A Natural Makeup Look for Summer

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It’s coming….summer that is! After shedding coats and boots and putting away my heavy sweaters, I am looking forward to everything being lighter weight. Our clothing becomes lighter in color as well as in fabric. So naturally, our makeup should also reflect this change in season.

Put away the heavy foundations, deep lip colors, and dark eye shadows. Embrace a less is more approach with makeup during the summer months.  I love the look of dewy natural looking skin done with minimal  eye makeup and lightly tinted lips when the weather warms. Heavy makeup somehow looks completely out of place during the summer months. And that doesn’t even account for how uncomfortable it can be when the heat really hits. Who likes it when their makeup is literally melting? No one!

Today, I am sharing some of my picks for a natural looking face as we head into the most glorious time of year …..Summer!


CC Creams offer a wonderful alternative to a traditional foundation. CC stands for color correction.  CC creams are sheer, tinted formulas that are designed to add a bit of cover and even out skin imperfections. They are more lightweight than foundation and provide moisture at the same time.The coverage offers a more natural look. Below are my suggestions for CC Creams.

CLINIQUE Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Main, color, LIGHT My personal favorite CC Cream is Clinique’s Moisture Surge. I have used it for years and love the level of sheer coverage it provides. Enjoy excellent moisture for dry skin as well as 30 spf. Four shades allow you to select the one that best suits your skin tone. I use the light/medium.

SUPERGOOP!<SUP>®</SUP> Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35, Main, color, LIGHT/ MEDIUM SPF 35

Supergoop CC Cream also receives excellent reviews. Available in four shades, the bonus feature of this product is the skin serums included that offer anti-aging benefits.

IT Cosmetics - Your Skin But Better™ CC+Illumination™ Cream with SPF 50+ Medium 1.08 oz/ 32 mL

Another popular choice for good reason is IT Cosmetics CC Cream. It boasts 12 colors to choose from, anti-aging serum, and 50+ uva/uvb sun protection.


Try keeping your eye look lighter. Apply a natural color eyeshadow on the lid and then sweep some waterproof mascara over your lashes for eye opening definition.

CHANEL INIMITABLE WATERPROOF MASCARA Volume - Length - Curl - Separation, Main, color, 10 NOIR Chanel mascara is amazing! Why not also have it in the waterproof edition, Initmitable Waterproof Mascara?

DIOR Diorshow Waterproof Mascara, Main, color, BLACK 090 Another classic and popular with makeup artists is DIORSHOW Waterproof Mascara.

 For a budget friendly option, reach for the iconic green and pink Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara.


Finish your natural, light summer look with lip color. A sheer moisturizing lipstick with a hint of color is perfect.


Jane Iredale offers three different colors of moisturizing lip stain that adjust to the ph of your skin for an even more custom look. The bonus of this product is it also can be used on cheeks. I love the pink for a youthful natural looking lip.

CLINIQUE Almost Lipstick, Main, color, BLACK HONEY Clinique’s Almost Lipstick blends transparent pigments with your natural lip color for a sheer, satin look.

LAURA MERCIER Sheer Lip Color, Main, color, BABY LIPS Choose Laura Mercier Sheer Lip Color for its hydrating, plumping and anti-aging qualities.

Just a few well chosen products and Voila! You now have a natural looking, radiant summer face! I hope my thoughts and selections have inspired you to lighten up your look for summer. Why waste time on makeup application when sunny days and moonlight summer nights await?!



Mother’s Day Gifts

Image result for mothers day pictures I’m thinking about Mother’s Day this year in a different way.  I lost my Mom last year, so its arrival is bittersweet.  I can celebrate the joys of being a mother that I experience, yet still feel a void without my Mom. I am thankful we had so many years together.  I know many of you at our age experience the same thing. With that said, it is still important to celebrate Mother’s Day in remembrance of all the mothers who selflessly give daily to their children and others.

I’ve compiled some gift ideas for the mothers in your life. Perhaps, you can drop a hint to your spouse or children for yourself also.

KATE SPADE NEW YORK one in a million initial pendant necklace, Main, color, M- GOLD A simple intital pendant lends a personal air to this gift.  The reverse side says “one in a million”.

MICHELE Deco Sport Watch Head & Silicone Strap Watch, 34mm x 36mm, Main, color, WHITE/ SILVER Just in time for summer, surprise Mom with a beautiful white Michele watch.

DAVID YURMAN Cable Classics Bracelet with 18K Gold, 4mm, Main, color, TWO TONE

Add a classic Yurman cable bracelet to Mom’s bracelet collection.

