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Monday, December 20, 2010

Wow! It's been one year since I first started THE BLISS LIST. I can't believe that I made it this far and have this many followers. I'am so excited and so thankful for everyone following and everyone who comments. I promise to do a lot more posts next year and continue to do some more fun videos, which is my favorite part about the blog! To celebrate I've picked my top favorite videos for your to watch again.

Let's start is off right with my first taste of apple cider vinegar shot ....remember this one?



Party Dress - New Years Eve Style Guide

Saturday, December 18, 2010
Last year I celebrated New Years Eve on a cruise ship with my family. It was a fantastic time. My favorite part about New Years is the pre celebration dinner and my outfit. I always love dressing up, even If I'am just staying in, I still want to make sure that I look good going into the next year (lol). Nothing wrong with that, right? Here are my top picks for New Years. I recently purchased one of these for my New Years celebration. Can you guess which dress I will be wearing ?

You'll have to stay tuned for pics to find out what dress I selected!

A walk through mobile lane ....

Wednesday, December 15, 2010
(Line outside of Eataly in New York, I can't wait to try this place)
(Union Square farmers market)
(Union Square Holiday outdoor shopping store, a lot of great gifts for the Holiday)
(Christmas Tree at 30 Rock - beautiful, freezing cold)

(window starving outside of Magnolia Bakery - yummy Red Velvet Cake)

Cocktails & Conversation - Holiday Version

Sunday, December 12, 2010
It's a time to celebrate! My event group finally picked a name (TheTenProject) and also had our last networking event of 2010. It's been a great year and we can't wait to see what happens to us in 2011. Check us out on Facebook and don't forget to "LIKE" us! CLICK HERE

Photo Credit: Karston Tannis

The Hair Update

For the last two years ago I've been having the worst hair day, hair month, hair year! I couldn't get it right. It all happened after I decided to put honey blonde highlights in my hair. At first, I loved my new cute hair do. I never colored my hair before. I never cut it before. I never really did anything to it before. Many people warned me (like my Mother) but I was stubborn and I wanted flowy hair the color of Beyonce's. Here I am below posing for my 25th Birthday with my shiny honey blonde highlights. Little did I know what a nightmare I got myself into.

Flash forward months later and my hair was damaged! The color caused my hair to split and my stylist had no choice but to keep chopping it off until it was repaired. I took very good care of my hair while I had the color in but apparently it wasn't enough to keep the damage away.In the end, I was left with shorter hair and this horrible ashy sandy color, yuck. My hair was no longer shining, it was faded and dry, and just blaa.

So what did I do? .....

It's back. Phew! A complete difference from before right? I learned that after the color grew out, my hair would look a lot better, but how long was that going to take? Well it took almost a year before I saw any major improvements. Thanks to the support and advice from I was able to recover from this nightmare. The process was depressing! Every time my hair grew, I had to continue to cut it in order to get rid of the color on the ends. Luckily, my hair grew fairly quickly otherwise I could still be dealing with this now. It was a long process but it's officially over. I don't see any color left in my hair. I am writing this post for anyone who is going through this right now, because all of the advice I received really helped me to recover quickly. So what did I do?

1. Deep conditioner, Deep conditioner, Deep condition!
2. Moisturize the hair so it doesn't dry out
3. Never use bristle brushes or comb your hair a lot, finger comb
4. Low manipulation - avoid ponytails! wear your hair down at all times or in a bun
5. Avoid a lot of heat - don't curl it, flat iron it, or blow dry it! say no to heat
6. Protect your hair at night - sleep on a satin pillowcase and/or tie your hair at night
7. Last but not least, no more PERMS!

Now I will explain. Deep conditioners are great! I always make sure that I put conditioner in my hair and sit under the dryer for a few minutes with it in. This will make your hair really soft. I always roller set my hair and sit under the dryer, and I never blow dry my hair wet. I don't go to the salon often, and I try to do my hair as often as I can to avoid putting a lot of heat on it. I stopped putting a relaxer in my hair. I was never someone who put a relaxer in my hair often, it was usually every 5-6 months if I did do it. I know people who relax every three months. I guess it depends on your hair type but I've witnessed girls getting a relaxer in the salon when it appeared that they probably really didn't need one, they were being very picky about having super straight hair. I stopped relaxing my hair in late December so i'm approaching my one year hair-anniversary. I honestly haven't had any problems maintaining my hair since I stopped. I like my hair a lot better now that it's not stick straight, it's a lot thicker and fuller. When I do want my hair straight, I go to my Dominican stylist. Dominican salons are known for their amazing blow drying skills. After your hair has finished drying with the rollers in, with a small comb and a blow dryer your stylist can blow your hair super straight. This will last a long while.

