Archives for May 2015

May 30, 2015

“Gold” with a “Curly Twist”

Soft, bouncy, frizz free curls are right at your fingertips with Goldwell Curly Twist Dual Senses line. I hated my curly hair growing up and could never seem to get it to do what I wanted it to. On top of that having a dry scalp and sensitive skin made it even harder. Goldwell not only cleansed and conditioned the curls but soothed the itchy scalp as well.

Goldwell Curly Twist

Goldwell Curly Twist

A few weeks ago a friend of mine was telling me how she used to be an educator for Goldwell and having not been to familiar with the line I wanted to find out more. In the very first use of the Curly Twist line I noticed a difference. Hair was softer, curls were more bouncy and the beautiful shine with no greasy feel. The best part, all the excess product was gone. The shampoo, conditioner and the mask treatment became my lifesaver to get my curls back to normal.

Goldwell Curly Twist  2-phase leave in

Goldwell Curly Twist 2-phase leave in

I do not wash my hair everyday, and so on those days I use my 60 second mask treatment from Curly Twist. This helps strengthen and add lustrous bounce to the curls. I couldn’t believe it only needed 60 seconds to work! WOW! After I rinse it our and dry it I spray the 2-1 leave in 2-phase spray. This adds extra elasticity to the curl and helps aid in styling.

I cannot express enough about the entire Goldwell Curly Twist line. We would be here all night haha! Goldwell is sold in exclusive salons all around the world and to see where you too can get it, and for more info on the products check out

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May 29, 2015

Celebrity stylist, Yves Durif, expands

Celebrity Stylist, Yves Durif, Expands His Team at The Carlyle

Yves Durif logo

Yves Durif logo

New York, NY – Celebrity Hair Stylist Yves Durif has injected his elegant art deco Salon, located inside the historic Carlyle Hotel, with new energy and style with the appointment of several new stylists and colorists, a brow expert and an eyelash specialist. The new appointments also allow the Yves Durif Salon at The Carlyle to expand their schedule and provide service on Sundays and Mondays.

“I am so honored and fortunate to be able to grow my fabulous team and the services we can provide to our clients by introducing this group of trendsetting stylists who share my vision of an individualized approach to hairstyling,” says Durif.

With over 30 years in the Beauty Business – both behind the chair and owning her own establishment – Yvette Chabrier joins the Yves Durif Team and works her magic as both a stylist and a colorist. Her special formula is both talent and personal intuition which has been nurtured by her other passion in life, the practice and philosophy of Yoga.

Hailing from Tokyo, Japan, Manabu Unno joins the Yves Durif Team from the Garren Salon. A gentleman of great style himself, Manabu’s work is dedicated to lending style and beauty to his fiercely loyal clientele. His extraordinary editorial work can be seen in the pages of such publications as W, Allure, Vogue, Nylon and Paper Magazines.

From her personal presentation, to the wonders of the colors that she crafts, Alexis Unno is an artist of perfection who also joins the Yves Durif Team from the Garren Salon. Her keen sense of style has ingratiated her to a myriad of trendsetting clients in the world of fashion and her work has been featured in such publications as Vogue, Vogue Italia, GQ, W, Interview, Allure, Teen Vogue and Latina Magazines.

A colorist and stylist, Tim Johnson joins the Yves Durif Team with over 20 years of experience working in the beauty industry. His work has graced the runways at fashion shows and hit the red carpet at both the Sundance Gala and the Academy Awards. He brings a calming nature with him and helps any person who sits in his chair enter into a world of trust and happiness.

Jessica Johnson is known on both coasts as the woman to see for sensational brows. Her 25 years of experience in brow shaping and aesthetics make her an industry expert and innovator who routinely works with celebrities and all who strive to “frame their face” with perfect brows. Jessica joins the team in the Salon every other Thursday and Friday as a Guest Brow Expert.

