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YOUR WEEKLY DOSE OF INSPIRATION,POSITIVITY AND IDEAS TO LIFT YOUR MOOD AND TAKE YOU TO YOUR HAPPY PLACE.

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LAUGH OUT LOUD

Now a new era is dawning it is time to start laughing again.

So today your task is to make a list of the things, places and people that make you laugh then choose at least one to arrange a date with. I promise you even the act of making the list you will have a smile in your face.

When was the last time you really had a good belly laugh. When we are children we do this several times a day but we forget how to do it as we get older and responsibilities take over.

As I have designated this National Laughter Day, even if you don’t feel like laughing try faking it until you make it ! Sound HA HA HA HEE HEE HEE HO HO HO until you break into spontaneous laughter and releases endorphins into your brain and body. Your day will fill lighter. I challenge you to turn around any errors that occur today and see the funny side.

Keep on giggling !

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXX

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: Next time you are in a restaurant have a look around you to see how much laughter is taking place. Practically zero ! So let us start a new trend LAUGH OUT LOUD !

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THOUGHTS,TASKS AND INSPIRATION TO LIFT YOUR SPIRITS TO GET YOU THROUGH TO THE END OF THE WEEK. OUR MIDWEEK MANTRAS HAVE BEEN GOING FOR SOME TIME NOW BUT DURING THIS TIME OF CRISIS HOPEFULLY THEY CAN GIVE YOU SOME REASSURANCE AND AN INJECTION OF STRENGTH.

SMILE BEHIND THE MASK

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OUR SPIRITS CAN BE SIMPLY LIFTED AND WE CAN GAIN MUCH REASSURANCE FROM A LOVELY SMILE FROM A FRIEND OR SOMETIMES MORE POIGNANTLY FROM A STRANGER WHO WE ARE SIMPLY PASSING IN THE STREET. BUT TODAY WE ARE BEING SUPER SAFE AND WEARING OUR MASKS WHEN WE ARE OUT AND ABOUT. THIS IMMEDIATELY REMOVES A LARGE PART OF OUR NON VERBAL COMMUNICATION AS WE PASS ONE ANOTHER IN THE STREET. YOU CAN STILL. OF COURSE SMILE WITH YOUR EYES !

MANY PEOPLE ARE GOING THROUGH MAJOR CRISIS AS A RESULT OF THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC AND MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS ARE INCREASING. SO PLEASE BE KIND WHEN YOU ARE OUT AND ABOUT , AND WHERE YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO WEAR MASKS IN EATERIES AND THE STREETS BE SURE TO FLASH A SMILE AT PEOPLE THIS IS SUCH A POWERFUL YET SIMPLE ACTION THAT CAN MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE TO SOMEONES DAY. IT PROBABLY HAS NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT FOR US TO CONNECT NON VERBALLY AT THE MOMENT AS WE BATTLE THIS CRISIS TOGETHER.

SO TODAY MAKE SOMEONE FEEL WARM INSIDE AND GIVE THEM YOUR BEST SMILE THIS CAN BE DONE FROM A SAFE DISTANCE. I BET YOU GET ONE BACK !

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: SOMETHING YOU CAN SPREAD WHICH IS HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS……………..YOUR SMILE !

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXXX

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YOUR WEEKLY MEET UP FOR INSPIRATION AND AN INJECTION OF POSITIVITY WHEN LIFE GETS TOO DEMANDING.

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REFLECTIONS

AS WE START TO COME OUT OF LOCKDOWN AND RUSH BACK TO OUR BUSY LIVES IT IS IMPORTANT TO REFLECT ON THE LAST YEAR AND THE IMPORTANT DISCOVERIES WE MADE.

FOR MANY OF US THE LAST YEAR INCLUDED MANY POSITIVE EXPERIENCES AND CHANGES WE MADE TO OUR EVERYDAY LIVES AND IT IS IMPORTANT NOT TO LOSE SIGHT OF OUR NEW HABITS.

