L’Occitane Introduces Holiday Gifts and a New Store Location

L’Occitane en Provence has added some much needed beauty to the Upper East Side with the opening of its brand new heritage shop on October 25th located at 180 East 86th Street. “Our new store honors the history of the brand, the entire story,” explains founder Olivier Baussan (pictured below). “This new heritage store reflects our roots in Provence, showcasing the authentic traditions and ingredients which have always guided L’Occitane.”

A first-of-its-kind boutique, the new heritage store tells the story of L’Occitane through dramatic design elements and visuals. As the brand celebrates its 35th anniversary, the new boutique is chronicling L’Occitane’s evolution from the first harvest in 1976 to the present through reclaimed, vintage furniture, authentic Provencal décor and signature services.

Inside the store, visitors will see ingredients come to life. Lavender plants and Verbena are placed throughout the shop which also boasts bespoke signature services, including Skincare and Hair Care Consultation areas, a Hand Massage Station, and more. In keeping with L’Occitane’s heritage, the store houses a Citroën 2CV car just like the one Olivier first used when he got his start selling soaps and essential oils in the markets of Provence.

The Holiday 2011 L’Occitane collection is inspired by Confiserie Florian, a classic fragrance distillery in the south of France, where fresh fruits and flowers are transformed into decadent delights. And delightful is exactly what these season’s L’Occitane holiday treats are:

Délice des Fruits – Lemon & Clementine. If you love the fresh scent of citrus, then this refreshing collection is for you.

Lip Balm – Enriched with sweet almond oil, the smooth, creamy texture nourishes, protects, and leaves a beautiful sheen on lips. With its delectable scent and shape inspired by the calisson sweets of Provence, it is the most irresistible treat! 0.35 oz. – $12

Shower Jelly – On contact with water, the exquisite texture of this Shower Jelly transforms into a creamy lather, for a delicious and indulgent shower experience. Its gentle formula cleanses the skin, leaving it perfumed with a sparkling scent. 8.4 fl. oz. – $20

Body Cream – This gel-cream nourishes skin while enveloping it in the juicy, delectable scent of candied citrus peel. 8.4 oz. – $35

Perfumed Soap – The elegant shape of this soap is inspired by one of the most coveted Provençal sweets: calissons. This plant-based soap thoroughly cleanses the hands and body without drying skin. 1.7 oz. – $5

Bath Ball – The effervescent Bath Ball dissolves in bath water, releasing bright colors and delicious scents. 1.4 oz. – $4

Hand Cream – With its zesty, succulent scent, this Hand Cream will delight all those who love to indulge. Its irresistible formula nourishes hands and protects against harsh winter conditions. 1 oz. – $10

Sweet Candle – This aromatic Scented Candle fills your home with sweet and sparkling scents – evocative of those which escape from the confectionary workshops in Provence. Its original calisson shape makes a beautiful gift. 3.5 oz. – $25

Home Perfume Diffuser – Add a decorative and fragrant touch to your home this holiday season. Inside are a glass bottle, fifteen natural perfume diffuser sticks and a perfume refill. There are plenty of scents to choose from, with something to match every mood and occasion: White Blossoms, Candied Fruit, Provençal Landscape, and many more. $16

Délice des Fleurs – Rose & Violet. For lovers of floral, this delicate mix of delicious, powdery rose and violet petals with a hint of sugar is the perfect fit.

The Délice des Fleurs Eau de Toilette. This delicate and gourmand floral fragrance captures the delicious scents of sugar-coated crystallized flowers. The frosted bottle evokes the curves of a melting caramel drop. 2.6 fl. oz. – $42

Solid Perfume – Ideal for fragrant touch-ups throughout the day, this Solid Perfume is packaged in a charming round tin. As it melts on your skin, it releases the delicious floral scents of the Eau de Toilette. 0.35 oz. – $10

Shower Jelly – With its sweet, floral scent, the Délice des Fleurs Shower Jelly makes your skin feel and smell delicious and irresistible. On contact with water, it transforms into a rich creamy lather that delicately cleanses the skin. 8.4 fl. oz. – $20

Body Milk – The Délice des Fleurs Body Milk keeps skin beautifully soft, supple and velvety – even in the heart of winter. Its nourishing formula, enriched with grape seed oil and shea butter, sinks into the skin with the lightest touch. 8.4 fl. oz. – $24

