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Benefit Cosmetics Fall Launch Party: Pearls, Prrrowl, & Pretty!

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 | Makeup, Photos, Product Launches, Stores | 6 Comments

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Meilily Hot Happenings & Product Launch Details: Benefit Cosmetics Fall 2010!

I recently attended a fun Benefit Cosmetics preview party in San Francisco, and I got to try out and take home new Fall makeup from Benefit. I even got my brows done during the event and loved it! Benefit sure throws a mean party – cupcakes, cocktails, and all!

Now, I’m actually kinda excited about these new Benefit Fall products, because they’re quite fun, and would probably work with a variety of skintones!

Here are the Fall launch details and photos… › Continue reading

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SF Barneys Warehouse Sale & Haul Photos: Suede Marni Heels

Monday, August 23rd, 2010 | Fashion, Hot Happenings, Photos, Sales, Shoes | Comments Off

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Meilily Hot Happenings & Haul Report: Barneys Sale = Marni Heels!

This year, the Barneys Warehouse Sale in San Francisco coincided with the Renegade Craft Fair, both at Fort Mason Center. Genius! Be sure to check out Meilily’s pics from the Craft Fair here.

SF Barneys Warehouse Sale Highlights:

Not expecting to find much, I headed straight for the Barneys Women’s Shoes section at the back. (The women’s handbag and accessories selection was dismal, btw.) The first Sunday of the SF sale wasn’t too crowded and there was room to sit down and try on shoes. With shoes arranged by size in typical clearance fashion, only the right mate was available on the racks. Note: Each shoe box gets sealed with rope before you can take it over to the registers! Talk about security!

After trying on some ill-fitting Prada wedges and a chic Italian multi-strap zippered heel (just a little too large), I found some super-comfortable and cute Marni suede heels (photo below) that hugged my feet when I put them on. I was immediately sold!

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More on my Barneys Sale Haul Marni Heels… › Continue reading

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Wedding Stories: Ring Shopping Stage 1 – Trying on Rings, Finding the Right Style (Part 1)

Monday, January 18th, 2010 | Jewelry, Weddings | 5 Comments

Down the Aisle: Wedding Stories Tales from real-life as this bride reluctantly navigates the wedding industry and heads down the aisle toward perfect bliss… oh, and perfect flowers, the perfect dress, the perfect ceremony…

Meilily: Wedding Stories

Ring Shopping: Stage 1. Trying on rings and finding the right style (Part 1)

First stop: Wilkes Bashford (for Diamond in the Rough rings)
- I first noticed Diamond in the Rough brand rings in a Neiman Marcus catalog and fell in love. Searching the Diamond in the Rough site, I discover that their only local retailer is Wilkes Bashford, who just started carrying them. The rings are beautiful! Just what I am looking for – uncut, raw, and natural! My (first) favorite – a small white rough diamond in the “classic” halo style, set in white gold with a delicate pave band. I want it, but I won’t buy the very first engagement ring I try on! Plus, it comes in a different color, slightly larger. I will wait to see the other ring, but this could be true love! *More on Diamond in the Rough later… (Their rings actually appear in March 2010 on The Bride’s Guide, the Martha Stewart Weddings Blog.)

Next stop: Cartier Boutique (because I’ve always wanted to go in but never had a reason to)
- Oooh! I finally have a reason to open the huge Cartier boutique double-doors and step inside. As expected, the Cartier “bouncer” eyes me warily. The selection of Cartier engagement-style rings feels surprisingly small, but I do at least find one interesting ring style, the Ballerine band, which is different from your typical giant-gem-on-a-prong rings. There is only one in my size available in the country (yikes), but they offer to ship it over for me to try on. How nice! The Ballerine band is my 2nd choice ring, though, it is also one of the few rings I have tried on so far.

Surprise Stop: Shane Company
- Fully expecting a mall-type cheesy jeweler, I venture into Shane Company based on several recommendations, › Continue reading

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Guest Blogging for Shop It To Me: Gift Ideas for the Fashionista who has Everything

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 | General | Comments Off

Meilily Guest Blogging Alert!

Better Than Sample SalesMeilily was recently invited to be a guest blogger over at Blog It To Me, the blog for Shop It To Me, a shopping site that delivers custom sale notifications right to your inbox.

Do check out Meilily’s guest post for the Shop It To Me Blog: Gift Ideas for the Fashionista who has Everything!

What are your best gift ideas for the fashionista who has everything?

P.S. Meilily is also a Shop It To Me Featured Trendsetter this week! Hooray!


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J.Crew Weddings: Dress Sale! Sophia Bridesmaid Dress on Sale!

Sunday, May 31st, 2009 | Sales, Stores, Weddings | Comments Off

Meilily Sale Alert & Shopping Tips: J.Crew Sophia Dress!

Spring wedding season is already underway, but if you are still looking for bridesmaid dresses, look no further – J.Crew’s popular silk Sophia dress is currently on sale for only $100 in select colors (and only $59.99 in Kelly Green)! I’ve kept my eye on the price of J.Crew bridesmaid dresses for a friend, and I think now is a fantastic time to stock up on select J.Crew wedding attire!

Read on for more about the J.Crew dress styles on sale and for Meilily’s important tips for shopping J.Crew Weddings.

J.Crew Sophia Short Dress in Silk Tricotine:
Regularly $150, the J.Crew Sophia Short Dress in Silk Tricotine is a great value as an elegant, classy, and pretty dress for bridesmaids or brides. › Continue reading

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Product Pick: Pacifica Avalon Juniper Perfume

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 | Fragrance, Photos, Product Picks, Stores | 3 Comments

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Meilily Product Pick: Pacifica Avalon Juniper Perfume

What do books and natural perfumes have in common? Well, not much, I thought, until I discovered that Borders Bookstores now carry products by Pacifica, a surf-inspired brand of natural fragrances, candles, and body care.

Pacifica has artfully placed their perfumes in the limelight recently, their products garnering a spot near the front of Borders bookstores (and in Sephora stores), no longer sitting meekly on the shelves of small locals-only grocery stores.  Keep reading for more on Pacifica’s latest fragrance, Avalon Juniper.

Meilily Product Review & Photos: Pacifica Avalon Juniper Perfume

I thought I had found my favorite Pacifica fragrance › Continue reading

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