Stress Less Tips!

In a hurricane , tropical storm or just life now… we NEED comforting.

Here are some of my personal tips to help!

❤️ Take a warm comforting bath before the storm or you lose electricity. Or if the storm passes you or just any day chill out in a bath 🛀 even if you are a shower person. IT will make you feel better!

Add a few flowers 🌸 or ruse petals & it’s pure bliss!

I like to use Epsom salt and a few dashes of essential oil. Rose, lavender or lemon. I like to add shower gel to the tub for bubbles.

(Not crafters oil fragrance) The real thing!

❤️ This is NOT the time to go on a diet! Eat and drink things that comfort you. Bake some cookies from scratch. Make a pot of cozy hot chocolate or Chai tea.

Yum!
Rest up!

❤️ Try taking a nap or at least try and get a good nights sleep. It really helps with stress! It also is so good for your health!

❤️ Or give each other a massage. The scalp, shoulders, hands or feet. Even the family can get in on the fun.

Massage oil from your kitchen!

Practice a bit of meditation. Or start yoga. I have not been doing it for many years but I have added it to my life. It makes such a big difference.

❤️ Meditation 🧘‍♀️ calms the mind. If you don’t what to do. Just be still and quiet. Surround yourself with a salt lamp or a faux candle. Illuminate your space.

Soothe your spirits!

❤️ I’m not a doctor but my massage therapist and doctors over the years suggested I take one magnesium supplement at night. They say it relaxes the body and acts like a muscle relaxant. I practice that and it is quite effective. Sweet Dreams!

❤️ Spray your sheets or towels with lavender oil or peppermint oil. One calms and the peppermint lifts spirits.

❤️ Still feeling stress ? Chew gum or enjoy a hard candy. I love a candy brand called Jolly Ranchers!

❤️ Keep hydrated! Drinking Water 💦 is your body’s best friend. But a little Prosecco helps too. Or whatever floats your boat!

If you have a tip that you’d like to share with me. I’d love to hear from you.

I hope a few of these tips help and comfort you! Hurricane if not. We ALL need to take comfort.

All the Feels of Fall

Spice It Up …Fall has arrived even though we don’t feel it in Florida. The temperatures in the 90’s this week! Wow. Today on TV I shared these with our TV viewers on a lifestyle morning show on River City Live… on WJXT-4.

But it is going to feel like the chill of fall before we know it. Let’s get in the mood and spice your life up with something new. Perhaps something or some place you never tried before! 

  • A great way to do this is with a new sweater or better yet buy a pair of cozy socks! Say goodbye to boring black,white or blue and color your world too! I just discovered this awesome brand called JOHN’S CRAZY SOCKS! So many sock styles to choose from for guys, gals and kids too. The fun socks I purchased are so ME with luscious lips all over them.

Check out …
Browse: www.johnscrazysocks.com Feel even better about your purchase knowing you are supporting a small business owner who just happens to be born with Down Syndrome.  His company donates a portion of your purchase to  Special Olympics. The holidays are coming. Great gift idea too.   

Adding fall decorative touches in your home is nice. But how about adding some spice to your kitchen by trying out new and exotic spices like Vietnamese cinnamon and or French Lavender for your culinary adventures. I have had a party in my kitchen with these spices and herbs.

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Love sipping coffee? Tea? Smoothies Or Hot Chocolate? Me too. 

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Bitty and Beau’s Coffee Shop is coming soon to San Marco in Jacksonville Fl. But you can also find this coffee shop around the country. The brainchild started by a mom Amy Wright who is co-owner and named the coffee shop after her two children Bitty & Beau who were born with Down Syndrome. Why not stop in when they open their doors here and enjoy a NEW place to sip your coffee and enjoy a delicious treat too. They employ amazing people with disabilities. Now that’s something to brag about! Guests love the vibe and coffee too!

Try a new autumn inspired self-care treat like Honey Heel glaze and or hand and body lotion like Honey Chai. Men love this scent and products too. Self care never smelled or felt so good!

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A new lipstick can change your life! Really. The trending hues for fashion and lipstick are cinnamon and metallic and earthy colors. But still think about PINK to brighten up your face to go with the new fall fashions.

