A getaway to work and play in Marvelous MAINE!

First Stop …Press Hotel in Portland Maine…LOVED my room.Press Hotel washclothFinally I get a chance to take my notes from my recent trip to Maine.I hope you enjoy!MAINE photo

I arrived in sunshine got picked up by a Mercedes van by my hotel. The hotel is called the Press Hotel and used to be home of the local newspaper.The staff was wonderful from the moment my 5 feet 1 self  hopped in that van. The rooms are pretty amazing,clean and have what I love and look for a mini refrigerator! The bar and meeting rooms are luxe and petite. Cozy and charming kinda place. The room had a frig,a Keurig coffee unit and some delicious Bar Harbor Tea Company bags.

The staff  down to house keeping were a delight to be around and always helpful to my needs. The Press Hotel is located in downtown Portland where a lot of eateries,bars and quaint shops and the waterfront is.

One of my other fav’ bath and body delights was the amenity tray filled with CO Bigelow products and adding to that impressive array was a BLACK wash cloth that had MAKEUP engraved lettering on it.This was the best part as white wash cloths are a big expense for hotels and destroyed by hotel guests daily from makeup or other unexpected messes.Using a black one to remove mascara and makeup keeps the hotels laundry bill down a notch and you can remove your makeup without looking at a big makeup colored mess on a white wash cloth.  I have been using black washcloths at home and in my beauty business for ears. Finally I found a hotel who uses them too.

TOP of my Maine list is to let you know the people of Maine are so friendly! And it is a very clean state.

Here are highlights from my trip!

My stay at the Press Hotel

Holy Donut (OMgosh) these potato flour donuts were absolutely wonderful and so unique and light.And did I mention ginormous?

Gilberts Chowder House makes the BEST Chowder I HAVE EVER TASTED!

There was lots of window shopping! And of course I had to buy some local treasures.But not ones you think. I used to buy souvenirs with the state or cities name on them. No more. I now buy things that are really local and indigenous of the area. Not mugs or ash trays with the states name on it but something more meaningful.

This trip I purchased a small bottle on a silver wire hanger for my bathroom window. I love to take herb clippings from my larger plants and place them in water and root them. Herbs like mint,rosemary and then after they root I can place in soil and start a new plant for my home. I also like to take those clippings and snip and use in my bath or a D.I.Y. facial treatment.Downtown Portland has some cozy lovely shops!

Fun Fact:

The Whoopie pies mesmerize and were ginormous.

They serve a bread call Brown Bread and it is made with molasses. But you don’t buy it at the bakery you buy it down the canned food aisle next to the pork and beans. So delicious!

Bar Harbor a few hours away is filled with so many sweet shops. My fav’ is the Bar Harbor Tea Company of Maine. The tea shop is a must for tea enthusiasts like me.

I love coffee but I also LOVE a great pot of tea!

Blueberry jam,syrup,tea,soap is BIG there. They have many blueberry and other farm fields.

LOBSTER,lobster and more lobster! My cheeks are all scratched up for the lobster tails and claws.(only kidding)

As for fashion…you don’t need to get all dolled up (Except I have to for work).  This is fishermen and women territory. I wore blue jeans and light sweaters or jackets. So unlike me. BUT it felt so freeing

I still have more to see and explore! It is a must go back.

If you’ve never been to Maine you’ll go insane…it is a lovely sweet place to escape.

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BEER

SWEET BABY JESUS BEER.JPGYou by now know I love to cook,eat  and makeup. So, in my shopping I came across this awesome beer.

SWEET BABY JESUS beer that is. It tastes like beer with a touch of chocolate and a dash of peanut butter. This frothy delight seems so right.If you are looking for a conversation starter at a party…these two beers may just be it! The six pack of Sweet Baby Jesus beer may just be the perfect gift for the beer lover!

 

I just love the name of this drink…Don’t you???

The Dirty Snowman

1-3 oz. Xingu black beer

1 1/4oz of Cognac

1/2 oz of simple syrup

tsp cocoa nibs and crushed hazelnuts

Coconut milk

 

Use simple syrup to rim a pilsner glass with crushed hazelnuts and cocoa nibs.

In a pint glass,muddle teaspoon of cocoa nibs and the simple syrup. Add the Cognac and shake with ice. Strain into the pilsner glass,add ice and top with beer. Float a splash of coconut milk on top.

YUM!

I discovered this recipe from my ABC wine& spirits catalog.Simply had to share.

If you like beer you’ll love this. It had me by the name of the drink and coconut milk!

