Homes and Tomes with Tadao Ando, Jan Showers and Aerin Lauder

Since I am currently obsessed with anything to do with architecture, interiors and creating a beautiful home (my husband and I are currently renovating a mid-century modern ranch, so more to come on that later), this home selection of coffee table hardcovers is apt in every way. I’ve met two of the authors, the lovely Jan Showers is every inch as elegant as you would imagine, and Aerin Lauder is sweet, sassy and supremely sophisticated. Alas, I’ve never met Mr. Ando who is the subject of admiration for author Philip Jodidio. Modern, glamorous and beautiful, these three books will certainly inspire your domicile desires.

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Aerin Lauder Launches Beauty Collection

Aerin Lauder, granddaughter of mega beauty mogul Estée Lauder, is going solo with her own line, The Aerin Lauder beauty collection.  Exploding onto the beauty scene with a cosmetic line, this über chic protégé is launching Aerin, LLC as a global luxury lifestyle brand that will encompass everything from beauty, tabletop décor, jewelry, and a book.

Aerin Lauder beauty collection.

The Aerin Lauder beauty collection will launch first, in stores such as Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom by late August. The launch will focus on a digital campaign including a micro-site on, titled and  a social media play on Twitter and Tumbler.  September will kick-off with the tabletop collection, and gifts including a candle line ready for the holidays.  Could Ms. Lauder possibly add anything more to her plate? (No pun intended!) Yes she can! Personal accessories, fabrics and more home décor items are slated to appear in spring 2013, and, she is not finished yet, there is still more to come. A book on living and style published by Random House will debut the following fall—phew! I am tired just thinking about all of this!

Aerin Lauder.

The Aerin Essentials Collection will offer a Fresh Skin Compact Makeup, available in six shades, priced: $48; Pretty Bronze Illuminating Powder, available in two shades, priced: $45; Multi Color Lips & Cheeks in Natural, priced $42; Rose Lip Conditioner in Nude, priced $28; Rose Hand & Body Cream, priced $48; and the Brush Essentials set, which includes foundation, concealer, bronzer, highlighter and lip brushes, priced: $148.  The limited-edition fall color collection will be launched in September, featuring edited colors, which will continue four times a year—fall, holiday, spring, and summer.

Expect to find The Aerin beauty collection merchandized with the Estée Lauder ReNutriv skin care brand, with the photo campaign shot by Claiborne Swanson Frank.

Aerin is an amazing inspiration at Estée Lauder as the style and image director, and now with Aerin will surely set the industry ablaze with her creations.  Methinks this protégé is vying for mogul status. Is there nothing she can’t do?


Ciao for now,

Sandra Witten