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Heather Altman’s Ivory Leather Top and Pants / Million Dollar Listing LA Season 15 Episode 2 Fashion

Heather Altman looked so luxurious in her ivory leather top and pants on last night’s Million Dollar Listings LA. She is someone who shows gorgeous homes with personal style to match. And I don’t know about you but I am glued to this look because one I love tube tops and two I love matching sets. So if you are opening the door for a new statement look to show off then keep scrolling for a classy yet versatile ‘fit that will make you stun from sun up to sundown!

Best in Blonde,

Amanda


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How to Make Your Own Essential Oil Blend for Mature Skin (Recipe)

A Basic Essential Oil Blend for Everyday Mature Skin Care

With all the wonderful natural facial serums on the market today, it can be a little overwhelming choosing the correct formula with safe, non-toxic ingredients, all at a reasonable price. The good news is that it’s easy and fun to make a quality product on your own using the miracle of nature – essential oils. 

When I started working with skincare formulas in 2003, one of the first products I was excited about making was an essential oil-based facial serum. My skin needs were changing, and a moisturizing oil made perfect sense for dry, maturing skin.

I decided to work with four wonderful healthy aging essential oils I had discovered: Lavender, Frankincense, Rose Geranium, and Carrot Seed.

The natural and highly effective nature of essential oils makes them perfect for skincare. When blended for their various properties and used with a carrier oil that matches your skin type, you can create a serum tailor-made for your skin.

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are the essence of plants. Hidden away in many parts of the plant, like the flowers, seeds, and roots, they are very potent chemical compounds. They can give the plant its scent, protect it from harsh conditions, and help with pollination.

The benefits of essential oils on humans are diverse and amazing. Lavender flower oil, for example, contains compounds that help soothe skin irritation and redness, while the scent reduces feelings of anxiety and stress.

The beautiful Rose essential oil is hydrating to the skin and sometimes used to treat scarring, while the scent is known to help lift depression. 

There are many essential oils to choose from for specific skincare needs. I have used a myriad of different combinations but keep coming back to the tried and true blend from my very first serum.

The four essential oils used are the workhorses of skincare for mature skin, as well as being wonderfully uplifting for mind, body, and spirit. 

The Base Oil Blend Formula

Here’s what you’ll need:

Bottle

1 oz. amber dropper bottle. You can find those in pharmacies or online.

Base (Carrier) Oil

As a base, you can use one of the oils below or a combination of several that meet your skin’s needs:

  • Jojoba oil is my base oil of choice. It’s incredible for most skin types: it’s extremely gentle and non-irritating for sensitive skin, moisturizing for dry skin, balancing for oily skin, ideal for combination skin, and offers a barrier of protection from environmental stressors. It also helps skin glow as it delivers deep hydration.
  • Rosehip oil smooths the skin’s texture and calms redness and irritation.
  • Argan oil contains high levels of vitamin E and absorbs thoroughly into the skin leaving little oily residue.
  • Avocado oil is effective at treating age spots and sun damage, as well as helping to soothe inflammatory conditions such as blemishes and eczema.
  • Olive oil is a heavier oil and the perfect choice if your skin needs a mega-dose of hydration. Just be aware that olive oil takes longer to absorb and leaves the skin with an oily feeling. This may be desirable for extremely dry, red, itchy skin.

Essential Oils

  • Lavender essential oil is very versatile and healing. It helps reduce inflammation, kill bacteria, and clear pores. Its scent is also calming and soothing.
  • Frankincense essential oil helps to tone and strengthen mature skin in addition to fighting bacteria and balancing oil production.
  • Rose Geranium essential oil helps tighten the skin by reducing the appearance of fine lines, helps reduce inflammation and fight redness, and offers anti-bacterial benefits to help fight the occasional breakout. The scent is also known to be soothing and balancing.
  • Carrot seed oil is a fantastic essential oil for combination skin. It helps even the skin tone while reducing inflammation and increasing water retention.

The Recipe

Let’s start with a simple recipe:

  • 1 oz. Jojoba oil (or carrier oil of your choice)
  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 10 drops Frankincense
  • 10 drops Rose Geranium
  • 10 drops Carrot seed oil 

Place the essential oil drops in the amber dropper bottle then fill with Jojoba/carrier oil. It’s that simple!

Applying Your Homemade Serum

Use this serum morning and evening as part of your regular skincare routine. Serums work best when applied after cleansing your face. You can cleanse with Coconut Oil or a mixture of oils for enhanced hydration (we will cover this in the next article) or use your regular facial cleanser.

Essential oils will not interfere in any way with your normal skincare products.

