Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift Cleansing and Micro-firming Massage Brush Review

  During the most recent Prime Day on Amazon, I bought this Clarisonic Smart Profile brush.  It was something I had debated buying for quite some time because I didn't know if it was really worth it.  Then one night I was looking at my face after getting ready for bed and I thought my chin line was starting to look like it was losing its firmness.  This was stuck in the back of my mind on Prime Day when I was looking at deals and saw that all Clarisonic products were on a big discount, and I decided it couldn't hurt to add the device to my skin care routine.    

  It charges by attaching to a magnetic charger, and it holds the charge for a really long time.

  I have already used a couple of Clarisonic brand cleansers in the past and I really like them.  It feels like my skin is clean without being dried out afterwards.  You can, however, use any cleanser you like with the device.  The most recent one I have been using is the Clarisonic Radiance Foaming Milk.   It has a nice scent but it's pretty subtle.  I also bought two extra brush heads- one that is softer (the Cashmere and one for extra exfoliating (the Radiance).  I haven't used the cashmere brush yet because since I'm rotating between the other two brush heads I don't need it yet.


1.  My pores have absolutely gotten smaller after using it for two months.  Maybe there are other changes in my skin for the better, but this is the one I have been happiest about.  

2.  I tend to hold a lot of tension in my jaw, back by my ears and this gives me a more pronounced relaxation in that area than just a manual massage with my finger tips.

3.  Different brush heads to target my skin concerns. 

4.  There is a body brush to use on my knees and feet-  I wear Birkenstocks a lot and I think their footbed material sucks the moisture out of my feet so I have to scrub them to keep them smooth.  

5.  Stays charged forever.


1.  The price makes this device quite an investment.  It put me off buying it for a long time.  Ultimately I decided it was worth it because it saves me money and time over going to a spa or salon for regular skin care.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Realisation Par Teale Dress Review

  Instagram led me to my first dress from Realisation.  I was on the "Explore" page which is a compilation of posts that are either popular or similar to other photos you've looked at on Instagram, and the color caught my eye.

  The only place you can buy Realisation is from their website, and the return/exchange process is complicated so I was a little nervous about buying from them since I didn't have familiarity with their sizing to be sure I was getting the right size for me.

  I searched for blog reviews on Realisation hoping I could get help from someone else's experience with the brand and found a great blog called new:inspired.  Her reviews are really helpful and I've gone back to read her opinions on other items as well since then!  Based partly on her review and partly on my intuition about which direction to go, I ordered an XL in the Teale dress.  I have a bigger chest, stand 5'9" and wear a size 30 in jeans.

  In fact, I ordered another in Teale in the cherry print because I liked the first one so much!   XL suits me perfectly.  Considering the price, I like that Realisation is made from silk instead of man-made materials like a few other brands with a similar aesthetic, for example Rouje asks for the same price point but their items are made from synthetics.

I also wore this dress to the VOLTA show- click here to see more photos!

  Since it's a lower cut top, I had to find a better bra to wear with these dresses.  I can't say enough nice things about this bra from Natori.  It's a "plunge" bra meaning the band is lower and the cups aren't covering as much so your bra isn't peaking out of the dress.

The other item I bought to make wearing the dress more comfortable is a slip in a complimentary color so that if a breeze flips your dress back you won't flash everyone-  I try to match it to the dress so that it's not obvious that I'm wearing a slip if the dress does flap open.  Victoria's Secret always has deep V-necked short slips like this one (the Very Sexy satin and lace slip). Usually you can get them during a sale even:

I have since gotten a few more items from Realisation, and I'll post reviews on them too.  So if there is a style you're hoping for a review on, let me know in the comments and I'll write something on that style next!

Friday, September 14, 2018

VOLTA Review - Find Your Free!

  In my backyard we have a trampoline.  My kids bounced on it all summer and it was fun to watch them.  Sometimes they would even ask me to jump with them.  I think they liked for me to get on the trampoline mainly because I do a great (unintentional) impression of an injured kangaroo, but also maybe because they liked sharing the excitement of their physical creativity as they gave names to the various jumps they did and performed their moves in time to the music on radio.

