Sarah Happ – A Spa Treatment for Your Lips

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Lips have to be one of the most ignored parts of the face, yet they are one of the most seen . Everyone knows about Angelina’s and when Kerry Washington talks in her Neutrogena ads, you just can’t help put picture putting her kiss proof lips all over Tony Goldwyn’s face. But here in the Windy City, you just can’t help but take care of them after months of cold and wind and snow.

I just got the chance to try some of the Sara Happ lip products and I just got to tell you, they are awesome. As I nurse my first bit of the summer, I had to give my lips the full treatment. After years of Chapstick , these products are like a spa treatment for your lips.

I started my lip experience with her “the lip scrub”. It is so easy too and now I am spoiled. The one I chose was the luscious passion fruit. I love the taste because it is just like fruity candy. But you just put it on your lips and then wipe it off with a tissue . So simple . I also saw that it comes in other flavors like confetti cake which I might try in the future.

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 Actresses and influencers need to have a wardrobe of glosses, lipsticks, and lip crayons. I am currently liking the mattes and darker colors. But sometimes you need something just to make you feel glam. Sara has it covered with her Luxe lip gloss. I picked a lovely summer shade , The Peach Slip. Light and luxurious. It also goes on lovely over regular lipsticks and glosses. With or without , either way it shows off great lips.

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To finish up , I restored the sun and wind damage with the sweet clay lip mask. Each jar contains about 30 uses. Use this only as a treat because it is intense. You smear it on the lips and leave it on anywhere from 2 to 20 minutes and then wipe it off with a wet washcloth. You won’t believe how great it feels.

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You can find Sara Happ lip products at Nordstrom and other fine stores. If you want more info on the products go to   https://sarahapp.com/

 

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For Some Good Ole Eatin- Head to Route 62

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There is no denyin , I am a country girl. You can put me on the Mag Mile, put a Louis in my hand, but when it comes down to food, give me a great big ole piece of meat. Summers in my childhood meant going camping and my dad bbq-ing. I just love a piece of meat especially when it has been smoked and then laid on those coals. Add some summer sides like macaroni salad or baked beans mixed with brown sugar, and I am a happpy camper.

I just got back from visiting my native Ohio. I got to see a part of the Buckeye State that I had never seen before. Central Ohio is home to many things, the Buckeyes of Ohio State, the State Capitol, and some of the prettiest scenery you will ever want to see. It is also home to some good ole fashioned slap down BBQ that rivals even the coolest spots in Chicago. Just off Route 62 in Johnstown is Route 62 BBQ. Our tour guide for this culinary adventure was Tiffany and we would just like to say thanks for your friendly Ohio hospitality once again.

Now one thing you have to understand about BBQ is you are going to get messy. But the mess is going to be well worth your time. We were told that the meat had been smoked and then cooked for about twenty four hours. We were so excited that we were going to get to try their four more popular meats. This would include a beef brisket that I nibbled on for days it was so good.I mean Oy Vey! The turkey was better than any one I ever had for Thanksgiving. But the real stars of the show were the pulled chicken and pulled pork. Talk about tender! It melted in your mouth and the meat just pulled apart. But that wasn’t the only part that was awesome, BBQ isn’t BBQ without sauce and just for the record everything from the rub on meat to the deserts is homemade. You can get a mouthful of fire or just enjoy with the BBQ sauces that they serve with the meat. I really enjoyed the sweet taste of the Carolina . I enjoyed it so much that I took a bottle home with me. All of their sauces can be bought to take that Ohio taste home with you.

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The sides are something to be bragged about too. They remind me of church suppers when I was growing up or picnics at Idora Park . No diets here, just good ole fashioned country cookin. Jen couldn’t stop eating the cheesy potatoes. In Ohio , when they say cheesy they mean cheesy! They must be good because we were told that they were the most popular item on the menu. Regional goodies include skillet corn, cole slaw, and broccoli salad. The unanimous favorite was the totally original macaroni chicken ranch salad. Chunks of chicken mixed into a flavorful macaroni salad with a little taste flash could have been made into a meal itself. Route 62 also sells sandwich platters, wings, and rib platters as well. Get your favorites sides by the pint or the quart. Having a party? They got that covered as well. The sides are the perfect compliment to the BBQ.

