Today on River City Live TV I am sharing some of my favorite ideas to give as a Valentine’s Day gift. The show airs in Florida on WJXT4 .
Here’s one idea that does NOT cost much except your words, time, paper and seasonal embellishments. It is a beautiful way to tell anyone in your life you love or care for them. To your sweetie,your daughter, your son, your mom or even yourself!
What better way to say “I love you” than writing a love ❤️ letter!
It doesn’t have to be long. It can be short and sweet. You can mail it, leave it on a mirror in the house or under or on a pillow for your lover to discover when it’s time to go to bed.
Embellish with your “ sealed with kiss created with your actual lip print, a kiss 💋 rubber stamp, home-made label you make on your computer or decorative ribbons with lips or LOVE on it.
Whatever you want to do! Surely they will love the gesture too. Better than a greeting card or along with a card.
Add a Hershey’s Kiss chocolate or a flower 🌺 they will love even better!
So I hope you’ll consider this old school but beautiful gift. Handwritten and homemade and straight from your heart!
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 kindcustom 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!
Did you know? This month is Black Business month. Give the girl some love! The perfect gift! 🎁 For yourself or someone else.
Today on River City Live TV in sunny Florida I am sharing a few answers to viewers skincare and lifestyle questions.
You can watch a video clip and read MORE on http://www.News4Jax.com after they post it on their site after the show. Click River City Live.
But here are some highlights from my beauty report:
Guys especially bearded ones are looking for a rescue for razor bumps on the face and neck. I found a great new product to help with that. It is washable and reusable.
They are called the Dermasuri’s Face & Neck Exfoliator for Bearded Men. This mitt helps prevent ingrown hairs and razor bumps.
Both of these mitts are made with a unique and gentle fabric texture to wash and exfoliate the face. All you need is hot water and this and you’re on your way to better looking skin!
The other is their Deep Exfoliating Mitt Face Scrub. You may use daily or a few times a week.
Got acne? I’d go for a washcloth and a gentle face cleanser.
Do I really need a sunscreen? I work indoors and do not spend a lot of time outdoors. Just running errands or taking a quick walk in the neighborhood gives you sun. The sun is always on! Rain or shine.
Yes, everyone needs a sunscreen to shield themselves from the harmful sun 🌞 rays!
Heading into the long Memorial Weekend is a great to time to unwind…I want to share a few fun ideas and ways to celebrate the month of May.
May is Asian American Pacific Islander month.
There are many beauty brands that you can explore when you surf and shop online over the weekend.
It is also Skin Cancer Awareness month. A great time to visit the beach or for outdoor activities. Make sure you wear sunglasses outdoors and slather on sunscreen and protect your families skin too. The new spray sunscreens like AAPI founder of the Banish brand Daisy Jing created a product called The Defender a mineral sunscreen with broad spectrum SPF50 an easy choice to use.
This long weekend is also a great time to curl up to a good book on the beach and or in bed and learn something new. New York Times best-selling author Kimberly Snyder has just launched a book You Are More Than You Think You Are -filled with Practical Enlightenment for Everyday Life.
Chef and TV co-host of The Good Dish TV show Daphne OZ has a new cookbook called Eat Your Heart Out. I am in love ❤️ with this cook book.
She calls it a “reset yourself” kind of book I call it delicious and FUN! Healthier meal recipes for the whole family. Yummy snacks and delights too.
Cook up a storm this weekend and enjoy a delicious weekend and add a new cookbook to your kitchen library. Easy read and easy healthier recipes too.
*While these authors are not Asian they do have unique books to buy and enjoy over the weekend, summer and beyond.
Give yourself, your sweetie or bestie a “Self-care” at home treat or two:
The Qi a wellness brand rooted in a time-honored Eastern ritual. AAPI founder Lisa created an aromatic wonderful brand of TEA that is a flower tea. NO tea bag. No tea leaves.
Who knew sipping whole flowers 🌸 was possible and so pleasurable?
