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Sep 21, 2018

Today is #NationalNewYorkDay and well, being a native New Yorker, I just had to write a little homage to say what a great place it is to grow up.  

 

One of my favorite NY Style sandwiches is the Bagel and Lox which I have a little video on my website here at:

www.lifesnecessitiesandluxuries.com

If you love it as much as I do, check it out and make one today, or this weekend for brunch.

 

What I love most about New York is that there are so many wonderful ways you can take a mini vacation when you need it.  You can travel 40 minutes out of the city and be in the Adirondack Mountains, or you can travel a few hours and be in Vermont, Washington DC or Boston.  How cool is that?  

 

How can you celebrate #NationalNewYorkDay?  Well, there are a few ways:

-Create a bagel lox sandwich or a Corned Beef Reuben.

-Take out some Sinatra and play some of his tunes, including "New York, New York".

-Check out a Broadway play that might be in your town.

-Rent a video from Amazon Prime - Fame, American Gangster, West Side Story, 42nd Street, An Affair to Remember, Big...

-Pick up some new fashion digs, go to H&M or to Forever 21 where you can find the most trendy items for less and put on a new outfit and meet your friends for a Cosmo at a swanky restaurant.

Whatever you decide to do, do it with style and flair and enjoy!

 

Remember to leave me a review and subscribe so that you never miss out on any future episodes.

 

Remember to live happily, lovingly, peacefully, necessarily and luxuriously.

 

Love,


Dawn-Marie

XO

 

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Sep 19, 2018

In my early days when I rented a couple of my apartments in Brooklyn, I didn't have a bathtub in the studio apartment.  It only had a shower stall and the bathrooms were super tiny.

 

Then I moved into a one bedroom in Bath Beach and I actually had a tub again.  I had missed out on using the bathtub which I desperately needed with all of the aches and pains from my injuries from the car accidents and fall into the sinkhole and a shower never quite helped me the way soaking in some Epsom salts in a bathtub would. 

 

Are you a fan of taking baths?  If not, why not?  I know some people have never stepped into a bathtub, yet, I am still baffled by this.  Why wouldn't you want to soak the stress of the day away?

One of the things I love to do is to add fragrance oils as well as salts and bubbles to make this oasis concoction and help me unwind and de-stress.

Some of my favorite oils to use are:

 

LAVENDER OIL

L'Occitane Moisturizing Cream

L'Occitane Verbena Shower Gel

 

 

and I love to add a facial and hair masque to make the treatment complete.  Here are some of my favorites:

 

BUMBLE AND BUMBLE HAIR MASK

Origins Mask

LaMer Face Moisturizer

Be sure when you pop out of your shower or bath that you moisturize your skin immediately -- this will lock in and seal the moisture into your skin.

This is something my mom taught me when I was 11 and have done it every day of my life since.

 

Well, I hope you'll change your mind if you've never taken baths before and join us millions who do.  And, for those of you already taking luxurious baths, please continue and enjoy the rest and relaxation it provides.

 

Happy bathing!

 

Remember to live happily, lovingly, peacefully, successfully, necessarily and luxuriously.

 

Love, 


Dawn-Marie

XO


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Sep 10, 2018

This episode is a little bit of a rant and rave!  I walked into a Dollar Tree store a few days ago and saw that they were starting to hang up Christmas Decorations and I immediately became a bit perturbed.  

 

Do you think they're starting a bit too early to begin the holiday season?  I'd love to know what you think.  

But, on the other hand, since its up an ready, maybe we can begin our shopping a little bit earlier this year so that we can actually enjoy the holiday season this year.

I just got my beau his gift so, I'm good to go, lol.

Happy shopping!!

 

Remember to live peacefully, happily, lovingly, successfully, necessarily and luxuriously!

 

Love,


Dawn-Marie

XO

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Jul 24, 2018

Today is National Tequila Day.  Tequila is one of my favorite drinks.  The first time I ever had it was in Mexico back in 1983.  Have you ever seen the worm at the bottle of Tequila?  It freaked me out the first time I saw one.  Couldn't believe that people actually drank it.

Tequila is made from the blue agave plant which is harvested by hand.  It's stripped down and ground up in a stone bowl and then the extract is collected and distilled.  One of my favorite brands is Herradura Tequila it's smooth and best when chilled.