Specializing in eyelash extensions and brows, Vashaya Ramsey also joins the Yves Durif Team every other week, and aims to help women feel confident in their own skin. Her work has graced the pages of Vogue and Elle Magazines, The New York Times, as well as appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

“With such a broad and diverse new staff, my Salon is like the United Nations of Hairstyling,” says Durif, “Each member of my team has the extraordinary skills to bring out the best in everyone.”

The Yves Durif Salon at The Carlyle is located at 35 East 76th Street on the 3rd Floor of The Carlyle Hotel. For more information about The Yves Durif Salon at The Carlyle visit

About Yves Durif: Yves Durif’s illustrious career began in Paris at the age of 17 inside of the celebrated Jacques Dessange Salon. Through passion and persistence he won over the hair and hearts of his clients and mentors and quickly became a sought after artist. At 30, he made his move to New York City where he met Bruno Pittini, artistic director at The Bruno Dessange Salon. Yves and Pittini quickly formed a bond and he often credits Bruno for helping him realize exactly what makes a haircut “work”.

In November 1997, Yves Durif opened the doors to his namesake salon nestled in a landmark brownstone in New York’s Upper East Side. In 2008, he moved the salon to its current location at The Carlyle. Over the past 40 years, Yves has garnered the trust and loyalty of a discerning, sophisticated clientele ranging from outré style-setters, to CEOs, socialites, celebrities, artists and elegant Manhattanites.

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May 29, 2015

From Miami to Tampa Bay

Another fun night of fashion is coming to the historic Tampa Bay city of Ybor. The M.I.A 2 the Bay “All White” Fashion Party. This fashion show brings the fashions of Miami runways to Tampa. True to its name, is truly an “all white” event. Everything from food, decorations and even what we will be wearing. I am so excited because I have never been to an “All White” event. Stay tuned for more on the event coming June 13 to Tampa Bay.

Check out more here:

M.I.A 2 the Bay

M.I.A 2 the Bay

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May 27, 2015

Summertime Favorites on Studio 62

Today I got to share some of my new favorite products for this summer with Jamarcus Gaston on Studio 62.

Positivity and Inspiration are always in style with Talking Shirts! When you wear one, you let the world know what you stand for without saying a word. The creators of the Talking Shirt are passionate about creating high quality apparel with positive messages, in hopes that the words people wear will be an extension of who they are and what they stand for. For women, children and infants with messages like: “She Believed She Could So She Did”, “Where there is Kindness there is goodness” and many more.

Morning Glamour Satin Pillowcases are a must have! Satin offers a surprising amount of beauty benefits, from tame morning hair to fewer wrinkles. Morning Glamour redefines how you rest. The pillowcases provide a smoother surface for your hair which reduces matting, breakage, tangling, and snagging. Cotton pillowcases suck moisture from your skin (translation: that $90.00 face cream you put on at night is hydrating your pillow, not your face.) Satin pillowcases are non-absorbent, helping your skin maintain maximum moisture. They also help prevent wrinkles, allowing you to wake up with smooth, clear skin every morning. The stay-put pocket flap also ensures that these pillowcases will stay in place as you rest.

Pura d’or Natural Hair Care Products provide organic solutions that work naturally. Their best-selling product Premium Organic Argan Oil-Based Hair Loss Prevention Therapy Shampoo prevents hair loss, strengthens hair and adds volume and is made with all natural and organic vitamins to encourage hair growth. There are NO parabens, NO SLS and the formula is gluten-free. There are 12 active ingredients to help prevent hair loss. And I love the Premium Organic Argan Oil Based Conditioner in Lavender Vanilla which is made from 99% vegetable-based ingredients. The conditioner is free from sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), DEA, parabens, gluten, artificial colors, artificial fragrances and harsh preservatives. Coconut and vegetable proteins help hydrate, heal and repair damaged hair from roots to ends without adding weight or build-up. The gentle formula is infused with organic argan oil to add shine, body and moisture to all types of hair. And…it smells amazing!

