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Monday Musings-It’s a Puzzle

Monday Musings-It’s a Puzzle

Happy Monday ladies. I hope you had a great weekend. With continuing lockdown in everyone’s future, I want to ask what you’d like to see more of here on AWSL. Are there topics you’d like me to cover? Things you’d like me to shop for and share? I’ll continue to discuss style and talk about fashion… but I wanted to know what else is on your mind.

Here are a few things on my mind this week-

T-Shirt Dresses

We were in the high 90’s all last week and it’s anticipated that we will be in the low 100’s all this week. That feels too hot for most things to me so I have simple t-shirts on the brain. I’ve worn this one from Target more than I ever expected so clearly, T-shirt dressing is an easy way to dress in the heat.

Unless I’m bending over cleaning something out or gardening threatening the lives of our veggie plants, a cotton dress is an easy peasy way for me to dress. Target is a great source for them in all colors, shapes, and lengths because the quality is great and the price can’t be beat.

Silk Masks collection of silk facemasks

Life looks so very different now. Everywhere I go, I wear a mask. I won’t get political about mask-wearing here and I ask that you please don’t. AWSL is a religion, sex, and political free zone. Some folks on FB don’t get that and turn nasty so I just block them and I will continue to do so. Now that I have that out of the way… I spotted a lady wearing this face shield and loved it. She gave me the info so I opened my phone and ordered it on the spot. It will be comfier for many situations but a mask will still be required.


I take special care of my complexion so I don’t want just any material next to it. I also realize that if I wear a pale mask with no pattern, the bottom of my face will look blank. I think this pandemic will change our world in ways we can’t begin to imagine and masks will be commonplace going forward. It’s probably too much to ask for a mask that will allow the focus to be on my eyes but I continue to look. I just ordered this one, and this one and this one.

The Guest List

I am thoroughly enjoying this book. Escaping into a great book is often the very best way to fill an afternoon. What are you reading? Please share in the comments.

Puzzles

My daughter picked up this vintage-looking puzzle of the National Parks and we are loving it! Even though it reminds me of all the places I can’t visit this summer. I feel like I’ve really accomplished something when I get a section put together! It’s a stressfree way to spend a few hours each day…I just don’t recommend doing them on a mirrored table:)

I’m loving this time waster so much I’ll need another one the minute this is finished.

Thanks for reading and remember to share what you’d like to see more of here.

 

 

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75 Comments

  1. Carolyn
    July 26, 2020 / 6:53 pm

    I’m a puzzle freak! Start by “closing the borders”…..all the straight pieces around. Just sets it in.

  2. Brigid
    July 9, 2020 / 10:19 am

    I know I am late to the party on this one! I have been wearing a face shield that i bought on Amazon. It is so much more comfortable when I breath and there is nothing touching my face. It also covers my eyes which is a plus. I wear mine over my glasses an it fits fine. Every time I go out I get stopped by people asking me where I got it. Makeup is intact and I stay cool! Highly recommend.

  3. Joanna
    July 8, 2020 / 6:48 pm

    I have several masks in different colours/patterns. I don’t mind wearing them but have to say, if I’m wearing one I am protecting you, not me. Please wear a mask to protect me, too. Yes, they are warm, they are a little uncomfortable but we need to stop COVID through care.

  4. MRSBEN2
    July 7, 2020 / 7:50 am

    I’m loving the little t-shirt dress but unfortunately here in Canada we no longer have Target but shall definitely have a look-see if I can find something similar. (Thank you!)

    Regarding masks; as I’ve been sewing them to donate have found that the ‘contour’ ones as in the Stealth Mask design you have shown (with the dips) and those that include a nose bridge wire, work well for those who wear eyeglasses plus they also give the best coverage. As to a comfortable and proper fit (again based on feedback), regardless of its style I recommend to shop for one that has both features and if possible gives the option of adjusting its ear loops and/or offers replacement with ties. In respect to purpose, you may wish to choose one that has a pocket for an optional filter insert of your choice.
    To conclude; will be curious as to what you think of the silk fabric mask and visor plus wishing everyone one a happy summer!

