friendsfavz Web Show, featuring Market Vineyards

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friendsfavz Web Show, featuring Market Vineyards

This weeks Episode brings us to Market Vineyards in the heart of Woodinville’s Hollywood Winery District. We had the privilege to taste three of Market Vineyards current releases and have Rhonda from their Woodinville tasting room give us the highlights on these fabulous wines.

We tasted, Market Vineyards Liquidity White, Arbitrage Cabernet and my personal favorite Dividend Syrah.

I met Rhonda at Market Vineyards several months ago and she and Terri, the tasting room manager, have been so warm and welcoming to me. Over the last couple of months that I have been popping into their Woodinville tasting room I have found myself intrigued by Rhonda’s depth of knowledge and passion in their wines.

Feel free to stop by Market Vineyards Woodinville tasting room and pick up the wines so you can taste along as Rhonda describes the character of each wine. Make sure you tell them Karen from friendsfavz referred you!

A special thank you to Market Vineyards and The Bistro at Hollywood schoolhouse for hosting our live taping of friendsfavz Web Show!

Thank you to 2Fore Pictures  for filming friendsfavz Web Show!

The Refinery Salon, Stephanie Richter, Market Vineyards, The Bistro at Hollywood Schoolhouse and HotFlash Designs were so generous in providing gifts for drawings for our audience. The ladies were super excited to win!

I look forward to meeting more of our friends at our next live filming of friendsfavz Web Show! We will keep you posted as to our next live event.

Come feel beautiful with us here at friendsfavz! Karen

**Episode 6 will feature HotFlash Designs

friendsfavz Web Show with The Bistro

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friendsfavz Web Show with The Bistro

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Welcome back for our next series of friendsfavz Web Show. On this episode we will meet Jackie from The Bistro at the Hollywood Schoolhouse in Woodinville Wa.

I came upon this charming little Bistro when I was out wine tasting and needed a place to stop for some nourishment. I was pleasantly surprised by the variety on their menu, but most of all I fell in love with the atmosphere and their friendly staff. I have since brought several different groups of girlfriends to have lunch while out wine tasting, as The Bistro is right in the heart of the Woodinville Wine Country.

The Bistro was the host site to our second live filming with our studio audience and I must say it was a smashing good time. We sampled some of the foods from The Bistro, had wine tastings from Market Vineyards and visited with Cheryl and Cindy from HotFlash Designs.

To top of the evening we had drawings for gifts from each presenter as well as gifts given by The Refinery Salon and Stephanie Richter’s Mary Kay Business. We had many happy ladies who had their name drawn for a gift basket, a gift card to The Bistro, an original art piece by HotFlash Designs and so many more fun gifts.

I hope you will share this with your girlfriends as more likes on Facebook, twitter, and You Tube are always appreciated and creates a lot of excitement.

Look forward to sharing Market Vineyards with you on our next episode of friendsfavz Web Show!

Come feel beautiful with us here at friendsfavz! Karen

A Visit With My Grandmother

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A Visit With My Grandmother

I was reading an article this morning in Blueprint for Life about a woman who was visiting her hometown and she was asked by a friend,“Is there anything you will regret not doing if you don’t do it before you leave?”

This resonated with me because my husband and I had a discussion recently on the same topic. I had been talking about visiting my 91 year old grandmother for some time and kept putting it off because of time constraints, cost ……. So many excuses. My husband finally told me to plan the trip to visit her and we would make it work.  My niece, in the meantime, told me that her daughter’s dance troupe was invited to dance in the Disneyland parade one week before Christmas. Since my grandmother lives in the LA area, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to see both my grandmother and my grandniece all on the same vacation.

We schedule a time to visit my Grandmother and I asked her if we could do a little mini photo shoot with Image
her.  I coordinated the vacation with my son Cameron so he could meet us in LA during his Christmas break. Luckily, Cameron has a photo business, Cameron Baughn Photography, and I could put his skills to work for the photo shoot. My Grandmother has always loved getting her picture taken and was happy that we were coming for a visit.

My Grandmother, Opal, still has a lot of spirit in her and is a lovely Redhead. I love her attitude and and when she gets passionate about a story she is telling her Oklahoma accent gets stronger and stronger. My Grandmother is half Choctaw Indian and has the most amazing cheek bones and defined jawline which she inherited from her Indian side.  She has always had amazing skin that she attributes to staying out of the California sun. Raised in poverty in Oklahoma, she later moved to LA and raised six children with my Grandpa. She has been married to Ivan, her second husband and love of her life as she describes him, for 54 years. Grandma is well loved by her 15 grandkids, 29 great grandkids and 12 great great grandkids!

Image 6My Grandmother was telling me that she loves her hats and showed us her hat collection. She was telling us that nobody at her current church wears hats so her hats stay in their hat boxes. She is going to be starting a new church soon and hopes that the ladies there wear hats so she can pull hers out and wear them too. Each hat has a matching outfit and my favorite was the one in the picture below. She has a velvet coat with fur that she wears with this hat, which thought was very stunning. I suggested to her that her hats are so wonderful that she should wear them regardless if anyone else is wearing a hat and she should start a trend. She was telling me a story about a young boy who came up to her one day when she was wearing the hat in the photo with the beautiful plush coat with fur. The boy told her she was the most beautiful person he had ever seen. She was so flattered and it brought a smile to her face.

