The Bamboo Trend

I have always associated bamboo and wicker handbags with travel to far away exotic locales. They just seem to say “vacation”! Now though, bamboo and bamboo look handbags are taking the fashion scene by storm for everyday wear. They came on the scene a couple years ago and seem to be gaining in popularity.

The trendsetter of these bags, “The Ark” by Cult Gaia is pictured above. With the bamboo handbag’s growing popularity comes a variety of colors sizes and pricepoints. They offer great architectural style. So many of them are absolutely stunning!

The beauty of handbags is that even a “woman of mature age” can embrace a trend easily by introducing a handbag into her wardrobe.

Today I am sharing some of my favorite bamboo/bamboo look handbags for spring/summer 2019 or maybe an escape to a tropical island.

 

CULT GAIA Small Ark Bamboo Handbag, Alternate, color, BAMBOO A perfect companion for a summery dress or a pair of jeans and a tee, “The Ark  ” natural  is THE bamboo handbag.

CULT GAIA Mini Ark Handbag, Main, color, MULTI Also available in a mini size, The Ark multi color handbag provides beautiful depth of color.

CULT GAIA Mini Ark Handbag, Main, color, CHQ CHERRY QUARTZ

Add some color with a pink acrylic tortoise shell bag.  While this is technically not bamboo, it has the same look and feel.

Miuco Womens Bamboo Handbag Handmade Large Tote Beach Bag Size Small Black Try a black bamboo bag for a dressier appearance.

Why not red?

CULT GAIA Luna Crossbody Bag, Main, color, ASH MULTI If the half moon shape is not your thing, try a beautiful round, crossbody bag.

CULT GAIA Luna Crossbody Bag, Main, color, TORTOISE

Polished stones and a tortoise look add chic appeal to this bag.

 Skip the crossbody and go completely round.

 A collapsible bag folds down perfectly for travel.

 The same collapsible bag in brass lends a sophisticated air for an evening out.

Bamboo Bag Clutch for Women,Handmade Wooden Purse Tote Handbag Square Switch up the shape and try a square one.

SAINT LAURENT Kate Rosewood Shoulder Bag, Main, color, NEW PALISSANDRE A splurge for sure, this handbag is gorgeous!

 

The options are many! Natural or color? Round or square? And on and on. No need to wait for an island vacation, add some bamboo to your spring/summer handbag collection!

XO,

Linda

 

Put Some Skin in Your Game

 

Image result for snakeskin print photos I have a new animal print I’m in love with! Snakeskin! No, not the real thing, but faux in everything from boots to dresses. This print has been around a while, but is lighting up the fashion world again.

I’m not talking about head to toe snakeskin. Tacky! Just utilize a touch to add interest to your basics. I suggest only one piece per outfit. Add a snake skin handbag, blouse, or belt. And as we know, animal prints are considered a neutral. I do suggest wearing it with solid colors though. (I prefer it with black, ivory, grey, denim) Let the snakeskin print take center stage.

Today I am sharing ways to add some skin to your wardrobe!

A DRESS

Ruffle Sleeve Wrap Dress, Main, color, IVORY SNAKE PRINT The wrap style of this dress flatters every figure style. The ruffled sleeves add a feminine flair to the edgy print.

 

Python Pleated Shirtdress, Main, color, BLUE MULTI No one said the snakeskin had to be black or brown. The print in this   snakeskin dress  appears in a gorgeous shade of blue.

A SKIRT

Pleated Skirt - Gray/snakeskin-patterned - Ladies | H&M US 3 A flowing skirt paired with a  simple black or white top lends a sophisticated flair to any outfit. Finish the look with black knee high boots, booties, or a nude sandal in warmer weather.

 

Lucy Paris - Snake Print Slip Skirt

Transition this slip skirt into spring and summer with some flat sandals and a white tee.

Pleated Skirt - Khaki green/snakeskin pattern - Ladies | H&M US 1

I’m a sucker for pleated skirts. This one offers both a fun green snakeskin print and mini pleats.

 

A TOP

 

KAREN MILLEN - Snake Print Wrap Top

Wear this snake skin blouse with jeans or dress it up with black pants. I love the sleeve detail and wrap style.

