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Bring Your Unique LuLaStyle

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No woman wants to show up to a party wearing her dress. With LuLaRoe, It is quite a different story. Not only will you high-five anyone with the same outfit you own but you will embrace a LuLaRoe sister even if she is in your exact same dress. Let me explain….LuLaRoe is a brand of clothing that will bring out your inner stylist. The Prints are funky and some downright questionable. They make over 1,000 prints and only make a 1,000 of each style in one print. So you rarely see the same print. But when you do, you know you found another LuLaRoe sorority sister.


The beauty of this is that it really is Pokemon for adults but in clothing. You’ll want to buy em all! Once you put your legs in your first pair of leggings and feel the “Buttery Soft” fabric for the first time, you will get hooked. Not only are they comfortable but they are affordable and do not show through. These are not just simply funky leggings either. LuLaRoe has dresses, shirts, skirts, jackets, and even a line for kids, teens, and men. But this is an exclusive club and you cannot purchase these things at your local retailers. Like Pokemon go, you are going to have to use one app or another.  LuLaRoe is a multi-level marketing group for independent consultants — sort of a Tupperware of clothing.



(Pictures courtesy of LuLaRoe)


I was introduced to LuLaRoe by one of my besties. She told me I would get hooked and soon feel like a joined a cult. I felt I was stronger than that as I slipped on the flying blue pig print with a red background.  The only thing I had to match this was a denim shirt. Soon enough, I wanted to try one of the dresses. Something that was easy to wear, not too hot for the weather and not too formal. The answer to my question was the Amelia dress. It has pockets! Need I say more?


All I had to do was find a print I liked in my size and purchase it. You do this by joining LuLaroe groups and search the picture albums and comment “Sold” on the item you want. Then you have 24 hours to pay for your purchase and it is mailed to you. Sounds simple enough right? Some 80 facebook groups later and I made my purchase — A leopard print Amelia. It came and I was instantly in love with its comfortable fabric and perfect cut of the dress. Now I  am a full-fledged addict. I search for my very own “unicorn’s” (That’s LuLa speak for a print that is hard to find that you want). I have my favorite groups and styles that I search for in particular. I like the Leggings, Randy Top, Perfect Tee, Madison Skirt, and Amelia Dress. I prefer groups that have albums. But there again, the new trend is to sell via Facebook Live streaming video or Periscope as one of my Reps, Elizabeth Olson, does. And like any addict, I refuse to see a problem. LuLaRoe is easy to wear and comes in petite and plus sizes so finding the great fit is easy.


(Picture courtesy of Elizabeth Olson)


Not every print out of the 1000 plus is a winner. So, many of the independent sales consultants have discount items for sale to move their inventory. There are even albums and Pinterest boards with print fails like “LuLaNO!’ A little styling goes a long way. Soon you will be so comfortable in these leggings that you will swear that mustard is the new pink. You’ll  find a way to wear the leggings that have been discounted to $12. The best way to get started is to get social. A simple search for a LuLaRoe group on Facebook or a consultant on Instagram or Twitter is all you need to get started.  If you are lucky, you just might have a friend, who knows a rep, who is having an open house sale. Then, you can try these gems on for yourself.

Women’s Campaign International “Spring to Make a Difference” West Coast Fundraiser

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For Immediate Release:

“Spring to Make a Difference” Marks Another Fundraising Success for Women’s Campaign International and Their First Annual West Coast Event

(April 26, 2013—Beverly Hills, CA) Graciously hosted at the historic Beverly Hills estate of Rodeo Realty owners Syd and Linda Leibovitch, Women’s Campaign International (WCI) kicked off their first annual fundraiser on Sunday, April 21st, 2013. From 2-5pm, guests enjoyed live music from DJ Lamont Pete, singer/songwriter Maddie Miller, Ghana’s international music star Rocky Dawuni, and intimate performance by R&B soul singer John Legend.  While relaxing to poolside sounds, Mexican fare donated on behalf of Poquito Mas, free-flowing margaritas, and Sweet Megan Desserts (GlutenFreeSweetMegan.com) were indulged by all.

“Spring to Make a Difference” attendees included donors and high society; Grammy-winners Macy Gracy, James Ingram, and Omar Akram; politicians such as U.S. Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Marjorie Margolies, and Los Angeles Mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti; Hulk/Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’s John Littlefield, Ellen DeGeneres’s DJ/Actor Tony Okungbowa, Chinese Model/Actress Bai Ling, “The Talk” host Sheryl Underwood, NBA Clipper player Matt Barnes and “Basketball Wives” Gloria Govan were amongst many of the celebrities in support of WCI.

Women’s Campaign International received generous donations and winning bids from silent auction items supporting New York Fashion Week experiences with Diane Von Furstenberg and Michael B, Broadway tickets to “Chicago”, 3 night stay aKa New York, Third Street Dance Studio classes, Jay Leno show tickets, drum lessons with John Densmore of the Doors, Bedhead Pjs, Neal Rogers signed guitar, “Lock Your Love” candle and fragrance collection, Daniel Maltzman fine art, VIP tickets to a John Legend concert, Meredith Baer home staging, Fender Squier Stratocaster bullet series, and famous autographed photos, prints, and books.

