The White Suit

While cleaning out my closet, I came across this white suit that I’ve never worn.  I purchased it for a job interview and for some reason didn’t wear it.  My idea was to be the candidate in the “white suit” .. an eye catching reminder that I was a memorable front runner for a particular job.  Not sure why I never wore this suit, but it’s over 10 years old, although still looks quite modern.  I’ve decided to donate the suit.  I hope the woman who buys this suit will be the memorable candidate who is hired for that open position.

Jones Wear White Suit Size 8 | JC Penny

Jones Wear White Suit Size 8 | JC Penny

Jones Wear Suit Size 8 | JC Penny

Jones Wear Suit Size 8 | JC Penny

Jones Wear Top | JC Penny

Jones Wear Top | JC Penny

Cheers,
Monica.

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2016 Goals 1st Quarter Update

Well hello there.  You may have noticed that I’ve been absent from my blog.  I’m in one of those blogging ruts.  It seems that what I wrote about these past three years isn’t relative to my life now, so I’m re-thinking my blog content.  It’s a slow process, but I will find direction eventually.

For today’s post I shot an update video of my 2016 goals and how I’m doing.  If you don’t have time to watch the video, no worries, I’ve written a summary below.

2016 Goals and how I’m doing at the end of the first quarter:

1. Build strength, don’t worry about weight loss.

I took January and February off from Crossfit to focus on recovery from muscle pain.  I’m now working with a Crossfit coach to build a foundation of strength so I can return to the regular workouts of the day (WODs).  I’m only on my third training session, but I am quite happy with the results so far.  Sure, I’m sore after training, but the workouts are light enough so that my muscles are able to adapt and recover.

I would also like to drop 6 – 7 lbs even though that isn’t my original focus.  Everyone in the fitness industry starts a ‘cut’ in spring to look beach ready for summer.  I’m thinking of following along with this fitness trend.

2. Incorporate active rest days.

Although I’m not doing anything special in this area, I am moving more and sitting less. I will say that the dog is enjoying more than one walk per day.

3. Start personal training classes (for Personal Training Certificate):

This is on hold as I found out that my husband and I are invited to a friends wedding in the south of France in September.  I don’t really want to worry about logging into class or have issues with internet connection while traveling.  I just want to go and have a good time.  The spouse and I plan to tour around and perhaps route our flight through Switzerland and site see there too. I’ll re-visit the PT classes in October.

4. Limit spending (buy on sale, only):

I’ve successfully followed this goal during January and February and purchased clothing items on sale.  I haven’t shopped for clothing in March as I’ve realized that I do not need anything.  In fact, I’m working on a capsule wardrobe for spring.  More information to follow.

5. Limit sweets, especially chocolate.

I’ve really done well with this goal.  I haven’t purchased any chocolate bars for the house and although I still eat sweets (just check out my instagram @pearshapedgal), I’m better with the amount of treats that I consume.

If you haven’t re-visited the goals that you made at the beginning of the year – now is the time! Get out that list that you made and see if you’re sticking to your goals. If you are GREAT!  If not, ask yourself why.  Perhaps you simply need to modify your goals or eliminate goals that you can’t complete or are no longer important.  Either way, it’s a great time to do a self check up to make sure you are on track to accomplishing those goals by the end of the year.

Cheers,
Monica.

Springtime Athleisure

I was feeling a little sporty the other day and the warm weather inspired me to put on this cute, fluttery Everyday skort by Athleta.

Every Day Skort | Athleta

Everyday Skort (Athleta) | Gray Sweat Shirt old (Gap) | Scarf, purchased when I was in Montana (Macy’s)

I was also in the mood to express my inner athlete as I am working with a CrossFit Coach to help me gain strength.  I have been in recovery mode since January and eager to get back to the gym. Problem is, I can’t seem to complete a Crossfit Work Out of the Day (WOD) without suffering greatly for several days with severe muscle pain.  I don’t seem to recover from muscle soreness like I use to, so I need to build a foundation of strength first, then I should be able to have fun at the regular workouts.  My first workout was Monday and while I’m sore, I’m not dying and will be able to workout again this week.

Anyway, back to my skirt, technically a ‘skort’, as there are a cute little pair of built in shorts underneath. We have a fair amount of spring wind at the coast and I’m never worried about flashing my undies.  The shorts have me covered.