SO SPEND SOME TIME TODAY REFLECTING ON THE CHANGES YOU WANT TO TAKE FORWARD WITH YOU AS WE START TO NORMALISE OUR LIVES AGAIN. WHAT WILL BE YOUR NEW NORMAL ?

THESE MAY INCLUDE

  • STRUCTURING YOUR WORKING WEEK DIFFERENTLY. WORKING FROM HOME MORE OR CHANGING THE HOURS. WORKING LESS OR MORE PRODUCTIVELY.
  • COMPILING RECIPES YOU LEARNED IN LOCKDOWN. COOKING SIMPLER, FRESHER RECIPES, THAT CAN BE PREPARED IN THE TIME IT TAKES TO ORDER A TAKEOUT.
  • MANY PEOPLE HAVE RECONNECTED TO THE OUTDOORS AND NATURE. WALKING IS THE NEW GYM. THINK ABOUT HOW YOU CAN INCORPORATE A WEEKLY NATURE BURST INTO YOUR BUSY LIFE.
  • A NEW APPRECIATION FOR YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND HUMAN CONTACT HAS BECOME MORE PROMINENT OVER THE LAST YEAR. TRY NOT TO LOSE THIS. SEND LITTLE MASSAGES OF APPRECIATION. MAKE TIME TO SEE THOSE IMPORTANT TO YOU.
  • SPEND TIME WITH YOUR CHILDREN BUT BE PRESENT! LISTEN, ENGAGE,PLAY.
  • CONTINUE TO LEARN NEW SKILLS, LANGUAGES, INSTRUMENTS TO ENGAGE THE BRAIN, GIVE YOU A SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT AND KEEP DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY AT BAY.
  • SILENCE IS IMPORTANT. KEEP UP THE MEDITATION AND YOGA. OR JUST TAKE 10 MINUTES TO LIE IN A QUIET DARK ROOM TO RECONNECT WITH YOU.
  • LESS MEANINGLESS SHOPPING. ONLY BUY WHAT YOU REALLY NEED. I CERTAINLY BUYING LESS CLOTHES SINCE THE SHOPS REOPENED AS IT ALL SEEMS LESS IMPORTANT SOMEHOW. TIME TO SAVE THE PLANET AND REDUCE THE LANDFILL !!

FOR YOU, THE LIST MAYBE DIFFERENT.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXXX

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: ALSO REFLECT ON YOURSELF. LOOK IN THE MIRROR. HOW HAVE YOU CHANGED DURING THE PANDEMIC ? ANCHOR YOURSELF TO THE GOOD POINTS AND SHAKE OFF THE BAD. BUT BE HONEST REALLY GET TO KNOW YOURSELF AS YOU REFLECT THAT IMAGE. GOOD LUCK WITH THIS ONE STYLELISTAS !

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Positive inspiration and life lessons for a healthy, happy you ! Be your best self !


QUIT COMPLAINING !

Never has there been a time when we need to be more positive then after the last year, the light is at the end of the tunnel. Let us stop complaining and moaning and look towards that light and the dawning of the new era.

We probably all find something or someone to complain about every single day. Every time we complain it sows some negativity seeds within us. Even when it is deserved and we feel it is empowering us, it is exhausting to complain. So let us try to avoid it this week or even just for today. One day at a time ……maybe?

So, today when you feel tempted to complain about the weather, a friend, politics your aches and pains. STOP. Instead of giving in to moaning or getting irritated let it pass. See what it does for your mind and spirit to let it go without comment. Also the people around you benefit too ! This can be harder than you think and by recognising your negativity it can highlight just how often you voice it. Replace those words with positive ones or as they say a wise man says nothing at all.

JOJOs STYLELIST TIP: Positivity breeds popularity.

JOJO xxxxxx

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INSPIRATION AND MENTAL TASKS TO STRENGTHEN THE MIND AND IMPROVE YOU WEEK.

