Dec 16, 2014

30PlusStyle:LBD Lookbook

My first outfit post of December is my 50th post and the last one for the 30plusStyle collaboration.  For this last post we are showcasing little black dresses with two guest bloggers: Cynthia from Flight of the Fat Girl & Jennae from Green and Gorgeous.

My blog is the only place where I kinda lay back and go with the flow.  In every other aspect of my life, I am constantly planning, setting goals and probably to a fault (it's the control freak in me.)   I want to know how, where, what, and the when, but as much as I try bringing that concept over into blogging, 95% of what you see on this blog just sort of happens.

Dec 4, 2014

My Top 10 Beauty Products for 2014


I have gotten several requests from readers inquiring about my make-up and skin care products.  By no means do I claim to be an expert in makeup application, but I still love to dabble and experiment.  So if you are curious, here are my top ten beauty products for the year. These are items that I use until it runs out and can normally be found in my handbag.   

Here ya go....

1. Ruby Woo is an oldie by goodie (shown in photo above) I have been wearing Mac's perfect matte red lipstick for years and have not seen a complexion it does not compliment.  Ruby Woo is part of Mac's regular line so hopefully there are no plans to discontinue it.

2. Benefits Push Up Liner delivers the most intense black winged eyed look. It handles more like a pen and has an angled tip which makes application easy.  The best part is that this stuff does not budge until you are ready to take off which means you will need make up remover and that brings me to the next item..


3. Almay Longwear & Makeup Remover Pads is the only make up remover product that I have come across which does what it claims and removes ALL traces of eye makeup, even stubborn waterproof mascaras.  It is very oily, but I think that's a plus especially for the delicate eye area. I also use these pads to remove long wearing products like matte lipsticks. 

4Kat Von D Liquid Lipsticks My daughter introduced me to the world of Kat Von D cosmetics and I am excited she did.  Her highly pigmented long wearing lip line delivers the most bold dramatic lips.  If you like a matte texture that stays put all day, you'll love this line (you can thank me later).  This product stays put throughout the day, no reapp necessary, you can drink any beverage, eat, and literally have little to NO transfer.  The best part is that her line includes a variety of shades for women of color! Yes! Currently, I am obsessing over VAMPIRA,  a bold deep burgundy, and get tons of compliments every time I wear it. 

Nov 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Good Morning & Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it’s one of the few holidays which they haven't been able to super commercialized yet. It’s focus is about reflection, giving thanks, and sharing a meal with family & loved ones. 
 Shop My Look: Sweater Dress | Boots | Jacket | Hat 

 As our yearly Thanksgiving tradition, my family delivers meals to the shut in and elderly. We have been doing so for a couple of years now and look forward to it each year.  It brings such a joy to me when I see the recipients waiting at their doors with smiling faces as we arrive with meals. One elderly woman told us we were her Thanksgiving angels.  Since she didn't have family, she doesn't get any visitors, so this meal and visit meant the world to her.  When I got back to the car,  I took a moment to compose myself as she touched my heart in so many ways.  I have since signed up to volunteer on a regular basis (something which I have been meaning to do for awhile now) because in addition to the sense of fulfillment, volunteering takes the focus off me and reminds me of how blessed  I really am. 

Nov 13, 2014

Paying Homage To Fall in Sangria and Tweed

Although some parts of the country are still enjoying summer's heat, Denver already had the first Autumn snowfall. Before the leaves are permanently swept away or covered by snow for good, I thought it would be a perfect time to pay homage to my favorite time of year.
Fedora/Old Navy | Tweed Coat/Lane Bryant | Oxford/ Old | Husbands Jeans/Ameythyst | Structured Tote/H&M | Knee High Boots/6pm.com



Nov 10, 2014

Date Night in Lace, Husband Jeans, & Purple Peep Toes

After 21 years of marriage, I still get excited for date night.
Moto Tweed Jacket/Lane Bryant | Cropped Lace/ TJ Maxx| Jeans/ Deb Shops | Peep Toes/Just Fab


Nov 6, 2014

30Plusstyle:50 Shades of Gray

This is the 10th collaboration for the 30plusstyle bloggers and today, Crystal from Sometimes Glam joins us as our guest blogger. 
Jacket/Thrifted Similar Here| Skirt/Lane Bryant Here| Gap Infinity Scarf/ Here | Guess Booties/ DSW 
This season, all shades of grays are at play and the much a buzzed-about E.L. James book turned movie "Fifty Shades of Grey," probably had something to do with it.