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Thursday, June 30

Beauty Products That Make You Feel Like You're On Vacation

No tropical vacation in your immediate future? That's okay, because there are tons of beauty products out there that will make you forget for a moment that you're sitting in the office instead of by the pool. Remember, I only said a moment. Still, that's better than nothing, right?

Alba Botanica Hawaiian: These products smell DIVINE, and they're good for the environment. What's better than that? I love the plumeria hair wash and the mango conditioner. I'm dying to try some of their body care products, but I recently made a pact with myself not to buy more than I need. Next month, perhaps. And, not that it's important, but the orange, yellow and green bottles look really colorful and summery in the shower! Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara: This was a freebie from one of my dad's music industry events, and I used it because I always use the free stuff he gets. The difference is that I'm usually very unimpressed by the products. This mascara is my current favorite. It's not Christian Dior level, but it's pretty darn great for under $10!

Revlon Minted Nail Polish: My grandma used Revlon Red her entire life. I'm not kidding when I say there were at least 10 bottles of it on her dressing table when she passed away. It was her color, but she only ever wore it on her toes. She preferred a natural tone on her hands, and I've taken after her in that respect. Most of the time, I wear red or an Essie neutral on my feet, but this summer I decided to try Minted because it seemed a little wild and fun. Plus, it was on sale at Walgreens. Three coats later, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it!

Trader Joe's Mango Honey Shaving Cream: If you're headed to St. Louis, Atlanta or Nashville anytime soon, you might want to visit TJ's and stock up on this. It smells so good, and it's another great natural product. You don't need much of it, and it's really, really moisturizing. One downside? I'm not sure if they're going to carry it all the time. :(John Frieda Gold Rush Beach Blonde Shimmer: This isn't really a fair product to feature because it has been discontinued and is currently selling for $50+ on Ebay! However, I am fortunate enough to have some from 2002, and I'm still enjoying it. It smells like coconut (one of my favorite summer smells), and it adds a little shine and wave to hair. I wore some to work earlier this week, and I could smell my hair. It reminded me of vacation, which is always nice. I guess I better start looking for a replacement...

What are your favorite summer beauty products?

Sunday, June 26

What You Eat: Watching Food, Inc.

Have you seen Food, Inc.? Jonathan and I watched it this weekend, and it definitely had an effect on us. If you haven't seen it, you should. It's going to make you think about where your food is coming from and what you're putting into your body. It'll make you realize that the food industry has been corrupting us for the past 60 years -- making us fat, polluting our environment, pumping plants, animals and the entire human race full of chemicals and killing us. This documentary is a call to action, a reminder that despite these super companies' incredible wealth and control, there are more of us. We can enact change.
There's a quote from Mahatma Gandhi that says,"Be the change you want to see in the world." We can have an impact by making smarter purchases -- shopping local, learning to cook at home and eating simple, natural foods. Enjoy beef, fish, chicken or pork? Find a local farmer who uses sustainable practices. You might pay more for it, but you'll be getting a much better product. The biggest argument I've heard is that it's too expensive to buy local and organic. Truthfully, it's all about perspective and what's most important. Sacrifice those giant Starbucks coffees for fresh, local blueberries. Stop eating MacDonald's every day for lunch, and you'll realize the effect it's having on your wallet.
The other argument is that you don't have enough time to prepare meals for yourself. In our modern world filled with deadlines, appointments and commitments, it's easy to put home cooked, healthy meals on the back burner. But by preparing meals ahead of time, you'll always have smart options ready to go. We cook brown rice, quinoa, beans and other staples on Sunday, and they last us the week. I also cut up vegetables so they're on-hand when we need them. We buy roasted almonds, sunflower seeds, baby carrots, hummus, dried fruit and other travel-friendly healthy snacks. Every morning I make healthy lunches for myself and Jonathan. The money we save by not eating out supports our weekly farmer's market trip and our organic groceries. We feel better, we look better and we're saving the world. It's so worth it.
The journalist in me can't sit back and pretend this isn't a global concern.
It impacts every. single. one. of. us.
I want to help affect change. By making more educated decisions, we all can be that change.
Want to join me? You can start here.

Saturday, June 25

Summertime

Summer is... A girl and a bug... Fwd: Pretty flowers from my love... Fwd: Romantic dinners at home... Fwd: Fwd: Lots of good, fresh food... Fwd: Fwd: Happy First Weekend of Summer!

Tuesday, June 21

Ten Summer Etsy Favorites...

In honor of the first day of summer and the longest day of the year, here are some pretty Etsy finds for our mutual enjoyment. All are vintage goodies of course!
This awesome vintage picnic basket...
A pair of cheery bird prints...
This fun Hawaiian-print 1950s dress...
This Daisy Pyrex bowl...

This pretty vintage enamel compact with pink (!) roses on the lid...

These 1970s sunglasses...
These fun vintage glasses and pitcher...
Pretty dresses like this 1950s version...
This cute daisy set!
I still haven't come across a Samsonite hat box yet. This is a nice one!
Also, as if in honor of the first day of summer, we got a much-needed break from the 100-degree heat, and the weather here in Memphis was in the high 80s. What a difference 10 degrees can make!
Happy summering.

