Friday, December 19, 2014

Casual Work OOTD and Taylor Swift Hair

Good morning Y'all!  I am super excited about a nice weekend at home with nothing to do except pack for our Christmas trip, have a simple order-in pizza dinner and game night with some friends and church on Sunday.  Nothing else for this busy holiday season!  Yay!  Well, Santa is coming to see the girls on Sunday, but we don't have to leave our house for that.  

Here's my casual work OOTD.  Going for casual prep.  Keep in mind I've recently recycled my winter wardrobe (I mean, I wear winter clothes for 30 days a year, fifteen of those days being up north).  Most of the new things are wrapped in packages under the tree.  And, by noon the sweater will be shed because it will be 75 to 80 degrees out.    Anyways, Husband said he thought argyle is out of style.  Maybe it is for women as I couldn't find many similar styles so I just don't know.  Argyle is certainly in style for men!  That's not a problem.  I still like it. 
Plain white collared shirt (old) - similar HERE
Argyle sweater (old_ similar - HERE
Jeans - Gap HERE (not my favorite, JBrand and Dittos are my favorite) but I do like the fit of these Gap jeans.
Tory Burch Camilla Flats- similar HERE
Tory Burch York Tote HERE
Jewelry, Bauble Bar necklace (I think) and David Yurman bracelets

A couple days ago, I talked about how I desperately needed to get my hair fixed as it had been well over the 6 week mark (ehem....four months, oops).  And I have really been looking for another style to frame my long face.  My perfectly long and straight hair with no volume was making my face look very long and thin and I wasn't liking its look.  Lolly loves the video by Taylor Swift Shake It Off and I love Taylor's hair at the end of the video.  While I don't look like Taylor Swift (as bluntly pointed out by Lolly this morning), I do like the style. 

By the way.....I don't like selfies of my face unless it's a group shot with friends and family.  I just don't like how I look in them.  I took 45 pictures to get this one.  Still not happy but just look at my hair.  What do you think?  Taylor Swift-ish????

Happy Friday Y'all!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


At some friend's urging, I'll try to get back to some outfits of the day.  I'll also see if Husband can start taking decent pictures.  iphone pictures just don't do it and the lighting in my office is terrible for iphone pictures.
Ignore my hair....I have a hair appointment on Saturday, my ends are a mess!  
H and M jacket and pants.  Seriously, I get compliments every time I where this suit over all my others.  It fits me perfectly, the jacket being the perfect length (and without tailoring, a definite plus!).  HERE and HERE.
Tunic top - Ann Taylor Loft - HERE (on sale!)
Shoes (old) - Similar HERE
Tory Burch bag (last season) - Similar HERE
David Yurman bracelet

Bauble Bar necklace (old) -Similar HERE and HERE

And without the jacket.
That's the Work OOTD.  Happy Tuesday Y'all!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Steve - The Most Recent Escapade of Our Five Month Old Goldendoodle

Steve really needs to go to puppy school.  That is daddy's responsibility.  I take the two humans to school, he can handle the puppy.  In the meantime, here is what our sweet and curious Steve is up to these days.

Husband and I were watching our beloved Wildcats play basketball earlier this week.  Steve had snuggled up with daddy on the couch (which we really need to decide if he's allowed on the couch or not...another story for another day).  All of the sudden, Steve spots H.G.'s duck.  Steve loves this duck.  It has wind up wheels so it will zoom across the floor thereby making Steve think it's a fetching toy.  So, Steve loves it and will fight for it against the 14 month old human. 

Earlier in the day, I had set the duck in the middle of the coffee table away from Steve's grasp.  While laying on the couch, he sees the duck and jumps up from his cozy spot next to daddy to cautiously step onto the coffee table.  From where I'm sitting, I grab my phone as I know this is going to get really good.  Steve looks at me like " this allowed or not?"

Since I didn't move, he assumes it's allowed and he moves in closer to sniff the duck.  "Yep, that's H'G's duck all right."

"Maybe daddy will let me bring it to the couch to chew on."

"Probably not, I better stay here and chew on it before he takes it away."

We then take the duck away.  
"You took away my duck.  And now I'm stuck and don't know how to get down."
He looks so guilty.

As Lolly would say "OH Steve!!"

