A Disappointment. My Thanks to You. And I Shan’t Give Up!

Remember I applied to be on the Sephora Squad?  On the surface, I had no expectations.  But—deep down inside, I wanted this so freaking badly!  The reason being that it’s just so important to me—and it’s my mission to get the “Over 60” demographic noticed.

Sent in my application.  Got 200 plus testimonials.  For that alone, I’m grateful and over-the-moon happy!

I didn’t make the semi-finals.  Here’s the wonderfully personal and generic email I received from Sephora.

This generic response is such a passive-agressive one.  I’m shaking my head over the lack of creative writing!

And despite the amounts of testimonials I received…. the “Over 60” demographic was not included.  It was not part of the not-so-diverse mix!

I’m a basic….

And like Frenchy, the Beauty School Dropout, I’m a Sephora reject!  

I perused the listing of semifinalists and despite what Sephora stated about diversity and numbers not mattering—overall, it was the same old same old.  Over filtered, over highlighted makeup people who, if they went out of their homes with the amount of makeup they showcased, they wouldn’t look like the average, normal woman or man.

One of the two over 50 semifinalists has over 43K followers.  I can’t compete with those numbers.   Many have more numbers but only a few of the 93 semi-finalists have low numbers.  It is about the numbers.

Ladies.  Our demographic didn’t even make the Sephora chart.  Does it mean we don’t buy makeup?  NO–it only means we buy cosmetics elsewhere–like at department stores, other specialty stores and online.  My guess is that Sephora doesn’t want to branch out to welcome the over 60 woman as a customer.  But–I wonder how many of those 93 semi-finalists DO shop regularly at Sephora.  I’m handing in  my Sephora VIP card!

And if I sound like “sour grapes”—it’s because I am.  Not for me though.  I’m sour graping over the fact the over 60 woman continues to be ignored—regardless of the amount of money she spends on skincare and beauty.  The Beauty industry will continue to pontificate “anti-aging” and youth but as daunting as it is, I’m putting my big-girl hair on and moving forward!

Wait!  Let me make myself clear. I’m putting my FAKE Big girl hair on…

Oh yes!  That’s much better!  Do you like my hair?  It’s Avery by TressAllure and the shade is Mocha Gold!

But before I move forward, please let me take a moment to thank each and every one of you who sent a testimonial for me and thank you to each and every one of you who continue to follow this blog and Instagram account and YouTube channel.  Atypical60 will never give up and neither will I!

 

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THANK YOU SO MUCH!  Here’s a virtual Basket of thanks for you!

Now to the good stuff!

I was watching a video review that Tati Westbrook had on her YouTube channel.  She reviewed an eyeshadow palette that I’ve been wanting.  It’s the new Riviera palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills.  It’s out of my comfort zone because of the bright colors.  And being a neutral gal, I still wished for it.  But at the price of $45—I’m not sure I want to make that monetary commitment!

The gorgeous Riviera Palette.  That bright pink did it to me!

Anyway, Tati did a look that really was beautiful. It would have taken me at least 12 hours to make it look somewhat like hers.  But here’s the thing.  Westbrook loved the palette but said that other palettes were similar or had similar shades but were less pricey.  I liked that she brought that to fruition.

Tati’s eye look was crazy-beautiful! Might I add, if you want great and honest reviews, check out her YouTube channel.  She’s one of my faves! NO BS either!

And yesterday, I was at TJ Maxx perusing through their beauty section.  I spotted a palette by Too Faced cosmetics.  It’s the Chocolate Bon Bon palette and came in at under $25.  I opened it and staring at my face were two gorgeous pink shadows—one being very bright.  I bought the palette!

And, thanks to a Jeffree Star review on the bareMinerals Serum foundation whereas he showed how to use the foundation the correct way, I purchased another in a shade closer to my skin!  It was worth the $7.99 because I gave it another chance and it works!  The mascara–$3.99 and it’s one that I love!

I also purchased brush cleaner for a total of $3.99.  And might I say, this was a great deal!  Let’s compare it to the $19.99 iT cosmetics brush cleaner.

$3.99 brush cleaner on the left, the $19.99 iT cosmetics brush cleaner on the right.

The $3.99 brush cleaner has a built-in pump–

The iT brush cleaner has a pump that broke the first time I used it.  I had to transfer most of the product into a smaller empty pump bottle!

No fuss–you simply place the brush, bristle-side down on the pump, push down, the cleaner pumps up and…

does a great job cleaning the brush.

Gross–I know, but the cheap-o brush cleaner did a stellar job, smelled great and left no residue–whereas, the iT cleanser smells like turpentine and leaves an oily residue!  I rest my case!

Today, being Saturday, there was no pressure to be out the door to get to the office.  And so, I took my time playing with this palette.  I definitely took a trip out of my comfort zone but was so happy with the way my eyes turned out.

I used this palette today and that bright pink–yeah. I used it!

I went out of my comfort zone and glad I did!

Not overdone but a step away from my usual neutrals.  This is a fun look for those days when I’m not rushed!

In fact, the eye shadows inspired me to go one step further.

I ran to my closet and took my raspberry pink bag from Nat et Nin out of hibernation.

I picked this up a few years back in Paris and don’t use it as much as I should!

Then I went into my scarf drawer and grabbed a Lilly Pulitzer Infinity Scarf that hasn’t been worn in years.

The eyeshadow palette inspired me today!

Isn’t it funny how you can become inspired by the smallest things—like a little eye shadow?

Today’s look–inspired by an eye shadow palette!

Or…. inspired by a bunch of friends who read your blog.  Yeah.  I’m inspired by my failure to be on the Sephora Squad.  I didn’t make the cut—but in the long run, it doesn’t matter.  I’m here and not going away.  That rejection was a wake-up call to me to get back on track with the blog.

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Yeah Babe!  I’m back on track!

So, thanks guys—thanks for your constant support.  I feel rejuvenated!!!  Off to get the nails did now and do some food shopping.

Once again, Kim did a stellar job on the nails!

Thanks again and have a spectacular weekend!!!

You make me smile!  Thank you!

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Is A CC Cream Better Than Foundation? (Answer. No. iT’s Not!)

This is a question I’ve been pondering for quite some time.

Some years ago —around six to be exact, I tried a BB Cream.  Remember those? The Blemish Balms, Blemish Base creams. Lighter than foundation but seemingly used to even out the skin tone while moisturizing and protecting you from the sun?

The BB Cream I used was by Dr. Jart and I purchased at Sephora.  In all honesty, it mustn’t have had a great impact because I remember liking it but, for the life of me, I don’t recall it working wonders on my face.

I had the blue Dr. Jart BB Cream.  I liked it–but I wasn’t over-the-moon about it!

In fact, I don’t even know if BB creams are still popular in the beauty circles.  What I do know is that the Dr. Jart cream I used was nothing more than a pricey tinted moisturizer. Still, I remember liking it.

Fast forward to now.

CC Creams. Basically, the same thing as a BB Cream but with a built-in color corrector.

The iT Cosmetics shade selection of CC Creams.  I should have known that with such a small shade selection, the product would be very small at correcting my skin!

And while perusing through QVC’s many offerings of beauty products, I came across a good deal on an iT cosmetics brush and CC cream duo.

