I’ve been remiss in my monthly favorites for the last many. Don’t worry, I’m not going to share four months of favorites in one post because most of my favorites are “all-time” favorited items anyway. But even though most of this month’s items are tried and true favorites, you’ll find a couple that are new to me too.
I think I’m making it my new personal fashion rule that I’ll only keep an item if I put it on and say, “ahh”. 😉
Earlier this year I purchased this sweater skirt after seeing it on my petite friend, Shauna of Chic Over 50. I wasn’t sure it would work for my mid to plus size frame but, shazam, I was smitten. So soft and comfy. I recently found this solid black sweater skirt and while not as thick, it’s equally as comfortable and I think very flattering to a woman with curves. I can’t wait to style it with sneaker but it also works great with booties…
Okay, these booties don’t meet all the criteria for The Best Booties for Women Curvy (and Petite) Women, but the nude color and pointed toe still make them flattering for women of all sizes. They look great with sweater skirts, skinny jeans, boyfriend jeans, and pretty fall dresses. And even though they have a bit of a heel they are pretty comfortable. They also match my skin tone perfectly, which I now know to be called Tortilla. ;-D
Honestly, my feet are so bad with Morton’s Neuroma, rigid big toe (it’s a real diagnosis, who knew?), and plantar fasciitis, this insert has saved me from being banished from fashion shoes forever.
NOTE – Even though they are sold as an insert for high-heels they are too big for me to get into regular pumps but are PERFECT for booties.
While I’m on a roll and talking about feet, I just ordered my second jar of Organica’s Heel Defend Cream. As a manicurist, I have access to all sorts of professional, therapeutic foot creams and for overall moisturizing, I usually recommend an almost pure glycerin cream like Glysolid or Neutrogena’s Norwegian formula. But the 40% Urea in Organica’ formula along with tea tree oil and aloe, make this luxury foot cream a rich, treat that smells great and is beneficial for moisturizing and softening your feet.
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At the risk of sounding like an old lady, let’s move on from feet to backs. I have had back issues since my early twenties. Lugging two little boys who were 13 months apart didn’t help me out any. But somewhere during my mid-life the issues worsened and I’m not interested in surgery at this point. Over the years I have learned what inflames things although sometimes they can’t be avoided. When I’m in a bad flare-up a heating pad or Therma-Care Heat Wraps are my go-to treatment to relax the muscles spasming around the inflamed discs.
I’ve had many heating pads over the years and they all end up getting a weird crumpled shape and they never go back to normal. But this one from Amazon has taken me and Mister Dimples through quite a few back issues this year and it still looks as good and as flat as new!
I have become obsessed with charcuterie boards and the bigger the better. Sandy from Reluctant Entertainer is the OG of epic food boards and is inspiring me to create and entertain more. Be sure to read the WELCOME section of her website. SO GOOD! I love her big round tray which is sold out but I’ve recently snagged a 15” X 28” rectangular board/tray at TJ Maxx. I couldn’t find it on their website, but this one is a bit bigger and I LOVE the rustic finish.
Be sure to follow Sandy’s tips for making your board food-safe.
Think of me what you will, but I’m totally over masks! I’ve been silent on the matter and don’t wish to start a debate about the efficacy of masks. But, if you have anything to say about it, try being an overweight, menopausal woman, who is moderately claustrophobic and putting on a fabric mask. I can’t even stand sleeping face to face with someone; it’s like their stealing my air.
However, I won’t be outright rebellious and go without a mask if the establishment requires it. So, when I tell you this mask has saved my sanity you’ll know it’s not an exaggeration. My mouth is covered, my nose is covered and it’s impenetrable plastic and you can see my mouth!
This plastic shield mask is not accepted everywhere, Trader Joes for instance – I’m still mad I put on my other mask and went in. And it’s apparently not allowed at a certain dermatologist’ss office that I walked out of earlier this week, but that’s a story for another day. Let’s just say I might be dealing with anger issues too. Anyone else?
This face shield mask still covers everything it needs to so no projectile particles can be blown across the grocery store if I cough or sneeze on someone. Because as it’s never yet happened in my 40-ish years of adult life, I guess I’m due? (Insert eye-roll.) The mask can be sanitized with a wipe of disinfectant.
With all the stress of sore feet and backs and masks, it’s no wonder we like to escape into a good binge-worth show. And what would my September Favorites be without a good show to watch?
We had pretty much exhausted all our British Crime dramas for binge-watching, but earlier this year we decided to subscribe to BritBox so we could finish out the last two seasons of Father Brown and the rest of Midsomer Murders. In my opinion, it has been money well spent for The Mister and me. Since we needed a new show to watch 😉 we started Death in Paradise. It’s another light-hearted murder mystery if there is such a thing. The Brits have a knack for creating mystery with a touch of quirky comedy. Love it!
What are YOU watching these days? Whatever it is, I hope you’re able to step away from your cares and chaos to cozy up and enjoy it.