December 15, 2015

Scentsational London

While Christmas shopping this past week, I came across a candle that was branded as smelling like London: "Tea and Lemon." This got me to thinking about the city I remember, and I have decided to compile a (more accurate) list of potential candle scents for a London line:
  • "July Thames"
  • "QE II's Hat Closet"
  • "The Royal Horse Stables"
  • "Kebabs + Chips"
  • "Prawn Anything"
  • "Harrod's Food Hall at Closing Time"
  • "The Queen's Arm's Men's Loo"
  • "That Guy in Dreads Dancing to a Boombox at the Entrance to Portobello Road Market"
  • "Chelsea Lapdog Excrement"
  • "Leicester Square Tourist"
  • "Alan Rickman's Musk"
What else? What are some other good scents that would transport one straight to the middle of Piccadilly Circus?

September 13, 2014

A short post for men.

Lately, the news is full of stories about men and the terrible things they've done: men who have beaten their wives, men who have ignored a woman's "no," men who have sacrificed their ethics in the name of greed, men who have beheaded other men...the list of their atrocities is, sadly, too long.

Last night, I had the unfortunate experience of standing in front of two college-age males in line for dinner. I'll spare you the details of their vulgar conversation - did I just age myself? - but safe to say that it all made me physically ill to imagine them interacting with any future daughters. Or sons, for that matter.

And then I started to think about men. I began to lump them into one, general category and mentally list off everything terrible about them...

Except, when I thought about the men in my life, I couldn't do that. Because, in truth, I've been surrounded by so many good, good men. Men who have not pushed me into and have even led me from compromising situations. Men who have challenged me with conversations and questions that have pushed me to be stronger, more confident, and more Christ-like. Men who have defied the stereotypes and let me talk and talk and talk and break down and cry in front of them. Men who didn't let competitiveness get in the way of nourishing my God-given talents and provided me with opportunities to excel in so many areas of my life. Men who have made me feel valued and worthy of love - love for which I didn't have to compromise.

Men who have, quite simply, protected me in a dangerous world.

So, in the midst of everything terrible, I think it's also important to thank the men who are doing it so well. Perhaps I am unique in my experience, but I hope I am not.

To so many of the men in my life: thank you for loving me so well. I think I speak for my my mom, my dad, my brothers, my family, my friends, and my future husband and children when I say that the way you've chosen to exert your manliness has made the world a better, richer, safer place for me, and others, to be a woman.

August 26, 2014

Oh meami, oh Miami.*

*or, "Where we're going, you won't need shoes."

Took a little trip with the girls.

August 13, 2014

Up, up, and away.

The question I am asked the most, outside of what mascara I use (Maybelline Volum’ Express for day and Givenchy Phenomen'Eyes for night), is how I manage to travel - domestically and internationally - so much. 

July 27, 2014

Charleston, darling.

I believe this trip was necessary for both Mindy and me, made up of a thousand little memories that won't be nearly as interesting to you as they were perfect to us.