Look On the Sunny Side. But Get Your Skin Checked First!

Did I mention that I had a dermatologist appointment today?  Because I had very minimal healthcare while both unemployed and at my last job, I hadn’t been to the dermatologist in over a year. Now that I have much better healthcare, I can visit all those professionals who cringe at my hypochondriac ways!

For me, it wasn’t a good thing I missed a skin check—especially since ten years ago, I had Mohs Surgery on my face to get rid of the Squamous Cell Skin Cancer I had been diagnosed with.

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I was very fortunate in that I only had two layers cut out.  It hadn’t gotten deep.

It’s been a battle to come to terms with the fact that too much sun is actually bad for you.

 

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Yeah. Lilly White Skin and the Sun’s Rays aren’t the best combo!

Growing up on Long Island meant summers at the beach.  Every day –except when it rained, and there were even rainy days where we just went to the beach because it was fun.

The beach is probably a lot more skin-friendly in rainy weather anyway!

The high school years were spent getting a “base”, which meant beginning on the warm days during the end up April, sitting out in the back yard on those woven chaise lounge beach chairs and slathering a mix of baby oil and iodine on arms, legs and face.

This was funny in “There’s Something About Mary”..but in reality, I DID this. So did my girlfriends–and my sisters–and my mother!!!

 If we were really lucky and the weather became really warm, we would sit outside in our bathing suits and, like little rotisserie chickens, we would turn our bodies to the sun as it rotated the earth.

I’ll sit out in the sun until I’m well-done!

Oh. And those record album covers that opened up—they made great DIY sun reflectors.  Covered with Aluminum foil and placed at our chins so the sun could hit our faces, not only cleared our skin, but did pave the way for future damage.

We didn’t think about the aftereffects of later years.  We were not aware of the price we would later pay by trying to achieve that coffee-colored, golden goddess skin that looked so healthy and glowing during the summer.

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Who didn’t want that tan?  The ad is such a throwback to ignorance though.  You get older looking skin after a while.  But–the scent of Coppertone is just so delicious!

Then there were the Irish American girls like me. The ones with freckles and pasty-white skin.  We burned. We blistered.  Forget “Fifty Shades of Gray”—we were “Fifty Shades of Red”! And any phase of a tan was acquired at the end of August—with two weeks to show that slight darkening before going back to school.

My parents spent a small fortune on Solarcaine!!  We all burned except my mother!!  Ouuuuuuuuch. I can still feel that!!

I was so jealous of my olive-skinned girlfriends!

Anyway, the first time I had ever even been to a dermatologist was when I moved back into Manhattan.  In my early thirties, I noticed a shiny pimple on my chest that didn’t go away.  I went to a local derma, he cut it off, took a biopsy and all was fine.

Then about 12 years ago, I noticed a dried pimple over my eyebrow that wouldn’t go away. It was odd because it would sometimes become crusty and sometimes bleed, but it never got bigger.  About a year of trying to get rid of it with creams and rubbing alcohol, I mentioned it to my sister, a nurse, who pooh-poohed me because of my hypochondria.

A year later it was still there and I made an appointment with the Dermatologist who I still see.  It was skin cancer, I had the surgery and that was a huge wakeup call to me.

I don’t burn anymore.  When I do go out in the sun, I am cautious.  I sit under an umbrella. I use sunscreen.  Although I don’t like to, I’ll wear a wide-brimmed hat—but my wigs protect my scalp so it’s double protection.

My view of early-morning Stone Harbor from under the umbrella.  

The beach is one of my favorite places to be during the summer. Whether it’s the Mediterranean Sea or the Atlantic Ocean, they shore has a calming effect on me.

Bonaparte love the beach so much when we are in France that we even dine on the beach!

 I’m not going to stop enjoying the summer months—especially here in the Northeast when we get about six to eight weeks a hear of true summer!

You can find me here if the weather is good!

So, you can just imagine how anxious I was this morning!  I was $hitting in my pants with fear that one of the bumps or freckles or marks on my skin was going to “be something”.

And as I parked the car, I did a glance at my face that was minimally made up and it didn’t look that bad.

Minimalist makeup today. I wore the Laura Geller Balance & Brighten powder foundation.  It looks good too!

I made my way up the stairs and into the office.

This was more like an anxiety-ridden trip up the stairs–forget the grand entrance!

Dr. Covello called me in and did a very intense skin check.  I even took my wig off so she could check my scalp!

Dr. Wildemore and Dr. Covello.  Two of the best Derms on Philly’s Main Line!  They are so nice!

And I had a moment of shock—because for the last ten years, I’ve always had little bits frozen off my body or burned off.

And this time.  Nothing.  It was the greatest skin check I’ve had!  Nothing had to be frozen off my face or arms or legs or chest!

My lightly fake tanned legs were ready to do the happy dance!! My skin is fine!!

Now I can relax for a week until I make the next doctor appointment for my colonoscopy.  Then I’ll really be $hitting bricks.

Seriously though.  If you haven’t done so already, please make an appointment with your doctor to have your skin checked.  The process takes less than twenty minutes.  Do it for yourself!

We’ll be at the pool this weekend rather than the beach though. I don’t like the beach during holiday weekends.  Traffic is too taxing.

But I’ll be sure to put a ton of sunscreen on and protect my skin from damage and drying up like leather.

And speaking of leather……………. remember Chippy ate my wallet on Saturday?

Talk about skin damage!  Look what Chippy did to this leather!!!

I headed over to Amazon in search of another one.  The wallet that I had, I loved. And received a ton of compliments on it, but over the years the slots stretched a bit so I wanted something a bit more secure.

I found a really nice one for a little less than what my nibbled wallet cost.  It’s RFID blocking and made of waxed leather. The finish is very nice and I love the reddish-brown color.  In case you are interested, I put it on my Amazon Page for you to check out.

Here’s a better look.

The wallet came in this adorable box and was even placed in a small dust cover.  I’m such a sucker for packaging!!

I can repurpose this dust cover to carry cosmetic brushes when I’m traveling!

The patina is nice and lusturous and I love the fact there’s no designs on the leather.

