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Love & Appreciation for our Readers ^_^ October/November 2011

Ola Darlings,

It’s Media Maven here, and have I got loads of fun, fashionably organic and eco-licious content for you. But first, let’s acknowledge that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as well as Domestic Violence Awareness Month – two very important causes that we at Media Maven are seriously passionate about!

Since we’ve last communicated, and I know it’s been a long time…I have been busy buzzing and scouting around for the best of the best – in health & wellness, fitness, fashion & beauty, travel, cuisine, parenting – you name it. We are currently revamping and launching aspects of the site to enhance your EMPOWERMENT, ENTERTAINMENT & EDUCATION. Check out Ayden’s Room;) – an invaluable parenting resource for moms and dads who are curious about everything baby &, toddler into the teenage years, that is organic, ecofriendly, budget friendly, fashionably adorable, hip and modern, fun places to visit, great family things to do – anything you would like and enjoy as a parent and as a family.

Summer has come and gone and fall is here with winter on her heels. Media Maven will help you make the seasonal transition with fashionable style and beauty that is healthy and fit!

Media Maven is now a member’s site! Feel FREE to JOIN. Engage in the forums, groups and other social savvy activities.

Stay tuned for all of the FAB goodies, and as always – post comments, ‘LIKE’ us on FB, follow us on twitter @goddesspr/media-maven & tumblr as well love to hear from you. Also, be the first to know about upcoming events, giveaways, contests and receive FAN only invites!

 

Smooches XOXO,

Media Maven

Unleash the Bliss Within; Fave Products of an Elite Lifestylista

 

Hello Darlings,

Media Maven here, and I’ve created a blissfully FAB hub of all things organic, natural & eco-friendly baby, beauty & skin care for the savvy Lifestylista who wears many hats (mompreneurs, wife, boss, employee, etc) or simply put – Goddess; Wonder WOMAN! Click the links (above & below) and as always, Enjoy…

P.S. Here is an Amazon Exclusive Preview for their Holiday Toy List, Holiday Countdown to Black Friday Deals & Gift Cards: *smooches;-)*

XOXO,
Media Maven

Isabelle Grace Jewelry Offers Personalized Pieces For Every Bride, Bridesmaid, And Flower Girl, To Cherish

Hello Lovelies,

Wondering what bridal party princesses really want to receive on the big day? Jewelry, of course! IsabelleGraceJewelry.com offers beautifully handcrafted pieces that can be personalized with the big day’s date, stones, names, and special messages of praise and celebration. The bridal party will forever cherish these pieces and look upon them with fond memories of the big day!

For The Bride

 

Congratulate brides and help them celebrate their engaged or newlywed status with these elegant pieces made of fine (.999) silver or 22kt gold.

Pictured left to right, top to bottom: Love Monogram ($175)- a gorgeous tag that features the initials of the engaged or newly-wedded couple, Anniversary Tag Necklace ($190)- a fine (.999) silver piece that commemorates the bride’s special day, LOVE Dog Tag Necklace ($140)- the bride will love this fine (.999) silver and 22kt gold-accented tag featuring your own special message on the back, Signature Mini Tags ($125)- the wedding queen will forever cherish these fine silver layering pieces that feature a sparkling cz, Sweet Hearts Name Charm ($135)- these custom-made, fine (.999) silver necklaces can be inscribed on the front and back with the bride’s name and congratulatory messages, The Christina Necklace ($385)- the bride will adore this piece featuring a round tag with the word LOVE in 22kt gold, a Fleur de Lis “dog tag” accented with 22kt gold, and a Deluxe Birthstone “Mini”, Love Locket ($285)- this fine (.999) silver “locket” style pendant customized with a special message will become the bride’s favorite accessory, Script Name Charm with Amour Tag ($205)-brides will go gaga over this necklace that pairs the classic (.999) silver Script Name Charm with the lovely sterling silver and 22kt gold-accented Amour Charm, Tall Script Tag with Heart Outline Charm ($230)-a lovely arrangement featuring the Gold Outline Heart Charm and the fine (.999) silver Script Tall Tags inscribed with “love” and the bride’s name, Butterfly Charm Necklace- this charm inscribed with the bride and groom’s names will forever celebrate the big day.

