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Proenza Schouler Paris Couture Week with Morgan Taylor

Paris for Couture Week is like nothing I’ve ever experienced, and I’ve done Paris and New York Fashion Week on repeat. For this trip I was with the Morgan Taylor Lacquer team, who traveled to do the nails for Proenza Schouler and Rodarte’s Couture Week shows. Here’s a quick video from behind the scenes and also at the show for Proenza Schouler (I’ll have a video up soon on Rodarte!). It was really cool to be apart of the nail tests, which is when the nail team joins the hair and makeup team before the show at the designer’s studio they they can test and make the final decisions on the beauty look.

We did our beauty test the day before the Proenza Schouler show. Based on the designers vision, Morgan Taylor lead artist, Vu Nguyen along with Taylor Daniel (or as I like to call her THE Taylor of Morgan Taylor), put forth some dark reds and burgundies, as well as some variations of nudes with different top coats. Ultimately they settled on their deep burgundy, “Take the Lead” shade for some of the models and the others were met with just a single coat of “Matte’s A Wrap” over a well manicured nail for a more minimalist look.

It was a modern take on a minimalist look with the matte top coat, while the deep burgundy choice was all about going against the grain for spring (move over pastels) and challenging tradition.

Then came show day, and right down to the invitations the show was gorgeous (see photo above and shop my jewelry HERE). Set at the Lycée Jacques-Decour, a school built in the 19th century, the label sent down beautiful prints, slim fit dresses with cut outs, straps, and texture down the runway to a dramatic beat (I’m sorry I had to cut the music, Youtube is a challenge with any music you don’t have the rights to), but you can catch the show finale in the video above.

Watch Alex Box Create the Beauty Look Backstage at Issey Miyake

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Backstage at Issey Miyake all eyes were on lead artist Alex Box who individually painted a beautiful eye design on every model that walked the runway. Leading the show for MAC Cosmetics, Box sat every model down on the ground and custom painted/blew an eye design using MAC’s Pigments. Alternating between bright colors she mixed the pure pigment with MAC Pro Mixing Medium Water Base then dropped them on the sides of the eyes blowing with a straw the access color so it created a unique design and then went in with a makeup brush to refine the look.

{Watch Alex Box create this beautiful eye!}

Box took inspiration from the tropical jungle, mainly butterfly’s and birds of paradise but not just as stills but how they move. Trying to create that intense flicker you see in the corner of your eye as you peek them in the corner of your eye.

Chanel Airlines Takes Flight During Paris Fashion Week

People wait before the Chanel 2016 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show, on October 6, 2015 at the Grand Palais in Paris.  AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT        (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)
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Daddy Karl Lagerfeld just upped the airport style ante, turning the Grand Palais into a life-size Chanel Airlines terminal. 
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 Benoit Tessier/Reuters

At Terminal 2C, flight attendants clad in Chanel assisted hordes of glamorous passengers. While unlikely a regular human TSA agent would don Chanel, I’ll let Daddy do what he does best: create an uber-realistic world where double C’s are emblazoned on every nook and cranny. No tacky jogging-suit sightings. No oversized upcharged luggage. And most importantly, no wailing mini humans.

Jetset Like Choupette: Luxury VIP (Very Important Pet) Hotels

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Your pampered pet deserves to jetset like moi! Give them the luxury VIP (Very Important Pet) treatment in Paris, New York, Miami, California, or wherever your private plane takes you. Don’t worry, you can bring the maids too – additional fees will apply.

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Le Meurice (Paris)

Here’s a fun fact (if you like dogs): During hotel renovations from 1905-1907, Le Meurice workers took in a stray greyhound that had been living on-site. Hotel personnel then adopted the dog, and it soon became the mascot and inspiration for the Meurice’s.

Amenities:

Complimentary pet basket, custom-designed bowls with the nameplates, name tag

Specific menus and food options available

Grooming

Dog walking in the Tuileries Garden

Pet Fee:

Available Upon Request

Restrictions:

Cats and dogs only

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Mandarin Oriental (Paris)

Located on one of Paris’ most fashionable streets, the Mandarin Oriental Paris boasts an array of pet amenities sure to please the most fickle feline (moi) or pampered pooch.

