Of Spontaneous Road Trips And Magnetic Poetry

Sunday February 16, 2014 | Musings

Celebrating love is fun and sweet.

It should be done every day. Not just on Valentine’s Day.

But yesterday’s Valentine’s was perhaps one of the best I’ve ever had!

When Oliver got back from his business trip from Paris, I’d accidentally gotten a peek inside his luggage and saw there was something wrapped in plastic bubble. I knew it had to be a Valentine’s gift!

But since I am a civilized and decent human being, I restrained myself from tearing the wrapping with my claws and teeth like a scavenging raccoon.

Even the night before Valentine’s day I was already trying to convince him that we should exchange our gifts (I’m like this on Christmas Eve too.)

We woke up yesterday and I immediately began to jump around with excitement and clamor that we should exchange gifts.

I gave him his gift, which was a tin box with a French magnetic poetry kit inside…

French Magnetic Poetry Kit

Then I opened the gift he’d given me.

Which was…

A family of owls

The cutest family of three little owls!

He had bought them for me at an antiques market in Paris. They feel so soft and are made from real feathers.

Confession: I had felt a slight pang of disappointment because there had been a secret part of me that had hoped it would be a ring even though it was me who had told him not to get me one for our engagement.

Of course I was being silly.

Actually, there is a lot I could say about the silliness of weddings and the pressures of following certain traditions, which can come up even for couples who don’t really care much for conventions.

But I will save that rant for later.

Back to Valentine’s Day. I let the silly feeling go, adopted the family of owls and named them “The Muggies.”

Entre l'enfer et la piscine

Later, while eating our breakfast sandwiches and drinking our Starbucks coffees in the car, I had the spontaneous urge to go for a very very long drive.

So we did.

We drove north, without a destination in mind.

It was both a sunny and foggy day. We drove along Ocean Beach, over the Golden Gate Bridge, and looked at how the fog blanketed the bay.

Then we followed Route 101 for a bit, before turning our direction to the left, towards the coast. Past the smallest, quaintest little towns in the heart of Marin county.

Along windy little roads, under the shade of redwood forests.

Un chapeau miniscule

We hit upon the entrance of Point Reyes, where we stopped and looked at a map. We wondered what Sir Francis Drake was doing out here, all the way from his little English island across the Atlantic across the continent.

How long must that journey have taken back then, on little ships with little sails!

Our drive eventually led us back on to the California 1 Highway.

Imagine the most narrow and twisted little roads, and on the right, sheer cliffs dropping off into the rocky ocean below!

I’d never driven on such ridiculously dangerous roads before. So I drove like a little daredevil. A cautious daredevil at that, enjoying the lurching sensation as the car hugged the sharp curves of the road.

We stopped a few more times to enjoy the feeling of the air and the wind on our faces.

j'ai envie du champagne

The whole drive lasted for around two and a half hours. The rest of the afternoon was not as exciting, as we spent the time taking care of the things we needed to take care of.

But later in the evening, we opened a bottle of wine, lit some candles, danced to Sade’s “Smooth Operator” and had a good laugh at ourselves.

The Muggies

Cheers to the times that we spend with our best friends!

Wishing you Happy Valentines, from “the Muggies” !!!

An Open Welcome To 2014! And A Quick Recap Of The Past Year.

Thursday January 2, 2014 | Musings

Happy New Year, dear Ziba readers!!!

2013 was a fantastic whirlwind of a year that brought about so many amazing things:

- The re-design of the blog.
- The birth of my wonderful nephew Noah.
- Traveling to Amsterdam.
- Leaving Paris and moving back to the U.S.
- Living in New York for a month during the summer.
- Moving out west to San Francisco.
- Falling in love with the Pacific ocean and enjoying all its therapeutic benefits.
- Getting engaged :)
- Checking off many of the things on my 28th Birthday Wish List (guess who finally got a yoga mat and lots of plants and lots of space?!)

The move out here to the West Coast begins a new chapter in my life. I can feel myself changing in subtle and quiet ways. It’s as though my bones are settling down and taking root into the earth.

Surrounded by the contemplative blue of the Pacific, the wild ruggedness of the coast and breathing in the cool, fresh climate…

I can be calm. And take my time.

Pacific View

['Dear Pacific Ocean, I will never leave your side again.' And other true confessions of love.]