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On Your Own Wedding Day

As the bride, you deserve the utmost attention on your big day! Complete your look with these fancy accessories that will become staple pieces in your jewelry box for years to come.

Pictured left to right, top to bottom: Posh Coin Bracelet ($50)- this graceful piece featuring silver coin pearls and oxidized silver links will look stunning with your wedding gown, Posh Coin Drops ($35)- complete your wedding-day look with these earrings featuring white coin pearls and gold-filled link chains, Charlotte Earrings ($32)- freshwater baby pearls paired with vermeil or sterling silver puffed beads make these earrings the perfect touch to your wedding day look, Simple Coin Pearl Earrings ($29)- simple, sweet and sophisticated, these lovely coin pearls will pair perfectly with your wedding dressBlanca Necklace ($70)-this sophisticated piece featuring white agate briolettes will be admired by everyone on your big day!

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For The Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids deserve only the best jewelry gifts for all the hard work they put into the wedding preparations. All of these pieces will be treasured for years to come.

spondylolisthesis pictures persuasive speech on animal testing irrational thinking definition Pictured left to right, top to bottom: Elena ($95)- this simple and elegant initial charm will become a staple piece in all the bridesmaids’ everyday wardrobes, Elisabetta Necklace ($155)-this sterling silver charm can be inscribed with each bridesmaid’s initials…a true gift from the heart, Estrela Necklace ($155)- this sophistcated initial charm features a lovely oxidized Labradorite Gemstone Chain that truly makes it one-of-a-kind, Name Bar Necklace ($165)- bridesmaids will love layering this fine-silver bar charm with longer necklaces, Signature Floating Pendant ($125)- this gorgeous (.999) fine silver initial accented with 22kt gold will show how much you appreciate all your bridesmaids’ hard work, Signature Initial Necklace ($125)- bridesmaids will adore these necklaces that feature a fine (.999) silver disk inscribed with their own initials, Hammered Initials ($36)- show your bridesmaids how much you care about them with these edgy, fine (.999) silver initial necklaces, Vermeil Mini’s ($55)- bridesmaids will love these pieces’ high polish finish, Script Name Charm w/ Gold Heart ($155)- this simple, sweet and unique piece is sure to become your bridesmaids’ fave jewelry piece, Signature Initial Bangle ($135)- bridesmaids will love wearing this piece alone or stacked with other bangles for a bohemian look, Signature Initial Bracelet ($145)-this fine (.999) silver disc accented with 22kt gold will become a staple piece in all your bridesmaids’ jewelry boxes, Live. Laugh. Love. Necklace ($90)- this piece helps bridesmaids celebrate today, pay homage to yesterday, and live life to the fullest, Live. Laugh. Love. Bracelet ($36)- bridesmaids will love pairing this bracelet with all their everyday outfits, Zodiac ($145)- bridesmaids will adore these necklaces that feature their special sign.

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For The Flower Girl

Your flower girl deserves a one-of-a-kind gift for playing such a huge role in the wedding. Help her feel like a lovely princess with these charming pieces.

Pictured left to right, top to bottom- Sweet Celebrations Necklace ($68)- the flower girl will love wearing this adorable piece with her favorite outfits, Sweet Celebration Bracelet ($48)- like its matching necklace, this piece will become the flower girl’s favorite accessory, Initial Tag Bracelet ($50)- flower girls will love showing off this fine (.999) silver bracelet.

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Where to Shop for Kids Clothes in Staten Island; Maven’s Viewpoint

Hello Moms & Dads,

Ever wondered where to shop for kids clothes in Staten Island? If you are anything like me, then you should read on. Shopping is my favorite pastime. I enjoy venturing into different boroughs in my quest in search of new experiences and locations. My niche is exclusive finds, but I am also known as a fashion faithful evangelist when it comes to brands I trust for my family. With the holidays rapidly approaching, here are Media Maven’s fave spots to cop kids clothes in Staten Island!

