Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Link Love

Thank you Angie from You Look Fab for the detailed explanation on wearing accessories:

Already Pretty blogger Sally writes about aging gracefully:

Real Simple magazine lists some makeup mistakes that can age us:

I organize the many blogs I read on this great site:

Thursday, April 18, 2013


Do you like to shop alone or with a friend(s)?  I am generally a person who enjoys shopping by myself.  When alone, I can look at new lip gloss colors or try on 20 pairs of shoes without feeling like I am wasting someone else's time.  The only exception to this is if it is someone I consider a TRUE SHOPPING BUDDY.  My guidelines for granting this title depends on several factors:

1.  ENDURANCE-To shop with me you have to be willing to go and go and go...8 hours, 10 hours, now that is a shopping trip.  Also there is no time to be wasted over a long leisurely lunch, that is detracting from the purpose of our mission.  Yes we will eat but it will be quick and inexpensive (that extra $10.00 spent on a sandwich could be used towards treating yourself to something new).  Besides most of us don't need the extra carbs anyway.

2.  VISIONARY-I want my shopping buddy to be able to consider the entire picture..how will this simple navy dress look when paired with a statement necklace, cute clutch and new shoes?  Can she/he help you rationalize the purchase by quoting the latest style trends and colors and/or how it will be a foundation piece of your closet?

3.  FLEXIBILITY- This quality goes along with endurance.  No store should be unshopped (look, I just made up a new word).  We will venture into high end retailers like Saks and Neiman Marcus as well as lower end H & M and TopShop.  Wait...you say...how does a shopper over 45 i.e. justify going into H & M or someone whose clothing budget is not unlimited go into a designer store?  You go to look, to feel the fabric, to see color combinations, new ways to tie the scarf you already have, etc etc.  

4.  HONESTY-This is a VERY VERY important attribute.  Please do not say something is ok when you know it is not.  I didn't say you cannot be tactful in your comments but if something does not flatter, then tell me and I promise to do the same.  As someone who loves fashion and shops a lot (reminder this is different than buying) I may need you to tell me I deserve to splurge because it is such a great choice or maybe the opposite that something better awaits at our next destination.

There you have it, my thoughts on the characteristics I covet in a shopping buddy.  I have to tell you these special people are few and far between.  If you think you might be "the one" and willing to head out with me sometime soon, I am always ready to go. 

Sunday, April 14, 2013


A few new products to recommend

A specialist at Sephora recommended Alterna Caviar Moisture Conditioner. It has made a real difference in the way my hair looks:

I have been in the market for a new foundation  Wanted something to cover the redness on my cheeks and chin, brighten me up and last all day.  Stila's Illuminating Foundation meets all my criteria:

Do you use a product on your brow?  Once a makeup artist showed me what a difference it makes, there was no going back.  After trying several brands I discovered this one, Anastasia in a color named Carmel:

I have never gone to a tanning salon and have no plans to ever do so  However I still would like a little color, especially on my white legs.  St Tropez mousse is easy to apply, has a nice color and good staying power:

Monday, April 8, 2013


Are you a serial shopper like me?  Shopping is basically my hobby as well as a stress reliever.  I differentiate  between buying and shopping.  I am a person who can spend 8 hours looking around, come home with nothing and still have had a fun and worthwhile day.  How is this possible you ask?  I love clothes, handbags, jewelry, makeup, shoes and pretty much anything and everything  you find in a department store or boutique.  While looking and trying items on I get ideas for what I want to buy or new ways to wear clothing and accessories I already own.   Seems pretty harmless doesn't it?   The danger in this for me comes when I find an amazing sale and can talk myself into something because it is such a good deal.  Those items often are worn once. They then either take up space in my closet or are donated immediately because they are not flattering due to color/size/style and often a combination of all 3.  When you actually begin to add up the $20.00 blouses, the $30.00 sweaters etc over a period of time I/we can end up wasting ALOT of money.  I have made a promise to myself I will no longer do this.  I plan to begin a shopping list of what I want, what I need and prioritize it. Right now on my list is a beautiful spring/summer handbag in a neutral color.  I love Tory Burch bags and own 2;  a leather cross body and a nylon tote.  Individually these bags cost more than I had spent in the past on handbags.  That said, I have owned each for over a year and love and appreciate them more every time I use one.  Can I say that for the bargain faux leather bags sitting on my closet shelf???  Big NO to that question.  Last weekend while out looking at  new spring merchandise in stores I purchased a pretty summer dress to wear on Easter Sunday.  Unfortunately the temperature on Easter was 25 degrees and a lightweight summer dress was not warm enough nor did it look appropriate under my winter coat.  I am fortunate enough to work in a university setting where I get the summers off.  Therefore I do not need a lot of work appropriate spring and summer clothing.  The dress was returned on Monday and my bank acct was quite a bit richer for this good decision.  I believe the lesson I learned from this is not to even go into stores that do not carry quality clothing.  I will not be tempted to buy items based on price. I will carry a list with me of my needs and wants and to learn a bit of self control.  I think in the long run reminding myself that  having less quantity but better quality clothing that flatters me, works with items I already own and that I feel good in is a wise decision.  What are your thoughts on this?