Tuesday, November 9, 2010

TAGGED-Getting to know you!

tagged! getting to know you

1. Innie or outie?

2. Unlimited wealth or unlimited health?
unlimited health

3. What is your favorite book?
Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

4. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?
Seattle, WA -great shopping, coffee on every corner and lots of rain!

5. What is your security blanket?
I always have a medium iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts on me, I know it is weird but it is my security blanket!

6. What is your mode of transportation?
car, Toyota Matrix 2006 (baby blue)

7. What is your signature scent?
Calvin Klein Euphoria

8. If you were at Hogwarts, what house would you belong to?

9. If you could be any Disney princess who would you be and why?
Sleeping Beauty (Aurora)

10. What is one of your bad habits?
shopping and coffee

Monday, November 1, 2010

October Favorites

Just Dance 2
It's time for October Fav's and to start with a little entertainment is Just Dance 2 and The Walking Dead. Just Dance 2 is they improved version of the original. It has more songs, better backgrounds and a fitness section. The Walking Dead is a new series on AMC that is based on a graphic novel of the same name and a really amazing zombie show!

The Walking Dead
This show just premiered on Halloween on AMC- if you like zombies and good writing you will love this new show (Sundays @ 10)

Capes and Capelets especially in PLAID
I love plaid for fall. I love cute, plaid clothes.
This is a no brainer.

MAC Copperplate
This is a mid-tone dusty matte grey that is perfect for fall, this has been my go-to color since I purchased it!

MAC Viva Glam Cindy Lipgloss
This is a great corally red, perfect for fall.

Physicians Formula Felt-Tip Eye Marker
This is a great, fast, on the go eyeliner.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Autumn Hauling Part II


This was a surprise haul (the best kind really). During the day I had to attend a workshop about an hour and half away from where I live. However, on the way home my friend and I decided to stop at a mall that I have never been to. Let me just say, this is the BEST mall ever. This mall had LUSH, MAC, and Sephora all under one roof, what could be better? Amazing! So here is what I grabbed: Up first-

Sephora by OPI nail polish in Havanna Nights
- I have been looking for a light baby blue nail polish for a while now and when I saw this I couldn't pass it up. I read reviews that it goes on sheer and you need three coats so I will review it later.

Sephora by OPI nail polish in What's Under My Trenchcoat?-I am still on the hunt for the perfect taupe polish and this may be it, taupe with gold shimmer it looks amazing in the bottle. However it shows up a little grey on the nail, I think tha is because of the metalic flecks in it. It only took two coats for a nice opaque color and was easy to apply. We will see how long it will last.
Nars Orgasm Skin Illuminator- I received this as one of my Sephora point perks and was pretty excited. So far I have tried it twice and still a little unsure about it. It does illuminate but I am unsure if it is better than MAC MSF's- I think it makes me look a little oily really.

Copperplate- super pretty medium tone dusty grey color-super pigmented and one of my new favorite colors

Mylar- I needed a matte highlight and the MAC SA (who wasn't super helpful mind you) said this one was her favorite so I grabbed it, not really loving it yet though and it is described on maccosmetics.com as a creamy beige with shimmer, so that is not exactly a white matte like a wanted, strike to MAC SA!

Brun-The SA did a nude/natural look on my friend and used Brun in the corner and it looked great so I bought and really love it

Viva Glam Cindy lip gloss-all my glosses are either nude or for summer (hot pink and coral) so I really wanted something for fall/winter and this color hits the mark it is a coral red shimmer that is super flattering on all skin tones and 100% of its proceeds help women/children and men living with aids.

Snow Fairy lip tint- this is the best smelling lip tint ever- This smells just like Rockstar soap and Snow Fairy shower gel as well as the bubblegum lip scrub from Lush! I first bought the red lip tint- It Started with a Kiss and really liked it so I wanted to try this one too. I was a little disappointed that the color isn't as pigmented as It Started with a Kiss, but it is a pretty sheer pink color.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


So today as I was rushing to my hair appointment, sick and drugged-up on cold medicine and I was thinking "Why is it so hard to find a good hair dresser?". The reason I couldn't cancel my appointment due to my utter sickness was because I did not cancel 24 hours before, therefore, my credit card would be charged anyway. UGH-That is reason enough to throw some clothes on, slap on some bronzer and get your ass to the appointment.

