Interview with Carissa-Ann Santos, Co-founder of Love Grace Foods


Sarah Velasco: Tell us about Love Grace? How did it begin? 

Carissa-Ann: Love Grace is an organic cold-pressed juice, smoothie and elixir company that is helping to make super humans nationwide. We are extremely result driven and committed to getting REAL food to people. We think health is fun and is our natural state as a human being. It's so important for us to make being healthy delicious, fun and accessible. As Jake (chef and co-founder) says,"Green Juice is a god-given right." It's our mission to make high quality organic juices widely available.Love Grace happened organically. My partner Jake and have been co-creating in the kitchen for 5 years now. We came together with a passion for raw food, adventure and ultimate health. We would have a blast just making super delicious raw pumpkin pie recipes and raspberry cobblers at 4am. It’s fun! We really are just supercharged about feeling AMAZING and sharing health with the planet.  We realized that real food and juice was just not available and it's something we could make possible. And so we did :) 

Sarah Velasco: How is it different from other cleanses or detox programs? 

Carissa-Ann: We've learned that not every juice company is a health company. From the start we've used only organic produce and unique super foods.  With a special attention to maximum nutrition and flavor we've created some pretty unique blends that both the hardcore green juicer love and the newbie juicer can enjoy. We've included in our cleanse program a super food smoothie which is rather unique. This nutrient packed blend provides just enough fiber, protein and healthy fat to support a successful and satisfying cleanse experience. And they are amazingly delicious too!

Sarah Velasco: Can you tell us about yourself? How you became involved with Love Grace? 

Carissa-Ann: I’ve been in fashion for many years. It’s high energy …fun … demanding…electric. I just knew living on coffee and lattes was not sustainable. As I transformed to a living food lifestyle I just couldn’t help but share it! Jake and I were making drinks and food for ourselves and people wanted them! So we created Love Grace where we could really serve people a gourmet healing line that is convenient and delicious. 

Sarah Velasco: What is your philosophy behind juice cleanses? 

Carissa-Ann: Listen to your body. I believe it's important to do what feels right and best serves your physical body, mind and spirit. Do what makes you do the most good. I think juice cleansing helps to rid the body of things that no longer serve it...lightening up the mind, creating space for you and your higher purpose. No two bodies are the same and everyone has different health goals but what we find works great is an extended cleanse of 3-5 days every two months with maintenance in between. Maintenance can look like doing one cleanse day per week or just making sure to include a couple of organic green juices into your every day. 

Sarah Velasco: What does an average day meal plan look like for you ? 

Carissa-Ann: I can't say that l  I have an average day by any means :)  All of my days are adventure days at Love Grace!
So on my adventure days I need lots of energy, nutrients and things that are easy to grab-and-go. I usually start with a glass of lemon water when I wake up and then a Purify. Mid morning I reach for a Green Protein because with the spirulina, chia seeds, hemp seeds, wheatgrass and all it really provides me with sustained energy and keeps me satiated. If I do lunch I'll have either a big organic salad with quinoa or maybe a gluten free sandwich with avocado, nori, tahini, avocado, hempseeds and spice it up with some cayenne. Moving into mid-day Chocolate Superfood smoothie a must! It's just so mineral rich and vibrant.  
The whole day I drink Chamomile tea with hemp milk or almond milk whatever I have on hand. So yummy! For dinner I keep it light. A homemade soup, light salad. I find I'm often doing one big meal a day because of my schedule. The juices and smoothies really keep me going. They have complete protein, minerals and healthy fat to keep me supercharged. They really are the perfect food!

Sarah Velasco: What is the longest you have cleansed for? 

Carissa-Ann: I've cleansed for about 35 days. I really just started drink green juice one day and felt so great that I kept going. I didn't have a real intention on how long I would cleanse for. It was intuitive. Those 35 days I had the most energy I've ever had in my LIFE. I felt so limber and excited and bright. I had lots of extra energy to get more reading done, spend more time with people I care about. I just got to LIVE and do what I love. Very refreshing and nurturing. 

Sarah Velasco: What are common misconceptions about juice cleanses? 

Carissa- Ann: People think they are a fad. A quick fix. But really we find them to be part of a beautiful health journey. They are the kick start to a healthy lifestyle. Once you start flooding your body with nutrients and the cravings fall away you naturally want to choose healthy options and things that will uplift you.
Another misconception is that juices are gross and you'll starve. That's why we're here!! We've created a line that is absolutely delicious and satisfying. When you are satisfied nutritionally on a cellular level all is well.

