Like many of you, my mind is in pre-New York Fashion Week mode. But prior to that, there are so many options that I have to think about and prep for. In a few days, I will be back in Tampa for my 3 appearances on HSN as Sebago's spokesperson. There are so many things that travel with me in terms of beauty and there are items that have to come along with me in my bag. Now many of these items are things that you can find in my bag everyday. To start with, I'm lusting after Lena Erziak's amaze grey Brad bag! I love that it has that great zipper detailing in the front with a large tassel. This would definitely be something that I would rock running in the city while also heading to JFK.
In my bag are some of my obsessions. I am a HUGE fan of Dior products (even prior to hosting an event at Bloomingdale's in conjunction with Dior Beauty) so my lashes are always primed with Dior Show Maximizer which goes on white and then dries. Then, I apply Dior Show Mascara as I love making them look larger than life. Recently, I fell in love with Anastasia Hydrafull Gloss (especially in Moi). The biggest thing that attracts me to the gloss in addition to the color is the applicator which is not a brush but a stick - I have even used it at shoots. Laura Geller's Baked Glow has been one of the things that I have loved for years and I have a few of her eyeshadows as well. So the idea of having it as a body frosting for those subtle hints of flair - amazing. Finally, it's always a good idea to ensure that you're shine free, I am a huge fan of Boscia's Green Tea Blotting Linens which are super slim! This is the perfect way to navigate any city and to have your beauty booty traveling with you at all times.
This time last week, I was prepping for my first trip to Mexico and the infamous collegiate spot - Cancun! I was super excited and I have to say that my expectations were met! I stayed at the Royal Holiday courtesy of their company. It's an amazing time share company with a network of a fluxuating 180+ properties throughout the world. With options that include regular hotels in NYC, cruise lines and more - the options are endless. This trip is best explained in images so I took video of the hotel, my day at Xcaret which is an eco-themed resort that I would imagine would be phenom for families and those into ecological systems (it's no joke there they hold your SPF and you can buy an eco version so you don't harm the animals). I like the raft experience although it was a bit strange to not have rails but I just sat closer to the inside! We experienced various foods and of course I have a wrap up video!
It was great meeting with other bloggers and I loved that Aly Walansky of She Knows.com was with me! Avid readers know that Aly is one of my girls who I see at events, we hang out, etc so when it came to us being on the trip it was a no brainer that we were going to have fun! From the time we left JFK to the time we got back, we kept each other laughing even when we got a wee bit tired or when we were on the quest to have the most powerful WiFi that we could to get items done so check out her experiences as well. As we got lost in one of the caves together (the whole group did) and I do believe we encountered a bat or two but I can say we saw a monkey walking around in the park. But it was a fun trip and a great escape from our stiletto filled concrete jungle!
I was never a Laguna Beach fan EVER but somehow when Lauren moved on to The Hills, I took the ride with her! We can all talk about the scripting but it's a fun show that definitely resonates with a lot of us when it comes to our friends, frenemies and whatever else travels within our circles. Season after season I enjoyed seeing her style and how it evolved. When she launched her first line, I was skeptical - at this point who hasn't tried bringing out a line? But when I covered Fashion Week in Sept 2008, I wore her line exclusively on and off camera! Her line had a great sense of style and fun! There are dresses that I still pack with me when I head to South Beach, Las Vegas, etc. Although I was sad to see her end the line, I knew that she would reintroduce her fashionable sensibilities whether it was a future collaboration or a new direction of the line.
As I read LA Candy this summer on a plane heading to Chicago (yes, I read the entire book on one flight simply because we spent three hours on the ground at JFK), I learned from a friend that she would have an affordable line, LC Lauren Conrad (once again this is yet another direction that many people are turning too) and if the above is any indication, this is yet another great line that has her written all over it. I love great basics that can travel with you and yet you can mix it in with various styles and price points. If you love layering and bringing a sense of California style to wherever you're heading, this line is for you. She definitely gets it and understand how people want to look and this way of dressing is conducive to various body types, heights etc. I am a full believer in a style that comes off as effortless and yet, you look you have had a stylist assist you in striking the right balance. I know this is something that I teach my clients and love seeing it represented here. Available at Kohl's and their .com, you'll have no problem finding items that will find themselves in your shopping bag or cart!
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