Hits and Misses. That’s and This’s

It’s a sunny Monday and no humidity. I really should wash my hair.  But I’m too lazy. I’ll just wear it in a messy side bun.

My new summer “do” is a hit!   I don’t like when my hair is pulled back too severely. My face looks hard and older. Wearing it a bit messy helps to soften the jawline and soften the square angles that are now jowls.

My messy side bun may look a bit like a goiter, but it is a hit for me. It’ll be a great do for the hot weather.

BTW, another hit for me is the lip combo I’m wearing. Since I’m going “naked” for the summer by eliminating foundation, I thought it would be nice to revisit my “iT” Cosmetics Lip Vitality combo. The stain and the flush stick are almost colorless in the tube with but a hint of pink and when you apply–BAM!  A nice pink and the stain gives a nice plumpness. The staying power is excellent. I’m packing this for my trip!

Lip VitalityGloss stain and Lip Flush in Je NeSais Quoi

Vitality Lip Flush on top and Lip Stain on the bottom. I used the color “Je Ne Sais Quoi”. This tag team packs a nice punch of color and shine! It’s a hit for this iT cosmetics duo!

And I have some more hits and misses for you today.

Time management is a miss.  I started this post over two hours ago and ended up wasting over an hour deleting 1229 photos of this chair.

1229 of this.

That’s right. 1229 photos of this chair that I had to delete. Have you any idea of how long it took to get rid of the same pic?

I started to use my new toy.  A selfie stick.  When I took the stick out of the box and connected my phone to it,  the little clicker that snaps the photos must’ve stuck. My selfie stick turned into a selfie stuck! The clicker went on auto and snapped away for about five minutes.  A  miss…

But—and now I feel like a complete ass of a hypocrite because I actually purchased one of these very sticks that I cursed last summer due to the bruises I received from being prodded by other tourists’ selfie sticks-as I’m getting myself familiar with this, I think it will be great for taking photos for the blog. And it’ll come in handy when taking photos while touring! For me, even though the stick stuck, the selfie stick is a hit…

Selfie Stick in Box My first selfie. At Work!

Strangely, this selfie stick is being sold in the handbag department where I work. One of the younger girls gave me a tutorial and this is my first selfie.  Obviously she knew what she was doing because the stick didn’t get stuck when she snapped! (Plus I got an employee discount!)

Chippy thinks the selfie stick could possibly be a chew toy…

Selfie Stick. Or Chew toy for Chippy.

Don’t even think about it Chippy!

For Bonaparte, it’ll be a huge miss because I know I’ll drive him crazy with it.

Bonaparte (Really annoyed—and speaking in a low voice from the side of his mouth):  “Cassee!” “Put zat zing away now!” “Ou ahr crezzzzeee and zat steek eez merde!”

 Me (Pointing the selfie stick at the both of us and paying no attention to him)  “Smile!” “And say Fromage!”

This pair of sunnies I purchased on Amazon.com is a miss. I learned a lesson. Never purchase sunglasses online.  As usual, whenever I have a bright idea, it ends up being more of a wasted dud!  I gave up on prescription sunglasses years ago because I sat on a very expensive pair and lost another. That’s a lot of money. I decided that “reader” sunglasses were the way to go. Except the only ones that I’ve only seen available are bifocals. I can read in the bifocals but can’t see. So I thought that if I purchased a pair of reading sunglasses without the bifocals, it would work for me.  Are you following?

Sunnies from Amazon

Cheap sunnies from Amazon…

Sunnies china

One side mentions China…..

Sunnies Italy Design

One side mentions Italy design. I guess an Italian designed them in China!

Well, I ordered 250+ and the lenses are ok for walking around but I can’t read in them. So now I’ll have to take the bifocals, the regular sunnies and wear my normal eyeglasses.

These sunglasses were seventeen bucks—which really isn’t that bad but the quality is a tad flimsy.  The fit is ok but the frames could have been bigger.  If the frames were bigger and sturdier, they would have been more of a hit. Regardless, I’m still going to get my money’s worth out of these but won’t be reordering.

Amazon sunnies on me

I’m just not feeling the love. But I’m feeling a bit of a like…I just wish the frames were larger and a bit more sturdy.

Now to some more mess vacation clothing.  I picked up a few tops, a skirt and a cover up/shift.  While trying to pack less, I’ve purchased more. Go figure!

