Wednesday, December 9, 2009

D' Luxe Beauty - Sweet as Honey

It is the time of year when we can't get enough of "edible comfort ingredients". The health and nutritional benefits of honey are countless. It’s no surprise consumers are hot for beauty products with honey in them as a more natural way to indulge and replenish.

Honey contains ingredients that are natural antioxidants and have natural antiseptic, cleansing, and healing properties. It is also a natural humectant. No surprise there is an increasing number of honey products being introduced to the market for hair care, lotions, facial masks, and fragrances.

Monday, September 7, 2009

D' Luxe Designer Spotlight - Rachel Roy

Just in time for back-to-school shopping and the fashionistas who are ready to work their Fall wardrobes, fashion designer Rachel Roy has launched Rachel Rachel Roy, designed exclusively for Macy’s.

Rachel Rachel Roy is a "little sister" to her Rachel Roy Collection, which she launched in 2004 to critical acclaim from fashion insiders. Her new collection is a joint venture with Jones Apparel Group, Inc.

Not bad for a young woman who started as an intern at Rocawear. Rachel later worked her way to Creative Director of the label before branching out on her own. She was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of American two years ago and has seen her creations worn by First Lady Michelle Obama, Tyra Banks and Eva Mendes.

Offering designer-infused items at affordable prices, Rachel designed the collection for Rachel Roy’s younger sister, expressing a fresh version of glamour and youthfulness that reflects today's urban sophistication. Elements of downtown cool and uptown chic are blended – pattern mixing, pairing of opposites, and individualism. Bright patterns and unique prints are also seen in the collection. A key group focuses on a graffiti print featured in select apparel, shoes and handbags in stores now. The Rachel Rachel Roy customer can find her whole wardrobe in the collection from chunky sweaters to t-shirts with great details, print leggings, leather bombers and party dresses for all occasions.

The line retails from $59 to $299 for sportswear, $79 to $199 for footwear, $40 to $195 for jewelry and $69 to $109 for handbags.

Rachel Rachel Roy is available now exclusively in select Macy’s stores and later this month on For more on Rachel's designs, please visit

Saturday, August 8, 2009

D' Luxe Hair - D' Luxe Lace Wigs Launches

If anyone wonders why this blog has been so quiet lately, it's because I've launched an online store for luxurious lace wigs. It is called D'Luxe Lace Wigs. I still design jewelry and cards, I just looking more fabulous when I create.

If you've never heard of a lace wig, you're not alone. In the past lace wigs were used mainly by celebrities and people who suffered from hair loss due to medical problems.

But recently, celebrities like Beyonce, Oprah, Wendy Williams and Tyra Banks are making lace wigs more widely popular. A lace wig is nothing like a traditional wig. They are so realistic that you can be sitting right next to someone and not know they are wearing a wig.

A lace wig is built on a very sheer lace cap, and the key feature is that at the hairline, and when parted, a lace wig looks incredibly natural, as if the hair is growing right out of the scalp. The lace is adhered to your skin and disappears, you can even wear a lace with in a a high ponytail or up do.

Say goodbye to thin hair or unrealistic hair weaves and hello to luxuriously natural hair with a lace wig from D'Luxe Lace Wigs - Your style secret.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

D' Luxe Fragrance - Find the Write Scent with Happy to Go

Just in case you think I can spell, please don't be mistaken. When looking for convenience and portability, Happy to Go Perfume Pencils by Clinique, may be the "right" scent for you.

This limited-edition collection includes three solid perfume pencils: the orginal Clinique Happy scent, A Hint of Citrus and A Wealth of Flowers. Wear them on alone, or mix the scents together. Come in a mini bag with a sharpener, but I keep one in my makeup bag. Available at and other beauty retailers. MSRP: $30.00

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

D' Luxe Book - Exactly As I Am by Shaun Robinson

She's won an Emmy, written columns for popular magazines and of course, is the weekend co-host and a correspondent for Access Hollywood, but when Shaun Robinson sat down to write her first book, she decided to not pen her manuscript about the glitz and glamour of the entertainment world.

Instead, after receiving questions from young women across the country who desperately wanted to be like their celebrity idols, Shaun decided to write a book offering self-esteem boosting words of wisdom from her own life and with the help of a host of celebrities.

