A Few of My Favorite Things

Hi, friends!

I thought I’d write a quick post with some recent favorite things.  This is unsponsored and in no particular order.

Screen Shot 2017-05-03 at 12.12.30 PM.pngNumber one is MAC’s Face & Body Mixing Medium–the white version of their iconic foundation.  HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS GLORIOUS PRODUCT SOONER?!?  It’s a light coverage, oil-free mixer that gives a natural finish and finally allows me to achieve the unachievable: foundation that matches the rest of my vampiric body.  I mix in a 50/50 ratio, and, so far, it has worked in a dreamy fashion with every single one of my foundations.  (Currently loving it with the Cle de Peau Cream foundation in shade I10.)  If you are a fellow fair-skinned gal, I can’t recommend this enough.  I bought mine on MAC’s website.

Screen Shot 2017-05-03 at 11.35.29 AMProduct number two is something my husband and I both love: the Cremo Original Concentrated Shave Cream.  This is no frills cream is extremely concentrated, so it lasts forever, and delivers as promised: a super close shave that minimizes nicks (and I’m a pro in this regard, trust me.  Bandaids are a girl’s best friend).  It has a very slight, clean fragrance and leaves your skin soft and hair free.  There’s a mango coconut version if you’re into that thing (I don’t like it but my husband does).  My only gripe with this company is that they market a version for women that seems to be exactly the same — but costs more.  Seriously?  Do your legs a favor and buy the original one asap.  I get mine from Amazon but I’ve seen it at drugstores too.

Screen Shot 2017-05-03 at 11.52.45 AM.pngLast, but certainly not least, is my most recent favorite: the Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Cloud Serum.  I have been searching for a hydrating serum for a while.  My skin is normal to combination: I get shiny in the t-zone but the rest of my face can be dry AF.  In other words, I need moisture but heavier creams can leave my face more oily than glowy, and can cause my foundation to slide around my face.  No bueno.  I had my eye on the Tatcha Deep Hydration Firming Serum, but fate intervened.  I won a Nordstrom gift card from one of my favorite beauty bloggers, Maree at A Little Bit Etc., and she shared her VIB sale recommendations video.  I immediately ordered the Drench Cloud Serum (and two other goodies), and it was exactly what my skin needed.  But, full disclosure, I wasn’t sure what to think at first.

One pump of this very liquidy gel absorbed quickly but left a slightly sticky, almost tight feeling.  Nevertheless, I persisted with my routine and put the lotion on the skin (my beloved La Mer Moisturizing Cream).  It absorbed as it usually did, the sticky/tight feelings disappeared, and I woke to unbelievably soft, hydrated skin.  But the true test was yet to come.  In the morning, I used one pump under the La Mer face lotion with SPF, which is normally not enough moisture for me on its own.  And not only was my skin hydrated and comfortable all day long, three women asked me what I did to make my skin glow.  I’ve now been using it twice a day for the past week, and I layer on a second serum a few nights a week (it is an amazing base for Sunday Riley’s Good Genes!).  Quite simply, it’s a fantastic product.  If you haven’t tried a hydrating serum yet, there are a lot of good options, and Maree’s blog is an excellent place to start.

I’d love to hear about any of your favorite products!  Skincare posts are my favorite ones to read (and some of my favorite Instagram accounts).  And thanks again to Maree for the gift card!  I found out that I won on less than stellar day, and it was a wonderful surprise.  It truly is the little things, friends.

xoxo,
Jenn

Calling All Magpies

Hello, friends!

It’s been a minute (or two) since I last posted; the end of 2015 flew by.  I’m absolutely loving my job with W by Worth, and it’s helped me meet so many amazing women!  Here’s a very quick recap of the last four months: two really fun pop-up trunk shows in our home (still can’t believe I get paid to play dress up), a booth at Fashion Week San Diego, shopping events at beautiful homes in S.D. and L.A., a wonderful week in Wisconsin with my family for Thanksgiving, sang in six concerts over eight days in December, joined an incredible women’s network called Lipstick Sister, and actually spent the holidays on vacation (for the first time since law school).  It was the perfect ending to 2015 and left me refreshed and ready to hit the ground running this week.  I am beyond excited for 2016!

To top it off, I received* this truly stunning iPhone case from AT&T to review and share with you.  I’ve been using it for the past month, and it is easily the nicest case I’ve ever had.  If you’re a magpie like me, you need this case in your life.  The sparkle factor is out of this world!  Here’s a picture Nathan snapped when we were out chasing rainbows.

