The New Perrin Paris

"Riva" Perrin Totes, in leather ($1,450) and Crocodile ($6,285) at Perrin NYC. 

By David Pedroza, Editor at Large

Sunday, July 1, is the first day of Paris Haute Couture collections, so by now you should have last season Gaultier couture, sequined track jacket packed, along with your other ensembles for the next 5 days. But the matter of accessorizing still needs to be solved, so this season turns to the sleek and modern designs of Perrin Paris.

Perrin is a family leather goods business that was founded in 1893 by Victor Rigaudy. The company was revamped by Michel and Sally Perrin in 2008, and recently opened the first Perrin boutique at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City. The ideals of craftsmanship and modern design still carry importance at the House of Perrin, which is reflected on their spring 2013 collection.
The "Attelage" in goatskin ($895) and Crocodile (price upon request) at Perrin NYC

Perrin’s “Riva” bag has become a house staple, taking shape of a sphere created by strips of exotic skins that have been crossed and intricately manipulated to create an oversize tote. Another, personal Favorite is “Cabriolet”,in patent leather, which has the appearance of a very chic-mini-bucket. These are surely a must have for ever season.
"Cabriolet" Mini patent minaudiere ($895) at Perrin NYC.

Perrin Paris 1893 The Carlyle Hotel 987 Madison Avenue at 76th Street New York - New York 10021 USA Tel 212 585 1893

 All Photos: Perrin Paris

DIY Beauty: Shredded Cucumber Eye Masks

I came across some very old photos of myself earlier this week, during a manic summer cleaning blitz.  In them, I was with some friends at a sleepover, probably aged around 6 or 7 and we all had DIY face masks on, accompanied by the obligatory cucumber slices over our eyes!  I haven't donned cucumber slices for a long time, because nowadays I find the shredding technique a lot more effective.  This is a good DIY tip for anyone who has been suffering from puffy eyes recently.  Shredding the cucumber and bundling it into muslin cloth will cover more of the eye area than a thin slice of cucumber would, so a bit more effect doing it this way will give you much better results.

You will need:-
- A half portion of cucumber
- A grater
- Two muslin cloths
- Two hair ties

To do:-
1. Grate all of the cucumber and divide the shreddings into two even piles.
2. Place each pile of shreddings into each muslin cloth.
3. Wrap each one up and fasten with a hair tie.
4. Lie back and place on the bundles on closed eyes for 10-15 minutes for a cooling 
and refreshing de-puffing natural eye treatment.

Have a great weekend! :)

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NOTD: Leighton Denny - Supermodel

I finally found Leighton Denny's Supermodel!  Every issue of Harpers Bazaar I'd come across only had the bright shades left, but the other day I managed to get my greedy paws on Supermodel, a gorgeous taupe/neutral shade.  I can certainly see why this was the first to fly off the shelves!  The formula of this is really good and it's been wearing well too, three days so far and no chips.

Did you pick up any of the Leighton Denny nail polishes that were free with Harpers Bazaar this month?  

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June Books List

Books I have read in June:-

(1 & 2) Fifty Shades Of Grey & Fifty Shades Darker by E. L. James - I couldn't resist picking these up due to all of the hype surrounding this steamy series.  It's based around two main characters who enter into a BDSM relationship; naive, young, graduate Ana Steele and self made billionaire with issues, Christian Grey.  Cue lots of sex, some bad writing ("My Inner Goddess" anyone?) and more sex, but I loved reading them! Guilty pleasure heaven.  I will read the last book in the trilogy soon but felt I needed a break first *ahem*  [4/5 & 3/5].

