New and Notable
Martha Beck is a best-selling
author, life coach and a regular contributor to O, The
Oprah Magazine. Three or four times a year she also hosts a Self Transformation Adventure Retreat (STAR) at the Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa. Londolozi—the word means "protector of all living things" in Zulu—was once a farmed-out piece of land that John, Dave and Shan Varty inherited in the 1970s and restored so that today it is the blueprint for modern day conservation in South Africa. Beck finds that the African wilderness offers a way of peeling back layers of social conditioning to heal your essential self, and she and four other life coaches work with no more than 12 spiritual seekers, helping them develop a clear sense of their individual purpose and a strong confidence that they're achieving it by the time they leave. "Being away from everything that was familiar to me, I was able to view myself apart from the life I had created," says Ferro, who found that doing deep-processing work with Beck while being immersed in the natural rhythm and beauty of Africa helped her reach deeper into her soul than she thought possible. Visit marthabeck.com for information on upcoming tours. —MARIANNE DOUGHERTY
Martha Beck and Marie Ferro bond at Londolozi.
On safari in a Land Rover with a guide who was an excellent tracker.
The group encountered this African child at the Londolozi village.
While on an evening safari, Ferro snapped this photo.
Londolozi is said to have the best leopard viewing in Africa.
Zebras graze on the game preserve, which the Varty brothers inherited in the 1970s.
Londolozi's four newly refurbished camps are nestled along the Sand River.
Ferro in rain gear on a tracking expedition
THE CLARA BOW
Silent film stars like Clara Bow relied on kohl pencils and ruby lip color to make their expressions readable to the audience and create movie star glamour in the process. In the '80s this trend carried from the screen to the street when heavy eyeliner and bright, bold eye shadow became all the rage. For Aveda's Autumn/Winter 2009 collection, Global Makeup Director Rudy Miles returned to the dramatic eye and the techniques that make it work. The red lip with its glaze of vibrant Poppy lip color also endures. aveda.com —M.D.
Cream of the Crop
Chloe & Jane Ultra Smooth Body Butter looks—and smells—good enough to eat. Infused with fragrant hints of grapefruit and jasmine, it also contains cocoa seed butter to restore skin flexibility, shea butter, grapeseed to help support cell renewal and Japanese green tea leaf extract to reduce puffiness. If that's not enough, it's also paraben-free and 98 percent natural. chloeandjane.com
Get It Om
Rich in Eastern tradition with a Western aesthetic, Asha Patel's jewelry is as beautiful as it is meaningful. We love her new leather bracelet branded with the symbol of om, which signifies peace through the balance of mind, and her new leather cord bracelet strung with a labradorite stone, which promotes self-control, inner peace and clarity.
After undergoing treatment for breast cancer that caused her to lose her hair, Bonita Sands was inspired to create the chic and versatile Abonita Scarf. The head scarf can be worn four different ways, thanks to an adjustable headband that snaps into place. The cotton and rayon head scarf is available in 23 washable prints. Sands is donating 10 percent of the proceeds from Internet sales to the American Cancer Society. abonitascarf.com —L.A.
FREE AND CLEAR
Antioxidant-rich Organic Detox Tea from SoCal Cleanse rids the body of unwanted toxins, aids the digestive system, enhances weight loss and encourages relaxation. The loose-leaf tea, available in Peppermint and Hibiscus flavors, contains organic dandelion root, red clover blossoms, white peony root and other beneficial herbs and botanicals.
The Bolero chair is part of Takara Belmont's new Beauty Mate line, designed for salons on a budget.
ROLL WITH IT
Lapin Vilardi's pretty Ocean Drive Jewelry Roll with ribbon tie closure is the perfect place to stash baubles for a trip. Three compartments make it easy to organize earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets. Bonus: The colorful cotton jewelry role is machine washable.
Cheek to Chic
Go for the glow with this radiant pair of cheek colors from Napoleon Perdis. The formula blends easily and lasts for hours, while vitamins A, C and E as well as chamomile nourish and protect the complexion. His motto: "In a rush? Try blush. It's an instant pick-me-up." Perdis recommends applying blush to the apples of the cheeks—ask your client to smile while you do it—for the best result. napoleonperdis.com —M.D.
Dori Eisenhauer and Courtney Barbara have worked in the jewelry design, production and craft business for the past seven years. Now they've joined forces as Ike & Court. Their jewelry is simultaneously organic and romantic, edgy and vintage—each piece is handcrafted and many of them are made of pearls and gemstones, but we just loved this sterling silver necklace. For more info, e-mail
[email protected] or call 347/277-1306. —M.D.
You're So Money
Now you can smell like money even if you don't have any. BOND NO. 9 is launching its latest eau de parfum, Andy Warhol Success is a Job in New York, next month. Appearing on both sides of the bottle is an image of the almighty dollar, one of Warhol's iconic subjects. So what does money smell like? For Bond No. 9, it's got top-notes of coriander, cardamom, mandarin and bergamot that lead into a throbbing heart of jasmine, tuberose, plum and pimento.
Head or Tails
Hairdo, developed by Ken Paves and Jessica Simpson, has just released the ultimate ponytail accessory, the Wrap-Around Ponytail, a narrow strip of hair that effortlessly winds around the base of a ponytail for an instantly chic look. Available in 11 different shades, the product is created with Tru2Life, a heat-friendly fiber that can withstand heat up to 350 degrees, meaning any style stays locked in place until heat-styled again. hairuwear.com —L.A.
We think Oka B. Shoes That Love You may just make the perfect flip-flops for pedicures. The colorful shoes are made of an antimicrobial material that keeps feet clean, boast a reflexology-inspired massaging foot bed, are waterproof and washable and feature nonslip soles, making them perfect for wet floors. With so many stylish options, like the new bejeweled Sydney thong, you'll probably want to pick up a pair for yourself, too. shoesthatloveyou.com