Friday, January 23, 2015

Spring Break Beauty Product Picks and Essentials

Winter is just getting started, but my thoughts have already turned to spring. And visions of a tropical getaway to Miami, Rio or Maui are dancing in my head. So here's a short list of Everything She Wants' must-have beauty picks and essentials to help you prep for and to bring on your next spring fling.


1. For a few weeks, I've been using the collagen boosting Eminence Citrus & Kale Potent C + E Serum (and masque) in tandem with Eminence's Stone Crop Hydrating Mist, illuminating Bright Skin Licorice Root Booster-Serum and nourishing Facial Recovery Oil, and my skin texture has a renewed youthful glow. The anti-aging products are good for all skin types, absorb quickly and are packed with effective, natural ingredients and antioxidants.

2. Dry feet aren't sexy nor are they sandal-ready. And Aquaphor Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy has done wonders on my coarse, cracked heels. The ointment will also intensely moisturize and rejuvenate any part of your skin that needs new life.

3. Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant comes in six fragrances and is the perfect lightweight protection for carefree resort days spent lounging on the beach or poolside.

4. Beauty starts from the inside out.  Before your getaway, strengthen your hair, skin and nails with Nature's Bounty Optimal Solutions Hair, Skin & Nails multivitamin infused with argan oil, 5000 mcg of biotin per serving, antioxidants A, C and E and hyaluronic acid.

5. Made with a gentle blend of honey, brown sugar, Tahitian vanilla and sweet nectar, I Smell Great Wild Honey hair fragrance delivers on its name. It also gently conditions and adds sheen to your hair. While you're on vacay, use it between workouts and spa treatments.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jennifer Lopez Stars in The Boy Next Door and She's Fab at 45

Jennifer Lopez looks better than ever.  With a sexy new movie, The Boy Next Door, opening this weekend (we are so there), her current stint as a judge on the ever-entertaining American Idol, and her memoir, True Love, to promote, J. Lo is also busier than ever.

But who are we kidding? This post is just an excuse to share a few flawless photos of the stunning actress and entertainer, who in our opinion is a much flyer girl at 45.

Love the top knot and the lace, tea-length Christian Siriano skirt paired with a sleek black top.
J. Lo is one hot mama in this skin-baring ensemble.
Va va va voom. This is not your average little black dress.
We're not a fan of fur, but J. Lo still looks red hot in white.

Photo credit: Wire Images

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A sneak peek at Meow Parlour, New York City's first cat cafe

Come for the cats and stay for the cookies. Founded by pastry chef and entrepreneur Christina Ha and her assistant chef Emilie Legrand, Meow Parlour is the city's first cat cafe, and it introduces a business model already popular in Europe and Asia.

Guests and potential cat parents pay a fee of $4 per half hour to play and co-mingle with the resident kitties (all cats are available for adoption through Kitty Kind). Assorted macarons and cat-caricature cookies are available at the neighboring Meow Parlour Patisserie, also owned by Ha.

Everything She Wants checked out the cafe when it opened in December 2014. See a sneak peek below, and reserve your play date today.






Photos by Tracy E. Hopkins

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Union & Fifth New York Fashion Week 2015 Chanel Bag Contest

Everything She Wants wants to win a luxury trip to New York Fashion Week, February 12-19, 2015. I was invited to participate in an exclusive blogger contest hosted by Union & Fifth, a unique nonprofit designer online consignment store where 75% of sales are donated to charity. So I created a Polyvore mood board inspired by a coveted blue Chanel bag that will be given to the winner! As if that weren't enough, I would also win a two-night stay at a trendy NYC hotel and tickets to exclusive fashion shows.

So please help me win by "liking" Union & Fifth on Facebook and by sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels before January 19, 2015.

Chanel: New York Fashion Week 2015

Chanel bag available at Union & Fifth.




Friday, January 9, 2015

Download Free Romance Novels on EverAfter App

50 Shades of Grey stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.
The countdown has begun for the cinematic juggernaut, 50 Shades of Grey, which debuts in theaters just in time for Valentine's Day on February 13th.  In the meantime, you can get your steamy story and tawdry tale fix at EverAfter, the first app exclusively dedicated to romance ebooks.