(3) You Deserve Nothing by Alexander Maksik - Controversial coming of age story that's emotional and unsettling at times, centered around a sordid teacher/student relationship.  I can see why it's drawn comparisons with both Donna Tartt (though Tartt's prose still blows most things out of the water) and the film Dead Poets Society.   My main reason for giving it 3/5 though is because it seems to be trying way too hard to be clever, and I feel that it could easily have still been an intelligent novel without the excessive 'meaning of life' themes.  [3/5]

(4) Uglies by Scott Westerfield - A YA dystopian novel where children who are 16 have procedures to become 'Pretties', which is vital in a future world that appears to have gone mad. I was disappointed with Uglies, probably because I felt like it was a very young YA, as opposed to the usual more older teen YA stuff that I tend to read.  Didn't get into the story much, which is a shame because I liked the overall concept and it could have been really good if it had been fleshed out more.  [2/5]

(5) The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan - An in depth book which looks at where our food comes from, as well as documenting our history with food and where we're at now.  Pollan has studied the economic, environmental and political issues that surround our overly complex relationship with the foods that we eat every day, so it's an interesting read for anyone wanting to find out more.  [4/5]

(6) Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder - I love fantasy novels like this, where it's not all about remembering endless names and family trees, and instead just cuts straight into the action of the story. Perfect escapism for me!   Loved the storyline (a condemned prisoner, Yelena, is offered the chance to escape her execution, but only by becoming the Commander of Ixia's food taster), and I thought the subtle romance between Yelena and her mentor Valek was nice too.  Will definitely read the next book Magic Study soon.  [4/5]

What books have you read recently?

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Car Tunes n' Page Turners.

I'm giddy with excitement.
We are getting ready to celebrate the 4th of July in MUCH cooler temps.
This get away always comes at just the right time of our HOT HOT summer.

We've made it a little Coombs 'tra-dish' to make a new cd anytime we go on a ROAD TRIP. 
To see last year's mixes click HERE and HERE.
{Yes...I'm a teeny bopper at heart.  We roll to all things POP MuSiC}.

Here's what we'll be jammin out to this year:

TTYLXOX Bella Thorne
Good Feeling Flo Rida
Summer Belongs to You  Phineas and Ferb
We Are Young (feat. Janelle MonĂ¡e) Fun.
Moves Like Jagger Maroon 5
Give Your Heart a Break Demi Lovato
Party In the U.S.A.  Miley Cyrus
Back In Time (From "Men In Black III") Pitbull
Forever Chris Brown
B.O.B. OutKast
Pump It The Black Eyed Peas
Payphone (feat. Wiz Khalifa) Maroon 5
Battlefield Jordin Sparks
SOS Rihanna
Summertime Will Smith
Summer Love Justin Timberlake
We Own the Night (feat. Pixie Lott) Selena Gomez & The Scene
Some Nights Fun.
Good Time Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen

Joe {MIGHT} need to bring his earphones. Smile.


As for books that I'm taking along to read...
{Seriously...SO excited about these}:

Stephanie Nielson

Gretchen Rubin

Deadly Deceit

Don Laseter
{This one's a local true crime....those always grab my attention!}

Rebecca Skloot

Have a HAPPY HAPPY 4th of JULY!!!
Drink lots of LEMONADE and make sure to WAVE YOUR FLAGS!

June Empties

It's that time again!  Here are my empties for June and whether I would repurchase them:-
  •  The Body Shop Coconut Body Scrub - Although I adore anything coconut scented (and this does smell good), I thought this scrub wasn't very effective at all.  It's more like a shower smoothie and has these tiny bits in it that just don't exfoliate anything.  Repurchase? No.
  • Lush The Olive Branch Shower Gel - I always seem to have a small bottle of this in my bathroom and like to use it every now and again for a change.  Repurchase? Yes.
  • KMS California Free Shape Quick Blow Dry Spray - Love this, it does what it says it'll do and is lightweight on the hair.  Repurchase? Yes, definitely will get a full size.
  • The Body Shop Vitamin E Tinted Moisture Lotion - I do like this because it moisturises well and gives pretty good coverage for a tinted product, but I feel it's better suited to dry skin types because it can feel a bit too greasy on my oily/combination skin, especially in summer.  Repurchase? Maybe in Winter.
  • Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in 09 Currant - Nice sheer gloss, a little sticky though.  Repurchase? I wouldn't buy a full size, but I would pick up another sample.
  • Clinique All About Eyes Eye Cream - Lovely to use at night as it's very rich and super hydrating.  Repurchase? Already have another sample.
  • LJ's Natural Solutions Balancing Organic Moisturiser* - This was too heavy for my skin so I used it up as a night cream and it was great for that.  I imagine it would work really well for dry skin.  Repurchase? No.
  • Jurlique Purely White Skin Brightening Cleanser - Loved this sample, my skin did look brighter after just one use.  Repurchase? Yes, I think I would buy a full size.
  • Montagne Jeunesse Sauna Masque - One of the best budget beauty buys out there, this is simply amazing for only 99p!  Has a warming effect which draws out any impurities clogged in your pores and always makes my skin look really clean afterwards.  Ideal if you're prone to breakouts.  Repurchase? Yes!

