Saturday, August 31, 2013

Designer Inspired Handbag Giveaway


Welcome to the Designer Inspired Handbag Giveaway Event!

Sponsored by BagInc
Hosted by Happy Mothering

During this event, Baginc.com will be giving away a handbag of the winner’s choice from their Hottest Collection (valued at up to a $190)!

Remotely operating from Paris with an office and warehouse in Hong Kong, Baginc.com is comprised of a team of energetic fashion aficionados with a passion for celebrity-inspired, designer handbags. Their international coverage gives Baginc a unique edge, one that allows them to deliver the hottest bags to clients all over the globe.

They have a great selection of designer-inspired handbag styles at affordable prices. They don’t charge sales tax and provide free worldwide shipping for all orders over $100. They even offer a money-back guarantee for customers who are unsatisfied with their purchase.

Here are are some of the many bags you’ll be able to choose from if you win!

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Entering is easy. Just complete as many options as you’d like from the Rafflecopter form below. The more entries you complete, the more chances you’ll have to win – good luck!


ONE (1) lucky winner will receive a handbag of your choice! Contest is open WORLDWIDE, 18+ (ends September 30th, 2013 at 11:59pm EST). Winner will have 48 hours to respond. Be sure to come back daily for more chances to win. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I received no compensation or products for this promotion. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers. "Jen's Blog of Random Thoughts" is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or any other social media website. 

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Three Capes Scenic Route

Our first stop was Winema Wayfinding Viewpoint after we left Lincoln City. Another beautiful day in the Oregon Coast!

As we continued to head up north along the Hwy 131, we pass by Symons State Scenic Viewpoint and entering Oceanside, OR. We pulled over onto the gravel to stop and take a look. The view is just breathtaking!

If you ever drive along the Oregon Coast (just south west of Tillamook Bay), there is a fantastic view of the ocean. It is a must-see when driving the Three Capes Scenic route. You can also tour the Cape Meares Lighthouse. The admission is free and includes a small gift shop.

South view of Cape Meares

North view of Cape Meares

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Free Custom Business Cards from Signazon.com

Hi everyone! What a busy summer! And sorry for the late post. Check out this deal that might be of interest to some of you. Signazon.com is giving away 100 custom business cards for free with any purchase of $25 or more, now through Midnight on Friday, August 30th, when you use the code LBRDY13 during checkout.

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Mac Hacks - 9 College-Worthy Cheesy Recipes

With all of the back-to-school frenzy just around the corner, we taste tested some Microwave Mac n’ Cheese cups to give you and your college students some insight into the best gourmet cheesy dishes out there. Whether you need a study break or some late night munching, here are our thoughts on the pepperoni pizza mac vs jalapeno popper mac vs chicken ranch mac and more!

1. Pepperoni Pizza Mac: Stir in pepperoni slices, shredded mozzarella cheese and sliced olives.
(Ave. Score: 3.6/5)
Judge says: “Nothing like a pizza but I’d snack on this again.” – Charles, Princeton University

2. Beer and Bacon Mac: For those 21 and up, make mac n’ cheese using beer in place of water. Stir in bacon crumbles. Try an alcohol-free brew like O’Doul’s if you are under 21. We used Coors Light for our version.
(Ave. Score: 1.2/5)
Judge says: “I’d rather just have these separately. Not a winning combo.” - Kate, University of Pittsburgh

3. Jalapeno Popper Mac: Stir in pickled jalapeno slices, cream cheese and crushed croutons.
(Ave. Score: 2.2/5)
Judge says: “Jalapenos make everything better.” - Nick, Savannah College of Art & Design

4. Coconut Curry Mac: Make mac n’ cheese using coconut milk in place of water; stir in curry powder.
(Ave. Score: 4.8/5)
Judge says: “Unexpectedly good! This could easily pass as a gourmet dish.” - Becky, Washington University in St. Louis

5. Walking Taco Mac: Stir in crushed Doritos chips, Mexican cheese, shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes.
(Ave. Score: 3.8/5)
Judge says: “Mexican mac n’ cheese—love it. ¡Olé!” – Charles, Princeton University

