Nov 182010
 

Robe

The bathroom in my new one-bedroom apartment was covered in small tiles of speckled robin’s egg blue-on-white, but the carpets in the living room and bedroom were champagne brown, which dictated that all bath towels, bath mats and bathrobes had to be in shades of brown.

I had moved into my new apartment on the Monday and, by Thursday, was ready to launch myself into the mundane yet delicate business of populating it with quality towels and luxurious bath robes. I had never, however, suspected that my choice would be limited by the apartment’s color scheme, but I was now convinced that nothing but beige, chocolate brown and perhaps a greyish-hued taupe would compliment the carpets and painted accent wall. Hand towels, a tubmat or two and almost certainly more than one soft waffle bathrobe were on the must-buy list, and the challenge would be to find them in colors complimenting those resident in the apartment.

I chose to shop online and was immediately confronted with choices that ranged from eco friendly and Egyptian cotton to organic and bamboo┬árayon/cotton mix. I was also barraged with browns and found myself contemplating the advantages of the ecru – whitish brown – bamboo bath towel over those of the chestnut-shaded luxury supima towel. The waffle bathrobe was brilliant in beige and looked equally as good with or without a monogram, and I was debating whether or not to buy it along with either the taupe and chocolate renaissance towels or the coffee and linen organic towels. As far as bath towels went, however, the adventure was not over, and my attention was soon diverted by the cayenne-colored elegance towels and – this was possibly the most exciting of all – the espresso, lite gold, chocolate-charcoal, cream and rosebud Egyptian cotton towels.

All too soon my buying spree was over, and I was anxiously awaiting delivery of my delicious cream, chocolate and espresso Turkish bathrobes/towels and tub mat set. When they arrived, they complimented the apartment’s color scheme perfectly and even made the somewhat unappealing robin’s egg blue tiles seem more acceptable.

Oct 062010
 

Robe

As an actress, I often have to appear on set in exotic and, sometimes, fragile, costumes, and I have found the ideal way to keep warm or to protect my outfit is to wear a luxury bathrobe over my costume.

After some experimentation, I discovered that luxury bathrobes – especially Waffle bathrobes – are the perfect on-set accessory and are extremely easy to slip on or off between takes, and speed is important when shooting feature films where each minute that is wasted costs thousands of dollars. Waffle robes are also very light, and, as such, I have noticed that they tend not to put too much pressure on, for instance, fancy evening dresses or prosthetic suits. I was recently on location in Palmdale, California – dressed in a dark blue formal dress – waiting for several scenes to be shot in this arid and very dusty semi-desert, and, if it wasn’t for the bathrobes that were on hand to slip on over my costume, the beautiful dress would have been ruined.

Both women’s bathrobes and men’s bathrobes are available – so the actors among us don’t have to feel left out! – and it is also my experience that Bamboo bathrobes are highly recommended on-set wear as they feature a shawl collar that is especially useful for protecting a costume from makeup. There are also kids’ robes available, and these would be perfect for pint-sized child actors. As every little girl and boy I know tends to dirty their clothes the second they put them on, bath robes being available for kids to wear on set and between takes seems like an inspired idea. Terry bathrobes are also a viable option to wear while shooting – perhaps while waiting for set-ups to be completed – and these comfortable unisex Turkish cotton robes come in kimono, velour and shawl styles.

Soft bathrobes are, of course, not worn exclusively by actors and are, in fact, highly recommended for people in all walks of life. They come in different colors, can sport personalized monograms and are, simply, the epitome of stylish living.