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All These Things That I Love - 2016 Gift Guide Edition

Most of us feel a little worn out, huh? Murphy is very tired from 2016.

 

No matter what side you were on, I think we're all exhausted from a long, nasty election cycle. Many people are hurt, confused, scared. I'm doing a lot of praying these days. Last Sunday, my pastor said some stuff and I'm sort of stealing the gist of it for this post.

Love each other like lambs so that tomorrow we may be warriors.

It went along with what I was feeling as we rolled into December. I had this cautious optimism creeping back into my bones. Mostly because we're all here together.  November (hell, all of 2016) was rough, but we can still fight together and laugh together.

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I have faith in us. Because we're a people who can make up really great memes. But we still need to take care of each other's hearts. With simple comforts. So here are some simple things I'm loving, that maybe people in your life would get some joy from.

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There's a good chance this is tea.

I mentioned the Yeti before but this is the one I use in the winter for tea.  It keeps it at a perfect temperature while I'm running around town and also confuses the other moms in carpool line who think I'm drinking booze.

 

Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm.

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There's a really long story about how I first bought this lip balm in Paris. But I rebuy it on Amazon (in stick and pot form) to luxe up a basic necessity. I keep the pot next to my computer and sometimes I dab it on my dry cuticles, too.  Because cuticles need French love, too.

You know what makes everyone feel good? A really awesome hardcover book.  For me, I'd love a classic that feels like an old friend who makes my heart sing.

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Or a different classic that I've reread four hundred times.

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Or something that makes you laugh until you pee yourself on a cross-county flight. Hypothetically.

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There's also alternative gift giving. My heart is always with women, children and families and so those are the causes that I support. Environmental, health and animal causes are also in need. The organizations I'm supporting this year are:

Ronald McDonald House - I give to the one in Houston, because that's the one that helped my family when my nephew was in the hospital, but you can give to your local house. You can call to see if they need other items - like toilet paper, soap or a homecooked meal!

Planned Parenthood - because all women of all income levels deserve health care

Fisher House - like Ronald McDonald Houses, this organization provides housing for military families to be close to loved ones during their medical treatments

International:

Clinton Foundation - I supported this organization long before it was a hot button topic this year because it is consistently a leader in initiatives that help girls, women and education around the world.

Heifer International in Haiti - the recent hurricane wiped out a lot of the progress that the country has seen in the past five years. Help them restock with goats and hens, small livestock that can feed families for years.

 

Basically, take care of yourselves. Take care of each other. That's pretty much all we ever need to do. And why I'm leaving you with this gift. My favoritest Christmas music video. Turn it up. Sing along with someone you love.  See you in 2017.

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All These Things That I Love - September 2016

A monthly roundup of things that give me life...

I'm obsessed... (5)

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I'm obsessed with CHANGING MAGIC FOOT PEELING SHOES.  I think there are several Asian skincare brands that make versions of these. I've bought this one at Ulta but they're available at Amazon, too.

Now, I know you're not convinced by the sheer genius of a product called CHANGING MAGIC FOOT PEELING SHOES, and waiting patiently for me to explain it.  It's an acid sheet mask for your feet.  In bootie form. You wrap them around your feet, wait an hour, rinse off and then....

 

NOTHING.

 

Nothing happens for about four days. Then all the skin on your feet begins to peel off.

 

Yeah, it's not pretty.  There's a reason why I'm showing you a picture of the package, with a bauble and my kindle.  If you REALLY want to see what your peeling feet are going to look like, there are pictures you can google.   And while it's not pretty, when the process is done four or five days later, you will have the softest, most beautiful feet of your life. Your spa pedicure cannot compare with the CHANGING MAGIC FOOT PEELING SHOES. I'm obsessed.

 

And #protip: Plan to do this when you don't have to wear sandals for 10 days or so. Trust me, it's worth it.

 

I'm obsessed... (6)

Everyone and their dog are wearing LulaRoe leggings. All the cool writers are doing it.  I went to a party with my friend this summer, bought a few pair, and now, I'm styling leggings like this:

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And the ones I have on today (LIONS. UNICORNS!)

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They can only be bought through "consultants" and if you  haven't already been bombarded with Facebook invites for pop-up parties, leave me a note and I'll let you know the best groups to join.

I'm obsessed... (3)

Tea & morning pages - my ritual.

I don't know how it happened, but I settled back into a tea routine in the last month.  I love a good cup of coffee but I don't make good coffee at home, no one else drinks it (the hubs is caffeine-free. I know. He's a freak) and I don't have the energy to try new coffee methods.  My favorite tea is an organic blend that's readily available and it's comforting and tasty.  As the temperatures drop, I'll be drinking tea non-stop I know, so I'd love to hear your favorite brands/ types!

 

I'm obsessed... (2)

 

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If you have kids, you have to check this podcast out.  Eleanor Amplified is an old-school radio adventure featuring a plucky reporter who has to keep saving the world.  You can tell it's produced by people who have kids because each episode is a kid-friendly length (about 12 minutes), just enough time to distract the goobers while running to the store or on the school run.

