Bluemercury at Macy’s Southdale

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Bluemercury, a new and exciting luxury beauty space opened in Macy’s Southdale in Edina June,11. And as one of the biggest beauty and make up junkies I was there last Friday to check it out.

The new store space is located to the left of the entrance, if you are coming in from the Macy’s parking lot off of W 66th street. It’s a wide-open space, set up to showcase some of the products and brands Macy’s has never carried before, like Trish McEvoy, Guerlain, SK-II. The space also includes a spa room, where you can schedule an appointment for microdermabrasion, brow tinting, facial, waxing and more.

I got to spend a few minutes at the location, getting the tour, learning about the products. The staff was incredibly knowledgable, friendly and helpful.

I was happy to see some brands I recognized like Klorane, Bliss, Nars and Darphin, but I was more interested in the lines I’ve never tried before, like M-61, RMS Beauty, and Tara Smith haircare.

I can’t wait to share some of the beauty product reviews of the items I was able to get my hands on from Bluemercury. I am especially excited about the M-61 Power Glow Peel, Hydraboost Eye and Lune and Aster makeup (mascara and primer).

One last thing, Bluemercury gift wrap is amazing! Go check them out, try out the products, share some beauty love!

Macy’s Presents: Get Glam + Get Going Event at Southdale!

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From one Macy’s event and onto the next. Did you know that Southdale is the oldest mall in America? Well now you do!

Want to come and hear stylists talk about their favorite trends of the season and get some style advice? I am all about trends, so I can’t wait to see what Macy’s has in store this season!

I can’t wait to see the new styles, accessories and inhale that Spring Fashion we’ve all been waiting for, I don’t know about you, but I can barely look at my Sorels and heavy winter coats right now 😉

I will be looking for timeless pieces that I can add to my capsule wardrobe for sure. More on that on the blog next week!

Intrigued? Come to Macy’s Southdale on Saturday, March 12 at 2 pm! Make sure to come early to grab a good seat! I hear my friend and fellow blogger Lindsey Herzog is hosting along with Brittany Thelman. Plus there will be sips & snacks, mini manicures, photos at our special photo op, and informal modeling.

Don’t forget that Macy’s is offering to help you find the perfect look and gift for every occasion. It’s fun, fast and free!

Disclosure: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. 

 

Handbag Designer Patricia Nash in Minneapolis TODAY!

Today after class I’ll be heading down to Mall of America to interview a handbag and accessory designer Patricia Nash. She is here in Minneapolis premiering her new collection! As soon as I took a peek at the designs, I knew I was going to love it. There is that boho/vintage feel around every single piece, and the collection is so unique and personal, it makes it even better. Plus if you are into boho, like me, I know it will be straight up your alley!

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I will be posting the interview later this week, but if you have any specific questions you want me to ask Patricia, leave them in the comments below or send them to me via social media! I am sure she’d love to answer them!

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So if you have time today and would love to meet with Patricia in person, you can do so by heading to either Macy’s Ridgedale or Mall of America stores, the times are provided below.

The first 10 shoppers who make a $100 or more purchase of Patricia Nash merchandise will receive a $20 Macy’s gift card. Additionally, Macy’s shoppers will also have the chance to register to win a one-of-a-kind Patricia Nash handbag.

When/Where: Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Macy’s Ridgedale – 2 to 4PM

Macy’s Mall of America – 6 to 8PM

Meanwhile check out Patricia Nash Handbags on macys.com, or on her website patricianashdesigns.com 

Courtney Kerr on Fashion, Blogging and RewardStyle

Thursday after class I was in a rush. But it wasn’t to get home and study for the next midterm. I was on my way to Macy’s Southdale to interview Courtney Kerr and attend the fashion show after. Courtney and I talked about blogging, rewardStyle, social media, coffee and makeup! She is absolutely amazing in person, and reminded me of another favorite TV personality – Chelsea Handler.

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Just click play to listen to the interview:

The Macy’s Fashion Rocks event that followed was absolutely amazing. Courtney is a great host, and made the looks so relatable. She followed the current trends: menswear and rocker chic, and gave helpful style advice to the audience after. Needless to say, I did some shopping afterwards, and if you follow me on Instagram, you will probably see the looks before anyone else 😉

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Macy’s Glamorama 2014

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The hottest, sexiest, most fun show of the year. I said it and I am not afraid to repeat it. I cut my vacation short for Glamorama, and I don’t regret it one bit. This is more than a fashion show, it is a performance, a theatrical act mixed in with concert craze. It’s loud and moving, gets you on your feet and dancing (Jason Derulo will do it to anyone), made me excited for fall fashions.

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Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama raises money to support children’s cancer research; to improving the health, well-being and education of children; and to help with HIV/AIDS services, prevention and research. This event has taken fashion to the highest level of design, making the event the hottest ticket in town.

