Mount Rainier in WashingtonState, elevation 14,500 ft.
Take a look at some of these incredible clouds captured over Mt. Rainier. They're called "lenticular clouds". They're caused when the air flow is just right so that when it flows over Mt. Rainier, the air gets pushed upward where it cools and condenses into clouds. Talk about homesick inducing. These pictures are just about enough to send me packing.
...Connie Hahn. Congratulations! Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter. Even if you did not win, the annual Graphic Image winter sale continues through the end of February. Plus, if you do decide to go ahead and purchase sale or non saleitems, use the code entreship to receive free shipping through the end of February. The company is also offering free personalization on their website if you purchase something $50 or more. So shop away!
I've been smitten with the leather goods company Graphic Image for years. In fact it's become a tradition of sorts to buy myself a new pocket day planner from the company every January. Then there's the variety of items I amassed while working for 2 1/2 years as a buyer for an interiors/lifestyle boutique that carried the line. I was able to fully indulge in my "smittenness" over that time period.
Since changing jobs, and subsequently losing my easy access to Graphic Image, I've been stalking the website of late hoping that two of my current coveted items, a gold Dictionary and a black croc Travel Wallet, might be discounted. No such luck, although I was impressed by all the incredible items included in their annual Winter Salethat lasts through February. Most of the products included in the sale are 50% off, and some calendars and desk diaries are up to 75% off. Graphic Image products are just as satisfying to give as they are to recieve, not to mention they're as practical as they are luxurious.
Now imagine my surprise when I was contacted by a representative of Graphic Image and asked if I'd like to host a giveaway on my blog. How could I turn down such a generous offer? Color me jealous of you lucky readers. Now, let me get to the best part. The winner of my giveaway will win not one but three items: a Leather Passport Holder (valued at $48), a Leather Luggage Tag (valued at $23), and a Leather Zipper Case (valued at $48). Think of how envious your traveling companions will be when you pull out your new travel accessories. You'll have a variety of colors to choose from and the items can be personalized if you like. And why wouldn't you like? Even if you don't win the giveaway, through the end of February you can also receive free U.S. ground shipping on any item ordered through the Graphic Image website by using the code: entreship.
In order to enter the giveaway please go to the Graphic Image website and pick out which item you covet the most. I'm dying of curiosity. While you're there check out their vast array of items included in their Winter Sale. Then kindly mention the item, along with your name and Email, in the comment section of my blog between now and midnight EST on Tuesday, February 23rd, to enter the contest. Then I'll randomly select a winner on Wednesday.
I, like many others, had the brilliantly clichéd idea to view Valentine's Day on Valentine's Day.Really though, isn't Valentine's Day all about clichés?However you spent your day, I hope it was filled with love.
As of yesterday my blog is officially five years old. I could wax poetic about how time flies and all that. Instead, I'll say this, Entre Nous has been a constant in my life through some major changes (including, but not limited to, a cross country move) and I hope continue using this blog as a way to document the goings on in my life along with my ever changing obsessions and interests. Here's to another five years.
Yesterday I completed a three day Blueprint Cleanse, thanks to Gilt Groupe, where I was able to purchase a three day supply of juices at a significantly reduced rate. I'd been intrigued by Blueprint for a while now, probably since the picture of SJP traipsing around the city with a bottle, began making the rounds. I'd been feeling low energy for a while and I was well aware that my healthy eating habits had gone out the window when the holidays rolled around. I needed something to get me back on track.
I've done my fair share of cleanses, usually the insufferable Master Cleanse, but never for more than two days. Truth be told, the three day cleans was really a piece of cake. With a supply of 6 juices to get me through the day, I honestly felt stuffed and not even the tiniest bit hungry. In fact, on two of the days I couldn't even consume all 6 alloted juices.
Out of the three cleanse options, I decided to tackle level two, the foundation cleanse. This level is made up of three green juices (romaine, celery, cucumber, green apple, spinach, kale, parsley, and lemon - I started off not being too keen on this one, but it actually grew on me), one pineapple/apple/mint (my absolute favorite), one tart and spicy lemonade (agave, lemon and cayenne - picture the master cleanse, this one was tolerable), and one cashew milk (cashews of course, vanilla bean, cinnamon, and agave - the dessert of the lot, also tolerable). Included with the juices are ice packs and a small tote bag in which to transport your drinks with you wherever you might need to.
Digging around through various peoples reviews of the cleanse I found a few helpful hints. The green drink is infinitely more enjoyable when poured over ice with a bit of lemon added to it. Those juices you find hard to down are made more tolerable when consumed through a straw.
You're also given a cheat sheet of acceptable foods to consume while on the cleanse in case you just can't help indulging. Don't get too excited, think celery, cucumber, a quarter of an avocado, and low sodium vegetable broth.
If you live in NYC the cleanse can either be delivered to your door or picked up. Living in Savannah, I had my batch of juices over-nighted via FedEx, at the expense of Blueprint. They arrived before ten in the morning the day before I was to start my cleanse. The juices are organic and extremely perishable, lasting only 3 days from the day of arrival.
Before you're set to being your cleanse you'll receive an email from Blueprint offering tips to prepare the days leading up to the cleanse. As well as how to go off the cleanse, i.e. no meat/dairy, lots of vegetables and fruit.
I'll fully admit that although today I awoke not craving solid food and feeling like I could complete another two days of the cleanse, I did indulge in a bit of candy at the movies. How could I not? I should have eased myself off the cleanse by noshing on a salad as they suggested, but I couldn't resist a box of Good & Plenty. Here's hoping I didn't derail all that hard work with one box of candy.
One tip I'll take away from the cleanse and attempt to incorporate into my everyday routine is to begin my day with a cup of hot water with lemon. There's just something so refreshing and invigorating about a drink so simple.
In terms of the results, after the first day of cleansing I really wasn't feeling any different.But after the second day I awoke with energy, my skin seemed brighter, and I just felt healthier. If it weren't so pricey, I'd gladly indulge in a Blueprint cleanse multiple times a year.
Now, thanks to Blueprint, my routine of regular consumption of water, vitamins/supplements, exercise, and healthy eating can commence again.