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Saturday, February 9, 2019

The Beauty of New Orleans

The Beauty of New Orleans

Ciao bella,

So off the beaten Beauty track of magic potions I divert into the beauty of travel to a unique place.

As I still lounge here in my scenic hotel room facing a double view of The Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana, I just finished watching a documentary Kevyn Aucoin Beauty & The Beast in Me, a native of “The Pelican State” (Louisiana). He was the makeup artist for the supermodels and stars of the 1980s and ’90s. Fabulous story that’s a must see!

New Orleans is still in the midst of it’s makeover from Hurricane Katrina. The devastation was unimaginable here. I’ve spoken to many people who went through it. One bright element that hasn’t changed is the spirit of the New Orleans people.

There is so much laughter and kindness here from all angles. Could be the food! As you travel around the city you can smell the delicious flavors of cooking wafting through every neighborhood. One thing I can say is New Orleans knows how to cook!

From Emeril’s (a Massachusetts native) to Popeye’s Fried Chicken, the cuisine is outstanding!

The grittiness of Bourbon Street attracts all the party goers! All kinds of music from jazz bands to pail drums can be heard on the street corners and inside pubs. Specialty cocktails, beer, and wine can be purchased street side and carried out. The bright colors of purple, green, and gold adorn not only people but the balconies and galleries of the wrought iron buildings New Orleans distinctively owns. For all the glorious gaudiness of the tourist area New Orleans also boasts of blocks upon blocks of homes of elegant refinement.

In The French Quarter, I love Rue Royal ... that’s my kind of street that has a magical aura about its shopping. The stores are street level and so inviting with spell bounding window decor.

I’ve also been fascinated with New Orleans above ground cemeteries. We visited where Ann Rice developed her vampire characters and where "Interview With A Vampire" with Brad Pitt was filmed. Families with a tome are buried one on top of each other, saving space! After all New Orleans was once a swamp and below ground burials were impossible due to the water issue.

We left Boston last week at 4 degrees! Here in The Big Easy it’s been a balmy 58 and 60 degrees.

Oh, how I’ll hate to leave this seductive, thrilling, and warm place! It’s been a great getaway, however, there’s nothing like home sweet home!

So my Glamazons I hope I took you away for a few moments to another place!

Stay warm and remember spring is around the corner!

Stuffed from Beignets!!

Buona Giornata and God Bless the USA!

Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull


Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at www.allthatzazz.com. Mary is a third-generation cosmetologist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or mary@mary4nails.com.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Happy New Year ... or is it?

Happy New Year ... or is it?

Ciao bella,

Once again, another year has closed. And once again, we are at the crossroads of “what can I do to be a better me?” I realize that the first traditional resolution is “I must lose weight” ... an absolute fail for all of us! Right?

So instead of the latest diet trend, I want to initiate the most important aspect of feeling better ... Eating better! This just may promote the goal in which you want to achieve.

The standard American diet consists of carbs, unhealthy fats, and processed foods. This way of eating increases “cytokines,” which are substances in the blood that produce sky rocketing inflammation making you susceptible to chronic pain. Find foods with anti-inflammatory effects. Recent studies have proven that a Mediterranean diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids is key. Eight to twelve ounces a week of fresh or frozen fish fillets and shellfish are a good way to start. Also, canned salmon, tuna and sardines, walnuts, ground flax seed, chia seeds, leafy greens, broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower are great. Stay away from foods high in Omega-6s, such as deep fried foods, mayo, and salad dressing. People that follow a Mediterranean diet have better heart health and less risk of acquiring dementia. Vegetables and fruit should rock your world!

Next up is getting enough sleep. I don’t know what it is ... but my iPad is always calling me just as I should be going to sleep! Very bad ... since the blue light in your device is a calling card for a sleepless night! So take a magazine or book to bed and, nighty night.

Sleep deprivation is most common at a certain age, however, it can be overcome with patience, a little bit of Melatonin and meditation. Hitting the sack at the same time nightly is necessary to keep your body in sync. A great night sleep is key to enjoying the next day and all its glory.

So my Glamazons ... hope these beauty tips will get you on track and stay there in the coming year! Have a beautiful one!

Buona Giornata and God Bless the USA!

Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull


Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at www.allthatzazz.com. Mary is a third-generation cosmetologist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or mary@mary4nails.com.