Fall in NYC and New Jersey

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Fall in New York and New Jersey …there’s nothing like it. There’s the hustle and bustle of people everywhere.The scent of sugared nuts from pushcart vendors and the crisp cool air.
I went to guest speak and worked lots but I also love to add some pleasure after business!
I shopped till I dropped for some new fall/winter fashions.I love to window shop first and enjoy the view.I also like to see what’s IN and NEW.This helps me stay focused on what I want to ADD to my fashion wardrobe.I also am not a snob to street vendors. I love the fashionable finds I may find for $5.00 beautiful bucks to $25.00 it is so much fun! From perfume,to handbags,sunglasses and scarves they’ve got a rainbow of exciting products to make you happy and look good.Chasing that bargain.

I also love to eat and the Mac & Cheese Food truck was music to my ears or LIPS! I first heard the people chatting outside in front of the cart and how delicious the food was. Next,I had to try the creamy and dreamy looking food.So, I did and it was lip smacking good.

Macy’s Department store 34th Street the home of the MACY’S DAY THANKSGVING PARADE is the absolute best and largest dept.store in the world.Floors and floors to adore. They even had a makeover on the first floor since I visited a few months ago. The makeup,fragrance,jewelry and accessories departments have an awesome bright city lights new look.I had a great shopping trip.

Bloomingdale’s department store where I also got my start in beauty had expanded their beauty and fragrance departments and the entire first floor had a makeover too. I have many marvelous memories from my days working there and at Macy’s where I waited on countless celebrities and New York socialites.

Henri Bendel…a store to behold! One day I’d love to brave it and see if my products could be sold there.
It has always held a place in my heart.Mini boutiques inside a department store it is chic, class and charm all in one. You can always find the UNIQUE and fabulous finds.

A walk in Central Park and visiting my dear friend Joel Teron makeup artist at the Mac Store uptown across from ABC TV Studios was a fun highlight to my visit. I am so sad I missed Bette Midler, Whoopie Goldberg and Regis Philbin’s wife JOY who are frequent shopppers at the store.Joel showed me the new Rhianna collection and painted me pretty. Afterwards we had the best most unusual PIZZA.I must go back.

Dim Sum in Chinatown a Chinese brunch with mini plates was a MUST DO. I ate my way from the carts to the streets with tiny delights.The carts of vendors have Asian fruits and veggies…I bought fruit that looked like they were on stroids.Delicious bodacious delights.I missed the Dumpling Festival but there’s always next year.I found a uniqe Korean spa that was a place of peace I must go back to.

Short Hills Mall next stop on New Jersey…an elegant ala Rodeo Drive type Mall. I had not been there in awhile. Was it delightful!

The farm stands,pumpkins,apple orchards and gorgeous fall plants were so beautiful.Natures’s eye candy!

Dining and shopping with my sisters and family time was the best time…and the icing on my fall in New York cake.There’s no place like home and being with your family.Especially sisters!

I grew up here and although I live in Florida too I call this HOME.
I NEVER get tired of going up North.I love NEW YORK and NEW JERSEY. There’s so much to explore.If you haven’t been to visit up NORTH and the big city. Don’t even think about it. Hop on a plane and do it!
Life is too short to MISS out on the magic of this beautiful city.

The Beauty of NYC

IMG_7733r Candy Girl Collection…Is that there are all kinds of people,food and a fun fast paced life. I love the electric energy and hustle back home in NYC.

Last weekend New York got even more beautiful when the ladies and gentlemen in the business of beauty came from all over the globe for the one and only International Beauty Show (hair and nails with a touch of makeup),The International Esthetics, Cosmetics and Spa Conference (skin, makeup and wellness) They came to see …What’s New, What’s Hot and What’s Next. I was asked to guest speak again. What a great class. Seeing spa and salon owners sitting at the edge of their seat ready to learn something new and to hear what I have to say too is wonderful. I so love teaching business owners and professionals like these.

The hair show is a step on the wild side. Fantasy meets fun equals latest trends. The spa and wellness side is filled with latest skin care, skin tech tools, anti-aging and wellness.

This Spring 2013 is an anything goes kinda season. COLOR is everywhere! Color in hair with dye and with hair chalk like we played with chalk on the sidewalk when we were kids the hair is chalked with fantasy colors that wash out. Colorful shades to dye for!

