Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring is Here (and yet not quite...)

Technically it's Spring, and for the last few days, we've been experiencing temperatures close to 70 and today--- BAM, frost!

No, literally-- it snowed overnight:

See the snow on the ground??
Still... the weather smells fresh enough to not deter me from my high hopes of having a lovely spring (and a fantastic Summer) that I'm going to kick-off with a flurry feature of Spring-y soaps!
SunBasil Garden's Easter Soap (Love how the polka-dots have soft lines)

Delicious-looking Carrot Soap from Daily Repose's Etsy Store
CountryLineSuds Easter egg soap --- the colors are just fantastic on this one!!! 


Cutesy Pastel Easter Egg Soaps from SeasideSoapKitchen's Etsy Store


This felted soap reminds me of little petit fours. By NutmegNaturals

And to close this happy little post and romantic Easter picture of bunny and baby chick-- Awwww! 
From KM Elegant Creation's Etsy Shop

Have a fantastic Easter everyone! :)




Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Hot Cocoa Anyone?

It’s been a long time since the East Coast has been pummeled with snow. The last time I can remember is 1996. This year, so far, we’ve accumulated at least 16” of snow, which for an 18 year stretch, is quite a bit!  This Winter may be harsh, but I eagerly commute back home waiting to snuggle up to a good book, my pashmina throw, Ugg boots and a nice cup of hot chocolate (squeeeee)!

I’m a SERIOUS hot chocolate lover. From spicy Mexican hot chocolate, to Italian (made with heavy cream) to the now popular salted hot chocolate, I really can’t get enough. My obsession has taken a new level, scoping out soapers on Etsy’s with their interpretation of hot chocolate soap. We have some serious soapers doing their awesome spin on on the topic from traditional, to seriously creative. Here are a few of my favorites:


Hot Chocolate- New Yorker Style:
Coffee Cart Hot Chocolate from
AJ Sweet Soap’s Etsy store

For those who crave a more traditional cup:
Hot Chocolate Soap from Garden Tale Gift’s Etsy store

A cute, abstract twist from Sun Basil Garden’s Etsy store

Another abstract view (I can’t get over how realistic and YUMMY the marshmallows look)
Hot Chocolate Soap from The Lather Co’s Etsy Store


Friday, January 24, 2014

Intentional Living (and soaps, of course)!

I have a deep fascination with anything sea-related. Maybe it's because I'm a Water sign? Or maybe it's because I've always lived near a body of water (Hello Hudson River!)?

I really can't pin point it to one, but there is something wonderful and inspiring about it. Being near the sea often recharges me.

One of my favorite trips, was this one:
Spain, 2011

During my trip, I wasn't very far from the ocean. I got to dip in it, hike along rocks and watched it crash, roll and strain itself on the rocks and admire it up close and from afar. I saw it in various stages, at night, during the day, at sunrise.  I also got to see it surrounded my rocky cliffs, near Celtic ruins, and by the beaches. It was quite an experience, but most of all, it reminded me to take delight in the simple pleasures.

One thing that we Americans "forget" is to go with the flow and live and act with intentions. Buddha calls it "mindful living".  I like to think of as enjoying things as if you are seeing them for the first time, acting purposefully and allowing ourselves to become inspired by the seemingly mundane. Whether it's savoring that first cup of coffee in the morning, or handling a fresh bar of soap and carefully and thoughtfully working it into a fluffy lather, or watching waves crash into the Earth and being taken away by it's magnificent and mighty splendor.

Life just seems more fun that way.



Speaking of fun-- here are inspiring soaps that look like they were created with intention and care:

Mermaid Rose Soap by Shesthatgirl's Esty Store


Mermaid Kiss by SaponeSoap's Etsy Store

Mermaid Glycerine by NeonBathBody's Etsy Store

Mermaid Kisses by IvyCoreen Etsy Store







Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holidays n' Packin'

Naughty Coal Soap by GardenTaleGifts

Okay, so I've been a little naughty, I haven't been updating my site as much as I like, but I have a good reason (I swear!).  I'm officially MOVING. This time, further south within NJ.  :) :) :)

Moving during the holidays is not only a real pain, but I find that, since I'm packing instead of decorating, that I'm missin' some good ol' holiday cheer!

To remedy that, I decided to find the best-looking, Christmas soaps:

Check out these fun Polar Bears! From Pigandthepeacock's Etsy Store

Spiced Cranberry Salt Bar (YUM) from asliceofdelight's Etsy store

Check out the layered swirl on this Christmas Soap! From Soap Rhapsody's Etsy store

Check out these cute peppermint twist soaps from Daisy Kays Etsy Store

Merry Christmas Ornament soap from Kokolele's Etsy Store



Sunday, December 1, 2013

Pumpkin Pie Soap

Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving! After a brief holiday and a loosened waistband, I'm back on the soapy saddle with new soaps.  Hope you all left room for dessert! :)

Pumpkin Pie Soap from my shop, HavanaSoapCompany


Monday, November 4, 2013

Fall Foods - Fall Soaps

For me, today marks the FIRST official day of Fall, since it hit about 30 degrees here in NJ/NYC.  Waking up to that crisp cool-blast of chill, reminds me of everything to look forward to: Turkey, eggnog, pumpkin pies (or any pie, really), cookies and finishing off the year with copious amounts of champagne.
 

Okay, I'm getting ahead of myself. I'll just leave you with a set of delicious-looking Fall soaps. Warning: these soaps look good enough to eat.



Eggnog Soap from SweetbathConfections Etsy Store



Pumpkin Soap from SunbasilgardenSoap's etsy store


LOVE the gradient!!! - Turkey Soap from thecharmingfrog's Etsy Store


SO CUTE---- Ginger Snap Soap from DailyRepose's Etsy store
 
 
Vanilla Champagne Soap from HookedSoap's Etsy Store