Day Off and Frugal Shopping

I love Wednesdays because they are usually and off day for me.  In the previous post you saw that I dyed my hair, but I also went shopping!

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I went to Clothes Mentor (my place of employment) and sold the above basket load of shoes and a couple of handbags and got this:

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Two Michael Kors bags and some limited edition Beatles Yellow Submarine Sunglasses!

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How cool are these?

This was what I was wearing for my off day:

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Girlfriend jeans from Gap, Chamala Huaraches and tank from Madewell, necklace and belt Loft, Coach bag and limited edition Beatles shades from  Clothes Mentor Cedar Park

Confession Time!

I have a big secret and I’m going to share, so get ready!  Are you sitting down?  Get your smelling salts just in case.  I, I, I…DYE MY HAIR!  O.K now, it’s out in the open.  I feel so much better now!

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Every six weeks I get a pretty box from a company called Madison Reed with everything I need for a salon quality color job.  This product is free of ammonia, parabans, sulfates, gluten, PPD, and resorcinol…all harsh chemicals.

With 2 kids in college, I needed to economize on several things and my salon expenditures was one of the first things to change.  I use to go in every 3 months for the works: hair-cut, base color, and highlights.  With tip I would plunk down close to $300.  Not anymore!!  I get my haircut every 3 months at Ulta for $40 and I do my own color with the Madison Reed products.  I first tried store-bought products, but they would burn my scalp somewhat and my hair would fall out!  This color set from Madison Reed is only $25 and my hair is much more healthy for using these products.  Also, this product smells great and has superior gray coverage.  This company is also good at sending full size product freebies (like shampoo and conditioner) from time to time.

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Here is post workout hair and color capped hair.

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Now if I had pink undertones in my skin I would totally try to rock the grey hair like this lovley lady:

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Oh, and in between colorings, I use these products to keep the grey runway (the part) from showing up.  You can pick these products up at Ulta.

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Give Madison Reed a try if you do your own color.  I promise, you won’t be sorry!

Invisible and Insignificant

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I originally started thinking about starting a blog about a year ago after I made an observation while having dinner with my family in downtown Austin on a Saturday evening.  The restaurant was full of beautiful young people…no one over thirty-five, except for my husband and I.  The young man taking my order at the counter hardly made eye contact with me, as he was busy checking out the pretty young things seated at the bar.  But he sure was attentive when my daughter ordered! The pretty young things seated at the bar were busy engaging some young men…hair tossing, laughing, trying to appear witty. The atmosphere was full of youthful energy and I made the quip to my family that I suddenly felt invisible and insignificant.  My daughter answered back with, “That’s because you’re old”.  My husband then went on to rant about how much better it was to be a young person in our generation.  My daughter’s response was an eye roll.

I don’t know what caused me to feel that way at that moment.  I know that there are plenty of middle-aged women doing wonderful, relevant things…but what about us regular Janes?  Why do our voices suddenly become quiet once we hit a certain age?

I know that I’m at a sort of crossroads in my life with my child-bearing behind me (oh, my shriveling eggs!), and my child-rearing just about done.  I have two young adult children away at school and my youngest will soon be starting his 2nd year of high school.  So now what?   My identity has always been that as a wife and mother for these past 25 years.  Oh, I’ve worked part-time through many of those years (taught dance, taught fitness classes at a gym, worked retail), but nothing that would take me away from my family for long.  While I have to work more now because having 2 kids in college is not cheap…I’m looking forward to the time when I can further pursue my interests and to discover myself in this next phase of life.

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Truth be told, I don’t really want to be twenty-something again. I know I have a bigger heart than I did at 20.  And I’ve learned some patience.

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So, in the meantime, I’ll just wait patiently for my turn at the wall… until I learn to make some noise!

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By the way…there are many great walls in Austin.  Here are some pics of another:

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For those who are interested, my skirt, Kate Spade sunglasses, and Madewell shoes were purchased at Clothes Mentor Cedar Park, tank and necklace  are from Loft.

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The Ties That Bind…Or, What Is Your Fashion Era?

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It’s no question that women for centuries have always taken drastic measures to morph their figures to society’s ideals.

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The higher your social status, the worse it got as far as how tight your corset was suppose to be. After years of this binding women’s internal organs shifted and they lost the ability to hold themselves upright without the corset due to atrophy of the abdominal muscles.  So I have a question…What is your body’s fashion era, meaning the the one you wouldn’t have to take drastic measures to wear naturally?

I think mine is the 1950’s.  I am definitely and hourglass shape and I tend to look for today’s styles that emphasize my small waist and a full skirt to hide my lower half.

