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!

Toss The Gloss

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Toss the Gloss catchy name isn’t it?

I came across this beauty book that addresses beauty after 50 years young.
Having just finished writing my own beauty book to come I had to share this author with you.
Writing a book is not as easy as reading a book!!! This author worked hard to pen her beauty secrets and more.
If you need help,think doing makeup is a chore.You will love this book.
I LOVE books and truly believe you never stop learning. And what I love is that this book is REAL and just the facts. The author even offers her tried and true brand recommendations you should consider buying.

If you are looking for the perfect gift of beauty for yourself or someone else.
This book is it.

Natural Thanksgiving House Perfume…D.I.Y.

Recipe for Home Perfume

What you will need is:

Peels from one fresh apple
Peels from fresh orange
4 pcs.star anise
3 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon of dried cloves
1 teaspoon of All Spice
4 cups of water

Sprinkle all in a small saucepan and on a low boil on the stove top.
Your home will smell AMAZING and if your house has bad breath it will help the air smell better.

Thanksgiving is days away…gather up and buy the above in these recipes and perfume and cook away.
Enjoy it throughout the holidays!Not just for this week.cinnamon photo 11-2014

Last minute Christmas Gift Countdown for GUYS!

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Yesterday I watched men browse and shop in both CVS and Target. It was interesting to watch them pick up product one after another and study them like a food or cocktail menu.
It just proves that men want to look good too!

TREAT him to a skin care product,facial,massage or mani & pedi too AND make him
oh so happy and pampered too!

GUYS want to look good too!

Countdown to Christmas Gift Ideas for the Guys!

classic-lean-wetMy husband is tall and has a bodacious build. I am only 5 feet 2 inches and her towers over me.He’s conservative, I’m not,he is serious a lot ,I am not. One thing we agree on.HE has grown to love the spa and skin care industry and appreciates the fact I care about my skin and wear makeup nicely too.

I have an entire candy shoppe filled with makeup,skin care and beauty tools.I also love things from other stores too. We carry Sonicare and my husband is in love with CLARISONIC sonic cleansing system and polishes his skin handsome every day. He loves what it does for the apperance of his skin, his pores and so much more. He is a long time user avid lover of the sonic toothbrush this company created before the face cleansing technology arrived.So, it is a perfect fit for him.

If your man wants fresher,cleaner and amazing looking skin…buy him this! It is awesome. You’d be surprised how much residue is still left on your skin after washing your face. ay bye bye to wash cloths and step up to today’s technology and way of cleaning.
I’m not selling you I’m simply telling you as a professional this is the BEST cleansing unit and I recommend it to all my high profile clients and more!

Maybe you’ll have a happy SONIC MAN like I have…who knows you may be addicted too.

http://www.clarisonic.com

Want more beauty tips & skin care secrets? FOLLOW ME on Twitter @beautyconcierge

Stand Tall and Shop Small this season!

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I am happy to say I am on WJXT4-TV this Thanksgiving day with my beauty & lifestyle segment and I am so proud of the business owners in Jacksonville and all over the country. Being a small business owner is tough. I am one of them too.Owning a business is not as glamourous as it looks! We work LONG HOURS and very HARD. When you are sleeping we are working,unpacking,wrapping,cleaning,shipping,stocking shelves,making calls,sending emails,worrying about our next retail day!

Why do we do it? We do it because we LOVE what we do.We do it for YOU!

Today I share the beauty of these business owners:

These products make great gift ideas and are truly unique!Magna Ready Shirts A fashion designer who filled a NEED for her husband’s health dilemma with an Oxford classic shirt that closes not with the buttons but with the magic of magnets.A gift of healthy fashion. THE answer to people with disabilities prayer.
http://www.magnaready.com

I Rest My Case pillowcases say so much without speaking.
Just looking at them and lying on one of these cotton pillow cases designs will turn you into a sleeping beauty.The BONUS not only are they made of the most luxurious cotton they have beautiful bible verses on them.You’ll love the ones for children too.
esty.com/SHOP/irestmycaseinc.com

HOT Girls Pearls A chic and cool invention by a woman of course has gone all glammed up with their evening collection.You FREEZE them before wearing them. I am hot by nature and this is not only for people who are hot flashing.Great for a day at the beach,a night on the town, when you are under the weather and just for fun.Chilled serenity around your neck.They have a NEW BLING collection too.
http://www.hotgirlspearls.com

Gotta Have It in Avondale has the cutest gift ideas for or
everyone on your list.Christmas ornaments MADE special for you with adorable sayings or personalized for you. Other adorable ornaments to give to manicurist,makeup artist or the glam ladies in your world! Ask for IVA she’ll hook you up.

For the MAKEUP JUNKIE,fill a stocking with Make-up,a fabulous lipstick,makeup brushes or the neatest do your makeup invention…Ollie Girl Makeup Guard Noreen Young Makeup Studio Jacksonville’s southside. A private charming cottage under the old oak trees. http://www.noreenyoung.com

The famous Wardroom in Jacksonville Florida has a unique made only for JACKSONVILLE collection of guest towels,china and Christmas ornaments.The gift of LOCAL you’ve gotta see.
Entertaining has never looked so good!Nor made you look so good Jacksonville!

If you want to start your holiday shopping for Hanukah and or Christmas or looking for stocking stuffers… We have what you need!So have FUN and shop on! All these business owners including me welcome you to our door on Shop Small Saturday November 30th,2013.

