It’s The Balm…

Initially, I ordered this Clary Collection “all purpose” balm because of the luxurious gold and black packaging. I know how vain that sounds, but I’m a sucker for that stuff. I found the cute little tin in a Town & Country beauty roundup article, and as I was on a freezing, moisture-depleting airplane at the time, I was like… I NEED THAT NOW!

Back on the ground, I looked up the website, www.clarycollection.com and found that the organic skin balm is part of a little company started by two cute moms on a search for clean, organic skin care:

“Focusing on the traditional craft of oil infusion, where flowers and herbs are slowly steeped in warm oil, we began to learn how to gently transfer the healing qualities of plants to the nourishing oils of avocado, olive, and jojoba…We found that by adding wildflower beeswax as an emulsifier, these oils could be transformed into a protective balm.”

All I know is….I ordered the $17 balm and it arrived like two days later…and the company is in Nashville! So efficient! The scent is very light herbal, but it’s not perfumey at all, so you need to like that if you are going to try it. Anyhoo, my cuticles and skin really like it!

It’s not available through any Arizona retailers yet, soooooo you’re welcome for the heads up!

Rock a Velvet Blazer

I’m totally into the velvet blazer this holiday season and not just because Town & Country editor Stellene Volandes is wearing a stunning blue version in this month’s magazine. This is the coolest thing to wear, in my opinion, if you choose to forgo the cocktail dress.  Here are some stylish ways to wear it:

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A Good Man is Gone

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Several years ago, we had the chance to meet President George H.W. Bush at his summer home in Kennebunkport. He was wheelchair-bound at that point, but always had a smile on his face and joy in his heart. 41, as many called him, had taken to wearing colorful patterned socks during those days and we had brought him some wacky, cactus versions as a gift from the desert, which my daughters presented to him. Turns out, he wore them during a lunch with President Clinton later that summer! It’s been a wonderful memory that my kids have cherished. This man was kind, humble and had the character and heart that I hope our future leaders have. People loved him because he loved people so much.

 

Of Crackers and Ornaments…

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As the hours tick away this Cyber Monday, here’s one little luxury buy for you or a cherished friend. Perfumier Jo Malone makes these adorable Christmas crackers ($48) and ornaments ($35) with little miniature versions of the brand’s coveted perfumes and creams. This is definitely a gift I would like to open on Christmas Eve! You can find them online at Nordstrom and Sephora, but you have to buy them now because they sell out weeks before the big day. Did you know Duchess Kate is a huge fan of the Orange Blossom cologne? She perfumed the entire Westminster Abbey with Orange Blossom Jo Malone candles on her wedding day. A bit of trivia…

Tasty Monsoon

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I’ve been droolingly (a word?) following the Instagram account of Tucson’s Monsoon Chocolate and finally had to visit the place this week. Monsoon Chocolate encompasses both a chocolate factory and a petite cafe, located at 234 E. 22nd St., which opened earlier this year. The place is at the corner of 4th Avenue and 22nd Street–a short drive south from Armory Park. While its website is under construction, you can buy Monsoon’s chocolate bars, wrapped in stunning artful wrappers, and bon bons at the cafe, and also find its goodies around town at places like The Loft Cinema, for one. A specific shout-out to the Mesquite White Chocolate bar, which features ground mesquite pods from the San Xavier Cooperative Farm. It is very unique in taste and color, it is vintage Tucson and a great desert-themed gift for the upcoming holidays.

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