Macy’s Boston 2014 Christmas Tree Lighting


Macy’s at downtown crossing in Boston ushered in the 2014 Holiday season with a live concert and an elaborate Christmas tree lighting ceremony last Friday. Of lately, I’ve been signing up for blogging assignment more for the opportunity to experience something new than for the money. I had never attended a tree lighting ceremony before and so I didn’t know what to expect.

I knew the event was going to be outdoors so I dressed in double layers before donning my quilted motorcycle jacket, scarf, hat and two different pairs of gloves. {Full ones for when my fingers felt like they were ready to fall off and half ones to wear when I was taking pictures}.

Even with the frigid temperature, the sun was shining and therefore the driving conditions were perfect for the 2 hour drive into Boston. To save money, I opted to park at the Braintree MBTA subway station {$7} and took the train to downtown crossing {$5.30 roundtrip}.

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Holiday Shopping At Westfield Trumbull Shopping Mall

Westfield Trumbull Shopping Mall

Westfield Trumbull Shopping Mall 5065 Main St. Trumbull, Conn. Shopping Hours: Monday- Saturday: 10am-9:00pm / Sunday: 11am-6pm Instagram|Twitter @WestfieldTRU #shoptrumbull

On Saturday I had the chance to do some holiday shopping at the Westfield Trumbull Shopping Mall in Trumbull, Connecticut. My Connecticut mall experience was limited to the two that are nearest to me and so I was pretty excited to see what the Trumbull Mall had to offer.

The mall is a two-story structure located at 5065 Main Street in Trumbull right off of the Merrit Parkway. It’s a about an hour from Hartford and the Bronx, and 25 minutes from New Haven. The mall was renovated, four years ago and everything looked sleek, modern and felt brand spanking new.

The hallways are quite wide which allowed us to move through the mall with ease. As a matter of fact it didn’t at all feel crowded (not according to the parking lot though.) I loved that there was a great mix of shoppers and I absolutely loved the great selection of stores which included: Macys, Sephora, Apple, Lush, Michael Kors, Uniqlo, Aldo, H&M, J.C. Penny, Lord & Taylor AND Target! The mall also has a number of fast food specialty chain restaurants including the Cheesecake Factory. Read more

Buntricia’s Hands On Makeup Skills Conference


My goal is to share more of my makeup photos on Instagram. You can’t see the purple smokey eye in this photo, but it’s there and my skills have improved vastly since going to Las Vegas.

Earlier this year as part of my evolution, I discovered this magical thing called makeup and I’ve been hooked ever since. Although I’ve posted a few reviews on makeup products on this blog, I found it difficult to continue to give advice and write about makeup without any base knowledge. Last month, I changed that by attending a Hands On Makeup Skills Course in Las Vegas taught by international renowned makeup artist Buntricia Bastian. Read more

Chamilia by Swarovski Cyber Monday 2014 Sale

Chamilia by Swavorski

Chamilia by Swarovski Cyber Monday 2014 Sale

Chamilia (, a Swarovski Group brand that sells customized jewelry, announced that it will promote a special program online for Cyber Monday, from November 28 to December 1, 2014. When purchasing Chamilia Murano Glass Charms at, consumers will receive 20 percent off with the purchase of two, 30 percent off with the purchase of three, and 40 percent with the customer purchase of four. Read more

2014 Macy’s Downtown Boston Holiday Event

2014 Macy's Downtown Boston Holiday Event

One of the most anticipated events of the holiday season in Massachusetts is the Macy’s downtown Boston holiday event.  The free event will be held Friday, November 28, 2014 at 5 pm at the Macy’s downtown Boston store located at 450 Washington Street.  The annual event features the unveiling of Macy’s holiday window displays, Christmas tree lighting, and concert. The entire evening will be filled with entertainment that the entire family will enjoy. Read more

Alternative Things to Do in Las Vegas


Heralded as the “Entertainment Capital of the World,” Las Vegas is famous for its fantastic nightlife and glowing lights. The city has enough attractions and activities for tourists which includes: casinos, theme parks, museums and nightclubs.  There are, however, many different things to see and do. Here are a few alternative things to do in Las Vegas.

Vegas Indoor Skydiving
If you are a fan of living life to the max, then Vegas Indoor Skydiving is an attraction you definitely have to check out. The wind tunnel which was originally opened back in 1982, gives visitors the chance to experience skydiving without having to actually throw yourself out of a plane!

Shark Reef Aquarium
As part of the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino complex located on the famed Vegas strip, the Shark Reef Aquarium is a great place to view exotic nautical creatures. The aquarium has over 1.6 million gallons of water and approximately 2,000 animals. Visitors also have the chance to experience the aquarium’s two walk through tunnel exhibits which give a “diver’s view” of the underwater world.


Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Tour
For nature lovers, the amazing botanical gardens at the Bellagio Conservatory is a must see. Famous for its fountains and casinos, the Bellagio hotel is also one of Las Vegas’ best venue for shows, exhibits and extreme gardening. The attraction is open every day of the week, so visitors can enjoy the conservatory at any time. There is also a daily guided tour where the curators of the exhibit talk in depth about how it was created.

Dig This
To truly relieve some stress, check out the Dig This yard. The site is based on a wasteland on the outskirts of Las Vegas and allows visitors to try their hand at actually driving some hard core heavy duty machinery. Dig This is the only park of its kind in the USA, so if you want to try out some real life digger trucks and bulldozers, get yourself down there.

Of course you can not go all the way to Vegas without trying your hand at a game or two of blackjack or poker. But if the above attractions manage to take most of your time, then you can always have a quick play from your smartphone or tablet at online casino sites like Jackpot City.

Review: Kushyfoot Flats To Go



I recently received a pair of kushyfoot flats to go, along with the kushyfoot shaping tights and knee highs for review. My flats to go were size 9-10. I actually wear a size 8, and thought that they were not going to fit. Surprisingly, despite the size, the fit was really snug. Of course, there was room in the back, but they didn’t fall off and they weren’t difficult to walk in. Read more

Massage Envy Spa Facials

DISCLOSURE: I am a member of Massage Envy Spa. I was invited and received in-kind service from them in consideration for this post. The opinions expressed was not influenced and is honest. 

Someone asked me earlier this year what my secret was for maintaining my “youthful” appearance. Well, most of the credit goes to great genes, some of it has to do with my own regimen at home and some of the credit definitely has to go to the Massage Envy Spa with whom I have held a membership now for a little over two years. Read more

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