Coffee Talk 03.05.23

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Good morning! It’s been a full week over here. We celebrated Paul’s birthday, my older daughter came home from college for Spring Break, and my younger daughter had a fabulous Indoor Drumline performance yesterday. They got their highest score ever, so she’s walking on the air.

My son has been away this weekend with friends, which is always nice for him. I think everyone will actually be home tonight, so I’m planning a family dinner before we begin another busy week. Those are rare these days!

I had a microchanneling procedure done on Tuesday, which was a first for me. It’s similar to microneedling, but not quite as intense. It’s supposed to stimulate collagen and elastin production. The results will be gradual and probably fairly minimal unless I make it part of my routine, so I think I’m going to add it to my regular rotation of skincare treatments.

The spa where I go recommends alternating their Microchanneling and Geneo facials, and I loved the results of my Geneo facial last month, so that’s what I’m going to do. The spa is DeMay, for anyone who is local to me, and I highly recommend Maygon. I’ve been going to her for my facials for years, but we lost touch after the pandemic, so I was so happy to reconnect last month!

I’ve been working hard to take better care of my skin over the past few years, and I think it shows because even my mom mentioned it last time we were together. I mean, I always used good skincare products and removed my makeup at night, but I struggled with dryness and large pores.

With regular skincare treatments (glycolic peels every other month at my dermatologist office and more regular facials), my skin’s tone and texture has improved a great deal over the past few years. It’s an uphill battle, but I’m trying my best to age gracefully… whatever that means!

In blog-related news… I’m working on updating my Spring Coat Guide for this week, which was a reader request, and I’ve got a few more transitional outfits in the queue. I’d love to hear what you’re hoping to see this month. It’s a tricky time of year for blog content because some of you are already experiencing warm weather and some of us are still in full-on winter mode. *raises hand*

I have ordered soooo many clothes this spring… way more than usual. It’s overwhelming, quite frankly! But it definitely allows me to try more things and play around with different outfit combinations.

I feel like try-on hauls are the most useful posts right now because I can show a bunch of different spring styles without freezing my tuchus, but mirror selfies aren’t very pretty on the front page of the blog.

Don’t forget, the Evereve Spring Sale ends tonight. I added a few new arrivals to yesterday’s post (this tee is an early favorite, and this jacket is perfect for chilly spring weather) and there’s a shopping widget at the very end with way more than what’s in my photos.

Also, these white jeans were the top seller on the blog last week, and they’re an additional 20% off with code ALLYOURS, bringing them down to $45! See how they look on, and get fit and sizing details in Friday’s try-on haul.

Okay, I’m going to head downstairs and hop on my treadmill before I run out of time. I can’t handle the cold this morning. Why is it that 38 degrees in January feels balmy and exhilarating, and 38 degrees in March feels like an ice water bath?

I hope you have a relaxing and blessed Sunday!

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38 Responses

  1. I’ve been working on my face for a while, too. I’ve learned so much of the science-y stuff that I wish I could go back in time and make changes in my routine. The big thing I learned this week is that even though I have been using sunscreen under my makeup for 30 years (or without makeup– Ulta MD tinted is my go-to these days) I haven’t been using enough. The SPF number is based on the fact that you’re using 1/4 of a teaspoon on your face and neck. Use less, and you don’t have the same protection. I bought dollar store measuring spoons and am keeping the 1/4 t in the drawer with my daily skincare items until I get the hang of just what 1/4 of a teaspoon looks like on the back of my hand and on my face. Angie of Hot & Flashy on YouTube did a video of things we’re doing to our faces that are aging us. I don’t mind aging, I just want to do it well. Happy Sunday!

    1. Yea, most people don’t use enough sunscreen to get the full protection. My older daughter is obsessed with sun protection and is always slathering on the sunscreen. I think I use quite a bit on my face but I’ve never measured.

  2. I’d like to see casual transition Spring clothes. This is a hard time of year to dress. We are colder than usual in the NW. Staying home from church today as I just got over being sick and now my husband is. Virus’ just keep giving around here. Whatever happened to the one Winter or flu days like when we were a kid. Now it’s sickness all year around. Enjoy your day.

  3. First off let me say that I love how evaluated the Jeans and tee look. Is it the accessories that make it look put together? Im so glad your oldest daughter got home safely. It’s supposed to warm up this afternoon at least in Delaware. So Im thinking my pup would like a long walk.
    have wonderful Sunday

    1. Not sure what you mean about the jeans and tee look. The picture at the top of this post?

      And it’s warming up nicely here too. Definitely planning to take Savannah out!

  4. Looking after our skin is key! I wish I had started with cleaner products but back in the day it just wasn’t a thing! It’s made such a difference .. I do need to find a foundation with built in SPF . I started wearing a hat while out in the sun in my late 30’s and find it gives great protection of not only our scalp but chest area!
    Sounds like you’ve found a great system. I may look into some spa treatments in our area! Anything helps:)
    Enjoy your time with the family! There’s nothing like having everyone under one roof!

  5. I am convinced that total skin care with all that is mentioned here, plus all the creams, lotions, and boosts for the skin and lashes, will work. I am also convinced that 90% of it is only for the wealthy of our society. Sadly I do not fall in that category. The rest of us must do the best we can with over the counter- haha!