 

Terri Snake-Print Button-Down Silk Blouse Try a pale snakeprint with this silk blouse. It’s pricier, but stunning with white.

 

V-neck Camisole Top - Lt. beige/snakeskin patterned - Ladies | H&M US 2 Layer this well priced camisole under a black blazer with a pair of jeans.

Long-sleeved Blouse - Gray/snakeskin-patterned - Ladies | H&M US 1 Add this inexpensive blouse for a pop of snakeskin print in your wardrobe. I love it with white denim for spring and summer.

A PAIR OF PANTS

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Simplicity is key when wearing a snakeskin print pant.  The print in these jeans is understated.

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Try another pant in a fade out snakeskin print. I love the fringed bottom. I would wear these with a crisp white blouse and black slide sandals.

 

 

Pleated Pants - Gray/snakeskin-patterned - Ladies | H&M US 1

A wide legged pant provides a fun alternative.

A BELT

 

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Circle your waist with this lovely belt.

Snakeskin-patterned Belt - Beige/snakeskin-patterned - Ladies | H&M US 1 A bargain wide belt with plenty of style.

Image 1 of SNAKESKIN PRINT BELT from Zara Is a western flair more your style? This metal buckle belt is just right.

 

A PAIR OF BOOTS

Jillian Bootie, Main, color, SNAKE PRINT LEATHER  In my opinion, the best way to add some snakeskin to your wardrobe is with a great pair of boots. These block heel booties are perfect.

Sonni Pointy Toe Bootie, Main, color, SNAKE PRINT EMBOSSED LEATHER Add some western flair with these pointy toed booties.

Image 2 of HEELED SNAKESKIN PRINT BOOTS from Zara Go sky high with aheeled knee high boot.  Try this amazing look with a black midi dress or skirt.

A PAIR OF SHOES/SANDALS

Pruce Ankle Strap Sandal, Main, color, ROCCIA SNAKE PRINT LEATHER A darling shoe ,equally attractive with jeans or little black dress.

 

York Snake City Slide Sandal, Main, color, SNAKE PRINT LEATHER

Slide into a sandal .  A perfect fit for an upcoming trip to warmer weather.

Laurna Mule, Main, color, SILVER SNAKE PRINT LEATHER Snakeskin and the on trend mule. What could be better?

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Experience both style and comfort when you step into a smoking slipper.

 

A HANDBAG

Harper Snake Embossed Leather Crossbody Bag, Main, color, GREYSCALE SHINE This bag dresses up a pair of jeans or brings a sophisticated accent to an all black outfit.

 

 

Image 1 of ANIMAL PRINT ROUND CROSSBODY BAG from Zara A very stylish crossbody bag sports both a snakeskin print and a round shape.

 Brahmin and snake print are perfection.  This handbag elevates any look with its pearl croc embossed body accented by a luxurious snake print.

 

 

Coach Harmony Hobo 33 in Colorblock With Snakeskin Detail

A gorgeous choice when just a touch of snakeskin will do.

 

I have barely scratched the surface of all the snakeskin options that are available. Choose something that suits your individual style.  It’s time to put a little skin in your game!

XO,

Linda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun in the Cabo Sun

Image result for pictures of cabo san lucas Every winter my husband and I travel to beautiful Los Cabos.  Located on the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico, Los Cabos includes both the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo and their surrounding areas. The Sea of Cortez is on the Eastern side of the peninsula and the Pacific Ocean is on the western side. My parents first introduced us to the area 12 years ago.  We have created many special memories here as a family. We are forever grateful to my Mom and Dad for this gift. Trips have evolved over the years embracing many different stages in our lives. Some trips included our daughter and her girlfriends, others included extended family members or personal friends, our daughter and her husband, or just my husband and me.  It doesn’t matter when we go, who goes, or what we do.  It is always amazing!

Bill and I just returned from this little slice of “heaven on earth”. Today, I am sharing some of my favorite things about Cabo!

