Saturday, November 23, 2013

Dita Von Teese Erotique Perfume Launch At Ron Robinson


This past Thursday at Apothia in Ron Robinson at Fred Segal was the official launch for Dita's latest scent in her line of fabulous fragrances appropriately called "Erotique". Now I am already familiar with her first two scents, my favorite being "Rouge" but just two weeks ago I was able to sample Erotique and found it intriguing.

I also got a bonus for the night's event, when my friend Caleb who works at Ron Robinson tipped me off on the fact that they just got in Dita's third fragrance "FleurTeese" after what seemed like forever of a wait! So the launch was perfect for trying the latest two scents and being able to see her in person!

I attended the event with a few friends who had never met Dita before much less been exposed to her fragrances so what better way to get acquainted with the Burlesque Teese then joining her in a night of perfume decadence, glamor, and champagne!

Now enough with the talk, on with the pictures!

Erotique display

DVT signature & Rouge display

FleurTeese display

The lovely pinup model Mosh handing out perfume samples

Ashleeta and friends in attendance

I managed to find a few vintage folk in attendance as well and man where they REPRESENTING!!!

Just ignore my frizzed out hair and concentrate on my fabulous Autumn leaves and apples hair piece designed by my girl Nicolle. Of course out of the 4 days it rains in LA per year, wouldn't you know that this day would be one of those days and my 'do got JACKED! So needless to say because I am so meticulous with the way my hair looks, I took as few pictures of myself as possible.....UGH....

Michelle and Nicolle sporting one of her very own Niccococreations hair pieces.

Found another one of our "peoples" representing the vintage scene

LOVED her outfit!

Had to get another snap of Mosh again

My girl Jenny with the FABULOUS Caleb at Apothia who was such a doll at getting us VIP treatment and helping all the girls figure out what fragrances they liked. Big thank you to him!!

I know, you've waited so patiently for a picture of her...............

DITA!!!!!!!!

Me and Veronica

Long shot of my shirt waist dress

Loved MargaDita's 1940's winter dress!!!

And then.....my girl Angelique showed up and man did she REPRESENT!!!!!

Ladies.....take note, this is how it's DONE!

FABULOUS!!

I was drooling over her entire outfit

Dita doing interviews in between the meet and greets

I was so happy for Nicolle to finally meet Dita who is her fashion inspiration. So glad to help make this happen for her and Dita was in awe over the special hair piece Nicolle made for her which was two white roses with peacock blue accents and feathers.

The details for the event were amazing! Check out this table littered with roses, champagne, and oh you know just Bettie Page's fetish shoes hanging out in a bird cage...!!!!!!  In the top right hand corner is a pair of 1950's fetish boots.....again...!!!!!!!



To think, Bettie Page once pranced around in these bad boys.....


Of course you know I ended up being the official photographer for the night, was such fun!

In between these pictures I chatted briefly with Dita, gave her a quick hug, and told her she outdid herself with the fragrances. The girl has really captured what scent aspects capitalize on vintage sophistication, not to mention her hair was absolutely amazing, as always of course.


Better shot of the fetish boots and corset behind Dita, that desk was just ridic!!!

LOOK AT HOW FAB DITA'S HAIR WAS......DROOOOOOL!!!!


Angelique getting bombarded with photo requests from onlookers while Dita autographed her photo

One word.....FABULOUS!

Below are some snaps I took with my camera phone:

Me and the Girls


Even though I just bought a bottle of "Rouge" two weeks ago and had sampled "Erotique", I decided to sample it again after seeing how glamorous the fragrance does over time with a test strip I kept for a few days. I just had to break down and get a small bottle of this "seriousness". A girl can NEVER have too much perfume, especially when it is seriously dangerous and exquisite as all four scents are!


Christmas is coming so grab your bottles ASAP! They tend to sell out quick and if you haven't been introduced to the fragrance line yet, you can find my reviews on Dita Von Teese Signature and Rouge here, the Erotique review here, and the FleurTeese review here.

Available exclusively at:

Fred Segal (Apothia by Ron Robinson Store): 

8100 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 655-9500


'Til Next Time Lovies!

XOXO
-M

Dita Von Teese's FleurTeese Parfum Review


Wouldn't you know it but the day before Dita's Erotique parfum launch at Fred Segal's Ron Robinson, my friend Caleb, who works at the store called to tell me they had just got in the third edition in her parfum line just two weeks after he told me he had no idea if or when they would be getting it!

So of course you know, I had to multi task at the event because I needed to snap some pics, shake some hands, and check this scent out as I had been dying to see how this one measured up with the other three!