Marshalls

The slogan for Marshalls has lots to do with my addiction for bargain shopping! “Never Pay Full Price for Fabulous,” makes this single mom dance. I am a natural budget fashionista by heart. My children range are 15, 14 and 9 1/2 months;  its great to shop for clothes for all three (2 girls & 1 infant boy) simultaneously. Marshalls is a great place to start if you are ever wondering where to shop for kids clothes in Staten Island.

Marshalls 2485 Richmond Avenue Staten Island, NY 10301 (718) 370-3313

Hours of Operation: Sun: 10 am – 6 pm, Mon-Sat: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

The Children’s Place

The Children’s Place is another great bargain shopping spot when looking for where to shop for kids clothes in Staten Island. The Children’s Place is best known for its selections of fun, funky colors and punky designs. I remember when my teen girls were toddlers. I used to practically live in The Children’s Place. I have the pleasure of igniting that pleasure passion once more because of my infant son. The Children’s Place caters to newborns right on up to size 14 for both girls and boys.

Contact The Children’s Place (Staten Island):

2655 Richmond Avenue

Staten Island, NY 10301

(718) 494-7480

Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, Sunday: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Carter’s

I am often called upon when my fellow moms-to-be ask about Carter’s reputation and quality. I can honestly attest, without a doubt that Carter’s is a must when hunting for where to shop for kids clothes in Staten Island. The clothes are excellent quality and very budget friendly. Carter’s is also carried by trusted brand name retailers such as Marshalls, Macy’s and even Bloomingdale, which makes Carter’s pretty much available and trusted by moms of all types. The clothes last and I have yet to meet an anti-Carter’s mom. Sizes range from newborn to size 7.

Contact Carter’s (Staten Island):

2955 Veterans Road West

Staten Island, NY 10301

(718) 948-2475

Hours of Operation: Sunday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday to Saturday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Justice

If your house is anything like mine, then you have fashion and beauty divas texting around the house. These divas usually make shopping for kids clothes in Staten Island  end up at Justice, an adorable, fun and hip young stylista’s haven. The prices are just as FAB as the clothes themselves. Justice is definitely a fashion friendly explosion of trendy jeans, shoes, swimwear, pjs, accessories, uniforms and even fun gifts for the fashion diva in your life. Justice is an excellent shop on any mom’s quest for where to shop for kids clothes in Staten Island. Trust me, your daughter(s) will love you for life.

P.S. Sizes are available up to size 20.

Contact Justice (Staten Island):

2955 Veterans Road West

Suite 1B

Staten Island, NY 10301

(718) 984-3913

Hours of Operation: Mon-Sat 10:00 am-9:00 pm, Sun 11:00 am-6:00 pm

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Media Maven**Exclusive**New Isabelle Grace 2011 Collection

Hello Goddesses,

Media Maven here, and I’ve got some jewelry of the “Golden Goddess” kind that is sure to turn heads, set trends and make your friends green with envy!

Athena

Named after the beautiful Greek goddess Athena, this necklace will make its owner feel divine! With its lovely silver disk pendant, semi-precious briolette, and 14kt gold chain, the Athena necklace pairs perfectly with a solid-colored sweater and skinny jeans! Retails for $55.

Athena II

Like its little sister Athena, the Athena II necklace exudes loveliness and bestows goddess-like beauty upon its wearer!  It too has a charming silver disk pendant and 14kt gold chain, as well as a gold vermeil disk pendant. Try pairing this piece with a black cocktail dress or billowing white top!  Retails for $46.

Blanca

With its glistening white agate briolettes and sleek vermeil chain, Isabelle Grace Jewelry’s Blanca necklace is the perfect fall accessory. It would look superb with your favorite V-neck slinky top! Retails for $70.

Ginko Leaf Necklace

This necklace’s fine (.999) silver Ginko Leaf pendant, silver chain, and green freshwater pearls make it the perfect fall accessory! The pendant is 1 inch in length, ½ an inch wide, and immeasurable in cuteness! Retails for $48.

Joana

Modern and cool, this necklace has a fine (.999) silver or vermeil textured disc that is 1 inch in diameter. It also features a sterling silver or 14kt gold-filled chain, and pairs nicely with an exquisite wing top! Retails for $118.

