Style Scene: Flirty, intimate gifts fun for Valentine's Day
BY BRAVETTA HASSELL World Scene Writer
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
2/12/13 at 6:45 AM
With Valentine's Day this week, Muse Intimates Exquisite Lingerie's Deborah Croisant offered us some ideas for the gift giver in search of something on the more sensual side of the gift spectrum.
"Fun and flirty thoughts and actions are a great way to celebrate the day and make it memorable," Croisant said. "Small details like a love note or Valentine's Day card, beautiful flowers and especially seductive lingerie are all reflections of one's thoughts of their Valentine."
At Muse, a flirty gift could mean a Jimmy Jane Afterglow massage candle ($29) that melts to become massage oil.
"(And) if the budget permits, a beautiful coordinated bra and undie set makes a lovely gift for the special someone in your life," Croisant said. She said a tip for men when purchasing lingerie is to look for the tag inside of a bra that she wears frequently to locate the size - a number (e.g. 32, 34, 36) followed by a letter; panties may be sized small to extra large or 0-10.
Whatever is given this Valentine's Day, Croisant reminds everyone to put thought into the way the day is celebrated and really follow through, "just as both (people) should put thought into a relationship every day, not just Valentine's Day."
Women's wear designer Carmen Marc Valvo is dear to Tulsa's heart for his work with Oklahoma Project Woman, so when we saw images from Valvo's runway show during this year's New York Fashion Week, we had to share how to get the gorgeous look NARS created for the models who hit the catwalk.
"The collection is baroque with a punk edge, so we wanted the makeup to have that same feeling," says James Boehmer, NARS director of Global Artistry. "The eyeliner is a reference to a classic eyeline, but with a punk spirit, so it's not perfect, not delicate. The skin is very luminous; we talked about the girls looking slightly haunted, but in a pretty way."
- Multi-Action Hydrating Toner
- Luminous Moisture Cream
- Total Replenishing Eye Cream
- Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer
- Sheer Glow Foundation
- Mambo Eyeliner Pencil
- Black Moon Eyeliner Pencil
- Black Valley Eye Paint (available Sept. 1; for a similar effect, try Carpates Eyeliner Stylo)
- Copacabana / Luxor Multiple (Maldives Multiple / Nepal Single Eyeshadow for darker skin)
- Himalayas Single Eyeshadow
- Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow
- Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara
- Triple X Lip Gloss (applied to eyelids)
- Sheer Glow Foundation
- Salsa Lip Liner Pencil
- Snow Loose Powder
- Belle de Jour Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
- MadÃ¨re Pure Matte Lipstick
- Luxembourg Satin Lip Pencil (available March 15; for a similar effect, try Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil)
Vestida Designs collection
The locally owned Vestida Designs debuts its spring and summer line beginning at 5 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Mayo Hotel, 115 W. Fifth St.
Vestida Designs, launched in August 2012, is owned by Maria Stevenson and her mother, Betty Stevenson, who creates the pieces. Maria Stevenson calls Vestida's line "vintage with a modern edge," and each piece is custom-fit.
Since their summer launch, the mother-daughter team have not stopped creating.
Vestida Designs has plans for expanding into a ready-to-wear line that can be found in upscale boutiques across the country.
The fashion show, featuring Vestida's spring and summer designs, runs from 5 to 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Complimentary champagne will be available with the show beginning at 6 p.m., and clothing orders can be placed following the show.
For more information about Vestida Designs and the upcoming fashion show, visit tulsaworld.com/vestida
Family & Children's Services is asking local retailers to clear their racks for its 10th Annual Abersons & Friends Warehouse Sale running March 27-29 at the F&CS central office, 650 S. Peoria Ave.
Local merchants can support the effort by donating unsold stock including home decor; housewares; men's, women's and children's clothing; accessories; and other items to F&CS. The agency will coordinate pick-up from stores, and participating retailers may take a tax deduction for any items they donate and will be listed in promotional materials.
More than 30 stores and hundreds of bargain hunters participated in last year's warehouse sale. Proceeds help F&CS provide counseling, treatment and support services to children who've been abused, families in crisis and individuals battling mental illness and addiction.
For more information, or to schedule a pick-up date, contact Rochelle Dowdell at 918-560-1115 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bits 'n' pieces
Saks Fifth Avenue Tulsa hosts the Akris Punto Spring 2013 Collection event with Akris Punto specialist Usman Afzal from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Shop and view the collection that focuses on four main trends: the Novelty Jacket, the Structured Sheath, St. Gallen Embroidery and Lace and Paris Prints.
Enjoy informal modeling, light bites and wine while you shop the exclusive collection throughout the day.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 918-744-0200 ext. 203.
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In this photo made with multiple flash exposures, a makeup artist prepares a model before the Carmen Marc Valvo Fall 2013 collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. JOHN MINCHILLO / Associated Press
Saks Fifth Avenue Tulsa hosts the Akris Punto Spring Collection event with Akris Punto Specialist Usman Afzal from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday. Courtesy
Muse Intimates Exquisite Lingerie from the Elle MacPherson's Lush Bloom collection available at Muse Intimates in Utica Square Courtesy
Fun and flirty thoughts and actions are a great way to celebrate the day and make it memorable, says Muse Intimates' Deborah Croisant. Items such as this candle that becomes a massage oil when melted are examples of gifts that offer an air of intimacy. (Jimmy Jane Afterglow massage candle, $29) Courtesy