Recently I went on a girls trip to Ft. Lauderdale. The purpose was primarily for a little retail therapy but also to get a little sunshine. Snow and cold temps are ok around Thanksgiving and Christmas, but after the holidays I’m ready for some sunshine. Being stuck inside is a bummer.
So four of us decided to take a little break and fly down to Ft. Lauderdale. We got a super cheap airline ticket and headed down south for a couple of days. We also fit in a little fine dining and fun, but I’ll share that later in a separate post.
Have you ever visited the Outlet at Sawgrass Mills? I had been there but it was several years ago. Wow has it grown! It’s like a whole city of nothing but high-end shops and restaurants! Trust me I know how big it is because I walked the entire mall to get to a particular store. There’s outside, inside, back and front shopping. Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Off Fifth, Bloomingdales Outlet, Century 21, Gucci, Valentine, Prada Hermes, Montcler, I could go on and on and on. Here’s a link if you’re not familiar http://www.simon.com/mall/sawgrass-mills
You may know that Neiman Marcus Last Call is my favorite store. It’s like a treasure hunt every time I visit. Sparkles from across the room caught my eye. If I was a fish I would probably be caught about every day! I walked over and saw the most beautiful dress. It was absolutely something to behold perfect for the Oscar ceremony this weekend! Have you ever seen an $19,000 dress? It was over the top and awesome! The dress was 65% off the lowest price which made it certainly more reasonable. Unfortunately, it was a size 4, which was absolutely a no-go for me! Check it out.
The photo doesn’t do the dress justice. It was fabulous. Even though I wasn’t able to squeeze into the above dress I was able to find some great things. You might see one at Derby this year!
Happy Shopping! xoxox
I’ve been reading a lot of reviews lately of jade rollers that you use on your face. Jade rollers have a long history and have been used in China since the 17th century. They are supposed to be really amazing and help to reduce fine lines, de-puff your skin and increase collagen. Sounds good to me! Also, the rollers push your product deeper into your pores, therefore getting more benefit from your product. They are so inexpensive, I’m giving it a try.
To receive the best benefit from the roller be sure to place it in the freezer for at least 2 hours prior to using. Do the following steps:
- Cleanse your face
- apply serum or moisturizer
- start rolling for around 2 minutes
- wipe your face to remove product
- apply fresh product
Here’s to looking younger! xoxox
I was watching The Chew the other day and Clinton Kelly made a fabulous champagne cocktail. Bubbles are great all year long but this Lemon Champagne Float will be perfect to celebrate spring! Cheers xoxox
Lemon Champagne Float
1/4 cup strawberry jam (divided)
1/4 cup lemon sorbet (divided)
1 cup champagne (divided)
To the bottom of four champagne glasses, add one tablespoon of strawberry jam. Top the jam with a 1 small scoop of lemon sorbet and top with champagne to serve.
Tip: Use your favorite combination of jam and sorbet to make this recipe your own!
I’m sure that you have been seeing designers such as Gucci, Celine, Balenciaga and even Target showing pajamas that are to be worn in the daytime. Dayjammies (that’s my name for them) have been seen all over New York Fashion Week and also Paris Fashion Week. I love all the bright colors and the satin fabric, but I’m not quite sure about wearing these outfits during the day. I’m all for comfort and soft fabric but I’m just not sure about these. What do you think? xoxoxo
I’m planning on visiting Chile and Argentina this fall. I’ve read so much about these two areas recently. Both places seem to be very high on travel experts destinations for 2018.
Recently T & L did an article on Santiago that included things to do and sights to see. The city has a lot of offer tourists including mountains, beaches and did I mention the Mendoza wine region? That’s where you’ll find me!
Enjoy reading about this exciting region! xoxo
In honor of President’s Day today I thought it would be appropriate to highlight a FLOTUS that you may not know much about. You see, when I was in middle school we did a program where we portrayed historical figures. We studied all about our chosen characters and then portrayed them in at a school play. I studied and portrayed Dolley Madison. She was very intriguing to me and I wanted to share a little of her background with you in honor of today’s holiday.
Dolley Madison was married to the fourth president of the United States, James Madison. She was first lady from 1809-1817. Some people may not realize that she was actually a widow when she married Madison. Her first husband and one of her sons died from contracting yellow fever. She happened to move down the street from then US Representative James Madison. The rest is history.
Dolley Madison is known for her rosy cheeks, her love of French couture and also her fun parties. She reportedly liked to wear decolletge gowns and satin turbans. Dolley was quite the hostess in the White House. She was the first FLOTUS to serve ice cream in the White House. She also enjoyed cake and macaroons for dessert. She served nuts and little candies with poems that she had written tucked into the plate. Dolley also enjoyed, much like Bubbly Horse, serving fine champagne.
