Zazazu’s Top Ten Products

Sometime ago on Facebook, I did a top-ten “wouldn’t want to live without” products.  These are products that I use daily and would be remiss to be without.  It was a very-well-received list so I thought I would list it here too.  This was a fun list to make.  Of course, all my readers know that I love lists anyway. 

{Of course, I also wouldn’t want to live without basics like toothbrush, coffee, soap, deodorant, water, etc.  Those, I think, are givens.)

1. Body lotion, of any kind pretty much. I use it head-to-toe everyday after my shower and would be lost without it. I have favorites (Alba) but any is better than none.

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2. Tom’s of Maine Spearmint toothpaste - I REALLY hate using anything else.

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3. Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Hand Therapy Cream - THE BEST hand lotion. Period. Smells heavenly too.
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5. SpaTherapy’s Night Repair with Meadowfoam Oil - I’ve tried expensive face creams and NOTHING works like this. LOVE LOVE LOVE it.
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6. Patchouli Essential Oil – I love smelling like patchouli. Makes me happy. :)  (I especially like this kind.)
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7. My Blackberry – It contains my alarm clock. Imperative.
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10. Emergen-C in Raspberry, Cranberry or Pink Lemonade - Daily dose of vitamins. Keeps me (relatively) healthy.
emergenc1So, there’s my list folks.  Hope some of these products, should you choose to follow my recommendation, will delight you too!

: dans l’amour avec l’amour :

In love with love, that is.

Historically, I’ve been the anti-Valentine’s girl.  I’ve not had a beau for as many V-Days as I can recall and just don’t like over-commercialized anythings whose main tenants are chocolates, bows, bears and roses.

Ew.

But this year… this year is different.

No friends, I have no beau (thank goodness) but I’ve come to see V-Day in a new light, through my own special rose-colored glasses, if you will.  Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about the pre-determined things set forth by an over-zealous marketing industry with colossally bad taste.  No friends, V-Day can be about anything you want it to be about.

In fact, what all could V-Day stand for?  Let us brainstorm.

Vacation Day
V-8 Day
Vacant Lot Day
Vaccination Day (although that one is a bit droll.)
Vacuum Cleaner Day
Valium Day (anyone else particularly like this one?  No?  Just me then.)
Vagabond Day
Vague Day (except… that’s everyday for me.)
Vain Day (you’re so vain… no you are…)
Vagus Nerve Day
Valley Girl Day
Vampire Day (Edward Cullen is my Valentine.)
Vanilla Day
Vortex Vain Day (DOUBLE POINTS!)

Okay… I’m getting carried away.  The point is that you can make V-Day about anything you want it to be about.  Bears and bows be damned!

This year, my Valentine’s Day is starting early.  My V-Day will be about style, decor and pretty interiors for my new little house.  I’m super-excited and have been positively devouring all things aesthetically pleasing.  Lucky for me, there are tons of wonderful blogs out there that are chock-full of such things; more than I can endeavor to digest in any given 24-hour period, to be sure.  And, I’ve done a bit of web-trolling and magazine-perusing on my own too.

Oh la la!

Let the fun begin!

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How much do I love this?  Clean lines with a bit of French-style whimsy and adaptable with whatever draw-pulls you want.  Perfecto!  And just $349.00?  Uh… yeah.

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Or this one?  All glass and oh-so-chic.  This looks a wee bit like a store display but could easily translate, methinks.  And at $129.00?  I’m aghast.

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This lovely is only $279.00.  Amazing.  Perhaps the title of my post should have been “In love with Ikea.”  How would that translate to French?  Hmmmmm…
I’ve also been hoping and dreaming, wishing and praying about the floors that I’ve yet to see, the pine hardwoods hidden under layers of funky carpet.  Ah… the dreams I have for them.  However, being a realist (okay, no, that isn’t true but it sounded best right there) I know that they may be in horrible shape.  The house is over 100-years-old so I needn’t get my hopes terribly high.  So, I’ve been weighing the options: refinishing or painting?  Black or white?
White hardwoods have their merit.
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However, I think I’m leaning more toward the dark side.

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And what for the walls?  Oh heavens, I don’t know.  I’ve poured over the Benjamin Moore paint book and just haven’t a clue.  Millington Gold looks good but so does Artichoke Hearts, Poppy, and Pumpkin Spice.  And what will work together?

My mind hurts.

So, I’m now thinking that I might paint the floors black, all the walls white and consider it a blank canvas for all my tchotchkes and artwork.  Although, it would behoove me to remember that I have a black cat with long hair.  Would black floors and all white walls be the smart way to go?  It works in catless, ElleDecor abodes but would it really work for me?

Who knows.  My hope is that it will all come together.  And I’m sure it will.

Oh, and before I leave it out… THIS is going to be my closet:

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Ha ha!  I wish.