Sarah Velasco: How do you see customers utilizing the cleanses? Once in a blue moon or once a month? 

Carissa-Ann: It depends on their health goals. When working on something specific we see people cleansing with us once a month. Others like to order Wellness Programs and help to sustain their great results until their next cleanse maybe 2 or 3 months later. Again it all depends on if they are healing a specific condition or what particular result they are intending.

Sarah Velasco: Anything else you would like our readers to know ? 

Carissa-Ann: Have fun. Being healthy doesn't mean restricting or taking things out. It's about exploring and finding NEW and EXCITING ways to light you up and feel your best. Ways that are sustainable and support you in your everyday life. We're committed to people feeling awesome so they can do what they love :) We think green juice is a great way.



How to prepare for a juice cleanse

You have decided to do a juice cleanse and will prepare a nice juicy steak the night before right? NOOOO!!! Don't do it!
Preparing for a juice cleanse is so important. The more you prepare, the easier it will be for your body to transition. 
This means, a few days leading up to your cleanse you will want to cut out things like coffee, sugar, meat, dairy, carbs. Add fresh fruit and vegetables to every meal.

Love Grace recommends that the day before you cleanse, you refrain from eating anything after sundown. Instead, opt for juice or tea so you will wake up feeling energized without any cravings.

The best way to prepare is a diet rich in raw fruits and vegetables.

We recommend:

3 days before - Phasing out meat. Opt for lightly steamed fish with vegetables and salad. Vegetable based soups, and fruits are a great option too!

2 days before - Green salads should be a staple or steamed vegetables i.e. spinach, broccoli. 

1 day before - Raw or lightly steamed vegetables are great while avoiding more starchy vegetables like carrots, squash etc. Salads are great too. 

Juice Cleansing 101

We have all heard of cleanses. Whether it comes to celebrities talking about them, articles we have read – they have been around for quite some time now.

Until this year we had not paid them any mind, but this year we are on the lookout of new products that will improve your lifestyle and health choices.

Love juice?

Many people turn to juice cleanses because they feel off; they’re bloated, sluggish, dependent on caffeine, have junk food cravings, and skin problems. When you get rid of these toxins from your system, you will feel better and look better externally and internally.

While weight loss is one reason many cleanse, some say our bodies already have built-in detoxifiers and don’t require this type of cleansing. Most warn that no one should expect lasting weight loss, unless food habits and lifestyle change are maintained after the cleanse.

However, cleanses may shift you away from bad habits, like too much coffee, alcohol, fatty foods, and help you maintain healthier habits after you are done.



"Whether it's the sparkle of an engagement ring or the seductive curve of a beautifully crafted set of bangles, eye-catching fine jewelry is always the perfect compliment to any outfit and every occasion. Co-founded by Priya Judge and Laurie Kader, Prila's magnificent offerings set the standard even higher, but allowing clients to add a personal customised touch to every piece of fine jewelry that they choose.

"When purchasing a piece from a jewelry store, customers are faced with many restrictions," explains Judge. "Choices are relegated to what happens to be in stock and, of course, the budget. This often means that customers are forced to make compromises when purchasing a much-desired piece of jewelry."

Thanks to obtaining materials and craftsmanship from some of the world's best resources, Prila's line of fine jewelry is able to expertly remove all of the limitations and frustrations that clients often face in a store setting. From Thailand to Italy and India, Prila has exclusive access to some of the world's best gemologists and platers. The company can work with almost any budget to create a truly original piece made from some of the most beautiful stones on offer including star rubies, morganites, high-end blue sapphires and high-quality diamonds such as black diamonds and champagne diamonds.

Working with a signature geometric style, Judge and Kader begin the design process by meeting a client in their home to discuss the concept for the desired piece. Kader, who is a renowned painter, expertly captures the vision. "I'm always inspired by our clients," says Kader. "Everyone's taste is really different and it's always fun to enter into a conversation and fully explore the style and genre of a client. My job is to capture that vision and render it into the highest possible level of artistry."
Once a design has been agreed upon, clients receive a computer-generated three-dimensional image of their creation. This gives them the opportunity to truly visualize the piece and make any minor adjustments. When the final piece is delivered, usually within a two-week timeframe, the clients are also presented with a GIA-certified certificate of authenticity that attests to the quality of the stones and can be used when insuring the piece.
For both Kader and Judge, purchasing a piece of customised fine jewelry is an investment from both a financial and emotional standpoint. Pieces from the Prila fine jewelry collection are used to enhance a look; to help a client feel good about themselves while also making a very personal statement. It is a treasure that can be passed down and shared from generation to generation."

