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.

Image 2 of LONG POLKA DOT DRESS from Zara A linen and cotton blend dress transitions beautifully to summer.

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.

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

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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.

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The simplicity of this clipped dot blouse is spot on.

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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.

long-sleeve cashmere polka dot sweater - women's sweaters, right side, view zoomed Keep warm on those cooler spring days with a cashmere dot sweater.

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

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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.

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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!

XO,

Linda

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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.

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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!

XO,

Linda

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.

WOOD

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?

TIN

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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.

PAINT

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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.

WALLPAPER

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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!

XO,

Linda

 

 

 

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

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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.

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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