SHOP on,Gorgeous!

Last weekend was Shop Small Saturday all across the country started by American Express. I participated in it proudly again this year. And here are a few takeaways of what girls bought for their  besties or themselves.

Stocking Stuffers or token gifts…

Remember it is the thought that counts not the price OR how much you buy for that person! And you know what the real reason for the season is!

Makeup Brushes by the set are a coveted gift a girl struggles to get for herself. So many to choose from and it can be overwhelming. Buying ala carte is not the best thing to do unless that is your budget. It is cheaper and chicer to buy a set. And you don’t have to spend a fortune for them. Remember the $ dollar $ quality is not the same as a boutique.

Wine,rose,champagne  wine holders  chic and so versatile. Use them for booze, décor and or to rest your bling and baubles on. They say wine is most gals best friend over any other libation. Add a few gourmet or edible delights like below and you have a gift that won’t be forgotten!

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Lipsticks are always in style and putting together a set of a variety of them for your mom or bestie can be so much fun! Add a gloss or balm and they love you forever.

*Add a lip brush and you’re all set. Yes, they are still in.

Bath and Body Treats are so lovely! And SO NEEDED. When you shop you can get a lot of little pieces. Aromatic and hydrating are best for the skin. And aromatherapy is so relaxing and mood lifting and calming.

Candles are always a good idea!

Palo Santo,Sage and herb plants are both unique and practical too.

Fragrance is a very personal thing. So, I usually only give it in bath and body lotions not necessarily by the bottle. Unless you know the exact fragrance they love.

 

 

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I hope I got your juices and creativity going for finding that perfect token gift or stocking stuffer.

Have fun and happy Shopping,Gorgeous!

 

 

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Panera Bread Mac & Cheese — In Dianes Kitchen

Can’t wait to try this recipe this weekend. In Dianes Kitchen never disappoints!

 

What a delicious copycat recipe of Panera Bread Mac & Cheese that is full of white cheddar and white American cheese. This is easy to make and it is made completely on top of the stove. This was very, very good and it takes less than 30 minutes to make. Source: Six Sisters’ Stuff Copycat […]

via Panera Bread Mac & Cheese — In Dianes Kitchen

Peaceful and aromatic …Rituals!

Do you ever burn incense and be still and enjoy the quiet time and maybe meditate A bit when you do it too?

I do and IT FEELS so good. I have always been spiritual in many ways and since I was a teen I loved burning incense. I first had the pleasure of the scent in church.

I never knew why except that I loved the aroma. Especially the scent of sandalwood incense. The common but adored incense burned in Chinatown’s, temples and more.

When I visited China and South Korea this spring and can’t wait to go back. I fell in love with that scent again and the ritual of burning candles and lighting incense even more.

If you’ve never tried it. I invite you into the world of incense in your home. If you don’t like sandalwood there are many other scents to choose from. Go shop and explore!

If someone in your home or even you have allergies or sensitivities….

You can place an incense stick in a terra-cotta flower pot filled with sand. Burn it outside your door.

I burn incense to start and end my day. I burn incense at my lipstick 💄 red door 🚪 at my business. I want to start the day off with good vibes only. They say incense wards off evil spirits or juju around you.

Whatever you wish to believe … believe. But enjoy the beauty of this aromatic and exotic air elixir in your space. It may do the same for you. I especially like to burn it as it calms my mind down from racing especially after a long hectic day.

Stop and smell the incense. It may just surprise you. It’s all about the simple pleasures and the little things!

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How I Wear Fall Layers Without Looking Frumpy AF — StyleCaster

As soon as October hits and the temperatures start to get all sorts of funky, layered outfit ideas for fall are where it’s at. One day, it’ll be 90 degrees—the sun is shining and you may even be tempted to hit the beach—and then the next, the temperature will drop and you’ll find yourself all…

via How I Wear Fall Layers Without Looking Frumpy AF — StyleCaster

COOL skincare tools for the MAN in your life!

 

…Yes, I am going there. MEN are STANDING TALL and doing it all!

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Guys want to look good too. So this is for you too! Today on TV I will be sharing some cool tools and skincare tips guys need too!

  • MYSKINBUDDY™ is the revolutionary facial device that utilizes four proven technologies to help you achieve a clearer complexion, brighter and even skin tone, and a more youthful appearance. Created BY A woman who is a leader in the skin care industry! YOUR washcloth can only do so much. Made for men and women! Multi-tasking never looked so good.  Visit:myskinbuddy.com Check out my next blog where I use and feature this product too and show you what it can do for you. My husband is now addicted!
  • Here’s a scentsational D.I.Y.
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  • Clay or Mud Face Masksman covered in clayPhoto by Bran Sodre on Pexels.com
  • Follow with a face and body bar NOT a deodorant soap for complexion perfection.
  • For a  clip of today’s segment go to: http://www.news4jax.com

 

Noreen’s Husband’s easy Fall Recipe for a Beard and mustache oil you can make at home!

2 ounces of Aura Cacia Sweet Almond Oil

6-8 drops of Aura Cacia Sweet Orange Essential oil

Place in a bowl and stir together.

Pour into a glass container.

Comb through hair and massage on the skin to hydrate the skin.

OPTIONAL:

If you want to make it more masculine a scent add vetiver essential oil for an earthy finish.

ENJOY Guys!

Or ladies you can make this recipe just for him!

 

Eat: Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark —

I so love to eat, create and makeup! So, I simply had to share this recipe by ELE with you. I plan on making this Halloween week and over the holiday season. Looks so delightful and delish! Doesn’t it?

