At this age, know how to dress

Once I hit 40 I felt the need to ‘think’ about the way I looked at my wardrobe.  I want to dress appropriate for my age, but still feel young and can look fashionable, which can be done at any age.

Looking at my clothing I ask:

~ Is the quality of my clothing good?  No rips, holes, stains or faded clothing acceptable at this age.

~ Are my pieces of clothing enhancing my body?  Not too long or short, tight or big but giving me the right curves and hiding all the right things.

~ Do I have the right undergarments?  No panty lines are allowed and bras must be enhancing.

~ Do my shoes look fresh?  There is nothing worse than scuffed or dirty shoes on a great outfit.  I also make sure I have several different types of shoes with various heel size, color and style.

~ Do I have the right handbags?  Don’t skimp on a great bag.  You will be surprised at how many times you’ll use it if it’s a high end bag.  Less expensive bags are considered trendy and basically disposable.

~ Do I have a variety of accessories?  Gold, silver, chains, charms, chain link, watches, earning and trendy jewelry.

Without a doubt, I must have hair, nails and skin that look as good as possible.  I wash my face twice a day, hair every other and if I don’t have a fresh manicure then I keep my nails short and clean.

I care about my body so I do work out 3-5 times a week and eat clean as possible and drink plenty of liquids.  I started drinking warm water with lemon in the morning to jump start my digestive system, then coffee and light but mostly protein breakfast, tons of fruit and salads.

I do get between 7-9 hours of sleep every night and keep a pretty tight schedule during the day.

What I’ve found is that the key to knowing how to dress is balancing the outfit.  If you have on a flare skirt then wear a tank top or if my shirt is short then I wear a blazer to cover up.  When I wear leggings I wear a simple shirt then a longer sweater or blazer to cover up a little bit.

Right now I’m into wearing silk, blazers, layering and dressing in monochrome with one pop of color.

If you’re going to get dressed, why not do it better as you get older.  Every year work a little harder on something that you could do better.  It all becomes a habit and then the next thing you know you’ll look as good as you can!

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My Juice cleanse

In a nutshell, my juice cleanse went better and was easier than I expected.  When I researched juicing, most of the cleanses were 3 days.  My goal was 5 days and I ended up strictly drinking freshly pressed juice, water with lemon and herbal tea for 4 days.  I learned a lot about myself and broke some habits.

My four day lowdown:

Before the fast:

I cut out meats, fried food and sweets a couple days before.

Day 1-4

9am  Hot water with lemon, 10am-7pm I drank 6 oz of fresh juice every three hours.  In between, I drank plenty of water and herbal tea.  Surprisingly, I never felt hungry but I did feel unsatisfied and had cravings.  What I loved about drinking just liquids is that I never had crashes or highs~ I always felt even.  No carb or sugar crashes!  I love having 1-3 cups of coffee every morning and really enjoy the smell, but for some reason I never smelled it and still don’t now!  My intention was to fast for a full 5 days, but I found since I work out daily that I was getting hungry for more at the end of day 3.  That evening I did have my juice and 1/4 of organic sweet potato with olive oil.  The evening of day 4 I ate a sweet potato and homemade guacamole with tortilla chips (which I craved!).  I like the corn one.  I also make slow cooked brown rice and had a couple of bites.

Day 5 I drank fresh juice in the morning and ate raw veggies and fruits for snacks and a salad for lunch.  For dinner my husband make homemade pizza and I had mine with cheese and fresh sliced tomatoes.  Day 6 ate simply but attending a party and enjoyed two homemade chicken nuggets and my wild rice salad and other salads.

After the fast:

Never felt better!  My stomach aces are gone.   I’m off caffeine, excedrin, sugar, mostly dairy and gluten.  I honestly am not smelling coffee any longer or even crave it.  I’ve replaced most of my carbohydrate items with rice or gluten free foods.  Don’t get me wrong- if there’s something fabulous to eat I will have a small portion.  I’m really craving my juice, so a couple days a week I have one!

What I juiced:

I’m a throw it all in gal!  Must be all Organic & washed well before you place into your juicer and DRINK IMMEDIATELY.  When you store any left over juice for the day, place in a thermos or jar with very little air on top in a brown paper bag.  Light is not our friend with juice- diminishes the nutrients.

Morning 6oz- whole pear, apple, cucumber, 2 sticks celery, 2 carrots, inch of ginger, half a lime or lemon and the best, spearmint or peppermint!

1:00, 4:00 & 7:00, 6oz.- whole apple, cucumber, 4 sticks celery, 4 carrots, inch or two of ginger, lime or lemon, chunk of fennel ball, couple pieces of garlic, chunk of sweet potato, banana, orange, red pepper, shallot, baby kale, spinach, parsley and more!!

Body results:

I don’t weigh myself but I did notice my clothes feeling looser and lost my lower belly tube.  Overall, this was the perfect thing to do to feel better, look better and just in time for summer!

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Aging & skincare

Just because you’re getting older every year doesn’t mean you have to look your age.  You can look better.  What I’ve learned from several experts is that when you take care of your skin, your skin will radiate and shine.  When your face shines, all you need is a bright smile and you will be more beautiful than ever.

Skincare Tips:

As I’ve gotten older, I make sure to wash my face every morning and before I go to bed.

Find a face wash that you like the texture and odor of…. so you enjoy & LOVE washing your face.

Twice a week a use a Clarisonic so that my skin gets a deeper cleaning.

I always wear moisturizer and to really be safe from sun damage, one with sunscreen.

I have eye creams and serums that I use often, but not all the time as I feel like a good moisturizer is all you need.

In the evening I wash, dry & remove eye makeup then apply a thick layer of night cream.

To enhance the overall look of your face, make sure you have the right color foundation and keep your everyday make up simple and shiny.  I love using a bronzer to brighten my cheeks.

Make sure your lips are hydrated and I’ve used a lip scrub at times to exfoliate my lips.

Eyebrow and lip waxing is essential.  I’m always amazed at how much brighter my eyes look after eyebrow shaping.

Everyone says it, but it’s true ‘Drink tons of water’.

My favorite products right now are: Philosophy’s ‘purity 3-in-1 cleanser for face & eyes’.  I like this because the odor is light, the product goes a long ways and it helps remove eye make up.  I follow up with  Philosophy’s ‘hope in a jar’.  I love the way it’s whipped and how it goes on my face really well.  I buy mine from “Making Faces“.

My favorite sunscreen is “Modern Priscilla replenishing sunblock”.  This product provides an spf of 36, provides light moisturizer, an antioxidant and is tinted!  I use this product with my ‘hope in a jar’ moisturizer.  I buy mine from “Modern Priscilla“.

At night I use “Neutrogena naturals”.  It is a multi-vitamin nourishing night cream that goes on well and smells refreshing.  I buy mine at “Ride Aid”.

Here are several older ladies that have flawless skin and yes look better than they did in their younger years!

source: GH good housekeeping