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April 21 2014

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The 411: Pamela Love

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You know a piece of Pamela Love jewelry when you see it. In the six or so years that she has been crafting earrings, rings, bangles, and the like, Love has established a distinctive style that takes its cues from traditional tribal African patterns and astronomy, botanical drawings, and even ancient Mexican folk art, giving each one of her painstakingly created designs the feel of a modern artifact. Besides earning a host of accessory-fiend fans with her popular talon and turquoise offerings, Love has also collaborated with the triumvirate of major retailers (J.Crew, Opening Ceremony, and Topshop), and attracted plenty of attention and magazine real estate for her own eclectic personal style (her wedding last summer at Montauk’s Ruschmeyer’s was chronicled by Vogue). Here, the New York native shares some of the local primping outposts and the products she relies on.

The Instant Refresh: Joanna Vargas
“I go to her salon for the light treatments and triple-crown facial—when you leave here, you actually look younger and more refreshed. It’s absolutely incredible. And she makes amazing products. Her daily serum is so perfect for everyday and is great at moisturizing.”
Available at www.joannavargas-skincare.com.

The Curl Conductors: Ouidad
“Ouidad Salon is great for anyone who has curly hair and doesn’t trust just any stylist to touch their locks. They really are the curl authorities.”
For more information, visit www.ouidad.com.

The Wellness Authority: Dr. Frank Lipman
“I love Eleven Eleven Wellness by Dr. Frank Lipman for the amazing protein shakes and vitamins. Dr. Lipman has totally changed the way I see food. It’s more of a source of energy, so I’ve started trying to be much better about not eating junk, even when I’m stressed. His shakes are very important for vegetarians.”
For more information, visit www.drfranklipman.com.

The Acupuncture Artists: YinOva Center
“Another great way for me to de-stress and clear my head is with acupuncture at YinOva Center. They have great practitioners who really get to the root of the problem.”
For more information, visit www.yinovacenter.com.

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The Scent Of Paris In The Springtime

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Two years ago, Diptyque immortalized its iconic 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain flagship in Paris with a fragrance inspired by the way its library of deliciously scented candles and eaux de toilette (tinged with essences of fig tree, berries, blackcurrant leaves, spices, balms, honey, and damp moss) mingled with the store’s kilim rugs and wood shelves to create a singular scent unlike anything else in its arsenal. But as business proceeded as usual, and customers frequented the shop looking for different scents for different seasons, it became clear that the arrival of spring brought an increased interest in the brand’s fresher, livelier offerings—offerings that gave the store itself an entirely different aroma. Notes of crushed leaves,rose-scented geranium, and bright floral fragrances replaced the leather- and woody-based options of the winter months. Enter Diptyque’s new L’Eau de Trente-Quarte. With its bitter orange, verbena, lemon, lavender, nutmeg, cinnamon tree leaf, cedar wood, and musk scent, the new fragrance transports you to the Left Bank in spring—or the way you imagine spring might feel should it ever arrive in Western Europe, and on the American East Coast, for that matter. A few deep whiffs will make what has seemed like an endless barrage of cold, gray days magically disappear.

Photo: Courtesy of Diptyque

Diptyque Cuts A Rug

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Here’s a little-known fact about me: I love kilim rugs, which becomes abundantly clear immediately upon stepping into my apartment. I have three of them—in my living room, kitchen and office, respectively. Wherever there is visible floor space in my humble Brooklyn abode, in fact, you’ll find a kilim—there’s even a small runner in my closet-of-a-bedroom. There’s just something about the intricate mix of bold colors and geometric shapes that makes them so appealing to me, I guess; put simply, they really tie a room together, which is presumably why the geniuses over at Diptyque have used the Persian, hand-woven floor coverings as inspiration for their Arabian Nights holiday candle collection. Available in three scents—Sapin Doré, which boasts balmy fresh hints of golden fir trees, Amber Oud, which exudes wafts of warm resins and rare spices, and Oliban, an homage to the iconic, religious aroma of frankincense—each luminary comes packaged in a gorgeous, kaleidoscopic glass vessel that happens to add a fun, colorful accent to any kind of home décor (specifically mine).

Photo: Courtesy of Diptyque

Two If By Sea

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The ability to trigger olfactory memory is one of fine perfumery’s greatest assets—and what often makes it a subjective love affair. What might smell to one person like the simple intermingling of white flowers with sparkling citrus and musky vanilla accents can lead others down a path of nostalgia to a specific time, place, or person. For perfumers—and those in the business of selecting them—personal olfactory associations often make their way into the bottle. So it goes with Diptyque’s new Volutes, which was formulated from Yves Coueslant’s memories of the transatlantic trip from Marseille to Saigon that he used to make as a child. At the core of the eau is a specific honeyed tobacco accord that the brand’s co-founder asked nose Fabrice Pellegrin to create as a means of simulating the scent of the Egyptian cigarettes well-dressed women puffed on the ship’s balconies between the spice-laden ports of the Suez Canal, Djibouti, Colombo, and Singapore. The smoky note is infused with hints of dried fruit, honey, and wax and tempered by pink and Madagascan pepper that’s been dosed with saffron and myrrh. Additional infusions of iris and immortelle flower add a soft freshness while an earthy, resinous base reinforces the warmth of the tobacco heart. Like all Diptyque offerings, this one is meant to be unisex, despite its resemblance to a classic male composition. And in a first for the company, a corresponding eau de parfum has been released simultaneously to offer a different concentration of the same precious ingredients.

Despite having never traveled this specific sea route—or spent much time on ocean liners at all save for a few ill-advised Caribbean cruise excursions in the eighties—we can attest that there is indeed something transportive about both variations of this fragrance, which is helped along at least in part by the adorable “adventures on the high seas” drawings that grace the back of the labels on the deliberately transparent flacons.

Photo: Courtesy of Diptyque

Little Indulgences For Your Next Staycation

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Over the past few weeks, we’ve run into a bunch of friends we haven’t seen for a while. After the usual pleasantries are exchanged, talk turns to making plans and the same question keeps coming up: “Are you here this summer?” Yes, we say, moderately perplexed by the question; where else would we be? Ideally, of course, we’d be gone for all of August. “Rented a boat off the coast of Crete with the boyfriend and plan to do a little sailing around the Mediterranean before the shows start up again in September,” we’d respond in a perfect world, a jaunt that would do justice to Diptyque’s new Art of Body Care travel collection that just launched and is waiting for an excuse to board a plane to some exotic locale. The reality is that we will be kicking it in New York for the next three months. It’s not too grim of a prospect; there are plenty of local beach haunts to frequent and there might even be a long weekend spent in the Blue Ridge mountains in our future, where we imagine mini sizes of the French fragrance brand’s delectably aromatic Smoothing Body Polish, Revitalizing Shower Gel, Fresh Lotion for the Body, and Luxurious Hand Balm will come in just as handy. It’s not Santorini, but lucky for us, proper pampering is a destination-neutral pastime.

Photo: Courtesy of Diptyque