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


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Subscription Addictions!

Latest manicure is a blue ombre. The second and third fingernails are completely different nail polishes, I swear to you! One is supposed to be a slate blue lavender and one is supposed to be a perfect baby blue. Apparently, I don’t actually have that many blue shades. I can achieve a much better ombre look with purples, greens or pinks!

During our Fall Northeastern trip in 2019, we went to this candy store called Chutters in NH and I got this fancy pink hot chocolate! I made it last night legit on the stove with fresh cream, a tiny bit of water, 2% milk and a sprinkling of lemon peel. The result was pretty-looking deliciousness!

This cool bath bomb had a tiny hammerhead shark has a surprise toy inside and turned the water to such a beautiful lavender shade! Can’t wait to try the others!

Love with Food is a fun food subscription box that comes once a month with interesting snacks! I don’t think there’s a specific theme but I have never heard of these brands or some varieties. I got this first box for only $4.99 and enjoyed most of these snacks except the bag of pretzels. Just for the novelty and the convenience of getting of try new healthy snacks, I’d say this is worth it to get another few months or so!

I actually found a subscription box for tea lovers! I love the idea and I do love that there’s an extensive questionnaire to make sure they get your preference right. I tested out whether this company could get my tea tastes right and…unfortunately, this will be my only box from them.

Pros: LOVE the reusable tea bag and the couple of disposable tea bags that came in my package. Love that they chose a flowering tea for me, love that they chose a great flavor from Harney and Sons for me

Cons: they chose lavender as a flavor for the flowering tea and it’s one of my least favorite flavors in foods and household scents. It’s so medicinal to me, ugh. I love that Paris flavor but I already own the full size container so this wasn’t a new discovery! The Organic India tea flavor was chamomile and I just don’t like it–too medicinal. The Einstein tea was not bad but kind of basic, like, just mint, which I have and tried lots of times.

I still would highly recommend this service though if you are less picky than I am!

This is a household subscription box called Who Gives a Crap for paper products that do not use trees! Everything you see in this picture shows what you get in your first box which is only $4!!! So worth it and so useful! My hubs is seriously the worst at reducing use of disposable products…so he goes through a roll of toilet paper and full box of tissues EVERY SINGLE DAY. Paper towels is almost like every other day. Anyways, I thought I’d look into a subscription for something like this and this service has options for all those types of products and for different schedules too. The cute thing is that they even encourage you to reuse the super adorable prints as wrapping paper, tissue paper, packing or book covers.

This is my order from Revitalash and it was $145. Their products are pretty high quality but I probably won’t go through their website next time. They don’t offer free gifts, samples or discounts :(. The eyeliner wasn’t exactly that creamy and the tweezers are about the same as Tweezerman’s but not even as cute. The eyelash curler is baller though! And the micellar wash works great! You spray it onto a cotton pad which works better than dumping the product from a small hole like all other toners and micellar waters.

Was inspired by my mom’s killer tofu dish so I had to make my own ground beef, Chinese greens, mushroom, cilantro, garlic tofu with a bit of chili oil.

Yaaaasss for Skyline chili! I legit crave this stuff and only my bestie in CBus will bring me some cans without fail every time I see her!

Cute little arrangement found while shopping at the Strip District on a Sunday.

This is Daphne’s THIRD time to Kalahari waterpark in Sandusky, OH and she’s only 2 yrs old. LOL. Livin’ it up on our last trip here ever!

During Christmas break, I tried out Solon’s escape room with the theme Budapest Express! We escaped with 7 minutes left so I wish the puzzles were a little harder or had some more layers. The facilities and ambiance of the place were top notch, however.


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My Pumpkin Picks Pumpkins

Check out this cool new product from Tazo! It’s a latte in a carton that you mix with milk! I tossed in some ice cubes but I think you can also have it hot if that’s your thang. I was worried if the turmeric was going to be overpowering but it’s not! This tastes milder than a chai drink (which I do NOT like) and easier to prepare than even tea or coffee! Win!

