A getaway to work and play in Marvelous MAINE!

First Stop …Press Hotel in Portland Maine…LOVED my room.Press Hotel washclothFinally I get a chance to take my notes from my recent trip to Maine.I hope you enjoy!MAINE photo

I arrived in sunshine got picked up by a Mercedes van by my hotel. The hotel is called the Press Hotel and used to be home of the local newspaper.The staff was wonderful from the moment my 5 feet 1 self  hopped in that van. The rooms are pretty amazing,clean and have what I love and look for a mini refrigerator! The bar and meeting rooms are luxe and petite. Cozy and charming kinda place. The room had a frig,a Keurig coffee unit and some delicious Bar Harbor Tea Company bags.

The staff  down to house keeping were a delight to be around and always helpful to my needs. The Press Hotel is located in downtown Portland where a lot of eateries,bars and quaint shops and the waterfront is.

One of my other fav’ bath and body delights was the amenity tray filled with CO Bigelow products and adding to that impressive array was a BLACK wash cloth that had MAKEUP engraved lettering on it.This was the best part as white wash cloths are a big expense for hotels and destroyed by hotel guests daily from makeup or other unexpected messes.Using a black one to remove mascara and makeup keeps the hotels laundry bill down a notch and you can remove your makeup without looking at a big makeup colored mess on a white wash cloth.  I have been using black washcloths at home and in my beauty business for ears. Finally I found a hotel who uses them too.

TOP of my Maine list is to let you know the people of Maine are so friendly! And it is a very clean state.

Here are highlights from my trip!

My stay at the Press Hotel

Holy Donut (OMgosh) these potato flour donuts were absolutely wonderful and so unique and light.And did I mention ginormous?

Gilberts Chowder House makes the BEST Chowder I HAVE EVER TASTED!

There was lots of window shopping! And of course I had to buy some local treasures.But not ones you think. I used to buy souvenirs with the state or cities name on them. No more. I now buy things that are really local and indigenous of the area. Not mugs or ash trays with the states name on it but something more meaningful.

This trip I purchased a small bottle on a silver wire hanger for my bathroom window. I love to take herb clippings from my larger plants and place them in water and root them. Herbs like mint,rosemary and then after they root I can place in soil and start a new plant for my home. I also like to take those clippings and snip and use in my bath or a D.I.Y. facial treatment.Downtown Portland has some cozy lovely shops!

Fun Fact:

The Whoopie pies mesmerize and were ginormous.

They serve a bread call Brown Bread and it is made with molasses. But you don’t buy it at the bakery you buy it down the canned food aisle next to the pork and beans. So delicious!

Bar Harbor a few hours away is filled with so many sweet shops. My fav’ is the Bar Harbor Tea Company of Maine. The tea shop is a must for tea enthusiasts like me.

I love coffee but I also LOVE a great pot of tea!

Blueberry jam,syrup,tea,soap is BIG there. They have many blueberry and other farm fields.

LOBSTER,lobster and more lobster! My cheeks are all scratched up for the lobster tails and claws.(only kidding)

As for fashion…you don’t need to get all dolled up (Except I have to for work).  This is fishermen and women territory. I wore blue jeans and light sweaters or jackets. So unlike me. BUT it felt so freeing

I still have more to see and explore! It is a must go back.

If you’ve never been to Maine you’ll go insane…it is a lovely sweet place to escape.

This Girls Gone Green!

Today is Earth day eve and I am trying to put you in MY mood! SundanceAPPLE photo

Enjoy somewhere where there is GREEN tonight or on Earth day.

Soak in that luscious green view that is so healthy for you!

Bite into a beautiful crisp GREEN apple and or other green fruit you love. Savour the taste on your tongue. I love my apples sliced with a big piece of Brie melted on top.Sensual YUM!

 

photo makeup base.JPGDon’t throw out the last amount in the jar. Use a mini spatula and go ahead and scrape out of that jar or tube or any other container.photo bottles eco.JPG

Don’t throw out those glass bottles use them again and again by refilling with pancake syrup  from a larger bottle. Reuse perfume bottles and or make some D.I.Y. spa delights and have them on hand for an awesome spa day or night! I LOVE this type of recycling.photo Thyme

Support a farmer and buy some fresh herbs and cook without herbs and spices from a plastic bottle or jar.

TEA TIME D.I.Y. photo

Treat yourself to a steam bath facial with fresh tea,flowers and herbs. Your skin will love you!

Hope you enjoyed these Eco-friendly tips please come back for more on Earth Day.

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.

 

I LOVE to Create all things Beauty!

