the time goes by, people grew up and start to worry about more and more things in their lives such as schook, work, money, relationships… all those has distracted me away from searching for my spiritual path. Untill the day of September 11 in NYC, I was living in Manhattan while all the madness had happened, it has brought out a lot of hidden issues I didn’t even know I had and I started to develop a very strong anxiety attack, worry and scared about just about anything ( it’s understandable after the dramatic experience we had as a New Yorker during the September 11 ). So I started to see a therapist and nothing has worked. so one day I just can’t deal with this anxiety problem anymore I pray to the universe ( I pray to all Gods, Jesus, Buddha…etc ’cause I believe all Gods are ONE! they just trandsform themselfs into different “forms” in different regions so people at that area can relate to him/her more easily, just my opinion) and say ” Please help me to take this pain away, I don’t want to have this anxiety attack anymore…” I was praying while I was at the barnes and noble store while my anxiety attack was about to start again…. after the prayer, it felt like my prayer was heard I found my very first Meditation CD by Caroline Myss “Spiritual Power, Spiritual Practice”. This 2 CD set has changed my life!

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Spiritual Power, Spiritual Practice Audio Sample

In no way I am writing this to say I’ve reach the enlightenment & has figured out all things, infact I am still on my spiritual path trying to find my way. But I thought just to share this with my readers how wonderful to have a spiritual life and practice and can enrich your life to be that much more colorful and fill with happiness!

From various of Carline Myss’ and some other spiritual teacher’s books and meditation CDs, what I’ve learned that benefit me the most is:
* Let go the desire to know why things happened the way it did, let got the need to have too much expectation of the future, instead live in the now and knowing that everything happened in my life are always happened with the best intention of me in mind and the universe is always watching over me! *

As many spiritual teachers trying to teach us there are a 7 powerful energy in our body called “Chakra”, by balancing each Chakra is the way to reach full enlightenment. Please click on the picture below to see the animated Flash Chakra charts that will help you to have a better understanding what chakra is.

One point Caroline pointed out that’s very interesting is that now the days, there are tons of those totally “Out there” new age groups & practices, try to reach spiritual enlightenment with out really “Working” on it! Thought just by chanting, dreaming or “manifest it” then you’ll find the perfect job, perfect lover and make a lot of money! Instead, Caroline pointed out that seeing your own energy is like a “spiritual energy bank”, everyday you have $100 worth of “Spiritual energy” to spend. You loose $5 here by thinking negatively about yourself, another $10 there jelous of that person or $20 dwilling on why this happend to me and feeling sorry for yourself… ect. so before you go to sleep when you meditate, you will need to “call back” the energy you’ve lost today and learn where you’ve lost your energies and try not to repeat it tomorrow. Without calling back your energy, you’ll go into debt! your body will be lacking the energy it requires to functions, then will start to effect your mind, spirits and health. So many people thinks just by holding a piece of crystals will heal you, but without having enough energy “saved” in you, you can’t unlock the “magic” of that crystal and it will remain just a piece of rock!

Ok, I am not going to babble on and try to sound like boring nun haha, here are some of the meditation CDs and audio books that has helped me to start my search on my spiritual path and all with very straight forward, easy to understand, no nonsense “out-there” new age bull! Also some beautiful incenses that only it smells good, but also offers employment for widows, abandoned mothers, and physically handicapped or unmarried women who otherwise would have no means of earning an income. A large perentage of profits from sales of the incense contributes to the health care, education, and vocational training for local villagers through Shanthimalai Village Trust in India, founded in 1985. check it out

  Caroline Myss
To learn more about the author, click here to read about Caroline’s Bio

 (Available at Luxe-Gifts.Com)
After two New York Times bestsellers, several highly-rated appearances on The Oprah Show, and packed audiences at live events across the country, Caroline Myss has emerged as a leading voice in the healing arts revolution.

On Sacred Contracts, Dr. Myss helps listeners take the next step in their personal evolutions, through the use of archetypes as tools for self-transformation. First identified by the legendary psychiatrist and author C.G. Jung, archetypes are symbols for unconscious energies and potentials held in common by all of humanity. Dr. Myss identifies a tool box of 12 major archetypal patterns, and explains their roles in the alchemy of spirituality. Listeners join this respected medical intuitive as she explores how we can identify our personal archetypes, uncover their higher purpose, and then work with them for self-understanding and spiritual development. Shared with her hallmark humor, honesty, and intelligence, Sacred Contracts is a welcome resource for fans of Dr. Myss everywhere. Original adaptation of the book by the author.

