Thursday, April 30, 2009

New at KZM Facial Care Boutique



Lip Lovelies™


Beach Glam™ Bronzing Stick


Jojoba Facial Serum 


Rich Berry Lip & Cheek Tint


Eye Love™


I've been busy getting some spring launches up in my 1000 Markets shop. Here are the 5 latest items to the line, all of which are 100% natural! 

Jojoba Facial Serum, an old favorite, is back and revamped with even more skin-loving ingredients. Choose from several synergistic essential oil blends. 

Tube style tinted lip balm is back. I am no longer using the pots and have added buckwheat honey, royal jelly and sweet orange oil. 

I have a fantabulous undereye concealer, shadow base and eye color rolled into one multi-taking product, too!

The Lip & Cheek Tint is no longer in glass dropper bottles. It comes in frosted glass roll on bottles (lower price since it's a bit smaller) and there will soon be a few new colors of this long-lasting stain as well. All are made with 100% natural fruit and vegetable extracts.

Lastly, my favorite new product is a wonderful bronzing stick! Once upon a time, I used to buy a high-end product like this...for one third the price, you get a larger size and ingredients that are actually good for your skin! You'll love it. I use it in my shoulders, cheekbones, temples, and more!

A new combo eye shadow/liner will be out soon.

Thank you, as always, for your support.




Afternoon Delight: Sevilla Cookies



It's that time again...I think I may make Afternoon Delight part of my regular posting, as I am always hungry at this time. I'm behaving--having a handful of almonds and some green tea. 

Speaking of almonds, though....

From Elysee Galetes Artesanals, these Jordan Almond Snowball cookies contain a delicious homemade Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon whole vanilla bean sugar. Yum!

Only unbleached wheat flour is used in these, and the ingredients look great (for cookies). To top it off, these cookies are $6 for a limited time.

LA Residents: Elle Eco Style Station

The folks over at Elle magazine asked me to share a great upcoming event with you. Sounds like fun--too bad it is 3000 miles away from Chic & Green!







ELLE Eco-Style Station launches at

 Los Angeles Farmers’ Market

Celebrating brands who use natural, sustainable and organic materials

 

What: In celebration of ELLE’s annual May Green Issue and first ever Blue issue, ELLE is setting up an eco-chic cabana at Farmers’ Markets across Los Angeles. Throughout four weekends in May, guests can visit the ELLE Eco-Style Station at the Brentwood Farmers’ Market and Pacific Palisades Farmers’ Market and enjoy complimentary beauty treatments and eco-chic samples from sponsors Juice Beauty, Birkenstock, Soy Joy and Burt’s Bees. The ELLE Eco-Style station will be bringing shoppers the best in green fashion and beauty products--so come out and get eco-chic! 

 

 

When: May 3rd, May 10th, May 17th and May 24th  

 

Where:

 

Sunday, May 3rd and 10th 9AM – 2:30PM

Brentwood Farmers’ Market

741 South Gretna Green Way, Los Angeles

Birkenstock, Burt’s Bees, and Soy Joy Activations

 

Sunday, May 17th and 24th

Pacific Palisades Farmers’ Market 8AM – 1PM

1037 Swarthmore Avenue, Los Angeles

Birkenstock, Juice Beauty, and Soy Joy Activations

 

 

Who:  ELLE celebrates the brands that use natural, sustainable and organic materials. Sampling from Birkenstock, Juice Beauty, Soy Joy and Burt’s Bee’s for everyone who visits the ELLE Eco-Style Station:

 

  • Come visit the ELLE Eco Style-Station for the best in green beauty products
  • Birkenstock will be providing complimentary on-the-go pedicures using all-natural nail polish
  • Juice Beauty will be providing complimentary hand massages on May 17 and May 24
  • All elements used inside the cabana will be eco-friendly

 

 

Eco-Conscious Meets High End: Honore des Pres


I have a very special guest today. Her name is Courtney Maum, and she is the Communications Manager of Honoré des Prés, an eco-conscious fragrance line you must check out! Let's find out more about this company this morning on Chic & Green.

