Thursday, September 8, 2016

Fall Dress & Suede Booties


Fall in the Ozarks means that one day it's 99 degrees out and so humid that you can barely breath and the next day it's 70 degrees and rainy.  You can only imagine how full my closet is right now, as I've pulled out my fall necessities but need to keep my summer attire available for those sweltering days.  It can be so frustrating, but hey,  I can drown my sorrows in a Pumpkin Spice beverage, right? ha!

My favorite style trend this fall is bell sleeves.  Hello 70's style! The tassels are a summer trend that looks like it's sticking around for fall.  The lightweight fabric, makes this a great transition piece for the fall and for winter, you can pair it with a cute pair of leggings, or some over the knee boots and a faux fur vest.  How cute would that be?  I love the muted navy, green and red colors in this dress.  It just screams fall.  You could easily pair it with some nude heals, dark brown boots, or even some cute ballet style slippers.  I could go on and on; this dress is fantastic.

The suede booties I choose for this look are Dolce Vita. I picked up this amazing buy last year at Nordstroms while in Chicago visiting my son.  The 3' wedge heel is comfortable but keeps you looking stylish. Taupe is neutral and can go with just about any outfit.  Comfort is just as important as style, and fortunately, these booties are both.

To me, fall is all about hot drinks, cozy sweaters, and pumpkin anything.  It's my favorite season, for sure. In the Ozarks, we are all about the Fall Festivals and craft shows. I love strolling around, with a hot cocoa, hand in hand with the hubs, checking out the newest artists in the area.  What are your favorite things about fall?



Cheers,
Deb

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Photos by Brittney Lumos 

Friday, September 2, 2016

Transitioning to Fall


It's that crazy time of the year again, when all the fall fashion is on display at every store and online, but it's still 90 plus degrees outside.  If you are at all like me, you are tired of your summer clothes, but know that you'll have a heat stroke if you wear your fall clothing items.  The day that I did this quick, and I mean QUICK, photo shoot, it was in the mid-90's, but I wanted to showcase how you can take something like black jeans, and pair it with an off the shoulder top to slowly transition into a fall look.  Add a cute pair of peep-toe booties and you're ready for a night on the town or an air conditioned mall trip!

This black and white blouse has three quarter length sleeves, but is lightweight and a bit off shoulder.  I bought this in April and i haven't quit wearing it all summer.  Who knew being sexy could also be so comfortable?!

The Black Jeggings from Torrid are honestly, some of the best jeggings I've ever owned! Naturally, I had to get the grey ones too. 


I love a good cross body bag, and this Kate Spade purse is a perfect addition to this outfit.  It has a zipper pouch the full length of the purse; which is great to keep important items, like money, cards, etc.  I absolutely love taking this purse on trips because it's compact, adorable and holds my iPhone 6 Plus (which we all know can be a challenge with small bags).

Peep-toe Booties are so cute and really bring the whole outfit together.  With close to a 3in mid-heel, these shoes were a fantastic buy. I've worn them to Bar-B-Ques and fancy date nights with my husband. If I had a dollar every time someone asked me where I got these shoes, I'd buy a pair for all of my girlfriends.


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Off the Shoulder Blouse

Black Jeans

Peep-toe Booties

Sunglasses

Cross Body Bag

Monday, August 29, 2016

Cocktails on the Farm




This past Thursday was my 51st birthday!  My oldest daughter, Brittney, purchased tickets for the two of us to attend Cocktails on the Farm; a cocktail workshop for women at Urban Roots Farm on my actual birthday. We celebrated my birthday with my husband and other daughter, Emily, on Friday night.

The event was sponsored by Cherry Picker Package & Fare and food was provided by Grace in the Kitchen, both local small businesses with great reputations, which made us anticipate this evening more. 

Despite the fact that it was a hot and humid summer night in the Ozarks, there was a nice breeze flowing through the trees.  At one point, we thought it might begin to rain, because dark clouds started rolling in, but instead it just made the breeze a bit cooler, making for a very pleasant evening.

Grace in the Kitchen provided a great spread to snack on. Obviously, they had access to vegetables on the farm.  The Cucumber Water tasted amazing and was so refreshing between cocktails.  The celery was the most beautiful dark green color, and the egg plant hummus was to die for!  Everything tasted so fresh and delicious.  I wish I had taken photos of the food, because it looked as great as it tasted.

