I was so excited to have the opportunity to attend a preview event for the Kensie Jewelry 2013 collection last Friday! I headed straight from work to the event and when I arrived I was immediately delighted by the decor in their showroom. The decorations were pretty and whimsical and in the center of the room there was a huge table full of sweet treats, including my fave mini cupcakes from Baked by Melissa and macarons.
On top of the lovely decorations, the jewelry on display all around the room was so pretty! There are so many pieces that I would happily wear. It was hard to pick favorites, but if I had to I would choose the fantastic black fringe necklace (first picture) or the necklace with spikes and chevron cutouts (below).
Before we headed home, we were allowed to choose one piece of Kensie clothing and also grab a gift bag with several Kensie jewelry pieces. As if things weren’t already good enough, I won one of the door prizes and received even more jewelry to take home! I had a great time hanging with The NY Collective and I’m not going to tell you how many cupcakes I devoured at the event (it was more than five :O). Thanks so much to Kensie for hosting such a fun preview!
I was so excited when I heard that Lulu’s was hosting their Style Studio event this season! It was so much fun last year and I couldn’t wait to have a mini-reunion with some of my blogger friends.
The event was held in a different venue this year and I think it was even better than last time! When we first walked in, we checked in at the front table where we received a cute tote that says “Lulu’s Style Studio.” All around the room, there were tables set up by the sponsors. We went around to each table to learn more about the products featured and we were allowed to take samples too.
There were also stations where you could get different beauty treatments. For example, you could get your makeup done at the Nyx Comestics table, you could get feather extensions at the Fine Featherheads table and you could get your nails done at the Jamberry Nails table. We also had the opportunity to “be the buyer” for the Lulu’s website. They had some sample clothes on display and you could take a quick survey to mark if you loved the item or how you would change it if you didn’t quite love it.
Tasty cocktails were provided all night by Hpnotiq- my favorite was the Blue Bombshell!
At the beginning of the night we were given a little Style Studio map that was designed to lead you to your style profile. The five styles featured were Edgy, Uptown Prep, Bombshell, Sweetheart, and Bohemian (I think I landed somewhere between Uptown Prep and Sweetheart). When it was your turn to go upstairs, you were allowed to choose any item you wanted to take home with you! I tried to keep my closet resolutions in mind and pick a more classic piece that I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of; I ended up with this pretty little striped dress.
Lulu’s Style Studio is always a blast- I’m already looking forward to next year. Thank you again to Lulu’s for a fantastic event and see below for a full list of the night’s sponsors!
Sponsors: Hpnotiq, Miss Jessie’s, Nyx Comestics, Blowfish Shoes, Goody, MinkPink, Twistband, Blaque Label, Nylon, Mary Kay, Gypsy Junkies, One Love Organics, True Beauty Box, Daliia, Bodyography, Black Sheep Clothing, Radiant Comestics, Fine Featherheads, Beauty Without Cruelty, Pom, Evie Evan, Winks, ChicoBag, BB Dakota, RSS, Larabar, Jamberry Nails
Last week, Alex invited me and other members of The Bloggers’ Collective to a special holiday event for Amy O. Jewelry and I had such a lovely time. I could tell that the Amy O. team had put a lot of thought into the event and there were so many delicious beverages and refreshments (including some cookies that I could not put down). Even more impressive though was the jewelry on display all around the room. There were so many gorgeous pieces- it was really hard not to buy everything up! I tried on some stunning necklaces and fell in love with one in particular (the one in the middle row, on the left, above), along with the daintiest little bow knuckle ring.
It was really cool to be able to peruse the jewelry at this private event and it was also nice to meet the other members of the Amy O. team, Gina and Janice, who were both very sweet. I also got to catch up with my TBC ladies, which is always a good time! Many thanks to Alex for organizing such a fun event for us and I can’t wait for more holiday parties!
Did you guys have a good weekend? I had a pretty relaxing weekend and on Saturday I had the opportunity to go to two pretty fun events. First up, a coffee tasting for The Bloggers’ Collective organized by Craft Coffee!
I had never been to a coffee tasting before, so I was pretty excited to taste some delicious coffee and learn more about the company. Craft Coffee is a monthly subscription box for coffee lovers. They receive tons of samples from all over the world each month, but only select the best 3 to include in that month’s box. Many coffee drinkers (myself included) have particular favorites, but can’t tell you exactly why they like that brand or flavor of coffee. Craft Coffee includes an informational card with each box that tell you some interesting tidbits about each coffee they send, such as where it came from and tasting notes. They’ll be launching a new feature on their website soon where you can rate the coffees you taste and then as you continue to rate different coffees, the site will be able provide recommendations and facts about your coffee tastes based on the ones you’ve rated in the past. We also learned about the different ways that coffee is brewed and received a sample to take home with us.
It was good to see several TBC members at this event, but sadly Alex and I couldn’t stay too long because we had to head downtown for the Driscoll’s Berries Holiday Craft Brunch!
Driscoll’s Berries invited several bloggers down to the Open House Gallery in Soho for an afternoon of treats and crafting. I’d never been to a crafting brunch before, but the idea just sounds awesome, no? When we arrived, I was handed this adorable little frame they created for me and then we picked a spot at the table where we would do our crafting. Of course, there were many delicious berry treats, including an extremely tasty cocktail and the most delightful little french toast with berry topping.
After eating to our heart’s content, it was time to get to crafting! There was a demonstration of how to craft our holiday trees and then we all got to work. Alex was a speed demon and I think she finished her tree before I was even halfway done. Our trees were made entirely out of strawberries, so it was hard to resist snacking on them while we were crafting (side note: I didn’t!). You could also embellish your tree with sprigs of mint leaves here and there, or edible glitter! The last picture shows the final results- such a festive and fun holiday decoration!
I want to thank both Craft Coffee and Driscoll’s for such a delightful Saturday afternoon! It was very interesting to learn more about coffee and the crafting brunch definitely put me in the holiday mood! :)
Tell me: What did you do this weekend?
I have a love/hate relationship with Fashion’s Night Out. I love that there are so many amazing events going on, but that means that the city is even more crowded/hectic/crazy than usual! This year, Alex and I decided to start out in Midtown at Saks Fifth Avenue. Right off the bat, we spotted Anna Wintour coming out of the elevator on the ground floor, which pretty much made my night!
The Anna Wintour- I die!!
We then made our way upstairs to check out what was happening on the other floors. It turns out that if you tagged your Instagram pictures with #saksfno, they were printed out and added to a collage wall of everyone’s pictures from the night. I also spotted the gorgeous Rebecca Minkoff upstairs, surrounded by stations where you could get henna tattoos, your hair braided, or your nails done.
Leaving Saks and heading off Fifth Avenue, things finally quieted down a bit. We passed by Rockfeller Center which was light up and decorated to celebrate Fashion’s Night Out. After taking a quick breather/sit-down at the nearby fountain, we headed downtown to the Socialyte and Bloggers’ Night Out event at Arrojo. While the lovely Liz created a waterfall braided effect with my hair, I sipped on a cocktail provided by Stoli and listened to the live band that was performing.
Hair braided at Arrojo
From there we went with some other members of The Bloggers’ Collective to grab a quick bite to eat nearby before heading to the after-party at RSVP. After several hours of walking around, Alex and I were ready to call it a night around 11pm or so. Even then, there were still tons of people on the streets of Soho, making it pretty impossible to catch a cab or even navigate the sidewalks. We finally did make it home (although it took much longer than it should have!) and I think we’ve both vowed to pick one destination for the next FNO and stick with it!
Tell me: Did you participate in Fashion’s Night Out in your city?