Keep in mind that the serum is concentrated. Use only a pea-sized amount, work it into your fingertips, and apply evenly over the face without tugging or pulling.

If your skin feels tacky, reduce the amount on the next application. Your skin should feel soft, not oily. Follow with your regular moisturizer if you like. 

Making your own facial serum is fun and rewarding! I look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas on essential oils and making personalized serums and skincare.

What facial serum do you use? Have you made one yourself? What is your favorite essential oil for skin care? Please share your thoughts with our community!

Heather Altman’s Ivory Leather Top and Pants

Heather Altman’s Ivory Leather Top and Pants / Million Dollar Listing LA Season 15 Episode 2 Fashion

Heather Altman looked so luxurious in her ivory leather top and pants on last night’s Million Dollar Listings LA. She is someone who shows gorgeous homes with personal style to match. And I don’t know about you but I am glued to this look because one I love tube tops and two I love matching sets. So if you are opening the door for a new statement look to show off then keep scrolling for a classy yet versatile ‘fit that will make you stun from sun up to sundown!

Best in Blonde,

Amanda


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Piano Lesson 40: Congratulations!

Piano Lesson 40 Congratulations!

Welcome to Lesson 40, our last piano lesson for beginners!

[NOTE: If you are just joining us for the first time, you can find my previous Sixty and Me Free Piano Lessons on my Author pages. You can join our lessons any time and move at your own pace!]

40.1 Congratulations and I Hope You Had Fun!

This week we come to the end of our Sixty and Me Piano Lessons, as we play the final page of our Upper Hands Piano, BOOK 1. Congratulations on your determination! Learning how to play the piano is difficult, and if you persevered through our lessons, that is an enormous achievement.

As I wrote on p.96, you have learned so many piano skills, terms and concepts, and lots of popular songs and classical pieces throughout the course. In case you haven’t noticed, you have also strengthened your cognitive function, i.e., your brain power.

In numerous scientific studies such as this one, piano lessons have been shown to improve concentration, memory, mood, finger dexterity, audio-visual processing (which helps us to drive more safely), and what is called “executive function.” Executive function has to do with skills such as making decisions, carrying out plans, adapting to new situations, solving problems and managing emotions.

Studies also show that piano lessons enhance quality of life and decrease depression and anxiety in older adults. And importantly, piano lessons increase neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to form new brain cells and neural pathways.

Besides all of the brain benefits, I hope you have found that along with its challenges, playing the piano is fun! Music is called the universal language not only because when we learn how to make music we can play with any musician anywhere in the world, but also because it is universally beloved. I think we all feel connected to the music of our youth, and by taking piano lessons, you are not only able to listen to your favorite songs, but also play them.

So Where Do You Go from Here?

First, I hope that you will continue your piano studies! Moving forward, here are some options you can explore:

Look for a Teacher: in Person or Online

I think this would be a great time to look for a piano teacher in your area, so that you can level up your practice. Look on bulletin boards at your public library, local grocery store or senior center. Or do a search for piano teachers online. You might search for, “Piano Teacher in Deltona, Florida.” Avoid the top few search results from Sponsored ads such as Pianoprof, PianoLessonsInAFlash, WebsterLessons, and see if you can find some legit music schools or private piano teachers in your area.

Teachers generally teach in their homes or a school, but some will come to your home for an extra fee. You can take lessons every week, or every other week, for 30 to 60 minutes (I think a 45-minute lesson is ideal). In-person lessons tend to be more effective than online lessons, but if online is all that is available to you, that’s fine too.

When interviewing piano teachers, get a sense of whether they have a personality you feel comfortable with, and find out if they enjoy teaching older adults. Check to see if they are ok with you using the Upper Hands Piano series. (Some teachers only want to use the same books they’ve been using for decades, or the books they use for kids, which are not great for adults.)

Of course I suggest that you move on to Upper Hands Piano, BOOK 2 next, so that you continue right from where you left off; in BOOK 2 you will learn more of the chords you need to know in order to play from Fake Books. If your prospective teacher has questions about the Upper Hands Piano method, they can contact me for information and sample pages.

Continue with My Assistance

If you are feeling resistant to having a piano teacher, or you can’t afford lessons at this time, let me know in the comment section below that you want me to continue offering demonstration videos for BOOK 2 on YouTube. Once I get at least 10 requests to post additional videos for BOOK 2 (there are already 9 videos posted here), I will start posting them page by page, as I did with BOOK 1.

Try a Gathering to Share Your Music

In addition, as I have mentioned before, try gathering friends together for a song circle, Piano and Poetry Party or some kind of creative sharing. Guests might play an instrument, read a poem, share their art or craftwork, bring a dish they prepared or some other creative endeavor.

