Little Beauty Gems in Jacksonville Florida…

I recently discovered some new products and places in JAX and some iconic ones too! If you love or are visiting Florida and near here.

Come explore and shop your flip flops off! 

Featured on TV on NBC12 today.

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5 Points Candle Company is a new find from the iconic gift shop called Gottahaveit in the Avondale section of Jacksonville. They make some fabulous candles with the most amazing scents. All soy wax and hand poured and made with premium essential oils. 75 plus hours of burn time. If you don’t live here you can shop them at: http://www.5pointscandleco.com

#5 one of their most popular candle scents.

Element Earth Works has some unique aromatic soaps and more.This one is a Lemongrass charcoal soap in a coconut oil base. Great for deep cleansing for face and body. Vegan too. http://www.elementearthworks.com

Body and Soul has a collection of various stone necklaces,natural toothpastes and even soaps for manes best friend your doggie. Today I am featuring their gemstone necklaces. This Opalite stone is said to help with:anxiety,fear and uncertainty.Available in Murray Hill section of Jacksonville.http://www.bodyandsoulsoap.com

Noreen Young Cosmetics specializes in all things for the lips.We even have a lip creation called First Coast Fabulous named for the First Coast of Florida. My passion is donating time to help girls with Downs Syndrome look their best and I love supporting organizations like the Special Olympics.I have a sweet beauty retreat in a private beauty cottage by appointment on the south side of Jacksonville. http://www.noreenyoung.com

“Life is short wear lipstick!”ny_label-2

 

Jones and Rose has a collection of luxurious body and face care. Unisex too. Sexy Body Butter in pink petals is a favorite.http://www.jonesandrose.com

If you are crazy about the city and want to flaunt it..get your sticker or TEE-shirt with ...JAX IS RAD on it. Wear it proudly! http://www.jaxisrad.com

JAX IS RAD

Explore even more of the beauty in our city…Check out MY BLOG again for more fun spots in town. #shoplocal  #jaxisrad #getyourkisson #firstcoastfabulous

 

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Schools Out! What can you do with…

Barbie…Your daughter or granddaughters?

Summer is still here and your daughters and grand daughters are still out of school.

Here are a few fun things to do with them this summer!

Today I shared on TV what you can do and how much fun it can be!

  • Bonding time:Do a little makeup at home day. Show them how to apply a little lipstick or gloss,a blush,nail polish and or a bit of glitter. A little goes a long way.
  • Show them how to take care of their hair or braid the hair …Barbie Hair conditioner for detangling works wonders!
  • Teach them that SUNSCREEN is a best kept beauty secret! Protecting their face and body from the sun is very important.Use dolls as demo’s.
  • Enjoy making or serving yummy refreshments like fruit infused water,pretty pink lemonade,candy,Pez and or yummy  pink cupcakes.Make it like a beauty party!
  • Another fun idea is:To show them how they can write a story book and they are the main character.All they need is an empty unlined notebook and some markers  or crayons. Encourage them to be creative.
  • Princess Patch Parties is  a local company if you’re lucky enough to live in Jacksonville Florida in the Murray Hill section of town that offers birthday and mini spa parties with facials and a little mani & pedi outing. Pink and frilly place where glitter rules! www.princesspatchgirlsspa.com      
  • Lip gloss D.I.Y. with you and or their friends with a MINI bar of Hershey’s chocolate or some crushed up candy mixed with a  dash of OrganIc coconut oil from Whole Foods Market. You will need to assist children with this in the microwave for a few minutes. What you’ll have is a shiny,lip softening lip gloss.No it won’t last you’ll watch them lick it off and laugh the afternoon away.
  • I will share these ideas and more on the video from the segment. JUST A CLICK AWAY! http://www.firstcoastnews.com on The Chat
  •  ENJOY watching and hope you will try some of my outside the box ideas!

 

COLOR YOUR WORLD!

