The month of May seems to have surpassed December in terms of schedule craziness. Each year takes on a new level of insanity. There are days when I can't remember if I've eaten lunch. 

Summer is around the corner. And while I'd like to think I will be able to slow down, I don't see that happening. Which means, I clearly need to do a better job of taking care of myself. Hello, mani/pedi. Hello, spa gift cards that I haven't had time to book. Hello, soul-feeding books that I can't find time to read.


Today there is no excuse. Today, I am scheduling me time.

For those in the same boat, take your stand and join me.

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Fabulous volume. Check.

With Aveda styling products, there's almost nothing you can't do with your hair.

I wanted to create volume. Of course, this coming from a girl who puts nothing in her hair. You have to understand, since going red, I have encountered a few missteps in hair products — mostly styling. I just assumed I needed to stay away from everything.

After having tried these two unbelievably amazing products from Aveda, my hair has seriously missed out!

If you haven't tried phomollient™ styling foam, holy guacamole! It's all kinds of crazy good. Three squirts for me and there's volume for days. The patented formula (certified organic honey, burdock and marshmallow root) creates weightless volume for fine to medium hair. Teamed with the volumizing tonic™ — watch out. People will stop you on the street! The volumizing tonic™ creates maximum volume, containing certified organic aloe and wheat amino acids to help build body and add shine. 

While I believe these two styling products are truly the dynamic duo, you don't have to use them together. I put each product to the test individually. The volume is still there, just not as much as it is together. And the volumizing tonic™ definitely proves to be the dominant product.

Va Va Voom! Give it to me.

I have been a fan of Golden Goose sneakers for quite some time. Actually, my friend, Virginia, introduced me to the brand via boots.

While my favorite Golden Goose Deluxe Brand sneaker style is the high top, I can't take my eyes off of these beauties. The leather/suede Super Star sneaker boasts a vintage look with various waxes and brush strokes applied. And the color heel gives it flair.

GGDB has wonderful leather goods, too! As in yummalicious handbags and cosmetics and storage bags.

Get lost in the GGDB world.


Available from Golden Goose Deluxe Brand

How many times have you mistakenly put your skin through the ringer? For me, more often than I'd like to admit.

With the amount of products I use and review, it's easy to get a little overzealous in my skin care routine. Especially when my dermatologist tells me I need to up my retinoid. So when I met Lisa Goldfaden, Vice President of Marketing for GOLDFADEN MD (one of my newfound skin care loves), I was a mess! However, it turned out to be such a good thing.

lisagoldfadenGOLDFADEN MD is known for its problem-solving skincare remedies, targeting a range of specific skin concerns inspired by treatments developed in Dr. Goldfaden’s South Florida dermatology practice. Timing was perfect, as crazy as that sounds. Add yet another new skin care product, or five, to my face? Yes.

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa Goldfaden for a facial at Jeffre Scott's in Charlotte. I came in with inflamed skin and left in recovery mode. What was truly remarkable was the difference in how my skin felt (from the inside out) and looked in less than 24 hours. Crazy! And today, my skin looks amazing.

GOLDFADEN MD is the first physician strength, dermatologist developed, natural skin care line in the industry. The highly efficacious, non-prescription skin care solutions utilize state-of-the-art technologies with active plant cells and anti-oxidant rich botanicals. No harsh ingredients. My skin can attest to that. I absolutely love the Pure Start gel cleanser. So gentle, yet so effective. Needle-less, another favorite, is packed with 100% pure Hyaluronic Acid and advanced anti-aging Hexapeptides to plump, tighten and smooth the appearance of fine lines and deep creases. The best part, it works immediately, in addition to providing long-term results. I couldn't help but add Radical Difference, their super serum with Red Tea and Cherry Extracts. It creates a protective barrier that prevents and repairs skin imperfections, while reducing the appearance of redness. Others that I look forward to adding soon — Doctor's Scrub, Fresh A Peel, Wake Up Call and new-to-market Fleuressence Native Botanical Cell Oil.


Oh, and if you've been looking for an awesome hand cream, Hands To Heart puts all other hand creams to shame! It was developed to address the unique needs of the hands. It's rich, yet fast-absorbing and helps fade dark spots and reduce the appearance of fine lines, while instantly smoothing and plumping skin. It's deliciously addicting! 

If you want a naturally effective skin care regimen, you need to try GOLDFADEN MD. Stop in Jeffre Scott in Charlotte and ask for a few samples. Or, shop online. You will find the products to be super gentle, while addressing your skin's every need.

Available exclusively at Jeffre Scott

It didn't escape me.

It was just, well, busy.

As active as this season has been, I still feel horrible for not posting a shout out to all the remarkable, strong, beautiful mothers (of both human and furry children) on their special day. As the trees bud and the flowers bloom, it's a great reminder of how fresh and wonderful a mother's love is. And always will be.

What's great about this time of year, is that it brings out even the youngest of my clients. I've had the pleasure of working with graduates over the past few weeks, both high school and middle school. These young ladies are awesome — just like their mothers! While they start off trying to please me, thinking it will please their mothers, they soon feel comfortable adhering to my shopping rules: you must love it; no compromising, no matter what.

The mothers of these awe-inspiring teens feel a huge sense of relief, knowing the end result is achieved without pressure, stress or argument. I love that they trust me. And I love that it's such a fun and amazing experience for all.

As a mother myself, I understand the importance of positive role models. Even if that means I play mediator, that's okay. Everyone wins, after all. 



Photo from Silverandlemon, Bianca Balti and daughter, 2013, in Dolce and Gabanna