Foodie Friday – Oasis Mediterranean Deli & Grill in Cocoa, Florida 

Oasis is right on US1 in Cocoa near the Village.

513 South Cocoa Blvd. 321-433-9991

Salam & Ziad Abudallo are the owners.

I got the falafel pita wrap and he asked me the golden question that wins my heart every time: Do you want that spicy? Of course! It was delicious! I love that you can also purchase some grocery items that you cannot always find at your regular grocery store. I brought it in for the salon staff to try and they are now hooked. The falafel is a great option for vegetarians but they also have lamb and chicken if you don’t want to go meatless. 

  

I brought the other half of my meal to the salon for everyone to try and they were incredibly impressed.

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Beautiful Thursday: What to Consider when Choosing an Updo

Weddings, Proms, Homecomings, Social Events…there are so many events that come up where you may be in need of a beautiful coiffed style. Oftentimes, my clients will bring pictures of what they want,which is incredibly helpful and welcomed. However, there are some important factors that many people do not consider ahead of time and are sorely disappointed when “dream hair” does not turn out what they expected.

Here are some important considerations when pulling together a Pinterest look book of option for your stylist.

Color

Yes, a brunette can wear the same updo  as a blonde or ginger but you won’t see the details in pictures. When looking at pictures of updos decide if it’s the shape or the detail that excites you. Typically a picture of a blonde will showcase the beautiful details in the creation where in darker brunette a, it’s all about the shape. Don’t believe me? Look back at old prom pictures and compare the blondes from the brunette a. If the brunette did a style that focused on details the chances are those details, though visible, did not pop like the blonde.

A blonde an brunette. Same style, different results

A blonde an brunette. Same style, different results

Does this mean brunette a can’t have details? Of course not! Just make sure the shape is the wow factor.

Clothing

What are you wearing?

It’s one of the first questions I ask my clients when they sit in my chair. This can be a deciding factor on up, down, vintage or modern. For instance, when wearing a dress with one shoulder and you want an asymmetric updo, which side do you put the heavy side? If your stylist doesn’t know wear the straps are, you may look very heavy on one side. Or, if you chose a bridal gown because you think the back of it is gloriously detailed, you’ll want to make sure you style your hair up to show it off. Keep these factors in mind both when choosing a hairstyle but your dress as well!

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Extensions, Extension, Extensions…

I can do amazing things with hair. Really. But I cannot give you Taylor Swifts hair. She’s got more hair than the average girl so if you want your hair to have that fullness, you may need extensions. Clip ins work. Preferably real hair because the synthetic kind can not have heat on it. Expect the price to be a minimum of $100 to buy those bad boys but on the plus side, you get to keep them!

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She had surprised me on the photoshoot with her hair all cut off….extensions save the day!!!

Veils, Tiaras and Adornments! Oh My!

If a stylist does not know what you are wearing on your head, we cannot make proper space for it in our creation. Even if you are planning on putting a simple clip in your hair, a stylist should do it. Why? Because once we’ve constructed your hairstyle and lacquered it with hairspray you cannot muss with it. Besides, wouldn’t you want there to be no unsightly pins or elastic showing? That’s our job.

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You are not Kim Kardashian. You are : fill in the blank.

When you show me a picture of a celebrity updo, I will take it as inspiration to make the best possible you…not said celebrity.

Why?

Because a kabillion other women are showing that same picture to THEIR stylists. Each client is an individual. My job is to highlight that and make it uniquely and authentically YOU. I mean, why have cookie cutter hair when you can have couture?

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Still some detail in her updo but we focused on how the shape would go with her dress.

Tell us your experiences with getting your hair done and how you felt about it. We want to hear!

Wanderlust Wednesday – Brevard Birds Eye View 

 I am fortunate enough to have great friends and awesome connections. I got to fly in an airplane above the ocean and most of Brevard county. It was breathtaking. I am itching to go again! 
Cocoa Village and 520 view  

 
The Atlantic Ocean

   
Above the sea

 
Dave, the lovely pilot and tour guide. 

   
Taking off!

 
Cocoa, Florida water tower

  

A New Yorker in Florida: Top 5 Things that are Surprising to the NY transplant

In NY, particularly on Long Island, it is very common to hear neighbors and friend defecting to the Sunshine State.

“Geez, I can’t take this cold anymore! And my taxes are, like, 16k on my friggin’ house. I can’t take it! I’m soooo moving to Florida.”

Being a popular vacation destination for my fellow New Yorkers it would seem natural to want to live in the paradise that we visit a couple times a year.

