Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Ageless Style: April Showers, Bring May Flowers & Link-Up

I love flowers!  I love them as center pieces on my kitchen table, looking at them in my yard and also wearing them.  I was struggling to figure out what floral pieces I wanted to share with you this week and just couldn't decide so instead I decided to share a few of my favorites.  Last month Leslie had us work with the theme April Showers see here, and this month Marsha had us dreaming up pretty floral outfits.  Let's get right to it!

Outfit #1 Floral Skirt 

This floral skirt is so pretty.  I just love the defining shape of it and how it's asymmetrical length, making my 5'4 frame look just a tad taller.  I've done a little pattern mixing with the polka dots, or added a fun little dramatic sleeves top to it, but honestly this skirt doesn't need anything extra, it's a statement on its own.



Outfit #2: Pattern Mixing

I just love how leopard and florals go together in this really bold, statement outfit.  It's a favorite of mine for date nights and since life has returned pretty much back to normal around here, I actually can see a future of wearing it again this spring/summer.  Also, this little dress is on the shorter side, so sometimes I tuck it into jeans and wear this combo with jeans for work.




Outfit #3:  Comfort and Style

This midi dress is honestly a workhorse in my closet as a teacher.  It's so comfortable, the length is perfect for having to go up and down with 3 &4 year old's and it has pockets!!!!  





Outfit #4: Flower Cluster

As you can tell from the previous outfits, I usually gravitate toward large, bold floral patterns, but this dress is so cute with it's tiny blue little flowers all over.  It's the perfect dress to wear all year long.  I love the skirt ruffle, which always makes me want to spin around like a ballerina, and also the light weight sleeves are perfect for keeping you warm on summer evenings on the patio or in winter indoors.




Outfit #5:  Sunny Days

I LOVE this top.  The color honestly just makes me happy.  Wearing it is like having sunshine in my heart all day long.  




That's a wrap!  Which is your favorite?  
This post is instead of my regular Monday post, so see you on May 30th!  

Make sure you go check out the other ladies from Ageless Style and how they decided to style this prompt and don't forget to link-up with us!





Jodie ~ Jodie’s Touch of Style

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Mireille ~ Chez Mireille Fashion Travel Mom

Joanna ~ My Slice of Life

Bo ~ Bo's Bodacious Blog

Cathy ~ My Side of 50

Rosemary ~ Distinctly Southern Style

Amy ~ Amy’s Creative Pursuits

Marsha~ Marsha in the Middle





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Sunday, 15 May 2022

My Skin Care Routine

 


Today I am going to share my skin care routine with you all.  I am no expert on skin care but in my early thirties and until a few years ago, I struggled significantly with acne.  I tried many things and saw a dermatologist but had little relief from it.  My face has been left battered and scarred but I finally have a skin care routine that's working for my current age, soon to be 40, and is doable on a moderate budget.  Lets dive in!



MORNING ROUTINE:  

1.  Wash with water.





2.  Earth Harbor Biome Brightening Oil $47.99 CAN

I am on my third bottle of this stuff and I LOVE it!  I've tried many "brightening" products and this is my favorite so far.  It actually has decreased some of the dark spots and scars from over the years.  I could not rave about this product enough and reviews would agree with me.  






3.  Moisturizer:  Vichy LiftActiv Supreme Day $52.99 CAN

Anti-aging moisturizer.  Perfect all year round, even through our very dry winters.






4.  Sunscreen:  Vichy 60+ SPF $29.99 CAN

This is what I use all summer long when I am out on the boat or at the beach for long periods of time.  It's thick but it's anti-shine and it doesn't ever make me break out! 



NIGHT TIME ROUTINE:




1. Vichy Milk 3 in 1 Cleaners  $20.95 CAN

I love this stuff!  It's gentle and moisturizes my face, but the BEST part is that I can actually get my eye make up off without hurting my very sensitive eyes or having a reaction.  I've been using this cleanser, and tried to switch to a different one, for a few years and this just works perfectly when paired with my magic make-up eraser.





2.  Oils:  Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane $8 or Overnight Resurfacing Peel $94

I alternate each evening between the two products on my face and neck.  Both are amazing and I love them equally.  Ordinary retionol, excellent to fight signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines, and although its a pure retinol but I've never had a reaction to it and it soaks in very quickly.  The Beauty Counter overnight resurfacing peel feels AMAZING on my skin and when I wake up the next morning.  So although it's $$$ it's 100% worth it to me and my skin.  It makes my skin glow all winter long!  





