Orlando is known as one of the top travel destinations with many theme parks that tourists come from all over the world to visit. Orlando has been nicknamed, “The City Beautiful”, which is only fitting since every year it hosts the first Makeup Show of the year, where some of the most amazing hairstylists, makeup, FX and body artists in the world attend. This is a must go to event for anyone within the beauty, or fashion industry.
My cousin, who is part of the Paul Mitchell school, was super sweet and decided to take me to The Makeup Show for my Birthday!! Then this week, I was lucky enough to interview The Makeup Show owner, Shelly Taggar, and get some questions answered for anyone looking to attend the show, or for any beauty students & professionals.
Shelly Taggar
“Shelly Taggar, co-founded The Makeup Show, and created a place for beauty industry insiders to learn, network and explore beauty brands and categories. In 10 years she took The Makeup Show, along with her team to 6 cities around the globe and continues to grow the brand around the world. Shelly graduated from The School of Visual Art with a B.A. in fine art, and graphic design.” – Makeup Show
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire” – William Butler Yeats
The Makeup Show Orlando
1. How did you decide to start the makeup show?
12 years ago I was doing research and realized there were only hair shows, but no makeup shows. The only places for makeup brands were in large hair shows and those were normally only the largest brands which seem to get lost in the show. There are more than 5000 beauty brands, so we started a small boutique show the first year and it was a huge success. Since then we kept expanding and are now in 5 different cities every year.
2. What makes this show unique from other makeup shows?
We very much structure this as a boutique event, and pick and choose brands. Not any brand can be a part of the show, but make sure a good selection from each category will be available and look at what brands artists want to stock in their kits. We focus on education and special events surrounding the show. Plus when you are networking with brands at the show you are speaking with the head executives and can make great relationships.
The Makeup Show
3. What are the benefits of going to the show and what can people expect to learn while there?
You can expect to learn about all the new trends from the brands, any new product launches, and have the opportunity to participate in many different classes based on different artistic fields.
The Makeup Show
6. How do you choose the instructors for the classes and what makes one class worth more than another?
All classes are taught by our Makeup Show artists, or taught by the brand themselves if they choose to do a workshop. The pricing varies for the classes because of the class length and what you will get out of it. For example there are two types of hands on classes. One is all day long which is $300, one is 3-4 hours and is $175, and then there is more of a non hands on educational workshop which is only $20. However, we have a lot of free floor seminars and keynote forums.
The Makeup Show
4. Do you have any suggestions on continuing education for students who already completed their basic schooling and are licensed?
Don’t trust just looking online to continue your education. Make sure you are taking classes from trusted professionals which would be through The Makeup Show, or other trade shows. Within our show there are always education opportunities, and take a class based on where you want to work because this will advance you in your field. The more classes you attend the more you will learn and you really need to take yearly classes to keep up with all the trends and techniques.
5. What would your number one piece of advice be to cosmetology students, or new graduates?
Network its all about meeting people. Go to everything you can because you never know who you will meet and what kind of connections you will make, which will help you advance your career.
5. What are the three most used items in your makeup bag?
I don’t really wear much makeup, but one product I use all the time is Embryolisse Lait-Crème which is a face cream. My brushes are from Crown Brush, and I use a little bit of lip product from either Smashbox Cosmetics, or MAKE UP FOR EVER.
  • Shelly says wear comfortable shoes! The floor is carpeted, but it’s a large event and if you want to see everything, then you will be doing plenty of walking.
  • Plan your day according to the schedule listed online. There are a lot of seminars and workshops going on at the same time, so you will need to pick and choose what you want to see more. You will be given a floor layout when you arrive at the show. Plus, if you commit to a seminar you need to not leave it early to go off to something else. Sit through the entire speaker because its very rude to walk out on someone.
  • Bring your business cards and some cash. All vendors will take both cash and charge, however the lines are going to be so busy and if you want to buy from many different vendors, then having cash will get you through the lines faster. Also, the business cards go back to what Shelly said in the interview about networking. You never know who you will meet and the event is so faced paced…you don’t want to be trying to write down your contact info for someone.

I hope to see you at The Makeup Show!! I will be attending the show on Sunday, March 19th.


Disclaimer: The Makeup Show Orlando is only open to professionals working or studying in the beauty, or fashion industries. Along with your ticket confirmation you will need to show professional credentials at the door. Credentials can be: a business card, comp card, call sheet, tear sheet, student ID, enrollment papers to a beauty school, professional license, work ID or pay stub from a beauty related business.

*All photos are from The Makeup Show.

Nikki Arnold



Before winter fully set in we decided to take a short family trip to the beach. I decided Longboat Key in Sarasota would be a fabulous place to visit for a three day weekend, since it’s world famous and said to be one of the most beautiful beaches. It surely did live up to the hype, so I thought I would share my travel experience with all of you so you can see how wonderful The Resort at Longboat Key Club is for yourselves!

