As much as I love the energy of the city, the hustle and bustle can sometimes get mentally and physically stressful. Even my recent trip to the spa was a challenge. Running to and from appointments and a chaotic subway ride made it even more necessary to unwind.
When I finally entered Eden Day Spa, it was obvious why so many New Yorkers flock to this hidden oasis over and over again. At 8000 square feet, it’s one of the largest spas in New York. There’s even a kitchen, which offers complimentary salads, sandwiches or pasta to clients that reserve a full treatment. The serene atmosphere and unrushed attitude of the staff was exactly what I needed for my “Me Time”. No emails, sippy-cup-throwing toddlers or husband around.
I tried their signature Sea C Spa facial – an intense anti-aging treatment that slows down the natural aging process. They used pure vitamin C, seaweed patches and organic mud which help to diminish wrinkles and brighten the skin. The entire treatment was an hour and fifteen minutes and ended with a scalp, neck and shoulder massage. I basically went to heaven and came back with beautiful, clear, glowing skin.
Now, I should add that I am always skeptical about the extraction part of the facial (where they remove the blackhead/whiteheads) but my esthetician, Yvonne, was a pro. I had very minimum redness and minor breakouts that went away after a day. I had such a great experience and amazing results that I plan on being a regular.
So if you’ve been reading for the past 4 years, you’ll know I don’t do Black Friday. After enjoying a delicious Thanksgiving meal and my traditional Jamaican sorrel, the last thing I want to do is stand in line for hours (even if it’s the next morning). Nothing beats shopping from your tablet or laptop and being able to browse through 800 online retailers. Thank Goodness for Cyber Mondays!
Check out some of my favorite deals that I found via the official Cyber Monday website. Happy Shopping!
UGG Australia — 30% off select styles
THE 2013 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS FASHION RECAP
Last night, the American Music Awards was more like background entertainment. Some nights it’s just a challenge to sit and watch TV with two overly active toddlers. And adding a bottle of moscato during dinner did not help the situation.
Still, I caught enough to witness Rihanna’s upscale rendition of the ‘doobie wrap’, Lady Godiva…I mean Lady Gaga’s entrance on the big white horse and Miley Cyrus’ grown yet sexy pants suit.
Black women all over the world were either gawking in total admiration or in shock that Rihanna chose to wear a ‘doobie’ wrap to compliment her Jean Paul Gaultier ensemble. Let’s just say the ‘doobie’ is equivalent to wearing hair rollers to the grocery store. But, Rihanna is a fashion icon and received the first ever Icon Award at the 2013 AMAs! I think she’s cute and young enough to pull off anything, but please keep in mind that we all can’t be like Rihanna.
I can’t deny that Adam Levine is probably The Sexiest Man Alive, but let’s talk about the hot chocolate men that made the 2013 list! People Magazine’s annual Sexiest Man Alive issue hit newsstands today, and the tall, dark and handsome Idris Elba takes the No. 2 spot as the sexiest.
The 41 year old British actor could be up for an award or two with hit movies such as “Thor: The Dark World” and the soon-to-be released Nelson Mandela biopic.
The list also includes musical genius Pharrell Williams, R&B superstar Usher and actor Shemar Moore. A very nice mix. Still, I am a little disappointed that Denzel Washington is the only black man to have won this competition since it started 28 years ago. You know y’all love some chocolate. I’m just saying.
Who’s your favorite from the list?
Camouflage or Camo-print is a hot trend this season, but you don’t have to wait until the weekend to rock it. You can skillfully incorporate this look into a few work wear ensembles. The trick is to let the camo-print stand out as the only trendy piece and add neutral and classic pieces to complete your outfit.
Here are three fun camouflage pieces you can wear to work…
CAMO PRINT SWEATER
I feel like there’s always an emotion attached to every extreme new hairdo. Whether you’re exploring your sensual, romantic side by going to greater lengths or breaking free from something or someone by chopping it all off. Then, there is always the chance that you’re a celebrity whose stylist promised that this new look would turn heads on the red carpet.
Recently, these celebrities have been making headlines with their drastic new dos…
BAYWATCH BABE PAM ANDERSON GOES SHORT FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER
I can’t remember seeing Pamela Anderson with anything but long, voluminous hair. Doesn’t she look smarter? The 46 year old actress is also an accomplished producer, author and activist, so I think it’s about time she ditched the blonde bombshell image.
I spent the weekend testing out product review samples, and honestly, I was a little hesitant to try anything that involved a razor. Let me keep it real — I’m hairy and have tried every temporary hair removal method out there. Waxing, sugaring, depilatories and shaving with just about every gel and cream. Of course, shaving is my least favorite, and there’s always a guarantee that I’ll end up with a few nicks and cuts.
After trying Shave With Benefits Pomegranate+Mango shave foam, I wanted to shout it out loud via all my social media networks. I immediately loved the luxurious, tropical scent. Although it wasn’t as thick or creamy as popular shaving products, this lightweight foam worked even better. The razor just seemed to glide over my skin without causing a single nick or cut. The tingling feeling from the peppermint and tea tree oil ingredients made it a pleasurable experience and left my legs so smooth and silky.
I am so glad that I decided to skip the premiere of Real Housewives of Atlanta and watch Black Girls Rock! 2013. The annual award show, which aired last night on BET, was empowering, entertaining and exactly the type of positive images our young girls need to balance out the reality show drama queens, video vixen and sex kitten pop stars.
Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King hosted the 4th annual event, and Queen Latifah, Patti Labelle and Venus Williams were among the honorees. With such a star-studded event, the red carpet looks were nothing short of fabulous; Keke Palmer in a Novis gown, Lala Anthony in Emilio Pucci and Jennifer Hudson sported a short new hairdo and short Balmain dress.
The popular fashion theme for the night seemed to have been all black with even Black Girls Rock! founder Beverly Bond wearing an elegant black gown. It’s really hard to go wrong with black, and this is one of the few times I’ve had so many favorites on the red carpet. Although, I think Jennifer Hudson’s dress would be more flattering (on her), if it was just an inch longer.
Did you tune in? What’s your favorite look?
So Kerry Washington recently announced that she’s pregnant, and now it’s like every Scandal fan is hoping that Olivia Pope will be with child and manipulating DNA test results to keep Baby Daddy Fitz or Jake a secret. Soooo scandalous!
I doubt we’ll see a baby bump on Olivia Pope anytime soon, but I can only imagine the fabulous maternity pieces that would give life to Mommy Liv. I mean she would definitely require something white when she’s at the center of a crisis, a power look for meetings at Pope & Associates, a trendy but understated jacket for press conferences and late night encounters with the President, an evening gown for white house dinners and a Prada diaper bag, of course.
It’s only a day away, and you still have no idea who or what you wanna be this Halloween. Well, sometimes all you need are hair and makeup to create a frightfully fun getup.
I found these popular celebrity-inspired wigs that are less frightful and more fun (depending on your perspective). It’s quick, easy and inexpensive; just throw on a wig, apply some dramatic makeup and channel your inner Tina or Snooki!
NICKI MINAJ inspired wig – Get it at Target for $19.99
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