30th Annual New Jersey Home Show

This weekend (Friday, February 22 – Sunday February 24) at the New Jersey Convention Center will be hosting the 30th Annual New Jersey Home Show. This event is for all HGTV viewers, decoristas, house flippers and anyone who loves all areas of home and design.

This year the Feature Speaker is Laurie Smith of the popular TV show, Trading Spaces. Her speciality is making any room look like it came out of Architecture Digest with a minimal budget! She will also he sharing her take on a challenge in designing the home … lighting in a Q&A session with her.

Designer Laurie Smith of Trading Spaces

For the 4th year, the JerseyBites.com Cooking Stage will host top local chefs and bloggers, who will be cooking up delicious delights for attendees. JerseyBites is the premier New Jersey source for restaurant reviews, recipes, chef spotlights and more. The live cooking demonstrations will be Saturday and Sunday only.

There will also be many other talented people sharing their tips this weekend. Teaching us how to spruce up our curb appeal will be landscaping and hardscaping contractor John Balaney of Balaney contracting.

Spring is coming and planting season will be upon us very soon and Garden expert Patrick McDuffee from Well-Sweep Herb Farm will be sharing all insight and tips. He is also bringing a sensory experience that he will give children visiting the Home Show. They’ll watch a Sensitive Plant close when they touch it; carnivorous plants, like a purple pitcher, eat bugs and scratch and sniff any number of herbs.

For anyone who is either in the process or considering remodeling their kitchen we will have Michael Wuss from the Kitchen Design Center on site to answer any questions.

The convention hall will be home for over 200 vendors from landscapers, to kitchen & bath designers, landscapers, and more. There will also be an app, VIP home link that is designed to watch over your home and an automated lawnmower known as Auto Mow. The brand’s New Jersey dealer, Stacey Barlow, had this to say about the robotic mowing: “Robotic Mowers have been popular in Europe for 24 years, and with the recent addition of GPS navigation and Smart Phone control, they can now manage lawns as large as 1 1/4 acres. We asses your property, recommend a mower, then install a wire underground to help guide and contain your robot, leaving you with a perfectly maintained lawn all summer long.” The mowers range from $2,000-$3,500.

Buy Tickets Online for $5 or at the door for $10 each. Free entry to Police officers, Firefighters, EMT’s and All Military with ID on Friday, February 22nd.

Fri. Feb 22, 2019 at 3:00pm-8:00pm. Saturday February 23 10:00am7:00pm and Sunday, February 24, 2019 10:00-5:00pm EST

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Setting Yourself Up to Win with Nancy A. Ruffin

We are approaching the third week of January…how insane is that? Time is flying and winter is here, but have you set your intentions and goals for 2019? Have you already fallen off the “new year/new me” band wagon? Whether you have or whether you haven’t sat down and really thought about what you want for 2019 there is no time like the present to get your mind and life in gear.

I have been doing vision boards since 2007 ever since I saw Rhonda Byrne on the Oprah Winfrey show talking about the Secret and the Law of Attraction.  That episode truly resonated with me and I purchased the Secret DVD. I have literally watched it over 10 times and from that point on I have been making vision boards ever since.

In my ever evolving journey of self awareness and living my best life with intention and purpose I have been blessed to meet some amazing people who are doing amazing things. Three years ago I came across the Instagram page of the self proclaimed Latina Oprah Nancy A. Ruffin. From the moment I heard Nancy on her page I knew she was a true powerhouse and a woman who not only talks to the talk, but lives it. Nancy is that friend in your head, your support, and cheerleader. She shares her life on her Instagram page @iamnancyruffin and provides motivational content and real life solutions.

Nancy Ruffin

In 2016 I attended her Fierce Women’s Brunch in the Bronx and I got to meet her face to face. She was just as genuine and lovely as she was online. I left that event feeling so inspired and empowered. I knew from then that I would always do my best to attend her events.

I attended her Vision Board workshop in 2017 and of all vision board workshops I have attended her version really clicked with me. Nancy brings you through a process when creating your board and its not just about cutting out pretty pictures and listing material items.

