7.08.2013

Summer Updates



Bonjour Everyone,

I hope you are all having a delightful summer. I'll be taking some time off from the blog. Taking care of a toddler and a baby is fun and rewarding but it's also exhausting and I need a break to refresh my little grey cells (as Poirot would say :) ).

Summer Ten-Item Wardrobe

Many of you have asked about my summer ten-item wardrobe. I've only purchased one dress to update my wardrobe (the full story is explained in my video). But this dress, from Anthropologie, is the dress of the summer for me. I love it! And it's machine washable too. Who could ask for more?

The Four Agreements

When I return in the fall, I'd like to do a book club discussion of Don Miguel Ruiz's The Four Agreements. Have you read this marvelous book? Many of you probably already have as it's been a bestseller for a number of years. If you'd like to join the discussion, read the book for the first time or re-read it over the next few weeks. In the fall I will take one week per agreement and we can hopefully have some life changing discussions.

Book Signings

I have two book signings coming up in August:

Saturday, August 10th 11am at Anthropologie Rancho Cucamonga
7812 Victoria Gardens Ln
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
RSVP HERE

Thursday, August 29th from 1pm to 3pm at Anthropologie Santa Monica
1402 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
RSVP (coming soon)

I hope to see you there!

Check out my summer dress and more in this week's video. If you are unable to see the video above, click here, look in the sidebar of this blog, or visit my channel: www.youtube.com/TheDailyConnoisseur

Even though I won't be blogging for a few weeks I still look forward to connecting with you on Facebook and Twitter.

Have a wonderful summer...

See you soon! x


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7.05.2013

Madame Chic in Poland & Anthropologie Book Signings

Happy Independence Day American readers!

I always get a bit emotional on the 4th of July, especially when watching the fireworks in the evening. They are just such a perfect and joyous expression of our love for this country... I hope you had a wonderful celebration yesterday, and that it continues on throughout the weekend!

Madame Chic in Poland

Lessons from Madame Chic was released in Poland yesterday by acclaimed Polish publishing house, Wydawnictwo Literackie.


To promote the book, this beautiful series of watercolors have been released by artist, Tomek Minkiewicz.


Also, check out Make Life Easier, Poland's most popular fashion blog, who has featured our book this week, along with a series of fabulous pictures with Kasia Tusk. (Thank you to our facebook friend, Prozak, for sharing this article.)

I look forward to connecting with my chic Polish readers! x

Anthropologie Book Signings

I will be doing two book signings in August at Anthropologie stores in Southern California:

Saturday, August 10th at 11am Anthropologie Rancho Cucamonga (where I grew up!)
7812 Victoria Gardens Ln
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
RSVP HERE

Thursday, August 29th from 1pm to 3pm at Anthropologie Santa Monica
1402 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
RSVP (coming soon)

I hope to see you there!

Don't forget to enter the Belvada giveaway. The winner will be announced on the rafflecopter widget as well as contacted directly.

Have a wonderful weekend x

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7.01.2013

Belvada GelMoment At home Gel Nails GIVEAWAY



This week I have an exciting giveaway for you by Belvada. It is from their at home gel nails line called GelMoment. GelMoment is an innovative non-toxic gel nail product that has improved on the salon model in so many ways.

● Formaldahyde-free, it is completely non-toxic
● Absolutely no sulfates so it does not weaken the nail
● Uses natural, active ingredients that mimic gel nail products
● Requires no base coat or top coat, saving money in the long run
● Uses an LED light instead of the traditional UV light used at the salon eliminating the longterm dangers of UV rays
● Odorless

I've tried GelMoment for the past two and a half months and it is really great! Here are my thoughts and tips:

It takes a lot of practice to successfully apply the nail polish. First you give yourself an at-home manicure. Make sure you buff your nails really well. Do not apply a base coat. Wipe a small amount of a gel nail cleanser (which can be found at a beauty supply store... also Belvada will be making one available soon) on each nail. If you cannot find a gel nail cleanser, you can use rubbing alcohol. Apply a thin coat of the nail polish to one nail at a time. Avoid getting the polish on your cuticle or the polish will peel off easily. After you apply it to one nail, use the LED light to cure the nail for 30 to 45 seconds. I find it's best to cure one nail at a time. I tried painting my entire hand and then curing and it did not work, the gel nails 'drooped'. If you make any mistakes and your gel nails peel off it is really easy to just apply again and go.

Once you are ready to remove the gel nail polish (they can last up to 10 days when applied properly) soak a cotton ball in acetone nail polish remover and wrap around your finger securing with aluminum foil for 10 minutes. **I find the product a bit difficult to remove and also think applying acetone is not ideal. Belvada will be coming out with a non-acetone remover in the near future.

The gel nail polish shades range from neutral to dark reds. In the video I am wearing caramel tan, but I have also tried blushing bride (which is very similar to my favorite Essie Mademoiselle!). Check out their range of colors here.

For more information and to see the gel nails on me, check out this week's video. If you are unable to see the video above, click here, look in the sidebar of this blog, or visit my channel: www.youtube.com/TheDailyConnoisseur

Giveaway


Belvada have kindly offered to give away one GelMoment nail polish ($15- color of your choice) and one LED Curing light ($45) to one reader of the Daily Connoisseur.

I am doing something different with this giveaway by using Rafflecopter. The giveaway entries are growing on this blog and this will be much easier (not to mention fairer) way to keep track of all of the entries. The giveaway will go for one week and the winner will be announced on the icon below once the giveaway is through.

Please note: This giveaway is open to the United States and Canada only.

If you've never used rafflecopter before, you can either enter with your facebook account or your name and email address. You can also tweet about the giveaway and/ or follow me on Facebook and twitter in order to be entered multiple times.

Please do not personally email me to enter this giveaway. In order to keep it fair your entry will only be accepted via rafflecopter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


* Rafflecopter asks you what beauty posts you'd like to see on the Daily Connoisseur but I am interested in what general posts you are interested in seeing for the fall (not just beauty).

Best of luck!



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