Sunday, August 24, 2014

CLAUDIA'S FRAGRANCE COLLECTION.






So I thought it would be fun to show you my fragrance collection and share which are my favorite for different occasions.
I keep them in a gold tray from Pier 1 Imports.  I bought it last year.  It was really inexpensive.  I think I only paid $5 dollars for it.

I arrange my fragrances in "favorites" order.

First row from the left, back to front: Givenchy Play, Burberry Brit, Givenchy Dance with Givenchy, Bvlgari Mon Jasmin Noir.
Second and third row, back to front: Tommy Girl by Tommy Hilfiger, Clinique's Happy, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue,  Coach spring limited edition, Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy,  Prada Candy,  Chloe, Mini bottle of See by Chloe, Mini Bottle of Michael by Michael Kors. 
Fourth row, back to front: Gap's pink,  Dior's J'adore, Burberry London, Hilary Duff's With Love, Mini bottle of Balenciaga's Florabotanica, Mini bottle of Coach Puppy Flower, Mini bottle of Givenchy Play.  Mini rollerball bottles of Elizabeth James Nirvana in both black and white.
The square bottle on top of my makeup remover pads is Blue from The Gap. 




Now for my favorite part...
I'm going to share with you which are my most worn (aka my faves) and which season of the year I think these are best for.

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BVLGARI Mon JASMIN NOIR

Aaaahh!!!  What can I say... This is the most expensive fragrance I own.  Also the fragrance I reach for when I'm going out for a special occasion.  

With a well balanced mixture of floral and musk, this fragrance is not only very sexy but also very sophisticated and elegant.  It's strong so definitely an evening scent. After it settles on your skin, it leaves a subtle smell of all those floral and musky notes.  I like that!  I'm not a big fan of perfumes that smell so strong, it leaves people thinking you just poured an entire bottle of perfume on yourself.

Words to describe the scent:
Sultry, Seductive, Elegant, Strong at first but then it leaves you with a subtle hint of the most sophisticated scent there is.  

Price: $85 to $90

Appropriate for Summer, Fall and Winter.  I would say mainly for special occasions such as a wedding, a night out with your partner or girl friends, A black tie event.  Definitely an evening Scent.

One of my favorites for sure!  I love the packaging too.

Will definitely repurchase.




DANCE WITH GIVENCHY

This is on my top three favorites.  I'm bummed that it was limited edition and I'm more than half way with my bottle. 

Description: Launched in 2010, Dance With Givenchy was inspired Audrey Hepburn who trained in ballet and the theme The Dancers of Degas. This ultra-feminine floral fragrance is composed of jasmine, ylang ylang, apple, mandarin, orange blossom, wood and musk. Pure, chic and feminine. - 

That description fits perfectly.  This fragrance is very feminine and chic.

I prefer to wear it during Summer, particularly at night or on the weekends when I go out with my family.  I wore it a lot for work meetings when I worked for a local company.  People always asked what I was wearing.

Once it settles on your skin, the fragrance is that of a delicate floral scent.

I won't list the price since it's no longer available :( 
Would most definitely repurchase if I could.

BURBERRY BRIT

This is my go-to fragrance for Fall. 
Although white peony is in it's notes.  I think the mahogany and vanilla notes definitely make this fragrance a more musky vanilla scent.

It's very rich in fragrance so it appears too strong at first.  Once it settles,  you can smell a hint of all the softer notes in it.


$74
Will Repurchase for sure.




COACH SIGNATURE SUMMER 2012

This has been my go-to Spring and Summer daily fragrance since I bought it.  It was Limited Edition.  Smells really good.  Nothing special but pleasant enough that it's good to wear on a daily basis during the warmer months.

Not sure I would repurchase if it was still available.



DOLCE & GABBANA Light Blue

This is a very interesting scent.  Honestly, I can never smell it on myself but quite often get compliments when I wear it.  Go figure!

It's definitely in the Clean and fresh notes family. I smell a little bit of citrus but also a little bit musky.  Hard to describe this one.

I think I will repurchase, merely because it seems to go really well with the natural chemistry of my skin.  Like I said... always get compliments on it.

Spring and Summer scent.

$72



PRADA CANDY

The first time I smelled this fragrance was on a Nordstrom magazine. 
You know how you get fragrance samples you can rub your wrist on? Well I did and I fell in love!! 

I got it in a Sephora kit so I only paid $50 as opposed to the $64 retail price for this size.

Definitely sweet notes.  A stronger scent that smells softer as it settles.

I prefer it during the cooler months.

Although I really like it, I am not sure that I will repurchase.