The brush was a decent deal but truthfully, doesn’t work that well with this CC Cream.  The brush is better left for a stick foundation and is now in my travel kit!

My love/hate relationship with iT Cosmetics continues in the fact that the brushes are stellar and many of the products have been “meh” to “WTF is this” for me.  The one exception being the Lip Vitality products.

Three of the many iT brushes in my possess

Anyway, I decided to order the duo and take, yet another chance, on the brand to see if the CC cream would be worth a try.

But first I had to get past the awful term on the tube of CC Cream.  The “anti-aging” term.  It’s so effing demeaning and offensive.

Every.  Freaking. Product. By. iT. Cosmetics. Is. Branded. With. This. Vulgar. Term! This is NOT hydrating–but it isn’t very pro-aging either so maybe………

The shade I chose was the Fair Light.  Based on the swatches online, it seemed like a good enough match and it was.

The tube holds 1.08 Fl. Oz., is supposed to be a hydrating serum CC Cream with an SPF 50+.

The tube holds just a smidge over an ounce of product–but the amount of product you need on your face  is quite a bit!

I pumped one pumpful on the back of my wrist and picked it up with the brush.

I’m surprised the pump did break after I used it twice!

This was one pumpfull.  And I needed an additional pump to finish the rest of my face–and it was not full-coverage!

The brush was too stiff to blend the cream in, however it worked better when I stippled the product in and blended out with a beauty blending sponge.

The one pumpful was enough for one side of my face.  I ended up using two pumpfuls to finish applying.  It was not full coverage.

It did not cover all my redness and blotchiness. It did not even out my skin tone.

After 2 1/2 pumpfulls.  You can see that the redness from my cheek and my nose shows through.  There’s a spot of dewiness on my forhead and the rest of my face looks dry. Go figure.

But…….it did leave a dewy finish for a fleeting moment!

Yesterday I went over the CC Cream with the bareMinerals Serum foundation I picked up at TJ Maxx. At first I wasn’t crazy about this foundation then after seeing a tutorial on the proper way to use it, it turned out to be better than expected. 

And I concealed with Mac’s Pro Longwear concealer–which I use quite often, as you can see!

t’s a shame because had this been truly full-coverage, it would have been a great, great product.  It fell short.

Yesterday’s look.  Thanks to my other products, my face had decent coverage.

And that’s what drives me crazy about IT cosmetics.  The brand falls short with so many products. Remember the post I did on the iT eyeshadow palette? Allow me to refresh your memory: The Eyeshadow Palette You Should Not Buy!

The brand is touted for being very “mature woman” friendly.   First of all, how can a brand be mature woman friendly when they use the incredibly unfriendly “anti-aging” term? Think about it.

But what’s worse—either I’m the only “mature” woman who’s had an issue with iT’s creams, foundations and eyeshadows or the brand is pulling one over our heads!

Don’t get me wrong.  I adore the Vitality Lip Flush. I have four of them in the Je Ne Sais Quoi shade.

My friend Anna Marie got me hooked on this stuff!  It’s the best lip product out there!

And I have the Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip and Cheek Flush which I use specifically on my cheeks.  I’m on my second stick.

One of my “summer” go to’s.  I swipe it on sun-kissed cheeks and it’s beautiful!

And the Hello Light Crème Illuminator is fantastic.

 

And, as you can see, I use this quite often!

In the past, I’ve received generous samples of their various moisturizers that left me perplexed and flummoxed as to why my skin felt taut and dry after using them. I

The foundations—the same thing.  No hydration for this woman’s skin—go figure!

But I still manage to try to give the brand one more chance.  And one more time, it failed!

Overall Rating?  The Brush?  C–it does the job but not for this CC Cream.

CC Cream?  D-  to F. It failed.

Today’s face was rescued with The Ordinary’s Serum foundation!! I had hopes for iT’s CC cream but it was hopeless.

I stand by my thoughts that Deciem’s  The Ordinary’s Serum Foundation is one of the greatest foundations out there.  It even beats The Ordinary’s Coverage Foundation in the coverage department.  And both foundations are a lot less expensive than iT’s CC Creams and foundations.

What say you?  What brands are so hit-or-miss or what brands to you have a love/hate relationship with?  It’ll be a good share in the comments!

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The Mother-Of-The Bride Dress Saga Continues or, I Don’t Get Mad. I Get Even

With Oona’s wedding four months away, it was kindly suggested to me that perhaps I needed to get off my butt and start looking for a dress!

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Oh..and might I add that after watching what I’m eating BEFORE the wedding, I’ll eat her entire wedding cake the day OF the wedding!

Now, you know how I feel about “Mother-of-the-Bride” dresses.  They are beyond ugly.  They are downright “fugly”.  I’ve written about this in the past and trust me, things haven’t changed.  Click to read:  Why Are Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses so Freaking Ugly?

The rag trade continues to visualize mothers of brides (and grooms) to be frumpy, matronly and completely void of any style.

No.  Dusty Rose is not a flattering color and  even on the much-younger model, the dress is wearing her.  Not a good look!

My objective was to find a short dress that would suffice for my daughter’s wedding.  In my mind, I had a vision.  Very Audrey Hepburn, 1960’s with a bit of Jackie Kennedy thrown in.  Oona mentioned that maybe a long dress would be more fitting of the occasion because her bridesmaids are wearing long dresses and her dress is more on the formal side of bridal attire.

Mommy’s stubborn. I knew that somewhere out there was a dress for me.

I even went as far to order a dress from Overstock.com.  I found an Alfred Sung dress and when I showed my daughter, her reaction was that it was better left for the rehearsal dinner.  Don’t get me wrong—she liked the dress but felt it was a bit too…………………………basic for her wedding.

This is the dress I purchased from Overstock.com  The one I ordered is black and I’ve heard the dresses run small so I’ll be sure to count WW points!

No big deal because in October I’ll be attending the wedding of one of her friends and I can wear the dress I ordered. (And by then I’ll finally fit into the dress if it runs small!)

The online search was getting me a bit stressed to say the least and so, I marked this Saturday off to search for a dress.

Now, on Friday night Bonaparte and I attended a performance of the Opera, Don Giovanni, in Philly.  We got home at midnight and, well—you know the Frenchman…he insisted on sitting down to aperitifs and a store-bought roast chicken dinner. At midnight!  Since it’s Lent, I was concerned about eating meat on Friday, but I realized that after midnight is actually the next day!  And so, I considered the drinks and chicken to be my early Saturday breakfast!  By the time we went to bed it was almost two in the morning.

This version of Don Giovanni was chock-full of talent but the costuming left much to be desired! I want full-on traditional Mozart costumes!

And I woke up at 7 AM.  Giving me approximately five hours of sleep.

My first inclination was to just roll back under the covers and sleep for another three hours.  Then I realized that I needed to start that dress search because it could take a massive amount of time and weekends!

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Yeah. I just wanted to stay in bed–but I had a mission!!!!

I prepared well.  Into my large tote bag, I placed two wigs.  Yes.  I need the right hair to match the right dress!  Also packed into the tote was a pair of three-inch heels.  Since there will be plenty of standing before the shoes come off, it was a pragmatic choice. Next item into the tote—padded bra inserts to assist in making my titties stand at attention if need be.  And last of the essentials was shapewear in the form of long-line panties.

