It will cast a spell on you!

Nola Blog Cafe Du Monde photo 2017.JPGI’m back from New Orleans AKA Nola and it feels so good…especially in the month of Halloween my fav’ time of year! The city was all  decked out in bewitching hues and decor. Halloween in New Orleans is awesome. I wanted to go on a Ghost or Cemetary tour but ran out of time this trip.

I worked and played. And as always want to take you there! Even if you’ve been or never been there. Here are a few highlights of my adventures.

Cafe du Monde was at the top of my gotta go back and eat a beignet and have that famous New Orleans coffee. So,after checking into the hotel  I devoured a few and walked the streets too.

The smell of  Pralines fills the streets and air with sweetness. You have to try one! This trip I discovered some new ones in Cafe au lait and Bananas Foster flavors. So delightful!

I haven’t been there for a few years and needed to reacquaint myself with the city. My have things grown and some things have stayed the same! If only those building and sidewalks could talk to us. What would they say? Lots I am sure.

The weather was super humid and hot for October… I did not glisten like most southern women say they do. I sweat as usual! No powder or makeup setting spray saved my face. However, the last few days the weather turned into fall like. SO….Heavenly!

Since I love food,beauty,fashion and I love to explore…here is list of the best to see!

Acme Oyster Bar has the freshest and delicious oysters. If you don’t mind waiting in lines this is a great place. Not fancy and pricey.

Monteleone Hotel my fav’ hotel in the city and is an elegant charming place.It is located in the French Quarter downtown.

Carousel  Bar is inside the hotel above. It is an actual OLD carousel and it moves and so do you every 15 minutes. You gotta see this place and feel it to believe it.Drinks are delicious and appetizers too.Not your normal bar food. 

Feeling lucky! In the mood to gamble? Visit Harrah’s Casino.

Irene’s is an Italian eatery with a New Orleans twist. Dinner was amazing and the pasta is made fresh daily.

Papier Plume if you are into all things stationery,REAL pens, journals and wax seals this is the place for you.

Trashy Diva is a clothing store that for the name alone you need to pop in.

Perfume there are two old world perfume shops rich in history and have signature fragrances too I will share more on this in my next blog.

Fifi Mahoney’s is where you’ll find makeup,glitter,wigs and more! They are the company behind some of the faces on floats for Mardi Gras.

New Orleans COOKING school I’ve taken a cooking class with a Cajun twist before. It never disappoints.If you’re a foodie like me…you’d love these classes.

Steamboat Natchez cruise is always a good idea!It is an old time steam boat that takes you around the Mississippi River.

The French Market is located in the Jackson Square area and is filled with shops and pop up vendors from all over the world. You can find art,fashion,old time lace umbrellas,artisan candles and soaps,voodoo dolls and so much more.

I love worshipping and visiting church and the the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis King of France is a beauty you don’t want to miss.

Did you know New Orleans has Voodoo shops,Witchery shops and Vampire shops? Worth exploring.Nola blog Witchery photo.JPG

Window Shopping is the BEST shopping. Since may last trip so many new places have opened.

 

Fun fact…the second day I was there. I was eating a snow ball ice  in the French Market and while sitting on a bench I noticed a float and a police car blocking the street. I ate and kept there waiting to see what might be happening. After ten minutes I was curious what this was all about. So,I walked across the street and who did I bump into on the sidewalk but Katy Perry all dolled up in an adorable so New Orleans fun feather dress. Next, I see Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie. The float I now noticed had the logo of American Idol on it. So, what was about to go down was a marching band,people in costumes and a float they shot for TV to welcome the tryouts for American idol at the convention center.Nola American Idol photo

It was so fun. They were so fun! They threw Mardi Gras beads to all of us and we were part of the party. They invited us to follow the float down the streets of Nola but I chose not to. This was such an unexpected treat to my trip! I wish you could hear this video!

You never know who or what you will find in this city. My business went well and my belly was content. I continue to encourage you to explore beyond your front door.

Till my next adventure …have a beauty filled day.

PS

Pictures to come. I have been up to my lips with work since I returned. Tonight I am a guest on a panel for Fashion Group International in NE Florida. So, I have to prep for that.

George Clooney not included!

