Just In at Make It Yours! Boutique … Musing Mediterranean

Musing Mediterranean is on shelves at a fabulous clothing store in Middleton called Make It Yours! Boutique.

 

I’ve recently come to know owner Sarah Garule through the North Andover Women’s Club. Sarah was one of several store owners who outfitted the models at the Women’s Club’s Holiday Glam Fashion Show in early November. She and her team are fantastic!

Make It Yours! Boutique has a great mix of fashions from everyday wear to evening out options. Shoes and accessories are also available and, lucky for me, a great selection of gift items. Candles, pottery, jewelry and now Musing Mediterranean are all in store at this stylish women’s boutique. They are perfect gifts for the holidays.

Make It Yours! Boutique is conveniently located right up Route 114 at 240b South Main St. in Middleton. You know, in the same plaza as Dairy Queen (I know that a little better than I should) 😉! Check it out and pick up a signed copy of Musing Mediterranean while you are there.

A Sneak Peek

Display at Make It Yours! Boutique
Some beautiful holiday options!

 

Front display at Make It Yours! Boutique
I’m obsessed with the booties, bottom right. They look so comfy!

 

Happy Shopping!

 

 

 

 

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Beauty Products – Lumify Takes the Prize

Every so often I feel compelled to take stock of my beauty products. The closer I get to fifty, the urge becomes less “so” and far more “often.” My recent rush came about when I watched myself on television for a couple of book appearances. There is nothing more sobering than realizing you look very much your age.

Every glimpse I take of myself brings me one step closer to more serious measures. Until then, I’ll continue my search for makeup, creams and gadgets that mask age’s harsh reality in a non-invasive manner.

New Beauty Products – The Run Down

Here’s what I’ve been trying and the one product that has surprised me most of all.

Hyaluronic Acid

The moisturizing benefits of this compound piqued my interest despite it’s scary sounding name. Neutrogena is a brand I’m pretty comfortable with, so I decided to try their Hydro Boost gel-cream. It feels great going on and seems to nicely off-set the harsh effects of fall’s dry heat.

Eye Cream

I don’t know if I’ll ever find an eye cream that does what I want it to do (make my eyes look like they did when I was 20). But, DNA’s (Do Not Age) triple peptide cream glides on nicely and is thick enough to make me believe it might actually be doing something.

Eye Make-up Remover

Why is it suddenly impossible for me to remove my eye makeup without residual mascara on my lower lids? I’ve finally invested in eye-makeup remover pads to resolve this. They make the removal of raccoon eyes far easier than the abrasive scrubbing I was doing previously.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C serums are all the rage. I must admit that using Tru-Skin’s C plus hyaluronic acid for just one week has improved my skin tone. I like the way the product feels and smells too.

Jade Roller

This was recently posted on Insta and FB and whether it works or not, I’ve yet to determine. Either way, it feels refreshing and if it de-puffs and rejuvenates as it claims it should, then I’ll continue to enjoy a little facial massage whenever I can.

Cream Based Eye-Makeup

Cream vs. powder? Apparently cream eye shadows can do a world of good for aging eyes. Not only do they hold longer, but they supposedly help disguise wrinkles more so than powders.

Eyelash Curler

I’ve never used a curler before, but as my lashes become lighter and less visible, I’m finding the curler to be a quick way to help my lashes pop once mascara is applied. I so want to do extensions, but just can’t seem to get over the cost and maintenance required – maybe next year!

Makeup Brushes

Oh my gosh! I never gave my makeup brushes much thought until I was told I should be cleaning them on a regular basis. I had no idea how much product buildup was on my brushes until I gave them a healthy soak in my sink. Yikes! In addition to buying a few new brushes expressly for my new cream eye shadows, I’m now committed to a regular cleaning routine.

The Surprise Standout

Lumify

You may have seen the commercial for this new “red-out” eye drop – I did, which caused me to obsessively think about it until I finally bought it. The ad really is quite catchy! I suffer from chronic red-eye. I’ve worn contact lenses for over thirty years and my eyes are severely dry. Typical contact lens drops do nothing for me and other “red-out” drops have caused irritation – in many cases making the red eye worse.

But Lumify has completely surprised me. Not only does it not cause irritation, but the white of my eyes are so white after just minutes having applied. Ten minutes before putting my contact lenses in, I squeeze a drop in each eye and, for the first time in ages, I can look at myself in the mirror and not look like I’ve just exited a 1980s-smoke-filled bar.

Of all the products I’ve recently tried, Lumify takes the prize in having quickly and effectively fixed a problem that always bothered me.

Do you have any beauty products that you’re loving?

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Frayed Denim – Break Out Your Scissors and Get the Look

I’ve been meaning to write this blog post for months, since my friend and fashion stylist, Lysa Pelletier-Gibbs, turned me on to the idea.

She gave me the courage to take a pair of scissors to almost every pair of jeans I have in an effort to update my look. Lysa is fearless when it comes to “making your wardrobe work for you.” She’s cut everything from jeans to shirt sleeves to necklines to get the look she’s going for.

The good news was, I had a lot of options. Like with shoes, I have trouble getting rid of my old jeans. I have far more than I ever wear and some are so ridiculously dated, they are better suited for Halloween costumes than anything I’d ever wear in public.

