Honky Tonk Fun and Food!

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Have you ever visited or have you been to Nashville lately?

They say it is the music capitol and if you are into country music and  cowboy boots you’d love it. It had been awhile since I have gone there and the foodie scene has exploded.

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Bodacious and YUMMY on a plate! There was this amazzzzzing diner called Sun  Diner where country stars photos and ELVIS line the walls.This was my meal. It was so delicious! OPEN 24 hours!

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A (looked like Krispy Kreme)  hamburger, slices of melted cheddar and a sunny side up egg with a donut on top (THAT’S YOUR BUN). Killer! I can’t wait to go back or make it at home.This diner is located next to the Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline museum.

SO WORTH THE TRIP TO EAT HERE!

 

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Window shopping is the best shopping! You never know what you’ll find.

Looking for old school destinations? I discovered a Woolworth’s counter STILL open for business. Serving breakfast,lunch and dinner! in the heart of downtown.

A cab ride away to another area is an amazing place to dine called Urban Grub. The shrimp and grits was amazing.A few short blocks away is Draper James a fashion and lifestyle store owned and curated  by Reese Whiterspoon the actress.

Another section of town I discovered was the Gulch district. You can dine,snack,have coffee and shop in this pretty area.

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I stayed at the JW Marriott it was one of those beautiful hotels! I loved THE STAFF from the second I pulled up,I loved the spacious room. I loved the food, SPA,the gift shop, their own coffee shop and the bakery. Your next trip to downtown Nashville I highly recommend this is the place to stay.

They even have healthy shots with a vitamin twist at the coffee shop and Nightly Turn down service…priceless!

 

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Planning a Trip?

IMG_2879.JPGTis’ the season to vacation and or maybe just a getaway even if it is just for a weekend.

As I fly for business and pleasure often I have learned a lot through the years.

The number one thing is to make a list on what you want to pack and what you want to take. I like to make a list. Then I start pack what I need and buy what I do need. Some tings I remove after packing some things stay. Pack according to the trip you are taking. A two day beach getaway is different than a trip to Europe for 2 weeks.

Lighten Up!

  • Travel with smaller sizes or kits. If you like the IMAGE brand and are a fan of their facial treatments you’ll love to know they have travel kits. Sunscreen included!
  • Or you can buy small containers and fill them with what you want to take. Examples: sunscreen,foundation,moisturizer,hair spray and more.
  • Pack things in smaller zip lock bags of various sizes. NAIL POLISH and some other liquids will open and spread all over the place like on your clothes so keep them contained.Personally, I pack a back up bottle of nail polish (in case my nails chip and need  a touch up) in my purse NOT in my luggage. I take it on the plane zip lock bag that has any liquids I want to take.

I’ve even had this happen to me when traveling in the car. Keep nail polish and liquid foundation upright and in a sealed plastic bag.

  • Choose a color theme for your makeup wardrobe. Don’t bring ALL THE MAKEUP you own and think you have to have with you. Examples: pinks and plums,nudes and bronze and so on.Don’t take every makeup brush you own either.Keep it simple.
  • Pack a mini FIRST-AID kit and more filled with aspirin,band-aides,Tums,nail file,mini clippers,toothpicks and sewing kit. YOU decide what you want and may need.Don’t pack your medicine in your luggage you check in. Take it with you on the plane.
  • Bring snacks for the plane. You never know how long you may sit on the runway. Cheese and crackers,bananas,nuts,gummy bears or mini chocolate bars. I’ve been waiting for take off for up to 3 hours and had no food or drink. Until you are up,up and away you need to have something to snack on.
  • I like to travel with an empty bottle of water. I fill this when I get in the airport after security or when switching airplanes. I use the fountain with filtered drinking water next to the water fountains usually depending on the airport you are at. Water bottles are expensive and you can pay up to $4.00 a bottle. This bottle comes in quite handy.
  • Pack your medicine and beauty supplements wisely. No need to take the RX bottles with you. (label the contents in the pill pack.)
  • Bring a scarf to wrap around you if you are cold on the plane. They don’t have blankets for everyone unless you are in first class.
  • Down size to a smaller handbag. That big Birken bag or other purse may be nice but by taking a smaller bag you will travel lighter and love not having to carry so much with you!

