By Latesha Lipscomb
All the Single Ladies! All the single Ladies, put your hands up. Well, whether you’re single, divorced, widowed or even a Valentine’s Day non-conformist, I’ve discovered several new trendy treats you’ll love yesterday, today and forever more.
SO YOU’VE GOT THE BLUES – There’s absolutely no reason for that, girlfriend, unless your munching on goodies from Blueberry Haven where beaches, berries and bliss is the lifeline of this local company. Curl up on your couch, pop in your favorite movie and enjoy a hot cup of regular or decaffeinated blueberry coffee. And if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, indulge in a mouth-watering bag of milk chocolate covered blueberries or spicy but sweet bag of havenlicious snack mix. The chocolate covered blueberries are their number one seller and the corn snack mix is creatively mixed with dried blueberries, nuts and spices. All three delicious goodies are available in 8oz. bags and retail for $8.95. Visit blueberry-haven.com or call 616.915.7700 to place your order. So if you’ve got the blues… in this case, that’s good thing.
YES to SEX! – With a “seriously fun” motto and the most provocative wine offering on this side of the state, L. Mawbey has created a rose sparkling wine that you’ll love. The SEX blend is produced from selected wine grapes from various vineyards, which are hand-harvested and whole-cluster pressed. Finished with a brut dosage (1.2% residual sugar), the wine has ripe soft-fruit scents, fine pinot flavors and a clean, rounded, sensational happy ending. Feeling bubbly yet? They also offer a sensual wine affectionately titled: GR, which is a new and exciting sparkling wine celebrating the city of Grand Rapids and her people. GR is an even sweeter demi-sec wine with a Muscat-like aroma, rich full flavors; and is full and sweet on the palate. L. Mawbey Winery is based in Suttons Bay, MI and they produce sparkling wines exclusively. Run out and pick up several bottles today because you’ll undoubtedly want to share Sex with all your friends.
SET THE MOOD RIGHT – Treat yourself to the fabulous ambiance of local lovable Lakeshore Candle Co. bath salts and room sprays.
The bath salts are a special blend of sea salt and fragrance that will enhance your bathing experience leaving skin soft, smooth and supple. Give your skin a radiant healthy glow while enjoying soothing aromatic scents like Vanilla Lime, Lavender Eucalyptus, Tea Tree or Cucumber Apple. And when ready to slip into bed at home or in an ultra-luxe hotel suite, Lakeshore Room Sprays are the perfect alternative for spaces where candles are not allowed. The sprays are ideal for the home, car, office and beyond. Lakeshore Room Sprays are available in 21 scents and can be purchased at Flowerland Fruit Basket, Kregels Parable Bookstores, Fredrick Meijer Gardens, The Specialty Shop and the Curiosity Shop at the Public Museum of Grand Rapids.
SMITTY’S HOT SLUDGE – At times like these, I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream and there’s no better way to enjoy a bowl of your favorite flavor than with a dessert topping that is a thick, dark confection often eaten by the spoonful! That’s right ladies; Smitty’s Hot Sludge is eaten right out of the jar as often as it is poured hot over ice cream. This sultry sauce was born in the 1950’s and found regularly at Smith family gatherings. As the recipe was perfected over time, it quickly became the hottest gift for friends, neighbors and co-workers who simply could not get enough. Smitty’s can top any dessert, such as cheesecake, creampuffs, or angel food cake. It can be used as a dip for fruit, pretzels or to make a “grown-up” smore, which consists of layering Smitty’s and cream cheese between two scrumptious graham crackers. To try it, is to love it and there’s no time like the present to savor the flavor of this premium hot fudge. Smitty’s Hot Sludge is available for purchase at Art of the Table, Kingma’s and Mary Ann’s Chocolates.
SHARE THE LOVE – Orchard Harvest Candle Company is located in the heart of the Great Lakes region of West Michigan. The candle line consists of all natural soy, palm and vegetable wax. They offer premium grade fresh and earthy fragrances and essential oils for the perfect tab after a nice long bath. I was pleasantly surprised by the awesome aromas of particular candle scents like: Ylang-ylang & sandalwood, nag champa, sweetgrass and caribbean fruit. There’s even a “Just for Me” candle for those moments when you want to treat yourself to something extra special made of frankincense and patchouli to help you relax and maintain focus. But not only that, Orchard Harvest encourages its patrons to remember the men and women serving our country, every time they light their candle. As a fundraiser for our Wounded EOD Heros, if you purchase a mac apple or lemon verbena candle a portion of the proceeds will be given to www.woundedeodwarrior.org so you can share the love. These fantastic fragrant candles are available at local boutiques including YT Galleria, Meme’s Foundations in Ada and The Candle Experience in Grandville.