Plenty of space for cards…

And more space on the flip side.

I can keep bills that Chippy hasn’t eaten in this zippered compartment.

It holds a ton of stuff very neatly.  Overall, I give this an A!!!

It’s funny because I don’t like to spend a ton of money on a wallet—it’s in your purse and the only time anyone sees it is when you take it out for a moment.  Amazon has some pretty nice ones too–I’m definitely a fan this online way of shopping!  Are you??

I’m going up to apply some fake tanner now.  Have a great evening and take care of your skin!!!!!

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Our Royal Dinner—And the Remainder of the Weekend

Ok—so yesterday I was so overcome by the love that Harry and Megan displayed on their wedding that I decided to have a Royal dinner for me and Bonaparte.

I have a feeling that these two lovebirds inspired so many couples–that in nine months there’s gonna be quite a number of Harry and Megan’s being birthed!

And since the weather was so awful, I baked bread, the bread I make all winter which my son Roman has dubbed “The Good Loaf” and made more Gougères—Alain Duccase’s Go-To Recipe.

I’m into multi-tasking.  Sugar for the yeast to bloom,  flour and cheese for the gougeres, and my claw clip to pull my fake hair back with…

Gougeres out of the oven.  Cooled, bagged and into the freezer.  You MUST make these!!!

I made chicken breasts with Roma tomatoes, black olives and basil and we had a great evening together.

One of the easiest recipes ever.  Pound boneless chicken breasts to get them thinned.  Set aside.  Quarter the tomatoes lengthwise.  Salt them.  Pour white wine into a pan. Cook the tomatoes. Add the olives.  Add some of the olive juice.  Add crushed red pepper and two cloves of garlic, minced.  Saute the chicken in olive oil till done.  It’s that easy and a staple in the house!

But—that crazy Frenchman of mine did something that made me almost die with laughter.  He had been watching TV upstairs and came down when it was time to make the aperitifs.  In the meantime, I took my wig off and put my bio hair up in a bun because I don’t like cooking in a wig.

He was quite impressed with the table setting and, in fact, he was thrilled with the way the table looked.  Then he went upstairs and told me he would be right back.

And when he came downstairs, he was in my wig!!!  He said that the dressed-up table was like being in Versailles and he decided to channel Louis Quatorze—his favorite Royal (and this—from a Frenchman who don’t care for any form of aristocracy).

The Sun King, Louis XIV, would be so proud that my husband channeled him!!

Chippy’s reaction….

I love my Frenchman!

But let’s backtrack.  To yesterday morning.

While watching “The Wedding” I noticed that Chippy was nowhere to be found.  I didn’t hear him either.  This is never a good thing because that little rascal is very sneaky.

So, I went downstairs and saw it.  He had gotten into my tote, took out my wallet and ate part of my wallet.  He also ate a couple of bills.  He got into a gift card but didn’t destroy it.

Who DOES this anyway?  What is Chippy trying to prove?  At least he made a heart shaped nibble…

At least he nibbled in the shape of a heart.  And I was very perplexed as to why he ate a leather wallet when I had the following in my tote..

Cincinnati Chili mix and…

…Airline pretzels..  Now you know how truly lazy I am.  I finally took the chili mix out and put it in the pantry.  I threw the pretzels back in the tote.  God help me.

I couldn’t even with that one.  But luckily my husband was out test-driving cars.

Yes.   My car lease is expiring soon and it is time for a new car.  Are you aware of my distain for automobiles?

I hate cars. They are overpriced pieces of machinery.  The second you drive out of the car lot, they depreciate in value.  The upkeep is expensive.  The tires will flatten if you roll over a nail and new tires are pricey.  Gas is expensive.  Other drivers on the road are out to kill me with their horrific driving.

I miss the NYC subway system.

It’s a well-known fact through my family of my feelings towards the four-wheeled monsters.

But the husband lives for test driving and negotiating new cars.  So, do Oona and Sam. Oona is in the market for a new car and has been negotiating for a BMW thingy.

Why does my daughter even need a car like this Beemer?  She doesn’t.  She just wants it!  It is nice looking though!

My son Jake—when he lived in Manhattan drove his bicycle all over or just took the subway.  He moved to LA and ended up buying an Audi Convertible.  What gives here?

He leaves the NYC subway, heads to LA and now drives this.  Oy vey!!

Roman and I are the only ones who are not enthralled with cars. And don’t even get me started on the danger of cars in parking lots. OK?

I’ll take the Fred Flinstone mobile. It’s fully airconditioned and cheap on gas!

Seriously.  I don’t even want to go car shopping.  My thing is “Go get me a car with a CD player, good A/C, and that is good on gas”.  That’s it.

And naturally when the Frenchman arrived home and saw what Chippy did, he blamed me for leaving my tote in a place where Chippy could get at it.

I’ll tell you, yesterday was one busy day!

Today was a bit calmer.  Bonaparte is off playing tennis and I completed two wig reviews on my YouTube channel.

Then I ran a couple of errands.

I headed to Ulta to see if I could find a couple of Morphe eyeshadow/blending brushes.  I’m a fan of the blending brushes and did go on their website but refuse to spend five dollars on shipping.  I’m funny that way.

No Morphe brushes to be found but I did pick up a couple of Essence mascaras.  I’m a fan of the Get Big Lashes and at $3.99 each, it’s a great buy.

This cheap stuff is better than some high-end brands!!

And because I’m a sucker for any kind of lip-gloss I saw a pretty pink matte gloss, La Vie En Belle—what a nice name. I picked it up and also picked up a clear gloss to wear over the matte one.

Isn’t that a nice pink?  And the clear shiny gloss..it ended up to be a rather pleasant surprise!

I have an issue with many glosses that state they are big on shine.  Most of them are not.  And boy, was I pleasantly surprised when I came home and applied this over the pink matte.  I am going to have to go back to buy another clear gloss. It shines like a star!  How come Essence, a lower-end cosmetic company, can produce such a shiny gloss at a rock-bottom price when higher end brands fail?

I have both glosses on. I love the color of the matte and the shine of the shiny gloss!

With summer and the heat on the way, I also purchased a facial spray!

