It’s a Glam Thing
October 1, 2013

Catch The Fall Edition of the Affordable Art Fair New York City


The Beauty of Art

The Fall Edition of the Affordable Art Fair New York City


A pop of color on the lips is all the rage from the runway to reality.  Celebrate this beauty trend and capture this look permanently at the Affordable Art Fair New York.  The piece (pictured above) by Houston artist, Mitch McGee, is a four colored wood cut print.  The proceeds of this artwork will help aid those most affected by Hurricane Sandy.  Each piece in this edition of 15 is signed and numbered, and printed on acid free arches paper.  It is 30 x 22 unframed and can be yours for just $100!

Returning to New York City on October 3rd – 6th, 2013 at the Tunnel in West Chelsea, the fall edition will house art that the beauty obsessed are sure to love, including the Mitch McGee collection.  The fair will feature over 50 innovative galleries with work by artists from around the globe.

General admission tickets are $15 at the door, $10 for students and seniors.  Admission for children under the age of 12 is free.  To purchase tickets, please visit

About the Affordable Art Fair

The Affordable Art Fair provides a relaxed and enjoyable environment with a diverse collection of contemporary priced art from $100 – $10,000, including paintings, sculptures, photographs and drawings.  While the majority of exhibiting galleries will be from the United States, about 40% of the Fair will be comprised of international galleries, showcasing work by artists from around the globe.

General Admission

Thursday             October 3rd:                        11 am – 8 pm

Friday                    October 4th:                        11 am – 8 pm (free admission 6 pm – 8 pm)

Saturday              October 5th:                        11 am – 8 pm

Sunday                 October 6th:                        11 am – 6 pm

So take a walk over to The Tunnel and discover the beauty of the Affordable Art Fair.

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September 30, 2013

Recover – E Cucumber Eye Pads equals Refreshed and Replenished Eyes


My friends came over and wanted to have an inexpensive spa party at my house. I’m always on the hunt to find great, inexpensive, lightweight products and really found a tiny treasure with Earth Theraputics Eye Pads. We thought they were absolutely adorable and they smelled great, but weren’t sure how they were going to work.  Luckily, I didn’t have to chop up cucumbers or break tea bags apart for the treatment. The six women let the eye pads refrigerate for twenty minutes and then we put them on our eyes. Honestly, it was the favorite product of the evening. My friends couldn’t believe how the pads relieved puffiness and dark circles around their eyes. I actually fell asleep as I found the smell delightful and soothing. The pads are infused with real cucumber extract, vitamin E and a beneficial blend of nutrients. We all went shopping the next day and purchased pads to keep our eyes refreshed for the next six months!!!  

We found Recover-E Cucumber Eye Pads and Rejuvenal-C Orange Eye Pads (which I can’t wait to try)  at Kohl’s Department Store but they can also be found at and


Liz Vachon, LICSW

Wife and Mother of two

National Keynote Speaker on Bullying


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September 27, 2013


image002-1Joico Continues Annual Push to Increase Awareness and Raise Funds. Breast cancer never takes a holiday and Joico’s annual efforts to raise funds for research and increase awareness doesn’t either. Their efforts to support the fight to end cancer transforms this year to its “Style for A Cure” campaign in a year that has also seen Joico transformed in image and purpose. The Style for A Cure campaign includes special pink product promotions – top stylers JoiMist Firm hairspray and JoiWhip foam offered in a sleek, metallic pink sheen that graduates from top to bottom. These top stylers will be available on special in a “2 for $22” duo deal coming this September/October. 

The campaign also continues to offer marketing support for salons and professional stylists who wish to hold their own breast cancer-related events. Joico’s do-it yourself BCA website continues to be a source for salons and stylists to create and promote their very own local efforts to help the cause. As Joico embarked on a new and transformative vision at the start of 2013, it launched itself into a whole new stratosphere when it revealed its new look that ranged across vibrant new product packaging, to fresh and bold new imagery speaking more to a strong lifestyle-focused brand, while also re-invigorated its science roots through DNA-based technology to change the industry. Joico’s commitment continues to go strong with the company once again supporting their long-standing partner City of Hope for their yearly fundraiser culminating in Las Vegas this July in its Annual Spirit of Life Gala.  With Sara Jones, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Joico/ISO/Minardi having been the 2011 City of Hope Spirit of Life Award Recipient, and long-time supporter and board-member, this relationship continues to flourish.  Also continuing on from 2012 will be Joico support for the cause via Beauty Systems Group, and special edition products to specifically benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure (Joico duos JoiMist Firm and JoiWhip, also in specially-designed pink packaging).  Additionally, the Joico BCA page at is becoming increasingly robust as it celebrates the salons and stylists who continue to participate in Breast Cancer Awareness and fundraising events. The online destination also offers a roster of turnkey, downloadable breast cancer programs—including cut-a-thons, silent auctions, “Touch of Pink” ribbon events and service and product promotional programs—that salons can customize to their individual businesses and communities.  Each program features posters, planners, letters, press alerts and other printables.

