3.05.2015

Springtime Clarins

Clarins recently released their spring makeup line and I had the privilege of trying out the new collection after a seeing a demonstration at Bloomingdale's last month of exactly how universally flattering a green eye can be. While I typically think of Clarins as a a brand that embodies natural beauty, this is the second year in a row that their spring makeup releases have stunned me with their vivid colors. Last year it was purple, this year it's green, and both have pulled me out of my neutral eyeshadow comfort zone.



The gorgeous Garden Escape Eye Palette features shades of green, pink, and taupe and pairs perfectly with the Kohl Eye Pencil in Intense Green and Illuminating Blush Palette. It creates a fresh, garden party inspired look that's pretty and feminine for spring, though I've also used the dark greens for a smoky winter night out eye. These colors are limited edition this spring so be sure to scoop them up in time for warmer weather.


3.03.2015

Cozy in Color

While I should be shifting gears to spring, it's tough when there's still snow on the ground and more in the forecast for Thursday! To try to bridge that gap between the actual calendar date and the below freezing temperatures, I put together some cozy items for hibernating around the house, but went with a pretty pink color palette to remind us of the upcoming season. So put on those comfy PJ's, curl up with a wool blanket, sip on some hot chamomile tea out of a gilded mug, and enjoy those days spent relaxing indoors for just a few more weeks. If you must go out, don't forget your winter best and remember to savor the present.



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I absolutely love this simple ivory blanket with a pink stripe, the only thing that makes it better is storing it in one of these gorgeous woven baskets that complement its colors perfectly. Lighting a candle that smells as delicious as it looks brings a bit of warmth to any space. No day spent lounging around the house would be complete without a little bit of self indulgence and Caudalie's beauty products are as luxurious as they are effective. An enzymatic peel mask sounds like the perfect treat for your skin and Tocca's Hand Milk will keep your hands feeling soft despite the cruel winter air. 

When you have a set up this cozy, who cares if winter just won't leave?


Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

I'm always on the lookout for new moisturizers that are super hydrating, safe for sensitive skin, and readily available at the local drugstore. For the past few weeks, I have been using Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel both day and night. I was apprehensive at first because I typically think of gels as less hydrating than a thick cream moisturizer, but I am so impressed with how soft and supple my skin feels from the time I put this gel on until the time I'm ready to wash my face.

The Hydro Boost Water Gel doesn't have all the bells and whistles of some moisturizers that incorporate anti-oxidants, SPF, or retinoids, but it does have hyaluronic acid to retain moisture olive extract to build up skin's moisture barrier. These ingredients are particularly important right now, while the cold, dry air is wreaking havoc on skin, and long lasting qualities make all the difference in hydrating healthy, smooth skin. This is a straight forward moisturizer that battles dehydrated skin and leaves it feeling refreshed and glowing.



Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel comes in a jar that's reminiscent of sea glass and the product itself is a lightweight gel that looks like a cool pool of water. Everything about this moisturizer conjures up images of hydration and looks do not deceive in this case. Definitely check out Hydro Boost Water Gel next time you're looking for deep moisture that will keep your skin feeling soft and healthy throughout the day - just make sure you add an SPF on top!

2.26.2015

Cherry Blow Dry Bar

This evening I capped off a wonderfully relaxing and productive snow day with a trip to Cherry Blow Dry Bar. I always love the vibe of blow dry bars, the air is filled with excitement as women are sitting in their chairs indulging themselves a bit before a night out. Of course, a beautiful space and wonderful service always helps this ambiance and Cherry Blow Dry Bar absolutely delivers on all fronts. 

I was offered a glass of champagne as soon as I walked in and as someone who appreciates the little details, I was loving the adorable logo on my champagne glass. A row of red leather chairs sat at a pristine white counter offset by a gorgeous light turquoise glass backsplash and sparkling chandeliers. Red hair dryers and fancy little mirrors were ready and waiting at each station. I sat down with my stylist, Amber, and explained that I was looking for major volume with a bit of curl and she was ready with images to confirm that we were on the same page. A relaxing hair wash and an hour of impressive work with the blow dryer and a round brush later and my hair looked fabulous. I could not believe the curl and body that was able to be accomplished without a curling iron (though that's certainly an option!).  




Blow outs at Cherry Blow Dry Bar are $35 which is a small splurge but a great value in the world of blow outs and definitely worth it for a big night out or a special occasion. The stylists all use products from Kevin Murphy, a line out of Australia. I've left blow dry bars before where my hair felt sticky and hard from an excess of hairspray, but this was a completely different experience.  Amber used a variety of products on my hair that boosted volume and left my hair feeling weightless. 

Next time you're looking to treat yourself to a gorgeous blowout, stop by Cherry Blow Dry Bar at 1041 N. Highland St. in Clarendon. 

Snow Day Links

Well, another snow day here in Washington, which is great for catching up on blogging and getting stuff done around the house, maybe I'll even do a little painting! Since I'm sure I'm not the only one enjoying a leisurely day at home, I've got a few links for you to mull over. It looks like I'm on a bit of a hustle kick judging from what I've been reading this week!

