Frugal Fridays: Ideal Lavender Bath Night...and everything is under $10!

Friday, July 31, 2009


If I had an extra hour or so at the end of each night, this is how I would indulge:

Once I have the boys tucked in their beds, I'd light a beeswax candle with lavender from theCrow's Nest to set the mood for some R & R.

Then, I would have a cup of Sublime Sunset tea from my favorite tea artisan on 1000 Markets, LiberTeas.

I think I'd add a bit of Lavender Honey from Wild Blossom to the tea. I love honey!

I'd sit in a tub full of homemade bath milk...when you try this recipe, use the lavender substitution instead of the rose for extra relaxation.

To get clean, I'd use a calming lavender bar of soap from Aunt Nancy's Handmade Soaps. It is such a relaxing, tranquil scent and makes your skin so soft!

I'd follow with some lavender scented Thick Premium Body Butter from Starring...! Fragrances and get ready to get under my covers.

Lastly, before heading to bed, I'd apply Dreamland Sleep Balm to my temples and pulse points and enjoy the aromatherapy benefits!

A Day of MANY giveaways!!!

Who likes free stuff? You do! We all do!

Today is a great day because you have the chance to be a part of so many fantabulous prizes!

Here they are and they all end tonight!

Editor's Note

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I will be back with my regular What's In It? and DIY features next week.

I was away today visiting with family from Arizona and tomorrow will be having my stepmother up for a visit until the weekend. That along with normal business stuff, kiddos, and the NY FESTIVAL Summer Carnival event has taken blog time away.

I have some new SHOP LOCAL features for you in the next few days:

*Tuesday's trip to the Rochester Public Market

*Lunch at Muddy Waters Cafe in Palmyra

*The best homemade ice cream I have ever had--also in Palmyra....

*Coffee at Java's in Rochester

New Hand Care Line at KZM!

I have two brand new hand care products at KZM Facial Care Boutique, with a special naturally antibacterial (no sulfates and triclosan here!) hand cleanser coming out in early August.

Available beginning tonight, my new Signature Cuticle & Nail Oil and Signature Hand Salve will pamper your hands the way my facial products treat your skin.

The salve contains licorice to treat age spots, as well as hemp seed oil, coconut oil, Royal Jelly, and more. Lavender oil soothes and pampers your hands. Your hands reveal so much about your age--they should look as silky and smooth as your face.

The cuticle oil softens cuticles and pampers delicate nails. This is a must-have for that beautiful manicure and pedicure.

I have a special offer going on for C & G readers. If you buy both hand care items, you will receive a 2 ounce bottle of Rosewater & Aloe Facial Mist free! Just add "free mist" in your checkout notes. Offer expired 8/2/09.

Raffle Prize over at NY FEST on 1000 Markets!

Here's a look at a prize you can win over at the New York Festival Market on 1000 Markets for the Summer Carnival. To get a raffle ticket, leave a comment HERE. Good luck!

The moon was made by Julie De Groot of Jewels in the Garden.

Shabby & Chic

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Oh so chic blooming handbag from The Other Sister, $95

"A Secret Place" from Arete, $26

Upcycled framed fabric from Shabby N Chic, $12.50

Taffeta & lace chemise from Bayou Salvage, $39

4 Stacking Boxes from Frippelous, $36.95

What a stunning pillow from Dadeetsyshop, $32

A gift for someone who loves to sew: embroidered needle case from Alyson2, $12

Reclaimed memo board with brooch from Vintage Eclectic, $36

Headband made from the talented Delightworthyn, $30

Monday's Food: A Sit Down with Orcas Alchemy

Monday, July 27, 2009

Dear Readers,

We have a very special guest today for Monday's Food. I'd like to introduce you to Lisa from Orcas Alchemy. Her unique line of "gifts for the adventurous chef" are available in the Seattle area and can be found right on my favorite Indie shopping site, 1000 Markets.

C & G: Tell me a bit about the history of your business.

Orcas: Orcas Alchemy started with a book my husband Matt gave me when we first started dating: The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffery Steingarten. As a food writer for the magazine Vogue, Steingarten set out to taste and explore flavors and foods outside of his comfort zone, including those he didn’t think he liked or normally wouldn’t try.

To do this, he established a rule: Taste everything! And don’t just taste something once. Try it at least three times because your palate expands like a muscle when you exercise it. Matt and I decided to establish the same rule for ourselves – taste everything, three times – and my palate has been on an adventure ever since.

