Fashion, Food

The Great Give at Forum Shops

There are two ways straight to my heart, giving while shopping and Centurions ushering you to lunch.  At this event we had both!

Our first stop was Anne Fontaine | Anne Fontaine Foundation
Her classic and sleek cotton button ups cannot be denied!  Add one of her signature collars to any blouse and you will be the belle of the ball.


They presented us with these beautiful reusable bags that fold into themselves.  It is made out of plastic bottles, and they plant 5 trees in honor of every purchase!

Next stop was just a few stores over, off to Donald J Pliner | American Cancer Society
Always ahead of the curve with footwear, fashionable yet comfortable.  Known for their eclectic style and philanthropic spirit.  A percentage of every purchase made from now till the 12th will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
We were greeted warmly with DJ Joy and lots of sips and sweets!  Then the store manager Sarah gifted us with SHOES, their Furfi to be exact, we were are all giddy!

We made our way over to Mulberry | Public Education Foundation
The store manager shared some of the upcoming spring trends in dreamy colors like lilac and Persian green.  Again, a percentage of their sales would be going to the Public Education Foundation!
He also shared a little tip that I love, you can purchase a fun shoulder strap to bring any Mulberry bag current and on top the trends.  he had a few with beautiful beading, or candy colored links…..what a great idea!

On to Pandora |Opportunity Village
The Manager was so sweet and really took the time to explain their new holiday charms and ornaments as well as the basics of getting started on your own Pandora journey!  The Rockettes was a major theme which I loved and a portion of their sales will be going to a charity close to my heart:  Opportunity Village.


From there we stepped into Mont Blanc | St. Jude
It was a super unique experience in this store for me.  I guess I just always equated it to masculine and gifting for men.  But it is so much more!  We learned that Mont Blanc was the inventor of the first pen with a self filling system that you could take with you and not be tied to your desk writing with a fountain pen!  Wow!  They also came out with a technology that will take your written word and upload it to the technology of your choice.  An ace for those who have to take notes in meetings, etc.  They are also gearing more things towards women with a beautiful Marilyn collection based on the stiletto heel of a Ferragamo shoe, Marilyn’s favorite!  A percentage of their proceeds will be going to St. Jude.  They had a volunteer on hand to share with us how much St. Jude’s does, it was really heart warming.

Then it was time for LUNCH!  Onwards to The Palm | The Unshakeable

We were ushered into our private dining room by Centurions who offered us gift bags!

Then the Manager of the restaurant greeted us and told us a little bit about the the charity and the way they will raise funds.  They will ask their patrons if they would like to “round up” their bill, then the change will go to the fund.  At the end of this event they will add up the donation and The Palm’s home office will match it.  What a great idea for a great cause!

We had a beautiful Prix Fixe menu to choose from that took all of our sensitivities into account.  We really enjoyed ourselves!

Thank you so much Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and Christie Moeller for hosting this outstanding event!

Beauty, Fashion

A Bloggers Holiday at Nordstrom

We arrived as a group to the newly remodeled Nordstrom at Fashion Show Mall, we were quickly ushered back to the “Chandelier Room” beautifully decorated with long tables and gorgeous favors at each setting.

Mimosas of different flavors were waiting for us along with mini fried chicken and waffles, fruit bowls, quiche and a WALL OF DONUTS (insert heart eyes here).

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After we all settled in our seats, various heads of each department caught us all up on the new things Nordstrom and Fashion Show Mall have to offer this Holiday season!

Such as front row parking on Thursdays for locals on the 2nd floor of the parking garage, also if you do a little damage and feel like your arms are falling off, a customer service person will help you out to your car.  Dreamy.

Did you know Nordstrom has now introduced 28 NEW brands just in beauty alone?

Including concierge services like Lancôme custom foundation, and have brought back Anastasia Brow Services that will be booking appointments after Dec 1.

Space and K which if you are not familiar is the UK version of our Sephora

Sisley, a plant based line, with their ever popular Black Rose Dry Oil line.  New eye cream that includes a special roller that creates an instant eye lift.

