Monday, June 27, 2011

The Ulitmate Tote Bag! My search for the perfect one or two.....

"The Bag is central to every Parisian's style." It can make life easier (with special pockets for your phone of lipstick, a spring clip for your keys, an integrated flashlight) or make life hell (a big bucket bag into which everything is thrown together), and in which even a cat would have a hard time finding her kittens" Choosing the right model is all important. The Parisian chooses her bags on impulse, and not because she has been told what to carry around this season. She is not interested in the latest IT bag, but very keen to find the iconic bag for her"
Ines De La Fressange, Parisian Chic, a Style Guide.

I have been trying to find MY Iconic bag for the last few months since moving into our new home. Due to closet constraints (I do not mind it means I will buy less.....)  My bags have found themselves trapped in the attic in lovely plastic containers some of which may never see daylight again. The daily grind of changing bags has become tiresome.  I have to admit to being a bag hoarder , I part with one or two bags every year but I always hold on to one or two for nostalgia. My Pan AM and British Airways flight bags from EBAY really need to be on my vintage site and not in the attic, but I think I would love to have them on hand for some travel nostalgia someday soon....not soon enough. My Gwen Stefani Animal print bags I will pass on to my daughter since they are now worth a fortune on EBAY. The Vintage Hermes Constance will remain in tissue for my daughter because it is just too precious to part with and that was from Goodwill years ago. In addition, I need a bag which can handle constant plane and car travel for my job.

I would like an everyday bag and I need to contribute my unused bags to the Dress for Success organization, it would be an excellent way to help women going back to work.
My final choice should be able to accommodate a laptop if needed, a big folder with all of my job information, my makeup bag, planner, phone, purse, sunglasses,  keys, wipes and must have at least one book, Leapster and some crossword puzzles. With that I will also need a cross body bag no?  Yes, just in case.

My search began in earnest after reading two really great books

Parisian Chic by Ines de la Fressange

I Love your Style by Amanda Brooks

Ms. Brook's book is divided by style type (Classic, Minimalist, High Fashion etc.) and under the classic chapter she writes

"Some people are really into collecting handbags these days. I am personally not so into it. It's ridiculously expensive and a great way to ensure that you never know where your wallet, keys, and phone are hiding. Trust me. If you are a classic dresser, or like the simplicity of a consistently carrying one bag like I do, a Black or Brown Handbag is all you really need. Choose carefully and spend as much as you can- or even a little more1 Avoid excessive hardware; you'll get sick of it over time, and it will often interfere with your jewelry or your outfit. If you usually wear gold jewelry, buy a bag with gold hardware and vice versa if you're a silver/platinum jewelry wearer. That might be the matchy-matchy side of me speaking, but I suspect that most of you classic dressers are pretty matchy-matchy too. "
"Amanda Brooks, I Love Your Style"

That cemented it for me; I already knew I was a classic/minimalist dresser with a touch of eclectic because of my accessories. That meant a bag in brown or black with absolutely no hardware, my accessories will do the talking, not my bag.


I decided that black would be my color, brown would not match with a lot of my black heavy wardrobe, I like to keep all of the colors the same. Navy will come later, I love navy.

Hardware not gold, too glitzy that meant no Juicy Couture handbags or sorry Gwen no Lamb Handbags. Silver or platinum hardware it would have to be or just plain, black and please no logos, so no Coach, No Dooney and Burke, No B Murkowski!
This is getting easier......

Style /Shape

In her book Ines de La Fressange picked five shapes The Big Tote Bag, the Clutch (not good for every day), the Satchel (not big enough but that is always on my list), The Ladies handbag (not good for everyday) and the Straw bag (more casual). Straw bags have had a huge comeback this year, buy one at the end of the season for next year and you will be ahead of the trend for spring 2012.
For the Big Tote she says quote" A faithful friend for every day, you can slip your clutch inside, handy if you are going out after work and cannot go home first. Take out our clutch and leave your tote bag at the office."

