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Three things I’m always searching for…the best mascara, the best jeans and the best shampoo and conditioner. I may have found the answer to the shampoo and conditioner…Mermaid Hair! Nothing beats beach hair but if you don’t live by the ocean, this is a way to add texture and shine to create those natural beach waves.

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What girl wouldn’t want mermaid hair? Think about Ariel…she has the best hair of any of the Disney princesses.  Mermaid hair sounds so romantic…long silky braids, the smell of the sea and Botechelli waves.

You know those days when you want to channel your inner Daryl Hannah from Splash? This will do it…Mermaid Hair smells the Pina Colada and a day at the beach and it’s super gentle (all natural) so it won’t dry out or flatten hair.

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Mermaid’s collection of beauty products is inspired by the ultra-hydrating powers of sea kelp and essential oils. Each sweet-smelling, botanical formula is packed with vitamins and minerals that keep hair lustrous and skin rejuvenated.

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My most favorite store in the world is Pish Posh Patchouli’s at Rosemary Beach. Patchouli’s is an apothecary boutique where you can design your signature scent at the custom scent bar; then select soaps, lotions, perfumes AND Mermaid shampoo!! This is where I first spotted Mermaid Hair. My little mermaid wanted to try it and now we both use it.

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Mermaid Hair is a sweet mix of orange blossoms and coconut to leave your hair soft, shiny, and smelling incredible. Bonus…they also make a Mermaid Perfume.

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Wishing you mermaid kisses and starfish wishes!

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Peonies: the most romantic flower in the world

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Pink peonies are my absolute favorite flower. They look like little balls of strawberry ice cream with layers and layers of soft fragrant flavors. Peonies are not available all year round…which is probably what makes people love them all the more. The end of peonies season is sadly here…if only they could last the whole summer.
Artist, Carmelo Blandino’s paintings of peonies help to make the season last longer… His paintings have intensity, color, and movement that make the viewer want to rub their nose all around it hoping to catch a whiff of the floral fragrance.
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Peonies seem to be a nostalgic kind of flower. The best peony gardeners tend to be older growers…they might tell you that peony growing insures old age. These expert older gardeners might have their peonies in a bed with other old-fashioned flowers like gardenias, sweet peas, marigolds, hydrangeas…the kind of flowers that makes you nostalgic for your grandmother’s garden. I think most grandmothers stop and smell the roses…especially if they planted them.
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The fattest and most scrumptious of all flowers, a rare fusion of fluff and majesty, the peony is now coming into bloom. ~Henry Mitchell
Nancy Reagan was known to be a romantic. It seems suiting that her favorite flowers were white peonies.
Nancy Reagan was not alone in her choice of flower, peonies are favored by brides all over the world because of their beautiful ruffles and feminine colors…it is the most romantic flower. They make a stunning addition to any bouquet. They were in my bouquet and I can still picture and smell them…heavenly.
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If you’re planing to grow peonies, it’s helpful to know that like children, young peonies take time to develop. They usually need a few years to establish themselves, bloom, and grow. When planted in spring, peonies may not bloom for two years or more. The eyes of the root should be planted facing upward, no more than 2 inches below the surface of the soil. Peonies that do not sprout in the spring may have been planted too deeply or may have been damaged by frost if they were planted too late in the year.

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Carmelo Blandino wrote this poem about flowers he paints and inner beauty. I imagine peonies in particular when reading it…a heart as a peony. See what you think…

Courage

It takes courage to live a life.
Without courage the flower would not allow itself to stand up and bloom.
We need courage to be attentive to life and to live by its truths.
To remain resolute in keeping the four corners of your life straight regardless of what others say about you.

Without courage the petals wouldn’t open, and then it’s great inner beauty would never be seen or manifest in the physical.

The high vibration of flowers with their radiant color and life, are there to remind us of our true essence,
and of our true potential as humans on earth.
Do you have the courage to live a life of unfoldment and
allow your petals to be seen for their glory, and to be glorious in your courage?
Of course you do, of course you can. By listening to the
personal flower within you. Your heart.

Wishing you beautiful flowers until the next peony season and the “courage” to listen to the flower within you.

