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Death Valley Road Trip & Photo Essay

A road trip to Death Valley during the hottest month of the year, and I lived to tell about it. The beauty of Death Valley National Park in pictures. This past summer, I took a trip to Death Valley National Park with my family. The suffocating 116-degree temperature may not for sissies but one cannot deny the beauty and quiet serenity of the place. We departed Las Vegas and took

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The Crazy Pig

On my last visit to London, one of the destinations on my list was Crazy Pig Designs to pick up a ring that I had pre-shopped online. Much like The Great Frog, Crazy Pig Designs has early rock and roll origins and makes highly crafted skull jewelry. I chose an incredible ring depicting a crawling skeleton. I appreciate the attention to detail that goes into their jewelry. This ring has

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An Antique Coat & A Stroll Down St. Charles Avenue

I wore this black Victorian coat to a party in New Orleans recently. Not only is it one of the oldest vintage clothing items I own, 1880-1890, it also happens to be the first vintage piece I ever bought when I was 21. I found it in a vintage shop that I used to frequent in my youth in Bellingham, WA. Sadly it no longer exists. The location is now

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Pharmacy: Korean Beauty

I can never pass up a Korean beauty market when I spot one.  K-Beauty is everywhere these days, from the drugstore to department stores.    I have a post about my favorite K-beauty products coming soon but I wanted to list some of my favorites stores and online sources.  Online sources are convenient but physical locations are so much fun to browse in person.  I can easily lose myself for

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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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Pharmacy: Montreal, Quebec City

A quick post today highlighting some of my favorite skincare finds from Quebec, Canada. The best part about making a pharmacy run to Quebec is the wonderful abundance of all my French AND Canadian skincare favorites in one place. I’ll admit, I hit three pharmacies in total in order to pack my suitcase to the maximum with products; some new to test, some old favorites, from Indeed Labs, Coup d’Eclat,

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I Wore My Vintage Wranglers To Key West

Recently, I visited the Florida Keys for the first time. It truly is a special place. My brother and I rented a car and spent a couple of days exploring the islands, and Key West. It’s not difficult to fall in love with the history, deeply-rooted culture, and beauty of the place. It was paradise to me. I dressed myself in Miami on the morning we headed out and didn’t

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Pharmacy: Vancouver BC

I’ve been traveling to Vancouver, BC for decades. It’s one of my favorite cities to visit. While my main objective is usually to visit friends, explore the city and surrounding area, eat good food, and hit the shops on Robson Street, a beauty run to the nearest pharmacy is always on the list. It goes without saying that there are numerous skincare and makeup brands available in Canada that one

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A New Orleans Vintage Gem

New Orleans has long been one of my favorite cities and I seize any opportunity to visit. Over the years, I’ve developed a kind of routine of favorite spots that I hit each time I blow into town. Bambi Deville Vintage is always on the list. Located on the 2nd floor of a house in the French Quarter, it’s easy to find. The storefront doesn’t give an accurate impression of

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Pharmacy: Prague

When I went to Prague this summer, I had high hopes of browsing Old World pharmacies.  I’m sure they exist but on this trip, my time was limited and I was melting away by the minute due to the sweltering heat.  I discovered Ryor, a Czech skincare brand and picked up a simple moisturizer to try.  I also nabbed a tube of A-DERMA Dermalibour Cream.  This is a French brand and

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