It’s Haute at Work

Hello Friends and Happy Wednesday!

Yesterday I wore a cute chunky sweater, it’s so comfy and warm (along with my cute leopard sneakers and jeans) because it’s November right and mornings are super cold (30 degrees)…

But as I walked into my office, I was hit with a wall of heat. WTH, my work temperature changes so much from season to season; I remember taking a cardigan to work in July because the AC is cranked so high my fingers are numb but then I leave the building and my black car with black leather interior is 103 degrees! It’s such an adjustment right??

So yesterday I had forgotten this phenomenon and wore a warm sweater! This is bad, I can’t even shed a layer!

In the afternoon, after I’ve met with five clients and had my door shut all day, I told my co worker that I was dying of heat. I also noticed as I was in the bathroom earlier, that my neck and chest were bright red (heat does not make my rosacea happy). She suggested I keep my door open, although I have a lot of computer documentation to do (as I’m a therapist) and I find it hard to keep the door open with people walking back and forth in the hall and still focusing on my work.

SO….I asked our kitchen (I work in a residential mental health facility) if I could have a bag of ice.

They fixed me up real good; a ziploc bag of ice and I’m sitting cool. I stuck it down the back of my jeans and I was able to keep my door shut and get my work done. After 10 minutes I poured out 1/2 cup of water and then back in my office with the ice bag down my front.

Problem solved!

 

(Today I wore a coat -early morning temps- but underneath have two light tops and am wearing sandals-I’m prepared today!)

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Fairly Fairy Tale Distorted

Hello friends!

Happy Monday!

I hope all of you had a good weekend! I had fun with my family in our annual Halloween party. Each of us makes some kind of ghoulish food that is actually edible and it’s super fun. We had this party on Saturday and it really made my weekend πŸ™‚

I thought I would share something interesting I discovered last week. My granddaughter was doing her daily reading (she is a 4th grader and is supposed to practice her reading every day). She read Snow White aloud to me and then asked me what I thought.

Me being a therapist all of a sudden realized! Holy crap, what’s up with fairy tales? Here is a story of a woman who daily asks her mirror “who is the fairest”? as if that’s a contest one person can win. Then one day as she has aged, her mirror lets her know, there’s a new contestant and BTW you lose now, game over!

Really??? And to top that off, said older woman decides to pursue murder as a way of solving her problem of aging and not being the “fairest of them all”???

This sounds like a modern day problem, but I’ve heard this story forever. I’m just now getting a little bit of insight that we have some jacked up ideas in our culture…like women need to be beautiful and number one beautiful all their lives, like it’s a contest and winner take all, even to the extreme. That actually doesn’t sound like a fairy tale, that sounds like things I’ve heard for years. But this crap is what we’re also teaching our young people.

My granddaughter asked me what I thought of her reading and I told her it’s actually ok for women to age and it’s ok for someone to be younger and prettier than me. It’s a normal part of life and I’m happy anyway even if there is someone younger, (like everyone under 55) and prettier (that’s always gonna be a thing right? I don’t have to buy into that dumb contest), wrapping my arms around her mother and telling her I love that she is younger and prettier and it’s ok that she is and I’m ok the way I am….

And we don’t need to hire a huntsman to hunt down the competitor.

Boom (images are of the Disney Movie) and picture is me and my two daughters

7 Minute Makeup Tutorial

Hello friends!

Thanks for joining me on my blog!

My good friend asked for a 3 minute makeup tutorial; she is a busy mom with little boys, maybe some of you can relate.

I tried to get it done in 3 minutes; alas it took 7.25 but here it is! I hope it helps you busy people find time to get everything done you need!

https://youtu.be/aIjGEtgAuRs

It’s A Woman Thing

So last night, I had to unwind before going to bed. Work this week was not a pleasant experience. (For some reason I feel like work should be fun! It shouldn’t be work, I don’t know where I’ve got this odd idea)

My Oprah magazine came in the mail and I thought I would read a bit to focus on something else!

I found an article on Menopause and thought I would see if there’s anything in it to help explain WTH my life feels the way it does πŸ˜‚πŸ˜† I was genuinely curious.

So, to give a little background. Thursday in heading in the door to work and finding out there isn’t an office – I felt this crazy surge of rage (and freak I’m not an angry person) and an image popped into my head of myself “throwing my metal water bottle at the speed of light smashing through the big glass window” in our main front office-WTH is wrong with me??

Anyway, back to my magazine and article on menopause. Did you know, unreasonable anger is a symptom of menopause?? When I read that, I thought you gotta be kidding me!! All this time I wondered if I was going crazy or if I was a bad person or somehow I’ve been crazy all along. Trust me, these are odd thoughts for me as a therapist but this totally makes sense to me.

There have been soooo many times at the checkout or in traffic or at work that I just feel outrageously angry and I never knew this is normal for a woman going through menopause.

First off, it might just be lucky that we don’t have many menopausal women going postal out in public cause I’ve managed to control my flash of anger but how is everyone else doing it?

Holy cow, wouldn’t it be nice if someone let us know this is what to expect when we will never be expecting?? Hopefully one day my hormones will settle down and I’ll be my normal self again.

More Hair Chronicles

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday and I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend!

I know you all are aware of my struggles with hair loss. Remember on July 6 I got a new blonde wig because I was so tired of worrying about my thinning hair.

I didn’t tell anyone that after I got the wig, I took a pair of scissors and cut my own hair super short. You can see it a little bit in my “Bucket List” post a month or so back. It was easier to tuck in the wig cap.

