Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tour Inside the Carnival Miracle Cruise Ship!

The cruise ship Carnival Miracle during my Caribbean cruise on Carnival Cruise Lines to San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos.
The Carnival Miracle Cruise Ship.
The famous Carnival Smoke Stack.

Stunning interiors - this is underneath the smoke stack glass.
The Phantom Theater on the Carnival Miracle.
Staircase at the Carnival Miracle.
The Bacchus Dining Room on the Carnival Miracle.
They always served delicious desserts on the Lido Deck at Horatio's.
I was enthralled with Gatsby's Garden.
Not many people found this area, so it was very peaceful.
The clean and comfortable Stateroom with complete with dog towel animal.
All in all we had a fantastic vacation!

- The Sassi Wench

Monday, August 23, 2010

Review: Zara Terez Nolita Grande Purse

My review on the Zara Terez Nolita Grande grey suede shoulder purse vs. Coach Sabrina.

I found this to be a really good quality suede bag, but there was some uneven stitching which I haven't found on bags of comparable price.  Watch my video for more details.

Zara Terez Nolita Grande.
I did find loose threads on the Zara Terez Nolita Grande.
The handle is adjustable on the Zara Terez Nolita Grande.
The design, color, and especially the pleats make the bag look sophisticated.
All in all this is a beautiful and roomy bag, albeit the stitching issues on two places and the loose threads which can catch on rings or items being placed inside, or being removed from the bag.

Beautiful bag
Nice color
Quality suede
Perfect day-to-night bag
No dustbag
Loose threads
Uneven stitching

The strap is adjustable, but it is prone to slip somewhat when the bag is full and the weight of the bag starts to pull the strap downward.  After a few hours of wear you would need to adjust the strap, and this becomes very annoying.

- The Sassi Wench

What's my Purse? Balenciaga

My dream purse - a look at my new Balenciaga Part Time in the color Sahara.
The Balenciaga Part Time in Sahara
Side view of the Part Time.
The particular Balenciaga is quite a long bag.
I chose the original brass hardware for this Part Time Balenciaga.
The embossed leather tag inside the bag.
It has a front, zip pocket.
My calico cat Persia peeking in the mirror!
This is my first Balenciaga purse, and it is absolutely stunning!

It's quite a long bag and so it can hold magazines and books well.  Not to mention, makeup, hair spray cans or anything else you care to throw in it!

It's undeniably an exceptionally beautiful bag.

- The Sassi Wench

Sunday, August 22, 2010

My Gorgeous Coach Purses!

Coach XL Maggie - Black
Coach XL Maggie.
Classic Coach Tags - including the Stagecoach! 
The Coach Creed and Purple interior.
Coach Ali Leather Hobo - Bordeaux

Coach Ali Tags.
This Coach Ali has a Coach logo embossed on the sides.
Coach Ali Creed.
Coach Convertible Zoe - Graphite/Gun Metal
Coach Zoe.
Coach Convertible Zoe Tags.
Coach Zoe interior.
Coach Kristin Op Art Sateen Hobo - Turquoise

Coach Kristen Hobo.
Coach Kristen Tags.
Coach Kristen Creed and interior.
Coach White Lurex Wristlet

Coach Lurex Wristlet.

Coach Lurex Wristlet interior.
I found 4 really beautiful Coach purses at various Coach Outlets - a really nice haul. If you can get to a Coach Outlet you'll be amazed at what you'll find! I added these to my Coach purse collection.

Check them out:

Maggie XL - Black
Convertible Zoe - Graphite/Gun Metal
Kristin Op Art Sateen Hobo - Turquoise 
Ali Leather Hobo - Bordeaux 
White Lurex Wristlet


Step by Step Diaper Cake Tutorial, Animal Theme for Boys & Girls

To see me make this Diaper Cake, step by step, click here:

The Finished Diaper Cake/Nappy Cake.
All of the ingredients for the Diaper Cake.
Roll each diaper securely and bind with rubber bands.

Fit the diapers snugly together to form a base, then repeat the process for the next two tiers.
Bind each tier with string, then fold receiving blankets and wrap them around the diapers.
Secure the blankets with diaper pins.
Use a dowel to stabilize the tiers, and tie colorful ribbon around each blanket.
By now the diaper cake should be quite sturdy.
Decorate with colorful and useful baby items and toys.
Tuck and hang objects around the cake.
Different color ribbons make the cake look more interesting.
Color co-ordinate the baby shower.  These are inexpensive items I bought at the dollar store (with the exception of the big bows, which were a gift.)
Cute details make all the difference and make the shower seem more personal.
Add food, and enjoy!
Step by step instructions to make a fun, personalized gift for a mom-to-be.

An animal theme diaper cake (nappy cake) is perfect for both boys and girls!

What you will need:
About 53 diapers
31 diapers for the first tier, 15 for the second tier, and 7 for the top tier.
Receiving blankets
Baby Washcloths
Baby socks
Teething rings
Travel size baby items like baby powder, shampoo, baby oil etc.
Baby-safe diapers pins
A wooden dowel
Bow wire
Assorted Ribbons
Cardboard Cake Circle
"Cake" Topper, such as an animal head blanket

The diaper cake takes about 2 hours to make, and it cost $100.


Afternoon Tea at The New Leaf Tea Room, Riverton, New Jersey USA

The Stunning New Leaf Tea Room
The New Leaf has great ambiance.
There are 3 separate dining rooms.
Attention is payed to every detail.
Tea cups hang from a chandelier.
The meal was inventive, tasty and bountiful.   
I decided on a crisp, fresh salad to start.
The bill/check, is left on the table in a black rose ribbon purse.
The Gift Shoppe
It's all very romantic.

I was fortunate enough to spend a delightful afternoon having tea at The New Leaf Tea Room in the quaint Victorian town of Riverton, New Jersey, USA.

We had "Royal Tea", which included a pot of hot tea, freshly baked scones served with Devonshire cream and preserves, an assortment of tea sandwiches and savories, dessert, and your choice of a soup or salad.

Owner Phyllis Rodgers has paid the utmost attention to even the smallest detail, and even the power room is one of the best that I have seen.

While you are there, visit the beautiful gift shop, and stock up on tea, scented candles, dried flowers and other gifts.

Service was attentive and excellent, the tea was hot, and the food sumptuous. You feel completely relaxed, as if you have been welcomed into a cozy and charming home. I highly recommend this tea room.

The New Leaf Tea Room caters to special occasions, and it's perfect for birthday parties, bridal showers, baby showers or red hat gatherings!

The Tea Room is located in a house built in 1889. The adjacent building was built in 1910 and was originally an apothecary.

The New Leaf Tea Room & Gift Shoppe
606 Main Street
Riverton, NJ 08077

Reservations are required.

Riverton is a listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it is located near the scenic Delaware River.

Special thanks to the owner Phyllis, who was kind enough to give me permission to film inside the buildings.


- The Sassi Wench