How can you celebrate Tequila Day?  Well, if you have a Bahama Breeze restaurant near you, they're offering $5 Margaritas 7/24 - 7/26.  Better yet, pick up Or, pick up a nice bottle of tequila (see above link) and make them at home with some fresh squeezed lime juice and simple sugar, blend with ice and viola - you're Margarita.  You can also add fruit of your choice.  I just love a Strawberry Margarita.  Be sure to call over some friends, and have them bring the Guacamole, chips and Salsa dip, put on some Mexican tunes and get in the groove. 

You could also go for a tequila tasting.  Check out your local libation stores to see if anyone is running one.  

Have fun, share some of your Margarita or Tequila drinks and remember to always drink responsibly.

Cheers,


Dawn-Marie

XO

Jul 24, 2018

When the pressure is on, it's easy for us to crack under it.  Are you able to remain calm and poised or do you fly off the handle like a madman when things are getting out of whack?

I used to be the second one above many, many years ago and then I quickly learned that it wasn't going to do my health any good so I learned how to adjust and become more peaceful when handling stress.

It's never easy when we're faced with challenging moments.  Our fight or flight response will always kick into high gear leaving us frazzled and exhausted.

 

Today's quick episode contains a podcast I did about this topic,  then I actually had a challenging moment, and I recorded another message while I was in the thick of it.  

 

Remember when you're in that stress zone to stay as calm as possible and remember "this too shall pass".

 

Here are some books on the subject that will help with all of the above:

When Life Sucks

Stress Proof

Stress Management...

 

Hang in there my friends and think Zen!!

 

Love,

Dawn-Marie
XO

Jul 11, 2018

Would you like for your significant other to compliment you more?  Sometimes it's hard to get a compliment from the one you love, yet, it can be so easy to compliment a stranger on the street.  Why is this?

Today's episode we cover a simple rule of thumb, if you want more compliments, then give more compliments.

Whether you're newly dating or involved with your romantic partner for ions.  This episode will quickly remind you what to do if you're looking for more of a connection and stay connected.

 

Happy listening and enjoy!

 

Love,


Dawn-Marie

XO

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Jun 18, 2018

Today's guest is Teresha Young, she is known as “The Confidence Restyler”.  Teresha is an accredited and certified Relationship Master Coach specializing in showing women how to reconnect with who they are and find confidence in themselves in order to have healthy, fulfilling relationships with themselves and with others in any kind of relationship; be it professional, family, platonic or romantic.

She has spent years becoming skilled and experienced in the areas of coaching, personal development, self-confidence and in how to have a true connection with others.  Today she is our guest and she is ready to help you get connected to yourself and to finding ways you can heal yourself and find true love with yourself and others.

She's come to talk with us from the other side of the pond, from the lovely United Kingdom.  We will discuss:

 

  • The importance of loving yourself and how you can love yourself more fully.
  • How forgiveness is crucial to living a high quality of life.
  • How to stop sabotaging your relationships.
  • Various ways how we can change the auto negative thoughts that can ruin our happiness.
  • The importance of adding meditation into your life and how it can drastically change your life for the better.

 And so much more.

 Additionally, here are some books that have helped me break some of the negative habits we spoke of and have helped me gain peace and tranquility in my life:

 

May Cause Miracles

Abundance Now: Amplify Your Life & Achieve Prosperity Today

Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!

In the Meantime: Finding Yourself and the Love You Want

 

Next Level Thinking: 10 Powerful Thoughts for a Successful and Abundant Life

Stay in  touch with Teresha:

Facebook: Teresha Young or Diamond Clarity Heartnet

Website:  www.tereshayoung.com

Email:  letsconnect@tereshayoung.com

 

Remember to live happily, peacefully, lovingly and successfully, Namaste!

 

Dawn-Marie

 

XO

May 22, 2018

Turn on Your Star Power and kick off the Spring season.  Summer is right around the corner and things are going to get busier. Today I speak about a few ways you can quickly Turn on Your Star Power:

  • I share a few ways you can do some Spring wardrobe-closet clearing and get your wardrobe up to date and ready for the summer days to come. 
  • Try out some new makeup colors.  We get in a rut sometimes and continue to wear the same colors and products.  Get to a counter near you and have them do a small makeup lesson on what colors you can wear now.
  • Relieve some stress by taking a time out and do something fun.  Have a date night with your partner and enjoy the time together.
  • Take a different route to work or to school.  You'll never know what you might just find that you didn't know exist.  It might just be your next favorite hang out spot.
  • Watch a sunset and let the stresses of the day roll off of you. 
  • Add some fun accessories to your life, they can really make or break your outfit.  Try something a little bit more bold than you would usually wear.  H&M and Forever 21 are two of my favorite places to shop for trendy accessories and inexpensively as well.