    Footnote: Other styles of masks are — 3D type that do not give as much coverage as generally ‘not’ as wide in width but again can offer the same features as above. I’m finding this style is ideal for these warm summer days and are particularly popular with women.
    Whereas the pleated type (similar to that of disposable clinical masks having a straight horizontal design) are fine if sizing is questionable for both adults, teens and children alike however I feel it having a nose bridge wire and adjustable ear loops are still to ones benefit.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      July 7, 2020 / 9:04 am

      I agree about the nose wires! They improve the fit tremendously.

  5. Debbie
    July 6, 2020 / 7:36 pm

    I would love to see a post on really comfortable, lightweight tennis shoe/sneaker recommendations. I have several pairs of athletic style tennis shoes for exercise but would like to get a lightweight, but padded and somewhat cushy, lace-up pair to wear with shorts and skirts in summer. I own a couple pair of Keds, and I love the look, but let’s face it, the foot bed in them is pretty hard and flat. Any suggestions? Thank you for your blog. You are a breath of fresh air.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      July 7, 2020 / 9:07 am

      I will find some for you because I need them too

  6. Kay
    July 6, 2020 / 6:36 pm

    I need to try a silk mask. Silk underwear is cool in the summer, so why not a mask? I would worry about weird glare with that face shield. That Natl Parks puzzle has my husband’s name all over it!

  7. Molly
    July 6, 2020 / 4:22 pm

    One of the things that I appreciate most about your blog is that it is political, religion and sex free! Woohoo!!!!
    I would like to see more info about apple shape fashion (with flats, sneakers 🙄).
    Lastly, I love a cozy mystery!!
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us! 😘

  8. katy lee
    July 6, 2020 / 3:05 pm

    I have an idea. I am always intrigued by the cute clothes shown on your sidebar. They are the sorts of things I would buy If I could find them in my stores. The sites go by Roselinlin and other names like Noracora. Could you check these sites out and report back to us if they are legit?

    • Jennifer
      Author
      July 7, 2020 / 9:11 am

      Most of the sidebar clothes are ads but I will have a peek.

  9. Susan B
    July 6, 2020 / 1:30 pm

    My idea/prediction is that we’ll see scarves come with a matching mask attached at one end. Then when entering a building or meeting someone on the street, you can gracefully reach down to the the end of your artfully draped scarf and swing the mask up and on your face. I have visions of “Arabian Nights” gone modern.

    • Kay
      July 6, 2020 / 6:32 pm

      Great idea!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      July 7, 2020 / 9:15 am

      Very nice, I would love that

  10. Kathleen O'Brien
    July 6, 2020 / 1:00 pm

    I am making masks that go with most of my clothing – it’s me, got to have one to go with every outfit and can be cleaned – I’ve even got a blingey rhinestone one. I think it’s just a matter of getting used to wearing them.
    One thing I use to de-fogg my glasses – clean them with shaving cream – leaves a little film on them that prevents the fogg. There’s lots of other things, but shaving cream seems to work for me and I wanna stay away from some of those unpronouncible ingredients.
    Got to check out that book – I’ve been reading like a fiend during the SAH – got more time now.
    Thanks for all the sweet tips today – may be I have to get one more mask…

  11. Elizabeth
    July 6, 2020 / 11:03 am

    Great post. I appreciate your links on the masks, would love to hear your reviews after wearing!
    I enjoy your post regarding clean make up ,sunscreen. I seems we need to be aware of all the chemicals and additives in make up. Fast fashion, would be another interesting topic, how can we make better decisions with our fashion dollars. Books you are reading, and when you share your health issues, it is helpful to know we all have issues, and how to carry on. All the “perfect blogs, and Instagram posts” tend to gloss over real life . Blogs/instagram feeds depicting real life are infinitely more interesting to me.

    Thank you for being real and inspiring!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      July 7, 2020 / 9:18 am

      Great ideas. Thanks for being here Elizabeth.

  12. Penelope
    July 6, 2020 / 10:39 am

    Jennifer, , I follow several sites on fashion and lifestyle and I like yours most by far, due to your down to earth, courteous, and friendly, warm approach.
    I also find responders here interesting and often helpful. This site is very frequently my “ social circle” as I am mostly confined at home due to health issues other than Covid . It’s always a pleasure to “visit “ here.

