An ode to my favorite fragrance, Jicky by Guerlain

Last week at the WWD Beauty Summit, Francis Kurkdjian, a French perfumer, said that “Perfume is not a beauty product… perfume isn’t even a product, because perfume is not visible.” To me, that is part of perfume's magic - it is indeed invisible, but can elicit such powerful emotions and memories. As the sense of…

BeautyView: Anne Pouillot, Director of European Operations, Alchimie Forever

  Leading our Swiss office and European operations is the quiet and shy Anne Pouillot. Don't let her calm or the fact that she appears so young (must be the skin care products...) mislead you, she is a force to be reckoned with, and an absolutely essential part of the Alchimie Forever team, as without…

BeautyView: Renee Shakour, Executive Vice President, Essential Salon Products

There were many signs that suggested I would love Renee the first time we met, a few years ago... she is a beautiful woman in the beauty industry; she works in family business; she is from the Boston area, which I still think of as my first American hometown; she loves champagne. What is there…

BeautyView: Catherine Littlefield, Director of Branding and Public Relations, Alchimie Forever

My life would not be possible, or fun, without Catherine Littlefield. She has been by my side, growing Alchimie Forever right there along with me, since 2007. I think of her as my happy pill: when she is around, I laugh, smile, and giggle more. When she is around, I am nicer to be around.…

How to dress for a music festival

The first (and only in Switzerland) music festival I ever attended was the Montreux Jazz Festival, the summer after my senior year in high school. My memories of that experience include Jamiroquai, dancing in mud, and wine-fueled fights with friends (remember, in Switzerland the legal drinking age is 16). In the last five years, I have…