Chicago on The Cheap!  

It has been a whirlwind…I can’t wait to share with you the great spots you will love in this city too. I came to visit for work and play and this isn’t my first time. Being from NYC I am a big city girl. I have grown to LOVE Chicago !!!

There are a few words that best describe Chicago...It is Chic,Clean,yummy and very friendly.

If you haven’t been put it on your Bucket list of places to visit.

I like to write about all things yummy,interesting and beauty hot spots I discover!

As soon as I have a moment to post them I will. But here’s one spot!

If you are looking for a delicious breakfast or lunch on the fly…you must TRY Off  The Tracks Grill the owner is a hard working charmer and the food is so fresh and DELICIOUS.

I ate there three times.I could have eaten there even more but controlled myself. The price is right. And IF you are pressed for time. They get it…you are in and out. Cozy dine in available and they are closed for dinner.

Please come back.CHICAGO photo 4-2015I have so much more.See the train tracks going over the Chicago river? The sound of them alone makes you happy as they jet across the city to take you here and there and everywhere.

Next a hot hair SALON spot!

Bye, Bye, Cellulite!

coffee-grindsWomen keep on asking me about a natural way to help the appearance of cellulite now that bathing suit season approaches…especially the ladies of sunny Florida.

First off you can’t just get rid of cellulite.BUT you can help with way it looks on your thighs and more. I have a bit of it too. So, I decided to share an easy recipe with the viewers on The Chat TV show in Florida.

Here is the D.I.Y. Recipe fix:

1 cup coffee grounds from a pot of coffee you made 1/2 cup organic brown sugar *You can use white sugar of you do not have brown sugar! 1 cup of coconut oil Mix all of the above together in a glass or plastic bowl. Take a quick shower and get wet.Standing or sitting at the edge of the tub if you have one and start to apply this java,oil and sugary blend.

*Be careful it may be a bit slippery in the tub.

Skin Benefits: The caffeine in coffee can help soften the appearance of cellulite. Sugar softens and exfoliates. Of course you know I am a big fan of coconut oil and it hydrates and nourishes your skin too. Rub away and feel better about the appearance of your cellulite with this sweet coffee and sugar treat….without spending a fortune from a store shelf jar.

It is so much fun to D.I.Y. !!!

Tips for Buying Scents for Spring

 LOVE wearing fragrance? Me too! So here are some tips on picking it,wearing it and how long it should last for you. When shopping for a fragrance bring a notepad to write down the brand names and what they smell like to you. Examples:floral,woodsy,musk,jasmineDelicious Stiletto

Then start applying…on your wrists is best.You can’t sniff your neck if you apply it there.

DON’T rub your wrists together after you apply the fragrance to your body. I worked with Designer Diane Von Furstenberg and that was a no no she taught me. It ruins the fragrant essentials oils and essence of the perfume or cologne.

Don’t try more than 3 different fragrances at a time. Your sense of smell will be overwhelmed.

Those paper blotters strips or cards at the fragrance counter are meant to let you spray the fragrance on them instead of on you and sniff away. But they do not let you know how a fragrance will smell on your body.

Ask the sales associate if they have a shaker bottle of fresh coffee beans to smell between trying another fragrance. This does what cool sherbet does when you are fine dining to clear the taste on your tongue between meal courses.

You DON’T have to buy fragrance that day. You can wait and decide another day.

IF the sales associate offers you free samples…take them.Play with them at home.

You never know what you will discover!

Fragrance words of wisdom:

Fashion designer scents,Celebrity scents, top model scents and reality TV stars scents don’t make it better. Personally I have found some amazing fragrances through the years that were not on that list. And expensive does not make it any better. I was given a gift of Kim Kardashian perfume. It smelled awful but had a pretty bottle. You cannot wear the bottle.

My husband ended up using it as room deodorizer in his bathroom!!!

Natural, Vegan,Gluten Free and oh so heavenly!

honey-lavender-scrub-300dpi I think it is important to take care of yourself.

I know it takes time and you might be giving a sigh or whine but I personally really try to practice it daily. I recommend you do it too. IF you only have a few minutes to yourself.Sip a cup of soothing hot tea or a glass of wine and enjoy five to 10 minutes to exfoliate,hydrate and oh so much more.

ME TIME! This scrub is on OPRAH’S FAVE sea salt SCRUB on her O -List .

It is 95% natural,Vegan and Gluten Free. It is not greasy and rich with vitamin E rice bran oil. Apply it to your hands,body and feet and give yourself a treat.NOT to be used on your face. This is a salty exfoliating sea salt treat not meant for your delicate complexion.You apply it before you shower or bathe and rub on a DRY body in small circles with your hand or a sponge. Then you rinse it off after it has done the skin softening and exfoliating magic.The honey and lavender additions in the scrub take it to another heavenly level!!!

So RELAXING to use and the scent makes me swoon…You gotta try it.

Removes Your Makeup with just Water!

photo ERASER

I found something that you eco friendly girls like me would LOVE too.

It is called the Makeup Eraser. The box first caught my eye. Shaped like an old school eraser.Too Cute!