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“The owners were driving down this stretch of road and thought it was the perfect place.” Tiffany told us. Ten years later, Johnstown residents and tourists alike have been enjoying the savory BBQ meals. As for celebs who have become fans of the restaurant, you can’t get any cooler than Mickey Dolenz from the “Monkees.”

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On a summer’s afternoon, you can’t get a better meal than good old fashioned BBQ and pair it up with a refreshing Coke. As you can see, it is the drink of choice at Route 62…

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Now don’t forget dessert. They taste just like a bunch of church ladies went into their kitchen and made them. Our particular favorites were the chocolate creme, the pretzel crust that reminded me of pecan pie and the pistachio. They were all delicious , of course.

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Route 62 BBQ is located in Johnstown  Ohio at 580 W Coshocton Street.  Johnstown is located about one hour from Columbus and Ohio State. They are closed on Monday and open Tues thru Sat from 11 to 8 and Sundays open from 12- 7. .Meat can be ordered by the pound and they have family packs as well . For a real taste of the Buckeye State, stop by Route 62 when you are in the Columbus area.

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“Anything That Pushes the Envelope” Is How Erica M Views Style

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 When you watch those ladies on the Red Carpet, you probably wonder who makes them look fabulous. It’s not just the hair, the dress, or the jewelry.  Girls also have to have fierce footwear. One of these shoe divas, is stylist Erica M. As a young girl in the streets of Baltimore, she learned at an early age that it is better to look good than to feel good. Sadly,  she was a victim of bullying. But she knew that her dreams would take her away from her inpoverished world. She had always loved fashion and like so many other girls played dress up. Her first influences? Versace and Oscar De La Renta. No K Mart for this gal.

The other day , I got the chance to chat with this fellow diva and gladiator. I always love to talk about “Scandal” with fellow gladiators and we had fun talking fashion and television.  One of the topics that we discussed is how women should embrace who they are. They should embrace their curves. Erica is a curvy girl herself. She also believes that young girls should be given more encouragement to accept themselves and give them empowerment. In fact in 2009, she created an organization for teens and women called Tru Goddess Entertainment and Events. Erica ‘s beliefs came from her grandmother , Hester, who prided herself on her sense of style and didn’t let society  tell her how to dress because of her age. “You are as young as you feel.” Erica told me. I totally agree with that. She also spoke glowingly of the role models that women have to emulate on television today. Women like Viola Davis, Taraji P Henson , and Kerry Washington play these strong women on television .They also wear these sexy , but sophisticated outfits when they play these characters. “Young girls see Olivia Pope in her silky blouses, and pencil skirts. She is a strong woman and they see that you don’t have to dress like a hoochy to be a success.” she laughed.  “Women have to learn to love themselves.” Using this philosophy, Erica and her sister opened their own shoe boutique in 2012. Appropriately it was called Goddess Couture. These shoes allowed all woman to think of themselves as goddesses.

About a year later, Erica began using her fashion talents to dress some of television’s biggest reality stars. like Love Majeewski (Mob Wives) , , Krystle Couso (Jerseylicious) and Alexandra Dilworth (The New Atlanta) and that is just a sample. No surprise of who Erica’s dream celebrity would be if she could dress her for the Red Carpet. Actually she had two. Oscar winner, Lupita Nyong and tv star Kerry Washington. “Kerry has such great style and Lupita looks just like a little Barbie doll.” Asking her advice on developing my own Red Carpet style, she told me to wear something you are comfortable in and also allows you to strut your stuff. ” She gives the same advice to her celebrity clients. “They never know what to wear, so she sends over some different styles and sees how comfortable the client is with each shoe. Then they narrow it down.” When I asked about her mother and style , she just laughed and said that her grandmother said that it skipped a generation.  She also bragged that she was related to model/body builder Ernestine Shepherd. With role models like these, Erica can definitely continue to reach for the stars.