Built-In Shorts Eliminates any flash factor (Athleta)

“Built-In Shorts Eliminates any flash factor” (Athleta)

 

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Cheers, Monica

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

My Five Top Picks for the VIB Rouge Sale Event

Top Picks, April 2016 VIB Rouge Sale Event
  1. Buxom Mauve Mavens Lip Polish Duo – $18.00: I purchased this duo back in December 2015 and I love the volumized pout that I get from these lip glosses.  The lip glosses have a bit of a ‘stinging’ sensation to get those lips plump.  The glosses are not sticky and have a vanilla scent.
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  2. GlamGlow Poutmud Fizzy Lip Exfollating Treatment – $24.00.  I received a sample of this lip treatment while checking out at Sephora and I really liked how the salty, sweet scrub left my lips soft and exfoliated, so I will be picking up the full size.
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  3. The Original Beauty Blender – $20.00.  I’ve never owned a beauty blender!  So thought I’d finally give this one a try.
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  4. Lancome Energie de Vie the Melt-In Sleeping Mask – $65.00. I’ve been having a little trouble with dry, itchy skin along my jaw line and wanted a sleeping mask that would deeply hydrate my skin without making my face greasy.  I tried this product out on my hands and it’s like the fountain of youth!  The tops of my hands were instantly hydrated and smooth. This product is definitely on my ‘buy it’ list.
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  5. Peter Thomas Roth Lashes to Die For Turbo Nighttime Eyelash Treatment – $85.00. I own this product and it DOES lengthen my lashes, but I haven’t noticed any thickening.  This may be because I have a hard time remembering to apply the product before bed (oye!). The lash serum does not irritate my eyes or discolor the skin around my eyes.  I think this is a great product – now if I could only remember to USE IT !!

What is on your list for the upcoming VIB Sale Event?

Cheers,
Monica

Saturday Diary

This is one of those real life blog posts – not one where I’m dressed in something trendy before I go and meet a friend to sip coffee at Starbucks.  Nope, real life, right here.  Sometimes fashion is the least of my worries.

When I got home from the desert, I thought something was up with the refrigerator as there was a funky odor which I thought was some past their prime vegetables.  I didn’t notice that the refrigerator was warm at this point.  By Friday, I thought something was wrong as it was way too easy to slice into a stick of butter.  I put the oven thermometer into the fridge to measure the temperature and since this was going to take some time, I didn’t call the repair company.

Bad Fridge Temp: Wanna sandwich with mayo?

68F? Bad Fridge Temp: Wanna sandwich with mayo?

I checked the temperature in the evening and it was 68F / 20C.  Depending on the refrigerator, normal fridge temp is around 36F / 2C.  By Friday evening I realized that there was indeed a problem. Of course, the repair company is closed for the weekend and re-opens Monday at 8:30 am.  In hindsight, I should have called to make an appointment and if the refrigerator was fine, I could have canceled the appointment.  On the bright side, the freezer is working (the fridge is a side by side SubZero) so it’s not a total loss.

This does put me in a bind for meals though, but I remembered this company in my area called FITzee Foods.  They have all natural, fresh and healthy pre-made meals.  They also cater to specialty diets so they have dairy-free, gluten free, low carb and paleo meal options.  I purchased five meals (it was buy 4 get one free).  For my Saturday night dinner, I had the paleo spaghetti meal and it was quite good. These packaged meals will be so much better than eating out or going to the grocery store to buy frozen meals. The FITzee meals are double the price ($8.95) of a grocery store frozen meal, but so much healthier.

Paleo Spaghetti | FITzee Foods

Paleo Spaghetti | FITzee Foods | A little spicy, but good. Garlic Ezekiel bread and basil garnish are my own.

In other news, I purchased a lovely duvet comforter set for the new queen bed.  I found the bedding at TJ Maxx and it was just what I was looking for as I really like the crisp and clean hotel bedding look.  I also added square decorative pillows and one rectangle pillow both purchased at Home Goods.

