Saturday, March 30, 2013

Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter to you and yours! 
I'm off to bake some cookies and perhaps indulge in (another) Peep!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Flat Out Frustrated

I am a true believer in the power of a ballet flat, although I've yet to find THE perfect pair. Over the years I've tried at least two dozen different flat styles/brands, but they all seem to fail me after a short time. Here's a brief rundown on the highs and lows of my discarded flats:
  • Dexter elasticized flats from Payless were comfortable and the right price, but the leather-like exterior material began to crack, which made the shoes look dirty and cheap after time.
  • Gap fabric flats (from many seasons ago) fit beautifully in the store and were my everyday shoe for at least two weeks, until the funky fuzzy sole started to wear, which caused me to slip and slide everywhere I went.
  • Banana Republic leopard print flats (from fall 2012, which were purchased on vacation in New Orleans when my cheapie Target flats literally broke while we were out playing tourist) have been worn at least 5 out of 7 days each week for the past two months. Today I noticed a huge hole on the upper interior near the toe area, and have since found other issues with the rather expensive flats I splurged on. 
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Part of me thinks that I need to just spend the money and "invest" in a supreme pair (like these beauties) from Tory Burch, but I am up for suggestions. What's your go-to ballet flat brand/style?

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

February Cara Box Revealed

In mid-February I was reading when I spotted a post she had recently written on Cara boxes. Intrigued, I read more and found out that they are a monthly box swap program, with a new theme each month, that pairs bloggers with fellow bloggers to receive goodies. The theme for February was #ClubSexy -- in honor of Valentine's Day -- and I decided to sign up!

Kaitlyn at paired me with Myrna from and I learned that she was planning to spend V-Day with her hubby and three kids watching movies. Inspired, I went to Target and purchased her Valentine's Day (the movie), a box of conversation hearts, Flipz chocolate covered pretzels, caramel filled Hershey's Kisses, and a cute polka dot enamel bangle. I also threw in a mini Zoya nail polish that I had purchased at a beauty retailer, because Myrna's Instagram account revealed that she loved nail art.

My Cara Box sender was Jessica Rider from I shared with the East Rochester dwelling media maven that I was most likely going to be working on V-Day, but that hubby and I were planning to go out to for a romantic dinner the following evening. With information in hand, she collected the following items for me to enjoy while "getting sexy" for my date  night:

  • Bath mitt
  • Bath loofah
  • Crabtree & Evelyn gift set
  • Spiced apricot tea to sip as I soak 
  • Knee high socks from Target to keep my tootsies warm after I get out of a steamy tub 
  • Bath & Body Works body lotion
  • Rimmel pale pink nail polish
  • Wegmans Peanut butter to nosh on as I'm applying my make-up and curling my hair
  • Pink candy coated chocolate gems (generic M&Ms)
  • Stationery set to write hubby a love letter 
  • Two adorable Wegmans (BEST grocery store ever) re-usable grocery bags 

I had so much fun digging into my Cara Box and suggest you give it a whirl one of these months!
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