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Rosa Loves… Beauty Products and Neiman Marcus. 

Last week, I was able to spend a fabulous night talking to the lovely makeup and beauty experts at Neiman Marcus. I visited the various beauty stations around the store and tested several products, some of which I instantly fell in love with. I was also able to take home some other samples and put them to the test over the long holiday weekend. Here’s a list of some of my favorites:

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser: I was already a fan of this cleanser so I was very excited to see it as one of the featured products that night. I strongly recommend it; I use it everyday and I love it because it doesn’t over dry my combination skin. 

Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve: Working in a lab and wearing gloves can make my hands very dry, so I took this hand salve to the office the next day and I love it. I’ve only used it for a couple of days and I already feel an improvement in my hands. 

Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream: As I get older, I want to take better care of my skin and I have been on the hunt for a new products. This anti-aging cream is super hydrating and leaves my skin incredibly smooth. 

Sisley-Paris Phyto-Lip Twist: This tinted lip balm won me over almost immediately because of its moisturizing effect. It has a rich color and a bit of a glossy finish. Best part, you don’t need a pencil sharpener. If you are wondering about the color in the photo, I went with #6 (Cherry).  

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide: This foundation has a very thin formula so it feels very lightweight when applied. I happened to test it on a very hot/humid day in DC and I was impressed with its staying power.

CHANEL Sublimage La Créme: When I tried this I felt that my skin looked luminous and smooth which I loved. It is quite pricey, but again, as I get older, I feel that I need to invest more on skin care and this cream might be worth the investment.

Clé de Peau Beauté Perfect Lash Mascara: I loved the applicator even in the sample and like the description online says, it takes one application for a natural look, which is perfect for my beauty routine. I also found it to be humidity-proof and clump-free.

Aerin Rose Hand & Body Cream: Not only does this cream come in a pretty package, it also smells so good. The floral scent is not overwhelming and I really like that it absorbs very nicely. Keeping this in my purse at all times.   

Thank you Neiman Marcus for an amazing night and the beauty product samples. I am now ready for fall, well, at least when it comes to my beauty routine. 

The Fall Beauty Event at Neiman Marcus will take place from September 11-21. You can shop online and at the store and you can discover these and other new beauty products.

{Photos by RosaLovesDC}

Editor’s note and disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Neiman Marcus and the various beauty reps kindly provided the samples of all the products featured in this post for my review. I do not participate in affiliate programs, therefore, I do not receive compensation when you click on the links to the products listed above. 

Rosa Loves… The perfect photo op and pretty roses.
Running errands on Saturday morning turned out to be a little more stressful than anticipated. I’ll spare you the details, but when I realized that I would totally miss the bus regardless of how fast I’d run to catch it, I took a deep breath and tried to make the best of it. I got a bagel and coffee at a nearby place and I enjoyed a few moments of quiet time. I then went back to the bus stop and while waiting for the next ride, I thought about how that was the perfect photo op for the pretty roses I had just bought at Trader Joe’s. Luckily, the bus showed up a few minutes later, so I was home in no time.
BTW, I haven’t forgotten about this blog, I just needed a little break. While I won’t be back on a regular schedule as before, but I will definitely be writing some posts this month. Thank you so much for reading.
Hope everyone had a fabulous summer.
{Photo by RosaLovesDC}

Rosa Loves… The perfect photo op and pretty roses.

Running errands on Saturday morning turned out to be a little more stressful than anticipated. I’ll spare you the details, but when I realized that I would totally miss the bus regardless of how fast I’d run to catch it, I took a deep breath and tried to make the best of it. I got a bagel and coffee at a nearby place and I enjoyed a few moments of quiet time. I then went back to the bus stop and while waiting for the next ride, I thought about how that was the perfect photo op for the pretty roses I had just bought at Trader Joe’s. Luckily, the bus showed up a few minutes later, so I was home in no time.

BTW, I haven’t forgotten about this blog, I just needed a little break. While I won’t be back on a regular schedule as before, but I will definitely be writing some posts this month. Thank you so much for reading.