My hope for you as we close 2014 is to live intentionally. Is there someone you have been meaning to visit or a friend you have put off calling? Well now is the time! Live intentionally in 2015 and cross off all those things that you keep saying you should do in the future and put them in your schedule now. I am so happy that I took the time to visit my Grandmother and had an opportunity to visit and take photos of her.

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I love hats too! Come join us in 2015 and feel beautiful with us! Lots of love as we close out 2014,  Karen Rae

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers!

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Last Minute Stocking Stuffers!

Here are some of my favorites to suggest to your little elves who will be helping to fill stockings this Christmas!

ImageMoroccan oil finish spray to bring out the shine in your hair! The spray is lightweight, alcohol-free and non greasy. I picked up this little gem at Tiffany Ann Home at Country Village. You can also find this online on Amazon.

 

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Need a breath of fresh air to your skin? I use the Kate Somerville DermalQuench Liquid Lift after I cleanse and it feels like oxygen added to my pores. I need all the help I can find to feel awake in the morning and this product does the trick! I found this at Nordstrom.

 

Image 5Look fabulous for all the family photos during the Holidays. Here is a powder to keep your makeup looking fresh during a photo. The HD Powder, by Make Up Forever, goes on clear and takes the shine away. You can find this product at Sephora .

 

Image 2For a little youthful luminescence, I use Burberry Fresh Glow Nude Radiance. I found this luxurious product by accident and love using it under my foundation. It gives you a glow but no shine and gives your skin a youthful highlight. Find it at Nordstrom.

 

Image 1I just got a gift the other night that I thought was really great! My son’s girlfriend made me a chocolate sugar scrub! There are quite a few recipes on Pinterest.

 

What is your favorite family Christmas Tradition?

My favorite tradition growing up was when my Mom and Dad would give us one gift to open on Christmas Eve. Our gift was always PJ’s and we would be so excited to see what was inside the wrapped package. Here we are Christmas 1968 for the yearly picture in front of the tree in our new pajamas. I was the sister not smiling or looking any to happy. I am sure I was not too happy about my sister who was nearly my size being placed on my lap while my two older sisters got to hold “the twins”. Yes, the twins did have their own names but with so many sisters it was much easier to call them one name. We had many happy Christmas’s and I remember staring out the window in my new PJ’s, after my mom had sent us all to bed, just in case I could see Santa flying through the sky on his sleigh.

Merry Christmas to you all and I hope you make some fantastic memories! Karen

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Holiday Favorites- Photos for Military Families

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Holiday Favorites- Photos for Military Families

Holiday Favorites! Featuring some of my favorite people and ideas for the Holidays!

Are you a Military Family or Veteran? Here is a great way to capture the spirit of the Holidays with a free photo session by 2Fore Pictures, as well as receive two 5×7 prints provided by Shutterfly.  Shawn, the owner, of 2Fore Pictures will be your personal photographer and is sure to capture your story through his artistic photography. I have worked with him on several occasions and he is extremely talented and professional. He has a passion for telling your story through photography and film and has an incredible vision for bringing it to life.

Go to PORTRAITS OF LOVE for all the details to book your session!

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portraits of love

Happy Holidays from Karen at friendsfavz!

friendfavz Web Show, with HOTflash Designs

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friendfavz Web Show, with HOTflash Designs

What is HOTflash designs all about? It is the vision of two artists, Cheryl King and Cindy Duvall, who have collaborated to create a unique union of painting and fused glass art.

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So excited for Cheryl and Cindy to be presenting their art at the filming of friendsfavz Web Show on Thursday November 20th! We are having a girls night out and invite all ladies to come and join us to be a part of the studio audience. There is no cost to attend and we will be tasting some delectable treats by The Bistro at Hollywood Schoolhouse and wine tasting with Market Vineyards. The Refinery Salon will be popping in to share some tips from “ask the expert” and Jenn will be glitzing it up with her bag of tips and tricks.

I hope you can join us and if you RSVP at the Facebook event page your name will go into a drawing for a gift giveaway. You must be present to win.

See you at the filming!

Karen

friendsfavz Web Show! Filming at The Bistro

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friendsfavz Web Show! Filming at The Bistro

Hi friends,

The Bistro at Hollywood Schoolhouse is going to be hosting our second filming of friendsfavz Web Show. Come join us and be a part of our studio audience on Thursday November 20th from 5:30-8:00pm. We will be featuring The Bistro at Hollywood Schoolhouse, Market Vineyards and HOTflash Designs, plus some other holiday favorites.

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You will have a chance to taste appetizers at the Bistro created by Chef Frank as well as meet Cali and the rest of the staff. I came upon The Bistro one afternoon while I was out discovering new wineries and needed a bite to eat. I was so happy to see a new spot in Woodinville and was pleased by the variety on their menu. The french onion soup is fantastic and I have been back several times just for the soup!

We will be tasting Market Vineyards wines and talking about some of their new releases. Rhonda will be sharing information about the 2010 Dividend Syrah and 2012 Liquidity plus some of their other favorites.

You will also have the opportunity to view the  unique blend of painting and fused glass art by HOTflash Designs! It is like nothing else out there in the art world! The artists, Cheryl King and Cindy Duvall, will be sharing insights into their collaboration that resulted in this exclusive art form.

I hope you will be able to join us and enjoy a girls night out. Make sure you reserve your spot and RSVP to have your name entered into a special gift giveaway! You must be present to win.

Click here to RSVP

Look forward to seeing you on November 20th!

Karen Rae