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Monday Musings- Knowing Your Limits

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Happy Monday, ladies. Monday musings are some of my most personal posts. It’s funny, but I never intended them to be, but they have evolved. They’re either what’s happening in my life or things that are going through my mind.

A reader was distressed a few weeks ago when I relayed a problem I had with a furnace repairman. She wanted to read about fashion, not stressful things. I totally get it. The thing is, I am a whole person and this is a lifestyle blog. If I share life experiences that you can’t relate to, just skip it and come back on Tuesday. If you can relate, know that other readers can too and the comment section is where we can discuss things.

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I broke out my periwinkle cardigan last week and could not love it more. Is it the perfect shape for me? No, but the color and softness overrode every other style consideration for me. Do you do that with garments or do they need to ring every single bell for you to love them? It’s not technically Meri Peri, but I don’t plan to grasp at straws in my hunt for periwinkle this spring.

Sebaceous Filaments

They’re a normal part of our skin. They’re composed of dead skin cells and sebum that line hair follicles. Even though they’re a natural part of our skin, they increase with age, hello 65, and bother me. The best way to keep them at bay is mild chemical exfoliation.

I’ve used this TLC Framboise Night Serum for years, but admit, it stings quite a bit a lot. It works really well on the sebaceous filaments but it contains glycolic acid which is often associated with redness and irritation. For me, it’s a bit of a catch 22 because I want my pores cleaned out, but I have extremely sensitive skin.

I’d heard great things about this Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant so I bought the tiny size, and I love it. It only stings a tiny bit but is great around my nose and eyebrows where I get the most sebum.

Then I found this Biosance Squalane and Lactic Acid Resurfacing serum and discovered it’s perfect for the rest of my face where I just need mild exfoliation. It contains Lactic Acid which is a very mild exfoliant that doesn’t sting at all, plus it contains squalane, which moisturizes at the same time.

Squalane

I bought this Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil last summer in a tiny size and loved it so much I’m just finishing up my second large bottle. Squalane is a natural emollient that moisturizes the skin, and this version is made from sugar cane. The vitamin C is an oil-soluble form that’s more stable than many other types. I layer this on top of everything, especially when my skin feels tight.

I just bought this Squalane + Copper Peptide Serum so I can’t speak to its results yet, but there isn’t a Biossance product I’ve tried that I haven’t liked. I’ll keep you posted. I do use this vitamin C serum every morning, but love that I can also add one in the evening. And yes, I just layer it over my Retin A with no side effects…perhaps because it’s an oil.

Limits

As I sat at my desk last night, I heard someone calling out for help…over and over. Kevin and I went out to discover our neighbor, totally disoriented and calling out for his wife. They’d been out walking, got separated and he was consumed with worry, rambling incoherently about her being eaten by wild animals. Suddenly, he stumbled off into the dark, yelling for his wife. We jumped in our car to follow and with much negotiation, helped him into the backseat. Very long story, short, she was found and it got uglier from there. We got them both safely into their home, but this will not be the end of their story.

This reminded me of our limits. We all have limits, whether they’re physical or mental. No one likes to admit they’re in over their head with a problem. I hope I can be gracious and recognize when it’s time to ask for help.

style personalities

I’ve begun pulling out the clothes I want to bring on my warm-weather vacations and noticed a trend. I’m loath to pack black because I know it will be too hot to wear in the sun. White any and everything is a go for me, as are uplifting colors and possibly prints, which I have precious few of, as in just 3.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life modeling kimono from Anthropologie

I bought this, not my style wrap, several years ago and never got around to donating it so it’s certainly coming. This bright floral print will feel just right on a tropical vacation.

beautiful blue caftan on midlife blogger Jennifer Connolly

I kept intending to donate this beautiful kaftan because it ‘s shapeless silhoutte makes me look much larger than I am. I never got around to it because I often wear it around the house when it’s super hot. This will be perfect for a tropical climate. I’m sure glad I kept it.

blonde blogger wearing pink kimono with blue jeans and white wedge sandals

This kimono makes me very happy to wear but I don’t find myself reaching for it often. It is absolutely going because it’s perfect for Hawaii and Mexico.

THESE POOL SLIDES WOULD BE PERFECT

My style personality has many facets and what I choose to wear is heavily dependent on where I am and what I’m doing. I’m sure glad I kept these outliers because they will likely get worn more than other classic pieces on my upcoming warm-weather holidays.

Do your style choices change based on your location?

Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.

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