Category Archives: Beauty

La Modelo Del Mes

I stumbled across something I thought was pretty sassy the other day called ” La Modelo Del Mes“-in english-” The Model of the Month”.  Basically, a stylist named Shimada Kemp takes “normal” girls (normal meaning not professional models)  here in Madrid and styles them-hair, outfit and makeup, and then takes photos. Kemp says “Each model evokes an energy, an emotion that is used as the inspiration for these photos”.

I think this is a cool idea and the photos are great. I also love that these girls aren’t “real” models but just regular young ladies. Madrid definitely needs some more creativity flowing here like this idea.

Check out the most recent November model, Nicole. I am loving the hairstyle! Check out Shimada’s web for more monthly models!

La Modelo del Mes November La Modelo del Mes November



Guest Blogger Post: La Boutique Éphémére

I am proud to announce my very first guest post here on Life and Style Madrid.  My fantastic friend Heather Evans and her lovely boyfriend Jesús Hellín found an amazing market of hand-made items, La Boutique Éphémére in Paris, and took some amazing photos and wrote up a summary of it below.  I am so excited to be able to share this with you and a huge thanks to Heather and Jesús for their contribution!  Enjoy!

La Boutique Éphémére Paris26 La Boutique Éphémére Paris10

Recently in Paris there have been pop up, indoor fashion markets in all the coolest neighborhoods. The most famous (and the most inspiring) is La Boutique Éphémére that assembles the newest & best fashion designers who all hand make their items. For a few days these talented designers get together to display their most recent work. You can find gorgeous, unique pieces from skirts to purses, belts to hair accessories , bowties to watches, each just as cool as the next… not to mention über chic.

Olivia Phélip is one of these designers.  Her line, Jicqy Les Mirettes sells bowties, ties, jewelry and head pieces. How did she become such a talented designer? Olivia was a teacher who had lost her drive and two years ago she decided to take a year off to study and practice music, one of her passions. However, she got a little side tracked and started making jewelry. Next, because her boyfriend started wearing unique ties, she thought it would be cool to get into making them, too. She started with bowties, then ties six months after.  For her first bowtie, she used her grandfather’s vintage Hermés bowtie as an example. She tore it apart, took measurements and, using her thigh as a ‘neck’, learned how to create beautifully handsome, impressive bowties. She also quickly included braided women’s head pieces in her repertoire – good thing!! They are ahhhmazing!

The chains used in some of the jewelry and head pieces are from a fantastic small store that sells pieces to make jewelry. Because her specialty is braided work, she incorporates these delicate chains into intricate braided pieces.

The fabrics she uses are truly unique. She sometimes takes fabrics from a fabric wholesaler in Paris that has the latest materials straight from  the Parisian couture designers (Hermés, Dior, Chanel…) She also collects fabrics from her travels; silks from India, kimonos from Japan, …  each of her pieces is powerful, has a history, depth and couldn’t be more special.

There are two very hip boutiques that currently sell her creations and of course sells online through her website.  She sells at some of these indoor markets as well as doing custom work for weddings, special events, etc.  (Imagine your groom & groomsmen with Jicqy Les Mirettes bowties!)

And check out this  video of Oliva Phélip or follow her on Facebook as well!

La Boutique Éphémére Paris01 La Boutique Éphémére Paris02 La Boutique Éphémére Paris03 La Boutique Éphémére Paris04 La Boutique Éphémére Paris05 La Boutique Éphémére Paris06 La Boutique Éphémére Paris07 La Boutique Éphémére Paris08 La Boutique Éphémére Paris09 La Boutique Éphémére Paris11 La Boutique Éphémére Paris12 La Boutique Éphémére Paris13 La Boutique Éphémére Paris14 La Boutique Éphémére Paris15 La Boutique Éphémére Paris16 La Boutique Éphémére Paris17 La Boutique Éphémére Paris18 La Boutique Éphémére Paris19 La Boutique Éphémére Paris20 La Boutique Éphémére Paris22 La Boutique Éphémére Paris25 La Boutique Éphémére Paris27 La Boutique Éphémére Paris28

Post by Heather Evans and Photos by Jesús Hellín

Ask Lori: How do I Look Fabulous on the Beach?

Summer is coming!  I can´t wait and in anticipation, I pulled together some fun fabulous looks for my trip to the Canary Islands, since the weather was summery and beautiful there.