Back in Florida and it is time for me to chat beauty and lifestyle on The Chat on NBC12. Today my TV segment is all about color and ways to color your world too!  If spring has not arrived yet for you…explore these wonderful colorful finds!

OPI has a new nail collection of infinite shine nail polishes named the Fiji Collection. With peaceful and festive fun colors like Living on the Bula-vard and Polly Want a Lacquer…these rainbow hues will make your manicure last up to 11 days. You don’t have to go to Fiji you simply have to own this collection of gorgeous shades inspired by Fiji’s sun,sand and water.

www.opi.com

Cotton Candy liners by Absolute New York has a fun new collection of milky pastel hues that will delight and highlight the eyes.What  playful pops of pastels! www.absnewyork.com

Want to learn more about Color? And what they say about  YOU?  Jaclyn Peresetsky’s book called Discover the Power of Your Colors is a must have for your book collection.http://www.jaclynp.com

The Bagel Store in Brooklyn,New York makes THE original bagel that broke the internet!

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Bagel artist Scott Rossillo has created the most color filled and delicious bagels I have ever seen. TODAY I am featuring a rainbow hue.He uses the same old fashioned techniques and wonderful ingredients used in bagel making for years. They offer a variety of awesome bagels and so much more.

Cotton candy flavored bagels? Yes, please!

Cream cheese with your bagel. Oh don’t even think of plain! A yummy artsy cream cheese they have created looks like sprinkles on a cupcake and it is called FUNFETTI and spreads like cream,tastes fabulous and looks dreamy.

If you’re craving a NYC style bagel and want to brighten your breakfast or snack world….you too can taste and get them.They ship bagels to your door. But I must mention there is a waiting list …so get on it darlings! I AM IN LOVE with this company and yummy bagel.

http://www.thebagelstore.com

754 Metropolitan Ave. Brooklyn, New York 718-782-5856

*They also do catering and make the perfect gift!

Color brightens our world and makes us feel energized and fabulous!

Get some happy shipped to your door with any of the above color filled editions.

 

Recipe for Your Throat

BLOG throat recipe photoMade it back from New York! I worked,I shopped, I dined and conquered the days before the blizzard. On the return flight someone behind me on the plane kept on coughing (and did not cover her mouth) all two hours and 45 minutes of the flight.

Not sure what I have caught but since I am on TV today at 3:00 for my beauty and lifestyle segment on NBC 12’s The Chat…I need to help my voice.

As the weather goes up and down all over the country and a chill in the air can make us feel like bad and come down with a cold or sore throat… give this recipe a try.

Here is one of my personal recipes for a dry sore throat:

A teaspoon raw local honey

1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon powder

*A sprinkle of cayenne pepper

Take twice daily for three days. It is antiviral,anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.

Enjoy it as you wish!

I do this straight up on a spoon or my fave is to put it in hot water and sip like a cup of tea.

Works like a charm!

Stay tuned to my blog this weekend all about my adventures in beauty,fashion and food from NYC.

 

Don’t ya just love a Chinese Dumpling?

 

 

Today on The Chat on NBC12 in sunny Florida I shared beauty secrets and this Chef shared a yummy pot sticker recipe! Wish you were here!

Here are a few awesome recipes you can make at home from Chef Dennis of Blue Bamboo in Jacksonville Florida!You’ve gotta get his book!!!chat-2016-nbc-logo

Pork Dumplings

8oz ground pork

6oz Napa Cabbage leaves, finely chopped

2 tsp finely chopped ginger

1 tbsp Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry

1 ½ tbsp soy sauce

1 tsp salt

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

3 tbsp finely chopped green onions

2 tsp sesame oil

1 tsp sugar

2 tbsp cold chicken stock

 

Combine ingredients until well mixed.

Place rounded tablespoon in middle of wrapper.  Fold and seal with water.  Eight folds is best!

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Drop half of the dumplings into the water and stir once so they don’t stick together. When the water boils again, add 1 cup of cold water to the pot. Then when it boils again, add 3 cups of cold water. The third time the water boils, the dumplings are cooked. Remove them with a slotted spoon and repeat with the remaining dumplings. Serve immediately with small bowls of dipping sauce.