Charlotte Tilbury Cosmetics

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LaLabo Unisex cologne hand made in France, and can be personalized.

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Cle De Peau, famous for their concealer and luxurious skin care line.

Fresh, which is home remedy based with the best of spa and technology.

Nordstrom also wanted to make sure we knew that they offer gift boxes for EVERYTHING,  with their Try Before you Buy, you are entitled to samples before committing to full size product.  Also free lash application with purchase.  Wow.

They also broke up the gift giving into groups, for example….

For the Techspert in your life…lots of tech stocking stuffers like fitbits, etc.  Or something bigger like home entertainment.

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Fine Jewelry Lovers?  Meet Monica Vinader.  All stones are natural, set in sterling plated in 18k gold or rose gold also.  Each piece is different and individual.

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Happy Hour call to your friend?  Nordstrom has its own line of home goods that include beautiful copper Moscow mule mugs, or delicate champagne glasses.

Last but not least for the Comfort Seekers in your life, there is no shortage of blankets and eye masks.  Nest candles and Ultrasonic aroma diffusers.  Calgon take me away.

We then left our cozy little nook to take a guided tour of the newly remodeled store.  We stopped by the NEW café that now has a BAR!  We left with the most amazing gifting ideas and a swag bag I am still unboxing.  Make sure to put Nordstrom on the top of your go to shopping locations, you will not be disappointed!

May your Holiday Season be Happy and Bright!

 

xx

 

Beauty, Fashion, Food

Crazy Good Gift Ideas from Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus at Fashion Mall had invited a select few to a beautifully set up room filled with natural light, full of interactive gift ideas!

One table was full of yummy snacks to try ranging from different flavored popcorns, cotton candies and chocolates…..simply scrumptious.

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Specialty drinks, crowned with specific cotton candies!  A coffee martini topped with donut cotton candy, a peach bellini adorned with birthday cake flavor and a classic bloody mary with it’s own BACON flavored cotton candy topper!

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And no kitchen would be complete without the Dolce & Gabbana Smeg appliances, with matching pasta!

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Then if you happened to leave enough room for brunch, there were beautiful offerings from the Neiman Marcus Café.

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Then I moved on to check out some more of the gift ideas!  Some of my favorite included:

Sugarfina Chocolate Cigars, Dylan Candy Bar Gingerbread House Kits, Herb & Lou’s Infused Ice Cubes for Crafted Cocktails.

Something for every man, woman, child and pet!

From fluffy fun pillows, cat shaped flask purses and GUMMY mixed tapes…..

To Karl the Snowman who went into a steamy pot of warm milk and turned into a delicious hot chocolate, or the Juicy Bamboo face clothes that you can decompose in your house plants or garden and it will give them a drink!  But I must not forget the Spectacles that link to your Snap Chat and can take video or pics with a click of a button on the rim.

All in all, I always enjoy myself at Neimans Las Vegas in Fashion Show Mall!

May your holiday season be warm and bright!  Happy Shopping!

xx

Fashion, Food

Fall Kick Off Event at the Forum Shops

One of the most unique shopping experiences here in Las Vegas has to be The Forum Shops.  Needless to say I was over the moon being invited to the Blogger & Influencer Fall Kick Off event.

We all arrived to the VIP Valet area to be quickly ushered to our first store around the corner, which happened to be Dior Beauty.

We were greeted with beautiful flutes of champagne, a very knowledgeable store manager who shared with us the new fragrance Dior just launched called Joy.  She said this is the first NEW scent Dior has released in twelve years!  It really was divine with notes of powder and citrus, it just may be my new go to!

Next they showed us their super secret Spa room where they perform facials!  Only those “in the know” book!  Make sure you ask about it on your next visit!

 

Next stop, one of my personal favorites……Stuart Weitzman.  There was the cutest model outside modeling one of their hottest shoes right now, The Veruka bootie.  It came in some surprising hues for fall!  Dovetail Blue Grey, Rose Clay Pink, Stone and of course Black.  She also showed us this amazing soft shoe that was made to bend in half….very unconventional but beautiful.  Let’s be real though, as far as I’m concerned, SW is synonymous with TALL boots.  I don’t think anyone does them better.  She asked for a model and of course I volunteered.  They brought out a beautiful black Hiline Suede Boot.  To. Die. For.

