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A bowl of bohemian soup makes an ordinary girl feel creative and complete

Yesterday morning I awoke to the sound of black birds squabbling over the last of the winter berries and a cupboard completely devoid of anything edible. No matter how much I detest a trip down the isles of  my local grocery store it’s impossible to put it off for even one more day.

I don’t check the cupboards, make lists or have even the vaguest idea of what is on the menu for the up-coming week when I set out on my shopping trip. I wander through the isles with everything but cooking on my mind. I look at the young woman pushing the cart in front of me and wonder. Does she walk like that because her jeans are too tight or does she have a genuine disability? Is that guy with the cart full of beer and cookies having a party or does he eat like that on a regular basis? I sniff the laundry detergent in an attempt to find something that doesn’t make my clothes smell like wilted flowers or some other offensive aroma. I look down at my cart and notice that so far I’ve managed to toss a tube of mascara and a bottle of advil into my cart, no fixins for dinner or anything remotely edible has come close to this four-wheeled basket that’s in desperate need of a front end alignment. 

After another hour or so of wandering through the isles, noticing the loose tiles on the floor and savoring the smell of freshly ground coffee beans, I do manage to secure a few items worthy of consumption. This mix in my basket doesn’t resemble anything that would make a meal but it inspires me to go home and create something warm and fresh with a little spice.

A carton of organic chicken broth set to boil, a cup or so of chipotle bisque, ( I never measure anything) a quarter  box of frozen corn-the kind with both white and yellow kernels, stir-fried chicken strips, dance in the pot for a few minutes before I add some brown rice and  a handful of spices.  It smells okay, earthy but not quite finished-the toppers are the best part. A handful of cilantro, a half dozen chips, a few slices of avacado-soft and creamy but not too ripe and a large spoonful of fresh salsa… whala, I have a bowlful of the most delisc bohemian soup ever-tasted,well at least I think so. 

It’s earthy, spicey and more importantly, edible. I don’t like to cook unless I can experiment with whatever ingredients sound good to me at the time. I know what I need to eat in order to feel good for the day but the whole idea of going to the store and figuring out what to buy is painful. If only I would have thought beyond last nights dinner and bought something for breakfast this morning, this rainy day- hovering  just above 40 degrees wouldn’t be so challenging to maneuver, maybe next shopping trip.  😉

xo-jj

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May 11, 2010 Posted by | bad boys, confessions, nasty habits, photography | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Things that inspire me, today

So feminine and  fabulous in a boho kind of way. As you know I love boho.  This dress is drop dead gorgeous and I must confess that I put a bid on it. Not sure it will fit me  but I think I could hang it on my closet door and be inspired,  no words except love , love!

Vintage fashion is so classy and inspiring.

Once again I’m in love with this look, the crisp white accented by those dramatic black beads. Found this image at junebug weddings, fabulous!

Dita Von Teese's Vintage Fashion Secrets!

This little number from posh24 is so flirty and fun, let’s do lunch!

Drum roll, please, the most inspiring thing of the day is…

My little princess babies.  Ahhhh, okay I’m ready to start my day!

BTW the company, Stella & Dot, is launching a new jewelry line for little girls, it’s available April 26th.

 Won’t my baby girls look amazing in these? I can’t wait!

Oh and wish me luck on the bid for the dress.

xo-jj

April 21, 2010 Posted by | bad boys, confessions, Hello Miss Manners | , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

The travel treasure give-away winner is…

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At last we have a winner…..LIBBY.   Congrats…. I hope you will enjoy a little taste of my new Island Girl’s Bohemian blend.

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Like I mentioned in my last post I am still working on the scent but I have a sample all ready to send off in the mail. I’d like to thank all of you who left travel stories or comments while I was away. I loved every one of them.  Sorry Libby but the island girl isn’t included in the package. She just looked good in the mix. Send me an email with your addy, so I can send this out to you. WARNING… The bath salts, I included, claim to make you a dangerous girl.  he… he…

The diffuser bottle is wrapped in tape so you will have a little unwrapping and set up to do before the Bohemian blends aroma can sift through your room. Pull the top off and pop the reeds in- that’s it. You can flip the reeds after a couple weeks to keep the scent flowing. Enjoy!!

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Traveling always inspires me to try new ventures, which reminds me of my favorite quote by Flora Whittemore…

“The doors we open and close  each day decide the lives we live.”

I love that- so passionate and so true!  So as I was saying- new ventures. Yes, I have a few ideas but one that isn’t entirely new- reopening my etsy shop. I’m thinking about it because I have a few fine art prints and other little creations that I would like to offer. I’ll let you know what I decide.  Thanks again for entering my giveaway. I’m off to let Libby know that she was chosen by my magic hat.

xo-jj

April 21, 2009 Posted by | me, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

The Island Girl and her travel treasures

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The Island girl is back from her beautiful seaside adventure. It was a truly inspiring trip. The island and the people were lovely. The above picture is Laika lane. It’s absolutely gorgeous and my cottage was located midway down this lane toward the beach. My morning jaunt to the sand was filled with an intoxicating scent of flowers and ripening bananas.

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The trip inspired me to start a line of Island Girl Bohemian blends. I am still working on the perfect concoction to capture the subtle essence of a woman’s perfume mingled with a fresh sea breeze. The mixture isn’t quite right just yet but I have a bottle all ready for our grand prize winner. As promised I have put your names into my magic little cap and pulled out a lucky soul to try out a bohemian blend . Before I reveal the winner, I’ll reveal the contents of the treasure that will be waiting on the winner’s door step. It is a little diffuser set that I put together with a citrus oil blend, a few tiny shells and tumbled sea glass. The bottle is dressed up with a tiny tropical umbrella, vintage beads and ribbons.  I picked up a couple other little surprises like dangerous bath salts and washed up sea treasures, while on the island that will be included in the package. I’m a little tight for time today but I will post a picture of the Travel treasure along with the winning name tomorrow.  Have a great day and don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the big reveal.

xo-jj

April 20, 2009 Posted by | me, secrets | , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments