This is the season of bright colors, and I have rounded up the best of the brights to dazzle and tempt your senses. Enjoy!
For a punch of color that's modern, classic and built to last, nothing compares to the chic Kelly green Lotus bag by luxury handbag maker Chesneau. Based in Kilkenny Ireland, Chesneau handbags have a worldwide reputation for high quality craftsmanship and elegant design. The attention to detail that goes into each handbag is evident in this roomy soft shoulder bag made of Kalahari leather. The Lotus bag features the Chesneau brass “ C” plaited secure zip closing, a special leather loop strap feature, functional zip detailing/pockets on each side, an inside zip pocket. The entire bag is leather lined and brass studs protect the bottom of the outside of the bag. (Available at www.MySpaShop.com).
I'm a fan of these new Marc Jacobs shades with a refined design that’s both vintage and chic. This style features exclusive designs and luxury details that are both fashion forward and glamorous. The floral decorations of the delicate jewels created by the designer appear on the new full-shaped sunglasses, MJ 245/s. The temples reveal an undulating Liberty-inspired motif, embellished by colorful round rhinestones with the designer’s signature underneath. Offered in hues of violet plum, shiny black, havana light gold and havana palladium, this style is available at Solstice Sunglass Boutiques nationwide (www.solsticestores.com).
Paint It Hot.
If you're wondering what colors will be worn on the uber-trendy playground of celebutantes, movie stars, and those who always get past the velvet rope this season, look no farther than the South Beach Collection by Opi. Debuting right now, Opi offers a dazzling array of the 12 hottest and most sultry shades ranging from sun-kissed shimmers, deco pales, to exotic hues of roses, oranges and fierce purples. Keep these colors in mind when thinking about the short feminine dresses, flirty floral prints, rompers and short shorts of Spring 09. With names like Suzi & the Lifeguard (a pale sandy pink) and Sand in My Suit (a pearly sand color) you're sure to start thinking of the beach long before the summer season arrives. I'm partial to the new Done Out in Deco (a lovely pale lavender) and Miami Beet (looks just like it sounds). For those who love the pop of hot corals, you won't be disappointed--Party in My Cabana and Feeling Hot Hot Hot! will definitely do the trick. If you're a tad adventurous, Overexposed in South Beach, a bright fuschia/red--the color of the most outrageous sun burn-- will make you giggle every time you wiggle your toes! Opi Nail Lacquer is available nationwide (www.opi.com).
Plump Up The Color.
This colorful little goody that goes by the name of Plump, was developed by Ron King, and I guarantee it's going to make your lips very happy! Ron has worked on everyone from President Obama to Victoria Secret models. He created Plump because it addresses some of the most common aesthetic problems that women face today: damaged, dry and chapped lips. While it feels and looks like a sheer lip gloss, it actually repairs damage instead of promoting additional dryness and irritation. Plump is formulated with wrinkle-repairing Dermaxyl, collagen stimulating Maxi-Lip and contains Marine Filling Collagen Micro-Spheres that hydrate and lock in moisture for smoother and fuller looking lips. I like the fact that it feels so light and not goopy like a lot of glosses and plumps. But all you really need to know is that if you use Plump three times a day for 28 days, it's been clinically proven that you will experience fewer lines and healthier fuller lips. Plump by Ron King Cosmetics, is launching this month and is available in four sheer wearable shades. (Available at www.BoSalon.com).
Bold & Beautiful.
Sue Devitt's Microquatic Hydrating Marine Minerals Eye Palette looks like a mini work of art. Sue Devitt is a top international makeup artist, whose work has graced the runways of Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino. She has collaborated with the world's most renowned fashion photographers and has an A-list clientele. Her color advice to Affluent’s readers: "I think a great way to transition from season to season is to experiment with different textures as well as color. I truly believe that a little color and texture goes a long way. Even when you only have a few minutes to get ready, it's best to focus on your eyes. The Sue Devitt Microquatic Hydrating Marine Minerals Eye Palettes in shades of blue and green, are inspired by the colors of the Great Barrier Reef. Blue Waters and Green Isles each feature a dazzling variation of monochromic color that gradates from vibrant deep sea blue and ocean greens to soft and creamy sea foam hues.” This eye shadow formulation is Sue Devitt's most recent innovation, and includes hydrating and refreshing properties of the sea encapsulated in a time-released delivery system that increase skin’s moisture and vitality, while Vitamins, Sea Butter, Sea Fennel Extract, Chamomile, Sea Salt Concentrate and Water Lily Extract deliver skin-enriching benefits to create a healthy, radiant complexion. Sue Devitt Hydrating Marine Minerals Eye Palette is available at Barney's New York and www.Barneys.com.
Wishing you a bright and colorful month!
Fashion designer Mary Jo Matsumoto writes a nationally syndicated style blog at www.trustyourstyle.com. She is debuting a new line of fine jewelry and a women's couture line as well as expanding her successful luxury handbag line. To view her beautiful designs please visit www.maryjomatsumoto.com.