February 18th, 2015 Posted in Fashion, Yoga | No Comments »
Between Black Friday, Cyber Friday, to Christmas 2014, I gladly took advantage of the generous sales and used eBates where I could (wish all stores participate in eBates). Anyone who is aware of Athleta’s regular prices especially would understand why I did. Athleta creates great quality fitwear, but most of the prices are really steep… I guess that could be said of designer sportswear in general. Remember that you don’t have to necessarily pay full price for good clothing or to build your wardrobe. I feel no shame to admit that I have accumulated some great casual pieces at Target too; many I wear for yoga or to the gym. Yayyy to double discounts and free shipping; I was able to purchase the awesome hooded sweater featured below at a much better price than I could have imagined!
November 10th, 2014 Posted in Cosmetics | No Comments »
Years ago I was exploring as much of Soho as I could fit after work (yipeee for retail therapy!) and before having to go home to start dinner… my first of many Manhattan shopping adventures… I found their cute little boutique sandwiched in-between Anya Hindmarch’s and Anna Sui’s. I fell in love with their eyeshadows and one of their nude lipsticks (named Nouveau?) and for the first time did a continuous repurchase of that same color every time I ran out because the formula was so satiny smooth and this particular color was so flattering on me… Totally unprecedented! Since I feel that they are a great company largely overshadowed by some other cosmetic brands but well-deserving of special recognition, I’m featuring them on my blog today.
*Photocredit: FACE Stockholm
November 10th, 2014 Posted in candles, Spa Retreat | No Comments »
November 6th, 2014 Posted in Filofax | No Comments »
The only products I ever bought from Moleskine before this time were blank unlined notebooks for The Sketchbook Project (Brooklyn). I loved them for their simplicity, smooth pages, and light weight. After watching You Tube Chrissstttiiine’s positive review of the Moleskine Month Weekly Planner/Diary, I decided to check out their Month Daily version. Although it seems insane to be intentionally bombarded by new organizers all at once, I have been able to devise a plan of how I will use the lot in 2015 ;)! I wish I could have had a neatly packed shelf full of identical planners from one year to the next but I’m a butterfly of sorts; the beauty is in new discoveries. Yeahhh- a total commitment-phobe!.. Sanrio, Morning Glory, At-A-Glance, Kate Spade, Anya Hindmarch, Graphic Image, The Success Choice, Filofax, and who knows where inspiration will take me next???
November 6th, 2014 Posted in Filofax | No Comments »
June is when many companies release planner refills for the next year and I’m always looking for the perfect ones. Currently I have committed to the Filofax Daily pages. Last year I had enjoyed using The Success Choice system. While both have worked well for me, I’m always open-minded to try something different at the start of every new year (obviously hoping to find perfection). I’m a big fan of the Plannerisms blog and found a January 2010 post reviewing the Uncalendar system. I quickly zeroed in because it offers so much freedom in what you can record upon its pages! Besides writing down my daily schedule, I also prefer to record my meals, daily highlights including birthdays and such, communication going in and out, dreams, to dos, etc. I would love the option to doodle or graph as well. If you’re like me, go and check out the Uncalendar! My order arrived… I can’t wait to start 2015 on the right note and to customize it just the way I like =)!
*If you are seeking some inspiration, go to this page –> The Training Room A & The Training Room B
*I have also included Laurie of Plannerisms review of this product here –> http://www.plannerisms.com/2010/01/do-you-uncalendar.html
November 6th, 2014 Posted in Home & Garden, Special Projects | No Comments »
While I’m a big supporter of local nurseries/small businesses, sometimes I’m seeking particular plants that my nursery doesn’t normally stock or sold out of which forces me to seek out mail order companies. Late into the growing season, I was inspired to build up my largely ignored shade garden. For years I believed that only full or partial sun plants were worth my while, that only they were beautiful. I overlooked the astilbes, hellebores, dicentras, ferns, lily of the valleys, hostas, etc. All are lovely and well worth a second glance…
Jackson & Perkins
Nature Hills Nursery
White Flower Farm
Burpee Seeds & Plants
Home Depot Garden Center
Renee’s Garden Seeds
Gurneys Seed & Nursery
Spring Hill Nursery
Gardener’s Supply Company
*Photocredits: No Dig Gardener UK, Living Fashion New Zealand, & Thompson Morgan
October 14th, 2014 Posted in Fashion | 2 Comments »
It’s like “JCrew and Urban Outfitters had a baby”, a friend had said… so of course my attention was instantly captured! Aritzia offers many wonderful basics with an interesting design twist; which is refreshing to see! Here’s my current favorites… The Talula Trancas Jacket (a very versatile 3 season jacket, which one would never know from the online description) and TNA Botanie Jacket (slick lightweight bombers made popular last year which have carried over to this season) which means yayyy, I get a second chance since missing out last time ;)! Also, all my orders always arrive prettily and professionally packaged; I’m very impressed :)!
*Addendum on February 9, 2015:
For those wondering about how the Talula Trancas coat detaches, here are some pics I hope you will find helpful. Please feel free to ask more questions regarding this coat and I’ll do my best to clarify.
September 25th, 2014 Posted in accessories, Fashion, Handbags, Organization, Style & Fashion | No Comments »
My recent solution to messy contents sloshing around in my handbag are the helpful and lovely double zip pocket Walker Bags. I love them in metallic mesh for their elegance, though they do come in a range of other playful colors and even in single pockets.
*Photocredit: Walker Bags
September 19th, 2014 Posted in Arts & Crafts, Filofax, HummMomma's Journal | No Comments »
Since this is my first year in caring for the hummingbirds, their departure to the South has hit me quite hard :(. I still feel blessed to see a few migratory females now and then but sharing my garden with them brought me great joy and gave me a new sense of purpose. In order to remedy my literal empty next syndrome, I’ve been dreaming up next season’s garden design with a dual purpose as both hummingbird haven by day and a moonlight garden by night. I have also lined up multiple art projects e.g. cross-stitch, paper crafts, and field journal, all hummingbird themed of course, to keep me busy while I look forward to their return and the great hope that I will have even more hummers next year :)!
*Photos to follow of my completed projects. Pictured below is one of my loftier goals.
August 21st, 2014 Posted in accessories, beauty products, Cosmetics | No Comments »
Soft, durable, least shedding bristles, overall sleek design, grabs just the right amount of pigment whether natural or synthetic fiber [though this depends on you too ;)], fairly affordable (great investment), and easy to clean… these are all the things I love about my Sigma Beauty brushes :). I have two of their sets (use them daily for nearly 4 years), their full-size and travel-size; it’s ideal to have two different sizes. My only small qualm is with their eyeshadow brush (Pencil E30) which I use for the outer corners of my eyes; personally I would benefit from a smaller, stiffer brush since I don’t have the deepest creases. Most people don’t have to be concerned with this… To be fair, I may not be using the best brush for what I’m trying to achieve so I’ll have to look into another Sigma brush. Honestly they are the best brushes I’ve ever owned and trust me, I’ve owned a good number of them from many well-known brands.
*Photocredit: Sigma Beauty