Tuesday, October 28, 2014

My Old Fashioned Beauty Regimen

I've been thinking a lot about aging recently, my own and Renee Zellweger's if you read my previous post.  I believe the appearance of graceful aging has a great deal to do with one's health. If you eat well, drink plenty of water, exercise, and maintain a positive outlook on life, it will show in your skin. Hence the phrase "beauty is on the inside".  I'm not afraid of wrinkles, I mean smile lines are from smiling! If you have them you are blessed!  However, I would like to maintain radiant skin which unfortunately, is hard to do as one ages. I use a variety of products on my skin, none of which are expensive. The three I swear by are Pond's Cold Cream, Neutrogena Sunscreen, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Pond's cold cream has been around forever, but I still find it to be a gentle, inexpensive, and moisturizing way to remove makeup at night.  Sunscreen is an absolute must and I use it every single day.  I like Neutrogena Ultra Sheer because it provides good protection and has helioplex. My favorite of the three products is olive oil.  I use it in the morning straight from the jar. The benefits of olive oil are impressive, it's high in vitamins A & E, it's natural, it can be used for a variety of other cosmetic treatments including hair and nails, and if you don't like the effects you can still use it to cook with!  Am I holding off aging with these products? Absolutely not, but my skin feels great!

*The opinions in this piece are my own, I am not a Doctor or play one on the Internet. The best thing you can do for your skin is to stay out of the sun - but what fun is that?*

Thursday, October 23, 2014

"You Had Me At Hello"

There has been a lot of talk this week about actress Renee Zellweger and her new look after a 4 year hiatus from Hollywood. I admit she does look shockingly different from the last time I saw her on the big screen, which was probably 10 years ago or more when the movie Chicago went to DVD (I don't get out much).  Well surprize of all surprises, women age!! She may have had her eyes done for medical or cosmetic reasons, but she looks like a healthy woman in her 40s and I hope we see her lovely face on the big screen again soon.

Speaking of hiatuses, I myself took a break from this blog.  After almost three years of buying and photographing clothing and running my Etsy shop(s), I too needed a little down time.  While I continued to update my shop, Instagram, and Facebook accounts, I was practically silent on my other social media sites.  Instead I enjoyed wonderful days in my gardens, time with my family and friends at the beach, long bike rides, and a round or two of golf.  Like Renee, this blog is evolving as it ages. I'm not sure what direction it will take this year but I thank all of you who drop by every day, whether I'm here or not!

And now for the goodies, new shop arrivals: