Pardon Our Dust!

Saturday, February 21, 2015



Hey you guys! Today I'm upgrading my blog design, so if you see bits and pieces moved around, I apologize<3 I hope you're having a great weekend!



<3Vanessa


Unique and beautiful pieces in Louisville, Ky.: Apricot Lane

Monday, February 9, 2015



 

After browsing a toy store in Westport Village, one of the boutiques caught my attention. I had been there once before, but since I usually do my clothes shopping on line (or at big chain stores), I hadn't been in here for quite a while.

 

I'm usually more of an accessories girl when it comes to boutiques, and was blown away with the variety they had available.


A lot of unique pieces caught my eye, and after speaking with the owner, I was pleasantly surprised to hear how many of their items had different charities they supported. For example, portions of the sales of these beaded bracelets, pictured above (If I remember correctly) go towards helping human trafficking. 

Being completely honest, typically when I see charitable goods being sold, I really don't think much of it. I might purchase a piece to help a cause myself, but I'm not necessarily impressed when a store decides to sell *one* charitable good by the impulse section. Its nice, but nothing that really wows me... Well, this boutique not only sells super adorable trendy pieces, there's actually *several* to choose from that actually go to help good causes. I've never stepped inside of a boutique that gives back to humanity as much as this one does.




Apricot Lane carries TOMS, which is an amazing company that donates shoes to the needy for every pair sold. I was told that TOMS shoes are very difficult for companies to carry, because TOMS are only exclusively sold in stores that carry X amount of charitable goods. (Which is pretty cool, I think!)


 


I loved these "shot gun" mugs (along with other jewelry they had). I've seen tons of these in person, but I haven't really seen them in stores.



 


They also have the super popular "State" jewelry that I've been seeing everywhere lately. They have a few different varieties as well<3

 


 {A clutch that charges your smart phone!! Available at Apricot Lane}


 
{Lace/Crochet tops, and boho chic seem to be trending for this spring!}




Apricot Lane just started carrying these really cute natural bath products! These bath bombs are about $5 each. Just in time for Valentine's Day if you're looking for a relaxing treat<3


 
{Bath "Cupcakes" $4}


{Whipped Scrubs $7}


I really loved seeing what Apricot Lane had available, I'll definitely be back in to do some shopping for spring.

Apricot Lane
1302 Herr Lane Suite 170

Have you been to Apricot Lane before? What's your favorite Boutique in Louisville? I'll be out and about looking for the best boutiques in Louisville to feature here on Bourbon Beauty. I'd love your recommendations!
  






Tj Maxx Mrs. Dish Find

Wednesday, February 4, 2015






I have been trying to find this dish *everywhere*! I kept seeing it on Instagram, and I finally found it at TjMaxx. Before I decided to go shopping, I'll hashtag a store on it to see what's currently available =X Am I the only crazy person that does this lol?


Are you on Instagram?

Here's my link :-)


Joes OK Bayou: Louisville, Ky.

Sunday, February 1, 2015




 

This last week of January, we went out to celebrate my Dad's Birthday. The last few times we've gotten together (they live about 2 hours from Louisville), we've typically gone to Joe's OK Bayou. It's a really nice treat when we get to see everyone :-) My kids go crazy happy whenever we hang out with them.


Here's their soft shell Crab, (its a deep fried molted crab, the outside of the crab is soft, so you eat the entire thing.) these are one of my favorite dishes here. I've eaten soft shell crab at some Japanese places in Louisville, but I've never seen them served whole.




Here are their frog legs. I personally, am not a huge fan of frog legs lol. They have a fishy taste and an odd texture to them in my opinion. But I know people who LOVE frog legs, so I can't really share my thoughts on whether or not these were any good.




 Their Craw fish are really good! They are a bit on the spicy side, but if you don't like much heat, I just peeled and ate them without really tasting the shell. As long as the shell didn't touch my mouth I was good.




 I believe these are the oysters, (I don't remember if these were the oysters or alligator meat.) which were hands down my favorite dish here. My son LOVED the alligator meat, I thought it was pretty good too.



I believe this was their peanut butter pie? It was my brother's order, so I don't know how this turned out. But anything drenched in chocolate gets my vote :P

The only foods I didn't really care for, were the gumbo or etoufee. I typically do love gumbo, I just didn't like the flavor or texture of it here. It was just too thick for my taste.

If you're in the mood for some Cajun food, my favorite dishes were:
  • Fried oysters (#1 favorite here, I prefer them over other restaurants that serve them in Louisville.)
  • Soft Shell Crab
  • Fried alligator
  • Crawfish

Have you tried Joes OK Bayou?


Joes OK Bayou
9874 Linn Station Rd
Louisville, Ky. 





Tony Moly Peach Lotion and Lip Balm Review

Wednesday, January 28, 2015





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Ever since I found my first online blog (which happened to be an Asian girl who wrote about her life, sadly I don't remember the name.), I've become obsessed with Asian beauty products. Everything about her beautiful skin and pretty packaged items (unlike any adult beauty products I've found here in the U.S) kept me wanting more!

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Over the years, I have found different sites that offered bits and pieces of Asian makeup, but I was thrilled when I found one (actually based here in the U.S) that sells all kinds of Asian different beauty products. They sell skin care, make up, fragrances, and everything is super Kawaii & chic. I finally decided to purchase some stuff on my own (I was not sponsored by this post.), and I'm excited to test these things out! Their first thing I tried, was this Peach Scented Lotion & lip balm by Tony Moly.

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I LOVE the packaging! Looks like a big peach (literally almost the size of one, its pretty large.), and the smell is amazing. I really liked that it had a safety seal, and a cover separating the top of it.

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The lotion itself is very creamy, and not heavy at all. The scent lasted for quite a while (it truly smells like an actual peach!), and left my hands very smooth. According to the Pretty & Cute site:

The Benefits include:
Anti-Wrinkle
Moisturizes
Whitening
Soothes

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Here is the mini lip balm that I purchased. True to the peach scent, it smells like a real peach. It has no color to it, and has a satin finish (it was not tacky at all, and felt that it absorbed very well onto my lips.). It had no flavor, aside from the perfume scent to it. I actual prefer lip balms to have more of a perfume flavor, kind of like the other recently popular rose scented lip salves that are seen everywhere.

For me, the biggest pro is the packaging lol. I love the products inside, but I really do love the aesthetics to it. Its very different from anything I've seen offered in stores in the U.S (at least a cosmetic that actually works well, and isn't catered to little girls.), and looks really pretty on my vanity<3

Have you guys tried any Asian Products before? I can't wait to share the rest of my find.

You can check out their stuff here, at www.PrettyandCute.com



After ordering and seeing how much I loved these products, I decided to become an affiliate with pretty and cute.com. Although I am now an affiliate, I purchased these products with my own money. As always, I promise that my reviews and content are 100% my own opinions, and any affiliations with this company will not compromise my own opinions.


Target Find!

Friday, January 23, 2015







The cuteness kills me! I got this at Target, I love Valentine's Day stuff<333 (Plus a ton of toys are on sale too for anyone looking to stock up for their kiddos!)