Coming Soon: Bond No.9’s Andy Warhol Union Square

Bond No. 9’s latest neighborhood fragrance: Andy Warhol Union Square, is named after my fave NYC neighborhood. The fragrance is the second in Bond’s Warhol series, made in collaboration with The Warhol Foundation.

The launch date is March 1st, because after all: “My favorite smell is the first smell of spring in New York,” Warhol once said. I totes agree, Andy. And is the bottle not phenom gorge?

It’s a big, fresh, seductive green floral with equally major inspiration: Warhol’s Flowers silk-screens and Union Square itself, the second location of Warhol’s Factory (and the place where he created his Flowers).

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And Now for a Book Meme

I’ve been tagged by Shopalicious! to do a book meme!

The rules are:
a) Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more.
b) Find page 123.
c) Find the first 5 sentences and read them.
d) Post the next 3 sentences.

The closest book at hand is the one I’m currently reading, The Other Boleyn Girl, by Philippa Gregory.

At once she twisted it behind my back and held me so that I could move neither forward nor backward but only cry out in pain. “Anne! Don’t! You’re really hurting!” “Well hear this,” she hissed in my ear. “Hear this, Mary. I am playing my own game and I don’t want you interrupting. Nobody will know anything until I am ready to tell them, and then they will know everything too late.”

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Purple for Prince Products on President’s Day

Have I mentioned my infatuation with Prince? I decided we need a round up of my favorite purple and purple-packaged products for no other reason than the fact that I adore him. So does Colbert:

Here’s the list in no particular order:

Lancome $58 Reenergie Microlift Eye Cream defies gravity to moisturize while working to stop eye bag droop.

Bain de Terre, $16 Botanicals White Lotus Reparative Reconstructer made my hair shiny, swingy, and smooth. And people NOTICED.

Got2b Styltini After Hours 24 Hours Laminating Shine Hairspray,$6 is a non-drying styleholder that imparts shine as well.

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Weekend Beauty Reads from The Beauty Blog Network

Canadian Beauty gives you her thoughts on Clinique’s Blended Face Powder.

EyeshadowCult.com’s Angie shares her guide to clear & healthy skin, because real beauty starts with beautiful skin!

15 Minute Beauty Fanatic uses her Cover Girl Outlast Lipcolor as a stain, and loves it!

Savvy Skin tells you how to Save Money While Looking Fabulous.

SugarShock finds a magical cure for winter-pasty skin: Per-fekt Body Perfection Gel.

Temptalia visits the Kryolan store and factory for some science-behind-the-beauty scenes, plus she learns all about the brand and its products!

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Four Down, Two to Go: Sayid is the Oceanic Six’s Fourth Member


Freighter clock, showing 3:16.

Oops, I was totes wrong about Sayid being one of the Oceanic Six! He’s so been on the backburner lately, I plum didn’t even consider that he would make it off the island.

I thought this was the best ep of the 4th season, so far. It’s pretty wild that Sayid, who’s never trusted Ben (remember he was so hesitant in the “Henry Gale” days?) is now working for him. “The day I trust Ben is the day I sell my soul,” which Sayid utters in the beginning of the episode just reeks of irony. Clearly, this is Sayid’s version of Hell. Remember I said that each of the other Oceanic Six members appeared to be living in a different version of their own personal Hells? I think the reason for this is the fact that they’ve returned to an alternate reality. In Sayid’s case, he’s forced to work/kill for a man he hates. I’m SURE Ben has manipulated him using Nadia as bait, somehow. I’m interested to see how this plays out.

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Find Bliss Mandarin and Mint at Sheraton Hotels & Resorts!

Just another reason to vaca. Sheraton properties throughout North America are rolling out new bath amenities, through an exclusive partnership with Bliss®, and serving up Starbucks® products, both coffee and Tazo® teas. The guest room refresh is one component of a larger effort to revitalize the guest experience at Sheraton’s 408 hotels across 75 countries, and is currently rolling out nationwide.

“Shine by bliss,” a bath amenities line created exclusively for Sheraton, features fresh Mandarin and mint-scented shampoo, conditioner, soap and body lotion and is offered in Sheraton’s standard guest rooms. A refreshing shower gel and an exclusive body sponge will also be offered in upgraded rooms for Starwood Preferred Guests (Jammahs, are you reading?), in Sheraton Club rooms, at Sheraton Resorts and to VIP/Suite guests. Bliss thermal shaving cream from Bliss’ new ‘Homme’ Improvement line will also be provided to Club and VIP/Suite guests.

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Handle with Care

Itchy love handles – no, thank you. At my bookclub meeting on Wednesday, several gals were complaining about love handle itch due to the dry winter weather. I’m experiencing this as well and it’s not sexy, dolls. But it’s easy to combat. I’ve been taking care of my dry handles with LATHER Bamboo Lemongrass Body Crème $22. Here’s the review I just wrote for it for Total Beauty:

Pricey for a body crème, but if you’re in the market and are looking to indulge, you’ll find a winner in LATHER’s piquant, therapeutic hydrator. Its thick, deeply moisturizing formula is perfect for smoothing rough elbows, knees, and heels that have endured rough winter months. The lotion penetrates quickly to recharge dull skin. Essential oils combined with bamboo extract encourage new cell production and impart a light scent that subtly remains without overpowering your perfume.

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Lancome Gift with Purchase at Macy’s

From now until February 24th, choose from three vibrant cosmetic bags in berry, aqua or sunset (I’m partial to sunset) when you spend $28.50 at any Macys Lancôme counter. With your cosmetics case you will receive samples of Lancôme’s classic hits: Trésor Eau de Parfum fragrance, Définicils mascara, Bi-Facil, Rénergie Microlift R.A.R.E. face and eye cream, Color Design eye shadow quad and lipstick.

You will also find a mini tip card with step-by-step instructions on how to create Natural and Dramatic looks with the products included.

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Vintage Valentine’s Day Gift

I just bought myself this vintage Italian poster of To Catch a Thief for Valentine’s Day.

I was inspired after attending a bookclub meeting at my friend Courtney’s apartment where she had an enormous print of THIS. And I thought, why on earth DON’T I have a gorge vintage film poster with my hollywood bombshell of choice in Italian?


Photo credit: allposters.com