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Holiday Hues with Serge Lutens Maquillage

Melissa Ladd | Photo : Vincent Gigot

Article by Melissa Ladd

I was invited to a makeup presentation one recent evening at the stunning Serge Lutens boutique at Palais Royal, Paris to test the newly added items to the maquillage (makeup) collection : « Le Necessaire de beauté« . It’s always such a pleasure to skip over to this jewelbox of a boutique at the end of the day for a little indulgence in beauty. Serge Lutens has a way of creating a story and an aura around each one of his products that I find entirely enticing.

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One of this things I love about his makeup is the dramatic effect it can have, another is how well thought out the products are. Serge Lutens leaves nothing to chance and considers every single aspect of his products from the coverage of the makeup to the durability of the pigments to the gesture one would make when using them and even the sound a lipstick tube makes when it is closed. It’s all about aesthetic. Continue reading Holiday Hues with Serge Lutens Maquillage

Men in the City Soirée eparisiens

Article by Charles Gillman


I was invited for Prête-Moi Paris to the eparisiens ‘Men in the City’ soirée given by Willina, a digital communication agency that specializes in blogger outreach for brands run by two parisian women who have been blogging for years themselves. The event was held at the Habitat Parisien’s loft appartment in the 11th arrondissement. A gorgeous apartment that can be rented for a fabulous stay in Paris. The event was introducing us to this spacious abode as well as products from Logitech, Slendertone, Gustave & cie, and Clarins Men.



But back to the soirée…

I was off to the rue Popincourt loft, where they’d invited different bloggers to mingle and to try out different brands. I thought I was running late but I was almost one of the first one’s there… Isn’t that awkward in Paris? Parisians always tend to be fashionably late. Continue reading Men in the City Soirée eparisiens

Top 10 Beautiful French Women

Some say that French women are more beautiful. I don’t know if that is true. Perhaps the myth comes from a certain poise (also known as discretion), a savoir-faire when it comes to wardrobe, and a light hand when it comes to fixing the ravages of time (also known as plastic surgery). Whatever it is, all ten of these women represent that je-ne-sais-quoi in French elegance and beauty, that women worldwide try to imitate. And these ladies seem to do so effortlessly. These are my top ten most beautiful French women today.

Isabelle Adjani

N° 1. Isabelle Adjani. -Ever since I saw the movie La Reine Margot, I was immediately captivated by this woman’s striking beauty. And her seemingly independent and fiery yet graceful nature only add to her enigma. Born in 1955 she began acting at age 14, in theaters. Actress, model, mother and with a bi-cultural background (her father was Kabylie-Algerian ~they are known for their striking blue or green eyes~ and her mother was Bavarian-German). Isabelle was born in Paris. She’s known for her intense self-implication into the roles she plays.  she has not only has talent and beauty, she has charisma. If you have never seen La Reine Margot or Camille Claudel, you’ll understand! Continue reading Top 10 Beautiful French Women

Charles Gillman Cosmetics

Charles Gillman Cosmetics
Charles Gillman and I have worked together a few times, for photo shoots, sometimes I am the model, sometimes I am behind the camera, but Charles is always the make-up artist, expert, beautifier and magician. He can turn any face into a glamor puss ready for the glossies with a couple dabs of his fingers and a few flicks of his brushes, and voilà…you look like a star.

But beyond his talents as a makeup artist, he is a true businessman, marketer and creator of a brand of cosmetics with a message. Charles promotes healthy skin through using nature inspired cosmetics and being healthy inside and out.  Continue reading Charles Gillman Cosmetics

Spa My Blend @ Le Royal Monceau


Hotel de luxe : Le Royal Monceau Raffles
When you are over 5 months pregnant and someone offers you to review their spa, you thank your lucky stars for the much needed pampering. My Blend by Clarins invited me to have a made-to-measure skin care facial at their ultra calm über luxurious spa at the Royal Monceau Raffles 5 star hotel. The Spa My Blend, located at the -1 level is a 1500 square meter establishment with a gorgeous 23 meter pearl of a pool. The innovative My Blend skin care products are the reason I was there. This branch brand of Clarins was founded by Olivier Courtin who is the youngest son of Jacques Courtin (the founder of Clarins). Clarins is considered the number 1 in Europe for high end beauty care. And Olivier Courtin who, enriched with experience and knowledge from his medical career as a surgeon, was inspired to create a skin care line that would focus on the regenerative nature of the skin as well as a made-to-measure approach to everyone’s skin care needs. Continue reading Spa My Blend @ Le Royal Monceau

Oriza Legrand – Perfume legends

Oriza Legrand Paris boutique There are perfume brands, and then there are perfume legends. Oriza Legrand is of the latter type. It is a brand that began centuries ago; in 1720 to be exact.

Sadly it did not survive the hardships of WWII and the company closed down.

But, two devoted connaisseurs, Franck Belaiche and Hugo Lambert, took on the challenge of reviving the brand. Refering to themwelves as successors of the brand, and not founders, they strive to recreate the brand’s perfumes exactly as they once were. Continue reading Oriza Legrand – Perfume legends

Fatima Lopez AW2014 – Ad Naturam

Post By Charles Gillman.



It was a Wednesday afternoon under yet an additional grey Paris day. There I was on the Faubourg Saint Honoré collecting my ticket from Melissa for the Fatima Lopez show, I was also in the middle of having a casual nervous breakdown with regards to what to wear, Spanish designer, on the Champs Elysées… At the Lido! “JUST wear something sexy, her styles are always very WOW and sexy!” Melissa said interrupting my anxiety attack that I was oh so enjoying. ‘Sexy… Me? Are you joking?’ I thought to myself. It seemed as if the enormous glasses and the scarf that concealed Charlie’s chicken neck would have to stay home in the thirteenth district for the morning.

Continue reading Fatima Lopez AW2014 – Ad Naturam

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