Earth Day Publicity Freebies 2012

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Get your Earth Day publicity Free stuff or discounts! Check it out here and let me know what you scored.

Cosmetics:

Origins is promoting its moisturizer when you exchange any empty cosmetic container at the Origins counter. While supplies last. Get your form and details here: origins

(Sephora is in on the Origins promotion too, stop by there and get your mositurizer when you exchange any empty cosmetic container.)

Kiehl’s is promoting is awesome lip balm when you exchange and empty or old cosmetic product at the Nordstrom Kiehl’s counter. While supplies last.

Organic Beauty Now is offering Miesseence at 40% off. Use the  code mie40 at checkout. Offer until 4/30/12 www.organicbeautynow.com

Vapour Organic Beauty is offering 25% off until 4/22/12 midnight. Discount is automatic, no need for a code. www.vapourbeauty.com/

Pangea Organic is offering 20% sitewide. www.pangeaorganics.com/ offer valid until 4/30/12

Tweet me at @suzettemariel or leave a comment below and let me know what you scored on Earth Day and how you helped save the planet. Thanks for visiting!

 

Photo Credit: 3d Earth by chrisroll

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Holiday dining etiquette tips to improve your social and business engagement skills

Elegant holiday setting

St John Collection at Nordstrom hosted Rosemarie Burns of ‘Etiquette and Protocol by Burns‘ to provide a special seminar to some of the Bay Area’s well heeled citizens. The topic covered was setting your Holiday Table and how to diffuse some unmannered guests social faux pauxs.

We have all at some point or another encountered a few rude situations or forgotten which fork to use. Here are few quick tips to get you back on track.

Have you encountered the guest who uses their cell phone during a dinner engagement? One of the solutions provided by ‘Etiquette and Protocol” is simply to be silent and look in the direction of the offensive guest until the behavior has ceased. If you must have your phone available in case of emergency, switch your ringer to vibrate and explain ahead of time to your guest that you are experiencing a family crisis ( or whatever the event may be). Further mentioning that you  must be available to engage in conversation. When the call comes in, remove yourself from the table and go quietly to handle your private matter.

If your etiquette skills are a bit rusty a good rule to follow during a business meal is to use the flatware at the farthest edge first for each course and work your way in toward the plate. Another quick tip to avoid any social and business blunder is your bread portion is always on the left and your drink is always on the right. Ever notice that by placing your index finger and thumb together form the letter “b” ? Put it in your memory as “B” for bread is on the left hand. Same quick tip goes for making a letter “d” for drink on the right hand using your index finger and thumb, thus drinks are always on the right. Remembering the placement of those two items will help avoid confusion of what belongs to whom.

My last and most important tip for women is not to put your purse on the table during your meal. Often times your bag has been placed on the floor and tracks a fair amount of germs that would them be transferred to the place where you will consume your food. Place it on the chair close by or if it is small enough on your lap beneath the table. It is also acceptable if you must to place it on the floor on the left. Yes, correct on the floor on the left, since the server will place your meal from the right and could feasibly trip over your purse if it were placed on the right and cause undue harm to yourself and companion. So please remember your purse is placed on the left.

Should you need to brush up on your skills there are several books out on the market to help you improve your social business engagement skills. The newest I have seen is by Kate Spade and is available in 3 different volumes. Rosamrie Burns will also have a volume available at the first of the new year of 2012. If you require the service of a skilled professional to help you with social and business etiquette for traveling abroad you will be well served with Rosemarie Burns. Please contact her at (925) 736-2880

St John Holiday Brunch Seminar

Gift with purchase-August 2011

Love those gifts with purchase! I will add more throughout the month of my favorite gifts with purchase as I find them. Come back to see future updates.

Nordstrom has an online only gift with purchase. Spend $100 in beauty or fragrance and receive this tote with online code: TREND

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Spend $65 of pureDKNY And receive 3 travel bags at Nordstrom. Offer available both online or in stores.

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Macy’s gift with purchase offer: also includes free shipping if purchase is over $50.00.

Purchase $60.00 of Lancome product and receive a three piece gift.

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Free Sun tote with 2 piece Clinique sun or sunself care.

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Receive a 2 piece bonus with Laura Mercier purchase over $50.00, online only.

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Free deluxe size PTR mascara with $50.00 purchase of Peter Thomas Roth, online only.

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3 piece Shiseido sun gift with $50.00 Shiseido purchase, online only.