Well, I’ve even changed that. My youngest daughter knew/saw I cut my hair (to be honest, all my family saw it) and sent me a picture of a super short haircut with shaved sides she thought I would like that I could be comfortable with when I wasn’t wearing my wig.

I really liked the pic my daughter sent but didn’t want to pay anyone to cut my hair since I spent so much money on a wig.

So my oldest daughter (on August 3rd) used my set of clippers and scissors to follow my directions and shave the sides of my head, leaving kind of a Mohawk on the top.

It’s so much easier to wear my wig and I can actually start to see what color my hair really is. I have quite a bit of silver interestingly enough. I tried to get it to stick up straight but I don’t have the right product and my hair has some curl πŸ˜‚

I’ll wear it sometimes like this on Saturday or at water activities because I can’t get my wig wet.

But I thought you would like to see the evolution of my hair. It’s kind of like The Chronicles of Narnia-πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ only it’s kind of edgy and I might like it 😎

Travel Misadventures

Hello friends!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

My week was supposed to be incredibly fun but due to our travel mishaps (over and over) it was less than that.

On our way to NC, we encountered a 3 hour delay on Delta (due to increased heat during the day which lead to our plane being too heavy to get off the ground-I may not be a flight engineer but I do know that is it HOT in August-who in the world was not planning on heat on August 19???-for the love of Pete)!

Due to the afore mentioned but clearly unplanned heat in the midst of summer delay-we missed our connecting flight in Atlanta. We also missed our later (last minute re booked stand by flight) so we were on the hook for an early next morning flight out of Atlanta. But seriously, where on earth were we staying in Atlanta?? We didn’t know until we landed at 10:30pm.

Delta said we would be taken care of by several agents helping us once we got off the plane. There was one agent and a long line. The poor agent gave us a voucher to stay at a local motel although informed us we would not be getting our luggage…. uh what’s that?? You aren’t unloading the plane even though we missed our connecting flight, our rental car in NC, AND our hotel room in NC?? Apparently getting the luggage off the plane would take several hours even though they normally haul luggage off a plane.

They gave us each a mini bag with lotion, razor, toothpaste and toothbrush with a regular hair brush. That’s peachy, I have no clean clothes or underwear and I can’t wash my face but I can brush my teeth and my hair?? Perfect -at least yours truly has a wig and can just put this baby over her unwashed hair -makeup still caked on face-sweaty body-after a freaking long flight. (I did wash my underwear in the sink with a bar of soap and took a bath-thankfully)

And that’s not the end!

We finally get to Asheville NC -I’m still wearing clothes and makeup from yesterday but we’ve landed and are getting the rental car….maybe. The cashier at Budget Rental sends us down to the parking garage where she says someone will meet us and bring our rental …. we wait, and wait, and wait… by this time I’m a little on edge! A couple of older gentlemen drive by with a white van (uh wait, weren’t we supposed to get a white van? Where is it going and why??)

So hubby takes off across the parking garage chasing the white van. Three rows over he is talking to them, still talking, still talking (meanwhile I am losing it-somebody feed me quick!) I yell out “Mike! Is that our van”?? In my loudest voice….

He yells back that they are trying to figure it out. So I have no more nerves left and I grab all our bags at once and stomp across the parking garage. I guess it’s our vehicle cause the two attendants walk away, but I get Mikes attention to open the hatch. And…nothing… we finally realize that they gave us the wrong keys which is really a cruel joke after the trip we’ve had. Mike races after them so they don’t leave the garage (it’s unmanned btw) and has an argument with the attendant because he doesn’t think he gave Mike the wrong keys until he finds them on his ring clipped on his belt!

Can you believe these series of events???

The above events are true and I will share the return fiasco in my next post! This is a trip to truly remember!

The Perfect Summer Skirt

Hello friends!

I thought I would share my journey to find the separates which makes this slinky slip skirt perfect for summer!

I found this slip skirt at Nordstrom during their anniversary sale. I was originally looking for a special pleated leopard skirt (but the leopard skirt was sold out) so randomly I found this blue/rust slip skirt also on sale. I don’t always like to dress like everyone else and this skirt seemed a great way to get on the slip skirt trend but still have something that everyone doesn’t have.

My only problem is that I couldn’t find a top to complement the skirt. All my ideas seem to include sweaters or cardigans and it’s way too hot to wear anything like that now. I tried on several tops at Nordstrom also on sale but most of them were see through which doesn’t work for me. I looked at Target, JCPenney, and anywhere else I could think.

Then! Luckily it was my birthday and Express sent me a $20 reward. Now I didn’t actually want to spend any money so I scoured their racks looking for a top that was on sale and within my reward amount. (I’m so cheap these days! LOL)

Finally I found a textured top, kind of a waffle weave shirt with a boat neck and somewhat of a curved hem in natural color which I thought would be great along the silky shine of the skirt. I then added my white sneakers (they have gold cut outs, so are somewhat unique from JCPenney awhile ago).

These items are all a perfect match and I’m amazed how well this skirt works in the heat of summer. It’s so silky and breezy, it’s like having a little fan around my legs and kept me very cool (makes me wonder if I’ll get cold in the winter, maybe that’s why the cardigan would work?) and it’s such a pretty color that I really had fun wearing it. I’ll wear it often and enjoy myself. It’s such a fun trend that I didn’t think would work for me, but I tried it out and love it!

Try this fun trend out for yourself!