Alternate Image A small travel jewelry case is perfect for the Mom who likes to visit.

LONGCHAMP 'Large Le Pliage Neo' Nylon Tote, Main, color, BLACK Available in a variety of colors, the Longchamps Large Le Pliage nylon tote provides a lightweight carryon for the traveling Mom.


A darling wicker crossbody bag lends summer flair to Mom’s handbag collection. This one is perfect for a day of shopping or a fun night out.


NORDSTROM Cashmere & Silk Wrap, Main, color, GREY SCONCE

A cashmere and silk wrap provides a perfect layer for a chilly evening or overzealous air conditioning. Choose from a variety of colors.

RAY-BAN Standard Original 58mm Aviator Sunglasses, Main, color, GREY/ GOLD MIRROR Customize the classic Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses with ten different glass/wire combinations and give Mom the sophisticated style she deserves.


JO MALONE LONDON<SUP>™</SUP> Peony & Blush Suede Cologne, Main, color, NO COLOR Those of you who regulary follow my blog know I am a huge fan of Jo Malone scents.  The Peony and Blush Suede Cologne ushers in the magnificent scent of spring.

Signature Homescent Collection - Grapefruit Scent her home with anything from a candle to a diffuser, offered in eight different scent collections.

Eberjey - Gisele PJ Set Select from the nine color combinations in soft stretch jersey pajamas by Eberjay. I love the contrast of black with the pale pink.


EMU Australia Womens Slippers Mayberry Sheepskin Slipper Size 7

A sheepskin slipper keeps Mom cozy and comfy around the house. Open toes offer the perfect style for summer. I’m showing the natural color here, but ten additional colors are available.

SLIP FOR BEAUTY SLEEP slip<sup>™</sup> for beauty sleep Slipsilk<sup>™</sup> Pure Silk Pillowcase, Main, color, SILVER Help Mom chase away bedhead and facial creases while she sleeps. Silver is simply one of the ten shades available in this luxurious silk pillowcase.

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Is Mom a tea lover? A whimsical teapot and teacup  come together in this delightful set.




BOSE<SUP>®</SUP> SoundSport<sup>®</sup> Wireless Headphones, Main, color, CITRON Bose wireless headphones bring Mom excellent sound from her daily walk in the park to a heavy duty workout at the gym.


Image result for massage picturesDon’t forget about the luxury of a pampering gift. A gift card for a visit to her favorite spa or salon is always a hit. What Mom wouldn’t love a manicure, pedicure and/or massage?

I hope my gift suggestions inspire you to treat that special Mom in your life. Treasure the time you have with your Mom, daughter or whomever it may be this Mother’s Day!




For the Love of Espadrilles

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We are being teased here in the Midwest with beautiful days mixed in with some downright cold ones.  Summer will eventually be here.  It will finally be time to break out the sandals for the season. And oh yes, the espadrilles! I have always had a thing for a great pair of espadrilles.  The classic shoe style with its iconic sole just says warm weather. They are timeless and work with just about everything in a summer wardrobe.

The one downside of these quintessential summer shoes, is that they can sometimes be uncomfortable. With finicky feet, (translated to mean planters fascitis, high arches and bunions) I am constantly on the lookout for shoes that offer style and comfort.

Espadrilles could never be considered the most comfortable footwear out there, but I am determined to continue to wear them. I did some rather extensive reading and research and found some that appear to be comfortable as well as stylish.  (I need to be clear that everyone’s definition of comfort is not the same.) I am sharing a few of my favorites today!



SAM EDELMAN Khloe Espadrille Flat, Main, color, WARM TAUPE SUEDE Soft taupe suede espadrilles ease from spring into summer. I just ordered this stylish shoe. They are also available in several other colors.

SAM EDELMAN Khloe Espadrille Flat, Main, color, MOLTEN GOLD LEATHER The pair featured above is also available as metallic espadrilles. I consider metallic a neutral as it goes with all colors and patterns.

EILEEN FISHER Lee Espadrille Flat, Main, color, BLACK WASHED LEATHER

Open sides lend a lighter feel to this summery pair of shoes.

TOMS Classic Espadrille Slip-On, Main, color, NATURAL Tom’s is always a popular brand among many. The suede upper of these smoking slipper espadrilles looks especially soft and comfy.

PAIR What says summer more than a pair of navy and white striped espadrilles with white denim?

SAINT LAURENT Logo Embroidered Espadrille, Main, color, CREAM/ BLACK

I see wearing these shoes while yachting off the Cote De Azur! Okay, I’m daydreaming. Although spendy, they are chic!

