I can’t believe Memorial Day weekend is here! I love this time of the year. . .Summer’s on the horizon and the need to be outdoors heightens. If you don’t really have any set plans for the upcoming holiday weekend or can’t think of something fun to get into? Well, how about a picnic at the beach or local park. Recently, I did a picnic for my hubby’s birthday and he loved it! We flew a kite and played in the water. I whipped up some chicken pesto and tomato panini’s and baked brie along with strawberries and a nice bottle of wine. We had a blast and we might do it again this weekend to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. Living in Cali, we have access to many different beaches and this Summer we are taking advantage.
-pack either paper or outdoor dinnerware, bottle/wine opener, napkins, and some bags for trash. I love and have these on-the-go wine glasses.
-pick-up your favorite foods and a great bottle of wine or sparking juice/water. picnic food options: hummus, salsa, tortilla chips, cheese, crackers, fresh breads, fruit, veggies, cold meats, jalapeno jelly, preserves, pasta salad, artisanal sandwiches, nuts, dried fruit, and of course dessert or just settle for the fruit with whipped cream. If you don’t have time to prepare your own food, run to your local Wholefoods or Trader Joes, if you’re feeling fancy go to your local gourmet market/cafe like here, here, or here to have them prepare a picnic basket for a fee. Also, some farmers markets prepare picnic baskets for you. Check out this article on the perfect picnic.
-put together a comfy picnic look. . .
Hear ye, hear ye, Summer is here!
The upcoming three day Memorial weekend marks the unofficial start to summertime. Even though it seems we were cheated with such a short spring this year, I am all too excited for this season. I just love the warm weather and longer days. No need for coats or boots, just sandals and open toe shoes. Sweet berries and stone fruits perfect for cobblers, tarts and pies. Let’s not forget outdoor grilling, entertaining and barbecues. Didn’t you just get excited reading that?
Well, in case you plan on hosting a few friends this weekend or make your way to a casual gathering and need to bring a dish, here are a few options that are sure to knock folks socks off.
Chat ya’ later
After reading the fantastic interview with the always entertaining John, of R.B of McD, the Ladybirds had a spirited conversation about finding our signature scent. We all loved his take on the travel scent, “When I was a kid I remember my grandfather always smelled great, that was a given, but he also always smelled the same. . .and unique!!! There was no winter scent or summer scent and there was never some other cat that smelled like my Pops.”
Of course, we started talking about our husbands scents, how unique or consistent they were and the discussion inevitably led to each one of us. Keep reading for our take on smell goods.
Ladybird J.P. Archie here. . .I’ve always been a perfume girl with 5 to 6 scents in my rotation. When I first started wearing perfume, I was a light and fruity girl, but as I’ve gotten older and better (ha!), I’m now in search of my signature scent. The number in my rotation has gone down and I’m more of a musk girl. Hints of amber, lily, patchouli, rose, and bergamot. I think I’m pretty close to finding my scent, but still got my eye out. I have two maybe three I spritz-Rose by Le Labo, Original Musk by Kiehls, and Hanae Mori. Original Musk might win the race since it’s the one I spritz most of the time and the one I get the most “you smell so good” comments. I do want to try a few more from Le Labo and visit this place again. Think I’m leaning towards having a scent for Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. No one said you can’t have two signature scents!!! As you see in the photo below, I have a few to the left (the hubby’s cologne on the right) that have been just sitting there year after year, but can’t seem to throw away. It might be time.. . .the quest for my Signature Scent is still on.
