Bloggers’ Day Out at Drybar!

Everyone needs a little girl time and pampering now and then, right?*

Recently I hooked up with a few other Bay Area bloggers for a girls’ day out. Somehow it all started on Twitter – we got to chatting, and soon enough we had planned a date at Drybar to get blowouts. The last time I had my hair done was for my wedding, and before that… high school prom. So not my normal routine, but something I’d love to do again. At $35 + tip, it wasn’t terribly expensive, either (for SF, anyway)!

Jen of Live Très Chic organized our blowout party, and on a sunny Saturday afternoon we all met up at Drybar in Lower Pac Heights.

Awesome blowdryer lamp at Drybar

Awesome blowdryer lamp at Drybar

Greg, Drybar’s event coordinator, greeted us as we came in and got us settled with beverages. (I have to say he was super-amazing, and made sure everything ran smoothly even though there was terrible traffic – due to a festival in nearby Japantown – that ended up delaying a bunch of us!) Then we were each greeted by our stylist, who talked with us about how we wanted our hair. After the initial consultation, each of us was whisked away to have our hair washed – which was made especially lovely with scalp massages.

And then the hairstyle magic happened!

Lauren of L.A. in the Bay getting her hair done at Drybar

Lauren of L.A. in the Bay getting her hair done

Kelly of Off Kelly's Hanger getting her hair done at Drybar - and live-tweeting :)

Kelly of Off Kelly’s Hanger getting her hair done – and live-tweeting :)

Eli of Thrift Eye getting her hair done at Drybar

Eli of Thrift Eye getting her hair done

Self-portrait as the finishing touches are added

Self-portrait as the finishing touches are added

Afterwards we all looked fabulous (if I do say so myself!).

Lauren, Jen, and Kelly looking gorgeous at Drybar

Lauren, Jen, and Kelly looking lovely

Jen plays at paparazzi, with Parris & Kiri in the foreground

Jen plays at paparazzi, with Parris & Kiri in the foreground

Jes, Parris, Kiri, Kelly, and Lauren at Drybar

Jes, Parris, Kiri, Kelly, and Lauren

All done up & gorgeous at Drybar: Lynn, Kate, Jes, Eli, Lauren, Parris, Kelly, Jen, and Kiri

All done up & gorgeous at Drybar: Lynn, Kate, Jes, Eli, Lauren, Parris, Kelly, Jen, and Kiri

And because getting one’s hair done is such hard work ;-) . . . we treated ourselves to macarons at Fillmore Bakeshop! I don’t always love macarons (sometimes they’re too sweet), but these were absolutely delicious: the right touch of sweetness, with flaky puffs and luxurious buttercream filling. I particularly adored the honey lavandar macarons!

Macarons at Fillmore Bakeshop

Macarons at Fillmore Bakeshop

What’s your favorite way to get some girl time?

Drybar, 1908 Fillmore St, San Francisco
Fillmore Bakeshop, 1890 Fillmore St, San Francisco

Blogroll:
Eli: Thrift Eye
Jes: Ryzenberg On
Jen: Live Très Chic
Kelly: Off Kelly’s Hanger
Lauren: L.A. in the Bay
Lynn: All Gussied Up
Parris and Kiri: Pams and Kin

* For the record, the answer is YES! And boys, you should try it too! ;-)

Spring Beauty at Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus hosted a blogger event at their Rotunda Restaurant to introduce a few of their newest beauty products. Of course, some of the loveliest bloggers in San Francisco attended!

SF Style Bloggers at Neiman Marcus

SF Style Bloggers at Neiman Marcus

Everyone loves polka dots!

Eli of Thrift Eye and Jes of Ryzenberg On

Eli of Thrift Eye and Jes of Ryzenberg On

Punam of Nothing Broken being photographed by Chandamheer of Pancake Stacker

Punam of Nothing Broken being photographed by Chandamheer of Pancake Stacker

Love the bold yellows and reds here:

Eli of Thrift Eye with Whitney and Brittany of Britt and Whit

Eli of Thrift Eye with Whitney and Brittany of Britt and Whit

And what I wore? Stripes (a fave) on a 1940s-inspired dress by Stop Staring!, an exclusive Be the Buyer pick at ModCloth. Plus some yellow and fuchsia accessories because I can’t stay away from color. :)

Sweet on Stripes by Stop Staring!, via ModCloth. Photo by Eli of Thrift Eye.

Sweet on Stripes by Stop Staring!, via ModCloth. Photo by Eli of Thrift Eye.

There were some delish drinks and tasty treats to enjoy while we heard about the newest offerings from Creed, Clinica Ivo Pitanguy, Fresh, and Tom Ford Beauty.

Had to take a photo of this tongue-in-cheek sign next to the buffalo chicken bites:

Buffalo Chicken Bites. Allergy Alert: Calories

Buffalo Chicken Bites. Allergy Alert: Calories

After the event, we left with goodie bags filled with beauty products to try at home:

Neiman Marcus Beauty Goodie Bag

Neiman Marcus Beauty Goodie Bag

My personal fave? Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino Eau de Parfum. It’s a lighter, crisper scent than I usually go for (normally I’m one for spicy, woodsy scents), but I enjoy how it evokes a fresh spring day. The top note smells like fresh honeysuckle blossoms, right off the vine. As a kid (and, who am I kidding, even now), I picked honeysuckle blossoms to taste their nectar. They always struck me as magical flowers, and I guess I’ve fallen for Neroli Portofino because the scent carries some of that magic.

And who doesn’t love a little magic?

Dress: Sweet on Stripes Dress, Stop Staring! via ModCloth
Earrings: vintage
Purse: Longchamp Planètes Tote Bag
Shoes: The Chosen Fuchsia Heel, Chelsea Crew via ModCloth