Friday, August 26, 2016

The Scents and Breezes of Summer

I'm being mindful to enjoy the scents of summer. Some of my favorites that can be experienced right now are the smell of the ocean and salt air (now that it's warm enough to venture to the beach!); the smell of freshly cut grass after my neighbor kid mows my lawns; the way a warm freshly-picked blackberry smells in the sun; the smell of lavender and basil growing in my herb garden; the way peach ice cream, orange soda and lemon sorbet smell as you're consuming them; the way my cat smells after lounging in the hot sun lazily for a couple hours.

What are some of your favorites? Drop me a note in the comments below!

QUICK THINGS TO DO TODAY:

  • Make socialization plans for your Labor Day Weekend, if you haven't already. Who will you be spending time with over the long weekend? Are you hosting a party, going to someone else's house for a barbecue, picnicing, camping?
  • Need to clean your coffeemaker or espresso machine? Then it will be ready to go for your weekend mornings!
  • Speaking of weekend mornings - it just occurred to me that I'll have plenty of time to prepare myself a lovely brunch, spending extra time luxuriating while eating it outdoors. How about you?
  • It's nearly the weekend - Fill your car with gas if needed, and grab cash at an ATM for a bit of pocket money.
  • Tidy your house for the weekend. Sweep or vacuum front entryway; whisk clutter off dining table and coffee table; empty trash cans throughout the house; fill or empty dishwasher; empty and shine kitchen sink; swap out hand towels in bathrooms for fresh ones as needed; toss dead flowers; recycle magazines etc.
  • Need to do any laundry so your weekend won't be full of laundry-doing?
  • I'm touching up my appearance today, after taking an appraisal of myself. Need to touch anything up? Roots? Nails looking good? Need to remove any chipped nail polish (don't forget your toes?). Need to give yourself a manicure or pedicure today, and possibly shave your legs real quickly? Is it time to do a sugar scrub, exfoliate and moisturize? A hot oil treatment for your hair? Are you wearing something that makes you feel pretty?

TODAY'S PROJECT: Freshening and Refreshing

Rosewater Driftwood Linen and Room Spray, at Caldrea

After being gone so long, I feel like my house is a bit smelly. I hope it doesn't smell like this all the time and I just have gone noseblind to it? Today I'm opening all my doors and windows to let in fresh summer breezes. I'm also going to Febreze my couches and rugs; spray refreshing linen spray on my curtains; launder throw rugs and pet bedding; vacuum and sweep; light a couple lavender candles; and mop the kitchen floor. I'll also take out trash from various trash cans throughout the house.

I think all these things will help a lot, and I'm so grateful it's not too hot to have the windows open!

LOVELY BEVERAGES: Green Apple Perrier

I picked up a six-pack of Green Apple Perrier yesterday while at Tarzhay. I was initially worried that these would taste weird or bitter or too Green apple-y. However, I found them crisp and refreshing. I didn't even get sick of the taste after drinking two last night and one today! These are a limited edition, and I suspect I won't miss them when they are no longer available and I have to go back to drinking regular old Lemon Perrier. Plus, with fall bringing colder temperatures, I'm not likely to drink anywhere near as many cold beverages, so perhaps I won't stock up after these are gone.

Green Apple Perrier, on Amazon

LOVELY BLOGS: Big Girls Small Kitchen

Cara makes "accessible, creative" food in her small city kitchen in NYC. She shares tips on entertaining in such a small space, preventing food waste, and budgeting for parties. Recent posts I've enjoyed include A Simple Summer Salad to Write Home About, How to Make Yogurt Dressing, and Small Batch Blueberry Bars.

http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/

LOVELY BOOKS: Posh Toast

As the weather grows colder, I find myself eating toast more often - I finally can stand to have the heat of the toaster in my kitchen! I don't usually put jam on my toast, so I usually just have butter - how boring! Posh Toast will supply ideas for making my morning toast ritual more interesting. I'm eager to try the pistachio and avocado "dukkah" toast," which originated in Egypt.

Posh Toast, on Amazon

LOVELY COSMETICS: Kaleidescape Charcoal Brush Set

It's long past time for me to replace my cosmetics brushes. There's only so many times you can wash them and try to prolong their life. The way I have been flying all across the country lately, my poor cosmetics bag has been squished into suitcases and tossed around. I'm thinking of replacing my nasty old brush set with this lovely set of bamboo wood brushes. I love that they're made of cruelty-free synthetic fibers instead of animal hairs.

The set comes with an allover face brush, a shadow brush, a highlight brush, a cheek brush, and a crease brush.

Mara Hoffman Kaleidescape Charcoal Brush Set, at Sephora

LOVELY LINKS FOR TODAY:

Banana Cream Pie Doughnuts (Joy the Baker)

Blackberry Cheesecake Galette (Pancakes and Biscotti)

Chicken Pesto Pasta: Easy 30 Minute Dinner (Shugary Sweets)

Courgette Salad (BBC Good Food)

Healthy Cucumber Salad with Cranberries and Poppy Seed Dressing (Food Done Light)

Lemon and Poppy Seed Pancakes (That Healthy Kitchen)

Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce (Lemon Press)

Strawberry Mojito (The Lemon Bowl)

Summer Rhubarb Muffins with Brown Sugar Streusel (Sweet Poppy Seed)

Watermelon and Gin Granita (Pea Soup Eats)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Join the Viewing Clubs at Lovely Living University

Just wanted to introduce Lovely Living readers to our movie and television viewing fan clubs over at Lovely Living University. They're free to join - all you do is show up and join in the conversation about the shows. (To prevent spoilers, don't attend the chat until you are watching the episode or have already seen it!)

Classic Movie Club

Kym Crawford runs the Classic Movie Club here at Lovely Living University. Every Thursday, she posts a classic movie we can watch together online for free via our Lovely TV app. (She finds movies out of copyright or available via YouTube). We then chat in the chatroom about the movie, our lives, other vintage movies we enjoy, etcetera. Past movies she's selected include "Pillow Talk" with Rock Hudson and Doris Day; and The Dark Corner (a lesser-known Lucille Ball suspense movie).


The Crown Viewing Club

"The Crown" is Netflix's expensive series about the life of Queen Elizabeth. We'll begin watching episodes on November 4, chatting about them in the Lovely Living University chatroom.

The Crown Viewing Club


Gilmore Girls Viewing Club

Our Gilmore Girls Viewing Club members are excited about the upcoming "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" series that will air on Netflix starting November 25. It's a "reboot" of the series, featuring four mini-movies, each set in a different season. The "Winter" episode will air on November 25. We'll catch up with what Rory, Lorelai, and Mrs. Gilmore have been up to. Let's not forget about Luke! Join us to chat about the show and swoon over a brief return to the lovely fictional town of Stars Hollow.


Versailles Viewing Club

On October 1st, our Versailles Viewing Club will meet to watch this series about the drama behind the construction of the palace of Versailles. It airs on the Ovation network beginning October first. We'll join in our chatroom as we watch the show in our own homes and chat together online about the plot, actors, and fabulous costumes!


Victoria Viewing Club

In Spring 2017 we'll watch another show about a queen. This one, Victoria, airs on PBS's Masterpiece Theater in the old Downton Abbey time slot on Sunday nights.


Our viewing clubs are meant to be a fun diversion from the classes offered at Lovely Living University, and a great place to meet and chat with other fans of costume dramas and classic movies.

Hope you'll stop by one of our chat events and say hello! Learn more about each show with the links and resources provided in each fan club.

--Carrie

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