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L'Oreal La Palette Nude 2: #VFSC swag - First Look

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It's here! A first look at the U.S version of the Nude 2 palette by L'Oreal, which is poised to get you your rose-toned nude eyeshadow fix without emptying your wallet. When I first grabbed this from the VFSC Twitter machine, I didn't realize that it wasn't yet available for sale. But then I did what I always do - Google for reviews and tutorials, but all I found were blog posts that talked about the palette being released in the U.K. and a maybe-coming-soon U.S. release since displays had been spotted going up in stores like Target and Walmart. Is it really possible this hasn't come out stateside yet? Well no worries whether it has or it hasn't, because I have a chance for you to win one for yourself. All details are in the video!

As promised, here's a look at the back of the palette: 

So what did you guys think of the Glamour Undone look? Here are a few more pics:

I've been using this nonstop since I picked it up. Palettes are awesome for travel and my favorite for when I have just a few minutes to get ready in the morning, so I get very excited whenever I get a new one. Usually I just swipe on one or two of the colors but I love the color-by-numbers action on the back of the palette. The other night I tried the Sultry Smokey for a birthday dinner and to me it looked like a more intense version of Glamour Undone. Do not worry, more pics are coming in the next few days. Are you guys more anxious to see one of the looks more than the others? Let me know in the comments below and I can start with that one. 

Stay lovely my friends!
A

Vanity Fair Social Club

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Last week I was in Los Angeles to hang out at the Vanity Fair Social Club for VF's week-long suite of fabulous aka Campaign Hollywood. I was a very happy blogger to be invited to attend and I basked in the awesome panel discussions and beauty experiences. Brad Goreski and Louise Roe were fantastically entertaining as they discussed tips from and the making of Louise's new book, Front Roe. And everyone looked ah-mazing after their makeup touch ups by Tim Quinn (and team) for Giorgio Armani beauty and their hair styling sessions at the L'Oreal Paris dry styling bar. One of my favorite parts of the suite was the Twitter vending machine where you paid WITH A TWEET (a tweet!) for the goodies you wanted. Here's how it worked: you tapped on the item you wanted, then it brought up hashtags to use in your tweet and once you, um, tweeted your tweet(?), your item was dispensed. I was obsessed. Check the blog tomorrow - I have a special treat in store for my readers involving a bit of swag I picked up at the suite.

Kaila Yu getting her tweet on.

Kaila Yu getting her tweet on.

Wearing a bit of Rag & Bone to meet Brad Goreski.

Wearing a bit of Rag & Bone to meet Brad Goreski.

Oscars set up in progress at the Dolby Theater.

Oscars set up in progress at the Dolby Theater.

lucky girl, part 2: Winter X Games, Aspen

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Nearly a year ago I started this blog with a post titled "lucky girl" and I've come back to that idea again lately, thinking a lot about how lucky I really am. I'm lucky to be healthy. I'm lucky to be old enough to know better when I need to but young-at-heart enough to be open to new adventures. I'm lucky that one day I decided to just start doing the things I always said I'd do "if only" and a quick look over last year's posts show that I'm off to a pretty good start. And it's only going to get better in 2015. Do you guys feel the same for your new year? 

So to kick off 2015 for Jet Set Heart, I'm headed to Aspen for the weekend. FINALLY! I was supposed to go last year but then got bronchitis and had to cancel last minute. The official reason for this trip is to hang out at the X Games, but you know as well as I do that shopping and munching are always the main attractions for me. So as soon as we get there, I'm making a bee line for the Barton Perreira boutique. Expect a lot of awkward selfies because I'll be diving face first into all of their new frames that I haven't had the chance yet to see in person. After that, my friends will have to come drag me out of Prada. Prada! I'm about to fall over with happiness just saying that beautiful little Italian name. I adore Denver but for crying out loud, where are all of the big name designer boutiques? (Answer: In Aspen, FOUR hours away). 