Then it was on to Sam Edelman in the newer section of the mall.  We were warmly greeted with a short history of the brand.  There were a lot of fun trends.  Very 90’s inspired, along with all the usual fall suspects.  Booties for days, including the hot point toed white version that we will be seeing everywhere during FFW 2018.  Something I was most surprised to see was a line for children and clothing!  I had no idea Edelman forayed from shoes!  Again the clothing had a lot of tiny daisy print and bum bags….very Cher from Clueless.  I loved it.

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Our last Fashion stop was the always soigne’ Ted Baker.  Every store is decorated differently, I urge you to pop into this one.  It is so immersive, not one detail left out, very Alice in Wonderland!  Ted Baker is always known for Bows and Pink in the womens, I was happy to see a little change of up the palette for fall going into the Holidays.  Red and black with embroidery, beautiful Khaki greens, and new silhouettes for their dresses.  The manager had a selection ready to show us that included a one shoulder number with an ethereal feather print, so fresh.   For men, animal prints are BIG, and of course their impeccable suiting with eye catching lining.  That never goes out of style!  He said they will be stepping outside of their usual with a cosmic print, I can’t wait to see that!

Last stop was LUNCH at Sushi Roku!  We were ravenous and so excited.  Manager Johnny met us at the door.  We were relieved to hear he had thoughtfully taken all of our dietary restrictions into account.  He led us to a beautiful long table in a room filled with light and a gorgeous view of the strip.  He said that it really comes alive after sunset.

He started us off with various sashimi, also something called a Tuna Pizza that was exceptional.  Then moved onto a few hot dishes, GF fried rice that had the surprise edition of fresh green beans that I loved.  Steak wrapped asparagus served on a hot stone,  Steak Tobanyaki with Truffle Ponzu, and a Sea Bass cooked to perfection!

Did I mention the drinks?  No??  They were absolute works of art.  My cocktail had a mix of muddled strawberries and sage along with Sake and Vodka, it was SO refreshing.

Thank you again Forum Shops and Christie Moeller for hosting such a wonderful event!

Cheers!

XX

Fashion

Tiffany Talks Trends: Denim

Everywhere you have looked this spring, you see DENIM!  I’m not just talking jeans either.  Dresses, rompers, skirts, the list goes on and on.

Yves Saint-Laurent once stated that he wished he had invented blue jeans as jeans “are expressive and discreet, they have sex appeal and simplicity,-everything I could want for the clothes I design” (The Fashion Book, Levi Strauss Designer, 1998).

Levi Strauss, a door to door salesman who had immigrated to North America from Bavaria, lured to California by the Gold Rush to sell his fineries. The miners asked him for sturdy and durable work pants. With the help of a tailor, Strauss put together work pants that were most likely made out of the canvas he had brought with him to make tents. In the 1860s, he began to make pants made from heavyweight denim, and because the pants were dyed with indigo they were named “blue jeans”.

Did you know that the original design of Levi Strauss blue jeans, Design 501, was influenced by the style of the loose trousers worn by Genoese sailors?

Me neither.

To make Levi jeans more durable, copper rivets were added to reinforce.  This innovation helped to stop the weight of the gold nuggets from tearing the pockets.

I know what you are thinking, “where’s my gold nuggets?!”.

Soon thereafter the back pockets of the jeans were reinforced by adding that iconic stitching in the shape of a double arc design using that trademark orange thread.

Jeans had originally been designed as men’s work pants, but in the 1870s, Western women who worked along with men on ranches and farms began to wear men’s jeans.
In 1930, Vogue magazine ran an advertisement depicting two society women in tight fitting jeans, a look that they called “Western chic” (still happening).

By the mid-1930s, department stores were stocking Levis jeans and western boots in the women’s section. After World War II, jean manufacturers would offer a version for women, similar to those of men, but with a side opening instead of a fly-front opening. It was not until 1958 that adjustments were made in the design of women’s jeans to flatter the female shape.

