Friday, March 16, 2018

I Can't Even...

If one more person calls me "young lady" in that hideous, condescending tone...


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Fearless Aging

I'm 60.  Hmmm.  Is that OLD or just old?  Or maybe old-ish?  I don't feel any of those things.  I just feel like myself.  My face looks far more Caroline Kennedy than Christie Brinkley.  Epic wrinkles seem to run in my family so I'm ok with that.  What choice do I have?

I guess I would say I'm a very 'driven' person.  I have high energy and wake up everyday thinking about how I can make things better.  Anything.  From myself to our little home to the whole world - I'm trying to figure it out.  Here are a few ideas I'm trying to embrace for myself.  I'll let you know if I come up with anything good on that whole world thing...

Try this.  A 'full coverage' tinted moisturizer with SPF 50 sunscreen.. Yes, please!  It might just be my favorite yet.   Bye bye foundation!

Watch this beautiful woman on YouTube.  Watching YouTube videos by women in the beauty community who are my age and older has made a huge difference in my life.  Women caring about their hair, make-up, nails, etc. is NOT a trivial thing.

Where I'm from women were relegated to behind the scenes at the church supper by my age.  Cook for that church supper with your hair and make-up done!  And then get out there and eat!!

One of my favorite quotes - watch out for the small and spiky.  We do this to ourselves...

Don't buy into myths about aging.  Just don't.  I am amazingly strong.  I carry heavy things.  I don't have aches and pains.  I'm not forgetful.  I remember everything...



Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Art of Lighting

These images are from one of my favorite decorating blogs, 'decordemon'.  It's a fantastic blog with gorgeous decor ideas to look at and dream about everyday.  This feature was about a boutique hotel in Italy and, although every detail is exquisite, what really struck me was the lighting...

OBSESSED with the mice!!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Take An Old Couch...

If you're a haunter of thrift stores like we are you're constantly seeing great old couches (sofas).  We especially love old velvet couches!  We would NEVER spend a fortune at a furniture store with all these great beauties to be had...

Use your imagination (and save your money)!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Get Glowing!

This dry, winter weather is turning my skin into sandpaper!  I've kept the holiday potpourri simmering on the stove and put steamers in every room.

It's helping and the house smells wonderful but my skin still needs extra help and I've discovered some great products...

If you only do one thing for your skin make it a moisturizer with sunscreen.  Drugstore is fine.  Even in winter and even if you're young..

Dry pasty skin is the WORST look for a 'mature' woman.  The trend in highlighters right now is great for us.  Just not all over - we're going for a subtle glow here!

There are so many great highlighters at any price point.   A light touch on the cheeks and forehead is enough for mature skin.

This Brighter Days highlighting moisturizer from Tarte is gorgeous under make-up or on it's own for a natural looking glow.

I've been loving facial oils this winter.  Layered with your regular night cream, a few drops added to foundation...

Don't neglect your body skin if you don't want to feel like an alligator.  You don't have to spend a fortune - just head to Target for the old faithful brands!

Absolutely no flaky legs!  Neutrogena body oil on wet skin right after the shower is a must!

One last thing I can't recommend enough is Dermstore BeautyFIX.  It's a monthly subscription box - I know, I'm late to the party on this one too.  Everyone else is probably SO OVER subscription boxes but I love this one.  It's $20 something a month and totally worth it.

Pamper yourself!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

A Room With A View

Today I'm dreaming of rooms with beautiful ocean views and blue skies.  As opposed to grey skies and the neighbors across the street who inexplicably have a full size stainless steel refrigerator tucked away on their front porch...

Look at something beautiful today - wherever you can find it!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Make-Up and Skin Care for Mature Women

One of my favorite discoveries of the past year has been watching YouTube videos.  Specifically, make-up and skin care videos.  I know, I know,  just crawled out from under my rock...

My absolute favorites are uppiesbeads59 and Melissa55.  Tammy and Melissa are my age-ish so I find a lot of their opinions and information relevant.  




I've always worn make-up and used skin care products so that's not the whole point here.  The thing about watching these beautiful women that has been life-changing for me is taking SO MUCH CARE OF MYSELF.  A  truly radical idea for this particular mother and grandmother.

I had definitely slipped into the trap of thinking my clothes, hair, and make-up were 'good enough' for my age and mostly staying home with kids anyway.  

The first thing I did was get contacts.  I had given up on contacts a few years ago and didn't realize the technology had improved so much.  I love, love my contacts!   I can apply make-up so much better now that I can actually see what I'm doing!

I've really been enjoying taking better care of myself and taking time to BOTHER with make-up and skin care for mature women!

There are great products out there for any budget or kind of make-up look you want to achieve - natural to glam.  I really recommend finding a YouTuber you like and getting inspired!

You're worth it! xoxoMary