Thursday, January 22, 2015


Hello Loves, Do you want Glorious H A I R!  With all the hair products out on the market . We all can relate to wanting a nice full mane of  shiny thick hair. Winter hair may become dull with lack of vitamin D from the sun, heated  homes and cold weather.  During your weekends try deep conditioning hair mask or better yet, treat yourself to a salon conditioning appointment!

We've discussed in previous posts how healthy beautiful hair begins with  1st, heredity and 2nd, how well we treat our bodies. The foods we eat and our environment has an effect on our hair!  Medications, stress, too much sun, smoking, drinking, and bad eating habits, including too much sugar  reflects in our appearance.  Your hair loves water, fruits, veggies and proteins!  Funny but  think of your scalp as landscape and fertilize well! Hair color, coats the hair shaft and adds volume. Highlighting in most cases lifts the color. So be sure to condition and use leave in conditioner before blowing drying.  Never hurts to check in 
to a holistic approach to great hair.    More about Hair Care

Monday, January 19, 2015

Happy Birthday Ms Kate!

Happy Birthday Kate Moss!  
On January 16th Kate turned 41! 
She’s one of the world’s most in-demand supermodels with a legend for attending glittering five-star functions.On her birthday it  was a much simpler affair for Kate.
The British fashion icon decided to kick off her 41st birthday celebrations with husband Jamie Hince at London restaurant Cecconi's.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Winter Facial Scrubs

Dry Skin in the winter months can be a good time to moisturize and  give your skin some love!  Try some of the best scrubs on the market or make a facial scrub in your own kitchen. 
(See Below) Some are non conventional Scrubs

Now don't forget to moisturize after your facial!

Enjoy your day!

The good news is that simple exfoliating face scrubs are insanely easy to make from home.  They’re inexpensive and good for your skin! If your skin has needed a boost or pick-me-up, check out the simple exfoliating face scrubs below.

Simple Sugar Face Scrub

Simple Sugar Face Scrub

  • 1 tsp organic cane sugar
  • 1-2 drops of water
  • 1-2 drops orange, lemon, lavender or melaleuca essential oil (optional)
How you do it:
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.   Using the tips of your fingers, gently rub scrub into clean face. Take care to avoid the eyes. Remove by rinsing with cool water, and pat dry with a clean towel. Add on a layer of oil as a moisturizer, if necessary
This sugar scrub gets rid of dead, dry skin, leaving you with a fresh and clean face.  Essential oils all add their own unique properties to the scrub, which you can learn about here.

2 Ingredient Sugar Face Scrub

coconut oil and sugar face scrub

How you do it:
Combine coconut oil and sugar in a small bowl, and stir to combine.  Rub sugar face scrub into clean facial or neck skin, using gentle circular motions, for 60 seconds.  Rinse dry with warm water. 
This is an easy recipe to whip up when you don’t have a lot of time.  You can increase the ratios to make more of the mix, and store for up to 3 months.  If you live in a hotter climate, you may want to store this mixture in the fridge, as coconut oil has a relatively low melting point. 

Chocolate Sugar Face Scrub

 chocolate face scrub
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar 
  • 1/8 cup olive oil 
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder 
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract 
How you do it:
Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.  Lather generously onto clean face, rubbing gently into the skin for 60 seconds.  Allow to set on skin for 10 minutes, if desired, then rinse clean with warm water. 

Blueberry and Honey Scrub
blueberry scrub
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 tbsp honey (raw and local is best) 
  • 1 – 2 tbsp sugar
How you do it:
Combine all ingredients in a small food processor, and blend until smooth.  Add a generous layer to clean face, and allow to sit for 15 minutes.  Rinse clean with warm water.. 

Lemon and Sugar Face Scrub
sugar, honey, olive oil and lemon
  Made from fresh lemon juice, sugar, olive oil, and honey. This provides a simple exfoliating face scrubs recipe while moisturizing and brightening the skin and tightening pores. Find the recipe here

 Honey and Oatmeal Facial Scrub 
Honey, Oatmeal, Nutmeg, Lavender and Melaleuca essential oils are joined together in this simple exfoliating face scrubs.  It may help to reduce breakouts, even skin tone, and moisturize. Try this Honey and Oatmeal Face Scrub today! 

