The Elevated Beauty Box: From the Lab

Did you know that today is National Lipstick Day? For me, everyday is a “lipstick day” but I am happy to see it getting the national recognition it deserves! This coincides perfectly with the arrival of my first beauty box by From the Lab filled with 3 creamy, long wearing Lip Color Sticks! I love getting surprise beauty boxes in the mail every month!

Three gorgeous shades:

Three gorgeous shades: No.335, No.336 and No.337

I was extremely impressed with the Lip Color Sticks by From the Lab. They are super rich and hydrating while staying in place on my lips. I love that you can blot the color for a lighter, more matte look or build the color and texture by applying layers. They are very versatile and can be a lipliner and lipstick with the feel of a lipgloss all in one. As you all know I am big on lipsticks that don’t transfer off onto wine glasses etc and these do transfer off but I still love them. The rich, creamy texture is addicting!

Who: From the Lab is not a sampling service. The products are their own, latest scientific innovations in beauty. Their mission is to bring luxury beauty to everyone at an affordable price. They only use a conscientious selection of plant-based and synthetic ingredients that are suitable for all skin types. Their products are never tested on animals or include any substance of animal origin and the formulas are free of parabens, benzene, formaldehyde – releasing ingredients, irritants, nanoparticles, nitrosating ingredients, paba, phthalates, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, toluene, and mineral oils and other comedogenic actives that clog pores.

What: From the Lab is a monthly beauty box subscription. Each month you will receive up to two 30-day supplies of their newest European quality luxury beauty innovations in the categories of skin care, hair care, and/or color cosmetics. Each selection has never released in the U.S. and sent to you up to 18 months before the same actives or formulas will be on retail shelves. The awesome people at From the Lab want to give you a special offer. For more info click on the deals below:

12 Month Subscription SALE: $18.25 / Month and $90 store credit

6 Month Subscription SALE: $19.83 / Month and $40 store credit

3 Month Subscription SALE: $23.00 / Month and $10 store credit

Pucker up and have a BEAUTIFUL day!

5th Annual Hall Winery Cabernet Cookoff

Spend an afternoon in Napa Valley at the Hall Winery 5th Annual Cabernet Cookoff? Yes please. This was our first year attending and it was so much fun! It was a gorgeous day to sip and savor. Guests tasted small bite farm to table dishes from 15 local chef teams and then voted for their favorites while sipping the recently released Hall 2011 Napa Valley Canernet Sauvignon. $40,000 were raised and dispersed to local charities so it was a win for everyone!


I loved this bunny sculpture who greets you at the front of Hall Winery in St. Helena. The entire property is filled with art by some of todays most influential artists.


The weather was perfect for an afternoon of food and wine tasting.


The potato gnocchi with applewood-smoked bacon, porcini mushrooms and brown butter was my favorite dish and ended up being the big winner of the day. It was from One Market Restaurant’s Chef Mark Dommen.


The smoking baby back ribs with Hall Cab ‘Q’ Sauce from Bounty Hunter Winer Bar’s Chef Will Wright were finger lickin good. Congrats on your win!


Chef Daniel Capra of Paula Leduc Fine Catering made magic happen with his crispy oxtail tacos that were cabernet braised with avocado, basil, and smoked ricotta. They were one of the days winners as well.


Cupcakes, judges and winners!


Between eating, wine tasting, voting and checking out the art I still took note of my favorite fashions of the day. That black jumpsuit with red sandals was EVERYTHING. I am a sucker for hot pink and black and white stripes. This lady in the center was too darn cute. I love the shade of green of this jumpsuit and the whole look reminded me of my friend Katy.  I wore my summer dress by Milly and it was perfect.

Feeling left out? Well don’t! The next Hall Winery party is coming up on Saturday September 13th! It is the annual Harvest event and the 2011 ‘Kathryn Hall’ Cabernet Sauvignon will be released. It sounds like another perfect day in Napa Valley!

The View Through Firmoo

Firmoo is the latest online optical store offering a variety of fashionable frames and sunnies at a very affordable price. You can get them with or without prescription lenses and there are lots of ways to customize. Check out these fun, red sunnies they sent me last week just in time for my desert get away!


These were the perfect shades for a weekend in the desert!


The purple tinted lenses I chose really made the desert landscape magical!

Checkout how to get a free pair of frames here as well as other deals from Firmoo!

White Light White Night

Saturday night was the annual White Light White Night event in Manhattan Beach benefitting Walk With Sally, a charity committed to providing healing and comfort to children debilitated by the emotional experience of living with or losing a parent to cancer.

It was a beautiful summer night in the South Bay and the top of a parking garage had been transformed into a white wonderland. This was my first “white party” and there was something magical about it. My friend Mary was my date and we had so much fun! There were celebrities, live and silent auctions, craft beer and specialty cocktails, food tastings from over 25 restaurants like Doma Kitchen, Ayara Thai, Hudson House and Petros, live music by the 80′s band Berlin and great people watching! I can’t wait to go again next year!


Mary and I had the pleasure of meeting the man himself…John Paul DeJoria of Paul Mitchell. He was super cool and gave us hugs when we told him we were hair stylists.


Rick Schroder missed the memo that this was a white party.


Mary and actor Dean Winters. I loved his pants. He said he couldn’t find his white ones so he wore these that he got in Brooklyn.


The dessert table from The Torrance Bakery was outrageous!


The South Bay is really into wine…there were a gazillion bottles to bid on in the silent auction!


I fell in love with this gorgeous car on our way out!

I realized one thing when trying to find a dress for the event…white is extremely unforgiving. I was thrilled to find this dress by Rachel Zoe. It fit, was comfortable to wear, I could wear sandals and I felt fabulous in it!

If I Was A Rich Girl

Judith Leiber bow clutch, houndstooth dress Dior, heels Christian Louboutin, leopard dress Versace, leopard print sweater Ralph Lauren Black Label

These are some of my favorites from the latest Neiman Marcus catalog. Each of these pieces is over $1000…yikes! Judith Leiber bow clutch, houndstooth dress Dior, heels Christian Louboutin, leopard dress Versace, leopard print sweater Ralph Lauren Black Label

Last year one of my credit cards was stolen and the thief went on a shopping spree at Neiman Marcus. At least they had good taste, right? The CC company caught it right away and I didn’t have to pay the bill (thank goodness). One good thing that came out of it is that I have been getting NM catalogs in the mail ever since. They are big and glossy, full of great fashion articles and gorgeous designer clothes that I can’t afford. However, the photography is always beautiful and I am inspired to find similar items that are within my budget from more affordable stores!