Hope everyone had a fabulous summer.

{Photo by RosaLovesDC}

Rosa Loves… To share a few random thoughts. 

Life has been good for me and Lola. We are enjoying our summer, despite the crazy storms we’ve had. For today’s post, I just wanted to share a few random thoughts and photos from the last week:

  • Sara and I attended a blogger preview of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in Pentagon City. It was so good to spend time with such a great friend and fabulous shopping buddy. We browsed through the clothing racks and I found the most adorable top that I cannot wait to wear. During the preview, we were also introduced to exofab, the coolest new iPhone case. I went with the gray camo and I love it. 
  • We had a lot of plans for the weekend, but my sweet Lola wasn’t feeling well. Friday morning appeared to be like any other morning; she woke up, ate her breakfast, and stole one of my socks. When I got home from work, she was not happy and I could tell she had an upset tummy. After a trip to the vet, some medication, and lots of rest and cuddles, she was back to normal on Sunday afternoon. She has made a full recovery and is now resting on my lap as I write this post. 
  • Last week, my adorable Chihuahua tote that I had for years got ruined. I quickly looked up the Etsy vendor I had gotten it from and I was able to order a replacement. My new super cute tote arrived just in time for running errands on Sunday morning. If you are interested in a tote just like mine, the name of the vendor is Square Paisley Designs
  • While at Trader Joe’s on Sunday morning, I walked by the flower section and those white roses were hard to resist. I thought, why not? I figured Lola would enjoy some flowers in the apartment as she was still recovering from her upset tummy. 

For the next few weeks, I won’t be posting as often, but I do have some fun projects for the blog that I will be sharing with you throughout the rest of the summer. Make sure to check for updates. 

I hope you are enjoying your summer so far.

DC Event Alert: My friend Katalina is one of the most amazing people I know; she’s determined and when she wants something, she works hard and makes it happen. I am so proud of her because today, she is launching a new company, El Camino Travel. Katalina and her team provide highly curated trips to fabulous places all around the world. Their first Pop Up Vacay event will be taking place on August 6th at the Beaver Dam Swin Club, which is located near Baltimore. If you are interested, click on this link or on the button on the right side column. 

{iPhone case was courtesy of exofab}

{Photos by RosaLovesDC, taken with her iPhone and processed with PicTapGo}

Rosa Loves… The perfect tote and sunglasses for a day at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens.

For the final post of my mini tour of DC with Ann Taylor, I have chosen an incredibly beautiful place: Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens. Hillwood is truly spectacular and a place that some people call one of DC’s best kept secrets. 

My friend Anne introduced to Hillwood a few years ago; after a day of exploring the mansion and walking around the gardens, I was in love with the estate. Hillwood is the former residence of socialite and General Foods founder Marjorie Merriweather Post, who was known for her exquisite taste and love for the arts. Marjorie was particularly fascinated with Russian Imperial art and her collection at the museum is one of the best in the world. The gardens are just stunning and the landscape is divided into several garden ‘rooms’ that are intended to feature different historical styles. The French Parterre and the Japanese-style Garden are among my favorite garden rooms and I never get tired of admiring their beauty. In addition to the art collection and the beautiful gardens, Hillwood also offers special exhibitions. A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to see the paper dress creations of artist Isabelle de Borchgrave at the Prêt-à-Papier exhibition. Currently, the museum is showing an impressive display of Marjorie’s collection of Cartier jewelry, which I have seen and I strongly recommend. Sometimes, I feel the need to escape the noise of the city and Hillwood is the perfect place to do so; the estate is hidden away in a quiet residential neighborhood overlooking Rock Creek Park. My day at this gorgeous place, usually involves mini tours of the mansion, leisurely strolls around the gardens, and lunch or coffee at the Café. Therefore, my camera, sunblock, and sunglasses are all essential items that I always carry in my fabulous tote during my visits. 

This concludes my series of favorite spots in DC with Ann Taylor. I sincerely hope you enjoyed the posts and each of the places featured as they are all truly special to me.

