Putting yourself first is not selfish but self care. Always take care of yourself!
I am so excited to share with you Divas a new hair care line for ALL hair types!
Keune, a global hair care company with headquarters in Atlanta, created the BLEND line for all hair types and to spark creativity with endless mix-and-match hair-styling options. The 14 premium products in the modern and colorful BLEND collection feature packaging with silver metallic, bold black and a rainbow of hot hues, and look just as great on your shelf or countertop as it does when used on your hair. The line encourages personal style by offering everything you need to work with volume, texture, hold, shine and more. Use each product, from a shaping texturizing cream to a de-frizzing shine booster, alone or create a custom mash-up that suits your hair or the mood and mode of the moment. Grab two, three, four—as many products as you want—to invent a whole new shape and make it your own. It is top-shelf mixology for hair that’s going places. Love it!
To introduce BLEND to the beauty industry, Kuene held an exclusive, invite-only event on January 22, 2017 at the King Plow Arts Center on Atlanta’s Westside. The event hosted over 250 hair stylists and tastemakers, and played off of a “blended” theme throughout, including a variety of unexpected artistic experiences, entertaining performances and creative food and drink.
Of course the party included creative stylists, entertainment, great food, libations and beautiful people.
Check it out!
Atlanta DJ Ree De La Vega spun tunes while famed local graffiti artist Dr. Dax created a large-scale painting that was given away at the end of the evening. An aerialist flew over an all-white photography area where guests were given the opportunity to take part in a live photo shoot. Performance artist Diego entertained onlookers through a glass-walled bathroom space, where he played with BLEND products and various hairstyles, while hair models with makeup by Crush Studio and styling by nationally renowned Keune artists George Alderete, Edward Woody and Switzerland’s Mike Karg showcased trendy BLEND looks throughout the crowd.
Bold American Catering provided creative bites such as bacon and peanut butter shots and cantaloupe and pineapple with smoked chili powder. At the open bar, Bai cocktails matched BLEND’s hot-hued packaging in flavors like blood orange, pineapple and grapefruit and Atlanta’s Wild Heaven provided yellow cans of Emergency Drinking Beer. Plus, mobile sips and treats included Cult Carts’ “adult” cotton candy in unexpected blended flavors, such as Strawberry Fig Balsamic, Lavender Cookies & Cream and Vanilla Popcorn, as well as a model who brought bubbly to partygoers with her “Champagne dress.” Tito’s Vodka served up Moscow Mule slushies from the dry ice bar in VIP.
What a fab nigh! So luxe and fun!
To learn more about Blend products and how to use their line to create funky looks, click on the Keune Blend video. Keune has included eight international looks inspired by today’s street fashion to help you achieve their signature styles!
All Keune BLEND products are available for purchase at professional salons, including Salon 124 and Genesis Salon locations in the Atlanta area. To find one near you, visit us.keune.com/salonfinder.
You only have one life to live. Live the life that you want!
If you are traveling to the beautiful city of San Francisco anytime soon, then you should check out these fabulous 2017 “Bread and Breakfast” packages courtesy of San Francisco Hilton and Park 55 San Francisco.
Featured for a series of dates and holiday weekends in 2017, the Hilton San Francisco Union Square’s Bed & Breakfast Package starts at only $209 per night for a Standard King Room. Based on double occupancy, this offer is available for two people and includes accommodations and breakfast buffet for up to two people per night in the hotel’s Urban Tavern restaurant. Wowza!
The Parc 55 San Francisco’s Bed & Breakfast Package starts at only $209 per night for a Standard King Room. Based on double occupancy, this offer is available for up to two people per night and includes accommodations and breakfast for two in the hotel’s Cable 55 restaurant. Love it!
In addition to exploring the vibrant Union Square neighborhood, guests can enjoy shopping at the city’s largest selection of retail stores, outlets, boutiques and department stores; enjoying a production at one of the many neighborhood theaters; taking a ride on San Francisco’s legendary Cable Car; or just drifting the streets of Union Square.
These packages are so luxe and super affordable! These packages are great for a quick 3-day weekend trip to one of my absolute favorite cities in the world. It is stunningly beautiful and there are tons of great restaurants, museums, theatre and of course fab shopping. It is a must visit!
To take advantage of these deals, visit www.hiltonsanfranciscohotel.com and www.parc55hotel.com.