And so much more.

Here are a few products to Turn on Your Star Power and get back some luster into your skin and hair. 

Loofah Sponge

L'Occitane Shea Body Butter

Bumble & Bumble Cream De Coco Deep Hair Conditioner

 

Enjoy -- and Happy Spring!!

 

Love Always,


Dawn-Marie

XO

 

 

Apr 13, 2018

April is Straw Hat Month.  I just love straw hats.  Today's episode I give a quick talk on the history of straw hats and how many uses they have.

I started wearing straw hats in the 80's in New York City.  Not only are they stylish and fun, there are so many new styles that they didn't have back then and they also serve many other great functions.  They can help with:

a) Shield you from the sun's damaging rays.

b) Keep a hairdo looking great from rainy weather.

c) Help you stay cool by releasing the heat from the hot sun in the summer months.

d) Make you look stylish, fun and creative.

e) Can hide your hair on a bad-hair day.

f) Conversation starter.

 

Straw hats are made from many types of grasses and straw.  Did you know that palm trees and grasses have much in common?  

So take a quick listen, enjoy and get your hat on!

 

With much love,

 

Dawn-Marie

XO

Apr 6, 2018

April is National Home Decorating month which is one of my favorite pastimes.  Is your home in need of some sprucing up?  If so, now's the time to do it.  

Are you looking to just give your home a thorough cleaning, or, a full kitchen renovation, if you have the budget, go for it, now is your chance.

There are plenty of Spring home furnishing sales going on right now so if  you're looking for a new set of sheets or bedding which will make your bedroom look totally different or if you're looking for  new living room furniture, the sales are bountiful, so take advantage to find what find what you're looking for to make your home feel new and vibrant. 

Decorating your home doesn't have to cost you a lot of money.  Just adding a few small touches can do a lot.  If you love the scent of candles, pick up a couple of inexpensive ones at your local Walmart, Big Lots or Home Goods store.  You'll be glad you did.  There's nothing like making your home cozy and inviting.

Don't forget to invite some of your friends and loved ones over to enjoy your labor of love.

 

Happy decorating!

 

Dawn-Marie

XO

Mar 21, 2018

Today is #National Fragrance Day.

If you're like me and love fragrances, today is the day to say "hip, hip hooray".  How can you celebrate it?  Take a quick listen to this short episode and get some ideas.

Some of my favorite scents that I mention in today's episode are:

Diorissimo by Christian Dior

Fendi Perfume for Women

Angel Perfume by Thierry Mugler

Happy Sniffing!!

 

With Much Love,

Dawn-Marie

XO

Mar 13, 2018

Most of us today have a home office today, they're not only for the wealthy or for those who work from home.  Some have home offices so that there's a place to write out the monthly bills or just have time alone to read a book.

Today is #National Organize Your Home Day.  So, I want to give you a few tips on how you can quickly organize your home office so that you can revel and enjoy the space.

If it's full of clutter, the first thing I want you to do is turn on some music that will pump you up, grab a large trash bag and toss out the following items:

  • Unread Magazines
  • Toss papers that you no longer have a need for
  • Any soda cans or empty snack bags

Next step is to clear off your desk, even if it means you need to make piles and put them on the floor until you find a home for them.  I want you to be able to work on that desk.  Do you have a calendar for 2018?  Is it on your desk?  If not, where is it?  Pull it out and place it on your desk.

Have you created a vision board for 2018?  If not, start one today.  Pull some images out of a magazine that you can relate to.  For instance, if you're looking for a new love, pull out some images of a man and woman having fun, looking deeply into each others eyes where you can see they're in love.  Or, if you're looking for a new wardrobe, pull out images of the clothes you'd like to wear, etc. Do this for each aspect of your life and be sure it's around where you can look a it every day.

