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Review: Fraiche Bath Swizzle

My life is filled with an overabundance of stress at the moment and the other day when I thought my head was going to explode, I grabbed a Lavender Fields Bath Swizzle from fraiche off my product review shelf and headed straight for the bathtub. I was on a mission of relaxation and nothing was going to stand in my way!

fraiche's Lavender Fields fragrance will get your mind prepared for total stress surrender the moment you take in its aroma. Made with goat's milk, certified organic olive oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter and lavender flowers, this Bath swizzle is moisturizing, softening and relaxing. It's a little smaller than a baseball and quickly begins to fizz once it hits the water, erupting the scent of serenity that is sure to make you say, "Stress? Who's stressed?"

If you were not a big fan of bath time before using this product, there is no doubt that you may just become addicted after using it. I absolutely love this product and I highly recommend it. www.myfraiche.com

Have you used this product? Share your experience and favorite scent in the comments.

Review: Fraiche Bath Swizzle

My life is filled with an overabundance of stress at the moment and the other day when I thought my head was going to explode, I grabbed a Lavender Fields Bath Swizzle from fraiche off my product review shelf and headed straight for the bathtub. I was on a mission of relaxation and nothing was going to stand in my way!

fraiche's Lavender Fields fragrance will get your mind prepared for total stress surrender the moment you take in its aroma. Made with goat's milk, certified organic olive oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter and lavender flowers, this Bath swizzle is moisturizing, softening and relaxing. It's a little smaller than a baseball and quickly begins to fizz once it hits the water, erupting the scent of serenity that is sure to make you say, "Stress? Who's stressed?"

If you were not a big fan of bath time before using this product, there is no doubt that you may just become addicted after using it. I absolutely love this product and I highly recommend it. www.myfraiche.com

Have you used this product? Share your experience and favorite scent in the comments.

Review: Fraiche Bath Swizzle

My life is filled with an overabundance of stress at the moment and the other day when I thought my head was going to explode, I grabbed a Lavender Fields Bath Swizzle from fraiche off my product review shelf and headed straight for the bathtub. I was on a mission of relaxation and nothing was going to stand in my way!

fraiche's Lavender Fields fragrance will get your mind prepared for total stress surrender the moment you take in its aroma. Made with goat's milk, certified organic olive oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter and lavender flowers, this Bath swizzle is moisturizing, softening and relaxing. It's a little smaller than a baseball and quickly begins to fizz once it hits the water, erupting the scent of serenity that is sure to make you say, "Stress? Who's stressed?"

If you were not a big fan of bath time before using this product, there is no doubt that you may just become addicted after using it. I absolutely love this product and I highly recommend it. www.myfraiche.com

Have you used this product? Share your experience and favorite scent in the comments.

Review: Fraiche Bath Swizzle

My life is filled with an overabundance of stress at the moment and the other day when I thought my head was going to explode, I grabbed a Lavender Fields Bath Swizzle from fraiche off my product review shelf and headed straight for the bathtub. I was on a mission of relaxation and nothing was going to stand in my way!

fraiche's Lavender Fields fragrance will get your mind prepared for total stress surrender the moment you take in its aroma. Made with goat's milk, certified organic olive oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter and lavender flowers, this Bath swizzle is moisturizing, softening and relaxing. It's a little smaller than a baseball and quickly begins to fizz once it hits the water, erupting the scent of serenity that is sure to make you say, "Stress? Who's stressed?"

If you were not a big fan of bath time before using this product, there is no doubt that you may just become addicted after using it. I absolutely love this product and I highly recommend it. www.myfraiche.com

Have you used this product? Share your experience and favorite scent in the comments.

Glamour Magazine Write up!

Oh my stars. As if introducing me to sushi wasn't enough (and I want it sooo bad and can't get it here!), Andrea from Glamour Magazine gave me the "awesomest" write up evah. Wow, I am so flattered.

Thank you Andrea! xoxo

And she knows I am on a mission--the New York Times will notice me yet!!! ;)

Glamour Magazine Write up!

Oh my stars. As if introducing me to sushi wasn't enough (and I want it sooo bad and can't get it here!), Andrea from Glamour Magazine gave me the "awesomest" write up evah. Wow, I am so flattered.

Thank you Andrea! xoxo

And she knows I am on a mission--the New York Times will notice me yet!!! ;)

Glamour Magazine Write up!

Oh my stars. As if introducing me to sushi wasn't enough (and I want it sooo bad and can't get it here!), Andrea from Glamour Magazine gave me the "awesomest" write up evah. Wow, I am so flattered.

Thank you Andrea! xoxo

And she knows I am on a mission--the New York Times will notice me yet!!! ;)

Glamour Magazine Write up!

Oh my stars. As if introducing me to sushi wasn't enough (and I want it sooo bad and can't get it here!), Andrea from Glamour Magazine gave me the "awesomest" write up evah. Wow, I am so flattered.

Thank you Andrea! xoxo

And she knows I am on a mission--the New York Times will notice me yet!!! ;)

Interview With Piper Carter!





I'm so excited! I got to interview Piper Carter, an awesome fashion photographer that you may have watched on VH1's "The Shot."





Go check it out!

Fashion Photography Industry Expert: Visionary, Piper Carter

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Interview With Piper Carter!





I'm so excited! I got to interview Piper Carter, an awesome fashion photographer that you may have watched on VH1's "The Shot."





Go check it out!

Fashion Photography Industry Expert: Visionary, Piper Carter

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Interview With Piper Carter!





I'm so excited! I got to interview Piper Carter, an awesome fashion photographer that you may have watched on VH1's "The Shot."





Go check it out!

Fashion Photography Industry Expert: Visionary, Piper Carter

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Interview With Piper Carter!





I'm so excited! I got to interview Piper Carter, an awesome fashion photographer that you may have watched on VH1's "The Shot."





Go check it out!

Fashion Photography Industry Expert: Visionary, Piper Carter

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Review: Skin Free Skincare Products

If you suffer from the following skin ailments, you may be interested in reading this review of Skin Free: Extreme Dry Skin, Skin or Fragrance Allergies, Psoriasis or Dermatitis.

