With frigid temps, dreary days and the holiday hangover…… we decided it was time to get out of town!  My friend Sarah and I both have super busy schedules working with growing families.  Sometimes a day is all you can get!

About 3 years ago Sarah and I scheduled an afternoon with the most fabulous Nordstrom Stylist Julie Rush in Oakbrook.  She gave us a complete makeover, pulling amazing new products from AmorePacific, Trish McEnvoy, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent.  We decided it was time to go back and spend some time with our girl!  It just happened to be her birthday weekend, and she so graciously invited us to her birthday dinner with all the Nordstrom girls.

We jumped in VIP’s SUV and off we were for a marathon of shopping, make-up, dining and fun!  I love the shopping in both Oakbrook and Yorktown; plus only about 2.5 hours from Moline makes this for a quick trip.  Our chauffeur handled the driving so we were able to sit back, relax and catch up!

We started at Yorktown Center and hit up our beloved Von Maur, the incredibly fun sales at Nordstrom’s Last Chance and Homegoods.  Then it was down to business as we sped off to meet Julie at Nordstrom in Oakbrook Center.

Julie and I have stayed in touch over the years via phone and text.  I fell in love with the products that she introduced me to 3 years ago.  Ever since, I just text her what I need and it ships (for free) and typically arrives in 2 days.  She’s like my very own Amazon Prime 😊  Julie has been with Nordstrom for 10 years!  She is currently a Stylist with Jo Malone which is my latest love!  The scents are woodsy and romantic – I would highly recommend!

Julie set us up with the oh-so-sweet Magdalena who spoiled us with a DermalQuench Oxygen Treatment from Kate Sommerville.  What is a Derma Quench Treatment you ask?  It’s a treatment performed with a machine that pushes a special serum into your pores with oxygen.  A M A Z I N G.  The serum is made with hyaluronic acid which is natural in our skin, but depletes as we age.  It felt incredibly rejuvenating and instantly my skin was plump with moisture and looked so refreshed.

Magdalena introduced us to so many great Kate Sommerville products! I want them all!! My absolute new favorite however, is the Lumiwhite Dark Spot Corrector. Blame it on the sun, hormones, childbirth, alcohol and coffee…. I have been fighting pesky dark spots that are so annoying.  I have tried bleaching, exfoliation, peels and countless products that promise to erase the spots.  This is the first product that I saw instant results from and I couldn’t be more thrilled!  AND… I’ve only been using it 1 week!   I love that it does not have any bleaching agents and tons of natural ingredients.  It actually smells like a chewable vitamin c.  😊

After our skin treatments we received some updated make-up looks with Annie from the Trish McEvoy line.  My new favorite is the Long-Wear Lipliner in Barely There.  And who knew that I so desperately needed an eye brow pencil?  🙂 I added the Trish McEnvoy Precision Brow Shaper in Natural to my make-up bag!

After so much shopping, splurging, and pampering, we were off to celebrate dear Julie’s birthday! The snow was really starting to come down! It was so nice to have our chauffeur handle the driving; it definitely took the stress off and allowed us a few cocktails to celebrate!

We were off to Gibson’s to celebrate our girl and what an incredible night we had!  I am so thankful that Julie invited us!  It was a great way to end the night with all our Nordstrom girls!  Grass-fed beef 🙂 cocktails and cake and we were back in the SUV to head home.  So many incredible experiences packed into one day!   I am so thankful for the time to catch up with Sarah, celebrate our Julie and make some new Nordy friends!