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Fashion, beauty, food, art…pleasing to the senses


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Thoughts Here and There

Due to this book, I am behind on my reading goal for the first time ever on Goodreads. This substantial almost 900-pager is worth it though. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is griping, well-written, dramatic and so hard to put down. The main character is undeniably a whiny, uninteresting sad sack of a person but the events that happen TO him and the supporting cast are too fascinating.

I’m modeling my ombre green look from poison green to Tiffany blue to a seafoam green. I used this cute Pokemon nail polish in the shade Oddish, Essie and Nail Medic.

I’ve been running down my supply of bath bombs already this year and this one from Marshall’s was wholly unsatisfying. The scent close up was great–white tea and bergamot. But fizzled up in the bath? You hardly smell anything. I’m usually all about no dyes in food but in bath bombs, bring it on! So this white color totally did not do it for me. With bath bombs/fizzes, you really do have to go with quality brands.

I hosted a dinner + games party with my coworkers last weekend and someone brought this gorgeous lemon trifle cake! She made it and brought a small dish of blueberries and strawberries to top it off! Apparently the marigold on top is edible but to be safe just threw it away.

Wow. My mom’s spare ribs are better than any restaurant’s! She’s trying this Northern Chinese recipe that calls for a dash of brown sugar and honey. Oh my glob…

Our pond might be covered up, but with this powder sugar dusting of snow in the winter, it looks fairly picturesque ;).

When Daphne was being difficult one day, my hubby knocked down a framed picture from the wall and the glass broke. I wanted to save the glassless frame by spray painting the wooden frame gold and then painting a piece of cardboard with 2-3 layers of chalkboard paint. I then finished it up by taping all edges with this festive roll of washi tape from the brand Meri Meri.

Homemade French onion soup with a piece of provolone cheese on top and a sprinkling of parsley. Mmmmm! Cold weather comfort food goodness!

I bought this fruit tart bed for Pangur Ban but she shows no interest in it. Daphne will grab some of the fruit pieces from time to time to play. This is targeted Facebook ads working on me, lol.

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Healthy Baby Home Party!

I lucky enough to be chosen to host a healthy baby home party courtesy of Seventh Generation! As a host I was provided with a whole slew of incredible baby safe products from Seventh Generation as well as many other reputable brands. You can see the stash below!

I organized like a madwoman and had a lot of fun putting together the guest gift bags stuffed with goodies! Daphne is a tiny peanut so she even fit the little Zarbee’s onesie! Hurray!

We had a good spread for everyone who attended. I opted for buffet-style so everyone could serve themselves while keeping conversations still going.

Proof that Daphne was simply enamored with the chocolate flavored kids protein shake! She didn’t handle the straw well but liked the taste after I gave her some in a different container!

At the main party, we had moms, grandmas and babbies represented! The trivia game was a big hit! It was also surprising because we had all thought our scores would be higher before taking the quiz! I had all the hubbies participate too and it was nice to share some of the facts. We talked about the lack of regulation for feminine products and I was able to provide awareness (as well as samples!) of how most tampons and pads on the market do not even contain cotton. This particular group was quite crafty and we talked about upcycling and recycling many things like containers, wrapping paper, tissue paper to make other of other products!

For many who could not attend the main party, I hosted another much smaller version at work and got some dad representation! Gourmet cupcakes were provided :). There were more but we ate the other box too quickly!

The conversations were very different and we focused on different styles of childcare and techniques that worked or didn’t work for us. No one had heard of this brand before and it’s fun introducing Seventh Generation to others because I can say with confidence that it’s safe for babies to use and even household products are included in that!

The disinfectant turned out to be a popular prize because everyone had really active kids (mostly boys from this group) who played outside a lot of the time.

Overall, both groups had a great time convening, chatting, sharing and learning! Thanks so much, Seventh Generation!


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Gobble Gobble

My Thanksgiving mani is a deep watermelon shade from Formula X (not quite red!) and several cat silhouette water decals! I’m continuing to love these decals. All you need is a pair of tweezers and a shallow container with some water in it. Seal with top coat and you can get fancy with the designs!

