Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is May 14th. Haven’t found that perfect thing for Mom yet? Never fear, I have some great ideas for you. Or sometimes just a phone call or a hug in person is the best gift she could receive. Thanks Moms for all you do!

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Here’s where to find these fantastic gifts.

  1. White and Red Ceramic Tea Pot ‘Every Weather Tea Set’
  2. Kiehl’s Nature Powered Mask Set. I love Kiehl’s and you get three different kinds of masks in trial-sized. Sweet!
  3. Treasured Passages: A Unique Keepsake For Mother- Daughter Kit. I just bought this for my mom for her birthday last week. She loved it. Direct quote – ” I am going to have a lot of fun doing the book and what a beautiful book.”
  4. Mom, Well Done! I’m Awesome. What a fun card! More products available with this design at the shop.
  5. Tata Harper Lip and Cheek Tint. I love this stuff.
  6. Best. Mom. Ever.  – Beach Tote. So cute! More products available with this design at the shop.
  7. Thank You Mom For Giving Me Life And Not Taking It Back During My Teenage Years. Hilarious and True! More products available with this design at the shop.
  8. Oval Bamboo Tea Tray. Perfect to serve tea and a small treat.
  9. Rose Pink – Addison Pattern Pitcher. This is so beautiful, I want one myself!
  10. Vince Camuto Leila Perforated Tote. Very chic and the perfect size.

 

 

 

 

 

Yes Way, Rosé

I have found my summer wine.

It is crisp, elegant and so very tasty. And it is a Spanish rosé. Perfect for the summer months that will soon be here! I had it just last week at a new restaurant in Ses Salines and I really wished someone would have ordered another bottle but alas, it didn’t happen.

Naranjas Azules (Blue Oranges), from the bodega Soto y Manrique, is the name of my new favorite.

I love the name.

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Made from the Grenache grape found in northeast Spain. It has a fresh aroma, with notes of strawberry, cherry, jasmine, mint and fennel.

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It pairs excellently with fish, white meat, pasta and cheese. My cheese plate was exquisite with my Naranjas Azules to accompany it.

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Tell me your mouth is watering and you are dying for a glass of this rosé.

If you live in Spain, I found Naranjas Azules in the gourmet section of Es Corte Ingles.

Check it out and post a pic!Would love to see your pretty face and that beautiful rosé. Cheers!

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Powerscourt ~ Ireland

Just south of Dublin is the Powerscourt Estate and Gardens, a beautiful place to spend the afternoon. It’s in Enniskerry, County Wicklow and was recently voted #3 of the World’s Top Ten Gardens by National Geographic.

And let me tell you, it was lovely.

Gardens, statues, lakes, secret paths and even a pet cemetery awaits for you, to come and discover its beauty. Afterwards, drive 5 km to the Powerscourt waterfall, Ireland’s highest waterfall. I would recommend for you to pack a picnic, a blanket and your camera. And a cold bottle of champagne never hurt anyone. 🙂

Come on! From the gardens:

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Gorgeous, right? Here’s some more gorgeousness for your eyeballs.

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This picture doesn’t do this justice. There was a HUGE wall of hydrangeas –  bright pink, lavender, vibrant blue and frosty white. It was like the garden threw up all colors of hydrangeas. But in a good way.

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Nice shot, right?

I found the pet cemetery very charming. Some plots with more than one animal. They were loved. Dogs, cats, horses and even cows!

And I tried not to think of the scary Stephen King movie.

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Everything good? I hope you enjoyed yourself at the Powerscourt Gardens. But wait! There’s more! Time to get in the car and drive to the Powerscourt Waterfall.

Don’t forget that champagne.

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You are surrounded by so much nature.

Beech, Oak, Larch and Pine trees were planted some 200 years ago, plus Giant Redwoods which can grow up to 80m high. If you’re a bird lover keep your eye out for Chaffinch, Cuckoo, Raven and the Willow Warblers. And you may even spot a Sika Deer or two that were introduced to Ireland in 1858. But of course you should know the tale – you won’t see a snake in Ireland! Those were driven out by St. Patrick.

Enjoy the Powerscourt Estate. So much fun and beauty for all ages. Now GO!

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Hanbury Street Art

Do you like graffiti? I’m not talking about the tags here and there but real amazing so freaking cool graffiti art, street art, guerilla art. Banksy is probably the most prominent graffiti artist but here are others I like – Natalia Rak (I love her murals), ETAM Cru, Eduardo Kobra (cool name), Fin DAC, Swampy, Swoon. There are so many kick ass artists out there. Who do you like?

While I was vintage shopping on Bank Street in East London, I stumbled upon Hanbury St. where it was a graffiti artists haven. It was AWESOME.

Check it out:

Coffee Dreams and Zombie Screams is my fav! Which one is yours?

If you like this, check out my Spray of Paint post from a few years ago with Mallorca street art. Cool stuff too!

Workspace Inspiration

Easter is coming up and I will have a free week to concentrate on life outside of the regular j-o-b, take a break and put my focus elsewhere.

And what exactly may I be focusing on?

Ah, so glad you asked. I also work on writing, creating designs for clothing, caps, mugs, etc., and just my general business of having 104 other things on my plate that I am thinking about doing, creating, trying. And for this, I need a nice office space in my home.

So that is what I will be doing in a few weeks. Making a space that helps get my creative juices flowing. I like a large desk with things that inspire me. But not TOO many things. Just the right amount. Tricky, no?

Here are some ideas I’ve found that I like…. or my dream home office:

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Patti Smith drew my eye on this workspace. She is the coolest rock star evah. I like this workspace, it’s a lot what mine will end up – a bit messy, a little chaotic but still with flair – the cool chair with a fur (fake please), some inspiration on the walls, a plant or two, headphones and some storage with books and bags. I always strive for clean lines and simplicity BUT let’s be real folks. This is me! And I will never be able to keep my space completely free and clear.

But a girl can still dream.

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Like this space. Good Lord, that is one organized office!! I bow down. It is very nice, so very tai chi. I love the shelves.

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Such organization! HOW DO THEY DO IT!? And there is that fur on the chair again. Is that the latest cool thing in your workspace? For me only if it’s like sheep or something that didn’t have to die to be made.

All that white is so comforting. Ahhh, breathe, create, focus.

I like it.

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This is a bit of a mixture of the first and the next two. I wish my room had a big window, I love that so much about this room. Plus the plants. Plants I can do! Making a huge window in my room, not so much.

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I need some kind of inspiration board on my wall. Something where I can pin pictures or ideas or what not. I love the glass of light pink roses on the desk.

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Another idea for an inspiration “board”.

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I really REALLY love this inspiration area. The huge frame where you can pin or paint or write whatever things make you feel happy, creative, ready to work! And I already have that screen saver on my computer – so one thing already checked off the list!

Well, I will give an update to how I changed my workspace in a few weeks. So don’t forget to come back and check it out.

How about your workspaces? At your home or at your office? What inspires you?

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