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You’re Invited to Healthy Glow with Laura Mercier Cosmetics

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Last night, I had a dream that was both the BEST dream ever and the WORST dream ever.  I dreamed that my oncologist told me that it was all a big mistake.  That I didn’t have cancer.  That I wasn’t living with terminal cancer.  That was the BEST part.  Then I woke up and realized that it was only a dream.  That was the WORST part.  I’m sure the dream stemmed from anxiety caused by meeting with my doctor this week and hoping that he pronounces me STILL cancer free.  But, whether he does or not, I have work to do.  I have to warn women about this horrible thing-this Ovarian Cancer.  I have to tell them about the silent symptoms and urge them to trust their own knowledge of their bodies.

This mission is one of the most important things in my life right now.  Because of this, I’ve sought out organizations and companies that I can partner with to bring about awareness, as well as funding.  One such company is Laura Mercier CosmeticsLaura Mercier has witnessed this battle up close–one of her dear friends has been fighting for years.  The President and CEO of the parent company to Laura Mercier, Claudia Poccia lost a sister to this nasty, vile disease.  Together they formed the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund.  In addition to other work, the Fund hosts Shop for a Cause–products whose entire profit goes to the fund.  There is a lip gloss, a face powder, and the Bonne Mine. Here are both women talking about the reasons they are committed to this disease.

I’m partnering with Laura Mercier to both bring awareness while raising some much needed dollars.  Next Tuesday, at Bloomingdale’s in Aventura Mall, I’m hosting #JewelsHEALTHYGlow.  It’s a master class where women will learn to use the Bonne Mine palette, a universal palette that can be used for bronzing, cheek color, and glow.  Bonne Mine means “Healthy Glow” and it’s suitable for ANY complexion.

Because I want EVERYONE to be included, I’m hosting the same event TWICE in one day–at NOON and again at 7pm.  The price of admission?  JUST BUY ONE OF THE PRODUCTS.  I’m not making a dime in this deal, I just want you to hear my story, know and learn the symptoms, and help me rid the world of this disease.

Please help me.  Call Bloomingdale’s at 305-792-1223 to reserve your spot.  Even if you’re not in the area, please consider buying one of the products online.  Or simply tweet out the hashtag–I will be FOREVER grateful.  Thank you!

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Sing for Your Supper at Hard Rock Cafe

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Tomorrow is Tax Day.  And this year, Hard Rock Cafe is cutting Americans a break by asking them to lay down their wallets and pick up the mic.  At all US locations, including those in Miami, Hollywood, Key West, Orlando and Tampa, they are giving patrons a chance to “sing for their supper.”

Yep, guests  an select their favorite song and take the stage to perform.  Guests who perform a complete song on the Hard Rock Cafe’s live music stage in front of the entire restaurant will receive a free dinner entree from Hard Rock’s new menu.  New menu items include the Grilled Vegetable Sandwich, Arugula Salad with Shaved Marinated Chicken or Fiesta Burger (or Veggie Burger).

“Sing for Your Supper combines two of Hard Rock’s founding principles – music and scratch-based, all-American cuisine – and gives our fans an opportunity to sample our new fresh, authentic offerings,” said John Galloway, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Hard Rock International. “We hope that locals and guests in all of our U.S. markets take advantage of our Tax Day relief efforts and share their talents on our stages.”

Who’s doing it? If you are, let me know, as I want to BE THERE!

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I’m a Transitions Ambassador

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Back in junior high, one of my teachers suggested an eye exam for me.  She had noticed that I had a hard time seeing.  She was right.  I got my first pair of glasses and started a lifelong long/hate relationship with vision correctors.  Throughout my youth and young adulthood, I’d always deemed myself “too cute for glasses.”  HA!  I even wore contacts for a bit.

It’s only in the last few years that I’ve worn glasses regularly.  I never really wore sunglasses consistently until I moved to the Sunshine State.  They are absolutely NECESSARY here.  About 5 years ago, when purchasing a pair of prescription glasses, the optician talked me into getting a pair that had the matching, magnetic sun glass overlay.  Did I think I was cute?  YES.  Were they practical?  NO.  When I came inside and snatched them off, I then had to find a place to put them.  They just weren’t practical.

