Health and Wellness…the beauty of it all

Health and Wellness…the beauty of it all

Greetings to all of my current and first time readers. In this post I will take you on a path to beauty which is not only the outer reflection, but the wholistic approach of it all.

We will cover topics of daily routines or rituals, ways of finding your inner beauty, therapeutic ways of wellness and general back to basics approaches.

Now let’s get started:

Daily routines or rituals

For me on the path to Health and Wellness one must espouse this very essence of doing and being all things healthy which in turn will lead to Wellness.

1. Get Focus~ Start your day off by drinking at least one glass of water (8 oz.) Now in your mind’s eye that you have a target goal and stay on track to achieve it. Think on it throughout the day and try not to get side- tracked.

2. Read a Daily Inspiration or Daily Word any publication that will provide a positive concept to start your day.

3. Meditation become still. Stilling everything in the outer. In a quiet place you may close your eyes, count silently to five and begin to take inhaling breathes through your nose as exhaling breathes blowing all that is not needed out of the mouth. The Art of meditation is a practice that will calm you, relax you, and provide you with mental clarity to get through your day. Listening to audio messages as well as Yoga can be enlightening.

4. Ways of finding your inner beauty

Writing through journaling can be a helpful to release and let go any old hurts, trial, challenges which you have endured through days, weeks, months or even years. This is an excellent form of release. I love writing through blogging… here I share all positive aspects of beauty rather it be from an inner or outer source.

5. Laughter can be defined as to express mirth, pleasure, derision, or nervousness with an audible, vocal expulsion of air from the lungs that can range from a loud burst of sound to a series of quiet chuckles and usually accompanied by characteristic facial and bodily movements. So, have a good laugh… laughter is a powerful emotion and you can laugh your troubles away. I make it a point to find something to laugh about daily.

Therapeutic ways of wellness

1. Spa Day or Body Massage Treatment

I always enjoy going to a spa, it is relaxing along with a way for treating yourself.

2. Shopping for new beauty products

Since I love cosmetics and beauty products, this is totally therapeutic. It truly makes me happy trying out and learning about new products.

3. Volunteer or be service oriented. This is a dynamic way to give to yourself and others. Volunteer at a place where you have passion and a connection. Being of service makes one feel accomplished and have self worth. It is therapeutic feeling just knowing that you have helped someone that is worst off than you.

4. Go out with friends. There is nothing better than connecting with friends. I love going shopping, going to the movies, going out to lunch or dinner, going bowling and attending beauty related events with my friends. This is an excellent opportunity to share good, bad and indifferent experiences and just simply catch up with life’s moments.

5. Spend time with family. This is also a therapeutic approach for bonding and being a cohesive unit. Family really does matter. They are supportive and forms an unbreakable bond. Feeling loved and being surrounded by love ones should be great practice for general therapeutic wellness.

General back to basics approaches

1. Eating right. A Proper diet is essential to good Health and Wellness. Good nutrition is helpful with cognitive thought for mental focus and brain power. I love nutritional smoothies and I enjoy eating salmon, preparing it in multiple ways.

2. Adequate rest. This is imperative for daily functioning. Think of your body as a battery or your cellular phone battery. If it is not charged the device will not function until it is recharged. So recharge your inner battery to rejuvenate your being.

3. Exercise.It is important. You must remain motivated and consistence in order to results. No matter what exercise of chose, be committed, regular and mix it up… confuse your muscles, but keep it moving!

4. Take up a hobby. My hobby is Gift Baskets, I love creating gift baskets. I design individual themes based on the type of Baskets that the client desires. I started making beauty baskets, back to school supplies baskets, and other specialized baskets. A calmness comes over me when I create gift baskets.

5. Show compassion toward others

Being kind showing empathy and compassion towards others works wonders for your health. It causes endorphins to be activated when you are doing a kind act and being genuine towards others. It provides a feeling of exhilaration and warms the heart.

I ‘d love to hear from you to see how you maintain your health and Wellness. Happy Reading.👍🏽

Highlights from The Art of FASHION 2017 by Style Chicago

Highlights from The Art of FASHION 2017 by Style Chicago

What an amazing time to be had at the event!  The Art of FASHION 2017 was outstanding.  Leading up to the Fashion show, attendees had options to have cocktails & shop before and sample all that the sponsor & partners had to offer.