My search for a great hairdresser seemed to have started about three years ago, but really it feels like forever. Initially I just went somewhere cheap because I had long hair would only get it trimmed and layered. I opted for somewhere quick, cheap, and without a long wait list. You see I am the person who will wake up and realize I need a haircut NOW, no, I needed a haircut YESTERDAY! So I HATE to have to wait a week for a haircut. This was until I decided to cut 10 inches off and donate it to Locks of Love www.locksoflove.org

I originally got my haircut short wanting an angled/inverted bob- at this time Posh Spice's hair was in style as well as Rhianna. I went to the same salon that I was getting my trims at and explained that I wanted to donate my hair and wanted an angled bob.
My reasoning for cutting my hair was that I had realized for the last three months I was wearing my hair up (usually in a ponytail) everyday! Now, I was about 26 at the time and because of my rather short stature I look about 14 on a good day, add a ponytail to the mix and it is more like 12.
My first tempt at the haircut sorta ended up like a long bob, all one length but with angled layers. Then I tried a different hairstylist and all was good for a while until I asked for it "a little shorter" and ended up with it WAY shorter, my longest layer didn't even hit my chin! After taking biotin religiously to grow it out I tried the third hairstylist and all though I liked her, I was less then impressed with the salon-it was full of pre-teens just hanging out, it looked a little dirty in the corners and baseboard were caked with dirt and hair and you had to tip using cash which is always an issue for me because I never have cash on me.
I then went with my friend to her hairstylist to check out the salon and see if I like it, and I did. Finally- a salon that is cool, fun, and not overwhelming, no pre-teens and I could put the tip on my card -whoo hoo! I stayed with this stylist for two years until the last couple times I went and said "I want it a little shorter" I left with a slight trim, my friends were even asking me "are you letting your hair grow out?" NO!! To add insult to injury the last time I was there I had deal with a screaming 2year old getting his first haircut, sweet jesus-bring your kids to Fantastic Sam's will you-it really seems unnecessary to have kids getting haircuts at high-end salons, especially if they are not behaving.
Now moving on to the next stylist/salon per friend recommendation. I check-out the salon on-line and read this under "our policies" : "We Love Kids Too-We respectfully request that you make other arrangements for your children while you pamper yourself. All of clients deserve the full salon experience everytime they visit us. We ask you to help our staff maintain a relaxed, calm environment for all." Hallelujah!!! My first impression, the salon is kind of a pain to get to, and parking sucks, okay-I can live with that for a great haircut. Then the waiting room was a little chaotic but okay and I only waited about 3 minutes for the stylist to come greet me and introduce herself. Then up a flight of stairs to my stylists station (this could be problematic when I am either 9 months pregnant or on crutches but we'll cross that bridge when we get there). Hair wash and scalp massage felt amazing on my congested head. My hairstylist was nice, friendly, and listened to what I wanted. Loved my haircut and then went to pay and was a little surprised that the haircut was $10 more than the price listed on the website. Okay- plus a $10 tip, the haircut was a total of $55. Not to bad, only about $5 more than I was paying before, but oh wait you can't put tips on your card-Ahhh!!!! Well at least I left with a haircut that I like, and didn't end up with a parking ticket (my parking spot was questionable at best). I made another appoint for December 28th but not sure what I'm going to do-ugh-and the search continues!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

September Favorites

Brahmin-Caroline Zip-Top Satchel $325 -For those of you who aren't familiar with the Brahmin brand they are a really great higher-end leather works brand that is based in Fairhaven, MA (only about 20min from me). They still have their outlet store there were you can score one-of-a-kind and sample bags (I have two of these bags and adore the fact that they are one-of-a-kind) and great sales, sometimes up to 50%off. About twice a year they hold a tent sale where you can get handbags and accessories for up to 50% off the retail price. At this year's autumn tent sale I picked up the Caroline Zip-Top Satchel in taupe/tan with crocodile (which Brahmin is known for) accents for 60% off retail price. I love this bag because it is so classic (can't you picture Audrey Hepburn carrying this) and you can wear it as a satchel or shoulder bag. Brahmin is sold at Nordstroms and Dillards and can also be found at www.brahmin.com