C & G:  "Rich is simple" is the motto of Honore des Pres. I like that when it comes to describing a product. You want an elegance and a richness without fuss and it seems as though it can also go hand in hand to describe your ingredients. Simple. Rich. Would you agree?
 
CM: "Rich is simple" is actually the emotional motto of the brand. Our tagline is "Truly organic, terribly French". But the concept, "rich is simple" is definitely the foundation of the brand. It's not about wealth- it's about true luxury. Luxury you can count on- not luxury as a facade. Our bottles are transparent, so is our logo. We are really focused on what is inside the bottle. It's not about looking (or even smelling) a certain way, it's about projecting your true nature without any artifice, or gadgets. I see this echoed in the slow food movement. When you ask most people what their very favorite dish is, it's often something simple, involving three or four high quality ingredients. There is a time and a place for fanciness- it's fun once in a while to order a desert with 18 different layers, but doesn't it feel divine to sit outside with a cone of ice cream? Honoré des Prés is about capturing the easy enchantment of childhood- a time when contentment was so simple, and available. Happiness should be simple. So should inner wealth!
 

C & G:  I stopped buying traditional perfumes from the department store shelves quite some time ago. There are so many dreadful chemicals in them, including phthalates. I see these are missing from your perfumes. Tell me more.
 
CM:  The entire line of Honoré des Prés is based around the idea of a fictional French family who began to consider the traditonal act of perfuming oneself as vulgar, and who decided to find a way to turn perfuming oneself into a veritable "happening". Each fragrance in the Honoré des Prés collection is free from coloring agents, phytalates, petrochemcial products and synthetic additives. The ingredients are sustainably sourced from all over the world and collected in the Robertet factory in Grasse, France. All you have to do is look at our bottles to understand that we're really doing something different. Because we don't add any coloring agents, the perfume takes on the color of the ingredients in each formulation. "Honorés Trip" for example, has a slightly orange tint because it is made with real orange extracts and tangerines. 

It's bad enough to be in an elevator with someone who smells to the high heavens of a very strong scent. Worse still is wondering what's in that perfume to make it smell so artificial. Perfume is applied directly to your pressure points- it's instant contact with your skin. If you've ever kissed someone with traditional perfume on, you know that this is something you wouldn't want in your mouth. So why would you put it on your skin? With our perfumes, you are kissable whether you are pregnant, nursing, asthmatic, or have a sinus infection. Safe is the new luxury.
 

C & G:  Your fragrances are high end and Eco-cert certified. This is practically unheard of. I commend your company for this. Any comments?
 

CM: It really is a first. We're the first perfume line to have a renowned nose like Giacobetti to sign her name to an organic perfume. The act of "signing" in France is very important. She chose the ingredients and came up with the formulations for each of the 5 fragrances except for "Honoré's Trip". She is associating all of her savoir faire and her esteemed reputation with an organic brand, along with the risks that such a venture entails. It was a big deal for us and we are delighted with this collaboration. It's such a challenge, creating an organic line of perfumes. Most parfumers have access to thousands and thousands of ingredients for their creations. Olivia was restricted to an exclusive selection of all natural ingredients. She likened the process to making a cake without sugar, without eggs, and without butter. All that remains is the essence. 
 

C & G:  Tell me a bit about Olivia Giacobetti.

CM: Olivia is one of the most celebrated "noses" in the world. She has been behind some of the most haunting fragrances ever created- including Dipyque, Guerlain, L'Artisan Parfumeur and Lunx. Well known for her strong personality and vision, she's a bit of an iconoclast. At her current position as the creative director for Parfum Lubin, she continues to share her love of transparent, diaphanous textures with her adept followers. Olivia is very taken with the element of water- the smell of it, the feel. She has incorporated this passion into Honoré des Prés, especially with "Nu Green", which feels like you've just had a luscious skinny dip. 
 

C & G:  Would you please tell us more about the 5 Extracts of Nature? They all sound delightfully intriguing, especially the Honore's Trip. The fragrance blends here are engaging to me.

