Scarves have been a favorite accessory for decades. They can be tied in your hair, on your handbag, tied around your neck in various ways. I didn’t realize I could wear a scarf along with my pearls until I watched Nicole Kidman play Grace of Monaco. I’ve looked everywhere for an example, but could not find one online, but lucky me I did find a video. Now Grace knew how to wear a scarf.
I love that scarves are now being worn over your turtleneck and around your neck while wearing a turtleneck sweater. So many new ideas. Cuyana came out with a scarf that doubles as a facemask, and it comes in four colors. I ordered the red shown above and the black with the white piping. Oliva Palermo has a Le Scarf collection, and it’s worth investigating before making any investments.
I can’t wait until my new scarves arrive, looking forward to wearing them with my pearls.
I met Amelianna at my friend Sergio’s, in the 17th arrondissement of Paris. He was filming a beauty tutorial on Saturday morning for his YouTube channel, and she was his model that morning.
Amelianna, who was visiting from Italy, sat patiently on a stool in front of the camera with her cute dog Rocco in her arms, as Sergio applied a shiny eyeliner on her eyelids and filmed. Rocco was calm and seemed familiar on sets, he was very well trained, and so cute…
Her transformation was pretty and refreshing, Sergio created an appropriately Spring look and Amelianna was happy with her makeup application. After the shoot, I got to know Amelianna a little during our conversation back to the Arc de Triumph where we both hopped on the metro. She was heading back to Italy after being in town to style a shoot for a fashion magazine and visit with her Italian boyfriend who also commutes back and forth from Italy to Paris.
I was curious about Italians in Paris and asked her a few questions, like why are Americans obsessed with European designers……
Who is your Fashion Icon: Jane Birkin
Who is your favorite designer: My favorite designer is Yves Saint Laurent, he was the most innovative, the most elegant, the most modern of all.
In your opinion, why do you think Americans are obsessed with European designers: I believe it is European culture in general that fascinates Americans. Our history, and our identity that is reflected in fashion.
What is your European beauty advice for Americans: I only love natural products I recommend a line of organic products for the beauty routine of a make-up artist in Milan thé name is Co_organicskincare
How long have you been a stylist, and Do you love it: I started my job in ’97 and I continue to do it with the same passion of my first day.
Where do you live: Milan.
Where is the best pizza in your city: I love pizza, the best Pizza is “Gino Sorbillo” which is made by Neopolitans. @sorbillo
What is the future of fashion week and fashion magazines in this post covid world? Any new covid-inspired trends you hope will remain: I can’t predict what will happen, I can’t be optimistic right now but I know that we all want to live free again and I hope that from this desire there will be a great rebirth.
How have you handled the confinement and continue to work, how have the past two years changed you: I continued to work but I stopped traveling, and this was a huge limitation for my work. Very often my editorials are inspired by a location. I worked in Japan among the cherry trees in bloom, in the desert dunes of Namibia. , in ocean view villas in Malibu …. and with the pandemic all this has finished.
Do you have a beauty routine you travel with, or product you can’t live without: I always carry skin protection cream, and eyeliner and mascara with me, nothing more.
*Note: Amelianna is a Stylist, and her Italian expertise is what you will find in all if not most of the European Fashion magazines, Italian commercials and advertisements. She’s also an influencer on Instagram with more than 10K followers and if you aren’t following her now, you should for her iconic styling…
I’m a lover of the dramatic, gothic, elaborate and sumptuous, I fell in-love with Mr. Mortimer’s Wife, the Tiaras are gorgeous and allows every woman to live out her life as a queen or princess, whichever she prefers. Samantha is the go-to for inspiring gothic fairytales and living your life in and shall we use fairytale again? I think so.
Samantha in-between creating her masterpieces, and encouraging us to embrace our inner magpies, found time to answer a few questions.
Fashion Icon: I hardly know where to begin. Perhaps close to home. My mum was accepted into a prestigious art college in the 1960s, and there are many photos of her wearing snappy little outfits back then. She had a very defined sense of style. My grandmother was a seamstress to royalty in the 1930s, she worked in the Court Dress Rooms on clothes worn by Queen Mary. She was an incredibly talented dressmaker, and made most of my clothes when I was young, even my coats. Her grandfather was a tailor in Victorian times, so perhaps it was in the genes.
I think these various influences taught me that, in terms of fashion, having your own ideas about style and your own likes and dislikes is one of the most important things. I think that it’s different to following trends.
Then of course there are more obvious, tangible sources of inspiration; a few things spring to mind. I’ve always admired the way Helena Bonham Carter dresses, for instance, and I love watching costume dramas.