Korean Skincare

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When you see a Korean woman, chances are that you won’t be able to guess their age. Korean woman are obsessed with beauty and know all the best beauty secrets and products. American women want in on K-beauty too! The best part is that we don’t have to fly across the world to get our hands on it. We love Korean beauty because it offers natural quality ingredients with happy designs that make you LOVE skincare routines.

I went to an Asian grocery store with my friend Tomo once and had so much fun shopping the beauty aisle…the walls were filled with beauty products. She convinced me to try some sheet masks and I’ve been hooked ever since. Asian grocery stores, Birchbox, Sephora and Sokoglam are great places to shop if you’d like to sample some of the best Korean beauty products.

Korean beauty is known for their enormous quantity of sheet masks, BB creams, essences, and serums packaged to look fun and cheerful. K-beauty products are all the rage and have been for quite some time.

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What should you try?

Cleanser
How ever long you spend applying your makeup, should be the same time amount cleaning it off. The Korean mentality is more comprehensive and detailed than the American approach to skincare. It all starts with a cleanser. Try Phytowash cleansing foam and massage in circles to brighten skin.

Exfoliator
Exfoliating with a natural scrub like the Skin Food Black Sugar Wash Off Mask really brings your skin back to its younger days. Concentrate on the t-zone or where you see blackheads.

Refresher/Toner
Toner can help remove pollutants along with any residue from your cleansers, while also restoring your skin’s pH balance. It soothes and preps your skin to absorb the next step…the essence. Place SU:M37 Water-full Skin Refresher/Toner onto a cotton pad and wipe your face and neck.

The Essence
The foundation of a Korean beauty routine starts with hydration…considered the most important step to Korean women. Waterest essence is a soothing moisturizer that purifies and hydrates skin with a blend of natural botanicals.

Serum
Serums (Ampoules) are super-concentrated versions of essences, and are often referred to as serums and boosters. Dr. Jart+ Premium Time Returning Serum is an intensive anti-wrinkle serum that supports natural regeneration and restoration of damaged skin and wrinkles. Serums help to brighten skin, fading sunspots, and smoothing fine lines.

Sheet Mask
My favorite product! Wrap the face for fifteen to twenty minutes to intensively deliver hydrating and anti-aging ingredients to the skin. Use one or two times a week for an instant and lasting glow. Manefit Bling Bling Hydro Gel Masks are soaked in ingredients like collagen, which they in turn soak into your skin. Korean sheet masks is luxuriously thick, cooling and soothing and gives my skin intense hydration.

Eye Cream
Gently tap Etude House Moistfull Collagen Eye Cream around the eye area for better absorption. 

Moisturizer
Korean women are all about layering…generously massage the Etude House Moistfull Collagen Emulsion (the Korean translation for “moisturizer”) with gentle strokes so that it really sinks deep into your skin.

BB Cream
BB cream stands for beauty balm. It’s packed with benefits and SPF. Use the BB cream in the morning for a dewy and luminous look. Try Dr. Jart+ Premium BB SPF 45 for the ultimate BB.

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What’s the order of application?

A smart method for applying your Korean products is from the most lightweight to the heavier textures. This is because lightweight textures are designed to penetrate (usually essences or serums) versus heavier textures that create a barrier to keep skin hydrated (usually moisturizers or creams). So after cleansing, use your toner, then serum or essence, then moisturizer.

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Why is it great?

There’s a huge difference between the American approach…the faster I can get ready the better. In the American ideal, beauty is supposed to look effortless…a sun-kissed California girl. Korean women devote much more time to their skin and it shows. In Korea, beauty is associated with hard work. Helena Rubenstein said that “there are no ugly women, only lazy ones.” Korean skin care is a part of every day self-care…not about vanity. K-beauty is amazingly effective and fun! Like Mikey said, “Try it, you’ll like it!”

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Ski Colorfully: Packing List

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Skiing is too much fun not to dress bright and happy. Maybe you just came back from the slopes and wish you were still there or your planning for an upcoming spring ski and checking things off your list. Either way, it’s fun to channel the skier the way Dutch artist, Sabastiaan Bremer does. Whether you’re post-ski, during-ski or apres-ski…hit the slopes cheerfully and colorfully!

