Monthly Archives: December 2017

Musings on Exercise and other random thoughts on makeup

Hello Friends!

So I worked out yesterday and today! Yay me! I do feel better when I work out. It was interesting though. At the gym I rode the stationary bike for eight miles…felt very accomplished and strong…I love bike riding although it’s more fun outside, same with hiking/walking. Although there is snow and ice out there now so I’m not taking any chances.

I got a bicycle for my birthday this year and I love it…except for the seat. One day I rode 10 miles and it wasn’t hard except my pelvis was in super pain, seriously I felt like something was broken every time I went over a bump. That’s not good right??

Yesterday when I rode eight miles, I’m not even sore today. Not my legs and not other parts, so I’ve decided gotta get rid of that seat on my bicycle or get some different shorts. My son told me about bike shorts that have cushion in them, to get them at Big 5. I’ll do one or the other, cause I’ve gotta ride my bike 🙂

I also talked with my cousin about her Maskcara line of makeup to cover my rosacea and she is getting me a kit to try out. Sometimes I think my foundation is so dark to cover my rosacea that I look like I have a spray tan LOL! I normally have fair skin if it wasn’t for my rosacea, although I tan easily (before rosacea also). So when I get my kit from Maskcara, I will be excited and I’ll make a video putting it on….then we can all see which foundation looks better on me!

Before I sign off, I wanted to add some pics of my clothes and makeup today. I’m wearing a shirt and jeans from Express, jacket from JCPenney, and check out these cute shoes from Target!! My son/daughter in law got me a Target gift card and these are so fun! My makeup is a new color by Stila- Magnificent Metals-Smoky Storm on my lids and I used a green shade from Urban Decay above that…although it turned out red? I was like WTF?? Why is this red? So here it is….I didn’t take it off cause that would take too long and my day is a wasting…LOL! Tell me what you think 🙂

These are my New Years plans….new seat for bike and new foundation..then my daughter and I are doing makeovers on New Years Day! Doesn’t that sound like fun? What are your New Years plans?

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable New Years! See you all in 2018!

At work not working? Ideal Life

So I’m at work but it’s that weird time of year …I saw a post on IG that perfectly explained my dilemma. I took days off for Christmas and have New Years Day off, but here I am at work, met with clients in the early morning (8am- so I left my house at 7am :/ ) and now have a break until 3pm…essentially I am getting paid at work to write on my blog! Score! LOL (Spencer if you’re reading this, I already shared with Ines and we are cool)

So I went and took pictures of my cute outfit today (sweater and jacket by Express, jeans by JCPenney, and boots by Shoedazzle) and maybe I’ll make a Target run later. Target is the bomb if you don’t know already. I’ve got in deep trouble there before and probably will again.

If I’m at work not working, should I be at work getting paid? Here is the dilemma…when I first started my blog (remember I told my boss I wouldn’t blog while at work but he said it was ok if I used my work comp to blog, just that I couldn’t watch porn….that was funny). So here I am blogging at work…

Granted all my documentation is done, emails answered and such…I’m just patiently waiting for a client to show up (in two hours)…haha so here I am blogging while at work, not working, but getting paid. It sounds like a great gig right?? LOL Maybe I shouldn’t look this “gift horse in the mouth”? Such an odd expression, who gets a gift horse? I would like a horse gifted to me….such are my thoughts at work but not working 🙂 It’s almost like an early Friday present LOL! AND WHO DOESN’T JUST LOVE FRIDAYS??

An exercising heart for Christmas!

So I got a set of DVD’s for Christmas; T25 BeachBody work out and some workout clothes from OldNavy. I used the first DVD this morning, the Cardio workout…I was super pumped…for a couple minutes. Then I got sweaty and tired and somewhat confused about the direction to kick my foot! haha I will not give up!

The cardio workout has a couple of tricky steps and I have to tell you, I’m not super coordinated. A couple months ago, I participated in a neighborhood Zumba class directed by a good friend about 30 years older and more coordinated than I. She kicked butt and I moved the wrong direction several times in five minutes.

The last ten years I’ve weightlifted on and off (shoulder injuries and health problems in general interrupted at times) but I don’t have to be coordinated at all to be able to weight lift. I want to be one of those older ladies that can still walk when I’m 90 years old, so I will persevere in my workouts!