CHLOE

My husband got me a bottle for my birthday, last year.
I think this is one of those scents you can pull off any time of the year.

Definitely more floral but I have enjoyed it during the warmer months as well as the cooler months.

One of my favorites.  Get compliments all the time. 

$105

Will definitely repurchase.



MINI SEE BY CHLOE

I love this fragrance.  It's very floral but it's a happy floral.  I'm not sure it is for everyone but I really love it when it sets on my skin.  It's super soft and feminine. I have two, this mini bottle and a deluxe tube sample of it. 

I love to wear it when I go out to dinner with my family.

$58 for a smaller bottle

Will definitely purchase when my samples run out.

MINI MICHAEL BY MICHAEL KORS

I have a love-hate relationship with this one.  I really hate it when I first put it on.  It smells like a rich grandma haha.  No better way to describe it.  It's strong and musky with wood notes and strong sweet florals.  It gives me a headache when I first apply it.  However... I really do love the way it settles on my skin. 

Unsure if I will repurchase.

$60 for a small bottle.




Last but not least...

ELIZABETH AND JAMES NIRVANA
BLACK AND WHITE ROLLERBALLS.

I got these two mini rollerballs as point perks from Sephora.  At first I wasn't sure I liked them.  I definitely preferred the white one.  It's floral but the black one was way too musky for my taste.  Almost more of what a men's cologne would smell like. 

I still decided to try them both.  I'm glad I did.  Someone said to combine both scents and it makes an addictive combo.  I agree!!

If you mix them, you will get a beautiful sophisticated scent.

My problem with these is... they don't really last on me.

I love the white one on its own or combined but at a price tag of $22 per rollerball, I'm not sure I want to spend the money again for something that doesn't seem to last on my skin.

They are definitely in my favorites so we'll see.  

My least favorite scents are With Love by Hilary Duff,  Burberry London and Dior's J'adore.  I hardly ever wear them but my husband seems to like Burberry London on me.  It's too strong for my taste. 

I still enjoy my Viva La Juicy and really love my Givenchy Play.  I dislike the bottle of Givenchy Play but the scent is amazing.

A fragrance on my wish list... Gucci II.   What are your favorites?

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BACK TO SCHOOL: Kay is a 5th grader.


It's that time of the year.  
Back to school for a new grade, new teacher and new friends.
For the last couple of weeks, Kay has been acting different.  She seems more mature, more grown up.
She was all ready this morning.  I helped her choose what to wear, but that was about it.  She wrote her name on her school supplies.  Her handwriting is now the handwriting of a teenager.  She makes the letters all decorative and pretty. She got her lunch ready, styled her hair.  My little girl is growing way too fast.

It was a rainy, cloudy morning but I still managed to snap a few shots.

In past years I had to beg her to smile and pose for the pictures.  This year she was a freaking model in front of the camera haha.  I was like... what the heck happened to you?!?! ☺

I painted her toenails white and she wore these simple flip flops.
She looked so cute!


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Monday, August 11, 2014

A LITTLE DIY AND KAY'S FIRST SOCCER GAME OF THE SEASON

This past week, Kay and I worked on giving her trash can a little makeover.  With her room being changed into a more grown up girl's room, this Hello Kitty trash can no longer fitted in.

I told her we should go with polka dots.  Anything I found was too expensive.  Instead we headed to the supply store and grabbed some goodies for our little DIY project.


We sprayed painted the trash can white.  We went with a Satin finish.  I got some gold leaf to paint the wooden beats so we could glue them to the bottom of the trash can.  It was more for decoration than anything else.  I got the idea from Jen's post over at the I heart organizing blog (I love her blog.)

Originally we intended to create the dots with paint but as we opened the paint bottle and saw the color we decided to go with the gold leaf instead. 
I knew it wouldn't be such a clean finish but Kay said she liked the color better.

I used the round brush to dip it into the gold leaf and with a soft hand I dotted the can.

We glued on the painted wooden beats and painted the trim gold.  I might also do the bottom. We have not decided on that yet.

It looks really cute and complements her room decor nicely.
Total cost of supplies used was probably less than $2.00



On Saturday Kay had her first game of this season.  She woke up early to practice with her dad and then we all headed to the game.
I'm really glad she is enjoying playing soccer.
 Ashton took charge of the ball as soon as we got home.




The day was beautiful.  I felt like taking some random shots.


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Monday, August 4, 2014

HEALTHY MONDAY: TURKEY-AVOCADO BREAKFAST PANINI RECIPE


A few years ago my family and I had a tradition to go out for breakfast every weekend.  We tried different places.  