Well, about a year ago, my family and I moved to Florida from Long Island, NY which was not a decision we took lightly. The winters had become too harsh and with the cost of living was going up exponentially, so we decided to cut the cord from our Motherland and become Floridians. Aside from the obvious changes, such as climate, we knew that our lifestyle would be altered drastically but there were a few changes that were surprising to this hardcore New Yorker.

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The speed is much slower.

Yes, this seems obvious but it’s far more jolting than what you imagine. On Long Island at least, there is an ever present urgency to get things done that I wasn’t aware existed in my day to day life until I moved here. Deadlines, schedules, and specific goals were always present which made everything from driving through traffic to grocery shopping a “gotta go, go, go” mindset.

Was I aware of it? Nooooo. When you’re living in a constant state of urgency you really are not aware that the rest of the world doesn’t roll that way. In Florida, it gets done when it gets done. Though I’m sure there’s exceptions,  for the most part, there’s not a whole lot of rushing around to get things done. It took several months to take things down a notch and even then, I’m still “that intense New Yorker”.

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Cookie Cutter Houses and HOA’s. 

I come from an area where the houses are often unique and personalized. You can have a Tutor home next to a Victorian and down the block a basic Cape. Each of them with their own personality that the family chooses to decorate with. Though there are some areas that have  their unique styles (see Cocoa Village) most areas are developments that have near identical houses with very few adornments to separate one house from another. This is often due to Home Owner Association (HOAs) that keep a certain standard so that property values stay consistent.

At first, this seemed very attractive. When you have lived next to a house that had an obsession with collecting beer and soda cans on the side of the house that left a certain aroma on hot summer days, yeah, an HOA would handle that.

However, as time passed, I can’t help but feel like I have been homogenized and sanitized to the point that I want to throw some funky colored paint on my house, put up a Gothic fence and a coffin mailbox just to stand out a little….or a lot. So get accustomed to accidentally pulling up to your neighbors identical house a few times or find areas that are pre-HOA. image

Photo credit to David Daniels

Photo credit to David Daniels

 

The Beaches are INSANE! 

I grew up on an island so living near the water seems necessary. Granted, I NEVER went to Jones Beach. The endless and expensive  parking lots, the loooong walk to the actual beach (through a smelly dank tunnel), then trying to find a spot that isn’t too close to the overflowing garbage cans….nope. Never appealed to me. Now I live a short trip to Cocoa Beach area. The parking is easy, inexpensive and is within steps of the beach. The walkway onto the beach is like a oasis of exotic plants. Each time I go, I use a different entry and they are all magical. The beach is so CLEAN yet mysteriously, there are no garbage cans in sight….apparently the locals take their beaches seriously. They leave nothing behind or volunteer to clean up regularly. I have gone to the beach about 2 dozen times since moving here a year ago, which is probably more than my entire life on Long Island.

In Florida for a year and I still can't get away from the black.

In Florida for a year and I still can’t get away from the black.

People don’t wear a lot of black.

 I know, it’s cliche but my entire wardrobe was black when I got here. This is partially because I’m a hairstylist and it’s what we wear but it’s also because I’m from Long Island. It’s a staple to our wardrobe and we have no idea how much black you really wear until you are walking around in the blazing sun. It’s a problem that I am working on. I think I have 5 items of clothing that have color now.

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Floridians are crazy friendly. 

Hey, New Yorkers have their own brand of friendly. Typically a little more formal and reserved, and only when absolutely necessary  but, yeah, we’re nice people, damn it! But here, it’s a whole different level of friendliness that, at first, I felt slightly off balanced. For instance, I go for a walk around my neighborhood, anyone who you cross, whether they are mowing their lawn, driving by or even just picking up their mail, they stop what they are doing and either wave or say hello.

No….I mean, EVERYBODY. It’s weird.

My friend came to visit from NY and we went for a walk. Every time we passed someone they said hello. He would stop talking, give them a suspicious look and say “Do you know them? Why are they saying hello?  Do they want something? Maybe we should avert our eyes” .

It’s not that we don’t like friendliness,  it’s just an adjustment. A lovely one but going back to #1, we are an intense breed of people and are typically too busy in our heads to say hello to every person who walks by.

 

I do have some honorable mentions because I can assure you there are more than 5 things that take some getting use to.

The skyline/sky…the sky should have it’s own show. Always changing and just so BIG with nothing impeding it’s view.

Flip Flops. It’s required so get a pedi and get use to your piggy a being free

Publix. One of the greatest grocery stores EVER.

Pop Up Neighborhoods. Just when you think you’ve gotten use to the lay of the land, a new neighborhood was built with a coordinated town square. Weird.