Bubbly Beer Face Brew!

e-street

I was inspired by all the exotic beers surrounding me at European Street Cafe in sunny Jacksonville Florida. My fav’ charming hunk bartender Billy who rules E Street as we affectionately call it and he let’s me sample some amazing brews.If you are ever in sunny  Florida this place is a must see. The beer and food is amazing and the bartender is priceless! Oh and did I mention they have the most amazing hot pretzels?

So, I bought some beer home and here’s what I came up with for a frothy fun facial for my skin.You can enjoy it with your guy too!

Here is what you will need:

1/2 can of beer (any kind)

1 egg white (I prefer to buy my eggs fresh from the farm/farmers market)

1 fresh lime squeeze a dash in minus the seeds

Whip the above up with a hand mixer as it makes a luscious fluffier lightweight mask.But you can use a fork instead.

The egg whites are filled with nutrients and they tighten the skin

The lime contains a dose of vitamin C which helps to tone down brown spots on the face and body.

Drink the rest of the can of beer and relax while the mask dries.

A little bit of beer and prettier skin too!

Stay tuned to my next recipe.

Alert: don’t do this and go out in the sun as your skin will be more sensitive in the sun. It is the vitamin C from the limes or lemons or oranges that do this.

 

 

 

Sundance!

Sundance Mountain resort is a charming hidden gem in the mountains and valleys of beautiful UTAH.

On a sunshiny day I went to work and play to UTAH.Sundance was on my TO DO List. ALL I have to say is Robert Redford loves US! Sundance

And so does God. I have been to Utah in cold winter months in freezing weather and tons of snow. This time was different. It was sunny no humidity and the people are amazing. I ate my way around the towns,shopped local farmers markets and enjoyed a few days letting the sun dance on my face!  I wanted to go for a quick night of glamping. You know a glamour girl does some light camping but my husband laughed at me. HE knows me so well.

The most amazing peaceful place was in Sundance resort and mountains. There are quite a few places to drink and dine. I had my first as they called polygamy beer…it was from a local brewery and it was delicious and refreshing. The food at the Owl Bar was awesome and so were the other places. The staff all over the resort were friendly and helpful.

No, I did not see Robert Redford in person BUT I did see pictures of him all over the grounds from movies he had been in.

If you have never been…make a visit to Sundance Mountain Resort a must see.

Another reason to LOVE Chicago!

photo pierogi I LOVE anything beauty but am also an avid foodie. On a business and pleasure trip to Chicago this week I had to stop at this awesome hot spot where the locals eat and live just a cab ride from downtown and the wonderful shopping on State Street that great street. Flo and Santos is the name of the restaurant and bar where two lovers who became husband and wife turned their nationalities (Polish and Italian) and food passion into a place to have a cold pitcher of Polish beer,Vodka Shots Journey and devour pizza with sauerkraut,bacon and kielbasa OR have it the Italian way just plain yummy cheese. Or make it a dessert pizza or Polish donut bathed with caramel and chocolate sauce and made with love. No matter how you slice it… Pizza and pierogi those darling plump bites of various yummy fillings. You’ll love Flo & Santos. Down to earth pricing,fabulous and unique food and a cozy  twist do the polka all in one place. This place rocked my hips and my lips. You must try this place when visiting or lucky enough to live in Chicago. You don’t have to be half Polish like me to enjoy it~

Gift ideas YOU GOTTA see!

photo.JPG The CHATI came across some amazing brands and stores both online and in town.I am going to feature them on TV today on my Beauty & Lifestyle segment.I cannot wait to share these fabulous things with the viewers on First Coast NewsThe Chat daytime TV talk show.

Here are some really unique gifts,hostess gifts and stocking stuffers to give.

Gifts they will LOVE!

Here are some ideas for him.

Bye Bye socks and a tie!
Fill the stocking with any of his favorite things from food to grooming to a cold beer!

Get Creative!

Buff Him face exfoliant for his skin to look his best! A natural delight for tired skin or clogged pores.

There is even one for her.It’s Buff Her.

Make it a spa night and do it together with a healthy glass of red wine or your fave drink.
http://www.buffher.com

Intuition Beer Soap

A lush soap made in an array of local micro brewery Intuition’s biggest sellers.My husband loves this!

Also available in Bold City Brewery beer blends.

Created by:
http://www.greenlotusstudios.com

Stocking Stuffers or last minute gifts for HER!

Organic Spa Magazine
They are offering a $10.00 SPECIAL subscription for only $10.00 a year! I am in love with this fab magazine.

http://www.organicspamagazine.com

Addicted to mascara? Now you can wear your mascara and bat lashes on your car too!
Car lashes
http://www.carlashes.com

Buzz Butter -see their Etsy store.
http://www.bewitchedcrafts.com

Girls Gone Green lip balm beauty for a good cause! Check them out on Facebook.

