1 Sunset Serenade in Belize, PLEASE…

27 Mar

By Christabelle… @CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post) 

Having dated MANY an artist, I am all too familiar with what I like to call “MWS”, AKA  ‘music withdrawal syndrome’ – don’t bother googling it. I made that up!

It is the moment that you are on vacation and the person you are travelling with starts to yearn obsessively for their sweet Taylor, Martin or even Harmony back at home. The obsession leads to air strumming and making every coconut, tree branch and sun umbrella into a make-shift guitar. I’ve even had my bare leg used as a pseudo acoustic  - not fun!Turtle Inn Guitar

Leave it to the Coppola Resorts to step onto a luxurious page of its own with this new offering at his Belizean resort Turtle InnCOMPLIMENTARY GUITARS TO ALL REGISTERED GUESTS.


Music lovers need not despair any longer…Turtle Inn, Francis Ford Coppola’s beachside resort in Belize, is now offering complimentary guitars for guests to use at their leisure – whether it’s for a moonlit serenade with family and friends or a private concert for two in a seafront villa. This musical experience will complete your stay in paradise.  To secure a guitar for one day or for  your whole stay, you do need to make a reservation (and methinks this popular added amenity will be a popular one, so my advice would be to book your guitar when you book your stay at this exclusive resort).

To make a reservation or inquire about more information regarding Turtle Inn, call (501) 824-4912/14 or visit coppolaresorts.com/turtleinn.  If you are looking for a travel companion – my calendar is clear!

Francis Ford Coppola’s Turtle Inn, Belize

About Francis Ford Coppola Resorts

The Coppola Resorts are a collection of unique award-winning properties where stylish and eco-friendly exploration and discovery meets serenity and delight. Drawing upon inspiration from his film career and travels to the far reaching corners of the world, each resort is an ideal destination known for the intuitive nature of the friendly staff to the allure of exploring the natural wonders of the area while relaxing in tranquil surroundings. Francis puts it best saying, “There are things to do – or just do nothing.” The Coppola Resorts offer a glimpse into the values that Francis holds dear – family, fun, adventure, and great food and wine. These elements can be seen throughout each property, weaved into the landscape, creating a personal Coppola connection for all to enjoy. The Coppola Resort properties at Blancaneaux Lodge and Turtle Inn have been listed as the “Best Resorts in Central + South America” by Travel + Leisure magazine, as well as many other travel authorities. www.CoppolaResorts.com.



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Lusting for Lashes…

26 Mar

By Karabelle…*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Pos; service provided for reviewt) 

Best Beauty Go-To In the Garden State: Lashes

When the opportunity arose to get eyelash extensions, I jumped and I jumped FAST. For as long as I can remember I have suffered from some serious eyelash envy. From the fluttering lashes of the Kardashian clan splattered across the tabloids…to girls batting and brunching throughout NYC – I couldn’t help but yearn for longer, fuller, darker and sexier lashes. I’m naturally blonde so even though Suzette, the amazing Xtreme lash certified stylist and owner of The Lash House Beauty Boutique, insisted that I had long lashes, she did note just how blonde they really were. My fair tipped lashes made going completely make-up free near impossible…but Suzette and The Lash House were about to change all that.


Located in the heart of Livingston, NJ, I arrived a bit nervous in anticipation of the next few hours of my life. While I had researched the process before attending, I wasn’t sure if I was truly capable of keeping still for two hours straight while the lashes were strategically applied. Well, just moments after arriving my nerves completed dissipated – from the salon’s stunning aesthetics and atmosphere to the warm and inviting staff, I knew this was the perfect place for me. It wasn’t a ‘house’ it was a ‘home’.

Suzette greeted me and had me fill out a quick form just to get some necessary information before we started. I detailed my allergies (or lack there of) and the type of makeup/skincare I use – all to determine I was a candidate and there would be no complications or adverse reactions to glue, materials used etc. (I mean, it is my eyeballs after all!). Suzette offered me my first “aha” of the day, when she explained that any makeup or removers containing oil will cause my “individuals” to fall out faster, noting that even some products marked ‘oil-free’ are still allowed to have up to 30% of oil in them.

