Odds and Ends

1. Dude tries to mansplain the difference between vagina and vulva and is taken DOWN. #nopunintended

2. What the school photographer must have said to get your child to look like that.

3. Gritty New York subway photos from the 70s and 80s. Very cool.

4. I want to live my life like Winky the Bichon Frise!

5. National debt just topped 22 trillion for the first time. Wow.

6. My monthly Petit Vour boxes are THE BEST. So much goodness for $18/month! Intrigued? Get 25% off your first box here with code WHOORL25.

7. Love these downloadable posters of female STEM role models.

8. Super rare black leopard photographed in Africa. So gorgeous.

9. 28 black picture books that aren’t about boycotts, buses, or basketball.

10. This is changing my life this winter. My skin has never been happier.

11. Have you seen the TWA Hotel at JFK? Holy midcentury dream.

Happy Friday! We’re on midwinter break until Tuesday. Excited to relax and go visit our new 6-week-old poodle pup on Saturday!

image credit: abbie paulhaus


My #1 Makeup Tip For a Youthful Look

Welcome to the #CleanOver40 Series! After MANY conversations about the unique challenges women over 40 experience in terms of beauty and wellness, my good friend Lisa from This Organic Girl and I are teaming up to bring you the most effective clean skincare, makeup, and lifestyle products for those of us fortysomethings. This series will publish the second Monday of every month so be sure to stop by for the latest. You can also search #CleanOver40 on our blogs to access the entire series. Be sure to tag #CleanOver40 on social with your favorite picks as well…we ladies of a certain age need to stick together!

kjaer weis blossoming cream blush

wearing kjaer weis cream blush in blossoming and fitglow beauty lip colour cream in beet (40% off right now!)

If I had to pick ONE cosmetic item to use for the rest of my life, it would be blush. Okay, wait. Honestly, it would be lipstick because 1) um, hello, LIPSTICK, and 2) I can use lipstick as a blush so it’s like killing two birds with one stone, people. Regardless, bottom line – it’s a very rare occurrence if you see me without color on my cheeks. It’s my #1 tip for creating a youthful, healthy appearance.

I fancy myself quite the blush aficionado. I have a ridiculous amount of blushes, yet completely unapologetic because you can bet your bottom dollar that I find a use for every single shade I own. Here’s the rub, though. #nopunintended Blush can make you look years younger OR, if applied incorrectly, add many years to your face. It’s all in the texture you choose and the application technique. (Say NO to awful-looking stripes across the cheekbones! The worst.)

As a lady in my mid-40s, the texture of blushes is becoming more and more important so I rarely stray from cream blushes. Cream blushes are the literal crème de la crème – they create a dewiness that is unparalleled and are so easy to blend, which is key as you develop more texture on the facial skin. Although I do have a few powder blushes I enjoy, the majority of my favorites are creams or balms.



Odds and Ends

1. This non-fiction aficionado actually read THREE fictional novels in January and loved them all. Great. Even better. The best.

2. Baby photoshoot fails OMG.

3. You have to admit, the Nancy Pelosi clap memes have been excellent this week.

4. Appears to be a leopard-print blouse, but look closely…it’s RBG! Legit.

5. “And finally, Exhibit C: during the halftime show Adam Levine, who has managed to manifest the energy of that dude you hook up with every year when you go home for Thanksgiving but whose friend request you will not accept, did a sexy lil strip show and revealed his very complicated Prison Break tattoos.” I laughed so hard at this article.

6. Just a fun-loving PNW guy and fresh-air junkie seeking extreme ADVENTURE. Hahaa, grateful I don’t have to deal with Tinder.

7. Thinking about getting a constellation piercing? I wrote about my experience here.

8. I really, really, really want this.

9. For my fellow friends who used Flickr back in the day, you don’t have much longer before they mass delete your photos.

10. Love these random acts of kindness suggestions for 2019. (Also, proud that OKC’s own Elemental Coffee was mentioned!)

Let’s talk about sex, baby. This week’s podcast is all about S-E-X. (Is it a coincidence that it’s Episode 69?)

Happy Friday! Enjoy your weekend, friends.