Summer is Near!

Summer Fashion

Ladies, here are some great fashion tips for a lovely Summer look. Sometimes women after fifty want to hang on to youth a bit to much. These tips will allow that just a little bit but to much. 🙂

 

1. Do wear pantyhose.
They’re back in style. “Panty hose are in, all because of Kate Middleton,” says Mary Lou Andre. The Duchess of Cambridge has made them “cool again.” But Andre warns, they are not to be worn with shorts or capris. Or with a reinforced toe sticking out, adds Bratskeir, who recommends “splurging on spray tans, especially in the summer, because legs of any age end up looking flawless.”

2. Do wear black, but limit the amount.
Black and white together is a trend this spring, says Radsken. “The contrast of colors looks very sleek and it’s not that big an investment since most people already have a lot of black in their wardrobe.” Andre said black on the bottom is fine, but suggests that women add color, “especially around the face: silver gray, teal green, and periwinkle blue for women who have white or gray hair.”

3. Don’t wear styles that date you.
“Some sweaters, simple tops, classic skirts, coats, purses, and belts (especially if they are designer level) can last a lifetime,” says Andre. But most clothes go out of style. Just because something fits, doesn’t mean you should wear it. Case in point: I have a friend who wears skirts, sweaters, and even a bathing suit left over from college. They fit—sort of—and she is proud of this. But the clothes are 40 years old. They make her look old, too.

4. Do embrace the peplum.
“If you’re straight it adds a curve. If you have a little something extra in your stomach or your tush that extra flounce covers it. A peplum that fits well looks smart and hip, and you don’t look as if you’re trying too hard.” Bratskeir says. The peplum is her must for the season.

5. Do show your bare arms.
If you like how they look, show them off. But Andre cautions, “Along with necks and hands, arms can start to show your age first.” She suggests, especially for evening, instead of sleeveless, try cap sleeves, short sleeves, or layering.

6. Do update your shoes.
Ankle-strap shoes are all the rage, says Radsken, “though you have to really decide if you want attention drawn to your ankles.” Bratskeir prefers wedges for women over 50. “They give you height, give your leg a good look, are chic and everybody from Vince Kimono to Christian Louboutin has them. Kitten heels are good, too, but booties, she said, “are the all-time savior. You can wear them with pants, dresses, you can walk in them. And you look hip.”
Ballet flats are out and super-high heels that are uncomfortable and that make a person look uncomfortable? Thankfully, they’re out, too.

7. Don’t wear a mini skirt.
No matter how good your legs are, no mini for Mimi! An inch or so above the knee if you have great legs. But nothing shorter.

8. Do wear prints, but be careful.
A floral shirt and jacket and matching pants try too hard, says Bratskeir. Use prints judiciously, as accents to solid colors. Embrace color. “Bold blue and cobalt are great colors for most skin tones. And for any age,” addds Radsken.

9. Don’t match too much.
Don’t wear matching jewelry. Or match shoes and belts and trims. Keep it simple. Don’t over accessorize.

10. Do give yourself a facelift without a surgeon!
This is Andre’s trick: Wear a collared blouse or shirt and play with the collar. Lift it up in the back. “The goal is to have the collar create a sloping effect instead of wearing it flat around your face.” This frames a face and covers the neck.

And just as important…
… Do pay attention to undergarments. Bras have a shelf life. Invest in new ones. And stretchy tanks. And small shoulder pads. And whatever else makes you feel good. Because, really, that’s what fashion is all about. Feeling good about yourself.

I Love a Good Stuffed Jalapeno Pepper!

Stuffed Jalapeno's
Cooking oil spray
2 cups shredded Colby-jack or Mexican blend cheese
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1⁄4 cup cooked bacon crumbles
1⁄2 teaspoon chili powder
1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
12-large fresh jalapeño peppers (about 1 pound), cut in half lengthwise and seeded.
1 teaspoon sliced fresh scallions or chives, for garnish

1. Preheat the oven to 300°F and spray a sheet pan with cooking oil.

2. Add all the ingredients, except the peppers and chives, to a bowl and mix well to combine.

3. Working over a sheet pan, spoon the cheese mixture into each of the 24 seeded jalapeño halves, overfilling them slightly.

4. Bake for about 30 minutes before serving hot, topped with sliced scallions or chives, if desired.

HELPFUL HINTS
You can lessen the heat of fresh jalapeños by pre-baking the seeded halves on the sheet pan by themselves for about 10 minutes before stuffing and baking again. Or try using pickled jalapeños for an even milder version!

