Adventures in Shopping: DIOR BEAUTY

by christiem on April 27, 2016 · 0 comments

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I have an exciting olfactory discovery for you that I stumbled upon last week at one of my favorite places to shop, The Forum Shops at Caesars.

While taking the usual route from my top secret easy access parking location (yes, I’ll reveal that to you in the upcoming weeks) heading to John Varvatos to pick up clothing for a shoot, I noticed the Dior Beauty boutique had “had a little work done” aka a store remodel.  So of course I had to stop in and take a peek…what I discovered is pure luxury fragrance heaven.

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Nestled at the back of the Dior Beauty boutique is a truly remarkable fragrance library.

La Collection Privée Christian Dior by Francois Demachy is a collection of authentic, creative, elegant fragrances for men and women, created using only carefully selected and exceptional raw materials.

Each fragrance is inspired by a person, place, ingredient or moment in time dear to the House of Dior.  From the homes in Granville and Milly-la-Forêt so dear to Christian Dior, to his muse and friend Mitzah Bricard.

“Rare ingredients, daring olfactory approaches and creation that know no bounds…This collection reflects the freedom that only true luxury allows.” – Francois Demachy

If you are as much of a fragrance aficionado as I am you need to stop by the boutique to experience fragrance in Dior’s truly luxurious style.

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No paper scent strips/mouillettes here, DIOR has you sample fragrances by spritzing them into beautiful bejeweled ceramic funnels.  The fragrance expert told me that this way you get to experience the true scent without any contamination from paper.

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Once you find a fragrance that strikes your fancy you can spritz it onto a beautiful fragrance “calling card” labeled with the scents name so you won’t forget!

J’adore Dior!

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What were my must-have’s?

Let’s start with GRIS MONTAIGNE. Dior describes it as “If grey were a fragrance”.  Notes of bergamot, rose, patchouli, amber, cedarwood, sandalwood and oakmoss make up Dior Gris Montaigne.

Christian Dior loved pink and grey, the combination was his favorite and Gris Montaigne is the perfect interpretation of this color combination.  The scent feels very much like what you would think a beautiful grey rose would smell like. Etheral, chic, surreal a true “fashion girl’s’ scent.

If you are looking for something dark, seductive and mysterious try OUD ISPAHAN.

The young Christian Dior was amazed to discover, far from his country, the profusion of shimmering colours and intoxicating scents of the Orient. It was an extremely sensorial world, which he remembered, once he had become a Couturier-Perfumer and enjoyed using richly embroidered fabrics and composing exceptional perfumes. Knowledgeable from Christian Dior’s fascination with a fantastical Orient, François Demachy created this unique fragrance. An intoxicating blend of Laos Oud, Labdanum Absolute and Damascus Rose Essence.  This fragrance takes you for a ride!  The ultimate “shared” fragrance, it starts off subtle and almost feminine develops into something earthy and exotic (almost primal) then settles into a dusty, amberish honeyed oud scent.

All of the La Collection Privee fragrances have a true development which is one of the things most coveted about luxury fragrances.  Each has a top note that is the first olfactory impression and the most intense, a heart note which is the fragrance’s core and lasts for several hours and a base note which lasts the longest.

Dior’s full range of La Collection Privee fragrances is so exclusive that it is ONLY available at The Dior Beauty Boutique at The Forum Shops at Caesars in Las Vegas!

Oh Forum Shops, you make this fashion girl’s heart beat a little faster.

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Soothe Launches in Las Vegas

by christiem on April 26, 2016 · 0 comments

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Everybody needs a little time away…. yep I’ve been listening to the 80s channel on Sirius..but hey it’s true.

With today’s busy and STRESSFUL lifestyle it’s important to grab what-ever moment of relaxation you can where-ever or when-ever it is.

Sometimes it can be a real hassle to try to fit a massage appointment in- either you decide last minute you want one and the spa is all booked up or your only day off is the day the spa is closed or you want to book after spa hours!

Aaargh, if only there were an app for that……

Enter Soothe, the largest and fastest growing on-demand massage and wellness company, that brings licensed, vetted and insured massage therapists to customers homes, offices or hotels in as little as an hour all through an easy to use app. (iOS or Android app (soothe.com/app)

Soothe has already launched in 26 cities since its inception in 2013 and starting this month the service is available right here in Las Vegas!

Last week Soothe invited me to take their service for a test-drive.

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I made my appointment via the app on my iPhone.

