Sat Aug 16th Haul

Sat Aug 16 Target Haul

Sat Aug 16 Target Haul

I must be out of my mind to go to Target on a Saturday afternoon right at the end of summer and the start of school, but I needed to pick up a CO2 cartridge for the Soda Stream that I purchased for my brother’s birthday.  The starter kit that I purchased from Amazon only came with a small cartridge, so I at least wanted to add to the gift.

I also purchased a light bra from Champion so I can strip off my under-wire bra and put on something comfortable for my evening yoga practice at home.  I usually do the AM section of the AM-PM Yoga (Rodney Yee) or the hip flexor section of the AM Yoga for your week (Rodney Yee) DVD when I get home from work.

The Pond’s facial cleansing wipes are my favorite makeup removing wipes and the “Evening Soothe” scent was on sale (yeah!).  I also LOVE Bodycology body washes.  The Bodycology line is a knock off of Bath & Body Works products, but .. much cheaper.  Here’s a body wash cost comparison:

Bodycology body wash, 16 fl oz, $3.99
Bath & Body Works body wash, 10 fl oz, $12.50

Unless you’re completely devoted to a particular scent at Bath & Body Works, I say give Bodycology products a try.  Bodycology also has body lotions and fragrance mists in the same scent as the body washes.  Bodycology is also available at Walgreens and Walmart.

Sat Aug 16 Ulta Haul

Sat Aug 16 Ulta Haul

Next stop: Ulta.  I received their mail flyer and I immediately wanted to pick up the It Cosmetics, My Sculpted Face.  I’ve tried to contour my face, but it never quite looks like I’ve done anything so here’s hoping this kit will help.

The nail polish is Essie in Blanc which is a nice soft white and of course I love the convenience of nail polish remover pads.

The Alterna Replenish shampoo and conditioner are both a luxury purchase.  While at Sephora, I selected the Alterna sample kit for my 500 points gift and I loved how soft my hair was after using these products.  However, at $36.00 per bottle for 8.5 fl oz, I don’t think this will be a regular purchase for me, plus the Pantene Repair & Protect shampoo and conditioner products are quite similar to Alterna Replenish at a fraction of the price.

So that was my weekend haul.  Sunday’s are mostly grocery shopping and getting ready for the work week .. so I better get busy :-)

Cheers,
Monica

 

Zara dress with necklace – Return

Ever see a cute dress in a store, try it on, think it looks good on, get it home (iron it) then take blog photos only to find out that the cute dress looks like a maternity dress on you?

I’ve been dressing my pear shape for quite some time and I know what looks good, but once in a while I like to step out of the box and try a new shape.  Sometimes it works and .. sometimes it doesn’t.  This panel dress doesn’t work at all for me, but it’s important to see that what looks good in front of the mirror, may not look good in front of the camera.

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Looks a bit maternity-ish

Although I do like the narrow cut of the shoulders, the panel dress is too voluminous for my figure type. Pear shaped gals should really stick with dresses that are more fitted on top with a skirt that flows over the hips like the Fit and Flare dress that I purchased from Lands End.

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The dress looks slightly better as I was walking into a breeze; however, the dress must be returned.  I am slightly distraught that I can’t seem to locate the dress receipt.  Initially, I was so in love with the dress that I probably threw away the receipt thinking the dress was ultimately perfect.  I’m sure the dress is perfect for someone, just not me.

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Comfortable wedge sandals from Target

I purchased the Sam and Libby “Natalie” wedge sandals this weekend on clearance from Target. The sandals have a cushioned insole and the perforated strap has a soft lining which makes these sandals comfortable against the top of your foot.  Definitely a good buy.

How do you keep track of your receipts?  Clearly, I need some assistance in this area of my life ;-)

Cheers,
Monica

Milani Color Statement Nail Lacquer in Pink Beige

I’m not a super fan of Milani products.  I love their gold packaging, but I don’t seem to buy too many of their products.  However, the display at CVS drew me in and I decided to try Milani’s new Color Statement polish line.  The polish is described as long wearing and chip resistant with a color saturated formula.  I have to say that all these statements are fairly true – this is a fabulous nail polish.

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Milani Color Statement Nail Lacquer in Pink Beige

I’ve had this polish on for five days and there is just a bit of wear at the tips on my nails.  So the polish doesn’t wear super long (like 7 days), but much better than any polish in my current collection. I really like that this creamy polish is opaque with one coat, no streaking.

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Milani Pink Beige on my nails

All I can say is that I’m definitely going to pick up a few more colors!

Cheers,
Monica.

Check out my nail polish storage here.

Zara linen dress with necklace

As you can tell from the lack of blog posts, my camera man (spouse) has been out of town. So no outfit photo’s today.  I’m rather glad and I’ll tell you why in a moment.

