Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, one and all! What are you up to this weekend? Jules and I are looking forward to a delicious brunch with Asa and Tina, two of our favorite blogger buddies. Also on my to do list is a viewing of The Martian and curling up on the couch with October’s book club pick. (We’re reading The Shining in honor of Halloween – have you read it?) Anyway, I hope you enjoy these links that I’ve lovingly compiled for you from across the interwebs!

Friday Favorites // South by Northwest

1. In case The Devil Wears Prada wasn’t conclusive enough, one magazine editor is revealing exactly how traumatic it is to be interviewed by Anna Wintour: “I’ve had breakups with men I actually liked that took less out of me emotionally.” (Racked)

2. You guys. I have found a recipe for broccoli cheddar soup with fried cheese curds. I repeat: this soup has FRIED CHEESE CURDS IN IT. (Half Baked Harvest)

3. This new collaboration between NARS and fashion photographer Steven Klein looks awesome. I’ll take one of everything, please! (Refinery29)

4. My feet have been ravaged by summer frolicking (worth it), and this pedicure hack involving crushed aspirin and lemon juice sounds like a promising fix. (Byrdie)

5. These 31 reasons to throw a party for no reason are an inspiration. #23 is so Jules, and #25 is pretty much the only excuse I need! (Domaine)

Have an amazing weekend…and maybe throw an impromptu party!

♥ Mil

The Beauty Brief

The Beauty Brief // via South by Northwest

Hello beauty lovers! I’ve been dutifully playing with products all month so I can share my findings with you guys. This month’s roundup is all about laid-back summer beauty, from the triple threat face spray to the hair styling creme that will make your morning routine a million times easier.

Bumble and bumble Don't Blow It Creme

When it’s 95 degrees out, the thought of blow drying my hair makes me want to weep. Enter Bumble and bumble Don’t Blow It Creme! Spread a dollop evenly through towel-dried hair, twist into a loose bun (or twist hair in sections around your fingers, then let it hang loose) and allow to air dry. You’ll get body, texture and softness with virtually zero effort – always a big win in my book. I like to use this on weekends and days when I work from home since it takes a couple of hours for my hair to air dry.

Yes to Coconut Cooling Lip Oil

I actually started using this in the winter when my lips were super chapped, but Yes to Coconut Cooling Lip Oil is perfect for summer, too. That tropical scent! That refreshing coolness! In addition to being intensely moisturizing, it has a nice glossy shine…plus, it’ll only cost you a few bucks. Your lips will love it!

Coola Makeup Setting Spray

This stuff is technically a makeup setting spray, and it does the job just fine. But I bought it to use as a sunscreen and makeup refresher. It’s made with green tea, aloe, and hyaluronic acid, so it’s both soothing and moisturizing – and with SPF 30, it keeps your skin protected throughout the day. A spritz of this feels heavenly after being out in the sun for a few hours.

NARS the Multiple

Ah, the Multiple. Who among us isn’t obsessed? This multitasking cream stick is a summer staple; you can use it as a blush or bronzer, and some shades even work on your lips. My favorite is South Beach (pictured), which creates the perfect golden beachy glow.

What products are you loving right now? Anything you’re dying to try? Has anyone gotten their hands on the new Naked palette yet?

♥ Mil

Weekend Adventures: Nordstrom Spring Beauty Trend Show


It’s the most wonderful time of the year…time for the Nordstrom Spring Beauty Trend Show! Early Saturday morning, Jules and I met up with a couple of friends at the Bellevue Nordstrom, excited to hear experts from top beauty brands dish about the hottest trends for spring. (We were also excited to win some free swag in one of the many raffles, but alas, luck was not on our side…)

Nordstrom Spring Beauty Trend Show speakers included Kate Somerville and Julep founder Jane Park

The event began with a runway show featuring the latest looks for spring; we saw presentations from Tom Ford, NARS, Clarisonic, M.A.C., SK-II, Smashbox, Kiehl’s, and many more. Two of the guest speakers headlining the show were skincare guru Kate Somerville and Julep founder & CEO Jane Park. We heard that this year’s Spring Trend Show was the biggest event ever hosted at any Nordstrom store!

NARS at the Spring Beauty Trend Show

Right: a special preview of NARS’ new Dual Intensity Blush


After the runway show, we headed downstairs for complimentary Clarisonic facials, makeovers at the NARS counter, and manicures from the talented nail artists at Julep.

Manicures and makeovers at the Nordstrom Spring Beauty Trend Show

Left, Julia awaits her Clarisonic facial; top right, fresh blooms at Hanae Mori; bottom right, showing off our matching Julep manis.


The indisputable highlight of the event was meeting Jane Park, who happily posed for pictures with our group and spent several minutes with us gushing about favorite lipsticks and nail colors. As a hugely successful female entrepreneur and CEO of a beauty company that I adore, she’s a major role model for me. It was such a thrill to meet her in person; they say it’s risky to meet your idols, but Jane was so sweet and down to earth. She seemed just as excited to be there as we were!

Us with Julep founder Jane Park at the Nordstrom Spring Beauty Trend Show

Us with Jane!!


As always, the Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show was totally worth the 6 am wake up call (despite our lack of winning raffle tickets). We had a fabulous time and I’m already looking forward to the fall show!

Nordstrom Spring Beauty Trend Show

♥ Mil

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