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Guide in Choosing Shoes Perfect for your Outfit


Men and women always keep their eyes on the latest trend of shoes which are mostly launched by the top and famous shoe designers. Every time there are new styles of shoes coming out on the market, most of them can't wait to buy their own one. That's because they always love to wear the hottest and trendiest shoes without knowing whether these accessories would perfectly complement their outfit or not. Perhaps, this is one of their biggest mistakes in fashion since they put much emphasis on following the latest trendy shoes without considering the importance of coordinating them with their clothes.

Shoes have significant part in our everyday dressing. They can turn us down if we wear them inappropriately with our clothes. On the other hand, they can greatly enhance our outfit making us look more stunning and fashionable if we choose the right shoes that best match for our clothes. So how do you choose the right shoes? Here are the basic guidelines in selecting the right shoes that will work best with your outfit.

1. Set off Shoes According to Occasion


Knowing what occasion is the first thing to consider in choosing what kind of shoes you must wear. Just like clothes, shoes must be also appropriate for a certain occasion. As usual, formal affair requires for formal shoes. Wearing rubber shoes for this type of gathering would definitely be a big no no. So for women, it's best to wear leather sandals with high heels to perfectly match it with your formal dresses or evening gowns. For men, wearing leather shoes will certainly complement their formal attire giving them a stylish and elegant look.

2. Set off Shoes According to Style


Style is another preference in selecting the right shoes. Choosing the right style of shoes for a particular wardrobe will give more stunning effects to your outfit. For women, if you wear formal dress with clutch handbag, wearing open toe, high heeled sandals with strap would definitely make you look more hot and attractive. If you're in a casual getup and wearing skinny jeans, it's advisable to use flat shoes or sandals because this will make you look more stylish compared to shoes with high heels.

3. Set off Shoes According to Color


Choosing its color is the final concern in knowing what's best shoes for your clothes. Colors give surprising effects in our outfit if they are well-coordinated with the color of our clothes. For example, if women wear red dress or handbag, having also a touch of red color in your shoes will certainly complete your outfit and give more seductive appeal.

Black shoes are mostly recommended to wear since these colors always go perfect with any color of your outfit. So you can never have a hard time in matching these shoes because of their flexibility to mix and match with any of your outfit.

To sum up this, wearing trendy shoes doesn't mean that you're already considered as fashionable individual. Just keep in mind that following up on the latest trend is only your first step in achieving your desire to look at your best. That's because knowing the guidelines on how to complement your shoes with your outfit is still the most important way to create a fashion statement that would definitely make you look fabulous and set apart from the others.

Guide in Choosing Shoes Perfect for your Outfit


Men and women always keep their eyes on the latest trend of shoes which are mostly launched by the top and famous shoe designers. Every time there are new styles of shoes coming out on the market, most of them can't wait to buy their own one. That's because they always love to wear the hottest and trendiest shoes without knowing whether these accessories would perfectly complement their outfit or not. Perhaps, this is one of their biggest mistakes in fashion since they put much emphasis on following the latest trendy shoes without considering the importance of coordinating them with their clothes.

Shoes have significant part in our everyday dressing. They can turn us down if we wear them inappropriately with our clothes. On the other hand, they can greatly enhance our outfit making us look more stunning and fashionable if we choose the right shoes that best match for our clothes. So how do you choose the right shoes? Here are the basic guidelines in selecting the right shoes that will work best with your outfit.

1. Set off Shoes According to Occasion


Knowing what occasion is the first thing to consider in choosing what kind of shoes you must wear. Just like clothes, shoes must be also appropriate for a certain occasion. As usual, formal affair requires for formal shoes. Wearing rubber shoes for this type of gathering would definitely be a big no no. So for women, it's best to wear leather sandals with high heels to perfectly match it with your formal dresses or evening gowns. For men, wearing leather shoes will certainly complement their formal attire giving them a stylish and elegant look.

2. Set off Shoes According to Style


Style is another preference in selecting the right shoes. Choosing the right style of shoes for a particular wardrobe will give more stunning effects to your outfit. For women, if you wear formal dress with clutch handbag, wearing open toe, high heeled sandals with strap would definitely make you look more hot and attractive. If you're in a casual getup and wearing skinny jeans, it's advisable to use flat shoes or sandals because this will make you look more stylish compared to shoes with high heels.

3. Set off Shoes According to Color


Choosing its color is the final concern in knowing what's best shoes for your clothes. Colors give surprising effects in our outfit if they are well-coordinated with the color of our clothes. For example, if women wear red dress or handbag, having also a touch of red color in your shoes will certainly complete your outfit and give more seductive appeal.

Black shoes are mostly recommended to wear since these colors always go perfect with any color of your outfit. So you can never have a hard time in matching these shoes because of their flexibility to mix and match with any of your outfit.

To sum up this, wearing trendy shoes doesn't mean that you're already considered as fashionable individual. Just keep in mind that following up on the latest trend is only your first step in achieving your desire to look at your best. That's because knowing the guidelines on how to complement your shoes with your outfit is still the most important way to create a fashion statement that would definitely make you look fabulous and set apart from the others.

So the New York Times Thinks Beauty Bloggers are Swag Whores

Bus fare roundtrip to NYC $75
Cab fare for constant traveling for 4 days $200
Buying clothing and (gorgeous) Anne Klein shoes to wear to fashion week events $300
Having your husband take two days off so you can be at fashion week $800
Eating 3 meals a day for 4 days $400

Luckily my hotel is free because my fabulous friends are not making me pay--

See NYT--it's not about free product. It's about doing something you are passionate about and enjoy. It's about feeling a connection with your readers and wanting to bring them the inside scoop.

While beauty editors were outted for all the free swag a while ago, you forget to talk about that they mention their love of a product then several pages into the magazine there is a paid advertisement for it. Here, whether I got it for free or not--you get the real deal. If I love it, I say I love it, if I don't, I say I don't.

So no, I'm not a swag whore--if the free stuff all ended today, I'd be fine with it and continue to buy stuff as I normally do. Besides the fact that as you can see from the above, I put out way more money than any amount of freebies coming in--and last time I looked, lipstick isn't accepted as payment for my mortgage.

Bringing an insider's look from Fashion Week to my readers---priceless.

So the New York Times Thinks Beauty Bloggers are Swag Whores

Bus fare roundtrip to NYC $75
Cab fare for constant traveling for 4 days $200
Buying clothing and (gorgeous) Anne Klein shoes to wear to fashion week events $300
Having your husband take two days off so you can be at fashion week $800
Eating 3 meals a day for 4 days $400

Luckily my hotel is free because my fabulous friends are not making me pay--

See NYT--it's not about free product. It's about doing something you are passionate about and enjoy. It's about feeling a connection with your readers and wanting to bring them the inside scoop.

While beauty editors were outted for all the free swag a while ago, you forget to talk about that they mention their love of a product then several pages into the magazine there is a paid advertisement for it. Here, whether I got it for free or not--you get the real deal. If I love it, I say I love it, if I don't, I say I don't.

So no, I'm not a swag whore--if the free stuff all ended today, I'd be fine with it and continue to buy stuff as I normally do. Besides the fact that as you can see from the above, I put out way more money than any amount of freebies coming in--and last time I looked, lipstick isn't accepted as payment for my mortgage.

Bringing an insider's look from Fashion Week to my readers---priceless.

So the New York Times Thinks Beauty Bloggers are Swag Whores

Bus fare roundtrip to NYC $75
Cab fare for constant traveling for 4 days $200
Buying clothing and (gorgeous) Anne Klein shoes to wear to fashion week events $300
Having your husband take two days off so you can be at fashion week $800
Eating 3 meals a day for 4 days $400

Luckily my hotel is free because my fabulous friends are not making me pay--

See NYT--it's not about free product. It's about doing something you are passionate about and enjoy. It's about feeling a connection with your readers and wanting to bring them the inside scoop.

While beauty editors were outted for all the free swag a while ago, you forget to talk about that they mention their love of a product then several pages into the magazine there is a paid advertisement for it. Here, whether I got it for free or not--you get the real deal. If I love it, I say I love it, if I don't, I say I don't.

