Welcome 2020

Photo courtesy of Etsy

As I scrolled through Instagram last night (I’m a stay home New Year’s eve type of person) I saw how many people spoke of their growth in the last ten years or a least they noted where they were then and how their life is different. I cannot remember much of the last ten years without looking at photographs. I was so entrenched in making chicken for my people who are now vegetarians, driving them to interests they no longer pursue, doing laundry for clothing that now hangs in a distant closet and focusing on who they are and what they needed. It’s all a blur. But, if you ask me what shoes I was wearing in 1982, 38 years ago, I can tell you: Capezio white leather jazz shoes. It took much white shoe polish to keep them looking fresh. They haven’t been back in style since and I think it’s time.

As I tried to think of resolutions for 2020 I realized that wanting what I already have seems like more than enough. The girl that wore those Capezios would be pleased to see this as her future- shoddy memory and all. Happy New Year.

Is It Worth The Hype?

Yes, I have had the Elchim hair dryer for years and I love it. Then two years ago, I received the Dyson hair dryer and LOVE it even more.

Recently, the beauty influencers have been hyping the Revlon Pro Collection Salon One Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer. It is a hairdryer and brush all in one. While I am fully aware of their conflict of interest (they are paid or gifted for their posts), I still bit. Yes, I am an “influenced.”

The Dyson takes me 6 minutes plus 2 minutes of flat ironing. The Revlon, was a solid 6, no flat iron. No juggling brush with dryer. No sectioning. It was heavier than the Dyson, got a bit hot and was noisy. But it really did the job pretty well and the brush shape added the promised volumed. So yes, I think it is worth the hype.

And no, I have not been paid for this post nor did I receive any remuneration in any way.

Revlon Pro Collection

Royal Coats

The Daily Mail/Wire Image

The Royal’s coat game never ceases to impress me. There are countless examples on the internet of how well their coats are designed and tailored. As the granddaughter of a Russian immigrant who made his living in the women’s coat trade, I would like to think my appreciation was borne from my own heritage. Nonetheless, they are just stunning!

Technology During the Holidays

All the edicts to put down our smart phones while with family are valid but there are ways to use technology to enjoy your holiday season.

Did you know that you can mute which stories appear on Instagram? Just hold down the circle on the top of your home page and you will receive a prompt to mute stories (and posts) from that account. They will never know. Your time is better used to watch the Instagram stories that are more meaningful to you.

Watch Publix holiday ads from years past. They are saccharine and heartwarming.

Watch silly videos alone or with your family by downloading Tiktok. https://www.tiktok.com/en

JACKBOX game is a fun thing to play with family. Everyone plays with their phones etc. it’s available for most game consoles, computers, roku, and Apple TV.  jackboxgames.com

Pantone Color of the Year 2020

Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.“-Pantone

Pantone announced this year’s color of the year 2020. They are calling it classic blue. I think it is more of azure blue. Nonetheless. It is a nice color. I have no furniture or clothing of this color. I am now considering this merino wool sweater featured below.

Banana Republic

Holiday Luxe Options

Never be deterred that a look you covet cannot be found at a less expensive price. Two cases in point. This Tanya Taylor blouse is luxury at $375. while its Banana Republic sister is $89.50. The luxurious Vince satin skirt is $265.00 to Banana Republic’s champagne version at $98.50

Tanya Taylor
Banana Republic
Banana Republic