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Monday, July 21

Haley's Heavenly Scents

I first ordered from this site about a year ago. You can read about the scents that I ordered here. I enjoyed this site so much that I thought I'd order again. Her shipping time is by no means fast (she took a month to get these out to me) but to me, the pluses outweigh the minuses. She has a TON of scents, various lovely shapes and she's always always affordable. 

Let me share what I got this time!

Peeps - Sugar, sugar, sugar... and perhaps a bit of marshmallow. This smells sweet and bright. It perks you up wonderfully with a bit of a sugar rush, but isn't cloyingly sweet. 

Creme Brulee - You might expect this to be super sweet but while it is definitely a desert scent, it's more of a subdued caramel scent. Much more sophisticated than the Peeps smell. 

Apple Cinnamon - A great cinnamon scent that's not to harsh on the nose. It's sweet, but not overwhelming at all since the apple adds a bit of tartness. A perfect scent for the fall (or to remind you of the fall). 

Rosemary Mint - Ugh. I don't like this one at all. That's not the fault of Haley's though... Unfortunately, I had to purchase this to discover that I really don't like the rosemary scent. 

Toasted Marshmellow - Since this is another sweet dessert scent, I don't really distinguish it too much from Creme Brulee. If any difference, I'd only notice the lack of a caramel scent. 

Overall, my favorites have to be the apple cinnamon (tart + sweet make a great combination) and the Creme Brulee for when I just want a really nice sweet scent. 

Thursday, July 10

Featuring... Blush Colored Shorts

Do you ever NEED to have a certain item... then time passes and you look at an old wishlist and wonder... why did I ever want this? Despite all those items that I'm really happy I find after a good long while, I'm not sure why I ever wanted a pair of blush colored shorts!
Featuring...Blush Colored Shorts

Tokidoki cotton t shirt / Belted shorts, $19 / Rupert Sanderson / Cath Kidston , $54 / Pendant necklace

I suppose, ultimately, I'm happy that I didn't get these shorts. Maybe if I got them, I'd be sick of them already.

Thursday, June 26

Seattle Vacation Recap Day 3 & 4

For parts one and two of my recap, please click on the links! On the third day, we went to Seatown Seabar for breakfast. I thought it was the prettiest place... located right across from the Sound and very close to Pike Place Market. I had heard about this place from Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations video... so like that video recommended, I ordered the dungeness crab breakfast sandwich. It was very good, though I thought it could have used more crab. 

My companion was boring and ordered eggs with bacon, toast and hash browns. 

After breakfast, we took a detour to suburban Seattle to find where my boyfriend had lived years ago. From there, we went on a nature trip to Summit Lake. After driving what seemed like FOREVER, I realized that we had to travel on a little dirt road for many miles before we could actually start hiking. I didn't want to do that so we took some pictures at the foot of the mountain and some other ones up another nearby mountain (no idea the name). Seattle is crazy, stupid beautiful. 

Afterwards, we drove back and watched the sunset by the Sound.

For dinner, we went to a local brewery so our resident beer enthusiast could be satisfied. Beer was had. My traveling companion got a lamb burger and I got an appetizer with mussels and clams. I seriously cannot get enough of that rich buttery sauce. On the other hand, my partner does want to make it known that he was not a fan of his "tzatziki burger" as the sauce was too strong. 

After dinner, we went to the Dahlia Lounge. I rarely go to bars and even more rarely do I drink at them, but on vacation, I loved the classy atmosphere of the Dahlia Lounge. No pictures from there... because reasons. 

The next morning, we had a few free hours before the flight, so I took a quick trip to the Space Needle. I got my obligatory Space Needle picture, went on a search for the Pie Shop, ordered delicious Chicken Pot and Shepard's Pie as well as Strawberry Rhubarb dessert. We ate lunch while watching the waves on the Sound and went back to the hotel to pack.

And so concludes our trip to Seattle. Until next time!

Tuesday, June 17

7% Solution: Tabula Rasa

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It's at moments like this when I get nostalgic. I'm sitting in front of the airport gate about to go to Los Angeles then to London, then to Scotland. It's eerily quiet in the airport. There are only three others waiting with me. I'm having a moment of clarity, because I feel like it's taken me a lot to get to this moment. What exactly?

a break up

Possibly the biggest life event to happen to me. More life changing than graduation or getting a job. It's been hard of course, but it's definitely one of those experiences where you learn things about yourself. Namely, that I keep no secrets. Not from this blog, work friends who don't give a crap, or any of my close personal friends. Not having that support system will definitely be strange, but hey, it's no divorce. This has really forced me to become more of my own person and to explore what my life goals are. I guess on this blog, you can look forward to more life exploration, goal development and maybe even a dating post or two. 

moving apartments

This is a follow up of the first event. I've lived in a college town for six years now and I desperately want a change. First, in Phoenix, but eventually, I want to move out of Arizona all together. San Francisco is very high on my list. Looking for another place to move has proved very difficult. I've searched through uptown, midtown, downtown and in a local area called "Biltmore". I've tried to room with my friends and by myself... and even with strangers on Craigslist. I leave on this trip having applied for a beautiful 2 bedroom loft apartment in midtown with a Craigslist roommate. I'm still waiting to see, but hopefully, I'll move after my trip. Look forward to apartment decorations and interior design posts! 

work work work

Most of May was very light on the work for me, but it really picked up and got crazy at the end. This year so far, I've been coping with work. I'd really like to decide what I want to do in the long term (or maybe in the next two years). In addition to the personal development posts, professional development posts may be popping up. 

