Secrets to a Good Night’s sleep!

photo sleeping toolsInsomnia and stress are two issues women are concerned about an bring up to me about in my beauty business. I take their needs very serious and wanted to post about getting your beauty sleep and perhaps help you.

Here is a healthy pattern to consider nightly: Before you got to sleep or bed…Have a warm cup of calming Holy Basil or chamomile tea.

If you’re no into tea…a warm glass of milk will do. Take a warm bath with cheap Epsom salts.They are AMAZING and relax your muscles and detoxify too.I know what you’re thinking you’re not a bath person! BUT when you can’t sleep and have nights of insomnia this is worth a try. THEY WORK.

Shut off ANY electronics…Only got to bed with your sweetie or yourself not a phone,tablet and more.

Place a few drops of Aura Cacia lavender essential oil into a spray bottle with some distilled or spring water.Spray your room with this relaxing spray.

OR try Serious Insomnia by Jimm Harrison Aromatherapy on a cotton pad and take a sniff, This aromatherapy oil takes you from frazzled and stress to feeling fabulous.

A white noise machine is another useful tool. Turn it on for the ocean,birds tweeting on a spring day and more.My husband loves ours.

If you can’t go to sleep and do get up…go ahead and get up and go into another room and watch TV or read a book or magazine until you feel sleepy. OR do what I love to do and unclutter your head by writing things down in a notebook.

NEVER go to sleep angry with your spouse or children…you will NOT sleep well. Kiss & make up.

D.I.Y. Recipe …can you smell it?

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DIY Beauty Recipe: A Lavender-Infused Coconut Oil Hair Treatment

What You Need For This Recipe:

  • Small Bowl
  • 2 Tablespoons of Unrefined, Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Fresh or Dried Lavender Springs (or 2 drops essential oil)
  • Measuring Spoons

Step 1: Place in a bowl Measure out 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and add it to your bowl. Depending on your hair length, you may want to add more or less oil to the bowl. For medium-to-long hair, two tablespoons should suffice. If your coconut oil has turned to liquid, just measure it out like normal.

Step 2: Add Lavender Remove the greens and/or buds from your lavender and place it in the bowl with your coconut oil. If you want to add a little more for fragrance, that’s okay. A few pinches is plenty.

Step 3: Infuse Your Lavender Next, we’re going to infuse the lavender into the coconut oil. To do this, create a bain-marie by placing your bowl over a sauce pan filled with water. Turn your heat to low-medium and allow the coconut oil to melt down, stirring periodically. If your coconut oil is already liquid, you still want to do this, as the warmth from the water bath will expedite the lavender oil extraction. Keep your bain-marie going for 45 minutes to one hour, then remove from the heat.

Step 4: Cool and Strain Allow your infused coconut oil to set for 10 to 15 minutes, or until it is slightly warm (not hot). Remove the lavender pieces if desired.

Step 5: Apply to Hair Work the oil through your hair, focusing on the ends where hair gets dry. You can also focus on the scalp if you’re dealing with itchy, dry skin or dandruff. Let the oil set for 15 to 45 minutes. The longer it sets, the better. Shampoo and style as normal.

Step 6: Revel in Softer, Prettier Hair Want to improve your hair even more?

Check out Latest-Hairstyles.com’s Product + Hair Advice section.  

This recipe is from Wendy Rose Gould who is a hair tutorial beauty expert. I thank her for letting me share this recipe!!!

Note: LAVENDER not only smells amazing,and many simply use aromatic lavender for its calming effects.topically,lavender,like coconut oil,is antibacterial and therefore helps with dandruff too.It also helps to soften the hair.

Oh and if you’re celebrity obsesssed they love to do it too.

ENJOY!

TEA For a Beautiful Cause…Ladies of Jacksonville,Florida!