Let’s celebrate the beauty of fall 🍂 and all it has to offer us.

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Wrinkles, sun spots and more!

Did you know research shows that our cars … not just a day at the beach 🏖 are causing cases of skin cancer, wrinkles, sunspots and more?

And it appears our side windows are the culprit too .

So if you DRIVE your car around town to work, carpool and more… the LEFT side of your face is getting older than your right!

And cloudy rainy days like we’re having for weeks now in Florida are also a problem.

If you don’t want to age your skin faster. Wear sunscreen even into the fall and winter too.

Sunscreen protects your face and body!
Before you head out the door…

You know what to do! Male or female. No matter what skin color you are too! Apply a shot glass of sunscreen. Face, neck and body.

I love ❤️ sunshine 🌞 but I also want to be sun smart. You need to take care of your skin too.

On the go? Give your Lipsticks 💄 some …

Much needed attention. Your cosmetic bag is longing to be touched!

Stranded at the airport, waiting in the car 🚘 pool line or even at home. Use your time wisely and give your lipsticks some LOVE.

Grab those lipsticks & quickly disinfect them!

If you happen to get a Purell wipes, towelettes from a restaurant after your meal or have some rubbing alcohol disinfectant pads. get out your lipstick tubes and lipgloss wands and disinfect those tubes!

It’s kind of satisfying and fun to do!

1. Take the top off.

2. Roll up those tubes. Be gentle not all the way. Only up to where you’ve used the tube.

3. Swipe and wipe the lipstick itself all around.

4. Next wipe the tube packaging itself. You know lots of germs 🦠 are waiting for you there too.

5. Allow them to evaporate and dry and close the lids.

You’re all set, a quick disinfect and good to go! Safely! Protect those pretty lips!

* A great idea after you have a cold or a fever blister too!

Tips You Need To Know… before you ✈️ fly!

I have been back at it and traveling for work and it is truly a new trying frontier. If you haven’t flown lately, since the pandemic or ever here are some things to expect … maybe!

Recently my flight got cancelled while I was still in the air traveling from Las Vegas to Atlanta. I did not learn of this news until I was able to turn my iphone as we landed and headed toward the gate. WOW! I was NOT ready for that. Atlanta to Jacksonville Fl is a quick 30-45 minute flight and the sun 🌞 was shining and the skies were the most gorgeous shade of blue!

My husband and I had no luggage,no toiletries,no fresh clothes and no night clothes to go to sleep in.

I usually travel on board with a just in case kit but accidentally packed it in my luggage. We were so not ready for this news but tried to go with the flow. When we walked over to the the ticket counter for Delta there were many others in our shoes so we felt a bit better.

Come to find out we had NO PILOT and no flight crew to take us to Jacksonville Fl that is why our flight was cancelled not due to weather or airplane troubles. You hear and see scenarios on the news BUT when it happens to YOU …is another story. I felt so lost even though I knew it would happen eventually.

Here are some stress relieving ideas for taking on board the plane with you.Create a compact bag for each of you filled with the “Bare Necessities” you may need.

Think small sizes!

Only decide what you really really WANT and need. PSP

For the MEN:

A bag of  travel sized  shave cream, a razor, toothbrush,toothpaste. A shirt for the next day and a fresh pair of underwear.

For the Women:

A bag filled with makeup remover towelettes, moisturizer and your favorite  makeup items. Keep it simple. A tinted moisturizer OR choose a double-duty beauty like powder compact to even out skin tone and tone down shine.Lipstick can be used as blush in a pinch. Eyeliner to define the eyes in place of  a tube of mascara. A nightgown or nightshirt,and a fresh pair of underwear.

Have children with you? YOU know best on what to pack for them and amuse them too.

Travel size toiletries and more you both can share:

Deodorant,a unisex fragrance, package of Q-TIPS,tissues,small hairbrush and comb,hand and body lotion. Usually the hotel supplies shampoo and conditioner.

Bring your RX prescriptions on the plane. Pack something for upset stomach,headaches and anything else you use. An eye mask or a roll on essential oil to keep calm.


Pack a lightweight empty bottle for water for yourselves that you can refill at the airport and save money and keep hydrated.

