I discovered a tall Tea cup on a shelf in a store in Asia. I purchased it in my travels to the Orient. ✈️ . What’s so interesting it has words across it not a design with an Asian theme. I love ❤️ sipping from this unique cup. Especially with my flower 🌺 tea.
As it’s Chinese 🧨 New🎉 Year 🧧 which is a fifteen day celebration I thought I’d share what it reads.
Ten Ways to Good Health
Less alcohol … More tea
Less meat … More vegetables
Less salt… More vinegar
Less sugar … More fruit
Less eating .., More chewing
Less words .. More action
Less greed … More Giving
Less worry … More sleep
Less driving … More walking
Less anger… More laughter
Aren’t these words awesome?
Simple words yet so true and how I try to live my life.
Do you like this as much as I fo?
Gotta get some rest I’m on TV 📺 in the morning on River City Live TV here in sunny but very cold Jacksonville Florida.
Spice It Up …Fall has arrived even though we don’t feel it in Florida. The temperatures in the 90’s this week! Wow. Today on TV I shared these with our TV viewers on a lifestyle morning show on River City Live… on WJXT-4.
But it is going to feel like the chill of fall before we know it. Let’s get in the mood and spice your life up with something new. Perhaps something or some place you never tried before!
A great way to do this is with a new sweater or better yet buy a pair of cozy socks! Say goodbye to boring black,white or blue and color your world too! I just discovered this awesome brand called JOHN’S CRAZY SOCKS! So many sock styles to choose from for guys, gals and kids too. The fun socks I purchased are so ME with luscious lips all over them.
Check out … Browse:www.johnscrazysocks.com Feel even better about your purchase knowing you are supporting a small business owner who just happens to be born with Down Syndrome. His company donates a portion of your purchase to Special Olympics. The holidays are coming. Great gift idea too.
Adding fall decorative touches in your home is nice. But how about adding some spice to your kitchen by trying out new and exotic spices like Vietnamese cinnamon and or French Lavender for your culinary adventures. I have had a party in my kitchen with these spices and herbs.
•Love sipping coffee? Tea? Smoothies Or Hot Chocolate? Me too.
Bitty and Beau’s Coffee Shop is coming soon to San Marco in Jacksonville Fl. But you can also find this coffee shop around the country. The brainchild started by a mom Amy Wright who is co-owner and named the coffee shop after her two children Bitty & Beau who were born with Down Syndrome. Why not stop in when they open their doors here and enjoy a NEW place to sip your coffee and enjoy a delicious treat too. They employ amazing people with disabilities. Now that’s something to brag about! Guests love the vibe and coffee too!
Try a new autumn inspired self-care treat like Honey Heel glaze and or hand and body lotion like Honey Chai. Men love this scent and products too. Self care never smelled or felt so good!
A new lipstick can change your life! Really. The trending hues for fashion and lipstick are cinnamon and metallic and earthy colors. But still think about PINK to brighten up your face to go with the new fall fashions.
Let’s celebrate the beauty of fall 🍂 and all it has to offer us.
I have been back at it and traveling for work and it is truly a new trying frontier. If you haven’t flown lately, since the pandemic or ever here are some things to expect … maybe!
Recently my flight got cancelled while I was still in the air traveling from Las Vegas to Atlanta. I did not learn of this news until I was able to turn my iphone as we landed and headed toward the gate. WOW! I was NOT ready for that. Atlanta to Jacksonville Fl is a quick 30-45 minute flight and the sun 🌞 was shining and the skies were the most gorgeous shade of blue!
My husband and I had no luggage,no toiletries,no fresh clothes and no night clothes to go to sleep in.
I usually travel on board with a just in case kit but accidentally packed it in my luggage. We were so not ready for this news but tried to go with the flow. When we walked over to the the ticket counter for Delta there were many others in our shoes so we felt a bit better.
Come to find out we had NO PILOT and no flight crew to take us to Jacksonville Fl that is why our flight was cancelled not due to weather or airplane troubles. You hear and see scenarios on the news BUT when it happens to YOU …is another story. I felt so lost even though I knew it would happen eventually.
Here are some stress relieving ideas for taking on board the plane with you.Create a compact bag for each of you filled with the “Bare Necessities” you may need.
Think small sizes!
Only decide what you really really WANT and need. PSP
For the MEN:
A bag of travel sized shave cream, a razor, toothbrush,toothpaste. A shirt for the next day and a fresh pair of underwear.