Marisa

This super-cute necklace can be worn long or twice-layered…for double the fun! With its hammered-on sterling silver beads and matching chain, the Marisa necklace pairs great with a black tank top and dark jeans! Retails for $110.

Rock My World

This bold and beautiful necklace features a thick 14kt gold-filled, hammered chain accented with White Marble. It would look crisp and classy with a clean white turtleneck! Retails for $130.

Ruby Heart Necklace

This charming gold chain necklace’s petite gold heart looks sweet and loveable in between cute red beads. It is the perfect addition to your wardrobe, and would jazz up any casual red top on a breezy fall day! Retails for $42.

Ruby Squared Necklace

Be the envy of your friends with this eye-catching gold-chain necklace that features a hollow square pendant with a ruby in the lower left corner. It looks dashing on a classy purple or green top! Retails for $85.

Zodiac Necklaces

Reading horoscopes is now a fun trend, and Isabelle Grace Jewelry’s Zodiac necklaces are the best way to show off your sign and start a conversation! They are available in all12 signs and in sterling silver or vermeil with cubic zircon accents, and are approximately ¾ inch in diameter with a hammered edge. Retails for $145.

Acorn Charm

Isabelle Grace Jewelry’s Acorn Charm adds a whimsical touch to any necklace and celebrates fall’s colored leaves and scurrying squirrels! It measures ½ inch in length, and is available in sterling silver, 18kt vermeil, or bronze. Retails for $45.

Breast Cancer Support Necklaces

Breast Cancer Butterfly Necklace- Because butterflies start off as a pinpoint-sized egg and emerge bigger, stronger, and full of life from a cocoon, the Breast Cancer Butterfly Necklace is a symbol of profound changes in the soul. It comes in sterling silver or vermeil with accenting stones in baby freshwater pearl, rose quarter, and pink tourmaline. Retails for $70.

Hope Necklace- Isabelle Grace Jewelry’s Hope necklace is worn close to the heart and symbolizes our faith and belief that some day we WILL find a cure for Breast Cancer. It comes in sterling silver or vermeil with accent stones in pink mystic topaz, and is a necklace for everyone who believes. Retails for $85.

The Survivor Necklace- This necklace honors all the amazing women out there that have suffered through Breast Cancer. It features a fine (.999) silver hand-cut tag that is inscribed with the motto “Survivor” on the front and “because I am” on the back. The stone is Pink Topaz to honor the pink ribbon, and 25% of this necklace’s proceeds are donated to Breastcancer.org. Retails for $85.

Gold Year Charm

The Gold Number Charm is a great accent piece to any necklace, and is a simple way to show off an important year in your life and wear your favorite number for good luck! Gold Number Charms are approx ½ inch wide and 1 inch long in size, and are hand-made out of fine (.999) silver with 22kt gold accents. Retails for $75.

Signature Initial Bangle

Make a statement and proudly wear your name’s initial with this classy silver bangle accented with gold. It pairs nicely with any cute long-sleeve shirt on a crisp fall evening. Retails for $135.

Hammered Initials

These lovely charms are a new edgy way to show off the ones you love, and they look great both alone or layered with other pieces. Hammered Initials are handmade of fine (.999) silver and hammered for a distressed effect. Retails for $36.

About Isabelle Grace Jewelry
Isabelle Grace Jewelry creates simple, beautiful, and elegant hand-made pieces inspired by life’s most important things. This includes family, marriage, love, and happiness. The pieces are expertly crafted with one’s special message, names, and inspiration out of the highest quality materials. ‘Like’ Isabelle Grace Jewelry on Facebook at www.facebook.com/#!/IsabelleGraceJewelry.

**Exclusive** Denise Ilitch Designs Wows with Whimsical Classic Accessories

Hello Stylistas,

I am a huge fan of exclusive finds and here are FABshionable pieces just for the “P(ashion)ista in all of us…

Turquoise Cigar Ring – $120

Denise Ilitch Designs (DID), founded by Detroit’s businesswoman Denise Ilitch, is a collection of fine jewelry and fashion accessories offering an eclectic range of one-of-a-kind designs. DID pieces complement all fashion styles – from elegant to boho-chic. Pieces incorporate agate, granite, amethyst quartz and other rare materials like peridot, Swarovski crystal, feathers and red coral.

