Happy Mother’s Day. Period. If you feel like you’re a mom — for whatever reason — then Happy Mother’s Day. These holidays are supposed to bring our loved ones closer, but they seem to have the opposite effect in many cases. I’ve decided that if we listened to each other more, we’d know what someone wants. The din of marketing noise wouldn’t be able to cause as much stress becaus we’d feel secure about our gift giving. Not insecure about our guilt giving. If you this is one of the holidays you dislike or you flat out hate it, you’re entitled. I’m not judging. There’s only 24 hours of it and you’ll sleep thru some of it. It’ll be over before you know it.
On Friday I had a really good meeting and then went to J Crew — of course — to do a couple returns. I got the golden-trim leather belt ($39.99 in-store) because I really love the fresh cream color. It’s a perfect shade of off-white without any dullness to it. There were a couple of bargains at the register, so I threw those on. I’ve been eyeing them for awhile and couldn’t resist the faceted cone bracelet in crystal ($39.99) & faceted cone necklace in sheer pink ($69.99) at an additional 40% off.
After J Crew, I was planning to get in the car and make my way towards home, but stopped by Sephora to consider another Bite lush fruit lip gloss. I’ve been going on about it on Facebook & Twitter because I really, really love it. Right when I got into the store, I asked where it was located because it’s usually on an end cap. The product line doesn’t need much space and is easy to miss. I mostly noticed the huge signs for Fresh skin care, Fresh products in clear, acrylic boxes on tall stands and women having facial treatments in the window of the store. I was primarily focused on finding Bite. For some reason, a Sephora employee had a Fresh rep lead me to the lipsticks and off he went. As I was trying on lip glosses, another Sephora employee was in the vicinity attempting to recruit women for Fresh facials. I just kept on about my business, trying all of the lip gloss colors. Well, I guess I was an open target because next thing you know I’m being approached and agreeing to a facial treatment of some sort. I was also informed that one of the co-founders of the Fresh brand was in the store. That’s always pretty exciting to me, even if I didn’t know who Lev Glazman was before Friday. He and his wife, Alina Roytberg, started the company. Those of you very interested in business might be intrigued to learn they’re under the LVMH Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy Group.
The individual who did my quick skin treatment was Scotty. It was a full circle moment as Scotty was the Fresh employee that had led me to the Bite end cap and I ended up his chair for my skin treat. He was such a crackup and I enjoyed hearing about his work and the products. I often tense up during any sort of beauty treatment because I feel like I should be doing something else with my time. Getting pampered sounds more stressful than relaxing. Maybe pamper just makes me think of Pampers on a subconscious level. I don’t doubt it. Thankfully, Scotty ‘from Glasgow’ had me at ease with his great accent, personable conversation and fun facts like how much his mother loved Diana Ross’s costumes, wanting to sew similar ones. I felt completely myself. He quickly did the black tea instant perfecting mask on my face. A short treatment was what I requested and was perfet because hey, I was trying to avoid the Friday rush hour. Guess how my skin felt afterwards. That’s right. Fresh. Like the brand name. I couldn’t help but say it. My skin felt revived, very clean and not dried out. There was a box special of the black tea mask, a full sized black tea age-delay eye concentrate, and soy face cleanser. I happily bought the set and don’t regret it at all. Here it is w/the faceted cone jewelry I purchased.
While I was having my treatment, Lev Glazman came over. He’s a very enigmatic and charasmatic individual, starting with his striking blue eyes. There’s a mystical feeling about his appearance, as if he’s already experienced a number of lifetimes. He asked what fragrance I was wearing, which was Happy. I get compliments on it all the time, so I didn’t feel like he was just making conversation. He described the notes he was smelling. It was cool to watch and listen to someone who is very much into and very good at his craft. And he’s that without being a character or over the top. Lev has a very relaxed and grounded vibe. I say all this because I noticed how happy all of the team members were. They seemed to be as calm, yet with lively energy mixed in. I love watching people who are happy in their jobs. You know how frenetic some of the in-store beauty promos can be. Not this one. I left with fresh skin, a smile on my face and a pink rose. Fresh was giving out the flowers. Nice touch. It was good fortune crossing paths w/the event. Before I went home, I finished my impromptu Mother’s Day treat with a visit to Starbucks. I’ve been good about getting teas and scones and staying away from the more sugary drinks. Friday was a most excellent day.
* Mother’s Day 2013 – Capture memories.
* Mother Is A Verb – My thoughts in 2009, pre-Mini G. Yes, there are differences between women who have physically born children and those who haven’t. However, it doesn’t need to be highlighted all the time and certainly doesn’t need to be divisive. I still feel the same. We can all be mothers in some way.
* Recline! Why Leaning In Is Killing Us – Excellent read I referred to a few months ago. It’s not a Mother’s Day post, but it’s an important one about You might need to subscribe (free) to gain access. The take away in one sententence: We need to fight for our right to lean back and put our feet up.
I’ll be honest. This day has me stressed out for some reason and I although I think I’ll enjoy it, I won’t miss it when it’s over.
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