Nancy begins her workshops with a guided mediation, which is great to release any negative energy from your mind and the space and relaxes you. She then has you recap the prior year which is so important to see how far you have come and where you want to go for the next year. She discusses how your value system will play a major role in creating your main three goals for that year and will help you stick to them. She helps you understand you why, and what you need to do to complete you goals. She shows you how to use the SMART mnemonic which stands for S-Specific (or Significant), M-Measurable (or Meaningful), A-Attainable (or Action-Oriented), R-Relevant (or Rewarding), and T-Time-bound (or Trackable). This system alone will completely changing the way you view goal setting. Its a very powerful exercise.

I have to say attending this workshop made my 2018 a year of transformation. She was such a cheerleader for me throughout the year and offered me so much love and support. On January 5, 2019 I attended her Strategic Visioning workshop in Hoboken, NJ and brought my sister with me so she could experience her first Nancy event.

Nancy at the Vision Board event 1/5/19

This event like every Nancy event was filled with women who want more for their life and want to achieve goals and manifest their dreams. I was taken aback when Nancy asked me to speak about my experience and 2018 transformation, yet I was happy to share how this system truly changes your mindset and helps you make changes to achieve your goals.

Nancy says “Every January I create my personal vision board. Not only do I create the vision I also set goals to help me stay focused. Goal setting is one of the concepts I teach in my vision board workshops because when you set goals instead of resolutions you give yourself a better chance of completing and attaining the goal. Goals unlike resolutions can be broken down into smaller goals. You can set deadlines and identify potential roadblocks. Resolutions, on the other hand, are just arbitray statements that people make with no clear idea or game plan to how to make it happen.

So for this new year I encourage you to set a goal instead of making a resolution. Break that goal up into smaller goals or steps. These are the actions that you need to take that will ultimately get you to that end goal. Once you identified the steps set a deadline for each stepand identify any potential roadblocks that may arise and plan for them. When you make a plan, you are arming yourself with the tools necessary to follow-through on your vision. They say a goal without a plan is a wish. Stop wishing and start planning and execute with the follow-thru. When you follow-thru all your visons become realities.”

Nancy will be hosting two more workshops and helping others manifest her vision. Her next event is on February 15th at Cranford High School and at Hostos Community College on February 28th. She is also coordinating a college scholarship fundraiser event for April. She also hosts her weekly podcast show called the EmPOWERment Hour. It’s a must listen too!

To connect with Nancy visit her website at https://www.iamnancyruffin.com/.

Follow her on Instagram @iamnancyruffin

Super Pet Expo 2019 – A Pet Lover’s Dream Weekend

The Super Pet Expo is coming to the NJ Convention & Exposition Center starting Friday, February 8th to Sunday, February 10, 2019. It is the perfect event for pet lovers and families to see and learn all about animals.

The event is brought to you by Supreme Source and Vita Bone Artisan products. The exhibition floor will have over 200 vendors! All kinds of vendors from dog training, dog treats, adoption services, cat & dog toys, pet cremation services, pet sitting services and so much more.

This year the expo will have new shows for everyone to enjoy!

Marvelous Mutts sponsored by Supreme Source


The Marvelous Mutts team, this is not your average dog show! These are top canine athletes who were all adopted from shelters and rescues. They will amaze you with their entertaining tricks and stunts. Note that there will be performances each day of the Super Pet Expo, but you will need to go to the website to check the schedule.

Trick Workshops with Chrissy Joy and Good Beasley

Trick Training Workshops Saturday, Feb 9th at 12:30pm and 4:00pm

Showbiz Workshop Sunday, Feb at 11:30am

Join a Workshop with your dog and learn from the best with National Stunt Dog Champion Beasley, and his trainer, Chrissy Joy! Class spots will be available on a first come, first serve basis

Chrissy Joy, DMWYD Certified Trick Dog Instructor and Canine Conditioning Coach is the founder of BFF Talent Group, whose roster of talented pups has worked with The Walt Disney Company, Home Depot, Puppy Bowl, Chewy, and more.