Normally, I'd do a whole "what to wear?" post in preparation for the trip, but a) I don't have time (we're leaving tonight) and b) Uggs. It is going to be cold, so...Uggs. It's going to be snowy, so...Uggs. Uggs are my only answer and me and my future-cozy feet are quite ok with that. So if you want to find me this weekend, I'll be the girl on Buttermilk Mountain wearing blue jeans, Uggs, a cozy coat (down puffer or wool Mackage), a bit of Chanel and probably my new Thierry Lasry's (reveal post to come). Come say hi!

Stay lovely :)
- A

pretty overload: Chanel, Victoria's Secret

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Well my friends, today you may have noticed a whole lot of pretty all over your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds. Both Chanel and Victoria's Secret staged their fashion shows so there was a lot more to take in than your usual Tuesday. A lot of workout motivation, shopping inspiration and maybe even the makings of a YouTube makeup tutorial or two. Here are my favorite looks and images from the extravaganza.

Chanel (aka, my precious)

Love the laid back yet glam vibe. Leggings, statement boots and jacket - I can do that. Image courtesy of Style.com.

Love the laid back yet glam vibe. Leggings, statement boots and jacket - I can do that. Image courtesy of Style.com.

Tuxedo stripe trousers at Chanel. Style.com

Tuxedo stripe trousers at Chanel. Style.com

Love the whole look and omg, the gloves! Style.com

Love the whole look and omg, the gloves! Style.com

I'd love a similar look for New Year's. Style.com

I'd love a similar look for New Year's. Style.com

Check out the full Chanel show here. According to the write-up, this is only part one of 3? I'll add more pics if new ones pop up.

Victoria's Secret

After scrolling through the online coverage, I was left feeling an immediate need to perfect my golden, olive, smoky eye look and smoothed out (read: not beachy) waves. Worry not, I'm on the hunt for new YouTube inspiration as we speak. 

randomness - Cartier Jewels, Ankle Boots, bkr water bottles

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It's Tuesday and I've got a lot going on - work. Special, top secret, if-I-told-you-I'd-have-to-kill-you projects. Trip planning. Juicing. With my mind all over the place, I just have an epic dose of randomness for you today. Ya ready? Alrighty, here we go...

Thanks to a quick trip to Neiman Marcus, I may have found the booties to end my ongoing ankle boot search. But with as much as I love a good deal, I'll have to see what options Nordstrom Rack has for me before I give in and order these bad boys. 

Rag & Bone Harrow ankle boot, $525

Rag & Bone Harrow ankle boot, $525

I'm beyond excited but yet very, very afraid to go to the Cartier Jewels exhibit at the Denver Art Museum - properly known as Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century. I'm forever in love with the one and only Cartier watch in my collection but, still my wish list is filled with quite a few of their other pieces (see below). I suspect this exhibit may cause me temporary insanity concluding with a quick and dramatic maxing out of my credit cards. This could get interesting.

Last thing: is it possible to have too many...water bottles? They're such a necessity (especially in Colorado) so I think it's ok to have a bunch, but I'm doing some hardcore freaking over bkr's current lineup and might be in danger of veering into crazy bottle lady territory. But did you know that staying hydrated is a key to looking young? Best. Excuse. Ever. a.k.a looks like I just found my reason to keep buying. Here are the colors I'm choosing from:

Stay fabulous, my friends.

I'm baaaaack - sale prep, fall/winter fashion picks

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Hello, it's me! Swamped with work and random party fun times and apparently every excuse not to blog. And I must be coming down with something because I'm even way out of the loop with my usual fashion and shopping activities. This is serious you guys - I don't even have a "buy now" list for when the sales start. Because I need to get it together, I started combing through my usual go-to's including Saks and Net-a-porter and surprise(!), I have already found quite a few things to sale stalk. Btw, I'm a total accessories girl - can you tell?

