Thursday, July 2, 2015

DC City Center, Lunch & Walmart Bargains


I hope you are having a a good week! (eyebrow YouTube video at bottom of post - just saying...).
So, it's been raining tons here in the Washington, DC area but this past Sunday was just lovely.  High of 79 - nice breeze etc.  Mike and I had a date to the new @CityCenterDC - and boy was I in for a surprise.  They are calling this the "Rodeo Drive" of DC - a stretch I know but fun just the same. Most of you have gathered that I love shopping - high end and budget friendly.  I just love fashion, jewelry, cosmetics, decor all of it.  It's like art to me.  Any who..... we went there looking to eat at +Fig & Olive Restaurant but it was not open - despite the sign on the door.  So we began what I thought may be some FINE window shopping.  Well first we went into +Carolina Herrera 
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and I loved some shoes and a bag - BAM - out came his credit card!  I was like "yeah - thanks baby!"  Then onto +HUGO BOSS loved shoes, bag and perfect white stretch sheath dress - Mike - "you like it babe?" Me - "Um..Yes of course!"
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 BAM - out came the card!  I was so happy and grateful - was not expected at all.  Then onto the +Tumi shop - new 3 piece luggage set!  We are gearing up for trip to Italy in the early Fall.  (See link at the bottom with a printable packing list.)  I was like...... Ummmmm - "Yeah baby"this is my day!
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It was a great day.  Lunch at +DCB Group DCBG +Daniel Boulud's new place and it was lovely.  We had steak tar are, tuna tartare the "frenchie" burger.
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Mike had a great ale (or two) and I had a wonderful - refreshing "Mocktail" with ginger beer, lemon, club soda & splash of grenadine!  Yummy  ( no alcohol for me - Sunday was day 4 complete of my #30dayworkoutchallenge ) - still going strong today is day 8!

All in all it was a terrific day!  Walking, talking, taking in DC's new neighborhood and just hanging out.  Life flies by so fast it was nice just getting outta dodge for a minute or so - even if you took the fantastic shopping outta the equation.  (but who would do that....)  Mike had forgotten our anniversary this past February and said "I was overdue for some spoiling". ☺️. Well thank you Mr. T ��!  For everything.

** Now people while I love all my high fashion pieces let's be real.  I also love to do my bargain shopping.  I like places such as; Target, Walmart & Forever 21.  Example, last week I got
San Marzano Tomatoes at Walmart & they were 1/2 the price of Giant Food Store a savings of $3.50 & up per can! Yesterday I ran into Walmart and purchased my @MaybellineNewYork clean express make up remover cloths - $2.00 cheaper than Ulta and grabbed some ribbed tank tops $3.50 each and running shorts $3.50 & $5.50. YES!!! Score!  Who doesn't need tanks and shorts each summer and at these prices its a no brainer.

Let me know where you find your best bargains - BTW - I love @amazon as well for some fantastic deals.  See the cute shorts / tanks below.
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I completed day 7 of #30dayworkoutchallenge yesterday (preparing for the +DIVA DASH in September) even under a almost FULL MOON �� .  Very tough "female time of the month" for me which is almost here - seem worse some months - �� ugh means I eat like a machine - cry at happy �� & sad things �� crave sugar like nobody's business.  Anyway come on Mother Nature bring it on & let's be onto next week.

Oh yeah everyone Ck out my YouTube video Brow Series #1 to reshape & regrow my brows with  +Maven Beauty Bar and the owner +Rebecca Carrera 

Product reviews tomorrow as well as some great ideas for the Fourth of July ����

As mentioned above here is a Great Packing List Printable - courtesy of +Who What Wear 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

New Products I am Loving Right Now, DIVA DASH & Giveaway!!!!

VOLUPTE TINT-IN-OIL from YSL has a new lip color with a lip tint suspended in a deep conditioning oil. You coat your lips with this lip tint for a lightweight texture that instantly melts onto lips. It is infused with a blend of four essential oils for deep hydration: apricot kernel oil, coriander fruit oil, jojoba seed oil, and possiflora edulis seed oil. Its exclusive applicator allows for lovely uniform application. It's lightweight and non-sticky, this lip tint offers a new and luminous shine while the tint effect enhances the natural beauty of the lips— It's a must!
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Clinique Repairwear Anit-Gravity Eye Lift Cream  Clinique has done it again!  This is a brightening eye cream that supports the firming of skin. This eye cream virtually defies gravity as it supports the lifting and firming of skin in the eye area. It brightens and hydrates, building a cushion of density into time-thinned skin while it helps to erase the look of lines. I came across this at a "Pebble's" Dept Store near Chincotegue Island, VA and I was puffy and not loving my eye cream.  I'm still looking for that magic eraser - however this comes pretty close.  I put some on from the tester unit and walked around the small store - within 5 min there was noticeably less puffiness and more hydration.  They only had the large jar normally wouldn't have bought but there was such a great difference and the price was super as always is with @ +Clinique bonus time   