I suffer from eczema on my elbows, Duncan suffers from eczema from head to toe and Brody's skin is super sensitive. I had the chance to try out Skin Free's Super Moisture Body Balm, Extra Moisturizing Soap, After Shower Moisture Spritz and Niaouli Butter Stick. Duncan and Brody were also involved in the review process (and their skin was very thankful).

First I am going to tell you that I loved these products because they worked. Second, there are two things I disagree with in their claims. Skin Free products are said to be fragrance free and non-greasy. The Niaouli Butter did have some fragrance, I could smell the vanilla and cocoa butter and the Moisture Balm I could also smell the cocoa butter. I realize that this is natural fragrance and not chemically based. With the exception of the soap, all of the products did feel very greasy--however it was due to the essential oils which absorbed into the skin in about 5 minutes. I have no issues with either the fragrance or greasy feeling, however for the sake of the review, I wanted to put that out there for those who might.

All Skin Free products are free of petroleum, chemicals, preservatives and colorants, which meant it was safe to use on Brody. I mainly used the soap and super moisture balm on the boys, which basically was a miracle in a bottle. Brody's dry skin and irritation was gone within a day and Duncan's eczema was minimized by 90% (he also told me it made his skin feel good). I used the Niaouli Butter Stick on my elbows, which is basically a creamy butter lotion that is easily spread as you push it up through the tube. The Extra Moisturizing Soap worked great on all of us.

I loved the simplicity of the Skin Free products--all are made of oils such as Olive Oil and Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin E and the Niaouli Stick has Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Soy. Although I have heard that soy irritates eczema, my skin didn't seem to have any issues with it.

See all the Skin Free products for yourself and if you have used them, do share your experience in the comments.

Review: Skin Free Skincare Products

If you suffer from the following skin ailments, you may be interested in reading this review of Skin Free: Extreme Dry Skin, Skin or Fragrance Allergies, Psoriasis or Dermatitis.

I suffer from eczema on my elbows, Duncan suffers from eczema from head to toe and Brody's skin is super sensitive. I had the chance to try out Skin Free's Super Moisture Body Balm, Extra Moisturizing Soap, After Shower Moisture Spritz and Niaouli Butter Stick. Duncan and Brody were also involved in the review process (and their skin was very thankful).

First I am going to tell you that I loved these products because they worked. Second, there are two things I disagree with in their claims. Skin Free products are said to be fragrance free and non-greasy. The Niaouli Butter did have some fragrance, I could smell the vanilla and cocoa butter and the Moisture Balm I could also smell the cocoa butter. I realize that this is natural fragrance and not chemically based. With the exception of the soap, all of the products did feel very greasy--however it was due to the essential oils which absorbed into the skin in about 5 minutes. I have no issues with either the fragrance or greasy feeling, however for the sake of the review, I wanted to put that out there for those who might.

All Skin Free products are free of petroleum, chemicals, preservatives and colorants, which meant it was safe to use on Brody. I mainly used the soap and super moisture balm on the boys, which basically was a miracle in a bottle. Brody's dry skin and irritation was gone within a day and Duncan's eczema was minimized by 90% (he also told me it made his skin feel good). I used the Niaouli Butter Stick on my elbows, which is basically a creamy butter lotion that is easily spread as you push it up through the tube. The Extra Moisturizing Soap worked great on all of us.

I loved the simplicity of the Skin Free products--all are made of oils such as Olive Oil and Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin E and the Niaouli Stick has Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Soy. Although I have heard that soy irritates eczema, my skin didn't seem to have any issues with it.

See all the Skin Free products for yourself and if you have used them, do share your experience in the comments.

Review: Skin Free Skincare Products

If you suffer from the following skin ailments, you may be interested in reading this review of Skin Free: Extreme Dry Skin, Skin or Fragrance Allergies, Psoriasis or Dermatitis.

I suffer from eczema on my elbows, Duncan suffers from eczema from head to toe and Brody's skin is super sensitive. I had the chance to try out Skin Free's Super Moisture Body Balm, Extra Moisturizing Soap, After Shower Moisture Spritz and Niaouli Butter Stick. Duncan and Brody were also involved in the review process (and their skin was very thankful).

First I am going to tell you that I loved these products because they worked. Second, there are two things I disagree with in their claims. Skin Free products are said to be fragrance free and non-greasy. The Niaouli Butter did have some fragrance, I could smell the vanilla and cocoa butter and the Moisture Balm I could also smell the cocoa butter. I realize that this is natural fragrance and not chemically based. With the exception of the soap, all of the products did feel very greasy--however it was due to the essential oils which absorbed into the skin in about 5 minutes. I have no issues with either the fragrance or greasy feeling, however for the sake of the review, I wanted to put that out there for those who might.

All Skin Free products are free of petroleum, chemicals, preservatives and colorants, which meant it was safe to use on Brody. I mainly used the soap and super moisture balm on the boys, which basically was a miracle in a bottle. Brody's dry skin and irritation was gone within a day and Duncan's eczema was minimized by 90% (he also told me it made his skin feel good). I used the Niaouli Butter Stick on my elbows, which is basically a creamy butter lotion that is easily spread as you push it up through the tube. The Extra Moisturizing Soap worked great on all of us.

I loved the simplicity of the Skin Free products--all are made of oils such as Olive Oil and Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin E and the Niaouli Stick has Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Soy. Although I have heard that soy irritates eczema, my skin didn't seem to have any issues with it.

See all the Skin Free products for yourself and if you have used them, do share your experience in the comments.

Review: Skin Free Skincare Products

If you suffer from the following skin ailments, you may be interested in reading this review of Skin Free: Extreme Dry Skin, Skin or Fragrance Allergies, Psoriasis or Dermatitis.

I suffer from eczema on my elbows, Duncan suffers from eczema from head to toe and Brody's skin is super sensitive. I had the chance to try out Skin Free's Super Moisture Body Balm, Extra Moisturizing Soap, After Shower Moisture Spritz and Niaouli Butter Stick. Duncan and Brody were also involved in the review process (and their skin was very thankful).

