Monthly Archives: October 2012

A Beach Cottage Getaway…

Lately I’ve been under a lot of stress from a family project I took on and feel that I had emotionally missed a good part of the summer with all the chaos and bustle.  Even earlier (during the last part of 2011) and before the onset of this project, I had found inspiration in shells and organza blue ribbon.  More so now than ever before, I wish to recapture (in a small semi-permanent way) the beauty of a beachy summer by changing my bathroom theme.  Perhaps my initial hopes to have been able to enjoy this summer have not been completely dashed =)?  Memories of cute Nantucket cottages, the salty ocean breeze, soft sand, and pastel colors…

While shopping for Halloween decorations at Pier 1, I was amazed to find a similar but much cheaper dupe for Gianna Rose Atelier’s seashell soaps.  In the package are two sea star soaps, two sea snail soaps, and one shell soap, which fit perfectly into my lidded glass jar purchased from Michaels Craft Store a couple years back.  Kismet, I say!  The only thing missing are soap corals, sea grass, sand dollars, sea glass, and driftwood.

I’m excited to show you my beach-themed terrarium and mini tabletop zen garden but that will have to be in future separate posts.

Everything is slowly coming together (family project included, I hope) as it should and my creative energy is renewed once more =)

*I have also included below other beach-themed items you may like which are not necessarily new goodies for my partial bathroom re-design.   Either way, I hope you will feast your eyes on these pretty little things.

*Photocredit: Gianna Rose Atelier, Pier 1, eBay, Pottery Barn.


Arsenal of the Domestic Goddess…

Honey Can Do.  This is another post regarding organization (a topic I’m very fond of)…  Had it not been for Beyond the Rack, I wouldn’t have known about this company.  I’ve purchased a few of their products and have liked every one so far.   The hanging chrome lingerie hanger folds flat for convenient storage and seems pretty sturdy.  The clothesline automatically retracts and is made of stainless steal.  These are just two of many items I would recommend…

*Photocredit: Honey Can Do

A Rose by Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet?….

I have been on a long and arduous “Des Esseintes” hunt for rose scented products which actually smell like a real rose = /.  My obsession began with my yoga instructor’s rose essential oil which she occasionally dabs onto our hands as we are readying ourselves for shavasana (I love to place it on my wrists, temples, and over my heart chakra besides taking a big whiff of the fragrance).  She tells me it’s an import from India, from what seems to be a mysterious friend.

It would make me so happy to be able to start each day with a luscious rose fragrance or an invigorating aroma of lemon; both uplifting in their own ways.

I was first led to Song of India Natural perfume oil but was disappointed it was no where near the sweetness of the rose oil.

Next were two rose essential oils (Aura Cacia’s Rose Otto and Rose Absolute) purchased from Mrs. Greens Natural Market- getting closer but not quite right…  Maybe I just haven’t found the right combination of oils?  *Please note that certain essential oils and absolutes need to be used with a carrier oil to dilute its potency on skin.*

Following, I found Indigo Wild/Zumbar (also at Mrs. Greens Natural Market) and although I like their Sea Salt Room & Body Mist, Sandalwood-Citrus Room & Body Mist, and Almond Zum Rub very much, I wish they would offer rose scented products because I’m convinced they would do a great job inventing some.

I must try Pacifica’s Persian Rose and Mor Cosmetics’ Sugar Rose Tiger Lily soon!

Finally where I’m at currently…  close to being content with Panier des Sens Rejuvenating Rose and The Body Shop’s Moroccan Rose and Wild Rose scents.  If you love the scent of roses as much as I do, you should give these a chance.

*Photocredit: Panier des Sens & The Body Shop


The Vintage Chic Bride

I meant to post on this topic last year around this time (my little sister’s wedding).  Sorry, somehow I got side-tracked once again.  My husband’s cousin’s wedding is fast approaching so I’m dedicating this post to her in hopes that she will have a very happy life with her fiance.

As for my wedding gown and accessories, I had made very practical choices years ago which overall worked out fine [allowed me to afford a honeymoon ;) ].  Though, honestly, I was like any other girl who peripherally snuck a longing gaze or two at those Vera Wangs and Monique Lhuilliers.  In retrospect, I wish I had thought of wearing one of those darling birdcage veils down the aisle instead of a traditional veil, but then again, it really would have clashed with my gown.  Maybe for my renewal of vows?  A girl can hope =).

*Photocredit: Gilt Group, I believe?

Beachy Keen Coverup

Although we have entered into October, I’m still fondly reminiscing over the once warm weather and bright sunny evenings…  My favorite find for this summer was the Beachy Keen Coverup at Athleta.  Soft, lightweight, and beach/spa paisley pretty!  Alas they ran out of stock on the white and bali blue versions in my size so I finally settled on an asphalt (still, no big disappointment towards something so lovely).  Also light color clothing stains very easily too; bad for clumsy ol’ me.  This will always be a well-loved suitcase staple for my island getaways.

*Note: Compare to Beyond Yoga’s cute voile coverup.

*Photocredit: Athleta GAP