I Spy…

June 28th, 2010 Posted in Fashion, Handbags | No Comments »

I spied a DDG golden Chanel Le Marais bowler bag today on Billion Dollar Babes.  What a tease! = /  Of course, the cost of the bag was still in the 4 digits ($2350 to be exact) regardless of its pre-loved condition.  I can see myself happily skipping through a flowery meadow with it hehe…

*Photocredit: Billion Dollar Babes

Lush Review: Night On The Town Prep Bath Cocktail

June 28th, 2010 Posted in beauty products, Lush Reviews, Spa Retreat, Toiletries | No Comments »

In stark comparison with the last bath I took, this bath was very pink, very feminine.  A very mild floral with perfect sweetness; a good balance between two different family of scents.  It reminded me of a taffy candy floral.  If mauvy pink had a scent, this would be it.  I almost used 1/3 of my Easter Egg- The Pink One but at the last moment I changed my mind and decided to save it for another type of bath (one less floral).   I almost used Think Pink Bath Bomb too except to my amazement I couldn’t find one.  I had convinced myself I had one in my drawer.  So I was lucky to find a great ballistic to go well with all the other components of this bath to create a nice recipe for you should you want to replicate it (which I urge you to do)…

1 Softy Ballistic: A very light floral scent but definitely rosey.

  • Lavender oil
  • Rose petals
  • Ylang ylang oil
  • Rose absolute
  • Orange essence

1 Flosty Glitter Bubble Bar: I was so supper excited to try this just because I loved Sunnyside so much.  I was surprised that the bath didn’t turn pearlescent because I thought it would be a pink version of Sunnyside.  I’m not going to complain because I really loved this bath a lot!

  • Vanilla absolute
  • Clary sage oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Pink glitter

1/2 MMM Melting Marshmallow Moment: Sweet floral scent.  Created a pink froth this time since I decided to let it break up on its own.  Just in case you’re wondering, it’s very easily crumbled under running water.

  • almond oil
  • chamomile powder
  • marigold powder
  • synthetic musk


Rock Star Soap: Has a pink/cherry taffy scent which has really grown on me.  As an aside, it evokes for me happy memories of beach town summertime fun since taffy is a popularly sold candy in these places e.g. Wildwood NJ, Seaside Heights NJ- to name a couple.

  • Rapeseed oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Vanilla absolute


*Used during a recent shower; not during this bath:

Banana Moon Soap: This soap has a light banana scent as the name suggests.  I really like it.  If you are not a candy sweet scent fan or a floral scent fan than this may be for you =)  I’m glad that Lush provides samples of their products.  I believe that some of Lush’s products are so different scent-wise wet versus dry, so you really need to try it out for a little while before making up your mind.

Fresh Cosmetics

June 24th, 2010 Posted in beauty products, Toiletries | No Comments »

One of my friends turned me onto Fresh Cosmetics.  This was back in 2001 and I’ve never looked back.  If I had to choose one top product, it would be the Cleansing Balm with Lemon Oil.  It’s a candy sweet lemon scent which sends me bright-eyed and bushy-tailed into a busy workday.  I went camping with my husband and brought along a sample pack of this product.  It’s funny how scent and memory marries to transport you to a different place and time.  Happy memories…

Other fave products from Fresh include:

  • Sugar Face Polish
  • Rose Face Mask
  • Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15
  • Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15
  • Umbrian Clay Treatment Bar

Discontinued products I miss:

  • Soda Hair Shampoo
  • Body Lotion in Lily
  • Geisha Shower Gel

*Photocredit: Fresh Cosmetics

Soft Coeur (The Honeymooners) Massage Bar

June 24th, 2010 Posted in beauty products, Lush Reviews, Toiletries | No Comments »

This is definitely one of my favorite Lush massage bars!  It had sold out online just when I was interested in purchasing it so I picked up a bar at a Lush store.  I kinda want to eat it =) but I know I can’t.  It melts very quickly as you are massaging it onto your skin and makes you smell as if you took a dip in Willy Wonka’s chocolate ponds.  I never would have imagined “wearing” chocolate until now.  Highly recommended for the sweet toothed.

  • Honey
  • Cocoa powder
  • Almond oil
  • Sweet orange oil
  • Bergamot oil

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics

File in Style

June 24th, 2010 Posted in curiosities, Home & Garden, Stationery | No Comments »

Oh Joy!‘s file folder in Woodcut Floral just re-ignited my penchant for pretty office supplies.  Not all office supplies are blah. Another of my favorites is by Galison.  The site of these lovely things brighten my day no matter the mundane tasks ahead.

*Photocredit: Oh Joy! & Galison/Mudpuppy

Lush Review: Big Blue Bath Cocktail

June 24th, 2010 Posted in beauty products, Lush Reviews, Spa Retreat, Toiletries | No Comments »

This was a masculine aromatic Caribbean turquoise bath.  Kind of like bathing in tea except, it’s seaweed that’s floating in the water, not loose dried tea leaves.  I always want to try something at least once before forming an opinion on it.  As much as I enjoyed this bath, it’s not a favorite only because I favor the more fruity, candy, feminine ones.

1 Big Blue Bath Bomb: Fresh, clean scent but powerful like cleaning detergent.  This scent became more mild as the ballistic mixed with the bath water.

