Oscar Time! 🎥

It happens once a year. The time is here!

My husbands not into watching the Oscars from year to year. But I like to watch the show. So, prepare a mini feast of delights for myself on a silver tray. Yes, just for ME.

As I mentioned before I think every single day is a reason to celebrate! 🎉

Champagne or a “virgin” mocktail cocktail is always a good idea! Right?

Everything is better with a cherry 🍒 on top or the bottom! Isn’t it?

Did you know some mixologists place a sugar cube in a glass of champagne? They say when the champagne 🍾 hits the sugar cube at the bottom of the glass it creates an ongoing fountain of bodacious looking bubbly!

A luxurious dip is delish! Especially while watching the Oscars. This recipe is from a client. I’ve used it for years. It is like a meal in itself. Of course if you’d like to make a charcuterie board or other delights… do that.

What you will need for this Artichoke Casserole recipe:

1 6oz jar of marinated artichokes

1 8oz package of cream cheese

2 packs of chopped frozen spinach

1 tsp 🍋 lemon juice

1/4 lb of real butter

Fresh Parmesan cheese shavings or sprinkled on top.

Cook spinach and be sure to drain it well.

Next add butter & cream cheese into the hot spinach.

Stir cheese but not too much. As lumps are ok.

Cut artichokes into halves.

Grease a casserole dish and line with the artichokes only. None of the liquid.

Add the marinade from the jar and the lemon juice to the spinach mix.

Pour this over the artichokes.

You’re almost done.

Now sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Casserole will be creamy dreamy and delightful! Serve with sliced veggies or crackers of your choice. You’ll be licking the casserole dish. Add some fresh fruit and you’re good to go!

Saving the best for last I like to make something sweet. And popcorn 🍿 from my old vintage popcorn machine makes it even better. It is so cute and so fun!

While the popcorns still warm pour a melted chocolate 🍫drizzle on top. I found some pretty colorful pastel Easter M & M’s and sprinkled that on top! If you’re not into these toppings create something else.

Allow it to cool and harden.

OMG! Yum for one.

Happy Oscars.

Always wanted to do it!

What did I want to do???

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Celebrate the Hindu festival of color called HOLI! It looks like such a beautiful, delicious, family & friends fun and above all colorful time… All to celebrate and welcome in spring! It looks so freeing and fun!

I love,love, love color! 💚❤️💜🧡💙❤️🤍💛

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Have you ever participated in this beauty filled & colorful festival?

Today On TV it is all things Asian beauty and gifts & more!

You don’t have to be Asian to celebrate the Chinese or Lunar New Year. I LOVE celebrating every day I am alive!

The beauty of the lunar new year is it is rich in traditions and delicious fun!

Here are 10 Ways You Can Do It:

Let’s get this party started! If you want to celebrate send an invitation by MAIL. Yes, snail mail (I am not fond of that description) is the BEST mail. We are bombarded with IPHONE and computer emails and nothing seems special anymore! This invite can be to be with your BAE, bestie, family and friends.

*Did you know that the US POSTAL service sells beautiful forever stamps every year? This year it is all about the Year of the Tiger.

*You can easily celebrate with your own family by ordering TAKE OUT and supporting the sweet small businesses in your community. We small business owners ALL need your business. Don’t be afraid to order food that’s new to you. And don’t forget to order the noodle dishes…they represent LONG life in the new year.

*Brew and serve a pot of hot green or jasmine tea and serve a fortune cookie or Asian cake. I also recommend serving oranges or kumquats. IF you want to explore and serve slices of DRAGON FRUIT which is known to help gut health, your immune system and your skin look its best.

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*Set the table with plates and bowls or just find Chinese Take Out containers to serve in. Not much clean up!

*Be authentic and set the table with chopsticks. Make them LEARN how to use them. It just may be quite amusing. The Asian grocery stores even have chopsticks for children and adults so many gorgeous styles and patterns to choose from.

Decorate with red and gold. Lanterns and more. Maybe you can find a Tiger 🐅 figurine.

*Make party favors so everyone gets a treat to go home with. I love to use small decorative take out boxes or organza bags to put the token gift in.

*If you’re feeling adventurous have a FORTUNE COOKIE making party! They are easy and so fun to make!

If you’re looking for a great gift for your Valentine ❤️ this year. Perhaps you might consider giving a gift of food and drink for the kitchen. Or a bamboo steamer filled with Asian beauty products.

Whatever you do you’ve got 15 days to celebrate 🎊 it with your family and friends too!

Easy Marvelous Mojito

I love to entertain my clients in my business and guests in my home. I even wrote a book on it “Entertaining in Your Salon or SPA. A combination of food,drink and marketing fun!

Now times are a bit different and we are in a new frontier as we are in the midst of social distancing. But we still need to stay hydrated and connected with our family at home too. I am sipping one or two with my husband today.

Here is a thirst quenching recipe to enjoy this holiday weekend!

Marvelous Mojito Lemonade

2 quarts of lemonade,6 large fresh mint sprigs crushed and place in the lemonade.

Refrigerate prepared lemonade for a few hours or overnight. Crush fresh mint sprigs. Place the mint into the bottom of the pitcher or each glass.close up photo of clear glass mason mug with white liquid

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To serve the lemonade pour into tall glasses and top with
club soda. A lime wedge and a sprig of fresh mint. Want to rum it up? AND add some rum. Go ahead.

