Summer Picks

Summer is finally here and I am sooooo ready for it as I’m sure many of you are.June so far has been a pretty rainy month here in Washington but that’s all about to change.Sun is in the projected forecast for at least the next week!!!!!I’m preparing for summer so I thought I would share some of my summer go-to picks with you.Cheers to a great summer!!!!

Billie Razor//Supergoop CC Cream//Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen//Polarized Aviator Sunglasses//Victoria Emerson Wrap Bracelets//Beach Sun Hat//Tie Dye T-Shirt Dress//Boyfriend Denim Shorts//Arizona Birkenstock Slide Sandal//Starbucks Unsweetened Dark Roast Ice Coffee//Coffee Mate Vanilla Almond Milk Creamer//Stainless Steel Mermaid Straws

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 🌸

I hope each and every one of you is having an awesome weekend!Mother’s Day is fast approaching so I thought I’d share some really awesome Mother’s Day gifts. All of which can be ordered from the comfort of your own home and delivered to theirs.

Victoria Emerson’s bracelet wraps and cuffs are my go-to accessories for dressing up any outfit. I’ve given these to family and friends and they are a big hit every time!Not only are they stunning and comfortable they come in a wide variety of styles. My personal favorites are the wrap bracelets.

Essential Oil Diffuser – Amazon

I love my Asakuki essential oil diffuser and use it throughout my day. It creates a calming atmosphere with its customizable multi- light features, soothing scents and sounds.

Young Living – Essential oils

This is the only company I’ve ever bought essential oils from. My favorite blends are combination of orange and lavender or eucalyptus blue.

Moon Valley Organics – Organic Skin Care & Honey Products

I became a big fan of this company and it’s products years ago while visiting the Pike’s Place market.They produce a wide array of organic personal care items and honey!Not only are their items organic they smell and work phenomenally. I suggest the gift set bundles or a gift card.

How can we talk about Mother’s Day without talking about chocolate!!Enough said. Here’s some of Seattle’s/Tacoma’s best chocolate and toffee treats.

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Theo Chocolate – Mother’s Day gift sets

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Also, keep in mind there are a lot of great shops and restaurants that are closed right due to Covid-19. A great way to continue to support local businesses while getting your mom a gift is to buy a gift card for future use.

I hope you find these gift suggestions helpful.

Be well, Nicole

Feelin it – Summer Summer Time 🌞

Gal Meets Glam – Dress collection

Honestly… all I can say about this creation of lifestyle blogger Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam is its stunning. If you have any occasion where it calls for a dress or you just want to feel feminine and beautiful go with this line. Julia’s flawless designs have made picking out a dress a no brainer.Dresses are available on the Gal Meets Glam website, at Nordstrom or Nordstrom online (select styles).

Chef’s Table Pastry 

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I’ve always loved a Chef’s Table on Netflix’s and being an amateur baker I’m obsessed with Chef’s Table Pastry. This show profiles pastry chef’s offering a unique, intimate look into where they draw inspiration from and their creative processes. This show will not only leave you feeling inspired but craving something sweet!

Good Company Magazine

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This magazine Good Company – The Community Issue is the creation of best-selling author Grace Bonney. It has a very similar vibe to her book In the Company of Women which is wonderful. This debut issue focuses specifically on community. Bonney has employed women in various fields to write about what community looks like. Asking them how they create community and what they hope to/have accomplish/ed in doing such etc..Its powerful, encouraging and drives home the underlying truth we are better together not alone.

MLB Ballpark app

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I’m a Mariners fan at heart and love my local ballpark Safeco Field. Year after year, I’m still discovering new things about it but it wasn’t until this year that I downloaded the MLB Ballpark app. Its free and totally worth it.Once you select your team you’ll be given everything you need to know about their ballpark from where to find your favorite food and drinks to the stats about the starting line up. If you are a baseball fan this app gives you access to everything you would want to know right at your finger tips.

New Year! New Inspiration!

