Saturday, May 31, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
1. A black top hat that was my grandmothers.
2. Twin sized quilt I made out of tiny tiny squares when I was in high school that I hope to now finish for my niece Anneka.
3. The Oprah Magazine issue that Sweet Petula was featured in. I thought I had lost it, and didn't have a copy. I've been trying to buy a back issue on Ebay for the past few years with no luck. Do you know how much back issues of "O" magazines go for on Ebay? A lot. It is silly. Anyway, I don't need any old used Ebay "O" magazine anymore...because I found mine! My copy with a letter from the magazine's beauty editor, Valerie Monroe. So here it is. Our Bay Rum & Lime soap featured in Oprah Magazine.....in all it's shining glory...during the biggest shopping month of the year. It was super fantastic. That Oprah. She's alright.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Today I had some photos taken for a book I am going to be featured in. The book is about *Smart, Sexy, Seattle women in their 20’s and will be out in October. In preparation to look my absolute best, I had a few beauty mishaps that I really should have seen coming. But sadly, I turned a blind eye and learned the hard way that vanity can truly be a bitch.
My first great idea was to (do not judge), darken up a bit via tanning. I decided on a place in Burien that looked nice. The woman behind the counter had 80’s hair and skin that looked like a honey baked ham. At no point, did my sensibility stop me from taking this gals advice. I blindly followed her into the room and proceeded to bake my “fairest of them all” complexion. About 2 hours after my session, my skin started to turn bright red and remained that way for the next week or so. It was the most pain I have ever felt. I couldn’t sleep, couldn’t sit, couldn’t shower or go anywhere in public where a bra was required. Finally, the pain eased and phase two began. In phase two every square inch of me started peeling off. There was no hiding it, as EVERY SQUARE INCH of me was molting. At this point, I was tired of hiding indoors and just went about my daily business dressed as usual hoping the general public would assume I had some sort of rare and mysterious disease. The most embarrassing part of this whole “fake-n-bake” is the fact that every time Tom B. would look at me...he would bust out laughing. He did at one point go buy me some pain spray and hose me down. Not really the most romantic point of our relationship, but the boy is helpful.
My second big beauty no-no was going to an uncharted, untested, unheard of “spa” for eyebrow waxing…...48 hours before the photo shoot. I am going to give you the name of this place, as I don't want ANY of you under ANY circumstance to go there EVER. It is new and called “Spa Botanical” in the Grand Central Station in Pioneer Square. As I walked in and noticed the unfinished treatment rooms and untidy conditions my brain was screaming, “leave this very minute”. Instead I decided to chance it and give some unknown woman a go at my face with hot wax. This woman butchered my eyebrows. One is noticeably shorter than the other and I’m left with this odd, slightly quizzical expression. It’s bad. All I can say is, “thank god”, for my Italian heritage. Everything should grow back in a few weeks. In the meantime, there are always eyebrow pencils. The worst part of this waxing experience? I paid in full…..and tipped. It was all I could muster to just wander out speechless.
Wasn’t it Thoreau who said, “Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes”? I’m going to amend it to “Beware of all enterprises that require new looks”. Vanity kicked my ass.
*this is a blatant lie. No wonder my karma is messed up. The book is really about Seattle Boutique Owners.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
One of my very favorite shops of all time, The Soap Opera in Madison, Wisconsin. The Soap Opera opened their doors in March of 1972. 3 months before I was born! And they are still going strong with a on-line as well as brick and mortar presence. The best thing about The Soap Opera is the sheer number of brands they sell. They have it all...even Sweet Petula, of course. The owners, Chuck Bauer and Chuck Beckwith (the two Chucks!) began selling soaps and toiletries out of an old, wooden dresser, strapped on to roller skates and covered with a chintz canopy. They have come a long way (baby) in the past 35 years, and have a huge following of dedicated customers.
I love this shop for many reasons, mostly because is reminds me of this soap place I went to when I was growing up called the Soap Box. Everything was slightly handmade looking (in a good way) and you could custom scent a variety of different products. It was my first experience with handmade natural bath and body care. It is also very similar to me as the original C.O.Bigelow Apothecary in New York's Greenwich Village....the happiest place on earth, which opened in 1838.
Approximately one-third of the Soap Opera's inventory is their own line of biodegradable, cruelty-free products, which cover the gamut from custom-blended fragrances and lotions to new products such as a combination witch hazel and aloe vera toner that Beckwith devised himself. Raw ingredients such as French civet parfum oil are imported in heavy metal containers resembling small gasoline cans and mixed in a small, unadorned basement space.
If you aren't in the mood for a quick drive to Wisconsin, check them out on-line. You can find almost anything you could possibly want there. They offer a great discount on multiple items, which pretty much covers your shipping. My favorite new thing? Pretty wrapped soaps by Mor Cosmetics.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
1. She still looks exactly like this photo only now she is a little taller.
2. She has the energy of a 4 year old (after said toddler has had a few cups of coffee).
3. She raised 2 kids by herself while working & attending school. Growing up I had no idea how broke we were because I never went without.
4. She laughs at all my jokes, even the raunchy ones.
5. She loves my dog Arlo and takes very good care of him.
6. She is always trying new things. Like White Water Rafting, Leg Waxing and Facebook.
7. She thinks it is illegal to use the "F" word via email.
8. She still takes me shopping for bras & underwear.
9. She can read men and their intentions like no other woman I know.
10. She has never uttered the words, "I told you so" even when the phrase would be very appropriate (see #9).
11. She has taken care of 3 people she loved while they were dying. She did this with more grace & humor & love then most of us can muster on our best days.
12. She thinks the words spice & spicy are synonymous. For example, Basil is both a spice & spicy. "I can't eat that spaghetti. It's too spicy".
13. She is always supportive of me in all that I do.
14. She makes up words that she incorporates into her every day vocabulary. Like "Sweet Petula", "Tallula Bell", & "Hootie Hoo".
15. She gives much more than she ever takes.
16. She thinks I'm perfect.....and I'm pretty sure I'm her favorite even though she would never admit to having a favorite.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
These little fabric covered magnets are just so darn cute. These babies aren't for sale, instead we will be giving them away in our swag bags this Saturday at our HANDMADE TRUNK SHOW..
which by the way Tom B., calls my "junk in the trunk" show......I'm not sure if I should be offended or not?
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Sidney Ann House of Design will be here with her great handbags and coaster sets as well as some new items. 20 Lucky customers will receive a handmade purse mirror from Sidney Ann House of Design in their gift bag. I particularly love these new laminated totes she is making. Very stylish.
Great example of Sidney Ann's Vintage feel coaster sets. She will be bringing many different styles to choose from.
this cupcake will NOT be at the event, as I ate it.
Babyhoot things for baby....super cute baby items. Lots of blankets, bibs, burp cloths, and my personal favorite, super cute aprons. Babyhoot has lots of boutique-style items for kids and babies without that expensive boutique price tag. The two sisters/owners make high quality baby items and are very proud of the quality and time they put into their line. Everything is handcrafted out of the best materials to ensure all of babyhoot's items will last. And "Babyhoot" is just so fun to say.
There will be more artists at Rue de Lyon, my favorite being Cody Blomberg. Cody does really great animal themed paintings and custom pet portraits. Pet portraits require an appointment. Please call Rue de Lyon (325.3682)