How pretty is this dress? I’m kinda obsessed with it. AND it’s on sale. AND Lands’ End offers an additional 40% off through tomorrow…
It’s so…elegant. Sexy but understated. Classic but with a bit of edge (LOVE that exposed zipper!). I think it would be flattering to wear (with a different belt). I can imagine lots of different places to wear it…to the Theatre…to Emeril’s…for cocktails downtown after work with clients…
…except I don’t do any of those things. That is just not my life right now. And it makes me wonder, what is it about this fantasy life that is so compelling? Cuz truth be told, I have WAY too many clothes that would be perfect for any one of those places, but that hardly get worn, because I don’t GO to those places.
I’m a stay-at-home mom who freelances occasionally from a cafe (but usually from home), I attend PTA meetings and teacher conferences, hang out at the playground, the children’s library, the zoo. “Smart casual” pretty much sums it up (and sometimes stupid casual, as a friend of mine quipped). Jeans, cute tees, vintage sweaters or sweatshirt blazers. A rayon dress or skirt here and there–but it has to be washable. Flats, sandals, or tennies. Everything else gathers dust.
I suppose I envy a more glamorous life. Sure I go out with the girls sometimes, or have date night with my hubby. We have even attended the Theatre. Once upon a time, when I lived and worked in San Francisco, there was a lot more of that work/cocktails/events going on, though at that time I was all about studied casualness (didn’t want to look too fancy, now did I?). Yet I’ve always been, at heart, a fancy girl. Thus my oversized wardrobe for the life I don’t lead.
Does anyone else have a similar tendency to fall for clothes that don’t actually fit your lifestyle? That then just sit in the closet, waiting for you to become more fabulous? Or is it just me…
I am on a mission: to find the perfect BB cream for my complexion. I’m intrigued by the promises the BB creams offer: they are tinted moisturizer, primer, corrector, sunscreen, and powder in one product. Yes, please!
But…I haven’t found my perfect potion yet. I don’t want a lot of coverage–I prefer a natural look–but I have oily skin, big pores, and run around outside a lot, where it’s usually humid and often hot. The problems I seem to encounter are that the creams I’ve tried don’t give me as matte a look as I’d like.
Here’s a rundown of a few that I’ve tried.
Clinique BB Cream: I’ve been using this for several months, and at first I liked it a lot. But I feel like it doesn’t cover my pores or keep me from getting shiny. It’s also hard to smooth on at first–it dries really fast–without getting streaks. It goes on much better over sunscreen or moisturizer, but then I’m back to using multiple products and looking greasy. Thus my quest continues. This comes in three shades, all quite pale–the middle one works best for me, but anyone with dark skin would be out of luck.
L’Oreal Magic BB Cream: I’ve tried this in magazine samples, so I’m not sure how accurate that is. I like how it feels going on, but the Light definitely turns me orangey. There’s a shade paler that might work for me. It’s also weird that it goes on completely sheer and then changes color–makes it hard to know where I need to blend more. And it does not have any sunscreen. So, overall, eh.
Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer: This isn’t exactly a BB Cream, but it has many of the elements I’m looking for: a light tint, a bit of moisture, and sunscreen. The Light shade works well on me and the price is right, but it left me feeling too shiny–it actually has little glimmery particles in it to give a bit of shimmer. Very subtle, but on me just looks sweaty.
Dr. Jart+Premium Beauty Balm: My sis-in-law looks amazing in this stuff, and she generously let me borrow her bottle for a couple days so I could try this stuff out. It does feel amazing on, and has a high SPF with physical blockers, which I think last longer than chemical blockers. Though it did smooth my complexion, I still felt too greasy with it on; the “dewy” look just does not work for me. She said they do have an oily-skin version, so maybe I’ll check that out at Sephora or someplace I can return it if I don’t like it. A downside: it comes in only one shade, which works for my pale skin, but would probably not work if you had tan, olive, or dark skin.
Now, I’d prefer to spend less on my products, but I’ve come to realize that sometimes the good stuff is expensive for a reason: it just works better. I’ve been curious about the new BB Creams from Maybelline and Garnier, but have checked out reviews of them, and they don’t seem to please most women who’ve tried them.
Update: Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream: A friend let me borrow hers, and it really has nice coverage without looking makeup-y. She has sensitive “problem” skin and said that she likes this with Bare Minerals powder over it. And she looks good! I tried it and still felt oily/greasy, even right after application, though the color was nice. Maybe it’s just too moisturizing for me? Also, it has such a low SPF (15). The quest continues!
So, I’m open to suggestions. Do you have a BB Cream or other light foundation that you love and would recommend? Or is my quest for a single product to rule them all doomed to fail?
I love necklaces and bracelets and scarves as much as the next accessory junkie, but when summer hits (and oh heavens it has hit already here in the Deep South), I want as little touching my body as possible. Too hot and sticky for a necklace! Bracelets oppressively heavy around puffy wrists! And no way in hell I’m adding a sticky sweaty scarf to the mix…
So…I was reading about summer style “rules” over at Ain’t No Mom Jeans, and it got me thinking about maximizing minimal accessories. The writers make a great point: when the basics are all you’ve got, why not make them make your outfit?
The April issue of InStyle magazine has about a thousand photos of white blouses, shirts, and shirtdresses. Somehow, the hot new thing is a classic old thing.
Cute, right? I used to dye my hair all kinds of colors (still have a bit of Manic Panic in Cotton Candy Pink–glows in the dark!–and Hot Hot Pink in my bathroom cabinet) but feel funny doing it now, as a 40-year-old mom. But this looks like it comes right out (hm, unless it doesn’t–my hair does suck up color). Even so, it’s sort of funky and sophisticated at the same time.
I might give it a try for St. Patrick’s Day. This weekend is the big local St. Patrick’s Day parade, where people dress up in costumes and drink green beer and catch cabbages from tractor-pulled floats. Only in New Orleans…
Anyway, green streaks won’t look out of place at all–and if I wear green clothes, I won’t notice the chalk dust. I’ll take pictures if I end up doing it!
What do you think? Would you streak your hair with colored chalk?
I saw this t-shirt in Forever 21 today (on my quest for the perfect orange shirt) and thought, 1. How cute! and 2. How easy to make!
The stripes are actually grosgrain ribbon sewn onto the front of the t-shirt. The little bow really adds charm, doesn’t it? Love the color combo, too. How hard would it be to sew trim on a boring old t-shirt?