The smell of my mother’s Chance Chanel perfume contains traces of my childhood.
The notes of musky vanilla espoused with floral breaths of jasmine and iris take me back to her bathroom sink as she applied on makeup from compacts of interlocked ‘C’s.
I wear that same scent as I ascend the staircase of the Palisades Village Coast Lounge. This weekend marked the opening of Chanel’s first stand-alone fragrance and beauty boutique in California. What a significant way to also celebrate the villages first anniversary.
I had just finished brunch at the village’s swanky eatery, The Draycott. This British-owned brasserie with a marble-top bar and jeweled-toned couches is where I sipped on a mimosa and chewed on a historical novel with a side of peach compote french toast, dressed with crème fresh. The proper satiation for the mind and stomach heightened my spirits, but entering the intimate space with a gorgeous rose-gold bar elevated that spirit to fashion heaven!
Making a panoramic assessment of the room, a nautically clad Chanel Beauty concierge immediately greeted me with a smile. To which I asked, “where to start?” She took me down for a nail, hand massage and makeover appointment, which all unsurprisingly had waits. This was of no consequence, as I was more than willing to lounge at the bar where sparkling water and champagne was being served in front of a bar wrack of not spirits but Chanel perfumes! I tried a glass of bubbly and a perfume, the former dancing on my tongue while the latter dueted the senses as I sprayed it on my throat.
In no time, my name was called for a manicure. I sat down on the deck of the coast lounge as a sweet lady by the name of Melinda painted my nails the color of merlot. The Chanel a La Plage event could not have come at a better of time. My nails were freshly coated for when I would later have to hold a microphone and interview celebrities on the red carpet at the Face Forward Gala (if you want to stay up-to-date on my red carpet coverage, follow me on Instagram). Later in the afternoon (after a rejuvenating hand massage) I headed to the newly opened Chanel beauty/fragrance store for a camera-ready makeover.
My fantastic makeup artist for the day, Cornelia did a fantastic job touching up my makeup from a day-to-night look. She decided to work with the base makeup I had, but added some water fresh tint foundation in my T-zone, where the camera would concentrate most of its exposure. The look dewy from the hydration, yet not too shiny to make me look oily on-camera.
As per my request, she adorned my eyes with plum-colored shadows for a purply, soft smoky eye. Purple after all is normally a recommended hue for brown-eyed girls. The eye makeup went well with the floral pattern of my one-shoulder dress at the gala, which was a big hit! From the pre-show interviews around 6pm, to dinner, to CeeLo Greene performing at midnight, my makeup did not smudge in the slightest!
To shop the products Cornelia used on me head over here. The Chanel beauty/fragrance store is now open to the public at The Palisades Village.
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