It seems that some “celebrities” have been singing the praises of detox drinks using activated charcoal, Dirty Lemon [detox] in particular, so we began to investigate.
We were intrigued by the [skin+hair] formula…
So far so good! Feeling perky and awaiting fresh, new, squishy collagen 😉
Join us…and watch & wait.
Although we tend to subscribe to the belief that every day is Mother’s Day, we don’t think that should stop anyone from remembering Mom with a little something special on the actual designated day…just sayin’.
Here are some of the items that we use/wear/think about daily. If you know of a deserving mom…we think she might enjoy them as well…
We have harped on these several times before, so perhaps it’s time to take the hint…
The all-weather gold bangles from BuDhaGirl will set mom off on the right foot every morning with her nine intentions for the day, and thoughts of gratefulness at night. Stylish and zen all at once…score!
For stylish hydration on-the-go…
we both keep our S’well bottles handy. We mentioned them here and here before. Just wondering if you were listening?? We happen to know that they are available locally at Monkees in Greenville. Now you have no excuse.
For the fitness-minded mom…
For the mom-chef…
She can take a culinary virtual tour of Jerusalem with this beautiful cookbook
For the mom with the sweet tooth (um…is there a mom without one??)
For her home, sweet home…
And for all of the goodies she can’t leave the house without…
Happy shopping, belles (or belle-daughters, sons, husbands…)
We love this fresh opinion on cultural appropriation. She has humor and a wonderful spirit. There are a few swear words…can’t say we didn’t warn ya…
Please make Pancakes….that’s an order. They will taste better if you wear…
… these….just sayin…
And then suit up in this…
to work it all off…just sayin’
Belles are ringin’!!
Our favorite spring cocktail:
Our favorite new artichoke recipe:
Please avoid making these common kitchen mistakes…
Belles like to view the world through rose colored glasses…
With spring celebrations popping up, we could all use a new frock…
And a new pair of kicks…
We know working out is a chore, but there are a few ways to make it more fun (and look good while you are at it).
Our biggest tip is to workout with a friend. If she can do it, so can you…and you have someone to talk to, whine with, and to hold you accountable. No excuses!!
So…back to “lookin’ good”…we’ve come up with some great fashion finds to motivate y’all.
From our new favorite website for all things fitness… Bandier.
A fresh take on a legging
Add a little color to your workout with the Camo support tank
For the more classically-inclined belle, the Central Park west tank
Next stop ..Nordstrom
For wintery outings…a parka that won’t make you puffy!
For windy outings…the perfect jacket
Love these running tights….
Love the back on this Camisole tank
When there’s just a chill in the air, we love a vest
Belles love a Racer back….
Sometimes you need a heads-up and an accurate scale is the key. This one is a great option and is Bluetooth capable.
And finally…for lookin’ good underneath it all…a pretty sports bra
No excuses not to look and feel good, belles…just sayin…
acrylic furniture, Aquatalia boots, barbecue sauce, Bezels and Bytes, blondies, budhagirl, favorite things, Fretwork Designs, kale, okra, Perennials, salted caramel, tenderloin, The French Poodle, the skimm, tomato pie, white jeans, Wisteria
To celebrate two years of this blogging business…and nearly 400 posts (yes, we have hit quite a milestone)…we thought it would be fun to list our favorite – and most talked about – posts (’cause we are really, really sweet, and we all need gentle reminders of stuff we need to do, buy, make, read…)
In the #belleicious category:
First up…The French Poodle Vinaigrette. This salad dressing is a constant in our homes. If you haven’t tried it, what are you waiting for?
Remember our foolproof Tenderloin recipe? You’re welcome 😉
Belles love barbecue…and grandmother’s BBQ sauce is the gold standard…
This roasted okra puts a tasty spin on a veggie favorite…
And in other “eat your veggies” news…you must try this tomato pie…
Seems to be all about the kale lately…this kale salad is a winner every time…
And if we are gonna splurge on dessert, it better be worth it. These salted caramel blondies do not disappoint!
Some #fashionabelle reminders:
White jeans…yes, you can wear them after Labor Day!
Aquatalia boots…you won’t believe the comfort, style and practicality! Every one is a real belle-ringer…
For the mindful belle…these BUDHAGIRL bangles totally make the cut…
For the belle-maison:
Remember when we suggested Perennials outdoor fabrics? Well, they are still our go-to for beautiful, durable upholstered pieces!
We are still all about acrylic pieces to bring a little light to a room…
And this fretwork from FretworkDesigns is still one of our favorites…
And, last…but not least…for the belle-on-the-go:
We still start every day with The Skimm (and some giggles)..we encourage you to do the same
One belle was recently assigned “dessert” for a large family dinner. Knowing that several loved-ones had recently celebrated great success with weight-loss and general feelin’ good on the Whole 30 plan, she figured a waistline-friendly dessert would be much appreciated (and better for those who might not have fully embraced the concept)! But coming up with a dessert sans dairy, sweeteners (not even the chemistry lab ones, aka artificial ones), grains, or alcohol might have stumped a less-determined belle.
Well…pears, ghee, cinnamon, and walnuts to the rescue!! Yum!!
– 4 Pears, plan on one-half per person (we used Bosc) and adjust recipe as needed
– juice of one lemon
– 1/2 c Ghee, or clarified butter, melted
– 1 t. Cinnamon (plus more for sprinkling)
– 1 c. Toasted walnuts (we toast with olive oil and salt)
Place pears in baking dish, cut side down. Combine cinnamon and ghee, then poor over pears, making sure to fully coat. Sprinkle with extra cinnamon
Toast walnuts. At this point, the dish can be stored countertop or in the fridge until dinner begins. About a half-hour before serving, place pears in the oven at 350 degrees. Let the aroma cause great anticipation.
PS…vanilla or cinnamon ice cream would be da bomb with this…for those wishing to throw caution to the wind, of course. Shut the front door!!