WOW.

Denim Tips:

  1. Always mix dark and light washes…..no Canadian tuxedos.
  2. If this scares you, try black or grey jeans with a light blue wash jacket.
  3. It does pay to invest in nice denim.  Fast fashion just does not last, especially if there is spandex involved.  A few washes and they will be drooping.
  4. Wash your denim inside out to preserve the color.
  5. Hang to dry.
  6. Don’t be scurred!  Have fun!
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Bibliography 

History of Jeans

Fitness

Sweat it out Sunday

When I got the invite to join the 411 Mommas in a cycle class, I can’t say I wasn’t hesitant.   I had a very bad spin experience many, MANY years ago.  To make a long story short,  I was 18.  I rode my mountain bike pretty regularly.  I sauntered into the class like I owned the place.   The very fit gentleman adjusted the bike for me, told me to hop on and strapped my feet in.  We started pedaling, then after the warm up, he instructed to let out on all resistance.  Winding, winding and winding……I got a little out of control so I just STOPPED pedaling…….on a fly wheel bike.  Needless to say my shoes ended up getting ripped off and thrown to the window in front of the class.  The instructor stopped teaching.  Gathered up my shoes and handed them to me where I quickly ducked out of the class with a bruised ego annnnnd ankles.  I haven’t stepped foot into a spin class since.

This experience though, was VERY different.

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We walked into XCycle Las Vegas, a light, bright and welcoming space.  After signing a waiver the friendly gal behind the counter asked my shoe size and handed me a pair of cycling shoes with the special clip in on the bottom.  I did get a little nervous about this, but I kept telling myself it might make things more efficient and cause less ankle fatigue so I just went with it.

We started to explore the merchandise.  T-shirts, tanks and water bottles with witty sayings.  Socks if you need them, body sprays for freshening up, and assortment of beverages for your hydrating pleasure.

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We made our way back to the co-ed complimentary lockers to stow our things and put on our special shoes.  When I opened my locker,  what did I find?  A USB plug to CHARGE YOUR PHONE.  Another impressive touch.  As we walked back, a photo booth area caught my eye (I never pass up a photo booth opportunity mind you).  My friend and I quickly hopped in to snap a few shots with props provided.  It also is complimentary, and very user friendly.  It takes 3 shots and then you can email them to yourself as stills or a compilation GIF.

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Before the class started, we thought it would be a good idea to hit the restroom since we would be attached to the bikes and all.  The bathrooms/showers were beautifully clean and well stocked with toiletries, even hair ties (it’s about the little things people).  Then IT WAS TIME.  I was NERVOUS.

The teacher named Kat (or @Partyonabike on the Gram if you are so inclined)  gave us all one on one attention since we were newbies.  She showed us how to adjust our bike, step into the clips and step out of the clips.  She saw the little bit of panic in my eyes and said “if it’s serious and you need to go quick, just un-velcro your shoes and bail out”.  That surprisingly made me feel better.  Having two exit plans quieted the anxiousness creeping up in the back of my control freak brain.  Surveying the bike, it was very cool looking, towel was neatly rolled above the handle bars, they also provided hand weights of various heft of your choice, for what I wasn’t sure but knew I was going to find out soon.

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Once the class started, all the apprehension melted away!  The music, the lighting  and Kat’s instruction were perfection.  I enjoyed myself the WHOLE time!  There is a comradery amongst the riders that is palpable.  By the time we were done, I didn’t want it to be over…….although my legs were feeling a bit baby deer-ish as I unattached myself from the bike.

When they open the door for you to exit, they greet you with ice cold towels which is VERY welcome indeed.

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Pressed Juicery was there with different refreshing juices to try, assorted R.E.D.D Energy Bars and Protein House Peanut Butter “Cookies” to refuel us.

Kat explained to us the amazing deals they have now. Gave us a tour of their sister gym XenXen, a gorgeous yoga studio.  Completely wood, from top to bottom with soft lighting.

Verdict:  I cannot wait to get back in the saddle again!  Trying the Yoga next!

Check out the Video here.