So no, I'm not a swag whore--if the free stuff all ended today, I'd be fine with it and continue to buy stuff as I normally do. Besides the fact that as you can see from the above, I put out way more money than any amount of freebies coming in--and last time I looked, lipstick isn't accepted as payment for my mortgage.

Bringing an insider's look from Fashion Week to my readers---priceless.

So the New York Times Thinks Beauty Bloggers are Swag Whores

Bus fare roundtrip to NYC $75
Cab fare for constant traveling for 4 days $200
Buying clothing and (gorgeous) Anne Klein shoes to wear to fashion week events $300
Having your husband take two days off so you can be at fashion week $800
Eating 3 meals a day for 4 days $400

Luckily my hotel is free because my fabulous friends are not making me pay--

See NYT--it's not about free product. It's about doing something you are passionate about and enjoy. It's about feeling a connection with your readers and wanting to bring them the inside scoop.

While beauty editors were outted for all the free swag a while ago, you forget to talk about that they mention their love of a product then several pages into the magazine there is a paid advertisement for it. Here, whether I got it for free or not--you get the real deal. If I love it, I say I love it, if I don't, I say I don't.

So no, I'm not a swag whore--if the free stuff all ended today, I'd be fine with it and continue to buy stuff as I normally do. Besides the fact that as you can see from the above, I put out way more money than any amount of freebies coming in--and last time I looked, lipstick isn't accepted as payment for my mortgage.

Bringing an insider's look from Fashion Week to my readers---priceless.

On my way--to fashion week!

Just a quick note to remind you that I will be at Fashion Week starting Jan. 31st and heading back home Feb. 3rd! Since I have a jam packed schedule, I'm not sure just how quickly I'll be able to get posts up detailing the beauty and fashion events I'll be attending, but rest assured you will hear all about it and I'll have lots of pictures to show you!

Stayed tuned!

On my way--to fashion week!

Just a quick note to remind you that I will be at Fashion Week starting Jan. 31st and heading back home Feb. 3rd! Since I have a jam packed schedule, I'm not sure just how quickly I'll be able to get posts up detailing the beauty and fashion events I'll be attending, but rest assured you will hear all about it and I'll have lots of pictures to show you!

Stayed tuned!

On my way--to fashion week!

Just a quick note to remind you that I will be at Fashion Week starting Jan. 31st and heading back home Feb. 3rd! Since I have a jam packed schedule, I'm not sure just how quickly I'll be able to get posts up detailing the beauty and fashion events I'll be attending, but rest assured you will hear all about it and I'll have lots of pictures to show you!

Stayed tuned!

On my way--to fashion week!

Just a quick note to remind you that I will be at Fashion Week starting Jan. 31st and heading back home Feb. 3rd! Since I have a jam packed schedule, I'm not sure just how quickly I'll be able to get posts up detailing the beauty and fashion events I'll be attending, but rest assured you will hear all about it and I'll have lots of pictures to show you!

Stayed tuned!

Blogger Spotlight: Doryn's Dish

I have been so blessed to come to know Doryn of Doryn's Dish over the past few years. She really is the most down to earth person and recently just had a very adorable baby girl--which resulted in her bringing Doryn's Dish back to life after its long hiatus (and we all give a collective "yay!")

Doryn is one of those people who is always in the know. You're looking for the perfect product--she just happens to know what it is. She is chock full of knowledge and recommendations. Here is a brief bio on what you may not know about this fabulous blogger:

Doryn has worked with the behind the scenes design team on the Emmy winning television show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and with the renowned residential design firm, Cullman & Kravis. In addition to Doryn's Dish she is currently a reviewer on Celebrity Baby Blog and will soon be producing an online radio show. In her free time she has preciously volunteered at Look Good, Feel Better and Dress For Success. She recently finished volunteer training and will be continuing training in the Spring to become a Wish Granter for Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Most recently, while living in London as an Expat for two years, she trained in beauty and fashion make-up at Greasepaint of London. She has also completed courses and training in voiceovers and radio production from The London Academy of Radio, Film and Television. Previously, she earned degrees from New York's Fashion Institute of Technology in interior design and Boston's Simmons College in Sociology and Human Services, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Ahh to be blessed with being gorgeous and a brainiac--I am envious. I think the reason I most relate to Doryn is that she has a love for acquiring knowledge, learning new things and has the ambition to master everything.

See all of Doryn's fabulous recommendations on Doryn's Dish--but don't blame me when you become addicted.

Blogger Spotlight: Doryn's Dish

I have been so blessed to come to know Doryn of Doryn's Dish over the past few years. She really is the most down to earth person and recently just had a very adorable baby girl--which resulted in her bringing Doryn's Dish back to life after its long hiatus (and we all give a collective "yay!")

Doryn is one of those people who is always in the know. You're looking for the perfect product--she just happens to know what it is. She is chock full of knowledge and recommendations. Here is a brief bio on what you may not know about this fabulous blogger:

Doryn has worked with the behind the scenes design team on the Emmy winning television show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and with the renowned residential design firm, Cullman & Kravis. In addition to Doryn's Dish she is currently a reviewer on Celebrity Baby Blog and will soon be producing an online radio show. In her free time she has preciously volunteered at Look Good, Feel Better and Dress For Success. She recently finished volunteer training and will be continuing training in the Spring to become a Wish Granter for Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Most recently, while living in London as an Expat for two years, she trained in beauty and fashion make-up at Greasepaint of London. She has also completed courses and training in voiceovers and radio production from The London Academy of Radio, Film and Television. Previously, she earned degrees from New York's Fashion Institute of Technology in interior design and Boston's Simmons College in Sociology and Human Services, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Ahh to be blessed with being gorgeous and a brainiac--I am envious. I think the reason I most relate to Doryn is that she has a love for acquiring knowledge, learning new things and has the ambition to master everything.

See all of Doryn's fabulous recommendations on Doryn's Dish--but don't blame me when you become addicted.

Blogger Spotlight: Doryn's Dish

I have been so blessed to come to know Doryn of Doryn's Dish over the past few years. She really is the most down to earth person and recently just had a very adorable baby girl--which resulted in her bringing Doryn's Dish back to life after its long hiatus (and we all give a collective "yay!")

Doryn is one of those people who is always in the know. You're looking for the perfect product--she just happens to know what it is. She is chock full of knowledge and recommendations. Here is a brief bio on what you may not know about this fabulous blogger:

Doryn has worked with the behind the scenes design team on the Emmy winning television show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and with the renowned residential design firm, Cullman & Kravis. In addition to Doryn's Dish she is currently a reviewer on Celebrity Baby Blog and will soon be producing an online radio show. In her free time she has preciously volunteered at Look Good, Feel Better and Dress For Success. She recently finished volunteer training and will be continuing training in the Spring to become a Wish Granter for Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Most recently, while living in London as an Expat for two years, she trained in beauty and fashion make-up at Greasepaint of London. She has also completed courses and training in voiceovers and radio production from The London Academy of Radio, Film and Television. Previously, she earned degrees from New York's Fashion Institute of Technology in interior design and Boston's Simmons College in Sociology and Human Services, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Ahh to be blessed with being gorgeous and a brainiac--I am envious. I think the reason I most relate to Doryn is that she has a love for acquiring knowledge, learning new things and has the ambition to master everything.

See all of Doryn's fabulous recommendations on Doryn's Dish--but don't blame me when you become addicted.

Blogger Spotlight: Doryn's Dish

I have been so blessed to come to know Doryn of Doryn's Dish over the past few years. She really is the most down to earth person and recently just had a very adorable baby girl--which resulted in her bringing Doryn's Dish back to life after its long hiatus (and we all give a collective "yay!")

