Spring Fashion Denim Trends, for women over 40

I’ve been looking forward to doing a few posts on new spring fashion! The fashion gods have smiled upon us this spring by giving us some super cute styles that #1. Aren’t about emphasizing our midriffs and #2. Are easily adaptable to any age or style. I wanted to point out a few of my favorite spring fashion trends in the next few posts and how I intend to incorporate them into my spring wardrobe.

How to wear spring denim trends for women over 40
Spring Denim Trends! Photo by Vogue Blogs
Spring Fashion: Raw, Frayed and Fringe Denim

If it’s denim, and it has a hem- fray that thing!

I’m a jeans girl through and through and one of my all time favorite styles to wear is to mix and match the very casual with the very dressy. The frayed hem on a pair of jeans lends itself so well to this style as well as to loads of others. Jessica Booth did a fabulous post on the huge variety of ways to incorporate this style, check it out in its entirety HERE . I love this ultra casual, weekend look.

spring fashion trend ultra casual frayed denim
Photo from Gurl.com  and ASOS

Here are my 2 favorite looks with this trend.

First, I love pairing the frayed, straight leg denim with an awesome statement shoe. In Vogue blogs, The Devil Wears Zara they’ve dished all about the fray and the fringe. The styling in this picture just puts me over the moon. I LOVE the raw hem next to the luxe, velvety, rose colored block heel.frayed jeans spring fashion

Speaking of which- how about the return of the block heel this spring? This is great news for those of us who may shy away from teetering up on stilettos these days. A good sturdy heel a gal can really stand on… I’m all about it. Wether high or low, sandal or closed toe, the block heel is all over this spring.

My other favorite fray is the cropped, wide leg look. The very fashion savvy blogger Krystal at This Time Tomorrow has an awesome take on this trend. She’s paired it with an off the shoulder top and another statement shoe. I really love the length of these. I am seeing a lot of higher crops in the store and they hearken back to the culotte days of my private school youth. No amount of therapy will get me back into a pair of those, so the length below is absolutely perfect for me!

Spring Fashion trend alert! Cropped wide legged jeans.
Photo by Krystal at This Time Tomorrow

And guess what? This trend doesn’t even require buying a new pair of jeans! If you have a pair that you love, but that could use a little updating, check out The Bellezza Corner for a tutorial on how to cut and fray them yourself!

If I have to make a trip to NYC this this spring or summer, I promise you I will be sporting this look shown on Denim trends , (with a block heel, of course). That fringe! I love it! And look at that hi-lo cut!

Spring Fashion Frayed Denim
Photo by Denim Trends

Ready to upgrade your denim game? I’ve picked out a few of my favorites! Have you ever tried Joes jeans? Ah-MA-ZING. They are made of magic and they hold you in and smooth you out in all the right places. In my opinion, they literally make you look better when you slide them on, AND they are super comfortable!  If you are going to splurge on a pair, this is the brand I recommend. And I’ll tell you what-

Joe’s styling is always on point and they last forever. Side note: Joe’s jeans are also great for women who have trouble getting their jeans to fit through the waist. If your jeans typically gape at the waist, when they fit through the hip- this is the brand for you. 🙂

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A brand with a much kinder price point that is also great quality is Kut From the Cloth. I have several pair of these and I really love them! Great quality and great price. I like these because the distressing isn’t too over the top.

What do you think of the return of the high-rise waist jeans?  After years of muffin tops everywhere, I’m pretty jazzed about it. But a word of caution: if your jeans aren’t structured properly with some “lift” for your backside, they can leave you with the dreaded “mom butt”. Thankfully, if you add a top with the on trend, hi-lo hem, you can have the best of all worlds!!!

Spring Denim Recap

Whats in right now? Frayed, raw cut, fringe, wide leg, straight leg, cropped,flared, hi-lo hem, high waist, no waist, boy friend cut, two-toned, and  vintage.

Whats on it’s way out? super-skinnies, super stretch, jeggings, and low rise.

I can definitely live with that!

As always, one of the advantages to being over 40, is that we can wear whatever the heck we want and step out confidently- because we’re finally old enough not to care what other people think!

Do you live in your jeans? What’s your favorite brand ? Leave a comment below, and if you like this post, please share it. 🙂

#wearwhatyoulove

Cheers!

Melissa

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Your Over 40 Expert; The most truth you will ever read about being over 40.

In spite of the upcoming move, I have loads of things in the works to share with you! I have been scouring the planet, via the www, to find new and exciting things  that will REALLY make a difference for you over 40. I greet each new product, procedure and idea with an unmatched bitterness and skepticism, so a “find” is truly that…..a small miracle.the brutally honest (and hysterical) truth about being Over 40...and what you can do about it.

