Heat of Summer

Hello friends!

I hope you’re staying cool and safe in this hot summer! This morning at 830 it was already 80 degrees, so I’m guessing it’s gonna be a scorcher again! I have a black car with black interior and it’ll be a little toasty when I get off work!

How do you stay cool in the summer? I work most days but on Saturdays I am usually outside earlier in the morning to do yard work while it’s relatively cool. I try to get a bike ride in the morning too cause in the afternoon it’s over 90 degrees and zaps all my energy.

But on July 4 we went as a family (my hubs, kids, and grandkids) to Lagoon (Utah amusement park). It’s usually pretty hot but it being a holiday is less crowded than usual (maybe cause other people are at parades or other big Independence Day events. The thing that keeps us cool there is Rattlesnake Rapids! It’s a water ride and you usually get pretty wet. By the time my shoes were dry again we were going on last rides of the day and almost ready to leave. That’s how we stay cool! We are soaking wet! But it’s really a fun day, I’ll share pictures below 🙂

(For the first time, I went on the Skyscraper! I’ll share the video of us screaming as we (me, daughter, and daughter in law) pull the cord and drop!)

Have a great weekend friends!

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(It’s SNOWING now, sooo glad we’re leaving) Packing in Earnest/And We’re Off!

Hello friends and happy weekend!

I’ve finally started packing for my trip! But before that, I made a few stops to pick up: Dramamine, ear plugs, small hand lotion, vitamins, hand sanitizer, cash, and gas in my car! Just normal stuff really.

Since I’ve been home, I’ve washed my clothes, got down suitcases, set out each of my outfits/work out clothes and brainstormed shoes/jewelry to wear on each day (not working out of course)…and my swimsuit bottom finally arrived! It fits and for the most part is cute with the top (that was cutting it close right??) Tell me what you think of my choices??

I have to make another decision-there are two fancy dinners to attend and here are the choices of dresses: silver/taupe sparkly, red velvet, and black/white striped. Which do you like better?? I will end up taking at least five pairs of shoes, I don’t see any other way around it now LOL

So now I just have makeup and hair stuff to pack which will have to be done in the morning-there’s just no other way to do it!

Our flight leaves at 1:50pm tomorrow!

Fashionista goes on vacation?

Hey my friends!

In one day and 15 hours I will be leaving on vacation and I’ve been concerned….maybe you don’t realize that I’m kind of a high maintenance woman? It might be clear with all of the makeup, jewelry, clothes, shoes….yada yada yada along with other essentials like shampoo, conditioner, leave in conditioner, moisturizer, eye shadow, hats, sunscreen, (maybe a swimsuit, one shipment hasn’t came in the mail yet, little worried) comb, brush, clips, q tips, blow dryer, curling iron….you get the gist right???

How does a fashionista or high maintenance woman go on vacation without packing the whole house along the way?? I have a stack of outfits in my closet I’ve planned to wear in the climate we are visiting, along with a stack of possible swimsuits that aren’t going to work…I’m trying to decide exactly what shoes to bring. I can’t bring them all but want to make sure I have a couple pair of sandals and some shoes for walking…is that all I’ll need?? Well no, there’s going to be a couple fancy dinners over this period so I need to bring a couple of fancy dresses along with shoes, jewelry, and the obligatory shaper (the only thing I DON’T think I’ll need is hose) LOL.

Are you starting to see my problem? I also wonder what I’m gonna carry my essentials in?? I have several (many) purses here at home but I’m not taking several purses. I think it would be best if I just took one, so will my straw bag work? And should I take my myriad of lipsticks and liners just in case?? Oh my gosh, you are seeing my problem aren’t you? Obviously this is a first world problem and really not a bad thing but there ya go, I’m a super high maintenance woman trying to figure out how to pack minimally while STILL having what I need. THIS IS GONNA BE TRICKY!

Stay tuned…. 🙂

(The picture I shared is how my vacation SHOULD look) 😂 high expectations might get me in trouble! And FYI I’m not even packed yet- just thinking about it!

The Adventures of a Middle Aged Woman

Hello Friends!

I think the title of this post should be my new tagline! It’s been quite the week!

First I had a traumatic experience at a kick boxing class and then shopping for a swimsuit is also traumatizing! Not to mention a curling iron malfunction today!! There is a lot of trauma going on in my life! LOL and that’s why I thought I should share!

I’ve been increasing my physical activity lately (It really helps me feel good and I sleep better at night) and so I thought I would join a kick boxing class at my local gym. I got all dressed up in my fun exercise clothes (striped pants and tank by JCPenney) and the class started. I immediately knew I was in trouble… the instructor started barking out instructions for the next “set”- “1, 2, 3, 4 double punch, sway punch, step back kick punch, rear kick in each corner, 1 punch, 2 punch, 3 punch, etc….’Does everyone have that’ as she points in my direction??? UH NO! SOMEONE HELP ME! At one point during one of the “sets” there is a step where the a participant will stomp her legs quickly as if she is a football player, then pivot to the right, stomps again, pivot again to the right, stomps again, and pivots back to center…only yours truly is a BEGINNER and is standing there stumped when the whole class pivots to FACE ME! Seriously kill me now…this is the worse evening EVAAAAA! It’s right up there with high school…how is this possible?? Most of the 60 minute class I am just stepping to the right and left trying to keep my heart rate up while thinking WTF?? There weren’t any prerequisites for this class? I mean if I was to take college Trig, there would be information letting me know if I was prepared or not…but not this kick boxing class….it was a sad and pathetic but somewhat amusing/memorable experience.

