And just like that, it was the very last day of July. I'm trying real hard to focus on the fact that we still have all of August in front of us. Man, do I wish that summer would slow down though.

Anywhodoodle, we are back today for the 2nd "episode" of closet staples. 
Today, we are talking about the strappy heel.
Mind you, we could do an entire series on all the shoes every stylish woman should own. Maybe we'll do that in the future.

The shoes in this picture probably look familiar.
Celebrities love to wear them on the red carpet. The thing is, they look just as good with jeans dress as they do with a fancy dress.

When buying shoes like this, you have to be very honest with yourself about the size and width of your foot.
If you are a 9 wide, but buy an 8.5 regular, sure you'll get it on. However, in no time you'll be in absolute misery. 
There is no shame in your shoe size, regardless of what your shoe size is.

Clearly, there are no hiding your toes in these babies. Make sure your toe nails are trimmed and filed, ideally pedicured.

This shoe is now popping up with block heels or clear plastic straps. Those are all well and good. However, this series is about closet staples. Meaning classic pieces which will work as well in 2029 as they do today in 2019.

Because of that, I recommend getting a pair with a traditional heel , as those never actually go out of style..

There you have it. See you in August!


Welcome to your Monday. Can I believe, or do I want to believe it's the last Monday in July? No.  Alas, time marches on.

At our house, we eat so much lighter in the summer. It's not a conscious decision that we make. It comes down to the fact that when its hot and humid out, we want lighter, fresher fare.

For awhile, we were buying pre-stuffed peppers to cook at home from our local Market Basket. I finally looked at the prices and realized we were paying more for them per pound than what the filet mignon costs. That's just nuts. I decided to start making them at home from scratch. They are much less expensive this way, and more flavorful. 
Plus, I can tweak them to fit our diets.
For example, I use Trader Joe's cauliflower rice to keep these from becoming a carb bomb.
While you can use any type of rice you like, if you are interested in getting more veggies in your diet, use the cauliflower rice.
Once all of the other ingredients and flavors come together, you really cannot tell that its cauliflower rice and not the regular stuff. This truly is the only recipe I know of, where I can really say that.

A few notes:
 * This recipe calls for you to cook the peepers for 1 hour. that is to get the pepper its self soft. If you prefer them to be more crisp, pull them out after 45 minutes.
* I use Raos Marinara, again to keep the carbs down. It's expensive though. If you are not eating low carb, save your money and use something less costly.

Okay, let's get cooking!


 4 Large bell peppersSAVE $

1 lb Lean (at least 80%) ground angus beef SAVE $

1/2 C chopped onion SAVE $

2 Cup cooked rice

1 Teaspoon salt

1 Clove garlic, finely chopped

32 Ounces of Marina Sauce

2 Cup shredded mozzarella cheese


Heat oven to 350°F.

Cut thin slice from stem end of each bell pepper to remove top of pepper. Remove seeds and membranes; rinse peppers. If necessary, cut thin slice from bottom of each pepper so they stand up straight.
In 10-inch skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is brown; drain. Return to heat and stir in onion.
After onion has browned, fold in sauce/ rice (precooked)  and reduce heat. After 5 minutes, remove from heat and put in a large mixing bowl. Add in 1.5 C of cheese, salt & pepper to take and stir well.

Stuff peppers with beef mixture. Stand peppers upright in un-greased 8-inch square glass baking dish. Pour remaining cheese over peppers.

Cover tightly with foil. Bake 45 minutes. Uncover and bake about 15 minutes longer or until peppers are tender and cheese is golden and bubbly.

There you have it, enjoy!


Happy Summer Friday!!!

A few friends and I were showing each other what we have scored at the Anniversary sale.
I always love to see what everyone else got. That made me think, it might be fun if I shared a few of my favorites here.
I'm not going to bore you guys with the mundane stuff like jeans (Wit &Wisdom and Good American) or housewares (new sheets & towels).  
But here at SheSheandShimmer, we are all about fashion and beauty!!!

