Friday, May 3, 2013

CH CH CH Changes....


Alright so I know this blog has been on a bit of a hiatus for well....quite nearly a year. Not to worry though! This little blog is making a come back and it's all spruced up with a new name! I changed the name of my Etsy store to French Kiss xo and the blog will be getting a revamp in the coming month (after school gets out). 
   I took some time off because school was becoming very demanding but now that summer is here as well as my favorite renaissance faire I figured now is as good a time as any to bring it back. I also wanted to think about the direction I wanted to take this blog. We will see where it all leads, but for now check out the revamped Etsy shop French Kiss xo (the old link will take you there too). 

See you guys in the coming months!

xo,
Lauren


Thursday, August 9, 2012

This Weeks Wishlist

I'm in a "shoppy" kind of mood and that means I've spent a lot of time bookmarking things I'm loving right now. I tend to want to buy things when money is less than plentiful, but isn't that how it always goes?

This weeks wishlist has me dreaming of an Indian summer that will never come. It's 100 degrees out here in California and I'm dripping sweat just typing this. It's nights like these when I find myself really craving...............

Coca-Cola
So Jean Paul Gaultier has released a limited edition series of Coca-Cola light cans and bottles. He was appointed as Cokes artistic director which you can read all about here. Unfortunately for me and everyone else in the USA it looks like it has only been released in Europe. :( . If anyone knows anything about it being released in the US leave a comment! I want one badly.



Since we are on the topic of bad assery...The rebel inside me has fallen in love with NastyGal.com
I love these striped jeans. They are a little Beetle Juice I know but the stripes! Vertical stripes! I can imagine how slimming these babies would be on me paired with a sweet pair of studded boots...or metal cap toe boots, or heels! The possibilities are endless.

I love these earrings from Sea of Wild on Etsy. Anything bohemian gets my heart swooning.


This round bag from Zib is amazing. Its cute and artsy and reminds me of those stretchy T-shirts from the late 90's that would have full landscape motifs printed on them. 



This dress from Carolina Benoit is pastel and breezy just like I like em. I love finding new designers to fall for.



I love this poster for the movie Moonrise Kingdom.  It is from the etsy shop :The Art of Adam Juresko. This guy makes amazing posters for classic and cult films.


"Welcome to my lovely home...please don't trip over my GOLD BIKE". Ok maybe it's not gold but it's definitely a conversation starter. This bike is purely decorative and I would love to have it leaning carelessly against my wall near my front door. ...EDIT: I just realized that this bike is only 3 inches tall :( The dream isn't totally shattered...do I sense a DIY idea? you bet I do!
This lil cutie is from Vintage ReVamp









Thursday, July 5, 2012

The 1950's Party Dress Inspiration

Today I put up more 1950's party dresses! I actually posted about these dresses in a Sneak Peek post a while ago and here they are!
  These dresses are all about the nipped waist and shelf bust that make the 1950's party dress so figure flattering. Now that my mind is on gorgeous fifties dresses I have no other choice but to post inspiration photos. Enjoy!









Below are two dresses that have just been added. Visit www.Frenchnavyvintage.etsy.com  to see all of the new items I added today.














Monday, July 2, 2012

This Weeks Wishlist

I'm changing the name of "Must Have Monday" to "This Weeks Wishlist". "Must Have Monday" sounds like I'm trying to sell discount pizza with a side of hot wings. It sounds like it should be announced through a bullhorn. No sir...I don't like it.

I've compiled some "cyoot" goodies so I hope your eyes grow fat and prosperous on the buffet of eye candy I will now lay before you.


1. This artist Alex Da Corte creates interesting and disturbing art (my favorite kind!). I want this on my wall so badly. It's just too cool.
(image via Lovely Day)

2. These Vivienne Westwood Anglomania + Melissa plastic heels from DoubleDutch Boutique. The price is   insanely good. Who cares about horrendous blisters when your feet look so hip? Plus I heard about this awesome shop from Miss Indie's Blog. She's hosting a giveaway from them!
3.  I found this site through a friends post on Facebook. The Daily Drop Cap is a blog that offers awesome Drop Cap letters in unique designs by Jessica Hische. The best part about it is the letters are free! Curiosity leads to such great finds. And what a coincidence...I favorited her buttemilk font on www.Myfonts.com 

4.  I love this birdhouse from  Muddy Heart Pottery
. I especially love seeing them hung among public trees. I would totally hang this in my complex.