As some of you know I love and am so attracted to all things Asian beauty namely China and Japan. And I continue to embrace all the K-Beauty  products that have come to the US. It is so much fun exploring the NEW and the tried & true! Yet I think I have only begun to tap the surface of this other world of beauty finds.I want to learn and test drive even more!

Through the years I created kits filled with beauty products from China but my other love is creating beauty products inspired by the Orient.It is so satisfying to my beauty spirit to create. From choosing the formulas,what they can do and I get to name the products too! Our clients love them too.

Last year I introduced a beauty box filled with products called Lucky Cookie…it is filled with beauty I curated from China,Korea,Japan and more.My signature chopsticks and fortune cookie included.You’re a Lucky Cookie if you own this box is how I look at it!!!

Recently I curated a kit of products that I named the Bento Box of Beauty. It is an actual Bento FOOD tray FILLED with beauty and bath products. Happy to say …We sold out over Valentine’s day!

The best part you get to enjoy it all and not throw the packaging out.

If you are a foodie, a beauty junkie and or appreciate the flawless beauty of a China doll complexion…you will fall in love with this Bento Box!

Tell me what you think of this fun box of K and other Asian beauty?  I love eating from these unique compartments but I think I like it even more when it is filled with ALL things beauty and fun! Bento Box of Beauty 1 -2017.JPG

 

 

 

Secrets to a Good Night’s sleep!

photo sleeping toolsInsomnia and stress are two issues women are concerned about an bring up to me about in my beauty business. I take their needs very serious and wanted to post about getting your beauty sleep and perhaps help you.

Here is a healthy pattern to consider nightly: Before you got to sleep or bed…Have a warm cup of calming Holy Basil or chamomile tea.

If you’re no into tea…a warm glass of milk will do. Take a warm bath with cheap Epsom salts.They are AMAZING and relax your muscles and detoxify too.I know what you’re thinking you’re not a bath person! BUT when you can’t sleep and have nights of insomnia this is worth a try. THEY WORK.

Shut off ANY electronics…Only got to bed with your sweetie or yourself not a phone,tablet and more.

Place a few drops of Aura Cacia lavender essential oil into a spray bottle with some distilled or spring water.Spray your room with this relaxing spray.

OR try Serious Insomnia by Jimm Harrison Aromatherapy on a cotton pad and take a sniff, This aromatherapy oil takes you from frazzled and stress to feeling fabulous.

A white noise machine is another useful tool. Turn it on for the ocean,birds tweeting on a spring day and more.My husband loves ours.

If you can’t go to sleep and do get up…go ahead and get up and go into another room and watch TV or read a book or magazine until you feel sleepy. OR do what I love to do and unclutter your head by writing things down in a notebook.

NEVER go to sleep angry with your spouse or children…you will NOT sleep well. Kiss & make up.

TEA For a Beautiful Cause…Ladies of Jacksonville,Florida!

MAY 17 ...tea1 I truly LOVE the way it feels when I donate my time and bodacious giveaways for a great cause. Don’t you love that GIVING feeling too? Doing good feels awesome.This event is not exception.I hope you will join me and some like minded business owners like me. As you know I am crazy for food trucks! So, a fashion truck really kicks it up a notch. My fave local fashion truck is called Belle of the Blvd!  I have found some amazing on the cheap chic treats to add to my wardrobe… Alongside my pricey wardrobe. And the truck is PINK! You know how much I love pink by now. The fashionable yummy TEA is hosted by Flaire Celebrations an event and gift shop. There will be other vendors with other fun services. EventBrite is where you will buy your tickets. They are going fast.So, please think about joining us and get your ticket for food,a fashion show and fun!!!

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Natural, Vegan,Gluten Free and oh so heavenly!

honey-lavender-scrub-300dpi I think it is important to take care of yourself.

I know it takes time and you might be giving a sigh or whine but I personally really try to practice it daily. I recommend you do it too. IF you only have a few minutes to yourself.Sip a cup of soothing hot tea or a glass of wine and enjoy five to 10 minutes to exfoliate,hydrate and oh so much more.

ME TIME! This scrub is on OPRAH’S FAVE sea salt SCRUB on her O -List .

It is 95% natural,Vegan and Gluten Free. It is not greasy and rich with vitamin E rice bran oil. Apply it to your hands,body and feet and give yourself a treat.NOT to be used on your face. This is a salty exfoliating sea salt treat not meant for your delicate complexion.You apply it before you shower or bathe and rub on a DRY body in small circles with your hand or a sponge. Then you rinse it off after it has done the skin softening and exfoliating magic.The honey and lavender additions in the scrub take it to another heavenly level!!!

So RELAXING to use and the scent makes me swoon…You gotta try it.

