It’s not just about wearing a lip gloss or a tube of Burt’s Bees clear lip balm. This spring 2023 it’s all about healthy skin and a bolder lipstick. Sometimes it’s all you need. Oh and a pair of sunglasses when you’re out and about town.
The color of the year is Magenta otherwise known as Fuchsia. it’s time to step outside your comfort zone. Try something new! Even if it’s just on your lips!
A fabulous fuchsia shade has both cool and warm undertones. It’s flattering on almost every skin tone.
I bet most of you might be in a lipstick rut. Try a brand new color and you’ll be so glad you did! Your lips will 💗 you and your complexion will glow.
34th Street Herald Square is the center if it all. Macy’s where I used to work early on in my beauty & fashion career is THE place to stop. It is their flagship store where it all began. You know it from the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade.
Macy’s has so much to offer from beauty, to fashion to fabulous food and drinks! There is something for everyone!
They evdd we n have their own Merch shop as well as I Love ❤️ NY gifts and fun finds.
Seventh Avenue and around the corners is Fashion Ave. You’ll see all kinds of businesses and racks of fresh made clothing and boxes of handbags and shoes zipping in and out of the street into the buildings. This is where a lot of the fast fashions are made! It also where up and coming designers get discovered.
If you are a creative spirit and like to make things and see… on these streets by Macy’s you’ll see the Garment districts novelty suppliers. They will even sell to you if you have the money. From sequins, glitter, to decorative ribbons and the most amazing and unique buttons and more! You just have to explore!
This district and shopping in the different neighborhood boutiques and stores in Soho, the Village and other shops in downtown NY. You’ll have a ball! Just give yourself time to explore!
Uptown is yet another Mecca of shopping and fashionable fun. There’s even a thrift store that is filled with designer clothing and accessories. NYC has the most amazing shopping.
This area of NY is where you might even bump into Sarah Jessica Parker as Sex and the City shoots there and she lives in the area.
A trip uptown cannot be complete without a stop at Bloomingdales Dept. store where I worked in the cosmetics department. You never know who you might see visiting the store. I’ll never forget seeing one of my first celebrities. Actor Sylvester Stallone of boxing 🥊 movie fame stopped to shop my cosmetic counter and had a few haircare questions. It was pretty exciting.
Chinatown is yet another section of NYC you need to visit. Send Chinatown some ❤️ LOVE. They need your business. It is “lit” right now with so many new eateries, bakeries, drink spots and delicious street vendors.
Chinatown gift shops, decor and more is yet another reason to shop there. So many unique things.
By the way, actors George Clooney and Brad Pitt have been there in Chinatown shooting a movie! I’m a fan!
The “Hells Kitchen” area is home to some awesome places to shop and eat. One of my favorites in the area is The legendary Little Pie Company bakery. Never disappoints.
As you can see I always fit in time to taste and enjoy all the city has to offer when I guest speak at spa bad wellness shows. The International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa conference was even more wonderful this year!
It was so great to not only educate but also reconnect with my beauty community. The show is EXCLUSIVE to beauty professionals, estheticians, makeup artists, massage therapists,nail techs, spas, salons and beauty business owners.
The fashion & beauty forecast I saw was Color IS Going strong in fashion. And Makeup is either bold or minimal. SKIN continues to be IN. Healthy looking pretty skin!
I know we are all under pressure to manage our TO DO list this month. Wether holiday shopping or simply doing what you need to get done. We need energy. And not sugary things. Sip your fruit and veggies.
So I wanted to share one of my many smoothie recipes that I enjoy with you.
What you will need for this recipe:
1 cup of frozen pineapple
3 handfuls of fresh spinach
1 frozen banana
1 cup of coconut water
A few pieces of fresh mint leaves
1 squeeze of fresh lemon
1/2 cup of water (optional)
Place all your liquids in the blender. Add your green 🍃 leafy veggies, blend for at least 25-30 seconds. Lastly add fruit and herbs. Blend until smooth.
Pour into a tall glass and enjoy. It is even more delicious when you share it with those you ❤️ love!
I like to play with this creamy refreshing recipe! If you don’t have one fruit or veggie substitute with another. It’s so much fun and better than buying them. Do it yourself and know what’s in it!
Wow! I never expected the last few weeks to be filled with so much adventure! NO comfort and joy for me. I know I’ve been MIA … it’s so unlike me!
But I wanted to fill you in on why I have not been blogging. I’ve been traveling for work. Puerto Rico, Santa Barbara, LA and beautiful Palm Beach. I love traveling and exploring wether it’s work or play. Airplanes are my happy 😊 place!
First there was a late in the season hurricane in 🌴 Florida.
Then while that was brewing I got sick with an upper respiratory infection. Thank goodness no flu or Covid.
