Hairy legs

In the era of affordable laser hair removal everything (thanks to Groupon, Living Social deals offers) I have discovered that hairy legs in the winter could actually be your most sexy option.

My snow white furry boots taking the bus

Wild hair everything !

 

Indeed, this winter I have decided to go fully haired on the legs , opting for a chubaka look, and I have never been so popular ! As I was getting tired of the UGG boots for winter (…and to be fully honest, Monsieur Popo, my male counterpart, put a veto on the UGG look) I decided to buy last summer the long hair goat boots fur, that if you are old enough were trendy in the late 70’s in Courchevel and other uber fashionable ski-stations.

Fendi ones

The only thing is I decided to get them in white, which for NY streets might not be the easy way, but I found out that you can just put them in the washing machine, and after don’t forget to give them a Blow-dry other wise you will have 2 wet dogs at your feet!

You can find some affordable ones on ebay and etsy, or where I got mine a ski accessories site for $200 or less.

Now if you add a heavy & precise eyeliner to your look you’ll get close enough to Linda 

Shop And The City

apple store

Welcome to New York the Shopping Mecca ! Here is a short list of shopping spots for the ladies handpicked by yours truly


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1.The Apple Store

Central Park – 59th Street & 5th Avenue

You know you are gonna go there, it is the only place you can drag your boyfriend into and then while you’re there you can stroll along to Barney’s, Tiffany’s, Bergdorf Goodman, and even H&M ! Best part about it is that it’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it has the cleanest bathroom, and you can check your email or skype your mom from there. What more can you get ??


2. Bergdorf Goodman

754 5TH AVE & 57th Street

Beautiful windows and the best shoes department in New York to experience a Sex and the City moment !

3.H & M

51st Street & 5th Avenue

No need for an intro here, it is just the best h&m in town, with 3 floors, and of course ya know it is a NYC standard opened 7 days a week…

4.Barneys

Another place to hang out and enjoy, not sure about spending though…, but you can totally pretend to be Carrie Bradshaw or Blair Waldorf up in here !

5. Forever 21

Or Forever 51 it depends who you shop with : from pre-teen to menopause girlfriends you can always find something to (hot) flash to Bieber or Clooney : Super-cheap and borderline tacky but cool if you mix with more upscales brands.

6. Bigelow

414 6TH AVE & 9th Street – West Village

The only Pharmacy in NYC that reminds me of France , I usually go there when missing my favorite French Beauty products or just to see what’s new in beauty-land.

The Strand

828 BROADWAY & 12th Street -Union Square

Le Gibert Jeune de New York , great place to buy books of course but also postcards to send to grandma and get the ultimate hipster look with their cotton shopping bags, better than the I love NY bag.

8.Ricky’s

44 E 8TH ST & 20 more locations

Needs a drag queen touch? Perfect for anything that involve glitters, wigs, cosmetics, hair lines, and sexy costumes you will find at Ricky’s , Plus theere are always some fun gadget to buy. Definitely a NYC spot.

 

9.Patricia Field

302 BOWERY- NOLITA

To stay on topic Drag Queens meets Sex and The City fans it is THE New York Fashion Place!

10.Uniqlo

546 BROADWAY-SOHO

Always finding something in here, especially the J+ collection ( Jill Sander)

11.Topshop

478 BROADWAY-SOHO

A bit more expensive than H&M and Zara, but a good spot to get accessories & shoes that have a London Hipster touch

12.Muji

455 BROADWAY – SOHO

The only Japanese size I can fit in , actually that my apartment can!

13.Opening Ceremony

35 HOWARD ST- SOHO

The Colette of NYC and the destination for fashionistas.

14.CB2

Broadway & Grand – SOHO

Nice and affordable home decoration store ikea like for new yorkers

15. Steve Madden

I love Steve MaddenChina shoes can’t beat them for “inspired” replicas and awesome colored shoes at their outlet on Rivington ( 2 pairs of uber sexy wedges for the summer for $40)

16.Century 21

22 CORTLANDT ST – FINANCIAL DISTRICT

I thought I should put it on the map anyway because you,  dear tourist will go there for sure.

17. MANICURE & PEDICURE

Renew & Relax Inc
50 3rd Ave between 10th & 11th street

Or best mani-pedi as we say here. You will find that in NYC there is literally as many mani-pedi salon as there are Boulangerie in Paris, one on each block, the price is really cheap around $10 for a mani, but the quality varies. I love RENEW & RELAX because all their tools are uber clean, the staff doesn’t change , and my manis are always awesome! Definitely a must do when you are visiting NYC.