FIND SELF-AWARENESS – Packed family schedules, demanding work deadlines and unexpected life twists make it challenging for many people to take a moment and focus on their personal needs. Seems like the phrase “Me, Myself & I” is merely latent with memories of day gone by. But things are changing with Cerra Self Awareness products.
Cerra helps people on their journey toward a happier, more balanced life with engaging products, a highly interactive website and a super supportive web community. Cerra products help individuals grow to be their best selves by encouraging us to “Be Aware, Act & Reflect”. Fragrance plays a large part in many Cerra product experiences so the Sensory Oil Set ($49.99) is a unique and worthy investment. I highly recommend the Linen Spray or the purse-friendly Cerra Mood Shift Kit. Do yourself a favor and visit them on-line at www.cerra.com for more information.
HOT STUFF – And I’m not talking about man-candy, I found something better. If hot styling tools wreak havoc in your home or if you’ve ever been the victim of an unsightly burn at the slip of a hot tool, Clever Girl Innovations has just the products for you. I fell head over heels for these products and you will too. Allow me to introduce you to GlamEars, reusable, removable silicone ear shields that protect your skin from burns, hair dye or other harsh chemicals. The Glam Ears are heat resistant to 425 degrees, non-toxic to skin and incredibly easy to clean with soap and water. But that’s not all, the Glam Mat, which is also available, protects carpet, bathroom counters and floors from burns, drops and spills while you’re dolling up for that special night out on the town. The GlamMat disperses heat away from any surface and is generously sized to hold more than one tool at a time. These are super hot purchases for the way cool woman on the move. GlamEars and the GlamMat are available at salons, spas and beauty supply chains nationwide or by visiting www.clevergirlinnovations.com.
FLIRT-ABLES – Perfect the art of seduction with some of these fascinating products widely available in West Michigan: Du Wop Cosmetics Twilight Lip Venom for the perfect pucker, Japonesque Faux Lashes because eyes are a woman’s most powerful feature and Love Bird by Nanette Lepore available at FragranceNet.com for those close encounters this month!
WORK UP A SWEAT – There’s no use in wallowing in your sorrows, get up and move with Celebrity Trainer Grace Lazenby. With the Rockin’ Models workout DVD, you’ll look like a model; feel like a dancer and workout with a rock star in the comfort of your own home. I thought this DVD was especially trendy because it can be described as “yoga ballet with a dash of burlesque” and promises to transform your body in just 2 weeks. There’s no time like the present to get started on your new and improved “rockin” body, so check out www.rockinmodels.com today!
UNBREAKABLE – This unisex fragrance has to be one of the hottest scents on the market. Created by Khloe Kardashian and husband Lamar Odom, Unbreakable launched last year before Valentine’s Day and the extraordinary fragrance symbolizes their “unbreakable” relationship. The composition opens with notes of Italian bergamot, sparkling clementine, asian saffron and green apple. The heart includes a bouquet of African geranium, jasmine, lily of the valley and red fruit; lying on the base of dark chocolate, tonka bean, vanilla and Texas cedar wood. I simply cannot keep my hands off of this incredible fragrance.
LOVE & HIP HOP – Leave your cares behind and paint yourself pretty with the new and ultra-fab shades from Nikki Minaj for OPI 2012. If you adore the hip-hop star like I do, now you can have Nicki Minaj at your fingertips, literally. OPI Nail Lacquer has introduced several new flashy colors like “Fly”, “Metallic for Life”, “Pink Friday” and a wicked awesome new shatter polish called “Super Bass”. So stop your pity party and get to your favorite local salon for a polish change now.
OUR TREND EXPERT
Latesha Lipscomb is the quintessential authority on all things hip, hot and happening NOW in West Michigan. From stay-at-home moms to diva fashionistas, Latesha influences all types of women with her vision of the latest trends. She has devoted herself to helping women unveil their inner and outer beauty and uniqueness while inspiring them to live out loud. Contact her at Latesha@womenslifestyle.com.