Monday Morning Madness: Birthday-Filled Weekends; Children’s Books, Cocoa Butter, and Cardigans.

Morning Loves. Hope your weekend was a dear.

This is a spastic post. Mainly because I was all over the place this weekend, and well, pretty much altogether.

For starters, my Monday morning was an early one. I’ve been up since seven and it wasn’t the most relaxing morning, or weekend for that matter. For sure.

The weekend was met with exactly three birthdays, and looking back, it almost seems I haven’t been anywhere but a car for the better part of all of them. So to the parent’s house I went, partly because one of the birthday’s included my Father’s 72nd birthday, which still seems crazy to me! I can never quite grasp he was born in 1940, but his history has made a big impact of my own life, and so for that I will forever be grateful.

However, to add to the madness, there were a lot of question marks as to what random ideas I would pull together for a gift, but, there is one thing my father does adore. Food (as any man, of course). So I found some knicks and knacks of sorts which perhaps might help you if you’re in a crunch during a loved one’s birthday, as I was;

1. Sarabeth’s Strawberry-Rhubard Jam; Which may I say I had this a.m. and it was delicious/highly recommended.

2. This fancy Grapeseed Oil for high-heat cooking, plus the company itself seems pretty awesome.

3. Oh, so salty, Capers for Fall-inspired recipes.

4. Garlic-Basil Oil for bread dipping/quick appetizers.

5. A large ice-cube tray for cocktails- it’s great because the ice melts slowly so your drinks don’t become too watery!

5. And, an awesome versatile (stove top, oven, microwave!), Italian Terracotta, cooking pan. Which also helps because it’s Green. ūüôā

After the present was already given, of course, I realized a good coffee would have been another great addition. Then again, there is still Christmas’s steady approach. However, all in all, it¬†was kind of a perfect assortment because both my Mom and Dad could use it, which made me feel like I didn’t leave her out. So that was nice. Anyhow(www)…

Even in the hectic last-minute birthday cake runs, present searching, and deciding on an either¬†funny or serious card (another dreaded decision!), laughter filled a lot of the craziness in. Which isn’t too hard because I have one of the funniest people in the world around a lot of the time, my boyfriend (aww, haha.),¬†but,¬†this book made for a pretty good competition. Have you ever heard of SkippyJon Jones? My niece’s fourth birthday was this weekend and I looked high and low for a good children’s book and came across this absolute jewel. We read it on the way to their house and…hysterical. Seriously, I haven’t laughed at a children’s book since I was a child myself, and for any parents out there/crazies like me whom love funny randoms…this book is too cute and hilarious!

 He kind of reminds me of Ciel, my precious pup. Whom Liddy (my niece) is obsessed with. She was her baby for the day, below. Too precious (haha!).

 Happy (now belated-ish) Birthday!

Another high, the weather. It was a chilly cool which called for two essentials; 1.¬†Jason’s Cocoa Butter (heart, heart, heart!) because my skin seems to be switching to dehydration mode (<—post I’ll touch on very soon!), 2. and a little more layering. I wore a light beige J.Crew chunky cardigan I bought last year and practically lived in it yesterday. It was pretty much amazing. Aside from my makeup-less face and non-strategical ‘messy hair’ look, but whatever.

On that note, this rainy morning is definitely calling for a latte. Au revoir, my beautifuls. xoxo.

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Just Because, I Love Rebecca Taylor. Her Quote at NYFW Spring 2013; “I’m really a hippie at heart.”

I remember last year walking past her store one late evening, alone, in SoHo. I basically fainted because I’m big on creative displays that grab your attention when you pass. How it all works together with the line, and if the story behind why it was designed, shows through with how your selling it. It was November, and the window was based around this Black-Swan aura- with light, pearly, pinks and dark black hues in the background. Creating this haunting attention around these absolutely stunning evening gowns. There was even a lovely, and stunningly horrific, black Christmas Tree that took it to an absolute dreamy place. I’ve been obsessed since. Ah, she’s heavenly. So is this for her 2013 Spring line. Oh, how I wish…

xoxo.