TORY BURCH Colorblock Espadrille Flat, Main, color, IVORY/ BLACK I love the colorblock styling of this tory burch shoe.


EILEEN FISHER Kai Mule, Main, color, VANILLA TUMBLED LEATHER A mule in soft leather adds a sense of chic to a casual outfit. And just think, no heel rubbing.

SUPERGA 2730 Cotropew Espadrille Platform Sneaker, Main, color, WHITE Superga sneakers have a reputation of being very comfortable. So, why not add a braided raffia platform sole?



SOLUDOS Wedge Lace-Up Espadrille Sandal, Main, color, BLACK My very favorite espadrille look includes laces around ankles. The woven back and laces allow for a custom fit for various ankle sizes while securing the shoe to the foot.

 I have these espadrilles in the linen color. Without a doubt, they are one of the most comfortable sandals I have ever owned. The stretchy bands conform to my foot perfectly and the suede sole is cushioned.


 Also by Charleston shoe company, try a comfy espadrille slide in a multitude of colors. I plan to order the black pair.


TONI PONS 'Ter' Slingback Espadrille Sandal, Main, color, NAVY LINEN Toni Pons is a well known Spanish designer of espadrilles. I love the elastic sling back and padded footbed for comfort on these mid heel wedges. I’m showing navy linen here, but choose from 5 other colors.

TONI PONS 'Caldes' Linen Wedge Sandal, Main, color, KHAKI FABRIC A stunning fabric wedge elevates any summer wardrobe.

CASLON<SUP>®</SUP> Shiloh Espadrille Sandal, Main, color, TAUPE SUEDE Soft suede and a higher wedge define this open toed sandal.

GENTLE SOULS SIGNATURE Colleen Espadrille Wedge, Main, color, BLACK SUEDE Elastic secures your ankle while a cushioned soul protects your feet in this comfy sandal.


TROTTERS Colony Wedge Slide Sandal, Main, color, NUDE LEATHER Slide into these sandals with a soft leather upper.


Ahh, just writing this post allowed my mind to drift to thoughts of summer. Do you own espadrilles? If not, you need them! If so, there is always room for one more pair!



5 of My Favorite Facial Tanners

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It’s spring break week here in the Chicago area. This means thousands of us descend on beaches and pools in warmer climates seeking the sun. A point of pride is to return with a beautiful tan as an indication we have been somewhere fabulous. We all love that sunkissed glow that results from a weeklong vacation in the tropics. With that said, warnings abound about the dangers of too much sun and the need for sunscreen. Additionally, some people just can’t or choose not to escape to some distant island for a variety of reasons. (work, time, family, money….) I am one of the two people remaining in the state of Illinois who have not left for a warmer climate this week. I’m just kidding of course, and I have been fortunate enough to escape our brutal winter on a couple of occasions this year.

As my family knows, I LOVE the sun and tanning. I know it isn’t good for my skin, but it feels amazing and I look better with a little color. The good news is, I can fake a tan!

I use a variety of self tanning body lotions, and usually the ones that build gradually. But, today I am focusing on facial tanners. I want a natural glow for my face.  I also look for a product that pulls a little bit of double duty in my skin care regimen. I use the facial tanner on both my face and the delicate decolletage area.

Below are 5 of my current favorite facial tanners!


DR. DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE Alpha Beta<sup>®</sup> Glow Pad<sup>™</sup> for Face, Main, color, NO COLOR These glow pads are the best! This is an exfoliating self tanner with vitamin D and alpha and beta hydroxy acids. I also love the fact they come as towelettes which makes application easy.  Tuck a few packets in your suitcase when you travel.

CLARINS Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster, Main, color, NO COLOR The beauty of this glow booster is that you add it to your favorite facial moisturizer. It’s job is to provide the subtle sun kissed glow you desire. Add about three drops to your moisturizer and voila! You receive all the benefits of your moisturizer and a tan at the same time.

VITA LIBERATA Self Tanning Night Moisture Mask, Main, color, NO COLOR What could be better than a nightime facial mask that both moisturizes and allows you to wake up in the morning with a natural glow? It’s variety of ingredients include Vitamins A,C, and D as well as an anti-aging formula.

 The illuminating self tan drops also work in conjunction with your skin care routine. Mix anywhere from 2 to 12 drops with your moisturizer to control the level of tan you want. Customize your color and receive the benefits this product offers with Raspberry Seed Oil, Vitamin E and Aloe Vera.


