Joey and I also visited Bergdorf’s Edward Bess counter, of course. I love Edward Bess Cosmetics, I think it is the most elegant and refined line available right now. In Europe the brand is only available online through zuneta.com, who have excellent customer service, but it is something else to actually be able to see and touch the items. I went there hoping for the new palettes, and I bought them too, but they will be shipped, since they were sold out.
The beige one is for me, the berry colors for my friend S, the eternal lurker. 🙂
After Bergdorf’s, Joey and I went on to Saks Fifth Avenue. The first stop was the Cartier counter. We both knew Baiser Volè already (A lovely, quiet lily.), but were happy to smell the newest Mathilde Laurent creation in the Les Heures line, Cartier’s exclusive line similar the Chanel’s Les Exclusifs or Dior’s La Collection Privée.
L’Heure Convoitée (The Coveted Hour) is a powdery carnation scent, that is at once spicy and soft, a bit like lipstick and plastic, but in a good way. I really liked Grain de Musc’s review here.
Next was the Chanel counter and with it Jersey, the latest release in the Les Exclusifs range. What can I say other than: Oh dear! I read many not exactly favorable reviews, but I needed to smell for myself, and lavender and vanilla didn’t sound so bad to me. But it is bad, people, really bad. The opening is harsh, the middle quite indistinct and the drydown, an abysmal white musk laundry detergent smell-alike. The whole story is over in under ten minutes, which is a good thing, in a way…
After Saks, Joey and I went to the Dior boutique, since a bottle of New Look 1947 was on my shopping list. Happily clutching it to my chest, we left and I had to part company with Joey. I can highly recommend her as a tour guide, should you ever come to New York (she said she loves to do that too!).
That afternoon, I went to Sephora on Times Square, despite being warned, but I had to see for myself how perfume in the US mainstream is treated.
What struck me was the power of Sephora. Apparently they got almost each and every company to make small roller ball sizes of their scents, a great thing in my opinion, if only there was a perfume to be had, that I, snob that I am, would be interested in.
But I did smell a few things, what remains on my mind is Boyfriend, the perfume launched by Kate Walsh. Maybe it is me, but isn’t it awfully similar to Prada Candy? It is quite nice and a refreshing change to the ubiquity of pink out there.
On Sunday I went to Saks once more, to take a closer look at several cosmetics lines, I don’t have access to here in Vienna – Dolce&Gabbana and Burberry. I came away with foundation from the first and lipsticks from the latter. I had to, didn’t I? I’d never get another chance! 😉
FAO Schwarz was next on my agenda, I have two kids after all. (Truth be told I go there every time I’m in New York, long before I ever thought about kids of my own, I guess I am one still.) And look what I found:
Apparently perfume is everywhere. 🙂
I was lucky enough to stay at the W Hotel this time, and that is home to Bliss Spa. And while I didn’t go in for a treatment, I made good use of the Bliss Boutique located on the ground floor of the hotel.
Bliss Spa products accounted for a good portion of the weight we lugged home.
My husband and I are great fans of the show Seinfeld, so my husband went on the Kramer Tour, where Kenny Kramer, real life model for the character Cosmo Kramer, leads fans through the neighborhood, where the show took place. Mr O had fun!
We had some great food too, this time, the best was a Chinese restaurant in Midtown called Shun Lee Palace, I can highly recommend it. The food was delicious and the service impeccable.
All to soon it was time to go home again.
We’ll be back next year!