Bring autumn into your home

Ah, the sweet smell of autumn! I can almost picture myself sitting on an old wool rug in front of the wood fireplace on a crisp, fall evening and savoring a rich, indulgent cup of cinnamon pumpkin latte (non-fat, of course). How amazing does that sound? … Continue reading

Bring some French to your Kitchen

How adorable are these French canning jars? I mean, I would fill my entire kitchen with these if I could and store all my rice, flour, pasta, quinoa, couscous, and cookies. The big ones can hold up to 2 liters of liquid (that’s about 67.5 US ounces) while … Continue reading

#TGIF

#TGIF

Vanilla reigns supreme

With all the fragrances available today vanilla still reigns supreme! No question about it. I get a lot of custom orders on my Andaloo Bath&Body line for anything vanilla; body lotion, soap, bath salts, you name it. But this soy candle is the … Continue reading

Coffee Done Right

Hmmm coffee. Delicious, aromatic, deeply satisfying, my morning date. That is coffee to me. But what I really wish is that I had more time in the morning to enjoy my coffee the way I dream it; in a beautiful, classy porcelain … Continue reading

Luscious Lips

How gorgeous is this lip balm from Andaloo? Its beautiful neon pink shade is only matched by its incredible soft, silky texture and insane flavor ♥ ♥ ♥   I currently make it in: ♥ Juicy Watermelon// Mouthwatering aroma of a juicy piece of … Continue reading

Cotton & Champagne For your bath

Vacation. The beach. Champagne. Strawberries. Dreamy! This handmade Andaloo soap bar is light, fresh and clean with sparkling notes of champagne and warm, sensual notes of strawberries. Nourish your skin with this moisturizing and nutrient-rich goat’s milk and glycerin natural … Continue reading

The English Know Best

You can drink your tea or coffee from one of those cheap metal teapots you find these days in the store or you can do it the right way, in a vintage English teapot like this one: I came across this beauty in one of my recent … Continue reading

Toss the bottle, drink in style!

Vintage Raimond Italy Silverplate Glass Pitcher Decanter

Ah-mazing!!!! New in my store now is this beautiful Italian glass decanter/pitcher with silverplate top and handle from Raimond Italy. It stands approx. 12″ tall, weighs about 2.10 lbs and will hold up to 15oz of liquid. It’s just perfect for entertaining!

This pitcher is perfect for serving wine, sherry, mimosas or just iced tea! It also makes a great wedding gift or house warming gift. It is in great vintage condition! If you want to see more or if you are interested in buying it please visit my store here.

Until next time…

Home Spa In A Jar – Rose Clay Bath Salts

Home Spa In A Jar – a luxurious and mineral-rich blend of Dead Sea Salt // Pink Himalayan Salt // Epsom Salt // Dendritic Salt // Rose Clay and topped with dried rose petals and lavender buds. To complete the spa experience, I added a rich oil … Continue reading

The perfect giveaway

My lovely friend and fashion blogger Vanessa Balli is currently celebrating her blog’s 2 year anniversary and is hosting a great giveaway that I just have to share! It includes some of my amazing Andaloo spa products like the Vanilla and Rose Petals Botanical Bath Salts, Lavender Chamomile Natural … Continue reading

Bobby on the beat

How cool is this vintage English constable bobby helmet? It is a 1960s/1970s Leicester and Rutland Constabulary helmet from the English Police.  Cork body with smooth cloth six panel covering, cloth center band with chrome side rosettes, balltop and helmet plate. It … Continue reading

Home Spa In A Jar

This is a luxurious and mineral-rich blend of dead sea salts, pink Himalayan salts and Epsom salts, topped with dried rose petals. A botanical tonic for your body full high in bromides, magnesium, potassium and chloride: Potassium helps regulate the moisture level of the skin … Continue reading

Lemon Poppy Exfoliating Bar

Ok it’s pretty. But it’s also light, revitalizing and uplifting. This bar is made with lemon essential oil which is astringent and detoxifying and therefore a great option particularly for oily skin. The poppy seeds embedded in the glycerin soap offer … Continue reading