  • Coarse sea salt
  • Arame seaweed
  • Lemon
  • Lavender oil
  • Seaweed absolute


1/2 Blue Skies & Fluffy White Clouds Bubble Bar: This scent is similar to the Big Blue bath bomb only a little more mild and sweet.  At first whiff, there seems to be a nuttyness similar to those in chocolate candy bars e.g. Snickers.  Not sure if I was imaging this?  I would love to use my other half of BSFWCBB with a sweeter bath ballistic.  We shall see which one it will be =)

  • Patchouli oil
  • Frankincense resinoid
  • Cinnamon leaf oil

1/2 Floating Island Bath Melt: Mildly sweet floral scent.  Made the bath very moisturizing.  I mean, what bath melt doesn’t?  This one is a slow froth.  I’ve used this bath melt a few times already but now its scent reminds me of a Connecticut Muffin Angel Cake muffin =)

  • Almond oil
  • Sandlewood oil
  • Lemon oil

Ice Blue Sample Soap: Fresh, clean scent.  I like it even though I’m a spearmint fan.

  • Rapeseed oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Seasalt
  • Sweet wild orange oil
  • Bergamot oil
  • Peppermint oil


Sea Vegetable Sample Soap: I’m not too crazy about this soap with its “fishy” scent.  I was surprised I didn’t like it more since I don’t mind the smell of seaweed.  Usually a seaweed scent to me, is a nice reminder of beaching or visiting Nantucket Island.

  • Rapeseed oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Atlantic sea salt crystals
  • Arame seaweed
  • Lime oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Seaweed absolute

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics

Louis Vuitton’s Monogram Shoulderbag Tivoli GM

June 23rd, 2010 Posted in Fashion, Handbags | No Comments »

I’m in love =)…  If you dislike the lack of structure of an LV Speedy (as I do, with the exception of the smaller models since that’s less of an annoyance), than this may be the bag for you!  Classic style and generous space for all your stuff.  If I could only choose one LV bag, this would definitely be it!  This is what LV has to say about the Tivoli GM:

“The elegant Tivoli has a classic rounded shape and provides great storage capacity. With its feminine pleated Monogram canvas, this bag is ideal for everyday style about town.

Size (LxHxD): 18.1″ x 11″ x 7.9″

-Interior mobile phone pocket
-Bottom studs to protect the base of the bag
-Zip for secure closing
-Hand or shoulder carry with adjustable handles”


Reference: www.louisvuitton.com

Le Clic Disc Film Camera

June 23rd, 2010 Posted in Cool Gadgets, curiosities, Trips | No Comments »

I have happy memories of owning the 1980s Le Clic camera.  It was my first ever camera and therefore the specialness of it.  Mine was a very pretty bubblegum pink which my dad bought for me as a birthday present (to take on our family trip to California).  We were most certainly going to Disneyland and I wanted to capture the highlights, especially the day parades =).  I only had a week to familiarize myself with this camera.  The pictures it took exceeded my expectations.


*Photocredit: Beth Schaleben, Show & Tell Blog & eBay

*A picture I took with the Le Clic to follow =)*

Lush Review: Happy Birthday Bath Cocktail

June 22nd, 2010 Posted in beauty products, Lush Reviews, Spa Retreat, Toiletries | No Comments »

I admired this sweet citrus floral bath with its Fanta-like scent (the culmination of Hot Java BB and Happy Birthday BB) and its beautiful deep orange color.  This bath was started very late at night but I needed to decompress from our recent travels (to visit with family) and a few crazy moments I had to endure because of it.  Happy belated birthday gift from moi to moi.

1 Hot Java Bath Ballistic:

  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Ginger oil
  • Cinnamon powder
  • Ginger powder
  • Coriander oil
  • Ginger absolute
  • Ylang ylang oil
  • Juniperberry oil
  • Gardenia extract


1 Happy Birthday Bubble Bar:

  • Bergamot oil
  • Vanilla absolute
  • African marigold oil
  • Beeswax absolute
  • Almond oil
  • Gardenia extract
  • Plastic BD decoration

1/2 You’ve Been Mangoed Bath Melt: Very very moisturizing.  Sweet yummy creamsicle scent.

  • Almond Oil
  • Lemongrass Oil
  • Avocado Butter
  • Mango Butter
  • Lemon Oil
  • Lime Oil
  • Paprika Extract

Spice Curls Soap (Exfoliator Bar): Reminds me of a spicy scented burnt orange version of You Snap The Whip and Sandstone.  Like You Snap, it has the potential to dye light colored towels or curtains.  Like Sandstone, it’s definitely abrasive.  I was caught by surprise the first time I used it- that it was so exfoliating.  On closer examination, one can see the sandy particles of this bar.  This product was a limited edition Lush product from Fall 2009 (another reason why I was eager to use it).  Not your boring ingredients as you can see below;  that I love!  You may also use any citrus soap of your choice if you can’t find Spice Curls anymore.

  • Coconut oil
  • Paprika
  • Fresh ginger root
  • Clove bud oil
  • Cinnamon powder
  • Ground chilli
  • Ground cayenne pepper

The Soft Touch Body Butter: A bit greasy like all other massage bars but worth it since it does a great job to keep your skin moisturized and smooth.  Begins to melt at first contact of any body heat.

  • Fresh lemons
  • Fresh mango
  • Horsetail
  • Cleavers & vanilla pod infusion
  • Hydrogenated palm kernel oil
  • Wheatgerm oil
  • Soya oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Cardamom oil
  • Vanilla absolute
  • Neroli oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Paprika extract

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics

Lush Review: Gavarnie Soap

June 21st, 2010 Posted in beauty products, Lush Reviews, Toiletries | No Comments »

I used Gavarnie soap for the first time last week.  It smells almost identical to Jungle solid hair conditioner.  When wet, it has a “green” scent (mild leafy/plant scent)- not what I would consider floral or truly herbal.  I like this soap as much as any other Lush soap.  I only wish that it smelled like Jungle whether wet or dry.

  • Limetree flowers
  • Cornflower petals
  • Blue mallow flowers
  • Gardenia extract

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics