Miami Swim Diary with Swim USA

Well kids, it was a week to remember. Fitness classes, fashion shows, gifting suites, spray tans and endless fun in the sun. Miami Swim did not disappoint! I was out with some of my favorite bloggers and the Swim USA team. Swim USA owns/licenses several amazing swim brands including Vera Bradley, Kikirio, Miracle Suit, Magic Suit, Reebok, Eco Swim and many more. Megan Zietz and I took over their Instagram/Stories for the weekend with the help of our friend Kristi from currentlycrushing.com to share our trip and did a fun photo journal using the NEW Fujifilm Instax SQ6.

We had a blast styling our swim suits into outfits and documenting our week. The new SQ6 offers an instant SQUARE format camera and includes three strobe color filters for a pop of color to the flash, as well as a front-facing mirror which makes selfies effortless. Available in three gorgeous metallic colors, Blush Gold, Graphite Gray and Pearl White, Megan, Kristi and I each got one and paired them with my Pretty Connected Shop camera straps making them the chicest accessory. They’re too cute to be hidden in a bag so we wore ours like purses. Plus there’s something so nice about making memories and documenting them in real time with an instant camera. Here were some of the highlights:

The 411 on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale #NSALE

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale #NSALE

Well kids, it’s that time of year again when every department at Nordstrom goes sale for the Nordstrom Anniversary #NSALE with insane perks and gift with purchases. I got a sneak peek at the beauty sale a few days ago and it’s major! The savings, the exclusives, the events! We’re talking over 450 beauty exclusives from top brands including Charlotte Tilbury, Diptyque, La Mer, Le Labo, MAC, Jo Malone and more. Your social media is about to blow up from everyone telling you what to buy and the best deals so I’m going to cut to the chase on the other things you should know from events, dates to sampling hacks (scroll to the bottom for my top beauty picks):

THE IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Early Access U.S. In-Store + Online: 7/12-7/19
  • Public Sale U.S. In-Store + Online: 7/20-8/5
  • Beauty Glam Out days: 7/20 through 8/5 (daily for duration of public event). Throughout the duration of the Anniversary Sale, Nordstrom will also be hosting Glam Out Days in partnership with top beauty and fragrance brands, offering free samples, gifts, and more. More information on these events is available at: https://shop.nordstrom.com/content/beauty-glam-out.
  • Beauty Bash in-store events in all doors: 7/21

    The Beauty Bash is happening at all Nordstrom locations and is offering complimentary beauty touchups, beauty and skincare advice and a special tote with purchase over $125 plus other fun!

The 2018 Anniversary Sale runs July 20th through August 5th on Nordstrom.com and in Nordstrom stores. Nordstrom Rewards Members can access the sale from July 12th through 19th and earn reward points while shopping! Learn more at: http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/rewards.

What else you need to know! Nordstrom is also offering the following to make your shopping experience that much easier:

SAMPLING: TRY BEFORE YOU BUY

Nordstrom wants you to love your beauty purchase, so why not try it first? We offer in-store samples of almost any beauty product, every day.

FREE SHIPPING AND FREE RETURNS ALL THE TIME

Nordstrom ships for free – no minimum purchase ever! Don’t love it? Returns and exchanges are free via mail, in-store or over the phone – it’s that easy.

BUY ONLINE AND PICK-UP IN STORE

Nordstrom customers can enjoy the convenience of shopping online and the ease of picking it up at their local store, complete with complimentary gift boxes.

Date night: Draw Your Pet Night at Muse Bar

Muse Paint Bar

Since rescuing Charlie a few years ago, I’ve become somewhat of a dog enthusiast and by that I mean total dog mom. So easily one of the best date nights I’ve had in a while was ‘Draw Your Pet Night’ at Muse Paint Bar. With locations in NYC, CT, MA, MD, PA, VA and RI, we went to the Tribeca location in NYC.

They also have a number of different themed art nights, great for kids and adults alike. Prices for classes start at $29 and includes all materials and smocks. All you have to do is show up (and in the case of this class submit your photo in advance). Food and (adult) beverages are available for purchase during the class.

We had a blast! Check them out at musepaintbar.com

Make It Happen: My podcast episode with Avon is Live!

lara eurdolian beauty bossThey say empowered women, empower women and there’s no greater example of women’s strength and unity then that of Avon. Since the company came about in 1886, they have built a strong community built on women’s empowerment, financial independence and giving back. All things that are deeply routed in my brand. As some of you know I started one of the first beauty blogs in NYC, have a beauty charity where we’ve donated over 115,000 beauty products to shelters and I also my own accessories line. What you might not know is that my blogging journey started when I was consulting in marketing for Avon. The brand taught me so much about being an entrepreneur and giving back that things came full circle for me when avon asked me to be one of their first guests on their new podcast series ‘Make it Happen: Powered by Avon‘.

The show will feature their top-selling representatives and industry insiders for powerful storytelling and inspirational advice. Bringing together some serious beauty boss’ the show is all about entrepreneurism, success stories, the wins, the fails and candid obstacles we all face in light of launching new ventures and growing our brands.