And finally some tips to make your shopping experience even better :

  • Do not wear heels, you are going to walk like never before here, so dear Frenchies use your Converse, dear Italians rock your Puma’s.
  • Duane Reade is your friend: I can guarantee you , you’ll buy something in it from Tooth whitening, to shampoos, to nail polish or Cinnamon Chewing-gum.
  • Free WiFI at any Starbuck’s & Apple Store : useful stops if you came with your iPhone or iPad
  • Choose one neighborhood  per day and stick to it : NYC is very dense but huge at the same time, there is no way you gonna see everything in a day or 2. just pick one and enjoy!
  • Time Square is over-rated : If you must go just pass by and take a couple of pictures, stop by the M&M’s store with your kids and move on!.

American Beauty

As much as I am addicted to some French beauty products such as Bioderma Crealine, there is some great stuff here as well that I would recommend you to buy and bring back to your home country.

1. ROSEBUD LIP BALM $6

You can find this cult non greasy lip balm almost anywhere, from Ricky’s to Duane Reade & Sephora.
A must-have for all the dry lips out there, perfect for a glossy effect, non sticky, a great base/moisturizer to get the perfect red lips!

2. MAX FACTOR COUTURE MASCARA $9

It is now hard to find as they are discontinuing it, but by far the mascara I have had in years ! I owe this discovery to Maud Laceppe, Rock-Star Make-up artist

3. MOROCCAN OIL Hair treatment $40

I love the smell (non ca sent pas le couscous boulettes…), works great on damp hairs or dry, and a can’t do without for extremely bleached hairs like mine !

4.Crest 3D White Whitestrips Professional Effects

Well so Effective that I have never used the whole box ( or is it that I am too lazy to do so ???) You can find them at almost any drugstore in NYC ( Duane Reade, CVS, etc)

5. OPI  & ESSIE NAIL POLISH

You can of course find them in France now, but number one they are cheaper here around $6, and 2 I doubt you have all the crazy collections like the OPI Glee collection, or even Shreck…

If you want a classic natural color go for ” Sugar Daddy” by Essie, I know a few that are totally addicted to this sheer color.

And if you need the perfect red go for OPI “Big Apple Red” after all, you are in NYC no ?

6. Per-fekt Skin Perfection Gel $57

The make-up trick that smooth out and photoshop your skin …

Obsession of the Month

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Obsession of the Month

So I have fallen in love with this total look :

  1. Red Leather Pants
  2. Leopard Jacket
  3. White Shirt
  4. Heavy Eye-Liner
  5. F@#k-All_Night Hairs

For number 3, 4 & 5 no issues there, easy to find …

But an alternative to the Dolce & Gabbana leopard Jacket , and Balmain Red Leather pants had to be found !

So here are my trophées :

Zara Leopard Jacket – $129

Take it a size smaller it runs big, and it looks nice when fitted

H&M Red Leather Pants with zippers – $149

Et Voila ! Now I just need to buy Kate Moss’ face & Body at a discounted plastic Surgeon Clinic , and I am all set !!

Shopping list

Mustache pillow

pour Monsieur Popo

Geek Girl Necklace $2.80

Pour les French Geekettes

Leopardess Necklace : $9.80

Pour mes Leopardesses

Marc Jacobs Jelly Bracelet Set $15

Pour les Uber fashionistas Mamas

DJ Ring $17

Pour les girlfriends de DJ

LEOPARD PASSPORT HOLDER $28

Nothing better than leopard to get you through customs

Leopard  Luggage Tag $20.00

So that nobody mix your black suitcase anymore

Xmas Labbit $24.95

‘Cos I collect them

Smoking Teddy Bear $29.95

Sold Out already

Zipper Pulls $5

My nephew loves them

Dolce Vita Fur Boots $308

to warm up your NY winter look

Zara Leopard Jacket $129

looks better a size under ( I already got it ! )

Asos Red Skinny Jeans $55

still looking for those in leather

Gap (kids) Sweater $34

Kids size works even on me ! I am a big one

Gap Boyfriend Tuxedo Pants $69

Love tuxedo pants for the winter

Victoria’s Secret Tube Winter Dress $78

Very “Marion” like with uggs and black tights

Victoria Secret Gold or Black Sequin jacket $139

‘Cos you always need a little Bling in your life !

