LuxeFoil Luxury Watches and Interview with Travis Ayers

Imagine a watch or piece of jewelry with an innovative design that includes metals so precise that NASA uses them in satellites. Or, an accessory adorned with metals in remarkable hues that are 500 times thinner than a human hair. These are just a few of the cutting-edge innovations LuxeFoil™ will debut this month at BASELWORLD, the world’s largest watch and jewelry show.

“LuxeFoil™ offers luxury brands a powerful combination of technologically advanced and breathtakingly beautiful materials that differentiate them from the competition and deliver up a competitive advantage, says Travis Ayers, LuxeFoil™ President. “The luxury watch and jewelry market already values precision, rarity and unique items. They also value craftsmanship and reliability. Those are all the things that are the heart of Luxel’s corporate culture and have been for 40 years. So it seemed like a natural place to start with LuxeFoil and take that into new markets. We look forward to launching the collection to the world’s pinnacle brands at BASELWORLD in a few weeks.”

For more information about LuxeFoil™ please visit:

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What inspired you to enter the luxury watch industry?

I love watches but most of all I love innovation.  One day I was flipping through a catalogue, I think it was Nordstrom, and was immediately drawn to the accessories and  watches.  Around the same time, back in the lab, I was examining a foil through a microscope and realized it wasn’t just functional, it was beautiful.  The shine, color and reflection it produced, along with the quality that I know we’re able to achieve seemed the perfect fit for the watch industry.

How long have you been working in this?

We have been producing material for the aerospace industry for nearly 40 years but are very new to the watch and luxury goods industry.  It’s quite a different world and we’re learning so much as we prepare for Baselworld.

In your opinion, what makes your materials unique?  How can they help watch brands?

LuxeFoil™ materials are produced with a patent-pending process that involves the latest nano fabrication techniques, similar to those in semiconductor and photovoltaic industries, can are used as a design element to enhance the face of a watch.  We makes foils 500x thinner than a human hair, in approximately 20 different materials.  For example:   Gold, Platinum, Titanium.  We even offer more exotic materials such as Zirconium, Niobium, Boron, Palladium, Silicon, Rhodium, that routinely survive rocket shots launching them into space.

What are some of your greatest accomplishments?

We have been tasked by major space agencies around the world, including NASA, The European Space Agency (ESA)and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.  In fact, our materials will be launched on ESA’s first mission to Mercury in 2015.  Our biggest fashion-related accomplishment at this point is showing at Baselworld, the largest watch and jewelry show in the world which takes place this week in Basel, Switzerland.  We’ve received great response from our initial outreach and are looking forward to the many meetings we have scheduled with some of the top watchmakers in the world.

What’s your favorite watch or watch companies?

I have a Rolex Submariner that my wife bought me when I finished my MBA but I am also drawn to several IWC designs.

What other experience do you want to share about working in the fashion industry (stylist, retail, marketing, etc.)?

The outreach and brand positioning in the luxury market is entirely different from dealing with Space Agencies.  It is such a vast market and branding is much more intentional.  It is very exciting to learn.

What’s in the future for LuxeFoil?

We expect to offer our stunning materials to watch companies from around the world.







Fall 2013 Lookbook: Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen is one of my favorite designers.  The clothing/designs from this (fall 2013) collection is the epitome of couture and represents “all” that we love about high fashion.

Most importantly, the quality of the garments and ornate details can not be replicated.

Take a look at Alexander McQueen’s Fall 2013 Lookbook. Click on the link for more details about the collection: Refinery 29.







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Celebrity Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez – Duplessis

Brandy Gomez-Duplessis is a New York and Connecticut Makeup Artist. Brandy, a native New Yorker, has worked at Estee Lauder in New York, the first M.A.C. Cosmetics counter at Saks Fifth Avenue in New Orleans, and owned and operated her own makeup boutique BGD Beauty Bar in New Orleans.

In demand as a freelance makeup artist, Gomez-Duplessis relocated back to New York and this is where this fashion forward maven began to craft her brand. As a New York Makeup Artist, Brandy Gomez- Duplessis is always moving between celebrity clients, red carpet events, fashion shows, and various makeup assignments.

Gomez-Duplessis has worked with: Kerry Washington, Golden Globe & Oscar winner Melissa Leo, Brad Pitt, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Kim Kardashian, Malin Ackerman, Angela Bassett, Khloè Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Jordin Sparks, Reggie Bush, Chris Paul, and Usher. 

Additional Credentials: The View TV Show December 2012 Key Artist for Sherri Shepard Wig Segment L’OREAL Paris “Women Of Worth Awards” December 2012 Beauty makeup on honorees L’OREAL Paris USA November 2012 Glam Holiday Makeup Magaschoni Showroom November 2012 Beauty Makeup MTV 10 On Top Fashion Special November 2012 Key Makeup Artist Stila Cosmetics November 2012 Winter Makeup Looks L’OREAL Paris USA November 2012 Glamour Magazine #WOTY Awards Imagine Dragon Music Video November 2012 Key Makeup Artist Stila Cosmetics October 2012 Fall Makeup Looks 

The Fly Cut October 2012 Beauty makeup on guest L’OREAL Paris Project Runway Collection Party October 2012 Beauty makeup on guest L’OREAL Paris Product Launch September 2012 Makeup on L’OREAL Executives Cesar Galindo Fashion Show September 2012 Beauty makeup on models Project Runway Finale September 2012 Beauty makeup on models Limelight Shops Fashion Night Out September 2012 Special Guest Makeup Artist did beauty makeup on guest 

To learn more about the artist click on the following links: BGD Makeup Artistry, Brandy Gomez – Duplessis Portfolio, Inside The Life of a Glam Makeup Artist, and IMDb


Celebrity Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis in Ebony Magazine September 2012 issue Beauty Awards (4)


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Celebrity Stylist and Coldwater Creek Style Consultant Cristina Ehrlich Visits the Manhattan Store

Beyonce’s H&M (Bikini) Campaign

Here’s our photo of the day!  She’s done it again, take a look at Beyonce’s H&M (Bikini) Campaign.

According to the retailer, “The face of H&M’s summer campaign will be the global superstar Beyoncé. She will be wearing pieces from the H&M summer collection inspired by her style. It was shot on the beaches of the Bahamas and features both a print campaign and a commercial.”

Ladies, this is perfect motivation for summer!  Let’s strive to look great and feel great.  

Visit your local H&M  (click here) to grab a cute and sexy bikini…


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Four Seasons Baltimore Introduces New China Specialist Program

A wedding is a reflection of a couples’ personalities and their vision of a future life together, and Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore has all of the elements – dream location, incredible cuisine, inspiring décor, and impeccably trained staff – to create personalized, special celebrations. The Hotel is now enhancing its services to go beyond that one special day to help couples look forward to a lifetime of unforgettable entertaining together with the new China Specialist Program.

The Hotel’s Director of Stewarding John Flynn is available to offer expert advice to newly engaged twosomes on how to curate a selection of beautiful china, glass, and silver patterns that are certain to take centre stage as they welcome friends and family into their home. Couples can escape the hectic conventional registering experience and enjoy a private consultation in the comfort of a luxurious hotel setting, with a glass of bubbly or zero proof cocktail. In meeting with guests, Flynn will guide them through a series of questions designed to aid them in determining the type of dinner and stemware, including silver and stainless that would be the best investment based on their lifestyle and how they like to entertain. Whether it’s ornate and vibrant or simple and understated, Flynn’s priority is helping busy couples find a pattern for life – with the peace of mind that Four Seasons provides by taking care of every detail.

Flynn’s highlights include: Registry 101, mixing and matching, modern vs. classic and special place settings. Additionally, he will share his top tips on how to best care for and maintain different types of tableware, along with things to consider when registering, such as taking an audit as a couple of existing essential pieces before registering, choosing a broad range of items to accommodate different budgets of guests attending the wedding, and over-registering for more than is needed.

“We firmly believe that true hospitality extends beyond the confines of our Hotel and planning for one special day. We create special experiences for our couples throughout the Hotel and beyond that make for a truly memorable start for their new life together,” Flynn says. “We want to build a deeper relationship with guests getting married at our Hotel and offer them a more comprehensive experience of Four Seasons lifestyle as we help them to build their new life together.”

With more than 10 years in the hospitality business, Flynn has been responsible for the proper cleaning, storage and distribution of china, silver, glassware, pots, pans and other cookware. His extensive catering training has also taught him the importance of plateware as a frame for the presentation of food.

The complimentary consultations are approximately one hour long, by-appointment-only, and available exclusively for couples getting married at the Hotel.

View a sample of Flynn’s selections from the celebrated Rosenthal catalogue in a recent post on Four Seasons Weddings online magazine.




Celebrities looking Fit and Fabulous Pregnant

There’s nothing like seeing a woman “glow” and the celebs are looking fabulous pregnant!

In my opinion, being pregnant is one of the highest forms of womanhood and the women in this post are wearing “motherhood” well.

Enjoy photos of Halle Berry, Tamar Braxton, Kim Kardashian, and Marlin Akerman celebrating motherhood while (still) looking very fashionable.


Halle Berry looks stunning in this purple Roberta Cavalli gown

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 Tamar Braxton wearing a lovely white gown that drapes her silhouette

Kim Kardashian Chooses An Unflattering Dress

Kim Kardashian selected a baby doll dress to accentuate her pregnancy

*EXCLUSIVE* Heavily pregnant Malin Akerman has a Smoking Good Time at Sayers Club [NO Australia, New Zealand]

Malin Akerman chose leggings and a t shirt for a comfortable date night

Canvas Shoes and What to Pack for Summer by Guest Contributor Catherine M.

It may seem like a long way off now, but your much deserved summer holiday will soon come around. Make sure that you’re ready for it by building a great summer wardrobe that will take you wherever you’re off to on your holidays – from Majorca to Mexico!

Simply head to your local department store and fill your trolley with summer fashions while doing the weekly shopping. If that just seems like far too much effort, you can shop online at George at ASDA and have a complete summer wardrobe delivered directly to your door.

Or take advantage of the free click and pick up your purchases from your nearest ASDA the very next day (order before 5pm today and collect after 5pm tomorrow!)


What You Will Need for Summer 2013

Canvas Shoes

Sandals can be a difficult wear for men, so why not ring the changes this year with some cool, casual canvas shoes? Canvas shoes are ideal for summer as the fabric upper allows feet to breathe. They also look great with shorts – choose either chino style shorts or denims for 2013.

One of the other benefits to choosing canvas shoes is that they represent amazing value for money. You can pick up a black or white pair of simple canvas plimsolls for just £8 at ASDA, so why not have both? Great value canvas shoes will take you everywhere from beach to bar, and look fantastic with everything from swim shorts to dark denims. They’re also lightweight, breathable and comfortable. How many more reasons do you need to throw a pair or two into your suitcase?

Chino Shorts

Chino trousers were one of the big fashion stories of 2012, but times have changed. Spring/summer 2013 is all about the chino short!

Smart, comfortable and fantastic for if you fancy a change from your trusty denim shorts, chinos are so easy to wear. They make a perfect pairing for polo shirts and canvas shoes.
Choose navy for a nautical look, with a striped t.shirt, or wear a muted berry pair with trendy grey marl for a fashion-forward look ideal for sightseeing or sipping a beer by the sea.

Graphic Tees
The graphic tee is big news for 2013, and a must for packing in your suitcase, whether you’re off on a city break or a relaxing beach holiday. As ideal for wearing as a cool cover-up around the pool as they are worn out at night with chinos or denim shorts, they’re a versatile choice so be sure to pick up a fair few.

If you’re not planning on a sunshine break, pack casual zip-up hoodies and fine knit cardigans for wearing over your graphic tees day and night, for a warm, comfortable and casual look ideal for enjoying yourself in – after all, you are on holiday!

The above three essentials can form the basis of any basic summer sun wardrobe. All you need to do is add shades, suntan lotion and swim shorts and you’re good to go.