Life is too short to deal with people who hurt you and betray you. Love yourself by setting boundaries and letting go of negativity!
If you are looking for unique and eclectic ways to bring style to your home, then you have to visit Huger Memories in Ponce City Market, Atlanta, GA.
Huger Memories creates beautiful pieces that preserves special moments in life. Huger Memories’s founder, Sarah Gibson Wiley, is a native of Richmond, VA was an interior designer for 28 years before launching her line. Her pieces are truly unique and make for a thoughtful gift.
Her line features beautiful pillows, framed art and gorgeous upholstered chairs.
Huger Memories is now open at Ponce City Market and it is a must visit. It is such a beautiful store!
Happy New Year!
I hope your New Year has started fabulously!
This year I am committed to improving my skin and having better skin tone and fewer blemishes. I think I have found just the product to help me achieve my goals. Over the holidays, I was introduced to a new skin care line, Wright Skincare. This skin care line consists of 100% percent natural and organic ingredients.
I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Annette Wright, the founder of The Wright Skincare line and to test the products. Annette started Wright Skincare after a trip to Europe. The first thing Ms. Wright learned was that women in Europe rarely wash their faces with water. She noticed that a lot of the skincare products in Europe were not made with water but with moisturizing ingredients such as micellar water or rose water. These solutions are more moisturizing to the skin as they will not dry the skin out like water.
As a result of her research and experience in Europe, Ms. Wright begin formulating her skincare line for women of all ages and ethnicities. The Wright Skincare line is all natural and contains no chemicals so it is perfect for people like me with sensitive skin.
I tested the products for a period of 6 weeks and I love them! Specifically, I tried the 3-in-1 Micellar Water and the Facial Wash. I can honestly say after 6 weeks, my skin tone has improved and my skin feels and looks smoother and brighter.
The facial wash is a face-peeling gel that cleans and purifies skin with fine micro granules, helping to remove dead cells. Suitable for all skin types, the wash leaves skin soft and smooth. The Facial Wash contains natural alpha hydroxyl-acids (fruit extracts) plus hyaluronic acid that improves the texture of the skin by increasing hydration. I must admit it took me some time to get use to this product because it is not to be used with water. But it works and definitely removes all dirt and makeup from your skin with a breeze.
The Wright Skincare 3-in-1 Micellar Water is my absolute favorite product! I use it as a toner, a skin refresher and as a base for my make-up. This product is soooo refreshing and soothing to the skin! Love, love, love. This product is a soap-free make-up remover and is sulfate-free, PEG free and a neutral pH for the skin to maintain its physiological balance.
Divas I highly recommend these products. The facial wash retails for $25 and the 3-in-1 Micellar Water retails for $50. You can purchase the products online at http://thewrightskincare.com/products-checkout/
Did you all have a Merry Christmas? I hope it was absolutely fabulous!
I have discovered a quick way to get fabulous hair in less than hour at the luxe Blo Blow Dry Bar.
Blo Blow Dry Bar has 65 locations across 3 countries. The Blo Concept is North America’s original blow dry bar. No cuts, no color: Just wash, blo, go. Guests can choose from several signature styles featured in the Blo Hair Menu.
I visited the Blo Blow Dry Bar in the uber swank Buckhead district located in Atlanta, GA. First let me just say how much I was wowed by the ultra feminine yet modern decor.
What I loved the most about the Blo Buckhead is the customer service. I was greeted with warmth and I felt like whatever I wanted, the Blo Buckhead staff would provide. I was quickly escorted to a stylist that would perform the services for my blow out. I didn’t have to wait one minute!
The stylists shampoo and condition your hair with all natural vegan products. Yeah! Once your hair is washed and conditioned, your hair is blown out to perfection and then perfectly styled in one of Blo’s signature styles of your choice. I chose to get the “Pillow Talk” style from the Blo Hair Menu. This style consists of sexy beach waves with lots of volume!
While I was getting my hair transformed into luscious waves, I was served a proseco cocktail and before my cocktail was finished, the stylist was done with my hair. Love it!
All Blo Signature blow out styles are only $40! Amazing! You will be in and out in less than an hour and of course look fab.
Blo Buckhead is a great option to get luxe and fab in a jiffy for New Year’s Eve. So be sure to book your appointment soon before they fill up!
