Monday, June 20, 2022

Obsession-Worthy Picks in Which to Lounge & Luxuriate at Home

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While people are anxious to resume a level of normalcy, and many are cautiously traveling again, there is something to be said for relaxing at home after a long week at work. I have been taking the weekends off, which is a real treat for me, and I have found that more than anything I want to pamper myself and relax. To that end, I have selected a few things that make me feel cozy and pampered when I have the luxury of a weekend to relax and unwind.
California Cowboy Unisex Wagyu Fleece Hoodie in Heather Grey ($118.00 from California Cowboy): I have honestly never worn a softer and more plush hoodie. This feels like you are slipping into a warm and loving hug. It is a blend of Bamboo and Spandex Fleece, and it is perfect for lounging around the house or going out. I have been living in this and their matching fleece joggers.

According to California Cowboy, 

Our Wagyu Fleece features a US-Made bamboo blend that elevates your skin to foodie status so your Après game can get bullish. Enable your lounge goals with the Wagyu Hoodie

This Made in the USA blend of 94% Bamboo and 6% Spandex is the closest you’ll get to feeling like a pampered Japanese bovine. It's the perfect way to relax in American Made luxury while you pretend you’re being bottle-fed craft beer and massaged in a field in Kansai, Japan’s famous Wagyu region.

Features & Care:
  • Knit and Sewn in the USA
  • Made with our proprietary, super soft, stretch Wagyu Fleece
  • Double Layer Shawl Collar Hood
  • Cozy Kangaroo Pocket
  • Conversation Card Pocket
  • All Wagyu Fleeces include: Conversation Stopper Cards to keep the wolves at bay.
  • 94% Bamboo, 6% Spandex Fleece
  • Machine wash on cold with similar colors on a delicate setting
  • Air laying flat or hanging

California Cowboy Unisex Wagyu Fleece Jogger in Heather Grey ( $128.00 from California Cowboy): I absolutely live in comfy sweats when I am at home, and these joggers are a game-changer. They are velvety soft, irresistibly cozy and they look good enough to wear out in the world. They are made of Bamboo and Spandex Fleece, and you will never want to take them off because they are the embodiment of comfort.

According to California Cowboy,

Should we have called these “Meat Sweats?” Our Wagyu Fleece features a US-Made bamboo blend that makes your thighs feel like a foodie without the bloated post-ribeye coma.

Features and Care:
  • Knit and Sewn in the USA
  • Made with our proprietary, super soft, stretch Wagyu Fleece
  • Zippered Side Seam Pocket
  • Slash Pockets
  • Pen Pocket
  • Elastic Waistband...honestly.
  • Drawstring Waist with Grommets
  • Conversation Card Pocket
  • 94% Bamboo, 6% Spandex Fleece
  • Machine wash on cold with similar colors on a delicate setting
  • Air laying flat or hanging
Washing Instructions: Machine wash on a cold, gentle cycle. We recommend tumble dry low or drying flat.  Drying will also shrink your gear back a up a bit, as wovens and knits can stretch out after a couple wears. 

Pantuss Aromatherapy Slippers: Ballerinas in Blue ($48.00 from Pantuss): If you are looking for the epitome of comfort, then these revolutionary slippers are just what you have been looking for. Pantuss slippers, which are handcrafted in Argentina, have a calming effect on the spirit like nothing that has ever graced my feet. You simply place the lavender-infused insoles in the microwave for 30 seconds, and then snuggle up for an incredibly joyful and relaxing experience. These comfy slippers, with their calming aromatherapeutic properties, will render you calm, centered and utterly relaxed.

According to Pantuss,

The Pantuss Ballerinas have removable insoles filled with seeds and refreshing lavender flowers that can be heated for 30 seconds in the microwave and wear your warm Pantuss

About Pantuss,

Latino craftsmanship is at the heart of each slipper we create - our relationships with our factory, and our attention to detail are rooted in our Argentine heritage.

We wanted to create a brand that reflects a slower pace and process: where things are made with love and care, and where our customer’s comfort is the top priority. We adore details, and the emotions created by these elements, because a powerful product inspires positive transformations in everyone, everywhere.

Our values of quality, craftsmanship, and deep respect for nature, animals, and people drive everything we do. From the design process to the finished product, each pair of slippers is made so that you love what you wear every day.

