MEMORIAL DAY SALES!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  It's a weird one, so much has changed for all of us, from walking around with masks, to working from home to doing all our shopping on line. And now planning our long weekend in our own backyards or on our couches, or maybe just a nice long ride, to ummm... nowhere?

I got this Kate Spade bag for my birthday back in January.  I put it away to save it for spring.  Well the jokes on me!  Where am I going?  HaHa.  Lesson learned, don't save the good stuff, wear the bag, take out the good jewelry, eat off the good dishes, say it now, do it now and eat the cupcakes... now!
Also, I wanted to share all these great sale links with you.  Something for every taste and budget.  I was never much of an on line shopper before, as I like going to stores, but with this new normal I'm shopping on line, and I like it!  I actually bought a bathing suit online.  A bathing suit!!!  Hey, we won't be quarantined forever!
DSW
Sneakers now under $30.
Valid for a limited time.


SANDLES
Under $20

SUNGLASS HUT 
Enjoy 20% off select styles, plus receive free shipping. Valid through 5/31
MACY*S
25% - 60% Off


TOMS
Every pair you buy supports
TOMSCOVID-19 GLOBAL GIVING FUND


TARGET
BOGO FREE SWIMSUITS


OLD NAVY
Everything on Sale

NYX COSMETICS
Save up to 30% off select items with code STOCKUP. Valid through 5/31
WAYFAIR
Up to 70% off sitewide.Valid through 5/26
VICTORIA EMERSON
Buy one, get one free select styles. Valid through 5/25

MAURICES
Buy one get one 75% off sitewide.Valid 5/22-5/23. Up to 60% off regular price styles sitewide. Valid 5/24-5/25. $15 select jeans and jeggings. Valid 5/25.

TORY BURCH
25% off select styles with code TOGETHER. Valid through 5/26.


MOTIVATION MONDAY:

Happy May!   Has anyone tried to put their feet into a regular pair of shoes lately?  Asking for a friend.  OK really, let me just say that after being barefoot or in sneakers for weeks,  putting on shoes to go to work, even ballet flats, caused a serious rebellion from my feet.  They were like, wtf?  I've been working from home but do need to go into the office too, not complaining, believe me I'm counting my blessings.  But seriously, I think my feet have grown into the next shoe size!  So my new look for work I'm calling Corona Casual, includes sneakers, face mask and gloves, let's face it, it's just one step up from my pajamas.

So, if anything comes out of this disaster, besides bigger feet, gray roots and agoraphobia, I hope it's the realization for all of us that health is number one, without that we have nothing.  I saw an instagram post from someone I follow, (@kim_halverson), at the end of which she wrote don't forget to take your MEDS.  At first I thought whaaaat?  She's young and healthy, and then she spelled it out, best acronym I have ever seen!   MEDS = MEDITATION, EXERSIZE, DIET and SLEEP.   So lovely ladies, don't you forget to take your MEDS!  And as my Mom always used to say, this too shall pass.


DIY - EYE GEL AND SKIN CARE:

Sharing some skin care favorites with you today because I get asked a lot about what I use.  I also get asked what I've had done?  That's a flattering question, to which the answer is nothing.  Believe me, it's not because I don't think I need to get anything done, after all who couldn't benefit from a little botox here and there. . . and there and there and there?  But in order to do that you have to voluntarily walk into a medical facility of sorts and give permission from someone to stick needles in your face.  NEEDLES.  I'm not saying that I'll never do it, I'd like to, I'm just saying voluntarily allowing someone to stick needles in my face, NEEDLES, is out of my comfort zone, it's not even in the same country as my comfort zone.

So here are my DIY eye gel and scrub how to's and a bunch of my favorite skin care products.  I was addicted to Origins No Puffery eye gel for a longtime.  Then the last time I ran out I took to Pinterest for a homemade version and found this.  Only two ingredients, aloe and a cucumber, and you can make it in 5 minutes, and it works great!

WHAT YOU NEED

1/4 CUP OF ALOE
ONE SMALL CUCUMBER
BLENDER
SMALL GLASS JAR 

I think if you live in a warm sunny climate or have sensitive skin you're more likely to have a tube of aloe in the house and hopefully you have a cucumber.  If not, put them on your list for the next time you brave a field trip to the market.  I also have an aloe plant but I feel guilty when I cut off a piece lol.  A tube of aloe is about $4 and a cucumber is about $.50 so this costs pennies to make and when put in a small mason jar in the fridge it will last about two - three months.  