Supporting sponsors included: I.C.O.N. Professional Hair Products (ICONproducts.com), Calton Nutrition                                (CaltonNutrition.com), Votivo Candles (Votivo.com), Spadaro Perfume (Spadaro.co), Green & Black Organic Chocolate       (GreenAndBlacks.com/us), Competition 101 Racing School  (Competition101.com), Gotham Dream Cars                                      (GothamDreamCars.com), Daniel Gravel Salon (DGSalon.com), Nutiva Hemp Seeds (Nutiva.com), and Beverly Hills Master Crafted 902H0 water (BeverlyWater.com).

Marjorie Margolies, WCI founder and former Pennsylvania Congresswoman, was amazed by the warm hearts and generosity expressed in support of her charity. In response to this past weekend’s success Marjorie stated, “Women’s Campaign International was thrilled to successfully launch our first fundraiser in LA on Sunday. Some 250 interested and passionate LA supporters of women’s leadership around the world joined us in our mission to empower women so they can transform their lives and communities. Long established on the East Coast, WCI is excited to spread its mission to supporters across the country. WCI’s work in more than 40 countries in the last 15 years is just the beginning. It was clear to those who gathered with us on Sunday, GO IT!”

For more information on the Women’s Campaign International or how you can get involved in future events, please contact Jade Umbrella’s Stacey Barker (Stacey@jadeumbrella.com) or Erica Hill (Erica@jadeumbrella.com).

About Women’s Campaign International (WCI): Founded in 1998, WCI’s programs help women find their voices by giving them tangible skills in political leadership, conflict mitigation, economic empowerment, and civic engagement. WCI aims to empower women of all ages to transform communities. Working in emerging democracies and post conflict regions around the world, WCI equips women to actively participate in public advocacy, market, and political process. In providing the requisite skills, knowledge and culturally sensitive support, WCI develops leaders globally who transform the lives of everyone they serve. More information on the charity can be found at WomensCampaignInternational.org.




Springtime S-W-A-G is Blooming…

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So the boob tube this time of year is packed full of hoops, hoops, and more hooplah. What’s a girl to do when her man is glued to the flat screen, screaming at a NBA game that never seems to end? Well Team Jade is spring’s biggest cheerleader off the court. We’ll happily skip the buffalo chicken dip and Siracha Lays for these flowery finds.  Blooming from gift bags and lounges these past couple months, these items are worth shouting about!

4688(1) I  scream you scream, we all scream for SUNSCREEN!  With the scoreboard stress this time of year, spring having sprung, and Vitamin D outside calling our names, May marks the season to start spreading on the higher SPF. Colorescience’s Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 30 ($50.00) is a lightweight mineral powder with a barely-there feel that provides a safe, non-irritating, instant UVA and UVB sun protection. The self-dispensing powder brush makes this sheer formula easy to apply and reapply throughout the day. Excellent for on the go sun protection! ColoreScience.com


(2) Rub a dub dub, everyone needs a little SHEA in the tub! Everyday Shea (EDS) Moisturizing Body Wash ($13.99) has become a staple in our showers. Certified Fair Trade Body Care, it’s a blend of aqueous neem leaf extract, traditional shea butter soap, and mild plant based surfactants. Together, these ingredients form a natural body wash that foams well and cleans completely without stripping skin’s natural oils. EDS Moisturizing Body Wash is plant based, SLS free, gluten free and made without animal testing. It’s available in unscented, lavender, vanilla mint, and coconut (our Jade fave!!!). EverydayShea.com



(3) “As seen on Tv”, the NutriBullet ($119.94) is an everyday kitchen gadget to help jumpstart weight loss and get onto a healthier path in the food department. Having been the proud owners of both Brewville and Vitamix devices throughout our juicing addiction over the years, this 600 watt motorized, superfood nutrition extractor is truly unlike any juicer or blender. The Nutribullet completely breaks down ingredients into their most nutritious, most absorptive state, all while keeping the “mess” in 2 parts to clean (the cup and the bottom of the cup). It’s ridiculously convenient and you can even drink directly out of it, too. BPA-free, it completely liquifies kale and carrots, and chops nuts to a drinkable,smoothie state. This is the ultimate dieter’s  dream! NutriBullet.com


Mrs. Renfro's Jalapeño Peppers

(4) We’re feeling HOT, HOT, HOT thanks to Mrs. Renfro’s JalapeñoPeppers (15 oz. $3.25). If you’re like us and have a thing for turning up the heat, these slices are just what your salad, tacos, or turkey burger have been missing! RenfroFoods.com