Dumpling Wrappers:

¾ cup bread flour

6 Tbsp all purpose flour

2 ½ ounces water, boiling

½ Tbsp neutral oil

Combine flours in food processor.  Add oil and hot water to processor while running.  Combine until dough forms.  Turn out onto surface and knead 2 minutes until dough is elastic and smooth.  Let rest for 1 hour.  Cut dough in half, and then roll out into a 12 inch log.  Cut log into 12 pieces.  Roll into balls, and flour.  Shape each dough ball into a 3 inch wrapper, with thinner sides than center.

Soy Dipping Sauce

3 Tbsp soy sauce

½ tsp sugar

1 Tbsp vinegar

Pepper to taste
Bring ingredients to a boil.  Garnish with toasted sesame and green onions.

The Chef has an amazing cookbook too….it is called Hip Asian Comfort Food.

If you are ever out this way!

Check them out~
Blue Bamboo Restaurant and Handcrafted Cocktails
904.646.1478
3820 Southside Boulevard
Jacksonville, Florida 32216

 

How to …Clean Your skin!

Who doesn’t want gorgeous healthier looking skin in the new year? 

This week on my beauty & lifestyle report on TV on NBC 12’s The Chat  at First Coast news station (see my video) I  shared with the viewers a  simple skin care routine. I find women use far too many products on the face and that can cause a traffic jam on the skin…with not so pretty results. 

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Here is what you really need to do to jump start your way to the skin you've dreamed of!
 
By a starter kit,try a free sample from inside a magazine,buy small sizes to TEST drive products first!
Keep it simple! Using expensive skin care doesn't make it any better. Experiment and see what brands
work for you!
 Daily AM and PM
  • Clean
  • Toner/ skin Freshener
  • Hydrate
  • Protect/sunscreen (daytime)

For your eye area:

  • Eye gel or cream

For Your Face (not eye area) this is a MUST.

    • EXFOLIATION is key and is essential to refresh,plump up and renew collagen! 
      This is THE most important thing you can do for your skin at least every 7 -10 days. 
      The Super Star of exfoliation DIAMOND BUFF
      The hottest tool that is all the rage in spas and dermatologists offices.
    •  Diamond Buff by www.beestunning.com   
    • Explore their site online for all the details.
      
      Use a face mask weekly and choose one for your  SKIN TYPE. 
    • Sometimes that may be 2 different types of masks. 
    • One for the T-zone which is the forehead,chin and nose and one for dry cheeks!
    • Lastly NEVER go to sleep with makeup on! 
    • It ages your skin faster and you will wake up a hot mess!
    • Stay tuned…I am going to start using the new cool tool above and hope I will shine bright like a diamond! I’ll keep you posted and give you a play by play on my experience and results on my skin.

Good Vibrations…good hydration!

NeoCell’s new Joint Bursts chews with Tumeric are all the rage!

If you’ve been on the go chasing  after your kids…neocell_joint_bursts_with_unwrapped_chew-01exercise,jog,aging and have daily aches and pains this is for you!

The Tropical Tang flavor makes it even better.A dietary supplement you might not be able to resist!  Type 2 Collagen for joint repair plus turmeric for inflammation. Soft chews are like candy!

The Move Matrix adds a natural pain relief formula, including boswellia.   Most people experience joint pain relief within minutes.This is in pill form and is another dietary aid to take for joints and more. Non- GMO & gluten free. Helps relieve pain.

www.neocell.com

Zim’s MAX- FREEZE patches with lidocaine and menthol they come in several sizes from medium to extra large to target areas like, the neck,back,arm,legs,knees.

www.zimsusa.com

LA STAR Greens

Is a celebrity loved plant based supplement. Simply take the packet and empty in a glass of water. Or mix with a smoothie of your choice. It i all the rage in gifting suites for Celebrity events and has a celebrity following. Let’s drink to beauty inside out.

