Month: June 2016

Shirt Dress and Wedges

Shirt dresses are something you either love or hate and in the case of this linen one from Anthropologie it is love.  It’s great for this hot weather plus it has pockets! I paired it with a pair of old Steve Madden wedges which have and continue to serve me well and my Louis Vuitton bag.  But I will add these caveats about the dress: It’s linen so it wrinkles.  The cut is a little wonky around the bust and arms and by that I mean if it fits your bust then it becomes a bit gappy around the arms and if it looks good around the arms then you get the dreaded button gap in the front right across the girls.  We all know how to handle that, right 😉

The dress color is called raspberry which is one of those colors that depending on the lighting can be either a hot pink or reddish looking as you can see from the photos.  It’s true color is closest to the hot pink(ish).

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Well since I’m here at the mall I might as well go in and see what they’ve got on sale, right?

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Until next time ♥

Dress – Anthropologie here comes in blue and a great white print

Shoes – Steve Madden old mine try here, here and here

Louis Vuitton Handbag

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Wax, thread or tweeze?

Once a well defined eyebrow became the beauty standard we have been torturing ourselves with various ways to keep that hair above our eyes in perfect alignment.  Some have shaved them off and drawn them back in – you know you’ve seen that.  They can be tattooed on now – that has got to hurt – and we’ve been tweezing them one at a time for eons or having them ripped from our skin with wax.  In recent years an old technique for facial torture has become popular – threading.  The origins of threading are ambiguous with some believing it came from the middle east or south Asia.  All I know is that some years ago it went from being relatively unknown to me in the Midwest USA to there being threading shops in every strip and larger mall.

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But let me back up for a moment.  If you want your face to look good, your eyes to look wider and possibly even brighter then a well groomed brow is required.  I’ve always had thick brows and once I had my eyebrows arched (when my mother finally let me in my teen years) I never went back.  Basically with getting these strips of hair tamed it comes down to pick your pain of choice.  I won’t lie to you, no matter how you get it done it will hurt!  It will be a one hair at a time hurt (tweezing), a hot wax (hopefully not too hot, had that happen once and lets just say things got ugly in that shop) that gets ripped off with a strip of cloth pretty quickly, or threading which takes a bit of time and depending on your pain threshold can be not that bad or this will end in tears.

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I’ve done all three ways of grooming my eyebrows and what I have found is this – if you are going to tweeze get yourself a very good pair of tweezers.  It will make all of the difference in the world and save you time.  Tweezerman found here is sort of the gold standard of tweezers.  You can go to a salon or DIY for waxing.  DIY was never an option for me as I wear glasses; I would’ve ended up with all kinds of jacked up brows had I tried it myself.  Waxing and tweezing (sometimes they go together) are supposed to last for weeks but it never did for me.  My hair grows fast!  So when I was told about threading and how much more precise and long lasting it was I gave it a go.

I end up crying some every time I get it done but after it’s done I have always been pleased with the results except for that one time this woman was overly zealous about getting hairs that weren’t even there IMHO and I ended up having some skin snatched off.  Yeah, it got ugly in that shop that day too!  It has since closed down thank goodness.  Word of advice, if they are starting to hurt you more than you feel is acceptable, tell them to stop right then and there!  Not worth having to have Neosporin on your eyebrow and eyelid for a few days…nope nope nope!

With threading you have to assist in the process as they have you hold the skin above and below your eyebrow so that they can get the shape right and all of the hairs.  It looks weird and it definitely feels a bit odd but it works and once I found a good place to get mine threaded I’ve never gone back to any other technique.  It really lasts weeks longer than the other ways.  As I’ve stated, it hurts, I tear up and turn red but within a few minutes of it being done I am admiring my well groomed brows with a smile and a jaunty raised eyebrow look.  And the cost is about the same as getting them waxed too.

The pain we go through to look good sometimes 😉  So what do you use to get your eyebrows looking sexy?

 

 

Tunic Dress and Floppy Hat

Went out shopping today at my favorite local mall – Easton  Town Center – and hit up the place where I just happened to buy this chambray dress a couple of years ago.  This pullover tunic dress has camp shirt sleeves but I prefer wearing it unbuttoned and 3/4 length.  This is a versatile dress because besides having pockets, and you know how I am about pockets, it can be worn as a dress or as a tunic over leggings or pants.  And it is floppy hat season.  This one protects my face and back of neck from the hot sun and packs well.

