Friday, December 6, 2019

Don't over do it.

Cheers to Friday, Mes Amies!
No, it's not a summer Friday, that is true. However, Christmas Season Fridays are pretty darn good too!

Anyway, I feel as if I'm the "anti-blogger" today, but so be it. It seems as if from the day before Thanksgiving on, all I've been seeing is various people and companies trying to get us and our money to go separate ways.
I understand that it is the holiday shopping season. Every retailer is competing for our money. Every blogger is trying to get us to use "her links" .

                                                        Source: The Financial Diet 

It's SO easy to get carried away with your shopping this time of year.  Retailers have sales with a very limited time frame. "Prices good through Cyber Monday!", "Sale ends DEC 16 at 12:00 EST!". Also, brands that don't typically go on sale are actually offering discounts right now.
Its all very tempting, I know.  Still though, you owe it to yourself to be able to reign it in. 
We have a loooong winter in front of us. Don't add to the misery , by starting January with a heap of debt.

Also, your loved ones DO NOT want you to go into hawk to buy them gifts. 
Conversely, don't be a crappy person and put the worry and strain onto others that their gifts to you will not "live up" to your expectations. 
If you are old enough to read, you know that its not "Santa" who you might be expecting to bring you expensive things. 
When I was a little kid, I loved the cartoon "Garfield". When I was 6 or 7 there was a "Garfield Christmas Special on TV. There was one line from it, that was seared into my little brain and has stuck with me all these years.

"Christmas. It's not the giving, it's not the getting. It's the loving."— Garfield's closing line, quoted from the Christmas Day 1981 installment of the comic strip

Remember the true meaning of this season, my friends.

Have a safe and fun filled weekend.


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Penny Wise Wednesday.... Old Navy Edition

Happy mid-week mes amies.
Two weeks ago, I wrote a post called "Penny wise Wednesday".  I showed apparel at Target that were dupes for much more expensive name brand things. You can read it Here .
Holy moley, I wasn't prepared for how many views that post would get.
Since that one was so popular, I thought "let's do it again!". Today, we're focusing on Old Navy.

First up is a darn near identical dupe for a sweater that I almost bought. I'd seen a great little fair isle sweater from 1901 at Nordstrom. It was $89.00, so I passed.  Here is its Old Navy doppelganger! This One is only $25

A few month back I wrote This Post about how early '90s fashions are back in a big way.  Not too long after I had written that post, I got my first pair of button fly jeans (very early 90's!). I happened to catch a sale at Madewell. These babies are super comfy and give a different ascetic to "plain old jeans".
Well, guess what Old Navy carries them too! At Madewell they are $70 at Old Navy they are $18!

Jeans are all well and good, but as it gets colder and the more we indulge in holiday merriment, the more we want to change into something comfy-cozy.
At Nordstrom, the B.P brand has the coziest flannel lounge pants. They are well worth their $40 price tag. I'd totally be grabbing a pair or two , except for the fact that Old Navy has These for 1/2 the price!

The year before last, I bought myself a really nice winter coat. It has a life time warranty and its SO warm.
The thing is though, sometimes its TOO warm. For the days where its over 40 degrees, I tend to opt for a puffer vest.
I have a North Face vest that I purchased a few years ago. If memory serves me correctly, it was around $100.
Old Navy has This very similar puffer vest is $80 less!!!

Jcrew has these super adorable cable knit sweaters right now. They come in a bunch of colors. However, they will set you back $98. Yikes.
Well, a very similar option is This One from Old Navy.

And that friends, is all she (me) wrote.

What do you think? Should we keep doing these Penny wise Wednesday posts? Let me know.


Monday, December 2, 2019

A KKW Palette Review

Jingle jangle, it's December you guys. Whoa!

I'm excited, this week is my office Christmas party. It's always everything I'd want in a Christmas party. I know this, because I'm the one who plans it! Ha!  We are a small office, so we always pick a very  nice restaurant with a great wine list and fancy menu. Bill and I love having any reason to get dressed up, so that's exactly what we do. My husband and Bill's husband have become good friends, so even though they might not be as keen on getting gussied up, they both look forward to it too.

