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    Annamaria Pardini
    Annamaria Pardini
    Annamaria Pardini

    Annamaria Pardini

    • Sonoma County, CA
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    Great photography, recipe origins and educational side bars on less common ingredients like Rapini, stories from recipe contributors and a sampling of satisfying family food from the world over. Saveur: The New Comfort Food - Home Cooking from Around the World by James Oseland. $12.99 at Copperfields.

    This book is FUN! All the great recipes you'd expect plus a bunch you rarely see in the US and fabulous people profiles, French humor, cartoon-like illustrations, how-tos, wine info and great photography. French Feasts (Hardcover) $19.99 at Coperfields.

    Pure romance for my bed! So feminine and classic. Another beauty from collectorspd on eBay.

    The Wildendur Dogwood pattern came in a great variety of colors, yellow, blue, red, green, turquoise, grey and black are a few that I've seen. These pillows are going to be my go-to gift for birthdays this year!

    Golden wheat was a popular mid-century motif and in this case, so nicely off-set by the bright white leaves. The ice bucket and glasses in their convenient caddy give dinner-party guests a festive way to self-serve water.

    I did lots of homework before buying and trying RapidLash and I'm both shocked and thrilled to report, IT REALLY WORKS. My lashes have doubled in length and are now as long as the false eyelashes I used to painstakingly glue on for big events. I feel positively glamourous!! TIP: Use sparingly, top lash base only. Enough gets on your bottom lashes as you sleep that they grow, too! TIP: Use a Q-tip to wipe away any that gets on your skin.

    Golden wheat was a popular mid-century motif and in this case, so nicely off-set by the bright white leaves. The ice bucket and glasses in their convenient caddy give dinner-party guests a festive way to self-serve water.

    Many of the Wildendur designs from collectorspd on eBay work well in any room and with a variety of modern and vintage decors.

    Another great Wilendur pillow sham from collectorspd on eBay. A wonderfully economical way to start a Wilendur collection.

    Check out eBay seller, collectorspd for these affordable, gift-able, fabulous pillow covers made out of vintage Wilendur tablecloth scraps. Even with the cost of the pillow form that you buy locally, you can keep or gift one of these as low as $15!

    Strawberry Fields Forever in this vintage Oppa Tunity tablecloth from the same makers as Wilendur. Probably 60 years old and it was never used. The storage stains washed out after a long soak and its ready to set-the-table for a Ladies' luncheon.

    Another fun vintage cake carrier, this one looks like it matches Shaggy's VW Bus.

    Wilendur Royal Rose tablecloth and napkins from the 40's and 50's have the sweetest hand-printed designs and fabulously weighty cotton. They make me think of Jello-Salad, Olive Loaf and High Balls. They are perfect gifts for the hostess-with-the-mostest in your life. Plus, they last forever!

    Great results with this new foundation, goes on light, looks natural, gives me the sought after glow. Mix with Magic Lumi for lighter coverage. True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup - Foundation - L'Oreal Paris

    Another product that will give you the sought after "glow from within." Almost weightless, so great to mix with moisturizer, foundation, BB Cream. Use sparingly. Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer

    Raw kream of spinach soup shot with sun dried tomato oil garnish, wilted spinach Korean Namul.

    Just three dollars for four silky, subtle shades of shimmer. Great for cheek bones, brow line, inner eyelid meets bridge of nose. TIP: For fuller looking top lip, blend into "Cupid's Bow," top of upper lip extending just barely past your lip line then line lips and apply color. TIP: For fuller looking bottom lip, apply a dot in the center of bottom lip after apply liner and color.

    Chinese Lettuce Cups: Food process the following for filling: 1oz Walnuts 1oz Peanuts 1 Carrot Chunk Jicama (1 cup) 1 Broccoli Stem or Cup Snap Pea Pods 1 Tbls Hoisin 1 light tps Soy and white Miso 1 Clove garlic 1 Shallot 1-inch cube ginger Fill lettuce cups, garnish with Hoisin.

    Great Coverage! After moisturizer sets, dab primer under eyes extending to smile lines. Apply mineral foundation on outer perimeter of face, working toward center. Apply a little more on the bridge of nose and nostril area, for better coverage, and a little less around the mouth so that it doesn't settle into fine lines. TIP: Puff out cheeks when applying for fuller coverage. TIP: For lighter coverage or if using to set liquid foundation, use regular powder brush, not brush in picture.

    This eye primer is a thin pink liquid with micro light diffusers. The thinness of the primer is a bonus, because when product does inevitably settle into the smile lines around my eyes, it is barely perceptible and easy to re-blend. The light diffusing properties soften fine lines and even out skin tone on eyelids and around eyes. TIP: Mix a bit (about three turns of the bottom) with your daily moisturizer to give bare skin a nice glow or add luminescence under make-up.

    About two to three weeks after getting my hair professionally colored, I start to have visible silver-grey roots along my part line and crown. According to my stylist, I'm only 5% grey, but against my almost black hair, the grey shines like neon on a dark desert highway. Since I don't have the time or money for a professional color every three weeks, this Nice 'N Easy Root Touch-up does a great job between salon appointments. One package should last for two touch ups, so mix half of the tube with half of the bottle and save the rest for next time. Using the blue brush, I cover my part and the crown with the color emulsion and then press a small sheet of plastic wrap over the color to push any wiry silver strands down into the color emulsion. TIP: Do not use a lighter shade than your hair color, you will end up with a skunk stripe. TIP: Do not leave on for much longer than instructed without testing first, it really does work in about ten minutes.

    Giant Tunnock's Teacake from Pimp That Snack! I'm obsessed with the smaller version on the right, so I'm sure I'd like the pimped version.

    From Cult of Mac: Have a spare $68,000 burning a hole in your pocket? All Jack has a custom-built speaker system you can buy. Insane amount of money to spend for one special speaker. But it sure is pretty.

    Jason Parker's pic of HP and New York Times booths at Macworld:iWorld 2012.