Did you buy a calendar for 2018?  Have you opened it up yet?  Or, is still in the plastic shrink-wrap sitting somewhere in your office?  Get it out, add the important dates into it i.e., birthdays, anniversaries etc.

Pick up a potted plant at your local supermarket or fresh cut flowers to really make your home office look and smell beautiful.

Well, that's all for today.  Get moving and get clearing.

 

Happy Organizing!!!


With much love,


Dawn-Marie

XO

 

Mar 8, 2018

How to Survive an Extended Stay in a Hospital

 

It was three days after Christmas, December 28, 2017.  I was just about to go to bed and I fell violently ill.   I started having severe pain in my abdomen and even though I had vomited, I was still in some serious pain.  I was also having trouble breathing and nothing was subsiding and I knew I was in trouble. 

My boyfriend had gone home to sleep at his apartment that evening.  Fortunately, we live in the same complex, but didn't want to wake him until he was up for work, which is unusually early, 4:30 AM.  I phoned him at 5:00 AM and told him how badly I felt and asked him if he would drive me to the emergency room.  Thankfully the hospital was a close ride from home.   I knew I wasn't going to get better until I went to the emergency room at the hospital to find out what was wrong with me.

I was so grateful that the emergency room was empty and I was seen very quickly.  They sent me in for a Cat Scan of my stomach and found I had Gallbladder, Gallstones and Pancreatitis.  They immediately checked me into the hospital.  My boyfriend Jesse was so scared.  I felt so bad for him.

The hospital I was checked into is only a couple of years old and beautifully done.  I had my own room and the staff was such a blessing. They were ever so pleasant and really helped me out.  This made for a much nicer stay than I feared.

The first thing I asked Jesse to bring me from my home were the following items (you might want to keep an emergency list in case you ever need to, I pray you never do, but, life is so unpredictable):

 

- iPad and charger

-Mini laptop bag including charger and mouse

-Message recorder (in case I had the urge to do a podcast-- which was how I thought of this episode)

-Cell phone charger

-My makeup face charts, sketch pad and colored pencils with sharpener

-All chargers for my electronics, cell phone, etc.

-Flip flops, nail file and clipper, hair brush, several pair of underwear, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, hair brush and comb and skin moisturizer and a pair of tweezers

-A few copies of the latest fashion magazines and books I was in the process of reading.

I had a feeling I would be detained for a while and didn't know exactly for how long so I wanted to be prepared. 

I was only allowed to eat ice chips for the first 72 hours.  They couldn't operate on my gallbladder at this time because of the severe case of pancreatitis that I had.  After the fifth day, they had to transfer me to a different hospital.  This one had a pancreas specialist who specialized in pancreas surgery.  They weren't sure if they'd have to operate on my pancreas or not.  I wasn't thrilled about this move as I knew that the hospital they were transferring me to was not  as new, clean or nice as the one I was currently in.

 Sure enough, when I got to my room at the other hospital, there was a woman putting sheets on my bed and I noticed two holes in the sheet and asked her for another set.  Then I took a look at the old and dingy bathroom and saw in the corner on the floor there was this dirt and asked her to have someone in to clean it.  I was very afraid of getting Mercer as I knew a neighbor woman who lived downstairs from me, she went into the hospital for one thing and died because of contracting Mercer.

 

Another thing I did, was each time they took me out of my room, I made sure I put on a mask to cover to my mouth (ask the nurses for these).  This can help you out tremendously from picking up any other germs visitors or patients may have while they wheel you around the halls for testing, etc.

Well, that's all for today.   I wish you a very healthy life and that you will never have to endure an extended stay in the hospital.

Remember to live healthy, happily, lovingly, peacefully and successfully

 With much love,

 

Dawn-Marie

XO

 

 

Feb 20, 2018

Today's episode, I will cover some of the ways that I was able to save myself between $25-50 dollars a week. That's a whopping $100-$200 a month or $1200 - $2400 a year. I hope these tips will help you do the same.

 

As we all know, saving money today gets tougher and tougher. Prices keeps rising and unfortunately, our salaries aren't meeting the increases. So, how do we save money? We begin by looking at what we spend our hard earned dollars on every day. Sometimes its the small things that wind up costing us the most money.

 

So take a listen to today's quick episode and hopefully you'll be able to start saving more and spend less every week.

