Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Eau de Hatshepsut

She may have ruled like a man, but Egyptian queen Hatshepsut still preferred to smell like a lady.

The world may be able to get a whiff of that ancient royal scent when researchers complete their investigation into the perfume worn by Hatshepsut, the powerful pharaoh-queen who ruled over ancient Egypt for 20 years beginning around 1479 B.C.

Analyzing a metal jar belonging to the famous queen, the team from the Bonn University Egyptian Museum in Germany recently found residue thought to be leftovers from Hatshepsut's own perfume. Their next step will be attempting to "reconstruct" the scent, which was likely made from pricey incense imported from present-day Somalia.

Though funerary objects belonging to Egypt's ancient rulers fill museums around the world, if successful, this will be the first time that a pharaoh's perfume is recreated, the researchers said.

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Here Comes The Sun

Back when I had more time on my hands, I spent more time on my hands. I had standing appointments for french tips, and I loved them. But, nowadays with three children I have reallocated my spare time to fit in my other interests, like sleep.
Although the nails are gone, I have hung onto Solar Oil. It moisturizes your cuticles and hydrates the nail. It is composed of jojoba oil, vitamin E oil, rice bran oil and sweet almond oil. It smells pretty good, and I use it two ways: 1) I put it on at night and then follow-up with some hand lotion or 2) after I have washed my hair and it is ready to dry I put on some solar oil and heat it with the hair dryer while I'm drying my hair, so it turns into a kind of nail treatment.
Solar Oil is sold at many beauty salons, but you can also find it in the cosmetics section of many stores or online, like at drugstore.com.

Friday, March 20, 2009

A Packing Experiment

Imagine a big suitcase. In this suitcase there are clothes for 1 to 2 adults and 3 children as well as diapers, shoes, toys, and toiletries. Do you know what this suitcase looks like half way through a two week trip to France? It's not pretty, I assure you! It's really my least favorite thing to deal with when I have travelled in the past. I even feel a little stressed over it.
In May the Mother of Style crew is taking another trip to France, and this time I am vowing that it will be different! Not long ago I read an article about the "Amazing Race" host Phil Keoghan, and he mentioned that he used Eagle Creek products for organizing his luggage, so I decided to check it out. He travels a lot- it might be a good idea to explore.

The Eagle Creek site is a nice resource, but I ended up ordering from eBags because it was cheaper. I tried to find things on ebay, but by the time everyone bids on it, it is close to full-price and eBags was still the better option. The packing cubes and more are found under the "travel accessories" tab. eBags regularly offers promotions with free shipping, and once you have made an order they send you an occasional email with an offer like more free shipping or 20% off your next order.

So what did I get? I ordered 1- 18" packing folder for my husband and I to share and a packing cube for each person. The cubes come in a variety of colors, so everyone gets there own color. I hope this will mean it is easy to keep organized and eliminate the time spent on repacking the suitcase during the course of the trip. My strategy is to compartmentalize everything so that it is easy to work with and find things. I'm still considering getting a compression bag to use in preperation for the trip home. Then I can squish down the dirty laundry and make room for what we buy on the trip.
What do you find works well when you are traveling?

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Monday, March 16, 2009

For Your Budding Fashionista

Wow! Elizabeth Matthews is one talented lady! She wrote and illustrated this beautiful picture book about Coco Chanel's life. It is a tale of determination "to inspire young readers." It's very cute. Do I really have to let my daughter touch it?

On Random House's website it says the book went on sale in February of 2007. Where was I??? I've been to Barnes & Nobles many, many times, but today was the first time I've seen it!

See it on Amazon.com

See it on Barnes & Noble.com