When Oona was living at home, she was a fan of the Mario Badescu brand.  The spray is very refreshing–just in time for the hot months!

Next it was off to Kimberton Whole Foods to purchase a Rotisserie Chicken for tonight’s dinner.  This place has great roti chickens that aren’t loaded with growth hormones and the chickens are roasted to the proper doneness.  A bit of cheese and asparagus and I was finished.

Bonaparte and I both agree that the Rotisserie chicken from Kimberton Whole Foods is the closest to the Roti chickens we get in France.  They are actually COOKED!!!

I picked up a bit of cheese because I’m a sucker for anything seasoned with Rosemary!

So that’s it.  The sun decided to come out at 3PM today—just when the weekend is about over.  I’ve been lax with the weight loss and need to go back to the meetings.

Here’s a look at a few of this past week’s ensembles.

I’m a fan of yelow and gray.  This oversized sweater from Loft is an oldie but goodie and paired with cropped pants from J.. Crew, it’s a nice casual look.  My deal of the century–Paul Green sandal/booties that I snatched at Nordstrom Rack a while back for less than $75 dollars!

With the temperatures climbimg,  my Old Navy swing jersey dresses from last summer are a great addition to my casual office wardrobe.  The denim jacket from Kut From The Kloth is a summer staple!

Friday was cool and rainy and I was shocked at the amount of compliments I received on this J. Crew Factory sweater.  Everyone loves Pink Flamingos.  I was almost attacked at Tray Joe’s–a woman came running up to me to ask where I purchased the sweater.  Pink Flamingos were her favorite animal.  I did size down in this for a more fitted look.  I got a small and the fit is perfect.  

Enjoy your workweek—and for the ladies who wear wigs—a new review.  My second Chloe in Frosted!

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Atypical 60 Takes a Look At The Royal Wedding

Off the bat, I don’t have much of an opinion on the Royal family of England.  As I have a good deal of family in Ireland and the way England treated the Catholics, I am not enthralled but on the other hand, I don’t despise them. I’m non-committal.

The Royal Family. Believe it or not, I’m a royal too. Many people call me a Royal Pain-in-the-Ass!

However, I love me a good excuse to watch pomp and circumstance and weddings!  I don’t care who is getting married.  It’s a chance for me to look at ensembles both beautiful and horrific.  And this royal wedding didn’t fail me!!

This scene from today’s Royal Wedding made me want to watch The Sound Of Music again.  Maria‘s wedding to Captain von Trapp! Yeah!!!!

My big issues were how come my gurls Patsy and Eddie weren’t invited.  Where was Sir Raymond Davies?  Sir Elton John was there with his husband but what about my Kinky crush Sir Raymond?

I really, really want to know why Patsy and Eddie were not at that wedding!  They would have been so much fun!

Sir Ray Davies is knighted by the Prince of Wales during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.

And where was my life-long crush–Sir Raymond Davies?  Charles makes him a knight and doesn’t invite! 

I hope Sir Elton John has a few drinks then sits down to belt out his OLD songs–like the ones from Tumbleweed Connection!  His husband is a rather handsome tabby!

And why wasn’t I invited?????!!!! I’ll just drown my delusional sorrows with a few Kir Royals this evening.

Seriously. Where was MY invite?  I even applied my makeup like Megan Markle’s and styled my wig like her wedding do!  She inspired me today!  Don’t we look alike?  

And while it’s raining and pouring and dreary here in the Philadelphia area, I’m spending the day baking bread, baking gougères for the Frenchman and delighting in all things Megan Markle!

Gougeres. For our Kir Royals tonight!

The alarm, much to Bonaparte’s dismay, was set for 6:00 AM.  I woke up, turned the TV on and my Frenchman rolled over and whispered in my ear…

“Why ahr ou wacheeng zis sheet”  “Zeez pipoule..zee ar-is-toe-cratz..zahy do nosing”

(Translation:  Why are you watching this shit?  These people—the aristocracy—they do nothing”. My husband is still living the French Revolution)

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My husband.  A Parisien who is not a fan of the aristocrats.  I like their weddings though!

To which I answered.

“I wanna look at the clothes and makeup!”  (You would think that by now my Frenchman would be aware of how deeply shallow I am)

And that’s what I did.  So, take a cup of tea or wine because it’s almost noon—or better yet, whip up a Tanqueray and Tonic—that’s what the Brits drink—and come along with me to the Royal Wedding.

I have no idea who this woman is but her dress was my absolute favorite of the day. Simple with those bell sleeves.  If I lived in England perhaps I could have her hand-me-downs!

First of all, just the fact that the sun was shining in Britain today was proof that Hipster Jesus is a fan of the Royals.  Harry and Megan had perfect weather! And Britain just acquired a new resident with beautiful teeth!

 

Watching all the friends and celebrities walk into the church with their wedding ensembles and headgear was such fun.  Those Brits (as well as the Irish) put us Americans to shame when it comes to dressing for a wedding!

They do it right.

George and Amal were there.  I used to love George Clooney.  But since he married Amal, I’m not a fan anymore.  Sure, Amal is gorgeous.  But she looks like a snot.  And he’s become incredible self-important.  I would have scratched them off the list.

People were raving that Amal Clooney was the best dressed.  I got news for you Amal.  Philly soft pretzels and French’s mustard were NOT being served at the wedding. You didn’t have to wear a dress the same color as the mustard just in case you spilled some.

She’s got smug written all over her face!  Wash she looking down at the crowds lining the streets–and how did these two get the seats in the “good” part of the church. Ugh.

Look at the lyrics on the hymnal sweetie–not at the photographer. You and Georgie are way too self-important. As Chris Rock says–“You’re not special”!!!!

David Beckham.  Oona and I were texting how great he looked.  His suit!  *sigh* Why does his wife, Victoria always look miserable? Did she not get her British teeth fixed—she has all the money in the world.  She has a successful clothing brand.  She has a great looking husband and children.  So why can’t she smile?  I would be grinning from ear to ear if Harry and Megan invited me to their wedding.

OMG. David Beckham.  THE David Beckham! Why does his wife look depressed?  She can afford a ton of Zoloft–I’m sure her medical insurance is fabulous.  

