Sunday, April 24, 2011

Royal Wedding Bells

I admit it, I tuned into Lifetime's "William and Kate" movie last week (a bit of a mistake)- but I was trying to gear up for the big wedding on April 29th! Over the course of this past week, I asked a variety of people if they remember the 1981 wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, and each time I heard a story of families coming together to watch and experience the fairy tale.

I was a little too young to remember the big day for Diana, but I do vividly recall her death in 1997. It was an incredibly sad day, and probably unbearable for her sons.

But with the wedding of William and Kate (Catherine) later this week, I thought it would be appropriate to post a few things I'm curious about for the big related, of course :)

The Dress: Everyone wants to know whether she'll go classy and figure flattering, or more bet is on a more form fitting dress with an eye toward detail. She's a woman of fashion, after all.

The Hairdo/Make-up: I'm actually curious to see if she wears her hair up or down. I tend to appreciate when brides look like the best version of themselves on their wedding, not an impostor with crazy hair and make-up. Kate is often shown with her classic blown out do, sleek and full of volume. (how great does she look below?!) I'd hate to see it too harsh or sleek.

The Shoes: I have to believe she's thinking about comfort (walking down the aisle of Westminster Abbey is something ridiculous like 100 feet?). But let's hope the princess is considering two pairs: one for the ceremony and one to dance in!

The Veil & Train: Princess Diana's were recorded at 25 feet long- wow! I would bargain that Kate will want to fill the aisle space similarly, but again, I'm thinking classy, not frumpy.

And if you're just itching to be there (if you're not among the 2,000 invited guests), I heard there's an Abbey 3D app so you can experience the walk down the aisle from the Great West cool! I know my sister (who shares her birthday with this royal experience) will be excited about that :)

May they have many beautiful years together.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Reveal A Better You

When it comes to pampering, I've always been more of a massage girl, than a facial. Maybe it comes with having super sensitive skin (thanks, Mom for the redhead genes), but until recently, I never really appreciated what a good exfoliation can do!

My sister discovered this little treasure: The Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System. Sounds WAY more intense than it really is...this very cool little rotating brush and a lovely cleanser combo uncovered a new woman! I actually used my favorite Philosophy cleanser (Purity Made Simple) instead and let the little brush do its trick. There are two speed settings: and the higher one is quite nice (even for this sensitive gal), and the lower one is perfect to go over your eyes. You can even use it in the shower, and I am loving the reveal!

I wouldn't recommend using it daily-but once a week will be a lovely treat. And as we prep for that summer skin, I'm excited to wear little makeup and let my au natural shine!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Big Hair, Big Nails

Texas readers, listen up! Such a fun new product to share...OPI debuts this spring a new line of nail polish for us TEXANS...fantastic fun colors with names to snicker at:

Don't You Think I'm Tex-y? (I'm currently wearing this)
Big Hair, Big Nails (very fun coral/pink)
Totally Ft. Worth It (my sister currently owns this)
Suzi Loves Cowboys (fabulous chocolate brown)
and 8 more to choose from!

And until it decides to warm up here in Boston (we're getting closer!), I'll take a little comfort in things that remind me of warm, I'm a fan that the cowgirl in the advertisement is a redhead :)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Did Someone Say FREE?

Fear not, my dear readers, I haven't abandoned giving my two cents. Life just gets way too busy, and never enough hours in the day. (deep sigh) So, let's get onto the good stuff!

I have been sorting through a host of ideas for blog entries (I have also recently been taking requests...I do love when readers ask questions- so ask away!). In my search for a new bathing suit (I start early so it won't be depressing during warm weather), I came across this fabulous new little tidbit from L.L.Bean. FREE SHIPPING. ALL THE TIME. NO END DATE.

That's it. Anything you buy, shipped free. No promotional codes, no special weekend deals. And somehow this struck me b/c I am a BIG online shopper, and sometimes the difference between buying something online or in the store is the cost of shipping. Do you watch the rates? Some websites increase shipping rates based on the total value of what you buy (the more you purchase, the more expensive to ship). Some have flat rates ( $2.95, or Gap, Inc. $7). Or then you get the occasional "free shipping" weekend deals. It's unpredictable.

Then L.L.Bean shakes it all up by saying, NO more. I love it. With the cost of gas these days (honestly, someone needs to get a handle on the oil crisis), I'll take free deals wherever I can. And you should, too.