Stay warm and wear cat ears. Eugenia Kim Felix - currently $145 at Zappos 

Stay warm and wear cat ears. Eugenia Kim Felix - currently $145 at Zappos 

Jimmy Choo is apparently my new everything...can't wait to grab my first pair...and my second...and my third. #addictivepersonality

These are not even negotiable - absolute. must. have. Jimmy Choo Melba, $995

These are not even negotiable - absolute. must. have. Jimmy Choo Melba, $995

Scarves!

Saint Laurent Abstract Hearts scarf - $795 at Saks.com

Saint Laurent Abstract Hearts scarf - $795 at Saks.com

Athena Procopiou - $300 at Saks.com

Athena Procopiou - $300 at Saks.com

I'm also on the hunt for a long wallet and I'm drooling over this one by Gucci. I'm also checking out Bally, which is a new brand for me but I'm in love after spending some time in their duty free boutique in London. 

Last but not least, the only piece of outerwear I want to spend money on this season. Usually I'm all about the coats but what's out so far hasn't really impressed me. But it is well past due for me to add this classic piece to my lineup.

Rick Owens biker jacket - $2,620 at Net-a-porter

Rick Owens biker jacket - $2,620 at Net-a-porter


#fitnessfriday - Fed Up, Ballet Beautiful and Tracy Anderson

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I still haven't won the lottery and thusly, I still don't have a personal chef. <Heavy sigh>. But somehow I'm going to be ok and even seem to be on some sort of a...cooking kick? I'm feeling creative and energetic and surprisingly down to keep myself rolling in healthy vegetarian meals. This week I've had zucchini veggie lasagne (with zucchini slices replacing all pasta), stir fried spaghetti squash with teriyaki tofu and veggies and my famous breakfast hashes with brussel sprouts, onions, tomatoes, potatoes and mushrooms and two eggs on top. And if I'm honest, the real reason I wasn't cooking more often is that I hate to clean up afterwards (#lazy), but somehow I don't mind it as much at the moment. Apparently the secret is to wash up right after cooking so that things are easier to clean. Who knew? Yay for learning new things every day (#olderandwiser).

My newfound culinary prowess has come just in time. Trust me and do yourself a favor and watch a little documentary called Fed Up. Between that and Forks Over Knives, I just can't even right now with processed food or my favorite junky indulgences (Reece's Pieces, chips, M&M's - it was nice knowing you). #fitnessfriday bonus, I always kick butt in my workouts if I've been eating a really healthy diet. And about those workouts...I'm still totally obsessed with Ballet Beautiful and I don't see falling off the bandwagon any time soon. While I'm still working on my 5-6 workouts per week goal, I'm also ready to step this up a notch with added cardio. Have you ever tried Tracy Anderson's dance aerobics? I'm obsessed. It makes me feel like a dance party spontaneously broke out in my living room, which is obviously a good thing. She has quite a few DVDs available but I'm a very lucky girl in possession of Tracy's original and currently out of print Dance Aerobics DVD (yes, that one, the single DVD that sells for $100 on eBay) and it is basically happiness on a disc. This is not your typical dance aerobics, just ask Ms. Goop Gwynnie P herself:

From what I understand, her new DVD (Unleash Your Inner Popstar) is most like the original DVD and I can't wait to get it to see how the two compare. So go forth and dance, lovelies! And if you need me, I'll be over here loving my workouts in all their booty shaking or proper ballerina goodness. 

halloween costume ideas

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Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday. I get to wear outlandish makeup or a crazy costume (or both!), pretend to be something else for the day and eat all the candy? Really, how could anything else compare? And if you want to be my bff, on this day, I'm pretty easy - donate all your mini Twix bars to my pile and I'll let you have all my sour candies.

And in my classic master-procrastinator's style, Halloween is only a week and a half away and I still have no idea what to be. That's because I spent the last three weeks balking at spending a ton on a costume and getting totally overwhelmed trying to decide while sticking to a budget. Oh the pressure. Of course, always in the running is the classic Catwoman - especially now that the official 1960's-Julie Newmar-Adam West-TV show Catwoman costume has been released (Pow-Kaboom-BAM!). This is my favorite version of Catwoman ever so this must happen one year, although probably not this year. So what are my other options? While web-surfing for inspiration, I checked out celeb costumes from years past and totally fell for Alexa Chung's nun from last year. I think she killed it between the cigarette and totally mod eye makeup. What a great way to be cute without going for the usual sexy santa/cat/playboy bunny/etc. cliche.