Three cocktail stations were set up at separate locations around the small farm.  The girls at each booth were so sweet and did a great job explaining each step to make the cocktails.  They explained why they choose the flavors for each drink and how they incorporated produce from the farm into each drink they planned.  The host encouraged us to walk the property to see the different kinds of vegetation that they grow there, including a bee colony to help pollinate the crops on the farm.  What a cool addition to the farm!

Below are the recipes for my 2 favorite cocktails that we made that night.  Enjoy!

The first cocktail was a Ginger Boogie:
 2 ounces of Rum
1/8 grapefruit wedge
1 coin (about the size of a quarter) of fresh peeled ginger
2 basil leaves
2 ounces chilled green tea
2 ounces chilled ginger beer
Muddle the grapefruit, ginger, and one basil leaf together.
Then add 2 oz rum, 2 oz greet tea, and stir.
Add ice, 2 oz ginger beer and garnish with a basil leaf.
It was delicious!

The second cocktail was a Peach Smash:
2 ounces Bourbon
1/4 Peach
1 lemon wheel
0.25 ounce simple syrup
2 mint sprig
Muddle 1 mint, peach, lemons and simple syrup in a glass.
Add ice, bourbon, and stir.
Garnish with a mint sprig and a piece of peach.
This was my favorite one of the evening!


Britt and I enjoyed walking around the greenhouses, and rows of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and other variety of produce being grown.  We ended up sitting near a fire pit area in the most comfortable Adirondack chairs, sipping on our Peach Smash cocktail, laughing about good times in the past and talking about her future plans.  It was a magical evening to spend one on one with Britt.

We ended the evening with my other daughter, Emily, at a local sushi restaurant.  It was a fun way to kick off my 51st year of life, with my daughters, good drinks, food and a lot of laughs!



Monday, July 18, 2016

Skin Changes & Tula













For 29 years, I used the same facial products, but after I turned 50, I noticed that my skin had changed and was more dry.  I even started getting rough dry patches on my cheeks and forehead.  I tried drinking more water, which is good for me anyway, I tried a thicker moisturizer at night, and nothing seemed to help.  It's always scary for me purchase new skin care products, because (1) they can be expensive and (2) you can't be sure that the new products will work for you, or make the problem worse.  I know that I didn't want to walk around with dry patches on my face, but I didn't want to walk around with an allergic reaction either!  I first heard about Tula, from a blogger.  After meeting her in person and seeing how flawless her skin looked, I decided that I needed to try their products.  They had a special going, so it was perfect timing.

I've broken down the 3 products that came in the package deal and an additional product I ordered later.

The first product is the Purifying Face Cleanser ($28)
The first thing that I noticed was the smell.  It smelled so amazing!  It removed my make up and cleaned my face, leaving it feeling smooth and refreshed.  The first time I tried it, I was afraid that it was going to be drying to my skin, as my face felt a little tight, but I moved onto the 2nd step, moisturizing, and that fear melted away.  Just dampen your face before applying, then rinse.  I've never actually enjoyed washing my face at night and back in my 20's & 30's, I even slept with make up on!  I know, it was terrible for my skin, but a girl gets exhausted! Using this cleanser, I actually look forward to washing my face before bedtime. For someone on a budget, it's great that a little goes a long way.  Easy and it smells, SOOOO GOOD!

The second product is the Hydrating Day & Night Cream ($52)
This product feels amazing.  I swear it reduces my laugh lines and soothes my dry skin.  My skin seems to come alive when I use this (maybe it's the pro-biotics).  Only a small amount is needed to cover my face and neck. (Pro tip: Whatever skin care products you use, make sure to use it on your neck. The neck is often forgot about and ages quicker than our face. Everyone wants glowing skin everywhere, right?) My only critique is the amount of cream you get in the jar compared to the tube of cleanser.  I have to buy about 3 jars of this cream to 1 tube of cleanser.

The third product was a sample/travel size of the Exfoliating Treatment Mask ($54 for the full size)
I've used this product twice now and like some masks that I've used in the past, it left my skin feeling smooth and clean.  When I followed with the moisturizer, my skin actually glowed!  Who knew skin can glow after age 50?!

