Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas

Ahh I love it. Such a shame it always has to end...


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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Let it begin...

With the tree finally brought home and decorated last night, I am almost ready for Christmas... Just a few last minute gifts to buy and wrap this afternoon. (And also, I'm ashamed to admit - some Christmas cards to post... So sorry for the delay, friends!)


Moses and the tree - a little more relaxed than last year :)
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

The perfect record player, naturally.

Some late night e-browsing just lead me to this...


{"Barky Turntable" at Anthropologie.com}

Gorgeous, isn't it?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Snow on Rodeo Drive?




Well not exactly, but tiny bubbles of soap that were designed to look like snow did fall softly over the famous street during a retail extravaganza last Thursday. Sean and I decided to walk up to town and see what all the fuss was about... What we found was a very festive and crowded event, complete with live music and fairytale-esque horse carriages that shoppers could ride for free. Many of the designer stores offered up champagne (that I of course had to pass on), but I was quickly compensated during a stop at Tiffany's, where I sampled delicious warm cider and cookies (and subjected my husband to some not so subtle gift-hinting :). 

As I've mentioned many times before, I do have trouble getting into any real "spirit of the season" here in L.A... (I miss those northerly winds and gloomy December afternoons a little too much I guess!)
But for one night at least, even I had to admit that Christmas - as well as lots and lots of soap foam - was most definitely in the [Beverly Hills] air...

These pics turned out kind of blurry, I know... 
But hopefully you can still make out the pretty horse carriage trotting past Ralph Lauren?


 Fresh flowers right next to shiny ornaments - that's Christmas L.A. style!


A very well decorated tree...

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Waiting...

For the arrival of Christmas, of course...


This years advent calendar was a little gift from my aunt Viveka. Isn't it sweet?
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but also for our little baby, due on Valentines Day...


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...and Moses for his doggy-daddy to return from a day trip to Orange County.


Yup, that's the new crib there on the left. It arrived last week in a package and I put it together all by myself while Sean cooked us dinner...:)
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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Slather on

I love me a bit of beauty talk and I positively devour tips and tricks from dermatologists/magazines/expert blogs. The most precious beauty info however, usually comes from other women in my life - simply because I know that their assessments are real, honest and not sponsored.
Now, since I myself am a serious product junkie, (I have tried and tested a lot of stuff in my 31years - too much most likely(!) I figured I'd continue to share some of my best finds here on the blog every now and then... Please feel free to butt in whenever - to agree or disagree - I'm wide open for discussion! Oh, and rest assured that I all my work is strictly pro bono :)

Today: Body Lotions.

If your complexion is of the sensitive kind, you know it needs special attention - especially at this time of year when the air is cold and dry. I have two longstanding go-to products that really relieves my rough, itchy winter skin, making it soft and comfortable again.


One for when I'm feeling flush...



Aside from the great results it produces,  I love the luxe texture of this lotion and the fact that it's fragrance free means it doesn't compete with my perfume (and boys can use it too :).


...And one for when I don't.



I'm guessing you've all tried this at some point? Well, if not; know that it is incredibly rich, smells faintly like chocolate and actually does improve scars and stretchmarks



Monday, December 06, 2010

New Arrival

She's here! Beautiful little Isabel - my brother Jens' daughter, my niece, was delivered safely today and I am happy to report that mother and babe are both healthy as can be.

...I knew they had gone to the hospital late last night, so suffice to say that I slept very lightly - mobile within easy reach - having sweet dreams about a big eyed baby with brown locks... Not far off as it turns out; first thing this morning I got a picture and text from Jens, saying " She's got your hair!" :)

My first thought was that Isabel looks like a Stanfield for sure, and more specifically - like our dad, Robert. This is special  for two reasons: Dad got ill a few years back and is no longer with us... But when he was, he was a pretty good looking dude. Jens of course immediately joked  "Poor girl, she's the spitting image of old Bobby!"  I said "Wonderful,  let's call her Bobbybel..."




Thursday, December 02, 2010

Handmade Cards

December 2nd already... I managed to get our advent decorations up in time for last Sunday and the apartment looks cosy enough to rouse my Christmas spirit a little (in spite of the L.A blue skies and mild temps)... Time to think of that yearly "chore" (albeit one that I enjoy) of choosing a nice Christmas card to send friend and family! Are you one of those crafty people who create your own? I'm so not - I just don't possess the patience... But that certainly doesn't mean I can't appreciate the hard work of others :)  Browsing through Etsy just now, I spotted these:

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Christmassy yet quite chic, aren't they? Personally, I have a soft spot for anything with a ribbon, the red gem in the middle of the O is also a nice touch, and I like the cutout tree on the envelope. It's those small, thoughtful details that make handmade cards so special... Oh, perhaps I should give it a go after all... Next year. For now though, I could always just get these as they are available and made to order here.


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