If you are a regular reader of ELE you will know we are very fond of delicious chocolate bark recipes. Easy to make and always a crowd pleaser, it is a great way to make a simple block of chocolate that little bit more special. With the festive season not that far away, bark is…

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Can’t get enough of this drink!

I am so in love with coconut and pineapple juice. I use coconut flakes to exfoliate my lips with a dash of coconut oil.

I also love the refreshing thrill of 🥥 coconut water!

Pineapple 🍍 juice and fresh slices (Which I love to give myself a facial with). Float my boat!

So, now I am sharing a yummy tropical 🌴 like drink (not boozed up) with you that you can serve to your family too.

All you need is a large can of Dole pineapple juice.

And a bottle of Coconut Sparkling soda down the grocery store aisle.

I like to serve it in a fresh coconut shell. But you can serve it in a glass.

Makes a delightful PUNCH!

Treat yo’self,make this (so cheap) delightful drink 🍹 and have an awesome weekend!

 PS

Add dark rum and you have another delicious 😋 boozy delight!

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Autumn Beauty & Fashion

What’s new this autumn?

Oh how I love the way that sounds….

Today on TV on River City Live in sunny Jacksonville Florida I am showing the TV viewers just that.

Here are some fall trends in makeup,skincare and fashion.

It is going to be a colorful and fun season!

Plaid is trending. But anything Leopard print is HOT 🔥!

Accessories add a touch of whimsy and fun. They brighten up a wardrobe. Buy a new handbag. The latest fashion craze are small purses and belt bags.

Metallic accessories are so in. And rose gold isn’t going anywhere!

Male grooming and skin care is so in!

Men realize they want to look good and need a moisturizer too!

Check out: http://www.mensroutine.com  for the MR. in your life! My husband loves the activated skin scrub especially!

Gleaming skin is the answer to your skin.

You can gleam too with Melanie Mills from Hollywood’s kit. Three glorious shades to glow with. May be used on the face and body.

They are running a special with a $50.00 purchase or more get a selfie light absolutely FREE!!!

The Glow Girl Kit is one of each of the fabulous lighter Gleam shades in mini 1 oz tube sizes.  Great way to try the brand and enjoy them for travel too.

As seen on The hosts of The Real TV daytime show. And on celebrities & models.

Lip plumpers, lashes and brows are still in!

*I recently discovered a lip plumper called Unbranded Beauty check the line out if your lips need a voluptuous fuller looking lift!

 

So go ahead and plump that pout!

I love you Chicago again and again!

I traveled to Chicago recently but it wasn’t long enough! Although I travel ✈️ there often. I never get tired of exploring new places and visiting some of my fave places too.

Here are a few highlights from my trip.

I love staying at the W hotel on the lake and I also love to stay at the iconic Palmer House. But this time I stayed with my husband at the Residence Inn 700 in the Loop. What a beautiful stay! Such cozy Suites with fabulous beddings and a kitchen with a dishwasher, huge refrigerator and mini loft bing room space area.

I discovered a beautiful church around the in corner in a section they call the Loop. I fell 😍 love! I attended several masses and services. A gem 💎 in the heart of downtown. Run by Franciscan friars.

I love shopping the magnificent Michigan Avenue. AKA the Miracle Mile …

So many shops so little time! One of my fave fashion shops is called Akira. Also since I love 💕 all things fun I shop at Riley Rose!

Food glorious food is another thrill in Chicago! I never get tired of their hot dogs, donuts and dim sum in Chinatown! Oh and this time I discovered a real chocolate filled bao delight! Warm and fluffy and so delicious.

I so wanted to go for a spa day but after doing everything else no time left.

Have you been to Chicago? Lately? Do share.

Hurricane! Heading our way.

 It’s is so hard to believe as it was such a gorgeous sunny day yesterday and a peeking sun today that a storm ☔️ is brewing ⛈ our way! Today on River City Live TV 📺 in Jacksonville 🌴🌞 Florida I will show some tips and ideas you can do to try and stay calm and stress less!

We all by now are stocked up with plenty of water 💦,🍞 bread, peanut butter and canned goods. Also not to forget the COMFORT food. And beer 🍻 or 🍷 wine if you wish! Whatever you need to deal!

Do it! Now!

Please remember to…

  • Keep calm and try and carry on!
  • Surround yourself with a scented 🕯 candle. I love AO Fragrance Co.
  • Sip and savour a cup tea ☕️ of calming chamomile and soothing lavender tea. (Hot tea is more comforting.)
  • Enjoy calming and delicious scents like lavender or white tea 🌱 hand and body lotions. Just the scent alone will relax 😴you and make your skin softer too! Also will make you sleep better too.
  • Try a stress relieving gummy supplement like Olly.
  • Do a little pampering and spa like treatment at home:like a manicure 💅 and pedicure,face masks and bathe 🛀 in Epsom salts or a bubble bath.
  • Take a 😴 and enjoy some music 🎵 to chill by.
  • Drink hydrating drinks like coconut 🥥 water,indulge in chocolates 🍫 and go for crunchy snacks.
  • Whatever you do… do something for you! Do what you say you never have time to do. Read a 📚 book, get inspired by magazines and cook 🥘 something like an amazing recipe you’ve been longing to make!
  • This storm ⛈ shall pass. 🙏
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 As seen today on River City Live TV 📺… for video clip check out …

http://www.news4jax.com