So, as many of you know, I'm an old fuddy-duddy in a 40 year old body. I have an extreme dislike for most current pop-culture. This is most especially true when it comes to the whole Kardashian clan.
I know that I'm in the minority. I know how rich and "famous" for what?? they are.

Anyhow, I avoid their products and the stuff the endorse like the plague. (Except for Good American Jeans, Kardashian or not, those jeans are like magic).
So, I was shocked when I saw one of my favorite Instagramers/ YouTubers talking about this palette by KKW.
Tracy Hensel is on YouTube and Instagram. If you are not already following her, I HIGHLY suggest that you do so. She is one of those rare influencers that truly help you to live your best life. She provides so much useful info. Whether it be beauty, fashion, organization or social graces, Tracy's channel is my go to resource. She, however is not one of these people who is constantly trying to get you to "Shop my links!". Her channel is a breath of fresh air.
In fact, this palette that we'll be talking about in a second is "in- store" only, not available on line. Tracy literally stood to gain nothing by sharing it, but I'm so glad that she did.

From what I saw KKW beauty has three eye palettes. The one that I'm referencing today is named "classic".

I hate to admit this, but after using this palette I want to ask Santa for the other two.

The colors look exactly the same on my face as they did in the pan. There was little to no "fall out" when applying them. I typically put my eye make up on 1st and then concealer and foundation after I clean up my eye area. However, with this palette, that is not necessary

The colors in this palette are ideal for my green eyes. I'm willing to bet that they would be equally as beautiful on hazel eyes.  

To me, what determines if an eye shadow is a winner or not, is how blend-able it is.  You could have the prettiest colors in the world. However, if they don't blend well, you'll be left with unattractive stripes of color on your eyes. Trust me, that doesn't look good on anyone.

I was beyond happy with how buttery and blend able these shades are.  With a very minimal amount of effort, I had a very well blended look.

I used Urban Decay's setting spray and am glad to report that these shades stayed in place. I had done my makeup in the morning and had kept it on through the day and a date night with my hubby.

This is right after I applied it (hence the pajama top and undone hair).  I should of taken a picture before I washed it off at night. But, I had two glasses of Cabernet and completely forgot -sorry.

Long story short, this palette is a serious winner. Yes, it pains me to say this, but you should get this.


Friday, November 29, 2019

Happy Birthday, Baby!

Even though he's the kind of guy that doesn't want any attention, I'd be derelict in my duties if I didn't tell you that its my human's birthday today.

I know that I'm not exaggerating when I tell you that this world is a better place because my mister is in it.

This guy has more compassion, than anyone that I know.
As you guys know, animal rescue is VERY important to me. So many people try to remind me that "You can't save them all." Not Chad, from day one he rolled his sleeves up and said "What can I do?"
Not only is he the first person to offer to help the shelter pay vet bills or adoption fees, he also got his co-workers in on this important mission too.

He treats "my" family and "his" family exactly the same. Truth be told, there is no differentiating between our families now. We are all one unit.

Hes maintained the same friends that he had since he was a little boy.  He's loyal and there for anyone who needs him.

I've heard so many countless stories about people who just cannot depend on their spouse. Whether it be that their spouse placed work, an addiction or other people ahead of their union. I'm so thankful that this man has never or would never put me in that position. I've never once questioned if our marriage was his top priority. Its as obviously is.

This guy is my best friend. I know that is so cliche, but its true. I prefer his company over anyone else. He cracks me up constantly and gives me the best hugs ever.

He indulges me when I've convinced myself  I need a new bag or something else that I absolutely do not need.

He happily goes along to places where I get to play dress-up, which I love.

So, what I'm trying to say here is even though today is Chad's birthday, hes the greatest gift that I've ever received.
Happy Birthday, baby. ILYSM


Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The Worst Fashion Trends of This Decade

Its mid-week and tomorrow is Thanksgiving! Yay!  We get out of work at noon today.
good thing, I've got LOTS of prepping to-do, as we host Thanksgiving.

As we know, this year is rapidly winding down. It recently occurred to me though that the DECADE is almost over as well.
It got me to thinking back on the 2010's and the various fashion tends. These are the ones that were the worst in my opinion.