Animal Prints- are a MUST have this fall. Although I usually opt for classic looks I couldn't pass up this scarf that I bought at H&M for $9.95. I wore it out to breakfast and shopping yesterday and literally received a dozen compliments on it. It looks so expensive and paired with a black tee, skinny jeans and pointy toed flats it is a great way to wear animal print and be trendy while also remaining classy.

Almay Smart Shade Smart Balance Foundation- I use to use this ALL the time when it first came out. However, when I feel in love with MAC I abandoned it but have recently fell back in love. This foundation is a sheer to light coverage that looks like skin, it is amazing to even out your skin tone and lasts throughout the day. I use the color 100 in Light and it is a perfect match for NW20 coloring. I use my hands to spreed it on and then use my MAC 187 to kind of blend and even it out. I also set it with my MAC MSF natural.

Maybelline Dream Creamy Foundation in Creamy Natural- After I finished up using my old/left over Almay foundation I went to repurchase it and realized it was $13.99, that is A LOT of money for a drugstore makeup, so I was looking around and came across this maybelline foundation that I heard a lot about on youtube and it was on sale for $7 so I figured, "why not?". I do like it, but is a heavier coverage, more medium-to full. I applied it with my 187 brush and it still looks a little cakey and less "air brushed" like the ad says, you need a very light hand when applying this but I do like the texture and finish it leaves once it is appliet correctly.

L'oreal EverStrong Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner $6.99. I have been using sulfate-free shampoos on and off for a year now and so my favorite is the l'oreal everstrong brand, it doesn't weigh my hair down or feel flat. Instead my hair feels smooth, healthy and looks incredibly shiny.

Autumn Hauling


So, today was a great Autumn day, sunny, breezy and there were sales everywhere. It ended up being a pretty amazing day, and I wanted to share some amazing products and finds with you.

First up. Ulta-

Ulta was having a 40%off of Maybelline, Revlon, Physicians Formula and NYX sale as well as a Buy One Get One 50% off Essie, OPI, and China Glaze (but you couldn't mix and match brands-so annoying) plus a coupon for $3.50 off a $10 purchase (*prices reflect SALE price)

NYX- Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencils in Dark Brown and French Fries $2.51 each. Dark Brown is pretty self-explanatory but French Fries is a coppery bronze shade. I have Milk and Black Bean already and they are great for bases. They are smooth and blend amazingly, but do crease, so be ware.

Revlon- Luxurious Color Eyeliner in Antiqued Gold (504) $5.99-Description from package- define eyes with rich, luxurious color that lasts all day. Silky-smooth formula and built-in smudger create versatile looks from precise to smoky. This is one of the only eyeliners I have EVER repurchased. This gold works AMAZING on the lash line for a wide eyes bronzed effect. I have tried many different gold eyeliners including Sephora brand and Rimmel and none of them work well on the lash line. I used up my last pencil (which lasted a LONG time) and finally broke down and bought it again after trying (and failing) with other brands.

Maybelline- The Falsies Volum' Express Washable Mascara in Brownish Black (282) $4.19-Description from packaging: Unique and flexible wand helps to lift and separate lashes to provide the look of more lashes. Patented Spoon brush and Kera-fiber formula instantly build 8x more volume without clumping to complete the false lash look. To use: For best results hold brush with spoon side against lashes and sweep from root to tip. Repeat until desired look is achieved. Do not let dry between coats. I have never tried this mascara before but it was 40% off so I figured why not? I already have pretty long lashes, so volume mascaras work the best for me so I am hoping this will be a great product. Unfortunately I had to get Brownish Black which I normally wouldn't choose but I figured it may be good for work. I will update with a review.

