Chocolate Fix

Cocoa nibs blog photoThis morning I woke up craving NOT coffee but chocolate! I love to play in the kitchen.

Did you know that Cacao nibs are a natural way to get a chocolate fix?

2 cups of coconut milk (from the milk section)

1 teaspoon of cocoa powder

1  frozen banana

sprinkle of Chia seeds (Cause it wouldn’t hurt to add them)

sprinkle of cocoa nibs to taste

a drizzle of organic honey

Blend in a blender and you have a sweet sensation that’s not too sweet.

A quick chocolate CRAVING fix!

*Oh and for a shot for my skin I added a spoonful of  NeoCell Super Collagen powder…for hair,skin nails,bones, joints and more! To get my glow on and to be a Glow Getter.

 

 

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What I saw,ate and did in Las Vegas!

photo.JPG friesI love Las Vegas. It is a beautiful and fun city. And the best part like New York it has so much FREE eye candy for you to enjoy. You don’t have to spend all your time on the Strip either!

My last post I told you I was going there to guest speak at the International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa conference. This year the show was better than ever!Alongside the show is a full pavilion called the International Beauty Show. Both are shows if you are in the business of beauty and a licensed beauty professional you do not want to miss. This year we got an extra bonus…The Comic Con show was there. I saw all kinds of characters. From devils to Winnie the Poo to sexy sirens.In 113 to 117 degrees I admired the passion for the world of comic books.

Trends come and go but the biggest trend I continue to see and grow is the look of healthy skin and  the care of the skin.I tried all kinds of lotions,potions,hydrated by a new sheet mask  by the ever popular Image Skincare and skin feeling softer and loved.The ever popular Savvy Sleepers pillowcase rocks your skin with anti-aging smooth benefits. Protects your skin from more wrinkles and saves your hair and extends expensive blowouts all while you sleep. Especially from the aromatherapy spa product aisle. The smell of lavender,peppermint and more filled the show floor.

 

Another trend that continues to rise is COLOR.It was everywhere on the faces of makeup artists in my classes and on the show floor and at makeup booths. HAIR was colorful too. I saw all the colors of the rainbow kinda hair. It was AMAZING. My fave’ were the luscious world of lipsticks and glosses. Aqua,pink,coral,yellow,purple lipsticks are so on trend and sure to make you happy hues.Let’s not forget that nail polish continues to be in all shades to tempt you. I LOVE the fact that our world has become so color filled. Remember when our beauty world only offered safe colors like soft pink,pearly white and beige. How about when our blow dryers only came in boring gray? Well no more.

My classrooms were filled with eager to learn beauty professionals,spa and salon owners.I love what I do and travel too. After the show I was STARVING and needed to hydrate up and had to stop to my fave place for a for a burger and fries. Smothered in yum and made in the kitchen with LOVE. And a sip one of their shakes…Pink Strawberry. You know how I love pink!

I like to venture away from the strip where the locals who live there go. Not all your meals have to be in swanky expensive  I enjoyed the ever fabulous In and Out Burger where I ordered off their secret menu…ANIMAL style Fries ( see photo)

I also enjoyed exotic  meals from Orchids Garden where they serve ALL DAY Dim Sum! If you haven’t had is Chinese Brunch. The food is so fresh and the staff there is so friendly. Save some room as you might also want to try the coconut bun which is dessert that is perfect with a hot cup of jasmine or green tea.

Who doesn’t LOVE to shop? While I like the SHOPPING on the strip I also like to head to PRIMM at the outlet mall. They have some fabulous shops like Tommy Bahama,Charlotte Rousse,Coach and more.

ALL at fabulous DISCOUNT $$$$$$ prices …You won’t find on the strip.

I bought some Tommy Bahama tops and bathing suit for my husband. Gorgeous bracelets for me,sandals,perfume and a few LV souvenir gifts all for $197.00

So, I hope you enjoyed a peek inside my classrooms,the beauty and the hair shows and see what’s on trend. If you haven’t been to Las Vegas add it to your list!

Travel and explore my darlings and eat up all that life has to offer!!!

