Aug 10, 2020

Monday Motivation

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

A message of Hope during these  challenging times….

Happy Monday!

I came upon this lovely quote  and thought it was the perfect reminder to get our week started off in the right direction and perhaps provide a modicum of hope, which I believe we are all in need of at this very moment.

We must continue to remain vigilant during this epidemic by wearing  face masks, being  mindful of social distancing and  do our best to avoid crowds.

It is my deepest hope that someday soon, everything will  work out (they will find a vaccine that works with no harmful side effects, jobs are restored and the economy stars flourishing again) when  we can finally embrace a world that is  kinder, healthier, happier and more abundant  than ever before.

Here’s to hope!

No Comments : Add Comment
Aug 9, 2020

Sunday

Posted By: Terri
Category: Health & Wellness

Happy Sunday!

Just in case you needed a reminder…

No Comments : Add Comment
Aug 4, 2020

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

Today was National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. Were you aware that  THIS was today,because truth be told-.I had no idea that the Chocolate Chip Cookie  had it’s own holiday.

Just about everyone has their own “go to”  chocolate chip cookie recipe BUT let’s face it we’re always one the lookout for the absolute BEST  version .

Years ago I came across a recipe in my local newspaper  ( The St. Louis Post Dispatch) posted in the FOOD section and provided by a reader in the area.  Pre Google and Pinterest, I clipped this little ditty out of the paper and have had it in my recipe box (Yes..I STILL have a recipe box-no judging) since then.  I am here to tell you that this little baby is THE ABSOLUTE BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE EVER! There-I said it and now I’ll post it, so you too can give it and go and let me know if you feel the same after baking a batch or two or ten. I’ve given this recipe to many a friend and they all stand by it today.I hope you enjoy and have a fabulous National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. If it’s to late to bake today ,remember there’s always tomorrow because let’s face it -every day  is a good day to have a homemade cookie.

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup salted butter, slightly melted
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (don’t ask why-just put it in-promise this is a winner)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • Coarse sea salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl mix together the flour, baking soda and the salt: Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl beat together the butter, sugars, vanilla extract and the vinegar until smooth. Beat in the egg just until combined.
  4. Mix the flour mixture into the wet mixture just until combined. Stir in the chips.
  5. Using a large cookie scoop (about 2 rounded tablespoons) drop about 3 inches apart onto cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, they will look light brown around the edges and will look underdone in the center. Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle each cookie with a little sea salt. Allow to sit on the sheet for 10 minutes before moving to a rack to cool.

 

No Comments : Add Comment
Aug 4, 2020

Tuesday’s Tip (Steal of a Deal)

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion tips

Today’s Tuesday’s Tip is  all about affordable finds courtesy of  Ann Taylor. Today and today ONLY- “Ann has a plan” to put a new dress or jumpsuit- in your Summer rotation. On the site today Ann Taylor is  offering a select set of  styles and marked them down to $50.00. Am I reading that right?!   Yes.

Soooo go buy  yourself a little pick me up and add a dose of happy to your day.

Here are 4  of my favorites …

#1. Madras Plaid Belted Halter (Originally $159.00 SALE $50.00) TODAY ONLY 8/4/2020

#2. Jersey Belted Halter in Night Sky                                                          (Originally $169.00 TODAY ONLY $50.00)

#3. Ruffled Sleeve Belted Maxi in Wild Poppy ($149.00 TODAY $50.00)

#4. Double Ruffle Sheath dress ($129.00 TODAY ONLY $50.00)            “Because a girl can never have to many LBD’s”

 

Style Tip(s)

To make the looks above a bit more designer..add a great belt to options 2 and 3 for interest and contrast

Braided Belt perfect for #3

Braided Belt (Banana Republic) $68.00

And a fabulous pair of pumps to #4.-my personal choice is leopard.

Sam Edelman.com (great selection at affordable price points) ***Check out my favorite on the site the JAINA D’ORSAY PUMP-Orig: $150.00 SALE $59.95)

 

ASOS Design Porto Pointed High Heel ($40.00 Sale $24.45)

No Comments : Add Comment
Aug 3, 2020

Monday Motivation

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

As we continue navigating through this challenging time- try as best you can to focus on what you truly desire.   So often it’s keeping that vision front and center to get to it’s fruition. There’s that and a strong sense of focus coupled with baby steps in the direction of your dream.

Here’s to achieving and believing in all you desire.

No Comments : Add Comment
Jul 31, 2020

Stylish Shade!

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion

 

It’s Summer

It’s Hot

It’s time to take some SHADE!

Theresa Oversized Hat @ZCrave $199.00 on SALE $99.00
*Comes in a multitude of COLORS

Shoppe Shippe.com $67.99

Auxiliary Hamptons Straw Hat $38.00

Hamptons Straw Hat in Natural Mix

Shady Character Packable Wide Brim Straw Hat @Free People.com $68.00

Roll Call Tan Brim Oversized Hat@ Lulu’s.com $54.00

Summer is heating UP and there’s no better time to take some shade from the Sun and those lovely yet aging rays.   The big brim  straw hat is a great choice to keep the Sun’s rays at bay. I have found a bevy of straw hats that will add some major style to your Sun game and will be easy on your pocket book.

 

No Comments : Add Comment
Jul 29, 2020

National Lipstick Day….