5. This is the coolest most futuristic sweatshirt I've ever seen! It's from BeVisible on Etsy. Too cool...way too cool.



6. I don't know what it is but I love anything in miniature form. I was obsessed with a dollhouse my grandmother once had and all the tiny decorations inside of it. These little arrangements are hand made by Miniature Patisserie on Etsy. I want to buy them all and create my own dollhouse. This is just accelerating my descent into creepy cat lady status, next step...hoarding.


Saturday, June 16, 2012

June 2012 BirchBox

After receiving last months bummer of a BirchBox I thought that I would wait one more month to see if I got anything that would make my $10 worthwhile. I also signed up for Glossybox so I can compare the two and decide which I would like to stick with.  I was kind of let down last month since my BirchBox contained a random assortment of items that made no real sense. I threw away the BB+ cream after two uses and couldn't accurately judge it. I still use some of the things I got but not enough to buy a full size of any of it.
   This month they did not disappoint! I was so happy with what I received and I think it was enough to at least get me to sign up for a yearly subscription soon.

Theme:
This month's theme was "Jet Set" which means that every box contains products that are perfect for traveling or are from foreign countries.  They also tossed in two extra's which totally made my day. I love running to the mailbox every month. It's like christmas. 
   

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What's Inside:


(Starting clockwise from left)


Lifestyle Extra// Cynthia Rowley Dress Up Band- Aids:
   I love how busy the box is and it caught my eye the moment I opened it. I'm a hairstylist and I tend to nick my hands quite a bit when I'm texturizing so these are perfect. The fact that they look so stylish is just icing on the cake. I also was given a travel band-aid holder from an employee at CVS not too long ago so I will be decorating it soon (perhaps a DIY post? finally? yes? ). These band-aids would be perfect for on the go cuts and scrapes. At my age it doesn't happen often and since my boyfriend will likely refuse any idea of domestic violence  I'll have to find other reasons to put one of these on my face or body (my dog is teething and loved to chew hands).  :D Love it!
Pack of 20 $15


Melvita// Rose Floral Water:
     I don't use toner that often because I just forget to. I always buy full size bottles of toners and have even spent serious cash-o-la on a great oneby Aveda 5 years ago (it's half full and I still try to use it sometimes). I've always wanted a toner to spritz on my face in the middle of the day when my makeup begins to go stale. I love this rose water. When I spritz it on my face its like I fell face first into the secret garden. My first test run on me and my sister left us feeling like a clown squirted us in the face with bow tie water. Obviously holding it 6 or more inches from the face is preferred over  2 inches away lol. On that first go it made our T-zones feel very soft and refreshed. I love the small size and I can keep it in my purse for whenever my face is thirsty.
Full size $ 22


Eyeko// Skinny liquid liner:
     I was beyond excited to get this and in a full size! Just this morning I was digging through all 4 of my makeup bags (I have a hard time parting with makeup) searching for liquid eyeliner to wear to a vintage show today. The " Sofia Loren Persian eye" is my go-to look for nearly every single day. It's the lazy girls makeup must have. It instantly makes you look put together even if you had to rush out the door or just didn't feel like trying that hard. I should also note that this liner is like a felt tip pen! In case you are wondering, Physicians Formula makes a similar liner which I bought with high hopes only to be let down. The Physicians formula liner goes on very sheer and almost watery...it completely sucks whereas eyeko's looks heavily concentrated with color. Promising!
Full size $15


The Balm Cosmetics// Staniac in Beauty Queen:
     I watched a few videos on the June boxes and it seems like everyone received this. I saw a little preview of it in my email and I was crossing my fingers that I would get it. I love it! The last lip stain I owned was Benefit's "Benetint" which is amazing and lasts a long time. I highly recommend it especially if you want that "just sucked some blood look".Have any of you seen the Tudors? There's a scene where Anne boleyn is going insane and rubbing red wine on her lips. This is what staniac does...beautiful wine stained crazy lips. it's also completely travel friendly! I can put this in my purse and since its a gel I don't have to worry about it spilling and staining. I tried it on and it's very subtle and grows darker if you concentrate it in one spot. I always love a little red on my lips and flush to my cheeks and this works for both.
Full Size $17


Yu-Be// Moisturizing Skin Cream:
     This is a moisturizing cream that can practically do it all from Japan. (hey they kept with the theme!). You can use it on your lips or hands or scaly summer feet. I would totally buy the large size of this because my skin gets very dry. I put it on my lips after I applied staniac and it smelled a bit like Carmex but felt smoother. My lips felt baby soft and I cant wait to try it on my hands. I should also mention that I love anything from Japan. Candy, Anime, beauty products...they know what's up.
Full Size $16


