A roundup of loveliness, tips and tricks, and good things seen, heard and found this week.
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“When there’s no one left on earth to love you quite so unconditionally.” – A touching tribute that will make you smile.
This trick to prevent leftover guacamole from browning is wacky but I tried it and it actually works!
I’m trying to combat dry winter skin by drinking more water – supposedly about half your body weight in ounces is best. Read about how the Mayo Clinic weighs in on this topic.
Even with drinking a lot of water, eating a lot of whole foods, getting a decent amount of sleep every night and staying out of the sun, I’ve really noticed a change in my skin these last few years of my mid-forties. Genes play a huge part in how your skin ages and despite doing everything right, some unwelcome lines are taking up permanent residence on my face. I’ve tried a few different skincare lines through the years, but few months ago I bought this retinol oil by Colleen Rothschild and LOVE it. This line is pricey but I want to add some more products to my arsenal over time. I just ordered the “Discovery Collection” to try out a few products before committing to them. The Face Oil No. 9 and the Extreme Recovery Cream are huge CR fan favorites.
Do you have a favorite skincare line you use?
I’ve been enjoying seeing snippets of Rhoda’s kitchen renovation on Instagram – how pretty is that green paint color???
On our kitchen front, I’ve been agonizing over the subject of pendant lights for over the peninsula. One of the options on my short list is from Pottery Barn and with their 20% sitewide friends & family sale going on until tomorrow, it’s now or never! I’m aiming for something with glass, plus a touch of black AND antique brass but I’m not sure I want to go with the globe shape. What do you think?
Our quest to find two old doors for our pantry has come up short – we’ve seen tons of pretty doors at salvage shops and on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace, but none have been quite the right size or style we were looking for. Instead I’m opting to use pretty new doors and old hardware, and when I saw these beauties on Etsy it was meant to be – that brass plate design is exactly the same as the moulding I’m adding to our dining room ceiling, and that genuine patina will help to bring a little soul to our new kitchen. I bought them from this shop – there are lots of vendors on Etsy selling beautiful one-of-a-kind old treasures. I can’t wait for them to arrive!
Shining the light on an important issue – the real impact of buying counterfeit goods. As an influencer who routinely shares products here on Shine Your Light, I think it’s my duty to pass on the facts about this practice.| While I’m on the topic of Etsy, I’ve been learning more about how sales of counterfeit goods on here as well as Ebay, Amazon and thousands of websites are incredibly dangerous and support human trafficking, child labor and even terrorism. Listen to this relatively short (12 minute) eye opening TED Talk on the subject or watch The True Cost on Netflix (see the trailer here).
I am guilty of buying knock-off goods (everyone I know had a Kate Spade knockoff bag or two 15 or 20 years ago). Even the DIY and interior design world is not immune to this industry: tools are commonly counterfeited (the Forearm Forklift – a strap for moving large pieces of furniture – was duped and sold on Amazon for example) and there are tons of knock-off designer fabrics sold as pillow covers on Etsy. There’s nothing lovely about this subject but the fact that we can we can combat this evil by educating ourselves and sharing with others is a good thing.
To end on a lighthearted note, this totally made me laugh out loud!
Hope you have a great week ahead friends!