What Odor?(5) Wave goodbye to embarrassing and lingering odors. What Odor (1 oz. $3.99) is safe for people, pets, and the planet! Non-hazardous, non-toxic, and non-flammable, it’s safe to use on fabric, carpet, rugs, and upholstery. We love the travel size that fits in your purse, especially for overnights or trips out of town with large groups all staying under the same roof. PrestigePet.com


IMAK's Smart Glove


(6) Kick Carpal Tunnel to the curb! IMAK’s Smart Glove ($28.99) is the answer to pain associated from Carpal Tunnel or rather, the computer disease. This flexible support splint forces you to ergo-nomically correct your wrist position while typing at a computer a massaging with an ergoBeads® pad under the wrist to  cushion and improve circulation. IMAKproducts.com

Watt's Hyaluronic Acid Solution
(7) Watts Beauty 100% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Solution ($14.69) helps boost elasticity, moisture, and naturally stimulates the body’s generation of collagen without clogging pores. Made in the USA and organically preserved without alcohol and parabens, we highly recommended this as a moisturizer for anti-aging and all skin types. In case you didn’t know, Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by the body and as a foundation for our skin it holds up to 1000 times its weight in water. Compared to other formulations we’ve tried from Sephora and Ulta for $80 plus, this is far superior. You’ll notice a difference in the smoothness of your skin after the first application and in your pocketbook alike. WattsBeauty.com

Lighthouse Freeze Dried Herbs


(8) Are you a Top Chef in your kitchen and can’t get enough of flavors, flavors, flavors? Stop throwing away those fresh herbs you just bought with our new discovery of Litehouse Freeze Dried Herbs ($4.49). Easy breezy and convenient to use, these herbs will wake up any stove top   quinoa, soups, or sautéed veggies. Our pantries are now stocked with everything from freeze dried jalapeño rings and red onion, to ginger and lemongrass. LitehouseFoods.com

Blue Sky Free Soda


(9) Wanna soda without the sugar? Blue Sky Free Soda ($4.99 6 pk) is the bomb.com! All natural calorie and caffeine free, Blue Sky Free prides itself on having 100% of its ingredients come from the earth. Clap clap for this carbonation fix! The Vanilla Cherry flavor makes us smile and the lemon lime is a superb, alternate mixer for white tequila or vodka. BlueSkySoda.com


Green & Black Organic Chocolate

(10) Saving our sweet tooth for last, Green & Black’sOrganic Dark Chocolate Bars (3.5 oz. $2.99) were a huge hit for guests in attendance @ WCI’s  recent fundraiser with soul singer John Legend. The perfect blend of dark chocolate, toasted hazelnuts, and sweetness of fruit, it was truly love at first bite sampling the Hazelnut & Currant variation. Available at Whole Foods and Trader Joes, we are eager to try the Ginger and Maya Gold next. GreenAndBlacks.com


A special thank you to Lucky FABB, Aloxxi Hair, Women’s Campaign International, Art.Life, Taste of Cuba, the St. Petersburg Grand Prix, and Miami Fashion Week for all our awesome event goodies to add to “Jade’s Top Ten”.  Our “Stash for Summer” is in the works and til’ then may we toast to Emma Racine de Fleur’s  words of the season–“In spring time, love is carried on the breeze. Watch out for flying passion or kisses whizzing by your head.”

Be blessed, be J-A-D-E-D…







L-O-V-E Is in the Air: 10 Products Worth GUSHING Over

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February is always an interesting transition month, as we detox from 2 months of holidays back to back and winter coming to an end. With every month consumers go on a roller coaster rant of LOVES and HATES relative to products and services, so we Jade girls thought we’d join in the fun by opening our big mouths to G-U-S-H about all the good stuff we’ve been sampling as of late. Starting out 2013 at the Sundance Film Festival with exposure to all sorts of exciting brands at gifting lounges and events up and down Main Street, new clients on our roster, pre-Oscar fetes, and random OMG items while out and about, we are happy to share our current “favorite finds”. Please know that none of these products are paid endorsements and are 1000% of Cupid’s consumer heart. We hope that you, too, form a  love affair with the products that make our hearts go pitter patter.


Clarisonic PLUS Skin Cleansing System    $225

It’s NO J-O-K-E this product has made our faces glow, minimized fine lines,  evened out skin tone, prevented breakouts, skin feel smoother, and made our topical products such as serums and moisturizer work so much better! You can use it every day, every other day, and in the shower. The PLUS model has 5 speeds and a setting for use on your body, too. The Clarisonic is officially glued to our bathrooms! Clarisonic.com


Earth Science A-D-E Creamy Cleanser   $9.95

This gentle cleanser is formulated using natural fruit oils to cleanse the skin and remove make-up without using drying soaps. Its creamy formulation is dreamy on the skin and the perfect compliment to pair with the Clarisonic. We’ve found it moisturizes as it cleans, leaving our skin soft and supple with no greasy mineral oil build-up. Balanced to pH 5.5, it contains special Plant Sterols and Vitamins to leave the skin radiantly fresh and healthy looking. EarthScienceNaturals.com