BirchBox Man Extra// John Varvatos Star USA cologne
     This was a great little surprise and perfect for fathers day. Just the other day Gabe and I were browsing Sephora and I was sniffing all the Varvatos colognes. Gabe was not a fan but I know my dad likes a classic scent so I made a mental note. My dad is an old spice guy  who has worn Ralph Lauren Polo since the 80's until I upgraded him to Bulgari. He's running low and I had him smell this cologne and he loved it. The name of the scent is really cheesy and personally I think it sounds like a cologne that is sold at Rite Aid or  Big Lots. Bitching aside, I really like this scent it's a dad scent all the way
Full Size $55- 70

My bf Gabe is more of a Clinique Happy for Men kind of guy (youthful citrus with a hint of chest hair, perfect for a mid twenties guy who doesn't want to smell like a sweaty club going creeper).




I'm so very happy with this months box. I plan on using everything in it and I can't wait to get next months box. I think this company is worth a shot and I should mention that I re-did my beauty profile before the shipment of Junes box so that might have contributed to a better box. 
I've also been thinking of getting my friends and family gift subscriptions. The men's box is $20 a month and for that much they better be receiving nail clippers and razors and more awesome goodies.
You win this time Birchbox...you win this time.


Also, My birthday is Tuesday!!! I know getting excited about birthdays past 20 might be lame but Sephora and Anthropologie give me good reasons to celebrate. I got this years beauty insider birthday gift from Sephora and it's so cute! Below is a little peek at what they offer for birthdays this year. I'll probably post a b-day haul sometime this week. 




                                       ( Image Via Sephora)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

A New Addition to the Family

Last week I had woken up at  4a.m. with the intention of heading out to the Ventura Flea Market with my parents to do some vintage hunting. I was all ready and even planned on doing a what I wore post and all that jazz . However, none of that happened because after my parents picked me up they realized they forgot the directions and had to head back home to get them.

      As we were about to pull into our driveway a small gray fluff ball darted in front of the car and my dad swerved so as not to hit it. I got out of the car to find a trembling furry mass near a parked car wheel. He looked like my sisters dog (a poodle/ bichon mix) and had an incredibly heavy choke chain around his neck. As I inched close to him he backed further under the car and viciously growled at me. His hair was in his eyes and it was so thick and matted that he couldn't see anything in front of him. My dad brought out a hot dog and told me to try to lure him out and then we could try to find the owner. Slowly but surely he accepted the peace offering and I was able to grab his chain without him noticing. Getting him to follow me was another problem all together. He didn't trust anything around him and growled in protest.

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Right after I found him. He was a very shy guy and still is
    We walked around and tried to find the owner but to no avail. I asked my dad if we could put him in the backyard and maybe try again when we get back. We decided that it wasn't a good idea to leave him back there with the pool and him not being able to see plus the fact that he might get out seeing as that looks like what happened in the first place. I felt so bad for the little guy that I decided to just stay at home with him and try to get him to eat since he devoured the hot dog like he hadn't eaten in days. After about two hours he finally let me pet his head and I was able to cut his hair out of his eyes.

 The moment I was able to see his face my heart melted. He had the sweet big brown eyes of my last dog Ripley who passed away 5 years ago. He looked right at me and gave my hand a couple licks and nuzzled my legs. As I pet him I realized that the poor thing was practically skin and bones. I could actually count the ridges on his spine. He also wasn't fixed and flinched when I raised my hand to pet him.

 After much love and tons of food. By the end of the day he was a transformed dog. I grabbed an old dog toy and got him to play with it. My sister and her bf came down to see him and help me out but the little guy darted under a table and growled and barked at her. It  seems he would only accept bribes and once she gave him a hot dog she became his second favorite person.

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We gave him a bath and haircut and fed his carrots.

We tried to figure out this dogs back story. Our neighborhood is notorious for stray dogs and cats. Often people will intentionally let their animals out because they don't care. We actually found our last dog "Wee-one" that way. He was a little nearly blind yorkie who my mom found walking into a curb repeatedly in front of our house.  A month later the owner revealed herself as our neighbor across the way and told my mom that she saw him with us but didn't want him back because he was a hassle to care for. I mean seriously? who does that?

