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10 on 50

me .. just before my 50th birthday bash!

me .. just before my 50th birthday bash!

I turned 50 last month and with that came 10 Thoughts on turning 50:

1) no I will never have Botox, it took me this long to perfect the perfect stink-eye – the one that can stop a kid in his tracks and make a husband drop the shovel as he’s digging himself a hole.

2) buy me a bladder/bowel control product as a joke and I’ll whack you with it.

3) bring on the AARP discounts!!

4) 50 is the new 40 and 40 is the new 30 so I’m really .. 8! ūüôā

5) thank goodness for hair dye, sunscreen, vitamin D & laughter.

6) wrinkles only go where the smiles have been, right?

7) it’s not a hot flash it’s a simmer.

8) my give-a-d _ mn’s busted.¬† No whining. Unless it’s by me, of course!

9) 50 years till I turn 100 and…

10) Women outlive men — look out!

‚ÄúThere is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.‚ÄĚ
‚Äē Sophia Loren

Your turn.  What has aging brought to you?

*This post inspired by my friend Lynette who’s soldiering through terminal cancer. Over cocktails last night she expressed her gratitude:¬† Her thankfulness for a life well lived, for time to get her affairs in order and to host one last summer party. She’s 55.

Categories: Attitude, Determination, Faith, Family, Friendship, Fun, Growth, Joy, Life, Opinion, Personal, Uncategorized, Women | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 47 Comments

Fifty percent

One of my favorite commercials running right now features this guy (see below).

I know of no woman with this kind of confidence; in my experience, we’d be so busy wrapping, slathering, buffing and hiding … we’d likely miss the outing entirely.

This summer maybe I’ll get a “whatever” flag and put it in my drink, too!

Happy Friday, peeps.

‚ÄúSex appeal is fifty percent what you’ve got and fifty percent what people think you’ve got.‚Ä̬† – Sophia Loren

Categories: Confidence at any age, Determination, Faith, Family, Fashion, fear, Joy, Life, Men, Random, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , | 24 Comments

Playing with fire

‚ÄúMan may have discovered fire, but women discovered how to play with it.‚Ä̬† Candace Bushnell, “Sex and the City”

Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield;

Do you think women dress for the men in their lives … or the women?

When it’s date night, I enjoy dressing the way hubbs appreciates ….¬† all boom-chica-mow-mow and then some.¬† And he does the same for me.¬†¬† (Without the boom-chica-stuff… makes most guys feel ridiculous).

But, I never dress that way unless he’s with me.¬†No, when I’m with friends, colleagues or even family, I am non-threatening in my attire.¬† I dress to fit in; conservatively, tastefully, and buttoned-uppedy.

So, with that being said, can I just say that I love being a girl?

Can I just say that I love having curves that I keep contained for the Hubbs?

Can I just say that, for all the pony-riding, tomboyish days of my youth, that I love getting my nails done and fixing my hair and feeling pretty and foxy and all sassy-frassy?

Can I just say that I absolutely, without hesitation, embrace my feminine strengths, the ones who let me rock a pencil skirt and heels and a power drill all in the same day?

Oh, I think I can say it:  I do believe I just did.

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How about you?  Does your wardrobe change for the various roles in your life?

What makes you feel fine?

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*This post was inspired by my closet and the various characters living within.

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“Sex appeal is fifty percent what you’ve got and fifty percent what people think you’ve got.” ~Sophia Loren.

Date Night’s here again!¬† I’ve written often on the significance of date night and how they affect what’s in my relationship basket.

Next month, Hubbs and I celebrate 20 years of marriage. We’ve had our ups and we’ve had our downs.¬† We’ve encountered smooth sailing and we’ve endured rough seas, too.

But, through it all, date nights have always been the buoy we swim to against the undertow of daily living.

Whatever you’ve got – I say … work it!¬† Boom chicka mow mow! ¬†

Categories: Attitude, Beauty, Friendship, Fun, Love, Men, Opinion, Personal, Relationships, Romance | Tags: , , , , , , | 41 Comments

Kapow Kapow, baby

As much of a tomboy as I was growing up, I just love me some kitten eyes now.

Nothing says Kapow Kapow, Baby more than smoky, smoldering, meow-mix kitten eyes.  Think Sophia Loren РEva Mendes РJoan Collins РBrigitte Bardot Рsmoky and spicy hot!

Not appropriate for day time.  Barely appropriate for night (me-yowza!)

The gorgeous and exotic Sophia Loren. Photo: flickr

My source to get such effects? From makeup artist Alexis Vogel

A special benefit?¬† Order the complete kit since¬†it comes with a “how – to” DVD.¬† Yep. Perfect for dorks like me whose high school beauty kit consisted of Bonne Bell lip smackers and match-my-mood blush.¬†¬† I’m guilty of 80s¬†fashion crimes including black eyeliner and blue shadow .. oh yeah .. worked it, worked it.¬† But, as I matured, I poured over Cosmopolitan and tried my best to look like that… but, I didn’t have the tools or the know-how.¬† Then .. along comes Alexis Vogel who delivers a kit of well made products and the expertise¬† —¬†¬†a super secret pass-key into a world of girl-dom that I knew existed but couldn’t attain.

Why makeup?

Because I like it.

Because I’m creative.

Because I like to put it all together and see what happens.

I’m not a Birkenstock kinda girl.¬†¬† I’m just ..not.

On date nights with the hubbs, I’m all about hair that’s full, lips that are red and …cleavage. I like clothes that are fitted and eyes that sparkle. (And so does he ..)

Come to think of it, the holidays are approaching which means time off and lots of date nights — I do believe it’s time to re-order.¬† Whee !!

Categories: Attitude, Confidence at any age, Fashion, Humor, Life, Men, Opinion, Personal, Products I love, Self Discovery, Women | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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