You can make your gathering a wine and cheese party, or perhaps a potluck dinner or afternoon tea! When we share our music and support each other’s creative process, we feel less intimidated to play in front of others, and we feel encouraged to continue learning and creating.

Piano MeetUp

Some cities also have MeetUp groups where you can find other beginning musicians to play with.

Try My Blog

Subscribe to my free BLOG so that you can get free sheet music each month, plus exercises, worksheets and practice tips.

Practice Your Favorite 5

Maintain a repertoire of around 5 popular songs or classical pieces (as I discuss in my video 40.1 below and in Lesson 39) and review the pages that feel challenging to you, in BOOK 1.

Play on!

You are now ready to play from my Songs of the Seasons books. You can find them via my website. Check out my RESOURCES page to purchase a Fake Book or Easy(-ish) Classical Music Collection.

Watch my video for more on Where to Go from Here:

40.2 Country Garden, p.95 (top)

Notice that I played my left-hand bass F and G chords high. They are close to my right hand, and I had to move the G chord in the last measure out of the way when I played the right-hand treble D. You can choose to play the chords high, or you can move down low (to the left) to play the F and G chords if you prefer.

40.3 Goodnight Ladies, p.95 (bottom)

Goodnight Ladies has an F# in the Key Signature, so be sure to play the F#s when you play the D chords.

Passion Practice

  1. Exercise #4 – Play Exercise #4 in F#, D-flat, A-flat, E-flat, B-flat and F with your hands together. Remember that to play the Augmented chord at the end, you raise the top note (or 5th) of the major triad ½ step.
  2. p.95 – Country Garden – Practice the left-hand chords a few times before playing with hands together. Decide if you like the sound of the F and G chords going up or down, better, then play them that way consistently.
    Goodnight Ladies – You have some 2-note chords in the right hand here. Practice hands separately then together.
  3. Do the REVIEW on p.97-98. Use the page numbers at the end of each question to check your answers.
  4. Chord Calisthenics #1-5 – Review your chords – Major, Minor, Diminished and Augmented. See how many chords you can play without looking at the letters.
  5. Review the Minuet on p.89. Might you want to keep this popular Minuet in your repertoire?

If you would like to continue with BOOK 2 but don’t want to work with a piano teacher yet, leave a comment below letting me know that you want me to continue making page by page demonstration videos. Once 10 or more of you request them, I will start recording BOOK 2 videos.

Finally, let’s say thank you to Sixty and Me for hosting our free piano lessons! I have so enjoyed bringing these lessons to you, and Sixty and Me made that possible. I hope you will keep playing, and let’s stay in touch via Sixty and Me. Thank you so much and best of luck with your future music studies!

Let’s Have a Conversation!

How does it feel to complete BOOK 1, learning the piano? What were some of the high points and low points during your Sixty and Me piano lessons? Do you feel ready to move on to BOOK 2 or work with a teacher? Would you be interested in continuing with video lessons based on BOOK 2? Please let me know in the comments!

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How My Hobbies Forced Me to Slow Down

How My Hobbies Forced Me to Slow Down

In a world that seems to spin ever faster, the notion of slowing down can feel counterintuitive. We know the benefits of embracing a slower pace in our daily lives can enhance our mental health, improve our physical well-being, foster deeper relationships, and ultimately, enrich our overall quality of life.

Recently, I have been taking some online calligraphy courses and enlisted the help of a virtual tutor. One of the biggest lessons I have learned is that if I slow down and use breath work through my calligraphy strokes, they will look better, and I will make faster progress in my learning!

I’ve found that slowing down during this process helps me to stay present in the activity and helps to foster a sense of tranquility that helps later on in the day with mental clarity and emotional balance. Who would have known!

I have also been working with a swim coach as I felt that I was working against the water and not having a relaxing experience during the swim. I was hearing the same message from my coach, “Slow down. Let the lead arm do the gliding.” I’ve been consistent with my practicing and feel the difference. In slowing down my stroke and working through the process, I am having fun and I’m feeling that slow glide through the water that I was seeking.

In my sewing, I’ve found that if I slow down to press each seam and apply more pins to the garment then my work will be more accurate, and I’ll have less challenges down the road piecing together my project!

If I was hearing this message in these instances, where else did I need to slow down my activity to achieve the true benefit?

Some Things to Consider

Slowing Down and Health

Physical health also reaps the rewards of a slower pace. When we hurry through our days, we often neglect important aspects of our well-being, such as proper nutrition, adequate sleep, and regular exercise. Slowing down gives us the space to prioritize these essentials.

