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New / Maple Holistics, RTR, Rimmel

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Wow. January has been rough. First, with being sick and then working 12 days in a row, I feel like I haven't had time to think, and I have not left the house much the last few weeks. Because I've been too tired to even think about shopping, I've mostly been using and wearing things that I already have, which is again one of my goals for this year. I'll probably do another post about my goals for this year (late to that party, I know), but this one has honestly been one of my goals year after year, and sometimes I do well with it, and sometimes I don't. Midway through January, I have not bought any clothes this year. Hurrah! Baby steps you know...

On to the new things I'm using right now:

Maple Holistics Argan Shampoo 

The kind people at Maple Holistics had previously sent me some of their Tea Tree Oil Shampoo, which I loved and reviewed on The Bespoke Stylist. Since I liked it so much, they offered to send me some of their Argan Shampoo to try as well, and I enjoyed this one even more. 

Maple Holistics has some great samples just for you that you can choose here, and they also have an informative blog. I've been using a dermaroller for the last year to try to reduce the appearance of my scars, so I was pleasantly surprised to see a post about dermarolling on their blog. This post is a comprehensive article about not only the benefits but also the side effects such as irritation and how long it could reasonably take to see results and it answers the question that I always get from people, "Does it hurt?" FYI - it doesn't.


Kenneth Jay Lane Boxchain Bracelet

Okay, I've had this bracelet sitting in a box for a while without wearing, so long, in fact, it's not available any longer. When I finally put it on, I immediately loved it primarily because of its long, loose length and sturdy box chain.

Hutch Coat

Part of my strategy to cut down on buying new clothes has been using Le Tote and Rent the Runway Unlimited memberships. I kept my last RTR shipment for longer than I usually do to try to get as much value out of my membership as possible because I did not want to give back this coat. I chose it on a whim never expecting to like the pattern as much as I do. I loved wearing this and got more compliments than I have on any piece in a long time.


Rimmel ScandalEyes Show Off Mascara

Not all new things are all good. I just can't get used to the round ball tip of the applicator on this mascara, and I've found the formula slightly dry. It does plump my lashes, but I prefer lengthening formulas. 


Bath & Body Works Cinnamon Caramel Swirl

Go ahead and call me basic, but my favorite candles are all the sweet ones. The hint of cinnamon in this Bath & Body Works candle keeps it from being too over the top. I burned through this one quickly next to my desk during my work marathon. 



RoC Retinol Correxion Max

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Thank you to RoC for sending me the Retinol Correxion Max to review. I fell in love with this product and also appreciate the #ForYourAge campaign they've been running. If you've ever been offered a compliment followed by "for your age," I'd love if you would leave a comment with your views on it. Should we just accept them without reading too much into it or feel somewhat slighted that it's sort of backward?



Simple / Tory Burch


Sweater: via LeTote
Espadrilles: Tory Burch
Bandana: J Crew
Sunglasses: Prada
Jeans: J Crew
Bracelet: Gorjana Shimmer Bar Bracelet


Life is never boring around here. Like everyone else's, mine has been somewhat chaotic and overwhelming lately. I mentioned here that I had to take one final business trip this year. I returned from Texas the Friday before Thanksgiving. We had decided to stay home and have a quiet holiday because we had been down to L.A. for a college tour the week before I went to Texas, and we didn't want to be on the road again.


The holiday was nice and quiet, but then things got totally crazy. On Saturday I started feeling bad and realized I had a kidney stone. As I was dealing with that, a few days later D started complaining of pain in his mid-back.


As this was going on with our health, we had ordered a new Lexus at the end of the summer, and we were dealing with some confusion getting it shipped to our local dealer. This was just an annoyance on top of everything else going on, but Lexus of Henderson was amazing facilitating finishing the transaction and getting our car to us.


D's "back" pain became excruciating. I insisted we go to the ER and good thing. His back pain turned out to be a pulmonary embolism. He's home recovering now, and he's decided to start blogging (!), so you can read a more detailed tale of the event (and a more engaging one, too) here. He has to make some diet and exercise changes as well as being on blood thinners for awhile, but he's doing very much better. 

All of this, coupled with some less than smooth transactions in our business lately has left us spent. This outfit sums up how I'm committed to ending the year: simple, which I'm contemplating using as my word to focus on in 2018. These Tory Burch wedges saw me through the final days of warm weather. 

How are you doing? Was 2017 a crazy year for you too? Do you choose a word to focus on every year or do you make New Year's resolutions? 




Favorites / Neiman Marcus Las Vegas Holiday Blogger Brunch



Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Neiman Marcus Las Vegas Annual Beauty Bloggers Brunch at the Fashion Show Mall. First of all, what an amazing space on a beautiful November morning overlooking the strip with not a cloud in the sky.


 We were first tempted by an amazing array of goodies including a cocktail of blood orange vodka and Champagne


Cronuts


Hash brown cupcakes


And chicken and waffle bites as well as several delicate finger sandwiches. The food was amazing and so gorgeously displayed by the chef. I highly recommend a meal there if you are shopping at the mall.


The team had set up two large tables displaying several of the gift items currently available for the holidays at Neiman Marcus including S’well bottles with Swarovski crystal lids and clutches from Bari Lynn


Their theme this year is Crazy Good Cheer, and you can see that carried through a variety of the packaging including the Popcorn tin and the S’Mores Set. An added bonus, when you shop from this collection, 10% of the proceeds are donated to benefit youth arts education.


I’m obsessed with both the Cookie Cannisters and the high heel cookies, so I think I’ve found all my hostess gifts for the season.


