Desirable Dresses

I find being a woman is ‘everything’, but what I like the most about being a woman is wearing beautiful tailored gowns with confidence.  A well fitted gown can take you a long way. . . even if it’s just for the night, live it up and like I always say, “if you’re going to do something, might as well go all the way”.  This rule applies for wearing a dress.  When attending an event, I’d much rather be a tad over dressed than under dressed any day.  If it’s too dressy, then make sure you’ve got that shall handy to cover up a bit.  I find most people admire and find well dressed people more interesting than someone who looks like their wearing that, ‘same old dress, again’.  Here are my favorite dresses that I’ve pinned over the year, that if I were able to get my hands on one of these, who knows where I’d go in one of these gorgeous gowns!

Art deco - Michael Kors FW 2012

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Monique Lhuillier Pink Gown

Love the styling~ Harper’s Bazaar Romania | Sophie Vlaming by Sylvie Malfray

Aiguille Gown by BHLDN

Beautiful

Chanel.

Oscar Carvallo Spring Couture 2013

Monique Luhillier F/W

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2014 RTW

Julien Macdonald Fall 2014 RTW

Strapless Striped Gazar Gown by Oscar de la Renta at Bergdorf Goodman.

Emilio Pucci

Neutral Monochromatic Style

Monochromatic is defined as having or consisting of one hue or color.  Most people could handle as neutral monochromatic hue as they tend to be bright, yet soft and feminine, yet masculine.  I personally wouldn’t want to look at an entire primary colored room all day or everyday.  It would be too much for me to live in and feel very dark in the later hours.  The images below have several threads in common, they are clutter free, giving a pretty simple feel to the room, but all contain great texture within the same hue.  It takes focus and discipline to maintain a monochromatic room.
DIY chaise sofa.  This would work well for my spa room.  Twin size mattresses with simple frames and furniture legs.  Just add extra large pillows and lots of them. I love this whole style for upstairs loft idea!

We love this rustic, nature-inspired entryway. More ways to decorate with natural elements: http://www.bhg.com/decorating/seasonal/fall/decorating-with-natural-elements/?socsrc=bhgpin060213allwhiteentry

Colour love | Creamy, Earthy + Muted

I love this room
White Closet
Love!

Gray, Blue, and White
małe mieszkanie,47m w stylu skandynawskim,jak urządzic małe mieszkanie

pomysły na aranżację sypialni
Zdjęcie:  szare panele,jedwabna narzuta i futrzane poduszki na pikowanym łóżku

Cozy in White

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Image credits: pinterest

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

Evening Shorts

I’m surprised at how much I am loving shorts in the evening.  I find they can be so much fun and then if it gets cooler in the evening, add a shirt on top.  The best way for my body type is to keep the shorts on the short side and wear a tank top and layer over~my body type broader shoulders, smaller chested, a bum, long legs and more on the slender side but I’ve had two children, so I do have extra to hide in the lower belly.

You can also pair with a jacket as I did in the second photo.  The matching print top is a bit too much for my liking, but if it’s that fabulous, then go with it.  Mix up your outfit with prints, textures, jewelry and color.  Also make sure your legs are perfectly shaved, lotion applied and I even put a little oil on mine to add sheen.

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Shorts by J. Crew

Lace blouse by Ralph Lauren

Tank from Target

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Shorts by BASIX Black Label

Blazer by INC

Shoes by Vince Camuto

Trina Turk 'Santiago' Cotton Blend Shorts

Trina Turk Santiago

Valentino Embroidered Lace

On the Edge faux leather

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Moonglow paisley short

J. Crew paisley

Dash Shorts

Introducing my new Living Room

After 13 years, last March I decided it was time to revamp the living room!  We were using our 13 year sofa that was all wrong.  The rug is only 10 years old, but I was ready for a new style.  Since my kids were babies I’ve used a round soft ottoman with tray on top, but now the kids are 6 and 9 time to have some sharp corners!  Our tv was in a cabinet which was outdated as well.

The Process

Cover the sofa or buy a new one….we bought a new one!

Painted the wall a new lighter creamy color.

Cover the chair or buy a new one….new one of course!

Swapped out the rug for a new style.  My old style was more traditional and now I like cozy mod.

Ditched the TV, stand and ottoman

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I wanted a more neutral and cohesive look when you walked into my living room.  The focal point is the fireplace and after I painted it, it felt so fresh and light and that’s when I made the decision to start “Project Living room”.

The old wall color was a brownish taupe that worked really well with gold tones.  Painting the walls was my first change and I went for a creamy color.  The color really lightened up the room and gave me room to play with the upholstery colors.  Before I was really stuck with golden/taupe sofa.

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Moving away from brown tones to cream tones gave me the freedom to switch to gray.  I loved going for a deeper sofa color since all the walls went so much lighter.

