Ed. Note: Is it something about autumn, my darling Marsi’s and my favorite season, that makes us want to dothings, try something different, find solutions? That’s what Marsi has done today. Fall is all about warm, delicious meals, maybe a beauty find and if not something new for the closet, a solution for something within.
Just a quick little wrap-up of things on my radar this week.
Oh, if these gorgeous shoes could talk.
Oh … wait. They did.
They squeaked with every single step I took, a little bit of “talking back” at me as my big toenail squeaked against the leather interior of the shoe.
The solution? A very thin swipe of Vaseline on the inside of the shoe, where my toenails hit. No more squeaks, and I am back to stalking the office hallways in silence.
(And no, the Vaseline hasn’t stained or seeped through to the outside of the leather.)
I’ve never met a sunscreen I particularly liked, much less loved. They always stung my skin, felt heavy and greasy, clogged my pores, didn’t guard against hyperpigmentation, or changed the color of my foundation or powder. My search for the perfect sunscreen was endless, and I always just settled for whatever gave me the least trouble (usually a formulation from La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios line) — but I was never happy.
So after a month of steady use, I’m guardedly optimistic about Clarins UV Plus HP Day Screen High Protection SPF 40. This is the most elegant-feeling, lightweight yet protective sunscreen I’ve ever used. It features titanium dioxide as its sun-repelling active ingredient, and it doesn’t degrade upon sun exposure the way chemical sunscreens (such as Avobenzone) do, so it truly protects my skin the entire time I’m wearing it. I’m really loving it.
The only downside is that it’s quite difficult to remove without an oil cleanser to break down the polymers in the sunscreen. I’m more than happy to add a quick extra step to my evening skincare routine if it means the quest for the Holy Grail has ended — and I think maybe it has.
It’d been quite a few years since I last prepared phyllo-wrapped salmon with leeks and red bell peppers, but I made it one night last week, and I’m so glad I did. I’d forgotten how much I love this dish. It cooks up quickly, looks so sophisticated on the plate yet is mindlessly easy to prepare, and it’s utterly delicious.
My tips: (1) ask your fishmonger to remove the skin for you, (2) slice the peppers very thinly, rather than into matchsticks, and (3) fill the leftover phyllo sheets with shredded apples or pears spiced with cinnamon and a little sugar and bake on a separate sheet along with the salmon packets for a tasty little treat that’s not too bad for you.
The nice thing, too, is how perfectly the salmon packets reheat the next day: 30 minutes in a 350-degree oven.
Tell me, what’s new in your world?