Vintage Moscow Mule Mugs

Enamel Speckled Mugs // Moscow Mule Mugs // Cocktail Mugs // Picnic Mugs These vintage mugs are a great alternative to those pricey copper mugs! Make your own Moscow Mule cocktail at home and serve your friends in these awesome … Continue reading

Désintoxication à la Menthe

Breathe in the crisp aroma of peppermint and let your body get cleansed and re-energized by the high content of nutrients and minerals of this blend of Dead Sea Salt, Hiwa Kai Sea Salt and Pink Himalayan Salts. Natural Detox … Continue reading

Right Brain vs Left Brain

The past couple of years have been an exploratory phase in my life where my right brain has been fighting to overpower the left side of my brain in a quest to bring more creativity to my life. Needless to … Continue reading

Candy Makes The World Go Round

Someone sent me these tiny little monsters and I ate them all.  

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fashion Patterns

Ahh what a brilliant idea for a photo challenge!! Check out some of my favorite patterns used by designer Immanuel Ontiveros for Lord Wallington in his handcrafted custom bow ties:

The joy of an adult conversation!

Have you noticed how we tend to have really easy, small conversations with our usual circle of friends? You know “oh girl, today work was insane” or “I can’t believe he hasn’t called yet” or “Oh dude, have you seen the new … Continue reading

Life after Pony Express

So let me tell you what happened after Pony Express. There is an old book store that we discovered the first time we went there and which was on my Idyllwild-must-go-to-list. In true Idyllwild fashion, books were arranged by the … Continue reading

A bed & breakfast adventure!

Last night we decided that we wanted to get away from the city for the weekend and started looking for places to go to. We wanted something close where we could drive. Hmmm after a couple of hours of research … Continue reading

In retrospect

This morning I realized that I couldn’t remember what the layout my of blog looked like! That’s how long it’s been since I’ve been on here. So sad! To my defense, I’ve been helping my fiancé write and manage his … Continue reading

El Dia de los Muertos

On Saturday my fiancé and I were invited to a friend’s house to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a Mexican holiday that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to remember friends and family members who have … Continue reading

I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel…Just trying to make a better looking one!

Great post from my fellow blogger (and fiance for that matter, cough cough). Check it out here: I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel…Just trying to make a better looking one!. He really does great unique pieces! No one else will … Continue reading

Chicken Tarragon Soup

My grandma used to grow tarragon in her garden and while I distinctively remember tarragon’s very particular taste I can’t seem to remember what she would make with it. I haven’t had tarragon in many years until I recently came … Continue reading

Murder Mystery – Suspects Revealed

I have finally recovered from the Murder Mystery Dinner Party we hosted last Saturday. It was obviously an amazing dinner party, if I may say so myself:) But it took me almost 4 days to get over the nausea and headaches. Eek! Getting drunk at *** is definitely not the same as getting drunk at 25! Nope, recovery time is just ridiculous. It’s like for every 3 years you get an extra day of nausea, migraines and pain in places you didn’t know could hurt. But the champagne+vodka+pomegranate shooters were amazing so no, I have not learned any lesson this time either. I will do this again. Soon, I’m sure.   

So if you’ve read my previous posts you know that I’m completely obsessed with murder mystery books and movies so I’ve been counting down the days for this party for weeks! But I never thought it would turn out so much fun! First of all, I want to thank all of our guests for getting all pimped out for the party. We had a 1930s theme and the outfits blew my mind! Ok so 1930s fashion was kind of gross so everybody seems to have found comfort in the 1920s fashion instead. And I must say that all the ladies looked smoking hot!!! Guys too but the girls totally took the theme very seriously and passionately put together amazingly accessorized outfits, from silky, flapper dresses, to veils, gloves, and long cigarette holders, to intricate wavy hairdos.

Now the plot:

One by one the Dukes, Marquesses, Earls, Viscounts, Barons, Knights and their beautiful Ladies made their entrance and were greeted upon their arrival at The Manor by Sir Immanuel and Lady Anda.