Doryn is one of those people who is always in the know. You're looking for the perfect product--she just happens to know what it is. She is chock full of knowledge and recommendations. Here is a brief bio on what you may not know about this fabulous blogger:

Doryn has worked with the behind the scenes design team on the Emmy winning television show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and with the renowned residential design firm, Cullman & Kravis. In addition to Doryn's Dish she is currently a reviewer on Celebrity Baby Blog and will soon be producing an online radio show. In her free time she has preciously volunteered at Look Good, Feel Better and Dress For Success. She recently finished volunteer training and will be continuing training in the Spring to become a Wish Granter for Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Most recently, while living in London as an Expat for two years, she trained in beauty and fashion make-up at Greasepaint of London. She has also completed courses and training in voiceovers and radio production from The London Academy of Radio, Film and Television. Previously, she earned degrees from New York's Fashion Institute of Technology in interior design and Boston's Simmons College in Sociology and Human Services, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Ahh to be blessed with being gorgeous and a brainiac--I am envious. I think the reason I most relate to Doryn is that she has a love for acquiring knowledge, learning new things and has the ambition to master everything.

See all of Doryn's fabulous recommendations on Doryn's Dish--but don't blame me when you become addicted.

Montbleu's New Onsen Spa Features All-Organic Aveda Products & Services Along With Eclectic Treatments

It’s so good it had to be part of the name – MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. Onsen Spa, an Aveda Lifestyle Salon, uses all organically plant-derived products and world-renowned services, along with a menu of eclectic treatments.

"Our staff is trained in Aveda rituals, and we’re proud to have earned this prestigious partnership," said Ginger Dunn, Onsen manager. Aveda Lifestyle Salon technicians must undergo rigorous training and adhere to policies established by the company.

The name Onsen originates from Japan and means hot springs . Providing a comprehensive experience, Onsen offers facials, 25 to 80 minute massages and a tempting menu of body services. Methods include Deep Tissue massage to target stressed areas with muscle tension; Fusion Stone Therapy, utilizing plants and herbs combined with hot and cold stones to balance and soothe the senses; Elixir Body Wrap, a massage with essential oils and a warm blanket cocoon; and Elemental Nature, personalized aromas paired with massage.

All treatments include a day pass to the spa with grotto-style pool and hot tub, state-of-the-art fitness center, locker rooms with private saunas, whirlpool baths and eucalyptus steam rooms along with forest views just outside. Located away from the casino floor, Onsen’s relaxing atmosphere is on property yet worlds away.

Facials, manicures and pedicures are also offered at Onsen, including the Revitalizing Eye Treatment which diminishes fine lines, puffiness and dark circles; Elemental Nature facial treatment with tailored products to match all skin conditions; and Caribbean Therapy, an exfoliating paste with seaweed masque to smooth hands and feet. Waxing techniques utilize Aveda natural plant wax, essential oils and ingredients to ensure smooth skin.

Men’s and women’s hair care from Up Dos for special occasions and birthdays to simple shampoo and cut are available in the salon. All hair services include a soothing scalp massage. Aveda’s Full Spectrum, damage-free color, is 97% naturally derived and maintains the condition of the hair leaving it looking natural and vibrant.

A full array of services awaits men at Onsen, such as the Sport Facial, which restores moisture to close-shaven faces. The Ultimate Experience begins with a Sport Facial; then a Rosemary Mint Awakening treatment: body exfoliation with aromas and massage; followed with an Executive Manicure: hot towel exfoliation and trimmed, masculine nails.

Couples or friends can relax together with an Elemental Nature or Deep Tissue massage in a private room. Mothers-to-be can also enjoy a massage that focuses on the specific stresses and tensions of pregnancy.

Onsen Spa is open daily from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. with Salon hours from 9 a.m.–7 p.m. For reservations call 1-866-895-7894 or visit www.montbleuresort.com.

Montbleu's New Onsen Spa Features All-Organic Aveda Products & Services Along With Eclectic Treatments

It’s so good it had to be part of the name – MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. Onsen Spa, an Aveda Lifestyle Salon, uses all organically plant-derived products and world-renowned services, along with a menu of eclectic treatments.

"Our staff is trained in Aveda rituals, and we’re proud to have earned this prestigious partnership," said Ginger Dunn, Onsen manager. Aveda Lifestyle Salon technicians must undergo rigorous training and adhere to policies established by the company.

The name Onsen originates from Japan and means hot springs . Providing a comprehensive experience, Onsen offers facials, 25 to 80 minute massages and a tempting menu of body services. Methods include Deep Tissue massage to target stressed areas with muscle tension; Fusion Stone Therapy, utilizing plants and herbs combined with hot and cold stones to balance and soothe the senses; Elixir Body Wrap, a massage with essential oils and a warm blanket cocoon; and Elemental Nature, personalized aromas paired with massage.

All treatments include a day pass to the spa with grotto-style pool and hot tub, state-of-the-art fitness center, locker rooms with private saunas, whirlpool baths and eucalyptus steam rooms along with forest views just outside. Located away from the casino floor, Onsen’s relaxing atmosphere is on property yet worlds away.

Facials, manicures and pedicures are also offered at Onsen, including the Revitalizing Eye Treatment which diminishes fine lines, puffiness and dark circles; Elemental Nature facial treatment with tailored products to match all skin conditions; and Caribbean Therapy, an exfoliating paste with seaweed masque to smooth hands and feet. Waxing techniques utilize Aveda natural plant wax, essential oils and ingredients to ensure smooth skin.

Men’s and women’s hair care from Up Dos for special occasions and birthdays to simple shampoo and cut are available in the salon. All hair services include a soothing scalp massage. Aveda’s Full Spectrum, damage-free color, is 97% naturally derived and maintains the condition of the hair leaving it looking natural and vibrant.

A full array of services awaits men at Onsen, such as the Sport Facial, which restores moisture to close-shaven faces. The Ultimate Experience begins with a Sport Facial; then a Rosemary Mint Awakening treatment: body exfoliation with aromas and massage; followed with an Executive Manicure: hot towel exfoliation and trimmed, masculine nails.

Couples or friends can relax together with an Elemental Nature or Deep Tissue massage in a private room. Mothers-to-be can also enjoy a massage that focuses on the specific stresses and tensions of pregnancy.

Onsen Spa is open daily from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. with Salon hours from 9 a.m.–7 p.m. For reservations call 1-866-895-7894 or visit www.montbleuresort.com.

Montbleu's New Onsen Spa Features All-Organic Aveda Products & Services Along With Eclectic Treatments

It’s so good it had to be part of the name – MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. Onsen Spa, an Aveda Lifestyle Salon, uses all organically plant-derived products and world-renowned services, along with a menu of eclectic treatments.

"Our staff is trained in Aveda rituals, and we’re proud to have earned this prestigious partnership," said Ginger Dunn, Onsen manager. Aveda Lifestyle Salon technicians must undergo rigorous training and adhere to policies established by the company.

The name Onsen originates from Japan and means hot springs . Providing a comprehensive experience, Onsen offers facials, 25 to 80 minute massages and a tempting menu of body services. Methods include Deep Tissue massage to target stressed areas with muscle tension; Fusion Stone Therapy, utilizing plants and herbs combined with hot and cold stones to balance and soothe the senses; Elixir Body Wrap, a massage with essential oils and a warm blanket cocoon; and Elemental Nature, personalized aromas paired with massage.

All treatments include a day pass to the spa with grotto-style pool and hot tub, state-of-the-art fitness center, locker rooms with private saunas, whirlpool baths and eucalyptus steam rooms along with forest views just outside. Located away from the casino floor, Onsen’s relaxing atmosphere is on property yet worlds away.

Facials, manicures and pedicures are also offered at Onsen, including the Revitalizing Eye Treatment which diminishes fine lines, puffiness and dark circles; Elemental Nature facial treatment with tailored products to match all skin conditions; and Caribbean Therapy, an exfoliating paste with seaweed masque to smooth hands and feet. Waxing techniques utilize Aveda natural plant wax, essential oils and ingredients to ensure smooth skin.

Men’s and women’s hair care from Up Dos for special occasions and birthdays to simple shampoo and cut are available in the salon. All hair services include a soothing scalp massage. Aveda’s Full Spectrum, damage-free color, is 97% naturally derived and maintains the condition of the hair leaving it looking natural and vibrant.

