Relaxing Gifts…

IMG_0188.JPGSometimes giving a gift means giving one to yourself!

I think self-care is so important especially this crazy but beautiful time of year. I love to support the makers. You know sweet and small companies who make things with their hands. Like me. I love to whip up many beautiful things.

Rosie’s Handmade Jax makes an Aromatherapy Hot Pack that may be used hot or cold for when you need to relax and chill out and say “Goodbye to the bad days.”

Natural pain relief made by a MOMMY  (FYI Rosie is her little daughter) in Jacksonville Florida!  Made with 100% premium cotton and well made at that!

Lovely lavender takes the cares and stress away.

Do you or anyone on your list get migraine headaches or simply exhausted from working at the computer all day? Rosie’s HandmadeJax has a pack for your eyes too.

Find them on Instagram and Facebook at:

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I’ve so loved these two handmade relaxing & calming beauties the past few weeks and simply had to share! You just might fall in love with them too! Or to give as a gift this holiday season.

You don’t have to spend a fortune on gifts! It truly is the thought you put into  that gift counts.

Come back to my blog for more gifts to make the people in your life smile!

 

 

 

 

 

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A peek inside the city I live in …

And an interview on TV with me! I hope you enjoy!

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My new guilty pleasure!

I recently discovered a delicious and unique delight and today I featured it on TV.

Have you ever heard of Cocktail Caviar?

Tantalize your taste buds with this new tongue tingling sensation. Yummy BOOZED UP pearls filled with vodka and soaking in a delightful bath of liquor lover. Choose from: Lychee,Strawberry,Raspberry,Blueberry & Wildflower as well as a new baby about to be launched… Autumn Apple. Who needs pumpkin spice coffee when you can enjoy this applelicious delight in your cocktail?

All lovers of NATURAL and Organic and Vegan foods …you will love it too!

Cocktail Caviar is placed in a glass of champagne,sparkling rose,punch,non- alcoholic beverages too for a kick!

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I have enjoyed it at room temperature and frozen. The mini pearls (encapsulated in kelp) don’t freeze but the taste is so cool and refreshing to the tongue!

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They can also be served over a cheesecake,on top of jello shots,on ice cream and more. Let your imagination soar!

There are some awesome recipes available on their website!

http://www.cocktailcaviar.com

Never have a boring PLAIN old glass of champagne again! 

Let your spirits pop!

Oh and always POP responsibly!

Tired looking or Puffed up EYES!

Tired puffy eyes got you down?

Show host and reporter Vic Mic from WJXT 4 ‘s The Morning Show wanted to know what he could do so I thought the TV viewers and YOU would want to know too. Sometimes it may be what you eat. Sometimes it is all about that time of year like seasonal allergies.Sometimes it is lack of sleep. Sometimes it is all that partying  you are doing!

“Concealer is good start but only covers up and masks the issues”IMG_1569 blog WJXT 4.jpg

Here are a few of my other professional recommendations for the ladies or men.

1.Eye treatment  masks give instant gratification! These are a hot trend and work wonders! Today I shared To Go Spa’s cooling coconut eyes gel eye masks.

2. Try an Eye Gel as it is lighter than a cream and it is a less heavy feel and application. Choose a formula that brightens and hydrates the tissue in the eye area.

3. A natural approach could be a slice of a potato or good old cool cucumber. It does help temporarily in the appearance of a puffy eyes.Chill,lay down and place either of them on your eyes. It isn’t only all about what you use topically on the face!

4. COLD spoons pressed across your eyelid can cool and tone down the puffiness but you don’t want to carry a frozen  or cold spoon with you all day…Do you?

You need beauty from the inside out  with a dietary beauty supplement like NeoCell’s Glow Matrix.

Clinically tested rapid action ceramides keep the moisture in and the glow matrix blend help improve skin moisture and elasticity reduced signs of aging.It keeps the skin supple looking,plump (that’s a good thing) and hydrated!

For more info:http://www.neocell.com

I am so pleased with my results and how my skin is looking from this product.This brand makes many rock stars for your skin but this is the latest and greatest.

Hope this guide from today’s TV show helps! f you’d like to see the footage on TV  visit http://www.news4jax.com

I love hearing from you and want to help with your beauty issues too.

PS

As many times as I have been on this show this is a special and new greeting that I discovered in the lobby at the TV station. Pretty cool isn’t it?

Here Comes the Bride!

TODAY on my beauty and lifestyle segment on TV on River City Live I’ll share a few pre-wedding beauty and gift idea tips.

