Window Shop Wednesday

I am not much of a shopper, much to my mother’s chagrin. The woman can spend days at the mall, while I start to feel itchy after just a few hours. It’s not that I’m not materialistic, I totally am, it’s just that the thought of adding more stuff to my life makes it hard to breathe. But I like the idea of things. So I’m an avid window shopper. I browse catalogs I’ll never buy from and hold my breathe when I pass the window at J.Crew. So while I’m stuck at school on Wednesdays, I thought we could have some fun via blog. Let’s window shop!

Can I just wish for a bazillion dollar gift card to David’s Tea?!  This time I’m unable to pick a favorite; the flavors all sound so good!  I’m unsure of how I feel about loose teas but I have seen lots of cute infusers.  I tried Cream of Earl Grey in Toronto and adored it.  I thought this week I’d just highlight a few of the flavors I think sound extra tasty –

1.  Organic Cream of Earl Grey

“Lovers of Earl Grey adore this creamy alternative to the original blend. You’ll recognize the same high-quality black tea, the same citrus burst of bergamot oil, the same beautiful grey-blue petals. However this version adds a touch of vanilla, and the result is an unexpectedly rich, creamy taste experience.”

2.  Santa’s Secret

“Ever wonder how Santa manages to deliver all those presents in just one night? Well here’s the hush-hush formula. He uses a special combination of Chinese black tea, peppermint leaves and spices – all sprinkled with real little candy canes. It’s both energizing and remarkably soothing. All Santa needs is one cup and his motto changes from “ho ho ho” to “go go go”.”

3.  Salted Caramel

“There’s no better treat than a salted caramel. You won’t find this in your history books, but we’ve heard that Romeo seduced Juliet with a salt-sprinkled toffee. Rich, buttery and sweet with a kiss of salt – who can resist? So it goes without saying that it makes for a seriously delicious tea. This is a rich black tea blend, strewn with pieces of English toffee, coconut, caramel and a touch of French sea salt. It’s guaranteed to seduce your taste buds.”

4.  Organic Buttered Rum

“Hot buttered rum is so delicious we want it all day long. Unfortunately, most employers frown on workplace drunkenness, so we came up with this rich and creamy alternative. Toasted coconut and vanilla beans mingle with black tea in a caramelized caress of flavours. Decadent hot or iced, it also blends perfectly with dark rum, brown sugar and a dash of milk – so go ahead and indulge your inner pirate, off the clock.”

5.  Birthday Cake

“What’s the best thing about birthdays? It could be the presents, or spending time with loved ones, but let’s be honest. It’s all about the cake. With vanilla icing, and lots of sprinkles. And this sweet and festive rooibos blend brings the taste of birthday cake to your cup any day of the year – sprinkles and all. Best of all, not only is it low in calories, it also has all the goodness of rooibos. Talk about having your cake and eating it too.”

Are you a tea drinker?  How do you take your tea?

Window Shopping Wednesday

I am not much of a shopper, much to my mother’s chagrin. The woman can spend days at the mall, while I start to feel itchy after just a few hours. It’s not that I’m not materialistic, I totally am, it’s just that the thought of adding more stuff to my life makes it hard to breathe. But I like the idea of things. So I’m an avid window shopper. I browse catalogs I’ll never buy from and hold my breathe when I pass the window at J.Crew. So while I’m stuck at school on Wednesdays, I thought we could have some fun via blog. Let’s window shop!

Here is what caught my eye at the mall last week –

1.  The Vintage Lace Bandeau from Aerie.

When I saw this in person I thought it was adorable.  I like fiery coral (shown) and the more neutral shades but I’m not sure the neons are me.  It would be so cute peeking out the top of a summer tee.

2.  Vintage Lace Rollerball Fragrance from Aerie.

While my friends tried on bras, I sniffed through the perfumes and this scent was my favorite.  It is a mix of honeysuckle and vanilla!  I really like roller perfumes in general; they work better for travel and they make getting ready feel extra fun.

3.  The Circle Eyelet Dress from J.Crew.

How gorgeous is this blue?  I love the tailored look of this dress.  Am I cool enough to pull off eyelet?

4.  The Semiotics Juice Glass from Anthropologie.

Is it crazy that this reminds me of those panty-hose with the line up the back?  This wouldn’t go with our other stuff but it’s fun to think of the other kitchen looks I would build.  Dishwasher and microwave-safe are always a plus.

5.  The Frothed Dots Dress from Anthropologie.

At $158 this will never happen, but it’s fun to dream.  I love how this is a classier take on polka dots.  I didn’t actually get to see this in person – there was a picture in the store – but I’m dying to know how the material feels.

How often do you go to the mall?

