Introducing Les Couvent Des Minimes: A Range of Natural Skincare, Fragrance, and Bath and Body Formulas inspired by Centuries-Old Therapeutic Recipes

400 years ago, a convent was built in the village of Mane in the South of France to shelter the botanist monks of the Minims, who used their considerable knowledge of plants to tend a garden of curative herbs and flowers. Centuries later, the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary continued the original convention of cultivating beneficial ingredients to help strengthen and restore those in need through food recipes. The sisters used the power of plants to nourish and heal their community, restoring well-being in a spirit of generosity. This emphasis on nourishing care through nature inspired Le Couvent des Minimes’ own simple yet powerful natural fragrance and skincare recipes, the basis of a collection of efficacious formulas that draw on the heritage and traditions of the convent of Mane.

Le Couvent Des Minimes Smile Lip Balm in Honey Aroma, Pear Aroma & Mint Aroma

Le Couvent Des Minimes Smile Lip Balm in Honey Aroma, Pear Aroma & Mint Aroma

Every recipe combines proven natural ingredients and is inspired by ancestral traditions to deliver modern benefits. From skincare to bath and body to fragrance, each formula is crafted using age-old phytotherapy and aromatherapy practices honed over centuries, blending effective and pleasurable ingredients to nourish and replenish. Le Couvent des Minimes recipes combine ingredients like floral waters and nutrient-rich plant extracts that have an inherent affinity with the skin for naturally efficacious products.

Here are some of Le Couvent Des Minimes’ products:

Beneficial Rose Skincare Complete Moisturizing Cream (1.7oz, $33): Thanks to its Original Recipe with active extracts of four beneficial Roses enriched in anti-dryness Grapeseed oil, Complete Moisturizing Cream hydrates and reveals radiant, younger-looking skin;

Le Couvent Des Minimes Beneficial Rose Skincare Complete Moisturizing Cream

Le Couvent Des Minimes Beneficial Rose Skincare Complete Moisturizing Cream

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Art Basel 2013: Outstanding Quality Results in Strong Sales

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Upcoming Art Basel shows:

Miami Beach, December 5 – 8, 2013

Hong Kong, May 15 – 18, 2014

Basel, June 19 – 22, 2014

‘Art Basel is undoubtedly the most eminent of all art fairs. But it still surprises – alongside its perfect mix of international participants and quality it is able to continue to improve every year, not only in terms of interest and sales but also in efficiency and attendance. 2013 was another highlight – beyond our expectation!’ – Thaddaeus Ropac, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, Salzburg

General view from art Basel 2013 held in early June. (Image courtesy of Art basel)

General outside view from Art Basel 2013 held in early June. (Image courtesy of Art Basel)

The 44th edition of Art Basel closed on Sunday, June 16, 2013, with galleries reporting exceptionally strong sales across all levels, as Basel once again became the central meeting place for the international art world. Many visitors to the show commented on the exceptional quality of the work being exhibited, which was undoubtedly reflected in the strength of the sales made by galleries across all sectors of the show throughout the week. Many exhibitors reported stronger sales on the opening preview day of the show than ever before.

Cherry and Martin, Robert Heinecken, Surrealism on TV, 1986, Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Cherry and Martin, Robert Heinecken, Surrealism on TV, 1986, Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Art Basel, whose lead partner is UBS, attracted a record of 70,000 visitors, generating an attendance of 86,000 over the six show days. Representatives and groups from over 70 museums around the world attended the show, alongside major private collectors from North and South America, Europe, and Asia. A significant number of artists attended this year’s edition, including: Kader Attia, Tom Burr, Thomas Demand, Meschac Gaba, Theaster Gates, Isa Genzken, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Noriyuki Haraguchi, Roni Horn, Christian Jankowski, Idris Khan, Jorge Macchi, Steve McQueen, Matt Mullican, Sean Scully, Jim Shaw, John Stezaker, Eduardo Terrazas, Mickalene Thomas, Tunga and Danh Vo.

Art Basel 2013 | Unlimited | David Altmejd | Hufkens, Modern Art, Rosen

Art Basel 2013 | Unlimited | David Altmejd | Hufkens, Modern Art, Rosen

Art Basel presented 304 galleries from around the world exhibiting the work of over 4,000 artists, with many choosing to present thematic and solo-artist exhibitions. Galleries from across the globe debuted at the Basel show this year, coming from Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Republic Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USA. Continue reading

Ovation and Conde Nast Entertainment Announce “The Fashion Fund”

The 2013 CFDa/Vogue fashion Fund finalists with anna wintour and the CFDA's Steve Kolb (center) at the Rag & Bone Studio

The 2013 CFDA/Vogue fashion Fund finalists with Vogie’s Editor-in-Chief (and Conde Nast’s Artistic Director) Anna wintour and the CFDA’s Steve Kolb (center) at the Rag & Bone Studio

New Television Series Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of The Fashion Fund Premieres December 2013

Yesterday in Los Angeles, Ovation and Conde Nast Entertainment announced “The Fashion Fund,” a television fashion series. The series documents the excitement of emerging fashion designers vying for the chance to be named the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner. “The Fashion Fund” premieres this December, only on Ovation.  “The Fashion Fund” series is an unprecedented look at a level of support, encouragement and insight that few other designers will ever

Ovation logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Ovation)

Ovation logo. (PRNewsFoto/Ovation)


The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund is in its 10th year and has transformed emerging designers into true fashion icons, like inaugural winners Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler and recent winners such as Joseph Altuzurra (2011) and Greg Chait of The Elder Statesman (2012).

