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last of july! (finally): selling baked goods on the street, trying to dress up a little, nail polish, the first thing i bought with my money, red door spa products show up on my doorstep

So, it’s the end of August and officially summer is ending, too. I got a little busy, but I haven’t forgotten that we never covered the least few weeks of July. I basically spent July working up my new baking business Chubby Chubs (cookies, granola bars, blueberry raspberry pound cake, etc), and living my life. I had some invitations- but every time I tried to go somewhere, it backfired.

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The last few weeks of July were all about getting up at the literal crack of dawn (and not 12 or 2pm, which is what I usually think of as early) and baking. There’s something so calming and wonderful about having a set of instructions to follow that leave your house smelling like cake. I love cake… especially mine! I started making granola bars from scratch because customers have been asking for them. Those are my raisin/sunflower seed/coconut bars in the photo.   

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I decided that I needed to step up my game a little, and at least try to look decent. Even though I was exhausted, I did my best. My skin was acting up, too, because of the heat. I started my get dressed properly program with my fave sack dress from Uniqlo. It’s a silk/cotton blend and I’ve had it forever. I put it together with the Lisa Hoffman Beauty fragrance bracelets that I was sent (did we talk about that? Yeah! DELIVERY!), and fell in love with. They are so easy to wear, and I love the little whiff of fragrance that I get as my hands move around. the sandals? You already know… weavement by Cat Footwear. I jazzed it up by wearing the Stila stay all day liquid lipstick in Fiery and Zoya nail polish in Carmen red, just to wake myself up.  julyrecap4

  This is me at my little table. My business… I LOVE doing this. The corner has a nice breeze and steady foot traffic. It’s not I can read, and back before I broke my sippy cup, I would hang and drink iced tea or coffee that I made fresh. I keep my earnings in this cute Le Sportsac pouch that I got at Caravan Stylist Studio back in June. julyrecap5

 I tried to do something pretty everyday, but I admit that it was not easy. The early mornings were wearing me down, and to be honest- it was hot and I was lazy. Luckily I have a few things that you can throw on and look ok, and I had my zosia sandals from Cat Footwear, and I polished my toes with Obsess from Illamasqua. I mean, toenails say a lot about a woman.

This is me trying to keep it together:

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 there’s a little Joe Fresh (the grey dress that I knot at the waist, channeling a grecian toga type thing), some Bobi Los Angeles (the aqua maxi, and the peach cowl neck tank), that Modcloth tshirt I got for Christmas 3 years ago, and discount store summer dresses (I cut the green one in half to make a skirt). I did the best I could. Style? Awake and dressed.

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  I got some more stuff, in addition to the bracelets that made me so giddy. I got my first box of Red Door Spa Professional products, in the form of their Signature Luxurious Body wash, Milk & Honey Sugar Scrub, and Milk & Honey Nourishing Body Cream. You can only get their products at the spa locations? But they just opened one in Union Square, here in NY.

Then I got a box from GLO Science with maintenance supplies. I got the Glo Solo teeth whitening vials, the GLO whitening antioxident superberry toothpaste, and this Everyday Glo teeth whitening maintenance pen. Nice! So that’s what you need after you use the teeth whitening device- you have to maintain the whitening effect or you did all of that for nothing.

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 I had to go downtown one day, so in order to go further than the corner I used my new Red Door Spas Professional products to get clean (and soft- that Milk & Honey Sugar Scrub is crazy amazing. Instant silky skin), and my Dry Idea Stain Clear deoderant which I’ve been using all summer and pretty happy with the results (I don’t stink and I don’t have white stains all over my clothing). As usual, I keep the makeup simple- Aquamatic waterproof glide on eye shadow pencil in S60 from Makeup Forever, Bobbi Brown pot rouge, Jurlique Love balm, and a Lauren Napier Cleanse towelette in my purse for just in case.

I wore my Nikki Poulos dress– a simple stretchy dress with a simple graphic print, and my new best friend the Lisa Hoffman Beauty fragrance bracelet in red jade and neroli scent. No stress. I toted my ParMana Designs Dream Awake bag for hit of color, and a smile.

