I don’t generally search long and hard for just the right mascara. Most of the time I will buy a brand at the drugstore and yes, it works just fine.
And then I started hearing about the
Bobbi Brown ‘Smokey Eye’ Mascara
and how fantastic it is. So, I tried it.

And I love it! Goes on smoothly, doesn’t clump (at all..) , is easy to apply to both upper and lower lashes, and has lasted longer than most. I just bought my second.


As to my brows…no, this is definitely NOT an item I have focused on or thought much about. Occasionally I will use some color on them; I get them waxed regularly. It has always seemed a bit superfluous and over-the-top to me to hear people obsess over eyebrows!

Not any more. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this small “tube” of gel color with the perfect size brush. I use the No. 1 which is the lightest.  So easy and quick to apply and the results are amazing. I know, I’m a little late to the party: but better late than never!
Try it…you will like it!


Last, but not least, are these shoes:

Geox Koleos Sandals


With my upcoming trip to England just a few weeks off I began to panic about shoes! My Mephistos, while comfortable, look just awful! They are “well worn”, i.e. shabby and only to be worn locally. I have another pair of same brand but have never felt great wearing them. I will definitely be taking and plan to wear during my garden tour days, a pair of slip on navy sneakers. But no, I can’t wear those in London! Help…and then suddenly when going to the Nordstrom site, I came upon these Geox shoes.

They are just TOO wonderful. So comfortable. They breathe through the soles. The side and back strap are adjustable. The leather is soft. No break in required…which is really going some, in my book. They look very contemporary; I’ve worn them with a white skirt, cropped pants and even a casual striped dress. They are pricey, at about $130, but well worth it.

That’s it for my “Likes” today; a day late as I thought I would skip the Monday Holiday.

Do let us know if you have tried any of these and your comments…


It’s getting to be that time…time to travel!

In a few short weeks I’m heading off to London. And from there I’ll be going up to
The Cotswolds
for a six-day garden tour.


I’ve never been to the The Cotswolds and often dream of seeing more English gardens. So… this will be a special trip. Husband had NO interest in doing this (gee, I wonder why??) and I am very happy to go alone. Our group is small: maximum of 15 people. We stay in whatever hotel/inn/B&B we want so I chose two really lovely hotels. I’ll be visiting Hidcote, Highgrove, Kiftsgate and more, including several small, private gardens.
I will definitely be showing you our itinerary and links to hotels etc. in future posts, so stay tuned.


After my six days I will head back to London for four more days. Both before and after the tour I will be seeing old and new friends from the U.K.. This will really be a treat! I’ve been taking courses, and am a member of,
where I have met SO many wonderful new friends. The “problem” is that most of them live in England; so this is a perfect opportunity to meet them.

And, as an added bonus, daughter will also be in London for my last four days. It’s been almost three years since we were there together and had such a wonderful time: read about it here
Spending Some Time in London

It’s been and continues to be very very busy around here: thus my absence. I will try to post as often as possible but it may well not be on a regular schedule.


The subject of this week’s “Friday Flowers” is SO much more than just flowers. It is about a woman, a small business that grew and grew, a continuing story that is unfolding every day, and how a dream can really come true.

Let me tell you about the book,
“Cut Flower Garden” by Erin Benzakein.


Floret Farm is in the Skagit Valley in the Pacific Northwest and it is only two acres. Yes, on those two acres Erin and her team grow thousands and thousands of flowers each year. It is an amazing enterprise. But you must go to the website,
Floret Flowers,
to read the entire story.

And then, you just might spend hours reading and looking and dreaming and planning. Her sense of color, of perfect timing, of texture and her love for her land, farm and flowers is almost overwhelming.

Here is a lovely video showing Erin at work:

The New York Times recently had an article,
“What Happened to Traditional Floral Bouquets?”

In case you hadn’t noticed…floral bouquets have become locally grown and sourced and produced on small farms such as Floret Farm. Many are owned and operated by women. The Times article mentions the power of Instagram,
” the Gutenberg of visual imagery,” and goes on to name Erin one of the superstars of this movement. If you are on Instagram, she is definitely
#onetofollow .

On a personal level, I ordered six dahlias from Floret (they sold out, completely, within hours of posting!) and am growing my Zinnia and Hyacinth Bean seeds as well. So far, so good…

And finally for all of you locals:

I will be selling my greeting cards, gift tags and note pads from my Etsy shop


at the Carrboro Bazaar on Sunday, Mother’s Day! I haven’t done a show in a few months so this should be fun. I’m in the midst of applying for many in the fall and pre-Christmas and will certainly let you know what happens. But hope to maybe see you this Sunday!