Happy Holidays!To see todays segment with me go to http://www.news4jax.com later this morning. The show has to air live before it is saved and then on their website.
See you on the Morning Show.

Recipes for Fall …from the cooking stage!

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What a great guest speaking engagement… days of pure GIRL Power and all things pretty and FUN bliss!

I loved guest speaking on the Celebrity Cooking Stage at the Southern Women’s Show. WOW ….it feels so good to be loved,liked,watched and hugged from the audience.

Here are some recipes that I featured on the cooking stage I know you too will love to do.

D.I.Y. Cheap & Chic Entertaining Ideas for the next few Holidays!

Potpourri from your Stove Top

To make your home smell AMAZING! I love the way my guests comment on how yummy my house smells. The aroma is so festive for all winter holidays.

Cinnamon sticks 4 sticks
Allspice a tablesppon
Whole cloves 4 pcs
Star Anise 1 piece
Lemon peel (optional)
Orange peel (optional)

I like to add a dash of few pieces of all the above Place in water in sauce pan and cook on low.
Your guests will love the fragrant aroma your kitchen will be infused with. Cheap, chic and easy entertaining.

Yummy Thanksgiving or Christmas Punch

This punch LOOKS gorgeous and tastes delicious~

1 8 oz. container of Tang Breakfast drink
2 bottles of gingerale1 1/4 cup of pineapple juice…add ice cubes.
Mix all of these into a pretty punch bowl or large clear pitcher.
Garnish with yummy mint leaves or orange slices.

Add ice… My ice cubes are special. They are in the shape of adorable mini LIPS!Don’t you LOVE it?I love to cook and do makeup!

Special Thanks to photographer Michael Straley of Straley Photography for a FUN photo of me in action. http://www.straleyphotography.com

NOTE: MY cooking apron reads the GHOSTESS with the Mostest. I made a HALLOWEEN punch stay tuned for that delighful and cool recipe your TRICK Or Treat party must have!

Wesolych Swiat …My Polish Christmas

Christmas has come and gone but my memories of Christmas days gone linger on and are beautiful ones. We were a family of humble means but oh we were oh so rich~

The recipe of ME: My mom was American but of  Polish ancestors. My dad an American but of Chinese descent and the luck of the Irish. Although no one ever believes I am anything but Asian or Hawaiin. Growing up my Polish roots were very strong and so was our Catholic religion. My mother taught me Polish and till the day she died even wrote letters and cards to me in Polish. I rememeber and so love the the magic of the Polish holidays and the tastes of the delicious Polish food.Pierogi,kielbasi and cabbage rolls…comforting and old- fashioned, old European country  food …at it’s best!

I so loved the pastries fo prune and cheese with light golden brown crust. The poppyseed cake and the fresh baked Polish rye bread.

My visits to church were laden in music and gold. My Polish church was like a castle and magnificent to me. I CAN STILL HEAR the Polish Christmas carols we sang in my head right now. I can still sing the songs and in Polish too.

My BABCI (grandma in Polish) took care of us as my dad died when I was just a child…and my mom had to raise all of us herself and work full time too. She too taught me that religion and family were very important.

I miss my mom with the beautiful blue eyes, my babci, my dad and my beautfiul huge church.

I am thinking of all the Polish masses I sat through, sang throungh and prayed at.I miss lighting all those glorious candles with my twin and praying out loud. Oh and I above all miss my twin, although he was born with Down Syndrome he actually knew both English and the Polish language.

We were one exotic Polish family.

I invite you to feed your curiousity,mouth and soul. Go out and enjoy some other countries churches amazing food and customs. I am thrilledddddddd to be Polish from the waist down and Chinese from the waist up. I love being this combination platter right off the Chinese Take Out Menu~

Wesolych SwiatMerry Christmas! I hope your Christmas or Chanukah is and was bright, delicious and just right.

 I’d love to hear about your delicious Christmas and what made your day wonderful.

Let us never forget the reason for the season.

Home-made Coconut oil lip jam

I love coconut I love to smell it, eat anything with it and they make me happy.

The beauty and foodie I am …I LOVE watching the Cooking Channel and Food TV lots! They keep on whipping up dishes using coconut oil. I purchased some and found it to be lovely for eggs in the morning, saute of veggies and other things you’d use regular cooking oil with even Dr. OZ made me think I had to have it to be healthy. So, one day I created a lip conditioning glossy jam in a jar.

My moisturizing masterpiece!

1 jar of coconut oil from the health food store

1 smashed spearmint candy (or old peppermint candy cane)

Take a scoop say tablespoon and place in a small microwaveable dish. 

Next, take the smashed tiny pieces of candy and stir in. Place in microwave for a few seconds. Keep your eye on it. You don’t need it in there long. DO NOT BURN.

Next, stir them together and place in a small glass jar or a plastic jar like ones you’d find with lip gloss in them. I love the dollar kinda stores, surplus or container stores. Pat down the mixture and so the lid will close nicely.

Let it cool and test on your lips, dahling! What you’ll have is a super shiny creamy soft lip sensation and a kissable breath freshening flavor too. Yummy!

Create this delight alone or with a friend or family member. Great to give as a stocking stuffer or a  just because I love you gift~

These are my lips with my Doll Face Pink Lipstick and my home-made lip jam over my lips. Pretty nice,huh? You can do it too~