Monday Musings: Falling Apart and What You Attract

Happy Monday ladies. We’re in sunny Palm Springs and looking forward to seeing some of the sites during Modernism Week. Here are this week’s musings, also known as life updates and random things that are on my mind.

Ophthalmologist Tested

I’ve got dry eyes. Nothing new there, many of us do. Here’sJenifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life trying 6 eyeglass frames

The new mascara I told you about here, is not cutting it for me. It does make my lashes look thick and full, but it has fibers in the formula that are flaking into my eyes. Ouch. I have gone back to my old mascara which is ophthalmologist approved.


On the subject of aging, I now know why my thumb is so painful. I’ve got arthritis in my thumb joint…and lots of other places. The orthopedist prescribed this snappy little brace which should give the joint a rest so the inflammation will die down.thumb brace for arthritis

Law Of Attraction

Who hasn’t heard of the Law of attraction? The book was a major hit several years ago spawning followup books and an entire movement. I read it and several others on the subject at the time. One of my favorite bloggers,

It’s written by a neuroscientist who reveals the science that supports the law of attraction. Since I do believe we attract more of what we think about, I have to wonder about items one and two above;) I’ll be listening again when I’m not driving so I can take notes. Some books are just better in print, and this is one of them.


I packed for Palm Springs at the last moment and came away with only woman wearing blue leopard top and jean leggings

Travel outfit, day two. Big hat, loose shirt, knit leggings, flat shoes and thumb brace…no earrings in sight:(

It’s funny, but some women feel undressed without a necklace and some feel naked without earrings. I now know I’m firmly in the earrings camp. How about you?

Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.


  1. Leintje Cusmano says:

    I am enjoying your posts.(only recently signed up) I am going to look for the brace for my thumb joint also as I have constant pain there .
    I wear glasses and although I had my cataracts done 2 years ago I told the optometrist that even though I would only need readers I still wanted to wear glasses full time as I felt it hid my wrinkles a bit and I liked my look with glasses better then without. Its all about feeling good about the way you look ,I think anyway.
    The dark framed and the brown framed glasses look best on you .(only my suggestion)
    Cheers ,Leintje

  2. Linda Johnston says:

    I’ve just about given up on earrings with mask wearing. In PA we have to wear it everywhere when we go out or inside shopping and meetings. At restaurants we can remove them once seated. I feel naked without my wedding ring!

  3. Julie Traxler says:

    I file 3 or 4 blogs, but I have decided that you are #1! Here is the reason: we love to look “put together” but the underlying details are sometimes more important. Dry eyes and attractive glasses are SO important. Functional and yet gorgeous (stylish) shoes are a must. Our body needs to work well if we want to carry off our” in style” attitude. A good haircut solves so many issues in a complete stylish look. Whew, maybe now we can buy that new top. Thank you for so many ideas.

  4. I cannot leave the house without earrings. Actually, need them in the house too. Might as well be naked if I don’t wear them.

    Eye sight problems snuck up on me two years ago. What a drag. There is a an eye drop we can only get at Shoppers Drug Mart (Ontario) at the pharmacy called HiLo. Not sure if you can get it in the U.S. Better than any other eye drops I’ve tried.

    1. I’ll pick some up next time I’m in Canada! Thanks for the recommendation.

  5. Just for “fun” you might want to read the latest research on dry eye syndrome and vitamin D defiency. Fascinating.

  6. Glasses are hard! I purchased two pair a year or so ago, one Coach, one something else and didn’t like the style after I wore them a few times. Also, the quality was not up to par with older glasses that I purchased at the same place. I do wear contacts but am finding, in recent pics, that I have a lot of puffiness and darkness below my eyes that nothing but glasses seem to cover. Time to look for a new glasses I guess!

    I read the comment on closing necklaces, bracelets and earring as we age. I have trouble with my hands and am now very conscious of the closing on my jewelry. I too have had jewelers refit closings so I can continue to wear favorite pieces.

    1. Funny you should mention the under-eye region. My bags look worse in contacts too. Having the frame cover them is a priority now.

  7. I love a new pair of glasses. I wear Shaw lenses to drive since LASIK left me with two very different prescriptions. They are very thick and I’m limited in my frame choice so I’m envious you have so many options. They all look lovely on you. Love the hat too! Thank you for the shout out. Isn’t that a good book? It puts hard science behind all the woo woo. Have a lovely day! Xx

    1. I’m so glad you recommended it! I’m a fan of woo woo in most everything but scientific backing makes it all the more enjoyable.xx

  8. This is my favorite pair of glasses for Jennifer, too. Just in a more cool-toned color. The shape and size is perfect.

    1. Oops, left out which pair! Second row, left side.

  9. I’m with you in the earring camp. Hope we’ll hear more on your run in with the water line. :-/

  10. Thanks for such a relatable post! I’ve worn earrings daily for years, lipstick since my twenties, and a small necklace which has personal meaning for me. I also suffer from dry eyes and have used Restasis and now Xiidra after my insurance stopped covering Restasis. I am eager to try your suggestions as these prescriptions are so costly.
    I am very pleased with your mascara choices and I’m currently loving the Lights, Camera, Lashes one best of all. It actually brings out my pale blonde lashes very well.
    I’m really enjoying following your blog and I’m so glad I found it! Have a great vacation!