SNACKS are a must! I have learned to pack a combination of healthy and yummy options.Think comfort food.

MINI bags of dried fruit like cranberries,an apple, small cookies,crackers,gummy bears,potato chips, chocolate bars,gum,mints. Pack a bit of what you love!

Bringing a book or two or some magazines is ALWAYS a good idea.

All of the above are just in case your flight is cancelled and you may have to  stay at a hotel overnight. Please note you don’t know what the hotel may have in the way of toiletries in the room. So, its best to pack your own. OR your plane does not take off in a timely manner and you are stuck on the plane as that can happen too. Most times they serve no drinks or snacks while you wait.  These days you never know.


Getting away for an overnight this Labor day  weekend  or making it a long weekend. Be prepared…it will make your life so much easier.

I hope you do have a safe and fabulous flight and get where you want to go.

Snacks and an empty water bottle are a good idea too. I love to pack a combination of healthy and yummy options. Comfort food. Dried fruits, cookies, gummy bears, mini chocolate bars, cheese crackers or peanut butter crackers. All of these JUST IN CASE. Cause these days you never know.

Getting away for an over night trip or a long Labor Day weekend. Be prepared. It makes life so much easier!

PS

Don’t forget when you go from your hotel that the airline may put you up in you will have to go through Security AGAIN when you enter the airport for your new flight.

Diva or Not you need this!

I recently featured on TV a woman who was my model for a beauty and lifestyle segment I do here in sunny Florida! 🌴

River City Live on WJXT-4.

Honey, it’s so steamy and hot outside across the country but we can’t always be by an electric fan… Right?

So in comes this Diva!

The woman I am telling you about wears many hats and slays all day as a model,an emcee and all around DIVA. She is so charming and fun to be around. She creates the most amazing things. Diva Fans!

What is a Diva Fan you ask?

Makeeta says her fans are…”A stylish way to get attention, get a lil’ air in this summer heat or to keep cool if you’re having your own personal summer year round.”

Diva Fans I think are a one of a kind custom sensation. With the flick of the wrist, a true show-stopper when you walk into a party, cocktails, bedside or poolside.

The best part? They can be made with your own words, an organizations name,your business logo or for a special event or occasion. The fans come in a variety of colors as well! This fan is HUGE! Not your average small fan.

They start at $25.00 and you may reach the creator @makeetalemodel@ gmail.com

Another awesome part is they make the most awesome demanding sound when you flick it open. I never saw anything like it!

Or find her and direct message her on Facebook or Instagram @makeetalemodel

I think every month is a reason to shop 🛍any small sweet 📦 business!

Feel the love ❤️?

Support and spread some shopping love!

FYI

Did you know? This month is Black Business month. Give the girl some love! The perfect gift! 🎁 For yourself or someone else.

LET’S Celebrate National lipstick day!

Its is my favorite time of year! The day we wear and celebrate the beauty of a lipstick and what it does for our lips,complexion and face!

Now’s the time to update your lipstick wardrobe and buy something fresh,fun and new! Run don’t walk! Treat yourself to this instant mood lifter!

But before you do … go over and throw out lipsticks 💄 you do not use. Please bear in mind you don’t want to pass on your makeup to others even family because of Covid-19 even more so.

What’s HOT in lipsticks now?

PINK and fuchsia are the IT shades right now! They brighten the complexion and give you a rosy healthy glow! Summertime also is the perfect time for coral reds and golden shades too. You know sun’-kissed and to show off that tan.

It was an awesome 👄 day on TV 📺 today!

If a color lipstick that you bought is not for you simply apply a sheer white lipstick with a touch of shimmer over it and you might just fall in love with a new gorgeous sexy hue!

If you need to plump up those lips and more! Check out this book!

I love a great hotel!

How about you?

Especially ones with luxe bedding and 4 pillows!

From The Ritz-Carlton, The Peninsula Hotel Trump Hotels to the W Hotel and beyond. I love a great hotel that pays attention to details. Every little detail for your stay. So let me tell you more about my stay.

Luxe linens, baby soft washcloths and 4 plush pillows not 2 flat and mediocre ones. Best part they have extra blankets! Not common in hotels anymore!

