Archives for 2017

April 12, 2017

Studio 10 Tampa DIY Easter Basket

I had so much fun today on the Studio 10 Tampa Show making a DIY tutu Easter basket. Easter is such a sweet holiday to share with family, friends and children. It’s religious significance is special but it’s also a day filled with magic as the Easter bunny appears alongside Easter bonnets, people dressed in their Sunday best, and of course the traditional Easter egg hunt which calls for a fanciful Easter basket to collect all your darlings sweet finds in! I have always loved making an Easter basket for my daughter and now it’s time for you to learn how to make one yourself.

Supplies: Basket, Tulle in desired color or colors, Ribbon (at least 4 yards), Silk flowers, Other desired embellishments such as crystals, buttons, vintage jewelry, Glue Gun with Glue Sticks, Scissors, and Spray paint in your desired color.

Step One: Spray paint your basket your desired color and let dry.

Step Two: Cut your tulle into 12” x 4” strips.

Step Three: Using two layers of cut tulle at a time use a crochet needle to pull your tulle through the slots in the basket and tie with a simple slip knot. Repeat this step around your basket alternating colors.

Step Four: Use your scissors to trim your tulle around your basket so that it is even.

Step Five: Embellish your basket with silk flowers, ribbon bows, buttons, vintage jewelry pieces around your basket and the basket handle anyway that you like. I love to add a few Swarovski crystals with my glue gun when I am finished for a little added touch. Get creative and have fun making it your Easter basket for your little darling to treasure forever!


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April 6, 2017

Spring, a time for rebirth with ABC Home

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Spring….a time for rebirth, renewal and regrowth….we see it in nature and we also see it in ourselves. It is a time when we want to move more, we feel our senses come alive to the sights, sounds and smells of the season. We feel lighter, rediscover ourselves and we too like the flowers about to bud, reconnect with the spirit within. We awaken from winter’s hibernation and appreciate the beauty of the world around us.

The beauty is not just in the outside world, it is in our own selves as well. “All beings are flowers blossoming  in a blossoming universe” Soen Nakagawa. It was fitting then, on one of the first sunny, warm days in NYC that ABC Home, known for helping discover a world of inspiration and beauty for the home, turned the focus into finding a day to find our home within; a day to rediscover and treasure your unique beauty, by incorporating the beauty, wellness and wisdom of the season.

The day started off in Deepak Homebase , which is magical in its own right. It sets up a serene, tranquil and accepting environment which would be the backdrop for a day of bliss, self love and connection; a day of engaging with our greatest eco-brands and their founders; a day to set your intention in learning from masters.

The day started with insightful talks on astrology, yoga, lifestyle medicine, food, creating a peaceful economy and getting in touch with your intuition.  We learned from Spiritual Astrologer Demitra Vassiliadis that this spring the planets are lining up in order to get us to return to the deepest sense of value, what we love about ourselves and may have forgotten along the way. All of the topics discussed reinforced the importance of self love, acceptance and embracing your own uniqueness. To be united with the beauty we see.

The afternoon was a session for the senses. Flowering arranging with ABC Bloom, smudging with Incausa, aromatherapy with Palermo Body and Rahua. We discovered  wonderful ways to reconnect with your body such as aline your spine Alexander technique and healing tonics and elixirs such as Bija Bhar turmeric lattes, Four Sigmatic’s mushroom coffee, Moon Juice’s beauty dust lattes, Olivia Clementine tea sampling, salad dressings by Organic Culinary Argan Oil by Victoria Akkari, digestive bitters by Urban Moonshine, water sampling by Water Talk, and Welly Bottle  water infusions, beauty treatments such as Dr. Alkaitis reiki facials, Tracie Martyn hand and eye treatments, NUORI moisturizing masks, Rahua scalp massages, sampling of innovative products by Erbaviva, Indie Lee, Intelligent Nutrients, Kahina, Osea, tenoverten and UMA Oils helped stimulate the senses. And with hair styling by Yarok , the re discovering of ones inner beauty has begun!

Spring is the time of new beginnings…..

“The beautiful spring came; and when nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also” Harriet Ann Jacobs


(posted by Kathy)

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April 6, 2017



There is so much I want to share with the world, that sometimes it’s hard to make sure everything I want to share is in the place I want it to be before I open my ideas to the world. I have been working on so many different things that I have input my love and passion into. However, the things I love and am passionate about take time to complete. As a college student trying to balance my personal life, school work, my career, and my overall well-being, it can get tough to figure out how to make time in the day for everything I aim to accomplish. I am currently on a journey that has taken precious time, but has taught me so much and enriched my life and spirit along the way. The cover I recorded with Elliot Lanam is completed and ready to be shared, but the video for the song is still in its editing phases. During times like these, I must remind myself and the people around me to endure patience. Patience is such a fundamental part of this life we are all living. So through my journey, I am learning to be more patient and will continue to put 100% of myself into everything I want to share with the world.