Calories165|Fat:13g |Protein7.5g |Fiber0.5g/Net Carbs: 1.5g

Amazing Sandwich…Vegetarian or Not!

An Amazing Sandwich, Vegetarian or Not!
An Amazing Sandwich, Vegetarian or Not!

Ingredients
1 crusty loaf of bread, sliced
4 TBS fresh pesto
8 slices mozzarella cheese (I used pre-sliced, you could also use fresh)
3 large ripe tomatoes
2 TBS balsamic vinegar
butter
Instructions
1. slice up your tomatoes in medium slices (should have about 12 slices for 4 sandwiches, or 3 slices per sandwich), and place them in a shallow dish. Pour 2 TBS balsamic vinegar over tomatoes. Let sit while preparing the rest.
Instructions to make 1 sandwich, repeat until you have desired number of sandwiches (recipe is for 4)
2. Butter both sides of bread lightly. Turn over, so butter is facing down. Top 1 slice with 1 TBS of pesto, add 1 slice of cheese, 3 tomatoes, and then another slice of cheese. If you like it really pesto-y, add some more pesto to top slice. Place top break slice butter side out.
3. Heat skillet or panini press, and put sandwich on to cook. If using a skillet, flip when golden brown on one side. I cooked on a skillet for about 3 minutes on medium on each side. I cooked 2 sandwiches at a time and was easily able to flip with enough room in the pan. Repeat until all sandwiches are cooked.
4. Cut in half with bread knife and enjoy!

To Be or Not To Be Tattooed…What is the Decision?

Thigh-Tattoo

My Mom has said for years, she just knows the day she is put in the ground, I am going to go straight from the service to the tattoo parlor. At one time in my life I was seriously going to get one, and knew exactly what I was going to get. I didn’t rush right and get my tat as I was a bit skeptical of the pain. Everyone I ever knew who got one was not reluctant to say “Hell yes it hurt!”. These words were often spoken my males as well as females. Those were not the reassuring words I was looking for. I wanted to hear “Well at first it kind of stung, but then it got less painful as it went on.” Not once did I hear that phrase come from either gender.

I am now 56 years old and still do not have a tattoo. For the past three years the Lion King and I have gone to Blues,Bike and BBQ in Fayetteville,AR. This is probably one of the biggest bike rally’s in the states. Not near what Sturgis offers but still major for Arkansas and several of the surrounding states. The first year I went we were fortunate enough to score an outdoor seat at one of the major clubs on the main drag known as Dickson Street. This is the street where there is a constant parade of bikes, and people strolling the sidewalks checking out the vendors. There are thousands of people attending this rally so you can only imagine the view we had for people watching.

Once we got situated with our drinks in hand, and the King with his cigar, we were knew we would be there for a bit. Between talking among our friends we also socialized with the sidewalk strollers. They were between 0 years of age to 70’s and possibly some 80’s. Every walk of human life was visible and I would guess at least ninety percent of those who were of legal age had tattoo’s. Possibly more, depending on where the “unseen” tats were located. As I began to study this large array of walking human art, I came to realize many of these pieces of art were on women after 50. There were other women there who probably were barely thirty, but obviously had been ridden hard and hung up wet. What does all of this mean? It means tattoo’s were not their friend any longer. I am sure at one time on their soft, white, early age skin there tattoo’s were beautiful. But as age does to all of us, we get wrinkled. Unfortunately we can’t iron those wrinkles out.

Don’t get me wrong, I am all about being an individual and expressing yourself however one finds it necessary. The Lion King has several tattoos, both of my boys have them, along with several other family members including some of the ladies. I don’t think much about men aging with tattoo’s, that’s just always been a guy thing. But as I looked around at all of the tats on these older women at BBB, I finally decided, it wasn’t for me. For the most part, as of right now at the age of 56 I still have nice skin. But at any given second that could go to the way side and wrinkle up like clothes thrown in a clothes basket out of the dryer that didn’t get hung up right away. That only takes less than a day for them to wrinkle up. I confirmed my decision not to do this when that same weekend the Lion King said “Hun, really, if you don’t ever get a tattoo, I won’t mind”. Not that I would have done it because he would have liked to see me with one, because that is an individuals decision. I think maybe he saw what I did and decided after several years down the road, it might not be so sexy after all.