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Case-Mate knocked this one out of the park, and here’s their official (and accurate) description: “Admire the shimmering splendor of genuine crystal accented with premium leather. Each crystal is thoughtfully selected and carefully placed to create a dynamic shimmer, adding further distinction and a unique, elegant look.”

I can’t tell you the number of women who have commented on this case over the last month.  It is absolutely gorgeous in real life – “shimmering splendor” is not an exaggeration!  I will try to put a video of the sparkle in all its glory on my Instagram account soon.  And looks aside, the case works great as well.  I love how easy the buttons are to use, which is an issue with lots of cases I’ve had, and the mix of matte and shiny metal accents gives it a super luxe finish.  I also like how the case extends away from the back of my phone to give extra scratch protection to the camera.  My one complaint is that the crystals make the case a bit heavy, but the sheer brilliance easily makes up for it.  And I figure I’m getting a little extra exercise when I lift my iPhone. 😉

You can order the case here, and I highly recommend it!  After all, diamonds are a girl’s best friend. (Crazy cat lady shirt not included.)  I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season and that 2016 brings you much joy.  And stay tuned for future posts!  My very simple New Year’s resolution is to be happy, and blogging always makes me smile.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

xoxo,
Jenn

* The case was graciously provided for review but the opinions  are all my own.

 

Winner, Winner!

Dear friends,

Congratulations to Lindsey for winning my W by Worth scarf giveaway!! 🎉  Thank you to everyone who entered and please stay tuned for more fun giveaways to come.  I love sharing our beautiful clothes and doing my part to empower women through style.

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Please forgive my brevity; I’m prepping for my first trunk show and things are a bit crazy as we transform our home into a fashion boutique.  If you’re in San Diego, I would love for you to come and see the beautiful clothes!  I have the fall collection September 4-9th and am booking one-on-one styling appointments.  You can reach me at jfrench {at} wbyworth {dot} com.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

xoxo,
Jenn

Last Day to Enter Giveaway!

Hello, friends!

Thank you for all of the love this weekend.  I truly appreciate it.  I’m starting Monday with a grateful heart and a determined spirit.  ❤

W by Worth’s design philosophy is to empower women through style – just one of the many reasons I love this company!  I’ve made this my personal mission as well, which is why I am so excited to host my fall fashion giveaway.  Today is your last day to enter; the giveaway will close at 9:00 p.m. P.D.T. / 12:00 a.m. E.D.T.  Here’s a picture Nathan just took of the gorgeous plaid scarf with our bronze faux leather biker jacket:

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Get ready to see this baby on constant repeat once we finally get some fall temperatures.  The fit is amazing; I’ve tried on a few moto jackets before but never one that flattered a woman’s silhouette as well.  It also comes in a stunning red matte (perfect for Badger or Aztec fans!). Please don’t hesitate to email me if you’d like more info { jfrench (at) wbyworth (dot) com }.

Thank you to everyone who has entered so far!  I appreciate your support and it makes me so happy to give back to this incredible online community.  {Although the more I look at this picture, the more I realize I add this scarf to my closet too.  😉}

xoxo,
Jenn

Fall Fashion Giveaway

Hello, friends!

It’s a rare rainy morning in San Diego, which fits perfectly with today’s post because I have fall on the brain!  Fall has always been my favorite season: the crisp air, the changing leaves, and best of all, the clothes.  I love the colors, especially burgundy, and I can’t wait to pull out my favorite jackets, tights, and scarves.  Although we love being back in San Diego, I miss living in a cooler climate during fall, so scarves are my go-to way to add layers without too much warmth. Speaking of which…

W by Worth Plaid Scarf

I am super excited to give away this gorgeous W by Worth plaid scarf!  It’s been an amazing three weeks in my new role with W, and I can’t wait to share these beautiful clothes with you. ❤️  I fell head over heels the moment I saw this plaid beauty: with shades of ginger, walnut, tea rose, and ivory it’s easy to wear with so many outfits, and I love the touch of fringe on the edges.  The scarf measures 27″ x 78″ and the wool/cotton blend is perfect for adding a touch of fall in all climates.  It retails at $148 but can be yours for free – no purchase necessary!  Click here to enter {and I promise you won’t get any spam from me.}

