Tiramisu For Breakfast

Richmond, VA-based beauty blog

Month: November, 2015

Fall Fashion at Saks Fifth Avenue

by christinamdick

My friend Jevata and I had a fabulous time at Saks a few weeks ago. Her friend Beverly George is a personal shopper there, and we thought it would be fun to let her try out fall’s trends on us. First, a little explanation on what a personal shopper is, and who can use the service.

Anyone can use a personal shopper. Budgets vary, of course, and Beverly can accommodate. She works with people who are looking to expand their wardrobe because of a life change like a new job, people who shop with her for new things each season, and people who shop couture that needs to be custom-ordered. She has clients all over the country. You can send photos of yourself so she can pick out clothes that will work for your build and style.

You can also shop for gifts. Beverly can work with you to shop for family or for special occasion items like bridesmaids gifts.

If you’re interested in trying or purchasing any of the clothes or accessories below, email her at Beverlybeverly_george@s5a.com or give her a call at 804.317.1413. You can also follower her on Instagram: @saksfifthbev.

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After we tried on our first outfit, we went back to the room to find fruit, cheese and water to refuel for our next outfit change.

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We wore these masks to protect the clothes from makeup. (Have you ever seen these before? I hadn’t.)IMG_0505

For our first look, I love this Tadashi Shoji strapless gown and Elie Tahari fur jacket. (I lovvved this coat)

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Jevata sported this elegant white Escada suit. I love the bow in the front.

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I LOVED these Stuart Weitzman shoes. (PS, that’s Essie’s Bikini So Teeny on my toes)

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Fall at French Connection

by christinamdick

When French Connection reached out to offer me $$$ to try their Fall Collection I freaked out. I’m familiar with the brand, and I’d seen their clothes in a local Richmond boutique, Bliss 5812 (recommended to me by the wonderful Amy of Super Fun Yoga Pants)

Here are my favorite things from the site:

I love how this top mixes the cool perforation with lace on the sleeves.

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And this one is SO delicate and pretty. I went wedding dress shopping this past weekend with my soon-to-be sister-in-law, and this almost reminds me of a bridal gown.

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This was one of my favorites. I almost got this one. It’s so unique.

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…and the top I ended up getting for myself, the Ripple Knitted Jumper. 
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78EXD_3I decided to wear it when I joined Kelli Lemon on her Video Series/Podcast, Coffee With Strangers, so I have some photos of the top in action. all of the shots below are by the lovely Jenny McQueen of Capture Photography.
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Check out the video clip below and the full segment at CoffeeWithStrangersRVA.com

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Ann Taylor’s Sequin Pants and A Little Shopping Tip

by christinamdick

Ann Taylor sent out an email featuring these pants this morning and they sold out within hours.
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They are so fabulous. My rule for myself is to not buy anything at Ann Taylor unless it’s 40% off (They are always having a sale),  so I passed on these, even though they’re gorgeous.

I happened to check the site later in the day, and noticed the pants weren’t there anymore. I had already posted a link to them on my blog’s Facebook page, and when I clicked, I got the “SOLD OUT.” messaging. The marketer in me was curious, so I did a quick search to see if anyone was talking about these super popular pants. I saw this tweet, which inspired this post.

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A lot of times, a really popular item will sell out online, but you can find it in stores. One little trick I learned. The “Find In Store: feature can be your best friend, if you know how to use it. Don’t just search your city. I live in Richmond, VA, and I highly doubt that Ann Taylor sent a large supply of sequin pants here, so I search by New York, NY, and low and behold, three stores have them in stock.  If you have an Ann Taylor credit card, they’ll waive the shipping cost and send them to you right from the store. Otherwise, it’s about $8.

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I have a navy pair from American Eagle (no longer available, unfortunately) that I got a lot of use of last winter. They’re comfortable and warm because they’re leggings, but also very dressy. If you can’t get your hands on the ones from Ann Taylor, here are more options. Happy Shopping!

