Vacay or mini travel tips you need!

Who doesn’t love to travel?

I have always loved to travel. I got the “travel bug” when I lived in the tri-state area. I always heard the sound of airplanes. Manhattan has a lot of tourists arriving and landing and departing! JFK airport has many global flights too!

It is a beautiful sight and as I grew up I loved that sound of the airplanes more and more.

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So happy to be traveling again! It’s been a long time by one and a half years for me. How about you?

Here are a few of my personal tips I have cultivated through the years and now with the pandemic not over what to expect.

Choosing a window seat is lovely but can ruin your skin over time. SUN SHINE 🌞 at sunrise, afternoon or sunset is damaging to the skin over time. By the way, I love the window too. And if you pee a lot you need to make sure you choose an aisle seat to make it easy for you to get in and out!

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Don’t forget your sunscreen. Even under face masks the sun can get you! Apply sunscreen to your hands (especially the tops) and don’t forget your neck too!

Stay hydrated I can’t say it enough. BEFORE you leave your house, at airport and on your flight keep the water coming. Skip the caffeine especially if you’re anxious about flying it will only make you even more jittery.

Please note:

Airport and other places you go water 💧 fountains are covered and off limits due to Covid19 and refill water stations are closed off too. So if you’re used to bringing your own water or beverage container bottle with you. You will not be able to fill it with H2O.

Pack disinfecting wipes too! For each of you traveling. You will need to double check and clean your surroundings. The airplanes are very clean but you can ever be too careful or clean. On my Delta flights they hand you a disinfecting wipe packet when you get on board.

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Mask 😷 up!

I like to sprinkle some essential oil on my disposable mask or cloth mask with lips 👄depending on my mood. Most times I use lavender oil and I love ❤️ the Aura Cacia brand. It’s great quality and simply the best!

You MUST wear your face mask and keep your nose 👃 covered at the airport and on the plane ride and while switching planes. They are very strict to keep everyone safe.

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Pack a chamomile tea bag in your tote or your handbag.

Bigelow Tea Co makes an awesome one with stress relieving chamomile and calming lavender.sometimes when you order tea there isn’t any chamomile tea available. So order a cup of hot water and take the tea bag (for another time) they are serving and just use the water 💦 and make a cup of chamomile tea.

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Travel with your favorite snacks. YOUR comfort food. Mine are bananas, apples, tangerines and anything crunchy, M&M chocolate candies or Hershey’s chocolate 🍫 or and HARD candies or gum.

These will not only comfort you they hydrate your throat which can get dry while flying with a mask on especially.

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Another calming treat is to pack a CBD tincture or CBD gummies to balance your mood if you’d like. They really come in handy. I love Martha Stewart’s collection of edibles.

I hope these tips bring comfort to you and help you on your next flight too.

Happy summer!

Hello,Sunshine!

TIME to get outdoors without our face masks where possible and enjoy some sun.

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This month is Skin Cancer Awareness Month so just don’t forget to apply a sunscreen when you’re ready to go out and start your day.

In Florida where I live the sun is already calling Floridians and tourists out the door. 🏖 Beaches, parks, the woods,playgrounds they can’t resist the 🌞 and shed some clothes.

Unfortunately what I also see are girls, guys and children with sunburned lobster hued skin. Ouch! It is pretty bad and painful to see.

Just remember wearing an SPF will not prevent you from getting some color you just will be more protected and not burn. As a skin cancer survivor I know what I’m talking about. I’ve been there!

So I hope you’ll enjoy spending more time outdoors to explore. But just protect that wonderful skin you’re in!

Peaceful and aromatic …Rituals!

Do you ever burn incense and be still and enjoy the quiet time and maybe meditate A bit when you do it too?

I do and IT FEELS so good. I have always been spiritual in many ways and since I was a teen I loved burning incense. I first had the pleasure of the scent in church.

I never knew why except that I loved the aroma. Especially the scent of sandalwood incense. The common but adored incense burned in Chinatown’s, temples and more.

When I visited China and South Korea this spring and can’t wait to go back. I fell in love with that scent again and the ritual of burning candles and lighting incense even more.

If you’ve never tried it. I invite you into the world of incense in your home. If you don’t like sandalwood there are many other scents to choose from. Go shop and explore!

If someone in your home or even you have allergies or sensitivities….

You can place an incense stick in a terra-cotta flower pot filled with sand. Burn it outside your door.

I burn incense to start and end my day. I burn incense at my lipstick 💄 red door 🚪 at my business. I want to start the day off with good vibes only. They say incense wards off evil spirits or juju around you.

Whatever you wish to believe … believe. But enjoy the beauty of this aromatic and exotic air elixir in your space. It may do the same for you. I especially like to burn it as it calms my mind down from racing especially after a long hectic day.

