George Clooney not included!

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I’m serious about and appreciate and good cup of coffee.

And my passion for desert flavors is real too. So I simply had to bring to your attention the new limited edition flavors of Nespresso.

Think Banana bread,Pumpkin Spice Cake and Gingerbread…all yum on the tongue.These are the new coffee capsules the company added to the already finest bean coffee’s they make. My lips just can’t resist.

I am in love with this top of the line brand.The Vertuoline Evolou machine brews the best cup of coffee I ever had. Really! And the unique centrifusion technology makes it buzz with delight. This one cup delight brews a mean aromatic cup of coffee in approx 20 something seconds.It is EASY to use…and comes out FAST,FRESH and FABULOUS!

And the cherry on top is the cafe like quality on top which is called crema…a generous frothy layer of love. I don’t use sugar because I am sweet enough and quite frankly I like the taste of it without it. The coffee machine also makes a delightful cup of espresso. Just like I have enjoyed in  Italia.

So you know what to do…if you are looking for the perfect gift for HIM,for her or for yourself.This is so worth it.

You gotta trust me on this. And of course actors George Clooney and Danny Di Vito will say that too.We foodies have to stick together.

Try it …you’ll LOVE it.

Passion for Fashion and more!

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Recently I had the honor of being on a panel for  The Fashion Group International.

I love working with them and being on a panel too.

This organization was started by some iconic women. Founded in 1930 as the non-profit,fashion organization established for women,the The Fashion Group International today offers membership to men and women alike.Among the founding members were Eleanor Roosevelt,Elizabeth Arden,Lily Dache, Edna Woolman Chase,Edith Head,Claire McCardell,Virginia Pope and Carmel Snow. Legendary figures who left an incredible print on the American landscape. Names and people I admire and worth Googling to learn more about these women.

FGI’S mission is to be the preeminent authority on the business of fashion and design,and to help its members become more effective in their professional lives.

FGI is a global non-profit organization of dynamic professionals in all areas of design,apparel,accessories,home and of course my passion….beauty!

You too can be considered as a member if you are in any of the above fields. Each region has a yearly event calendar. Join us~

EXPLORE the world beyond your door.

http://www.fgi.org

 

 

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving …thoughts!

As we celebrate thanksgiving day I have a few things to say…

I wish the readers of my blog today and followers too a fabulous and yummy Thanksgiving day. I am happy to have you in my life in some small way.

Next,I’d like to ask is…

What are you thankful for?

I am thankful I opened my eyes and woke up today.It was even sweeter when I heard the glorious Star-spangled banner  anthem outside my window. Today they amped up the volume but it was still  beautiful.I live near a naval base. I am happy I was born and raised in America and happy it is my home.

I am thankful for my lovely family. And darling funny husband. I only wish my twin brother,mom and dad were here to share my days with me.Gosh how I miss them!!!

I am thankful  for ALL the little things in life that can bring us so much joy. The sun,the moon,the stars the smell of fresh cut grass and more.

I am thankful for a roof over my head and food on the table.

I am thankful for bakers and chefs not only for making healthier fresh bread but dessert…yes I have a major sweet tooth!

I am thankful for the farmer I am an avid foodie and so love supporting them and eating fresh fruit and vegetables.

I am thankful for fuel for hot baths and warm showers. Especially with a bit of bubbly like a bubble bath.

I m thankful for music which fills my ear with joy.

I am thankful for the person who invented LIPSTICK! They were brilliant! A swipe of color goes a long way!

I am thankful for fuel to jet around town and jet around on a flight to all the amazing places I get to go for my work and to play.

I am thankful for good health.

I am thankful for all I have learned in life and can’t wait to learn more!

AND…I thank MACY’S for bringing me back home even if it is on the TV screen.LOVE the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade! The 90th year.

A true miracle on 34th street where I used to work! #theresnoplacelikehomegive-thanks-leaves-photo-jpg-2016Give THANKS…Not just for today but tomorrow and always!

Have a yummy and beautiful thanksgiving day everyone !

A yummy unexpected treat for Thanksgiving!

GOT LEFTOVER ACORN or mini pumpkin CANDY? Try this yummy recipe mix!

1 cup of candy

1 cup of salted peanuts

SHAKE in a plastic zip lock bag. Add a pinch of sea salt to taste. Serve with a beverage or alone.Your guests will love it. Especially if they love this candy.A great way to use up leftover candy.ENJOY!