Ms. Brooks chose the Slouchy Bag and the Crafty bags for her Bohemian girls, a Classic shape for her minimalists in black, brown, gray or tan or even lizard but always little or no hardware, perfect!

Based on my needs, a Tote would be the best choice, not a slouchy tote, something that is firm, sturdy and roomy, the straps would be the perfect length, and it can work over my shoulder or in my hands. It would be roomy enough to fit all of my goods and maybe if it has a zipper that would be nice too. They should all have pockets inside front and back with zippers. I do not want a divided Tote which tends to reduce space and restrict access to items.  A Hobo is my least favorite, everything swims at the bottom of a Hobo bag, and it drives me crazy.
Now for the search...

There are lots of choices out there in all price ranges of course, but the best investment totes for a working woman are in the mid $150 to $250 price range, so I zeroed in on a few brands which made which made it to the top of my list from my first time perusal of stores (Nordstrom, Macy's, Bloomingdales and on line).

Kate Spade- classy hardware but still too much.
Kate Spade Bon Shopper

Kate Spade Vanston Jackson

Loved these two bags but I wanted a bag with the same color strap and something without so much hardware. The prices are out of my price range.

Ralph Lauren- love the matte color, minimal hardware and the hidden logo make this a winner (straps are the right length for shoulder or hand).
RL Nylon Tote

RL Leather Tote

The leather bag is divine.

Le Sport Sac- The shiny black texture provides a nice contrast for minimalists. 
Downtown Tote Le Sport Sac

I like Le Sport Sac bags because of they are made from parachute fabric which will never tear and they are super light! You cannot find better travel bags and luggage anywhere. The shiny black is a great option for a minimalist girl who wants to add some punch to her all black daily wear. I really like this bag.

Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs Medium Tote

Love the non-hardware look of this bag, this is a close runner up and there are lots of little nooks in and around the bag. Also check out the diaper bag in this style, it is awesome.

Michael Kors - too much hardware for me, but great handbags!
Python Black Kors

Kors Option 2

MK Leather Tote (too slim for me)

Back To School Bag- My pick, the most practical and reminds of Prada!

Mr. Kors does many variations of totes, some are the collapsible type which would result in all of your belongings swimming at the bottom of the bag, however he has a fantastic range of upright Saturday totes in a variety of fabrics and colors. You will have to decide if you are a silver or gold girl, there is a lot of hardware, lots of bells and whistles.

Tory Burch 

Tory Burch Nylon Tote- Love this Bag too!!

Talbots Tote
Love this bag for the size and shape but the strap needs to be a little longer.

so my final picks..

Drumroll Please...

My overall pick is the Black Newbury Tote from RL, for its versatility and classic shape along with the lack of loud branding and hardware.
My second pick is the Le Sport Sac Tote because of the shiny texture which adds a stylish touch to a bag that is otherwise plain and practical.

What is your favorite tote ? Brand?

Please let us know...

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

FashionMom: It's Friday! Manhattan Mania!

FashionMom: It's Friday! Manhattan Mania!: "No one knows for sure the story behind the famous Manhattan cocktail but one story is that the Manhattan was created in 1846 when a Mary..."

It's Friday! Manhattan Mania!

No one knows for sure the story behind the famous Manhattan cocktail but one story is that the Manhattan was created in 1846 when a Maryland bartender mixed while trying to revive a customer who was injured in a duel, another is that it was created at the Manhattan Club in New York City during a party thrown by lady Randolph Churchill in honor of New York Mayor Samuel J Tilden either way this cocktail is a winner just like the famous city!


2 fl oz. of whisky

1 fl oz. sweet red vermouth

1 dash Angostura bitters

Ice Cubes

Maraschino cherry to decorate.

Pour the whiskey, Vermouth, and bitters into a mixing glass: add 4 to 5 ice cubes; stir well. Strain into a well-chilled cocktail glass and serve with a maraschino cherry.