But lets get honest here. I feel like many of our physical struggles Over 40 are similar, so I try to focus on those. Any of these sound familiar?

  • Whats the BEST way to lose weight Over 40 and keep it off? (no BS tofu diet, either…..I won’t have it.)
  • What the hell is wrong with my face and why doesn’t my old makeup and skincare regimen work anymore?
  • Great. I’m blind now. What are my options in eye wear?
  • Tightening……I need tightening everywhere.
  • How can I dress in a somewhat current fashion, but hide……all of this.
  • My lashes are thinner, my brows are thinner, but OMG I feel like I need a full on face shave!
  • Arm flab and back fat…..the struggle is real.
  • Have I been frowning for the past 40 years straight? Whats up with that massive crevice between my eyes and what can I do about it?
  • How does one properly sport ones new turkey neck?
  • Jowls. I am getting honest to God jowls.
  • My ponytail is now as thick as it was when I was 3 years old. Is this normal?
  • My back hurts and I’ve begun answering to the name “Brittle Hips”.
  • What fresh new hell is this? My CLEAVAGE has wrinkles?
  • OMG- I pee when I run. (thanks kids)
  • Ummmm……….gray hair?
  • What the hell is contouring?.. And do I want it?
  • I don’t have the budget of a Kardashian, so what options are available for ME?
  • When did my breasts grow to the size of cantaloupes?……..And why are they trying to hurl themselves straight to the floor?
  • Bangs or Botox….that is the question. Also…. is there a Groupon for that?

Sistas, I feel your pain. Only a fellow comrade swimming in the Over 40 waters could have written the above, brutally honest (and hopefully humorous) list. I am making it my life’s mission to deal with these issues. I am not interested in being 20 something again…..I AM interested in meeting aging head on and dealing with it on my own terms. I want what WORKS.

I want to put out all the available anti aging options and in all the available budget categories.   I will be your curator. I will leave no stone unturned and no budgetary restrictions unaccounted for. We will crack the code on French women and their skin! Damn them and all their late night wine drinking, smoking and drop dead gorgeous skin.<shaking clenched fist to the sky> We will find the procedures and products worth your time and hard earned dollars.The site that's dishing all the dirt on Life Over 40!

I am up to the task.

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~Melissa

How to get the most amazingly soft lips!

Treat Beauty Lip Balms, I am completely obsessed. You can have soft lips again with the most deliciously minimal effort!soft lips over 40

I’ve told you before how dry the air is here in Colorado. This is wonderful for personal comfort. Who doesn’t love warm, dry sunshine all the time? But it’s not so wonderful for my skin…specifically my lips. I kid you not, we were ordering chap stick by the case out here. It was the only thing that kept my lips from looking like I had just hiked across a vast desert without a drop of water.

I have tried all of the popular lip products. The expensive stuff, as well as all natural ingredients all the way to the supposedly tried and true grocery store brands (Carmex anyone? yes- I was that desperate). They ALL failed in one way or another. And Chap stick only worked as a protectant if you kept reapplying continually (thus the bulk orders). The struggle was real friends.

From the moment I frantically tore open the package, I was intrigued. My first purchase was the jumbo sized sugar cookie scented balm. Oh my sweet goodness. Why is Smell-a-Vision not a thing yet?? Way to go science. Because these lip balms smell absolutely delicious. After sniffing my new jumbo stick about 10 times and saying “yum” repeatedly, I tried the balm on my dry, crusty lips.

Hooked. Ladies and gentleman, we’ve got ourselves a miracle cream here.

This is the stuff. It actually moisturizes your lips. It isn’t just protecting, it softens them instantly and continues to improve their appearance and texture the more you use it.

But wait- theres more.

They also make a lip scrub that I tried as well. Have you ever used a lip scrub? It typically involves scooping your fingers down inside a little jar of coarse goo, rubbing it on your lips and then getting it all back off again- hopefully with the dry skin too. Well hold the phone because Treat makes a lip scrub……in a STICK. Do you know whats in it? Umm….sugar. I got the marshmallow cream flavor  scent and it’s amazing. It is so convenient and delicious, I find myself using it daily.

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I keep it at my vanity and use it in the mornings. Using the scrub plus the lip balm has worked so well and made my lips incredibly soft again! Soft lips! Like the lips of my youth! (Only with some added lines damnit. But thats a post for another day.)

