Performance Puffer

Photos by Erik Tyger

My love life consists mainly of workout dates, and meatless, cheeseless, dairy-free dates at Chipotle.

Holiday gifts picked out based on a loved one’s passions are always on point. Besides diamonds and import car parts there aren’t many trinkets I treasure more than sports gear and luxury fashion for fitness.

I have a sportaholic one hundred pound puppy, too.

Besides eating a sixty-five dollar MAC Kabuki brush and a Phillips Sonicare Diamond Head Toothbrush, he yanked my VS Black Packable Puffer, perfect for all athletic outings, off of a dining room chair. The zippered pocket transformed into his teething ring.

The Calvin Klein Black and White Performance Puffer is a complement to my Countdown to Christmas Holiday Buying Guide.

Shop the collection. I just stopped writing to wrap one up for a nice Army man who purchased one for his Polish girlfriend.

Snuggly Loungewear

Photos Erik Tyger

Swaddle in softness. The Ugg Sheepskin Pom Beanie I just threw some juice to is now sold out in the Cream and cotton-candy pink color combination. That said, I’m not going to stop suggesting appropriate and desirable stocking stuffer and other gift ideas suitable for any girlfriend, aunt, sister, cousin, ecetera. I’m also going to throw in one more plug for Ugg.

This Seashell Pink Duffield II Fleece Wrap Robe is ready to be wrapped in five different colors.

Add the Sparkle Over-the-Knee Knit Thigh Highs and plan to mark the calendar with “Plans to Stay in”.

There are four shopping days left before Christmas and fifteen before the gift giving officially wraps up with the Epiphany. Santa Clause Lane will shut down. I’m having fun. I hope you are enjoying The Spirit of the Season.

Haute Hat

Photos by Erik Tyger

A gift should be extravagant, needless and completely unnecessary. This Ugg Sheepskin Pom Beanie is all of those qualifiers. The uniqueness in this Ugg accessory lies in the real Sheepskin Pom colored a cheery, cotton candy pink.

Because of the forced label keep this fashionable fedora for use during backyard playtime, sledding, skiing and snowshoeing.

This season’s sombrero comes in three colors: cream, black and grey and sells for less than one hundred dollars. The item did when I first wrote this two days ago. Now, looks as thought the black is up for grabs which will match everything and anyone’s style.

Naveaux for Chanel

There is a familiar and ultra-glamorous face on the Coastal Ohio Trail who has entered the arena of luxury cosmetics. Her name is Leah Naveaux, a native of Huron who moved later in life to the Toledo bedroom community of Perrysburg. Her vivacious personality, talent and artistry has earned her the title of Resident Make-up Artist for Chanel.

Lipstick, Lumiere and Leah

I sat down with the polished pro to trade trade secrets about skincare, makeup, hair and the upcoming VIP Event all women should attend with their husband’s credit card, Scentsational.

The event is set for Saturday, May 4 at Dillard’s Franklin Park location in Northwest Ohio.

All the major brands in beauty will be represented. Leah and other makeup artists will be on hand to perform complete applications. This is the day and age where everyone is on camera, online all of the time. This is the perfect opportunity to learn tips from the pros and possibly walk away with some of the five-thousand dollars in raffle prizes up for taking.

Call 419-473-9600 to make an appointment with Leah or any of the other major brands owning this industry listed in the event flyer.

Go from bland to bam with this must-attend industry event.

Killer Kimono

Ladies love luxury loungewear.

Silk, satin, and spandex are materials designed to relax and recharge in because of the soft composition.

I own one pair of sweatpants. The kind all blogs warn against, the frumpy, old school kind with a drawstring tie at the top and elastic bands at the ankles.

They read “Guard” down the side in white atop of old red fabric.

Though vintage fashion at this juncture, unfit for consumption.

Even though a North Coast Winter was settling in and the Dillard’s loungewear department is loaded with the brand new Ugg Robes, blankets, socks, loungewear and leggings; my soul lies somewhere and anywhere South of Palm Beach.