 

Happy Savings!

 

Dawn-Marie

XO

 

 

Feb 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day.

Today's episode may seem a little risque, but, really, it isn't.  I'm offering you 20 ways to help ignite the fire in your love life.  If you feel like your love-life needs a little kick in the butt, here are some tips to help you keep the flames burning bright in your romance.

 

Some of the items I mention:

Victoria's Secret Bra & Panty Set

Adam & Eve Sexy Game Board for Couples

Sexy Massage Oils for Couples

Adult Toys

Carmen Electra's Aerobic Striptease

 

Well, I hope these tips will bring you happiness, love and more romance.

 

Love,

 

Dawn-Marie

XO

Oct 19, 2017

Today is "National Get Smart About Financial Credit Day".  I'm currently in the process of finishing up my second edit of my book "151 Musically Inspired Ways to Live a Very Necessary & Luxurious Life (on a Beer and Pretzels Budget)" I'm pulling a couple of pointers out from the book (be sure to sign up at www.lifesnecessitiesandluxuries.com to put yourself on our mailing list so that you'll be the first to know when it comes out and be the first to grab a copy).

This episode will cover a couple of quick tips to help you in the financial arena as well as a few ways you can think about how you can change your job or career.

 

Stay financially sound and sane.  Until the next time,

 

Dawn-Marie

XO

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Oct 17, 2017

Today is National Pasta Day.  Do you like pasta?  Which is your favorite pasta dish? 

Here are a few links to some of the best pasta tools and pasta food finds you'll need to make your very special pasta dish at home.

Pasta Makers

Pasta Strainers

Italian Pasta Sauce

Sauce Spoons

Italian Sausage

 

Enjoy - Mangia!!

 

Love,


Dawn-Marie

XO

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Sep 21, 2017

Today is National Leg Wear Day and it made me wonder how many of you ladies out there take advantage of this soon to be forgotten fashion accessory? Which type do you like to wear? Are you the traditional type wearing only solid black, navy or nude? Or, are you more adventurous type wearing wild patterns, checks, prints and vibrant colors?

As a professional image consultant I've learned that leg wear can make or break an outfit. Also, it is imperative to wear them if the occasion calls for it. If you notice, more and more women are steering clear of wearing them. I still consult my clients and tell them the importance of wearing a pair, especially if it's for an important meeting or if you're say, speaking on stage.

When I teach my “What's My Style” fashion class, I help women and men learn what their fashion styles are – there are 7. If you're interested in learning what yours is, stop by my website at: http://dawnmariemutell.com and sign up at the bottom right hand of the page and I'll be sure to let you know of the next time I offer the webinar.

Fall has arrived and now's the time to take advantage of the season by adding some cool and fun leggings as well as tights, pantyhose and other fun legwear by incorporating them into your daily fashion routines.

Have you ever thought about wearing a pair of fishnets to the office? Some folks may think that's a little bit much, but, you most certainly can wear them as long as they're the right webbing. For instance, the larger the weave, the less “sexy” they look. I found several pair years ago that I love to wear to work, they're beige, white and purple. I've worn them to office meetings, network events and speaking engagements. They actually look fun, exciting and personable. Here are a couple you can try:

Fishnet Stockings 

If you like more of the creative styles, you may like to add some of these fun and whimsical ones:

Fun & Whimsical Tights

Not only do these tights make your legs look more fashionable, up-to-date and pulled together; you'll also be able to camouflage some of those not-so-lovely things that you may not like about them such as spider and varicose veins, scars or stretch marks AND the best part is that you may even be able to skip a couple of leg shavings (no one will know but you and possibly your significant other).

 

I remember when I had my ankle tendon repair surgery. It was back in 2004 and I had this terrible looking scar that ran from one end of my ankle to another (I fell in a sink hole outside my home in Brooklyn) and wearing tights and dark color pantyhose make me feel so much better about the appearance of my legs. It covered up the scar until it was lightened where I could go back to wearing au-naturel They were my saving grace. They not only kept the scar from being seen, it also kept me from constantly looking at it as a reminder of the fall.