SKIN IS SO IN and skin care is #1 if you want your makeup to look flawless…try skin care products with new ingredients like pearl power,bamboo,caffeine,argon oil,shea butter and jojoba to name a few. Clarisonic sonic cleanser is still rocking the skin care industry.

Nails, fingers and toes take center stage! Choose from shades like cotton candy, lovely lilac,light gray,pure white,goldfinger,silver,coral and all shades of green to blue! There are beads,stones and crystals added. The nails are like works of art. Truly NOT your grandma’s nail polish!

MAKEUP is both pretty and pretty wild!There are a rainbow of shades to choose from to brighten up your eyes and define them too.Eyeliner comes in all forms from gerl liners, to liquid pen liners.The smoky eye is more colorful and not only black and the cat eye is colorful too.

Want long rapidly growing lashes? Try Rapid Lash they say you’ll have lush lashes in no time.

Mascara TUBES are still in and give a soft and natural lash look.Not spider girl eyes.

Paint your pout with HAPPY shades of all things pink and flirty coral shades.LIPSTICK has never been hotter.Gloss is still shiny fun and Lip Tars with rich pigments add mega rich color to the lips. Lip stains rule!

Speaking of lips…you can’t have a supersmile and sexy lips without Supersmile toothpaste. It whitens and brightens your teeth to let your gorgeous lipstick shine through.Dental care is just as important as your lipstick!

COLOR is alive and kicking in fashion too! I shopped till I dropped and window shopped the famous Barney’s New York, Henri Bendel,Bloomingdale’s,Macys,Saks Fifth Avenue,Bergdorf’s and the small sweet boutiques all over the city. If you haven’t been to NYC and only watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade on TV…you MUST add it to your list of things to do and places to see!

Well, what are you waiting for? Grab your purse and get going.Shop on and color your faces,fingers and toes with some FUN! Find something fashionable in a new mint,coral or blue sea shades and ENJOY!

I’m back from NYC and on WordPress!

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I’m sorry I have been up to my lips in beauty and FUN. Not in the sun but in the one and only Manhattan.My home, my playground,my work and time with my family.
It’s been on a whirlwind of beauty and fashion. one of the reasons I went to attend a beauty event for women and men in the cosmetics industry. I sniffed,sprayed,lathered and played in beauty.The cocktails,cosmetics and edible beauty cookies all tickled my tongue and made me swoon.There are so many new beauties out there!

I also was on a buying trip for my candy shoppe of fashion,beauty and unique gifts! Not an easy task! Especially since the snow came down,turned to slush and I got soaking wet and it was freezing.

I shopped until I dropped in the one and only Macy’s 34th Street Herald Square where I once worked I fell in love with the Marilyn Monroe fashions and tribute to all things Marilyn! See the windows I peeked at? TOO sexy! LOVE window shopping too.

Bloomingdales,Henri Bendel,Barney’s, Saks Fifth Avenue,the Container Store and more…New York City is far from a bore. I have so much more to share with you. Stay tuned.

Tomorrow I am a guest chef at the Salvation Army Celebrity Chef Tasting Luncheon here in Jacksonville Florida. Can’t wait to serve my chosen side dish to hundreds of people coming out for a beautiful cause.I love to cook and make-up! If you live in Jacksonville tickets are available at the door.

I’ll continue the above and so much more. Bear with me…I’m kinda exhausted~

Just back from …NEW YORK CITY

Just back from working and playing in NYC…what a wonderful week!

When I travel back home or anywhere I always keep my mind and heart open. The Universe is sacred and I welcome whatever new that comes my way.The streets lit up with sunshine and instead of the temperature being in the 20′s or 30′s and FREEZING or snowing,it was close to 70 and mild most of my stay. Unseasonably fabulous~

There was fashion at every corner and the department store windows and boutiques showed off their SUNNY ARRIVALS!  I shopped till I dropped in Bloomingdales, Macys,Henri Bendels, Bergdorfs, Lord & Taylor and Barneys and Saks. Always time for sister fun after shopping…we dined in our fave places from Chinese, Italian, to Amercian and Polish food.  

The colors of the season…a bodacious bold pink, seafoam and the shimmering colors a mermaid would wear, any shade of peaceful blue, tanergine tango coral and nude too. I love color!

The street vendors had the most beautiful shades of pretty pashminas and the handbags were a mixed bag of gorgeous tricks! I don’t snub them I adore them and the prices of the accessories they carry….are simply irresistible!

