Inside the Sephora Employee Sample Sale

There are definite perks to working at an international beauty company, one of them being the annual Sephora Employee Sample Sale that I eagerly partook in for the first time just before Thanksgiving. The sale is more like an epic company-wide event, where tickets are sold weeks in advance for entrance and the chance to score sweet deals on products ranging from high-end hair tools to pricey skin creams that claim to be better than Botox.

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My Favorite Outfit: Fashion Stylist Karen Tamblyn

Fashion stylist Karen Tamblyn on the red carpet at the Haydee Silveira atelier opening in Lima, Peru.

If there’s ever been anyone I have met who lives by the phrase “It’s all about attitude,” it would be fashion stylist Karen Tamblyn. Every outfit she chooses—whether it’s a casual, graphic tee paired with rolled up boyfriend jeans or a daring, red-carpet gown—she wears with the utmost flair.

With San Francisco’s gala season upon us, it seemed only fitting that I feature the Peruvian-born globe-trotter, who not only dresses some of the city’s most social of butterflies, but is also known to flit around town on the party circuit herself. In between attending social events and running her styling business, Tamblyn works on occasion as a correspondent for publications in Chile and Ecuador and she recently launched an eponymous women’s wear line of hand-woven pieces made from Peruvian baby alpaca fleece.

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Beauty and the Bike: Why I love Kiehl’s and the LifeRide for amfAR

Motorcycles ridden during the LifeRide for amfAR parked at the Kiehl's Fillmore Street boutique. Photography by Edric Itchon.

I admit I can be a fair-weathered beauty product fan. With the sheer number of brands and products that launch every day, and the loads of press samples I receive, I tend to have “Beauty ADD” and end up trying just about anything new—at the high risk of a skin freak-out.

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My Now Famous Purse in Rouge Magazine

I’m usually the one chasing after sources and asking the questions, so it came as an amusing surprise when I was approached six months ago at one of my favorite San Francisco cafes by a fellow fashion editor to be interviewed and photographed for an article.

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Bridal Bliss: Hayley and Lindon tie the knot in St. Helena

Photography by Tanja Lippert.

I first met Hayley Seed a few years ago when I was still fashion editor at 7×7 magazine. Not long after I arrived, Hayley joined the staff as the events manager in charge of throwing all of our fabulous parties. Since part of my job entailed covering the city’s party scene, our worlds—and most of our after-five outings—overlapped, and we became fast friends. Bonding ensued when my husband Edric proposed three months after her engagement to Lindon, and for the next nine months, as we stressed over wedding planning, we became a support group of two.

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My Favorite Outfit: Fashion Designer Lucile Puton

Meeting interesting new people from all walks of life was a major motivating factor that lead me to a career in journalism years ago when I was still slogging away as a college student at UCLA’s Daily Bruin. To this day, it’s still one of the best parts of the job. As a fashion editor, I’m constantly meeting a special breed of industry insiders—designers, stylists, photographers, artists, publicists and others who live and breathe fashion and beauty and possess an incredible eye for style. Nerissa’s Notebook seemed like the perfect place to bring you an occasional style snapshot of trendsetters I meet from around the globe in the feature I’m simply calling “My Favorite Outfit.”

Menswear designer Lucile Puton at the Different Fountains studio in Brussels, Belgium. Photography by Michael Langeder and Bernardo Risquez.

For the debut post, I’ve interviewed Lucile Puton, a talented young menswear designer I met in the South of France in May while covering the Hyeres International Festival of Fashion and Photography. She was one of the 10 selected finalists in the competition.

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Birthday Treats: Oysters, Chocolate Souffle and Healdsburg’s New H2 Hotel

The view of Tomales Bay from Hog Island Oyster Farm.

Wednesday was my birthday, and as hard as I tried to ignore it, I ended up enjoying it so much that I’ve given in to the idea of a wholly unproductive Birth Week.  It all started with an indulgent weekday surprise planned by my husband: a barbecue picnic near Tomales Bay at the picturesque Hog Island Oyster Farm followed by a lovely overnight stay at the new H2 Hotel in Healdsburg.

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Postcard from Manila: Market Watch

One of several Shoemart Mega-malls in Metro Manila.

If you think you get what a mega-mall is, you probably have yet to visit Manila. During my stay this month in the Philippines’ capital, I quickly learned that this city takes the art of the shopping mall to a whole new level.

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Postcard from Manila: Inaugural Finery

President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino (center) with Vice President Jejomar Binay to his right.

Happy belated Fourth of July! As our country celebrated its independence, the Philippines rang in its own national holiday to swear in the country’s 15th president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino. I recently returned to S.F. from Manila where I traveled for the past few weeks to spend time with family, do a little island hopping and get the rare opportunity to attend the inauguration of the country’s 15th president on June 30. It was my first trip back to the Philippines in more than 20 years, and what an awesome way to return! Click here for my latest fashion dispatch to the San Francisco Chronicle from the front lines of all the festivities … and stay tuned for more.

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Bigger, Better Beauty Company in Russian Hill

Beauty Company's new storefront in Russian Hill.

Beauty buffs will be happy to learn that the former pint-size Beauty Company in Russian Hill has relocated to a bigger, brighter space less than a block away on Polk Street. The new boutique will still carry everything a beauty-obsessed heart could desire, from staple brands such as Kerastase, Wella, and Pureology to more exotic products by La Lavande, Propoline, Roger & Gallet and Apivita, among a ton of others.

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