A full length mirror is a MUST!
The hotel that gets ME has makeup wipes! Especially if we forget our facial cleansers at home.
A bath tub is a fabulous plus for my COLOR therapy baths and herbal muscle bath 🛀 soaks!
I enjoy looking at pretty art and photographic decor! Don’t you?

My husband and I love a room with a ☕️ coffee maker…

Oh and they have the cutest paper cups in the room with a mustache or a set of pretty 👄 lips! It breaks my heart when I have to throw them out! So stinkin’ cute!

And he loves to use the used caffeine infused coffee pods cooled and used as an eye 👁 compress for tired looking or puffy eyes! I’ve trained him well!

Breakfast area is filled to the brim with healthy and a bit of sweet choices. This signage made me smile 😃 as soon as I saw it! I didn’t need a reminder as I always wake up happy! Really! But it did make me smile and I hoped others got happy to start a brand new day when they come down from their rooms for breakfast! 🍳 🥛 🧇 ☕️ 🍌

The Hampton Inn lounge and breakfast area has a pretty atmosphere with a huge TV. The lobby is like sitting in your living room not the boring template we have seen for years.

Meeting rooms are perfect! 👌 The manager for events and rooms is a pleasure to work with!

So if you are looking for a location for your next meeting or event. A hotel stay passing thru in Jacksonville Fl . Think Hampton Inn a Hilton Hotel. My recent business stay was wonderful!

OR a staycation for a quick getaway and enjoy a drink 🍹 poolside. 🏊‍♀️

1-95 at JTB in Jacksonville Fl awaits you. Or as you know the Hampton Inn is not just in Florida. A lovely place to stay!

A Sky High Beauty

I received a beautiful gift!

A pair of shoes. But not just ordinary shoes but high heels. A super sexy pair of sky high beauties! The color in regal purple.

Did I mention they are by a designer? No NOT those infamous Christian Louboutin shoes with the lipstick 💄 red sole bottoms.

Now you may or may not know I’m not a designer label anything kinda girl. I buy and wear what I like the label means nothing to me. I do wear Diane Von Furstenberg, Halston, Gucci, and the ever cool designer Betsey 👄 Johnson to name a few.

But this pair is something else. They are by ESCADA. My first Escada fashion item! Do you own a pair of shoes or heels by Escada?

They stand mighty and glorious on a shelf looking at me.

Teasing me!

Taunting me with their beauty!

Daring me to put them on!

But the question is can I even WALK in them? That is the question!!!

Kicking up with glee kinda heels!

It’s a secret!

Can you keep a secret?

I tried but it was tough. Last month my husband and I went to a place that had the most amazing vibe. It is located in sunny Florida 🌴 but they asked me to not say a word on the address. They want YOU to find it if you want to go.

You need to make a reservation online. Your reservation will only be for an hour and a half. It’s a popular coveted place! And by the way, reservations are really hard to get! So be flexible.

You’ll be given a secret password just for you that day.

They suggest you dress with an island 🏝 vibe. flowered shirt or dress, Hawaiian vibe and maybe wear a lei flower necklace. 🌺 You know … get into the mood. So I did. My husband did not play. But at least he wore a peach Tommy Bahama top.

When we arrived a beautiful girl greeted us. She told us the story of this magical place. She gave off great energy.

The lighting is dark and mysterious. Unique decor intimate settings are all over. Some of the tables have old school paintings of Asian and Hawaiian women back in the day. Really pretty!

A large TV screen is at the bar that plays non-stop old time movies with an Island twist.

This bar and the staff …so awesome. Old school Hawaiian drinks 🍹 with mini umbrellas of course!

Everywhere you turn there is more exotic decor and a mix of lighting, flowers, Tiki, skulls, cool red lighting and novelty lamp lighting illuminated and filled the room.

Mysterious Lighting!
I never tasted Spam before I ate this!
So delicious! White Rice 🍚 is so yesterday.
Secret Tiki Happy Hour drinks 🥤 & dumplings 🥟 and more!

Worth exploring and stepping into their 🚪 doors! A 😎 place indeed. Perhaps I’ll see you there sometime by chance if you go. Explore beyond your door.

Aloha! 🌺