Fall Tablescape 2017: Fabulous Earth tones

spoon.jpgI love everything about fall! It’s my favorite time of the year.  To welcome fall I started with my tablescape. I went with earth tones. It may not look like much, but the gold, beige tones look amazing together. Using earth tones can be easily converted to another table scheme. untitled-4759-1.jpgI used dishes from Home Goods with a different  design to add interest to the table. The subtle pop of color would enhance a Christmas tablescape. Make sure you follow my blog to see what I have in store for Christmas . The place setting is from Bed Bath & Beyond . untitled-4760-1.jpgThe  beaded table liner is from Home Goodsuntitled-4753-1.jpgMix the designs as you see here with the soup bowl. It doesn’t have to match but it should work well together. untitled-4756-1.jpgThe Victoria Stemware is from Z Gallerie. I fell in love with the gold and crystal detailing. The rem of the glass is trimmed in gold, which  adds balance to the overall design . Think of this lightweight glassware as jewelry on the table. If you hate doing the dishes you may not want to purchase this glassware. Due to it’s crystal detailing it’s strongly recommended that you hand wash only. turkey.jpgThe ceramic turkey is from Home Goods.

 

It’s all about the details. Give your table a bit of your personality and style. If you use mainly neutrals you’ll see how easily this can change to a different decor scheme without breaking the bank.  You’ll get more use from your decor pieces, because it will match anything in the house no matter where you move it. Be sure to follow me to receive notifications whenever there is a new blog post. If you’ve been following my blog, I really want to thank you.  Be sure to follow me to see my tablescape on  Youtube.

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Makeup Remover Wipes Can Irritate Your Skin.

Makeup wipes are quick and convenient but they aren’t an option for skin health. I learned that quickly after purchasing Pacifica Essential makeup remover wipes. Actually is was the confirmation I needed, because years ago I tried ( forgot the brand) another makeup wipe remover and it irritated my skin. However, it didn’t burn me like Pacifica did.

Most people dread taking the time before bed to remove makeup . For me it is all about getting the least amount of makeup from my white wash clothes as possible. It is sort of like using a baby wipe on a babies butt. You want to get the most off with the diaper and leave the rest for the wipe. Therefore, you’re using less wipes. I hope you liked that analogy. Can you visualize poop now?  Ok, I used a Pacifica makeup remover wipe on my face to remove foundation. I also had mascara on. I used the wipes on my lashes to soften the mascara. In less than a second my skin and eyes began to burn. My skin never calmed down until I took a wet wash cloth with cold water and pat my face. I had to literally splash my eyes with water underneath the faucet. My bloody word! It was horrible. I rubbed it down my neck as well to make sure there weren’t much makeup on my neck and it began to burn as well.

After my face cooled down and my vision wasn’t obscured  from the burn I read the ingredients . I noticed it read Common Sense Caution: Avoid contact with eyes. This should have been mentioned on the front of the package . It only states makeup remover wipes on the front . If it’s vegan , cruelty ,paraben, (SLS) Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, and petroleum free then why the heck does it burn? Natural products should harm your eyes. That is like making baby shampoo to harm a babies eyes. What the heck!! wipe.jpgWhile makeup wipes are supposed to be a Godsend. Do yourself a huge favor, get Huggies for sensitive skin in the green packaging . Wipe off the top layer of your makeup to avoid having so much  in your wash cloth. Then take your normal cleaners and wash your face as directed. Make sure you splash the tepid water on your skin to avoid irritation ( If you have sensitive skin like mine) and wipe off the remaining makeup with a white wash cloth. The wipe will remedy the dyes getting into your skin from colored wash cloths. DSC_4741.jpgTake these bougie makeup wipes and clean your light switch with them or something. Keep them away from your face! Don’t let this pretty packing fool you.  A baby wipe has never hurt my eyes.

Ageless Beauty: As We Get Older Our Skin Becomes Dry

It hit me like a train! One morning I woke up and my skin was dry and rough as a cactus plant. I didn’t know what happened . I woke up like that.  I tried facial lotions, creams and I even reduced down to vaseline….ah! Not one thing worked.

