June 9, 11:32 a.m. — El Hub is taking me to lunch in the city. Before we leave the house, I water the houseplants and check the cat grass seeds I planted last week.
I find signs of life. There are tiny sprouts breaking the surface, and I pause to marvel at how Mother Nature does her thang.
Tabs will have his salad soon
June 9, 12:40 p.m. — At the Rotunda, the restaurant on the top floor at Neiman Marcus in San Francisco, I order white bean soup and a scallop salad for lunch (El Hub’s birthday gift to me).
The waiter leaves a popover on the table…
…that resembles a Thanksgiving turkey.
June 9, 2:13 p.m. — I wander into Barneys, where I haven’t been in many moons, and make my way to the cosmetics department downstairs.
I’m greeted by Jonathan, a friendly makeup artist with T. LeClerc. I’m unfamiliar with the line, and Jonathan offers to show me around. He touches up my makeup and demonstrates T. LeClerc’s face powders, which are shockingly silky and smooth. I’m drawn to a jar of loose Powder in Apricot ($50), which Jonathan says looks great on brown-skinned girls.
I ask him how it photographs, and he says, “Great!” He claims it keeps shine away longer than most powders do (I’ll let you know).
June 9, 2:50 p.m. — The sun is high in the sky outside, streaming in from tall windows around the store; a glass bottle at Bobbi Brown catches my eye.
The bottle belongs to Beach ($55), one of my favorite scents, and it reminds me of summers and seaside towns.
June 9, 3:22 – 5 p.m. — With my camera in hand, I hike ’round Union Square, snapping pictures of people and sights.
A view of downtown San Francisco from the Ellis O’ Farrell parking garage; the sun is almost directly overhead
The same view later in the day
The stained glass ceiling at Neiman Marcus in Union Square
The beautiful Neiman Marcus cosmetics department
I once worked in this gray building with green trim (years ago!)
One final shot of Union Square
All in all, it was a wonderful day.
Have you seen any random acts of beauty lately?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. The NARS event this morning featured a preview of these five Sephora Limited Edition NARS Glosses (each inspired by a different cult classic NARS Blush), coming to Sephora stores and Sephora.com on July 29, and a hands on look at some of their new items for summer — the Summer 2010 collection, Pure Sheer SPF Lip Treatment and Multiple Tints.
From left: Angelika, Super Orgasm, Oasis, Luster and Albatross
I’ll have more to share next month, so stay tuned.