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3 piece gift with your $50 Clarins purchase. Online only.

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2 piece gift with $50.00 Urban Decay purchase. Online only.

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ULTA gifts with purchase -while supplies last.

Free cosmetic tote with $50 Philosophy skin or fragrance purchase.

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Free 13 piece gift set with any $17.50 Ulta product purchase. Your choice of 3 styles.

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Quick tips- Perfume

Quick and useful beauty tip- Perfume

Fragrance enhances the sense of smell for the wearer so be aware of the amount you apply. Apply fragrance prior to wearing jewelry, because ingredients can destroy delicate coating and diminish luster on pearls. I usually avoid wearing perfume at the neckline when wearing expensive pieces to ensure there is no contact with fragrance.

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Spotlight on Teal

Teal is one of those great colors for summer that make you feel fabulous. From handbags to dresses, teal looks amazing on every skin tone and with every hair color.

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Gianmarco Lorenzi Sandals

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Prouenza Schouler handbag

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Teal necklace by Ten Thousand Villages

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BCBG Max Azria
Teal Ombre dress

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Teal Coach bag -personal collection

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London Blue Topaz brooch-personal collection

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Turquoise pendant-personal collection

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Maxi dress by Avenue

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Teal Havianas

What is your favorite teal item?

Shoe Fetish- Lanvin

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All about the Shoes!

When someone looks at you head to toe, give them reason to smirk with fabulous shoes! Most of us have been the recipient of the “That girl thinks she’s all that!” look. Well I say give them a show and a confident look with great shoes.

Here’s some of my favorites…

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Need, Want, Love! Versace Fall-Winter 2011

This year’s Fall Winter Versace collection I found a few things that I love! Not sure that I will be getting any of them but who knows! I am a huge Versace fan and do own a lot of Versace by way of clothes, handbags, sunglasses and probably a few other things stashed away in my closet that I forgot! Sounds indulgent but I like quality pieces because they last longer and are made incredibly well and fit divinely!

I love the two button side detail on this dress. It really makes a normal detail unusual. It is definitely different than anything I else I own and has a pop of color to add a little something to my otherwise dark wardrobe. Anyone know the joke about going in my closet turning on the light and everything is still dark!?! Ok, funny or not I am trying to add bits of color here and there to my wardrobe. I’m usually not big on yellow but if you have seen my previous post then you know that I did the nail review and chose yellow because it was completely different. It was fun but I’m not sure I will have it show up again on my nails this summer.

Now here is a dress that is 100% me. I love the shoulder detail and the two center button details as well as the side zips at the waist. I’m big on having pockets in clothes at the waist because I am constantly putting my hands in them because it really feels comfortable and its a great way for me to relax for just a moment on a busy day. Which seems to be everyday! Especially lately. Ok, I digress, back to the dress…I haven’t seen the back of this dress but I am hoping there isn’t a purple and yellow flower like on the back of the other one. I really like monochromatic and it makes this dress much more versatile  for me if it is one color. I guess I will have to wait and see. Having written this, I am having second thoughts about dress number 1 in this post. I am sure that it is because I am so used to solid colors that my mind is reverting back to the daily habit!

Moving on…

Of all the things I don’t need, a black jacket is one of them! But when I saw this little number I couldn’t resist but put it on my list of Need-Want-Love! Seriously calling my friend in the collector’s department about this jacket. (So if you are reading this post, I would love to get the specs on this jacket. See you soon to pick up my other “Need-Want-Love” purchases!

Noticing a trend here??? Black. Yes, black is my favorite color. I do have a lot of black and white but why should I deviate from something that looks good on me? Shouldn’t we all  indulge our whims sometimes???

In addition to loving this dress, I love the shoes too. Not sure it they are actually something I would buy and wear. But they certainly look good on the runaway. I’m just not so sure if I want to be the fashion show walking into my office or heading into the studio!

Love the bags from this collection. and the belts in black and white are pretty cool too! Belts are another must have on the list right up there next to pockets! LOL!

I have completed my shopping list with the Versace Fall Winter collection for 2011. Looks like I have almost everything but shoes! I guess I will save the shoe shopping list for another day. Thanks for sharing my Versace shopping journey. If you want to see the rest of the collection here is the link: http://www.versace.com/en/fashion-and-accessories/woman/fashion_show/fw

See you on the next Need Want Love shopping spree!

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