Paul’s Manhattan

21/2 oz. scotch whiskey

2 tsp. Dubonnet Red

2 tsp. extra- dry vermouth

Dash of Angostura bitters

2 tsp. of Maraschino juice

Cherry and twist of lemon to garnish

Combine all ingredients and stir well. Strain over ice in a highball glass. Garnish with a cherry and lemon twist.

Dry Manhattan

2 fl oz. of bourbon

1 fl oz. Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth

1 dash Angostura bitters

Ice Cubes

Twist of lemon to decorate.

Pour the whiskey, Vermouth, and bitters into a mixing glass: add 4 to 5 ice cubes; stir well. Strain into a well-chilled cocktail glass and serve with a twist of lemon.

Not so Dry Manhattan!

2 fl oz. of bourbon

1 fl oz. Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth

1 dash Angostura bitters

Ice Cubes

Maraschino Cherry syrup (from the jar, ½ teaspoon)


A dash of sugar syrup

Twist of lemon to decorate.

Pour the whiskey, Vermouth, and bitters into a mixing glass: add 4 to 5 ice cubes; stir well. Strain into a well-chilled cocktail glass and serve with a twist of lemon.

Sweet Manhattan

2 fl oz. of whiskey

2 fl oz. sweet red vermouth

Ice Cubes

Maraschino cherry to decorate.

Pour the whiskey and Vermouth into a mixing glass: add 4 to 5 ice cubes; stir well. Strain into a well-chilled cocktail glass and serve with a maraschino cherry.

West Side Story

2 fl oz. of bourbon

1/2 fl oz. sweet red vermouth

½ fl oz. of dry vermouth

1 dash Angostura bitters

Ice Cubes

Twist of Orange and Maraschino cherry to decorate.

Pour the whiskey, Vermouth, and bitters into a mixing glass: add 4 to 5 ice cubes; stir well. Strain into a well-chilled cocktail glass and serve with a maraschino cherry and the twist of orange.

Please remember to drink responsibly!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Friday, June 17, 2011

It's Friday! Cafe, Cafe Kahlua ! One of my favorites!


Kahlua is one of my personal favorites, it is the main ingredient in one of  my favorite cocktails (1 st recipe).

Kahlua is made from  100 %Arabica coffee beans and sugarcane in the Veracruz section of Mexico. Veracruz is the home of Kahlua.  The coffee cherries  are handpicked between October and March and processed to extract what is known as the coffee bean. The beans are air dried and the husk is removed. The beans are then aged for six months and prepared for roasting. Meanwhile the sugar cane stalks are crushed and the juice is mixed with molasses, then yeast and water and left to ferment. Once it becomes alcohol the distillation process begins until it gets to proof and then stored in barrels.
After seven years wow! Coffee and Sugarcane meet again, the coffee is roasted and then combined with the sugarcane extract, vanilla and caramel and then left to rest for eight weeks and the filtered and  bottled.

FashionMom Fave

1 part Kahlua
2 parts Club Soda
2 cherries.

In a rocks glass, add ice first,  add Kahlua and then Club Soda. Add cherries for one of  the most refreshing drinks!


Diva's Dessert

4 oz Tequila Blanco
2 oz Kahlua
2 oz Bailey's Irish Cream
2 oz prepared espresso
1 cup ice

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into martini glasses and serve ( 4)

Chocolate Cashmere

8 oz Absolut Vanilia Vodka
4 oz Kahlua
2 oz Godiva Milk Chocolate liqueur
i cup ice
Lemon wedge for rimming
Raw sugar for rims of glasses
grated semi sweet chocolate shavings for garnish

Mix Vodka, Kahlua and Godiva liqueur in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Rub martini glass rims lightly with lemon wedge. Dip the rims into a shallow dish filled with sugar. Strain the cocktail mixture into the glasses and garnish with chocolate shavings.

