south moon under 20th grand opening

i had so much fun hosting the south moon under 20th grand opening event last thursday! there’s nothing i love more than a good party and those south moon under girls know how to throw a real good party. this one was especially up my alley, complete with a beauty bar that featured makeup touchups by stila and gorgeous manicures by butter london.

before things got rolling, i plopped myself promptly into the makeup chair for a touch up – falling quickly in love with after glow lip color inĀ vivid violet and countless color pigment in lyric for beautiful pink-orange cheeks.Slide1not surprisingly, the makeover stool was a popular spot and beauties lined up, waiting patiently for their turn. this sweet shopper had the most beautiful skin! i love the teal eyeliner and fuchsia lip combination here.

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butter london manicures were also a hit and the accent nail was definitely a popular request. featured shades: kerfuffle (opaque pink creme), molly coddled (lavender creme), jaffa (bright orange), champers (rose gold shimmer), and bobby dazzler (silver chrome). the possibilities were endless and i loved seeing each unique combination.

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while the beauty bar held my attention for most of the night, of course i found time to do some shopping! i walked away with the dress i’m wearing in the top photo and this awesome chevron midi ring which hasn’t left my finger.

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(my own butter london manicure – jaffa and bobby dazzler accent nail – paired with sarita‘s gorgeous ombre mani, and matching midi rings)

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thanks for such a fun evening, south moon! can’t wait to party with you all again soon.

south moon under grand opening party

south moon under grand opening

do you have a south moon under by you? chances are if you live on the east coast, then you are definitely familiar with the fashion-forward boutique and its surf shop roots. i even find that my friends in the middle and west parts of the country know the brand and shop it online because their styles are just that good. i’ve been shopping SMU since college when my roomie and i used to drive an hour to the closest one in richmond. since graduation (ahem, 9 years ago) i’ve been lucky enough to always have a south moon close by and i find myself popping in almost weekly to see what’s new.

south moon under beauty picks

the brand has absolutely blown up over the last five years and they are getting set to open their 20th location in woodbridge, virginia. the team has asked me to be a part of the celebration and to host a beauty bar at the big party on june 20th. i’m so excited! carrying brands like fresh, stila, butter london, deborah lippmann, nyx (and many more!) makes south moon one of my favorite places to discover new beauty. on 6/20 we’ll be doing mini manicures by butter london and touch ups by stila. giveaways will be going on all night long and gorgeous gift bags will be on hand for the first 50 guests.

i hope you can join us!

super lush lips

super lush lips

well beauties, it’s the first day of winter (also, the world did not end – hooray!) and my lips have been feeling the cold effects. i don’t tend to change up my color routine this time of year and with holiday parties demanding red lips and bold looks galore, my poor pout is taking a beating.

i picked up super by dr. nicholas perricone’s lush lips on a whim during their recent sale and it has been the most welcome addition to my winter regime so far. the little pot holds a thick (almost solid) balm, remnant of pure shea butter consistency if you’ve ever tried it, and it smells divine – coconut oils evoke thoughts of warm destinations, so perfect for getting through the chillier months.

i’ve been applying lush lips nightly with a q-tip (i hate putting my fingers into pots!) and every morning my lips are smooth and soft, still smelling sweet. it has done wonders for winter dryness and the effects really last – we are talking intense hydration without a lot of slick and shine. i imagine this would be great for layering under lipstick or even over top, plus knowing that i get all of the amazing knowledge and research behind dr. perricone is a huge bonus.

if your lips are looking for a little relief, i can’t recommend this one highly enough. you can get your hands on super lush lips here for $20.

ps – i’m over on the south moon under blog today talking all things red lipstick – so festive and fun!

thursday purseday: nila anthony striped bag

this one is kind of out of my comfort zone, but something about it has got me a little obsessed? not sure if it’s the pink/green/stripe combo, awesome leather chain handle, or the interior compartments (not to mention cute, cute lining!) that i’m so smitten over.

oh, i know. it’s all that quirky, fun style for the insanely cheery $45 price tag!

you’d have to pair it with a somewhat calm and simple ensemble, but what do you think? am i crazy for loving this little satchel?

the nila anthony striped bag is available at south moon under for $45.