PART TWO: DISCOVER SUCCESS

IF YOU ARE NEW TO THE MIDWEEK MANTRA IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO RECAP LAST WEEKS MANTRA (PART ONE) TO COMPLETE THE TASK.

HOME + HEALTH + RELATIONSHIPS + FINANCE = SUCCESS

SO HOPEFULLY YOU HAVE HAD A DEEP THINK ABOUT THE THREE QUESTIONS SET LAST WEEK AND HOPEFULLY HAD A CHANCE TO DISCUSS IT WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. YOU SHOULD NOW HAVE FOUR LISTS UNDER THE ABOVE HEADINGS THAT ARE PERSONAL TO YOU.

THIS WEEK LETS LOOK A LITTLE CLOSER UNDER EACH OF THE HEADING AND GIVE YOU SOME FURTHER IDEAS HOW TO IMPROVE THESE AREAS.

HOME

  • ONLY INVITE PEOPLE INTO YOUR HOME WHO WILL RESPECT IT AND THE PEOPLE IN IT.
  • INVEST IN A FENG SHUI CONSULTANT FOR A ONE TIME VISIT, TO CREATE HARMONY IN YOUR LIVING SPACE. OR JUST BUY A BOOK FOR SOME TIPS. I AM A HUGE ADVOCATE OF FENG SHUI…. MILLIONS OF JAPANESE CANNOT BE WRONG ?
  • KEEP YOUR HOME TIDY AND CLEAN IF YOU ARE TOO BUSY HIRE SOME HELP EVEN IF ITS A COUPLE OF HOURS PER WEEK.
  • DECORATE IN RESTFUL COLOURS. NEUTRAL PALETTES WORK WELL.
  • CREATE A HAPPY HOME FULL OF LAUGHTER, GAMES AND SHARING MEALS TOGETHER.

HEALTH

  • OVER 50 ? TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF YOUR FREE NHS ANNUAL CHECK UP. BUT YOU HAVE TO ASK FOR IT !
  • TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR EXERCISE AND DIET. EAT BEAUTIFUL FRESH FOOD AND BUILD AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE . WALKING WITH FRIENDS FIND A SPORT YOU ENJOY. ORGANISE A TEAM SO IT BECOMES A SOCIAL EVENT. BEATS DRAGGING YOURSELF OFF TO THE GYM!
  • BEAT STRESS WITH EFFECTIVE TIME MANAGEMENT AND MAKING APPOINTMENTS WITH YOURSELF IN YOUR WORK DIARY. THAT WAY YOU WON’T FEEL GUILTY IF YOU TELL PEOPLE THAT YOU ALREADY HAVE AN “APPOINTMENT” AT THAT TIME.
  • DRINK MORE WATER. LESS ALCOHOL. ENOUGH SAID.
  • GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR SPIRITUALITY AND SCHEDULE MEDITATION INTO YOUR DAILY EXISTENCE EVEN IF ITS ONLY FOR 10 MINUTES JUST TO FOCUS DURING A QUIET TIME.

RELATIONSHIPS

  • KEEP IT FUN DONT MAKE IT ABOUT THE BAD STUFF
  • TALK. OPEN AND HONESTLY.
  • CUT OUT THE DRAINS AND SURROUND YOURSELF WITH RADIATORS. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE PEOPLE.
  • APPRECIATE THE GOOD PEOPLE AROUND YOU AND SHOW THEM.
  • SHOW RESPECT BY BEING ON TIME AND NOT CANCELLING AT THE LAST MINUTE.