Golden Goddess – $47 (Media Maven’s Fave)

Ilitch is a couture fashion enthusiast with a knack for luxury goods. Upon enrolling in a beading class in Tucson to satisfy her palate for creativity, she welcomed an artistic endeavor to learn the aesthetics of fine jewelry. Enthralled with delicate details of design, Denise developed her signature whimsical creations by fusing semi-precious stones with precious gold and silver metals onto bracelets, cocktail rings, earrings and more.

Amethyst Cuff – $270

The blend of unexpected textures integrated with vibrant colors results in a collection of conversation-starting pieces that boast conservativeness with a modern twist. Each jewelry collection is inspired by the richest colors, textures and styles from across the globe. With red carpet appeal, DID fashions are one of a kind and can be paired with either black tie or denim ensembles. Price points range from $35 to $945.

Sophistication earrings – $174

What began as a passion for all things avant-garde and glitzy, DID has evolved into a successful entrepreneurial dream. The striking balance between elegance and feminine flair results in a collection of novel accessories with timeless yet trendsetting style.

Blue Stone with Vermeil Earrings – $450

For more information on the collection, please visit www.deniseilitchdesigns.com.

Purple Reins Ring – $160  

Holistic Maven Alice Inoue Feng Shui Series; Clogged By Clutter

By Alice Inoue

Where do I place a fountain to bring in more opportunities? Will hanging a crystal enhance my career? Should I paint my room green for better feng shui? These are frequently asked questions, yet small things like this will hardly make much of a difference, and even if they do, their effect will be short-lived. For the long-term, the foundation of your energetic environment will have the greatest impact.

Alice’s Basic Rule #1

So where do you begin?  The first thing I say is to minimize your clutter.  When I mention this in presentations, some people sigh, others groan, and many nod knowingly. Most everyone relates to clutter, no one seems to like having it, and yet, unless someone is spring cleaning or a move is imminent, it’s rare to get motivated to clear it out.

Everything in our environment is a reflection of what’s going on in our inner environment, and a cluttered home is directly correlated with the mental and emotional clutter we hold inside.  You will often hear me say, “clear your clutter, clear your mind.”  By sorting out your clutter, you sort out your life, which results in a release and renewal of your own life force.

Why we hold on to clutter

Clutter is woven into our emotional energy and it drains us. It ties us to the past instead of allowing us to live in the present moment, yet we hold on to it for various reasons. How many of these clutter scenarios do you relate to?

Clothes that don’t fit

By keeping clothes that don’t fit, you constantly have a visual reminder that you are not where you once were. If you can accept where you are with your size in the present and let go of the clothes that represent the “old” you, you will have an opportunity to create a “new” you.

Expensive but unused items

Have you ever purchased something that cost “a lot” of money and later realized it wasn’t a wise purchase? Keeping these items constantly reminds you of your “mistake”. Each time it’s in view, you subconsciously judge yourself, which holds you in the past.  Let it go.

Keeping things “just in case”

Do you have five umbrellas but only two people in your home? Do you have a closetful of shopping bags that you’ve been saving from years ago? Holding onto everything that comes into your possession shows an anxiety about the future and a lack of trust that the Universe will provide what you need when you need it. When you open up space in your home or office, you open up the possibility that something new can arrive.

Items from a past relationship

Getting rid of possessions after a break-up or a death is always difficult because it means you really have to come to terms with your grief and loss. There is no set time when things “should” be cleared out, but the sooner you are able to clear out possessions associated with a past relationship, the sooner you are able to live in the present moment.

It’s fine to keep items to remember the positive aspects of a person’s existence in your life. Clearing out others’ things is for when you need to let go and move on.

A gift you are not fond of

A gift you don’t like from someone you do like is one of the toughest things to deal with gracefully. I always say to honor the intent of the gift and be appreciative of the love that the person has for you, then donate it or give it to someone who likes it and can use it. Feng shui-wise, it doesn’t make sense to keep something that does not resonate with you.