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Chose the type of massage I wanted- I opted for Deep Tissue.

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Set the date, time and length of the massage…….this can be as soon as in an hour or for any specified time and date you choose.  I made mine for the next day.

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Then you can select the gender of your therapist.

The next screen is where you pay and confirm the location you want your treatment (I opted for at home) and viola. Appointment is set.

Fast forward about 10 hours…..

The massage therapist arrived at my door a few minutes early to set up-the therapists come fully equipped with their own sheets, products, massage table and even relaxing “spa” type music.

We went over what types of products she would be using, whether I preferred lotion or oil and if I had any specific areas of concern.

The next 90 minutes were pure heaven.  Seriously I think it was the best massage I have ever had!  Ahhhh-mazing!

After pulling my wardrobe rack around just about every hotel/casino in Las Vegas my back and shoulders needed some serious Deep Tissue action!

My therapist was so fantastic that I wanted to make sure I could get her again the next time I booked- when my session was over she handed me her card and explained that after your first massage with any Soothe massage therapist, you have the option to re-book future massages with the same therapist under the “appointments” section of the app. Yay!

Here’s another feature I really love about Soothe- when the massage is over just lay back and relax in that awesome totally zen post-massage noodle state- there is no need to fumble around for your wallet- everything INCLUDING the tip has already been paid for when you booked the appointment!

I had a fantastic experience and will definitely be booking my next massage through Soothe.

Easy to use, convenient, works with my schedule and oh so relaxing.  I highly recommend you download the app and try it out for yourself.

Soothe offers on-demand Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, or Pre-natal massages between the hours of 8 am and midnight daily. Massages are fixed-price per person, and Soothe takes care of tax and gratuity. The prices are: $99 (60 minutes), $139 (90 minutes), and $169 (120 minutes). Soothe clients can also re-book the same therapist on future occasions.

Soothe currently serves the following cities and regions: Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, London, Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Worth, Ft. Lauderdale, Houston, Indianapolis, Miami, Minneapolis, Newark/Northern New Jersey, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Portland, Phoenix, San Diego, San Jose, Scottsdale, Seattle, Vancouver (British Columbia), and Washington D.C..

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The Freedom of Dryel

by christiem on April 25, 2016 · 1 comment

Last week I had a bit of a fashion conundrum. 

I wore my striped tuxedo jacket to a meeting at a casino.  Big mistake.

Those of you that have walked through a casino here in Vegas are familiar with that stanky cigarette smell that lingers in your hair and on your clothing even after the quickest stroll past the slots.

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My jacket smelled horrible.  Normally I would just toss it in the dry cleaning pile and worry about it later but I was attending a charity dinner the next day and my entire planned look was dependent on that jacket.

No time to send it off to the dry cleaner.  What was I going to do?  There was no way I could get close to people with that cigarette stinky jacket and it would be catastrophic to deviate from my planned look this late in the game.  You know what I’m talking about ladies!   Picture a complete fashion meltdown, clothing thrown everywhere around the room and me standing in my underwear staring desperately into my closet. Nothing looks good, everything needs steaming and I have nothing to wear! Tears would flow and the night would be ruined all because my clothing plan went south.

That COULD NOT happen I needed to stick to the plan!

This was the perfect opportunity to put Dryel to work.

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I tossed my jacket and a Dryel cleaning cloth in the reusable zipper bag…..

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……tumbled in the dryer for 15 minutes to get a quick refresh……

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…….then it was ready to rock.  Problem solved!

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Fresh and clean I was off to the event in my planned outfit.

The Dryel clothing refresh worked so well that I could could confidently sit/stand next to everyone without the fear of them sniffing out that horrible casino stink.  I could even pose for super cute up close and personal selfies!

Dryel saved the day by letting me clean clothing on my terms.  #LikeABoss

No driving, no waiting on pick up times, no working around store hours, just me deciding when I want to launder my clothes in the comfort of my own home!

FREEDOM!

Try Dryel out for yourself, I promise you won’t be disappointed and it may very well save you from a total fashion meltdown.

Dryel is available at most major retailers such as Target, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS and Amazon.com

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LOTD: Florals and Bubbles and Weddings

by christiem on April 22, 2016 · 1 comment

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With wedding season officially upon us, you’re probably finding yourself with a whole lot of invites, and that daunting feeling of not a clue what to wear. 

Weddings are photo op central so wearing the same dress to multiple weddings the same season doesn’t really work.

