Many designer and celebrity MAC collaborations consist of wacky colors that would look amazing in a haute couture photo shoot but not work too well in every day life. For example, while the new dark matte plum Viva Glam Ariana Grande lipstick looks dreamy on Ariana, you might look like you lost a fight with a grape popsicle if you decide to put on this lipstick and then head to Publix or Target to run a few errands.
I feel like we’ve all been at the makeup counter at some point and bought a crazy shade of blue eye shadow or orange-pink lipstick to vow to try something new and then it just sits in under the bathroom counter in a bag of other bold, but forgotten makeup choices. We are creatures of habit. If you gravitate toward a nude lipstick and light smokey eye for daily wear, you’ll most likely grab those shades for your every day look.
However MAC’s most recent collaboration with Zac Posen is a truly beautiful and most importantly wearable collection of lipsticks, eyeshadows and powders. The line is as strong, sophisticated and feminine as Posen’s fashion designs. Darling Clementine is the most perfect matte orange lipstick I have ever seen. Posen’s Sheer Madness shade is a gorgeous, light nude hue that is ideal for the woman who wants glamorous lips without looking like she’s covered in lipstick. The eyeshadow palette contains six lovely shades in nude, neutral and mauve shades.
Check it out at Maccosmetics.com.
Taking daily walks with Jack has become my therapy. I gave up my gym membership and I’m exercising more than ever before. I know that sounds insane, but the freedom of putting Jack in the Bugaboo Runner and just hitting the pavement with him, some earbuds and Billy Joel on Spotify has been my salvation.
I read that Steve Jobs frequently preferred “walking meetings” to traditional sit-down meetings and Facebook phenom Mark Zuckerberg has also been cited as being partial to the “walk and talk.”
When you’re moving, so is your mind. Sometimes I get so caught up in tasks and chores, I just need to clear my head out and literally head out the door. The many benefits of walking have been well-documented on the web. According to a blog post by writer Andrew Tate, “Just 30 minutes of walking each day is enough to dramatically reduce your risk of heart disease, colon cancer, breast cancer and dementia.” He also mentioned a 2014 Stanford University that found walking can make people 81 percent more creative.
So, I originally decided to get moving for my body, but now I’m discovering it’s become even more beneficial for my mind. As a mother to a one-and-a-half-year-old toddler, I’m constantly moving, but walking is the only time I feel a sense of zen.
My 25-year-old cousin recently won the lottery. No, not the Powerball.—the lottery to snag front row tickets to see The Book of Mormon. They loved the play written by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The Book of Mormon returned to Broward Center for the Performing Arts after originally touring in the 954 in 2013.
The play, which opened Jan. 27 and runs through Feb. 7, is a hilarious tale about love and finding one’s purpose. Although the play pokes fun at the Mormon faith, it isn’t so much about religion. Two innocent Mormon missionaries are sent to war-torn Uganda to attempt to convert local villagers to their faith. Actual Mormon missionaries stood in the rain near the theater’s parking garage on opening night passing out literature on the real “Book of Mormon” and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints took out multiple full-page ads in the show’s Playbill to encourage theater goers to “read the book now that you’ve seen the play.” But again, this play is more about acceptance and searching within to find the strength to answer some of life’s biggest mysteries.
Cody Jamison Strand was the perfect Elder Cunningham. He adds a touch of Jonah Hill-like flavor to this already side-splitting production. Ryan Bondy ignites the stage as Elder Price. The entire touring cast of this productions is top-notch as they pull off now classic Broadway numbers such as “Hasa Diga Eebowai” and “Making Things Up Again.” This show has truly opened up a niche spot for a new generation of theater fans. There are plenty of expletives, relatable lyrics and feel good moments. The show also addresses real life epidemics in Africa such as Aids and female genital mutilation. It’s hard to imagine anyone poking fun at such subject matter, but somehow, this show is able to pull it off. It’s a show you won’t be able to stop talking about for days.
Get tickets here.
There are many more exciting Broadway Across America shows coming to Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Visit Browardcenter.org for details.
It’s very easy to drop hundreds of dollars on skin creams and other beauty products that promise to deliver amazing results. But it’s just not practical for many of us. It turns out there could be a few items hanging around your home already that could have some surprising additional uses. I love to pull ideas off Pinterest and other resources. Here are some unexpected and affordable beauty tips that I’ve collected, tried and ended up being pretty impressed by.
1. Apple-cider vinegar is a one product that isn’t very expensive and has multiple hidden beauty benefits.
Mix half a cup to one cup of apple cider vinegar with one cup of water as a hair rinse in the shower. The acidity in apple-cider vinegar changes the pH of your scalp and helps banish dandruff. Leave it on you tresses for about a minute and then rinse with cool water.
Apple cider vinegar can also be mixed with baking soda as a natural way to whiten teeth.
You can also dab apple cider vinegar on a zit or use it as an overall refreshing facial toner. The antibacterial properties in it will take inflammation down.
2. Everyone should keep a roll of transparent tape in their bathroom. It can be very useful in lifting glitter or eyeshadow fallout from the eyes. It can also be used to stencil on a straight line to do a dramatic smokey cat eye liner look. It’s also awesome to help take any stray makeup brush hairs off your face.
3. There are several very pricey sprays on the market to give hair a a beachy, ocean tousled look. But you likely have the ingredients in your home bar to create this look.
Simply mix some club soda with a spoonful of salt and shake in a spray bottle.
4. Coconut Oil has so many hidden uses, I can’t even list them all.
It can be used as a shaving gel, hand moisturizer and cheekbone highlighter. Simply dab a small amount of organic coconut oil on top of your blush to give your skin a natural glow. Coconut oil can also be mixed with brown sugar for an exfoliating skin scrub.
