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In lieu of Boston Fashion Week, and in celebration of all things beauty, I recently paid the Neiman Marcus (Copley) Beauty Department a visit. Here, I met with Jay from Chantecaille to check out some new Fall cosmetics and to get a better sense of what he'd recommend for an effortlessly chic Bridal look (since my mind is all-things-wedding these days).
As I perused the Chantecaille counter, which smelled of warm Vetyver, I was quickly reminded why I L O V E this particular line oh so much. After all, each product is infused with oil from rose petals that are hand-plucked from the fields of France and have been created to help you achieve that healthy, optimal glow in the most natural way.
As I sat in the chair, beside a small Starbucks coffee and an arsenal of freshly-cleaned Chantecaille makeup brushes, Jay began our session by asking what my normal makeup routine consists of. "I ask this because your wedding day makeup really should be your everyday makeup; just kicked up a few notches," he explained. It was after this conversation that he began, ultimately creating an elegant look that was equal parts elegant and fresh. Using some classic staples in the Chantecaille collection along with some recently-unveiled Fall products, Jay opted for a warm color palette to counteract the cool tones in my skin. He played up my pout with a soft pink lipstick and finished the entire look by sweeping HD powder over my t-zone and jawline. As someone that always feels oily (especially in photos), I found that the powder really left a matte finish without feeling caked on and photographed beautifully.
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First we used Brow Lift Éclat highlighting crayon as the eyeshadow base for a beautiful and bright eye. For shadows: Jay used Sesame all over, Peony on the brow bone and in the corner as a highlight, Sel is through the outer corner, Chocolate is at the lash line and Sapphire Water proof liner. Then we topped off the look with Faux Cils Mascara in Black.
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Jay started by applying Future Skin Foundation in Vanilla, Concealer in Camouflage #2 for blemished skin, Liquid Lumiere in Brilliance for highlighting, HD Powder, Bronzer in St Barth's and Blush in Fun.
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Nacissa Lipstick with Discreet Nuance Liner
Last week Nick & I were plagued with a horrible cold and were in dire need of some TLC. Of course, nothing compares to my mom's healing Chicken Noodle Soup recipe which takes just about 24 hours to make (the right way). So, we opted to try to create something that was speedy and uncomplicated. Low and behold we stumbled upon a simple, 10 minute Wonton Soup recipe and may I just say I'm so glad that we did. Nevermind the fact that this is the easiest thing in the world to make (and, that's coming from the girl that can burn boiled water). But, it also happens to be hearty and absolutely delicious. The bonus: With low-sodium ingredients, lots of spinach and chock full of red peppers -- this little soup is jam packed with power foods and is definitely a healthier alternative to your greasy Chinese Food restaurant version. Check out the recipe below!
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Bring broth to a boil in a medium saucepan, stir in the fire roasted peppers and spinach and continue to cook for 5 minutes. Carefully add in the wontons and cook for another 3 minutes. Add scallions and a dash of black pepper for flavor. Enjoy!
Cooking Time: 10 Minutes
xo Kristin K.
As someone who deeply enjoys celebrating the beauty of Boston in pictures and in words...it was with great scrutiny and even a little trepidation that I researched area wedding photographers to help us capture our "Big Day." It's not that I don't trust their work, but I found myself feeling pretty sensitive about composition, lighting and overall tone. Ultimately, it was important for me to find someone who could understand our love for the area and our love for each other...and, translate that into a visual memory for us. No pressure, right?
After a LOT of research, I came across some photographs from the exceptionally talented Katie Noble. With a professional background at Travel + Leisure Magazine and Improper Bostonian, Katie most recently started working as an area wedding photographer...and, may I point out that I'm so glad she did. To say that I started getting chills and welling up with tears when I saw her work would be a bit of a dramatic understatement. Her scale, her style and her ability to really embody an emotion in a picture really moved me. In an effort to learn more about her, Nick & I invited her to lunch—which turned into a 4 hour dissertation about life, love and all-things family. She quickly became our friend and our chosen wedding photographer. And, despite our canceling, and consistent rescheduling, of the pending "engagement shoot" (which will finally take place this Fall) Katie has been accommodating, kind and incredibly understanding. I'm really looking forward to working with Katie on our wedding day but also in future life moments as a family. In anticipation of our engagement shoot and nuptials (which are now just around the corner), I wanted to share some of Katie's spectacular work with all of you. She was kind enough to even fill out a daunting Q&A. Please be sure to check it out below and send her a "hello" on her personal website here.
xo Kristin K.
Attention ladies: This Saturday, Neiman Marcus & MasterCard invite you to Neiman Marcus Copley Place for Project Beauty: A Cosmetics and Fashion Presentation showcasing all the latest, Autumn beauty trends!
Hosted by Mary Lou Andre, a nationally recognized author and image consultant, the event will feature demonstrations on Fall Makeup, Skincare and Fragrance by Chantecaille, Trish McEvoy, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, Cle du peau, The Lift Lab, La Mer, Jo Malone and Body Belle.
Event-goers will be entered into Raffles and have the opportunity to win great prizes. Additionally, one on one consultations with your favorite brands will commence post-presentation throughout the beauty department.
The presentation will start promptly at 10 a.m. on the second floor. Consultations will begin at 11 a.m. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot for you & your group of girlfriends today! A $25 reservation fee is required but if you make your reservation beforehand you will receive a $25 gift card to Neiman Marcus the day of the event. As an added bonus: Should you make your reservation using a MasterCard, you will receive a $50 Neiman Marcus gift card!
