There are many reasons to look forward to the warmer weather. Birds singing. Fragrant flowers. Warm sun on your skin. Crippling seasonal malaise finally lifting.
But mostly, I'm counting down the days until summer just so that I can wear Clarins Rouge Prodige in Clementine - the perfect summer lipstick welcome in the warmth.
With a luscious dewy finish and suprising lasting power, it's a gorgeous, punchy color that isn't overly intimidating to wear due to it's shine and slickness. I'm not much for bright lips, but this had me sold the minute it touched my lips. The saturated hue is on the orange side of the red spectrum, but is flattering and fun, incredible on tanned skin, and wonderful on paler girls with warm skintones like myself. It's like a sip of fruit punch for your lips.
What's your warm weather must-have this year? Anything you're eyeing in the shops? A word of warning if you're visiting the Clarins counter anytime soon - their spring collections are ridiculously lovely, and you may find yourself unable to make any coherent decisions when faced with their coral loveliness. I order online to avoid financial ruin and far too many lipsticks.
This says "Go away. I'm famous, reclusive, on a French beach and possibly not wearing a top."
A pleasantly pastoral picnic, of course. Demure and charming. I hope someone brought scones.
What are your hair plans this spring? Do you change your look a lot, or stick with the same cut and color? I've had long, thick hair with shaggy bangs for years, and don't plan on changing it, even though I'm often tempted. It's become a security fringe that I'm a bit terrified of going without. I like peering out at people from beneath all the hair. It makes me feel superior.
(Product sent for consideration by Moroccanoil)
I'm not going to lie to you. This week's Friday Frock may end up looking a bit puffy when on. It's possible - there are quite a few layers happening here, and one can only hope they all behave.
Though I don't care even if it is a touch too voluminous. Because when I see this dress, I picture sitting at a sidewalk cafe on the French Riviera, sipping limoncello under gaily colored umbrellas. I feel a Vespa ride may follow. We've switched to Italy now, but never mind, just go with it. It makes me think of yacht decks glistening on an azure harbor and pastel colored ice creams on the beach. You just need some cat's eye sunglasses - these, preferably - some leather sandals, and a bouncy ponytail. I can't be responsible for what happens next. It probably involves that Vespa and a yacht deck-hand named Marco, and possibly jewel thievery. It's that kind of dress.
Oh and it's on sale too.
(Good lord I just realized the sublime YSL sunglasses are on sale too. It's a sign. Buy them both and make for the Riviera. Let me know how it goes.)
I'm on a mission to convert the entire world to cream cleansers. They're not only SO much better for your skin than gel or foaming varieties, but they transform the simple act of washing your face into a soothing ritual that I couldn't face early mornings without.
My favorite right now is the gorgeous Pure Cloud Cleanser from Skyn Iceland. Perhaps I'm just very suggestible, but it really does feel like washing your face with a soft, creamy, cloud - it smells like sweet, fresh air and leaves skin clean, soft and glowing. I actually look forward to cleansing. In fact I think I'm looking for any excuse lately, just because I enjoy using it so much - I need to rein it in a bit. I gently rub it into skin, close my eyes, and picture this.......
The closest comparable product is probably Liz Earle's beloved Cleanse and Polish - of which I am a huge fan. While I adore it's invigorating scent and thick, balm like texture, my skin seems to prefer the Cloud Cleanser's slightly more neutral and soothing formula, and I really love its whipped, airy texture and clean, faintly sweet smell. It's a similar price (cheaper actually!) and easier for me to get here in the US - I am notoriously wasteful with products, but my large tube has lasted for months. I will be repurchasing several. Hell, I might buy a case. I want to spread cream cleanser joy throughout my friends and family.
The rest of Skyn Iceland's range is lovely looking too, with cool, clean sounding names like Arctic Face Mist and Nordic Skin Peel and gorgeous Icelandic images that I find terribly appealing. Natural and healthy, the line is paraben, phthalate and petroleum free, and uses powerful antioxidants and minerals sourced from glacial waters, plants and herbs to support and heal stressed skin.