A full array of services awaits men at Onsen, such as the Sport Facial, which restores moisture to close-shaven faces. The Ultimate Experience begins with a Sport Facial; then a Rosemary Mint Awakening treatment: body exfoliation with aromas and massage; followed with an Executive Manicure: hot towel exfoliation and trimmed, masculine nails.

Couples or friends can relax together with an Elemental Nature or Deep Tissue massage in a private room. Mothers-to-be can also enjoy a massage that focuses on the specific stresses and tensions of pregnancy.

Onsen Spa is open daily from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. with Salon hours from 9 a.m.–7 p.m. For reservations call 1-866-895-7894 or visit www.montbleuresort.com.

Montbleu's New Onsen Spa Features All-Organic Aveda Products & Services Along With Eclectic Treatments

It’s so good it had to be part of the name – MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. Onsen Spa, an Aveda Lifestyle Salon, uses all organically plant-derived products and world-renowned services, along with a menu of eclectic treatments.

"Our staff is trained in Aveda rituals, and we’re proud to have earned this prestigious partnership," said Ginger Dunn, Onsen manager. Aveda Lifestyle Salon technicians must undergo rigorous training and adhere to policies established by the company.

The name Onsen originates from Japan and means hot springs . Providing a comprehensive experience, Onsen offers facials, 25 to 80 minute massages and a tempting menu of body services. Methods include Deep Tissue massage to target stressed areas with muscle tension; Fusion Stone Therapy, utilizing plants and herbs combined with hot and cold stones to balance and soothe the senses; Elixir Body Wrap, a massage with essential oils and a warm blanket cocoon; and Elemental Nature, personalized aromas paired with massage.

All treatments include a day pass to the spa with grotto-style pool and hot tub, state-of-the-art fitness center, locker rooms with private saunas, whirlpool baths and eucalyptus steam rooms along with forest views just outside. Located away from the casino floor, Onsen’s relaxing atmosphere is on property yet worlds away.

Facials, manicures and pedicures are also offered at Onsen, including the Revitalizing Eye Treatment which diminishes fine lines, puffiness and dark circles; Elemental Nature facial treatment with tailored products to match all skin conditions; and Caribbean Therapy, an exfoliating paste with seaweed masque to smooth hands and feet. Waxing techniques utilize Aveda natural plant wax, essential oils and ingredients to ensure smooth skin.

Men’s and women’s hair care from Up Dos for special occasions and birthdays to simple shampoo and cut are available in the salon. All hair services include a soothing scalp massage. Aveda’s Full Spectrum, damage-free color, is 97% naturally derived and maintains the condition of the hair leaving it looking natural and vibrant.

A full array of services awaits men at Onsen, such as the Sport Facial, which restores moisture to close-shaven faces. The Ultimate Experience begins with a Sport Facial; then a Rosemary Mint Awakening treatment: body exfoliation with aromas and massage; followed with an Executive Manicure: hot towel exfoliation and trimmed, masculine nails.

Couples or friends can relax together with an Elemental Nature or Deep Tissue massage in a private room. Mothers-to-be can also enjoy a massage that focuses on the specific stresses and tensions of pregnancy.

Onsen Spa is open daily from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. with Salon hours from 9 a.m.–7 p.m. For reservations call 1-866-895-7894 or visit www.montbleuresort.com.

Louis Vuitton Handbags: Every Woman's Dream To Own


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Among all brands of handbags that are currently available in the market, one brand name that mostly catches women's attention are Louis Vuitton Handbags. No woman can deny this fact, since its classic design and distinct color always come in style and fashion.

Louis Vuitton bags are considered as every woman's dream to own. Because of its timeless design, craftmanship and luxurious style, many women have become fascinated with these handbags. Although its price costs so much expensive, most of them are willing to spend much money for these handbags. That's because carrying this handbag would fulfill their happiness and make their dreams come true.

Louis Vuitton Handbags: Every Woman's Dream To Own


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Among all brands of handbags that are currently available in the market, one brand name that mostly catches women's attention are Louis Vuitton Handbags. No woman can deny this fact, since its classic design and distinct color always come in style and fashion.

Louis Vuitton bags are considered as every woman's dream to own. Because of its timeless design, craftmanship and luxurious style, many women have become fascinated with these handbags. Although its price costs so much expensive, most of them are willing to spend much money for these handbags. That's because carrying this handbag would fulfill their happiness and make their dreams come true.

My Fashion Week Shoes: AK Anne Klein Impress Taupe Snake Skin Flats

My family knows that well before children--aka BC--I had quite the shoe collection. I love shoes, in fact, I still have the Doc Martens I bought myself on my 21st birthday. Armed with gift cards from Christmas I headed to the mall today to find clothes and the perfect pair of shoes for Fashion Week.

So many shoes looked good, but Heather from MAC Cosmetics advice of "Wear flats!" kept buzzing into my head each time I thought I found the perfect pump.Then I walked into Macy's and I kept being drawn to this gorgeous Anne Klein flat in snake skin. I didn't really care that it's probably not going to match the rest of my clothes this week--I just had to have it! It's more than I've paid lately for shoes, because we are on such a budget, but I think it's worth treating yourself every once in a while.

If you are looking where to buy these gorgeous AK Anne Klein Impress Taupe Snake Skin flats, going the route of brick and mortar you'll find them at Macy's, but for some reason they can't be found on their website, but I found them on Piperlime for $79.

My feet will be comfortable and stylish! I think I'm going to sleep with these shoes next to my pillow tonight. I *love* them!

Find more Flats from Anne Klein.

My Fashion Week Shoes: AK Anne Klein Impress Taupe Snake Skin Flats

My family knows that well before children--aka BC--I had quite the shoe collection. I love shoes, in fact, I still have the Doc Martens I bought myself on my 21st birthday. Armed with gift cards from Christmas I headed to the mall today to find clothes and the perfect pair of shoes for Fashion Week.

So many shoes looked good, but Heather from MAC Cosmetics advice of "Wear flats!" kept buzzing into my head each time I thought I found the perfect pump.Then I walked into Macy's and I kept being drawn to this gorgeous Anne Klein flat in snake skin. I didn't really care that it's probably not going to match the rest of my clothes this week--I just had to have it! It's more than I've paid lately for shoes, because we are on such a budget, but I think it's worth treating yourself every once in a while.

If you are looking where to buy these gorgeous AK Anne Klein Impress Taupe Snake Skin flats, going the route of brick and mortar you'll find them at Macy's, but for some reason they can't be found on their website, but I found them on Piperlime for $79.

My feet will be comfortable and stylish! I think I'm going to sleep with these shoes next to my pillow tonight. I *love* them!

Find more Flats from Anne Klein.

My Fashion Week Shoes: AK Anne Klein Impress Taupe Snake Skin Flats

My family knows that well before children--aka BC--I had quite the shoe collection. I love shoes, in fact, I still have the Doc Martens I bought myself on my 21st birthday. Armed with gift cards from Christmas I headed to the mall today to find clothes and the perfect pair of shoes for Fashion Week.

So many shoes looked good, but Heather from MAC Cosmetics advice of "Wear flats!" kept buzzing into my head each time I thought I found the perfect pump.Then I walked into Macy's and I kept being drawn to this gorgeous Anne Klein flat in snake skin. I didn't really care that it's probably not going to match the rest of my clothes this week--I just had to have it! It's more than I've paid lately for shoes, because we are on such a budget, but I think it's worth treating yourself every once in a while.

If you are looking where to buy these gorgeous AK Anne Klein Impress Taupe Snake Skin flats, going the route of brick and mortar you'll find them at Macy's, but for some reason they can't be found on their website, but I found them on Piperlime for $79.

My feet will be comfortable and stylish! I think I'm going to sleep with these shoes next to my pillow tonight. I *love* them!

Find more Flats from Anne Klein.