I remember last year walking past her store one late evening, alone, in SoHo. I basically fainted because I’m big on creative displays that grab your attention when you pass. How it all works together with the line, and if the story behind why it was designed, shows through with how your selling it. It was November, and the window was based around this Black-Swan aura- with light, pearly, pinks and dark black hues in the background. Creating this haunting attention around these absolutely stunning evening gowns. There was even a lovely, and stunningly horrific, black Christmas Tree that took it to an absolute dreamy place. I’ve been obsessed since. Ah, she’s heavenly. So is this for her 2013 Spring line. Oh, how I wish…

xoxo.

What I’m Adoring; In Remembrance; Capturing The Mood.

Today I ran across a new love,¬†Leigh Viner. She is an amazing artist and photographer out of Dever, Colorado. She has collaborated with pretty much every magazine that I’m head-over-heels for and I can’t believe I haven’t discovered her sooner. I thought her illustrations kind of captured the mood so many of us may be in today, and figured I had to share them with you. They are absolutely beautiful and have so much emotion. All are available to order through Etsy.

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“To remember something is to capture humanity at its’ barest- it is in memory we do not forget our mortality- and although it seems a relentless tragedy to think about our momentary lives, it captures our beauty and light.”

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage(All illustrations and photographs by; Merry Mishap, Leigh Viner. Picture above is linked to Leigh Viner’s Etsy to order any print above)

In humanity we stand, and in loving memory of all on this day.

Why We Love: Our First Lady, Michelle Obama


She did such an amazing job last night, I couldn’t help saying how beautiful she looked and how much I enjoyed watching her speech. Not only that, she seems so accessible and relatable, to me. Her whole speech at the DNC last night was very humanistic and beyond the usual “Please vote for my husband” fluff. No matter what may divide you, you must give credit where credit is deserved, so thanks Michelle for giving such an inspirational speech and being such a lovely- and beyond strong- woman. Cheers!

ps…I love that she wore those darling J. Crew shoes, don’t you? Love.

Skin Trip: Quick Tip to Fix and Fight Aging, with Your Foundation Routine.

Hello Darlings. Hope your morning was roses.

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I know you’ve heard of mixing your tinted moisturizer with your foundation, but why not mix it with something a little more¬†powerful? While we fade into Fall, cooler weather means heavier moisturizers (so our skin doesn’t get crackle-y and dry)- and most of those on the market are filled with synthetics and perfumes that barely hold any light to what they say they are. The other day I posted about Argan oil and it’s many wonders. It is slammed with Vitamin E, Essential Fatty Acids, and Protein, which gives aging a serious run for its’ money and makes for a luxurious power-punch to mix in your foundation.

¬†I’m in day four myself, adding about 3 drops of Acure’s Argan Oil (a little goes a long way) to my daily Amazon Clay-Tarte foundation. For one, it mixes beautifully and feels like satin, plus, it creates that lovely, natural, dewy look that I absolutely adore for year-round. It’s a great way to start the preventative measure of aging in your 20’s (because what you do now, shows later!), or start helping with any lines or wrinkles that have already made a stance. So give that wimpy tinted moisturizer the boot and add some power to your foundation routine!

Just a quick, skin trip, for you loves! xoxo.

Monday Morning Madness: Happy Labor Day + Living in Charlotte During the DNC.

First Off; Happy Labor Day Lovies!

So lately, ladies and gents, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. Big dreams, big jobs, and lots of juggling are usually involved in our twenty-something-aged life this era. Times where we looked to others to tell us what we are supposed to be doing has long past. I have to think with this economy, the stereotypical go to college, get a job, find the love of your life, buy a house, ‘yadda yadda yadda-speal’ doesn’t give us a routed course anymore. ¬†Our generation seems to be very vivid, and in a way, I think it fits to say we aren’t scared of swerving from the routed course.