The extra product that I purchased is the Revitalizing Eye Cream ($52)
I've never been a big eye cream user. I lucked out and haven't had issues with the skin around my eyes drying out (Pro tip: When applying any eye creams, only use your ring finger. You can't put as much pressure on it so you can't apply that pressure to your skin, which can eventually create wrinkles or bags).  After using this product, I can tell it's different from the other anti-aging creams I've used in the past.  My fine lines aren't completely gone, but I have gotten a myriad of compliments of how youthful my skin looks.  This is my favorite Tula product because it works.

I've earned every wrinkle; raising 3 children, being married, working, etc. Since turning 50, I've decided to at least slow down the wrinkle process.  I'm fortunate that I've been blessed with my Mother's great genetics for skin and hair but it's also crucial to find products that work with and for my skin.

You can find out more about Tula here: www.tula.com They are offering a 15% discount and free shipping when you sign up. There always seems to be different discounts and deals on the website so keep an eye out for the one that best suits you!


XOXO,
Deb

Disclaimer: I purchased the products myself from Tula and these are my honest opinions.  I am in no way affiliated with Tula or am being compensated for my two cents worth :)

Monday, July 11, 2016

Florida Vacation












After closing my bakery, my husband, Darryl and I realized that we needed a vacation.  After scouring the internet for vacation deals, we decided on going back to a place we had visited with our kids about 10-12 years ago; Clearwater Beach, Florida. A full week of sunshine, the beach, and lots of relaxing.

We stayed at the Hyatt Regency and upon arrival, we requested a room with a view and boy, did they provide a view.  Our room was one floor above the pool, and beyond the pool was the beach and Gulf of Mexico.  The room was set up as a condo and had everything we needed for the relaxing week in the sun. The bed was so comfortable and the full kitchen was complete with everything we needed to make breakfast every morning to enjoy on our patio.  Coffee on the patio was my favorite way to start each day! The staff was so accommodating and helpful.  On the weekend we stayed at the pool, because the beach was a bit crowded.  The pool bar was convenient and had servers that catered to pool goers needs. We would definitely book with the Hyatt Regency again. 

Before we left home, I booked a catamaran cruise through Kai Lani.  We choose the Sunday night Sunset Sangria Cruise. This was our first time on a catamaran, and we had so much fun.  It was an adult only cruise and they had a full bar on board, so we other options besides sangria, although, that was fine with me.  I do love a good sangria!  I was even able to get a cool photo of the Pirate Cruise Boat!

A trip to the gulf wouldn't be complete without some delicious food and we found that our favorite restaurant from 10 years ago was still there and had added a few other locations; Frenchy's.  Some of the best seafood in the area, so we ate there twice!  I couldn't get over the Crab Fries and the Lobster Roll.  Amazing!!

We had an amazing time, whether it was relaxing at the beach or the pool, taking a nap, walking on boardwalk or sitting on our patio.  It was just the sort of trip that we both needed.  It gave us time to reconnect after such a stressful month and I wish we could go back at least once a month!

Where is your favorite place to visit and relax?

Monday, June 27, 2016

Hello and Welcome!






     Hello, my name is Deb.  As most women my age, I have worn many "hats"; Sister, Daughter, Wife, Mother, Friend, Business Owner and now Blogger.  I turned 50 last fall and while I had a successful bakery business, I felt that my life had grown stagnant and I had gotten into a rut. Little did I know that a few months later, my business life would be turned upside down and that I would be forced to scale back.
      I closed my storefront bakery, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise, because it has given me the time to follow some of my other passions; travel, beauty, fashion and a healthier lifestyle.  The day after we moved out of our storefront, I drove to Dallas for a blogging workshop.  Even though I was the oldest woman there, the information was still relevant, and honestly, I didn't care that I was old enough to be everyone's mother.  See, I had been looking on the web and Instagram for women bloggers for the 50 plus crowd and was coming up with only a handful of blogs to follow.  Most of the blogs I found were from other countries, East Coast, or West Coast, but nothing from a Mid-west point of view.
      This brings me to today.....day 1 of my blog about life over 50; fashion, travel, beauty and even a few healthy recipes or meal ideas on occasion.  I hope you'll tag along on my journey, so as Samantha said in the first Sex and The City movie, "Here's to the next 50!"