According to Beth: Nail Polish

 

 

I love nail polish!  You wiIMG_1993.JPGl rarely see me without it, and my signature color is red.  I’ve been known to wear a light pink in the summer, and I have a pretty nude color, but I always return to red, then Ashley and my husband breathe a sigh of relief that all is well in the world again.  Luckily I have naturally long, strong nails.

I’m really not that particular about brand.  Sally Hansen and Essie are my usuals.  Mostly because that’s what my local drugstore has a good variety of colors in. I put on a base coat (my current favorite is Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat), two coats of color and a top coat.  I like a shiny one (Sally Hansen Mega Shine).

Of course my toe nails always match my finger nails.  I have heard that Butter London is good but I haven’t tried it.  Do you have a favorite brand or color I should check out?

 

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According to Beth: Foundation

IMG_2019.JPGFoundation… I wish I had something clever to say about it.  I need it, I don’t love it, and I look better with it than without.  I usually have more than one because I keep buying knew ones in the hope I’ll look younger ( kind of like mascara and trying to find the one that make my lashes look the longest. ) Unfortunately that isn’t happening.  I apply my foundation very lightly.  I’d rather not look perfect then to cake it on.

I’m using Trish McEvoy Even Skin Water Foundation (the others I have aren’t worth mentioning.)  I really do like it.  It comes out of a dropper and it only takes me about two drops to do my whole face.  It covers just enough to make me feel good, it is buildable if you like more coverage than I do.  I have aging oily skin and it still looks at the end of the day.  Because I use so little it will last me a very long time but I’ll probably get tired of it long before it’s finished.

Do you have a foundation I should try?

According to Beth: Spring Shoes

IMG_2007.JPGIt is officially spring and even though there is still snow on the ground, I’m talking about spring shoes.

I’ve shown you the Vince sneakers before, I still love them.  The pointy toe makes them look more fashionable than a round one, at least I think so.

The Valentino flat…where should I begin…they are the best.  The black patent leather and beige leather are a great combination, love the gold studs and they turn ripped jeans and a sweater into a statement.  “Gilded pyramid studs add edgy opulence to an iconic pointy-toe flat,” this is how they are described on the Nordstrom website. I dreamed about these shoes, visited them and saved for them. I have a shoe guy at Nordstrom and I’m pretty sure he was tired of seeing me drool over them.  My birthday was in October and I spent some (most) of my birthday money on the shoes.  No regrets.

Both of these pairs of shoes I wore in the fall and I plan to wear them in the spring also.  The pointy toe sneaker probably won’t be fashionable for that long, so I’ll wear them as much as I can until the next style comes out.  They are seriously comfy.  The Valentino flat has been around for years, it launched at Paris Fashion Week in Spring of 2011. So I will assume they won’t be going anywhere, anytime soon.

What’s your most recent shoe splurge?

 

 

According to Beth: Outfit of the Day

IMG_1986.JPGThis is one of my favorite outfits.  Casual but not sloppy, kind of cool and very comfortable. I can wear this to run errands, lunch with a friend and the mall.  I like that it has some style and it’s age appropriate. Ashley called this my “cool mom” outfit.

Jeans are from Gap, yup they have nice jeans, great fit and price.  The white top is Free People.  I think I’m too old for some of their things but this is a good one for me.  Shoes by Vince, these are the best. It’s like wearing sneakers, but not really.  If you call them sneakers they were expensive but for nice shoes it wasn’t bad, (I can justify any purchase).

 

 

According to Beth: All Time Favorite Lipstick

IMG_1866.JPGHello fellow lipstick fans.  I have several lipsticks, and they are all about the same color.  When I shop for a new one I always think I’ve stepped out of my box and picked a new fabulous color, then I get home and it’s about the same as everything else I have.  I’m consistent if nothing else.  I like classic lipstick.  I’ve tried liquid to matte lipsticks and I just don’t love them.

For my fiftieth birthday (it wasn’t that long ago) I got a Christian Louboutin lipstick and I have to tell you, it’s amazing.  In addition to the beautiful packaging it’s just a great lipstick.  It’s creamy, opaque and stays on.  I love it!  Ashley and a friend of hers picked out the color (Silky Satin Lip Color in Impera 300).  They managed to pick “my” color online. They’re good. It’s definitely a splurge.