Hotel Duvet Cover | TJ Maxx

Hotel Duvet Cover | TJ Maxx

Decorative Pillows | Home Goods

Decorative Pillows | Home Goods

As for me, when I’m busy or frazzled, my style is a graphic tee and jeans.  The graphic tee that I’m wearing is the Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren Dream Catcher Draped tee from Macy’s and the jeans are NYDJ, Barbara Bootcut jeans from Stein Mart. It’s a super casual look that I can move around in, launder and iron a duvet cover, run errands and walk the dog.  It simply wasn’t a “look cute, go have coffee” kinda weekend, but that’s ok,  If you had that kind of weekend, then I’m jealous 😉

Jeans, Tee Weekend

Jeans, Tee Weekend

Cheers, Monica.

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A white dress with black trim for Easter

I call this dress my “Grecian” dress due to the geometric pattern and while this is a cute dress, after taking photo’s, I feel that this dress isn’t my style.  The dress has a sewn in tie that drags down the band at the waist and the bow in the back feels just a little too girly for me.

White and Black Trim dress | NY&Co.

White and Black Trim Dress, older & no longer available  (NY&Co.) | Danya Dress Sandals (Naturalizer)

Although I will say that my photo’s came out pretty good. The lighting was bright and it was nice to have a photographer (the spouse) to take photo’s that I usually take myself.

Easter Dress | Location: Palm Desert House

Easter Dress | Location: Palm Desert House

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter!

Cheers, Monica

Linking up with Patti, Not Dead Yet Style

White and Black Dresses on my list:

Athletic wear and one comfy bra from Victoria’s Secret

One of the beauty guru’s that I occasionally watch on youtube always mentions that while she’s dressed up on top, she’s comfortably wearing her yoga pants from Victoria’s Secret for bottoms. I’m all for comfort so I decided to try the VS Super Model Yoga Pants.  These yoga pants are super comfortable and hug those curves in all the right places.  I also LOVE that these pants come in short, medium, and long length.  I purchased size medium, short length (I’m 5ft, 4 in tall) and they are perfect!

Supermodel Pant (Size M, Short) | Victoria's Secret

Supermodel Pant (Size M, Short Length) | Victoria’s Secret

I also purchased the mesh insert long sleeve athletic tee – which sold out quickly so I’m glad I got it. I think the cut out back is super cute (and sexy!). The criss-cross sports bra that is peeking through is from LuLulemon.  It’s the Energy Bra which comes in a variety of solid and print colors.

Mesh Insert Long Sleeve Tee (SOLD OUT) | Victoria's Secret

Mesh Insert Long Sleeve Tee (SOLD OUT) | Victoria’s Secret

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I also purchased the Lounge Bra from Victoria’s Secret as I am starting to look for bra’s without under-wire.   Under-wire bra’s fit me well and I don’t find them uncomfortable until the bra has had a few rounds in the washer. I never take the time to put bras into a lingerie bag to protect the under-wire from bending. I throw everything into the washer to be done with it.  Call me lazy, but that’s how I roll.

Lounge Bra (photo from Victoria's Secret)

Lounge Bra (photo from Victoria’s Secret)

The down side to this bra is that it’s a pull on style, no clasps in the back, but I love it and it’s just right for me as I’m not a large busted gal (I’m a 34C) so I find this bra perfectly comfortable and supportive.  The cups are lightly lined so no “show thru” in a cold room, so to speak.  I’m definitely going to add more prints and colors of this style to my ‘undies’ drawer.

Cheers,
Monica

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



A new furniture weekend

The spouse's office

The spouse’s office.  He is an offshore oil engineer.

My husband recently returned home after working offshore for 3 weeks.  In that time, I usually settle into a quiet routine, but when he comes home it’s like a whirlwind.  He tries to fit everything that he hasn’t done around the house in a couple of days and while it’s nice to see things finally get done, it’s rather exhausting – at least for me.  Seriously, in a matter of a few days, we purchased furniture, replaced the wood chips in the lawn bedding, painted the vegetable boxes and replaced two palm trees.  Plus, my husband is sailing in a weekend regatta. See what I mean? Exhausting!

Anyway, our 19th Wedding Anniversary was March 15th and we decided that it’s time to replace a few furniture items that we’ve had over this period of time.  It all started with me wanting to replace the futon in the den which somehow lead to buying a smaller dining table and a queen size bed.  Both our old dinning table which seated six and the cal king bed in the master bedroom were both over-sized for the space and it was spontaneously decided to replace those two items.  We never got around to finding a replacement for the futon.

