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Dark Brown Faux Leather Jacket with Hood
1/1/2018

My husband surprised me this Christmas with a beautiful dark brown faux leather jacket. I look forward to going out just to wear this jacket. It is a very dark ashy brown. He said it looks like real leather. But here in the Seattle area, I don't like to wear real leather. Polyurethane works better because of the amount of rain we get. And I love that this jacket has a hood. Keeps my hair from getting that drowned rat look when I'm out running errands in the rain.

The jacket is lined with a thin nylon fabric. It doesn't add a whole lot of warmth, but still I'm comfortable with a lightweight sweater underneath, running back and forth from my car to the store. And it is definitely warm enough to walk up and down the aisles of cold Safeway. 

I got a size small which seems to fit fine. I like that there is enough room for a light sweater underneath. This jacket falls right about to my hip bone. I am 5ft 105lbs and have a short torso. I like to wear this length of jacket. I feel like longer jackets, like anoraks, make me look short and stubby because they vertically cut off the legs and make them look shorter.

The brown color is a dark ash brown. In some lights, it almost look gray. I would've preferred a slightly warmer tone of dark brown, but I still really like this jacket. I wanted a dark brown jacket, something different than black. Maybe next year I will brave a color like teal or pink. But for now, I really love this coffee color. It goes with a couple of dark brown boots that I have.

The sleeves are a little long when my arms are down at my side, but when my elbows are bent, it goes right to my wrists. I don't mind the length of the sleeves too much. They keep my hands a little warmer. There is also a sleeve zipper that unzips at the hand and up the arm a few inches. I thought this might bother me, but it is well-placed so that it doesn't clang everything that you touch. And the zipper is great when I want to wear gloves or something on my hands.




Kids Bath Bombs with Surprise Toy Inside
12/29/2017

Kids Bath Bombs with Toy InsideSanta knows how much kids love to play in the bath. And he also knows that bath bombs are all the rage now. They are tons of fun for anyone, especially for our 6 year old boy. So he decided to bring him a special breed of bath bombs made especially for kids by Sky Organics.

The smells are mostly fruity and sort of candy-ish. Our kids at 6 and 8 are old enough to know not to eat them, but you might want to keep an eye on younger kids. The colors are bright and vibrant. Some of the bath balls have different swirling colors that make them look like a planet. Supercool planet bombs from outer space! They do turn the bath a fun color, which doesn't seem to stain or anything. I didn't even see a ring on the bathtub from using these!

I would say they are about 2-1/2 inches in diameter, a standard size for bath bombs that I've seen all over the stores. They are made of baking soda, citric acid, epsom salt, coconut oil, and fragrance. The coconut oil leaves the kids' skin silky and moisturized, even after they dry off. It helps a lot during this cold winter season, when they heaters dry up the skin. I also like the addition of epsom salt to help relax the muscles and condition the skin. Our son had just scraped his knee, and this bath bomb did not aggravate it it at all. In fact, it seemed to sooth the abrasion.

As soon as you put the bath bomb into the water, it immediately begins to fizz and release the beautiful colors into the water. We all really get a kick out of watching it fizz. The more it fizzes, the more the water turns a fun bright color. But when all the fizzing is done and the bomb has shrunk down to nothing, a surprise toy is uncovered! This was pretty exciting to see what toy each bath bomb had hiding inside it. So far, we've used 2 of the bombs, and we got a pig-like character and a turtle-like character. Both supercute and fun to collect.

These kids' bath bombs have really amped up the excitement of bath time. And I love how the baking soda and citric acid are very gentle cleansers for the kids' skin. I worry about letting them soak in a soapy bubble bath. But these bath bombs seem to be much better and gentler for their skin. I think a box of these would make a great little surprise for your bath lover. Or maybe even be a incentive for the non-lover of baths.





For G and PL Cable Knit Sweater
12/29/2017

For G and PL SweaterThe Christmas holiday has been binge season for me. As a tradition, I made Christmas cookies with the kids. We even had a cookie decorating party with their friends. And of course, there are lots of treats and desserts all over all the stores during the holiday season. Needless to say, I wasn't really surprised when I stepped on the scale and found myself having gained a few extra pounds.