My Fashion Week Shoes: AK Anne Klein Impress Taupe Snake Skin Flats

My family knows that well before children--aka BC--I had quite the shoe collection. I love shoes, in fact, I still have the Doc Martens I bought myself on my 21st birthday. Armed with gift cards from Christmas I headed to the mall today to find clothes and the perfect pair of shoes for Fashion Week.

So many shoes looked good, but Heather from MAC Cosmetics advice of "Wear flats!" kept buzzing into my head each time I thought I found the perfect pump.Then I walked into Macy's and I kept being drawn to this gorgeous Anne Klein flat in snake skin. I didn't really care that it's probably not going to match the rest of my clothes this week--I just had to have it! It's more than I've paid lately for shoes, because we are on such a budget, but I think it's worth treating yourself every once in a while.

If you are looking where to buy these gorgeous AK Anne Klein Impress Taupe Snake Skin flats, going the route of brick and mortar you'll find them at Macy's, but for some reason they can't be found on their website, but I found them on Piperlime for $79.

My feet will be comfortable and stylish! I think I'm going to sleep with these shoes next to my pillow tonight. I *love* them!

Find more Flats from Anne Klein.

A Girl's Gotta Spa Nominated for a Fabbie Award!

Wow, who knew I was loved!? The newest addition to blog awards called "The Fabbies" have let me know that I have been nominated in the Beauty category. Let me tell you--I am among some pretty fabulous bloggers in that category and I am so humbled!

The awards ceremony happens on January 31st when I am in NYC--so I would be so excited if I actually won AND got to give an acceptance speech! ;)

If you love A Girl's Gotta Spa can you please vote for me? I believe voting ends on January 30th so there is not much time left! And if you have a blog and want to help spread the word--by all means I would so love that--I need all the votes I can get!

A Girl's Gotta Spa Nominated for a Fabbie Award!

Wow, who knew I was loved!? The newest addition to blog awards called "The Fabbies" have let me know that I have been nominated in the Beauty category. Let me tell you--I am among some pretty fabulous bloggers in that category and I am so humbled!

The awards ceremony happens on January 31st when I am in NYC--so I would be so excited if I actually won AND got to give an acceptance speech! ;)

If you love A Girl's Gotta Spa can you please vote for me? I believe voting ends on January 30th so there is not much time left! And if you have a blog and want to help spread the word--by all means I would so love that--I need all the votes I can get!

A Girl's Gotta Spa Nominated for a Fabbie Award!

Wow, who knew I was loved!? The newest addition to blog awards called "The Fabbies" have let me know that I have been nominated in the Beauty category. Let me tell you--I am among some pretty fabulous bloggers in that category and I am so humbled!

The awards ceremony happens on January 31st when I am in NYC--so I would be so excited if I actually won AND got to give an acceptance speech! ;)

If you love A Girl's Gotta Spa can you please vote for me? I believe voting ends on January 30th so there is not much time left! And if you have a blog and want to help spread the word--by all means I would so love that--I need all the votes I can get!

A Girl's Gotta Spa Nominated for a Fabbie Award!

Wow, who knew I was loved!? The newest addition to blog awards called "The Fabbies" have let me know that I have been nominated in the Beauty category. Let me tell you--I am among some pretty fabulous bloggers in that category and I am so humbled!

The awards ceremony happens on January 31st when I am in NYC--so I would be so excited if I actually won AND got to give an acceptance speech! ;)

If you love A Girl's Gotta Spa can you please vote for me? I believe voting ends on January 30th so there is not much time left! And if you have a blog and want to help spread the word--by all means I would so love that--I need all the votes I can get!

Review: Nettie Scrub

As you all know, I am pretty passionate about exfoliating. Some would think it's silly, but once I realized that it is the most often forgot about part of beautiful, soft, blemish and flake-free skin, I've been on a mission to make sure everyone incorporates it into their beauty routine!

Nettie Davis, a celebrity manicurist in LA, sent me some of her "Nettie Scrub" for me to try out. We all know celebs need to look good at all times or they are prime beef for TMZ and X17. So if Nettie's celebrity client's love it, I knew I wanted to try it out!

My Nettie Scrub came in grapefruit, which smells exactly like a freshly sliced open ripened grapefruit--yummo. When you open your Nettie Scrub you'll notice that the sugar is on the bottom and the oils have made their way to the top. Just use a small scooper to mix it around and you'll be good to go. As you smooth it out over your skin, you'll notice as it buffs away the dead skin the sugar completely dissolves. I found this interesting since most other sugar scrubs I have used don't dissolve. It's almost as if Nettie Scrub has a built in safeguard to make sure you don't overdo it.

As the sugar polishes your skin, the oils moisturize it. Nettie Scrub is all natural with ingredients such as grapefruit seed extract, pure alpha hydroxyl acids from sugar and grape seed oil. I didn't just use Nettie Scrub on my hands, I used it on my legs, arms and elbows too.

It's a great treat for your skin and at $8.99 for a 4oz. jar you'll wonder how you lived without it.

Review: Nettie Scrub

As you all know, I am pretty passionate about exfoliating. Some would think it's silly, but once I realized that it is the most often forgot about part of beautiful, soft, blemish and flake-free skin, I've been on a mission to make sure everyone incorporates it into their beauty routine!

Nettie Davis, a celebrity manicurist in LA, sent me some of her "Nettie Scrub" for me to try out. We all know celebs need to look good at all times or they are prime beef for TMZ and X17. So if Nettie's celebrity client's love it, I knew I wanted to try it out!

My Nettie Scrub came in grapefruit, which smells exactly like a freshly sliced open ripened grapefruit--yummo. When you open your Nettie Scrub you'll notice that the sugar is on the bottom and the oils have made their way to the top. Just use a small scooper to mix it around and you'll be good to go. As you smooth it out over your skin, you'll notice as it buffs away the dead skin the sugar completely dissolves. I found this interesting since most other sugar scrubs I have used don't dissolve. It's almost as if Nettie Scrub has a built in safeguard to make sure you don't overdo it.

As the sugar polishes your skin, the oils moisturize it. Nettie Scrub is all natural with ingredients such as grapefruit seed extract, pure alpha hydroxyl acids from sugar and grape seed oil. I didn't just use Nettie Scrub on my hands, I used it on my legs, arms and elbows too.

It's a great treat for your skin and at $8.99 for a 4oz. jar you'll wonder how you lived without it.

Review: Nettie Scrub

As you all know, I am pretty passionate about exfoliating. Some would think it's silly, but once I realized that it is the most often forgot about part of beautiful, soft, blemish and flake-free skin, I've been on a mission to make sure everyone incorporates it into their beauty routine!

Nettie Davis, a celebrity manicurist in LA, sent me some of her "Nettie Scrub" for me to try out. We all know celebs need to look good at all times or they are prime beef for TMZ and X17. So if Nettie's celebrity client's love it, I knew I wanted to try it out!

My Nettie Scrub came in grapefruit, which smells exactly like a freshly sliced open ripened grapefruit--yummo. When you open your Nettie Scrub you'll notice that the sugar is on the bottom and the oils have made their way to the top. Just use a small scooper to mix it around and you'll be good to go. As you smooth it out over your skin, you'll notice as it buffs away the dead skin the sugar completely dissolves. I found this interesting since most other sugar scrubs I have used don't dissolve. It's almost as if Nettie Scrub has a built in safeguard to make sure you don't overdo it.

As the sugar polishes your skin, the oils moisturize it. Nettie Scrub is all natural with ingredients such as grapefruit seed extract, pure alpha hydroxyl acids from sugar and grape seed oil. I didn't just use Nettie Scrub on my hands, I used it on my legs, arms and elbows too.

It's a great treat for your skin and at $8.99 for a 4oz. jar you'll wonder how you lived without it.

Review: Nettie Scrub

As you all know, I am pretty passionate about exfoliating. Some would think it's silly, but once I realized that it is the most often forgot about part of beautiful, soft, blemish and flake-free skin, I've been on a mission to make sure everyone incorporates it into their beauty routine!

