Showing posts with label events. Show all posts
Showing posts with label events. Show all posts

Friday, June 7, 2019

@NYBG Launches newest exhibit "BRAZILIAN MODERN: THE LIVING ART OF ROBERTO BURLE MARX" Saturday, July 8, 2019 #NYBG #plantlove


Roberto Burle Marx (August 4, 1909 – June 4, 1994) was a Brazilian landscape architect, painter, print maker, ecologist, naturalist, artist and musician whose designs of parks and gardens and passionate commitment to plant conservation made him world-famous. He is accredited with having introduced modernist landscape architecture to Brazil. He was known as a modern nature artist and a public urban space designer. His work had a great influence on tropical garden design in the 20th century. Water gardens were a popular theme in his work. He was deftly able to transfer traditional artistic expressions such as graphic design, tapestry and folk art into his landscape designs. He also designed fabrics, jewelery and stage sets.  He was one of the first people to call for the conservation of Brazil's rainforests. More than 50 plants bear his name. He amassed a substantial collection of plants at his home, including more than 500 philodendrons.

I had the opportunity to attend the Media Preview Day for this amazing exhibit that opens Saturday, July 8, 2019 to the public.

The exhibit brings a taste of Brazil to New York City and I couldn't resist sharing this vibrant preview video from New York Botanical Garden:

Warning: For some reason my template is smushing my photos more than usual today so please press on them to see them full size.

We started off our morning right with amazing smoothies from the Merenda Food Truck!

Above: Merenda Food Truck, New York Botanical Garden, May 2019

Above: Nabbed a quick shot of the smoothie selection before Media grabbed them all up!

Above: Close Up of my Pineapple, Banana, Mango Smoothie from Merenda Food Truck

Above: We were able to stroll to the Enid Haupt Conservatory while enjoying our smoothies and arrived to the sounds of live Brazilian Music!

Above: Opening Remarks, Media Preview Day, Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx, New York Botanical Garden, May 2019

Above: Left: Todd Forrest, Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections at The New York Botanical Garden and Right: Raymond Jungles protégé of Roberto Burle Marx, and a Miami-based landscape designer, who was enlisted to capture the vision of his mentor and longtime friend, take Media through a walk through of the Modernist Garden where a recreated experience of strolling along the Portuguese stone mosaic of Rio's Atlântica Avenue boardwalk (which was designed by Burle Marx), which The New York Botanical Garden has recreated with painted asphalt with abstract, black and white waves.

Above: This fountain is replica of the artist's wall-sized concrete mural at the Banco Safra headquarters in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Above: I even managed to nab video! You can hear Todd Forrest giving us an overview of the exhibit in conjunction with the sound of the fountain.

Above: Triangle Palm, Native to Madagascar, artist Burle Marx planted this tree throughout his estate carefully positioning each plant as a work of art


Above: Biscayne Boulevard, Miami Florida, Built 1999 -  2004

In the New York Botanical Garden - The LuEsther T. Mertz Library you will find art and special tapestries, Guest Curator Edward J. Sullivan introduced us to the exhibition and described the collection of curated paintings, drawings and textiles.

You know just how much I love EXPERIENCES, and the events this year at the Garden have included so many engaging activities, and this one was no exception, after we experienced the collection we got the opportunity to create our own art.

Above: In the The LuEsther T. Mertz Library we got the chance to create an azulejo, a style of painted tile that originated in Islamic Spain. Azulejos became a signature of Portuguese design in the 16th and 17th centuries often covering the walls of buildings. In colonial Brazil the decorative tiles also helped shield buildings from the heat and the humidity.

Above: Of course Ascending Butterfly needed to create a 'Butterfly Azulejo' and leave a piece of my creativity on the wall too! Here is a close up of my creation.

Above: First you got the closeup, now here is my Azulejo on the wall.

Above: A shot of others creating their Azulejos

Below: Be on the look out for quotes interspersed throughout the exhibits!

"Consider how each plant, possessing its own particular color, is enriched with meaning when juxtaposed with another color or another plant. In nature these relationships are not happenstance..." ~Roberto Burle Marx "Garden and Ecology" 1969

Schedule of events:

Opening Weekend: Saturday and Sunday, June 8 - 9, 2019

Ending: Sunday, September 29, 2019

WHERE: The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York

My Take:

I have been visiting this New York City Landmark since childhood and have always been amazed at The New York Botanical Garden's amazing ability to take a space I know so well and continually transform it and reinvent it. Their exhibitions are imaginative and creative and this one is no exception.

Bringing a taste of Brazil to the Bronx was no easy feat with tropical trees arriving during a very cold and wet month of May. None died in transition, they proved to be much like the people who surround The New York Botanical Garden and live in it's surrounding community - strong and resilient!