Mother-of-the-Bride shopping essentials:  Additional hair, pointy-toed heels, shapewear and bra inserts!

And it all fit nicely into my tote bag!

As this was to be a serious mission, I wore very comfortable jeans, a white button-down shirt, a navy blazer and Converse low-top sneakers.  My makeup was perfect for this task and I chose a wig that could be worn in an updo.

Comfort is key!!  I’m NOT wearing heels to traipse around the mall!

With Bonaparte in tow (the poor man thought I was nuts for carrying so many essentials), we were off to the King of Prussia Mall!

Many women have told me they lucked out at Nordstrom so I was feeling very positive and excited that a dress would be found there.  We arrived just a few minutes after the store opened, and I knew my chances could be great to have an expert sales assistant assist me.

First stop–Nordstrom! I was so excited and anxious at the same time!  Would I find my dress?

That was not to be.

The “Special Occasion” dress area is located on the second floor.  We headed there first.  Bonaparte found a seat because he assumed, he would be sitting for a while as I looked around.  Already, the department was lively with many women around my age perusing the racks.  I found a sales assistant, a woman of mature age, and I felt confident.

As I approached her, I said my obligatory “Excuse me…but…” followed by “do you have Mother-of-the-Bride dresses that aren’t as frumpy and matronly as the ones on the floor?”  “Or do you have any Alfred Sung dresses?”

After looking at the likes of dresses like THIS at Nordstrom, I was justified in my choice of wording to the “Mature” woman sales associate!

After she figuratively threw darts at me, she curtly replied “No” and turned around and walked away. Perhaps it was my assertive approach and my absolute honesty about the inventory that made her not want anything to do with me.

That’s pretty-much the look I received when I asked if there were any “nice” and “up-t0-date” Mother-of-the-Bride dresses!

But—as a mother-of-the-bride, it is my duty and, I owe it to my daughter, to get a nice dress.  People remember two things at weddings.  The beauty of the bride, and, if the Mother-of-the-Bride has a hideous dress—they remember that as well!  The objective is to not take anything away from the bride and that means not wearing a dress so matronly, so awful, so unstylish that it does take away from the bride because, trust me—people will be noticing the ugly dress more!

And here’s a sampling of washed-out dresses for the MOB! 

Another woman who was standing close by started to laugh and told me that “…. you won’t find anything here!”  “I’m in the same boat as you are”. And she laughed again.

Not only is this shapeless but the sleeves are absolutely atrocious to the mature woman who’s arms may have become a bit flabby!  Who designs this anyway????

Now here’s the thing. And what I’m about to write does not apply to all sales assistants. Please—if you work in retail, realize that I’m only speaking about a small percentage—ok?  I’m not a fan of many “mature” sales assistants.  A number of them are what I, and some of my ex-coworkers from Nordstrom, used to call “sharks”.  They are out for one thing and one thing only—commission.  Their job is to move inventory at a cost that is beneficial to them.  They will find the ugliest, priciest dress in the department, insist you try it on and tell you that it is YOU!  Meanwhile, you are thinking you wouldn’t even put your worst enemy in the dress.

That woman checking out the dresses is the one who had a good chuckle at my inquiry.  The dress on the right–are you kidding me?  They only human to look fabulous in brown was Ronald Reagan. OK?

This type of sales assistant avoids customers who know what they want, are aware of their body shape, and have specific tastes.  Basically, the sharks of the retail business aren’t fond the knowing customer.  That makes it difficult for me to get the assistance I need, when in reality, there are times when a little assistance can help.  Remember this for later on in the post!

Beware the retail sharks!  They will hunt the vulnerable customer down and sell you anything to make commission!

After a quick look-see at the rest of the department, I was so disgusted because the sales woman lied by telling me they didn’t have Alfred Sung dresses.  These dresses are in the Wedding Suite at Nordstrom.  And so are bridesmaids’ dresses.  She  didn’t even suggest  that I even try looking at The Wedding Suite.  It’s this lack of customer service that leaves me wondering why Nordstrom pontificates on great customer service when, in fact, it is severely lacking in some circumstances.

Though not my personal style, this is closer to what a MOB dress should look like–and Nordstrom has dresses like this in the store’s Wedding Suite.  I should have gone there but I was just too disgusted.

As we left, I suggested we head to Lord & Taylor.  I’ve always heard that the store had great dresses and I hadn’t shopped in that store in a dogs age.  By this time, I was experiencing full-blown MOB anxiety.  I felt bad because I wished my daughter was with me, I was upset at the lack of help and selection at Nordstrom and I started to tear up.  Thank God I had my husband to remind me we had only been looking for a half hour!

Lord and Taylor.  It was high time to revisit!

As we approached the cocktail/mother-of-bride/special occasion dress department of Lord and Taylor, my spirits lifted.  The selection was stellar!  Short dresses, long dresses, fancy dresses, fancier dresses all sorts and I was hopeful.

Then it happened.  I headed up to the department’s cash register.  There were not one, not two, not three, but there were four sales assistants.  All women around my age (gee—what a surprise).

And when I asked about Alfred Sung, kind of Jackie Kennedy mother-of-the-bride dresses, shorter length dresses for the mother, three of the women ignored me and one gave me the once over and said.  “We have nothing like that.”  She then turned her back on me and proceeded to talk to another sales assistant.

 

Oh honey, the same can be said for some sales associates!

Is it me?  Was it the fact I was in jeans and ultra-cool Converse low tops with a J. Crew Schoolboy blazer that turned these women off to me?  Was it my nasal, Long Island/NYC Borough Girl accent that disgusted them?  Perhaps it was my crossed eyes or the fact I speak loudly that may have seem as though I had the plague.

..or perhaps the sales associates thought I was a working girl if you know what I mean….

Whatever the reason, I was now two-for-two with the mature lady sales assistants.  I would have fared better getting assistance by a college co-ed at Forever 21!

The saving grace?  Lord & Taylor’s spectacular selection!  Honestly, the choices were overwhelming—and in a rather underwhelming category of dresses, this was good.  Oh yes—this was very good!

I headed to a dressing room lugging my tote bag of essentials and about a dozen dresses.  With no help from a mature sales assistant, mind you.  Absolutely. No. Help!

Once inside the dressing room, I took my clothes off, changed into my shapewear, decided to change my hair and put my Sage wig on and hit the dresses.

…and a change of footwear and hair!

Let’s take a little peek at a few of the dresses I tried on.

This sheath dress by Guess. I absolutely loved it.  The 8 fit beautifully.  It had stretch, making it comfy to be on the dance floor.  Bonaparte liked it but wasn’t bowled over.  Thank God for cell phones because I took a pic and sent it to Oona.  She was “meh”.  I kept it in the “maybe” pile.

I stinking LOVE this dress!  I can’t help it.  The fit, the cut of the dress–everything–and I’m not a “lace” person but this dress….

There’s nothing about this dress I don’t love! But is it Mother-of-the-Bride kind?