 I just walked downtown to enjoy the weather and took pics that whole way there. These are some of my favorite: julyrecap94 julyrecap95 julyrecap96

 I had a few appointments and errands,and ended up eating a bowl of homemade style chicken and dumpling soup at Golden Krust. I could not have done any better myself. I had a patty crust with it, and my lunch only cost me $5- and it was filling and tasted like real food, not preservatives and fake flavoring. On my way home I stopped off in Rainbow and poked around. I love these crazy earrings! So dramatic. This body conscious dress, with the right jacket and shoes, could pass muster, too. It’s cute, and you would could feel good wearing and looking feminine without stressing yourself out. julyrecap97

I ended up stressing myself out later by agreeing to go into Manhattan to meet with Sara Taringhi-Murphy of ParMana Designs. She wanted to meet up, and also use my bag in a photo shoot. Since she came through for me when I needed it, I wasn’t going to say no… UNFORTUNATELY this was that month when my phone drowned, so I was trying to do everything via email and ended up messing up. It’s too bad, because I managed to get myself together pretty nicely. I had a cotton pique Harve Bernard blouse with the most adorable short sleeves, my fiery orange Ann Taylor skirt with the kickpleat and front pickets, and my new Lisa Hoffman fragrance bracelet in green jade and clary sage scented pendant.

julyrecap98  I was also wearing my ParMana Designs handbag, and I tucked my best friend the leopardskin cardi inside for safekeeping. I took the train into the city, and got off at historic Columbus Circle (Lincoln Center! The Opera! NYFW!) to run over to the Hudson Hotel to meet Sarah. I was a little late, so I waited in the lobby. I kept waiting, just walking around the lobby and looking at everything, then I left. Turned out Sarah was on the roof shooting and because my phone was broken, I hadn’t gotten her messages, and the front desk had no idea where she was. So I wasted carfare and went all the way to the city and got nothing done.

The Hudson Hotel is really cool, though- so I’m kinda glad that I went.

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The next day I went back to my table…

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  I stand in between the lady who sells mangoes and the guy who sells jewelry. Some days people walk right by me since I’m brand new at this, and they don’t want to take a chance. I have some good days and some lame ones. But that’s how you build a business- go out and swing for the bleachers every day. Sometimes you’ll hit a home run. Slowly but surely, by the end of July I had a few repeat customers and I was determined to make this work for me.

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Independence! One slice of cake at a time…

See you guys soon! can’t wait to finally get into August…

Happy Labor Day!

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in which i got to the influenster/DKNY #MYNY perfume launch and photograph rita ora, shoot some streetstyle, and get a pretzel from dominique ansel

I’ve been working with the website influenster.com to review products since last year. This adventure started like so many others- I opened my email box and ‘pop’! I had an invitation to an event in NYC’s Madison Square Park.  Seems that DKNY was throwing a launch party to celebrate the introduction of their new perfume, MY NY. Not only were they going to be giving away free samples of the new perfume? But stars Rita Ora and Chrissy Teigen woere going to be on hand, and (much to my foodie delight) pastry star Dominique Ansel (he actually invented the cronut) was going to be at the launch giving every one a free heart-shaped pretzel. Did they have to ask me twice? 

C’mon. This is me we’re talking about!

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I packed my new Life is good slouchy floral knapsack (more about this later when I finally finish recapping July and start talking about August properly) with all the neccessities: New York magazine fashion issue, Desigual laptop bag from NYFW with Asus netbook, and my new friend- Stuffy Hello Kitty McStuffins (more about him later- let’s not get ahead of ourselves, ok?). I decided on a look that I call ‘camp chic’. Green bucket hat, bought on Fulton street for $8, Life is good LOVE creamy shirttail henley over a $1 discount store tank, and the cute bag that I already mentioned.

I wore my Catfootwear Zosia sandals and painted my protruding toenails with Illamasqua Obsess nail varnish and Zoya Yana nail polish, using the second toe as my contrasting accent. My eyes are lined with butter LONDON WINK eye pencil in Union Jack Black, a creamy liner that even I can’t keep from looking amazing. My eyes really popped behind those Grafton frames from the glasses.com’s Kensington Road collection.

I was ready for a day that was sure to include wandering around in the sun trying to dodge photographers in order to get photos. I had no idea that my day would be, well, fun. 

