On my wishlist…

Talbots vest

Talbots Quilted Vest

I tried this navy quilted vest on at Talbots the other day and really liked it.  It’s thinner than most of the puffy vests that are out right now, which makes for a more flattering fit, and I think the lighter weight works better for my climate.

The quality seems exceptionally nice, however, at $99, it seems pricey to me for something I would only be able to wear a few months out of the year.  I’m waiting for a good sale. Plus, I can’t decide which colorway I like best – navy, ivory, maize, or black?

Old navy scarfOld Navy Flannel Scarf

I stopped into Old Navy recently as well and they had this plaid scarf on one of the mannequins.   (What is it about putting something on a mannequin that makes it look so amazing?!)

Do I really need another flannel scarf?

Probably not.

Do I want one anyway?

Yes.  Yes I do.

Blue ClutchMelie Bianco Top Handle Clutch

This is something I spotted in DSW last week.  Walking up to it I assumed it was one of their more expensive luxury bags, but then I saw it was $39.95.  I also like it in the beige color.beige clutchWhat’s on your wishlist these days?

Hallelujah! It’s starting to feel like fall!

Talbots denim shirtdress and belt, Clarks Marscarpone Mix

  • Denim shirt dress:  Talbots
  • Beaded belt:  LOFT
  • Boots:  Clarks, Marscarpone Mix

Yes, it’s finally starting to cool down around here.  I can almost wear tights and not look completely ridiculous.  (Just a little ridiculous…) 

Fall in Arizona is somewhat sartorially difficult.   After another blistering hot summer, we’re ready to embrace cooler weather like everyone else, but ‘cooler’ days for us (anything less than 100 degrees at this point) aren’t what most people would think of as scarf weather, you know?

I picked up this denim shirtdress at Talbots a few weeks ago.  It was marked down then, but it’s even more on sale now. (Of course!)  And this beaded belt that I picked up on clearance at the LOFT a couple of years ago finally got to see the light of day.  Hooray!

Well, hello again

I know, I know.  I haven’t been posting.  What can I say?  I have no real excuses to give.


My husband and I dressed up for a Halloween party.   18 years of marriage and it’s the first time we wore coordinating costumes.

Here’s the pic:

#Shamy, Sheldon and Amy costume, Amy Farrah Fowler, #bigbangtheory

And very few people at the event ‘got it’.  My husband was asked if he was the Green Lantern.  A few people thought I was a nerd, Velma from Scooby-Doo, or even Hermione. 


So, I guess our Sheldon and Amy costumes weren’t that great, or none of our friends watch the Big Bang Theory.  

It’s making me wonder just what kind of friends we have.

And then I explained to someone that for a few years I was Flo from the Progressive commercials and decided it was time for a change.

Flo costume, Flo from Progressive(October 2011)

And she told me she didn’t know who Flo was.



Influenster Surf’s Up Voxbox

Things have been a little nuts the last few weeks with traveling, the start of school, and the crazy heat, so I haven’t gotten around to talking about the Influenster Surf’s Up Voxbox that was sent to me a while back until now.


This Voxbox was full of all kinds of goodies perfect for this time of year. 

The first thing I noticed, of course, was the nail polish. 

I’m already a big collector of Sinful Colors polishes, so I was thrilled.  My box included a bottle of Sinful Colors Eva So Bright, which is a really pretty coral/red color.  Perfect!  The formula was a good consistency and went on smoothly.  Love this!

Sinful Colors Eva So Bright, Influenster Surf's Up VoxBox, @SinfulColors_NPSinful Colors Eva So Bright

Eva So Bright

Next is Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Lotion.

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Lotion,#EscapewithHT - whenlifehandsyouapear.comHawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Lotion

 I got the ‘Soothing Aloe Gel’ part of the description, but I think the terms ‘hydrating’ and  ‘lotion’ were used a little loosely here.  See near the bottom of the bottle where it states ’24 hour Moisturization’?  I didn’t find that to be very accurate.  I put this on my slightly sunburned skin one day, and while it felt nice at the moment, I noticed within a few hours my skin was looking pretty dry already.

The smell is very sweet and a little overpowering for me.  In fact, the smell hung around longer than the moisturizing effect.  I’ll hang onto the stuff and give it another shot.

Next up is the First Aid Shot Therapy (aka F.A.S.T.).

