My August Favorites & My First Unboxing at “Under Moonlight and Magnolias”

Thanks so much for all the kind comments left on my post about creating a new Instagram page for sharing some of my fave fashions, handbags, perfume, etc… I’ve had a few folks who expressed concern in the comments of that post that I would no longer be sharing those things here on the blog.

Hermes Perfume Atomizers, So Colorful


Please don’t worry because nothing is changing concerning what I share here at the blog. The new Instagram account (Under Moonlight and Magnolias) is just an additional way for me to share those things I think you will enjoy a bit more spontaneously, sometimes the very same day they happen.

For example, a special scarf I had requested several months back, finally arrived. I drove into Atlanta and picked it up, then once I got back home I was able to share it in real-time that same day via an unboxing video at Under Moonlight and Magnolias.


I’m sure I’ll eventually create a post sharing some of my fave fall fashions along with some of the items I’ve added to my wardrobe for fall, but it was great being able to share the scarf with you in such a spontaneous, real-time post. That’s how Instagram works, I can pop something up very quickly where sharing something in a blog post takes a lot more time and planning.

If you like that idea, being able to see and hear from me in a more spontaneous real-time way, consider following my posts at my Instagram accounts below:

Follow me at the Between Naps On The Porch Instagram where I share home, garden, travel posts here: BetweenNapsOnThePorch.

Follow me at the Under Moonlight and Magnolias Instagram where I share fashion, handbags, jewelry, perfume related posts here: UnderMoonlightAndMagnolias.

Again, nothing will change regarding what I’m posting here at the blog. The new Instagram account, Under Moonlight and Magnolias, is in addition, a way to share with you a bit more spontaneously the things I think you’ll enjoy.

August Favorites

I’m forever stealing lamps around here. When I added my home office, I stole several lamps from various rooms around the house to dress the office. Over the years I gradually replaced most of those, but I still had a few holes here and there. I also had one I just didn’t like that much and had been hoping to replace.

The lamp I wanted to replace was this one. This lamp used to be out on the porch, then it was moved here when I found a better one for the porch. I’ve never liked it, it’s just took dark. I prefer a lighter finish. Also, the shade was in terrible condition. It had deteriorated over the years and starting to fray.


Recently I searched on eBay for brass candlestick lamps. Those are my favorite for when I need a skinny, tallish lamp for a somewhat tight space. I LOVE how candlestick lamps take up very little space, perfect for those places where tabletop or surface space is at a premium.

I found two Baldwin Brass lamps online and asked the seller for more information about their condition. I don’t like it when cleaning chemicals have been used on lamps and the brass has been pitted. He told me they were in excellent conditon with no pitting or damage. I didn’t order them right away but a few days later I received an offer from him via eBay for 20% off the pair. I love Baldwin Brass and couldn’t resist since it was a good deal for quality brass lamps.

One ended up here in the upstairs family room, I seemed to be blogging about this room a lot lately! I forgot where I stole the lamp away to that used to be here. Oh, I remember, I put it in the office and stole the one from the office…

Brass Candlestick Lamp


…to go on the console when I added it behind my Peloton bike. See what I mean about the roving lamps in this house! lol

Add a lamp to a console table


The other Baldwin Brass lamp replaced the darker “antiqued” lamp that had been here. Neither lamp came with a shade when I purchased them. I’m sure the original ones had long ago deteriorated, as shades tend to do.

Candlestick Brass Lamp


I purchased two of the same lampshade, a shade I had purchased once before, and I’m very happy with them. The quality is really nice and the price is reasonable. It’s so hard to find shades that aren’t plastic or drum-shaped these days, so I was thrilled to find these and have been pleased with the quality.

If you’re in need of a good lampshade, they make this one in several sizes. I love its shape, so elegant! You’ll find it available here, although I think sizes and stock are somewhat limited: Lampshade.

If you’re in need of lightbulbs, these are the bulbs I purchased a few weeks back and I really like them. They are bright and produce a beautiful, pleasing indoor light: Lightbulbs. I will definitely order more if/when I need them.


Fashion Art for the Dressing Room

Another little project I’ve been working on lately is adding a couple of fashion prints to my dressing room area. I recently added one to the wall just left of one of the closet doors in this dressing/exercise room. I hung it down low so I could enjoy it when I’m working on my laptop at the little desk/dressing table in this room.

Fashion Art Paintings for Dressing Room


I liked it so much, I decided to order a second fashion print. It’s on order and should arrive in the next week or two. I chose a dark brown frame for this print and it included a double mat.

Hermes Birkin, Gold, Fashion Print, Art


If you need a similar frame, you’ll find this one here: Frame.


This is the other fashion print I’ve ordered below. I have this bag and adore it! I purchased the same frame/matting to go with it. Can’t wait until it arrives so I can hang it with the other fashion print.