For the Women:
A bag filled with makeup remover towelettes, moisturizer and your favorite makeup items. Keep it simple. A tinted moisturizer OR choose a double-duty beauty like powder compact to even out skin tone and tone down shine.Lipstick can be used as blush in a pinch. Eyeliner to define the eyes in place of a tube of mascara. A nightgown or nightshirt,and a fresh pair of underwear.
Have children with you? YOU know best on what to pack for them and amuse them too.
Travel size toiletries and more you both can share:
Deodorant,a unisex fragrance, package of Q-TIPS,tissues,small hairbrush and comb,hand and body lotion. Usually the hotel supplies shampoo and conditioner.
Bring your RX prescriptions on the plane. Pack something for upset stomach,headaches and anything else you use. An eye mask or a roll on essential oil to keep calm.
Pack a lightweight empty bottle for water for yourselves that you can refill at the airport and save money and keep hydrated.
SNACKS are a must! I have learned to pack a combination of healthy and yummy options.Think comfort food.
MINI bags of dried fruit like cranberries,an apple, small cookies,crackers,gummy bears,potato chips, chocolate bars,gum,mints. Pack a bit of what you love!
Bringing a book or two or some magazines is ALWAYS a good idea.
All of the above are just in case your flight is cancelled and you may have to stay at a hotel overnight. Please note you don’t know what the hotel may have in the way of toiletries in the room. So, its best to pack your own. OR your plane does not take off in a timely manner and you are stuck on the plane as that can happen too. Most times they serve no drinks or snacks while you wait. These days you never know.
Getting away for an overnight this Labor day weekend or making it a long weekend. Be prepared…it will make your life so much easier.
I hope you do have a safe and fabulous flight and get where you want to go.
Snacks and an empty water bottle are a good idea too. I love to pack a combination of healthy and yummy options. Comfort food. Dried fruits, cookies, gummy bears, mini chocolate bars, cheese crackers or peanut butter crackers. All of these JUST IN CASE. Cause these days you never know.
Getting away for an over night trip or a long Labor Day weekend. Be prepared. It makes life so much easier!
Don’t forget when you go from your hotel that the airline may put you up in you will have to go through Security AGAIN when you enter the airport for your new flight.
I recently featured on TV a woman who was my model for a beauty and lifestyle segment I do here in sunny Florida! 🌴
River City Live on WJXT-4.
Honey, it’s so steamy and hot outside across the country but we can’t always be by an electric fan… Right?
So in comes this Diva!
The woman I am telling you about wears many hats and slays all day as a model,an emcee and all around DIVA. She is so charming and fun to be around. She creates the most amazing things. Diva Fans!
What is a Diva Fan you ask?
Makeeta says her fans are…”A stylish way to get attention, get a lil’ air in this summer heat or to keep cool if you’re having your own personal summer year round.”
Diva Fans I think are a one of a kindcustom sensation. With the flick of the wrist, a true show-stopper when you walk into a party, cocktails, bedside or poolside.
The best part? They can be made with your own words, an organizations name,your business logo or for a special event or occasion. The fans come in a variety of colors as well! This fan is HUGE! Not your average small fan.
They start at $25.00 and you may reach the creator @makeetalemodel@ gmail.com
Another awesome part is they make the most awesome demanding sound when you flick it open. I never saw anything like it!
Or find her and direct message her on Facebook or Instagram @makeetalemodel
I think every month is a reason to shop 🛍any small sweet 📦 business!
Feel the love ❤️?
Support and spread some shopping love!
Did you know? This month is Black Business month. Give the girl some love! The perfect gift! 🎁 For yourself or someone else.
Its is my favorite time of year! The day we wear and celebrate the beauty of a lipstick and what it does for our lips,complexion and face!
Now’s the time to update your lipstick wardrobe and buy something fresh,fun and new! Run don’t walk! Treat yourself to this instant mood lifter!
But before you do … go over and throw out lipsticks 💄 you do not use. Please bear in mind you don’t want to pass on your makeup to others even family because of Covid-19 even more so.
What’s HOT in lipsticks now?
PINK and fuchsia are the IT shades right now! They brighten the complexion and give you a rosy healthy glow! Summertime also is the perfect time for coral reds and golden shades too. You know sun’-kissed and to show off that tan.
If a color lipstick that you bought is not for you simply apply a sheer white lipstick with a touch of shimmer over it and you might just fall in love with a new gorgeous sexy hue!
If you need to plump up those lips and more! Check out this book!