Wednesday, June 15

V-Dub Love

A few weeks ago Jonathan spotted a 1973 VW Bus on Craig's List for $1,500. He sent me the link with the question, "Should we buy it?" Here's the thing: we've never had a conversation about purchasing a vintage hippie bus. But both of us love old VWs. We point them out on the road, and I've wanted one since long before I could drive. Jonathan's dad drove a Beetle for years, and both of my parents had Golfs in England. So we seriously considered it...to the point that he went to see the thing and had multiple phone conversations with the owner about it. Then we went to Nashville, and the idea went away. We're fickle like that sometimes. Fast forward to yesterday at 4:45 p.m. Another email came through from my husband about a Craig's List VW. This time, though, it was about a 1972 Super Beetle. The location said Millington. The listing said the owner was moving and needed it gone by Thursday otherwise he was going to send it to be crushed. Jonathan's email said, "Should we save the little Bug?" Why not? On an end-of-the-workday whim, we drove an hour past Millington. We road tripped past Munford and several other small towns to a very rural area called Burlison. We drove all that way to see a tired old Beetle with hand-painted smiley faces and peace signs covering its body. Love is all it needs, and for some reason, we felt compelled to save it from the crusher. We bought it for $400. Tonight Jonathan and his dad drove back to Burlison with a wrecker to rescue our first vintage project car. We are the proud owners of a 1972 Super Beetle. It'll take lots of time and effort to make it a beauty, but I know it will be just that before we're through with it. Today we own one of the most beloved cars in the history of automobiles. It barely runs, and even if it did, I don't know how to drive it. Plus it has eyelashes!! It will run. I will learn how to drive it. The eyelashes will be replaced by new paint. We're crazy, but we don't care. We're super excited.

Monday, June 13

A Black Suitcase Never Inspired Anyone...

Neat Samsonite ads found via Google images.
Since I was three months old, I have traveled by airplane. During my early years, I remember brightly colored suitcases...lots of them. We did travel from London to LA for six weeks at a time, so I guess multiple suitcases were necessary. Back then, our assortment of bulging suitcases were always easy to spot. It wasn't until the 1990s that it became popular to have a matching set of black suitcases. Classic, but so boring. And goodness, how many times have we gotten confused as to which suitcase is ours as hundreds of black suitcases go round and round on the luggage carousel? My grandma started a family tradition back in the day of tying ribbons on her luggage. We have continued that tradition, but sometimes even that isn't enough. If it was possible, I'd carry these babies on the next flight, and I wouldn't have to wonder which case was mine...

Retro on the Road

The vanity case that started my love affair with vintage suitcases. I searched for the right one for years and years before finding this one that came with the tray, mirror, keys and original luggage tag.

My off-the-curb suitcase, packed and ready for our Nashville trip.

This post is inspired by our new collection of vintage Samsonsite suitcases. The first one I found during my April LA trip, and the second was discovered by the side of the road during a walk around our neighborhood.

Although they aren't made for today's air travel, they are so fun to use during road trips. They have the neatest details, and the Man Men feel of them makes me happy. Plus, they force me to travel with less stuff, which is always a good thing. :) During our Nashville trip, we found several more pieces -- similar the blue and yellow travel bags featured above. I'm dreaming of an orange suitcase and hat box. They are so pretty!

Sunday, June 5

'60s Sunday

Last weekend we were in Nashville for a Jimmy Buffett concert. Since we've been on a vintage kick lately, we decided to check out some of the local vintage stores. Hands down The Hip Zipper was my favorite stop. If you are a vintage lover and you find yourself in Nashville, you must check it out. There are tons of fabulous vintage clothes and accessories from the 1940s through the 1980s, and everything is in great condition. Best of all, it's very reasonably priced. I tried on TONS of clothes, and I came home with three dresses, a slip, a reptile purse and a pair of sunglasses. Jonathan even found a vintage Hawaiian shirt for the concert. Let me put it this way -- it was better than the Anthropologie accessory store. Yes, it was THAT good. Today, I wore one of my dresses to church. Before slipping it on, I did some quick research on the designer, and it turns out there's quite a bit of info on him. He was a better sportswear designer, which explains why the dress is lined (most weren't). The 67 on the tag stands for the year it was made. How cool is that?
Here I am in my "new" dress with my "new" bag. The shoes are Steve Madden from 2006.
I used to consider them old. Now, not so much.
The back is scooped, and the flowers are so bright and summery. I've always had a thing for flower power. My fascination with it started in 6th grade when I found a set of '70s flower stickers at a store in California. Shortly after that, the flower power look had a revival at Gadzooks, and I started wearing lots of bell bottoms and polyester flower power shirts. The clothes I wore to school back then are long gone, but the flowery Doc Martens and stickers remain. A few of the stickers ended up on my dressing table. The others are hanging in my old bedroom at my mom's house. The Docs are in the closet there as well. Apparently they had an effect.

Saturday, June 4

Vintage Estate Sale Loot

The search for vintage Pyrex and other mid-century goodies has inspired us to start hitting the estate sales when we're in a treasure-hunting mood. Our first estate sale excursion (to a single home in midtown) yielded a vintage copy of the Joy of Cooking, an embroidered tablecloth and a few records. Today, we really got into it, and we visited five different sales in midtown and East Memphis. Jonathan found a bunch of records, and I found books, not-yet-opened 1970s bed linens (matching sheets and pillow cases), two additional sets of pillow cases, two vintage tupperware pieces and a bulb planter. The books included Betty Crocker's New Boys and Girls Cook Book (1957), Ghosts Along the Mississippi, Good Housekeeping Book of Home Decoration (1957), Roses for Every Garden (1948), a 1946 copy of Wind and the Willows, and Charles Dickens' A Child's History of England. The books and records ranged from $1 to $3 each, except for the Charles Dickens' book which was $5. The pillow cases were a dollar each, the Tupperware cost $.50 each, and the bulb planter was a dollar. Cheap thrills, but lots of fun. The best part is that estate sales allow us to peek into these incredible time-capsule homes and remember the people who lived there. It makes me feel good to treasure someone else's treasures.

If you can't tell, I'm especially pumped about the Good Housekeeping book. It's filled with awesome photos, and it looks right at home on my coffee table.

Want to check out some estate sales of your own? If you live in Memphis, here's a good place to start.