Monday, February 28, 2011

Hello March!

If it's March, spring must be just around the corner - green grass, buds and blooms, bunnies, daffodils, and for some, birthdays. Happy March!  For those celebrating a birthday and the possibility of a gift of aquamarine - Happy Birthday!

















 













































                                                                     Happy March!




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Monday, February 21, 2011

Beauty Cult Favorites

Classics or old standards - I love these products.  They have held the test of time, and most are still under $10.

I still love a 'true' red nail polish. I've done lasting-power / chip- resistance tests with a variety of nail enamel in all price ranges, and I still put Revlon Nail Enamel in my top three.      Revlon Red is the perfect red. $5




Rosebud Salve - lips, nail cuticles, rough elbows, bushy eyebrows, diaper rash - it's truly a multi-purpose balm. $6






Solar Oil - Introduced in 1981, this cuticle oil is still a bedside companion and nightly ritual for my nails.




My Mason Pearson hairbrush. Actually, it's one my daughter left in my bathroom on one of her trips home from college. That was ten years ago, so I now claim it as officially mine. It may be hard to image paying $100 for a hairbrush, but it will last forever and nothing polishes and shines hair like quality boar bristles. 




Blush, lipstick, mascara - the three essential beauty products every woman should own. This mascara consistently wins top-honors year-after-year.  It sounds unbelievable, but supposedly a tube is sold every two-seconds. With or without using my lash primer  - I love this product. $5





These last two take me back to high school, when my beauty products were purchased at the drugstore.

Coty Airspun Face Powder - it's been making movie stars’ complexions flawless since 1935. I think I only owned one box of the powder before Cover Girl caught my fancy.  $8





Yardley of London English Lavender Soap -  I haven't purchased a bar in years, but it has such a wonderful scent. Maybe I need to make a purchase. $3



These all make me smile.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Chair

I've have been a long-time fan of Restoration Hardware - the clean lines and classic style. 













Although it's not really me, I've continued to appreciate their new 'industrial' look.










Now to my point. It's this chair (below). Does this chair conjure up any thoughts for you?  Is it just me or does this chair seem a little creepy?  I mean, attach a few leather straps for restraint and a source of electric current, and .... well you see where I'm going.



Even when the chair is placed in it's proper perspective, it's still a bit bizzare. I realize it's a reproduction French dentist's chair - maybe that's why it produces a nervous apprehension in me. I guess the thought of the dentist is much better than my first thought.



Should you have the perfect place for this chair in your home, Restoration Hardware has it on special for $1495.



All images Restoration Hardware




Thursday, February 3, 2011

Valentine's Day Cookies

I've attended several different showers and special events where cookies from Ali Bee's Bake Shop were used as dessert or favors. Ali's work is amazing!

My daughter just ordered some martini-shaped cookies for a party she is co-hosting, and I'm thinking I might need to order a few Valentine's Day cookies. I love to display them in a dainty cake stand and enjoy just looking at them for a week or so before we eat them.

Ali just posted a few of her favorites on her Facebook page - I'm trying to decide which ones to order. Any suggestions?





























Ali Bee's Bake Shop

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Happy New Year!

I did a quick double-take yesterday when I passed a store display of New Year's hats, horns, and other party items. Then I remembered that not everyone has the same celebrations - it the Chinese New Year.

February 3rd begins the year of the rabbit and marks the beginning of the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. Although the holiday actually occurs in winter, in China it's called the Spring Festival. Chinese families are gathering for their annual reunion dinner - "Eve of the Passing Year" - the year of the tiger.

I admit the store display prompted me to do a little research - thought I'd share.