Stephanie Johnson Cosmetic Bags are colored see-through makeup bags that come in 3 sizes (small, medium and jumbo) and 5 different colors (teal, pink, charcoal, yellow and green) and are available at Boxfli starting at $27. They will make travel and getting ready this summer a breeze!

What’s new in perfume? With Scentbird, every month members receive a 30-day supply of 100% authentic designer perfume from brands like Hermes, Burberry, Gucci, Christian Dior, and over 350 others. If you like to try lots of different fragrances, this service is definitely for you!

And let’s not forget the guys! The Jack Black Clean and Cool Body Basic Kit is for the man who loves a bit of pampering in his daily routine. It includes the All-Over Body Wash, Industrial Strength Hand Healer, Cool Moisture Body Lotion and Pit Boss Antiperspirant & Deodorant. It’s a $72 value that sells for $56.00 at


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May 27, 2015

Fitness this/ fitness that on Indystyle

Today I presented “Fitness This/Fitness That” products to help keep you fit, comfortable and looking great.

On IndyStyle

On IndyStyle

Watch the segment here:

Flip2BFit is the only fitness board game on the market that gets you up moving and developing self esteem, confidence, leadership skills and learning about fitness and nutrition all while moving around a game board. The game incorporates yoga, cardio, stretching and strength activities. Money from games sold goes towards the Fitness For Africa non-profit organization that provides Education Scholarships to vulnerable families across Africa

The secret to sexy, toned arms is the Forbes Riley SpinGym’s unique “Gyrotronic Resistance Training” (GRT), developed by celebrity fitness expert Forbes Riley. GRT engages all your upper body and core muscles, the second you start your SpinGym® workout. SpinGym® is designed to tune up, not bulk up. Wave goodbye to flabby arms with just 5 minutes a day! Simple but intense. Get sexy and fit in just 5 minutes a day,

The vibrating, slightly irregular load created by the rotation of the SpinGym’s Central Weighted Disc provides resistance exercise for the muscles – firming, strengthening and toning them. The SpinGym Effect – you’ll look and feel more confident in clothes that reveal your arms, chest and back!

Stance Fusion Run Performance women’s Tab length socks are available and perfect for the runner. There’s always that one thing about a runners day that makes your pulse pound. Through the skyscrapers or through the dirt, keep up with whatever makes your heart race in Stance’s Performance women’s running socks with smart venting, thermo regulation and superior sweat-wicking fibers that work together to keep feet cool. They are big on comfort with air-channel cushioning and an anatomical fit built specifically for both your right and left and graduated compression. Available in Taper Tab, Streak Tab, HeartBeat Tab, Dreadmill Tab and Burst Tab.

For fit hair, Pura d’or Natural Hair Care products provide organic solutions that work naturally like their best selling product Premium Organic Argan Oil Based Hair Loss Prevention Therapy Shampoo. It Prevents Hair Loss , Strengthens Hair,Adds Volume is made with All Natural and Organic and Vitamins for Hair Growth. There are NO Parabens, NO SLS and the formula is Gluten Free. There are 12 Active Ingredients to Help Prevent Hair Loss. We love the Premium Organic Argan Oil Based Conditioner, Lavender Vanilla. Pura d’or Premium Organic Argan Oil Based Conditioner is made from 99% vegetable base ingredients. The conditioner is free from sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), DEA, parabens, gluten, artificial colors, artificial fragrances and harsh preservatives. Coconut and vegetable proteins help hydrate, heal and repair damaged hair from root to end without adding weight or build up. This gentle formula is infused with organic argan oil to add shine, body and moisturizers to all types of hair. And…it smells delicious!

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May 26, 2015

VIP-Exclusive fashion comes to Tampa

In just a short time, I will have the honor of attending the VIP-Exclusives Fashion Show at the Tampa Convention Center on July 25. The show will feature some top designers such as Lacie Cupani and Cupani Fashion, David President, MEROCKI, Jacqueline Saldana, Jackie Hutcherson, Nailuj Villarroel, & Aleksandra Salo just to name a few. Also, featured guest judge will Mr. Reginald Roundtree, news anchor and reporter at 10 News! Stay tuned for more updates on the show featuring pictures and more.

