Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Tiffany & Co. Holiday

I remember my first Tiffany & Co. piece like it was yesterday - a charm engraved with the words Return to Tiffany” and suspended from a linked, sterling silver bracelet. The euphoria surrounding me as I untied the delicate white ribbon swirled snug around the teal box was a moment in time worthy of a capsule. My first baby blue box. This was epic for the teen who adored dresses, savored style and never left home with a little bit of lipgloss. 

"Return to Tiffany" was the “IT” arm candy of the 90s and every girl who was any girl had one. And every girl who was any girl longed to reenact that legendary stroll in front of the famed Fifth Avenue flagship with a frothy cappuccino in one hand, flaky croissant in the other and jewels as far as the eye could see.

Dressed in a rich sapphire suit adorned with hints of silver, I joined Boston tastemakers for an evening of champagne, confections and Christmas cheer at the store's Copley Place location. Holly Golightly would be elated. I was too. 

Tiffany & Co. has been a purveyor of fine jewelry for more than 175 years. And this season is no exception as the luxury brand reintroduced Atlasa revival of the iconic collection first launched in 1995 which draws inspiration from the clock on the jeweler's building. Greek mythology combined with the collection's signature Roman numerals are what make Atlas unique.

Atlas bangle ($875) and necklace ($250) both in sterling silver.

 Atlas bangles (from top): 18-karat rose gold with diamonds ($9,000), 18-karat gold (5,800), 18-karat white gold with diamonds (9,000) and 18-karat rose gold ($5,800)

Atlas earrings in 18-karat white gold with diamonds ($6,900)

Monday, December 2, 2013

CeraVe Beauty Essentials

Although winter doesn't officially begin for a few weeks (December 21 to be exact), I’ve already fallen victim to the season's rough and tumble elements. Dry skin is something many of us battle on a daily basis when the temperature turns raw. A dehydrated d√©colletage? Ugh! Unfortunately. A bed of thirsty cuticles? Coming right up. How about a parched laugh line or two? Smile. 

I slay the proverbial winter warlord known as dry skin for months on end with lotions, potions and other kinds of creamy devotion. And one of my must-have brands in the battle for sought-after smoothness is CeraVe. My dermatologist, a leading physician in Boston, actually recommended the non-comedogenic and fragrance-free line years ago. And I've been hooked since - even though I sample other beauty products as part of this job.

I love when the press team behind CeraVe sends goodness my way. For the past four weeks, I've been indulging in several products including two that are new on the market: CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream and CeraVe Renewing SA Cream. As a long-time lover of Crabtree & Evelyn’s Gardeners lotion following my ever-so-frequent hand washes, CeraVe’s water-resistant formula is a nice alternative as it instantly restores moisture without being overly oily.

The brand’s SA (salicylic acid) cream is ideal for extremly dry (and often damaged) skin as the salicylic acid and ammonium lactate work to loosen and exfoliate dead cells. If you’re a frequent stiletto superstar like I am, this cream will offer some serious healing to your heels. I apply a thin layer to my feet, slip on a pair of fluffy socks and voil√† - instant refreshment.

When it comes to other favorites, I’m well versed in the benefits of CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM with SPF 30. Its ultra-soft formula leaves a flawless finish under my make-up while offering significant protection from the sun. And just because frost has formed on the ground, doesn’t mean you can skip your SPF. For added moisture before bedtime, try CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. It works wonders on my fine and frown lines, however I do like to alternate with a lighter nighttime lotion. Here's hoping this season is softer for you thanks to CeraVe.

Products for this review were courtesy of CeraVe.