Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Hungry? Try One of the new Savory Teas by Numi Organic Teas

Cubicle shot! - I want these teas in my workplace!
I never thought I'd be suggesting a tea to satisfy hunger, but it appears I've found a couple that at least help my cravings! I'm talking about Numi Organic Tea's  new line of Savory Teas - a  collection of six flavors that defy everything I've thought about tea in the past.  Check out the flavors and these descriptions:

From the Press Release:
Tomato Mint -This bright Mediterranean infusion is reminiscent of the sweet savory scent of stuffed grape leaves (dolmas). The combination of ripe tomatoes, mint leaves, decaf black tea, a touch of cinnamon and lemon peel makes for a zesty, mouthwatering cup. 

Spinach Chive -Layers of steamed spinach greens give way to the mouthwatering fullness of this savory brew. The citrus notes of Numi’s Dry Desert Lime tickle the roof of your mouth as coriander teases your taste buds. Dill, chive and decaf green tea are the perfect finish to this well-rounded, yet complex, blend.

Fennel Spice - Coaxed by the soothing scents of freshly cut fennel, this crisp concoction
will transport you to the enchanting European countryside. The soaring  flavors of sweet licorice envelop the earthy fullness of celery root while slivers of orange peel and decaf green tea delight the palate.
Carrot Curry - Be transported to the heart of India with the rich exotic flavors of curry, turmeric and ginger. Kissed by sweet carrots and bright cilantro, the earthy, vegetal and piquant notes are marvelously woven together into this full-bodied blend.

Broccoli Cilantro - As pungent aromas lure you into this abundant garden, the hearty flavors
of broccoli, celery leaves and cilantro capture your palate. Turmeric and decaf green tea deliver a peppery roundness. Come home and relax to a cup of Broccoli Cilantro’s sweet lingering taste.

Beet Cabbage - A bright crimson hue welcomes you into delightful scents of clove. This
smooth buttery blend is rooted with beets and cabbage and delicately spiced with mustard seed and coriander. The finish is accented by sweet notes of apple and decaf black tea.

Not what you'd expect, right? I had the opportunity to try each of these flavors. I was definitely impressed. Each tea has 5 calories or less, and tastes very much like the broth-like flavor you'd expect them to taste like.  My favorite of the ones that I tasted (which I chose to share with a friend) was the Carrot Curry. It was exactly the right thing for mid afternoon, when I tend to get cravings. Just flavorful enough to make me feel like I'd had something more substantial than flavor laced water. Another good one for that full-meal taste was Tomato Mint. Don't let the "Mint" fool you - you'll get full on tomato sauce awesomeness with this one. Honestly, there wasn't one in this bunch that I didn't like.  And yes, it's true - Beet Cabbage IS red.

So where can you get these awesome teas?
As Februray 15th they have become available on Numi Tea's Website.  
On March 15th they will be available at select Whole Foods stores. 

The suggested retail price is $7.99 and yes, there is a Garden Sampler available if, like me, you can't make your mind up as to which ones you want to try. 

Bottom Line
Totally worth checking out, especially to keep in your cubicle for emergencies cravings of something not-sweet. Yum!

A sample of Numi Savory Teas was provided to me by PR for consideration. 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Ha! I got Elena's Hat! - Random TVD Fandom Moment

When I saw Ms. Elena Gilbert sporting this hat on The Vampire Diaries I was immediately attracted it. I think I literally yelled at the TV "OMG!!! I HAVE TO HAVE THAT HAT!!!" I'm a sucker for yarn hats. I did a little bit of web searching I was lead to HunkyDoriBoutique on Etsy. I even found a site that shared the news that this hat was going to be on the show (read article here). So I  geeked out, and decided to just go for it. After all, I can knit but I can't crochet! And the price was reasonable (to me).
A couple short weeks later...


It's actually the same dark charcoal color as Elena's hat, but my camera washed it out a little. It's so soft, and so perfectly "not too warm" that I think this time of year is the perfect time to pick one up for yourself.

Better yet, if you can crochet (which I cannot), there is a pattern up on Ravelry too.

Image from TVD - yeah, not sure where this one is from so I grabbed it from the current listing on HunkyDoriBoutique.

You can also find HunkyDoriBoutique on Facebook.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day! Let's Talk Chocolate and Sex!

... and Aphrodisiacs!

Got your attention? I hope so. I really wanted to write something different for Valentine's Day. Different for me. I didn't want to do Valentine's looks, or gift ideas. You get PLENTY of those through other blogs, right? So when I was contacted by PR discussing chocolate as an aphrodisiac with tips by Dr. Laurie Steelsmith I got really excited! Dr. Steelsmith, according to PR, is a naturalistic physician among other things. And she's written a book Great Sex Naturally (pictured above) that I've been given the opportunity to read.

Let's talk about Chocolate first!

Back in my undergraduate education, researching chocolate as an aphrodisiac was the project I chose to do for the final year, so I have an old interest. Now I didn't get the best grade on my project - but Dr. Steelsmith puts it much better than my little poster presentation ever could.

So, here's the advice from the Dr. Steelsmith on Chocolate:
"3 Aphrodisiac Effects of Dark Chocolateby Dr. Laurie Steelsmith

Many people have heard that chocolate is for lovers. But it's not just because women love chocolate and get excited about opening a red, heart-shaped box. There's a biological basis for chocolate's sexy effects. Dark chocolate possesses substances that affect our moods, energy, and sexual function in truly remarkable ways. Here are three of them.