Wait!  Is Mrs. B trying to smile or is she channeling her inner Mona Lisa.  I’ll tell you this. I want her shoes.  She’s got the best shoes of the day!  But–her dress is too long. Two inches off of it would have made her one of the best dressed!  IMHO!

The queen.  For once in her life, she is wearing happy colors.  She’s wearing my favorite Crayola Crayon color—Spring Green!  Thank you, Queen Elizabeth, for wearing this astounding spring color because we went from no foliage here to a burst of summer green on the trees.  I guess the trees were told to not bloom in the color you were wearing for the wedding.

92 year old pro-ager Elizabeth rocked my favorite crayon color.  I swear this was the best look she’s ever worn!

Camilla Parker Bowles, Mrs. Prince Charles.  Whatever her relationship with the Prince of Wails and Whines has been, she looks great in the color pink.  But her hat—I wanted to eat it because it looked just like a fancy frosted cake.

That hat.  It’s pink marshmallow and buttercream frosting and I want to take a bit out of it!

Sarah Ferguson.  Holy shit!!  If there was one wedding guest I was happy to see it was Fergie!  I’ve missed her wild antics over the years and her suit made her one of the best-dressed guests in my eyes.  If I had been invited to the wedding, I would definitely want to hang with her!

The return of Fergie!  This makes me love Harry and Megan even more because Wills and Kate snubbed her and never invited this life-of-the-party to their wedding..

THIS is how the mature woman should dress for a wedding!!! Her suit is FABULOUS!  And that length IS appropriate!  Next to the Bride, Fergie gets my vote as best-dressed!

Meghan Markle’s friend, US tennis player Serena Williams (L) and her husband US entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian (R) arrive for the wedding ceremony of Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Odd ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images

Another on the best-dressed list. Serena!  I love her because she does her own nails.  I often dream of being on a translantic flight and she’s sitting next to me and she says “I’m bored.  Can I do your nails”  And of course, I say back “OF COURSE!!” And then we become reallygood friends.  Her very wealthy husband’s pants are too short. But I dig his socks!

Bishop Michael Curry of the Episcopal Church is my guy today.  He’s as spicy as hot curry, he is!  His homily was refreshing and he mentioned the Jesuits!  The. Jesuits!!  I sure hope that Mrs. and Mrs. Queen Elizabeth were wearing Depends for that one!!

This guy.  I’m writing him a letter  because if my daughter ever gets married I want him to be the priest.  Episcopals are very close to Catholics you know.  I hope he officiates for free because I’m poor.

The two princes.  I’m a sucker for a man in uniform and those two–they also get a best-dressed nod from me!

I want a military coat like the one these two are wearing.  Look how happy they are.  I wish Diana was still alive!

Uh oh!  Harry and I are so much alike. We both have the same bald spot. This is yet another reason I should have been invited. I could’ve Toppik’ed the bejesus out of that scalp and had him looking like he had a full head o’hair!

But to the bride.  That dress.  You know, I love my edgy-classic look and I’m a fan of short skirts and all that but Megan Markle Windsor (I guess that’s her new name—right?) knocked it clear out of the atmosphere in that Givenchy wedding dress.  It was modest.  But modest in the most classic, chic and elegant way.  My first impression of the dress was that it reminded me of a Courreges design because of the simplicity.  Then I thought it was a Givenchy because it had a bit of an Audrey Hepburn vibe.  When I found it my guess was correct, I was on cloud nine!

That dress. Be still my heart!! There is nothing about that dress that isn’t perfection!  The neckline. Those sleeves.  It is so simple but so elegant. The greatest wedding dress of all time!  Givenchy’s house got it right!

Look, while I realize that many brides opt for lace and the strapless look, I’ve always thought that sleeves would be more appropriate for a church wedding.  And the fact there was no embellishment on the dress was even more endearing.  The focus was on the beauty of the bride.

I just cannot get enough of this dress. It’s about time someone brought a modest bridal look to a church.  I’ve always thought the strapless gowns were a bit inappropriate for a church wedding and not every bride looks great in a strapless dress.  This is a universally flattering bridal look for every bride to be!  I absolutely love it!

And a beauty she was and is!

She’s so gorgeous!

That dress.

If these two were any cuter it would be a crime!

She’s just perfect!

My biggest disappointment, and I almost got flamed on Instagram for my thoughts.  I thought that Megan Markle’s mother could have been styled in a brighter look.  Doria Ragland was the mother of the bride!  The mother of the bride!  We can see where Markle gets her beauty—from her mom!  And while I do realize that there is a certain protocol of dress that Ms. Ragland had to follow, the stylists could have given her a more fitted dress and perhaps she could have been in yellow or violet.  Fergie’s stylist should have taken a visit to Ms. Ragland–she looked beautiful but could have looked even more beautiful!

Seriously.  Doria Ragland is so beautiful. She’s a mature woman and that dress did nothing to showcase her figure or beauty.  A more fitted frock and a dash more color and she would have been perfect.

And I felt bad that she was sitting alone in the back row of the “important” area. For crissakes—Clooney and his snotty-looking wife had better seats!

You know I get very emotional and this photo made me cry.  Yes!! I started crying because I didn’t want her sitting alone. And she’s not even in the area with the lights. They placed Clooney and his snooty wife in a better place.  I want to be friends with Megan’s mom! She has such kind eyes!  Harry better be good to her!!

Give the mother-of-the-bride her proper respects!  Please.

Megan’s mom should have been seated next to Prince Charles and Camilla! Who did the seating arrangements anyway?

I also wasn’t impressed with Kate Middleton’s outfit but she gets a pass because she looked ravishing after just giving birth.

I’m wondering if at the reception Kate said to William “Honey, be a prince will ya?  I just gave birth so its your turn to watch the kids. I’m going to get a Long Island Iced Tea”

Did she really give Camilla the side eye?  Ohhhh…it’s just like my family!

Was it because Camilla thought the wedding programe was a menu?

Camilla is reading that thing like a person suffering from hunger pangs is reading a dinner menu.  My guess is Kate doesn’t eat. She’s like Patsy Stone!!!!!