Ski necessities

Outerwear
A warm, waterproof ski jacket and snow pants are a must.

Goggles
Find some colorful goggles to hit the slopes in.

Clothing

Layers are the key to staying warm and dry in the mountains.

Thermal leggings & undershirts
When you’re warm on the top of the mountain, you’ll be so glad.

Good quality ski socks
Your toes will thank you!

Jeans 
Take a pair of jeans for the time you’ll spend off the slopes. Casual is key…everyone will want to be comfortable after skiing all day.

Sweaters 
Something cozy for both skiing and apres-ski. These Norwegian sweaters are timeless.

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For the apres-ski time in the hot tub.

Boots

Bring a pair of comfortable winter boots for walking through snow.

Toiletries

Dry shampoo
Give your hair a break on your ski vacation.

Sunscreen
Don’t get sunburned! Protect your skin from the rays that bounce off of the bright white snow.

Accessories

Gloves
Bring waterproof gloves and mittens. These sweet mittens will warm your heart and hands.

Hat
Bring a colorful hat…maybe with a fur pom!

Sunglasses
If it’s a nice day, sunglasses might be more comfortable than goggles. These sunglasses are my favorites!

Electronics

GoPro Camera
Bring your GoPro so you can capture your kids runs.

Extras

Hand and toe warmers
Just in case…better comfortable than sorry.

Ibuprofen
Just in case…
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The mountains are calling, it’s time to ski…colorfully!

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You’ve Got Mail!!

My husband calls me on the phone, “You’ve got mail!” Those are the BEST three words to hear!! He asks me if he needs to open it to put it in the fridge! That tells me it must be a HelloFresh or CraftedTaste. I can’t wait to get home and see! The day just gets instantly better when there’s a package waiting for you. These five monthly subscriptions make life a lot sweeter and easier. There’s nothing better or more simple than a subscription box…pay a small monthly fee, then wait for a box of goodies to show up at your door. Love it? Keep it! Not so much, cancel or send it back (if it’s a Stitchfix) and move onward!

 

Stitch Fix Box

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This is for the person who wants to update their closet but is maybe pressed for time to shop…think, working mothers with young children! Stitch Fix can step in as your personal stylist. They carefully collect a profile of information outlining your size and style then send you a box of five clothing and accessory items. You’ll pay a $20 styling fee per box, but if you keep any of the pieces, the $20 counts toward your purchase. If you keep all five, you’ll receive an additional 25% off the total price. Stitch Fix gives you the personalized advice you’d typically find in a boutique or higher-end department store but…the stylists rely on the initial survey to make perfect selections. Stitch Fix asks questions like…“How do you prefer clothes to fit the bottom half of your body?” and “What do you like to flaunt? What would you rather keep covered?” Try it, your closet will thank you!

$20/month

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CraftedTaste

Cocktail of the month subscription? Yes, please!! I like to drink seasonally but sometimes get stuck on my same summer cocktails. Crafted Taste delivers amazing craft cocktails from some of the world’s top bartenders. It’s fun to discover a new drink and get to play around with ingredients that might be hard to find on your own. Each kit includes all the full sized ingredients needed to create the cocktail at home, easy to follow instructions, other cocktail ideas you might want to experiment with and recommended food parings. Crafted Taste is all about learning, experimenting, sharing modern cocktails, and expanding your home bar.

 

$130/month

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HelloFresh

My friend Lisa told me about HelloFresh over the summer and I’ve been hooked sense then. I’ve gotten my Mom and my fellow teacher friends hooked too…everyone loves HelloFresh! My husband and I do love cooking dinner, but on busy weeks we sometimes wish there was someone else to take care of the planning and shopping. This is a huge reason of why our family enjoys HelloFresh. It’s perfect for a busy family who loves to eat well. It’s also a no brainer…saving you a grocery store trip! It also works with your budget…three meals for four people at only $129!! HelloFresh delivers great recipes and fresh ingredients to your doorstep weekly or as you’d like them too…there’s no commitment. I love that I can cook quick and healthy meals for my family and everyone is happy!

