Blog News: I Attended a Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood Media Luncheon with Suzi Weiss-Fischmann (Plus Surprise Giveaway!)

Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood Collection Media LuncheonBlogging continues to be a very rewarding project for me, and there have been moments when my eyes have watered up, thinking about the kind and talented people I’ve gotten to know and all the doors that have opened as a result of sticking to this since 2010.

On Tuesday October 1st, I attended a media luncheon where Suzi Weiss-Fischmann (the Executive Vice-President and Artistic Director of OPI) unveiled the new Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood Collection that’s hitting stores in January 2014!

I posted some sneak peeks during the event on my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts.

If you’ve followed my blog for some time, you’ll remember that I met Suzi at 2 other events for a blogger dinner showcasing the Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez Collection (the 1st time) and for a media luncheon unveiling the OPI San Francisco Collection (the 2nd time).

For a nailphile to have met Suzi once alone is already a dream come true, so for me to have 3 opportunities seems so unreal! Each time, it’s inspiring!

Keep reading this blog post as I take you along the journey with me and show you photos.

Plus, you’ll want to read until the very end because I have a worldwide giveaway for a special nail polish autographed by Suzi! You won’t want to miss out!

Edit: Congratulations to Suzanne! She won my giveaway for the OPI Pure 18K White Gold & Silver Top Coat signed by Suzi! (She has 48 hours to reply to my e-mail to claim her prize.) Thanks to everyone for participating. Please stay tuned for my next giveaway.

It all started with the surprise invitation I received on September 4th from Maxine, one of the lovely ladies at Langton Communications, a PR firm that represents OPI as well as other prestigious brands!

(I’ve blanked out the contact information for privacy.)

Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood Invitation

The venue was held in the entertainment district in downtown Toronto at the chic Buonanotte. It was the first time I’ve ever been to that restaurant.

I rarely get the pleasure of enjoying the cuisine at fancy places like this, so it was a treat that I fully appreciated.

The decor had an urban, chic vibe, and the dim lighting made the dining experience feel like it was the evening, despite it being held close to noon. I thought that was really cool!

They also extended the opportunity for me to receive a free mini manicure at the restaurant, for which I also RSVPed.

Since I’ve only ever had my nails done professionally once (at a previous OPI San Francisco media luncheon), I was thrilled to have the chance again! I quickly pencilled myself in for a 1 pm manicure.

The entire place catered to this event, which really made it feel like a VIP experience!

There was also a bartender who was making a special cocktail inspired by Carrie Underwood. You can see him in the bottom right. (Hehe, I didn’t intend to get him in the shot, but I hope he doesn’t mind making an appearance on Swatch And Learn.) 😉

Buonanotte Toronto

Nicole by OPI Buonanotte TorontoBuonanotte Restaurant Toronto

Did you see those swag bags? Look how bold they look!

And did you look up at the globe-like lighting fixtures?

Once I entered, I saw 3 tables set up with nail polishes from the Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood Collection. (There are so many great shades and finishes. Variety is always nice to see because it means there’s a chance that there’s something for everyone!)

There were also large posters featuring the 2005 American Idol winner, and as usual, she looks lovely, rocking light shades that make her look angelic!

It’s pretty impressive to see how far she’s come since competing on the reality TV show. (I watched her from the audition right to when she won the whole thing.) Since then, she has won 6 Grammys and (as of 2007), she is the 2nd country artist to win the award of Best New Artist in the 54 years that they’ve been giving out the Grammy Awards!

Here’s what the restaurant and set-up looked like.

The clear pedestals make the polishes look so dainty and like they’re floating.

Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood Collection Media Luncheon

Here’s a different poster. This dress is so pretty!

Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood Collection

Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood 2014 Collection

When you first step in, on the right are these sophisticated white lounge sofas with another display of the fabulous nail-polish collection.

Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood Collection 2014

Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood Collection for 2014

There was interesting wall art, so I snapped a photo of it. The gold script looks elegant in the forefront of a man’s side-profile.

Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood Collection January 2014

You may have spotted that there was a smaller photo of Carrie Underwood with a sparkly, gold nail polish. Here’s a closer look at it:

Carrie Underwood Nicole by OPI Collection

Yes, that’s Carrie Underwood’s signature! 🙂 And in that photo, she’s wearing Nicole by OPI Sweet Daisy.

Carrie Underwood autograph

They had some swatches of all the colours:

Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood Swatches

Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood Swatches 2

If you’d like to see my Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood Collection swatches, bottle shots, and the official press release, click the link!

Check out the floral arrangements that were put together by Stephanie, one of the PR ladies at Langton Communications:

Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood Media Luncheon Flowers

Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood

Now, look up – that’s what I tend to do when I go to a new place. You’d be amazed by the cool ceiling designs you’ll see when you do so.

