Entries from May 31st, 2012

May 31, 2012

jazzoo 2012 outfit inspiration | kansas city, missouri

So, here we are again, one day before another fun Kansas City event, and I have yet to decide what I’m going to wear.

Tomorrow is the annual Jazzoo event at the Kansas City Zoo. Jazzoo is the Zoo’s largest fundraiser and supports food and care for the animals while providing a night of food, drinks and dancing for patrons.

For this year’s event, I had the privilege of working on the ad campaign (we started in December!) and am honored that the Jazzoo committee chose my tagline, “Cocktails, Coattails and Cat tails” to describe this year’s animal theme: tigers!

kansas city jazzoo 2012 tagline cocktails coattails and cat tails

{My lovely former coworker Alison designed all the Jazzoo 2012 elements. Photo Courtesy JazzooKC}

While I’m a fan of animal print (leopard in particular), it’s not very easy to find tiger print in stores — especially when you give yourself less than 48 hours to plan. I’ve been scoping out a few pieces online that will help shape my look; here’s what’s inspiring me to be the cat’s meow tomorrow night.

karen miller tiger print dress

{I love the flattering shape and bold stripes on this Karen Miller dress. Photo Courtesy Asos}

I’m 99 percent sure I won’t be sporting proper tiger stripes tomorrow (except maybe a hint on my nails or accessories), but I can’t get over how perfect this Karen Miller dress’ print is — the stripes are spot-on, and the cut of the dress is très elegant.

sally hansen animal instinct salon effects

{I love the hot pink color paired with tiger stripes in Sally Hansen's Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips in "Animal Instinct." Photo Courtesy Sally Hansen}

Speaking of tiger-print nails, to save a little time and money on a fresh mani, I may give these Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips a try. I’m probably the last beauty guru to try these instant classic polish strips, but I just really enjoy getting a pampering mani every couple of weeks.

tiger print gladiator sandals

{A cute pair of flats will keep my tootsies happy while I dance the night away with the teacher man. Photo Courtesy Miss Selfridge US}

Even though I’m a high-heels girl at heart, I know that for a night of drinks and dancing, I’m going to want to be as comfortable as possible. A pair of chic flats, like these tiger print ones from Miss Selfridge US, will keep me on the dance floor all night long. Unless the drinks get in the way.

target tigers eye necklace

{This tiger's eye necklace brings the tiger theme to life in an unexpected way. Photo Courtesy Target}

A great statement necklace or piece of chunky jewelry is sure to get the water cooler talk going. Target has some great tiger’s eye jewelry online that I’d like to add to my collection.

 

May 30, 2012

beauty scoop | eminence coconut milk cleanser

If you’re like me, you may have come back from the long holiday weekend with a bit of flush to your face.

I spent some time at the lake with my best friend Liz and the teacher man, and I got a bit too much sun (so much for reapplying sunscreen!). While I’m not burnt to a crisp, my face is a bit pinker than normal, and I’m being careful to keep it from drying out by changing up my regular beauty routine.

First thing I updated was my face wash. I usually use a mild, soap-free cleanser (like this or this), but to give my face a little added moisture, I’ve been using Eminence Coconut Milk Cleanser in the morning and evening.

eminence coconut milk cleanser

{The full-size Coconut Milk Cleanser costs $36 for 8 ounces. Photo Courtesy Eminence}

Eminence sent me a sample of its Sun Care Starter Set, which includes five small sample sizes of warm-weather products. I have a few favorites from this kit that I’m considering buying the full size, including the cleanser.

I like this cleanser because it almost feels like lotion as your massage it into your damp skin. It’s got a fresh, tropical coconut scent (made from real coconut milk, which helps moisturize, as well as coconut oil, a protecting antioxidant), and it also boasts soothing calendula — just what sensitive, sunned skin needs for a little pick-me-up.

I probably have about two more servings left in my small sample — then I’ll be heading on over to the DermStore to get a bottle (free shipping!) to last all summer long. I should probably be a bit wiser about packing enough sunscreen for my long weekends this summer.

What are your post-sun beauty rituals? How do you change up your routine to help heal overexposed skin? Tell me your favorite products and tips in the comments section.

