One of the first makeup products I was introduced to as a teenager was face powder. I was impressed how it made my teenage skin look so much better. I learned about foundation in my early 20’s. I worked for Clinique and Borghese and was able to try many face powders. As I made more money in my 30’s I would try more expensive powders. My go-to powder now is Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless presses powder. I like the color 120. It is a nice neutral color without too much red or yellow. Easy to pick up in most grocery stores and pharmacies. Also affordable to have one in my purse and makeup drawer. The powder gives a flawless look over my freckles and skin discoloration. I use this in addition to L’Oreal True Match foundation. More to come on that foundation in another post.
I haven’t posted for a couple of weeks. My fur baby Sam passed away. I have always loved pugs and can’t imagine having any other dog. Sam was almost 14 years old and went thru some hard times with me. I will never forget our road trip from California to Florida almost 2 years ago. He was a constant energy within 2 feet of me. His strong personality drove me crazy at times, but now I miss his bark. I thought he would live forever. God had a plan and early one morning 2 weeks ago he had a stroke and I knew it was time. Fortunately my parents from Minnesota and my sister were visiting. My boyfriend was out of town. He fell asleep in my arms at the vet. Anyway, I haven’t been feeling creative so I haven’t been able to post. Time is starting to heal. I was so blessed to have him so long. And the outpouring of love from family and friends has been overwhelming. ♥️
Sam on his favorite carpet.
With his friend Batia. She went to heaven before him last year. I have peace knowing they are together.
Living on Balboa Island
My favorite picture of us.
One of the last pictures of Sam. The post was to promote a new food he liked…as well as the bowl we used to feed him. Great bowl for dogs that inhale their food.
So glad to have his sister with us. They were a month a part in age.
On our recent trip to Nassau for my boyfriends 50th birthday, we were looking for somewhere special to celebrate. We went to the terrace at Dune Restaurant. This Michelin starred restaurant located close to the Atlantis hotel, is located at the Four Seasons Resort. We started the evening walking the beach and then enjoying a birthday cocktail in the lounge that overlooks the ocean. Dinner was served outside on the terrace. Our server was very helpful when we couldn’t decide on what to order. It was a beautiful night. I highly recommend this restaurant on the ocean for any occasion.
I almost forgot about this favorite. My sister is visiting this week and asked me if I cleaned the glass after she took a shower. I was a little puzzled. She said the glass is so clean it looks like I just cleaned it. I discovered Magic Shower Glass and Mirror Cleaner about 6 months ago. It works so well. I also use it on a glass sink. One thing I would disclose is that I used it on a couple of mirrors and it left the mirrors a little smeary. Maybe I am not using it correctly on mirrors. I highly recommend Magic for glass shower doors or any glass that water touches. It is so much easier than using a squeegee.
I am not sure if you have read enough of my blog to know that my partner of almost 4 years is German. He is from the Frankfurt area. Needless to say, there is always a variety of beer in our refrigerator. We do have a light beer most of the time. I will post about our favorite light beer another day. Today I would like to talk about Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen. I LOVE this beer. Notice I like to drink it out of a wine glass. It feels too special to just drink it from the can or a beer glass….and it is such a pretty beer. Lol! I am using a plastic glass as we usually drink it on a hot day by the pool. Even if you don’t like beer, I feel you will enjoy this beer.
We are blessed to live in an area that we are a quick road trip away from some amazing places. My boyfriend loves to go somewhere special every year for his birthday. His birthday is in December so it is fun to see Christmas decorations. It makes the trip even more special. When we lived in California we would drive to Las Vegas. Now that we live in Florida we drive to Key West. For his 50th birthday a couple of months ago we flew to Nassau, Bahamas. I will add a post about that trip later. Today I want to share our adventure on Key West.
If you have never driven to Key West…that is a must do. Driving thru little beach towns over bridges of every color of blue water you can imagine. We like to make a stop at a little beach bar before we get to Key West.
As you drive on to the Island you will pass by a commercial area with hotels and homes. Continue to drive down to Duval Street. You will find a couple of blocks of restaurants and stores. Take your time walking up and down both sides of the street. And then drop in to places for a cold beer. We took our time walking the area…viewing old mansions, touring Hemingway’s house (a must do), touring Harry Truman Little White House, stopping by the Southern Most Point, and observing art…and lots of roosters and chickens. Lol! Two places that we like to go back to are The Southern Most House…sitting on the beach with a beer and the outdoor lounge on the sand at Pier House Resort and Spa.
The first visit we stayed downtown on Duval. We both had thoughts of partying all day and night and then it would be convenient to be close to our hotel room. We didn’t realize we had grown out of that phase until it was 9 o’clock pm and we ready to call it a day. Unfortunately, the noise from Duval went on most of the night. Ok. Lesson learned. The next time we went to Key West my boyfriend found a charming B&B a couple of blocks off of Duval. It was so cute!
There are many places we didn’t get a chance to explore. Next time I want to go on a boat ride and spend some time over at the Schooner Wharf.