Time heals all wounds.
Last Monday I was invited to multi-platinum selling artist, Rick Ross’, estate for a party celebrating the launch of his new venture, Rich Beauty haircare.
The event was titled “Beauty & Belaire” and was presented by Maybach Music Group and took place at Ross’ massive 235-acre home. The night was hosted by Tahira Joy, co-founder of The Cut Life with cocktails courtesy of none other than Ross’ signature champagne, Belaire Rosé. The room was filled with Atlanta’s top beauty influencers, press, and bloggers. Fab!
There was beautiful people, great music, bites and of course Belaire! It was a night to remember. Check it out!
Rick Ross and Tahira Joy, co-founder of The Cut Life
Rick Ross and the founders of Rich Beauty.
Champagne of course!
Me and fellow lifestyle maven, Tiffany of the Style Seat.
Rich Beauty hair care has a line of products infused with organic Argan oil. These products are specially formulated for women and men. They clean, condition and moisturize while also promoting amazing shine and growth!
The Rich Energising Collection allows a man to wash, condition, shave and style in a flash. My husband has been using these products for a week and he insists they clean, smell good and keeps his hair and body moisturized all day. So luxe!
The Intense Moisture Collection is formulated to condition and moisturise dry, frizzy hair so it’s instantly sleek, smooth and full of shine. I have been using the shampoo, conditioner and curly creme on my daughters’ hair and it cleans, detangles and moisturizes like a dream. Fab!
The Rich Beauty hair care line is luxe and affordable. The price range is from $10-$23. All Rich Beauty hair care products can be purchased online here.
Aim to have a career where you feel like you never worked a day in your life!
My second day of my Downtown Napa tour was simply nirvana!
Some of the highlights included lunch at The Meritage Resort and Spa’s very own wine cave; wine tasting at the uber chic Cru tasting room and a visit to the new home of the Culinary Institute of America at COPIA.
The morning started with a visit to the Oxbow Marketplace which included a visit to The Cru at The Annex tasting room and a craft beer tasting at Fieldworks.
The Cru at The Annex tasting room is like no other I have ever seen. The decor was absolutely beautiful. The decor was rustic luxe and so cozy. The decor actually gave me some ideas for my new home. Loved it!
We tasted some delicious wines with gourmet popcorn. It was a great combination. I particularly loved the Sauvignon Blanc. So refreshing and delicious!
After our visit, at Cru, we went into the Oxbow Marketplace and it is filled with luxe shops, eateries and specialty shops. It is my kind of place! It is located on the Napa River and you can grab lunch, dinner or a cocktail and enjoy your meal on the beautiful deck.
Next we had a personal craft brew tasting at Fieldwork Brewing Company, also located in Oxbow Marketplace.
Fieldwork specializes in creating unique craft beers with unique flavors. We sampled several of their best sellers and they were all delicious.
My favorite was the Chocolate Milk Brown Ale. This dark brown ale is laced with milk sugar, cocoa and it has the consistency and taste of chocolate milk. Fabulous!
Next we were ventured to the super luxe The Meritage Resort and Spa. The Meritage Resort and Spa is a luxury 4 diamond resort and spa with its very own vineyard, wine cave and stunning setting. The property also features:
- Award-winning Spa Terra
- Lush guests rooms and suites
- Luxe pool with cabanas and surrounding terrace with fire pits
- Crush Ultra Lounge -featuring a private bowling alley, big screen TVs and delish food.
When we arrived at The Meritage Resort and Spa we were greeted with a wine tasting of the wine from the resort’s very own vineyard. The backdrop for the wine tasting was this stunning view:
After the wine tasting we took a brief hike through the vineyard and arrived at the vineyard deck. The view from this deck left me speechless!
The deck is also the perfect setting for the many weddings the property hosts each year. If you didn’t know, The Meritage Resort and Spa is one of the only vineyard allowed to have weddings in Napa.
After our tour of the vineyard, we then had the privilege to have lunch in the property’s Estate Cave. Divas, words can not express how fabulous the setting was. So here is a picture of the cave with our perfect table setting.
The Estate Cave is used for events such as wedding rehearsal dinners and intimate guest dinners arranged by The Meritage Resort and Spa. These dinners feature luxe cuisine by award-winning chefs paired with some of the best Napa wines. These dinners range from $150 to $300 per person and can be booked directly with the hotel’s concierge. Super luxe!