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Until next time ♥

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Dress – Old mine by Cloth and Stone from Anthropologie   You can find similar at Marshals or here

Hat – J Crew similar here and here

Tote – Old mine from Cole Haan similar here and here

Shoes – Old mine Stuart Weitzman similar here and here

Lipstick is Huggable Lipcolor Glamorized from MAC

Nail polish is The I’s Have It Alice in Wonderland Collection OPI

 

 

Scent of a woman or Phew! What was that???

Perfume, cologne, eau de toilette (yeah, that last one has always weirded me out) whatever you call that liquid which you spray, dab or sprinkle on yourself for fragrance sake.  It amazes me how many ways they can make it smell from being as sweet and soft as a rose to something that oozes sensual seduction.  Fragrances can make you smell like flowers, fruit, spices or anything else they come up with.  Musk is one I’ve never been fond of, it’s the name I suppose but I digress.

They begin to indoctrinate us early in childhood with wanting to smell like anything other than nice, clean and natural.  Oh I’m not saying it’s bad or anything of the sort, it’s just those marketing wizards hard at work.  I wish I could remember the name of that tiny perfume that came with the toy makeup set, you know, the one that looked like a little bottle of roll on deodorant and made you smell like candy but as I was trying to Google the name I found this:

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Really? Baby cologne? A 6.8 oz for almost five dollars baby cologne available from Amazon? Why, isn’t the smell of the baby soap and lotion good enough?  When you start to wear perfume that you didn’t steal from your mother or big sister, then you have become a young lady or at least that’s the way I recall it.  Today there are so many brands and fragrances out there it can make your head spin literally and figuratively depending on the aroma and price tag (if you want to know how high they can go check out this list from 2015.)  Because I have allergies and have to use unscented almost everything, there are very few brands I wear and when I do, I dab it on oh so lightly.  I want him to come in close for a whiff – wink!

In my evolution of wearing fragrances I’ve tried Opium (the perfume not the you know what), Donna Karan Cashmere Mist, Bulgari Rose Essentielle, Love in White by Creed, Jo Malone’s Orange Blossom and the classic Chanel no 5.  Mainly now I wear the Bulgari when I want to be sexy and the Jo Malone when I want to wear a light clean scent; I really do love her fragrances and candles by the way.

           

Whatever your fragrance is it should represent you and more importantly be taken in by you and anyone that may be face to face with you.  It should be “Oh that smells nice what is it?” or “Hey baby, you smell yum tonight!” not “Who the hell is wearing that strong stuff!”  Oh come on now you’ve experienced it don’t try to act like you don’t know what I’m talking about.  The person who is wearing so much perfume you can still smell them after they’ve walked around the corner.  The fragrance that is so strong when you innocently walk into it you really walk INTO it!  The one that is so laden with perfume at the next table that you cannot enjoy your meal at a restaurant because your olfactory nerves are being attacked like a barbarian horde storming a castle.  This has happened to me; ruined a perfectly good lasagna dinner too.  If you want to put yourself in a Ziploc bag, pour the perfume on, seal it up and then marinate in it for a couple of hours before sharing with the world that is your business but please, it’s alright to keep your distance from me, I won’t be offended.  Sometimes sharing isn’t all that caring but I suppose it beats some au naturale bouquets.  My opinion, your mileage may vary.

Perfume is a personal thing and I think it should be just that.  It should evoke pleasant thoughts and memories.  So tell me, what are your go to fragrances… I’m listening.

 

Until next time ♥

What’s old is still new(ish) – Full skirt, button down shirt and Gucci’s

I have had this skirt since 2011!  Then I had to stop wearing it for awhile when the scale started to inch up – boo!  But I’ve been trying to be good and guess what? It fits again!  This day I decided to get out of my denim wearing habits – almost – and wore this skirt instead of my usual jeans.  I paired it with a white button down (another timeless piece to have and have several of them) and a pair of Gucci espadrilles that I got in 2007.  Which leads me back to the title of this post.

