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Apr 26, 2015

#OOTD: An Eileen Fisher Love Story and Fashion Flash!

Believe me...I rarely do this.... spend this much on one piece.  But, as I age, having certain investment pieces in my wardrobe make good sense to me.  I know what I like, so why not make sure it will be around for awhile by buying one of the best.

Especially when I love a garment this much.  Recently, I was scrolling through DILLARDS ONLINE and came upon this EILEEN FISHER BOXY JACKET...birds began to sing, and hearts to float through the air as I gazed upon something I really, really wanted in my closet. 
At first, I thought I would call it a Mother's Day treat to myself...and then I thought I will call it a "got through another year of teaching" treat...or perhaps, I have lost weight treat...oh, what the heck, I just decided to call it, An I MATTER TREAT!
98% of my clothing purchases are on sale or clearance.... and not full price.  But, I do have about five which I just wanted in the closet and this jacket is one.  I love it.  I plan to wear it on a date with my black leggings!

Have you treated yourself lately with something you really love?  Let us know the details!

Happy Monday, everyone!


Now it is time for Fashion Flash!


Just click on the link for informative posts from the cream of the crop of Fashion and Beauty bloggers for midlife women!  Hosted by Diva Debbie!

Linking up today with SHOE AND TELL...and MONDAY MINGLE

Poppy King: The Lipstick Queen and Advice for Midlife Lips

When I entered ULTA in the NORTHWOODS SHOPPING CENTER, POPPY KING was surrounded by adoring customers and a bevy of Ulta sales representatives. "She is just lovely," one of the employees told me. "She is gracious and impressive in every way."
I sat to the side and watched Poppy, 42, with her fan base while waiting for our scheduled interview time...and soon, I agreed completely, she is just lovely.  Her Australian accent and confidence are intoxicating and she showed respect and concern for each individual.

I asked her to share the most important lesson learned through years in business and after a little thought, she said, "The customer really is always right. You can tell them what you recommend, but if they are uncomfortable with that choice, ultimately they are right with the decisions they make.  Any business needs to learn that."

I gave her a series of rapid fire questions about women in midlife and their lipstick.  Here are the Poppy Words of Wisdom:

Matte or Gloss?  For women over 40, matte is the better recommendation with just a touch of occasional gloss.
Lipliner?  It is a tool, not a rule.  It is an individual taste matter...acquired by some and rejected by others.  
Lip Plumpers? Good or not?  Better to think shimmer...light does make for a fuller lip, so it is better to think illumination....more about that below.
Red Lipstick?  Red lips are good for any age, however, if you wear red, tone down the other accessories.  Do not go overboard.  Red lipstick is the statement.
Nude lips...ok?  It is best to have something on your lips.  A dewy, hydrated lip is youthful and gives a healthy appearance. 

 Finally, I asked Why San Antonio for personal appearances?  With a big smile, she said San Antonio is one of her largest selling markets and she wanted to come thank and work with the customers personally!  
After listening in to one conversation, I asked a customer why she liked the lipstick so much.  She said, "You don't use it, do you? Or you wouldn't ask that.  It is the best."

Sometimes it is tough to get a quote!

I was most impressed with her ICE QUEEN LIPSTICK.  Poppy calls it "a touch of fairy dust"...illuminating any area it touches. 
And, HELLO SAILOR enhances original, natural lip color and looks like you put a color on...but didn't! I know it looks blue...but doesn't go on blue.

Check out her complete line HERE....and thanks to Poppy for spending time with me and our city!

Happy Sunday!

Apr 25, 2015

Video Blog: Why My Aching Back Isn't Aching Any Longer!

Happy Saturday, friends!  Earlier in the week, I told you I was moving videos to Saturday!  So here we go.  Since I did not begin working out until age 60...I have had to learn much quickly...mostly by making mistakes! Here are some of my pointers!  Plus some important words about Osteoporosis.

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Hope your weekend is full of joy!