The Savvy Assistant

7 Savvy Home Essentials

July 22nd, 2014 · My Favorite Things, Savvy Finds


7 savvy home essentials

MAD Rush…

…how my AM starts off once I have touched the floor. I need my coffee FAST, my smoothie made in rocket speed, water infused to help down the recommended daily dose of H20, outfits pressed pronto {pressed? forget it…a quick steam for me}, veggies & produce that will stay fresh longer, my ability to chat while applying morning make-up & be able to blast my Spotify tracks to dance {I mean get ready… ok maybe both}.


Enjoy these 7 Savvy Home Essentials that help me do..well, just that.

The 7 Essentials

1} Drink up: World Market Glass Infuser Dispenser {$24}. Add Strawberries & Mint, cucumbers, lemon or whatever your thirst desires.

2} Get Dressed: Extreme Steam by Conair {$28} Gets the job done fast with high steam, dressed to impress in minutes.

3} Turn it up : SONOS speaker Playlist1  {$200 }. Worth every penny, incredible bass & surround sound. Create a “pair”  if desire L & R speakers-

4} Hands Free: LG Bluetooth Headset {$80 normally}. Talk freely while chatting, good sound quality & comfortable.

5} Fresh Produce: Collapsible Produce Keeper {$16}.Keeps veggies fresh & crisp so much longer! super love. Collapsible? done.

6} Blend it: Farberware Single Serve Blender {$28}. Smoothie heaven. Add whatever you fancy & blends fast!

7} Caffeine now: Kitchen Essentials Single Cup {$10-$16}. Use E V E R Y am.  Made it twice on my savvy lists, I enjoy it that much.

~start your day off awesome~

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Photo Story: A New Take on your Next Photo Session

July 6th, 2014 · Fashion, Home Decor, My Favorite Things, Savvy Finds, Style

~VISION  up your next  photo session with your beloved~

My good friend Julie {aka Jules}recently celebrated  8 years with her hubby. She wanted a visionary that represented the “real us” as she stated. It was to take place over 3 scenes, each meaningful places for the couple.  Jules shares below a creative way to express your  love through a Photo Story

{Photo Story, Scene One}:

Jules & her hubby Dave are on a coffee date. They originally met at this cafe 8 years ago on a blind date. Five years later, she informed Dave they were expecting their first child. The photographer {The skilled Josh Norris} captured the couple as they shared a memorable latte going down memory lane:

…where it all first began…


{Photo Story, Scene Two}:

Jules & Dave have a love of  T r a v e l. It has been awesome hearing about their global trots over the years to places such as Africa, Yap {I admit I had to look that one up}, Palau, Alaska & along the Mediterranean to name a few. Josh captured their united passion at a local airport. How stylish are these two lovebirds?

Oh the places we have been & the places we will go together!

{Photo Story, Scene Three}:

Julie wanted one of the locations to represent the intimate side of them so chose a contrasting scene. The last scene was  taken by Josh in their backwoods. They both dressed formally yet stayed barefoot for the natural setting.



What makes the scenes come together seamlessly & effortlessly? Hire an uber talented photographer like this guy.

behind the scenes gathering the perfect backwoods moment


~Meet:  Josh Norris~ {For top notch pics & from what I hear  personality style to match, check out Josh’s incredible visionaries here}

Josh Jules Dave

~A Special Thank you to my friend Julie for sharing her P h o t o   S t o r y  with our readers & Josh Norris of Josh Norris Photography~


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Glowy Summer Skin

June 22nd, 2014 · Beauty, Health, Make-up tips, My Favorite Things, Skin tips

glow summer skin

As a S P A owner, Esthetician & blogger, you can I M A G I N E how many products I trifle through. The number one question I get is how do I get that fresh g.l.o.w.y.  look with my make-up? 

I take care of my skin, like REALLY take care of it… In addition to my skin care regime, I think you can look fresh & amazing with how you treat your skin before your make-up. I keep my overall make-up really natural & light and will add drama to my eyes or lips if need be.

So BRING It SUMMER!  My glowy summer skin tips are revealed:

1} Grapeseed Lavender & Rose Toner: Fresh Face Must. Tone your skin first  for hydration, proper PH balance & removal of extra residuals. A non-alcoholic toner is best.

2} Glo Therapeutics Illuminator: Glow happening here! Mix the Illuminator with a Primer like the one listed below. You can also add the Illuminator to specific areas you would like to highlight individually, like eye lids or cheek bones {even shoulders}.

3} Korres Anti-age primer : Priming is an important skin care step before applying make-up. It aids in smoothing lines, hydrates skin & allows additional make-up to slide smoothly on the skin’s surface.  Mix the Illuminator & Primer for an additional hydrated glow.

4} Glo Therapeutics Tinted moisturizer 30+: My absolute #1 skincare seller in my spa. I apply after the Primer & Illuminator. Very silky, ultra-light & built in SPF. A great combination of my moisturizer, tint and SPF in one. This is what I use in lieu of foundation. Match with your skin tone, I prefer the Medium in the summertime. My skincare obsession.

5} Glo Therapeutics concealer : Dab a little after all steps above in any dark areas or blemishes need be. If need to add a smidge of powder to areas that need additional coverage, this is the step to do so. It mainly is for the eye area, but it covers any possible blemishes perfectly.

6} Stila covertible dual lip & cheek cream : My go to creamy cheek stain forever {Fuscia is the color I use}. You can also apply to lips for days when prefer a light lip tint vs. full made lips. I also brush a blush powder gently over the stain for an additional pop of color {powder blush of choice: LORAC baked matte satin blush in flaunt}

7} Glo Therapeutics Brightener Highlighter Concealer: This is great to use under the eyes. I use the other concealer mainly on if I *gasp* have a blemish that day. This highlighter does just that. It is creamy & goes on bright.

8} Glo Therapeutics Oil-Free 40 SPF: Super light oil-free sunscreen I love to add when needed throughout the day. Glides on smooth, not heavy & smooth. Remember to re-apply every 80 minutes.

9} Eye M Glam highlighter : Your go-to Glow secret! I shimmer this on my cheekbones, bridge of nose, sometimes eyelids, shoulders and decollete. It looks amazing in pictures & I have used this product for years. Flashback to my Glo post & video ~here~ featuring Eye M Glam.

11} Boscia Green Tea Extract blotting linens: When your skin gets too oily throughout the day, blotting papers are the key vs. adding more make-up constantly. Great price, extremely light and amazed at how much oil comes off on one sheet! My skin feels & looks refreshed after using.

11} Babyganics Body Sunscreen: Not just for babies, this 50+ sunscreen is sunfabulous. I searched for years for the perfect body sunscreen & finally found it. LOVE the easy application pump, glides on effortlessly and not to thick….especially hard to find for a Mineral based sunscreen. It’s tear free, hypo-allergenic, No parabens, sulfates, Phthalates or fragrances. So overall just Sunscreen magic awesomeness. Super LOVE

~ Get Glowing~



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