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Entries in Mexico (2)


5 Ways to Celebrate Your 40th Birthday

I keep hearing "40 is the new 20!" but I'm not feeling it. I'm not feeling 20. I feel old and wrinkly. Like one of my good friends said recently abou her upcoming 40th, "I wish I could just ignore it."

Why is it that some of us plan a celebration and some of us reject the idea that this is some major milestone?

Everyone has their own idea of what a 40th birthday celebration looks like. Here are 5 that vary from extravagant to mundane. Which one appeals to you?

1) Weekend getaway with friends


image of Muholland Brothers Safari Bag via Skyepeale on Flickr

This was how my group of girlfriends decided to celebrate. We figured with everyone turning 40 within months of each other, we could either travel all over to everyone's 40th birthday party or...all go away together! We are leaving for Meh-hee-co on Thursday!!

Other popular destinations as polled on Facebook and Twitter: Vegas Baby (you have to say 'Baby' after's a law), a cruise, Paris (not just for lovers), and Miami.


2) Professional photo shoot

photography by Melissa Arroyo Photography

A neighbor of mine did this with her 4 girlfriends and the photos are so great. We are not talking Glamour Shots here either. Is that place still around? We are talking PRO fessional!


3) Buy yourself something nice...REALLY nice

image of 5th Avenue Apple Store via bearroast on Flickr

Had we not planned a trip I was trying to think of something I've always wanted that I could treat myself to. There's the Cartier Tank watch I love, the Bulgari ring, and the convertible Audi TT that still calls out to me as I pick crayons out from underneath the seats in my minivan. My photog friends would get a really nice lense - and this is what The Mister did. What would you buy?


4) Nip, tuck and botox

Here is where I draw the the sand (not with permanent marker)...and then I causually erase that line with my foot. I realize the irony that I will invest in 1/10 of an organic grass-fed cow, yet I am not above injecting botulism into my face. I haven't done it yet, but those 'lines' seem to be getting deeper every day and the $500 I spent on airfare to Mexico would also have smoothed out a few of my rough spots.

If it's any consolation (mom) the nipping and tucking are totally out of the question.


5) Party like you are 29 and it's the 90's

image of a Rolls-Royce via Wikipedia

While my friends decided to ditch the big parties this year, other friends of mine are coming back from extravagant weekends where they were flown, hoteled, wined and dined by the 40th birthday boy/girl. It sounds like the 90s again when everyone had their stock options, talked IPOs, and spent money like crazy cause we were all turning 30 and had a strong economy at our back and zero kids climbing on it. These weekends usually include limos, clubs, and lots and lots of mixing of drinks that a 40-year old stomach just can't handle.

So tell me...

How did you (or how do you plan to) celebrate your 40th or 50th or 60th birthday?



Fashion Friday: Shopping for Mexico

Things I simply MUST HAVE for a weekend in Mexico

My college girlfriends and I are heading off to Puerta Vallarta next week for a girls getaway to celebrate all of us turning 40 this year. I'm soooo glad to have had this trip planned after I spent my 40th birthday in the dark.

Today (tonight by the time I finish this post) I want to shop for a few things to take on my trip.

Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses

Ray-Ban Wayfarers are back in my friends! And, since "Risky Business" is one of my all-time faves and still has a good bit of MoJo (even if the star has since lost his) I simply must have some.

image via Amazon

I may opt for the tortoise shell color rather than classic black but that's simply because I look better in brown tones.

Fabulous SPF 50 Sunhat

I know what you are thinking... 'fabulous' and 'SPF 50' simply cannot be used in the same sentence. Right? WRONG! Have you checked out Coolibar yet? I bought girls great hats for the beach and pool from Coolibar a few years ago and they were great.

This is the one I'm eyeing for me:

image of Shapeable Poolside Sunhat via Coolibar

Travel-worthy, shapable, and UPF 50+, this hat is chic and will protect my scalp, face and neck from the Mexico sun.


Bright-colored Sundress

After spending the past 4 months buried in my brown, puffy down coat I need some color!!!

Thankfully Fresh Produce sent me a beautiful cafe wrap dress in the Fall to review. This will be the first time I get to wear it and I am so excited!


This one is in 'sunrise' but mine is the bright 'Sangria' color. The fact that I chose a color that shares the name of a terrific vacation drink is pure coincidence!


Summertime Clutch

I love to clutch and this bright orange Julie Apple Flip It Convertible Clutch is going to look great tucked under my arm at the pool in Mexico and at the pool this summer back home. Plus, with the right outfit, it can convert easily to an casual evening bag with a sundress or jeans.

image via Amazon

What else do you think I need to buy?


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