Hello ( Waving ) !!!
Well we have a little over two weeks to go before Christmas! I haven’t even started to shop for gifts for family and a friend as this is the norm for me. I will say that the sales that I have noticed are really good so that’s why I am holding out….I guess. Well as promised here is the second installment of gift ideas for you and I hope this list will help in your gift selection.
You will find below the second gift list of 2015!
I have some friends that are true Tea enthusiast and love their tea and enjoy it daily. So for the tea lover in your life I found this adorable Juliet 5 Piece Teapot set perfect for two. This set is made of clear glass as well as the 2 teacups and 2 saucers that come with the set. You can also purchase additional cups and saucers if need be. This gift retails for $38.00 on www.wayfair.com
If you have someone who loves the beauty of a Betta fish aka Siamese fighting fish then this next gift will be great for them. I think this is the so cute for the office or to display in your home. This fish tank is made from crystal glass with painted metal finish and opening on top for feeding. This Hanging Fish Tank gift retails for $40.00 on www.opulentitems.com
I personally will be purchasing this gift for myself since I occasionally suffer from migraines. The weather here in Atlanta can be tricky and our seasonal changes can be hard on people with sinuses so this gift will ease that discomfort as well. This cap provides 100 percent all-natural aromatherapy, filled with 12 healing herbs. You have the options of using hot or cold or even a combination of hot and cold therapies. This Herbal Sinus & Migraine Cap gift retails for $40.00 on www.ahalife.com
Aromatherapy is all the rage right now for easing stress and tension with the art of smell. This Travel Aromatherapy Diffuser is an absolute must for the traveler in your life. You can now enjoy your favorite scented oils on vacation or in the office. It diffuses scented oil without the use of heat by using ultrasonic vapor technology-no heat or flames. This gift retails for $49.99 on www.sharperimage.com
And finally rounding off this list will be a great gift for the wine lover in your life. I found myself at a few summer outdoor concerts this year and of course you can’t have a picnic without wine right? I am so in love with this Picnic at Ascot London Sunset Wine Carrier and this will be added to my wish list. This gift contains two glasses, napkins and combination corkscrew perfect for a night out under the stars. This gift retails for $39.00 on www.brookstone.com
“Do Good. Be Dope. Stay Fly. Live Different”
I hope that you had a great Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends and by now you have discarded anything that was prepared on Thanksgiving Day. I personally can’t consume another morsel of anything related to the meal I had last week. So now today is the first day of December! Can you believe it, gosh this year has passed by so fast but it has been a great ride.
Now that we are well into the holiday season and if you follow my blog then you know I will do several posts on where to find the hottest gifts for the fabulous Gal or Guy friend in your life.
You will find below my first gift list of 2015 and I hope my list will help you when you are trying to find a great gift for your friends.
First up will be this cute Unzipped Glass Zipper Bag Bowl that will display your treats with the appearance of….being in a baggie. I think it will add elegance to any décor and will throw your guest off when they reach in and touch glass. This gift retails for $16.50 on www.uncommongoods.com but you might can find it a couple of dollars less if you look around.
This next gift is great for the “saver” in your life who loves to stash away their coins. This Parfum Bottle Coin bank makes saving look oh so chic. The bank is crafted of ceramic and finished with a metallic gold hue. I think this will be the perfect bank for the fashionista in your life. This gift retails for $19.94 on www.zgallerie.com
We all have that health nut in our lives and depending on the month I am one of them as well. You can brew hot or cold coffee or tea in this cute pitcher. Want to make infuse water for the family then simply add fruit to the infuser basket and place it inside the pitcher and fill with the liquid of your choice. I think I will add this to my list as well….love this. This gift retails for an average of $29.99 on www.primulaproducts.com
This next gift is just adorable and if you have any friends that are obessed with makeup then this gift is for them! This lamp will accent any powder room or office desk with a “girly” feel. This product was found in Target, however they are no longer available but if you search around I am sure you will be able to locate one. The retail price for this lamp was $24.99 at Target and Walmart.
And finally rounding off this list will be a great gift for the world traveler in your life. The Fashion Insider’s Guide to Paris or New York guide book. These books are carefully curated compendiums of the current hotspots, and hidden gems of these two amazing cities. Carole Sabas a French Vogue correspondent is the brain child behind these informative books who often gave advice to colleagues on their way to Paris for Fashion week. This gift retails for $$19.16 on www.jet.com but I am sure that you can find them cheaper.
So there you have it ladies and gentlemen I hope that this gift guide has sparked new ideas for your gift giving. Please check back often because I will post two more wonderful lists before Christmas.