SPADARO Fine Fragrances     $135-155.00

GRRRRRRR…We can’t get enough of Doux Amour’s rare blend of floralessences and sexy scent! With Ylang Ylang, Casablanca Lily and Moroccan Jasmine — its wrapped in a sultry, sueded accord of Patchouli,  Rare Amber and Sandalwood, and laced with a sheer veil of Vanilla to form      a new expression of sensuality. Other Spadaro fragrances include unisex  Noche Del Fuego and citrus Sole Nero that are both intoxicating. Kim Spadaro creates each scent from cherished memories of her mother,      infused with soul and love. Each is a tribute to the spirit of adventure and journey of self-discovery, while a percentage of all profits go to the Spadaro Foundation. The foundation was created as a tribute to those whom have touched Kim’s  life and the passing of her dear mother on 1/1/11.  Spadaro.co


Soap & Glory’s SEXY MOTHER PUCKER    Lip Plumping Gloss     $16.00

We’ve officially fallen in love with this glossy, pluming pucker prize and our make up bags now call this a MUST. You’ll notice 10X normal volume when lips absorb moisture, and circulation-enhancing LIPSWELL™ natural plant oil infusion to increase blood flow and make them look almost instantly lusher. Their color selection is brilliant and we bet you too, will find both its tingling and plumping gloss quality as addicting as we do.  SoapAndGlory.com




SPANX Ready-to-Wow              Structured Leggings      $92.00

If you’ve got anything that needs hiding after hibernating all winter and you have screaming saddle bags or a Mr. Muffin Top, these are the leggings for you! They’re perfectly opaque and a true savior to anyone’s wardrobe. These shape your booty in such a fabulously firm way and even though you may be faking it, your secret is safe with us. We guarantee they will “suck you in” so you can smile, while you get your body back to the gym and ready for spring.  Spanx.com


Queen of Kale Chips     $6.00  

Made with all fresh and natural ingredients, Queen of Kale Chips are unprocessed, raw and naturally good for you. Loved across the nation, these chips can be eaten as a snack or used as a garnish. We’ve found them delicious when sprinkled on salads, in hummus, and even pizza!!! Our favorite kale chip flavors are Sour Cream N Onion & Spicy Pepper. We’ve tried competitor chips and Queen of Kale blows theirs out of the water. Now making bigger bags, expanding by leaps and bounds, and any orders can be easily mailed direct.  FoodistMonk.net


Natural Nectar’s Gluten-Free CRACKELBRED    $4.29 

After reading Wheat Belly, we Jade girls have really tried to scale back our wheat intake and make a solid effort to eat gluten-free where we’re able. After picking up the Sun Dried Tomato & Oregano    flavor at Whole Foods and spreading on some Cypress Grove Chevre Sgt. Pepper cheese, it was love at first bite! At only 17 calories per slice and 4% carbs for 3 crackers, these crackers are a great alternative to standard crackers. Cracklebred.com 

Firestone & Robertson Distilling Company      Blended Whiskey     $39.95

One of our superstar senior staffers is a huge cognac, whiskey, and bourbon lover who was instantaneously enamored by this craft distillery’s whiskey. Unbelievably impressed by the story behind its signature caps, how smooth it was to sip, and the complexity of its character in taste, there is no denying this whiskey of an aficionado’s palate. An extra-ordinarily complex spectrum of fragrance and flavor, Firestone and Roberston Whiskey mixes well or stands alone on the rocks or neat. Blenders’ Tasting Notes: Color: Auburn, Nose: Vanilla bean, oak and pear; Taste: Honey butter, banana, caramel and coffee; Finish: Long, smooth and slightly sweet; and Proof: 82. FRDistilling.com

Gypsy Zen LoveNLight Massage Candles   $12

Environmentally friendly, vegetarian, and made with soy wax and essential oils, our bedside tables     couldn’t be happier (hint hint) with the flicker of these Zen helpers. These candles are a two in one treat because they serve the purpose of filling a room from a fragrance perspective and relaxing element of a massage. Soy is a low temperature burning wax and moisturizer by nature –so as it melts, is safe to pour onto your skin and be used as a massage oil. Another bonus, it WILL NOT STAIN YOUR SHEETS! Our favorite scent so for the boudoir is the Energizing Citrus (Shea Butter, Soy, Sweet Almond Oil & Pure Orange Essential Oil) and for our office (minus the massage– LOL) is Cleansing Sage (Shea Butter,    Soy, Sweet Almond Oil,  Pure Sage Essential Oil & White Sage Pieces). Candles that burn cleaner and  longer and are “Made by Hand at Home With Love” are obvious stars in our eyes. GypsyZen.com                                                          