WHAT TO DO

PEEL CUCUMBER
PUT IT IN A BLENDER - I USE MY SINGLE SERVE, DON'T OVER BLEND, KEEP IT A LITTLE CHUNCKY
ADD 1/4 CUP ALOE
BLEND
POUR INTO GLASS JAR - I USE A SMALL MASON JAR
REFRIDGERATE 

I love this gel it's very soothing and really gets rid of puffiness, and I am the queen of puff.  Apply under eyes first thing in the morning.  
 
My other favorite is my DIY face and body scrub, it's also soooo easy to make.  

WHAT YOU NEED

ARM & HAMMER BAKING SODA 
COCONUT OIL - MAKE SURE IT'S SOLID, NOT MELTED
YOUR FAVORITE ESSENTIAL OIL SCENT

WHAT TO DO

SCOOP 2 - 3 TABLESPOONS OF COCONUT OIL INTO A SMALL GLASS MASON JAR
ADD BAKING SODA - START WITH A TEASPOON AND CHECK THE CONSISTENCY BETWEEN YOUR FINGERS, THE MORE BAKING SODA YOU ADD THE GRAINIER THE SCRUB WILL BE.
ADD YOUR FAVORITE ESSENTIAL OIL

I absolutely love washing my face with this.  The baking soda is a neutralizer and anti-inflammatory and the coconut oil leaves a soft film on your skin after you rinse.  orange oil essential oil is my favorite scent, a few drops is all you need and it smells amazing.  My other favorite is lavender.  It gives me incentive when I'm tempted to flop into bed without washing your face, GO WASH YOUR FACE.   A modification on this for the shower scrub - just swap out the Baking Soda for Brown Sugar, no essential oil scent needed as this combo smells great on it's own, you'll also be tempted to eat it when it drips on you face in the shower, full disclosure.
There's my scrub in the left corner and that green contraption in front, if you don't know, is a jade face roller.  They've become pretty popular, when they first came out they were very expensive now they're everywhere, this one is only $10.  Use it with an oil, I like Khiels Midnight Recovery Concentrate or Mario Badescu Vitamin C serum.  Something about the rolling makes me feel like I'm ironing the wrinkles out of my face :)  What it actually does is move the lymphatic system in the face, which helps with puffiness, and smooths wrinkles by oxygenating blood to the surface area of the face which is like food to the skin and stimulates collagen.  That's a Big Bang for your buck, also it feels great and is very relaxing.  I also use sheet masks, they're great, inexpensive, very hydrating and make me look like Hannibal Lecter, which scares my husband, added bonus, lol.
As you can see, I'm a high low girl and I'm fickle when it comes to skin care (except for what I make myself) so it can be Avene PhysioLift from Paris one day and Oil of Olay the next.  
Kiehl's Multi-Corrective Cream alternates with Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair, this one recommended by my sister who doesn't look her age!  Khiel's Creamy Eye Treatment (avocado) at night alternates with Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream.
Under make-up I like Mario Badescu Buttermilk Moisturizer or Avene PhysioLift.  I've recently started using SIO pads, if you are a Housewives fan you know about these, they are face lifts without face lifts, no NEEDLES!  And they actually work, took me a while to get used to wearing them. 

And last but not least I cannot live without Perricone MD Cold Plasma Sub-D for the neck.  And that's my little arsenal, so I hope you'll try the eye gel and scrub and equally important for you skin, eat your veggies, drink tons of water and get plenty of sleep!  We glow mostly from the inside out.





MOTIVATION MONDAY:

Well, happy Monday.  I'm usually busy setting goals for my week ahead on Monday mornings but nothing about life these days is usual.

I took a 'me time' out yesterday, from 9AM - Noon. I was immersed in a virtual retreat led by the fabulous Kimberly Wilson of Tranquility du Jour.  I'm so grateful to be a part of her community of amazing women.  It was so nurturing to give myself three straight uninterrupted (except for Stella) hours of meditation, yoga and art journaling.  It seems like this is a time when universally we are forced to take better care of ourselves.  I saw a post on social media by a woman that said she used to try and schedule self care time, but now she realizes it's no longer an option, it's a necessity.  That's a great lesson, you are not an option!  You cannot give from an empty well.  Fill yourself up first! Especially now during this stressful time.

Have a great week!  Stay strong, stay safe and stay home!