Monthly Archives: February 2012

Primitive Natural Makeup: Lipsticks

My recent visit to Mrs. Green’s Natural Market brought me also to the cosmetic/toiletries aisle.  Was really shopping for daikon and almond milk though ;).  Besides carrying the wonderful PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics, they also carry an awesome new brand, Primitive Natural Makeup.  I wasn’t going to miss an opportunity to test their lipsticks; I was solo on this shopping trip and could take my time.  I tested their Sahara lipstick and loved the color and color pay-off; also the scent is pleasantly sugary, reminding me of MAC lipsticks.  I did end up buying Sahara (to replace a beloved rosy toned Christian Dior; yes, you heard me correctly) but wouldn’t mind going back for a few others next time.  I have my eyes on Corsica and Martinique!

Pros: Smooth application, pleasant sugary scent (sugar/butter cookies), non-drying to lips, decent wear time, good color pay-off (ever so slightly sheer as far as Sahara goes, others to be seen), great selection of colors which would  flatter most skin tones.

Semi-Cons (if even): Slightly pricy at $17.50 but worth the price for its nice quality, not the most interesting packaging (but I personally don’t care about this).

PNM’s lipsticks impressed me enough to want to give their other products a chance so I hope you will explore their website or visit one of their stockists.

*Photocredit: Primitive Natural Makeup



Barbara Bixby’s Paisley Pavé Ring

One of my Valentine’s Day gifts from my husband was a gorgeous paisley ring by Barbara Bixby.  I’ve never seen a design quite like this one; it’s very unique!  I love it; definitely a go-to item!!!  Here is a description of the ring…

Paisley Pavé Ring

“It’s very difficult to make this domed, inlaid stone that’s obviously custom carved to fit into this shape, and to inlay the 18K gold and pavé section in the middle is a testimony to artistic craftsmanship. The softness of the blue chalcedony is enhanced by the 18K gold bezel and sparkling blue sapphire pavé. The graceful shank has two 18K gold signature flowers symbolizing spiritual awakening. As I thought about the traveling gypsy caravan, I loved the idea of using the paisley motif, as it’s a prevalent design motif in India where the gypsies are said to have originated. It represents both the time of harvest and the harvest of spiritual knowledge.”  —Barbara Bixby

“Paisley panache. A blue chalcedony gemstone in a bold paisley design takes center stage atop this sterling silver ring. Within the paisley design is an 18K yellow gold border framing stunning bead-set blue sapphires. A unique design highlights the bezel and shank, while 18K yellow gold flowers dazzle on the shoulders and a sterling silver flower blooms at the bottom of the shank. From Barbara Bixby.

  • Sterling silver, 18K yellow gold
  • Gemstone weight is not given for blue sapphire and chalcedony
  • Oxidized finish
  • Sizes 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
  • Measures approximately 7/8″L x 3/4″W
  • Box, pouch, romance card
  • Made in China”


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West Elm

I love browsing through West Elm’s catalog!  There’s always something of interest, whether furniture or an accessory.  I especially like their Queen Anne’s Lace printed panel in platinum.  Just wish it was offered in more colors.  I have a bathroom project in mind but wish they offered this same pattern against a spring green background; that would have been perfect for me.  Oh well; it’s still very pretty though.

*Photocredit: West Elm


*Follow Up:  Upon further search, I found something both lovely (perfect colors) and very affordable at

Piercing Pagoda

I finally worked up the courage a few of months ago to get a second set of piercings so I could finally wear studs and hoops.  “Courage”; since I had bad memories from when I was nine and received piercings for the first time which hurt terribly for a week (kept me up at night).  I visited Piercing Pagoda at Danbury Mall, Connecticut on a whim after my first horseback riding lesson.  Hey, I was on a roll crossing off things on my Feed Bucket List ;).  I was inspired, thanks to my friend, Domino.  I was second on line to receive the piercings; the previous customer was a poor inconsolable little girl.  Since they needed more time to calm her, I decided to display shop.  Piercing Pagoda has so much lovely jewelry to choose from!  It wasn’t easy narrowing my choice of hoops down to the earrings I bought.  I finally decided on a beautiful gold twisted style pair (similar to the sterling silver ones pictured).

*Photocredit: Piercing Pagoda



Just for Equestrians!

My love for horses and horseback riding has led me to three websites of interest I’d love to share.  Silver Pony Designs (jewelry), The Equestrian Corner (gear), Back in the Saddle (gear), and HorseLoverz (gear).

I received two lovely pairs of silver earrings and a gorgeous silver necklace by Silver Pony Designs from my mother-in-law and sister-in-law to-be as Christmas presents.  I’m so thankful and will treasure these gifts always ♥.

*Addendum: February 15, 2012

Just received my Thinsulate lined riding gloves by Thornhill.  Love them!  Now I’m hoping to find an unlined pair to wear during the warmer seasons.  Here’s the link to Thornhill.

*Addendum: July 31, 2012

A few weeks ago I purchased Equi-Star pull-on breeches via Amazon.  They are very comfy, with a drawstring at the waist, and were reasonably priced.  We will have to see about wear and pilling.  I wish they came in more colors than just light beige and black.  I would have liked to see the pants offered in a dark tan as well and but will need to be content for now.

*Photocredit:, various sources.

Rebecca Minkoff’s & Lanvin’s Cute Crossbodys

I’ve been loving crossbody bags recently for the obvious reasons (hands-free option and when a big heavy bag isn’t preferable).  They are great for date nights (especially theater nights) and when you need to carry only necessities for classes or on errands.  Here are two favorites of mine:

Rebecca Minkoff Classics MAC Crossbody Clutch:

“Oversized clip-lock boldly details the front flap pocket of a lightly textured leather clutch designed with an optional chain strap for versatility.

  • Top zip closure.
  • Exterior zip pocket under flap.
  • Protective metal feet.
  • Interior zip, wall and cell phone pockets; key clip.
  • Logo-print lining.
  • Leather.
  • Imported.”


Lanvin Metallic Chain Crossbody Bag:

“Signature ribbon-detailed chain strap completes the utterly feminine look of this metallic lambskin bag.

  • Bronze quilted lambskin and self piped trim.
  • Chain shoulder strap with black leather top and ribbon detail on side.
  • Golden hardware; front zip with loop slider.
  • Pleated corners.
  • Fabric lining; inside open pockets.
  • 11 1/2″H x 14″W x 5″D.
  • Made in Italy.”


*References: Nordstrom