Downtown Summerlin’s IT Holiday Gifting Crawl

Downtown Summerlin, in collaboration with style guru and fashion blogger, Christie Moeller, hosted a group of us last Saturday for a holiday gifting crawl to experience some the retail goodness and deals for the holiday season!

We started off at Dillard’s to talk about one of my favorite brands from England, Jo Malone. Most people discover this brand the way I did, via a Jo Malone candle. Handmade in England, the candle-making process is a truly artisanal. They carefully choose from 400 different wicks. Their bath oils are to die for. A candle, a bath oil, a room spray…you cannot go wrong with Jo Malone products especially for holiday gifting this season.

Special thanks go out to them for gifting us the Nectarine Blossom & Honey Bath Oil, cannot wait to use it!

Our next stop was a tasting experience at Oil & Vinegar – a gourmet specialty retail concept from Norway. Once you step in this beautiful space, you feel like you’ve stepped into a shop somewhere in Europe. With a vast array of oils and vinegars to choose from, the options are endless. I need to back for their mustard which was absolutely delicious. Check out the beautiful array of holiday gift baskets for the foodie in your life.

We then walked over to Leather Couture by Jessica Galindo – all locally handcrafted leather pieces designed by Jessica herself. The aesthetic of the store is gorgeous, I couldn’t stop admiring the bags, bowties and leather scarves. If you’re looking for a unique and luxurious gift, you have to check out this space. Special thanks to Jessica for the custom leather luggage tag! Did you know you can also go in and work with Jessica one-on-one for a customized piece? I’m loving the silver leather right now…hmmm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was my first time at West Elm and since I’m in home renovation mode at the moment, I couldn’t help but get inspired by some of their gorgeous displays. We experienced a Terrarium workshop, also a first for me. It’s always good to learn something new. Thank you for the beautiful cactus! The key to maintaining the cactus alive – do not overwater. Noted.

Another brand I love is G Aveda Salon and Spa. It always smells so good in there! The gift of relaxation and healing makes for a great gift! Thank you for gifting us a mini-facial, I need to book my appointment soon.

We ended our Downtown Summerlin holiday gifting tour with a delicious lunch at California Pizza Kitchen. Wow, so much more than just pizza, they have salads and appetizers that captivated my palate. California Pizza kitchen gift cards are perfect stocking stuffers!

A big THANK YOU goes out to all the Downtown Summerlin retailers who were so generous to give us discounts and goodies – Trufusion, Lyndee at Victoria’s Secret, LG Gallery, JoeleeneSteve Madden, WindsorFrancesca’s, Crazy Pita, Maggiano’s, Nekter Juice Bar, Makers & Finders, Soma, Shake Shack, Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar, Vision by Amel, Build a Bear  Workshop, and Buy Buy Baby.

You can literally get all of your holiday shopping done at Downtown Summerlin! Follow them on IG @downtownsummerlin, on Facebook and on Twitter @DTSummerlin for the latest deals, holiday hours and events.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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.

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.

Neiman Marcus Hosts Fall Beauty & Fashion Blogger Brunch in Vegas!

Neiman Marcus welcomed us once again Saturday morning for a blogger brunch hosted by Christie Moeller to introduce us to some of my favorite brands’ fall beauty introductions. I got to sit down and learn more about this season’s hottest makeup colors and scents from my all time favorites such as Tom Ford, Fresh, Creed, Jo Malone and Kevyn Aucoin. I also got to meet some new bloggers, always great to meet like-minded females!

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The highlight of the morning for me was that Tom Ford’s Black Orchid is celebrating it’s 10 year anniversary! One of my favorite scents of all time is Black Orchid and in honor of this milestone, Tom Ford collaborated with Lalique for an ultra exclusive edition, watch my video for more details! Oh and by the way, Tom Ford is launching LIP FOILS at the end of this month!!

We also had some sneak peeks into Neiman Marcus’ top fall fashion too including activewear, Jimmy Choo and Stuart Weitzman!

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Thank you to Neiman Marcus and Christie Moeller, I’m all ready and set for fall!

CND® VINYLUX® Weekly Polish Partners Up with Ulta for Fashion Week Pop-Ups

I love beauty pop-ups! The concept is pretty genius because, if done correctly, pop-ups let you experience a brand in a fun, creative way! CND, the global leader in professional nail products and services did just that by teaming up with ULTA Beauty to bring CND® VINYLUX® Weekly Polish experience to life. 

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This CND® VINYLUX® Weekly Polish co-branded pop-up nail studio is making its way at select Fashion Week events in six key markets and they stopped in Vegas last week.

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CND® VINYLUX® Weekly Polish is fast-drying and delivers 7-day, chip-resistant wear and brilliant shine that lasts and no base coat is needed! Available at ULTA stores and ulta.com.

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And as part of this partnership, here’s an exclusive social media sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for two to New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2017 in February! Enter here and get all the deets. Good luck!

 

In the meantime, you can follow CND on Instagram & Twitter @cndworld and like CND on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CNDworldfan/.