Coffee to Go-Go

8 oz espresso
4 oz light cream
4 oz Absolut Vanilia Vodka
4 oz Kahlua
8 oz heavy cream for whipping
1/4 cup grated semi-sweet chocolate
4 cinnamon sticks for garnish

Prepare espresso. In a small bowl, heat cream in a microwave oven on low for 30 seconds until warm. Pour espresso evenly into Irish coffee glasses and follow with light cream. Next, add Vodka and Kahlua. In another small bowl, whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Top off glass with a heaping spoonful of whipped cream. Garnish with shavings and cinnamon sticks.

Kahlua Cream Soda

2 parts Kahlua
1.5 pints whipping cream
4 parts soda water

Pour Kahlua and Whipping cream into a cocktail shaker and shake thoroughly. Strain mixture into a tall glass and add soda water. Fantastic!

Mocha Hopper

1 fl oz Creme de Cacao
1 fl oz of Kahlua
1 fl oz light cream
grated chocolate to decorate.

Pour a half dozen ice cubes in a cocktail shaker.; add the Creme de Cacao and Kahlua and cream; shake well . Strain into a well chilled cocktail glass and dust the surface with a little grated chocolate.

Chocca - Mocca Martini

1 fl oz cold espresso coffee
2 fl oz vodka
1 fl oz Kahlua
1 fl oz white and brown Creme de Cacao
Lots of ice

Mix all in a shaker and strain into a glass that has been rimmed with chocolate.

Night Owl

1 fl oz Kahlua
1 fl oz Triple Sec
1 fl oz light cream
Ice Cubes

Place the Kahlua, Triple Sec and cream in a cocktail shaker with or without some ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a small glass and serve immediately.

Pousse Cafe ( layers)
Coffee, Peaches and Cream

Layer Kahlua, Peach Schapps, and Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur in a shot or sherry glass. Pour each liquid into a small pitcher first and then drizzle it first slowly over the back of a spoon, so it floats on the layer below. Give the layers a few moments to settle before serving.  This cocktail can be made in advance and chilled in the fridge until serve time.

Please remember to drink responsibly!

Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

FashionMom: CamBria Cove- The Farewell Sale

FashionMom: CamBria Cove- The Farewell Sale: "One of our favorite sites is saying goodbye. The wonderful Cambria Cove which sold wonderful gift items and quirky pieces is closing it's we..."

CamBria Cove- The Farewell Sale

One of our favorite sites is saying goodbye. The wonderful Cambria Cove which sold wonderful gift items and quirky pieces is closing it's web doors on July 31st.

We will miss them and we hope that they return one day soon!!

Deluxe Wine Aerator with Stand by Decantus

Wine Aerator.

Robin's Egg Soaps in Jar by Gianna Rose Atelier - Small

Best Wishes to the Cambria Cove Team!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Father's Day Gift Suggestions


There are many new and exciting gift products on the market for Father's Day this year and  I thought the special men in our lives deserved a special post this week.
Let's skip the ties and socks, here are a few gift suggestions and I hope that Dad loves them!

Living Social Deals (now over)   - Groupon and Living Social have some of the best deals and some of my favorites include the Nascar  Racing Experience at a 50% off savings or the Atlanta skydiving experience. Keep an eye out for deals this week something special may pop up!

The Gingham Check Shirt- Summer classic with khakis and leather flip flops or Sperrys, very cool!

Thomas Pink Check
RL Custom Fit Harbor Gingham
J Crew Washed Summer Gingham
Gap Gingham - On sale $37.98!

The Camo Pant/Shorts - Camouflage has had a resurgence in the men's world again, every brand out there has done at least one interpretation of the classic print.  Macy's offers a great assortment across all of their brands. They have different prints and different colors from a wide range of designers including Tommy Hilfiger, Roca Wear, Sean Jean and Polo.
Levi's Camo at Macy's

EyeBobs- Some of the best looking, coolest reading glasses on the market  at a phenomenal price. Style, style and style.