This beautiful fantasy wedding was such a well-needed diversion from everything bad that’s going on in our world.  From politics to mass murders.  This was a bright spot.

This brightened all our lives today!

And to see a loving inter-racial couple who only have eyes for each other was even more thrilling and is a glimpse of hope for us.

What a lovely day and what a lovely wedding!

Long may these two young marrieds thrive.  I hope they stay together forever and raise a beautiful family.

Tonight, to celebrate this new couple, (On my part—the Frenchman thinks I’m nuts—but he’s French!) I’ve set the table for a royal meal.  The gougères have been baked, and bread has been baked and we will dine on chicken breasts cooked with roma tomatoes, olives and basil.  And a healthy salad.

In all honesty, when Bonaparte came downstairs and saw the table set like this, he was thrilled and went downstairs to get the “good” wine.  I’m sure its really because he wants to watch some crazy Netflix series and if I drink the good stuff I’ll fall asleep right away!

Have a royal evening—and think of all the love that has been spread across the world today!

This has always been one of my favorite Elton John songs. I like 70’s Elton John better than Disney Elton John anyway.  Your Song…

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A Most MAC-nificent Concealer

Remember about a week or so ago I mentioned that I purchased yet another concealer?  The concealer is by MAC and I said that I would review it.

No longer in the box, this is being used on a daily basis!

Well, almost ten days later, I’m happy to say that this is a gem in a glass bottle.  But I have some things to say first.

MAC’s Pro Longwear Concealer is so good, I may try MAC foundation!

In reading reviews, I noticed that a number of women of pro-aging age were not crazy about this particular concealer.  Some reviews stated that it looked dry and cakey and settled into wrinkles.

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Umm…you age.  Wrinkles are a part of life.  Unless you can afford fillers or a face lift!

And after wearing this every day for over a week, I can honestly tell you that either the application process was not carried out properly or too much concealer was applied. on those who didn’t care for it.

This did not, and I repeat did not cake up on me nor did it appear drying.  I have to say it didn’t “settle” into my lines either.  It’s all in the application!

Take a good look at my face.  The lines are there.  The lighting was good.  But the concealer blended in very well!! (Oh..that Essence mascara is greatness!)

But—let me make one thing clear.  I’m not trying to conceal or hide or erase those fine lines around my eyes or anywhere else on my face.  I’m working with the concealer to minimize the appearance of redness and freckles that have turned into age spots.  The lines are the least of my concerns because lines and wrinkles are a part of pro-aging! Hellooooooooooo!!  Let’s be realistic here. (and this is why I don’t use filters and keep things real)

And let’s move on.

Concealer is one of those items that I’ve only started to use the past two years or so.  Don’t get me wrong.  My BareMinerals Well-Rested has been a Holy Grail product for me for years.  And I only use it in the corners of my eyes but it isn’t used as a concealer anywhere else on my face.

Besides covering the redness and other imperfections, I like concealer that also highlights my face a bit.  Using it in a shade lighter than my foundation makes the skin look a bit more refreshed.

So, here’s how it goes.

I’ll pump a tiny bit on the outside of my hand.  And when I say a tiny bit, I mean a tiny bit.

Use a light touch with this pump. That was the hardest thing for me to master!

The hardest thing to do with this concealer was to use a light touch with the pump—if you don’t too much product will come out.

That’s all you need–actually even a little less. I’m heavy-handed!

One small pump is all you need to do all the concealing or highlighting you need.

After I dot the product on my face, I blend with a damp beauty sponge (I use Real Techniques). My apologies for the state of my sponge but I use things till either they fall apart or until Chippy eats them.

That little dot goes a long, long way!

And when I blend, I blend very, very well.  Then I’ll spray a mist of water and pat the sponge once more.

OMG. If my blending sponge gets any messier I’ll catch Impetigo. Time to get the backup out!

That’s it. No powder over it. Just my next step which is contour and blush.  And I’m done.

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer does the job. Covers and glows!  

What I love about this is the consistency. It’s a thicker liquid but it isn’t a dry or batter-like liquid.  The consistency is incredibly workable.

For my complexion, the NC15 is the best bet.  It’s Neutral Cool and works very well with my fair skin.

NC 15.  Neutral Cool with beige undertones.  This is a nice one. I think I would go a shade or two darker for foundation.

The price is $24 and for the cost-per-use, it is money well-spent. This will last, I can guarantee over a year.  The glass bottle holds .3 oz of product.

For some bizarre reason, I feel that the product is housed safer in glass!

In my stash I have quite a few different concealers running the gamut of very inexpensive up to pricier.  I can tell you that there is a difference between the MAC and others.

I do like the MILK concealer but at $27 for .2 oz, it’s a bit overpriced for the cost-per-use.   I feel as though the small applicator sponge soaks up more product than applies to my face.  The product is decent though.

Milk concealer on the left and Maybelline on the right.  Although I really do like the Milk concealer, I don’t think I would repurchase now that I’ve used the MAC.

And I am a fan of the Maybelline Age-Rewind concealer.  It doesn’t have a ton of coverage but does give a nice finish to the skin.  At around $7.00 for .2 oz, you need to apply quite a bit to get the look you want so the price-per-cost could be better.  I’ve gone through three of these in less than a year.  That’s twenty-one bucks.  My basic math is going with the MAC.

Ain’t no concealer gonna get rid of my lines–I just want to even out my complexion and conceal the flaws!!!

So that’s it.  A little review of a MAC-nificent concealer. I do believe this will become a Holy Grail product for me! Let me know what concealers you like!!  And what you look for in a concealer!

I was listening to Carla Bruni today on my commute to and from work.  She’s really a good musician and I love her raspy voice. This song, Raphael is supposedly about her husband, ex-President of France, Sarkozy.   Maybe it is. Maybe it isn’t–but it’s a sweet song!

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WKR-ME IN CINCINNATI! What a Weekend!

Last night, I started to write this blog post.  But it stormed in the worst way and I lost my internet service for a while.  By the time it came back on, I was so spent that I went upstairs to bed.