Physicians Formula- Eye Definer Felt-Tip Eye Marker in Warm Black (2431) $3.59-Description from packaging: Finally, perfect lining made easy! Amazing formula provides the defined look of a liquid liner without the mess; won't tug the delicate skin surrounding the eye. Unique felt-tip marker glides on for mistake-proof lining in one easy, clean stroke. Creates a fine or bold line for natural or dramatic definition! Your eyes won't believe your eyes! Innovative formula offers super long-lasting wear-up to 24 hours-for high impact drama all day or night. Features the most intense, bold shades that dry instantly for maximum definition. Won't smear, smudge or fade! Ultra-gentle formula is easily removed with your everyday, gentle eye makeup remover. Hypoallergenic. Fragrance free. Dermatologist approved. Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. Directions: Apply eye marker at the base of lashes in a fine or bold line. Never apply eye marker inside the lash line. Keep cap tightly coled to avoid pen formula from drying out. Maintain tip in downward positing when storing and do not shake pen. Again, I have never tried this but bought it based on a lot of recommendations from Beauty Guru's on youtube.com and blogspot.com. Review to follow.

Essie-nail polish is Sew Psyched $8- this is described as "cashmere-soft sage pewter color". I have tried a few essie colors and have either returned them or given them away because they are thin, streaky, and hard to use. However, this unique color gave me reason to try essie again, I have read reviews that said this is one of the "good essies" so I am looking forward to trying it and using it as one of my fall staples. I didn't benefit from the Buy One Get One 1/2 Off sale because you were allowed to mix and match brands and there wasn't another Essie colored that I really wanted (well there were 3 -mink muffs, merino cool, little brown dress or even velvet voyeur-but none of there were available) and I didn't want to risk buying a "bad essie" so I passed.

Maybelline-Dream Liquid Mousse in Creamy Natural Light 5 $4.79-Described online on their website as: a air-whipped formula providing great coverage. Smooth, 100% poreless finish with natural luminosity. Air-brushed natural perfection. Blends effortlessly for a flawless, air-brushed finish. Oil-free, fragrance-free, Dermotologist tested, Allergy tested, won't clog pores. Safe for sensitive skins and good for all skin types.

I already own the Dream Cream Mousse in the same color and really like for an easy full-coverage look. I have heard even better reviews for the Liquid Mouse so I decided to take advantage of the 40% off and try it.

The Body Shop-Body Butters in Almond and Coconut 2 for $23.98Description: a rich intensive cream with luxurious oils that moisturize up to 24hrs and made with Community Trade pure organic cold-pressed virgin-oil. I haven't used any of the body butters in a LONG time.. like years so I was excited to get some when my other lotions ran out and I needed a more intense moisturizer for winter. Lucky me-I hit the jackpot again, The Body Shop was having a "Scent Even" were you purchase a paper bag for $3 and then you get 50% off of any scented products and $1 from every bag supports Stop Sex Trafficking campaign partners so how can you go wrong. So I decided to buy because they were basically buy one get one and that was GREAT! I already used the Almond body butter after I took a shower from my long shopping day and the smell and texture are fantastic, it has been on for two hours and my skin still feels soft and moist where usually after 20min I can't tell I put lotion on. These are a must-have for the dry winter months and they have a very large selections of scents so everyone can find one they love!

Forever 21- Faux Fur Collar/Scarf-$10.88- Description from website: Luxurious faux fur collar featuring adjustable magnetic closure. One size fits all. Shell-62%acrylic and 30% polyester, Lining-100% polyester. Hand wash-line dry. For under $11 I had to buy this, fur is one of the top trends for fall and winter. I can't remember if it was the Sept or Oct InSyle that talked about fur collars but once I had seen them I loved it, what a great way to add an inexpensive piece to your already existing wardrobe.

Aldo Accessories-Silver Chain Earrings and Shoe Clips both for $11.99- Another fabulous sale- Buy One Get One for $11.99. The Shoe Clips are so cute and versatile they have black enamel with gold trim and rhinestone middles that will look great on flats. The silver earrings are super cute long sliver multi-chains that are kind of heavy to wear and a little long so I may need to shorten them and see how that works.

