Art About Israel

Our recent trip to Israel was exciting and a visual wonderland. From the ancient architecture to the recently unearthed ruins, my eyes didn't know where to focus! Truly a gift for this photog and creative. Here a just a few of my favorites from the trip...

Messages in stone. 
Street Art
Fresco at Masada

So much beauty in Israel. Artwork everywhere, from sculptures to paintings, to images carved in stone, all of Israel is an artist's visual playground. I will be posting more in the days to come.

Peace, Love, and Beauty,



Beauty Product Travel Tips - How to Pack a Lighter Cosmetic Bag

Planning a trip and need to pack light?

If you plan to travel with only your carry-on, chances are you'll want to save room for clothes, not shampoo bottles. Weight matters just as much as room does.

Here are a few tips to ease the packing space dilemma on your next adventure.

1.  Have you collected those tiny shampoos and lotions that hotel rooms offer? Use them. They are a bit smaller than the travel containers usually found in the toothpaste isle at your neighborhood store. These are not always professional quality, but sometimes you will get lucky, like I did with this Paul Mitchell product. 

2.  Ask your stylist for foil sample packets of your favorite shampoos and conditioners. (If you are like me, you won't want to take chances with your hair :)) Chances are they will also have samples of styling products in foil packets. Pros usually get samples when they purchase their salon supplies. They are all professional quality products and foil packets pack down real cozy in your cosmetic travel bag.

3.  Plan ahead when purchasing hairspray and cosmetics. Grab the travel sized version while you're making your regular purchase and put it in your travel case.

4. Consolidate products - Choose a BB or CC Cream in place of a sunblock AND  a foundation. Just make sure it says Broad Spectrum sun protection. CC cream can sometimes even replace your moisturizer. (That's 3 in 1!)


Choose a moisturizer with Broad Spectrum sunblock in it. I Love Dynamic Skin Recovery from Dermalogica. It is an awesome Broad Spectrum moisturizer that combats the causes of aging skin and nourishes my dryness with an added SPF of 50 for ultra protection! At full size, it's still travel worthy.

Here are a few places you can get samples:

*Ulta Beauty Supply and Salon - They often give out professional haircare and skincare samples...Even Dermalogica. Ask their esthetician for a recommendation for your skin type.

*Subscribe to a Beauty Box subscription. Companies like Beauty Box 5 send up to 5 samples a month for a nominal subscription fee. It's pretty fun to see what you get each month. Often it is professional quality haircare, skincare and makeup, but not always. Save the good ones for travel.

*Order your products directly from Dermalogica.com online and you can receive 1-3 free samples of awesome skincare with every order over a certain amount.

*Buy online from Beauty Store Depot and get free samples with every order. (They can be random, like nail stickers or toe separators)

Finally, If possible, don't shampoo every day. Bring a hat for those dirty days. 

Want more information or possibly a discount code for beauty products? Contact me or Try this link below:

20% OFF + FREE Shipping on New ENJOY Professional Hair Care Products at beautystoredepot.com! Use code 20AA at checkout.

Link: http://www.shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=307300&m=32867&u=200401

Peace, Love, and Beauty,


Disclosure: Sometimes, I will be compensated if you click on certain links and decide to purchase the products I recommend. These recommendations are always based on a positive experience with the person or company whose product I am recommending.


Mini Suit - Apple Pencil Skin Review

It's like a tuxedo for my Apple Pencil. 

I'm not an affiliate and I was in no way compensated for this post

I was looking to fix a small problem with my Apple Pencil ( from here forward affectionately referred to as AP). I carry my iPad Pro most everywhere and on more than one occasion, the cap covering the charger on my AP has popped off while taking my IPad out of my bag. This is an issue. 

So I searched online for a skin, cover, case for the AP that would cover the end cap. 