MAY 17 ...tea1 I truly LOVE the way it feels when I donate my time and bodacious giveaways for a great cause. Don’t you love that GIVING feeling too? Doing good feels awesome.This event is not exception.I hope you will join me and some like minded business owners like me. As you know I am crazy for food trucks! So, a fashion truck really kicks it up a notch. My fave local fashion truck is called Belle of the Blvd!  I have found some amazing on the cheap chic treats to add to my wardrobe… Alongside my pricey wardrobe. And the truck is PINK! You know how much I love pink by now. The fashionable yummy TEA is hosted by Flaire Celebrations an event and gift shop. There will be other vendors with other fun services. EventBrite is where you will buy your tickets. They are going fast.So, please think about joining us and get your ticket for food,a fashion show and fun!!!

Eventbrite:

Serious about your anti-aging skin care?

Maybe it is time to kick up your skin care!!!

This is in my beauty lab (AKA bathroom/vanity testing lab and am giving it a test drive starting today.

The company says it is an…

Advanced technology utilizing exosomes that encapsulate the growth factors and proteins increasing penetration, stability and activating more receptors to enhance results. Over 150 different skin growth factors derived from adult stem cells create this magical serum that improves all aspects of skin aging and skin damage. It gently restores the repair process and stimulates new cells to build collagen and elastin, heal hyperpigmentation and reverse aging. StemFactor_30mL

My friend looked at least ten years younger when I saw her last week!

While I embrace my face and age is just a state of mind…I am going to give it a whirl so I can share my results with you.

If you have tried it let me know how it worked for you!

Flaunt Your Cosmetics When On The Go in This!

I discovered these beauty bags and wristlets that I need to give them a shout out and tell you about too.

Isn’t this bag adorable?bagettes

You can personalize them with your fabulous photos and enjoy the memories on the go. I think it is the perfect gift no one can  resist! The cosmetic bags and purse wristlets and so fun and unique.Mother’s Day or any day!

Perfect for your beauty items,keys,money and a luscious lipgloss or lipstick!

Go ahead give it a whirl. I did.

http://www.bagettes.com

UNIQUE Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!

Today I featured on my beauty & lifesylte report on The Chat TV show some awesome GIFT IDEAS for Mom. If you happen to live local you’ll love these but if you don’t live in sunny Florida you will love some too.

http://www.bagettes.com is a company that customizes cosmetic cases and fashionable wristlets too.Just send them a photo and they can create magic for you. Save those photographic memories and put them to use.

http://www.sweetpetes.com is a candy land of delicious FUN.it is located in downtown Jacksonville where you can shop three floors of fabulous~ OR you can order a gift basket! They ship candy and more to your door.

Candy Apple Cafe is a sight to see and when you dine with them you will find what I mean. Filled with chic and colorful decor and oh so much more.They are worth the just the trip visiting Jacksonville, Florida. I love HAPPY HOUR…the punch is amazing and the candied bacon I just want to lay in.It rocks this city. BRUNCH is the perfect gift any day or for Mother’s day.

http://www.noreenyoung.com or Noreen Young Makeup Studio creates one of a kind sexy for your lips kisses!You can buy a gift certificate or book an appointment at the cozy and charming beauty cottage. You pick the color you want it to be,a flavor,sunscreen or not,lip plumper added and a yummy flavor.

CHI for ALL you hair styling needs by FAROUK Hair Systems is THE go to for hair beauty. I love the new hair rollers.

FILL a gift basket with mom’s fave’s. Check out her bathroom cabinet or vanity. What does she LOVE or use or better yet what does she WISH for? Hair La Vie,OPI,Osmosis,FarmHouse Freshgoods,Chocolate Blonde Salon hair elixir… and more.

Use wrap cellophane,add some pretty ribbon! Oh and don’t buy a greeting card. D.I.Y. it is way more meaningful and fun.

Whatever it is treat her to something awesome! Wish my mom were still HERE! I’d smother er in kisses and hugs!

To watch my segment on TV go to http://www.firstcoastnews.com click on the left on the words…THE CHAT and look for my name. You can see these gorgeous ideas AND smile too!photo THE CHAT 4-29-2015

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.