Next I got attacked by three angry 🐝 wasps! Three different times!!! While minding my own business. It was bad.
All with Shop Small Saturday events at my studio and my Holiday Open House 🏡 weekend for my beauty cottage. Needless to say… I’m exhausted from all of this and the steroids I had to take too.
But I wanted you to know I have not forgotten about you and my blog too.
I’ve been traveling a lot lately and I can’t resist popping by a few of my favorite big box store out of town. You never know what you’ll find. Right? I was filling my basket with some awesome fashion finds and then browsed the Beauty Dept. I wasn’t there but a couple of minutes and what did I see? A lovely woman before me. I went to look at a few beauty tools when this woman turned around and smiled at me. I smiled back. Smiling and being kind is what I love to do. In a few seconds I was SHOCKED at what I saw. This woman was OPENING all the makeup kits and makeup she could get her hands on. One by one she put the products on her ARM and hands swatching away! I was pretty horrifed when she placed her NOSE in some foundation bottles and creams. At one point she had the tip of her nose filled with creamy white face cream and did all of this NOT even phased by me being there.
I don’t know about you but I NEVER do this and I have never had any clients do this at my private makeup studio. It was so troubling to see. 2 and 1/2 years into Covid you’d think she learned a thing about beauty safety and more.
All of this happened for over 10 minutes as I got lost in the beauty aisle. I could not help but notice her every move testing,swiping and sniffing. It didn’t matter to her that I was even there. NEXT she closed up the boxes and other products and shoved them back on the shelves. I could not stay. I simply had to walk away.
But what was most troubling is a supervisor directed two employees to put out new merchandise and displays to her specification ALL while this lady was testing all the beauty products she could get her hands on. The were so engrossed with their conversations and displays they let this happen a few inches away not feet.
I love discount and closeout stores but this really turned me off and made me think yet again….BEWARE and BE AWARE.
What you are buying may have been rifled through and someone elses germs can be all over what you buy!$
What do you think? I think it is a beauty crime I don’t want to witness it again. I will still shop this store but will proceed with caution what I buy there down the beauty and skin care aisles.
The other night I went to the store for a quick stop for milk. While there I saw a couple shopping 🛍 they were the only ones with me in the store.
We continued browsing and getting what we needed. When I was ready to check out at the register with a few more things …more than milk!
I could not find my money. $$$
I started to search deeper in my purse.
The couple came up to register at that time. I asked them to please go ahead of me and I stepped to the side to search for my cash. Yes,I had a charge card in my wallet but I prefer to pay cash.
They thanked me and asked me “Are you sure?” I said “Yes.” I searched in another section of my purse and could only find $3.00 and a few coins.
Next this happened the gentlemen/couple told the cashier “Let me pay for her purchases”. I said “Absolutely not” by now I had $20.00 worth of goods. He insisted I said to the cashier I’m good. I told them God bless you! 🙏 I thanked them for the kind offer and I told them “ I hope someone blesses you when you need it one day”
I found my cash AFTER they left. I mentioned to the girl at the register how kind and unexpected that was! She said “ Yes, it was”. She added that they come in the store sometimes for food etc. They had been LIVING in their CAR 🚘 for quite sometime in the area.” She went on to say “I think things must be looking up for them and they are not living in their car right now.
I could not believe it.
They offered to pay for my milk and other store purchases and they’ve had nothing.
Might I add they were in their late 20’s or early 30’s and were black. I am an American who just happens to be Polish & part Asian. I don’t know if this matters to you. But with all the division and hate I see in the world right now. There gesture was so special to me.
With ALL the horrible things happening in the world. You know the stories. I was thrilled to see there are good, respectful and sweet people in the world. I will NEVER forget this gesture from a stranger. It warms my heart and makes me smile 😎!
Did I ever tell you I use to be a Santa’s Helper at the mall? I loved ❤️that job!
Counting down to Santa’s arrival and the beauty of Christmas Eve! I took care of my last client. Shipped the last holiday mail order 📦 and closed my business doors. I wish the holiday season was like before. But it is not the same for brick and mortar businesses. Although we are trying to hang in there. Again this holiday it was hard to speak to people with face masks 😷 on and not hear them clearly or most of all see their lovely smile!
I want to take this moment to say I hope you have a HAPPY Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I know many people celebrate it tonight and go to church tomorrow. I know every family has their own ritual. Blessings to you and your family and friends too!
Put something cozy on and take time and chill and sip a cup of cheer.
What are you serving Santa tonight? A delicious cookie 🍪? A cocktail 🍹? A glass of milk? Do tell!
I’m serving him a hot chocolate with a chocolate marshmallow bomb inside. And a home-made cookie.