Blue Eyed Girl

I’m a cowgirl at heart. But just try and pry me away from this strapless dress! The combination of blue and brown is perfect for this winter into spring time.

Blue Eyed Girl


Club L bandeau dress
€22 – nelly.com

FABIANA FILIPPI cotton cardigan
€289 – veryeickhoff.com

J Crew j crew sweater
$25 – jcrew.com

Free People tall boots
$598 – freepeople.com

Ettika coin necklace
$63 – maxandchloe.com

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Age is just a number, mine is unlisted

It’s time for me to come clean.

I’m a <cough, cough=””> 40+ year old girl in a long-term relationship with a dude 14 years younger. There, I said it.

I like to believe that he and I both look like we’re 30-35. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. The pressure is on though for hanging on my youthful looks. And let me tell you, it’s a lot harder to look good now than it was 20 years ago.

In the process of trying to stay on top of my game, I’ve checked out the blogs of lot of talented women. These blogs contain hair tutorials, make-up, and fashion tips. Unforch, all of these blogs are by women in their twenties. I can’t seem to find anything really helpful for women over 35. Because as you may know, it’s a different game when you are older.

Something starts happening in your late thirties: your hair gets frizzier, the grey starts coming in, your skin wrinkles and becomes a little bit dull, and you see circles under your eyes. Suckay. But there is so much you can do to maintain hotness as you age and really look ten years younger.

Let’s start with the most important stuff (shown below) I’ve found to keep looking young, besides eating right, exercising, and getting enough sleep.

10 Years Younger

First off, OMG stop tanning. The sun is evil! Sunscreen, sunscreen, suncreen. Sun exposure is the number one cause of wrinkles and skin discoloration. Prevention is worth thousands in future laser skin treatments, botox, and collagen injections. In fact, if you already have skin damage from the sun, the treatments above may be your best option. But let’s assume you don’t have the skin of an alligator just yet.

Next, start using a serious hexapeptide cream like the Avotone cream shown below. This is a brand I’ve been using for years, but there are many others on the market that are just as good. You have to look for the acetyl hexpeptide-3 ingredient and rock this stuff every night before bed.

In the mornings, slather your face with a good retinol treatment like the ROC cream shown with sunscreen. Layer this under your make-up in the morning to prevent wrinkles all day long.

The make-up items shown by Revlon are good luminators to brighten skin tone both under the eyes and all over the face. There are many more expensive blushes and luminators at Sephora (which I love) but the drugstore cosmetics can work well too as long as you find one that works with your skin tone. As a blonde, I favor peaches and pinks.

Finally, use smoothing creams for the dreaded frizzy hair. Besides the wrinkles on your face, the condition of your hair is the other top way age shows up. Years of highlighting, blow drying, and hot irons take their toll on the strands, particularly on the sides and back of your head. Deep conditioning can only do so much because in the end you rinse it all away. I use a large dose of smoothing cream every day paired with a couple of squirts of silicone serum. You’ll have to tailor the amounts for the thickness and texture of your hair. While a little goes a long way, I actually have to use quite a lot on my hair.

I’ll be writing about specific products over the next few weeks and posting pictures as well. Stay tuned.

Peacock Weekend

I finally realized that I needed some collections on regular clothes, like the kind I would wear every day for work, picking up the kids, and grabbing coffee. I love the whole peacock theme and putting together blue and green seems perfect for spring.

This has also reminded me that I have a fabulous peacock velvet purse that I’ve been “saving” that I should really pull out of the closet and use. What am I saving it for?

Peacock Weekend

Simdog horizontal striped shirt
£40 – oxygenboutique.com

Hollister Co v neck cardigan
$35 – hollisterco.com

Quiksilver printed tank top
$19 – quiksilver.com

H M sweatshirt hoody
£13 – hm.com

Levi Strauss & Co zipper jeans
£85 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Princesse tam tam
$50 – stylebop.com

Mango cotton a line skirt
£30 – mango.com

Gianvito Rossi peep toe wedge
$698 – mytheresa.com

Dorothy Perkins high heel shoes
$75 – dorothyperkins.com

Proenza Schouler green handbag
$1,995 – shopzoeonline.com

Kate Spade shoulder handbag
$221 – endless.com

Tote hand bag
serenaandlily.com

Peacock feather jewelry
$6.38 – axparis.co.uk

Peacock scarve
$9.90 – bodyc.com

Echo Printed Crochet
$48 – piperlime.gap.com

Last night I dreamed I was a butterfly

Dead serious. I did dream that I was a green butterfly and I could pull my wings out at will. I also dreamed I was wearing rollerskates. It was a really awesome dream.

Last night I dreamed I was a butterfly

Vanessa Bruno ruffle neck dress
$630 – net-a-porter.com

Victoria s Secret bikini swimwear
$26 – victoriassecret.com

Diane von Fürstenberg wedge shoes
$330 – my-wardrobe.com

H M cuff bangle
£3.99 – hm.com

California Dreaming

I love living in the CA where the days are warm, skies are blue, and the beach is minutes away. It was a crazy 78 degrees today and everyone was feeling it. It’s February, people! But I love seeing folks riding bikes, playing in their yards, dancing at bus stops. Yes, I said dancing at bus stops, this is California people!

This series of images is my ultimate favorite dream: the warm sands of the beach, the vintage Squareback VW, and the ruffled white cotton quilts. This is my idea of pure heaven.

California Dreaming

Rivulets Bedding, Cream
$68 – anthropologie.com

Steve Madden high heels
$130 – stevemadden.com

Roberta Roller Rabbit beach tote
$85 – piperlime.gap.com

Long dangle earrings
$36 – shopruche.com

We haven’t towed the Lincoln YET

We are the proud owners of a 1968 Lincoln Continental. While it’s not as perfect as the car shown below, it is red and has yet to be towed. That’s a fact that the XBOXer is rather proud of. Someday when the car’s in better shape we might even take it on a road trip. And I’ll be looking good in the pencil skirt and driving gloves.

We haven't towed the Lincoln YET

D&g shoes
$233 – coggles.com

Polka dot glove
$60 – modcloth.com

Lemon Lavender Shortbread

My big plan for tomorrow is to make the lemon lavender shortbread cookies pictured in the upper right corner (recipe below). I absolutely adore the vintage factory apron from Anthropologie and the butterfly dishtowel. I buy a lot of my dishtowels from Etsy or eBay I would make an exception for this yellow-trimmed beauty. And while I don’t have counter space for a Kitchen Aid mixer, if I did I would get one in grey since it’s a perfect neutral color but rather unexpected in the kitchen.

Lemon Lavender Shortbread

Heirloom Shop Apron
$38 – anthropologie.com

Early April Dishtowel
$16 – anthropologie.com

KitchenAid Artisan Design Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
$299 – saksfifthavenue.com

Owl Measuring Cups | west elm
$19 – westelm.com

Conversion Dishtowel
$4.95 – crateandbarrel.com

Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cookies (from AllRecipes.com)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh lavender
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
 

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the lavender, mint and lemon zest. Combine the flour, cornstarch and salt; mix into the batter until well blended. Divide dough into two balls, wrap in plastic wrap and flatten to about 1inch thick. Refrigerate until firm, about 1hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Cookie stamps will work well on these too. Place on cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, just until cookies begin to brown at the edges. Cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.