Welcome to the world of Clé de Peau Beauté. Based in Tokyo, Clé de Peau Beauté takes innovative Japanese skincare and combines it with classic Parisian beauty. Talk about one effortlessly beautiful new collection. Today was nothing but a radiant day at the Waldorf Astoria, Beverly Hills where Dylana and I checked into the gorgeous Clé de Peau Beauté villa suite. I was blown away by the welcoming, sunny space. Gorgeous open windows, with sunlight drenching every corner of each room. The decadent packaging of the products twinkled in the bathroom…I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them.
I began with prepping my skin with the dazzling new collection…each bottle designed to resemble gemstones, all full of luster and shine. Lately, every night, I’ve been testing the product and lathering on a smooth layer of the Clé de Peau Beauté firming serum supreme, and topped it off with their la crème and amazing eye cream. These high performance products feel like butter on my skin. I met with the team to match with my perfect foundation (I happen to be shade 020) and delicately dabbed on a little concealer in my t-zone. What I love about their makeup is that it doubles as a cream…it’s that hydrating and nourishing. I finished off my natural look with a simple swipe of highlighter (I recommend going for their luminizing face enhancer in Pastel) to the edges of my cheekbones and found my perfect lipstick shade, Clé de Peau Beauté Desert Rose lipstick. What I noticed most about this luxurious collection is that it enhances your natural beauty. You don’t look too done up. The lip colors and glosses are perfect for the everyday chic woman…they’re not too intense. I’ve fallen in love with the way this brand does sheerness. It’s soft yet rich…the best of both worlds when it comes to gorgeous makeup. The foundation is even made to be applied with you fingers. Now that’s the type of makeup I love.
With an afternoon at one of the most gorgeous hotels in all of Los Angeles, I managed to squeeze in a little time by the pool. You can still be radiant and get that sun, but with a little protection of course. Clé de Peau Beauté does SPF 50 was heaven in a bottle. The result, combined with much-needed R&R? A fresh faced and well…radiant look (with a little help from this incredible highlighter). But the day wasn’t over yet. I took a quick rinse to get hair and makeup ready for the launch party with Felicity Jones at Hotel Bel Air. I slipped into a backless red dress, some platform heels, and gave myself a swipe of Fire Ruby lip gloss. This was Hollywood at it’s finest, in it’s more natural, radiant way of course.
I was in Paris for work this past week and with the time difference and excitement, I didn’t get much sleep. For some reason, I anxiously awaited our delicious breakfast each morning at our hotel, the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, and stayed up late into the night catching up on emails, as everyone I work with in NYC was wide awake. Though the city was cold and wet, it still felt more romantic than ever. When I think of romance, I think of Les Marais. I like to say it’s similar to what the West Village is in NYC. Chic, quaint, and just gorgeous. I spent hours with a friend and my boyfriend at Mariage Frères, the iconic tea house, ordering a delicious white herbal pot and munching on the most delicious strawberry cake. I could stay there forever. On a rainy day in the city, there’s really nothing better to do than cuddle up in a gorgeous tea house with zero on your agenda. I had my day off, so I was ready to stroll the glistening streets and get lost in it’s beauty. As for what I packed, I made sure everything was versatile. Like these over-the-knee boots by Tamara Mellon and stunning mini belt bag by Givenchy. I layered these key pieces with just about everything, like this very French-girl-cool dress and blazer by it Parisian label of the moment, Rouje. I surprisingly packed only a 35 lb suitcase, when normally, I’m this close to paying an overweight baggage fee. I did do a little designer shopping while I was away, so I’m happy I left a little extra room in my packed bag. This trip was a beautiful one and I feel lucky that work always brings me to Paris each year. It’s a city everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. Looks like I’ll be back in a few more weeks for just about the best fashion week yet.
This dress is one I’ll never forget. A beautiful silk pastel yellow Fendi dress, straight off the runway, complete with a black necktie and pearl buttons. A stunner to be exact! I will never forget this gorgeous and sunny little side street in Milan. It certainly felt like out of a movie as I click-clacked down the cobblestone sidewalks and I love revisiting this moment in my head. Though I may be glistening in the hot Italian sun here in on the blog, in reality I’ve actually just landed back in NYC from Paris for yet another work trip. Today has been a very unglamorous Saturday of unboxing packages, doing laundry, and rearranging my home. You know, real life stuff! Dylana is currently in Malaysia with my family so I’m playing catch up for the both of us. I can’t wait until Team Suarez is back together on Monday! I would have been in Kuala Lumpur as well this week, but as usual, work always throws surprises my way and I ended up minimizing my travel schedule this past month so that I wouldn’t be living on an airplane. I’m so used to having curveballs thrown at my schedule. Ever since I’ve been modeling (it’s been over a decade now!) I live with the fact that I never really knew what’s going to happen next. You just go with the flow and adjust accordingly. It’s completely normal for me to make last-minute arrangements and reschedule trips and flights in the nick of time for work. It definitely makes planning a long vacation difficult when I work so much. But that’s the beauty in what I do and I love every bit of it. Every week and every month brings something totally new and exciting when I least expect it. The unexpected is what keeps me on my toes…it keeps me alive.
When I’m in Milano for work, I’m a bit more fearless when it comes to my style. Think oversize silk blouses and a slouchy pair of menswear trousers in completely mis-matched prints. I cannot wait for another Milan Fashion Week. I’m so inspired by the city’s daring love for high fashion. The women ooze a certain confidence, and it’s expressed in what they wear. For example, no matter your age or style, Milano women will slip into a pair of stilettos just to head to a casual lunch. Italians enjoy the finer things in life, like a beautiful hand-made Italian shoe, and I appreciate every single bit of it. Here I am by the Duomo in what feels much like the heart of Milan. It’s a place to people watch, window shop, and take licks of gelato and endless splurges of spaghetti. I am currently spending my Saturday looking at my calendar and planning February. I already know it’s going to feel like the longest month of the year. Between fashion weeks and other projects, the team and I will be hopping from city to city just about every week: LA, NYC, Colorado, Milan, Ohio, Paris. Time to whip out my suitcase yet again. Packing is going to be absolutely insane. As for March, I’m looking forward to hanging out a ton in a bikini. I’ll be escaping to Central America, where all there is on the horizon are sandy beaches, Coronas, and sunshine. Time to breathe get through February first!