About that same time, the Hubs got a new pair of glasses and the SAME optician suggested to him that he get Transitions lenses.  I came home with a bulky magnetic thing–they were cute though–and he comes home with his glasses and sunglasses all in one.  He didn’t have to take anything off when he came inside.  He didn’t need to keep switching frames.  His glasses could be worn inside AND outside.  All day.  Who was #WINNING?  Not me.

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Then, last year I was lucky enough to meet the cool folks from Transitions at the SOBE Wine & Food Festival.  A few months later, I met up with them again at Hispanicize.  We got along famously.  Still, it was a bit of surprise when they emailed me earlier this year and asked me to be a Transitions Ambassador.  Of course, I agreed.  Especially after realizing that the ambassadorship came with a new pair of Transitions lenses.  Who was #WINNING now?  ME!

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What exactly ARE Transitions lenses?  Well, it’s best to experience them.  Here’s a link to their cool 360° Virtual Viewer.  It shows you how you actually see the world–with and without their lenses.  And ANYONE can wear them–they are designed to fit any frame, style, size and prescription.  Even kids wear them!  They don’t just look great, they protect again eye strain and fatigue, while blocking 100% of UVA/UVB light.

Can you tell that I love this brand?  I do.  I’m #WINNING!

Disclosure:  I am a Transitions Ambassador for 2014.  I have been provided this cool pair of eye glasses with Transitions lenses.  I will also represent Transitions at several conferences this year.  They will cover some of my expenses for these trips.  All opinions are my own. 

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Lots of Dots

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If I had a signature look, it would probably be black leggings paired with some sort of oversized top.  I’m not sure when I started wearing the leggings, I just looked up a few years ago and had accumulated huge collection of black ones.  Since then, I’ve added a few other colors, but black is my general go-to.  In fact, I had to pack for a conference last week and the first things in my suitcase were 5 pairs of black leggings, followed by various tops.

One morning, I threw on a pair with a black peplum shirt.  When I looked in the mirror, I felt like it was just “BLAH.”  Until I remembered the dotted scarf that Fraas had just sent me for review.  It had been one of the last items that I tossed into my bag.  I pulled it out and still wasn’t sure if I liked it with this outfit.  After all, it was BRIGHT green with white polka dots.  But it was also long enough that I could tie it up real fancey.  After a few minutes of gawking at myself, I decided to go with it, especially since I was almost late for breakfast.

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Boy, am I glad that I did!  It turned out to be the hit of the day!  I’ve never gotten as many compliments on a scarf before.  One of the female members of the Intercontinental Miami Hotel’s staff even admired it on the elevator going down.  I ended up taking more than a few pics that day, including one that was entered into a contest to win a trip to Italy.  Unfortunately, I didn’t win, but don’t you just love the pic?

This scarf, called the Spring Dottie, retails for only $32 and is available in a nice palette of colors–including turquoise, yellow, pink, and taupe.  I’m thinking that I want to get a turquoise one as well.  Actually, any of them will do–they all match with black leggings, right!

Disclosure:  I was provided this Fraas Spring Dottie scarf for review purposes.  You can order one by calling 212-575-0191.  All opinions are my own. 

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I’m Going to Dance With a Star in Mexico! CHIDO!

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Yep, you read that right.  In a few weeks, I’ll be heading to the Grand Velas Riviera Maya for a few days.  In addition to rest and relaxation, I’ll also be treated to a daily LaBlast class.  LaBlast is the new dance fitness craze, founded by Dancing With the Stars pro, Louis van Amstel.  Louis will actually be leading the class!  WOOT!

While I’ve never been to this particular resort, I do LOVE the Quintana Roo area of Mexico.  And, the images of Grand Velas Riviera Maya are STUNNING.  You hear me?  STUNNING.

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The property is more than 100 acres of luxurious living with nearly 500 suites.  Oh, did I mention that it’s an all-inclusive property?  LOVE!  And, it is sectioned off into Adult Only and Family Friendly areas.  They throw things like turn down service and pillow menus in for good measure.  Sounds (and looks) like perfection, huh?

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There are 15 food/beverage offerings, including French, Asian, and Italian restaurants.  There are also swim up pool bars, a karaoke bar, a piano bar, a rooftop Sky bar and more!

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In addition to LaBlast, I’m planning to soak up a LOT of sun.  Yep, laying around is one of the things that I do best!  However, I will partake of the Spa at Gran Velas, named “Best Spa in the World” by Virtuoso in 2010.  It’s almost 90,000 square feet with 40 treatment rooms, along with things like a Color Therapy Steam Room.  Yes, Please!