I can’t say that I have liked all the new foods I have tasted, but I discovered, for instance, that I love spicy food (I am now a certifiable “chilihead”), that anchovy paste can make pasta sauce sing, and that monkfish, one of the ugliest & scariest fish on the planet, is also the most scrumptious. I wanted my customers to have the same experience, so I decided to offer flavors that would arouse their curiosity and compel them to taste bold new flavors and get excited about sharing them with friends.

I currently specialize in Artisan Sugars, Salts and Spices, although I plan on expanding the product line in the future with other specialty products.

C & G: I stick a vanilla bean in my sugar bowl to infuse it with a bit of flavor. It makes a difference in the flavor, so I can only imagine how delicious your creations are.

I love to come up with essential oil blends in skin care and fragrance, so I am always interested in how finished items come to fruition. Do you spend a great deal of time coming up with your creations through trial and error, or do you instictively know what will be a hit? For example, did you immediately know the Habanero or Chili Pepper Verde sugars would work well?

Orcas: Each product comes together differently and I am always looking for ways to intensify the flavor and this requires a lot of tinkering. For instance, my Star Anise infused sugar went through about two dozen iterations before I invented a technique that just made the flavor pop. Now it is one of my most perfectly intense flavors (It’s great in coffee!).

Very few ideas work perfectly, right off the bat, and some are just disasters. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned about starting a business and exploring what works and what doesn’t, is that no matter how bad you want something to work the first time, the reality is that you have to make a million changes before you get it right.

I have gone through many different flavor combinations and a ton of different packaging options. Many of them sound great from a marketing standpoint, like coffee-infused sugar or red wine flavored salt, but until a formula meets my standards, I won’t put it in my product line even though I know it would sell. The product has to meet all of my standards.

I always seek out the highest quality ingredients (ideally, locally sourced when possible), and everything in my product line is all natural or organic.

C & G: I am intrigued by your World's Most Expensive Salt. Can you tell us about it?

Orcas: The World’s Most Expensive Salt is one of my best-selling products. It starts with hand-harvested black truffles – which are like a sexual pheromone – and then gets combined with an amazingly intense, tiny grain sea salt from Italy.

I then lace this concoction with 23 karat edible gold leaf and package it in a gold gusseted bag. It’s the ultimate gift for any Foodie. It seems impossibly extravagant, but a tiny amount goes a long, long, way and it is an orgasmic experience as soon as it touches your palate. It is very addicting. My two-year old son is the newest fan and comes back for more and more.

C & G: What is your best selling blend?

Orcas: My Raspberry Sugar is my best seller right now. It is a fresh and accessible summer flavor (try crushing with a little salt and rimming the glass of a mango margarita!). But I’ve recently discovered a cult following around my Caramelized Onion Sugar (which is a to die for on chocolate, by the way). Those sales excite me even more because it means people are stretching their palates and that there is a market for more exotic flavors.

C & G: Your business is part of an amazing community of Indie artisans at 1000 Markets. What does buying handmade mean to you?

Orcas: I am humbled to be surrounded by so much talent and creativity. I know that each handcrafted item on 1000 Markets was created with love and passion.

Not only does buying handmade support the creativity of small businesses, but it’s like being part of an extraordinary club whose membership requires passion, dedication, creativity and originality.

Q: What is your favorite creation from your own shop?

Orcas: It’s hard to pick a favorite because I am proud of them all! If I had one product I could not live without, though, it would be the World’s Most Expensive Salt. Every time I even open jar to smell it, it makes me swoon. It is such a rare and unique product.

Frugal Friday: Milk Glass Finds for $10 and Under

Friday, July 24, 2009

I adore milk glass pieces. A few months ago, I even featured several pieces here on Chic & Green. I found some more treasures to share with you today. Best of all, they are all under $10 each. What I love about milk glass is that you can leave alone, accent with black, or brighten up with jewel tones.

Camellias in milk glass vase ACEO from Sharon Foster Art, $6

Dish from A Collectible Cachet, $7

Look at the mascara of the past! The milk glass jar holds Lashlux to color brows, lashes and more! From Nana's Mercatile, $6.50

Milk glass candle holders from White Serenade, $10 each

Delicate earrings from New Fashioned Whispers, $8

Lovely cabechon pendant from Second Moon Rising, $7

Vintage milk glass beads from 51 moozle, $5

Vintage perfume bottle from Suede's Cottage, $7

Ring from JT Art Glass Desgins, $4

Pedestal planter from jennilyons81, $5

Queen for a Day

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Charm bracelet from Just Be Designs, $46

I love this collage from The Kitschy Hippo, $12

Vintage aquamarine crown from Excely, $93.50

Tea stained pillow from SaSea Boutique, $15

Queen plaque from Ooh Li Li, $9.99

Cupcake toppers (12) from Bug & Boo, $14

Crown magnet from Fancy That, $4

Mixed media collage journal from LD Photography, $8.99

Unique brooch from Munieca, $14

Market tote from Nice and Easy Antiques, $23.95

What's In It Wednesday: Physicians Formula Organic Wear Foundation

What's In It Wednesday is a day late and I apologize! Nick has had t-ball this week and just finished up with Vacation Bible School. Between playdates, museum trips, library outings, and my business, I have not been able to devote as much time to C & G as usual. That will change when Summer Vacation is over.