Now if you havn't read my reviews for DVT Signature and Rouge, catch yourself up here and if you haven't read my recent review on Erotique, you can find it here.

As for the long awaited FleurTeese, Dita notes the scent as having Casablanca Lily, Sambac Jasmine, Bergamot, Iris, Lilac, Sandalwood base, with notes of Heliotrope, Cedar, and Musk.

 To give you a better idea of what this actually smells like with all that goodness put together, you basically get something that resembles the aspects of Lavender, Musk, and baby powder. To me it wasn't as floral as it's described but this is just my take on the scent and it's also definitely soft enough for day wear and again like nothing else on the market that I've come across which makes this even better! Not to mention, she has done a luxurious job at designing the packaging to ensure these bottles look dangerously glamorous on your dressing table.

If possible, you still want to try the scent out on yourself as many perfumes tend to smell differently on a tester strip then on your body and you want to make sure that you get something that gels with your body chemistry.

Christmas is coming and these make great stocking stuffers for you or that special someone! A girl can never have too much perfume!

Available at:

Fred Segal (Apothia by Ron Robinson)
8100 Melrose Ave, 
Los Angeles, CA 90046
*ask for Caleb to help you, he knows these fragrances well!
(323) 651 1935

**world wide shipping is available, call store for details


XOXO
-M

Thursday, November 21, 2013

"What Dreams Are Made Of": The Bonhams/TCM Movie Memorabilia Auction


For all of you die hard classic movie fans out there who haven't heard yet, for the last few days Turner Classic Movies has been advertising the upcoming auction from Bonhams called "What Dreams Are Made Of" which is a world wide event that TCM will be curating in New York and online November 25.

This auction is a very special one because it is free and open to the public and will be selling off a multitude of actual costumes, posters, props, scripts, etc that were used on a few little 'ol movies you might have heard of before such as...."The Maltese Falcon", "A Day at the Races", "Swing Time", and even "The Lady Eve".

What I love about this auction is that this is not one for just the super rich but for any and every movie lover out there as many items that will be auctioned are not too expensive, allowing everyone the chance to own a piece of movie history. Folks, this is as close as you are ever going to get to the stars of yesteryear! Many of the costumes you will see were actually worn by the leading stars, the scripts are signed or were handled by the director or actors, and then there are a ton of little unique items that you would never find reproductions of because they were used exclusively on set or for a particular production for studio personnel only.

So if you have been saving up your pennies this year to get some great Christmas gifts or have been contemplating what you would like, here are some of the items up for auction:

Signed Edith Head Sketch for "The Birds & The Bees"

Revised Draft for "Citizen Kane"

James Cagney's Sterling Silver Dresser Set

And many more!

The preview period for all of the items started yesterday and goes until the 25th and all proceeds from the auction will be used towards film preservation and restoration for many of the classic films we all love!

I'm definitely excited about this auction and will be on the lookout for some goodies myself. I hope every item finds a great new home with all of the winners knowing that their purchases will be going to such a needed and worthy cause. 

For highlights of the featured items that will be up for auction, check out the press release here. For more information on how the auction will work or to register for bids, check out the Bonhams website and get ready for some serious drooling to be had!


Good Luck!!

XOXO
-M


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Christmas Stocking Stuffers - Flora by Gucci


Christmas will be here before you know it and if you are anything like me, you struggle at answering that big question - "what would you like for Christmas?" I rarely get asked this question these days but when I am asked, I try to always think of things that I have been wanting but either just haven't had a chance to buy or haven't been able to find.

One of the main things I love getting is parfum, and if you are like me, then you are particular about what you wear and how it smells on you. Especially if you are looking for a vintage style fragrance that doesn't smell like candy or fruit but something a sophisticated woman would love to wear.  I'm always on the hunt for a great parfum and with all of the junk in the department stores these days, it's hard to find something that doesn't have an alcohol, peppery, or cotton candy stench which to me doesn't really compliment the sensual side of a woman, but in fact down plays it, sorry it's just not my thing. I tend to gravitate towards more sensual scents that stand out and capitalize on my vintage style.

One such fragrance that seems to hold up to the "everything vintage lover's" approval is one that I have adored for quite some time and seem to get endless compliments on which is the one and only "Flora" by Gucci.


The scent is composed of accents such as Citrus Accord, Peony, Rose, Osmanthus Flower, Pink Pepper, and Sandalwood with no one aspect overpowering the other, a truly well blended formula. It's a great combination of soft and sensual yet fun and sophisticated scents and is perfect mostly for a day time wear as it's light yet compelling enough to still provide a distinct fragrance.