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MYNYevent3When I got there I immediately saw the Rita Ora festooned DKNY bus stop and headed straight over. Everywhere you looked there was someone handing out the red, heart shaped perfume samples or water with the #MYNY hashtag. I walked around shooting pics with my phone, just setting the mood to show off here on the blog, and then Rita Ora showed up.  

MYNYevent4 I casually drifted as close as I could and just held my phone still and shot whenever I saw an opening. One thing I learned early in photography school- just wait for your moment. People were flipping out, taking a million shots, trying to angle their camera phones, and missing out. I stood, aimed the phone, and just kept my eye on the screen and my finger on the shutter button. Every time I saw a break in the scrum around her I took a photo.

I didn’t get close ups, but you can see her cute Betsey Johnson-esque razor cut bob (wig?) and the trademark red lips. Her silver DKNY dress is one that I would definitely wear, just layering with it for fall/winter. I actually mention that in my Full Metal Jacket post, which is exclusively on Lucky Community. She wore it with silver platform sneakers. I would have liked to see a little accessorizing, but maybe they didn’t want to detract from the perfume. 

MYNYevent5One thing that I did differently was to actually approach people for streetstyle, instead of being anti-social and sneaky. For the first time I felt comfortable just walking up to people and asking their permission. I guess using the phone instead of a real camera takes the pressure off? Anyway, I saw really cool people, like blogger Sameda Coulson (in the tied front shirt and heart-shaped sunnies). Everyone had something special going on, from the cool schoolgirl of this floral shift from Zara with Chanel referencing phone case, to the crisply grown up lady with the gorgeous white dress adorned with geometric lines. Style! 

MYNYevent6I was actually getting ready to leave when I ran into Tami Periera of the blog  Ciao Bella 29. I was so not into standing on that line to get a pretzel! But instead, Tami pulled me into her little orbit and we ended up talking and bang! we were next to meet Dominique! I was so nervous, but I managed to get this portrait with my phone. Isn’t he adorable? And he even made a dipping sauce to go with the pretzel! That’s a real chef. AND he was out there all day handing out pretzels. He is my baking hero forever. 

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 After getting my Dominique Ansel MYNY pretzel, I ended up getting my photo taken by the DKNY staff photographer. hazel, one of the lovely people interacting with the crowd that day (and she’s from Lincoln, Nebraska- so cool!)  was in the bus stop helping people like me download their free MYNY heart souvenir photos. See:MYNYevent8THIS IS MY NY!!!

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product review: vinrella water bottle umbrellas, or why didn’t anyone do this before?!?!?

This is one of those ‘duh!’ products that make you wonder why you never thought to ask how come umbrellas come in crackly plastic or easily soaked cloth sheathes instead of plastic canisters. Vinrella, a brand new company started by an enterprising mother and daughter from Texas, has done the most practical thing in the world- put a cover on an umbrella that protects your belongings from getting soaked. WaterBottle_UmbrellasI got a query asking if I’d be interested in working with the product, and this was a no brainer yes. I was raised by a Guyanese mother with Victorian English values. She was death on leaving the house without tissues, mints, and an umbrella in your purse or bookbag. A lady must be prepared! However, I am always getting stuck with a wet umbrella, shoving it in a plastic bag and then forgetting about it. Then I end up with a mildew-y rusty umbrella that is no longer cute. The Vinrella water bottle umbrella seemed like an answer to my prayers. 

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I picked red, since it is my unbreakable habit to buy only red umbrellas. I like the idea of pulling out a bright, bold color on a grey and drizzly day. The Vinrella bumbershoot was the perfect red, with a pattern that matches the plastic water bottle style canister that it comes in. You fold up the umbrella and it fits quite neatly into the canister. The handle screws on securely, so you could actually clip this to your bag, along with your keys. I popped it into my bag when I went out to do my street vending for the day (which is going quite nicely, thank you!).

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Popped it right into my Life is good stowaway canvas tote. Where it fit like any other umbrella or water bottle. So far so good… but what’s gonna happen when it actually rains? I’ll tell you…

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I literally got caught outside in the rain after an event. I had just started home and there was a massive crack of thunder and the heavens opened. Yes! I pulled my Vinrella umbrella out of my bag, unscrewed the canister, and unsheathed my umbrella. I went out and while others were scurrying, I was sheltered under a decent sized cover, in stunningly defiant red with flowing peacock feather graphic.