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She is also on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

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Art vs Commerce Brings The Make Up Show to Chicago

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 One of my favorite events that I look forward to every year is The Make Up Show. It is a celebration of the visual , rather than the other senses. It is also a way that beauticians, make up artists, and other beauty professionals can purchase make up and educational materials. With the budding fashion industry and our thriving film/ television community. This is critical so that beauty is not just a second income. The show features make up pros to educate and help the students to put on their game face to take them to the next level of their career.

The ringmaster for this beauty circus is the fabulous James Vincent. He is the foremost expert on make up and what he uses. One of the highlights of the show is his talk to the press and influencers.  He tells an eager audience about some of the great products and companies that are at the show. He is such a sweety and today he greeted me with a hug and a kiss.. The best part is that at the end of the talk, each audience member is gifted with a bag of his favorite goodies. After that , each gal is left to explore the show to establish relationships or pick up some fun things for her own bag.  Last year, I got the privilege to interview Fredrick Sanders, who was the brand ambassador for Temptu. Today, I got to see first hand the airbrush system that has revolutionized the make up industry. Getting celebs ready for the Red Carpet or camera, has been cut in half with this wonderful airbrush that does all the contouring and covering. This is one of the little goodies that I must have.

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Temptu makeup artist ,Jackie works on me with Temptu’s Air Cordless. It can help me get ready for that once in a lifetime audition or help me pull it together before an event.

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Look at all these goodies . Along with the gun, you get foundations and colors used for brows and cheeks.

James also stressed the importance of social media.  Now more than ever, make up artists and bloggers can influence their followers with Instagram and Pinterest posts from the event or MUA can use them for their portfolio. He also pointed out that “Make up is a connection. It brings together for the special moments of our lives.

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James gave so many insights into why the Make Up show is so important in Chicago. He wants to help the make up artists to move into making beauty their number one income instead of their second. “Its Art vs Commerce.” The money is definitely there in the wedding industry.” I also learned this talking with reps from the Knot Magazine.

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The Make Up show is a sensual experience utilizing the sense of sight . Glitter and bright colors entice the beauty professionals to purchase items for their businesses. Plus it’s fun to look at all the pretty colors and glitter. For the first time, there was actually a play area where make up pros could play with new colors and products.

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Brushes are just tools of the trade. But don’t be fooled, they are also works of art and are taylor made to the task. These Bambu ones are from Bdellium and I am loving the purple color. Another future goody .

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Smashbox was another vendor at the show. Vendors sell the latest products. They also provide them in the goody bag we received at the show. Wouldn’t you get up at the crack of dawn to get these goodies?

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Each member of the press and blogger was given this goody bag filled with make up remover, concealer, bronzer, makeup sanitizer, and lots of lipsticks

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Thanks to the television industry and shows that shoot here like “Chicago Fire”, “Shameless” and “Empire.” , Make up is a big business here. Mehron is one of the biggest theatrical make up companies in the world.

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Here is one of the bags from one of the companies. Some of them were so creative, and others were colorful like the bag from TEI SPA. I loved Nigel’s bag because the company is located in West Hollywood . See the masks, they are a symbol of the theatre . They also represent my industry as an actress. Definite signs!!!!

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We are not just friends, but family. It is always so great to see James and talk about the one thing we both love. And that is make up. Can’t wait till next year at the Make Up Show LA, fingers crossed.

 

 

 

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Pizzeria Due Presents Thin Crust Pizza with Deep Dish Attitude

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Chicago has long been known for pizza , deep dish or thin crust. Almost every tourist or vendor , can tell the story of when they had their first slice and where they had it. When you talk about Chicago Pizza, chances are you had that pizza at either Pizzeria Uno or Due.  Since we tried the Deep Dish at Uno , we were invited by our friend, Howard to try some of their  Thin Crust.  Using semolina , it makes the crust grittier . The best part is that the pizzas we got to sample, were delicious.

