You’ve got to love big, glamorous shades.

I never get tired of the style, no matter how life goes. Big sunglasses are glamorous and elegant no matter what the situation. Think Jackie O.

These Versace shades are my oldest pair, and they stopped making them! But there are still tons of pairs like this on the market.


These are big, but still sized to a narrow face, which I have. When picking out sunglasses, it is very important to keep the proportions of your face in mind…

Some of my other sunglass tips are:

Large black or brown frames are ideal.

Make sure they go with your hair color.

Try and buy light & polarized lenses.

Keep them in their clamshell so they stay nice.

Now I want a hot pair of Chanel sunglasses. I can’t help my love of glamorous shades!


What’s your favorite sunglass brand? What shape do you tend to go for?

Do share!



MAKE UP MONDAY: Lavender Perfume

I have a perfume that I love, that is very inexpensive & very light.


It’s a Thymes Cologne. I stack this spray with a body wash and body cream in the same scent.

This is great for travel since I don’t want to ruin nice expensive perfumes- in fact, last year a bottle of Creed broke inside my suitcase. I’ve barely recovered! So carrying cheaper perfume is definitely the way to fly.

This lavender perfume is clean & fresh, and I use it for a room spray, too.


What are your favorite perfumes to travel with?

Do you love unique scents like lavender, too?

Share, please!


DAILY LIFE: What I Eat- Snacks


I have changed my eating habits in the last year, and I’ve found it has really helped me. I have lost weight, and I look very different overall (or so EVERYONE says!), from my eyes being brighter to my skin being healthier. Of course, there have been some other changes too, but what you eat makes a huge difference in the rest of your life.

Now, these are my snack staples.

YOGURT: I cut out dairy, since it seemed to be affecting my inflammation and sinuses. I was a major Chobani addict, so finding a yogurt that could replace it was trying at first. I love the texture of this coconut milk yogurt. The creaminess is actually more satisfying than the flavor, since the flavors of these are just okay. Still my favorite yogurt overall, now.

COFFEE: I also had to lose my Half and Half for my coffee, and have found the hazelnut flavor of the coconut milk creamer to be a great fix. On days I want it a little sweeter, I put a pack of Truvia in my coffee along with the creamer, but most of the time a splash of this is just perfect.

HUMMUS: The Mediterranean Hummus is the best! I found this at Trader Joe’s the other day– or rather, the boy in Trader Joe’s who was helping me find my pita chips would NOT let me leave until he got me a container of this creamy, dreamy hummus from the back room. I dip celery in it when I get hungry at work. Love it!

VEGGIES: I’m not a good cook, so having avocados of various ripeness in the house help me to eat my veggies without having to do much work. Sliced avocado in a salad, or on wheat toast, just makes everything better. It’s a guilt free addition to anything. PS- if you’re worrying about the fat content of an avocado, you should think twice. It’s a vegetable! And one of the best for you.

GRANOLA BARS: like the Pro Bar in the picture, are helpful on days when I need all my food to be portable, easy, and filling. Pro Bars are perfect because they are high calorie, healthy, and can substitute a lunch if I don’t have time to eat a whole meal. I recently discovered them at Whole Foods. I also love the Thunderbird Energetica bars that we have sold on every corner here in Austin.

LENTIL CHIPS: I have a bag of salt and pepper lentil chips from Trader Joe’s in my house at all times. They are salty enough that I only need to eat about ten, and they are filling. Make sure they are made with mostly lentils, or brown rice flour, or whole wheat flour.

FRUIT: I am a fruit addict. I eat apples, bananas, grapes, nectarines, on and on. I love it. My friend taught me a great trick for apples that I’ve been using a lot lately, since I prefer my apples cut up rather than biting into them. ¬†First, cut a Fiji apple up the night before and put it in a container. I know what you’re thinking- but Rose, won’t it turn brown? Isn’t it gross to eat brown apples the next day? Well, yes. But then you cut a Meyer lemon in half and squeeze it all over the apple slices. Meyer lemons are sweeter than regular lemons, and their acidity works the same way as regular lemons to prevent browning. If the lemon is still too sour for you, just throw some unsweetened coconut shavings in!


I also eat three meals a day, made a specific way by my chef, which we can talk about in another post. If you’re an on the go business person like me, I would love to hear what you eat in the car between meetings! I know it can be hard sometimes, which is why staying organized and planning ahead are so important. I know my mom readers out there know this better than anyone.

