Start off Fresh in September

September signals a time for a fresh start.

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Don’t get me wrong.  I love summer, but September is an opportunity to begin again.

School starts and with it there is an energy to get ‘back to business’ and to realign priorities.

Recently on a shopping trip to Marshalls I found this lovely notebook.  The mantra is simple and it has inspired me to write down all that I want to accomplish this fall.

Needless to say my fall is starting off fabulously.

StriVectin Repair and Protect Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30

StriVectin Repair and Protect Moisturizer is my new favorite way to combat lines and wrinkles, protect my skin from the sun and drench my face with healthy antioxidants.

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 The formula has a whipped consistency so a little dab goes a long way. Lightly scented, this cream melts into the skin quickly and evenly.

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Since it contains SPF 30 I use this moisturizer primarily in the morning to give my skin all-day protection from the sun. Once I awake and do a little meditation, I apply my eye cream and StriVectin moisturizer. Next, I grab my morning coffee, and write my to-do list for the day and fifteen minutes later I easily apply my foundation.  What’s so great is in this short amount of time my skin is perfectly ready for my makeup as it gets hydrated quickly, looks dewy but never greasy.

On weekends when I am not headed to work, I love the fact I can put on my moisturizer, before walking my dog Becky or running errands, and I already have my SPF 30 broad spectrum protection on my face. As an added bonus to my delicate skin, which is prone to break-out easily, I haven’t experienced additional breakouts.

All in all this product is a nice find that will be a mainstay in my beauty chest.

Zadig & Voltaire’s grand opening brings Paris to Washington, DC

Zadig and Voltaire’s arrival to Washington, DC was kicked off with a grand opening celebration.

   20150603_190958The famous French clothing line, known for a rock and roll sensibility did not fail to disappoint with a loft inspired store housing many beautiful and witty garments.

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The minimal decor was the perfect way to showcase the edgy clothes on display.

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The fragrance was arranged in a library fashion. I received a sample of the scent for women which has notes of Orange Blossom, Peony, Jasmine Tea, Tonka Bean, and White Musk and plan on wearing it on my next night out.

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My favorite contrasting pieces were the snakeskin jacket and the Coco T-Shirt with Hot Pink accent.

Zadig and Voltaire is located in Palmer Alley in Center City.

Friday Night at Bethesda Row with DKNY PR Girl

This Friday at the Bethesda Row, I had a wonderful opportunity to meet DKNY PR Girl, ALiza Licht, in person.

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Aliza is the New York fashion publicist behind the popular DKNY PR Girl Twitter account and is known as much for her witty style comments and her adorable alter-ego illustrations. Aliza was very gracious and as you can see in the photo we both adore the shade of Cherry Tomato.

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Aliza was signing copies of her new book Leave Your Mark, which is a book about mentorship, personal branding, Social Media and along with good tips to succeed in your career.

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This evening also included perfectly sized Leave Your Mark deserts by Georgetown Cupcakes, as well as a fashion show featuring Bethesda Row boutiques to make a special night and the perfect start to the summer season.

Previewing Prada’s Bespoke Shoe Collection

I recently had the opportunity to preview Prada’s Bespoke shoe collection at Tyson’s Galleria in Washington, DC.

prada, italy, bespoke shoes, heather neisworthThe new Made To Order Décolleté collection is a very special opportunity for customers to design their own Prada shoes.The journey to create your own custom pair of shoes begins by choosing a design model.  Choices include pumps, flats or peep-toes? Next there is a rainbow of colors and prints as well as fantastic materials to pick including: satin, suede, patent and different types of leather.

Picking a customized sole is the next difficult choice, and I immediately fell to the charms of the delicate, light blue sole but colors like black, white and beige are also available. And to add the icing on top of the beautiful Prada shoe fantasy, if you so choose, you can add your initials in amber-colored medal below the Prada logo on the sole of the shoe.

These delightful shoes are delivered within one month and are the dream for any woman.

Liven Up Your Hair This Spring

As a busy consultant, blogger and fiancée planning a wedding, life can be busy.  Add in one daily commute into the heart of Washington, D.C. and a love of yoga and I am left with little time for a lengthy beauty routine. Ultimately I have to make every minute count in my daily beauty ritual.

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Head and Shoulders made my hair smooth and manageable.

Make no mistake… hair is a big part of my beauty ritual, for beautiful, healthy hair is important to me.  When my hair looks good, I feel good.  So even as I have been embracing the no-makeup makeup trend (which Marc Jacobs declared by the way as already over) there can be no debate to maintain fabulous hair every day. Since my hair is naturally wavy and frizzy, it’s important for me to have smooth locks to define my style and give me a polished appearance so I look put-together from a morning meeting to an after-hours get-together with friends.

