Simple Indulgence: No. 26

Peach and Blueberry Greek Yogurt Cake

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Image Credits: Julia’s Album

I can’t wait to start my lazy long weekend because I will be heading to a BBQ party and eating dishes that would take me hours to make. Given that I won’t have to cook I might just try to make this delicious peach and blueberry Greek yogurt cake and bring it with me.  Now that’s a simple indulgence that I don’t mind spending hours learning how to make!

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Until then I will see you on the blog, Have a great 4th of July weekend and stay safe!

Amazingly Chic & Affordable: Under $150

After a month of hiatus we are back!  You will notice some changes with this series.  I have now included items that are under $150, which means there will be more affordable with better quality items to shop.

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P.S. I’ve got some SALE ALERTS!!!

Ann Taylor
Now through July 5th, take an extra 50% off on sale items. Use code: HAPPY50.  I love this linen cotton midi dress for $45 after discount!

Anthropologie
For a limited time only, take an extra 20% off on sale items.  Use code SALEAWAY.  I tried on this top at the store but I didn’t want to pay $118 for it.  Now I can get it for less than $50!

BCBG Max Azria
For a limited time only, take an extra 30% off on sale items.  Love this leather bucket bag for less than $145!

Club Monaco
Now through August 2nd, take an extra 30% off on sale items + 40% off on clearance items. Use code: THESALEONSALE.

Diane von Furstenberg
Now through July 6th, take an extra 25% off on sale items. Use code: JULY25.  LOVE this A Line dress!

French Connection
For a limited time only, take an extra 60% off on sale items. Use code: 60SALE.  I want this romper since it will be only $35!

Kate Spade
Now through July 7th, take an extra 25% off on sale items. Use code: SETSALE.  Love this mint crossbody for under $80!

LOFT
For a limited time only, take an extra 60% off on sale items.

Madewell
For a limited time only, take an extra 20% off on sale items. Use code: META20.  I think this linen blazer for less than $80 is perfect for work, especially in summer.

Ralph Lauren
Now through July 6th, take an extra 30% off on sale items. Use code: RLJULY4.  This bag is to die for!

Rebecca Minkoff
Enjoy up to 60% off on clothing, handbags, shoes, and accessories.  My Love Crossbody is now on sale!

Rebecca Taylor
Now through July 7th, take an extra 40% off on sale items. Use code: JULY40.  This Chanel inspired jacket is perfect for this fall and for years to come!

 

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Before and After ERASA XEP 30

Remember the ERASA XEP30 launch I shared a little over a month ago?  Since publishing that post I received a bottle for review even though I was ready to buy it on their website.  It’s been over a few weeks since I started using this cream.  Here’s my take on why it exceeded my expectations.

The Goods:

ERASA XEP30 ($160)

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The Claims:

ERASA XEP30 is clinically proven to help erase all visible signs of aging – deep frown lines, expression lines, and crow’s feet – generating results previously only possible via injection.  Your skin will appear firmer, age spots and dark circles will begin to disappear, and skin tone will brighten and become more uniform.  With each use, you’ll correct and repair the age driven loss of elasticity and increasing dullness of skin tone while diminishing the appearance of age spots, uneven skin color, and dark under-eye circles. Your skin will appear more luminous, rejuvenated, and younger.

Mama’s Take:

You guys know how obsessed I am with the wrinkles on my forehead.  You can read my reviews here how this product helped reduce some of the wrinkles but not as much as I had hoped.  For the past few weeks I’ve been using ERASA XEP30, and still continue to use it to this day.  When I first received the bottle I was really excited and happy.  For the first 5 days I checked my forehead obsessively.  Nothing happened.  A couple days later, still nothing happened.  Ok, have they been bs’ng me???

Then on day 8 I almost fell off of my chair!  It was unbelievable! I had to snap a photo to prove it.  I sent that photo to my sisters immediately and they couldn’t believe it either.   But when they saw my face in person they were convinced.

This cream exceeded my expectation in 10 fold.  My wrinkles diminished significantly not in 14 days but in 8 days!  The most unexpected of all was how much my skin texture had improved.  I had more age spots before but now I barely notice them.  Well, let’s let these photos do the talking for me!

Remember these before and after photos?  This was back in February!

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Since using ERASA here’s how my forehead looked since Day 1 of using this cream to present.  These pictures were taken with my smartphone without any filters or light adjustment.

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Yesterday (no makeup, no photoshopping, and no light adjusting).  Oh, I had only 4 hours of sleep the night before.