  Basically, I'm saying that this summer put me into the mindset to really appreciate Cirque du Soleil's new show, VOLTA.  I came into the show with ideas that about what you could do with things like jump ropes, bike riding and trampoline bouncing and VOLTA took those and morphed them into acts that I don't know how to begin to describe in a way that does them justice.  As Mr. Mother of Style so eloquently put it that night: Wow!

  Before the doors (flaps?) of the Grand Chapiteau - Big Top in French- opened there were a few performers mingling with the crowd, available to take pictures with you and handing out clown noses.  

  Then we went inside where there was champagne, snacks and merchandise for sale. 

There were also VOLTA cast members available for pictures.  This is the second Cirque du Soleil show we have been to and I'm again so impressed with how nice the artists are- they're about to go put on a physically and emotionally demanding performance but you would never think that because they are so relaxed and gracious.

 Great view from our seats.  We are just off from the center of the stage and a few rows back.

  Here are some photos from the performance, mostly taken from our seats with a few thrown in from the VOLTA media library:

  Double dutch on steroids:

Photo courtesy of VOLTA media library
  The central character of the VOLTA story is Waz, who is outed as being different from everyone else and then learns how to love his Waz-ness.  He's here with Ela, a muse who also appears throughout the show to nudge characters to embrace their individuality.

Photo courtesy of VOLTA media library
I really liked the costume design for this show.  It had so much movement and really enhanced the show.  I am here for the sparkle!

The Trampowall aka OMG how do they get inside the window and make it look so easy aka I want the kids to see/don't show the kids this!

The BMX:

  A show-stopping performance by Danila Bim was one of my favorite moments of the show.  Click here for a great video that features an interview with the artist and snippets of her performance on King 5.  I joke to myself that my hair is my hobby and so it was pretty impressive to think she could do this suspended by her hair.  She had such beautiful control of her movements.  Amazing costume, too. 
Photo courtesy of VOLTA media library
  Curtain Call:

A 30 second summary of VOLTA from their media library:

  It was a lovely evening.  Everyone was so talented and put on an amazing show.

  We are planning on going again with our children for our daughter's birthday.  Can't wait to share it with them!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Kendra Scott Earring Comparison: Danielle vs. Elle vs. Dani

L to R: Danielle, Elle, and Dani.  Not shown: Lee.

  Kendra Scott earrings are kind of a staple in my jewelry box.  I hesitated to get any for awhile because it seems like everyone has them and I didn't want to feel like a follower, but I took the plunge  because at the end of the day I think you should wear what you like regardless of what others are doing. 

  I found it hard to know what size to order, so I thought I'd share my observations in case it helps someone else out! In the picture above there is a pen in the top of the photo to give perspective on size.

 Danielle is the largest size, and while it is visually an impactful visual statement, I felt the size was overwhelming for me, because any time I leaned forward it felt like two dinner plates hanging from my ears.  The only way I would wear these is if I first added "Lobe Wonder" stickers to the back of my ear lobes to help support them from the weight of the earrings.

  Elle is a good compromise if you want the big size but can't quite handle it. They aren't earrings I can wear every day because they do hurt your ear lobes a bit after more than a day of wear.  I have used "Lobe Wonder" with them and that does help make it feel a little more stable. 

  Dani is the best size, in my opinion.  They are my favorite because the size is still big enough to showcase the material they are made of (the abalone are especially beautiful) but not so big as to cause discomfort when you wear them.

  Lee is the smallest size available for this style, and is a nice option if you want something dainty.

  So, I've mentioned "Lobe Wonder" a couple of times.  They are little clear, circular stickers made out of a medical tape material that gives extra backing to your ear lobe to minimize drooping and stretching on your ear lobes when you wear heavy earrings.  Put them on the back of your earlobe before inserting the earring. There is a Kendra Scott version of these but I haven't tried those. 

Highly recommended:

Hope this helps!

Monday, July 24, 2017

ootd- It Ain't Easy Being Green

  For a fun day out with my family I wore these ruffle top shorts and a bright green cardigan that I found on sale at J. Crew.  They've had some great sales at J. Crew- I've also picked up a couple of vintage cotton T-shirts and another pair of the "Billie" style cropped jeans.  They are the best!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

ootd - Madewell White Eyelet Dress

  We finally had a sunny day that I could wear this pretty shift dress from Madewell!  It's made in a super soft cotton and is fully lined- I'm really happy with it because it feels nice as well as looking nice.  I love white summer dresses.

