Lets Jet Pant by Lucy

Lets Jet Pant (photo from Lucy.com)

Lets Jet Pant (photo from Lucy.com)

In one of my Instagram posts, someone suggested that I check out Lucy for athletic wear.  I checked out the clothing line and signed up for their promo emails.  Their clothing line is perfect for me, not too sexy, not too flashy, and just enough eye catching prints and graphic tee’s to make me go Hmmm, I need that!

So when they had a 30% off flash sale, I decided to try the Lets Jet Pants.  I’m going to be traveling soon and I’d like to wear a stylish, yet comfortable pair of pants on the long flight and I thought these might do the trick.

So let’s chat about the details:

These pants are made of a soft, quick-dry, stretch material which will be so comfortable with all the sitting I’ll be doing on long flights.  I also like the drawstring at the waist for an adjustable fit. The style is a relaxed fit, but forms close to the body.  No baggy sweatpants here.

Lets Jet Pant Hidden Zipper Detail

Lets Jet Pant Hidden Zipper Detail (Pant Color: Fossil) | Lucy

The pants have two pockets and the right pocket has a hidden zippered pocket.

Lets Jet Pant Adjustable Runching at the ankle

Lets Jet Pant Adjustable Runching at the ankle

Lucy clothing is also sold at Dick’s Sporting Goods stores.

Let's Jet Pants in Fossil (Lucy) | Merona Tank (old) (Target)

Let’s Jet Pants in Fossil (Lucy) | Merona Tank, old (Target)

The Lets Jet Pant retails for $89.00 and I got them on sale for $55.30 (Discount + 30% off).  I really want to buy these pants in dove gray, but will have to wait for another sale.  I’m still doing fairly well with my 2016 goal of not buying anything unless it’s on sale.  Well, have slipped here and there, but .. doing well overall.

If you’re in Dick’s Sporting Goods store, check out the Lucy clothing line !!

Cheers, Monica

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Casual outfit when dining al fresco in SoCal

Tee (Target), Jacket (Macy's), Shorts (JC Penny)

Tee (Target), Jacket (Macy’s), Shorts (JC Penny)

Well, hello there.  I’ve returned to the blogging world.  I’m now home in San Diego, but it always takes me a week or two to get back into the swing of things once I’ve been out of town.

Anywhoo, here is an outfit that I wore while dining al fresco at a local Italian restaurant.  It was just the typical Friday night pizza dinner, but we decided to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air. Since I’m in southern California, where it is super casual, I wore a pair of white denim shorts, a black & white stripe tee and brought along a jacket in case the night air became too cool for me.

Casual Summer Outfit

Casual Summer Outfit

While the white denim distressed shorts and denim jacket are a closet staple, the t-shirt from Target is new as are the black sandals (similar style).

Jacket by KUT

Jacket by KUT

I’m amazed at how fast time flies by now that I’m older.  In just a few weeks it’ll be August and I’m wondering where June went.

Hope you are enjoying your summer while it lasts.

Cheers, Monica

Link up with: Alice (Happiness at Mid Life), Nicole (High Latitude Style), Dawn (Fashion Should be Fun)

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Chocolate & Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

Protein Cookies w/ fruit and green tea

Protein Cookies w/ fruit and green tea

I posted these protein cookies on instagram and the post received good response and interest so I thought I’d add the recipe to my blog.  The recipe is adapted from the Dr Oz web site.  You can find the original recipe here.  I changed the recipe slightly as someone in the comment section on the Dr. Oz site mentioned that 3/4 cups of ground flax seed was overpowering in the recipe, so I reduced the flax to 1/4 cup and added 1/2 cup of almond flour.

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Protein Cookies:

  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups oats (I used quick oats)
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed meal
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 scoops of chocolate protein powder ( I used AMP Women’s Advanced Protein in Chocolate Cupcake ).

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F. Mix together eggs, brown sugar, applesauce, peanut butter and vanilla. Add protein powder, oats, flax meal, salt, and baking soda.  Drop spoonfuls of dough onto cookie sheets and bake for 10 minutes.  Recipe should make about 28 cookies.

Estimated nutrition (depends on the protein powder used):

Calories: 114 per cookie
Fat: 6 g
Carbs: 10 g
Protein: 5 g

Happy eatin’ !!

Monica.

J Lo Boyfriend Denim Shorts

Casual on a hot day in JLo Boyfriend Shorts | Kohls

Casual on a hot day in JLo Boyfriend Shorts | Kohls

This post may look fairly similar to my last post and you’re right.  I’m finding that jeans shorts are my summer staple even in super hot weather.