As the days went by I noticed my cheeks were swollen, red and there were little fine bumps concentrated mostly over my cheeks. Is this adult acne? I didn’t know what to do. It was itching and turning into a rash. My skin began to look grayish. It was warm to the touch and I was extremely uncomfortable .

At some point I thought I used something to exacerbate  the problem. This led to a trip to Whole foods. I spend hours on end reading each and every skin care product to find everything I used failed, until I tried http://www.acure.com It did’t totally get rid of the dryness but the redness and swelling went down to a minimum. The itching became mild. It wasn’t the cure I was looking for but it calmed it down enough to tolerate it.

What you ageless beauties should know is that your skin will change over time. It is at the mercy of many elements: cold weather, sun, smoking and stress. How your skin ages is depending upon you: Your lifestyle, habits, heredity and diet. Drinks tons of water to flush out the impurities definitely helps. Be sure to get plenty of rest, because your skin will tell that you are a night owl over time.

Skin changes due to age:

* The skin is more fragile

  • The skin loses elastic tissue
  • The skin becomes easily bruised  ( Lord this is me)
  • The skin is rougher

My final thoughts: You can continue to be an ageless beauty. Part of what makes you so beautiful is the fact you age gracefully. You’ll notice a few parallel  lines on your forehead  around the age of 30 or 40 yrs of age. Clean your face gently with your products of choice. Make sure that product doesn’t include bar soap. Use a white cloth and pat your face. Do not scrub. Always go in next with a good moisturizer. Like me, if it isn’t working allow your face a rest period before trying something new. If your skin is sensitive like mine, it will not be able to recover as well from various products at once. This will also ensure which product actually caused an adverse reaction. Be proud of the skin you’re in. Take care…

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 No makeup:  Age 48 in this selfie 

How To Look Classy And Sexy

untitled-1591Sex appeal comes from within. It starts with confidence . Next it’s your appearance.

Here are ways to look classy and have sexy.

Lets start with the top of your head and work our way down: Your hair should always look kemp and smell clean. The classy sexy lady has a simple  hairstyle. A straight, wavy, curly or messy  bob. It will look nice  long or short. It’s one of the most beautiful classic versatile hairstyles a woman of style and class could ever wear. No unnatural colors on the classy lady. Her hair is black, brown, brunette or blonde.  There are other styles. The high bun, low bun, the loose hair pulled back on the sides and front, while back hangs down. It’s a corporate look or a wedding look. If you don’t have any hair that’s no problem for the classy sexy woman.

Your makeup:  It isn’t a necessity, but if your going to wear it learn how to apply it properly.  You should look effortlessly put together. Natural tones will give you a soft, no makeup, makeup look as your daily wear.

Jewelry:  Dainty jewelry is very feminine. It looks soft and elegant against your skin, given off a  timeless beauty look. You appear to have taken the time to think about your appearance down to your delicate jewels. One of the most appealing jewelry is a thin necklace. The trio’s look tasteful as long as they are thin.

Clothes:  Should fit your perfectly and appeal to your body type, age and occasion. Watch the camel toe slacks and jeans. You don’t want to look as if your girl parts has entered the room alone. Skirts and dresses should be flattering in color, style and shape. Blouses shouldn’t show off too much boobage. If everyone is looking at your chest instead of your face, you need to change your blouse. The peekaboo tops…well find the trash can.

Nails:  Neat ,clean, short or medium length is for the classy sexy woman. The extreme long claws, curved or pointed isn’t for the grown and sexy. Leave the wild colors to the teens. You know, one nail is red, the other one is yellow, the next nail is green and the last nail has your initials on it.

Shoes:  Before purchasing your heels, you must be able to walk in them.   A pair that are 3.5 inches should be the limit. Especially if you’re in the  corporate world. Anything else just seems too impractical.  Platforms definitely don’t belong in the workplace.