All along the ceiling were these bronze, metallic strips forming an artsy, grid-like pattern.

Nicole by OPI Buonanotte

Buonanotte Restaurant


Two long tables were set up:

Buonanotte Restaurant Pictures

Check out the cool wall mural:

Buonanotte Restaurant Photo

Closer look at the place setting:

Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood Collection Buonanotte

I was the very first attendee to arrive, and when Suzi Weiss-Fischmann (aka the First Lady of Nails) came in, I was able to steal a few precious minutes with her. I didn’t get a chance to take a photo with her, but that’s okay. I asked her to autograph a limited-edition nail polish that I brought along with me! 😉 (Check the bottom of this post for how to enter my giveaway for your chance to win it!)

Suzi Weiss-Fischmann was interviewed by Cityline, and I saw it all go down, which was exciting!

(Click here or on the image below to see the short video clip of it that I posted on Instagram. You can’t hear too much just because there were lots of other people around, and everyone was talking. But it’s still neat to see how poised Suzi is during her interview, even with such a blindingly bright light shining on her!)

Suzi Weiss-Fischmann First Lady of Nails OPI

She proudly showed off her manicure for the segment.

(This was also taken with my smartphone, so the quality wasn’t the best in the dim lighting.)

Suzi Weiss-Fischmann First Lady of Nails

When we had taken our seats at the table, Suzi spoke to us about the new Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood Collection.

It was really nice to hear her speak about the importance of social media and blogs to spread the word. (There was a mixture of people who attended – a few bloggers and some editors.)

(Maxine from Langton Communications is looking chic in the bottom left. Her peplum top was so cute!)

Suzi Weiss-Fischmann

After all the excitement, it sure did build up an appetite. Here’s what was on the menu! (This time, before the servers removed the menu, I saved it as a souvenir!)

Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood Media Luncheon Menu

The appetizer:


For my main, I opted for the Maccheroncini Freschi:

Maccheroncini Freschi

Then, for dessert, I had the tiramisu – yum! It was so fluffy and light.


Since it was a daytime event, I decided to wear my floral peplum top (from H&M a couple of years ago), faux pearl-and-knit necklace (several years ago from Forever 21), blue jeggings (Garage), and my favourite nude ballet flats (Dexter Dexflex). I also wore a beige open-front cardigan (Garage), but took it off for photos.

You may remember that I posted a photo on Instagram showing you what I wore:

SwatchAndLearn Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood Media Luncheon

Here’s a better photo of the top:

SwatchAndLearn Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood

These are my favourite ballet flats. They’re very comfortable because the insoles have a lot of cushioning. The bonus? They fit my narrow women’s size 5 Cinderella feet! 😉

Dexter Dexflex Ballet Flats

After the lunch, the nail technician painted my nails. Since I could choose more than one shade, I went with Nicole by OPI Love My PupsCarnival Cotton Candy, and Goodbye Shoes.

She showed me a bunch of different designs, so I chose a cool colour block! She made it look really easy, and I may try to replicate it with other shades. 🙂

Of course it looked great right away, but afterwards, I hung out with Marta from Chit Chat Nails and Eugenia from Ommorphia at the local Starbucks. During that time when I left the restaurant and went for a Pumpkin Spiced Latte, haha, I dinged my manicure!

But, even though there are nicks, I’m still going to show it to you because I think the design is neat.

Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood Collection Manicure

Michelle (awesome PR lady from Langton Communications) was nice enough to take photos of me, Marta, and Eugenia. The one on my camera came out looking awkward, but thankfully Marta was nice enough to send me the one Michelle took on her camera.

Here we are!

SwatchAndLearn Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood

What an incredible event! I really appreciate all the work that went into planning, organizing, and executing everything. A very heartfelt thank you goes out to Suzi Weiss-Fischmann and Donna-Lee Langton plus her incredible PR ladies at Langton Communications! Being able to attend this media luncheon was so much fun for this little nailphile! 🙂

It’s Time for a Worldwide Giveaway for My Loyal Readers!

You all mean so much to me, and since I couldn’t bring you with me, the least I could do was bring a little piece to you!

Remember when I told you earlier that I had a brief chat with Suzi? Well, I asked her to sign a sealed box containing the limited-edition OPI Mariah Carey Pure 18K White Gold & Silver Top Coat that I brought to the event!