If you would love to decorate your dressing room or bedroom with some beautiful fashion prints featuring some of your favorite fashions/brands, you’ll find them available where I purchased mine here: Fashion Prints. I really like how the artist signs each one with a little note on the back of the print!

Fashion Print of Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis


Handwash and Lotion on Virgin Atlantic Airlines

When I was flying back from England in Premium Class with Virgin Atlantic at the end of July, when I went to the bathroom they had the MOST WONDERFUL smelling hand wash and hand lotion in their bathroom. I made a point to memorize the name because I knew I had to have some of that in my life once I got back home.

I’ve had a heck of a time finding a place to purchase it online here in the U.S. It’s apparently a small, but growing, British company. Their blogs states they just launched in 2011.

I found the handwash here: Noble Isle Sea of Green RoaringWater Bay Luxury Hand Wash. I ended up buying the lotion from a seller on eBay, but I guess I bought the last bottle because I don’t see it there now. There are a few more stores online that appear to carry it, but I don’t want to link to them since I know nothing about them and if they are legit. (See my update a few more paragraphs down…I finally found someone who carries it!)

You can buy it directly from Noble Isle online HERE, but the shipping cost is quite high. I did purchase a bottle of lotion for my son from their Whisky and Water Luxury Bath & Shower Gel. I purchased it from another online shop but not sure if he has received it, so again, I don’t want to link out to them until I know that it has been delivered.

Anyway, this stuff smells amazing!!! I love it and just had to share it! It’s unlike anything I ever smelled and it’s definitely luxurious. I have it here on my desk and love using it all throughout the day. It’s not going to last long, as much as I’m using it. I need to find a source for it here in the U.S. with free shipping!

Update: I had ordered some Noble Isle Whiskey and Water s Bath & Shower Gel for my son from an online shop called, Bath & Unwind. My daughter-in-law just texted me this afternoon that it has arrived, so I feel comfortable recommending them. Just Google “Noble Isle Sea of Green, Bath & Unwind” and it should pop right up. Shipping was free when I ordered for him, so hopefully, it is still free.



Best Conditioner Ever!

I’ve talked about this amazing hair conditioner several times here on the blog but just had to mention it again because it is by far, the best conditioner I’ve ever used! I love it! You’ll find it available here: Kerastase Conditioner. Usually, you only see it available in salons so I’m grateful to be able to find it online.

Best Conditioner for Hair


Dealing with Gray Eyebrows!

The only thing worse than getting gray hair is having to deal with gray hair popping up in my eyebrows! Ugh! I color my eyebrows but when new grays start popping up, this Charlotte Tilbury Eyebrow Gel is amazing! When applying it, I’ve found a light hand is best. It takes very little and works great! It lasts all day and sometimes even into the next day. You’ll find it available here: Charlotte Tilbury Eyebrow.


Charlotte Tilbury Eyebrow


Best Toiletry Bag for Travel

I had to include this awesome hanging toiletry bag in this month’s favorites. I really enjoyed using it during my recent visit to see family. You’ll find it available here: Toiletry Bag.

Read more about it in this previous post: RHow I Replaced Three Toiletry Travel Bags with One Awesome Bag.

Best Hanging Toiletry Bag for Travel


Best Way to Remove Cat/Dog Hair from Furniture, Quilts, etc…

If you have pets, this is the best pet hair remover tool I’ve found. I used it to remove kitty fur from my grandson’s new quilts and it worked great!  To use it, you just roll it back and forth, back and forth like you would a vacuum when vacuuming. It’s amazing how much it picks up the first time over a surface!

Best for getting cat and dog hair off furniture


It’s super fast and very easy to empty. It’s sooo much better than those roller hair removers with the sticky tape you have to keep pulling off to get a fresh sheet.  I wish this hair remover had existed when I had pets here at home! You’ll find it available here: Pet Hair Remover.

Best Way to remove cat and dog hair from furniture quickly


Fun for the Kitties

I bought two cat toys while visiting my grandsons and the cats loved both. I mentioned one in my July favorites here: July Favorites. This was the other one I purchased. The cats LOVED it! Check out the reviews if you have some bored kitties who could use a little exercise and entertainment. πŸ™‚ You’ll find it here: Tower Cat Toy.


That Blue Chest!

Of course, I have to mention this darling chest we used in my two grandsons’ bedroom makeover.

Personalized Pillows, Pottery Barn Dinosaur Bedding


I liked it so much, I purchased one for my upstair family room once I was back home. You’ll find it available here: 3-Drawer Chest.

Blue Painted Chest, Beach Cottage Chest


Hope you enjoyed this rundown of my August favorites! See you tomorrow for Tablescape Thursday!