The Beckel Canvas Bag or Tent! The Necessary Bag Beckel Products

For our dads who love travel, camping and fishing,  Beckel Canvas Products from Portland Oregon sell the best US made tents, bags, packing equipment.  Dad will love the canvas briefcase, or the Necessary Bag( love the names). My favorite is the Olive Drab War Bag. Do not be shy while browsing all of these products are also for us and the entire family, I love the bags which are super sturdy, hold a ton, travel bags at their best!

Garmin Sports Watch with GPS - You cannot lose with this gift, stylish and a time saver for you and the entire family! ha!

IPAD Joystick
Dads like to have a little downtime and even on the road while travelling this could be lots of fun for him.
The IPad joystick along with thousands of games. Perfect!
IPAD Joystick

The J Crew McAllister Boot
A few months ago I profiled the women's version modeled after the original, classic and suitable for men of all ages. Never goes out of style
Presenting the McAllister Boot from J Crew.  See the leather version, very nice!
The Best Boot from J Crew.
Oiled leather MacAlister boots in dark brown

Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix

Snow Phoenix is a limited edition( 12,000 bottles) scotch made in sherry, bourbon and whiskey casks aged for 13 to 30 years. The result is an excellent very smooth scotch.

Motorized Grill Brush
Give him a break with the motorized grilling brush, which contains a steam cleaner to soften the grime while the brush takes it away.
Motorized Steam and Brush cleaner

Formula One Experience- My favorite gift because I would buy tickets for the entire family.
The History, the glamour, Fangio, Senna, Mansell, Schumacher, Hamilton the wonderful and  most racing exciting sport in the world at some of the most glamorous locales in the world. Buy him a ticket to Monaco, Montreal, Brazil, Turkey or
India. Wherever he goes it will be an unforgettable experience!!

or get him the Playstation 3!

See the best- Golf

For the golfing dad a trip to a major USGA or PGA championship would be the ultimate experience.
go to or  for information and tickets about the best about the tour.

Happy Shopping!!!

Happy Father's Day to all Dads!

Friday, June 10, 2011

It's Friday! Pucker up? No Sweeten up! It's Limoncello!

Limoncello is a sweet lemony liqueur from southern Italy. It is not sour, because it is made from lemon peel not the juice of the lemon combined with a range of alcoholic bases. It is usually chilled and served as a after dinner drink, but also appears in cocktails.

You can make your own version of Limoncello please find the recipe below.

Homemade Limoncello

12 lemons
1 bottle vodka
2 cups Simple Syrup
1 cup fresh lemon juice. 
Using a sharp knife or vegetable peeler, remove the yellow zest from all the lemons, making sure to leave the bitter white pith behind. Place the zest in a half gallon jar with a lid. Peel off the remaining white pith from 21/2 of the lemons. Discard the pith and coarsely chop the pulp. Add the pulp and vodka to the jar. Cover and let stand in a cool dark place for 1 week, shaking the jar once of twice a day. After 1 week, add the simple syrup and lemon juice, stirring well. Cover and let stand in a cool dark place for 4 more days. Strain into a clean bottle, cap tightly and store in a cool dark place for up to 6 months.

makes about 48 oz ( 16 drinks)

The Slicker

8 oz Vodka
8 basil leaves plus 4 sprigs for garnish
4 oz Limoncello
2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup ice
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the basil leaves with the vodka. Add the Limoncello and lemon juice. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into martini glasses. Garnish each glass with a sprig of basil and serve.

Love on The Line

8 oz Absolut Raspberri Vodka
2 oz Limoncello
4 oz berry juice, Blackberry or Raspberry or a mix of
3 cups ice- 1 cup for shaker, 2 for glasses.
Seltzer to Top.
4 mint sprigs for garnish.

Mix the vodka, limoncello and berry juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into a ice filled rocks glass then top with seltzer. Garnish with mint springs and serve.

Lemon Mimosa

1 oz freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tablespoons Limoncello
1/2 cup Champagne

Pour the juice into a well filled champagne flute to fill it by one quarter. Add the Limoncello and top off with Champagne. Stir and serve immediately.