And so, I’ll start where I left off yesterday.

The commute home, which in absolutely no traffic at all (and is very rare) takes 15 minutes. It took almost two hours this evening due to a storm and a few traffic accidents

Add to that, a day at the office which was both stressful and frustrating and due to issues with 75% of my tasks, I couldn’t wait to leave—but I wasn’t planning on sitting in traffic.

My evening was more stormy and wet than this!

Reality hit me Sunday evening, though—when Oona dropped me off at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Int’l Airport, CVG for short.  Just as I arrived at the gate, an announcement was made that the plane would be delayed.

But I’ll get to that later.

Right now, I wanna tell you about the great weekend I had in Cincy (that’s the hip way to say Cincinnati) with Oona and Sam and what a great city Cincinnati is!

Last Friday’s weather was fantastic and I couldn’t have been happier.  Whenever I travel by air, the weather never seems to behave.  I’ve had more delayed flights in my lifetime than on-time flights.

The beauty of a weekend trip.  A carryon is all I need.  And a tote bag!

 

I left the office early—Bonaparte had to pick me up in between his clients.  And so, I arrived very early because the flight Oona booked for me was at 5:20.  It was 1:30 when I exited the car and entered Philadelphia International.  Check-in was a cinch because there were no lines to speak of and I didn’t have to check anything in. 

On second thought, perhaps Mr. TSA was smug because my new name was ripped off.  Oops!

In fact, the biggest obstacle was the bozo TSA man.  Because my name changed when I got married, I had to get a little “name change” card that is kept with my Driver’s License.  Something in the back of my head whispered “Take your Passport”—this is because I have a new passport with my married name.   Just my luck he wanted better ID—and he was so smug and snarky.  Just his rotten luck I had my passport and gleefully whipped it out and shoved it in his face!  I love a challenge!

Visions of me sitting down at the gate with trashy magazines were rather enticing and welcome and that’s one of the reasons I arrived early!  Waiting at airports is fun when you can read all the trash you want for a price.  And since I was hungry, I settled down to a lunch of a Philly Pretzel (6 points) and US magazine.  I’m a sucker for The Royal Family.

My six-point lunch.  OK–so I also had a bag of Peanut M & M’s.  It’s travel food!!

Activity was slow and my eyes lit up when an announcement was made that the next flight to Cincinnati would board at 3:00.  I tried my luck to switch flights and was able to get my sizeable rear end into the last seat on the plane.  (It was a very small plane).   In my mind, it was a great idea because with my Irish luck, the later plane could have run into delays!

I called Oona to let her know that I would be arriving early and it worked out very well.

My happiness is more because I survived the bumpiest ride ever. The Captian wasn’t kidding when he warned us about major turbulence.  I’m not used to those smaller planes and every bump was felt.  Thank God my pretzel stayed heavy in my stomach!

Look!  I was greeted to Cincinnati by someone older than me–a dinosaur!  They are on exhibit at the airport. This airport is sooooooooooo nice!!!

We left the airport and headed to Kroger for some last-minute items to complete the dinner that Sam was preparing.

Cincinnati Skyline!  I think Oona was getting annoyed because I kept singing the theme song to Cincinnati WKRP and changed the lyrics to WKR-ME!!

I was secretly hoping I would run into Johnny Bench or Pete Rose two of Cincy’s greatest ball players–I could get their autographs! Doesn’t matter that they haven’t played in decades!

Kroger—better than Wegmans.  I’m not kidding either. I could have spent hours in that place.

Kroger has a bar!  A bar!! Oh boy if I lived here, Bonaparte would park himself at a table with a glass of wine and a newspaper while I shopped!

Kroger’s selection of wine is rather vast and there’s some good bottles of the red in here!

My first night was a very special steak dinner that Sam made with the Sous Vide. My apologies for not taking photos of the meal but we were just enjoying the evening.  Oona’s friend Heather and her husband Chase dropped by and it was a ton of fun hanging out with the young’uns!

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See that steak at the upper-left corner.  THAT’S how the steaks were cooked. I’m telling you it was stupendous.  I’m now bothering Bonaparte to get one.  Immediately!

See what Oona’s friend Heather made for me?  It’s fabulous!!!!

Saturday, we woke up to gorgeous weather. And I mean gorgeous.  It was a delight to enjoy morning coffee on the front porch and just be girls together!  Our plan for the day was to walk into the small downtown area of Pleasant Ridge, the part of the City that Oona and Sam live in, have lunch, walk around some more and run a few errands to prepare for dinner.

Oona and Sam are in the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood–and it IS–it’s so pleasant!!!

We had a delicious lunch at Grand Central Deli.  I love the Art Deco vibe of this place..

It’s so cute and quirky inside and the sandwiches were put together with ingredients that blended so well together. 

 

Oona and Sam…

And Oona and me. I should have fake tanned so I could wear shorts because it was hot as balls!  But the heat felt so good………

We took a little tour and these homes reminded me of a cross between…

…the Fieldston neighborhood in The Bronx…and..

..the homes in Jamaica Estates in Queens, NY!

Sam’s mom, Anna and her boyfriend, Dick were joining us!  It was a meet-each-other and a Mother’s Day Dinner.  OMG. We had so much fun.  Sam’s mom is great and she’s so easy to be with and her boyfriend Dick is a riot!  Bonaparte was surely missed by me, Oona and Sam. He would have had a wonderful evening.

Dinner was beef kabobs….

..and chicken kabobs. Oona worked like a madwoman to get these ready.  Anna brought over veg with the best curried dip ever.  I made a Caprese salad.  And I made a nougatine for dessert that was a huge hit!

I’m so proud of Oona as a hostess—she, along with Sam are really very thoughtful of their guests and it makes me happy to see her in her element.

Is that sign greatness or what?  And the bottle of Creme de Cassis for the Kir Royals…

A charcuterie board was also prepared.

Did I mention I didn’t make it to my Weight Watchers meeting on Monday?

The house is adorable.  Dopey me never got around to taking photos of the outside but here are some interior shots. It’s perfect for them.  And the finished basement area gives them even more house space. There’s an office downstairs and a family room and it’s just so cozy!

