Czech Republic Bambas Luxury Handbag Collection

July 2nd, 2014


We recently visited the Czech Republic (a place we love and where my family originated).   I came across a luxury handbag shop in the village of Cesky Krumlov.   They make accessories and mens wallets as well.

Bambas is a small family business that uses the finest Italian leather then designs and  hand-paints directly onto the leather by local artists.  The bags’ designs are conservative to over-the-top artistic.  They are expensive as you would expect being high quality and hand-designed from beginning to end.

One bag I specifically loved was black with poppies painted on it.  This reminded me of the Czech roadsides filled with poppies in the month of May.  However I chose not to buy the bag because of the steep price and thinking how I like to change bags.  Who knows maybe one day a Bambas bag will show up on my front doorstep.

Check “Czech” out their website for different designs.  Bambas Handbags from the Czech Republic







Ever So Thankful

November 27th, 2013


One of the best parts of my job is getting to know my clients who allow me to get to know them better so I can help them be the person they want to be.  I teach my clients about shopping and clothing for their body shape and lifestyle.  However, they teach me valuable information about their world and themselves.  One instance you will see as you read on.

I’ve travelled overseas however I’ve never visited India so before my client now my friend Anagha left I told her I wanted to hear all about her trip, etc.  When she returned from her homeland of India upon celebrating her father’s 75th birthday we met back up.  A few pieces of information she told me are India celebrates people’s 75th and 81st birthday.  Why the 81st birthday I asked.  She said it is because a persons’ 81st birthday one has seen 1000 full moons during their lifetime.  Now this is a very cool and meaningful tradition I’d never heard!

When we met Anagha presented me with candleholders along with some wonderful food from her native country.  See pictures and info below.

1. Naralachya Karanjya. A pastry stuffed with a sugared coconut filling.

2. Khawyachi Poli.  Made from Khawa milk solid

3. Pedha.  Mainly served at weddings

4. Palak Poori(spinach).  We thought it tasted wonderful for sandwiches.

Anagha said in her country they serve what is a dessert during the meal, unlike ours, which is after the meal.  How fantastic if we could make this a tradition!

Understanding others cultures gives me a better sense and understanding of our entire world.

I’m thankful for you Anagha for sharing a part of your world and help me grow my world and the food you shared with me was scrumptious!  I’m look forward to learning more about her entire culture.








Yucca for the Hair

November 6th, 2013


One evening I was eating dinner and my waiter was a hispanic man with long, shiny, braided hair.  I commented about his hairs beautiful sheen.  He told me ever since he was young his family had cleaned his hair with Yucca.  I’d only known the yucca plant was used to heal types of burn.  So the detective in me went home and researched yucca and the hair.

I discovered the yucca root has been used by Native Americans for years to thwart hair loss and dandruff and make hair shiny.   They make a shampoo and soap from the plant as it contains natural saponin which is a natural detergent that lathers. Check out how to make shampoo from the yucca roots.  How to make Yucca Shampoo  


We & Mr. Lee

October 30th, 2013

Acorn Jelly


Normally I write about something to do with fashion or lessons I’ve learned from my wonderful clients.  This blog has nothing to do with either.  It was just a strange happening that made my husband Sal and I wondered if we were living in a “normal world”.

Sunday Sal and I came outside to find a gentleman busy gathering our acorns from our oak trees. He paid no attention to us as he continued removing the acorn hats and putting the acorns in his red bag.  I asked why he was picking our acorns and he said to make “jello”. I asked “jello”? He said “yes jello”. Again I repeated myself and asked “jello”? and he responded again “jello” I looked at him confused as I thought I heard incorrectly…as usual. Sal and I looked at one another with a confused nose wrinkle and eyes wide opened since we don’t put acorns in our jello. Then Sal asked “jelly”? ….the gentleman said “yes jelly”. He then asked for a stick to shake the acorns down. Sal and I again looked at one another with our eyes thinking why is he putting us to work to get acorns he wanted?  Were we being punked or on Candid Camera? I got our hoe with a long handle gave it to him and he began to hit the branches so the acorns came down. I asked what part of the acorn he uses.  He showed me how he got the meat from the acorn (from a hammer I got from the toolbox). He cracked the acorn and showed me.  I tried to taste it and he got all nervous and told me “no, no don’t eat it.” After curiosity got the best of me I got the computer and did a web search for “acorn jelly” and there it was. I showed him and he laughed and said “yes”. I asked if we could try some when it was finished.  He said he would.  One week passed and my doorbell rang and it was Mr. Lee bringing me a taste of his acorn jelly.  I invited him into my kitchen and offered him a seat.  I grabbed a fork and unwrapped the acorn jelly.  His wife had cubed it and mixed it with cabbage and other ingredients.  It was a great flavor with a jello-type texture.  He was very proud of the jelly and he should be.  We communicated as best we could and he after 20 minutes he decided to leave.   Twice a week I see Mr. Lee out in our front yard picking our acorns, (he said we have the best acorn trees in the neighborhood) and I open the door and we exchange hellos.  We now know it wasn’t Mr. Squirrel, but rather Mr. Lee who was taking our acorns.   Check out the recipe for acorn jelly.  Acorn Jelly Recipe

Mr. Lee & His Acorn Jelly






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