Saturday, December 6, 2014

Highlights from the @InStyle Holiday Preview! Hot Gifts! #CelebrateInStyle

Celebrate the Season InStyle Logo #CelebrateInStyle

With holidays right around the corner there is a ton to think about and a ton to do, What to wear, and of course the gifts we want to give and those we may be hoping to receive.

Celebrate the Season InStyle Decorations Essentials Crafts #CelebrateInStyle
The box of butterflies on the middle tier is what caught my eye!

InStyle Magazine hosted a holiday preview event that curated the latest and greatest (and most fashionable of course) trends of the holiday season all in one room! They certainly crammed a lot of style into a little space!

I thought I'd share some of the highlights (in alphabetical order):

Celebrate the Season InStyle Bulova Watches #CelebrateInStyle
Bulova Watches on display during the Celebrate InStyle Holiday Press Preview
Above: While smart/notifier wearable tech that tells the time, measures your heart rate and every single step you take may be all the rage, Bulova presented a collection that is where Watch meets Fashion Jewelry. Timeless, Classic, Elegant watches that can take you from boardroom to date night with ease and that's just the way I like it. I still take notes in a notebook, keep a 'real' calendar, and definitely prefer 'real' watches - you know, the ones that still just tell time! LOL (Too bad one of these beauties wasn't in our gift bag! I will have to oogle them from afar for now, AHEM I hope Santa is reading this!)

Celebrate the Season InStyle Kelly Cook Vice President of Customer Strategy and Engagement DSW #CelebrateInStyle
Kelly Cook, Vice President of Customer Strategy and Engagement for DSW
Above: Needless to say DSW's exhibitor booth was always crowded, so nabbing a good shot of it was virtually impossible. They had their own 'step and repeat' but you guys know those are not my thing. I like being behind the camera and sharing WHAT I see with all of you. As cute as I am, how many pictures of me in front of a backsplash does anyone need to see right? I was able to nab a shot of Kelly Cook, VP of Customer Strategy and Engagement for DSW - the Designer Show Warehouse. As you can tell from the shot, her passion for Shoes and DSW are evident. She was awesome! I was surprised to learn about the Shoe Struck random event held at any one of their retail stores at random where they give EVERYONE a free pair of shoes. They need to bring that to their DSW's 'in da hoood' where I live! #JustSayin

Shoe Struck

I can tell you that the gift card in the Gift Bags got to put to immediate use and I spent another $250 on top of it! So it's totally true that those who give also receive! (kind of a holidays motto no?)

Celebrate the Season Elizabeth Arden Red Door Perfume #CelebrateInStyle, Fragrances
Elizabeth Arden classic Red Door Perfume

Above: Elizabeth Arden presented several of their fragrances, and they were creatively displayed with what comprises the notes included in the scent, Genius! The classic Red Door is one I was definitely already familiar with.

Celebrate the Season Elizabeth Arden Red Door 25 Perfume #CelebrateInStyle, Fragrances, Scents
Elizabeth Arden Red Door 25 Perfume

Above: Not quite new, but new to me was Elizabeth Arden's Red Door 25, I found it a more 'sensual' version of the traditional Red Door.

Celebrate the Season Elizabeth Arden Untold Perfume #CelebrateInStyle, Fragrances, Scents
Elizabeth Arden Untold Perfume
Above: Elizabeth Arden also had their newer fragrance Untold on Display, a creamy white floral with fruitier top notes of pear and black currants.

Celebrate the Season Elizabeth Arden Untold Absolu Perfume #CelebrateInStyle, Fragrances, Scents
Elizabeth Arden Untold Absolu Perfume
Above: Elizabeth Arden also displayed Untold Absolu a more intense version of Untold, ideally you could layer them, if you wore Untold during the day, you might want to use Absolu in the evening on the way out to dinner. Tres Chic bottle! They also gave us lipstick makeovers, I let them take off my signature red (that I custom blend myself) and they took me down, which means lighter. I'm not going to say it wasn't a nice shade because it was, but as soon as it started to transfer from snacks and drinks I did put my 'me' lips back on in the ladies room, sorry guys! I'm a red lip girl for life. At best I'll do some plums in the fall, but it's rare that I'm not wearing my signature red. Untold Absolu is definitely the perfect scent for a red lip and banging outfit for New Years Eve! Go Butterfly, Go Butterfly! Get it girl!