Asos Silk Jumpsuit with Open Back $100

Always loved the Open Back clevage, easy sexy

Stuff Tourists Like # 3

This is the peak season for Tourists : dear Nouillorqueur, I am sure your couch is booked till Labor Day ( and trust me I feel your pain…), and  just in case you were wondering how they would spend their day in NYC, I can bet you that they will end up in 2 spots :

Tourists Like to Stop in the middle of a street : Move to the side

Using a Pedicab to get to the Apple Store

this is a no-no using a pedicab is a tourist thing, no New Yorker would ever do that.

Apple Store : la tourneee des grands ducs

Oh lawwwd , where to start ??? I guess with the iPad crazyness, I can tell you  I have already  shipped several of those giant iPhones to the motherland, and thank you Steve for releasing the iPhone 4 in France at the same time as here …and even if we have 4 Apple stores in NYC, this not a reason to go to every single one and compare the price with the euro/dollar rate, because at the end, it is gonna be hard to carry your 27 inches iMac in your luggage back to France.

So of course , Thank you Steve, with the new Mac Book Air at $999 and 999 euros in Europe, I am gonna have a lot of orders as the Euro /Dollar rate is around 1.40 …

In the Army

This Spring/Summer fashion trend is all about the military ( Army or Navy) but I am kinda over already the navy stripes, I have seen too many, so I’ll just focus on my obsession of the month Army Green ( Khaki in French) :).

Inspired by Balmain Spring/Summer 2010

And this editorial from VOGUE Paris

Now stuff the affordable version :

  1. PARKA ☞ TOPSHOP ☞ $125.00
  2. TEE-SHIRT ☞ ZARA  ☞ $29,99
  3. VINTAGE BRITISH ARMY JACKET ☞ ETSY ☞ $49.95
  4. COMBAT BOOTS ☞ STEVE MADDEN ☞ $249.95
  5. SILK JUMPSUIT ☞ VICTORIA’S SECRET ☞ $108
  6. SHORT ☞ AMERICAN EAGLE ☞ $34.50
  7. BULLET NECKLACE ☞ EBAY ☞ $4.95

All Leopard everything

Fall/Winter 09 Isabelle Marant

I have this thing for Leopard print, I always have a piece of clothes or accessory with this fierce Animal Print< so when I looked at this winter collection, I was so happy that the leopard coat was back in trend.

@ Isabelle Marant:

Fall/Winter 09 Isabelle Marant

@ Christian Dior  Resort collection 2010:

Dior Resort collection 2010

On a more realistically affordable note , there is this Zara coat

Or on Etsy or ebay you can find some niece and cheap pieces:

Etsy Leopard coat - $188

And here is below an expert of my personal collection of leopard items…

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Paris shopping

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As I have a NY girlfriend traveling to Paris for the 1st time, I made her a list for a cheap shopping in Paris (at least the cheapest  possible as we, Dollars earners, can really afford anything overseas right now). So here is my ideal shopping list from Paris with the addresses on a Google map on where to find it at the end of the post:

1. BEAUTY / PHARMACY

  1. CREALINE H2O BIODERMA – Best Skin Cleanser, make-up remover – 9 Euros
  2. MONOI HEI POA  – Pure Monoi Oil form Tahiti – 10 Euros
  3. LIERAC “APAISANCE” Anti-Aging Cream  for sensitive skins (Great for winter) – 30 Euros
  4. VICHY DEODORANT 48 HoursSpray deodorant no perfume my favorite – 7 Euros
  • Note : when in Paris got to the Pharmacy City Pharma, they have the cheapest prices and great selection.

2. SUPERMARKET

  1. DEMAK’UP – Extremely softs cotton pads, I am addicted to them – 1.50 Euros
  2. NAIR CIRE DIVINE au Monoi – Microwave Wax comes in 2 flavors Berries or Monoi –  6 Euros
  3. CHOCOLAT COEUR DE NOUGAT – Run straight to the chocolate alley, it’s heaven – around 2 Euros
  4. FOIS GRAS – It’s French tradition for the holidays, and you can get them through US customs (just make sure it is NOT refrigerated ) – 10 Euros

You can buy all this and much more at Monoprix ( it is could be an equivalent of Duane Reade in NYC  plus they have clothes too ! )

3. LINGERIE

  1. DARJEELING – Black Sheer panty with stones – 15 Euros
  2. PRINCESSE TAM-TAM – Polka dots bra & thong – 39 Euros & 25 Euros
  3. ETAM  – Natalia collection, Garter Belt – 25 Euros
  4. MONOPRIX – Deep Navy Bra & frou-fou panty – 20 Euros & 10 Euros

Below is a quick set done on Polyvore with some Parisian shopping, all below 100 euros or almost…

