This post is sponsored, in part, by my lovely daughter, who made the delicious cake, let me use one of her teacups, and overall, contributed to the "eye" candy you will be seeing (you will get the joke momentarily).
What could be better than roses and chocolate? Look at this delicious, from-scratch chocolate cake my daughter made . . .
Served up on a plate of roses . . .
with tea in rose-covered teacups . . .
poured from a rose-covered teapot . . .
And here's the "eye" candy I promised . . .
A beautiful set of eye shadows packaged as a bar of chocolate . . .
My daughter gave this to a friend for her birthday. Aren't the colors gorgeous, and the names fun? Do you ever wonder about the people who get the job of picking names for lipsticks and nail polishes, etc? Is it a full-time job? Do they get to visit chocolate shops for inspiration? Do they have to buy boxes of cherry cordials just to make sure they really are that color brown?
Perhaps there is in the budget monies earmarked for visits to upscale coffee shops, just to get the right name down -- after all, salted caramel, creme brulee, and hazelnut coffees all have their own signature look, and you gotta get it right . . .
And speaking of makeup, I finally picked up my free birthday gift from Sephora before the offer expired. Here's what I got . . .
A mini lipstick and mascara. And, because I had accumulated some bonus points, I got my choice of several items to take home for free. I choose the Dolce & Gabbana The One perfume mini, one of my daughter's favorites.
Now if I were smart, this would go right upstairs into a Christmas stocking stash. A perfect stocking stuffer, right? But no, I get too excited about things, and have to give stuff to the recipient right away.
Like I just bought a huge bag of Sour Patch Kids on sale to stick into my youngest's stocking. Mr. Beautiful is convinced that it will never make it to Christmas. I'm likely to break it out next time my son is home. I'm sure he is right.
And, before I go, The Official Blog Cat wants in on the fun. Whenever I sit down to read, she jumps up and lays right on top of my book. I think this is a universal cat habit.
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