I could be the poster child for sun abuse and now I am here to tell you how to protect your skin from one of the most wonderful creations of our universe.. the sun! We all love the sun, right??? It makes us happy, gives us good vitamin D, it allows us to play in the great out doors and so much more! The sun has the power to control our very own emotions. Just think, without any sun for a while we could get very depressed!
At the very early age of 2, I have photos of myself at the pool and on the beach basking in those beautiful rays. I can remember one of the worst sunburns of my life when I was about 10. My mom would take my sister and I to our local community swimming pool in the summers, where I lived in the sun. In high school I taught swimming lessons and lifeguarded. My college years I lived in Florida in the summers and worked lifeguarding at the beachside hotel swimming pools. I never ever used sunscreen ( what was that ?) but I did use baby oil mixed with iodine, and used metallic reflectors, or we would would get on top of a metal roof and bake with our Hawaiian Tropic Deep Suntan Oil with no spf. Even with light skin, I always had a great tan!! Yes, we need the sun, but we have to be smart when we play in the sun.
I know that most of you can relate what I am about to share with you or you have heard your mother preach to you. I was like a piece of fair meat coated with oil and tossed in the pan to cook. I would flip over and cook some more until the desired temperature. Usually I was well done which is so not the way I like a good steak. Disgusting… right… well the story just keeps going on.
I quit the sun on my face at 25 years old, but I kept sun tanning my body until I was about 36. I love to be brown as a bear but I don’t love the sunspots, scaly skin, uneven pigmentation and PRE MELANOMA that I am fighting because of all the years in the sun. Yes, I had a mole on my back removed about 8 years ago that was pre-melanoma. Do you know that Melanoma is the deadliest of skin cancer??? My dad and my husband had a Melanoma but got it all. We feel blessed!! I am NOT going to be a statistic…… are you? Go here for more statistics.
All of my story leads me to…. how to protect your skin from the sun without compromising your outdoor experience, so that you don’t have the higher risk of skin cancer.
- USE AT LEAST A 30SPF SUNSCREEN or better 50SPF every day on your hands, forearms, face, ears and any other area that gets exposure to the sun.
- Protect your face with a wide brimmed hat that covers your ears, neck and face when messing in your yard, by the pool at the beach, picnics, sporting events or wherever you will be in the sun.
- Don’t get in the sun in the most intense time of the day. Depending on time of year between 10am and 3pm.
- When in the sun wear clothing that has really good SPF protection. This cute striped scarf/wrap can be worn in several different ways.
- Wear sunglasses that have a uva or uvb value to protect your eyes.
- Of course find the biggest umbrella and sit under it, BUT remember to still use sunscreen!!!
Check out this cute tank dress and neck scarf or wrap that I am wearing from Your Summer Skin. This company was founded by a very young woman that got Melanoma at a very young age. She decided to design clothing that would protect her after finding out that there were not very many companies out there creating cute protective clothing pieces.
This wrap is great as protection for my shoulders and my head. Yes, my head!! The sun can damage your hair and scalp as well. I know none of us like to be forbidden from the great and powerful sun, but these are the facts my friends so take care of yourself. You can enjoy the sun using some of the great coverage that is available to us today!! Please check out Your Summer Skin for some clothing and accessories options to protect your skin when enjoying the great outdoors!!!
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50 SPF Dress by Your Summer Skin c/o | 50 SPF Scarf/wrap/tunic top by Your Summer Skin c/o | Hat | Sunglasses by Caroline Abram c/o similar here | Chuck Taylor Converse sneakers | White Tassel Earrings | Bracelet |
I have been collecting clothing, accessories and home entertainment items related to patriotic themes my whole adult life and today I am adding more to my Fourth of July fashion inspirations just for you.
The Fourth of July is just a little over a week away and it is the time we all get together with family and friends to eat, drink and celebrate the birth of the spectacular country we live in. This day usually calls for back yard cookouts, poolside BBQ’s, beach picnics, or in Colorado we go to the small town parades, grab a quick bite and then to the amazing mountain fireworks.