See LA STAR Greens recipe on their site for a Malibu Morning Smoothie!

Vitamin C- immune system

B-12- Great to re-energize the body if you’re  tired and fatigued and boosts metabolism.

Iron-Aids the nervous system.

Organic,Superfood,Gluten-Free,Vegan Non GMO,raw

www.lastargreens.com

Got a beauty or lifestyle question for me? Email me.

Be a SAVVY Sleeper!

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Want to get a good nights sleep and wake up with better looking hair and skin too?

ME too! I discovered at a spa show an awesome pillowcase! It truly protects my hair and face.

Made of the highest quality 100% pure satin this luxe ultra-smooth for hair and anti-aging is my nightly beauty secret. I have always slept on a cotton pillowcase.BUT  not anymore!!!

Available in two sizes standard and king.It is like a SPA for your face!

Benefits of sleeping or napping on satin:

Soothing for the skin.

Protects delicate facial skin.

Dermatologist recommended.

Smoother than cotton.

Preserves hair breakage.

It even preserves blowouts.

I love the Wine Country Collection as I am in love with Napa Valley and all things wine Colors include:Vintage Rose,Pinot Greige, Zinfully Blue! All gorgeous hues.

Created by a woman of course. Dale Janee.

Another unique bonus is the built in secret pocket!!!

You can put some calming lavender,dried rose petals,a sweet treat or tuck in a LOVE note to your sweetie.Since I work on the road lots…I love leaving a message for my husband.

Quite unexpected and a lovely idea built into a pillowcase.Don’t you think?

Treat Yourself and Sweet Dreams darlings!

PS

The holidays are coming…great gift idea to give too!

http://www.savvysleepers.com or on Amazon.

 

Shot of Pretty!

Today I featured on TV today this awesome drink I discovered at my last beauty conference. It is called YANA! The booth was filled with girls serving up this cocktail of daily collagen shots and I so had to see what the BUZZ at the booth was all about.

As you know I have blogged about other wellness supplements and more. But when I took one look at the CEO and creator’s skin I had to know more.Her name is Janna Ronert.Her kind spirit and  wealth of knowledge made our meeting even better. i am  happy with and take care of my skin but I know we can always make it better. I have now started using this revolutionary beauty cocktail no happy hour needed!

What IS collagen? It is the protein in our connective tissue that makes up 75% of our skin.Our bodies naturally produce this but as we age we start to lose it.By adding this liquid supplement helps you with up to 63% reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.

Did you know women produce less collagen  than men? By the age of 50 a woman has naturally lost almost half of the collagen from her skin.I say…

If your skin is not looking as good as you would like it too… maybe it is time to discover Yana! 

#agelater #gluten-free formualtions  #dairy-free #sugar-free #non-GMO

If you want to learn more…visit:

http://www.imageskincare.com

If you happen to live in sunny Jacksonville Florida you will find it at the beach at Skin Spa By Casey.

To view me on TV visit http://www.firstcoastnews.com

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Bride and Bridal Party Emergency KIT

So your wedding date is set.But don’t fret!

Here are some of the unique ideas I showed on TV today for your special day.

Create a Bride and Bridal Party Emergency kit for the day of the wedding:

Perfume

Clear nail polish

Nail repair kit and nail polish remover pads

Mini hair spray

Hair pins,elastic ties and CHI styling tools

Deodorant

Hand and body lotion

Stain remover

Female needs like tampons and wipes etc.

Sewing kit

Toothpaste and floss

Double sided tape

Face powder

Clear lip gloss

Mints and gum

Headache or antacid relief

And a travel mirror.

Of course you can add to this list…but try not to bring the kitchen sink!weddingfetti.jpg

 

PS…the confetti in this wedding photo is not just any kind it is…photofetti. You too can order your personalized confetti with your or any fav’ photo on it!

http://www.photofetti.com  THEY rock for any special event!