Feb 4, 2017

5 Natural & Essential Beauty Oils

The beauty industry is a multi-billion dollar industry with revenues estimated to top 62 billion in 2016. And it's to no surprise that companies are capitalizing on the ever growing demands. But let's face it, some of the best beauty products aren't made in chemical labs---they're made straight from the earth, in raw and natural form. Here are five natural oils that every beauty babe should have in her beauty arsenal. 
1. Coconut Oil | Known for its versatile health benefits----the edible and greasy coconut secretions can solve just about any of your beauty problems. Seriously! It's an excellent moisturizer for the skin and hair. It serves as a great eye make-up remover. How about a DIY scrub? Simply add some oil to a bowl, add brown sugar and a hint of peppermint oil---and you've just concocted your very own facial scrub. Need more benefits? Well, it's also a naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal.
2.  Almond Oil | Rich with fatty acids, almond oil can be a great natural skincare cure for conditions like acne and eczema. My son suffers from chronic eczema and I often turn to many of the oils on this list as a treatment mechanism. As a nut base product, if you suffer from nut allergies you should probably stay clear of using this product.
3.  Peppermint Oil | Known for its soothing powers, when applied to the face-- it can reduce redness, even skin tone and restore a natural glow to the skin. Use it on the hair to eliminate dandruff and to support hair growth. 
4.  Castor Oil | Another favorite of mine. It's said to aid in stretch mark reduction (I'm still testing this out), scar fading, acne reduction, sunburn treatment, hair growth and intensive moisturizing. Like coconut oil, the benefits of castor oil are extraordinary.
5. Olive Oil | Stored in your kitchen cabinet, there are many benefits to its use. When I suffer from dry and brittle hair--I turn to an olive oil treatment. Simply warm the olive oil and apply to damp hair and let it sit for approximately 10 minutes, shampoo and condition. You'd be sure to notice an improved difference in strength. Same for nails. Soak nails in it for approximately 10 minutes twice a week for strong, shinny and healthier nails. Use it as a natural makeup remover. Also use it as a total body moisturizer by applying a couple tbs to your bath water or use it as an after shower moisturizer. 

Jan 22, 2017

5 Classic Fragrances for Her

Smell good----as often referred to by my 7 year old, is a favorite for many beauty babes. Myself included. But with the beauty industry overloaded with millions of new products, it can be hard to sift through the rubble to find that one perfect and useful product. If you've been reading my blog for sometime now, you know that I'm really not one to chase trends in fashion. Nor in  beauty for that matter. I typically stick to what's been proven beneficial for the long haul. 
And my perfume collection makes the case. Some of my favorite fragrances were originally released decades ago. They are timeless classics that have transitioned well from season to season throughout the years. So whether you are a fragrance novice trying to find your signature scent or a fragrance connoisseur seeking to complete your ever growing collection---I've got you covered with these classic-worthy scents of all time. From sparkling freshness, ocean breeze or feminine sensuality---- these scents have stood the test of time for me. So there you have it, my top 5 fragrances of all time. Until next time.....Be Bold. Be Fabulous. Be You!

Jan 6, 2017

Tuxedo Pants & Asymmetrical Peplum

Happy Friday Beauties! I hope that your new year is off to an amazing start. As I reflect back on 2016 there were many wins, but there were also some (perceived) losses. And sometimes what we see as a lost can sometimes be an actual gain in the grand scheme of things. One thing is for certain---life should be lived with purpose. Life should be lived with intention. Life should be lived with the pursuit of happiness. So as you charge full speed ahead in 2017---I hope that the life you live is with intent, purpose and happiness.  Cheers to new opportunities. Cheers to a fabulous 2017!

Outfit Details: Top: here | Pants: Calvin Kelin | Pumps: RSVP | Clutch: White House Black Market (Gifted) | Frames: Old | Lippie: Urban Decay: Bad Blood

Dec 28, 2016

Fab Eats: Besito Mexican

So you guys know that I'm always looking for new and fabulous places to dine. I recently stumbled upon this uber chic and amazing contemporary Mexican restaurant in Tampa. Nestled  on the south perimeter of the Westshore Mall, this upscale cantina offers many classics with a contemporary twist. From freshly made guacamole to deliciously potent sangria. The daily specials are as creative as the interior and exterior decor. My favorite dish on the menu? The budin de mariscos; a tortilla pie of shrimp and jumbo lump crab, spiced tomato salsa, queso Chihuahua, poblano cream sauce and pico de gallo. Heavenly yummy! But holy moly...can we talk about desserts? The tres leches is a stone cold killer. And I do mean that in every single good way possible. I'm extremely funny about my Mexican---- but Besito nails it, every single time. I just hope that they stay consistent. Hasta aquĆ­ todo bien.
Photo Credit: Besito Mexican

Dec 22, 2016

5 Reasons to Embrace World Travel

Having lived in some of the most diverse cities in America, it wasn't long before I developed an appreciation for cultural diversity. There’s nothing like discovering new places, people and customs. Visiting a foreign country or even a domestic locale with unique culture has the capability to offer life changing experiences. With travel right at our fingertips, all it takes is a desire for adventure, a couple bucks and maybe a passport to unlock a world of priceless experiences. Here are the five reasons you should seek to up level your travel game.
Experience New Cultures - Traveling to foreign countries (or domestic towns and cities) opens us up to new cultural experiences. Whether it's the type of fashion, music or food that is know to that particular region---these three things alone defines culture. You simply can't experience culture without them.

Experience New Delicacies - Eating the local foods may open up new possibilities even introduce a new lifestyle that you couldn't of imagine.  Like Anthony Bourdain of the show, Parts Unknown; whether he's in Myanmar, Peru, Jerusalem or Congo---one thing is for sure, he eats----drinks and leaves merry. Talk about travel goals.