I got to meet six year old Jack Serakos, from Andover, MN. At just three months old, Jack was diagnosed with a brain tumor, known as optic pathway glioma, positioned between his eye and brain. To treat the cancer, Jack has endured seven chemotherapy sessions throughout all but one year of his life. Now six years old, Jack will be entering kindergarten in the fall. While the tumor has impaired Jack’s sight, his vision remains very functional and the goal is to preserve what vision he has left as well as reduce future side effects. With his current treatment, his tumor has remained stable for the past 18 months. Despite enduring weekly chemotherapy infusions at the hospital, Jack remains joyful in playing with his two younger brothers Tommy and Will every chance he gets as well as riding his bike and being outside.

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Before You Exit

Before You Exit

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Hello, Kitty!

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Favorite part of the show, naturally 😉

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What I wore: faux-leather dress from Francesca’s, Ralph Lauren necklace, Forever 21 boots, faux-leather jacket from TJ Maxx, and my Rebecca Minkoff 5 zip mini.

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How to Dress like a Rock Star:

“The only rule about dressing like a rock star is that there are no rules other than be yourself and have fun,” states Josh Saterman, Macy’s Vice President and Millennial Fashion Director. Here are a few more rock star style and fashion tips provided by Josh to bring out your inner rock star.

  • Slip on sneakers for a more casual look and buckled peep-toe heeled booties for a night on the town.
  • Belts that give accent to your waist whether you like lower rise or high-waisted skinny jeans.
  • A thick, chunky belt with your tunic knit top is always a safe bet if you’ve moved into soft pants and ponte leggings.
  • Stacked bracelets with new materials like wood, shiny metals in gold and shades of pinks, as well as wires and other new material give that special and unique spin.
  • Two proportions for jackets: both moto and bomber silhouette shapes – The first is slightly cropped above the waistline. The second slightly oversized and athletic-inspired below the waistline. Rock it out with these shapes based on your bottom half. The ponte legging and skinny pant or jean can play well with the shape of your top and jacket.
  • Rock stars make awesome patriots through evolved graphic tees, which speak to the cultural whimsy as well as art and music influence happening in the world today. This alone empowers a rock star to express their individualistic expression of the world and the way they feel about its current state. Graphic tees paired back well with a moto or bomber jacket and soft pants or ponte leggings. Throw on some amazing peep toe heel booties or slip on sneaks and you’re ready for a night on the town.

Individuality, customization and being yourself all ring true in 2014.

I hope you enjoyed the photos and maybe I’ll see you in Chicago 😉

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Check out my top picks for leather dresses, because everyone must have one in their closet 😉

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P is for Pants {A-Z Challenge}

Pants have definitely become a staple piece in almost everyone’s wardrobe. Including mine. I will admit, I am a huge fan of jeans, and pants for me are more of an effort or a special occasion/job interview apparel for me. But everyone sees them differently.

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Due to the nature of my work, you can sometimes hear me say – Pull up your pants! Put your pants on! Keep your pants on! It’s a lot of fun being an early childhood ed teacher. Such item like pants, often don’t make sense to kids. They hate them. All they want to do is trade jeans in for sweats, or better yet pajamas. At least in my class. Girls are known for leggings and tutus combos, or just leggings and shirt… This is when I came to realize that we are not that much different from kids. At least I am not.

I live for next pajama day, when I can wear my sweats or yoga pants to school.

I love distressed denim just like the kids like sticking their fingers in it and distressing it even more. 

Anything that prevents me from sitting criss-cross apple sauce at circle time should be immediately removed from my wardrobe.

Pockets are a sign of status. Discovering and actually utilizing those pockets is a sign of being almost ready for preschool. 

Nothing is wrong with going commando.

Forgetting an extra pair of pants is not a big deal. The lost and found bin is always runneth over.

You can never have too many pairs of pants. 

Always bring an extra pair, or two, no better yet – THREE!

Kids and pants are a funny subject, I hope you enjoyed my observations as much as you enjoyed the collections I created.

 

Do you have a favorite pair of pants? Do you prefer jeans to pants, or pants to jeans? Do tell!

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{27 Dresses} Dress 6: On the Boat Again

 

 

 

 

 

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Some of you were wondering whether I received a boat for my birthday last week, well not really 😉 The boat actually belongs to my father-in-law, and back in the day Sam and he spent a lot of time building it! And now sailing has become one of my favorite summer pass-times! And this time I made sure I packed my new Samsung Galaxy Camera I received from Verizon Wireless back in May!

When it came to picking out my sailing outfit, I went for one of my favorite DKNY dresses from Macy’s (yay for fitting into juniors size!), and my thrifted (Goodwill) white rim sunnies! I also braided my hair, because once you get out on St.Croix it gets really windy and the hair blows all over the place, in your face included!

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I also wanted to share some scenic photos, enjoy and let me know what you think about sailing and any other kinds of on the water activities!

