FACE Stockholm

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

 

A Review of Ninjas Candles & Melts

November 10th, 2014 Posted in candles, Spa Retreat | No Comments »

You Tube’s Pookie Tanner did multiple in-depth reviews of this new company, Ninjas Candles & Melts, a few months ago and based on what I saw was encouraged to try a few of their products.  I’m so impressed with the quality of their 100% soy products (clean & fairly even burn, unique offerings, vibrant scent throw & scent endurance, attentive customer service, and thoughtful packaging).  So much pretty details that I can tell great pride has been put into every order =).  I highly recommend their products without hesitation and will probably put in another order once I get through with all the goodies from my initial one.  I received a gorgeous sterling silver 1.5″ 4 leaf clover mother-of-pearl pendant from one of their Fresh Bamboo Jewelry Candles (pictured below)!  Currently I’m enjoying a travel-sized candle in tin in the scent, Sweet Orange & Chili Pepper… yummy loveliness!  Go explore Ninjas ;)!

*Photocredit: NYCupcake

Obsessing Over Moleskine

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???

*Photocredit: Moleskine

Moleskine 12m-planner-2015-daily-pocket-black-hard-cover-fullsize-2

Should I Uncalendar???

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

 

*Photocredit: Uncalendar

Uncalendar NSPH

Uncalendar Lifestyle Pro Refill PHR-00006

uncalendar weekly

 

 

 

 

My Favorite Nursery Mail-Order Companies

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

Hirt’s Gardens

H. Potter

Renee’s Garden Seeds

Gurneys Seed & Nursery

Terrain

Spring Hill Nursery

Gardener’s Supply Company

Planet Natural

 

*Photocredits: No Dig Gardener UK, Living Fashion New Zealand, & Thompson Morgan

 

 

Autumn & Winter Ready!

October 14th, 2014 Posted in Fashion | No 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 :)!

*Photocredit: Aritzia

 

Getting Organized with Walker Bags

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

 

Keeping Busy

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.

*Photocredit: 123Stitch.com

hummingbird and fuchsias crossstitch

My Favorite Cosmetic Brushes: Sigma Beauty

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

 

The Vintage Beauty

August 21st, 2014 Posted in beauty products, Cosmetics | No Comments »

For a long time I believed red lipstick simply looked awful on me.  One day, I was inspired by CamiLovesKiwi on You Tube to give reds another try.  At first I wasn’t used to the bold look of red on me, even with very minimal eye makeup minus winged liner, so I quickly gave up and went back to wearing mostly light to medium neutrals…  I continued to hide within my “safe” colors.  I finally learned that if I wanted to get comfortable with pulling off bold shades like reds and corals, it’s best to stick with it for even a little while ;); afterall, there’s a shade out there for everyone…  just takes a bit of patience to find it.

A few years later and most recently I discovered Besame Cosmetics because of You Tube Chrissstttiiine‘s Lipstick Collection video.  Since I love vintage glamour and retro looks, I was easily seduced by their Noir Red 1930, Merlot 1933, and Red Velvet 1946.  I love their attention to detail, whether the gold packaging with pretty chrysanthemum motif or whistle-shaped lipsticks!  Great formula too!  So give them a try!  Mwahhh ♥

*Photocredit: Besame Cosmetics