Spice It Up …Fall has arrived even though we don’t feel it in Florida. The temperatures in the 90’s this week! Wow. Today on TV I shared these with our TV viewers on a lifestyle morning show on River City Live… on WJXT-4.
But it is going to feel like the chill of fall before we know it. Let’s get in the mood and spice your life up with something new. Perhaps something or some place you never tried before!
A great way to do this is with a new sweater or better yet buy a pair of cozy socks! Say goodbye to boring black,white or blue and color your world too! I just discovered this awesome brand called JOHN’S CRAZY SOCKS! So many sock styles to choose from for guys, gals and kids too. The fun socks I purchased are so ME with luscious lips all over them.
Check out … Browse:www.johnscrazysocks.com Feel even better about your purchase knowing you are supporting a small business owner who just happens to be born with Down Syndrome. His company donates a portion of your purchase to Special Olympics. The holidays are coming. Great gift idea too.
Adding fall decorative touches in your home is nice. But how about adding some spice to your kitchen by trying out new and exotic spices like Vietnamese cinnamon and or French Lavender for your culinary adventures. I have had a party in my kitchen with these spices and herbs.
•Love sipping coffee? Tea? Smoothies Or Hot Chocolate? Me too.
Bitty and Beau’s Coffee Shop is coming soon to San Marco in Jacksonville Fl. But you can also find this coffee shop around the country. The brainchild started by a mom Amy Wright who is co-owner and named the coffee shop after her two children Bitty & Beau who were born with Down Syndrome. Why not stop in when they open their doors here and enjoy a NEW place to sip your coffee and enjoy a delicious treat too. They employ amazing people with disabilities. Now that’s something to brag about! Guests love the vibe and coffee too!
Try a new autumn inspired self-care treat like Honey Heel glaze and or hand and body lotion like Honey Chai. Men love this scent and products too. Self care never smelled or felt so good!
A new lipstick can change your life! Really. The trending hues for fashion and lipstick are cinnamon and metallic and earthy colors. But still think about PINK to brighten up your face to go with the new fall fashions.
Let’s celebrate the beauty of fall 🍂 and all it has to offer us.
Much needed attention. Your cosmetic bag is longing to be touched!
Stranded at the airport, waiting in the car 🚘 pool line or even at home. Use your time wisely and give your lipsticks some LOVE.
If you happen to get a Purell wipes, towelettes from a restaurant after your meal or have some rubbing alcohol disinfectant pads. get out your lipstick tubes and lipgloss wands and disinfect those tubes!
It’s kind of satisfying and fun to do!
1. Take the top off.
2. Roll up those tubes. Be gentle not all the way. Only up to where you’ve used the tube.
3. Swipe and wipe the lipstick itself all around.
4. Next wipe the tube packaging itself. You know lots of germs 🦠 are waiting for you there too.
5. Allow them to evaporate and dry and close the lids.
You’re all set, a quick disinfect and good to go! Safely! Protect those pretty lips!
* A great idea after you have a cold or a fever blister too!
I have been back at it and traveling for work and it is truly a new trying frontier. If you haven’t flown lately, since the pandemic or ever here are some things to expect … maybe!
Recently my flight got cancelled while I was still in the air traveling from Las Vegas to Atlanta. I did not learn of this news until I was able to turn my iphone as we landed and headed toward the gate. WOW! I was NOT ready for that. Atlanta to Jacksonville Fl is a quick 30-45 minute flight and the sun 🌞 was shining and the skies were the most gorgeous shade of blue!
My husband and I had no luggage,no toiletries,no fresh clothes and no night clothes to go to sleep in.
I usually travel on board with a just in case kit but accidentally packed it in my luggage. We were so not ready for this news but tried to go with the flow. When we walked over to the the ticket counter for Delta there were many others in our shoes so we felt a bit better.
Come to find out we had NO PILOT and no flight crew to take us to Jacksonville Fl that is why our flight was cancelled not due to weather or airplane troubles. You hear and see scenarios on the news BUT when it happens to YOU …is another story. I felt so lost even though I knew it would happen eventually.
Here are some stress relieving ideas for taking on board the plane with you.Create a compact bag for each of you filled with the “Bare Necessities” you may need.
Think small sizes!
Only decide what you really really WANT and need. PSP
For the MEN:
A bag of travel sized shave cream, a razor, toothbrush,toothpaste. A shirt for the next day and a fresh pair of underwear.
For the Women:
A bag filled with makeup remover towelettes, moisturizer and your favorite makeup items. Keep it simple. A tinted moisturizer OR choose a double-duty beauty like powder compact to even out skin tone and tone down shine.Lipstick can be used as blush in a pinch. Eyeliner to define the eyes in place of a tube of mascara. A nightgown or nightshirt,and a fresh pair of underwear.
Have children with you? YOU know best on what to pack for them and amuse them too.
Travel size toiletries and more you both can share:
Deodorant,a unisex fragrance, package of Q-TIPS,tissues,small hairbrush and comb,hand and body lotion. Usually the hotel supplies shampoo and conditioner.
Bring your RX prescriptions on the plane. Pack something for upset stomach,headaches and anything else you use. An eye mask or a roll on essential oil to keep calm.
Pack a lightweight empty bottle for water for yourselves that you can refill at the airport and save money and keep hydrated.
SNACKS are a must! I have learned to pack a combination of healthy and yummy options.Think comfort food.
MINI bags of dried fruit like cranberries,an apple, small cookies,crackers,gummy bears,potato chips, chocolate bars,gum,mints. Pack a bit of what you love!