First on the docket, these adorable ankle boots!
Lucky Brand Yimina Wedge  During the sale $86.90/ After the sale $130

These are so comfortable and look so cute on! I tried them on when they 1st arrived(obvi) and didn't want to take them off!
They fit TTS.

Next up, This Cowl Next top
Carson Cowl Neck      During the sale $29,00 / After the sale $49.00

I love this for being a perfect transition piece. I anticipate this will get lots of wear during mid September- early November.
It runs large, size down.

The "big" item, a Barbour jacket
Barbour Vault Raincoat   During the sale $219.00 / After the sale $329.00

You know what I always say, "buy nice, not twice."  I should add "buy nice when you can get a deep discount."

** This is UK sizing. To figure out your UK size, add 4. If you are a US 8, you'll be a UK 12**

Let me slip into something more comfortable. Namely, this pair of Moonlight PJ's

Moonlight PJ's       During the sale $49.00 / After the sale $65.00

These are so soft and dreamy. I cannot wait to be lounging around in them.
They run large (as you want pajamas too), if you are on the fence, I'd suggest going with the smaller size.

And the thing I'm most stupidly excited about is this new pillow
During the sale $119/ After the sale $159  (these prices are for king, standard is less)

A brand new , super comfy pillow? Yes, please!!!   Because after all, a good night's sleep is the foundation for EVERYTHING..

If you haven't scored anything during the anniversary sale, you still have one week left.
Prices go up on August 5.

If you have already gotten some goodies, don't be a stranger. Please share!

Have a happy & safe weekend!


Closet Staples -Part One

July 24, 2019 in

Hi kids! How is everyone today?
Do you ever see those articles in magazines titled "10 pieces every woman needs" or  "The pieces every woman needs" ?
I figured it would be fun if we visited that here.
Mind you, most of those magazines are published in NYC. I'm a suburbanite, take that into consideration when evaluating my pics.
I fully admit that my life is Starbucks runs, dog walking and going grocery shopping. Its not trips to the MET. That will be clear here.

For today's staple, its the most basic yet versatile thing ever. The crisp, white oxford shirt.

Why you want it:
Nothing out there looks as classic as a white oxford paired with jeans for fun or a dress skirt for business. Its also the optimal layering piece.

What to look for in an Oxford shirt:

  • A structured collar. This is what makes an oxford stand out from any 'ol shirt.

        Plus, you might want to pop the collar sometimes.

  • A small amount of stretch, look for a shirt that is 95% cotton. This is not only more comfortable,but also helps to keep the wrinkles away.

  • Shirt tales long enough for it to be tucked in. You can certainly wear it un-tucked , but you'll want to be able to have the option

There you have it, the first installment of out closet staples review. Stay tuned for more to come in the next few weeks.


Happy Monday, Friends!
How is this brand new week treating you so far? Hopefully, things are going well.
We are finally getting a break from some insane heat and humidity here in coastal Massachusetts.

Today, I thought I'd share with you a few of the new (or new to me) products that I'm loving right now.

1) Kiss Blowout Lashes
Lash extensions are very in right now. Regardless of how "in" they are, they just aren't for me. I tried them, I had a full set put on a few years back. I pick at them, and I hated how I was limited as to what eye makeup (and eye makeup removers) I could use with them . If you are in the same boat as me, or if you don't feel you could make better use of the $300 they cost, try these! They really look like professional lash extensions.

2) Fresh Strawberry Cleanser
I've talked before about hoe dry my skin is. Most facial cleansers for dry skin are exceedingly gentle, which is great. However, you still need to be able to remove dead skin cells which cause a dulling build up. This is the perfect solution. Its gentle enough to be used daily, but has just enough exfoliation to get rid of the guck. Guck is a word, right?

3) Dove Exfoliating Body Polish 
Speaking of exfoliation....oh baby, this stuff is AMAZING. It's the best, most effective exfoliator that I've ever used. The price is right ($6.00, I believe), the scent is very nice and it doesn't turn your shower into a slippery danger zone.

