Having watched her beautiful home come to life on her blog The Enchanted Home and following her latest venture, her online store , Tina has taken the blog world by storm! A true inspiration, her enthusiasm and zest for life is contagious. Tina opens her heart and home for her readers, sharing her savvy style and expert design aesthetic. I am so excited Tina is visiting today to help me kick off this series!
Without further adieu…
Share your wisdom with us Tina!
1. Scent of a Woman
I have a few favorites. Donna Karan’s Cashmere, Chanel No 5, Antica Farmacista “Baby” (my newest one), Narcisco Rodirgez…I tend to like soft, powdery scents but in the evening will go for something a little bolder, like Chanel No 5. It is amazing to me, how one scent can smell so differently on different people!
2. Total Pin Up
Understated elegance, someone who doesn’t seem to be trying too hard. Inner confidence. Intelligence is a big one. A great sense of humor another. For a special evening out…something with lace….I LOVE lace whether it be a dress or a gorgeous top with a great fitting pair of dressy pants and of course a gorgeous pair of shoes, chic clutch and one or two”statement pieces of jewelry”, either a fabulous pair of earrings and a great cuff or maybe a beautiful necklace. If I am choosing a dress, I like classic silhouettes (maybe with a little twist) never too revealing. I like the understated and elegant approach to dressing. A ladies well fitting tuxedo with a gorgeous lace top underneath is very sexy to me………
3. The Man in Your Life
Kindness, generosity, honesty and authenticity. A great humor really hopes. I am not overly romantic so don’t need flowers, poetry, etc…just a little old fashioned chivalry, a kind heart, a giving soul and someone to grow old with is enough for me!
(oh and someone who won’t complain about holding all my “necessities”)
4. Getting your Mojo on
Being in a happy place in my life, feeling good about myself, but let’s not discount the power of a good glass of wine or champagne!! I love a martini, a glass of rose, and a good red (no, not all in the same night)! I always feel happy on vacation…..love traveling!
5. Romantic Food
My list might take up this entire post. It would be easier to tell you what I DON’T like..lol. But bread, cheese, wine and chocolate are four things I think I could subside on for the rest of my life if I had to……I am a big tapas girl, I could make every meal all about appetizers and finger foods, forgetting big meals. I am not a big meat eater, but man bread and cheese…….. can never get enough! Then to polish it off with something chocolatey, is the “icing on the cake”!
6. What would you say to a woman that is struggling with her self image as she enters her mid-life and beyond?
I am turning the big 5-0 late this year…scary! I admittedly (though I feel eternally young) felt this year, for the first time, subtle changes in things, my energy, a few new aches and pains, a couple of lines I never noticed, not being able to drop weight so easily, etc…this fun list goes on:) BUT even with all that, I do try to remember just how lucky I am just to be alive. I turn on the news and realize how fortunate I am to have my health, my family, a beautiful home, all the creature comforts….I think it all starts way before we begin to analyze or over analyze ourselves and lets be honest we normally start with the outside and work our way in. I really believe in the power of inner beauty. That when you feel good you look good. When you are happy, you glow, etc…….so I focus a lot on things that make me happy and gratified in life, things that fulfill me and always try to be a kind, considerate, empathetic person to others. Then the rest generally follows.
I try to take good care of myself and when I give my appearance a little extra time, I do have a little bounce in my step and find I carry myself with just a bit more confidence. I think taking time to take care of ourselves is so very important. I take one full day a week where I “unplug” and step away from the computer, and do something entirely for myself. Whether its going out with a friend, or doing something solo..its an “all about me” day. It really does recharge my batteries and helps and helps me to feel rejuvenated.
So realize this…..life is short and fleeting. You don’t want to be 75 with regrets about all the things you wanted to do, should have done, thought about doing but never did! Live for today, take good care of yourself, be good to yourself and others and don’t be afraid to try new things. Learning and knowledge really is power…and I am incredibly empowered when I feel knowledgeable about something. I have gotten much better about doing instead of thinking (still a work in progress)…..and its incredibly liberating!
On the vanity side…do what makes YOU feel good. If getting plastic surgery is it…go for it! If you prefer going au naturel then own it. There are no rules in society today, its all about how you feel. And it all goes back to when you look good you feel good……..age is just a number and nothing more!