FINANCE

  • LOTS OF MONEY IS NOT THE ROUTE TO HAPPINESS BUT NEITHER IS NONE. YOU JUST WANT ENOUGH !
  • BORING I KNOW BUT BUDGET MONTHLY. MONEY IS LIKE CALORIES WHAT COMES IN MUST BE BALANCED WITH WHAT GOES OUT. TWO LISTS…. INCOMINGS AND OUTGOINGS.
  • START A SAVINGS ACCOUNT ( MARCUS HAS THE BEST INTEREST EASY ACCESS ACCOUNT RIGHT NOW AT 1.35%) PUT A LITTLE ASIDE EACH MONTH FOR BIG TREATS !!
  • EDUCATE YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT FINANCE . SADLY LACKING IN SCHOOLS. ALSO EDUCATE YOURSELF WITH AN EVENING CLASS/OPEN UNIVERSITY IF YOU NEED EXTRA SKILLS TO EARN EXTRA MONEY OR TO SECURE THAT PROMOTION !
  • CREATE A MOOD BOARD. THIS WORKS. I HAVE DONE THIS WITH MANY OF MY CLIENTS. CUT OUT PICTURES FROM MAGAZINES TO REFLECT THE LIFESTYLE YOU WANT. STICK THEM ON A BOARD AND FOCUS ON THE BOARD REGULARLY. YOUR FOCUS WILL CREATE OPPORTUNITIES THAT YOU MAY HAVE PREVIOUSLY OVERLOOKED.

SO GOOD LUCK STYLISTAS FOR CREATING THE FABULOUS LIFE THAT YOU DESERVE . HERES TO SUCCESS !

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP:Its always a good idea to review your life plan on a regular basis and make changes where necessary to ensure you are on path,

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXX

MIDWEEK MANTRA

INSPIRATION, IDEAS AND MENTAL AWAKENESS TO GET YOU THROUGH TO THE END OF THE WEEK .

IF YOU ARE STILL SELF ISOLATING THIS IS A GREAT TIME TO APPLY SOME FOCUS ON YOURSELF AND THE THINGS THAT MATTER TO YOU. WE HAVE BEEN FORCED TO STOP BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS SO USE THIS TIME FOR A PERIOD OF SELF REFLECTION A GIFT FOR REASSESSMENT.

MAKING LIFE MORE BEAUTIFUL

DISCOVER SUCCESS

SUCCESS IS ALL ABOUT BALANCE IN FOUR MAIN AREAS

HOME+HEALTH+RELATIONSHIPS+ FINANCE = SUCCESS

TODAY GIVE SOME THOUGHT TO THESE QUESTIONS. NOTE DOWN YOUR FEELINGS.

  • WHERE I AM NOW ?
  • WHERE DO I WANT TO BE ?
  • HOW DO I GET THERE ?

TRY TO LIST YOUR THOUGHTS AND FINDINGS UNDER THE FOUR HEADINGS…..HOME, HEALTH, RELATIONSHIPS AND FINANCE.

NEXT WEDNESDAYS MIDWEEK MANTRA I WILL SHARE SOME POSITIVE POINTERS IN ALL FOUR AREAS HOW TO GET FROM A TO B.

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP : THIS DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A PRIVATE EXERCISE GATHER YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND CREATE A GROUP DISCUSSION HOW YOU CAN ACCESS SUCCESS !

GOOD LUCK ! HAVE A FABULOUUSSSS WEEK DAAAHLINGS !

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXXXX

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A WEEKLY DOSE OF THOUGHTS, INSPIRATION AND TASKS TO INSPIRE YOU AND MAKE YOU STRONGER AND LIFT YOUR SPIRITS THROUGH THE REST OF THE WEEK.

” THE MIND IS LIKE A PARACHUTE…………………….

IT WORKS BETTER WHEN IT IS OPEN “.

– THE DALAI LAMA

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: EXPLORE EVERYTHING, EXPERIENCE EVERYTHING….THEN DECIDE !

