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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