The ingredients are all organic: coconut oil, Shea butter, beeswax, etc. And the product is made in the USA and is cruelty free.  Their byline says “Every Treat is made with ingredients so pure, you can eat them.” I may or may not have done this. Also, because of the moisturizing organic ingredients, if one were to, hypothetically speaking, go to bed without using your moisturizers and serums, you can just use this around your eyes as a moisturizer. You know……I mean- if you know anyone that lazy. Just keepin’ it real sistas.soft lips over 40

They sell for less than $14 at Treat Beauty and you can also get them through Amazon. The flavors are amazing: marshmallow cream, bubble gum, soft candy, peaches and cream, coconut cream, hot cocoa and more. Whats not to absolutely love?


The organic ingredients, cute packaging and good price point also make these great gifts. I sent some to my cutie pie- 8 year old niece Maisie, and she loves it.Treat Beauty organic lip balm

As for me, I am now working on hoarding all the flavors. I have one on my night stand, my vanity, in my car, in my purse and by the kitchen sink. If you want soft lips, this is your answer. And can we all just say a little prayer of thanks that in this day and age of high dollar procedures, this one is wonderfully inexpensive!

So, Treat yo’self! And enjoy your soft lips again.

Cheers!

Melissa

What Worked Wednesday! Egyptian Magic Skin Cream

After reading the glowing report from the beautiful- skinned blogger Amanda, over at The Bellezza Corner, I figured I should give Egyptian Magic a whirl. Honestly, with a name like “Egyptian Magic Skin Cream” how can ones curiosity not be piqued?

What Worked Wednesday, Egyptian Magic Skin Cream for Women Over 40I have been giving Egyptian Magic such a vigorous trial because I get so tired of people offering glowing reports on a product that they tried, only to have them toss it out 2 months later in favor of the next “new” thing. Honestly, at my age, I’m looking for stuff that WORKS. I’ve lived through the days where my bathroom counter was literally covered with “special” serums, lotions, oils and creams. These days, I need something sturdy, people. Any product I use needs to get the job done quickly with as with as little fanfare as possible, after I stumble groggily to my vanity table each morning.

And friends, thats why you can trust my reviews……..Because I greet each and every new product with bitter, hopeless, skepticism. You’re welcome.

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Egyptian Magic Skin Cream: What is it?

Egyptian Magic Skin Cream is an all natural, all purpose skin cream with 6 ingredients that are touted to be some of the most powerful that nature has to offer for moisturizing as well as healing. The formula itself is said to have been found in the tomb of Egyptian pharos and it’s also been called “Cleopatras Cream”. It’s a cult favorite in Hollywood and has been raved about around the world. Celebrities like Kate Hudson, Brooke Shields, Eva Mendez, Lauren Conrad and loads more, all swear by this cream. The ingredients are simply : Olive oil, beeswax, honey, bee pollen, royal jelly and propolis extract.

Thats it.

You and I have been around the block a time or two with various skin care products and we all know that these products, found in nature, are the ones heralded again and again to be the best. Every product likes to shout out if they have one of these ingredients in them. Here they are, all in one, simple jar.

It has a faint honey smell and is balm-like in the jar. It melts to an oil on your fingertips. (And the millennial’s believe that THEY were the ones to discover that “oil is the new lotion”.)   Women over 40, Egyptian Magic Skin Cream

What Does it Do?

Well, that’s a loaded question. The better question would be what DOESN’T it do? The word “all purpose” is on the jar and it lives up to that claim! Of course its a lovely and very moisturizing skin cream, but it doesn’t stop there. Uses range from lip balm,to make up remover, to hair mask, to diaper rash! It is said to heal everything from acne scars to stretch marks. People who suffer with eczema and psoriasis have also experienced great results with Egyptian Magic Skin Cream, which really speaks to it’s moisturizing and healing properties. Multi purpose is the name of the game with this product.

How do you use it?

Per the directions on the jar: “Take a moderate amount and rub it in your palms until it takes the form of oil, which improves absorption. Apply it gently over skin.”

For me personally, I have been using this over my night-time, anti aging cream. I slather this stuff on liberally and my skin is soft and supple in the morning. Moisturize it DOES. In fact, I would use it on dry skin anywhere: lips, elbows, feet, etc. With a nod to the millennial generation,  another favorite use is as a make-up remover and “oil cleanser” before my Clarisonic. Thats right……….the double cleanse- because I’m up on sh*z like that.

I use it as a hand moisturizer and it has helped my horrible cuticles tremendously. Why are my cuticles so bad anyway?  Honestly, there must be some grizzled field hand walking around with lovely hands that were supposed to be mine.

From now on, whenever I travel, Egyptian Magic is what I will take on the plane with me. At my age, long haul flights will leave your skin parched no matter HOW many cocktails you begrudgingly avoid and no matter HOW much water you drink. This could be a lifesaver.