Hand Cream – Enriched with shea butter, this cream protects against winter damage and leaves hands delicately perfumed and enveloped in softness. 1 oz. – $10

Lip Gloss – The Rose and Violet Lip Glosses soften lips and give a subtle sheen of color. With their delectable scent and colorful cases, who could resist this temptation? 0.1 oz. – $12

Other great gifts from L’Occitane include their Starkits which are a perfect way to indulge yourself during the cold winter months

Happy Holiday Shopping

Sonia Kashuk for Target Holiday 2011 Collection

There’s one thing I must say about Sonia Kashuk brushes, whether you’re into makeup or not, they will make you want to have them. The dazzling Sonia Kashuk Holiday 2011 Collection for Target is no exception. The Limited Edition brush sets are gorgeous, I found myself continuously needing to hold these glam brushes. Below is the fabulous All Out Glam 6-Piece Brush Set in Silver and Black.

This shimmering set includes this chic clutch, which doubles as a great evening bag, a Powder/Blush Brush, Pointed Foundation Brush, Small Duo Fibre Brush, Eyeshadow Brush, Angled Contour Brush and Pointed Eye Liner Brush and retails for a very jaw-dropping $24.99. You can also add one more bit of glam to this brush set by adding the Diamond in the Brush Kabuki Brush

Even though this flat top brush only comes in silver, at $12.99, it’ll add a bit of sparkle to any brush set. Of course the holiday offerings are not just brushes, Sonia Kashuk also offers a great Lip and Eye palette called Prepping for the Party

This slim day to night glam up kit will take you from Holiday shopping to Holiday parties. Six eyeshadow colors including a sparkly beige, icy lilac, shimmery petal pink, metallic gunmetal gray, eggplant and deep plum allow for a sparkly eye, contoured look and a rich smoky eye. The six creamy lip colors includes a pale glistening peach, creamy pinky nude, mauve and three berry shades (one of which is shimmery), a perfect way to glam up your lips this celebratory season.

Along with the above, Sonia Kashuk is also introducing an exclusive Luxe Collection for Target. The collection includes several items in Quilted Faux Leather and Nylon with Oversized Silver Studs. “…I drew upon all elements of texture, structure, and design to develop a stylish one-of-a-kind collection of functionality gorgeous travel and beauty accessories available exclusively at Target.com,” says Sonia Kashuk.

Quilted Collection

The above quilted faux leather Haute Couture 10-Piece Brush Roll ($64.99), Tres Chic 6-Piece Brush Set ($34.99) and the Mademoiselle Clutch with Chain ($24.99) are all embellished with chic silver studs, black tassel ties and nylon lining, perfect for chic on the go traveling. Everyone will think you paid more than you did.

Nylon Collection with Oversized Silver Studs

The above Agent Provocateur Train Case ($34.99) (featured closed and closed), is the ultimate customizable beauty travel accessory. It features removable foam modular trays that allow you to create whatever size sections you need – adjust it to fit bottles, tubes, compacts, brushes, etc. The nylon fabrication also makes it easy to wipe clean.

The Ooh La La Valet ($24.99) is what every travelling beauty lover needs. The stylish black-studded case opens up to a portable makeup station that can be taken anywhere. No room in your bathroom? Freshening up on a plane or train? This swivel hanger-equipped valet features two removable pouches that velcro in and out, a zippered pocket, sections to store makeup brushes, and a fold down shelf. The Sonia Kashuk Luxe Collection will be available exclusively at Target.com at the beginning of November.

Shopping List – jcpenney Holiday 2011 Footwear

Ever on the hunt to fulfill my appetite for fun, sexy, fierce….available shoes (yes I truly accept the fact that I am an unquenchable shoe addict). I think I own more shoes than anything else. I also know I am destined to become the old woman who lives in a shoe. Anyway, as you will see below, jcpenney is making it very difficult to curb this insatiable appetite for shoes. I previously featured some amazing womenswear looks jcpenney is offering for Holiday 2011, now its time to highlight the shoes and accessories. Prepare your must buy tags because you will be shopping (and saving)

Olsenboye ‘Fionna’ Pump – two bold features to rev up your holiday party and have eyes trailing your every step. What’s sexier than sexy red sating and the fierce animal print? The price! This darling is only $49.99. A close second runner up to this style is the very sexy City Streets® ‘Layla’ Pump.

