September 29, 2014

National Coffee Day

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Happy National Coffee Day!
I'm most certainly a coffee drinker, so I'm a big fan of today's "holiday." I don't drink coffee for the sole purpose of caffeine, most of the time, but every now and then, a little bit of coffee really helps to get the spring back into my step! One of my favorite things to do is get cozy with a cup of decaf coffee and some popcorn while watching Netflix or catching up on some of my favorite blogs. Since it is national coffee day, I decided to share a few of my coffee-related favorites with you!

"usual" Starbucks drink: skinny vanilla latte

What's your coffee-related drink of choice?

September 24, 2014

Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show

On Saturday morning, I attended Nordstrom's Beauty Trend Show on Michigan Avenue. It was so much fun! My "aunt" Mary and friend Lexi attended with me as well. Being front row was an awesome experience and it was so cool to hear from and meet representatives and head makeup artist educators from big name companies such as MAC, Jo Malone, Lancome, Laura Mercier, Clarins, Clarisonic, Estée Lauder, Giorgio Armani, Bobbi Brown, and Dior. After each runway section of the show, presenters from the various brands shared makeup trends for the season as well as some of their most recently released products. I had an amazing time and I'm so glad I was able to share the experience with people who enjoyed it as much as I did!
~ What I Wore ~
top (similar), skirtnecklace ℅bagshoes
~ What Lexi Wore ~
top (similar), skirt (similar), shoes
Estée Lauder
It was SO crowded downstairs after the show!
 After the runway show, Lexi and I hung out with some of the Nars makeup artists and they helped us try out some of the featured products from the show. (above) Lexi is wearing a velvet matte lip pencil in Train Bleu and lipstick in Fanny. I'm wearing lipstick in Barbra and eyeliners in the colors Soloman Islands and Santa Monica Boulevard.

September 17, 2014

September 11, 2014

English Coast ~ Jo Malone London

On Tuesday I attended a Jo Malone London party at Neiman Marcus to celebrate the release of Jo Malone's newest fragrance, Wood Sage & Sea Salt. The whole event was themed around the English Coast, which was the inspiration behind the new scent. We were served fish and chips while one of the account executives, Polly, talked a bit about the creation and thought process for Wood Sage and Sea Salt. We tested out the new cologne and then created our favorite fragrance combinations. Jo Malone perfumes are known for being easy to layer. In fact, they strongly encourage finding a unique scent combo that fits your personality! The scents are fantastic, not overpowering, and they last for quite a long time.
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Although I didn't end up picking up the new scent, I absolutely fell in love with a different combination. I left the event with peony & blush suede and earl grey & cucumber. I've discovered that I like putting the peony on first and then topping it off with the earl grey to lighten the floral notes just a bit. I used that combo yesterday morning before heading to breakfast and I could still smell the scent after getting back from babysitting later that evening. I think that I might have even found a new favorite fragrance... time will tell!
~ What I Wore ~
shirt ~ skirt (similar) ~ bow ℅ ~ monogram (similar) ~ nail polish

Are you a Jo Malone fan? If so, what's your favorite fragrance?