I got to my destination, closed the umbrella with the plastic button which is so much easier to find and operate than the usual metal blade thingy. I got it closed, and swirled the wet umbrella back together and put it in the canister. DONE. That’s it- I was done. My stuff was dry and I just opened the umbrella at ome and let it air dry overnight, then back in it’s canister. 

Drawbacks? If you’re making multiple trips make sure to pour the collected water out of the canister, and I worry a little about whether or not the plastic bottle will break and how will I replace it if it does. 

The Vinrella umbrella (you can get it in water bottle or wine bottle holders) retails for $20 and comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Check them out here. They’ve already been featured in Cosmopolitan magazine, Family Circle and on the Today show with good reason- this is a cool idea, and saves your purse, cosmetics, extra gym shoes, etc from getting soaked even though you made it through the rain. 

Good job!

 

 

Accessories, Fashion, Glasses

In which I get new glasses from the exclusive Kensington Road collection from Glasses.com

Opening email is an adventure when you blog or regularly publish content online. Sometimes there’s nothing but twitter updates and tumblr announcements, and sometimes? There’s Christmas.  

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I got an email from someone who had seen my NY Fashion and Trends Examiner column. They asked me if I was interested in finding out more about the Kensington Road collection, Glasses.com’s first ever exclusive collection. My answer? Sure! Then they sent me a package with a big box of tea from Harrod’s, some chocolate covered digestive biscuits from McVitie’s and a coupon for a complete pair of glasses. The Kensington Road collection is designed to evoke the British influence of the 60s- a retro look that’s solid, dependable, and has a stiff upper lip.

 I’ve been wearing contacts for a few years, and I had recently started thinking about going back to glasses, so this came at exactly the right time.  

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 I looked through the Kensington Road frames and picked the Leighton style in black. I opted for the 15 day free trial just in case, since it was first experience with buying glasses online. The deal is that if you don’t like them, you can exchange them, no fuss. 

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 The actually looked really great, sort of Prada-ish. They reminded me of of my favorite Tom Ford frames. I loved the leather case, which looks like an old fashioned camera case with it’s caramel brown leather and flat top. A large, luxurious lens wiping cloth comes along with the glasses. Overall? Top marks for the presentation and packaging.  

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Unfortunately? I just wasn’t crazy about them, so back they went.  

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I ended up getting the Grafton frame in tortoiseshell in my new updated prescription. The minute they came out of the package I loved them. I love a restrained, British look with a little punk thrown in. Properly eccentric, properly crazed. These glasses suited the shape of my face, focus attention on my eyes,, and make me look serious. Geek chic? Yes, please! I was a nerd before it was cool, so you know…  

glassescom6Yeah, ok- the many moods of Sassy Ethnic Bohemian, but it works for me. I love my Kensington Road glasses from Glasses.com– I’d definitely order another pair to add to my eyewear wardrobe. My Graftons go with everything though, so it may be awhile.  

Pip, pip, cheerio, and all that! 

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1st weeks of July: the phone emergency, return to ordinary life, deliveries and prizes

The first week of July roared in and my lifted downshifted from the frenzy of the month before. However? there was a massive problem… 

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My phone drowned in ice cream. Yes. I was bringing home stuff from the Caravan Stylist Studio event, and I had thrown two small tubs of ice cream that melted in my bag- planning to dispose of them on the way to the subway. Why? because the garbage cans at the studio were too small!

Anyway, I put everything in that LL Bean Everyday tote and forgot because I was talking to someone. I rode all the way home not thinking about it, thinking my phone and my camera were safely in my ParMana Designs bag. Got home, unpacked my tote, and then…found the drowned tech corpses. I’m still saddened and shocked by the whole thing. From living it up to completely DONE in one train ride. 

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I actually did a blog post using pics from my Asus netbook! The camera is super janky and the res is so low, that’s almost worthless- but I had a job to do so whatever. Do or die, right? I actually like this selfie. I was trying to show off my Sinful Colors nailpolish in Sage Rose (which I got free from influenster.com in my SurfsUpVoxBox).  

