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May 2018

The Go-To Jacket


One fact about the two of us – we are almost ALWAYS cold!  The people you see huddled up in jackets when it is 70 degrees outside?  Yup!  That is us – we are guilty!  So cardigans and jackets are staples of our wardrobe.  Which is actually kind of fun, because who doesn’t like to layer their fashion?  So we feel like this kind of makes us experts with outerwear.  Ok, experts might be a stretch… how about well-acquainted?  And our current favorite?  This denim jacket from J.Crew Factory!  This denim dynamo is priced at $85.00 – but the best thing about it being at J.Crew Factory, is that they are almost always offering a sale of some sort!  You know us – the bargain hunter duo!  Honestly though?  We have gotten so much wear out of it, that it is worth the $85.00 tag price!  It can be paired with practically anything!  We have worn it with dresses, skirts, shorts, joggers, jeans – you name it!  It is the perfect jacket if you want to add a little bit of edge to an outfit without going too far out of the box.  And let’s be real ladies – who doesn’t want to seem a little edgy?  Our favorite thing about this jacket is the denim is soft – and the more you wear it, the softer it gets.  I wore this jacket on an 11 hour plane ride and it was comfortable enough to sleep in!  The length hits right at the hips, and we usually wear it with the sleeves slightly rolled – but it looks great if you need to roll the sleeves down too!  If you are looking for that perfect jacket to grab and go and you know will look great almost everything?  This is your perfect pick!  

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Moonlight Druzy Drop Earrings – Thank you Bauble Bar!

We cannot even begin to tell you how much we love the Bauble Bar at Nordstrom!  Thanks to little fingers tugging at my ears, we had to take a break from wearing earrings, which was hard for us to give up!  We are finally able to wear them again, and we are suckers for a pair of good statement earrings.  The Bauble Bar is always the first place we look when we are trying to find something for a specific occasion.  I came across these pink earrings at the Bauble Bar when I was looking for formal black earrings to wear to a wedding (will share those beauties with you later!), and I have not regretted buying these one bit!  One thing you may not know about me, is that I am a cheapskate!  I am the first person to hit the sales rack unless there is a particular look I need.  So for me to splurge on these was a big deal for me that day – and there has been no buyer’s remorse!  

When on the hunt for some formal, yet fun black earrings for a wedding, we came across the Moonlight Druzy Drop Earrings.  These earrings have a pave trim with a black stone inlay – which adds sparkle and even a little bit of texture to your look.  The black stone gives it a funky unpolished look with an uneven cut.  The funky cut of the the top stone adds some spunk, while the more uniform teardrop bottom and pave trim brings back some sophistication.  These shimmery, black masterpieces have range – we have worn them with both jeans and floor length gowns, and in both situations people compliment us on them.  Not looking for a pair of black earrings?  The Bauble Bar offers also offers these in blush, gray and light blue.  You can’t go wrong with any color!

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Gauzey Goodness from Lucky Brand


SPRING IS HERE!  Can we all just take a moment to appreciate the sunshine and the warm breeze?  With the arrival of Spring, we felt like we needed to add something light and airy to our wardrobe.  So introducing the Gauze Wrap Top from Lucky Brand!  Lucky Brand is always our go-to store when are looking for something comfortable and cute.  This top is the answer to our Spring wardrobe prayers!  The pale pink color is perfect for this time of year, and the fabric is so soft we want to sleep in it!  The textured fabric looks great paired with jeans, and doesn’t show wrinkles as much as other blouse fabrics.  The thing we love most about this blouse is that it manages to hide our midsection without looking bulky.  The tie under the chest keeps the top looking fitted, but the fabric then flows out slightly in a peplum style waist, so there is no hugging that midsection area we like to hide the most!  And that means no muffin tops visible with this gauzey goodness!  If you aren’t crazy about pink, Lucky Brand also offers this top in white.  This comfy, cool top will be a great addition to any Spring wardrobe!