Image result for pueblo bonito sunset beach Our timeshare is at the magnificent Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach.  This spectacular resort is carved into the mountains and situated on the Pacific Ocean.  The resort offers anything and everything you could want for your stay.  All rooms are suites of varying size with balconies facing the ocean….some even have hot tubs. There are multiple restaurants with an array of varied cuisine, 6 pools sprinkled throughout the property, tennis courts, a mini grocery store, chapel, an excellent spa, and a spectacular Jack Nicklaus golf course.  We are also free to use the facilities at their sister resorts Pueblo Bonito Rose and Pueblo Bonito Cabo. (they provide transportation to these resorts daily for guests)

VUKN3976 We choose to start the day off with breakfast on our balcony most mornings.  We enjoy having a kitchen for many reasons, but especially for breakfast.

 

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Sunbathing is always in order to chase off the chills of frigid Chicago!    The temperatures in Chicago were setting record lows. Some readings were – 25 degrees! (yes, below zero!) Pictured above are three (of the 6) different pools at the resort.

Walking the grounds of the resort is not only beautiful, but challenging with all the hills. Transportation by golf cart is provided throughout the resort.

A walk on the beach is equally spectacular and exhilarating!

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What would a vacation be without a trip to the spa?! A soothing massage provides just the muscle tension relief I seek.  I follow it up with a jacuzzi but avoid the ice bath.  I can get cold at home!

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A round of golf at the awe-inspiring Quivera golf course is a must on everyone’s list. Every hole offers breathtaking beauty! A word of warning though – bring plenty of balls! There is no retrieving them from the ocean cliffs or desert landscape. (and I loose plenty!)

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One of my favorite parts of this golf course is what they call the “comfort stations”. They have 3 throughout the course.  The second one provides a seated full meal while overlooking the course and ocean.

Why not take advantage of a visit to their sister resorts, Pueblo Bonito Rose and Pueblo Bonito Cabo?  Located next to each other on the Sea of Cortez, they offer a lively beach scene and a great spot for a bit of lunch!

Speaking of dining, so many places to eat exist that it is SO difficult to decide. Some nights we choose to eat at the resort and on other evenings we leave the resort for town.  It’s fun to mix it up a bit depending on our whim at the moment.

Image result for tazuna cabo Tazuna at our resort offers succulent sushi and other seafood choices.

Photo of The Bistro - Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Great view from the outdoor seating! We also enjoy The Bistro at the resort for a great view and variety of menu options.

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The Market, an enormous upscale food hall on site offers everything from chocolates, lattes and espressos, Italian food, Mexican food, a wine bar, gelato, deli, just to name a few. I particulary enjoy the various flavors of gelato!

Image result for pueblo bonito sunset the market pictures The hot dogs and hamburgers are delicious at the 50’s Diner on site.  Splurge on a milkshake too. I like to indulge in the expansive breakfast options here as well.

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Sometimes it is fun to get off the resort. And once again, the dining choices are diverse and endless. We are enjoying a festive dinner at The Office.  Tables are on the beach with nightly live entertainment.

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Edith’s is a magical place to dine. Eat under thatched rooves with excellent cuisine.  A more upscale dining spot, make reservations ahead of time as it books up well in advance.

Listed below are some of our other favorite Cabo restaurants. We rotate through them when we are in town. Most are fine dining, so we pick one or two per trip.

Image result for el farallon pictures El Farralon

Image result for sunset da mona lisa pictures Sunset Da Mona Lisa

Image result for flora farms pictures Flora’s Field Kitchen – Flora Farms

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Península Lounge & Beach Bar IMG_5415 The Peninsula at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica

Image result for quivira steakhouse pictures The Steakhouse at Quivera

The fabulous dining options are endless! I could go on and on.  We always look forward to trying a new spot also. I’ve heard great things about Manta, the restaurant at The Cape Hotel. We have enjoyed sunset views from their rooftop bar!

Before you dine in all these scrumptous places you need to work up an appetite. Again, plenty of choices. I am sharing things we have always enjoyed. Golf is always at the top of our list, but here are some other options.

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Barter with beach vendors! I am fascinated by their determination to strike a deal for everything from a hat, to silver jewelry, or a bowl!

