Neiman Marcus Hosts Holiday Beauty Blogger Bash

I was recently invited to Neiman Marcus’ Beauty Blogger Bash at Fashion Show Mall featuring the latest products and holiday gift ideas from top beauty brands such as Fresh, Creed, Gucci, Jo Malone, Kevyn Aucoin, La Mer and Tom Ford. The event was brilliantly executed much like a speed dating event where we got to learn about each brand for 8-10 minutes before moving on to the next brand.

First up was one of my favorites from across the pond, Jo Malone. Brand rep, Nanette Kamano highlighted the benefits of layering fragrances with the Nectarine Blossom & Honey becoming the most popular scent for 2015. My favorite was the Mimosa & Cardamom, delish!

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Next was the skincare staple, La Mer. Gracing us with gorgeous skin for more than 50 years, brand rep, Johnathan Nieto introduced us to the newest product launch, Genaissance, the “gamechanger” gel serum exclusive to Neiman Marcus.

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Next, we moved on to a fragrance brand I was unfamiliar with, Creed. Recently returning from a whirlwind trip to the UK, the story behind this royal brand was fascinating. Established in 1760, Mr. Creed was originally the tailor for King George III and created the concept of lining the King’s leather gloves with incense and that is where it all began. Today, the line includes fragrances inspired by scents created for the Saudi Royal family, King Napolean and the Royal Princess. My favorite is Love in White, perfect for my stocking!

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Back to an iconic American brand, we moved on to Tom Ford. I’m currently obsessed with Black Orchid, I couldn’t get enough at this table. From the delicious lip color sets to the other Tom Ford fragrances, this is a perfect gift for the man or woman in your life.

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The next brand took me back to my days in NYC, Kevyn Aucoin. I had the pleasure of meeting Kevyn at Henri Bendel in NYC and have been a fan ever since. I fell in love with the Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting, a liquid highlighter that can be added to moisturizer, BB Cream or foundation.

It was all about the Gucci Face at their table. With gorgeous golden glow bronzers, I just had to try on.

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Fresh featured the Sugar Lip holiday collections, perfect to gift separately or to one lucky lady. I was also introduced to their Cocoa Body Exfoliant which smelled good enough to eat! Ladies, don’t forget to exfoliate especially during the dry winter months.

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Here I am with fellow beauty and fashion blogger Laura Coronado of Lollieshopping, our fabulous event hostess Christie Moeller and Antonia Genov of EuroChique. I’m so ready for the holidays!

 

 

The First Ever Super Saturday in Sin City Benefiting Ovarian Cancer Research Fund

For those who may not be familiar, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) is the largest and oldest U.S. charity funding research on ovarian cancer, the 5th leading cause of cancer death in American women. To raise awareness and funds for research, OCRF hosts an annual event called Super Saturday, a shopping event that brings together top luxury name brands in fashion and beauty, special shopping incentives and activities with a percentage of sales from participating retailers and dining establishments benefiting the OCRF.

Now in its 18th year, with annual events held in NY and LA, this is Super Saturday’s first ever weekend-long event in Las Vegas! Hosted by renowned designer, stylist and author Rachel Zoe, brought her beautiful family to support the cause close to her heart. Rachel held a book signing of her latest book, “Living in Style” and then walked the Fashion Show runway with her husband and business partner, Rodger Berman and their two trendy tots. We were then treated to fall fashions courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue and express beauty services by The Glam App.

For more information on OCRF, visit their website or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Rachel’s book signing, “Living in Style by Rachel Zoe”

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L to R: Kristen and Ashley, The Allure Avenue, Me, our Social Host, Christie, I Can Style U and Jamie, Treats and Trends.

Third Annual Style with a Cause Launches Collection at Fashion Show

I can’t believe style with a cause turns three this year. They are launching this year’s event with their first-ever collection! In collaboration with Spoonflower, they created an exclusive fabric which was then given to five designers across the country including Project Runway’s Joshua J. Christensen and Project Runway All Star, Carlos Casanova, Las Vegas’ own, Jennifer Henry of Flock Flock Flock, Christina Rudigier and this year’s Fashion Forward Winner, Ilian Angulo. All of the designers will create one-of-a kind pieces which will be featured on the Fashion Show runway and auctioned at the end of the event benefitting Opportunity Village. This anticipated evening filled with fall fashion presented by Saks Fifth Avenue and beauty transformations takes place on Thursday, September 17 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm. Tickets are still available here.

