An afternoon in the Arboretum–on the other side of the camera

by Beth Shepherd
( November 11th, 2015 )

This past weekend I found myself on the other side of the camera two days in a row! Both photo shoots had been scheduled and rescheduled several times due to rain. Lo and behold, what was the weather like on Saturday and Sunday? Rain, rain and more rain. But I was determined not to reschedule once again, so Big Papa, Little Bird and I grabbed our umbrellas and headed outside.

On Saturday we met a photographer at Gasworks Park and our Sunday location was the Washington Park Arboretum. We managed to catch a reprieve from the deluge on the second photo shoot and spend a lovely hour having our pictures taken amid beautiful trees and fall color.

This particular shoot was part two of a family photo exchange. I took photos of Anna and her family a few weeks ago and then she returned the favor. Here are a few of my favorites.

laughing in the Arboretum

Dada dip

Walking together

In the tree

Me and my guy

In the Arboretum

All credit goes to Anna Graves for the awesome photographs.

Take the road less traveled, Beth

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Nestle for Men: The manly chocolate bar

by Beth Shepherd
( November 6th, 2015 )

Big Papa may have felt left out of the Halloween festivities, because today he hauled out his very last ‘Nestle for Men’ bar. Yep. For men.

Russian Nestle chocolate bar

We purchased this bar some time (years) ago in Armenia, because…well, you never know when a guy might need a manly boost.

Russian chocolate bar

The Nestle company launched the bar in 2005 for its Russian market. This is a big bar of chocolate, thick, rectangular, and divided into large pieces, “which will not be lost on a man’s palm” (as you can see in this photo).

Chocolate bar for men from in Russian

I don’t read Russian, but our Armenian translator at the time, said something to the suggest this chocolate is “untouchable man’s property.” Protect from women was the product’s slogan.


Here are the ingredients in Russian and in Armenian. Taste-testers, Big Papa included, suggest that “big” flavor does not go hand-in-hand with this hefty bar. But hey, how many guys in the U.S. get to take a bite out of a bar like this one?

Ingredients in Armenian

There was also an advertising campaign to go along with the bar and I recently found this Youtube video. No comment on stereotyping women as sub-par drivers.

And thanks for being my spokesmodel Big Papa!

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Royal Robbins Ponte Dress review: The LBD that goes everywhere

by Beth Shepherd
( November 2nd, 2015 )

Royal Robbins Ponte Dress is the LBD (Little Black Dress) that goes everywhere. This is the dress for you if you like to travel and want to bring a dress that won’t wrinkle, can be worn with sandals or boots, dressed up to go out to dinner or down to take a stroll in the city. And look chic doing all of the above.

Black Dress by Royal Robbins

Which is exactly what I did when I packed up my Royal Robbins Ponte Dress and headed 3,000 miles across the country. There’s the dress rolled up in my suitcase on the right.

Royal Robbins dress in suitcase

And here’s me in my LBD ready for dinner out in upstate New York. I like the way it skims my body. Simple and sleek, just as a LBD should be!

Royal Robbins Little Black Dress

My Royal Robbins dress is made of ponte double-knit with just the right amount of stretch to feel comfortable bending and moving, but still able to maintain its shape when you take it on the road. 3/4 length sleeves and a moderate fabric weight means you can wear this dress spring, summer, fall and winter. It even has UPF protection (ultraviolet A and UVB light) and SPF 50+ too. Versatile! And any LBD worth its salt needs to be versatile.

Ponte dress with scarf

Classic by itself but easy to change up the look—the cowl neck is the perfect silhouette for adding a scarf or jewelry.

And it has a pocket! I love pockets, especially in a dress. This little zip pocket on the right side of the dress sits smoothly against your body and is hardly noticeable, but just the ticket to hold…well your tickets to the show for one, maybe a house or room key, or a credit card.

Pocket on Ponte dress

Temperatures dipped into the 20s during our trip and the dress looked great with my down vest. I can just as easily imagine wearing it with funky tights for an art walk evening, or barelegged and casual with a pair of silver strappy sandals. Check out the way the hem drops in the back—makes the dress a bit edgier, don’t you think?

Ponte dress with down vest

Royal Robbin Ponte Dress, a stylish LBD to take with you wherever you go. Perfect for traveling. Perfect for hugging.

Hugging my daughter in my LBD

Perfect for mowing the leaves.

Mowing with my daughter

NOTE ON FIT: The lovely spokesmodel in this post—me—typically wears a size 8. I ordered the Ponte Dress in size medium because the sizing guide on the Royal Robbins website says medium will fit women size 8-10. While the dress fit me to a ‘t,’ I thought it ran a bit small, so be sure to check your measurements and the sizing chart before placing your order. If you are on the upper end of the size, I’d recommend ordering up a size.

I received this item for review purposes, but all opinions expressed are my own.

Take the road less traveled, Beth

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