This is your Bag: It’s Big.

Alice. D of Milano: Create Your Bag and Give Back 5% to Charity

Mother daughter team of Donatella and Alice make up the delightful Italian brand ALICE * D based in Milan. Italian craftsmanship in fine leathers and vegan options are created with a simple and impactful use of color blocking . The design is a classic tote bag shape in a variety of sizes from the MINI to the MAXI. The bags can also come with shoulder straps. Inside an unlined hand stitched construction is a zipper pocket for security or your phone. What we love about these bags is their practicality combined with a chic simplicity and lush materials like butter soft Italian leathers in a variety of colors that reflect the season. Winter Collections featured a cozy lamb fur mixed with leather to make its statement. Vegan options are made of clear acrylics with colors or even straw for the spring season. This combination can also be mixed with leather. A heavy linen fabric (pictured) mixed with leather is another favorite. You can put a laptop in the medium size, use the larger size for an airline carry on or evening event with the mini size bag with shoulder straps. Amusing combinations and leathers like leopard or snake are also added into the mix just for fun.

You can Order your own Bag for Charity

Dream up your own Combination for your Spring Tote and Give Back 5%

This collection will not be available in stores. In the Spring season, when the factory re-opens in Milan the design team and their craftsmen will be back to work and you will get your order in 3-4 weeks. Order here. via email and tell us the unique combination you want. We will contact you directly with ordering instructions. Please Add 4 weeks for order completion. In Stock bags are available with shorter shipping times once the business re-opens.

Editor’s Note: Just mention you are a reader of ART OF STYLE magazine and get a special opportunity to give 5% to charity.* Charity group (*

See Alice.D on Instagram for all their styles and colors to inspire you.

Solid Leathers or combinations in the medium sized tote bag custom made for you in Milano donates 5% to charity.

Rose Intense Limited Edition Collection: Romance is in the Air at DIPTYQUE

“What’s in a Name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”.    William Shakespeare


The Rose Fragrance collection from “DIPTYQUE” the French fragrance company blooms this Valentines Day for a brief and glorious time. If you have never considered a rose fragrance before, this is your moment. The signature DIPTYQUE candles are presented in elegant containers in shades of purple and pink and orange and pink rose designs. One fragrance is called “Centifolia” and the other scent “Damascena”. The first is a sweet garden rose with a final note of newly mown grass reminiscent from a garden in the south of France; the second rose is more exotic with a hint of sweet spice incense. Evocative of love, passion and romance to inspire your Valentine’s Day gift giving or for anyone you wish to celebrate with the eternal rose.  

The ROSE COLLECTION: Ultimate Interpretation of the Rose

Layering fragrances and placing candles in the perfect location in your home immediately turns a room into a luxurious and elegant space. Lighting and romance go together and a candle creates a calming and sensual space for you and your partner and is the first step to igniting your own romance.  A quiet moment for yourself is also the perfect time to light a candle and there are fragrance moods to appeal to both men and women in their extensive collection.  To fully experience this I suggest you stop into a DIPTYQUE boutique near you; smell and experience and see the options like gift sets  that allow you to fully experience the range.  The collection has a wide range of ways you can experience the rose scents: a drawer liner, a closet sachet, facial oil, hair oil mist, scent compact, body lotion and candles for home and travel. 

DIPTYQUE began as a shop on Paris’ Left Bank at 34 Boulevard St. Germaine. Originating in 1961 a trio of an interior designer, a theatrical director and a painter took their artistic curiosity and ideas about interior design, art and travel to create ‘the bazar’ that inspired the first DYPTIQUE candle, the 34 Signature fragrance now the centerpiece of the 34 Collection. The French have always been wonderful at the art of living that goes back to the days of the palace of Versailles and its influence on fashion, furnishings, food and fragrance that captured the imagination of the world. As a boutique fragrance company that emerged in 1960s Left  Bank Paris the founders revolutionized the boutique fragrance world. If you request a gift set at a boutique they can also personalize a boxed set for your Valentine.  When you see the delightful colors and ribbons its (almost) like a trip to Paris so what could be better?

To discover more more about DIPTYQUE see their website at:

Tales from a Fragrance Addict

The world of perfumes is ever changing, with scents being created every day around the world and the boutique fragrance world taking on the major names. A new twist in the world of chemical replacements, make world of fragrance much more complex. Perfume lovers are a unique bunch; they are passionate about fragrances and the news and rumors about them; is something going to be discontinued, re-formulated, or newly released or a revived classic?

It all began when my father made his trips to Paris and not always with mom, so he would always come home with her favorites plus some new ones for her to try out.  This started with her love of CHANEL No. 5 and also the House of Guerlain.  I recently inherited a bottle of JOY Body Oil, something that today would not be possible to formulate.  This began my own passion with fragrances as I began to smell those real French perfumes at a young age.

