A Rose is a Rose

IMG_8126A rose is a rose is a rose. Or as William Shakespeare said, ” What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” There is just something about the smell of roses. And, they are the classic Valentine flower. Though, I would steer clear of a dozen red roses…so cliche. Roses mixed with tulips and hydrangeas or any other flower let the roses soar.

Perhaps something rose scented. The new RosaViola fragrance from Diptyque is divine. I’ll have to admit….I treated myself. The packaging inspired by Olympia Tan takes it over the top. But, the scent is still the star.IMG_0662Dark chocolate reigns supreme at our house and this dark chocolate-rose bar by L.A. based Compartes would send me to the moon!IMG_8168woa-embed-el-brunch-2-smallNever kiss and tell, but always have your lips “done”! Whether it’s the rose balm lipsticks from Aerin or Smith’s Rosebud Salve…you are kiss ready!

Wishing you bunches of roses from that special someone. Even if that someone is YOU!!!


Friday Flowers – Rose & Mint

Happy Friday, everyone! Have you been hiding from the heat like I have? From the looks of things, most of us in the U.S. are under this crazy heat dome. Well, relief is on the way.

Today, I wanted to share a sweet and simple arrangement, given to me by a friend with a serious green thumb. The combination of roses and mint not only looked beautiful, but smelled divine!

Love the container, a recycled iced tea tin. Harney & Sons tea is one of my favorites and this makes a great vase, and would also make a great container for pens and pencils on your desk. Love well made products that can do double duty.

The next time you’re at the grocery, grab some mint to mix in with your flowers and your iced tea!!! Maybe that combo will help cool us all off.

What’s you tip for staying cool this summer?

Friday Flowers – Roses

This weekend will be filled with flowers, but mainly roses.

From the blanket of roses that will be awarded to tomorrow’s Kentucky Derby winner or the roses that may grace the bouquet you give your mother or that you may receive…may they be fragrant and many.

Here’s to a rosy weekend!