The weather was so nice on this Sunday that I had to take a break from being indoors. The temperature was rising and so was my interest in finding a bargain!
Summer vacation is seven weeks away, and since the only two pleasurable events I actually plan for are Christmas and vacation, I thought I would get a head start and see what’s out there for me!
My outfit of choice today was a bit of a mix-and-match. It’s still a bit on the cool side so I wore my Lady Jacket because I’m ever the lady! I also wore my “Patsy Stone for President” T-shirt because, quite frankly, we need Patsy in the White House. She would make everything Absolutely Fabulous!
As a contrast to the ladylike jacket and ladylike handbag, I thought it would be fun to wear my sneakers. These new Converse sneaks are among the comfiest footwear I presently own. They are gonna get a lot of wear and love this summer!
This was my outfit today! Part ladylike, part “I-don’t-know-what”–but it was a fun look!
Since I’m lazy AF, and couldn’t be bothered styling the diminishing amount of hair I have, I plopped my “Storm” wig upon my head. NOTE TO SELF—Change the name of this wig from “Storm” to Mary Catherine. It is less hooker.
Geez. The more I wear Storm, the more I love her! I think I’ll have to order another one, Perhaps in a lighter color?
My mission was twofold. To go to Ulta and get an answer to a question from one of the blog followers. Liz McGarry asked me about a foundation that could work for super-dry skin because her present one wasn’t working. You think I’m gonna let one of our Atypical60 friends down? Nuh unh!
I also had to pick up a replacement for my Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil. It’s the only one that doesn’t fade when you apply to the waterline!
I also had to pick up a night guard for my teeth grinding habit. But Liz’s question was more important.
I DID pick up the night guard at Walmart. But I also picked up..
Two pair of large hoop earrings. These went right into my suitcase when I arrived home, at $2.88 a pair, I can go swimming in these and basically put them through so much abuse without a care. It’s the way I travel! If I lose cheap jewelry I don’t care!
I also came across the great Outlast lipstick by CoverGirl. This stuff really DOES last a long, long time. I am surprised it doesn’t receive more love! And at $7.54 this is the cheapest price I’ve ever seen it…
Hmmmm. Look at this. An Orange Red for light pale skin tones! I did.
Surprisingly–I like this color! It isn’t a harsh red and is more on the coral side. A nice summer color! I freakin’ love Walmart! I realize their politics are different than mine but my wallet is not that of the one percent!
Ulta was empty when I arrived. Such is the greatness of going shopping early.
When the sales assistant approached me, I told her about Liz’s issue with foundation and Kayla, the most adorable sales assistant that Ulta has ever hired, was a tremendous help.
This is Kayla from Ulta. Look at that face! It’s flawless. I swear I wanted to touch her face but it would have been inappropriate. Kayla was a great sport for listening to me rant about the beauty industry ignoring we older women!
She led me to—get this, iT cosmetics. I almost died. Two readers commented on how much they loved the iT foundation!
I’ll admit, I was a bit skeptical because I was thinking more that a super liquid foundation might be the better choice. But Kayla explained that the new iT foundation had a tremendous amount of moisturizer built in and was very “mature” friendly.
One think Kayla DID say was that preparation of your skin is really important before applying makeup. You have to moisturize and hydrate! I’m still on the lookout for an oil-based foundation for our Liz!
She applied a bit to my hand and I have to admit that it did not feel dry nor did it feel cakey. The coverage is supposed to be spectacular.
Do I see another foundation purchase for both Liz and me?
After a successful visit to Ulta, I decided to leave my parked car in the lot and walk around the outdoor shopping center.
My next stop was Charming Charlie. It’s hard to describe this shop. It has clothing and shoes, but it is mostly affordable accessories, like costume jewelry, handbags, scarfs.
For what it’s worth. Charming Charlie is a great place for purchasing travel accessories and trendy summer items.
Here are some offerings:
Look at this hot air balloon pendant! I loved it but I swear to you, this was out of my comfort zone. Honestly–it was some of the colors…
So many fake pearls! I was thrilled to see that if I need more fakes I can drive to Charming Charlie and he will take care of me!
Look at all those reds!
These tassled scarfs are adorable!
A nice evening bag–which I might add, there was a huge selection of. Why spend a huge amount of money at a department store for an event bag when you can go to a place like Charming Charlie?
How cute are these leopard bags anyway?
I ended up purchasing a great tote. It was hidden on a bottom shelf. The bag is coated canvas and is perfect for the beach or using as a shopping bag while on vacation. And it was a steal at $5.99.
I love the pattern and am a sucker for navy and pink! Coated Canvas. This is a great tote….
The little “feet” on the bottom of the tote lends itself well for pool time. The bag will have a bit of “lift off” from the wet concrete and tile!
….and plenty of room on the inside with a zippered compartment and built-in pouches. This was a great buy!
Next up—this adorable pineapple necklace! I couldn’t resist. And it came in at less than ten bucks! It’s just so summery and cute!
How cute is this pineapple? Another great inexpensive buy!
I hadn’t been in Loft in quite some time and made my way to the 50% off clearance rack. Look what I got for $15.00!
This blouse will look great with white jeans! I can’t wait to wear it. J. Crew has similar shirts for a steeper price point. I’m shocked that this was on the clearance rack! NOTE! I have hips and those hips do not stop me from wearing skinny jeans! Just sayin’!
Next was a walk over to DSW. I was explaining to Oona that I was looking for shoes with a bit of a trendy look. My footwear choice is basically the same. Pointy-toed heels. But I’m liking the peep toed look these days.
These shoes were so unbelievably comfortable and looked great. But my foot is just too narrow The straps, even when the cord was pulled at its tightest, were still too loose! What a shame too!
Same with this shoe. I loved it buy my instep is also very high and makes it difficult to wear a wedge shoe. Oh well, can’t win ’em all!
My issue is that my foot is very narrow. Why couldn’t God make the rest of my body as narrow as my feet? Seriously. Thanks God! But with narrow feet comes an almost impossible fit. Many of the shoes were just too wide.
Better luck next time!
And that was my Sunday. After my little expedition, it was back home to hang with Chippy and Bonaparte and enjoy the rest of the day before writing this and getting ready for the work week!
Isn’t it great to have the sun shining down on you? Isn’t it even better when you can go outdoors without that heavy winter coat and just enjoy the moment?
It was a great end to the weekend as I made some birthday cake crumb for a birthday cake that I’ll be making for next weekend! Preparation is key!
Birthday cake crumb. No wonder I gained four pounds in two weeks. Tomorrow it is back to disciplined eating!
Today was just delighful. Like my favorite Kinks song– “Sunny Afternoon”! Just for you and only for you!