Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It's Lancome Gift Giveaway Time At Nordstrom's!

I love Lancome "gift with purchase" time!  This time at Nordstrom you have a choice of three different gifts plus a bonus.





I think I will go for the HYDRATE. This summer heat has really dried me out.  Plus I like the cosmetic case with the girl carrying the Eiffel Tower.  So cute.

Now what to buy to qualify for the gift?  Hmmm....

I always like to have a tube of this Pure Empreint Masque with white clay.  It really cleans out the pores and stops breakouts before they happen.

I'd like to try this Translucence Mattifying Silky Pressed Powder to freshen up throughout the day.

I always have a couple of Lancome eyeshadow palettes in my cosmetic drawer.  They seem to last all day without melting off your face, no matter how hot it gets!  This new Bridal Collection - Color Design Shadow & Liner Palette looks lovely.  You can create a classic or smokey eye.  I would definitely like to try this palette.

Well, go forth and claim your gifts with purchase!  See you at the Nordstrom Lancome counter tout suite.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Transition From Summer To Fall With Julep Nail Polish

As Summer is coming to a close, I am looking forward to Fall.  I'm longing for cooler weather, but I am already missing the fun lazy days of Summer.  So I am saying goodbye to Summer with this beautiful rich papaya creme "Princess Grace" nail polish from Julep.  And I am saying hello to Fall with "Brielle", a deep autumn orange creme.

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Which Julep nail polish would you choose for your new Fall wardrobe?

Friday, September 5, 2014

All Occasion Gift Tags!

I always like to have gift tags on hand for emergency gift giving!  Here are two great new all occasion gift tags that I just listed in my Etsy shop.

My customers have been very inventive in the ways they use these tags. Bridal showers, birthdays and hostess gifts top the list.  In what way would you use them? 

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Favorite Art Supply

     I have been asked to write a few words describing my favorite art supply or tool.  So here I am looking around my studio at all these tools and supplies that I take for granted every day, trying to figure out which is my favorite.  Which one of these tools is the one I just can’t do without?

     Thinking back to my days at University when I was required to paint with only 3 colors (magenta, cyan, yellow) plus black and white, I don’t want to give up the wealth of Windsor Newton water colors I have now.  I love my Burnt Siena, Permanent Rose, Sap Green, and Naples Yellow.  This list goes far beyond these beautiful and versatile pigments.  So, not giving up the watercolors then.

     If I can’t do without my watercolors, then I can’t give up my bouncy little paint brushes that keep their shape and come back to a point when I dip them in my paint cup.

     I have been contemplating relinquishing my old Hello Kitty water cup that a friend gave me so many years ago when we went to high school together.  This little paint cup started life as a thermos for my lunch box, but it became the perfect traveling paint cup when I started University.  With a swinging handle and plastic body, it has been durable, light-weight, and unbreakable. I can not bring myself to throw out my old paint cup.

     Hmm… what next?  Pencils?  Nope, I need those humble and most basic of tools to sketch with.  And if I have my pencils, I will need my Panasonic Auto Stop Electric Pencil Sharpener.  Nothing drives me crazier then having unsharpened pencils!  Of course, dull X-acto blades drive me a little bonkers also.

     Ok, I can’t seem to give anything up.  They are all my favorites.  I’ve come to the conclusion that I am a glutton for art supplies.  Going into an art supply store is like going into a candy shop… I want it all!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Hot Pot At The Packing House

I've been wanting to visit The Packing House from before it even opened, and I finally got my chance.  It is a landmark building from 1919 in downtown Anaheim California.  It used to be a Citrus Packing House when there were only orange groves there.  It's been restored and is a food hall with communal dining now.  There's live music and a lot of energy!

My Uncle and I went out to lunch and had a hard time choosing which eatery we would dine at.  Everything looked good.  We finally settled for the "Rolling Boil Garden Fresh Hot Pot".

They bring you rice, noodles, a lot of fresh vegetables, meat, chicken or fish, and sauces of your choice.    They place a bowl of broth on a burner in front of you and you can cook a little at a time and eat as you go.  It's fun and so delicious! 

There are two floors and a central atrium.

There are outdoor gardens and really large roosters.  I'm not sure why.  I definitely want to go back and try more restaurants and kiosks.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Back To School Bento Box From Bento & Co.

It's back to school time again!  It seems the summer just went by so quickly.  I don't know where the time went.  Well, the fun thing about school starting up again, is back to school shopping.  Last year my daughter lost her lunch box at school for about 3 months.  It eventually turned up, but her froggy ice pack and Paperchase Alice in Wonderland bento box were missing... hmmmm.  Mysterious.  So we had to shop for new ones.  Her favorite thing these days are cats, so it was great to find this cute pink flower and kitty ice pack set at Pottery Barn Kids.
Next on the list a new bento box.  We found this great website that has so many fun things for kids (and grown ups)!  Since "Kiki's Delivery Service" is one of my daughter's favorite movies, it was serendipitous when I found a bento box with the cat Jiji from that movie at Bento & Co.  Surprisingly  the bento box from Japan arrived must faster than the ice packs from Pottery Barn Kids.  In fact the ice packs never arrived.  I had to track them down and re-order them.  It was very annoying.  But we got it taken care of and they arrived just in time for my daughter's first lunch at school.  Whew.

To make her first lunch special, I tried my hand at a cute cat sandwich and happy face cheese and crackers.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Retro Kitchen

I just love retro kitchens!  A while back, I had a house that was built in the 1930's so it was really fitting that I had a retro looking kitchen.  I started decorating in this style but we had to move, and I've always wanted to get back to this style.

I found a lot of fun items that would go perfectly in a fun and quirky retro style kitchen!

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