Reading all my March issues and savoring my coffee this morning. 
  • I've really been delving into workshops, seminars, podcasts, and classes recently, so I loved reading this article on 5 Ways To Get The Most Out Of A Workshop. I love what it says about creating an ongoing community that extends past the in person workshop. 
  • 10 Things Successful Women Do Every Day is a great reminder from Lauren Conrad on those simple things that can make all the difference in having a productive day versus one that disappears before you can actually get things done. 
  • Last night I attended F*it hosted by Worn Creative. This inspiring event shared the stories of several female business leaders in Washington, their experiences with failure, and what they learned going forward. It was a motivating and inspiring event filled with honesty, laughter, and an emphasis on the importance of hustle. Plus, the space where it was held was a mid-century inspired heaven.
  • A few days left to use code "pineapplesandpearlsxoxo" for a free month of Rocksbox - make sure to check it out! Here's my post for more information.
  • The perfect mug to use while you're reading all these articles. 

2.24.2015

Anthropologie Sale

Whenever Anthropologie does an extra 25% off their sale, it's the perfect time to stock up on home wares, accessories, and gifts. Everything at Anthro is just a bit indulgent, which is why it's so perfect for whimsical housewarming and shower gifts. Does that quirky friend with a bulldog really need a bulldog cookie jar? Nope, but she'll be beyond thrilled when she opens it up between expected registry gifts. Then for yourself, the accessories all have a touch of rustic luxe that makes any outfit feel special.

Use the code EXTRAEXTRA to receive the 25% off on all sale items.


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And file this one under things I really, really, really want but have absolutely nowhere to put. Somehow this monkey rug just makes my starfish rug pale in comparison. Oh well, perhaps next time I redecorate...


2.23.2015

Rocksbox

As I mentioned in Saturday's post, I am trying out Rocksbox for the next few months and I was so excited when my first box came on Saturday afternoon! Rocksbox is basically Netflix for jewelry, which is perfect for someone like me who prefers keeping their own jewelry collection a little more streamlined but likes throwing in a fun piece every now and then.

You pay $19 a month for a Rocksbox subscription (use the code "pineapplesandpearlsxoxo" for a free month, expires March 16) and they send you three pieces curated to your style preferences. You can keep and wear the items for as long as you'd like and send them back with an enclosed return envelope and label when you'd like to receive three more pieces. Rocksbox carries so many fabulous jewelry lines including Loren Hope, Kendra Scott, Gorjana, and Margaret Elizabeth. After each box, you can give feedback on the website to better inform your stylist in picking your next month's pieces. 

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How chic is this packaging? Items are sent in a cute white box tied with a navy bow and are carefully packaged with bubble wrap in their own individual jewelry bags. A personalized note details each item that you have received. Included is a padded envelope and pre-paid return label to send back your items when you are ready for a new box.

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When I filled out my style profile, I noted preferences such as gold over silver, an affinity for big, bold pieces, and the fact I am so over those stereotypical enamel statement necklaces. With those in mind, this box included a Teardrop Bangle from Margaret Elizabeth Jewelry, the Golden Flair necklace by SLATE, and Gorjana Crescent Stud earrings. I immediately loved the bangle. The black druzy stone goes with everything and I wear so much black during the winter that I could literally throw this on every single day. Plus, I've never owned anything from Margaret Elizabeth but have always thought all her pieces are feminine and pretty, so it was great to give one a trial run. If you follow me on Instagram (@hmbien), you already saw me sporting the bracelet today.

The earrings from Gorjana are a little bit delicate for my usual tastes but they are actually so easy to wear that I've already worn them twice since Saturday. I also got a few compliments on them - who knew earrings so small could garner so much attention?! I did, however, put in the feedback notes that I typically go for earrings a bit larger. My first reaction to the necklace was oh.my.gosh. that's way too edgy for me. As soon as I put it on though, my opinion totally changed. Since it's all gold, it's super versatile. I wore it out Saturday night to dress up a casual dress, sweater, and thick tights and then wore it again on Sunday with a daytime look. It's a pop of metallic that can truly go with anything.

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While I'll probably send these items back this week so that I can get another box full of new goodies, if I did decide to keep any of these items, I could buy them at a discounted price through Rocksbox. Typically prices are about 20% less than retail and each month you're given $10 to spend which knocks just a bit more off the top.

It's definitely worth giving Rocksbox a try whether you're subscription box obsessed or just like to switch up your jewelry on a regular basis. Remember to use the code "pineapplesandpearlsxoxo" to receive one month free and see how it goes! 

2.21.2015

Cabin Fever Links

As I mentioned in my post on Wednesday, I spent a couple days dealing with snowstorms and flight cancellations earlier this week. While trying to get back to DC, I thought about how productive snow days can be when you're at home with a slight case of cabin fever, and luckily it looks like I might get another chance today!

All those little projects around the house, all those DIY's you've been waiting to try, all those books to read can be tackled when you're sitting around the house sheltered from freezing temperatures and wind chills below 0. After a long Junior League event this morning, you're sure to find me at home organizing, blogging, and Pinterest-ing.


A few things to check out while you're curled up inside on this snowy Saturday:

  • My first Rocksbox is on the way and I am so excited to share it with you in a post soon! It's a great way to rent jewelry from companies like Loren Hope, Kendra Scott, Gorjana, and Margaret Elizabeth for $19 a month. You'll receive three pieces at a time and you can swap it out as many times as you like. It's basically Netflix for jewelry. Plus, if you love a particular piece, you have the option to buy it at a 20% discount. Use the code pineapplesandpearlsxoxoto try out a free month

  • A personal favorite of DC design bloggers just unveiled her interior design firm this week. Check out Lindsay Speace and her exciting first project - a sophisticated and modern bachelor pad.