Good morning, ladies and welcome back to Reality Check where we deal head on with all that is going on in our 2020 world and offer some inspiration and affordable budget options in order to look and feel our best during challenging times. Today, I have mental inspiration plus beauty and fashion budget-friendly ideas!
There were so many of you who confessed last week to struggling with our current situation…whether it be lock downs or the economy. But it was so great that we could come together and support one another with ideas and encouragement.
YOUR HAPPY PLACE
Do you remember the Beach Boys song, In My Room?
“There’s a world where I can go and tell my secrets to
In my room, in my room
In this world I lock out all my worries and my fears
In my room, in my room
Do my dreaming and my scheming
Lie awake and pray
Do my crying and my sighing
Laugh at yesterday….”
It reminds me that we all need a happy place where we live…a back porch, a favorite chair, a picture window….kind of our own little sanctuary.
Last week, I posted a picture of storm clouds as an illustration that our current world has been invaded with huge storms. But, actually, I love storms. We had some summer storms blow in last week and it was wonderful. I am one of those rare Texans who gets tired of clear blue skies. One of these images is from my front porch and one is from a friend of ours who was fishing off the Texas coast.
My happy places (notice it’s plural) definitely include windows where I can watch nature and the skies. Just like the song, these are places where I can dream and pray and experience peace.
Do you have a happy place? If not, make it a goal to create one for yourself this week…especially if you need to take time daily to unplug from this crazy world. If you have one, please share with others where it is….
TODAY’S BUDGET-FRIENDLY BEAUTY IDEA
In the last couple of years my favorite foundation has become Bobbi Brown’s serum foundation. I love how it makes my face look…but it is pricey and I fear is not going to make the new budget…Mr. B is strict! Then I saw this idea on YouTube and decided to try it….I really like it and I believe gets the same results as the expensive one. I like to wear foundation for my pictures and special occasions.
This is Maybelline Fit Me Matt +Poreless Foundation. I use my little jar and mix the foundation with a drop of my favorite serum, which is Chamonix Genucel Deep Firming Serum with Plant Cell Technology. I stir them together with a makeup brush and VOILA…it works so well and saves a bunch of money.
I use the serum every morning as a part of my skincare routine, so I did not spend extra just for this foundation idea, and the Maybelline product is WAYYYY less than what I previously was using. The serum accomplishes two things: creates a lighter, more natural foundation and tightens the skin. Right now, if you click on the Chamonix link I provided for you, you can find a special offer! I love this serum…it has really improved my complexion. The Maybelline link will take you to Ulta.
TODAY’S BUDGET FRIENDLY FASHION IDEAS
Some of you may not believe there is anything in the “budget friendly” realm at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale…but, au contraire…I found some excellent prices on great merchandise. I had to show you this beautiful cardigan by LEITH. It is so soft…fits well…and comes in many colors and at the sale it is $39.90!
Of course, my favorite color is this olive green, but there were several different colors on the racks. The Halogen Easy Throw on Cashmere Ruanas are amazingly soft! Here is the current information:
EARLY ACCESS: 8/4 – 8/18
Nordstrom cardholders have the opportunity to shop the sale during Early Access. The date to start shopping Early Access will be determined by your Nordstrom cardholder status. Yes, you can get this access by applying for a Nordstrom card HERE. Start you list now…I have a few early picks for you and will be bringing more….of course, this is the first time new items for fall and winter go on sale and many take advantage…also, many sell out quickly. I lost out on a couple I really wanted last year by waiting too long.
Please consider using my links to make your purchases. There are some great prices at this sale so do not assume it is out of your price range until you spend some time looking.
Now, the super affordable tip of the week is to thrift shop. I found this Chico’s top at my Goodwill San Antonio for $4…if I had gone on senior day, it would have been less. Our local Goodwill San Antonio locations are taking every precaution for safe shopping and I wore my mask. I will have more to show you when the weather cools down…I found some lovely cool weather pieces and I always discover top brands…even designers.
As I promised, I have more affordable options in the slideshow today from sales and from brands known for lower pricing. I hope you will enjoy it and thank you for all of the great feedback on Reality Check Monday…it really helps me to hear from you!
My Reality Check includes a new lifestyle centered around home and my current work- from-home. It is more casual than my previous professional life. So, I am going to take you on a journey with me…seeking inspiration looks for my new life. We will start tomorrow.
KEEP SMILING… WHETHER IN OR OUT OF YOUR HAPPY PLACE!
JUST A NOTE:
There are several ways that I generate income through this blog in order to cover business expenses and give myself much needed income. Purchases through the slideshow links is one way, ads on the page is one way and a new way is through ordering or re-ordering the GOLI Apple Cider Vinegar gummies through me with my GOLI LINK HERE. Again, if you are not familiar with the benefits of apple cider vinegar, you should speak with your personal physician. My husband and I are sold on the benefits and I am proud to represent this product. I am going to leave this at the bottom of my posts so that when you, friends or family would like to order you can use my link. Thanks for the support. This is a great product; as well as, the ones below!
Mr. B and I love our meals from Sun Basket!
My Complexion Loves Chamonix…My esthetician says my complexion is super tight!
By Pamela Lutrell
Disclaimer: I am provided gift cards to shop Goodwill San Antonio, but the discoveries and the words are my own.