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Whether or not you acknowledge its early arrival, Christmas time is here. So embrace it and join us at the Orlando Museum of Art’s Festival of Trees!

From the website: “The Council of 101 of the Orlando Museum of Art presents the 26th annual Festival of Trees, “Once Upon A Time … A Fairy Tale Festival”, November 9th -18th , 2012. Each year the Council of 101 transforms the Orlando Museum of Art into a Holiday Wonderland. The Festival of Trees, our major fundraiser for the museum, brings thousands of people to the museum each year. Dozens of Central Florida Businesses and individual Designers sponsor trees and create decadent decorations and displays.

For this year’s theme, “Once Upon A Time…A Fairy Tale Festival”, designers will incorporate the whimsy and tradition of everyone’s favorite fairy tales, along with the latest design trends, as they trim their trees into amazing holiday creations.

2012 Festival of Trees Dates:

Festival of Trees attendees can delight in some holiday shopping in areas such as The Enchanted Boutique, Deck the Halls: Fairy Tale Forest, Fairy Tale Toyland, Entertaining by Design, and Gingerbread Village.

  • November 10-18, 2012 10 AM – 5 PM”

My family has been in Orlando for almost 8 years now and we go to the Festival every year. And now that I have 2 small children, it has become a more magical experience. In my opinion, they have THE best Santa in the area. He looks like the old storybook Santa you envisioned as a child. He is polite and courteous to the kids and understands what the parents want. Yup. He knows how to work the camera. 

This year I was proud to donate a wreath and help support the community I live in, the industry I love so much and tell my kids that Santa is going to bring someone mommy’s wreath.

Please go to the OMA website, get all the details and experience the childlike magic that Christmas can inspire!



  • From Blue Daze Designs:

One of my favorite vendors, Elephant Walk, has moved and they are having their Grand Opening Gala on Saturday Nov. 10th from 6-10pm.  Below you will find a few photos to whet your appetite. Their new location is at 835-B Bennett Rd and Endar has done his usually amazing job collecting a variety of antiques, found objects and modern accents in an eclectic enviornment. Sure to the the hot spot in town! Image

As always, Ender is very talented at mixing old and new.


As always, Ender is very talented at mixing old and new.


 Surprisingly comfortable and unique chairs.


Cool huh!


Very organic and modern. Great for end tables or bunched for a coffee table effect.


Love this shelving unit – maybe for my new office digs…..


Rustic table and updated traditional couch – great combo.


Love the peacock blue updated chair.



So be sure to stop by and see their new digs – never know what you will find.









Makeup Show guru James Vincent and OFS board member Su Laing

Hello all! Su Laing here. Last night I had the pleasure of spending the evening with some of my favorite beauty gals from the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida group. The icing on this luscious cosmetic cake was that we were joined by James Vincent and Orlando Santiago, the creators of The Makeup Show and their Orlando team!

From their blog:


The Makeup Show has built itself on being a PRO-Only beauty event bringing the professional beauty industry together like no other event and has now expanded to five cities. Join The Makeup Show as the top industry artists and pro-driven companies present the newest products, seminars, forums and hands-on workshops. Fill your two days with inspiration, education and community. Learn about the newest lines and product launches. Explore makeup workshops and discover school programs. Network with your peers. Develop new relationships with the companies that make the industry tick. The Makeup Show targets professionals from all over the world but understands that each market is unique and works with each region’s industry individuality.

This show travels all over the world! Amen for a stop in O-Town!

I’ll be sure to bring you the latest trends, products and beauty news from the show this weekend, but after a fantastic margarita at Café Tu-Tu Tango I was able to talk with James and Orlando and get their feelings about the Orlando show and the industry. (This is all paraphrasing and no direct quotes.)

I asked about the beauty industry moving to the forefront of culture instead of being on the heels of fashion. James spoke about the impact of social media and the effect of celebrities. If a movie star wears a particular lipstick shade to a red carpet event, the impact is instantaneous through the use of applications like TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

The beauty industry is constantly evolving. Where as the fashion industry tends to concentrate on 2 major release times a year, the beauty industry releases product and updates looks constantly and consistently. The use of social media serves to support and promote this.

Another area James highlighted was that beauty is often more achievable than fashion. It’s well documented that even in times of financial squeezing, the beauty and cosmetic industries are still profitable, James sighted that’s it’s more cost efficient to buy a new lipstick as opposed to a new dress.

He said that beauty is ageless, sexless….it doesn’t care about your weight or your size, and fashion does.

Orlando spoke reverently about color. Companies like Pantone and WGSN produce color palettes YEARS in advance. These are wonderful resources to explore and plan your own color pallets and looks even before the new fashions hit the runways. Orlando suggests you knock out your fear of color and experiment with mixing colors as opposed to buying an abundance of similar palettes. CREATE your look rather than just follow the trends.

Since The Makeup Show travels all over the world, I asked Orlando about some of the differences between the US and European shows.

Orlando offered that Europe seemed to be a bit more about taking beauty risks. He stated that in his opinion, London was edgy and bold, Paris was all about refinery and details and the US and NY in particular was about raw, natural beauty and exquisite contouring.

Both Orlando and James frequently touted the values of social media in giving the consumer immediate reference to trends, products, techniques and tips.

James said that over the 7 years since the creation of the makeup show, they have gone from knowing a handful of bloggers to inviting hundreds to each show, stating that bloggers can offer a variety of opinions and values.

Companies like my own Chronicle Stones and Nail VeilsCult Nails and Lipstick Mixtapes offer beauty from a professional perspective where as blogs such as Clumps of and

Pretty Little Bottlesoffer review and event coverage from the consumer perspective. Both angles have their own values for both professionals and consumers alike.

If you are a follower of beauty, if you want to update or change your look and are trying to find help or if you simply have a passion for cosmetics, a love of pots of paint and tubes of lipstick, please support your local beauty bloggers and those involved with The Makeup Show, and stay tuned for covereage of the show this weekend!

Orlando Santiago and team member Cristi Miranda