A fall staple…
During the cooler seasons, ankle boots are my go-to footwear. As I’ve been transitioning my wardrobe away from black, I’ve been looking to replace my favorite black Chelsea boots with a similar style in brown. I had very specific criteria in mind:
- smooth leather, not suede
- heel height between 1-2″
- not too rugged, not too refined
- an almond-shaped toe, not too round or pointed
- a warm, rich brown, not too dark
I didn’t find what I was looking for last year, but I spotted these recently and have them on order. I should receive them this week and will report back.
BTW, when I was a kid in the mid-60’s we referred to this style as “Beatle Boots,” and everyone had a pair in black. How about you?
More women’s chelsea boots
It’s The Balm…
One of the few skincare “rules” I’ve followed religiously since my twenties is to cleanse my face thoroughly before going to bed. I started off with bar soap, and them moved on to creamy cleansers. But I was mostly indifferent about cleansers, until I was gifted some of this cleansing balm a couple of years ago.
Seriously, I was hooked after the first use! It smells wonderful, removes makeup gently but thoroughly, and doesn’t make my skin feel tight or dry. I ran out a few weeks ago and decided to use up some other cleanser in my stash, but nope. Just not the same, so I reordered and was so happy to receive it a couple of days later.
In addition to the cleansing balm, I also use and love the Extreme Recovery Cream at night. It feels very soothing, especially after I’ve applied my Retin-A. On the nights I skip the Retin-A, the Mandelic Acid Serum is a lovely, gentle exfoliator.
Dogs On The Go…
We weren’t sure how Gigi would be in the car, so I asked some of my dog-owning friends for updated recommendations for canine car restraints. This setup (harness / restraint) came up from a couple of folks, so we tried it out last week.
It’s SO much easier than the complicated and awkward harnesses we used for our other dogs that attached to the seatbelt. This one just secures around the headrest. Once we get where we’re going, we just unclip the restraint and attach the leash to the harness.
And Gigi is an absolute angel in the car! She mostly sits quietly in the back seat, occasionally looking out the window.
(Just a note: this is for short, local trips only. For longer trips that involve highway driving, we’ll probably secure her in her crate for safety.)
Can you believe we’re at the end of August already? 😱