Getting into my Levis was quite a challenge. And then, once they're on, there's that sausage look. But I did get this nice sweater as a Christmas gift from one of my brothers. The brand is called For G and PL. Nothing all that catchy, but still memorable. When I put it on my wishlist, I didn't know what G and PL stood for. But when I received the sweater, the tag said "For Girls and Perfect Life". Cool, I get a nice sweater and a perfect life. What a perfect gift!

I got a size small, and it fits great. Even with my extra holiday weight! I am now 5ft 107lbs. As usual, I still wear shapewear underneath almost everything. Partially to smooth out the muffin top as well as for added warmth. Keeps the sweater a little cleaner on the inside, too.

This beige cable knit sweater is a really nice shade of beige. It is a little darker than off-white but lighter and warmer-toned than taupe. It was exactly the color I was looking for when I want to wear a light neutral color without it being stark white. The true warm-beige color is a lot more pigmented than shown in this picture.

The fabric is also really soft and comfortable. It is an all-synthetic fabric, but I think that's what makes it soft and warm, without being itchy. It is fairly lightweight, without being see-through or cheap. The knit is fine and alternates between cable and ribbed patterns. There is a nice stretch to the sweater, and it gently contours the body for a slim, but not tight fit. The crew neck is pretty close-in to the neck. It is a little tight getting it over my head, but once on, the higher neck keeps me warm.

It really is the perfect everyday sweater. I wish I had one of these sweaters in every color. But this beige color is a classic color that goes with everything. Thank you little brother for this Christmas present!



Derek Heart Juniors Rib Crew Neck Pullover Sweater Grommets Details
9/29/2017

Derek Heart Juniors Rib Crew Neck Pullover Sweater Grommets Details Derek Heart Juniors Rib Crew Neck Pullover Sweater Grommets DetailsMy husband recently ordered this Derek Heart Ribbed Knit Crew Neck sweater for me online. Today, with rainy weather in the 60s, I decided to wear it for the first time. I love it! It is such a pretty shade of red. It gives a little much-needed color to my wardrobe during our gray rainy season. And it will be a festive top during the upcoming Christmas season, too.

The silver grommets and nail heads add interest to the sweater. With them, you don't even need a necklace, they provide enough bling on their own. I like how the shiny grommets are still visible when I have my jacket on, unzipped, of course.

With the summer being over, I was sad to abandon my cute Derek Heart dresses that I wore all summer long. They were so comfy and I always got compliments on them. But I was glad to find some fall and winter Derek Heart garb. I just love Derek Heart clothing. They are so well-priced and super cute.

I also like how this sweater is made using rib knit. It gives it a nice texture. It is fairly warm and sweater-like, but it stretches very nicely. I did wear a shaping camisole under this sweater because my jeans always squish my belly fat out, and with this sweater being fitted, it would show the rolls. The shaping cami just smooths out the muffin top :-)

As with a few of the other sweaters my husband recently treated me to, this sweater is 80% rayon, which means it will shrink when washed. The instructions say to hand wash and lay flat to dry, which is what I will make sure to do. I don't think I can afford much shrinkage on this sweater. I am 5ft and 105lbs, and I got a size Medium. Other than the sleeves being a little long, I really like how it fits.

Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick R49 Belly-DancingI also went ahead and wore red lips today. I just couldn't help myself! Regardless of what people say, I love to match my makeup to my outfits. This is the Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick in R49 Belly-Dancing. It is one of my favorite red lipsticks because it is not overly bright. It is a slightly muted and darkened red.

The lipstick is hydrating at the same time as staying put and not transferring too much. I felt my hair brush across my lips a few times while I was out shopping today and it did not drag fine lines of lipstick across my face, like other highly pigmented lipsticks have been known to do.

This lipstick also stayed off my teeth, even with smiling, talking, and singing in the car. I'm always paranoid about that because I've had it happen to me with other brands of lipsticks, and it is really a pain when it gets on your teeth. I think this Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick is really high quality, and I'm tempted to get other colors :-)

Allison Brittney Women's Ribbed Cable Mock Neck Pullover Sweater with Keyhole
9/20/2017

Allison Brittney Women's Ribbed Cable Mock Neck Pullover Sweater with KeyholeThis Allison Brittney Ribbed Keyhole sweater was another nice surprise I came home to after running around with the kids. It was another one of my Amazon wish list items that my husband ordered for me. How sweet of him!