Target- PJ Shorts- I seriously found these on a very small clearance rack for 75 cents each!! I am not kidding. I think they were probably part of a PJ set that was some how separated so Target was selling them really cheap-another great score.

Well hopefully this haul will hold me over shopping wise until Christmas. I did go to MAC to check out the Venomous Villains Collection and of course anything worth seeing was sold out! I didn't love anything from the collection so I never put anything on hold and am saving for the new collection coming out this winter. Reviews on some of these Autumn Haul product coming soon!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Chanel Le Vernis

Who doesn't love Chanel? Even if you can't afford to drape yourself in tweed and pearls you can indulge in a little bit of luxury with their nail polish. Chanel is known to be the leader in fashion and style and time and time again they often led the seasons trends with nail polish. One of their best known nail polishes have been Black Satin (219) which started the black nail polish trend in Hollywood. Black Satin was also my first Chanel nail polish purchase (if I was gonna do black, it was gonna be Chanel). Other trendy nail colors have been Jade, Particulure, and Paradoxyl.

Here is my (small but growing) Chanel collection.

Black Satin (219)

This is the best black nail polish ever, it easy to put on and is opaque in two coats. I wouldn't wear any other black, this makes it feel classy and less emo/goth. However, I did have a student (male) approach me one day saying "Ms. Manchester we have the same nail polish" -scary. The most amazing thing about this polish is that it lasts a really long time, with a base and my seche vite top coat I can go 7 full days without even one chip.

Golden Sand (317)

After my amazing experience with black satin I wanted another nail polish, unfortunately at $23 a pop I have to contain my obsession slightly. I decided to try golden sands which was a limited release. This is sort of a rose gold/copper when compared to the other gold nail polishes in my collection. However, this is a great nude/metallic that will never go out of style.

Paradoxal (509)

This year's "it" fall 2010 color! I love this color it is the perfect grey/purple (graige) with a violet micro shimmer- so nice and unique. This will be my fall go-to color. Everyone on youtube and blogspot are raving about this color. I have tried it and it is darker than I thought it would be, but still a really amazing color for fall! One of my favorites in my collection!

Nouvelle Vague (527)

Hard to find, hard to get but I got lucky. This is an amazing turquoise with a silver micro shimmer. The color is very very close to China Glaze's For Audrey with the added shimmer (For Audrey is a creme). This isn't a must have if you already have For Audrey but I like the micro shimmer and the formula is much better (my For Audrey is very thick).

Chanel Dupes
Particuliere vs. Milani Teddy Bare

Jade vs. Milani Dressmaker

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

August Favorites

True Blood

Season 3 started in June and will be ending in September. So far I loved the first season, hated the second season, and now like the third season. I have read all of the Charlaine Harris books that the HBO series is based on and I think Alan Ball is doing a great job with his interpretation of the books (mostly). Vampires, love, sex, and werewolves? How could it get better?? This show is not for the faint of heart (this is not Twilight my friends) but the books are a must read!

Clinique Dramatically Different Gel

I tried the lotion about a million times and it always left me too greasy and broke me out. However, my mom always swears by it so when the gel came out I read all the reviews and decided to finally try it. The price is pretty great at $24 for 4.2oz. So far this works pretty good, and works well under makeup. It is not super moisturizing but okay if you just need a little light moisturizer during the day. I love that this doesn't make my face look oily or greasy and as long as my face continues to stay clear I will continue to use this religiously.

Chanel's Paradoxal

This nail polish is the new "it" color for the fall. I LOVE this color! This is a sort of gray/purple with a violet micro shimmer in it-so pretty and different. I have not been able to find a dupe for this. I love the formula of chanel's nail polish ( I own about 4) but some people hate it! To me it always gives a smooth even finish that is long lasting! Chanel also comes out with some of the most interesting and unique shades!

Clinique's Moisture Surge

This is hands
down the best moisturizer I have ever used. It is a little more expensive thanthe dramatically
different gel at $34 for only 1.7 oz so I only use this at night. When I wake up in the morning my skin feels and looks amazing! I have tried a ton of moisturizers including some from lush, aveeda, aveeno, philosophy and everything in between.