Roberto Burle Marx led an amazing life, I was surprised to learn he started off as an Opera Singer, his journey from Opera Singer to landscape artist and ecologist is an interesting one. Much like the transition from caterpillar to butterfly don't you think? Starting off as one thing and then life turning you into that great thing you are meant to be.

I can't wait to see how this exhibition evolves and grows!

The official hashtag for The New York Botanical Garden Events this year is #plantlove so if you do attend the exhibit, please tag your photos with the official hashtag I would love to see them!

Little known trivia about me: I once worked with a VP in the Finance Industry much of his work took him to our offices in Brazil, the team there spoke both Spanish and Portuguese but very little English, and I spoke Spanish and English but very little Portuguese, over time we would teach other words and I was beginning to pick up a bit of Portuguese before I not only switched gears to a new job, but switched industries entirely.

I still have a love of Brazilian Music! I have not yet had the chance to visit Brazil and hope to remedy that soon.

READERS: Have you been to The New York Botanical Garden? Have you visited Brazil?

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a compensated post, this is an Event Recap and all opinions are 100% my own!  The love however is genuine, NYBG is one of my favorite places in New York City! I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Check out Giant Pumpkin Weekend THIS WEEKEND at @NYBG #NYBG #NewYorkBotanicalGarden

Wishing all my butterflies the richness and comforts of Fall and a bountiful harvest at your table!

To all my New York City Butterflies and those of you who might be in town this weekend, I have a fun way to enjoy the colors of Fall and enjoy some awesome photo opps that are definitely Instagram worthy, it's Giant Pumpkin Weekend at NYC landmark New York Botanical Gardens THIS WEEKEND ONLY! It's also your last chance to catch the Dale Chihully Exhibit that I have been featuring on these pages all summer! (We gave away a pair of tickets to Chihully Nights at the Garden HERE - remember that giveaway is now CLOSED, and I featured the exhibit again when I realized after perusing my photo collection from the Media Day that my outfit actually matched one of the installations in the exhibit HERE) Here are some great shots from the last wine tasting I attended at NYBG, HERE.

I normally try to arrange a giveaway, but there was no time this time around so I will try to work on something for the Train Show.

What you will see:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Record-Breaking Pumpkins, Squashes and Gourds - arranged in collaboration with the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth, the recognized standard of weights, measurement, and fairness of competitive growing. This year’s North American record breaker, weighing 2,363 pounds, was grown by Joel Holland from Washington state. Also on display will be the world’s largest squash at 2,118 pounds from Rhode Island; the largest European pumpkin, from England, at 2,269 pounds; and the longest gourd in the United States, from Wisconsin, at 143.75 inches.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Meet the Growers - You can ask questions and get tips directly from these talented growers!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Giant Pumpkin Seed Harvest - Members of the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth will be opening these monstrous gourds and actually climbing inside to harvest their impressive seeds.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Whole Foods Market Trick-or-Treat Trail - Wear your favorite costume, decorate a bag to collect wholesome goodies while you enjoy this weekend of hands-on activities and special events.

Everett Children's Adventure Garden, New York Botanical Gardens
 Above: Everett Children's Adventure Garden, New York Botanical Gardens

Speckled Swan Bottle Gourd

The sign reads:

"Speckled Swan Bottle Gourd" (Lagenaria Siceria)

Look at the silhouette of this uniquely shaped gourd to see features reminiscent of a swan's neck
Ghost Bush
Above: Isn't this the CUTEST Ghost Bush Ever?
Above: He's a unique sort of 'pineapple-o-lantern' isn't he?
LARGE pumpkin
Above: That is quite a LARGE pumpkin!

Above: I have no idea why my blog template makes this shot so small, please press on it to see it a big bigger and capture more detail on the rock.
Enjoy butterflies you all know just how camera shy I am!
Above: More jack-o-lantern spooky cuteness!

Pumpkin Patch
Above: I love how that ray of sunlight on the left just breaks through the greenery and looks like it's pointing at the pumpkin patch!
Not just one, but TWO shots of me in one post, SHOCKING!

WINNER ALERT: Our lucky winner for the 24 count of assorted truffles from Elements Truffles is Julie Waldron, entry #621! Congrats Julie! Don't forget to reply to your winner's email with your address for prize fulfillment! She won from an extra credit entry, I always encourage entrants to do more than just the main entry, see it really pays off! (Just a warning we validate entries, so if the randomizer picks someone for example for following on twitter or Instagram, we are going to make the sure the person actually did it before we validate them as a prize winner - you can't cheat the system). Enjoy your truffles Julie!