4) The Denman Brush
I'm on the curly journey now. Yes, my hair is naturally curly. After straightening it for the past 21 years though, I'm completely relearning my hair.
I had been noticing that my curls were far more "stringy" than I had hoped. 
I have been reading on several "Curly girl method" websites. It seems that using this brush when wet helps to "clump" curls (make them thicker). I just used it for the first time today. I totally see a difference. I still have to read up though on how to best utilize it. Stay tuned. :)

5) Too Faced "Damn Girl" Mascara
This one, I was hesitant to put in here. 
When you first open this mascara, its phenomenal. it blows their "better than sex" mascara out of the water.
Buuuuut, the tube gets thick and clumpy way too fast in my opinion. I'm not saying I'll never buy it again. I will, but probably just for a special occasion and then get as much use of it as I can after.

Well, there you have it kids. These are the new products which have found their way into my rotation.

Do you have anything new that you are enjoying?


Jump(suit) for my love!

July 19, 2019 in

Happy summer Friday, dear-hearts! 
We are going into the weekend , so I thought now would be a good time to talk about jumpsuits.

In the summer of 2011, rompers started becoming a thing. Now, 8 years later it's "big sister", the jumpsuit is having a moment.

For years upon years, "Jumpsuit" conjured up thoughts of something bad from the 1970's. Polyester, bell -bottoms, the whole 9 yards. 

Check out Sonny Bono's jumpsuit.  I know it was a different time, but Cher's getup has me cringing even though I'm pretty sure there was no ill intent behind it.

Moving on, there is no doubt that the jumpsuit is very on trend now. I wore one to work just yesterday. 
While out and about, I had two ladies at the bank tell me how they loved it, but could never pull one off themselves. 
Horse feathers, I said! If I can wear one, so can you. Just like with a dress, you just need to take into account your body type and go from there.

You can find jumpsuits that are a formal and an eye catching alternative to a dress. You can also find casual jumpsuits that are more comfortable than your best PJ's. 

This gorgeous creature is red carpet ready.

                                                       Ready for a Starbucks run

When choosing which accessories to wear with your jumpsuit, the rule I follow is to pretend its a dress.
If this jumpsuit didn't have pants , but was a dress, what shoes would I wear? Which necklace would look best? I go at it that way.

You can just throw on a jumpsuit and go. That's the beauty of one  garment dressing.

Before anyone chimes in with "But going to the restroom is AWFUL in a jumpsuit!!"
Its no different than wearing pants. You are just pulling your clothes down from a higher point. That said, don't wear one with a zipper in the back, unless you can reach said zipper.
The majority of the jumpsuits that I own, are pull-on, no zippers involved!

If you want to dip your toe into the jumpsuit waters, you can find them EVERYWHERE now. 
Until you know that you like them and how the feel/look on you, don't spend a lot on one.
Target and Venus, both have a very large selection of reasonably priced ones.

Venus Jumpsuits

Target Jumpsuits

So, what do you think? Do you own a jumpsuit? Would you?

Have a safe and fun weekend!


Less is more

July 17, 2019 in

I was a little kid in the 1980's. Still to this day, if you say "1980's" to me, the immediate thing that comes to my mind, is the hair and makeup from that period. The excess of makeup, the excess of hair spray is seared in my mind.

Perhaps, one day well look back at this period with a fond nostalgia? All I know, is that right now this period of beauty is still ridiculed. 

Its because of this, I have to wonder why so many of us are doing the super heavy Kardashian makeup look? 
I can all but guarantee you that in a few years this look will be every bit as cringe worthy and dated as the 1980's ascetic is now.

Over use of contour, metallic blue liner.....

Huge drawn on lips, thick drawn on eyebrows...

I get it, its makeup. We can wash it off. I guess the point of this is that the majority of people who are putting the time and effort in to do this makeup are because they want to look their best. (I'll never fault anyone for that) However, a whole lot LESS makeup is how we all look best.