You can also see my old oriental rug in photo above with my old chesterfield sofa.  Below is my new chevron rug in gray and cream.

I ditched the soft round ottoman and added two square mirrored tables that I had from three years ago.  I picked them up at Target for $35.00 each.

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Before my sofa faced our fireplace but once I knew I was ready for a change, I wanted to have a chaise on my sofa and move it to the right of our fireplace.  The antique brown cabinet stores my china, candles and various decor items.

I didn’t want to have the TV in a cabinet any longer, so I talked my husband into getting a flat screen and console.

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I found this stunning mirror and silver Paltrow Console Table on Joss and Main for $450.  This console not only matches my coffee tables, but my starburst mirror that is high above my fireplace.

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Though the brown paisley chair was so cozy with the matching ottoman, it was worn out and ready for a new home.  Our new chair is in a solid light gray.  By keeping the sofa and chair print free, I had the freedom to go bold on the floor and will have fun with throw pillows and blankets.

My New Living Room!

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I accessorize with antique, new and collectables.  The mantel turned out far better than expected.  Several items are one of a kind, from various trips my father in law took.  The large jar is filled with beach finds than my boys search endlessly in the summer on several Maine beaches.  The other two tables in the room are antique finds.  The mirror and copper bowl of over sized grapes are also antiques from our family.  I’m not afraid to repaint things as you can see from the items that are hung high over the mantel.  I have several framed photographs and figurines that are put away or in other rooms, but if there’s anything I can’t say enough is ‘edit’ and ‘edit again’.  Less is more and quality is always better.

Holiday Party Style

If you’ve been attending parties or are having one this season, adding a splash of color or print with your look works right now.  I know we like to wear Red and Green to show our holiday cheer.  These are my Holiday Party Style inspirations!  Cheers!!
Sheer Bliss :: Faille skirt

Holiday Party Look with @No nonsense...
A Topshop holiday party look, styled by Olivia Palermo, http://glmr.me/s3rifO
Great look for a holiday party
Casual Holiday Party Ensemble: The Little Shiny Pant - YLF.
sequined leggings. yes, please!
The LBD for a holiday party...
Netrobe - Animal Instinct

Chanel Crystal Heel Booties
Red Bows

AN EMERALD AND DIAMOND RING  www.christies.com/unwrapped

CHLOÉ python green bag

Holiday Outfit Inspiration by #AmericanApparel

Fall & what I can’t live without right now

Every season my must have’s change, but the staples remain the same.  I’m a pretty simple gal, but I still have some things that I can’t live without!

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Leopard print

Great shoes with details that speak for themselves

Tom Ford crystal bracelet

Neutrogena naturals multi-vitamin night cream

onGossamer bras

Bare Minerals liquid liner

Super smile whiting system

nude waffle Kate Spade purse

blow pro hairspray

black leather biker jacket

water, water, water

pleather leggings

Snakeskin print

Protein power, kale, veggies, berries & coconut milk smoothies

Sarenja Betz’ silk pillow cases

Philosophy face products

Pump classes 3x’s a week

pilled on bangles, rings, necklaces!

+products can be found at Salon Sabeha, Making Faces, Modern Priscilla, Bella Intimates

In A Jumpsuit

The past couple of years I’ve worn a few jumpsuits, which I never thought they’d be my thing, but why not.  Especially when they give you the illusion that you appear taller, have a smaller butt and maybe thinner!  Of course it all depends on the right fabric of your jumpsuit and don’t forget you have to pick out one that plays up your assets.

DSC_1371Here is a vintage one I wore to my 1970’s birthday party.  The deep V neckline really help to add cleavage and show off your arms.

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Black is always slimming but what I love most about his suit is that the legs are wide making your butt look smaller.  It is also strapless.

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Here are some of the jumpsuits that I recommend.

Image 1 of JUMPSUIT WITH ELASTIC WAIST from Zara

Zara Jumpsuit

5th & Mercer Sleeveless Jumpsuit               5th & Mercer SHOPBOP
I don’t think you can go wrong with any of these jumpsuits.  All very flattering, stylish and cool.  You’d be sure to be the envy of any event you showed up in one of these!

Vintage Wedding Boys

My boys were ring barrier’s in their brother’s beautiful wedding on September 7.  The bride and groom wanted a vintage wedding vibe, so not only was the decor vintage but the wedding party wore suspenders and caps.

I had my boys hats, ties and suspenders handmade from Etsy.

Their outfits fit right in & they LOVED being part of their brothers’ wedding!

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Caps by Averylee Kids

Suspenders & Ties by Tiny Tots Clothing

Shirts by Gymboree

Khaki’s by Joe’s Jeans

       Shoes by  GAP

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I know I’m a little bias but how cute are these boys?  I think their outfits worked really well.  The only thing I may have done differently is to make their ties a tad darker…I love to know what do you think?