In a more immediate Happy V-Day to me:

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{from DearGoldenVintage}

And finally, since I know that so many of you MUST be hopeless romantics (you’re reading this blog, aren’t you?), I think you will appreciate this.  At the very least, you recall this tome from Sex and the City: The Movie.

Ah yes, it is…

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So this year, make your V-Day anything you want it to be.  The sky is the limit!  And if you start now, you’ll have plenty of time to plan.

And just to give you ample inspiration, I’ll continue to post some of my favorite pretties here, since I’m sure I’ll come across lots in all my blog-browsing.

Until then… Be dans l’amour avec l’amour. What can it hurt?

{ Psst… Click here for a Zazazu Giveaway. }

Disclaimer:  For some reason, photo links weren’t working in WordPress for me today.  If you want to know the origins of any of these lovelies, leave a comment and I’ll let you know!

100 {more} Things…

  1. I only eat oranges at Christmas-time and only the navel ones without seeds. And lots of them.
  2. I really like pictures and paintings of trees.
  3. I believe in God but I am not religious.
  4. I make exceptionally good lasagna.
  5. And pecan pie.
  6. And macaroni and cheese (from scratch).
  7. My favorite color is chartreuse… the snotty shade of it.
  8. I don’t see the appeal of fireworks. I think they are a waste of money.
  9. I have an amber fleck in my left eye.
  10. I aspire to meditate.
  11. I want a nosering (tiny stud) in a really bad way.
  12. I’d also like to have a cropped haircut but my face isn’t the right shape. Alas.
  13. I hate going to the dentist. Nothing is worse than having hands in one’s mouth.
  14. I’ve always kind of wanted to be an actress… like strike out to Hollywood.
  15. I plan to live in New York City at some point in time.
  16. And abroad… somewhere.
  17. I sometimes wish I had really REALLY curly kinky curly hair.
  18. But, I don’t. I have heavy, stick straight hair. And that is okay too.
  19. I am the Queen of long-distance relationships.
  20. I’ve not realized when one year passed into the next (as in when it struck midnight) in at least five years.
  21. Needless to say, I don’t make it a point to be kissed on New Year’s.
  22. I love homemade, handmade clothing.
  23. To that end, I would love to be able to sew and aspire to learn that skill.
  24. At some point in my life, I want to wear a beautiful white dress. That’s why I’m thinking of trying out for Cinderella at the theatre.
  25. I always wish on stars.
  26. If a black cat crosses in front of my car, I will stop, get out, mark an “x” and spit.
  27. I love the Geico gecko. His accent is adorable.
  28. I really hate techno music.
  29. And about 95% of country music.
  30. I wish I were better with growing plants.
  31. Sometimes, when I’m in another town and by myself, I’ll speak with a foreign accent just because it amuses me.
  32. I relish sitting in cafes by myself with a book and a latte.
  33. I ‘never say never’. I think it is a jinx.
  34. I have a chronically cold right foot. A nerve was clipped during my back surgery making it always very very cold. Tragic.
  35. I look forward to the mail each and every day.
  36. (White) Christmas lights never get old to me. Ever.
  37. There are very few possessions that I won’t give if someone were to really want and / or need them. I am not easily attached to things.
  38. I am VERY attached to my cat, but she isn’t a thing.
  39. I am 100% Southern and yet I cannot STAND sweet tea.
  40. I won’t say that I never lie but if and / or when I do, it is completely unintentional. I strive to always tell truth.
  41. I’ve changed significantly in the past 18 months, in regards to what I want in life, etc., and that is surprising and a bit scary to me.
  42. I think red is a neutral color.
  43. I own way too many books. I really should endeavor to read more of them. Or develop some sort of check-out system.
  44. I would like to try my hand at bread-making, from scratch.
  45. I still use Noxema cold cream on a regular basis. And love it.
  46. I do not nor have I ever owned an iPod.
  47. I can get ready – shower, hair, makeup and everything – in 23 minutes.
  48. I am self-sufficient. If I want something, I get it for myself or go without.
  49. I like to use French phrases in everyday speak.
  50. I love yard sales – having them and attending them.
  51. I hate boats.
  52. One of my pet peeves is running out of hot water.
  53. I have a seashell collection and love it. They are so simple yet so pretty and sentimental.
  54. I never ever ever go to bed without washing my face. Ever.
  55. I like peanut butter and cheese sandwiches. Yes, I do.
  56. My front tooth is chipped. Noticeably.
  57. I don’t like to sleep on couches. Even for naps.
  58. Caffeine doesn’t really affect me. I can have a coffee one minute and go to sleep the next.
  59. I really REALLY hate glitter.
  60. And confetti. These fall into the “fireworks” category – I really don’t see the need for them.
  61. As much as I love vintage-wear, I VERY RARELY wear polyester.
  62. I would love to be more comfortable in dresses. I’m historically a pants-girl.
  63. I expect the world of myself and remarkably little of others.
  64. I love peacock feathers.
  65. I sometimes amuse myself by thinking up oxymoronic phrases.
  66. If I were rich, I’d have a massage-a-week.
  67. I sometimes wonder about any maternal instinct I might have until I’m around my nephew. It kicks in then. I would do anything in the world for him.
  68. I can’t stand the smell of daisies.
  69. I don’t like banana nut bread. Except when my sister makes it.
  70. I’ve been meant for marriage four times yet never proposed to.
  71. When I can’t fall asleep at night, I write short stories in my head.
  72. I have an opposition to wearing animal prints.
  73. I really hate scary movies.
  74. And I’m not big on animated movies.
  75. I get a photo Christmas ornament for my cat every year.
  76. I send out photo Christmas cards of me and my cat every year.
  77. I LOVE texting now that I’ve gotten into it.
  78. Probably my FAVORITE type of music is French jazz.
  79. I am the middle child.
  80. I have an addiction to instant gratification.
  81. That would explain my love of shopping and my general impatient nature.
  82. I wish I had stuck with the piano when my Mother wanted me to take lessons.
  83. I am a homebody.
  84. All of the jewelry that I wear regularly means something. The trio of tiny gold rings I wear on my thumb, the circle necklace, the small dot necklace, the tooth necklace… they all have meaning.
  85. If I were to do all that I aspire to do, I’d have to quit my dayjob. (I’m not going to do that though.)
  86. Sometimes I sing so enthusiastically when I’m driving that I make myself light-headed.
  87. I get VERY sleepy when I ride with someone else driving.
  88. I would love to be “courted”.
  89. I believe that the most extraordinary love is the simple kind.
  90. I like to find quotations to match events, holidays, etc. This amuses me greatly.
  91. I like to quote “Pride and Prejudice” whenever possible. It gets annoying, I know this.
  92. My nose is red a LOT of the time. I have no idea why this is. I’m not crazy about the phenomenon.
  93. Hunting as sport repulses me. Completely.
  94. I have a little crush on Will Ferrell. And James Gandolfini. There are reasons for both. Oddly, they are both the same reason.
  95. I really can’t stand cocoa made with water. It needs to be made with soymilk to be any good.
  96. And have LOTS of peppermint.
  97. I only started getting carsick this year. I get it bad sometimes now. Ugh.
  98. When I fly, I love to make up stories of where the other passengers are headed and why, especially if they are particularly interesting looking.
  99. I live in my head. A lot.
  100. I like to make lists. Obviously. I make these 100-things lists for several reasons. They force me to really think about things that I like, things about myself; it is a wonderful way to explore and a neat challenge. And, they are neat documentation. In ten years, I can come back and see what all has changed.
(photo from siskokid on flickr)

