Drybar Opens its Doors in Las Vegas!

I’m very particular when it comes to blow dry bars. Perhaps its because I’ve never really been wowed by any blowouts here in Las Vegas. The few times I visited some blow dry bars here I was always told that my hair was too heavy or too thick for a blow out. Maybe it was an excuse to quickly blow dry my hair and curl with an iron – not the same.

I finally saw and felt the difference at the opening of Drybar located inside the Miracle Mile Shops in Planet Hollywood. As soon as I stepped foot inside the 3,000 square foot space (their largest to date), I felt the vibe and energy provided by a live DJ and full bar.

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My stylist, Krista K. did a fabulous job with shampooing my hair and giving me the “Dirty Martini” blow out. While sipping my Cosmo, Krista told me I had perfect hair for a blowout. She used the award-winning Triple Sec 3-in-1, I loved it so much, I bought some to take home with me.

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The "Dirty Martini" Blowout
The “Dirty Martini” Blowout

I also had the pleasure to meet Drybar founder, Alli Webb whose creativity and vision was evident in every detail of the space. Her background as a professional hair stylist is what sets Drybar apart from the rest. Her vision is to focus on the one thing they do well – blowouts. She is a true inspiration for all females.

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I will definitely go back to Drybar to try out the other blowouts! For more information on Drybar follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

L’OCCITANE x The Gansevoort Team Up For the Ultimate Summer Getaway!

You must take a second from your Memorial Day Weekend shopping and BBQs for this!

Now until 5.31, enter to win a luxurious getaway in NYC sponsored by L’Occitane. One lucky winner, chosen the first week of June will receive round trip airfare for two, a two-night stay the Gansevoort hotel (one of my faves!) and a $500 L’Occitane shopping spree.

All you have to do is sign up at this link, entering your name and email address.

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Good luck! In the meantime, have a fun and safe Memorial Day Weekend 🙂

Throwback Thursday: My UK Beauty & Fashion Picks

It may be St. Patrick’s Day today, but I’ve got England on my mind. Anyone who really knows me, knows how much I love England. I feel a certain pull to the country’s history, culture and people. Perhaps I was British in a past life. In this life however, I only get to visit the UK once or twice a year. So when I visited in November, I made sure to check out the latest in British fashion and beauty.

My first stop was Selfridges. Deciding to skip the well-known American beauty brands, I came across one unfamiliar counter, Charlotte Tilbury. Although I was familiar with the name, I have never seen her actual line of beauty products, she only has a few counters in NYC, California, and a few other states but none in Vegas (yet). Charlotte Tilbury is a British celebrity make up artist who has worked with international beauties such as Kate Moss, Jennifer Lopez, Penelope Cruz and Rihanna. I had my makeup done by one of the Charlotte’s beauty reps who couldn’t stop talking about how she dreamt of visiting NYC when she found out where I was from. The grass is always greener, as they say.

Nevertheless, here are a few of my favorite beauty and fashion picks from across the pond.

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Claudie Pierlot
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Carvela

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Until next time England!

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!