I love the character of the touches like the arched entries. And this house is built like a brick shithouse.  All plasster and thick–no drywall.  All hardwood floors.  It’s a gem!

A cozy fireplace

Tastefully decorated..

I love the dining room!!  It’s so inviting and those chairs are very comfortable. I was very careful not to spill or drop anything!

They started a wall of their travel photos together. Isn’t that a great idea?

Do you know what this is?  It’s the OTHER side of the mailbox slot!  The mailman slides the mail in a built-in slot and it falls in here.  This is so cool!

A little table near the entryway.  Sam went to play golf–note the sunscreen!!!  Smart going!

Oona and I have the same favorite flower–Peony!  I need to return so that I can help her plant peonies in the fall!!

After Anna and Dick left, we sat out on the front porch for a nightcap. I’m telling you the weather was better than perfect. High 80’s to low 90’s and crystal clear!  I bought a couple of hanging plants to hang on the porch—a mini house-warming gift!

The majority of homes in the area have  semi-enclosed front porches. Let me tell you, if I lived in a home like this, I would be the neighborhood Mrs. Kravitz. This was taken at 9:30 in the evening. Look how light it is!

Sunday was an easy day.  Sam went to play golf and Oona took me to brunch in downtown Cincinnati.  You know—I love cities and urban areas.  I’m not a suburban person at all and it was just so comforting to be within the city limits all weekend.  It’s a nice vibe. And I love what’s going on in Cincy. Lots of restaurants are popping up and a gentrification is happening that’s wonderful because retailers and developers are keeping the integrity of the old buildings and the architecture of the older buildings is gorgeous.

It’s Mother’s Day!  And a happy belated one from me!  I wore the same hair for the entire weekend…and three white tees!  

Sam wishing me a happy mother’s day–or perhaps he’s happy that he’s playing golf and doesn’t have to listen to me!

Here’s a better view of the front porch..

And look how beautiful the weather was!

We headed back downtown!

Anyway, we went to Sartre—named after Jean-Paul Sartre. With endless cups of coffee (and very strong coffee at that—I was in heaven) and very fancy avocado toast with salmon and egg, we enjoyed ourselves and filled us up for the remainder of the day!

This restaurant is massive!!  And has a slight industrial vibe. The avacado toast was avacado heaven!

 

Hmmm. I can’t seem to get away from Frenchmen in glasses looking at me like that!!  Sartre isn’t as nice as Bonaparte though!

This is the restaurant from the outside. Isn’t it beautiful?  The buildings have so much charm–and they are a pleasure to behold!

We walked off some of the carbs by heading to Findlay Market.  This is a whooper of a farmer’s market.  My God, there were so many vendors and the place was so lively and full of activity.  Lots of families celebrating mothers, street musicians, vendors selling everything from tie-dyed sacks to fancy meats and cheeses.

This market is unbelievable. Oona gets most of her meat here and the prices are ridiculously low compared to what we pay in Philly!

A little bit of quirky..

Oona originally wanted to take me to Chef Jean-Robert’s French Crust but couldn’t get a reso.  Next time!!!  My Frenchman would love this place!

Then Oona treated me to a visit to Cincy Shirts—my beloved little Hippo, Fiona is quite the popular girl at the Cincinnati Zoo and has quite a following.  So naturally, I had to have a Fiona Tee!

This place could make me forget about J. Crew’s tees–that’s profound!

I’m always feeling Hip with my hips. But I’m completely Team Fiona. I’ll be wearing this tee on Friday for Jeans Friday at the office!

And look!!!  French Chew–(I don’t even dare ask how this candy got the name)!

We drove around some more and went back to the house to have some quiet time before heading back to the airport for the return home.

A bit of mommy and me before heading to the airport!

Goodbye Cincinnati!  I’ll be back!!!

And I arrived at the airport early, but not too early.  It was surprisingly crowded and the TSA line was rather long—but the TSA people in Cincinnati are a lot nicer and more congenial than the smug, self-important ones at Philly airport!  They smiled and were very perky!

This was my plane. It was waiting a hell of a lot more patiently than I was!!

Their perkiness was almost a warning of things to come.  My flight was supposed to leave at 5:00. It didn’t.  It was delayed until 6:03.  Then till seven.  Then seven-thirty.  I am not lying when I tell you, I could have strapped myself to a flock of birds and had them fly me home faster!

Welcome to my airport stress eating dinner.  And in my particular case, these bags of  Caramel and PB M & M’s were NOT share size. I ate ’em all myself!

It was not the best of scenes but the Delta airlines staff was great—they kept us updated, apologized profusely and brought out a ton of snacks and drinks.

With Bonaparte meeting me at the airport, it was the happiness that broke my sadness when I saw him—and Chippy was in the car waiting for me.  I was told that Chippy was crying until midnight and waiting at the door for me!

My bed was also waiting for me and no matter where you travel, your bed is the one place that makes you realize you are home!

I can’t wait to get back to Cincy—and next time my Frenchman will be with me.  I know he’ll enjoy it there. He likes cities too and there’s a lot going on in Cincinnati!  But it’s nice to see the different parts of the city that are being remodeled and vibrant.

Overall, the weekend was an A +++++++! And I’m thankful to my daughter and Sam for being so kind and welcoming!

Speaking of my little Hippo Fiona, I think you’ll enjoy this look at her!

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HAPPY MOTHERS DAY IN ADVANCE!!!

Hi All!  I leave tomorrow after work to visit Oona in Cincinnati!  I’m really excited because we haven’t seen each other since Christmas!  So I’m really excited.

I’m ready!!!!!

Anyway, I won’t be posting until next Tuesday so don’t forget about me!

In the meantime, I’m packed.  My biggest dilemma is what hair to bring!!!

Oona likes me in dark hair!

I’ll be bringing Storm. She’s already packed….

As is a denim jacket, black pixie pants, white tee’s…

A grey tee, my elephant pants and metallic heels!  It’s all simple!

And here’s a little ditty from Roman. He created this video for me over ten years ago and it still remains a favorite for me.  It was in the middle of my divorce after I lost my house and it has always made me happy!  Here you go……again!