5. Honey is also a sweet item with hidden beauty secrets to keep around. Honey can be a great facial mask. Leave it on skin for 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Since honey is a strong antioxidant, it’s excellent for acne-prone skin. You can squeeze about a tablespoon of honey into damp hair to create a moisturizing natural hair conditioner.
Please be a year of hope, good health, success and dreams coming to fruition. Looking back on this year, I have to say, 2015 was one of the best and worst years of my life. More than 100 people lost their lives to terrorism in Paris. My beloved cousin Angelo Ruisi went to join his wife Nina in heaven, my paternal grandmother died, major layoffs occurred at my job and throughout the publishing industry, and there were personal troubles in the lives of so many people I love. More than 795 million people in the world continue to go hungry each day. Many terrible things happened this year that were beyond my control. But that’s just it—none of us are in control. It’s truly all up to God and what He has in store for us.
Each year, people are born; people die. New love is found; old love is lost. There is laughter, tears, hearteache and hope. In between all this, is simply life. I pray 2016 brings you more laughter and less tears. I pray this is the year you judge less and listen more. I pray it’s the year you realize what you already have is more than enough. And I pray this is the year, you step out of your comfort zone and realize your true worth. Instead of New Year’s resolutions, let’s make New Year’s revolutions. May you have adventures, may you learn and grow from the mistakes of last year and may this very moment be the greatest one yet. In fact, I hope today is the best day ever. I do believe there’s a revolution waiting to happen in all of us. May the possibility of peace on earth continue to fill our hearts and minds.
Thank you for reading my blog and Happy almost New Year!
Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical easily made my heart grow three times bigger. I’m very impressed with this intermission-less show starring Stefan Karl as the evil yet strangely endearing Grinch. Karl slithers through this musical with plenty of sinister swagger as the classic Christmas-loathing villain of Whoville. On opening night at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Karl demonstrated the Grinch is wittier than ever as he had a couple of live interactions with some overzealous children in the office who were trying to snatch his spotlight for a moment. Karl glowed as a traditional Seuss-created Grinch but added a few modern twists. The 2015 Grinch uses hashtags when he’s ranting about how much he despises Christmas.
Bob Lauder does a superb job narrating the show as Old Max, The Grinch’s former dog. While the play is definitely suited for children as maybe even a first taste of the theater show, this is one holiday play that will appeal to the child in all of us. Don’t miss this magical show that includes an epic audience sing along to the beloved tune: “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch.” After all, it isn’t Christmas without The Grinch!
Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical runs at Broward Center for the Performing Arts through Dec. 27. There are no performances on Christmas Day.
Tickets start at $35.
The show takes place at Broward Center for the Performing Arts
201 S.W. Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale.
For tickets visit browardcenter.org or call 954-462-0222.
I have been using the Bugaboo Runner daily to get both my son and myself out of the house for a little fresh air and exercise. My new adventure with this incredible jogging stroller was first chronicled in my Glamazon Mama column for South Florida Parenting magazine. You can check out the original story here.
I used to be very into exercising but then my ongoing battle with endometriosis significantly slowed me down. It just got too easy to stop. Then once I had my son, going to the gym became an impossibility. So I took the advice of a local fitness guru and fellow mom, Kristy Wexler, who told me to ditch the gym membership and invest in a jogging stroller instead and just do what was possible for me.
I have to admit, I am one of these people who simply thought having a gym membership and not actually using it would somehow help. Like, if I were to cancel it, it somehow meant I no longer cared about my health. But I decided to be bold and canceled it because there really is no sense is keeping a monthly subscription on anything you’re not really using.
So, here I am each day, sometimes very early in the morning or early evening, pushing my Bugaboo Runner along. My son Jack is smiling as the occasional breeze blows through his curly hair. The smile on his face says it all. He’s enjoying the walks with me as much as I do. We have even boldly jogged for a few minutes each day together. We are both learning and growing together in this process toward better physical fitness.
The Bugaboo Runner really has changed my life. The stroller is so easy to glide along on the asphalt or sidewalk, I really have no excuse now not to want to get moving. The hood on it is easily adjustable for the unpredictable Florida rains shower. I don’t have any excuses anymore.
I will continue to journal my adventures with the Bugaboo Runner here.
Thanks for reading and have an epic day!
Joanie & (her new favorite workout buddy) Jack
It’s difficult not to immediately fall madly in love with Jack Kelly, played by the dynamic Miami-born Joey Barreiro in the touring production of “Disney’s Newsies.” He is, after all, the perfect spokesperson for the American dream. While it’s partially based on the New York City newsboys strike of 1899, the whole “exploitation of workers” theme is perhaps more relevant now than ever. More work for less pay? Sound familiar?
Barreiro, who is a University of Miami graduate, steals the show as the foot-stomping no-nonsense Jack. When greedy Joseph Pulitzer raises the prices of his newspapers assuming he can force his already starving paper boys to spend more money to buy the same amount of newspapers they did yesterday, Barreiro’s character pulls off the impossible and goes against the newspaper giant.
With inspiring song and dance numbers such as “Seize The Day,” “King of New York” and “Watch What Happens,” “Disney’s Newsies” is the people’s musical. While it’s based on the 1992 Disney film starring Christian Bale, it’s no surprise “Disney’s Newsies” won the 2012 Tony Awards for best score and best choreography. This show is a must see for dreamers and believers of all ages.
“Disney’s Newsies” hit Broward Center for the Performing Arts Nov. 17 and runs through Nov. 29. A ticket to this show would make an awesome pre-holiday gift for someone special.
Tickets for “Disney’s Newsies” is on-sale now and can be purchased by visiting Browardcenter.org or by phone 954-462-0222.