Friday, April 24, 2015

Post-Coachella Cleanse, Sakura Shower Oil

By Laura Medina

Okay, it's time to shake the sand out.

It isn't as a sudsy as the artificial stuff but Rituals Sakura Cherry Blossom Shower Oil makes it up in a soothing cleanse that turns into a milky Japanese spa bath that cleans and calms the skin and your nerves, gentle but effective.

Enjoy the scintillating scent of organic Rice Milk and Eastern Cherry Blossom.

This shower oil helps to prolong your tan. The oil hydrates your skin in the shower so that you lose less pigment. You can thus enjoy your holiday tan for even longer. 

For centuries, the Japanese have celebrated the annual flowering of the Cherry Blossom, or Sakura. This marks an awakening of nature and symbolizes that beauty is momentary and life must be enjoyed. Inspired by this tradition, Sakura collection blends the sweetness of Cherry Blossom with nourishing Organic Rice Milk, to make each day feel like a new beginning. 

The essence of rice milk makes your skin soft, and supple and gives it a healthy glow.  

Cherry Blossom relaxes you.

Kit and Ace, Better Athleisure for Easier Coachella/Music Festival Gear.

By Laura Medina

Ed Westwick at Kit And Ace's Coachella Garden Party.
April 18, 2015 - Kit and Ace celebrates the launch of its Spring/Summer 2015 collection with Ed Westwick and Rocky Barnes on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Parker Palm Springs.

Guest celebrated with specialty cocktails and hors d'oeuvres with music by the gorgeous, DJ Alex Merrell. A major activation during the event included an interactive goat pen to commemorate the origin of cashmere to educate fashionistas and stylistas.

Kit and Ace came about when husband and wife team, Shannon and JJ Wilson were busy traveling, working, and living in her father-in-law's Lululemon's activewear that they like the performance of activewear fabric but wish it was more stylish and the fabric was more luxurious.  They weren't the only ones who felt this way. Niche.

This is how Kit and Ace came about...and can't think of anywhere better to debut their new Spring Collection than Coachella where people need stylish, cool clothes that last beyond one the desert.


Considering people love the well-worn softness of cotton but not wearing-out; and people love the softness of cashmere but not the thick woolness in the heat, they came up with a new type of cashmere, Technical Cashmere.

They developed Technical Cashmere™ because natural cashmere is delicate and easily damaged. It balls and pills and stretches out of shape at the elbows and knees. Technical Cashmere™ is machine washable–no more trips to the dry cleaners. And it has size integrity so it doesn’t shrink. You don't have to guess how it is going to look later.

They reworked the basics of tees, tanks, and shirts, not just tweaking the details but more importantly, the fabrics that people can live in.

Technical Cashmere™ keeps its shape. Enhanced with technical fibers, it's stretchable, always bouncing back to fit you perfectly and never bagging at the elbows or knees.

As for tailoring, they came up with Fluid Motion Styling.  It's easy to design things that look good for when you're standing still in front of the mirror. But the true test of a design is whether it still looks good when you're walking, twisting, reaching and living your life.

Fluid Motion Styling is part of everything we make at Kit and Ace. Our shirts and pants move the way you do, so they look even better when you're in motion.  No binding. No tugging at you. No limits to your range of motion.  Unrestrained freedom means you look elegant, you feel fabulous.

The finest Italian tailors know how to accentuate your positives and minimize your negatives so that people see only what you want them to notice. It's a fashion designer's sleight-of-hand. "Now you see it. Now you don't."  They went to Italy specifically to learn this magic from the masters.

Kit and Ace do Smooth Seams, not open seams.  Open seams are when taking off the shirt you are wearing. Turn it inside out. See those ridges attaching the sleeves? See those ridges extending down from the armpits, attaching the front to the back? Those are called open seams.  Open seams are the fast and easy way to make a shirt. They do not do fast and easy. We do smooth seams and they are an entirely different story.

Size integrity means no shrinking. You never have to guess how your clothes are going to look after they are washed. Size integrity means our shirts and pants keep their shape. They will never look stretched and worn, even after a long hard day. And neither will you.
No matter what you do, our stuff bounces back to fit you perfectly, never bagging or sagging or looking old.  Not even for an instant.