Pieces from the Prila fine jewelry collection can be viewed by visiting the website at www.prilajewelry.com.

Bath & Body Works: Velvet Sugar

Velvet Sugar by Bath and Body Works is a Floral Fruity Gourmand fragrance for women. This is a new fragrance and a great line for Valentine's Day.

The scent is available in a variety of products including Eau de Toilette $39.50, Shower Gel $13, Body Lotion $13, Fine Fragrance Mist $14.50, Body Cream $13, Shimmer Mist $14

 "We continue to see a huge trend in gourmand fragrances. using luxurious, delectable ingredients, we were inspired to create a modern, sophisticated take on gourmand that is completely new territory for us." explains Bath & Body Works President of Brand Development and Merchandising Camille McDonald. 

Velvet Sugar is a blend of red velvet cream with golden plum and sugared musk, wild strawberries, and pink jasmine. 
Top Notes: Wild Strawberries, White Nectarine, Pear Blossom, Apple Nectar
Mid Notes: Pink Jasmine, Golden Plum, Red Velvet Créme, Dewy Honeysuckle, Freesia
Dry Notes: Golden Amber, Vanilla , Tolu Balsam, Caramel, Bailey’s Creme, Sugared Musk

Also, be sure to check out: 

Super Bowl Nail Art

Broncos or Seahawks? Show support for your team this Sunday with fun and sporty nail designs …

Celebrity nail artist, Pattie Yankee, created some fun and flashy designs for the big game.  Here is how to recreate the look at home:
Seahawk Striped Nail: Use Realm as the background and Reign on each side.  Life was used for the middle thick stripe and Divinity stripes to separate.

B vs S NailDivinity was used with Realm to write B vs S and Purify and Life for each team color.
Football NailRealm was used at the top to create the football shape with Divinity as the football and a white XLVIII at the bottom for Super Bowl 48.

Striped Nail: Start with a white nail then stripe Vs down the middle depicting the team colors withDivinityRealmPurifyLife and Reign.
Patricia Nail Lacquer is available online via www.rickysnyc.com for $9 each. 


La Vie en Rose Swim 2014

Even though the weather is frigid you can always look for something to wear for the warmer months to come!

La Vie en Rose has a great selection of swimsuits this season.


Latest Lip Trends from the Red Carpet

"From natural nude to gothic glam, the 2014 Grammys showcased some of the season’s most popular lip trends. Recreate the red carpet looks with Whitening Lightning’s Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss.Available in 11 shades – the highly pigmented glosses provide rich color that won’t fade, feather or bleed. This moisturizing lip gloss contains collagen peptides to rapidly speed up cell renewal, increasing lip size safely and painlessly."

Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Crystal

Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Borneo & Bermuda

Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Vilu

Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Nude

 Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Salmon

The complete line of Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Glosses is available for $38 dollars each viawww.whiteninglightning.com.

Valentine's Day Deals

Valentine’s Day Beauty Deals We LOVE

Sublime Beauty
Restore skin’s youthful glow this Valentine’s Day with an exclusive offer from the new anti-aging skincare collection, Sublime Beauty. Receive 25% off the Face Whisperer Advanced Eye Gel, a targeted under-eye serum that helps reduce the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines.

To purchase the Face Whisperer Advanced Eye Gel, visitAmazon.com and use coupon code EYEGEL25 at checkout.

Whitening Lightning
Get a bright white smile in time for Valentine’s Day with the Whitening Lightning I Wanna Sweetheart Special. Offer includes 2 Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Glosses1 Brow Bar To Go and choice of 1 whitening pen. Use coupon code SWEETIE at checkout to receive the bundle for $49.
Offer available atwww.whiteninglightning.com.

Get primed, hydrated and red carpet ready with date-night essentials from emerginC. Purchase a jar of the hydra-repair topical infusion capsules and receive a red carpet primer for free.

Offer valid from Monday, February 3rd through Valentine’s Day.www.emerginc.com.
Spa Sonic
Used and recommended by spas and dermatologists, this multi-brush face and body polisher will keep skin kissable and smooth. The set includes a face brush, body brush, pumice stone and sponge for moisturizer application. Available in three shades, WhiteLavender and Pink, Spa Sonic will be on sale from January 24th to February 15th!

 Spa Sonic Valentine’s Day deals can be found at the following:
Price: $34.99

Price: $38

Price: $34.99

Price: $39.99

Dynamite Spring 2014

Dynamite's new Spring 2014 collection features transparency, neutral and pale colors, and the subtle unveiling of silhouettes. The Dynamite design team was inspired by runway and global trends that depict women in a natural and pure way. The Spring 2014 campaign photoshoot is about confidence, independence and escape. 