Each of the pizzas we tried had plenty of yummy toppings. And there wasn’t one empty spot on the top, each pizza had tons of cheese, meat, and the freshest of veggies. My personal favorite was the veggie extravaganza. It had a harvest of healthy vegetables that were roasted like zucchini, red onions, yellow squash, spinach and mushrooms. The veggies were cooked with three kinds of cheese , mozzarella, aged cheddar, and romano. Jen preferred the Windy City Works.  The difference between the two pizzas was that the WCW had some veggies but also included different meats like bacon, pepperoni, and crumbled sausage. She is not really a fan of spinach on pizza, but she does love her cheese and all three pizzas had plenty of stretchy cheese on them.  Pair them with a huge salad and you have got a winner of a lunch or dinner. Can’t finish it? The gang at Due  will be glad to box it up for later. Want a souvenir of your Windy City visit? They have shirts and hats. You can even have your pizza shipped from Chicago. Don’t feel that you have to get only the pizzas on the menu. You can create your own pizza.

Pizzeria Uno, Due and their sister restaurant SuCasa are all located  steps from the Mag Mile at 619 N Wabash. Taste the best that Chicago has to offer.

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Kerry Rocks the Disney Carpet for Cars 3 Premiere…

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Tonight at Disneyland , Kerry did it again. On a Red Carpet evening where she shared the spotlight with such stars as Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, and Nathan Fillion, Kerry walked it with like it was a runway where most of the gals dressed in jeans and casual. The occasion was the Cars3 Premiere. Kerry was by herself, causing fans to wonder where husband Nnmadi Asomugha was as well as frequent escort and co star Tony Goldwyn. There were pictures on social media of Goldwyn this afternoon as he walked through Central Park. Like Kerry’s Olivia Pope, she is a woman who showed her independence tonight. Kerry voiced the character of Natalie Certain,  who she described as a bossy , know it all. Other ABC stars who have voiced Disney cartoons include Kevin McKidd, Patrick Dempsey, Katie Lowes, Sara Ramirez, Minnie Driver, and Tony Goldwyn.

This has been Kerry’s year as she has graced Red Carpets most of the award season. It would figure that since she is such a fashion icon, she would rock the premiere. The dress was fun and sparkly and showed her long legs. There was very little make up worn except for some Neutrogena lip gloss and blush. It was a staunch contrast to the power suits she wears as the Washington fixer on her series. Along with the dress in theme with the fun event, Kerry carried a clutch that sported a model of her character in the movie. The clutch was designed by Sophia Webster and her nail polish was from her OPI Washington collection. The shade was named after her first born, Inside the Isabelleway.

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This is such a fun clutch that was designed by Sophia Webster especially for the premiere. She also shows off her Levian ring as well. Her nail polish is from the Washington collection from OPI, Inside the Isabelletway. She dedicated it to her daughter, Isabelle.

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Go see Kerry in Cars 3 !!!

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Sandal Weather is Here…You Could Use a Pedi Pro

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The cold temperatures have finally gone away and the sun is out. Time for flip flops, sandals, and the beach. Oh no! you take off your socks and your feet are a mess. They are dry , cracked, and the last thing you want the nail technician to see is those naked feet. I have my own issues with my toes, so the most petrifying thing I can see is my “Flintstone” feet. Now I am not so scared of my feet because of Silkn’s Pedi Pro. It has two tools for beautiful feet. The first is the polisher, but the best part about this tool is that it can be used on your fingernails as well. It lets you have that manicured look that you get in the salon. It buffs your nails as well as files them . The second tool is a pumice stone for removing dry skin and calluses from your feet. You can actually use it in the shower too.  It is makes a great bridesmaid gift to use to show off those gorgeous shoes. Pick up an extra one for yourself to take on that tropical honeymoon. The beauty editors at Cosmo named it one of the Beauty Award winners of 2017. So get your tootsies ready for summer with Pedi Pro. They will thank you for it.

http://www.silkn.com

 

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