Key Sponsors & Partners

Included Presenting Sponsor: Cadillac,  Host & Producer: Style Chicago,Bottled Water: LIFE WTR ™, KISSFM-Chicago103.5, Adult Beverages: Vodka ~Absolut Elyx, Tequila : AVION,  Wine: Santa Rita ® and Lunetta®,  Natural Skincare: trilogy, Energy Bar: LUNA, Models: Factor Chosen, Makeup: NARS,  Hair: Parto Naderi, Video Production: Envision Studio™ , Production: AO & Co, Staging & Lighting: Sound Investment,  Shushi Rolls: Sushi Bar Restaurant,  Hors d’oeuvres : Lime light and WOW Bao.  It’s always a treat to get samples and products from sponsor partners and sponsors!

About the Runway Designers

Top established and emerging Chicago Based designers had pop-up options to shop before and after the show. The collection was amazing and the merchandise was stellar and of high quality. It is definitely worth it! The featured designers included during the runway in this order included:

The Runway Designers Featured

BEMO Designs~

Marsa Alam~

Borris Powell~

SWABY (Shernett Swaby)

J. Toor~

Heidi Hess~

Ann Everett~

Idrine Bishweka~

Gidi  (Taneasha Prunty)~

Ellie Day (Elaine Spoerer)~

EwelineB (Ewelina Barlak)~

The runway was sensational!!! What a great production! I truly enjoyed the fashions and the total overall total look achieved by the Models: Factor Chosen, Makeup: NARS,  Hair: Parto Naderi along with outstanding work by the designers!!! I liked the element of adding the Best Designer to the Fashion Runway, and the winner is…Chicago-based designer Taneasha Prunty, representing her design label, Gidi, took home the Daring Design Challenge trophy. 

Those Goodie Bags!!!

They are truly awesome. The bags from this show included the following items:

Aruba Aloe, Bliss Spa, Dial, DM Luxury Lifestyle Dr. Hauschka, Escentric Molecules, Essance, HASK, Honest Tea, InstaNatural, Jane CarterSolutions, Juice Organics, LIFEWTR, LUNA Bar, Real Techniques, Shea Terra, Tantowel, Tend Skin, Yu-Be, Z. Bigatti…and more!

About’s The Art of Fashion (Runway Show) presented by Cadillac has been the premiere fall runway show in Chicago since 2010. This fall, all runway show attendees will also be able to shop Chicago’s finest designers at our FashionChicago designer shopping event (5-10pm) that night both before and after the show. will be hosting the 16th season of our FashionChicago shopping event featuring one-of-a-kind shopping Chicago’s top apparel, jewelry and accessories designers. Admission to FashionChicago shopping & cocktails from 5-10pm is included with your runway show ticket.

The Art of Fashion ~ Runway Fashion Show

On Thursday, October 19, 2017, join us at Revel Fulton Market for the 11th season of’s The Art of Fashion (Runway Show) presented by Cadillac featuring Chicago’s finest designers.

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Time: 5:00-10:00 PM (7:30 PM runway)

Venue: Revel Fulton Market (1215 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607)

Cost: $50-$150

On Thursday, October 19, 2017, join us at Revel Fulton Market for the 11th season of’s The Art of Fashion (Runway Show) presented by Cadillac featuring Chicago’s finest designers.

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Time: 5:00-10:00 PM (7:30 PM runway)

Venue: Revel Fulton Market (1215 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607)

Cost: $50-$150

Buy Tickets

The event will again include the 16th season of our FashionChicago® designer shopping event featuring Chicago’s top apparel and accessories designers.

Event Times:

• Cocktail Reception, Hors d’oeuvres & Red Carpet: 5-7:30pm

• FashionChicago® Designer Shopping: 5-10pm’s The Art of Fashion (Runway Show): 7:30pm

• Post runway show cocktails & shopping: 8:30-10pm

Runway Show Tickets:

• VIP + Goodie Bag tickets range from $75-$150 (Rows 1-6) and include a signature Goodie Bag (25+ brands, est. $150+ value).