    I must admit that, when I am able to be out, I really hate wearing a mask. I don’t care how fashionable it is or how necessary. I just hate feeling my breathing stifled and wearing something I so adamantly dislike.
    That said, I have been thinking about your weekly reminder to always wear what makes us happy and confident, (masks do neither for me ) and I wanted to bring up the issue of receiving gifts of clothing from friends or family. In particular, clothing that you truly dislike and are uncomfortable in , but feel obligated to wear. I know how I handle the situation, but am curious as to how you and your other readers feel about this.
    Glad you featured puzzles. They are excellent for brain and complex problem solving stimulation. And I love the quiet time, when all I hear is deep concentration .. then the fun shout, “Ha! I found one!” It’s like a treasure hunt.

    Hope your hand is healing well.

    • Brenda Starcher
      July 6, 2020 / 11:44 am

      I’d like to see more ideas on how to dress when your tummy is bigger. I have an apple shape. I’m also busty. I buy tunics to wear, but I’m not sure of how to add a third layer. Any help would be greatly appreciated. 🙂

    • Jennifer
      Author
      July 7, 2020 / 9:22 am

      I used to feel obligated to wear gifts of clothing. No more. I simply donate it. I’ve actually never been asked why they have not seen me wearing it, but if I was, I would say that “it was a very sweet gift, but I have very persnickety taste and fit issues so need and prefer to choose my own clothes.”

  13. Eve
    July 6, 2020 / 10:03 am

    I read Gothic romance and Agatha Christie growing up but during this lockdown, I stick to cozy mysteries. Some even have recipes. LOL I just want something light. I’ll improve ne mind later.
    Tee shirt, sweatshirt and denim! What would we do without them. I would like to see what items you would pack if you had to pack in a hurry for a week. What’s your essentials?

  14. Linda
    July 6, 2020 / 9:30 am

    I think the tee shirt dress is cute. I like it in orange, but at my local target is out of stock. sniff

  15. Bea
    July 6, 2020 / 8:55 am

    Hi, Jennifer. Love the idea of tee shirt dresses, and I will have to look for some to order. Just wish there were more styles with a V neck.

    One topic I am interested in is fast fashion. I love to buy clothes and am distressed to learn that most clothing brands are made overseas in sweatshops where women and children are treated horribly. I would love to know which brands regulate their factories so my purchases are not contributing to a worldwide problem.

    Best wishes!
    Bea

    • Jennifer
      Author
      July 10, 2020 / 5:09 pm

      I sure wish there were more v-necks too!! I am always on the hunt and will share when I find them.

  16. Francesca B.
    July 6, 2020 / 8:51 am

    I am so looking forward to that book it’s on my Libby list. My daughter recommended the Libby app which is a free app where you can download digital books through your library and it is amazing as many best sellers are readily available, so during these crazy times you can read for free! Highly recommend. Also looking forward to Polly Samson A Theatre for Dreamers. And anything by Emma Straub. Thank you for your post Jennifer, I always look forward to reading them.
    Lately I have been watching David Suchet in Poirot all twelve seasons!! And The Heart Guy and Delicious series with a glass of wine.
    Clothes wise I am curious about Jackets for Fall. I am 5’2 and 56…when are you too old for a Moto leather jacket? What investment pieces are worth it long term? And how do you choose a jacket that will be timeless?

    • Val
      July 6, 2020 / 9:23 am

      Francesca, thank you for the reminder about Libby! Just put The Guest List on hold. Seems like they are getting more new releases whereas our library is backlogged and not getting them very quickly. Happy reading!

  17. Linda Henderson
    July 6, 2020 / 8:48 am

    I always enjoy your blog. Today’s variety of topics did not disappoint.

  18. Penelope
    July 6, 2020 / 8:20 am

    Thank you for keeping a kind, entertaining and relevant space in these strange times. I am increasingly interested in the hidden costs of fast fashion, costs per wear, etc. as a way to be more sustainable in my clothing choices. Any thoughts on that?
    I too am finding puzzles a real comfort and entertainment. I especially enjoy round ones. I think it is not only meditative but a way to make sense and have a sense of mastery and control in times which feel anything but.