My favorites so far are Shangri-La Rose and Chrysanthemum.
Vegan,sustainably sourced,no preservatives.hand-picked,organically grown they work directly with small family farms across Asia.
Sipping tea will never be the same for you!
ESW Beauty founded by Elina Wang just launched new and UNIQUE raw juice cleanse face masks.
Kale, spinach, pineapple, kiwi, ginger,pear, watermelon and more. They have a variety of delights for your skin.
DeepDetoxthose Pores, Brightening,Moisturizing, Soothing and more.
Beia Beauty has new wipes to keep you fresh all summer long founded by Brittany Lo. Great for travel.
Have a fun and relaxing long holiday weekend this Memorial 🇺🇸 Day!
Check out Tik Tok my Tik Tok for more about these amazing founders and female authors.
There is a chill in the air and that means Thanksgiving and the other holidays are near. I know you’ve heard or read it all in the news. The supply chain, shortages and more. Don’t stress I’ve got you!
I’ve discovered some unique and pretty ideas to give from hair to toe! Not just for the ladies.
CHI haircare has some new product collections for curly hair,dehydrated hair and a NEW brush that is a 3 in 1. It is a brush that smooths your hair, is a blow dryer and a styler brush for silkier looking shiny hair. I already own the Spin & Curl styler, a hot pink blow dryer by CHI
But this brush is next level fabulous!
So lightweight and easy to use! I think it is an awesome give to give to YOURSELF or someone else.
This week on TV 📺 in my beauty & lifestyle segment I will feature this brush for my holiday gift ideas and stocking stuffers.
Stay tuned for more gift ideas that I featured on TV and have discovered I will share some cool gift ideas. Some of us may also need gifts after Chanukah or Christmas in case you forgot someone on your list. Also don’t forget those hostess gifts.
Self-care is so important now more than ever! Taking care of the hair between haircuts. Conditioning it and using the right tools is what it us all about. Make that haircut and fresh color last longer.
You don’t have to pay a fortune 💵 to look your best! OR to give as a gift.
Today on TV I am sharing some skin care secrets on ways to prep your face and body for a gorgeous tan or safe faux tan.
You can catch the video link later this morning once it is up on http://www.news4jax.com on the one and only Channel 4 in sunny Jacksonville Florida. The Morning Show.
1.Prep your skin with an exfoliant product for a flawless smoother tan.They work wonders and kiss your dull tired skin “Goodbye!” I am crazy about Cure Natural Aqua gel, Fake Bakes Exfoliating Wipes and I also love and old school Creamy Honey and Almond scrub. You decide what works for you. They all work well.
2.Hydrate the skin with a moisturizer.
3.Check out the latest trends in self tanning.
Tanning Drops (Yes, it’s a thing!) by Farmhouse Fresh goods called Bronze Fox.
Tan Towel a towelette that you wiper on the tan.
Flawless Self Tan liquid by Fake Bake. Fake Bake even has a body mate microfiber band with handles to apply your self-tanner evenly and with ease. ALL streak free …no bad scent. They even make a self-tanner for the face. Guys you’ll love to use these too.
4.Powder Bronzer like Fake Bake is a multi-purpose beauty product. I like to use it as an all over face color to fake a tan,as a blush or as an eye shadow or eyeliner when used with a brush. Dip your clean lip brush in it and you can even make a lipstick in a pinch by adding a clear lip balm over it on your lips.
With all the comments all over social media and hearing conversations all around me from Sunday’s Super Bowl 2020… for what it’s worth I decided I have to weigh in!
While I am not into sports. I am into my job and career and So I tuned in and watched the Halftime Show with singers 🎶 Shakira and Jennifer Lopez.
The two things I heard most were all about the clothing the two halftime stars ⭐️ wore and performed in and how it wasn’t child 👶 🧒 friendly. In fact that their style of dress was vulgar and disappointing. I know little ones and teens don’t need to really see all that shaking and sexy barely there clothing. I get it. But most adults watch and go to the game.
