Beyond good quality materials and design, shoes that come with a story fascinate me.
In Los Angeles, I chanced upon the flagship store of Fiorentini + Baker. This brand is known for shoes usually made from one-off vintage fabrics, soft leather and velvet. The styles are always exciting and impart a cool attitude.
The brand was established in 2001 by Deborah Baker, who is particular about detail. Fiorentini + Baker has a love for family-run factories dedicated to the craft of making shoes. This is why the shoes not only look good, but also feel good. They bring confidence to your step.
Baker told Forbes Magazine, “I really hate the thought of uncomfortable shoes. If you find one that fits and matches your style, it’s worth it to buy two pairs.”
It’s hard to pick just one pair from the label. There’s the Eternity Three Buckle Boot, which feels great to wear on a California farm, as well as in Paris.
There’s the casual but sleek Bolt Bingo-GW sneakers for daily errands, and the Flash Faber-L slip-on sandals for everything else in between.
If you’re having a hard time deciding what to get, take a cue from the selections of Fiorentini + Baker celebrity fans: Sarah Jessica Parker, Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman, Brad Pitt and Channing Tatum.
The skin can take a beating from the heat that comes in between heavy rains. From oily to dry and combination, the skin gets a bit confused due to erratic weather.
We need products that are useful in any kind of weather.
The Make Up For Ever Aqua collection is waterproof. For everyday use, the Aqua XL Ink Liner comes in handy, along with the Aqua Smoky Lash Waterproof Extra Black Mascara.
Something to add to your daily routine is the Clarins Eau Dynamisante Treatment Fragrance.
It’s a unique perfume that has the “treatment power of plants in accordance with the principles of aromatherapy and phytotherapy. In a single step, this eau de toilette perfumes, hydrates and tones.”
The bottle is environment-friendly because it’s refillable.
Remember that the eyes need extra care, too, especially if you do late nights that result in dark circles. I keep a jar of the La Mer The Eye Concentrate. It hydrates and gives instant luminosity under the eyes. Plus, it eliminates wrinkles.