First I am going to tell you that I loved these products because they worked. Second, there are two things I disagree with in their claims. Skin Free products are said to be fragrance free and non-greasy. The Niaouli Butter did have some fragrance, I could smell the vanilla and cocoa butter and the Moisture Balm I could also smell the cocoa butter. I realize that this is natural fragrance and not chemically based. With the exception of the soap, all of the products did feel very greasy--however it was due to the essential oils which absorbed into the skin in about 5 minutes. I have no issues with either the fragrance or greasy feeling, however for the sake of the review, I wanted to put that out there for those who might.

All Skin Free products are free of petroleum, chemicals, preservatives and colorants, which meant it was safe to use on Brody. I mainly used the soap and super moisture balm on the boys, which basically was a miracle in a bottle. Brody's dry skin and irritation was gone within a day and Duncan's eczema was minimized by 90% (he also told me it made his skin feel good). I used the Niaouli Butter Stick on my elbows, which is basically a creamy butter lotion that is easily spread as you push it up through the tube. The Extra Moisturizing Soap worked great on all of us.

I loved the simplicity of the Skin Free products--all are made of oils such as Olive Oil and Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin E and the Niaouli Stick has Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Soy. Although I have heard that soy irritates eczema, my skin didn't seem to have any issues with it.

See all the Skin Free products for yourself and if you have used them, do share your experience in the comments.

Reduce The Appearance Of Wrinkles

I probably started worrying about wrinkles when I was 10. Seriously. One day I found that I had developed a wrinkle between my eyebrows. You know, when you scrunch up your face and you develop that fold? One day it just stayed and hasn't gone away since. So it's true--if you make a face, it may just stay that way. Always heed your mothers words.

Two products by Jordan Essentials that can help in lessening their appearance are their Skin Firming Serum and Age Defying Serum.

The Skin Firming Serum smoothes lines by firming the skin and gradually reducing the appearance of wrinkles, furrows, and lines. Skin cells are stimulated with the Phyto Essential blend’s highly bioactive nutrients that include cell signaling factors capable of stimulating important biological functions to awaken and replenish skin cells. The Age Defying Serum is infused with antoxidants and silica elastomers.

Why the Phyto Essential Blend is important:
Aloe has unique anti-inflammatory properties
Chamomile soothes delicate facial tissues
Green Tea is an antioxidant
Seaweed helps promote skin hydration

My mother actually lives by the Skin Firming Serum. She is 55 (and will kill me for telling you), but her skin still retains its youthful appearance. She's been using the Skin Firming Serum everyday for well over a year now.

There's no permanent way to rid yourself of wrinkles, even injections and plastic surgery eventually lose their luster and need to be redone. Taking good care of your skin is really the best way to treat your skin and keep it looking its best.

For the serums, as well as other great facial products, visit www.BigLakeSpa.com and click on the "Face Collection" category.

Related posts:
Jordan Essentials Spa Polish & Facial Brush
5 Tips To Improved Skin Care
Product Tips & Uses
Bathe Your Way To Softer Skin
Grapefruit, Anyone?
The Benefits of Glycerin

Reduce The Appearance Of Wrinkles

I probably started worrying about wrinkles when I was 10. Seriously. One day I found that I had developed a wrinkle between my eyebrows. You know, when you scrunch up your face and you develop that fold? One day it just stayed and hasn't gone away since. So it's true--if you make a face, it may just stay that way. Always heed your mothers words.

Two products by Jordan Essentials that can help in lessening their appearance are their Skin Firming Serum and Age Defying Serum.

The Skin Firming Serum smoothes lines by firming the skin and gradually reducing the appearance of wrinkles, furrows, and lines. Skin cells are stimulated with the Phyto Essential blend’s highly bioactive nutrients that include cell signaling factors capable of stimulating important biological functions to awaken and replenish skin cells. The Age Defying Serum is infused with antoxidants and silica elastomers.

Why the Phyto Essential Blend is important:
Aloe has unique anti-inflammatory properties
Chamomile soothes delicate facial tissues
Green Tea is an antioxidant
Seaweed helps promote skin hydration

My mother actually lives by the Skin Firming Serum. She is 55 (and will kill me for telling you), but her skin still retains its youthful appearance. She's been using the Skin Firming Serum everyday for well over a year now.

There's no permanent way to rid yourself of wrinkles, even injections and plastic surgery eventually lose their luster and need to be redone. Taking good care of your skin is really the best way to treat your skin and keep it looking its best.

For the serums, as well as other great facial products, visit www.BigLakeSpa.com and click on the "Face Collection" category.

Related posts:
Jordan Essentials Spa Polish & Facial Brush
5 Tips To Improved Skin Care
Product Tips & Uses
Bathe Your Way To Softer Skin
Grapefruit, Anyone?
The Benefits of Glycerin

Reduce The Appearance Of Wrinkles

I probably started worrying about wrinkles when I was 10. Seriously. One day I found that I had developed a wrinkle between my eyebrows. You know, when you scrunch up your face and you develop that fold? One day it just stayed and hasn't gone away since. So it's true--if you make a face, it may just stay that way. Always heed your mothers words.

Two products by Jordan Essentials that can help in lessening their appearance are their Skin Firming Serum and Age Defying Serum.

The Skin Firming Serum smoothes lines by firming the skin and gradually reducing the appearance of wrinkles, furrows, and lines. Skin cells are stimulated with the Phyto Essential blend’s highly bioactive nutrients that include cell signaling factors capable of stimulating important biological functions to awaken and replenish skin cells. The Age Defying Serum is infused with antoxidants and silica elastomers.

Why the Phyto Essential Blend is important:
Aloe has unique anti-inflammatory properties
Chamomile soothes delicate facial tissues
Green Tea is an antioxidant
Seaweed helps promote skin hydration

My mother actually lives by the Skin Firming Serum. She is 55 (and will kill me for telling you), but her skin still retains its youthful appearance. She's been using the Skin Firming Serum everyday for well over a year now.

There's no permanent way to rid yourself of wrinkles, even injections and plastic surgery eventually lose their luster and need to be redone. Taking good care of your skin is really the best way to treat your skin and keep it looking its best.

For the serums, as well as other great facial products, visit www.BigLakeSpa.com and click on the "Face Collection" category.