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April 6, 2017

Produce in skin care products. What you need to know.

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Fruits and vegetables have beneficial antioxidant compounds that truly benefit the body when consumed alone, with your breakfast cereal, in your favorite smoothie or any way you choose to get your daily dose of produce.

Although fruits and vegetables may be great taken by mouth, that doesn’t mean they are going to be great when you put them in a topical skin care product. Topical skin care products need to be formulated to ensure that the ingredients remain active, penetrate the skin and do not lose their benefits when mixed with other ingredients and you must have enough of the fruit or vegetable ingredient to get any benefit out of it.

Here’s a look at three skin care brands with fruit and vegetable ingredients that are worth seeking out and that do it right.

The PURA D’OR brand of hair care formulas include a number of premium organic and natural fruit and vegetable ingredients such as Avocado, Carrot, Cherry, Coconut, Cucumber, Grape, Lemon, Mango, Olive, Orange, Papaya, and Pomegranate.

The formulations of the newly launched Nyakio skin care products are inspired by the family recipes of Nyakio Kamoche Grieco, a first generation American of Kenyan descent. The range of ingredients include but are not limited to: Avocado, Grape, Cucumber, Tomato and Papaya.

The Petal Fresh Pure line of bath, body and hair products uses Mandarin, Mango, Grapefruit, Pomegranate, Cucumber, Lemon, Olive and more in their product formulations.

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April 5, 2017

Shake Those Winter Blues

Now that the sun is shining and it gets darker later, we should be bursting with energy. But what if you’re not? Sometimes people need an extra push to get them out of that winter frame of mind while others (like myself) spring into action to get that vitamin D. Here are a few tips to get you outside.

Open those blinds – The house has been closed off for winter. Open those windows, blow out that stale winter air. Spring is here, keep the blinds open and let the sunshine fill your home. Not only will you be saving money by using natural sun light but you will feel happier than sitting in a dark closed room.

Take your dog for a walk – If you don’t have a dog borrow one. Studies show that just playing with dogs boost your happy level. Plus, with the sun shining it’s a perfect time to take Fido for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a long, drawn out walk, you can just take a 10-minute stroll around your block. The sunshine will release serotonin and you will feel happier and more energized. You get a double whammy, puppies and sunshine are sure to shake off those winter blues.

Meet with friends – Yes, getting out the house to meet with a friend for lunch will boost your mood. Even better if you eat outside on the patio you will get that sunlight. Surrounding yourself with people who are talking and laughing can improve your psyche. You are more likely to laugh when you are with others versus when you are alone. Just hearing laughter triggers something inside you that makes you want to laugh too. We all know that a smile is contagious go beyond that smile, tilt your head back and have a big belly laugh.

Ok, I just gave you that extra push you needed to get out of that winter frame of mind. Go ahead, open up the blinds, take a dog for a walk and meet up with friends, you will soon be energized and in the spring frame of mind. Enjoy this spring weather.

Get more info about Elizabeth Colen, Confidence Coach on Fit Mind, Fit Body and Fit Spirit

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April 4, 2017

Clothing Brand That Donates 49% of Profits to Abused Dogs Trademarks its Slogan- Size Does Not Matter, Fit Does

April 5th, 2017. Los Angeles, CA. Antonio Stefano, the clothing brand that launched with world-class designs of hand-made Italian silk ties has come up with a slogan that is sure to be remembered worldwide. Although trying to raise money for dogs, the brand is striving to be a very innovative and cutting-edge brand, catering to the needs of the consumer. Both tall and short men have issues with neckties. As a response to that need, Antonio Stefano has created each of its 20 designs in three sizes: the standard 58”, 3 inches shorter, and 6 inches longer. The sizes are appropriately labeled: tall, taller, and tallest. That problem is now solved.

Both tall and short men have struggled for years with ties that don’t fit just right. If a tie does not fit right states Stefano Riznyk, the Chief Creative Director, you are better off without one. For a person who is short, the best option is to cut three inches off the tail of the tie and have it re-sewn by a tailor, which will add about $10-$15.00 to the cost of the tie.

