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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Under The Weather

Have you ever felt rainy days are trying to tell you to slooooooow down a little? Add in a dose of sniffles and it's sort of a forceful nudge (darn you misplaced umbrella). In honor of unexpected changes in plans and in-between sipping detox tea, flipping through seriously piled up September issues and the last chapters of all those neglected beach reads, it made me think about one of the most cherished of gifts...

When someone is under the weather, a simple how 'ya-doing? or sweet gesture can mean the world. That and some serious R&R. Some other personal favorites are a bunch of magazines and big fat juicy letters or a flurry of texts, especially when your voice is completely gone. A little box of treats or a full blown care package. A cool plant anyone can keep alive, some lavender oil and a new lipstick.  Oh and lot's and lot's of chicken soup with plenty of chives sprinkled on top.

Wishing everyone a really good weekend and to anyone out there under the weather, feel better soon!


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Love Never Dies Gold // Jeanne Arthes

Jeanne Arthes Love Never Dies Gold Perfume
It's feeling crisper and crisper outside, fall is on it's way and the mere thought makes me want to break out the chocolate. Not to eat but to wear. If you or someone you know has been lemming to try Tom Ford's Black or Velvet Orchid or have been looking for a new chocolatey autumn scent keep reading for an unexpectedly good dupe I've recently discovered...


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tastes Like Summer

Favorite Tastes of Summer
Crunchy vegetables plucked from the garden, shopping the local farmer's market, making homemade Mango Schnapps Sorbet, grilling up pizza topped with Poblano chilies and black olives, canning simple Bread & Butter Pickles. Sipping floral lemonadeNutella S'mores!! These are few favorites making this summer magical. That and being able to share it with loved ones.

Hope so much you're having a really good summer too! — M
Fathers Garden Vegetables
From Dad's garden this year
 Wild Strawberry Cocktails Recipe
Homemade lemon lavender cupcakes with walnut rum spice cake cupcakes in reusable cupcake liners in gift box wrapping up cupcake hostess gifts at gift style blog gave that
Lemon Lavender Cupcakes Nutella smores
Making Nutella S'mores

Fresh juices made in the Vitamix beet green drink and carrot
Fresh juices made in the Vitamix—beet, green drink and carrot with a pinch of ginger

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Vintage Jane Seymour & Romantic Gifts

Jane Seymour
I'm still not sure how I found, Jane Seymour's Guide to Romantic Living from the 80s, but I did a few years ago and its stuck with me ever since. At the time of it's publication Seymour described her life as, "In many ways... [something] out of a romantic novel: handsome husband, two lovely children, marvelous Los Angeles house, magical stately home in England, a good career as an actress." Hello! She elaborates, "Romance is an attitude, a state of mind. Like all best qualities, it comes from within; you just have to look for it... It's wearing silky underwear beneath an executive suit. It's swimming at night in a warm pool. It's realizing that life is there to be altered, to be made more interesting, to be lived the way you want and dare to live it."...

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