Window Shopping Wednesday

I am not much of a shopper, much to my mother’s chagrin. The woman can spend days at the mall, while I start to feel itchy after just a few hours. It’s not that I’m not materialistic, I totally am, it’s just that the thought of adding more stuff to my life makes it hard to breathe. But I like the idea of things. So I’m an avid window shopper. I browse catalogs I’ll never buy from and hold my breathe when I pass the window at J.Crew. So while I’m stuck at school on Wednesdays, I thought we could have some fun via blog. Let’s window shop!

Here’s what I’m loving this week –

1.  100% Organic Honey Bath and Shower Cream from Perlier.

I realize my weekly honey longings might seem repetitive but they all just sound so dang delicious.  Creamy bath gels make a quick shower feel luxurious.

2.  Essie Nail Polish in Navigate Her.

I’m loving this cucumber/honeydew shade.  I posted a peachy polish from Essie last week and I think this with that would make my nails look fly.  Are people still saying fly?

3.  Black Truffle Salt from The Meadow.

This stuff is pricy but I’m sure it’d be worth it.  Truffle shines wherever you put it.  When I’m a rich doctor’s wife I plan on having a whole cupboard of fancy salts.  After truffle will be lavender and then pink Himalayan.

4.  Abstract Dandelion Letterpress Coasters from Paisly Dog Press.

I love how these are funky and fun but would still work for having your grandma over for a glass of iced tea.

5.  Mummolan Marjat Paper Napkin from Marimekko.

I need these.  The berries have a great pop art look and any plate you set beside them would pop.  Sometimes when I pack my lunch for school I use a paper napkin instead of a paper towel (or my jeans!) and I feel so flipping fancy.

Window Shopping Wednesdays

I am not much of a shopper, much to my mother’s chagrin. The woman can spend days at the mall, while I start to feel itchy after just a few hours. It’s not that I’m not materialistic, I totally am, it’s just that the thought of adding more stuff to my life makes it hard to breathe. But I like the idea of things. So I’m an avid window shopper. I browse catalogs I’ll never buy from and hold my breathe when I pass the window at J.Crew. So while I’m stuck at school on Wednesdays, I thought we could have some fun via blog. Let’s window shop!

Here’s what I’m wishing for this week –

1.  Essie nail polish in A Crewed Interest.

The photo of the bottle makes it seem nude, but I saw a picture of this color painted on in a magazine and it was actually peach.  It seems like a nice summer-y color.  Perhaps I could do this with one finger done in teal.

2.  The Honey do Shampoo and Conditioner Set from A Beautiful Life.

Holy frick those are cute!  Growing up we always reused honey bears as dish-soap containers so these would make my shower feel like home.  And you really can’t go wrong with honey scented bath items.

3.  Cinnamon Glazed Pecans from Schermer Pecans.

Here’s what they say – “Roasted with just a hint of salt before receiving a sweet candy coating in our circa 1940s copper caldrons and a hand-tossing in our proprietary blend of cinnamon and vanilla sugar.”  Here’s what I say – Yum!  These would be good on oatmeal, with ice cream, or in snazzy trail mix.

4.  Kona Coffee & Sugar Detox Whole Body Scrub from Pacifica.

We’ve got peach, honey, and cinnamon pecan, how about coffee?  Kona is the husband’s favorite and it feels fancy in any application.  The product review are all glowing and several mention that the scrub takes years off of their skin.  Sounds good to me!

5.  Raspberry Crush Lip and Cheek Stain from Stilla.

Let’s end with berries.  Sidenote – now I’m starving for a plain Greek yogurt topped with peaches, raspberries, and honey!  I used to buy this Stilla stain in college and something about the packaging just makes me happy.  I’m not brave enough to use this color on my cheeks, but I love it on my lips.

What are you hungry for this week?

Window Shopping Wednesday

I am not much of a shopper, much to my mother’s chagrin. The woman can spend days at the mall, while I start to feel itchy after just a few hours. It’s not that I’m not materialistic, I totally am, it’s just that the thought of adding more stuff to my life makes it hard to breathe. But I like the idea of things. So I’m an avid window shopper. I browse catalogs I’ll never buy from and hold my breathe when I pass the window at J.Crew. So while I’m stuck at school on Wednesdays, I thought we could have some fun via blog. Let’s window shop!

Here’s what I’m wishing I was cool enough for this week –

1.  Black Smudge Crayon Waterproof Eye Color from Stilla.

I adore the smoky eye look but I kind of suck at recreating it.  I’m terrible with eye liner, and passable with black shadow and a q-tip, and I think a crayon might be the answer.  I love Stilla products in general too; that is always the section I stand and moon at in Sephora.  The crayon would also be fun in smoke or kitten.

2.  Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Baby Bare.