“Do Good. Be Dope. Stay Fly. Live Different”
I had to write a quick post about this small piece of heaven I found here on earth aka Macaron Queen! I personally have never had the palate for macarons or so I thought until about a few months ago when I received some from Florida in a gift basket. I was so surprised to find that not only did I like them but I LOVE them! So from that first encounter I have been on the mad hunt to find the best macarons Atlanta has to offer.
Now let me retract for a moment because that was not the first time I have tried macarons I actually purchased some from a “department” store that shall remain nameless and took a bite of the most awful creation on earth. I said to myself as I tossed that hard, tasteless, expired and stale cookie in the trash “Ewww the French can’t possibly enjoy such a thing”.
Fast forward to this past Saturday when my bestie and I happened to stroll into Perimeter mall and there it stood the Macaron Queen kiosk. I was in “aww” I tell you so once I came to my senses I placed an order and took a bite of heaven I tell you! My friends they were the BEST tasting macarons I have had thus far and made fresh every day.
“A French macaron is a confectionery whose name is derived from an Italian word “maccarone” meaning paste. It is meringue-based: made from a mixture of egg whites, almond flour, and both granulated and confectionery sugar. “
Madame Macaron who is the creator of these amazing delights studied the art of French Pastry Baking in Paris and quickly becoming the top pastry chef in the market. If you are a lover of macaroons or a connoisseur of fine desserts Macaron Queen is made for you. They have two locations with a third one on the way so stop buy and taste the best macaroons ever. Visit the locations or online www.macaronqueen.com
Macaron Queen Locations:
LENOX MALL KIOSK (b/w Macy’s & Armani) 3393 Peachtree Rd NE. Atlanta, GA 30326
PERIMETER MALL KIOSK (Main Entrance in Front of Michael Kors) 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30346
COMING SOON NORTH POINT MALL KIOSK 1000 North Point Circle Alpharetta, Georgia 30022
As they say in France ”bon ap·pé·tit” and of course you can thank me later!
*SIDE NOTE The French spell Macaron with one O while here in the USA we add two O’s*
“Do Good. Be Dope. Stay Fly. Live Different.”
I hope that everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving spent with family and friends. The holiday season is in full effect now that we have survived Black Friday madness with stores opening on Thanksgiving Day. The nerve of them I thought before entering Old Navy and getting amazing deals on sweaters and Jeans LOL.
Okay, so here is the third installment of my gift guide and I will tell you that it is becoming a difficult task to find great gifts at reasonable prices. I will confess that I am glad Christmas is only 23 days away….wow only 23 days! Check out what great treasures I have found for you this week.
Start your day off right with a refreshing personalized full-body shower SPA! I think that this Sparific Shower Spa would make a great gift. I know that I love to take hot showers and to feel the water from many angles make it even more pleasurable and for this price this is a great gift. Retail $69.00 http://www.amazon.com
Long gone are the days of flipping through and actual photo book right? Everything is digital even our precious photos. This would be a great gift and a nice desk accessory to remind you of the great friends that you have. Retail $ 49.00 http://www.usa.philips.com
The New Year will bring new resolutions of getting healthy so this gift will be perfect for anyone trying to eat healthy. SnackMan® Motion-Activated Treat and Candy Dispenser is a great way to have healthy snack available to you. This is ideal for the office to stop attacking the vending machine for bad snacks. Retail $39.00 http://www.brookstone.com
Travel plans for next year should be in the planning stages for a fabulous girls trip and what better way to be prepared than to read all about them in this terrffic box set. Luxe City Guide Fashion Gift Box has all the information regarding some great destinations from Milan to New York. Navigate the world’s fashion capitals like an insider with LUXE City Guides’ set. Tucked neatly into a midnight-blue linen box are five essential guides for London, Paris, Milan, New York and Sydney that succinctly advise on everything from where to shop to finding a superb meal. Perfectly sized for your clutch or pocket, each folded booklet comes with a plastic case to protect it from tears or spills. Retail $ 60.00 http://www.net-a-porter.com
My final suggestion for this week would be IOGear Mobile Power Station. This lovely device will be cherished I am sure because it tiny but packs a powerful charge for your phone, camera or tablet. If your friends are glued to their PDA’s as mine are then this is the best thing next to sliced bread to them! Retail $45.00 http://www.go.iogear.com
Hope this list was helpful to you and did I mention that Christmas is only 23 days away? Wow, let me know if my gift guides are helping you find gifts for your amazing friends.
