First things first….
The winner of the WomensClothingToday silk scarf give away is Barbara, also known as “lovesjetlag”!
Barbara, I am so happy to be sending this lovely scarf along to you in Italy. I know it will look gorgeous on you. Congratulations!
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If you’re on your feet all day you may need to splurge on quality shoes that won’t bang up your feet. Or perhaps you can’t feel well-dressed without a pair of Louboutin’s to complete your look.
And what if the only jeans you have found that flatter your figure and make you feel your best are say, J Brand at around $225?
If that’s the case, and you can afford the splurge, then I say do it!
But for my list, I left footwear and denim off for a few reasons.
Many years ago, I used to splurge on shoes all the time because size 11s were so hard to find. If I found a pair I liked, I would buy it no matter what the price.
But thanks to online shoe shopping, I can search through thousands of pairs of pumps, flats, sandals and boots by price, size, color and style. And I often can read lots of detailed reviews so I get an idea of the fit and quality.
I have found several pairs of shoes that I wear often, don’t break the bank, are comfortable and make me feel put together such as a great pair of burgundy Vaneli’s, my favorite sparkly holiday shoes, a fun pair of Ivanka Trump cheetah flats and my cognac Born oxfords. Each pair was well below $100.
|Ivanka Trump shoes, about $70.00|
I find I have no problem looking well-dressed in shoes that don’t put a big dent in my bank account.
As far as denim goes, I think there are many more fashionable choices at reasonable prices than there used to be ten years ago, back when I used to splurge on designer jeans like Sevens, Kasil and Citizens.
I am partial to Gap for their long inseams but there are many other retailers carrying great looking jeans in a variety of styles and colors. The other day I was shopping at Macy’s and came across a pair of Else skinny jeans in teal.
I had never heard of Else, have you? They fit great and they’re nice and long. I wore my new jeans with a Zara coat from two years ago, a decade old C & C California turtleneck, J. Crew leopard belt and Calvin Klein pumps that were just $69.00.
These jeans were on sale for just $30.00 and with my store coupon, they were only $20.00.
Denim and footwear are not things I typically splurge on. Once in a while I will find a pair of designer jeans that are flattering enough that I am willing to pay a bit more for them. Or I will come across a pair of fabulous shoes worth a good splurge but generally, I can still look well put together in lower priced shoes and jeans.
But that’s just me!
Everyone shops differently and all of us have different wardrobe needs, lifestyles and tastes. I think it’s fun and quite interesting to see what’s on everyone else puts on their splurge list!
Last Thursday, I went to a new-to-me skin care clinic for a facial. It’s been so long since I have had one. The last time was November….2011!
I was expecting a traditional facial with the soothing application of creams, cleansers, exfoliant and toners, followed by a heavy does of steam, a pore extraction and ending with a lovely face massage.
Instead, I spoke with the esthetician for the first 15 minutes about the products I use and my multitude of skincare concerns from fine lines to dark spots.
After our discussion, we decided that a peel would be the best treatment for my skin. No face massage for me. I had a stinging concoction of chemicals sit on my face for several minutes, then I was done.
I had a Vitalize Peel by Skin Medica and peel I did! Just yesterday, my face started to no longer look like a reptile shedding its skin.
|My shedding was much messier than this gal’s.|
What’s been revealed is brighter, smoother, and more supple skin. I love it now but it wasn’t easy shedding that skin for several days. I stayed indoors a lot.
Maybe the days of long, gentle and soothing facials are over for me. I’m starting to think that at my age, I might be better off spending my skincare money on services that are more effective, preventive and combative even if they do make me look reptilian for a few days.