6. Chicken Ranch Mac: Stir in ranch dressing and cooked chicken.
(Ave. Score: 2.6/5)
Judge says: “Why did you do this to me?”- June, Rhode Island School of Design

7. Loaded Baked Potato Mac: Stir in sour cream, chives, bacon crumbles and cooked frozen broccoli.
(Ave. Score: 4.2/5)
Judge says: “Hearty and delicious—what’s not to love?” - Becky, Washington University in St. Louis

8. Mom’s Tuna Casserole: Stir in a pouch of tuna. That’s it!
(Ave. Score: 2.4/5)
Judge says: “Tastes like a tuna melt!” - Nick, Savannah College of Art & Design

9. Ballpark Mac: Stir in hot dogs and yellow mustard.
(Ave. Score: 3/5)
Judge says: “Classic American ingredients make this an instant home run.” - Becky, Washington University in St. Louis

Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this post. I was provided info and access to photos to share. Thanks to A Bullseye View. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The 163 Best Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes {Book Review}

Enjoy old standards and new classics with this very topical collection of slow cooker recipes. They've been refined to meet the needs of people who subscribe to the Paleo or Primal lifestyle. The Paleo diet is currently one of the most popular diets being followed today and has been embraced by nearly 1.5 million people in North America. The recipes don't contain any grains or legumes (therefore making all of them gluten-free), no refined sugars, no refined oils or processed ingredients -- the basic principles of the diet.

The paleo diet is one of most popular diets being followed today and has been embraced by nearly 1.5 million people in North America. The basic principle of the diet is that the recipes contain no grains or legumes (therefore making all of them gluten-free), no refined sugars and no refined oils or processed ingredients. Slow cookers are hugely popular because they're so convenient and the results so delicious. All the recipes in this book pay very close attention to paleo guidelines, while also recognizing that there’s a wide variety of reasons that people choose to eat paleo that go way beyond weight loss. So there’s room to be flexible depending on your personal requirements and/or expectations of the diet.

Slow cookers are hugely popular because they're so convenient and the results so delicious. That's why I love cooking with my slow cooker. In "The 163 Best Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes", you'll find recipes that include the following:

  • Starters and Snacks: Eggplant Caviar, Country Terrine, Swedish Meatballs, Braised Tomato Topping
  • Soups: Shrimp Bisque, Double Tomato Soup with Arugula-Walnut Pesto
  • Poultry: Chicken Provencal, Texas-Style Chicken Stew, Tomato-Braised Turkey Breast
  • Fish and Seafood: Braised Swordfish, Caribbean Pepper Pot, Florida Fish Chowder
  • Beef and Veal: Short Ribs in Rich Mushroom Gravy, Meatball Goulash, Mom's Sunday Pot Roast
  • Pork and Lamb: Ancho-Embraced Pork with Tomatillos, Pork Columbo, Irish Stew
  • Meatless Mains: Louisiana Ratatouille, Cumin Beets, Braised Red Cabbage, Onion-Braised Potatoes with Spinach
  • Desserts: The Ultimate Baked Apples, Peruvian Cream


After a long career as an author and journalist, Juduth Finlayson decided to transform her passionate love of cooking and interest in the culture of food into a second career. Her slow cooker books, including The Healthy Slow Cooker, 175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics, Slow Cooker Comfort Food, and The Vegetarian Slow Cooker, have sold more than 750,000 copies. Using her recipes, thousands of people have discovered not only how delicious and convenient food prepared in the slow cooker can be, but also how this handy appliance can be used to create an extraordinary range of dishes not typically associated with a slow cooker.

Judith, who is also the author of 125 Best Rotisserie Oven Recipes, The Convenience Cook and The Complete Whole Grains Cookbook, has a long history of community involvement and has served on numerous committees and boards, focusing on the arts and social issues. In 1994, she received the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for her work in communications. Judith, her husband, and daughter live in Toronto, Ontario.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the mentioned book from the PR firm or publisher in exchange of my review. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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175 Best Mini Pie Recipes {Book Review}

Mini-pies are the new cupcakes!

