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!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Velvet Slipdress

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!

dress | boots | choker

I'm totally loving the fact that the 90's are back. Sadly I didn't keep any of my clothes from that time, but luckily all of the stores are selling pieces to help you achieve the look. This dress from Whistle & Wild is under $50 and the lace choker is less than $15 and goes with so many looks! Have you tried the 90's look? Are you as obsessed with velvet as I am? Leave a comment below.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Office Party Outfit

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!

Get the look...

blazer | necklace | tee | pants | shoes

photos byRosa Loves DC

Are you ready for the holidays? Do you know what you're wearing to the office Christmas party? It's such a fine line, especially if your event starts right after work. No one wants to be in the bathroom changing, so I'd go for something festive and fun but professional that you can wear all day. My company is going to the Kennedy Center for a sit down dinner and a show (we are seeing Wicked) so I picked this velvet blazer from Madewell and these sequin slacks I got a few years ago from Loft. Paired with a sheer wool long sleeve tee from & Other Stories (coming soon to Georgetown) and this squash blossom necklace I got from Whistle and Wild.

From the waist down I look like I'm dressed for a regular work day, so sitting at my desk or in meetings I'm not distracting people with my sequin pants, but while i'm making my rounds at the office party I'll be making a statement with my holiday look. What are you wearing to the company Christmas party?