Vanishing Neck Tags, It's just a little thing at the back of your neck. Can you imagine a more irritating place to put a tag than at the back of your neck?

Neck tags exist only to let you know the size of the shirt and to give you care instructions, but they have more confidence in you. Their neck tags are designed for easy removal because they don't think you are suddenly going to forget your size. As for care instructions? Their Technical Cashmere™ t-shirts are machine washable–that is all you need to remember. 

Canadian based luxury retailer Kit and Ace will be opening ten shops between now and October 15,2015 in addition to the seven they currently have in operation.  The new locations have all been confirmed and launch dates set for St. Louis, Minneapolis, Denver,
Cincinnati, San Francisco, Vancouver, Columbus, Toronto, San Jose, and Washington.

The company, founded by Shannon and JJ Wilson, designs and develops contemporary luxury apparel made from proprietary fabrics called Qemir™.  These upcoming shop
openings are in line with the rapid expansion of the company, which launched its first
location in Vancouver, Canada nine months ago, and has already opened several shops
throughout North America, including New York and San Francisco.

 “We are excited to bring into these new markets a beautiful retail space in which customers
can access our clothing, but also come away with a deeper sense of our brand.  What we
offer is far more than apparel – it’s an evolved retail experience,” says JJ Wilson.

Each Kit and Ace shop incorporates considerate design, and hyper-­‐local elements inspired
by each location.  The new locations will give locals a chance to experience innovative,
technical clothing in a rather atypical retail space.

“While we want locals to feel excited about the clothing that anchors our shops -­‐ ultimately
we want them to walk away inspired by the time they spent with us,” Shannon Wilson

Kit and Ace is projecting to open fifty shops worldwide by the end of 2015.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Lenny & Larry's Introduce New Snickerdoodle Complete Cookie® with Launch Event on Venice Beach, CA this Friday - April 24 from 11am - 7pm

Lenny & Larry's launches their new Snickerdoodle complete cookie® with nation-wide activations and a viral #FeedTheModels video campaign.

Los Angeles, CA (April 21, 2015) - After years of research and thousands of taste-tests, Lenny & Larry's proudly introduces its Snickerdoodle Complete Cookie®. Made with ground cinnamon and sugar, plus a little twist, the Snickerdoodle may be one of the tastiest all-natural, high protein morsels to have come out of their kitchen. To introduce the Snickerdoodle into the Lenny & Larry's "fit family" a launch event will be held for all ages on Friday, April 24th at Muscle Beach on the Venice Beach Boardwalk (17th Ave & Ocean Front Walk) from 11:00am - 7:00pm.

The Venice, CA launch location pays homage to Lenny & Larry's muscle building roots and is set to feature the local favorite Sweet Beats truck playing live music while brand ambassadors hand out free Snickerdoodle complete cookies to the crowd. Like all of Lenny & Larry's Complete Cookies, Snickerdoodle is vegan and contains no GMOs, cholesterol, eggs, dairy or artificial ingredients. Each cookie delivers 16 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber.

In addition to the live event, Lenny & Larry's will also be launching a wildly entertaining viral video #FeedTheModels becoming a part of their growing innovative marketing portfolio. The humorous video features "famous fashion photographer" Wesley Snaps shooting a "high profile" campaign with models who soon discover that eating a Lenny & Larry's Snickerdoodle complete cookie is the cure for kale.

Snickerdoodle joins the Lenny and Larry's family of Complete Cookies® which includes Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate, White Chocolate Macadamia, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Raisin, Lemon Poppy and Pumpkin Spice.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Kiehl's Earth Day Party with Maggie Q.s' & Elizabeth Olsen's Limited Edition Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado.

By Laura Medina

Maggie Q., left. Mitch Hedlund, middle. Elizabeth Olsen, right.

If there's anyone who can throw down an Earth Party, it's Kiehl's because they have an heart.