$60-129/month

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Birchbox

This is the perfect present for your best friend, mom, teachers…One of my favorite packages to receive! Birchbox lets you try high-end beauty samples and discover new products without committing to buying a full-size item. Based on your personal profile, each box will contain five to six travel-size skincare, makeup, and perfume samples, all geared to your specific taste. You might also score some non-beauty extras—think hair ties, water bottles, and ear buds. The company also caters to men…check out Birchbox Man as well.

$10/month

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Tea, dessert, ibuprofen and tampons. What do these four products have in common? They’re all included in The Period Store’s monthly packages. Women can customize their monthly package right before their period starts…just fill out information about their cycles on the website and can customize packages to include your favorite products. Each package also comes along with some painkillers, two tea bags, a 5×7 piece of art and a gourmet treat.

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These amazing monthly boxes may be a gift from you to you, but that doesn’t take away any of the excitement…just wait until you get the phone call, “You’ve got mail!”

Juice Your Way to Beautiful Skin

 

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Drinking fresh juice is a great way to start the day. Sometimes you wake up in the morning and you just feel and look so tired…we all need to reset and restart. The cure for that feeling is fresh juice. It’s like drinking liquid health. Not only can it make you feel good but it can improve your skin’s appearance and make you glow like a pearl. It’s easy to look your best when you feel good about what you’re putting in your body. If you’re dreaming of having a flawless face that requires little makeup then start juicing. Drink your way to gorgeous skin and let your inner beauty shine through.

Here are ten foods that can help you get amazing skin:

ApplesApples not only keep you healthy but they help to give you flawless and glowing skin. Apples contain antioxidants that prevent wrinkles.

Pears: Pears help to keep our skin smooth and soft. They are rich in vitamin C and K and help keep wrinkles away and skin clear and moisturized.

Cucumbers: Cucumbers are rich in silica and can improve the complexion of your skin and because it’s high in water content, it also keeps your skin hydrated.

Lemons: Both lemons and oranges are high in vitamin C and act as a good cleanser to give you flawless skin.

Carrots: Carrots are loaded in vitamin A which prevents blemishes and wrinkles.

Celery: Celery, like cucumbers, help to hydrated the skin and gives you a natural glow.

Beets: Beets are full of vitamin A, C and K which reduces blemishes, rejuvenates the skin, prevent blemishes and wrinkles.

Strawberries: Strawberries make the skin younger and smoother, whiten teeth, and reduce under-eye puffiness.

Kale: Kale is full of fiber, sulphur and rich in vitamins A and C. It also has anti-inflammatory benefits that helps you stay less bloated, which can prevent puffiness on the face.

Ginger: Ginger improves the appearance of your skin by removing toxins and stimulating circulation. It improves elasticity making your skin more firm and youthful.

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Try these recipes to get you started juicing:

Orange Surprise

Carrot juice is surprisingly sweet, and goes well with oranges.

  • 3 oranges
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • a few big handfuls of kale
  • 1 knob of fresh ginger

Cut oranges and carrots into chunks, and remove big seeds or pits. You don’t need to worry about those in fruits like apples and pears…a juicer will filter them out. It’s a good idea to alternate between soft pieces and hard ones. Finish with the hard produce to push through anything that’s stuck.

Apple Delight

  • 1 medium beet, chopped
  • 1/2 lemon, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 sweet apples, chopped

Press all ingredients through a juice extractor. Stir and serve immediately.

Green Refresher

  • 2 pears
  • 1 knob of fresh ginger
  • 1 chopped cucumber
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped

Press pear, ginger, cucumber, and celery through a juice extractor. Stir and serve immediately.

Berry Blend

  • 3 oranges
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled
  • 1 cup raspberries

Press ingredients through a juice extractor and serve immediately.

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Happy juicing!

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How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Un Petit Guide

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French women “don’t get fat,” are always elegant and effortlessly chic… How do they do it? We non-Parisian woman can learn something from Caroline de Maigret and her co-authors Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan and Sophie Mas in How to be Parisian Wherever You Are? Love, Style, and Bad Habits.  I imagine these four women to be the French equivalent to the American Sex and the City girls…”without her girls gang, the Parisian is incomplete.”