After all the paperwork was complete – I was whisked off and my lash-over began. The process of applying eyelash extensions involves gluing the extensions individually to the base line of your natural lashes. Though it might sound trivial in written word, it is anything but that. This is a precise and painstaking process, that takes an extreme level of skill and training (so tip your lash stylist WELL!). Suzette was extremely friendly throughout the appointment, making conversation flow easily and constantly making sure I was comfortable (though the easy conversation might just be because we are both Jersey girls). Either way, it was easy to see that she is passionate about both her business and her technique; she only wants the best of the best.   And I got the BESTof the best…of the best…well – you get my drift. I went from Saturday morning slob, to Saturday sexy seductress in just 120 minutes (if only all things could be that easy).


It’s been two weeks since receiving my service and let me state for the record - I am completely blown away. Sans makeup in both my before and after photos, you can see just what an impact it creates; my eyes pop, the color of my eyes seems more robust and lets be honest, I feel more va-va-voom confident.  My morning routine is cut in half and I’m now free to leave my house completely make-up free.

Might I also note, girls in lashes get LOTS of passes (and free coffees!).

If you’re contemplating getting lash extensions… don’t hesitate for another minute – you won’t regret it. And if you live in the tri-state area, this  is the only place to go.

The Lash House, Suzette and her staff get five stars (or in this case, winks) from this beauty blogger.

The Lash House
250 South Livingston Avenue
Livingston, New Jersey 07039


Teaser Set:
Lash Artist: $135
Master Lash Artist: $150

Signature Set:
Lash Artist: $300
Master Lash Artist: $350

45 Minute Touch-Up:
Lash Artist: $65-$75
Master Lash Artist: $85

75 Minute Touch-Up:
Lash Artist: $100-$125
Master Lash Artist: $135

*Prices are based on amount of lashes and desired look.

The Lash House has more than just extensions – check out their other services here!



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Dinner at Tiffani’s…

23 Mar

By Christabelle… @CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post) Dinner at TIffani

Many of you dreamed of taking Tiffani Theissen (formerly Tiffani-Amber) out to dinner back in the Saved By the Bell days…fast forward to 2014  - your dreams have become reality. Now you can have Dinner at Tiffani’s once a week – Sunday to be exact.

The stunning and oh-so-talented-cook-in the kitchen, actress and Super Mom Tiffani Thiessen, hosts an intimate dinner party with her celebrity friends Nathan Fillion (Castle aka my #1 crush), Willie Garson (Sex and the City), and Lindsay Price (90210). Join them all as she preps and creates some of her favorite home cooked dishes. Dinner at Tiffani’s (airing on The Cooking Channel) promises to serve up some great food, delicious drinks and entertaining stories from some of our favorite stars.

Question is…how do I get an invite to dins?!? #whywasntiinvited 

That’s ok Tiff, I still love you girl…#dinnerattiffanis

Tune in every Sunday on the Cooking Channel (check your local listings for times)


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Keep Your Red Locks Longer…

15 Mar

By Christabelle… @CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post) 

Red-loving salon clients and their stylists, rejoice! The new Matrix COLORINSIDER High Intensity Red collection produces gorgeous, pure, cool red shades with visible intensity and incomparable longevity.  Now Matrix haircolor clients can expect their salon-gorgeous red color to stay truer for up to 8 weeks*.  These pure, cool red shades brilliantly round out the beautiful existing copper- and violet-toned reds in the ammonia-free COLORINSIDER palette, meeting every demand of discerning color professionals and their clients.


The Science: PR6 Technology
Thanks to innovative haircolor technology, color professionals have an exciting new option to work with cool, pure-toned reds that aren’t muted by traces of copper or prone to fading. These shades offer the ultimate in intensity, vibrancy and longevity.

