Love my camera - learning so many new things - composition, depth of field.......... styling a shot..... What have you been working on - Target & Homegoods Rock for these - this is making me look at things from a whole new perspective.
I Hope everyone is well in this festive yet sometimes hectic season.....
I wanted to share a quick - almost free - face mask.....
To enjoy the perks of a facial without the cost, try this spa-inspired mask: Leave 2tsp of orange zest out on the counter to dry overnight. In the a.m. combine the zest with 1/2 sup steel cut oatmeal and 3 Tbs of plain yogurt in a food processor and pulse until smooth. spread the mixture onto your face; leave on for 15 minutes or so, then rinse with warm water. The citric acid in the orange peel will soothe inflammation and combat acne while the oatmeal and yogurt exfoliate and moisturize to leave "party" ready skin. Bonus : The scent of citrus calms stress and lifts your mood. It is also a quick easy hostess gift - just jazz it up in a cute jar-tie with ribbon- add glitter name tag and Viola unique super cute gift!
Also check this great little finds I came across
The invitations are from Paper Source /perfume bottle-Marshall's/Agate coasters - Target/candles from my local Safeway.... I am in love with the invitations will be using them for my fist ladies luncheon in our new house!
I just want to say thank you to my friends, family and readers for all your love and support. I am very blessed to have such great people in my life. I hope you all have a lovely Thanksgiving! I am counting my blessings....... Cheers!
It can be a such a hectic time of year but it does not have to be with a little preparing and a good dose of humor. Remember this season is really about being Thankful, Grateful, Helping Others and taking the time to stop and say.... "I Love You!" Below are some great things to get your home and yourself holiday/party/guest ready! The little things do mean a lot! Stop by Juice Plate on Market St. Frederick, MD to keep you energy up and get your "Healthy On"
Also if you haven't heard I am IN LOVE WITH Rent The Runway . Use it for parties, work events, weddings, you name it! I am getting a cute little number for next weeks WGC Luncheon. I have used them several times now and not been disappointed once. What a cleaver idea.... wish I thought of it. Cheers!
To all my freinds and family out there - Thank you for your support advice and unconditional love. I hope we can catch up and I'd love to hear from you but please make sure during this time of year to stop and take care of yourself too. Your worth it! ( espiceally to me) I Love you bunches!
Normally I focus more on my wish lists or female driven gifts for the Holiday's - however this year I find myself here at home with 3 out of the 4 men in my life. ( I miss you Vinny) And my only daughter away at first year college. Needless to say I am out numbered but enjoying it most of the time...... (please don't just drop your things everywhere as you come home and can anyone else ever put the seat down in the bathroom?) That being said - I have had the opportunity to "style" my men and they all look damn good if I do say so myself.... Here are a few things I love and have gotten them - or something similar - BTW - the 212 Sexy Men cologne is so great - a must if you can find it. So before I start on my local + online finds I wanted to take care of the "boys" first. Love you guys! xoxoxoxo
Boy things here sure are busy! We just arrived home from a quick trip to Puerto Rico for some much needed R&R. We stayed at the lovely Dorado Beach Resort by Ritz Carlton. You can view my photos on FB and Instagram. Was just what the Doctor ordered and a great way to celebrate my 44th B-Day!
However came home to chilly DC weather - and lots of projects. We are in process of building a new home with Wormald Homes - Yeah !!!!!!
See Busy Busy..... I am design consultant for the projects. This will be my 6th & 7th project with my husband - I learn more and more each day. So much timing comes into play - tons of fabulous choices. We have a wonderful architect and love our contractors. Right now we are just ordering fixtures, tables, chairs, flooring, bar equipment etc... for TR renovation.
Considering my ADD things are going smoothly so far.......LOL. I do walk in circles several times a day and forget why I walked in a room but Oh well.....I will be posting pictures along the way - so stay tuned!
Yesterday I went to my first Pure Barre class in Fairfax, VA to check it out. I heard great things about these work outs & they did not disappoint. Sore in all the right places..... progress photo's to follow..... Running out the door to BOD Event Mtg I am tired already and its not quite 9:30! LOL
I wanna share something with you...... I think I am really addicted to coconut oil. I
seriously love this stuff!
I use coconut oil in my cooking, in
my hair, to mix with some vitamins, in my bath scrubs, and this past summer I’ve started
using it as shaving cream! I don’t know if that’s weird or just borderline
brilliant (I am going with brilliant – I say if you can’t pump yourself up why
would anyone else?) but either way, I thought it was finally time that I share
it with you. BTW - not just for summer this is perfect all year long - even more so in the dry cold winter ahead. Besides it makes you smell YUMMY!!!!
Here’s what I love about coconut oil
as a shaving cream:
▪Coconut oil is safe for your
body (and the environment). Our skin is our body’s largest
organ and when we put chemicals (i.e. most commercial beauty products) on our
skin, we’re putting these chemicals into our bodies. That scares me. It’s also
nice to know that I’m not adding more chemicals into our water supply.
▪Coconut oil is affordable. I know some brands can get a little pricey, but when you
compare the cost of a little coconut oil to commercial beauty products, you’re
saving big bucks, trust me.
▪Coconut oil doubles as a
moisturizer. Thus, it saves time because you
simply slather it on once and you’re ready to go!
▪Coconut oil has antifungal and
antibacterial properties. This is especially
helpful if you are prone to razor burn or are shaving delicate skin.
It smells amazing! Enough said..... So this how I
use it to shave:
1. Shave at the end of your bath or shower. The warm water opens up the hair follicles, which means that
you get the closest shave.
2. Rub a small amount of coconut oil on your legs. If your coconut oil is solid, simply warm it up between your
palms before applying to the skin. It’s usually easiest to apply the coconut
oil to dry legs, but since I’m usually in the bath and mine are already wet, I
usually apply it with my legs slightly damp.
3. Shave using a sharp razor. A sharp
razor will allow you to get the closest shave and you’re less like to have
razor burn because you won’t have to repeat areas. Rinse the blade in-between
strokes, or wipe the blade on a damp washcloth to remove the used oil.
4. For extra-soft skin, exfoliate with a body scrub before
shaving. My DIY body scrubs are usually a mix of oil, salt
or sugar, and other ingredients to add fragrance.
One thing I will warn you about though is that coconut oil can
make the tub slippery! So be careful getting in or out of the tub/shower.I usually keep a Scrubbing Bubbles handy and spray
it down as soon as I exit. This means I won’t have extra cleanup to do later
& I won’t have to worry about slipping the next time I get in.