Facial Scrub for Dry Skin
Oats, honey and olive oil make this a little different spin from the honey and oatmeal facial scrub. But it’s incredibly simple and great for skin that is aching for moisture.  Here is my recipe for facial scrub for dry skin

Here are some awesome simple exfoliating face scrubs from other bloggers!
Tomato Sugar Face Scrub: This scrub is made with lycopene-filled tomatoes (which protects against harmful UV Rays) and sugar.
Oatmeal-Lavender Face Scrub: Ground oatmeal, dried lavender flowers, powdered milk and cornmeal. This makes up this unique and wonderfully fragrant face scrub.
Coffee Face Scrub: Olive oil, organic honey and coffee grinds are mixed together to create this stimulating and energizing scrub.
Papaya Face Mask: Papayas, honey and sugar come together to exfoliate and dissolve dead skin cells and moisturize.
Homemade Facial Masks: Once you’re done with your simple exfoliating face scrubs, try one of these 9 awesome homemade facial masks! All the recipes are listed in one place for ease of access! ;) 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Winter Cozy

Hello madison buddies!  Are you Looking forward to a comfy weekend?   It's snowy and cold and fine time for hibernation!
Speaking about hibernation, have you met Betty and Veronica the two grizzly bears in central park?  They have arrived and  
will be interesting to see how they enjoy hibernating in NYC!!
I'm feeling pretty happy to be inside for the weekend and gathered some serene bedrooms  with layers of knits and cotton for inspiration. Check them out!  

May take a visit to the park to welcome Betty and Veronica!

Happy Weekend!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Flat Stomach Foods

Hello my friends! January of 2015, here so fast!  It's that time  we should discuss diet! Ouch! Need more motivation to get with a program?  Sometimes visuals help!  Here is a link of foods to eat while on you way to skinny!

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 Below is List of Foods to stay away from while dieting! 

Candy and other sweets offer nothing but calories, and plenty of them. According to Harvard nutritionist Walter Willett, if you want to lose belly fat, the first thing you should eliminate are high-calorie, low-value foods. At 150 empty calories per can, soda pop is a particularly bad form of sweet for diet purposes. For many people, drinking soda is an automatic part of lunch or dinner. By simply replacing this with water or iced tea, you can drop hundreds of calories per week from your diet.

A single fast-food meal often totals more than 2,000 calories, the recommended calorie intake for an entire day. Worse still, fast food is high in bad fats and low in nutrition.
Alcoholic Drink can reduce your risk of heart disease.  However it presents problems. Like sweets, it has a high caloric content with little nutritional benefit.  A single night out can mean taking in thousand of calories!

10 Foods to Avoid for a Flat Belly

Dairy, although a good source of calcium, is also rich in carbohydrates and bad fats. While shedding your belly fat, it's better to get your calcium from leafy green vegetables and other low-calorie options.

Refined Grains

10 Foods to Avoid for a Flat Belly
Refined grains such as white bread give your body a sugar rush just like sweets.
Refined grains are pure carbohydrates, presenting your body with a sugar rush just like eating sweets. The calories from this rush are bad enough, but when the sugar high fades your body starts to feel hungry again. Dr. Mehmet Oz, co-author of "You: The Owner's Manual" recommends eating whole and wild grains, which release their carbs more slowly.

Fruit Juice

10 Foods to Avoid for a Flat Belly
Fruit juice is often high in sugar. Photo Credit Maris Zemgalietis/iStock/Getty Images
Fruit juice is subtle. It can contain many important nutrients, but it's often high in sugar. Morning juice is OK, don't make fruit juice your default beverage.

Snack Foods

Trail mix is very high in calories. 
Snack foods such as chips, trail mix and pretzels are all right in moderation. However, like sweets, they are long on calories and low on nutritional value. For between-meal snacks, personal trainer Bill Phillips recommends vegetable sticks or a piece of fruit.


10 Foods to Avoid for a Flat Belly
A baked potato is loaded with empty calories.