It's been uncharacteristically quiet in the last month on the blog for these reasons listed above. But there's nothing like an international trip to pick yourself back up and tackle life with a renewed fervor. 

Thursday, May 15

BornPretty Wrist Watch

Born Pretty asked me to review a wrist watch... after some decision time, I decided on the Rhinestoned Metallic Watch.  Though I know of Born Pretty as a nail art/accessory seller, they're branching out to sell watches! The various types of women's watches which include the wrist watch (like the one I got), dainty bracelet watch, and unique LED watch

My boyfriend got this package and opened it for me. He texted me a picture and my first opinion was definitely that the watch was gorgeous. It looked luxurious (despite being very cheap) and as an accessory/fashion piece, it works very well. When I got home... I realized how large the watch is. Not only does it not fit on my regularly sized female wrist, it doesn't even fit on my boyfriend's wrist! 

While that doesn't mean that the watch was faulty or unattractive in any way, it's definitely something to watch out for. If you get a nice watch at a low price... are you also prepared to get some links removed? Personally, for me, it's not worth the hassle.

Use the code LAURAHC10 to get 10% off!

Monday, May 5

Arizona Restaurant Week: Roaring Fork

I'm not in love with Arizona. It wasn't my decision to live here and having spent the majority of my life here, (13/23 years) I'm itching to move out. That being said, the longer I stay here, the more fall in love with the state. So, I've decided to focus on all the awesome things there are in my state. No worries though, I'll still complain about the weather plenty. I already post a lot of restaurant reviews, so this won't be any huge difference on the blog... just a bit more Phoenix focused. 

Like a lot of places, Arizona has a Restaurant Week where a ton of popular restaurants band together to offer deals on their dishes. Every time, I'm determined to try one restaurant that's usually out of my price range. This time around, it was the Roaring Fork. The Roaring Fork is in a business area just north of the Scottsdale Mall, a place I frequent. Despite the proximity, I've never seen it. We went on a Friday night and it had a lovely atmosphere. The diners were a mix of casually dressed, to just got off work, to heading out on the town. The restaurant week deal is one starter, one entree, and one dessert... So let's head into it! 

I started with a raspberry margarita. It wasn't on the menu, but look at it! I don't regret it at all. Tart, sweet and cold is always a good combination.

For starters, both my boyfriend and I got the pork belly sandwich. I have pork belly all the time as a Chinese dish, but I'm not as familiar with it in American dish form. Once I bit into it, I realized that my little piggy wasn't misrepresented as the pork was perfectly made. 

He ordered wood fired steak with mashed potatoes. The steak was done well, but nothing life changing. However, the mashed potatoes here were made with sweet potatoes and I couldn't get enough of their sugary goodness!

Then, I got  the redfish. I got fish because I didn't want to overstuff myself... but the portions here are quite generous! I don't usually love fish cooked in an American style, but I loved this. I think, at the end of the day, it was cooked well... but even before that, it's just GOOD fish. It was accompanied with a whole grain pilaf and chipotle buerre blanc... that makes for SPICY fish!

Lastly, we finished with dessert. Here we see some creme brulee topped with fruit (very good) and below, a more untraditional fare.

Please see, churro, mexican drinking chocolate and horchata anglaise. This was amazing! The churros were light and fluffy, the drinking chocolate was great and I ended up dunking my churros in that little teacup as well. All I wished was that I had more churros to dip!

Overall, the restaurant was amazing. It wasn't an every day casual place, but not so expensive that we'd have to save it for special occasions either. The next Arizona Restaurant Week is May 17-26th! 

Thursday, April 24

Silver Linings Shoe Liners Review

I love wearing heels, but I'm also a huge believer in comfortable shoes. This review is a continuation of my search for inserts to make my shoes more comfortable. 

Mainly, I'm looking for the inserts to do 3 things. 

1. Cushion my feet: Not all of my shoes have enough padding on them for a day with lots of standing or walking, I'd like the inserts to cushion the balls of my feet. 
2. Stop my feet from sliding: For some reason, when it gets to warmer weather, my feet just slide down any pair of heels, mashing my toes. I want the insert to act as a grip for my feet.
3. Oder Control: Yep. I said it. I don't want my feet to stink up my shoes!

These claim to absorb odor and preserve shoe interiors. They have a nonslip backing and are non-adhesive. The downside is that they only last 10-15 uses. 

I loved the concept, but at the end of the day, I didn't really feel like they worked. They stay in my shoes pretty well but are too thin for any cushioning and I see no difference in odor control. 

Do you have any go-to shoe liners?