Neiman Marcus’ Annual Blogger Brunch Featuring this Holiday Season’s Beauty Must Haves

November and December are my favorite months of the year. I start feeling the holiday cheer in the air. It’s when Christmas music starts being played on the radio, holiday outfits takeover store mannequins and the holiday parties begin.

This weekend I attended my first holiday brunch of the season – the annual beauty blogger brunch inside Mariposa Café at Neiman Marcus on the Vegas Strip. The yearly soiree gives us a sneak peek into the most popular beauty buys for the holidays. I’m always excited to see fabulous products from some of my favorite beauty brands and this year, it was sort of a blogger reunion, a chance to see some of my favorite local ladies many whom I haven’t seen in a while.

Here’s a quick rundown of my favorites!

Tom Ford Boy and Girl Lip Collection is a limited collection of gorgeous shades named after women and men Tom Ford truly admires. These colors come in matte, creme and metallic finishes that can be worn alone or together.

YSL lip stains and lip oils are full of pigment and non-drying. My favorite color for the season is #1 Tatouage Couture, as pictured below.

Laura Mercier Flawless Rose Oil is fast-absorbing and lightweight with intense hydration power. What a great stocking stuffer gift!

Kiehls and Fresh sleep masks are the next big thing in masks. Much easier to apply because you only apply at night for ultimate moisturization, brightening and firming.

Jo Malone holiday fragrance gift sets are all about color and they are so delectable! My favorite scent is the peony and blush suede.

John Hardy Dragons, stones and crystals, oh my! John Hardy’s inspiration for this line was the love story of the dragons and stones. I personally believe in the power and energies of crystals. It has been said to wear the dragon bracelets facing outward to protect yourself from negative energy and wear them inward when you want to attract positive energy.

Atelier Cologne Only available in Nolita in NYC and Champs-Élysées in Paris, this brand has a love story of its own. Curated by Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel who fell in love while creating the collection.

Oribe dry shampoo not only smells divine but it doesn’t leave the white residue as many other dry shampoos do. As a new mom, I rely on dry shampoo now more than ever…adding this one to my Xmas wish list!

Lastly, I’m overdue for a new winter scent and I think I finally found the one, Chanel Gabrielle. It reminds me of my favorite summer scent, Armani Si. What’s your favorite scent right now?

Head over to Neiman Marcus to check out the numerous holiday beauty gift options for the wifey, girlfriend and mom. She won’t be disappointed. Happy Holidays!

 

 

Meet My Little Fighter, Jon Crosswell

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that my life would change as much and as fast as it has in the last several months. On June 1st, I was blessed to give birth to my baby boy, Jon. He was six weeks early and spent 16 days in the NICU. My water broke on May 30. I didn’t really know what was happening until I drove myself to the hospital where they examined me and ultimately admitted me. I was not prepared at all. The day prior I was busy coordinating my maternity shoot (which never happened). I didn’t even have my hospital bag packed. Nevertheless, those things eventually became so unimportant as I found myself in the hospital room ready to give birth. I was blessed with great medical care and nurses. My entire labor and delivery took about five hours. What came afterwards though would prove to be even more challenging. Once I was discharged from the hospital, I left without my baby which was very hard to do. Luckily, I live four minutes from the hospital so I traveled back and forth every day for sixteen days to see and feed my preemie. I pushed through this time with minimal sleep and barely ate. I never had time to let my body recuperate. In retrospect, it’s amazing to see how strong my physical body was and is. I was able bounce back quickly after delivery. I was able to walk, drive and move into a new house with very little pain. I had one goal in mind, to get my baby healthy enough to progress through his time in the NICU with flying colors, which he did. He rocked the NICU like a boss. Now he’s home and is a healthy 8 lbs. 3 ounces (almost double his birth weight). I feel so lucky and blessed to have the help of my parents, family and daddy.

Soon I have to go back to work, back to normal life. It’s a bittersweet feeling. I’m sure I will have loads of daily “mom guilt.” As I move forward, I will put my trust in God and the universe to do its thing. One lesson I learned through all of this…you can plan all day and night, but there are some things you cannot control, so let go…once you do, something magical always happens. Here’s to motherhood! I’m looking forward to this new chapter in my life, meeting and making new mommy friends and mostly caring for my new baby boy, who I can’t stop staring at.