My favorite hair product through this journey has to be the Moroccanoil Oil Treatment (click here). It restores over-processed hair that is effected by chemicals. The product is a bit expensive but you only use a very small amount of it so it will last a while. Plus, it's your hair. If you are serious about fixing damaged hair you must be willing to put in the cost and effort to make sure that it's done correctly. Well, that's my hair update! If you have any questions about my journey feel free to comment below or email me at

Ugly Sweater Holiday Party

Friday, December 10, 2010

I’ve been invited to my very first “Ugly Sweater Holiday Party" and I couldn't be more excited! It’s always great to add a theme to your party and when that theme includes a little humor it’s the perfect opportunity to take lots of photos to capture the event.

So how does one plan an “Ugly Sweater Holiday Party?” Easy!

1. Invite friends, co-workers and family
Online electronic invitation websites like, make it an easy way to send out invitations at the last minute. If you haven't already, make sure you send out your invitations soon! It's difficult to plan things around the Holiday's because usually everyone is very busy with other Holiday events and Christmas shopping.

2. Find the perfect ugly sweater:
This can be difficult especially when you live in New York City. We don't exactly have ready made ugly sweaters hanging around at H&M. This may take a little creativity. You could either, find a decent looking sweater and then travel to your local arts store (such as Michaels) and pick up ugly patches, bows, ribbon, even lights to make your own crazy Holiday sweater. Another thing you can do is go to your local thrift store and see if they have any there. Start looking now because it may take you a while.

Bonus suggestion: Offer up a ugliest sweater contest to get your guests really in the mood! That way you can make sure that people will go above and beyond to have the most ugly sweater of all.

3. Food, Snacks, and Drinks
You can either ask your guests to bring a bottle or something or a treat, or provide everything for this event yourself. Appetizers are always the way to go. My top picks are: chicken fingers, stuffed mushrooms, meatballs/small sub rolls, shrimp cocktail, pigs in a blanket, spinach dip and chips, salsa and chips, brownies, cupcakes, cookies, and pie. Keep it simple, keep it easy. No one is expecting to cover over and have a full meal. Just make sure you say on your invitation that appetizers and deserts will be provided. For a drink, try a spiked eggnog with either rum or bourbon or a spiked hot chocolate to make a special warm surprise for your guests. Yum! You can also do holiday cocktails, holiday punch, tons of options! (click here to check them out).

4. Holiday Music

What's a Holiday party without holiday music? Just because it's a holiday party doesn't mean you have to chose boring tunes, find some of your teenage favorites or even some new Holiday Christmas albums, such as Mariah Carey's latest one "Merry Christmas." What's a holiday party without the Nsync "Home For Christmas" album, "Under My Tree" was my favorite (click here) what was yours?

Have a great party!

The Thanksgiving Diet

Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Many people who diet or exercise are always paranoid about the Thankgsiving day meal and Holiday food in general. If you are on a diet this can be somewhat difficult. You are use to only purchasing certain items and avoiding temptation but at Thanksgiving around family and friends temptation will be everywhere. Carbs and sweets especially! What's the best thing you should do? Enjoy it! Don't limit yourself or hold back. Enjoy the day with family and friends. Eat what you want and how much you want.

The BEST advice I have is that when Thanksgiving is over, IT IS OVER! The worst thing you can do if you are on a serious diet plan is continue carrying over Holiday food and your Thanksgiving meal for the rest of the week! So that means, left overs stay left at the place you ate and if Thanksgiving was at your home, make sure you encourage your attendees to take some of the food with them. They don't have to take everything! You can still enjoy some of it, like the turkey which is really good for you and also some of the vegetables.

Happy Holidays!

All I Want For Christmas ...

1. Triwa -Watch out! I love these Twiwa designs. I love how big and chunky they are, the band is super comfortable and the color layouts are amazing. The watches come in a variety of colors and styles. I want two for Christmas! I want a slightly more masculine one such as the black and gold and then a more feminine one like the grey and pink. They are very affordable as well.

