Saturday, May 18, 2013

Rock Paper Scissors

     I've been excited to write a spot about this really cool shop in Ann Arbor for some time and that time is finally here!  There's a lot of buzz surrounding the place. Rock Paper Scissors originated in Tecumseh, but they've made a second home in Ann Arbor.  My friends can't stop talking about how adorable this gift shop is...really it's a well designed store with something for everyone...and I like places like that!  You can grab a bite to eat at one of the nearby restaurants with a friend and take a stroll over to Rock Paper Scissors, and with near certainty they'll enjoy the whole outing.

The first thing my eyes see when entering: Linnea's Lights candles.  They're soy, so they give a clean burn.  I love this sea salt scent; so summery and light!

For the little secretary in your life.

Library of Flowers perfume.  My favorite is "Field of Flowers".  My friend Taylor loved it and immediately bought some. 

There is all kinds of clever happening in this store, from the merchandise to the displays. Observe: clever locker setup, filled with great gifts!

Great UofM gifts for the graduate, or die hard fan.

Love nautical themes, anyone else?

Father's Day is coming up, and there's stuff for dad.

I love cute cook wear, and they have lots of it.

Rock Paper Scissors also carries invitations...and they're gorgeous. So if you're getting married or having a baby...anything really, this is the place to go and set up an appointment.   I love their stationary selection, too.

For the Bar Mitzvah

This card goes out to my friend Megan.  Can you think of someone you played M.A.S.H. with all the time?

Love the details on this pillow.  Perfect for the Michigan lake house.

"Where Commerce and Education Meet"...perfect description of our city!

**Check out their fabulous website at: You can shop online, and get the lowdown on hours.  Really to stop in and look around in this place is a treat!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Lush's BIG

      I love Lush products.  Some of them are better than others (it's a matter of smell for me, some Lush products are too "earthy" smelling for me).  Since I have fine hair, I was in the market for a conditioner that was going to be lightweight and give shine and volume.  What the lovely ladies at Lush recommended to me was a new conditioner in their hair care line called Big. It has a light fragrance that isn't too overpowering for the sensitive nose.  They gave me a sample (another reason I love Lush) and I was eager to give it a try.

I have never used a solid conditioner before, but was assured that a little would go a long way.  When I got it out of the package, I was like "alright how do I use this?" Basically they told me to rub it on my hair.  I was a little skeptical because I didn't feel like anything was going on my hair.  There was no lather.  I just made sure to get my ends, as that's the most important part.

The result: lots of shine and body. I didn't put any mouse or root lifter in my hair, it just did it on it's own. I like that!

Rarely am I completely satisfied with a hair product (usually they underwhelm me).  But I was impressed.  I was pretty happy with the scent of the product, too. It has a very very light jasmine scent and the main ingredients are coconut oil and seaweed...can't go wrong there.

Honestly, I would have to say this product really lived up to it's name.  Along with the volume and shine, I also noticed that my hair stayed a lot less tangled throughout the day...always a plus for the fine haired. 

You can buy 3.5 ounces of the conditioner for $9.95.  Taking into account that this product will last quite some time, I would say it's definitely worth the price.  

Order it online: Lush

I'm happy...I found a conditioner that actually delivers!!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


        This past Sunday my brother and I were keen to check out a brand new Mexican restaurant in Ann Arbor that we kept hearing good things about.  We were both a little apprehensive because we heard their Sunday hours are limited and it was still early in the afternoon. We were determined to see if they were open. Conveniently for us, as we approached the building we heard lots of chatter, and it just happened to be Cinco De Mayo so they were open for a special lunch (we found out from the hostess that usually on Sunday's they don't open til 4). Isalita is a name that holds a certain charm, and the charm of the name reflects the atmosphere of the restaurant. For Cinco De Mayo Isalita had group seating to promote a neighborhood atmosphere.  I thought that was a really fun touch.   And all I can say is WOW.  Seriously the best Mexican food I have ever had, and I don't throw those types of comments around at whim.

The restaurant was packed (not only was it Cinco De Mayo but it was also UofM's graduation weekend), lots of maze and blue floating around.  Despite the crowd, the service was friendly and up-beat from the moment we walked in.

We started off with Isalita's traditional guacamole appetizer. YUM!  Sorry, we forgot to get a picture. You can also choose a truffle guacamole, which I am dying to try next time!  My brother and I love guacamole, so we're a bit critical, but we were both impressed with the freshness.  Lots of lime flavor packed into this recipe.

For the entree, Luke ordered under the Ceviche portion of the menu and got the Spicy Tuna.  There's green onion, tomato, and toasted coconut in the mix here.  He loved it.  At first glance the dish seems a bit pricey for the portion, but it is fresh tuna, which is pricey in the first place.

I ordered the Carne Nachos.  I'm not the biggest fan of nachos, but the ingredients were what convinced me:  skirt steak topped with jalapeno's, refried beans, crema and tomato.  There was also a slight amount of "heat" to this dish.  Yum!

Luke had to help me eat this because even after just a few bites, I already felt full.  It's THAT packed with flavor.  A little chat from our server and I found out that the steak is first prepared on a hot skillet with all spice, garlic and a dash of cinnamon.  Don't let the sound of cinnamon in nachos throw you off.  It's subtle, delicious, and very much worth the try!

I generally judge restaurants not only on the quality and freshness of the food, (along with the service), but also on the overall atmosphere.  The decor is vibrant and fun.  On a trip downstairs to find the restroom, there was a whole other section to the restaurant for larger parties.  Murals and pictures of famous Mexican's cover the walls.  The bathrooms are nicely kept and decorated (I have a thing with pretty bathrooms, anyone else?).  Overall Isalita was a great dining experience and I can't wait to try that truffle guacamole.  Anything that mixes avocado and chocolate sounds right up my alley!

If you want to check out the hours and get an idea of the menu options check out their website: Isalita