My Chanel amour! Luxury brand will open first spa: Chanel au Ritz Paris

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French fashion house Chanel is opening its first eponymous spa at the newly renovated Hôtel Ritz Paris, where Mademoiselle Gabrielle "CoCo" Bonheur Chanel lived for 34 years, until her death in 1971. The Ritz Paris closed in 2012 for the biggest renovation in its 117-year history and with this announcement among others is certain to make a grand re-opening – set for this end of this year. It's located in Paris’ 1st arrondissement overlooking the border of the Place Vendôme

“Chanel au Ritz Paris” is a “new beauty concept dedicated to Chanel’s skincare ... [the spa will] provide women with a unique sensorial and customized experience,” according to a statement from Chanel. “The story linking Chanel and the Ritz Paris would not be complete without the opening of a new Coco Chanel suite inspired by the one she originally occupied and by the decor she loved so much.”

Along with the new spa, the Ritz Paris has updated the Coco Chanel Suite, a 1,670-square-foot guest room which consists of two bedrooms and a living area, as part of the property’s total renovation. It's complete with her beige suede settee with quilted cushions and a folding screen made from lacquered Coromandel.

Save the date, reservations open on June 17. I am sure these two ladies won't miss the opening.


Blonde Hair Trend: Natural Afro Next Level

Lighten the load for spring. Take your natural hair style to the next level by experimenting with lighter shades. The saying,  “Blondes have more fun,”  just may true. The only way to really find out is to jump in with both feet and go light. Blonde Afros and natural styles add a very exotic look to any girl stomping the pavement in her personal concrete urban jungle. With the weather warming up it is the perfect accessory to an already winning wardrobe. I go blonde once every two years. As long as you make sure to condition properly because it will dry your hair out, the heightened attention you receive as you turn heads, will be well worth it.

Blonde: winner. Afro Natural: winner. Blonde natural Afro: You can’t lose.#WINNING.

Check out the following styles and encourage yourself to push the style envelope. If you want to preserve your hair and keep it virgin, wig and weave options in blonde natural styles have just as much impact.

Take that step. Get life.

Think Marilyn Monroe, smacking strawberry bubble gum, gold-plated door knockers in earlobes, tribal painted fingertips, listening to Biggie on her iPod on a Brooklyn stoop in the summertime going Afro natural … nothing’s more fly than that.

Turn heads on any sidewalk you stroll down with this beautiful light color and natural silhouette.

Paris … London … Los Angeles … New York … Harlem, oh my.


Why Barneys lipstick is worth $75 a tube

Barneys has launched a new lipstick by makeup and fragrance genius Serge Luten. Serge made waves in the 1990s when he took over the Japanese makeup company Shiseido. The campaigns combined the world of high fashion editorials and makeup. He was also hired by Vogue to do makeup, accessories, and fragrance. Christian Dior hired Luten to develop a line of makeup, as well.

Barneys continues to honor the legacy of great fashion by introducing this new refillable lipstick. The initial tube is $75 and the refills are $55. As fashionistas, it is important we have one splurge item. Instead of shoes or a great handbag, we say, extend your thinking and the way you shop. Take a break from Louboutins or Giusseppes and start to expand your knowledge of great fashion and luxe makeups. It lends to the rich feeling you get when your whole outfit is perfect from head to toe. High-end products are worth every penny in ingredients and durability. For women already wearing Chanel lip colors, some tubes start at $55 … so this may fall into the same line.


Tracy Reese Is Having Fun With Fall 2013 Collection


Tracy Reese’s Fall 2013 Collection is colorful, fun and alive with touches of retro-whimsy. Having an air of retro-styling that immediately recalls the 1980’s, old school Luther and Force MD’s were background music to the memory of our then-new love for all things thrift store. What was better than scoring a bold patterned, tea-length dress that, with a few alterations, was perfect for the office or the weekends? One with Reese’s impeccable cut and to-die-for fabric. The red peony A-line dress was a show stopper. Actually, most of the dresses and skirts were A-line (a pear-shaped girl’s dream!) with bold reds, greens, and blue patterns.

The topper coats were in animal prints, a practical black with a mod design, and jacket length with huge lapels. Does anyone do topper coats anymore? We know Sarah Vaughn loved them as did Diahann Carroll. Reese is betting you will, too. We tend to agree.

Reese made sure the pieces were interchangeable making cost of ownership more palatable.  This was across the board as the grey pencil skirt’s red cable sweater would also perfectly top paint-splashed bottom with matching top.


Yomi Abiola

Discovered by a model scout in London, Yomi Abiola commenced her runway walk at the age of 15. Fashion editorials in high-fashion glossies would follow, as would an exclusive contract to be the face of make-up giant, Maybelline. The smart and beautiful Abiola was on The Rock for Saint International's StyleWeek, working as a contributing editor for Vogue Italia. Yomi Abiola has launched an initiative to promote fair labor practices in the global fashion industry, fight the use of underage models, promote diversity and improve working conditions.


Oluchi Onweagba

Face of Africa 

Supermodel, entrepreneur, mother, student 

Oluchi was born August 1, 1980, in Nigeria. Oluchi captivated the judges and easily won the M-Net’s Face of Africa,competition at just 17 years old. Oluchi has graced the covers of Italian Voguei-DElleUntold, and Surface, and she has been featured in NylonMarie ClaireAllure, and other national editions of Vogue around the world. She is the face of campaigns for Gianfranco Ferré, Victoria’s Secret, Gap, Express, Banana Republic, and Ann Taylor.  In addition to being an incredibly busy model, Oluchi is studying for her associate’s degree in business organization and management at New York University.