• Cocktail Reception & Runway Show tickets are $65 for seats in Rows 7-10, and $50 for standing room.

Runway Show Designers:

Top Chicago fashion designers including both established labels and emerging artists – SWABY | Shernett Swaby, Ann Everett, Borris Powell, EwelineB, Ellie Day, Gidi, Heidi Hess, Idrine Bishweka, J. TOOR and more.

FashionChicago® Pop-up Shopping:

All runway show guests are invited to hit the red carpet and meet & shop with Chicago’s top fashion designers during the pre-show Cocktail Reception (5:00-7:30pm) as well as after the show (8:30-10pm)

FashionChicago® Designer Pop-up Shops:

Ann Everett * Alcala’s Boutique * Borris Powell * Calvin Tran * Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy’s on State St. * Christina Karin * Christopher Augmon * Ellie Jay Jewels * F U Clothing * Gidi * Heidi Hess * Idrine Bishweka * J. Markell * Kendall Miles Designs * Mooya Bags * Nomadic Ant * NYET Jewelry * Q by QS * SWABY | Shernett Swaby * Squasht * Suki + Solaine * Takohl * VARYFORM * vFish Designs * 4 Tamara Nicole…and more!

All tickets include 5-10pm access to Red Carpet photos, cocktail reception and FashionChicago® designer shopping & Official Post Party.

This red carpet event sells out in advance online every year – so order tickets now!

Not on your computer? Call 1-800-838-3006 (Brown Paper Tickets) for assisted order orbuy directly from your phone.

Presenting Sponsor:


Official Bottled Water:


Radio Sponsor:

KISS 103.5 FM & iHeartRadio

Spirits Sponsor (Signature Cocktails):


Natural Skincare Sponsor:

Trilogy Natural Products

Energy Bar Sponsor:


Models for Runway Show:

Factor + Chosen

Sushi Rolls & Hors d’oeuvres

RA Sushi * Wow Bao


Palm Bay International signature Goodie Bags (25+ brands, $150+)

Aruba Aloe * Bliss Spa * Dial * DM Luxury Lifestyle * Dr. Hauschka * Escentric Molecules * Essance * HASK * Honest Tea * InstaNatural * Jane Carter Solutions * Juice Organics * LIFEWTR * LUNA Bar * Real Techniques * Shea Terra * Tantowel * Tend Skin * Yu-Be * Z. Bigatti…and more!

I hope to see you there!

Rome where beauty reigns supreme

I just recently returned from a wedding anniversary trip and it was truly awesome! As you are aware my blog speaks about beauty, cosmetics, the trends and other industry topics. However in this post, I will address beauty in all things!

The Architecture, the people, the food, the culture and the focus on health/wellness through fitness and beauty. Now let’s get started with telling my story through observation and pictures!


There is a great appreciation for me and the detail of architecture in Rome, Italy. There is such great detail in everything!

I just loved being in this type of environment. The people were always on the move and did what it takes to get the job done.

As I watched people to see similarities and the differences of my daily routine. Though I was a tourist, I wanted to explore the lifestyles of everyday people and what makes them tick. One of the most that I picked up on was health and wellness.

Health/Wellness and Fitness

I purposely sought out any shops devoted to health, beauty and fitness. I took pictures of ads as indicated above promoting being fit through working out.

There were many modes of transportation as with any country, but taxis, bus, train, walking and through the use of scooters.

Wine and Dining

The next topic of discussion was the food. Oh , but the food was truly scrumptious! It was always supported with bottled sparkling

natural mineral water. There were many places to go and enjoy a great meal. We dined at the following places: the Sheridan Roma, a restaurant in the Rome Colonna area and Rome Borgo~ Saturicus to name a few.

The Beauty Details

Through our walks and tours in Rome, I noticed quite a few Health and Wellness Centers. I admire how health and wellness is important to culture. In the midst of all that beauty in Rome, residents make time to incorporate health and wellness in their daily routines.

I also found beauty supply stores and Perfume Shops essential to supporting overall beauty.