Tied to your clutter

Imagine being tied to everything in your environment by an invisible thread of energy. As such, you are literally tied to your clutter, even if you can’t see it. Can you believe that you drag your clutter around, no matter where you are or what you are doing? You are losing your energy to it!

Clear your clutter

There are many methods to clear clutter but the simplest is using the theory of relativity.  It states that whatever is closest to you affects you the most, so start clearing from where you spend the most time. Your bedroom? Your office? Your car?

Mark your calendar

Thinking about clearing your clutter is not effective.  Make an appointment with yourself, just like you would with a good friend.  It is totally worth it because at the end of the day, you will feel far better than if you spent it at the spa or out on the golf course.  I promise.

Alice Inoue is a life guide that uses the modalities of feng shui, astrology and spirituality in her work. Her offerings include award-winning, mind-body-spirit themed books, as well as a series of feng shui instructional DVD's. For more information visit www.aliceinspired.com. Sign up for her newsletter to receive monthly articles on feng shui, astrology and life wisdom.

Coyuchi’s Eco Friendly Baby Gear & Holiday Gift Ideas

Ola Mommistas,

Psst…looking for the perfect gift for new parents among friends and family?  Well, Coyuchi – the first company to bring organic bedding to the United States have added a few items to its collection just in time for the big holiday shopping rush.

Coyuchi products are produced using fair–labor practices and natural fibers, free of the toxic dies, bleaches and finishes used in conventional textiles. All Coyuchi cotton is 100% organic, produced using a nontoxic production process certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) – perfect for the ultimate eco-friendly baby holiday.

 

Striped Linen Mini Blanket - Softly striped linen backed in lush cotton flannel keeps baby perfectly warm and snuggly. Finished with rounded corners for a casual touch.

This blanket is make from the softest organic cotton, hand crocheted in delicate openwork diamonds, wraps little ones in a light layer of comfort

Nubby, soft cotton, woven in alternating diamond and pointelle stripes, makes our double-layer blanket light, lofty and warm. Edged with a percale flange that is dyed to match and neatly mitered at the corners.

Nubby, soft cotton, woven in alternating diamond and pointelle stripes, makes our double-layer blanket light, lofty and warm. Edged with a percale flange that is dyed to match and neatly mitered at the corners.

We lined smooth, substantial cotton/linen sateen with organic cotton mini terry to make a supersoft hooded towel that’s specially designed to grow with your child, from baby baths to swim lessons. Set also includes a linen-bound washcloth and adult-sized bath mitt.

 

 

 

 

 

Bedding for Baby

The George, Thor, and Jingo Collection–On a background of the softest natural white organic cotton, George, Thor, Jingo and their faithful friends bring colorful personality and playful details to the nursery. Each hand-embroidered piece in the collection-from the receiving blanket to the bumper cover-showcases an incredible attention to detail that is only matched by Mother Nature herself.

Baby Apparel

Coyuchi’s 100% organic cotton basics are oh- so-soft against baby's skin, and get softer still with every wash.

Bath Basics

Saying Coyuchi’s hooded towels are super-soft and cuddly is an understatement-don’t be surprised if you find yourself wishing they made one for grown-ups.

 About Coyuchi

As the first company to bring organic cotton bedding to the United States, Coyuchi was founded 20 years ago in Point Reyes Station, a small town on the Northern California coast. There, surrounded by ocean, forest, beach and bluff, Coyuchi’s “aesthetic ecosystem” philosophy of design was born, leading to a line of home textiles rooted in the innate qualities of nature.  This rustically sophisticated style has become the hallmark of Coyuchi, with every product, color and detail designed to fit harmoniously and evolve repeatedly, for effortless mixing of colors and textures from room to room and season to season.

Coyuchi products are produced using fair–labor practices and natural fibers, free of the toxic dies, bleaches and finishes used in conventional textiles. All Coyuchi cotton is 100% organic, produced using a nontoxic production process certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Coyuchi can be found at fine retailers across the US and Canada, as well as available for purchase online at www.coyuchi.com

 

Media Maven **Exclusive**Receive 30% Off New Specialists Treatments At Shobha

Welcome to the Shobha Family

Hello Divas,

 

First and foremost, I would like to congratulate the two new specialists at Shobha! I had the pleasure of meeting one of the two lovely ladies, who recently survived Shobha’s intense training program. Frances was such a god sent and totally rocked (with care and caution) during my “beauty” Full-Brazilian session at Shobha, Soho (review coming soon ;-) ).

