Cozy up with a good book …Ladies!

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While you are chillin’ out this weekend or shopping the sales.

If your’re passionate about designer fashion and stories. Grab yourself a copy of this DELICIOUS book about designer DVF!

Launched a few months ago by Haper Collins/Dey St. books  author Gioia Diliberto’s book is a FABULOUS  read.

Tips for Buying Scents for Spring

 LOVE wearing fragrance? Me too! So here are some tips on picking it,wearing it and how long it should last for you. When shopping for a fragrance bring a notepad to write down the brand names and what they smell like to you. Examples:floral,woodsy,musk,jasmineDelicious Stiletto

Then start applying…on your wrists is best.You can’t sniff your neck if you apply it there.

DON’T rub your wrists together after you apply the fragrance to your body. I worked with Designer Diane Von Furstenberg and that was a no no she taught me. It ruins the fragrant essentials oils and essence of the perfume or cologne.

Don’t try more than 3 different fragrances at a time. Your sense of smell will be overwhelmed.

Those paper blotters strips or cards at the fragrance counter are meant to let you spray the fragrance on them instead of on you and sniff away. But they do not let you know how a fragrance will smell on your body.

Ask the sales associate if they have a shaker bottle of fresh coffee beans to smell between trying another fragrance. This does what cool sherbet does when you are fine dining to clear the taste on your tongue between meal courses.

You DON’T have to buy fragrance that day. You can wait and decide another day.

IF the sales associate offers you free samples…take them.Play with them at home.

You never know what you will discover!

Fragrance words of wisdom:

Fashion designer scents,Celebrity scents, top model scents and reality TV stars scents don’t make it better. Personally I have found some amazing fragrances through the years that were not on that list. And expensive does not make it any better. I was given a gift of Kim Kardashian perfume. It smelled awful but had a pretty bottle. You cannot wear the bottle.

My husband ended up using it as room deodorizer in his bathroom!!!

Kisses to you… Mr.Christian Louboutin!

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The Parisian shoe designer with the famous red bottom soles Christian Louboutin has entered the world of nail lacquer! Now,that I will spring for!
An eight inch sky high bottle of luxurious nail lacquer is $50.00 and I intend to own one of each!

Be still my beating heart. Stay tuned I must get my hands on a bottle of that liquid finger and toe nail LOVE! Oh how he seduced me!

Hot Spots in Las Vegas you’ll dine and LOVE!

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As some of you who read my blog know I love to work,play,SPA and shop in Las Vegas this year was no exception.After my work day guest speaking at the IECSC spa and beauty conference… Inbetween my I DON’T GAMBLE…I play the .5 cent slot machines and stop after losing $5.00 or $10.00 dollars.I’d rather spend my money on dining and shopping.
I promised I’d share with you highlights you might enjoy.

Hot Spots I HIGHLY recommend:

Shopping at any of the hotel resorts is so much  fun and it seems to be better and feel more fun in Las Vegas! I enjoy the Forum Shops at Caesers Palace and a the entire dining experience and shops at Caesars.
Next, I like a place called Fashion Mall. Outside decor reminds me of a space ship….inside are a variety of the chain nationwide big box stores however they are mixed with wonderful stores I am not familiar with. You might even be lucky enough to see a live runway fashion show like I have.
The other beautiful hotels have shopping areas where you will find Chanel and other designer brands. But I love more bang for my buck and don’t need a designer LABEL to make me happy!!!

*Fashion Alert! It was a steamy 105 degrees and we know in our down time about town to DRESS accordingly and comfortably. Wear sensible not sex kitten high shoes.Bring a pashmina in case you get cold from air conditioning.

Looking for a delicious awesome Sunday Brunch?

Craving PIZZA like NEW YORK City?

Stop at the Cosmopolitan hotel for a fresh,cheesy hot and fabulous slice or a whole PIZZA pie!

Look no further the Bellagio Buffet with champagne mimosas is a delightful staff and yummy food place.Crab legs cut special to devour quickly,Kobe beef,sushi,gourmet assorted mini pizza slices,salads with kale.Just to name a few.The desserts to die for! While you’re there you might just be in time to see the fountain water show outside or out your hotel window that is set to the most goose bump creating music your ears and spirit will LOVE!

The Stratosphere Hotel has the most AMAZING VIEW and bar too.You can’t miss this view from the top.It is named the Top of the World restaurant. You see this building as soon as you land.I recommend you go to lunch there too. The food will fill you, the price is right and you do not have to get all dressed up.Also the place revolves on top and you will enjoy ever corner of LV and the strip.You can even bungee jump from the top of here.

Wanna take a nice road trip away from the strip?

Less than an hour is Mt. Charleston and my husband LOVES this place. It is often fifteen to twenty degrees cooler than in the city Of Las Vegas,it has mountains and what a gorgeous peaceful view!!!

Want to cool off from the heat?

Go to Serendipity 3 for a refreshing lunch or FROZEN HOT CHOCOLATE.It is a chocolate tease! So COOL and delicious.YOU haven’t lived until you had one of these drinks!!!

Almost any spa on the strip is fabulous! They really know how to SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH. I love many of the spas on the strip.

Looking for Chinese food and don’t want to pay a fortune at some she she, fifi place on the strip….that is OUT OF THIS WORLD? Take a ride over to Orchids Garden.
It has ALL DAY DIM SUM and yummy dining. The service is fabulous and the food is so delicious.If you haven’t tried Dim Sum this is a must. YOU’LL FEEL like you JUST traveled to HONG KONG.WORTH THE TRIP! Even if it is by cab.

I know.I am still talking about food… BUT if you have never had one before a trip to IN & OUT Burger is a drive thru or east in MUST. It is very popular in NEVADA and Cali and the food is very fresh.They are minutes away from the airport when you arrive or when you depart.Lucky you!

I hope you enjoyed my latest trip fave’s and my regular spots to stop.

The beauty of Las Vegas is you don’t have to spend a fortune to have fun.
Have you booked your ticket yet? What are you waiting for?
I ALWAYS try to book some business with pleasure.Don’t you?
IF YOU DON’T maybe its time to start NOW!
Life is for the LIVING.
Explore beyond your door!

Stand Tall and Shop Small this season!

images SMALL biz Saturday 2013

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.

This spring in fashion & beauty anything goes!

JOVAN JANE headbands
There’s a rainbow of hues just waiting for you!
…In beauty,fashion,hair accessories and more.

It is the happiest Spring I have ever seen and summer is going to be just as fabulous and COLORFUL! Life is good!

Don’t you just LOVE these beautiful headbands I found?
They are simply gorgeous in person! The designer is Jovan Jane and she makes other items like hats and more.My fashionable life is not the same with Jovan Jane. Too cute and sexy too!
Visit her website….http://www.jovanjane.com Spice things up!