Idée fixe: Roses

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Idée fixe: French for “fixed idea,” this term was originally used to describe recurring themes in music and literature. Later, it became a psychological term for a preoccupation or prolonged obsession. This is what I’m fixating on now.


Once only thought of in modern day fashions for Spring, roses, the flower full of symbolism in many cultures as far back as the Classical Era (in Roman times, “under the rose” meant to keep a secret) is now making a modern comeback–as a beauty elixir, a print on denim, and in food and drink, and I’m falling for the classic beauty.

For centuries, roses have been used in beauty products as an olfactory ingredient, but now their calming and moisturizing properties are coming to fruition as they take on another role in skin care.

I first fell in love with rose water while living in Italy and spotted the elegant Florentine formulated blue bottle at the Farmacia and decided to try it out as a toner. H. Roberts and Co. Acqua Distallata alle Rose is both calming and refreshing on skin, first thing in the morning or right before bed. The scent is amazing and I wi

When I discovered Rose Cleansing Foam from Fresh, I was immediately reminded of my favorite rose toner and soon I saw roses blooming everywhere!
Printed denim is swimming in the delicate petals, but I opted for the Nike Floral Pro Bazaar Tight, a sporty take on floral pants, that I’m just as apt to wear to the gym as I am for a day of browsing the farmer’s market.

In addition, roses petals are being ingested more than ever. The tasty petals flavored my macaron a few weeks ago at my favorite Parisian patisserie– Lauderee (thank goodness they are now in NYC too!) Try it in cupcakes too, with this tasty recipe for Rose Vanilla cupcakes from Williams-Sonoma.

Tummy grumbling? Try rosehip tea, which is known to aid in digestion.


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