Related posts:
Jordan Essentials Spa Polish & Facial Brush
5 Tips To Improved Skin Care
Product Tips & Uses
Bathe Your Way To Softer Skin
Grapefruit, Anyone?
The Benefits of Glycerin

Reduce The Appearance Of Wrinkles

I probably started worrying about wrinkles when I was 10. Seriously. One day I found that I had developed a wrinkle between my eyebrows. You know, when you scrunch up your face and you develop that fold? One day it just stayed and hasn't gone away since. So it's true--if you make a face, it may just stay that way. Always heed your mothers words.

Two products by Jordan Essentials that can help in lessening their appearance are their Skin Firming Serum and Age Defying Serum.

The Skin Firming Serum smoothes lines by firming the skin and gradually reducing the appearance of wrinkles, furrows, and lines. Skin cells are stimulated with the Phyto Essential blend’s highly bioactive nutrients that include cell signaling factors capable of stimulating important biological functions to awaken and replenish skin cells. The Age Defying Serum is infused with antoxidants and silica elastomers.

Why the Phyto Essential Blend is important:
Aloe has unique anti-inflammatory properties
Chamomile soothes delicate facial tissues
Green Tea is an antioxidant
Seaweed helps promote skin hydration

My mother actually lives by the Skin Firming Serum. She is 55 (and will kill me for telling you), but her skin still retains its youthful appearance. She's been using the Skin Firming Serum everyday for well over a year now.

There's no permanent way to rid yourself of wrinkles, even injections and plastic surgery eventually lose their luster and need to be redone. Taking good care of your skin is really the best way to treat your skin and keep it looking its best.

For the serums, as well as other great facial products, visit www.BigLakeSpa.com and click on the "Face Collection" category.

Related posts:
Jordan Essentials Spa Polish & Facial Brush
5 Tips To Improved Skin Care
Product Tips & Uses
Bathe Your Way To Softer Skin
Grapefruit, Anyone?
The Benefits of Glycerin

New York Day Two: Fashion, PR and Hem Tape

Veteran's Day weekend I happened upon a super fab sale at JC Penney's. I am now in love with trousers, I'll have you know. My shape looks so much better in trousers than they do in jeans, but sitting at a desk in your home office with a squirming 6 month old on your lap is no place for trousers. So they will stay reserved in my closet for my next NYC trip.

I mention my lovely trousers because I discovered why seamstresses charge so much for hemming pants--it takes too damn long to do. So on a tight budget my aunt recommended "hem tape." I roped in my friend Barb and we took up 3 inches on my trousers (ha and that is with "petite" length pants!) with this miraculous product! Have you used it? It's like iron-on super glue! And no one was the wiser.

Day Two (see day one here) of my adventures in NYC was spent wearing my super fab (and perfectly hemmed) trousers and going to a seminar on PR. I met fabulous people and learned a whole lot. I also ate the most decadently light cheesecake at The Williams Club. I almost engulfed it, had it not been for sitting at a table of 9 very professional people. I'm sure you can relate to a time like that--insanely yummy dessert you want to take down in one bite, but there's people watching and we are civilized and stuff.

Dinner that night was with Marina, who is a gem and gorgeous. We ate at Celeste, which was delish except so super cramped. If I really wanted to, I could rest my head on the shoulder of the guy at the next table.

Which reminds me--I was hit on 3 times during my trip! Ha! I found that amusing considering I am a 33 year old mom of 4 who has forgotten what it's like to be googled by men. My husband is wonderful mind you, but for 11 years now no one else has attempted to amuse me with flirting.

I did see Erika and Annie in the elevator, but unfortunately for me (but not for them) they were whisked around the city for Total Beauty and I never got the chance to meet up with them.

I have to say, I had an amazing two days in NYC. I can't wait to go back again.

New York Day Two: Fashion, PR and Hem Tape

Veteran's Day weekend I happened upon a super fab sale at JC Penney's. I am now in love with trousers, I'll have you know. My shape looks so much better in trousers than they do in jeans, but sitting at a desk in your home office with a squirming 6 month old on your lap is no place for trousers. So they will stay reserved in my closet for my next NYC trip.

I mention my lovely trousers because I discovered why seamstresses charge so much for hemming pants--it takes too damn long to do. So on a tight budget my aunt recommended "hem tape." I roped in my friend Barb and we took up 3 inches on my trousers (ha and that is with "petite" length pants!) with this miraculous product! Have you used it? It's like iron-on super glue! And no one was the wiser.

Day Two (see day one here) of my adventures in NYC was spent wearing my super fab (and perfectly hemmed) trousers and going to a seminar on PR. I met fabulous people and learned a whole lot. I also ate the most decadently light cheesecake at The Williams Club. I almost engulfed it, had it not been for sitting at a table of 9 very professional people. I'm sure you can relate to a time like that--insanely yummy dessert you want to take down in one bite, but there's people watching and we are civilized and stuff.

Dinner that night was with Marina, who is a gem and gorgeous. We ate at Celeste, which was delish except so super cramped. If I really wanted to, I could rest my head on the shoulder of the guy at the next table.

Which reminds me--I was hit on 3 times during my trip! Ha! I found that amusing considering I am a 33 year old mom of 4 who has forgotten what it's like to be googled by men. My husband is wonderful mind you, but for 11 years now no one else has attempted to amuse me with flirting.

I did see Erika and Annie in the elevator, but unfortunately for me (but not for them) they were whisked around the city for Total Beauty and I never got the chance to meet up with them.

I have to say, I had an amazing two days in NYC. I can't wait to go back again.

New York Day Two: Fashion, PR and Hem Tape

Veteran's Day weekend I happened upon a super fab sale at JC Penney's. I am now in love with trousers, I'll have you know. My shape looks so much better in trousers than they do in jeans, but sitting at a desk in your home office with a squirming 6 month old on your lap is no place for trousers. So they will stay reserved in my closet for my next NYC trip.

I mention my lovely trousers because I discovered why seamstresses charge so much for hemming pants--it takes too damn long to do. So on a tight budget my aunt recommended "hem tape." I roped in my friend Barb and we took up 3 inches on my trousers (ha and that is with "petite" length pants!) with this miraculous product! Have you used it? It's like iron-on super glue! And no one was the wiser.

