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    Saturday, October 5, 2013

    Must - Paris in under 48 Hours

    I had some technical issues with my site last week and combined with working on a French internet connection, that runs on grape vines and goat cheese, things couldn't get worked out in time to post on Friday. So here is what you missed.

    This week we had an event in Paris and currently being in the Netherlands this was just a 4 hour drive so our trip was short and to the point, but believe me I filled it with the essentials. I have been to Paris before and have seen a vast majority of the sites and this trip was definitely more work centric, but I always find time for a side trip here and there. Plus I got to ride on the back of a security guys scooter and lived to tell about. Only in Paris!

    Here are five things that you should do in Paris, if given the opportunity and only a few hours to spare.

    #1 - Eat French Onion Soup. If you don't like it, you are dumb. It is delicious and pretty much just cheese, bread and broth so get over it and try it. Unless you are allergic then in that case you may not be dumb, but your allergies are.

    #2 - Eat macarons. OK I know so far this sounds like all you should do is eat, but these are worth every. single. calorie. #truth

    #3 - Watch the Eiffel Tower sparkle. It really is beautiful in person. Every time I see it I have to stop what I am doing and watch.

    Technically boots is not a French product (UK), but I can't
    get this version at Target, snarky.

    #4 - Hit the French pharmacies and stock up on products you have never heard of or use the Goop guide. OR even better yet, talk with the lady behind the counter. A few euros lighter you will have a slew of products to try! BTW - the Amilab lip balm smells amazing.

    #5 - Take the Metro. There is no easier way to get around Paris then the public transportation system. It is quick, easy to use and costs a fraction of the cost of a taxi. You can buy a 1-5 day pass here. Save your money for rosé and champagne!

    Wednesday, October 2, 2013


    Everyone has their own point of view about what everyone else does and so much of it is based on superficial crap. It can be something as simple as the girl with the designer it bag. Oh she must have money, you think, or what a snob, poser, have to have IT girl. What you don't know is she saved and saved and sold her favorite shoes to buy it, because that is what she really wanted. 

    Perhaps you choose to spend your money on cars. I may think that is so not worth it, but then again it's not my money so why should that even be a factor into my view of you?

    While none of the above is about me (truly), I have been thinking about how we view people based on one or two things about them. I am really trying to change my quick judgements based on material, surface items. I don't want people to judge me based on that so it's time to change my point of view too. The whole point is to expand my world not remain in a bubble of what I prefer. It's hard to do and in our society we are so quick to label people that we forget that people have many layers. Of course if I get through those layers and it's still pretty shallow...well I will try to behave.

    Who knows I might even meet some super cool people along the way.

    Monday, September 30, 2013

    Old, Gently Used & Awesome

    I am a huge fan of well designed, vintage and modern home decor and when I am lucky I come across great items at flea/antique markets (or snuffel markt as it is called here in the Netherlands) or consignment shops. My typical luck usually runs the route of the the good pieces are picked up well before I arrive or alternatively I decide it's more then I want to spend and then keep thinking about the item that got away for years and saying why I just didn't fork over the money then, because of course now it's sold. Well now I can take my quest for the perfect unique item for the home on the internet at Chairish.

    I randomly came across Chairish when I was searching for a pair of antique Hollywood Regency Pineapple lamps and while I didn't end up picking those up at Chairish, I did spend the next few hours on the site looking at stuff I didn't even know I needed wanted. Simply put, Chairish, is an online consignment company that allows people who have great furniture (either like new or "great bones") to reach a larger audience and it allows the buyer a treasure trove of items. The prices are reasonable for the quality and product AND they even have a 48 hour return policy if it's not exactly what you want. The biggest downside would be the shipping, but if it's an item that you have been searching for forever, it's completely worth the cost. It's totally worth a look or two if you are in the market for unique, interesting and fun.

    Here are a few of my favorite items and one that just may be mine...

    Hollywood Regency Pineapple Lamps

    Mid-Century Silver Toned Bar Cart

    Brass Stags Head Sculpture

    Vintage Blenko Wine Decanter

    Vanity Chair

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    Friday, September 27, 2013


    Earlier this week the BF and I went to dinner with some friends in Venlo, NL at Chez Philippe. The restaurant was filled with an assortment of odds and ends that the chef (Philippe) had acquired over the years, including a small carousel that was scattered throughout the restaurant. It's too bad it was so dark in there or I would have pictures to try and explain how odd and yet totally appropriate it was.