This is only my personal opinion, please don’t get offended . If you like your look, I love it!
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It’s Time To Fall For Cornbread Dressing

As a child it was simply known as, Dressing. Everyone knew what you were speaking of. Often times dinner would be at my parents house. The late comers would always call to verify if there’s any Dressing. It was the staple for a true fall family gathering. If there weren’t any left, it just wasn’t the same.

There are so many variations of dressing. Some people add sausage, mushroom broth, or carrots to name a few ingredients . There isn’t a wrong or write way to make it. It’s all in personal taste. My two main have to have’s is it must not be dry and whole cranberries on top. untitled-1891-1.jpg

Have You Had Your Salad Today?

Eating  a salad everyday should be a normal part of life.  As you know its a way to work in a couple of fruits and veggies.  Instead of cooking up so much elaborate food, that may not be healthy in the first place, make a salad. It goes along with anything. like my favorite salmon and a salad. A salad can be as filling as you want. From english peas, pineapples, apples, cranberries, tuna, carrots, pico de gallo, grilled chicken,  nuts and the list goes on.

Should the salad be your only meal? It really depends on whats included in your salad.  If your have your fiber, that lowers cholesterol and prevents constipation, your’e doing a great service to your gut. Did you know fiber fools the brain into thinking you’re full? Therefore if you have a weight problem you’ll shed some pounds. Also fruits and veggies contribute to overall health. Eat your leaves and fruits!

I eat a salad almost daily. It’s literally becoming a habit. My brain tells me salad, salad, salad. Ok ok…geesh!  I ate one today and it was yummy. Often times I make a salad with whatever is available in the fridge . This way the pressure is off to make a salad I see in a book or something. My salad usually includes nuts, berries, veggies and of course lettuce.

Here is a salad I had recently . Make sure you drink enough water daily …

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Made from leftovers in the fridge.

Don’t Think; Just Drink

I’ve been making smoothies quite a bit these days. Actually I’ve lost track of how long it’s been. It is the healthiest, easiest and cheapest thing to make.  It also saves time, thought,   and pots and pans. Let me explain before you get too worked up. Give me a chance before you go to someone else’s blog ok?

Yes, I said cheap. You don’t think fruits and veggies are cheap? It depends on how you look at it.  If I had to buy sausage, bread,  grits and flour for pancakes all of the time, this would cost more in the long run . Let me break it down a bit more. A large bag of fruit for $12.00 will last nearly 1 month. I’d purchase 3 -4 cartons of Almond milk. This is only the basics. Sometimes I have kale, with peanut butter. For 1 month this would come to about $32.00 for the month. The items I mentioned before . The sausage …ect. It would be about $17.00 and would only last 2 days  depending on how much you eat or if you bought large quantities.

The smoothie will provide raw veggies and fruits that are essential to getting unprocessed uncooked foods to ensure I get all of the nutrients without the dangerous additives. You can’t get that from a pack of processed sausage.  It’s ok in moderation, but I think you’ll be surprised at how much punch ( energy) you’ll gain from drinking smoothies. Stay away from the store bought smoothies. No, not those. They are full of sugar and other preservatives. smoothie-1884-1

Benefits of drinking smoothies is to drink without thinking of what you’ll eat every morning for breakfast.

Other benefits of  drinking smoothies:

  • Improves digestion
  • Lower inflammation
  • Improving heart health
  • Prevent or treat constipation
  • Help liver function
  • Provides energy
  • Clear up your skin
  • Prevents cancer
  • Prevent nutrient deficiencies ( Ex. low iron)
  • Maintain healthy body weight

 

 

 

When Should You Purge Clothes From Your Closet?

Have you started to notice your closet is packed with all types of clothes you thought you’d wear? You have shoes, hats, swimsuits, sleeveless tops, sundresses and even a pair of sunnies you never touched. In fact two summers has gone by and you never worn them at all ( tags still on) or you wore them once.