There’s hope for us non-Parisian women because the most famous Parisienne women are foreigners: Marie Antoinette, Josephine Baker, Romy Schneider, Jane Birkin…

Add some joie de vivre to your winter and read How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are. It will make you laugh as you slip into their ballet flats and tap into your inner Parisian.

Fashion:

  • Wear a black bra under your white blouse.
  • Do not wear too much make-up, too many colors, too many accessories.
  • Do not wear logos. You are not a billboard.
  • Do not wear sweatpants. No man should ever see you in those. Except your gym teacher. Leggings are tolerated.
  • All you need is one signature item: the one you wear when you need to feel strong.
  • Do not match your purse with your outfit.
  • Wear navy blue with black. (And red with pink, a la Yves Saint Laurent.)
  • Don’t follow trends. (Trends follow you)
  • Your bag is not an accessory; it’s your home (…) If it is beautiful on the outside, that’s just to keep up appearances. And so that no one ever wonders what’s inside.
  • A small silk scarf is an essential to the Parisian wardrobe.
  • The Parisian wears very little jewelry: a fine chain, a simple ring, a family heirloom. It is as discreet as possible.
  • Parisians love going to the market. To go to a market, dress casually and carry a large basket over your shoulder.

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Beauty:

  • Either go all gray or no gray hair. Salt and pepper is for the table.
  • Short, clean nails, sometimes worn with nail polish but not always. Simplicity is key. In fact, the French manicure is something of an enigma: it is the exact opposite of French chic. The Parisian does not understand the point of it and never wears it.
  • Do not have lip augmentation. It makes you look like a duck.
  • Of all the precious fabrics you love, your skin is without a doubt the one that fascinates you most of all.
  • In Paris, the rules are clear; you anticipate, you prepare for the future, but you’re never totally correct.
  • You never go to bed without taking off your makeup.
  • Cheat on your perfume, but only on cold days.
  • What you need for a restorative hair mask: Rum, honey, two egg yolks, and the juice of a lemon.
  • Enjoy the face you have today. It’s the one you’ll wish you have ten years from now.
  • Always look as if you are gazing at the sunset. Even during rush hour in the Metro. Even when picking up frozen pizza from the supermarket.

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Motherhood:

  • When pregnant…The word pregnant is an adjective. It describes you, it doesn’t define you. You replace your Bloody Marys with Virgin Marys, but that’s it: you’re no saint.
  • The Parisian is a selfish woman. A loving mother, yes, but nonetheless incapable of forgetting herself completely.
  • The Parisian does not stop existing the day she has a child. She does not give up her somewhat adolescent lifestyle, her nights out with friends, her parties, or her mornings-after feeling worse for wear.
  • According to the Parisian, this joie de vivre is the best way of inspiring children to grow up. And also the best way for mothers to never miss the lives they led before they had children.
  • A Parisian never hires a babysitter who is too pretty, always finding the less attractive one to be far more competent.
  • You don’t share the photos from your last ultrasound with your entire address book: you still have some secrets.

Hosting a diner party:

  • Never say “Bon Appetit!” when you sit down for a meal.
  • On Saturday night, the Parisian stays home and hosts intimate dinner parties. The true Parisian never goes out in restaurants and nightclubs on Saturday night.
  • When hosting a diner, the trick lies not in being a gourmet chef, but rather mastering a couple of recipes perfectly. One of them should be easy so that you can rustle it up at the last-minute. The other should be very complicated, to wow your friends.
  • The cook should never appear stressed out – everything must look effortless.
  • Your glasses on the table don’t have to match but they should be clear (nothing colored) and should all have stems.
  • At a Parisian’s table you will often find Laguiole folding knives, named after the French village where they are made.
  • Parisian’s favorite dinner topics: Politics, sex and adultery.

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Advice:

  • Laughing at yourself is better for your health than crying.
  • Do not take yourself too seriously.
  • The Parisian never gives too much away. When it comes to revealing herself, she follows one golden rule: less is definitely more.
  • Take the time to take the time because nobody else will do it for you.
  • Drink at least one glass of red wine between 7:30pm and 10:30pm
  • Asprin in the water makes your roses live a little longer.
  • Cancel your gym session to have a drink with your friend who’s just been dumped.
  • Be thankful that you always wear nice lingerie – you never know what might happen.
  • One should never attempt to hug a Parisian. La bise (kiss on the cheeks) may bring faces together, but bodies must stay apart.