  19. Colleen
    July 6, 2020 / 8:18 am

    I bought a large cork bulletin board to put our puzzle on….you can then slide it under a bed when your not working on it! I don’t comment often but read your blog whenever it pops into my in-box! Love your make-up and skin care tips!
    I am also an avid reader! You should try Louise Penny’s books set in Quebec…murder mystery’s. The first is called Still Life, at least that’s the title here in Canada! American publishers sometimes change the name!

  20. Becky
    July 6, 2020 / 8:01 am

    I would love to hear about your experiences with online color consulting and see the palette(s) selected for you. Were there surprises? As a stylist yourself, how do the recommended colors differ from those you have been choosing already?

  21. Joan
    July 6, 2020 / 7:58 am

    I agree with Paula Green’s comments about face shields. They are better protection for the wearer than face masks. Also there are now studies being done about the type of masks (jersey, cloth, 3-layer, etc) and the varying levels of protection (or lack thereof) depending on the material. I bought our face shields from Amazon, but not the ones that you linked to. Mine has an elastic band in back which makes it very comfortable to wear.

    When I do wear a face mask, I tend to make sure to apply eye makeup since that’s the only facial expression visible. But I may skip the liquid foundation etc since it just rubs off on the mask and no one sees your face anyway. On the other hand, when I wear the shield I put on full makeup and am happy to finally be able to wear lipstick again!

    It’s very hot in Florida too. So I tend to wear long shorts or crops with short sleeve slub tees from Chico’s. I do love your T shirt dress but cannot wear anything straight as my lower half would be protruding all over. LOL

    Please continue to keep us updated on fashion. But I would also like to see and read about what women are typically doing during these prolonged stay-at-home periods. For instance, wearing make-up vs no make-up, how dressed up are people really getting just to hang around the house all day with spouse, casual clothes suggestions, personal grooming behaviors, etc.

    Thanks, Jennifer, for all you are doing for us!

    • Lunda
      July 7, 2020 / 8:18 am

      You need both. The shield stops the big splatters from going into your eyes but the mask is still a necessity as this virus is airborne and you won’t be protected with just a face shield on.

      • Jennifer
        Author
        July 7, 2020 / 9:02 am

        That was my thinking too

  22. Linda
    July 6, 2020 / 7:39 am

    You hit the nail straight on with this collection. From the Llama shirt to the face shields! This was all VERY RELEVANT to me in my world. As you know, I just retired from teaching and my husband came down with sudden onset Dementia. I have to take him to many medical appointments and once we start going to the VA, I will be wanting face shields for us both to go over the masks.

    I DO have a question that maybe you can answer.

    I have trouble keeping my masks on. They keep popping off my ears. How do I stop this?

    Another request, can you locate someone who makes truly soft socks? I mean soft, almost fluffy puppy dog hair soft? My feet don’t like rough socks.

    Thank you!!!!!!’

  23. Paula Green
    July 6, 2020 / 7:35 am

    Hi Jennifer
    I want to share my experience with a face shield. I work with the public but have a medical condition that makes it almost impossible to wear a mask for eight and a half hours a day! I read up on face shield and found many studies that show how they are safer in some respects than a mask.
    A mask only protects others from you, not you from others. A face shield provides more protection because it covers vulnerable areas such as your eyes. The protection is both ways.
    I do wear a mask when I am just out and about running errands, but I do prefer the shield for long periods of time. I also ordered the same one you did because I wear glasses. You can also wear them both if you are in a crowded situation.
    I look forward to hearing what you think when you get your shield.

  24. Lori
    July 6, 2020 / 7:32 am

    I enjoy your blog. I would like to see more of things to do at home such as casual clothing, self-care, beauty, planning tuture rv trips, simple exercise, etc.

  25. Lyn
    July 6, 2020 / 7:25 am

    Louise Penny is a favorite author as is Kent Kreiger or CJ Box.
    Stay well.

  26. Cathy
    July 6, 2020 / 7:21 am

    I read The Guest List a month ago it’s terrific. I love puzzles. It’s so hot here I’m in shorts and tanks at home but I love a tee dress.