ST. TROPEZ Bronzing Water Face Mist, Main, color, NO COLOR

Ahh! A refreshing spritz is a perfect way to deliver a facial tanner. Just pump on your face, neck and decolletage. Apply makeup as usual and watch a beautiful glow develop. Spritz on over makeup anytime during your day also for a refresh and moisture up to 12 hours.


So, stop moping around wishing you were sunbathing on a beach and fake a natural glow with some of these outstanding products! Okay, I still wish I was on a beach in some exotic locale!








I’m Seeing Spots

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Polka dots are showing up everywhere this spring! The iconic print feels fresh yet traditional at the same time. Numerous options exist to punch up your spring wardrobe with some spots.

Today, I am sharing some of my favorite polka dot options!

REFORMATION Abigaile Long Sleeve Dress, Alternate, color, AFTERNOON The cutout back on this sophistcated polka dot midi dress adds a modern flair.

HINGE Foil Dot Midi Dress, Main, color, NAVY NIGHT I love this traditional button front dress updated with puff sleeves.

CHRISELLE LIM COLLECTION Chriselle Lim Marie Handkerchief Hem Midi Dress, Main, color, CREAM/ OLIVE Who said polka dots must be neutral in color? This darling dress also offers a flirty handkerchief hem.

FRAICHE BY J Michelle High/Low Midi Dress, Main, color, MICHELLE This swingy mini dot dress is perfect for spring/summer with a pair of espadrilles and a straw handbag.

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Slide View: 1: ML Monique Lhuillier Polka Dot Sheath Dress The simple lines of a sheath dress are punctuated with flutter sleeves.

 A navy poka dot brings an element of fun to a wrap dress.

A polka dot t-shirt dress amps up a casual wardrobe.


A bi-stretch sheath dress goes easily from workweek to weekend.


Jump for joy in this darling dot jumpsuit.

Image 1 of POLKA-DOT SHIRT from Zara A cool, navy and white linen/cotton blouse pairs beautifully with white linen pants or white denim jeans.

drapey tie-neck top in polka dot - women's shirts, right side, view zoomed A drapey  tie neck blouse goes to the office or out to dinner.

POLKA-DOT BLOUSE Add some colored dots to your spring wardrobe with a pink polka dot silky top.

Silky Soft Dot Shirt Try a versatile silky soft shirt to embrace the polka dot trend.


The simplicity of this clipped dot blouse is spot on.


Flirty ruffles compliment this feminine blouse.



Slide View: 1: Polka Dot Embroidered Tee Say yes to a darling white tee embroidered with black dots and ruffled sleeves.

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If you dare, try on a pair of slim fit dot pants.


This chambray trench coat brightens any gloomy day.


Slide View: 1: Delilah Polka Dot Foldover Clutch What an adorable clutch in calf hair with polka dot print.

Oliveve Laine Ring Bag

An on trend ring bag adds modernity to the polka dot.

Marc Jacobs The Tag 27 Tote

Trendy yellow and dots make for a perfect spring tote.

KATY PERRY Pointy Toe Pump, Main, color, POLKA DOT BLACK

A dot pump completes any black tie dress.

Slide View: 2: Jeffrey Campbell Polka Dot Charlin Mules

I’m loving the idea of these mules with jeans and a simple white t shirt.

BP. Ruby Slide Sandal, Main, color, BLACK POLKA DOT FABRIC Slip these sandals on to dress up that black swimsuit and coverup.

Loeffler Randall Leia Ankle Wrap Low Sandals

Wear these dot sandals with everything from a little black dress to ankle jeans.

Dip your toes into polka dot with a subtle grey and white scarf.


KATE SPADE NEW YORK bakery dot silk bandana, Alternate, color, BLACK Add a touch of whimsy with this black and pink scarf.

Handbag Accessory - Black/dotted - Ladies | H&M US 3

Clip this scarf accessory to your black handbag for an instant update.


Add some pizzazz to your apple watch with a polka dot band.


Hairband with Knot Detail - Black/white dotted - Ladies | H&M US 1 Having a bad hairday? Pull it back with a dot headband.

Umbrella - Black/dotted - Ladies | H&M US 2 Chase away spring showers with this umbrella.

Are you seeing dots now? With all the selections of polka dots offered this spring season,  introduce a piece or more into your wardrobe!








Spring Is Coming Up Yellow

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Ahhh! We have surived the worst of winter and are looking forward to spring flowers peeking through the cold soil. Yellow daffodils are one of the first sights of spring here in the midwest. I treasure the beautiful yellow color welcoming warmer days.  This spring, all shades of yellow are showing up everywhere in both fashion and home funishings.

