What Is Global Lipstick?

This question arrises often.  Anytime someone hears the name, the conversation or train of thought goes as follows, “That’s so cute! What does it mean? It’s not about makeup? Is it about someone’s travels?”  It’s like Pandora’s Box.  So, here is Global Lipstick defined.

The name itself is a marriage of strength and softness.  Both traits inhabit a Global Lipstick reader.  You delight in having balance in life overall.  You’re most likely a trailblazer and yearn to leave your mark on the world – in whatever hue you fancy.  You dabble in what’s mainstream but the real fun comes from your own unique discoveries.  You are inquisitive, open-minded and a niche-carver.

The content of the blog can be broken down into four categories (usually):

Style – Whether it be a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture, a fresh runway look or a vintage steal, we take it and make it our own.

Fun – travel, music, art, travel, picnics, dance, street conversations, game nights, karaoke, travel…did I forget travel?  The list goes on.  This category might be a personal favorite 😉

Food – adventurous palates! We thrive on foodie excursions.  Any dine outing is an opportunity to visit one of the dozens of restaurants you’ve wanted to try, not where you just ate last week.  Same rules apply to cooking and new recipes!

People – influencers.  We love to inspire and be inspired.  Those highlighted here make statements and are exemplary to us that want to be better and do better.

All topics are approached with a worldly eye.

So, that’s Global Lipstick.  Hopefully you come across something new and useful whenever you stop by.  As always, thank you for reading.

Besos.  Bisous.  Kisses. 🙂

5 Days of Global Goodies: Birthday Edition

Ooops.  My 5 days were interrupted with the celebrating of this one’s birthday:

Bday Pina

Now, back to the global goodies!  Since it’s a birthday week, today’s featured treats are celebratory.  Not all are sweet but they are all eaten on that special day that only comes once a year.

In China, Yi mein noodles, also called longevity noodles, are eaten in hopes of living a long life.

They’re followed by longevity peach buns, a peach-shaped pastry filled with custard or red bean paste.

 

For the kiddies in Australia, parents make fairy bread.  It’s sliced white bread topped with butter and sprinkles.

 

Towers are the dish of choice in Scandinavia.  Their Kransekake is an 18-layer doughy cake made of almond rings.  Its decorations are often patriotic and festive.

In Brazil, Brigadeiros are a must.  They’re petit sweets made of chocolate, condensed milk and butter.

But let’s not forget…

And many moooore!

5 Days of Goodies: Pretzel Day

Happy National Pretzel Day!  Thank you so much, German and Swiss German settlers for bringing your “brezel” to North America.  It has gone through many changes over the years.  I am an absolute -aholic of sweet and savory harmonies.  It stands to reason that one of my favorite variations is the chocolate covered pretzel.  Small, crunchy and delightful.  But there is a range of sweet pretzel interpretations.  Take your pick!

Auntie Anne’s Cinnamon Sugar Stix:

Faves:

In a truffle:

As a shamrock:

Atop a cupcake:

Cupcake Pretzel

Sky is the limit!

5 Days of Global Goodies: In A Cup!

A woman in Nice, France once told me, “everything tastes better in a cup.”  That was her opinion about desserts and cooking/baking.  Since then, my eyes (and mouth) were awakened.  I don’t know the logic but it’s true.  It’s as if the ingredients appreciate their independence more in cup size and decide to wow you a little more.  Pick a dessert, any dessert.  You’ll taste the difference.  Maybe that’s how the inventor of cupcakes felt…

Pistachio Tiramisu

Molten Chocolate Cake

White Chocolate Soufflé

Strawberry Vanilla Panna Cotta

Tres Leches Cake

Smooches 🙂

5 Days of Global Goodies

Birthday Treats

This week is my sister’s birthday.  So, in honor of her sweet tooth existence, let’s shine a light on los postres, les gourmands, i dolci!  Yes, the rest of the week is all about the sweets.  I’ll begin with some of her favorites.

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The napolitano de chocolate (in Spain), pain au chocolat (in France), chocolate-filled croissant (in the US).  The first and best placed she ate these were at a bus stop in Madrid.  Who woulda thunk it?  According to her, the bakeries didn’t hold a candle to the bus stop. Take notes, bakers!