So if you have vacationing on your list, be certain to check out Rome, Italy.., you will be glad you did!

Key areas to visit are not limited to: The Trevi Fountain, Imperial Forum,Rome-Quartiete Ostience, Rome San’ Eustachio, Rome Colonna, Piazzadi Spagna, The Vatican City & Museum and the Colosseum and many, many more historical sites and attractions. I will close out the blog post through the beautiful captures of Rome through pictures.

For more information about Rome, Italy do check out this link.

Ciao for now! A special Thank you to Chicago Imaging Solutions for providing the great photography ❤️📸

And the Winner is…of Mario Presents DESTINATION Runway Make Me A Model~ 2017 is Kiara

Mario Tricoci Presents DESTINATION Runway~ Mario Make Me A Model 2017. What a wonderful evening for a modeling competition. The evening started with a Pre-Event Reception at the beautiful Geraghty located in the Pilsen community in Chicago, Illinois.

Guests enjoyed mingling with attendees, having lite appetizers and adult refreshments. You were also able to get braiding, touch- up brows and other select mini- beauty make-overs performed by beauty professionals before the fashion event.

The kick- off to the event began with a welcome from our very own Megan Bueschel~ Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer at Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas.

The amazing anchor sponsors from WBBM Channel 2 Chicago featured Rob Johnson and Iris's Sargent as they opened up our runway explosion!

There were 5 featured designers that showcased their designs for DESTINATION Runway!! Those talented and successful artists are: SWABY, SUKI + SOLAINE, MISANTHROPE, GIDI, AZEEZA. So let's heat up the runway !

Our next designers showcase is SUKI + SOLAINE

The next featured designer is MISANTHROPE.

Our next featured designer showcase their work for GIDI.

Our last but not least featured showcased designer is the work of AZEEZA. Bring on the colors!!! No shade with this exquisite design.

And for our Grand FINALE Wardrobe provided for the final 5 contestants.

Baily wearing SWABY

Christine wearing GIDI.

Issac wearing Bloomingdales from Old Orchard

Pablo wearing Bloomingdales from Old Orchard
Our last but not least contestant is Kiara

Ad Competition Winner Presented by: Susanna Holman and Trish Perillo

Pablo was the winner of the Perillo BMW Ad.
The winner was announced by Mario Tricoci!…. And the Winner is!!!

Congratulations to Kiara!!! 💫👍🎉 All the best to you!

DESTINATION Runway 2017~ Mario Make Me A Model competition

DESTINATION Runway 2017~ Mario Make Me A Model competition

Every year the program culminates with a runway show featuring five emerging Chicago
Designers during which finalists will be immersed with 20 professional models to walk the runway as the last piece of the competition.  I just love this concept!!!

During this is evening, Mario Tricoci will announce the winner of Mario, Make Me a Model 2017

When: The show will take place on
Thursday, August 10, 2917

The Geraghty ~2520 S. Hoyne Avenue in Chicago, IL

Why: It's about making dreams come true and getting discovered in the beauty, fashion and modeling industries! Who knows what other stardom can stem from this platform !💫

The winner of Mario Make Me A Model 2017 will receive additional prizes valued at more than $4,000.


  • A seven-night trip for two adults to Grand Bahia Principe Coba in Riviera Maya, Mexico courtesy of Apple Vacations,
  • A Fitness Formula Clubs membership and $500 in Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas beauty products.
  • The five finalists will all receive consideration for a modeling contract with Factor|Chosen

"I have been covering this event since it's conception! I always consider it a privilege to be there in the moment!" ~Celestine McGee,
Veteran Beauty Industry Professional.

About Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas
Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas is the leader in luxury hair styling and spa services operating 14 locations in Chicagoland including 12 full-service Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas and two Mario Tricoci Too Salons focusing on expert cut and color.  For more than 40 years, Mario has offered an extensive menu of cutting-edge hair, skin and body care, as well as custom make-up and nail services all delivered by highly skilled professionals.  Visit for more information, consultation tools, trend galleries and helpful How-To videos to achieve today's top looks.  Appointments can be made online, in salon, or by calling 847.202.1900
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