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I could have totally rocked these little Dior numbers from the 50’s!  I also really love the music from the 50’s.  We’ve been playing an oldies station at work lately and I could see my self in the back seat of a ’57 Chevy with The Platters playing on the radio losing my virginity…sigh…!  Don’t you just love those high waisted trousers for the men.  One of the reasons I LOVE the Showtime series “Masters Of Sex” is the clothing! Very elegant.

With that said…here is what I wore to work today (remember, I work retail, no Saturday’s off!) and what I bought today:

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I’m wearing a romper by Lou and Grey, Madewell sandals, old Loft necklace, Coach crossbody bag purchased at Clothes Mentor re-sale shop.  The items on the right were also purchased at Clothes Mentor:  Bobeau lace top, Hot Tomato skirt, and a Michael by Michael Kors dress.  See, the skirt is a 50’s full shape, but the Michael Kors dress is more of a 1930’s silhouette.  I guess I could do the 30’s too.

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So, what’s your body’s fashion era?

My Magic Place

Both Jim and I had the day off today, so we decided on an outing to Gruene.  Well, actually Jim and Colin kindly indulged me by accompanying me on my search for old stuff.  Lunch at the Gristmill was thrown in, so they were O.K. about it.  I love all things from the past.  I wonder about the people who originally used these items, if they are still living or not.  Going through these things transports me to the past…a magic place for me.

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Here is the old man (Jim) with his ball and chain (me)!  The picture on the right is the view from our table.

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Colin was fairly surprised that this old typewriter was almost identical to a computer keyboard!  Go figure!

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Yes, Colin…there use to be rotary phones and your parents are old enough to have used them!

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Who knew these 2 things went together?

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Front and back of an old photograph.  I wonder…are either still alive?

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Cuz’ sometimes you need a good laxative.

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I want this to be my new stove and family room furniture!!!!!

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Amazing to think that the original owner of this shoe has long since passed.

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Haunting images of the past.

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But the above are what I was looking for.  I’m obsessed with Cameos.  I’m looking for one from the period of the early 1900’s to the 1930’s, ring or small pendant.  I didn’t find it today, so the good news is I’ll just have to keep looking!

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My dogs were happy to have us home after a long outing!

For those interested my shorts are from Madewell, top and necklace Loft, belt Gap (old), sandals Born shoes from DSW.

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Diggin’ this jumpsuit!

I know some gals avoid jumpsuits and rompers like the plague, because you know, ahem…they are hard to get out of when nature calls. But I love them because you don’t have to match a top to a bottom.  It’s no-brainer dressing !  This one by Lou and Grey at Loft buttons all the way down the front and is easy to get in and out of.  Plus, it’s super soft!  I wore this today at work and it was an easy breezy day!

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Jumpsuit and shoes Loft, bracelets old.

In My Mother’s Image…

I know I’m not unique in thinking that there are things about my appearance that needed to be changed.  I think it’s just unfortunately part of being female.  Ever since I was a little girl, I never felt pretty enough, smart enough, skinny enough, talented enough…I felt lacking in everything.   Many women around my age start thinking about plastic surgery or various injections either to change themselves so that they can measure up to society’s standards or to grasp on to quickly fading youth.  While I can honestly say I would have thought of taking these measures when I was younger, I no longer feel that way.  Here is why:

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I see my mother now when I look into the mirror.

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I resemble my mother facially, I have my mother’s hands, forearms, and feet. I think my mother is a very beautiful woman both inside and out.  The lower half of my figure is from the women on my dad’s side of the family.  Amazing…to think about the hundreds of thousands of years of family history that all of us represent!

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I no longer have a desire to change a thing.  Trying to drastically change myself externally by drastic measures would be like a slap in the face to my ancestors.

Now I don’t think there is anything wrong with trying to enhance the beauty we were all born with.  I’m using Meaningful Beauty products right now and I really like them.  Personally, the best thing we middle-aged gals can do for our skin is stay out of the sun, wear sunscreen, and hydrate inside and out.  Oh, and a smile always helps!! I personally, don’t think “frozen face” is a good look.  It’s as if you are trying to hide a life.

I also dye my hair because I’m not ready to go grey yet.  Truthfully, if I had skin with pink undertones like Emmy Lou Harris, I would totally try to rock the grey like she does! But some day I want to be the chic senior citizen rockin’ that grey pixie cut!

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I’ve earned the lines on my face through laughing, smiling, crying.  The freckles which have now turned to age spots are a reminder of my youth spent on the beaches of Southern California.    Good times!  Many a great summer spent on Santa Monica beach!!

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This is my daughter, Chloe-Jane.  I wonder 30 years from now how she will feel when she sees her reflection?

As a side note…I think if I could develop a heart as big as my mom’s, I would really have it “all going on”!