But huzzah, my hoarding ways paid off. Some of these jeans can be worn again with one minor adjustment. Cut the hems! There’s no escaping that frayed denim is in. While some varieties go too far for my taste in the way of distressing, I do love the look of frayed denim when it comes to the jean’s hem.

It’s so simple – no more cuffing, scrunching or pegging (lol, remember that from the 80s?). Now you can cut your jeans to the perfect length and achieve the frayed denim look to just the right degree.

The perfect length is important to me because jeans that are too long make me look sloppy. Those too short make my already short legs look even stumpier. Now, I can achieve my perfect length in just a few steps. I have done this with both skinny jeans and old boot leg jeans and have created some great new options. Check out all of the fun angles you can try…

frayed denim hem options

The Frayed Denim Hem

Step 1

Start slow and take a sharp pair of scissors to your hem. Try them on. Not short enough? Cut a little more. Just be careful you don’t go too far or you’ll have yourself a nice pair of cut-off shorts. That’s definitely not what we are going for here.

Step 2

Once you are happy with the length, toss those bad boys in the wash. Only then will the fray appear giving you that trendy, undone look that is so hot right now. The more you wash the more frayed they’ll become. Too frayed? Just clean them up with your trusty scissors.

Step 3

Wear your newly styled jean with a fun pair of shoes and give yourself a pat on the back. Job well done! You’ve just earned yourself a new look and repurposed what was likely a perfectly good pair of jeans that just needed a little update.

This was my simplistic version of this hem hack, but check out this post from POPSUGAR for a bit more detail – How to Cut Your Jeans.


 

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The Dash Diet – A Thumbs Up So Far

The Dash Diet Book

I‘ve been here before and I’ll be here again. I’m trying a new diet. This time I’m giving The Dash Diet by Marla Heller, MS, RD a try. Why a diet, you ask? And why not the last diet I blogged about, The Dukan Diet, from which I had some success? Well, let me begin with the latter. While I achieved my goal with The Dukan Diet, I didn’t find the combination of foods to be appetizing. So my brain immediately turned against the idea of doing it again.

But why a diet at all? Typically, my philosophy is to eat healthy foods in moderation and exercise. Let’s face facts, things change. By things, I mean waistlines and numbers on the scale.

My Big Mistake

Allow me to share my biggest mistake which brought me to The Dash Diet. I was struggling to see movement on the scale despite bouts of good eating and solid exercise. I was frustrated and bought into the fact that women “my age” (let’s just leave it at that) experience a harder time losing weight. To that I said, “screw it” and did away with my regular weigh-ins.

There began my problem. Months after my scale boycott, I felt uncomfortable. Winter weight perhaps? My jeans were tight and I didn’t like how I looked. I dared step back on the scale and was shocked. I had reached a high that was flat out unacceptable.

Structure

I had to do something and needed a structured plan to turn things around. Without something to follow, I simply leave too much to chance and thoughtlessly overindulge.

On the recommendation from a friend, who looked amazing after having spent three months on The Dash Diet, I decided to get serious and give it a try too.

I’m about one month in and so far so good. Things are moving in the right direction, albeit slowly.

Why I like The Dash Diet

First, it originated as a plan to reduce high blood pressure. While I do not suffer from high blood pressure, it runs in my family and I have a very strong reaction to high levels of sodium. The reduced sodium in this diet does me a lot of good.

Second, I like the food on The Dash Diet. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a diet and the options are limited, but what the meal plans suggest, I like. Certain kinds of cheeses are allowed, nuts and eggs are go-tos and one of the lunch options is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Sold! This was my kind of diet.

 

 

Sugar, of course, is not a friend on The Dash Diet. Is it ever? But the way the food is rationed throughout the day, I find my blood sugar is so stable that my sugar highs and lows have disappeared. My constant hunger and need to snack has subsided – all the while I feel satisfied.

Control

While I’m still working to undo the damage of my winter hibernation, I’m most happy that The Dash Diet has given me a semblance of control again. I no longer feel wildly ravenous and have been able to make smart decisions when it comes to what I’m consuming.

Like with any diet, this one is not for everyone but summer’s coming so I thought I’d share.

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Dress to Impress Event at Dani Kaye – I’ll Be Modeling 😳


Dani Kaye floral top, shoes, handbag earrings and cuff

 

Join me, stylist Lysa Pelletier-Gibbs and store owner Jaime Sloan for a fun, Dress to Impress, in-store event on

Saturday, April 21st from 1-3pm

 

Dani Kaye Dress to Impress promo

 

Dani Kaye is North Andover’s newest one-stop shop for fashion. At this event, Lysa, Jaime and her team will help you select the perfect dress for any occasion. Dani Kaye’s selection of accessories, including SPANX, will help you complete your look.

Enjoy 20% off your dress this Saturday. I will be modeling looks styled by Lysa and, if you recall, I am no stranger to Lysa’s talents. Check out my own style makeover with Lysa back in January.

Dani Kaye is located at 85 Main Street, North Andover.

I hope to see you there.

Saturday, April 21st from 1-3!

 

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