Since the president of Kiehl's, Chris Salgardo can't be there, it makes up with a stellar cast of A-Listers: 

 Actor Dylan McDermott, CBS’s “Stalker”
·         Actor George Newbern, ABC’s “Scandal”
·         Actor Elvis Nolasco, ABC’s "American Crime"
·         Actor Lamorne Morris, ABC’s “New Girl”
·         Runway Coach Miss J Alexander, The CW’s “America’s Next Top Model”
·         Actor Vanessa Marcil, ABC’s “General Hospital”
·         Actor Teddy Sears, SHO’s “Masters of Sex”
·         Actor Jay Ellis, BET’s “The Game”
·         Actor Robert Buckley, The CW’s “iZombie”
·                                                       Actor, Charlotte Ross, The CW’s “Arrow”

Why does Kiehl's gives such a big splash for Earth Day?  The environment is one of it's three charity pillars under it's charity program, Kiehl's Gives: HIV/AIDS research, environmental issues and children’s well-being.

For environmentalism, they rewarded Mitch Hedlund, founder and executive director of Recycle Across America, a check for $50,000 to teach people recycling etiquette and making it easier by printing trash can labels to where to dump your plastics, cans, glass, and paper.
Maggie Q.'s label on the left.  Elizabeth Olsen's label on the right.

Elizabeth Olsen and Maggie Q. introduce their limited edition Label Art for Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, so people wouldn't feel left out.

This month of April is Earth Month.  Kiehl's asked Maggie Q. and Elizabeth Olsen to design limited-edition labels for one of their most popular item, Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado (which Today Show's Kathie & Hoda are just chatting about it right now) to raise more funds for the environment.

Kiehl's has a devoted celebrity fan base. Yes, celebrities can be fans too.

Dylan McDermott and Vanessa Marcil are Kiehl's fans.

Speaking of celebrity fan base, "Orange is the new Black's" multi-talented Taryn Manning DJed and got this party rocking.

Okay, this scribe has more down-to-earth reason for liking Kiehl's Avocado Eye Cream.  Double-duty underneath the desert sun.  It's creamy enough for both the eyes and the lips. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Lessons Learned from Coachella, Colorescience & Trina Turk.

By Laura Medina

After partying out in the desert sun during the two weekends during Coachella, you learn the importance of sun protection, sun relief/repair, and practical yet stylish festival wear.

Colorescience's genre-busting powdered sunscreen in a refillable tube with a brush is and should be the standard classic in any festival-goer's pouch but you need more than that.

Colorescience's sun protection products are way more refined and diverse than your average sunscreen lotion or cream.

For backup, slather on these serum-like protective primers, instead of foundation, all-over face then dust their classic powdered sunscreens to set them for double-protection.

What's really and literally cool, you can use their items anywhere on your body, as well as your face;..and they're portable.

Ok, post-recovery which is now.

After you scrubbed off the dirt, the sweat, and the flash tattoos, your fried chromosomes are aching for some relief.

For an easy spritz, spray on Colorescience's Hydrating Setting Mist and Sunforgettable Setting Mist.

Hydrating Setting Mist's Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps to guard against free radical damage, calms and soothes skin.  The Vanilla and Sandalwood soothe the skin also.

When you did some real damage, red, peeling skin, you need to spray Sunforgettable Setting Mist's D20 Heavy Water.  It has larger water molecule for increased hydration with Ylang Ylang and Chamomile to help  soothe the skin. and

If you want some evening "oomph," dab Colorescience's Illuminating Serum in Champagne Kiss for rosy cheeks or Bronze Kiss for contouring or as a bronzer.

The extra "oomph" comes from...

Multi-Mineral Complex (Zinc, Magnesium, Copper) - Free radical scavengers, boost effect of other performance ingredients.

2 Peptides - Amino acid compounds that enhance skin via various methods of action *see peptide glossary
Palmitoyl Tripeptide 5 - Helps to boost collagen to reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate - Smoothes skin and helps to reduce appearance of expression lines by relaxing facial muscles.

Hyaluronic Acid - Powerful hydrator, gives a plump look to skin.

Pearl Powder - Rich in amino acids & minerals to help skin appear radiant & smooth, imparts a healthy glow while minimizing the appearance of uneven skin tone.

Of course, we need lip smackers to moisturize our lips.

Colorescience's Sunforgettable Lip Shine SPF 35 save our lips from the sun and dehydration; and they come in universal rosy, natural shades.

Don't pack.  Shop.  Done as it is easy.

