Makeup I Can’t Live Without!

I have a lot of make-up products in my professional kit. But when it comes to my personal use, I truly can’t live without the products here. Each one works so well and I can’t imagine a day without any of them.

Perhaps one of the most miraculous products? Bye Bye Redness. If you have acne bumps, rosacea or broken capillaries, this will cover it. Some days I’ll even go without foundation, as this covers so well. You only need a dot!

The other item I must call out and that my girls and I fight over, is my MAC 224 blending brush. It is perfect in so many ways. I use it to dust powder or well-rested under my eyes, blend out harsh eyeshadow lines and add a bit of shimmer under my brows. It is spectacular!

Mally’s Poreless Face Defender is a primer that shrinks pores, makes foundation glide on and makes your skin look flawless. And what’s really cool, is that during the day, if your skin starts looking uneven {which it shouldn’t if you’re using Double Wear foundation!} you can smooth it OVER your foundation and poof! Perfect skin!

What’s in your bag? Anything you can’t live without? I want to hear from you!

I can't live without...

 

What I wore Wednesday: In the studio

I’ve been asked several times by readers if I actually make my wardrobe work. Do I wear one piece several ways? Absolutely! Check out last week’s work wardrobe below.

Please know that I have the luxury of dressing fairly casual. I work out of my studio teaching outstanding young women communications, interviewing, poise and confidence. Currently, I’m in pageant and cheerleader mode. I coach seniors how to interview well for their university cheerleading tryout interview. And I help pageant contestants ready themselves for the pageant interview, on-stage questions and how to walk well in heels. Basically, I teach skills that can be used anywhere, anytime! I love my job!

Wardrobe, White Jeans, Gingham, v-neck sweater, flats

Day 1: My Loft white boyfriend jeans with a loose-fitting navy H&M sweater, Alex Marie flats and one of my favorite necklaces from Charming Charlie!

Day 2: A green silk Chico’s blouse, vest I’ve had forever so I don’t know the brand, sorry!, skinny jeans from BeYourself, and same flats. Interestingly, the long necklace is Premier jewelry, but the exact matching short necklace is Charming Charlie.

Day 3: Loft skinny ankle jeans (they look like day 1, but these are skinnier), a blue gingham shirt. I’m a little embarrassed to say where I purchase this. But on a recent trip to Sam’s Club, there it was. I had to have it. Don’t judge! Navy v-neck J.Crew sweater and same flats. I “borrowed” the navy and gold Coach bracelet from my daughter, Madison. I just love it.

Day 4: Sorry for such dark photo. These are wider legged dark jeans paired with a navy Ralph Lauren sweater and Life Stride cheetah flats.

So only my flats are repeats this week. But you will see me wear these pieces week after week. Promise. Hopefully, I’ll mix them up!

Let me know what you think!

Is Image Everything?

Happy Friday!

I’ve been posting a lot on fashion lately. I’m passionate about those of you who are  over 40 having great options found in your closets! And even if you aren’t over 40, you can “shop your closet” too!

But something’s been working on me for awhile as focus on image. That “something” is no doubt God. And I’m asking, is image everything?Oscar Wilde, Be yourself, authenticity

On the face of it, no! Of course not. But pick up any business magazine, listen to hiring managers, turn on your television or read a woman’s magazine and you’ll be told yes, image is everything!

I’d like to clarify what should be a harmless attempt to look up-to-date and well-dressed for your lifestyle, versus dressing to mask who you really are.

Image is defined as a representation of something. So when you think about what face you want to show publicly, is it a representation of someone you hope to be, or is it your authentic self? I think this is where we can get into trouble.

Harley Davidson, Image, FashionIf you go to work in a place where the culture is dressing in suits, then putting on a suit and becoming a part of that culture is not wrong. Similarly, I have friends who, in their midlife stage, think riding a Harley is cool and they don their leather…even a do-rag. I think it’s a little silly, but they tell me when riding, leather is a barrier to the wind and cold and the do-rag keeps hair out of their face and they don’t have to worry about their hair when they remove their helmets. {thank God they are wearing helmets!}

So what’s the point?

The point, is that in the examples above, dressing the part is practical and cultural. But if donning a look is one thing that helps you become something you’re not, it’s wrong. If you’re covering up your insecurities with an image…a representation of something or someone else…it becomes exhausting and it’s not how God wants us to live.

I’m going to pray and research what the Bible has to say to say about image and I’ll get back to you! As women, we have to be careful. It’s so easy to compare ourselves to others and feed our mind with negative self talk. Just say NO!

Today, get dressed in something fabulous – something that is totally YOU. The real you. And think about being created in the image of God. That is, looking at your character. And good character? That’s a gorgeous image!

P.S.: I’m thinking if the motorcycle jacket came in pink, it might be right up my authentic alley! Ha!

You’re Invited! To a Linky Party!

Ultimate Blog Party 2014

I am so excited to join in the fun with 5 Minute Mom and hundreds of other bloggers in our first Ultimate Blog Party!

RJG will continue to offer many ways to see your wardrobe differently, stretch your wardrobe pieces and other ways to save money and still look chic, chic, chic! And, of course, I will mix in a bit of faith talk too!

Check out the other blogs. There are a lot of great sites linked up.

Please, please leave a comment to let me and others know you’re reading.

Many blessings all!

Wardrobe Wednesday: Cool and Inspired for Summer 2014

Summer outfitting for us girls of a certain age and our younger sisters, daughters or alter egos!

I love green. And while I tend toward more vibrant greens, I’m really liking mint for summer. I love that I can wear a longer-yet-hip short, throw a blazer over it and feel put together.

mint, summer 2014, longer shorts, shorts with a blazer, wedges

I confess…I’d wear this outfit myself. I’d swap out the short short for an ankle pant in the same vibrant blue! Just so happens I have said pant! I think the ankle boot modernizes and pulls a simple short and tee into an outfit.

the Beatles, hobo bag, ankle boot, hippy chic, graphic tee

 

Leave a comment and let me know if you’d wear either of these outfits! And what’s your color choice for summer 2014?