  27. Sue Daugherty
    July 6, 2020 / 7:14 am

    I read the The Guest List earlier a few weeks ago. It’s terrific! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  28. Elaine
    July 6, 2020 / 7:05 am

    Suggestion: sewing ideas! I’m 68y.o. and many women about my age were taught to sew by our moms and/or in HomeEc classes. With so many people losing jobs, tightening the budget is more important than ever. Sewing our own clothes & masks not only fills the hours of time we currently have, but also can help us feel a sense of accomplishment! I wait until patterns & fabrics are on sale – often combined with extra savings store coupons.

    • Pam
      July 6, 2020 / 7:29 am

      I’ve been sewing lots of pillow covers to refresh our outdoor furniture and add splashes of color. You can buy old pillows from thrift stores or yard sales and use them as your forms instead of buying new ones. Pillow covers are so easy to make and are pretty much instant gratification. I’ve used tea towels as fabric as well as sheets, old clothes and fabric from friends when we do a fabric swap. I spray the non-outdoor fabric with UV protectant before I assemble the pillow. You can go fancy with bias trim or zippers but just plain edges with a fun fabric works just as well. Just the thing when it’s too hot outside!

      • Jan
        July 6, 2020 / 7:38 am

        Yes, to all your great sewing project ideas. I was taught to sew by my mother and through 4-H. I have made the French seam pillow cases for myself and gifts to my grandchildren. I really like your idea of repurposing fabrics and giving them new life in another form. This is a time for us to be creative and thanks for sharing!

    • mimi
      July 16, 2020 / 10:15 pm

      If you haven’t read Laura’s blog on decoretoadore.net, you should check her out. She shares all her sewing that she does for herself- like a post on 1950’s beach wear. I’m not someone who sews but I admire the talent others have.

  29. beth byrd
    July 6, 2020 / 6:52 am

    Just purchased a t-shirt dress from QVC and I absolutely love it. It is a bit longer than most and has pockets. I feel very comfortable wearing it to the office as well.

    I love puzzles, but alas my kitty likes the pieces so I will have to wait until he is a bit older and can behave!!

  30. Linda McCormick
    July 6, 2020 / 6:26 am

    What do you all do about chafing of the inner thighs when you wear dresses in hot weather? This is a big problem for me so I tend to stay away from dresses. Suggestions?

    • Anon
      July 6, 2020 / 8:12 am

      Amazon and others sell slip shorts. You can also spray aerosol antiperspirant on your inner thighs.

    • Marian
      July 6, 2020 / 5:45 pm

      I found a brand of long cotton panties in Germany made by Sloggi. My friend had recommended bike shorts but I found them too bulky. I did a search in the US for “cotton long panty” and I found a few but they weren’t very good (too small, too hot, shrank). I didn’t know about “slip shorts” but those sound good. If you know anyone who can send you Sloggis from Germany or the UK, get them!! You might be able to find them on a US site. They cost about $20 each in Europe and they last forever. I’ve worn mine for years. I wear an extra large – I am a size size 12-14. They didn’t shrink.

  31. Jan
    July 6, 2020 / 6:02 am

    You look cool, comfy and confident in the T-shirt dress! There are so many face mask options available. If you have the basic sewing skills, you can easily whip out some pretty cute and inexpensive masks. Puzzles and books are always a great option to fill in those afternoon/evening hours. I’d like to add a new favorite of mine, Paint by Number. There are so many super fun kits available today.
    Maybe I can’t change the situation we find ourselves in today but I’m trying to start each day with positive thoughts.
    Have a great week everyone!

  32. Sue
    July 6, 2020 / 6:01 am

    I’m tall so many of the t shirt dresses are way too short for me. Would love to know if anyone has found a reasonably priced one with a hemline closer to the knee. I did find a floor length Amazon Essentials floor length black and white French Stripe one for $26. It washes and wears perfectly and the fabric is soft and stretchy. I enjoy your posts that go beyond fashion to include personal growth, feathering your nest, finding fun in life at home, a bit of the outdoors and gardening. I know that’s a lot but I did enjoy today’s post which is diverse and goes beyond fashion.