This year I’m more excited for fall than ever because I will be showing the new W by Worth Fall Collection from September 4 through 10th in our home! If you’re in San Diego, I would love for you to come: it’s a unique, intimate shopping experience and our clothing is not available in stores.  How does it work?  Email Me to book your one-on-one appointment, and we’ll play a little adult dress up {with wine, naturally}.    Not in San Diego during my show?  I would love to give you a virtual tour {and you can still have wine, this time from the comfort of your own home 😉}.  Visit my website to book an online appointment.  Your virtual tour will include beautiful imagery that is not available online.  Here’s a preview of our suede fringe skirt {which is dying to find its way into my closet.}

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Thank you so very much for all of your support during the last few years, my dear friends!  I have loved interacting with you all either through comments, on Twitter, or through Instagram.  I hope you all enter my giveaway, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

xoxo,
Jenn

Exciting News!!

Hello, friends!

As you know, I left the full time practice of law in February to embark on my journey as entrepreneur. It has been an amazing six months, and I have learned so much both personally and professionally. Entrepreneurship is challenging but incredibly rewarding, and I love the flexibility that comes with being your own CEO!

IMG_3099Nathan and I worked together to re-vamp Nathan French Photography, and our business is thriving. In addition to our online print shop, we have expanded our portraiture business, including an amazing wedding at the Hotel Del Coronado.  And NASA selected Nathan’s “Inverted World” as a grand prize winner in their “Signs of Spring” photo competition! I’ve also loved my role as Executive Consultant with Rodan + Fields, the new skincare company from the Proactiv doctors. My customers are experiencing unbelievable results, and my business continues to grow every month.

I have loved working with Nathan, and I look forward to continuing our partnership. But now that our business is up and running, the timing was right for me to expand my own horizons. It will come as no surprise to you that I have loved fashion since childhood: my Barbie dolls had a bigger closet than I did, and I loved playing dress up every chance I could get. I’ve written this blog chronicling my personal style since 2011, and I’ve connected with an amazing network of fashionistas through Instagram. In May, I was honored to be included in a Wall Street Journal article about one of my favorite brands, J.Crew. The brand has been struggling, and I told the author that I felt a bit lost as to where to shop. Little did I know that my quest for retail therapy would lead me into an amazing new career.

IMG_3634I am delighted to share the news of my new position as the Director of Business Development at W by Worth! It is a New York based fashion company that thrives on empowering women to be their own CEOs of their own business, building careers in the world of fashion with the backing of a company devoted to supporting their success. My role will be to develop these teams of women and to create brand awareness in the greater San Diego and Orange County areas. I am looking forward to many new challenges and opportunities, starting with a visit to our New York City Showroom in the iconic Crown Building at 730 Fifth Avenue!

In addition to my role on the Sales Management Team, I will also fulfill a lifelong dream as a personal Stylist! It brings me more joy than I can say to help women allow their personality to shine through clothing. So many women shared their frustrations with J.Crew and other clothing lines that have sacrificed quality and classic style for mass productions of the latest trends. W by Worth fills that hole in the professional woman’s wardrobe, and I cannot wait to share these amazing clothes through one-on-one styling appointments. Stay tuned for more information on my upcoming show in September!

Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 1.50.34 PMFounded in 1991, WORTH has created a luxurious brand of exclusively designed, modern, sophisticated clothing made with the utmost attention to fabrication and detailing. Couture quality and exceptional craftsmanship are the hallmark of our collections. I look forward to sharing more about this with you! Please take a minute to preview some of my favorite fall looks on our website.

You can view our entire Fall Look Book here, and I will be posting more photographs on my blog and Instagram soon!

Thank you so very much for your support this year. It means more to me than I can say, and Nathan and I are grateful to have each of you in our lives. I feel fortunate beyond measure to be able to follow my dreams, and the ability to empower other women to do the same has truly changed my life.

xoxo,
Jenn

Makeup Monday: the Best Brushes

Hello, friends!

I’ve been talking a lot about my favorite makeup products, but I realize I’ve left out one of the most important categories – the tools!  I’ve tried a lot of makeup brushes over the years, but there is one line that simply blows all the competition out of the water: the amazing brushes by Wayne Goss.

Wayne Goss Brush Review

Wayne a makeup artist out of the U.K. who makes some of my favorite YouTube videos: tutorials, reviews, tips, and more.  He’s not only a talented artist, but a genuinely awesome person.  His videos are informative, helpful, hilarious, and, above all, honest.  He’s shared some very personal details about his life, as well as candid conversations about cosmetic procedures and skincare.