Time and again I’m drawn back to the Regency period in my work, everything about it was beautiful and feels like home to me. I do think I was born 200 years too late. I’d say my main inspiration for what I do is historical styles and fashions, from Tudor to Regency, Georgian to the Roaring Twenties, Ancient Rome to Victorian, and everything in between. There is often a heavy sprinkling of Victorian gothic drama in my work.
The jeweled styles seen on the runways in the early nineties still make me go a bit weak at the knees. Clothes dripping in sparkles with big, chunky costume jewelry to match. I vividly remember falling in love with a Dolce and Gabbana corset I saw in a magazine, it was covered in jewels in all the color’s of the rainbow.
As a child and young teenager those bright, vibrant color’s that were everywhere in the late 1980s and early 1990s had an enormous effect on me. In fact I haven’t really thought about it before now, but my abiding love of brightly colored jewels began at a very young age, and comes out in a lot of my work.
Last piece of item purchased before the pandemic: Not really an item, but the main thing that I remember, very shortly before lockdown began here in the UK, was spending a perfect day at the V&A in London. It was at the beginning of February 2020 and there was already a nervousness in the air about what was potentially coming our way, but I spent that day in a bubble and had such an amazing time poring over the paintings, clothes and jewelry, and buying guidebooks, that it kept me going for a few months afterwards.
If you could live in any piece of clothing what would it be: Well it would have to be a tiara, wouldn’t it? I’d wear one every time I went out, to pubs, restaurants, shopping trips, days out, dropping my kids at school – everywhere. Maybe with a big Georgian gown.
Favorite Restaurant: I think going anywhere at the moment would be a real treat, I’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to go out for the evening. There are so many places I would go, but if I have to pick one restaurant then I’d plump for Andrew Edmunds in Soho, London – a candlelit restaurant in an eighteenth century townhouse. I’ve had one or two great evenings there. Having said that, I’m not really a posh restaurant kind of girl – for an night out I’d much rather find a rickety old pub with a roaring fire and a resident ghost.
Last Book Read: I always have several books on the go, usually about history, ghosts, and mysteries, and it’s quite a feat if I manage to finish any of them. I have just finished reading The Dreams of Cardinal Vittorini by Reggie Oliver, a collection of stories very much inspired by M.R. James, my favorite author. We went to see Reggie Oliver read some of his ghostly tales at the theatre in 2017. I’m embarrassed to say it’s taken me this long to read the book that I bought that evening.
Who hasn’t made mistakes with their wardrobe in the early stages of figuring one self out. I’ve given away so much clothes, mainly because it was something I should never have purchased in the first place, there was even a purple sweater I bought twice, crazy.
The essentials to wardrobe building begin with a basic foundation, mine is Black, various shades of grey and white. I throw in color, every now and then, like a light green or olive green for my Maui vacations, I mean I can’t always wear black.
My mother actually hated it that I wore black so much, that I added the grey and I do have a few pieces of pink, and a colorful coat my mother had approved of, that I will never part with. It’s one of the last things I purchased when she was able to get out of the house for afternoon lunch.
I tend to shop at Cos and Cuyana, the quality is great and the prices affordable, plus it helps modernize my style.
A handbag that is on my wish list is from Anine Bing, It’s the Elly Bag, but because I bought jewelry, I have to pace myself, the handbag is lovely and budget friendly. I just have to exercise patience.
The fragrance I’ve been thinking about is newish, it’s by Chanel. It’s the Gabrielle Chanel Essence, I found a sample laying about and since I am on the market for a new scent, tried it on and liked it.
Just don’t forget your red lipstick……
Here’s to running around chic in basic essentials……
It’s no doubt that Angela Caglia is a master facialist, with a long-list of celebrity clients, it was time the skincare guru introduced her own skincare collection, based on simplicity, performance and quality clean ingredients. She’s been dubbed “The Hollywood Glow Girl” and with good reason, she uses her intuition to help guide her, delivering healthy glowing skin one facial at a time. She’s her best example for healthy, beautiful skin.
In-between appointments, she found time to share and answer a few questions.
Favorite Icon: Barbra Streisand (my client) She’s a true icon. She’s accomplished so much, yet takes time to pursue her hobbies as-well-as decorating and her rose garden. She’s still working and directing. She’s also a lovely empowering supporter of women following their dreams. Actually, she inspired me to start my skincare line.
Last item purchased before the pandemic: A YSL handbag. It was on my wish list and I wanted to finally get one.
