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November 2018 Beauty

Let’s talk beauty! It’s the time of the year when you are working on your wish list, buying gifts and having people over.  I have been trying and loving some new and some favorites this month.  The Sephora VIB sale gave me the opportunity to try some stuff for 20% off!  I will follow-up with some gift idea lists soon.  Here is what I have got for you!

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Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm  : Long name-great balm! I have been looking for a make-up removing solution and decided to research and try some balms.  I am also always on the lookout for stuff that is good for the planet and my skin – especially on my sensitive face! This has a beautiful green hue with a neutral smell.  It comes with a little white spatula for scooping — which is essential to not “contaminate” the entire pot! The texture is smooth and was effective at taking ALL my makeup off! I would definitely recommend this!

La Mer The Lip Balm : I am ALWAYS on the lookout for a lip balm that doesn’t irritate my lips.  I have probably tried 10 new ones in the last 6 months! I saw this lippy on several bloggers’/YouTuber’s lists.  I will admit the price is just dumb, but I feel like I spend good $$ on my eyes and face so why not my lips as well.  I am glad to have the 20% discount! I will definitely buy it again during sale or bonus times.  It has a smooth texture and felt good on my lips.  Most importantly,  I didn’t have a reaction so I will continue with it.

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette : I have been loving rosey hues for eyeshadow… so this palette was right up my street! I  am loving it so far! The color payoff is great in the matte and shimmer… a step-up from the other Naked palettes (in my opinion).

Jo Malone London Orange Bitters Cologne: OMG I love this scent! Jo Malone does it yet again with this limited edition cologne.  I am so glad I got my hands on a bottle of this (and the Candle!) I don’t even know how to describe this scent… it is citrus and fall smells wrapped in one.

Hope this has been helpful. I will be back soon with a gift guide or two!

Thanks for reading! XO, Dawn

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Vintage Logo Trend

Logos are everywhere! We all remember logos from our favorite sporty brands like Nike and Adidas. Both women and men participate in this style trend.  This phenomenon has expanded to the fashion and luxury brands.  From the popular luxe brands like Gucci and Dior, tees and accessories, logos are showing up as part of the style lexicon.  You see logos all over Instagram and in fashion magazines and on your favorite You Tubers.  Brands are bringing back their old logos and patterns which is exciting to those who follow fashion and trends.  I will put links to some examples below! 

I have to admit, I do have some logo clothes and accessories in my closet.  I am not talking about having a logo from head to toe, but as an accent to your outfit. I love mixing logo t-shirts and accessories into my wardrobe for work, casual Fridays and weekends.  Tees and accessories with logos are easily found in-store and online or in vintage/second-hand shops.  The price difference between the luxe brands and other brands can be a cold splash of water, yet the trend lives on.  

One brand that has been very good at this trend is Gucci.  The Gucci logo is everywhere! From belts to t-shirts to handbags, Gucci has reinvented itself in its own vintage image.  The last few seasons have been full of the use of their own logo and fun images or patterns that the trend and fashion world has embraced. They have released new handbags with their vintage canvas logos and in vintage styles.  You can also find vintage and pre-loved bags, clothes and accessories on resale sites like The Real Real and Fashionphile.

One popular example is the logo tee trend. Brands from contemporary designers like Marc Jacobs as well as luxury brands like Gucci, Burberry and Balmain have t-shirts with their logos on them.  People love these tees.  I too have logo t-shirts in my wardrobe.  I mix them in with my outfits when appropriate for me.  Imagine these shirts under a blazer with jeans and your favorite leather sneakers… that is my go-to casual-smart outfit! 

Maybe you will jump into logo mania with the rest of the fashion world.  Perhaps not from head to toe, but with a few fun pieces.

Links to Items:

  1. Gucci Rose Belt (Nordstrom)
  2. Gucci Black Belt (Nordstrom)
  3. Gucci Cocoa Belt (Neiman Marcus)
  4. Gucci-Print Cotton Tee (Neiman Marcus)
  5. Gucci Interlock Tee (Nordstrom)
  6. Gucci Embellished Graphic Tee (Nordstrom)
  7. Men’s Gucci Logo Tee (Nordstrom)
  8. Gucci Small Marmont Matelasse Shoulder Bag (Nordstrom)
  9. Gucci Marmont Fringe Flat Black (Nordstrom)
  10. Men’s Pierre Balmain Logo T-Shirt (Nordstrom)
  11. Men’s Fendi Mania Pullover Hoodie (Neiman Marcus)
  12. Men’s Fendi Slide(Neiman Marcus)
  13. Men’s Adidas Originals Cap (Nordstrom)
  14. Balmain Logo Tee (Nordstrom)
  15. Burberry Sandon Card Case (Nordstrom)
  16. New Ace Gucci Band Leather Sneaker (Neiman Marcus)
  17. Dior Bracelet

