Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Nordstrom Trend Show - Westfield San Francisco

On June 1, I went to the Nordstrom Trend Show at  Westfield San Francisco with my friend Cat. Since the show started at 8 a.m. on a Saturday (!) I stayed overnight in the City on Friday night at the Pickwick Hotel. My room had great views - that's the San Francisco Examiner Building, above.

My room was pleasant and comfortable and great value = $165 per night, next to Westfield San Francisco.

 As long as I have good in-room coffee and free wireless, I'm happy. I spent the afternoon doing work on my laptop.

 I packed my travel-sized Jo Malone Colognes, another GWP from another Nordstrom event.

 The Perricone MD Best of Perricone kit is perfect for short trips. All the essentials are there, including a tube of original No Foundation Foundation (now available in FAIR).

 The night before the event, Cat and I met up for dinner at Straits, a Singaporean fusion restaurant in San Francisco Centre. There are also branches in Santana Row, Burlingame, and Houston, Texas. Love this place! We had some Roti to start (please excuse the blurry Instagram food pics).

 I had the Singaporean style Chicken Curry - Yum!!

 It was difficult to decide on dessert.

 I went for the Vietnamese Coffee Creme Brulee - again, apologies for the fuzzy Instagram pic. It was incredibly delicious - sinfully so :)

 I wore my new FitFlop Summa sandals with NARS Pierre Hardy Vertebra Left on my toes.

 In the morning, Cat and I met up for breakfast at the Pickwick's SOMA restaurant for breakfast - big lattes, please, for an early start!

I finished as much of my Huevos Rancheros as I could.

The lines at Westfield San Francisco started well before 8 a.m. It was just insanity, above.

The Beauty event was set up using a runway theme, above, with representatives from each of the featured brands "modelling" their products - including the rep from Laura Mercier, who actually applied a red lip as he walked the "runway".

Attractive men dispensed product samples throughout the event. There was also a prize draw.

A goody bag was distributed, which was quite a nice one. Can't say the same about the coffee - Cat ditched hers, lol!

Freebies in the goody bag

This is Rhona, a National Makeup Artist from Giorgio Armani Beauty. Rhona has the magic touch!

This gentleman works for Laura Mercier - and applied the LM red lip as he spoke! One of his team mates also sang to us!

I had an appointment at the Armani counter, and the first thing that happened was a major accident with the Maestro Foundation 4.5 - this product is NOT removable unless you use an oil-based makeup remover (or commercial stain remover, like the Nordstrom Alterations department!). I had to sit in a dressing room in my underwear while the nice ladies from the Alterations department worked their magic and removed the stain. After waiting 1 hour, I finally had my makeup done by the incomparable @RhonaGA (Twitter).

On the bright side, I did field test this foundation in 84F weather this week, in San Francisco and Palo Alto, inside and outside. This product does not shift. It wears like iron. It resists heat, humidity, and perspiration.

 I DID receive a lot of goodies from the Armani people after my foundation-on-shorts trauma ;-)

Cat and I post-makeover. We were ready for lunch!

We went to La Boulange under the Dome at Westfield San Francisco for some food - their macarons are lovely!

Of course, we got two big lattes to go with our delicious macarons.

I had a delicious Provencal BLT with Quinoa salad for lunch.

My purchases from the beauty event - the new Armani Eye Make Up Remover, Maestro Foundation 4.5, Master Corrector 1, and Maestro Eraser 3. I bought the dual-phase Eye Make Up Remover because Rhona removed two coats of RMK Separate Curl Waterproof mascara with this - it works every bit as well as my beloved Suqqu, which I've run out of. This remover passed the acid waterproof Japanese mascara test - it's better than Lancome Bi-Facil, which irritates my skin with it's perfumes.

We had a great day! Now, we're going to hit Neiman Marcus Camp Gorgeous and Bloomingdales Beauty Treats at Stanford Shopping Center....



  1. The trend show looks like SO much fun and such a big event! The cosmetics counters here don't do anything to a scale that big.

    I need to find my sample of the eyemakeup remover and test it out, though I don't wear anything nearly as bulletproof as the Miss Me mascara. Have fun at Camp Gorgeous!

    1. Hi Justine! I'll be sure to post lots of pic of the NM Camp Gorgeous Event - and the Bloomingdales promotion!

  2. OMG! Yummy pictures heaven!
    That seems like a very-very exciting go-out :)

    1. Anastascia - it was really a lot of fun. Nordstrom was packed with women all day!

  3. is great to see you blogging again, and a Makeup event as well!
    love the armani goodies unsure if I want to sit in my pants for 1 hour for that

    1. Thanks!! It was either wait to have the Armani Maestro removed from my shorts, or wear it all day long!! The Alterations ladies at Nordstrom SF are fantastic!!

  4. Ahh, I can't believe they got Maestro on your pants! At least they were able to remove it quickly!

    Foooood. I love the food in the Bay area. So many options! Everything is delicious!

    1. Larie - you will have to come visit Cat, me, and the rest of the blogger ladies here in the Bay Area - hopefully when you line up an interview :) Good luck!

  5. Wow, sounds like such a fantastic day out! Wish they did similar events where I live. Great Armani selections you made there. You look gorgeous, missed seeing your smile in your posts :-) Oh, if you need Suqqu, just give me a holler on Twitter. I'm visiting my husband in London next weekend, probably the last trip for a long time and would be happy to help you get anything you need from the shops.

    1. Haru - thanks!! I will give you a tweet - I do love my Suqqu eye makeup remover :) Do let me know if you want anything from the U.S. as well! Hope you and Hubs are keeping well.