 

 

A Supermodel’s Lemonade Recipe

 

In Florida we went from a mild winter, to  maybe 4 days of Spring and NOW summer and it isn’t not even summer! As a Northerner who moved to Florida for her southern husband I hate it. I know I should be grateful for palm trees and sunshine but the heat SUCKS!

Here is a recipe I found from InStyle magazine that I think is pretty cool in more ways than one.

I love this recipe!

1 cup of room-temperature water.

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon of Agave nectar

1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepperBlog photo.JPG LEMONADE

Place all in a glass. Stir and enjoy!

And it makes you pee  lots because it is hydrating,cooling and eliminating!

The beauty of this recipe is it is Aussie super-model Elle Macpherson’s lemonade drink recipe and we know how fabulous her body is along with those LONG lovely legs.

No wonder she has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated five times! Drink up and refresh yourselves!

The It Smoothie Shake

Here is a low calorie delight recipe I found from one of LA’s chef’s.Celebrities so LOVE this shake! You will too.

I am kinda addicted.

Blueberry Chocolate Antioxidant Shake

1/2 cup of blueberries

1 ripe banana

1 1/4 tablespoons of cacao powder

1/2 teaspoon goji berries

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons of agave nectar

small pinch of sea salt

1/3 cup of water

2 1/2 cups of ice

Blend all these beauty filled antioxidants and ingredients except ice until smooth. Add ice and re-blend approximately 15 seconds for a thick shake.I love this as a breakfast or snack treat!

I also LOVE to take this NEOCELL  blueberry beauty supplement daily…Read the bottle for it’s goodness for your SKIN,joints,eyes and so much more!

Get going and glowing,Gorgeous! #glowgetter  #neocellBlueberry HAliquid_016185-09665-3

 

I LOVE to Create all things Beauty!

As some of you know I love and am so attracted to all things Asian beauty namely China and Japan. And I continue to embrace all the K-Beauty  products that have come to the US. It is so much fun exploring the NEW and the tried & true! Yet I think I have only begun to tap the surface of this other world of beauty finds.I want to learn and test drive even more!

Through the years I created kits filled with beauty products from China but my other love is creating beauty products inspired by the Orient.It is so satisfying to my beauty spirit to create. From choosing the formulas,what they can do and I get to name the products too! Our clients love them too.

Last year I introduced a beauty box filled with products called Lucky Cookie…it is filled with beauty I curated from China,Korea,Japan and more.My signature chopsticks and fortune cookie included.You’re a Lucky Cookie if you own this box is how I look at it!!!

Recently I curated a kit of products that I named the Bento Box of Beauty. It is an actual Bento FOOD tray FILLED with beauty and bath products. Happy to say …We sold out over Valentine’s day!

The best part you get to enjoy it all and not throw the packaging out.

If you are a foodie, a beauty junkie and or appreciate the flawless beauty of a China doll complexion…you will fall in love with this Bento Box!

Tell me what you think of this fun box of K and other Asian beauty?  I love eating from these unique compartments but I think I like it even more when it is filled with ALL things beauty and fun! Bento Box of Beauty 1 -2017.JPG

 

 

 

Attn:Beauty Lovers!

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With chilled Champagne in hand I am toasting to YOU and wishing you a …

Happy and Healthy New Year! Happy 2017!

Today starts a new year and a beautiful sunny day in Florida.I hope the sun will shine where you live today or you can make your own.I don’t make new years resolutions anymore.Do you?

What I do hope to accomplish this year is to grow more,learn more, live and love even more.

If you are addicted to all things beauty,a touch of travel and food and a day in the life of an entrepreneur…please follow my blog. If you already do a sincere Thank You to you.

If you are intrigued by American beauty and Asian beauty please follow me! Not only am I have created my version of an Asian Beauty Box. I have been retailing and celebrating all things Asian beauty and inspired by the orient for years!

Only now have they come to be all the rage in the US.

My first collection was all Chinese beauty products filled in a Take-Out Box and we can’t keep it on our pretty shelves. Our latest venture this year is filled with Korean face masks,hand and body lotion and more!

These past few months have been spent testing,spraying,rubbing,sniffing and ENJOYING all things Korea and more.Today I will be testing some face masks and body products.