Beasley is a rescue from Homeward Bound Animal Rescue in Pennsylvania and began is journey with Chrissy at just 3 months old! In addition to being the reigning National Stunt Dog Champion, Beasley has many awards, including AKC Performer Title (highest AKC trick title), Champion Trick Dog, Canine Good Citizen + Urban, both agility and rally titles.
CFA Feline Agility and CFA/Garden State Cat Club Pet Me Cat Area

The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) joins the Super Pet Expo with two exciting features purrr-fect for cat lovers!

I bet you thought this show was only for the dogs, huh? Fear not feline lovers. Cats like dogs are easily trainable too and this show will show you all about how to bond with your cat and there will be a meet and greet.
Making Cats Lives Better Today (because they don’t really have 9)

Friday, Feb 8th at 5:30pm on the Main Stage

Join Cat Behavior Consultant Sally Williams and Dr. Liz Bales, VMD for a discussion centered on improving the lives of your beloved felines! Topics will include the importance of annual wellness checkups, advice for creating the best relationship with your veterinarian and tips to get over the hurdles of getting your cat to the vet, plus much more. Bring your cat care questions, because there will be time for Q and A. After this session you will have the opportunity to have a meet and greet with the cats too!

Meet N’ Greet with Winston and Maya!SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH AT 3PM on the MAIN STAGE

Come to our Meet’n Greet featuring petfluencers Maya (@mayathedox) and Winston (@winstonthedox). Take pictures with these popular cuties and give them treats!

REPTICON is back again at the show this year, but bigger and better! This is a virtual show within the show that features reptiles, snakes, lizards and tips and advise on how to care for your reptile pets.

Back again this year is Rizzo’s Reptile Discovery! This show is designed to showcase the magic and excitement that reptiles have to offer! Its fun for all age groups.

Exotic Bird Show

New to the show this year is The New Jersey Bird Man himself and all his amazing McCaws – Molly, Polly and Dolly. Both have appeared on Animal Planet, Discovery Channel and numerous local television stations showing off their amazing abilities. These birds don’t just fly, they ride bikes, roller skate and play basketball.

And yes you can bring your furry friends with you to the expo too! Please note leashed pets are welcome. Just make sure your pet can handle large crowds of both pets and people. Retractable leashes are not permitted.  Also, please bring clean up supplies should your pet have any accidents on the expo floor! Also there will be no breeders at the expo, however there will be pets available for adoption.

To purchase your tickets go to The Super Pet Expo site by clicking here. Ticket prices are as follows:

One Day Adult (12+) $13.00

One Day Child (4-11) $8.00

Weekend Pass (Adult) $20.00

Weekend Pass (Child) $10.00

Kids 3 & Under Free (one per adult)

The event is at the NJ Convetion & Exposition Center located at 97 Sunfield Avenue in Edison, NJ. Parking is free!

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How would you like to go to the Super Pet Expo for FREE? Leave a comment on the blog below with your favorite animal and share the post! Winners will be announced on January 26, 2019! Good Luck!




Look & Learn with Ted Gibson

Ted Gibson is a true pioneer in the beauty industry and truth be told my all time favorite stylist.

Ted Gibson taught a Look and Learn at Reche Academy in Metuchen, NJ all about learning the secrets of styling celebrity, runway, fashion and editorial hair. In addition learning his tips and tricks to creating “celebrity” hairstyles.

Ted Gibson is well known for his work on Angelina Jolie, Zoe Saldana, and Anne Hathaway to name a few. He also is the hair stylist for the show What Not to Wear.

He started the session with introductions from the him and the class and then provided tips on how to be an outstanding stylist and provide a red carpet experience.

Ted did a curling iron set on the model and went over three different and versatile looks that were quick to do and very fashion forward.

