Sunday, June 29, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
It's hip! It's vintage! It's here!
I just returned home from the (invitation only) Grand Opening Party for Anthropologie at the new Fountains Shopping Center in Roseville.
I love Anthropolgie! They have been around since 1992. I have shopped their stores in Berkeley and San Francisco before most people had ever heard of them. If you love vintage inspired clothing, jewelry and home accessories...you have to shop this store! You just might feel like you are shopping in a "hip" vintage Parisian boutique!
Anthropolgie inspires me. I love their store displays! Genuine antique props set the stage for their vintage inspired clothes and accessories. They have the most creative and talented visual team that I have ever seen. I love to peruse their stores just for inspiration. No photography was allowed in the store tonight (I was polite and asked) so I could not take any interior photos.
I did manage to get you a few sneak peaks from inside the dressing room though! Here's a look!
The famous "Anthropolgie capelet".
(All of us knitters want to make this!)
Be one of the first to check them out. The official grand opening is this weekend!
1182 Roseville Parkway
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Summer is here!
My summertime memories growing up in sunny California:
water skiing, Discovery Bay, iced tea, Santa Cruz Beach, the Boardwalk, sno-cones, suntanning, Days on the Green concerts, riding my ten-speed bike everywhere, cruising,with a car full of girls, in my 1976 Camero, swimming, 7-11 icees, roller skating, nectarines, apricots, watermelon, cherries, bbq's, having fun, wishing summer would never end...and of course, ice cream!
Wishing you a happy fun filled summer!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I love tea! I always love trying new brands and new blends.
My neighbor Renee just returned from visiting her family in Hawaii. She knows how much I enjoy tea so she brought me back a box of Passion Fruit tea.
We are in the midst of a summer heat wave so I immediately put the kettle on and brewed some Passion Fruit iced tea. It is wonderful and so refreshing! I made it on the lighter side and added sugar for a tropical sweet taste. I am sure it is wonderful hot but I am now hooked on Hawaii Tea for my summer iced tea! Mahalo (thank you), Renee!
Hawaii Tea Factory is a locally owned business in Hawaii. Their Passion Fruit tea is a blend of pure ceylon black tea from Sri Lanka combined with natural passion fruit flavorings and licorice root.
For a taste of the tropics and mail order visit their website: http://www.hawaiiteafactory.com/.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I had the perfect yarns in my yarn stash for this scarf project. Colinette Point 5 is a thick chunky pure wool yarn from Wales and Rowan's Kidsilk Haze is a super fine thin yarn from England. They are a perfect combination for scribble lace knitting.
Scribble Lace is a very easy basic knit/pearl pattern. I knew it would be a perfect travel project for our trip to Newport, Oregon. I selected the yarn colors to make my Mother a scarf. She loves mossy green.
We just returned home from a week long vacation in Newport and Portland, Oregon. My husband is from the small mill town Toledo, which is 7 miles east from Newport and the Oregon coast.
Last month during the first California heat wave (100 degrees in May) , I told my husband "let's move to Oregon!" Well now that we have just returned from Oregon, I realize that I am definitely a California girl! I promise not to complain about the heat here ever again!
While I loved visiting Oregon, I just don't care for it's cool, damp, misty, rainy weather that occurs even in the summertime at the beach. My in laws told me that is why Oregon is so green and so beautiful. Yes, I agree, the Oregon coast is beautiful but I missed the sun!
The trip was for my husband to visit his family and celebrate his Dad's birthday. We also brought our 16 year old nephew Kevin with us. The guys enjoyed a lot of golf time. We did the typical touristy things. We visited the Newport Aquarium, beach combed at the beach, bought salt water taffy and ate lots and lots of seafood!
As for me, I guess it was a time for me to relax. The only problem is, I am not very good at relaxing. I would rather be shopping. Only problem was, there isn't much shopping in Newport, so I did a lot of knitting!
I did check out shopping in Ashland, OR on our drive up and down Highway 5. I loved its boutique lined Main Street. I want to go back and shop this town! I was told by a store clerk that a lot of people retire there from Marin County, CA. Perhaps that is why there was such a groovy vibe there?
We finished up our trip with a two day jaunt to Portland. My hubby loves books and wanted to take our nephew to Powells Books. Powells is the largest independent book store in America. While they shopped for books, I strolled the Pearl District checking out the yarn stores and upscale boutiques.
We had a great trip. When we pulled up to our nephew's home, I told him "it is nice to go on vacation but it is always so nice to come back home!"
And yes, we came back home to another heat wave!
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
I first discovered L'Occitane years ago while shopping on the Champs Elysees in Paris. I have been hooked on their products ever since! I can now buy their products at my local mall but I still love shopping their boutiques in Paris the best! My favorite one is their tiny boutique on the Ile St-Louis in Paris.