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Koko Company's classic floormat makes a great accent anywhere indoors or outdoors

This thin, summery mat from Koko Company is a classic format that adds pretty polish and feels cool underfoot. You can unfold it on the porch, the beach, the kitchen floor or a child's room. This modern floormat is reversible woven polypropylene and not only looks fantastic and is affordable but it is also easy to take care of. You just hose it clean, drip dry and it's as good as new! This floormat measures 5 x 9 ($90 at

Koko classic floormat in lime and off-white
Koko classic floormats

Source:  In Style

Posted by Amanda, in Houses and Home Decor.

Reese Witherspoon gets our attention in this dress by Brian Atwood for Temperley, London

Reese Witherspoon looks fantastic at a recent Avon event wearing this flattering and tasteful dress by Brian Atwood for Temperley London.

Reese Witherspoon in Alice Temperley dress
Source:  In Style

Posted by Amanda, in Celebrity Fashion, Dresses.

Under Wraps Kimono Snapsuit is made with natural soybean fiber for an extra soft and cuddly finish

Made by Babysoy, this adorable snapsuit is available for $16 at Land of Nod, and is available in pink with pink trim or purple with pink trim. The natural soybean fibers are super soft, but stretch less than blends with synthetic spandex so make sure to buy one big enough for your baby's rolls and folds!  

Under Wraps Kimono Snapsuit

Posted by Amanda, in Children's Fashion.

Celebrate National Ice Cream Sundae Day with a simple, classic ice cream sundae at Fair Oaks Pharmacy in Pasadena, CA

The sundae is an ice cream dessert. The classic hot fudge sundae is often a creation of vanilla ice cream, hot chocolate sauce (hence the "hot fudge"), whipped cream, nuts, and a single bright-red maraschino cherry on top. A hot fudge sundae can be made with any flavor of ice cream; though, as a chocolate sauce is generally favored, non-chocolate ice cream flavors are preferred.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the origin of the term sundae is obscure. Various American localities have claimed to be the birthplace of the ice cream sundae. These claimants include Ithaca, New York; Two Rivers, Wisconsin; Plainfield, Illinois; Evanston, Illinois; New York City; New Orleans, Louisiana; Cleveland, Ohio; and Buffalo, New York. In recent years, officials in Two Rivers and Ithaca have used the controversy to gain publicity for their cities.

Of the many stories about the invention of the sundae, one frequent theme is the sinfulness of the ice cream soda and the need to produce a substitute for the popular treat for consumption on Sunday. In Peter Bird's book The First Food Empire, it is stated as fact that the name 'sundae' for ice cream with toppings was adopted from Illinois state's early prohibition of ice cream consumption on Sundays, but ice cream with a topping that obscured the main product was not deemed to be ice cream.

Pasadena, CA, may be best known for the Rose Bowl, but the Fair Oaks Pharmacy has been around much longer. Back in 1915, Fair Oaks Pharmacy used to be just a pharmacy with a gift shop. Today, it is home to an old-fashioned soda fountain. In addition to its ice cream sodas, Fair Oaks Pharmacy is famous for its simple classic ice cream sundaes, lime rickeys, egg creams, ice cream sodas, All-American banana splits and milkshakes. So, if you'd like a taste of yesteryear, head to Fair Oaks Pharmacy.  The Travel Channel included the Fair Oaks Pharmacy as one of the shops in its special on Ice Cream Paradises.

In one case, the original recipe had to be adjusted. The egg cream had to be adjusted because it was made with real eggs but since you are no longer able to serve raw eggs this had to be cut out. Now it's just milk, soda water and chocolate syrup.

There is a vintage soda fountain and a nostalgic look. In the 1940s, 75% of all pharmacies in the country had a soda fountain but, sadly, today these drugstore delights are nearly extinct.

Fair Oaks Pharmacy

Sources: Wikipedia

Posted by Amanda, in General.

Shrink premiered at the Sundance Festival and opens today in New York and Los Angeles

What happens when the people we count on to hold us together ... are barely holding it together themselves? Jonas Pate's Shrink is a striking, fast-paced expose of the "other" Hollywood, featuring folks living outside their comfort zone and the people who put them there.

Henry Carter (Kevin Spacey) is a psychiatrist with an A-list clientele, including a once-famous actress (Saffron Burrows), an insecure writer (Mark Webber), and a comically obsessive-compulsive superagent (Dallas Roberts). Henry is not in a good place, however. He has been asked to take his first pro bono case, a troubled teenage girl from a neighborhood far from the Hollywood hills. Considering his present state of mind, is he ready for the real-life troubles of a young woman who loves the world of movies he has become so jaded by?

At its core, Shrink is a study of control and our endless need for it, even when it grows increasingly impossible to obtain. Writer Thomas Moffett uses classic archetypes in this modern Hollywood tale, but never pushes them over the edge of credibility. Performed by a well-matched cast at the top of their form, the result is both satisfying and exhilarating. Watching Shrink makes us feel like voyeurs looking through a window into the lives of people who look great, feel worse, and end up behaving badly. (Synopsis by John Cooper in the Sundance Film Guide)

Shrink movie poster
Run time: 110 minutes
Screenwriter: Thomas Moffett; Director: Jonas Pate
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Keke Palmer, Mark Webber, Dallas Roberts, Saffron Burrows, Robert Loggia
MPAA Rating:  Rated R for drug content throughout, and pervasive language including some sexual references.

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Posted by Amanda, in Television and Movies.

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