Named after Florence soccer star Adrian Mutu

3 oz Vernaccia or other crisp white wine
1 oz St Germain Liqueur
1/2 oz Limoncello, homemade or purchased
Soda water to taste
Fresh mint leaves for garnish

Fill a collins glass with ice. Add the Vernaccia, elderflower liqueur and limoncello. Top with soda water and stir. Garnish with mint leaves and serve.

The Confession

8 oz Gin
2 oz Limoncello
2 oz Peach juice or nectar
2 oz raspberry juice
2 cups ice
12 fresh raspberries for garnish

Combine all liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker and mix well. Pour into ice filled rocks glasses. Garnish with fresh raspberries and serve.

Lemon Drop

Lemon wedge
superfine sugar
Ice cubes
1/2 fl oz Vodka
1/2 oz Limoncello
1/2 fl oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
Lemon slice to serve

Rub the rim of a cocktail glass with the lemon wedge. Dip the rim in superfine sugar and chill well. Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes; add the vodka, Limoncello, and lemon juice; and shake vigorously. Strain into the glass and serve decorated with a lemon slice.

Happy Accident

2 rosemary springs
8 oz tequila blanco
4 oz Limoncello
2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
2 cups ice
8 oz lime flavored seltzer

Place the rosemary sprigs in a pitcher , Pour in tequila, limoncello and juices.
Muddle the rosemary to release its flavor. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes to let the flavors marry. Strain into ice filled rocks glasses. Top with seltzer and serve.

On Parade

8 oz tequila blanco
4 oz Limoncello
2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 oz grenadine
1 teaspoon fine sugar
1 cup ice
Club soda to top.

Pour all of the ingredients except the club soda into a pitcher filled with ice. Mix well. Pour evenly into white wine glasses, top with club soda and serve.

Please remember to drink responsibly!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Graeter's Ice Cream- Now at your local grocery store!

Courtesy of (not Graeter's)

Graeter's French Pot Ice Cream dates back to the 1800's when the Louis Charles Graeter began making ice cream in a market at the base of  Sycamore Hill in Cincinnati, Ohio. Today the Graeter family still operates a dozen ice cream stores in Cincinnati along with parlors in other parts of the Midwest

The ice cream is made by the famous French Pot(freezer) process which allows them to only process the ice cream just two gallons at a time. That gives the ice cream it's famous creaminess, so creamy that they have to be packed by hand!

Graeter's for many years was only available on line. I remember hearing about the famous Black Raspberry Chip from a friend and ordered for a taste for Thanksgiving around 2001. In 2002 Oprah profiled the ice cream on her show and named it one of the best.

The ice cream was delicious, amazing, it is not Haagen Dazs sweet, but incredibly creamy and satisfying.  but it was just not that convenient, I wished that I could go to my local grocery and pick up a pint!

Well,  now we can do just that! Everyone can have a  taste their wonderful ice cream by purchasing your favorite flavor at your local grocery stores My local one is Kroger here in Atlanta and they carry a wide range of flavors.  My favorite continues to be the Black Raspberry Chip, the chocolate chip chunks are huge and chewy. The Elena's Blueberry Pie is very tasty and the Vanilla is one of the best on the market.

Check out the links I have attached and head to your local stockists for some of the best ice cream in the world!

Graeter's History.


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Improvement in one week- Lancome's Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate.