OPI Mariah Carey Pure 18K White Gold & Silver Top Coat

Suzi Weiss-Fischmann autographed it here on the side! 🙂

OPI Mariah Carey Pure 18K White Gold & Silver Topcoat

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway Details:

  • Starts: Now
  • Ends: Friday November 2 at 12:00 am Eastern
  • Who Can Enter: Everyone! (This is open worldwide!)
  • Prize: One sealed, autographed-by-Suzi box of the limited-edition OPI Mariah Carey Pure 18K White Gold & Silver Top Coat
  • How to Enter: Fill out the Rafflecopter form and leave a comment on this blog post about anything you want. This will give you 1 entry. There’s the possibility to gain an extra 6 entries, for 7 entries in total. You can tweet once every day to score more entries! (See Rafflecopter for details when you enter.)
  • Selecting the Winner: Sometime on November 2 or 3, I’ll notify the winner (chosen by Rafflecopter) via e-mail. I’ll also announce it on some of my social-media platforms. The winner will have 48 hours to reply to my e-mail to claim the prize. Failure to do so will force me to randomly draw another winner. After the winner sends me the mailing address, I’ll mail out the prize as soon as possible. (Please add to your Safe list so my e-mail doesn’t accidentally go to the Junk folder.)

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Good luck, and thank you for being awesome readers!

Stay tuned for more Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood Collection posts, as I continue to update this section.

There’ll be “Quick Look” posts first. Then, in January when the polishes are available for sale, I’ll have my usual in-depth reviews and more swatches!


122 thoughts on “Blog News: I Attended a Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood Media Luncheon with Suzi Weiss-Fischmann (Plus Surprise Giveaway!)

  1. Kris

    I think this is so awesome you got her to autograph that bottle. Love that you have met her more than once & shared with us!!!! Thanks for the opportunity.

  2. Gaming Nails

    Wow, this event looks amazing! And I think I actually prefer Carrie as a spokes..nail(?) for the NOPI line, I like that she’s a little bit more mature than the average model/tween celeb de jour. Shows us gorgeous nails clearly has NO age limit and that noone can wear too much bling; at least on their nails.

  3. Danielle N

    What a great event, it looks glamourous and fun at the same time. Also how lovely for you to get to hang out with Marta and Eugenia, whose blogs I love as well! Good luck in the giveaway everyone!

  4. Kami Dumis

    I would love to goto an event like this! How awesome! I love this white gold! I am a white metal girl and I would love to win this!

  5. Melissa

    That is so awesome! What a great experience to meet the one and only Suzi! I’ll definitely be entering the contest. Thank you for sharing not only your nail art, but also your experience knowledge of nail care!

  6. Jennifer

    I would have chosen the same things from the menu 🙂 I love that you took so many pictures, seems like a very nice event. You looked great and your giveaway is awesome!

  7. KnitMaster

    I wish we could’ve traded places for that day or else you could’ve put me in your pocket and taken me along! You’re so lucky to have been at this wonderful event and so kind to share it all with us!

  8. Erica

    WOW!! You are so lucky Mary!! You look gorgeous, and the event looks like it was so much fun! I can only imagine the bartender thinking “man, these women are NUTS about nail polish!! Absolutely NUTS!!!” LOL!
    I’m glad you had a great time!
    Erica recently posted: Sindie POP! Summer Sadness

  9. Allison

    I need to find a pot of gold somewhere, because I have SO many nail polishes on my wish list:) I can’t wait for this new line to hit stores!!!

  10. Lorraine

    You 3 look fabulous in this photo! I love the idea of you all hanging out at Starbux sipping lattes talking nails. THis, to me, is even better than the luncheon. Power trio of bloggers! and OPI really does get it that the blog swatches are their bread and butter. Fantastic! I wish other companies realized this as well. No one wants to spend hard earned $$ on sight-unseen polishes. The hard work of blogger review and swatches help guide consumer to smart purchases, leaving us with more $$ to spend on another bottle from a brand we love.

  11. Suzanne G

    I really enjoyed reading about your experience at this event and love the top you are wearing. The pictures of Carrie Underwood for campaign are beautiful and love the colours and the names. The tiramisu looked so yummy.

  12. Amy Duke

    I just love the colors from the Carrie Underwood NOPI collection! I think it’s the best collab yet! Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us! 🙂

  13. Kayla

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience!! Looks like it was very swanky and cool!! I can’t wait to get my nails on some the this collection (or should I say this collection on my nails!!!)

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!

  14. Keme

    WOW! Those are some beautiful colors, I usually only buy regular OPI, but I saw a couple of must haves. Thanks for your peek

  15. Cindi

    I love all the pics and it looks like so much fun. I follow Chit Chat Nails too. And yum, that salad with the apple slices on top and the curls of cheese, it looks delicious.

  16. Laure

    Awww, thanks for thinking of us, Mary! 🙂
    I’m so happy you were able to have a chat with Suzi.

    I really love that you showed the menu. I was already picking what food to eat, before realising I wasn’t actually there… ;D The answer: the beef striploin and the tiramisu. The appetizer also really looks gooood.