Today, I am sharing some of my favorite sunny yellow items to perk up both our wardrobes and our homes.

Lucy Paris Haley Asymmetrical Wrap Style Ruffle Hem Midi Dress

A cheerful yellow wrap print dress brightens any spring wardrobe.

Democracy Floral Print 3/4 Sleeve Side Tie Knot Top A lively print blouse adds spring flair to a pair of jeans or white pants.

Slide View: 1: Moana Blouse Linen and dots offer a perfect combo in this linen blend blouse.

Slide View: 1: Isabella Lace Pencil Skirt

Yellow and lace pair in this skirt for an elegant spring look.

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A yellow cashmere sweater provides needed warmth on a chilly day.

Slide View: 1: Beach Town Knit Top As the weather warms, a short sleeve knit top offers a great seasonal option.

J.CREW Perfect Raincoat, Main, color, DAZZLING SUN A darling water resistant jacket  cheers even the rainiest spring days.

MAX MARA Dimma Floral Print Silk Scarf, Main, color, YELLOW Wear the beauty of daffodils in an opulent silk scarf.

REBECCA MINKOFF Stella Leather Tote, Main, color, CAPR YELLOW Enliven your workday with a lemony yellow tote.

SOMMAR 2019 Plant pot IKEA

Try out this perfect pot for some fresh tulips.

Tufted Cabello Bath Mat

Step out of the shower onto this luxurious bath rug.


Wheaton Stripe Napkin - Sunflower Yellow

Add yellow to your spring table with lively yellow striped napkins.


Light up your cooktop with a bright yellow teapot.

DuaMelamineBowlYellowSHS19 Yellow and white meld together to offer an interesting mix for a bowl.

Slide View: 1: Patina Vie Vintage Stripe Tumbler Glasses, Set of 6

Sip your favorite beverage from these tumblers.

Slide View: 1: Tasseled Chenille Nadia Pillow Add a yellow tassled pillow to a chair or sofa for a pop of color.

Welcome spring with a warm embrace of sunny yellow! I hope my suggestions have inspired you to add a shot of yellow to your wardrobe or home furnishings!



The Fifth Wall


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Many of you are saying “What do you mean, a fifth wall?”. Others are thinking “Of course I know what a fifth wall is!”. The fifth wall is a term used to define the ceiling. Often ignored in the past with nothing but simple white ceiling paint, the fifth wall is moving to the forefront in significance. The photo above indicates how the architectural beams framing the vaulted ceiling make this room.

Treating your ceilings as importantly as the walls of a room adds interest and certain panache to a room.  Today, I am sharing some suggestions for punching up the design quotient of the fifth walls in your home.


Image result for coffered ceiling photos A coffered ceiling painted in the same white as the ceiling lends visual interest while still feeling airy.

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A reclaimed wood ceiling in this bedroom adds warmth and vintage charm.

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Wood beams in this kitchen exude rustic elegance.

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Who can deny the charming appeal of a white shiplap ceiling?


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A tin ceiling completes the opulent look of this room.

Image result for tin ceilings ideas A corrugated tin ceiling defines this outdoor room.

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The bronze ceiling of this dining room adds a richness that blends well with the other wood tones of the room.

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Try a tin ceiling painted white for a more formal setting.


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The deep contrasting grey in this ceiling compliments the textured wall paper and elegant, tiled floor. It’s so much more pulled together than a plain white ceiling.

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Glamour  abounds in a library room due to this gorgeous ceiling with metallic paint.

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Bold colors enliven this hallway. I especially love the teal ceiling color paired with black trim.

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The pale blue paint on the ceiling of this sunroom mimics a beautiful sky.

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Why not a painted striped ceiling? The cheerful yellow stripes on this angled ceiling resemble a summery awning.

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It’s hard to debate the drama of a black ceiling. Pair it with white walls and colorful artwork for a contemporary look.


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The spectacular wallpaper on the ceiling takes this room to another level.

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Continue wallpaper from the walls up to the ceilings for a dramatic look.

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A simple but sophisticated patterned wallpaper compliments the deep wall color.

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Faux wood wallpaper on the ceiling warms this nursery.

Image result for wallpaper ceilings A geometric pattern on a bedroom ceiling provides interest, not to mention something fun to look at while in bed.

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Dots on the ceiling lend a glamorous look to this small bedroom.

Image result for floral wallpaper ceiling Custom floral wallpaper appears as a mural over the bed providing a sophistical flair to this bedroom.

Endless options exist for ceilings. Choose something unique to lend a custom look to your decor! I hope I have inspired you to consider the fifth wall in your home!