Lisa Marie Vendemia, owner of Reche Academy said, “Our evening with Ted was an inspiring and exciting once in a lifetime experience. We were able to connect with one of the top celebrity hairstylists to date. The time Ted Gibson and his Artistic Team spent sharing their experiences and talent was greatly appreciated. I personally walked away from our evening feeling a renewed energy not only for my craft but also for my spirit!”

It was the best night ever for me to meet Ted and tell him how much he has influenced me and my career. I learned so much from him at this event. He is always amazing to be around

For more information on Ted Gibson and his salon check out his Instagram page @tedgibson

Reche Salon & Hair Academy is located at 279 Central Avenue in Metuchen, NJ. Follow their social media on Instagram @rechehairteam

GIVEAWAY :: Super Pet Expo: The Pet Lovers Dream Weekend

I am beyond obsessed with my dog Munchkin. She is a true god send to me and I literally treat her like she is my second child … lol! And because I love her so much I was so excited to hear about the Super Pet Expo that is happening next month and be able to giveaway two family packs of tickets to this event!

One of the largest pet events on the East Coast is coming to the NJ Convention Center April 13-15, 2018! The Super Pet Expo!

This expo is perfect for your entire family and fur babies. It will be so much fun, have tons of shopping , education and the chance to adopt a pet. The show is brought to you by Supreme Source Premium Pet Nutrition and Vita Bon Artisan Inspired.

Major League baseball veteran Milt Wilcox will be with his organization Ultimate Air Dogs. You will see and can even register your four legged pal and watch them soar into the air into a 30,000 gallon swimming pool.

One of the events I am most excited for is the Pig Placement Network! I don’t know why but I always wanted a teacup mini pig. I just love them! I think they are the cutest things on the planet. Pig Placement Network is an adoption service for pet pigs. They bring together pot bellied pigs and owners so that both parties have the most deserving homes. Did you know pigs are extremely smart? You will the first ever Pig Agility demostrations such as calling by name, tricks like sitting, and even play a drum.

There will also be Luring 101. This is perfect for the dog that is in good shape and loves to chase. This course comes with an additional fee and no prior training is required.

Rizzo’s Reptile Discovery  will be hosting shows that will focus on the magic and excitement that reptiles have to offer. In addition, I am also excited to check out Wolf Visions. Wolf Visions is dedicated to the education, preservation,and restoration of the wolf. They will be hosting a presentation busting all the myths and legends about the “Big Bad Wolf” and educating about how crucial theses animals are for the environment.

This expo will also feature the very popular Repticon. See reptiles from around the world! Exotic snakes, lizards and more from Africa, Austrailia and beyond. Animals will be available for purchase.

The International Cat Association or TICA will be having their debut at the expo with a kitty exclusive area. Here you can get cat care advise , meet a variety of breeds, and watch Feline Agility Demonstrations. It is important to note that this area is for cats only no dogs will be allowed in this area.

Saturday April 14 at 1:00pm will be a Best Dressed Pet Competition hosted by Dana Humphrey, “The Pet Lady”. Animals will strut the catwalk on the main stage to be scared by judges. Top 3 will advance to the Finals with a Grand Champion chosen based on audience applause. Go to the website to sign up!

I am so excited to be able to givewaway two packs (5 tickets each) for this amazing event!

To Enter go to our Instagram page @theredlipdiaries. Make sure you follow the page and comment either a dog or cat emoji. Tag a friend who would love this blog! Winner will be announced this Sunday March 25, 2018!

Here are the event details

Where: New Jersey Convention Center, Edison, NJ

Hours: Friday, April 13th 3:00PM-8:00PM, Saturday April 14 10:00AM-7:00PM, Sunday April 15th 10:00AM-5:00pm

Tickets: One Day Adult (12+) $13.00, One Day Child (4-11) $8.00. Weekend Pass (Adult) $20.00. Weekend Pass (Child) $10.00. Kids 3 & Under Free (one per adult).

Pets are welcome. Leashed pets admitted free. (No-retractable leashes)

Good luck dolls!



