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Travel Amenity Kits
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We’re thrilled to introduce a skillfully collaborated collection of Bella Lucce’s bestsellers, now offered in TSA-friendly sizes tucked inside chic cotton travel bags. Our new Travel Amenity Kits enable you to take your favorite Bella Lucce luxuries for face and body on the road no matter where your travels may take you. Whether you’re off on an adventure by plane, train or automobile, we wish you happy travels!

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From Morocco With Love

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Latest Obsession
Inspirational Jewlery from LuluBug
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My teenage daughter recently left for a summer service trip to Thailand. I was scouring Etsy for a piece of inspirational jewelry to give her when I stumbled upon LuluBug. I’m smitten with her whimsical, original designs in sterling silver. My Chloe scored a locket that said “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams…” but I’ve got my eye on several other pieces as well. Who could resist the “You are my sunshine” necklace?

Ingredient of the Month
Crushed Freshwater Pearls

Crushed Freshwater Pearls: Celebrated by Asian women and ancient Chinese pharmacopoeia for more than 3,000 years, pearl powder has a rich history and a myriad of legendary tales about its use at the Imperial Palace. Created by pulverizing real freshwater pearls, it is reputed to boost skins brightness and is rich in both amino acids and trace minerals.

Find it in: Shiitake & Green Tea Antioxidant Serum, Detoxifying Giinger-Wasabi Masque, Orchid & Crushed Pearl Body Creme

Food For Thought

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma- which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

- Steve Jobs

Home Spa Rituals
Lavender- Honey Milk Bath

3 tbsp. Dried Lavender Flowers*
1 1/2 cups Whole Milk or Buttermilk
1/3 cup Honey

Process lavender flowers in a blender until they become a powder, turning off the blender and scraping down the sides as necessary. Whisk together lavender powder, milk, and honey in a glass bowl, then pour into a jar. Before each use, shake the jar and pour half of the mixture into the bath. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes enough for 2 baths.

*Dried lavender flowers can be found in the spice section of gourmet and specialty stores. (Recipe courtesy of the National Honey Board)

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NY Times Travel Blog : For those days when you're trapped in your office, but dream of snorkeling expeditions to Belize or biking through Spain.

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Women's Rights Blog : An eye-opening look at the state of women's rights around the globe.

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Antioxidant Blueberry Lemon Pops

July 11, 2012

Celie and I tried our hand at a new popsicle recipe yesterday and the results were so sublime that I felt compelled to share. Blueberries pack a potent antioxidant punch and are super-refreshing with a twist of lemon in...

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Summer Brunch Menu

August 29, 2011

Last Friday, I hosted a Pajama Party for a handful of my favorite girlfriends. My family graciously agreed to be banished for the night while a gaggle of ladies enjoyed pizza, girl chat, party games and a henna artist. The...

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Ginger lovers unite!

May 18, 2011

On my recent trip to Thailand, I stayed at a resort by the name of Anatara. It was every bit as beautiful as pictured on their website...gorgeous furnishings, loads of charm, picturesque setting and warm hospitality. I spent a disproportionate...

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Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Coulis

March 28, 2011

My new favorite cake- super easy, very swanky and divinely rich. If you are watching your waistline, do not make this cake. If you don't adore chocolate, do not make this cake. Everyone else, PLEASE DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND...

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Super healthy spinach, black bean & chick pea salad

Last week my dear friend Teri's brother was in town from New York and she hosted a lovely dinner party to introduce us. The food was a-m-a-z-i-n-g. How amazing? Let's just say I was passing up chocolate ganache tarts for...

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Mumbai- Inspired Summer Lemonade

May 29, 2009

A few years ago, my mother and I were traveling abroad and we discovered the world's most perfect lemonade in Mumbai, India. I've been on a quest to recreate it ever since and I've come dangerously close to succeeding. Here's...

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The Perfect Summer Salsa

May 19, 2009

A few years ago, I had the most fabulous neighbor named Carol. She and her husband Joey love to cook and my husband and I were often the benefciaries of their culinary skills. Even though Carol & Co. have moved...

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WARNING: This post is dangerous…

May 10, 2009

My mom sent this recipe to me and we gave it a spin today for Mother's Day...it's seriously dangerous for your waistline! Courtesy of the incomparable Nigella Lawson: Chocolate Hotpots Times: Prep: 10 min Inactive Prep: 15 min Cook: 20...

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Roasted Garlic & Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

April 23, 2009

I tweeted last night that I made the most a-m-a-z-i-n-g Roasted Garlic & Parmesan Mashed Potatoes and my friend Nicole asked for the recipe. I figured that as long as I’m typing, I might as well share it here, too!...

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Yummy Corn Chowder

February 24, 2009

I posted on Twitter that I made a delicious corn chowder last night and received several requests for the recipe...your wish is my command. 3 oz. butter 1 large onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic 2 tsp. cumin 4 cups...

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Easy Taco Soup

August 31, 2008

In betwixt managing two busy kids, one patient husband, the pets, the business and a home, I do manage to cook a few times per week. My two children and I are staunch vegetarians, but you wouldn’t know it by...

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