No more buying cotton pads and oily eye and face makeup removers. This super soft cloth removes makeup with warm water. Waterproof mascara removed in seconds. All natural no chemicals. Machine washable. No stains remain.Can be used over and over. The other side gently exfoliates.Promotes healthy skin.

Worth looking at!

http://www.makeuperaser.com

Water for Gorgeous Skin!

photo lemons and tumeric

The sun came out in Florida today and I was so HAPPY. The weather hasn’t been so fabulous. Like the rest of the country we have had our share of crazy weather.Lots of rain and gray days!

So, at my makeup & skin studio I decided I had to make some awesome infused water. A touch of the spa if you will. Yesterday on TV I shared a recipe that the viewers of The Chat TV show loved… I wanted to share the simple recipe with you.You can watch it at http://www.firstcoastnews.com click on The Chat on the left side search bar. ENJOY!

After a long winter YOUR skin and mine is dry and thirsty!

To hydrate your skin you need WATER not soda,sugary drinks or sweet iced tea. I know what you’re going to say. You think drinking water is boring or you don’t like drinking water. Well get over it my darlings. If you want prettier skin and a healthier hydrated body you need water as part of your beauty regime.

I am sipping this  water as I write this blog and in a gorgeous goblet like it is a glass of wine.Make it part of your daily ritual too.

Here is the recipe I showed on TV:

1 fresh organic kiwi

1 fresh organic lemon

*sprinkle in a few berries like raspberries or blueberries for more fun!

1 pitcher of fresh spring or drinking water (room temperature is best) NOT hot and don’t add a ton of ice.

Slice the fruit and place into the pitcher of water.This fruit infused mix water will hydrate and much healthier than soda or iced tea.(I love them too…But)

Let the water rest on the counter before serving for at least one hour for the fruit to dance with each other and infuse the water.

This infused water contains vitamin A and C and is really tasty if you like these fruits.

Take care of yourself! Be good to yourself! Your skin will love you for it.

Always in my Heart!

World Down Syndrome DayNoreen_twinsit is a very very SPECIAL day.

When you see someone with Down Syndrome don’t just walk away. Spread a little love today and everyday!

I miss your smile,your soft hands around me and the kind and wonderful guy you were! Always in my heart and never apart.

Love makes the world a better place for you and me!

Taxi CAB FASHION

PHOTO TAXI While window shopping back home on my way to meet friends for lunch I could not resist what caught my eye! Low on a shelf at a Fifth Avenue store I came across this sparkling cab find.

Window shopping is the BEST! Don’t even know the price just thought the purse was unique and nice. In New York you have to look up and down and all around. Not just straight ahead.

Thought you’d get a kick out of it too.

Manhattan continues to…

Excite and delight me!

I just got back from guest speaking in NYC at  beauty conferences and attended beauty events. It was COLD but it warmed up a bit when I was ready to play after working three days. I window shopped and shopped until I dropped.

Enjoyed street food and then made time for family. There’s truly ..photo NYC WINDOW.No place like home! I miss NYC so much.

I am exhausted,not feeling very pretty but wanted to post a blog to let you know I am alive and kickin!

Stay tuned…I will share the trends,what I saw on the streets and of course FOOD stops along the way.

By the way, don’t you just LOVE this photo of a store window at Bergdorf Goodman Dept. store.

I love the mix of black and white fashions and accessories and the unexpected giant eye lashes. Don’t you???

D.I.Y. Pore Glow and Facial Steam

humidifier violifeTHIS really works at getting your skin going and glowing.

I love my oh so feather light weight VIOlife personal humidifier! It really makes the dry air moist (Dry air sucks moisture from our skin) and it makes my skin LOOK and feel amazing after a good nights sleep and it on in my bedroom. It is eco-friendly as it uses a bottle of water (like you drink) or fill the bottle that it comes with and refill it again and again.Simply plug it in and you are good to go. You can also use this humidifier at your office desk or in your living room too.

Another skin energizing idea …

I also LOVE to do a facial steam bath for my pores.In this brutal long winter weather unless you are an avid jogger or workout at the gym…You really don’t work up a sweat. This steam bath that you can do at home like the spas do with their expensive professional equipment is cheap,chic and you feel so clean afterwards.

What you will need:

A pot of hot water (like you are making pasta)

1 bunch of rosemary,dried roses or fresh mint

Boil the fresh water on the stove top and place the flowers or herbs inside then turn pot off.

Next, place a soft thin towel (I use a kitchen tea towel) and place it over your head. Form like a veil on your head and over your face. Lean your face towards (NOT INTO) this steamy water brew.let the steam hit your face.

You will notice your skin will start to work up a sweat and your skin will start to get dewy. This is a GREAT sign.

Remember you are doing a facial STEAM bath. NOT anything more. You can do this approx. 5-8 minutes.

Today on TV I will show the viewers how to do this on a daytime talk show here in sunny Florida.

Go to:http://www.firstcoastnews.com click on the left side on THE CHAT and watch today’s video later today after it airs LIVE.

More recipes from the show to come.