Your Style: My style is casual chic. Since the pandemic I have been loving wearing casual lounge suits made of the softest materials.
Your Skincare Routine: My skincare routine is very simple. I use my products and tools morning and night. I never spend more than 5 minutes in a ritual or use more than 5 products during it. Less is more for your skin barrier and skin health.
Favorite Restaurant: My favorite restaurant is Craig’s in West Hollywood. I love it for the energy and people. It’s always a scene with interesting people coming in and the food is really good. Otherwise I prefer to cook at home which is more relaxing for my husband and I. We both work hard running the company.
If you could live in any piece of clothing, what would it be: A silk kimono robe. I find them luxurious and almost regal. I love the elegant look and feel of them. I have so many from my favorite LA designer Helena Quinn.
Last Book Read: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera.
Nothing like taking a peak into another woman’s beauty stash and closet. If I could raid Ohlala Malala’s vanity table, or handbag collection, come to think of it, her jewelry too, I would. All I would need is 5 minutes…..
Ohlala Malala answered a few questions, specifically on her beauty routine, her skin always looks amazing.
Pixie and I have become virtual friends, and her work is not only inspiring, but beautiful. She created the most beautiful watercolor painting for my nephew. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Glamour and The New York Times. You might even own a Pixie Yates original, as her items have been sold around the world, i.e. Bergdorf Goodman. In-between projects she found time to answer a few questions.
Favorite Icon: There are so many females I love, Dolly, Audrey, Michelle Obama, Jill Biden, I could go on-and-on but right now I’m really into Elizabeth Taylor – smart, business savvy, beauty, talented, generous, humanitarian, vulnerable, and brave. Can’t forget her love of diamonds.
Last Item purchased before the pandemic: A dress from my favorite shop in the East Village called ANNA , and I had just re-ordered all my skincare products from Mariana Chichet. based in LA which lasted a bit until she reopened. I lived in LA early in my fashion career and I met Mariana who makes amazing pure clean products and I have been using them ever since.
If you could live in any piece of clothing what would it be: Cashmere leggings and silk cami or vintage slip, which I wear all of the time.
Favorite Restaurant: Il Buco– amazing ingredients, simple, farm to table and I had my wedding rehearsal dinner there in the wine cellar. I used to meet music industry clients there.
Last book read: I have 2 books, 9th Street women and finishing up Dolly by Dolly Parton My life and other unfinished Business.
Inspiration: I find it everywhere from nature, color, cute shops, and towns, vintage fabrics, seed catalogs on and on, beach, sea, flowers. I’m really into making custom hostess gifts which are kind-of old school.
I have clients ordering custom cocktail watercolors to give party hosts, which they love, another ordered a custom hydrangea floral watercolor to give to a host who has everything, she didn’t want to give the usual tea towel, etc., the recipient loved it so much, home portraits to the hosts are also being ordered. Now that we are gathering, people want something more personal and one of a kind gifts.
I’ve looked ageless for years, women have always asked me what my secret was. It was that I grew-up watching my mother always applying some type of moisturizer or mask on her face and when I turned 15, I began doing the same. Out came the eye cream and moisturizer, an egg mask and I would even apply mayonnaise and beer to my hair. This went on for years until I started to notice my skin wasn’t looking the same as it did when I was in my twenties, so age appropriate skincare became a concern, I had to up the ante.
Vichy is a great European drugstore brand, and I started using it once the pandemic began.
I’m preparing my makeup bag for when I have to start leaving the house again. I am trying really hard to keep it to essentials only, but it’s difficult. What is not shown here is my mini Mason Pearson brush, I am being too frugal in splurging on another one, but it’s time. I mean I think my mini travel brush is 20 years old, it’s come with me to Italy, France, London, Mexico, New York, Maui and Switzerland. Question is, do I really want to part with an item that still serves it’s purpose all because it’s not shiny and new?
Any advice? I probably don’t need the whole bottle of Chanel Skin Illuminator, but it just arrived today and I am excited about it. What are you excited about?
Madeleine Sara is into fashion and on Instagram for fun. I began following her for inspiration, her view on fashion and entertainment caught my attention and I just had to ask her if she would be interested in an interview. She graciously accepted. She’s a fashion view on freshness today and very très chic.
Fashion Icon: Lately I’ve been obsessed with Hailey Bieber’s style. I love the oversized blazers, leather jackets and coats worn with cropped tops/tanks and jeans, very edgy and cool.Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is also a favorite, she always looks impeccably stylish. I love her style because it’s very classic and elegant. The way she mixes simple silhouettes with statement pieces is just amazing.