Mini-pies are proving to be one of the most popular trends in baking today and are leading the way in the mini-dessert craze. Everyone loves these adorable, fun-size desserts and savory morsels that are perfect whether you’re on the go, hosting an elegant party or looking for after-school snack ideas. They’re the perfect example of the saying "Good things come in small packages!"

Whether you're a novice or experienced baker, you'll be absolutely enchanted with Julie's recipes. She shares her expertise by providing tips and techniques for creating perfect mini-pies, suppling recipes for a wonderful array of crusts (including gluten-free and vegan options) and offering mini-pie recipes in a tantalizing array of flavors — everything from the sweet and sumptuous to the hearty and savory, including classics such as Lemon Meringue Tartlets, New England Lobster Pies and Classic Apple Pies.

Simply delicious recipes, luscious food photography, step-by-step technique photos and easy-to-follow instructions make this the definitive mini-pie cookbook. And, the best part - no special pans are needed to make the mini-pies!

Simply delicious recipes, luscious photos along with step-by-step photos for perfecting the perfect pie crust and easy-to-follow instructions make this the definitive mini-pie cookbook. If I'm looking for ideas or baking treats, this 175 Best Mini-Pie Recipes book is perfect book for making bite-sized snacks for the family.  I love these fun and cute mini desserts. Here is a sampling of the recipes:

  • The Classics like Lemon Meringue Tartlets, New England Lobster Pies and of course, Classic Apple Pies
  • Sweet, fruit-filled pies like Very Berry Goat Cheese Pies, Strawberry Basil Hand Pies, and Port Glazed Concord Grape Pies
  • Custard and Caramel pies like Maple Nut Caramel, Bananas Foster or Mini Brown Butter and Golden Raisin Tartlets
  • Holiday pies such as Festive Spiced Cranberry Pies and Pear and Gingerbread Tartlets
  • Savory offerings such as Zesty Pork Empanadas, Potato, Leek and Gorgonzola Pies and Caramelized Cauliflower Pies with Pancetta and Sage
  • Vegetarian Pies like Baked Brie and Tomato Jam Turnovers or Moroccan Chickpea Pies


Julie Anne Hession has combined her love of food with her love of words to become a successful chef, food writer, competitive cook and food blogger. Her sweet creations have been featured in People, O The Oprah Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, and Food Network Magazine. Julie has picked up the challenging hobby of competitive cooking, taking top national prizes in multiple battles and winning more than $100,000 in cash and prizes, bragging rights and most importantly, the seal of approval from iron Chef Bobby Flay. She currently resides in LA.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the mentioned book from the PR firm or publisher in exchange of my review. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Get Robin Thicke's Red Carpet Regimen

Robin Thicke rocked the Red Carpet at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Dressed to the nines in a sleek black suit, Robin topped off his look with flawless skin and an impeccable coif. Robin left his skincare regimen up to trusted makeup artist, Jo Baker, on the day of the VMAs. Baker relied on the premium men’s grooming line Jack Black to keep Robin Thicke looking his best, from rehearsal to the red carpet to the stage!

“Our preparation of Robin's skin was all inclusive- starting with a thorough cleanse. I used Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser to remove any lingering NY City residue,” explained Baker.

To help maintain Thicke’s signature stubble and give his skin an even tone and healthy glow, Baker used Jack Black’s new Epic Moisture MP10 Oil. “Not only is this oil a wonderful pre shave treatment and great massage aid- it’s also fully loaded with antioxidants and healing benefits! This wonder item is my MUST HAVE item of the day!”

To hydrate and protect Robin’s skin during the hectic day leading up to the awards show, Jack Black’s Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20. One of Robin’s must-have products is a great lip balm. For the big night, Baker used the Jack Black’s Black Tea and Blackberry Intense Therapy Lip Balm to keep Robin’s lips so desirable even Miley couldn’t stay away!

Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this promotion. I was provided info from the PR firm to share. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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Solutions for Why You Don’t Work Out

According to the CDC, 60 percent of American adults don’t get the recommended amount of physical activity, and over 25 percent of adults aren’t active at all! If we all know that exercising not only leads to 6-pack abs and toned legs but to a longer lifespan as well, then why aren’t we exercising?