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Love:

  • The Parisian is in love with the idea of love. To a pathological degree. Her entire life revolves around the flutterings of her heart.
  • Statistically speaking, Parisians don’t often get married, but every Parisian dreams of her wedding.
  • The man carries your suitcases and your shopping – a woman only ever carries her handbag.
  • When it comes to kissing, the Parisian does it the same way she does everything else: with cinematic flair. Preferably all kissing should take place in the middle of the street. The city is after all her stage and she treats each kiss like a once-in-a-lifetime performance.
  • Always be baisable: when standing in line at the bakery on a Sunday morning, buying champagne in the middle of the night, or even picking the kids up from school. You never know.
  • The man pours your wine; you should never have to touch the bottle. It suits him- that way you’ll get drunk faster.

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FarmHouse Fresh Beauty Products from Deep in the Heart of Texas

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My great-grandmother was a beautician. My Mom has the most beautiful memories of being a child in her salon. She talks about the smells and the happy buzz of the women “getting beautiful.” I remember the smell of my Mom’s Jean Nate bath splash and thinking it was so glamourous. I’ve always had an obsession with beauty products. As a teenager, I loved making my own beauty treatments. My friend Jen and I would have home spa days and be content to relax in a homemade face mask while flipping through the latest teen magazines of Sassy, Seventeen and YM.

I found some products that make me reminisce for the days when I made them myself and were probably very similar to what my great-grandmother used in her beauty salon. FarmHouse Fresh is a North Texas company of natural bath, body and facial beauty products. Texan’s have a reputation for glamour. Dallas women are known to be beautiful all around the world so it makes sense that this line is coming from deep in the heart of Texas. I imagine Betty Draper (from Mad Men) would have an appreciation for FHF’s vintage 60’s packaging.

FarmHouse Fresh lovingly packages their products in charming little jelly jars, country glass cruets and glass bottles that look like an old-fashioned Coke. They make you long for a time when you weren’t in a hurry to go to the beauty shop because you had other places to be. That’s what makes FarmHouse so special…the products look like they took a lot of time and put old-fashioned southern care into them. You almost expect the milk man to deliver them to your home.

Now is the time to be good to your skin. Winter weather and too much holiday fun can give skin a beating. The things that sound so nice to us when it’s cold…hot toddies, house heaters and hot baths are the things that rob our skin of its natural balance. Winter skin craves hydration to replenish the moisture that it’s missing.

Do you juice? Consuming nutrient-rich vegetables in their purest form acts like a miracle cream for the skin. My daughter woke up on New Year’s Day exhausted from staying up late the night before. I knew that I needed to juice some apples and celery to get us going and start the day clean and fresh. Using natural beauty products like FHF is a way to juice from the outside. Scary fact…your skin retains the memory of every party you’ve ever gone to…which is why we need to nourish it and juice from the outside too. I’m excited to do that with Texas products like FarmHouse Fresh.

These are some of my favorite FHF products:

Wine Down Overnight Super Antioxidant Recovery Serum

I put my Wine Down on before going to bed and when I wake up, I look bright eyed and bushy tailed.  I like knowing that Wine Down is made from Texas winery grapes. This cocktail of vegetables, unripened fruit and Texas wine helps to reduce the look of pores, fine lines and dark circles while hydrating the skin. This pretty burgundy-hued overnight anti-aging serum is like a super food for a healthy face…just like juicing!

Bonus fact: InStyle Magazine selected Wine Down as one of the best products for serious skin repair.

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Honey Heel Glaze

This is an eraser for dry spots on heels that instantly soaks into the skin. Just put a dollop on said spots, rub it in and say hello to pedicured feet. You can also apply to flaky, dry patches on your toes or even knuckles. The Farmhouse Fresh Honey Heel Glaze is made with genuine honey and aloe leaf juice.  Brushing on this moisturizing glaze is sure to invigorate your tired, dry feet while the honey relaxes you!