For the latest on this movement designed to empower and inspire women through fashion and beauty, follow style with a cause on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Creating & Cultivating in Culver City: A Beauty and Fashion Blogger’s Dream

Only in LA can you meet your favorite bloggers in one location all in one day. In addition, I had the opportunity to learn how these entrepreneurial women got their start and how they’ve turned blogging into a business. The Create + Cultivate experience was epic, with photo opportunities everywhere, pop-up shops and a beauty bar courtesy of Glamsquad.

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Create + Cultivate was held at the Book Bindery in Culver City
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This session was called “From Logo to Look”with Whitney Lee Morris
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Express beauty and hair touch-ups courtesy of Glamsquad.

Overall, what I took away from the panel-packed event was that you have to treat your blog as a business, be passionate and understand that we (bloggers) are all growing together. Learning how to evolve your blog was also another very interesting panel topic. Many bloggers in attendance were considering larger collaborations such as capsule collections for fashion brands. Understanding analytics was also a huge focus area as were conversations about how to maintain authenticity. Yes, there was even a discussion about how to handle haters on social media.  I took so much from understanding how these bloggers came to be where they are now, their tipping points, their journeys – all very motivational!

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“The Business of Fashion Blogging” with Vanessa Flaherty, Gabi Fresh, Julia Hengel and Geri Hirsch
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Keynote Conversation: Kelly Atterton, West Coast Editor, Allure Magazine and Emily Weiss, Founder of Into the Gloss
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“Lights, Camera, Action” panel with Mr. Kate, Chriselle Lim, Tati Westbrook, Shameless Maya and Jenny Fancy
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“The Art of Instagram” with Whitney Port, Julianne Hough, Amanda De Cadenet, The Fat Jewish and Peace Love Shea

Here are some inspirational highlights from Leslie Blodgett, founder of Bare Escentuals:

Leslie Blodgett, Founder of Bare Escentuals
Leslie Blodgett, Founder of Bare Escentuals

Leslie is celebrating her 20-year anniversary this year and she shared her story with us. Her philosophy has always been and will continue to be connecting with women. Leslie is inspired by reading books, new and old, doing things that make her nervous like public speaking. Although I would never expect it, she said she meditated the night before because she was anxious about speaking at the event. Overall, her mantra is do things with intention.  Leslie also has a very interesting way of looking at social media platforms. She looks at Facebook like her living room, Twitter as a nightclub and Instagram as a bit of both, so oversharers out there, take note!

All in all, Create + Cultivate was an reenergizing experience for me. I’m already looking forward to next year’s event.

P.S. I also got the chance to Uber it to the airport! As a first-timer, I was pleased with the efficiency, ease and overall experience. Vegas needs Uber!

Product Review: V-MODA XS On-Ear Headphones

We all know that music and fashion go hand in hand. There’s the red carpet at the Grammy Awards to music legends that have impacted the fashion world like Madonna and Lady Gaga. I never considered myself a headphones kind of person but when a V-MODA rep told me the story behind the Milan based headphone designer, I became intrigued with concept.

V-MODA sent me a pair of their newest headphones, XS, the first product to come out of the new Milano design studio. Let’s first talk about the packaging. I was so impressed of the design of the packaging itself, leather and stud accents in a compact orange, white and silver box – it was almost too pretty to open!

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But when I did, I was pleasantly surprised at how small, slim, lightweight and gorgeous these headphones are. One of the reasons I don’t like standard headphones is that they are so big and bulky for my small five foot frame. These were designed to eliminate the gap between the headphones and your head. I could actually wear these and they would add to my wardrobe. In fact, the day I reviewed these I was wearing black skinny ripped Joe’s jeans, grey James Perse top and black Sam Edelman boots and these white headphones with metallic accents matched my outfit perfectly.