Day Two (see day one here) of my adventures in NYC was spent wearing my super fab (and perfectly hemmed) trousers and going to a seminar on PR. I met fabulous people and learned a whole lot. I also ate the most decadently light cheesecake at The Williams Club. I almost engulfed it, had it not been for sitting at a table of 9 very professional people. I'm sure you can relate to a time like that--insanely yummy dessert you want to take down in one bite, but there's people watching and we are civilized and stuff.

Dinner that night was with Marina, who is a gem and gorgeous. We ate at Celeste, which was delish except so super cramped. If I really wanted to, I could rest my head on the shoulder of the guy at the next table.

Which reminds me--I was hit on 3 times during my trip! Ha! I found that amusing considering I am a 33 year old mom of 4 who has forgotten what it's like to be googled by men. My husband is wonderful mind you, but for 11 years now no one else has attempted to amuse me with flirting.

I did see Erika and Annie in the elevator, but unfortunately for me (but not for them) they were whisked around the city for Total Beauty and I never got the chance to meet up with them.

I have to say, I had an amazing two days in NYC. I can't wait to go back again.

New York Day Two: Fashion, PR and Hem Tape

Veteran's Day weekend I happened upon a super fab sale at JC Penney's. I am now in love with trousers, I'll have you know. My shape looks so much better in trousers than they do in jeans, but sitting at a desk in your home office with a squirming 6 month old on your lap is no place for trousers. So they will stay reserved in my closet for my next NYC trip.

I mention my lovely trousers because I discovered why seamstresses charge so much for hemming pants--it takes too damn long to do. So on a tight budget my aunt recommended "hem tape." I roped in my friend Barb and we took up 3 inches on my trousers (ha and that is with "petite" length pants!) with this miraculous product! Have you used it? It's like iron-on super glue! And no one was the wiser.

Day Two (see day one here) of my adventures in NYC was spent wearing my super fab (and perfectly hemmed) trousers and going to a seminar on PR. I met fabulous people and learned a whole lot. I also ate the most decadently light cheesecake at The Williams Club. I almost engulfed it, had it not been for sitting at a table of 9 very professional people. I'm sure you can relate to a time like that--insanely yummy dessert you want to take down in one bite, but there's people watching and we are civilized and stuff.

Dinner that night was with Marina, who is a gem and gorgeous. We ate at Celeste, which was delish except so super cramped. If I really wanted to, I could rest my head on the shoulder of the guy at the next table.

Which reminds me--I was hit on 3 times during my trip! Ha! I found that amusing considering I am a 33 year old mom of 4 who has forgotten what it's like to be googled by men. My husband is wonderful mind you, but for 11 years now no one else has attempted to amuse me with flirting.

I did see Erika and Annie in the elevator, but unfortunately for me (but not for them) they were whisked around the city for Total Beauty and I never got the chance to meet up with them.

I have to say, I had an amazing two days in NYC. I can't wait to go back again.

Oprah's Favorite Things: Clarisonic Skin Care Brush

Oprah's Favorite Things episode hasn't yet reached my TV set today--however I hear that she is in love with Clarisonic's Skin Care Brush (as well as Claus Porto Soaps).

The Clarisonic Skin Care Brush's Benefits:

* Pampers skin with instant softness, with just 1 minute
* Gentle enough for use twice daily
* Clears pores of environmental toxins, makeup and bacteria ~ without abrasion or harsh chemicals
* Clinically shown to remove more than 6x the amount of makeup
* Increases absorption of moisturizers more than 60%
* Is based on real science with patented technology
* Used by leading dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons and Spas

I haven't yet tried this product myself, have you? I'd love to hear all about it, so please post a comment to let us know how it worked for you!

Beauty.com is offering free shipping on this product, which can also be combined with their $10 off $60 or more coupon!

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Oprah's Favorite Things: Clarisonic Skin Care Brush

Oprah's Favorite Things episode hasn't yet reached my TV set today--however I hear that she is in love with Clarisonic's Skin Care Brush (as well as Claus Porto Soaps).

The Clarisonic Skin Care Brush's Benefits:

* Pampers skin with instant softness, with just 1 minute
* Gentle enough for use twice daily
* Clears pores of environmental toxins, makeup and bacteria ~ without abrasion or harsh chemicals
* Clinically shown to remove more than 6x the amount of makeup
* Increases absorption of moisturizers more than 60%
* Is based on real science with patented technology
* Used by leading dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons and Spas

I haven't yet tried this product myself, have you? I'd love to hear all about it, so please post a comment to let us know how it worked for you!

Beauty.com is offering free shipping on this product, which can also be combined with their $10 off $60 or more coupon!

Tags: ,

Oprah's Favorite Things: Clarisonic Skin Care Brush

Oprah's Favorite Things episode hasn't yet reached my TV set today--however I hear that she is in love with Clarisonic's Skin Care Brush (as well as Claus Porto Soaps).

The Clarisonic Skin Care Brush's Benefits:

* Pampers skin with instant softness, with just 1 minute
* Gentle enough for use twice daily
* Clears pores of environmental toxins, makeup and bacteria ~ without abrasion or harsh chemicals
* Clinically shown to remove more than 6x the amount of makeup
* Increases absorption of moisturizers more than 60%
* Is based on real science with patented technology
* Used by leading dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons and Spas

I haven't yet tried this product myself, have you? I'd love to hear all about it, so please post a comment to let us know how it worked for you!

Beauty.com is offering free shipping on this product, which can also be combined with their $10 off $60 or more coupon!

Tags: ,

Oprah's Favorite Things: Clarisonic Skin Care Brush

Oprah's Favorite Things episode hasn't yet reached my TV set today--however I hear that she is in love with Clarisonic's Skin Care Brush (as well as Claus Porto Soaps).

The Clarisonic Skin Care Brush's Benefits:

* Pampers skin with instant softness, with just 1 minute
* Gentle enough for use twice daily
* Clears pores of environmental toxins, makeup and bacteria ~ without abrasion or harsh chemicals
* Clinically shown to remove more than 6x the amount of makeup
* Increases absorption of moisturizers more than 60%
* Is based on real science with patented technology
* Used by leading dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons and Spas

I haven't yet tried this product myself, have you? I'd love to hear all about it, so please post a comment to let us know how it worked for you!

Beauty.com is offering free shipping on this product, which can also be combined with their $10 off $60 or more coupon!