Stop and smell the incense. It may just surprise you. It’s all about the simple pleasures and the little things!

woman standing in front of incense burners

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Hello & Kisses 💋💋💋from Hong Kong!

I am alive and kicking and haven’t forgotten YOU and my blog. But it has been difficult being on a twelve hour time zone difference from the US, to Korea and then on HK time. ✈️ The struggle is real!

I am having the time of my life… in my high heels and Skechers!

Learning new cultural rituals,shopping 🛍and eating 🥟 my way from country 🍚 to country!  I’ll be posting my travel notes soon.

I can’t wait to share my exotic travel, beauty 💄 and foodie 🥢🥡 adventures with you! Come back for more!

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Happy Galentine’s Day!

Yes it is a day! Made-Up in recent years but still another reason to celebrate LOVE and friendship with your gal pals,besties or even family.

Yesterday I featured on my beauty and lifestyle segment on TV ways to do just that. Grab a cup of coffee and tea and enjoy my blog with an easy D.I.Y. There is still time to throw a mini soiree. For two or for 12 besties. If you can’t do it today. You can always do it Valentine’s day or even a day over this weekend.

1. Invite friends you want to celebrate with via text,phone or email.

2.Create a theme. I like the beauty or pajama party type theme.Decorate accordingly or choose LOVE as your decor with hearts and more.

3.Think of the treats,food and drink you’d like to serve.Make a list and go get it. (Serve in disposable glassware,plates and silverware to keep it simple)

4.Examples Menu: Who doesn’t love chocolate? Get a box of chocolates or even a bag of Hershey’s Kisses. Add something sparkling.Maybe a mini cake,cheesecake or cupcakes sprinkled with lips or hearts. A pitcher of spa water:Try fresh mint and lemon water.

5.Pick up swag to giveaway. It doesn’t have to be expensive.I found the cutest mirrors with red lips at a local dollar store. Who doesn’t love a treat to take home?

6. I gather up a few ideas for conversation and to Kiss & MAKEUP. Lipsticks,eyeshadow,nail polish,fragrance or you can go as far as K Beauty sheet masks and lip scrubs.Share beauty secrets and beauty faux pas and laugh the afternoon or night away.

7. I also like a fun game. I pass around a framed piece that says” What the way YOU USE your Lipstick says about you”. Girls can’t wait to dig in their purse for their lipstick tubes to see what their tube says about them.

I hope I have given you some inspiration for a little gathering with friends and celebrate! I’d love to hear what you come up with. Talk to me. Share with me.

You don’t need a man to buy you a box of chocolates. TREAT YOURSELF!

box celebration chocolates decoration

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Serve something bubbly!

four champagne flutes with assorted color liquids

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Take home giveaway!

anniversary art birthday bow

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Falling for Fall’s new fashion accessories!

 

I am a huge fan of accessories. Are you?

I don’t have to have diamonds,gemstones or designer things (although Betsey Johnson is my weakness) but I do love both the unique,fun and classic. I recently traveled to Dallas and had the best time working and playing. Shopping is work too. Sometimes you can shop for hours and not find a thing and turn around and go home. But this trip I found a gorgeous cotton candy pink glam necklace and earring set with diamond like crystals. $3.00 worth of gorgeousness. I also found a pair of trouser sock like stockings in the prettiest shade of pink. $1.00 scored!After the spring,summer,winter you can find some AMAZING deals as the stores are getting ready for new merchandise. You know out with the old in with e new. Their trash is your treasure.

I love the way just by adding a few fashion pieces to your fall wardrobe can go a long way.

Here are a few things to spice up your fall wardrobe.

Choose pearls (faux is fine) they are always in fashion and NOT just for old ladies! I have them in ALL colors from earrings to bracelets and necklaces.

A classic pair or three of cubic zirconia or Austrian crystal earrings. They never fail to impress. No one knows they are not diamonds but you.

What’s still  trending in necklaces are a large statement necklaces (especially pretty on taller gals) OR a simple tiny diamond like stone other design necklaces. Small but makes a statement. Necklaces always that little something to a plain outfit from blue jeans to that basic black dress. Celebrities are a master at this look.

A new pair of sunglasses (Sunnies) will not only protect your eyes from wrinkling faster they are so much fun and tres chic. Some days it is all about a great pair of sunglasses and a luscious lipstick!

It is STILL so HOT in Florida where we do see some sort of fall but I am sure you are feeling cooler fall wherever you are. Enjoy the beauty of this color filled explosion nature has to offer.

Spice up that wardrobe with a few new pieces and ENJOY!