Given this, I’ve definitely been a bit lazy about posting as of late. For one, if you guys aren’t aware, I live in Charlotte, NC as of the moment and this week as some of you may know, is kind of a big deal. The Democratic National Convention is being hosted mere blocks from where I live so I’m pretty stoked about the whole ordeal and trying to make my way through the crowds of what is hopefully going to be very inspirational and eye-opening. I’ve made my whole morning out of trying to get a seat for the President’s nomination-acceptance Speech, all in hopes good Karma will come in handy with the feat.

When I first went off to college in 2007 at Pace University, I remember for my birthday (October 2) all I wanted was to go and see Barack Obama speak in Washington Square Park. At the time, I was a political-craze and loved everything about the whole process and deemed my major would definitely be either Political Science or International Relations; Changing the world seemed so viable and alive in those lovely years. So, a couple of us skipped class for the day and rounded ourselves up, hopped on a train, and set off to see what would become, a mere year later, the new US president. It was a high to be apart of something that was so big, and since that one time, I’ve always been avid in catching glimpses of history.

Perhaps I’ll even blame my lack of posting on being politically active and aware. Although that may, or may not, be true. Still, it sounds kind of Jackie Kennedy-ish, right?

Aside from the political-chaos, I’m also thinking of moving back to NYC and I’m so ready to get back that recently a lot of time has been consumed in planning (and thinking, and contemplating, and spazzing about life, etc.,etc.,etc.) the move back (hopefully). That means cortisol production from the adrenaline of trying to plan another move is already taking a toll. Money-saving and internship/job searching has definitely been on my big-girl list of things to do as of late.

Pretty much, there has just been a lot going on in my mind and around me. Which is not always bad, it’s almost kind of like critical thinking, but completely by environment, that in itself is pretty cool to me. So I’m deeming this week ‘Environmental-Critical-Thinking Week’, in that, I intend to keep my guard down with the whole DNC ordeal…take it all in; Let all of the debate, craziness, and action around me, truly inspire me. Try to become a little more pro-active by definition, if only for my generation, because I think times are a little tough for all of us right now, and we could use more of the word ‘pro’ and ‘active’. I’m a big believer in ‘everything happens for a reason’ and I came across the quote above the other day, which pretty must instills what I’ve been running around in circles over this whole post. Put yourself around what it is you want to be; It’s the only way that you will become just that.

Cheers to looking dashing in (Red) White (and Blue)/soaking up the last of summer/Being Pro-Active, all in spirit for a lovely Labor Day darlings! Til’ again…

Monday Morning ‘Bliss’; Quite Literally- ‘Bliss Spa’ Gets on the Campaign Train. Those Crafty Capitalist.

It’s one thing for a body lotion to have a spinny and witty name but, it’s a whole other story for it to literally take a political stance.¬†

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The new line from ‘Bliss Spa’ seems to have gotten on board the Presidential Campaign, which, I’m not so sure about? One, the scents of ‘orange’ and ‘mint’ is kind of crafty from the naming aspect of it all- but to be fair- couldn’t they have been a little bit more ambitious? Orange and mint seem so…blase. I would have gone all out. Probably would have sounded ridiculous, but definitely would have smelled lovely. Just sayin’.¬†

Perhaps it could be kind of cool if you really think about it? Probably would come in handy if you want to passively one-up the guy next to you who won’t shut up about how much he adores good ole’ Mitt Romney. I’m all about peaceful protest, ya’ know?¬†

Yet, don’t get too excited my patriotic princesses (baha.), you can’t just buy these pretty’s anywhere. Either spend $50 online or head downtown to the W Hotel Bliss Outpost (515 15th Street NW, 202-661-2416) to pick ya’ poison. Would you be down to show your support through your body lotion?

Oh you funny, funny dears, Bliss.