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Enjoy shopping at Puerto Paraiso Mall! This stunning setting is located adjacent to the marina. Shop a fabulous array of stores.

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Stroll through the Marina and maybe book a special excursion!

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Go Deep Sea fishing! We did not catch a marlin. In fact, we didn’t even get a bite on our lines when we went. But we had a fabulous time. It was so relaxing and peaceful to be out on the water. We did see lots of whales! Awesome! The shoreline is paticularly beautiful while on a boat.

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Visit the Art Gallery District in San Jose Del Cabo! Thursday nights offer an Art Walk.

Image result for sunset cruise cabo san lucas pictures Take a sunset cruise! Decide what type of cruise suits your crowd. Welcome the sunset on a party boat or charter a private yacht.

Image result for hotel california mexico pictures Take a side trip to charming Todos Santos and visit the Hotel California! (of supposed Eagles lyrics fame – but who knows?) Enjoy a delicious meal and check out the art while in town.

Photo of El Squid Roe - Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Experience the nightlife! While this isn’t really our thing, our daughter, her husband and friends enjoy the fun clubs and bars Cabo offers.

IMG_5413 We prefer a quiet nightcap in the gorgeous hotel lobby bar looking out at the Pacific Ocean!

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We had a full and yet relaxing week in Cabo! We capped it off with a Super Bowl Party thrown by our resort. Picured above are two waiters at The After (their sports bar – tvs line the walls everywhere) enjoying the festivities.

IMG_5308 Goodnight and goodbye Cabo! Until next year!

XO,

Linda

4 TIPS FOR WINTER HANDS

IMG_5289 Winter is in full swing here in the Midwest and so are my dry hands! The skin on our hands is thin and has few oil glands. With the cold and dry winter air, our hands really take a beating.  Add the dryness associated with aging and it is no wonder our hands are cracked and dry.

As we age, our hands need extra care.  I believe that well manicured hands and nails become especially important as we grow older.  Today, I am sharing some tips I hope you find helpful for keeping our hands and nails looking their best.

 

1. PROTECT YOUR HANDS

This tip may seem rather obvious. However, it is amazing how many women I see in the frigid weather without gloves. The winter outdoor air and wind wreak havoc on the fine skin of our hands.  Aside from that, I hate having cold hands. I know our coats usually have pockets, but they don’t offer the same form of proection.  Select gloves that fit properly.  Ideally they should not be too tight, but fit snugly. A tiny air gap at the top of the fingertips is ideal.

Cashmere Lined Leather Touchscreen Gloves, Main, color, BLACK These fabulous cashmere lined leather gloves will keep you nice and toasty. They also have touchscreen compatible fingertips. Leather gloves looks equally stylish with a down jacket or a wool dress coat.

Liner Gloves

If you spend more time outdoors and need an extra layer of hand protection, try liner gloves inside your favorite gloves.  These merino wool liner gloves are just right to ensure your hands and fingers have the added warmth you crave.

 

2. MOISTURIZE AFTER EVERY HAND WASHING

Soap strips the oil from our hands, and hand sanitizer with alcohol is extra harsh. To counteract the dryness after hand washing, followup with a rich hand cream. Use lotion/cream specifically designed for hands.  This is an item I love to splurge on.  I keep one each by the kitchen sink, bathroom sinks, and in my handbag. Hmmm… maybe I should also keep one in my car. I admit I’m a sucker for the beautifully scented ones that are super emollient.

 

Lavender Hand Cream

L’OCCITANE Lavender Hand Cream is my favorite hand cream! The richness of the shea butter cream and the heavenly lavender scent propel this one to the top of my list. If lavender isn’t your scent, try one of their other amazing choices.  Their handcreams leave your hands soft and moist without an oily residue. They recently paired with the Rifle Paper Company, so their new packaging is divine.  L’OCCITANE also offers delightful gift sets.

 

3. MOISTURIZE YOUR CUTICLES

Not only are our hands dry, but our cuticles get those unsightly hangnails and dry skin around our nails.  I find applying cuticle oil before bed at night aids in keeping the dryness under control.

