Fall footwear: Sandals to Cage Booties

It’s still plenty warm here in southern California and I’m ready to put my sandals away, but not quite ready to haul out my boots.  My solution is a recent purchase from the clearance section at DSW – a pair of cage booties.  These cute booties are from Nine West and have a leather upper with a zipper at the heel.  These booties are surprisingly comfortable and the perforations will keep my feet cool while we enjoy our second summer in San Diego.

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Nine West Cage Booties (similar)

The tunic style blouse I’m wearing is from the Merona line at Target.  I found this print really attractive with the navy background and multi-color roses.  I’ve seen this material used for all kinds of garments from Target such as skirts, dresses and this short sleeved version.

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Crepe long sleeve blouse | Target

The belt I’m wearing is rather fun.  It’s the  Calvin Klein Metallic Piping Reversible Belt (silver on one side, black with silver piping on the other).  I also have the same CK belt which is a solid bright pink on one side and gray with pink piping on the other.

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Calvin Klein Metallic Piping Reversible Belt | Necklace by www.louishill.com

The jeans that I’m wearing are from Style & Co. Jeans, Curvy-Fit Cuffed Ex-Boyfriend.  Although Style & Co is not a favorite line of mine from Macy’s, these jeans are worth the purchase.  The material is made from a cotton/polyester/spandex which gives the jeans a nice give and stretch. So although the jeans are fitted, I don’t feel like a stuffed sausage.  The fit is comfortable and moves with me from standing to sitting.

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Style & Co. Jeans, Curvy-Fit Cuffed Ex-Boyfriend

The photo above is a bit over exposed due to direct sunlight.  I am still working on those remote control selfies, which I like to think I’m getting better at ;-)

Cheers,
Monica

Bloglovin Update

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Greetings all,

A super nice subscriber to my blog alerted me that my Bloglovin link was not working.  It appears to have stopped when I moved my blog from Blogger to WordPress ( a move I wouldn’t recommend ).  It appears that my url wasn’t updated and therefore, new content was not added to the Bloglovin feed.

That means in order to continue to receive blog post feeds from A Pear Shaped Gal, you’ll need to click on the updated Bloglovin button and re-subscribe.  My apologies for the oversight and again, special thanks to Becky for bringing the error to my attention.

Cheers,
Monica

Add A Taste Of Fall To Your Coffee

I love the fall season with its spicy aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice in the air.  That’s why I picked up Starbucks Fall Blend coffee.  However, when I brewed the coffee, there was no spicy aroma in the air or in the coffee.  How disappointing!

No worries though, I just added a bit of cinnamon to the coffee grounds before brewing which gave the coffee that warm seasonal taste that I was looking for.

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Cuisinart, Starbucks, Cinnamon

I made a single serving so you’ll need:

1/8th teaspoon of cinnamon per 2.5 tablespoons of coffee.
1.5 cups water

These measurements can certainly be adjusted, I like medium tasting coffee (not too weak, not to strong).

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1/8th tsp, per 2.5 tablespoons of coffee

Cinnamon is a beneficial spice to add to your diet.  This warm spice helps to lower inflammation and it’s also a powerful antioxidant.  Add cinnamon to your smoothies and oatmeal.

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Sweeten with Teavana rock sugar

When I get up in the morning, my preference is plain black coffee, but on the weekend I’ll add a bit of Teavana rock sugar.

How do you like your coffee?

Cheers,
Monica

 

 

Calvin Klein Performance Cropped Roll-Tab Capris

When I saw the Calvin Klein Performance Cropped Roll-Tab Capris in Macy’s – I laughed. No way was I going to buy a pair of “pull-on” pants. What am I two years old?  Well, curiosity got the better of me and I tried them on and actually found these pants super comfortable.  Although the pants are called “performance” they won’t get you through an exercise routine as they are just a bit too loose with no stretch in the material.  These pants are perfect for running around on the weekend and going for a walk after eating a big lunch.

The only issue that I noticed while wearing the pants is that an additional draw string on the inside of the waist would have been nice.  I had to give these pants a tug every once in a while as I was running my errands today.

Also, the size of the pants is listed as small, medium and large.  I am a size 8/10 in pants and I purchased a size medium. These capri pants are good for the pear shaped gal as they are quite roomy in the hips, butt, and thigh area.

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Rolled waist – front

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Rolled waist – back.

The top I’m wearing is the Ideology Short Sleeve Graphic Print T-shirt also from Macy’s. This shirt is a cotton / spandex blend which gives it a bit of stretch.  I love the metallic look of the graphic swoosh.

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Ideology Short-Sleeve Graphic-Print Tee

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Additional items:  Tarte lipstick in Playful,  Tennis shoes: Saucony Echelons 2 (similar)

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.

Cheers,
Monica.

Linking up with Patti at Not Dead Yet Style

Pink and Gray

This post is really about my – all of a sudden – interest in coordinating my manicure nail polish color with my pedicure nail polish color.  Pink on my nails and gray on my toes is a nice combination, but trying to take photo’s of my hand on my foot proved to be just plain awkward so I decided to put together a Pink and Gray set.

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What are your favorite finger & toe nail polish combinations?

Cheers,
Monica

Splurge or Save: Cleansing Conditioners

As the popularity of a new product grows, so does the knock off versions.  Sometimes the knock-off products are great and sometimes they barely compare to the original.

I’ve been using Wen Cleansing Conditioner for years.  In fact, I wrote a blog post in 2012, When to use Wen Cleansing Conditioner,  so I’m fairly familiar with the product. I think I’m on my fifth bottle of Wen so I do indeed like this product.

