Covet: Diptyque Holiday Candle in Hiver (Winter)

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Every year Diptyque releases a collection of limited edition candles for the holidays. It’s usually a trio of scents. This year the one that calls out to me is Hiver (Winter), “a breath of smoky woods and roast chestnuts, enveloped in precious balms.”

The glass containers are designed by the artist collective Qubo Gas.

Hard to resist, no?

 

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Covet: Lee Jinyoung Skull Tea Infuser

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I’ve grumbled before about way that skull designs have gone totally mainstream, so I won’t go over that again. I still have a weakness for macabre skull imagery showing up in unexpected places. I’d love to own one of these new silicone skull-shaped tea infusers created by Lee Jinyoung of i-Clue Design. Fun and function, with a dash of philosophy!

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Covet: Guerlain Autumn 2014 Collection (updated with list of shades and photos)

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Guerlain cosmetics have been one of my biggest temptations this year. I love my two Guerlain foundations, Lingerie de Peau and Terracotta Joli Teint, as well as my very-special-treat-of-a-lipstick, Rouge G in Georgia… but I’ve managed to avoid the Guerlain counter since those purchases. However, now that I’ve been a few photos of Guerlain’s Fall 2014 collection (here on Chicprofile), I have a feeling that I’ll be planning a visit to Saks in September.

First, Guerlain is reissuing its KissKiss lipstick line with a new formulation and new shades. I love the shiny black cases.

UPDATE, 7/27: Here is a list of shades, from Guerlain’s Japan website:

  • 325 Rouge Kiss
  • 320 Red Insolence
  • 321 Red Passion
  • 322 Red on fire
  • 324 Red Love
  • 327 Red Strass
  • 360 Very Pink
  • 364 Pinky Groove
  • 365 Romance
  • 366 Fall in Rose
  • 367 Kiss Blossom
  • 367 Baby Rose
  • 369 Rosy Boop
  • 300 Golden Girl
  • 301 Candy Beige
  • 302 Romantic Kiss
  • 303 Beige Booster
  • 304 Air Kiss
  • 305 Forever Brown
  • 340 Miss Kiss
  • 342 Peach Fizz
  • 342 Francy Kiss
  • 343 Sugar Kiss
  • 343 Sexy Coral

And see here for **photos** of all the KissKiss shades on a Dutch beauty blog. A few of the roses are calling to me…

 

Guerlain-Fall-2014-Kiss-Kiss-PaletteSecond, three new eyeshadow “quads” (Ecrins 4 Couleurs) will be released as limited editions. This quartet of nude shades, called Les Sables, looks simply perfect.

I’ve read that the collection’s Japan launch is scheduled for August 1st. No news yet about the US release. Stay tuned…

Photos and information via Chicprofile.

Covet: Boots by Francois Pinet, 1870s-1880s

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I didn’t know about the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto until recently, when a friend sent me a link to the Bata’s current exhibition, Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century. (I definitely need to make a special trip to Toronto to see this show. Fortunately, it runs through June 2016.)

In perusing the Bata Shoe Museum’s website, I came across these beauties. They were made in the late 1870s or 1880s by the luxury footwear firm of François Pinet. Just look at the perfect heel and curvy lines, not to mention the intricate floral hand-embroidery.

I would wear these boots in a second, if someone could reproduce them in a present-day size 8.

Here’s a video of the Bata’s senior curator, Elizabeth Semmelhack, discussing the Pinet boots.

Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum.
Photo credit: Image © 2014 Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada

 

 

Covet: Jean-Michel Basquiat Candles from Ligne Blanche Paris

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I’ve been an admirer of Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) ever since I saw a retrospective of his work at the Whitney Museum in 1992. (I have to confess that I even enjoyed the 1996 biopic Basquiat, directed by Julian Schnabel.)

If Basquiat were still alive, he’d surely be collaborating with designers, musicians, filmmakers, and so on—after all, he did all that in his lifetime, long before Takashi Murakami ever thought of teaming up with Louis Vuitton. Maybe that’s why I don’t mind when I see (authorized) Basquiat merchandise for sale.

This high-end candle is one of six in a series produced by Ligne Blanche Paris, with fragrances by Givaudan. The porcelain holder is printed with a reproduction of Basquiat’s Trumpet (1984, below), and the scent is a blend of almond and cherry.

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Ligne Blanche’s Basquiat candles sell for $65 at Twisted Lily.

Covet: Modern Mermaid from Birchbox

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What is it about mermaids? Why are we fascinated by them? I wouldn’t actually want to be one (if they existed). I don’t swim. I would never go topless. I’m not an adult Disney fan with an Ariel obsession. I think the story of “The Little Mermaid” (the real Hans Christian Anderson story, not that Disney version!) is strange and sad; the first time I read it, as a child, I kept turning the last page back and forth, hoping for another (happier) ending.

And yet, like many other women, I would ask a mermaid for some beauty tips. The hair! the pale skin! the shimmery scales!

Birchbox, the beauty-product shopping site and subscription club, has just launched a limited edition set called Modern Mermaid.

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Covet: Joya x Katz’s Deli Chocolate Egg Cream Candle

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Joya Studio is an independent, New York-based company that makes high-quality candles (often in very artistic packaging) and the occasional perfume. Joya has teamed up with other local businesses for special projects from time to time, but this latest collaboration might be my favorite yet. It’s a chocolate egg cream-scented candle—a collaboration with the legendary Lower East Side eatery Katz’s Delicatessen.

I’m not usually a fan of gourmand-fragranced candles, but I’d make an exception in this case. And just look at the box, with its vintage-style label, and the candle container, which looks like an actual drinking glass that would be used to serve up an egg cream at Katz’s.

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