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Chic + French Meets Chic + French: Kusmi Tea and Jean-Paul Gaultier

I just returned from another trip to Paris, and one of the things that continues to strike me about Europeans is how much they love their hot beverages, be it coffee or tea. Among the tea to be found in Paris, Kusmi Tea is widely considered the chicest, and certainly a favorite of the fashion world, so it makes much sense to see that they've sponsored the upcoming Jean-Paul Gaultier exhibit, to be held at the Grand Palais in Paris, April 1st through August 3rd.

As part of that sponsorship, they'll unveil a collection of five products designed by the iconic JPG himself. Given that the designer is perhaps best known for his fetishization of sailor stripes and tattoos, those elements play largely in the designs you'll see for Kusmi. 

Packaging nerds like me, take note that the Kusmi Tea Collection by Jean Paul Gaultier will be available exclusively April 1st through December 31st in Kusmi boutiques and in the Kusmi Tea e-shop in France and abroad.

Back in Black with Citizen's Axiom Watch

Sleek and sexy aren't necessary descriptors I'd leap to when describing a watch, but Citizen's black ion plated Axiom ($250) is all of that and perhaps even a little bit more. Comprised of stainless steel with a flash of gold accents, the simple yet refined style seems to suit whatever I'm wearing effortlessly. Given that I've been living, nay LIVING, in chunky knit sweaters this hellish New York winter, I've been stacking it with a bracelet or two for some added flash.  

If you're in the market to add to your watch wardrobe, explore Axiom styles and more online at citizenwatch.com.

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Shop This: Space NK Spring Beauty Edit

I've been on a shopping buy-atus of sorts, New Year and all, but the Space NK Spring Beauty Edit is enough to drive me off the wagon.

Today - Wednesday, February 18 -  visit Space NK and you'll leave perfectly prepped for the new season - spring, by the way, where are you?! - after meeting with experts from some of the best brands around for makeovers, advice and tips. Exclusively for the event, and only while supplies last, spend $250 or more and you'll receive a gift chock full of must-haves from 28 featured brands (including deluxe, travel and full-size items).

My favorite products include a Diptyque Scented Candle (70g - a $38 value alone), Verso Day Cream (15ml) and Oribe Shampoo + Conditioner for Beautiful Color minis - all of which will be perfect for my trip to Paris next month.

This GWP sold out fast last year, so visit spacenk.com or one of the US locations to snag one of your own.

Volume on Demand: John Frieda's Dream Duo

In public facing forums, I generally like to proclaim my love for the Frenchmen of hair - think Oribe and Serge Normant. And while I do have many favorites in each line, there's also room for an Brit in my heart - namely, John Frieda, whose new Luxurious Volume 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment and Dream Curls Air-Dry Waves Styling Foam deliver volume and perfect waves as promised, and like whoa.

The magic starts in the shower, post-shampoo, with 3-4 pumps of the 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment. This unique treatment penetrates each fiber and amplifies strands for lift that lasts through multiple washes - 3-4 - so essentially a week for those of us who shampoo every other day. The Air-Dry Waves Styling Foam is a perfect follow up for lazy types like me - I never heat style (I flat iron only my bangs, and never blow dry) so thereby never see the intended results from so many styling products, but this lightweight foam, infused with Moringa Oil, leaves hair frizz and crunch-free with easy, better defined waves. 

Both products are available in drugstores nationwide or online at Ulta, for about $9.99 each.


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