The spring collection presents the contrast of both fitted and loose, flowing clothing as a theme for the season. Fluidity and fitted, sheer garments, structured over-pieces, redefined lengths of skirts and dresses are prominent. Shades of beige and blue are featured.

We love this look:

Perfecto: 71-4588D - $64.90
Midi Shirt: 71-7459 - $34.90
Graphic Tee: 69-0812M - $26.90

Some of Dynamite's Campaign Shots

Sublime Beauty

New Collagen Peptide Serum from Sublime Beauty
An Advanced Peptide Serum with Clinically Proven Anti-Aging Ingredients

If there is a secret to aging well, French women seem to have it. Minimalists when it comes to makeup, they focus on the importance of skincare and skin health.

As an American who lived in Paris for 16 years, Kathy Heshelow fully embraced the skincare habits of her French peers. Returning stateside, she created Sublime Beauty, a new anti-aging skincare collection that combines the time-honored beauty rituals that Kathy learned as an ex-pat and the latest in skincare science.

"Even if we care for our skin carefully, eat correctly and use sunscreen, we still see wrinkles as we age," says Kathy Heshelow, founder of Sublime Beauty. "Why? Because we naturally lose collagen each year, more so from about age 40 to 60 and older."

Formulated with a blend of beneficial ingredients, including ginseng, aloe, and elastin, the light airy serum works to rejuvenate and refresh skin They key ingredient, Matrixyl, is powerful peptide known to boost collagen production by telling the skin to produce more of the age-fighting protein.

Three lines – Ageless, Face Whisperer, and Collagen offer unique anti-aging benefits:

Ageless Line Smoother with Hyacare Filler CL: An anti-aging serum and wrinkle filler in one, the Ageless Line Smoother hydrates, moisturizes and smooths skin. Matrixyl, a powerful, patented peptide boosts collagen production to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. ($48)

Face Whisperer Advanced Eye Gel: Utilizing clinically proven, anti-aging ingredients developed in France - Matrixyl, Eyeliss and Haloxyl –  this eye gel helps reduce the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines. ($45)

Collagen Serum Peptide Rich: An advanced peptide serum, clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles without irritation. ($43)

What: Collagen Serum Peptide Rich
Price: $43
Ingredients: aloe leaf juice, hyroxyethyl urea, ethoxydiglycol, coco-glucoside, glyceryl oleate, hydroxypropyltrimomium honey, panthenol, sodium hyaluronate, sclerotium gum, hexapeptide-11, lentinula edodes, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4, palmitoyl tripeptide-3, panax gingseng root extract, phenoxyethanol, sodium gluconate, hydrolyzed collagen, hydrolyzed elastin, sodium benzoate, xantan, disodium, methylisothiazolinone.
Features: Money back guarantee if your skin doesn't feel pampered, nourished and smoother after using the product. 
What we think: When it comes to skin care, we have tried countless products from all price ranges. This product does a good job and works great as a primary serum. We recommend this serum for those in their 40's and up. 
It firms and plumps skin and is great to use before moisturizing. 
The peptides in this product do a great job and it has very nice absorbency. 

Available through Amazon.com
For more information on Sublime Beauty, please visit www.sublime-beauty.net


Valentine's Day with LUSH Cosmetics

Surprise a loved one with LUSH's Valentine's Day collection. Lather up in the delicious shower gel, soak up with a bath bomb, or receive a massage with one of their amazing massage bars! 

1. Neon Love soap $6.95
- with bergamot, rosewood, and cinnamon leaf oil blend with passion fruit juice to cleanse and soya yogurt to nourish and soften skin. vegan

2. The Kiss tinted lip balm $9.25
- blend of moisturizing butters and organic agave syrup. vegan

3. Prince Charming shower gel $9.95-29.95
- soft marshmallow root and Fair Trade vanilla pod infusion. Fresh pomegranate juice and grapefruit oil cleanse the skin while almond oil moisturizes. vegan

4. Tender is the Night massage bar $11.95
- blend of jasmine, yang yang and Fair Trade vanilla essential oils. vegan

5. Love Locket bath bomb $10.95
- blend of vanilla, jasmine, and neuroli. vegan



La Vie en Rose Valentine's Day 2014

Left to Right (1st row): Satin Babydoll & Lace Boyleg Set, Lace & Mesh Merrywidow $34.95, Eve Parisian Boyleg $19.95, Eve Romantic Thong $19.95, Heart Jacquard Short Robe $44.95,  Satin & Chiffon Kimono $39.95

Left to Right (2nd row): Eve Romantic Bra $39.95, Eve Parisian Bra $39.95, Slide Slippers $16.05, Heart Shape Boxes


Mia Beauty Silkies Silicone Hair Elastics

Silkies hair elastics are made of silicone material that has a “no slip” feature. Silkies come in two fun shapes and can also be used as bracelets, gift wrap, rubber bands, and much more! 5 Silkies™ hair elastics included in every pack.