I am OBSESSED with this show. My husband and I steamed the first 5 seasons on netflix and then added showtime to our dish network package just to watch this show (and Dexter which starts in a few weeks). My friend Mary recommended the show to me and I am so glad she did. This show is funny, witty, stylish, and just a good well-rounded show for those of you who are sick of reality tv and would like to watch something that is a little more highbrow.

Boscia Lumanizing Black Mask

This mask is a biore strip for your face. This is by far the most I have spent or will spend on a mask. I bought this at Sephora for $34 for 2.8 oz. This is described on Sephora as a powerful detoxifying "peel-off"mask that will purify and brighten your complexion. The only down side is that you have to use a lot of product because a thick even layer is essential in order to get the mask to peel and really feel and see the benefits.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Ten Things That Make Me Happy

Okay, so this tag is going around and most bloggers just "tag everyone" so here it goes. When thinking about what makes me happy a lot of things came to mind, it was tough to narrow it down to 10 (so I didn't).
10 things that make me happy!

1. A day at the beach

2. Ice cream and gelatto (favorite: orange pineapple)
3. Shopping: Lush, Nordstrom, Sephora, Coach

4. Tattoos

5. TV: Weeds, Dexter, True Blood, 24

6. Spending a rainy day reading a good book

7. My poodles (Sophie and Bella)

8. A cold beer with friends after a long day at work

9. Buffalo Wings
10. Coffee

Honorable Mention- Chocolate

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Feng Shui

Feng Shui is an ancient art that has been practiced by the Chinese for thousands of years to improve the layout and flow of energy through their homes.

When I first bought my home I decided to do some research on feng shui with the mind frame "it can only help". Here are some easy tips that helped me and that I used in my home to integrate feng shui into my life. There are plenty of books so you can do your own research and will explain the thought process for some of these tips.


*No mirrors facing stove ( you don't want the heat reflected or doubled)

*Use wood elements including plants to balance all of the water and metal elements in the kitchen

*Do not hang things, this include a pot rack, knives- nothing should be over head or hanging

Dining room

* Make sure you dining room table is not above your washing mashing (if your washing machine is in the basement)

* There should be an even number of seats/chairs/settings

* Decorate with food and garden pictures/artwork


* Place crystal or wind chimes at the door

* Have your desk face the room not a wall or window

* Buy two new fish (one black one for good luck and 1 colorful one)

* Place plants throughout

Living room

* Choose positive, peaceful themes in paintings with good symbolism

* Ideally one should choose pictures of mountains to go behind the sofa and pictures of water/ocean to place in front

* Do not place sofa under a window or mirror

* Place TV in NW corner


* Place bed so you can see the door but not be directly opposite it

* Do not position your bed between two windows or two doors

* Do not face your bed so your feet face the door

* Each side of the bed should be identical (same side table, lamp etc)

* Use sheer curtains so light is allowed in


* Always keep toilet lid closed, toilet should not be seen from the door

* Add earth elements to off set the water elements

* Keep door closed or partially open


* Blue, turquoise or violet paint color

* No mobiles, the chi should be able to move freely over and under the crib, place windchimes near the window instead

* Keep a bowl of sea salt on top of dresser to obsorbe an negative energy

* Never put a crib under or near a window, crib should be placed diagonal from door

* Use a wood or wicker rocking chair

* Add orange oil in diaper pail to offset negative smells

* There should be no more than four electronics in the nursery


* Paint your front door red for good luck

* First impressions of your home should be warm and welcoming (weed your garden, plant flowers, take out the garbage)

* Make sure your walk way is lit

* House address should be visible during the day and at night

* Declutter, clean and organize

* You should always feel positive and comfortable in your space, if something doesn't feel right it probably isn't.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Small Acts of Kindness