 

 

 

brown glass fragrance bottle beside white pearl bracelets

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An Apple a Day…keeps you healthier!

APPLE photo It has been non-stop for me for 11 days with work and play. I have been traveling to the BEAUTIFUL state of Maine, next a trip to NYC (will share soon about these trips with you) and then back to FLORIDA for more work. We did another one of our signature Pop Up shop at an event with Jacksonville magazine. Yesterday was spent painting pretty faces at my makeup studio.

Today  I am going to celebrate my husbands birthday starting with breakfast in bed.

And for me I am eating clean as I am craving green! Don’t you just love the first bite into a green crunchy apple? God’s edible masterpiece! Last night I shopped the aisles and bought the freshest batch of colorful fruits and veggies. And this week I am going to back on a beautiful food track (with a little bit of his Birthday cake)

Travel and stress takes a toll on your body and skin. Sometimes you have to take a break and treat yourself to all the bounty from a farmer’s market.And feed your body what it needs.

Be well and take time to smell the strawberries,apples and papaya!!!

 

New York,New York

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New York, New York … They loved it so much they named it twice.

Guest spoke at the beauty show,painting the city gorgeous and enjoyed yummy things along the way.

They were fabulous and exciting both beauty shows. I will do a blog on what trends I saw in time for the weekend.

Nothing like a hot dog from a street vendor. 2 slices of awesome thin crust pizza and a soda for only $2.75 and honey roasted peanuts for $1.00 if you are on the right street corner around town and in the right place to see their Nuts 4 follow the scent of hot sugary peanuts. They are so delicious!

The bakeries are too die for.Every where you go a giant muffin,bagel,pie,donut and cupcake are talking to you…saying “Come Eat Me”.The chefs in this the city are  are off the charts.

Yes, indeed it was a wonderful time.

The only thing is I am exhausted and I am usually a ball of energy! So, I WILL regroup and  get some beauty rest and write another blog soon.

Stay tuned…

 

Delta Airlines,Travel and more!

airplane seat POD

I love to travel for work but I love to play too. When I visit a city I don’t just stay the time my business trip is for I stay a little bit more. If you read my blog…I am all about explore!

This time I was in First Class on an airplane that is usually used for International flights. I got lucky. The seats are like this. What you see is my purse and tote bag filled with beauty & fashion magazines and I had my own large screen and HUGE chair that goes back they call a POD. It goes back like a bed!You can actually go to sleep in it. My table space was like a mini vanity. It was an awesome flight!

Lap in luxury after working hard out-of-town across the country…was a very pleasant and most unexpected surprise.

THE SERVICE from the flight attendants was amazing. Delta is my go to airline AND also my happy place. I love to fly! Delta  99% of the time takes care of me. Never disappoints and the CHEF has really stepped it up. The food and desserts are amazing.

Now, I’ve got another half  week ahead…back to TV today and on The Chat,gotta get caught up in my office and makeup studio and taking care of my husband who I have missed too. A business owners work is never done.

Can you say exhausted already?

Enjoy your week,Beautiful!

TOP 12 List to Visit in Chicago oh my!

Have I got a lot to share with you from my all things beauty and yummy stops! 

Looking for a beautiful blowout bar? Blowtique IS the go to place. They offer several styles The Chicago,The New York  The LA and more!

Thread Away is a salon for the ancient ritual. Threading is another form of hair removal for face or brows.

Mud Facial Bar is the new hot spot for cleaning your face.The specialty is MUD.

If you are looking for an elegant place where the whose who of Chicago goes to get their hair done and more. Book an appointment at George the Salon

Besides the Magnificent Mile of Michigan Avenue.

Glamour Closet offers designer and other brand bridal gowns at awesome prices.

AGACI (in downtown Chicago) is a great place to shop and enjoy THE LATEST and greatest in all things accessories and fashion.And the PRICE is right!

LOVE FOOD? Me too!

FOOD CHICAGO

Check out the many YUMMY FOOD TOURS…Chocolate Tour,ChinaTown tour and more!

Eat, walk and be merry.

One of the companies is:

http://www.chicagofoodplanet.com

Pierogi Heaven in the LOOP area downtown Chicago. I AM POLISH so this place really rocks my lips and heart.

Off The Tracks Grill for quick breakfast and or lunch only. AWESOME Chicago style hot dogs!

EATALY is all the rage in NYC and has now arrived in Chicago.If you love all things Italian you will love this shopping and dining mecca. They even have a Nutella Bar.

Chinatown has some awesome bakeries,bubble tea spots and DIM SUM. My
absolute fave is Ming Hin Cuisine.

This is just a taste of what I love and explored. I love visiting this beautiful,friendly, chic city!