    I think Sing You Like A Bee might be my favourite from this collection… Can’t wait to see swatches.
    Laure recently posted: Swatches | All Purples Eve

  17. GK

    I like the entire collection, especially Sweet Daisy. The party looks beautiful & the food delish, would like to go to something like that!

  18. Allison

    Thank you so much for putting together such a thoughtful review of the event. You’re so lucky to go to these events, but it’s a post like this that explains why; you take your readers “with” you every step of the way. thanks for all the awesome pictures! I can’t wait to see more detailed pictures of all the polishes and especially the opi holiday collection!

  19. Laura

    I wish OPI had some sort of frequent buyers club that we could subscribe to. I usually end up buying entire collections. I am so grateful that I have all my fingers and toes.

  20. Rachel

    Suzi Weiss Fischmann looks so normal! I expected her to be dressed a lot fancier, with heels and she just seems so down to earth. I’m excited they’re doing something with Carrie Underwood, I love her! I haven’t tried NOPI before, but I’m going to have to try these 🙂

  21. Jess

    Sounds like such a fun event! Love the photo of you, Marta and Eugenia…three of my favourite Canadian bloggers in one place! Am dying for this topcoat…I loved the gold leaf one from last year so, so much. If I don’t win it I will likely buy it!

  22. Diane L.

    I really like your swatches!!! All of them are professional!
    By the way l am looking forward about your opi holiday collection swatches:-P

  23. Icequeen81

    It looks like you had a wonderful day, that food looks delicious and that tiramisu even better, love your outfit it looks good on you, saw those swatches too a shade i liked was fishers queen. Btw Which color are you wearing on your nails in that picture?

  24. Debi

    Mary, your descriptions of parties make me feel like I’ve been there and also make me jealous I wasn’t actually there!
    Congrats on another PR party. 🙂

  25. Kelsie Rogers

    Thanks again for sharing another event where you got the chance to meet & greet with Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, I’m so so jealous!! And THANK YOU for hosting this awesome giveaway, all of my fingers are crossed that my name gets chosen 🙂

  26. Caro

    Thank you for making such a great prize available to readers! The event looks so fun too, I really enjoyed reading about it.

  27. fanny

    Thanks for this giveaway! You were so lucky to meet Suzi. By the way did she tell you about the future selling of Nicole by OPI polished in France? I’m desperate to see all these amazing shades and not being able to buy even one in my country…I definitly have to move to Canada!

  28. Brittany Jensen

    I would love to go to a thing like that! You looked great. The polishes are really nice, I love party bus!

  29. Susan Irving

    I would love to meet Suzi Weiss-Fischmann. She seems like such an awesome person. Thank you for the great giveaway.

  30. @messy_manis

    Love the blog post, it make me feel like I was there myself. I can really feel your excitement! The food looks super delicious.

  31. Eugenia

    What a wonderful recap, Mary – I felt like I was living the experience all over again! You took some amazing photos (I think my brain must have stopped at one point, because I really missed the boat on so many photos I SHOULD have taken, lol!)

    Meeting Suzi was a thrill beyond words, but I must say that getting the opportunity to finally meet you & Marta face to face, made it all even sweeter — thanks for the mention, my friend!

    And yes…your outfit was the cutest!

  32. Martiej

    What an event! I’m sure you’ll remember this for a very long time. The swag bags looked awesome. Wish I could have peeked. Thanks for the opportunity to win your giveaway. Good luck to all!

  33. Jennifer Dysart

    This is pretty awesome! Hmm anything at all? Well as it turns out, I am addicted to pumpkin donuts and pumpkin spice lattes at the moment :p

  34. Mine' Perry

    That’s so great to be invited to an event like this! Can’t wait for these colors to be released. I’m really loving the glitters.

  35. Andrea D

    I love the photographs you took. It makes me feel as If I was actually there to experience it with you! Hope you had a great time!

  36. Tanya

    That sounds so fun! I haven’t been commenting as much lately since I’ve been kind of busy, but just know I’m still here reading it :).

  37. Shannon Rooney

    How very exciting for you to meet the lovely Suzi. I had the pleasure of meeting her when I worked for OPI as a educator. Very kind and gentle lady.
    Keep up the good work on your blog! I am just learning how much effort it takes to blog!
    Best regards,

  38. Shannon Mannila

    Wow what a fab event!! I never knew they hosted things like this in Toronto! I live about 30 minutes away so I’m super jealous!! My mom works in the district where the event was held that’s crazy! I can’t wait for this collection it looks so nice

  39. Gareth

    Hello Mary,

    A fantastic blog entry I especially enjoy these exclusive sneak peeks 🙂

    I’m sure the bartender didn’t mind ( he might even be an avid reader of your blog) 😉
    Keep on swatchin’ I’m certainly learning.


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