Anyway, Jacrew (you know that’s the family code name for J. Crew!) was having a great sale on summer clothing. I picked up another pair of white denim shorts—a complete hit!.  These and my white denim Jacrew Factory shorts will do very well.

I also picked up another striped shirt from Crew. My love/hate relationship continues with the sizing.  This shirt is a Medium but the length should have been longer—it drives me nuts. Are things that bad over corporate that they can’t add an inch or two to the length? Is that how J. Crew cuts corners?  I love the fit of the shirt but that shorter length—arrrrghhhh!


Jacrew striped shirt M. My face!

Nah. That’s not me being pissed at Jacrew again. It’s the face I’ve been making while trying to figure out how to best use the selfie stick! I really wish this shirt were a bit longer!

Wait. I saw another patchy striped shirt online and fell in love with it. It ended up in the clearance section and 40% off of the reduced price at the brick and mortar store in King of Prussia. I got it for $16.97.  This time I picked a Large and it’s slightly bigger than I expected, but…both shirts aren’t complete hits and they aren’t complete misses either.

Jacrew patchwork stripe shirt

It’s a bit big around the neck and shoulders but that will add for more comfort in extreme heat. You can see that my selfie stick is not helping me in my photos being better focused!

This navy polka dotted skirt was a find in the clearance area of Loft. It is a blend of poly/spandex but feels like chiffon. Light and airy, it’ll be great for walking around in the heat of the Cote d’Azur! Definitely a hit!

Navy skirt

OMG. I REALLY have to get my pasty legs sprayed before we leave. A well-needed pedi is also in order!

skirt with white shirt

I’ll wear the skirt with a very fitted sleeveless Tee. This is from Uniqlo–last year’s model!

Two tops from Old Navy are also perfect for those hot days.  Both were half price, coming in at ten bucks each. One white. One black. Cotton/Poly blend. The little pompoms and cut out detailing at the bottom make the shirt unique without looking too cutesy. Very appropriate for we older ladies! Hits!

I know. The white shirt needs ironing. I’ll get around to it! But look at the detailing. I love the pompoms and the little cutouts!

Last is this blue coverup/shift also from Old Navy. The dress is a linen/rayon blend. Wrinkles are a miss. But the comfort of the dress is a hit!

This dress from Old Navy is perfect. I can wear it as a coverup at the beach and from there do some sightseeing. I love that the dress has pockets and the fit is loose without being boxy or frumpy!

This dress is also a great multitasker. I can belt it for a less beachy look.

ON coverup with belt

With a belt it will look a bit less beach! I think I’ll be wearing this a lot. Thankfully I have a washing machine at the apartment!

It just dawned on me that 90 percent of my travel clothing is navy and white. That’s great because I’ll be able to mix and match without thinking. Who wants to think anyway???

Now for the that’s and this’s!

In the “That’s Great!” category–I would like to congratulate Winnie, aka Winntinn for being the winner of my first giveaway in collaboration with SkinActives!  She will receive the Serum Formulation Kit.  I can’t wait to hear from her with news of how she’s enjoying her kit and I hope she enjoys it as much as I enjoy mine!


Winnie will have a blast mixing all these great ingredients together. And the serum will take the place of primer during these summer months!

The serum made from the kit’s ingredients glides on nicely and gives a good protective layer from the elements. It is definitely a part of my regular morning routine!

DIY serum clear

If you take a closer look you can see that I’ve created my serum a bit on the thinner side. I’m very happy with it and I love my cute little dispenser!!

DIY Serum. It's so cute!

I like that the dispenser is on the smaller side so there won’t be an overabundance of serum. This will last a while because you only need a small amount!

Vivant SkinCare sent some products to me to try out. I’m especially over-the-moon excited to try the Mandelic Acid 3-in-1 Wash and their Wink Eye Rejuvenation Cream.

Product from Vivant Skincare

Products by VivantSkincare that I’ll be trying and reviewing: Left to Right–Mandelic Acid 3-in-1 Wash; Day Treatment Lotion, SPF 15; 3% Mandelic Acid 3-in-1 Toner; Derm-A-Renew, Gentle Peptide and Vitamin A; Spin Trap Antioxidant Serum.

