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The Black Blazer A Comfort In Time Of Crisis

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The Black Blazer A Comfort In Time Of Crisis

“Always remember you are BRAVER than you believe, STRONGER than you seem, SMARTER than you think & twice as BEAUTIFUL as you’d ever imagined.” ~A.A. Milne

Make Doing Without, Do!

If a situation caused you to lose most of your worldly possessions what would you do? How would you cope? More importantly, how would you recover?

About 20 some years ago I was in such a predicament. Due to the seriousness of the situation, I immediately went into survival mode. I had three small children who were wholly dependent on me to get us through. When cornered I’ve always relied on 3 key things:

  1. My resourcefulness
  2. My ability to not only adapt to but thrive in just about any given situation
  3. My belief that there is always a way

During this particular situation, I had to look at the big picture, project out into the future and ask myself if I could honestly continue on the current path. Once I had the answer to this question the planning began and then the most critical piece was the execution. My plans may not have been perfect but as problems beyond my control arose I adjusted it accordingly.

When you’re in a difficult place, it sometimes seems like there is no way out. You can be so overwhelmed with feelings of self-doubt and inadequacy that you want to give up. This was the place where I eventually landed after getting me and my boys out of our difficulty. I managed to keep a few personal possessions but everything else (including some precious mementos) was gone.

Losing Everything Changes Everything

Things take on a whole new meaning when you’ve lost just about everything you worked so hard for. Some of the smallest, then, become the most important. A navy suit, my grandma gave me in the mid 80’s was one of the items I was able to keep and I still have it to this day. While it no longer fits, I treasure it as a small reminder of my grandma who bought it for my first real job interview.

One of the other items was a black blazer given to me at the women’s shelter. Anyone who has lots of resources can make themselves look like a “million bucks” but it takes creativity and a smidge of attitude to pull it off with very little.

Versatility is the thing I like most about the black blazer. Following are some of my favorite ways to wear it:

  • Wear it with black slacks, white button-down shirt, black pumps (I love wearing red pumps with this outfit) and subdued jewelry for a classic business look.
  • Wear it with blue jeans, white T-shirt, boots, a long necklace and scarf for a dressy/casual look.
  • Wear it with just about any dress, roll up the sleeves, add bracelets, necklace, earrings, and pumps for a chic look.

Your options when pairing a black blazer with anything are limitless. I wear mine buttoned, unbuttoned, sleeves up, sleeves down or any combination. I like to wear it with different colored tank tops (which can average anywhere between $5.00 on up), button-down shirts, T-shirts, sweaters, jeans, slacks, leggings, skirts, and dresses. 

Provided you have a well-fitting black blazer there is almost no way you can go wrong.

Have a wonderful day!

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My Top 3 Foundation Musts

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My Top 3 Foundation Musts


A natural born skeptic, I live by the “if it sounds too good to be true…” motto. Just because everyone loves a new anything, this is my cue to question it first, especially if it’s editable or topical.

Bold Blind Beauty

To Believe or Not to Believe

So when BB Creams (beauty balm) began hitting the US market in 2011 and everyone raved, I was skeptical. While the major selling point was the products are an all-in-one to save steps and time I still wasn’t sold.

When choosing a foundation, I look for 3 things:

  1. Does it cause a negative skin reaction? If I’m allergic to a product it’s a deal-breaker. I’ve had situations where initially the product didn’t cause a reaction only to find out later it didn’t work for me.
  2. Is it easy to apply? I’ve had cream, liquid and pancake foundation formulas some of which were a pain to blend in evenly. On an occasion or two even after testing the foundation I would end up with a formula that I didn’t like. When you lose your sight, many things become challenging and I for one prefer my make-up to be one less challenge. Ease of application is a MUST.
  3. Does it give me good results? Depending on several factors like humidity or my skin’s condition, if the foundation is too sheer it won’t give me the desired coverage. If it’s too heavy and I can feel it on my skin or if it doesn’t properly match my skin tone then I either change the formula or the brand.

A Little BB Cream History

BB Creams, technically known as blemish balm or blemish base, is a multi-tasking product that has skin care and coverage properties. Many consider this all in one cream a tinted moisturizer that works as a primer, concealer, and protectant. While overall the benefits of BB Creams seem to outweigh the negatives there are some tips that could ease the application process. 

  1. For example, at the moment the range of shades/colors are more applicable to light and olive skin.  For darker skin, one could add a little foundation to the cream to achieve a blended look.
  2. Since BB Creams are somewhat thicker in consistency than regular moisturizers you might want to use a moisturizer prior to applying the cream.

My first BB Cream (Missha M Perfect Cover B.B. Cream SPF 42 No. 27) is okay but it’s a thick consistency. Since this is a new product for me I’ll consult with one of my friends to see if I’m applying it for proper coverage. Because this is a new product for me, there will be a learning curve. I’ll have to give it some time to learn an application process that works best for me.

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Slightly blurred photo of several bottles of BB creams. 

Have a fabulous day!

“Outer beauty attracts, but inner beauty captivates.” ~Kate Angell