While flipping through a magazine, I discovered that Herbal Essences has a cleansing conditioner as part of their “Naked” line so I decided to try it out.

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Cleansing Conditioners:  Herbal Essences Naked vs. Wen by Chaz Dean

Currently, I use a cleansing conditioner as a way to refresh my hairstyle in between shampoo’s. I have tried to use Wen as my only hair cleansing product, but I do find that it eventually weighs my hair down.  For my shoulder length hair, I used 4 pumps to cleans and 4 pumps to condition.  The amount of pumps that you need depends on the length and thickness of your hair.  The Wen.com web site suggests 16-24 pumps for medium length hair and I just find that amount wasteful.

I’d say that my hair feels clean and fresh after using both products. I do love the sweet almond mint scent of Wen and although I’ve also tried the lavender and pomegranate scent, I always return to the sweet almond mint scent.

The Herbal Essences product claims to have a mint scent as well, but it really smells like a sandalwood scent to me which is not a scent I’m overly fond of.

So that brings us to the cost comparison:
Herbal Essences cost is approximately $6.99 for 16.9 fl oz
Wen  is $32.00 for 16 fl oz.

So Herbal Essences is quite the bargain, especially if you want to try out a cleansing conditioner.

In general, both products are quite good so if scent is not an issue for you, the Herbal Essences cleansing conditioner is a great deal.  However, my preference will be to continue to purchase the Sweet Almond Mint from Wen.

Do you use cleansing conditioners?  Which one(s)?

Cheers,
Monica

Simple navy knit dress

Over the Labor Day weekend I slipped on a simple navy knit dress from LL Bean.  This dress is a flattering option for the pear shaped gal as there is a band of material just under the bust line which enhances a small waist while the skirt portion flows over the hips.  The soft jersey knit material was cool and wrinkle free – even in the desert heat.

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Navy knit dress from LL Bean

To style a very plain dress, I selected orange, gold, and turquoise accessories from Charming Charlie.  I shop best at Charming Charlie when I know what I’m looking for; otherwise, I wander around the store picking up and purchasing miscellaneous items that I don’t end up wearing.

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Accessories from Charming Charlie

The Starfish and Seashell orange bracelet has a magnetic clasp so it’s quite easy to put on and the faux leather strap is comfortable around the wrist.  The necklace and earrings were a set called Petal to the Metal (similar set in white and orange).

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Sea Charm Bracelet by Charming Charlie

I purchased the sea charm bracelet last year and just got around to wearing it this summer.  It’s an easy pull on bracelet as the charms are held in place with an elastic band.

Although the spouse and I had a nice evening out, the restaurant was .. ok.  It’s probably not a place we would go running back to again. We ordered their version of lobster mac & cheese and we kept saying that we need Deborah Scott (a famous chef in San Diego) to teach these folks how to make real lobster mac and cheese!  If you’re ever in San Diego, visit C Level on Harbor drive and order their Lobster Truffle Mac & Cheese – a to die for dish!

Cheers,
Monica

Linking up with Patti at Not Dead Yet Style

The healing of hands

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Cathedral Hands, Auguste Rodin.  Photo: http://airfirewaterearth.blogspot.com/

Whenever I think of hands, I think of the beautiful sculpture by Auguste Rodin called Cathedral hands.  Observers of this sculpture are often surprised that although this looks like a left and right hand, it is actually two right hands.

After attending a few aerial silk classes, I noticed that my hands were stiff and falling asleep at night.  My doctor referred me to a hand specialist and after a few not so fun tests, I was diagnosed with two different issues:  carpal tunnel and trigger finger.   I am experiencing very mild carpal tunnel issues and the nerve damage is minimal.  The trigger finger is a type of tendinitis which stops my fingers from moving smoothly when I bend my fingers.  This is causing swelling and stiffness in my hands when I make a fist.

The current treatment for trigger finger is a shot of cortisone.  I received a lovely needle in the pad of my right hand just below my index finger .. yeah, it @#% hurt.  The doctor injected my right hand only because cortisone doesn’t often work for most people and there’s no point in doing both hands if it doesn’t work.  I’d say the cortisone shot helped a bit, but I’m not sure if this will resolve the issue.

In four weeks, I have another appointment with the hand specialist and I’ll see what my next option will be.

Thank so much for asking and sharing good thoughts for my recovery.

Cheers,
Monica.

Ruffled sleeveless top from H&M

I purchased the ruffled sleeveless top from H&M with fall on my mind.  On the west coast, fall is like our second summer.  It may be cool in the morning, but the warm afternoon has everyone removing those morning layers.

This sleeveless v-neck is a nice form fitting top with chiffon ruffles that cascade down the front.  I bought the top in maroon which is a great color for fall.  The top also comes in a light powder pink which would look great with a gray blazer.

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Transition to fall with a sleeveless top in a deep maroon

I kept my outfit simple with a white pair of pants and a leopard sweater that is also from H&M.  The outfit above is almost identical to my White Pants for Easter post.  However, the orange tank that I’m wearing in that post isn’t appropriate for the corporate work place.  The ruffled sleeveless top is more conservative.   I can take off my sweater if I get warm with out worrying that I may get called into Human Resources for a dress code violation.

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Leopard Sweater from H&M

 What are your favorite transition pieces to wear from summer to fall?

Cheers,
Monica

Linking up with:  Patti over at Not Dead Yet Style