I must admit, the only thing I knew until recently about rosé was two things: pretty champagne and white zinfandel…..  With a deep hatred for sweet wine I just never bothered learning anything about Rose because I assumed it was all super sweet like the Zinfandel varieties.  Silly girl.

After a trip to the South of France a few years back I quickly noticed it was in almost everyone’s glass and it wasn’t until this year that I took the plunge and started asking my favorite bartenders and wine-os for recommendations.  Understanding my tastes they quickly steered me towards fabulously crisp, dry, beautiful rosés that perfectly complimented a slow sipping summer night.



If you’re a newbie like me (and have an equal affliction for pink) give one of these a whirl and let me know what you think:

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Decoded: 7 Deceitful Mobile Apps You Don’t Want Your Boyfriend To Have




We live in such an easy-access culture where technology has made it extremely simple for men (and women) to cheat on their partners. Earlier this week while catching up with a male friend I was schooled about dozens and dozens of mobile apps which are specifically designed to help two-timers sneak around. I don’t even want to know why he was knowledgeable in this area.
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Fruit Salad Ice Pops!



This one is super simple. Fruits + pure juice = a whole lotta gorgeous yumminess!


1 1/2-2 cups of pure white grape juice

2 kiwis peeled and thinly sliced

1 peach cut into 1/2 inch wedges

1/2 cup of blueberries

Or basically any fruit you like, relatively thinly sliced.  My daughter was having a NO STRAWBERRY moment so I didn’t include them, but if you can, do it!  So pretty.

How To:

Snugly arrange the fruit in the ice pop containers

Pour in juice to fill and insert pop sticks

Freeze until solid (around 4-6 hours)






recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

travel: Tokyo Part 1




Tokyo.  A travel destination that was solidly placed on my bucket list from as long as I can remember.  Mostly for stereotypical reasons, I’m sure – Hello Kitty, stationery, bonsai foliage, etc, but as I got older and more friends returned from trips there spewing “You MUST go!”  “Japan is soooo you!”  I couldn’t stop picturing myself in the middle of Shibuya Crossing….

So a few weeks ago I finally touched down in Tokyo town.  After sixteen hours in the air, thirteen hours into the next day and one very long, disorienting cab ride, we arrived at the Park Hyatt and almost as soon as we got off the elevator on the thirty ninth floor we were transported onto the Lost In Translation movie set.  Everything was the same.  From the lobby to the complimentary yukata.  And I loved it.

There are many ways to sum up what I saw while in Japan, but mostly I couldn’t get over how extremely, well, Japanese it was.  I know you’re never suppose to describe something with itself but I’ve never been to a place so unique.  Though I’m not a seasoned vet when it comes to Asia, I’ve only been to Hong Kong and a few spots in Thailand, when talking to others that have visited they were in agreeance with my observations.  And it’s not a bad thing.  It’s actually quite a remarkable thing to observe.

So here are a few things that I observed:


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