These cute shorts are the Jennifer Lopez Boyfriend Shorts and a great fit for the pear shape.  I like the subtle distressed material, and the gold hardware details (button and rivets). I find these shorts a bit baggy in the rear end, but they are a ‘boyfriend’ fit so they are meant to be roomy all around.

Jennifer Lopez Boyfriend Shorts, Size 8 | Kohls

Jennifer Lopez Boyfriend Shorts, Size 8 | Kohls

The sleeveless tank that I’m wearing is from Simply Vera and it’s from a few years ago. Have no fear, the Vera line always has these fun print tops in stock at Kohls.

Simply Vera Vera Wang Print Tank | Kohls

Simply Vera Vera Wang Print Tank, 12 prints available| Kohls

I’m still enjoying my time here in Palm Desert although I’m getting a little antsy because I would love to do some yard work, but it’s so darn hot in the evening (still in the 100’s) that it’s impossible to do any digging.  Oh, well at least I have some landscaping ideas that I’ll be working on in the fall.

Cheers, Monica

Link up with: Alice (Happiness at Mid Life), Nicole (High Latitude Style), Dawn (Fashion Should be Fun)

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Flutter Sleeve Tee, Simply Vera Shorts and Silver Sandals

Silver sandals, denim shorts, flutter sleeve tee

Silver sandals, denim shorts, flutter sleeve tee

Greetings from hot as heck Palm Desert where the evening temperature doesn’t seem to go below 90F / 32C.  Not that I’m complaining, I love hot weather, but it is hard on the camera and difficult to get pictures outdoors, but as you can see .. I did manage .. so let’s start from the top:

I have on an old flutter sleeve tee that I got from Old Navy last year.  This poor tee is on its last leg as it has developed three holes right in the middle which is why I have the shirt tucked in.  I keep saying that I’m going to turn this tee into dust cloths, but I always wash it and hang it right back up.

The denim shorts that I’m wearing are the Simply Vera – Vera Wang Roll Cuff Jean Shorts that I featured in my last video.  Even though the weather is hot, I find these denim shorts perfectly comfortable.

Simply Vera - Vera Wang Roll Cuff Jean Shorts, Size 8 | Kohls

Simply Vera – Vera Wang Roll Cuff Jean Shorts, Size 8 | Kohls

The sandals that I’m wearing are a weekend purchase.  I decided to stop by DSW to look for gold heels (to replace those unstable costume heels) and instead I found these cute flat silver sandals.

Benniee Silver Sandals, Size 8.5 by Madden Girl | DSW

Benniee Silver Sandals, Size 8.5 by Madden Girl | DSW

DSW was having a wonderful clearance sale this weekend.  The sandals were $24.95, marked down 40%, (-$9.98) = $14.97.  I had a $10.00 off DSW coupon so with tax the sandals cost $5.37! Whadda bargain !!

Hoping your area of the world is cool and comfortable.

Cheers, Monica.

Linking up with Patti at Not Dead Yet Style, Rania at The Wardrobe Stylist

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Hawaiian Print V-Neck Cut Out Tank from Old Navy

Hawaiian Print V-Neck Cut Out Tank | Old Navy

Hawaiian Print V-Neck Cut Out Tank | Old Navy

I’m back in San Diego for a few days as I had to check on the house as my spouse was once again, sent offshore to deal with this never ending project.  Everything at the house is a-ok, so I decided to shoot this outfit photo.

In my recent post & video, I mentioned that I purchased the Hawaiian Print V-Neck Cut Out Tank from Old Navy.  I didn’t see this print online, so hopefully it’s still available in stores.

For a quick and simply outfit, I added gold accessories and white pants to complete the look. The white trousers are from Worthington Curvy fit line at JC Penny ~ perfect fit for the pear shaped gal.  I’ve had these pants for years and they look as good as the day I bought them.

Cute Cut Out on the back of shirt | Old Navy

Cute cut out on the back of shirt | Old Navy

The gold shoes that I’m wearing were a cheap purchase for a Halloween costume (I was a Greek Goddess) and while these shoes are pretty, they are “wear from the car to the restaurant and back to the car” type of shoes.  These shoes have no real structure to support a casual stroll. They are meant to look cute and that’s it!

Gold Heels - meant for looks, not comfort

Gold Heels – meant for looks, not comfort

Do you have a pair of 1 hour wear heels for special occasions?

Cheers, Monica

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Shopping Haul in Palm Desert, CA

Tote from Walmart

No Boundaries Woven Tote from Walmart

I actually made a video for this haul, but if you don’t have time to watch – here is what I recently purchased while in Palm Desert, CA.

