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There’s nothing I love more than beauty products and Neiman Marcus is the ultimate candy store for those seeking the most innovative new serums and shades on the scene. At this brilliant event, which was the brainchild of Julie Malizia, national makeup artists and representatives from brands such as La Prairie, Trish McEvoy, Chanel, Jo Malone, Dior, Amore Pacific, Laura Mercier and many others came out to lavish customers with free samples and ebauty swag. Chanel makeup artist genius Jeff Swiatek was on deck making models and ordinary women gorgeous in the latest Chanel hues. The great thing about makeup is unlike coloring your hair or even getting a gel manicure, you can immediately change your look from day to night. I love being a color chameleon.
Nail art has been hot for the past three seasons. But heading to the nail salon every other week can get costly and time consuming. Revlon’s Nail Art collection is a brilliant, easy to apply double-sided bottle. The polish dries lightning quick and you get to play. It’s liberating like drawing on the table cloth at the Macaroni Grill. At just $7, it’s a style steal and it inspires you to finger paint in a new, clever way.
The economy is not good. I have a hard time justifying spending more than a few dollars on soap these days, but I cannot stop thinking about Molton Brown’s Blissful Templetree Moisture Bath & Shower. Every once in a while, even if it’s only once a year, I feel like you’ve got to treat yourself to something luxurious for your skin. I got a half price bottle of this when Douglas was going out of business in Coconut Creek but the shower gel typically costs $30 a bottle. Molton Brown is really never on sale. This was a special circumstance. I immediately relished in the frangipani fragrance mixed with patchouli, jasmine and perfume oil. It’s an exotic scent. I define it as Eat Pray Love in a bottle. It’s a trip around the world for your senses. I’ve been looking for this scent in stores for a while but haven’t had any luck. I’m thrilled to see it again on Moltonbrown.com.
I grew up eating at Kenny Roger’s Roasters, a chicken restaurant in Boca. They used the slogan “It’s the wood that makes it good.” It’s long gone in Boca, but I hear the country legend’s chicken chain is a big deal in Asia these days and thriving. I’ve been reminiscing a lot lately about the ’80s and early ’90s. Seeing this super sweet log pillow on Fredflare.com makes me long for my childhood days of sleeping like a log and playing on the tree-filled playground at Verde Elementary school. It also reminded me of one of my favorite sales pitches for a fictional toy on “Ren & Stimpy.”
Behind every great bride is an even greater army of stylists and makeup artists. I was blessed to have some very special people primping me for my nuptials. I spent the night watching DVR’d episodes of “Modern Family” with my aunt, uncle and cousins in the living room of their home, which is my happy place. And then I conked out in my Godson Nick’s room later beside the tranqulity of a fish tank. I awoke to my iPhone alarm and a signature breakfast my uncle Raul prepared. He is a wrap star. Almost every food he prepares, he makes into a delicious wrap. Then, it was time for the delicious coffee my aunt Maryann whipped up with Almond Joy creamer to bring me added joy on my happy day. (It did)!
I ate my breakfast wrap beside a photo of our pal Angela who booked my honeymoon cruise. She was not able to come to the wedding, but her husband and this photo of her did.
Then, it was off to Aveda Salon Pyure to get my hair done by the bubbly and magnificent Leah Ashley. She is an up-do specialist and all around pretty darn fabulous person. She doesn’t follow the trends–she starts them.
The awesomely talented Gina Tyrie did the blowout and later did my granny’s hair. Granny made her glue crystals into her hair for a blinged out effect. It was signature sparkle for my gran. My sister-in-law and Bridesmaid Dr. Angela Gonzalez surprised me with a cup of Starbucks! (she knows me so well:)
I LOVED my hair and it stayed in all night. Mission accomplished Gina and Leah! (I’ll be hi-fiving you in my heart 4-ever)!
Then it was off to see Chanel makeup artist extraordinaire Jeff Swiatek at Neiman Marcus in Boca Raton. He is a Britto with makeup brushes. He adds color to your look and enhances your natural features. This is an art and a true gift. I was treated to what every bride should eat before they say “I do.”
Champagne, Neiman’s chocolate chip cookies and chicken nuggets! Yum-o-m-G.
Voila…Jeff’s finished masterpiece = one happy bride!
Thank you to EVERYONE who helped make the 24 hours before my big day and the very minutes leading up to walking down the aisle so memorable and cherished. I heart you all! xo (below, this is me and the hubby in the limo leaving St. Jude Catholic Church in Boca Raton…spending our first minutes alone together as husband and wife)!
Ok, so I’m obsessed with the TV show “Girls.” I think Lena Dunham is a complete genius and I haven’t been this inspired by a TV show since “Sex And The City” debuted. Deborah Lippmann, a nail polish wizard who is always 10 steps ahead of the trends, has created a line of “Girls”-inspired nail lacquers. Each polish is named after each main character on Girls and comes in a set of four which costs $45 on HBO’s website. Hannah, Marnie, Shosh and Jessa are immortalized forever in these pretty little polishes.
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