This is wonderful because I’m only really getting into serious skincare at 61! I’ve baked my face to the point of  Mohs surgery to get rid of skin cancer on my face.  Cleansing for me has been Albolene makeup remover and cleanser, and Dove soap. That is what I’ve done in the past and it’s about time I start getting into a more serious routine. I have uneven coloring and I’m getting those brown spots that are not freckles so I’m really looking forward to starting my new skincare regimen.  I’ll definitely be reviewing in a few weeks.  When I return from vacation, in fact! These products will be poured into little travel sized containers!

This is fun.

Longchamp le Pliage. Old faithful

My Longchamp Le Pliage is becoming rather tattered but I love using it when travelling! It holds a ton of stuff!

Just when I thought it was a safe bet to carry my usual brown Longchamp Le Pliage while on vacay,  Susan of “Une Femme d’un Certain Age” wrote a post about handbags to carry while traveling!  (Click on the link to read the post!)  She talked some sense into me and now I’ll be taking my Nat & Nin Carrie bag which folds over into a crossbody! It’s more stuff to pack, but I’ll sneak this bag into Bonaparte’s suitcase!

Nat & Nin Carrie

My Nat & Nin Carrie bag. I LOVE Nat & Nin bags!

Me with Nat & Nin Carrie Crossbody fashion

Folded over, Carrie makes a mighty fine crossbody bag! I cannot apologize for the spilled coffee stains on my raggy old tee shirt.  Nor can I apologize for not picking Chippy’s bone up off the floor.  I think he’s munching on the selfie stick! The lipstick is still on–see it???

Thanks Susan!!! She’s so pragmatic–that’s one of the reasons I enjoy reading her blog!

Well, that’s about it on this now Monday afternoon.  I swear if I didn’t have to delete over 1,000 photos, I would have enough energy to iron clothes. Instead, I’ll procrastinate while binging on “The Mothers-In-Law” on Hulu. If you are my age, you will remember this show starring Eve Arden and Kaye Ballard. It was typical late 1960’s sitcom humor. I’m still trying to figure out if it was a hit—or a miss! Either way, it’s fun!

The mothers in law

I can’t yet decide whether or not the show is a hit or miss because it is so campy. But Kaye Ballard’s bob is spectacular–and is a great, great cut for an older woman. Ballards bob is a hit.  On the other hand Arden’s helmet hair is a complete miss!

To refresh your memory or to give you a first glance here’s the theme song from The Mothers-in-Law with lyrics. I have no idea who is singing but the montage and lyrics are great. These lyrics were added much later!

About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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24 Responses to Hits and Misses. That’s and This’s

  1. Bernadette says:

    I really like it make up thanks for the tip about the lipstick

    • Catherine says:

      Bernadette. I had that lip flush for quite a while and wore it alone–more like a lip balm. Then I ordered the set of the stain and the flush from It’s website. I kind of forgot about them and today took them out. I’m so glad I did because I really, really like the color! And it lasts quite a while!!! XOXOXOXO!

  2. Julietc says:

    I just about choked on my cup of tea when I got to your coffee’d tee shirt, superb! Nr 1 child gave me some odd looks as I was laughing, then I realised my jama top is not much better… Oops. I do love a good packing post, and a good clothing outfits post and a good toiletries post so this is heaven and then you start talking bags. I love a good bag and if I am not loving a good bag then I’m living a good bag post – bliss. I love a cross body and I am getting better about internal organisation (inner pocket for wallet and phone) and a brightly coloured wallet at that. I also carry a change purse – if I’m away with a pal we have a kitty and share change purse duties for tickets and coffee etc. I hope I’ll be picking up lots of other tips and ideas from the community. My other tip apart from the change purse in a bright colour for small purchases is to test your bag well before you travel so you have around idea of where things live in it and how much it weighs hen you are out gallivanting. Keep your travel posts coming I’m not away anywhere until September (sighhhhhhh) so I want to enjoy everyone else’s vacation in the mean time

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Juliet. Well, I’m thrilled that you got a good chuckle from my shirt! Some people are natural leaders–I’m a natural slob! Bonaparte was, once again, mortified that I posted pics of my in a coffee-stained tee. Hey, I didn’t go anywhere today! Tomorrow I’ll start the ironing. Hey–I have a red Coach Legacy wallet that I’ve been using for years. I love the red and it is easy to find in the bowels of my oversized bags. Oh boy, I love me a good change purse and some years ago I had the greatest one that I got while in Australia–it was made of kangaroo hide. Alas it got lost in one of my moves. But I need to get a new one–and I’m taking your tip and a brightly colored change purse. BTW, when Bonaparte and I are traveling I save all the euro change for tolls. We keep it in the little coffee cup holder! I’m so glad that you are enjoying my foibles! Believe me, September will be here before you know it! XOXOXOXXO!