Thank you for stopping by today to see what’s going on! I hope that you had a wonderful weekend and had a chance to get out and enjoy some of the amazing sun that we had here in Atlanta.
So if you are still reading I will assume that the title of this post got your attention…..LOL I love it! Okay, okay so let’s get down to what I am talking about and my new found love for kale. We all know or have heard or read about how good Kale is for the body and that this vegetable is packed with so many vitamins and nutrients. Some have even named Kale the healthiest food around and the benefits can provide the body with just about every vitamin you need.
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of attending the book signing of Chef Nikki Bell latest cook book title “A bit of this, a bit of that” that was hosted by none other than the Garner Circle here in Atlanta (www.garnercircle.com). Nikki was also a contestant on Food Network’s America’s Best Cook. To me some things take more convincing than others to try and the consumption of eating kale….well is one of those instances where more convincing is needed. To my surprise Nikki was doing live demonstrations of some of her delicious recipes from her cook book for the audience to taste. There was this huge bowl of kale that was beautiful and smelled amazing so amazing that I just had to try it. I was surprised by how tender and delicious the kale was and later learned that by using vinaigrette helps breaks down the celluar wall of the kale and make it softer and easier to consume.
Nikki’s Spicy Kale Salad with Smoky Vinaigrette was absolutely AMAZING! If you are looking for a great cook book I suggest that you pick up a copy of Nikki Bell “A bit of this, a bit of that”. This cook book can be described in Nikki’s own words as “revolutionizing southern classics with a Caribbean twist and an eclectic remake of traditional comfort food”. Please visit http://www.NikkiCanCook.com and order your cook book today, it’s packed with over 30 recipes! This weekend I plan on making my own kale salad and will post what I create. Be sure to follow her on twitter: @NikkiCanCook she tweets out amazing recipes and helpful tips and best of all she responds to questions!!! Gotta love it!
We should all be settled in and ready for a productive work week right? I know who am I kidding with a statement like that? Well this weekend was really great I had the chance to hang out with one of my BFF’s and we had a super time. Our first stop was Dip N’ Dab-BYOB Painting https://www.dipndab.com at their new location 549 Amsterdam Ave Avenue Atlanta 30306. We had an amazing time sipping wine and bonding with other ladies who were there to get drunk and paint in that order. This was my second but surely not my last time attending one of these sip and paint events. If you are looking for a great fun time together for your friends I would highly recommend an outing such as this. You can bring in your own wine or champagne there were a few popping bottles and lite bites to nibble while you create your masterpiece. The price was great and the experience of seeing how artsy your friends are will be really entertaining.
The next stop was Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint http://www.sweetgeorgiasjukejoint.com and oh my what a great place this is!! This was my second time dining at this fabulous restaurant where the food is delicious and the moonshine is always flowing. I really think I am doing a disservice to this fine establishment and will have to do a full review later because yes it deserves a full write up. My BFF and I ordered the same dish we both had the Jambalaya pasta and it was perfection. We also had the drink special which was called…stay with me here…”Shine-gria” which was their own twist on the normal sangria however made with moonshine. That drink was not for first time drinkers I will tell you that and oh please don’t even think about eating the blueberries at the bottom because they have been soaking in moonshine for days and carries a ridiculous punch after you consume them. I highly recommend that you dine at Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint you will not be disappointed.
I also rocked my overalls (Target) this weekend and thought I looked quite stylish paired with my bedazzled converse, nails painted with my Rouge Christian Louboutin nail lacquer, my favorite Fiore bag and my Saks label sunnies. I hope my great weekend only paved the way for a great week to come!!
It has been a few weeks now since I posted “Terrific Tip Tuesday” but I am back and do I have something that is awesome for today! I need for you to put on your thinking hats and think back like to 2001 when there was this company called “Webvan” that use to delivery groceries to our front door. I personally thought that was a great idea just maybe ahead of its time….well Cold Life has surfaced and I think they are here to stay.
Cold Life Organics is a great new company that delivers fresh, delicious organic produce and groceries to your front door or even your office. They have everything that any regular grocery store has without the hassle of driving to the store, shopping standing in line, driving home….you get the picture. They have weekly specials and the Farm Baskets is a must do for the super health nuts in your life. I am surely going to do my part and patronize this company because the convenience of having my groceries delivered gives me more time to spend with my family. Check out the link below and the video to get all the juicy details on products and delivery areas! I am very excited about this company and just placed my order for the Fruit Lover’s Delight Organic Fruit box, check back for my full review!
Check out the video below