The one thing I’d like to remind everyone offended is… it was a PERFORMANCE and they were asked to perform, entertain and give the crowd (who paid so much $ money 💵 for a ticket for the game) their monies worth!!!
I am far from conservative but I do know entertainers need to entertain and dress that way! Ala Viva Las Vegas and anywhere else performers perform!
I thought all their efforts and hard work paid off! It’s not easy to dance, sing, jump, and fly across a stage on their knees and SING in front of hundreds of people!!!
The second set of comments was about women and how we are NOT done when we turn 40+ and that we STILL have so much in us and that we can be sexy!
Some women seemed to PRAISE and some displayed envy (I think) by both singers appearance from head to toe to BOOTY!!!
I don’t know if you caught it on the news but the reason JLo started her part of the show high on a pole was because she felt women need to be high up! Support your girl tribe and show ALL girls can raise up, rise up and reach for the stars.
While I did not like the part of the show where a male singer tapped her butt cheek with his 🖐hand… THAT was most unexpected and unacceptable to me.
Also the little girls and her daughter in the show did not need to see that in your face dancing 💃 on a stage, with sexy pelvic gestures and it didn’t have to be so long. I like when a singer sings and performs not just shakes her booty for most of the show. How about you?
Do you know what I mean?
At the end of the day… JLo’s lifestyle of not drinking, eating well, regular exercise routine , and lots of makeup and faux lashes and beauty maintenance like $500.00 facials… all are working for her! She is beautiful!
And having JLo’s loyal and talented GLAM 💫Team doesn’t hurt either!
We can learn a lot from Shakira if she shared with us how she stays in shape etc. I (like Wendy Williams said on her show) loved her makeup. It was simple and her skin was lovely too. Those hips and thighs don’t lie. She’s eating well and obviously exercises lots too. I’d say both ladies are aging beautifully. And they are not letting age stop them from being the best self despite not being 20.
Age IS just a number. Stop counting the years and put down that cupcake!
Having traveled to Asia a few months ago I so enjoyed awesome beauty, skincare,fireworks,customs,food,drink and fun. Counting down to when I go back for more adventures. I hope you enjoy today’s show. If you have ANY beauty and skin care questions simply ask me!
Open your mind and embrace new ideas and mindful rituals. Create a space in your home (your own little sanctuary) and keep a little something on your work desk that will assist with mindful wellness.
You can even take a little something like a crystal with you in your travels ✈️ too!
Healing Harmonies…I love the music 🎶 from David Young. My fave is “Bliss” and George Skaroulis CD 💿 named Sanctuary. Take time to listen to calming music and just breathe. Use music to relax or to mediate or do yoga with.
Crystals are mined from the earth and they can offer some intentional light or meaning in our life too.
Each stone does a different thing and has meaning and a mood. Here are some you need to know about.
Pink Rose quartz is a LOVE 💕 stone.
Agate is a stone for good health.
Green Jade is for luck and prosperity.
Clear crystals are for clarity of the mind.
Amethyst’s are the Happiness stone.
Crystals can be very empowering.
Add some incense, burning sage and Palo Santo which is also known as a “Holy Stick” to your life.
Palo Santo has a sweet scent of pine, lemon and mint. You may also use sage as well. It is also used for a deep meditative state. You light it and let it burn. You may use it and move with it from room to room. When done. Blow it out. Wet the ember tip a bit and place in a 🔥 fire proof dish. Be cautious when using sage or Palo Santo and incense.
Palo Santo is harvested from natural fallen trees.
Smudging is the ritual of cleansing a physical space, an object or a person.
Great for the spiritual, detoxifying properties, cleansing and clearing the air of a physical space of negative energy.
Will not upset pets or people with allergies. Also they say it is great to kill bacteria after a illness or the flu.
Wellness is not just about what you eat. It is also about what you feed your mind. Check out some new things online and there are plenty of books 📚 you can explore on these modalities too.
Start fresh in this new year and take time to smell the incense and just be.