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Fluffy Bunny Shea Butter

Fluffy Bunny is a buttery bliss for the body and perfect for sensitive skin. The chicory root soothes irritated skin and the sweet almond oil makes your skin feel as soft as a fluffy bunny.

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Sundae Best Chocolate Softening Mask

One whiff of this chocolate sundae and you’ll want to dig in with a spoon. It smells amazing and makes your face extra kissable. Cocoa, coconut milk and honey will make your skin silky smooth and help fight off wrinkles and dryness.

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Wishing you a beautiful winter! xx

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Holiday Fête …Disco Style!

 

I have holiday “disco” fever. I’m ready to don my sequins and eat, drink and boogie during holiday season. Bring on the glitter…it’s time to celebrate and have some fun!Shine:
The holiday season is filled with fête after fête which require us to fill our closet with glittery frocks. My motto is that you can never be too overdressed or too sparkly during the holidays. It’s so much fun to get all dressed up and pile on the sequins, fur and jewelry. A little black dress is quickly pushed aside for eye-catching clothing that shines, moves and sparkles! Bring on the shine with these Sparkle Uggs, Kate Spade glitter phone case and Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe nail polish

Wear:
My favorite collection of the moment is Haute Hippie. The designs are chic with bohemian glamour and disco pizzazz. The fringe tank would be so much fun to dance in and the sequined dress is a show stopper. Kate Spade always does holiday style with lady like sparkle. Wearing these Kate Spade Charm shoes would be like a disco ball for your feet. These 7 skinny electric blue jeans  will turn heads and inspire all night disco dancing. 

Sip:
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Prosecco Gold Rush is the disco fête drink for the holiday season. 
12 ozs sparkling wine (chilled, prosecco)
2 ozs gold flaked vodka (chilled)
1 12 ozs schnapps (cinnamon, goldschlager) 

Pour Prosecco into a clear glass without ice. Add vodka and cinnamon schnapps, and stir to mix gold flakes evenly through the drink. The holidays with a bubbly-based drink are just so much more fun! Salute!

Decorate:
I love the cheerful glamour that disco adds to the home. Walking up these stairs and cooking in this kitchen would make me smile…and dance!

 

Listen:
My favorite dance soundtrack has to be The Last Days of Disco. If you like to dance, you’ll love it too. Other songs for a disco fête would have to include:

Bee Gees, Stayin’ Alive
Deee-Lite, Groove is in the Heart
Chic, Le Freak
Jamiroquai, Virtual Insanity
Michael Jackson, You Rock My World  

 

I’m going to France today…sort of!

À quelque chose malheur est bon. Every cloud has a silver lining…if you can’t go to France, bring France to your home.

Wear: Something French and fabulous! If I had on one of these French inspired outfits, my day would surely be wonderful! Kate Spade has a French flair with a great sense of humor…especially this season. I love the Pardon My French and Joie de Vivre shirts. Anything striped seems French to me…bien sur! Stripes never go out of style. I love the color contrast on the Madewell shirt and the simplicity of the striped dress.

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. ~Coco Chanel

Use: Paper that makes you smile. Wouldn’t you love to receive one of these merci or global greeting cards in your mailbox. The cities calendar will be a treat to use for the coming new year.

Tout arrive en France. (Everything happens in France) ~François de La Rochefoucauld

Read: When I need an escape, I tell my friends and family, “I’m going to France!” I do go to France…through books! These books make me happy: At My French Table, French Essence and Lunch in Paris.

Toute chose appartient à qui sait en jouir. (Everything belongs to those who can appreciate it) ~André Gide

Listen: To French Cafe Radio on Pandora and hear music from Pink Martini, Nina Simone, Madeleine Peyroux…jazzy artists that will have you imagining you’re in France as you clean your house.

Art is the most beautiful deception of all. And although people try to incorporate the everyday events of life in it, we must hope that it will remain a deception lest it become a utilitarian thing, sad as a factory.
~Claude Debussy

Buy: It’s the little things in life that make us smile! I love a rainy day when I can carry my red Merde il Pleut umbrella. The merde pillow is a happy little accent to any chair. Who wouldn’t love to open this box of colorful macaroons?

Shit always sounds better in French!
Pardon my French