Sneak Peek: Saks Summer Beauty Week

IMG_0023Hello, lovelies!

Tomorrow, hubs and I are heading out on vacation- woohoo! We are heading back to our honeymoon spot in St. Barth to celebrate our third wedding anniversary, and I am super excited for some R&R. Be sure to follow along on Instagram this week at @sweetcarolinerva if you want to see some snaps of our travels!

Before jetting off, I wanted to make sure you knew about a celebration coming up next week at Saks Fifth Avenue at Stony Point Shopping Center. The beauty squad at Saks is hosting Summer Beauty Week (June 1-4), and it’s going to be amazing!

The team at Saks is showcasing products that will beat the heat and give you that gorgeous summer glow all season long. PLUS, you get a gift with your beauty purchases. Score! Here’s the skinny on the Summer Beauty Week events:

  • June 1: Complimentary brow threading with any purchase from 6pm-8:30pm with Style by Zahra
  • June 3: Stay cool with King of Pops (yum!) and enjoy a fashion show at 1pm, featuring summer inspired beauty looks.
  • June 4: Infused water tastings with Brewed Well from 1pm-3:30pm

I got a sneak peek today, and it was so much fun! The YSL national makeup artists were in Richmond this week, so I had the special treat of having my makeup done by their team of talented experts. But first, I had to hit up the Saks’ shoe department (because sale. Duh.) How adorable are these Tory Burch Shaw Espadrilles? Perfect for St. Barth!

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I was then pampered by the YSL beauty team with a morning makeover! All of the YSL products— from skincare to makeup–look and feel fabulous. My skin has felt hydrated and plump all day, and the makeup is just beautiful.

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(P.S. How cute are these two?)

I started off with the Or Rouge Cleansing Creme. This stuff smells amazing and I instantly felt my skin transform. It felt wonderful going on and was so refreshing!

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After I was fresh faced, I had my makeup done using all YSL products. I was really impressed with all of the products she used on me– from the eyeshadow palette to the blush! There were three products that really stood out to me, though!

YSL Forever Youth Liberator Eye Zone Serum

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This stuff is magical! I haven’t slept well this week– stress? vacation excitement? binge-listening to My Favorite Murder podcast? who knows?– so my eyes have been feeling a little tired and blah. This serum was cooling and refreshing, and really, really perked up my eye area. I looked soooooo much better after she applied this serum (you do not want to see the “before.”)

Click here to purchase!

YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Highlighter

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This bad boy has a cult following, and it’s easy to see why. Highlighter + concealer + contour = magic potion for your skin. This gives you an instant glow and really gives your makeup a polished, dewy, and clean look.

Click here to purchase!

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick No. 70 – Le Nu

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This is the PERFECT lipstick color for summer! It looks great on any skin tone and is the perfect pink — slightly brown, slightly coral, super flattering. I had to snag a tube for myself!

Click here to purchase!

Here’s the final result!

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I love the fresh and summery look! 

If you’re looking for high quality, beautiful skin care and makeup, get yourself to Saks and the Yves St. Laurent counter! You can thank me later!

Thank you to my friends at Saks for a fun day of beauty! Can’t wait to return for Summer Beauty Week, June 1-4!

Room in Progress: The Kitchen

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We are quickly approaching one full year in our new home! I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by. Later this month will mark the anniversary of coming to see the house and quickly (like, the next day quickly) going under contract. Then, we closed on the house at the end of June 2016.

When we finally had the keys to our house, we did a few cosmetic update projects: wallpaper and new drapes in the dining room, new drapes and new upholstery in the living room, and giving a fresh coat of paint to several rooms in the house. One of the first major projects that I wanted to do was update the kitchen, which of course, has been put off about a hundred times. Well, we’ve finally pulled the trigger and we are giving our kitchen a facelift!

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The Current:

When we moved in, the kitchen walls were a sweet butter yellow, which I didn’t mind at all. However, with all of the natural light in the kitchen, I wanted the room to feel a little bit more dreamy and airy. So we decided to paint, and chose Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl.


Since then, I’ve been daydreaming about ways to freshen up our kitchen to be a bit more modern and updated. This created a to-do list for the kitchen projects:

  • Replace the stove and dishwasher for stainless (to match the other, newer appliances)
  • Replace the dreaded “boob” light above the sink
  • Replace Corian countertops for granite/stone
  • Add subway tile backsplash
  • Replace the sink
  • Replace the faucet
  • Replace the lighting above the breakfast nook
  • Add risers and crown moulding to the top of our cabinets

I spent a lot of time on Pinterest gathering inspiration for how I wanted the kitchen to look (you can check out my kitchen inspiration board here!) Then, a few months ago, I had a contractor come out to give us a quote for the project. To say I had sticker shock is a bit of an understatement– I couldn’t believe the estimate we were given for labor alone. So I decided to look into a company that several of our friends have used for kitchen and bath renovations: Classic Granite and Marble.  I’m so happy I did!

Paul and I went out to the slab yard on a Saturday afternoon. I really wanted a stone that resembled Carrara marble – I love the way it looks but knew better than to put porous marble in our kitchen. We spent hours meandering in and out of the aisles of huge slabs and couldn’t seem to find anything just right. The closest thing I found was a slab of Super White, which Paul didn’t seem too thrilled with. I liked it, but it was almost too grey and veiny for me, and I felt like it might make our kitchen feel a little dreary instead of light and airy.

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I decided to show Chris, the sales manager at Classic Granite, some of the things I had pinned on Pinterest, and a lightbulb went off for him. He started showing us their selection of Quartz, and immediately, I knew we were moving in the right direction!

After looking at several samples, we decided to go with Carrara Grigio quartz countertops with Genesi Bianco subway tile.

We also chose a granite composite sink in Truffle and the Delta Talbott kitchen faucet suite.

With all of these new updates, we also needed to update the lighting in the kitchen–especially the light over the breakfast nook.

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This light was okay with the yellow walls, but I wanted something more modern and sleeker. Enter the beautiful Sutton Pendant Light from Birch Lane! I ordered this off of Wayfair and it should be arriving on Tuesday! I can’t wait.

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We’re going to check out slide-in stainless steel ranges today– I think they give off a much more custom looking vibe than freestanding stoves, don’t you? Next up will be picking out a stainless dishwasher (recommendations, anyone) and a flush mount to replace the boob light that will also compliment the pendant.

We’ll also be adding some undermounted light under the cabinets which I think will really freshen the look up, too! I’ve been collecting blue & white dinnerware and accents to give a pop of color to our built-ins in the breakfast nook. I just love this look:

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Eventually, once everything is in place, the kitchen should look something like this:

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The kitchen should be just about complete by the first week in June! Stay tuned for the big reveal. I can’t wait!

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