Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I have been hesitant to use some of the facial oils that have come out but I am enjoying Peter Thomas Roth's Oilless Oil 100% Purified Squalane.  It absorbs quickly with no greasy feeling & goes on gently around the eye area.  Apparently it is made from sugarcane and is for all skin types.  It definitely adds light moisture with no shine.  I think this is a keeper.
I hope the weather is playing nice where you are - it is cold here today but we should have 70's again in a couple of days.  My 2 adorable grandchildren will be here for the weekend so there will be happy laughing, bubble baths and way too many treats!!

For the grandchildren

Pink and green sprinkled cupcakes 

And for me -
I could love these forever!!
 Bag L♡V£ / by Kim Russomanno Ryan

 By being yourself

I hope your weekend is wonderful! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Here are some products that I am loving;
Alpha Hydrox Intensive Serum with 14% glycolic aha is doing a good job of softening the  smile lines.  I have not had any sensitivity and I think I will get brave & try a 30% acid peel.

I also like the Alterna Caviar Anti-aging Hair Spray.  It is soft without heavy fragrance and the spray is very fine so you can't over concentrate the product in one area. It is easy to work with and I never leave the house without hair spray! is showcasing color this week & it made me remember shoes that I love & never wear!
The top pair are a great teal color - as much as I like these, I have not worn them in the past year so maybe it's time to let go.....I can always use more closet space!
I am off to visit &

Friday, April 4, 2014

Have mercy, he is gorgeous!!

Ok, on to the topics at hand!
 If you are a platinum member at Ulta, you can get 20% off currently.  I am getting ready to pull the trigger on my order which includes:   Strivectin,

And of course this favorite perfume:
2.5 oz Details-
"La vie est belle", a French expression meaning "Life is beautiful"; the manifesto of a new era. Universal yet personal, Lancome's femininity is a choice embraced by women, not an imposed standard. The choice to live one's life and fill it with beauty. Your own way.
  • Top Note: The elegance of Iris becomes the backbone of the fragrance. It blossoms from the first to the last note like never before
  • Middle Note: The strength of Patchouli gives strength and depth
  • Base Note: A sweet gourmand adds a burst of unexpected radiance                              I absolutely love this fragrance & can't wait for it to get here.  The only down side is that scent is a migraine trigger for me - but there is always pain meds!!!  Do find your signature fragrance & wear it all the time - you owe it to yourself!  It's time to put yourself first!!!!!!!!!!!            
Be Fearlessly Authentic

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Today is a very warm day here in the South and one of the most important things we can do to protect our skin is use BB cream - it comes in liquid or powder & I use it every time I go out:
(BB stands for beauty balm)
All of these have sunscreen which is important to use everyday.  I use these interchangeably after I have applied moisturizer.  You cannot go wrong with any of these, as I have sensitive skin & none of these products have caused me any trouble.
Please use something to protect your skin everyday - you will be glad you did!

Since the migraine has passed, I wanted to mention the color match technology that is available at Sephora.  There is no longer any reason to buy the wrong color of foundation.  Now, I personally prefer the Greensboro location & use Candace as my SA but I have not been to the W-S Sephora in a long time so it's possible things have changed there.  If you page down to older posts, I give more info about my experience with color matching when I went on a hot, muggy day and the results were wonderful.  Candace is a trained makeup professional & I always enjoy her company.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Hello Spring
As I am still on bed rest, I am forever clicking the remote in a vain attempt to find something entertaining.  I came across the HSN shopping network & saw they are featuring Too Faced cosmetics - I have never shopped there but was impressed they had such a high end collection.  I have had this palette for a while & it's fun & handy- it's called the "No Makeup Makeup" by Too Faced:

It includes: Bronzing Veil, Creme Blush, Powder Blush, Concealer, Luminizer & Brightener, along with a tin compact case with small mirror & instructions.

I don't use this very often but it is convenient - you have everything you need in one tin box which will protect it in the suitcase.
They frequently do palettes like this so you could check with Ulta.

