Friday, May 22, 2015

Little White Dresses and Summer Things...



Memorial weekend is here and I can hardly believe it. That means summer is..now!? It doesn't feel like it yet to me.  We've finally been having some cool and rainy spring weather here in Northern Cal and I am loving it after a very warm early part of the year. I've been busy with a few projects- one helping clean out my 98 year old grandma's house, and also having to remove a huge tree from my home. More on all that soon... Also planning a trip to NYC so if anyone has any favorite spots..please share!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

My Spring Beauty Favorites

Some of you may know I'm a bit of a cosmetic junkie who worked in the beauty industry for seven years. Because of that, and for the blog, I am always trying new beauty products. Some are meh and others are great finds. I'd like to try to share with you the gems and hope to publish a regular post of my latest obsessions.

 I am an almost 50 something, who was kind of a disaster skin-wise. I've had bouts with acne, rosacea, dryness, wrinkles, enlarged pores, dark spots and everything else. Right now, (knock wood), my skin is the best it's been in years. I feel like I've finally found a few products that really work, and  an IPL treatment at SkinSpirit helped too. (I wrote about that here.) I have my regular arsenal of Retin A and such, but I do try and switch things up. I'm forever reading up on what is new and I strive to look for products with less harmful, more natural ingredients.

So here's my current crushes I thought I'd share..

First, I'm in love with a fragrance that is so pretty, it's truly like spring in a bottle. This Tracey Reese Eau de Parfum, was a Christmas present from the husband.


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Tomboy Style - The Book and One of My Favorite Blogs



I don't know how often you guys look at my sidebar, but I have a link with my favorite and most inspiring blogs called Birds of a Feather. One of the blogs I've followed for a long time is that of Lizzie Garrett Mettler who writes Tomboy Style. Tomboy Style is totally original and is inspired by images of the chic women past and some present who have a sportif (love that word), sort of a style. Along with the beautiful photos she shares are current companies that make classic sporty goods and also interviews with modern day gals with tomboy chic. It's always fresh and unique.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Discovering Ben's Garden and Pretty Trays

Hello! Today I want to share with you guys a sweet little company that has recently gotten on my radar and I am now obsessed with. It's called Ben's Garden and they specialize in beautiful glass decoupage trays that are beyond lovely and wonderful catchalls.


Friday, April 24, 2015

'Eating Rome' a Fantastic Trip Through the Eternal City




Life has been crazy busy, more than I can even share in one post, but this week I had to make time for a book I promised I would review. I began this lovely book on vacation and finished this week. It was a wonderful escape, engrossing and transporting which I really need right now.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Gardening as a Workout



We just got back from a little getaway. So much to catch up on like laundry, but yesterday morning I spent four hours working in my yard. After seeing the gorgeous gardens all over Santa Barbara I was motivated to get back there and clear things out. I could have worked out, but this was far better than a workout. I challenge anyone to give up working out one day a week and do a few hours in the yard. It's a fantastic workout for the legs, back, arms and core. Seriously.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

California Girl Carolyn Murphy's Style

I've admired Carolyn Murphy's homes, personal style, and green living ethic for a long time. 


This home was featured in old House & Garden. I really miss that magazine.