I featured the above and more on TV today. If you want to watch the video go to http://www.news4jax.com  click on River City Live.

 

Oh happy day…it’s National Nail Polish and DONUT day!

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Don’t you just LOVE this edible art by Holly Fox who I discovered on Instagram and has a shop on Etsy! I must buy one of her awesome cookie creations. So many cookies to choose from so little time! Yum!!!

  • What’s Trending in nail colors this summer … the Northeast Distributor for OPI Vinnie Le from of Victoria Nial Supply says “Blue hues are so in from Mint blue,Baby blues and Aqua Ocean blue.He also says nude,pink nude and rose gold metallics are hot.” I am over the moon for these new shades!
  • How to make your nail polish last longer and strengthen them too? From Start to Finish by OPI is a 3 products in one new sensation. A base coat,a top coat and a nail strengthener too. So now you don’t have to apply a base coat,a top coat and a nail strengthener. ONE bottle and product for three steps. Genius! 
  • Cuticle oil is a must. Apply it on your fingers and toes to keep the skin soft and looking good. Sandal season means less shoes and clothes. So,don’t forget to take care of your fingers d and toes.
  • If your hands are showing age…or to prevent sun spots and wrinkles from forming so fast. Try using a sunscreen on them. I like a natural one that is the kind you roll/rub on from a deodorant like stick by Go Waxhead. It isn’t just about protecting your face from spots your hands and tops of feet need it too.
  • Always keep your hands and body hydrated not only with cuticle oil but hand and body lotions and creams.
  • Now all you need is to paint the town with your fave hues! Have a happy National Nail Polish Day!

And since it is also National DONUT day let me share my fave donut in Chicago…

Do-rite donuts! If you haven’t tasted them you don’t know what you are missing! And yes I am still in love with Krispy Kreme donuts BUT this company’s donuts  is really awesome too!

WORTH A TRIP to  Chicago! Was just there last month and can’t wait to go back and taste more!IMG_2056 donuts.JPG

TWO wonderful reasons to celebrate today!

Enjoy!

 

Hair and beauty everywhere!

Back from Chicago and trying to get caught up with my life and taking care of clients in my makeup & skin studio. I told you I would recap about the beauty show I guest spoke at in the Windy City last weekend at the International Esthetics,Cosmetics and Spa Conference however I also shopped until I dropped across the convention ctr. and toured another show…AMERICA’S Beauty Show.                           It was awesome!

BEAUTY Professionals from all over the globe came in full force to the show and enjoyed 70 and 80 degree weather too. The educators were amazing and the show floor was PACKED with fabulous hair and all kinds of beauty booths.HAIR SHOW BLOG chITOWN IMG_1450.JPG

Skin care,makeup and wellness are all merging together. This is a trend that is here to stay! What we eat,drink and put on our face does matter. A healthy, happy and active lifestyle is so important.

HEALTHY looking SKIN is in!

Real tans are out! Faux tans are in!

Right now COLOR is everywhere…in hair with playful hair colors and extensions and temporary hair hues.

Makeup and nails are the same way too…COLOR,color everywhere!

There are NO RULES!

So go ahead and walk on the colorful side.

Pick a hue or two and play with them and enjoy the glam!

It’s beauty show time!

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Chicago here I come again! I am guest speaking and exploring every inch of the beauty show floors! I’ll KISS & TELL when I return!

If you have any beauty requests or questions for me…just ask!

XOXO

Noreen

California Dreamin’

I love to travel if you read my blog you know that. If you don’t know my beauty and lifestyle blog …Welcome!!! So, I am back from another awesome trip!

I love to work and play! Here are a few highlights and snapshots of my trip.

I stayed at a hotel on the Marina. San Diego is a sunny fun filled city. I enjoyed walks on the boardwalk and off the marina too. The cacti really intrigued me and there were so many unique trees and unusual flowers all carefully planted around. So BEAUTIFUL!

I enjoyed seeing what’s new since I have not been to San Diego and the neighboring cities in a few years. I love to EXPLORE and this trip was no different. The area I stayed in was called the Gas Lamp District and it did not disappoint. If you like SKECHERS sneakers and shoes…they have a fabulous store,selection and so is the staff!

