Clowning for the camera, Mikey Castillo and Lisa Lingis from Le Métier de Beauté, made my yesterday a joy. Mikey has been meeting with DC-area women at Neiman Marcus, accompanied by our regional rep Lisa. If you haven't seen him yet, he's at Mazza Gallerie today. You will love him! I'll tell you all about our visit either later today or first thing tomorrow. In honor of Steve Jobs, I decided to do a "non-traditional" interview with Mikey. It was fun.
What a week! I've already written about our continuing efforts to save trees and wildlife habitat as developers try to pave over every square inch of our area. If you didn't read my The Trees Won story, take a look and get a glimpse of my amazingly busy week. Yesterday, we discovered in the Code of Virginia that Fairfax County representatives haven't been entirely honest with us as they have postured that our land trust is "on its own" in protecting our conservation easement. Even after years of land use work, I continue to be amazed by the inequality of the playing field and the discrepancies between the local government's words and its actions. We've got another meeting with the County today, but I've grown to expect nothing. If anything good results, I'll be delighted.
Unfortunately, as the days pass, more trees come down in the woods within the building envelope, and the land is being altered forever. I'm not anti-development, but I do oppose development in sensitive stream valleys and pristine forests that serve an important function in protecting our rivers and the Chesapeake Bay, along with air quality and our quality of life.
Back to a different kind of beauty...what a Chanel week I've had! Chanel's Holiday 2011 Collection is stunning, and I've had a blast playing with the pieces I purchased. I have one more lip color to show you. I've also got some fabulous new YSL colors and many other treasures to describe in the coming days. I'm finding that I could blog full time - if there were a few more hours in the day.
I took full advantage of the Friends & Family sales at Beautyhabit and New London Pharmacy. I have no idea how I'll fit in all the fragrance features I want to write. Expect to see more than one/week for awhile.
It's time for The Friday Forum, our open chat. What new products did you discover this week? Did you find any deals you couldn't resist? Are you using a fabulous product and want to sing its praises? Did you find a beauty product disappointing? Do you have a question others might be able to answer? Want to talk about skin care? What's new in your life? Just use the comments. Don't be shy. Just make sure to ask any question you might have over the weekend. By early the next week, most (not all) readers have moved on.
This weekend, I'll be letting my DC-area friends know about some local events coming up in the next week. October always brings many opportunities to get to know the people behind the brand and learn about the gorgeous fall and winter collections, the latest in skin care, and even fashion's latest. The "busy season" continues.
Don't forget that the giveaway contest for Tarte's limited-edition five-piece LipSurgence set ends tomorrow, October 8, at midnight. I'll use a random number generator to select the winner, so everyone has a chance to win.
Sunshine is predicted for our weekend - things are looking up!
Photo by Best Things in Beauty