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Su Laing-Chronicle Stones

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!





By Su Laing-Chronicle Stones.

For the first time ever The Makeup Show landed in Orlando! I was thrilled to experience one of the largest beauty industry tradeshows in the country.

Our hosts James Vincent, Orlando Santiago and team out together and attention getting collection of classes, lectures and display booths from some of the most well known and need to be known companies in the business including, Makeup For Ever, Smashbox Cosmetics and Inglot.  Keynotes included “A Career in Makeup” with AJ Crimson and lectures hit hot topics like “Beauty and the Blog” which included my dear beauty bloggers, Let Them Have Polish, Clumps of Mascara and

There were product showcases by every brand. It felt like Moroccan bazaar of cosmetic hawkers! I was particularly taken b the gorgeous color pallets from Inglot and the 3d eye shadows from my new beauty Guru, Ofra Pro.

When speaking with James Vincent he stated that the TMS team works hard to tailor each show to the needs and resources of the area they are in. So a resounding round of applause for a job more than well done Mr. Vincent!

The show brought out many FL based companies and small businesses like Ofra Pro Cosmetics., and Loladé Cosmetics and women owned businesses like Magnolia Makeup and our friend Cult Nails.

The show is for industry pros and students alike and the vibe was electric. . I was educated about product, technique and business. I met students, pros and press.There were so many men and women in one space exuding such passion and love for their chosen industry. I was caught up in their fervor.

I have even more love and respect for those who help make us more beautiful, outside and in, and I’ll be bringing you more from the show including product reviews and pro interviews!