Wednesday, October 30, 2013

New Jersey Beauties

Met some amazing young beauties this weekend at the Boxing for Boobies Breast Cancer event  at Title Boxing Club in Wayne.

Sweet, talented, hard-working, compassionate.  Love the youth of New Jersey!!

Miss New Jersey ( Ava ),  Miss New Jersey Nationals ( Jessica ),  Miss Garden State ( Cathy )

Jessica Indio: Sporting my #StarDog shirt today.
Thank you for letting me contribute to a worthy cause with this shirt.


Monday, October 28, 2013

Beauty and Compassion come together for a SOLD OUT event


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Over $10,000 Raised At The NYIB Great Gatsby Beauty Competition And Gala Benefits Autism Awareness

SOLD OUT New York Institute of Beauty a Great Gatsby Beauty Competition and Gala Benefits Autism Awareness


1st Place Winner for Hair Ashley Vessa from Long Island Beauty School Hauppauge
1st Place Winner for Hair Ashley Vessa from Long Island Beauty School Hauppauge
PRLog (Press Release) - Oct. 27, 2013 - LINDENHURST, N.Y. -- On Friday, October 25, 2013 New York Institute of Beauty presented to a Sold out Gatsby theme Beauty Gala Event at Chateau La Mer to raise awareness for Autism.

Oct. 27, 2013 – Lindenhurst, N.Y – Each year New York Institute of Beauty, and Long Island Beauty School host a competition in make-up, hair, and nails to support and raise money on behalf of Team Jack-Autism Speaks, Long Island Chapter. This year, the New York Institute of Beauty Make Up Team organized a Beauty Gala Event for Team Jack-Autism Speaks, Long Island Chapter at Chateau La Mer in Lindenhurst, New York. The theme of the event was Gatsby and since it was the weekend before Halloween, New York Institute of Beauty encouraged guests to come in their best Gatsby attire.

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Bridget O’Brien


The event provided cocktail hour, a dinner buffet, dessert, cash bar, raffles, a 50/50 and an amazing Wild Cherryz burlesque dance performance and Red Carpet Appearance by singer Nick Tangorra. Drag Super Star Xtah C Extraordinaire was a guest celebrity judge. Trophies were awarded to the winners for each competition plus something of monetary value for example, $500 towards advance make up classes, $250 in Make-up, or $500 in hair products, etc.

Make-Up Competition Sponsored by MUD Make Up Designory Competition Winners

1st - Jessica West-Nigro - Long Island Beauty School, Hauppauge

2nd - Lauren McKee- Long Island Beauty School, Hauppauge

3rd - Monique Norwich- Long Island Beauty School, Hauppauge

Fan Favorite Make-Up - Kristy Delaney- New York Institute of Beauty, Islandia

Nail Competition Sponsored by OPI

1st - Nicole Ragoonath- New York Institute of Beauty, Islandia

2nd - Angela Valladares- New York Institute of Beauty, Islandia

3rd - Megan Fricke & Valeen Kalimootoo (Tie for 3rd Place) - Long Island Beauty School, Hauppauge

Hair Competition Sponsored by Wella School Systems, Symbiotic Salon Systems, Burmax, Design Essentials

1st - Ashley Vessa- Long Island Beauty School, Hauppauge

2nd - Mirlene Virgle- Long Island Beauty School, Hempstead

3rd - Sara Rios- Long Island Beauty School, Hempstead

New York Institute of Beauty’s goal was to raise $10k for Autism

The Beauty Gala Fundraiser for Autism a Gatsby inspired event raised and donated $10,300.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

New York Institute of Beauty

NYIB Make Up Team

Long Island Beauty School

Mud- Make Up Designory - Judge and Donations-Make Up

OPI- Judge and Donations

Burmax - Judges and Donations- Hair

Design Essentials - Judges and Donations-Hair

Symbiotic Salon Systems - Judges and Donations-Hair

Mr. Beauty- Donations

Wella School System- Donated centerpieces

Nora Schweihs - creator of The German wine- Judge- Make Up

Drag Super Star Xtah C Extraordinaire - Judge - Make Up

Nick Tangorra - Red Carpet Appearance

The Wild Cherryz - Burlesque Performers

Omar Cogle – Photographer

Paul Prince – Photographer

Paul Walker - Photographer

Pope of Hollywood- Photographer/Video

Derek Zagami of Derek Z Show

Owner of Chateau La Mer, George Voutsinas- Thank you for his generosity, amazing food, beautiful venue and first class service.

At the New York Institute of Beauty, they are delighted to offer educational opportunities in this dynamic field! New York Institute of Beauty is dedicated to a high level of education for their students and to the continued accomplishments and success of their graduates, so he or she may find gainful employment in the appearance enhancement fields.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Ghosting: An American Tradition

Star Dog gives a little Halloween fun


We didn't have ghosting in my town when we were kids, but it is a Halloween tradition that my kids have grown to love over the past several years.

 I love how it gets the children in the mood for Halloween and how it is an other outlet for giving versus receiving. 


The Rules:
  • It starts early in October so the whole neighborhood has a chance to get ghosted.
  • To ghost someone you must put together 3 scare bags filled Halloween candy or trinkets,  a picture of a ghost and a letter stating that you’ve been ghosted with instructions on how to carry on the tradition.
  • You wait till after dark and go up to your targeted houses, drop off your scare bags, ring the doorbells and RUN!
  • The goal is to not get caught.
  • Once you get ghosted you tape the picture of the ghost in your door or window, so people know that you have been ghosted.


As soon as October hits, my kids are eager to get started.

We fill paper bags with candy and treats, sometimes plastic spiders, balls, anything fun. We include a copy of the letter ( which I printed below - or you can make up your own) and picture of the the ghost.

Even though the tradition says for each neighborhood family to pick three houses, we love it so much, that I let our kids pick three friends each. 

My kids go as far as dressing head to toe in black. The goal is to not get caught, but my kids have found it extremely fun on the rare occasion that they do. As ghosting becomes more popular, not getting caught is becoming somewhat of a challenge.

We have serious ghosters in my house. They make list, and have escape routes in place before dropping off the bag of treats.  I can almost hear their little hearts beating out of their chest as they sneak up to the front doors,  crouch down to not be seen under the light of the window.  They ring the bell and shriek and giggle as they high tail it out of there.

Ghosting provides a family fun night out.  I think I have just as much fun as them as I drive the get away car. 

 The ghosting in our town how just begun for the year.   I think I just heard my doorbell ring, again.

Happy Ghosting Everyone!


Ghosting letter:

You’ve been ghosted!
The phantom ghost has come to town
To leave some goodies... I see you've found.
The phantom ghost has left you a treat
It is a tradition we hope you will repeat.

First, post this ghost in your window so it can be seen
And leave it there until Halloween
Second, make copies of this poem and ghost x3
Now it’s your turn to pass along the treats

Secretly make the delivery under the moon light
Be safe, be quick, and stay out of sight.
Ghosting is a tradition that is sure to delight
Let’s see if we can hit every house before Halloween night.

Happy Halloween!

Now I am Curious, Have you ever been ghosted? 

No Ghosting in your town....time to start up the tradition!