CM: "Chaman's Party" is our most sensual offering, it actually has aphrodisiac properties which are difficult to resist. It's a woodsy, smoky scent, a complex mixture of Haitian Vetiver, Egyptian basil, and cloves. I imagine that it feels like your first kiss in a treehouse, after a storm. "Bonté's Bloom" is a coquettish mix of iris butter South Indian widlflowers and Moroccan Blue camomile, it's very soft and voluptuous like a perfect spring dress. "Nu Green" is meant to capture your most perfect naked self- it literally feels like you're slipping out of a body of water into the open air. Its blend of mint, tarragon, Indian musk and cedar is oh-so refreshing, and smells divine on men. "Sexy Angelic" is flirtatious and naughty- an elixir of hemlock, angelica and marzipan that will make a sensitive soul fall madly in love. The final scent, "Honoré's Trip", is a sun-drenched creation of tangerine, green limes, Mediterranean oranges and Phillippine pepper. Optimistic and energizing, it suggests the future happiness of the perpetually in love.  


C& G:  Do you have a favorite scent from the line?

CM: It changes every day! This winter, I was a "Chaman's Girl" through and through. When it first started getting warmer, I was thrilled with "Bonte's Bloom". Now that it's spring dress weather, I'm really enjoying Sexy Angelic. When I have something I need to concentrate on, I like "Nu Green" or "Honore's Trip". They're very tonic and energizing, like a spa treatment for the skin. And they smell great on men! I like to put on Nu Green before I excercise. There's something about it that keeps my stamina up.  

C & G:  Where can my readers find your line?

CM: In New York, they can find Honoré des Prés at Bergdorf Goodman in the perfume department, or online at SpritBeautyLounge. On the west coast, you can visit LuckyScent, or again, online at BeautyHabit. We're working on getting the everywhere else it needs to be- so if you wouldn't mind, I'd love to ask your readers to email me if they've got a super chic eco-beauty outlet near them that they think we would do well in. I can be reached at honoredespres.usa@gmail.com
 

C & G:  There are wonderful perfumers out there. Granted, most are far from being eco-friendly in terms of high quality, chemical-free ingredients. What else sets your line apart?

CM: The scent behind each story. The Honoré des Prés line really allows you to express all the different sides of your personality. I remember when in high school, girls were sort of broken into classes by who wore Issey Miyake, who wore Clinique's Happy, or peach musk from the Body Shop. I myself was an Issey Miyake girl, and I wore it for years before I realized that I just didn't feel like that person anymore. But I wasn't ready to commit to another scent, so I just stopped wearing perfume entirely.

The great thing about Honoré des Prés is whether you choose one fragrance or the entire line, you're going to be wearing something that is intricate and malleable. The organic nature of the fragrance means that the scent will enhance your personality, instead of dicate it. These are very, very complex scents- and they're certainly not for everyone. Some of them even take a little time to get to know. I know for me, with Chaman's, it was love at first sight- I remember thinking, this fragrance is me! It's my inner nature. With Sexy Angelic, I appreciated it but thought it didn't suit me. Then something shifted, and I tried it again, and something just clicked. Moods change and so do your desires. Our fragrances will make that voyage with you. 
 

C & G: Do you have anything else you'd like to add?

CM:  I'm super excited to have had this opportunity to reach out to your readers through Chic & Green. Stay beautiful, smell delicious, and don't get too much sun!

Thank you, Courtney!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A Day at the Market: Colleen G. Drew Photography

Colleen is a member of a market I am in called The Village.



Set of 5 notecards, $10



Floral necklace with original photography, $45



Window Dressing 8 X 10, $20


Vintage Gas Pumps 8 X 10, $20


Monarch 12 X 12 photograph, $40



Over at 1000 Markets, I am a member of the fantastic specialty market called The Village.

Out of the many talented Village artisans is Colleen G. Drew, owner of Colleen G. Drew Photography.

Colleen has the most beautiful selection of original photography, from pictures taken at some of the Spanish Missions of San Antonio to flowers and lovely cafe scenes. I couldn't show you just one favorite piece, so I've chosen my most favorites.