I got this set of 6 bath bombs from Amazon and for the relatively small size, I’m impressed with the fizz, color payoff and scent of these! I really like how they come with a mini brochure to know which ones smell like what!

I got this beauty at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival. It’s a waxed rose that’s been painted and glittered. The vendor said it should last past 10 yrs but after just one week, the stem snapped. I have it laying on its side now so the petals are eventually going to be crushed too…Oh well. I’ll always have this picture though!

Two weeks ago, my work hosted this fancy event at the new location where we’re eventually moving to. I just had to take a picture of this Liquid Nitrogen dessert bar. You pick a fruit or marshmallow dipper, then you can pick one or two dips and they flash freeze it for you! The other side of this had a mini doughnut tray and they were made RIGHT THERE. So fresh and so tiny and so crunchy…I had 3 in a row before I realized how thick they were! I’m not even a big doughnut fan but there ya go, these were hella good.

Daphne’s first pumpkin at Schramm’s Farm! It was like 85 degrees that day on the last week of September!

This was Daphne’s 4th pumpkin from the Solon Fall Festival, which was the coolest thing ever! Many Solon businesses sponsored the activities so it was FREE! Corn box? Free! Giant inflatable slide? Free! Pumpkin? Free! Petting zoo? Free! Hayride? Free!

The best part? Axe throwing!!! I got a score of 16 for doing this my very first time! My sister on the left got 2 points. Now I know that height has nothing to do with it ;). Thanks, aXetreme Sports!

We finally got this child a real toddler bed so we moved the teepee back to its spot in the solarium. My mom gave her a tiny Adirondack chair and now she is queen of the solarium! All hail! Perks of having the tiniest child–she still fits in the Ohio State onesie (thanks, Cindy!) from last year!


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Date Night

This nail polish lasted all of 1.5 days, haha. I used Korean beauty brand SEP’s liquid nail sticker in this beautiful creamy orchid shade. It really is a sticker! The brush was good and thick, the application was smooth but once it dried completely, you could lift up the entire thing! I think the point is to try different shades all the time without having to use polish remover but…wish the flaps would not come up so quickly.

This book took me a really long time to finish. I hate that I didn’t fully enjoy this autobiographical account of a woman’s literary teaching experience in oppressive Iran but it wasn’t my fault! The author was too self-important and focused on her own analysis of literary books to appreciate the actual interesting events that were unfolding around her.

So sad about the closing of Teavana forever…but happy to be able to finally afford their perfectea makers! I also ordered 2 Japanese matte tea cups out of this Honolulu boutique! This is sweetened mango black tea brewing in there :). So good. Currently obsessed with Adagio teas and Harney and Sons as well.

Last night, the hubs and I ventured out on our own for a real date night–the first time since little daffodil was born! We saw this avant garde German-based opera and then hopped downtown to the Milkshake Factory! What a cute cute place! Prices were high and portions were small but the taste was excellent! Decor was very on point and the whole place was so clean! Loving it.

Behold my Stroopwaffle deluxe sundae with bananas, chocolate dipped stroopwaffle pieces, vanilla ice cream, gobs of caramel, whipped cream…mmm…

This is their regular raspberry milkshake and it is CREAMY and rich, you guys. The raspberry even tasted like the real fruit instead of the syrup.

My Chinese New Year outfit! We got major flooding this past week so hence my red slickers!

Daph Daph has been crazy with her constant flipping! She is even starting to push backwards. Coming soon–crawling! Oh, my sunshine biddy boo. Turning 6 months and growing up so fast!

Ending with my other baby boo, Pangur Ban, as she is featured her oh so majestically. The weather has been unexpectedly warm so she’s been enjoying the great outdoors this week! Photo credit to my sis, who is great at capturing the many moods of the regal Pangur beast.