    1. Hi, Penny Jo-
      My dermatologist has always recommended Cereve products & they’re over the counter & very affordable! If you haven’t tried them yet, you may want to give them a try.

  6. Congratulations to Becca and her team members! I am reliving some of my high school days through her and am recalling how excited we got when we earned great scores during competitions. I was on the Drill Team 4 years, in the chorus, concert choir, and another choral choir, so we were always practicing and perfecting. I know that you are soaking up the hours with your whole family under the same roof. As far as what I’d like to see in an upcoming post, I’d love for you to share numerous outfits by changing the footwear & tops, while wearing the same pair of cropped wide legged jeans/pants. Since wide legged bottoms are a new trend, I know that I can use help in styling them multiple ways. Thanks!

  7. I just started a series of 3 PRP micro needling sessions and I think I will like the final outcome when I am finished. I am also 50 and realized that I need to be proactive in my skincare! I am looking into Botox- I think you mentioned you started getting Botox? Can you share with us if you have and what areas you are having treated? Do you use any fillers? I am a little afraid of fillers because I am afraid it will make my face look too full… But after years of saying I will never use Botox, I am now seeing it as a good thing to use! Never say never! 🙂

    1. I’ve heard good things about that PRP treatment. I get a little Botox in my forehead and chin. I tried filler twice and I liked the result but I think I’m mildly allergic to the Juvaderm. My skin got terribly itchy and I had some swelling. It all went away in a couple of days but I don’t care to repeat it. Plus the procedure itself is unpleasant. I wonder if anyone else has had that reaction.

  8. FYI For anyone ordering off the LOFT mystery sale. When I click for my deal on my laptop it’s 40% but when I click for my deal on my iPhone it’s 50% off. So just heads up that might be same for everyone. I’ve been debating on a few items last few days and this is what’s been happening for me. With LOFT shipping so high you need most % you can get. 🙂 I tried using my style rewards code for free shipping too but it said invalid, so assuming can’t use two discount codes together. Happy shopping.

  9. I really enjoy your try on hauls!! Thank you!
    I have a May college graduation for my daughter. I would like to see some options for that type of event in a blog.

  10. I have just started using Elemis products on my face, neck and décolleté after having a facial with them following recommendations (from you Jo-Lynne & a friend) & I’m really pleased with the results so far. I also try & have dermaplaning on a regular basis but am still struggling with large pores so would like to know what specifically you feel has helped Jo-Lynne as your skin looks glowing.

    1. I’m glad you’re having good results with Elemis.

      I really don’t know if it’s any one thing or the combination of all of it. I have a feeling the regular peels help.

  11. I don’t get any facial treatments, but started getting Botox when I was about 45. I get it 3 times a year. The first time I got a terrible headache; I went to another location for the next treatment and never had any issues since. Just this past January I got a laser resurfacing on my whole face. They did a fractional laser on the forehead and nose, and erbium laser on the rest of my face. It was pretty painful and I didn’t leave the house for 2 weeks while I healed. The main reason I did something so drastic was due to acne scarring, mostly on my cheeks, that has bothered me since I was a teen. It wasn’t very noticeable, but I noticed it, and makeup didn’t fully cover it. Since I had the treatment, it looks a lot better and the nurse who did it said it can take 3-6 months to see the full effects while the collagen is rebuilding. The other benefits are tightening skin and reducing wrinkles. And it can remove dark spots, which is one thing I don’t have. Although my oily skin as a teen was the bane of my existence, the good thing is that all that oil makes me look younger than I am, so I’m told. Have a great week!

    1. That’s all very interesting. I have some dark discolorations and I’ve been wondering if I want to look into a laser treatment. For now I’m trying retin A and vitamin C.

  12. I’ve been thinking of doing micro channeling. Was it painful and how red were you after? Can you tell a difference? I like the idea!

  13. Hi Jo-Lynne,
    Could you update your Mother jeans post now that you have tried a few new styles? I want to
    invest in a pair and appreciate your in-depth descriptions!
    Thank you!

  14. I have regular myotonology treatments which is a micro current that firms the facial muscles. I really do see a difference. One concern I have is the age spots on my hands. Do you have any recommendations as to fading out these tell tale spots. Thanks!

  15. I really appreciate all your posts on spring trends. I’m not sure I can’t get behind ballet flats as they seems impractical for living in a city but I like what you said about using a more delicate shoe to balance the wide leg silhouette (which is du jour for all ages here in London). Have you seen the Tory Burch ballet loafers.. they are very tempting!

  16. Why do you prefer the Elemis cleanser over the Colleen Rothschild cleansing balm. I have been using the Rothschild for several years, but am thinking about a change.

  17. I was just about to order one of those cashmere tees and I noticed you said it runs small….I was going through some of the reviews and noticed alot of people saying it runs large. I guess I will go with my normal size and hope for the best. I do love that it appears a bit shorter (I am way over the tunic lengths). Have a great week.

  18. This is more of a question for your Q & A post, but have you or anyone you know tried the Viviana shoes whose ads pop up daily on your site? As someone who has wide feet & trouble finding comfortable closed-toe shoes of any type, I’m interested in any recommendations or pans before I buy. My sister loves Rothy’s, has numerous pairs, & raves about them, but the Vivaias are an economical alternative for me.

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