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I’m serious about and appreciate and good cup of coffee.

And my passion for desert flavors is real too. So I simply had to bring to your attention the new limited edition flavors of Nespresso.

Think Banana bread,Pumpkin Spice Cake and Gingerbread…all yum on the tongue.These are the new coffee capsules the company added to the already finest bean coffee’s they make. My lips just can’t resist.

I am in love with this top of the line brand.The Vertuoline Evolou machine brews the best cup of coffee I ever had. Really! And the unique centrifusion technology makes it buzz with delight. This one cup delight brews a mean aromatic cup of coffee in approx 20 something seconds.It is EASY to use…and comes out FAST,FRESH and FABULOUS!

And the cherry on top is the cafe like quality on top which is called crema…a generous frothy layer of love. I don’t use sugar because I am sweet enough and quite frankly I like the taste of it without it. The coffee machine also makes a delightful cup of espresso. Just like I have enjoyed in  Italia.

So you know what to do…if you are looking for the perfect gift for HIM,for her or for yourself.This is so worth it.

You gotta trust me on this. And of course actors George Clooney and Danny Di Vito will say that too.We foodies have to stick together.

Try it …you’ll LOVE it.

Valentine’s Day gifts you don’t want to miss!

Counting down to the season of LOVE!

Almost everyone is addicted to getting a luxe cup of coffee. The lines are enormous for Starbucks in store or in the drive-thru. But at various prices a cup it can get costly!!!

You are in luck. I tested some new coffee units and this will make you say Bye Bye to  your coffee unit and stay at home and enjoy a luxurious cup of hot coffee!

Nespresso Evoluo in a Cherry Red shade of lipstick is the bomb!

Makes a frothy fabulous cup of coffee from full bodied to decaf. Coffee capsules from and India,Guatemala and Brazil  make it the most flavorful NOT watery cup of coffee.

Makes a cup of espresso too!

Centrifusion technology and code reading technology does it all at the push of a  button.

Makes your coffee in 20 seconds. Yes,only 20 SECONDS. And no trip to the drive-thru.

Shuts off safely for you in 9 minutes just in case you are like me and forget to shut off the unit too.Cherry Nespresso_VERTUO_Main_684x378

I really think it is the PERFECT gift for HIM or HER especially if they are a coffee lover.

Oh so LOVE mine!

George Clooney not included.

Stay tuned for more awesome gift ideas.

 

Bye, Bye, Cellulite!

coffee-grindsWomen keep on asking me about a natural way to help the appearance of cellulite now that bathing suit season approaches…especially the ladies of sunny Florida.

First off you can’t just get rid of cellulite.BUT you can help with way it looks on your thighs and more. I have a bit of it too. So, I decided to share an easy recipe with the viewers on The Chat TV show in Florida.

Here is the D.I.Y. Recipe fix:

1 cup coffee grounds from a pot of coffee you made 1/2 cup organic brown sugar *You can use white sugar of you do not have brown sugar! 1 cup of coconut oil Mix all of the above together in a glass or plastic bowl. Take a quick shower and get wet.Standing or sitting at the edge of the tub if you have one and start to apply this java,oil and sugary blend.

*Be careful it may be a bit slippery in the tub.

Skin Benefits: The caffeine in coffee can help soften the appearance of cellulite. Sugar softens and exfoliates. Of course you know I am a big fan of coconut oil and it hydrates and nourishes your skin too. Rub away and feel better about the appearance of your cellulite with this sweet coffee and sugar treat….without spending a fortune from a store shelf jar.

It is so much fun to D.I.Y. !!!

Coffee Anyone?

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Happy weekend!  If you love coffee this recipe is for you!

I am about to make this recipe.

Recipe for YUMMY Coffee Freeze

1 cup of milk

1 cup of frozen whipped dairy topping (or you can make it yourself)

1 package of vanilla pudding mix

1 Tbsp instant coffee

In a 3 cup measuring cup,pour milk and enough ice ( I like to use  coffee ice cubes I make with leftover coffee) just to bring the liquid to 3 cups.

Pour into a blender.Add topping,pudding and coffee,blend until smooth.

Pour,sip  and ENJOY!

Have a delicious new year! Remember life is what you make it.Make things happen and make it yummy too.