Call Jay with Neiman Marcus' Beauty Department to book your reservation today: (617) 519-9113
xo Kristin K.
This past Monday I had the pleasure of attending the 5th Annual Mayo Bowl held at Kings of Dedham.
The event, hosted by Patriots' Linebacker Jerod Mayo and his very pregnant wife Chantel, began as a fundraiser for pediatric research through the Boston Medical Center. Five years later, Mayo's cause has become an annual, fun-filled affair drawing in crowds and the support of fellow professional athletes.
At this year's event, Mayo and his wife were joined by a slew of New England Patriots players past and present. Amongst the many Patriots dignitaries were Vince Wilkfork, a clean-shaven Tom Brady and Tedy Bruschi. With the recent grey cloud of scandalous news plaguing the NFL, it was refreshing to see an upstanding lineup of professional football athletes show up to bowl, and raise money, for a great cause.
Held at an upscale bowling facility, the Mayo Bowl featured a Hollywood-inspired red carpet and a "step and repeat," where teammates stopped to pose for a few photos before attempting to tackle 10 pins on the wooden playing field.
Inside, the fun continued as pro athletes ate pizza, bantered with enthusiastic fans, bowled a few games and helped facilitate a live auction. Overall, the 5th Annual Mayo Bowl raised well over $330,000 for the Boston Medical Center. That's a huge strike for Mayo who has pledged to raise $1.2 million for the medical institution in the next few years.
Be sure to check out the slideshow below of this year's Mayo Bowl!
xo Kristin K.
I have always had a curiosity about natural beauty products, but just recently started experimenting with items in my own cabinets. After doing research on natural ingredients such as coconut oil, avocado, honey, and apple cider vinegar, I have to say I truly underestimated how powerful natural ingredients can be. There is more to come on the blog about all the benefits of these ingredients, including Kristin’s recent exploration into “oil pulling!”
For my first DIY beauty product, I made a natural lip scrub with moisturizing coconut oil and exfoliating brown sugar, inspired by a lip scrub recipe I first found on Brit & Co. I mixed these two ingredients together and added cinnamon and almond extract for a soothing scent. I scooped the mixture into a miniature Ball glass container, which was the perfect sized container for the scrub.
This basic recipe can also be customized to your own scent preferences. For my next scrub, I plan to combine salt, coconut oil, peppermint extract, and fresh mint.
xo Kristen T.
For the original lip scrub, on Brit & Co, click here.
In the Summer, I find that I typically get immersed in cookouts, easy salads and anything "cool and refreshing." But, my willingness and desire to expand beyond the tried and true recipes (I've come to know and love) sometimes gets stunted by an inability to find down time. Now that my schedule, and weekends, are starting to free up, I am looking forward to trying out some new, late Summer recipes (with my fiancé being the tester). I've pinned on my Pinterest Board (and, inserted the hyperlinks below) some great new, recipe ideas—from Brunch to Dessert. I hope you join me in testing these out and share, in the Comments Section, any recipe you'd like to see attempted here at Beauty & the Bean!
xo Kristin K.
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This past weekend, Nick & I got to travel to the Cape to witness the most amazing sunrise, enjoy our first-ever Lobster bake and attend a very intimate union between two very special people.
My dear friend, Nikki was wed to her (now husband) Mike, under a beautiful hydrangea-laden canopy on the beach in Wellfleet. Following the ceremony, guests attended an authentic, Cape style Lobster bake and were privy to a decadent raw bar and clam chowder station. Sides of homemade corn bread, fresh corn on the cob and mussels made the meal, and overall experience, complete.
After an incredible dinner, dancing ensued in a rustic, barn-style venue with cafe lights and open views to the ocean. It was utterly perfect and I couldn't help but want to share some of the amazing photos I captured of the weekend.
Congratulations to the amazing couple!
xo Kristin K.
Happy Wednesday, Beauties!
Kristin & I are so excited to be back on the blogging front, sharing our everyday inspirations.
First up, my idea of the ideal summer day:
Reconnecting with friends at a Connecticut vineyard. Surprisingly, Connecticut has a wide selection of wineries all nestled in different parts of the state. If you are new to the area, a great way to get acquainted with the vineyards is by checking out the Connecticut Wine Trail. The Wine Trail consists of 25 wineries, each with their own unique flavored wine and setting. Some of my favorites include Paradise Hills Vineyard in Wallingford, Jonathan Edwards in North Stonington, and Haight-Brown Vineyard in Litchfield.
A group of my friends and I recently gathered at Arrigoni Winery in Portland, one of the stops on the Wine Trail. The winery is set on a hill overlooking the vines, and features a barn style store, outdoor stone patio, and covered pavilion. We started off the day with a wine tasting on the patio and sampled three whites, two reds, and frozen sangria (amazing!). We ordered cheese and crackers, while snacking on olives and meats we brought from home, which paired perfectly with the wine. After the tasting, the live music started! Overall, the vineyard setting provided the perfect mix of relaxation and entertainment.
For the winery, I wore these super affordable navy embroidered shorts from Lauren Conrad’s line for Kohl's, and accented them with a white lace shirt and gold details. I have been basically living in these shorts since I bought them a few weeks ago. The embroidered details are very feminine, and the lightweight fabric keeps the shorts comfortable for hot summer days. I paired the shorts with my gold Jack Rogers for a casual day look, and have since worn them paired with tan heels for a recent date night. I topped the look off with this beautiful branch pendant necklace & a woven JCrew bag.
xo Kristen T.