L’Occitane’s Lavande is Decadent!


Lavender has been been coveted for thousands of years. Used by the Egyptians, the Romans and later, by queens and royals, the purple flowering plant is ubiquitous in soaps, lotions, perfumes and even honey.

But, y’all? Some products smell SO much better than others!  L’Occitane’s Lavande line is one of the good ones. Wow, does it smell incredible! The French company will tell you on its website that lavender was one the first flowers distilled by L’Occitane founder Olivier Baussan and its still sourced from farmers’ cooperatives in Haute-Provence. Well, that must be it. Your next hostess gift solved!



When Fake is Fabulous…

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He was the ultimate, most glamorous copycat.

Kenneth Jay Lane, who died at age 85 last year, made his fame and fortune designing stylish costume jewelry, based on some of the world’s most exclusive jewels. His enamel and gemstone Maltese cuff bracelet was famously modeled after Chanel’s Verdura cuff. “I myself am a fabulous fake,” he once said, according to his obituary in The New York Times. He was the son of a Detroit auto parts supplier who went on to become besties with the Duchess of Windsor.

Over the years, his creations have been worn by Rihanna, Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Bush, Beyoncé and Carolina Herrera. Since his death, his beautiful necklaces, bracelets, earrings and even belts can still be found online at kennethjaylane.com or Etsy, even TRR.

And sometimes, if you look closely at any enamel piece you see, at a TJ Maxx store near you. But will his work increase in price in the future? It will be interesting to see. Lane had such a rich life story, I think owning even one of his creations is a treasure.



Dress Up The White Shirt

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Inspired by Meghan Markle and Jennifer Lopez, the white shirtdress is having a moment. It’s very Tom Cruise in Risky Business (I guarantee no millennials know what I’m talking about with that reference…). New York & Company at Park Place Mall has them, and online you can find the best versions on Michael Kors and ASOS. But the denim boots JLo is wearing? You’re on your own…

Modern Skin Care Can Thank Two UA Biochemists


Thanks to more than 30 years of groundbreaking research by noted UA biochemists Drs. Myron and Elaine Jacobson, the skin care brands StriVectin and Nia 24 are finding incredible success in the prosperous anti-aging market.

The Jacobsons, formerly with the Arizona Cancer Center and now retired, studied the ways in which cells naturally avoided the development of skin cancer. Their exhaustive research led to the discovery of a patented derivative of Niacin/Vitamin B3 that repairs UV-induced DNA damage deep within the skin.

The husband-and-wife team’s work, some of which was partially funded by the National Institutes of Health, also led to the founding of Niadyne, Inc. in 1997, which has a lab right here in Tucson.

Then, StriVectin, best known before for its enticing “Better Than Botox?” ads in magazines hired the Jacobsons as paid consultants and began infusing its line of products with a niacin derivative, recently nabbing 2017 Best of Beauty Awards by Allure Magazine and a 2015 nod from O Magazine’s O-Wards. The Jacobsons were also awarded the 2011 “Innovator in Dermatology” by the Cosmetic Surgery Forum.

So, the next time you are hunting for anti-aging skin creams, maybe pay a nod to these Tucson game-changers. Their products are born from years of science.

When it’s 100 Degrees, I Dream of Suede

As I don my standard uniform for the next sweaty three months–workout pants and flip flops–I like to think of what could be when it finally drops below 100 degrees…

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Soma Makes a Killer Maxi Dress


A few years ago, my friend J was wearing the most elegant, simple, flattering black maxi dress to school drop-off. I demanded to know where she found such a perfect dress and to my surprise, she said Soma Intimates! Yeah, the bra store at La Encantada!

I immediately bought the same dress and have since gifted it to others. It’s my favorite. I wear it at least once a week, no joke. It has a built in bra…..magic. And, the rest of it hides everything I don’t want to see. It can be dressed up or down and is so forgiving, I actually don’t think I need to diet on the days I wear it. My dress-gifted friends also tell me they wear the dress all the time.

So, the Tucson store may not have as many options as the website. I recently checked and found several maxi dresses, ranging in price from $54.99 to $89.99. But, you must read the product description to make sure the dress carries these magic words: “Removable cups for soft support and modesty.”