From L to R – Olsenboye ‘Pepper’ Pump, Jacqueline Ferrar® ‘Jovana’ Shootie ($39.99) and n by Nicole Miller® ‘Michelle’ Pump ($39.99). Add some sparkle or chiffon and satin to pump up any holiday look.

Nine & Co.® ‘Lanica’ Bootie – stay edgy, warm and stylish in these fab faux fur booties while still keeping your wallet filled. At $69.99, it’ll be a fun and fashionable holiday season.

n by Nicole Miller® ‘Alexandria’ Bootie – can’t decide suede or leather for fall? Then why not have both for the low price of $59.99. What’s more fabulous and daring than a peep-toe wedge.

Lands’ End Fall 2011 Holiday Collection

Imagine yourself in a cabin in the woods with family or friends, sitting around a roaring fire while delicate snowflakes fall from the sky outside – of course you’re most likely sipping on a cup of hot chocolate or tea while sitting on your couch watching TV but if you’re wearing any of Lands’ End’s Winter collection, your tiny apartment will seem like a cozy cabin. The Lands’ End Holiday 2011 collection features gifts with a more personalized feel because they are handcrafted.

Classic old American touches like needlepoint appear in iPad and tablet cases (which on closer inspection looks like tent stitches) and slippers; while knitted throw pillow covers and stockings joins Lands’ End’s classic sweaters, peacoats, shirts and pants.

And of course, what’s winter without plaid. Lands’ End plaid makes its way throughout the collection. I spotted plaid shirts, pajamas, robes, a chic shift dress and even a wrap – are all seen in winter’s uniform

Talbots Holiday 2011 Collection: Wish & Tell

Talbots will color your holiday wardrobe with an assortment of jeweled-toned colors. There’s nothing more eye-catching than a bold color against the stark white winter snow or the dull, dreary and cloudy winter weather. (side note: I’ve always wanted a glowing red cape like Little Red Riding Hood)
That’s the feeling I got when walking through Talbots Holiday collection – sapphire, emerald, ruby red, teal, royal purple and raspberry are presented in dresses, coats, skirts etc

Of course these rich tones were not the just featured in the clothing but shoes and accessories as well. I particularly love the bracelets

Of course there were more offerings besides the jewel tones, a favorite trend – the black and white graphic, was also prevalent. Solid black and white and herringbone was shown in

What’s holiday celebrations without a bit of sparkle and Talbots give you lots of it with lamé, sequins and even adds some shine to animal prints

Alex & Chloe for Forever21 Holiday 2011

Forever 21 has done some amazing collaborations in the past and for Holiday 2011, they continue to bring great designers into their world. Forever 21 has become a great way to be introduced to unique designers that may not be on your radar. One such great collaboration is Alex & Chloe for Forever 21.

And guess what – they’re all under $20.00. That’s right, the pieces start at $4.80 up to $15.80. The Hematite finished collection is edgy and punk-inspired featuring spikes, studs, crosses and modern architectural shapes. As you can see, the pieces look expensive, I attest that to the hematite finish and the fact that the jewelry are actually heavier than usual Forever 21 pieces. For those of you not familiar, the regular Alex & Chloe Collection has pieces that are above $2,000 so we’re getting amazing pieces for ridiculously wallet-friendly prices.

When are you able to get your hands on these? Keep and eye out for the Alex & Chloe for Forever 21 Collection which hits stores and their e-commerce site December 2nd.

American Eagle 2011 Holiday Collection

American Eagle showcased some adorably sweet dresses to get your holiday festivities and gifting started on the right path. Pump up your holiday parties in a sweet bold purple cocktail dress with embellished bodice, a chic black pleated cocktail dress, a darling ballerina-inspired tulle dress or go with a textured print

All which will charm the hearts of any young woman who is a fan of American Eagle’s products. The undeniably youthful collection continues to be interchangeable as cocktail dresses are layered under cozy sweaters and cardigans, sleek blazers and fun furry winter hats and vests.

This collection also features American Eagle staples – jeans, sweaters, accessories, bags, et al in ultra bold color mixes – bold red and blue plaids, brightly colored florals against solid muted backgrounds, pink jeans, richly colored navajo prints.

We also got to preview American Eagle’s three new fragrances – Bohemian (citrus, garden herbs, wildflowers and jasmine are among the crisp, feminine notes), Crush (as it name implies, it’s romantic, flirty, youthful and fresh) and Live (girly, clean and Fresh are some of the words to describe this mischievous fragrance). I found myself more partial to the spicy sweetness of the Live fragrance