Earth Day Mommy Tip: Wally’s Natural Organic Body Oil

In honor of Earth Day tomorrow, I’d like to gush a bit about an amazing organic body oil that was sent to me for review. It is Wally’s Natural Organic Body Oil made with all natural ingredients rich in vitamins and minerals. Wally’s Natural products are dermatologist-tested, non-GMO and are not tested on animals – extra points in my book!

I’ve been using Mama Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Butter to prevent stretch marks on my almost seven-month (and growing) pregnant belly. And while I love the body butter, the scent is still a bit too strong for me to get over. So when I received Wally’s Natural Organic Body Oil to test, I was all about trying something different. I love the roll-on applicator because it feels like a mini massage on my belly when I apply it. I also LOVE the scent! It contains sesame seed oil, castor oil, lavender oil, calendula extract, aloe vera leaf extract, Vitamin E and geranium oil.

I apply the body oil on my belly twice a day, usually in the morning and at night before I go to bed. I also apply it whenever my belly feels tight or like its stretching and it provides immediate relief. So far so good, no stretch marks and moisturized skin!

If you’re expecting and want to prevent stretch marks or if you’re looking for an organic moisturizer, you should definitely give Wally’s Natural Organic Body Oil a try. For more information, check them out on Instagram and Facebook!

butter LONDON’S new Sheer Wisdom Lush Lip Oils Review

Living in the Las Vegas desert has definitely turned me onto more hydrating products for my skin, hair and face. Although today is the first day of spring, it already feels like summer here, what’s new right? And now that I’m pregnant, I’ve had to step it up an extra notch, using extra moisturizer everywhere. I have never found a truly hydrating lip balm let alone a lip gloss. In fact, many ended my drying out my lips even more! So when the butter London PR rep reached out to me to try the new Sheer Wisdom Lush Lips Oils, I was anxiously excited to review them.

Each creamy lip oil is developed with top-grade essential oils – Tahitian coconut, prickly pear seed, chia seed and cloudberry – to condition and soothe lips. Blended with green tea extract and triple action firming technology, the fusion of ingredients works quickly to protect and restore lips from damage. I absolutely love these quenching lip oils and the hint of color they give. I tried the BUFF and DUSTY MAUVE colors and I don’t even have to reapply during the day. These lip oils are summer saviors! I was so impressed with the Sheer Wisdom line that I just purchased the Serum Shadow, a weightless matte tint eyeshadow in Maplewood.

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So as you begin to transition your makeup for lighter and more hydrating products for spring and summer, you should seriously consider this Sheer Wisdom line! For more information, check out butter LONDON on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Sweeter Than a Box of Chocolates, I’m Already In Love ?

It’s been a while since my last post. My life has been a whirlwind since my last trip to NYC. I feel blessed and grateful to announce that I am expecting a baby boy due this summer! I am only now just coming to the realization of this amazing gift and I couldn’t be more excited.

Lots of changes are taking place in my life, from changes in my body to changes in my life. It’s a welcome journey and can’t wait until he gets here. So yes, I will still be reviewing beauty products and attending events here in Vegas and hopefully NYC, but now I have an added a new category to my blog – mommy hood. It’s an entirely new playing field for me so I’ve been reading books, scouring the Internet and tapping into my mommy gal pals and bloggers for insight and tips.

The first book I purchased as soon as I found out I was pregnant was Yeah Baby! By Jillian Michaels. I’m about halfway through and I must say it is truly eye-opening in its perspective about becoming a modern mama, mastering pregnancy, having a healthy baby and bouncing back better than ever. I can easily get overwhelmed with the abundance of pregnancy information out there so starting with this book has helped me stay calm and cool. In addition to this, I’ve substituted my boot camp classes with prenatal yoga classes to help me stay active and flexible.

I’ve been trying to eat organic and healthy and just being aware of what I’m consuming. No junk food or caffeine. I must say, I feel fabulous! I do need a little help with maternity fashion but I’m getting better at it, or at least I’d like to this so.

So I’m still here and I plan to get back into blogging whether its about beauty or baby stuff. Oh and we are still thinking of names, we don’t even have runner-ups at the point but I have faith we will find the perfect one for him. My heart is full. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Inside Avant Collective’s Showroom in NYC Featuring Latest Trends in Fashion & Accessories

Hello NYC! I was in town for some overdue family time and it also happened to be press day at Avant Collective on Wall Street. They represent some amazing fashion and jewelry designers such as Perla Formentini, VERDAD, Katie Gallagher and Juiet M. I had the chance to visit the showroom to check out some of the FW16 and SS17 collections.

