Exactly two weeks ago, I attended an intimate luncheon hosted by the lovely people of Medicis Aesthetics. I had lunch with industry experts on health and beauty along with a few other Dallas bloggers. Chef, TV Host and Author Andrea Beaman, NYC-based makeup artist Krystle Poulin, International Yoga Instructor & Author Kino MacGregor and Dermatologist Dr. Vivian Bucay shared health and beauty secrets with us. The event was held at the beautiful Hotel Palomar at the Central 214 Restaurant where we were served delicious and healthy food, of course. Below I’ve taken some photos of that lovely afternoon!
My day started off with a personal Chauffeur waiting for me outside our home. His name is Scott and he was really nice. He took me to Hotel Palomar and back home safe and sound. 🙂
When I got to Hotel Palomar, I went to the ladies room for a quick retouch. And since I was on my own, I knew no one will be taking photos of me/my outfit. So I took it to myself to take an iphone/instagram shot of my outfit for the blog! 🙂
While we wait for the rest to arrive, Central 214’s Chef has served us two types of appetizers. One was the tomato goat cheese bruschetta which unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to try. I was too busy tweeting and taking photos that I forgot to get some…
But I can attest to you that the Blue Cheese Stuffed Dates (below) were oh so wonderful! Mind you, I am very picky when it comes to blue cheese. It’s seldom that I eat blue cheese because it can have that distinct bitter taste but this one melts in your mouth! So yummy!
For the first course, I have chosen the San Marzano Tomato soup. Mind you, I am not one to try tomato soup. But again, this one was different. It was delicioso. I was in a health-conscious mood that day (thanks to the speakers) and had ordered what I wouldn’t normally choose. So yeah, that paid well. The tomato soup was really creamy and filling!
For the entree, I had chosen what the Chef had suggested, the Trompetti. It’s a pasta dish with wild mushrooms, basil pesto and goat cheese. I chose this over BBQ chicken and bacon. And while I cannot compare this with the two, obviously, I have to say that the Trompetti was flavorful. If you like pesto (like I do), then you will love this dish. The mix of the goat cheese with basil pesto was perfect… plus I love mushrooms. Halfway through the dish, I got so full already, I couldn’t finish my plate. I knew I had to leave some room for dessert…
And good thing I did because the lime cheesecake, caramel cheesecake and chocolate were all so divine. I had skipped on the strawberries covered in chocolate because I honestly couldn’t take in anymore! Many thanks to Hotel Palomar Dallas‘ Central 214 Restaurant for serving us a gratifying and delicious lunch!
Of course, I could not forget about the speakers and the Hollywood secrets each had shared with us DFW bloggers. It was Dr. Vivian Bucay who had opened the conversation and talked about her many years of experience as a dermatologist. She’s a certified dermatologist based in San Antonio, Texas. She talked about her experience with clients, her views on beauty, various procedures that are on-trend and also talked about Medicis Aesthetic’s product called Dysport. Check their website to find out more about the prescription injection that helps improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines.
Up next was Chef Andrea Beaman who has caught my attention. She talked about eating only the best quality food, going organic and drinking water. Her line that struck me most, “you are what you eat.” Our bodies are made up of about 60 to 70% water so it is only logical to refill it with water, don’t you think? If you drink soda every time, then you will become that soda – the chemicals and preservatives in it. She talked about eating right and how it made a great impact on her – her health condition, her skin, her eyes, her hair… I was so inspired.
Next up was Krystle Poulin sitting right next to me. She’s a Film and TV Makeup Artist based in NYC. She talks about body makeup, tanning, SPF’s and a couple of beauty products that I have noted for the next beauty shopping trip. It includes Color Science which is a sunscreen powder that she recommends. It can replace foundation or a regular powder and is great at protecting one’s skin from the harmful UVA/UVB rays. I’m also going to check products from Peter Roth Thomas and see what’s perfect for me. 🙂 Thanks for the beauty tips Krystle!
After that, it was Kino MacGregor who talked about yoga, how she discovered it, and even talked about her previous teacher. She’s the one all smiles in a blue tube top below. She also talked about finding the answer in yoga, getting the answer to a question she never asked and also talked about ashtanga yoga among other things.
They all have truly inspired me and I’m sure all the other Dallas bloggers present were inspired by them as well. Many thanks to Medicis Aesthetics and Behrman PR for inviting me to this luncheon. Not only was my tummy happy but I was deeply inspired by the speakers. Trying to get there… slowly… but trying to get there! 🙂
Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to take photos of the whole group. More like, I wasn’t able to ask any of our servers to take a group pic. But in any case you’d like to see what I wore to the event, you can check it out here.