Dinning Table

Cress Dining Table & Randers Dining Chair | Scandinavian Furniture

Our taste in furniture is simple with clean lines, which is why we love Scandinavian furniture. We like contemporary design that’s functional and comfortable.  Sometimes contemporary furniture can look more artistic and is truly less comfortable.

Of course, once the new dinning table was in its place, we noticed that the area rug (which we just had cleaned the day before) is now too long and dull against the new table.  Time to shop for a new area rug.

Replacing the bed wasn’t even an option when we went to look at furniture.  The idea was to move the cal king bed to our desert house, where there is a large master bedroom and to put the queen headboard that matches the bedroom suite back in place.  All of a sudden my husband said, do you like this bed and I said yes and he told the sales guy that we’d take the bed too.  We also purchased a memory foam mattress which has been quite enjoyable.  The bed linens look a bit messy as it’s still the cal king size.  I’ve been looking for a new queen duvet set, but haven’t found anything that I like. The search may take a while.

I also made cookies on Saturday as I volunteer to make the sailing crew’s Sunday lunch so had to shop for sandwich items, fruit, drinks and chocolate chip cookie ingredients. I’ve been busy, busy.

So this was a long post to explain that my life isn’t always fashionable and some days it’s just get dressed and do a whole bunch of random things while the spouse is in town 🙂

Hope you all at least had a fun weekend.

Cheers,
Monica.



Vitacost Haul, March 2016

Vitacost Haul | March 2016

Vitacost Haul | March 2016

I managed to shoot a video about my Vitacoast haul and while the lighting is poor and perhaps the transitions & music is odd, I am still learning about video editing so, at least for me, it was a fun project.

If you don’t have time to watch the video, here’s a run down of the items that I purchased from Vitacost.

As you may know, Vitacost is an online store that carries vitamins, natural bath & beauty products and healthy food items.  I like to shop online because it’s simiplier to order online than to run around to Whole Foods or other natural healthfood stores in my area.

Here’s what I ordered:

Vitamins:

Metagenics D3 with K2:  While at a naturalpath appointment, the nurse mentioned how D3 with K2 can help distribute calcium to bones and since I have osteopenia, I decided to trade in my regular D3 for a vitamin supplement with K2.

Metagenics OmegaGenics EPA-DHA 720: I’ve also been dealing with joint inflammation so the nurse also recommended a good dose of omegas.

Snack!

Navitas Goji Berries: While I don’t like to snack on goji berries, I am going to add these to a smoothie.

Nature’s Prescription for Optimum Health, Nutribullet: I purchased this book at the NutriBullet site so I can make their smoothies that are packed with interesting ingredients, like goji berries.

Paleo People Granola Fruit & Nut Cluster Snacks, Cacao Nut Flavor:  YUM!  I’ve purchased six bags (mostly because the order quantity is two).  These chewy nut clusters are not too sweet but quite tasty. I need to chill on buying these, but I do want to try the Cappuccino Cruch flavor.

Next Organics Dark Chocolate Covered Brazil Nuts: While the Whole30 diet helped me get control of my non-stop snacking on chocolate, I do like to try to incorporate healthier chocolate options like chocolate covered nuts.  My favorite is chocolate covered almonds, but I decided to try chocolate covered brazil nuts.  All I can say is, yum – these are good !!

NOW Foods Better Stevia Liquid Sweetener, English Toffee: I was watching Kelsey, Cooking is Pun and she is preparing for a bikini competition so her calories are quite low.  She mentioned in one of her videos that she adds the English Toffee flavor stevia to her coffee and it sure sounded interesting to me.  This product smells amazing – just like english toffee.  I have now tried this sweetener in my coffee and it is delicious!

Frontier Organic Parsley Flakes:  Wonderful spice brand at an affordable price.  I’m often shocked to see how expensive spices are at the grocery store.  I purchased the dry parsley for a seasoned oven roasted chicken breast recipe that I often make.

Cosmetics:

Noyah Lipstick in Hazelnut Cream:  My one disappointment.  This lipstick, while a pretty pink is not a cream, but a frost.  Oh, well .. will make it work.

Also, as mentioned in the video, do check out the Vitacost e-Magazine.  There are some interesting recipes along with products and helpful suggestions to help you meet your health goals.