My fascination with these beauty products stems from my being an all American girl whose parents happen to be Polish and Chinese. I know what a combination platter am I!  The strange part was when I was growing up I wanted to buy Revlon and Avon.I did not appreciate the history and culture of my background.

I am picky what goes into our Lucky Cookie beauty box!

So stay tuned. I will be sharing some awesome beauty secrets and rituals…this month!

We I will also doing a beauty giveaway to one lucky follower of my beauty and lifestyle blog!!! Getting excited?

Holiday Gift Guide & Open House

This weekend we are hosting our awesome Holiday Open House at my private beauty cottage! This is the photo on the cover of our invite to our clients. Do you like it? I want to be a phone call or email away. I LOVE helping  girls and women be the BEST they can be!

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So with that said…stay tuned this weekend and come back to my blog. I will share my Holiday Gift Guide with UNIQUE and fabulous gift ideas,stocking stuffers,D.I.Y. and beauty tips each day until Christmas eve!

WISH YOU WERE HERE…in sunny Florida. Our beauty candy shoppe is filled with so many treasures to treat yourself or someone else!!!

If you live in the city … We are open this Saturday 11:00am-3:00pm and extra special hours on this Sunday from Noon to 4:00 for your shopping pleasure!

Sugar and Spice and everything beautiful and NICE. Sip champagne punch while you shop. Enjoy a slice of yummy cake especially made by Glamour Gourmet of Jacksonville Florida.Lick candy canes in jelly belly flavors while you shop. Savour chocolate on your tongue. Have fun! Take a photo with our photo booth props! Shopping is so fun here!

Shopping Guests will be entered in a drawing for 3 FABULOUS Holiday gift bags!

Today’s beauty gift idea is if you’re a nail lacquer lover…Treat Yourself or someone else to a customized NAIL polish named after them.

Boxed and ready to give. I love this site!!! http://www.prettypleasenailpolish.comPretty Please - 3

George Clooney not included!

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I’m serious about and appreciate and good cup of coffee.

And my passion for desert flavors is real too. So I simply had to bring to your attention the new limited edition flavors of Nespresso.

Think Banana bread,Pumpkin Spice Cake and Gingerbread…all yum on the tongue.These are the new coffee capsules the company added to the already finest bean coffee’s they make. My lips just can’t resist.

I am in love with this top of the line brand.The Vertuoline Evolou machine brews the best cup of coffee I ever had. Really! And the unique centrifusion technology makes it buzz with delight. This one cup delight brews a mean aromatic cup of coffee in approx 20 something seconds.It is EASY to use…and comes out FAST,FRESH and FABULOUS!

And the cherry on top is the cafe like quality on top which is called crema…a generous frothy layer of love. I don’t use sugar because I am sweet enough and quite frankly I like the taste of it without it. The coffee machine also makes a delightful cup of espresso. Just like I have enjoyed in  Italia.

So you know what to do…if you are looking for the perfect gift for HIM,for her or for yourself.This is so worth it.

You gotta trust me on this. And of course actors George Clooney and Danny Di Vito will say that too.We foodies have to stick together.

Try it …you’ll LOVE it.

A yummy unexpected treat for Thanksgiving!

GOT LEFTOVER ACORN or mini pumpkin CANDY? Try this yummy recipe mix!

1 cup of candy

1 cup of salted peanuts

SHAKE in a plastic zip lock bag. Add a pinch of sea salt to taste. Serve with a beverage or alone.Your guests will love it. Especially if they love this candy.A great way to use up leftover candy.ENJOY!

I have been making this sweet and salty treat for years…you can too.

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I love Naples!

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I recently had the pleasure of visiting a magical beautiful place…Naples.

I have been in Naples Italy  before but this time it was Naples in sunny Florida!

The beauty of shopping,drinking and browsing on 5th Avenue South!

  • Bob Baker Shoes is the most unique SHOE and accessory store I have ever seen!
  • Wind and Willow fabulous fashions and fun gifts
  • Skyline Chili for casual dining on the cheap
  • Best of Everything unique gifts,baubles,bangles and beads
  • T Michaels for fine dining!
  • Naples Grande Beach Resort THE BEST place to stay~

If you ever are out that way…it is so clean and beautiful and the gulf is at your feet.