Last Item purchased before the Pandemic: New Balance 990 sneakers. Probably bought these mid-pandemic but I’ve only worn them once and then the snow came. But will bring them out now as spring has arrived.
Wish List: This list is long. But to pick out two of my top items: •Loewe Puzzle bag, I have wanted this bag for a long time, was going to buy it when I got my new job here in Stockholm but other things happened and I needed to put my money elsewhere. But I’m getting it soon. •White oversized shirt. I think this is one of the most essential pieces for spring/summer. I’ll wear it with my Levi’s 501 jeans when I’m going out for drinks with friends or over my bikini at the beach.
Favorite Restaurant: I’m a big brunch person so if I need to pick one then it’s Bubby’s in Tribeca, New York. I go there every time I travel to New York, they make the best pancakes with Nutella, blueberries and syrup. It is the perfect spot to experience the busy NYC vibe.
Last Book Read: I’m a crime junkie, so I only read crime books and usually series as I like when I can follow the characters for a longer period. I’m starting a new book series now, by a Norwegian author called Jo Nesbø and his Harry Hole series. It’s supposed to be really good and it has 12 books so it will keep me occupied this summer.
Beauty Routine: I have very sensitive skin and prone to redness so I am very selective with what I put on my skin. I use Dermalogica special cleansing gel to wash my face in the morning and to remove my makeup in the evening. During the day I use Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil which gives the skin great moisture and also helps with fine lines. After that I apply my day cream that has SPF in it.
If you could live in any piece of clothing what would it be: This is a hard one, I don’t think I can pick just one piece. I would say jeans and tee, definitely my go-to outfit, and then adding a oversized blazer.
Here’s to running around chic, to follow Madeleine Sara @Mads.sara
Leopard is a no-brainer, it instantly gives that je ne sais quoi that only a crimson pout can achieve.
I have always been a fan, and my only regret has been not purchasing the YSL Leopard shawl those many years ago, it was 1k and with my employee discount would have been half-off, I was a fool for not having bitten the bullet or debating for so long that they sold out.
It is better to be a fool for purchasing that one item that you know would make you happy than not.
Leopard is also the most versatile neutral, besides the chicest. Women for generations have been wearing it, it’s available in scarves, shoes, handbags and clothing. I am also going to add that no-one and I mean no-one makes Leopard like YSL.
Here are photos of some current wishes and some beauties who know how to wear it.
Here’s to running around chic in the chicest neutral…..(All Photos Via Google Images)
Sara’s aesthetic is inspirational, it’s the perfect balance of life on a beach and living in a city. Her jewelry collection has been featured in the world’s most well-known magazines, and if you haven’t heard of Dezso, than you have been living under a rock. Sara’s designs are for the every-day to day events in life and will take you to those exceptional moments when your jewels will do the talking.
She’s been busy, but found time to answer a few questions.
Fashion Icon: My mother, she’s taught me the principles of who I am. My mom has always been really elegant and she’s a great artist, I remember when I was 5, I used to help out at her ceramic/ porcelain studio, I helped her either pour the ceramic or clean it getting it ready for presentation.
Creating sacred space is more important now than it has ever been before. I love products from Root Foot, products created with organic and wildcrafted essential oils that not only smell delicious, but that are good for our environment, meaning our personal space.
I love dabbing the Single Note Palo Santo on my wrists, and other pulse points. I just love the smell of Palo Santo, it’s soothing, calming and helps me center myself so that my emotional equilibrium isn’t disturbed.
There are other products too, they also have fragrances, diffusor oils and other items for creating your own sacred space.
I’ve been into skincare and keeping the girls firm since I was fifteen years old. This past year has been the only year where I let things slide, I mean I did mask on occasion, but not as often as I was masking before the pandemic. However using a bust cream or lotion was something I just didn’t do, plus I’m happily single, I’m also not as vain as I used to be and honestly it’s not as bad as all that, I can salvage them and not need surgery if I take action now.
A few Décolleté lotions and potions I’ve tried and recommend are either by Talika, Clarins and Lierac. I first purchased Lierac on my first trip to Paris, I mean what could be more fun than walking into a Pharmacy in Paris and purchasing a French bust cream?
Luckily Talika is a French brand and they do sell in the US, I love their products and their Bio-Enzymes Mask Neckline is perfect for when you’re laying down, using other sheet masks, a great way to restore and relax while the infusion gets soaked in leaving your skin, supple, soft and firmer.
So, how are you going to recover from this long hibernation?