And yes, while I am trying to buy on sale, a few items slipped through as I found the items too good to pass up.  I didn’t go over board, so I feel that I’m still in line with my 2016 Goal of watching my spending.

First off .. Old Navy:

I purchased two tops, one full price and one half off:

Peach Strip Sleevless top (may be available in stores)
Patterned V-Neck Cut Out Tank, now on sale (of course!), $12

Cabazon Premium Outlet Mall:

Two tops from Calvin Klein. These tops are probably exclusive to the outlet store, but this CK Metallic Graphic Tee at Macy’s is quite cute!

Nordstrom Rack:

Edista Print Short Sleeve Dolman Tee with a floral overlay front and jersey top back with side runching.  Check out this similar floral print with a strip background.

Kohl’s:

Mentioned in the video, but not shown, the JLo Boyfriend jean shorts – great for the pear shaped gal.  The jeans shorts that I like even better are the Simply Vera – Vera Wang Roll Cuff Shorts.  Even though these shorts are listed as “straight through hip & thigh”, these size 8 shorts fit me perfectly.

Tek Gear Core Essentials Sports Bra:  Easy pull on style sports bra that works perfectly well for a weight lifting session at the recreational gym here in the desert.  I’m normally a 34C and a size medium fit fine in this style.

Fila Workout Racerback Tank in Diamond Ray.  Fila offers 20 solid and print options for this top. I love the moisture wicking material and the long length of this tank.  Fits great, I’m a size medium and this top is currently on sale for $14.99.

Walmart:

Only two purchases here, three pairs of Danskin No Show Tab socks.  The tab at the heel keeps these socks from sliding within athletic shoes.  And .. as mentioned in the video, I purchased an inexpensive tote as a gym bag.  The “No Boundaries Woven Tote” comes in 8 cute prints.  I don’t think this canvas bag will last long, but it’s good enough to carry a few items that I need when heading to the gym.

As always, thanks for stopping by!!

Cheers, Monica

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Evening skin care routine in the desert

PM Skin Care Routine in the desert

PM Skin Care Routine in the desert

It’s only fair that if I discuss my AM skin care routine that I should probably share the evening routine as well and as you can see, it is slightly different.

NUANCE Facial Cleansing Oil:

I like to remove my makeup with an oil cleanser.  The one shown is Nuance Facial Cleansing oil from the Selma Hayek line available at CVS.  It took me a long time to warm up to this brand as I tend to avoid celebrity beauty lines.  I do really like this oil cleanser, but the line is going through an over haul so you may not be able to find this oil cleanser in stock at CVS.  I’ve also used the following oil cleansers below and all are quite good:

Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser or Exfoliating Cleanser (Nuance Exfoliating Gel shown):

After I oil cleanse to remove my makeup, I like to make sure that the oil is off my skin, so I’ll either cleanse with the foaming face wash or if my skin feels a little rough, then I’ll use an exfoliating cleanser.  I’m currently using the Nuance Exfoliating Gel.  This fruit acid gel stings upon application, but slowly goes away.  It is quite gentle to the skin and a chemical exfoliant is probably better than an abrasive scrub.

Moisturize with Belif Aqua Bomb and Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil:

I have been using the Belif Aqua bomb since December 2015 (I got the Aqua Bomb in a Belif holiday kit and it was the only stellar product).  I love how moisturizing this gel is on my skin.  I think I’m on my third tub – it’s that good.

The Fresh Seaberry Moisturizer Face Oil is a new product to me, but after watching Cora, Vintage Or Tacky’s skin care video, I knew that I had to give this product a try.  I actually do most of Cora’s skin care routine when I’m in San Diego, but it’s a bit over kill for me in the desert where I just need to cleanse my skin and get a moisturizer on asap.  Adding 2 to 3 drops of the seaberry oil to my moisturizer gives me a lovely dewy, moisture locked complexion.  I only use the oil in my evening routine as, for me, it’s a bit too heavy for the day.  I will say that the seaberry oil is expensive ($52), but it is a game changer for a person with dry skin or someone with mature skin.

Well, that wraps up my PM skin care routine while in the desert.  Outfit photo’s will resume once I’m back in San Diego.  It seems that I actually forgot my camera!  I did manager to bring the tri pod though .. lol.

Cheers, Monica

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Morning skin care routine in the desert

AM Skincare Routine in the desert

AM Skincare Routine in the desert

Even though the desert is just three hours away from San Diego, the drastic change in climate has me updating my skin care routine once I’ve arrived at our desert house.  Gone are the over-cast misty mornings for an early sunrise and blistering temperatures.

