Hey, girl, haaaay! Happy Saturday. I hope you’re doing well. Hello from sunny Novato, Californ-eye-aye. I’m still in celebratory mode because…
Thursday was my birthday, and it was a great one, not that I did anything too ambitious, but we did leave the cave (huzzah!) and brave the outside world for the afternoon with my Babylove (a.k.a. Connor Claire).
Connor actually took me out to lunch (her dad helped, of course). We went to the town of Petaluma a few miles north of us in Sonoma County to a place called Della Fattoria. It’s a really cute Napa-style place right on the downtown boulevard with long wooden tables, communal seating and Italian-inspired California cuisine, and they have this otherworldly fresh-baked bread and a glorious dessert case filled with things that look like homemade Hostess Cupcakes and Ho Hos…but we didn’t have dessert because there was a Baskin-Robbins pistachio almond ice cream cake waiting for me at home.
Anyway, though, at lunch, I had a honey lavender latte for the first time ever, and if you do anything in this life, please, please have a honey lavender latte… SO delicious. You get the sweetness from the honey and the floral notes from the lavender, and I know it might sound weird because, you know, lavender is used in a lot of bath products, but no. They’re really good!
And I also had a cup of broccoli cheddar soup and a spring panzanella salad with crisp, fresh peas; asparagus; various leafy greens; chicken and these HUGE croutons… I’m drooling just thinking about that salad now. If you’re ever in Petaluma, I highly recommend it.
So yeah, nice birthday. Super mellow. After lunch we just did a little window shopping around downtown Petaluma, then headed back home for ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins (with Connor supervising…because she can’t quite sing happy birthday yet, LOL!).
And the birthday wasn’t the only milestone this week. Connor had one, too, because she’s starting to hold her head up when we do tummy time now, which is very exciting.
I can’t wait till she starts crawling, but at the same time I’m a little scared, because then she’ll be mobile and, like, I don’t even know how I’m even going to keep up with her.
As for new developments on the beauty front, I got this lotion last week…
My friend Marisol gave me one of those $5 coupons for any lotion from Bath & Body Works, and this one totally rocked my world. It’s called Honolulu Sun.
One of the main notes is coconut, although it isn’t very coco-nutty. The coconut doesn’t take it over, if you know what I mean.
Some of the other fragrance notes have pretty fancy names, like ocean air accord, sun-drenched citrus and white sand musk. And something Bath & Body Works calls “Pacific Palm.” The scent is very light, very refreshing, and I love that it’s not too overwhelming. It’s like going to the beach on a hot day, swimming in the ocean until your fingers get all prune-y, and then coming back in and wrapping yourself in a huge, sun-warmed beach towel that smells like fresh laundry.
Good stuff! Oh, and it’s very moisturizing.
To go with the lotion’s beachy theme, I also painted my nails (Yay! Third week in a row!) with Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro in Splish Splash.
First of all, I think the color’s absolutely beautiful. It looks like…I dunno…the color of an infinity pool at a really high-end resort on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.
Say, like, you’re swimming in that infinity pool, and you’re just floating there, and you’re super relaxed, and you’re wearing a swimsuit that fits you perfectly, and you have no worries in the world, and the color of the pool is the same shade of blue as the ocean just beyond it?
Yeah, that’s what I think of when I wear this nail polish.
I put it on last Sunday night and noticed two small chips on Thursday, so that’s four days…which isn’t bad for me (but not great either). It does dry pretty quickly, though, in about 15 minutes.
OK, my sweet! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. My childhood friend Jen is bringing her family up from San Jose for a visit today, and we’re all going to hang out for a bit. This will be Jen’s first time meeting Connor, so I’m excited about that.
Talk to you soon, my friend. Don’t forget to smile. 🙂 Love you!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,