Ab-Fab Fourth

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The two things I’m most excited about in July are my annual 4th of July party and—cue the internal fireworks—the AbFab movie! I got to thinking last night: wouldn’t it be hilarious if Patsy and Edina, my favorite Brits, crashed my Independence Day party? (Would that make it a Codependence Day Party?)

Eddy would wear LaCroix of course, sweetie-dahling, like a cross between Jimmy Hendricks, Mick Jagger and Mrs. Roper. There’d be a head wrap, naturally, probably with stars and stripes. She might try out the romper trend and joke about wearing a Depends diaper. I can picture her in star-framed sunglasses too. And an explosion of glitter, probably in the crotch area.

Pats would be more subdued (sartorially, not behaviorally) in sheer black Chanel and maybe a McQueen Union Jack bag as an F-you to our holiday. Stuck in her signature queen beehive are red cat eye sunglasses. And in her hands, a bottle of my best vodka. Also my husband’s left butt cheek.

Now that party would be Absolutely Fabulous. Who’s in?

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Paint it Red

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I’m genuinely sorry that so many actors will be boycotting the Oscars. Because we’ll miss them on the red carpet. . . where the real competition is!

After years of styling for award shows, I know that more time goes into getting that look right than the months it took Leo to morph into a grizzly bear-man. We regularly went through 15 different dresses, only to decide to do a custom piece with a designer. Then the nails! And the hair! And the make-up! Week after week of experimentation, dieting, and obsessive pinterest-ing—only to have the hero look wrinkled and ruined by a rambunctious limo ride or an unflattering pose on camera.

Thank Gucci I’m just watching from home this year!

But it is possible to have all the fun of the red carpet without the dress stress: take a Red Carpet Tour de Couture. Join me!

* Tour some of LA’s best red carpet designers
* Learn the inside tricks and tips of a red carpet stylist
* Drive down Hollywood Blvd to see where the red carpets are set up
* Have a luxe lunch near the venue itself
* Take a makeup lesson and learn how to contour and glow like the stars
* And of course, drink champagne!

Go to www.tourdecouturela.com to reserve– and get ready to paint the town red!

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Merry Sniffmas

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Like most people, I have vivid memories of holidays when I was a kid. And I do a lot to recreate the memories: listen to the same music, hang heirloom ornaments, make the same recipes my mom made, yell at my sister (just kidding, Santa).

But if I really want to conjure up the ghost of Christmas past, nothing works faster than the sense of smell. For me, the scent of Christmas is an orange pierced with cloves, simmering in water with cinnamon sticks. Or muddled cranberries. Or a hint of vanilla over sweet pecans.

So when I discovered there were custom perfumeries where people can recreate those same fragrances, I was like: smell ya later, cookie parties. This is delicious fun without the guilt.

There were bottles upon bottles of oils and perfumes, with a scent for every memory hiding in every crevice of my brain. And the perfumer guides you, so you can custom blend your potion until it transports you like a time machine back to Texas in 1984.

I like to think it’s the start of a new holiday tradition. And just like your decorations, you can put it away and pull it out to wear each holiday season.

You can add custom scent blending to any Tour de Couture bespoke tour.
www.tourdecouturela.com

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