I went straight for the skily, smooth texture and delicious feel of spandex and choose several of the kimonos by In Bloom by Jonquil.

I wear this one all of the time and was drawn to the black and white design so sleek for time in the city.

The sophisticated layout of the pattern puts me into work mode and the breathability of the fabric is on point for those ten to thirty minutes any woman spends with her hairdryer.

Polarized a new pair of shades

The latest piece of fashion I scored, I knew nothing about prior to them becoming mine — pair of tortoise shell Zoey sunglasses polarized with black and pink lenses.

I wanted new sunglasses, something snazzy, so this summer I began recycling, giving away and selling shades to make way.

When a store manager walked by and asked if there was anything I wanted from cosmetics or accessories I had just set the pair out to purchase that day.

Which just goes to show – the Spirit is always at work.

Score a pair at any Dillards on the mainland.

Dress Key West Duval Street, sandals – Kinos Key West and all photos by Steven Drescher.



Fruit Fashion even avocados

This past Labor Day 2018 Weekend everyone was rocking the vintage fashion of fruit. Saturday night at dinner, set at Osaka – a Hibachi Grill and Sushi Bar, a young man in our party was partaking in the merriment wearing a button down collared shirt plastered in avocados.

The woman in a pew in front of me in Mass wore a shirt loaded with lemons.

To take on Key West of the North, South Bass Island, for late night Labor Day dinner, dress was festive and a garment covered in ripe bananas proclaimed to the world, “I’m off today.”

Laboring on an island and laboring in a factory is like comparing avocados to bananas. Nonetheless, everyone’s contribution makes the country great from educators to car salesmen to those cleaning the island vacation rentals.  Celebrate and keep chasing, or living the dream.

Champagne, Cake & Sperrys summer gifts

Of course I gave the BAE Neoprene Sperrys for his birthday. How else is he going to navigate two sets of island chains but with shoes built for the boat — designed to get wet.

That was a sweet two days of cake, candles champagne and celebrating.

The Lake Erie Islands, showcasing South Bass, Middle Bass and the famed boardwalk of put-in-Bay are the only place to be when the calender reads “summer.”

Get a Grip Sperry Shoe Summer 2018 Edition

Photos by Bo, Miller Boatline

The brand Sperry embodies a summer spent on, near and around the water. Even more importantly, Sperry is all about being and looking fuss-free while all the while fashionable onboard the boat.

The construction even makes muah — yes me ladies and gentlemen, look practical.

When the store manager at Dillards gave me access, well to the entire store and a fifty dollar spending limit, my soul sniffed out a Lake Erie lifestyle essential I knew I’d be living in all summer long, a pair of Sperry Haven Chambray Lace Ups.

Deliciously designed with string rawhide laces and a non-marking rubber outsole with (trademark) Razor-cut Wave-Siping to disperse water for the ultimate wet/dry traction, I did not have to search far for why Sperry shoes make the statement “I can navigate an island chain and I’m going to accomplish this via boat.”

Resort owner and developer of the most Lake Erie Island vacation rentals Ed Gudenas put his best foot — and shoe —  forward and was wearing a pair along with his logo gear while hosting the ladies from Lake Erie Shores and Islands.

The ladies themselves, took in the Caribbean-style 21-acre resort and lakefront property outfit comfortably in this decadent deck shoe. 

The day we boarded the Miller Boatline with Lake Erie’s Lab Pup, stowaway Don Massey had his peds crammed into a pair of Columbia’s…cuz he was only mixing up his footwear. The day before he had on his favorite pair of blue Sperrys and had this to say.

“They fit so nice and they’re comfortable and they got enough arch where my feet don’t get tired after ten hours on this boat with these guys,” Massey made it clear the shoe appeals to all age groups, the guys and the gals,  and with that — went in for some affection from our four-legged travel companion.

You’ve seen the pup showin’ off Sperrys before in 2016.

In 2017 we unleashed the low-down on the ferry ridin’ footwear at the edge of Ohio’s Mainland where all vacationers board the Miller Boatline.

