Apparently I did not blog at all for the month of November. Whoops. Here are few highlights from my month.
1. After a long hiatus of not buying any jeans, I bought four pair: Current/Elliott’s Rolled Skinny, Rag & Bone’s Navy Legging, AG’s Farrah Skinny,and AG’s Prima Cigarette Jean. I love them all. I have to say the Rag & Bone are my favorite because they don’t stretch out like the AGs do. I loooooooooove the high waist on the Farrah, but I hate that they need to be washed after two wears. I am used to getting 5 wears before I need to wash a pair of jeans. Don’t judge. You wait that long too.
2. I have fallen in love with these wedges. They are suuuuuuper comfortable and are under 30 dollars.
3. I hosted Thanksgiving dinner for 12 people and my double oven broke while I was cooking. And locked. With our Thanksgiving meal inside. My oven held our food hostage.
4. Luckily, we broke into my oven and Thanksgiving was saved.
5. I am now looking for a new double oven. Have any suggestions?
How was your month?
So, I’m averaging a post a week. I’m really staying on top of things.
This past weekend my husband and I spent the weekend on a ranch in the Texas Hill Country to celebrate his birthday. It was perfect. Work has been a little crazy, and a weekend away was just what we needed.
I lived in this Old Navy sweater. I spent my Saturday sipping wine and catching up on magazines.
The cold front that came in Friday made it too chilly to swim, but it was still fantastic to sit next to a pool.
It is weekends like these that make me want to move out to a ranch. How was your weekend?
Sharon has this necklace in yellow. She brought it over to my house and I told her we should timeshare the necklace. This blue one is goooooooooorgeous in person and may need to be my next statement piece.
I want Botox. Not Real Housewives of _________ City Botox, but baby Botox. Small, tiny injections of Botox that will help me age gracefully and slowly. But, I won’t get Botox. Why? One: I am deathly afraid of needles. Two: I can’t get over the thought of poison being shot into my forehead. So, I guess I should say that I like the idea of Botox. I like the idea of something softening my fine lines and helping my sun-ravaged skin look a few years younger than it really is. I never want to look frozen or like I am trying be decades younger than I am, but I want to wake up when I am 45 and have people say, “No. Really? I would have thought you were 38.” Am I the only one?
Preventative care is imperative to my future face. Right? I am hoping that by doing small things now, I can avoid having to do drastic things later. So, in an effort to avoid the ‘tox, I have been doing several things.
I have already spoken about my love of at-home peels. They are fantastic. My skin feels smooth, firm, and clear after a peel. I do them weekly.
I slather my skin morning and night with multiple creams. I have yet to find something I am 100% committed to, so I change every year or so. Have one you love? I’d love to know about it.
My newest obsession is the Nu Skin ageLOC Galvanic Spa. Yes, it was pricey, but worth every penny. Every single one.
There are tons of very science-y facts about why this is great. All I know is I love it. My skin feels clean and bright after I use it and the lines on my forehead are much less pronounced. My mom bought one too and I can’t tell you how much firmer, smoother, and brighter her skin is. Seriously. The difference in my skin wasn’t as drastic as hers, but I am still beyond pleased. I am hoping that this little device, my peels, and my creams will help stay looking youthful.
What kind of anti-aging products do you use?
If this jacket wouldn’t eat up the bulk of my fall budget, it would be sitting in my closet right now.
Sentimental pieces mean the most to me; sentimental pieces make you smile every time you look at them. They hold much more value than their monetary worth. They are what matter most. I recently lost my last living grandparent– my grandmother. Having a piece of her history makes me feel closer to her, like I still have a piece of her. Of course, I have memories, pictures, and stories; however, having something tangible is important to me. While those memories and stories will always be more valuable than an item, having something I can hold means the world to me. This beaded clutch belonged to my grandmother and I will think of her every time I carry it.
Do you have sentimental pieces in your wardrobe?
I don’t wash my hair every day. I actually really despise washing my hair. My hair is pin straight, thin as can be, and doesn’t do anything. It just lays there. My hair is boring. I find it quite a chore to wash and dry it because the results are always lacking. I can go 2-3 days without washing IF I use something in it. I used to use baby powder, but then I discovered dry shampoo. I have used all kinds of dry shampoo, but my favorite is Suave. For less than 3 dollars I am able to stretch the days between washing, and, in my head, stretch my highlights. Of course, one would have to keep up with their highlights (something I am currently neglecting) for this to make sense. Regardless, this dry shampoo adds body and life to my hair. It is also capable of sopping up the grease that my boot camp creates. It. Is. Wonderful.
Do you use dry shampoo? If so, what kind?
Most of the time my mornings are filled with coffee, the Internet, and whatever trashy TV I am catching up on. This morning, however, my morning was filled with something much cuter. They can change up my morning routine any time they want.
These Ann Taylor shorts are my new favorite shorts. They are just the right length, are comfortable, and are a little dressier than plain ‘ol cotton shorts. PLUS, unlike some other shorts (I’m looking at you, J.Crew), they don’t cut your legs off when you sit. And, they are 30% off right now. I bought the navy and coral. I wanted to get the white, but they were a bit too sheer for me. I am still on the hunt for a great pair of white shorts.
Here in Austin, it is officially summer. I love summer and all of its water related activities. What I don’t love as much is actually being in a bathing suit. I love swimming, but lounging in my bathing suit is not something I love. In order to make this a bit easier, I have been trying to make myself a little more bathing suit ready by using Jergens Natural Glow and dry brushing.
I am a fair-skinned person, but this Jergens has helped me be a little less pasty. It is pretty foolproof and doesn’t smell like some other self-tanners I have used. I don’t like getting an actual tan, but really prefer the way I look in a swimsuit if I have a bit of color. Jergens does just that.
I have also been relying on dry brushing to help minimize the apperarnce of cellulite.
While I know that nothing truly gets rid of cellulite, I do think my dry brushing has helped. Maybe it is all in my head, but it makes me feel better. Three or four times a week before a shower, I dry brush my body. I don’t have a fancy brush, just one I got as a gift after a spa treatment. These two things combined have helped ease my bathing suit anxiety a bit. What do you do to prep for the summer?