Tags: ,

Spa-NYC.com: 50% off Spa Treatments at Dozens of NYC Spas All November Long

Spa-nyc.com is celebrating its 5th year online! They couldn't have done it without you, the spa-goers. So as an extra thank you, for the month of November, Spa-nyc.com and many of the best spas in NYC are happy to offer exclusive 50% off spa & salon services! Each day you can find different spas offering 50% off something great. From spas like Faina European Day Spa, Yin Beauty & Arts, Smooth Synergy, Spa Chinois, Laser Cosmetica, Delluva Vinotherapy Spa & many more.

50% off hair cuts &color.
50% off New York City massages, body scrubs & body wraps.
50% off facials.
50% off laser hair removal & Brazilian bikini waxing

Book your appointments early! These days will fill up fast. And when the month is over, don't be sad, www.Spa-nyc.com has 100s of discounts every month to over 75 of New York City ’s best spas and salons. Also spa reviews, the calendar of spa events, and of course, www.Spa-nyc.com's search engine to find the exact spa service and location you want.

Spa-NYC.com: 50% off Spa Treatments at Dozens of NYC Spas All November Long

Spa-nyc.com is celebrating its 5th year online! They couldn't have done it without you, the spa-goers. So as an extra thank you, for the month of November, Spa-nyc.com and many of the best spas in NYC are happy to offer exclusive 50% off spa & salon services! Each day you can find different spas offering 50% off something great. From spas like Faina European Day Spa, Yin Beauty & Arts, Smooth Synergy, Spa Chinois, Laser Cosmetica, Delluva Vinotherapy Spa & many more.

50% off hair cuts &color.
50% off New York City massages, body scrubs & body wraps.
50% off facials.
50% off laser hair removal & Brazilian bikini waxing

Book your appointments early! These days will fill up fast. And when the month is over, don't be sad, www.Spa-nyc.com has 100s of discounts every month to over 75 of New York City ’s best spas and salons. Also spa reviews, the calendar of spa events, and of course, www.Spa-nyc.com's search engine to find the exact spa service and location you want.

Spa-NYC.com: 50% off Spa Treatments at Dozens of NYC Spas All November Long

Spa-nyc.com is celebrating its 5th year online! They couldn't have done it without you, the spa-goers. So as an extra thank you, for the month of November, Spa-nyc.com and many of the best spas in NYC are happy to offer exclusive 50% off spa & salon services! Each day you can find different spas offering 50% off something great. From spas like Faina European Day Spa, Yin Beauty & Arts, Smooth Synergy, Spa Chinois, Laser Cosmetica, Delluva Vinotherapy Spa & many more.

50% off hair cuts &color.
50% off New York City massages, body scrubs & body wraps.
50% off facials.
50% off laser hair removal & Brazilian bikini waxing

Book your appointments early! These days will fill up fast. And when the month is over, don't be sad, www.Spa-nyc.com has 100s of discounts every month to over 75 of New York City ’s best spas and salons. Also spa reviews, the calendar of spa events, and of course, www.Spa-nyc.com's search engine to find the exact spa service and location you want.

Spa-NYC.com: 50% off Spa Treatments at Dozens of NYC Spas All November Long

Spa-nyc.com is celebrating its 5th year online! They couldn't have done it without you, the spa-goers. So as an extra thank you, for the month of November, Spa-nyc.com and many of the best spas in NYC are happy to offer exclusive 50% off spa & salon services! Each day you can find different spas offering 50% off something great. From spas like Faina European Day Spa, Yin Beauty & Arts, Smooth Synergy, Spa Chinois, Laser Cosmetica, Delluva Vinotherapy Spa & many more.

50% off hair cuts &color.
50% off New York City massages, body scrubs & body wraps.
50% off facials.
50% off laser hair removal & Brazilian bikini waxing

Book your appointments early! These days will fill up fast. And when the month is over, don't be sad, www.Spa-nyc.com has 100s of discounts every month to over 75 of New York City ’s best spas and salons. Also spa reviews, the calendar of spa events, and of course, www.Spa-nyc.com's search engine to find the exact spa service and location you want.

Lenora Claire's Merry Titmas

No, you're not seeing things. I indeed said "titmas." I'll forewarn you that if you do not have a sense of humor, you may want to peruse other posts of mine. I'm the kind of person who loves people with a sense of humor, a little tongue in cheek, which drew me to Lenora Claire.

Chances are that you have read about her somewhere...she is infamous for the Golden Girls Gone Wild event--but she is also a very talented writer. She also happens to be passionate about breast cancer. Since I am too-- with a family member battling the disease, a friend who survived it and a friend's mother who did not, I wanted to show some love for an event Lenora is curator for that is a breast cancer fundraiser. On Saturday December 8th she is holding "Merry Titmas," an art event to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The event will take place at World of Wonder gallery from 8pm-midnight. It's R rated, so leave the kids at home.

As the saying goes, "Save the boobies."

And PS. Lenora is amazingly gorgeous, so if anything, go to see her in person.

* Photo Credit: Austin Young

Lenora Claire's Merry Titmas

No, you're not seeing things. I indeed said "titmas." I'll forewarn you that if you do not have a sense of humor, you may want to peruse other posts of mine. I'm the kind of person who loves people with a sense of humor, a little tongue in cheek, which drew me to Lenora Claire.

Chances are that you have read about her somewhere...she is infamous for the Golden Girls Gone Wild event--but she is also a very talented writer. She also happens to be passionate about breast cancer. Since I am too-- with a family member battling the disease, a friend who survived it and a friend's mother who did not, I wanted to show some love for an event Lenora is curator for that is a breast cancer fundraiser. On Saturday December 8th she is holding "Merry Titmas," an art event to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The event will take place at World of Wonder gallery from 8pm-midnight. It's R rated, so leave the kids at home.

As the saying goes, "Save the boobies."

And PS. Lenora is amazingly gorgeous, so if anything, go to see her in person.

* Photo Credit: Austin Young

Lenora Claire's Merry Titmas

No, you're not seeing things. I indeed said "titmas." I'll forewarn you that if you do not have a sense of humor, you may want to peruse other posts of mine. I'm the kind of person who loves people with a sense of humor, a little tongue in cheek, which drew me to Lenora Claire.

