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We recently made the trip out to Edison, NJ to attend the 2017 NY/NJ Mineral, Fossil, and Gem Show. We have been a few times in previous years, and I love going so much. There are many great deals to be had, there are mineral and fossil displays to enjoy, and the people-watching is great too!

The whole convention center is full!

You can purchase gemstones in all manner of preparation – cabochons, uncut specimens, minerals still in the matrix, and fully faceted stones.

Opened geodes and a rose quartz point.

Skulls!

A very large chunk of what appeared to be an interior piece of an enormous geode.

The fossil displays were a bit weirdly placed during this show. I don’t understand why they don’t separate the fossil displays from the gem and mineral dealers.

These quartz anatomical models were in multiple places. Some believe that they can help to manifest masculine energy.

I am upset with myself for not having purchased one of these cathedral geodes. Next year!

Salt lamps! If you are into salt lamps though, they are available on Amazon.

I purchased a smoky quartz point and a clear quartz point.

Over the past few years, I have assembled a collection of gemstone skulls.

I got a great piece of amethyst, similar to these.

It turns out that you can also buy amethyst specimens on Amazon. Why am I surprised by this?

If you attend a gem and mineral show in the future, I highly recommend touring around to many vendors before making purchases. The differences in prices for very similar items was quite significant.

One of my favorite parts of attending the show is getting to see stones I’ve never heard of before.

A celestite geode, next to a skeleton bear foot.

I highly recommend you take a look at the next gemstone, mineral, and/or fossil show that comes to your area, if you are so lucky. They are really interesting and fun.

Happy trails!

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Sephora VIB Sale Picks and Wishlist | Spring 2017

by Jamie Sanford on April 18, 2017

The Sephora VIB sale event is back!

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April 18-24: VIB Rouge Members receive 15% off on all purchases, in store and online.

April 19-24: VIB members receive 15% off on all purchases, in store and online.

April 20-24: Beauty Insiders receive 15% off on all purchases, in store and online.

To become a VIB member, you have to spend $350 at Sephora in the span of a year. I’ve managed this the last few years by purchasing skincare from Sephora instead of with the individual brands. To become a VIB Rouge member, you have to spend $1000 at Sephora in the span of a year, which doesn’t feel like reality. I’m guessing it is mostly beauty professionals in this category.

So let’s get into it! The list below combines my wishlist or items I would like to pick up, as well as favorites that I might have to stock up on while they are being discounted. I will definitely also be picking up skin care items from Murad and Origins.

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Link Tank #41

by Jamie Sanford on April 14, 2017

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Worth It is my new favorite web series.


90s! I heard this on Lithium and was totally excited.

Why do we love the music we listened to as teenagers?

Jordan made peepshi, and it is adorable.

A how-to on making the delicious onion soup you get at the hibachi place.

A helpful post on basic food and wine pairings.

That’s all for now!

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Today, I’m sharing a surprising email that I received from Universal Standard, a clothing company that has been becoming more and more known in recent time. They offer clothing in sizes 10-28, and the items are meant to be high-quality basics, in the best possible way.

From their website:

Polina Veksler and Alexandra Waldman started Universal Standard because size had become the dividing line determining who had the privilege and freedom to dress with quality and style.

That had to change, so they changed it.

Starting with the premise that clothes should look and feel good, they created a line of modern essentials, with a chic, downtown but classic aesthetic – giving women a new standard in style and experience.

The email they sent was dedicated to an explanation of their pricing and how it compares to pricing for similarly created items. Check it out below.

This is new and interesting! As someone who doesn’t buy tops that cost $200, it’s interesting to see this breakdown. The question that popped up for me immediately is to ask where these items are made. I checked on the website and didn’t find anything about where the items are made, which is a bit frustrating.

However, I don’t think I have ever seen such transparency in an email, and I opened it immediately. I have been on Universal Standard’s email list for a while and I am sure I will buy something from them eventually, and this email only helps me toward making a purchase.

Tweet me and let me know if you would be affected by an email of this nature!

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Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on March 30, 2017

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We traveled through a bit of South Florida on a recent road trip. I have many more spots to share, but will start with the most unexpected stop that we took. We were driving north after an overnight stay in Juno Beach, and while in the Ft. Pierce area, I saw a tiny road sign with grapes that said “winery,” and I immediately turned the car around. We were on an adventure, so it seemed like the right thing to do.

We ended up at Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery.

Open!

This is about as Floridian as you can get.

The exterior was lovely.

These wreaths are perfect.

We got inside and found ourselves in a tasting room/store.

Local products, and you can see ribbons for a few of the wines they produce.

There was a larger number of wines available than I would have expected.

Here is the tasting menu. What was the most surprising was that they make actual grape juice! It was intensely delicious.

The wines were good, but the muscadine grapes do seem to run sweet, and so a lot of the wines skewed that way. The ones we enjoyed the most were Webejammin’ and Not Starboard, the second of which is their version of Port. We purchased a bottle of each, along with some for friends.

It was a delicious and unexpected stop on our day. We love visiting wineries in New Jersey, and I will admit to not even realizing that wine is made in Florida.

If you’re ever traveling in or around the Fort Pierce, Florida area, I definitely recommend a stop at Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery. If you aren’t a drinker, the grape juice alone is worth a visit!

Happy trails!

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