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Louis Verdad is a Mexican American designer who has worked with renowned celebrities such as Madonna and Cate Blanchett under his namesake RTW label and designed bespoke pieces for LA’s elite. VERDAD is his brand new line and also his first time showing in New York Fashion Week for SS17. My fave VERDAD piece was this gorgeous gold metallic leather jacket.

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Katie Gallagher, the cult New York based womenswear designer debuted her third all black collection at New York Fashion Week for SS17 artfully mixing textiles with signature bodysuits, leggings and bomber jackets – all of which I’m loving now! These were two of my fave looks from her SS17 line.

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HEMSMITH is minimalist fashion brand featuring unisex staples. This New York-based brand is debuting its second full season for SS17 reflecting an Asian and Scandinavian design influence. These two pieces from the HEMSMITH SS17 line are my faves! I love the sporty chic look and feel amazing on. I would rock these with metallic sneakers or heels!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perla Formentini shoes are crafted in Marche, Italy, a place where Italian sophistication fuses with a luxe, minimalist aesthetic. They are luxury shoes at an accessible price point made for women by a team of women with families in the shoe business. These gorgeous feather heels “Farfalla Camel” are my favorite from her Spring/Summer 2107 collection. These gold metallic pumps – Felisa Platino – are also stunning!

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The jewelry collections were also beautiful! Nouvel Heritage is a bespoke fine jewelry brand out of a family workshop in Paris. They have teamed up with Tina Craig for a FW16 capsule collection inspired by Art Deco, emojis and more – available at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and other fine retailers across the country.

 

 

 

 

 

Juliet M is a brand new fine jewelry brand that embraces a feminine and timeless aesthetic incorporating natural gemstones with delicate 14K designs. Each piece is handmade by a skilled team of jewelers in the Pacific Northwest and proceeds support a cause near to the founder’s heart- fighting violence against women. Check out this beautiful Diamond Tiara Ring below!

Diamond Tiara Ring (Juliet M.)

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The Brave Collection – founder Jessica Hendricks Yee launched a jewelry collection with a bohemian aesthetic for a great cause – supporting fair trade artisans in Cambodia and empowering women worldwide to combat human trafficking. For FW/Holiday 2016, the brand has launched an elevated and more minimalistic Metal Collection.

 

 

 

Thank you to Avant Collective for the up close and personal look at all these gorgeous fashions and accessories. I’m loving all of these trends for this Fall and Winter and even for Spring/Summer 2017! The gorgeous golds and lace and my favorite colors such as sharkskin grays, airy blues and warm taupes. Which trends are you looking forward to?

Kiehl’s Partners with Artistic Collaboration, FAILE, to Launch Its 8th Annual Limited Holiday Edition

Gift giving season is upon us and one of my favorite NYC-based brands continues its true philanthropic tradition this holiday season! Kiehl’s Since 1851 has partnered with Brooklyn-based artist duo, Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller (also known as FAILE) to launch its 8th Annual Limited Edition Creme de Corps Holiday Collection, in which 100% of Kiehl’s net profits, up to $100,000 will help provide 1,100,000 meals to families this holiday season via Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity.

I love working with brands that give back. This collaboration entitled “Baby Give Back” conveys the idea that we can care for ourselves while caring for others which is also beautifully reflected in the artwork and packaging. I’m absolutely loving the Ultra Facial Cream and the artsy message which says Reveal / Truths / Search / Within – FAILE Edition. Can’t wait to shop the collection in person when I’m in NYC next week!

The Limited Edition Crème de Corps Holiday collection includes the following products:

Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter: This luxuriously scented cream is decadently air-whipped for instant penetration to restore, protect and soften skin. ($15-$38 = 85-350 meals)
Ultimate Strength Hand Salve Trio: Formulated for the most active hands, this moisture treatment offers all-day protection to actually draw water from the air, preventing moisture loss.  ($34 = 295 meals)
Limited Edition Gift Set: This set of hydration essentials includes Creme de Corps, Ultra Facial Cream, Daily Reviving Concentrate and a FAILE sticker. ($45 = 415 meals)

 

Product samples were provided to me by Kiehl’s for review purposes.