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Another cool thing I was going to talk to you about is this new app I’ve been using called Mavatar. It’s an iPad app that let’s you shop and create wish boards, but at the same time applies coupons and any promotions going on in the store at the time! The creators of this app focus on higher end stores and brands (Nieman Marcus, Bloomington’s, Nordstrom) with a good mix of Macy’s, Gap, and Banana Republic in between! It’s especially nice to see Bloomingdales and Nieman’s featured on here, because they closed both of these stores in Minneapolis! (*SIGH*)

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The “main” page of the app (every category breaks down into more when you tap it)

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And this is where you can see how many coupons/discounts/promotions are available

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And an example of a “Wishlist”!

So here you have it online shoppers – a great way to shop and save at the same time! Now that’s what I call smartshopping!

Let inspiration guide you today~

Xo,

Z

{27 Dresses} Dress 2: It’s Still My Birthday

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I know, I know, but let me tell you about this amazing place called Burger Jones! Oh wait, you already knew?!? I sure hope so!
Well let me start by showing off my new living room furniture! It took Sam and I a pretty long time to find the pieces we knew we absolutely loved. And we looked almost everywhere there was to look in the Twin Cities. But you know what it all came down to? Macy’s furniture store in Edina!

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My mother-in-law came over and we went to Sur la Table at 50th and France, and got the rest of the beautiful silverware set that my in-laws have me for my Birthday!

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We also got some frozen yogurts at the Yogurt Lab, and the Chili Chocolate is to die for! So is salted carmel 🙂 YUM

Now we are getting to Burger Jones 😉 After one “Big Sloppy Kiss”

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And this specialty pesto burger

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Surprisingly enough I had room for dessert! Which was on the house!

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If you are wondering about the dress 😉 I like it, but it has this really awkward length, and the pleats don’t go all the way down, so it looks a bit off if you take a closer look!

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And here you have it! A second day of my 27 dress project! Don’t forget to enter my Shabby Apple giveaway!
Happy Tuesday,
Xo,
Z

What’s going on?

I quit my Beauty Advisor job at Macy’s to go be a toddler teacher. I couldn’t be more excited! Imagine working Monday through Friday, having weekends and holidays off. Oh, wait that’s how you all live and function out there. Anyways, I am one of you now! My husband couldn’t be more excited too!

We are also trying to decide whether to stay in our current apartment or move. After we saw the other available apartments in our building, my hopes went kind of down. We currently live in an apartment facing the highway, and I can’t sleep on top of the highway anymore, but we have a lot of sunlight throughout the day, the ceilings are high, and I have a ton of storage space. One of the apartments we saw yesterday was all carpeted, that immediately made me feel claustrophobic. The other one was nice, but the bedroom was facing the dumpster, there was no ceiling light in the living room, and no storage space. And they want $800 a month for those? UGH I am frustrated at the moment. So if you live in downtown Minneapolis and know of a great 1 Bedroom, let me know! Thanks!

I also decided to splurge and take advantage of my Macy’s discount for one last time, and get some stuff for myself (and tomorrow we are shopping for Sam). So I got some Origins!

 

I got Modern Friction and Clear Improvements, have already tried the first one, love it! The samples are of  VitaZing, which I own the full size of and LOVE! and Plantscription Anti-Aging serum! I also got this awesome Origins Mug, and you can decorate it the way you want to! That inside piece comes out and you can stick whatever you like in there 🙂 I tried Modern Friction last night and it’s amazing! The idea is kind of similar to Clinique’s 7 day scrub, but the ingredients are completely different, and so is the effect! Skin is more radiant and soft. Plus it’s not as harsh as Clinique’s scrub, and has a nice scent (as you know all Clinique products are unscented). Okay, you probably all think that I hate Clinique now, I don’t, it’s just there are things that work for some and don’t for others!

I think I will write more about why I decided to quit retail later this weekend, there are some things that I just want to share and get off my chest! One thing for sure – I’ll miss my awesome co-workers!

Have a fabulous day everyone and an awesome Labor Day Weekend!

Cheers,

Z

 

Estee’ Lauder Summer Gift With Purchase

Even though I work at Clinique, I love other brands and products, and Estee is one of my favorites, I think I’ve presold with them every time, but once, ever since I started working at Macy’s.

I love the products, and I love the fact that they are scented. So this time I decided to get the BB cream (plus you could only get the gift if you purchased a skin care or a fragrance item). I’ve tried it on a few times at work, and even had a sample at home, so this time it was time to make the 1 oz. commitment.

So here is everything that was in the gift:

A comb (that was an odd one, unless they want you to use it at the beach along with the tote). To be honest I really like the tote, it’s much much nicer than the one they had for gift at Lancome (sorry 🙂 )

Two lip products – one a conditioner (another chap stick, yay!), the other pure color lipstick in pink parfait (love that one!)

A sumptuous extreme mascara. That one is by far my favorite! It’s my 3rd mini version of it, so if I combine them all together, I probably have one full size one 🙂 hehe

0.5 oz of Day Wear

Some make up remover:

And finally the BB cream 🙂 I went with the medium shade instead of light, because I am planning on getting some tan this summer!

So now you can decide if you want to get this GWP or not, and let me know if you get it. It’s always fun to compare favorite products and brands!

xo,

Z