(photo from siskokid on flickr)

Pre-2009 POA

I could definitely be accused of making too many lofty goals and spreading myself too thin.  When I do that, I normally abandon said-lofty-goals and do nothing.  Yes, yes, I need to get away from that nasty habit.

That being said, there are a couple of things I would really like to do before the dawn of 2009.  These are very simple things, things that will probably seem silly and not lofty at all but they work for me and hopefully will not spread me too thin.

They include:

  • Getting a professional bra-fitting – Okay, I’m 32, I know this.  I should have had many professional bra-fittings in my lifetime but I haven’t.  The truth is that I normally wear whatever hand-me-downs my sister or my aunt bestow upon me.  They fit okay but I would be very confident in saying that they are not my actual size, none of them.  I need my “girls” to be happy and sitting pretty so yes, a professional fitting is in order.
  • Reaching 500 sales in my Etsy store – There is no prize for this but I think it will be so cool when I do hit 500!  (I’m currently at 443.)
  • Getting a job – preferably the job that I really really want to have.
  • Meeting with a financial advisor if I do get aforementioned job – This is something I think would be smart to do and very helpful for me, one who isn’t so great with money.  I would love to start doing some small investments too and need some direction on that.
  • Getting an apartment – preferably one downtown.
  • FINALLY growing my fingernails out – Enough said.
  • Doing some altered cashmere items – This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time but I’m chicken to cut into the cashmere.  I need to just gatherupmyskirts and do it!
  • Buy a new laptop – This largely rides on aforementioned job too.  Fingers crossed!

Okay, those goals are looking a bit lofty now but hey – what’s life without goals, right?

In other news, I’d like to introduce my new lova:

This, friends, is Mr. Canon.  He is tall, dark, and handsome with tons of interesting buttons and surprising features.  Yes, I think I’m in love.

Delali, however, is not in love.  I’ve taken 400+ photos of her since Mr. Canon’s arrival and she is about ready to hide him from me.  But, isn’t she just too cute to NOT be snap-happy with?

That’s all from me for now.  I have to go take more pictures of Delali.  :)