I don’t know what it is about shower gel and mud masks but what started off as pursuit to become more clean has turned into an almost obsessive compulsive disorder. When I moved a year ago from Miami, I left behind a huge crate of stuff… a giant assortment of goodies: masks, nail polish remover, eye cream, shine serums (yes plural), intense conditioners, bath salts, foot soaks… and the list goes on. And on. And on. As embarrassed as I am about sharing pictures of some (and this is just some of it) of the stuff I have accumulated in just one year, I have to in order to show how bad my current condition is. I counted right now before writing this, and I currently own 9 bars of deodorant- 9 bars!!?? This is not normal. Whenever I do groceries, it takes me at least 15 minutes to select a shampoo, conditioner, and a toothpaste. I have to smell them all. Brandon hates going into Walgreen’s with me. And forget about walking into and Aveda, Bath and Body Works, Ulta, or the Body Shop… that is not only a money pit, but an excursion that requires an overnight stay practically. It is so nice though, to come home with a shiny new box of bath suds and splish splash in my tub. It feels great to get out of that tub after using my new soap, and shave gel and apply my new body lotion, to my smooth and just shaven legs. Then I dry off and blow dry my hair, to which I add a silky shine serum. I can’t forget to apply my clinique clarify lotion to my face and then finish off with my retinol and vitamin C complex cream. Once I finish this, I am off to bed, but not before taking off my rings and applying some rich lavender or sage hand cream. Talk about bliss. Which leads me to just that- I have a new favorite. The Bliss lemon and sage hand cream. It smells so yummy! I could sit here and talk about this for hours… maybe I’ll turn this into an on-going post about my likes and dislikes in the world of all things sudsy. With that said, I hear my toiletries calling, I must go shower. Again.
I was recently going through my blog roll list and realized that there are few blogs out there that are really really amazing… just thought I’d share some of my favorite sites as well as give a shot out to these awesome people.
Of course at the top of my list- The Pioneer Woman. For those of you who aren’t familiar with her, she is hilarious. She definitely has one of the most distinct “voices” in internet land. It’s like those really great bands that you only need to hear the first few bars of a song and know immediately who they are: well that’s the case with PW. Oh yeah and her cooking is outrageous too.
I am amazed at how innovative her recipes are. Her food is always so appealing to me.
Her food photos are beyond stunning. They look like they belong in the most prestigious of cookbooks. Words cannot express how gorgeous this blog is. Her food is art.
She’s a fellow Miamian which totally rocks. I love the simplicity of her blog as well as her food photography. Her recipes are solid: they’re not fussy or pretentious. They also look delicious.
You would never know that Kevin cooks out of a closet sized kitchen. His food is absolutely stunning. I always want to lick my computer monitor when I see his postings.
Lastly these are a few sites where food bloggers post their recipes and reviews of food and restaurants. It is a great way to get to know the food blogging community, not to mention that it’s food porn at it’s finest.
There are a few blogs I follow that are more along the lines of design, crafts and event planning. Below are some of my favorites.
I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this on my blog but those that know me well, know that I LOVE updated mid-century modern homes,furnishing etc. Whenever I go to borders or barnes and noble I always flip through Atomic Ranch and Dwell. I love driving around older neighborhoods and finding these houses. I think I am going to write a separate post on what my dream home would look like. But this blog is a really fun way to see MCM jewels in and around my hood. We recently took a trip to Austin, TX and MCM homes are all over the place there. One day I will own a MCM home and decorate it exactly as I like. It’s at the top of my bucket list.
I really really ascribe to the same design sense. In fact, I’ve been eying a chase lounge from CB2 for our bedroom for some time, and I just saw they have it on their most recent post. It’s really a lovely blog from top to bottom.
This girl is such an inspiration to me. I mean she makes such gorgeous clothes. I love how organic her blog/creations are. I would love for her to hire me as her apprentice for a year- I say that only half kidding. She is by far one of the most creative people i’ve come to know in internet land.
Talk about hostess with the mostess- just go check this blog out… it’s amazing
Last in this category is the sister site of Foodgawker- but for weddings. It works the same as food gawker where people post all of their wedding related content. I collect wedding magazines. It’s a problem I know, but I just love planning them, attending them, and everything that surrounds them. Check out Wedding Gawker- especially if you’re a bride to be. You’ll be really glad.
There are a few blogs I read often because I like the writing style, or they provide great info… check these out.
These people are geniuses, both figuratively and literally. They’re like the myth busters of toiletries. And since I’ve determined I’m a toiletry junkie, this blog is right up my alley.
This blog is written by a friend I’ve know since grade school. She is truly talented. I hope she gets published- she’d be a great novelist.
Ok so this isn’t really a blog, but I couldn’t help myself. Succulents and agaves are my favorite kinds of plants. I’d much rather get one of these than a bouquet flowers. These arrangements are so adorable, I couldn’t pass up the chance to share.
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