In Shaun's book, "Exactly As I Am", she shares her own stories, as well as those from Oprah Winfrey , Alicia Keys, Celine Dion, Indie Arie, Meredith Vieira, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson, the latter who revealed a school play director once told her, her voice was the best, but the part went to someone else because of her weight.

Through this rich tapestry of voices, women of all ages, races, ethnicities, and backgrounds explore how to stay grounded and develop positive self-esteem, something Robinson calls “your ticket to freedom and making your dreams come true.” They also discuss the importance of mentors and friends, being able to laugh at oneself, and giving back to others. The collected wisdom of shared experiences in "Exactly As I Am" is designed to give every girl and woman the opportunity to dream big, stay strong, and remain true to herself. Available at your favorite book retailer.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Looking to satisfy the desire for "red carpet hair" at home, celebrity hairstylist and beauty expert Billy Lowe has launched his own luxury hair care line. Billy, who has worked with numerous Hollywood A-List stars and appeared on such hit reality shows as TLC's "10 Years Younger and "Extreme Make-over," is no stranger to celebrity style.

The line contains two shampoos, two conditioners and seven styling products. The key ingredients in the line include Asian sugar, which repairs and nourishes hair from within, and soy proteins to help strengthen hair and restore lost amino acids.

"The solutions that I was presented with were anything but complicated. Many other manufacturers offered hundreds of products and the whole process was overwhelming. What I wanted for my clients was a clean and simple line that offered outstanding professional results. Now, people can have red carpet hair just like my celebrity clients ­ no matter where they live," stated Lowe.

With almost 20 years in the industry, Billy knows hair care. For more info on his line and info on how to purchase, please visit

Monday, May 11, 2009

D' Luxe Fragrance - Victoria's Secret Parfum Intimes

Want to indulge in the ultimate feminine luxury? Leave it to Victoria's Secret to combine fine fragrance and the fantasy of fine fabrics with their launch of Parfums Intimes.

Parfum Intimes was inspired by silk, satin, cashmere and lace; the most precious lingerie fabrics in the world.

Each of the four fragrances has been designed to evoke the textural feel of the fabric that inspired it. Choose from Satin Rose de Mai, Silk Mandarin Santal, Cashmere Vanilla Jasmine and Lace Orange Flower.

Beautifully executed and reasonably priced ($45), Parfum Intimes is the perfect treat for someone special...YOU! Available at Victoria's Secret.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

D' Luxe Designs Giveaway - Beaded Cuff

If you are like me, you are going "crazy for cuffs". To kick off the debut of my new beaded woven cuffs, I am sponsoring a giveway.

Each cuff has been designed by utilizing the herringbone stitch, also known as the ndebele stitch.

The Ndebele stitch is a traditional African beading stitch used by the Ndebele tribe of South Africa. The Ndebele beaders often work without patterns or instructions and produce stunning beaded collars, jewelry and dolls.

My cuff bracelets are designed with over a thousand tiny delica and firepolished beads which have been sewn together in some of this season's hottest color palettes. The cuff measures 1.5 inches wide and 7.5 inches in length.

Based on the reaction from friends and family to the new designs, I am happy to give a cuff to one of my blog readers. To become eligible, just submit a comment on my blog and leave your email address.

Don't wait too long, as this giveaway will end on May 5, 2009. US entries only.

For designs for purchase, please visit my online jewelry shop.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

D' Luxe Style - Push it to the Maxi

Maxi Mania continues this season and the options are endless.

Bold florals, tribal prints or even color block patterns make this simple dress style look totally put together. Opt for spaghetti straps, tank-styles or a strapless bodice to flatter your shape and flaunt your assets.

Finish your look with colorful flip flops or a jeweled flat sandal for "maximum comfort".

Thursday, April 16, 2009

D' Luxe Shopping - The Outnet is Here has finally launched. The sister site to Net-a-Porter has become the new home for designer brands like Christian Louboutin, Diane von Furstenberg, Hervé Leger and Chloé at discounts of between 40% and 60%.

Net-a-Porter founder and chairman Natalie Massenet told WWD that the launch of theOutnet was not just “opportunistic” because of the current climate.

