Natya Abascal has been involved with fashion since she was in her 20’s, working in NYC as a model and muse for Valentino and Oscar de La Renta. Posing in magazines and ad campaigns, photographed by icons such as ; Richard Avedon. Her first shoots took place on tropical beaches in 1965. She was in Harpers Bazaar, wore the latest in haute couture and posed on the beaches of Capri and Ibiza. She attended the Met Galas, parties, runway and appeared in international fashion ads, Natya Abascal’s, younger years, show her wearing elegant dresses, at the top runway shows and on the beach with horses. Abascal has been on the International Best Dressed List, since the mid 80’s. Natya was in a commercial with Salvador Dali and had a role in Woody Allen’s; “Bananas”. Now, at 77, she is a consultant for Hola Magazine, getting style in the pages from the yearly fashion week shows and promoting current trends. Natya looks amazing with her dark hair and eyes, fresh face as well as trim body. She currently represents Elizabeth Arden’s : Ceramide Advanced. Natya Abacal married Fernando Medina, Duke Feria of Cordoba, and has two sons, Rafael and Luis. She travels throughout Spain, Portugal, Paris, London, Columbia and the Dominican Republic with fashion icons and long time friends; Joan Collins, Jane Seymour and Valentino. Life has kept her busy with fashion engagements, family, photography and exemplifying the culture of her native Spain. She has a tradtional, unique, colorful and fashion forward approach.
Capucines HandBags by Louis Vuitton
The capucines handbag by French icon design house, Louis Vuitton, has launched a new ad campaign. The bag is a classic for the company and is trés chic Parisian as well as having a universal appeal. The ads show Princess Olympia of Greece, or Princesse de Grece, modeling the bag with scenes filmed in the city of light. Olympia, daughter of Marie Chantal and Prince Pavlos of Greece, is wearing the bags in a variety of colors, ranging from white to dark green. She strides in cute casual wear, pants and dresses, carrying the bag which shows the products beauty and versatility. We see her lying coyly on a white bed with a white cat, wearing a short top blanc and leggings. She is in a cute townhouse where she is relaxing in a Lolita like style. Olympia is shown eating bon bons reading the Le Gazette de Paris. Olympia then walks down a spiral staircase, wearing a a blue mini dress, with another colored bag, going up and down in an old style elevator and on a balcony taking a selfie, eating croissants and wearing dark sunglasses. She is speeding along the Seine, by bicycle, with the Tour Eiffel in the background. The sexy music, features a French female singer, crooning to the tune from The Who’s Talking ‘Bout My Generation. The ad clips move in a fast pace with a twist on the famous handbag which is named after Rue Neuve de Capucine, the first Louis Vuitton maison. The company was founded in the mid 1800’s and has a history of producing well made leather goods; traveling luggage, bags, wallets, shoes and fashion apparel. They changed their signature color from a orange -yellow to brown packaging, but the brand is classic and modern. The Capucines comes in styles such as; mini, BB and artsy. It ranges in price from $2,000 -$40, 000 + for the crocodile skin bags, all with the signature LV emblem on top and has a handle or leather strap. Check out the ads because they add a great look for any season; in bright pink, classic green, white, black. or with designs. They are functional and fashionable pieces to be enjoyed for your generation.
Body á la Carte
After viewing the French documentary: Body á la Carte, one is taken away by a visual and emotional perspective on French culture’s look into plastic surgery and beauty. The universal concept and theories are similar, but rhe French have long been associated with having a chic style and effortless non chalance. Many inspire to have the style of Bridgette Bardot, Catherine Deneuve or Laeticia Casta. The film explores a French female physician who works as an ER doctor and runs her own plastic surgery clinic. One arena does not replace the other, as one focuses on medical care in the high stress life or death emergencies or accidents and the other focuses on improving the aesthetic harmony for both females and males. The doctor , herself, has gotten plastic surgery procedures. She speaks of the naturalness of it and some patients are shown feeling more self confident and happy with their appearance. The topic of aging is introduced and a female in her 80’s shows flash backs of pictures of her younger self, but also is complacent with her age, as of the present. Plastic surgery is accepted and done more in countries such as; Brazil ands Thailand, but is a worldwide phenomena. Everyone knows the physical changes bring about increased self esteem and confidence. Feeling more youthful or just better able to function once their lips or wrinkles are erased.
Male plastic surgery is another topic which is portrayed. Becoming more accepted by most societies for the same reasons females might get plastic surgery and revel in the cosmetic industry. It used to be men in the Renaissance and ancient Greece and Rome who adored beauty. It was not until recently, that men might go to a nail soon, get a filler or be labeled a metrosexual. The social media is a revolution for the beauty, med spa and plastic surgery industries. Teenagers have tuned to sites such as Snapchat and Instagram to post their new look and even film their surgery. It is a new culture and cult following, but it is mostly a positive step, according to the film. Dr. Miami.. his nickname, is a star of the piece and shows his busy South Florida practice and the life of his admiring staff.. He believes if one achieves the “right”aesthetic results, we can focus on better relationships, life, career, self satisfaction, personality and character more. So the message, aesthetic surgery is fine and is integrated into most cultures as of the new millneium.
Sakara Life : Meal Plans Which Heal Within
Sakara Life Inc. is a trendy and thriving company which provides organically prepared meal plans, delivered to your doorstep. Two childhood friends, Danielle DuBoise and Whitney Tingle, got together and created Sakara Life to bring food, supplements and healthier living, to the table. Both were experiencing physical ailments and decided to create a unique business model; convenient and organic/plant based deliverable meal plans. The target market, like minded females also in search of healthier food options. The 20 -50 year old market is in search of an already prepared balanced diet which aids in health. Danielle DuBoise, an actress, now also a mother, was struggling with inflammation, gut health issues and conditions such as; cystic acne. Whitney Tingle was working on Wall Street in a high pressure job and wanted to use her business savvy to create a passion; helping people on the go, who might not have the time to create quick, tasty and healthy meals. Weekly meals can be a choice of breakfast, lunch, dinner.. or all 3, as well as supplements which work with Sakara Life. The plan has food options such as; a rainbow carrot salad and honey chia parfait. A more advanced plan is offered as well.
In 2011, the two women started delivering Sakara Life, based in NYC, by bicycle to homes and offices. It is now subscription based and is delivered around the country. Their main philosophy, use plant based and organic ingredients, to heal from within. The emphasis on the origins of health and wellness, derived internally and externally. The company offers snacks, salad dressings and supplements aa well. Super Green Vegetable Powder, Sakara Rx-The Foundation with probiotics, B 12, ceramides, Beauty Detox Water Drops and Metabolism Super Powder are big sellers. There is a bridal plan which prepares for the wedding day by aiding with detoxification, reducing inflammation, boosting energy and mood while helping to create a “radiant glow”. A Best Self Plan and the Sakara Life Plan are other options. HeyMamas is a 2,500 member network of mothers who mentor, post and partner with relevant brands, Daniele and Whitney wrote a cookbook: Eat Clean, Play Dirty. The book is catchy and describes the ultimate guide to healthy living and diet with personal anecdotes. Their informative website is updated regularly with tips and there is a podcast. Both entrepreneurs and Sakara Life have been featured in Forbes 30 Under 30, Women in Wellness, the NY Times and in Oprah’s Super Soul. Sakara is a Japanese word, referring to springtime cherry blooms, a descriptive moniker for the company.
Makeup Your Mind and Go to The Makeup Museum
The Makeup Museum is a new exhibit, which opened September 1, at 94 Gansevoort Street, in the Meatpacking neighborhood of NYC. It features the history of cosmetics, makeup artists, industry speakers, models, ads, actual makeup displays from past eras. Its presentation is eye catching, Instagram or I Phone worthy, but it is the actual exhibit which opens your eyes. Many pieces come from The Hollywood Museum. One major backdrop exhibition at the entranceway, is the pink jungle which represents the 1950’s period. An area lit with the expression colored neon pink with tropical trees. Strike a pose and have a group or individual picture taken.
Begin your tour with a section for blondes only, brunettes only, brownettes, and red heads only. Hair and makeup are a piece of every female’s daily grooming routine, yet we are not aware of the history and how the industry evolved. Max Factor was the first company which served Hollywood, beginning in the 1920-1930’s era. Max Factor, a creative and entrepreneurial man from Russia, worked with the Russian royal family. Since he was of Russian Jewish heritage, the family helped him escape and emigrate to the US. He brought lipstick, powder, makeup brushes and cosmetic innovation. Maxwell’s great great grandson, Davis and founder of SmashBox Cosmetics, spoke at the museum, this past month. He presented the company’s history which began among the actresses in Hollywood such as; Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Greta Garbo. The pancake makeup, lipstick cases, old time mirrors, decorative compacts, lipstick cases are on display. In the 1930’s and 40’s, makeup started to move beyond theater and the movies. All women started to buy lipstick, blush and eyeshadow and it became an accepted piece of the beauty standard. There was a reputation that women before this time, wearing makeup, were “hussys” or gave the appearance of a “prostitute”. The Harmony Rooms.. dressing like rooms with neon mirrors are inspired by Max Factor, as well. As the company became the founding American cosmetics company, they set the precedence for the commercialization of makeup/cosmetics, beauty appliances and goods. One can see a heart shaped compact given to a mother from a Korean War veteran, as well as a metallic designed lip case for Greta Garbo. Helena Rubenstein and Elizabeth Arden developed their powerhouse companies, run by the women themselves. There are pictures/ads of 60’s icon, Twiggy, with a colorful flower eye makeup application. A prescription skincare routine, from Ernest Laszlo, is written out for Garbo. Current makeup artists such as; Kevyn Aucoin, are highlighted and photographers like; Steven Meisel, worked with him on campaigns with Paulina Porizkova et al.. There are photos of eyeliner winged star, Amy Winehouse. This is a trend she copied from other starlets and modernized the look with her music. For Hispanic Heritage Month, the founder of Besame Cosmetics, shows off the collection. A new book: If I Had Your Face, by Frances Cha, is a fictional book about four South Korean females who try to live up to their culture’s beauty standards of K Beauty, plastic surgery, a job as a room salon girl, prestige in cosmetics and K Pop. Memorabilia, on view, also shows the all American movie; Mary Poppins and the makeup that went into the production. The history of makeup, how it affects people and the way we feel is a core theme of the museum. Whether it was 10,000 years ago with Cleopatra and Egyptian kohl eyeliner, Japanese Kabuki girls, the 1950’s, after the war, when females wanted to be feminine and come into their own, drag queens or the 1970’s disco with glitter, there is a timeline for all to see. Come and make reservations to see this exhibit, it will bring back memories of eras gone bye and bring you up to date for your next purchase.