What are YOUR Halloween Plans? If you do visit New York Botanical Garden for Giant Pumpkin Weekend this Weekend, please tag us so we can see your photos! @Ascending1 for both twitter and Instagram!

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored or compensated post. All opinions are 100% my own! I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

{#WordlessWednesday} Highlights from Sip Japan's Sip SHOCHU spirit tasting event in #NewYorkCity!

Butterflies you know how hard it is for me to go completely Wordless, but I promise to keep this post as word light and picture pretty as possible since it's Wordless Wednesday and all, but I attended a unique tasting event here in New York City that I just had to share!

You all know I have a fascination with Asian Art and culture, this definitely extends to the food and spirits too, and while I have covered many a Sake (Japanese Rice Wine) Tasting on these pages (Check out my coverage of Sake and the City as an example HERE), this tasting definitely took the cake on uniqueness and versatility!

I had the opportunity to attend Sip Japan's Sip Shochu tasting event in New York City and learned all about what has to be one of the most diverse spirits I have ever tasted! It can be made from a number of base ingredients including rice, sweet potatoes, barley, buckwheat and sugar and depending on what it is distilled from, shochu can take on the characteristics and flavor of other spirits such as Vodka, Rum, Brandy and even Whisky!

I found the shochu varieties I tasted to pack quite a powerful punch so be careful with your pour on these for sure! But because they took on quite a wide variety of taste profiles, they can be paired with a wider variety of foods and enjoyed for the most part throughout all of your meal.

Here are some photos from the tasting event:

SATSUMA SHUZO exhibitor booth at Sip Japan Sip Shochu Immersion Tasting Event in New York City

Above: SATSUMA SHUZO exhibitor booth at Sip Japan Sip Shochu Immersion Tasting Event in New York City

Sip Japan Sip Shochu Immersion Tasting

Above: Watching my sample being poured!

Sip Japan Sip Shochu Immersion Tasting Shochu makers display their spirits

Above: When you get a chance to speak to the maker of a spirit you are about to try you learn that so much more goes into it than the ingredient list, SHOCHU makers shared their love and passion for the spirit and what goes into it!

Above: Just some silliness and fun at the Satsuma Shochu booth, I think a bottle this big would knock you out for a few days! LOL

My Take:

Shochu is amazingly versatile and diverse, because of it's diverse characteristics it is equally wonderful enjoyed straight as it is blended into a cocktail, I would be interested to see if more venues and bars stock it!

Fun Trivia: The Chinese Characters for SHOCHU literally mean 'burnt liquor' (Just fun to note, however, the Shochu's featured above are Japanese).

Happy (Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Bloggers feel free to leave your links here so we can visit your photos too! (NO Giveaway links here, WW only please, thanks!)

Have you tried Sake or Shochu, what do you think of them?

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post, this is an event recap. All opinions are 100% my own! I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Weekly Moment of #Gratitude! + Active #Giveaway + Winner Announcement!

What I am grateful for:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - A Week of Pampering Fun! -  I got transported to Morocco (for #MoroccanSpaDay check out the tweets!) and I spent a day Getting Gorgeous (at #GettingGorgeous 2013), it's been a fun week of events that will get their own recaps for sure, but they allowed me to take some time for me and reminded me that I don't do that nearly enough! I even got my first Henna Tattoo!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Simple Things! - Time spent with family and spiritual reflection is the exact fuel I needed this weekend, it will help me approach a new week and a growing list of 'to-do's' with a much more positive perspective. It's hard to have it all butterflies, and work/life balance will always be a 'rat race' but downtime and time to recharge is the only way you can really get through it all with a better balance.

I have been keeping my own daily list of things I am grateful for and taking time to acknowledge my blessings daily. A bit of concentrated focus on what you do have, instead of on what you lack or need, can make a huge shift in your life!

What are YOU most grateful for today Butterfly?

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What are you grateful for today? I'd love for you to write in and share what you are grateful for this week. The more you say it, the more you speak it, and the more you live in gratitude, the more you will find reasons to be grateful for, and the more reasons that the universe will send you to be grateful for. So join me on this journey of gratitude and inspiration. And you can post here daily (even though my list will be posted weekly).

Remember, attitude really does determine altitude.

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Active Giveaway!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - As you know every April is 'It's MY Birthday, But YOU Get the Gifts' time and our current giveaway is for a $100 Gift Card to Wilson's Leather which sells Leather (and non-leather for those of you that don't wear Leather) accessories, apparel, jackets, gloves and more for both men or women, if you haven't already entered, make sure you ENTER, you have to be in it to win it!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - In case you missed it, Please join me in congratulating Dawn S. who is Ascending Butterfly's We Take the Cake Giveaway Winner! 