Massenet admitted there will be some overlap with Net-a-Porter customers but said that theOutnet will give the company the opportunity to “reach out” to a new customer base.

The site will host several consumer-driving promotions each month such as Limited time Pop-Up Sales, Giveaways and Going, Going, Gone Sales that will give you that 'get it before it goes' buzz.

If the 150,000 site registrations in the last couple of days are any indication of the following this site will have, bookmark it now and take advantage of the goodies theOutnet has to offer.

Register and start shopping now at

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

D' Luxe Style - Put a Ring On It

D' Luxe Style - Put a Ring on it
D' Luxe Style - Put a Ring on it by dluxedesigns featuring Forever21 rings

In the words of Beyonce, "if you like then you shoulda put a ring on it".

I don't think she is talking about any ring, but bold, oversized, in your face, statement rings. This is definitely the time "to be done with dainty".

Whether you chose semi-precious stones, faux gems or crafted metals, cocktail rings are to be worn during the day, and the goal is to get noticed.

D' Luxe Style - Stand Out in the Nude

Standing Out in the Nude
Standing Out in the Nude by dluxedesigns featuring Jimmy Choo flat shoes

Ultra feminine. Romantic. Playful. The nude fashion trend this spring isn't about showing more, but working flesh-tone fabrics as a form of second skin.

Not all neutrals are created equal. Consider your skin tone when selecting your pieces. Opt for delicate pinks, nuzzly peach or creamy caramels. Mix and match your nude tone items to create texture and dimension.

Stand Out in the Nude with one item that adds the right splash of pop. For my D'Luxe Nude Look, I selected the Gucci Princy Tote as my "pop accessory.

Featured items: Jimmy Choo sandals; Calypso smock top; Filagree teardrop earrings; 2Pack chunky bracelet; Forever flower brooch; H&M slim skirt; Cube New York sandals; Subversive necklace; Gucci Princy Tote

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

D' Luxe Style - Tribal Temptations

The tribal trend has exploded this season with clothing, jewelry and accessories inspired by African and Indian influences.

Add ethnic flavor to your wardrobe with a wide color palette of exotic motifs. Differentiate your look with indigenous-inspired prints and tribal geometric patterns.

For jewelry, the look is big and bright and layering is key . Mix chunky bracelets adorned with natural stones with embellished cuffs. Necklaces are intricately beaded, making this season's trend a beadweaver's dream.

Not sure how you will incorporate this look into your Spring 2009 wardrobe? Just remember less is more. A "touch of tribal" will make your look chic and unscripted.
1. Etro tunic; 2. Public Library t-shirt; 3. Dune clutch; 4. D' Luxe Designs Tribal Noir bracelet; 5. Jimmy Choo Claudia sandal; 6. Matt Bernson Equss sandal; 7. D' Luxe Designs Tribal Soul bracelet

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

D' Luxe Style - Pump Up the Python

Python. Snakeskin. Stingray. Keep in mind anything that "slithers" will sizzle this Spring.

Real or faux, these prints are the way to go for accessories. Look for shoes, clutches and bracelet cuffs to add a touch of exotic luxury to your wardrobe.

Prada, Fendi and Jimmy Choo have featured snakeskin items in their Spring 2009 collections. Let's not leave out the recessionistas, Nine West has the look for you too. Pump Up the Python!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Remember the 90's MTV show House of Style hosted by Cindy Crawford? MTV has partnered with Teen Vogue for a "remix" of the classic show.

Hosted by Bar Refaeli (Leonardo DiCaprio's boo) and fabulous supermodel Chanel Iman, the new House of Style will take us behind the scenes of the fashion world with celebrity fashion stories, designer DIYs, beauty tips, style secrets, cyber trends and more.

The new House of Style may be more geared to your teenage sister's tastes than yours, but tune into MTV on March 21st at 3:00pm and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

D' Luxe Pampering: Spa Week to the Rescue

In these tough economic times, we're supposed think twice about indulging and focus on our basic needs. Don't spa treatments fall in the basic needs category? They do when Spa Week comes around.

The goal of Spa Week is to educate and encourage consumers to adopt a more wellness oriented lifstyle. Spa Week takes place April 13-19, 2009. Over 700 spas across the country and Canada will be offering their signature spa treatments for $50.