For a tall person, the problem is insurmountable as the tail is so short that it does not fit behind the label or keeper loop, that are meant to keep it in place. As a result, the tail dangles and looks very unkept. The problem that both short and tall men endure, is that there are few designs to choose from in their size range and they are stuck with whatever is out there. Antonio Stefano is one of the few firms that offers every single design in 3 sizes, so men are no longer stuck with whatever they can find. The dazzling designs by Antonio Stefano are world-class and made completely by hand with Italian artisans in Lake Come, 30 minutes outside of Milan.

Although their trademark can be considered edgy, it will be easily remembered. At the end of the day, regardless of how you dress or what you do, fit will always make the difference over size!

Antonio Stefano neckties are available in Las Vegas, San Diego, Milan, and online at

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April 4, 2017

My bath just got tropical with Ola Tropical Apothecary

Here we are, April 1st, it’s 34* outside and it’s blustery, rainy and cold. One of the cures for this type of weather is a nice hot bath. Oh yes, and Ola Tropical Apothecary Bath Salts. It’s also a great way for me to relax at the end of the day. Now that I discovered Ola Tropical Apothecary, my bath is as tropical as ever. If you like floral scents then you will love Pikake Bath Ritual. As soon as you open the jar, the aroma fills the room with Hawaiian Jasmine. You only need to toss a scoop of the salts  under the hot running water to give you the ultimate exotic bath. This particular fragrance, Pikake is sweet, intoxicating and sensual.  Renowned in Hawaiian culture because Princess Ka’iulani named this exquisitely perfumed, delicate Jasmine flower after the exotic Peacock. ” 

Slip into you bath and let Bath Ritual cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize your skin while relaxing sore, aching muscles. After you bath, you will smell this beautiful Pikake scent for hours.


Bath Ritual is naturally farmed Sea Salt from the island of Moloka’i, Maui Sugar Cane and Coconut Milk. The salts  are also infused with our unique synergetic healing blend of Organic and Wildcrafted Hawaiian Healing Botanical Distillates (Hawaiian Seaweeds, Aloe Vera, Sugar Cane, Bamboo, Banana, Noni, Mamaki, Olena and Taro).  Other scents include Rainforest, Coconut, Plumeria and Passion Fruit.

Ola Tropical Apothecary also has the most amazing Body Butters. I realize that the word “amazing” is quite overused but when you smell the Passion Fruit, it is so full of aroma you will be amazed at how lucisous this body butter smells. The rich scent of Mango and citrus fills the room and will linger on your skin for hours. Not only does the body butter smell “amazing”, but it is a fabulous moisturizer. The body butter contains Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Cocoa and Organic Mango Seed Butters and will repair, replenish and moisturize your dry skin.

Ola’s Passion Fruit Body Butter is a luxuriously rich harmonizing blend of Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Cocoa and Organic Mango Seed Butters.  Infused with our unique synergetic healing blend of Organic and WildcraftedHawaiian Botanical Distillates (Hawaiian Purple Sweet Potato, Banana, Seaweeds, Aloe Vera, Sugar Cane, Bamboo, Ginger, Noni, Olena and Taro), to create this creamy, luxurious formula that will repair, replenish and moisturize dry, thirsty skin. Other scents include Rainforest, Coconut, Pikake and Plumeria.

Besides Bath salts and body butters Hawaiin Body Products  Tropical Apothecary skincare line includes Body Mists, Body Oils, Body Washes and Face Masks to name a few.  Visit their site for information on their complete skincare line.

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April 1, 2017

Victoria Justice Wears Glamrocks Jewelry!

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – MARCH 31: Victoria Justice attends the Inaugural GLAAD Rising Stars Luncheon on March 31, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)

LOS ANGELES – April 1, 2017 – Victoria Justice was photographed wearing Glamrocks Jewelry yesterday at the GLAAD’s Rising Stars Luncheon in Los Angeles! The actress completed her pink suit with the Beaded Ear Crawlers in gold ($45), and the Atomic Circle Cuff Ring in gold ($88

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March 31, 2017

Chamilia, a Swarovski company, reminds everyone that April 30 is “National Adopt a Shelter Pet” Day


Chamilia, a Swarovski company, reminds everyone that April 30 is “National Adopt a Shelter Pet” Day in the United States. Chamilia joins in the celebration of animal rights with its “Give Love” charm, created to support Humane Society International. The charm highlights an artistic rendering of a paw print in black enamel. The charm is framed with Chamilia’s signature millegrain pattern and fits any Chamilia bracelet or neck chain. Each charm is sold with a keepsake charm card, and $4 from each purchase will be donated to Humane Society International (MSRP $40).

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March 31, 2017

Photos from the set today at “Your Carolina”

Megan, Me and Jamarcus

Megan, Me and Jamarcus

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