Over the past ten years, The Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund has given significant financial and professional support to 27 brands. This year’s ten finalists—announced by new selection committee members Marcus Wainwright and David Neville of Rag & Bone at their studio in early summer—stands out for having more menswear designers/finalists than in recent history, as well as a few names that will be unfamiliar to many outside the industry. Over the next four months, this group, in addition to running their businesses as usual, will create one-of-a-kind pieces for Uniqlo, stage a runway show at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, which all leads up to the big announcement of the winner and runner-ups on November 11. The 2013 finalists are Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School, Jason Jones and Mike Feldman of Parabellum, Juan Carlos Obando, Marc Alary, Misha Nonoo of Nonoo, Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin of TOME, Shimon Ovadia and Ariel Ovadia of Ovadia & Sons, Tim Coppens, Todd Snyder and Veronica Swanson Beard and Veronica Miele Beard of Veronica Beard

This is the real deal.  There have been a lot of fashion competition series on television, but nothing comes close to matching the authenticity and talent found in ‘The Fashion Fund’,” said Robert Weiss, Ovation’s Chief Creative Officer.  “It’s truly an honor to be working with the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.”

Working alongside some of the top names in fashion, ten innovative, American-based designers, compete for the top cvff-logo_sizedaward that carries an incredible $300,000 grant and a one-year mentorship with an industry titan. The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund selection committee is comprised of iconic names from Vogue Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour and CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg to top-level executives such as Ken Downing of Neiman Marcus, Andrew Rosen of Theory, Jenna Lyons of J.Crew, and others.

Conde Nast Entertainment (CNE) is a division of Conde Nast recently created to focus on the development, production and distribution of original television, feature film and digital video offerings based on the company’s iconic media brands and the articles/work products they have generated such as Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, which originated from an article written by Nancy Jo Sales for Vanity Fair.

“‘The Fashion Fund’ will captivate audiences, documenting the rise of the next generation of designers as they gain immeasurable insight from the industry’s foremost talent,” said Dawn Ostroff, President, Conde Nast Entertainment. “Ovation is a perfect home for the series and we look forward to giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look.

Watching “The Fashion Fund,” viewers are given exclusive glimpses into the fashion world as they journey into the lives of the emerging designers. They will get to know the designers as their visions, technical abilities, and business acumen are all tested – pushing them to their highest potential. The series takes viewers inside legendary studio visits, a Vogue fashion photo shoot and culminates with a presentation at NYC Fashion Week and the announcement of the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner. Continue reading

Beating the Summer Heatwave

Just as your body needs layers of clothing to protect it against the bone-chilling weather in the winter months, your skin needs a different skin care regime to properly protect it from the elements in the hot summer months. As the body’s largest organ, the skin is far more delicate than you probably realize. If you have had enough of dry skin, brittle hair, and chapped lips and everything else that came with the recent heatwaves, here are some solutions that will take you from frazzled to fabulous in fine form.


Sun Bum SPF 50 Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion

Sun Bum SPF 50 Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion

Sun Bum believes quality, safety, and performance are the keys to getting more people to use sunscreen. Therefore, each ingredient and attribute is specifically chosen to provide you with the most advanced broad spectrum protection available, while ensuring a smooth and invisible feel, just the way you like it. Stay protected this summer with Sun Bum SPF 50 Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion. This sunscreen will have you practicing safe sun care and keeping your skin moisturized at the same time. Loaded with Vitamin E, Sun Bum SPF 50 Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion ($15.99, will also help prevent premature aging and is perfect to wear at the beach or on any regular day.


güd Hand Cream Collection

güd Hand Cream Collection

Your hands say so much about you. They are the advance team that tells the rest of the world what’s going with your body. Winter or summer, they need all the help they can get to remain healthy and strong. Right now, I am loving güd Foaming Hand Wash and Hand Cream from Burt’s Bees. With lush fragrances with juicy fruit notes and fresh florals (Floral Cherrynova™, Orange Petalooza™, Vanilla Flame™, and Pearanormal Activity™), the invigorating formulas are baby-soft (without stuff like parabens, phthalates or petrochemicals) and leaves your hands feeling long-lastingly super-moist. güd Foaming Hand Wash (8 fl oz for $5.00) leaves hands fresh, fragranced, and squeaky clean—perfect for helping banish pesky germs; while güd Hand Cream (3 oz for $8.00) has natural moisturizers that spread to dry spots, helping to restore hands to their softer, smoother side. The other great thing about the hand cream is that, while it’s initially fragrant, it soon settles down into an almost unscented, unobtrusive layer of softness. Continue reading