Big In Japan: Tatcha Skincare

I've often wanted what I can't have.  Rather, I fall in love with something I see in a magazine and immediately want it.  The problem is that I live in Canada, that country directly north of the US.  For some reason, a lot of companies don't/won't ship to Canada, and some that do, won't ship to Quebec, the province I live in.  That's where my resourcefulness comes in.  

Last fall, I stumbled upon the Japanese brand Tatcha and immediately wanted to try all of their products.  I considered ordering online and paying huge shipping costs but then I decided to try to be patient (not my strong suit) and wait for an upcoming Thanksgiving weekend in New York.  On Black Friday, I excitedly trotted off to Barney's and bought two products, including the classic rice enzyme powder (after receiving a great demonstration and partial make-up application by Michelle - she's wonderful).

Let me tell you that this product is so luscious, elegant, gentle and effective.  It's an exfoliant without the harsh granules or bits found in western exfoliants.  I tend to use it in the morning to give my skin a fresh glow.  This powder really leaves my skin rosy, dewy and not tight or dry at all.  It's also gentle enough for my sensitive, reactive skin.

Below is a short video from the Tatcha website which shows how to use the product.  

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Check in next week to find out which other product I bought (and love).

Do you exfoliate regularly?  If so, what do you use?  The product junkie in me would love to know.

Vested Interest

It all happened in Grade 9, 1980.  I was looking forward to the school dance all month and the day finally arrived.  My best friend K was on the decorating committee so she wasn't able to go home and change.  She asked me to lend her a blouse and my beloved rust-coloured corduroy vest.  I went home, got myself all kitted out in my disco finery and headed excitedly to the school.  When K got changed, the shirt was fine but the vest was too tight because she had much bigger boobs than I did (I was so envious).  She got so upset that the vest didn't fit that she socked me one, with all her might, right in the arm.  We got into a huge fight and we both stormed off. Of course, we made up shortly thereafter, as we always did.  To this day, when I think of vests, I think of K who is still one of my closest friends.

Surprise, surprise!  Vests are back for spring/summer 2014.  They are cut much longer than my cord vest and they can be worn over a short-sleeved t-shirt or with nothing under.  I love the look of one with skinny jeans and a flat sandal.

Are they a yea or a nay for you?

C Is For Cocktail

The Corpse Reviver II is a "hair-of-the-dog" cocktail that was invented in the 1930s.  I had my first one last Thanksgiving at a drinks party at friends in New York and I was hooked.  It has quickly become my favourite cocktail.  It's got everything going for it - it's sweet, it's sharp, it's tangy and it has a lovely hint of anise from the Absinthe.  Fair warning though:  it packs a wallop.  One is great, two is good but any more than that and you're heading into dangerous territory.

Click here for a printable version of this recipe.

We always have some sort of music playing in the house and I love to customize music to mood or event.  Here's a 1930s inspired playlist to listen to while enjoying your Corpse Reviver II.

Have a fabulous weekend everyone and to those who celebrate, Happy Easter.