Hemlines, Legs, and Knees~ oh my!

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Yesterday I bought a red skirt on sale. Red is one of my favorite colors. It’s a new length for me, however, and I don’t think I can get any shorter than this. Showing my knees has been a definite no-no for so many years. I wonder how I’m going to feel when I actually step out of the house with it on. When I checked it out with my conservative husband, he said, “What’s wrong with it?” The length makes me feel younger, less dowdy, more modern, and when I see women my age here in Belgium wearing this length, I always like it. So, here goes! Opinions, anyone?

My BIG SECRET!

My biggest beauty secret is that I shave every day! It's the least feminine thing about me, having a hairy chin, and I've taken great pains to keep it a secret All. These. Years. But this year I'm 62 and starting new, and one of my goals is to speak what's hidden. SO. Here I am ~ hairy chin or shaved, it's still ME :)                                                                                                 For years I used to pluck with tweezers, but that took so much TIME. Especially as the number of hairs seemed to keep multiplying. In college, I decided once to rebel and go "au naturel"~ and let it all grow (chin, legs, armpits). That lasted about a week. I just couldn't embrace those two furry patches on my face...so off they came, and I quietly rejoined the smooth is beautiful mainstream.                                                            I wasn't thrilled about tweezing, though, so it was a revelation when I saw a woman in a public bathroom one day doing the unthinkable: SHAVING! In 7 seconds, I now accomplish what once took an hour. The only problem? Doing it without being seen. Now that I've 'fessed up, maybe you'll catch me one of these days. At least I'm out of the closet now!

My biggest beauty secret is that I shave every day! It’s the least feminine thing about me, having a hairy chin, and I’ve taken great pains to keep it a secret All. These. Years. But this year I’m 62 and starting new, and one of my goals is to speak what’s hidden. SO. Here I am ~ hairy chin or shaved, it’s still ME 🙂                                                                                                 For years I used to pluck with tweezers, but that took so much TIME. Especially as the number of hairs seemed to keep multiplying. In college, I decided once to rebel and go “au naturel”~ and let it all grow (chin, legs, armpits). That lasted about a week. I just couldn’t embrace those two furry patches on my face…so off they came, and I quietly rejoined the smooth is beautiful mainstream.                                                          
I wasn’t thrilled about tweezing, though, so it was a revelation when I saw a woman in a public bathroom one day doing the unthinkable: SHAVING! In 7 seconds, I now accomplish what once took an hour. The only problem? Doing it without being seen. Now that I’ve ‘fessed up, maybe you’ll catch me one of these days. At least I’m out of the closet now!

SKIN CARE ~ from the inside out!

Helloo! When I first started doing my Tea Talks (http://youtu.be/NzcDFOuBKK8 ) my lovely niece asked me how I take care of my skin. I have a simple program, that costs next to nothing. You may have noticed throughout this blog that I like to spend as little as possible on beauty care, clothes, and even haircuts (yes, I cut my own!)                                

I don’t necessarily trust that expensive creams and moisturizers work any better than the basic do it yourself, natural oils do. So, being a skeptic at heart, I just stick to what I know can’t do me no harm. I often just wash with water at night, and sometimes a special sulphur soap that the skin doctor sold my daughter for about $60 and I still have the bar after about 9 years (I don’t use it often). A little dab of vasoline on my lips before bed keeps them soft and prevents chapping, especially in the winter months.  I replace any oils on my face and neck in the morning with a mix of grapeseed and olive oils, about half and half. After showering, before drying off completely, I massage a bit of the mix all over my damp skin. It spreads easily, and if I would do it for my shoes, why not for myself? While visiting England this year on a school trip, I came across a body butter at a Charity Shop, and I use that now before going to bed just because it smells so good!                                                                                         The wrinkles are coming bit by bit…who is immune??? But I’m eternally grateful that I never drank or smoked because I know those two things have made such a BIG difference in the way I’ve aged. What goes in comes out in various ways, whether we like it or not. That being said, I better get back to counting calories on http://www.myfitnesspal.com/

 

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MAKE-UP ~ A little Goes a LONG Way!

Make-up! Where would we be without it?  I never wore much, and I wear even less now. It seems the older I get, the less I need. COOL! Anyway, I look in the mirror in the morning, and get depressed. Then, I put on my magic, and feel like I just got a new lease on life. It takes about 10 seconds, and ALWAYS works.
Here’s my simple but effective regimen: a touch of Blush & Eyebrow pencil.

Since living in Korea, I can’t NOT do my eyebrows. I don’t pluck them. I just give them a boost of color and definition with my brown or dark brown pencil. All the ladies my age in Korea do it. Unless they’re out in the rice fields. It looks sooooo nice, and it’s sooooo simple.

About lipstick: I only wear it on occasion (when I’m teaching, for example; or when I want to really look GOOD)  I know I look better with a little color and shine on my lips, but I can’t stop thinking that’s it’s like putting poison on my mouth. It’s only a few minutes before I’ve licked it off, and that stuff aint good for ya! I found this recipe online just now, but haven’t tried making it yet. Let me know if you get to it before I do! http://wellnessmama.com/5830/homemade-natural-lipstick-recipe/

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BODY BRUSHING

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I was first introduced to the benefits and joys of body brushing while visiting a friend once in Japan.
She showed me a vegetable brush she had in her bathroom and I tried it. TINGLY~ wow! I was hooked. I bought a few before I left (they’re really meant to scrub vegetables) and take them virtually everywhere I go.

The more common version shown here works just as well. I brush dry BEFORE getting into the shower in the morning. It gets the circulation going and does most of the cleaning before you even get wet. For more information about dry body brushing, check out the following links:

http://www.fushi.co.uk/healthy-lifestyle-news/how-to-dry-body-brush-for-energy-detoxification-radiant-skin

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You Can’t Leave the House Barefoot!

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These shoes were made for walkin’

and that’s just what they’ll do…”

I can’t wear heels anymore. Maybe it’s the age, or maybe the extra weight…dunno. But, whatever the reason, my feet are only happy anymore when I’m in flats. And I love them! The highest heel I can safely wear is 1 1/2 inch. But my preference is a flat with a pointed toe. I have a goldish colored pair I picked up in Costa Rica for $10. When I slip them on I feel slim, light, and beautiful. The clunkier the shoe, the heavier I feel. So, I’m always on the lookout for a stream-lined flat. I notice H&M have MANY this year. They’re all the rage. However, very few of them have pointed toes (and honestly I just hate the round toe on me) and almost NONE of them are in a narrow. (AAAA width can be a bummer sometimes) sigh.