Next dress was by Eliza J.  Neon Pink!  I picked up a size 10 because there were no 8’s and it was large in the bust area. Nonetheless, I loved the dress.  The drawback was the fabric.  Oona’s wedding is in July and the polyester fabric was very heavy.  My husband really liked this one too. Oona really did but said that the color was too loud.  Then I realized she was correct because her bridesmaid’s dresses aren’t a bright color.  Gotta think of the photos.  She asked if the same dress was available in a muted color.  It wasn’t.

What would I tailor on this dress?  The length. I would cut one inch off the hem to make it perfect!

A small slit and a one-shoulder cut.  Out of my normal range of style but I loved this!!

The size 10 was just a bit large in the top..it wasn’t a good thing when I bent over!

Next dress was a great frock which I really loved.  A knit top attached to a Dupioni skirt.  It was fun and flirty.  This was the one I had to go up two sizes and it was still a bit tight.  WTF is with the inconsistency in sizing anyway?

I. Love. This. Dress.

The “issue” with this dress?  It was too short.  At first, it didn’t seem that short, but when I bent over to test, I bent over in front of Bonaparte.  He said “NON!”  it was inappropriate for the wedding especially since I would be spending a good amount of time on the dance floor!

From a distance you can see that it is a bit too short for a MOB.  But it’s more about bending down when a dress is that flouncy at the skirt.  

Still, I think this makes a lovely party or date night dress!

Next up, a Fit n’ Flare deep blue dress with silver embellishments.  The 8 didn’t even zip up past me waist. Neither did the 10 or the 12.  Inconsistent sizing is not good for the ego.  That dress went in the “never” pile!

On the hanger, this dress had great potential–but the sizing was ridiculous!

Just for ha-ha’s, I selected two long dresses to try on.  Oona kept hinting around that a longer dress would be preferred. But in all honesty, I’m just not a long-dress person.

Regardless, I tried a black and gold-embellished number on and adored it. In fact, when I left the dressing room to show the husband, a woman came up to me to compliment me on how great the dress looked.  And still, no sales assistants approached me!  But customers did!

Another dress I absolutely loved and so did Oona.  Bonaparte hated it. 

Look!  I’m Angelina Jolie!  

Unfortunately, the top was huge–which meant sizing down!  Was this THE dress?

This was the dress that was too large.  Bonaparte didn’t like it because he said it made me look older—even with the slit!  It was daughter-approved and I had to find it in a smaller size.

The next dress was one that I figured nobody would like because it was just way too simple.  A Calvin Klein.  And it was the simplicity that drew me to it.  A long dress—surprise!  A high neck but sleeveless and a slim cut.  A built-in bra because the back was low—but still, very simple.

Basic.  Simple. Calvin Klein.  And this dress fit perfectly…

The back of this dress is beautiful–all that’s needed is a fake tan!  You can see the woman who took my photo.  She was going crazy over the dress!

Overall–a gorgeous dress and fit–but is it worthy of MOB status?

When I walked out of the dressing room, two more customers approached me to comment that this dress was absolutely stunning.  One of the women actually asked me if I wanted her to snap a pic –which she did and she also gave suggestions for jewelry!  And still—not one sales assistant approached me!

Oona thought the dress very simple—and I reminded her that the day belongs to her and not me. I would rather blend than stand out!

As I headed out of the dressing room to put a couple of the dresses away (Yes. I’m also that customer who puts clothing away. I may be loud and demanding but I’m obsessive about hanging the clothing back and putting it in its proper place), I passed to of the sales assistants who didn’t help me.  They were deep in conversation.

Then it happened.

One of the assistants turned around to say that the dress looked absolutely gorgeous on me.  I thanked her profusely then went in for the kill.  After thanking her I said …”and no thanks to you. All of you refused to help me when I asked for it.”

Hey—I call it like I see it.

Allow me to reiterate.  Nobody deserves to be ignored.  If a customer needs assistance, and the S/A’s are busy, it’s only normal and polite to wait your turn. I understand that. If the S/A’s are not busy then they shouldn’t hover around the cash register—they should be out on the floor.

I’m not going to tell you if I purchased a dress specifically for the wedding.  (I want it to be a surprise and the search continues) However, I did make a purchase of a dress that I could use.   And I did not purchase the dress in the department I was in.  I went elsewhere.

When the cashier told me that I could pay in the dress department, a can of worms was opened.  Without going into further detail, I explained why I was at her register.  She, Linda, being of sound mind and a pro at customer service, called the store manager over.

The outcome?  I was able to air my grievances to the manager.  And trust me, I also mentioned that Lord & Taylor has a great selection of dresses—especially for the mother of the bride or groom.

Ravi, the Lord & Taylor store manager.  He was very much the listener–which I appreciate and Linda knows her customer service!  Might I suggest looking for her if you are ever in the King of Prussia Lord & Taylor and need assistance!

I highly recommend going to Lord & Taylor’s online site to check out the selection of their dresses because it’s excellent and the in-store selection doesn’t fail.  Even better is that Ravi, the store manager explained to me that they are expanding on these dresses!  Smart move for Lord and Taylor—especially given that there’s a larger variety of “pro-aging” dresses that other stores lack.

Look—some of you may think I was overreacting and being a total ba-zitch. But I want to stress a point about customer service. These days more and more retailers are suffering the effects of online shopping.   It’s easier for those who don’t want to travel to a store.  It’s easier for those who work weekdays and are too spent to shop in the evenings and weekends.

Then there are those who want to see the goods first-hand.  Those are the ones who do in-store shopping.  And the more sales assistants (NOT ALL—JUST A PERCENTAGE) judge customers, or become picky about who they assist, the more customers will be drawn to online shopping.

And so, I don’t get mad—I get even.  Nobody in the dress department received commission on my purchase.

And it is a big mistake to ignore customers and not assist them.  I realize there are horrible customers out there but for the most part–all they want is to be treated fairly.

Tell me your thoughts.  Please.  Do you think I was being too much?  Have you ever been ignored by a sales assistant—and a mature one at that?  I’m really curious!

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More Skinny on The Skincare–Live Skincare With Me!!!

Isn’t it funny how we’ll discuss fashion and beauty in the form of makeup?  We can talk hairstyles, hair cuts and even wigs—but how regularly do we really discuss skincare?

Ahhhh….my wigs–this is my beloved Finn…

And one can never have enough eyeshadow palettes!

It’s more than slapping SPF on your face—but please.  Do make sure to use sunscreen!

I’m admittedly late to the skincare party.  It wasn’t until a few years ago that I became serious about my skin and over the years I tried a plethora of products.  Some great but at this stage, too expensive.  Some so-so.  And some not worth mentioning.

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True dat!  I may be late to the skincare party–but now I’m in full swing!

And with the onset of blogging, I’ve been very fortunate to receive skin care products to test out and review.

This is something that I enjoy because I get to discover products that are relatively new to the market within the past couple of years—i.e., the ever-popular serums.

Overall, my skin isn’t bad.  It’s merely aging.  And with age comes lines—some deeper than others.  We also acquire spots on our faces that aren’t the adorable freckles and we also experience dryness and redness.  And to tell you the truth, I don’t think any of us have really bad skin.  We’re just going through changes.

My naked skin–and YES, I’m in my pajamas because they are my “at home” uniform!!  Seriously.  My skin isn’t that bad–some freckles–some redness –some blotchiness but it’s not in dire straights!