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If you are lucky enough to live in Jacksonville OR GETTING MARRIED in the city or not you’ll love these tips TOO. If you want to sparkle like Meghan Markle here are a few beauty secrets,ideas and recommendations for you.

 

  • Prep your skin…Get a facial and prep at least three months leading to your wedding if possible. Cleaner pores,hydrated skin and kiss tired dead skin cells Goodbye!
  • The skin on your BODY needs some some attention too. Exfoliating treatments work wonders and make detox your body and skin.
  • Get those lips ready for KISSING. Do lip scrubs once a week for a three weeks and the day before the wedding.
  • The groom needs to groom up too (skin,brows,beard oil,brows shaped and use a lip conditioner too.
  • Wanna gorgeous celebrity like glow to your face and skin? Try this! a a sexy angel glow in a powder brush.http://www.noreenyoung.com All you do is brush on this beauty.Another one comes in a tube.Gleam by Melanie Mills of Hollywood. A model and celebrity fav’…www.melaniemillshollywood.com
  • Experiment with a new signature scent for your special day with the latest trend Hair Mist  NO.1 by entrpeneur and designer Sandra Alford. Treat yourself to this clean,romantic and sensual scent. (That’s my best description) She also has other scentsational gift ideas to give the mother of the bride,groom or bridesmaids. http://www.sandraalford.com
  • Personalized Wine bottle  by www.windsorvineyards.com for your bridal party or your guests. This is also a fun idea for Anniversary’s,Birthdays and Graduation celebrations.

ATTENTION: Windsor Vineywards is offering a special for my TV and blog followers and visitors. 20% off any WINE order for your wedding or next special event!

Promo Code: rivercitylive 

The best part this offer lasts until December 31st 2018! YAY! What do ya say..order your customized wine TODAY!

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  • If you’re getting married in Jacksonville FLorida here are a few stylist to consult. John Brent for Chocolate Blonde Salon or if you prefer a female stylist Hair By Terri Moore at Salon at St. John. If you are getting married in St. Augustine you’ve gotta call Angela Byrd of Spoiled Beauties.
  • Looking for a photographer in Jacksonville and the area for this special time OR ANYTIME. Meet with a professional photographer and share your vision of the wedding photos OR a photo of you before you get married.Capture the times in your life with photos! Anetta Wilkerson of www.artnillusion.com by the way, my blog photos are done by her.What’s even more amazing is she is a triple threata photographer,a hair stylist and does makeup too.
  • Looking for a cake or glittering fresh chocolate dipped strawberries you must call Glamour Gourmet. These are some gorgeous looking delights.
  • Looking for a venue for your next event,shower or wedding?  The Treasury on the Plaza in St. Augustine,Florida. They put on a hell of a party and event. The team there lives for your wedding or next fun affair. http://www.thetreasuryontheplaza.com

 

  • ALL of the above recommendations are my personal recommendation. I have  worked with all of these professionals. I think you’ll find them fit for a royal…YOU!

 

Not very pretty!

 

Did I ever mention that I can’t swim?

And Hurricane Irma is headed right at me and others in Florida! No, WE are not evacuating my southern husband wants to stay and ride it out.I pray we make it! I’ll try and keep you posted and write. BUT if we lose power I obviously cannot.

IRMA is not very pretty! She has one giant eye,holes on her face and wrinkles!

And she doesn’t even wear lipstick! Can you believe it?umbrella-hurricane-blog-10-2017The calm before the BITCH !!!

Please please please pray for me and Florida and anyone in this storms path.

xoxo

 

Little Beauty Gems in Jacksonville Florida…

I recently discovered some new products and places in JAX and some iconic ones too! If you love or are visiting Florida and near here.

Come explore and shop your flip flops off! 

Featured on TV on NBC12 today.

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5 Points Candle Company is a new find from the iconic gift shop called Gottahaveit in the Avondale section of Jacksonville. They make some fabulous candles with the most amazing scents. All soy wax and hand poured and made with premium essential oils. 75 plus hours of burn time. If you don’t live here you can shop them at: http://www.5pointscandleco.com

#5 one of their most popular candle scents.