The key to beach dressing and looking fabulous is floaty, fun, bright, patterned and of course, keeping it casual.  Floaty dresses, scarves, yellows, pinks, and greens, and even denim can work when done the right way.

Tips: Try to put fun combos together.  Summer is all about that carefree attitude, so don´t take anything too seriously.  Make sure not to look too coiffed or overdone.  Dress up a basic outfit with chunky sunglasses, a bangle, or a hat.  For hair, beachy waves or a messy braid are great.  Blowout: not neccessary!

I hope you enjoy the pics of my friends and I and I hope they provide some inspiration for your summer looks on how to look fabulous on the beach!

2013-05-02 12.31.13 2013-05-02 12.32.36 2013-05-02 12.32.48 2013-05-02 12.33.29 2013-05-02 12.33.37 2013-05-03 11.50.31 2013-05-03 11.51.31 2013-05-03 11.54.13 2013-05-03 12.03.50 2013-05-03 12.03.56 2013-05-03 12.39.03


Ask Lori: How to Spice Up a Boring Ponytail?

My hair is quite long now and I am always struggling with trying to think of fun, creative new things I can do to style it.  I´ve always said I wanted my hair long again so I could do more things with it, but I too fall into the ¨braid, ponytail, hair down¨trap of always doing the same things with my hair.

I had a communion on Saturday and I wanted to add a little something to my ponytail without having a full on updo.  I didn´t want it to look like I was trying too hard, so I created an easy twist with just bobby pins, a brush, and a little hairspray to set it.  Here is a step by step to get your hair to look like this:

2013-04-27 11.01.54 Step 1:  Start with your hair straight, if you have curly hair, use a straightner to straighten it.

Step 2:  Brush out your hair so there are no knots and it´s smooth.

Step 3:  Bring your hair over one shoulder as if you were going to make a low ponytail.  Instead of securing it with a band, twist the hair inward towards your ear.

Step 4:  Once you´ve got it twisted, take a bobby pin and insert in towards the back of the twist. Continue inserting pins in the front and the back until it feels secure.

Step 5:  Spray the crap out of it with hairspray so it holds tight.  Keep an extra bobby pin or two in your purse just in case.

Tips: It´s better to do this on day old hair, meaning you´ve washed it the day before and not just before you are creating the twist.  ¨Dirty¨hair always holds style better.  Also, try to use bobby pins that are the same color as your hair so they are hidden better.  I used blond bobby pins and you can´t really see them at all.

Happy Twisting!

La Abadía del Perfume

Feeling happy? Smug?  Curious? Angry?  Take your emotion and reflect in your own personal perfume.  Studies show that different smells are attractive to you depending on your mood.  So technically, you should have a different perfume for different emotions.  And now  you can!  It´s possible to design your very own perfume here in Madrid to reflect what you are feeling.  Just a few weeks ago ¨La Abadía de Perfume¨ opened their doors here in Madrid, after having previous success with their shops in Paris and London.

The shopper will have an active part in choosing their scent.  And not just choosing the scents-you can even select the name, the bottle and the tag on the perfume.

Additionally, cosmetics and home fragrances available for purchase.

I can´t wait to stop in and create my own fragrance.  Of course, you´ll be hearing all about it!


La Abadía de Perfume

Calle Hermosilla 90



Glamour Shopping Party

It´s about that time…the time of year when I´ve gone through all my fall and winter wardrobe essentials and decided I don´t have nearly enough to wear this season.  Lucky for me, Thursday, Novemeber 15th is the Glamour Shopping Party, which gives me several discounts and options to add a boost to my lagging fall collection of clothes etc.

Glamour is throwing this event to celebrate their 10 year anniversary of the magazine in Spain.  From 7-12 in the evening, participating stores offer discounts, drinks, free gifts and all sorts of fun things for shoppers to participate in.  I myself would like to visit Dayaday, Nice Things, Hakei, and Mango.  You can seem some of the other stores featured in the photo, but for a complete list of stores and promotions, you have to purchase the Novemeber issues of the magazine, currently available at newstands and kiosks.   The magazine comes with a listing of everything you need to know as well as a small card you take with you when you shop.

Happy Shopping!

Bobbi Brown Store Opens in Madrid

I am thrilled to announce the opening of the first offical Bobbi Brown store in Madrid.  This New York City brand highlights the importance of enhancing your natural beauty, and just so happens to be one of my favorite brands of makeup.

You can buy all sorts of makeup, brushes, skincare and fragrance at the store.  It´s located in Barrio Salamanca on Calle Lagasca, 32.