Anyway, I received an email from Live Skincare asking me if I would be interested in testing out a few of the brand’s products.  They knew I wasn’t going to review overnight and I would take my time in trying the products.  And they were aware I would be giving my honest opinion.  So here goes ….

Before testing the products, I went on to Live Skincare’s website.  The website isn’t fancy.  It’s a rather simple and pragmatic one and easy to navigate.  But I balked when I saw the term………….” Anti-Aging”

Yeah.  Beauty companies expect you to believe you’ll turn back the clock to your youth.  I don’t wanna!  I just want glowing skin!

When will these companies learn?  I mean, really??? If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times— “Anti-aging” is such a vulgar, negative, demeaning, and unnecessary term.  It’s insulting to the mature woman.  You anti-age the moment your heart stops beating.

From the moment a baby leaves the womb of the mother, the aging process is in effect.  Aging is a great privilege because so many don’t get to experience true aging.  Seriously, man, anti-aging is an offensive term.

Oh yeah.  This guy is going to anti-age real soon–when he breaks his neck from trying to anti-age!

That being said, it was a strike.  But I fault the beauty industry as a whole for this term. Live Skincare isn’t the only company to use this.  The term runs rampant!

The website also doesn’t go into the minute details about the creator, Tamy, of the brand.  The products are developed by dermatologists but I want more deets on who they are.  Forget curious—I’m downright nosey!  I really wish the website would go into more dish about this.

OK, now that my rant is out of the way, let’s concentrate on the actual products.

Four products were sent to me:

The Live Skincare Radiant Cream Day and Night Moisturizer and three serums—The Hydration Serum, The Regenerate Serum and the Glowing Serum, a Vitamin C. Serum.

The Hydration Serum, the Regenerate Serum, the Radiant cream and.

And the Glowing Serum (Vitamin C) were sent to me.

All products are cruelty-free and fragrance free.

Each serum serves its own purpose.

The Hydration Serum comes in a 1-ounce bottle with a rubber-tip dropper.  It isn’t a thick serum at all.  The consistency is a liquid but not watery.  It glides on nicely and I’m going to tell you right off the bat, I’m now on my second bottle.  I use this in the morning before putting on a light moisturizer and primer.

The Hydration Serum..Good to the last drop!

The last drop was used yesterday morning.  This is very good stuff. It is very hydrating and no scent at all!

As you can see from the dropper, the serum is a clear and lightweight liquid–and there isn’t even a hint of fragrance!

The Glowing Serum –on the website it states that this helps to fade spots.  I did not put much faith in that.  But—let me tell you something.  I have this dark spot on the left side of my face.  It’s always covered with makeup.  Last week I noticed something.  I didn’t notice the dark spot.  The spot didn’t disappear, but it did fade. It faded quite a bit too.  I swear to you—I was shook! Shook!   And guess what?  Bonaparte has a few of those spots so he started using it!!  Truth.  This comes in a 1-ounce bottle.

I’ve circled the “age” spot that’s on my face. This was a lot DARKER before I used the Glowing Serum regularly.  I’ve been using it faithfully at night and sometimes in the day since January.  I was shocked that it faded.  Surprise!  It works!

The Glowing Serum.  And may I add that the packaging and labeling is very “no-nonsence” and sensible.  And even though I’m a sucker for cute packaging when it comes to makeup–skincare is different.  I like a more sensible label–it means it’s serious!

The Regenerate Serum is a serum that contains 2% Retinol.  I’m very cautious with serums containing Retinol.  I have a stronger Retinol Serum from another brand and my skin peels from it if I use too much.  This serum is a gentler one—most likely because the percentage of Retinol is less.  I apply this only at night and on the average three times a week.   My skin isn’t that sensitive to the elements but if you have super-sensitive skin, I would do some research on Retinol before purchasing any serum containing Retinol.  As with the other serums, this also comes in a 1-ounce bottle.

Many high-end moisturizers and creams come in 1 oz jars for a price that’s higher. the 2 ounce jar isn’t bad!

Radiant Cream Day and Night Moisturizing Cream. This is not your silky, lightweight cream.  No. This moisturizer is serious.  It’s the strongman at the circus. It is a thick moisturizer but not drying.  A little goes a long way and I use this at night.  Even though it is both a day and night product, I chose to apply at night.  The reason?  I wear a full face of makeup each day.  That means primer, foundation, concealer, contour, highlighter, blush and whatever else strikes my fancy. A lighter moisturizer for day is more suitable to my needs.  However, I bring this out at night and let it do it’s work whilst I’m in dream land!

And………………….it doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes!  In fact, none of these products were irritating to my eyes.  And that’s a great thing!

I’ve used this much since the beginning of January.  Every night.  

As you can see, it’s a thicker cream…

A small amount goes a long way. I dab this amount on each cheek and blend into my skin.

So, overall what do I think?

Well, I’ll tell you, I didn’t put much thought into it until I went to get my face waxed (those pesky lady whiskers) and Kim, the technician who does my nails and face, said that my skin was looking great.  She asked me if I was using different products.  That’s when I had my “aha” moment about these products.

Under this fully-made up face, there are no dry patches–which makes the makeup glide on.  So I can’t complain about what the Live products do.  I DO want to add a caveat.  The Retinol serum is stated as getting rid of dark spots but I digress–it’s the Glowing Serum that did the job!

My husband also mentioned that my skin was looking very nice.

Natural lighting. No filter.  This was taken yesterday morning.  The Frenchman has been admiring my skin so much that he took off with my Glowing Serum.  I’m off to order more when I finish writing this post!

Then I realized that during the months of January and February, the skin on my face wasn’t as dry as it usually is during the winter months.  I had no peeling (Retinol notwithstanding) and even when I was bare-faced, my skin didn’t feel dry.  That was impressive.

 

The pricing?  It’s fair.  The moisturizer is sold on the site for $39.99.   This isn’t drugstore pricing but it isn’t department store, luxury brand pricing either.  It falls smack in the middle.  For the 2-ounce jar, it’s a decent price because a small amount goes a long way.  There’s still plenty of product in my jar!

The pricing on the serums is very good.  You can order the Hydration and Regenerate serums for $49.99 each for a three-month supply.  The Glowing serum can be purchased at $26.99 for a three-month supply—which is really good!

This three-step PROAGING kit retails for $79.99 on the Live website.  I would rather see the Glowng Serum replace the Regenerate Serum in a kit–but that’s just me!  

It’s funny because every woman has a different need in her skincare regime.  Some are very brand loyal and others like to try different brands until they find one that works.

For me, I like to rotate brands.  My favorites from Live Skincare are the Hydration Serum and the Radiance Cream with the Glowing Serum coming in third.  Since I’m on my second bottle of the Hydration Serum, I’ll be ordering a three-month supply when I hit the bottom of the bottle.  I’ll definitely be ordering the Glowing Serum—especially since the husband has started to use it.

CAVEAT 2–I  am NOT receiving any kick-backs from this brand.  I’m recommending it because I like the way the products work.  Mind you–you won’t see a difference overnight but you will notice a change in your skin over the course of a month or so.  