  3. Susan B says:

    Glad you enjoyed the post! I really like that style of your Nat & Nin bag, good choice!

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Susan! Oh I did! Nat & Nin bags are my new faves! I just love the buttery soft leather and all the little nooks and crannies. XOXOXOXO!!!

  4. mareymercy says:

    Have you ever tried Zenni Optical online? Super-cheap glasses and sunglasses and they are very nice quality. I have a very strong prescription AND progressive bifocals and they have never done me wrong..,in a store my glasses cost anywhere friom $600-$800 but I can get a pair from Zenni for around $105. I get all my glasses from there! They’re so cheap I always get 2 or 3 different styles when I order. 🙂

  5. 1929cottage says:

    Thank you for including the bags..! You look smashing..!

  6. Karen in Bucks County says:

    Thanks for making me smile today! If you ever get in the mood for a field trip, Rice’s Market in Solebury, PA usually has a great selection of reader and bifocal sunglasses.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Karen. You’re not going to believe this but when I lived in Pennington, NJ, I used to go to Rice’s all the time. I completely forgot about that. I’m going to have to take a trip back there. Thanks for the reminder!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  7. Nancy says:

    Just discovered you blog and LOVE IT! I am going to go back and read all your posts from the beginning. When I read your entries its like we are girlfriends sitting together and chatting and you are the funny one who ALWAYS makes me laugh along with providing wisdom on the very imp. topics of makeup, fashion, etc etc.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Nancy! Yay!! I’m so happy that you are enjoying this blog. Welcome to the neighborhood and go explore. You nailed what I’m going for!!! I hope to continue to make you laugh! XOXOXO!!!

  8. spearfruit says:

    Another great post Catherine! I had never heard of The Mothers-in-Law – love the video. I miss the comedies for that time – they are just not the same in these current times. Hope your day is going well for you! 🙂

    • Catherine says:

      Thanks Terry! Oh..the comedies of that time were so ridiculous. And funny. There was no PC! I’m so happy for you about the house!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  9. Trice says:

    We are neighbors in a way. I work in Malvern and pass KOP all the time!

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Trice! You’re kidding!!! I used to live in Wayne, closer to Malvern! Well, howdy neighbor—don’t be a stranger around here! Come back for more reads and comments! It is very nice to meet you! XOXOXO!!!

  10. oneta hayes says:

    Enjoyed my tour through your hits and misses, this’s and that’s. You are a talented writer, fun and informative.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Oneta! Thanks so much for your compliments to me. I graciously accept them! I’m also glad that you enjoyed my hits and misses tour. Come back for more–please! XOXOXO!!!

  11. maidsdayoff says:

    This comment is completely off topic and random! 🙂
    Your posts always make me laugh and there’s almost always something in them that makes me think of something else that also makes me laugh!
    First of all, I have not heard a goiter mentioned in I don’t know how long! That word has always cracked me up for some reason. And NO, your bun does NOT look like one. haha!
    Secondly, I love that you call J. Crew “Jacrew.” It reminds me of a friend who used to say the title of the movie L.A. Confidential as if it was Spanish… La Con-fi-den-shee-al’ 😉
    (See, I told you this was completely off topic!)

    • Catherine says:

      Rita. You just made me have a laughing fit. My laughing fits are infamous. I swear, when I saw my side bun I did think of a goiter right away and I think “goiter” is one of the funniest sounding words in our language! I almost didn’t write it case anyone did have a goiter but I figured–what the heck. I’m not very PC! Oh the “Jacrew” thing. My kids and I speak in code for many words. I think outside of the family people must hear us and think we are very unusual indeed–but I have transformed many friends into referring to the J. Crew store and brand as “Jacrew!!!! I can’t stop laughing. Good think I emptied my bladder a while ago! XOXOXOXO!!!

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