 Apply some bee naturals cuticle and nail oil to soothe your dry cuticles and nails.  We think of moisturizing our hands, but nails need moisture too. Rich tee tree oils combine with vitamin E to smooth our cuticles and add needed moisture and strength to our nails. Did I mention its lovely lavender and lemon scent?

 

4. MANICURE YOUR NAILS

Take the time to manicure your nails weekly.  If you lack manicuring skills, (I know I do!)  have them professionally manicured. The basic process (whether done yourself or by a professional) should include trimming nails, pushing back or trimming cuticles, filing nails (always in one direction-not back and forth), moisurizing hands and fingers, and buffing nails or applying polish to them. When applying polish, always include a base coat to avoid staining your nails. A top coat not only protects the polish but also adds shine. I could devote a whole post to nails and  nail colors – perhaps I will in the near future.  I have had no-chip manicures for the past several years.  In January I decided to give my nails a break and have naturally polished nails. In the featured picture at the top of the page, I am sporting my natural nails with a pale pink polish. I purchased the polish and took it to my favorite local salon for them to apply.  This allows me to touch up my nails as needed using the same polish.

I selected a pale pink polish for late winter wear.  Lighter colors seem to last longer on my nails and a chip doesn’t show as easily as a darker color does.  I also feel a more neutral color works well with any clothing I choose to wear. (OK – I admit I wear a lot of black) In the photo at the top I am wearing OPI Mimosas for Mr. and Mrs. nail color. Another favorite pale polish of mine is OPI Bubble Bath. Shorter nails are more becoming on older hands and function well with all the technology I use on a daily basis.

 

Winter is here to stay for a while. Don’t let your hands suffer.  Give them the love and care they deserve. I hope you find my tips useful in helping your hands brave the remainder of winter. Stay warm!

XO,

Linda

 

 

 

 

 

A Simple Black Dress

img_5266.jpg When we think of the little black dress, we assume it will be of the cocktail dress variety. However, a basic black dress need not be fancy to be functional for a multitude of occasions.  I look for dresses that are not overly clingy, have quality fabric and construction, are knee length to midi length and reasonably priced.

Today, I am sharing two of the favorite black dresses in my wardrobe.

Above, I am wearing a black cashmere sweater dress. Our winters are cold here in Chicago, and when I need to dress up a bit more I still like to be warm. I’ve added a scarf for further warmth and style and paired it with black tights and knee high dress boots.

 The cashmere dress I am wearing is by Everlane. I love the cashmere from this brand! This dress skims the body, doesn’t cling, is soft, has a flattering v-neck, and a perfect slightly below knee length. I envision a multitude of ways to wear it. Throw on a jean jacket for a casual look. Wear with booties and bare legs in warmer weather. Dress it up with jewelry and heels. So many options!

img_4307-1.jpg In this photo, taken last summer, I am wearing a different simple black dress. I have it styled casually with a jean jacket, and sandals.

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                        color, BLACK I am wearing this Eileen Fischer tank dress. I can’t say enough about how great this dress is! It’s a polished jersey knit that truly flows over the body. I’ve worn it with both flip flops and out to dinner in a nice restaurant with statement jewelry. The midi length is flattering with flat sandals or heels. Add a jean jacket as I have for casual wear or a beautiful wrap for evening. Another bonus, it’s great for travel – no wrinkles.

I still love a fabulous black cocktail dress, but sometimes we need something that goes the distance for lots of occasions. I hope you are inspired to shop for “simple black dresses” and not just “little black dresses”!

XO,

Linda

 

A Weekend in NYC

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New York, New York! My husband and I just returned from a fabulous long weekend in New York City.  The picture above was taken as we approached LaGuardia. The trip was a surprise Christmas gift from my daughter and her husband. Thank you again Caitlyn and Jimmy!

From early in the morning until late into the night we soaked up as much of this beautiful city as we could. Every time I am here, I marvel at its size, energy, diversity, culture, restaurants, nightlife, architecture, the list goes on and on!

Today, I am sharing some of the highlights of our trip. I hope you enjoy my musings and are also inspired to take some time to visit or revisit this amazing city!