I have been making this sweet and salty treat for years…you can too.

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Pumpkin Pie Holiday

pumpkin-scrub-blog-photoI know you love pumpkin! We cannot seem to get enough of it.

Coffee,beer,muffins,bread,pie and more.So here is another one of my recipes for a my pumpkin pie body scrub in a jar. Pumpkin puree contains beta-carotene and anti-0xidants,brown sugar helps remove dead skin. Olive oil and a vitamin E pill (prick and squeeze out the oil) and OR use oil by the bottle add even more of the moisturizing your skin bliss.

1 can pumpkin puree (you’ll need 1/4 cup) Go for the real thing.

2  cups of brown sugar

2 tsp. olive oil or jojoba

optional:1 tsp. vitamin E oil

1/4 or 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice (this will make the body scrub even more luscious and have the aroma of cinnamon,nutmeg and cloves). I like to sprinkle this on top!

Stir this all together and you will have an amazing scrumptious body scrub and wonderful for your heels too! It is like a pumpkin pie slathered over your body!

I like to make gifts in jelly jars for myself or someone else!

Add a mini spoon,bow,love note and you’re good to go.

Nice stocking stuffer or hostess gift add a pumpkin pie or a bottle of sangria to your gift and who ever you give it to will really love you.

Play and see what you come up with. I’d love to hear from you on any D.I.Y. recipes you might whip up and love too!

 

 

 

 

I love Naples!

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I recently had the pleasure of visiting a magical beautiful place…Naples.

I have been in Naples Italy  before but this time it was Naples in sunny Florida!

The beauty of shopping,drinking and browsing on 5th Avenue South!

  • Bob Baker Shoes is the most unique SHOE and accessory store I have ever seen!
  • Wind and Willow fabulous fashions and fun gifts
  • Skyline Chili for casual dining on the cheap
  • Best of Everything unique gifts,baubles,bangles and beads
  • T Michaels for fine dining!
  • Naples Grande Beach Resort THE BEST place to stay~

If you ever are out that way…it is so clean and beautiful and the gulf is at your feet.

Peace,Love and Blowouts!

drybar-photo-blog-jpgHave you ever had an actual blowout? No, not your tire blowout but a hair blowout.Many women do not know what it is.

A couple of weeks ago  a new spot for hair opened in Jacksonville,Florida. This is epic for the city.The name of the business is DRYBAR.

No cuts,no color,just blowouts!!! That’s all they do.

I have had this service done at other salons across the country but never by this brand. I tried to get one a blowout while working in these cities… Las Vegas,NYC and Chicago bu all locations were booked.They have sixty locations to serve you and offer long convenient hours.They recently opened a shop in a section called Brooklyn.So, being homesick and craving my NYC. I HAD TO GO!

The reception at the front desk was awesome. They took a good guess on my name and calling me by it once I walked in.What caught my eye first is all the yellow and white decor and when you enter the overhead lamp is made with a yellow blow dryer.

Pretty cool!

Next they asked me if I wanted something to drink. The offerings were:water,coffee,tea and a Champagne mimosa. I of course chose the Mimosa.

Blowouts I could choose from the service menu were named after drinks.If you don’t drink alcohol this could be a problem.But the services are described beautifully in the menu alongside pictures of how that style will look.

The Straight Up

The Manhattan

The Cosmo

The Mai Tai

The Cosmo-tini

Southern Comfort

Dirty Martini

The Uptini

Shirley Temple for kids or pre-teens

Add a braid to your service

I chose the Manhattan and a dash of Southern Comfort.

What  I wasn’t ready for was it took a total of 45 minutes! The stylists wash and work at styling and blow dry every strand of hair and they follow a certain protocol. If you do not want your locks to be pampered… you may not like this service.

I enjoyed my experience and you will too. Give them a whirl!

The holidays are coming and you may just need that special look for all the holiday parties and New Years Eve too. #treatyoself!

$40.00 per service

You book your appt. via the APP or connect online.

http://www.thedrybar.com

 

 

 

Good Vibrations…good hydration!

NeoCell’s new Joint Bursts chews with Tumeric are all the rage!