Hillwood is located in Northwest DC. The estate can be reached by car or taxi; parking is free. The Van Ness-UDC Metro station is within a 15-20 minute walk. Non-flash photography is allowed inside the mansion and there is a $15 suggested donation.

{Tote and sunglasses featured in this post were courtesy of Ann Taylor}

{Photos by RosaLovesDC}

Rosa Loves… The perfect necklace for dinner at Oyamel. 

Today’s post is the second part of my collaboration with Ann Taylor featuring my favorite places in DC. As you can see by the photos, it involves delicious food and a fabulous sparkly accessory.

My mini tour of DC wouldn’t be complete without Oyamel, an amazing Mexican restaurant owned by local chef José Andrés who has been internationally recognized for his culinary innovation. I spent my childhood in México and the food at Oyamel always brings back wonderful memories and makes me think of my grandmother’s cooking. The quesadilla huitlacoche (Mexican corn truffle), the nopalitos (baby cactus) salad, and the gorditas de pato (masa cakes with duck confit) are among my favorite dishes. In terms of cocktails, I highly recommend the signature salt air margarita and the mojito Dorado. The restaurant also holds an annual Tequila and Mezcal Festival, which features unique dishes and cocktails inspired by these two Mexican spirits. I have been able to attend the festival before and it is incredible. Oyamel is very close to several museums and other attractions in downtown DC so it is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat after a day of exploring the city. I love meeting friends at Oyamel for dinner during the weekend; it is not only a fabulous way to catch up and unwind after a long week at work, but it is also a great excuse to wear one of my favorite accessories, a very sparkly necklace.

Interesting fact: If you are curious about the meaning of name of this fantastic restaurant, oyamel is a fir tree found in the forests of Michoacán, México, where monarch butterflies seek refuge every winter after traveling thousands of miles from the U.S. and Canada. 

Dishes featured in this post:

  • Albóndigas (traditional Mexican meatballs)
  • Chilorio de res (taco with shredded beef braised in sauce of pasilla and guajillo chile)
  • Taco pescado Baja California (seared mahi mahi taco)
  • Quesadilla huitlacoche (traditional folded corn tortilla with Chihuahua cheese and Mexican corn truffle)

Oyamel is located in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington, DC. Reservations can be made online and walk-ins are welcome.

{Necklace and clutch featured in this post were courtesy of Ann Taylor}

{Photos by RosaLovesDC}

Rosa Loves… The perfect pair of flats for an afternoon at the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The name of my blog says it all: I love DC. I truly believe that DC is such a beautiful city with a rich history and wonderful places to visit. Today’s post is the beginning of a series where I will take you on a mini tour of DC. A few weeks ago, Ann Taylor asked me to share three of my favorite places in the city and I thought it would be a fun project to do. I will also feature some of Ann Taylor’s fabulous pieces which happen to be perfect for exploring DC. I sincerely hope you enjoy my picks.

The National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum are on the top of my list of favorite places in DC. Both museums are located in downtown DC and share one of the city’s oldest buildings, which is a National Historic Landmark and once housed the U.S. Patent Office. The exhibitions offered by the museums never disappoint. Last year, I had the opportunity to see ‘A Democracy of Images’, an amazing collection that explored the evolution of photography in America. I enjoy the new exhibitions, but I often make time to visit the ‘America’s Presidents' permanent collection and the interesting display of modern and contemporary art in the Lincoln Gallery. A coffee break is always a good idea while spending time at the museums and Kogod Courtyard, which is also part of the building, is the perfect place to do so. The courtyard is filled with natural light and the wavy glass and steel canopy is just breathtaking. Since it is easy to lose track of time at this incredible place, a pair of comfortable flats is a must. I can honestly spend an entire afternoon walking around the exhibitions and admiring the building’s architecture.

In case you were wondering, yes, Lola decided to interrupt my photography session so I had to include the photo in the post. 

If you live outside DC but are planning to visit in the future, make sure to include the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in your itinerary. Non-flash photography is allowed throughout the building with a few exceptions and admission is free.

{Flats and clutch featured in this post were courtesy of Ann Taylor}

{Photos by RosaLovesDC}