The free app is compatible with Apple and Android devices and is available for download at Apple's app store and the Google Play app store.  EverAfter features more than 100,000 titles for purchase from leading romance publishers like Harlequin, Avon, Kensington, Diversion and Samhain, and indie publishers. It also offers flash sales and thousands of free ebooks.

Readers will find bestselling authors like Grey's E.L. James, Nora Roberts, Debbie Macomber, Robin Carr, Sylvia Day and Nalina Singh, as well as up-and-coming authors, in EverAfter's "Books We Love" category.

So get ready for the weekend, and download a romance ebook today on EverAfter.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Year, New Snacks from barkTHINS

The holidays may be wrapping up, but you still have time to enjoy some sweet and savory snacks.  And barkTHINS, a delicious line of snacking chocolate, is one of our fave new treats. They're chocked full of real, wholesome ingredients and believe us, they're delish.


For the holiday season, the brand unveiled its Limited Edition Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel, which blends indulgent slivers of dark chocolate with seasonal peppermint and salty pretzel. Designed in a breakable format, barkTHINS allows snackers the permission to indulge guilt-free. barkTHINS are also Non-GMO Project Verified, Fair Trade Ingredient™ Certified and contain no artificial colors or flavors.

Available at Target, Amazon, Costco and Whole Foods Market, other creative varieties include Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed, Dark Chocolate Blueberry Quinoa with Agave and Dark Chocolate Almond with Sea Salt.  

So what are you waiting for?  Pick up a bag or two of barkTHINS for your New Year's Eve/Day celebration today!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

5 Ways to Fight the Flu with Essential Oils

During flu season, medical doctors rave about the power of the flu shot. But as an alternative, we can also turn to natural remedies to protect and strengthen our immune system against whatever new super bug is going around. A few years ago, I met Teresa Koerner, a certified holistic health coach and doTerra Gold Wellness consultant, on a bus ride from a spa in St. George, Utah to Las Vegas and we had a fascinating conversation about essential oils. 

Teresa uses essential oils to empower women to take care of themselves and their loved ones without worrying about harmful side effects.
Here are her 5 holistic flu-fighting tips:

1. doTerra On Guard Essential Oil Protective Blend is my number one pick to protect and prevent during the cold and flu season. It has the ability to penetrate through the cell membrane to kill a virus. So it has the power to stop the flu before it starts.

Last winter I had two grandchildren with the stomach flu and their mom had to work. So I put some On Guard in my diffuser and also put two drops in a veggie capsule and took it internally, and I never got sick. I also love to make my own hand sanitizer instead of using the alcohol type that can strip your body's own protective layer.

2. Oregano essential oil was used by Hippocrates, the father of medicine, and has many traditional and modern uses. My favorite way to use it is in a veggie capsule at the onset of any cold or flu symptom to stop it in its tracks. Oregano is a member of the mint family, and is often called one of nature’s strongest antiseptics. It has the powerful active ingredients--carvacrol and thymol--which make it an antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral. It offers huge support to strengthen the body during cold and flu season.

3. Cayenne pepper aids in breaking up and moving congested mucus. Once mucus begins to leave the body, relief from flu symptoms generally follows. Cayenne is an excellent preservative and has been used traditionally to prevent food contamination from bacteria. I have used cayenne for a range of health benefits since I was a child. Once, as an adult I had the kind of sore where you can't swallow without absolutely needing to. I put 1 tsp. of cayenne in a small amount of water (not recommended for children or the fainthearted) and drank it all. After a few fiery minutes and a glass of milk, my sore throat was gone!


4.  doTerra On Guard Cleaner Concentrate can help kill those pesky germs before they get to you or your family. It can also keep killing the germs on a surface long after the surface has been cleaned. This is a great preventative measure in our home. On Guard also offers hand soap and laundry soap for full germ protection.

5. Clove essential oil works well as a disinfectant, and is also used for viral infections. If you worry about free radicals and are looking for things that are high in antioxidants, clove essential oil is amazing. One drop in a veggie capsule is cost effective and powerful. Free radicals and the damage they can cause on the cellular level have received a lot of attention in recent years.  The oxidative stress caused by free radicals — which are produced during normal metabolism and cell function, as well as pollutants in our air, water and food — is implicated in everything from premature aging and wrinkles to DNA damage, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.