Cherry Blooms liquid liner or lash extension mascara

http://www.cherryblooms.com

Looking for anything Jaguar Jacksonville and beyond?

Check out: Gottahaveit in Jacksonville Florida has the fun cozy gloves with a mustache on them and other stache Jag products that I featured today…

YUMMY Gifts or stocking stuffer treats…worth waiting for!
Who doesn’t LOVE sweets and treats???
I want candy!

Beauty Candy…a hot pink yummy color LIPSTICK!

Boomf box of MAGICAL Vanilla Mallows

Kate Middleton AKA Duchess of Cambridge’s brother James has a yummy company with a friend.
http://www.Boomf.com

My awesome customized order of Boomf marshmallows! So beautiful. So fun! Stay tuned to next blog.

I’ll share all the details of my experience, ordering and my ideas on doing so.Yummy straight from England!

If you’d like to see these and more!!! Join in on the fun and watch ME on The Chat video footage at:

http://www.firstcoastnews.com click on the LEFT on the words THE CHAT.

Look for my name and today’s date 12-17-2014 on the site and watch. Enjoy!

Day 7 to more beautiful skin!

Drink up! Proper and daily hydration is a must for healthy skin and more. Stay hydrated and drink water daily. Women and men need to be aware winter not just a heat wave is an important time of year to keep fluids flowing. No beer doesn’t count. Water is the fountain of youth and nature’s best kept secret.

DON’T LIKE WATER? Really? I love it and live for it. Make your own Spa Water like they serve at chic and infamous spas all over the world. My fav’ is water infused over night with slices of lemons,orange and a mini bundle of mint muddled. Strain and pour yourself a glass of this cool, refreshing and delightful water.

Ho! Ho! Ho!…gift ideas

Pure Vegan Shoes

Pure Vegan Shoes

Today I am on TV… I am featuring Holiday Gift Ideas with a local twist. If you live in sunny Jacksonville Florida and Georgia you can catch my segment.If you do not you can watch on http://www.news4jax.com click on The Morning Show and you’ll find me.

Not sure what to give that special someone?

Here are some gift ideas to help check off a few more people on your list.
Uncanny Biscotti http://www.uncannybiscotti.com

Has over 30 flavors of delicious biscotti.They are Italian Americans who opened up a touch of Italy to Jacksonville Fl. They also have a pizza kitchen and catering business.They ship Biscotti’s made with love to your door or someone on your gift list door. YUMMY… I love them.

My Sisters Treasures http://www.mysisterstreasures.com

How do I love them let me count the ways. Yummy colored accessories with a Hello Kitty and more twist. BLINGED out beauties you gotta have. A sweet duo of sisters make these gems by hand one stone at a time. I love to wear them so much and love these young ladies too…I simply had to share them with you. We are also carrying them in my private makeup studio and will be available online with us too.

Tru Roots Body and hair ware http://www.truroots1.net

Tonya the designer not only is a hot hair stylist she designs and hand makes beautiful and unique handbags, small wallet type purses and totes.
She is offering viewers a discount if you purchase two or more handbags from her collection.

Bold City Brewery http://www.boldcitybrewery.com

This month they have a special limited edtition brew named “Roxy’s” finest.They are a family owned business who are passionate about micro brewing and offer a great escape to sip the night away and make new friends. Or you can pop by to buy by the box or by the growler as they call them. Give a Gift of BODACIOUS unique flavored beer to that special beer lover. They will love this place.

Noreen Young Makeup Studio http://www.noreenyoung.com

This is my sweet online shoppe as well as private makeup studio. We carry beauty and gift ideas with a fun twist. Offer free gift wrap and free samples~.If you are reading this and live locally call first for hours and come see us. It is a charming place where we offer private one on one makeup lessons, pampering hand treatments and all things beauty and skin care at FABU less prices. If you like the watches and the adorable bling rings. Say so when you place your order and we will have a surprise gift.

Olsen Haus http://www.olsenhaus.com

This shoe company offers an amazing shoe collection that Christian Loubitan would even envy.They are offering their pure vegan shoes with a SPECIAL deal just for viewers. At check out simply Write “JAXSALE“. This offer will be for a fabulouS 30% Off discount online.From sexy high heels to unique designed sandals Elizabeth Olsen of Olsen Haus has what you want.

Think local shops and local online companies…don’t just shop the malls.
We need your love too!