Paul & Joe

Meet Paul & Joe's menagerie

According to the very short product descriptions at their website, Paul & Joe's spring 2015 Ménagerie collection was inspired by childhood trips to the zoo.  (I do wish they would bring back the little blurbs that fully described the collection's theme!)  The prints on the outer packaging are spot-on, as usual.  Of course there are the requisite cats, but also more exotic animals that you'd see at a zoo - giraffes, monkeys, tigers, zebras and flamingos all make an appearance as well. 

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I adore all the prints, but I'm still a little iffy on the design on the inside of the face and eye colors.  Paul & Joe is well-known for playful designs and this collection in particular was inspired by childhood memories of zoo outings, but I think these go a little too juvenile.  The, puffy, cartoonish animals peering out look like a print you'd hang in a baby's nursery.  I applaud them for trying something different instead of the chrysanthemum emblem that's usually imprinted on Paul & Joe powders, but I wasn't crazy about it.  Still, I enjoyed the variety of prints on the outer packaging and that's what's most important from a display standpoint.  ;)

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There was a code at for this free bag with cute.

Paul and Joe spring 2015 bag

The prints on the lipstick cases were taken from the Paul & Joe spring 2015 fashion collections. 

Paul & Joe spring 2015

Paul & Joe spring 2015

Paul & Joe spring 2015
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Overall, the collection did not disappoint.  It wasn't my favorite but it was a good solid effort, and I liked that, as in previous collections, there was a good mix of existing designs (for the lipstick cases) and completely original ones (on the color powders).  I have to say that I'm even more excited for another part of the collection that's just hitting Beautyhabit now, so stay tuned for a special post on that!

Quick post: Whoooo wants to see a rare Paul & Joe color powder?

I'll get to Paul & Joe's adorable owl-themed holiday offering in a little bit, but for now I wanted to share my E-bay find of one of their color powders from the fall 2005 collection.  Chaussons de Dance (040) features a pair of owls perched on a tree limb against a pastel purple background.

Paul & Joe color powder

Of course, I managed to stick my nail in the powder while taking the lid off, which explains the nick in the lower left.

Paul & Joe color powder

I was so sad I couldn't find any images from Paul & Joe's fall 2005 fashion collection - I would have loved to see if the owls made an appearance.  If anyone can find them do let me know!

Fall Film Fest: Paul & Joe Cinema collection

For fall 2014 Paul & Joe released 10 new lipstick cases, along with new lipstick colors and several eye shadow trios.  Sadly, I found the inspiration behind the collection to be rather insipid.  "Paul & Joe wants to make you feel like a movie star!  You'll cause a paparazzi frenzy everywhere you go in any of these Paul & Joe lipstick red carpet favorites.  Paul & Joe will make you a star with these 3 eye color trio cinematic classics!"  Eh.  I miss the days when they actually had a little narrative for each collection.  Plus, the theme of feeling like a celebrity through the power of makeup has been done to death by many brands, most notably Stila Having said all that, do you really think I could resist any of the LE lipstick cases? 

Paul & Joe fall 2014 lipstick cases

I positively loved this bird case.  The illustration is so delicate and pretty, it reminds me of something you'd find on an antique Japanese folding screen.

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But my favorite was the one with the beautiful Delftware-inspired pattern that included a bear and a little bird.

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This pattern appeared in many of the Paul & Joe Sister items for fall 2014.  I have to say that this is a rare miss for Paul & Joe.  I generally hate wearing prints, but if any designer was going to make me buy a piece of clothing with a print on it it would be Paul & Joe - the ones they come up with are so unique and the manner in which they use them is usually impeccable.  As I much as I adore this particular design, I think it's best left to decorative objects and not clothing.

Paul & Joe fall 2014

Paul & Joe fall 2014
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It also appeared on some of the men's items as well.

