Sharing Wisdom #2

Guest Post: Tina From The Enchanted Home

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!
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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………b6196aaa38da696c4d879f9649f155a6 eb84bddf195d883e960cb90998434731 5087eca8774e81fa0433dfac68e5f8dd

  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!

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(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… traveling!


      5. Romantic Food

 My list might take up this entire post. It would be easier to tell you what I DON’T 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”! 4743ccd55b47db6e269e55ce32153e40

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… 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!


Thank you Leslie for inviting me over to your always wonderful, enlightening and fascinating blog. This was a lot of fun and a great exercise in being able to share my musings on aging gracefully:)
Wasn’t that fun?!
Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us Tina.
You are beautiful on the inside and out!
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Sharing Wisdom


A Celebration of women and their unique BEAUTY, inside and out.  

Following is a series of posts featuring mature women.

This has been so much fun and I hope you enjoy following along.

1.  Scent of a Woman: favorite fragrance.

  Chanel N°5 is the ultimate in femininity.  The silky smooth fragrance is sexy .. just a dot on the wrists or behind the ears.The classic bottle is beautiful and  a  pretty accessory on the vanity or dressing table.  When I’m out with the girls I’ll wear a lighter fragrance such as Kai or Jo Malone.  I  wear it solo or layered to reflect my mood.



2. Total Pin Up

I admire  a woman that is relaxed and confident in her own skin. Women that speak from their heart and also have a fun, silly side.


I believe you can create a beautiful look on any budget.  My wardrobe consists of a few Designer basics and then I choose more trendy or seasonal pieces that are easy to change out.

 If I’m headed to the office my uniform will consist of trousers or a pencil skirt paired with sweaters or blouses.


 Off days, you will see me in denim with a loosely tucked blouse or trendy tee and a blazer.  I generally wear a shoe with a heel or wedge rather than flats.  It’s worth it to spend extra on a good pair of shoes!

I tend to layer pieces and prefer a more tailored look.  Flowery, frilly dresses just don’t work for me sadly as I do find the look  feminine and pretty.

My accessories are very simple.  A large watch, bracelet and a simple diamond necklace.

That’s it.


 Drop earrings are gorgeous however my ears will only tolerate them for an hour or two.  I have a simple earrings I wear almost daily.

  3.    The Man in Your Life: What attributes to you find appealing in a partner?

 I’ll take humor over flowery language and I  find it attractive when a man can get serious and express his thoughts. Sometimes I feel like men are always posturing.  Showing a softer side is essential as women need a little tenderness and not everything is black and white .. or fixable.  Social and emotional differences between men and women CAN be sexy .. if you allow it to be.   Success comes when we work with what IS rather that than what we would like it to be.


4. Getting your MOJO on

 It’s all about ambiance and mystery.  Showing just a little…

 Candles, opening a bottle of wine,  a quiet dinner at home can be totally romantic. I believe you can create romance anywhere .. just be creative!

Date night, a quiet corner table, or a seat at the bar is romantic. Choosing an outfit, layering with pretty lingerie, and playing with make up is such a fun process.

  Feeling pretty is sexy.   Depending on my mood I’ll choose between wine or a cocktail. Tequila on the rocks with fresh lime and a splash of Triple Sec is sexy.


5. Romantic Food:Chocolate!

Dark, milk, with or with out caramel and always with salt. 


 Little bites or small plates are sexy and food you can pick up with your fingers.   Salad and soup is not very sexy .. it gets messy;)  I love to eat and I eat everything.


 6.  What would you say to a woman that is struggling with her self image as she enters her 50′s?

 Following is a list of topics from a magazine I saw the other day:

  “..loose the mid life spread, how to stop aging, a celebrities anti-aging secrets, how to look years younger, fillers that work, the non surgical face lift…”

I prefer to not use the words anti-aging as it further emphasizes the societal norm that we are (as a society) against aging.  The media has helped to create an environment that often crushes the female spirit, creating a feeling of hopelessness.  It’s important not to be seduced by what we think is beautiful.  Photo shop is not real.

 For skin care I might say let’s refresh your skin or you have mature skin.  Lines and wrinkles cannot be avoided for the most part.  Embrace and work on your glow!

 Be kind to yourself and support and be kind to other women.

 It’s O.K.A.Y

 Forget the number and focus on how you feel.  Sometimes I think I convince myself that I need to slow down because of my age.  We are capable of being active (mentally and physically) at any age.


The more we sit, the more difficult it is to move.

  Do you know Kyle Maynard?  here  If you don’t, you should #inspiration


     Never say never.




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with her pup Layla

Let’s celebrate together! 

Which one of these will you do today?

Dance around the house.

Take a long walk.

Get a pedicure.

Buy a puppy.

Bring home flowers.

Light a candle.

Meet a friend for lunch.

Start laughing!

Wear some sexy lingerie.

Tell your friend something you like about her.

Take a bubble bath.

Get romantic with your partner.

Express how you really feel.

Do something that takes you out of your comfort zone.


Make sure to come back next week for a special guest you won’t want to miss!

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Please pardon the mess here today and my absence from the blog world.  We have been in the process of moving and in tandem ..  Around the Table is under construction so it’s been a little crazy.

I am working with a new Web Designer and hopefully I’ll be back soon.

Thank you for your patience.





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