But hey are you going to be in Tampa and want to attend? Check out and see where you can get your tickets! Going to be a fun night of fashion & entertainment.

VIP Exclusives logo

VIP Exclusives logo

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May 26, 2015

Sarah Jessica Parker: Triple Take in STRÖM Brand!


LOS ANGELES – April 15, 2015 – Sarah Jessica Parker was photographed wearing STRÖM Brand today in NYC! This is the third time actress/designer showed off her chic street style in her Sexton Galaxy Capris ($228,
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May 26, 2015

Kick Your Hair Conditioner up a Notch with Pravana Nevo Color Enhancer


It’s not a hair dye…It’s not a shampoo…It’s a Conditioner! It’s the new PRAVANA NEVO Color Enhancer Treatment and it’s works wonderfully. I always know when I’m midway between hair colorings. The dull brassy color says it all and I always notice when I’m driving. When the sun is shining and I look in the mirror I can see that my color is already fading and it hasn’t even been three weeks yet. Everyday shampooing, heat styling and sun exposure definitely takes the life out of your hair. Would you like to freshen it up?

PRAVANA NEVO Color Enhancer Treatment has done wonders for my dull faded color treated hair. PRAVANA NEVO Color Enhancer Treatment is as easy to use as a conditioner because that’s what it is.  It contains a color enhancer to boost your color leaving you with fresh, soft and vibrant hair color again. Simply choose you color enhancer (there are 5 to choose from), shampoo, lightly towel dry and add your treatment. Leave it on for 1 to 2 minutes and rinse out. I have been using PRAVANA NEVO Color Enhancer Treatment once a week and I am very pleased with the results.

What I like most about PRAVANA NEVO Color Enhancer Treatment is that there is absolutely no mess in the shower when rinsing out the treatment. There is no staining on my hands or towel, you risnse out like you would a regular hair conditioner. PRAVANA NEVO Color Enhancer Treatment enriches your hair with soy protein.

Choose your color, Honey Blonde (enhances golden tones), Brilliant Copper (enhances orange tones, Radiant Red (brightens red tones), Deep Burgandy, saturates a deep red/violet tone and my color, Cocoa Brunette (reinforces natural brunettes).  You can find PRAVANA NEVO Color Enhancer Treatment at select salons. Visit to find a location near you.

All Nevo products are 100% biodegradable, 100% vegan and contain absolutely no Sulfates, Parabens, Sodium Chloride, Phthalates, Gluten, Propylene Glycol, Cocamide DEA, Cocamide MEA, animal bi-products and animal testing.

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May 25, 2015

A patient’s story how Abbott’s MitraClip corrected her mitral valve regurgitation

Degenerative Mitral regurgitation (DMR) is caused when the leaflets of the mitral valve do not close properly, allowing blood to flow backward and leak into the left atrium of the heart. A leaky heart valve can increase the pressure on the heart and, over time, result in heart failure

Abbott’s MitraClip treats mitral regurgitation. As referred to above, this condition where the mitral valve of the heart does not close properly can result in blood leakage that can lead to stroke, heart attack, or even death.

Meet Betty V.
Betty is a patient who overcame Degenerative Mitral Regurgitation with an Abbott Mitral Clip, procedure, and was kind enough to take the time to share the story about her experience with DMR. I know you’ll find it very inspiring!

My interview with Betty V:

VICKI: What were your symptoms and when did you first notice them?

BETTY: Three years ago, I began experiencing symptoms of a common, yet serious condition called degenerative mitral regurgitation. Going up and down stairs, I couldn’t breathe and would become lightheaded and terribly tired.

VICKI: What actually happened that made you talk to your doctor?

BETTY: I had to quit working in my yard and going for daily walks. My cardiologist told me to “live with it.” But I felt it wasn’t living, rather, I was existing. I kept thinking it would go away until I found myself lying on my steps completely out of breath. After that, I knew I needed to do something. So I found a new cardiologist who listened to me.