Of course there was more wine and the perfect 3 course lunch. Yum!
After visiting The Meritage Resort and Spa, we took a short ride to The Culinary Institute of America at COPIA.
The CIA’s facility at COPIA is designed for Napa residents and visitors and offers a one stop haven of food, wine and arts-based experiences. It is truly a beautiful building and the interior space is open, airy and peaceful.
The facility features cooking classes and demos by award-winning chefs; stunning art displays; The Restaurant at COPIA and a beautiful retail shop featuring unique culinary gifts. The facility also hosts special events.
Check out the photos!
The Culinary Institute of America at COPIA is now open and in 2017 the facility will bring:
- The Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum
- Wine Hall of Fame
My second day in Napa was filed with lush lodging, perfect views, delicious wines, craft beer and great food! As I stated in the previous post, the 2nd day of our tour was even better than the first. Simply heaven. Be sure to check back for details of my last day in Napa which was truly an adventure!
Disclaimer: This trip was sponsored by Downtown Napa. However all opinions are my own and 100% my own.
Success is failure turned inside out.
While in Napa, I had the wonderful opportunity to stay at the super luxe Marriott Napa Valley Hotel and Spa.
The Marriott Napa Valley Hotel and Spa just underwent a 15 million dollar renovation and it is so fabulous!
The property features a new luxurious pool area, fire pits and new luxury rooms.
First can we discuss my super gorgeous and comfortable room!
The hotel has all new rooms and bathrooms as a result of the renovation. The rooms feature a decadent pillow top mattress with luxurious lines, gorgeous furniture and state of the art electronics. I stayed in a queen deluxe pool-view patio room with a beautiful view of the property’s new luxe pool area.
The bed was one of the best beds I have ever slept in at a hotel. I slept like a baby in that bed and I miss it! I also loved the sitting area in my room. It was located in front of my patio door and included a beautiful chaise lounge and chair with ottoman. It was my favorite place to sit, relax and people watch after a day of touring Downtown Napa. It was so peaceful.
As discussed, the pool area is simply stunning. Here is a picture I snapped of the pool area and the area looks exactly like this. No kidding. The area features a beautiful pool, pool furniture and landscaped trees. Of course the Napa, CA sun and blue skies provided the perfect backdrop. Gorgeous!
The fire pits located right outside the pool area provide the perfect super luxe and cozy area to chill in the evenings. Napa, CA can get pretty chilly at night and guests would flock to this area with a nice glass of Napa wine and enjoy the warmth of the fire. It is a great place to end a long day touring Downtown Napa and Napa vineyards.
The hotel also houses the restaurant VINelevan. This restaurants serves contemporary American cuisine and guest can either dine indoors or al fresco outdoors. The one thing I love about Napa, CA restaurants is their commitment to provide farm to table meals to visitors and guests. VINelevan sources vegetables from the hotels very own organic garden, the Chef’s Heirloom Gardens, and other local farmers.
One of the hotel’s amenities that is included in the property’s $20 amenity fee is a tour of the Chef’s Heirloom Gardens with a glass of sparkling wine everyday at 4pm. I had the awesome opportunity to tour the garden and it is amazing! The garden features greens like kale, fresh herbs and beautiful flowers. I was simply wowed by the fact the hotel had its own garden. It was a first for me and I love it! The tour is a must do!
Another guest favorite amenity is a daily vintner pour everyday at 5pm in the hotel’s lobby. Everyday at 5pm the lobby is lively with guest drinking exquisite Napa, CA wine. The vintner pour lasts until 6pm.
Of course the hotel has its very own spa and it is super luxurious. The Preserve Spa and Salon is the perfect place to relax and be pampered.
I recommend booking at least one service to enjoy the spa’s zen atmosphere.
The spa offers services from full body massages, body scrubs, pedi/manis and hair care services. It also has a must do eucalyptus steam room that is simply divine. All services require an appointment.
I loved my stay at The Napa Valley Marriott and Spa! It is the perfect retreat for Napa, CA visitors. It is located 10 minutes from beautiful Downtown Napa and is close to the famous Robert Mondavi and Castello Di Amorosa vineyards.
I highly highly recommend this property as an option for Napa, CA visitors. The accommodations are luxe, the atmosphere is relaxing and the staff has the best customer service ever! I never wanted for anything. Love, love, love.