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September 26, 2013

Lavanila Forever Fragrance Oil is the perfect gift for any party!

Lavanila Fragrance Oil

The definition of “regift” in the Merriam Webster dictionary …… “to give someone a gift that was previously received from someone else.”  A friend of mine had a “Regifting Party”.  Everyone who attends this party must bring a item that they once received as a gift. The item has to be new and unopened.  After the delicious appetizers and exquisite drinks, it was time to exchange the merchandise. In between all the oohing and aaahing, I opened my regifted item……. Lavanila Forever Fragrance Oil!  First of all, I love the brand Lavanila, I am very familiar with its reputation! Lavanila is an all natural company that uses only the finest ingredients in all their products. The roll-on sweet almond oil is a luscious blend of sparkling grapefruit, fresh cedarwood and warm Madagascar vanilla bean scent.  It is a clean, uplifting citrus fragrance and is made without Parabens, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, Silicones, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oils, Synthetic Dyes, Sulfates, Chemical Sunscreens, or Aluminum.  It is All Natural! 

The roll-on oil sensuality melts into the skin to hydrate and last twice as long as traditional fragrances. Lavanila does not test on animals and is made in the USA!  The Lavanila Forever Fragrance Oil is also available in Vanilla Coconut and Pure Vanilla and, retails for $25.00 for .27 fl  Well this was one time I did not feel cheated or angry to receive a regifted gift.  It was a genuine hit!  The funny part of this story…. as the party continued into the night, I ended up chatting with the women who presented me with her regifted item.  She was complimenting me on my scent throughout the conservation.  Well, I really didn’t have the heart to tell her…. it was her regifted gift “Lavanila Forever Fragrance Oil.  Her loss – my gain!

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September 23, 2013

My Christian Louboutins are my Glass Slippers


Shoes have always been featured as a girl’s best friend…….. Cinderella’s glass slipper and Carrie, a New York girl, obsessed with shoes in Sex and the City were a few of my favorites.  A new pair of shoes brings on a kind of exhilaration to the female gender.  My very first pair of Christian Louboutin shoes were given to me by my husband one Christmas morning, who, by the way has unbelievable taste. A very very nice surprise.  After removing the wrapping paper, I knew right away what brand of shoes they were (the box reveiled the content)!  Shaking with excitement, I transported the shoes out of the box to eye level!  I sat there for at least 15 minutes just staring at the shoes!  Christian Louboutin New Nude Simple Pump 120 Patent Calf shoes!

Christian Louboutin is a French designer who designed shoes for Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and Maud Frizon before opening his own business.  Louboutin brought the stilettos back into fashion in the 1900’s ranging the heel heights of 4.72 inches and higher!  His goal was to make a woman’s legs look as long as he could. His signature shoes have shiny, red-lacquered soles which took some time to convince myself it was “ok” to wear them outside and mark the bottom of the shoes.  I thought for that amount of money, I would be happy just to display them on my dresser. Christian Louboutin New Simple Pump 120 Patent Calf Shoe has a heel height of 4 1/2 inches.  I can wear these shoes with any outfit and they make quite a statement!  I do agree, they make my legs look long and amazing!  Patent leather with leather lining and padded insole makes the comfort of these shoes irresistible. Christian Louboutin shoes can be purchased at Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Christian Louboutin Online Stores.

Always remember the right pair of shoes can make a wrong situation more tolerable.  For example….. while attending my niece’s wedding wearing my Christian Louboutin shoes, I left the ladies room not knowing I was dragging a foot long piece of toilet paper. Walking across the dance floor while everyone was seated enjoying their meal, a complete stranger approached me informing me of my third leg. I was totally embarrassed. Then there was the stare at my feet and the conversation quickly changed as she complimented my shoes!  She loved them and another woman drifted into the discussion. My red face altered back to my original color and the toilet paper issue was forgotten. My Christian Louboutin shoes make me feel elegant, complete my outfits, and of course makes me taller!