I wore these shoes for awhile and then stopped for some reason and they were relegated to the back of the shoe closet.  Then one day  I was looking at shoes (it’s a weakness, what can I say!) online when I found their descendant and thought – bring them back out!  What goes around comes around.

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Until next time♥

Here are a couple of outtake shots from this look.  It was a little windy and then it became a lot windy! Hair and skirt went… 🙂

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Skirt – Talbots old mine (love that it has pockets) similar here and here

White button down – Jones of New York that I got at Marshall’s

Gucci Espadrilles (old pair mine) current version here

Gorgeous in Grey – Sexy in Silver

Since the dawn of discovering how to do it, women and men have been coloring their hair.  A trend I’ve been observing recently is young women coloring their hair grey deliberately.  This interested me because of the long association grey hair has had with being old; the granny look.  It had been much more acceptable, and may still be, for men to go grey.  The old wise man or sexy silver hunk image has been out there for a long time but then hair coloring for men became more acceptable and downright in vogue switching up that game.  How many of us at one time thought that going grey equaled that’s it I’m old or had friends and family “suggest” we color our hair to take years off our appearance?

I have fought the fight for many years as my hair strove to follow what my genes were dictating, those grey hairs popping up like dandelions in a well groomed lawn.  I’ve been coloring my hair for many years now and if I added up the cost – we won’t even calculate the time involved – of all of those DIY boxes and salon visits I could probably pay for a small house or at least a pretty nice new car.  I may be embellishing a bit there…maybe.  While some believe that there is a correlation between hair dye and serious health issues I do know that you can be allergic to hair color and that is a problem I’ve dealt with.  I’ve suffered itching and burning, taking Benadryl for the discomfort and even pouring milk on my scalp to soothe the irritation from some coloring sessions.  The struggle was too real!

Eventually I found one color at a professional salon that didn’t make me want to snatch my edges.  But alas, even that gave me some occasional mild itching and all for $70.00 every six weeks!  So when I started to look harder at the younger women coloring their hair grey, the growth of women I admired sporting their silver locks and finally me being so taken by this woman’s white streaks in her hair in the checkout line at H&M that I had to stop and compliment her – she told me how freeing it was – I decided to take the plunge.  Away with thee hair coloring!  I’m still getting used to the idea of becoming a “silver fox” and this growing out period is a pain in the ass but it is a work in progress and hopefully I will see it through to the very end.  I will be fortunate if I take after my parents because both of them had beautiful white hair.

So, does grey hair make you look old?  Should you not have long hair if it is grey? Any other stereotypes about grey hair you want to toss into the mix here?  Perception of age is in the eye of the beholder and how one feels anyway.  You do you!  Cheer me on with my hair journey and hopefully I stay the course.  Now tell me, will you/have you let nature take its course (or took the dye it grey plunge) or will they have to pry that box of hair color from your cold dead hands?

 

Until next time ♥

 

Here are some gorgeous celebrity silver foxes that we all know.

           

 

And here are some silver and going silver ladies from the blogging world.

 

https://catseatdogsmakesandbakes.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/img_5399.jpg?w=203&h=270  Clare at CatsEatDogs who lives in my old home town 🙂

  Pamela at Still Dating My Spouse

 

  Ty Alexander at Gorgeous in Grey

Mimi at Unlikely Martha

 

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And of course, yours truly.

Sweater Girl

A cardigan can do more than just go over something else you are wearing.  I didn’t want to wear the ubiquitous white shirt again with this full skirt and sling backs (another pair of easy to walk in Louboutins) so the idea that I had seen before to use a cardigan as a shirt instead came to mind.  This look is perfect for the office especially if you work in one of those oh so cold refrigerated ones  or any time you want to mix up your look some.  One slight problem, if you are the least bit busty you may fall prey to the dreaded ‘gap’ between buttons; it happens, shirts too.  Safety pin to the rescue, wear a cami underneath or if you are feeling daring, unbutton one more button!  And remember, you can always do this look with the cardigan untucked or worn traditionally.

I revert to such a kid when wearing any dress or skirt I can twirl in like this one, hence the one pose.  Hey! fashion can be fun too 😉

Until next time♥

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Cardigan Sweater – J Crew Factory 100% cotton here  similar here

Hugo Boss Full Skirt – Old mine similar here and here

Christian Louboutin Slingbacks – Old mine similar here and here