Lush Review: Perfect Post-Blizzard Treat

December 28th, 2010 Posted in beauty products, Lush Reviews, Toiletries | 1 Comment »

I really hope everyone has enjoyed/is enjoying the holidays with family and friends!  Did you get all that you wished for?  This period is always pretty hectic for me, like it typically is for everyone but it was filled with a lot of cheer =).

Recently the Northeast was hit hard by a blizzard =(.  I thought this bath cocktail would be perfect as a post-blizzard, post-shoveling, cold recovery, or no particular reason treat for anyone.  So here it is, the peachy pink Rock Star scented bath cocktail ingredients you’ve been waiting for (you won’t want to leave this bath)…

1 So White Bath Ballistic: Reminded me of white chalk scented with florally tart lemon (yes, you read correctly).  I really liked the fragrance of this bath ballistic!  Unfortunately So White is a holiday limited edition bath bomb and is probably harder to find now.

  • Bergamot oil
  • Rose absolute
  • Orange flower absolute
  • Neroli oil

1 Candy Cane Bubble Bar: To my amazement, this reminded me uncanningly of Rock Star soap.  I was definitely expecting something winter minty (it was not at all the case).  I even started doubting myself and thought I stored CCBB next to Rock Star soap and that the scent transferred by doing so (nope).  Sorry, alas another limited edition product.

  • Vanilla absolute

Leftover Bits of Ma Bar Bubble Bar: Sweet like toffee.  One of the most well-liked bubble bars Lush had created as far as I’m concerned.  This bubble bar definitely gave the bath a tanner hue from the chocolate half of the bar.

  • Sweet orange oil
  • Bergamot oil
  • Sugar cube

1/3 Happy Blooming Bath Melt: Sweet scent which does remind me of candy cherries.

  • Passionflower
  • Dried cherries
  • Fresh passion fruit
  • Ylang ylang oil

*I recommend Rock Star or Snow Cake soap for this bath cocktail.  I personally used Victoria’s Secret Candy Baby shower gel because I wanted to use it up.

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics

Celine Handbags

December 9th, 2010 Posted in Fashion, Handbags | No Comments »

I’ve admired Celine handbags for as long as I can remember and I’m disappointed they have not received as much attention as they deserve.  The brand had a small boutique across from Fendi’s in Bloomingdale’s flag ship store on Lexington Avenue; I wouldn’t at all be surprised if it’s still there.  I love that though some of their accessories are logoed, they are done so in a manner which doesn’t sacrifice good taste and sophistication.  I’ve also noticed that their logo has undergone some major transformation over the years; beautifully so too, that in 2010 it is both elegantly refined and to me slightly reminiscent of the fleur-de-lys.

*Photocredit: Hautelook

Holly Hobbie Knickerbocker

December 9th, 2010 Posted in curiosities, Toys | No Comments »

While searching through eBay for an unrelated item, I accidentally found an auction for the 1970’s rag doll, Holly Hobbie.  The doll had seemed oddly familiar to me (doubted my own memory at first).  Then it hit me!  I did own a 9″ version of this doll when I was little.  It’s sad that I had so easily forgotten about her, especially since I carried this doll everywhere with me.  I wish my mother had kept at least a couple of toys from my childhood.  I don’t even want to ask since My Little Pony (Glory) and Holly probably had the same fate, that is, to become someone else’s dolls.  I’m trying to console myself that it went to a good cause of bringing happiness to another child.  I may be too old to care but my inner-child can’t help it because they were a part of my life and somehow helped shape who I have become.  Upon doing further research, I’ve uncovered a whole Holly Hobbie world (including dolls I did not own)…

P.S. I also found a terrific website (if you happen to be a collector/enthusiast).  It’s “Karen’s Holly Hobbie World.”  I’m not sure if anyone can help me identify the mother-like doll in the center picture?  I’m assuming for now that it’s supposed to be Holly’s mom or a counterfeit Holly Hobbie doll???  I would love to know!  Please comment below.

P.P.S.  The last picture below is of me as a little girl.  Thought it would be fitting to include this.  I wish I had a picture of me with my Holly Hobbie but alas I don’t =(.

*Photocredit: Various eBay sellers