Thursday, April 28, 2011

Never short on flavor

Even though it is a chilly 40 degrees here in Seattle and it snowed last night, I am trying to stay warm by thinking summer thoughts.
What is my quintessential summer time dessert?
Strawberry short cake of course!
Well, that or a cold Rainier beer.

Marrying my love of desserts and weddings together, I present to you the wedding shortcake parade!

Wedding favors can be so useless and tacky these days.
 Do we really need m&ms with your names printed on them, or a candle shaped like a Hershey kiss?
I would much rather have a delicious treat to take home!

Consider combining your dessert & your favors together.
This is a great way to add some personal touches and use a family recipe or to cut costs on favors that go to waste.
The guests loved it! At least, that’s what they told me.
None the less, all the cookies were eaten and or boxed for favors to take home.
A success in my book!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Ooooh that smell. Can you smell that Smell?

Isn’t it weird how some scents take you back to a place in time?
Upon smelling them you are immediately there in the moment, if only for a split second, you have a flash of a memory that correlates with that smell.
You remember exactly where you were when you smelled it before.
It's almost the feeling of Déjà vu.
No, not the strip club.
That is a different feeling…( and scent I’m sure.)
Every time it happens, it amazes me how many different moments in my life flood back to me.

Here are the ones that always seem to take me back:

Bath & Body Works
 “Cucumber melon”

Takes me to: The summer between sophomore and junior year in High school. Drill camp and rooming with Courtney. Driving the El Camino in Kennydale and Stephanie Helvy.

Bath & Body Works

Takes me to : 7th grade, sitting next to Erin Benard in Mrs. Zuckerman’s class reading The Cay. I hated that book.

Bath & Body Works
“Butterfly flower”

Takes me to: My little pony purfume palace, sitting in the living room of the first house I lived in on the brown shag carpet. I was probably 7.

“ Live” 

Takes me to:  My bedroom in my first apt in Vista California. Getting ready to go out dancing and Toothless Wonder lounging on the computer desk.

 Ralph Lauren

Takes me to: A high school party at Billy’s house during winter break, waring my turtle neck sweater and going ice skating.

A&F Cologne

Reminds me of: Every A** Hole  I dated

Liz Claiborn's

Takes me to: Sitting on the bus behind Jeremy Jamero on the way to Leavenworth for the German class Field trip. I had such a huge crush on John Donald. Freshman year.

"Miss Dior Cherie"

Reminds me of : Putting on my wedding dress.

 “Body by Victoria”

Reminds me of: My 2nd trip to Italy, trying to shower in the smallest stall ever and the curtain kept sticking to my legs.

"Cocoa Mademoiselle"

Takes me to: Working at Gottschalks junior year and going to Orange Julius on my break to see Dave & Becky.

Eddie Bauer Cologne

Takes me to: Laying in Eric Saeter’s Front yard wearing my knee high socks & cut off shorts.

What scent do you smell that always takes you somewhere???

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Just Relax

Well, I am off to Vegas tomorrow!
It is a much needed vacay and I hope to get some rest and relaxation in between the crazy Vegas lights.
 Till then, these pictures will have to do!
The perfectly romantic picnic

Some tubs every girl needs

A home away from home and a bed away from bed.

Have an amazing rest of the week everyone!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Girls Day... the parts I remember.

This weekend in between running to H&R Block to get our taxes reevaluated and doing chores around the house, I squeezed in a little girl time.

My friend Angela has a Girl's day every so often and this was my first time attending.
It consisted of about 10 of us showing up bright and early in our pj's baring food and our favorite movies.
 Then we sat around and ate... and watched the movies... and ate some more.

We started the morning off with Mimosas and German pancakes topped with blue berries and powdered sugar.
 Just the way i like them.

Followed by my zucchini , ricotta cornbread frittata. ( It's a tongue twister)

Along with Some fresh fruit salad .
Then we popped in Harry and the Hendersons!
 Yes the 1987 movie about a family that hits big foot with their car and brings him home to live with them.

Then it was lunch time, we put in Horton Hears a Who and brought out the hummus & crackers, chips & salsa, tortellini salad, cheese & salami and spinach dip bread bowl.
 It was a feast to be had by all.

Oh and I can't forget the sinful brownie stuffed chocolate chip cookies Angela made!
 I ate half but felt wholly guilty.

Then we broke for some showers and dinner and reconvened for dance party 2000.... in Auburn.

Look at how much fun we are having!!!
Wait..... that's not us.