Recently, I was invited to try Head and Shoulders Smooth and Silky formula Shampoo and Conditioner and I can say I have been very pleased with the results on my hair.  The scent is light and refreshing and my favorite part is the special formula that contains a unique 24 hour frizz control that tames stray hairs.  So when I wake up at the crack of dawn, my hair is frizz-free and I save time to spend on other important things like a cup of coffee for breakfast.

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Head and Shoulders made a noticeable difference in my hair.

Head and Shoulders is available at Target, my new favorite beauty stop, which is great because I eliminate a trip to a special beauty store and make a smart and savvy purchase on my budget. Now at Target if you buy 3 bottles of Head and Shoulders, in special limited edition bottles, you get a $5 Target gift card so everyone can make the switch to be frizz-free.(http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=151829163&iu=/5485/sugar.pop/track)

This offer ends May 16th so hurry over! So here’s to the start of a beautiful spring, with more time on our hands and gorgeous hair. “Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Head & Shoulders at Target through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Head & Shoulders at Target, all opinions are my own”

Top Five City Pharma Must-Have Beauty Picks

City Phama is a beauty lovers dream.  Yes, I can call it a store, a pharmacy, but oh it is so much more.  I am currently going through a beauty withdraw since many of the items I purchased last summer from City Pharm in Paris are now practically empty.  So it is my emptying makeup bag that caused me to look at my summer photos from Paris and it is with much joy that I a recall my visit.

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Located in Saint Germain, City Pharma is where fashion and beauty insiders from all over the world gather to purchase their must-have beauty items. There is always a flurry of people at the corner of the store and if you happen to visit I highly recommend taking the beautiful walk down Rue Bonaparte (Bonaparte Street) for your visit.

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Walking through the doors immediately introduces you to the charged atmosphere inside.  Here women carrying baskets filled to the brim of lotions, boxes of skincare products, vitamins and brushes are quickly hurrying about while checking off lists on paper, iPads and mobile phones to ensure they pick up of every essential beauty item. Really, the mood is frantic with many people rushing around as if the store is about to close in a few moments or if they will miss a connecting flight.

This excitement comes from the great selection and the affordable affordable prices not seen at other French pharmacies.  The store also carries many two for one deals so when come to shop you can always be greeted by a nice surprise.

The service is also impeccable.  Staff are dressed in pristine White lab coats and are knowledgeable and patient.  During one visit I actually had a face cream in my basket that I wanted to try and upon asking a staff member if I should buy it she firmly responded with a firm “no” saying that I shouldn’t purchase a product that isn’t made for my skin just because I read about it in a magazine.  While she was abrupt I appreciated the honesty and the experienced reinforced my love for this special place.

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More importantly I found some wonderful buys and here are my top five beauty picks from City Phama.

1. Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water

When I visited my Dermatologist in Paris she recommended Micellar Water to clean my face and to remove makeup.  Micellar Water may be a new product in the United States but French women learn to use this product as very young children.  I  have sensitive skin that gets red very easily; and when I use it gently removes my makeup.  It also never leaves my face tight or dry.  I am so addicted I carry a little sample size around with me in case I ever need a touch up.

2. Eau Thermale Avene Cleanance Masque

I heard so much about this product it was on the top of my beauty list. This mask cleans clogged pores and is good for oily skin.  I use it once a week all over my face for about 10 minutes to refresh and recharge my skin.  It is especially good to remove blackheads from the noise and chin.

3. Uriage Roseliane Anti-Redness Cream

This cream is a perfect way to avoid red and irritated skin. Just a little dab every evening, is calming and soothing on my face. It is also non-greasy and hydrating which is good to use when the weather in changing and skin is readjusting to the weather.

4. Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre

A beauty model secret that has been famous since 1950, this unscented cream is a favorite of Karlie Kloss at New York Fashion Week and was rumored to be Jane Birkin’s cream of choice. The formula is simple, Paraben-free, and has a very subtle scent.  Light to the touch, this creme retains water in the skin and makes you feel that you are not wearing anything at all. I especially like it because I can put it on in the morning and my skin drinks it in quickly leaving a perfect finish for my makeup.

5. Bioderma Atoderm Stick

Since I am a Bioderma fan I had to try to Atoderm Stick especially with the buy 2 get one free package. The Shea Butter formula really makes my chapped lips feel comforted and is great for touch-ups at work.

City Pharma has many other wonderful products and like the Eiffel Tower or the Mona Lisa really is a must-stop on your next trip to Paris.