There are a lot of things I look forward to in July.
Fireworks, summer nights, my birthday week (Leo babies unite), and last but not least, the Two Point Oh! LA annual summer picnic. I brought my bestie, the great and mighty Kara (also my unofficial stylist ;D), along for the festivities. Here’s what we captured in between all the fun…
TPOLA Founder Kelsi Smith really upped the ante this year, with a full cocktail station brimming with yummy pink lemonade, spiked watermelon punch and refreshing mojitos.
Aaaaand there goes my healthy eating plan. Complete with a burger bar and taco bar, the TPOLA team ensured we stuffed our gullets before the gifting began.
I can’t say no to tacos. Ever. Nor can I say no to 3D flamingos. The tacos were excellent, by the way– I’m determined to have an AYCE taco and sushi bar at my wedding (just a side note).
After stuffing our faces, we sat in the pool lounge contemplating the meaning of life and other complex theories.
Now for the juicy deets of the gifting suite…
Say hello to my new little friend. As soon as my eyes caught sight of this spicy red satchel dubbed “Natassia” from the lovely ladies of Sole Society, I was hell-bent on getting this sexy piece of arm candy in my collection stat.
As you can see, Sole Society did NOT make the choice easy. At first, I was completely confundled about all the accessories being showcased by the company, but the mystery was revealed when I learned that Two Point Oh! LA’s fave shoe company has just recently tapped into the accessories market.
Enter this gold-studded cuff– badassery all around, but for functionality’s sake, I had to keep my focus and bee-line it to that satchel.
Happy with my decision!
The event’s best kept secret was the “Champagne Deck,” which housed more goodies from the gifting suite. Clearly, the venue, ICIS Living, knows how to make its residents feel like VIP.
An armchair stacked with Thursday Friday totes greeted me at the door. Instead of going for the classic Birkin tote below, I opted for their lesser known “Leopards” collection, and snagged a mini.The ladies of Thursday Friday also gave us bloggers a close-up and personal peek into their newest collection, which included a large American flag handbag printed on canvas. I wanted that SO BADLY– especially since I’ve still got 4th of July fever in me. Unfortunately, that one was hands-off.
Kara chillin’ like a villain and looking super pro as I scope out the gifting suite.
First in line was this Glytone daily cream moisturizer. I grabbed one, but in all honesty, my freak-of-nature skin rebels when I apply sunscreen ANYTHING to my face.
Capwell + Co. certainly knows how to keep a gal guessing. Each velvety pouch contained a different piece from their collection. This peach and cream faceted necklace was the first one I pulled out, and was a strong contender until I came across a layered silver necklace with turquoise stone pendant. In all the excitement, I regularly forgot to snap photos of the products I actually chose. Ah, well.
The frenzy captured in time– completely forgot to pickup the sheer baggie of what appeared to be lipstick, though. Bummed.
And then… there was Lulu’s. They generously gifted each blogger an item — a dress, separates, accessories, whatev. I narrowed my choices down to three dresses (psst! I picked the one that’s hidden.)
Tada! Ultimately, I went with Lulu’s Blaque Label “See You Around” cutout maxi dress. What do you think?
Such a gorgeous courtyard at ICIS Living. When can I move in?!
Finally, no TPOLA event is complete without the signature candy bar. Those treats were addictive in the best kind of way.
“I love ice cream and candy.”
I’ll check in soon to review the other products that I received, including the Pati Dubroff Pro Neutral Eye Palette, Clean & Clear Morning Burst Hydrating Gel Moisturizer, IT Factor Quick Blowdry Smoothing Lotion and Detangler, Neutrogena Shine Control Primer, and Lift Lab’s Daily Cleanser and Mask (btw I’m already loving this after ONE use. No joke.)