Lather Up with a Daily Facial Sunscreen


At the age of 34, I never expected to hear the words “skin cancer”.  “Excuse me. Come again.” I visited the dermatologist because I noticed a spot on my face that I thought was a weird pimple that would not go away. I really wasn’t expecting to have the conversation I was having. Upon taking the biopsy, the doctor asked a series of questions…

Do you use sunscreen on a regular basis? Yes!

Do you visit a tanning bed often?  No, I only laid in a tanning bed a handful of times. Usually around prom or formals in college.

How many severe burns have you had in your lifetime?  I was just like any other teenager who sunbathed, but I don’t remember getting severely burned (liked blistered burned).

Oh, and I am not fair skinned.  So what the heck?

I was fortunate that it was Basel Cell Carcinoma and it could be removed easily with a procedure called MOHS. MOHS is a procedure where thin layers of cancer-containing skin are progressively removed and reviewed until the Dermatologist does not see any cancer cells in the remaining skin tissue. So what was the advice from my doctor going forward to help reduce my risks going forward? PROTECTION, PROTECTION, PROTECTION according to the experts.

I use a daily UV Broad Spectrum SPF 41 facial sunscreen by eltaMD. This is recommended by my Dermatologist and is a lightly tinted formula. I apply after my moisturizer and before my concealer/ base. My concealer also has broad spectrum SPF 15 protection. Overboard, maybe.

On days when I don’t put on make-up, the light tint offers a nice hint of color with a bit of powder.  I do purchase my eltaMD from my dermatologist when I’m there for my visits, but you can purchase this brand online from the link below. I love this brand! I haven’t had any breakouts using this product and it hasn’t affected the application of my make-up.  And here’s the bonus friends, protection will decrease those wrinkles in the long run. SCORE!  I know it’s an extra step in the morning routine, but I promise it is one that has health benefits and will pay off big time.

Hooked on Brooks


Hallelujah summer is coming! But….with summer comes bathing suits! Bathing suits require preparation. Preparation requires a great pair of running shoes! I take getting a
new pair of shoes very seriously. I try on A LOT of shoes when buying a new pair! I run on the store treadmill and walk around the aisles. Yes, I’m that girl! These shoes carry me around hours upon hours a week. So, what pair did I choose you ask….

Let me introduce you to the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.  Brooks has a reputation for being a fantastic running shoe. This shoe is lightweight and has adaptable cushioning that make them oh so comfy every time you slip them on for your next workout. They have been my workout companions for three weeks and they have not let me down. I have not had any foot or knee pain with the transition to these new shoes.  This style comes in a rainbow of colors, I can almost bet you will find one that is right for you. I have on the grey, rose gold and ebony. If you are in need of a new pair of running shoes to get you prepped for summer, I would try slipping these on.



 

 

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Fun, Floppy Hat

In honor of May being Skin Cancer Awareness Month, we have decided to devote some posts to ideas on how to protect your skin!  Harmful UV rays not only can cause cancer, but they also can result in wrinkles.  One of the best ways to prevent this damage to the skin on our face?  A big floppy hat!  We recently treated ourselves to facials, and our esthetician pointed out that while putting sunscreen on our faces is a necessity, that it is not enough.  She informed us that we need to wear hats as much as possible – and the bigger the better!  Her recommendation is that the entire face be covered, which is why this hat is the perfect choice for those days when we are out in the sunshine.

This floppy Nine West find offers UPF 50 protection for your face.  There is an adjustable strap on the inside that allows it to fit as snugly as you want – which I have used WAY more than I expected!  If it is a little windy out, I make the fit a little tighter than normal.  When I take the time to fix my hair that morning, I make the fit a little looser so as not so mess up my ‘do.  And the best part?  Its is PACKABLE!  This hat was flattened into my suitcase all the way to Italy and back, as well as shoved into book bags and my purse.  It has managed to keep it’s shape and just pops back out good as new!

This hat has been a great addition to my wardrobe – not only do I have a fun new accessory, but I also know that I am protecting my skin when I wear it.

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