I took the day off last Friday to see a hand specialist.  My hands started hurting after my 3rd aerial silk class and I thought I just over-did-it.  However, I knew the burning in my hands and the fact that my hands were ‘falling asleep’ at night wasn’t quite right.  Anyway, turns out that I have carpel tunnel syndrome.  Hopefully, this ordeal won’t require surgery.

Anyway, after that disappointing diagnosis, I needed some retail therapy and bought this cute linen dress decorated with a necklace from Zara.

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Linen dress with necklace, Zara

I purchased this dress as you see it in the above picture .. all wrinkled.  The material of the dress is a denim linen so I thought that this is how you are suppose to wear this dress and so I didn’t bother to iron it. Except when I looked up the dress online .. it’s perfectly pressed, so I’m glad I didn’t take photo’s today as I would have worn the dress .. as is.  A wrinkled mess is not quite the look I’m going for.

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Perfectly pressed linen dress (photo from www. zara.com)

I really love that this dress has this ‘built in’ necklace.  It’s a really cute detail and makes this dress a “throw it on and go” garment.  Only problem is that I can’t detach the necklace from the dress so I’m not too sure how long the necklace will last after a few rounds of laundering.

As for shoes, this type of casual dress can handle anything from flip flops or the Target leather sandals that I mentioned in a recent post.  I decided to get a pair of Jack Purcell, Converse sneakers to go with the dress.  I’m not familiar with Jack Purcell, but apparently he was a Canadian world champion badminton player in 1933 and he designed the sneakers in the photo below.   Cool eh?

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Jack Purcell sneakers by Converse

As for my hands, I need to go for an electrodiagnostic test to determine the extent of the nerve damage.  I asked the doctor if the test is painful, similar to getting snapped by a rubber band and she said “something like that”.  Hmm, I can’t imagine what I’m in for :-P

Cheers,
Monica.

Juice for energy on a cloudy day

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2 Oranges, 2 Apples, 1 Peach, 1 Knob of Ginger

It has been over cast for a few days at the San Diego coast and this type of weather really drags me down.  By 3 pm, I’m ready for a nap.  To avoid snoozing during the day, I usually run to Starbucks and order a latte, but today I thought I’d make an Energy Juice!

This sweet pick-me-up juice has the following ingredients:
2 oranges (recipe calls for 1 orange, but I added 2 small oranges)
2 apples
1 peach
1 knob of ginger

I also add about a cup or so of water to dilute the concentrated sweetness of the blended juices.

Energy Juice

Energy Juice

The recipe above is from a book called Detox Solutions by Helen Foster.  The book is divided into fourteen plans to help you get back on track if you’ve over indulged in caffeine, sugar, alcohol .. whatever, there is a plan for you.  The book was published in 2013, so I’ve at least had this book 10+ years.  When I’ve over indulged during a three day weekend, I usually do the Lighten Up Plan the following weekend, so I can get back to eating a clean diet.  All the plans are easy and the food is simple to prepare.

Detox Solutions by Helen Foster

Detox Solutions by Helen Foster

I’m off to drink my energy drink!  Here’s hoping the sun is shinning where ever you are.

Cheers,
Monica.

Boho top and braided sandals

I had a relaxing weekend at home and enjoyed the warm (slightly humid) summer weather here in southern California.  I was feeling lazy so I threw on the simplest of clothing items today:  a boho top from Old Navy (new), an old pair of jeans, and a pair of braided sandals from Target (new).

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Boho top from Old Navy, Braided sandals from Target

The boho top from Old Navy is made from a light weight jersey material and has an elasticized v-neck and hem.  The deep-v neck line of this top makes bending over a bit risqué, but I also think the top would look quite sweet pulled off the shoulders.

The sandals from Target are a great deal as the cork foot bed is nicely cushioned and the straps are made of leather.  I was surprised to find my size (8.5) so I purchased the sandals at full price (only $19.99), which I thought was a good deal for leather vs. the standard faux leather sandals that are often found at Target.

Merona® Elaina Braided Sandals

Relax! It’s the weekend.

How was your weekend?

Cheers,
Monica

Linking up with Patti, over at Not Dead Yet Style

 

 

 

 

Dressing up Old Navy

I love shopping at Old Navy when I have no expectations.  I’m just going to browse and if I find something (Great!), if not then I think it was good to look and move on as there is an Ulta, a DSW and Trader Joe’s in the same shopping mall that need my attention.

At my last shopping trip to Old Navy, I stumbled across these drapey cinched pants and my first thought was, well, they aren’t boot cut so these pants won’t fit; however, they are described as “relaxed fit through hip and thigh” which are key words for the pear shaped gal when looking for pants that fit.  So I tried them on and ~ Wow, these cute pants with a tapered leg ~ fit!  Sold!

The drapey cinched pants come in solid and cute prints.  The fabric is a breezy rayon and although this type of fabric tends to wrinkle easily, I found that the pants wore well and looked great throughout dinner.

