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Happy midweek loves!

My husband called me the other day from work, to let me know he had booked me a 75 minute massage at a different place than our regular massage place.  I’m kind of picky about my massages.  Only because I really feel they are a treat when I get a chance to get them, so I want it to be GREAT!

The massage I was getting was at a place called Santa Barbara Body Works.  Folks that have lived here a while, may know this place.  It’s new to us. I was a bit hesitant when I arrived, only to be pleasantly surprised by how wonderful my massage was.  Here is the best part…75 minutes, for $35! WHAT! We pay A LOT more than that for 60 minutes.

However, you are in a room with probably 8 other people.  You are all divided with privacy curtains.  You do here a few moans and whatever other noises people make.  I heard a 70 year old man telling his therapist that he fell on his bum, so his left glute was sore. Hahaha! But, honestly, none of the noises bothered me, and they were not that loud.

If you are in Santa Barbara you should definitely give this place a try.  It’s a great deal, and the people could not have been any nicer. FYI: it’s hidden behind the Edward Jones building, on Mission street, and of course parking isn’t ideal.  I can manage the parking when I’m getting a 75 minute massage for $35.

Please check out their website, as the times change, and so do the prices depending on the therapist you choose.

I hope you enjoy your experience as much as I did.

 

***picture via Santa Barbara Body Works***

 

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What to do when it’s HOT!!!

pop1I mean, really, it’s been 100 degrees here, and I can’t take it another day.  I remember this happened last year while I was pregnant, and now again. I’m so sorry if you’re pregnant and you live in Santa Barbara.  We have been getting creative with ways to stay cool (well, not that creative, but whatever). The old washcloth in the freezer, ice packs on the body, and today, we made popsicles.

This is seriously the easiest and actually a fairly healthy treat to make for you and your littles.  We used watermelon, because that’s what we had.  I still have a major addiction to watermelon, it all started while I was pregnant.  Here is the super simple recipe…

Makes 6 popsicles:

slice a half of a watermelon into large chunks and put it into the blender

a splash or two of filtered water

a drop or two of stevia liquid

blend it all together and poor into molds. We use these, and love them!

Enjoy!

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Patricia Nash Designs

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I always love being contacted by designers that are new to me, and have quality work.  As many of you know I was in the fashion industry for years, and now have my online store.  So, I can really appreciate quality workmanship.

Patricia Nash Designs, is based in Knoxville, TN.  Her love for traveling is shown in her work.  Her products are 100% authentic handcrafted Italian leather.  You can find them nationwide, or at Patricianashdesigns.com

Here is a little bit about the designer…

What is your background?  I have been designing, selling, and marketing handbags and other accessories for other brands for over 20 years. First I was focused on licenses with Warner Bros. Disney, to private brand development for American Eagle, J Crew, and Ann Taylor to name a few.

When did you start designing?  I started designing and making wedding cakes to support myself in college to then designing kitchen products, children’s products to handbags and small accessories nearly 20 years ago

What other things do you design besides handbags?  Small leather goods, luggage, belts, hats, and boots. We look forward to expanding our product line as Patricia Nash grows as a brand.

Price range of handbags? $99-299

How would you describe your line? European Old world craftsmanship for today’s woman

What do you do outside of designing? Management of the business, still serve as Pres of Company-  mother of 2 and grandmother of 6 – still decorate cakes for family members. I love cooking, travelling and appreciating any type of old world craftsmanship.

Has designing handbags always been your passion? Designing and creating something in general sharing it with people has always been my passion whether cakes, food, bags, or a flower arrangement.

Patricia Nash Store and Macy’s La Cumbre Invite Customers to “Shop For A Cause”

 Patricia Nash is set to open its first ever shop-in-shop on Saturday, August 23rd at Macy’s La Cumbre located at 3805 La Cumbre Plaza Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. The new boutique, which will be a 400 sq ft. space located on the 1st floor of Macy’s handbag department, will offer a vast selection of handbags and accessories from the brand. At the opening of the new shop, the brand’s designer and founder, Patricia Nash will make a personal appearance from 12:00 – 3:00pm.