We care about the environment and believe we must do our part to protect the natural world. From our products to the packaging in which they are shipped, we strive to use all-natural and renewable materials. We've also made a commitment to donate a portion of every sale to help plant trees through One Tree Planted. By taking these steps we hope to reduce our carbon footprint and build a better world.
BAE SIX Rock & Roll Eyes, Eyes, Baby ($60.00 from BAE SIX): If your eyes need some de-puffing and you want to refresh and awaken your skin, then this mighty duo is a perfect pick. Keep Rollin' Eye Serum has a wonderful and cooling rolling metal ball applicator that effectively de-puffs the under eye area, but placing it in the refrigerator is even more effective. Then simply use the small end of the Rollin’ Good Times Facial Rolling Massager (the small end under the eyes and the large end for your face). This will relax you and stimulate circulation and reduce puffiness. Refrigerating the Rose Quartz facial massager is refreshing and it boosts its efficacy.

According to BAE SIX,

They say the eyes are the windows to our soul…so give your delicate peepers the rock ‘n rollin’ pampering they deserve with our kit curated specifically for your eyes.

Rollin’ Good Times Facial Rolling MassagerThis cool-again ancient Chinese beauty ritual helps stimulate the lymphatic system to boost circulation and leave skin more radiant and less puffy.

Keep Rollin' Eye Serum: A super hydrating but non greasy formula that is full of goodies for the delicate skin around the eye area. Formulated with a double dose of sodium hyaluronate and hyaluronic acid to give your peepers the hydration they deserve.

Ingredients: Water, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract*, Propanediol*, Centella Asiatica Extract*, Trehalose*, Glycerin*, Niacinamide, Panthenol*, Allantoin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Alpha Arbutin, Adenosine, Madecassic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ceramide NP, Hyaluronic Acid, Bakuchiol, Lactobionic Acid
*Certified Organic Ingredient. ORGANIC. VEGAN. BOTANICAL.

Set Includes:
  • Rolling Good Times Rose Quartz Face Roller
  • Keep Rollin' Rejuvenating Eye Serum
  • PREP: On cleansed skin, apply Keep Rollin’ generous from inner to outer corner of eyes.
  • ROLL: Roll over under and around eyes in a single direction. Instructions for optimal use of Rollin’ Good Times here.
  • BONUS: Store both products in the fridge to enjoy optimal de-puffing benefits.

A R Z É CRYSTAL MOON Ageless + Antioxidant-Rich Facial Serum Gel ($46.00 for 1 oz. from ARZÉ): This antioxidant-rich gel-based serum, which boasts anti-inflammatory properties, is a lightweight and non-sticky serum that is fast absorbing, ultra-nourishing and very hydrating. It helps soften the appearance of fine lines, it helps reduce hyperpigmentation and it even helps heal blemishes. It has a delectable fruity floral aroma that is a treat to the senses, but it does fade quickly.

According to A R Z É,

Crystal Moon is a powerful gel-based skin serum that is antioxidant-rich and anti-aging. This extract formula is rich in unsaturated fatty acids, which has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce the appearance of fine lines and blemishes. This plant-based blend helps boosts the production of collagen and helps reduce hyperpigmentation. It also helps the skin retain moisture, give a youthful complexion, and fight harmful free radicals.

  • For topical use only. This formula is non-comedogenic.
  • Cruelty-Free, Vegan, Non-GMO, Organic, Synthetic-Free, Non-Toxic
  • For everyone. For ALL skin types. 
  • Non-greasy, non-sticky and lightweight formula. Does not clog pores.
Directions: Use AM and/or PM. Shake well. Massage few drops onto clean face morning and night using upward, circular motions.  Store upright at room temperature. Keep bottle away from heat and direct sunlight. In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately and thoroughly with water. For external use only. Use only as directed. Perform a skin patch test prior to use. Discontinue use immediately if irritation occurs and consult with a physician. Keep oils out of reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. 

