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The Great Frog

One of my top destinations on my trip to London last year was to visit The Great Frog. The Great Frog has been making rock and roll jewelry inspired by heavy metal artists since 1972. Clients include Led Zepplin, Metallica, Def Leppard, Debbie Harry, Marilyn Manson, and many, many more. I had done a lot of research and pre-shopping online before I arrived and knew precisely what I wanted to

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On A Llama

I had to title this post “on a llama” because that used to be the name of one of my favorite bands from Portland, OR in the late 90s and everytime I see a llama, a voice in my head says, On A Llama. Recently, my family came to visit and we took to the trails for a short walk in West Cornwall, CT with two llamas called Theo and

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10 Beautiful Things

Oprah Winfrey On The Most Important Gift of All 10 Things That Are Good In Theory, Disappointing in Practice 8 Genius Meal-Prep Tips 5 Money Lessons From People Who Bought Homes in Their 20s 30 Foolproof Ways to Deal with Difficult People On Being An Outsider Easter Dessert Recipes That Are Total Stunners 20 Quotes About Self-Love To Remind You You’re Worth It 70-Year-Old Gloria Gaynor Has A Roommate, More

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Current A.M. & P.M. Skincare Routine – April 2019

Step 1: Cleanse Pixi Peel & Polish – I like this fresh and fruity physical exfoliator. It wakes up my skin in the morning. Pixi is also available at Target. Step 2: Serum ISDIN Flavo-C Serum – I bought a few skincare products in Madrid last year and a couple of products from the Spanish skincare range, ISDIN. These Vitamin C serum ampules come with a lid that allows you

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Hall of Fame: Mascara

  Mascara.  My favorite, cannot live without, beauty product.  Here is a rundown of my most loved, and most often repurchased brands and formulas.  All are available at the drugstore, Ulta or Sephora. L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise – A kind of drugstore dupe for Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara.  Gives you thick, fluffy lashes.  Essence Lash Princess – My favorite beauty discovery in 2018 is this rock solid mascara.

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172 Cookbooks

I did quite a bit of cooking these past winter months. I baked a lot of bread and made plenty of soup. I’ve decluttered 18 cookbooks so far this year and now I am down to owning 172 cookbooks. My challenge to make a minimum of two recipes from every cookbook I own and decide whether or not to keep it continues. There have been several instances where I’ve come

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A Vintage Crucifix

I bought this vintage copper crucifix from a Connecticut antique store a few years ago. I think it makes a stunning statement necklace especially when paired with this blue blazer. This may be my go-to look for spring. April Fools! It’s a wall crucifix. 🙂

10 Beautiful Things

How to Talk to People 28 Cleaning Products You’ll Want To Buy What a Failed Best Friendship Taught Me About Myself 11 Truths Only People With High-Functioning Depression Will Understand How to Have a Zero Email Policy 30 Incredibly Inspiring Feminist Icons 15 Things You Didn’t Know Were Invented By Women 7 Ways to Feel Good That Don’t Involve Kale or Exercise How to Be Polite 10 Tips for a

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Hall of Fame: Lip Balms & Treatments

My all-time favorite lip balms and treatments. I’ve been using Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream for years.  Some don’t care for the smell but I love it.  This can be used anywhere on the body to treat dry, cracked skin but I use it mostly as a lip treatment.  Available at most department stores.  It’s a real hero product. Lanolips is a recent discovery that I will repurchase.  The Lemonaid

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Fringe Love

I had chance recently to do a little vintage shopping in Miami. I landed this 1970’s fringe dream from a wonderful vintage clothing boutique called Miami Twice. I loved their entire collection from high-end, designer vintage clothes and handbags to affordable statement pieces such as this long, fringe vest. Pieces this intricate don’t usually stand the test of time and are often found with snags and stains. This is in

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