  • Percy Reed Spendidly Silky Moisturising Conditioner - Didn't hydrate my hair, it made it even drier, hated it!  Used it up as shaving cream instead.  Repurchase? No!
  •  Witch Anti-Blemish Skin Clearing Primer - I like this a lot as I find it really works well for oily skin and creates a barrier that prevents make-up from breaking you out.  Repurchase? Yes, but not for a while as I'm using Benefit's The POREfessional at the moment.
  • Dead Sea Spa Magik Silky Smooth Body Lotion - Lovely formula that sinks into the skin straight away, but it doesn't really have a scent.  Repurchase? No.
  • Bodhi Ylang Ylang Incensa Sensual Body Moisturiser* - The scent of this is absolutely divine but I prefer the formula of other body moisturisers more.  Repurchase? Probably not.  I'd rather splash out on the shower gel with the same scent instead.
  • Lavera Basis Sensitive Hand Cream - Great summer hand cream because it's quite light, really like this.  Repurchase? Yes.
  • Weleda Sea Buckthorn Creamy Body Wash - This has a wonderful uplifting citrus scent and was quite moisturising too.  Repurchase? Yes, would buy a full size at some point.
  • Iroisie Ultimate BB Cream SPF 25 - Tried this today and wasn't that keen on it.  Smells quite strongly and was very thick which made it difficult to blend.  Repurchase? No.
Have you used up any beauty products this month?  Link me to your empties posts below!

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Girls Camp Awards.

Tonight at mutual we handed out Girls Camp Awards...
Our version of 'Camp Superlatives'.

I knew I wanted some type of award BASED around candy.
Because...really.  Who doesn't LOVE getting candy?

Awards Included:

The SWEET-TART award - sweetest kindest girl at camp

The SYMPHONY award - the girl who came up with the BEST songs and cheers for our ward at devotional time.

The DOVE award - most peaceful and never complained

The MENTOS award - the best MENTOR and example to our younger girls

The MR. GOODBAR award - to the girl who made the most friends {this was one of our 4th year girls and she was so afraid she wouldn't have any friends this year in her group!}

The STARBURST award - for the girl who was the breakout STAR during our 1st year initiation dance.

The LIFESAVERS award - willing to save others and help out with their chores

The EXTRA mile award - always helped out when help was needed

The MOUNDS award - the girl who grew 'heaps and mounds' the most that week

The 100 GRAND award - the girl with a smile and laugh worth 100 grand

The REESES PIECES award - because we would've fallen to PIECES without this girl's sweet testimony

The JOLLY RANCHER award - the happiest girl in camp

And for our Youth Camp Leaders we gave out packages of M&MS for:

I recently signed up to to have a nosey at the contents of other women's handbags.  Warning: do not sign up to this website if you are a procrastinator!  Along with hours of voyeur fun, you can also register to try a free sample of a beauty product, of which a new one comes out every week.  I registered to try Jurlique's Rose Hand Cream and was lucky enough to be chosen this time around.  It arrived this morning in a letterbox friendly black cardboard box (think Latest In Beauty sample boxes), wrapped in black tissue paper.  Tres chic!

This week you can register to try a sample of REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. 

Have you received anything to try from

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This Weekend:

* The boys had a lemonade stand.