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I’ve been a fan for years, so when I heard Wayne was designing a line of brushes, I couldn’t wait to snap them up!   Here’s my collection {so far 😉}:

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Starting at the top and moving clockwise: Brush 16The Holiday BrushBrush 03Brush 06Brush 17Brush 02Brush 05Brush 11, and Brush 04.

Before Wayne Goss started making his amazing brushes, I thought I could only use synthetics. My eyes are extremely sensitive, and nearly every other natural hair brush I tried irritated my eyes or felt like they scratched or dragged my lids.  Wayne’s brushes are the softest brushes on the planet.  I’m talking kitten fur, pussy willow, golden retriever puppy soft.  I may or may not brush them on my face even without product from time to time. 😉 And I love that they are handcrafted and cruelty free.

The brushes are available both individually and in sets: the original Collection, the Face Set, and the Eye Set.  Honestly, I wish I would have just purchased the collections instead of buying individually; if you want to invest in quality brushes, you cannot go wrong with any one of these sets!  The next ones on my wish list are brushes 12, 13, 14, 19, and 20.  Beautylish includes detailed descriptions of how to use each of Wayne’s brushes, and he also made videos to walk you through each brush of the original Collection and the two sets.  Here’s the Face Set video, although fair warning: you’re going to want to buy them all immediately {and this anglophile just loves Wayne’s accent!}.

I have hooded/deep set eyes, and I find that Brush 04 is absolute perfection for adding definition in and above my crease.  The shape allows for precise application exactly where you want the color, and the softness makes blending an absolute dream.  It also picks up and holds the perfect amount of color with no fall out.  I’ve used this brush almost every single day since purchasing in January 2014 and it has not lost any of its shape or softness despite {nearly} weekly washings.  Brush 05 is also great for adding precise color into the crease, and it’s gentle enough to smudge eyeliner and shadow right into the lash line.  Here are brushes 03, 04, and 05 for size comparison {courtesy of Beautylish}:

Wayne Brushes 03 04 05 review

Brush 03 is perfect for that finishing touch; it’s larger size makes blending quick and easy, and it’s softness means you won’t undue any of your eye contour while still erasing any harsh lines. If I could only choose two eye brushes from the line, brushes 03 and 04 would be it (although that would be a tragedy, because they are each unique and amazing).  I love brush 06 for precise application of color onto my upper eyelid, but it’s slight curve allows you to blend and pull the shadow outwards {so it’s perfect for Charlotte Tilbury’s signature feline looks}.  Brush 17 is also one of my daily brushes for applying base color all over the lid.

Brush 16 is my favorite brush for applying and blending under eye concealer: in fact, it’s the only brush I’ve ever tried that blends concealer without streaks and doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes. I also love using it to whisk away excess powder after setting concealer for a seamless finish that will last all day.  I use the Holiday Brush to apply powder on my t-zone, and it’s slightly pointed tip allows for precise application while never disturbing your foundation.  And I love Brush 02 for highlighting, contouring, and applying bronzer.  It is an absolute dream with Charlotte Tilbury’s Bronze + Glow {Nordstrom or Beautylish} as well as the Urban Decay Naked Flushed palettes {Nordstrom or Sephora}.

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Brush 11 is the best brush I have ever used for applying blush!  The rounded tip picks up the perfect amount of product, and the soft bristles allow you to blend without disturbing foundation one bit.  My go-to blush is Hourglass’s Ethereal Glow {Nordstrom or Sephora}, and this brush fits so perfectly into the compact I swear they were meant to be used together.  Brush 11 is also great for bronzing and powder, although I prefer the Holiday Brush to set my makeup. Brush 11 is irreplaceable in my collection and I use it every day.

Please don’t be intimidated by the prices: these brushes are worth the investment.  They are easy to clean, hold their shape, and the softness is unparalleled.  Although I do have some other brushes in my collection {mostly because I’m admittedly lazy and can’t bear the thought of washing more than once a week, at best}, I always reach for my Wayne Goss brushes first, and they are the only ones I travel with.

Speaking of washing, I’m off to do just that.  I hope you enjoyed this post, and I’d love to hear about your experiences with Wayne’s delightful brushes!  As always, thank you so very much for stopping by.

xoxo,
Jenn