Nail care and self care have never been more important. Looking good feels good and guys want to look their best too. Manicures and pedicures are not just for the ladies. Today on TV on River City Live I am featuring a few segments to do this with ease at home. I still think to get a manicure and pedicure at the spa or salon feels and is amazing. I go with my husband monthly! He actually loves it too.
Here are my tips and tricks to giving yourself aMani & Pedi at home.
One of the main things you need to consider is setting aside time JUST FOR YOU! Don’t rush. For a manicure you will need at least 15-20 minutes for a pedicure at least 30 minutes.
If you have never had a manicure and pedicure add it to your Bucket List of Beauty or make it your monthly beauty routine. YOU owe it to yourself and your body.
Here are some basic supplies you will need:
1 bottle of Cuticle oil
1 tube of cuticle remover PEN -removes dead skin and hydrates
1 bottle of nail polish remover to start fresh- I like one called The Stripper
1 tube or jar of hand and or body lotion and a foot cream
1 clear your favorite nail polish
1 High & Dry Quick-Drying Top Coat 9 it with UVA/ UVB protection
1 emery board
1 cuticle pusher stick
*Optional- a pair of clean nippers or nail clippers
*Optional- pedicure slippers or flip flops
Here are twomethods one for a quick hand and nail fix I like to do and below that is a longer more thorough way to do a nail treatment at home.
If you are REALLY short on time and want a quick manicure fix…You gotta try the new beauty sensation Bonblissity. Like a K Beauty sheet mask does for your face this little gem candy scrub will freshen and soften up those nails, nail beds and hands. INSTANT gratification.
Simply place a candy scrub wrapped in eco-friendly great for the planet way and place the scrub in the palm of your hands.
Run the water or dip your hands into a bowl of luke warm water and get your hands and the cube wet.
Rub gently paying attention to the entire nail area and on the skin on your hands…tops and bottoms. Leave scrub on and rub some more. It is kissing your dead skin away.
Rinse well and enjoy prettier or more handsome hands in a minute!
I interviewed the hot brand used on the red carpet celebrities, Fashion Week and coveted by the girl next door. I love to support woman business owners and fellow professionals in my beauty industry. So, celebrity manicuristDeborah Lippmann was who I needed to reach out to. This brand is an Allure magazine Best in Beauty Award winner. Not easy to win. So easy to fall in love with this nail polish brand because it is Earth week even more this brand is a healthier gel alternative. Vegan polish that glides on like a pat of warm butter on toast. To keep you safe you need to look for a polish that does not contain the 10 bad for you ingredients and only use the good.
Go visit YouTube or her website for her ‘How to Give Yourself the perfect Manicure at HOME Tutorial” www.deborahlippmann.com
For a PEDICURE at Home you will need the above as well. If you do not want to use a color nail polish that is perfectly fine. Or you might consider using a clear polish instead.
EASY STEPS By Deborah Lippmann
1. Cleanse & Prep the nails and remove all polish if you had any on.
2.Exfoliate & Shape the nails of your hands and feet. Clip if necessary.
3.Perfect the cuticles and nourish with cuticle cream to follow.
4. Apply a BASE COAT. She says it will make you manicure last LONGER.
5.Add a nail polish he if you’d like a dash of color.
6.Apply a TOP COAT to protect your color choice.
7.Apply hand or foot cream, like Rich Girl hydrating hand cream with hyaluronic acid and Steppin’ Out foot cream on your feet.
Deborah Lippmann ALSO shares her tips on HOW-To polish like a PRO. Worth a look on YouTube.
It rained, it snowed and the sun finally shined. It was a crazy busy but fun time.
The International Beauty Show and the Esthetics Cosmetics and SPA Conference were great!
The class I taught went well.
The attendees of beauty pros and beauty business owners came from all over the world! I love meeting people from all over the 🌎 globe. So grateful to the smiling faces eager to learn in my classroom for Advanced Workshops.
The show floor bustled with happy 😊 shoppers! They were stocking up and exploring products and beauty supplies and equipment for their beauty practice or spa or salon business.
COVID put a kink in our lives and travel plans for work and play but it looks like New York is coming back! Slowly but surely.
You don’t have to be Asian to celebrate the Chinese or Lunar New Year. I LOVE celebrating every day I am alive!
The beauty of the lunar new year is it is rich in traditions and delicious fun!
Here are 10 Ways You Can Do It:
Let’s get this party started! If you want to celebrate send an invitation by MAIL. Yes, snail mail (I am not fond of that description) is the BEST mail. We are bombarded with IPHONE and computer emails and nothing seems special anymore! This invite can be to be with your BAE, bestie, family and friends.
