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A Poppy for Your Thoughts

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There’s an outdoor path that takes you through a small wooded area and a park right outside the salon where I got my bangs trimmed today, and the flowers were too pretty to pass up, allergies be damned.

I missed what I think were either gladiolas or daffodils (all that were left were the leaves), but the poppies (they’re our state flower) were in full force. Man, they were putting on a show!

So much bright orange… I also managed to capture a bee doing his/her bee thang in one of ‘em.

I love this time of year, even if my itchy nose doesn’t. Did I ever tell you about the time I went to an allergist to find out what I was allergic to and the doc did a skin test that left my arm completely lit up like a Christmas tree? Because apparently I’m allergic to every kind of tree, plant and grass.

When it’s sunny and beautiful like this, though, I don’t really care. I’ll deal with the allergies. It’s worth it.

Are there any flowers blooming yet in your neck of the woods?

P.S. Happy Friday night, my friend. I have the best view right now. It’s of a huge bowl of microwave popcorn (mixed with TJ’s caramel popcorn), which I’m about to devour while watching Top Five.

Devouring starts in 3-2-1… :)

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Cookies for Breakfast = Awesome

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Flourless Thumbprint Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Oh, these vegan flourless thumbprint oatmeal cookies are so good!

So good that when I made them last weekend (for the third time in the past two weeks, mind you), it was the first time I was actually able to successfully exert enough self-restraint to take pics of them before gobbling them up. This batch has a raspberry jam center.

I think they’re good any time of day, but especially at breakfast with a big cup of coffee/tea.

I got the recipe from, a vegan recipe site, and it’s blissfully easy to follow.

Warning: you may not want to share these at all with anyone (they’re that good), not even your significant other.

That’s why I recommend making a double batch and hiding them. :)

Flourless Thumbprint Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Flourless Thumbprint Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Flourless Thumbprint Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

I Can’t Get Enough of Molton Brown’s Body Washes in Gingerlily and Orange & Bergamot: It’s Like I’ve Opened a Spa in My Bathroom Upstairs

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Molton Brown Orange & Bergamot Body Wash

Easier than a bathroom remodel: Molton Brown Body Wash

Leave it to Molton Brown to turn the act of scrubbing away all of the schtuff that gets stuck to your skin throughout the day (tabby fur, glitter, Nutella…) into a full-on spa experience.

A shower is more than merely a shower when you lather up with one of their luxurious body washes. They turn shower time into a mini spa session, and they’re hundreds of dollars cheaper than a five-star Tahitian resort (although at $30 a bottle they aren’t exactly cheap).

I’ve been bouncing back and forth between their Gingerlily gel (fragrance family: floriental; has notes of ginger oil, tuberose, cedar and white lily) and the Orange & Bergamot (fragrance family: citrus; a zesty scent with notes of bergamot, neroli, musk and Seville orange). Both build into a luscious, sudsy lather, and when I’m done using one, my bathroom smells like a garden.

If you’re a sucker for fancy body washes, give ‘em a sniff one of these days. For me, they hit the spot. A 10-oz. bottle goes for $30 (the bottles pictured here in this post are the smaller 3-oz. samples; the regular bottles are much larger).

Gingerlily and Orange & Bergamot are available now at Neiman Marcus stores, Molton Brown counters and

Molton Brown Gingerlily Body Wash

Molton Brown Gingerlily Body Wash

P.S. On my walk this morning with Tabs, guess who stalked a mouse (or perhaps another rodent)?

No, it wasn’t me. :)

We were walking behind the house on the hill under some tall trees where the ground is covered by a thick layer of leaves, when Tabs saw something moving under the leaves and pounced! He dug both paws into the pile and darted around, and then his entire head plunged into the leaves like he was diving under water. I freaked out!

I tugged on his leash a little because I didn’t know if it was a snake, and we do have rattlesnakes around here. Whatever it was must have gotten away because Tabs came out empty-handed/pawed, but it was close.

Just another exciting episode in the life of an acclaimed kitty supermodel/hunter…

P.P.S. Happy hump day, my friend! Did you do anything fun for St. Patrick’s Day night? El Hub and I made tacos (yes, I know they aren’t Irish), but we did go to our favorite Irish pub earlier for lunch.


Latest Shoe Love! The INC International Concepts Rammee High Heel Sandal in Blush

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INC International Concepts Rammee High Heel Sandal (2)

When I locked eyes on these caged high-heel sandals from across the room, it was like instant shoe missile lock.

You know how they show that targeting circle thingamabobber in movies with submarines and fighter jets?

That’s how it went down in my mind. Beep-boop-beep! ** TARGET ACQUIRED! **

It even got better when I actually tried on these INC International Concepts Rammee High Heel Sandals in Blush at Macy’s today ($109, on sale now online for $98!).

For a 4-inch heel, it’s relatively comfortable and feels very stable, although I wouldn’t go playing basketball in them or anything. But for date night, they’d totally work.

I think I’ll be able to dress them up with a pencil skirt, or dress them down with jeans. Yay for versatility!

INC International Concepts Rammee High Heel Sandal (3)

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INC International Concepts Rammee High Heel Sandal (5)

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A Closer Look at the NARS Last Resort Collection Temporary Tattoos and Tahiti Bronzer

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NARS Temporary Tattoos

All inked up with no place to go, thanks to these new NARS temporary tattoos ($35 for a set of four sheets).

As far as fake tattoos go…I gotta say, the new NARS temporary tattoos are LEGIT. If you want to get all tatted up to scare your mom or surprise your friends, they’re well worth the $35.

I wore them to brunch last weekend, and the first thing my BFF Cindy said was, “Good gawd, woman! How could you get all inked up without telling me!?”

Ha! :) Cindy has known me for 25 years (give or take), and she knows that 1) I’m terrified of needles, and 2) I’m one of the last people in the world who would ever get a tattoo (I’m too fickle and would guaranteed change my mind after it’s too late), so the fact that these temporary tats fooled her says something.

It says that these things look real!

They’re still around, by the way, and that’s after three days, during which I had two sweaty workouts and took three showers.

I’m on day four now, and they’re just beginning to look a little long in the tooth (they’re fading and starting to slightly peel), so I’ll probably take them off later tonight.

After what I’m wearing in these pics, I still have quite a few left from the four sheets, but I’m saving them for my next trip home.

My mom is gonna freak out, HAHA! :)

NARS Temporary Tattoos

The NARS temporary tattoos

Joining the temporary tats in the NARS Last Resort collection is a new (“air quotes”) bronzer called Tahiti Laguna ($59). “Air quotes” because it’s basically just good, old golden shimmery tan NARS Laguna, but in a big pan with a tiny Ita brush.

And also a couple of moisturizing beauty oils, which I’ve yet to try.

I do love the color of the bronzer (I’m wearing it in these pics to warm up my skin), but sometimes I get a little Laguna overload…

Both the NARS tattoos and Tahiti Laguna Bronzer are available now online and at NARS boutiques and Sephora. They also arrive at NARS counters April 1.

NARS Temporary Tattoos

NARS Temporary Tattoos

The NARS temporary tattoos

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