The city is so clean,people are so friendly and the city is filled with athletic active people of all ages. It was good to see. The variety of foods was both decadent but also clean and lean. I fell in LOVE with the Edgewater Grill on the waterfront. I enjoyed several dishes that I want to share with you!

I love eating and making ACAI bowls this one was an AMAZING culinary take on one. Kudos to the chef at Edgewater Grill in San Diego. This one was made with Acai gelato. So delightful to the tongue.IMG_1148 acai bowl blog

 

What a lunch time view! Isn’t it breathtaking?

IMG_1074 blog San DiegoShopping in La Jolla is lots of fun too. So many shops so little time! A lovely place to have a drink, I highly recommend LUNCH with the girls time or a night to dine with your sweetie at Georges. The view is absolutely amazing and the food was so delicious !IMG_1160

Corondao Bay is home to the famous Coronado Hotel. The spa and dining so delightful!

 

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There is an awesome shop in Coronado that you must see…this is one of the many mini soaps I purchased. It is called Earth Wind and Sea. It has ALL kinds of things for your home,garden or gift giving!  Did I ever tell you I am a soap junkie too??? I wish you could smell this luxe soap bar!

I was pretty jet lagged but wanted to post my trip ASAP. If you love to travel too perhaps this is a nice stop for you to visit in California. If you live in CALI…I’m jealous!

Here Comes the Bride!

TODAY on my beauty and lifestyle segment on TV on River City Live I’ll share a few pre-wedding beauty and gift idea tips.

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If you are lucky enough to live in Jacksonville OR GETTING MARRIED in the city or not you’ll love these tips TOO. If you want to sparkle like Meghan Markle here are a few beauty secrets,ideas and recommendations for you.

 

  • Prep your skin…Get a facial and prep at least three months leading to your wedding if possible. Cleaner pores,hydrated skin and kiss tired dead skin cells Goodbye!
  • The skin on your BODY needs some some attention too. Exfoliating treatments work wonders and make detox your body and skin.
  • Get those lips ready for KISSING. Do lip scrubs once a week for a three weeks and the day before the wedding.
  • The groom needs to groom up too (skin,brows,beard oil,brows shaped and use a lip conditioner too.
  • Wanna gorgeous celebrity like glow to your face and skin? Try this! a a sexy angel glow in a powder brush.http://www.noreenyoung.com All you do is brush on this beauty.Another one comes in a tube.Gleam by Melanie Mills of Hollywood. A model and celebrity fav’…www.melaniemillshollywood.com
  • Experiment with a new signature scent for your special day with the latest trend Hair Mist  NO.1 by entrpeneur and designer Sandra Alford. Treat yourself to this clean,romantic and sensual scent. (That’s my best description) She also has other scentsational gift ideas to give the mother of the bride,groom or bridesmaids. http://www.sandraalford.com
  • Personalized Wine bottle  by www.windsorvineyards.com for your bridal party or your guests. This is also a fun idea for Anniversary’s,Birthdays and Graduation celebrations.

ATTENTION: Windsor Vineywards is offering a special for my TV and blog followers and visitors. 20% off any WINE order for your wedding or next special event!

Promo Code: rivercitylive 

The best part this offer lasts until December 31st 2018! YAY! What do ya say..order your customized wine TODAY!

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  • If you’re getting married in Jacksonville FLorida here are a few stylist to consult. John Brent for Chocolate Blonde Salon or if you prefer a female stylist Hair By Terri Moore at Salon at St. John. If you are getting married in St. Augustine you’ve gotta call Angela Byrd of Spoiled Beauties.
  • Looking for a photographer in Jacksonville and the area for this special time OR ANYTIME. Meet with a professional photographer and share your vision of the wedding photos OR a photo of you before you get married.Capture the times in your life with photos! Anetta Wilkerson of www.artnillusion.com by the way, my blog photos are done by her.What’s even more amazing is she is a triple threata photographer,a hair stylist and does makeup too.
  • Looking for a cake or glittering fresh chocolate dipped strawberries you must call Glamour Gourmet. These are some gorgeous looking delights.
  • Looking for a venue for your next event,shower or wedding?  The Treasury on the Plaza in St. Augustine,Florida. They put on a hell of a party and event. The team there lives for your wedding or next fun affair. http://www.thetreasuryontheplaza.com

 

  • ALL of the above recommendations are my personal recommendation. I have  worked with all of these professionals. I think you’ll find them fit for a royal…YOU!

