Category Archives: Beauty

{Soft in Unexpected Places…}

 

With how busy life has been of late, I usually do not give myself a minutes thought but today, as I was running through the Charlotte, NC airport, to catch my next flight, I thought back to earlier this morning and the emotions I was feeling.  I felt completely unsettled.

 In the midst of my morning beauty routine, I stopped and stared at myself in the mirror in a way that I have not done in ages.  As ridiculous as this may sound, it shocked me at how much my body has changed. Not necessarily in a bad way but in a way that tells me that I am getting older. Why didn’t I take notice of this before?  Now mind you, I’m nowhere near the age where I need to start worrying about my own mortality but lately I can’t seem to reconcile the age that I feel I am emotionally with the  age that I know I am biologically.   

As I continued to stare at my reflection, I couldn’t deny that I am softer, yes, and a bit more fragile than I remember.  My skin seems more translucent, less forgiving.  Although I believe I take good care of this temple I call my body, I must say it wouldn’t hurt to treat it with more care.  Pamper it a bit more.  Mistreat it a lot less.  This body is my home and if I plan to live in it for a long while, it’s best that I start thinking of putting this body on a serious maintenance plan.

Be well my darlings!

xoxo

 

 

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{Bathroom beauty…}

 

I’m in love with this space.  With a bathroom like this, my mornings would be pure bliss.  Ahhhh!

 

 

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{The bling before Christmas…}

I will admit it freely and even shout it from the rooftops if I have too… patience is definitely not my strong suit.  Hmph!

When one of my lovely girlfriends announced that she was going away for the Christmas Holiday, she sweetly gave me a Christmas present, which I was instructed not to open until actual Christmas day.  Pfft!! Well…no sooner did I make it home and poured myself a glass of wine when the impertinent gift started taunting me from underneath the Christmas tree.  After 15 minutes of the gift talking smack to me, I marched right up to it, snatched it from under the tree and quickly unwrapped it.  Out came this lovely, sparkling bracelet which completely dazzled me.  My girlfriend chuckled when I called to thank her profusely for my new shiny.

My darlings, I pray that you have more patience than I did.  LOL!

xoxo

{What’s in my bag?…}

After much hounding from beloved friends and fam, I finally decided to share what’s in my bag.  Are you sitting down? Here you go: 

Bag:             Wilson Leather Handbags (old) – $120
Tablet:       iPad2 Apple
Apparel:   Michael Kors Red Makeup bag, Leopard Makeup bag, Vera Bradley Wallet, Pink Rodlex Card Holder, Faux Python Green Credit Card/Passport/Airline Ticket Holder
Hair:     Three (3) combs, Two (2) black hair clips
Keys:    Pink Diva House Key, Car key, Office Keys
Make-Up:   Smith’s Rosebud Salve Balm, Wetslicks Fruit spritzers, Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip Soother, three (3) M.A.C. lipsticks, Mally Citychick Eyeshadow in Brownstone, Mally eyeliner, Mally Lightwand Eye Brightner, Mally Evercolor Poreless Face Defender, Incolor by Jordana lipshine, L’Oreal true match blush 7 – 8,  CoverGirl Lashblast Volume Mascara, Ardell Brow Defining Powder, Femme Couture Liquid Eyeliner in  black, Nuetrogena Nourishing eye liner in spiced chocolate & brushed pewter, Smashbox High Definition Concealer, Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer
Body:  Gold Bond Ultimate Hand Sanatizer, Dove Antiperspirant, Cosmicare Antibacterial Hand Gel, Dolce & Gabbana body oil perfume, C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve
Beauty tools:  One (1) Tweezerman Tweezer, Two (2) Sephora eyeshadow brushes, One (1) MAC brush, One (1) Bare Escentuals Kabuki brush
Prescription:  Singulair
Over-the-counter:   Zyrtec, Zantac, Excedrin Tension, Alleve,  Nature’s Bounty Sublingual Liquid B Complex with B12, 5- hour Energy drink, Triple Probiotic, Bach Rescue Remedy
Writing:   Three (3) Sharpies, Two (2) red pens, One (1) ball point pen, Red Charing Cross calf-skin notebook
Water enhancer:     Two (2) Berrie Crush plus C blend
Candy:   Two (2) Starbucks Spearmint sugar-free chewing gum packs, Sugar-free Ice Breakers Sours, Orbits spearmint gum
Books:     31 Days of Praise; Crave New York City ~ The Urban Girl’s Manifesto
Accessory:    Target Missoni collection scarf, spiritual beads by KT Designs

So…now that you’ve had a moment to pick up your jaw from the floor and process my “everything” bag (and believe me, it all fits and yes, I do carry around with all of this stuff), what say you?  Do you think the term “everything but the kitchen sink” was coined after a peak into my bag? Heh!  Now, what’s in YOUR bag?!?!

{Thankful Thursday…}

Image credit:  Acuprocess; Royalty-Free/Corbis; Amdahl Photography

Do you feel it? Can you sense it? I smell Spring in the air and for that I am wonderfully thankful.  Hard to believe that we’re already in March. Spring makes me feel giddy, gleeful, and OVER-THE-TOP inspired. I grow my hopes and dreams in a Petri dish all Winter long and give birth to them in the Spring.

 Ahhhh! Glorious Spring.  It’s not too cold, not too hot, but juuuuust right! It’s a whispered hint of a passionate filled Summer to come.  Yes, Spring is definitely my favorite season.

What’s your favorite season?

Wordless Wednesday

Vintage Balenciaga

 

 

 

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Holiday ‘Fiestas’ and Other Nerve-racking Fashion Moments

Here we are, one month and some change shy of 2011 and as of yet, I haven’t managed to eat my way to super skinny and fabulous.  You would think that by this point I would have just given in to all of my size 8, Latina curves and va-va-voom-ness but quite frankly, I’d prefer a bit more flatlands on this body than all of these mountains (i.e. the bubbies and my derrière).  Sure, I could have exercised myself into a nonexistent dress size but my list of excuses weighed down my ample butt.  Now the holiday invites are quickly multiplying in our mailbox and the angst of choosing the perfect dress for all of these extravaganzas has me completely flummoxed.  The husband, thankfully, doesn’t have these issues because he can wear anything he wants and still look like my Mr. McDreamy but this isn’t about him.  Let’s get back to my dilemma.  =)

So, do I go short and leggy?  This dress would require my thighs to undergo a rigorous treatment of love whacks and pat-downs of a rolling pin.  Perhaps I exaggerate but a few thigh treatments at the spa may be in order if I go this route.  These legs MUST be up to snuff before I sashay my sassy self in this little confection of loveliness.

Do I go long and svelte?  This sleek number would require the – ahem – TWINS to climb up onto a stepladder and harness themselves up and out in order to keep them in saluting formation. Hmmm…maybe I can squeeze in a ‘bubbie’ appointment for a slight tuck and lift before the fiesta countdown. Heh!

Or do I go camouflage ‘caliente’ in this simple but spicy little treat? This may be just the ticket to hide any unsavory pooch puffs.

Sigh.  No matter how I go about this process, just getting to the “WOW” will be no picnic.