MWAH MWAH XXX

JOJO XXX

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POSITIVE ENERGY AND LIFE PLANS FOR A HAPPIER UPLIFTING WEEK FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH. WITH 29 MARCH JUST AROUND THE CORNER WE CAN MEET WITH UP TO 6 FRIENDS IN OUR GARDENS OR OPEN SPACES FOR PICNICS AND 12 APRIL OUTSIDE AT PUBS AND RESTAURANTS , IT IS TIME TO REDISCOVER THE PLEASURE OF SOCIALISING AND RECONNECTING OVER FOOD.

DISCOVER A RITUAL FOR EATING TOGETHER

I REALLY MISS THE LUNCHTIME RITUALS WITH MY FRENCH FRIENDS WHEN I LIVED IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE. LONG, LANGUID LUNCHES THAT BECAME ALMOST DAILY RITUALS.

IN LONDON, AND THE REST OF THE UK WE GENERALLY SEEM TO BE AMBIVALENT TO MEAL TIMES WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS AS AN IMPORTANT OCCURRENCE AS WE GO ABOUT OUR BUSY LIVES WITH HURRIED LUNCHES ON THE GO.

I THINK IT IS TIME TO BRING BACK THE LONG LAZY LUNCH. OF COURSE I KNOW THAT THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE EVERY DAY ( ALTHOUGH THE FRENCH AND ITALIANS MAKE IT HAPPEN). THIS WEEK ITS TIME TO START WITH A REGULAR LONG LAZY LUNCH WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY. THIS MEANS AT LEAST 2 HOURS, AND DESSERT IS A MUST AND GOOD LIVELY DISCUSSION. I HAVE THIS GREAT DISCUSSION TOPIC CARDS WHERE EACH PERSON PICKS A CARD AND GENERATES LIVELY DEBATE AROUND A GIVEN SUBJECT. I WOULD REALLY RECOMMEND THESE TO GET THE CONVERSATION FLOWING.

EVEN BETTER IF YOU CAN COOK A MEAL , A REAL GIFT OF LOVE. THIS DOES NOT HAVE TO BE COMPLICATED. I DO A SIMPLE BAKED WHOLE SALMON STUFFED WITH HERBS FOR PEOPLE TO HELP THEMSELVES OR EVEN A BOUEF BOURGIGNON IN A SLOW COOKER PREPARED IN THE MORNING. A SIMPLE DESSERT CAN BE AN ORANGE CURD TART IN A SHOP BOUGHT PASTRY CASE SERVED WITH COINTREAU CREAM. BUT I REALISE NOT EVERYONE WANTS TO COOK A MEAL AND JUST SHARING A MEAL WITH PEOPLE THAT ARE FUN TO BE WITH CAN REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO YOUR WEEK.

‘BREAKING BREAD’ WITH THOSE YOU CARE ABOUT CAN BE DEEPLY REWARDING AND BONDING. GOOD NURTURED RELATIONSHIPS ARE GREAT FOUNDATIONS TO LIVE A HEALTHY HAPPY LIFE. GOING ABOUT OUR BUSY DAILY LIVES ITS EASY TO LET THIS SLIDE.

MY PLEASURE IS TO INVITE MY FAVOURITE PEOPLE TO A LUNCH AND LINGER OVER GREAT FOOD, WINE AND FABULOUS CONVERSATION. THIS IS A RITUAL WE ALL NEED TO ESTABLISH. IF YOU HAVE NO ONE TO LUNCH WITH THEN…..GIVE ME A CALL !

SO , TODAY SCHEDULE A DATE AND START INVITING.

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: IN PARIS I WAS ONCE CHASTISED BY A WAITER FOR ORDERING AMERICAN COFFEE INSTEAD OF DESSERT! DO IT THE FRENCH WAY AND GIVE IN TO THE PLEASURE.

BON APPETITE

JOJO XXXXXX

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POSITIVE THOUGHTS AND MENTAL EXERCISES TO REFRESH THAT MIDWEEK SLUMP.