If you’ve been on the go chasing  after your kids…neocell_joint_bursts_with_unwrapped_chew-01exercise,jog,aging and have daily aches and pains this is for you!

The Tropical Tang flavor makes it even better.A dietary supplement you might not be able to resist!  Type 2 Collagen for joint repair plus turmeric for inflammation. Soft chews are like candy!

The Move Matrix adds a natural pain relief formula, including boswellia.   Most people experience joint pain relief within minutes.This is in pill form and is another dietary aid to take for joints and more. Non- GMO & gluten free. Helps relieve pain.

www.neocell.com

Zim’s MAX- FREEZE patches with lidocaine and menthol they come in several sizes from medium to extra large to target areas like, the neck,back,arm,legs,knees.

www.zimsusa.com

LA STAR Greens

Is a celebrity loved plant based supplement. Simply take the packet and empty in a glass of water. Or mix with a smoothie of your choice. It i all the rage in gifting suites for Celebrity events and has a celebrity following. Let’s drink to beauty inside out.

See LA STAR Greens recipe on their site for a Malibu Morning Smoothie!

Vitamin C- immune system

B-12- Great to re-energize the body if you’re  tired and fatigued and boosts metabolism.

Iron-Aids the nervous system.

Organic,Superfood,Gluten-Free,Vegan Non GMO,raw

www.lastargreens.com

Got a beauty or lifestyle question for me? Email me.

Survived the hurricane in Florida!

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It is the day after the hurricane and I couldn’t be happier. We survived and our house was not touched. The palm tree palms are all over the lawn and leaves but that is it. We did not lose electricity and in our area we always do when a storm hits.Many of my friends and clients have no electricity at all.We were LUCKY.

Our neighbor across the street has a house with a tree in it now!

After the city officials told us that we could drive over bridges. We  went ahead and checked on my charming beauty cottage.No new damage since the last hurricane a month ago that we are still awaiting repair.But just as we surveyed everything in and around the property…I discovered a blown out front window.

Had to call in my handy man and he boarded up  my cottage and were all set until Monday. We were LUCKY HERE TOO as I am located in a business neighborhood not in a strip shopping center or mall. I am under a 500 year old beautiful & majestic oak tree! I am always afraid of the tree falling.Everyone thinks owning a business is so easy but it is not especially at times like these.When thing like this happen and you worry about every thing.My business is like having a child.

When we drove back home we discovered many stop lights out,trees down and lots of debris.More people with put lights and issues with their homes.

So, now were gonna chill…it has been a stressful three days.By the way, if you have never seen a hurricane. It is tough and it isn’t a just a few hours of storm it is a day a few days process and then the after the storm it is still windy and rainy.Kinda depressing too.And the weather man or woman says over and over “STAY indoors and honker down”. We don’t want to hear those words for awhile.

Hope you have a beautiful weekend whatever you do all over the world.Thanks for following my blog as usual or reading it.

I appreciate it and love sharing the days of my beauty filled life and adventures with you!

Hurricane comfort!

choco-smoothie-blog-photoGoing stir crazy!!! Been indoors for 24 hours.

The palm trees are doing more than swaying,gray and ugly looking outside and the rain is pounding on our house. We are in the middle of hurricane Matthew! Wish I could take a photo but don’t dare step out of our house. We usually lose electricity in our area of Jacksonville Florida when there are tropical storms and hurricanes but by the grace of God we have lights and AC and the other comforts we all have grown to love and take for granted. Kind scary.

Very stressful! I have eaten all the good healthy food and now unto potato chips,circus peanut candy and ginger snap cookies!

MY thighs are gonna rise after this storm. He! He! I am in my kitchen and discovered a recipe card I got from an event I attended. I just made this for my husband and I know he is going to flip when he wakes up from a hurricane nap. It was so delicious…my lips told me.

 

This shake is SO delicious and EASY to make!

I found it at http://www.peanutbutterlovers.com I guest speak at the Southern Women Shows and they are always there handing out recipes,free peanut samples and do a cooking stage presentation too.They represent the peanut farmers.

1 cup of low fat chocolate milk

1 ripe frozen banana

2 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter of your choice

Blend above and you’ll have a creamy,dreamy,decadent delight!

To my husband I will be a rock star in my kitchen (because of this DRINK recipe)and you can be too! But you don’t need a husband or beau to enjoy this LUSCIOUS drink!