There's a perfect little pack of trial sized products on their website that I'm hoping to try next - I have a rather sinking feeling that I'm going to love them all. I hate when that happens.
(Product kindly sent for consideration by Skyn Iceland)
I've been mostly choosing option A) lately, but if I were to finally just pack it all in and bolt, I'd make for a tiny mountain village deep in the Languedoc-Roussillon countryside, and rent this beautiful old stone house known as Bastide d'Esparon. Surrounded by national park, lush forest and dramatic gorges, it's a perfect spot the hide out from the world. A walk down the rocky pathways to the crystal clear river and bobbing about lazily in the cool water will be as much excitement as I'll allow. The rest of the time will be spent catching up on sleep in the particularly inviting looking daybed on the sunny terrace, or enjoying obscene amounts of local cheese at the beautifully rustic dining table.
If you could escape anywhere for a week of peace and quiet, where would you choose?
It's no secret that we love a good facial oil here at the Blossom Shed, and there's not many I haven't tried - there's some lovely ones out there, but Suti's Nourish Facial Oil has left them all behind - it's just ridiculously nice. A potent blend of 15 plant and flower extracts, it's intensely nourishing, smooth, silky and light, and releases a gorgeous natural fragrance when gently pressed into skin. Skin looks glowing, bright and plump in the morning, like you've just had a wonderful night's sleep.
This blend includes Apricot Kernel, Avocado, Calendula, Argan, Jasmine and Patchouli oils - I suppose it should smell of jasmine, but to me it smells like paperwhites, those gorgeously scented spring bulbs that you can grow on your windowsill, that smell like a mix between narcissus and jasmine. If you like that sort of thing, this smells like heaven in a bottle, and has such a lovely aromatherapy effect that I seem to relax immediately when I put this on. It feels and smells luxurious, and the scent lingers quietly until I fall asleep. The pretty glass bottle looks beautiful on your dresser, as does the pale emerald color of the oil within. My favorite part of all is that it's $52 for the lovely 30ml bottle - I know that doesn't sound cheap, but it's about 1/3 of the price of other luxury face oils - the whole line is incredibly reasonable for the quality and ingredients, which is another reason I'm thrilled by it - it's rare to find good value hand in hand with impeccable quality.
My favorite way to use this is to press a few drops into damp skin at night and forgo the moisturizer - I like that it heals and plumps skin while letting it breath and rest as you sleep. You can use it nightly, or just once or twice a week to pamper, nourish and balance the skin.
You can find Suti products on their website in the UK, and at Shen Beauty boutique in the US.
Do you have a favorite luxury product that helps you feel pampered and relaxed? How do you feel about paperwhites? I love hearing your comments, so share below!
Strangely, I don't think I've tasted one in probably 20 years - so it's about time. I hope I still like them. Persimmons are packed with antioxidants and vitamins A and C, so you're basically drinking a healthy freshly squeezed fruit juice. With gin.
You can find the complete recipe here, but it's quite easy - just make a puree of the persimmons with simple syrup, and add gin and lime juice and shake over ice. Pour into something pretty, and let its sunny orange glow warm up your chilly winter evening.
photo via pinterest
I've given up trying to find perfect dresses for winter - I'm done with winter. As long as you can make it through January, you're into resort wear, and then everything is bright and beautiful again, popping with prints and luscious colors, bringing a little much needed sunshine into our days. So I hereby declare this season open - I'm bringing on the brights.
I first saw this Rory Beca Holiday 2011 dress on the lovely blog Cocogroove, which always has the most gorgeous pictures of new collections - the whole lookbook was just perfection, and I think there wasn't an item I didn't want to own. Oh and I'd take the house as well.
Not only is this the most clear, deep, divine shade of blue, that looks beautiful on so many skintones and was made for long, sunkissed limbs, but it also has that brilliant cut where the maxi skirt swirls and parts to reveal the mini underskirt beneath - just made for striding across the lawn of an outdoor party with a slight breeze. I'm going to start saving up the piggybank for this one - I'm smitten.