Louis Vuitton’s New Piracy Protection Plan


I remember my first trip to Europe, over 20 years ago, when my family visited the perfume houses in Grasse (the perfume capital of the world)… I bet I still have that bottle of Anaïs Anaïs eau de toilette I bought from the Fragonard factory somewhere… For my latest story for Marie Claire, I flew back to Southern France to interview Louis Vuitton Master Perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud. As a native of Grasse, Cavallier Belletrud grew up in the fragrance industry before becoming a nose himself (and creating two of my favorite fragrances of all time: Issey Miyake’s L’Eau D’Issey and Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio for Men). Now working for Louis Vuitton, Cavallier Belletrud focused on inventing creations that couldn’t be replicated (after all, Louis Vuitton has been plagued by knockoffs since the 19th century). The result is a collection of six unique scents, made with rare, exclusive ingredients and top secret formulas so that copycats don’t stand a chance. They’re available now, but only in Louis Vuitton boutiques. Here’s my story, from the October issue of Marie Claire: Louis Vuitton Signature Scents

Beauty Scientists Reveal the Products that Really Work

screen-shot-2016-09-15-at-11-05-32-amThe brains behind the beauty products I love and adore, beauty scientists are my heroes. They’re the ones who think up, concoct, and test all the lipsticks, shampoos, and skin creams that make it into my life. For the September issue of Dr. Oz’s The Good Life magazine, I spoke with the top beauty scientists in the business (from brands like Lancôme, Olay, and Nexxus) to find out the products really work, new technology that’s on the horizon (organic flower-derived makeup pigments!) and what their personal favorites are. Secrets of Beauty Scientists

Falling for Red Lipstick

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 11.53.20 AM

Labor Day weekend is over, which means that the fashion world’s version of back-to-school (NYFW) is in full-swing. Can’t wait to see what one of my favorite makeup artists, Mr. Dick Page, is cooking up backstage for the Michael Kors show this week. But in the meantime, here’s my interview with Dick about why red lips are a must-have accessory this season and which Shiseido’s new Rouge Rouge lipstick is right for you. From the September issue of Marie Claire: Scarlet Fever

Summer Spa Escapes

Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 10.14.36 AMNow that it’s officially summer, I can share with you my latest Marie Claire story: a spa guide to help you escape real life for as much time as you can afford (even if it’s just a mental break from work while reading this article and daydreaming for a minute). From 30-minute budget massages (that still manage to unravel all those knots and kinds) to ultra-luxurious spas in Paris and St. Bart’s (with bespoke facials and posture correcting massages), my Marie Claire July 2016 spa package is all inclusive: Great Escapes