It’s time to purge the closet from summer clothes. Anything you didn’t wear or barely wore the last two summers should  go! It’s closet rules. You may have bought it compulsively, because it was only $5 bucks. No matter the reason, the fact is you obviously  don’t like it that much. You may say, “well if I get rid of it, my closet will look bare.” You only need the things you want and love enough to wear. Are you still with me? Stay focused on summer clothes. Be brutally honest with yourself. You don’t need to impress anyone with a closet full of things you don’t find flattering enough to wear. I think you get the gist.

Clear out the summer things on a day, when you aren’t in a rush . Make sure you’re in the mood for it. Otherwise, you will not do a good assessment. In that pile of clothes, shoes and accessories should be things that never fit correctly in the first place. For instance the shoes with your heel hanging on the edge, the shoes thats too tight, sunnies you bought because Sarah bought a pair, the pants that are three sizes too small, because you were going to loose weight 5 years ago. You know that top is too big and you’ll never get it altered. Get out of here!!

Get a large trash bag and toss it all in. Nope, its not going to the garbage. There are tons of people that need these things. We just dealt with hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Do a good deed and donate. jakob-owens-91197onur-bahcivancilar-140823.jpg

Underwire Bra Issues

Are any of you ladies having bra issues? I delayed this blog post for a while, because I really didn’t know where to begin. Although I’m still not sure, I don’t want to postpone my thoughts any longer. If you’re reading this you’re more likely a lady that has had some issues with bras over the years as well.

Dating back when I first started wearing bras. I was around ( 9) years old. I remember how annoying it was to wear. Then they looked more like sport bras where I simply stuck my head through the large opening and place my arms through the side openings. Its was so annoying! They itched, rubbed and always felt constricting. Do you remember that?  When I became a teen I moved to a bra with more support. The bra actually had cup sizes. Anytime I was in class it would rise with the slightest arm raise. My bra would always become lopped sided. I’d always think if I were a boy; I wouldn’t have to go through this. I’d only get jealous of boys during the summer, when they could just rip off their shirts in public and mow the lawn. If I was hot, I had to drink cold water. The shirt had to stay on. How unfair was that! LOL

Eventually I heard this talk about unwire. I asked my mom if she could buy  one for me to see if it would help with my rising problems. She did and it helped a bunch.  However, no  one warned me about the metal leaving bruises and marks under the breast. Perhaps I’m wearing them too tight. I’d loosen the shoulder straps and the band. In most cases it didn’t help. It’s something you get use to as a girl.

Once I became an adult, I realized the more the bra cost, the better the padding over the wire.  It didn’t fix the comfort, but it was padded much better. There was a difference in the quality as well.  The bra would fit the shoulders and not the back or vice versus. I have never had the best of both worlds. A few years ago I went to a lingerie boutique by the name of LiviRae. It’s in Kennesaw, Georgia. They’ve had a docuseries on Lifetime called Double Divas. They are best friends Molly Hopkins and Cynthia Decker. They were known as the ” bra whisperer .”The first episode was January 10, 2013 – September 24, 2013. Molly always tried finding her customers the perfect fit and Cynthia created sexy garments . They traveled across the globe to fittings and bridal shows and other related events.

One day I made it a girls day with my daughter. We went to get fitted for bras together at LiviRae’s.  I forgot to mention they named the boutique after  their daughters Olivia and Rainey. I thought this was cute since they are best friends.  As I mentioned my daughter and I went to a bra fitting. It was so exciting! There were women everywhere waiting to get fitted for the perfect bra. I felt hopeful, because the Double Divas had large breast and I thought surely they can help me. I’m only a  B cup….or a C. Who knows! It was weird for my daughter to get fitted with me. They put us in the same dressing room. Whenever I got fitted she’d close her eyes. I remember her saying, ” ewww I don’t want to see my mom.” They asked her if she’d like to go in a separate room, but she chose to stay because the wait was an hour. She’d have to get back out their with the general population and wait another hour.  After our fitting , they told me I’ve been wearing the wrong bra for 100 years! They didn’t really say it that way. It is was my comprehension after we all laughed so much about it. In their words, ” you should be wearing a 32D.” What! I was confused.  The bra was a little on the pricey side. They ranged from $45 – $70. That was  the  price range for the bras I tried on.  I think they had some much higher. The one I tried on is the actually one I could purchase. I purchased one for $45.00. I don’t recall what I paid for my daughters. I bought it, because it is the first time a cup size actually fit me. However, I didn’t realize until after a few wears that the band was uncomfortable . I kept the bra, but don’t wear it often.  As I mentioned earlier, I’ve always been able to accomplish one without the other. If the bad fits, the cups or too big and the shoulder straps fall off.  I’m a chick and I’ve always had this chick issue. I’ve learned to accept it.