" A smile is the best makeup any girl can wear "

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

My heart is broken - my best friend is moving out-of-state & I understand it but still hate it.  We have so much in common - we can even go a month & not see each other & we just pick up & keep going.  I have shed tears over this but she will be closer to her daughter & grandchildren and I want this for her.  But I can't stop the tears.  I am going to need a new bottle of Jack Daniels.

OK, apparently I need to fill my day so maybe I should reconsider my closet-here are a few pics but I still cannot reach up very far so I just may be brave & pull out pieces I have not worn in a long time - this will need to include my handbag collection:

This end of the walk-in has a full length mirror in the middle & surrounded by peg board so I can hang things up(I refuse to show the floor=things that are not hung up!!)
I am someone that must carry the world around with me so some of these bags are not large enough but were gifts - I know that is no excuse not to de-clutter!  I guess I could find a consignment shop esp for the things that still have tags on them.  But you know how it goes - as soon as something is gone, I will want it back!  Is there a pill for that??
I have a bag similar to the one shown on
Both of mine are Dooney & Bourke & have never been used but I probably will eventually!
This was yesterday's weather:
and today it is bright & sunny = spring in the South! Hope you are having good weather.
I am off to visit:

Monday, March 17, 2014

Once again we are getting sleet & snow so I need cheering up and this will definitely do it! 
 Viktor & Rolf - Flowerbomb Gift Trio
This is a great value if you enjoy the Flowerbomb perfume.  Here is some of the info about the scent:
Sambac Jasmine, Centifolia Rose, Cattleya Orchid, Ballerina Freesia, Patchouli.
Style:  Oriental, Gourmand, Floral.
I love roses & freesia so this is a nice combination for me.

 For the approximate cost of the perfume, you also receive the body cream & shower gel.  I was also eligible for several nice free samples of products that I have never tried:
* Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic & Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes™ 4-in-1 Mascara
Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation
Thank you Sephora!

I hope you are having better weather.  I have been putting off going to the Dr. but when it becomes nice I will not have an excuse. But this cold & damp weather is bothering my back - honestly, getting old is not for sissies!!!!!!!!!!

Hope you have a great week which includes the official start of spring!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

I found this ribbon in shades of the 2014 Color of the Year & I think this will be lovely on this year's Christmas tree.  It will give a refreshing pop of color - after all, it's only 290 days until Christmas!
  The interesting thing is that I bought this ribbon well over a year ago - long before Pantone decided on the Color of the Year - maybe they will check with me later this year to see what I think will be the Color of the Year for 2015!!!  But I could live with Radiant Orchid for a long time.

So many of my favorite bloggers are showing great outfits & I appreciate the opportunity to link up, but no one wants to see my pajamas, which is all that is accommodating my broken back.  I am ready to wear something else but I still have to rest flat on my back all during the day.  So I am trying to entertain my wonderful readers with other things: makeup, jewelry, shoes & a cute granddaughter!

I am so loving this shoe!

Charles David 'Passion' Pointy Toe Pump   $249.95

    • 4" heel (size 8 1/2).
    • Suede or leather upper/leather lining and sole.
    • By Charles David; made in Spain.
 But I have to say as I look at some outfits featuring torn jeans & high heels - this is not really an original look since every 20-something is doing it.  I don't know what happened but dressing in a pretty way has disappeared.

For those of you in my generation, James Taylor is coming for 2 shows in NC.  I remember seeing him in concert when I was 16 - and he was cute as a button -
oh, and the concert was good too!!  As a daily migraineur, concerts are impossible for me but it brings back nice memories that he is returning to his roots  ( his dad was a prof at UNC). Welcome back, Sweet Baby James!
James Taylor
James Taylor - Columbia.jpg
Taylor in late 1970s

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

As I looked thru the new fashion magazines that arrived, this thought came to me:
 I love that the name "ombre" had to be created to explain why people will not maintain their hair color!   There are so many lovely colors out there  -  STOP!!