Ingredients: cucurbita pepo l (pumpkin seed) oil, *aloe barbadensis miller (aloe vera) gel, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, punica granatum (pomegranate seed) oil, rubus idaeus (red raspberry seed) oil, daucus carota l (carrot seed) oil, adansonia digitata (baobab) oil, passiflora edulis (passion fruit) oil, (vitamin e) oil, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) essential oil, rosmarinus officinalis l (rosemary) essential oil, commiphora myrrha (myrrh) essential oil, citrus aurantium var. amara (neroli) essential oil, magnolia grandiflora (magnolia) essential oil and cymbopogon martinii (palmarosa) essential oil,*aloe vera - aloe barbadensis leaf juice, vegetable glycerin, xanthan gum, water, sodium bicarbonate and citric acid.
Made with only pure and organic ingredients. 

Non-Synthetic - Vegan - Non-Toxic - Gluten-Free - Cruelty-Free - Wildcrafted Botanicals - Clean - Non-GMO - Plant-Based - Scientifically-Proven Ingredients - Handcrafted - Small Batches - Made In USA - Woman-Owned.

This natural product is plant-derived and handcrafted, so batch variations in color, aroma, and texture occur. Due to authentic plant extracts, it is also normal and expected for those variations to change over time. None affect product efficacy. 

Formula may also change overtime, refer to back of product for the most up to date ingredient list. 
Ambered Ember Plumping Serum ($38.00 for 1 oz. from Ambered Ember): This serum not only seriously plumps fine lines, but it hydrates and firms the skin. It leaves skin hydrated and incredibly luminous. It is a light milky serum that melts into the skin immediately, and it leaves behind no residue. There is no detectable aroma, and it is cruelty-free, gluten-free and vegan.

According to Ambered Ember,

Looking for a serum that will help you achieve fuller, more youthful looking skin? Look no further than our Plumping Serum. Our formula contains silica, which helps to bind degenerating tissue layers associated with aging, and apricot oil, which acts as a direct injection to hydrate skin. L-Arginine also boosts circulation and amplifies the hydrating and firming properties of the serum. This serum helps to promote both immediate and long-term regenerative benefits, for a more radiant complexion. It's smooth to apply and non-greasy, making it perfect for everyday use. Plus, it's vegan friendly!

  • Smooth to apply 
  • Vegan-friendly
  • Clean ingredients
  • Gluten and cruelty free
  • Great for all skin types
  • Recommend Use: 2X daily (AM/PM)
Ingredients: Aqua (Deionized Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe Vera Gel) Juice, Glyceryl Stearate, Cycloterrasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-7, Saccharide Isomerate, l-Arginine, Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Calendula Officinalis Extract, Ceramide NG, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Oil, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Silica, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

BIA METHOD KIT (4 Piece Kit $128.00 from BIA Skin): This 4-piece kit, which is formulated for Normal to Blemish Prone Skin, includes 4 full-size products to make your skin glow. If you have blemishes or bumps from Keratosis Pilaris, this system will really help heal your skin and leave it soft and smooth, but it works for most skin types. I neither have blemishes, nor KP, but I will say that my skin has never been smoother, softer and more glowing than when I use this amazing system.

Kit Contains (Full Sizes): 1) Clarifying Charcoal Body Wash 2) Body Polish 3) Exfoliating Treatment Mist 4) Whipped Body Créme

STEP 1: CLARIFYING CHARCOAL BODY WASHOur cleansing gel uses a gentle foam with salicylic acid, tea tree oil and charcoal to remove oil and build-up while working to prevent and treat blemishes. Allantoin nurtures, balances, and soothes any irritation. Vitamin E is a powerful anti-oxidant known for its healing properties. This formula rinses clean without stripping skin or leaving any residue, pH balanced for a smooth, hydrated feel.

  • Treats and prevent blemishes without drying skin
  • Tea tree oil provides anti-bacterial properties
  • Allantoin works as a powerful anti-inflammatory to decrease redness and soothe irritated skin, also used to treat dermatitis, eczema, acne and even burns
  • Charcoal draws bacteria, toxins, and other microparticles to the surface of skin to be easily washed away
  • Salicylic acid gets deep into pores to remove dead skin buildup and excess sebum
  • Removes environmental impurities
  • Uses a gentle lather to cleanse, without stripping or leaving skin dry
  • PH balanced
  • Effective clinically tested ingredients
STEP 2: BODY POLISHA double action exfoliator, 2% glycolic acid penetrates skin to exfoliate and loosen dead skin cells while sand derived silica beads gently sweep them away.