Rates vary and high season is from May to November. However, Cabernet Season, which is from November to April, offers lower rates.
Disclaimer: All accommodations were provided by Downtown Napa. However all opinions are my own and 100% honest.
We only have one life to live. Know who you are and live the life you want!
A few days ago I had the pleasure to bask in the stunning beauty, wine, food and culture of Downtown Napa.
As you luxe divas know, Napa Valley is home to some of the best wines in the world. And I tasted a lot of wine while I was in Napa and it is true: the wine is exquisite.
However there is more to Napa than just wine. I discovered that Napa has amazing craft beers, organic farm to table food (some of the best food I ever tasted) and world reknowned art. The culture of Downtown Napa is very luxe casual. It is a walking town so you will see residents and visitors alike strolling the riverfront, shopping in luxe boutiques, visiting galleries and of course indulging in the many fabulous tasting rooms.
When I arrived in Downtown Napa I simply took in the beauty of this lovely city. The skies were blue and it is such a beautiful town. Check it out!
Next we ventured to Vermeil Wines, owned by winning NFL coach Dick Vermeil, to meet the lovely Mayor of Napa, Jill Techel. We also had an amazing lunch catered by Ca’Momi, an authentic Italian restaurant.
Ca’Momi has the absolute best canollis I ever had. OMG!
Of course we enjoyed a tasting of Vermeil Wines and the lunch was so fresh! I simply love that Napa restaurants make it a priority to provide farm to table meals. The food is rich and so fresh!
Mayor Jill Techel gave us a brief history on the city of Napa and the wine region. For more than 150 years, Downtown Napa has served as the center of government and commerce for Napa Valley. Downtown Napa is located along side the Napa River and boasts a population of 79,000!
Mayor Techel also gave us details of the city’s expansion plans which includes additional luxurious lodging options for Napa visitors, opening of the new luxe diggs of the Culinary Institute of America, and public art projects for the enjoyment of visitors and residents.
After a break, we headed to another wine tasting at Vintner’s Collective.
First I have to say that at Vitner’s Collective, I had some of the best white and rose wines ever. Swoon!
The rose Malbecs and the Longfellow Chardonnay were my favorites. Plus we were served wines by this gorgeous vintner. Love it!
Next we walked to Napa Valley Bistro for an amazing dinner!
Napa Valley Bistro serves global cuisine. There are American favorites such as St. Louis short ribs and lamb burgers; Mexican favorites such as empanadas and Asian dishes such as veggie spring rolls and Chinese Chicken Salad.
This time we took a break from wines and enjoyed cocktails. Napa Valley Bistro specializes in craft cocktails and I had the most delicious Lavender Lemon Drop. Yum!
The appetizers were delicious! We had calamari, veggie egg rolls and the best shitake mushroom flatbread. So good!
As an entree, I had the salmon. Words can not express how great it was! It was perfect.
We topped off our meal with shared dessert and this Scharffen Berger Warm Chocolate Fudge Cake. It simply melts in your mouth.
After dinner, we ended our night bowling at the super luxe The Meritage Resort and Spa. We bowled and was able to catch the historic win of the Chicago Cubs on the multiple screens throughout the bowling alley. There is more to come on The Meritage Resort and Spa later. So stay tuned!
My first day in Napa was simply divine! However, my second day in Napa was even better. Check back tomorrow for details on my luxe stay at the Napa Valley Marriott Resport and Spa and our tour of the Culinary Institute of America.
Disclaimer: This trip was sponsored by Downtown Napa. However all opinions are my own and 100% my own.
Life is beautiful! Enjoy it!
One of my absolute favorite luxe boutique, Squash Blossom, has newly arrived Fall Fashions that are luxe boho chic! Love it!
Squash Blossom Boutique located in Downtown Decatur on the Square and features brands such as Free People, Lucky Brand, BB Dakota and much more.
Lisa, the owner of Squash Blossom Boutique asked me to come and take some pictures featuring her gorgeous Fall Fashions. All of the clothes were so luxe and beautiful. I had so much fun playing dress up!
Check out the beautiful photos! Love, love these clothes!
Be sure to visit Squash Blossom Boutique for all of your Fall Fashions!
There are located at:
113 E Court Sq, Decatur, Georgia 30030