Whether you want to find your Holiday gifts or you really need something to cheer you up, Heaven on Earth is your place to be. I visited the all-set-for-Christmas shop last week and it made my day. Annick Goutal, D.L. & Co. home fragrances, the new Laduree candles, Bumble & Bumble hair products, Molton Brown, Agraria soaps -you name it.
There are some new entries on the block and here is all in full display.
I love sector “Beauty” but those of you who know me for a while most probably have noticed that I have a thing with hair. I use a few beauty products but hair, well is my thing you know.
First of all, Kérastase has a new, quite important launch. “Discipline” is a procedure that offers discipline, of course, and anti frizz control to the unruly hair that actually stays untouched from humidity, while at the same time is easier to style. It is divided in two parts: The first one is the Discipline Protocol that you get to do in an authorized hairdresser. I did mine at Ilias Zarbalis, and I came out with smooth, shiny and lightweight hair that will last for ten hairwashes. The second part is the one you do at home by using accordingly the shampoo, mask and anti-frizz spray, to preserve the “Discipline” effect. I loved it.
Famous, beloved greek brand Korres just put out the most magnificent CC Cream I have ever used, based on Wild Rose, the trademark ingredient of Korres beauty products since the very beginning. This colour correcting cream SPF30 is a multi-tasking product: a moisturizer that brightens the skin while at the same time covers all the imperfections, for a make up free look.
And then we have a very uncommon perfume, “Black Opium”. Coffee Floral, boyish and dark the new fragrance by Yves-Saint Laurent 37 years after the launch of the legendary “Opium” is highly addictive. And how cool is that bottle, right.
As promised, a post dedicated to the most ancient pharmaceutical workshop in the world.
Santa Maria di Novella in Florence is well known for its natural products from local herbs since 1612 and for producing the first perfume worldwide for Catherine de Medici. Now their vast collection includes from soaps and perfumes to facial skincare and wax. And the list is long. Being crazy about it ever since I came across their products at at El.Marnieri gallery, I couldn’t help but paying a visit at its historical and charming building in Florence when I traveled there.
Exclusively at Eleni Marneri gallery.
The last part of my roadtrip included a stop over at Montlucon and then the town of Annecy in the Rhône-Alpes region of France and the passage underneath Mont-Blanc mountain to Milan and Bergamo, Italy.
XXIIth century Saint-Peter’s church in Montlucon is one of the most striking Romanesque edifices I’ve ever seen, due to its authentic simplicity and those imposing round piles to support the bell tower.
The charming lake Annecy surrounded by mountains, laced with canals and flower-covered bridges.
Mont-Blanc is white indeed -its name resulted from its snow-capped mountain peaks throughout the year.
The food at 7367 restaurant in Annecy.
Alta Citta in Bergamo, an almost untouched medieval city.
The cold fish soup at Vineria Cozzi.
The yard at 10 Corso Como and the most impressive collections on display.
Byredo “Bohemia” candle came home with me.
The previous week had a taste of sumptuousness since leather, diamonds and haute perfumerie was involved. The presentation of the whole Armani Prive perfume collection brought to light some treasures of the Mediterranean and rare scents of the East. Between fig, cedar and jasmine I opted for more heavy scents, like Ambre Soie and Myrrhe Imperiale, the ones that somehow I always end up wearing.
Yannis Sergakis has designed those fantastic rings you see below and I found a new personal favorite jeweler (saving money for the rose ring). Another fragrance set arrived at my door by Hermes, that evokes the freshness of early spring.
A fine soft leather jacket and pencil skirt by V Society is my latest obsession, I love the color and the texture. In this suit I feel capable of everything.