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So, if I go missing for a few days, chances are I’ll be at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya.  Viva Mexico!

 

Disclosure:  I am an invited guest of Grand Velas Riveria Maya for this press trip.  They will cover my travel, accommodations, meals and activities.  All opinions are my own.

photos provided courtesy of Grand Velas

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I ROCKED the Runway!

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A few weeks ago, I was honored to rock the runway in a very special fashion show.  It’s called the Look Good Feel Better Fashion Show and is produced by the Memorial Cancer Institute and held at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood.  All of the nearly 30 models have or have had cancer.  Since my diagnosis, I’ve not felt as comfortable in a group as I did that night–bald head, brow-less, and wearing fake lashes.  It was a kinship that can only be shared by ones that are on the same path as me.  It was WONDERFUL!

From the moment that I walked into Dillard’s to get fitted, to the moment that it was over and they were shutting off the lights, I had an absolute ball!  Yes, the clothing was provided by Dillards.  Special shoutout to Bloomingdale’s at Aventura Mall for supplying my shoes and the amazing Celso Olaguibel of MAC Cosmetics for making me look runway ready.  1962711_10202959014849524_1706571178_n

Each model had two looks–casual and formal.  My first look was a nautical themed outfit from Adrienne Vittadini.  The pants are on sale now–check this link!  The shoes are Tory Burch Cap Toe Ballet Flats.  You can check them out here.

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Tell me that I wasn’t working????? Sashay, Shauntay!

The second look was a formal gown in a mauve color.  Since I can’t find the Dillard’s link, I guess they are sold out.  I paired the gown with multicolored Keds from the Kate Spade collection.

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Many of my friends came out to support me, but honestly, the crowd wooted and hooted for everyone.  We felt so special!  What a grand time!  I can’t wait for next year!

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Current Obsession: Hoka One One Bondi 3 Running Shoes

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Of course, the biggest problem in my life right now is cancer.  It is followed closely by neuropathy–the result of nerve damage caused by my chemotherapy treatments.  In fact, on most days, I’d put neuropathy in front of cancer.  That’s just how bad it is.  My feet (and hands) HURT.  They feel like lightning bolts are going through them, all day everyday.  While it’s not so bad during the day, since I can distract myself–its terrible at night.

Because of this, I have avoided walking unless it’s a very short distance.  Even for mall trips, I park as close to the one store (since multiple stores are generally out of the question) that I’m going to.  And last week, while at a conference, I had to decline all the invitations to hang out at local restaurants.  My feet just wouldn’t allow it.  And exercise was almost out of the question–how can I exercise if I can’t even walk???

So, this past weekend, I headed to the Boca Town Center to find some shoes that would allow me to walk more.  The Hubs suggested New Balance, but when I went in, I didn’t like the choices.  I nearly cried standing there.  Especially since I had walked a long time to get there.  But then we noticed a mall sign for a store called Fit2Run.  And, miraculously, we weren’t far from it.

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I went in and explained my problem.  A nice guy named Matt suggested that I try a brand called Hoka One One.  He said that the Bondi 3 was the most cushioned shoe that they had and that it is favored by those who run Ultra Marathons.  Honestly, it didn’t take much convincing for me to try them on, as by that point my feet felt like I was walking on hot coals.  He also suggested that I try a pair of the Feetures Elite socks.  The socks are quite thin, but offer compression in some spots.  As soon as I put them on, I knew that they were for me.

Then I slipped on the shoes.  Wow.  They felt sooo good.  I felt like I was walking on air.  Don’t get me wrong–they don’t stop my feet from hurting.  But the cushiony goodness inside those shoes made me swoon.  I danced up and down the aisles.  Folks actually came up to me to ask about them.  I sashayed back to Matt and announced that I felt like a little kid with new shoes, because I was NOT going to take them off.  And I’ve not had them off much since then.  My husband ORDERS me to take them off at night–otherwise I might sleep in them.  They are a bit pricey (about $150) but I.DONT.CARE.  If they had cost $1000, I would have had to buy them.

Chances are, if you see me out and about, I’ll have them on.  And if I’m not wearing them, you can rest assured that they are close by!

Disclosure:  ALL opinions are my own, as the Hoka folks don’t even know I exist.  I just wanted to share them with you!

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