First up, the pussy bow blouse.
These remind me of what little old ladies wore in 1984. I never understood this one.

Shutter Shades

I'm pretty sure we have Kanye West to blame thank for these.  Yet another bad 1980's throwback that is so cringy.

Moving on to a fad from earlier in the decade.. the Peplum top.
 These things put added weight and width where pretty much no woman wants it.

Another one from earlier in the decade... feathers in your hair.
What? Why? Who started this fad in the first place?

One from 2019 ...Dad sneakers

 This might be my most "I'd never be caught dead in"...

Then, a few years ago.."Flower Crowns" became a thing.

It started as a snap chat filter. Then, for reason I'll never know, someone thought "I should wear this in real life!"

Moving along, acrylic nails.

Acrylic nails were dead and buried. Then, around 2016-2017 the Kardashian/Jenners brought them back. Why?


If you ask me, this will be one trend that has the most "what were you thinking" votes in the very near future.

Staying with hair.... Ombre

People were spending LOTS of money to make it look like they couldn't afford to get their roots done.

So, these are the trends that get my vote for "worst of the decade".  What do you think the worst were?
Are there any of these that you are still loving?

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow!


Monday, November 25, 2019

These are a few of my favorite things

Welcome to a new week!
How was your weekend? We (my husband) got all of our outdoor Christmas decor up. He does such a great job, and goes all out. We are the house that people slow down in front of as they drive by.

Anyhow,  as the year is winding down I have been taking stock of what have been some of my favorite things I've discovered or tried over the course of this past year.

1)  Dyson Super Sonic Hair Dryer

Let's just get this one of the way first.
Honestly, I did not want to like this. After that first use though, I was hooked. Since I've gone back to my natural curls, I have to diffuse them to dry them. I would diffuse for over an hour and have hair that was 60% dry. That was fine in the summer. I live in New England though. I was concerned about what I'd do once it inevitably got below freezing.
This baby came, and those concerns went away. To get my hair completely dry , it took 16.8 minutes. (yes, I timed it) #gamechanger.

2) Vineyard Vines Shep Shirt

Okay, okay, not new to me in 2019. I know , but I'd be a miss if I didn't include these here. Literally all year long, I have shep shirts in the rotation. Lighter and brighter ones in the spring and summer, heavy warmer ones in the winter. 

3) Amazon Classic Fit Poplin Shirt

 This shirt costs less than $20.00. It is so well made. I like it better than the near identical ones that JCrew sells for over $80.00
It comes in many different prints and colors. You cannot go wrong with this.

4) Mellanni 1800 Bed Sheets

When I was young, I had no idea how expensive bed sheets could be. When we upgraded to a king sized bed, that lesson really hit home. Decent sheets are stupidly expensive.
Then, there are these amazing sheets. Literally the most comfortable, I've ever slept on. These are "fancy hotel" quality sheets.  We now have multiple sets of them.

5) Necessaire Body Wash

Winter is harsh on skin. Even if you are just hibernating at home all winter, the air is so dry.
Its important to make sure what you are washing with doesn't add to dryness. This luxurious body wash has skin nourishing oils in it and actually helps fight dryness.

6) Oribe Hair Products

Specifically for me, I've just tried and fallen in love with Oribe's Curl Gloss hydration & Hold
Regardless of your hair's type and texture, you need to try Oribe. Aside from hoe well they work, the scent is AMAZING.

7) Anthropologie Block Letter Pendant

Who doesn't love a little monogram here and there? I've been wearing my S necklace pretty often. 
On a side note, I'm so glad that the statement necklace thing is over. These more delicate styles are a welcomed change of pace.

8) Kut From Kloth Jeans

 My most favorite jeans ever! They look and feel great. These babies hold up and keep their form. They don't wear thin or tater. Easily, my favorite jeans ever.

There you have it. What are some of your favorite things that you've discovered in 2019? 
Fill me in, I'd love to know!

Now, go off and have an amazing week!


Friday, November 22, 2019

The Friday Five

Holler for the Friday, mes amies!
Is it just me, or has this week been exceptionally long?

When I saw on Live Journal what today's Friday Five was focused around, I knew that I had to take part. I LOVE the night sky. I love looking up at the stars, and have spent countless hours doing exactly that.