So, tell me your favorites!

Happy snacking,


MAKE UP MONDAY: Armani Foundation

I tried this foundation on at the Armani counter in Neiman Marcus, and immediately knew it was a winner for women my age.


The PERKS of Armani Designer Lift:

-It’s firming

-Goes on smoothly

-Very supportive

-Feels good on the face

-Has sunscreen

-Glides on

It is not as light as my Dior Airflash foundation, but it mixes so well with my beloved Armani fluid sheers. I take a few drops of my pink Fluid Sheer and apply it right over my foundation with the same brush, on my cheeks or in other places I think could use some light. Adding a hint of color to your foundation is great for aging.


You can’t screw this up, since the coverage is buildable. I highly recommend it!

Have a great week,


FAVORITE THINGS: Coffee, Coffee, Coffee!

There is a new Trader Joe’s in my town!

And I couldn’t be happier about it. Especially in regards to COFFEE!


Trader Joe’s has great coffee at the best prices I’ve ever seen.

I love my coffee strong and French pressed, and recently I discovered the perfect blend of dark roasts at my TJ’s.


My younger sister actually introduced me to this coffee when I was in LA, and she always brought me a can as a gift when she visited. I am so happy that I can get it now!

If you have a Trader Joe’s near you, I highly recommend checking it out and picking up some Bay Blend for yourself. There is nothing better than a hot cup of coffee in the morning.

What’s your favorite type of coffee? Light and sweet? Or dark and strong?

Do share!


MAKE UP MONDAY: Red Lipstick!

As a general rule, I do not wear red lipstick.DSC_0139

I would never have picked this color out myself, and this is why I am always preaching for women to go visit their local make up counters! I was at the Armani counter in Neiman Marcus at the Domain in Austin, and my fab friend and neighbor Lindy was helping me out.

She put this red lipstick on me, and right away we could tell it was perfect!
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The reason this red works so well is that it is a sheer formula. I know a lot of younger ladies want super vibrant matte shades, but for me and others not 21 anymore, a sheer lipstick is a beautiful thing. I wore this on New Year’s with a little frosty off-white gloss, and it came out very festive.

This red Armani lipstick goes really well with my pink clothing, or anything brick colored (my favorite shade for these cold months). This is the sort of lip product that you can bring anywhere, wear anytime- and it was the ONLY lipstick I packed with me on my last trip! It’s that versatile and wearable.

I love the sheerness, and the lightness. It was a surprising find.

So! My two words of advice-

Get yourself to a make up counter and try, try try!

And invest in the good stuff. Even totally lipstick adverse women should check out how a sheer pop of color like this can transform your whole face.

Have a great week!



Over the years, I have perfected the art of traveling.

I get on a plane often, so I really know what I’m doing when it comes to packing, getting through security, and not killing yourself on the plane.



The night before I travel, I prepackage all of my make up into plastic baggies. Then I put them in an easy access spot in my black plane bag. I have a lot of products, so I HAVE to plan ahead. We all know that TSA wants you to put your stuff in ziplocs, and sometimes you can get through without this step, but this is a definite “better safe than sorry” in my book. You can pre-baggie everything at home and zip through, or you can chance it and possibly spend 25 minutes with TSA agent Joseph going through your purse!


If you’re checking your bag, make it a rolling duffel in a water resistant fabric. If they leave it on the tarmac, you’re f*cked- trust me, I know from personal experience! This is an easy bag to fill and drag through an airport, and isn’t unwieldy.


I pack everything in tissue paper. This is my little secret. I wrap suits, dresses, and everything else in tissue paper that I save during the year. This prevents stuff from wrinkling, to some degree, and is a good form of protection from the stress of traveling.


Use the hot shower in your hotel room to get any wrinkles out of your clothes IMMEDIATELY upon arriving. Really, the sooner the better. Then hang them up in your closet. Hang the clothes over the shower rod, on the outside, with the shower head pointing straight down so there’s no splashing.


This is probably my biggest trick. If you can’t lift your bag over your head, check it!! You would be amazed at how many people, especially women, don’t check this before they leave the house. Then they get on the plane and someone else has to help them lift it into the overhead bin and take it back out. This is such a time killer! At home, just keep taking stuff out until you CAN lift it, if you don’t want to check it.

What are your best travel tips?

I would love to know!

Happy travels.