Increases blood flow to sexual organs.
Chocolate contains L-arginine, an amino acid that can be an effective natural sex-enhancer for both women and men. It works by increasing nitric oxide and promoting blood flow to your sexual organs, which increases sensation, satisfaction, and desire.

Stimulates and elevates mood.Chocolate is known as a super libido food partly because it is a rich source of PEA, the acronym for phenylethylamine, sometimes referred to as the "love supplement" or the "romance chemical." As a stimulant and mood elevator, PEA can induce sensations of euphoria--and it's naturally released by your brain when you're in love! This chemical promotes the production of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which enhances feelings of well-being, joy, and pleasure.

Acts as an energy booster.Chocolate really packs an aphrodisiac punch because it also contains the compound theobromine, found in tea and kola nuts as well. This substance works on the central nervous system, causing one to feel stimulated and excited.

Eating chocolate can be a sensual experience, but it is also good for your health. The right type of chocolate can be loaded with immune-boosting antioxidants, making it very beneficial for the physical heart, the organ we associate with love, caring, bonding, and intimacy. If you're going to indulge in chocolate regularly, however, dark chocolate is best--as pure and unsweetened as possible. The extra fat and calories in other chocolate products can end up having poor health consequences and anti-aphrodisiac effects."
Makes it even more yummy, yes?

Book Thoughts  - Now, about Great Sex Naturally...

Great Sex Naturally was written by both Dr. Steelsmith and her husband. Together, they tackle things that affect a woman's libido, including mental and physical health, hormones, and ways to help with just about everything affecting your how you feel and your attitude toward sex. They start off by discussing how the the topic of personal female libido is something that most physicians do not concern themselves with, which resonated strongly with me. I've always found with my doctors that they are usually only concerned if women can make babies and not if they have fun making them. Great Sex Naturally acknowledges this that it  is meant to help fill that gap, at least a little bit.

In this book you'll find information about the female sexual psyche, anatomy, hormones, foods, muscle toning, massage, pressure points, smells - the list is exhaustive! There's even a "detox diet" described in there to help get you up to tip top shape from the inside out (and she gives references on where to purchase supplements and products she recommends). And although the book is meant for women, there's a section on men at the end too. And actually, it might make a good read for a man, just to understand the dynamics involved in a healthy female libido.The book actually makes a point to say that for a libido to be at it's healthiest BOTH partners need to have a healthy libido - like we feed off one another. A very holistic approach!

The writing style does tend to ramble, more so at the beginning. But I do like the approach taken here. Every recommendation is given with clear instructions (dosages in some cases, ingredients in others) all with a wonderful ton of voice that encourages rather that discourages the reader (and I'm a reader who gets discouraged EASILY with stuff like this). I'll fully admit that I myself have not yet tried any of the libido enhancing ideas in this book, but I have a few I have my mind on.

I think the approach taken is interesting - it's not your normal self-help "So your sex life sucks! Try these little tricks!" book. The holistic approach taken by Dr. Steelsmith makes sense if you subscribe to that way of thinking. I think just about every girl could find something to take away from this book, even if it's simply the idea you are born with the right to have "great sex" whatever that happens to be for you.

Disclaimer: The advice in the above post is Dr. Steelsmith's opinion. I can not speak to the scientific nature of the claims about chocolate, nor can I validate the scientific claims in her book. I just got a chance to read it and thought I'd share with you.

The information in this post was provide by PR. I received a sample copy of Great Sex Naturally to read for review purposes only.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Video: Donna Karan Fall 2013

I have a soft spot for Donna Karan. My first designer purchase was from the brand (past article link). Thus I am sharing the fall 2013 show with you!

I always love the dark colors, the streamlined design, and the way Donna Karan's longer dresses just flow! I'm digging the interesting metalic-brown print (was it a burnout???) You'll see it and know which dress I mean.

Here's the Preview:

Sadly I do not have the whole show, but you can find all the images and full show on Donna Karan's website.

What are you loving?

Video provided by PR.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Video: Nichole Miller Fall 2013 Anyone?

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When I think of Nichole Miller I'm always reminded of a the wedding dress of my childhood best friend. She looked like the most gorgeous fertility goddess in it.

THIS collection, I'm going nuts over the menswear inspired aspects of course. You know me - I love it when a woman can toss on suit fabrics and look fabulous!

Here's the Teaser if you don't have time for the full show...

What do you think about the "tattooed arm" look? Is this something you'll be rocking it this fall?

Video was provided by PR.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Video: DKNY Fall 2013 Show, Full Length and Teaser

Who wants to see some DKNY in their life?  ME!!!

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Now here's the short clip if you don't have time to watch all of that yumminess!

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I must admit the Pretty Little Liars fan in me grinned seeing Shay Mitchell in that clip. So what did you think? I love DKNY and spend time staring longingly at the pieces that I'll probably never own. But there was this barely visible black chevron skirt in there, and this white sweater... you know I love looking at separates. What stood out to you?

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Tonight! Watch Althea Harper's Fall 2013 Presentation Live


Nothing to do tonight? Good! Come join me virtually!

Althea Harper will be debuting her fall collection tonight and YOU can watch from the comfort of your very own home computer!

The show starts at 5:15 pm Estern. Just go to Althea Harper's News section on her site.

Side note: I've seen a few of these before. Sometimes they are loud and difficult to see detail. But it's always fun to get a glimpse before the lookbooks come out. So I enjoy this stuff! Plus, I want to support our local girl.