|Minimize wrinkles without surgery?|
That is exactly what Guerlain’s new Success Laser declares it cando. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue, it is a complete moisturizerwith spf 15. While everyone else is soaking up the sun andgaining wrinkles this summer, you can be eliminating them.This latest high tech weapon in the Issima line is a highlyadvanced microfluid which acts directly on the source of wrinkles,seeming to fill them out from within. Skin is smooth, tighter, and firmer.
Not just for Mei Xiang and Tian Tian. Bamboo is everywhere—from Gucci’s new sandals and evening clutch to a trendyhome accessory to be placed in a vase in lieu of flowers, and let usnot forget how many purse hadles it has been adorning. Thisbotanical treasure is cropping up everywhere, fromGeorgetown gardens to Cleveland Park living room furniture.
After a 15-year hiatus, Vespa, the Italian motor scooter has returnedto the United States: bringing two new models the 50cc Vespa ET2($2,980) and the 150cc Vespa ET4 ($3,980). They are already a bighit in New York. Celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, RobertDeNiro and Kevin Spacey are all owners. A new store is opening inUpper Georgetown in early June, and if you are not up for gettinghelmet head, Vespa also sells a plethora of accessories rangingfrom body soap to messenger bags, all of which reflect Vespa’sunique styling. Another Italian motorscooter is the Aprilia. TheirScarabeo 50 DiTech (pictured at right) is environmentally friendlyand gives off virtually no pollution. The motorscooter can be transformedinto a motorcycle by uploading software to its computer, which gives it topspeeds of up to 50mph. Moto Strada in Cockeysville, M.D. which sells Aprilia also hasa hard time keeping its Bajaj Chetak in stock. This Indian motorscooter isloved by diehard Vespa fans who prefer its retro stylings and white-walltires and at only $1,999 it is hard to pass up.
|BlissLabs Glamour Gloves|
These gloves have garnered a cult following around the globe, and are now turning up inWashington’s nicest bathrooms. Slip on these self-activating,grapeseed and multivitamin gel-lined moisture gloves and, in twenty minutes, watchthe dehydrated skin on your hands do a disappearing act. For a mere $44, your hands will bethanking you all summer long. Available at www.blisslabs.com. Pair your smooth fingers withEssie’s Ball-Timore, a flattering pinky peach shimmer available at Ilo Day Spa.
Whether you prefer people watching over porcini at Café Milano(pictured above), the political pundits at the Sky Terrace, or Tahoga’shidden garden patio, dining outdoors in the District is a summermust. New offerings to the district this summer include a roof-topdeck at the Reef in Adams Morgan and patio seating at Grille 88 in Dupont Circle.
Cutting Edge Bikinis
It is no surprise that skin is in, and bikinis have permanentlystaked their ground as the preferred swimsuit. This season’smost popular suit at Sylene, the Chevy Chase lingerie and swimboutique, is the Eres lasercut bikini ($318). It features theragged edges that have been all over fashion runways for thepast few seasons. The tube bikini is more flattering than onemight suspect, it is made from a micro-fibre mix of polyamidespandexto sculpt the suit against the body contours. It’s a favorite among thosein Washington with little to hide and a lot to spend.
Be it a peasant blouse, a lace shirt, or this season’s slouchywide-leg pants at Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana, it has to be white.The best way to keep things easy and modern for summer is tokeep it clean and crisp as well, and play with proportions. Pair flowy tops with narrowtrousers, and fitted jackets with wide linen pants. Saks Jandel can hardly keepTom Ford’s spring collection for YSL in the store, particularly his white suits, as well asthose from Valentino. Ralph Lauren’s version (pictured above), available at NeimanMarcus, of slender pants with this season’s wide belt and a relaxed shirt and blazerwill have anyone ready for the Hamptons.
Mercedes has finally released its newly redesigned and much anticipated 5th generationof the SL500 (pictured above), to say nothing of its ubiquitous sexy little sister, theCLK. Ford has a new Thunderbird, and Lexus released its SC430 hardtop convertible. Itseems that everyone is driving around in the summer’s best accessory.
|Tired of turquoise?|
Get a jump-start on the next big jewelry trend, amethyst.Both rough-cut and polished gemstones, most notably fromDavid Yurman (pictured at left and right) and Stephen Dweck,are flooding into finer department stores this summer, andare sure to be every bit as ubiquitous as that other bluestone was. Both designers can be found at Neiman Marcus.Not ready to pass up stones for gems just yet? Coral jewelry,the bigger the better, is turquoise’s partner in crime forlaid-back summer accessories.
Originally created in 1938 for the Italian Navy, the Radiomir was the first water-resistant militarywatch in history. Relaunched in the mid 1990s, soon it was added to Cartier’s stable of luxurywatches. The oversize watch has since swept through Hollywood, with several females even pickingup on the trend. Famous wearers of Panerai include Jerry Seinfeld, Arnold Shwarzenegger,Charlize Theron and Hugh Grant. Rumor has it that last month Russell Crowe bought 35 for his closestfriends. With prices ranging from $2500 - $25,000 a watch, that is a very generous gift.Available at Liljenquist and Beckstead in Tysons II.
This straw and canvas footwear keeps coming in and out of style every couple of years, but we areparticularly drawn to its current reincarnation. With lace-up anklestraps, a wedge heel, and delicate straps around the foot, it bears littleresemblance to its bohemian origins. Our favorites are from MaxMara (pictured at right) and Michael Kors.