    Chef Philippe is a French man living in the Netherlands for many years and running a restaurant the way he thinks it should be done. Which means you come in, sit down, chat with him and the staff and eat what he wants to serve you that evening. If you must have something off the a la carte menu, they will easily oblige, but the set menu for the evening is the only way to go. Oh my, the four course meal was fantastic and the service was top notch. If you ever find your way anywhere near Venlo, this little restaurant is worth stopping for and enjoying a few hours full of food and wine.

    Have a great weekend.

    Image via Oyster

    Read - Think of Oyster like Netflix for books. For $10 a month you can sign up and get access to all you can read. With a selection of over 100,000 books I am sure there is something that you haven't read yet. It's only in the beginning stages, but sign up now and hopefully you will score that invite in the mail shortly.

    Drink - It's fall and it's time to bust out the fig infused bourbon to make a fig manhattan. Don't have fig infused bourbon, check out everything you need to do to have to make it at Boozed and Infused. It's the perfect welcome to fall drink.


    Watch - Because the thought of watching JGL lip synching and kicking ass while doing it is just too much to resist.

    Image via A Subtle Revelry

    Make - 5 different breads that are perfect to make for fall care of A Subtle Revelry. I am dying to make the sweet potato one. It sounds delicious!

    Image via HuffingtonPost.UK & Getty

    Investigate - Could the Jack the Ripper case finally be solved? Interesting information in this century (plus) old serial murder mystery that has never been solved. Check out this HuffPost article and judge for yourself.

    Wednesday, September 25, 2013

    Full Tray

    I have been trying for weeks to find the perfect wood tray for my newly furnished living room and it is proving harder then I thought or perhaps I am way pickier then I need to be. I don't know what it is about the small details that drive me to spend hours searching for a particular item only to change my mind half way through and start all over, but it makes it difficult to make a decision.

    You may be asking yourself why I would need a wooden tray, but it is simply because they are incredibly useful. They can be used on the coffee table, serving, cocktails, snacks, etc. and I think it would be a great decorative addition, if I could just pick one. The problem now is that I found a whole slew of fantastic one and now can't decide which one I like best. I will decide, eventually, but until then here are my top contenders of fantastic wood trays from across the web.

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    1. NapaStyle 2. Etsy 3. Kings Lane 4. Etsy 5. West Elm

    I am leaning heavy towards #2, but we shall when the cart is completed!

    Monday, September 23, 2013


    Things always get a little crazy on weeks I travel abroad and for some reason I just can seem to post or sleep. Lately though I have had a huge lack of things to write or talk about regardless of my travels. Perhaps I am just losing inspiration or work is getting busy or maybe I just need a little more sleep each and every day. I am hoping the latter and plan on getting some much needed rest this coming week and hopefully get everything reset.

    So while I get everything sorted and come up with some truly great posts, here are a few life hack articles that I think are handy to have:

    Nail Hacks DIY

    50 Life Hacks (there are some really good ideas in this one!)

    Extend your phones battery

    Crafty Hacks

    You can't say I didn't try to teach you anything.

    And just for fun 22 Things you probably didn't know about Mean Girls

    Monday, September 16, 2013

    Things that make you go hmmm

    With the BF out of town it allows me some free time to think about the really important things in life. You know the weird, the crazy and totally odd things that run through my head pretty much everyday but are usually kept inside simply because he won't debate these things with me anymore.  I finally decided I need to write these down to see if I am the only one. I willing to bet that at least one of you has thought about something on this list at least once and maybe even twice.

    1. If I were to turn into a vampire would I still have bags under my eyes like Edward Cullen?
    2. How is it that Ryan Seacrest still looks about the same age that he was when Idol started?
    3. Speaking of Idol, does anyone other that me ever wonder happened to to Brian Dunkleman?
    4. What is the cost of eyelash extensions for the cast of Pretty Little Liars? It's got to be pretty high, there are so many of them.
    5. Is there anything left that's original on Joan Rivers?
    6. If there truly was a Zombie menace/apocalypse what are the chances you would survive the first wave?
    7. Most people think that Stephen Kings novel the Shining is the scariest one, but the novel It is the scariest and weirdest book I have ever read, so is just more people have read the other or is a haunting scarier then a murderous creepy clown and a mythical old turtle?
    8. What are the chances that Keeping up with the Kardashian's will get cancelled? Is it too early to get my hopes up?
    9. I don't like Jennifer Aniston as an actress and she appears to be kind of a whiner.
    10. Seriously, It the novel, is a completely creeped out book. Also, don't watch the movie. It is ridiculously stupid.

    And those are just the things off the top of my head. Imagine what happens when I have all weekend to think about these types of things!

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