We were on the way to have dinner in Manhattan with my husband’s old college buddy and his family this past Friday. Since we arrived earlier that afternoon to expressly browse through some shops, like McNulty’s Tea & Coffee on Christopher Street, I happened to also tack on a quick walk to Bite Beauty’s Lip Lab located in Soho. Too bad they were getting ready for a private party since I would have had an old favorite lipstick remade… a beautiful mid-tone pink I can’t seem to find a good dupe for believe it or not though I’ve looked everywhere and driven various SAs mad over it in the process. I will have to schedule an appointment one of these days. I heard that they do an amazing job so I can hardly wait ;)!
If you are ever in Mrs. Greens or Whole Foods and are looking for a great cosmetics company, please give Mineral Fusion a try. So far I have purchased their eyeshadow trio in Fragile and 3 of their Sheer Moisture Lip Tints in Glisten (my favorite), Blush, and Flicker.
I bought Fragile from Mrs. Greens (might have seen it at Whole Foods too) and really love that it goes on smoothly, the color pay-off and lasting power is quite good. I’d definitely re-purchase this since it’s a great neutral trio to have and plan to buy this product in some of the other colors. It’s nice for travel due to its compact size. If you are wondering about the packaging of their products, I would say it’s reasonably good quality, feels relatively sturdy, has a transparent lid (helps you to easily see what you are looking for as you dig through your makeup; I’m not a fan of opaque covers), and I love the touch of micro glitter embedded throughout the earthy tan bottom of the compact I have.
Around the time I bought their jumbo lip pencils, I was also really into Bite Beauty’s jumbo lip pencils and wanted to do a comparison. Both goes on smooth and are very moisturizing. On occasion I have chapped lips and prefer using a moisturizing lipstick, lip pencil, or gloss over applying a lip balm then a color product… most times the application ends in disappointment when the color doesn’t deposit well. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that there’s a slight sweet flavoring to this product. I often wonder about such things since I’m sensitive to scents and can be very particular about it. I wish more reviewers would include such details in all their product reviews but very few do :(. BTW, if I ever forget, please don’t be afraid to ask. My favorite is the scent of MAC’s lipsticks I must admit.
I recommend MF’s products :). Also, best of all there’s no testing on animals! I’m under the impression that not all of their products are vegan. It’s best to call or email them if you want to make sure of this.
*Photocredit: Mineral Fusion
In 2014, Hallmark launched it’s first gnome home keepsake entitled “A Home for a Gnome” by Hallmark Keepsake Artist Tammy Haddix and while I wasn’t sure if this would indeed become part of a series, I searched again this past year 2015 while I was at my local Hallmark purchasing holiday greeting card sets. Lo and behold, there it was! I have a soft spot for the elementals so here are the two I have collected so far with a special Hallmark sneak peek for you (time to get excited!)…
2014 A Home for a Gnome
2015 Home Sweet Gnome
2016 Sneak Peek: Gnome for the Holidays Terrarium Tree Home $22.95?
Hi Everyone :), gosh I have really missed blogging! I’m back finally and doing a little Spring cleaning… major housekeeping.
My first post back is going to be about the darling Hallmark holiday ornaments I had picked up either before Christmas or during the 75% off post-holiday Hallmark sale back in January 2016. I have 3 favorites from Christmas 2015. You can probably still find these in new and pre-loved condition on eBay. Two of them are musical ornaments and one even lights up.
“A flash of red against the snow,
it’s always such a thrill
to spy a handsome cardinal,
who stays despite the chill
to brighten frosty winter days
with color and a song.
No wonder he is a such a
feathered favorite all year long!”
Hallmark Keepsake Artists: Rodney Gentry & Jim Kemme
Music: “Joy to the World”
“When you carry Christmas in your heart,
fun and happiness are just the start.
You’ll truly be more joyful you
when you carry Christmas all year through.”
Hallmark Keepsake Artist: Debra Nielsen
“It’s time for the Holiday Hoedown-
the annual “Jingle Bells” showdown
where Santa and crew
pick and grin just for you
in a toe-tappin’ musical throwdown.”
Hallmark Keepsake Artist: Sharon Visker
Music: “Jingle Bells”
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My last trip to Cape May brought us to The Bird House of Cape May as we were making our way home after a very nice visit and needed vacation. I picked up a couple of goodies while at the shop… a beautiful tasseled throw with impeccable weaving (on it was a calming beach scene and a sweet Adirondack styled chair) and a cotton nesting ball especially for my feathered friends.
My recent favorite has been Wild Birds Unlimited. I usually frequent the Katonah-Bedford Hills, Westchester New York location. They sell both supplies and bird themed gifts. I bought most of my stocking stuffers there this season. The prices tend to be mid-range. I consider them a local treasure. They have a number of other locations as well across the United States. They have the best customizable bird feeding station I’ve ever seen!
*Photocredit: The Bird House of Cape May in NJ & Wild Birds Unlimited
While this trend may not be for everyone, it’s certainly cute! I adore Abercrombie & Fitch’s take on it! I just placed an order for their high neck neoprene pleated dress with cut-out back in black… I was inspired to by the beautiful Miss Kelly Ferguson (KellyLovesBeauty1 of You Tube). Can’t wait to pair this with one of my more stylish stockings =), which sadly do not receive much wear ever (part of valuing your purchases includes using and enjoying them to the fullest). What’s terrific about this dress is that it goes with just about any style shoe and can be dressed up or down: leather boots, ballet flats, sandals of all types, Converse sneakers, or even those recently popular slip-on leather sneakers.
P.S. A&F has become my favorite denim brand! Their jeans fit me like a glove and better yet, no hemming needed despite the fact that I’m only 5’3.” Also, yayyy to their awesome occasional discounts! My favorite? High-rise destroyed skinnys in either the dark or medium wash, though I just placed an order for a light wash since I have way too few of those and I needed to just step out of my comfort zone ;)
*Photocredit: Abercrombie & Fitch
For any of you who own anything from Cleobella’s famous Mexicana collection, I’d love to hear from you… It looks like a lovely product to own and I can imagine a hardworking artisan lovingly pouring hours into its creation… Please let me know your thoughts below. XOXO
Made especially for sci-fi fiction gal fans… Finally wears which are feminine and cute, if that’s what you’ve been looking for! With all the hype surrounding the recent The Avengers: Age of Ultron movie, I wanted to attend the viewing in style :)!
I’m not the biggest Black Widow fan so I suggested to Her Universe that a Maria Hill Shield jacket also be made. I did receive some enthusiastic responses to this request but we’ll see what will come of it. I’d definitely be the first in line for one! This company also stocks Star Wars, Dr. Who, Transformers, Star Trek, and Nerdist products.
*Photocredit: Her Universe
Here are two of my Star Trek favorites!
Being that I’ve been a very big fan of paper-based planners, it is no surprise that I became enticed by the Midori Traveler. I found out about it through one of Tracy Reinhardt’s a.k.a. Crazy Suburban Mom’s earlier You Tube posts. While I don’t use this wonderful cowhide leather buildable notebook as a traditional organizer, I do use it as a field book of sorts dedicated to my hummingbird observations e.g. sketches, feeding times, and general behaviors. I’ve gotten to know the principal characters of my garden fairly well. The brown Midori comes in two sizes (medium and pocket-sized versions) and I believe they just released one with a navy blue leather cover. You can also accessorize it to your liking (which I joyfully had done from day 1) :). I ordered mine from The Journal Shop in Spring 2014 and found the staff to be very pleasant to work with… I’m also very thankful for this since I had to rely on international purchase & shipping.
*Photocredit: Midori-Japan Company