Anyone who works in the retail industry often suffers from overexposure to beauty products, treatments, apparel, perfumes among other things. You can become jaded after a while, everything seems the same, they all do the same thing... that was before I tried Genifique by Lancome Concentre Activateur De Jeunesse, Youth Activating Concentrate.
Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate 1 oz / 30 ml
Genifique promises to improve the look and feel of aging skin, very quickly and I have to tell you it was fast.
The official company description ... Genifique is a serum which is infused with a hydrating cream. They promise that" it boosts the activity of genes and stimulates the production of youth proteins"
I used it for the first time a year ago but I my skin felt and appeared dry and even slightly itchy, so I packed away my almost full bottle. I decided to try it again last month when a  Lancome beauty advisor told me to ensure that I used it under a moisturizer. She told me it was one of their best selling products and that I would really see results in one week. I pulled my bottle out of storage. Every morning I put it on before my Dr Pat Wexler Moisturizer and at night I put it on before my Ponds or Yes to Carrots night cream.
After one week, my skin appeared clear, smooth, almost flawless and my makeup glides on my skin.  I am not looking for my lines to disappear, anything outside of plastic surgery or Botox is hard pressed to do that but this concentrate does smooth your skin and really gives it a wonderful glow.  I have not had any flare ups or dry skin, no problems.
I may have to count my pennies but I will be buying a second bottle of Genifique as soon as this one runs out, I don't want to let this one go!

Try it today  see the online link below or try any fine stockists anywhere. You will not regret it!

I also added a few of my other favorite products from Lancome, the Oscillation vibrating primer and Mascara at phenomenal.

Happy Shopping!

The best Primer on the market, no clumping.

Layer on over the primer for the longest lashes without falsies.

Happy Shopping!

Monday, June 6, 2011

FashionMom: "Things I Treasure "- Reeya Westrup

FashionMom: "Things I Treasure "- Reeya Westrup: "This is the fifth installment of our 'Things I Treasure' series. We wanted to feature women who are inspirations to us, their families and f..."

"Things I Treasure "- Reeya Westrup

This is the fifth installment of our "Things I Treasure" series. We wanted to feature women who are inspirations to us, their families and friends. These are women who work hard every day to make a difference in the lives of people everywhere. They agreed to share with us the things they treasure in their everyday lives, including their favourite fashion pieces and their must-have beauty product.
Reeya has been one of my best friends since childhood, one of my friends who has been with me through good times and bad times and always told me the truth, the real truth.  As I post this story we both lost beloved pets within the space of two weeks, it was good to have her kindness and understanding at a very difficult time, I hope I did the same for her.

These women are our treasures.  It is a pleasure to share them and their experiences with you.
Thank you! Enjoy!

Tobago Cays

My childhood friend, Deb, asked me to contribute to her blog entitled, “Things I Treasure”. After much procrastination (mostly because life tends to get in the way sometimes), and the sudden loss of our beloved family dog, Kane, I figured it was due time to let out some of my feelings on paper.

As I get older, I see the world differently, and with more clarity. I appreciate people for who they are, and not for their material possessions. These are in no particular order and are few when compared to other contributors, but I as I get on in life, simplicity becomes more attractive, as I realize that I need very little to be truly happy.

• I treasure loyalty, longevity, unconditional love.

• I treasure my loving husband and our beautiful, wonderful son, and our lives together.

• I treasure the memory of a loving, beautiful soul, Kane and am thankful to have shared ten years of my life with him. I miss him every day.

• I treasure my family relationships.

• I treasure my childhood memories.


• I treasure my true friends. I can count you all on one hand. You know who you are.

• I treasure all that I am capable of doing, all that I have already achieved, and the possibilities that lie ahead.

• I treasure sunshine and warmth.

• I treasure a good book and art that speaks to me.

• I treasure a good belly laugh.

• I treasure a cold glass of beer (with salt and lemon), and the way a cigarette can take away my stress.

• I treasure my ‘alone’ time just as much as I treasure time with others.

• I treasure each day of my life, and look forward to what each day that follows this one will bring.

So here you are, Deb. I hope I haven’t disappointed you, and that I am ‘blog-worthy’! Love you, and thank you for being my friend for all these years.


Here are some of Reeya's other treasures.....

Most Treasured Beauty Item- My tweezers!

Most Treasured Fashion Item- Jeans, they never go out of style.

Treasured destination- Anywhere with a beach!

I am also going to add something I think another treasure and that is her Amazon Kindle, she loves it!

Reeya, thank you very much for this wonderful post.
Love you!

