Sweets for Your Sweetheart

Screen Shot 2017-02-09 at 9.57.18 PMIf you are hoping to send your loved one a little something sweet for Valentine’s Day…today is probably the last day to order! There are so many tasty treats available, but I just wanted to highlight a few that look as pretty as they are delicious!

LOVE chocolates by Lock & Key Confectionary, Raspberry Heart Marshmellows by Butter and Conversation Heart chocolate stirrers by Ticket are all available at Terrain.Screen Shot 2017-02-09 at 9.57.59 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-09 at 9.58.37 PMScreen Shot 2017-02-09 at 10.14.43 PMThese gorgeous and luscious cupcakes are just one of the special Valentine’s Day versions available at Georgetown Cupcakes.Screen Shot 2017-02-09 at 10.32.58 PMThese charming heart and confetti filled envelopes are signed, sealed and delivered by Eleni’s!

If your love has a sweet tooth, any of these treats will give you the key to their heart!


Love is in the Air


OK….it’s Valentine’s Weekend. It’s Sunday. But, of course, you already know that. Whether you meet this day with dreams or dread, it’s coming your way. Now, it can be awfully commercial…there’s no doubt about that. But, don’t let that stop you from celebrating it. Just elevate it.

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Instead of buying a store bought card, get out your most plain stationery…yes, plain. Now, write a sweet message. From the heart. It doesn’t have to be profound. Just make it personal. Now….spray it with your favorite perfume. The one that whoever opens the envelope will recognize immediately. For me, that means Chloe. Now….drop in some confetti or flower petals. Finally….seal with your kiss on the back. Yes…actually, put on some lipstick and kiss the envelope. Viola….you have a very romantic, personal, inexpensive Valentine.

Now….it’s time to make some chocolate. Whaaaaat, you ask? Yes…you can do this. Get a bar, a really quality bar, of dark chocolate that’s at least 70% cacao. Chop it up and melt in the microwave (or in a glass bowl above a pot of boiling water) for 30-60 seconds at a time. Drop it onto some parchment paper in 2 inch rounds. Sprinkle liberally with a mix of healthy add-ons: such as, pistachios, almonds, chia seeds, pepitas, goji berries, blueberries, dried fruit….and let harden. Pop in the fridge for a half hour and you have homemade, healthy, luxurious dark chocolate.


Fill a couple of glasses with some bubbly…and you have a full fledged Valentine’s celebration. Sadly, my big Valentine will be on another continent, but I’ll be celebrating with my little Valentines. So, it might be dark chocolate and hot cocoa…but I know it will be fun.

Wishing you loads of love, leisure and romance this weekend!


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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!!!