Sunday, March 11, 2018

Salt Breeze Spa x Paris and a Latte

It’s amazing the camaraderie that forms when you bring a group of #bossbabes together for a night of fun and wellness.  I was lucky enough to experience the services at Salt Breeze, a Salt Therapy Spa in Fairlawn, NJ.  I was new to the concept of Salt Therapy, otherwise known as halotherapy.  

The owner, Oksana, was very informative and explained that it dated back to primitive times in the natural salt caves in Eastern Europe.  The workers in these salt mines seemed to suffer from less respiratory problems, they had great skin, and many other benefits.  Their salt therapy spa mimics this where a humidifier blows out pharmaceutical grade salt into the air as you sit and relax for a 45 minute session.  It helps with acute and chronic respiratory and skin issues.

I loved my experience so much I wanted to share it with the world.  We invited a few local influencers to share the salt therapy experience.  But we wanted it to be an overall experience complete with wellness speakers, delicious sips and bites and of course, fun gifts to leave home with. 
I couldn’t have asked for a better event.  Brianna, the Creative Director at Salt Breeze is so talented in her event design vision.  Picture rose gold accents everywhere.  It was Instagram worthy for sure.  I loved each and every one of our guests.  They are all so talented in their own right and are doing big things here in NJ.  Its amazing how they all came to support a local business. 

We had 2 amazing speakers, Mary Massey, an entrepreneur and fitness/wellness coach, and Denise Schwendemen, an expert on essential oils by Doterra.  Both shared their personal stories and how they got to where they are today.  All of us could definitely relate to the emotional aspects of their lives and we all agreed that its those trying times that help us learn and grow stronger. 

The whole event was documented by the talented photography team, Lindsay and Laney, otherwise known as Lena Grae Photography.  They are so talented and all of the pics in this post have to be credited to them.  They are amazing and so easy to work with.  They truly captured the energy and emotion from our Women, Wine, and Wellness event. 

All of our guests left with big, and I mean big, bags of goodies.  We had a “create your own gift bag” station where all the ladies could pick the items that they wanted for their VIP bag.  We have so many people to thank for their amazing gifts.  PartakeFoods, Trebabes Boutique, Salt Breeze NJ, Get Salted, Mary Massey, Denise forDoterra, JusSparkle, Isagenix, The Body ImageHealth Stop NJ,  NCLA, Measurable Difference.  Huge thank you to our sponsors. 

I thank my lucky stars every day for being able to do what I do.  I’ve been here in NJ for 7 months and I love that I’ve met some of the most amazing people. Social media, especially, is a world that not a lot of people can relate to.  So when you meet people who understand your world, its such a breath of fresh air.  I love helping small businesses and bringing people together.  Check out some of the events I’ve put together in the past for Henri Bendel at the Mall of America in MN and Halcyon Brasserie in Montclair, NJ. 

Stay warm everyone!  Xoxo, Karen

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Motivational Quotes To Start Your 2018 Right

(Lake George, New York January 1, 2018)

Being the first week into the new year its so important to set your intentions for 2018.  If you're like me you motivate yourself for a small period of time and then you slowly fall back into old habits.  Obviously we don't do this on purpose but we get so busy we just end up going through the motions of everyday life and fall back into our old routines.  But every morning we need to wake up with intent.  Think about what your goals are - think both big picture and small picture and write it down.  Refer back to it regularly.  I know this is what has helped me in 2017.  I've been a culprit of writing resolutions, never referring to them, writing new ones for the next year, only to realize my list was embarrassingly similar to the last year's list.

Life is too short not do accomplish the things we love.  If we have the dream in us, then we have the capability to make them come true.  Live each day with intent - not routine.

Here are some of my favorite motivation quotes that have resonated with me throughout last year that I think you'll love too.  Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous New Year!!!  xoxo, Karen

"If you push through that feeling of being scared, that feeling of taking risk, really amazing things can happen." - Marissa Mayer

"Don't downgrade your dream to match your reality, upgrade your faith to match your destiny."