And what better way to justify eating candy then to indulge in “Green Juice” Gummy Bears from Pressed Juicery.


My lucky tablemate, Ching from inandoutofvegas.com, was the winner of this amazing and huge gift bag. 


Also on hand at the event was a representative from John Hardy and the actual gem sourcer. She gifted me with a raw amethyst, which is a symbol of royalty, intellect and wit and presented the story behind the design of this hand hammered silver clutch and a one of a kind necklace as well as the use of the water dragon throughout the current collection. 


A perfect gift this year would be something from Atelier Cologne gifted in a personalized leather sleeve for the silver flask. I’m currently using the Vanilla scent, which I picked up in France last year, but after the brunch, I’m finding myself very partial to the Santal Carmin. Atelier Cologne’s fragrances are uni-sex, so they make the perfect gift for anyone on your list.


An artist from Laura Mercier presented the Infusion de Rose Nourishing Collection to us. This oil - there are no words - I want to bathe in it. This is a limited edition set, so you might want to grab this one quickly.


A rep from Oribe presented by the Gold Lust Dry Shampoo and the Dry Texturing Spray. I mentioned in my empties post that I’m on the hunt for my next go-to dry shampoo, and Oribe has these packaged together for a holiday gift, so I may spoil myself.


I was so excited about the Patchology Poshpeel that I previewed it on Instagram here. This is a dream come true product for me right now as I’ve been suffering with dry heels for so so long. 


Number One item on my Christmas list is the Nuface Infinite Glow set. For the same price the device regularly sells for, this set includes the device and four complementary products that enhance results. If you have never heard of the Nuface device, it’s a micro current unit that improves facial contour, skin tone and reduces wrinkles for the jawline, cheeks and forehead. I don’t know about you, but whatever I can do for my jawline, I’m all for it.


I included the Tom Ford Boys & Girls Collection on this post at The Bespoke Stylist, but I also had the chance to try some Giorgio Armani skincare at the event. I can’t remember ever using it before, but I now have the Skin Defense Primer on my must try list.


My last stop was the Jo Malone presentation, and I was not disappointed. In addition to the cutest, most colorful gift boxes this year, for a limited time they have Orange Bitters Cologne, which is the scent I left wearing. I don’t usually enjoy citrus scents, but this is so warm and woodsy, it made me feel like I was wearing Christmas.


Thank you again to Neiman Marcus Las Vegas for hosting the brunch and for providing sampling of so many wonderful brands. If you have any questions about items you may see in the background that I didn’t specifically mention, please let me know in the comments.





Shuffle / Pink



Top: TY-LR
Pants: Ann Taylor
Sandals: Old but these Topshop pumps are on my wishlist







Immediately after the reminder that I was going back to my comfort zone, this outfit happens. I did say that pink was going to be one of the colors left in the closet after I did my purge.

The cut of this TY-LR blouse is very flattering with a wide, clearly defined waist and lots of billowy pleating across the chest. I do find it runs a little large though, so you might consider sizing down.

I’ve had these Ann Taylor pants quite a while now, and they are holding up quite well. I am finding that I’m getting a little tired of the ankle length though. And of course it seems like every pair of pants I’ve kept in the wardrobe has an ankle length…

But hey, look at me back in heels. I’m extremely happy my ankle seems to be better although I wore a pair of wedges to the annual Neiman Marcus Las Vegas Beauty Blogger Brunch this weekend (pictures coming soon!) and felt a few twinges. I'll have some of the best products I saw for the holidays up in the next week or so.

I’ve completely converted to gel manicures. You might have seen my Instagram post here of my little owl for Halloween from Nohea Nails, my favorite salon in Vegas. I’ll be including them in my next favorites post. But here I’ve layered a pale pink Dior polish over my gel because I wanted a change in color halfway through. This makes the non-gel polish last longer for me then it would on its own because it has such a strong base. And since gel is basically impenetrable, I’ve even gotten away with removing one non-gel color and polishing with a second. 


I’m off on a business trip for the rest of the week, so I won’t be getting another post out this week. How is next week Thanksgiving? Have a great week everyone!



Empties / Lush, Murad, NYX



It’s time for more empties. I’ve been falling down on the job again.

Skincare


I’ve had the Murad Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence in my favorites for awhile now as seen here, and I will be repurchasing soon. As I’ve said before, this is worth every penny, and I credit it with changing my skin texture dramatically over the last year. You use a sparing amount once a day, so it lasts quite a while. 

Lifestyle


Sugar Blossom was my favorite candle all summer. I don’t enjoy floral scents in candles so was hesitant to even pick this one up in Target, but A did and told me that I would probably like it. It’s more of a sweet scent than floral, so the rest was history, but this is probably the best soy candle I’ve ever burned.

Makeup


A decent concealer, it becomes even better when you consider the price point. This NYX concealer has a wide range of colors and covers well without very much creasing or falling into wrinkles. I have to remember to repurchase this one as well.

Body


I waited until mid-year to use my Santa’s Belly because I didn’t want to be too long without it being available again. I’m not overly attached to Lush’s shower jellies, but I love the anise and fruit scent of this one. Luckily it’s already back in stock for this year, so I’ll be buying more than one to make them stretch.

Hair


I was crushed to recently find out that my beloved Oscar Blandi dry shampoo is no longer available, so I’m rolling through all the usual suspects looking for my new go-to replacement. So far, this Klorane is at the top of my list because I can live with the scent and it does the job with absorbing oil. Not a glowing review, but until I find something better, this is it. 

Altogether not a bad bunch with lots of repurchases. What did you use up last month?

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