Bringing a book or two or some magazines is ALWAYS a good idea.
All of the above are just in case your flight is cancelled and you may have to stay at a hotel overnight. Please note you don’t know what the hotel may have in the way of toiletries in the room. So, its best to pack your own. OR your plane does not take off in a timely manner and you are stuck on the plane as that can happen too. Most times they serve no drinks or snacks while you wait. These days you never know.
Getting away for an overnight this Labor day weekend or making it a long weekend. Be prepared…it will make your life so much easier.
I hope you do have a safe and fabulous flight and get where you want to go.
Snacks and an empty water bottle are a good idea too. I love to pack a combination of healthy and yummy options. Comfort food. Dried fruits, cookies, gummy bears, mini chocolate bars, cheese crackers or peanut butter crackers. All of these JUST IN CASE. Cause these days you never know.
Getting away for an over night trip or a long Labor Day weekend. Be prepared. It makes life so much easier!
Don’t forget when you go from your hotel that the airline may put you up in you will have to go through Security AGAIN when you enter the airport for your new flight.
Its is my favorite time of year! The day we wear and celebrate the beauty of a lipstick and what it does for our lips,complexion and face!
Now’s the time to update your lipstick wardrobe and buy something fresh,fun and new! Run don’t walk! Treat yourself to this instant mood lifter!
But before you do … go over and throw out lipsticks 💄 you do not use. Please bear in mind you don’t want to pass on your makeup to others even family because of Covid-19 even more so.
What’s HOT in lipsticks now?
PINK and fuchsia are the IT shades right now! They brighten the complexion and give you a rosy healthy glow! Summertime also is the perfect time for coral reds and golden shades too. You know sun’-kissed and to show off that tan.
If a color lipstick that you bought is not for you simply apply a sheer white lipstick with a touch of shimmer over it and you might just fall in love with a new gorgeous sexy hue!
If you need to plump up those lips and more! Check out this book!
Nail care and self care have never been more important. Looking good feels good and guys want to look their best too. Manicures and pedicures are not just for the ladies. Today on TV on River City Live I am featuring a few segments to do this with ease at home. I still think to get a manicure and pedicure at the spa or salon feels and is amazing. I go with my husband monthly! He actually loves it too.
Here are my tips and tricks to giving yourself aMani & Pedi at home.
One of the main things you need to consider is setting aside time JUST FOR YOU! Don’t rush. For a manicure you will need at least 15-20 minutes for a pedicure at least 30 minutes.
If you have never had a manicure and pedicure add it to your Bucket List of Beauty or make it your monthly beauty routine. YOU owe it to yourself and your body.
Here are some basic supplies you will need:
1 bottle of Cuticle oil
1 tube of cuticle remover PEN -removes dead skin and hydrates
1 bottle of nail polish remover to start fresh- I like one called The Stripper
1 tube or jar of hand and or body lotion and a foot cream
1 clear your favorite nail polish
1 High & Dry Quick-Drying Top Coat 9 it with UVA/ UVB protection
1 emery board
1 cuticle pusher stick
*Optional- a pair of clean nippers or nail clippers
*Optional- pedicure slippers or flip flops
Here are twomethods one for a quick hand and nail fix I like to do and below that is a longer more thorough way to do a nail treatment at home.
If you are REALLY short on time and want a quick manicure fix…You gotta try the new beauty sensation Bonblissity. Like a K Beauty sheet mask does for your face this little gem candy scrub will freshen and soften up those nails, nail beds and hands. INSTANT gratification.
Simply place a candy scrub wrapped in eco-friendly great for the planet way and place the scrub in the palm of your hands.
Run the water or dip your hands into a bowl of luke warm water and get your hands and the cube wet.
Rub gently paying attention to the entire nail area and on the skin on your hands…tops and bottoms. Leave scrub on and rub some more. It is kissing your dead skin away.
Rinse well and enjoy prettier or more handsome hands in a minute!
I interviewed the hot brand used on the red carpet celebrities, Fashion Week and coveted by the girl next door. I love to support woman business owners and fellow professionals in my beauty industry. So, celebrity manicuristDeborah Lippmann was who I needed to reach out to. This brand is an Allure magazine Best in Beauty Award winner. Not easy to win. So easy to fall in love with this nail polish brand because it is Earth week even more this brand is a healthier gel alternative. Vegan polish that glides on like a pat of warm butter on toast. To keep you safe you need to look for a polish that does not contain the 10 bad for you ingredients and only use the good.
Go visit YouTube or her website for her ‘How to Give Yourself the perfect Manicure at HOME Tutorial” www.deborahlippmann.com
For a PEDICURE at Home you will need the above as well. If you do not want to use a color nail polish that is perfectly fine. Or you might consider using a clear polish instead.
EASY STEPS By Deborah Lippmann
1. Cleanse & Prep the nails and remove all polish if you had any on.
2.Exfoliate & Shape the nails of your hands and feet. Clip if necessary.
3.Perfect the cuticles and nourish with cuticle cream to follow.
4. Apply a BASE COAT. She says it will make you manicure last LONGER.
5.Add a nail polish he if you’d like a dash of color.
6.Apply a TOP COAT to protect your color choice.
7.Apply hand or foot cream, like Rich Girl hydrating hand cream with hyaluronic acid and Steppin’ Out foot cream on your feet.
Deborah Lippmann ALSO shares her tips on HOW-To polish like a PRO. Worth a look on YouTube.
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?
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.