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." -Aesop

We have all heard the saying "no good dead goes unpunished" and trust me I have been in many situations which has led me to sometimes believe this myself. However, I feel that there are very little random acts of kindness happening everyday. I am assuming this because every time I do something nice, people look at me like I am a crazy person. For example: on a late night run to CVS I was walking down the aisle when I noticed a lady struggling to balance her various products that were stacked on top of one another like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. As she turned the corner I saw her eyeball the stack of baskets near me. I immediately saw the sense of relief confusion in her eyes. She was trying to figure out how she could continue her balancing act while also getting a hand free to grab a basket. I snatched up a basket and said "Do you want one of these?" She replied in a breathless, gasping sigh and managed to say "YES". I held the basket while she dumped her merchandise into it while thanking me about a million times. "No problem, really" I kept reassuring her because it really took about two seconds out of my time and really wasn't a problem at all. Astonishingly, she kept thanking me. The way this lady thanked me you may have thought I slipped her $100 bill or offered up my kidney to her. I think random acts of kindness are so non-existent these days that people are really taken back when they receive it.
Common courtisy and simple good manners are a thing of a past. Rarely is door held for you or a seat on a train offered up. Certainly no one is offering to carry my bags or open a door. Never mind that I go ahead of them line with my one item to purchase and them with a carriage full. Even when I am paying for a service like an oil change or buying a coffee I hardly ever hear a "thank you" or a "have a good day". What is going on in society? And more importantly what can we do to change it? The best we can do is to continue to be nice because when you do good you feel good, and who doesn't like to feel good?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

What I Can't Live Without!

Okay, so we all know we can't live without the essentials: food, water, shelter and love. Therefore, those essentials all go without saying. Of course I can't live without my husband, friends, and family. This blog is the other items that I love using everyday and can't imagine my life without!
1. Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee

Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee (medium- $2.34): I have been drinking a medium iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts for nearly 15 years! That would be approximately $11,000 in iced coffee (imagine my shock when I did this calculation). However, I did have a brief stint of drinking a tank from Bess Eaton daily instead but then went back to Dunkin Donuts. I started drinking coffee out of sheer boredom at about 14 years-old. My friend and I would walk to Dunkin Donuts after school to simply have something to do and a place to hang out. It didn't take long before I was a full-blown coffee addict. Since then I have had an iced coffee everyday, yes even in the winter! My iced coffee just doesn't feed my addiction but it is now a safety blanket and part of my daily routine that would be even harder to break than the addiction itself.

2. Thermos Hydration Bottle
Thermos-Fashion Hydration Bottle (18oz $20.99): This is not your average water bottle, this is a vacuum insulated bottle. This bottle may be pricey compared to other water bottles; however, this bottle keeps you water cold for up to 12 hours and does not sweat because of the vacuum seal. This bottle is also made of unbreakable stainless steal inside and out. There are 3 main reasons I love and recommend this bottle: 1. It is cute and stylish 2. It is the only bottle I have ever used that keeps my water cold for 12 hours and I hate drinking warm water so this helps me drink the amount of water I should everyday (you should be drinking half your body weight in ounces for example if your weight is 150lbs = 75oz a day) and stay hydrated. 2. It doesn't sweat or leave rings when you put it down. For all of these reason I actually have three of these bottles (in different styles of course).

3. Netflix

Netflix ($9-$14 a month): How did we ever live without netflix? My husband and I love movies and with netflix we pay $9 to rent one movie at a time which arrives in the mailbox and we can stream an unlimited number of movies and television shows right to our living room. My husband and I streamed the first seven seasons of 24 and are now watching Lost. I really love being able to stream movies and shows whenever I want. Thank god the days of driving to Blockbuster and spending 45min looking through the aisles or calling to movies on hold, are thankfully over.

4. Sidekick LX

Sidekick LX (T-mobile $175 when purchased): I had the older version of the sidekick and loved it, so when the new 3G model came out I decided to upgrade. I have a love/hate relationship with my phone. I love the color and the overall look of the swivel LCD screen. I love that I only pay $20 for unlimited text and internet! I love the full keyboard and the fact that I can go online, check my email, IM, use Bing and other software on my sidekick. I hate that I can't download any apps that sony doesn't offer. I hate the camera- crap quality. I hate that the internet is pretty slow, even for 3G. I hate how I have had a lot of randomness happen like my sim card dying, or pictures being erased for no reason. However, with that said this is my lifeline. I check the weather, facebook, product reviews, etc on my phone all the time.