Laurie Carcieri, Fashion, Fitness and Designer Shoe Enthusiast

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September 20, 2013

Who Needs Cover-up when you have Bioré Acne Clearing Scrub

Biore Acne Clearing Scrub

As the stress of college classes kicked back in at the beginning of this month, so did my temperamental skin. Not fun! Especially when you have eight a clock classes and don’t have a lot of time to apply cover-up! By mid-September, I started to find my perfect college routine, which included using Bioré Acne Clearing Scrub every night before bed. Within the next few weeks, gone were the mornings I had to reach for my cover-up because there weren’t any blemisheds to cover-up!

Bioré Acne Clearing Scrub is a salicylic acid acne treatment, meaning the formula of the scrub washes away the nasty things that result in acne, dirt and oil. Most importantly, this scrub did not damage, irritate, or dry out my skin, which are the problems I find with most other facial scrubs. All you have to do is wet your face, massage the scrub all over your face and rise! After a few nights of incorporating Bioré Acne Clearing Scrub into your nightly routine you will wake up with a clear complexionand a few extra minutes you would have spent applying cover-up!

Biore has other amazing skincare products and you can find them here; You can also find Biore skincare products in most drug stores nation-wide.

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September 17, 2013

Love Sandra Bullock’s Hair style? You can have it with UNITE



Sandra Bullock’s recent locks seen at the Venice Film Festival, are an easy-to-achieve hairstyle that works on all hair textures; and looks flawless for any occasion. Here are a few quick steps on how you can achieve this look at home:

Step One: Spritz a leave-in conditioner all-over damp hair. Try UNITE 7Seconds Condition ($26.25).

Step Two: Next, blow hair straight using a round paddle brush, leaving some of your natural texture throughout hair.

Step Three: Once almost completely dry, take a salt-based spray, like the UNITE Beach Day Spray ($29.95) and spritz it onto 2-inch sections of hair, raking fingers through to separate.

Step Four: Finish this look by flipping hair over and back, to get that effortless volume.


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September 14, 2013

Origami Owl offers Fun, Fashionable and Affordable Jewelry

Have you ever heard about Origami Owl? I never did until recently when I received an email from one of my lovely PR gurus, Lori who is now an Origami Owl Independent Designer!

If you are a looking for a fun and fashionable gift, these lockets are perfect!  Origami Owl is a fun, social selling jewelry company where every locket tells a story.  Lori will help you create personalized lockets choosing from hundreds of charms varying from birthstones, to hobbies, to celebrations, living lockets to keep the charms in and chains in all different sizes and styles.  Choose from gold, black, silver, rose gold and chocolate. There are also engraved plates with sayings on them such as love, family and dream as well as dangles to hang on the chains!


Every jewelry creation serves as a reminder of who you are, where you have been, where you are going and the dreams you carry in your heart.  They are all customizable and you get to choose everything from the locket…to the chain…to all the charms and anything else you’d like to add. And coming this fall, new bracelets, window plates, chains, charms, and dangles! So don’t miss out! You can also host your own party either at your home or even just online! They really are truly unique to each and every individual.


A living locket from Origami Owl  is a perfect gift for that special someone or why not treat yourself to one!   After being introduced to these lockets, I had a hard time choosing one for myself! 

Head over to Lori’s Origami Owl website and check out how many options there are. You can also sign up to host a party (and she may even include a few rewards along with the hostess rewards) or even join her team!  if you join her team, just email via Facebook and say you were referred by It’s a Glam Thing!  You can even join by visiting her site and entering her id 36822!

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September 13, 2013

Natomy is Your Best Defense Against Color Fade


Coming home from spending a summer at the beach, my color treated hair is dry, brittle, and brassy.  The first time I used Natomy Replenishing Moisture Care Shampoo, I saw a difference!  My hair felt enriched with moisture and shine!  The Natomy Color Fade Defense system is created from mild plant derived cleansers, providing conditioning at the low PH level.  All Natomy products are free of Parabens, Sodium Chloride, Propylene Gycolis, and Phthalates.  It is environmentally safe product.