3.  Moisturizer:  Vichy ActivLift Supreme Night $52 CAN

I end the day with this wonderful moisturizer that not only give my skin a dose of hydration at the end of the day but also seems to help keep my skin firm and more youthful.


SOMETIMES PRODUCTS:




1. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate  $36 CAN

This is a life changing product.  I got it two years ago in a FabFunFit box and have purchased it over and over since then.  I use it twice a week and after two minutes my skin literally feels like it has had a facial that costs $100.  Love this product.  It's $$$ but lasts forever and usually I just buy the mini because it lasts so long. 





2.  Beauty Counter Charcoal Mask $70 CAD

This is a once a week product that I use or I spot treat pimples with it as they pop up.  It's a clay mask that purifies and balances, absorbing excess oil and drawing out impurities.  It leaves my skin feeling completely cleansed and ready for the week ahead.  My teen also uses this to help with teen acne.  






That's my daily skin care routine.  Tell me what I am missing or need to think about?  Tell me about your favorite products!  I am always looking for a good deal.  


Sunday, 8 May 2022

White Jeans and Flirty Tops for Spring



Spring has finally arrived and I am soooooo happy.  Now if you have been around here for a while, you know I try to make the most of our long winters but this year felt extra hard by March.  Anyway, spring is finally here and I am looking forward to seeing everything turning green and blooming.  Until then, I have this new adorable, puffy sleeved, multi-colored top, to bring a little color to life!  I found this top at Marshalls on the same day I found my multi-colored maxi dress, see here. I absolutely love it.  It's super cute, a little bit flirty, and also  feminine.  I paired it up with white jeans, my straw purse and I pulled out my woven statement earrings when  we went for a  stroll through a local park, looking for some new places to do photos.  I really enjoyed feeling the sun on my face.   Hope you all had a beautiful Mother's Day.  As always, thank you so much for stopping by and see you all next Monday!









Shop This Post:

Heartloom Allegra Top (sold out; Shein similar)

Old Navy White Jeans (old)

Straw Bag (old; similar)

Rattan Earrings (old; similar four pack)

Sunday, 1 May 2022

First Quarter of 2022 Check-In & Reflection

With the arrival of spring I am feeling my lighter and happier. As the days get longer and the sun shines more often, my spirts are lighter and happier and I hope yours are too.  Thanks for stopping in.


Welcome to the first Monday of May. First Monday of the month I always try to do a post that's related to my current life so you can get a glimpse into my family and day to day happenings.  The other Mondays are usually fashion focused posts.  

I am trying to sit with my goals quarterly to check in.  One of the reasons I am choosing to do it this way is not only to keep myself accountable to them but rather to reassess if the goals that I had set out are actually what I still want to invest time and energy into, asking myself, "Do these goals still serve me?"  Let's dive in!  

 

                                                     OPPORTUNITY

I needed this word when 2022 began and yet another trip was cancelled.  This word has come in handy so far and I have looked at various opportunities that life is providing.  Some opportunities that I have valued have been:

  • First trip to the mountains was incredible!  Read all about it here and here.  I love a good hot holiday but I could see us doing thing more often.
  • With the virus changing and all of us being boosted we took a chance and have a trip book to Italy for the end of June!
At the moment, I am not using the word as much in my day to day life because I feel like I am in a good place.  We will see if it shows up in other places as the year progresses.





1.  Relationship with my girls.  8/10 

Our trip to the mountains was great for reconnecting and doing something as a family that we all love.  I also enjoyed spending some time with Anya during her dance completions this year!  Being able to watch her with her peers and onstage was much missed, more so than I thought.  It was a really nice way to encourage her and tell her how proud I was of her.  In the same way, Halie is riding more often and I am usually the one that picks her up afterwards, and she is always in  a good mood and chats about school, friends, upcoming events, anything and everything.  I am really trying to tune into the small moments with the girls.  

Also, we have revisited NO CELL phones at the dinner table and that's going well.







