Mannfolk PR Top Tier Media Summer Soirée July 30 2014

top tier media mannfolk pr  summer soiree

It was one of the first PR Health & Beauty events I had ever gone to let alone was involved in putting on. My first thought was, holy crap this was amazing. Mannfolk PR and Top Tier Media brought brands, bloggers, stylists and press together for a night of mingling, and appetizers and best of all…the swag bags baby.

instagram swag bags summer soiree

Oh my lord the swag bags..but I’ll get to that soon enough. It was an amazing night to meet representatives from a ton of brands, some I had no idea who they were before the actual event. Of course we had a packed night and kept ourselves cool with cocktails from Devotion Vodka, Flavored Waters from Hint Water, and refreshed ourselves with detox drinks from The Skinny Lemon Company. I also went home with the best cupcake from Magnolia Bakery—like EVER! I STILL talk about those cupcakes and its a week later–they were THAT good.

magnolia bakery summer soiree

We all met at the Mannfolk Showroom in L.A which featured some awesome clothing, shoes and handbags on the walls and had me and my girlfriend keep imaging ourselves wearing this or that. And only hoped that I would one day be able to wear a JM couture dress for a fancy event in my life.

mary and susie summer soiree mannfolk pr top tier media

I rubbed elbows with Mary Pergoda, National Director of J.F.Lazartigue. Met the Founder Susie of 100% Pure, Hung out with Jen Matthews and Tyna Werner of MyBeautyBunny.com and WeHeartThis.com and met interesting L.A based bloggers such as Stephanie from aquaheart.net, Amber from BeautyJunkiesUnite.com and Vlogger Laura Lee. All such amazing and outgoing gals that I now follow them on all their social media!

 summer soiree friends mannfolk pr top tier media

The gift bags though that all bloggers received at the end of the night was the real clincher though. Or in the blogger world… the #holyshit swag bag of the century. I think I was gifted enough stuff to last me throughout the year! I won’t even be able to list everything that I received here but will give you a link to my FB page to check out all the photos.

 NCLA gifted us nail wraps and Ellison’s Organics gave each one of us one of their 3-free nail polishes.

NCLA and Ellisons Organic mannfolk pr top tier media summer soiree

blunt LA and thursdayfriday mannfolk pr top tier media summer soiree

BluntLA gave us some some kick ass barrettes that I wore ALL weekend as I walked around Big Bear carrying my ThursdayFriday tote bag. I received so many compliments on those barrettes and not gonna lie….felt like a bad ass. I brought my new Vegan Cuts makeup bag with me in my purse since that night and look forward to checking out their monthly subscription service for food, beauty & health products galore! My boyfriend practically devoured the Shea Moisture SuperFruit Complex lotion we got (had a major sunburn) and told his entire family that it was one the best lotions he ever tried. Non-greasy and not “girlie”.

 sheamoisture and ferro cosmetics

My favorite makeup brand Ferro Cosmetics was not able to join in on the fun in person, but made sure to send us all their new limited edition Glow powder in “Mojo Glow” and my FAVE product, Glow bronzer in “Autumn Kiss”! I am already familiar with Chella Brow and use the product they gifted us but could totally use another highlighter crayon that highlights brow bones and reduces redness around the nose. I’ve never tried 100% Pure but always saw it at Ulta and I’m so excited to try the cheek tint!

 cocoa brown summer soiree

Other brands that I was gifted in the bag was Cocoa Brown Self Tanner all the way from Ireland! Flouride-free Eco-dent Tooth Powder which I have used religiously since then, and the massaging hair brush from Olivia’s Garden that feels so good to use! Even on wet hair which is usually a big no no.

rocksbox summer soiree

Rocksbox gave us a three-month subscription to check out their jewelry service and Milani sent us a new gel powder eye shadow that I’ve seen all other beauty bloggers going gaga over. Lanikai Bath & Body from Hawaii gave us the cutest little bath & body kits that smell so good I wish it came in a perfume and deodorant to layer on throughout the day!

 oh shit swag bag summer soiree

Can we say OVERLOAD! Definitely not complaining, in fact, I could go on and on! There is so much more which I encourage you to visit my album to see all the rest of the goodies!

It was an amazing event that I could only hope the rest of you get to go to at one point in your life. If you can’t get to an event–get to an Expo so you can get an overdose of beauty goodness near your home!