Nettie Davis, a celebrity manicurist in LA, sent me some of her "Nettie Scrub" for me to try out. We all know celebs need to look good at all times or they are prime beef for TMZ and X17. So if Nettie's celebrity client's love it, I knew I wanted to try it out!

My Nettie Scrub came in grapefruit, which smells exactly like a freshly sliced open ripened grapefruit--yummo. When you open your Nettie Scrub you'll notice that the sugar is on the bottom and the oils have made their way to the top. Just use a small scooper to mix it around and you'll be good to go. As you smooth it out over your skin, you'll notice as it buffs away the dead skin the sugar completely dissolves. I found this interesting since most other sugar scrubs I have used don't dissolve. It's almost as if Nettie Scrub has a built in safeguard to make sure you don't overdo it.

As the sugar polishes your skin, the oils moisturize it. Nettie Scrub is all natural with ingredients such as grapefruit seed extract, pure alpha hydroxyl acids from sugar and grape seed oil. I didn't just use Nettie Scrub on my hands, I used it on my legs, arms and elbows too.

It's a great treat for your skin and at $8.99 for a 4oz. jar you'll wonder how you lived without it.

Spa Worthy Advertisers

Many thanks to the following advertiser who has chosen to rent some space on A Girl's Gotta Spa:

Lahens Viarr: Rooted as a family business, Lahens Viarr strives to deliver a wide and growing assortment of high quality products. All of their products are Made in the USA. Free shipping on any size order is a standard within the US anytime of the year (See shipping for details).

Later on this year they plan on introducing more colors for their lipstick, foundation & eyeshadow selections, body butter - butter cream scented, and bodywashes for both men and women.

Spa Worthy Advertisers

Many thanks to the following advertiser who has chosen to rent some space on A Girl's Gotta Spa:

Lahens Viarr: Rooted as a family business, Lahens Viarr strives to deliver a wide and growing assortment of high quality products. All of their products are Made in the USA. Free shipping on any size order is a standard within the US anytime of the year (See shipping for details).

Later on this year they plan on introducing more colors for their lipstick, foundation & eyeshadow selections, body butter - butter cream scented, and bodywashes for both men and women.

Spa Worthy Advertisers

Many thanks to the following advertiser who has chosen to rent some space on A Girl's Gotta Spa:

Lahens Viarr: Rooted as a family business, Lahens Viarr strives to deliver a wide and growing assortment of high quality products. All of their products are Made in the USA. Free shipping on any size order is a standard within the US anytime of the year (See shipping for details).

Later on this year they plan on introducing more colors for their lipstick, foundation & eyeshadow selections, body butter - butter cream scented, and bodywashes for both men and women.

Spa Worthy Advertisers

Many thanks to the following advertiser who has chosen to rent some space on A Girl's Gotta Spa:

Lahens Viarr: Rooted as a family business, Lahens Viarr strives to deliver a wide and growing assortment of high quality products. All of their products are Made in the USA. Free shipping on any size order is a standard within the US anytime of the year (See shipping for details).

Later on this year they plan on introducing more colors for their lipstick, foundation & eyeshadow selections, body butter - butter cream scented, and bodywashes for both men and women.

Blogger Spotlight: Life of a Ladybug

I love bringing you the blogger spotlight each week so you can learn new and interesting things about my fellow beauty bloggers.

Toya Smith Marshall is a wife to her beloved husband, Victor, and a mother to her most breathtaking daughter, Sarai. At a young age, she fell in love with make-up, but it wasn't until her adult years, at the encouragement of her cousin, that she decided to truly study makeup artistry and make it a business. Toya graduated from the Von Lee International School of Aesthetics and became a freelance make-up artist, opening her own company, Makeda Make-Up Artistry. She enjoys all facets of the beauty business, but her first love lies in giving a woman simple tips that she can use to make herself feel and look her most beautiful. Toya's motto is "Own your beauty!" because she believes each woman is beautiful and should recognize and relish what makes her unique.

Besides being a makeup artist, Toya is a professional belly dancer and has just begun teaching a beginner belly dance class. Toya specializes in tribal fusion belly dance, which combines more traditional belly dance moves with some hip-hop and jazz-inspired movements, and a little bit of Toya's own special sass. She also has been trained in more traditional styles like Egyptian and Lebanese raqs sharqi. She is a member of The Niraja Dance Company, a nationally known troupe of Middle Eastern Dancers under the direction of Lotus Niraja. Toya performs under the name Makeda Maysá - Makeda meaning "beautiful" and Maysá meaning "walks with a proud and swinging gait."

Toya began her blog, "The Life of A Ladybug" as a personal blog, one that would allow her friends and anyone else who happened along, to know what was going on in her life at any moment and read what she felt about whatever topic happened to be on her mind. Eventually, as Toya became more and more immersed in the beauty business, "The Life of A Ladybug" became a full-fledged beauty blog, wherein Toya offers product reviews, industry news, and tips and tricks on how to maximize one's own beauty, using makeup and fashion. Now that her original blog is a beauty blog, she's created another blog, "Makeda" for her friends and readers who are just interested in what she has to say about belly dance, womanhood, African American issues, and life in general.

Blogger Spotlight: Life of a Ladybug

I love bringing you the blogger spotlight each week so you can learn new and interesting things about my fellow beauty bloggers.

Toya Smith Marshall is a wife to her beloved husband, Victor, and a mother to her most breathtaking daughter, Sarai. At a young age, she fell in love with make-up, but it wasn't until her adult years, at the encouragement of her cousin, that she decided to truly study makeup artistry and make it a business. Toya graduated from the Von Lee International School of Aesthetics and became a freelance make-up artist, opening her own company, Makeda Make-Up Artistry. She enjoys all facets of the beauty business, but her first love lies in giving a woman simple tips that she can use to make herself feel and look her most beautiful. Toya's motto is "Own your beauty!" because she believes each woman is beautiful and should recognize and relish what makes her unique.

Besides being a makeup artist, Toya is a professional belly dancer and has just begun teaching a beginner belly dance class. Toya specializes in tribal fusion belly dance, which combines more traditional belly dance moves with some hip-hop and jazz-inspired movements, and a little bit of Toya's own special sass. She also has been trained in more traditional styles like Egyptian and Lebanese raqs sharqi. She is a member of The Niraja Dance Company, a nationally known troupe of Middle Eastern Dancers under the direction of Lotus Niraja. Toya performs under the name Makeda Maysá - Makeda meaning "beautiful" and Maysá meaning "walks with a proud and swinging gait."

Toya began her blog, "The Life of A Ladybug" as a personal blog, one that would allow her friends and anyone else who happened along, to know what was going on in her life at any moment and read what she felt about whatever topic happened to be on her mind. Eventually, as Toya became more and more immersed in the beauty business, "The Life of A Ladybug" became a full-fledged beauty blog, wherein Toya offers product reviews, industry news, and tips and tricks on how to maximize one's own beauty, using makeup and fashion. Now that her original blog is a beauty blog, she's created another blog, "Makeda" for her friends and readers who are just interested in what she has to say about belly dance, womanhood, African American issues, and life in general.

Blogger Spotlight: Life of a Ladybug

I love bringing you the blogger spotlight each week so you can learn new and interesting things about my fellow beauty bloggers.

Toya Smith Marshall is a wife to her beloved husband, Victor, and a mother to her most breathtaking daughter, Sarai. At a young age, she fell in love with make-up, but it wasn't until her adult years, at the encouragement of her cousin, that she decided to truly study makeup artistry and make it a business. Toya graduated from the Von Lee International School of Aesthetics and became a freelance make-up artist, opening her own company, Makeda Make-Up Artistry. She enjoys all facets of the beauty business, but her first love lies in giving a woman simple tips that she can use to make herself feel and look her most beautiful. Toya's motto is "Own your beauty!" because she believes each woman is beautiful and should recognize and relish what makes her unique.

