"Raindrops on roses
And whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things"
I adore a myriad of things, from my husband’s photography that warms my soul...
… to the frivolous baseball caps I’ve collected from our travels.
While I acknowledge that materialism is associated with greed, one of the seven deadly sins, I believe if you do all things in moderation you can pamper yourself as long as you remember to give and give freely whenever and wherever it is needed.
After all, we should all have a few things that invoke joyous memories, lend comfort or simply make you feel divine. So, here are a few of my FAVES ~
I suppose whenever anyone thinks of a stallion, they see in their mind's eye a majestic horse rearing up on his hind legs while his front legs are thrashing in the air and his long flowing mane is whipping in the wind. To me horses exhibit everything beautiful. Their grace, their style, their power seems to speak to my soul. One of the first books I read as a child was Black Beauty by Anna Sewell and since then, I have been in love with horses.
Now, I have an extensive collection of all kinds of miniature horses that I display throughout our home. Wherever I travel I search for a unique horse to add to my collection.
Among my most prized pieces are a white porcelain Native American Medicine Horse with crystals, beads and other authentic objects created by Susan Harvey and a Jenny J. Foster glass horse as well as a lovely piece by Jon Stuart Anderson in polymer clay.
My absolute favorite is a glass winged black Pegasus horse from Spain.
One of my best sources locally is Pinnacle Peak Gallery in Scottsdale. As a matter of fact, I have found a number of wonderful trinkets at this wonderful gallery.
I can’t think of another item in my arsenal of beauty products that rates higher than Vaseline.
Every woman should keep jars of it in her home. For over 140 years, it’s been known as the ‘original wonder jelly’ ~ and I never go a day without using it!
Lest you think my loyalty is misplaced, there are many celebrities who are quoted as being equally devoted: Beyoncé Knowles uses it on her teeth to keep them stain free, Jennifer Aniston uses it under her eyes and Jennifer Lopez removes her makeup with it.
But Lena Horne, one of the most beautiful women in the world, when asked how she kept her skin so flawless replied, “Vaseline darling”.
A $5 jar can replace lotion and a myriad of other products that often costs so much more.
Here is a teeny list of how I’ve used Vaseline ~
shields and helps heal cuts and bruises
moisturizes the skin
turns wrinkles into fine lines
heals dry skin
prevents chapped lips
shines your shoes
holds your fragrance longer
- apply sparingly to prevent flyaway hair
just a little dab makes skin look luminous ,
softens hands particularly cuticles
repairs cracked heels on feet
apply on fingers to remove tight rings
eliminate rub in shoes particularly around the heel
when dying hair or eyebrows use around edges to prevent dye in unwanted areas
- condition eye lashes and even use instead of mascara
rub across your teeth to prevent lipstick from staining them
rub around your bottom for smooth release and to prevent bowl movement irritation
protect a sore nose
prevent diaper rash
rub around opening of nail polish to prevent sticking
Journals illustrated by Pamela Farrington
You may have guessed by now that I love to write, so a wonderful journal at my fingertips is pure heaven for me.
These beautiful illustrated journals by Pamela Farrington have wonderful, inspirational sayings sprinkled throughout that will get your creativity working overtime. Found on Amazon, and with a huge variety of quotes, you can easily build a yummy collection.
There is an adage that says, “the eyes are the window to one’s soul”…that may be true…I have also heard people say that a man’s shoes offer a peek into a his spirit…and to some extent, a woman’s nails are her calling card. So, on the topic of nails, I was excited to find a nail lacquer that wears beautifully, and with a plethora of colors with names like Nefertiti and Timbuktu. What’s not to love?
Credit Card Wallet -
This “Fave” has a funny story. My girlfriend gave me one for Christmas that I decided to sell at my garage sale one summer. Wouldn’t you know she came over to help me and saw her gift on my sale table? Needless to say I had to plead for forgiveness and I am glad I did. This little wallet became my go-to wallet when I traveled abroad or on trips in the states. It is a simple flat wallet with room for five credit cards. It has a zipper pouch for coins and a flap for a few bills. Since my fiasco, I have purchased several whenever I saw them. They make great gifts and go in your pocket or small purse so nicely.
What can I say that will help you to understand my weakness for all things Chanel?
Years and years ago I saw a woman with a small, black Chanel bag. It had a phenomenal leather and gold chain strap and I was simply smitten.
I couldn’t stop looking at how elegant she looked carrying that stunning bag.
I WANTED ONE!
Sadly, when I found out how much they cost, I almost passed out. But… I saved and saved and saved…and finally purchased my very first Chanel Boy Black Leather Bag!
Since then, I have purchased several more…
But… you only need one Channel to feel like a million dollars.
I love Chocolate!
There is nothing more to say than to just admit that chocolate is my weakness.
During my travels, I have visited a variety of chocolatiers all over the world but there is one company that I just can’t stay away from, ~ See's Candies.
See’s can be found all over the country but primarily in the Southwest. The company was founded 90 years ago and prides itself on “Quality without Compromise”. For me chocolate cures just about everything!
Cerese D Jewelry
If you have not heard of this very creative jewelry designer let me introduce her to you. Cerese D founded a magnificent jewelry boutique for the fashion savvy in Atlanta, Georgia in 2008. The necklaces, bracelets, and earrings are all one-of-a kind designs using precious and semi precious stones, pearls, glass, crystals, acrylic, and other metals. The metal may be silver plated, gold plated, rhodium, brass, aluminum, stainless steel, sterling silver, 14K Gold and 14K Gold Filled. Whatever materials are used, the end results are fabulous. I can’t resist buying something from Cerese D whenever I see her at most sorority and other women organization ‘s conventions. Below, are some of the pieces I have purchased. If you want a truly unique piece of jewelry for yourself or for a gift go to www.Ceresed.com