Northwest Arkansas Business Women’s Conference Wrap-Up

2012 BWC Logo-NoTaglineWe had a GREAT day at the 16th Annual Northwest Arkansas Business Women’s Conference on Tuesday, September 16th. There was a full house at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers, with more than 1,200 women in attendance. (If you missed this year’s conference and want to go to the next one, be sure to buy tickets early because it ALWAYS sells out early!)

We hosted a nwaMotherlode booth and gave away a really cute Halloween wreath custom designed by Teresa Huddleston (who also designs the fabulous decor at the NWA Mom Prom.) Dilynn Dodd, Assistant Vice President with Farm Credit of Western Arkansas, was the lucky lady whose name we pulled out of a very full bowl of entry slips. Congrats Dilynn! Hope you enjoy the wreath this Halloween season. :-) (Dilynn and her new wreath are pictured below.)

winnerWe took one of the “celebrity prom dates” from this year’s Mom Prom and brought him along to the Business Women’s Conference. Channing Tatum was already wearing a business suit, so we figured he’d fit right in with this group of fashionable business women. Several ladies stopped by and snapped a few selfies while standing next to Channing. Here’s a photo collage of some of the fun people we met who cozied up to Channing.

biz collageWe met so many wonderful women who live and work here in Northwest Arkansas. Thank you to all those who dropped by our booth to say hello and throw your name in the drawing. Hope you enjoyed the conference as much as we did.

Beauty Buzz: Get a head start on upcoming make-up trends

By Andi Douglas, nwaMotherlode.com beauty editor

First of all, I have had a wonderful article on beauty-related ways to stay cool in the hot weather in my back pocket the whole summer.

I have been mentally preparing these little nuggets of information and waiting for the right time. But every time I went to write it, we had a freak cold front.

I had my list of products, my opening line, and my funny quip to wrap it up, and then bam, a beautiful 72 degree day. C’mon nature! Some of us have plans! Some of us promised, PROMISED, our kids we could swim on Friday, or carefully laid out a weeks worth of clothes for a very picky 5 year old.

But, it looks like summer has officially passed, so I am throwing in the proverbial cooling towel (which you will hear all about next spring), and I’m embracing the cooler weather and diving into what’s hot for fall.

NY Fashion weekNYFW just wrapped up (that’s New York Fashion Week for those of you who didn’t say “huh?” and then Google it like I did).

Technically, the fall show is designed to debut collections for Spring 2015, but if you like to stay ahead of the trends, now is the time to start implementing some of the beauty looks to walk the runway.

Here are a few of the NYFW trends:

A natural face continues to be a dominating look with designers, but took on a more ethereal glow with a dewy complexion and a nude lip. The glowing look designed by NARS Cosmetic’s Francelle Daly for the 3.1 Phillip Lim show was created using the new Jubilation Dual Intensity Blush, which will sadly not be available until spring. NARS recommends trying the South Beach Multiple for a similar look while we impatiently wait.

For a natural lip, the designers leaned heavily on the use of nude lip balm. I love the ease and non-sticky (it’s a word now) texture of Aquaphor for my lips. The multi-purpose moisturizer can also be dabbed onto your eyelids for a natural sheen to brighten your eyes, instead of the glittery white powder eye shadow you’ve probably been using. Aquaphor is also great for those raw, rashy spots babies get in their chubby little fat-rolls…just sayin’.

More subdued nails also made a showing, but the nail art craze was not completely forgotten. Models for Monique Lhuillier walked down the runway with peach and cream nails in an ombré effect.

Eye makeup ranged from nonexistent to “who would ever wear that”, but a smokey eye never goes out of style and was seen with softer brown shades or with a hint of winged eyeliner. Liquid eyeliner applied girl about townand tipped up at the outer corner is a fun look for the upcoming holiday parties.

If natural just isn’t your cup of tea, you are not alone. The models who were selected for the Carolina Herrrera show dominated social media, posting multiple selfies wearing bright fuschia lipstick. According to Vogue, the shade of the moment is MAC’s Girl About Town.

Braids are still having a moment, thank goodness, but were less bohemian than the looks we saw during the summer. Instead, hair was slicked back to the crown with a single plait in back. This did vary from a traditional braid to intricate fishtail braids, but polished was the common denominator.

Typically, I roll my eyes and skim right over articles about runway looks, because they are so rarely wearable. The lovely, glowing faces this year, however, kept catching my attention and are both beautiful and achievable.

If I can just get past the fact that it takes more effort to look natural than made-up some days…hmmph, I’m just not going to think about it and enjoy the moment.

AndiHave a question for Andi Douglas, a mama of three who loves hair, make-up and researching fashion trends? Email her at mamas{at}nwaMotherlode{dot}com. She loves to review products and write about them in a way that always makes us smile.

Giveaway: Win a Keurig 2.0 Brewer!

Today we’re giving away something we know is going to make you one happy mama. It’s a brand new Keurig 2.0 Brewing System! If you love coffee — or hot tea, flavored iced tea, hot cocoa, lattes or mochas — this machine can make it in a matter of minutes. What’s new about this machine is that, not only can it brew a cup of your favorite drink, it can also brew a whole carafe that holds up to four cups of whatever drink you’re making. Isn’t it pretty?

keurig 2.0With cool temperatures arriving, this is the perfect time to set up one of these beauties in your kitchen. I know, from personal experience, that this machine keurig win3has the “cool factor.” I just WON a Keurig 2.0 in a door prize drawing while Shannon and I were attending the Arkansas Women Bloggers’ conference at the Embassy Suites in Rogers on September 6, 2014. The Keurig came courtesy of one of the conference sponsors, the Kendal King Group, who works with national brands like Keurig and many others. (The Kendal King Group just launched a new digital influence division called Velocity. If you’re a blogger who’s interested in working with national brands, you might want to get to know the people at Velocity.)

The Velocity folks are smart, so not only did they hook us up with a new Keurig for ourselves, they gave us an extra one to give away to one of our readers so we can share the love.

I’ve been whipping up hot drinks for a few weeks now, and so far, we’re loving the results. And because I’m just vain enough to care, I have to tell you that the new Keurig looks really great on the kitchen counter. The design is sleek and features a beautiful touch-screen color display that you can change the look of anytime you want. If you want the 80-ounce water reservoir to have a beautiful blue glow at night, you can do that. And when the Hogs are about to play, you can change it over to red. When the holidays roll around, switch it over to green. You’ll never get tired of the same old look because you can kei love coffeeep changing it up.

This machine scans the top of each K-cup so it knows exactly what you’re making and it gives you the option to brew it stronger, if you like. You can also get hot water on-demand. Just be sure to buy K-cups that have the official checkmark on the outside of the box. It should say “for use in all Keurig K-cup brewers.” If the box has that checkmark and verbiage, it’ll work in the new Keurig 2.0 with no problem. Here’s what you should look for on the packaging:

kcup seal3HOW TO ENTER: To throw your name in the online hat to win the new Keurig 2.0 brewer, click on the words “post a comment” at the bottom of this post and tell us what your favorite drink is. (Are you like Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory, who likes to serve a hot beverage when someone is feeling distressed? :-) ) Shannon and I are both hot chocolate girls, but we also love a good cup of hot tea on a cold morning.

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: If you’d like to increase your odds of winning the awesome Keurig 2.0, just share! Email friends and family about the giveaway and CC us so we’ll be sure to give you credit. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for each person you tell. The email is giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

(You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week. The sign-up box is at the top right of this page.)

BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

Good luck! We’ll notify the winner via email at the end of the week, so you can be brewing your favorite drink by this weekend! Watch your inbox for the news.

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