Color/Description: lips (3) with heels (2)

Price: $9/ 5 pieces

These hair elastics do not have any metal on them, therefore, will not tear out any of your hair while gathering it up into a different style. You can easily slip these back out too without having to unwind them too carefully; totally "ouchless."

You can have one wrapped comfortably around your wrist to easily pull hair out of the way. These are great for ponytails, braids or really any quick updo. We find that this brand has a great amount of elastic that does not snap back or snap apart. This product does well with very thick to thin hair also, and holds it fast. 

Mia Beauty Silkies are available at www.miabeauty.com and other retailers online and nationwide.

About Mia Beauty
This innovative beauty company was started in 2000 in san Francisco, California with Mia Kaminski's first patented product, the Tonytail ponytail wrap. With its immediate success and continued steady growth, the company now offers over 500 hair accessories, styling tools, appliances and hair care products. The company sells its various product lines to mass market retail, specialty retail, chain drug, department stores, beauty salons and beauty supply stores. 


Saint Valentin!

Roses are red, violets are blue, we've picked these gifts just for you!

Patrón XO Café $39.95 Select Wines & Spirits

Marvis Eau de Bouche $22.50

Marvis Cinnamon Toothpaste $9

Karin Herzog Mild Scrub $46 


Valentine's Day

Make everyone fall in love this Valentine’s Day – treat yourself or someone else!

Left to Right: Tony Ties with Charms, Spa Sonic Face & Body Polisher, Whitening Lightening Super Booster Pen Teeth Whitening Pen, Silkies Silicone Hair Elastics, Miracle Skin Transformer Lip Rewind Advanced Peptide Lip Treatment in LOVE, Adventuress Skin Care Vividly Restorative Skin Purifier 

Tony Ties with Charms
Sleek, functional and great for a quick ponytail –these no tug-hair ties are comfortable and will not leave a crease. Wear them as bracelets for a fun, festive look.

Price: $7/3 pack

Availability: At drug stores nationwide and online via www.miabeauty.com

Spa Sonic Face & Body Polisher
Used and recommended by spas and dermatologists, this multi-brush face and body polisher will keep skin kissable and smooth. The set includes a face brush, body brush, pumice stone and sponge for moisturizer application.

Price: $54.99

Availability: At Target, Walgreens and Wal-Mart stores nationwide and online via www.target.com and www.walgreens.com.

All Spa Sonic colors will be on sale from 1/24-2/15.

Walgreens.com – $34.99
Target.com - $38
Walmart.com - $34.99
Drugstore.com - $39.99
Costco.com – $34.99
Miracle Skin Transformer Lip Rewind Advanced Peptide Lip Treatment in LOVE  
Infused with anti-aging and lip filling peptides, Lip Rewind repairs daily damage, boosts volume and moisture content, protect UVA/UVB sun damage and improves the definition of lip contour and shape. $5 of each purchase is donated to the Children’s Action Network.

Price: $24
Availability: At ULTA stores and online via www.ulta.com and www.miracleskintransformer.com

Silkies Silicone Hair Elastics
Keep hair in place throughout the night with the no slip Silkies Hair Elastics. In two fun shapes, lips and heels, Silkies also double as bracelets.

Price: $9/5 pack

Availability: At drug stores nationwide and online via www.miabeauty.com
Whitening Lightning Super Booster Pen Teeth Whitening Pen
The easy-to-use gel freshens breath, kills bacteria and restores teeth to their natural white shade. The formula whitens and fight stains while you sleep by up to seven to ten shades in 14 days.

Price: $79
Availability:  Online via www.whiteninglightning.com

Adventuress Skin Care Vividly Restorative Skin Purifier
Add a little adventure to your Valentine’s Day with Adventuress Skin Care. Packed with micronutrients, the skin purifier will unblock pores, hydrate, firm, and restore skin’s youthful radiance.

Price: $35

Availability: Online via www.goadventuress.com