RIO’S RELIEF BALM AND OIL

Rio's Relief Balm

I’m a tough audience.

Not easily convinced or sold on “miracle” products.

You’ll usually get a “yeah right” and an eye roll from me.

The people at make-up counters hate me.

Not this time.

Sister Darbie and Casey's Safe Haven resident donkey Petunia

Sister Darbie and Casey’s Safe Haven resident donkey Petunia

This is a real deal, no eye rolling product that my sister Darbie turned me on to.

I bought the products initially because a portion of the proceeds goes to Casey’s Safe Haven, a holistic equine rescue my sister is involved in and I wanted to support her.

The balm and oil are from BT Naturals and called Rio’s Relief Balm and Oil.

I thought I’d take my purchases home and throw them into a drawer.

Nope.

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I use it on everyone in our home (including Pablo).

Rio’s Relief Balm & Oil are handmade, topical, healing ointments that can be applied to the skin areas that have aches and pains, such as sore muscles and joints.

They are 100% natural, consisting of organic herbs and essential oils.

Rio’s products can be used on humans and animals.​

I use it every night on my neck, feet and hands.

I couldn’t get enough of it when I was doing my 8-weeks to Change program.

It’s the reason I could get up in the morning.

Seriously.

Satisfied Customer Pablo

Satisfied Customer Pablo

Pablo gets a good rub down after a long hike or if his allergies are flaring up he gets a couple drops in his food bowl.

The itch fest subsides.

Adam uses it when he’s recovering from an extreme yoga workout.

Caroline uses it on her dry skin and the soothing smell helps relax her for a good nights sleep.

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Sue (creator of BT Naturals & Founder of Casey’s Safe Haven) using Rio’s Oil and Massage Therapy on Comanche

All the animals at Casey’s Safe Haven (a place so magical it deserves its own post) get treatment with these products.

Miracles have happened.

I’m not paid to promote this product so you can believe all the hype from me.

You can also check out some of the testimonials on the site.

I’m not the only one who loves this stuff.

You’ll thank me.

xoxo Carrie

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WHITE SHOES ARE CHIC

White shoes and jeans

I love white shoes.

For the longest time I just thought they were tacky.

Okay if you were a nurse or a bride.

Something Mrs. Roper would wear on a cruise.

 Very Carmela Soprano.

I hadn’t owned or wanted to own a pair since my white Buck shoe craze/phase in college.

And that was a really long time ago.

But now I own two pairs.

And I don’t think they are tacky at all.

Prada White Penny Loafers

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I bought these white loafers two months ago and I haven’t taken them off.

My new go to shoe, they’re neutral and go with everything.

 They look great with all sorts of jean styles, shorts, and pants.

I keep on trying to put other shoes in the rotation, but I keep on circling back to these.

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Of course you can never go wrong with these white Adidas style athletic shoe…the style has been around forever.

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White Roger Vivier Shoes

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I also have a pair of white patent leather Roger Vivier flats similar to the ones above, but with a black buckle.

A bit worn, but so loved that in my closet they shall remain.

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Pierre Pone Hicks

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 I think my flat white shoes need a high-heeled sibling.

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Photo: www.erikabrechtel.com

 I am loving the look of white pumps!

Never thought I’d be looking for a pair.

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Dolce & Gabbana White Pumps

Photo: Harper’s Bazaar

But I am.

xoxo

Carrie

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Moc Me All You Want

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I LOVE my new moccasins!

They are the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned.

And damn good-looking.

I’m a fan for life.

I purchased the moccasin at the Itasca Leather Goods Store  in Hayward, Wisconsin.

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Here’s a little background on the company.

“Itasca Moccasin was founded in 1986 by Mardel Bents who learned the moccasin-making business after being sold leather working equipment by a salesman from St. Paul, MN. Bents opened the original factory store in Lake George, MN, located in the northwestern quadrant of the state between the towns of Park Rapids, Bemidji and Walker. The location was ideal — just outside of world-renowned Itasca State Park, the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Since its opening, the store has attracted visitors traveling to the park from throughout the country. Also among its early customer base were Native Americans living in the nearby reservations of Leech Lake, White Earth and Red Lake; the native Ojibwe wear moccasins as a part of their regalia for Powwow dances and for other cultural events”

The price is right too.

$122 for a handmade pair of moccasins.

I wear them out and about and though they do not have a hard sole, they are wearing quite well

thank very much.

Here are my moc’s.

I love the olive, buff and red color combo.

They go with everything.

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$122

Next up on my moccasin wish list.

Cota French Lavender

 Cota French Lavender

$122

and these

Obion Chukka Boots

Obion Chukkaa Ankle Boots 

$248

My sister Darbie loved these boots.