I have been a recluse recently,and by recently ,I mean the last 2 years.
 So I decided it was time to party and let loose.
Four double vodka sodas later and a kamikaze I had a sprained wrist and  had made some drunk phone calls. Perhaps I would be embarrassed if i remembered any of it.
But I don't really.
Unfortunately there ARE photos.
(*Buries face in hands*)

I start off well behaved

And then it's down hill from there

Getting a free drink. Thank u very much.

Yes, we were the cat's meow.
This is Auburn after all.
 You show up with all your teeth and shaved legs & you can pretty much run the place!

We have a winner

 Carly of A Work in Progress!

Thanks to everyone who entered and I hope my post was helpful so that you don't waste your time and money trying out products that don't work!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Dry Shampoo Product Review & Giveaway!!!

Hair powder is the glue that holds together my life.
 If you haven’t used it before, it is magical.
It not only keeps my hair fresh and ungreasy ( I have oily Italian tresses)but it also allows me to skip shampoos. Which is a good thing.
 I try to wash my hair as little as possible to avoid stripping and damaging it, especially now that its bleached out.

Also because washing and drying my hair is a f*cking chore.
 Call me lazy but I hate showering. There I said it. I know you have thought it before too.
 I have a lot of hair and it takes some serious time and labor to wash, condition, brush, dry & lather on serums and creams.
It gives serious meaning to the date excuse
 “ I can’t go out tonight, I have to wash my hair.”
 Hair powder solves all problems. AND it gives me amazing volume and makes my hair way easier to style.
I have tried a ton of different brands and thought I would share my experiences with you guys and top it off with a giveaway of my number one!

First up:
Oscar Blandi Pronot Dry Shampoo Powder:

This is the first little treasure I was introduced to back in the day. It comes in a small squeeze bottle that dispenses little poofs of powder onto your scalp. I used it a lot when I was going out on the down and needed to back comb my under layers for volume. I would throw a little down prior to hair spray and combing. Worked well, but I blew through it so quickly due to it’s small size. Since it wasn’t a spray, I also ended up with some areas that too much powder was dispensed and my black hair had white spots. Purchased at Ulta or Sephora.

Ojon Rub Out Dry Cleansing Hair Powder Spray:

A great upgrade to a spray from the shake powder. This stuff works great and now comes in a variety of different shades too, so if you have dark locks you don’t end up with grey hair from white powder. I could use a can in 2 weeks and at $24.00 , it got pricey.Purchased at Ulta or Sephora.

Pssst! Instant Spray Shampoo:

Originally from the 80’s and sold in the camping section at the drug store, this is the best 7.00 I have spent! It doesn’t have the fancy bells and whistles that all the designer brands market but it does the job completely. There isn’t a scent and it only comes in white. The mist is fine enough that it didn’t cause discoloration in my hair though. After using and reusing multiple days with out a real shampoo though, it caused build up and graininess in my hair. Purchased at Bartell Drugs.

TIGI Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo:

Love this stuff! It smells like Pine sol and I only buy it on sale at TJ Maxx or Nordstrom rack but it works wonders. The can is larger than most of it’s competitors, so even though it can run you anywhere from $17.00-$22.00, it will last a lot longer than the first 2 brands on my list. I am also a sucker for TIGI products; they have cute names and labels.

TreSemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo Spray & Mousse Foam:

I was SUPER excited when this line was launched last summer. Finally a drug store line that I can afford but something move evolved than the decade old Pssst! First I tried the foam because I was unable to find the spray. Huge disappointment. The mousse foam did nothing but make my hair slimy. I returned it after trying it twice. I finally tracked down the spray. Dually disappointing. Although it smelled good, it was a lot thicker than all the other spray because it has more of a clay base than a powder. Perhaps the problem is my hair type but it ended up making my hair feel heavier and dirtier than before I sprayed it in. Purchased at Target.

Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo Spray:

Winner winner chicken dinner!
 BY FAR the best out of all of these options. The scent of this spray is amazing. It has a fresh citrus smell that lasts all day thus making my hair not only feel clean but also smell clean too. It goes on super fine and never weighs my hair down. I can layer it on for a few days between washes without any buildup. It gives me tons of volume and body, everything you could ask for from a dry shampoo. It literally makes my hair look and feel like I just washed and blow dried it.
To enter my blog giveaway & win a bottle of Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo Spray :

-You must be a follower

-Leave me a comment about this post and include your email address
( so I can contact you if you win)

The winner will be chosen on Sunday April 17th by a random number generator!
 We don’t play favorites here....( unless you send cupcakes.)
 Enter now!