 

 

For a top, I purchased a simple Old Navy, sleeveless t-shirt in mint green and the tear drop earnings are also mint green.

Drape cinched pants from Old Navy

Drape cinched pants from Old Navy

The dress sandals that I’m wearing are from my closet.  I purchased these shoes for a sales conference that I attended in Cancun, Mexico about 5 years ago.  Luckily, I was sent to the resort to check it out prior to the meeting so I knew that the walk from the hotel rooms to the conference center was quite far, so I purchased low heels for the awards dinner.

Short dress heels by Caparros

Short dress heels by Caparros

I hope everyone had a wonderful July 4th weekend.  I plan to catch up with everyone’s blog so make sure you leave your link in the CommentLuv box.

Cheers,
Monica

Fit and Flare Maxi dress for the pear shaped gal

This weekend I found a maxi dress that works for the pear shaped gal.  The dress is from the Lands end Fit and Flare dress line.  The cut of the dress is wonderful for the pear shaped gal because it has a band of material that is fitted right under the narrowest part of the waist which is quite slimming.  The material is a light cotton/rayon and the a-line skirt flows nicely over the hips.  I find that most maxi dress are so long that I’d have to take the dress to a seamstress to hem, but this maxi has a tulip hemline and it’s the perfect length for this 5 ft 4 in gal wearing a pair of wedge sandals.

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Women’s Print Fit and Flare Maxi Dress from Lands End

I purchased this dress in a size small which was a nice surprise.  I am most unfortunate to have a duo sized body (size 8 top, size 10 pants) which makes dress shopping quite the chore. I tried on the medium first and it was huge, so I’m glad I made the effort to try on the size small as this dress fits perfectly.

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Lands End Maxi Dress

The spouse and I were at the desert house this weekend where it was a nice and toasty 106 F / 41 C. We finally had some pool time and restful down time.

Cheers,
Monica

Minimal makeup for business travel

Last week I was in San Francisco for a meeting between representative from the company I work for and our customers.  I have been working on the logistics for this meeting since March and it’s always great to see my efforts come together and create a successful event.

This was also the first time that I’ve traveled with my manager and she is a pro at air travel. I didn’t want to hold her up, so I packed as light as possible so I could have a carry on bag. This meant that I needed to really pair down all my personal care products, which I found to be a painful process.  I need everything!

Over the years I’ve created a personal care travel check list which I’ll share on Google docs.  I print out this sheet and as I pack away my items, I check the box.  This check sheet works well and I rarely find myself without necessary items.  However, this travel packing exercise did show me that I really don’t need e v e r y t h i n g, but I did use the check list as a guide.

The photo below shows the makeup items that I took on my recent trip.  I considered this collection the bare bones makeup essentials for me to look decent ;-)

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Limited makeup for travel

  1. Makeup bag from Thailand
  2. Mary Kay eyelash curler.  I will be replacing this as it just doesn’t work well.
  3. Benefit Erase Paste:  Not my favorite product, as it is, well .. pasty and difficult to blend, but covers well.
  4. Clinique eye shadow in Fresh Bloom as I wanted a mauve eye shadow to go with an outfit.
  5. Revlon Color Stay Quad in Coffee Bean: Long lasting eye shadow in blend-able browns.
  6. Blistex Silk & Shine lip balm for bed time.
  7. Becca Ever Matte Poreless Primer:  This primer is ok, it does control shine, but I don’t find that makeup glides on.  I rather wish I took my small tube of the Hourglass Veil Mineral primer, which makes my skin look flawless.
  8. Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer:  Good primer and kept my eye shadow looking fresh and crease-less.
  9. Benefit They’re Real Mascara:  Lovely, glossy black mascara in a nice travel friendly tube. I may pick up the full size!
  10. Lorac lipstick in Ingenue:  Lovely rose shade that goes with any outfit.
  11. Clinique sample blush in Posy:  I’ve had this for years .. and it’s a nice pink blush that’s a little on the brighter side.
  12. Small sample of Prescriptives foundation.  This product line was prominent in Macy’s a few years ago, but they closed shop and now are available online only.
  13. Estee Lauder Double Wear Eye liner duo (black & brown).  The black is a matte black/blue and the brown is more of a browny-rust color.  Not my favorite colors, but worked quite well without smudging.  This product isn’t available any longer.  I purchased mine at All Cosmetics Wholesale.

When I arrived back to San Diego, I discovered the appeal of a carry on bag.  It was absolutely fabulous to get off the plane with my bag and head straight for a taxi.  I can see why more people prefer carry on to checking their luggage.

Are you a carry on traveler or do you prefer to check your luggage?

Cheers,
Monica

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

Greetings all,

I’m heading to San Francisco this week to manage the logistics of a customer meeting so will chat with you all when I’m back next week.

Cheers,
Monica.