If you've never been one to wear tights, you might want to begin slowly. I'd say introduce a pair that might have a tiny tight weave or small light pattern. Nothing too flashy or revealing. But, if you're looking to go from “drab and dreary to a vixen” then try on some thigh highs. Here are a couple of my favorites:

 Thigh Highs

You can't help but immediately feel sexier once you slide on your first pair and, another bonus, your partner will be drooling all over you once they find out what you're wearing. If you want to push the envelope, add a garter belt to match.

Here are a couple of combination hosiery:

Garter Belts with Stockings 

The last thing I want to share with you is that the legging or even   Jeggings (jeans/legging combo) is one of the quickest ways to enhance your casual work pieces which you can add to your wardrobe that will not only flatter just about every leg length out there, but, they're quite easy to wear, comfortable as hell and you can wear them year-round. Some of my favorites are Lulumon just add your favorite pair of ballet flats wear a long tunic or man-tailored blouse, tie a sweater over your neck add a couple of necklaces, a chunky cuff bracelet, cool funky earrings and viola instant chic. You're on way to looking beautiful whether you're going to the office, Sunday brunch or shopping with your BFF's.

Well that's all for today lovelies. I hope you enjoyed this episode. If you did, please share the love and pass it on to someone you know who will also enjoy it.

Don't forget to sign up at http://dawnmariemutell.com for the next webinar of the “What's My Style” webinar.

Remember to live peacefully, happily, lovingly and successfully.

 

Until the next time, Namaste!

 

Dawn-Marie

XO

 

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Aug 16, 2017

Today is National I Love My Feet Day!  Do you pamper your tootsies? If you're anything like me, you love a great pair of shoes, am I right? Ladies out there, we tend to squeeze our feet into shoes that don't fit us correctly.  Are too tight around the toes or just don't fit well.

Since today is in honor of our tootsies, I thought I would give a quick little homage to them.  I don't think we give our poor little toes enough justice.  We take them for granted.  How often do you get a pedicure?  Is it just during the summer months when you know people will see your toes?  I hope not.  Our feet need to be cared for year-round.

If you're a runner in particular, then you must know how you can truly beat them up.  

If you're ashamed to flaunt your digits it may be because you haven't been taking good care of them in the first place.  If you have a fungus, I will be adding a link below to a great product to quickly help get rid of it.  Be sure to keep your toes dry and that will also keep the fungus away.

 

Here are a few of my favorite toe treats:

Footlogix Cracked Heel Formula

Pedicure Sandals

Foot Massage Bath

Foot Fungus Spray

Essie Nail Color

 

Here's to keeping your tootsies happy, healthy and in great stride.

 

Happy Walking!!

 

Love,


Dawn-Marie

XO

 

Aug 11, 2017

Today is National Relaxation Day. What do you do to relax? Do you take time to relax? You know what is said about stress – it's the silent killer.

 

I know a lot about stress. When I work a full-time job, run two podcasts and a businesses to go along with them.  I take care of all of the editing, graphics, marketing, sales, typing, webmastering, and home caring and still trying to get my workouts in so that I can stay fit. There are so many daily stresses in our lives, we MUST find time to relax.  I didn't even touch on children.  I don't know how parents do it!   

 

One of my favorite things I used to love to do when I lived in NY and there weren't many places to go to relax was to find a fountain at one of the office buildings sit at it and hang out for about 30 minutes while I sipped a cup of coffee, tea or cocoa (depending on the time of day/ and time of year) and just from listening to the sound of the running water of the fountain, I'd train myself to immediately let go and deep breath and just BE in the moment and relax.

 

What do you do to de-stress? Do you take at least 15-20 minutes a day to yourself to unwind and just be? Finding the thing that gives you the most pleasure during the shortest amount of time is one way to help introduce it into your daily lives.

 

Here are some links to some of my favorite "calgon take me away" items I use to destress:

 

Jo Malone Scented Candles

Origins Ginger Salt Scrub

Lavender Body Moisturizer

 

Happy Relaxing.  Remember stay calm, stay serene and remain peaceful!!

 

Namaste,


Dawn-Marie

XO

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 10, 2017

Happy National Plan for a Vacation Day!

Along with a new year might just mean some new travel plans.   Whether you're about to take a vacation with your honey or go on a full blown family excursion, packing can be a real drag.

One of the things I've always loved best about this season is that we get to travel around with our friends and loved ones but if you're anything like me, packing for a trip can become quite a conundrum.  