Here are two iconic women from days gone by. Their simple, understated makeup look just as good today as it did when the photos were taken.  (Grace Kelly, 1955. Jacqueline Kennedy 1976)

Conversely, these "modern celebrities" are all sporting what could be called "A look", which isn't a good thing. 

Heavy "baking" gives you the look of a raccoon.  If you are over 22, a thick black eyeliner is going to do you NO favors whatsoever.
While you may feel 22 at heart, if your license says otherwise, you will have fine lines around your eyes. Thick, black eyeliner makes those lines look not so fine.

There are countless other examples where "less is more". Speaking from personal experience , I had a revelation this past week myself.
Last month, I decided to grow my finger nails long again.
On Friday, I had a nail appointment. I looked down at my hands and realized my nails looked more 1982 truck stop diner than they did Bette Draper.
So, bye-bye they went.

I opted for a cute down and shell pink shade.  Less is more.

See you on Friday, Friends!


July Ride or Dies

July 15, 2019 in , ,

Happy new week, kids! How is today treating you?

I normally do a monthly roundup at the beginning of each month discussing the things I expect to get a lot of use out of. Now, if you are reading this are probably saying "We are half way through the month."
The words of the ever wise Sophia Petrillo are my response, "Better late, than pregnant!"
All kidding aside, I think the summer just has a way with making the time get away from us.
We still have 1/2 of this month left, so I'm sharing!

Here are my July favorites.

Living Proof No Frizz

I bought this when I went back to my curls, but it works on any hair texture.
Once your hair has become frizzy, spray this on. The frizz is instantly gone.
Its weightless, so no grease or "heavy" hair.

A summer weight Vineyard Vines Shep shirt

I have an odd addiction to Shep shirts. Last I counted, I had 17 of them.
I just bought this pink one. Its perfect for evening , or early morning in the summer, I will be wearing it into the fall as well.

Adidas Oswego Running Shoes

I've been working out a lot more frequently as of late. I wasn't in the market for new athletic shoes. However, I found these at DSW on super clearance (hence, no link). They are super comfy and I love the color.

An adorable Lilly Romper or two...

If loving rompers is wrong, I don't want to be right 😅
I'm wearing one now!
Here in New England, its cold and dark for SO long. Bet your bottom dollar I'm taking full advantage of the bright colors that Lilly brings.

Moroccan Oil

This stuff. It smells like summer, makes your hair more manageable, keeps the frizz away and makes your hair shiny.
If you are blonde, get the LITE version. Otherwise, it will give you a brassy tone in your hair.

Saved the best for last..

Tory Burch Miller sandals in "makeup"

This is my 3rd pair of Miller's. I don't care that they are not the new hot thing. They are comfy as can be and hold up so well.
This color, makeup makes these sandals so darn versatile. They look equally great with denim cutoffs or a sundress. Its a win-win.

Okay, your turn. What are you loving this month?

The Friday Five

July 12, 2019 in

Hello Dearhearts,
I'm just itching to get to 12:30 today, that's when the Anniversary Sale goes live at Nordstrom.

Anyhow, it's been a hot minute since I did a Friday Five link up.  There is no time like the present, so here we go.

1. Are you a happy person? 

Yes, very much so. I always have been. My mom often talks about I was the happiest baby she ever encountered.

2. What is happiness for you? 

Oh man, where do I begin??  I'm just going to rattle off the top things that come to mind...
-Hugs from my husband
-Coming home to our dogs
- That first sip of coffee in the morning
- The phrase "It's benign"
-Doing girl stuff with my mom
-Cooking the perfect meal
-Warm summer days
-Sitting by the lights of a Christmas tree
- Helping to get a shelter dog moved to the "safe" list
-The stars on a really clear night
-Hearing the horns from the ships leaving the harbor in the morning
-Date nights with my husband
-July 4Th
-Listening to an elderly person as they share their memories
-Getting in the car right as "your song" comes on
-Walking our dogs

3. What do you think is the color for happiness? 

Yellow. Obviously, yellow.