This is a light-weight rib knit sweater made of rayon and polyester. The directions say to hand wash and lay flat to dry because rayon can shrink quite a bit. The fabric is really pretty, though. The rayon gives it a bit of a sheen. But rayon is notorious for clinging to the body in a way that allows bulges and folds to show through. So a shaping camisole would be a great thing to wear underneath. It is a smooth, nice-feeling fabric that is comfortable to wear.

The keyhole opening at the neck/chest area is really pretty. It gives an interesting twist to a simple mock turtle neck. It kept me warm today even though I did not wear a cami underneath. But I should have because there are a couple of belly bulges that show through the sweater. A shaping cami would have smoothed that out.

There is also a pretty gold ball button at the keyhole that adds an extra touch of elegance to this sweater. I thought this nice detail at the neck and chest would show even with a jacket on, unzipped of course. In the winter, I tend to have my jacket on all the time while running around with the kids or running errands.

There a few different colors that this sweater comes in. The color I chose, called Beige, I would call cream. I really like this color. It can go with anything, really. And if you have a warm skin-tone, it would be a great color for you, too. For cooler skin-tones, this sweater also comes in the all time classic black, as well as a pretty red.

I've never worn any clothes by Allison Brittney before, so I wasn't sure what size to get. I went with a size S, and that seemed to fit just fine. I am 5ft and 105lbs.

Derek Heart Rib Long Sleeve Notched Neck Sweater
9/20/2017

Derek Heart Rib Long Sleeve Notched Neck Sweater

Knock, knock.  Who's there?

Olive.  Olive who?

Olive this Derek Heart sweater!

I put a few fall sweaters on my Amazon wish list, and my husband surprised by getting me some. This olive lace-up top is the return of Derek Heart for the winter. Simple, but stylish, and pretty. It is the perfect weight for fall weather.

The fabric is part rayon and part polyester. Oops, I just washed and dried it this morning. The instructions say handwash. And it probably should have been air-dried, rather than be exposed to the hot dryer. It may have shrunk a little, or a lot, because rayon tends to do that. For some reason I must've forgotten that it has rayon in it.

This picture of this me in the Derek Heart Lace-up Sweater is taken before I washed it. Honestly I wore a shaping cami underneath because this top is clingy and rayon is not very forgiving of love handles and such.

Wearing the shaping cami underneath helped a lot. Plus it made the top a lot warmer. I always wear a cami under my tops and tuck them into my pants in the winter. It helps keep the cold drafts out of my torso. So these shaping camisoles really serve two purposes. To keep me warm, and to smooth out the bulges :-)

I chose this sweater because I thought it had a flattering cut, not too big and bulky. I like my winter tops fitted because it makes it easier to get a jacket on over them.

I also love the lace-up design of the front chest and neck area. Last year, all I wore were mostly plain long sleeve tees. And this year I thought it would be fun to wear tops with a cute front style that would show when I have my jacket unzipped.

Plus this top is a bit warmer than just a long sleeve tee. This sweater is a good weight and thickness. Not too heavy, but thick enough to be fairly warm. It is comfortable to wear, and not itchy at all.

I love this color, too. Olive is one of my favorite colors to wear. I think this top also comes in black, which is also very nice-looking.

I am 5ft 105lbs, and I got a size Medium. I will try this on tomorrow now that its been machine-washed and dried. I hope that it still fits.


After washing and drying, it still fits!

Updated 9/21/2017

Derek Heart Juniors Rib Long Sleeve Notched Neck Pullover SweaterI forgot to check the tag for washing instructions before I threw this into the regular wash, with all the other darks. The instructions say to hand wash and lay flat to dry. Most likely because it is 20% rayon, which is delicate and shrinks with heat. Well, I went and washed it yesterday in warm water and dried it on medium heat, as I do with most of our clothes. And yes, this lovely olive Derek Heart lace-up sweater did shrink.

But take a look at this picture. I think it actually fits better now that it has shrunk. I am a short person, with a short torso and short arms. The shrinkage actually helped decrease some of the excess fabric that was wrinkling on the torso and the arms. Phew! I was afraid I would be bursting out of it once it shrunk.

I've had this same experience with the Derek Heart dresses that I got over the summer. I tend to do well when I get a size Medium and allow it to shrink in the washer and dryer. Then it seems to fit fine, with a little breathing room.

I am wearing a shaping cami again (black this time) under this top, just to smooth things out and keep me extra warm. Our weather in the Seattle area suddenly turned cold, so I've had to start adding extra layers of clothing again.

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