 

Today's episode will cover the tips to pack with ease.  Sometimes packing for a trip can seem a bit daunting.  Not only do we own way too many things, we seem to want to take everything along with us. 

 

Unfortunately, we just can't empty out our homes when we travel on the road.  So, what's one to do?  One of the things is to always have a master packing list available at your fingertips.

 

This list has been a life saver and has saved me many hours of needless pain and agony over traveling.  I'd like to share it with you here today.  When its time to pack, I just print a new copy of the list and viola, packing becomes a breeze.  

Click the link below for a downloadable copy of this list here -- be sure to print out several copies before you go:

"The Ultimate Packing Checklist"

(just scroll to the bottom of the page and fill out your name and email and a copy will be sent to your inbox).

 

I've always been a bit envious of the folks that can just pack up a small bag and disappear on their journeys for weeks at a time.  Unfortunately as a fashion stylist, my wardrobe has grown along with my tastes.  Not only do I want to pack fabulous items to wear while away, I also work to have them work and be functional as well and, nowadays the number of electronic devices we use, there's so many things to possibly leave out.

Over the past 20 years of working in the travel, entertainment and meeting planning industry, I've learned a thing or two about the art of packing and today I'm going to cover some of them right here in this episode.  

 

Here are some of my favorite accessories to help make packing a breeze:

 

Packing Cubes

Carry On Luggage

Travel Size Containers

Travel Packing Accessories

Travel Charging Stations

Travel Power Chargers

Travel Laptop Cases

Travel Pillows

Here are some of the hair and beauty products that are great for travel:

 

Aveda Sun Care Hair Masque

So take a listen, get packing and get on the road again.

 

Happy Travels,

 

Live Peacefully, Happily, Lovingly & Successfully,

 

Namaste!

Dawn-Marie

XO

 

Aug 8, 2017

I just loved the movie Mermaids  with Cher and Wynona Ryder.  There was a scene when Wynona's character was asking Cher how would she know if this boy was "the one" and Cher bursts into song singing "The Shoop, Shoop Song (it's in his kiss)".  well, I often wonder if it's in his kiss or is it in yours?

 

One of the things I feel is often neglected are our lips.  We worry about wrinkles around our eyes, sagging skin, etc., but do we worry about taking care of our pucker? 

 

You're probably already saying to yourself "well, I put onl lipstick every day isn't that enough?"  Well, the answer to that is a big fat N.O.!!!

 

Our lips need special attention just like our eyes, neck or any other part of our face and body.  

 

If you find you have chapped, flaky lips, one of the quickest ways to heal them is to first take a dry toothbrush and rub it across your lips, this will help loosen the dry flaky skin and remove it.  Just don't brush too hard.

 

The second is to be sure to protect them especially in the harsh months during the winter and summer time.  I love the Clinique Targeted Balm.  I use this every time I go out in the sun or if in harsh winter I use it then as well.  It keeps your lips from getting sunburned and moistens them at the same time.  

 

A couple of my favorite chapped lip remedies are Carmex  and Blistex Lip Ointment .

 

And please don't forget -- not only do we need to take good care of our lips, but, we also need to take great care of what's around and in-between them as well. 

 

One of the quickest ways to look years younger is to whiten your teeth.  I'm a huge fan of the Crest White Strips. What I love most about them is that they work, they're affordable and you can travel with them.  The second best way which is a bit more time consuming a little bit more messy is to use a whitening bleach with trays and an LED Light which work very well for darker stains.

I love the feeling of mouthwash it always makes me feel like I have a clean mouth.  I'm so digging this cool mouthwash decanter.

 

Now don't forget after all your great efforts to make your pout beautiful and healthy, be sure to make it stand out and shine.  Some of my favorite lipglosses are from MAC, Estee Lauder and Bobbi Brown.

 

Well my friends, there you have it. Now go get smooching. MMMMWWAAH!!  Big kisses to you.

 

Love & Kisses,

 

Dawn-Marie

XO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 8, 2017

This week was National Sister's Day. Do you have siblings?  Are any of them sisters?  Are you close with your sister(s) or is there some friction between you?

 

I have two older sisters.  One is 16 years older and the other 14 years older. When I was growing up, especially during my teenage years I definitely felt as though I had three mothers.  They would say, "you can't do this", "don't do that" it was very constricting and that's probably one of the reasons why I rebelled.  Now that I'm more mature, I can truly appreciate their love and care they had for me while growing up.  

