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!

The last time… I saw New York City

The last time I saw New York City was a year ago this week. How about you when was the last time for you? Or have you never been to NYC.

I was filled with hope and excitement honored to guest speak and educate at the the one and only International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa Conference as well as the International Beauty Show. Hair stylists, make-up artists, estheticians, massage therapists,salon owners and spa owners come from ALL over the world to attend these shows every year! I love ❤️ this show and look firearm to the excitement on the show floor too!

The city truly never sleeps and there is so much to explore.

The hustle and bustle of the NY airport ✈️ there has such an exciting vibe. I hailed a cab and got in ready to work and play.

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I eventually stayed out until DARK and never looked back.

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It was a cold but glorious sunny 😎 day with a gorgeous view of the city on the horizon. And headed to the hotel. I am from the city and travel for work and play but it never feels like work nor do I ever get tired of NEW YORK CITY.

Once at the hotel I checked in and started to unpack in my room making plans for dinner and fun that night before my class the next morning. I got a text telling me to hang tight that the show will not be going on. I knew this was serious news.

The Javits Center the convention area where our shows are held were going to be turned into a triage for those sick with Covid-19. The virus was In the US and nipping at NY’s doors. It was all so surreal and hard to take in. I couldn’t believe what was really happening.

I did not know how THIS would change my NEW YORK as I knew it and enjoyed it for all these years.

I arrived and was armed with sanitizing wipes,alcohol and other disinfecting travel supplies. But there was no protocol for face covers or masks and none to be had even if we wanted to buy them. YET! We were very very careful from our airplane seat and tray table cleaning to washing our hands often wherever we went.

My husband and I decided to leave the hotel and grab a drink and a bite and gather our thoughts on how we were going to handle this all. How can we check out since we were booked their for days and how do we change our flights without a penalty last minute?

I did NOT want to frighten myself and go in panic mode so we did the next best thing. We went out and enjoyed the city! Who knows when we’d ever be flying to or enjoying NYC again? Right?

We ate at a Jewish Deli and restaurant we always wanted to go to called 2nd Ave Deli.

We bought some bread treats in Little Poland,

We ate all kinds of warm nuts from street vendors.

We visited the the new Hudson Yards and The Edge, we stopped and shopped at different stores and bars.

So many places to shop and explore. You never know what you will find. We just kept on walking and soaking it all in.

Every corner in NYC and its boroughs is filled with such wonder to explore.

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My husband insisted on taking this photo… as the iconic phone booths are being removed in the city.

We SPED shopped some skin care/makeup stores, beautiful boutiques and Macy’s, Bloomies, Saks and more!

I even bought us fresh fruit from markets, decadent pastry & flowers to bring back to the hotel room.

I love to stock my hotel room with fresh fruits, breads and a sweet treat for my stay.
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I stocked up on my favorite fashion and international beauty magazines from my fav’ news stand.

We enjoyed dining at a charming place named Veselka (a Ukranian/Polish) eatery in downtown Soho section where WE discovered fabulous food,great mom and pop kind of business and a place they use to shoot scenes for movies and also seen on SVU the TV show.

Yum!

Minutes from the city I had planned to see my family and surprise them with our visit but since I was in the midst of it all I did not want to spread anything to them.

I am so glad we made the decision to stay and enjoy all of New York that we could. In a strange way you might say…it was one of the best days of my life!

This trip,this time in my life would be making history. I did not really know how our lives and for people all over the world was about to change and NEVER ever be the same.

Where were you right before quarantine?

Life!

Trying to hang in there? I am too.

These days into months have not been easy for us. I’ve been keeping busy with my work and lost in our pandemic life. (Sorry I have not posted a blog lately.)

But we’ve got to keep moving, keep going, keep working,keep dreaming and keep taking care of each other and our families.

And above all continue to take care of ourselves even if it is doing it ourselves until we can see a PRO and visit the spa or salon again. I have been able to see my stylist for my haircuts unlike many of you across the country and globe. Wonderful!

Nothing like a fresh haircut and someone else shampooing your hair.

Am I right?

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TRY A New mani & pedi nail color!
Missing a trip to the SPAaah!

I long for a real mani & pedi!!

I so want a facial! (And not one I do myself)

I want to fly ANYWHERE or travel out of the country again!

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I want to work again on the road and continue to spread beauty and love all around the country again! I want to pamper my clients and wrap my arms around them again.

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I long to eat at some of my fave local places and around the country safely again!

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I want to see the faces of my sisters and feels their hugs and LOVE in person again! There is nothing like A HEALTHY dose of love from your family.

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How about you?

What are you doing to take care of you?

How are you?

What are you looking forward to once the world heals better soon?

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with me …

It is the start of the Lunar New Year this Saturday and it is the Year of the Rat and I have some Asian beauty secrets for beauty and and a little ZEN too!

While I know you may not live in Florida or the US you can catch me online.8

Today on TV I will be sharing some of these awesome beauty products from China,S Korea and Japan.

  • What’s white and coveted  for a pretty complexion?
  • One bottle of this is sold every 4.5 seconds in Japan! Men and women can’t keep their hands off this product.
  • Acupuncture, scalp massage and acupressure are all an important part of Asian beauty and wellness as well. See what’s trending!
  • What’s green and makes the skin feel and look amazing?

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Stay tuned on YouTube and catch the video link for my segment from today’s show on River City Live TV.

http://www.news4jax.com                                        http://www.rivercitylivetv.com

Having traveled to Asia a few months ago I so enjoyed awesome beauty, skincare,fireworks,customs,food,drink and fun. Counting down to when I go back for more adventures. I hope you enjoy today’s show. If you have ANY beauty and skin care questions simply ask me!

Travel and Explore!

I just spent an amazing time in Arizona! One of my stays was at the JW Marriott Star ⭐️ Pass Resort & Spa. It is an amazzzing place! And the spa was beautiful too. 

It was so refreshing to be back to Arizona again! The history and the food with a bit of heat 🔥 some things more spicy 🌶 than others. It is an awesome place to visit.

The highlights from my trip were visiting the city of De Tubac where arts and history and foodies are alive and kicking. I happened to be there when they had a festival going on. So many creatives in one place!

My fav’ place to eat was at Elvira’s. So delicious and the wait staff was awesome. The restaurant was Eye 👁 candy in itself. All the color from the moment you arrive. The art 🖼 and even using the powder room was a religious experience.

Connected to this place is a fabulous decor & gift shop! From angels, to hearts to art to glassware. I found a hand blown heart ❤️ piece I had to have. I’m going to place it in a gold ribbon and hang it from one of my chandeliers. I used to buy mugs, pot holders and tea towels when visiting places. Now when I travel I got smarter! I buy things that make me 😊 happy and that decor adorns my home or office. A daily reminder of my wonderful trips!

Also in this town there was a fabulous kitchen store Tumacookery I could have shopped there ALL day. If you’re a foodie or chef. What a fabulous and fun place!

Everywhere you travel 🌵 cactus of all kinds follow you. And they have skin care and cocktails 🍹 and other edible cacti treats too! The weather was amazing! 🌞

The people were charming and the sunsets were breathtaking! As I always say…explore beyond your door. Life is even more wonderful if you just get out the door and travel.

Have you ever been? Share with me.

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!

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I love you Chicago again and again!

I traveled to Chicago recently but it wasn’t long enough! Although I travel ✈️ there often. I never get tired of exploring new places and visiting some of my fave places too.

Here are a few highlights from my trip.

I love staying at the W hotel on the lake and I also love to stay at the iconic Palmer House. But this time I stayed with my husband at the Residence Inn 700 in the Loop. What a beautiful stay! Such cozy Suites with fabulous beddings and a kitchen with a dishwasher, huge refrigerator and mini loft bing room space area.

I discovered a beautiful church around the in corner in a section they call the Loop. I fell 😍 love! I attended several masses and services. A gem 💎 in the heart of downtown. Run by Franciscan friars.

I love shopping the magnificent Michigan Avenue. AKA the Miracle Mile …

So many shops so little time! One of my fave fashion shops is called Akira. Also since I love 💕 all things fun I shop at Riley Rose!

Food glorious food is another thrill in Chicago! I never get tired of their hot dogs, donuts and dim sum in Chinatown! Oh and this time I discovered a real chocolate filled bao delight! Warm and fluffy and so delicious.

I so wanted to go for a spa day but after doing everything else no time left.

Have you been to Chicago? Lately? Do share.

The New beauty kid on the block!

IMG_2663AGATE is the new gemstone facial roller DARLING!  I love the way it feels even though it is like the JADE roller it feels a bit different and is larger too. I discovered this trend in Hong Kong on my trip in the Spring. I can’t wait to go back!

Agate is known for its grounding and balancing properties as well as aids in digestion. Great to use with other gemstones.

People are asking me lately how to really use a roller the right way. And they want to know are there any other rollers that I use besides jade? 

So, here are my tips on how and why use them.

How to use an Asian Skin Smoothing Facial Roller

  • Begin with a clean face.
  • Wash and pat your skin dry.
  • Next, apply a few drops of a facial oil or face serum.
  • Use large end of the roller in upward strokes on your cheeks,across the forehead and chin. Then I prefer to move the roller down my face and around. Back up again.
  • Use small end in single strokes around your eyes and by the nose. I also roll around the lips and skin around the lips.
  • Neck and shoulder massage too!

Always remember roll when you have time. Don’t roll too fast or you may have issues with a roller falling out of the hinge. So, be gentle.

 These Asian rollers may be used daily or a few times a week.

Relax, chill out and above all … Enjoy!

The Beauty in TEA Time!

There’s so much beauty in sipping a cup of TEA. The process alone is so relaxing and calming…especially when I have time for it. Not just a quick cup of it in the morning.