I am a fragrance person and I prefer the lighter, more floral and unforgettable fragrances that simply don’t give themselves away. This list is not filled with trends, but fragrances that people often stop me in the street, or in a shop and ask me “what are you wearing? That’s when I know that I am on the right track.

Here my list of favorites to help you shop for the summer season. 


Engish Rose by India Hicks

A new and greener version of a rose fragrance this one starts the summer off with a lovely scent of not just rose, but the new mown grass next to the flower beds. Rose can often be just too much, but this one is the type of rose that one might see climbing up a garden trellis, or gathered in a shady flowerbed next to a brick wall in the garden of an English country house. Just take your little park chair out and breath it in. You will be transported. It comes in all sorts of forms so you can indulge in a variety of ways.

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Top Note: Rose & Peony. Mid Note: Jasmine Mist. Color: Greens & Mist

Santa Maria Novella, has created a fragrance that is decidedly floral but also has that scent of the summer night somewhere in south. I picture myself sitting on a porch drinking a mint julep with this one. Its called Acqua di Colonia Caprifoglio, which translates as “Foliage of Capri” and it definitely has that fantasy island feeling or a vacation in a bottle, you choose. The top notes are floral, but the green notes come up right way giving you that fresh mown grass feeling. Find this at:

Eu de Calandre by Paco Rabanne

What happens when a futuristic designer who predicted just about every fashionable trend in the last 30 years invents a perfume? I started wearing after crossing the English Channel from London and discovering that the designer was the coolest (and still is) couture designer in Paris. The fragrance is not big seller as it was when it was introduced in the 1970’s. What does it smell like? Its very complex and not for the faint hearted but its a modern take on a floral fragrance with a hint of spice. I had to go all the way to Paris to get a bottle, directly from the boutique on Rue Cambon recently but then I discovered it is in several online boutiques. (*yikes, at 50% off the price!) and while it may seem obscure, its still a ground-breaking fragrance that delights.

Wild Spider Lily by India Hicks

This unique flower, growing like it does out of the sand in the Bahamas might sound like its a heavy or exotic summer fragrance but no; its light and engaging with a hint of passion to it. It starts out like a floral then morphs into something rather quiet, and deeper in tone just like the flower itself. The lily has gone native in this version of a fragrance you might think is a bit fussy, but its not.

Top Note: Orange Blossom Tea Mid Note: Orange flower, Honeysuckle, Jasmine with Sandalwood, Musk, Vanilla Crystals.

Nuit de Tuberose by ARTISAN perfumes

This one is indeed, as it says, a trip to Hawaii and back again. Its Tuberose with a Capital “T” and when you want to knock someone out with how romantic you are this is the one. Sometimes I mix this with the CAPRI FOGLIO and it gets great results. L’Artisan perfumes are now quite established but when there was no such thing as a boutique fragrance they basically invented the idea. They recently re-designed the bottles, so if you find the older bottle with the gold top, don’t worry, it will take a while for those to go out of circulation. You can pay top dollar at a beauty apothecary, but there are always a few bottles of their top sellers at

(*editor’s note: The INDIA HICKS FRAGRANCES are sold via my own website so I include them here for convenience and to answer questions I have been receiving about them).

Stuck in a Hair Decade? Help is on the Way…


Madonna is the master of updating and here she is pictured at the Met Ball with her classic blonde and dark roots she invented in the 1980s.

What decade is your hair? Remember the hair bands in the 80s or Woodstock or the 90s Brittany concert? Is your hair still looking like a “Friends” episode or perhaps Kramer’s hair on Seinfeld ?  Whatever your choice,  it’s clear you are stuck in a hair decade and you can’t get out.  But don’t worry, there is help for you.

First, take some selfies. Stand back and take a look.  Good?  Shocking? Forgettable ?  Don’t’ worry, help is near! You are probably wondering….OMG, am I stuck?  Perhaps you your hair is reflecting your distant past or a happier time, not the  ‘here and now’.  You may even think your style looks good on you.  Maybe your friends have been afraid to break it to you,  but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

How to improve your hairstyle (and maybe your life)

  • Pick an icon from the past year from a red carpet photo
  • Choose an Ad campaign such as Ralph Lauren or another brand you like.
  • Collect 3 images of the icon:  Beyoncé, Katy, Madonna, etc. 
  • Choose a style perfect for the season (spring/ summer) long or short
  • Pick a hair color that echoes the mood of your favorite photos (blonde, brunette, redhead, multi-tones)
  • Save a few photos you like. Share them with a friend to see their reactions. 
  • Research your favorite Salon or friend at the hair academy.

Now, be prepared for a transformation.  We promise your life will change, you’ll have a whole new outlook and yes, even dogs and children in the street will like you better.  You’ll have extraordinary good luck in Vegas and maybe even get a promotion at work.  One thing we know for sure, is that a good hairstyle  and color is transformative. 

So, go ahead and take a chance….try something new and become an even better you!

Hollywood Mistress of Style

Pikke Allen