 

Do you appreciate your siblings or do you take them for granted?  Are you still fighting or competing with them?  If the later, it's time to take off the boxing gloves and start pulling on the heart strings. 

Our time on this earth is quite brief and it seems to move at lightning speed the older we get.  Don't waste any more of this precious time.  Begin today to tell her how much you care. You can begin by picking up a small token of appreciation.  Here are some fun gifts you can buy today to begin your sisterly love journey:

Popcorn Set

Clinique Gift Set

The Relaxation Bubble Bath Gift Set

 

There are many ideas for gift giving to the ones you love.  Happy Sister Day!! Remember, there's no love, like sisterly love.  God Bless!

 

Remember to live Peacefully, Successfully, Lovingly and Happily.

 

 

Namaste!

 

Dawn-Marie

XO

 

May 26, 2017

Today is National Don’t Fry Day.  It is the day where we are to become more aware of learning ways we can protect our skin from the sun’s dangerous rays and the damage that it can wreak on our skin. 

My dad had skin cancer on his face, on his nose and shoulder to be exact.  He loved to sit in the back yard on his days off in the summertime without a shirt and with his fair skin, he’d burn and turn red like a lobster, but that didn’t seem to deter him from doing it again the next day. 

I understand, it was his way to relax, he would read the paper out in the back yard, chill out and get some Vitamin D.  Little did he know it at the time, but, he was severely damaging his skin by doing it year after year which is why he ended up with skin cancer.  When he began having issues, the doctors had to remove several growths that were cancerous.   He was in a lot of pain.

I also was a sun worshiper as a teen.  I couldn't get enough time at the beach.  I can remember me and my girlfriends slathering on baby oil mixed with iodine in it  to give us more of a “glow” and then to boot, we’d use the sun visors up under our chins begging the sun to fry our faces a little bit more.

My mom would always yell at me to stop tanning so much and to wear some sun screen.  I eventually listened and in my late 20’s I began sitting under the umbrella at the beach.  Although I still enjoy a great tan, I use the highest SPF I can find and limit the amount of sun exposure.  Premature aging is not pretty.  Have you ever seen the movie There’s Something About Mary?    Remember the old lady neighbor who was wrinkled like a prune?  Do you want your skin to look like that?  I know I don’t and it frightens the heck out of me.

In order to keep your skin free from sun damage, be sure that when you go outdoors that you wear sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 or higher.  Be sure to reapply often as I believe most of them only last between 60-80 minutes so be definitely read the labels so you'll know when its time to reapply.

There are many natural products out there now as well in case you’re looking for alternatives to what’s at the drugstores and supermarkets.

Here are some products to keep you from frying not only your skin, lips, hands and hair to keep yourself protected from the sun’s damaging rays:

Natural Sunscreen

Face Protection

Lip Protection

Hair Protector from the Sun

Hand Protection

And if you do over do it and get a bit crispy, here are a couple of life savers to remove the sting from the burn:

Sunburn Relief

One of the best things I like to do to protect myself is to always wear sunglasses (be sure they have a UV coating) and a hat when spending time outdoors.  Here are a couple of my favorites:

Ray Ban Sunglasses

Hats for Women

Hats for Men

Better still, avoid the sun altogether -- just use self tanner to look like a sun-kissed God or Goddess:

Nivea Sunless Tanner

I hope you and your families have an amazing Memorial Day weekend. 

God Bless America.  Stay safe!

 

Love, peace, happiness & success,

 

Dawn-Marie Mutell

XO

 

 

Apr 17, 2017

Greetings Lovelies,

Spring has finally Sprung and summer's soon to follow suit.

How is your closet and wardrobe looking?  Are you up to snuff on your Spring fashion? Are you thinking about a little refresher? If so, take a listen to today's episode and catch up on what's hot and what's not! 

A few months ago I was interviewed on the Ed Tyll show, we covered various topics on fashion including the upcoming Spring 2017 fashion trends, color theory and headshot what not to do and what to do to look your best in your headshot.

Please listen till the end as I make an offer to help you get your fashion on for Spring!  Enjoy the show.

 

Live Happily, Successfully, Lovingly & Peacefully,

 

Dawn-Marie Mutell

XO

 

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