Nourish Organic

We spent some time in Missouri over spring break last month and found a fabulous new store in Columbia called Lucky's.  I've been making the transition to more natural health and beauty items, so I was excited to discover Nourish Organic lotion.  The fresh fig scent is especially lovely.  (I may have to go back and pick some up!)



Purl Color Wheel Quilt

I read an issue of Martha Stewart Living a month or so ago and saw this beautiful quilt from Purl Soho.  They're now selling fabric bundles to make this quilt.  I love the idea, but I'm sure it's beyond my skill level!


Assorted Zum Bag

It's been a few years since I posted about Zum soap from Indigo Wild.  When we were in Missouri for spring break, we stayed at the Hotel Frederick in Boonville.  They have Zum soap samples in their rooms and offer a few items in their gift shop.  I picked up this Assorted Zum Bag, and it's fantastic:  Frankincense and Myrrh mini soap, Lavender & Tea Tree lip balm, etc.  I'm excited to try all of the products!


Istanbul: Recipes from the Heart of Turkey

For my birthday in February I got this beautiful cookbook.  Istanbul: Recipes from the Heart of Turkey by Rebecca Seal is a hardbound book with lovely photos by Steven Joyce.  I was excited to get it because the recipes are ones that a person could actually make - and remember Istanbul!


Saint Louis IX, King of France

This year marks the 800th year since the birth of King Louis IX of France for whom the city of St. Louis is named.  It is also the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis.  When we were down there in February we attended a concert at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis and picked up this card.  On the reverse is a prayer to Saint Louis.  An interesting instance of people and places intersecting over time.


Circassian Cavalry...

This painting is so stunning in real life.  Circassian Cavalry Awaiting their Commanding Officer at the Door of a Byzantine Monument; Memory of the Orient by Alberto Pasini.  Find it at the Art Institute of Chicago.


San Francisco Sourdough Starter Kit

Do you bake bread?  I've tried a few things, but I'm not great at it - yet!  For Christmas I got Williams-Sonoma's San Francisco Sourdough Starter Kit.  I hope it will be fabulous!


In the Auvergne

More Millet!  More sheep!  Jean-Francois Millet's In the Auvergne is a beautiful pastoral scene, held by the Art Institute.