Water for Gorgeous Skin!

photo lemons and tumeric

The sun came out in Florida today and I was so HAPPY. The weather hasn’t been so fabulous. Like the rest of the country we have had our share of crazy weather.Lots of rain and gray days!

So, at my makeup & skin studio I decided I had to make some awesome infused water. A touch of the spa if you will. Yesterday on TV I shared a recipe that the viewers of The Chat TV show loved… I wanted to share the simple recipe with you.You can watch it at http://www.firstcoastnews.com click on The Chat on the left side search bar. ENJOY!

After a long winter YOUR skin and mine is dry and thirsty!

To hydrate your skin you need WATER not soda,sugary drinks or sweet iced tea. I know what you’re going to say. You think drinking water is boring or you don’t like drinking water. Well get over it my darlings. If you want prettier skin and a healthier hydrated body you need water as part of your beauty regime.

I am sipping this  water as I write this blog and in a gorgeous goblet like it is a glass of wine.Make it part of your daily ritual too.

Here is the recipe I showed on TV:

1 fresh organic kiwi

1 fresh organic lemon

*sprinkle in a few berries like raspberries or blueberries for more fun!

1 pitcher of fresh spring or drinking water (room temperature is best) NOT hot and don’t add a ton of ice.

Slice the fruit and place into the pitcher of water.This fruit infused mix water will hydrate and much healthier than soda or iced tea.(I love them too…But)

Let the water rest on the counter before serving for at least one hour for the fruit to dance with each other and infuse the water.

This infused water contains vitamin A and C and is really tasty if you like these fruits.

Take care of yourself! Be good to yourself! Your skin will love you for it.

Tea Time!

I LOVE coffee, I love TEA!

Do you? Some days you just want to wind down with a cup of hot tea. I especially love making a tea from scratch and TEA TIME D.I.Y. photothat don’t come in a store-bought tea bag. I like to do a D.I.Y.

Here is a recipe I made that I find helps fight a cold,sore throat or the flu.Good for your immune system too!

3 cups of water

3 slices of fresh ginger (1/4 inch thick)

juice of half a lemon

1/4 tsp. of cloves

1/2 teaspoon of Tumeric

1 pinch of cayenne

1 1/2 tbsp. raw honey

1 cinnamon stick to swirl it all in!

*I also love to steam my face and pores with an exotic steam bath brew.Stay tuned to that recipe too.

I hope you will enjoy this drinking tea recipe too.

Just Breathe!

Are you in a HOLI-gaze?

I see shoppers every day either shopping at my beauty business or at other places. People seem to have a glazed look over their eyes gazing into another place or space.

Tis’ the season for stress to be on the top of your Gift and To Do List. From now until New Years Eve you will me on a mission. Rushing,pleasing,traveling,last-minute shopping and cooking.

If you want to wind it down and I know you do. Try some of these tried and true simple recipes I love to do.Today,tomorrow or into new years eve.

Lavender is your friend in any form! Soap,body lotion,cologne, room spray and more. No matter what forms  you use they will work wonders for you.This essential oil fragrance is awesome. You can even sprinkle lavender-scented baby powder on your sheets,pillows or blankets.

Buy some Chamomile TEA…I love the simple pleasures and relaxing joy I get from sipping this tea.To some is an acquired taste but is an amazing relaxing tea. Serve it as hot tea not cold to benefit best.

Try “Chill Pill” by Aura Cacia sprays away the stress that gets you down.Don’t spread stress around.

Epsom salt baths are a CHEAP thrill! Soak the cares of the day away in a scoop of Epsom salts in a bath tub of warm to  water.

Massage your feet with Vaseline that you added a drop of peppermint oil (not the craft kind but an essential oil for the body) Your feet will love you and your skin will love it too.Peppermint essential oil even the slightest drop I recommend for this beauty recipe makes you feel good.It is also an appropriate seasonal delight. Afterwards give your feet the white sock treat !!! Put your feet in clean white cotton socks. I prefer loose (not tight ones) and wake up with hydrated better looking feet.

Book an escape and get a massage!Take care of yourself…take a TIME OUT just for you.

My husband and I love to do this monthly and bi-monthly when time allows.It is good for your health!

I love the happy calm look my husband has after he gets out of the treatment room from his massage at Massage Envy. Priceless!

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Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. It not only makes your skin look better but makes you FEEL amazing and gives you more energy to think on your feet too.

Above all enjoy the beauty of this holiday season and remember you are LOVED by me!

I hope you have and will continue to enjoy my beauty and lifestyle blog.

I hope you had a wonderful Chanukah season and now wish those of you a Merry Christmas!

xoxo