  33. Sharon
    July 6, 2020 / 6:00 am

    I have been wearing dresses more often, Texas heat and humidity, ugh!
    Have you read Elizabeth Bergs Arthur Truluv? Such a sweet story. I like positive stories.
    More sharing of good books would be lovely. We rarely watch TV, although we like a series
    Called Goliath on Prime.
    We love puzzles! I think we have completed 10 since this all started.

    • Linda Henderson
      July 6, 2020 / 8:45 am

      I really like Elizabeth Berg novel, Arthur Truluv included. I have not read her new one, The Confession Club, but I plan to. I listened to her speak at the Tucson Book Festival in 2019. She was so good.

      • Kathy
        July 6, 2020 / 12:27 pm

        Yes, I saw Elizabeth Berg speak at the Tucson Book Festival, too. A nice lady who had an extra ticket asked me if I wanted to take it, and I was THRILLED! Berg is a a wonderful author!

  34. Phyllis Polster
    July 6, 2020 / 5:52 am

    I have always loved t-shirt dresses! My signature. I wear them so much I’m taking a break. However, I miss the look. I will probably add a new one. I love awls. I need your help! Everything touches me. Continue!!!!!!!I find you upbeat. Your choices hit a bull’s eye with my budget! You lead me to a confidence I’ve never felt🥰

  35. Linda Simpson
    July 6, 2020 / 5:45 am

    It is so humid and hot here, so you will find me in shorts and a tank top or a lightweight maxi dress. I have several, and they are definitely cool in this heat. A plus is that I feel dressed-up, even when I’m not going anywhere. I am using my sunscreen, but the only other thing I put on my face is lipstick. I had a bout of poison ivy that got to my left eye, so no mascara for awhile. Besides, it would just melt in this heat! lol Reading and puzzles are my go-to during this time.

  36. Terri
    July 6, 2020 / 5:42 am

    I really enjoyed the topics of today’s post. Everything is so timely and relatable. I’m going to look for that book by Lucy Foley. A few years ago I bought a black, short sleeve tshirt dress with a vneck from the Gap and have worn it many times. I also have three swingy tank dresses from Old Navy, and they are the coolest things I can wear when it’s 90 or above.

  37. Janet
    July 6, 2020 / 5:35 am

    Jennifer, please let us know how you like the masks. I am curious about silk for breathability and how they wash.

    As for ideas, keeping mentally and physically healthy when you have little time to devote to it. I am still working at a pretty stressful job so I have little time and energy to spare and need to make the best use of my time off to rejuvenate and stay well.

    I struggle with lack of sleep so that is a never ending area of focus for me too.

    I always find something helpful in every post you share and much appreciate it!

    • Rita
      July 6, 2020 / 6:42 am

      Enjoyed this post with several topics! You look cool in your T-shirt dress. I wear them in this Texas heat. Anything to feel a bit cooler. I ordered that shield, so thanks for that!👍. So many cute masks, although I rarely leave the house these days. I appreciate all the research and work you put into these posts Jennifer!

  38. Cynthia Brown
    July 6, 2020 / 5:35 am

    I’m glad you keep to the lovely high road here. So much slogging on the low road elsewhere. Love the book suggestions….maybe some questions surrounding the current t book would be fun? Also, since we are still at home a lot, beautiful past times and ways to make the cozy spaces lovely are always nice. Thanks for doing you….

  39. Joyce Reardon
    July 6, 2020 / 5:30 am

    I’ve sort of been collecting masks too! I usually wear shorts and a shirt. Muggy here. I’m in the coast. Going to hazy, hit and humid this week. Going to target today, I’ll check here out!

  40. Janet
    July 6, 2020 / 5:19 am

    Yes, the shorter and lighter my hair is, the stronger my eyemakup needs to be so I dont’ fade away.

  41. Carolyn
    July 6, 2020 / 5:14 am

    The face shield looks like it would be great for airline travel. Let us know what you think of it!
    Been looking for tee shirt dresses. I have a couple I wear around the house, but would love a some to wear outside in this heat.
    I think masks are going to become a necessary accessory for a long time. Always on the lookout for the perfect one – that lets you breath, looks pretty, and doesn’t fog your glasses. Strange new world we live in!