A full list of participating spas was posted yesterday, so visit their site to see if a spa near you is participating. Hurry to book your appointment and get ready to relax!

D' Luxe Designs Etsy Giveaway Winner

Please join me in congratulating Elsie from Eastlake, Ohio for winning my Etsy Anniversary Giveway. Elsie will receive the Secret Life of Leaves bracelet.
Way to go, Elsie!!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

D' Luxe Style - Float Like a Butterfly

One of the hottest fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2009 is the butterfly motif. Look for interpretations of fluttering butterflies in anything from tanks to beaded jewelry.

Since butterflies are symbolic of beauty, feminity, and transformation, I am sure this trend will "float" in our hearts for a while.

1. Tibi silk dress; 2. Manoush crystal brooch; 3. Anthropologie necklace; 4. Stella McCartney sunglasses; 5. Pink Flower Iphone case; 6. Lucky Brand watch; 7. Coach bangle; 8. Tarina Tarantino headband; 9. Juicy Couture bracelet; 10. Karen Millen peep toe shoe; 11. Jimmy Choo handbag clutch

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

D' Luxe Designs - Sisterhood Blog Award

It is truly an honor to receive peer recognition. My blog just received The Sisterhood Award from Jill at Zingo Tots.

Now I get to share the award with other great blogs. This is how it works:1. Put the logo on your blog or post.2. Nominate at least 5 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post. 4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog. 5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

Here are my 5 people I am passing it on to:1. Lanyardlady: For the most beautiful jeweled lanyards in any office; 2. Be Jeweled by Candi: For her vibrant jewelry designs and support for other etsy artists; 3. Clumps of Mascara: For sharing tips to make us all more beautiful; 4. Black Style Central: For her up to the minute stylista insights; 5. Additions Style: For her great esty shop and creative inspiration.

Please visit these blogs and congratulate them!

Monday, March 9, 2009

D' Luxe Decor - Here Comes H&M Home

Looking for a chic, but cheap decor alternative for your home? The new H&M home collection may be what you are looking for. If you're a fanatic for the look of a modern living space, H&M's bold bedding, towels, and pillow covers may be the perfect accessories for your home.

Based on four sub collections- Design, Nature, Classic and Youth- the line is only available in Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Germany and Austria. Status on the U.S. launch has not been confirmed. For now, we can only visit the H&M website and wish.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

D' Luxe Reality - Have Some Candy with Your Kardashians

Many are appalled by them, while others are addicted to them. E! is hoping the combination of these two groups will add up to another successful season of the reality show "Keeping Up With the Kardashians".

The show, created by Ryan Seacrest, is a hit with viewers and continues to rank No.1 among women 18-34 in its time-slot against all other "ad-supported cable networks".

Never heard of the Kardashians? Kim Kardashian is a socialite known for her fashion sense (became a celebrity stylist and opened the boutique "Dash"), her friends (former BFF to Paris Hilton) and her voluptuous figure.

The reality series features, Kim and her family, including her manager-mom Kris, step father, Bruce Jenner (the former Olympic athlete) and her siblings - Robert Jr., Khloe, Kourtney, Kendall and Kylie.

E! brings viewers back into the glamorous and chaotic world of the Kardashian family when the third season of the hit series "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" premieres tonight at 10:00 pm ET/PT.

Immediately following the Kardashian premiere, E! will debut its new "docusoap" series Candy Girls. The show follows Danielle who has built her company “Bella” into one of the premiere talent agencies for the hip hop music industry’s casting needs.

I am not sure which group I'll fall in, either the addicted or appalled, but I will be glued to the TV on Sunday night so I can chat about it with my friends during lunch on Monday.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

D' Luxe Designs Giveaway - My Etsy Anniversary

I find it hard to believe it was just one year ago today that I launched my Etsy shop, D' Luxe Designs. I'd already begun building my greeting card portfolio, when my friend Jen suggested I give Etsy a try.

Unknown to me at the time, being on Etsy has opened several doors to me.

From joining the etsy street teams and interacting with other handmade artists, I 've met many great people and learned alot to take my business to the next level. I've even developed a following at local craft shows and been contacted by a few retailers to carry both my jewelry and greeting card lines.