Rebound Now™ Hangover Prevention Tablets $2.99

Rebound Now™ is proof you can put your party pants on and still function the next day. Based on the cutting-edge B4ONETM technology by Synergy Point, Rebound Now™ achieves its world-class anti-acetaldehyde effect with a proprietary blend of everyday nutrients. Rebound Now™ is natural and contains only ingredients that are considered GRAS (generally regarded as safe) by US FDA*. We were able to hit the Sundance circuit and enjoy many cocktail parties without the agonizing, anticipated hangover, thanks to these little green guys. Did we mention we worked an 18 hour day, too?  Not to condone or excuse excessive consumption, we aren’t going to lie and say we  didn’t appreciate this natural, hangover prevention:) GreenSmartLiving.com


That’s all for this February’s L-O-V-E fest and Cupid’s top 10. March Madness is right around the corner and we can’t wait to splash into spring with another list of goodies to G-U-S-H over! As publicists we primarily promote only our retained clients and those directly a part of the events we produce. The intent of this monthly MUST HAVE list is a way to spread the love of other brands who’ve made a bang in our book and deserve a big “RA-RA” of recognition to consumers who trust honest reviewers. Be blessed, be J-A-D-E-D…






Thank YOU 2012…

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With each New Year comes reflection and gratitude for different reasons among us all. Being saturated in a city such as Los Angeles in an industry where one is exposed 24/7 to a wide variety of personalities and work styles from clients, colleagues, and everyone in between, one quickly learns how to adapt, whom to trust, and what working relationships are worth their weight in gold. The combination of the economy and the daily cut throat nature of this business has put an interesting spin on this past year by testing relationships right and left. Saying goodbye to another year and hello to a whole new handbag of experiences is a bit of an “evolutionary ahhhhhhh”….

Every year I put the pressure of New Year’s resolutions on myself…make exercise a priority, get out of my cooking rut by trying new recipes more often, take an art-based class at a nearby community college, make time to call out of town friends more, etc. I always end up disappointing myself, so for 2013 I decided to reflect on my professional past rather than be rear-ended in a rotating year’s traffic jam. The cliché of “out with the old and in with the new” rings true, especially when knowing what it takes to detoxify oneself from the past 364 days and how to genuinely express gratitude. The recycling bin on my iMac is there for a reason… to dump the trash. By folding that thought into the silky sheets of daily living, it’s entirely worthless to hold on to who or what isn’t working. Healthy thoughts and relationships are what we should be feeding our bodies, just as we do through nutritious food choices and our obsession to sweat at the gym. So with all that being said,    W-E-L-C-O-M-E 2013 and W-E-L-C-O-M-E wellness!

After a decade now in Los Angeles, it’s fair to say I have accumulated a solid network of hard-working, loyal professionals and relationships I hold dear. In this life in my opinion, it’s not the car one drives or the red-soled shoes that anyone is going to remember in order to score points with the big man upstairs. It’s the stock of an individual that bleeds its way unto the universe’s perception of ones true self. Looking back, all these relationships began with trust. Without trust there is nothing and if compromised, one must be prepared to give that Miss America wave. Each relationship had a healthy quality to it and something unique with each introduction. The selfishness of EGO from both parties was nonexistent and why these relationships worked so nicely. As the Philosopher Yogi Osho once stated, “If the ego is fulfilled through giving, nothing is being given. Ego cannot share. The ego can never be generous; that is not its nature.” In an economy as tough as ours, teamwork has spoken miles. This holds true. We have supported one another without feeling threatened, exchanged skill sets, and dually delivered. 2012 has truly been a year of enlightenment, learning, kinship, and the BEST in my professional career to date.

So those of you who have played in my so-called sandbox and schlepped through the #$%* and smiles, YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE! You are official treasures buried deep in my forever box of gratitude and made an incredible impact on my life as a whole. Thank you for all your gifts and growth in 2012. My vow for 2013 is to keep rocking the same “rose-colored lenses”, never to break that trust or become, and to keep you close to my pocket. Cheers to our catalogue of experiences and a wild ride to come! VRRRRRRRMMMMMM…

Mary “Mickey Wright”: 1st Woman in Race Car History Leads POINTS in V8 Stock Car Series

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First Woman Driver in Race Car History Leads POINTS in V8 Stock Car Series, Racing to the Finish Line With her Dreams for a Championship

Mickey Wright attempts to claim her third championship of the year in the V8 stock car series SPO division and compete in her first SCCA PRO Trans Am race in the TA2 division this weekend, November 2-4, 2012 at Road Atlanta.

(October 31, 2012, Los Angeles, CA) The SCCA American Road Race of Champions will take place on November 2-4, 2012 at Road Atlanta located at 5300 Winder Highway in Braselton, GA, 30517. Mickey Wright has the opportunity to make history as the first female champion in both the V8 stock car series in SPO division races. Already, she has proven that car racing is no longer a man’s world and is the first female POINTS leader in any of the V8 stock car series divisions to date. Mickey will be racing on a 2.54-mile, 12-turn world-class road course with qualifying races on Friday, November 2nd, 2012.