Amenities:

A chilled glass of champagne for the humans and a chilled bowl of water at check-in

A welcome letter from the Mandarin Oriental Paris mascot Archie Lewoof, a border terrier whose pet parent Philippe Leboeuf is the hotel’s GM

Linen Mat, name tag, feeding dishes

In-room dining menu for dogs and cats; well-behaved pets welcome in restaurant Camélia

Pet Fee:

Available Upon Request

Restrictions:

1 pet maximum

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Gansevoort (NYC)

Not that they are bragging or anything, but the Gansevoort was voted the nation’s “Pet Friendliest Destination” by the readers of Animal Fair magazine. That’s what they tell me at least….

Amenities:

Premium treats from the Barking Zoo, pet bed, mat with a monogram, small fiji water, food and water bowls, toys, and a collar tag that reads: “I am staying at Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC.”

Pet enhancements: Personalized pet bed, name tag, and puppy purse (don’t attempt with a feline, merci!)

Pet Fee:

Additional fee of $100 per stay for the first pet and an additional $25 for the second pet per stay

Restrictions:

Two cats or dogs of any size

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The Muse – Kimpton (NYC)

Looking to spot the hottest camera-ready pets? The Muse is an impressively pet-friendly hotel, having hosted everything from snakes and penguins to a pig, all in town for castings and on-screen debuts. Ginger, a teacup Pomeranian, serves as the “Director of Pet Relations.”

Amenities:

Pet bowls and bed

Pet sitting, grooming, walking, massage and acupuncture services

Pet Fee:

No additional charge

Restrictions:

None: Any number of pets, no size or weight restrictions

Pampered Pooch and a Hers and Furs package (starting at $229) – Provides in-room pedicures for a guest and pet

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Soho Grand Hotel (NYC)

Your pet should never have to lift a paw (I don’t)!

Amenities:

Organic treats from Bocce’s Bakery, bedding, food and water bowls

Pet goldfish: Don’t have a mangy dog or fancy feline (or want to torture you cat)? 
The hotel is happy to provide a goldfish at your request at no extra cost, which you can take home with you. Note: Nowhere does it say there is an extra charge if the goldfish meets an untimely death. Whoops?

Not that I care, but there is a dog park complete with fire hydrant water stations, bespoke benches, and garden design by Rebecca Cole.

Pet Fee:

No additional charge

Walking and a more extensive grooming menu can all be arranged through the concierge for an extra fee

Restrictions:

No size or weight restrictions

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Epic Hotel (Miami)

Between the bronzed bods and bedside amenities, any pet will feel pampered both inside the resort and lounging at the pool.

Amenities:

Mats, bowls, and Yip-Yap breath mints

Epic Pet Getaway Package – pedicures, shampoo, toys, and one-hour daily walks

Pet Fee:

No additional charge

Epic Pet Getaway package (Extra Fee)

Restrictions:

None: Any number of pets, no size or weight restrictions

No off-limit areas for pets in the resort – feel free to take pets to the pool to tan (sunscreen required for the hairless breeds)

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Ojai Valley Resort (CA)

Amenities:

A personalized sign bearing the pet’s name hanging outside the door

Food bowl, nightly turndown with a toy and tasty housemade treats from the pastry kitchen

(Dogs) Furry Friends Menu –Each meal includes one protein selection (hard-boiled eggs, salmon, chopped chicken or burger patty) and two sides (rice, peas, oatmeal, cottage cheese, chopped pineapple or sliced apple), with an option to add an extra dog biscuit for dessert. Guests are also welcome to bring their dogs along to a meal in the outdoor dining areas at Jimmy’s Pub or Oak Grill.

Pet Fee:

Starting at $150 for the first animal and $50 for the second, with a two-pet limit per room

Restrictions:

All pets welcome from felines to parrots and pigs.

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Paris Nights in NYC Inspired by Secret Deodorant Romantic Rose

James and I were just talking about how much we want to go to Paris. In fact, I put learning french in Paris on my new years bucket list (although as I wrote the blog post it felt more like a fantasy). So when Secret deodorant sent a mysterious email offering a date night inspired by their new line of Secret Destinations available in 3 Invisible Solid and Clear Gel scents: Paris (Romantic Rose), Hawaii (Citrus Breeze) and Brazil (Rainforest Mist), there wasn’t an ounce of hesitation in my choice — or who my date would be. Especially since the line features 48 hour odor protection — everything was coming up roses!

secret invisable solid parisThe day started with a box messengered over. It was filled with rose petals, an apron and the new deodorant collection. It also contained a post card with directions to our first destination.