To celebrate, I am sponsoring the "D'Luxe Designs Anniversary Giveway".

Just leave a comment for this post and you will be eligible to win the bracelet above. This design is called "The Secret Life of Leaves". A blank D'Luxe Designs greeting card will be included with your shipment. Entry deadline is March 11, 2009. Limited to U.S. entries.

Thanks for the support!

Monday, March 2, 2009

D' Luxe Beauty - Perfectly Polished with Sephora by OPI

If your nail salon is like mine, you need to bring your own polish if you want the latest colors. When the snow melts, my next stop is to Sephora for the new SEPHORA by OPI Spring 2009 nail polish collection.

Sephora has partnered with OPI to create SEPHORA by OPI, a line of nail polish and nail care formulated by products by OPI, available exclusively at Sephora stores in the U.S.

If you are feeling the look of the 6 Spring 2009 colors, there are 54 additional colors for you to fall in love with. MSRP: $9. I'm off to stock up on Techno Girl.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

D' Luxe Style - Damask Decadence

Damask. Brocade. Baroque. These patterns represent old world luxury in a modern classic way. No longer just prevalent in wallpaper, the presence of damask has become a cross category favorite. Combining damask with this season's hot trend of black and white makes a bold statement. Highlight these items with a hint of teal to turn your look from classy to sassy.

1. Jessie Steele hostess apron; 2. Velvet beaded shade; 3. Chiasso balance scale; 4. widescreen wallpaper; 5. Kailo Chic necklace; 6. Debenhams towels; 7. Williams Sonoma chair; 8. Geisswein rain boots; 9. Juicy Couture bangle; 10. Gaiam aluminum water bottle; 11. Luxe mirror jewelry box; 12. Kroom Maggie storage shelf

Sunday, February 22, 2009

D' Luxe Style - Dream in Coral This Spring

If you're like me, you are tired of this winter weather. I'm looking forward to Spring and all of the glorious fashions I can start to wear. As a person who loves color, I am happy to highlight the "must have" colors for the Spring/Summer 2009 season. Coral is one of my favorites.

From deep red coral used in jewelry, to light salmon pink on your nails, to a cantaloupe melon dress, any shade goes this season.

As we approach this time of change and renewal, look for bright, happy colors like coral to light up your wardrobe and enhance your spirits.

1. Bottega Venetta Wrap Dress; 2. L.A.P.A. Doctor-Style Handbag; 3. Dior Coral Necklace; 4. Missoni Floral Silk Scarf; 5. Tarina Tarintino Crystal Hibiscus Clip; 6. Banana Republic Chandelier Earrings; 7. OPI Conga Line Coral Nail Polish; 8. Oscar de la Renta Appliqué Patent Sandals; 9. Giuseppe Zanotti Patent Leather Sandals;
10. Chaumet Coral Watch

Thursday, February 19, 2009

D' Luxe Designs - First Blog Award

Imagine my surprise when I logged onto my blog today and discovered I 'd been nominated for The Lemonade Award. Special thanks to Polka Dot Candle for making this possible.

Here are the rules:

1. Put the logo on your blog or post.

2. Nominate at least 5 - 10 blogs that show great Gratitude and/or Attitude.

3. Be sure to list and link your nominees within your post.

4. Let them know they have received this award by leaving a comment on their blog.

5. Nominate your favorites and link to your post.

Here are my Lemonade Award Nominees:

Congratulations to all of the nominees above!

Monday, February 16, 2009

D' Luxe Designs Card Spotlight - Featured in Etsy Treasury

Thanks to ScentfulIndulgence for creating this Etsy Treasury spotlight. The treasury is called "I Scream, U Scream - Neopolitan Ice Cream, my favorite!".

All of the items selected are in the colors of neopolitan ice cream - strawberry pink, chocolate brown and vanilla white.

One of my D'Luxe Designs handmade cards is a featured item. It's called "Welcome Home Baby Girl". Part of my baby card collection, this handmade card is totally customizeable. You pick the card color scheme, boy or girl (or both) and ethnicity of the baby. Great for baby showers, announcements or thank you cards. Contact me for more details.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

D' Luxe Beadweaving - Etsy EBW Team Challenge

It's not too late to cast your vote for the Etsy Beadweavers Tropical Holiday Challenge. Etsy Beadweavers is a group of beaders who market their creations on

The Beadweavers' creations are different from many traditional beaded items, in that they are woven from hundreds or thousands of tiny beads to create intricate designs and pictures.

