Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A FACEing Makeup Class with BRIDEface

A couple weekends ago, my friends and I signed up for a FACEing makeup class with the BRIDEface team. We thought it would be a fun and different way to celebrate my best friend's 30th birthday. 

I first learned about the FACEing makeup class from Nancy Dawson, owner of BRIDEface, an onsite bridal artistry and makeup coaching business with services in Cincinnati, Richmond and Washington DC. I interviewed Nancy for a Fort Thomas Matters feature. You must check out her Q&A here, especially her thoughts on the top five beauty items every woman should own.

Nancy was booked on our preferred date, so Mollie and Jasmine led our our private class. The class was held at BRIDEface's new studio in OTR, which is such an adorable, invigorating space. Their pink front door is a show-stopper!

Here are several aspects of the makeup class that really stood out to me:
  • Mollie and Jasmine provided instruction using the products found in our personal makeup bags. I was delighted to hear that some of the items I purchased for myself were among their personal favorites. It was great to get reinforcement from the pros! 
  • They recommended products we should purchase to round out our collections. They weren't brand loyal and didn't continuously recommend one brand over another. They even recommended a lipliner that was as cheap as $1.99. Talk about a score! 
  • They were patient with our matter how silly they seemed.
  • They gave us a written resource list outlining their favorite products and the retailers that sell them. I was thrilled to discover they too use items that you can find at Target, Walgreens and other drugstores. It was nice to hear you don't have to use all expensive department store products to achieve a polished and perfect look. 
  • They talked us through application techniques and then encouraged us to try the technqiues ourselves under their guidance. 
My friends and I loved this class. Not only did we feel beautiful, we also felt empowered. We now know the the tips and tricks for achieving our desired looks. 

What about you? Have your taken a BRIDEface FACEing class?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Monster Bash - Jacob's First Birthday Party

Last year, my best friend, Julia, hosted a playful monster bash to celebrate her son's first birthday which fell the weekend before Halloween. Since it was so close to Halloween last year, I decided to hold the photos and share them this year.

Julia selected an orange, lime green, blue and black color scheme and relied on the oh so popular chevron print as an accent. In the picture below, she used wrapping paper as a table runner. I'm a big supporter of this practice and suggest it to everyone I work with when planning children's birthday parties. It makes for super simple cleanup!

Who knew googley eyes could be so fun? Just glue those suckers on a variety of products and you have little "monsters."

She featured several desserts - cake, cupcakes and homemade cookies. 

The monster cookies were an easy addition. Just tint sugar cookie dough with food coloring and add candy eyes. 

She incorporated son's one year photos and asked guests to share their well wishes on a mat to frame as a keepsake. 

She provided coloring pages on each table to keep younger guests entertained. 

I felt it was only fitting to decorate my gift bag. A little card stock and double-sided tape went a long way in creating this lighthearted monster. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sparking a Connection with Lindt Hello Chocolate

I'm ecstatic to partner with Lindt to help introduce their hip and trendy line of HELLO premium chocolate. I've actually purchased this chocolate several times to use as gifts because I'm drawn to the eye-catching packaging, cheeky language and enticing flavors.

When they reached out and asked me to reflect on how I can spark a connection with someone and say HELLO, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I remember my first HELLO with my husband. I sat next to him in my college sociology class because he was the cutest boy in the room. Who knew eight years later that cute boy would be my husband?!?

Because my husband and I are on very different work schedule, sometimes I feel like I barely get to see him. I thought about how I could spark some excitement in his day even while not being there in person. Using the line of Lindt HELLO Chocolates, I created a little goody bag to insert a surprise HELLO into his work bag. I can't wait to see what sweet text I receive when he discovers this surprise. Aren't surprise gifts the best?

The current line comes in several delicious flavors: 
  • Caramel Brownie (My personal favorite!) - Smooth milk chocolate, hazelnut and caramel brownie filling 
  • Strawberry Cheesecake - Rich milk chocolate and light and fluffy strawberry cream cheese filling
  • Crunchy Nougat - Smooth milk chocolate 
  • Cookies & Cream - Chocolate chip cookie pieces and cream filling 
What's also awesome about the line is that you can choose your size! Pick from bars, sticks or even cute little mini sticks to find a sweet treat that's just right.

For my husband's surprise pack, I included all flavors and all sizes. This way he can pick his favorites. 

Is there someone you've been wanting to say HELLO to in a subtle, but sweet way? HELLO chocolates make the perfect introduction. You'll have to check out the "It All Started With HELLO" web-series produced by Ashley Tisdale for situations in which chocolate helps with HELLO. My favorite video in the series hinges on the workplace romance. Nothing likes savoring a little gifted chocolate at your desk!

In other great news, Lindt HELLO chocolate is hosting the Sweet Connections Sweepstakes! Just visit their webpage and enter your email to be entered. Each week, they'll introduce a new giveaway:

September 24 - 30: Girls Just Want to Have Fun Giveaway 
Enjoy a shopping spree with the girls + yummy Lindt chocolate

October 1 - 7: Sweet Staycation 
Lindt HELLO treats you to a pampered night at home - movies, books + chocolate

October 8 -14: Besties Reunion
Reconnect with your best friend for a day at the spa + Lindt HELLO chocolate to sweeten the deal

Be sure to sign up to win some really sweet prizes! Click here for a quick entry.

A special thanks to Lindt HELLO chocolate for sponsoring this post and encouraging me to try all their delicious flavors.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WeWork: Touring Our Creative Meeting Space

Sarah from WeWork, a community of creators who believe in beautiful workspaces, recently reached out to me about my work environment. Since I absolutely adore the space I work in, I was thrilled to share more with her, her team and you!  

While this is not the environment in which I write my weekly Simply Sarah Style posts, it is the place I work at every day as an Account Executive for Copperfox Marketing

We created this unique environment, outfitted in bold colors and one of a kind furnishing, as a creative meeting space for our team and clients. Since this is an extension of individual offices, we rent this area to other corporations hoping to break out of the boardroom and try something a little different for their annual meetings, work sessions and trainings. 

The vibrant space features multiple breakout rooms to accommodate small group brainstorms and even moveable dry-erase walls, perfect for ideation sessions.

What is nice about this space is that we can move furniture to accommodate multiple purposes. Is it a presentation that needs to be projected for guests? Is it a hardcore work session where everyone needs surface space for their laptops? Is it professional cocktail hour? Regardless of the need, this space is a workhorse. 

We even have a small room we call "the vault," which has a huge door that encloses the area below.

We also have kitchenette filled with all the necessities - a kegerator, a wine collection and multiple serving sets - perfect for any entertaining need.

If you aren't completely sold on the space, you should check out the patio. Floral planters line our outdoor area creating a sense of privacy. They also serve as a beautiful distraction making you forget you're at work.

When it comes to work spaces, it doesn't get much better. The space that surrounds us every day is invigorating and inspiring.

I guess my only wish list item for this workspace is free lunch every day...A girl can dream, can't she?