This was my dad’s and my combined epic birthday cake (Yay. November bdays!). BEST CAKE I’VE EVER HAD. It’s called Dulce Napoleon cake from Market District. It’s basically several layers of perfect yellow cake, dulce de leche and the lightest, freshest cream topped with flaky, buttery pastry! Oh my glob, it was da bomb frosting. Literally. We’re all about the European pastries in our family so we always shy away from those sugary, radioactive colored confetti cakes usually found in this country. I mean, just look at this beauty. It’s more beautiful than some people I know.

My latest little craft project! I bought a DIY wooden frame from Michael’s for $1. Then I spray painted it gold, lined the top with a strip of washi tape and carefully pressed a silver cluster of bird body tattoos on there! Then I cut out some adhesive print paper and wrote a cool quote on it. Note to self–that sticky craft paper is so thin and tricky to apply that I’m just going to glue it down next time and forget the whole adhesive part…

 

Let’s talk about Gobble! This is a meal subscription service I signed up for. Virgin Mobile inner circle members got a whole week’s worth of credits so I nabbed it before it was gone! I’m duly impressed with the meal choices, ingredients and customer service.

Here you see 3 different meals with 2 servings each for $71. Shipping is included and it arrives the day it ships out. Ingredients are very fresh and pretty interesting! I learned what ponzu, minzu, kohlrabi were! Everything was packaged in its own bag and you didn’t have to wash or chop beforehand! That’s my least favorite part about cooking!

First meal was sesame crusted ahi tuna with kohlrabi noodles, sliced avocado, minzu, pickled ginger and wonton strips. The sauce was a sweet and savory ponzu topped with my fave–sesame oil! So fresh and good!

The second meal was even better than the first! This is pan seared chicken breasts on top of a butternut squash garlic butter risotto with caramelized fennel. Mmmm! I can’t wait for the third and final meal tonight–Korean spicy tofu ramen with hard boiled egg!


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End of Year 2016 Wrap Up

2016 was a big year. So much happened in the world and also in my own life. From my own experiences, I can say I had a pretty good year and there is much to be thankful for and proud of.

This is the most recent picture on my phone! Last weekend, I made a fun trip to my local St. Vincent’s thrift shop and it became candle-themed very quickly. I bought close to 40 votive and tealight candles, 3 candle holders, 2 napkin holders and an old pot for my candle-making tool! I made the mistake of previously using my super nice, Teflon-coated, non-stick pot before; I have learned my lesson, you guys.

The wick is twain coated with a thin layer of wax and tied to a metal nut. I melted down the remains of a Prize Candle, Yankee votive, BBWorks votive, 3 tealights and another previously melted down candle. It yielded 5.3oz. Not bad, y’all! I wish I could say it smelled good but it smells bizarre. The Prize Candle was a clean, fresh spring flowers scent but the other waxes was a mix of winter spice or vanilla (which I absolutely DESPISE the smell) so it’s a rather weird concoction! Pouring and grasping the hot hot candle holders is the most difficult part. I got smarter this time and used one of those strong office binder clips but my technique could use some work. Good thing I burn a bajillion candles every year so I can get lots of practice :).

I am packing for Christmas and this time, it’s totally appropriate that Pangur Ban is preparing too–I am bringing her to my parents’ house! I will have a whole lovely week at home and my babycat gets to enjoy it with me! I hope she becomes best friends with Muffy while she’s there. There’s a whole cycle of hating each other, turning into tolerating each other and then when they are about to separate, become friends with each other. #travelcat

How adorable is she?! Look in awe at her lovely, shiny, long gray hair! Look at that luscious, full tail!

My wrapping job might not be the best, but my coordination skills definitely are! Even the random winter bag I chose has a matching snowman! What are the odds?! So excited to give these out to my friends and family.

My current mani is 2 coats of Formula X in a deep watermelon and an alternating topcoat of VS gold glitter. I’m modeling the most recent book I finished called Little Bee by Chris Cleave. It’s a quick and interesting read but lacking facts and real conviction because it’s completely fiction. I wish the author would have wrote about a real Nigerian refugee’s experience in England instead of making it up. I thrive to educate myself when I read for pleasure and the author’s level of research was so half-assed that it’s a bit disconcerting.