Some affordable shopping in Paris by Madame Lolo on Polyvore.com

Items in this set: Fur & Gold Boots | San Marina, 149 EUR Metallic Bracelet | Pimkie, 5.95 EUR Little Black dress | Pimkie, 20 EUR Crealine H2O Face and Eyes Cleanser, 9 EUR Neo Disco Gold & Black Sandals | André 99 EUR

And here is below, a quick maps of the Parisian Shopping with New Yorker’s stores references:


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Inspiration

Close up at the wall decoration @ Anthropolgy

Yesterday I went to the Anthropologie store on 5th Ave & 16th street and they had the Xmas decoration full on already:

Here is a close up,  it is made out of paper cups stick together, and reminded me strongly of  a great artist I have seen for the first time at the Met a couple years ago…

Close up at the wall decoration @ Anthropolgy

Tara Donovan she makes beautiful ‟sculptures”  like this one out of thousands of styrofoam cups and hot glue

Untitled, 2003 Styrofoam Cups, Hot Glue Dimensions Variable Ace Gallery Los Angeles, 2005

Close up

In the same spirit I like a photographer named Chris Jordan and his series of mass consumption :

Gyre, 2009 by Chris Jordan

Zoomed in

Even closer

So Frenchy So Not Cheap

Even though I have been living in NYC for a while now, and that here you can find anything at anytime , there are still some French stuff that I miss from La France , so every time I go back to Paris here is what I bring back:

1. BIODERMA CREALINE H2O : The best make-up remover and skin cleanser hands down !! All the make-up artists I know are using liters of it especially during Fashion week. It is around 10 Euros for the 500 ml in France, here forgetaboutit …. the cheapest I found were on ebay for $22 plus shipping

2. DEMAK’UP COTTON PADS: they are softer, bigger and stronger than any cotton pads here, and may I add sooo soft.

3. VICHY DEODORANT 48 HOURS: Because I am never gonna wear SECRET :), but the spray version is not available in the US, I don’t know why …

Secret 1983 ad

4. FRENCH CIGARETTES: They taste different, and duty free makes them so much cheaper than here in NYC ( at least $10 a pack…), and the European Marlboro Lights have a brown filters, not a white one like here in the States.

Yves Saint Laurent cigs so chic ...

5. MARIAGE FRERES TEA: Even though there is some places where you can find Marco Polo, I still miss some of the flavored tea only availble in France, such as ( irony) American Breakfast … Also I love their Tea Boxes:


So next time you come and visit me in NYC, you know what to bring ….. 🙂

Note: If you would like to know where to shop those items in Paris, and more on affordable shopping In France check this post.

My Hairs in a Recession ??? Hell no !!

Kerastase search on ebay

With the summer coming (hopefully..soon) and the budget of the unemployed, I still need to rock the “because I am worth it !” hairs.

It no secret that the best hair mask from far is Kerastase Masquintense for dry hair (thicks or thins) it does magic !! But the cost to it ,,, unbearable especially nowadays.. the big jar (500ml) is $100 at Rickys, and around 80 Euros in France.

BUT you can find it on ebay for $ 50 that is only if you don’t speak French, or if your browser is not a Francophone. Let me show you the example in images:

Here is below the screen shot of ebay.com on Safari on my laptop ( French and English are installed in the main languages pack)

Kerastase search on ebay

the search for Kerastase returned 0 results !

Now on the same laptop with Firefox in which I removed the  French Language in the preferences , same search for kerastase on ebay.com:

here you go , over 1,000 Kerastase products available and this demo is available for all L’Oreal products

Maybe je devrais finir ce post en francais, bref, pour obtenir du Kerastase a un prix raisonable il vous suffit d ‘utiliser un autre navigateur internet que celui de d’habitude , d’enlever le francais des langues installees du navigateur et commander votre stock pour l’été. Si vous avez des questions n’hésitez pas a me laisser un commentaire sur ce post je vous répondrai des que possible.

UPDATE: I had my kerastase jar in 4 days, with this great seller from the south of France for $45 , his name is hairgume.

New Iphone today…

ohmerde

I just watched the WWDC conference, and OK i Like the new Iphone 3GS but what really made it  to me was the macbook pro at $1999, especially when mine just crashed, and had to run disk utility to reboot… and also it now OFFICIAL, AT&T SUCKS ! after the drop calls, the no 3G in nyc, the black spot ( no coverage at all) now, no MMS… Welcome to the American Carriers Land, they are all old, fat in the middle of nowhere and of course then are on Windows…

My dream for today :