In 2007 at the age of 45 years old, Mickey Wright was ready to redefine middle age and developed her thirst for the fast lane by competitive oval track racing through Competition 101’s Racing School. By 2010, she had won 18 qualifying and feature event races on both dirt and asphalt tracks. In June 2011, Mickey began road racing with SCCA, NASA, and V8 stock car series. Mickey Wright has won two POINTS championships this year. These include the SARRC (South Atlantic Road Race Championship) and the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) Central Florida Region, both in the SPO division. The SPO (Special Production Over) division is a large bore engine class with no performance rules, only general safety rules, and four fenders for requirements.

In Mickey’s first complete year of road racing, she has set some milestones and made her dreams of burning rubber come true. For 2013, she is looking forward to racing the full Trans Am Pro Racing Series once sponsorship is secured. When asked about Road Atlanta Mickey Wright stated,“I’m really excited about this weekends’ race. We’ve tested here several times this year and gotten better each time. This weekend is where I need to put it all together to achieve our goals. I am proof women can do anything and new life begins with middle age”.

Mickey Wright will be available for interviewing at Road Atlanta this weekend. Please contact Jade Umbrella publicity team, stacey@jadeumbrella.com or erica@jadeubmrella.com, to make arrangements.

About Road Atlanta: Road Atlanta is recognized as one of the world’s best road courses. Our multi-purpose motor sports facility is situated on 750 park-like acres in the rolling hills of Northeast Georgia. Road Atlanta is located 35 miles north of Atlanta and just minutes away from Chateau Elan, a 4-Star resort offering guests comfort and amenities such as three championship golf courses and a European-style spa. The facility is utilized for a wide variety of events, including professional and amateur sports car and motorcycle races, racing and driving schools, corporate programs and testing for motorsports teams.

Website: www.roadatlanta.com

About Competition 101 Racing: Competition 101 Racing School was conceived and founded in 1993 by race car driver and builder, Stuart Lycett. Stuart’s initial motivation was to create a unique short track oval racing school program that offered “one-on-one” coaching without the usual high cost associated with this kind of format. Comp 101 is a Driver Development and Race Prep services provider. It’s a serious learning environment in which drivers of all skill levels can improve their competitive driving skills. In addition to offering “one-on-one” coaching, the school uses racing radios and “on-board” video data acquisition technology to maximize your learning experience. Competition 101 is THE ONLY SCHOOL in North America that offers you the option to drive on pavement or dirt or both and on short ovals, speedways or road racing circuits. When you choose Competition 101, you can choose to drive a NASCAR style stock car, Trans Am T2 Sports Car, Sprint Car, or Modified.

Website: www.competition101.com



Cul-de-Sac Conundrum…

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Over the weekend my “bestie” and I hosted a neighborhood block party. To our surprise, it was a tremendous turnout and of such community spirit, we can’t wait to have another one. Why is it that we are surround by so many special people of so much depth and breath to life, that we rarely take the time to extend ourselves? My “T” is one of those women whom you can’t help but to soak up her non-stop energy, get drunk in her creative juices, and melt into her mushy heart. She is my true definition of the Midwest and the truth behind the saying “home is where your heart is”. “T” is that person who shows her soul with the world, shares your tears and your smiles, sprinkles her love for life onto everything she touches, expresses gratitude in ways that make tears fall from your eyes, and gets excited about those “little things” that the bulk of my address book is too bored to swallow. Trust me, being a transplant from the Midwest is challenging enough because people aren’t sure how to register your way of the world. However, having a partner in crime to capture the essence of a city built on entertainment and relish in its often silly attitude, is priceless. Just like my family, she keeps me grounded and my soul fed. The world can be a cruel place if there’s not a filter surrounding you, reminding you of its beauty and to lift you up–especially if submerged in an industry surrounded by a lot of “noise”. My wish for everyone is to have a friend to aid as ear muffs, to keep you full of love and light, and without judgement like my “T”.

Now for the “NA-NU, NA-NU” and serendipitous story tale of how our adult lives merged. Apparently our friendship dates back to decades past, where my father and “T’s” father conducted business and we were the wee ones tugging on our fathers’ shirt tails in the office. “T’s” father has been my father’s accountant for the past 25 plus years in Indiana so we found out. Years ago tax time, our fathers put two and two together, their daughters had dually migrated Hoosier blood to So Cal and were “Valley Girls” at that. The conversation grew deeper and deeper and more bazaar coincidences surfaced. The DING-DING DING moment was my father asking her father “Is your daughter a stunt woman by chance?” and her father asking my father ” Is your daughter in public relations and fashion?”… “Yes”….”Yes” they both said. Our fathers had determined we were literally next door neighbors, though “T” and I had already formed the most fabulous of friendship without even knowing our history. WEIRD, right? That was no accident. What is the likelihood of two friends stuck like glue who move into the same cul-de-sac, whose husbands play basketball together 3x a week (sidebar: we swear they hold hands on the way to the gym), friends all get along like peas and carrots, and love one another like family, to meet later in life and of such a “Butterfly Effect”? To have happenstance such as this and to have our friendship and families linked as we are, there is no doubt in my mind that things absolutely happen for a reason. I’m a believer!!! Happenstance makes for many heartstrings and we are far more connected than we are able to even wrap our heads around. Life IS beautiful like that. Amazeballs actually…