VICKI: That had to be quite distressing. It’s good that you sought out a new cardiologist who took the time to listen! What was your diagnosis?

BETTY: My new cardiologist found that my mitral valve was not working properly, and he told me in simple terms that my heart valve was “leaking.”

VICKI: What were the treatment options your doctor gave you?
BETTY: My new cardiologist recommended treatment with the MitraClip device since open heart surgery was not recommended for me.

VICKI: So what did you decide to do about it?

BETTY: After speaking with my cardiologist about what to expect, I decided to undergo the MitraClip procedure.

VICKI: How would you describe the procedure?
As my doctor explained to me, the procedure was a minimally-invasive option in which the doctor would use a catheter to implant the device through a vein in my leg.

VICKI: How long after the procedure did you start to notice a difference in how you felt?

BETTY: When my cardiologist came in to visit me shortly after my procedure, I told him that I felt like a weight had been lifted off of my chest. I was pleased that, within 48 hours, I was back home, feeling good again.

VICKI: Betty …. That’s terrific! What do you like to do for fun and how did your disease impact your ability to do those things? Now, Are you able to do those things you enjoyed, once again since you’ve had the procedure?

BETTY: I still live independently, garden, play bridge regularly with my friends, and visit my children and grandchildren. It is safe to say that I am physically active. Before the procedure, I had to give some of these activities up. But now that I have had the procedure I have happily returned to these activities.

VICKI: That’s so great to hear, Betty. What would you recommend people do if they find themselves in a similar situation as yours?

BETTY: I would encourage others who have a problem with their heart valve to speak with their doctors about treatment options. If I hadn’t had this procedure, I’d probably be in a nursing home. That’s the difference. I’m doing much better, and I’m truly living my life.

Thank you, Betty, for taking the time to share your personal experience with Degenerative Mitral Regurgitation. Your story and success with the Mitra Clip is very encouraging. I’m sure readers who may be experiencing challenges as you have experienced, will now be more informed as they talk with their doctors regarding treatment in dealing with their condition. Wishing you ongoing health and wellness!

“ABBOTT has a 125-year history of innovation and a mission to make better health possible for humankind across the globe.”

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(Any quoted or paraphrased information in this article was obtained from a provided fact sheet. Credits for any additional Abbot information include:
•cid:4C0A39E2-FC39-4BFB-8764-19572893A61C, and Much gratitude to Betty for her sharing her story in our interview.)

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May 25, 2015

Its just that Amazing!

When you have one product that can do a multitude of things, it can easily becomes one of those “I cant live without it” deals. That’s how I feel about my Amazing Cosmetics Perfection Sticks. Coming in 4, moisturizing shades, from fair to deep, covering, contouring and highlighting was never easier. Even as a professional I still had some trouble getting the right look of it. The great thing about the Perfection Sticks is you don’t have to be a professional to use them and also they are portable so you can take all this with you.

Not only is Amazing Cosmetics Perfection Stick ideal for contouring, highlighting and covering but you can also use it for prepping the eyelids for eye shadow. It will help accentuate the colors, keep them from creasing and make them last longer. Use it as a highlighter around the brow bone to make eyes pop and define the eyebrow. I also, found that dabbing just a little bit on the top and bottom lips will keep your lipstick or lip gloss last longer as well.

I highly recommend the Perfection Sticks for anyone with oily/combination skin, & even if you have dry skin. The sticks are moisturizing and easy to apply so you wont feel like your pores are being clogged or heavy. I have used products for covering and I feel like I'm putting oil directly on my skin. Not with these though. Its like silk when it glides on your skin. Little by little they turn from sticks to your go to "magic wands".

There is just so much you can do with the Amazing Cosmetics Perfection Stick that we would be here forever trying to talk about it. I share some of my favorite ways to do it in my video and be sure to check out for more tips tricks and products!

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