I'm obsessed... (1)

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The hubs and I love to curl up and watch Netflix shows but after we finished House of Cards earlier this year we found ourselves in a bit of a funk. We couldn't find a show that we both could get into until Narcos came into our lives.  I wouldn't say it's the greatest written show on Netflix, but as a former Latin American Studies major (I'll take fun facts about Lindsay for $100, Alex), I love this look into Columbia's history (and I can practice my Spanish).  It's got enough violence and bad guy stuff for the hubs to stay interested and it's got intense Pedro Pascal (above) (also known as the late, great Oberyn Martell on Game of Thrones) for me to stay interested.  All in all, a hit for the Emory marriage. Yay.

Is there a great show that you're loving that I need to see?   I’d love to talk Netflix, tea and Asian skin care on Twitter, Facebook or down below in the comments.  But don't show me pictures of your peeling feet, please! dowager 2

Romance, Hermes & Paris

It's February! Valentine's Day! Time for romance and love and roses and champagne.  And what could be more romantic than... PARIS?

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Last month, I was fortunate to zip across the Atlantic and spend a few days with my sister who, until two weeks ago, had called Paris her home for over two years.
I was also able to visit her last year, and as this was my third trip to Paris, this visit wasn't as much about the sightseeing and touristy to-dos as it was chilling with my sister, shopping, strolling, and eating.
Shopping
Each time I've gone to Paris, it's been in January, during the Soldes, the twice-yearly fortnight where every single store has some kind of sale going on.  This is a good strategy for all budget-minded ladies. Tickets to Paris are pretty much as cheap as they're going to get in January and then when you get there, everything is on sale!  Ok, not everything.  But a lot.  Even...
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Yeah. There is an actual Hermes sale. We went my first day there, I was still dressed in my airplane-grubby comfiness and we were there for at least four hours. (I say at least, because I was a little confused on what day and time it was).  It was like Luxury Disneyworld.  You stand in line to get into the sale (with some fabulous people watching all around you, of course). Then you stand in line to check your coat.  Then you are checked by security who log onto a form (that you must carry around) what Hermes items you are wearing into the sale. (The answer for me, naturally, was zero. See, above, airplane grubbiness).  THEN you stand in line inside the sale for different sets of items. A line for silk scarves, a line for wool scarves, a line for enamel jewelry, etc.
There were no purses or wallets. But there were shoes! And ties! And amazing Hermes bathing suits that belong in Megan Mulry's Roulette.  And yes, I made a small purchase. How could I not?
There were so many other busy,pushy stores. Some of the Soldes experience is just the browsing and people watching and elbowing.
And of course, I made several stops at French pharmacies, including the famous Citipharma. Something about a French pharmacy makes even muscle relaxer gel seem so glamorous.
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Eating
 Since I was lucky enough to stay with my sister, she cooked me several lovely meals and we ate out at some new and old favorites.
Breizh Cafe is one of my hands down- must-eat recs in Paris.  Four years ago I walked straight in, but today you'll need a reservation.  It's known for crepes and artisanal ciders. I dream of this place when I'm back in Dallas. Delicious.

Charcuterie, seaweed butter crepes and cider at Breizh Cafe

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Another favorite meal of mine is eating falafel in the Marais.  I've been to L'As du Falafel several times but this time we tried the spot across the street, Mi Va Mi,  which  was just as delicious and ate a la Parisienne, by the trash cans.  It's a sisterly tradition.
As I visited just after the Charlie Hebdo massacre, you could definitely feel a difference in the Marais, which was traditionally the Jewish Quarter, where soldiers with machine guns  were stationed.  But there also signs like these posted everywhere.
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Touristy To-Dos
 
As I said, I didn't visit all the must-see sights this time.  The one time I saw the Eiffel Tower, I was on a train and hurried to grab this shot, French Kiss style.

The Eiffel tower is right there - behind the building.

Of course I've been to the Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay but I'd never been able to see the Picasso Museum until this visit, as it has recently reopened after a massive multi-year renovation.
I would definitely recommend this compact yet thought-provoking museum (buy advance tickets! I'm so glad my sister did or we would have had a 1+ hour wait to get in).
The museum is organized thematically, not chronologically, and really helps you see the depth and breadth of Picasso's works.

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This was one of my favorites, a painting of his studio,  Blank Space. To me, it said so much about the creative mind:  "Here's my work. Here's what I'm going to create next. And it could be anything."
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Chilling
Just being in Paris is the best part of being in Paris. It's romantic, it's spontaneous. It's the type of place where you may walk by the neighborhood wine bar and be pulled in for several hours of sampling bubbly wine and enjoying charming French/Swiss/German men's company. Hypothetically.

Just saying.

The city is also exhausting and overwhelming and historic and very now. It's one of my favorite places in the world and I'm so blessed that I was able to spend some time there with one of my favorite people.  It's every writer's dream to have an apartment in Paris and for a few days, I could pretend that I did.
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And yes, I was inspired while I was there. I had a kernel of a book idea and my sister helped me plot it out. Let's just say one day there could be a book featuring a sexy wine seller, a widowed chef and mistaken identities on the Left Bank.
A newsletter will be going out soon, with super big announcements. Make sure you sign up for my newsletter  and I'll include insider pics of my sister's amazing flat on the Left Bank.
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