#rockmyboat fashion now comes in the oh-so trendy shade of Rose.

This is a collaboration between thre real estate and lifestyle television show and accompanying blog Josie in Paradise, JK PR Sales and Design, the Miller Boatline, Dillards, Estee Lauder, and St Hazards Waterfront Resort and Brewery.

Want the correct makeup for the islands … simply save the contouring for the city — Rock Everyone’s Boat with the Global Cult Favorite Estee Lauder’s Goddess Collection.

Josie has access to the two hundred style count Sperry Shoe collection at Dillards, the Estee Lauder vault of lux skincare and cosmetics, the two bars of exotic rum on MBI and the island vaction rentals. Call 419-862-7143 on the North Coast to buy and for more information. The South Florida number is 305-395-8890.


Stuffed my Twinkle Bag with Estee Lauder spilling the contents with Dillards

This summer I was deemed via a producer and editor as Rough Around the Edges. Island life meant little make-up. I had narrowed down my routine to lip balm, mascara, light eyeliner and shaped eyebrows.

Fine for my role as a Dive Reporter and Key West Bureau Chief working in a tropical climate. Apparently, not so fitting for a show host. I just shot five hour long television shows and a slew of domestic abuse awareness public service announcements with barely any makeup on.

Time to partner up. I’m executing this business element with the most prestigious name in beauty, Estee Lauder. This past month I started collecting my favorites from the Estee Lauder counter at Dillards. Here is a basic break down of what I’ll be wearing for Holiday 2017.

Remember, beauty radiates from the inside out. But, the Perfect Lip Envy Lip Gloss in Flirtatious Magenta helps. I smeared this on top of an Estee Lauder Co. MAC Lipstick in Party Line.

I DO truly love these products and in time I am going to dish as much as I have time to in the arena of health, fitness, beauty and lifestyle.

Here’s a quick rundown of a basic on camera routine. With 2018 looming, and social media being the name of the business game, we are all on camera all of the time. Whether the industry is one’s true profession or not, every woman has to shine for those selfies.

Start with the number one selling serum in the world, the fragrance-free Advanced Night Repair chock full of Hyluronic Acid to boost hyrdration one-thousand times.

Reduce any puffiness with the Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Eye Gelee.

Once this fifty-five dollar product absorbs I go lux with the Re-Nutriv Ultimate Youth Regenerating Eye Cream. $160 to baby those baby blues. I trust the SPF 35 BB Cream that moisturizes, protects and perfect for under fifty dollars and also rely on this balm to act as a glue for the the Double Wear Matte Pressed powder. Seeking flawless. This is the route.  Around my eyes, I ditched my regular concealer for the Brush-On Glow BB Highlighter and have already convinced three dozen women to do the same. With light-reflecting elements there isn’t any need to photoshop lines around the eyes. This is one concealer with ooompf which can be used for many other highlights.

Real quickly, I pulled eye colors from the Holiday 2017 Glamour Collection Purchase. The Full-size Magic Smoky Powder Shadow Stick in Burnt Black makes the $39,50 purchase worth every penny. The beauty queen has also thrown in a full-size sumptuous mascara which you are all going to be seeing me living in three layers for all of 2018.

My nails I lacquered in Le Smoking. Can’t get enough of these holiday reds! To keep my cuticles in tip top shape as I ready the north coast hideaway I am coating the cuticles three times per day with the $220 Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Restorative Balm. Worth. Every hard-earned nickle.

Always finish with Modern Muse. The scent of jasmine and sleek woods working to emulate that a modern woman is successful and sophisticated.

Want more! I’ll be at Dillards Franklin Park tomorrow, Sunday December 3,  from 6:30 p -9:30 for the store’s VIP Shopping event to share secrets and tell you all about what’s in my Holiday 2017 Twinkle Bag. All cosmetics will be discounted 15% and then during these hours only, we’re giving the gift of an additional 10% so women can wow even the reindeer with my secrets and Estee Lauder.