May 28, 2012

outfit post | she’s always buzzing just like

Hope all my fellow John Mayer fans caught that little reference for today’s post — neon, neon!

kimberlyloc neon skirt urban outfitters

{Leopard Print Top//The Limited (similar); Bow-Wrap Belt//The Limited; Neon Skirt//Urban Outfitters (similar); Purse//H&M; Bracelet//Cato (have had this for about 15 years!); Heels//Gianni Bini via Dillard’s. Photos By P.}

While I already owned this crazy, chunky, neon green bracelet, I’d yet to add a piece of neon clothing to my wardrobe until I found this twirly skirt at Urban Outfitters. It’s a bit short, but with a tucked-in top and a belted waist, it looks sophisticated and pulled together.

kimberlyloc urban outfitters neon green skirt

I wore this outfit with Jess last week to a fall trend report event at the Nelson, hosted by Fashion Group International. Jess and I were neon twinsies (see the outfit outtakes on Facebook), which made it easy to point out the only bloggers at the show.

We had a great time mingling with other area fashion enthusiasts (and even saw a few familiar faces) and getting some unique points of view on what fall trends will be popping up in area boutiques soon.

But, before we think more about fall, let’s talk about now. What is your favorite look for spring/summer? Have you tried neon yet?

 

May 24, 2012

beauty scoop | kelly teegarden organics the secret facial cleanser

I finally ran out of my sample size of one of my favorite cleansers, but that means I now have ample face time to dedicate to another simple cleanser that I like: Kelly Teegarden Organics “The Secret” Facial Cleanser.

kelly teegarden the secret facial cleanser

{Kelly Teegarden Organics sent me a sample kit of products to review. The full-sized product, which is 8 ounces, costs $45. Photo Courtesy Kelly Teegarden Organics}

This facial cleanser, developed by cancer survivor Kelly Teegarden (remember her recent profile on the blog?), is scent-neutral though it’s made with good stuff like organic aloe leaf juice, organic avocado oil and argan oil.

I especially enjoy using this cleanser during weeks when I feel like my skin is extremely sensitive — I know my skin is getting clean and nourished with healthy ingredients, but I’m not overwhelming my senses with different scents and smells. I’ll then apply a thin layer of jojoba oil (another virtually scentless oil) onto my skin to help detox and purge it of impurities overnight — trust me, it works!

Besides knowing I have a trusty, go-to cleanser for times when my skin is reactive, I also like knowing that Kelly developed her entire line with chemical sensitivity and natural ingredients in mind. You won’t find parabens or other hormone disruptors in Kelly Teegarden Organics personal-care products — and she’s even branching out into cosmetics, starting with lip gloss (review and pics soon!) to help you make over your entire beauty regimen.

So tell me: Do you use different cleansers for different times/different skin issues? What do you use? Tell me in the comments section!

May 22, 2012

beauty scoop | la bella figura barbary fig renewal serum

Another facial oil has earned a permanent spot on my top shelf.

La Bella Figura’s Barbary Fig Renewal Serum is my latest love — and you know I love my facial oils. But this serum, a “super serum” packed with intense moisturizers, is absolutely incredible.

la bella figura barbary fig renewal serum

{La Bella Figura sent me a few small dropper samples of its Barbary Fig Renewal Serum. A full-size bottle (1 ounce) costs $125. Photo Courtesy La Bella Figura}

La Bella Figura co-founder Victoria Fantauzzi chose barbary fig seed oil (also called prickly pear oil) from Tunisia as the core ingredient for her natural skincare line because it contains tons of essential fatty acids and nearly four times more vitamin E than argan oil. This precious, expensive oil is on track to be “the next argan oil” when it comes to efficacy.

Barbary fig seed oil packs tons of essential fatty acids for collagen support. Combined with broccoli seed oil, the renewal serum helps smooth and prime skin for makeup. In addition, guava oil acts as a retinol while milk thistle seed oil and magnolia oil add brightness and a clean, sweet scent.

Besides these benefits, the best thing about La Bella Figura’s Barbary Fig Renewal Serum is its multipurpose use. It’s the perfect overnight reparative serum, light daytime moisturizer and pre-makeup primer. It’s the least-oily serum/oil I’ve ever used, and its smell rivals that of some of my favorite brands’ oils.

La Bella Figura’s Barbary Fig Renewal Serum will easily have you reconsidering the mountains of beauty products lining your cabinet. (Or is that just me who hoards beauty products?)

Have you heard of barbary fig seed oil? What do you think of multipurpose products? If one product could serve three important purposes, would it be enough for you to spend $125 per ounce? Tell me your thoughts in the comments section.



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