How Much is it and Where can you buy it?

If you search online, you will find loads of places that offer Egyptian Magic Skin Cream. I got mine on Amazon for $29. You can also check it out and order straight from Egyptian Magic  . With the tiny amount needed per use, a 4 oz jar will last you forever! If you use the correct amount, it is not greasy.

My Conclusion

While not “magic” in the sense of making wrinkles disappear, (Good Lord! Get a move-on science!), it does exactly what it says and is incredibly moisturizing and healing. I also love that the company kept the old, throw back packaging.

(which is why my can’t-be-bothered-with-skin-care, Bush Ranger daughter in South Africa, has a fresh jar sitting on her tent shelf).

In addition, Egyptian Magic is made in the USA and  the company stands behind their product by offering a 100% money back guarantee if not satisfied. Hard to argue with that.

Also Good to Know
  1. Your husband may try to sneak it.
  2. Your dog will love it. Like seriously…..he will want to eat it.

    Women over 40; Saint Bernards love Egyptian Magic
    Every. Single. Day. He Loves it.

Let me know what you think if you give this wonderful, all natural cream a try. It now holds a coveted spot on my vanity table.Women over 40, egyptian magic skin cream

Thank you for reading, commenting and sharing!

Cheers!

Melissa

 

 

Lash Lift and Tint; What is it and do you want it?

If you are over 40, you may have noticed that your lashes, just aren’t what they used to be. I have had great lashes my whole life (thanks, dad). But after turning 40, I noticed that they started becoming shorter and lighter. Well awesome. In a previous post I told you all about Lash Extensions. I am STILL a huge fan. But if that is more upkeep and $$ than you’d like to spend, but your lashes still need some ooompf- you may want to try the Lash Lift and Tint.

Lash Lift and Tint

Before and After

Before Lash Lift and tint

What is a lash lift?

The lash lift is where, your lashes are brushed up and over a little soft “rod”. They are held in place while a “perming” solution is applied. This is left on for a few minutes, then removed and a “setting” solution is applied. Now, if at this point, you are hearkening back to your old “poodle perm” days, I will tell you this- you WILL remember that smell! It is super faint, since so little is used,but- yeah- you’ll be taken straight back to your mom’s old hometown salon.

Lash Lift Process

The setting solution is rinsed off and your lashes are dried with a soft fan. IF, unlike me, you still have dark lashes- you can call it quits at his point. The effect is amazing! Your lashes are lifted and curled in that beautiful “D” curl. Really stunning- and this lasts for at least 8 weeks and up to 12 weeks! The only rule, is the same old cardinal rule upheld religiously when you got a perm in 8th grade: You are forbidden to wet your hair (lashes) for the first 24 hours; fist bump to Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. Thats it!

After that, your lash lift is complete and you have the freedom to sleep, shower, and even <gasp> rub your eyes! Lashes stay curled. You can use mascara, false lashes….whatever.

I went a step further and had my lashes tinted as well.Lash lift and tint My lashes had always been black, so this really took them back to my own natural look.

I really love the effect! After lash lift and tint
The entire Lash Lift and Tint process takes an hour or less from start to finish. It feels nice. I experienced nothing but a relaxing procedure that felt like someone was massaging my lash line. There was soft music playing and it was just an incredibly relaxing experience. There was no discomfort at all.

Do you want it?

If you have a good amount of natural lashes, but you want them to just stand out more, then a lash lift will be your best friend. You can add the tint if you want it.

If you don’t want the upkeep of lash extensions but you just want your natural lashes to “pop” more without any effort, then go for the lash lift and/or tint.

If you don’t necessarily care for LONGER lashes, but you just want to give your natural lashes a boost, then definitely go for the lash lift and tint.

If you still like to wear false lashes, heavy mascara, etc for special occasions, then yep- go for the lash lift and tint.

If you love a natural look and just don’t want to fool with an eyelash curler and mascara in the morning, go for the lash lift.

How much is it and where do you get it done?

Here in Colorado Springs, the going rate for a lash lift is $50 and for the lift and tint it is $75. Definitely look to an experienced esthetician and show up without any makeup.  In my area I highly recommend Kelly at Glistening Glory . She is professional, competitively priced and will put you at ease immediately with whatever procedure you are enjoying.

By the way- if you ever have to take and post pictures of yourself this close up……..you’d better feel pretty confident with yourself! Holy Cow- talk about keepin’ it real!  I need brow help-and a stiff drink- after these pictures!….. (But it’s only Tuesday- so, I’ll just have to wait until the weekend, <insert wimper>).

How are your lashes holding up after 40?

Cheers!

Melissa