Everyday is a reason to celebrate. Celebrate the beauty and meaning of Memorial day and why we enjoy and celebrate this beautiful long weekend.

Hello 2020…So Ready 4 You! 💋

I wish you all a fabulous New Year!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart 💕for reading my blog. If you have any questions and want to learn something new in beauty and wellness I’m here for you!

Just ask!

Sending a toast 🍾🥂😍🎉 to you and wishing you nothing but the best for all of you!

Ready for my next beauty, foodie and travel ✈️ adventure?

XOXO

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Oh happy day…it’s National Nail Polish and DONUT day!

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Don’t you just LOVE this edible art by Holly Fox who I discovered on Instagram and has a shop on Etsy! I must buy one of her awesome cookie creations. So many cookies to choose from so little time! Yum!!!

  • What’s Trending in nail colors this summer … the Northeast Distributor for OPI Vinnie Le from of Victoria Nial Supply says “Blue hues are so in from Mint blue,Baby blues and Aqua Ocean blue.He also says nude,pink nude and rose gold metallics are hot.” I am over the moon for these new shades!
  • How to make your nail polish last longer and strengthen them too? From Start to Finish by OPI is a 3 products in one new sensation. A base coat,a top coat and a nail strengthener too. So now you don’t have to apply a base coat,a top coat and a nail strengthener. ONE bottle and product for three steps. Genius! 
  • Cuticle oil is a must. Apply it on your fingers and toes to keep the skin soft and looking good. Sandal season means less shoes and clothes. So,don’t forget to take care of your fingers d and toes.
  • If your hands are showing age…or to prevent sun spots and wrinkles from forming so fast. Try using a sunscreen on them. I like a natural one that is the kind you roll/rub on from a deodorant like stick by Go Waxhead. It isn’t just about protecting your face from spots your hands and tops of feet need it too.
  • Always keep your hands and body hydrated not only with cuticle oil but hand and body lotions and creams.
  • Now all you need is to paint the town with your fave hues! Have a happy National Nail Polish Day!

And since it is also National DONUT day let me share my fave donut in Chicago…

Do-rite donuts! If you haven’t tasted them you don’t know what you are missing! And yes I am still in love with Krispy Kreme donuts BUT this company’s donuts  is really awesome too!

WORTH A TRIP to  Chicago! Was just there last month and can’t wait to go back and taste more!IMG_2056 donuts.JPG

TWO wonderful reasons to celebrate today!

Enjoy!

 

National Lipstick Day!

Oh happy day…It is not too late to celebrate this fabulous lipstick day.

In my makeup studio we enjoyed THE LATEST lipsticks,drank champagne and ate delicious cupcakes and it was an awesome yummy day!

How did you spend today so far? What lipstick hue suited you today?

I wore a sexy pink with a kiss of orange on top. I enjoy mixing and matching my lipsticks…and you? What do you like to do? Let’s chat lipstick!!!photo NATIONAL LIPSTICK DAY.

How will you celebrate the day? The night is still YOUNG.

 

Birthdays!

Noreen_twinsA birthday is a day for extravagant joy-cake,candles,calories and most of all,the blessing of knowing how special you are to others. A beautiful life is a light in the world.Celebrate it!

These lovely words came from the back of a birthday card I received this week. I couldn’t have said it any better. I try and be a light in the world and live a beautiful life.

I learned that from my handsome and wonderful twin.

I want to make a difference in this world.Don’t you?

I miss my twin and my birthday is not the same without him.

HAPPY National Lipstick Day!

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HIP Hip Hooray…it is time to celebrate all things Lipstick today.

I highly recommend you pull out your tube and brighten up your face today.

If you want to learn the latest APP for lips and a LIP skin softening natural recipe for your lips…STAY TUNED on TV TODAY between 3:00 and 4:00 for my beauty report and a luscious lip time.The Chat TV show on First Coast News.com

Pucker up and Brighten up my darlings! A little dash of lipstick goes a long way.

You don’t have to be Chinese to Celebrate Chinese New Year!

Beauty Fortune Cookies

Let’s wok & roll and celebrate another year!!!

Yes, if the NEW year thus far did not start with a bang…YOU can start again. SHARE this holiday with your sweetie,family or a few friends.

Step 1.Search YOUR recipe books or look online for some easy stir-fry or dumpling dishes.OR buy Chinese Take Out.Keep it easy and simple.

Step 2.Put your hair up in chopsticks if its long enough and a silky robe.You’ll feel and look like a China Doll.(I always do)

Step 3. Wear some jade jewelry it is a good luck stone.Or put on your REAL gold for good luck in the New Year.

Step 4 .Buy anbd servve some HOT green or oolong Asian tea and some Lucky Beer! The bottle is shaped in a Buddha and it lucky shade of jade green.I like to rub tummy for good luck.

Step 5.Find some Take Out boxes and fill a little someting in each one for your sweetie or family.

Step 6. SERVE fortune cookies over your fave ICE CREAM.

MAKE tonight even more fun…Celebrate Chinese new year!

My fortune cookie above reads: “Want LUSCIOUS hydrated lips? Rub some organic honey over them”.