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Today I’m sharing some of my favorite creative people I follow. If you want to jump-start your creativity for the coming year definitely check out each and every one of these people!

Designers

Emily Henderson

Joy Cho – Oh Joy!

Joanna Gaines – Magnolia

Tiffany Pratt

DIYers 

A Beautiful Mess – Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman

Aww Sam – Sam Ushiro

Studio DIY – Kelly Mindell

Oh! I also follow her hubby who’s a photographer Jeff Mindell @jeffmindell

Fashion                                                                                                                                                     

The Miller Affect – Amanda Miller

Gal Meets Glam – Julia Engel

cupcakes and cashmere – Emily Schuman

Authors/Books – Creative Community

Moorea Seal @mooreaseal

52 Lists; Make Yourself at Home

Grace Bonney – Design Sponge

In The Company of Woman

 

 

Feelin’ It – Summertime

Here in the Northwest the dog days of summer are really heating up! This week we’ll be hitting the 90’s and might even surpass 100 degrees which is, super hot for us! The following are a couple of things I’ve been feelin’ this summer. Try them out and let me know what you think.

Emeril Lagasse – Chocolate Mousse

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Here’s a quick, easy, delicious tasting summer dessert that’s wonderful for the summer because you don’t have to use your oven. Personally I don’t really care for milk or dark chocolate but when I tried this I fell in love. Emeril Lagasse the BAM!!! man himself has a boxed chocolate mousse that is to die for!!!! All you need to whip up this quick and easy mousse is milk! I suggest chilling it in beautiful glasses. An easy, elegant delicious tasting dessert for the win!!!!! They carry it at Fred Meyer in the baking aisle or on Amazon in 6 packs!

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Refreshing Summer Beverage

Lavender Lemonade

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I remember very clearly the first time I had this drink it was at local coffee shop and I can recall it being so refreshing and delicious. After that experience I was curious to find out how to make it myself. After inquiring I found out that its super simple to make. It’s simply just two ingredients lemonade and lavender syrup. You can use either frozen concentrate or premade lemonade and Monin brand lavender syrup. Once your lemonade is made/ready just sweeten with a 1/4 cup of lavender syrup or  to taste and stir well. Serve cold. The colder the better. I also suggest using edible lavender sprigs as a garnish or stripping the sprigs and mixing the actual little lavender pieces into the lemonade as a final touch. Enjoy!Bottoms up!

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The lavender syrup can be found online @ the Monin site below or at Cash&Carry stores.

https://www.monin.com/m/catalogsearch/result/?q=lavender&category=15

Book – Journal

52 list of happiness

https://www.mooreaseal.com/collections/everything/products/52-lists-for-happiness

On Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Lists-Happiness-Journaling-Inspiration-Positivity/dp/1632170965/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493610857&sr=8-1&keywords=52+lists+for+happiness

I loved the 52 Lists Project and I absolutely love the 52 Lists for Happiness Project just as much. This is  my “go to” gift this year. I gave out the 52 Lists Project last year and this year I’m handing out the 52 Lists for Happiness Project. These books prompt quick short personal journaling sessions that are encouraging and release positive vibes!!!! I’ve really enjoyed soaking up the sun this summer and going through this. Also, Moorea Seal will be releasing a new book this fall called Make Yourself At Home it just went on presale. It looks fabulous! If you’re interested take a look!

https://www.mooreaseal.com/products/make-yourself-at-home

Accessory – Temporary Tattoos from Tattly

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The design I’m wearing is part of the Bloom set by Helen Dealtry.

https://tattly.com/

I can’t say enough about this amazing temporary tattoo company based in Brooklyn, NY. The temporary tattoos Tattly creates are not only made in the U.S.A. they are non-toxic (vegetable based ink) and super cool. Created by professional artists the variety of styles/designs they carry is endless. There literally is something for everyone of every age. Summer weather is perfect for showing a little skin and highlighting the brilliance of these tattoos. Sold online and at selected retailers (Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, Powell’s’ City of Books etc..).

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