"You get in life what you have the courage to ask for."  - Oprah Winfrey

"What other people think about you has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them." - Jen Sincero

"Fear is a mindset, and so is the will to succeed."  - Bethenny Frankel

"We become what we think about." - Earl Nightingale

Monday, December 4, 2017

NJ Blogger Brunch at Halcyon

I'm a big fan of being in environments that are inspiring.  I truly feel that your setting impacts your feelings, your mood, your productivity.  Halcyon Brasserie, a seafood restaurant in Montclair, NJ, has an aura of elegance and class and you can't help but feel inspired once you're inside.  From the large beautiful works of artistic photography that adorn the walls to the ostrich leather covered booths, its tasteful and elegant.  That's the looks alone.  I haven't even covered the food.

I was able to host a NJ Blogger Brunch where we had a sampling of their brunch menu.  Don't be fooled though by the word sampling.  The food came in bite sized portions perfectly placed on platters served by their friendly staff.  The food kept on coming and coming from cheese crudites in a tomato bisque, to bite sized french toast bites, to bacon wrapped dates soaked in a maple syrup.  Oh and my favorite were the mini breakfast taco's with just the right amount of spice.  I'm officially craving it now that I'm thinking about it.  The food seemed endless.

The drink menu was just as fun.  All of our guests were welcomed with fresh squeezed orange juice mimosas.  Then we moved onto a Greyhound, which is  fresh ruby red grapefruit and vodka, oyster gazpacho shooters with prosecco, and the favorite of all  - mainly because we are social media mavens and love a good subject for our instastories, was Halcyon's deconstructed Bloody Mary Tower.  That was a huge hit.

The event was intimate so the owner of Halcyon, Ileana, was able to meet everyone and chat and explain the history of her beautiful restaurant and talk about some of its recent accolades.  We all ate, and mixed and mingled by their gorgeous bar area.  The event was photographed by Davin of Davin Tes Photography and some of the girls even got to shoot with him outside for some good street style shots. 
Afterwards we all moved upstairs to Halcyon's lounge area.  This room is stunning.  It has its own separate bar, one whole wall is covered in windows letting in the beautiful natural lighting with scenes from pretty Montclair below.  I really wish I knew of this space earlier when I was looking for venues for baby showers, baptisms, bridal showers, everything!!  But at least now I know where to go when I need a beautiful intimate space.

While Ana planned a fun foodie experience for the girls downstairs, I really wanted to plan a fun fashion and style experience for the girls upstairs since we all share a mutual love for fashion afterall.   We all sat around and listened to powerhouse female business owner, Jessica, of Aris Couture Boutique, talk about upcoming trends for the winter and holiday season.  She talked about her jump into entrepreneurship and how by initially falling, she was able to pick herself up, get stronger and build her successful business.  Her boutique is in Montclair so its the perfect stop after a good meal at Halcyon.  I think the sentiment that Jessica shared that resonated with everyone was to not be nervous about reaching out to retailers.  Just do it.  They are looking for help marketing just as much as we, as social media influencers, are.  It would be mutually beneficial for all.  It was just so powerful to hear that from someone on the otherside of the business and I think left a lasting impression on the girls.  After her talk everyone started asking questions and talking about their experiences reaching out to other boutiques and it was exactly what I envisioned this event to be - everyone gathering around sharing ideas and stories, growing from one another, helping each other.  You don't get this kind of camaraderie virtually.  

Afterwards the girls were able to play dress up for a bit for fun pictures or just for fun with clothes from Aris Couture Boutique, they were able to experience our Signature Red Lip Bar by makeup artist, Gina Margaret, and they were able to play with some fun baubles with Christine at our Bling Bar by the Cayetano Legacy Collection.

All of the girls left with HUGE gift bags full of goodies from our sponsors.  I mean they had so much stuff the bag was on the verge of ripping it was that full.  A huge thank you to our biggest sponsor,  Measurable Difference. They gave the girls large matte lipstick collections, hair texturizer, coconut milk face wash, large eyeshadow palettes and so much more.  The girls got cute #bossbabe cards and gifts from Cayetano Legacy Collection, coupons and a raffle to Aris Couture boutique and Halcyon and a waterbottle to a new activewear boutique opening in December, Sweat and Strut.
Thank you to my girlfriend, Cheryl for helping the girls fill their bags with all the goodies.

Thank you so much to our sponsors, to Davin and Joyce for the amazing photographs, to Ileana for the wonderful experience and food at Halcyon and especially to my boss babes that came to the event.  Its nice to have a community of influencers here in the NJ area that support each other.  I was so happy we could all get together.  Cheers to many more collaborations and get togethers.

Photography credit - all photos in this post: Davin Tes Photography

xoxo, Karen