Saturday, July 4, 2015

A Californian July Fourth

 Happy Fourth of July! I always love splashing a bit of red, white and blue about.

I've said it before this is truly my favorite part of the summer.
If I travel in summer, I always have to be home by the fourth. I've only ever missed it once.

I have so many good memories of my California childhood and many involve summer.
The older I get the more I appreciate the simple joys of those times!

Friday, July 3, 2015

modern summer pieces

It really feels like summer to me when we get to July Fourth weekend. I love having extra days off, watching Wimbledon, and eating cold watermelon and placing little American flags all about.  In a couple weeks all the fall pre-sales will begin, but I feel like I'm just getting my summer capsule wardrobe together. I've tried my best to shop my own closet and use what I already have in new ways. I am using my my 6 new purchases in different combos with things from several summers past and it's nice. I am also realizing what things just are done and I have little bag to drop them in to donate.

One thing I've noticed is adding a new accessory really makes everything look current and new. I'm wearing the same tops, white jeans and khakis I have for many several summers, but modern shoes and bags give it a fresh look! That's all you need sometimes. After my trip to NYC (more from my trip on the next post), I got a few new brands on my radar and I like the new look some of these pieces have. Just one can give your whole wardrobe a little lift.

Here's some chic bits I noticed many of the New York City girls were sporting similar things...

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New York City Highlights Part I

We crammed a lot into our seven day trip. Considering everyone's different interests, I have to laugh as my husband is drawn to things that I consider 'tourist traps' like the NY Lobster boat cruise and myself who would like to go where real New Yorkers like to go, i.e the hidden spots. Add teen boys to this mix and you'll see we did a real variety of things.

 Here's the best of what we did...

Saturday, June 20, 2015

New York City Travel Notes

You've probably thought I've abandoned this blog, but I've just been on vacation and taking a little break from the computer which has been nice. We did a quick family trip to New York and it was perfect. A week away was inspiring, relaxing and refreshing! We had just enough days between school's release before my boys began some summer things so we took off for New York City for a week. My guys had never been to the East Coast except on layovers. I highly recommend going in early June as it was not filled with summer tourists yet and the weather was perfect! 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Little White Dresses and Summer Things...

Memorial weekend is here and I can hardly believe it. That means summer!? It doesn't feel like it yet to me.  We've finally been having some cool and rainy spring weather here in Northern Cal and I am loving it after a very warm early part of the year. I've been busy with a few projects- one helping clean out my 98 year old grandma's house, and also having to remove a huge tree from my home. More on all that soon... Also planning a trip to NYC so if anyone has any favorite spots..please share!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

My Spring Beauty Favorites

Some of you may know I'm a bit of a cosmetic junkie who worked in the beauty industry for seven years. Because of that, and for the blog, I am always trying new beauty products. Some are meh and others are great finds. I'd like to try to share with you the gems and hope to publish a regular post of my latest obsessions.

 I am an almost 50 something, who was kind of a disaster skin-wise. I've had bouts with acne, rosacea, dryness, wrinkles, enlarged pores, dark spots and everything else. Right now, (knock wood), my skin is the best it's been in years. I feel like I've finally found a few products that really work, and  an IPL treatment at SkinSpirit helped too. (I wrote about that here.) I have my regular arsenal of Retin A and such, but I do try and switch things up. I'm forever reading up on what is new and I strive to look for products with less harmful, more natural ingredients.

So here's my current crushes I thought I'd share..

First, I'm in love with a fragrance that is so pretty, it's truly like spring in a bottle. This Tracey Reese Eau de Parfum, was a Christmas present from the husband.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Tomboy Style - The Book and One of My Favorite Blogs

I don't know how often you guys look at my sidebar, but I have a link with my favorite and most inspiring blogs called Birds of a Feather. One of the blogs I've followed for a long time is that of Lizzie Garrett Mettler who writes Tomboy Style. Tomboy Style is totally original and is inspired by images of the chic women past and some present who have a sportif (love that word), sort of a style. Along with the beautiful photos she shares are current companies that make classic sporty goods and also interviews with modern day gals with tomboy chic. It's always fresh and unique.