    • Susan Gowan
      July 6, 2020 / 5:45 am

      You read my mind about masks. I was just saying to a friend that masks will likely be a fashion statement. Just ordered 5 on Old Navy site. Two for hubby and three for me. Two in gingham. As far as reading goes I have been enjoying Peter Robinson’s mysteries in Yorkshire, England. Currently reading an Armand Gamache mystery, Bury the Dead?by Louise Penney. BTW, I love you are not political. A breath of fresh air.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      July 6, 2020 / 9:50 am

      They’re constantly fogging my glasses too. I’ll let you know about the shield.

  42. Wendy
    July 6, 2020 / 5:07 am

    It is so refreshing to be able to count on you for no politics on your posts! Plenty of places for that elsewhere for those who are so inclined. Love your t-dress! I currently have none of those but I do have a variety of other dresses good for hot weather. That’s what I’ve been wearing every day. I find dresses cooler than shorts or capris. And it’s one & done! I have been wearing a mask when I go out but had no idea that there were such luxurious ones available! I currently have three masks – none very stylish. Time to upgrade!

  43. Joi
    July 6, 2020 / 5:00 am

    Thank you for sharing the different face masks. I plan to wear one as long as it takes. It has become a new fashion accessory. The upside is I only wear eye makeup now. Still sunscreen and magic lotions on my face however. I have noticed my complexion is improving! Take care, prayers lifted for you and your husband😷😷

  44. sheryl beil
    July 6, 2020 / 4:40 am

    Thank you for being here, with light and optimism…Its hot here in South Florida also, of course, but its not even the worst of it yet…that comes later this month and August when you open your front door and its like checking on baking cookies in the oven, you get the blast of heat right in the face.
    now, usually thats when we hibernate, i go from air conditioned house to air conditioned car to air conditioned other place…but weve been in hibernation for what seems like forever already, with no end in sight…so whats on my mind, is just keeping my mind busy, all that anger out there combined with confusion over who is truthtelling and who has other agendas is like an attack on the mental health. my focus is holding on to hope, nurturing that. and keeping my little space clean, and our physical selves healthy. hope this didnt deviate to much from subject but that whats on my mind.

  45. Diane D
    July 6, 2020 / 4:36 am

    It’s very hot & humid in South Florida these days, I do wear a lot of light weight dresses my go to is definitely Old Navy, the have sleeveless and with sleeves. They Wash & wear like a dream…

  46. Yvonne
    July 6, 2020 / 4:32 am

    That is a great look on you Jennifer.
    It’s a really hot and humid and July here also, and I’m wearing linen almost exclusively now. Thanks for the book suggestion – I love a good, light read in the summer. I’ve re-discovered Kate Morton and am re-reading The Lake House and purchased The House at Riverton and The Distant Hours.
    As for masks, everyone wears them here and is mandatory for most places. I’m still using the disposable ones, but am looking into ordering the fabric masks. I can see myself going overboard with that though and having one for each outfit and colour LOL.
    I finally got my hair cut Saturday – shorter, above chin length and a more layered, perfect for summer. I always feel that I need stronger eye make-up with my hair shorter – does anyone else do that or is it just me?

    • Jennifer
      Author
      July 6, 2020 / 9:48 am

      I think I may get that way with masks too:)

  47. Susan Kelley
    July 6, 2020 / 4:32 am

    THanks for the book, puzzle and mask ideas. Great ideas for gifts,etc. I usually start xmas shopping in the summer. So these will help. Never imagined that a mask would be a good gift idea. But hey,go figure! Times, they are a changing! Best wishes for cooler weather and stay safe!

  48. Linda V
    July 6, 2020 / 4:27 am

    Always hot here in Florida! I stick to teeshirts and shorts! I do like the tshirt dress but they are out of stock in my size! boohoo

  49. Paulette Levy
    July 6, 2020 / 3:54 am

    Oh the heat is here too….and humidity! Must find these cute tee dresses.

  50. Paulette levy
    July 6, 2020 / 3:52 am

    Must get myself a tee dress it two! My upper arms will just have to behave! Lol.
    Hope they still have them available. Humidity here…..80-90. Ugh.

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