Stroopwafel

Hol-y cow…the death of us both.  Stroopwafels.  They’re just so good, I don’t know where to begin.  A Dutch specialty, this waffle sandwich is all kinds of irresistible. It’s made of two thin waffles with a caramel syrup holding them together.  It puts you right on the edge of a sugar high.  They’re sweet but the cinnamon cuts the sugar just enough to make you think that you’re not really consuming 50g of sugar.  And its softness somehow makes you eat them twice as fast.  They’re typically eaten with tea.  BUT, I discovered that dipped in Cream of Wheat….uuuh!

Llaollao

Llaollao (pronounced yao-yao), another Spanish must.  I’m no frozen yogurt connoisseur but this is the best we’ve had.  It’s a tangy, tart, sweet cup.  Ordering the ‘Sanum’ is the best deal.  You’re able to choose three different fruits, a chopped topping and a drizzle.  Mine goes a little something like this, “un sanum con kiwi piña, fresa, muesli y chocolate, por favor.”  Translated, “a sanum with kiwi, pineapple, strawberries, granola and chocolate, please.”  Wait a minute or two for it to soften so that everything blends together.  Can’t beat it.

Carrot Cake

Good ol’ American carrot cake.  Not much else to say.  Just yum!!!

Happy Hump Day 😉

Seville Feria Week: Night Time

Feria by Night

There’s something downright majestic about the night view of a city.  It somehow provides a sense of escape from reality, even if only for a second.  The lights of feria are no different.  In this case, if you close your eyes, you’ll feel like you’re on the set of The Notebook (kicked up a notch).  Imagine.

Feria Ryan

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Lights out.  Well, lights on.

Sevilla Feria Week: Twirling Under the Tents

Sevillanas Plaza de Espana

Aside from the dress, aside from the rides, aside from the proper food pairing stands the dance: sevillanas.  From the age of three, youngsters learn how to move.  The art of circling each finger one by one, stepping firmly, twirling about and ending each segment with “Ole!”, is what gives life to the fair.  With this, it’s a party!

Watching alone makes me want to stomp and fling my hands.

Sevilla Feria Week: Styling Step by Step

A model presents a creation from Vicky Martin Berrocal during the International Flamenco Fashion Show in Seville

Ruffles are in this season but they’re a way of life for all women of feria.  The dress…it’s all about the dress.  They can cost as much as €800 (over $1,000).  And the key to making it pop is all in the appropriate accessories and voila, look completed.

Start with a dress, full of volantes (ruffles), colors and often printed with lunares (polka dots).

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Then top it off with a flowing pañuelo (shawl).

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To match, find a big and bold flor (flower).

Traje Head Piece

Next, earrings.  Plastic hoops are popular.  The fancy folks may opt for sparkles.

Feria Pendientes

^^ notice the rebujito they’re drinking ^^

And finally, shoes.  Kitty one-strap heels are very traditional.  And functional for those that need to last until 6am!

Feria Calzado

….and for those of us that don’t have the head-to-toe gear but still want to look festive.  Anything colorful wins!

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Happy Friday!

Sevilla Feria Week: Montaditos y Rebujito

      No good fair exists without the proper food and beverage.  The official drink of feria is a cocktail called rebujito, a mix of Sprite and Sherry.  As for the food….well montaditos (traditional Spanish mini-sandwhiches) aren’t feria-specific.  But they are quality picks for any occasion.  We all love to find good, reasonably priced bites and that’s exactly what 100 Montaditos provides.  This Spanish chain is designed around the idea of providing high quality products at competitive prices. Here, montaditos are available in 100 varieties (hence the name 🙂 ) and cost between one and two euros (about $1.30-$3) each.  Wednesdays you can get any of them for only €1 (about $1.30)!!  Most purchases at any fair tend to be overpriced.  So today, a strategic eater and feria attendee would plan to load up on €1 sandwiches then dance the night away with some rebujitos.  Even when it’s not feria time, be sure to stop at 100 Montaditos and taste something rebujito-ish if ever in Spain!
Montaditos Full
Montads y Jarra
Photo by Bill Sinclair
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And the rebujito…
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rebujito spread Rebujito pour
                                                                               Photo from youngadveturess.com
Good news: 100 Montaditos has expanded to over 250 locations around the world, and plans to continue growing.  It’s already in Florida.  May be coming to your city next!