Friday, May 27, 2011

Samantha's Movie Pick-Something Borrowed

Something Borrowed

Best-selling author Emily Griffin's first novel finally hits the big screen! Something Borrowed tells the story of a Rachel, the good girl who turns bad when she ends up in bed with her best friend's fiance after too many drinks at her 3oth birthday party. With an A-list cast composed of Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, John Krasinski and sexy Colin Egglesfield, and a comedic plot filled with love, sex, secrets and betrayal, Something Borrowed is the perfect date movie to kick off your summer.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Samantha's Book Pick-Steamy Beach Read

Gone With a Handsomer Man

In Michael Lee West's latest novel, Gone With a Handsomer Man, she combines love, lust, mystery and heartache to create the perfect recipe for a summer read. Set in the south, the story begins when Teeny Templeton comes home to find her finance playing naked badminton with two other women. A few days later, all fingers point to Teeny when her ex-finance is found dead. Teeny teams up with an ex-boyfriend turned lawyer who once broke her heart to clear her name all while protecting her feelings. Once you pick up this book, you definitely will not be able to put it down!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Samantha's Style Pick-Rent Your Perfect Look

Rent The Runway

Ever wandered into the Bloomingdale's dress section and said "wow, I wish I could afford this? " Well, now you can! With a few easy clicks, you can register for "Rent The Runway," a website created for women by women with the biggest designer fashion names where women can rent their favorite styles from as low as $50! Even better, you get a second size to try for free! From names like Nicole Miller to Lily Pulitzer, there is something for everyone. Whether you have a black tie affair to attend or simply just a date night, Rent The Runway has all the style answers you will need. You can search by occasion or designer and can complete the look with the perfect accessories. So check it out and rent your perfect look; you will look and feel really special!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Samantha's Product Pick- Makeover in a Jar

L'oreal Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer

"The secrets of the studio are finally out..." says L'oreal about their new line of Studio Secrets make-up products. From the line comes primers, foundations, eyeliners, eye shadows, lipstick and lip liners. My favorite product is the Smoothing Resurfacing Primer. It leaves my skin feeling velvety smooth and does a great job of making my skin look very even. And it is so easy to use! Just dip your finger in the jar for a dime-sized amount and rub onto your face prior to applying foundation. Immediately upon application, you will see the effects of the primer and just how soft your skin truly feels. Once foundation is applied, it will last all day, leaving you with smooth, clean coverage. For under $20, your skin will look and feel like you just got an expensive facial at the spa!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Romance in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Have you ever thought about taking a romantic getaway to Playa del Carmen, Mexico?
I am a professional matchmaker and here's what I know...
The pros...
  • It is a straight shot flight from most major cities right into Cancun and then a quick 20 to 40 minute car ride to Playa.
  • Playa is full of hotels for all different types of vacations. Everything from family resorts to all inclusive properties to top notch resorts.
  • Several of the top notch resorts are located in an area called Mayakoba which is about 25 minutes from the Cancun airport.
Mayakoba is a self-contained gated community that encompasses three exclusive properties -- the Banyan Tree, the Fairmont and the Rosewood. If you are staying at one of the properties, you can eat at any of the restaurants at any of the hotels although they are all separately owned and charge the meal to your room, which is very convenient. We ate at all the properties and they all seem to offer top notch food and good service. Additionally, all the hotels share one stretch of beach, so you can walk from one resort to the next quite easily. And there is a top notch Greg Norman golf resort that runs through all the properties and guests from all the hotels have access to play.
As for choosing which Mayakoba property to stay in during your vacation, hands down, the Banyan Tree Mayakoba is the most romantic and extravagant of all the properties. The Banyan Tree spares no detail to make your stay as romantic as possible. They even have a "romance consultant" on staff that can help with every romantic desire. And Adriana, the Communications manager, is also quite helpful coordinating your every desire while you are at the resort.
Upon arrival at the Banyan Tree, the first romantic thing you notice is the open-air boat that sits at the lobby and will transport you to the Mayakoba beach.