 In tandem to the unveiling, Patricia Nash will be participating in Macy’s “Shop For A Cause” event. Customers will have a chance to buy a $5 pass one week leading up to the opening, which proceeds will go directly to support March of Dimes, a leading non-profit organization which funds research for healthy pregnancy and baby health.  In return for purchasing the $5 pass, customers will receive a 25% off discount on all Patricia Nash merchandise on Saturday, August 23rd. In addition to “Shop For A Cause,” Patricia Nash will offer other in-store incentives for customers. The first 10 shoppers who spend $100 or more on Patricia Nash merchandise will receive a $20 Macy’s Gift Card. Additionally, Macy’s shoppers will also be given the chance to enter a raffle to win a one-of-a-kind Patricia Nash handbag.

Hope to see everyone there!

Until then, here are some of my favorites…

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beach day

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We decided to take advantage of this gorgeous weather we are having.  I almost hate to say this, but it has been in the upper 70’s and low 80’s around here lately.  Can’t complain.  This is definitely what we pay for, and I tell you, we PAY for it!  The husband and I rarely have a full day together, so when we do it is definitely a treat.  We packed up the grill (best investment ever), which I’ve talked about here and here, grabbed some burgers,  and headed down to check out the surf.  It was PERFECT!

It’s days like these that I never want to move from Santa Barbara.  Everything seems just fine the way it is.

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beachbbq4^^^The husband shot this.  I’m over half way there.  Yay!!!^^^

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sunrise

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The other morning on the way to work I got to experience the most amazing sunrise.  It was almost as if the sky was on fire. The big man sure put on a show that particular morning, and I was lucky enough to be up to see it.  I had to share the beauty with all of you.  I will say, I feel pretty fortunate living by the ocean.  We have some amazing sunrises and sunsets.

I’m glad this particular morning I enjoyed it.  I sat down by the ocean and just starred.  I often take these sunrises for granted.  It’s amazing what the big man upstairs produces.  Not even an hour later the fog came rolling in, and it was all gone, just like that.

Here is to everyone having a wonderful, peaceful weekend.

Cheers!

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funk zone arts festival

 

funkzoneThis weekend in Santa Barbara there is a fun event going on!  It’s the second annual funk zone arts festival, which will be a neighborhood-wide day of events. This is a great time to come explore this newer area of Santa Barbara, and get to know some of the locally-owned businesses, galleries, and restaurants.  The “funk zone” is becoming what Noozhawk predicts as “the most exciting draw on the South Coast.”

Grab your friends and family, come out, and enjoy a little bit of Santa Barbara!

Below you will find the events going on for the day..

Funk Zone Arts Festival

SATURDAY

OCTOBER 19, 2013

10:00am to 10:00pm

Maps available at local businesses across the Funk Zone

Full event listings at

http://funkzone.net/funk-zone-arts-festival/

Daytime

10am-6pm Consensual: Painting, flm, drawing and video by Adam Berg at Cabana Home

10am-8:30pm Nonrepresentational: Fine art photography at wall space gallery

10am-10pm Tintype portraits with Lindsey Ross at La Chambre Photographique

11am-5pm A Formal Afaire: Art-Making in Black and White at The Arts Fund Gallery

11am-7pm “Art cart” selling Funk Zone graphic t-shirts and other surprises at CMND-Z

12-5pm Singer/songwriter showcase including Jesse Rhodes at MichaelKate Interiors

12-6pm Live art by homegrown Santa Barbara talented artists at Youth Interactive

12-8pm Assemblage and paintings by Philip Koplin and Dan Levin at Koplin / Levin Studio

1-7pm Erica Ohm handmade photography, Shelly Robertson “petite fea,” Tal Avitzur

Assemblage Robot Sculpture Night Lights, DJ William Pasley at Earl Arnold Table Salt Screen Printing

1-10pm “Beware of the Humans” Artist Invitational at GONE Gallery

3-11pm Gregory Beeman art, DJ Mac and Friends, and SB PYROGORIA at Funk Zone Studios

4-7pm Tina Schlieske and the Graceland Exiles perform at Reds Bar and Tapas Art Zone SB in the Funk Zone

3:30-4:30pm Artist talk with Victoria Mara Heilweil at wall space gallery Nonrepresentational: Kim Kaufman and Victoria Mara Heilweil

5-6pm Artist talk moderated by Ted Mills at The Arts Fund Gallery

A Formal Afaire: Rick Aber, Tony Askew, Austin Danson, Joan Rosenberg-Dent and Peggy Ferris