I‘M ALWAYS ON THE HUNT for beauty. So lucky me it was that time of year for me to meet with my CEW beauty business friends. I found an array of beauties at this event. It’s a time when cosmetic companies get together and offer us a night of sampling,sniffing,playing and kissing in makeup! My skin fell in love with a decadent delight named Prai. I could not stop looking at my left hand all EVENING. My skin love the way it felt too. Soft and supple with a gorgeous glow. The glow that wouldn’t go until I took it off when I showered that night.

Now, back in sunny Florida I am inspired, back to my sweet husband and my own beauty business… ready for my photo shoot for our Spring beauty Collection this week.

I can’t imagine my life without NEW YORK, my sisters and MAKEUP!

Are you addicted to makeup too?

Fashion Passion!

So many fashions so little time. Now back I am simply exhausted. Sorry for delay in posting this for you as I so needed my beauty sleep and catch up with you.

Fashion’s Night Out in New York was amazing last week. The city was ALIVE and the shopping was too! The weather early in the day was rainy and then the dark skies would rise to the most breathtaking sunny and warm day I have ever seen in September. Hundreds of hundreds of hundreds of New Yorkers, LA and Jersey Girls too shopped the city and Celebrities too. 

FNO is a love to shop kinda girls dream come true! This is the third year for this fashionable celebration. It was started in NYC to help the economy and bring some fun and shopping back into our lives. The beautiful twist is the discount you receive at the end of your shopping visit at each shop.

 Deals, steals and free samples are doled out for you to enjoy! WHAT’S HOT NOW is featured too!

Big box stores, boutiques and designer showrooms all had something to offer and share with us. FREE makeovers, eye-makeup lessons, hair dry- styled, manicures with Swarovski crystals and so much more. 

Champagne flowed and so did signature cocktails, cupcakes, cotton candy, chocolates and hordervs. My fav’, was mini Kobe beef sliders Asian style at the Meat packing District that is the it spot and the palce for designers Stella Macartney,Matthew Williamson and many more!

 I started my fashion journey at Macy’s Herald Square on 34th street. The world’s largest department store and so much more. Food TV’s Sandra Lee from Semi-Home-made tv cooking show guest appeared along with many many more!

Across the street at Sephora’s Joey Rache Zoe’s makeup artist and the co-founder of Clarisonic DR. Robb (luv him) made and appearances and were ready to answer beauty and skin care questions.

There was a beauty and fashion buzz all around at Henri Bendel’s, Bergdorf’s and I ate a bagel as I window shopped at Tiffany’s & Company’s famous jewelry store.

Next, uptown at Bloomingdale’s where I used to work. Next, unto NY and Company for more shopping and to see the Real Housewives of New York City Bravo’s hit show cast of housewives (minus that unforgettable and always fabulous Sonja T. Morgan-who was appearing in SF California stores) across the street the red velvet ropes were all up for designer Christian Siriano and an appearance by him and a premiere of his FALL collection of shoes all priced to please. I fell in love with a bootie that felt like a lambs wool and so sexy yet cozy. His shoes priced in the $20’s. 30. and under $50.00. 

This all takes place minutes aways from Fashion week in NYC! Model’s,designers and celebrities are all over. You never know who you’ll bump into! 

In the neighborhood if you went you got to get your photograph taken with a Victoria Secret angel if you went across the street to Victoria’s Secret. I passed and headed downtown next to meet my Bff. Our first stop was the DVF studio. I used to work for this delightful designer and woman business owner. She is famous for her wrap dress. She featured fall fashions and launched her fragrance called Diane. Cold champagne flowed music and handsome men with silver trays served horderves that were delicious and exotic.I LOVE her new mantra “Be the woman you want to be”. We shopped til we dropped and headed to dine at Chelsea Market where the home of Food TV. Cupcakes of course~

 Guys come out too! 

Stores all over the country including Europe and China all host a FNO now….wish you good go? There’s always next year.

My words of wisdom to you. WEAR comfortable shoes! While you may want to be a fashionista and look your best and you should. You really need to be comfortable and bring a pashmina, umbrella and bottle of water. Just in case. 

Book your ticket for lights, cameras, fashion and so much fun! See you next year?

Who knows I might spend FNO in Las Vegas and my fav’ hotel in all of LAS VEGAS the one and only Cosmopolitan Hotel.