My Summer Essentials!

Summer…the season for cold drinks, fresh produce, having outside fun with friends and family and a low maintenance beauty routine.  I have a few body products and makeup items that I have sworn by this summer and when I use just these … Continue reading

Happy Things

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th!  We spent it with some close friends and got some much needed rain, so it was a great evening.  Here are some highlights of my week! {Jon and I picked out 4 decadent … Continue reading

Happy Things

Happy Friday!  I’m been having a nice few days off, lounging at home, seeing friends and enjoying some much needed rain and gloomy weather!  I recently finished 50 Shades of Grey and was so massively dissapointed by the horrendous writing, lack of plot and the constant use of the phrases Jeez  and Oh my that I can’t couldn’t bring myself to buy the last two in the trilogy.  Instead, I whipped through Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn this week, one of my favorite authors.  I suggest all three of her books if you like thriller and crime novels. Her writing is outstanding.  I’m now onto Savages by Don Winslow, so I can read the book before I see the movie (can’t wait!).

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!  Here are a few things that made my week wonderful.  All photos are from Instagram (username: GourmetBeauty).


{The great memories of my 10-year high school reunion from last weekend.  So nice to be reunited with my high school group of best friends}


{Essie nail polish in Too Too Hot, the perfect coral red for the 4th of July}


{Lazy mornings in bed}


{A pretty statement necklace from Francesca’s that brightens up any simple summer sweater}


{Jon and I spent the 4th with some great friends.  This is Paula and me enjoying the rainstorm, the fireworks and some beer.  A similar striped dress can be found here}


{My tequila soaked watermelon was a HIT at the 4th of July party.  Simple and delicious recipe coming next week on the blog}

What are a few things making you happy this week?

Put Your Fresh Foot Forward!

With the arrival of spring, having clean, soft and polished feet is very important. Here are my favorite products to get feet that are ready to be exposed!

Lush Volcano



This product is amazing. Actually, anything by Lush is amazing but I’ll get to that in my future posts. Volcano is a foot mask that I use weekly. You apply it to clean dry feet and then wrap them in Saran Wrap or, in my case, plastic grocery bags because we are out of Saran Wrap. As long as you seal up your feet somehow the mask will work wonders. Leave your feet wrapped up for 10-20 minutes. You will feel a tingling sensation as it gets to work on deodorizing and sloughing off dead skin. The concoction of cinnamon, kaolin, pumice, tomato, papaya, potato and lemon oil draws out dirt and leaves feet clean and smooth. The product’s smell is a bit strange but you get used to it.  Buy it here.

Aveda Foot Relief


This is by far the best foot cream I have come across. The mix of plant-derived oils and exfoliating fruit acids deeply moisturizes your feet and smells fantastic. Go get it. Now. You won’t be sorry.

Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter


This addicting little jar of fragrant butter does wonders for your hands and feet. I apply this to my heels, in between my toes, my cuticles and nail beds on both my hands and feet and on my elbows. It melts into your skin and smells divine. It is packed full of shea butter, beeswax, avocado oil and fresh lemons. A little goes a long way, which is another reason this is worth the purchase.

Nail Polish

No home foot treatment is complete without a polish application, especially in the warmer months! Here are some polishes I am currently loving for spring:

Essie Too Too Hot-a rich red coral


Essie Pansy-a tropical hot pink cream


Essie Nice is Nice-a muted pastel lilac