 I open my email from Estee Lauder & see some pics from the fall runway & this is what they are showing!
Pools of grey & green - where is the color of the year?  -  I will not be purchasing "Camo Chrome" for fall.  This poor girl looks like someone smacked her!
I can't stand it any more - on to something that is cute to look at :
Do you think she will be able to find a date for the prom?
She is coming this weekend & has requested cupcakes with sprinkles - I hope all her wants are this simple for now & forever!

Photo: It's a Southern Thing...

Friday, February 28, 2014

I love this year's color & this might have to go on the" I must have list":

Beautiful purple lady dior
This is past beautiful!

I like Fekkai products and my friend bought this for me:
It is a liquid mousse that is shaken & then use 2 pumps, which will keep me from over-using the product!
I also love his Glossing Cream but always use too much & my hair is straight enough but it gives hair a glistening shine!

 I plan to celebrate the moment my Doctor turns me loose so I will be having a giveaway - I will say it's eye shadow & I will give more details over time.  There will not be a dozen hoops to jump thru but you must become a follower by using the "Join this site" button on the right because that is only fair to the people that visit regularly- so become a follower while there is still time!  I will only be able to mail the prize within the US because global mailing is extremely expensive - I am so sorry about that.  But the day may come when that will change!

Have a nice weekend and to prove Mother Nature is still in charge, we will have snow flurries on Sat & then 60's on Sunday!!!!!

Monday, February 24, 2014

I am loving the nautical look & apparently have for a while - confession is good for the soul right?  Long sleeve or short, I love them all:
I like these & wear them frequently:
I guess I should also give recognition to my stylist, a professional 4 year old, going on 21!!!!!!  Apparently I wore her out - I must be a difficult client!
She is definitely mine - she has never seen a piece of jewelry she did not love!!!!!  But unfortunately she has my nickel allergy so only the good stuff for us !!

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ETA: As a rule, I keep colors together in my closet, (the pict above is killing me) but my back is not healed enough to do laundry (I know - I'm breaking your heart!) and we are keeping all my things on the lower section of the walk-in. I look forward to putting a mean clean on that closet when the Dr sets me free or I sneak in there when no one is looking - don't let that angelic face above fool you -she rats me out every time I pick up something!

Monday, February 17, 2014

I received my small haul from Ulta & I just absolutely love the  Tarte Be MATTEnificent Amazonian Colored Clay Matte Eye & Cheek Palette
   And these were the other goodies:
The Neutrogena Triple Moisture leave in conditioner is great & sometimes hard to find.
For me, it's one of the best leave-in conditioners because it does not weigh the hair down-even if I get heavy handed!! And of course, it does not bother my sensitive skin.

The Ulta Automatic Eye Liner in Bronze is a favorite - I don't line my lower eyes with it but instead, use it to dot along where the eye lashes attach - since I have green eyes, it just gives a little something extra to highlight the green color.

 I enjoy reading other blogs but I hate going to a site that has so many ads & cookies that the computer bogs down & almost crashes - that is a good way to keep me from ever coming back to your site!

Ok, I hope these are my last snow shots for the year!!!

Friday, February 14, 2014

                              Just for Valentine's Day

In love, women are professionals, men are amateurs. Francois Truffaut

 The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing — and then marry him.  Cher

 “Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men.”

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”
― Nora Ephron

“Any fool knows men and women think differently at times, but the biggest difference is this. Men forget, but never forgive; women forgive, but never forget.”
― Robert Jordan

I love you, not for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. ~ Roy Croft

There's nothing better than knowing that someone "has your back." Learn to be that person in your relationships. Be the person that others know is there through thick and thin. It'll make you a better person. It will also allow you to perform one of our live purposes - to serve others. I'm sure you've heard the saying, "do unto others?" Well, what goes around comes around. I bet, if you are a dependable person, others will be there for YOU when you need it the most.

“For Attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
 For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
 For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
 For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day.
 For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
  People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
 As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.”
―Sam Levenson 

“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”
―Franz Kafka
I know who I am. I am not perfect. I'm not the most beautiful woman in the world. But I'm one of them.
                                 Valentine Love Quote

                                        Be you tiful !