Chances are that you have read about her somewhere...she is infamous for the Golden Girls Gone Wild event--but she is also a very talented writer. She also happens to be passionate about breast cancer. Since I am too-- with a family member battling the disease, a friend who survived it and a friend's mother who did not, I wanted to show some love for an event Lenora is curator for that is a breast cancer fundraiser. On Saturday December 8th she is holding "Merry Titmas," an art event to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The event will take place at World of Wonder gallery from 8pm-midnight. It's R rated, so leave the kids at home.

As the saying goes, "Save the boobies."

And PS. Lenora is amazingly gorgeous, so if anything, go to see her in person.

* Photo Credit: Austin Young

Lenora Claire's Merry Titmas

No, you're not seeing things. I indeed said "titmas." I'll forewarn you that if you do not have a sense of humor, you may want to peruse other posts of mine. I'm the kind of person who loves people with a sense of humor, a little tongue in cheek, which drew me to Lenora Claire.

Chances are that you have read about her somewhere...she is infamous for the Golden Girls Gone Wild event--but she is also a very talented writer. She also happens to be passionate about breast cancer. Since I am too-- with a family member battling the disease, a friend who survived it and a friend's mother who did not, I wanted to show some love for an event Lenora is curator for that is a breast cancer fundraiser. On Saturday December 8th she is holding "Merry Titmas," an art event to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The event will take place at World of Wonder gallery from 8pm-midnight. It's R rated, so leave the kids at home.

As the saying goes, "Save the boobies."

And PS. Lenora is amazingly gorgeous, so if anything, go to see her in person.

* Photo Credit: Austin Young

A Day In The Life: My Trip To New York

Picture this-- It's Thursday, the big day you are supposed to leave for New York where an action packed schedule awaits you. You were supposed to get up at 5am to get yourself (and the kids) ready so you can leave at 6:15am to catch a bus for 7:20.

Now imagine--"Shannon! It's 6am! Did you sleep through your alarm?"

Crike!

Not only that, but it is pouring--POURING--out. I don't own an umbrella, I have a car for pete's sake. So I ask my husband if we had an umbrella somewhere in the house. "Sure" he says as he brings me a black umbrella with bright yellow smiley faces on it. Ahhh--no thanks.

So we decide that we are packing the kids up and my husband was going to drive me into the city, as the next bus would never get me into the city on time. On our way into NYC, we find a WalMart and dash through the rain to pick up a plain black umbrella. Driving in NYC is craaazy, so we try to calm the kids nerves of incessant horn honking and people almost crashing into our car by telling them to look to the tops of the buildings for Spiderman and Superman. My 5 year old shouts out, "I knew it! There's the Daily Bugle!"

I finally arrive at my hotel, check my bags and grab a cab to meet Andrea from Glamour at Haru. In pouring down rain the cab driver makes me get out and walk a city block because he doesn't "feel like" driving around to the restaurant. So I walk in a downpour with big wind gusts hitting me--thank God for water-resistant trousers!

Let me tell you that Andrea is stunning. You think she is beautiful in her pictures in the magazine and on the Glamour blog? See her in person. I was an awkward mess of course, I probably talked way too much and she probably wished she had brought some Tylenol with her from the headache my rambling caused her, but she was gracious and wonderful--and I found, a lot like me.

And she convinced me to give Sushi a try--and I love it!

I wished lunch didn't have to end, but then I was off to the office, to where I finally met most of my co-workers and the CEO for the first time--funny that I have worked for them for more than a year and have never met them in person! And they are all great great great. Totally loved the in-house spa, although I didn't get to test it out. I'll have to see if I am allowed to blog about it here so you can get a behind the scenes look.

Back to the Hotel QT to check in and then getting off the elevator to leave for my next event, I run into Miss Beauty Addict herself. We hug and then I'm off to Bar Americain for dinner with an editor from a PR publication (not sure I can say who, sorry for the vagueness). Again--I was awkward and talked too much, but she was a wealth of knowledge and super nice. If you happen to find yourself at Bar Americain, try the grilled venison and red cabbage bread pudding! YUM! Plus the staff is awesome.

After dinner I was back to the hotel around 9 hoping to catch up with friends, but that didn't happen (which was very disappointing) and I ended up just crashing from exhaustion. I think the fact that the Hotel QT has the most comfortable bed in the universe helped too.

What a day.

A Day In The Life: My Trip To New York

Picture this-- It's Thursday, the big day you are supposed to leave for New York where an action packed schedule awaits you. You were supposed to get up at 5am to get yourself (and the kids) ready so you can leave at 6:15am to catch a bus for 7:20.

Now imagine--"Shannon! It's 6am! Did you sleep through your alarm?"

Crike!

Not only that, but it is pouring--POURING--out. I don't own an umbrella, I have a car for pete's sake. So I ask my husband if we had an umbrella somewhere in the house. "Sure" he says as he brings me a black umbrella with bright yellow smiley faces on it. Ahhh--no thanks.

So we decide that we are packing the kids up and my husband was going to drive me into the city, as the next bus would never get me into the city on time. On our way into NYC, we find a WalMart and dash through the rain to pick up a plain black umbrella. Driving in NYC is craaazy, so we try to calm the kids nerves of incessant horn honking and people almost crashing into our car by telling them to look to the tops of the buildings for Spiderman and Superman. My 5 year old shouts out, "I knew it! There's the Daily Bugle!"

I finally arrive at my hotel, check my bags and grab a cab to meet Andrea from Glamour at Haru. In pouring down rain the cab driver makes me get out and walk a city block because he doesn't "feel like" driving around to the restaurant. So I walk in a downpour with big wind gusts hitting me--thank God for water-resistant trousers!

Let me tell you that Andrea is stunning. You think she is beautiful in her pictures in the magazine and on the Glamour blog? See her in person. I was an awkward mess of course, I probably talked way too much and she probably wished she had brought some Tylenol with her from the headache my rambling caused her, but she was gracious and wonderful--and I found, a lot like me.

And she convinced me to give Sushi a try--and I love it!

I wished lunch didn't have to end, but then I was off to the office, to where I finally met most of my co-workers and the CEO for the first time--funny that I have worked for them for more than a year and have never met them in person! And they are all great great great. Totally loved the in-house spa, although I didn't get to test it out. I'll have to see if I am allowed to blog about it here so you can get a behind the scenes look.