These handmade designs are both art and jewelry. Each piece takes hours to complete, with some larger pieces taking weeks or even months. I am a proud member of this team

The current team challenge is to create a tropical holiday inspired design. Please visit our team site at to cast your vote. Please hurry, the deadline is February 15.

To view some of my beadweaving pieces, be sure to visit my etsy site at

Mention this post when purchasing from my etsy site to receive a FREE gift.

Offer ends February 28, 2009.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

D' Luxe Beauty - Top Beauty Ingredient Trends for 2009

Want to wow your friends with your knowledge of the hottest beauty trends? The Pierce Mattie Beauty PR firm has released their predictions of the Top 10 Beauty Ingredients for 2009.

Argan Oil: Known for being one of the richest natural sources of Vitamin E with 80% essential fatty acids, this oil has been a beauty secret of Moroccan women for centuries. It can be used on skin and hair to replenish hair and skin’s natural moisture.

Acaii: This Brazilian berry contains antioxidants, amino acids, essential omegas, fibers and protein that positions itself as a formidable fighter in anti-aging products. Acaii can be found across the board in skin care, cosmetics and hair care products.

Goji Berries: This nutrient-rich berry, well known as Wolfberries in the Himalayas, has often been called a “super food” due to its abilities to fight free radicals and boost the immune system. While there are no benefits of Goji in fragrance, that hasn’t stopped perfumers from including this sweet yet tart scent into their fragrances.

Baobab: Rich in riboflavin, niacin and vitamins C, A, D and E, baobab has incredible anti-aging properties although you won’t just find it in creams and moisturizers, but also in exfoliating scrubs and hair care.

Acerola: Ingredients high in Vitamin C, like acerola, are being used more often due to their ability to even out skin tone and brighten complexion. Skin care brands will be using acerola more to target those who have issues with skin redness and inflammation.

Blueberry: Full of amino acids, vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids, blueberries are another super food that will be used to fight aging in beauty products. Also known as a “super fruit,” blueberries have long been known for its ability to revitalize the skin; it was just a matter of time before beauty brands began to incorporate it more into their skin care products.

Probiotics: Probiotic skin care will be branded as another “clinical-like” line of products, which beauty consumers tend to lean towards as science-based.

Palmitoyl Tripeptide-3: This Cosmeceutical that is becoming found more often in anti-aging products to fight fine lines and wrinkles will be even more prevalent in 2009. Products that contain Palmitoyl Tripeptide-3 will be branded as a temporary alternative to cosmetic procedures.

Myrrh: With the increasing popularity of Ayurveda, this ancient ingredient is also resurging in perfumes and skin care products. The rich royal resin with the slight vanilla fragrance also stimulates circulation and has lifting effects.

Turmeric: A popular ingredient in India, Turmeric is widely known for its medicinal properties. Turmeric will be found in acne-related creams and lotions, as it is an antiseptic and can aid in preventing and removing blemishes.

If you are like me, products with these ingredients will mysteriously make their way to your bathroom shelf and soon become your new beauty staples.

Monday, February 9, 2009

D' Luxe Designs Valentine's Day Giveway Winners Are Announced

Special Congratulations to the Valentine's Day Giveaway Winners!

Shana - Violet Indigo Spiral Bracelet
Zingo Tots - Valentine's Jewelry Gift Set

Thank you to all who participated. Please visit my etsy shop to let me know which items you'd like to see in future blog giveways.

Friday, February 6, 2009

D' Luxe Decor - Purple is Trendy in the Home

Purple has been predicted to be one of the top home decor color trends for 2009. Surprised? We've seen purple make a hit on the runway and fashion retail outlets and it's known as a happy color. Can't we all could use a bit of uplifting during these trying times.?

We crave more purple and now we are bringing it into our homes.

Expect to see a range of purple shades, from soft, sophisticated grayish-lilac to rich, delicious plums. I've gathered some examples of purples themes I would love to incorporate into my home. Take a look, a few may appeal to you too.