Posted By: Terri
Category: Beauty

It’s National Lipstick Day which usually puts a little skip in my step but suffice it to say there’s not been a whole lot of Lipstick vibe since our mouth must be covered with masks during  Covid 19. But looking on the BRIGHT side of things-somedayyyyy we will be back in good graces and be able to once again show our pearly whites with masks a thing of the past and then we can perfect our pout with the prettiest of lipstick shades. Until then,mask on,stay safe and when push comes to shove might I suggest a little lip liner-since it’s a bit of color when the mask does come down and leaves less marks than lipstick on your face mask.  TO celebrate the day here are a few fun facts pertaining to this wonderful make-up addition: I don’t know about you but I for one LOVE a great shade of lipstick!

 

Fun and Fabulous Lipstick Tips..

Tip– When applying foundation continue over the lips to provide a base for lip liner and lipstick.

Tip– If your lipstick smells rancid, it is! Want it to last longer? Place it in the fridge.

Tip- Wrong lipstick shades can age you, steer clear of brown lipstick shades. Avoid matte lipstick as they tend to settle into your lip lines. Instead, try creamier lipsticks or glosses. Glosses are especially youthful and make your lips appear “pouty”.

Tip- Here’s a simple trick I once read models use to keep lipstick off their teeth. Apply lipstick, then place a finger in your mouth. Close lips around your finger and pull finger out. This should remove any excess lipstick, thereby keeping it from collecting on your teeth.

Fact- Every woman today absolutely automatically applies lipstick before going out of home. This habit is very old indeed: women began to apply lipstick in primeval times.

Fact- In old times, noble Japanese women were not allowed to appear in public without intensive makeup.

Fact- In ancient Egypt, women loved to tint their lips with attractive purple-red color.

Fact- During the Middle Ages, the popularity of lipstick declined. In that era, lipstick was considered to be a cosmetic which is suitable for prostitutes and lower class women.

Fact- More lipsticks are sold on a gloomy, rainy day.

The Best Lipsticks and Lip Products of 2020
  • Best Inexpensive Lipstick: Maybelline New York Color Sensational. …
  • Best Lipstick: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution. …
  • Best Liquid Lipstick: NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment. …
  • Best Inexpensive Lip Gloss: Glossier. …
  • Best Lip Stain: Yves Saint Laurent Vinyl Cream. …
  • Best Lip Gloss: Hourglass Unreal High Shine Volumizing Lip Gloss

Circa Vogue 1984

 

Andddd speaking of Lipstick-a not to be missed 50% sale on Selected brands of  (what else LIPSTICK ) today at Sephora.

National Lipstick Day

No Comments : Add Comment
Jul 27, 2020

Getting Back on Track….

Posted By: Terri
Category: Health & Wellness Uncategorized

Here we are,the start of another work week and I will absolutely cop to the fact that  I for one have not been as productive as I would like. Which begs me to ask if you are finding yourself in a similar situation?The isolation of the Pandemic and ongoing lock down in California have made  keeping a schedule seem lack luster at best. If I were to summarize this year -I would have to say that 2020 seems like the  longggest Groundhog day ever.

As  my intention is always to provide uplifting and motivating content for you my lovely readers, I have compiled a little “to do”list to get  us all back on track and keep us focused on our goals for the future. Because (being the eternal optimist) somedayyyyy this will be behind us and wouldn’t it be nice to be in a place where we find ourselves ready and better than ever to bring new ideas, projects and dreams to fruition.

Here’s celebrating all you can do !

Now let’s get going shall we:

  1. If you’re working from home you must carve out a dedicated space to do your work. A quiet area with good lighting,ample desk space and a comfortable chair are key!

The Go To Glamour Girl Home Office……

2. Make a schedule and stick to it. What do you want to get accomplished this week,this month,or this year?I find that oftentimes it’s best to take things day by day or at the very most week to week so you can have a sense of accomplishment in these unsettling times. Everything can be accomplished if you take BABY STEPS toward your goal each and every day.

3. Schedule a little “Break time” in your day. Take time to work out, get out of your work space or do something enjoyable every couple of hours. It serves as a refresh and a reset so you can go back to your work area and be productive.

4. Eliminate distractions. O.K. This is a biggie. Turn off cell phones, TV, anything and everything that pulls your focus from concentrating on the task(s) at hand. I have sourced a number of friends and asked what their biggest time waster of the day is..and ALL say the cell phone. We all find ourselves scrolling Instagram, Twitter, etc. So when in doubt turn off all distracting electronic devices for an hour or more and give yourself the luxury of having complete concentration on what you want to accomplish.

5. Plan to work a normal work week-that’s 5 days, 6 tops! We all need time to regroup and I found if I’m in my office 7 days a week I’m not as productive or creative.

No Comments : Add Comment
Jul 27, 2020

Monday Motivation

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

A little something to start your day  in a positive and might I add uplifting way.

Here’s to Monday and believing in all you can do!

No Comments : Add Comment
Jul 23, 2020

The Met Costume Institute Archives

Posted By: Terri

Here’s a little something I hope you will enjoy-a rare sneak peak into the Costume Institute Archives.

Can you imagine maintaining a closet with such beautiful and historical pieces that require constant upkeep and proper handling  to preserve the integrity of each extraordinary piece?

Here’s a glimpse of  what goes on “behind the scenes” to keep things intact.  A personal thank you to The Met  Costume Institute for carefully maintaining these one of a kind extraordinary items.

 

All Images Courtesy of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

 

No Comments : Add Comment
Next Entries »