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Psssst! Instant Dry Shampoo  I found this product while in Miami +Canyon Ranch  using after the sauna and working out  etc.  Than saw it at +Walgreens  here the other day and was "YEAH BABY"  even available in travel size.  This dry shampoo is an effective solution to transform dull dirty hair when you don't want to or can't wash. Psssst contains a perfect amount of powder to absorb excess oil, eliminate odor and product build up while boosting volume. Hair looks, feels, and smells freshly shampooed without the use of water.  Promise!  Just spray, brush, and go - not tested on animals.  Made in USA (we love that) So stash some in your gym bag, work bag or overnight bag.  Shake can vigorously & hold 6" to 8" from hair.  (maybe a little closer - play with it) Lift sections of hair & lightly spray scalp & roots.  Shake can between sprays for best results.  Wait for a few minutes, then brush & style as desired.  The smell is fresh not overwhelming and won't interfere with your perfume!
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Nip + Fab's Glycolic Fix Unveil younger-looking skin with Nip + Fab's Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Pads. 60 radiance-boosting pads, soaked in exfoliating glycolic acid retexture and resurface skin whilst witch hazel helps to tone. This moisturizing formula with hyaluronic acid and soothing blue daisy helps to reveal brighter and smoother looking skin.  The glycolic acid retextures + resurfaces,   hyaluronic acid moisturises + refreshes, lastly the blue daisy soothes + calms.  I keep this with me for travel - after steaming at the gym +Sport&Health Clubs , before "date-night" with my Big Guy. Etc.....
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**So today is day #1 of my new #30day workout challenge  - that means I have to do some kind of workout everyday for 30 days straight.  I did this a few months ago and felt fantastic.  I've been sick a few times pretty bad the past few months - flu - hormones etc... so my exercise routine went right out the window.  Now I am ready to go at it again.  Plus I am going to do the DIVA DASH +SHAPE Magazine this September!  Need to get in shape for that.  "Oooooo I'm scared"!  I've never done a race of any sort in my life - so this will be interesting.  They have monkey bars as part of the race course.  Need to get some kind of arm strength - I think this will be the most difficult part for me.  So come on - comment -follow- msg me to follow along and lets get a team together!  I need all the support and motivation possible!  

**Giveaway This Week - follow me on my platforms, comment, add your thoughts, experience, share and I'm giving away the Psssst dry shampoo & Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Facial Pads!!!!!!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

I Love Retro Neon

Ok yes I love Pink.  I also love Retro Signs.... So give me PINK - RETRO SIGNS  and I was like.....Yeah BABY!  Just wanted to share with ya.  My favorite here is the first one "PINK CLOUD"  Next is "FAT BOY BURGER CAFETERIA"  LOL 

I hope you all have a great weekend.  Have you ever had a day where you go through oh.... maybe 5 different emotions?  Yesterday - I was tired, than car dancing, than irritated, than inspired, than wanted to kill the monkey on "mail chimp" now happy again.  I needed a hot bath & orange sherbet than bed!  Done and done!    

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Have a "FAB" weekend all!  I am going to try the new "blo" blow dry bar to do my hair and get a much needed mani/pedi ....... ck FB - twitter - instagram for pics later today.

Blog ya later,

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

With swimsuit season in full swing, lounging by the pool or beach is a must. So where’s your Cover Up? From new trends to classic tunics, I’ve rounded up a few swimsuit Cover Ups worth the splurge.
This Tommy Bahama Asymmetric-Hem Tunics in coral is comfortable and looks flattering on all body types.
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Looking for a sleek and chic Cover Up? This Tory Burch Broderie See-Through Tunic is equal parts sexy and versatile.
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Open kimono Cover Ups are trending this summer season. If you’re on a budget, this Becca Fringe Kimono (available at Macy’s) is lightweight and perfect for lazy days on the beach.
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Or one of my favorites a mens white casual button up shirt - throw on a hat - beach bag and your set!
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Don't forget the sunscreen people - one of my favorites right now is the @StriVectin Repair and Protect for every day SPF 30
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Beach Day I go for Neutrogena Spray & Lotion always one of the best and doesn't seep into my eyes!
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Blog Ya Later!