This year we lost a mutual dear friend to a job in the South. She’s what we used to call the new school version of yesteryear’s “Welcome Wagon”. Every time a resident had big news, needed help, or cause for a celebration, “R” was the one-stop shop for spreading the word and making things happen. From Christmas Caroling, welcoming new neighbors, Neighborhood Watch, or congratulating new births, “T” and I have had some monstrous shoes to fill to say the least. There’s no way we can be what “R” was to this community, but we attempted a spin-off version of her. A block party isn’t a block party without a neighborhood’s help, period. This past Sunday, we saw all sorts of new neighbors in the mix and realized community comes down to connecting the dots. People will make time if you help with the push. There were married couples, singles, elderly, moms, dads, single parents, and kids who hung out for four hours plus. We rocked out to a 70’s cover band, bounce house, free-flowing booze, and feasted on the most amazing pot luck spread I’ve ever seen. Gourmet a GO-GO!

Our neighbors went ALL OUT and so did my “T” with her “Witches Brew” and Halloween set up. Seeing as she has two kids under the age of two at home and had just come back from an art fair the day before where she was selling her homemade soy candles, “T” really is one of those mom’s who can DO IT ALL and DOES. Full of color and a modern-day version of Rainbow Brite, there wasn’t anything she hadn’t thought of. Most people would’ve fallen apart if their co-host had come down with a 24 hour bug the day of an event. Not my “T”…she blazed through the fire of making sure everything was on point and filled in the blanks as if she’d written the script ahead of time. I on the other hand, could barely get my Buffalo Chicken sliders out for showtime. Perrier was my salvation and so was my “T”. The hubby was pretty great, too. A bit of a knight in not so shiny armor, but rather Puma sweats I might say…he definitely got a dose of “Sister Wives” that day. Lots of requests from multiple women and a longer “Honey DO” list than usual.

In this life and as we add candles to the cake, it is times like these where you realize the importance of sitting back, putting your feet up, marinating your friendships, and taking the initiative to go out of your way to integrate your community. So much can be celebrated and learned from those around you. Friendship circles can grow bigger, BBQs can become more fun, and to your surprise you just may stumble into a new friend of commonality or shared street name. So today I salute my fellow Midwesterner, friends, family, and business partner who share these same values. I love my cul-de-sac, even though I always swore the suburbs would be the death of me back in the day. It’s funny how the years have frayed that viewpoint. Friendships grow where there is life and we all are very much alive. Open your doors, open your hearts, and take a chance on your community. Happy accidents to all and may you bounce in similar blessings…

Random Act of Kindness

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Over the weekend, Grandma turned 95 years old. To give you the back story on her independence to date, know that she still lives in the same house which  her three children were born in the 40’s, still drives, still does all her own cooking, cleaning, and laundry, and took care of Grandpa on her own up until his passing 2 years ago. Saying she is a remarkably strong woman is an understatement. She maneuvers around like a shiny, senior Corvette and proves it’s possible to “keep calm and carry on”. When asked her recipe for happiness, health, and staying so young at heart, she tells her grandchildren it’s all about keeping things simple, not to spend time worrying about things we can’t control, and commit to conversations with the younger generations to keep you on your toes.

With QVC being her one stop shop for a laptop, flat screen television, touch screen smart phone, roses, and clothes, there is something to say about she surfing through the signs of time.  Adaptability is key to so many things. It’s such a simple splash to save one’s sanity as the years progress, where the concept of change isn’t feared but rather embraced like the kind stuck in one’s car seats.  I try to keep Grandma’s motto in check in the age of everything trying to catch up to the speed of light, technology finding a way to link up all our accounts, electronics, etc, when work often bulldozes over the nuances, and the continuous societal struggle to remember that LESS IS MORE. It would be selfish not to spill her secrets and share the random act of kindness she experienced on her oh so special day.

Grandma’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren staged a surprise party for her at nearby hotel, where some of our family stay when in from out-of-town. Across the hall from our relatives in room #314, an unknown family, two adults and 3 children, were staying while their home was being finished by local builders. They saw a poster on room #315’s door announcing grandma’s 95th birthday. They took it upon themselves to knock on the door when they heard the livelihood of the party begin….noisy chatter, the singing of Happy Birthday, balloons popping, champagne popping, glasses clinking, and little children blowing whistles. The family presented grandmother with a gorgeous bouquet of a dozen ruby-red roses, wishing her many more years of good health and joy. The entire birthday party, including my grandma, could not believe this selfless act of extreme kindness by such a caring family. The three kids of the family across the hall were given a huge example by their parents of the joy and value of “giving to others.”