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Gratitude Journal Reco:

For those of you who are interested in keeping a gratitude journal this year, here is my recommendation and where to purchase it (I love that it gives you writing prompts for when you feel stuck on what to say!):

Make this Your Best Day ever, Bless and Be Blessed!

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Like Free Gift Giveaways? Looking for Creative Solutions to Refresh Your Space? Then by all means Read on!


You know how much Ascending Butterfly loves Empowerment and Life Improvement, and when something combines BOTH + Free Giveaways it's a total win/win in my book! The folks at Family Circle and Ikea are presenting 'Ikea Life Improvement Store Seminars' in two of their locations this weekend with Celebrity Designer Stephen Saint-Onge! Stephen will provide Creative Tips and Techniques on how to refresh and update your kitchen, plus event attendees will receive FREE Gift Giveaways! (I think this qualifies as awesomesauce + amazeballs combined). I don't know about you butterfly, but my kitchen definitely needs some help! Whether you have a super spacious kitchen and need a few how-to's or a super cramped space and can't figure out how to organize it, this event will certainly get you inspired and motivated!

Here is the skinny/Event Details:

Date: Saturday, April 20th

Time: 1:00 pm

Place: IKEA Paramus, 100 IKEA Drive, Paramus, New Jersey

and the Second Seminar:

Date: Sunday, April 21st

Time: 1:00 pm

Place: IKEA Elizabeth, 1000 IKEA Drive, Elizabeth, New Jersey

About Stephen:

Designer, Photographer, and Dad Stephen Saint-Onge, (known as "Designer Dad"), Author of Book 'No Place Like Home: Tips & Techniques for real family-friendly home design', is the Contributing Home Editor for Family Circle Magazine and He firmly believes that "good design has the power to change lives."

If you want to order the book and have it shipped straight to you so you don't have to carry anything extra that day order it here:

He has become to the 'go-to' expert on home and family-focused lifestyle in magazines such as Better Homes and Gardens, Cottage Living, House Beautiful, Elle Decor and has appeared on television programs such as Oprah, The View, The Today Show, The Early Show, TLC and CNN.

And this weekend you get the power of his expertise to help you to refresh your own space!

And before you say 'but Butterfly, I don't live in New Jersey', if you are anywhere Tri-State Central, check this out:

FREE BUSES: There is Free Shuttle Bus Service from Manhattan to and from the IKEA in Elizabeth New Jersey on Saturdays and Sundays! The Shuttles operate ouf of the Port Authority Terminal located in New York City at Eighth Avenue and 42nd Street. (You can take an MTA train to Times Square and walk to Port Authority).

Buses will depart from Gate #5 on the lower concourse near Academy Bus Line and the bus Departures are on the half hour with service available on Saturdays and Sundays between 10:00 am - 2:30 pm. Return trips are also on the half hour with service available from noon to 6:00 pm!

Get Social:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @Ikea_Usa on Twitter
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @FamilyCircle on Twitter
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Like IKEA USA on Facebook
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Like Family Circle Magazine on Facebook

My Take:

What a great way to get your home ready for Spring at either one of these super fun events! My kitchen is small and pretty cramped, and since I can't change spaces right now, any help in getting mine to look less cluttered would be super helpful to me!

Any NYC based bloggers going and interested in meeting up? Let me know!

Any Butterflies that do attend, please come back here and share what you learn!

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FTC Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are 100% my own and I like to share about improvement and empowerment information that I feel will be beneficial to my readers!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

What's new in #lashesandlips from @janeiredale #Cosmetics Spring #Beauty

Last week I had the opportunity to attend an evening of Fresh Delights and Mixology at Haven's Kitchen in New York City with the Jane Iredale Cosmetics team and learn about the latest releases for Spring in their iconic skincare line.

Even those that haven't met me in person, know from my posts here, that I custom blend two things, there are two things I have never worn straight out of it's container as is: (1) My Lip Color and (2) My Scent. I prefer to blend them until the result is something totally and uniquely me. So I have to admit I'm always a bit skeptical and picky when it comes to lip color and fragrances, and not everything I get to try makes our pages.

When your first experience with a brand is an entirely transformative one, it definitely stays in your mind and you always want to know what's new and what's going on with the line. At the 2010 New York Makeup Show I got the chance to try out a makover from Jane Iredale's team, for some reason they were the only table I said yes to that day. And while the artist there did appreciate the work that went into my custom blend signature red lip, he wiped the slate clean so to speak and did the entire opposite of what I'm used to in makeup. He gave me a heavier eye and a barely more than nude lip. I honestly didn't recognize myself at first when he was done, but I really did like it. and I kept buying the products he used on me that day, until the gloss which I love, love, love, stopped being made. OH THE HORROR! (I even use that gloss in my signature custom blend red lip!)

