Spring 2018 What to Wear

Neiman Marcus at Fashion Show invited us for a sneak peak of this season’s MUST HAVES!  We were greeted by beautiful Green Butterfly Martinis from Neiman Marcus Cafe, that once we gave it a little swizzle tasted like a melted popsicle in the best possible way!

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Not to mention a magnificent spread of rainbow colored macaroons and lovely hors d’oeuvres!

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Then we were shown the eye candy for the season! Are you ready?  Here we gooooooo!

Bright eye catching colors such as punchy pinks and sunny yellows.

Statement sleeves, think puff, bell, tie and ruffles.

Floral, all the floral.  Floral ON floral.

Stripes, horizontal and vertical.  Color block too!

Sunny specs with rose colored lenses.

Pointed toe shoes.  Tapered and elegant.

Logo bags, let them make your fashion statement for you!

Rainbow Jewelry, dazzle them with your wildest rainbow and unicorn dreams!

Sparkle!  Glitter and glam here ladies.  Don’t be shy!  Shimmery lips and glitter coated lids!

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As a special treat, a Tom Ford makeup artist was there to share the hottest beauty trends for spring.  He showed us beautifully pigmented shades of eye shadows that are exclusive to Neiman Marcus.  Not to mention the most fun shades of mascara to give you that added pop.   He also shared with me the best trick of the trade I’ve ever heard thus far:  he recommended that you use the Purple mascara to make your eyes look more youthful, as newborns arrive earth side with a violet wash to their lids.

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HELLO!  Give me all the purple!  To top it all off, we were given some pretty fantastic gift bags inspired by this season’s rainbow bright theme inside!

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All in all, as far as I am concerned, spring has sprung.  Leave your inhibitions at the door and rock those colors with the confidence and moxy that they demand!  Enjoy!

 

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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.