Bottom line, this was a reminder there is still GOOD in a world that often feels out of sync. When random acts of kindness like this strike, it is proof that the world has the ability to lead with its heart. A family who didn’t know our family or grandmother from Adam, wanted to share in the celebration for a life of 95 years and counting. These are the things that people remember for the rest of their lives. The little things truly are the big things that travel in an infinite way. Kindness does count and it’s up to we the people of this planet to give back through the art of “just because”. As Buddha once said, “Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity. This event was of truth, teaching, and celebration all wrapped into one giant package. Happy 95th birthday, Grandma….

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Blue Spa & Lifeline® Stem Cell Skin Care = Beauty Breakthrough

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Blue Spa and Lifeline® Stem Cell Skin Care Pair up to Promote a Beauty Breakthrough and Scientific Approach to Anti-Aging on a Cellular Level

Skin care meets science for stem cell education and product introduction to the only human and non-embryonic stem cell skincare line of its kind on October 25th, 2012

(Los Angeles, CA)  October 8, 2012– Blue Spa, located at 14622 Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, CA, 91403, is proud to introduce a new era in anti-aging and skin science to the public through Lifeline® Skin Care’s Southern California launch. On Thursday, October 25th, 2012 from 5-9 pm, beauty VIPs and industry elite will gather for an evening of stem cell education by expert and Director of Education in Stem Cell Science, Linda Nelson, luxury Medi Spa pampering, skin-changing products, gift bags, hors d’oeuvres, and free-flowing Courvoisier Gold Moscato.

Lifeline® Skin Care products feature a unique combination of stem cell extracts, vitamins A, B, E, and antioxidants that work synergistically to create new healthy cells. To date, Lifeline® is the only skin care line based on human non-embryonic stem cells, which give skin cells the ability to continually proliferate. The result is firmer, smoother, younger and healthier looking skin. Lifeline® Skin Care is based on a patented method for ethically extracting growth factors and peptides from young, human stem cells through the use of non-fertilized eggs and never embryos. Stem cell extracts help to increase skin’s overall thickness, making skin less vulnerable to premature aging.

Independent clinical studies have proven 73% firmer, tighter skin, 93% improved skin hydration, 63% improved skin tone and brightness, and 67% improved appearance of lines and wrinkles with topical use. With benefits boasting similar to those of collagen injections, Lifeline® Skin Care offers a collection of formulas for day and night use.  Both the Defensive Day Moisturizer Serum SPF 15 and Recovery Night Moisture Serum feature unique combinations of stem cell extract, vitamins A, B, E, and antioxidants.

Stimulating the skin’s ability to repair itself, these products along with Blue Spa professional procedures and treatments, make a win-win combination for beauty enthusiasts wanting to achieve optimal skincare results. Owner of Blue Spa, Ronda Nofal, recently stated, We are very pleased to be the first Medi Spa in Los Angeles to offer Lifeline@ Skin Care technology to clients. The science and technology behind this product line is far beyond anything else on the market and the results speak for themselves. Our staff has been using these products for the last two months and they have noticed they’re the perfect compliment to any of our facial laser services: IPL (FotoFacial), Laser Genesis, and Titan Skin Tightening. The skin reacts beautifully when paired with dermal fillers, Vitalize Peels, and Micro-dermabrasion as well.“

Members of the press and media are invited for early entry on Thursday, October 25th, 2012 between 1-4 pm for Q& A with Lifeline® Skin Care expert, Linda Nelson. Additional hours have been arranged for Friday, October 26th, 2012 from 10am-12 pm. Please contact Blue Spa and Lifeline® Skin Care’s publicity team at Jade Umbrella, to schedule interviews. Please email Stacey Barker (stacey@jadeumbrella.com) or Erica Hill (erica@jadeumbrella.com).

About Blue Spa: Opened in October 1999 and former home to the infamous La Reina Theater, Blue Medi Spa is modern luxury spa combining beauty, science, service, and style. Staying ahead of beauty trends and the most effective treatments, highly trained specialists have the knowledge and a decade of experience in lasers (IPL/ Titan/ Laser Genesis/ Zerona), anti-aging skin cocktails, weight loss, non-invasive body contouring, and one-step-ahead aesthetic options. Blue Spa, “where feeling blue, never felt better”…

Website: www.bluespa.com

About Lifeline® Skin Care: Developed in 2010 by the International Stem Cell Corporation (http://www.internationalstemcellcorporation.com) while researching cures for diabetes and Parkinson’s Disease, a team of biotech scientists discovered a powerful compound for regenerating skin cells. Lifeline® Skin Care’s goal is to help improve the look and feel of you skin by combining the latest discoveries in the fields of stem cell biology, nanotechnology and skin cream formulation technology to create the highest quality, scientifically tested, and most effective anti-aging products. Revenue helps to fund further research into finding cures and treatments for Diabetes, Parkinson’s, Liver, Eye, and other neurological diseases.

Website: www.lifelineskincare.com