Bra sizes can be confusing. The number is the band size.  The letter is your cup size. If you choose the wrong band size, your back can begin to ache and leave impressions in your skin. This could mean it’s too tight . If you choose the wrong cup size, your breast are lost and sagging around. The bra hangs and your shoulder straps fall. Lovely!!

When most women get home from a long day; the bra is the first thing to go! I’m the same. I work from home. Guess what?  No bra! I’m not sure what to do because bras are just uncomfortable . Lately I’ve had issues with bruising. It’s frustrating. Now I’m thinking about not buying anymore bras with under wire. I’ve read and heard the metal can compress breast tissue and cause benign tumors. In general as you get older everything starts to become more bothersome. Lately bras have been more of an issue than ever.

Where should I go to try another bra? Have any of you gotten a custom fit? Thats what I thought I got at LiviRae’s, but they were off the shelf. I’m thinking  more like someone making my bras for me. I’m going to do some research and get back with you on it. In the meantime I’m going to try Intimates. They offer bra fittings as well. If any of you thought about telling me about Victoria Secret . Nope! It’s a big box store and they just want to sell you anything there. I’ve tried them. Besides  they seem to be more interested in PINK.  The Pink line appeals more to young girls around ( 9) years and up.  I have woman problems.

As of late, I went crawling back to the ugly rubbery sports bra. These type of bras you see pictured have not been my best friend.  The sports bras aren’t as bad as I thought. They’ve been a bit more comfortable and I’m not worrying too much about how they look. Another characteristic of an older woman . Comfort before cuteness. Wow! I really can’t believe I said that, but my breast health is extremely important. Nubian-Skin-Promo-3

Do Sunflowers Always Face The Sun ?

I love sunflower season. Therefore, it wouldn’t be right to skip the subject. If you are reading this as seeing the title, you’re probably a sunflower lover too.

I was traveling down the highway and noticed this big brush of what looks like weeds. As I got closer, I realized there were sunflowers in the mixture of the weeds and some other type of colorful flowers. There were so many sunflowers it caught my attention for a while. I kept imagining myself photographing  it and creating wall art. I thought about about the photograph each time I passed the brush in the median on the rode.

As a photographer whenever I continue to have day dreams about a subject. I have to create the image. I’ve stopped on many roads to capture a scene and this isn’t any different for me.

Now, I’m walking down the road with my camera on hand. I use to wonder what passerby’s  thought of me, but ask me do I care now. It’s probably my maturity level. At some point a lady starts not to care what everyone thinks…hehe  It was exciting to finally photograph this brush of flowers. I can’t photograph your typical flower shot front on. No, not me.

As I created a few images I pondered over why all of the sunflowers were pointing in the same direction. Is it because it is peak season for sunflowers in Georgia right now? What is this about they always point east? I took out my iPhone and checked the compass. Wow! They are pointing east. Some people say they face the sun. I know that isn’t true because the sun is behind them sometimes.

It’s true it is peak season and they will bloom until the early fall. They are drought tolerant, because of their extensive root system. You never see anyone out on the roads watering sunflowers. Its an easy low maintenance  flower. This means if I kill a sunflower, I need to hang up the gardening tools.

I hear too many myths

about them facing east at sunrise and west at sunset. I have not found anything to support this statement . Therefore, I will leave this along. They are just beautiful , low maintenance and often times the flower heads are pointing in the same direction.