My grandpa turned 96 a few short weeks ago and he’s still moving around…the key is staying active when you don’t have to….going up and down the stairs when there’s an elevator, walking up the escalator; even forgetting something upstairs at home is not a bad thing because I can run up and downstairs as many times as I forget something (which is often, FYI)

So I thought I’d share my daily experience getting back into an exercise routine and my workout clothes from Old Navy. The cross cross ankle detail on these pants is super fun (Fashion can motivate me to exercise don’t ya know!) if there are any of you thinking of getting more active, there is never a bad time to get moving! Let me know if you want my support or encouragement! It’s never too late to get moving and get your heart muscle beating regularly 🙂 Even if you are coordinated or not! Join my un-coordinated club! 😉

Is it the Christmas Rush? Anyone stressed??

Oh my goodness friends! I have to share my funny husband this morning…So he gets a little stressed when I schedule up our day, especially on Saturdays. But this Saturday is special right?? It’s the day before Christmas Eve, technically the last shopping day for us because tomorrow is Sunday and I don’t shop on Sunday.

So he wanted to do a couple things today: he wanted to go to the mall :/ I knew he would have a difficult time cause of the day and season (he said he wanted to get me a surprise because a few days ago I kind of explained it’s more fun to have a surprise present instead of knowing everything I’m getting for Christmas…let’s be honest I’M THE ONE THAT PICKED IT ALL OUT LOL) So he headed out to get me a surprise…this doesn’t end well you know that right?? 😉

He just got back from the store and is freaking mad! (I warned him to eat breakfast before he left, but did he listen to me…nooooo). Apparently there were some people cutting him off in traffic which might be normal today as there is still a lot of construction on one of our major highways and a ton of people on the road. The only saving grace is there is no snow yet. He came home and is telling me about his excursion and his voice is raising and his face is turning red….and I just start laughing uncontrollably cause he is FREAKING OUT! and I knew he should’ve ate! While laughing I tell him to please eat before he has a stroke…

So be safe out there friends! It’s Christmas Eve eve and many people are shopping at the last minute, which might be that they didn’t have enough money before or whatever reason. Let’s be kind to each other and keep the spirit of Christmas no matter our situation.

And let us not forget, I have a holiday outfit today to match the movie Jumanji! We are going to Jumanji tonight and I wanted to have fun with the jungle theme! I paired my Express sequin leggings to a OldNavy camo jacket and have fun that way because I’m not a party girl but show others you can wear sequins at any time and make it fun!

Christmas Weekend

Hello Friends!

So I have the next five days off and it’s starting out wonderful. I went to a work party yesterday along with a friend’s son wedding reception; today I visited a couple of new friends and will spend some time with my children/grandchildren/hubs tonight for another work party to see Star Wars again! I just can’t get enough LOL! Tomorrow I’ll be wandering around the neighborhood handing out fun treats to all the people I enjoy 🙂 Then we’ll be decorating gingerbread houses with four lovely, exuberant grandchildren! We are going to have so much fun!

Sunday will be such a beautiful day…we are having lunch with some of our children and then we always read “The Three Trees” on Christmas Eve…it’s a wonderful story of three trees that grow the same time as Jesus birth and it’s a beautiful story…check it out and share with your family.

Christmas day will be relaxing and spent with my husband and children and grandchildren…I just love being with my family. I consider it a wonderful week if I’ve seen each of my children. Holidays are all about family for me and there is nothing I’d rather do than just spend the day hanging out and playing games and all. We will have a wonderful time.

What are all of your holiday traditions? What are your favorite things to do over the holidays? I hope you all have a wonderful and very merry Christmas and weekend!

(PS…since I have time off, I’m having fun creating new outfits! Here is a fun one with a sheer embroidered top from Target. Since I won’t be wearing a sheer top by itself, I wear a black long sleeve shirt underneath with my Express destroyed jeans and DSW burgundy booties! It’s super fun….and ya know….I could do this all day and not miss going to work! haha LIVE YOUR DREAM PEOPLE!

Twas the week before Christmas

And all through the house, half the Christmas lights are off, the heat is down, the sink is full of dishes I didn’t dirty 😉 …. the drive home from work was hairy, my eyes hurt, I haven’t seen the sun all day, I left the house in the dark, I came home in the dark, no one cooked me dinner AND

Twas the week before Christmas! And I only have to work Tuesday and Wednesday and I’m off until the 27th!

I can do this, I can do this, I can do this 🙂 You are right I can!

Hello Friends!

I’m actually excited this week because it’s only a three day work week for me! It’s just hard to actually WORK those three days! LOL Okay I have Monday done…I can do this, I can do this, I can do this.