I would like to say a fond farewell to 2013. You were quite a roller-coaster of a year. Full of uncertainty and turbulence. But you always had something fun up your sleeve. And you showed me that, in the end, things DO work out. And no, they don’t always. But even then, that’s okay too.

So what if my 3 Beauty Resolutions from last year fell to the wayside? Especially that part about “Reducing my sugar intake.” I couldn’t help that I got that little bakery job in Queens over the summer. And my addiction to pastries reared back its ugly head.

I’m picking it all back up again in 2014.

And this time, I only have two other new resolutions…

Dance more. And kick off the drama boots.

Lucy, We’ve Got Some Catching Up To Do!

Wednesday December 4, 2013 | Beauty Musings

It’s happened.

In a short space of time, I’ve managed to accumulate quite a bunch of stuff.

I am now at a point where I am taking in way more beauty products than I am writing or talking about.

Let me show you what I mean…

Beauty Collection

Products Pictured:

  • DermOrganic Skincare Sampler (includes Soapless Facial Cleanser, Facial Moisturizer, Hand & Body Moisture Lotion)
  • DermOrganic Daily Conditioning Shampoo
  • DermOrganic Intensive Hair Repair Masque
  • DermOrganic Leave-In Treatment
  • DermOrganic Fast Dry Shaping Spray
  • Beautisol Wash Off Body Bronzer
  • Measurable Difference Instant Lash Extensions
  • Save Our Sweaters with Lilly Brush
  • Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
  • Susan Posnick Eyeliner/Eyeshadow
  • Nailuv Gel Polish Berry Sweetie
  • Nyx Butter Lip Balm
  • Bon Bliss Mango Butter Solid Hand & Body Scrub
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (sample)
  • Becca Skin Satin Finish Foundation (sample)
  • Becca The One Perfecting Brush
  • Nyx Love In Florence 5 color Shadow Palette
  • Prai 24K Gold Caviar Wrinkle Repair Serum
  • Prai 24K Golden Eye Wrinkle Repair Caviar
  • Makeup Geek Liquid Gold Pigment
  • Dermalogica Precleanse (sample)
  • Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer (sample)
  • Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (sample)
  • Vitabath Asian Orchid & Coconut Body Wash (sample)
  • Vitabath Cucumber & White Tea Body Wash (sample)

Beauty Collection Pt.2

Products Pictured:

  • Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream
  • Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner
  • Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
  • Goodebox November 2013 Box
  • Goodebox December 2013 Box
  • Acure Gotu Kola Stem Cell Day Cream
  • Dermae Evenly Radiant Brightening Serum with Vitamin C
  • La Roche-Posay Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Anthelios AC
  • La Roche-Posay l’Eau Micellaire
  • Uriage l’Eau Micellaire
  • Themis l’Eau Micellaire
  • Jonzac l’Eau Micellaire
  • Bioderma l’Eau Micellaire
  • Gamarde l’Eau Micellaire
  • Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst-Quenching Serum
  • Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunscreen Lip Care SPF 25
  • Laura Mercier Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Color in MOD Matte
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner High Precision Waterproof Eyeliner
  • Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Brightening Sunscreen Makeup SPF 25 (sample)

So as you can see…

There are too many amazing products that I’ve been dying to tell you about!!

Instead, I’ve allowed this task to turn into a daunting pile in my bedroom and bathroom.

And now it’s spilled into other crooks, crannies and surfaces of my life.

But I’ve decided to finally do something about this.

I’m gonna bust through this writer’s block and get my blogging mojo back!

The same excitement and passion that I used to always get whenever I would even just THINK about BEAUTY? I can actually feel myself getting it back again.

So expect some fresh new beauty writings and reviews in the days to come.

Maybe even another impromptu beauty video. Who knows? :D

Baby steps first!

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Hm, okay well…

Though I am inclined to agree with Confucius… I am also of the opinion that you gotta “strike while the iron’s hot” and “catch the giant waves before they break!”

So here we go!

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Disclaimer

* First Photo: All the products were gifted to me during the SF iFabbo Social Media Conference (which I STILL have to write about btw). BIG thanks to the SF iFabbo 2013 organizers & sponsors. Most were full-size!

** Second Photo: All the products were personally purchased by me, with the exception of the 3 Dermalogica products which were generously sent to me by the folks of Dermalogica.