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 This is the stuff that I had on deck to mess with the first week of July. There was my haul from Caravan, featuring MD Complete non-irritating pro peel and anti-aging eye wrinkle remover, plus two kinds of Fake Bake self-tanner. Then I got samples of youthglow and thirsty mud from Glam Glow Mud, Dove Oxygen Moisture shampoo and moisturizer from Pinch Me Box.

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Then out of the blue, with no effort on my part- I got an email offering me something. I THOUGHT I was just getting some free frames or something. Turns out that Glasses.com had just come up with their first exclusive collection called Kensington Road and they picked me to write about it! I thought that was cute, so I said yes. Next thing I new I got this huge package containing a box of tea from Harrods! I was like……huh? and  packet of chocolate covered digestive biscuits from McVities. um…what the what?

As I drank some Assam tea and munched the wickedly good biscuits, I read the press packet looking for clues. Well, the Kensington Road collection (which debuted on June 30th) was inspired by classic English frame styles. They actually sent a coupon for a free pair of glasses! Since I’m blind as a bat this was like manna dropping from heaven. We’ll talk more on this later. 

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I was still moping about my phone and camera- but then I remembered that I had an old LG Romour phone hidden away somewhere, so that solved my imaging needs for awhile. I used it to photograph these cute Lisa Hoffman fragrance bracelets that a nice pr lady sent me. So cute! they sent a green jade bracelet with silver beads and a red jade bracelet with gold tone beads and 14k gold plated scent charm.

The charm holds the scent beads. The red came with Tunisian Neroli (a sort of spicy scent) and the green bracelet had French Clary Sage beads to put in it’s filigree sterling silver charm. I love them. They retail for $65, and I love the face that people with sensitive skin can wear scent safely because of the way that the fragrance is delivered. Really great gift.

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I started on my (still upcoming) skincare/beauty roundup and got some more products delivered. I got a follow up package from Glo Science containing GLO antioxidant whitening toothpaste, GLO solo teeth whitening vials, and the Everday GLO teeth whitening maintenance pen. After you use the GLO Brilliant Teeth Whitening Device (you can read my review here) you still need to maintain your whitening results. 

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After all that rushing around, I realized that I had absolutely nothing to wear and I desperately needed to do the laundry. I had to overdress a little, but this pleated a-line spaghetti strapped sundress was $10 and it’s two years old. I wore my Lisa Hoffman fragrance bracelet in French Clary Sage, which is a fresh herbal fragrance. You can actually smell it as the bead filled charm warms up. 

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I got to use my Life is good Dockside Anchor Beach  tote for the first time. I mean it was just hauling laundry, but I did it stylishly and with optimism. As soon as I could I changed into a LOFT sweatehirt and my Cory Vines yoga pants and Catfootwear weavement sandals. Why? because I had to go grocery shopping…

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This is all I had in the fridge. Some oranges, perfume, and my makeup case. Also nail polish. 

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I turned to that Everyday Tote again (I prefer to bring a bag and save a little tiny piece of the planet when shopping) and managed to get about $60 worth of stuff in it- including this lovely asparagus. Yes, that is King Arthur bread flour behind the asparagus. I bake a mean loaf and some pretty nice biscuits and crackers with that stuff! 

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I resolved to try and exercise with this Denise Austin book on Pilates. In case you can’t see the quote it says: ‘Never understimate your power to change and improve. You are a good person with wonderful qualities and you can reach your goals.’ How cool is that? 

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I made myself some food- this is the Meat, Egg, and Cheese Pancake that I created out of greed and ravenous hunger. It was good as hell. I also made my first cinnamon buns! They were absolutely delicious. I sold them at my Chubby Chubs table the next day to get them out of the house. I LOVE that I know how to make cinnamon buns. I feel like I really accomplished something. Here’s the recipe I use, from Domino Sugar

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I also managed to mail out some prize packages that had been sitting around the house. The prize packages from the Sniffapalooza/The Makeup Show blog giveaways and the twitter Life is good aw2014 NYC debut/First Anniversary giveaways. yes- I was that backed up. 

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Three year twitter follower Sean Salo (aka @Ebbhead) got the Life is good package which also featured some Chubby Chubs homemade 3 sugar caramel popcorn. yay, Sean! 