Contents: 5 CDs ( 6 hours ) 1 Study guide ( 32 pages )

 (Available at Luxe-Gifts.Com)
This is a personal recommendation! These 2 CDs Meditation course has changed my life! According to Dr. Caroline Myss, most people want the rewards of consciousness without doing the work of consciousness, but without rigor and discipline the full blessings of a spiritual life will never come.On Spiritual Power, Spiritual Practice, listeners join this respected medical intuitive and bestselling author to explore the prayers, reflections, and other teachings she developed in her own spiritual practice.

Through these daily disciplines including two 40 minute meditations, one for morning and one for evening anyone can learn to tap the wellsprings of love, faith, and trust that energize our spiritual potential. Enhanced features include video footage from Caroline Myss’ Energetics of Healing, music from Glen Velez’ Rhythms of the Chakras, and an interview with the author. Note: These CD-ROM format enhanced CDs containing audio, music, and video clips are meant to be played on your computer, using an internet connection, speakers, and Real Player programs, which are free for download.

Contents: 2 CD’ss ( 2 hours, 30 minutes ) 1 Study guide ( 27 pages )

(Available at Luxe-Gifts.Com)
Where did this notion that we have the power to shape our own destiny come from? How can we separate wishful daydreams from the authentic work of creation? With her intuitive grasp of spiritual truths and her no-nonsense presentation, Caroline Myss cuts through the myths surrounding manifestation on Your Power to Create. Taking a direct path to the heart of human creative power and how each of us can learn to harness it Caroline Myss opens the doors of understanding to:

What stops us from creating? How to overcome the fear that holds you back.

From Revolution to Revelation, and all the stages between the cycle of creation that governs cultures, epochs, and our individual lives How the will of the divine makes itself known to us in every moment if we know how to listen.

Applying your creative power to your health, your financial well-being, and your relationships.

Five steps to true manifestation: practical tools for unlocking your creative power, and much more!

Caroline Myss teaches that the ability to shape reality is a divine gift but it is a gift that must be trained, strengthened, and practiced as a living discipline every day. Now, this gifted teacher brings her trademark passion, candor, and extraordinary insight to help you unlock Your Power to Create.

Contents: 2 CDs ( 2 hours, 30 minutes )


To learn more about the author, click here to read about Pema Chodron’s Bio

(Available at Luxe-Gifts.Com)
For thirteen hundred years, Tibetans have been practicing shamatha/vipashyana (peaceful dwelling/insight): a profound form of meditation that illuminates and purifies the obstacles to spiritual realization. Tibetan Buddhists today regard shamatha/vipashyana as both the fundamental and the most advanced spiritual practice of all.

On Pure Meditation, Pema Chodron takes you step-by-step through this timeless and elegant meditative form. You will learn the posture that helps you relax your mind, how to use your own breath as a reminder to return to the present moment, and what to do with the many thoughts and emotions that arise during your meditation sessions.

A straightforward, authoritative resource for students at all levels, Pure Meditation is a definitive guide to the authentic Tibetan Buddhist meditation that has brought its practitioners relaxation, peace of mind, and deeper awareness for hundreds of years.

Contents: 2 CDs ( 2 hours )

(Available at Luxe-Gifts.Com)
Superb quality for Nag Champa Lovers!

Shanthimalai Incense is handmade by village women at the foot of the sacred mountain Arunachala in Tamil Nadu, India. Made with fine natural ingredients and exquisitely perfumed, the incense sets new standards for quality and purity. A large perentage of profits from sales of the incense contributes to the health care, education, and vocational training for local villagers through Shanthimalai Trust, founded in 1985.

Production of incense offers employment for widows, abandoned mothers, and physically handicapped or unmarried women who otherwise would have no means of earning an income. The scent of this incense compares very favorably to Nag Champa original, except that it has a richer and deeper note. This product is also known as “Red Nag Champa”.

We strongly recommend this fabulous incense! you can now enjoy the aroma of this mystical incense and help all those womens at Shanthimalai! Smells great with good Karma!

(Available at Luxe-Gifts.Com)
If you like Nag Champa Incense, you’ll love these other great scents from Shrinivas Sugandhalaya. Super Hit is a little sweeter than the original Nag Champa! by the makers of Satya Sai Baba Nag Champa Incense.

(Available at Luxe-Gifts.Com)
Treat yourself with these beautiful boxed set of 6 mini votives icons of faith, healing and soul candels!

Featuring: 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 candel set!

Each mini candle is 2″ Height

Come back to check out what other fabulous finds we found for ya!

Xoxo Alan + Mei-Mei the Pug