The Resort at Longboat Key Club is a breathtaking family-friendly luxurious beach vacation resort with 410 acres of lush landscaping, adjoined by 2 golf courses and a 9-mile path perfect for taking that romantic walk, or biking and taking in the scenery. Umm did I mention tennis? This is what got me the most excited because my whole family can enjoy that together. There are 20 courts, so if you enjoy this sport, you will have found heaven here! There are year round kids activities through Camp Loggerhead which means you can go get some adult time in at the pool, or spa while the kids are well occupied. A perfect staycation is just a drive away if you are a Florida local like myself. If you aren’t, it’s so simple to fly into a nearby airport and head on over for a wonderful trip.


I seriously feel like summer never ends whenever I set foot onto a Sarasota beach. With an average year round temperature of 75 degrees its a place you can go visit year round. There are so many things to do on the beach from lounging in chairs, or a cabana, to water activities. My kids really loved the pedalboards that were out on the beach and wore themselves out going up and down the strip of water in front of the resort.

Resort at Longboat Key Club Resort at Longboat Key Club

I also loved how there was very little waves, so we could enjoy wading in the water peacefully. The possibilities at the pool and beach are endless. Order a drink from the endless supply of waiters, play in the water, soak in the hot tub, take a stroll along the sand, or watch the wildlife. The sunset is beautiful along this stretch of beach as well!! You really could spend the entire time just soaking up the sun at the beach, but there are so many great activities that the Resort at Longboat Key offers.

Resort at Longboat Key

*Photography courtesy of The Resort at Longboat Key Club

Resort at Longboat Key Club Resort at Longboat Key Club Resort at Longboat Key Club

Swimsuit / Cover-up / Sunglasses / Sandals / Hat


When I go on vacation as a family I want to go somewhere that is also going to have things to entertain my children. I love spending time with them, but its also nice to get that date night dinner and know that your kids are being well taken care of and having fun with friends while you get a bit of relaxation. Unfortunately we missed the Sea Turtle nesting, but there were quite a few activities for watching wildlife, exploring, and learning a bit more about nature. I feel like the kids got to not only have fun, but received something educational out of it. They also have more intensive camps during the summer that include tennis, golf, and other sport activities.

The Resort at Longboat Key Club

*Photography courtesy of The Resort at Longboat Key Club


I did a major happy dance when I not only saw the tennis courts, but the café and shop. This is like it’s own resort in itself and boy did we have a good day there. We had no problem securing a couple of courts for the 6 of us and could rotate who was playing who. We could have even stayed there well into the evening since a quarter of their courts are lighted for playing at night. We didn’t take any lessons while we were there, but if we had been there for a week it definitely would have been in the game plan. There are water fountains all over and towels provided, so you really don’t have to worry about bringing much along. The Resort at Longboat Key Club is recognized as the #1 tennis resort in Florida, so if tennis is your jam, then this resort will surely leave you with lasting memories.

The Resort at Longboat Key Club

*Photography courtesy of The Resort at Longboat Key Club


The Resort at Longboat Key golf course has been consistently ranked as one of the country’s finest courses. It has also earned the “Best Places to Play” award from Golf Digest, and with 45 holes, it is a golf lovers dream. After you are done either improving your game with a lesson by an experienced PGA pro, or have completed a round on either one of the two sets of links, you can unwind at Spike ‘n Tees for cocktails and lunch. We didn’t play a round this trip, but my family is a group of avid golfers and would take advantage of this on a longer vacation.

*Video courtesy of The Resort at Longboat Key Club


I didn’t check out the spa on this trip, because we just had too many other things going on. However, on my next visit I will definitely be going and getting a massage, or mani/pedi. This is a great activity to do if you are there with your girlfriends, part of a bridal party, or if you want to be romantic and get a couples massage. They have different specials going on every month, so I would check that out before you visit. The wellness programs really intrigued me as well since they have quite a few options such as stress relief, better sleep, and balanced nutrition. You can not only physically relax, but mentally relax as well.


Resort at Longboat Key Club Resort at Longboat Key Club

I loved waking up every morning to a delicious room service breakfast that I could eat on my balcony over looking the ocean. It was so peaceful and relaxing. With the variety on the menu, you could really eat all three meals in your room if you really wanted to. I didn’t though haha, especially since I wanted to take advantage of trying out one, or more of the 6 other restaurants on site. They have it all from casual to elegant. My favorite dish was the Ratatouille that I ate at their upscale American style cuisine restaurant. Then one night we tried out the Portofino which is located on the marina with an outdoor Mediterranean terrace and Northern Italian dishes. This definitely felt like a journey to Italy.

The cocktail list was extensive between the craft cocktails and wines at the restaurants to the delicious frozen drinks at the pool and the beach. I definitely drank many Pina Coladas and my kids really enjoyed getting virgin frozen drinks after being in the hot sun. Everything we needed was only steps away from our room.

Resort at Longboat Key Club


There is some shopping on site at The Resort at Longboat Key. They have basic toiletries and beach items, plus a shop that boasts swimwear, golf attire, and tennis outfits. There is also an amazing tennis selection at the Tennis Pro shop!! My mother in law ended up purchasing me a gorgeous tennis bag that we saw there for Christmas.