Thanks for reading! XO, Dawn

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What I Wore… Doing my Civic Duty Fashionably (Oct. 2018)

Today our some of our Leadership Team went to local high schools to register students to vote! In 30 minutes we were able to register and pre-register many students! As a team, our office registered 787 students at 13 high schools! Something to be proud of for sure! To do this important work I wore (I will link as much as I can or similar below the pic):

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  1. Tory Sport Ruffle Sneaker 
  2. Gorjana Power Gemstone Beaded Bracelet
  3. Gorjana Power Gemstone Beaded Bracelet
  4. Gorjana Compassion Gemstone Bracelet
  5. Similar (mine is grey)- J.crew Parke Blazer, Size 10 – Black
  6. Similar NYDJ Marilyn Trouser Tie Belt Jeans, Size 14 – Blue
  7. Tory Burch Vote T-Shirt
  8. Similar (mine is blue) Lady Dior Medium
  9. Bombas Socks

Thanks for reading! XO, Dawn

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Handbag Review- Céline Nano Luggage

 

 

I will admit it—I am late to the pre-loved luxe game.  I definitely had some trust issues. I am a researcher, so in reading blogs, watching YouTube videos and groups on Facebook…. I was one nervous handbag lover.  My normal process is to research, try-on in store if possible, to check my savings and to check in with my handbag loving friends to see what they think.  So relying on pictures and other people’s descriptions was difficult for me.  I knew I had to expand my research to experiences that others have had before buying pre-loved.

When I focused in on a Céline Nano Luggage back in July, I decided that I would go with Fashionphile  because the site had several choices of the bag. Let me tell you that I got extremely lucky and in a few days I found one in excellent (a Fashionphile description category) condition.  I will say, finding exactly what you want pre-loved can be hit or miss with availability but don’t give up.  I was a bit nervous because I need to inspect the bag before purchasing. This was another reason I picked Fashionphile… they have a return policy that allows you to return if the bag was not as expected. I got it for a great price, so pre-loved is a great option for those looking for a deal.

Now about the bag…. I picked the Céline Nano Luggage in black drummed calfskin.  I had seen this version in several videos & posts and loved the style and simplicity of the bag. I love that you can wear it on your arm and use the long strap for cross-body.  The black is classic, so goes with everything.  The shape is a bit slim and tall, so if you fill it up you may be stacking your items.  I have enjoyed carrying the it and love the size for my lifestyle. It fits my phone and essentials with no problem.  If someone were to ask me, I would definitely suggest this style.

There are stories/rumors out there that the new designer for the line with get rid of some styles including the Luggage.  This makes me sad because it is a great option.  If you are in the market for a new one, get it while you can.  If you want pre-loved, head to your favorite site and search away.  I will link to my specific bag and to Fashionfile’s Celine page below.

 Used Celine      The bag I got: CELINE Drummed Calfskin Nano Luggage Black

Thanks for reading! XO, Dawn
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October 2018 Beauty Favorites

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Let’s talk beauty! I am somewhat late to the beauty game… for me this means that I used the same items and brands for a long time before branching out.  I have somewhat sensitive skin, so frankly… I was scared to try new stuff. Then I met Bobbi Brown makeup. Now I cannot get enough makeup… people seriously I. LOVE. IT.

Let’s get to the stuff I have been using the last few months….

Bobbi BrownNude:Rosy Nude palette has the colors that BB does best. Great shades of rose, nude, shimmer and sparkle.  Best of all, the base colors are bigger rectangles of love (you all know you use those up first!) I am loving it! The pigments and texture and blend-ability (I might have just made that word up) is excellent.  There is another version of this palette in the brown tones that BB does best.

Chanel Beauty & Skincare: I never thought I would splurge on this lip balm and hand cream but I am happy that I did! I have been on the hunt for both of these for months and I am loving them.  The Hydra Beauty lip balm is the right texture and feeds my lip balm addiction.  The La Creme Main hand cream makes my skin feel so soft each time I can use it… REALLY soft.  I also picked up an eye shadow blending brush that I am loving as well.  I may end up trying more since I am loving my starter items.

Charlotte TilburyCharlotte’s Genius Magic Powder, Magic Away and Rock n’ Kohl Eyeliner. These are my 3 newest additions.  The Eyeliners are smooth to apply and smudge and they stay put the whole day.  Magic Away is my new go-to concealer.  It really works it’s magic on my dark circles.  Not many brands make colors to match my skin, which is important to me as I do not like to go lighter with my concealer- I’d rather match.  Finally, the Magic Powder has a lovely smooth texture.  However, there are only 3 colors and it has an odd smell– not a bad smell, but odd. I am used to having finishing powder that matches my skin color, so I will have to continue mixing the medium and dark colors to meet my skin color.

