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Tell a friend Geisha fashion

Fresh "Memoirs of a Geisha" beauty collection

Oh, man. With all due respect to Crash, Reese Witherspoon and, um, Three 6 MafiaBrokeback Mountain, Felicity Huffman and Dolly Parton were robbed. Oh, Oscar, I wish I knew how to quit you.

Also overlooked — by critics and the Academy alike — was Memoirs of a Geisha. While visually stunning in its cinematic narrative, Geisha may have made the critics happier if the screenplay had been bookended by (warning: spoilers — you may highlight the following white text if you’ve already seen the movie) scenes of New York City as the novel had been. I believe this would have made the story more cohesive and satisfying — especially to those who hadn’t read the book. But heck, what do I know.

The movie may not have inspired critics, but it did inspire Geisha fashion, renewed popularity of the Maiko Barbie Doll, and — from Fresh, makers of my new favorite scent — the "Memoirs of a Geisha" beauty collection.

Posted March 6, 2006 by Mariva in arts, beauty, books, fashion, gifts, movies, music

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Tell a friend Oscars, Baby!

Oscars

2005 was a great year in movies. I, for one, am glad that Jon Stewart is hosting the 78th Annual Academy Awards.

Attend an Oscar party, or host one yourself.

Posted March 3, 2006 by Mariva in arts, entertainment, fashion, movies, news

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Tell a friend clothes & home sale

Macy's Presidents' Day Sale

Whoo-hoo! Macy’s is having a big fat Presidents’ Day Sale on apparel, jewelry and shoes for him, her and kids — but today is the last day. Also, this is the last week of the annual Home Sale on bed & bath, dining, housewares, luggage and rugs.

Posted February 20, 2006 by Mariva in bath & spa, decor, entertaining, fashion, home, jewelry, kitchen

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Tell a friend Pure Beauty’s makeover

Pure Beauty

I walked into Pure Beauty to pick up the perfect Smoothies hair clips, which had always been in stock. But I noticed this time that the selection was very low, and I asked the sales clerk what gave. She informed me that Pure Beauty’s current CEO has decided to give the store — and the business model — a makeover. "It’ll be less of a beauty supply shop and more of a beauty boutique," she said. Huh?

Posted January 27, 2006 by Mariva in beauty, business, fashion, news

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Tell a friend Macy*s Valentine’s Day pretties

Macy*s

I love Macy*s. So chic, yet affordable. Get your sweetie a nice gift for Valentine’s Day — or better yet, get something for yourself! Jewelry, lingerie, fragrance, gourmet gifts, ties and cufflinks, electronics — it’s all here. Plus, you can find a nice selection of pretties for under $25.

Posted January 26, 2006 by Mariva in edibles, fashion, gifts, holidays, jewelry

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Tell a friend pink shoes

 

Hot Pink Suede Skechers Lamo Moc

Posted January 25, 2006 by Mariva in fashion

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Tell a friend New Year’s Eve fashions

New Year's Eve party

What to wear to a New Year’s Eve party:

Posted December 30, 2005 by Mariva in entertaining, fashion, holidays, home, social

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Tell a friend PajamaGram

PajamaGram
What a great gift idea: with a PajamaGram (your choice of pajamas, robe or slippers), your recipient gets a free:

  • keepsake organza hatbox
  • lavender sachet
  • "Do Not Disturb" sign
  • personalized gift card
  • decorative shipping box

Also available are bath & body spa supplies, candles, gourmet treats and relaxation accessories for creating the perfect retreat-at-home experience. (Maybe I’ll send one of these gifts to myself!)

Posted December 14, 2005 by Mariva in bath & spa, beauty, edibles, fashion, gifts, holidays, home

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Tell a friend Dior Addict lip gloss

Dior Addict Ultra Gloss
Dior Addict Plastic Gloss and Dior Addict Ultra Gloss are the most beautiful tubes of lip gloss I’ve ever seen. Plastic Gloss comes in several luscious shades. I would choose Edgy Rosewood for day and Electrifying Red for night.

The Ultra Gloss seems even more decadent for lip gloss: the various shades appear translucent, iridescent or metallic. My favorite: A Delight of Apricot, shown here.

Dior Addict Plastic Gloss and Ultra Gloss are available from Amazon.com as well.
Dior Addict Ultra Gloss
Dior Addict Plastic Gloss

Posted December 12, 2005 by Mariva in beauty, fashion

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Tell a friend Hippy Chix Shop

Hippy Chix Shop

It’s a goofy name, but Hippy Chix Shop offers a collection of eye-catching, unique, almost too-beautiful-to-wear tops and tunics. My favorites include Vanilla Sugar “Autumn Song”, Gypsy Daisy “Parisian”, Gypsy Daisy “Boheme II” and Vive “Plaisir des Fleurs”. Hippy Chix also carries a nice selection of pajamas — including the always popular Nick & Nora — as well as fashion accessories and gifts.

Posted December 6, 2005 by Mariva in decor, fashion, gifts

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