Thursday, February 13, 2014

 Today we are facing 'snowmageddon' so please stay put wherever you are.

Do you have a favorite lotion?  I have some which varies during the different seasons.
I have started using argan oil after applying lotion which has been very beneficial & the oil smells heavenly. I am not gaga about Amlactin because of the scent but it works well enough.

I am wanting a new bucket style bag for spring & I love my vintage LV Noe:

   and I would love to have a similar style in blue, sort of like this:

If you know of such an animal please email.  I love my Noe but once I put everything in the world inside, it becomes too heavy.  And apparently I have to be careful with my back for months ahead.  But we still have to be stylish!!!!!!!!

 This year my friends and I turn 60  -  it definitely will be a pivotal time in my life and my recent accident brought the finality to life completely home in perspective; so I beg you, live each day fully  -  tell the ones you love how much they mean to you and have fun even if it is only that extra cup of coffee!  No really, eat the cookie !!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Thank you for all the chocolate but it has to stop - laying around eating these divine morsels is going to take a toll!

Truly I do not need any more temptation - at least wait until Valentines Day!
As a rule we don't make a fuss about V Day here except for the 2 grandchildren & they love cupcakes so that is easy - the best part is just having them here for the weekend.  I want my beloveds to know thru out the year how special they are & I hope I am accomplishing that.  I still can't be out of bed for long periods but I do hope Chilis chips & salsa find their way to my house!

I have been trying to put some spring accessories together, which will include variations of the color of the year - what do you think?

The bracelet on the right is champagne diamonds & I love it but never wear it - I'm not getting any younger so what am I saving it for?????
I also love this bag & have never used it:

I think orchid & various shades of pink are going to be "my" colors this spring, when I can finally get out of the house!
We are supposed to get snow here again so I will just rest in front of the fireplace - I hope you have a great weekend & please be safe on the roads.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Apparently the cool chickens have started incorporating the color of the year!

I so want shoes in this color!

Before I messed up my back I found this & thought it was a bargain:
10 brushes for $10!!  No, they aren't brushes I will keep forever but I am bad to throw my brushes away instead of clean them - I confess!  The upside is that if I don't like them, there is not a big investment.
But I do like these brushes and they are easy to find:
There is a large variety & different sizes and they are very soft which is important with sensitive skin.
I have been up long enough - I walked into the kitchen thinking I was craving something but did not find anything, so I will just go take the pain meds & call it a day!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

About 2 weeks ago I broke my back and by the next weekend my friend, Sandy, had brought over lasagna, beef stew, french bread & brownies - and her friendship.
I wish a friend like her, for everyone.  I cannot imagine not having her in my life.
No, we don't talk every day and may go over a month and not see each other.  But whatever life hands us, we know we don't have to go it alone.
Do yourself a favor and find that special friend - the one you would walk thru fire for.
It's the ultimate gift you can give yourself.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

I prefer matte eye shadows and I realize a little shimmer can be nice for evening but for most of us as we get older anything glittery highlights all the wrong things!
I liked this as soon as it arrived in my email:
Tarte - Be MATTEnificent Amazonian Colored Clay Matte Eye & Cheek Palette
 Tarte Be MATTEnificent Amazonian Colored Clay Matte Eye & Cheek Palette:
 This set contains:
* 2 x 0.1185 oz Eye shadow in Dream in Chocolate, Don't Stand Black
* 6 x 0.0758 oz Eye Shadow in Sand Out From the Crowd, Peach for the Stars, Two Plums Up, Pink Outside the Box, Rose to the Occasion, View From the Taupe
* 0.1544 oz Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Elevated
* Double-ended eye shadow brush

I have green eyes & always thought these shades are just right for my eye color.

Since I am supposed to be flat on my back, I will have to get this thru mail order but it will be worth the wait.
If you have had to stay in bed for long periods of time how did you keep yourself amused?  I am becoming bored quickly- a broken back is not a vacation!