Like a Petal

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Our skin is like the petal of a flower.

Imagine a baby rose bud..

the petals unfold and capture the morning dew.

As time passes, the dew dries .. as does the petal and it’s texture.

As the season changes, so does my skin and I am loving the very subtle rose scent in these products.

Lightly scented with rose .. just the right amount.  A treat at the end of the day.

Easy on the skin .. light, but also contains emollients that my skin is craving at the moment.

 Chantecaille

‘Flower’ Harmonizing Cream

A  moisturizing cream that nourishes and cocoons skin against stress. Contains essential oils, seaweed, vitamins and the flowers that feed the skin. Contains botanicals in a healing base of Pure Rosewater.

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..and don’t forget to pamper yourself with a rose scented candle, a soft towel,  and a few macaroons.

xo leslie

{this was not a sponsored post and all photos are my own}

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Kitchen Basics

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 Hi Everyone!

This time last year we sold our home and began the process of building  and down sizing.  Nearly ten months later, we are still finishing the final phase and there is a lot more work ahead.

Living in a home during construction is like camping.  You learn to live with just the essentials.   As we bring items in from storage, I find myself carefully selecting what will come in .. and which items will not.  Next I feel the need to freshen and update my home and being on a limited budget has caused me to rethink how I shop.

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I have a stash of  linens and dishes that are used for special occasions, but today I’m talking about those items we tend to use daily.  Day to day items are those which are quickly tossed in the sink or laundry and often have to wait until I can get to them.

 

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 It feels so good to open a drawer and to see it is not jammed with dishes!

  I use the Apilco line and they’ve held up very well.  I’ve added a few gray pieces thrown in for variation.  These are also a great option and are more budget friendly.   Also included are some fun breakfast bowls. West Elm has some fun options.

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Linens

I’m thinking about this color combination for Easter.

I am one of those people that uses linen even when company is not coming over.  Iron them?  ..not for a casual dinner.  If you are watching your budget,  here is an option and Pottery Barn has a nice selection.  I have these and they stand up well to lots of washing.  After using, I wash treat the stains with this bar of soap and then I toss them in the laundry.

To reduce the chances of etching on my marble counters I keep absorbent towels close by and use cutting boards for food prep.  Cotton bar towels (love these! ) are perfect for absorbing liquid and I use linens for drying glasses and such.

Here are a few more of my current spring favorites!

xx leslie

A few pretty things..

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Happy Monday!

Pretty floral scents, soft make up, romantic candles, pastel linens, and pink plates for springtime ..  I don’t know about you but I am so excited to change things up a bit for spring!

Are you ready?

xxleslie

Body Butter and Oil: Kai |  Mug: J’adore | NARS: Powder

YSL: Lip Gloss |  YSL: Bag |  Candle: Voluspa |  Hand Towel: Here   Plate: Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Self-Pampering

 

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 Life is a balancing act and time is at a premium for most of us as we juggle home and career obligations.

With that in mind, carving out time for a trip to a spa is likely to happen on the less frequent occasion as scheduling can be a challenge.

It’s the little things that can make the difference.

Self-Pampering: Three Steps 

1.  The Body .. outside

Lack of rest, too much caffeine or alcohol, stress, etc.. can take a toll.  Giving our bodies a break from all of that every now and then is a good idea and to refresh or detox the body and skin will help you feel and look your best.

 Try adding a detoxifying exfoliating scrub to your body once a week.

Ila

 Ila is said to improve circulation and stimulate the lymphatic system, to combat sluggishness, uplift your spirits and slough away dead skin and toxins. The fine-grain scrub is formulated with mineral-rich Himalayan Salt Crystals, Wild Grown Argan Oil, and detoxifying Juniper Berry.   The scent of Rose Geranium and Wild Poppy Essence is the perfect counterpoint to a long and stressful day.

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 Caudalie Divine Scrub

Formulated with Brown Sugar crystals, Argon, Hibiscus, Sesame and Grape oils from the vineyards of Bordeaux, Champagne and Burgundy, Caudalie’s Divine Scrub is composed and is scented with gentle floral notes.

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2.  The Face

A facial mask is a treat for the skin and should be applied to your every week or so.

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Chantecaille Jasmine and Lily Healing Mask is perfect if you’ve been traveling or your skin is feeling stressed.  It’s a cooling, hydrating mask that you can leave on while you sleep so it doubles as a night cream!  This is a botanical based product and is scented with rose water.

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Decadence describes this mask.  The delicious rose fragrance combined with a soft creamy texture is pure luxury.  Anti-aging ingredients, vitamins, and plant extracts are said to restore the skins tone and improve texture. **Nordstrom is having a gift with purchase with this product.

**If you are trying to decide on a particular product from this blog post and need a little help in deciding, shoot me an email and I’ll try to help.

3. Your body.. the inside

Pampering  Smoothie

 Beets are very healthy for your liver, making this a wonderful detox food.

This dense root vegetable can be found in the bulk department of most natural food markets.  Preparation is simple: Boil until you can pierce them with a fork.  Cool and skin the beets and chop into small pieces.  Because of the natural dye in beets, you may choose to remove the skin with kitchen gloves on.

Feeding your body all of this goodness is a wonderful way to pamper yourself!

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 Pampering Smoothie

{serves one}

  • 1/2 green apple, chopped
  • 1/2 red apple, chopped
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of ginger root
  • 1 tablespoon of curly parsley
  • a small bowl of mixed greens such as spinach and kale (romaine may also be used)
  • 1 small piece of celery
  • 2 or 3 pieces of diced beets
  • coconut water or spring water to blend (usually 6 to 8 ounces) If you need the smoothie sweeter, add 1/2 cup orange juice.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Chia Seeds – optional

If you like to puree soups and make smoothies at least once a week, it’s worth investing in a nice blender.  The Vitamix is the best for heavy duty blending.  I’ve heard the Ninja Professional Blender is also good and it’s not as pricey. 

Add the greens first and follow with the other ingredients.  Start blending on low until the vegetables begin to move and then speed up until almost blended.  Next, add your fruit and beets.  Add Chia Seeds for added nutrition.

leslie