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- Mossimo Slides ($27.99): These babies scream summer fun. And they’ll jazz up any look. They look fancy boutique pricey too, but they’re under $30. Win-win!
- Mer Sea Coconut and Seawater Mist ($32): I’m in love with this entire line of candles, bath and body products and luxurious wraps. A few sprays of this goodness on the face and body is the perfect anytime pick-me-up.
- Coolibar Packable Hat ($48): I’ve had this kick-butt hat for five years now and it still looks new. It’s a total triple threat – super comfy, stylish and you can crush the heck out of it (have packed it for dozens of trips), yet it doesn’t lose its shape.
- Sunnylife Pineapple Sipper ($14): Summer sips taste even better in this playful pineapple. Kids love it too!
- Neutrogena Pure and Free Baby Sunscreen ($11.99): Don’t be hindered by “Baby” on the label; everyone in our family uses it. The main ingredient is Zinc, a mineral sunscreen (rather than chemical ones).
- Aerie Fringe Tote Bag ($24.46): How cute is this fringed tote?! Big time score. They’re on sale too, so grab one while you can.
I’ve been searching for the softest, cushiest, plushiest, most luxurious bath rugs for-eva, and I’ve finally found them. Lemme tell ya, they were well worth the wait! There’s nothing like stepping out of the bath or shower onto these babies by Celso de Lemos. Pure, pure heaven. They’re built to last and machine washable too. You can find them at my favorite new spot for bed and bath goods – Grande Maison de Blanc. If you’re into all out luxe for the home this is the only shop you need. We spend a ton of time in the bedroom and bathroom – shouldn’t these two very important spaces wrap us in luxury? I think so! Please note: the photo above doesn’t quite do this rug justice – you must sink your tootsies into it to fully experience the cush. Pricey? Yes. Worth it? Completely.
Several months ago I wrote about Dr. Harvey’s miracle dog food. This stuff has been a life saver for my precious pup. Her tummy troubles are now a thing of the past, her coat is softer than ever and she has more energy. Preparing it is like making a bowl of oatmeal. Pour the Dr. Harvey’s Veg-To-Bowl in a bowl, add hot water and let it sit for about 8 minutes until it softens. During that time I quickly cook up a pound or so of shredded turkey or beef (5 minutes) and mix that into the veggies. Then voila…supremely healthy, wholesome food that dogs go crazy for. As I’ve mentioned, it’s a little more time consuming then pouring a bunch of kibble into a bowl, but it’s so worth the few extra minutes. And now that Dr. Harvey’s has created Oracle, making the food is even more of a cinch. Oracle is a complete meal so the protein (chicken or beef) is already inside (no need to cook it up). Just add the hot water, let it sit and it’s ready to go. Dr. Harvey’s offers cat food, supplements and healthy treats too. And by the way, no the photo attached to this blog is not some delicious gourmet dish I whipped up. It’s actually a bowl of Oracle! So when I make a big batch and keep the container in the refrigerator I always label it. There have been several occasions where friends and family were just seconds away from taking a bite. Doh!
I get very excited when I find a candle that makes the entire home smell welcoming and delicious, because there’s nothing worse than stepping foot into a stinky abode. Some candles may look pretty but when burned the only scent that fills the air is that of a freshly lit match. Not the ones by Voyage. This has become my candle mecca. Each of the many scents, designed by owner Melanie Apple-Fields, is more divine than the next. My standouts are Violet, Tea, Amber, Lime Basil, and Orange Blossom. And, I stock up on the coordinating room sprays too. The candles are made of soy and burn beautifully. You gotta love the chic and simple glass packaging with the red wax stamp. Melanie also operates the very charming Voyage et Cie boutique in Studio City and it’s filled with tons of other enticing goodies. The candles and room sprays make for memorable gifts, but be warned… I promise you’ll end up buying several for yourself too. Prepare to be hooked!
Searching for an eye-catching tray to place those Rolos (see my previous blog below – Calling All Chocolate Lovers) or other wrapped candies? This hand-painted delight by Alyssa Reuven is guaranteed to illicit many ooohs and aaahs. And, touches of coral brings ocean-inspired allure to any room. Makes for a very memorable gift too. Or, if you’ve been looking to jazz up that vanity or dresser, a little number like this will do the trick!
Most of us sleep an average of 6-9 hours a night and that’s a pretty good chunk of the day. Given the amount of time we spend counting sheep it’s only right that our bedding be ultra soft and sumptuous. Personally, I sleep better and more soundly when I’m nestled in the coziest of sheets. And, nothing beats Paisley Label by Kerry Cassill. Made with whispery light Indian fabrics, Kerry has developed a luxurious line of boho chic cotton bedding and accessories for the home (she designs clothes too). You’ll find a wide variety of prints – everything from bold and colorful like Indigo Seaglass Watercolor (pictured above) and Multi Stripe, to something more subtle ala Waterlily (pictured above) and Faded Blue Hawaii. For those who want to keep things simple there’s Classic White Hand Applique. What’s fun about Kerry’s line is that you can get playful by mixing and matching different prints to create your own unique look (see the bed above). Or just pepper in pieces of her collection – pillowcases and/or a flat sheet to punch up your current bedding. Again, they’re lightweight so I wash and dry them on the gentle cycle. While the line is mostly feminine, there are a couple of cool prints guys will dig too, including: Taupe Zig Zag. And don’t forget dudes, girls appreciate nice sheets so this could score you extra points. My dreams are even sweeter resting in between these cloud-like goodies. Hope yours are too…
In other words, this blog is also about what my dog is loving. As a big animal lover I want the best for my pooch. So when she started having major issues with her belly and the vet bills rivaled an all out shopping spree in the Barney’s shoe salon, I embarked on a search for new pet food. Fortunately I discovered Dr. Harvey’s. She devours the Veg-To-Bowl. This all natural food is described as “A Grain-Free Cornucopia of Vegetables and Goodness.” And, goodness it is – my pooch hasn’t had any more issues since she started eating it. Dr. Harvey’s has another version that contains grains called The Miracle Dog Food. My doggy loves both; she doesn’t discriminate. Preparing Dr. Harvey’s is just a bit more involved than simply pouring kibble into a bowl, and it’s completely worth it. My dog has more energy, her coat is softer and we’ve happily said sayonara to those tummy troubles. It’s pretty much like making a bowl of oatmeal. I pour a bunch of Veg-To-Bowl into a big bowl and cover it with hot water from the kettle. Stir it up and let it soak in for about 6-8 minutes. While it’s sitting, I quickly cook up and/or brown a protein to add into the mix – usually chicken, turkey, beef and occasionally eggs. During each meal time Dr. Harvey’s recommends adding a touch of olive oil or one of their Health and Shine capsules to the bowl (a salmon oil that provides Omega 3 fatty acids). All together the entire process takes about 15 minutes. The trick is to cook up a big batch, store some in the refrigerator and then freeze a bunch. This way, I just make it once a week. And, that’s nothing in exchange for a healthy dog.