They will be in her closet shortly.

Mermec Boot

Meramec 12″ Boot

$278

and so will these

Nokasippi Chocolate Suede

Nokasippi Chocolate Suede

$302

Here is my sister Jenny’s pick.

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$122

And they also make Men and Children’s Shoes

These mini moc’s kill me.

So cute for little feet.

The perfect baby gift!

Maquoketa Fringed Children's Moccasin

Children’s Maquoketa Fringed Moccasin

$58

Here’s another thing that’s cool about this leather goods company.

Itasca will customize your order.

You can add fringe, beads, create your own color combination, type of leather, etc…

They have an on-line store and I suggest you order a size smaller than you normally do because leather stretches.

One or two wears and you’re set.

So go wild, be creative and get your own personalize unique pair of shoes.

Your feet will thank you.

xoxo Carrie

Photos: Itasca Pinterest Page

Hot, Hot, Hot

Hot Pink Ballgown

Hot Pink.

It’s the latest color I am obessessing over.

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I am super excited that one of my favorite clients ‘N” approved hot pink curtains with her Hague Blue Walls.

It is going to be divine.

My client “E” let me sneak some in her living room which made me super happy.

Hoping to do more.

In the meantime

Here are some of my favorite images featuring my color crush.

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Photo: Emily Henderson

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Photos: Pinterest

Hot Pink Chairs

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Photo: House & Home

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Photo: janellemccullochlibraryofdesign.blogspot.com

You’ll always be in the “hot” seat in this chair.

Great price too!

Hot Pink Thornet Chair

Photo: Keep.Com

Pink dining Chair

Photo: House Beautiful

The pop of hot pink on the chair cushions make this room.

And no wonder the room is so chic, it belongs to one of my style crushes, Minnie Mortimer and her husband Stephen Gaghan.

Hot Pink Chairs, Blue Book Cases

Photo: Pinterest

Hot Pink Entry Way

Mary McDonald Pink Entry

Photo: Mary McDonald

Typically not a fan of the hot pink/black combo.

It tends to look at little  too “Gallery Z”  for me, but this entry works.

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Photo: Jonathan Berger

Throw some hot pink into your tablescape for a chic summer look.

Hot Pink Table Scape

Photo: Pinterest

Throw some hot pink into some of your accessories.

The hot pink pillows on the blue gray sofa gives the room pizazz.

Kishani Perera Hot Pink Pillows

Photo: Kishani Perera

I love the navy and hot pink on this throw and the serape vibe makes this a winner.

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The hot pink color jumps out in these wallpapers.

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Photo: hdwallpapers4desktop.com

 I love this Elizabeth 2 Grey and Pink wallpaper  by  “Madison & Grow” .

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Photo: www.betterlivingthroughdesign.com

I love this shot and her outfit.

If only I could walk in heels.

I haven’t done that in 10 years.

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Photo: www.pinterest.com

xoxo Carrie

Top two photos: Pinterest

Falling in Love Again

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When you are with your mate for a long time, you get used to them. You love them without doubt, but life, kids, etc. takes a toll on a relationship.  You know what I’m talking about….It’s just not sexy time as much as it once was.

And then one ordinary day you take a second look and realize why you fell in love in the first place. And bam… all the fun, goodness and sexiness comes roaring back .

Just like when you  were falling in love.

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Well I have always loved Jonathan Adler. His quirky goodness. His campy style.

It was love at first site.

I have some his earliest pieces of pottery. They’re classics. But then, I took him for granted and started driving by his store.

 Occasionally, popping in for a gift,  a decorative pillow, some bookends.  But I wasn’t coveting any furniture.  I kind of just got used to his designs being around and started to ignore what was going on in his stores.

And then one ordinary day, I took a second look and realized why I fell for him and his work.

Now, I’m in love all over again.

Here are some of the things that are rocking my world and must have!

Rio Pendant

The Rio 

$394

This is a great pendant light. I think it could work in a multitude of rooms.

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Maxime Chair

$2,250

Spring is certainly coming in more like a Lamb than a Lion.

I am mad for shearling and fluffy lamb decor.

It’s catching on!

Mongolian Lamb Stool

Mongolian Lamb Stool

$1,445

My friend Monica was just coveting some lucite and shearling stools on Ebay.

Wait till she sees this number.

Pagoda Umbrella

Pagoda Umbrella

$495

This outdoor umbrella has great big style!

It makes me want to re-think all my outdoor decor.

Junior Hand Sanitizer Cozy

The Junior Hand Sanitizer Cozy

$42

No germs around here with the adorable needle point hand sanitizer cozy.

Who really wants to look at that unpleasant plastic bottle on a counter?