*Did you know that the US POSTAL service sells beautiful forever stamps every year? This year it is all about the Year of the Tiger.
*You can easily celebrate with your own family by ordering TAKE OUT and supporting the sweet small businesses in your community. We small business owners ALL need your business. Don’t be afraid to order food that’s new to you. And don’t forget to order the noodle dishes…they represent LONG life in the new year.
*Brew and serve a pot of hot green or jasmine tea and serve a fortune cookie or Asian cake. I also recommend serving oranges or kumquats. IF you want to explore and serve slices of DRAGON FRUIT which is known to help gut health, your immune system and your skin look its best.
*Set the table with plates and bowls or just find Chinese Take Out containers to serve in. Not much clean up!
*Be authentic and set the table with chopsticks. Make them LEARN how to use them. It just may be quite amusing. The Asian grocery stores even have chopsticks for children and adults so many gorgeous styles and patterns to choose from.
Decorate with red and gold. Lanterns and more. Maybe you can find a Tiger 🐅 figurine.
*Make party favors so everyone gets a treat to go home with. I love to use small decorative take out boxes or organza bags to put the token gift in.
*If you’re feeling adventurous have a FORTUNE COOKIE making party! They are easy and so fun to make!
If you’re looking for a great gift for your Valentine ❤️ this year. Perhaps you might consider giving a gift of food and drink for the kitchen. Or a bamboo steamer filled with Asian beauty products.
Whatever you do you’ve got 15 days to celebrate 🎊 it with your family and friends too!
This week on TV on River City Live I featured some ideas for snacking,face and body masking and for GLOWING skin! I hope you will enjoy them too.
I try and eat the right stuff and love most fruits and veggies. But sometimes I am looking for a little cheat drink that gives me energy and can help give my skin a boost over time. I discovered an easy recipe that actress Reese Whiterspoon shared on Instagram last year. I am kinda addicted and make and drink this recipe weekly. IF you have not tried it its worth looking into. Even my husband enjoys it.
All you need is:
2 HEADS OF ROMAN LETTUCE
1/2 CUP OF SPINACH
1/2 CUP OF COCONUT WATER
1 WHOLE BANANA
1 WHOLE APPLE
1 WHOLE PEAR
1 WHOLE LEMON
SCOOP OF ALMOND BUTTER (optional)
Mix all of the above to a Vitamix type blender for easy blending.
Sometimes I like to make a smoothie/ drink what I call “Everything but the kitchen sink” I simply pull out whatever leftover vegetables and fruits I have on hand and put it in a blender with a juice I might have leftover or some bottled water. It usually turns out quite delicious!
If you are really pressed for time, Dole makes some delicious options in the freezer aisle of a mix of fruits and greens blend. One of favorites is made with mango.banana,apple,pineapple and spinach.
Stay hydrated for plump happy skin for face and body. If you are not a water drinker snack on cucumbers or drink coconut water. Add a cherry in the glass or an umbrella and make it a fun ritual. you look forward to.
Celebrities just like I love using produce for prettier vibrant skin and a healthier body. Like a strawberry face mask with fresh strawberries or they use it as a teeth whitening treat.
Avocado masks are also good for your hair or face and neck. So nourishing.
Spinach is a rock star for skin and body! My friend Victoria Evelyn founder of the Chocolate Skincare Factory brand happens to be both a pharmacist and an esthetician recommended to me another way to get my greens for my on the go lifestyle! Simply keep on hand fresh bag of spinach in your fridge and pop a handful as a quick snack. I even take a mini snack bag with me on the road or on the run. Be like POPEYE and eat spinach.
I love baby tomatoes! I pop them like candy. Really! There is a magical ingredient in tomatoes that research shows may protect our skin from UV damage from sunburn. Naturally I have to protect my skin with a SUNSCREEN from a tube but I also eat these and also make Italian dishes with tomato paste which is loaded with lycopene. Since I have had a bad sunburn before I really never want to feel that again.
I also love a banana mask for dry elbows and knees. All you do is mash a banana and put it on those dry dull areas for the body. Or you can use it as a soothing hydrating face mask too.
If you crave a little crunch…mini baby carrots are a great go too instead of potato chips! Although I really love a bag of Kettle Chips! Your eyes and skin will love you too.
Grapes are hydrating bites of love that keep your skin looking good too.
Nuts and dried fruits are good for you snack too! You haven’t lived until you have tried dried cherries! I love them as a sweet treat alone or in a salad.