For more information on Triwa: click here

2. Beyonce Heat Perfume - Okay I know what you're thinking. Beyonce perfume? Really? I loved the 'Le De' Givenchy Perfume, Lola by Marc Jacobs, Princess by Vera Wang and yes, I actually like the smell of Heat by Beyonce. I attend the screening of her " I AM WORLD ... Tour" concert film in New York City on Sunday, and as we were leaving I was given a sample of her perfume. I'm not sure if I would have tried it otherwise but it totally worked! I'm hooked. I want a big bottle of it. I can't describe what it smells like because it has somewhat of an odd smell that I can't place my finger on but I do enjoy it. Go to your favorite perfume counter and give it a test today!

For more information on Heat: click here

3. My name necklace - Leave it up to Carrie Bradshaw to bring back the return of name necklaces. This is a super cute trend that a lot of people have been rockin' lately. I haven't decided if I want my real name or my nickname (Jonesy) but I definately want a My Name Necklace this Holiday season. Check out Lauren Conrad's CLICK HERE and what's even cuter is her My Name ring! I think I want both. Maybe one that says Jonesy and the other that says Shannon. What would you get? They have a variety of different designs, style and material. You can get silver or gold. Not too sure what I want yet, I just know I want one.

For more information on My Name Necklace: click here

4. Miguel - I don't mean the guy, I mean his album! :) It hits stores November 30th.
Most well known for his hit single "All I Want Is You" featuring J. Cole, Miguel's album is sure to be amazing. You should most definately check him out. He's an amazing singer, songwriter and performer. What a great stocking stuffer for males and females, the young and the old!
Songs to watch out for: "Quickie", "Sure Thing", and "To The Moon." Miguel is currently on tour with USHER! Follow him on TWITTER today!

For more information on how to pre-order Miguel: click here
So yea, that's pretty much it. Keeping my list short! I have a lot to be appreciative of. Plus, I am going on a cruise that departs CHRISTMAS DAY to the Caribbean, do I really need anything? What's on your list?

How Lucky!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Spread the word! Tell all of your friends and family. LUCKY MAGAZINE is hosting the ultimate shopping event. LUCKY SHOPS is open and selling tickets TODAY!

BIG DESIGNERS. BIG DEALS (up to 70% off!). ALICE by Temperley, Botkier, Diane von Furstenberg, Charlotte Ronson, Jodi Arnold, Lee Angel, Milly, Rebecca Minkoff, Rebecca Taylor, Shoshanna, Trina Turk,Vena Caval, and more. NEW inventory all day, every day!
Plus, cocktails, giveaways, music, and much more.

Tickets on sale NOW at

Halloween in NYC ...

Sunday, October 31, 2010
In New York, Halloween is a big deal. Everyone gets dressed up and when we go out to party, we party. I went out for two nights and wore two costumes. The peacock was my favorite. I purchased a blue/green corset from a local store and glued the peacock feathers on it (thanks Karima!). I also did a very dramatic peacock inspired makeup look. I was going to get my makeup done at MAC but decided not to when I realized they were charging $50 dollars. Never fear, believe in yourself, I went to Sephora, and got this (click here) beauty in a box peacock set for a steal $10 bucks!

Jonesy as Minnie Mouse

Karima as Josephine Baker

Lindsay Lohan, Eve (without Adam), and Minnie

Happy Friday - Funny Video Post

Friday, October 29, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010
We've entered my little cousin into the Gap Casting Call contest. Doesn't his face say

GAP COMMERCIAL? I think so, hehehe. I'd love if you could all support me by voting for him.

His contestant ID #'s are: 976701 & 980042 Vote for my little cousin by entering the contestant ID numbers in the top right corner at

Thanks for the support!

Here is a cute video I did with him over the summer! Check it out.

what not to wear

Monday, October 18, 2010
Yesterday I had a funny conversation with my friend Karima "Reems" online ....