One day we decided to give Einstein Bro's Bagels a try.  My husband didn't care for his food.  Kay said it was just okay.  Mine, A panini sandwich; was really yummy but a very small sandwich and quite pricey.  One day I was craving it and decided to try to recreate it at home.  Theirs was turkey, egg white and cheese.  I didn't want to add any mayo to my version, so I tried a little bit of hummus as a substitute and added some avocado.  It turned out delicious! 

I used to make it with egg whites only but as I've learned more about whole eggs being good for you, I often just add the whole thing.  I hope you like it.  We definitely think it's a winner.


WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

Sprouted wheat bread (A healthier bread option)
Turkey meat slices (2-3 per sandwich)
Low-fat Provolone Cheese slices (1 per sandwich)
Eggs or egg whites (1 per sandwich)
Avocado slices ( 1/2 avocado per sandwich)
Hummus

TOOLS YOU WILL NEED:

Panini press 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat a pan to cook the eggs.  While that's going, lay out enough bread slices for the amount of sandwiches you are making.  Spread hummus on each bread slice and add a turkey meat slices and cheese.  Cover with top slice and put it in the panini press.  While that's going, get cooking the sunny side up eggs in the preheated pan.  

Once the sandwiches are looking pressed and the cheese is melted take it off the panini press and carefully open it to add the cooked egg and avocado slices.  Serve with fruit and your drink of choice. 



I used thinner turkey slices because that's what I had but a thicker cut from the deli is great too.
I normally use spicy hummus because that's what my family and I prefer.  My local market didn't have any in stock so I went with pesto.  Grab whatever you like.
I made three sandwiches so that's what I have three eggs but remember... one egg per sandwich.
A while back while searching for a healthier bread option. I found a few articles about sprouted bread.  The process is a little different than regular bread.  More goes into making this bread and it's supposed to go easier on your digestive system.
I won't bore you with all the details but if you Google it, you will find a few articles on why is better than regular bread.









ENJOY!!

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

SCHOOL SUPPLIES TRIP TO TARGET.

Today we made a trip to Target.  We went to get Kay's school supplies.
I think I said it before but... I freaking LOVE Target!.  I can shop there forever.  So many cute stuff! 
You know what else I love?  School supplies.  I love the smell of it.  I love that getting ready for back to school means getting closer to the fun part of the year (well, at least for us). 
I'm not just talking about Fall.  There is something really exciting about the start of a school year.  New schedule, new friends for Kay, new beginnings.

I was pretty psyched to be shopping for school supplies with her today.
School supplies remind me of my favorite movie, which I happen to watch every Fall as soon as it gets cold. 

   
It's my happy movie.  I make a pot of soup and watch it in my Pj's when it gets cold.  It's tradition!  Such a feel-good movie!!  Here is the part that I think of when I see school supplies...

Joe Fox: "Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. On the other hand, this not knowing has its charms."



Kay was particularly excited that she gets to put all her supplies in her new desk, which mom scored for $30 bucks off our local craigslist-like website.
Ashton wasn't so amused.  Particularly because he was safely bucked up in the shopping cart and unable to make his mess like he would have hoped for.
I've been eyeing this backpack for Kay but it's a cool $39.99 and although I really like it, it's more for an older kid than for a kid her age.  It has a laptop slip and very little storage space for her stuff.  Maybe if it goes on sale...

Thinking ahead...  These are so cute!! 
That little monster backpack even matched his outfit. haha
Don't worry, I didn't buy it.  This little guy still has a couple of years before we need to start thinking backpack and school supplies for him.

We roamed the store quickly after getting all the school supplies.  I always eye these candles.  This one smells like Summer in a jar.  So good!

We also ran into this little fella.  We almost adopted him and brought him home with us before we realized he looked a little evil. haha

I think he might of been one of the bad guys in Toy Story 3.  =-)

Ashton got this sticker from the cashier.  He threw it on the floor and stepped on it.  "Come on Sir, I just spent an hour buckled up in the shopping cart and now you want to add to the insult by giving me a sticker?" haha.
We got home and Kay immediately grabbed her stuff.  I think she was a little too excited and anxious to put it all away. 
I got some more Castile Soap.  This time I went with Lavender scented soap.
It smells pretty good.  I like that I don't need to add essential oil, just water. 
A picture of all the goodies!
Ashton helping organize haha
Kay loves to draw.  She gets that from me.  We got her some drawing paper so she can unleash her creativity. =-)
These were in the dollar bins.  
Ever since I saw someone post her super cute set of pencils that she bought at Target for a buck, I always check my target dollar bins. You should too!!  

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