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My Splurge-Worthy Picks From Sephora’s Biannual Sale

by christinamdick

Sephora is having their biannual 20% off sale (the other one is in April, I blogged about it here), and it’s an awesome time to be a beauty lover. VIB Rouge members had 20% off last weekend, and VIB members have it this weekend. Xsparkage did a great video post about the details of the sale with her recommendations here. I like to use these sales as an excuse to try something a little more expensive and to stock up on things I repurchase over and over. Here are a few things I’d recommend getting.

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KP Duty Body Scrub | $46: I got a sample of this and loved it so much that I bought the full size. It’s the first body wash/scrub I’ve tried that has both physical and chemical exfoliants.

Bobbi Deluxe Eye and Cheek Palette | $85: This looks gorgeous. I didn’t pick it up for myself because I already have a few of the colors. But, I wanted to include it because it has so many great shades. Pale pink is my favorite blush of all time.

Clarisonic | $149: I LOVE my Clarisonic. I got it as a Christmas present when I was in college, and it’s such a great thing. If you’re not familiar with this, it’s a brush (kind of like an e toothbrush) that you use with your face wash to cleanse. It’s supposed to make your cleanser more effective and give you a deeper clean. I notice a HUGE difference when I don’t use it.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick | $26: I bought this for doing smokey eyes after reading  reviews online. It’s a shadow stick, but can be used as a liner. I tried it once all over my lids for going out but it’s actually replaced the Armani liner as my everyday liner. It doesn’t smudge AT ALL.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara | $23: Best. mascara. ever. This gives you super thick-looking lashes.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Dry Shampoo | $14:  I love the idea of a perfumed dry shampoo. I like my R+Co, Oscar Blandi and Living Proof dry shampoos, but I ordered this one and am very interested to see how this one works (and smells!).

Sephora Luxe Lashes | $17: These lashes are fabulous. I’ve worn my current pair three times, and they hold up great.

YSL Baby Doll Kiss and Blush | $40: I have a coral and a plum (which I totally copied from Arielle of Scotch and Nonsense). It’s such a nice product because you an use it on your lips and cheeks, and it’s very subtle. Even though this one (11) is really dark, it looks like a light berry stain that you can build up if you want a bold lip.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector | $41: This is such a gorgeous product. I pump a little onto my fingertips and pat it onto my cheek bones and around my eyes.

Fresh Brown Sugar Bath & Shower Gel | $20: Every once in a while I pick up a fancy shower gel. They seem to last a lot longer and feel and smell super nice.

Fresh Rose Face Mask: This is a super gentle mask that I think almost anyone could use. I bought it because it smells like roses, of course. It’s good to use after you’ve used a clay mask or an exfoliating one, because it’s so light and re-moisturizes your skin.

Clinique Acne Solutions BB Cream: MakeupByTiffanyD (One of my favorite YouTubers) had a great explanation of this product here. This is such a great foundation. It feels thinner than a regular foundation but has really great coverage. the only downside to this is that there isn’t a great shade range. I’m wear light-medium, for reference.

My lovely friend Leslie works at Sephora here in Richmond (remember her from this post?), and she was kind enough to share her picks as well!

PTR Camu Camu Powder Exfoliator | $45:  This leaves your skin so soft, smooth, and bright, and has the perfect fine but gritty texture.

Belif Herbal Cleansing Water  | $36:  on the Korean beauty trend. I don’t know why Korean cleansing waters seem to be so much better than others I’ve tried, but they are magic. Takes off everything so well and doesn’t leave a weird film.

NARS x Steven Klein collection: Holy crap I love it all. If I have to pick one though, the lipstick in the color No Shame is such a beautiful juicy plum red, and it’s limited edition.

VERB Leave-In Mist $14: It’s a new hair are brand where every product is only $14, and everything I’ve tried has been awesome. I have fine hair with dry ends, this gives me moisture and a silky finish, but doesn’t weigh it down even when I spray it on dry hair.

Atelier Cologne Vetiver Fatale | $125:  I’m obsessed with this perfume brand. This is my favorite scent, but it’s really hard to choose out of all the good ones. It’s kind of pricey, so it’s the perfect thing to use a coupon on! I wore it on my wedding day.

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