Reems: this guy at my job is wearing a red shirt with beige pants
u look like u work at TARGET
Jonesy: LOL
yooo no joke
one day i wore a blue shirt and a khaki skirt
and then i got to work
and i was like omg
i look like best buy
Karima: LMAO
Jonesy: so i wore a sweater ALL day!
Karima: stop
Jonesy: it looked cute at home
i went into the bathroom
and i looked in the mirror and said oh em gee
i look like i work at best buy
Reems: one time i was in bed bath and beyond and a guy was wearing the color uniforms
Jonesy: LOL and u asked for help?
Reems: yea
and he was like ummm
i dont work here
Jonesy: im holding in my laughter
Reems: and i was like ohh
Jonesy: LOL
i have tears
Reems: well why u got the uniform on man!
Jonesy: i cant

This conversation had me thinking how easily someone could accidently dress like a store employee and not even realize it. How many men have you seen at a party with black pants, a white buttoned down shirt (sometimes a vest) and black tie, and wondered if they were the waiter? One of the most embarrasing things that can happen is accidently asking someone for help in a store to find out that they are just a customer like you. We've all thought this in our heads while shopping "Does she work here?" or have said "Excuse me, do you work here?"when we weren't sure.

Make no mistake, you should avoid the following color combinations . . .

I know what you are thinking, I'd never wear this outfit. Okay maybe you wouldn't wear this exact outfit above, but its quite easy to take these two colors like I did, and not even realize that you became an honorary Best Buy employee. I bought this really cute royal blue shirt from H&M and paired it with a cute skirt not even realizing how the two colors could instantly remind someone of Best Buy. Luckily i wasn't wearing yellow anywhere in that day.

I've actually seem this combo out a lot believe it or not. Women all the time buy camel colored pants and pair it with a red top, the trick is to go with a different red so its not as noticiable. Whatever you do, should you decide to wear this combo, make sure you avoid entering a target or don't be shocked when someone asks for help.

word on the street ...

If you watch Gossip Girl and love the style of Serena and Blair, you can thank Eric Daman.
Now, with the help of Charlotte Russe, Eric has made it that much easier for us to turn into our own Gossip Girl.

Daman, has been the head stylist for "Gossip Girl" since its started, and word on the street is that he has teamed up with the retail giant Charlotte Russe to design a collection of party dresses and accessories.

The thing we all love about Charlotte Russe is the affordable pricing, every dress in Daman’s line is said to be under $50.

Everything will be available in Charlotte Russe stores and on starting NEXT WEEK! Get your gossip on girl and spread the word! Log on to the site now CLICK HERE to enter in a contest for the chance to win a styling session with Eric.
Check out this interview Eric did with the CW about his experience styling on the show

Happy Shopping!

Cut It Out

Friday, October 15, 2010
Rihanna was spotted in Paris wearing this cute cut out sweater. This ALTUZARRA FW 10 'Jack' Keyhole Sweater was created by designer, Joseph Altuzarra, who is based in New York and Paris. CLICK HERE to check out his website.

Check out some more affordable versions:

Lanvin for H&M - Where are the clothes?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

LANVIN for H&M, the collaboration everyone is waiting to see! GREAT NEWS, we’ll be able to check it out on November 2nd in a public online video that is set to go up. In the meantime, H&M has been busy at work teasing us with excitement posting different videos. Check out model Natasha Poly on the campaign shoot! How excited are you?

In case you missed it, check out Lanvin’s Autumn/Winter 2010-11 collection: CLICK HERE

Old Navy Fall Fashion Spotlight

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

New York has had some odd weather these last few weeks. One moment it’s sunny and warm, the next it’s cold and rainy. Whether we like it or not, Fall is here.

Old Navy has some great items for you this season. Here are my top picks! I love wearing different types of coats for the Fall. One coat a bit more dressy and another one that is a bit more casual. I always have a hooded and non hooded jacket as well. I love hats!! Love them and I own a lot. I especially like slouchy hats in bright colors. This beautiful blue dress is a great color, and you can wear it with tights and cute booties. Happy Shopping!

1. Women's Wool-Blend Trench Coats, $99.50
2. Women's 3/4-Sleeve Ruffled Dresses $29.50
3. Women's Faux-Fur Trim Utility Jackets $59.50
4. Women's Slouchy Cable-Knit Beanies $9.50
Women's Cable-Knit Scarves $12.50


Thursday, October 7, 2010
Sorry, I've been away for a little bit. It's been a BUSY month with my new job, my friends wedding, and a bunch of other things going on. I'm glad to be back and look forward to giving you new and fun posts!
My friend Danielle got married last week and we had a wonderful time. Check out the beautiful bride on her wedding day. Thanks to everyone who sent hair advice, first dance songs and decoration tips!

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