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Ok now let’s talk about quality of sound. V-MODA spent more than five years of research and development to come up with this fashionable form-fitting design to elevate the listening experience. They dare tested beyond military-level MIL-STD-810G quality and durability standards. The sound is crisp and amazing. The bass is epic but clear. In regards to features, these come fully loaded with a hard shell carrying case and two Kevlar-reinforced microphone cables for smartphone compatibility which means I can take phone calls while wearing these!

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Now I know why these are a favorite among resident Vegas DJs like Avicii. Overall, for fashionistas like myself, these V-MODA headphones get an A+ for form, function and fashion. These can also be customized with engraved plates!

The V-MODA XS headphones are available on Amazon for an SRP of $212. Follow V-MODA on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Google +.

Sisley Paris…Oui Oui

Ah sweet Paris! There are so many things I love about that place, the romance, the beauty, the culture, and now the makeup and skincare. I was recently introduced to Sisley Paris, a newly opened boutique at The Shops at Crystals. I was familiar with the brand but never had the chance to experience it up close and personal until now. The ambiance of the store is delightful, delicate and chic. But what makes this brand unique is that it is a family-owned and operated and driven by strong values. The d’Ornano family invests years in research to uncover the best technological advances to use plants and essential oils in their beauty products. Essentially, their complete line of makeup has skincare benefits and what woman doesn’t want that?

Special thanks to the PR rep at Sisley who gave me a tour of the boutique and product samples to review! I can’t wait to indulge. To learn more about Sisley Paris, follow them on Facebook and Twitter and make sure to stop by the boutique next time you’re in Vegas.

Courtesy of Maria Pino
Courtesy of Maria Pino
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Sisley Paris Spa

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Straight Talk on Straight Teeth: The Beauty of a Perfect Smile with Invisalign

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I wasn’t one of the lucky ones born with naturally straight teeth. For an entire year and a half of my life, I tried to justify to myself that my braces fell into that “Things You Hate to Do but are Good For You” bucket. So for about 183 days of my life, I woke up every morning feeling uncomfortable. I felt my braces were too big for my mouth, I was becoming anti-social and I just wasn’t feeling like myself. Nevertheless, I pushed myself into thinking one day, this would all be worth it. And it sure was.

A couple of weeks ago I attended an Invisalign House Party hosted by Dr. Wirig and Rock Star Mom Blogger Stefanie Van Aken. The theme was “Straight Talk on Straight Teeth.” I learned so much more about Invisalign.  It’s an amazing alternative to braces and they even have Invisalign Teen which is available to teens and preteens. Invisalign Teen is just as effective as traditional wire and bracket braces and can correct the most common teeth straightening issues — from severe cases to more minor, cosmetic adjustments. Here’s a great infographic, Straight Talk: Smart Path to Straight Teeth – it outlines an easy path for Invisalign-inquiring parents. I know that if Invisalign was available back when I had braces, I would’ve spared myself the agony. Don’t get me wrong, some people love their braces and embrace them, I wasn’t one of those people. I would’ve preferred having a set of clear custom made aligners that would’ve allowed me to continue brushing and flossing my teeth as I normally would have.

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Ever since I had braces I’ve become obsessed with a perfect smile. Now, in my thirties, my teeth have shifted slightly and I’ve been thinking of getting Invisalign to get them back perfectly straight.  This was the perfect opportunity to learn more about the latest on Invisalign while having a discussion among other blogger friends. There’s a myth that Invisalign can only treat minor or cosmetic issues, when in fact Invisalign effectively treats a wide variety of orthodontic issues including severe bite issues. From underbite to crossbite, deepbite to overbite and overly crowded to widely spaced, advancements to Invisalign’s patented technology continues to increase the complexity of issues that can be treated. In addition, after learning that Invisalign recently upgraded to a more comfortable and more effective plastic material, I am more than ready to take the next step. To learn more about Invisalign, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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For a chance to win FREE Invisalign or Invisalign Teen treatment enter the Straight Talk Rafflecopter Sweepstakes below! Sweepstakes runs through September 30th, 2014.
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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.