Celebrate the Season Etienne Aigner #CelebrateInStyle, Handbags, Shoes, Accessories, Jewelry
Etienne Aigner offers stylish Shoes, Handbags and Accesories

Above: These Animal Print Handbags from Etienne Aigner caught my eye! I got a lovely snakeskin bangle in my gift bag that I need to get a good shot of so I can share it with you guys, I have read other recaps of this event and we got different styles, so the universe was really watching out for me when the person handed me the gift bag with my bracelet in it because I LOVE animal prints and am super glad I didn't get a solid bangle. Pictures of my sweet score to come, promise! I went through a phase with their shoes, it was insane I tell you, LOVE! (And if Santa is reading this, I am all about the TTT Charm Necklace at Etienne Aigner, I mean ALL about this!)

Celebrate the Season InStyle Gardein's fishless filet used to make Pub Style Fish N Chips #CelebrateInStyle, food, meatless meals
Gardein's fishless filet used to make Pub Style Fish N Chips

Above: Gardein presented us with some very creative and tasty snack option eats including the Pub style Fish N Chips above that were made using their fishless filets! Their mission is to create healthier versions of the food people love to eat, their versatile protein options were definitely a big hit and I hope to find them stocked near me soon as I would love to try some more of their products! Their website has some great recipes too! For those of you entertaining during the holidays that have a non-meater or vegan visiting, you definitely want to look into Gardein, you will truly be the hostess with the mostest with these on hand! (or non meat eaters might want to also consider throwing these in the hostess basket if they are visiting somewhere and bringing a hostess gift!)

Celebrate the Season InStyle Jergens BB Body Cream #BBgoesBody #CelebrateInStyle, BB Cream, Lotion
Jergen's BB Body

Above: I posted about Jergen's BB Body on it's own HERE. I did tell you I had WAY more to tell you about how and where I discovered them! Yes butterflies #BBgoesBody!

Celebrate the Season InStyle Jergens BB Body Cream with Make-Up Artist Pati DuBrof  #CelebrateInStyle
Make-Up Artist Pati DuBrof
Above: Make-Up Artist (you know just to Hollywood's Elite, no biggie, lol) Pati DuBrof spoke about Makeup Trends, and the tricks she uses to get the stars 'camera-ready' and you bet Jergen's BB for Body is in her arsenal!

Celebrate the Season InStyle TV Reporter & Stylist Rachel Zalis Metaphor Relaunch by SearsStyle #CelebrateInStyle, clothing, Sears, Fashion, Style
TV Reporter and Stylist Rachel Zalis discusses SearsStyle The Metaphor Collection

Above: TV Reporter and Stylist Rachel Zalis spoke about the relaunch of SearsStyle Metaphor Collection, needless to say they had me at 'Leather', LOL!

Celebrate the Season InStyle TV Reporter & Stylist Rachel Zalis Metaphor Relaunch by SearsStyle #CelebrateInStyle

Above: The Metaphor Collection by SearsStyle includes pieces for work and play! Fashion doesn't get simpler, easier or more affordable butterflies!

Above: Silk'n presented a wide assortment of their products/devices to help you look and feel beautiful and confident including their Hair Removal device, Flash & Go, their Anti-Aging Device, FaceFX, their Acne Facial Device, Blue and their MicroDermabrasion device Revit. I was a lucky raffle winner! I wanted the Flash&Go but they didn't have one so I got the Revit system instead, as soon as I try it out I will definitely share how it is working for me! They also gifted attendees with their Silk'in Pedi device which recently arrived in the mail, once I get started with that one I will also post a full review on it. Trust me when I tell you even the girl or guy who 'has everything' will still want, love and need any of these. All of their products are definitely perfect to get you primed and prepped for your upcoming holiday parties and events!

Above: Instyle Magazine's 2014 Holiday Gift Guide winner SugarWish was a popular stop, it's literally the sweetest and easiest gift ever! You select a Sugarwish Git and your recipient gets an eCard, THEY pick the candy of THEIR choice and sweets are delivered directly to their door. No wondering if you are picking something they love, they are picking it themself! LE YUM!!!! I could use this right about now, writing always gives me a case of the 'late night snack attack'.

Gummy Mini Butterflies

Don't think I didn't notice those mini butterfly gummies on their website! Tres Cute AND Sweet!