Ever since I tried a sample of this parfum I have been obsessed with it.  After trying all of the Flora scents I believe this one to be the best when looking for a true vintage-esque flair.  The others are perfect if you are looking for more candy or floral like scents for mainly day time wear as well.

What is even more fascinating about the history of this fragrance is the fact that the first "Flora" scarf was exclusively designed for Princess Grace of Monaco in 1966 and she soon would become one of the most popular Gucci icons and actually endorsed Flora herself.

Princess Grace Kelly Wearing Her Flora Scarf
So hopefully this post will spark some ideas on some great stocking stuffer gifts for yourself or that special someone. Be sure you get the Eau de Parfume rather than the Toilette Spray if you want more of a pure and long lasting scent as toilette scents tend to be more "watered down" in my opinion but definitely give both a test run to see how each gel's with your body chemistry.

You just can't go wrong with Flora, I think Princess Grace would agree with me on that!


You can find Gucci's Flora at most major department stores and Sephora.

Happy Shopping!

XOXO
-M


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Celebrating Thanksgiving in the 1950's



After researching what Thanksgiving traditions were like back in the 40's, I became curious as to whether or not there might have been some differences in those same traditions going into the 1950's. Celebrating Thanksgiving in the 50's varied slightly then the decade prior, especially since the politics and events of the world took different turns and created new reasons for Americans to be thankful. The Korean War began, color Television was introduced, Sputnik launched the space age, and Fidel Castro came into extreme power as did the Jell-O mold.

 Cringe...SORRY...but ICK!!

Any who, the 50's saw some continental changes regarding the holiday as well. Coming off of the actual date changing madness that occurred in the 40's, Texas was the last state to change its law, observing the last-Thursday Thanksgiving for the final time in 1956.

Interestingly enough, little things regarding the dinner traditions took a varying turn in this decade too starting with the origins of the green bean casserole being founded in 1955 by Campbell Soup. The official reason they conjured up this idea was to make up new recipes for their annual Campbell's cookbook but the actual reason was most likely because they realized that no one was buying Cream of Mushroom soup without a good reason, so they got creative and it worked.

 
Thanksgiving meals in the '50s still included turkey as the main dish, but on occasion ham was also present whereas today I see a lot of people having both or just ham alone. Turkeys would get stuffed with a herb stuffing and if ham was presented as the main dish it would be glazed and baked in the oven. Both would be sliced before the meal and placed on platters or the man of the house would carve the meat at the table just before dinner was served.

Interestingly enough, many families used seafood as a first or second course by serving cream of oyster soup or clam chowder then moving on to the main course of turkey madness. Side dishes included celery hearts, gravy, sweat potatoes, peas, carrots, boiled onions, green beans, squash and potatoes, usually served mashed or with marshmallow on top. Bread would also be included as a side dish, either with baked rolls or bread sticks. Cranberry sauce, candies, and nuts were often placed on the table as well.

Turkey, ham, beans, and cherry pie, oh my!

There were usually at least two to three kinds of pie served at the end of the Thanksgiving meal. The choices of pie usually included apple, pumpkin, and mincemeat with ice cream served on the side as well. Today you see an array of dessert choices that doesn't just include pies but cobblers, cakes, pastries, and cookies as well.


Another observation I've made is that in the 50's people actually wore their best outfits for dinner, now of course folks dressed for everyday dinner but even more so for holidays. Today most people dress to go for broke when it comes to filling up their stomach with as much food as they possibly can. So rather than looking nice and well put together for dinner, most people just break out the sweat pants or loose jeans in order to accommodate for the needed expansion of room to be had.



















The Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parade, dating back to its 1924 start, was also a popular event in the home back then as more families started purchasing television sets for after dinner entertainment and leaving their dependence for the radio behind. Today, I don't really see or hear of too many people watching the parade on Television anymore. I think most people see them as slightly hum drum and are really only for child amusement with the over sized balloons and "toon" characters walking along side them. Most people these days after dinner are watching a movie, football, or just choose not to have the set blasting all together but enjoying quality time together.


Bullwinkle!

Atomic Space Man!

So tradition seems to have changed here and there but for the most part they all seem to have glided over into what is appropriate for modern day times. Besides, what would the holiday be without stuffing your face silly, drinking warm ciders, and relaxing with family and friends around a bountiful table. After all, Thanksgiving does only come once a year!



'Til next time

XOXO
-M