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Kitten Dreams 

The most important event that happened to me since my last post was that I am officially a pet owner! I adopted this sweet, tiny little kitten! My husband and I decided long ago that if we were ever to get a cat, its name would be Pangur Ban. We were inspired after watching the animated feature The Secret of Kells. There was a clever ghost cat named Pangur Ban her own theme song. My mom keeps pronouncing it wrong and calling her “Pikachu” or “Peter Pan.” Her Chinese nickname is also acceptable–Xiao Mimi.

Pangur Ban’s mother is a feral cat and I saw a picture of her; she is a gorgeous long-haired sweetie pie with a glossy heather gray coat. Pangur Ban has the potential to be a beauty queen when she grows out of her kitten scruffiness! She is the newest love in my life, and both the hubs and I adore the crap out of her!


  
  I’m starting July off right with a sophisticated mani. This is an e.l.f shade called Nude and the ring finger has a topcoat from H&M that goes spectacularly with a blush background. I wish every glitter shade I own could look like this bottle. It’s also easier to remove than those obstinate chunks of crazy glitter.

 The hubs and I attended another round of high tea (because I am obsessed with everything tea!). This time, our location was Flowers in the Attic.

Pros:

-Victorian house setting was perfect and beautiful

-Shops, galleries and gardens all around and inside the house were fun to peruse

-Size and taste of sandwiches were great. High teas tend to lean heavy on the sweet side so it was nice to be able to call this a brunch

-Iced tea was an option and came with its own small carafe for a refill

-Our server was great and attentive

Cons:

-Even with my Groupon that I already paid for, there was still an additional $15 charge for tiny amounts of food. Guess I’m paying to be in the house?! The same Groupon for the fancy Omni William Penn was only $25 for 2 people with ZERO extra charges.

-No credit card option. I at least thought I could pay the extra charges with plastic but that wasn’t an option. *sigh* I seriously will avoid small businesses if they don’t let me pay with credit card. I will even pay in bitcoin before counting out coins and crap.

-Desserts here were lacking. No fruit on the side, no devonshire cream, and the scones were as big as my finger. Uh…this is not worth $24 a person. Yeesh.

-Mandatory included gratuity of 20%. I felt better about tipping at the Omni because it was up to me. Forcing a fixed amount to the customer is in bad taste especially since everything else was so overpriced. Pay your servers a living wage so the burden of their paycheck doesn’t fall to me.

Bottom line: will I recommend this place or visit in the future? Nope. Cute experience, but not even another Groupon can lead me back here.

English Breakfast for Dinner!

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I had a lot of fun creating and eating this meal last night! All -American style hearty breakfasts are good and all but I just wanted some Vitamin C packed with my dinner so I though I’d bring in the tomatoes too ;). No frying–just slice a nice beefsteak tomato.

Tomatoes: basil, chives, red pepper flakes, sesame oil drizzle, balsamic vinegar, sea salt

French toast: halved Sara Lee caramel apple Swirl bread dipped in an egg and cinnamon coating

Sausages: pan-fried breakfast pork sausages

Raspberries: because they are my favorite fruit and added a lovely color

Drizzle everything in honey! Finish off with a glass of cold milk or earl grey tea!


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It’s Tea Time in Germany

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After months of coaxing, my friend from Cincinnati gave me a visit all the freezing way up here. She bought a present for me last year while vacationing in Germany and I finally received it!

I’m into tea–being Asian and all. I guess it’s in my blood, or rather tea flows through my veins? Anyways, I’m one of those gurus who drink loose leaf, brand name teas straight from my tea-producing hometown in China. I scoff at those who need to add sugar or honey or something to their nondescript bags of black tea. I figure if I ever go to England, I would LOVE to go to high tea and add cream and sugar but usually for me, tea is a beverage like water and I would never add sugar or honey to water.

This precious little set is a complete tea service for one! The top part is the teapot, the bottom half is the teacup and they rest on the matching saucer dish with a nub part to hold everything in place. Ah, what a wonderfully appropriate gift for me. I can take this item off my wedding registry now! Just waiting for a cast iron teapot and Primula flowering tea blossoms ;).