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I wasn't able to get photos of Skinnygirl who offered their nutrition bars as well as sparklers, sparkling water. And the gift bag sponsors which included: Alassis Candles, RAPProtein, Balsam Hill, and Lovin My Textures. And sadly Vigoss was giving out free jeans, but they did not have any in my size. So huge Le Sigh, no jeans for this butterfly! :-(

This was a well-curated event with a little something for everyone. In the picture right above My Take, I have to highlight that leather totebag with a built in charger, can't ever say you forgot your portable charger with this smart tote. I also fell in love with the Tory Burch for Fit Bit Necklace, I think the InStyle Sign may be covering it. I am trying to get them to send us a review unit, but so far crickets. Double Le Sigh, another thing to add to my growing list to Santa thanks to this event!

There were enough great holiday ideas to keep this butterfly inspired, and a few that I added to my list for Santa Claus that's for sure!

What item featured above would you want to Santa to bring you this year butterfly? Have you been a good butterfly this year?

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  1. There is a lot of great stuff going on there. Those watches are gorgeous.

  2. Seems like an amazing event to be a part of. Sounds like you got to see a lot.

  3. This looks like it was such a lovely event. I'd be in Heaven looking at all those fabulous products. A bag with a built in charger?! I need that in my life.

  4. Wow, what a fabulous event you got to attend! I would be in heaven sampling and previewing all those amazing products. The Shoe Struck event at DSW???!!! What??!!! I will so be on the lookout for that! Those fish and chips look amazing too.

  5. That's an awesome preview event for the holidays. I would love to check one of those out. Looks like we have a lot of excellent products to look forward too. I like to keep up with fashion and style with InStyle, they are a classy publication compared to some others. I'm all about keeping up on the trends.

  6. What a fun gathering of products .I can see me being able to use or gift most items, love the idea of bag and charger and ohh those watches yes please.There's nothing better than a healthy snack while looking at all this great stuff !

  7. I'd love to try the Elizabeth Arden! Everything looks really nice :-)

  8. Can I have one of everything??The candies look awesome, the watches are divine. So lucky that you got a free pair of shoes..

  9. Look at all that great stuff. I'm excited to see some of those products in person.

  10. Omg so much fabulousness all on one page!!! Loving those watches!!

  11. I'd love to try any if these fragrances. My hubby buys me a new perfume to try every year.

  12. Everything looks so wonderful! How lucky that you got to experience that.

  13. What a great display of products. I love the watches and of course the red door perfume. Nice!

  14. I am an event girl and I think this was a fab event hosted by InStyle Magazine! You did a great job on the recap and I really wish I was there! InStyle come to Atlanta and I love the magazine too!

  15. This is a lot of great stuff. What a fun event to attend. I would love to have a Bulova watch.

  16. Looks like a great event. So much great stuff too.

  17. Wow, I would never have guessed those dresses were from Sears! Looks like it was a fun event!

  18. The event looked fantastic! So much great stuff and the food looked awesome! Thanks for sharing the wonderful recap!

  19. There is lots of cool stuff there I wouldnt mind lots of it! Those butterfly gummed are screaming my name though! Looks like a great event!

  20. I love instyle very much, the watches look amazing and it's been a while since I attended such a glamourous event. I went to a couple of events last few weeks and I really loved it. The fragrance does not look too bad either, thanks so much for sharing

  21. Looks like a wonderful event! Those butterfly gummies Santa can bring me for sure!

  22. Looks like such a fun event and I love all of the products!

  23. Those butterfly gummies look so yummy! So many nice things that would make great gifts. I love your website by the way.

  24. I love the bottle design of the Elizabeth Arden Red Door fragrance...that is so eye-catching.That's interesting about the fishless filets...what were they made of? To answer your question, I think that I would want to see the Jergen's BB Body as a stocking stuffing because I got a sample of their Ultra Healing Moisturizer and it feels sooooo good on the skin, so I'm now interested in some of their newer products.

  25. What a great event! I love that black lace dress in the Metaphor collection from Sears.

  26. I want one of those watches. Look so nice.

  27. What an interesting event. The items looked luxurious... the type you wouldn't touch and look at the mall because you'd be intimidated by the price. Where you able to try the perfumes? For such a long talk though, I think the fish and chips wouldn't be enough to satisfy my appetite

  28. This is a great list of products for holiday gifts! I'll say that we're really taking it easy this year and get small gifts that we really need and even making some homemade ones, they are so perfect as we feel we've put our heart in them too :)

  29. this looks like such a great event to attend. :) i'm no fashion or beauty blogger, so i haven't attended any events quite like this.. but it looks like they have featured a lot of great products and speakers here.

  30. Love Instyle, it's one of my favorite magazines! This looked like such a fun event!

  31. I would've never been able to guess that those watches were so techy!!! I'm super interested in them! What a fun event

  32. A lot of those products are so fabulous! It was such a nice event.