Image result for st regis nyc photos Our home base for the weekend adventure was gorgeous and regal,  The St. Regis in Midtown. Located conveniently two blocks from Central Park and on the corner of 5th Avenue and between Park Aveneue and 55th, this location was perfect for our trip!

Our suite was exquisite and service impeccable.

We deposited our luggage and ventured out. We explored the beautiful Plaza Hotel lobby with a destination in mind. Food!

Image result for plaza food hall photosQuite hungry after our flight, we headed to the Plaza Food Hall. Located inside the Plaza Hotel is an upscale food court of sorts with a vast array of choices. It’s a bit of a hidden secret and a favorite for lunch with locals.

img_5162 We settled on Luke’s Lobster. Who doesn’t love lobster rolls? Lobster is one of life’s greatest foods!

A stroll through central park is just what we needed after our indulgence. We enjoyed precipitation free, sunny weather all weekend.

A hot shower beckoned to rejuvinate us after travel and a full day. Where do these hotels get such amazing bath/shower etc. products?!

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After a bit of rest and refresh, we headed out to Bobo for dinner. An intimate, charming French restaurant located in the West Village provided a different feel than Midtown. I had a delightful filet au poivre with pommes frites and Bill tried the grilled octopus and then a seared hangar steak. Our meals were delicious and service excellent!

Image result for The comedy cellar nyc photos Next up was a visit to the Comedy Cellar. Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, this is THE place for comedy. We laughed our way through 6 different stand up comedians!  Many of these comedians have national recognition appearing regulary on network television, cable and in movies!

After a long day, we retired to our hotel in anticipation of another fun day ahead.

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A hearty breakfast started our day off right.

 

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A walk down Fifth Avenue was in order Saturday morning. We did pop in a few of the stores just because it is Fifth Avenue after all!

A visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral should be on everyone’s list in Manhattan. They recently completed a $200,000,000 restoration on the church.  It looks outstanding.  Bill took an opportunity for a friendly chat with one of the priests.

 

img_5202 Rockefeller Plaza and its surrounding area added to a pleasurable morning. We missed the TODAY show in production, but peeked inside the windows to envision what takes place there daily.

 

I have been hearing great things about the new Restoration Hardware in NYC, so I had to see it.  I love their store in downtown Chicago, so I was anxious to compare. The building’s aesthetic is in keeping with their meatpacking district location. Wow, what a transformation this area is experiencing. The store/restaurant is beautiful, but I have to say I’m partial to its Chicago location in a Gold Coast mansion.

Walk on the High Line! We were only a few blocks from this engineering marvel and decided to take advantage of a beautiful winter afternoon with a walk on it. If you don’t know, the High Line was built on an elevated freight line. The old train tracks are incorporated into the elevated park space. The 1.45 mile trail boasts beautiful landscaping, gardens, and art.

We were off to an icon in the home furnishings industry next. I knew I would love ABC Carpet and Home. My design background craves these places. There are so many interesting and unique items, it’s impossible to choose!

 

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With all the walking, touring, and shopping it was time for some refreshment! An adorable restaurant resides inside of ABC Carpet and Home – ABC Cocina.  A wonderful menu also offers a variety of margaritas.  The jalepano margarita was delicious. Paired with guacamole and chips, it provided a perfect snack for the afternoon. The picture above is courtesty of the restaurant.  The place was packed when we dined there, and we shared a community table with some other lovely people.

Our day could not be complete without a visit to the The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I would love to spend days here! Every gallery we visited captured our attention and captivated our hearts with its beauty.

With darkness approaching, it was time to return to the hotel and prepare for our evening out.

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This tiny Italian restaurant in the West Village, Via Carota, does not take reservations. It comes highly recommended for good reason – the food is outstanding. Just beware, we waited two hours for a table! Bill and I had the good fortune to be waiting next to an adorable young couple. We befriended them and they joined us for dinner. What a delightful surprise it was to hear about their fascinating lives in New York.

We enjoyed a nightcap at the hotel bar. I know the pictures are a bit blurry, but it was very late!