Thursday will be fun because it’s my work ugly sweater Christmas party and yes….I am going into work JUST to show off my sweater…and it will be fun. No one will speak work words to me…just putting that out there 😉

Then Friday is my work (another party) Star Wars party! My employer bought out a theatre, created special shirts for us, and we’re all meeting at the theatre with our significant others (hubs, children, some grandchildren, and other special people) and I’m super excited for this!

Of course I’ve already seen Star Wars last Friday but I can’t give anything away! AND I get to see it again, so how cool is that? Then on Saturday the grandkids are coming over and we are making gingerbread houses! Seriously, my kitchen will be covered with frosting and candy and it’s the most fun EVERRRRRR!

Just to get me through today, I wore this black/grey/pink combination. The jeans and jacket are from Express and the sparkly shoes from White House Black Market. I think the rough edge of jean cuff looks fun with the sparkle of the pumps…It’s a contrast in styles and that’s what makes it a fun outfit. I will keep creating fun outfits to keep myself motivated the next two days!

This will be a fun week, if I can work two more days….I can do this, I can do this, I can do this…… 😉

Am I Wearing Too Much Red??

Hello Friends!

Happy Friyay!

Oh my goodness I’m super excited for this weekend and for my color choice lately!

First tonight! Hubs and I are accompanying his sister and her husband to the new Star Wars movie! I can hardly wait! I’ve been a Star Wars fan since I was a wee lass! haha actually Mark Hamill/Harrison Ford fan really. I continued to be a Harrison Ford fan after Star Wars because I think he is a great actor and really versatile but I’ve really only seen Mark Hamill in Star Wars (I did see an odd “The Night the Lights went out in Georgia”? Somebody correct me if I’m wrong, that was a forgettable movie in my opinion. But I’m super stoked for Star Wars tonight (I’m wearing my Star Wars shirt (right??) and something else fun…I will post a pic).

Then tomorrow night hubs and I are going with some good friends to Kurt Bestor concert in Salt Lake City. I’m going to wear my  Tracee Ellis Ross red velvet dress with a really sparkly necklace and my fun Libby Edelman pumps all from JCPenney!

Today at work I’m wearing a leopard shirt (Calvin Klein-Macys), patterned pants (Target, ANewDay), black booties (JCPenney, A.N.A.) and my red faux fur jacket (H&M) and yesterday I wore Gap jeans, a red Old Navy sweater underneath a red/pink/blue plaid flannel shirt with a pink purse. The day before I wore my black Express embroidered dress with jeans, black booties and my red faux fur jacket again. I’m noticing that I wear a LOT OF RED!! Does anyone else notice this odd phenomenon? Ha ha ha! Red is the appropriate color of the season, how can I help if I have a crap ton of red that I love in my closet?? Anyone that does not like this raise your hand…..still waiting….no hands? That’s good because DUDE I LOVE RED! Gotta represent my personality and wear the red!

Can I be a race car?

I used to have a black/red shirt from Macys (INC) that reminded me of a race car. The majority of the shirt was black and the red is a stripe that ran at an angle from one side to the other! I loved that shirt, although it was a cold shoulder shirt that I tried to wear as a normal shirt and it just didn’t work…so I had to get rid of it. I really miss that race car shirt…

Today I realized I have my race car shirt again! I found this awesome black sweater with red stripes around the cuffs at Express. Today I wore this sweater with my Express destroyed skinny jeans and my red Asos booties with my leopard JCPenney bag (just to break things up, I worried I looked like a burglar, too much black LOL) and just now I looked down as I walked through the hall at work and all of a sudden I realized….I look like a race car again!

How fun is this???? It’s sort of like I’m Lightning McQueen if you know who that is. And let’s be honest, the thing I love most next to fashion (and holidays and nerdy movies-Star Wars is on my radar!) is CARS…FAST CARS…so wouldn’t that be cool if I could be a race car?? I would be a red and black Dodge Challenger or a bright green Chevrolet Camaro…YES that would make my day. Dressing like a race car will have to do….FWP (first world problems-I told you I had an active imagination)

Asos Emberley Point Ankle Boots

Black High Waisted Distress Jean/Jegging

Striped Sleeve Funnel Neck Sweater

Living with Rosacea

Hello Friends!

I thought I would share my experience of living with rosacea. I developed this skin condition in 2005. At first I noticed my face was very red and felt like it was burning. I worked graveyard shift at the time and people would comment I had been out in the sun and got sunburned. The reality of working a graveyard shift was that I hardly ever saw the sun; I slept from 7am-4pm and was only outside very late in the evening when the sun was heading down, so that was unusual. Then after about a year I noticed I had a bumpy rash on my face and it did not go away. That’s when I saw a dermatologist.  When I saw my dermatologist, he prescribed Metrogel but after using that for about six months we realized it didn’t work very well. I next tried Finacea-prescription cream- which is great, it helps keep my real bad flare ups at bay, but rosacea is uncurable and will never go away unfortunately.