1. Phillips Iron; 2. Malborough Chesterfield Sofa; 3. DeLuxe Cutlery; 4. Elk Vanity Light; 5. Kitchenaid Stand Up Mixer; 6. Pearson Lloyd Chair; 7. John Urson Puff Pendant; 8. Target Chandelier; 9. Vincent Leman Spark Table; 10. Home Trends Beaded Curtain Holdbacks

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

D' Luxe Fitness - Get Ready To Zumba

The big question of the day for me is: Bellydancing or Zumba?

My town's contunuing education booklet arrived in the mail today. I went right to the fitness pages to see what was being offered. I am torn by the two courses. I decided to do a bit of reading on Zumba.

Zumba was created in the mid-90’s by Colombian native Alberto “Beto” Perez, a celebrity fitness trainer and choreographer for International pop superstars. Inspired by the traditional cumbia, salsa, samba, reggaeton and merengue music he grew up with, Beto paired his favorite pulsating Latin rhythms with the red-hot international dance steps.

Zumba has become a brand. Since 2003, more than 3.5 million Zumba DVDs have been sold through infomercials and about 20,000 instructors in 40 countries now teach Zumba, 15,000 of those in the United States. No wonder Zumba classes are being added to gym schedules across the country. All the testimonials say it is one of the most fun, cardio workouts out at the moment. So fun, you don't even realize how intense your workout was.

I am leaning towards Zumba. Any thoughts????

Monday, February 2, 2009

D' Luxe for Men - Axe Dark Temptation

Find chocolate hard to resist? You are not alone. The makers of Axe Body Spray for men initiated a global study which concluded 82% of women feel the same.
This research set the stage for the launch of Axe Dark Temptation (available in a deodorant body spray and shower gel).

The Dark Temptation fragrance combines a subtle aroma of chocolate with gourmand notes like hot chocolate, amber and red peppercorn.

Still looking for a Valentine's Day gift for him? Treat yourself by buying Axe Dark Temptation for your special guy.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

D' Luxe Beauty Launch - Aveeno Hair Care Line

Core consumers of the Aveeno skin care brand will soon be able to deepen their alliance to its portfolio of products..

This April, Aveeno will launch the Nourish+Hair Care Collection, a hair care range consisting of seven shampoo-and-conditioner combinations, as well as a leave-in treatment.

According to Aveeno, there is a void in the market for "effective, results-driven, naturally based and aesthetically pleasing products that effectively help to repair damaged hair.”

Suggested retail is $6.49. Look for the Aveeno Nourish+Hair Care Collection at your favorite mass retailer. As a fan and user of their skin care products, I definitely can't wait to try this line.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

D' Luxe Decor - Domino Magazine to Close

Despite increases in circulation, declines of nearly $40 million in advertising revenue have caused my favorite home decor magazine to "close its doors".

Conde Nast has decided to fold Domino, the young "Shopping Magazine for Your Home" edited by Deborah Needleman.

A final March issue will be published, and the website will be shut down. This is a great magazine and will definitely be missed. Hold on to your back issues for the memories!

Friday, January 30, 2009

D' Luxe Book: Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man

Steve Harvey, the host of the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show, is never short on opinions when advising his female listeners on how to deal with men. Why? According to Steve it's because they're asking other women for advice when no one but another man can tell them how to find and keep a man. This inspired him to write his first book.

Sometimes funny, sometimes direct, but always truthful, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man is a book you must read if you want to understand how men think when it comes to relationships.

Wow, how I wish I had a book like this to read years ago. Judging by this book's first week sales numbers, it's not too late for many of us. List Price: $23. Available at and other book retailers.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

D' Luxe Launch - Padma Lakshmi Jewelry Collection

Padma Lakshmi, the former model who is a host of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” is launching her own jewelry line stimulated by the things that surround her most frequently — cooking ingredients.

“It’s inspired by things like seeds and pods, like cardamom, lentils and cloves,” Ms. Lakshmi said. Called “Padma,” the collection will consist of more than 50 styles of 10-karat and 14-karat gold jewelry, including necklaces, rings and cuffs. The Padma line will retail in price from $375 to $6,600 and will hit stores in May. Available at

Monday, January 26, 2009

D' Luxe Giveaway - Violet Indigo Spiral Bracelet

This week's giveaway is a spiral rope bracelet from my shop, D' Luxe Designs. The bracelet measures 7.5 inches and has a decorative silver toggle. Retail Price: $30.