This is a face of a 45 year old woman on ERASA XEP30, a self proclaimed ERASA addict!

This is how I have been using ERASA XEP30 for my morning and night routines:

Morning:  Cleanse my face.  Using 2 pumps of ERASA cream I apply them on my forehead, under my eyes, and my laugh lines.  The left over cream is applied on the rest of my face.  I slather on SPF 30 moisturizer, then the Instant Line Corrector from Roc Skincare.

Night:  First, I follow this beauty routine.  Then, using 2 pumps of ERASA cream I apply them on my forehead, under my eyes, and my laugh lines.  The left over cream is applied on the rest of my face, followed by multi Correxion 5 in 1 Restoring Night Cream from Roc Skincare.

I have extremely sensitive skin but none of these products irritated my skin at all.  I don’t know how long this bottle will last me, maybe a couple more months?  I can’t really see the cream level so I can’t comment.

But what I do know is that ERASA is my new obsession and their website is bookmarked for re-stocking because finally I found a cream that can actually get rid of at least 50% of wrinkles on my face.  Who doesn’t want to look young and vibrant for $160 without needles or going under the knife!?

Disclosure:  Although I was given products to review from ERASA Skincare, all opinions are my own

Office Perfection: Button Down Shirt + Trousers

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Although I’ve been in the corporate world for over 25+ years, the office wear has evolved and changed so much in the past ten years. The days when a suit and tie were expected for men and nylons for women are no longer expected (well, maybe possibly the banking, finance and accounting industries).  These days, most professionals are sporting “business casual”, which means dressing professionally, looking relaxed, but neat and pulled together.

Regardless of what is considered “business casual”, what to wear to the office hinges on several things: your company culture and dress code, current trends, and your personal style.  Remember, your outfit is a reflection of your personality, which in turn can reflect your work style.

I work from home which means I wear a lot of casual clothes and my outfit posts reflect that.  But since I travel often for corporate meetings/retreats/training/conferences I strictly adhere to my business casual uniform (yes, my business outfits on Instagram can attest to that!).  What this means for me is when I look my best I feel my best, which will undoubtedly give me an extra boost of confidence.  Here are some tips to look your best at a casual office setting:

Makeup: Wear natural looking makeup, no bold red lips.
Nails: Clean, neat, and natural looking. Ditch the claw nails!
Hair: Clean, neat, and natural looking. Ditch the hairspray bottle!
Top: No cleavage! Leave the girls at home. Wear a tank top underneath if your top is low-cut.
Bottom: No ripped denim whatsoever. Save them for a night out or weekend errands.
Accessories: Keep it simple.  The fewer the better.  I always wear a watch, stud earrings, and a dainty necklace.  Leave the excessively cute, big, or loud accessories for a night out with your spouse/partner or girl friends.
Shoes: No running shoes.

Remember, no matter how casual the office is the trick is to avoid getting too casual or creative with your dress. Whether you believe it or not, your coworkers make specific judgements regarding your capability based on your clothes and this may extend to your employers as well. The key is to always present yourself in a professional manner everyday with clothes that are neat, pressed, and appropriate for the type of work you do. The last thing you want is a casual dress code holding you back.

So, with that said I decided to start a new series called “Office Perfection”.  Each week I feature my favorite business casual look.  To kick things off I’m featuring one of my all time favorite business casual wear: a button down shirt with trousers.  I hope this series will inspire and help you with wearing the appropriate attire for that corner office.  Here are some pieces to help you get started.

Outfit of the Week: That 70s Flare

Happy Monday, everyone!  Hope your weekend was treating you well.

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Welcome to OOTW (Outfit of the Week) series.  Each week I feature my favorite outfit of the week on the blog.  The pieces range from a mixture of vintage to thrifted to trendy to classic pieces to low end and to high end.  The goal is to construct a look that is effortless and won’t put a dent in your pocket.

This week the feature outfit is inspired by Farrah Fawcett, one of the sexiest Charlie’s Angels stars in the 70s.  Although it was her famous hairstyle that brought her recognition, it was her high-waisted denim flares that made her the 70s most famous sex icon.

This pair of high-waisted vintage inspired jeans is perfect to pull off this look.  I paired these jeans with a sleeveless plaid button down shirt.  This outfit withstood extreme heat (3 digits) when I wore them to dinner with G over the weekend.  I felt like Farrah Fawcett all night and that’s all I needed to feel sexy.

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