Monday, July 14, 2014

11 Things I Love For Summer

  1. Bumble and Bumble Color Minded Styling Balm. The only styling product that helps me straighten my hair post beach. Apply to wet hair and dry. $28 SHOP NOW >
  2. James Perse tank tops — the cotton is beyond soft and perfect post-beach.
  3. The Superfood Smoothies cookbook by Julie Morris.
  4. My new necklace from Marmol Radziner — by the LA design/build architecture firm Marmol Radziner — jewelry made out of industrial remnants.
  5. New shades of the Caviar Stick by Laura Mercier in Moonlight & Copper. Perfect shimmery summer colors that stay on and don't smudge, even on the most humid evenings. $26 SHOP NOW >
  6. GuS sparkling drinks (non-alcoholic, of course). My daughters and I tried them at Dean & DeLuca on Madison Avenue and fell in love with the Star Ruby Grapefruit and Dry Valencia Orange.
  7. Acqua di Parma Colonia — My longtime summer standby. This light, uplifting citrus bergamot, sweet orange and rose takes you straight to the shores of Capri. $96 SHOP NOW >
  8. NARS Multiple in South Beach mixed with NARS Multiple in Orgasm — the perfect sunkissed look for evening. $39 SHOP NOW >
  9. M-61 New Hydraboost Cream — I like to slather this on after too much sun — soothing and hydrating with healing papaya! $84 SHOP NOW >
  10. Making super smoothies with Navitas Naturals goldenberries and acai berries — also in some of the new M-61 products coming out. (JetGlow Serum and Cream and new products this fall!)
  11. My new grilling cookbook — The Japanese Grill, by Tadashi Ono & Harris Salat. My kids and husband LOVE japanese food and this brings new life to old grilling standbys.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Chanel: Navy and Nude

Could Chanel early fall colors be any more in my sweet spot? The nail polishes are my fall favorites, navy (Orage) for toes and nude pink (Secret) or the ethereal metallic hologram (Atmosphere) for fingernails. A gorgeous ballet pink blush (Innocence) and a soft pink lip gloss (Rose Rêve). And then the perfect style Eyeliner Pen in Noir. 

Timeless classics from Chanel, of course...

Monday, June 9, 2014

Quick Bluemercury Haul

Ran into Bluemercury Bethesda because I was short on sunscreen for the upcoming soccer weekend. I grabbed two family favorites – Hampton Sun SPF 55 Continuous Mist Sunscreen for the arms and legs, and SkinCeuticals Sport UV Defense SPF 50 for face, shoulders, and back of hands.

I also couldn't resist the Molton Brown Caju & Lime Body Wash – a limited edition celebratory shower gel for the World Cup in Brazil. The uplifting citrus lime scent makes me want to run out and score a goal!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Favorite Summertime Cheeks – Bronzers and a Blush

  1. NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna – perfect for the sunkissed look, a hint of glimmer 
  2. Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Medium – more of a matte go-to, great for work days
  3. Laura Mercier  Second Skin Cheek Colour in Lotus Pink – I just pop this on top of a bronzer
  4. NARS Multiple in South Beach or Orgasm – South beach is a bronzey-mauve, Orgasm peachy for more fun!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Loving Right Now...

  1. Fresh Rose Cleansing Foam and Rose Hydrating Gel Cream – a light and airy cleanser paired with a gel formula hydrating cream with a sophisticated rose scent.
  2. REN’s new Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser ($28) – A rich cream cleanser with a hint of rose – comes with an exfoliating cloth.
  3. REN Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil – not new, but look closely at the bottle – they personalized my very own.  Great to toss into the bath or directly on legs for sleek summer hydration perfection.
  4. Natura Bisse's New Diamond White Matte Finish Sun Protection – great anti-aging light SPF 50 for face.
  5. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance ($33) – For the to-die-for sunkissed look. Great alone on natural skin or as a cheek bronzer over your tinted moistuzier. ONE OF MY TOP SPRING PICKS!
  6. Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Cheek Mélange – For the pinky/sunkissed look. Swipe brush over entire palette and then onto cheeks. (coming late summer!)
  7. NARS' new formula Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow – extremely long wear, these are my 3 favorite colors! Left to right: Dione, Callisto, Himalia. (we'll have these just in time for fall!)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

New & Notable Fragrance: Leather and Blossoms

It doesn’t get much better than this. Two gorgeous launches for Spring.  Acqua di Parma Colonia Leather – the perfect father’s day gift or at least quick-pick-me-up for your favorite man. A blend of Acqua di Parma’s classic fragrance spiked with rich luscious leather – I have never seen anything like it! And who can resist Jo Malone’s new creation – Silk Blossom – fruity with a hint of apricot, floral heliotrope and a smidgen of green moss – the perfect spring evening, bare arms fragrance. Both are genius!
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Seattle, Bluemercury, Starbucks and pastels!

Last week we celebrated the grand opening of Bluemercury Seattle, a city that has been on our short list for years. 

Barry and I have visited Seattle a lot in the past few years — partly to scope out locations for the shop (we found the perfect one at University Village), but also because Seattle has a great energy about it. The energy there brings me back to my roots as a scrappy, passionate entrepreneur when I had ONE IDEA, which somehow grew into ONE STORE (on M Street in Georgetown), much like the first Starbucks at Pike Place Market.

The reason I'm drawn to Starbucks is simple: they started as a local neighborhood store where they know your name, your drink (mine’s a double tall skim no-whip mocha!), and understand you as a customer. They continue to be the neighborhood go-to for specialty coffee, with a personal level of service and a consistently exceptional product, even as they have grown from Pike Place Market to ubiquitously global.

In Seattle we also met some amazing people, Beauty Junkies all. The women of Seattle are embracing spring's fashion trends. Pastels everywhere! On their nails, lavenders on their eyes, very chic all around. Some of my favorites this spring: Laura Mercier’s Limited Edition Baked Eye Colour Quad in Rendezvous in Monte Carlo, Bobbi Brown’s gorgeous Lip Colors in Shimmer Finish and Bobbi's new Limited Edition Nail Polish in Golden Beige from the Raw Sugar Collection.

Thank you, Seattle, for your warm welcome and your ongoing inspiration! You walked through our doors and immediately proclaimed Bluemercury home. We are so excited to be in your neighborhood.