Yesterday I went swimsuit shopping with my good friend Sepideh and really we had so much fun talking and shopping but hardly found any swimsuits until the end of the day. We drove to Park City in super bad weather- heading to Park City there was an accident the other direction and my car slid in a couple spots so I was way careful and slow (which is a bummer because it’s a super fun windy road that I’ve drove probably 1,000 times and is fun to drive fast) We went to Tanger Outlets and hit Tommy Bahama cause I was sure they would have a swimsuit (let’s be honest, it’s hard to find a swimsuit in Utah in January, actually this was Mission Impossible not mission difficult 😉 hahaha and we went to about seven stores but no swimsuit….that isn’t to say I did not buy anything (that’s another blog) haha On our way home we hit Shops at Riverwoods and tada! Lime Ricki has some fun darling swimsuits! I totally forgot they were there, so we got all excited and popped in (braving the freezing rain). I found several tops/bottom combinations to take in the dressing room but soon figured out the sizing is small….Sepideh and I are both trying on suits so how do I get out of the dressing room half dressed and switch sizes?? I try calling the cashier lady…”Help?? Please help”??? Finally she  heard me calling and got me other sizes…I found two real cute swimsuit options although the red one was difficult to manage in the smaller size (basically my bust was trapped above the suit and I couldn’t move it without breaking my shoulder)! I almost called for help again! Help my (*****) are trapped, I can’t get it off”! Thankfully I finally got it off without breaking my arms or leaving my bust trapped…(Does this happen to anyone else???Seriously??- truth be told my friend almost called me for help as she was struggling with the same thing!!) I was sweating by the time I got out of the predicament! This is real life people! I know (first world problems)….lol

Then today as I began getting ready for church, I grabbed a section of my hair to curl and NOTHING…. hmmmm yeah it’s plugged in, yeah it’s switched on, that’s odd the heat setting is on high….what is going on?? I try again and nothing…this is not my week is it??First the kick boxing, then the swimsuit, then the curling iron?? It all happens in three’s right? LOL so I get out my curling wand which I’ve never mastered and try to get that to work in time to get to church….of course my hair is not cooperating because this is just different, it’s a dirty hair day, now I’m in a hurry, and let’s all be stubborn and make my life hard! And I put together something super cute for today and my hair is doing this?? Really? Isn’t it a weekend? Can’t we all work together?? Oh my gosh, I just had to let it go and realize that no one really notices what I’m freaking out about. I do KNOW THAT FOR SURE…MY INSECURITIES ARE ONLY MINE, NO ONE ELSE KNOWS…. 🙂

So I hope you had a laugh with me over the last few days. LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE.

To complete my post, here are some pics of my outfit today. I matched a metallic pleated beige skirt (WhoWhatWear, Target) with my ruffle sleeve gray sweater (WhoWhatWear, Target) and my Target fishnet hose along with my Target ANewDay leopard booties. I added my chunky necklace I’ve had for years from Burlington Coat Factory? Isn’t the whole thing fun?? I think it helps to make up for all the trauma this week LOL!

I’ve added a picture of my new swimsuit from Lime Ricki! This is a real risk for me as I’m not super stable in my body positivity in a swimsuit yet…

Weekend Assignment-Swimsuit

Hello Friends!

Did everyone make it through the first full week of January?? I know it was hard but yay you for getting it done 🙂 Yay me for getting it done 🙂

Now my treat to survive the week is finding a swimsuit for my vacation! Whaaaaaattt?? That seriously does not sound like a treat, really who would refer to that as a treat? Most women I know do not consider that a treat. Me either…stick a needle in my eye…

The problem with swimsuit shopping is complex…let me explain. Clothes shopping is normally a very fun activity and I get a little thrill when I find something lovely and even more when it’s on sale. I really don’t stress over my size, I just find something in my range that fits and for the most part, clothes look good.

This is not true for swimsuits and I think I speak for most women out there. I see a real pretty swimsuit in the store (I’ve had experience, so a feeling of dread grips my heart) and sometimes I try on in the store. Most times I don’t just because I’ve been there before. I used to try on suits in the store and the lighting is good for corpses but not for a woman figuring out which swimsuit to buy. It always looks better in the store…or on the hanger….swimsuits just don’t look the same on the hanger as they do on the body. Who designs these things??

I’m all about body positivity and age positivity although I guess the swimsuit area is one where body positivity eludes me. It’s a work in progress I’m sure.

So I found one suit at my favorite store-Target- of course did not try it on but took it home. It’s a one piece (normally one piece suits flatten what’s on top) but I don’t wear bikinis and there weren’t any tankinis, so I got the one piece. It’s a real cute jungle print and bottom half of suit fits fine but top is too loose. I might have a wardrobe malfunction if I do anything but walk. So I took it back for the smaller bust size which of course equals smaller hip size (which only happens in make believe world) and of course the top part now fits better but bottom part is tight and cuts into my nether regions…..

Most summers I don’t even buy a suit, who needs to go swimming anyway?? It’s not worth it really…but since I’m going on vacation soon…this is a need (I hardly ever use that word in regard to clothes haha but truly it is now)…

So I’ll share a picture of my Target suit (I think it would look cute with my cowboy hat and some shorts…also a need because I don’t have any) and one other from Dillards and if I find another cuter suit on Saturday I’ll run it by ya’ll. Give me your opinion!

La Blanca Beyond the Jungle