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Lorie DelMundo got the First Anniversary/Life is Good/Influenster prize (female version) featuring Fake Bake, Zoya Carmen nail polish, and Sexy Hair Powder Play and Nikki Polous sexy retro 70s style silky strapless jumpsuit from Caravan Stylist Studio plus Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Lotion and Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Shampoo and Conditioner from Influenster (came in that SurfsUpVoxBox free). She can carry all of it in her peachy Flower Dockside tote from Life is good.Yay for Lorie!

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While all of this happiness was going on, I was trying to get AT&T to send me a new phone. After contacting them on twitter, I found an address on the website for their Device Support center. I was going to get a replacement phone if it killed me. 

Until next time!

Faith/SEB (xox and all that)

beauty, fragrance, makeup, NY Fashion Blogger Project, Summer

Red Door in the house!!

I have been lucky enough to build a couple of great relationships from blogging, and one of the best is with a company (that shall remain nameless) that regularly updates my supply of beauty products. 

I’ve been working on a skincare roundup featuring a slew of brands, but I had to take a second to talk specifically about Red Door Spa Professional Skincare from Elizabeth Arden

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The first shipment contained items from the Body Renewal Collection. The Signature Luxurious Body Wash is magnificent. It has a clean fresh scent, and washes thoroughly without stripping skin of moisture. And? It’s a GREAT bubble bath. The Milk & Honey Sugar Scrub is heavenly. I almost hate to use it because I’m afraid of running out! However, it scrubs away dead skin and dirt and leaves skin smelling prettily sweet and creamy to the touch. It is magic on the soles of your feet. Follow with the Milk & Honey Nourishing Body Cream, for more sensuous pampering. (Ok, I sound a little like Gina on Brooklyn 99 with that line, but I can’t help it. I’m in love!)

 

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Unboxing a shipment of Red Door Spa Professional Skincare items for a skincare roundup project.

 

This morning I got another shipment. They said ‘What would you like?’ and I was all- ‘Everything!’. So that’s what I got. I haven’t opened the products or tried them yet, but I’m very excited. What’s in the box? Only Targeted Skincare Treatments  like Lemon Burst Polishing Scrub, and Customized Daily Solutions like Cooling & Calming Gel Cleanser and the Calming Mask from the Sensitive Skin range, which includes the Calming Refreshing Toner and Calming Restorative Moisturizer. They even threw in a tub of the Olive Oil Moisturizing Salt Scrub

In this life, a girl can NEVER have too much luxury skincare. These products come from Red Door Spa’s 100 year history of hands-on spa expertise. All of these products are available exclusively through Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa locations nationwide, which you can find on www.reddoorspas.com. You can also hook up with them on twitter at @RedDoorSpas with questions or selfies, they’re pretty friendly! And if you’re a facebook junkie hit them up at facebook.com/ElizabethArdenRedDoorSpas

Gotta go, that box is calling my name! 

Fashion, Photography, Sassy Ethnic Bohemian, Style, Travel, Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Zig Zag (in Xilitla)

I was going to submit a fashion photo for the Weekly Photo Contest, but then I remembered that trip to Mexico… in 2008 I read a story about the sculpture garden, Las Pozas in Xilitla, Mexico. They said that the jungle was taking it over, and that it was falling into disrepair. Created by sculptor Edward James, it was a wonderland of twisting shapes, a thoroughly surrealist vision. My mission became clear- I HAD to go see it. I forced an ex-boyfriend into tagging along ( http://www.sheknows.com/living/articles/1023367/how-to-plan-a-safe-mexico-vacation) and I grabbed my Pentax K-1000, and went for it.

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No digital, all film- adventure! Even getting there was a zigzag- since I took a plane to Mexico City, then a plane to Tampico, then a bus to Xilitla, then a cab to Las Pozas

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 I mean, Cancun? cabo? Nah. I went in September, which is the Off Season. There was no one around but the natives of the area. And it was stunningly, heartbreakingly beautiful 02490014bw02490024

I even did a travel issue of my online zine, theMAGAZINE(ok) just so that I could write and show off my photos of Las Pozas:

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Never stick to the straight and narrow. Head left when everyone goes right, and you’ll see things that are wonderful. 

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