5. Lip balm

Lip balm (Rosebud Salve $6 for .8oz): If I had to choose one beauty item, it would have to be lip balm. Right now my go to lip balm is Smith's Rosebud Salve. I have had this tin for a few years and kind of forgot about it until I saw an interview with Rachel Bilson in August's InSyle magazine. Bilson said this was her desert island must have. This made me take it out, try it and fall in love with it again. This lip balm is describes as a multi-purpose lip balm that calms, heals, and soothes. It can also be used on cuticles, rashes, burns, etc. I also love Korres lip butters ($10 for .21oz)) and Lush's lip balm ($6.95 for .3oz).

6. Barnes and Nobel-Nook Barnes and Nobel Nook (wifi $150)- It took me a long time to jump ship to an ebook but I am glad I did. It really is great to be able to carry 1,500 books in this little unit and shop right from the internet. I really love the color, LCD-touch screen and the look of the nook. It is cute, stylish, and convenient. Also you can download pictures and music.

7. Dell Inspiron Laptop 1545

Dell Inspiron Laptop ($499): This is the first laptop I have ever owned and will never go back to a desktop again! I love the convenience of my laptop, as well as the color and style. My husband bought this for me when I went back to school for my Master's. I hated being stuck inside or in the corner of the room on my desktop. The laptop allows me to be anywhere in the house or outside on my deck. I can also bring my laptop to work and class which has been really helpful and made taking classes less painful. My laptop and my phone are two items that I use every single day!

8. Poodles

" My little dog...a heartbeat at my feet" Edith Wharton

Poodles (priceless)- I can't imagine my life without dogs. All my life I grew up with dogs and when we didn't have one I would beg for one until we did. I never thought I would have poodles but I feel in love with one and now am hooked. My two girls Sophie (black) and Bella (red) are my joys. They don't shed, they are fun, loving, loyal, funny, and keep my company and also encourage me to exercise. I don't trust people who don't like dogs.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Coconut Water


As I am always on the cutting edge of style my new favorite drink is also the favorite of many celebrities and non-celebrities alike- coconut water. I have always enjoyed being stylish when it comes to beauty, clothes, accessories and now even what I consume. So far my favorite flavor is Vita Coco's Peach and Mango. I like this for two reasons: The first is the flavor, it is much better than plain coconut water which tastes suspiciously like Pedialyte to me. The other reason? I can't help but love a witty drink. On the box (17oz) it reads:

The Original Power Couple- Introducing Peach and Mango. Hoping to join the ranks of celeb couples such as Brangelina, Tomkat and Cashica, Peach and Mango are considering being called Peacho, Pango, or Meaches.
Sure paparazzi have yet to pick up on the story, but it's just a matter of time. So until then we'll just stick to Peach and Mango. Stay hydrated and enjoy.

So if you are not turned on just by the taste and wit alone, here are some other reasons to give it a whirl:

Reasons To Try (stated on the box):
- more electrolytes than leading sports drinks with 15times the potassium
-has more potassium than two bananas (don't tell the monkeys)- potassium keeps your body properly hydrated and prevents cramping
-100% natural
-hydrate and feel peach keen!
Other reasons to drink from vitacoco.com
-it naturally fat and cholesterol free
-helps keep your body cool and at its proper temperature
-helps carry nutrients and oxygen to cells and boosts poor circulation
-regulates the function of the intestine, helps promote smoother skin
-helps replenish your body's fluids after exercising
-helps detoxify your body and boost your immune system
-helps ease stomach pain

More Health Benefits from healthmad.com
-coconut water relieves urinary problems
-coconut water kills intestinal worms
-coconut water breaks up kidney stones
-coconut water is used in blood transfusion
-coconut water is an antibacterial
-coconut water controls vomiting
-coconut water raises the level of metabolism in the body

And really, if it's good enough for Audrina, it's good enough for me! I just have one question: Who is Cashica?