First Aid Shot Therapy (F.A.S.T.), #FASTrelief @InfluensterVox #SurfsUpVoxBox - whenlifehandsyouapear.wordpress.comFirst Aid Shot Therapy (F.A.S.T.)

It’s described as:

 “FDA-compliant, single-dose, liquid medication that meet consumers needs for fast, effective relief. Working together with some of the top physicians from Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, and the Mayo Clinic, F.A.S.T. created a single-dose, pre-measured liquid relief shot.

 F.A.S.T. Pain Relief, combines two active ingredients: choline salicylate and caffeine. Choline Salicylate gets into the bloodstream up to five times faster than aspirin, so relief starts in minutes!”

I tried this one afternoon when I could feel a hefty headache coming on. 

Yes, it worked.   It tasted sweet and medicine-like but wasn’t absolutely horrible.

However I’m still trying to understand the advantages of taking this instead of regular pain pills.  I suppose there’s the speed issue.  This works faster.  I kind of wished I’d saved this for my son who struggles to swallow pills and has been hurting since having his braces adjusted.

Has anyone else tried this?  Thoughts?

Next up is Cover Girl Bombshell mascara.  This is a 2 step mascara that promises extreme volume.  Step One is the ‘extreme volume basecoat’, followed by Step Two: the intensifying top coat.

Cover Girl Bombshell Mascara, #bombshelling, @CoverGirl @InfluensterVox #surfsupVoxBox #VoxBox CoverGirl Bombshell Mascara

I’ll admit, right off the bat I didn’t think I was going to like this.  I don’t like gimmicky stuff and between the giant tube and the idea of a two step system, this seemed a little gimmicky to me.  It’s big, it’s bright, and frankly, it’s kind of bulky.  This will sound dumb, but I have pretty small hands and this just feels a little awkward.  Could I get used to it?  Probably.

But how does it work?

Well, I’ll preface this by saying when I use mascara, it’s waterproof, Cover Girl LashBlast, in fact .  I like the volume and staying power, I like that it doesn’t flake, and I like how well it locks in the curl after I use my eyelash curler.

Back to Bombshell. 

Did it give me volume?  Yes.  I was totally #bombshelling.

I tried to take some close up photos but they all looked pretty creepy.  I’ll leave the photos for all the beauty bloggers out there.

Did it have staying power? Yes.  It didn’t flake off, migrate down my face or disappear.

I couldn’t find anywhere on the packaging where it said Cover Girl Bombshell mascara is supposed to be a waterproof formula, but it had the staying power of one.  The packaging does state it should be removed ‘with CoverGirl make up remover or any other oil based make up remover’.  Unfortunately, the make up remover I use is oil free, which works fine for my waterproof CG LashBlast, but didn’t seem to do much for Bombshell.  My bad, but I don’t like oil based make up removers and don’t plan on buying any.

Did it lock in curl?  Unfortunately, no, at least not as well as my regular waterproof mascara, which is a deal breaker for me.  I have fairly thick dark lashes that don’t stay curled without waterproof mascara, I guess, so while this mascara works, it didn’t completely win me over. 


The last product to test from my Surf’s Up VoxBox was a Jamba Juice At Home Smoothie mix.   My box contained two coupons – one coupon for a free package of smoothie mix and one coupon for $1.00 off a package.  At the store I found these near the other frozen juice mixes.


There were several flavors to choose from, but because I wanted to share this with my kids, I chose a flavor I knew my picky son already liked, Strawberries Wild. 

I also picked up apple juice, because that’s what you blend the frozen mix with. 

Now, I’ve made smoothies at home (and burned out several blenders in my day – next time, Vitamix)  and while they’re good, they’ve in no way resembled a real Jamba Juice smoothie.

Until now. 

Seriously.  It’s kind of amazing to watch.  You pour the apple juice and bag of frozen fruit and yogurt chunks in there and after blending for a few minutes, out comes a smoothie just like they make at Jamba Juice!  Woo hoo!

WP_002576croppedJamba Juice  At Home Smoothie Mix

The kids were outside swimming, so I let them test it right in the pool.


 And, it was a hit!WP_002582

Disclosure: I was provided with free product from Influenster and the brands mentioned above, for trial and review purposes. However, all opinions are honest and my own.