Thursday, October 21, 2010

Small-Batch Post Follow up!

Here are a few follow ups to some previous Small-Batch Posts.

1.Packing for Kids

I recommended using packing cubes to keep better organized in this post. I personally have ebags' packing cubes, but I mentioned a less expensive option from Rick Steves.

My good friend purchased the Rick Steves' for a trip. She said there was such a strong chemical smell on the cubes when they arrived that she decided to rinse them out. Unfortunately, the color bled terribly and stained her bathtub black! She is still trying to remove the stains! Don't buy the Rick Steves--go for the ebags brand.

2. My Two Favorite Coffee Stops

I shared my love for the iced coffee at Crave Café in this post. I had sampled an affogato which was delicious, but never a straight espresso. I ordered one at Prado, the resort's restaurant, a few weeks back. Sad to say, it was no bueno: bitter, chalky, just not good. I broke with habit earlier this week and ordered a peppermint mocha at Crave and it was TERRIBLE. The kind of tasteless sock juice you can only toss in the garbage. My husband stands by the drip coffee, I am still a big fan of the iced coffee--but be careful if you venture beyond these two choices.

3. Charlotte in Paris

The Flora and Henri silver Zepplin sneakers in this post are still too cute for words. Still, at $150, I wouldn't buy them. If you have children, you know how quickly their feet grow. It's just too extravagant for me, so I found some less expensive options. All three of these can be found at You can get an extra 30% off of these prices if you google Shoebuy coupon codes before buying:

4. Travel-friendly Baby Food

I featured organic baby purées from Ella's Kitchen in this post. Since then I've found two more options:

Plum Organics sells flavors similar to Ella's for $1.39. I've found Plum at Whole Foods and Target for the same price.
Happy Baby makes this organic purée pouch. I found them at Target for $1.08, which makes them the least expensive.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Travel Accessory: Dark Circles After the Long Haul, Touche Eclat vs. Neutrogena

I'm not a huge makeup person but after a grueling long-haul flight with a baby who screams for 7 hours straight (yes it did happen on one trip and I pray it was a singular experience), you don't look your best. The sleep-deprived mom/zombie eye brightener isn't on the market yet, but YSL's Touch Eclat is.

I discovered Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Eclat while researching Pampered in Paris last year. YSL describes it as "a luminizing pen that brings light and radiance to the skin, immediately erases any signs of fatigue, and brightens the complexion." I find its light, feathery texture effective at brightening shadows around the eyes, but YSL's description is definitely hyperbole.

My circles are not super dark and I've read many reviews that for epic circles, this is not the product, especially at $40 for .1oz. That said, according to YSL, a unit of the product sells every 20 seconds. I was advised to use it on top of whatever else you are wearing--for me it's usually a light brush of mineral powder and then Touche on top.

This video demonstrates how to use it:

When I heard about Neutrogena's Skin Brightening Eye Perfector at $12, I had to try it. I like that it's supposed to work as a concealer and brightener and includes SPF25. It comes in a click pen with a brush just like the Touche. I so wanted to like this product but I couldn't get beyond the thick, tacky texture. I tried to use it for weeks. It doesn't blend well for me and its gooey texture makes it settle into fine lines.

Cosmetics are not always the answer for dark circles. They can be hereditary, a symptom of a liver or kidney imbalance (per traditional Chinese medicine), or just a benign reminder that you need more sleep.

I've read about a few other products that sound like they are worth a try, if you have any experience with them, please comment:

Givenchy Mister Bright Touch of Light Pen, $32
The Balm, Time Balm Concealer, $18
Clinique Airbrush Concealer, $19.50 or Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer, $14
Benefit Erase Paste, $26
Guerlain Terracotta Touche Glow-Enhancing Perfector for tanned complexions, $40

Friday, October 8, 2010

Charlotte in Paris

I wish we were going to Paris this fall but alas, it will have to wait until next summer. Fall offers the best clothes for little girls. As I was looking online this week for some warmer duds for Charlotte, my daydreams turned to Paris.

If I were taking little C on her first trip to the city of lights, here are some of my picks for her. To my mother’s chagrin, I would probably dress my kids in gray every day. It looks especially good when the sky decides to coordinate.

I like to buy things that she will wear over and over again and eventually ruin or wear out; If I fear for either of those happening, I’m not allowed to buy it. If you're looking for more inspiration for children's clothes, check out the site: It features hundreds of designers and stores on one site.