4. Do you think that happiness lies within you? Or does it depend upon other people and external things? 

I don't even think that this is a matter of opinion. Happiness MUST come from within. The people whom I've know that had the opinion that other's were responsible for their happiness, were without a doubt the most miserable I've known. 

5. Can money buy happiness? 

No, Never.
I understand that a lack of money can cause absolute misery.
However, once your needs are met, meaning you can pay for stable housing, food etc. That's as far as money will go in regards to your happiness.

The things that being true happiness, are never actually things. What brings TRUE happiness are people, experiences, animals and connections. 

Okay, there you go. Those are my answers to this Friday Five. Don't forget to send me yours!
Next week, we'll dive into what we got at Nsale!  
Have a safe and happy weekend!

Happy mid-week my friends.
This week, Friday to be exact is the start of Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale.
If you are a regular reader of blogs, you are probably already sick of hearing about it.
As someone who does this just for fun, IE not trying to get rich off of anyone shopping "my links", I'll tell you that this sale is the real deal and worth the hype.
For years I worked for an Italian shoe company. I got to understand the significance of Nsale long before it became a cash cow for bloggers.  I don't say this in a condescending manner. Many bloggers say that they make more money diring this sale then they do the rest of the entire year. Read more about that Here.

So, why is this sale such a big to do?
Unlike pretty much any other store's sale, Nordstrom puts the brand new fall/winter merchandise on sale. When I say sale, I mean it. The discounts are huge and deep for those three weeks that the sale is on. Its not a sale on the obscure stuff. Literally, its the best stuff that they carry. 

I've been shopping the Nsale since 2009. Here are a few tips to get the most out of the sale and the most bang for your buck.

  • Get a Nordstrom Credit Card

This is a piece of advice that I just myself took. I've always had an aversion to store cards and refused to get one.
However, with the Nordstrom card, you get early access by a full week. This is key, as the best stuff always sells out. Also, Typically when you shop at Nordstrom, you get 1 point for each dollar spent. However, purchases on your Nordstrom card get 3 points for each dollar spent. Plus, you can use a double points day. That gives you 6 points for each dollar spent. These points turn into Nordstrom Notes which you can use for future purchases.

As you can see here, last year I stayed up until 3:00 am to get my goods. Not this year though!!!

  • Set a budget and hold to it

I said the same thing back in January in regards to the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale . Its just as true for this. Its easy to get swept up in the deals. Still though, its not worth going into debt too.
Personally, I budget about 70% of my fall shopping to this sale. It's an investment up front , but the savings make it completely worth it.
Unlike other sales, to me this involves setting a budget for each department. 
For example, I'll budget $X.XX dollars to be spent on clothes for me, $X.XX dollars to be spent on housewares, etc, etc.

  • Shop Early

The best stuff goes super fast. Shop as early in the sale as you can.
If you are on the fence about something, buy it. You can always take advantage of Nordstrom's free returns if you have a change of heart. However, if you hem and haw, you'll likely loose your chance to get it.

  • Get an idea of your needs & wants now

Look at your fall winter wardrobe from last year. What needs replacing? Do you need a new winter coat? Are your favorite jeans wearing thin? Are you "wear with everything" ankle boots all scuffed? Is it time for new bed sheets?

  • Don't skip the beauty department

For years upon years, I only thought of Sephora & Ulta as my go-to's for makeup and hair products. Well, Nordstrom has all of the same great products. Many of them get included in this sale. 

  • Skip the store and shop on line

The stores become chaotic as can be. Plus, every store doesn't have every item. Your most likely to score what you want from the comfort of your own home.

  • Know the dates

• Early access begins on July 12
• The public sale begins online July 19 at 12:30 p.m. ET
• The sale lasts through August 4, prices go up on August 5.

There you have it. These are my tips.
Do you love the Nsale? Is there anything in particular that you have your eye on?