Other ideas still in the running? Cleopatra. Khaleesi (bonus points if I can get the boy to be my dragon). And I really love the idea of painting my face sugar skull-style like this girl at last year's Refinery29 party:

Wouldn't it be brilliant to go as a bent iPhone? I think it'd be hysterical. But that's my top secret idea, so don't tell anyone because I may need to whip that one out last minute. Full disclosure: I'm reallllllyy annoyed that I can't get my hands on the 6+ yet and this may just be me trying to vent my frustrations through my Halloween costume. It's still a cool costume idea though. But has anyone heard of any cool and unique costumes that are trending this year? I want to hear about them so please share! 

#fitnessfriday - Ballet Beautiful update and Gemma Ward weight loss motivation

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Just a heads up, my #fitnessfriday posts may sometimes come in the form of #slimdownsaturday, #superfitsunday or #motivationmonday, because if there is one thing that I have never been called in my life it is - consistent. But hooray for me, I have managed to be pretty darn consistent in my workouts the last few weeks doing about 4 days a week of my beloved Ballet Beautiful workouts. These next two weeks have to be all about stepping that up to a consistent 5 day a week practice and I can't wait to share how it goes and the results I'm seeing. But if you're looking for discussions about pounds lost or before and after measurements, I'll have to direct you elsewhere - I'm a bit too private to share quite all of that. However I'm going to keep a running total of inches lost over the next six weeks to keep as a bit of motivation to keep my workouts at that nearly-every-day frequency. Today's update? My muscles are continuing to get it together so I'm currently in that phase where I can't stop poking at my biceps or feeling on my flexed legs. I know that sounds crazy but thankfully I'm surrounded by people who are very understanding about these sorts of things. 

So it's still Sunday in some parts, but let's call this one #motivationmonday anyway. I'll need it as I embark on my 5-day-a-week plan and right now my motivation is none other than Miss Gemma Ward. Gemma was big in the modeling world before gaining a reported 30-40 pounds. Some say she was rebelling against the fashion industry, others say she was grieving her boyfriend's passing (she was dating Heath Ledger at the time of his death), but last week she surprised a few folks with her comeback which had her opening Prada's show. I'd love to know what she did to get back in model form but I suspect it involved a lot of green juice and a dance/pilates/yoga-type workout routine, so here we go. If she can do it, so can I (and so can you!)

Left, Gemma during her original modeling career. Right, Gemma plus 30-40 pounds.

Left, Gemma during her original modeling career. Right, Gemma plus 30-40 pounds.

Last week at the Prada SS '15 show..

Last week at the Prada SS '15 show..

Paris Fashion Week, Spring 2015 - front row picks

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Daydream with me for a moment will you? Let's pretend that I have actually won the lottery. Where do you think I would be right now? Yep, in Paris, front and center for the fashion shows this week. First of all, it's practically a fact that Paris was my hometown in a previous life, so the first thing I'd do with my lotto winnings is buy an apartment in the city. Second of all - and you probably already suspect this about me, but I might just have a thing for designer fashion. So really, where else could I be? But since I haven't won any jackpots (yet), I did the next best thing and flipped through the shows at Style.com. Be warned, it is very easy to get lost in those gorgeous galleries and I spotted more than a few things I would immediately buy. Meaning, our little daydream would end with me plunking down the Amex black, ripping the samples off the models and running off to live in my designer dud filled closet...happily ever after.

Chanel

Can a fashion house be a spirit animal? I'm thinking yes and Chanel is it for me

I'd like to respectfully request that someone give me all of the Chanel arm candy. Please and thank you.

And the clothing...

The rest of my fantasy shopping list from the recent Spring 2015 shows:

All images courtesy of Style.com.