Exercise · Skin care

Sunscreen plus the hat!

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Do you have a go to sunscreen?  My favorite sunscreen has not been available for the last few summers and I continue to seek out the perfect sunscreen.  I’m fanatical about applying sunscreen.  My Dad was the quintessential southern outdoor guy – hunting, fishing, golf, tennis, gardening – you get the idea.  He also had several skin cancers removed when I was a teen.  From that point on, hats and fifty sunscreen with titanium dioxide became the routine.

I’m no expert on sunscreen and know next to nothing about what makes one better than the other.  The titanium dioxide was a recommendation for my Dad from his doctor.  I am also prone to what my Mom calls sun poising – little bumps around my knees and on my hands after prolonged time in the sun.  Given my love for the beach, pool, and tennis court, prolonged time in the sun was a given for me in the summers.  I quickly discovered there were some sunscreens that seemed to exacerbate this condition.  I also tend to like a product specifically designed for the face for my face.  This means I typically purchase a 30 and 50 for the face and a 30 and a 50 for the rest of me.  I also like a spray rather than a lotion.  With this in mind, I recently went shopping at Blue Mercury.  I opted for two old but goodies, and two new to try.

For the new – Moroccan Oil 50 – This one is a spray lotion.  It sprays out but you have to rub it in.  I like it but it is much more lotion than spray.  The other new is Soleil.  I purchased the spray version in 50 and a lotion version in 30.  I love the spray.  It has great coverage and stays after swimming.  The downside is that I went through a bottle a day on the beach.  That is a bit pricy given how much sunscreen I go through.

The tried but true include Coola and Supergoop.  I love the Coola spray.  The face lotion and lip balm also get a thumbs up from me.  Supergoop (no TD) is another go to from last summer but I’ve only tried the lotion version.  I just picked up a spray mousse version that has strong possibilities.  So, what is your favorite sunscreen?

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Whatever else, remember the sunscreen and the hat! Protect yourself!

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Exercise · Fashion · Skin care · Travel

Summer is here!

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I don’t believe that I’ve ever anticipated a summer as much as I anticipated this one.  Snow in April was my undoing.  I love all four seasons but I was ready for a spring that never quite seemed to arrive.  This made me long for summer and it is here!

Hot days, warm nights, long walks on the beach and visits with family and friends are all on my schedule for this summer.  The pace seems slower in the summer; time to enjoy life in a way I don’t seem to manage in the rest of the year.

I’m prepping for the summer.  Here is my checklist:

  • Mani/Pedi in preparation for flip flops and shorts
  • A case of new tennis balls as I plan to spend hours on the court.
  • 50 sunscreen  –   I’m serious about sunscreen.  I go with 50 for most of the summer and titanium dioxide as an ingredient.  I love to spend time in the sun either walking, playing tennis, or spending time on the beach or at the pool but I don’t want to risk skin cancer so it is time to lather on the sun screen.
  • Sisley Lavender body scrub for the shower.  Nothing like it to make you feel great post outing and make the bath smell wonderful.
  • A visit to the bookstore and audible for beach reads.  Audio books are a must as it is a drive to the coast.
  • Review beach gear – suits, hat, and bag to see if new additions or replacements are required.  1DF512E4-6941-4CE8-9504-CC36D58B1B00
  • Trip to the farmer’s market for fresh veggies!

What is on your summer prep checklist?

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Exercise · Food · Travel

A Visit to Colonial Williamsburg

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Are you ready to take a trip back in time?  Colonial Williamsburg is the restoration of the town of Williamsburg, pre Revolution.  In other words, welcome to a living history museum set in the 18th century.  You literally take a trip back in time.  The buildings are restored and the docents are in period attire.  If you’ve not been, I can recommend you visit.

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I love visiting. Colonial Williamsburg operates multiple hotels on the property for visitors to enjoy.  My favorite is th Williamsburg Inn.  Every time I visit I feel like I’ve died and gone to pampering heaven.  The rooms are beautiful, the service designed to make you feel like a princess, even the Queen has stayed there.

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The Inn and the nearby Lodge are perfect for access to the historic area.  What better for exercise than a walk or run around the historic district? Merchant’s Square is a fun stop for shopping and eating.  The Cheese Shop is a must visit for a quick bite. The Fat Canary great for supper, although my personal favorite is the Blue Talon.

The Blue Talon restaurant is a French bistro within east walking distance to the Inn.  Their mac-n-cheese is to die for and the garden salad the perfect accompaniment.  The menu is replete with excellent choices and the wine menu is to die for.  Added fun are the replays of The French Chef, Julia Child’s tv program.  My favorite is that I can have a wonderful dinner and walk back to the Inn.  The Inn also has a wonderful breakfast.  Sunday brunch is legendary and don’t forget to grab a cocktail from the Restoration Bar or the patio bar, depending upon the weather.

No visit to CW would be complete without a visit to the spa. I always opt for a massage and leave time for the whirlpool and the steam room.

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CW offers so much from golf and tennis to museums to history to shopping.  There is something for everyone.

Exercise

Exercise

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Growing up my mother put me in ballet class at the tender age of four.  I loved that class.  It was a combination of ballet and tap and I could not wait until the next class.  I still have my first pair of ballet shoes.  From the age of four until thirteen, every week I danced and loved it, until I didn’t.  Do you have those regrets when you look back at things you did when you were a child?  I do.  When I look back I see a pattern of start and stop.   I rode horses and played tennis,  and danced, until I didn’t.  For a while it seems I was always moving on to the next thing until I circled back to an old favorite.

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Ballet and tennis somehow persisted through my start and stop pattern.  Riding tried to but there was the question of access to a horse which became a slightly more difficult question, but I digress.  I always seem to find my way back to ballet and tennis, albeit in slightly different form.  In college it was in the form of required physical education classes.  I served and danced my way through my required classes in absolute enjoyment feeling like I’d found an old friend. As an adult it is USTA and tennis leagues and tons of doubles matches and/or Pilates, barre, and yoga.  I guess old habits die hard as I continue to find enjoyment in the same plies I do at my barre today as I did at four.

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Is it the patterns we become accustomed to as a child that provide comfort as an adult?  I don’t know the answer to that question.  I do know, however, I have a barre in my house.  There are times when it gets used daily and then there are periods when it use sits there until, well, until it is needed again.