We never know if we will be in Houston or Colorado, but we will be in Colorado this year and I am still in a quandary about what to wear. I guess I first need to know where we will be and who we will be with. Hmmm…… We have a few options…… I personally like to lay low these days, especially in Colorado. That being said, I will probably opt for something denim, either a skirt, dress, or crop jeans with a patriotic top and coordinating accessories. It is hot here during the day but, like the desert, and it cools down a lot in the evenings.
If you are wanting a little more glam look, then this dress is the ticket. It is totally casual, but you can wear it anywhere. Dress it up or dress it down. It is a little bare, but it is almost 100 degrees so I just say go for the cool and the comfortable.
I do hope that you find some fun Fourth of July fashion inspiration with SheShe’s pics (click on the photo below) for this spectacular day of the year!!!
Don’t forget to check out SheShe’s Tidbits at the bottom of this post. A must read!!!
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Maxi Dress similar style here and here | Elaine Turner cork tote ‘Sorrel’, more budget friendly | J Crew block heeled sandals sold out but similar here | Boater hat | Tassel earrings | Gold tone cuff bracelet | Lips: Mac |
I must let you know about a few big sales going on right now. Shopbop ends tonight with 25% off already reduced prices. Just enter code: 25extra at checkout. FREE 3-day shipping and returns and Amazon Prime eligible. I have found so many items that I have been looking at for a while but now they are on sale. Anything from denim to swimwear, tops, dresses, to handbags, evening gowns, accessories, all an ADDITIONAL 25% off the sale price. The sizes and selections are going fast so hurry up and take a look because this sale ends tonight at midnight. Click here to get started.
Also, Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale is the biggest sale of the year and starts July 22nd and goes to the August 7th.
What sets this sale apart is for a limited time, they take brand-new, just-arrived styles and offer them to you at super-sale prices. We’re talking major savings on the hottest trends and brands for men, women and kids. When the event ends, all sale items return to their original prices.
I will say that last year I procrastinated to purchase my must haves and missed out on my sizes for most of my first choices. Not this year!!! I will be on it.
How to Gain Early Access:
Want first dibs on all the just-arrived sale items? The Nordstrom credit or debit card is your key to entry. You can apply for a Nordstrom debit or credit card to gain Anniversary Sale Early Access (July 14-21). With Early Access, you ensure that you will be the first to shop all the best, brand-new arrivals at those super-sale prices. Apply Now!
I will be doing more reminders leading up to this huge Nordstrom Anniversary sale. I usually use one of my airline mileage cards for all of my shopping, but with Nordstrom I opted for their debit card. I have found that I get so many perks with money back when I use their card. FYI
A couple of years ago I started having this major crush on flamingos. So much so that I decided to use the image as the logo of the SheSheShow brand. Hence, I found “Flo” our pool float flamingo. Flo and I (even Norman) have this on going conversation out by the pool with Flo. She really speaks to us and has become a real part of our family dynamics. Just look at her sweet face and tell me that you don’t see her speaking to you!!!!
Ok, I have not lost my mind!!! I promise, but a girl (and a boy) should have a little fun in their lives….right???? Trending for the last 2 or 3 summers are really cool pool floats that take on a life of their own. I would fill the whole pool with a few of these fun floats if Norman would let me. He says Flo is enough for him to handle.
Fourth of July celebrations are nipping at our heels and what a great way to add some more life into your back yard if you have a pool. They also make great gifts for any one you know that has a pool. Talking about a unique gift???? They will love you!!!
Below I have linked the cutest floats for you to shop. Just click on the photo and it will take you straight to the website for your shopping convenience.
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Nic and Zoe Tropicale dress c/o | Hat c/o YourSummerSkin | Rebecca Minkoff denim platform sandals on sale, similar here | Thierry Lasry sunglasses c/o Eye Gallery Houston | Tassel earrings | Bangle bracelets | Flamingo wine glass | Flamingo float | Bao Bao Issey Miyake prism tote |