UNIQUE Valentine’s Day gift ideas

car lashes_bmwOn TV today I am featuring a few FUN and unique ways to say I LOVE YOU!

Whether you have a sweetie or not or buying for your family or BFF…it is so much FUN to show how you feel.

NOT ALL GIFTS need to be expensive! Some of the best gifts come from the HEART!
Or hand-made or home-made.Bake him his favourite bread or meal. Or if you’re a busy working woman like I am or man and simply don’t have the time…here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing or to shop and do!Don’t stress.

I know a lot of men who LOVE Dunkin Donuts.They also love DD coffee and now the new hot chocolate and other drinks.Serving Breakfast in Bed or Midnight snack in bed on a tray can be exciting and simple fun! You can also create an I LOVE YOU bag or basket with his FAVE DD treats.
Add a note that says “I love you a latte” or other words you whip up makes it even more special and romantic too! What’s not to love about a really good coffee or hot chocolate and HEART shaped donuts to die for!Of course the ladies will love this idea too.

If the gal on your list LOVES makeup and can’t go anywhere without her lipstick…think of shopping for FUN lipsticks like lip stains or BOLD pigmented lipsticks that shout volumes.They also have a new formula lipstick by NYX are called Lip Butters. They melt on your lips and are so buttery smooth. Lip liners can say I love you for you too!
Go to your nearest local boutique,makeup studio or big box retailer and fill a lip bag from the dollar store with all things LIPS and lip,heart shaped and lipstick tube fashion accessories.Add a card and your gift is ready to give!She will be up to her lips with happiness.

If the lady or teen on your list loves LASHES and the one desert island beauty product she must have is her mascara…Why not get her some lashes for her car. She can bat her lashes for months with this new car bling sensation.Invented by a gentlemen with his supportive wife by his sound Robert & Dottie Small they created and founded a GREAT quality design that is sweeping the nation. You gotta see these lashes on my car to believe. So stinking CUTE! NOT just for teens the big girl in your life will swoon to the moon! They come in black,diamond lined and NOW HOT PINK carlashes.They even have a bling crystal eyeliner that sparkles in the sunlight.For more information check out:http://www.CarLashes.com A Turbo Style Products,LLC production.

If the teen in your house is wearing you out with a crush on makeup….A beauty filled makeup gift can be to buy her a monthly membership to IPSY the fun beauty club started by Michelle Phan YouTube video BEAUTY guru. Each month a fabulous kit gets shipped to her door to play with. The brands in each monthly bag are AMAZING and quality products from top brand names to new beauties on the block.

LOVE is in the air and its that time of year.Don’t go broke with your purchases.
Save some money and get creative.

Happy Valentine’s day everyone!To see my TV segment go to http://www.wjxt.com click on video for The Morning Show. We will post the link later this morning for you to enjoy!

Day 25 to beautiful skin

Become a Sleeping Beauty by sleeping. Guys or Gals we need a good night’s sleep.

Research shows if you TRY going to bed 15 minutes earlier,for four nights straight you’ll establish a pattern or routine where you get an extra hour of dark circle-zapping and not look so tired rest.
It is necessary to get at least eight hours of sleep.

Say no to coffee of caffeine drinks after 3:00pm and avoid exercise at least three hours before bedtime.

Get some zzzzzzzzzzzzz”s….IF you can’t fall asleep. Get out of bed and make some chamomile hot tea or drink a glass of milk. They really work~most of the time.
I travel lots and am often in different time zones.So, I know these drinks help. If they don’t do it for you try a short warm epsom salt and lavender bath before you go to bed.

SWEET DREAMS!

Day 4 to beautiful skin!

coffee-grindsFor beautiful thighs that won’t rise with cellulite…try using used coffee grinds after your coffee is brewed. Let them cool and save in a small bowl.When you get in the shower or bath tub…sit on the edge and rev up your thigh and leg circulation and exfoliate dead skin with the grinds. RUB on well and feel the circulation.If you do not want to D.I.Y. try the caffeine infused skin care that is very popular and at your local high end department stores.Be prepared most will cost you.FYI nothing will stop cellulite but it can help diminish the signs of it and make you feel better about them too.
Caffeine is your thighs best friend.