Shobha will like to welcome you to come in and get to know these lovely ladies for yourself.  Enjoy 30% off each & every visit you book with them now through Saturday, December 31st.   Call to make an appointment at one of their 3 locations & ask to see a new specialist. On the day of your appointment, just bring yourself & your hairy part(s) – no coupon clipping needed – this deal is automatic. So hurry in – schedule your visits before they fill up!

Please Note: Discount is subject to specialists’ availability at each individual location. Below are the specialists schedules according to location & services offered:

  • Shobha ® SoHo (body, bikini & threading services): Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
  • Shobha ® Madison (body, bikini & threading services): Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday
  • Shobha ® Columbus Circle (body, bikini & threading services): Wednesday

FYI.. through the Shobha® Quality Assurance Program, Shobha personally trained each team member to meet its high standards of excellence. Shobha know that practice makes perfect. That’s why each new specialist goes through an intense training program before becoming a Shobha hair removal expert.

Holiday Diamond Diva’s Deals, Discounts & Promos ^_^ Issue 11-18-2011


Hello Lovelies,

It’s that time again! Time for your weekly dose of delicious deals for the diamond diva, to help you to “Unleash the Bliss Within.” Hurry, offers are only for a limited time! And hey, your welcome ;-) !

APPAREL:

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Save at the Black Friday Preview Sale at macys.com Free Shipping on $99 purchase. Offer valid 11/20-11/21.

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20% Off at macys.com Thanksgiving Sale. Use promo code THANKS at checkout. Offer valid 11/22-11/23.

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15% Off at macys.com Thanksgiving Day Sale. Use promo code GOBBLE at checkout. Offer valid 11/24-11/25.

BEAUTY:

All Things Philosophy
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receive 10% off philosophy.com site wide 11/14 – 11/18 when you use promo code “holidaycheer”. shop now!

philosophy’s ‘the care package’ is a perfect gift set to give this holiday season. buy now!

give sweet kisses and merry wishes this holiday, courtesy of philosophy. buy now!

grace yourself or a friend with philosophy’s amazing grace layering gift set. buy now!

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Spend $30 on select Olay products and get a $10 rebate at drugstore.com! Offer ends 12.31.2011.

Spend $100 or more on Xbox 360 hardware, games, or accessories and get a free Xbox Live 1600 point card at drugstore.com! Offer ends 12.15.2011.

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New Customers: Receive $5 off $30 or $10 off $50 on your first non-prescription order! Offer ends 12.31.2011.

$25 for $50 (or $50 for $100) Worth of Clothing and Accessories at American Apparel, either online or in-store

 

$35 for an Editor’s Picks Bundle from Neutrogena Including Seven Skincare Products ($59.43 Value). Shipping Included.

 

Are We Too Prudish For Our Own Good?

The Difference Between Sensuality and Sexuality
By: Tiberio Simone

Being an American citizen, I enjoy the freedom of expression enjoyed by artists in this country. However, I wonder sometimes if we grasp some of the ironies of how we express that freedom.

I am from Italy, which is known as one of the most romantic countries in Europe, a destination for lovers who come to visit from all over the world. So, perhaps I have a slightly different perspective on how Americans express themselves, particularly with regard to romance and sensuality. In Italy, we embrace these concepts in everything we do – the way we dress, the way we cook, the way we dine, and the way we live.

In America however, I sometimes sense a split personality with regard to these concepts. More specifically, I think we sometimes confuse our sensuality with sexuality, and as a result, try to keep both of them hidden for fear of corrupting our children. My point is, there is a difference.

For instance, if any part of the human body that would traditionally be covered by a bathing suit on a typical American beach is shown in a film, that film is rated for adult content, usually getting an “R.”  If it is shown in a TV show, the scene is either deleted, or the “naughty bits,” as the British call them, are digitally pixilated out. And of course those areas are not necessarily even covered by bathing suits in Europe, as many of the beaches there are clothing optional.