Monday, June 15, 2015

3 Ways to Detox Fast

HAPPY MONDAY ALL!  Hope your weekend was all you wanted - most of you know - I am a huge fan of Cleanses & Detox's.....Whether you're starting out on a new healthy routine or always recovering after an indulgent weekend, detoxing by eating clean and nutritious foods will help you feel less bloated and more energized. However, it's not all about the food; what you drink will also help you feel your best. Here are three detox drinks you should add to your daily routine.
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Lemon water: Start your day with a cup of hot lemon water, and it will aid the body in burning more fat. Drinking lemon water will also help your body detox and aid in digestion, so try drinking water and lemon when you first wake up. Go for hot water for even more digestive-cleansing benefits.

Next is Green tea: Green tea is high in antioxidants, which can fight diseases while also helping your liver. And not only that, drinking more green tea will help your body increase the production of detoxification properties.
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Last drink but not least - A green juice: If you have a juicer, you should be making this green detox juice recipe, which includes ingredients with naturally detoxing properties, like watercress, spinach, lemon,and ginger. Make one every day for a quick, nutritious way to get all your daily greens. Even if you don't have a juicer, one of these green smoothie and juice recipes is bound to catch your eye. Glean Green Drinks. com - The Beauty Detox Solution Clean Program Detox The World 
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Cheers!  Here's To Your Health! 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Summer Things

Summer Things

One of my favorites! Escarole Soup

Escarole soup
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Rinse and dry chicken thighs set aside
Chop end off escarole chop rinse and soak in cold water. Can have a lot of dirt and sand don't forget this part
Chop half medium onion sauté garlic butter salt and pepper until translucent
Add chopped garlic about four cloves
Quarter teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Add your chicken salt-and-pepper lightly you want to season in layers first your onions and garlic and olive oil  than your chicken then your broth (if needed)
Sauté until browned on both sides medium heat
Then cover with. Vegetable stock I use Swanson no MSG low-sodium than bottled Springwater is best not tap. Close to half gallon maybe more filled three quarters of the way then add all your escarole bring to a soft boil Gently stirring let boil for a 30 min on low simmer. I take a nugget fresh Parmesan cheese can be part of the rind that you don't use anyway and drop that in for added flavor and your salt.
Serve topped with fresh grated Parmesan cheese and a teeny bit of the red pepper flakes if you like

Delicious and very good for you - will last for days -
Buon Appetito!

PS - loving the StriVectin repair and protect - the sunscreen in it is great and doesn't interfere with my foundations!
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A Date In Baker Park

I am so fortunate to have so many great parks near me - one of my favorites is just a few driving minutes from my home - Baker Park in Historic Frederick, MD.  It great for strolling - exercising - tennis - movies in the park (in the summer) there is color lake on the far end - a gazebo - a lovely Bell Tower that actually works - many activities I could go on and on.  I love when Mike and I go downtown and have a picnic in the park or just stroll around and admire our lovely little hometown!   Maybe go by one of our restaurants or grab a treat at the candy store maybe even some ice cream.....
f you ever in the area - be sure to make it part of you stop!

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

This Simple Trick Will Make Your Dishes Cleaner Than Ever

Here's proof that a lemon wedge can do more than garnish cocktails.......
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When life gives you lemons...clean your house! This citrusy fruit has all kinds of helpful uses around the house, from removing stains to freshening your microwave. And this dishwasher trick I spotted on The Kitchn may be the most genius one yet.
Next time you're ready to do a load of dishes, slip a lemon wedge in with your wash (it doesn't even have to be freshly sliced — it can be an already-juiced wedge). It should sit on the top rack of your dishwasher, skewered on a plate wire, or in the cutlery container, so it doesn't move around. Then, run your dishwasher as you normally would.
When the cycle is finished, you'll open up your dishwasher to find that your dishes are more sparkly clean than ever. Plus, the lemon leaves behind a very faint smell, adding some extra freshness.
After making a recipe that calls for lemons, I like to first use the leftover wedges to wipe down my cutting board, and then put them in her dishwasher. "[It] feels so much better than just throwing those lemons out," (lemons are also great to put down the garbage disposal to freshen it up).
Cheers All - Enjoy Your Memorial Day Weekend Whatever You Do!