How about you do you like coffee or tea or both?

A few weeks ago I had a flight delayed in Atlanta and instead of going to the Delta Sky Club we chose to go to P.F.Chang’s. Stressed from running from one Terminal to another. Tired because the day had been very long and just wanted a cozy spot to compose and chill. Their tea is delightful iced or hot. But my fave is hot served in this pot. This is the way they serve it. By the time we had a few potstickers and two pots of tea we were so chilled out for our next hour flight home with a midnight arrival. Look for them on your next trip via Atlanta.

If you’re not traveling and at home. Save the tea bag or tea leaves from your tea and enjoy a facial steam with the leftovers. I like chamomile flowers found at your local fancy market. Lavender buds are also another great choice and both are calming. All you do is add the flowers or buds to a bowl of hot or very warm water you boiled from your tea pot. Place a lightweight towel over your head and go near the bowl for the steam to hit your face. Be careful. Do this for at least 10 minutes.Double-duty beauty! Inside and out.

So next time you’re stressed,rushed or just plain need a few minutes to yourself.

Skip the wine and have some tea time!

 

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Las Vegas IS always fabulous!

Been so busy since I came back from Las Vegas I finally had a moment to tell you about my beauty filled and foodie trip. I got to go with my sweetie so that’s always good. It wasn’t as hot this year as it usally is in the 100 degree and more mark. I never get tired of Las Vegas and go a few times a year.

I guest spoke at the International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa Conference.

My class went well and I love the eager to learn audience of makeup artists,estheticans,plastic surgeons and Boss Babes.IMG_5302

I enjoyed and sat in on some other classes TO LEARN too but my fave part of any beauty conference is always  discovering what is on the show floor! Shopped til I dropped. I discovered a few new brands and tools I will share with you in the next few blog posts too.

Healthier Looking SKIN is still in! And so are all kinds of beauty devices and facial tools for anti-aging but they are sold to beauty professionals in the spa or plastic surgeons and dermatologists offices. Where they need to be. I think sometimes these at home machines and pro devices are best used by the PROFESSIONAL. Putting the wrong device in the consumers hands can harm you especially if you don’t know what you are doing.

💄 Makeup is sparkling with all things glam and glitter.

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Lash and hair extensions reign supreme.

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Nails 💅are so colorful and blinged out with crystals and some are in varying shapes including very pointy.

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I enjoyed my usual foodie spots for food away from the strip where the locals like to go. And at the top of that food list is the infamous In & Out Burger and animal fries too!

I stayed on an extra day to RELAX  and to join Las Vegas Now’s  host Courtney Perna again. So happy to join her again as she’s always fun to work with and quite a show host… loaded with personality! This time my segment was  Asian Beauty Secrets Revealed. Having just been to Korea and China I had a few unique things to share with their TV viewers. The best part of the segment was rolling an Asian Skin Smoothing and Relaxing face roller with her for fun on Boomerang.IMG_5450

This cool little tool is still on a roll in China and now the USA. Using it is so cool and refreshing and the beauty benefits surely beats a face lift… any day!

Asian Royalty used it for centuries now it has made it to main stream from China. Great for those of you who love all things anti-aging. Revs up circulation and they do so much.

Have you ever seen unusual fruit at an Asian market and wondered what they are?

Dragon fruit and Durian are delightful to eat or add in a smoothie for younger looking skin and overall good health. Don’t be afraid to explore what’s not familiar to you and taste what you never tried before.

Asian women I interviewed on the streets of Hong Kong also shared with me that infamous Pearl Powder. Sold by the box in little vials you almost think you are buying something white powdery and illegal. But it is not. It is a powder when mixed with water makes an amazing skin brightening and tightening face mask. The women use this beauty find that is handed down from generations.

Wishing  I were back in the Orient I had a craving for Dim Sum (Chinese Brunch) that is in some places served all day. I adore the owner,staff and food at Orchids Garden. So, authentic and delightful! About 8 MINUTES from the Las Vegas strip. They serve it on hot oven carts. So delicious and you won’t break the bank.DIM SUM IMG_5278

Shopping in Las Vegas is always fun. You can shop on the strip or go out and drive half an hour to an outlet mall called in Prim. They have a Tommy Bahama Outlet my husband so loves. I enjoy the H & M outlet and other discount shops.

By the airport there is also fabulous shopping experience (not just on the strip) and since I am addicted to all things containers and tidying up… The Container Store is also there! I don’t have one in my city so I try and shop one when I travel. After you’re done stop at the center and have a cocktail or go to grab a bite at The Lazy Dog restaurant. The first time I ever had sweet potato tater tots. Everything made from scratch and from the farm! Food …so fresh.

And by the way, if you’re into cannabis. They have licensed recreational dispensaries there now. It is legal.

Next time you travel ✈️ to Las Vegas check out some of these spots. You don’t need a ton of money or gamble to enjoy Las Vegas. I can’t wait to go back in a few months.

I’ve always had a beautiful experience!