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WIN a Just Dance Roanoke Membership!

24 Days of Prizes: DAY THREE!


Get the New Year started off right with a fabulous prize from the even more fabulous Just Dance Roanoke! Today we’re giving away one free month to one lucky winner and a friend!!!! So you can dance your heart out with your BFF all month long.

Visit our Facebook page for details on how to win! Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the December issue for more information on all of the fantastic prizes you can win this month!

WIN Dave Stryker Organ Trio tickets!

24 Days of Prizes: DAY TWO!

stykerBella Magazine is giving away two tickets to see the Dave Stryker Organ Trio on Friday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke. This show is SOLD OUT and we are so excited to offer an opportunity to see this amazing jazz musician to one lucky couple!

Visit our Facebook page for details on how to win! Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the December issue for more information on all of the fantastic prizes you can win this month!

WIN Holiday Pops Tickets from RSO!

christmas24 Days of Prizes: DAY ONE

We are giving away two Roanoke Symphony Orchestra tickets to Holiday Pops: Home for the Holidays! This show gets bigger every year. With over 200 singers, star Soprano Ariana Wyatt, full orchestra conducted by Maestro Wiley, and a history of huge audiences, we hope you’ll choose to be a part of the RSO’s holiday concert tradition! Event is this Friday, December 5th!

Visit our Facebook page for details on how to win! Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the December issue for more information on all of the fantastic prizes you can win this month!

Macarons: The Trendy Dessert

Silpat_Macaron Kit open copyMacarons are French-based, delightful confections that add personality to any party. They come in a variety of flavors. The most common include raspberry, vanilla, lemon, coconut, and chocolate. However, recipes exist to create hundreds of combinations.

Consisting of two meringue-based layers stuffed with a jam, cream, or ganache, these desserts are in high demand. In their original form, macarons are gluten-free. For those of us not gifted in the kitchen, many bakeries and boutiques sell them year-round. They are also becoming easier to find in the freezer aisles of grocery stores.

With a little food coloring, you can make these dainty creations complement your decor. They also make an excellent gift (whether you buy them or spend time making them yourself). Replace messy cupcakes with macarons this year. Your guests will appreciate how easy they are to consume without leaving crumbs everywhere and you will love the tasteful contribution they make to the appearance of your party.
If you are feeling adventurous, try this recipe, from Chef Francois Payard, for a vanilla macaron shell with vanilla ganache:

Vanilla Shells:
2000 grams sugar
600 grams water
650 grams egg whites
2250 grams confectioners sugar
2000 grams almond powder
800 grams egg whites

Combine confectioners sugar, almond powder, egg whites and mix with a paddle attachment.
In a separate bowl, begin to whip egg whites on the 2nd speed. After, bring sugar and water to boil until mixture reaches 121C. Increase the speed on the egg whites to the 4th speed for 1-2 minutes.
Pour sugar water mixture over the egg whites and continue to mix on the 4th speed for 6 minutes (50-60C after mixing).
Once the second mixture has reached 50C, add the first mixture to it. Fully combine mixture by hand for semi firm/fluffy texture.
Pipe out macarons and let them sit out so skin forms on top.
Preheat oven to 180C, put macarons in the oven to bake and drop the temperature to 148C for 12 minutes.
Remove and let cool.


Vanilla Ganache
9 ounces white chocolate, chopped
¾ cup heavy cream
1 vanilla bean, scraped

Place the white chocolate in a metal bowl.
Bring the heavy cream and vanilla to a boil
Pour hot cream over the chocolate and whisk until smooth
Let ganache cool for at least two hours or overnight


To finish macarons:
Pipe ganache onto the flat side of one of she shells.
Place a second shell, flat side down, on top like a sandwich.


Visit www.mrmacaron.com for more recipes and stay tuned to our Facebook page for your chance to win a Silpat Macaron Kit!

Holiday Gift Idea: MapIsArt.com

tray1Looking for a special gift that will let someone know how much they mean to you this year? Personalize an item from Map Is Art!

Use the location of your first date, a happy childhood moment, or even your current address to create a unique design that your loved one will treasure for years to come!

We chose 1 Market St, SE/Roanoke, VA 24011 for this gorgeous tray. Stay tuned to our Facebook page in the next few days for your chance to win it!

An Art Lover’s Pillow

graffity-F_low_largeBKing Designs was born from photos taken by Australian artist, Bridgit King, and her daughter, Katie. Although they live miles apart, the mother and daughter have been able to share their experiences through unique photos that show their individual interpretations of the world around them.

One of our favorites, Graffiti, was captured in New York City. The photographer describes, “An exquisite piece I came upon in the backstreets of West Village – she struck me with her beauty. Her tranquility, a virtual impossibility in the Big Apple. Her creator unknown to me, making her even more enthralling – a simple and humble icon.”

BKing Designs offers a wide variety of pillows– each one with a unique photo. Browse through their entire collection and choose a gift that the recipient will remember for years to come.

Visit our Facebook page for a chance to win one of your own!

Pick up the November issue of Bella while you still can! There are many more great gift ideas in our Holiday Gift Guide!

Keep your skin hydrated and healthy!

Many of us will be spending a lot of time by the water this summer. Whether you are enjoying a trip to a local body of water, or traveling to a beach, it is important to take very good care of your skin.

Mud_jpgFind a good “go-to” product that adds moisture. We like Miracle Skin Transformer Miracle Revival Mud. The thick mud mask improves hydration, firmness, and clarity. It also helps create a more even skin tone and reduce surface shine. Regardless of what you choose, remember to save room for it in your suitcase when you travel. It may be difficult to find a similar product at your destination. Do not rely on the hotel to provide soap that is good for you. Some resorts distribute luxury spa items for skin care, but many hotels provide private label options with mystery ingredients. You could be allergic to their products, and you might not get the same level of moisturizer if you choose to use them.

Don’t forget to save room in your suitcase for sunscreen as well. It seems obvious, but too many people forget to apply sunscreen regularly to prevent sunburn and disease caused by overexposure to the sun. Be proactive, and take responsibility for your health. Set a reminder on your phone to apply sunscreen at regular intervals. If you do get burned, apply aloe often, in addition to your regular moisturizer. Also, nourish your skin with a cool towel soaked in water or milk regularly. Do not peel the sunburn, and remember to pat the affected area dry after a shower.

If you are flying to your destination, moisturize before and during your plane ride. This may sound excessive, especially for those who just want to relax in the air. Remember, the cabin is a small space and relative humidity is much higher than you might think. If soda, alcohol, and salty snacks are necessary to your vacation, it is a good idea to wait and enjoy them once you reach your destination. Also, drink plenty of water. Your body will thank you for it!

We know your schedule is jam packed this summer, but try to set aside a few hours to pamper yourself each month if at all possible. You can save yourself a trip to the spa by creating facial masks from products that you already have in your kitchen.

For example, in Asian Secrets of Health, Beauty, and Relaxation, Sophie Benge recommends using an avocado masks to nourish your face and body. Mash the creamy insides of one avocado into a soft paste and apply to your face using the avocado stone to massage the flesh into your skin with small, upward, circular motions. Wash off with warm water after a few minutes. The nourishing oil is naturally rich in vitamin E and leaves your skin feeling soft.

Look for more ways to pamper your skin on our website, www.lovelybella.com, and share your ideas with us on Facebook!