This weekend, I attended the Nordstrom Spring 2015 Beauty Trend Show at the Nordstrom in Tysons Corner Center. After being warmly greeted upon arrival, I was shown upstairs to the breakfast spread and runway where the fashion show was about to take place. The three “scenes” featured different makeup trends paired with fresh ensembles from the racks. I watched as models floated down the runway showcasing “New Neutrals”, “The Right Bright Lip”, and “Sculpting Made Simple”. Between scenes the emcee, Loredana Grama, Nordstrom Beauty Director, introduced guest speakers from all of the major brands to showcase new products and share tips and tricks for looking your best this season. One of my favorite looks was featured during “Sculpting Made Simple”. The Guerlain model showed off one of their new products in a blue ombre floral print wrap sheath by Milly. Following the same scene, the Clinique representative showed the audience how to contour using a “C” shape. “The Right Bright Lip” featured luscious lips by Lancome, Dior, Estee Lauder, and Nars. The audience was encouraged to “take your favorite fruit and go with it”. Between scenes, the audience was treated to giveaways from Butter London, Clinique, Tom Ford, and many more!
Most importantly, I came home with a swag bag containing samples of some of the latest fragrances and products featured in the show.
If you’re interested in attending the next Beauty Trend Show at Nordstrom, make sure to drop by one of their beauty counters in early fall to inquire about local dates as the show takes place twice each year. You may purchase a ticket in advance for $20, which includes a $20 Nordstrom gift card. My lesson learned is to get there early – some moms and daughters had been camping out since 5:30am to snag a front row seat!
I’ve seen Ann Taylor go through ups and downs over the years as a work wardrobe staple, but am drawn to the pretty pastels and on-trend details of the new spring collection. Laser cut details, lace inlays, and gemstone inspired baubles make these pieces a hit in my book. I’m also always looking for great pieces than can transition from work to play since, if i’m honest with myself, I spend most of my time in work clothes so they are the more worthwhile investment for me. Would you sport any of these chic spring styles?
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I rarely wear red (since it brings out the naturally red tones in my hair), but thought this red and green look was the perfect nod to Cinco de Mayo. Since the holiday falls on a Tuesday this year, I paired this festive silk blouse with a pencil skirt for my classic office outfit. I’ve found that a closet full of silk blouses and pencil skirts makes for an easy mix and match work wardrobe that always looks polished and appropriate. When wearing a sleeveless blouse to the office, I make sure to top it off with a cardigan or blazer. Mexican fare is always popular in my house, so we get excited over any excuse to whip up some guacamole and break out the chips and salsa! Rather than heading out to happy hour, why not throw your own Cinco de Mayo celebration? Personally, I like this Alton Brown guacamole recipe from The Food Network, but doctor it up with a bit of extra tomato.
3 Haas avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
1 lime, juiced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 medium onion, diced
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced
In a large bowl place the scooped avocado pulp and lime juice, toss to coat. Drain, and reserve the lime juice, after all of the avocados have been coated. Using a potato masher add the salt, cumin, and cayenne and mash. Then, fold in the onions, jalapeno, tomatoes, cilantro, and garlic. Add 1 tablespoon of the reserved lime juice. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour and then serve.
Mix up a pitcher of margaritas, and let the fiesta begin!
Maybe it’s the anticipation of the arrival of the new royal baby, my mom and sister’s upcoming trip to London, or the new episode of The Royals airing tonight, but I couldn’t resist this picturesque skirt of the London skyline at night. When studying abroad, I spent a week in London soaking up as much as I could from theatre to touring the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Westminster Abbey, and anywhere else that might be considered Royal stomping grounds. I even did some shopping on High Street! All of this reminiscing is making me think it might be time to start planning my next vacation. Where are your travels taking you this summer?
Skirt: Chicwish / Clutch: Elaine Turner from Bishop Boutique
Photos courtesy of Ted Fyock Jr.
Even though the cherry blossoms have bloomed, the weather in the DC area is still waffling between the warm and sunny spring days we’ve all been looking forward to and those when there is still a bit of a chill in the air. For a simple, chic springtime ensemble for those chilly days, I like to pull on a pair of white jeans with a lightweight pastel hued sweater. I love this look since it’s bright and cheery enough for spring, but still warm enough to keep you comfortable to head out for a stroll sans jacket. We often enjoy stopping by Buzz Bakery or Slater’s Market for a little afternoon pick-me-up. Buzz has all sorts of flavored lattes and other goodies like maple bourbon glazed bacon donuts and gluten free vanilla bean scones while Slater’s Market is the closest stop for gelato. What’s your favorite way to enjoy a weekend afternoon?
Sweater: Ted Baker (no longer available) / Jeans: J. Crew / Pumps: Louise et Cie / Watch: Henri Bendel / Ring: David Yurman
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Since moving to Alexandria, we had been wanting to make it over to local restaurant and watering hole, Brabo. Everyone buzzed about their amazing upscale happy hour specials, most notably the mussels, frites, and glass of wine for a mere “Jackson”. Making it anywhere by 6:30 on weeknight is a rare occurrence, so my birthday was the perfect opportunity since I had taken the day off work to have a “me” day. Ted (bless his heart) had made reservations at the new restaurant that opened on the ground floor of my office building, but I couldn’t bare the thought of trekking to the office on my day off! It was the first time I’ve ever taken a vacation day to just do nothing, and it was amazing. I woke up without an alarm, had a leisurely breakfast, enjoyed my coffee while reading my favorite blogs, and made it over to Solidcore, a new boutique fitness studio in my neighborhood, for my first class. The instructor and former ballerina, Alexandra Perrin, sure knows how to kick booty on the megaformer! I was sore for days, but have already been back for another class. I spent the rest of the afternoon testing out some of those beauty product samples we’ve all been saving for a rainy day, stopping by my favorite stores, and re-organizing my closet for spring. If you’ve never taken a day-off just to have a “me” day, I highly recommend trying it! Jacket (C. Wonder, no longer available), Blouse (J. Crew, no longer available), Necklace, Ring from Rocksbox (use code kristenbff188 for a free month), Shoes by Butter from The Shoe Hive
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May the luck o’ the Irish be with you.
All jewelry from Rocksbox.