It was quite possibly the hottest afternoon YET this summer.
But they were determined.
And $21 happy!

London drank just as much lemonade as they sold.
Luckily...she was discreet.

* Joe and I went out Friday night.
Dinner HERE.....Friday night is their POT ROAST special night.
It is Ah-Mazing. good as my moms.

We saw THIS movie.
It say the least.
Joe's a BIG fan of the director Wes Anderson.
Hence....the pick.
Not sure I would recommend it.  Kinda slow.  And kinda weird.

* Saturday morning the kids had money burning holes in their pockets {from their lemonade earnings of course!} so we headed to the mall.

Sunglasses for $1.99?  BARGAIN!!  

* Grocery shopped.  Probably spent $20 more than usual by shopping at a grocery store that had a play place for the kids, but man...was it worth it.  Now...all THREE of my kids go in and lets just changes my whole grocery shopping experience.  I always tell the lady in charge that I'm gonna drop them off one day, get a pedicure and come back in like 3 hours.  She thinks I'm kidding.

* Date night #2 {yes...we deserve it...our kids are home 24-7 now from school!}.

Dinner HERE with fun friends.
It's definitely not my favorite restaurant BUT...Joe LOVES seafood so every now and again I throw one in for the team.  Not to mention....I'm pretty sure I could easily pound a dozen of those cheddar garlic biscuits.  YUM!

*Uplifting-ness at church.
Taught THIS lesson.

* 3 hour nap.
It's true.  Every Sunday I say I'm NOT gonna lay down's just so TEMPTING!

*Made THIS for Sunday dinner.
And yes....I'm a huge fan of pot roast. I just can't seem to get enough.

*Enjoyed warm homemade chocolate chip cookies brought to us by one of my cute Beehives.
Warm chocolate chip cookies are my weakness.  

*Joe and I watched the new Jim Gaffigan special on Netflix. 
We laughed so hard our sides hurt.
And so many funny jokes about  having kids and being a parent.
Watch it. Soon.

Summer Essentials: Beauty Products for Hayfever

The sun has finally decided to come out and play!  But along with it comes the accompanying high pollen counts sadly.  I don't often complain about the sunshine, as I've always preferred hot weather to cold, but I do suffer from hayfever and it can be a BITCH at times!  So when the pollen goes up, I find myself adding an extra couple of beauty products to my everyday make-up bag in order to help cover up some of the symptoms of hayfever.  I don't think I've seen many posts like this about, so I thought it may be helpful to those who might feel a bit self conscious during hayfever season.

Blink & Go Long Lasting Mascara - A good waterproof mascara is a must for most people during the hotter months, but even more so for hayfever sufferers.  With all that sneezing going on, if you're going to wear mascara, make sure you pick one that won't leave you with smeary panda eyes.

Barry M Shimmering Eye and Lip Crayon in 01 - I often dab a bit of a light, champagney colour on my inner eye area to make me look more awake, and find myself doing this more often when hayfever strikes.  It just helps to lessen the tired look you get when you've been sneezing.

Liz Earle Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion* - Oh boy, do I wish someone had given me a bottle of this when I was younger!  This is so useful for refreshing red and sore eyes.  It's a very gentle herbal lotion that cleanses and tones the eye area.  You put a small amount on a cotton wool pad and sweep it over closed eyes to revitalise and refresh.  It's lovely and soothing, exactly what I need when hayfever has made my eyes look awful!  This is still worth checking out even if you don't have hayfever because it reduces puffiness and removes light make-up too.

Everyday Minerals Mint Color Corrector - A very clever make-up trick can be achieved by using this simple green powder to cover up any redness on your face.  This is particularly good around the nose area.  Apply your usual concealer over the top of it and you're good to go.

Hay Max - A friend introduced me to Hay Max about two years ago and I always have a pot of it with me during spring and summer.  It's basically an all natural balm that you apply at the base of your nose and it acts as a pollen barrier, trapping it before it reaches you.  It doesn't completely stop me from sneezing, but I definitely sneeze less when I use this.  The one I have has a slight Lavender fragrance and you can also get it in Aloe Vera and unscented.