 

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL MY MOMS!!!

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My Gain Was a Loss This Week.

So, remember when I weighed myself on Friday I was between 145 and 146 pounds on my bathroom scale.

Friday. The leanest day of the week!

And then over the weekend I drank 2 Kir Royals on Friday and two on Saturday and two on Sunday.  I also drank some good red wine with dinner on Saturday evening.

And no more than two!!

Friday dinners for me are usually very light. I had sushi.

Although my servings of sushi consist of eight pieces slathered in wasabi and ginger, I could eat a tray full such as this!!

Saturday was a bit different.  Escargot.  And yes, I did have a small slice of baguette to dip into the butter.  Steak—I made Béarnaise sauce for my husband and did have a small taste of it. I also had wilted spinach and mushrooms.

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I couldn’t find a pic of MY steak and Bearnaise  but this is from the Weight Watchers site. Maybe that Bernaise wasn’t as off-diet as I thought!!!

No dessert.

Sunday evening, we had Roast Chicken and salad.

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Sunday night’s roast chicken was from the new Kimberton Whole Foods in Collegeville. It was as delicious as the roast chickens we get when we are in France!  Smaller, organic and no hormones!!

Not a bad food weekend, but certainly not the greatest.

I tried to convince myself that I was coasting by on the less-restricted Weight Watchers FreeStyle program.

And therein lies the issue—but I’ll return to that in a moment.

I hemmed and hawed about going to the meeting last night.  In fact, I wore a lightweight shift dress to work and didn’t even bother to bring my weigh-in clothes because I still wasn’t sure if I would actually go to the meeting.  Then I realized that if I didn’t go, I would only be hurting myself because I refuse to give up.

True dat!  I wore a light Lilly Pulitzer shift dress AND a heavier wig than Isla. I wore Jamison!

So off to the meeting I drove and when I weighed in, I lost 1.4 pounds.  I’m down to 148.8 pounds.  And after that little weight gain the previous meeting had gifted me with, I was feeling pretty good. Not great, but good.

Can’t complain about this week’s loss. But with FreeStyle it’s much, much slower because of the freedom!

Our regular meeting leader was away and we had a substitute leader who was really motivating.  We were all discussing our issues and our wins and our goals.  And I mentioned that the FreeStyle program simply wasn’t working that well for me.

One thing I found from the leader was that the leaders at the WW meetings are not permitted to discuss older programs—only the current one.  This bugs the shit outta me because there needs to be an addressed compromise for those who prefer going back to the Points Plus or Smart Points program.

Weight Watchers wants your money but not your voice!

It’s like this—some kids need discipline.  I think that’s why my parents enrolled us in Catholic school—so that we would be disciplined all day and not just at home.

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Sr. Mary Isabel. Principal of St. Patrick’s.  She may be smiling here–but I was scared $hitless of this woman.  She should have been a Weight Watchers leader!

I need a Catholic School approach to weight loss and I’m going back to the old Points Plus way of looking at this weight loss journey.  I need more structure and discipline.

Thank God for the internet!  I was able to calculate the points that my extremey lazy ass needs to lose ten pounds! Um..as you can see the internet even picked out wigs for me!  So sad that the one who knows me best is a machine.

The old Points Plus book came out and that’s what I’ve switched to.  But the great thing is that I can still track and I can enjoy the meetings more without stress.

See!  It pays to save stuff!

And this last 8 ½ pounds is going to be hard to lose but I’ll do it.  I’m remotivated.

The pants I wore today were loose on me and when I purchased them they were a bit tight.  The better fit of my clothing is what’s making me very happy.

These pants are getting looser. And I’m happy about it!

On another note, I’m mulling over what to pack for my weekend trip to Cincinnati to visit Oona.  I’ll be meeting her boyfriend Sam’s mother and I’m looking forward to that!  I have a feeling we will get along very well!

I’m telling you, it is easier to pack for a three-week vacation than a weekend trip.  I’ll be dressed down at work on Friday and since I’m taking a half-day, I’ll push it to me more casual.  But-I don’t like to travel like a slob.  I’ll wear jeans, a white tee and a navy blazer—hmmmm, sound familiar?

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Oh Gee!  Now THERE’S a change up in my wardrobe!  I swear it pays to be basic because you have twenty of the same outfit!!

And speaking of white tees, I ended up purchasing one at Target last night after the meeting.  Target’s clothing doesn’t bring me much luck but I was drawn to this deep V neck and actually purchased it in a size up.  That looser fit is starting to appeal to me but I don’t want to drown in the shirt either. This had a nice fit. I purchased a Large and it ended up to be perfectly loose in the best way.

I like this wide V-cut tee.  At eight dollars it wasn’t a bad deal..

And it looked good under a black (ohhhh–no navy today!) Schoolboy blazer!

t pays to have a collection of different sizes and a variety of styles because one day you may feel a bit Boho and the next more classic!  And they all work!

I also received some cosmetic mail today!  A few posts back I mentioned and actually posted a YouTube video of makeup guru Aly Art.  She’s one of my faves.  Anyway, she was raving about the MAC concealers.  MAC is one of those brands that I find myself more and more drawn to.  The eyeshadows are terrific and I’m in love with the cream contour and the cream blush I purchased.  Why not try the concealer?

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer–we’ll see about this!

Here’s what it looks like.

Right out of the box, I loved this because the bottle is GLASS…

And has a pump dispenser!

The NC15 Shade was the one I chose.  It has a touch of yellow and I find yellow-based concealers work well with my fair skin..

Here’s a little pumpful out of the bottle!

We’ll see how it ends up. It wasn’t super-expensive but wasn’t drug-store priced either.  I paid $21 for it. And there will be a review!   Check it out on my amazon list page!  Atypical60 Amazon

So that’s about it for today.  For those who are doing WW at the moment—what are your thoughts on the FreeStyle?  Do you enjoy the freedom or do you feel you need more structure?   I’m going upstairs now to make myself stressed about packing for the weekend.  I feel Anxiety Girl kicking in…..

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This is so me! Thank you Natalie Dee!

XOXOXOXOXO!!!

 

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