In addition to pieces you can frame and hang on your walls, Colleen offers jewelry made with her photographs and notecards.

I'm going to be painting our living room this summer and think some of Colleen's work would go beautifully with what I plan to do.

I hope you'll head over to Colleen G. Drew Photography. While you're there, tell her Chic & Green sent you on over!

Etsy Love: A Hair Affair

I adore these blue rose bobbies from Cream Rose, $8


Plain Jane & Co. brings you this great accessory for girls, $12


Beautiful vintage bobbies from Lulu Splendor, $24.95


You know I love purple! This one is from Littlest Boutique, $28


This piece reminds me of a simpler version of Carrie's hair piece in Sex and the City. From Liaison, $40


Light rose bobby from Buffalo's Cecelia Hayes, $8.50


Nothing says spring cheer like a daisy! From Which Goose, $15


This great accessory is made from a vintage neck tie from Kill 2 Be Beautiful, $12



Sweet millinery comb from My So Called Junky Life, $18

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Afternoon Delight

I am sitting here eating some sliced mangoes but am craving a chocolate fix. I thought I'd get some visual gratification by browsing the Foodcrafters Marketplace, and my craving has (almost) been satisfied with this find from one of my favorites, Whimsy & Spice:





A Day at the Market: Charmed, I'm Sure


Tuesday's shopping excursion includes a nice stop at Charming, a unique market on 1000 Markets. There you'll find anything and everything related to charms. There is something to suit all tastes, from vintage to simple & modern to steampunk. What I love about the market is how much diversity there is. In some shops, you'll also find original artwork to look over, such as the 22 page collage book about love above from Elenamary for $40.


"Unlocking Time" from Transient Treasures, $22.50


Jewel Fire Designs has created this masterpiece of copper & gemstones, $35



Lovely turquoise in this "Sacred Seven" bracelet from Smoke and Feather, $45



A glorious collage of charms in this piece from Liv' n Good Jewelry, $35


Vintage robin's egg ear wires from School of Charms, $16



What a unique cameo from Laura June's Eclectic Atlelier, $35



Wine charms a la Chicago from diffraction, $22



I adore this charm bracelet made by Charming Trinkets $89.95



Gorgeous amethyst & sterling heart from Twisted Jules, $58



Jan Finnell is Over the Top has created this charm with a vintage flair, $28

Sunday, April 26, 2009

A Day at the Market: Pink Lemonade

Let's have some pink lemonade this Sunday afternoon on Chic & Green!


Cheery pink & yellow ribbon necklace from Made by Melissa, $5


Lavender fills the pink, yellow & green felted sachet from Felt on the Fly, $25


Custom leather & fabric sandals in lemon & pinks are from Etrelles, $85


The Strawberry Lemonade bracelet from Conlin's Creations, $54


Sweet yellow & pink gift tags from Teri's Treasure, $5


Small pink & lemon yellow floral bag from Poo Lou Designs, $12


Pink Lemonade bracelet from Lampwork Beads & Jewelry by Lara, $50


Summery wallet from Very Verdant, $12


Pink Lemonade earrings from Lily Green, $38


Pink Lemonade fabric mosaic from For Quilts Sake, $75

Saturday, April 25, 2009

A Day at the Market: Rain


My Day at the Market should be changed to Night at the Market this Saturday evening since it is already after 11. The boys are asleep and Tom is playing poker with the neighborhood guys, so I am catching up a bit on the blog. It is raining quite hard, so I thought I'd do a search for "rain" on 1000 Markets and see what lovely items I can find for you.


There's nothing like a rainbow after the rain. This stacker is from Imagination Kids, $20


"Raining Flowers", a handpainted tote from Carry Me Away, $28


Forecast magnets from Punky Bunny Designs, $4


Rain cloud note card from Emmakat, $3


Blue Rain ring from Silver River Metal, $21


Raindrop pendant from Grace Handmade Jewelry, $55.50


Upcycled dog raincoat (which I am trying to picture on our 90 pound dog, Cannon) from Beantown Handmade, $45


Rain: A cuff bracelet from Jewelry & Metals by Stacy, $85