For instance, taking the time to prepare a wholesome meal rather than grabbing fast food on the go can lead to better nutrition and digestion. Similarly, allowing ourselves to unwind before bed can improve sleep quality, while incorporating leisurely walks or stretching into our routine can enhance our physical fitness.

Impact of Slowing Down on Relationships

Slowing down can significantly enhance ourrelationships. In the hustle and bustle of modern life, meaningful interactions with loved ones can become superficial or sporadic. By deliberately setting aside time to connect with family and friends, we nurture deeper, more fulfilling relationships.

Engaging in uninterrupted conversations, sharing activities, or simply being present with others can strengthen bonds and foster a greater sense of connection and support.

Slowing Down to Stimulate Creativity

Creativity and productivity can also flourish when we slow down. Contrary to the belief that constant busyness leads to greater output, research shows that taking breaks and allowing time for reflection can boost creativity and problem-solving abilities.

When we step back from our relentless schedules, we provide our minds with the opportunity to wander, which often leads to innovative ideas and solutions that might otherwise remain buried under the weight of a hectic pace.

Enjoy Life by Slowing Down

Slowing down cultivates a greater appreciation for life’s simple pleasures. When we rush, we miss out on the beauty of our surroundings and the joy of everyday moments. By moving more slowly, we can savor the taste of our food, relish the warmth of the sun, and find contentment in the present.

This mindful approach to living not only enhances our immediate experiences but also contributes to a lasting sense of fulfillment and happiness.

5 Steps to Begin the Art of Slowing Down

Prioritize and Simplify

Start by identifying the most important tasks and commitments in your life. Focus on what truly matters and let go of unnecessary obligations that contribute to a hectic schedule.

Practice Mindfulness

Incorporate mindfulness practices into your daily routine. Spend a few minutes each day meditating, breathing deeply, or simply being aware of your surroundings. This helps anchor you in the present moment.

Set Boundaries

Establish boundaries to protect your time and energy. This might mean saying no to additional commitments, setting aside technology-free time, or creating a designated space for relaxation.

Slow Down Your Routine

Make small changes to slow down your daily activities. For example, eat your meals more slowly, take leisurely walks, or engage in a hobby that requires patience and focus, like gardening or painting.

Reflect and Adjust

Regularly take time to reflect on your pace of life. Assess what is working and what isn’t, and be willing to make adjustments. This continuous reflection helps ensure that slowing down becomes a sustainable part of your lifestyle.

Slowing down is not about doing less but about living more fully. By embracing a slower pace and implementing these steps, we can improve our mental and physical health, deepen our relationships, enhance our creativity, and cultivate a richer appreciation for life.

Let’s Have a Conversation:

Where do you find that slowing down improves your overall sense of wellbeing? How do you make yourself slow down? What benefits have you noticed in your daily life when you do things more slowly?

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Lesa Milan’s Pink Printed Top & Leggings

Lesa Milan’s Pink Printed Top & Leggings / Real Housewives of Dubai Season 2 Episode 7 Fashion

Lesa Milan spiced things up at Caroline Stanbury’s party on last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Dubai in her pink printed top and leggings. While these ladies sure do love a set, they also love the color pink because Caroline Brooks was also spotted in this pretty patterned top earlier this season. And if I were to give you a message it’s that you don’t have to be fake to make the color pink your best friend too down below!

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Amanda


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Jenn Fessler’s Striped Sequin Skirt

Jenn Fessler’s Striped Sequin Skirt / Real Housewives of New Jersey July 2024 Instagram Fashion

My jaw dropped when I saw how stunning Jenn Fessler looked on her recent IG story in a sequin striped skirt paired with a short sleeve white tee. I was a little surprised she wasn’t wearing the full matching set but it shows how versatile this skirt is. And whether you match it or mix it up with this skirt, you’ll glow every time. So if you’re looking to pencil in some color to your wardrobe for your next night out, then go down below and create your own rainbow!

Best in Blonde,

Amanda


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Ariana Madix’s Light Blue Sparkle Cutout Dress on Love Island

Ariana Madix’s Light Blue Sparkle Cutout Dress on Love Island / Love Island Aftersun Instagram Fashion July 2024

Katie Maloney and Ariana Madix reunited in Figi in the most fabulous dresses on Season 6 Episode 29 of Love Island Aftersun. I may be way behind on Love Island rn but one thing we are not behind here at BBH are Ariana’s beautiful looks. And while it is hard to pick, her blue sparkle cutout dress one of my favorites because she looks like a princess in it. So if you’re also deeply obsessed with this look then take a trip down below and hook this dress up with your closet before it’s dumped from the island sells out!

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Amanda


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