In my youth, my skin was always oily, but now that I’m older my skin is more combo with a slightly oily t-zone.  So here are a few products that I use in the morning to help me keep my skin clear, moisturized and sun protected.

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash:

You would think that an acne face wash would not be the best choice for mature skin, but I find that the 2% Salicylic acid helps to keep my pore clean and my skin soft.  I like that this face wash exfoliates my skin, but isn’t abrasive like a scrub.

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream with Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum SPF 30:

This is a wonderful moisturizer and SPF all rolled into one.  I like this product because it wears so well under makeup.  My foundation doesn’t streak or become patchy once the Olay product is on the skin.  I like that this product also has anti aging properties such as amino-peptides that help reduce the signs of wrinkles (heck ya!).  I’ve noticed that the price varies greatly with this product from $23.99 (Target) to $24.64 (Ulta).  If you have a Costco membership, I did see this product in the warehouse and online, two for $38.99 (about $19.50 each).

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup with SPF 20 (Shade Nude, 40):

I originally purchased this foundation in San Diego as the lazy girl’s guide to sunscreen application.  I know that I should wear a separate sunscreen every day, but thought this would be a quick way to ‘slap it on’ and be done with it.  However, while I found the Neutrogena makeup too moisturizing for my skin in San Diego, it makes the perfect dry weather makeup for the desert.  In the desert sun, I know there’s no way the SPF 20 would offer any protection, but it is a nice formula for dryer skin and the coverage is quite good.  This foundation glides on perfectly over the Olay Regenerist SPF 30, so I feel I’m quite protected.  I’m happy to report that while I am getting a slight tan, I haven’t suffered a sun burn on my face.

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Lotion Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum, SPF 30:

I purchased this sun screen for the moisturizing benefits and I like that it’s non-greasy, oil-free and water resistant.  I find that sunscreens, like the Neutrogena Ulta Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen, SPF 30 is quite dry (as it says on the label) and leaves my skin tight an uncomfortable.  The Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen has a conditioning formula that leaves the skin soft with shea butter and mango fruit extract.  I will say that although this sunscreen is “broad spectrum” (UVA & UVB protection) my skin is tanning through the sunscreen. This is because I only apply once in the morning and I don’t re-apply. It’s important to note that the Hawaiian Tropic isn’t a total sun block and it’s best to re-apply to get the most sun protecting benefits of any sunscreen.

Let me know if you’ve changed your skin care routine and what are your favorite sun protection products for summer.

Cheers, Monica

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Palm Springs Museum of Art – Baroque to Bling Exhibit

Palm Springs Museum of Art, HWY 111, Palm Springs, CA

Palm Springs Museum of Art, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs, CA

If you don’t mind, I’m departing from the usual fashion post as I am in the desert and it’s far to hot to stand outside to get a cute shot of whatever I’m wearing.  It’s been in the 100’s all week, not that I’m complaining, but my outfits haven’t been any fancier than shorts and a sleeveless tank top.

Everything sort of slows down in this type of heat – even my desire to shop in a blissfully air conditioned mall.  So while looking for something to do, I finally decided to check out the Palm Springs Museum of Art.  Normally, I would check to see what type of exhibit was showing or the type of art work on permanent display, but I didn’t bother. I just decided to ‘wing it’.

The current exhibit is called Baroque to Bling and it’s all about over the top excess.  The artistic items that I took photo’s of were over embellished fashionable pieces that dazzled the eye.  I didn’t find this particular exhibit ‘moving’ as it didn’t evoke certain feelings, but it was indeed fun, playful and a lot of eye candy.

Jeweled Long Coat

Jeweled Long Coat

Jeweled Long Coat

Jeweled Long Coat

Playful necklace

Playful necklace

The wall art below was my absolute favorite.  It is by Brazilian artist Vik Muniz.  He creates glossy magazine collages of historical paintings.

Elin Danielson Gambogi

Collage by Vik Muniz. Original work “After Breakfast” by Elin Danielson Gambogi (Finnish painter)

I found this piece absolutely stunning because Muniz matches the paint pigment in the original painting with corresponding scrapes of magazine.  I also love that he uses the images of magazine photo’s to create depth within the collage.  It’s like looking at artwork within artwork – truly incredible – I could stare at it all day.

A closer look at this amazing collage

A closer look at this amazing collage

I found this exhibit quite pleasing and I’m glad that I finally stopped by the museum after visiting the desert, not only years before we purchased the desert house, but the three years that we’ve owned the house.  The Palm Springs Art Museum is truly a gem of the desert and I hope to visit again when they feature new exhibits.

Cheers, Monica.