  The neckline is what sealed the deal for me:

  I wore it with these Sam Edelman Gigi sandals, which are a great simple style that comes in about 8 million colors currently.  When I saw these blue ones on the shelf, I already had them in white, black and saddle brown, but it's such a pretty, vibrant shade that I thought, "ONE more pair couldn't hurt..."

  This small Frye Harness Saddle cross-body bag in yellow is a new style for me- I typically gravitate towards slouchy, roomy shoulder bags.  I really like the simplicity of it, and the fact that I found it on sale made it even better:

    Easy outfits like this are what I enjoy about dressing for summer.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Luzia : A Waking Dream of Mexico

  Last night I attended the opening of Cirque du Soleil's Luzia: A Waking Dream of Mexico at Marymoor Park. Here until May 21st, Luzia is really is a beautiful show.  Given the reputation of Cirque du Soleil  you know it is going to be a good show, and I think people really trust that they will find something to like about their evening, so they come to the experience open-minded, in a mood to trust and enjoy themselves. There is something for everyone to love in Luzia.  I saw it with my husband on a rare night out without our four children and we had a great time, but I could also see us having a great time with our kids at Luzia.  

   About a month ago I had been invited to participate in a media day to have the chance to interview team members of the Luzia production- Mark Shaub, the artistic director of Luzia, and Kelly McDonald, who is not only the talented flyer at the center of the "Adagio."act but also the co-creator of the act itself, and owner of some killer biceps.  

 The 20 minutes of interview time flew by, carried along by Ms. McDonald's enthusiasm for her work and by Mr. Shaub's thoughtful insights as the person responsible for overseeing the quality of the performance on what makes a production like Luzia so appealing to such a wide demographic. I encourage you to visit  FreshJess to read more from the interview.

  Mr. Mother of Style and I arrived about an hour before the show was to begin and headed into the entrance tent where we found a very festive atmosphere with lovely performance vignettes taking place around the space- the artist Henry painting, and Spanish guitar players making the music for salsa dancing with a luchador,

Monday, February 6, 2017

Maui 2017

  This January we visited the island of Maui.  It's such a beautiful place.  Although we are curious about other parts of Hawaii (like the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island) we can't imagine going anywhere else.  I blogged about our first visit here.  

  We flew with Hawaiian Airlines. The plane was decorated with a Moana theme and it was really pretty.  The interior of the plane:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Warmth Beats Style

  All I want is to be warm.  Looking good matters not a bit when you are too cold to enjoy it.

  Anyways, if you are sacrificing warmth for style, most likely people are not looking at you today because you look good. They are probably thinking you must be really cold.

  All I want is fleece, more fleece, quilting, down, thermoball technology, cashmere, merino wool, silk camisoles, waterproof boots, gloves with smart touch, scarves with fringe, and a hot cup of coffee in a to-go cup so I can keep my hands warm and extra fleece.

  How people look when we are dressing for warmth is pretty universal.  The nice thing about this is that since we kind of all dress the same right now we can notice the person instead of what they are wearing, and think about everything else.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

ootd -Eileen Fisher Anorak

Eileen Fisher jacket | J. Crew striped top | Tory Burch flats | J Brand jeans

Back when I saw this jacket at the Rack for an amazing price, I wasn't sure if it was a style I would wear very often, but I felt it was a risk I could take since it was a good deal.  Turns out I have been wearing it quite frequently- I bought it in the Spring and wore it a lot then, and again now that the cool and slightly drizzly Fall weather is upon us. It has a hood that is reassuring when you aren't sure if it is going to rain or not.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Wolford Toeless Sheer Tights (aka Nylons) & Sizing Info

  These toeless tights by Wolford were perfect for me last weekend.  I wore them with some strappy shoes and a mini dress for an evening out last weekend. They are made with two openings at the bottom of each foot- one for your big toe and the other for the rest.  These were perfectly invisible so I could have the coverage for my legs yet still wear strappy heels without my toes covered in nylons and their seams.

   I read a review that someone posted saying that the tights ran the first time they wore them, but I didn't have that experience.  Certainly be careful putting them on because they are delicate.  Mine are ready for another use whenever I want them.  I saved the packaging and have folded them back onto it so I can tell them apart from the regular pantyhose in drawer.

  Here's the sizing info on the back: