Acqua Di Parma’s Posh New Purse Sprays: .68 Ounces of Elegance

Warning: Per Saks.com, where you can snap up Acqua Di Parma’s new mini purse sprays, “A customer may order no more than six units of this item every thirty days.”

The reason? “High demand.”

And I believe it.

True, they are only 0.68 oz. in size, and yes, the price is high at $145 a pop. But for elegance alone, fans of this classic Italian brand will not be disappointed.

The pint-sized sprays are luxuriously wrapped in soft Florentine leather and come in two gorgeous shades: a classic creamy white or purse popping violet. They are available in Acqua Di Parma’s timeless Noble scents, Magnolia or Iris, both of which are perfect floral fragrances for summer.

And when it comes to convenience, these sweet-smelling beauties can’t be beat. Each spray is designed with a sleek sliding pump to safeguard against spills. And refill cartridges are sold in sets of three, so you can carry around your luxe leather-clad canisters for many summers to come.

I know I will: I decided to splurge and do not regret the investment. Every time I give myself a quick spritz, I feel like a diva on my sun-soaked Sicilian patio. (Ok, fine, it’s my Brooklyn Heights, hot-as-hell fire escape, but whatever, I’m instantly in Italy when doused in Iris Nobile.)

Super chic bonus: they fit perfectly (and look lovely) in my purse alongside my Gucci leather vintage flask (which I do carry occasionally to the beach, judge if you must).


Lady Gaga: Fashion Icon or Shock-Value Style Setter?

I want to preface this post by saying that I like Lady Gaga.

A lot.

She’s smart, innovative, fashion-forward, fearless, talented, and clearly, here to stay.

But when I heard that she received the coveted Fashion Icon Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, I had a definite WTF moment.

And apparently, I wasn’t alone.

Merriam-Webster defines an icon as “an object of extreme devotion.” Lady Gaga certainly fits this description (with the exception, of course, that she’s human. I think).

But past recipients of the CDFA award, such as Iman, Kate Moss, and Sarah Jessica Parker, have been key players in the industry for years.

So while there’s no denying that Gaga is a major style setter, comparatively speaking, she’s still a rookie.

Which begs the question: is the singer really ready to be a placed on a pedestal alongside some of high fashion’s most influential icons?

Case in point: albeit accidentally, Lady Gaga recently called fashion maven and editor-in-chief extraordinaire Anna Wintour a bitch.

Would C.Z. Guest, 2002's Icon winner, have made such a silly faux pas?

And while there’s no doubt that Ms. Gaga is an extremely powerful pop powerhouse, she’s done very little thus far to move fashion merchandise. Her music makes millions, but has her style truly inspired?

Don’t get me wrong, I loved Gaga’s fierce studded corset and sheer black body suit, but I’d never even think of attempting to emulate that look.

What do you guys think? Is Lady Gaga too green to have gotten this award? Or was the CDFA right on with their pick?

Or are we over thinking this whole thing and just need to go back to listening to Born This Way on shuffle?


TSA and MO Approved: M•A•C SIZED TO GO

M•A•C SIZED TO GOIf you’re a carry-on happy plane hopper, or a girl with serious space issues of the product stashing kind, M·A·C’s new mini skin care set may be one of the coolest things you can buy this summer.

The set is packed with the brand’s best skin cleansers, face refreshers, and makeup removers, all miniaturized to 30 ml.

My personal fave?

The Fix + aqua spritz, which is key for counteracting sweaty-summer-face (my most dreaded beauty burden).

Also in the mix is the Green Gel Cleanser. Believe me, this stuff is boss. It’s a good face wash, but it cools like no other beautifiers’ business.

M·A·C Sized to Go contains a well-edited variety of products. There are skin lotions and potions for almost any on-the-go need. And while the items are tiny, they come with a big bonus: the 3.4 ounces of freedom you need to get past TSA check-in.

Or, in my case, to fit into Ikea’s 13 x 4-inch FLÅREN (also known as my vanity closet).

M•A•C SIZED TO GO