Element Earth Works has some unique aromatic soaps and more.This one is a Lemongrass charcoal soap in a coconut oil base. Great for deep cleansing for face and body. Vegan too. http://www.elementearthworks.com

Body and Soul has a collection of various stone necklaces,natural toothpastes and even soaps for manes best friend your doggie. Today I am featuring their gemstone necklaces. This Opalite stone is said to help with:anxiety,fear and uncertainty.Available in Murray Hill section of Jacksonville.http://www.bodyandsoulsoap.com

Noreen Young Cosmetics specializes in all things for the lips.We even have a lip creation called First Coast Fabulous named for the First Coast of Florida. My passion is donating time to help girls with Downs Syndrome look their best and I love supporting organizations like the Special Olympics.I have a sweet beauty retreat in a private beauty cottage by appointment on the south side of Jacksonville. http://www.noreenyoung.com

“Life is short wear lipstick!”ny_label-2

 

Jones and Rose has a collection of luxurious body and face care. Unisex too. Sexy Body Butter in pink petals is a favorite.http://www.jonesandrose.com

If you are crazy about the city and want to flaunt it..get your sticker or TEE-shirt with ...JAX IS RAD on it. Wear it proudly! http://www.jaxisrad.com

JAX IS RAD

Explore even more of the beauty in our city…Check out MY BLOG again for more fun spots in town. #shoplocal  #jaxisrad #getyourkisson #firstcoastfabulous

 

Barbie Beauty

Cruising the shelves of a Dollar store I was looking for more than I went  there for.You know you NEVER know what you are going to find when you take time and explore. Since I am in love with ALL things color and pink is at the top of that colorful l SAW a spray bottle down the beauty and health aisle.

Since my hair tangles so…I had to pick this bottle up and TAKE IT HOME for a test drive.Barbie

At first I thought it was strange to try this cotton candy scented  de-tangling spray but those thoughts soon went away. I am writing this post to tell you I LOVE it. I know I am not a kid but this woman is here to say IT WORKS!

Now, no the ingredients are not like my grown up expensive spray…but for $1.00 its a win win for me! Did you ever have your bottle of liquids when you travel and somehow magically open and half of it pour out and disappear?

Little girls LOVE Barbie and I do too!

Not Your Mama’s Eyewear

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I’m ALWAYS losing or breaking my glasses. I came across this chic line of quality eye wear AKA reading glasses and want to share. Inspired by the runways of Gucci,Valentino, Oscar de la renta and Dolce and Gabbana the styles are chic and on point.The brand touts they are not your mama’s reading glasses but they should be.

Meet Flutter Eyewear

The fun factor part about selecting and buying them is the paper doll template you cut out and get to try on your face  to test drive the style you are interested in. They also have a section where you select a style based on your face shape.

I love the reader style Clarice Little Black Dress with a red lipstick!

And don’t ya just love the darling names?

Oh and they even make sunnies! My fave is the style named Ayla sun Cognac Kyoto.

Now, I CAN take a walk on the beach looking for seashells or read a magazine and SEE yet protect my eyes and say no to wrinkles around my eyes from squinting too.

Oh and I almost forgot to tell you they come packaged in a gorgeous red box with a  carrying case and note card.

Check them out…oh and it just may be a great gift for MOM or Glamma this year.

http://www.fluttereyewear.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jet setting for Beauty & Food

I am ready to share my recent finds in WONDERFUL Chicago. Guest speaking at the International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa show is always an honor and my pleasure. But playing in a city I travel to is always a JOY. I love to discover new hot spots and to visit my fave places I continue to go back to.STAN'S

Welcome to Donut Heaven! Stan’s Donuts is an awesome donut place I fell in love with. While I love Do-Rite donuts and will never stop. Stan’s Donuts and staff  was the best! For almost 50 years Stan has crafted some of the world’s best donuts and started in Los Angeles. So many choices so little time!!! And they are ginormous!Don’t let the name fool you they have bagels and so many other yummies too.Including a Dirty Chai Tea! I love the name. Don’t you?

Next I had to stop at Ming Hin in Chinatown for DIM SUM …I ordered an array of fabulous delights from dumplings, to shrimp to Chow Fun. I did not order the tough bird staring at me on the menu. Although it was tempting to TRY.

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I always go back to Merz Apothecary for old time pharmacy and beauty finds and for a drink at the Palmer House.So tres chic.

I adore shopping the Magnificent Mile with all the amazing stores but  I love to go downtown on State Street that great street with mom and pop shops and eateries. I love a store called Agaci for fashionable finds.Nordstrom Racks there too.

The beauty show was filled with energy and mystical crystals. I got a Chakra reading by the master Linda Bertaut. She said I am SUPER-CHARGED with lots of energy!!! But warned me to watch out for burn out.I guess it is all about moderation isn’t it? Visit: http://www.chakralicious.com for more info.

Korean beauty is still trending and there is beauty from the sea with Repechage skin care.

I discovered some more fun beauty things. Stay tuned for my posts.

Oh and its almost time for MY Spring Beauty Giveaway! Come back and see how you might win and score.