DISCOVER YOUR INNER VOICE

IN THIS TIME OF GREAT DIVISION IN SOCIETY BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN, BLACKS AND WHITES,POLITICAL DIVIDES AND EVEN MORE. LET US FOCUS ON OUR SIMILARITIES AND NOT ON OUR DIFFERENCES. THE FUTURE NOT THE PAST……………..

THIS WEEK I WOULD LIKE ALL MY FOLLOWERS TO SOUND THIS CHANT OUT LOUD EACH MORNING AS MANY TIMES AS YOUR OWN TIME ALLOWS. IT SHOULD BECOME YOUR MANTRA NOT ONLY FOR THIS WEEK BUT FOR LIFE.

I USE THIS CHANT AT THE BEGINNING OF ALL GROUP SOUND BATHS AND THE GROUP REPEAT EACH LINE BACK TO ME, I HAVE YET TO MEET A PERSON WHO IS NOT TOUCHED BY THE BEAUTY OF THIS UNIVERSAL GREETING.

I OFFER YOU PEACE

I OFFER YOU FRIENDSHIP

I OFFER YOU LOVE

I HEAR YOUR NEEDS

I SEE YOUR BEAUTY

I FEEL YOUR FEELINGS

ALL WISDOM FLOWS FROM THE HIGHEST SOURCE

I HONOUR THAT SOURCE IN YOU

LET US WORK TOGETHER

AS ‘WE’ CAN ACHIEVE MORE

——————————————————————-Don Conreaux

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: KEEP THIS UP AND VERY SOON YOU WILL BE A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PERSON IN TOUCH WITH YOUR INNER BEAUTY AND A SENSE OF CALM

JOJO XXXXXXXXXX

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THE ONLY THING I WANT YOU TO CATCH IS MY WEEKLY MANTRA TO DOSE YOU UP WITH GOODNESS AND OFFER YOU FULL PROTECTION FROM THE NEGATIVES AND STRESS OF DAILY LIFE. JOIN US AND MANY OTHERS EACH WEEK FOR THOUGHTS, TASKS AND LOTS OF SHINY POSITIVITY.

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If This Does Not Make You Happy…………

HAPPINESS IS YOUR ETERNAL PARTNER

IT MAY FEEL LIKE HAPPINESS HAS DESERTED YOU OVER THE LAST VERY TOUGH YEAR. BUT ONE THING WE HAVE ALL HAD IN COMMON IS SPENDING MORE TIME WITH OURSELVES AND PRESSED THE PAUSE BUTTON.

DO YOU FEEL TRAPPED AND SUFFOCATED BY YOUR PARTNER ? OR ARE YOU A COMMITMENT PHOBE WHO AVOIDS RELATIONSHIPS ?

NOW IS THE TIME TO HEAL. IMAGINE YOURSELF SURROUNDED EVERY DAY BY A DEPENDABLE, COMFORTING SOURCE. ALL THE SUPPORT AND SPACE YOU REQUIRE YET IS ALWAYS THERE FOR YOU MEETING YOUR NEEDS….NO STRINGS ATTACHED. THIS IS WHAT HAPPINESS OFFERS YOU AND MORE ……… THE ONLY REQUIREMENT IS THAT YOU ARE OPEN TO RECEIVING IT.

ESTABLISH A NEW RELATIONSHIP…….WITH HAPPINESS.

HAPPINESS IS AVAILABLE 24/7 , IF YOU CANNOT FIND IT OR YOU FEEL THAT IT HAS TEMPORARILY DESERTED YOU IT MAYBE THAT YOUR AWARENESS OF HAPPINESS HAS TEMPORARILY DISAPPEARED.

BY RECOGNISING HAPPINESS AS YOUR ETERNAL PARTNER YOU CAN BECOME MORE ATTUNED TO IT EACH DAY. IT IS ALWAYS THERE JUST WELCOME IT IN.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXXX

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: TAKE HAPPINESS UP THE AISLE TODAY MAKE A COMMITMENT TO IT AND ALWAYS APPRECIATE IT!