Ladybird D… and just like Ladybird J.P.A, I too am on the quest for my signature scent. So much so that I put myself on a timeline to help me focus on it. But unlike J.P.A, I don’t have too many scents in rotation, I’m more of a 1-2 type lady. As much as I tried to fight being so much like my mom as a child, as I grow older, I know its inevitable and my mommy definitely has a signature scent. Bijan was and still is her all time favorite. And to make sure you know it’s her, she uses the soap, lotion, perfume, body cream and hand cream. Wow, is right. . .lol. I’m guessing I might get that dedicated as I continue to…grow older. When I was in college, I started with Angel. Still love the scent when I catch a whiff of it, but my enthusiasm on it being my signature scent waned when I went through a phase where I wasn’t into perfume. Recommitting myself to smell goods a couple of years ago, I took a strong liking to Flower Bomb, for my Fall/Winter scent and this Jo Malone for my Spring/Summer scent. Finding your scent all depends on your body chemistry, and I love both of those on me so I thought I could switch it up twice a year. Until I found Le Labo, thanks to my Ladybird. I started with a few samples and fell head-over-heels. Clearly I’m a musk girl too. A clean musk girl, starts strong and settles nicely. No flowery scents for me! You can see, I’ve just about used my samples, just one or two spritzes left and I’m still having a hard time deciding how to pick one. But sticking to my list, I still have a couple of years to figure out my scent…or maybe scents!
Ladybird T…So, I’m all about the smell goods!! I guess you could call me a “serial-perfumist” if there is such a person! I can’t get enough of perfumes, which is probably why I have yet to find my signature scent, but after our conversation last week, I’m definitely on a mission-it’s on my LIST! For now, when I took an inventory of my current perfume collection, it’s evident and clear that I gravitate towards, clean, fruity, and some woodsy undertones. I love anything with sandalwood, however it’s not a fave of the husband, who with my help, has also expanded his cologne collection (more on the husbands and their scents to come), so I try to go for scents that may only hint at the sandalwood, which brings me to my current smell good: Untitled by Maison Martin Margiela-love this stuff! It delivers jasmine (which also mixes well with my body chemistry), cedar (woodsy), musk (guess we Ladybirds all love our musk), and greenery. It’s just amazingly clean and works well during the day and night! Some of my other faves include: Tribu by Benetton (oldie, but goodie), Miss Dior Cherie (fun and flirty), and Le Labo Fleur D’Oranger 27 (one that I recently sampled; love how you can get nice sample sizes from Le Labo). Another fragrance worth checking out, I first discovered on a trip to Miami is Sand; this scent is amazing and you can get it in an oil (I have), incense, room spray, whatever you need, they’ve got it and it comes in another scent too, Sea-love! As you can see, I have a little A.D.D. when it comes to my perfumes, but I think after our chat and this post, I’m somewhat closer to finding the perfect scent for me and hey, who says you can’t have more than one signature scent!!
Memorial Day weekend is coming and I’m headed on a family jaunt to my hometown…LA…Cali-For-Niya and I can’t wait!!! Here’s a little peek inside my preparation for travel with Little’s…One must plan ahead when traveling with children and although some might say, leave the kiddos behind, my husband and I enjoy trekking with our boys! I especially enjoy the excitement my 4 year-old exudes when he finds out he’s going on Vacation and is going to stay in a Vacation-Room aka the Hotel!
First things first, it’s all about the Packing List! I am a woman who is all about list! I don’t think I would remember half of things I have going on in my little/big life, if not for a post-it note here, iPhone note there, or an email/calendar reminder! So, this is one of the biggest parts of me preparing for travel! The List is essential, especially when it comes to not over or under packing! Most small essentials like diapers, wipes, floats, food, and so on I will just pick up when we reach the destination, I learned this trick from a friend after I had my first and it was so great, it stuck and oh so helpful! No need to weigh down your bags with extra stuff you can wait to get later, right? Once the list is complete, I can lay out and roll up and pack up! Note: The Littles both have their own, monogrammed luggage from here, an absolute Must (as is this)!! Mom needs her room for all the treats she will inevitably bring back!!!
Once the packing is done, it’s time to plan the itinerary! Of course the first thing on our list (pun intended) is visiting family and friends. L.A. is my hometown, so it’s nice that we make a trip there at least once a year and get a chance to catch up with folk! We usually try to work a trip in within a trip, but this go around doesn’t allow us for much time to do so, therefore I only have a small amount of time to work in these few spots…
I’m pretty sure we’ll work in a beach jaunt and maybe even a little kite flying (Ladybird JPA recently did it here; so fun) which the kids will certainly adore! I’m ready and looking forward to enjoying a long holiday weekend in sunny SoCal!
Chat ya’ later!