Anyone who has ever struggled with waking up early to do work in the gym can attest—it’s easier if you have athletic-wear that you look good in and feel great in. There are some truly fantastic athleisure brands on the market right now and lately, I’ve been stocking up on pieces from Aussie brand The Upside, Stella McCartney for Adidas and a new favorite, Athletic Propulsion Labs. As someone who is currently training for a half marathon (first-time racers, holla if you hear me!) I can use all the help I can get.
If you haven’t noticed, I never really update my blog anymore. It’s time consuming and my trusty photog (my boyfriend) up and left for business school! I’ll still update this site periodically, but not nearly as often. I do, however, update my Tumblr page all the time. So check that out if you haven’t already: virginiaalamode.tumblr.com
On September 13, Bluemercury will commemorate its 15th Anniversary with treats, complimentary makeovers, mini facials and treatments at all its shops. Plus, the first 15 customers in each store will receive a gift from Bluemercury’s proprietary skincare line M-61: a full-sized cleanser of their choice (up to a $34 value). In addition, the store will have some amazing beauty exclusives to celebrate the anniversary including the launch of the Best Seller’s Collection, with products by NARS, Trish McEvoy, Laura Mercier, Darphin and more (it’s a $400 value that will retail for $175). Even better? The celebration will last all month long. With any $175 purchase, clients will receive a deluxe sample bag featuring some pretty amazing products (that Fresh eye cream is on point). Take a look at all you get in the free gift below. I’ll be in my local store Saturday taking advantage of all the great deals—hope to see you there!
I always have a dozen or so beauty products in rotation and, with the weather fluctuating between humid and more humid—this week is no exception. Below are a few of my fave products. Oh—and bonus! I’m giving away a box FULL of fabulous products, as part of the FabFitFun box of goodies. I’m actually giving away TWO boxes—one here, and one on my personal blog, Virginia a la Mode.
Here’s how to enter:
1. Follow me (@VChamlee) and Jax Mag (@jacksonvillemag) on Instagram.
2. Re-gram the below photo (make sure and tag @VChamlee and @jacksonvillemag so we can see that you posted it!)
3. That’s it! We’ll pick the lucky winners exactly one week from today. (And I’ll Instagram a few of the individual items throughout the next week, so you can peek inside).
Here are a few of my current favorite products…bonus: they all just happen to be included in the giveaway!
• Sonya Dakar Flash Facial : This stuff is liquid gold (literally—it retails for $95). It’s a one-minute exfoliating gel and it just happens to be Gwyneth Paltrow’s favorite beauty product.
• Zoya nail polish: Goes on easily, and it comes in a gorgeous, light orange color—perfect for Summer.
• Balanced Guru no frizz hair oil: If you live in humid Florida, you get the necessity of a good anti-frizz product.
Since I couldn’t fit it into one post… here’s part two of my Miami Swim diary.
Other highlights: Baked crab hand rolls at Katsuya, a totally insane brunch at Michael’s Genuine (where the kimchi benedict rocked my world), browsing at my favorite Miami boutique, The Webster (where I fell in love with a Chanel fanny pack and a pair of Alaia gladiators) and grabbing cucumber margaritas with my boo at our hotel, The Viceroy.
I spent the past weekend in Miami, at the tenth anniversary of Miami Swim. The weekend was fun and very busy—lots of fashion shows, presentations, late (and amazing dinners) and even a few rain storms. I luckily managed to squeeze in some time with one of my best friends and make some new ones and, of course, see a lot of skimpy bikinis and a few Real Housewives. Here’s a roundup of the highlights from Friday (events officially started on Thursday, but this was Day 1 for me).
I’ve done roundups of skincare and beauty products in the past but today, I’m offering up something a little different. I had a facial last week that absolutely transformed my skin. It was dewy days later, seemed a bit more plum, and my eyes appeared lintless. All in all, I looked, somehow, brighter. It’s all thanks to a new facial at bluemercury—The SkinCeutical Facial. The 50-minute procedure includes a minor glycolic peel (it’s pretty mild, so it’s unlike most heavy-duty peels) and layers upon layers of vitamins, antioxidants and fruit acids. There are no extractions—instead, your face is just massaged and pampered. The whole thing ends with a blast of oxygen all over your face, so your pores are clean and tight. It was seriously the best facial I’ve ever had, and I will certainly going back for another before the limited-time-only procedure expires August 31.
The cost ($95) is pretty paltry compared to the results. Book your appointments soon. Thank me later.
Here area few of my favorite Skinceuticals products, in case you’d like to attempt an at-home version of this amazing procedure.
PS. I’ll be covering Mercedes Benz Miami Swim Week starting Friday, so be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with all the happenings.
I’ll be going to Mercedes Benz Miami Swim Week next weekend and I am SO excited. Three straight days of fashion shows and pool parties—what could be better? A free swimsuit just might top it. I’ve partnered with Guria Beachwear to give away this super cute purple number (which retails for $140) to one lucky Instagram follower. To enter, just: 1. follow us on Instagram: @guriabeachwear, @vchamlee and @jacksonvillemag (if you don’t follow us, we might not be able to see your entries) and 2. tag us in a pic explaining your favorite way to beat the heat in the summertime!
The contest runs until next Thursday, July 17 (at which point the lucky winner will be notified—and don’t worry, we’ll be sure they get the correct size).
If you’d rather not try your luck, the suit is available locally at Well Suited Swimwear, a boutique specializing in swimwear for all body types (plus, they don’t have that horrible florescent lighting which makes even the most flattering suit look bad). The company also provides in-home personal style consultations and in-home fit and fashion parties (which can be arranged by calling Kara at 904.718.6371).
I scooped up this cute Rory Beca romper at Marshall’s a few weeks ago. It’s an easy piece to dress up or down and it’s supremely comfortable in the hot weather we’ve been experiencing lately. I paired with with flat sandals and simple jewelry but I think it would also look great with strappy heels and a red lip.
I recently updated my boutique with a few of the items I’m currently loving. Here’s a run-down…