Anja Garcia, Certified Personal Trainer and DailyBurn.com Fitness Instructor, is here to help your readers drop the excuses for skipping the gym. She knows it’s not always easy to fit in an intense workout but has provided her solutions so that everyone can be in shape and as healthy as ever!

See below tips courtesy of Anja Garcia, Certified Fitness Instructor and DailyBurn.com Trainer

“I’m too tired after a long day at work.”

Workout in the morning! People always ask me when is the best time to work out. The answer, my friends: Whenever you can get it in! If you are too tired after a long work day to fit it in, wake up 30 minutes early to get your burn in, or consider your lunch break. Exercise has been proven to improve alertness and productivity. So get you morning fix or a noon-time sweat-sesh to keep your day rocking till the very end.

“I don’t get good results, so why bother?”

If you aren’t getting good results, then something is not right! Remember that fitness is not just about exercising; it is also about what you eat! A saying I love to impart on my clients is: “You can’t out-train a bad diet!” Clean, healthy eating will help you see the results from your fitness program. Even better, once you start eating healthy, you’ll have more energy to push harder in your workouts to make those results come even quicker!

“I don’t have enough time to go to the gym.”

News flash! You don’t have to go to the gym to get a great workout in. Sometimes, between commuting to work, working a full day, and picking the kids up from school and sports, time is sparse. But there are tons of great resources that bring your workout to you. Dailyburn.com is an all-encompassing fitness site featuring a variety of workout videos, ranging from kettlebells and dance to sculpting and high-intensity training. Whether you’ve got 10 minutes or an hour, there’s a workout that will fit your busy schedule, at home or on the road. It also builds community support so you have accountability and support with all your goals. Fitness anytime, anywhere. No excuses.

“I get too sweaty from cardio”

Fact: Sweating is a byproduct of working out. This I cannot change but a great towel will sop that right up! Besides, on the bright side, some great benefits to sweating it out: Sweating releases toxins in the body. It also allows your skin to release dirt and impurities. Sweating means you are burning calories and getting sexy.

“I don’t want to get muscular and blocky from weight training.”

Ladies please hear me: Physiologically, you do NOT have the building blocks to bulk up from weight training unless you are supplementing with testosterone. Women’s testosterone levels are not naturally high enough to build the amount of muscle to get bulky. Fat left underneath the muscle will give an appearance of bulkiness. Lifting increases lean muscle and in turn speeds up your metabolism. Muscle takes up less space than fat does making you smaller, and helping your clothes fit better! Win-win!

“It’s had to get started”

It IS hard to get started! Doesn’t validation feel good? But once you get started the feeling of good health and happiness that comes with working out will keep you coming back for more. Pro tip: Get yourself a trainer, try a program like Dailyburn.com where you can find community support, or workout with a friend. Everything is better when we have someone by our side for the journey to keep us motivated and accountable.

“I’m too old/heavy/out of shape”

You are never TOO anything to start. This is YOUR life. Your body is the only place you have to live. We have to take care of it before it really is too late to change something. Fitness is not just a 30-day fad; it is a lifestyle that we have to create for the long haul. Fitness can help ward off illness and enrich everyday activities. Start slowly, stay smart and be patient. It might not be easy, and the journey might be hard at times, but your health is worth it — for you and your loved ones.

“But I’m Already Skinny”

The biggest myth out there is that skinny equals healthy. Not always! Exercising is not about “skinniness,” and weight loss shouldn’t necessarily be the only goal. It is about your overall health, too! It is about working out your heart, improving your circulation and keeping your body and mind functioning at optimum levels. Find fun in your fitness and make it part of your everyday life.

“Exercise is Boring”

My biggest tip for my clients is to find something you enjoy doing that will keep coming back for more! Not only will you be happier, but consistency will boost your results. If running, for instance, isn’t your thing — no problem. How about a taking a spin class, a dance class, or a bootcamp? Or, what about lifting weights or going for a hike? There is an endless amount of possibilities when it comes to fitness activities. Just remember: Fitness doesn’t have to be dreary. It should be fun and exhilarating.

Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this promotion. I was provided info from the PR firm to share. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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Travel Bag Essentials for Healthy Eating with GoBites

GoBites, a portion-controlled, all-natural snack delivery service (most products under 200 calories) that offers more than 25 varieties, sent directly to one’s home, hotel (if traveling), etc., on a weekly, bi-monthly or monthly basis (in packages of 14; subscriptions start at $27.86). The grab-and-go nature of the GoBites business allows travelers to bring packages on trips, without having to reach for unhealthy options. Packages can be customized by dietary needs (Diabetic, Gluten Free, Paleo, Heart Healthy, etc.).

GoBites has worked with a team of nutritionists to offer you a unique combination of foods. Each GoBite contains vital nutrients and can satisfy your cravings, re-energize your body and help you maintain a healthy weight.


* Snacks include wholesome nuts, seeds and grains, fruits and exotic berries
* Are portion controlled “snack packs” made from all-natural ingredients from around the world
* Ingredients are 100% natural and USDA Certified Organic wherever possible

Offers over 26 varieties of snacks
  • 26 are vegetarian
  • 23 are made with 100% USDA Organic ingredients
  • 23 are Vegan
  • 22 are free of wheat ingredients.
  • 23 are low in sodium
  • 20 are either a good source of fiber or an excellent source of fiber
  • 22 are Mediterranean Diet friendly
  • 15 are Paleo friendly

* Works with a variety of diets including: Mediterranean, Glycemic Index, High Fiber and Gluten Free
* Never adds preservatives or artificial substances
* Never adds sugar or oil to the dried fruit
* Nuts and seeds are either raw or dry roasted and never have any oil added to them
* Boxes contain 14 nutritionist designed snack packs
* Are made with slow-releasing foods that help maintain stable blood sugar levels between meals
* Snacks are filled with nutrient-dense ingredients to avoid eating empty calories
* Products are high in dietary fiber and healthy fats
* Subscriptions start at: $27.86 a month, with free delivery
* Can be customized to deliver every week, every two weeks or every four weeks

For more information, visit www.gobites.com

Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this promotion. I was provided info from the PR firm to share. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Red Lips Made Easy: New Palette from Skinn Cosmetics

Introducing Skinn’s Hollywood Red Lip Palette

Red lips have continued to be a major trend among Hollywood’s hottest starlets since the days of Bridgette Bardot and Marilyn Monroe. But you don’t have to make a red carpet appearance to rock this lip look to perfection. Make a statement with Skinn Cosmetics' new Hollywood Red Lip Palette.

The Lip Palette proves to be extremely versatile with a selection of six seriously stunning scarlet shades. Using the lip brush, choose from strawberry pink, cherry red or juicy grape and apply to your lips. Custom blend the perfect color to match any skin tone or look.

These anti-aging lipsticks feature collagen-boosting peptides to help keep your lips looking plump and full for years to come, which means you can wear the crimson color with confidence.

Amp up an otherwise simple makeup look, add instant glamour in a quick and easy way, and look nothing short of stunning when you use the Hollywood Red Lip Palette.

Skinn Cosmetics' Hollywood Red Lip Palette retails for $22.50 and is available for purchase at www.skinn.com.

Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this promotion. I was provided info from the PR firm to share. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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Rehab Your Hair from Summer & Top Styles for Fall

You might be asking yourself, "How can I rehab my hair from summer and what are the new hair trends?" Mario Russo of Salon Mario Russo, an industry expert with over 20 years of experience and two locations in Boston proper, has shared his top tricks and picks for gorgeous hair in the new season.

Dry frizzy ends?

The best way to cure this common beauty problem is simple - get a trim. Ask your stylist to spruce up your locks by taking only a small amount off the ends.

If your hair is still feeling dry, try applying a hair mask like Oribe Beautiful Color Masque on wet hair. For best results, leave it on for 30 minutes with a shower cap to create extra heat and open up the hair cuticle.

Limp hair?

The easy fix is to use a clarifying shampoo once a week. My favorite is the Sunday Shampoo by Bumble&Bumble because it does a great job removing impurities. Flat hair can be caused by a build-up of salt water and chlorine from summer fun as well as products that combat frizziness. After using the clarifying shampoo, give hair a breather on products – less is more when you’re working to get volume back!

Itchy scalp?