Back to the Hotel QT to check in and then getting off the elevator to leave for my next event, I run into Miss Beauty Addict herself. We hug and then I'm off to Bar Americain for dinner with an editor from a PR publication (not sure I can say who, sorry for the vagueness). Again--I was awkward and talked too much, but she was a wealth of knowledge and super nice. If you happen to find yourself at Bar Americain, try the grilled venison and red cabbage bread pudding! YUM! Plus the staff is awesome.

After dinner I was back to the hotel around 9 hoping to catch up with friends, but that didn't happen (which was very disappointing) and I ended up just crashing from exhaustion. I think the fact that the Hotel QT has the most comfortable bed in the universe helped too.

What a day.

A Day In The Life: My Trip To New York

Picture this-- It's Thursday, the big day you are supposed to leave for New York where an action packed schedule awaits you. You were supposed to get up at 5am to get yourself (and the kids) ready so you can leave at 6:15am to catch a bus for 7:20.

Now imagine--"Shannon! It's 6am! Did you sleep through your alarm?"

Crike!

Not only that, but it is pouring--POURING--out. I don't own an umbrella, I have a car for pete's sake. So I ask my husband if we had an umbrella somewhere in the house. "Sure" he says as he brings me a black umbrella with bright yellow smiley faces on it. Ahhh--no thanks.

So we decide that we are packing the kids up and my husband was going to drive me into the city, as the next bus would never get me into the city on time. On our way into NYC, we find a WalMart and dash through the rain to pick up a plain black umbrella. Driving in NYC is craaazy, so we try to calm the kids nerves of incessant horn honking and people almost crashing into our car by telling them to look to the tops of the buildings for Spiderman and Superman. My 5 year old shouts out, "I knew it! There's the Daily Bugle!"

I finally arrive at my hotel, check my bags and grab a cab to meet Andrea from Glamour at Haru. In pouring down rain the cab driver makes me get out and walk a city block because he doesn't "feel like" driving around to the restaurant. So I walk in a downpour with big wind gusts hitting me--thank God for water-resistant trousers!

Let me tell you that Andrea is stunning. You think she is beautiful in her pictures in the magazine and on the Glamour blog? See her in person. I was an awkward mess of course, I probably talked way too much and she probably wished she had brought some Tylenol with her from the headache my rambling caused her, but she was gracious and wonderful--and I found, a lot like me.

And she convinced me to give Sushi a try--and I love it!

I wished lunch didn't have to end, but then I was off to the office, to where I finally met most of my co-workers and the CEO for the first time--funny that I have worked for them for more than a year and have never met them in person! And they are all great great great. Totally loved the in-house spa, although I didn't get to test it out. I'll have to see if I am allowed to blog about it here so you can get a behind the scenes look.

Back to the Hotel QT to check in and then getting off the elevator to leave for my next event, I run into Miss Beauty Addict herself. We hug and then I'm off to Bar Americain for dinner with an editor from a PR publication (not sure I can say who, sorry for the vagueness). Again--I was awkward and talked too much, but she was a wealth of knowledge and super nice. If you happen to find yourself at Bar Americain, try the grilled venison and red cabbage bread pudding! YUM! Plus the staff is awesome.

After dinner I was back to the hotel around 9 hoping to catch up with friends, but that didn't happen (which was very disappointing) and I ended up just crashing from exhaustion. I think the fact that the Hotel QT has the most comfortable bed in the universe helped too.

What a day.

A Day In The Life: My Trip To New York

Picture this-- It's Thursday, the big day you are supposed to leave for New York where an action packed schedule awaits you. You were supposed to get up at 5am to get yourself (and the kids) ready so you can leave at 6:15am to catch a bus for 7:20.

Now imagine--"Shannon! It's 6am! Did you sleep through your alarm?"

Crike!

Not only that, but it is pouring--POURING--out. I don't own an umbrella, I have a car for pete's sake. So I ask my husband if we had an umbrella somewhere in the house. "Sure" he says as he brings me a black umbrella with bright yellow smiley faces on it. Ahhh--no thanks.

So we decide that we are packing the kids up and my husband was going to drive me into the city, as the next bus would never get me into the city on time. On our way into NYC, we find a WalMart and dash through the rain to pick up a plain black umbrella. Driving in NYC is craaazy, so we try to calm the kids nerves of incessant horn honking and people almost crashing into our car by telling them to look to the tops of the buildings for Spiderman and Superman. My 5 year old shouts out, "I knew it! There's the Daily Bugle!"

I finally arrive at my hotel, check my bags and grab a cab to meet Andrea from Glamour at Haru. In pouring down rain the cab driver makes me get out and walk a city block because he doesn't "feel like" driving around to the restaurant. So I walk in a downpour with big wind gusts hitting me--thank God for water-resistant trousers!

Let me tell you that Andrea is stunning. You think she is beautiful in her pictures in the magazine and on the Glamour blog? See her in person. I was an awkward mess of course, I probably talked way too much and she probably wished she had brought some Tylenol with her from the headache my rambling caused her, but she was gracious and wonderful--and I found, a lot like me.

And she convinced me to give Sushi a try--and I love it!

I wished lunch didn't have to end, but then I was off to the office, to where I finally met most of my co-workers and the CEO for the first time--funny that I have worked for them for more than a year and have never met them in person! And they are all great great great. Totally loved the in-house spa, although I didn't get to test it out. I'll have to see if I am allowed to blog about it here so you can get a behind the scenes look.

Back to the Hotel QT to check in and then getting off the elevator to leave for my next event, I run into Miss Beauty Addict herself. We hug and then I'm off to Bar Americain for dinner with an editor from a PR publication (not sure I can say who, sorry for the vagueness). Again--I was awkward and talked too much, but she was a wealth of knowledge and super nice. If you happen to find yourself at Bar Americain, try the grilled venison and red cabbage bread pudding! YUM! Plus the staff is awesome.

After dinner I was back to the hotel around 9 hoping to catch up with friends, but that didn't happen (which was very disappointing) and I ended up just crashing from exhaustion. I think the fact that the Hotel QT has the most comfortable bed in the universe helped too.

What a day.

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