I have three weddings to attend over the next few months which means here comes the dresses……

I am normally a Little Black Dress kind of gal but showing up at a Spring/Summer wedding during daylight hours in a LBD makes me feel kinda goth so I began the hunt for something lighter and more fitting with the season.

The second I saw this vibrant Julia Jordan Fit and Flare Scuba dress I said “I do”.

I love the vibrant green watercolor florals in the dress, it has sleeves (which is a must for me), is light/airy, has a happily ever after price point (under $100) PLUS the silhouette is fun and flirty.

SPOILERS: if you follow me on Social Media you will be seeing this dress on me again on May 6th at a wedding.

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I paired the dress with two of my top picks from Donald J Pliner: the gorgeous Sania Sandal (I have it in both black and white- yes it’s THAT good) and the chic Ramona Cork clutch.  I love how perfectly they vibe with the botanical feel of the dress creating something very organic and fresh.

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Nylons.  Ok so there is a huge debate in the fashion community over whether you can wear nylons with open toed shoes.  It used to be a BIG no-no but fashion rules, they are a changin’.  My thought is this- if you need nylons, you need nylons and I NEED them.

It is fine to wear them with open toed shoes as long as they are super sheer and have a sandal foot, in other words you cannot see the seam across the toes.

My nylons of choice are ASSETS by Sara Blakely (the creator of SPANX).  They hold you in and provide a subtle flawless airbrushed look to your legs.  Unless someone does some serious leg inspecting they probably won’t even know you have them on.

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Now for my favorite thing about wedding season: an excuse to use my Francis Kurkdjian Les Bulles d’Agathe (BUBBLES)!

Those of you that know me know I’m crazy for these whimsical deliciously scented bubbles and they are so much chicer than throwing rice!

I wanted them to match my dress (of course) so I chose the Cut Grass scent for this look but the bubbles also come in Cold Mint, Pear and Violet.  I got mine at Neiman Marcus (they are sold out on the website because duh, it’s wedding season, but in-stock in the Las Vegas store) if you are in another city you can buy them online at FrancisKirkdjian.com or check your closest Neiman Marcus.

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A red lip is a must for me and at a wedding I need something I can touch up easily (hello cocktails) so I started with NARS Velvet Lip Liner in Nihiwatu then topped it with NARS new Limited Edition Do Not Disturb lip-gloss from the Under Cover Collection. It has the intensity of a lipstick in a gloss form and without any stickiness PLUS it’s super moisturizing!

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MAC Good Luck Trolls

April 21, 2016

Nostalgia Alert! I am totally wigging out about this release! MAC Cosmetics announced this week a hairtastic new limited edition collection. “The wild-haired dolls of your youth bring their rainbow tufts, bejeweled bellies and lucky charms to M·A·C Good Luck Trolls — a crazy-hued collection as silly as the characters themselves.” As a child of the 80s Good Luck […]

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When to Tuck a Shirt

April 20, 2016

To tuck or not to tuck- that is the age old menswear question and I’m here to answer it- or at lease clarify a few rules. Tucking faux pas are one of my biggest fashion pet peeves, just ask my husband I am constantly on him about it. Making the wrong choice can completely destroy […]

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Adventures in Shopping: Ermenegildo Zegna

April 19, 2016

Today I am launching a new series called “Adventures in Shopping”.   Many of you have asked for a look into my professional shopping as well as where to locate “off the menu services” like tailoring, in-store facials and other retail perks. This series will give you a VIP peek behind the scenes of some […]

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Tory Sport x Barney’s New York

April 17, 2016

Hey athleisurewear fans!  You, yeah you!   I see you sipping your cold pressed juice in your leggings, sportsbra and hoodie on your way to Barre class.  I have some exciting news that will have you sipping that green machine blend in red carpet style! Athleisurewear (yes it’s a real word) is one of the BIGGEST […]

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Disney’s Jungle Book

April 15, 2016

I was lucky enough to attend a preview screening of Disney’s The Jungle Book earlier this week. A feel good, heart warming flick that will make you “Forget about your worries and your strife” ( lol I had to). Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic […]

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NARS Under Cover

April 15, 2016

Are you ready to dive into summer my beauties? NARS 2016 Summer Collection launches today! For Summer 2016 NARS teamed up with contemporary artist Konstantin Kakanias to deliver a collection of limited edition escapades inspired by the French Rivera. This Oooh la la 10 piece Under Cover collection features a stunning selection for eyes, lips and […]

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