  11. Christine says:

    I dislike earrings intensely, on the other hand I’m not dressed unless I have lipstick on!

    I get my glasses from a really funky shop which has styles which are really out there – you have to make a statement!!

  12. I vote glasses second on left. I also always wear earrings. Go buy yourself an earrings present from your trip!

  13. Jennifer, we all appreciate you! No pretenses from you – you tell it like it is and we love you for it. I also have dry eyes….such a pain but not ready to give up contacts completely and arthritis of wrists are prevalent. So sorry about the water main break….I love your stories! Thanks for sharing your trips, family, home (where did you end up?) skin care and clothes. It’s all good! Have a great time in Palm Springs!?

  14. Sharon Mulliken says:

    I laughed out loud when I saw what earrings you did bring! Sounds like something I would do lol I am a real earring and bracelet person. I feel not all the way dressed when I forget one or the other. Enjoy Palm Springs as this is a wonderful time of year to be there. We hiked at this time of year around there and in the desert and it was just lovely….and not hot! Maybe you could shop a bit and come up with a pair of go-with-everything earrings!!

  15. Earrings for sure. I don’t wear a lot of jewelry on a daily basis, but always earrings if I’m leaving the house.

    New glasses are a nice lift, and like you, I like a bit of variety now that I’m wearing them more. I take my previous frames to Costco for new lens once I have new script. It’s much cheaper to have them redo the lens since I also have prescription sunnies.

  16. I wish I could wear pierced earrings! I’ve had my ears pierced 5 or 6 different times but they get infected and never heal. I do have several pairs of cute clip-ons, but often they start to pinch after an hour. I wear glasses all of the time now; my vision in totally blurry without them. I don’t mind because there are so many stylish options available. I feel naked if I leave the house without my wedding rings on.

  17. Glasses: 2nd on left are very becoming. I relate with the thumb issues. I wore a brace for sometime before having successful surgery to reconstruct. It had been horribly deformed with arthritis and very painful. Dry eye seems to come with the territory, doesn’t it? My right eye drips so much, I’m considering lid surgery. With age, the lower lid sometimes pouches out and the tear duct doesn’t align properly to absorb the tears. Oh well! But we continue to persevere being thankful for what we have. Thank you for inspiring us all! ❤️

    1. That sounds so annoying but you’re right, we’ve got to stay on top of things. Luckily they can do lots of things to help us.

  18. Count me in with the Always Earrings crowd; they’re first on & last off every single day. I prefer big hoops or danglies, although I do have a few sets of studs I like. And I enjoy having fun with them: I have 5 piecings & often wear combinations of hoops & studs, depending on my mood that day — sometimes I’ll wear studs in one ear & loops or dangles in the other & watch people trying to decide if I’ve done it on purpose or by accident. I also feel naked without a pile of bracelets & multiple silver rings. The other 2 things I wear every day, even when I’m at home alone: mascara & good perfume.

  19. Wear diamond hoops everyday unless changing to sliver hoops and necklace . Lipstick, mascara & blush a must and 2 pair of glasses on the left are my favorites!

  20. I also have very sensitive ears and have found the nickel free ones work well for me. I wear them every day with no problem. Enjoy your blog. Like the glasses on the left..second row.

  21. I, too, have dry eyes and MGD. Here’s a hint: keep some of your eye drops in the refrigerator. Feels cool and soothing, plus you can tell that the drops actually went in. My opthamologist said it was fine to do that. Some brands may thicken, but most are ok when chilled.

  22. Elaine @ Following Augustine says:

    Even though they’re often hidden by my hair, I feel naked without earrings too. I usually carry a tiny pair of studs in my purse for those occasions when I’m out and about and realize that I forgot to put any on, but sometimes it’s a good excuse to buy a new pair! Usually just costume jewelry but something I know I’ll wear again.

  23. You don’t need anything other than that fabulous classic Cartier watch. I have one as well…I bought it as a gift for myself 30 years ago. I don’t leave home without it!

    1. It is my very favorite watch!! I adore it. My husband surprised me with it over 30 years ago. Best gift he’s ever bought me.

  24. My hairdresser is always saying to me, “I know, I know, don’t let your ears show.” I totally dislike my ears so I don’t wear earrings. Huge ears.

    I have a small face but didn’t realize I had been wearing glasses too big until I put these on I just bought. Love wine frames with silver hair! I forgot to change colors when my hair turned gray.

  25. Elizabeth says:

    This is the best blog entry you’ve posted since I joined late 2019! Everything is about me, too! Have always worn glasses, so up-date every 2 years. Love the ones you’re wearing, left side & second down-exactly like I’m wearing, only in dark brown frames-they “lift” your face. Also have dry, sensitive eyes that hate mascara until I tried L’Oreal’s Voluminous Lash Paradise that doesn’t shed fibres. Lower cost, so buy a new one every 2 months. I suffer from osteoarthritis in left thumb & hampers playing the piano, so do physio exercises for this. Loved our time in Palm Springs & took a private mid-century modern house tour-fantastic! Can’t leave the house without simple earrings, bracelet & lipstick. Keep up these great posts, Jennifer!

    1. Thanks so much Elizabeth!! I’m glad you’re here with us.

  26. Patsy McMillan says:

    Pleasetell me where you purchased your blouse from this post.

    1. It’s from Banana Republic last year. I’m sorry it’s not available anymore.

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