Model Emily Baker is styled by Maria Giulia Riva in modern modesty, country woman looks for ‘Talento Naturale’. Photographer Mel Karch captures Emily for Marie Claire Italia January 2019./ Hair by Lorenzo Barcella; makeup by Alessandra Casoni
Model Emily Baker is styled by Melina Chen in tailored, transitional looks in 'Before The Fall', lensed by Caleb & Gladys for L'Officiel Thailand June 2018./ Makeup by Ann Benjamas Liendo
Emily Baker Goes ‘Soft Serve’
‘Soft Serve’ celebrates a feminine style — one that doesn’t always empower women, frankly. Yet a ‘Soft Serve’ is always my personal preference in dealing with life and especially when savoring the sublime pleasures of Laduree macaroons.
As for the global Boys Club, a ‘soft serve’ often leaves us with our pantaloons down. Read on.
If Not Paris, Try Ladurée in New York
One of the consummate pleasures in life is enjoying macaroons (macarons) from Ladurée in Paris. Luckily for the entire world, Ladurée spread their sublime, culinary delights far and wide — to Switzerland, London, Dublin, Sweden, Luxembourg, Milan and even Japan and Singapore.
It was only in 2012 that Ladurée opened its shop on Madison Avenue and 2014 that a Ladurée Tea Salon finally opened in Soho, a boutique in Miami. São Paulo, Brazil is also blessed with a Ladurée presence. Read more at Vanity Fair.
A Sensual Blush in Paris
For any readers who won’t know about my life passions — I adore Paris. In the decade I was a key executive with Victoria’s Secret Stores, lastly as the brand’s first Fashion Director, Paris was my home monthly.
There are many facets of Paris life that I enjoy — and especially in a city where older women are considered full of vitality and sexy at every age.
Top of the list was a Parisien appreciation for beauty and sensuality — two essential characteristics in the Ladurée brand.
From the article:
The French understand that eating an occasional macaron does not make a woman fat. And thinking about food doesn’t cause us to eat more of it. In fact, scientific research indicates that Imagining Food Pleasures Decreases Actual Consumption.
I’ve long believed that America’s obsession with sin, sex and guilt is a major factor in our obesity epidemic. Granted, the French are more vigilante in monitoring food consumption than Americans. But they also enjoy pleasure and their bodies, too. Food is not a substitute for the denial of life’s other pleasures.
Within this mindset, blushing and bathing with Les Merveilleuses De Ladurée products makes perfect sense and a divine personal treat, like wearing that splendid French lingerie that only its owner may see. Facing herself in the mirror, she sees a real treat, a feast better than food — a woman at peace with herself. ~ Anne
Related: Ladurée’s Most Sensual Macarons Nurture Fantasy & Pleasure Worldwide with its reminder that American women can be scandalous when in France.
Marloes Horst For DKNY’s ‘Delicious Delights’ Spring 2015
Donna Karan is the quintessential Smart Sensuality designer for Anne of Carversville women. Her DKNY brand (all now owned by LVMH, along with all DK) is launching a new range of fragrances that remind me of macarons. Called Delicious Delights’, the scents are a subbrand in its ‘Delicious’ fragrance and beauty category.
Dutch model Marloes Horst licks the proverbial two-scoops ice cream cone, savouring bright pastel colors much like the scents’ bottles. The fragrance range includes three enticing flavors—Fruity Rooty, Cool Swirl and Dreamsicle — all looking for your ‘Delicious Delights’ body in March 2015.
Macaroons for Peace
Perhaps only a dumb blonde would associate this beautiful picture of women in India with global peace. I couldn’t resist this next, equally-inspiring and even more macaroon-like image of Pakistani women in Pushkar province with the notion that only women can join hands and put a stop to this global violence and madness.
Yes, I was trying to express feminine wit but also a fundamental world truth about female empowerment. This moral view about women’s empowerment has taken its share of hard knocks since I wrote this piece in 2009.
Just last night a major international incident broke out at the Miss Universe contest. Presumably, mostly men are driving the wedge between Israel and Lebanon. But watching the smallest spark ignite major protests over a selfie consumes me with sadness. Read on.
Feminine Truth Serum in the Middle East
Just last night I binge-watched the last five of eight episodes of the BBC’s ‘The Honourable Woman’ for which star Maggie Gyllenhall won a best actress award at The Golden Globes in her role as Israeli tycoon Nessa Stein. Nessa’s relationship with Palestinian Atika Halibi, played by Lubna Azabal, is fundamental to the thriller’s plot line. Macaroons and blood, both, are in abundance in this exceptional, complex drama.
Events played out in more straight-forward, Boys Club fashion for Miss Lebanon when Miss Israel Doron Matalon took a selfie with Miss Lebanon Saly Greige (left and center left in photo), accompanied by Miss Slovenia and Miss Japan. Miss Israel uploaded the photo to her Instagram account.
Lebanon’s TV station Al Jadeed ‘ribbed’ writes NBC News Greige for appearing with Matalon, given the hostile relationship between Israel and Lebanon.
“Since the first day of my arrival to participate to Miss Universe, I was very cautious to avoid being in any photo or communication with Miss Israel (that tried several times to have a photo with me).” Greige continued, “I was having a photo with Miss Japan, Miss Slovenia and myself; suddenly Miss Israel jumped in, took a selfie, and put it on her social media.”
Matalon was unapologetic for the selfie, addressing the issue on her own Facebook page: “It doesn’t surprise me,” Miss Israel wrote, “but it still makes me sad. Too bad you can not put the hostility out of the game, only for three weeks of an experience of a lifetime that we can meet girls from around the world and also from the neighboring country.”
The Miss Universe Organization has released a statement regarding the controversy, calling the incident “unfortunate.”
It’s illegal for a Lebanese person to have any contact with Israel or an Israeli. Foes are calling on Miss Lebanon Saly Greige to step down. So much for sharing a plate of macaroons at the Miss Universe Pageant 2015 in Miami.