 

Hello MY Peeps!

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Happy Spring, a Beautiful Passover and Happy Easter!

Thought you’d like this awesome photo of  YUMMINESS  from one of my fave’ places in NYC…Black Tap Craft Burgers and Brew.You’ll find them on Instagram and in several locations in NYC. And now viva LAS VEGAS! I so love candy and food!

This is a color filled CANDY  blinged out wild cherry milk shake from NYC.  If you can go get one do it by April 1st as they are a limited holiday edition. But if you don’t live near or not able to travel there…have no fear they make awesome shakes like this all year long. Along with delicious burgers and beer!

You know I LOVE all things makeup but I love this crazy shake and PEEPS even more!

Thank You for reading and following my blog. I LOVE all my Peeps and look forward to getting to know and engage with all of you more.

DON’T YA WANNA…. Lick and sip the screen? What a beauty!

SPAaaaaaaaaaaah and Rituals!

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I told you I would post about my spa visit in Santa Fe New Mexico. And here it is.

I fell in love with the resort and caring staff at the La Posada De Santa Fe hotel and then I discovered the SPA! The Spa Sage in Santa Fe is a sweet relaxing retreat. Tucked in between our quaint and unique  rooms.

The spa was filled with a wonderful mix of products. Not always do you see that. From beauty to fashion accessories and fragrance.

One thing that caught my undivided attention was a sign holder with the words below and square white patches of cloth and a paper twist tie. Next to it were pieces of this silver gray sage. Here is what it read:

Sage is held sacred by many Native Americans because of its purifying energies.Traditionally cleanses both the body and the mind. Traditionally it is used in areas in smudging ceremony to clear the energy and purify the body.

Upon arrival at SPA SAGE,please make a bundle of sage while thinking of a concern you would like to release as well as good thoughts you would like to bring in.

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This practice will prepare you for complete relaxation during your spa experience. At the end of your spa journey you may leave your worries with us to burn at night in the fireplace or take the bundle home with you to burn or keep for a memory of your experience with Spa Sage.

I never experienced a spa quite like this and this extra special touch!!!

I took my bundle of sage that I put together at the spa so I could photograph it and show you! Tonight I AM following the spas instructions and burning it with intentions.

I also love the fact that if you stay at the lodge you can get a eucalyptus & lavender aromatherapy steam room treatment. Can you smell it?

HEAVENLY! And just what my body needed as I arrived with a respiratory infection. The spa also offers fabulous facials,massage,mani & pedi’s and more!

Come to find out a fan of the hotel staying there told me that Hollywood called and they just shot a movie at this hotel with Benjamin Bratt and a few other celebrities.

If you are ever out that way…you need to see this resort and SPA!

 

 

 

What a Beauty!

 

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From the moment I arrived in New Mexico I loved it! I also was drawn in to the sights of these chili peppers dangling at homes,stores and restaurant doors.

They say that the wreaths,strands and other shaped chilies are not just for cooking and eating but for “Welcoming” people to your home or business.I kinda like that.The colorful red hues welcoming you! In fact much of the food I ate had some heat!

I traveled to New Mexico the locals call the land of enchantment for work and play!photo Santa Fe shoppining

The fashion also got my attention with the Native American decor, clothing and more!

Take a scenic drive on the Turquoise  Trail you’ll never know what you will find…like a yummy haunted tavern,fun shopping and more.

The historic Loretto church is rich in religion and history. There are other fabulous churches to explore as well.

There was an annual Chinese Lantern Festival I would have loved to go to…but time did not allow.

One fabulous meal I had has been seen on Diners,Drive Ins and Dives.…it is called TUNE Up Cafe. It was off the food chain fabulous! Beyond YUM and a husband and wife owned business.

Shop the little road side stands you might see…something NEW to discover wherever you go!

Note to self…the SUNSETS are truly amazing! REALLY!

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I only wish my travel date was able to be timed with their annual Hot Air Balloon Event and race. My husband is a hot air balloonist. It would have been quite a ride.

Hope you enjoyed my view of colorful and beautiful New Mexico!