Archive for Aromatherapy

My Favorite Spa & SkinCare – Amore Pacific – Futuristic Skin Care Inspired From 5 Eastern Traditional Elements: Water, Metal, Earth, Fire & Wood

Posted in Amore Pacific, Beauty & Health, Fabulous Locations with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 21, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Since 2007, I’ve been a big fan of their spa in downtown SOHO area in NYC. I usually go have a facial or massage once a month when I used to live in NYC, now I am in California, I still make sure to visit their Beauty Gallery in Soho whenever I am visiting New Yor. What makes Amore Pacific so special is when you walked into the door, they will seat you down & offer you a cup of special blend of green tea before your appointment.

Then a thorough “Elemental Energy Analysis” inspired from five different Eastern traditional elements: Water, Metal, Earth, Fire and Wood will be performed by an aesthetician to determine which one of the five elements will best suit each client’s inner needs! I love it that they are really not just giving you a moisturizers and gives you a massage and send you home, instead it really follows the ancient Eastern philosophy of “Balancing the elements within” and by doing it will result a better well being & of course better skin.

Not just their products are amazing; the design of their spa is just wonderful! It mirrors the company philosophy of organic ingredients used to create its products. Within the architecture, the elements of Water, Earth, Wood, Metal and Fire are represented in either a literal or in a symbolic form. The atmosphere of the soothing warm light emanates from indirect sources behind the mirror and adjacent walls.

The signature ingredients are three Asian botanicals: Pure homegrown Korean green tea, bamboo and the precious & the amazing Red Ginseng. The green tea is specially grown for the company in farmland located at the foot of Hallasan Mountain on Jeju Island, an dormant volcano that has 1846 SQKM surface and located 130 KM from the southern coast of Korea.

It is there that fresh water & volcanic soils lie and the climate is ideal for the growth of the tea. Also the slow growing Red Ginseng they use are at least 6 years old plant that provides the most potent essence benefit to the skin. The elements in the products reach the deepest layer of the skin and are intended to help increase the rate at which your cells reproduce themselves.

Here are the secret ingredients that make Amore Pacific skin care stands out from others!

Bamboo is the most resilient plant on the planet and is often revered for its unique quality of incredible strength and utmost flexibility. Referred to in Asian culture as “Divine Water,” bamboo sap has been prescribed for centuries for purification, well-being, and longevity. It is carefully collected over 12 hours only in the peak months of May and June. Originating from a plant of amazing vitality and resiliency, bamboo sap is used in every AmorePacific product to strengthen the skin’s self defense. Benefits from this exclusive, patented, ingredient include:

* Increases radiance and vitality; hydrates and nourishes the skin

* Delivers vital minerals and amino acids to recreate a healthy environment for the skin

* Strengthens skin’s self defense against the environment, ultimately promoting age-resistant, resilient skin

Used exclusively throughout the entire AmorePacific skincare line, Korean red ginseng has extraordinary healing powers and has been used as a medicinal “cure-all” for hundreds of years, including promoting overall well-being. Having a positive impact on the entire body, this mineral-rich botanical nourishes the skin, helps ensure balance and strength, and provides important antioxidant benefits, making it an ideal ingredient for age-fighting skin care. The most powerful and highest quality ginseng in the world, Korean red ginseng (harvested after six years of growth) is used throughout the entire AmorePacific Skincare line. Benefits from this potent plant include:

* Improves radiance and vitality; rejuvenates skin energy

* Provides antioxidant protection to counter harmful environmental aggressors

* Minimizes lines and wrinkles

* Enhances benefits from all active botanicals

Over three decades ago, AmorePacific was the first to utilize green tea extract from its own green tea gardens into a skincare formulation. The AmorePacific green tea plantation is located in the Pacific Eden of Jeju Island, nestled at the foot of Mount Halla, where pristine fields and mineral-rich volcanic soil form a perfect microclimate for green tea cultivation. There, it’s nurtured in an environment unmatched anywhere in the world. The only cosmetic company to cultivate and hand pick its own green tea, AmorePacific has unlocked the secret to skin longevity and wellness, utilizing every vital component of the green tea plant—including the leaf, stem, flower, and seed. Each vital part of the plant is harvested at peak times, ensuring the purest nutrients and antioxidant properties are used in all their formulations, delivering unprecedented benefits to the skin including:

* Antioxidant protection to counter harmful environmental aggressors

* Vital nutrients to promote a healthy environment for the skin

* Continuous deep hydration to combat dehydration, fine lines, and wrinkles

If you like to make purchase some of these amazing products, it’s available at BergdorfGoodman.com or NeimanMarcus.com and Sephora.com

To find out more info about this amazing skin care collection, click here Amorepacific.com or the photo below to visit their official website

Remember, it’s never too early to start taking care of your skin! and the true beauty having a balence mind, body & soul!

Until next time, be well and look fabulous!

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Advertisements

Gothic Chic & Dark Glamour

Posted in Alexander McQueen, Chanel, D.L. & Co., Dolce & Gabbana, Ferragamo, Gothic Chic & Dark Glamour, Haute Couture, Jean Paul Gaultier, Salvatore Ferragamo, Valentino with tags , , , , , on March 21, 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, Home Decor with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2010 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 D.L. & Co., Gothic Chic & Dark Glamour, Home Decor with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2010 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.

Douglas Little -  small

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).