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It was nice to see cat-obsessed Paul & Joe founder Sophie Albou toss dog people a bone (see what I did there?) and come up with a dog print for the lipstick case, which also was used extensively in the Sister and men's collections.

Paul & Joe fall 2014 dog sweatshirts

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I liked the little geometric fox as well, which, again, appeared in both the Sister and men's collections.  (Now here the pattern works - I would totally wear this quirky fox-printed blouse!)

Paul & Joe fall 2014 fox shirt

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While there were plenty of new prints, Paul & Joe re-released some vintage ones as well.  I was happy to see these since I don't have any of them in lipstick form.  The blue and orange bird print was from fall 2003, and the yellow cat print was from spring 2005 (I only have this in notebook form).  The floral print shown immediately to the left of the cat print in my picture above was from the spring 2007 collection.  I do have the Color Powder in that pattern but it never hurts to have a a complete set.  :)

What do you think of the collection?

Paul & Joe sell (leggy) seashells by the seashore

I didn't think Paul & Joe could top their delightful yellow and grey dolphin printed blotting sheets from last summer, but their latest offering proved me wrong.  How adorable are these multicolored shells sporting shapely legs?!  



This print is so quirky and fun I was hoping to see it on some of the summer collection items, and Paul & Joe delivered.  I'd be happy to have either of these two tops in my summer wardrobe, although I am partial to the yellow shell.  I especially love the contrasting print on the sleeves.



I love how it's styled here but I would also totally wear this with white skinny jeans and flat sandals.


The shells also made their way into a anemone-laden under-the-sea-print on multiple pieces.



In looking at this dress more closely I think I need it in my closet - appropriate for a wannabe mermaid, yes?  Plus I have the perfect pair of corally-red wedges to go with it.  Still, I'm short so it would probably be to my ankles...but I could always get it hemmed. 

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The rest of the summer collection, which has ice cream theme, didn't really do anything for me.  It's a shame because it's a great idea and I could see so many cute things - ice cream cone-shaped lipsticks, little ice cream cones embossed onto powder, etc. - as a result of the ice cream inspiration.  However, I think the blotting sheets make up for the lackluster remainder of the collection (even though shells have nothing to do with ice cream). 

What do you think?

Paul & Joe's secret garden

It was so gratifying to finally say good riddance to winter a couple days ago.   The dark era of snow, ice and polar vortexes is behind us!  Today marks the first day of spring and to celebrate, I'm featuring a few items from Paul & Joe's Secret Garden collection.

I picked up the Color Powders in Dahlia (088), Azalea (089) and Amaryllis (090). 



I also got the face powder - couldn't resist the nest of cheerfully chirping baby robins amidst a vintage-inspired floral background.




How cute is this puff?!



As I always do with Paul & Joe, I tried to identify the patterns on each color powder and the face powder.  The pattern for Dahlia looked quite similar to the one on this dress and skirt.


Upon closer inspection of the print on a pair of pants, however, I realized it wasn't identical.


I couldn't find any match for the striped Azalea case, but I did find some horses like the ones on the Amaryllis case.


Horses and birds both made an appearance on this blouse, but none of the birds are the same as the ones on the face powder.

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Interestingly, all of these are from the brand's diffusion line, Paul & Joe Sister.  Like the summer 2013 collection, this one drew inspiration not from the main Paul & Joe women's line but rather another offshoot of the company. 

Overall this isn't my favorite spring collection from Paul & Joe - 2013's was lovely, and I don't think anything could match the 2012 Meow! collection - but these pieces will look nice in the Museum's spring exhibition.  And that's all that matters, right?  ;)

Happy spring!!  Have you spotted any robins in your neck of the woods?

Paul & Joe Holiday 2013

I realize it's only November 5th, but I wanted to get a head start on holiday goodies!  So I'm starting with Paul & Joe's eye and cheek color set in Sugar and Spice. 

The set contains an eye shadow duo, cream blush stick and eye gloss all in an adorable pouch featuring three of Paul & Joe founder Sophie Albou's favorite animal.