Cheers,
Monica

January Target Beauty Box

January 2016 Target Beauty Box

January 2016 Target Beauty Box

While the January Target Beauty Box has come and gone, I thought I would go ahead and review the items anyway in case these items are of interest to you the next time you’re wandering around Target looking at all the personal care goodies.

I’ve found that it’s really difficult to actually get a Target Beauty Box.  I’ll see the Beauty Box in a Target promo email or beauty blog, and when I go to order the box, it’s often sold out and with good reason because it’s only $7. Anyway, I did snag one back in January and here is my review of the products.

All In One Mascara | REVLON

All In One Mascara | REVLON

The one item that Revlon doesn’t do well is mascara.  Once I saw the mascara wand, I knew that this wasn’t for me.  I found that the small wand simply deposits too much mascara on the lashes and makes a clumpy mess.  I’d pass on this mascara and head on over to Cover Girl.
Other options: Cover Girl Lash Blast, Cover Girl LashBlast Clump Crusher, or Cover Girl Professional Remarkable Water Proof Mascara are a few of my favorite mascaras.

Wet Skin Moisturizer | Jergens

Wet Skin Moisturizer | Jergens

As you can see from the full size bottle pictured – I love this moisturizer!  Once I finished the sample size, I went right out and purchased the full size.  First, the Monoi Oil scent is wonderful and remains on the skin as a soft floral scent.  Next, it’s super easy to use:  Just apply to damp skin and pat dry with a towel – it’s that easy. I only use this moisturizer on my legs as that’s where I have dryer skin (especially after shaving) and I just think this is a fabulous product.

Attitude Shampoo and Body Wash

Attitude Shampoo and Body Wash

The Attitude Shampoo and 2 in 1 Shampoo & Body Wash products are a new line with “worry-free ingredients”.  Since the ingredient list is minimal, so is the ability of the product to lather, which I didn’t like (I like lots o’ sudsy lather).  The Attitude line of products is great for the gal who likes eco friendly products, but for me .. I’ll pass.

Scunci Hair Band

Scunci Hair Band

The Scunci Elastic Headband is a nice product to keep hair out of your face.  I don’t use these for exercise, but I will throw one on when washing my face.

Love Forever Body Wash | Caress

Love Forever Body Wash | Caress

I’ve purchased the Caress Fine Fragrance Love Forever Body Wash and while it smells lovely, the scent will not linger on your skin for 12 HRS.  It won’t even linger for 1 HR.  The body wash is a red color and will temporarily stain your wash cloth.  I thought my white wash cloths were going to be stained a permanent pink, but it washes out in the wash.  It’s a nice product, but don’t buy it for the “long lasting unforgettable fragrance released on touch” because it simply won’t be there.

BB Cushion | Laneige

BB Cushion | Laneige

After watching a few youtube videos on cushion BB creams, I didn’t have high hopes for the Laneige BB Cushion.  I have oily skin and prefer medium to full coverage foundation.  The Laneige BB Cushion is good for someone who has dry skin and prefers a light coverage foundation, so you can see why I wouldn’t like this product.  It was nice to try the sample.

Spray Deodorant | Degree

Spray Deodorant | Degree

I was quite surprised to see spray deodorants on the market.  Back in the day, spray deodorants were considered bad for the environment due to the release of fluorocarbons. Apparently the formula was changed to comply with federal regulations.  I thought the Degree deodorant worked well, but it creates such a choking cloud when sprayed that I’ve decided to simply continue to use a stick deodorant.  My current favorite is:   Lavanila Sport Luxe Deodorant – works great and is free of harsh chemical, aluminum, formaldehyde and synthetic fragrances and dyes.

Sheet Mask | Hado Labo

Sheet Mask | Hado Labo

I used the Hada Labo Facial Mask last night and I was pleasantly surprised.  This tissue mask is saturated with hyaluronic acid to help plump the skin.  I left the mask on for 10 minutes and then massaged the product into my skin.  The lines around my eyes softened and my face felt moisturized.  I’ll definitely pick up a few of these masks next time I’m at Target.

Even though there were a few dud products in this beauty box, I really thought it was a good deal for $7.  If you can ever order one (like I said – they sell out quick!), definitely give this beauty box a try.

Cheers,
Monica