2.  Read and write more.  7/10 

I've discovered that I DO NOT like non-fiction books as audio books.  I need to be able to sticky note or highlight.  However I've discovered I do enjoy listening to light reads while getting ready in the morning, meal prepping or driving.  I've also been reading a steady amount, but still have several non-fiction books to dive into on my nightstand.  I plan to do a book review post the first Monday of June, so June 6th.  As for journaling, I haven't done any at all, but I have gotten into a really steady blog groove so that's a win.

Just finished Four Winds by Kristin Hannah and it's a MUST read.  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


3.  Photography.  8/10

This is going pretty well.  As a side business and learning opportunity I am really exited to say that I've moved forward in a number of small ways.  I've had the opportunity to do two newborn baby shoots, get a in home studio set up (see Anya's dance photos above), had Easter mini-sessions and a couple of teen dance sessions.  Now that the weather is improving I am looking forward to getting outdoors for family and a couple of grad photoshoots.  Also, I have a new IG page for must my photography so please follow along!





4.  Fitness!  8/10 

I wasn't sure what I should rate myself as on this.  I am actually doing really well on the self-care and wellness front.  I have continued to use dry needling and stretching consistently and it seems to be helping my back, glutes and hip problems that were causing chronic discomfort and pain.  I am running and spinning 4x/week, along with some strength training once a week, and enjoying walks with my husbands and pup.  So I actually feel really good and balanced.  What I am not moving towards is doing a mini-triathlon.  I haven't returned to lane swimming and honestly it just doesn't seem to fit my current schedule, so I think I might be legging it go.  Sometimes we just need to reassess if something that's still important and I don't think it is for me.

5. Finances.   0/10

Not that I am not doing well, but I actually haven't done, reflected or changed anything in this area at all.  So I am giving myself a 0 because it's absolutely in the same place as I was at the beginning of the year.  I do think my husband and I need to sit down and see what our monthly spending looks like to get a good picture of how inflation all around is impacting our budgets, but we haven't.  So maybe next quarter.  LOL.

YOUR TURN!  How are you getting on with your word of the year or the goals you set out for yourself at the beginning of 2022?

Wednesday, 20 April 2022

Ageless Style: Dancing in the Rain & Link-Up



Welcome back to another month with the ladies of Ageless Style.  Every third Thursday of the month we pick and prompt and interpret it in a way that feels right for our style, age and lifestyle.  This months prompt was picked by Leslie from Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After  and it was April showers bring May flowers.  So this month we are showcasing our version of the Aprils showers and next month will be May flowers.  So let's jump right in.

We are known to get snow in April and this year we actually got RAIN!  I wore this outfit for Anya's second dance competition and then decided to do the pictures because it really was raining.  Due to the fact that we don't get a ton of rain, I don't really have a designated "rain" jacket but I love my trusted trench coat.  It's lightweight but provides warmth while the weather is cooler and it is somewhat water resistant, especially when you have an umbrella to keep you dry.  This sweater dress is a favorite with leggings in the winter but oh so cute styled either with sneakers or these combat boots in the spring while the temperatures are still cool.  Although we don't' get a ton of rain, having a cute umbrella in my closet is a must and comes in handy a few times a year.  I love the little flowers and right color of this one that I received in a FabFitFun box a few years ago.  I get a nostalgic feeling for strolling through streets, carrying an umbrella and sight seeing in places like Victoria, Portland and even London.   I feel like a true lady and I love to give a little twirl, hop and a skip.  It truly does make me feel like dancing in the rain! 









Shop This Post:
Trench Coat (old; Poshmark thrifted; Amazon new)
Sweater Dress (Marshals old; similar Shein)
Umbrella (FabFitFun spring 2021; Amazon or Hudson Bay)


I hope you all have a wonderful weekend ahead.  Now lets check out the other ladies of Ageless Style and don't forget to link-up your favorite posts too!


Amy ~ Amy’s Creative Pursuits

Bo ~ Bo's Bodacious Blog

Carrie ~ A Simple Lovely Life

Joanna ~ My Slice of Life

Jodie ~ Jodie’s Touch of Style

Leslie ~ Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After

Marsha~ Marsha in the Middle

Mireille ~ Chez Mireille Fashion Travel Mom

Rosemary ~ Distinctly Southern Style

Robin ~ Hello I am 50ish


 

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