Happy First Day of Fall

In honor of the first day of Fall I have officially opened my new Yankee Candle Autumn Wreath Scented Gel Car Freshener. I have been awaiting this day for some time. Why you ask? Florida, especially Miami, does not quite feel like Fall yet so it might as well smell like it! Here’s to some cooler weather and to all the pumpkin flavored goodies to come this season.

Anyone have any good recipes with a pumpkin spin? Please reply!

You can buy your own Yankee Candle Autumn Wreath Scented Gel Car Freshener here:

http://wholesale.yankeecandle.com/cgi-bin/ycwhp/listing.jsp?category=%2fRetail%2fHome+%26%2338%3b+Car+Fragrance%2fCar+Gels

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Esty Purchase Success!

Last week, a friend and illustrator posted a link on my Facebook page to another Etsy illustrator that she thought I would like, a shop called “Wild & Free”. I fell in love with every drawing! They are creative, colorful, simple and sweet. I ordered her “Our Tree” original illustration and asked her to include my boyfriend and I’s initials inside the heart. I received it in the mail this week and simply cannot wait to find the perfect frame and hang it in our home. You can check out her shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/wildandfreee?ref=pr_shop_more

I had never purchased anything on Etsy before but it was so easy and a truly delightful experience. I don’t think I’ll buy art or gifts anywhere else again. (Holiday shopping here I come!) The fact that everything has a personal creative touch makes all the difference. I’ve toyed with the thought of opening my own Etsy shop selling vintage treasures one day, we’ll see… In the meantime, I’m going to make note of my favorite Etsy shops and post them. Any recommendations of shops I should check out? I’d love to hear about them.

Happy Shopping!

Meal Memories: Spanish Tortilla and Coca Cola with Lemon

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April 13, 2011 – I spent my 27th birthday in San Sebastian, Spain. It is a sleepy coastal fishing town with gorgeous views of the ocean, delicious tapas restaurants and bakeries galore. We had been trekking all over Barcelona and Paris and were pretty exhausted by this point. We took advantage of my birthday and finally slept-in, ordered room service and watched the only English TV channel airing random episodes of Family Guy, Bones, Desperate Housewives, and Modern Family.

By 4pm we finally crawled out of the hotel and ventured into town. It was too early for dinner (restaurants do not open for dinner in Spain until 7pm or later) so we decided to find a snack in the meantime. We seated ourselves at a small casual outdoor cafe. The locals were enjoying bottles of wine, beer, espresso, you name it. The only food they were serving at this time were Spanish Tortillas. It sounded okay so we ordered two. We also ordered two Cokes. (Coke Zero for Fern, he only drinks diet. I can’t stand the taste of the substitute sugar. We will never share a soda, ha.) One of my favorite parts of Europe was the addition of a slice of lemon to each soda. I can’t explain the excitement of my taste buds at such a small gesture but now I try to replicate it at home to bring me back to my “happy place”.  Soon the warm buttery tortillas finally arrived at our table, each with a fresh piece of baguette. The tortillas had a thin slices of ham and cheese in the middle of the potato, onion and egg concoction. It was the perfect temperature, the perfect texture and totally hit the spot. I was voracious by this point but forced myself to slow down and enjoy every morsel. We had plenty of tasty and enjoyable meals in Europe but this was the most memorable and special. Maybe next year for my birthday I’ll request an entire Tortilla instead of a cake!

P.S. I printed this picture and attached it to our refrigerator. Every time I see it my mouth waters… Probably a bad idea but the memory makes me happy 🙂

Rain? Bring it.

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I’m in love with this sassy umbrella made by Canadian store, Raindrops. I generally do not spend much thought or money on my rain gear. Mainly because I break or lose umbrellas easily. I decided that I need to change this attitude since it rains almost every afternoon here in Florida. Walking around with a jankity umbrella is not cute. In case you were wondering, “Merde Il Pleut” means “Sh*t, it’s Raining” in French. Genius.

You can get it for $45 Canadian dollars here:

http://www.raindropsto.com/product/Adult_Umbrellas/MIP/mip_black.html

Bathroom Stall Inspiration

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It’s funny where inspiration is found.  During a bathroom break from class tonight I found this quote written on the back of the door in the bathroom stall. (Yes, I whipped out my iphone in the stall.)  I wonder what provoked this girl to write this.  I’d like to think it was a selfless act to inspire others that found it.  If that was the case, mission accomplished.  Thank you, stranger.  I needed that.

eos lip balm

eos lip balm - summer fruit

Lip balm is a crucial piece of my daily beauty regimen.  Before my trip to Europe last April I took a chance and bought eos Lip balm in Summer Fruit.  It’s spherical packaging caught my eye.  I knew I would not lose it in the giant Longchamp “Le Pliage” tote I would be dragging around Spain and France.

Now, you must understand that I am quite particular when it comes to my lip balm/chapstick selection.  It cannot be too sticky, too greasy, too medicine-flavored, etc.  I’m happy to report Eos’s lip balm satisfied all my requirements.  Summer Fruit is a light sweet berry flavor and glides on smoothly and moisturizes just enough.  I also like to use it before applying any bright lip color or after applying lip stain for a nice sheen.  It also comes in additional flavors: Lemon Drop SPF 15, Strawberry Sorbet, Honeysuckle Honeydew, Medicated Tangerine, and Sweet Mint.  The next time I’m at the store I plan to pick up the Lemon Drop since it has SPF 15.  Living in Florida you can never be too careful.  It will be perfect for this weekend’s Labor Day pool parties and BBQ’s.  We are also planning a Breckenridge ski trip for January 2012.  I think the medicated Tangerine will be the perfect solution to the cold dry windy weather.

The best part about these lip balms is they are only about $3 each and can be easily found at drugstores, grocery stores and Target.

http://evolutionofsmooth.com/products_lip_sphere.html