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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Warming Up to Ugly Sweaters

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Ever since Bridget Jones’s Darcy donned an ugly reindeer jumper, we’ve all been fascinated with tacky Christmas sweaters. But after a few ugly-sweater parties, and giving my share of ugly white-elephant gifts, a Christmas miracle has happened:

I now think ugly sweaters are kind of cute.*

But this is LA, so even when we’re being ironically ugly, we still like to look good.
And it’s possible. The patterns, the prints, the colors—they’re all fun and festive and sometimes downright flattering.
Just by following a few rules, you can still be a sexy vixen in a Christmas sweater. (But more like Vixen, Santa’s 4th reindeer.)

Try This:

Mix patterns with 2 or 3 like colors and pair a large print with a small print.

Take the sweater pattern head-to-mistletoe in a smart, slim suit.

Pair your silly sweater with something haute and sparkly.

Commit to a theme. Nothing goes better with Ugly Darth than adorable R2D2 earrings.
And have a merry, ugly Christmas!

*Ugly-Cute, like Pugs. Or Pigs. Or Sloths.

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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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