in my new year’s eve clutch

what's in my new year's eve clutch

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i woke up in a cold sweat this morning.

not because another year has passed me by at lightning speed. not because i still don’t know what i’m going to wear tonight (or more importantly, what color i’m going to paint my nails), but because i am consumed with concern over how i’m going to pack my itty bitty bag for this evening’s festivities.

when carrying a small bag, i am very picky about what i pack, putting every inch of that precious real estate to excellent use. tonight is like the super bowl of clutch packing – the marathon hours of celebrating and venue hopping call for keeping a complicated survival kit on hand. here’s what made the cut:

i’ll be touching up with revlon’s super lustrous creme lipstick
in berry haute between glasses of champagne.

aerin’s rose lip conditioner and a box of altoid smalls
will make sure i’m fully prepped for that midnight kiss.

i always need to mattify after a spin on the dance floor.
this mini sized make up for ever hd microfinish powder is clutch-friendly
at half the price (and i just toss in a disposable powder puff for application).

kate spade’s twirl rollerball is fresh and flirty,
just what the festive atmosphere calls for!

becca’s beach tint in fig is my current blush of choice.
lucky for me that it’s extra little (i’m loving this duo!)
and takes up next to zero room – plus, it also doubles as a lip color.

a super stylish iphone backup battery will help ensure
that i don’t miss a single happy new year text!

a mane message hair tie (in stylish black glitter) will inevitably come
in handy when my hair gets pulled back into a ponytail well before midnight.

and last but certainly not least, i should mention that i have been saving the cutest of holiday hobos for new year’s eve. i cannot wait to take this little beauty (whose name is twinkle!) out on the town.

so, do tell…are you carrying a tiny bag tonight? more importantly, what’s inside?

true beauty arrives in dc: nectar skin bar

district guys and gals who have an eye for all things pretty are going to swoon over the newest arrival to wisconsin ave: spa-and-retail-boutique-in-one, nectar skin bar. owners amy and brian thomas are the sweetest people ever and talked me through their desire to create a cohesive brand. needless to say they totally nailed it, from the expertly curated skincare and cosmetic brands on hand to the adorable staff uniforms (uber flattering wrap dresses from banana republic – lucky girls!), they considered every detail.

as you can see, nectar is gorgeous, but more than just a pretty face, we are not talking about just another boutique spa. the skin bar carries several things exclusive to dc which will give guests a reason to return again and again. from chocolate sun organic spray tanning and lashdip (can we just pause on that one? lashdip. has come. to DC!), to brands like paul & joe, glamglow, and prtty peaushun, the spa menu and retail shop are so perfectly curated that you won’t find anything like it. to tempt you further, manicures are polished up with butter london and sparitual and makeup artist, adrian avila – who is a total doll! – will make you red-carpet-ready with color from becca cosmetics. when you leave, retail specialist, caitlyn, will introduce you to the yummy brands in store and even make up samples for you to take home if you ask nicely.

this place is pure perfection and if the glossarie were a spa – this would be it.

so…i know what you’re thinking, and i already asked.

no, you can’t live there.

but you can visit brian, amy, adrian, and my new friend caitlyn at 1633 wisconsin avenue nw anytime. i promise you’ll be totally delighted with what you find.