Essie’s Spring Collection Is the Ultimate Pastel Pick-Me-Up — StyleCaster

Since we all need an a visual pick me up…here are some new nail polish hues to swoon over. I knew the pastel hues would be on trend. Just knew it. Just like I felt the blue shade of the year released by Pantone.

Can you guess what is my favorite?

It’s looking like now we’re going to be in quarantine, washing our hands and staying six feet away from others, for…a while. While there are way more important things than our nails, it’s nice to keep them up and keep ourselves busy. Essie’s nail polish collection for Spring 2020 features gorgeous pastel hues that will…

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Attention New Yorkers!

My fave Beauty 💄supply in NYC HAS WHAT YOU NEED! How about a great story today.

My fave makeup store is selling the necessities over lipstick and makeup! They are stoked and stocked up!

What a blessing! 🙏

I know what your thinking. Ricky’s NYC is all about beauty supplies but their heart ❤️ is big and kind gesture flows! IF you need these supplies. Just go!
If you’re all stocked up good for you but o know and hear about so many of you who need these for your home, makeup kit or office.


Stay safe! Be well!

The Fall 2020 Shoe Trends Are Seriously Statement-Making — StyleCaster

Although the runways from fall/winter 2020 fashion month have ended, the real fun is just beginning. Now that every designer has shown their upcoming collections to the world, we have all the information we need to predict the fall and winter trends sure to hit all your favorite retailers in the coming months. The fall…

The Fall 2020 Shoe Trends Are Seriously Statement-Making — StyleCaster

The 4 Signs Most Likely To Superfreak This Supermoon — StyleCaster

The first supermoon of 2020 will groove into existence on March 9, 2020, and while it will affect everyone, some signs in particular will receive a hearty vibe-check that deserves a little extra unpacking. If you’re wondering about the March 2020 full worm moon meaning, you’ve come to the right place. Basically, this supermoon is…

The 4 Signs Most Likely To Superfreak This Supermoon — StyleCaster

Shine on!

Hair looking dull and lifeless this winter?

Try this quick beauty recipe mix.

What you will need:

1 part apple 🍏 cider vinegar

10 parts of water 💦

Pour in a spray bottle.

Spray and mist on damp hair.

The vinegar scent will disappear as your hair dries and your hair will LOOK glossy and come back to life!

Style on and carry on.

Night Time IS the Right Time! ⏰

Women I meet in my travels and in my private studio continue to ask me how to get their skin clean. They say they don’t have a clue on what to really do.

I tell them to NEVER go to sleep without washing your face or with the days makeup on (and remove every trace of mascara too) as well as getting a great nights sleep. That is why they call it beauty sleep.

I know that’s not always easy to get when you are sleepless in Seattle. But a good nights sleep is essential nightly as your skin needs it.

You need to make a plan and create a nightly beauty ritual and do it every night.

Do what’s right for you and select a skin care line that is so you. You can mix and match. A soap from one brand and a cream from another. But try and keep a few from the same line if possible so you don’t have an allergic reaction.

Just a few easy steps!

Clean:

You may use a soap bar (not deodorant) liquid soap but cream cleanser at night.

Tone:

Rosewater makes a refreshing toner. Stay away from strong alcohol based ones. Way too drying to the skin.

Nourish and Hydrate:

Choose a moisturizer that is light but at night you can use a richer one. It all depends on how your skin is behaving. Your skin changes as the seasons change and from stress or the weather outdoors. Your moisturizer must change to go with the flow.

Eye care:

A hydrating Eye gel or light eye cream is perfect. A little goes a long way.

And remember don’t scrub or rub your face like you’re washing your car or pots and pans. Be gentle with your delicate skin.

Always treat your neck and décolleté to what you put on your face. Not just your face!

So that’s it as far as a SIMPLE nightly skin ritual.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

👄Don’t forget to wear a gorgeous lipstick 💄 today!

👄Sprinkle Kindness wherever you go today.

👄 Tell people you love ❤️ that you love them. Remind them. Don’t assume.

👄 Hug a stranger at Starbucks or CVS today. Ask them with a smile first. You never know who may need one.

👄 But some donuts 🍩 and share with the office today.

👄Buy yourself a bouquet 💐 of flowers or a single rose. TOMORROW or Sunday when they will be cheaper!

👄 Treat Yourself to something today. Be your own Valentine.

👄 Get your kiss 💋 on!

Have a beautiful day wherever you live!

Yummy Bites for Your Valentine!

Or for yourself and your Valentine too. You don’t need one to enjoy this yumminess!

Sweet and Sexy Asian Meatballs

1 package (12 oz.) of  Italian meatballs (fully cooked) Or you can make them from scratch!

1/2 cup of Asian hoisin sauce

4 tsp. brown sugar

2 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar

1 tsp of Sriracha hot chili sauce

1 clove of fresh garlic minced

1/2  tsp. of ground ginger

At the end before serving add sliced green onions and a sprinkle of sesame seeds to garnish.

In a saucepan add all of the above ingredients but not the meatballs. Warm up the ingredients and keep stirring.

Next, add the meatballs,stir, cover and cook. Prepare on medium high heat until done.

I like to serve over Jasmine rice. Your house will smell divine! And serve with delicious aromatic jasmine tea 🍵 .

Add a dash of something naughty and sweet and some Prosecco and you are all set!

As I always say I love to COOK and entertain for one or for a crowd.

Enjoy these yummy bites!

Happy Valentines Day!

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❤️

It’s National Wear Red day!

Wear a little red today to shine a light on heart disease. Know your numbers (your blood pressure numbers that is)

Take care of your body and ❤️ your wonderful beating heart inside of you!

Dumpling soup to warm your body & heart!

We woke up to 80 degrees last week and today to temperatures in the 30’s in sunny Florida. Who says we don’t get cold weather? Here in Jacksonville Fl we do!

So I warm us up with food! Soup and dumplings are my Southern husbands favorite.

Dumpling soup requires making dumplings first. Afterwards you place in the soup broth. But I like to also  CHEAT and make it easier by cooking the broth and ingredients below and using frozen dumplings for the soup already made and found at the Asian grocery store. Obviously, serving dumplings alone with a cup of green jasmine tea is a perfect meal in itself!

Here is what you will need:

1 package of wonton wrappers

1 bunch of scallions sliced

8 oz. of ground pork (or shrimp)

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/2tsp. of sugar

1 tsp of soy sauce

*For Dumpling soup I also like to add baby corn pieces (available by the can)

And cut up a few snow peas or baby bok choy.

The meaning of eating dumplings at Chinese new year means MONEY! They are shaped like a golden piece. Hence that’s why we eat them.round white and blue ceramic bowl with cooked ball soup and brown wooden chopsticks

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Put  8 to 10 cups of chicken broth, a piece of fresh ginger (peeled) 1 tablespoon of dark soy sauce,  sprinkle of sesame oil, S & P to taste in a soup pot and bring to a boil. Then simmer the broth.

For soup I also like to add baby corn pieces (available by the can)

Or a few pieces of baby Bok Choy for some healthy greens.

Garnish with sliced scallions on top of soup after you have added the dumplings.

Ready to serve.

For another recipe I also like to Steam Dumplings (and get a quick steam facial from the bamboo steamer when I pull them out). Next, I like to add them to a saute pan with a dash of oil and  little water and cook their little bottoms until crispy and a bit brown edged. So delish!

A healthy cup of hot Asian tea ends a meal or snack beautifully. And although I NEVER saw a fortune cookie in Hong Kong I still love those crunchy vanilla delights with the secret message inside.

Happy Chinese New Year...Gong Hei Fat Choy! 

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