It's actually a huge fear of mine that started many years ago with a drugstore brand of red and plum that I fell in love with and a few years later when it stopped being produced and I was back at square one, I was NOT a happy camper! Thankfully my fears were assuaged at Jane Iredale's introduction of PureGloss, this luxurious new formula is creamy on the lips, does NOT use petroleum-based products, and does not feel tacky. (No worries about your hair sticking to your lips on windy days!)

As this is supposed to be Wordless Wednesday, I wanted to make sure this post would be a treat for the eyes too! 


All 18 Shades of Jane Iredale PureGloss

PureGloss in color 'Red Currant'

PureGloss in color 'Beach Plum'

PureGloss in color 'Snowberry'

The new formula has a base of organic oils including Moringa Butter, Lotus Flower Wax, Orange Peel Wax, as well as Blackberry and Pomegranate Extracts, and anti-oxidants Vitamins C and E. The new collection offers 18 colorful shades just in time for Spring that give you a natural looking, sheer tint of color!

I have been playing with the colors already and creating my own custom colors and blends with them, but one of our editors who is way better than I am at playing by the rules, has already worn Beach Plum straight out the tube with only her lip liner, and she loved the color on it's own, she wanted me to let you all know it gave great saturation on it's own, a sheer hint of tint and a light hint of fruit is how she described it!

I'm playing with Red Currant, Snowberry, Cosmo, Tangerine, and my editor nabbed Beach Plum! While these glosses are totally seasonless, they are just the pop of Spring I needed to put winter far behind me!


Longest Lash Lengthening and Thickening Mascara

I think the new squeeze tube design is absolutely brilliant, and wish I would have thought of it first! It helps you to dispense an even amount all around the applicator so you don't have to double pump for mascara which helps you eliminate clumps and get out every last bit of product! The formulation is water resistant and lengthens your lashes with the help of plant cellulose fibers, NOT synthetic ones!

PureLash Lash Extender and Conditioner

I have been using the Lash Extender and Conditioner since being introduced to it in 2010, but I read a very helpful hint on the Jane Iredale Makeup Blog that I thought I would pass along here, if you plan to layer both products, don't let the Conditioner fully dry before applying the Longest Lash!

Mixology, The Event:

They chose a warm, lovely, intimate event venue called Haven's Kitchen in Manhattan to debut the new collection of PureGloss and the new formulation and packaging of their Mascara to Bloggers and Makeup Artists, with signature drinks to match the new PureGloss Shades! Here is a mix of pro shots and my shots taken during the event!

Sign Reads: Welcome to our mixology class inspired by the NEW PureGloss Lip Glosses. Come  Experience fresh delights during this colorful event with seasonal food and drink, friends and new makeup for spring.

We learned how to make these super delish cocktails that share the same names as the new PureGloss shades from Jane Iredale!

Snowberry Cocktail with it's matching PureGloss Lip Gloss in front of it,  Red Currant Cocktail with it's matching PureGloss Lipgloss in front of it and last but not least, Beach Plum Cocktail with it's matching PureGloss Lip Gloss in front of it, and a a signature sprig of Lavendar. Jane Iredale grows it in her garden, and her cosmetics come wrapped in her signature tissue paper with a sprig of lavendar on top! Very lovely touch! Great job Haven's Kitchen, they truly customized the cocktails to the colors and to the person behind the brand, genius! It's a detail that did not go un-noticed!

My Take:

The Jane Iredale team put together a wonderful time where bloggers got the chance to try out and find their perfect shade match, and learn how to make the Signature Cocktails when the mixologists gave some of us the chance to get behind the bar and try our hand at making the cocktails. We got a great selection of the new collections to take home and try out and I am sure I speak for everyone when I say I can't wait for Spring to begin here in the city! The new PureGloss formulations have great pigmentation and consistency, and the new  Longest Lash Lengthening and Thickening Mascara has such a fantastic new squeeze tube that really helps to apply it better and smarter!

Get Social:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @janeiredale on Twitter
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Like Jane Iredale on Facebook

Once I get things more caught up here, I'll reach out to Jane's team and see if we can put some touches of Spring in your makeup bag too, so until then tell me butterflies, what is your favorite Lip Gloss Shade ever?

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post. No monetary compensation has been received to share our event recap coverage. Guests were provided with gift bags to try out the new products, however all opinions are 100% my own!