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Rise and shine! Another day in NYC awaits!

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No words! See it because “We will never forget.”

The haunting images, spoken words, and visual reminders define the 9/11 Memorial Museum. This is a must for all Americans! Bill and I spent close to 2 1/2  hours here and it wasn’t long enough. I applaud those who put together this tribute to everyone who lost their lives and all those who came to the rescue of others during this horrific event in our country’s history. It also celebrates the rebuilding and strength of our magnificent nation.

img_5251 Emotionally drained we returned to our hotel. Hungry, we decided to try Burger Joint. What a discovery!  Shrouded behind velvet curtains tucked in an obscure corner inside The Parker Hotel, this dive burger spot is all the rave. We were fortunate and snagged a table.  The line built as we were eating. We both devoured a perfect burger with the works and fries. NYC is home to the original restaurant with another in Brooklyn, 6 in Brazil, 1 in the United Arab Emerates and 1 in Singapore.

I needed to walk off all that delicious burger and fries. (yeah right – more like a week in the gym for those calories)  Walking and the fresh air felt good, so we ventured farther to take in Times Square.  I must admit, this is not my favorite part of New York at all, but it is always cool to see!

With time running out, we headed back to the hotel to prepare for our flight back to Chicago.

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Goodnight and goodbye New York….until next time!

XO,

Linda

Favorite Facial Products

img_5148.jpg Thousands of facial products promise amazing results! It is all rather overwhelming.  I vary my products when I read or hear about something I believe will be beneficial to my skin type. My skin type is mature and dry! I don’t believe in miracle skin products, but I do believe the right products can allow our skin to feel and look its best.  I use a mixture of drug store brands as well as high end brands.

Today, I am sharing my current favorite facial products. As you see in the picture above, they are quite varied.

CLEANSE

Clarisonic NEW Mia Smart Bluetooth, App-Enhanced, Sonic Cleansing Face Brush with Customizable Routines

The clairsonic cleansing system is not new on the market, but I love it! My skin feels so fresh and soft after using this device.  It does an excellent job of removing dirt, oil and makeup from my face.  Several different heads offer a variety of cleansing options. Use the available app for this model to sync with your phone.

Clarisonic Gentle Radiance Foaming Milk

I use the Radiance Foaming Milk Cleanser paired with my Clairsonic. This gentle cleanser provides my skin with a healthy glow! Ingredients that include licorice root extract, peppermint leaf extract and gingko balbao leaf provide a light, lovely scent. A little bit of this goes a long way with lots of soap and bubbles.  I love how clean my face feels without being dry!

MOISTURIZE

L'Oreal Paris, RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Night Cream Moisturizer 1.7 oz

L’Oreal Revitalift is my go to moiturizer! I have tried much pricier ones, and I always return to this one. It is Pro Retinol, but doesn’t dry my sensitive skin. They also offer a companion day cream with sunscreen. I use that in the warmer months. However, Chicago winters are cold and dry.  My skin needs all the moisture it can get. Therefore, I use the night cream for both day (a little more sparingly) and night.

 

 

L'Oréal Paris Skincare Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle and Firming Eye Cream Treatment with Pro-Retinol, Fragrance Free, 0.5 oz.

As with the facial cream, another great product L’Oreal offers is a Pro Retinol eye cream. This cream does an excellent job of moisturizing my delicate eye area.  I mix a little bit of it with my under eye concealer to achieve a smooth finish.

 

RESTORE

 About once per week I enjoy a facial mask.  My favorite is the Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Mask! I apply it on a lazy afternoon or evening and relax for about 20 minutes before rinsing it off. It hardens nicely and feels a bit like a scrub when removing it. I can just feel my pores cleansing with its use. It leaves my skin fresh and toned!

 

 These Hyaluronic Cloud Hydra-Gel Eye Patches feel SO good! I especially love them in the morning after a late or sleepless night. Apply one under each eye and relax with a cup of coffee. They hydrate and depuff! What’s not to love.

With so many facial products to choose from, I’m sure my choices will change over time.  But for now, these are the standouts I currently love. Share if you have some fabulous products you love as well!

 

XO,

Linda