Sir Immanuel and Lady Anda

By the end of the evening it was clear that among such distinguished guests a few clever outlaws had somehow made their way into the Manor and infiltrated the nobility. Music was played and wine and cocktails were consumed. And then, when no one was expecting it, the lights went out and BAM! Sir Immanuel collapsed to the floor! Some Ladies scream in horror, others faint while the gentlemen gather around the body laying on the floor and declare him dead.  Just like that. Lady Anda is grief stricken and cannot be comforted. And then, out of nowhere, a certain character arises and takes charge over the situation.

“No one move a muscle. Don’t touch this man!  I am the Great Bogdan, you are lucky I have come to this party. Even though I have only been a detective for a week I have solved thousands of murders…and all of you are now suspects. “

Everyone is now starring at the Great Bogdan as it is clear right away that the man is a bit off his rocker. Was it the alcohol that was making the man incoherent? Or was it something else? No one knew the man claiming to be a detective yet one by one they answered the poignant questions while he was obviously conducting an impromptu murder investigation. He goes on to say that the situation reminds him of a time when he was a child growing up in Cuba. Or was it Alaska?  No one could tell for certain what the man was saying. He then proceeded to eliminate suspects based on the first letter of their names. Then by the color of their clothes.

Madness”, cries Lady Anda! “This is just madness. I want justice for my beloved!

The Great Bogdan is now even more zealous and determined to find the killer and appease Lady Anda’s agitation. He goes on a rampage about people’s whereabouts just before arriving at The Manor. He’s claiming to have gotten his information from Facebook. Everybody is bewildered – what is this Facebook the detective is speaking of? And how does he know about all these so called” check-ins”?

But how was he killed?” cries Lady Anda. “Was he stabbed, shot, poisoned?”

The Detective now is building his theory around poisoning by pesticides. Sir Immanuel was drinking out of a cup when he collapsed. “It must have been poison”, declares the Great Bogdan.  And then he sees something shiny peering from under the couch. He digs and finds a knife. “Aha, I’ve been looking for a knife all night to cut the cheese”!   Silence in the room. The guests are in shock; had this man gone completely mad?

And then………Sir Immanuel’s body is moving. Some Ladies scream in horror again, others faint.  “What happened? says Sir Immanuel looking around the room. “I think I passed out from something.

All eyes are on the Great Bogdan who all of a sudden looks uncomfortable and embarrassed.

You see he is not dead!

How come no one checked to see if he was alive?!

I must go.

 The lights come back up.

=== THE END ===

Well kids, that was the plot according to the script. In reality, the Great Bogdan had a very thick Eastern European accent and was giggling all through the script making everybody around the room laughing so hard they had tears in their eyes (or perhaps their eyes were just glossy from the alcohol).  Either way, it has hysterical. Oh and during the murder investigation the dead man’s body kept changing positions as his body was getting numb against the wood floor I guess. Not to mention that he fell to the floor with his drink in his hand which never spilled but it did get emptied out by the time he came back to life.  

And here are the suspects:

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The Return of the Humpee

About a couple of weeks ago I was telling you about Wally aka The Humpee, the foster dog that’s been living with us for a few weeks. We dropped him off to an adoption event recently and in our hearts we knew he would get adopted right away and we’d never see him again. Wrrrong! He’s back!!! I’m happy to have him back; he’s simply adorable. But nowhere near as happy as my boyfriend – I thought I could hear his jaw bones crack that’s how big his smile was! You see, Mushu is my baby and like any other loyal dog he has taken some of my personality traits, like being laid back and fairly uninterested in activities that require too much physical effort. Like walking. And there you have Wally who is the size of an overweight peanut and who has the same level of energy as my boyfriend and could be soul mates. My boyfriend wakes up at 5am every day. So does Wally. My boyfriend likes to run. So does Wally. My boyfriend like to go to the beach and get wet and dirty. So does Wally. While me and Mushu relax on a blanket reading a book under an umbrella and the protective layer of Dove SPF 500. I now understand why most couples want to have two kids. It’s only fair.

So welcome back home, Wally! You’ve made my boyfriend a very, very happy man which lets the pressure off me for a couple of days:)

My kitchsery

My favorite room of the house is the kitchen. And not just mine but any kitchen. There is something so social and inviting about a kitchen. Did you notice that no matter how small the kitchen that’s where people always … Continue reading