Just enter a comment on this blog between now and February 8, 2009. You need to be a US resident, and be sure that we can locate you online to notify our winner and obtain your shipping address! Include your link or email and you're qualified.

Only one entry per person, please.

Your comment puts your name into a drawing for a D'Luxe Designs Valentine's Day Gift Set. The set include a necklace, earrings and bracelet. The winner will be announced on this blog on Feb. 9th (My birthday)---Good luck to you!

Friday, January 23, 2009

D' Luxe Hair - The Stylist to Michelle Obama

As many of us adored the images of Michelle Obama this week, I couldn't help but wonder about who styled her hair.

Long time hair stylist, Rahni Flowers of Van Cleef Hair Studio in Chicago was flown into Washington DC to style the first lady's hair for all the events that surround the inauguration.

Rahni Flowers, owner of Van Cleef Hair Studio in Chicago, has been Obama's hair stylist for 18 years. His lips are sealed over what products she uses, but he has created her bob by layering it, blowdrying it straight and using a light holding spray.

Look for Michelle's long layered bob to become the next must have hairstyle this Spring.

Friday, January 16, 2009

D' Luxe Patent Purse - Louis Vuitton Vernis Alma

Just in case the frigid weather isn't enough of a reason for you to crave spring, leave it to Louis Vuitton.

Coming this spring are a wide variety of eye-catching colors for the Louis Vuitton Vernis Alma. Look for such colors as Blue Galactic, Orange Sunset, Green Tonic, Violette, Pomme d Amour, and Amarante.

The Vernis is known for its liquid-like, embossed patent leather appearance. It has shiny golden brass hardware to accent the bag along with a removable leather key bell and padlock keys. The Alma closes with double zips at the top. Dimensions are 15.2″x 11.2″x 7.3″. MRSP: $2,000. Available at LouisVuitton retail outlets and

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

D' Luxe Diet - Acaii Berry Super Food

The Acai Berry is a fruit that is native to the Amazon Rain Forest in Brazil. It has been harvested by Brazilians for hundreds of years as a food staple known primarily for their rejuvenating and detoxifying properties.

Pleasant tasting, this fruit has such high nutritional values that it joins a very selected few by being named a “Super Food“, which means that we should make it a consistent part of our eating routine in an effort to enjoy a healthier, balanced lifestyle.

Dr. Nicholas Perricone lists Acaii as one of his top 10 Super Foods at Oprah’s Web site. As a matter of fact, he lists it as the #1 Super Food in the World! The best benefits are gained from eating the fruit, but it is primarily marketed as a powder, drink or a supplement.

Acai Berry is said to help you lose weight by flushing your body of trapped waste, increase your metabolism, increase your energy levels, balance pH for efficient body function, and is even reported by some to increase their sexual performance! It is primarily being marketed as a weight loss supplement, but it has so many varying health benefits as the list above shows, that everyone can benefit from using it.

Monday, January 12, 2009

D' Luxe Gems - Golden Globes Jeweled Compact

Designed by Carelle, the L’Oreal Paris 2009 Red Carpet Golden Globes Compact was presented to the female nominees in the Best Actress Drama and Best Actress Comedy categories. The compact is adorned with lemon citrine and pale green quartz stones and is set in 18 karat yellow gold with diamonds.

Not a hollywood leading lady? Well you too can have a compact if you are the top bidder in the eBay Giving Works auction.

All funds generated will benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF). The compact is valued at $3650 and will be auctioned on The auction has an opening bid of $500 and will run until January 18th.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

D' Luxe Jewelry - Cellini Spiral Bangle Bracelet

It took a minute, but I finally completed the Cellini Spiral Bangle Bracelet. The technique used is the tubular peyote. It was so much fun selecting the right color combinations of 4 different seed beads to make this bracelet pop.

I've added stiff wire inside to maximize its fit on the wrist. Custom colors are available and more options are in stock. Retail: $40.00. Available at http:/ and

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