Besides being a makeup artist, Toya is a professional belly dancer and has just begun teaching a beginner belly dance class. Toya specializes in tribal fusion belly dance, which combines more traditional belly dance moves with some hip-hop and jazz-inspired movements, and a little bit of Toya's own special sass. She also has been trained in more traditional styles like Egyptian and Lebanese raqs sharqi. She is a member of The Niraja Dance Company, a nationally known troupe of Middle Eastern Dancers under the direction of Lotus Niraja. Toya performs under the name Makeda Maysá - Makeda meaning "beautiful" and Maysá meaning "walks with a proud and swinging gait."

Toya began her blog, "The Life of A Ladybug" as a personal blog, one that would allow her friends and anyone else who happened along, to know what was going on in her life at any moment and read what she felt about whatever topic happened to be on her mind. Eventually, as Toya became more and more immersed in the beauty business, "The Life of A Ladybug" became a full-fledged beauty blog, wherein Toya offers product reviews, industry news, and tips and tricks on how to maximize one's own beauty, using makeup and fashion. Now that her original blog is a beauty blog, she's created another blog, "Makeda" for her friends and readers who are just interested in what she has to say about belly dance, womanhood, African American issues, and life in general.

Blogger Spotlight: Life of a Ladybug

I love bringing you the blogger spotlight each week so you can learn new and interesting things about my fellow beauty bloggers.

Toya Smith Marshall is a wife to her beloved husband, Victor, and a mother to her most breathtaking daughter, Sarai. At a young age, she fell in love with make-up, but it wasn't until her adult years, at the encouragement of her cousin, that she decided to truly study makeup artistry and make it a business. Toya graduated from the Von Lee International School of Aesthetics and became a freelance make-up artist, opening her own company, Makeda Make-Up Artistry. She enjoys all facets of the beauty business, but her first love lies in giving a woman simple tips that she can use to make herself feel and look her most beautiful. Toya's motto is "Own your beauty!" because she believes each woman is beautiful and should recognize and relish what makes her unique.

Besides being a makeup artist, Toya is a professional belly dancer and has just begun teaching a beginner belly dance class. Toya specializes in tribal fusion belly dance, which combines more traditional belly dance moves with some hip-hop and jazz-inspired movements, and a little bit of Toya's own special sass. She also has been trained in more traditional styles like Egyptian and Lebanese raqs sharqi. She is a member of The Niraja Dance Company, a nationally known troupe of Middle Eastern Dancers under the direction of Lotus Niraja. Toya performs under the name Makeda Maysá - Makeda meaning "beautiful" and Maysá meaning "walks with a proud and swinging gait."

Toya began her blog, "The Life of A Ladybug" as a personal blog, one that would allow her friends and anyone else who happened along, to know what was going on in her life at any moment and read what she felt about whatever topic happened to be on her mind. Eventually, as Toya became more and more immersed in the beauty business, "The Life of A Ladybug" became a full-fledged beauty blog, wherein Toya offers product reviews, industry news, and tips and tricks on how to maximize one's own beauty, using makeup and fashion. Now that her original blog is a beauty blog, she's created another blog, "Makeda" for her friends and readers who are just interested in what she has to say about belly dance, womanhood, African American issues, and life in general.

Celebrity Beauty: Ava Gaudet

Musician and actress, Ava Gaudet, is gorgeous AND talented--wouldn't you agree? Born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, she is the daughter of a jazz musician/composer and an actress. I'd say it was in the stars that she would become a performer too.

She began dancing at age three and continued diligent and dedicated study of ballet, tap, jazz, theater dance and hip-hop until adulthood. As a teenager she began acting in local theaters and was a lead actress in her high school’s musicals. While enrolled at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, she wrote and released her first EP, "Supergirl" and performed with her band throughout Providence, Boston and New York garnering local notoriety and regional attention.

After Graduation she moved back to New York to hit the industry on all fronts. She released her second EP of original music, and paid the bills by singing in upscale event bands. She then landed the role of "Maureen" in the National Tour of RENT. Soon after the tour closed she made her Broadway debut when she took over the role of Maureen in the Broadway company of RENT, and became the first actress in the show’s history to be a permanent principal actress and also understudy the role of Mimi.She recently had a recurring role on ABC’s UGLY BETTY as Betty’s trouble-making neighbor Gina Gambarro and has two films being released in 2008; HURT and EVIL ANGEL. Thankfully she is also the wife of my high school friend Rob Gaudet, owner of First Degree Productions and happily answered my beauty questions.

When you were finally allowed to wear makeup, what was the first product you purchased?

I’m pretty sure the first makeup I ever bought myself was a 99 cent black eyeliner, probably wet & wild. I started wearing makeup in my day-to-day life when I was a freshman in high school, and I pretty much only wore a little eyeliner, and maybe some lip liner and chapstick!! I was used to wearing makeup to perform and was applying my own stage makeup for dance recitals at a VERY early age. The makeup I wore to perform was always so exaggerated and over-the-top (bright red lipstick, blush, eye shadow, false lashes, etc.) I always kept my "real-life" makeup simple and clean.

If you looked in your handbag right now, which product do you have the most of?

I have lots of lip glosses…different colors, flavors, some that plump, some that sparkle…you can’t really go wrong with lip gloss.

What is the one beauty product you hands down cannot live without?


I absolutely LOVE the Maybelline Lash Stylist mascara. It’s the best mascara I’ve ever tried. The comb applicator makes your lashes SO long, they almost look fake! I even made the makeup artist on the last film I worked on get some especially for me!

Lastly, please give my readers your best beauty secret.


To me, the most beautiful people ore the ones who seem happy, healthy and confident. I think the best beauty secret is to do things that make you happy, live a healthy lifestyle and believe in your own beauty!

You can learn more about Ava Gaudet by visiting her at www.avagaudet.com and on Ava's MySpace profile.

*Copyright A Girl's Gotta Spa! Permission is needed to repost.

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Celebrity Beauty: Ava Gaudet

Musician and actress, Ava Gaudet, is gorgeous AND talented--wouldn't you agree? Born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, she is the daughter of a jazz musician/composer and an actress. I'd say it was in the stars that she would become a performer too.

She began dancing at age three and continued diligent and dedicated study of ballet, tap, jazz, theater dance and hip-hop until adulthood. As a teenager she began acting in local theaters and was a lead actress in her high school’s musicals. While enrolled at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, she wrote and released her first EP, "Supergirl" and performed with her band throughout Providence, Boston and New York garnering local notoriety and regional attention.

After Graduation she moved back to New York to hit the industry on all fronts. She released her second EP of original music, and paid the bills by singing in upscale event bands. She then landed the role of "Maureen" in the National Tour of RENT. Soon after the tour closed she made her Broadway debut when she took over the role of Maureen in the Broadway company of RENT, and became the first actress in the show’s history to be a permanent principal actress and also understudy the role of Mimi.She recently had a recurring role on ABC’s UGLY BETTY as Betty’s trouble-making neighbor Gina Gambarro and has two films being released in 2008; HURT and EVIL ANGEL. Thankfully she is also the wife of my high school friend Rob Gaudet, owner of First Degree Productions and happily answered my beauty questions.

When you were finally allowed to wear makeup, what was the first product you purchased?

I’m pretty sure the first makeup I ever bought myself was a 99 cent black eyeliner, probably wet & wild. I started wearing makeup in my day-to-day life when I was a freshman in high school, and I pretty much only wore a little eyeliner, and maybe some lip liner and chapstick!! I was used to wearing makeup to perform and was applying my own stage makeup for dance recitals at a VERY early age. The makeup I wore to perform was always so exaggerated and over-the-top (bright red lipstick, blush, eye shadow, false lashes, etc.) I always kept my "real-life" makeup simple and clean.

If you looked in your handbag right now, which product do you have the most of?

I have lots of lip glosses…different colors, flavors, some that plump, some that sparkle…you can’t really go wrong with lip gloss.

What is the one beauty product you hands down cannot live without?


I absolutely LOVE the Maybelline Lash Stylist mascara. It’s the best mascara I’ve ever tried. The comb applicator makes your lashes SO long, they almost look fake! I even made the makeup artist on the last film I worked on get some especially for me!

Lastly, please give my readers your best beauty secret.