Celebrity to Reality Workshop with George Papanikolas

I am hair stylist, makeup artist and beauty blogger. I truly LOVE what I do and there is not a day that goes by that I am not thankful for the talent, creativity, and opportunity to be able to do what I love each and every day. I’m also grateful when AMAZING opportunities come my way!

For those who may not know who George Papanikolas is allow me to introduce him to you. George is one of the hottest and most sought out after colorists in Hollywood. He works for Matrix and has an elite celebrity clientele including Kim Kardashian-West, Khloe Kardashian, and was labeled by Allure magazine as the one of the country’s top colorists. He has mastered the French, free hand painting technique called Balayage. And for these reason and more I’m completely obsessed with him and his work 🙂

I do my best to stay on top of current hair and makeup trends as well as attend educational workshops and events to stay on top of the latest techniques. Balayage is huge right now! And so I had to attend George’s class to make sure I was giving my client’s the best hair color always! And so I purchased my ticket for the class.

Two weeks before the class, I get a call from Matrix asking me if I would like to the makeup for the models for the class as the artist scheduled had to cancel. I was beyond excited and said yes immediately!

So this past Monday I drove into NYC to do makeup for this fabulous class. We did model prep at J. Christopher salon in the Village. I met George and he was the nicest and most gracious man! I even got to watch him in action which was super cool and I learned so much. I did makeup for three of the four models and the look was a smokey eye, glam, lashes, fresh skin and a nude lip. Here are some pictures of the models before the show


(Our gorgeous models Christine, Nina and Portia)

The models were all so great to work and easy going, which always makes my job faster and smoother! In addition, everyone from the NY Matrix education team was friendly and great to be around. The vibe throughout the whole day was filled with creativity, good energy and good people.

After model prep, we went to L’Oreal Professional Soho Academy in NYC for last minute touch-ups, a walk through and then show time. A few minutes into the show I was able to leave the backstage area and watch George in action. He did not disappoint! He shared how he got started in the beauty industry, how he got his start working with celebrities, he demonstrated two different hair coloring techniques, shared his favorite color formulas, and answered a ton of questions. After the class was over he stayed behind for extra question and answer as well as photos.


(George Papanikolas and I right before the class started)




I have to say this was an overall great and fabulous opportunity for me and I’m beyond thankful to have been asked to participate. Meeting someone as high profile as George Papanikolas and being able to learn from him was a bonus! I was on Cloud 9 all day, night and even on Tuesday morning…lol!



(The beautiful models after class was over. Group shot with myself and my co-worker Lena who is apart of the NY Matrix education team)

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Till next time dolls!! Enjoy the weekend

Stefanie 💋



(Photography by: Hortencia Caires of Stylefeen)

On Saturday February 21st I had the pleasure to attend the first workshop for Brainbabes. Brainbabes is a blogger’s best friend! The company is designed to empower, educate, inspire, connect and create! Founded by the amazing photographer Denisse Benitez and influential blogger Jeanne Grey of http://www.greylayers.com this dynamic duo provides hands on workshops to help bloggers make their blogs better, creamarketing and branding, and show them how to make money from their blogs!


(I loved these cupcakes by Sugar Supply JC)

It was so refreshing and exciting to be around other bloggers who are interested in empowering other woman and sharing their experiences. Denisse and Jeanne were informative and real! They provided real life experiences and shared their trials and tribulations of how they have build their brands.The overall vibe of our workshop was positive and uplifting, and I highly recommend Brainbabes to bloggers and those who wish to start a blog!


(Photography by: Hortencia Caires of Stylefeen) Our amazing group!

The next Brainbabes workshop will be held in New York City on April 19, 2015. The focus will be on branding and marketing.

For more information on Brainbabes and the services the provide check out their website at http://www.brainbabes.co.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/brainbabes

Instagram: @brainbabes

For more information on Jeanne Grey check out http://greylayers.com and Instagram @the.grey

For more information on Denisse Benitez check out http://www.denissebenitez.com and Instagram @thugnanny_

Till next time dolls!!n