If you would like to see more—I did a video review—it’s got some fun to it so I hope you enjoy! Chippy joins in on the fun AND there’s a story about my father trying to cure my acne with Ting–a product he used for Athlete’s foot fungus!

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The Dress You Need! Seriously!!!!

Ok.  It’s been a while since I’ve made any clothing purchases.  I covered that in my recent blog post last week :  Basic Me. Why I Hardly Bought Any Clothes This Winter

But now that Spring is due to arrive soon (even though we are experience winter snow and freezing temperatures in the Northeast), it’s time to start looking for warmer-weather clothing.

I love winter

Yeah–Yesterday was March 1st and this was the view when I opened my front door!

And with that, comes dresses.  If you are a regular reader of this blog, then you are aware that I am a fan of dresses in the spring and summer months.  I dig one-step dressing.  Layers and separates are cool-to-cold weather dressing for me.  Once that temperature change takes place, it’s dresses, fake tan and, when not frolicking barefoot, sandals!

Favorite summer looks.  Dresses, sandals, fake tan, fake hair!

I found a dress that not only suits my needs, but it’s perfection!  And it was less than $25 on Amazon!

A little peek at this perfect dress.  For more details, read on!

Let me tell you the story. OK?

Now—Amazon, for me has been very hit-or-miss in the clothing area.  I once made a dress purchase that seemed too good to be true and when I received the dress, it couldn’t even be worn as a shirt.  No kidding! It was horrific. The thing went right into the trash!

On the other hand, I had luck with one dress –ONE dress that I really liked but hardly ever wore!

Honestly, I really like this dress but it was just never worn often. I may wear it to work next week though, because it is very comfy!

Obviously, my “dress radar” with Amazon has been less than stellar.

But a while ago, while perusing through the Amazon site, I was drawn to a certain brand’s dresses.  The brand is Floerns.  I’ve Googled this brand to find out more and my efforts were fruitless.  My instinct tells me it’s a “made-in-China” brand sold exclusively on Amazon.

And yes, I am very wary of these brands sold on Amazon but every now and then, you discover a gem.

A gem of a dress and there’s more to show!

This dress is the gem.  At under $25, I am blown away.  Let’s take a look.

It was delivered yesterday and upon arriving home from the office, I tried it on. Boy was I pleased!

As skeptical as I was, I still went ahead and ordered the dress.  Based on the many reviews, it seemed that the purchase would be a decent one.  Also based on the reviews, I ordered the dress in a size Large as it was cautioned to size up.

Here’s the stats on my body.  I am, in bare feet, 5 feet 5 and ¾ inches—making me closer to 5 feet 6.  With heels I’m around 5 feet 7 to 5 feet 8 inches.

The dress comes in sizes ranging from XS to XXL–and the stretchy fabric makes it very wearer-friendly!

My current weight is 150 and as you know I’m on a weight loss journey to go down to around 138 – 140 pounds.

I’m also noticing that as I pro-age, I’m searching for a slightly longer length in my dresses.  Don’t get me wrong—I’m still a fan of the shorter length, but for the office and for social occasions, I’m beginning to veer toward a knee length—given the proportions of the dress.

And that bottom hem comes just mid-knee!  The perfect length!

I’m tired of going to department stores because the sales assistants are more interested in their commission and will tell you any cheaply-made, overpriced frock is YOU! Ummm…no it isn’t!  I am very specific in what I like and what I’m looking for. Besides–I’ve seen pricey dresses with shoddy construction and I’m not paying for that!

Far be it from me to discover I found that perfect dress on amazon!

The dress, white with a deep blue, but not quite navy-blue design, is a winner.  The white fabric is completely opaque.  Testament to this is I tried the dress on straight out of the package when I was wearing black underwear—the black is undetectable.

Here’s a photo from yesterday.  I tried the dress on while wearing black underwear.  This is truly and opaque dress!  You can’t see the black!

The fabric is polyester but is lightweight making this summer-friendly.

The dress zips up the back.

And might I add-that zipper is long in length!  The back of the dress is also quite nice!

The silhouette is stunning.  It puts the curves in the right place giving a very feminine hour-glass appearance.

The dress’ silhouette is extremely flattering–putting the curves in all the right places!

The waist is higher and although comes up under the bustline, isn’t a true empire waistline.  What it is, is friendly to the women with long torsos because the natural waistline isn’t cut off.  If you are long-waisted (as I am) then you know what I mean and you know who daunting it can be to find a great fit.

As you can see the waist is higher but not an empire–it’s as though there is a built-in cumberbund!

This is not a fit-n-flare dress and isn’t a shift.  It’s like a relaxed Bodycon dress if you size up.  The description is pencil dress and I would say that’s a very fair assessment.

Stop the presses!!!!  I just found out that my daughter, Oona, unbeknownst to both of us, ordered the same dress four days ago!  Grown up Mommy and Me dresses!  Another point that is is a dress for all ages–not just the mature woman!

The sleeves are a genius length and one that I do not generally see on dresses.  The sleeves on this dress fall just below the elbow on me.  If you are blessed with long arms, then they will fall slightly higher.  But the point is that these sleeves are ridiculously forgiving.  Let’s face it—we proage and our upper arms get a bit flabby.  This dress hides the flab!

These sleeves though…could they not be any more perfect?

More on the design.  I noticed from the side view in my video review (I’ll add it to the end), that the design somewhat disguises my gut.  From the side.  From the front, I would wear shapewear to suck the gut in.  However, I am going to order a size Medium in another dress to see if the stretch from the dress will suck the gut.

I gotta gut sticking out but the design from the side does a good job in playing it down!

Sit-ability.  This dress is very sit-friendly.  Have you ever been at a function or work and your dress rides up—inching and inching up until you are constantly tugging at it?  Yeah—I hate when that happens.  Because of the length, you can sit very comfortably without having to put a drink or plate of food down to “fix” or tug at the dress.  I’m a huge fan of that.

And that’s as high as the dress rides up–making this a VERY sitable dress!

A most pragmatic party dress. You can enjoy a plate of food resting on your lap and you won’t be worrying about the dress riding up your thighs!

I’m excited about the way I sit in the dress. Chippy is bored!

And more on the length.  On me, the dress comes mid-knee almost a hair above the knee but not quite.   It’s a very “ladylike” length and given the silhouette, it’s a very body-lengthening dress, giving you the appearance of being taller.

Seriously–what’s not to love about this dress?

The darts in the top of the dress are another figure-flattering quality.

Check out the darting!  So old-school!!

Overall, this dress has everything.  Style. Sophistication.  Wearability (and by that, I mean from office to special occasion).  Comfort.  Flattering to all body types.  And the price is ridiculous.

Look—I realize that I could be debated on this dress given where it’s made and given the price point.  But—it’s affordable.  And the average woman doesn’t have the $100 or $200 to spend on a dress under normal circumstances.  I’m a big believer in a great deal and bargain, as well as value for the money and this dress hits all those points.

Did I mention that I love the design because it is just so India-inspired?  And…even though this is a multi-generational dress, it’s also a wonderful and flattering choice for the Mature demographic! BTW–I’m wearing Freetress Equal Swami wig in these pics.  A very affordable wig!

And so, if you are over 50, 60 or in the mature woman demographic, this is a well-needed and very lady-like frock!