I found Mini Suit! Problem solved. 
It covers the entire AP sans the tip. 
"But how will you access the charger?", you ask. 
Not a problem. 
The Mini Suit is made of a rubber material that stretches just enough for removal of the end cap for charging. And it keeps the cap trapped inside, so no worries of losing it. Genius. 

The bonuses are the really great grip it gives me and Mini Suit is streamline enough that my AP still fits in the elastic holder on my iPad Pro case. 

Mini Suit is a brand new product as of this post so I am sure we will all learn more about it in time. But as of now, I'm loving this little gem. Oh yeah, and I bought mine on Amazon for under $10. 

Peace, Love, & Beauty,


Happy Fancy Friday!

Happy Friday, Beautiful!
Or as I now declare it: Fancy Friday!

Here's a colorful little betta splenden doodle to get your weekend started right. 
Created on my iPad Pro using Apple Pencil and the magical ProCreate app. Love that app!

Enjoy your weekend. I'll be in the salon on Saturday and I have one early afternoon appointment available if you need it  (I'll make you fancy like the betta) ;)
Message, text, or email me.  @goinspirebeauty , goinspire at yahoo


Peace, Love, and Beauty,


Blue and Gold - New Fine Art Photography In the Gallery

I just posted a few new pieces to my online gallery.

Check out Blue and Gold, a moody,dreamy sunset shot from the Oceanside Pier.
I recommend the metal print option on this for a stunning finish. (Not shown on price sheet above, but visit the gallery for pricing)

In case you haven't been by the gallery in a while, check out the latest new offerings including:
NEW Round, standard, and oversized Beach Towels, as well as Weekender Tote Bags, all customizable with your favorite artwork or image from my gallery!

Peace, Love, and Beauty,



Thankful Thursday

These images from this week are a glimpse at why I feel blessed

I am thankful for Sunsets, Seagulls , and Sailboats. 

What are you thankful for? Please share in the comments below. 

Peace, Love, and Beauty,



5 Useful Apps for Mobile Photographers

Reposted from Creative Blog, June 2013
Do you most often shoot pictures with your camera phone?

A new commercial claims that every day, more photos are taken with the iPhone than any other camera. I tend to believe it. With the convenience and availability of the camera phone, the popularity of mobile photography is no surprise.  

The edit feature built into my iPhone 5 is great for cropping and even removing red-eye on the fly. It is limited, however, in its editing power.

The good news is that more and more apps are being created to enhance mobile imagery. Whether you are looking to make simple adjustments to your images or to add a creative edge with filters, there are many choices for photo editing. Here are a few of my favorites.


My personal favorite for straight-forward editing. This awesome editing app can crop, rotate, and perform many of the functions familiar to Photoshop users. With this app, the user can add filters and borders, sharpen, adjust color, and even adjust curves.


Filters are an easy and fun way to turn a photo into artistic expression. PhotoToaster gives many options, including vintage filters like technicolor, sepia and black and white. It also offers adjustment sliders for exposure, temperature, saturation, sharpen, and brightness to name a few.


This app claims to be the standard of mobile photography. Shoot straight from the app itself. Images are saved at full resolution, with no loss of quality. Choose standard filters or save custom filters for future use. This app is definitely for the PhotoArtist.

Camera Awesome

Start by using your choice of grid guides as you shoot straight from the app. This app saves images in full resolution within the app or right to your image library. It features what I call the attitude indicator (aviation term), which helps steady your horizon for the shot. It has the ability to shoot video, as well as still images.. Shoot in fast bursts at low resolution or slow bursts at high resolution. Choose the anti-shake image stabilizer, set your flash mode and directly post to most any social media site


Although this app is for videos, it has the coolest vintage effects I have seen so far. Choose from a wide range of filters, including 60s, xPro, Tuscan, Sakura, 1920, Siena, and so many more. Get great effects, including sounds like old reel to reel movies had. Upload directly to YouTube. I love this app and am having fun creating vintage-looking videos that resemble old home movies.Peace, Love and Beauty,