We've seen the kitty-shaped blush stick and lipstick before but seriously, how cute is it?!


While I feel like this collection was just phoning it in - there was no narrative detailing the theme of the collection, and it's certainly not as creative as 2012's holiday's collection - it was still worth purchasing.  I don't think one can ever have too much cat-shaped makeup.  ;)

What do you think?  Will you be picking up any Paul & Joe kitties this season?

Once upon a time...there was Paul & Joe's fall 2013 collection

I have to be honest, this wasn't my favorite Paul & Joe collection.  It didn't feel quite as thoughtful as most of their others.  "Fairytale Autumn 2013 is a classic collection that recalls the timeless innocence of childhood fables with grown-up, sophisticated textures and tones.  Join us for an inspired, romantic makeup tale that will captivate and enthrall - because the most beautiful stories always begin and end with Paul & Joe Beaute."  Eh.  It's an okay theme, I guess, but I don't think it was executed very well from a design standpoint.  The primary components of the collection were three sets adorned with a butterfly pattern.  These were nothing special to me - I thought the butterfly on the Midsummer's Dream collection blush last year was much nicer - so I didn't purchase any.


The color choices for the cases seem odd for fall, as yellow, purple and aquamarine read much more spring/summer to me.  Plus the clever details that usually inhabit Paul & Joe's offerings are sadly absent.  It's just a plain box with some butterflies and the same text on the inside of each box.

There were also three lipstick cases, which I did buy even though I wasn't crazy about the collection overall.  What can I say, they're only $5 and I know they'll come in handy for one exhibition or another.


Oddly enough, none of these prints, including the butterflies on the sets, appeared on any of the clothes for Paul & Joe's fall season.  I looked at every collection - pre-fall, fall (both men's and women's), Paul & Joe Sister, men's spring 2014, etc. and these were nowhere to be found.  The fact that these prints seemingly came out of nowhere, coupled with the lackluster idea behind the collection, makes this among my least favorite Paul & Joe releases.   But their holiday collection is full of cuddly kittens, so I have no doubt they will regain their footing come December.  ;)

Quick post: a breezy Paul & Joe find

I found a little treasure on E-bay last week - this Face Color Powder from Paul & Joe's 2004 Santa Fe Breeze summer collection.  How cute is this pineapple print?



Paul-Joe-summer 2004

Both the pineapple print  and the lotus-like bloom (seen on Vent Sec lipstick and Roche Rouge powder in the archive photo above) appeared on shirts from the summer 2004 menswear collection.  It's interesting to see that the summer 2013 Paul & Joe collection wasn't the first to borrow a pattern from the men's line. (Sorry for the screen shots.)




Unfortunately I couldn't find any pictures/video of the women's summer 2004 fashion collection or a description of the cosmetics collection, but no matter - vintage Paul & Joe is so nice to stumble across.

Paul & Joe summer 2013

Paul & Joe's summer 2013 "Beach Baby" collection doesn't entail the most impressive design, especially given Paul & Joe's other seasonal offerings.  However, I thought two pieces were worth picking up from a collectible perspective - the UV Pressed Powder compact (which, for some inexplicable reason, wasn't available in the U.S.) and the blotting sheets.

The powder compact features tiger cubs rendered in a blue floral print against a green jungle landscape.  Would it be a Paul & Joe collection without cats of some kind?  I think not. 




The other noteworthy piece was the blotting sheet case, outfitted with rows of dolphins against a yellow background.


Oddly enough, while some prints in the makeup line are borrowed from pieces from Paul & Joe's fashion collection, usually it's the women's fashion.  The dolphin print, however, did not appear in any of the women's clothing; instead, it's from a pair of men's trousers. 

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DOLPHIN PANTS!  That is undoubtedly the strangest phrase I've typed in a while.

Did you buy anything from this summer's Paul & Joe collection?