For a better view, here’s the YouTube video I just uploaded and you can also get more information on ordering from my Amazon List:  My Atypical60 Amazon Influencer List.

And that’s my honest view.  I love this dress so much that I ordered another one in Black and white with slightly longer sleeves in the same Large size.  And it was $19.99 from the same brand!  Just a heads up!  Let me know what you think–have you ever ordered clothing from Amazon?  Were you happy or……………….like me with the dress that was more like a shirt, did you trash it?

 

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They Shall Not Grow Old……But A Few Lucky Ones Did

We went to the movies yesterday.  What we saw was not an entertaining movie.  It wasn’t a RomCom nor was it a fantasy.  It wasn’t sugar-coated.

No sugar-coating or Mary Poppinsing with yesterday’s movie!

It wasn’t a story either.

As much as I loved this book and cannot wait to see the movie–what we saw wasn’t a Hollywood version of a story!

What it was—was history and a history that is slowly fading. We saw “They Shall Not Grow Old”

Despite the smiles–and over bad food at that–this documentary was somber and frightening.

This is a somber, sometimes eerie, sometimes absolutely horrific and well-needed documentary about The Great War—World War 1.

Posters like this had men and teens as young as 15 who lied about their birthdates to enlist in the British army.

Directed by New Zealand Oscar Winning Peter Jackson it’s dedicated in part to his grandfather who fought in that war.

Forget another Oscar–this guy needs a friggin’ Pulitzer Prize for “They Shall Not Grow Old”

Like Jackson, my grandfather, Thomas Wynne, also fought in that war.  One of my great-uncles also fought and was killed.

My grandfather, Thomas Wynne Sr.  from County Roscommon.  He fought when he was 19 years old and we are thankful he returned!

My grandfather said little about his time fighting in this war.  In fact, as children, all we knew of it was a photograph of his division (sorry I don’t have a photo—my aunt has it), his old WWI helmet and his gas mask.

I have no idea who in our family has his old helmet but we all took turns playing with it.  

And we were all too familiar with these alien, monstrous looking gas masks.  I don’t know how well they protected because my grandfather lost a lung due to the poisonous gases.

He also lost a lung as a result of the effects from the mustard gas, I believe—it was one of the gases.  But the man was strong because he lived to be a very old man.  With one lung.  Smoking Chesterfields and drinking a boilermaker a day.

My grandfather must have had great genetics to have one lung, smoke non-filtered Chesterfields AND drink a boilermaker a day.  

Other childhood memories of his days in the Great War were  listening and singing songs like  It’s a Long Way to Tipperary” “K-K-K-Katie” and “Mademoiselle from Armentieres” which we dubbed “Yinky Dinky Parlay Voo”

For some strange reason, I thought everyone on earth knew this song.  I grew up singing this thanks to my grandfather!

It wasn’t until I was older that he mentioned life in the trenches was the worst experience he ever had.  He said it was the only time, as an adult (actually late teens) that he shit his pants in fear.  This was in The Somme at the Battle of the Verdun.

My grandfather never spoke of life in the trenches.  My guess is he didn’t want to be reminded.  But Peter Jackson gave me a better understanding of what my grandfather and others went through.  It was horrible.

He was lucky.  He survived. And though one of his major organs was removed.  He remained ours.  And he was one of my favorite people.

But back to the film.  Jackson focused on the British troops during this war as he was commissioned by the BBC and his grandfather was one of the troops.

Four years into the making, the footage was restored in color—a painstaking process.  But the film goes from black and white into the color making the effects of this war even more realistic and horrifying.

From black and white to color–and it gave a more harrowing, realistic aura of this awful war.

Voice-overs from men who fought this war and survived were taken and used for describing the War.

Faces of young soldiers and listening to the voice overs of those who fought were beyond moving. It was downright sad.

Some of the scenes were so god-awful, I had to look at the movie out of my bad eye and in one moment of the film, one of the men used in the voice-overs states that ……he passed a boy (soldier) with an arm and leg blown off—his eye hanging down to his cheek calling for his mother.  He shot the boy to put him out of his misery—and his voice shook—years later.  Can you possibly imagine?

This is a very subdued photograph of the casualties of day one in the Somme.  The movie showed more graphic visuals that I just can’t even post.

There is no romanticism in this movie.  It is what it is.  It showcases the horrors, and also the “off-time” from the trenches.  Men and teenaged boys being what they are—boys.

There is nothing romantic about war in this documentary. It is what it is.

This is one of the saddest photos.  Jackson, in the commentary mentioned that the men in this photo–it was possibly their last 30 minutes alive because they were sent into a battle in which all the men died.  Look at the fear in the soldier’s face. 

God knows how they were able to shot a gun with these masks on….

The part of the movie that did me in, though, was the ending credits.  The song, Mademoiselle from Armentieres was being sung over the credits. And at that moment, it all came back to me.  My grandfather singing that song to me.  And I remembered the lyrics and sang along.

It was a very touching part of the movie and I wanted my grandfather back so I could really talk to him about his life in the trenches and understand more of what he went through.

After the movie ended, a 30-minute commentary with Peter Jackson was shown.  If you see this movie, you have to stay for the commentary because it makes the film more precious.  He mentioned all the countries and colonies who fought in the war.

The colonies were among those mentioned in the commentary…

…as well as the Americans

He also mentioned that we could be the last generation who had a relative who fought in that war and asked to talk about it.  Chances are that more people had a relative who fought.

You know it isn’t a proper blog post of mine if I don’t mention clothing.  The Scots had THE best military uniforms.  Kilts.  And they managed to fight a good battle in them..

Now you know one of the reasons I love my kilt skirts so much!

And he was so correct.  Personally, I naïvely thought everyone had a grandfather or great uncle fighting in WW1. It was also my thinking that everyone was well-educated about The Great War.  It saddened me to find out that its history is fading.

War is stupid.  War is dumb.  War is humanity at it’s worst.  People think I’m an oversensitive liberal.  I’m not.  And I’ve had some people tell me I’m a lousy American because of my views on war.

An African-American infantry on their way to The Verdun.  We forget about our men of color who fought in this war.  They should be a big part of Black History Month!

But here’s the thing.  Every time I’m in France.  I visit an American War Cemetery.  Vincent and I drove up by the Somme some years back to look for my great-uncle’s grave and we think we may have found it but weren’t sure.  In any case, I make sure to pay my respects for all the men who fought in France during WW 1 and WW2.

This is the American Cemetary in The Somme.  We may have found my uncle’s grave but we weren’t sure. Either way, I went down on my knees and paid respect to these men who fought for the world.

It doesn’t get more patriotic than that.  So, to those who think I’m a lousy American.  I challenge you to do the same and I say don’t judge me. Not now.  Not ever. Never.

Two years ago I was here. It never gets old for me and I will continue to pay my respects for those who fought in The Great War and WWII.

My thanks to Mr. Jackson for bringing back a piece of history that is fading.

Here’s the song that broke me.  From the ending credits of  They Shall Not Grow Old.  (I grew up thinking it was “Yinky” when it’s actually “Hinky”–oh what we learn when we grow old!). The commentary gives a nice background story to the men singing this song.  And it’s an uplifting ending to the credits!