  We figured since the dog was very young some family probably got tired of him and tied him up in the back yard and neglected him in some way. My mom actually told me she had seen him out before with a rope around his neck. He didn't even have an id.  We decided to bath him and give him a haircut and I took him home for the time being. He was scanned for a micro-chip at the vet and there was none. Now that the week is up he has yet to be claimed and there aren't even missing dog fliers up around town. There are usually tons of them around since dogs get out all the time.
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Caspian is not happy about this turn of events.
Anyway, I've decided to keep him. After that first day of bonding I couldn't say no to him and I figured with his young age he will be very easy to train. He has loved his new home and the healthy food and treats he gets now. I can't say Caspian is too happy about it but he needed a pal anyway.

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The Sum is pissed his bed space is being taken up my Sammy

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I named him Samwise. Sammy for short and Sammy bear for cute. It was really hard to find a name for him. Our first choice was butters but even that didn't seem to stick. I wanted to name him Tyrian (after the dwarf in game of thrones) since his head his huge in comparison to his stubby body.  But he's too silly looking for a name like Tyrian so Sammy it is. 
He's thoroughly enjoying his new home and even christened my carpet. :)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Recipe Time! // Summer Squash with Wild Rice Stuffing

Me and Gabe have dived into our Forks over Knives cookbook with incredible enthusiasm. I don't usually get that excited about cooking vegetarian at home because my imagination had been non existent in the past. This cookbook is amazing though and only uses whole plant based foods. No meat, no dairy, nothing with a face.
  I finished my juice reboot about a week ago and I'm determined to continue to eat healthy while juicing for a couple meals a day. I've had so much energy too and my body feels incredibly happy. I tried going back to old habits (they die hard you know) by making roasted veggies and baked chicken legs. The best thing about that meal was the veggies. We were totally grossed out by the chicken and ended up giving the rest to Caspian. 
    I still have a sweet tooth and a carb loving belly but those I can deal with. I tried tasting fruit loops the other day. I haven't had sugar cereal in a really really long time. It was good at first but the after taste left me feeling like I just ate a barbie doll head. Very plastic-y...gross...

So from now on healthy eating will be the goal everyday and here is the first recipe we cooked from Forks over Knives.

Summer Squash with Wild Rice Stuffing.
Baked summer squash with wild rice stuffing (leeks and dried apricots, raisins and plums) with a leek and Rufus bechamel sauce. So yummy and vegan! No oils either I feel so healthy :)


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  • Ingredients:

    2 Medium Acorn Squash Halved and Seeded (I used Summer Squash)
    2 Medium Leeks trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch dice 
    2 celery stalks, cut into 1/2 inch dice
    1/2 tsp dried sage (ground is even better)
    1 tsp poultry seasoning
    3/4 cut wild rice blend
    1 1/2 cup vegetable broth
    Salt and pepper to taste (I also added garlic as well as dried apricots, raisins and prunes to make it taste more like holiday stuffing)

    Serves 4 

    1. preheat over to 350 degrees
    2. place the squash halves, cut side down, on a deep baking pan. Place the pan in the oven and pour 1/2 inch of water in the pan
    Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and drain any remaining water from the pan. Turn the squash cut side up and set aside wile you prepare the rice

    3. While squash is baking, heat a 2 quart stockpot over a medium flame, Add the leeks and celery and saute for 7-8 minutes or until the veggies are tender. Add water 1 to 2 tbsp's at a time to keep them from sticking. Add the sage, poultry seasoning, rice and vegetable broth. Cover pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes until the rice is tender. Season with salt pepper and garlic

    4. Stuff each squash half with some of the rice. Return the squash to the over, cover with foil and bake for another 20 minutes.

    Creamy Leek Sauce:

    Ingredients:

    2 Large Leeks, white and light green parts only thinly sliced and washed
    1 package silken tofu
    1/2 tsp sea salt or to taste
    white pepper to taste
    2 tbsp nutritional yeast (I didn't use any, couldn't find it)
    2 tbsp pine nuts
    Zest of 1 lemon 
    4-8 tbsp plain soy milk as needed (i used vanilla coconut milk it was yumm)

    1. In a medium saucepan over a medium flame saute the leeks until tender, about 8 minutes. Add water 1-2 tbsp's at a time to keep them from sticking. Remove from the flame and add to the bowl of a blender with the remaining ingredients. Puree until smooth and creamy adding the soy milk as needed to help blend the sauce

    2. return the sauce to the saucepan and gently heat over a medium flame. Do not boil the sauce


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