Natomy Hair Care

Natomy Hair Care

Natomy Replenishing Moisture Care Shampoo gently cleanse, moisturizes with jojoba oil, protects your hair, reduces color fading through UV filters.  Infused with herbs, vitamins, and botanical extracts makes your hair feel rich, healthy and more manageable!  As I continued to use Natomy Replenishing Moisture Care Shampoo, it brought my hair back to life, giving it extra strength and hydration.  Natomy Products are now available for direct purchase for the first time ever at!  The secret is out…… thank you Natomy for defending my hair from environmental  aggressions and keeping my locks ravishing and radiant!!!

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September 11, 2013

Goin’ Tango Mango on Wicked Tuna!

“The Clothes Make the Man,” is an old well worn adage – meaning basically that a man is judged by the quality of his suit, his clothing and his general presentation. Interestingly, The Clothes Make the Man is a short comedic film made in 1915 featuring Oliver Hardy and starring Raymond McKee. You should check it out for a laugh. Guys are easy though – all they need is a shirt and pants, and no offense, but their style doesn’t change from season to season the way that ours do – and honestly, they don’t even really change much from year to year.

Women get a little more leeway – because women are allowed to. That makes life as a well dressed woman a fun and entertaining venture. Us girls can pair a $10 shirt from Marshalls with a $350 Laboutin Sandal (I never pay a lot for shoes but people do…) and a $25 skirt from The Gap, add some jewelry and Voila – we are fabu. Absolutely Fabu.

Every once in a while a piece enters your wardrobe to be revered and possibly to stay in the closet long past its due. That type of people should be worn a lot…don’t be stupid and let it sit in your closet because it’s too special, because it WILL go out of style. It will even will wear out anyway.

Last summer I came upon a dress that falls into this unique category. Then recently I came upon a similar dress and realized – people need to know about this kind of dress. It’s basically a cotton tiered dress that is so comfortable, that no matter how fat, skinny, dumpy or frumpy you feel, you can throw this cotton-tiered number on and crowds literally wane a path for you when you pass by.


The first dress is by TANGO MANGO came to me in Newport, Rhode Island where I was vacationing last summer (we go there every year and stay on a tiny island in the bay which is heaven). I sit at the pool with highly stylish fellow blogger Liz Braca-Vachon (we met there actually about six years ago) and vegetate in the sun with wine, cheese and crackers while the kids swim in the pool. Occasionally we venture over the long bridge to Newport and begrudgingly have to change out of our swimsuits, put on make-up (maybe), minimal jewelry and possibly do our hair.  Last summer we went to our fave row of stores which is right across from the Brick Alley Pub on Thames Street (conveniently).

Somehow I found myself trying on this multi-colored dress that comes just above the knee.  On the rack it looked a but ‘off’ in terms of my own personal style – too way out there, and I could not imagine myself wearing it.  I ended up buying the one that Liz and the store clerk said looked best on me which was a teal green (which I had never worn up until that point). It has a tie-dyed effect.  Skeptically, I tried it on again and then the clerk threw me this incredible sash-y ish white scarf and voila – it was like, I had to have the dress and the scarf.  The dress was $100 – a little over my usual cotton dress budget — but three days later I wore it to Gloucester to the Blue Fin Tuna Blowout with one of my clients. They were filming WICKED TUNA there and I ended up in a shot on camera in the TV series with my FABU- crazy awesome green mermaid dress. In that incredible dress, I appear in minute 44-45 of the WICKED TUNA from Feb 12, 2013 episode if you are ever watching it – I’m the girl with the long blond hair and the mermaid dress standing on the dock in the background after Ralph and Tyler’s on dock brawl.


Last week, I visited my favorite new haunt SASSY in Westwood, Massachusetts on Route 109 – it’s tucked away in a tiny plaza just toward the Dover/Medfield side of town. I have been in there several times and the other day I noticed a very similar dress on the racks by Camelia – again, something I wasn’t planning to try on until I started telling the store owner about my Tango Mango dress. The owner confessed that this striped black and grey long cotton dress looked incredible on everyone who tried it on, and that she was disappointed this year when it only came in a longer style – because she said she had to order it four times last summer in the shorter version. So, of course, I tried it on.

Well, you know what happened after that……the rest is history. I’ll be wearing this constrating ruffling grey and black maxi and the mermaid dress in Newport next week, and everywhere else I go until the summer sun runs into chilly Fall.

And a note to the dress-makers – I highly recommend that these dress styles be brought back again next summer! In the meantime, for all of you ladies who own one of these tiered numbers, wear the heck out of it this summer, and be sure to hang onto it for next summer as well!

Guest post by Julia Tanen

Julia is a writer, blogger, book author

and mom from Boston, Massachusetts

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