La Chéri Marie


Month: May, 2013

The Handwriting of Words

Hello dear readers!

In this age of computers, typing, and iPads, many have forgotten how to use pens, let alone write legibly! It’s understandable (hey, I’m blogging here!) but that doesn’t mean that handwriting is passe. Au contraire!

There is something to be said for the value of a handwritten note, letter, or invitation. There are few things more romantic than a love letter written by hand. An invitation penned with love is all the more inviting for a wedding or event. A note written for someone is far more personal than a text message.

I write notes all the time 🙂

lacherimarie3In the midst of my busy schedule and traveling, I try to find the time to pen notes. I also do wedding and event invitations on the side for my friends. It gives me great joy to be a part of a special day by handwriting invitations…

lacherimarie1I’ve had the pleasure of doing invitations for many events from the very small to some very high profile, celebrity ones and it has always made me so happy…

lacherimarie2I admit, I am a hopeless romantic at heart 🙂 Who doesn’t love romantic, hand-written invitations to anything? 

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERASo, take out those pens and pencils and write a note to someone you love today. It’s a fashionable thing 😉






Cannes 2013

Hello beautiful readers! Where is the place to be right now? Cannes, France !!

The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival is well underway, complete with a jewel heist and pouring rain during the red carpet. Clearly, a lot has been going down! However, Hollywood glamour is in full swing and the added touch of French air is making the beauty stakes high 😉

Here’s a glimpse of some of the most stylish…


Carina-Lau-In-Elie-Saab-Couture-–-‘Bends’-Cannes-Film-Festival-PhotocallA whole row of style!

'The Bling Ring' Premiere - The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival

However, there were a lot of fashion misses too (I won’t name names)….showing too much cleavage on the side, too much of a plunge, or no support up top. It has to be set off with something so that it doesn’t look tacky. Also, the dresses with too much prints going on just never do a woman justice. Wear more solids then accessorize. We can all learn from this because “fashion fades, but style remains the same” (Coco Chanel)

In the spirit of style, here are some beautiful style examples from Cannes over the years…

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Beauty Tip: Spoons

For those mornings when you wake up and you find that you have puffy eyes, you are not alone. Trust me. A model tip that has saved me on many shoots after long travels is the……………… spoon trick!

If you’re not getting enough sleep (the best beauty trick ever!) then you are most likely going to suffer from eye puffiness.

All you have to do is put 2 metal spoons in the freezer or refrigerator to make them very cold. Before putting on your makeup, place a cold spoon over each eye and lie down for about 10 minutes. Instant refreshment and eye bags gone!!

Excellent photo demonstration over at MomColoredGlasses:




Another option is using cucumbers on the eyes. If you happen to have them in your house for those puffy eye mornings, then this is a great option. For best results, make sure the cucumber has been in the refrigerator so it’s nice and cold. Then cut 2 slices and follow the same instructions. They also make the skin around your eyes more soft and supple.

stk72500corOther options are placing green tea bags on your eyes instead.

Still another option that my mom has always loved is to place pads soaked with witch hazel on your eyes for about 5 minutes and voila!

Witch-Hazels-Magical-PowersBut if you don’t have any of these items and you find yourself with puffy eyes, don’t forget that spoons can do the trick 😉

Here’s to a great week without puffy eyes (and lots of sleep 😉  )




Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there and especially to my own mother–the most unselfish, loving, greatest example of a mom that I could ever be blessed with. I know that I have a lot of moms who read my blog and so this post is for you! Although I haven’t been blessed to hold that title in my life yet, I do know that it’s not a 9-5 job, but rather a 24/7 lifetime of self-sacrifice and love that makes the world go round. Why? Because every single child is a blessing. Thank you to all the moms out there who bring life to the world and thank you for reading my blog.


And even if you don’t have a mother, there are “mothers’ all around us-Those special women in the world who bring love, care, and sweetness to those around them. We are never alone. They are the ones we should aspire to be like and whose qualities we need to emulate.


Sancta Maria Mater Dei, ora pro nobis.


Fashion Friday 5/10/13

Don’t you just love Fridays?? 🙂

Well it’s been Gatsby fever in the fashion world lately….The Great Gatsby, that is! I haven’t seen the new 2013 version yet (definitely soon!) but it’s plain to see that everyone is getting “Gatsby Fever” 😉

Break out those pearls and lace (and for men, those dapper suit jackets!)…Enjoy!

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Hello my beautiful readers!

I’ve had quite a week….how has yours been?? I started out my week with the funeral of a dear family member and I had the absolute honor of preparing the music and singing for his funeral. It was a gift from my heart to do this.  ❤

With this, came the realization that life is so short. So short. I have such an incredible family and I have been so incredibly blessed in my life. Life is just too short to sweat about the small, petty stuff. Love more. Experience more. Forgive more. And always give and be charitable to others. Try to be the best you can be because your time here is not that long. I’m proud that I have some amazing examples of this in my family. I want to pass that along to all of you. So, make a point to do something nice for someone else each day. Smile. Life is a beautiful, precious gift.

Thank you for being here with me




Spring into Pastel Green!

Hello my lovely readers!

I thought I would share this beautiful photo spread with styling done by ELIZA SCARBOROUGH.

What do you think of this color? I think it’s so beautiful and these fashion ensembles are pure inspiration for this time of year!

mintgreen1Pearls, £19.99,; Tweed jacket, £195,; Pleated waist tweed skirt, £95,; Snakeskin sandal, £110,

mintgreen2Aliana lace dress, £179,; Snakeskin sandal, £110,

Blouse, £85,; Jacquard capri pants, £150, J Crew at; White stilettos, £60,

mintgreen4Metallic shift dress, £550,
mintgreen5Coat, £530,; Shirt, £95,; Pearl & crystal brooch, £9.60, debenhams. com; White cropped trousers, £39.99,

mintgreen6Sleeveless dress, £80, Roksanda Ilincic at; Ribbon, VVRouleaux: 020 7224 5179; Tulum sandal, £195,

*Style Tip: Like the photo above, I often add my thin gold belt to my outfits to add that extra something and to make a great shape. It’s an essential accessory in my style book!

I would wear all of these outfits! What do you think? I would also drive that scooter!! 😉

Have a fabulous day!