An itchy scalp is another common side effect from a summer spent in the sun. Your scalp can easily dry out from the chlorine, frizz products and salt water. My favorite weekly at-home treatment is:

1/2 teaspoon of Olive Oil
3 drops of Vitamin E Oil
2 tablespoons of Water

Apply on dry hair and let it sit for 20 minutes. Wash and condition hair as normal.

This will soothe a dry scalp and add extra moisture to the skin.

Top Styles for Fall

Wrapped Ponytails

High, low or medium ponytails with a wrapped base (think cuff, leather piece, jewels) are trending for fall. It’s a great way to stylize a simple ‘do.

Long Bangs

It’s time to grow out your blunt bangs! As your fringe gets longer, blend it into the sides of hair by having your stylist cut long layers around the face starting at the bang area. The key is to have the stylist soften the weight of the bang by texturizing the hair.

Wide Headbands

Perfect for a messy updo or casual hair day, wide headbands can instantly dress up a look. This is a must-have hair accessory for fall.

Subtle Ombre

Ombre is making a widespread comeback and more and more women (of all ages) are opting for this color transition. This time, we’ll be seeing much less dramatic ombre hues on brunettes and blondes, alike.

About Mario Russo 
Owner and Lead Stylist

Growing up in the small town of Formia, Italy, Mario had dreams of coming to America and making a life for himself. As a teenager, Mario’s family immigrated to the United States, where his passion for learning was nurtured by the endless possibilities of a new beginning. Fueled by a long-standing interest in engineering, his quest for knowledge took him to Northeastern University in Boston where Mario soon realized that his true career path was in the engineering of better hair. Flash forward 30 years; today, Mario Russo is a fixture within Boston’s style scene, owning and operating two eponymous salons in the city as well as his own bath and body product line.

After completing his training at Vidal Sassoon in London and Harlow in Paris, Mario traveled back to Boston and opened his first salon on Newbury Street, the city’s premiere shopping destination, in 1990. Set on the street’s prestigious first block, Salon Mario Russo soon became a metropolitan beauty oasis for women and men looking to receive precise, on-trend hair services. Honing the skills he learned through the Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School, Mario developed extensive staff training programs to ensure that all his stylists possessed the same level of expertise and knowledge for their trade. Raising the bar for all salons in the city, Mario quickly earned the industry’s respect.

Only two years after opening his first salon, Mario was approached by the highly-acclaimed Boston retailer, Louis Boston, to open a second, full-service location within their boutique, coincidentally, only one block down Newbury Street from the first salon! As the store’s in-house beauty purveyor, Mario was able to share his salon’s expertise and tailored approach to hair with a broader clientele that often included celebrities. In 2010, Louis Boston and Salon Mario Russo moved their businesses to Boston’s Fan Pier, where they are pioneering the city’s latest style, dining and art destination on the waterfront.

Beyond styling clients four days a week and maintaining two successful salons, in 2000, Mario developed and launched a line of hair, body and bath products. Pulling inspiration from his Italian roots, he created a beauty collection focused on the benefits of olive oil, which his grandmother used as a moisturizing cure-all for hair and skin ailments. In addition to being offered as beauty amenities in several high-end hotels, Mario’s product line is available at exclusive boutiques and apothecaries across the country as well as through his online store.

Featuring a sleek, minimalistic design and décor, Mario’s keen eye for aesthetics is instantly recognizable from the moment clients enter his salons. Mario, who is an avid contemporary art collector and has served on the board of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston since 1998, brings his passion for art into the salons by commissioning installations on a regular basis. In addition to his commitment to the ICA, Mario takes pride in giving back and has long-standing relationships with Rosie’s Place and the MSPCA. While working hard behind the chair and community involvement are his first priorities; in his leisure time, Mario can be found on the tennis courts of Miami and Provincetown, skiing out West in the Rockies, or spending time in the kitchen cooking up a healthy Mediterranean-style dinner.

As an industry leader, Mario is always looking to stay ahead of the trends, frequently traveling to Paris, London and New York City, to bring Bostonians the latest styling innovations. His appreciation for hair and belief in high-touch customer service enable Mario to offer the salons’ clientele a personal, sophisticated take on beauty that’s unmatched in Boston.

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