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Spring Decor

I made a shadowbox craft! I used thick craft paper from Target as a patterned background and glued some shells way back from an Atlantic City trip! These origami swans are actually folded by the hubs because I do cranes. I made him fold a whole batch while I folded cranes in all different paper for centerpiece decoration at our wedding. I also included a recent wedding anniversary gift from my sister. They are keychains that say: “moon of my life” and “my sun and my stars.” Being the big Game of Thrones fans we are, it was a perfect gift! It’s pretty romantic to be addressed like Daenerys ;). 

Okay, I am flipping out over my new shoes. They came extremely fast from China and they actually fit! I am rocking these Lolita heels at the office today like a fashion winner. I have on an airy white lace dress with the skirt part made of a floral patterned chiffon. So spring, you guys.

Oh, and here’s my mother’s day present from Pangur Ban. She done brought me a snake, y’all. No joke. Here is the wriggly, live proof. Funny thing is that she brought me a snake 2 days before and I had specifically told her not to do it again. Kids these days!

This is from the first time she brought over a snake. Take a close look because these 2 snakes are different! I screamed bloody murder and was legit about to faint. My husband picked it up casually and tossed it down our hill but I’m inclined to think that it’s definitely made its way back by now…

What he needs to do is take it with him to the airport when he leaves every week. I’m sure movie fans will love it–snakes on a plane, am I right?


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Demilune Realness

I wanted to share my latest crafting DIY adventure! I have been working on decorating this one wall of my living room, or formal parlor (as I like to refer to it as) for a month! Here is the fruit of my endeavor!

I took a regular glass mason jar and spray painted it gold in several layers until it was fully opaque. Spray paint is magic. I have the perfect place to do it too–my high ceilinged, unfinished basement! Then I took the bouquet from my wedding and plopped it in! I made my own silk flower arrangement and wrapped it in thick satin ribbon for the day of my wedding. I bought everything at Michaels and the total cost was about $6, I believe. It will last forever and add a bit of romantic sentiment in my home decor ;).

  The gold square tray is from my local thrift shop and the trinket tray is from my sis in law who I believe got it at her local Goodwill. It’s also romantic looking and serves as a great white chalk holder!
 I’m so proud of this hanging creation! I upcycled the heck out of this moldy old mirror I dug out from the basement. It had crooked legs from where it used to attach to this moldy dresser we got rid of when we moved in. I had the hubby remove those legs and I disinfected this grimy piece.

For the aged wooden frame, I spray painted it shiny gold to give it a luxe look! You’ll notice the top part is only slightly spray painted because I wanted the gold to have a bronzed look on the wood.

The mirror was stained and really dull looking so I knew I was not going to use it as a mirror. Instead, I bought a craft foam brush and a few small bottles of chalkboard paint to repurpose this! I used up 1.5 30ml bottles of the paint; enough to do 2.5 layers. I left that dry for a whole day. I watched this video online that said to prime the chalkboard with chalk before using it but I skipped that part. I found it was easy to write on it already!

The last thing I did was order this espresso dark wood demilune table from Amazon. I needed an accent table that had two layers so that one would serve as decor while the other would serve as storage. I took the leftover gift basket from one of those Wine and Country gift baskets and made it into my cat’s toy box! It tickles me pink when I come home from work to a few toys scattered around the house. This tells me she has her favorites :). And now, I announce that my living room is full and fully decorated! 


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Bright Styles

  This is my first time using China Glaze nail polish. I was surprised by the matte finish and streaky look. I chose this poppin’ goldenrod color to help usher in a fresh spring. The ring finger is accented with a purple flowers sticker! It took almost 4 coats of this polish to get an acceptable opacity level. I also wish the brush were a little more flatter and wider for easier application.

The nail wraps I did 2 weeks ago were still intact and needed a huge amount of remover to get the darn things off. Lasting power is crazy good, I would say.
  Craft time! I painted a simple wooden 4×6 picture frame with acrylics, then cut some nicely patterned craft paper and glued it to the back. I then used the Urban Decay tattoo glitter set I have to create a golden dove silhouette. Any loose glitter is protected by the glass! This piece will serve as minor decor to a bigger craft project I’ve been working on. I am waiting on an Amazon gift card in the mail so I can realize this fanciful visualization I have in my head right now. It involves upcycling and major crafting! Stay tuned!  My Pangur cat LOVES hanging out in the sink. She chose the guest bathroom sink this time as a first so of course I had to photograph this for the archives.