Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Uncommon Goods for Mother's Day

What I Love About Mom from Me Book, $10

I know that in your hearts you all love your mom, but isn't it nice every now and then to actually tell her so? That is why card companies invented Mother's Day right? No but seriously the least we can do for our moms is take time out once a year to celebrate them.
If you're like me the holiday crept up on you and now you're stuck trying to find a thoughtful and unique gift that doesn't make it look like you shopped last-minute... even if you did. If only I'd known about Uncommon Goods sooner! I've seen cool items sold on this website but I never knew what an amazing source it was for gift giving. In fact, while I was perusing the site for a gift to spoil my mom with this Mother's Day I fell down the rabbit hole of all the other gifts I could buy from the site. I'll definitely being turning to Uncommon Goods for cool gifts for wedding season because I hate shopping off a registry and they have gifts to give when they finally put a ring on it and gifts to celebrate the first year of marriage or even the fiftieth! And once you've found something for mom you can be proactive and find a gift for dad for Father's Day!

When I dug a little deeper I realized Uncommon Goods also has cool ties to DC. The founder actually came up with the idea for the Uncommon Goods after visiting a craft show at the Smithsonian. It would be amazing to gift your mom something you picked out for her from a local artist at a cool craft show, but Mother's Day is this weekend and you need something NOW. Uncommon Goods has created an online marketplace to bring these artisans' to you, in case you can't casually stroll a craft show at the Smithsonian before Sunday.

My top gifts to spoil your mom are listed below but Uncommon Goods has a whole section of their website devoted to ideas for what to buy her so get shopping because guaranteed delivery in time for Mother's Day ends soon!
Baby Keepsake Library, $80

Bedside Smartphone Vase, $32

Eyeglass Holder Necklace, $65

My Family Cookbook, $35

My Life So Far, $30

Personalized Family Member Signpost, $125-200

Personalized Family Signpost Art, $75-125

Personalized Family & State Art, $55

Monday, April 10, 2017

Black Magic Woman

All photos courtesy of Vivi of Heart Print Style

I was recently in Las Vegas for work; I usually don't have much time to explore when I'm travelling on business, but I was able to get away for an hour and go see one of the current Instagram Wonders of the World... Seven Magic MountainsAn art installation smack dab in the middle of nowhere, and about 20 minutes south of the Las Vegas strip, this display of neon rocks was truly worth the trip! 

A collaboration between the Aria an MGM resort, the Nevada Museum of Art and Swiss artist Ugo Rodinone, the Seven Magic Mountains is seven 30-35 ft obelisks comprised of brightly painted local boulders. 

The location of the exhibit is significant as its quite close to Jean Dry Lake where artists Michael Heizer and Jean Tinguely created their own art installations in the seventies. This land certainly feels like hallowed ground. The amount of peace and quiet I felt, standing next to those towering rock formations with the Red Rock Canyons in the background, was unbelievable. 

The Las Vegas strip is intentionally over stimulating so being able to get away to see something so bright, yet so calming was a real treat. If you're in the Las Vegas area don't miss out on this cool art installation. The exhibit is on a limited two year run.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Clarins Spa at MGM

All photos: (Clyde Jones/Clarins USA)

I recently got invited to check out the Clarins branded spa at the new MGM resort and of course I RSVP'd ASAP. We all know I went to Paris in 2014 with a group of beauty bloggers and studied French beauty brands like Sisley and Le Labo. I mean, if you bring up anything beauty related I'm going to tell you this story, because at this point it's my beauty claim to fame. Ever since that trip if you tell me something (especially a beauty brand) is French you pretty much have me at bonjour. 

I was excited to learn about Clarins and its roots. The brand got its start as a beauty spa on rue Tronchet in Paris, so they know a thing or two about the spa business. And PS the Clarins Group also owns Mugler, whose Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear collection left me wanting every piece! Most people know the  Clarins brand as the first self tanner they ever tried and others for its fan favorite cellulite cream, which has been around since 1962!

We got information about the brand's foray into makeup. The great thing about Clarins, and most French cosmetics companies, is that their products are always skincare first, cosmetics second. So for example their lipsticks are not only pout-worthy but moisturizing. My favorite make up item was a 4-Colour All-in-One eye and lip liner pen that reminded me of the BIC 4 way ink pens from my childhood. BIC is also a French company...who knew! I've also been getting ALOT of compliments on my skin since using the Hydra Essentiel Hydration products I was gifted. They are great for providing a layer of defense between my skin and the changing climates of the wacky DC Winter weather. I'd love to test out their cooling gel against the of a DC summer. 

Later we got a full tour of the Spa at the MGM and I was so impressed by the facility; especially the men's lounge (definitely take your man/dad/bae for his birthday or father's day) which was thoughtfully designed to let a guy kick back and put his feet up.

I had such a great time and it was my first trip to the MGM resort. I can't wait to plan a spa day and staycation!