Do you use any beauty products to help with hayfever?

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Forgiveness Lesson Handout.

Today I was privileged enough to teach my sweet Laurels, Lesson #23 from Manual 1 on: 

The kids and I were at Sweeties earlier this week and as soon as I saw these Angry Bird fruit snacks, I just knew that I had to incorporate them into my lesson somehow.

I LOVE the quote found online from Cerie Carter-Scott:

Anger makes you smaller, while FORGIVENESS forces you to grow beyond what you were.

NOTD: Ciate - Jelly Bean

On my nails this weekend has been Ciate's Jelly Bean; a bright fuschia pink with blue undertones.  Although it's not the most original colour in the world, it is pretty cute if you like your girly pinks!  You should still be able to pick up one up for free with the current issue of Marie Claire before the new mags arrive on the shelves.

What's on your nails today?  

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Pina Colada Cupcakes!

As is the recipe for these mouth watering cupcakes.


I got the recipe from my sister awhile back and I'm not quite sure which website it's from....but enjoy!

*Note: If you are going to frost your cupcakes with a large'll need to DOUBLE the frosting recipe.  Also, if you plan to use maraschino cherries on top...make sure to rinse and dry them first so that the cherry juice doesn't drip and run all over your frosting.

**Double Note: It's really bugging me that I don't know how to put the little squiggly line over the N in Pina on my computer.  Oh well.

Pineapple Cupcakes
(recipe by Glory Albin)

2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups canned crushed pineapple (drained slightly)

1.  Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
2.  In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the eggs and sugar until slightly thickened and a light cream color (about 2 minutes).
3.  On low speed, mix in the oil and vanilla until blended.
4.  Add in the pineapple and sour cream and mix until fully incorporated.
5.  Add the flour mixture and blend until just combined and smooth.
6.  Line a cupcake pan with 12 paper liners and fill about 2/3 full.
7.  Bake cupcakes in a pre-heated 350*F oven for about 22 minutes.
8.  Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.
9.  Frost with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe below)

Recipe yields 24-28 cupcakes.

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

½ cup (1 stick/8 Tablespoons) butter, at room temperature
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (always use pure vanilla extract if possible)
1 1/2 teaspoons coconut extract (you may want to start with just 1 teaspoon of coconut extract, you can always add more, but you can't take it out!)
4 cups powdered confectioners sugar
1 Tablespoon heavy cream, heavy whipping cream or milk
1 Tablespoon Dark Rum

*Place butter in a large mixing bowl and blend until smooth. Add cream cheese and blend until well combined, about 30 seconds.
*Add vanilla extract, coconut extract and powdered sugar (1 cup at a time) and blend on low speed until combined. Increase to medium speed and beat until it begins to get fluffy.
*Slowly add the heavy cream or rum.
*Beat until fluffy, about 1 minute.
*Use at once or keep refrigerated. (This frosting will keep well in the refrigerator for several days, but you may need to re-beat it for the best texture.)

For added flavor and texture, top frosted cupcakes with toasted coconut.
(To toast coconut- lay about 1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut on a baking sheet and bake at 375*F about 4-5 minutes).

Decorate cupcakes with fresh pineapple, maraschino cherries or paper umbrellas. 

Baby Shower 'FAVOR' idea.

I helped throw a BABY SHOWER the other night for my cute Mia Maid Advisor.

Emily & her mom.
Isn't she cute??

Here's what I handed out for the FAVORS:

I put my PUN-brain to use and this what I came up with.

Bath & Body works is having their BIG sale right now and the shower gels only came to like a buck a piece.  I LOVE favors that only cost around a dollar!

I also LOVE favors that people can ACTUALLY use!

Here's a peek at the rest of the shower...

Pina Colada Cupcakes....Mmmmm....I'll post the recipe SOON.  
You'll want it.  I promise.

I've found that the easiest way to SPRUCE up water bottles..and I to just peel off the store wrapper and replace it with scrapbook paper that matches your theme. It adds a fun little touch!