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


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Less Stress

I was reading The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd and you guessed it–it’s a fluff piece. I kept wanting to not finish and just go with another book and yet, it wasn’t badly written and the twist was actually heartbreakingly readable. The main character was irritatingly privileged and selfish but the author still made it interesting enough for me to finish.

For the mani shown, I used a gunpowder Essie shade and a true purple purple polish I got from one of my Ipsy bags. This particular Essie polish is the best quality I’ve experienced. It’s thick, coats evenly and very opaque. I love that it gives off more of an industrial vibe rather than a lighter, sparkly look.

We recently visited my friend’s place in downtown Pittsburgh and they served us a traditional Turkish tea! I love trying new things and really admired all their serve ware! The tea was especially strong and yummy. I was not previously a fan of the Turkish delight candies but these coconut crusted ones were great!

While the water might not have been colored, it was rather fragrant and Daphne now relishes baths in our giant whirlpool tub.

Aldis had this amazing blueberry cream cheese breakfast pastry and it tasted as delicious as it looks! The crust was beautifully flaky and crispy. Oh lawd, this is my type of dessert. Flaky, buttery pastries all the way.

Yup, finally bought the John Oliver version of the Marlon Bundo children’s book via Amazon! It’s a great story with a great cause. Per Amazon, 100% of proceeds benefits the Trevor Project and AIDS United. My favorite part is about the stinkbug president drawn exactly like Mike Pence. What a lovely political and moral message. For now, this is more for me than for Daphne but soon!

Thanks for standing up, Last Week Tonight!

Couldn’t resist buying her designer socks from Marshalls. Only wish all 6 pairs were different but oh, well.

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Candied Mani

Visited La Gourmandine French bakery for the first time last week and enjoyed one of these babies as a result. Best cream puff I’ve ever had, even including the giant cream puff from Schmidt’s in German Village, Columbus. The pastry was so light and fresh! The cream was airy, whipped and just the slightest hint of sweet. I refrigerated first so I could enjoy the cream chilled. I live for French bakeries. Why, oh, why are you 40 minutes away from me?  Here it is: my Easter-themed candy mani! I used China Glaze lilac and pinky pink. The middle fingers have a topcoat of Sally Hansen’s 3D fuzzy confetti! It is REALLY hard to remove so I know this nail at least won’t chip. I don’t celebrate Easter but I’ve always enjoyed pastel colors in fashion and beauty.
  My babycat is sleeping in the most adorable way! Looks at those snow-white mitts of hers! She’s plumping up a little for spring time :).   This is the stray cat who makes regular visits to my front door late at night. She is very vocal and yells for Pangur Ban to come out and play. Pangur Ban is not friendly to her at all which makes me ask “why can’t we be friends?” I have named this adorable stray Marigold. She comes up real close but if I open the door, she backs away and runs into the bushes. Feel free to visit anytime you want, Marigold!


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Foods of Paris & Barcelona

I have to share these food pictures I took while on my honeymoon. The food and drink was definitely 70% of the trip that made it delightful. Feast your eyes!

 

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This is a typical breakfast in Paris that I had :). Apricot pistachio tart, raspberry croissant, quiche and yogurt drink. Of course, the hubby helped me eat all this. God help me if I passed by a bakery without purchasing a pain au chocolat. I miss those dearly now that I’m back in The States and the idea of a perfect pastry is just a sugary, messy doughnut :(. Where are the flaky pastry layers? Where is the captivating pure butter aroma? Where is the delicacy?

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Oh yes, there was no lack of duck in France. I discovered after 3 days of eating out in restaurants that every menu in Paris basically looked the same. There were only 4-5 entree choices in any given restaurant and veal stew, duck, steak and fries, ham & cheese salad were on every single one of them. We lucked out at the first restaurant we went to and got moules and frites (actually quite popular too). I like that only romaine lettuce was used in salads and as accompaniments as opposed to iceberg. I also liked that a spicy horseradish sauce was present on every table. I got to appreciate mustard very much while living in WI so this was up my alley.

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Out of all the duck dishes I tried, I think carnard confit was my fave! The skin was perfectly fried, the meet was perfectly seasoned and falling off the bone and the sensation of biting into the moist but crispy dish was enough to make me swoon.

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Now, I HAD to try flan while I was in Spain. Luckily, I found this delectable version at a seaside Mexican Steakhouse restaurant. The dolche de leche sauce was magnificent.

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Another fatty moment in Paris :). And look–it’s the pain au chocolate that’s my fave!