Saturday, April 25, 2015
Now that winter finally seems to be over, it's time to give my skin a little freshen up for spring. The fine folks at Clarins Skin Spa at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City recently invited me to try their 50 minute facial in honor of a special they're running through the month of April that offers 50 minute facials for only $50 (steal!). Clarins products have always worked well on my skin - they used to have a pollution protection spray that I used religiously and I was excited to hear it's now built into their day creams and sunscreens (I picked up their tinted sunscreen which I'm wearing in the photo above and I love it). For their facials, Clarins technicians use Clarins Pro products that are 7x more potent than their retail products so it's a great pickmeup for your usual skincare routine. Another plus: every facial includes a face, neck, and hand massage, which was very relaxing. I can honestly say this was one of the best facials I've ever had. My skin was clear, dewy, and refreshed and none of the products irritated my sensitive skin. Definitely going to be adding this to my regular skincare regimen.
Friday, April 24, 2015
Something tells me this is going to be a great weekend. The skies are blue. The flowers are in bloom. Let's go!
- Inn at Little Washington chef Patrick O'Connell knows a thing or two about entertaining. This article has some great tips and I think I'll be picking up his new book to learn some more.
- Is your site mobile-friendly? Google says it better be.
- Canadians love the poop emoji and other deep thoughts.
- '90s children rejoice! Hard Candy is getting a reboot!
- These spicy lime leaf beer nuts sound like the perfect snack to go with cool cocktails at a spring party - might have to try these this weekend.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
I realized the other day that I had one last day of unedited photos from our Paris trip that were just too good not to share. We started our day with brunch at Brasserie aux P.T.T. on Rue Cler, an idyllic pedestrian market street with beautiful restaurants and food vendors. I could easily picture my dream apartment being located here. After some serious window shopping, we made our way to Les Invalides to check out Napoleon's tomb and Musée de l'Armée. The museum is perfect for military history buffs like my husband with halls filled with enough armor and weapons to satisfy any Game of Thrones nut's fix. But I think the coolest part of our visit was checking out the giant military plan reliefs (cue the Game of Thrones theme). After spending more time than we anticipated in the museum (one could easily spend a whole day there and not get bored), we headed over to the Marais to check out Place des Vosges and some of the cool shops (this is where I picked up my Bel Air coat I love so much!). This is one of my favorite neighborhoods to grab a drink and people watch, which we did after grabbing a falafel at L'As du Fallafel (I'd been craving this for ten years and was thrilled to find that they're still the best!). Of course we also had to have some authentic fondue while in France, so for dinner we went to Pain Vin Fromages - a great little spot, nothing fancy, but honestly fondue shouldn't be, just comforting and delicious, and it was. After dinner, we took a sunset stroll back through Châtelet and over Pont au Change. Looking back, I'm kind of amazed we were capable of doing so much in just one day!
Oh and stay tuned, I'll be sharing my tips for planning a trip to Paris in an upcoming post!
Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses (love this new pair)
Zara sandals (old, close match)
Mansur Gavriel bag (similar)
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Still not quite warm enough to fully shed a jacket, but I can deal with cool weather if it's the warm kind, knowhatimean? I wore this for a little after work shopping at the Anthom store in the Mosaic District. Soooo many covetable things in so many beautiful shapes and sizes. I took home a perfect summer tank by Australian label The Fifth - so soft I could sleep in it...and believe me, I'm tempted...
x studs (close match)
7 Eleven sunglasses
silver bracelets (similar)
green amber ring
Freda Salvador boots
Mansur Gavriel bag (similar on sale with code 'SHOP25')
nails in Essie 'blanc'
PS Don't forget to enter my "Dior and I" giveaway!