For everyday wear MAC has great lipsticks in a rainbow of colors at a good price.  Recently I purchased one by Bite Beauty (at Ashley’s recommendation) the color is called Chai. It’s thicker than some of the others I’ve tried but I still like it and maybe next time I’m at the mall I’ll pick a color a little outside my comfort zone.

Turns out I don’t have a favorite lipstick I have a favorite color.  Please let me know if you have a lipstick I should try.

 

 

According to Beth: The Everyday Bag

 

IMG_1941.JPGFor my everyday bag I like one that fits nicely on my shoulder, holds all my stuff and some extra things, works with my gym clothes, I wear them almost every day so this is a must, and everything else I wear during the day.

Price is always be an issue for me, I’m not rolling in money.  My current everyday bag is the large hobo bag in espresso by Bottega Veneta and I love it.  It was expensive, very expensive.  I figure if I spend a lot of money on something I love I should use it.  Why save it for a special occasion. Every time I went to the mall I stopped by to visit it (I think the store employees were getting tired of seeing me). It may be kind of weird, but before I spend a lot of money I want to be sure the bag will be perfect for me.  Finally I did it, whipped out my credit card and it was mine, and it makes me happy.  I hope you like the bag Ashley, it could be yours some day.

I’ve had the bag for a couple of years so it may be time to start planning my next bag purchase.  What’s your favorite everyday bag?

According to Beth: Mascara

 

IMG_1933.JPGMascara!  It’s one of my favorite products.  I rarely leave Sephora without a new one and I rarely buy the same brand twice; maybe a new brand will make my lashes look longer and more fabulous.  I tend to like plastic bristles, but I’ll still try one with a fluffy brush. I prefer length to volume, but maybe the combination of volume and length is the way to go.  So many options and I just can’t resist.

Putting on mascara is a process for me.  I always curl my lashes first, then I use a mascara  with the fluffy bristles then plastic to separate my lashes so they don’t get stuck together. Finally, Ashley got me the Pixie lower lash mascara for Christmas and it’s wonderful, it gets to all those little lower lashes. I tend to use a combination of drugstore and high end brands, and I think the brush makes the biggest difference.

Recently, I’ve been starting with the Maybelline Colossal Big Shot, next is Maneater Voluptuous Mascara by Tarte, it has a fat brush with short plastic bristles, and finally is the Mally More is More Mascara.  I really like the Mally one, I might actually buy it again, unless something else catches my eye.

Comment below and let me know what your favorite mascara is.  I think it’s time for me to try a new one.

 

According to Beth: Outfit of the Day

 

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Mondays are always a workout clothes day for me.  I teach a spin class in the morning, do some errands then have lunch with my in-laws.  Luckily I can do it all straight from the gym.

I like wearing wild workout pants and my new favorite place to buy them is Gap.  Prices are good (they have lots of sales) and the pants fit really well.  Snug but not too tight, they don’t wrinkle around my knees and when I run they stay put.  The long sleeved top is Gap also, they have lots of cute tops to wear over my tank.   I work out in a loose tank and this one from Lululemon fits great and the black is still dark after many washings.  Socks from Nordstrom, a little pricey but great quality.  The black sneakers match whatever color clothes I’m wearing.  A little goofy but I like to be color  coordinated.

I spend a lot of time in workout clothes so I need things that hold up well and look good.  Sometimes I splurge at Lululemon or Athleta but for an impulse buy Old Navy or a sale at Gap is the way to go.

An Introduction

IMG_1923.JPGHey everyone, Ashley here. The goal of this blog is to be a platform for me and my mom to talk about fashion and style. We want to create something that will be relevant to people in her age bracket and people in mine. No matter what age group you fall into, hopefully you’ll find our advice, opinions, and insights useful for your own style.

So, me and my mom are going to introduce each other. My mom is in her early 5os and is more stylish than most of the other women her age (I’m not just saying that because she’s my mom). She’s always been passionate about fashion, and I’ve definitely inherited this passion from her. She always looks put together, no matter if she’s going to the gym or going out to dinner. In no particular order, here are some of the things I associate with my mom: high heels, red nails, red hair, floral scents, neutral lipsticks, and of course, diet coke.

My daughter is 20 and has always had her own sense of style.  When she was little I bought her a very cute sailor dress.  Ashley wore it once, it then hung in the closet until it was too small.  This was the beginning of her interest in fashion.  She is always well dressed and impresses me by what she puts together.  Some of the things I associate with my daughter: perfectly applied lipstick, glasses, confidence, and the best cup of coffee.