I will say this, I am not a fan of having a significant others name put on anybody. Kids, parents, siblings, pets, that’s all good because they are forever. But when it comes to the significant, that’s where I have to draw the line. No matter how much I love my King, it’s not going to happen. I have also asked him to never put my name on him as well. I have been through enough of life to know it is not guaranteed to be permanent. Most tattoo’s are, unless you have lots of moolah. For all the people I know, men and women who have tattoo’s good for you as I know it is truly the expression of one’s self. What I have written is how I express myself. We all do it differently and that’s what makes all individuals.

So Mom, you can rest in knowing, I will not be heading out to the tattoo parlor immediately following your service. I will instead come home, pour a glass of wine, and reflect on all the great memories that are tattooed on my brain.

Hugs,Love,Peace & Roars,
Lion Queen

Post Academy….

I have to say, for the first time in a very long time, I actually enjoyed the Oscars. Chris Rock was comical, and straight forward in regards to the Oscars being boycotted. Everything he said was spot on. The speeches were short and sweet, there was nothing long and drawn out. Lady Gaga was exceptional! There was nothing eye catching about the way the actress’s dressed, they all had the same theme. Low cut to the belly button, no necklace, which I am assuming was to focus on cleavage, nice earrings and an occasional nice bracelet.

As much as I was ready to throw the Oscars under the bus, I have to say, for this year, I’ve got nothing! It was all great! In regards to the boycotting, at this time I am keeping my lips zipped. Let’s see what the future awards show have to bring forth. Then we will talk.

Hugs,Love,Peace & Roars,
Lion Queen

The Night of the Little Gold Man…Oscar

oscar

Well it’s Oscar night. Personally I had no ideal until I saw a thread on my Facebook page mentioning the red carpet pre show. So I grabbed the laptop, am comfortable on the lounge chair, poured a wine, and since the Lion King is working tonight, I will begin to watch.

I am not watching to see who wins for what movie, I am merely watching to see the dresses, the bling, and maybe pick up a fashion do or don’t. Honestly, I think the last movie we went to see was “We’re the Millers”. Yep, it’s been a while.

So tonight, I am going to watch this event unfold, and then tomorrow I will be back with my take on the Academy Awards and my all around opinion.

I would love your input too. So tune in if you have absolutely nothing else to do, take note, and let’s compare tomorrow.

Hugs,Love, Peace & Roars,
Lion Queen

Happy Plants that Love the Shade!

Shade loving plants
I have a hard time finding flowers for my front yard due to big trees and shade. I came across these perennials to help me out in that area in my future planting. I wanted to share these if you are in a shaded area as well.

Perennials
Perennials are plants that live for two years or more. Shrubs and trees generally keep growing; flowering perennials, on the other hand, typically grow and bloom in the spring and summer and then die back or go dormant in the fall and winter, only to return the following spring from root stock. While most perennials thrive in full or partial sun, several varieties do well in full shade and are thus popular garden plants for beds that are under trees or in covered patios.

Fuchsia
Fuchsias are hardy shrubs with flowers shaped like bells rimmed by long, slender sepals. The four shorter petals that make up the inner “bell” and the longer sepals that cover the bell like a canopy are typically of complementary colors, such as purple and pink or pink and red. Most of the 100-plus species of fuchsia are native to South America and thrive in tropical climates. Fuchsias are often used in gardens under trees as decorative specimens alongside ferns and other green, non-flowering perennials.

Forget-Me-Not
Forget-Me-Nots are dense, low-growing plants that are a staple of shade gardens the world over. They have carpets of small green leaves punctuated by tiny blue flowers, each with five petals. They can tolerate full shade or partial shade and are fast growers.

Plantain Lily
The plantain lily, also known as “hosta,” has large clumps of lush green leaves and flowers that grow on spikes. Flowers are fragrant and typically come in the late summer; the leaves, which often are heart-shaped, stay green year-round. Hostas are easy to grow and like shade, which mimics their natural habitat, the forest floor.

Impatiens
Impatiens are fast-growing flowering plants with small heart-shaped leaves and brightly colored flowers that range in color from white to pink, salmon, orange and red. They propagate exceptionally fast and grow well in mass plantings. They literally shrink away in sun and thus are ideal for full-shade gardens; they often are planted in the foreground, behind fuchsias and ferns.

Hydrangeas
These Asian exports are known for their large clusters of tiny flowers, generally either pink or blue, depending on how much iron there is in the soil. The clusters of flowers resemble pom-poms and can be six inches or more in diameter. Hydrangeas are a mainstay of old-school gardens and while they can stand a little sun they prefer shade.

Fifties and only Beginning