Be sure to visit all the other gals social media links and Brand pages to find out more!

 

XOXO

Claudia

 

Awesome Jewelry #GIVEAWAY with GuiltyStar.com !

I recently gave you guys the dish on a new online store I’ve been visiting lately, Guiltystar.com. Did you miss that one? You can refresh your memory by clicking here. Guiltystar.com is your one stop shop to find fashionable jewelry without breaking the bank. I’m talking styles that are seen in the above $100 range, but available to us for waaaay less. Sound good? Thought so.

I like that have a wide variety of pieces, and they change every so often because they are stocked in limited quantities. It’s not like going to H&M or F21 and getting the same stuff that everyone else has. You have a unique piece just for you.

GuiltyStar also has a blog that features articles on all sorts of fashionista stuff! Need recommendations on how to put that outfit together, or simply how to get “that” look, without breaking the bank? How about getting fit for a summer that’s only just weeks away (eep!) Or an awesome manicure tutorial my moi? C’moooooon, you know you want to!

check out my recent guilty 6 picks!

But back to the jewelry—I placed my order last week for a bracelet and necklace, and patiently waiting their arrival. It was a very hard decision, I actually wanted a few more things,

but soon. Want to see what I bought?

Gianina Necklace $29 - 36 inch double layered gold toned necklace with blue-green glass druzy pendants.

Britnney Bracelet $21 - Multiple brown cord bracelet with gold bead clusters. One size fits most.

Ok, enough about me and what I got…….guess what, Clai, the owner of Guiltystar wants to give YOU a piece of jewelry from his store….GRATIS! Just because! How awesome is that? Very awesome is you ask me!

The piece up for grabs? feast your eyes on the Chenin Necklace.

Chenin necklace - Layered aqua and blue gem dainty gold necklace. Necklace is 30-33" in length.

The necklace is valued at $36, which is a pretty nice piece to me! I could easily see myself wearing this with a dressy button down blouse, heels and some sexy jeans. I love long length necklaces and how they move. Don’t you? Let’s move onto the giveaway!

Good luck everyone!

XOXO

Claudia

 

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Molasses & Spice Cookies

molasses and spice cookies

Did I ever imagine I would be involved in a cookie swap party? Let alone a virtual one?  Well now I have, and I’m so glad I did!  Kat from She Cooks, He Eats has a super cute blog all about cooking—and a big fave of mine BACON!  She was nice enough to host a cookie swap party and after seeing some of the yummy suggestions by the other bloggers I knew I had to get in on this thing.

To view the original post with everyone’s cookie recipes you can click : here

Back to my cookies now……I decided on a sugar cookie with frosting and shape them all like makeup until I realized….whoops. This is for the holidays, so think Santa, think snow, ornaments…whatever.  I finally decided on the easiest and prettiest ones I found, Molasses and Spice Cookies.  You may have seen them called molasses cookies, ginger cookies–I’m not 100% sure this is the same as gingerbread but they are goooOOOOD! Just look at them 🙂

A Chewy spiced cookie that could easily be adjusted to the holiday by color of sugar sprinkles!

molasses and spice cookies

Servings: approx. 30

Materials Needed:

3/4 cup shortening

1 cup white sugar

1/4 cup molasses

1 egg

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon salt

colored sugar in red and green from the baking aisle in the market

Directions:

1. melt the shortening in a pan on the stove, and cool.

2. Add sugar, egg, and molasses, beat well. I chose Grandma’s. Can you ever go wrong with grandma’s? C’mon…..

3.  In a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients together and add to the pan.  Mix well and chill at least 3 hours over overnight.  make note that it will be difficult to mix with any utensils–I eventually kneaded the dough together by hand until I saw no dry spots.

4. Form dough into walnut-sized balls and then roll them into your colored sugar.  Place on greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.

5.  Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 8-10 minutes.

yum yum cookies molasses and spice cookie swap

6.  Store in airtight container to keep from getting overly crisp.  Mine stayed soft and chewy for about 3 days …..before they disappeared!

Enjoy!  P.S  feel free to visit all around my blog and facebook page, I’m really a beauty product addict but really wanted to get in on all the cooking fun.  kat makes me wanna have a bakery filled with cool gadgets after seeing her gift guide posts!