According to historian Patricia B. Mitchell, Dolley had been cautioned by her husband to limit her champagne intake. He’s quoted as saying, ” If you drink too much of it, it will make you hop like the cork”. She always tried to limit herself to two glasses of champagne (she did a better job than I do!).
The great statesmen Henry Clay is quoted as saying, ” Everybody loves Mrs. Madison!” and Dolley responded, “Because Mrs. Madison loves everybody!”. Even after she left the White House and her husband became secretary of state in 1801 she continued to serve as the female co-host to then widower President Thomas Jefferson.
Dolley Madison is credited for saving the portrait of George Washington that hangs in the White House by saving it from certain destruction from British troops during the War of 1812. I hope you enjoyed learning a little about the fun-loving Dolley Madison. xoxox
Thanks to The History Channel and Patricia B. Mitchell for history and photo.
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Everybody knows that collagen is key for anti-aging. Dr. Oz discussed this on his show recently. But how do you get it? Collagen is created naturally but there are ways to increase production. I have been using this product and it’s awesome.
I can tell a big difference in the moisture in my skin and the elasticity. Both are desirable in order to make your skin look as good as it can. Just mix it up in your morning water, juice or coffee. There’s no taste and it’s a simple way to look better naturally.
According to Wikipedia collagen is defined as:
AcCollagen /ˈkɒlədʒɪn/ is the main structural protein in the extracellular space in the various connective tissues in animal bodies. As the main component of connective tissue, it is the most abundant protein in mammals, making up from 25% to 35% of the whole-body protein content. Collagen consists of amino acids wound together to form triple-helices to form of elongated fibrils. It is mostly found in fibrous tissues such as tendons, ligaments and skin.
Depending upon the degree of mineralization, collagen tissues may be rigid (bone), compliant (tendon), or have a gradient from rigid to compliant (cartilage). It is also abundant in corneas, cartilage, bones, blood vessels, the gut, intervertebral discs, and the dentin in teeth. In muscle tissue, it serves as a major component of the endomysium. Collagen constitutes one to two percent of muscle tissue, and accounts for 6% of the weight of strong, tendinous muscles. The fibroblast is the most common cell that creates collagen. Gelatin, which is used in food and industry, is collagen that has been irreversibly hydrolyzed. Collagen also has many medical uses in treating complications of the bones and skin.
The name collagen comes from the Greek κόλλα (kólla), meaning “glue”, and suffix -γέν, -gen, denoting “producing”. This refers to the compound’s early use in the process of boiling the skin and tendons of horses and other animals to obtain glue.cording to
Let me know how you like it. xoxo
I don’t know about you but I’m done with cold weather! I’ve had congestion and a scratchy throat for weeks. Nothing seemed to help. Not to mention that my skin gets very dry and itchy during winter months.
I’ve found a solution that you might want to try. A friend of mine told me she uses a humidifier. And I thought those were just for babies! So I drove to my local Walmart and purchased one. It was only $25.00.
This little jewel works great! I sat it on a table right by my bed so it blows right around my head. It blows cold water instead of hot water and according to reports this helps to keep bacteria and germs out of the tank. It makes a little noise like the sound of water dripping, unlike the old type that hissed and made loud noises.
Let me know how it works for you! xoxox
Yes, you read it correctly. Did you know that the Monarch Butterfly migrates each year from Canada to Mexico? That’s a lot of flying for a little butterfly, not to mention how in the world they have directions to Mexico! Some experts estimate the butterflies travel over 3,000 miles away each year. Unfortunately, most butterflies do not return to their original home.
The reason that they migrate is two fold. The first reason is that the monarchs cannot survive in the freezing temperatures in the northern and central climates. The second reason is that the larval food plants do not grow in the winter in the north.
I’m sure you know that butterflies are very important to our ecosystems. They transfer pollen from one plant to another and assist in plant reproduction. They not only make our world better but they are also beautiful, delicate creatures.
T & L recently wrote an article on the butterfly migration. It’s a big tourist draw to Mexico to witness over 100 million Monarch Butterflies in their winter home. I’ve had several friends that have gone and have said it was a beautiful sight.
I hope you will enjoy the attached article. This is definitely on my list of things to do, maybe it will be on yours too! xoxo
Photo credit from National Geographic and www.learnaboutnature.com
I’m loving all the new block heels that are currently in style. They are far more comfortable and easier to walk in than those with thinner heels. You can even go a little higher than normal. I bought a pair of silver Gucci mules last summer and wore them a lot. They were super sassy and really fun.
When I was shopping online recently I found these fun shoes. Feathers- check, pink- check, block heels- check. What’s not to like? These Charlotte Russe faux suede sandals were regularly $32.99 but they are currently on sale for $15.99! Spring is right around the corner. xoxox