Summer glow

summer-beautySummer is officially here and it’s time to get your glow on! Sunny days and a slower pace – along with heat and humidity – demand a few changes to your usual beauty routine.

Lighten up your foundation

Look for a BB cream that can even out your complexion and cover redness while making it look (and feel) like you’re not wearing makeup. And make sure you choose one with sunscreen to protect your skin and avoid premature aging.

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Going gray… transition complete

180516_auto_enhanceWow. It’s been two years since I started the transition to my natural mix of dark brown with “platinum highlights.” I have to laugh at myself when looking back over my previous two posts – where I started my journey and at the one year mark – because I made so many mistakes due to my impatient nature and desire to control the process. (Have I mentioned I’m a major control freak?) In retrospect, I can only hope someone benefits from seeing all of my missteps.

I am finally completely natural, with no dyed hair left, and am happy to be growing my hair back out to my preferred length at the shoulders or a little longer. As is common, most of my gray is on top of my head and a little on the sides. I have been pleased to see a little Bonnie Rait-style section of gray on top, which I think is kind of cool.

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Spring fashion trends for the real world

SS18_trendsEvery fall and spring, the big name designers trot out their new creations and let all of us mere mortals know what’s going to be in style for the coming months. Now, I know I can’t be the only one that looks at some (most?) of these outfits on the runway and thinks, “No way I would ever wear that.”

I think we can all get behind the idea of breathing a little fresh air into our wardrobes and updating with some key pieces. We just need to identify some basic trends and bring them down to earth so they’re wearable for the average woman, right? So, here are my picks for spring 2018.

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Get ready for spring colors!

It’s been a weird winter in Arkansas with only one little snowfall and weird temperature fluctuations from 20s to 70s and back. We’re currently having some grey, wet and dreary days, so let’s cheer ourselves up by enjoying the Spring 2018 fashion colors from Pantone! Whether you’re looking for bright and fun or soft and lovely, there’s something here for everyone.

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One size does NOT fit all

MarksSPencer_diversity11“One size fits all.” Who even came up with such an absurd idea for a clothing size? It’s an impossibility. Women come in a variety of sizes, shapes and heights. There’s no way a garment in one size is going to fit everyone. I’ve noticed recently, clothing manufacturers have wised up a bit and are changing to “one size fits most.” Still a bit of a stretch, but not a total impossibility. In the same way, personal style and color is not “one size fits all.”

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