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  1. Totally off topic, Susan, but… WOW, I L.O.V.E your voice very much!
    So glad you’ve made that unpacking video! πŸ˜€
    Beautiful scarf, btw. and pretty prints! Love them! β™₯
    Congrats on your new instagram page!

    • Aww, thanks so much, Cecilia! Appreciate that so much! I had been thinking of creating a page for sharing fashion/handbags/jewelry and such for a while. I hope it’s helpful and fun to view!

  2. Wow – that’s a lot of good stuff! πŸ™‚ Your lamps and prints are so pretty. I don’t have any pets right now but if I ever get another I’ll definitely track down the hair remover! Pet hair was the bane of my existence when we had 4 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 rabbits. — But in the meantime, I’ll try the conditioner! πŸ™‚

    • Barbara, I know what you mean…same for me when I had three long-haired cats! I love, love, love that conditioner. It not the cheapest but a little goes a long way and I love how it manageable it makes my color-treated hair.

  3. Glad you found some lamps you love! Lamps are hard. So many are soooo ugly, and on top of that, expensive. I’m very picky about my lamps. πŸ˜€

    I love the little wood chest in the Frog. We don’t oven see that angle of the room. That mosaic bowl is gorgeous.

    And congrats on Under Moonlight and Magnolias. That is an ideal outlet for you, knowing how much you love your fashion and girly things. πŸ˜€ I watched your unboxing — beautiful scarf — but what happened to your sweet Georgia accent? :o( Like Elvis, it seems to have left the building.

    Thanks for the tips. Can’t wait to try the Noble Isle!

    • Thanks, Pam! The bowl was my main souvenir from my trip to Morocco. I purchased it at the factory where they are all made and handpainted.

      lol You didn’t think I sounded like I had an accent? Someone left a comment on that post that they loved my accent. I have trouble hearing a southern accent because it sounds totally normal to my ears, but I think it shows up when I say words like “line.” I need to break the habit of say the word “on” as if it’s “own.” I hadn’t realized that every time I do voice text, Google types own even when I mean, on. So annoying! lol
      Folks who live in Metro Atlanta do not have as strong an accent as those who live in areas further south or more rural areas. So my accent has probably changed a little from living in ATL the last 35 years.

  4. Hi Susan, Do you know the name of the LV purse that is in your wall display and that you also own? Was searching but think I would spend a lot of time to find it! Beautiful! Thanks for the hand soap and lotion idea, also! Great gift idea.

    • Yes, it’s Louis Vuitton’s Pochette Metis in the “reverse monogram.” The Pochette Metis comes in the regular monogram, the reverse monogram and several different colors of leather. I have it in the reverse monogram and the cream/rose beige leather color. I used to have it in pink but I wasn’t wearing it that much so I gave that one to my daughter-in-law. She loves the Pochette Metis and has it in the reverse monogram, as well. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see the reverse monogram available on their website. It rarely shows up there but if you talk to a sales associate in an LV store, they will often keep an eye out and call you when one comes in. That’s how I was able to finally get it in that design.

  5. Carolyn Lamberth says

    Susan, for many years I have enjoyed your blog. Thanks for inspiring ideas and information In the section about lamps, you featured a lamp that was on a white table with one drawer and two shelves below. It is exactly what I have been looking for. Do you remember where you purchased it? Thanks

  6. I love the diminutive appearance of candlestick lamps, and am using a couple in our new loft. I also love that eBay sellers are sending 20% discounts! I had that happen to me for something I was looking at and put on my watch list! Even though I don’t have an IG acct, I was happy to be able to see your video. You have a natural speaking voice for online activity! Go, Susan!

  7. You always seem to address things that are relevant for what’s going on in my life. Going on a trip and leaving cats in care of son, who will come over and care every day or so. Cat toy will help with their boredom while I’m gone. Love good smelling things. Eyebrows are gray so see some help there. Try a Playtex Living Glove (the purple ones), slightly damp, to gather up pet hair. Best thing since sliced bread.

    • Cheryl, hope the kitties love their new toy! My son’s cats can’t leave it alone! lol
      By the way, I had totally forgotten about this stuff:
      I purchased it a while back and used it quite a bit back then on my brows, then I forgot about it. I just used it last night and it worked great!. I used the Medium Brown and I think it’s a tad dark for my hair color. It comes in several shades. I’ve lightened my hair a little since I last purchased it, so last night I ordered it again in “Light Brown.” Anyway, I plan to use it about once a month and use the Charlotte Tilbury Eyebrow in-between for any new grays that pop up.
      Great tip for the pet hair, I’ll share that with my son and daughter-in-law! πŸ™‚

  8. Love your Moonlight and Magnolias Instagram page. It was so much fun hearing your voice! You didn’t sound the way I thought you would although I’m really not sure what I expected you to sound like. Ha! Your scarf is beautiful and will be so soft and warm this fall and winter. Now back to catching up on the blog!

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