Another crayon!  This one’s for lips.  I don’t really do lipstick – usually I’m wearing Lip Smackers – but a lip crayon I can manage.  Baby Bare is described as a peachy nude.  I’d rock this with my new smoky eye.

3.  OPI Nail Lacquer in Dulce de Leche.

I’ll cop to wanting this polish just the eensiest bit more because of the name.  Sweet tooth aside, I really do like the peachy look of this nude color.  It seems very job interview appropriate.

4.   Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Sequin Sweatshirt from DKNY Jeans.

Not at all job interview appropriate, this one’s for the weekends.  It feels a little Flash Dance-y but I think with dark jeans and black flats this sweatshirt would work.  I like the waterfall look of the sequins and the silver/grey combo.

5.  Bubbles Mint Necklace from Elli.

This one’s actually more of a nudge.  You see, I rarely buy earrings and necklaces because my mom’s a great jewelry maker.  I’ll just mention, cough cough, that I think the mint color and bubbly look, cough cough, are very cool.

How do you tend to do your eyes?

Window Shopping Wednesday

I am not much of a shopper, much to my mother’s chagrin. The woman can spend days at the mall, while I start to feel itchy after just a few hours. It’s not that I’m not materialistic, I totally am, it’s just that the thought of adding more stuff to my life makes it hard to breathe. But I like the idea of things. So I’m an avid window shopper. I browse catalogs I’ll never buy from and hold my breathe when I pass the window at J.Crew. So while I’m stuck at school on Wednesdays, I thought we could have some fun via blog. Let’s window shop!

Here’s what I’m pining for this week –

1.  OPI Nail Lacquer in My Pointe Exactly.

I am I more or less girly seeming if I decide grey’s my new favorite color?  This sheer grey polish would look nice with pink ruffles or black leather (not that I wear much of either!).  The color is part of OPI’s New York City Ballet line and I’m basically coveting the entire thing.

2.  The Spicy Bloody Mary Mix from McClure’s Pickles.

The bloody mary is hands down my favorite boozy beverage.  But in spite of my adoration I’ve never made one at home.  I like them extra spicy and I’m not confident that I would get the blend of flavors right on my own.  Other mixes seem tame and tomato juicy but this one looks like it would be interesting.

3.  The Crissy Bra Top from Prana.

I highly doubt that this would support my girls on a run, but it could be a cute yoga bra.  Is criss-cross the new ruching?

4.  The flower candles from Elenis.

Pause a second and reconnect with your inner nerd.  Ready?  How cute would these look on a Super Mario cake?!??

5.  The Mojito Soap Set from Malin and Goetz.

If Bloody Marys are my favorite drink then Mojitos are a close second.  The rum-mint-lime combo is perfection and those are the exact flavors in this soap set.

What’s your favorite alcoholic beverage?

Window Shopping Wednesday

I am not much of a shopper, much to my mother’s chagrin. The woman can spend days at the mall, while I start to feel itchy after just a few hours. It’s not that I’m not materialistic, I totally am, it’s just that the thought of adding more stuff to my life makes it hard to breathe. But I like the idea of things. So I’m an avid window shopper. I browse catalogs I’ll never buy from and hold my breathe when I pass the window at J.Crew. So while I’m stuck at school on Wednesdays, I thought we could have some fun via blog. Let’s window shop!

Here’s what I’m coveting this week –

1.  Mini Chocolate Quail Eggs from Knipschildt.

A milk chocolate nougatine center coated with white chocolate.  These would be so cute as part of the place settings for brunch.  You know, for all the brunches I host!  They would also be fun in a child’s Easter basket.  Maybe a mini Easter basket?  You know, for all my kids.

2.  Paper drinking straws from Magnolia Bakery.

I already own a set of plastic reusable straws but when I take a drink to-go I use throw-aways I’ve stolen from Subway.  This would be a much classier option.  Plus, they’d be adorable in mimosas at all of those brunches I throw.

3.  The Tea Time Assortment from Magnolia Bakery.

It’s a Magnolia week, huh?  I actually never went to Magnolia Bakery when I was living in the city – I had my own favorite cupcake spot, thank you very much – but some of their non-cupcake options are pretty neat.  Tea and shortbread is the combination and the shortbread in this package is dipped in chocolate and non-pariels.

4.  Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs.

Basically, it’s a memoir from a man who gave every healthy living tip a try.  Jacobs already read an entire encyclopedia in Know It All and I adored reading about it so I think I’ll be a fan.  His work tends to be educational with lots of self-deprecating humor, just my style.

5.  Mix & Match Polka Dot Silverware from Site NYC.

I love the look of a mix and matched table so it’s nice that this set comes pre-mixed.  The polka dots are fun and everything is dishwasher safe.

How often do you host brunch?