To me, the most beautiful people ore the ones who seem happy, healthy and confident. I think the best beauty secret is to do things that make you happy, live a healthy lifestyle and believe in your own beauty!

You can learn more about Ava Gaudet by visiting her at www.avagaudet.com and on Ava's MySpace profile.

*Copyright A Girl's Gotta Spa! Permission is needed to repost.

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Celebrity Beauty: Ava Gaudet

Musician and actress, Ava Gaudet, is gorgeous AND talented--wouldn't you agree? Born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, she is the daughter of a jazz musician/composer and an actress. I'd say it was in the stars that she would become a performer too.

She began dancing at age three and continued diligent and dedicated study of ballet, tap, jazz, theater dance and hip-hop until adulthood. As a teenager she began acting in local theaters and was a lead actress in her high school’s musicals. While enrolled at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, she wrote and released her first EP, "Supergirl" and performed with her band throughout Providence, Boston and New York garnering local notoriety and regional attention.

After Graduation she moved back to New York to hit the industry on all fronts. She released her second EP of original music, and paid the bills by singing in upscale event bands. She then landed the role of "Maureen" in the National Tour of RENT. Soon after the tour closed she made her Broadway debut when she took over the role of Maureen in the Broadway company of RENT, and became the first actress in the show’s history to be a permanent principal actress and also understudy the role of Mimi.She recently had a recurring role on ABC’s UGLY BETTY as Betty’s trouble-making neighbor Gina Gambarro and has two films being released in 2008; HURT and EVIL ANGEL. Thankfully she is also the wife of my high school friend Rob Gaudet, owner of First Degree Productions and happily answered my beauty questions.

When you were finally allowed to wear makeup, what was the first product you purchased?

I’m pretty sure the first makeup I ever bought myself was a 99 cent black eyeliner, probably wet & wild. I started wearing makeup in my day-to-day life when I was a freshman in high school, and I pretty much only wore a little eyeliner, and maybe some lip liner and chapstick!! I was used to wearing makeup to perform and was applying my own stage makeup for dance recitals at a VERY early age. The makeup I wore to perform was always so exaggerated and over-the-top (bright red lipstick, blush, eye shadow, false lashes, etc.) I always kept my "real-life" makeup simple and clean.

If you looked in your handbag right now, which product do you have the most of?

I have lots of lip glosses…different colors, flavors, some that plump, some that sparkle…you can’t really go wrong with lip gloss.

What is the one beauty product you hands down cannot live without?


I absolutely LOVE the Maybelline Lash Stylist mascara. It’s the best mascara I’ve ever tried. The comb applicator makes your lashes SO long, they almost look fake! I even made the makeup artist on the last film I worked on get some especially for me!

Lastly, please give my readers your best beauty secret.


To me, the most beautiful people ore the ones who seem happy, healthy and confident. I think the best beauty secret is to do things that make you happy, live a healthy lifestyle and believe in your own beauty!

You can learn more about Ava Gaudet by visiting her at www.avagaudet.com and on Ava's MySpace profile.

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Celebrity Beauty: Ava Gaudet

Musician and actress, Ava Gaudet, is gorgeous AND talented--wouldn't you agree? Born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, she is the daughter of a jazz musician/composer and an actress. I'd say it was in the stars that she would become a performer too.

She began dancing at age three and continued diligent and dedicated study of ballet, tap, jazz, theater dance and hip-hop until adulthood. As a teenager she began acting in local theaters and was a lead actress in her high school’s musicals. While enrolled at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, she wrote and released her first EP, "Supergirl" and performed with her band throughout Providence, Boston and New York garnering local notoriety and regional attention.

After Graduation she moved back to New York to hit the industry on all fronts. She released her second EP of original music, and paid the bills by singing in upscale event bands. She then landed the role of "Maureen" in the National Tour of RENT. Soon after the tour closed she made her Broadway debut when she took over the role of Maureen in the Broadway company of RENT, and became the first actress in the show’s history to be a permanent principal actress and also understudy the role of Mimi.She recently had a recurring role on ABC’s UGLY BETTY as Betty’s trouble-making neighbor Gina Gambarro and has two films being released in 2008; HURT and EVIL ANGEL. Thankfully she is also the wife of my high school friend Rob Gaudet, owner of First Degree Productions and happily answered my beauty questions.

When you were finally allowed to wear makeup, what was the first product you purchased?

I’m pretty sure the first makeup I ever bought myself was a 99 cent black eyeliner, probably wet & wild. I started wearing makeup in my day-to-day life when I was a freshman in high school, and I pretty much only wore a little eyeliner, and maybe some lip liner and chapstick!! I was used to wearing makeup to perform and was applying my own stage makeup for dance recitals at a VERY early age. The makeup I wore to perform was always so exaggerated and over-the-top (bright red lipstick, blush, eye shadow, false lashes, etc.) I always kept my "real-life" makeup simple and clean.

If you looked in your handbag right now, which product do you have the most of?

I have lots of lip glosses…different colors, flavors, some that plump, some that sparkle…you can’t really go wrong with lip gloss.

What is the one beauty product you hands down cannot live without?


I absolutely LOVE the Maybelline Lash Stylist mascara. It’s the best mascara I’ve ever tried. The comb applicator makes your lashes SO long, they almost look fake! I even made the makeup artist on the last film I worked on get some especially for me!

Lastly, please give my readers your best beauty secret.


To me, the most beautiful people ore the ones who seem happy, healthy and confident. I think the best beauty secret is to do things that make you happy, live a healthy lifestyle and believe in your own beauty!

You can learn more about Ava Gaudet by visiting her at www.avagaudet.com and on Ava's MySpace profile.

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Top 3 Most Loved Fashion Accessories


Everyone agrees that clothes can greatly enhance your looks and turn you out to be a fashionable individual most especially if they are perfectly fit to your figure. However, achieving such look doesn't mean that your search and desire to look best is over. This is for the reason that clothes are not just enough to make your outfit complete and form an astounding fashion statement. Let's admit the fact that there are also other significant things to consider in reaching the desired look to stand out from the crowd. This satisfaction can be attained through wearing some additional distinguishing pieces that will complement your outfit and these are fashion accessories.

Fashion accessories are things that are mostly used by women as well as men to add some detail and style to their outfit. They are also worn out to complement their clothes and create such new and extraordinary look that will surely get other people's attention. Nowadays, they have become so popular and in demand because these items are not just considered as essential for fashion but also part of basic necessity. Especially for those women, it's for sure that you'll see them wearing accessories wherever they go because they consider them as part of their daily lifestyle. Aside from this, these things have also certain place in their hearts, that's why they recognize them as extremely valuable possessions that must be always close to them.

To give you a guide on what accessories that are hot this year, here is the list of the Top 3 Fashion Accessories most loved and used by people.

1. Jewelries

These glittering items are the most well-known fashion accessories because they are meant for all ages. Even teens and other children are also fond of wearing these accessories because of its bright colors that make them become fascinated. Jewelries are also intended for both gender, that's why most men also wear these accessories such as watches and rings. Women are very much enchanted with jewelries such as necklaces, earrings and bracelets because they use them primarily for fashion to make them more beautiful and attractive.

2. Handbags and Purses
Handbags are also popular fashion accessories for most women and teenage girls because they consider them as one of their compulsory accessories. Since most of them need to bring large amount of necessary things for their office or school, they have to use handbags to carry their stuffs in a more convenient way. Aside from that, they also need a handbag where they can keep their make up to keep them stay fresh and beautiful all day long.

3. Shoes and Sandals

Shoes or sandals are also one of the most sought fashion accessories among women. Most of them own numerous pair of shoes with different styles and colors intended for complementing their different clothes.

Wearing fashion accessories is indeed a good way of enhancing your wardrobe and transforming your ordinary appearance into such stunning and surprising look. However, not all trendy accessories work best with your clothes as well as with your figure. So you must be careful in choosing your accessories because they can also turn you down if they are not well-complemented with your outfit and body type. Just learn how to accessorize and it's for sure that you'll shine best with your chosen fashion accessories.

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