 

Music Monday – Breakup Mix

  It’s Monday. I’m not feeling it. I am dedicating a playlist to those of you who are going through a breakup. Music always helps me heal. I have been single for about 8 months, so I did not just go through a fresh break up. I am living the single life and am fairly content most of the time. I just felt like being an asshole and making a breakup playlist, also because I seem to be a pro at failed relationships. Enjoy. 

Disclaimer: I made this playlist prior to the consumption of caffeine, which is when my soul at it’s darkest. Had I made this list post caffeine, I would have made my mix about rainbows and shit. 

1) Death Cab For Cutie: Your New Twin Sized Bed Listen

You look so defeated there lying in your new twin size bed. With a single pillow underneath your single head. I guess you decided that that old queen was more space than you would need. Now it’s in the alley behind your apartment with a sign that says it’s free.

2) Cold War Kids: First Listen

Cheated and lied, broken so bad. You made a vow, never get mad. You play the game, though it’s unfair They’re all the same, who can compare?

3) Tegan and Sara: Where Does The Good Go Listen 

“Where do you go with your broken heart in tow? What do you do with the left over you? And how do you know, when to let go?”

4) Old 97s: Valentine Listen

Heartbreak, old friend, goodbye it’s me again – Of late, I’ve had some thought of movin’ in – Of all the many ways a man will lose his home – Well, there ain’t none better than the girl who’s movin’ on.

5) Elliott Smith: Somebody That I Used To Know Listen

I know you don’t think you did me wrong – And I can’t stay this mad for long – Keeping ahold of what you just let go – You’re just somebody that I used to know.

6) Trampled By Turtles: Drinkin’ In The Morning Listen

It’s comin’ home to you But still you’re gone –  When I get home – You’re runnin’ down town again. And girl I’m lonesome – Like the whistle On a Sunday mornin’ train

7) The Clash: Train In Vain Listen

When we were close – I’ll remember these things the most – I see all my dreams come tumbling down – I won’t be happy without you around

8) Owen: The Ghost of What Should’ve Been Listen

What I wouldn’t do to be a ghost like you, to be somewhere new. To leave everything, The way you left everything that reminded you of me.

9) Morrissey: You Have Killed Me Listen

As I live and breath, You have killed me, You have Killed me. Yes I walk around somehow, But you have killed me. There is no point in saying this again, But I forgive you.

10) The Descendants: Pep Talk Listen

It’s not the end of the world Since your baby left you – It’s gonna be okay – You don’t need her anyway.

11) The Coral: Dreaming of You Listen

Up in my lonely room – When I’m dreaming of you – Oh, what can I do? I still need you, but I don’t want you now.

12) The Cure: Pictures of You Listen

If only I’dthought of the right words, I could have held on to your heart. If only I’d thought of the right words I wouldn’t be breaking apart all my pictures of you.  

13) Sia: Elastic Heart Listen

And another one bites the dust. But why can I not conquer love? And I might’ve though that we were one. Why not fight this war without weapons? And I want it and I wanted it bad. But there were so many red flags. Now another one bites the dust – And let’s be clear, I trust no one

14) The Avett Brothers: Do You Love Him? Listen

I do love you, I do feel you, Each day and night – But I can’t tell right from wrong, or fear from insight. But you always knew everything and that is what is clear. Do you love him? Do you love him? Do you love him, my dear?

15) Greg Laswell: Comes and Goes (In Waves) Listen

This one’s for the lonely, the one’s that seek and find – Only to be let down time after time. This one’s for the torn down, the experts at the fall.!Come on friends, get up now, you’re not alone at all

Pub Americana 

Pub Americana is a new establishment located in Cocoa Village where Ryan’s Pizza was previously located. It has a large menu with delicious selections and a very relaxing atmosphere and welcoming staff. I loved their goat cheese burger. The drinks were classic with a modern spin. I am very excited to have another place to visit here in the village. 
  
Village Mule: Menage a Trios Vodka, Royal Jamacian Ginger Beer, fresh lime juice and fresh mint. 
  
Margherita Pizzette: Fresh Mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic cream sauce.

  
Goat Cheese Burgers: Goat cheese, caramelized onions, provolone and lemon honey aoli. 

  
Mediterranean Dip: Spinach, artichoke, parmigiano, tomatoes and spice.  

  

Bahn Mi: Homemade pulled pork, pickled daikon, pickled carrots, jalapeños, cilantro and sriracha-honey aoili. 

  
Aegean Pizzetta: Kalamata olives, artichokes, fresh arugula, goat cheese, tomatoes and homemade white sauce.

  
Arturo Alici the chef who created the menu. 

  
Napoliana Floridiana: Crabmeat tossed in home early romulade, layered with avocado and mano on a crustino.