Finacea has at times been super expensive at the pharmacy depending on insurance coverage…one time it was over $200 but now it’s only around $60. One tube lasts around three months, so it’s not bad. I rub a small amount all over my face and neck at night after cleansing. When I first began using Finacea, my pharmacist (I developed a friendship with) told me someone she knew had got laser treatments from their dermatologist and had really improved her skin condition. Three years ago I tried laser through my dermatologist and it actually made my rosacea worse; instead of it just being on my cheeks, after laser it spread to my nose, chin, forehead and neck…so I didn’t do laser again! I was not happy spending money to make my rosacea worse, talk about a bummer!

Since that time I’ve used several different products to try and cover or medicate my skin and I’ve found several things that help.

To take my makeup off, I’ve found Estee Lauder Verite line, Light Lotion Cleanser to be the best, gentlest, and least irritating for my skin. I love this stuff and sometimes feel a little panicky if a certain department store doesn’t have it in stock. I usually buy this at Dillards or Macy’s. They keep threatening to discontinue the line and then I don’t know what I would do. I used an alternative this fall to develop a back up plan but it made my rosacea worse, so I won’t name it or recommend it.

I’ve tried many, many brands of moisturizers for my skin and only one works well for me, it’s Olay Total Effects Moisturizer-fragrance free. You can buy this at your local supermarket or Target. All other moisturizers, even $$$ brand names increase the redness in my face or cause more breakouts.

It’s interesting the rosacea makes my skin very dry- it’s always sort of peeling off, but also my skin is still very oily, so my skin is really very delicate and sensitive. I haven’t found any foods that make my rosacea worse but environmental elements affect my rosacea extremely. I can’t be out in direct sun or out in the heat of the day; that makes my rosacea very bad. This last summer hubs and I went on Trek with the young men and women in our ward (my religious organization, I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) to Martin’s Cove in eastern Wyoming and I was out in the sun/heat with no makeup on for four days (although I had a big hat the whole time). I wore sunscreen (sometimes sunscreen causes a flare up) but it was hot and I couldn’t ever get out of the heat really. My face looked bad, really bad…I worried that I looked like a burn victim and my face peeled/broke out for weeks afterward. But now it has calmed down.

Getting my hair dyed is also tricky with my rosacea. Every time I get my roots done, I have to sit under a hair dryer for approximately 20 minutes, that’s normal. But my rosacea doesn’t like that heat and most times my hairdresser (love ya Danica) gives me wet/cold towels to hold on my face. My face/rosacea is a diva and does not like that heat!

Another thing that affects my rosacea is stress. If I’m super stressed at work or for other reasons, my rosacea will flare up. If I’m not sleeping well or get sick, my rosacea flares up; so my rosacea is a super high maintenance diva princess and doesn’t like life to be bumpy! Stupid diva princess!

Anyway, these are things that make my rosacea worse. But I’ve found a great cream that helps cover it. It’s called NYX Color Correcting Primer. In the morning, I put this on my face over my moisturizer…it’s green and covers the red in my face so well. I love it! I found it at Ulta.  Then I discovered a great foundation that I’ve been using for YEARS…I found it soon after visiting the dermatologist…it’s Estee Lauder Double Wear-Light Beige. I’ve worn lighter colors in previous years but as the rosacea spread to my neck, it was odd to wear a lighter color (matching my normally fair skin) and then contrast that with my darker red neck…it looked weird. So the last two years I’ve worn light beige. It covers really well and I think it also protects my skin. If I don’t wear foundation, I seem to flare up more often and develop more redness. This might not be true although that is my observation.

I then just use any brand of pressed powder to set my makeup and then apply eye shadow and whatever else you want.

OOOH I also don’t use very much blush! I almost forgot to mention this…I use more bronzer than blush because my face is already red, so I don’t need more red. Bronzer seems to work better for me and then with just a dab (really tiny, think half the size of a pencil eraser…just a dab of blush on the apple of my cheek and that is it.

Below I’ve attached links to products I’ve mentioned and my YouTube video demonstrating how I cover my rosacea. I hope this is helpful for any of you who suffer or if you know someone that does, share this post with them.

NYX Color Correcting Liquid Primer

Olay Total Effect 7-in-1

Verite Light Lotion Cleanser

YouTube video-how to cover rosacea