With no further adu, here is this week's Friday Five.

  1. What is your fondest memory of something related to the stars or space?
When I was a little girl my father would wrap me up in blankets and carry my outside to look at the night time sky. We'd spend hours out there. He'd teach me how to identify different constellations and show me how various stars could be used as guides. 
                                                              Source Yankee Magazin

2What is a celestial body that you find particularly interesting?

There are two, the Aurora Borealis and Halley's comet. When I was 16, I saw the aurora in Vermont in its full amazing glory. I was literally transfixed. It was as if these amazing curtains of color were blowing across the sky. I'm not going to post a photo, photos can do the aurora no justice.
 Halley's comet is the other. I think Hally's is so cool because even though its only seen once or twice in a lifetime, its the cause of the Orionid meteor showers, which happen each year. 
Think about it, the Orionid's were just visible the last week in October. Yet, Halley's comet is currently orbiting Neptune!
                                    Halley's comet seen on May 29, 1910  

3) When you look at the night sky, what thoughts cross your mind?

Absolute wonderment. I feel connected to every other creature past and present on this planet. Those are the same stars that every human before me saw and gazed at. Those are the same starts that someone in Norway is looking at. 
I remember one particular night. It was a few days before Chad was leaving Kansas City to come home for good. It was a full, super moon. He and I were on the phone looking at the moon at the same time, equally mesmerized by it. It didn't matter that at that point we were 1,400 miles apart. For that moment though, we were together because of the moon.

4)Have you ever seen anything weird or inexplicable up there?

Nah. While I don't think that we are alone in this universe, I've never seen anything inexplicable. 
One thing that has always stayed with me was Christmas Eve of 2010. It was bitterly cold. Earlier that day, it had snowed heavily. However, shortly before dark, the skies cleared. The night sky was already spectacular. I was driving home from Chad's mom's house. There wasn't another car on the road as far as I could see.
Suddenly, right in front of me was the most beautiful shooting star that I've ever seen. It illuminated the entire sky. Heaven was celebrating the birth of Christ.

5)Would you live in space or on another planet?
                                               Nope, Ernie from Sesame Street said it best , right here.


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Penny-Wise Wednesday... Target does it again

Woo-hoo Wednesday,we are plowing through the week like the bosses that we are.

This weekend, we were doing our weekly Target shopping. My hubby was off transfixed looking at the Christmas decorations. This gave me the opportunity to poke around a bit more than I typically do.
Also, I had just treated myself to a caramel brulee latte from Starbucks. So, I was as contented as could be.

I happened to noticed that Target has some pretty believable doppelgangers for some of my most favorite recent Nordstrom purchases.

I wanted to share them with you here today.

First up This sleep cardigan by Stars Above
This feels nearly identical to my Barefoot Dreams sleep cardigan.
The difference though, is the price.
The Target version is $110 dollars less. 

Moving along, its cold for most of us now. Many of us have a whole winter's worth of snow days ahead of us. Needless to say, its time to break out the snow boots.

I could not help but notice how much these boots remind me of my Sorel Joan Of The Arctic boots that I received for Christmas last year.

The Target Version is $130 dollars less.

For the next dupe, we are not going to far. We have another Sorel dupe.
As I'm typing to you right now, I'm wearing my Sorel Chelsea boot. These were one of my best purchases from this year's anniversary sale. They are rugged enough to wear in crappy weather, but still works with a dress pant.
Well, low and behold, Target now makes This bootie that they call Cassie.

This next one almost agitated me, as it was a very recent purchase.
In the past 2 years, I've really come to love Madewell. Classic styles and truly good quality.
Recently, they were having a 25% off sale I took that opportunity to get their "Evercrest" sweater.
I saw This spot on copy by Wild Fable.
The Target version will save  you $53! #winning

The next item up, is not something that I bought. Its worth sharing though. While killing time on the Nordstrom app last week, I saw the Rails shirt by Hunter. It comes in many different prints. The print that is called "White Storm" looks so close to This one by Universal Thread.

The Target version is $20. The Hunter version is $158. Crazy huh?
Anywhoo..I hope this has given you some money saving inspiration.

We'll catch up on Friday.