Sun Jute Pouch

Sun Jute Pouch

$78

The perfect little pouch to throw in your beach bag!

Money, keys, lip balm, i-phone, ponytail holders, sun screen, done.

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Brass Peacock Table

$3,695.00

I sure would be proud to own this Peacock table!

I’m so glad I fell in love again.

I hope you can too.

It’s fun.

xoxo Carrie

Best Coffee by a Longshot!

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I am obsessed with Coffee+Food (more on that later) located in the Old Wild Oats Cafe space on Melrose.

One of the main reasons, besides the awesome Panini’s and the Kale Salad (it’s addictive, you’ve been warned) is their coffee.

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Soooo while I was dreaming of the coffee to come I struck up a conversation with the oh so cute and charming man behind the coffee machine.

His name is Julio Uriarte and he is actually a “guest” barista representing the coffee company and he’s fabulous.

But the coffee he uses is even more fabulous.

Long Shot Coffee Beans The coffee beans come from Longshot Espresso.

It’s smooth, rich and strong, but it doesn’t have the bitterness that some chain coffees have.

And it’s not so strong that it melts your stomach lining.

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Photo: LA Weekly

So here is the scoop on Longshot Espresso.

Aussie, Mark Baird  relocated from Sydney to Los Angeles and discovered that our dear City of Angels didn’t have the espresso he loved and served his customers back in Australia.

He then set out on a mission to find a coffee that would not only satisfy his longing for a good bean, but to rescue Angeleno’s who have been sipping the bad stuff for so long.

He tested various roasts and beans for over a year until he found the perfect blend.

 And that would be the classic, Longshot Australian Roast.

Longshot Espresso can be ordered on-line. It’s $14 a pound which is super reasonable for a gourmet coffee.

If you are having a party, they have a mobile espresso bar!

Brilliant if you need to sober people up before they head home.

 The mobile espresso bar has also graced many a TV and movie set.
It’s the go to coffee service  for some of the best caterers and party planners out there.

If you are a simple pedestrian like me. you’re in luck, you can pick up a cup or some beans at

the Yamashiro (season starts April, 2013) or Sherman Oaks Farmer’s Market.

Or my beloved Coffee + Food.

Do it soon.

Julio’s guest starring stint is coming to an end.

Ask for the flat white.

Yum.

xoxo Yours Truly,

Pleasantly caffeinated, Carrie

I’d rather call it Pistachio

I am obsessing over pistachio.

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Photo: Julie Schaeffer Nasenbeny

It’s really mint green I am digging right now, but that color sends me too far back in time.  It  pains me to say that my Prom Dress was a polyester mint green number with a sheer matching cape.   It was also the color of  my  circa 1987 Laura Ashley Towels (with a lovely peach accent stripe) that I bought for my first apartment in Chicago.

But I am finding new life and inspiration in this color that I’ m calling Pistachio.

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I think it has to do with the new J Crew catalog.

I did some real damage shopping last night and the stand out color of my purchases was pistachio.

Here are some of my purchases.

(I am praying my husband doesn’t read this)

The pop of green in the flower pattern is what I like about this shirt.

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Carnation Silk Top

Buy It Here: J Crew

The color of the shoe got my attention, but the lilac bow sealed the deal.

My new favorite spring shoe.

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Contessa Snakeskin Bow Pumps

Buy them here: J Crew

I am hoping this brocade number will work for an evening fundraiser I have coming up.

I always feel more comfortable in pants than a dress so when I find a dressy look that will work for a formal occasion I snap it up.

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 Gilded Brocade Pant and Top

Buy them here: J Crew

 Pistachio has also been inspiring color for me in the interior design department.

I just won’t go back to the 1980’s peach and mint green rage, but combining the color with some jewel tones or quiet neutrals can make a room a winner.

Pistachio Walls

Photo: Pinterest

 Designer Lizzie Dinkle did right by pistachio in this lovely Brentwood dining room

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Photo: www.elizabethdinkeldesign.com

Rasberry + Pistachio= a delicious living room

Pistachio & Raspberry Living Room

Photo: Pinterest

The color reflection off of the collection of mirrors in this dining area is simply gorgeous.

Pistachio Kitchen

Photo: Pinterest

I love the pops of green on this neutral mantle.

Pistachio Green Pops of Colors

Photo: www.laylagrayce.com

Certain to never go out of style is the Pistachio nut.

Here’s a great cookie recipe

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Brown Butter Pistachio Cookies

 Photo: www.lawyerloveslunch.com

And who could argue against the beauty of the product packaging and the deliciousness of the Laduree Pistachio Macaroon?

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Photo: www.wherecanifindtheperfect.com

 Pistachio Perfection.

xoxo Carrie