Friday, June 3, 2011

It's Friday! Ice Scream..... Ice Cream Cocktails! Yum!

My inspiration for this story is a delicious, scrumptious Ice Cream Shake/Cocktail from my favorite neighborhood restaurant, HobNob Tavern in Atlanta.

HobNob is a local neighbourhood tavern located in Midtown Atlanta and the menu consists of mostly American fare, but there is a touch of  the South and some English in there too.


The Chocolate Stout Milkshake is a mix of  Stout and Ice Cream which is traditionally an unbeatable combination, add the chocolate....well Divine!

I recommend trying some of the other milk shake recipes from the site at home and if you live in Atlanta this is a place to visit,  more than once!

Here are some other delicious recipes which utilize Ice Cream and one with Sorbet as a key ingredient!

Chocolate Stout from HobNob Tavern in Midtown Atlanta.
I am not sure of the measurements but this should be easy to make,  just use your judgement.

Left Hand Stout
Vanilla Extract
Vanilla Ice cream and Chocolate Sauce.

We have noticed that the shake is not super thick it is easy to drink which means that it is not all about the Ice Cream.
Either way this is a winner!

Nursery Punch

1 banana peeled and mashed
Strained juice of one orange
generous 3/4 cup of ice cold milk
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon ice cream ( vanilla)

Blend the ingredients in an electric blender or with a rotary beater. Pour quickly into a chilled tumbler and top with ice cream!

Drunken Affogato

11/2 oz Lauria Alpine Cream Liqueur( pear cream liqueur)
1/2 oz Calvados or other apple brandy
1 scoop vanilla ice cream
2 tablespoons whipped cream

Stir together the Alpine liqueur and Calvados in a small pitcher. Scoop the ice cream into a double rocks glass. Using a pastry bag fitted with a plain 1/2 inch tip, pipe the whipped cream up one side of the glass ( or try a long spoon). Pour the liqueurs in the glass over the whipped cream and serve with a parfait spoon.

Brandy Alexander Smoothie

1 fl z brown Creme de Cacao
1 fl oz Vanilla or Coffee Ice cream
1 fl oz brandy
Ice Cubes
Grated Nutmeg

Put the Creme de Cacao and brandy in a blender and add a 1/2 cup of Vanilla Ice Cream. Blend until creamy and smooth and then pour into a brandy glass.

 Death by Chocolate

3/4 oz Vodka
3/4 oz dark Creme de Cacao
3/4 oz Irish Creme Liqueur
1 scoop Chocolate Ice Cream

Blend all ingredients with crushed ice and pour into a chilled parfait glass. garnish with shaved Chocolate and a dollop of whipped cream.

Peppermint Shake

Vanilla Ice Cream
Mint Chip Ice Cream
1 cup Milk
Peppermint Sticks
Peppermint Schnapps

Puree 1/2 pint each of Vanilla and Mint Chip Ice Cream Graeter's Ice Cream (OH): An Irresistible History and the milk.
Add 2 dashes of Schapps
Pour into glasses and garnish with peppermint sticks.


White Russian Shake

1 pint vanilla ice cream
1.4 vodka liqueur
1/4 coffee liqueur
2 tablespoons brewed espresso

Puree all in a blender and serve in a tall glass with chocolate shavings on top.

Apple Pie Dream

1/2 cup Melted Vanilla Ice Cream
Apple Juice
Ground cinnamon
Apple Brandy

Mix the melted ice cream and the juice together.
Add 2 dashes of Apple Brandy
Drizzle the cinnamon on top.


Last but not least here is a cool refreshing Italian cocktail with Lemon Sorbet


1 cup chilled Prosecco
2 tablespoons chilled vodka
1/3 cup frozen lemon sorbet
1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh mint leaves

Pour the Prosecco and Vodka into two champagne flutes dividing equally. Scoop a spoon of sorbet into each flute. Sprinkle with mint and serve immediately!


Please remember to drink responsibly!

Have a fantastic weekend!

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