The newly patented PR6 Technology that powers the Matrix COLORINSIDER High Intensity Red took eight years of research to perfect. This technology is the key to the long-lasting vibrancy of the new High Intensity Red: it features a unique, six-sided, extended molecule structure. The PR6 size and multi-dimensional structure means that it is able to withstand unwanted interference from other, background tones within the hair .  Yet, while the molecule is larger in size , it is still small enough to penetrate deep into the hair shaft, shot to the core via  Color Injection ODS² .What’s more, these molecules are able to couple with other dyes, a “safety in numbers” situation that prevents them from being diluted or eliminated with shampooing. The result? The new High Intensity Red are the colorist’s “holy grail”—cool reds that stay truer for up to eight weeks*!

The Shades
The three new Cool, Red Violet plus shades contained in the High Intensity Red collection—4RV+, 5RV+ and 6RV+–represent the next generation in red haircolor, and offer colorists a brand new, exciting, exceptionally long-lasting, red palette.

The Color
Matrix COLORINSIDER precision permanent no-ammonia color features the unique ODS2 technology that propels color actives directly to the hair’s core for high resolution impact and color that is true, sharp and saturated. The result is shiny, healthy hair with no unpleasant odor.

The High Intensity Red collection joins the comprehensive portfolio of COLORINSIDER shades, providing stylists and their clients with an endless array of healthy, effective, state-of-the-art haircolor options.

The new shades will be available in salons in March of 2014.

*Based on 40 shampoos

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Cool Peep of the Week: Scott Ramsay, Balancing Beauty

5 Mar

By Christabelle… @CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post)

I currently live in Austin,Texas and have since 1998, grew up in Maine and went to college in Scottsdale, AZ. I have also lived in San Diego, Ca and spent 13 years in the Rocky Mountains of Steamboat Springs, CO. I have had either a camera or a guitar in my hand for over 30 years. Photography and music are my passions and have dominated every part of my life since the age of 13. As a young photographer I spent years trying to figure out what my “style” was only to realize my style and approach to shooting is ever changing and fluid. I have had the pleasure of working with many companies and individuals on everything from product catalogs and fashion spreads to architecture, music and swimwear.

One year ago, I changed my entire approach and embarked on creating a black & white photographic series called Unbalanced Ballet. It features nine ballet dancers photographed in unique and unusual settings. I completed this project in August 2013, which includes a book, video and web series.


I love good food, good music, good friends, pool parties, skinny dipping, playing the guitar, shooting photos and of course…spending quality time with my family.

I don’t need to be alone to do quirky things. I will generally do quirky things anytime, anywhere, in front of anyone! But if I have to pick something I do when I am home alone…I walk around naked a lot. But doesn’t everyone?

One of my favorite places is called the Melting Pot here in Austin. It is a 3 course meal that takes time to prepare and eat, giving my wife and I quality time to sit and enjoy each other’s company. Sometimes on the way home from a date, we stop by and take a seat at the bar for a little desert and a nightcap. Chocolate fondue and a Chocolate martini and I am a happy man!

A USB Flashdrive, a lens cap, a wallet and my cell phone.

My age. Many people have freaked out when I tell them I am 51. I guess all of those years of playing in rock bands has preserved my youth!

U2 – One

I am currently planning and scouting locations for my next photographic series. I am also constantly promoting Unbalanced Ballet, meeting with publishers, and organizing gallery showings, so I can share the beauty of my vision with as many eyes as possible.

Black Lagoon Gallery (4301 A. GUADALUPE STREET, Austin, TX) is featuring 4 of my photos from the Unbalanced Ballet series in their annual Black and White Photography Show, Jan 19th – April 4th. If you are in town, check it out!

 Follow Scott and all of his artistic adventures on Facebook, purchase his best selling book …and take a peek at the “BTS” of Unbalanced Ballet

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