One: I learned how to properly apply under eye concealer.
Because I am pretty scary looking with improperly applied under eye concealer.
I attended Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie's Beauty and the Blogger event. I have attended a lot of blogger-targeted events in my life and this one was the rare event that exceeded my expectations. It was amazing. Reps from most of the lines were there sharing their new products for fall and were very generous with the samples and tips. I will write about more of the products/tips throughout the fall but to start, I got a mini make-up lesson from the Trish McEvoy rep that I found oh-so-useful. (If I could go back and change anything about my life, I would have taken a make-up lesson so much earlier in life.) I am slowly phasing in his tips or else I would be late for work every day and I do not think my job would take a note from the Trish McEvoy rep as a valid tardiness excuse.
The one tip I have perfected is the Triangle of Light application of under eye concealer. When he told me that name, I snorted and said "That sounds so deep." But it might be a little life-changing. Draw an isosceles triangle under your eye (Geometry refresher: isosceles triangles have two sides the same length!). The two equal sides should be the side directly under your eye and the side closest to your ear. The side that is nearest the nose should be longer. Blend those lines together to fill in the triangle and then upward so the entire under eye portion is filled in.
I have doing this method since the event and my eyes (and face) do look a bit more alive and awake. Which is saying something being someone whose alarm goes off at 4 a.m. daily.
Two: I took a donut making class.
A few months ago, my friend Kelsey emailed me asking if I wanted to take a donut making class at the Living Social Building. If there exists a world where one declines an invite to a donut-making class, I do not want to live in it. But the class was last Saturday with District Doughnut and it was fun! The teaching kitchen at Living Social's 918 F Street is really impressive! And our donuts were equally impressive, right? (Though I did learn that I do NOT like Boston Creme donuts!)
The class, however, did nothing to quell my fear of frying things in hot pots of oil. Because as pots of oil were exploding at tables around the kitchen, I found myself backing into a space outside the oil splash zone of all the pots near me, with one eye on the door mentally mapping my exit all while making Kelsey dip the thermometer in the (very! dangerous!) pot of hot oil. Obviously, I am a great friend.
With the help of Jo Malone London and Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie.
Earlier this year, I wanted to learn more about the Jo Malone fragrance collection. The Neiman Marcus in my neighborhood was hosting an event so I swallowed my fear of talking on the phone and called to RSVP. And then I swallowed my other fear of attending events where I know no one and actually followed through on my RSVP. And I am so happy I did. I fell in love in with the Jo Malone fragrance collection, ending up modeling a dress from the Lafayette 148 spring collection without dying of awkwardness, and got to know the sales staff at the store better, including the store's amazing Jo Malone ambassador, the dynamic Sydelle St. Jules (She's super helpful and awesome.)
Ever since then, when Jo Malone has released a new fragrance, I have been able to have a little party for my friends at the store to learn more about the fragrance. I love it because Neiman Marcus and Sydelle really handles all of the amazing details and I get to hang out with my friends in a pretty relaxed way!
Jo Malone's newest fragrance Peony and Blush Suede was released last month and last week, I was able to gather a few of my friends to test it out at the store. And I made little (and somewhat abstract) perfume bottle cookies for the event.
The new scent is really nice. I was worried about the patchouli undertones because patchouli gives me an instant headache (as evidenced my daily seat changing on the Green Line when the girl who I have named Princess Patchouli graces the train with her presence) but it is virtually unnoticeable by me. If you are just starting with Jo Malone, my favorites are Blackberry and Bay and Nectarine Blossom and Honey.
Four: I discovered a magical world.
I had to work an art show event at Glen Echo Park on Friday night. Despite living ten minutes from the Park, I had never been. And I do not think I was quite prepared for its fairy tale qualities. Every Friday night, the park hosts a square dancing event. Hundreds of people travel from all over to attend this dance. There was so much general happiness emitted from that dancing that all I could do was stare and wonder if they all inhaled happiness dust or what. I did not know that much lack of pretentiousness and happiness existed in the DC area. It just did not compute with the DC I know.
I was staring so hard that some of the dancers stopped and asked if I wanted to join in. Given that I am a train wreck in a kick boxing class, I politely declined because square dancing would be ten times worse and everyone there looked like they knew what they were doing. And then I got invited to join the Park's calligraphy yurt. If "getting invited to a yurt" were on my life's goal list, I could have crossed it off!!! But I have been wanting to learn calligraphy….
Five: I bought PowerWalking Shoes.
And continued my rapid descent into early onset senior citizen-itis.
But I log a lot of miles on the Capital Crescent Trail in any given week and I recently realized I needed better shoes. But I think the athletic shoe industry skews heavily in favor of runners. Which makes sense. Running is a cash cow hobby. Albeit a very fit cash cow hobby.
But if set the filter on my size on Zappos, there are 882 running shoes and 302 walking shoes. Of those 302, eliminate the ones that are popular with the AARP crowd and the ones are that are just plain hideous and there are like 2 pairs left. Thanks for all the options walking shoe industry! You do have some young, fashion-conscious walkers that would like shoes that reflect that!
A while back I clipped an article from Shape about the best walking shoe of 2013 and I found this article while cleaning last weekend. The shoe is so obscure that it is apparently only carried by one shoe store in America, specifically in New Mexico. But that little shop has some rocking customer service (Fast & Free shipping! Free socks! Handwritten thank you note!) and I now have these on my feet.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have some PowerWalking to do! Have a great weekend!