Today we're looking at a product in the Organic Wear line by Physicians Formula. It is one of the few items in the line I haven't yet reviewed. It's the liquid foundation....So, let's see what is in it!

Active Ingredient:

Titanium Dioxide--a natural sunscreen, can be used as a colorant and to make makeup more opaque. This is quite safe. If you're working with a concentration of 100% titanium dioxide and inhale it or are using it in an aerosol form, you would want to use a mask.

Inactive Ingredients:

Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Water--Orange Fruit Water. This is steam distilled from an orange. It helps give the poduct a scent. To have a true skin benefit and still provide an orange scent, neroli would be preferred.


Oleyl Alcohol--A fatty, non drying alcohol. In some cases, Oleyl Alcohol comes from fish.

Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil--Sunflower Seed Oil


Glyceryl Stearate SE-- a safe surfactant

Titanium Dioxide--a natural sunscreen, can be used as a colorant and to make makeup more opaque. This is quite safe. If you're working with a concentration of 100% titanium dioxide and inhale it or are using it in an aerosol form, you would want to use a mask.

Iron Oxide--colorant

Soy Lecithin--derived from soybeans, this is a much safer alternative to the tradition "lecithin" you'll see on so many labels. That type is often animal-derived. When it is not, it often is derived from palm. Lecithin used to be considered a very benign ingredient, however, it has recently been shown to contain Nitrosamines, which are highly toxic.

Cyathea Cumingii Leaf Extract--This is New Zealand Fern. Anecdotal evidence shows this to be lifting and firming.

Glycine Soya Oil--Safe. Soybean oil can add a radiance to the skin and even out tone. It is hydrating.

Olea Europea Fruit Oil--A completely safe and natural skin conditioner

Xanthum Gum--Binder and thickener. Safe.

Glyceryl Caprylate--a skin conditioner. While it is safe in a small concentration such as this, too much could cause irritation

Leuconostoc Radish Root Ferment Filtrate--this is naturally anti-microbial herbal extract. Also helps to prevent dandruff.

Colloidal Silver--antibacterial, wound treating; helps with acne scarring and infections. Do not worry about this one. You may recall a man with permanently blue skin on Oprah a couple of years ago on a segmant with Dr. Oz. The man said that he was ingesting colloidal silver for its immune system benefits and that his skin was now blue. To have this happen, one would need to ingest an insanely large amount of the ingredient each day. In such a small percentage, this is of no harm to the skin.

Lavendula Angustifolia Oil--Fabulous for calming down irritated and "stressed" skin

The C & G Verdict:

As you can see, I have not highlighted ANY ingredients in this to run away from. This is very rare for What's In It Wednesday!

I have tried this product and can tell you it blends with ease using a taklon brush or a cosmetics wedge. It is creamy, light, and natural.

My favorite liquid makeup is the Sheer Focus from Smashbox. This is similar in terms of ease of application, but with a bit more coverage.

To use, I shake very well and blend quickly.

It lasts all day and leaves a radiance behind.

This is a great product, is convenient, and very affordable!

Special Artisan Event Coming Up!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

One week from today begins the 1st Annual Summer Carnival at New York Festival!

What is Summer Carnival?

It's fun, festive, and full of community spirit. Participating shops within the NY FEST market at 1000 Markets have come together to show off a bit of creativity and talent during this 3 day event.

Join NY FEST beginning Wednesday morning. The event runs July 29, 30, and 31.

Shop owners have been working on special creations made exclusively for the event.

Come to the NY FESTIVAL blog each day and meet our artisans, learn about some of our special creations, and check out our shops. Each day of the event, different artisans will be featured in the blog. There may even be a special giveaway or two! Stay tuned each day!

Whether you're looking for a treat to satisfy your taste buds, a perfume to match your mood, or a special piece of jewelry, the NY FESTIVAL artisans have what you're looking for.

Style Quickie!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

What a cute tote from Green Jeans!

This bag is made from recycled denim and the center panel resembles a corset. Brocade straps make this eco-chic piece unique.

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