  • TFine lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Dullness and uneven texture
  • Blemishes and congested pores
  • Ingrown hairs
  • Keratosis Pilaris (rough, bumpy skin typically found on the backs on the arms, tops of thighs and bum)
STEP 3: EXFOLIATING TREATMENT MISTOur clinical grade age-defying exfoliating mist removes impurities and dead skin cells to reveal brighter skin while treating and preventing blemishes and bumps. It also allows for a deeper penetration of active ingredients in serums and lotions. Active ingredients hyaluronic acid works as a magnet for moisture, while allantoin soothes and calms.

  • Super gentle toner hydrates, soothes, softens, brightens and removes dead skin cells to reveal a more radiant skin
  • Treats and prevent blemishes
  • Treats Keratosis Pilaris (bumpy skin on the back of arm, top of thighs, bum and face)
  • Treats Keratosis Pilaris (bumpy skin on the back of arm, top of thighs, bum and face)
  • Restores skin’s PH
  • Removes environmental impurities
  • Reduces the appearance of pores
  • Prevents ingrown hairs
  • Evens skin tone
  • Perfect for a quick skin refresh after the gym
  • To be used as a total body toner after shower before the application of creams
STEP 4: WHIPPED BODY CRÉMEA clinically formulated smoothing, firming and anti-aging body whip. Packed with essential fatty acids and antioxidants to nourish skin. Ingredients include Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Shea Butter & Allantoin. Nourishes skin while working to reduce and prevent the signs of aging
Ingrown hairs. Mica and caffeine leave skin with a gently toned and flawless finish.

New Revised Edition of Mandy Aftel's Essence and Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume ($18.00 for the new paperback and Kindle versions are both for sale on Amazon): I am a huge fan of Aftelier Perfumes, and I am in constantly in awe of Mandy Aftel's artistry. Mandy is a woman of many talents, and among her many achievements is her long list of publications. Mandy is a gifted writer, and everything that she writes is a great pleasure to read. 

According to Mandy Aftel, "I completely updated the composition chapter and added 6 pages of instruction about making natural perfume. In the new forward I talk about how the world of perfume has changed in the last 30 years since I started. And I completely revised and updated all the text and recipes-- but of course kept all of the great history and lore!"

About Essence and Alchemy (Revised Edition, 2022),

For centuries, people have taken an instinctive pleasure in rubbing scents into their skin and using them to pray, to heal, and to make love. Yet in many ways perfumery, with its lush history and creative and sensual possibilities, is a lost art. No one knows this better than artisan natural perfumer Mandy Aftel, who has spent nearly thirty years immersed in the world of scent, culling the most beautiful natural essences from all over the world and using them to create exquisite fragrances.

In Essence and Alchemy, which has been published in fourteen foreign editions, Aftel teaches the art of making natural perfumes, complete with recipes. She resurrects the social and metaphysical legacy that is entwined with the evolution of perfumery, from the dramas of the spice trade to the quests of the alchemists. Tracking scent through the boudoir and bath and into the sanctums of worship, she offers insights on the relationship of scent to sex, solitude, and the soul, unearthing a forgotten world of natural essences and their profound resonance with body, mind, and spirit.

Croissants and Pain au Chocolat from Pascal Patisserie & Café (in Woodland Hills and Beverly Hills): I absolutely love authentic Croissants and Pain au Chocolat, and we discovered some of the finest outside of Paris. If you live in the Los Angeles area, or visit, then you must try Pascal Patisserie & Café.

Overall Assessment: These are my recent obsessions, and I highly recommend everything here, if you are looking to pamper yourself at home!

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    1. Thanks, Marcia! The eye cream and roller are wonderful, but NOTHING compares to the croissants! They are utterly divine!

  2. Oh my goodness, how luxurious all of these items are! What a pampered weekend you must have had! Everything looks so tempting, but without a doubt, I neeeeeed those Pantuss Aromatherapy Slippers pronto! And a Pascal croissant as well ;)

    1. Oh, Allison– you need the Pantuss Aromatherapy Slippers in your life, and pairing them with a croissant from Pascal is unmitigated perfection!

  3. I'm letting my son in Hollywood know about the Pascal croissants! What a looong list of obsessions...magnificent job and thank you! - Angie,

    1. Your son HAS TO TRY Pascal's croissants! They are just divine. Since he is in Hollywood, the Beverly Hills location will probably be much more convenient for him than the location in Woodland Hills, but either way he's in for a real treat!


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