Resort at Longboat Key Club

Dress/ Shoes / Clutch / Earrings

Five minutes away though is the renowned St. Armand’s Circle. This is the place to eat and shop till you drop. Tommy Bahama, Lilly Pulitzer, Everything But Water, and boutiques that carried designer items such as Trina Turk are just a few of the places you can find there. My favorite place was this really cool spice and tea shop called The Spice & Tea Exchange. There is also some great nightlife spots in St. Armand’s. We went to a Restaurant called 15 South who in the evening, turns the upstairs into a night club with a live band. We had so much fun dancing to live salsa music and the drink prices weren’t bad either. Then we went over to Daiquiri Deck and tried their strong frozen drinks which came in soooo many flavors. My favorite was the banana daiquiri, and I’m not sure if I will find another one as good as that, because goodness knows I have tried. So, I know I will make my way back over there just for that!!

 All in all it was a fabulously fun filled weekend. I wish we could have stayed longer, but we had to get back to work and life. I plan on going back next year though again!!

Resort at Longboat Key Club

Swimsuit – Victoria’s Secret

Peace out Resort at Longboat Key…you were a blast!!


Resort at Longboat Key Club


At the end of the summer we spent a week in Jackson Hole. We stayed in a beautiful home above the Four Seasons in Teton Village. There was so much to do while we were there, but these are the top ten things I reccommend to do while visiting Jackson Hole.

Top / Jeans / Boots / Hat

HIKING is the top activity in Jackson Hole. During our time there my favorite two places we hiked were  Jenny Lake and and Leigh Lake. These were both fairly easy hikes and mostly flat terrain around lakes. The scenery is beautiful and at Jenny Lake you can hike half way, and then take a boat ride back across the lake to where you park. However, if you are going to hike Jenny Lake you need to get there early because it gets packed very quickly and sometimes you could end up having to park two miles from the park entrance, making your hike even longer than planned for the day.

THE FOUR SEASONS is a great hang out spot in the Teton Village. Whether you want to unwind after a hike in the afternoon, or stop in for a beer and a late night snack, The Handle Bar has a new local beer special every day and they have the most delicious wings with a homemade buttermilk blue cheese dressing.

HORSEBACK RIDING is a fun activity to do with a group. You get to travel through the mountainside along a much more difficult trail than you would take hiking and the views are spectacular. The trail guides are very informative about the town and wildlife.

Teton Village Trail Rides

Jacket / T-Shirt / Jeans / Boots

A HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE is best done in the morning. It may be an early day, but watching the sun rise over the mountains and having the crisp air as your cuddled into the basket is a wonderful experience. Surprisingly enough, it wasn’t scary at all. You simply feel like you are floating and it was very safe. The guides tell you all about the history of the ranches around and point out the mountains and wildlife. Then they end it with a champagne toast!!! I love my bubbly in the morning!

Teton Balloon Flights

TWO STEP DANCING is something you will find at every bar with a dance floor in Jackson Hole. We decided to check out The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar because they give a dance lesson once a week and none of us knew how to two step. It was so much fun even if you don’t know what you’re doing, or just want to watch the other people dancing.

Jacket / Dress / Hat / Boots

Purse / Earrings / Necklace / Ring

WHITEWATER RAFTING is a great activity for the adventure seekers. There are different levels of difficulty for you to choose between, that way if you are a first timer you can start out with an easier ride. I will let you know that you will be working the majority of your trip in order to stay in your boat down the rapids. You row right through everything and your guide pretty much just talks you through it. It was very cold but such a laugh. Our photo was taken by Elevation Imaging.

Barker-Ewing Whitewater Rafting 

A BREWERY TOUR is a really fun afternoon experience so that you can not only taste different local brews, but they take you through the whole process of how they create the different beers and the type of ingredients they specifically use. We went to the Snake River Brewery which not only makes their own beers, but has some really amazing food as well. You can either give yourself a self guided tour there, or they have free guided tours on certain afternoons.

SNOW KING MOUNTAIN is a must if you are visiting with children. There are many different activities you can do there, hiking, a scenic chairlift, the bungee trampoline, paragliding, a treetop climbing adventure, the alpine slide, and the cowboy coaster. You can buy a day pass to get unlimited rides and uses of the different activities, but we just stayed for a couple hours a purchased tickets individually. My son really loved the bungee trampoline the most, which they also have one in Teton Village.

THE AERIAL TRAM gives you a great view of the valley and the mountainside. We rode it to the top of the mountain over Teton Village and then enjoyed a coffee with liquor and some of the best waffles I’ve ever had while taking some gorgeous photos and hunting for interesting rocks.

PERSEPHONE BAKERY is definitely my favorite place to eat at in Jackson Hole. The wait is always long and they are so busy you must bus your own table, but I am telling you it is worth it. They have an amazing Panzanella salad, Schnitzelwich sandwich, and a very creative Sparkling Rose Sangria. The desserts are to die for and they make their own fresh bread there every day. If a place can be quaint yet fancy, Persephone is.

I hope if you are taking a trip to Jackson Hole during the summer, or fall, that these suggestions help you make the most of your time there.