Gray…It’s Not Just Me

If you don’t know Melinda Maria you should get to know her. A jewelry designer from Spokane, WA Melinda lives in L.A. and has created some of the coolest pieces of jewelry I’ve ever seen. Her pieces are worn by celebrities and non-celebs (like me) and they go with everything…yes, even gray. In fact, I think they go especially nicely with gray. And that’s not the only cool thing about her! In a recent Instagram post, Melinda shared her fondness for my fave color while giving us a peek at a few of her gorgeous bangles. 2015/01/img_3950.png I first discovered her work in InStyle magazine YEARS ago when I ripped out a pic of a ring worn by Mila Kunis. I carried that page around with me for a couple of years until one day I spotted that same ring on a good friend of mine. Turns out, she went to school with Melinda and is still friendly with her today! I immediately bought that ring for myself and over the last few years have added to my MM collection. Thanks to my friend I got to meet her one day last year when she was in town for her launch at Nordstrom. It was pleasant, though not unexpected, to find out she is really cool…just like gray. linking up with: The Pleated PoppyGet Your Pretty OnBecause Shanna Said SoWhat Wives WearOn the Daily ExpressHappiness at Midlife

Plays Well With…

The start of a new year, new resolutions and the announcement of the Color of The Year by Pantone. And the winner is…Marsala!
MarsalaOh, InStyle, it’s like you knew I needed this announcement. Granted, I’m late reading the issue but worth the wait! Last year’s color was Radiant Orchid, a lovely purplish shade but not me in the least. The year before it was Emerald. Again, pretty, but not in my wardrobe vocabulary. Okay, not much color is in in my wardrobe vocab but you get the idea…

2015’s color is so much more my speed! Now, the fine print says it goes well with navy, black and even mustard. Mustard? Who wears that? Who wears it successfully?

If you know me, you know what I’m thinking! Marsala plays well with grey!

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I Have a Confession…

I am a product junkie. And a magazine junkie.

There. I said it.

I laughed out loud reading my sister’s post about her new skincare regime. We have had several conversations over the past few months about product, usage and routine. I could talk all day about it and still not be satisfied with what I know and don’t know. Part of my magazine addiction is probably fueled by my desire to read what the latest and greatest products are and who in the land of popular culture is using them. But more about magazines later.

A friend of mine sells a product through a multi-level marketing company called Arbonne. When she first introduced the line to me through a sample packet she apologized for the number of steps required to complete the routine. I recall having thanked her, actually, as the opportunity to apply more product and see the results got me excited!

I don’t use all the products from that original sample packet but I adopted the eye cream for day and still order it on a regular basis. In addition to my night eye cream, assorted cleansers (not too fussy there but occasionally used with my Clarisonic), toner, serum, moisturizers and sunscreens. And that’s just the skincare routine.

Like my sister said, our mom looks great for her age. Thank goodness. At this point we both seem to be on the same track, minus the nightly dirty bathwater facials. Gross.

Unlike several people I know, I haven’t dabbled in plumpers or firmers that require a needle just yet. Mostly because I can’t afford it, not for any moral reason. I have a wrinkle on my forehead that I am dying to attack and prevent its further deepening. I’d also like to have the fat under my chin sucked out but that’s a little scarier so I use lots of lotion and make strange faces doing neck exercises instead.

My magazines are something I look forward to on a monthly and sometimes weekly basis. How I would love to be able to tell you that Newsweek, Time and The New Yorker regularly flood my mailbox but that would be lying. Unless you count the times the mailman misdirects my neighbor’s New Yorker and I glance at it before dropping it off at her house.

No, my collection consists of health, beauty, gossip and better living. The great thing about all those categories is that they ALL have sections on product!!! Wedged between organizing your closets, swimsuits that fit every body and stars that are “just like us” I can find skincare and makeup tips for every skin type and on every budget!

And the Best Beauty Buys edition of InStyle? Forget about it! Like a bible. A religious experience that leads me to tear out the handy reference card and head to Nordstrom, Sephora and Walgreens to stock up. I. Love. That. Issue.

Speaking of which, I have issues.