Happy Friday Y'all!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Thanksgiving - Better late than never!

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving here in South Florida with my parents.  It was a gorgeous day, sunny and not chilly but not hot either.  We spent a good portion of the day outside playing while the turkey was in the oven and Husband and Grandpa Geezer put up Christmas lights on the house.

Husband nearly cried when he saw this picture.  Lolly is getting SO big.  She is an AMAZING big sister.  

How, how many one year old children do you know that cry when you're LEAVING the bounce house.  Not many.  Except this one.  She LOVED the bounce house and cried when it was time to leave, trying to claw her way back inside.  I took her out when the bigger kids started going wild.  H.G. would have held her own as she's a little bruiser underneath all of that southern bonnet goodness, but she doesn't understand crazy, wild big boys in a bounce house!
(This was the weekend prior to Thanksgiving at a birthday the way).

As I said, my parents were in town for Thanksgiving.  We went out to dinner the night they arrived.  Poor dad didn't get the memo that he was supposed to wear pink.

The Saturday before Thanksgiving, Lolly and I packed some Thanksgiving meals for the local elderly and sheltered folks. I always jump at the chance to volunteer with Lolly (which there aren't many volunteer opportunities for children around here).  I feel that Lolly needs to learn just how blessed she really is and what better way to do that than to serve those less fortunate than us.  I think the sooner she learns this, the more appreciative she will be of the life she does have going forward and the more apt she'll be to continue to help others later on in life.  

I was very proud of her.  She was very stand offish at first and I thought it was going to be a lost effort.  I mean, it really took some time to even get her into the action (mostly her being shy).  But she finally jumped in to help me and then later, took on some bag packing of her own and with other volunteers without my intervention.  Proud mommy alert....right here!  

Last but not least, there is some confusion in our house as to what toys are puppy toys and what toys are toddler toys.  
Do not worry, full mouth and pacifier sanitizing took place immediately after.  

Though, we do have a puppy and a toddler, so who really knows?
Again, a puppy and a toddler.  WHAT WERE WE THINKING????

Happy Wednesday Y'all!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Inauguration Fashion Help: Dreams and Colors

A few days ago, a good blogger friend of mine, Melissa over at Dreams and Colors, asked me to send her some fashion ideas for her father's upcoming mayoral inauguration.  

I was thrilled to help and enjoyed putting together a couple outfits for her to peruse.

To see for yourself, go check out the blog Dreams and Colors.  

Happy Monday Y'all!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Weekend Update - Check, Check, Done

It's been a mixture of cold and hot here.  Two days ago it was 89 degrees and today it's 59.  So we're breaking out the cold weather clothing.

We took Lolly shopping this past weekend.  She's had the same winter clothes for three years (she's just a tiny little peanut).  But she has grown in inches and in age so off to the mall we went.  And we came home with several grown up outfits that make me tear up when I see her in them.  She said "When winter comes, everyone is going to see a whole new me."  Excuse the mess.  The fashion show took place in H.G.'s room.

And on one of those hot days, we introduced H.G. to her first pair of flip flops.  It took a few minutes but she got the hang of them.

Play dates with great friends.....

....and trips to the park to play are always great fun.

 Steve and H.G. have a very special relationship.  One minute they're fighting over a toy (or Steve thinks he's playing tug-o-war) and the next minute they are snuggling like two peas in a pod.  Do you see any resemblance between the two?

We've been having issues getting chores done in the morning and evenings.  Lolly is a very task-oriented kid.  She loves lists.  So I made her this list and purchased her a clip board to decorate.  She carries this with her each morning and evening and it's amazing how quickly and efficiently she is now getting things done.  And no complaints or whining!  In a few weeks, hopefully she'll do this without the check list as it becomes habit.

Mommy SCORE!!

And big news!  Ashleigh had sweet baby #2, a little girl with a first name starting with an H too!  Welcome to the H-pack sweet girl!  I can't wait to meet and snuggle you!

Happy Wednesday Y'all!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Favorite Facial Products

Hear me's a process.  :-)

It's been a long while since I've posted anything about facial products and makeup.  My cosmetic tray and bath countertop has been a revolving door for facial products for about 6 months now.  