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Basic Me!!! I Hardly Bought Any Clothing This Winter….

Oddly enough, the “aha” moment struck yesterday morning.  After hearing the sad news about my favorite fashion designer, Mr. Karl, I thought about fashion and clothing and then….I had an “Aha Moment”!

Oh Mr. Karl.  I will miss you.  And I’ll miss your signature pony tail. I only wish you had worn a man bun!  And I’ll miss your white shirts!

I hardly made any clothing purchases from the fall into this winter.

No scarfs were purchased.  Nor was any outwear.

This toasty nugget?  Two years…or perhaps three years old!

Is there a reason for this?  Kind of…

My closet has plenty of clothing.

Plaid among the pants hanging in the closet

If my skirts get any older they, as am I, will be placed in the “mature” demographic!

My blazers to not need another buddy hanging out with them.

The blazers are getting a bit cramped in there! And there’s about two-decades worth!

In all honesty, I’m happy with the clothing I have.  I either really love every article of clothing or I have a tremendous like for others.

I blame Catholic School for my over-abundance of white shirts–but the fact is, I love a white shirt–it’s a very crisp look!

And I think a lot of my not having to purchase is simply because I purchase clothing that doesn’t go out of style or fashion, if you will. As a member of the pro-aging group and as I’ve gotten older, I realize that I don’t need to follow the trends.  And when I do follow, I think hard if that trend will be around for a few seasons!

I got on the Camo trend train late last summer and I love these jeans–I call them “classically trendy”…

Two years ago when I purchased this leopard-print skirt, I really thought I was following a trend.  Two years later–it’s a new neutral and this is my most worn skirt.  All seasons.  I love this..

I…..am…..a……….BASIC!  Yes. A basic.  In most circles being a basic is dull and boring and yawn-inspiring.

And yes!  I LOVE being basic.  I’m a very proud basic!

However, in my mind, being a basic simply means that you have clothing that is—well….basic!

There are enough white tee shirts to last me from now till kingdom come.

I kid you not.  I have an entire drawer devoted to white tee shirts.  When they get old I use them as cleaning rags.  I love a good multi-tasker!

During the winter, I rarely wear dresses.  In fact, this winter I never wore a dress once.  I love the illusion of a dress by wearing a monochromatic theme.   One of my favorite’s is a navy shirt, navy short sleeved shell and navy shoes.  Everyone thought this was a dress!

A navy knit pencil skirt, a navy short-sleeved shell sweater and navy shoes.  It’s not a dress-it’s “basic”ally separates!

I love this look simply because I love my clothes!  If I fake tan the legs on Sunday, I can wear this Monday to work!

Let’s take a look at what I’ve been wearing –trust me most of it isn’t new

Yesterday’s outfit was inspired by the great Karl Lagerfeld and his penchant for the black and white suiting.  The pants are from Gap from about six years ago–maybe more.  The blazer around the same from J. Crew.  The scarf?  I have NO idea how long I’ve had it. It’s old…and I wore a plain black tee that I think I may have purchased in 2016.

My beatnick look–again, same GAP pants, an old turtleneck and the boots I picked up in November (You’ll see more about that later in the post)

More old clothes. More old boots. More old hair! Nothing in this photo is new!

The Weejuns–are from 1999 or 2000.  I’ve had them resoled and sewn up a few times but they are my old reliables.  The sweater was purchased back in November and I’ve worn it constantly throughout this winter.  The jeans–I  believe were purchased back in September making them newer moreso than older! I love this look so much I could wear it every day!

Navy suiting–suit-not-suit! All separates.  J. Crew Schoolboy blazer–I think this is one of my older ones from maybe eight years ago and J. Crew pants that were purchased a few years back.  Basic white tee and the scarf I stole from my daughter.  Basic. Basic. Basic!!!

You’ll see this skirt below in the purchases I made this past fall/winter.  I’m wearing it with a neon pink Tippi sweater from J. Crew–this has gotta be a 7 year-old sweater and old metallic heels that are really ready for the trash but I just can’t!!

A Saturday basic look.  On winter Saturdays, I cook and bake and write and keep basic.  White tee and jeans.  Is there anything more basic?

I wore this to work today.  Lucky for me, I was able to leave work at 2PM due to the snow but I have to make up the time.  Don’t even get me started on THAT!  Anyway, I’m wearing old leggings I picked up at Loft some years ago.  The boots are from many moons and the sweater from this season at deep discount from J. Crew.  You know–I love the sweater but am slightly disappointed at the way the bottom of the sweater is stretching out–I tug at it because of my long-waistedness.  Why don’t companies make clothing for the long torsoed?

Now let’s look at what I bought this past winter (and I mean fall into winter)

I did purchase both the pants from J. Crew and the velvet tee from J. Crew Factory this year.  Both items were on HEAVY discount.  The pants will be around for a long time. I love the ankle length, the subtle plaid is perfect for work and the velvet tee can dress up any outfit–it’s also a great holiday item!

Two sweaters I purchased.  A yellow roll-neck from J. Crew and an olive crew neck from J. Crew Factory. I have to say…the olive green sweater is probably my most-worn from this winter.  In fact, I need to get it cleaned!

 

I know I mentioned I didn’t need another blazer–but when I saw this navy one on J. Crew Factory’s site for a grand total of $45.  One can never have too many navy blazers.

Another J. Crew Factory find–and under $19.99.  I loved these khaki pants so much I ordered a second pair.  I’ve worn these quite often and they are three-season pants.  The fit is beautiful!

I must say, J. Crew Factory knocked it out of the park for me this winter.  Yet another factory find.  I love—LOVE this skirt!!

This large yellow bag was purchased in November when we were in Paris.  I used this so much since I bought it.  Yellow–it brightened my winter!

Another Parisian find.  They weren’t inexpensive but didn’t break the bank–and  I got a discount at Galeries Lafayette because it was Black Friday….

…these booties by Geox were a very pragmatic purchase.  They are comfortable as all get out and they are very basic in the best way!

Being a savvy clothing shopper means making that purchase that’ll last a few years. I also purchased a leopard neck wrap/scarf in 2016 for $7.00 that has been keeping me toasty this winter.

This seven-buck leopard collar scarf is the toastiest thing on earth!  I love this so much and for the ridiculous price it’s the best value ever!

It also helps to be on the lookout for basic items that aren’t frumpy or aging to us.  We want a modern vibe with a bit of an edge but we don’t want to look as though we are trying to capture our youth—know what I mean?

Okay. Allow me to explain.  The kilt skirt, worn with tights and a textured turtleneck sweater is youthful–but I don’t appear to be making a desparate attempt to capture my childhood days.  At least I don’t think so–lol!!

Here’s basically what it comes down to.  Buy clothes you love.  Stick within your affordability.  Purchase clothing that’ll be in style (not necessarily fashion  but–style).  Buy classics but give them a modern edge!

We may be “mature” but it doesn’t mean we have to dress old, frumpy and unstylish–and you don’t have to spend a fortune.  My clothing is purchased at discount.  Sales are my bff’s.  Full-price is not for me!!

How were your clothing purchases this winter?  Did you end up making many purchases—fewer—none?  Let’s talk!

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