Hope that this info inspires you to branch out and try new beauty like I have been.  There are some great beauty items out there to explore.  I am currently trying out some new stuff to report to you soon! Please share this post if you know someone who would like it.  I will add links to the items so you can see them for yourself.

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Thanks for reading! XO, Dawn

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The Fear of Using Our Nice Things…

Hi Everyone-

I was thinking (on my traffic heavy ride home) about some videos and blogs that I have seen about people treating themselves to lovely things, but not using them because they are scared of “ruining” them. My friends and I have talked about this as well. I have suffered this affliction myself. Now that I have the means to actually get an item on my wish list, it has been a dilemma about wanting to use AND preserve my precious goods.

A prime example are my lovely pink suede loafers. I saved and consigned to buy them. I researched caring for the suede… I mean they are pink suede for goodness sakes! I ordered them and purchased suede protection spray & cleaning kit. When I finally got the box in the mail last year, I took them out of the box and tried them on again in my house and sprayed them with the protection spray. Then, I put them back in the dust bags and box and tucked them safely in my closet. A few months later after having my girlfriends ask about them several times and me lovingly describing them to a colleague, I put the shoes on for a day of work. I found myself constantly checking them to see if I got a mark on them….Like every time I sat at my desk! I had such anxiety all day, that upon arriving home that night I put them back into the dust bags and box and into my closet. This happened several times until ultimately I was able to overcome this (FINALLY!) and am wearing them right now as I type.

Gucci Marmont in blush pink suede 
Gucci Pink Suede GG Marmont Loafer Heels

 

Seriously! I am a grown, educated woman and I cannot escape the fear of messing up the stuff that I saved and planned for…. ugh. I felt the same way when I got my lovely Chanel Jumbo… that lovely thing stayed in the safety of its dust bag on the handbag shelf for way longer than it should have…

Jumbo in Caviar Navy with LGHW

 Making sure this lovely is in my rotation! 

I have read posts among my “friends” in handbag groups and I am not alone! I think my personal issue was that I want to take care of my nice stuff (clothes, shoes, handbags, home decor) because I spent my hard-earned money on it. I also think there is so much pressure to things to be in pristine condition if I later decide that it is no longer for me and want to sell it. Part if it is my own fault, because I too look for pre-loved items in excellent condition.

Then I remember that I bought those things because they caught my eye and I could not stop thinking about it… and when I use them it makes me happy, confident and happy. I have decided that I would use my fashion each week… so I can enjoy the things I worked so hard to get…. DON’T BE SCARED…. ENJOY YOUR LOVELY ITEMS!

Please share your thoughts and stories in the comments.

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XOXO, Dawn

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My Experience in Hermes

Hermes-Palo Alto CA

Everyday in my work, I advocate for equity and social justice.  Then I go out in the world and hope to experience it in my own life.  I have been in love with fashion since I was young and it has blossomed now that I am an adult and can enjoy shopping for the stuff I used to only see in magazines.  Then I went into the Palo Alto, CA Hermes store (pictured above)…

It was a Friday, so I had nice work appropriate dark jeans on, cashmere sweater, Tory Burch ruffle sneakers and my Chanel Jumbo bag.  Not that appearance should matter, but I was presentable with a touch of Luxe. I went in to look mainly at scarves, scarf ring (because I am fancy like that) and to see if they had any watch bands to fancy up my Apple Watch.  I walked in with a smile on my face and said hello to an associate who replied but kept walking by.  I looked for quite a while at the cases with scarves, twillys & scarf rings but no one came over.  I was pretty much a sure sale, yet no one came over.  I took one loop of the store looking at items and one other associate said hi to me, but he too kept walking.  I went back and stood by another case.  There were only 2 other people in the shop that didn’t work there and about 5-6 people who worked there.  Crickets. 

So I left and went to Neiman Marcus where my lovely associate at Chanel greeted me and treated me with kindness and I spend my hard-earned money with him. Kindness and respect are everything with me… I have been in retail and know how a customer should be treated. Apparently I didn’t look like I could/should buy anything from their store.  So I will possibly make my Hermes purchase online and continue to shop at the Luxe shops that respect me no matter how they judge my appearance. I have watched some of my favorite You Tubers talk about the stress to get a Berkin or Kelly in the Paris store and are judged by the associate to be selected for a bag.  It is apparently true for many other situations in Hermes on any continent.  It’s just sad. Guess I will stick with my favorites: Chanel, Gucci, Dior and LV.  I have had EXCELLENT service there which is why they are part of my collection. 

Thanks for reading! XO, Dawn

 

 

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