For long before and during my pregnancy with H.G., I was a wonderfully loyal Bare Minerals fan for two, maybe three years.  I mean, I had the stuff on auto-ship every two months.  I loved their mineral powder and still do love a couple of their products.  But after H.G. was born and of course, the resulting extreme change in hormones, my process from cleansing to making up was just not working anymore. I found that the Bare Minerals in combination with my cleansing regime was not holding up to my standards and my skin just wasn't looking as bright, clear and clean as it used to.  I was looking like.....well, I just had a baby and having a hard time recovering.  

After some trial and error, I recently found that "sweet spot" of cleansing steps which changed the chemistry of my face even further (before makeup).  I loved how my skin was looking and feeling and that South Florida, always sweating and making my face shiny and break out feel.....was gone.  So quite obviously, I wasn't willing to change that step.   

Now my new cleansing and moisturizing regimen is not cheap (at least for any normal non-celebrity person).  I thought Husband would flip when I told him how much I wanted to spend.  But he surprisingly responded that I need to take care of my skin for the long term as we do live in South Florida and he "doesn't want to have me aging prematurely and looking old at the age of 50."  Hey, he was telling me his honest to goodness thoughts.  Most women, would happen to agree.  So, if it weren't for the fact that this stuff is like magic for my face and if  I had a single doubt, I would not be purchasing it.  

So, since I'm spending a fortune on the cleaning regime, I wasn't willing to spend a fortune on makeup.  I cancelled my Bare Minerals order, have run through a few over-the-counter products and have found my sweet spot of makeup.  Keep in mind that I wear very little makeup.  Primer, foundation, mascara and blush.  

So, anyways here's a run down of what I'm currently using (and loving!)

I LOVE my Clarisonic.  I want to say I've been using this product for about 4 years now.  Regardless of the products, I can tell a very NOTICEABLE difference when I'm using it.  If I go for a few weeks without and then jump back in, the difference really is amazing.  

Now here's the crazy expensive cleansing and moisturizing regime.  Rodan and Fields Reverse.

I LOVE THIS STUFF.  Within just a few days, I noticed a difference.  My face is smoother, cleaner, brighter and I can really tell a difference in the sun and age spots.  It's good stuff.  Like I said, if I wasn't just in love with this product and had a single doubt, I would not be using it.  I use the face scrub with my Clarisonic, smooth on the toner (letting it dry completely) and then I use the Dual Active Brightening Complex.  During the day I follow with the broad spectrum sunscreen.

Ashleigh LOVES Smashbox products.  So I took a stab.  I purchased the Photo Finish Foundation Primer.  It truly helps keep my makeup in place.  I forgot it one day and I could tell a difference.  And it's so light I can barely tell I'm wearing it.

Here's the one Bare Minerals product I'm still using.  Well Rested.  I love how it completely wipes away the dark circles under my eyes and truly makes my skin looks well rested without giving a sheen or shine.  It certainly lives up to its name.

You're going to laugh at this next one.  It was a total shot in the dark "this looks like it might kind of work" last second Wal-Mart purchase while I was picking up some craft impulse buy. I absolutely LOVE it!  L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder.  It truly is a liquid powder. It feels like a powder but covers so well and you can barely tell you're wearing it.  It is not a thick foundation by any means but it covers well.  It has that Bare Minerals feel that I grew to love, but works with my current face chemistry.  I've never used L'Oreal, ever.  So I'm very pleasantly surprised.

I tried lots of blushes and finally decided a blend would likely be best.  My cheek on the left side of my face seems to have just a very slight divot under my cheekbone making it difficult to smooth on blush.  Sometimes it looks like a line that I can't get rid of no matter how much smoothing I try.  I picked up Neutrogena's Healthy Skin Blends and I really like this blush.  It blends very well and I don't find myself wiping excess off because I over applied.  The other night we had a formal gala event and I actually found myself trying to add more blush rather than take away.

For mascara, I've been using Cover Girl's Bombshell Curvaceous Mascara.  I use the #1 side for daily wear and then I use both #1 and then #2 for a night out and special events.  I have very few eyelashes, so they could use all the help I can get!  

So there you have it.  My current regimen.  So, how long do you think this run-down will last?

Happy Friday Y'all!