6:30-7:30pm Artist talk moderated by Charles Donolan at MichaelKate Interiors

Featuring work by Christina Tonges Korn, Barbara Romain, Christopher Ulrich

Evening

5-8pm Live music and wine at Green House Studios

Featuring new work by Donna Ayscough, Erika Carter, Ashley Dart, Virginia McCracken

5-8pm Guest Djs and art reception at MichaelKate Interiors

7-10pm Plantae: Chalcidis Lucidus by Joy Brenneman at La Chambre Photographique

7:30-midnight “Fashion in the Funk Zone” projections by Lindsey Michelson of CMND-Z

9-midnight Morganfeld Burnett and Da Blues perform at Reds Bar and Tapas

Contact

Crista Dix | Nathan Vonk

805.637.3898 | info@sbartscollaborative.org

Funk Zone Arts Fest EVENTS

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apple picking

apple1This past week we drove out to the country to do a little apple pickin.  I’m only working till noon at another job right now, then come home and work on orders for the store.  I decided to take a break from it all, and go have a little fun.

We decided to stop and have lunch at the famous Andersen’s Split Pea Soup.  It was awesome!  We each had two bowls. We were nice and full and wanted to take naps, but we drove over to the apple orchard, and even made a quick stop at the pumpkin patch.  I have never been apple picking, but I see pictures of friends on the east coast doing it every year at this time.  I’m so happy we went, we had a ton of fun!

Oh, and while at the pumpkin patch we bought a huge bundle of hay to put on our front porch, with all of our pumpkins. True country livin’.  I wish.

apple7^^^This place was the best, if you’re ever in Solvang, go!^^^

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apple2^^^I feel so bad for all of the apples that don’t make it.  What a waste.^^^

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avocado festival

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This past weekend we had the annual avocado festival in town.  It’s actually located in Carpinteria, which is 10 minutes from Santa Barbara.  We go every year, and enjoy it every year.  They have avocado ice cream, lots of guac, and anything else you can make with avocados.  We tend to over indulge in eating in the matter of a couple of hours.

This year we had some amazing carne asade tacos with guac, strawberry shortcake with avocado drizzle, and funnel cakes.  It was all good!

There’s also a bunch of vendors that set up, so of course we did a little shopping. We ended the night listening to a couple local bands play.

Good times with good friends!

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

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ice cream

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I don’t know about you, but I’m completely addicted to the food network.  I watch almost all of the shows, and dream about how I’m going to make fancy meals for my husband.  Doesn’t usually happen, but the thought is there.

If you have ever watched Barefoot Contessa, you’re familiar with her small dinner parties,  held at her Hamptons home. It’s the most dreamy place. On one of her shows she had a woman from Santa Barbara.  The woman, who is Rori Trovato, brought her amazing homemade organic ice cream, for dessert.  Of course I had to get to the bottom of where this place was.  I found it!   It’s called Rori’s Artisanal Creamery.   I want to tell you that if you live in the Santa Barbara area you must try.  The husband and I both tried the same thing because it sounded so good.  We got honey lavender, and mint.  I cannot even begin to tell you about how fresh and creamy it was.   The service was great, and the atmosphere is nice, but the ice cream blew us away.   New favorite spot,  for sure!

Check it out: Rori’s Arisanal Creamery

1024 D Coast Village Road

Montecito CA

ice cream1^^^I mean, look at all of the great flavors.^^^

ice cream2^^^Next time we will try different things, but this is definitely going to be one of our favorites.^^^

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Greek Festival

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I Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!   The Greek festival was going on in Santa Barbara this past weekend, so that’s what we did.  We had so much fun!  The food was amazing, and we ate till we couldn’t fit another piece in us.  The Greek House Cafe, provided most of the food, and it was scrumptious.  They also had an array of desserts.  Of course we didn’t pass those up either.

This was our first time to the festival, and we had a nice time.  We will for sure go back next year.  Santa Barbara is well known for their festivals, which are fun and gives you something to do outside almost every weekend.  Next weekend is Fiesta, which is a big, huge PARTY!

Here are some pictures of the amazing food and fun dancing we got to watch.  Of course, Dave wanted to dance, and I didn’t. That sounds about right. Ha!

OPA!

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Check out what some of our other friends were up to this past weekend…

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