Since you paid close to $500 for the weekend General Admission pass then drop a couple hundreds on hotel room and meals, you might as well up the ante on your festival gear.

If you're in, you're in which means you're circuiting the afternoon pool party circuit from resort hotel to private party estate.

This means some sophisticated resort/party gear.

Lilly Pulitzer for Target might had crash the internet but Trina Turk pushes Lilly Pulitzer's punchy resort wear further.

Lilly Pulitzer's East Coast Preppy Resortwear still made out of water and sweat-soaking, constrictive suiting, woven fabric that doesn't move with the body.  

Trina one-upped better.  She took sporty swimsuit fabric then reinvented it into splashy contemporary resortwear that takes you from pool to party.  Her prints are just as peppy as Lilly's but the construction and fabrications are more functional for festivals and pool/beach parties.  As they say in the East Coast, from beach to broadwalk.

So forget wasting your precious cash on one-off fads from mass fast-fashion chains and save your time and energy by shopping all your wardrobe needs at Trina Turk, Palm Springs' hometown girl.

Coachella is Palm Springs' local pride and joy.  Trina has a loyal festival-goer from the get-go.  Her collections  knows what is needed on the festival grounds and surrounding resorts.  Leave it to her staffs to dress you up so you don't have to.

You wouldn't regret it because whatever they select for you, will last beyond Coachella and travels well from the West Coast to East Coast's Summer Society parties, like Spoleto USA in preppy but beachy Charleston, South Carolina.

Her resortwear is so chic that the staff said you switch out the sandals for basic black pumps for a proper night out.

Trina Turk and Colorescience got you covered.  All you have to do is stash them in your carry-on.

Starting living the Jet-Setter Life in Mad Men.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tarte's Maracuja Bronzing Serum. Refresh. All-Natural. Not a Powder.

By Laura Medina

Coachella sets the tone for Summer.  Not just in clothing but for skincare and makeup.

Tarte's Maracuja Bronzing Serum isn't a powder or a cream that clogs the pores nor is it a gel that melts away.

It naturally blends into the skin wherever you apply it.  It warmly deepens the eyelids without that awkward fake shimmer or glitter. You gently contour the cheeks or warm up the cheeks without that obvious powder streak.

Unlike most cosmetic bronzers, this isn't an all-over body self-tanners like the ones you encounter on the mass market.  It's singular in that it's a makeup face bronzer in a body of a skincare serum, making it light and refreshing out in the heat, whether it's sweaty-humid or dry desert heat.

This multitasking elixir is powered by maracuja and plant extracts to hydrate, brighten, and even skintone as it helps fight signs of aging for a firmer, brighter, smoother appearance. The infused self-tanning complex delivers instant radiance as it imparts a gradual, natural-looking bronze for a healthy, glowing complexion over time. The fragrant, silky texture is infused with herbal notes—bergamot, gardenia, lily of the valley, and jasmine—for a spa-like pampering with every application. 

Maracuja: rich in essential fatty acids (EFAs) and vitamin C known to replenish and rebuild for firmer, brighter, smoother skin and maximum hydrationAllantoin: helps heal and soothe skinLarch extract: nourishes and helps prevent moisture lossSelf-tanning complex: allows for a natural-looking bronze color with anti-inflammatory effects

It's an innovative, un-sung makeup item that is one of a kind. 


Monday, April 13, 2015

Coachella for All, Ron Robinson's ALL FASHON ARTS FESTIVAL, April 14 to 16th at Both Melrose & Santa Monica.

Mind you, not everyone can go to nor afford to celebrate at Coachella.

Still, people at Ron Robinson are nice to bring a little bit of Coachella for the home-bound and broke.

Starting tomorrow, running through Thursday, for 3 days straight, Ron Robinson at both the Melrose and Santa Monica locations will throw their version of Coachella, "All Fashion Arts Festival."

With 3 days of fashion, beauty, fun, and music without the headaches of wristbands, badges, and guest lists, Ron Robinson's ALL FASHION ARTS FESTIVAL is a bounty there for the taking!

It's a win-win.  For those lucky and tough enough for Coachella Round-Two, you can stock up while party-ing.  For those too tired, too busy, or broke, here's your chance to join the fun.

Nobody misses out.  It's for everyone!