beach picnic

How to Plan the Perfect Beach Picnic & My Picnic Essentials

I love a good beach picnic, so I thought this would be the perfect time to share some of my tips on having a great beach picnic and my give you a list of my picnic essentials.  My first memories of picnics were with my parents in Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco with some fresh sourdough and salami.  My idea of a picnic has changed a bit since then, but it’s always about good people, good food and good drinks.  I believe you can have a picnic almost anywhere, whether it's on the roof of your home or apartment building, at a local park or my favorite, on the beach.  I believe in doing some pre-planning before your beach picnic to make sure that you have the best experience.  Here are my tips: Bring a Good Cooler There are many on the market some very expensive (I’m looking at you Yeti) but you’re only going for the day not an African expedition. So I usually go with a standard cooler like a Coleman with wheels. Now they make some really advanced coolers with things like the Coolest Cooler that has wheels and a blender and solar power built right in. How to...Read More
Favorite Sunscreen, Best Sunscreens for 2019

Best Sunscreens of 2019, a Consumer Review

What are the Best Sunscreens of 2019? First I must start off with the fact that I am not a medical professional, but a concerned consumer and I like to educate myself on the best products to you for all occasions.  In order to rank the best sunscreens of 2019 and all previous years, there are a three factors that I consider,  how they rank on the Environmental Working Group's Guide to Sunscreen, then how easily they fit into my lifestyle (do they have a white cast, are they super expensive, etc), then the final and most important part....will my family and I use them. Everyone who knows me, knows that I am serious about sunscreen. Why am I so serious? Both my great grandmother and mother were advocates for wearing sunscreen regularly.  My mother had very fair skin and would burn very easily, while my great grandmother loved the sun, but later had to deal with skin cancer lesions on her legs and face.  I learned that you shouldn't wait for a sunny day to put on sunscreen after I  got very burned at a track meet in high school, on a cloudy day.  Why would I put on sunscreen on cloudy...Read More
claire bahn, eye makeup products

Top 5 Eye Makeup Products I Love

I'm sharing my 5 favorite Truth be told, I used to hate wearing eye makeup.  I didn't know how to apply it correctly and it always seemed to run so there was more under my eye than on it.  I also have bad allergies, which can make wearing eye makeup that much more difficult.  I've had to go through a lot of products to find out which ones work best for my oily skin and sensitive eyes and here are my current favorites. Here is the link to the IGTV video: https://www.instagram.com/tv/BwdInZMA1BY/ 5 Eye Makeup Products I Love Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil-  I have the colors: Demolition, Whiskey and Zero Charlotte Tilbury’s Luxury Eyeshadow Palette- I have the pallets: The Rock Chick, The Uptown Girl and The Sophisticate for everyday Subversion Lash Primer- Give my lashes a bit more length and volume. TOO FACED Better Than Sex Mascara- Makes your lashes dark, full and long. Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion- Keeps your eye makeup in place.  It's great if you have oily skin and your eye makeup tends to creep south during the day. So there you have my 5 favorite eye makeup products.  What are some of your favorites? ...Read More
5 Tips to Finding the Perfect Blazer

5 Tips for Finding the Perfect Blazer

I've always loved the way the perfect blazer can pull together an otherwise ho-hum outfit.  It can make a low-key casual outfit infinitely more stylish.  The women's blazer is also a great piece to help you transition into fall, you can easily wear a favorite summer outfit and throw on a blazer to get wear out of it as you move into fall.  I got my first blazer in New York City, shortly after graduating from college, it was a fitted black corduroy blazer.   Now corduroy is a casual fabric, but in the right color it can look more formal.    I must mention that I am talking about a women's blazer and not the jacket that is part of a 2 piece suit, which can often be worn as a blazer.  I will often wear the jacket of a 2 piece suit without the suit skirt or pants, but I have about 5 stand alone blazers in cotton and wool to suit my mood and any outfit. 1. Know your budget and stick to it. I said this in my last post about classic black pumps, you need to stay within your budget.  If your budget is $150, find the...Read More
date night outfits

Date Night Outfits That are Stylish and Sexy

I love going on dates with my husband and I enjoy planning out my date night outfits.  I've been married to my husband for almost 14 years now, even though my husband still likes me to refer to him as "my boyfriend".  ?  Wow, sometimes it's hard to believe it's been almost 14 years.  Time certainly flies when you're having fun. As I'm sure you can agree, we need to make time for the important things in our lives, like taking care of our selves and spending time with our significant other, family and friends.   Life can get really hectic and feel like it's moving forward on it's own, with work, kids (I have a step daughter) and a social life.  Therefore, you need to make time for things like dating your significant other.  My husband and I have a least one "date" a week and we like to make it special by dressing up and going somewhere nice.  By dressing up, I don't mean wearing a formal gown, but I do like to put some effort into my date night outfits and to feel sexy. I like to surprise my husband with my outfits.  Even if I didn't buy...Read More