In this type of censorship, there is no accounting for context. It’s not about the type of scene, but rather the anatomy. If it is a romantic scene, with a context of love and respect, soft lighting, and appropriate mood, it is considered just as “dirty” as a scene in which naked women are running around and shown as sexual objects and nothing more.

The same goes for modern art. Gallery shows in which the human form is depicted tastefully and sensually are regarded as pornography by many “morals” groups, leading some Congressmen to suggest that public funding from the National Endowment for the Arts should not be awarded to any artist who deals with the nude form. The chilling effect, when we approach the sensual and the sexual in the same way, is that we teach our children that nudity itself is a dirty thing, and that they should all be ashamed of their bodies.

That is why young adults in America go directly from puberty straight to pornography – because they do not have anything in between, such as public art or other forms of healthy nudity – things that would help them develop an understanding of sensuality.

Here is the ultimate irony. While we demonize certain parts of the human form, we don’t demonize treating women as sex objects at all, because we use sex to sell just about everything in the consumer marketplace. In TV commercials, young, attractive, and barely dressed women sell everything from cars to beer, weight loss plans to gym gear, breakfast cereals to vacation destinations – even snack foods practically guaranteed to make the men who eat them incredibly unattractive to the women used to sell them.

The difference here is context. We enter the world naked. It is our most natural state as humans, yet the naked body is considered dirty and inappropriate for all time zones. Meanwhile, treating women not as people, but simply as objects of sexual desire, which demeans all women in the process, is perfectly acceptable.

We need to create an environment in America in which sensuality is not confused with sexuality, so that we can all enjoy a freedom of expression that is based in context and meaning instead of an unhealthy and negative obsession with sex.

(Born in southern Italy, Tiberio Simone is a James Beard Award-winning chef and co-author of La Figa: Visions of Food and Form, a coffee table book that features a spectacular collection of sensual photography – models wearing nothing but Simone’s edible creations.)

Gloss Your Lips and File Your Tips With Bella IL Fiore

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Ola Darlings,
Media Maven here, and I would like to introduce Bella IL Fiore, the fabulously posh beauty line created to streamline a diva’s daily regimen while getting her gorgeous.
All of Bella’s products serve up a sassy dose of glamour wrapped in ultra-femme packaging that’s portable, playful and gift-friendly.
As for their latest beauty must-haves? The “just-launched” collections of their Perfect Pout Duo Lip GlossesShine On Lip Glosses and their sparkly Manicure Sets will keep your lips and tips shiny, polished and looking gorgeous.
Bella IL Fiore products can be found at www.bellabeauty.net and in fashion-forward boutiques and fine department stores nationwide, including KitsonHenri BendelMarie Mason Apothecary and Ritz Carlton Spas. All Bella lip glosses are paraben free and cruelty free.

Perfect Pout Lip Duo
The perfect pout is just a wand away with Bella’s Lip Duo. The long vial offers a pretty base color and the short vial adds extra dazzling shimmer and shine creating a 3-D effect. 
Available in 5 fabulous pairings for perfect lips anytime, anywhere. 

Shades from top to bottom: Hollywood, London, Paris, I heart New York, and Tokyo; $14 each.


Shine On Lip Gloss 
Get your shine on with Bella’s brand new squeeze tube lip gloss. 
The Shine On Gloss provides the perfect touch of color and shine to lips, and its slanted tip allows for smooth and flawless application every time!
Available in 6 shades (from left to right): Je t’aime, Isabel, LuLu, Mademoiselle, Marie Antoinette, Rosie; $11 each.
Manicure Sets
Bella’s brand new manicure sets contain all of the essentials for maintaining beautiful, well groomed nails and more.  
The set is luxuriously packaged in a petite silver snap glitter case. Includes nail clippers, cuticle clippers, scissors, groomer, tweezers and a nail file. 
Available in black sparkle with classic leopard print tools, hot pink sparkle with zebra print tools and silver sparkle with pink leopard print tools. 
Makes for a purse must-have and a great gift; $18 each.
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