I receive daily emails asking all kinds of questions ranging from the make-up I use to what shoes I was wearing in a post. I try my best to answer each one but find that I get pretty behind due to the high volume that come in at once. One of my “to do’s” has been to write a post answering the most frequent questions I receive. So here goes!
q: how do you pronounce your name?
a: sa – lee – ta
q: what kind of bike do you have?
q: where did you get the glitter purse in that appeared in this post?
a: JCrew’s outlet last Christmas. It was in this huge stack of clutches on sale. Wish I would have bought more!
q: where can I get the necklace you wore in this post?
a: Funny story, this is actually an elastic bracelet that I found dirt cheap on clearance at JCrew a few years ago…I snipped the elastic and it released the whole bracelet into a long necklace. Just found a pearl version for you on ebay right here. I’m sure there are more similar if you look around.
q: what shade of nail polish are you wearing in this post?
a: it’s “Chinese New Year” from the Shellac line. For 30+ years I have avoided putting red polish on my fingernails…I think it was a mental block from being forbidden to wear red on my fingernails growing up. Guess I eventually just convinced myself that red nails don’t look good on me? Recently I took the dive and have to say I love it. A twice a month manicure is a little indulgence I give myself to feel more girly since my hands take a serious beating in working with our horses.
q: what kind of make-up do you wear?
a: I posted all about my favorite lipsticks over here and here. And I posted about the blush I wear here. In terms of foundation, I don’t wear anything heavy since our climate is so humid year round. I like Renergie by Lancome. It’s lightweight yet gives nice coverage and evens out the skin tone. The color I wear is Clair 20.
q: what is your skincare routine?
a: I’ve had the same routine for years and can’t say enough about keeping it simple and trying to stay natural. I’m a big believer in cleansing every night and moisturizing well – especially around the delicate eye area! I posted in detail about ALL the skincare products I use over here.
q: have you done botox or any kind of fillers?
a: No. Something about inserting Botulism into your face seems really scary…and frankly dangerous! I have fine lines around my eyes and certainly expect to see more “character” appear as my skin matures. My lines are probably one part genetics and two parts sun exposure. I was one of those geniuses in the 80’s who slathered my face with baby oil then roasted in the sun, trying my best get as savage tan as the Bain de Soleil model. All I gained were freckles and major sun damage. What a great role model she was for teens. Can you detect the sarcasm?
In my 50’s or 60’s I think I would consider something that helps the skin produce more collagen on its own (does that kind of product or procedure even exist?) but for now I’m sticking with my “lotions and potions.” As far as maturing goes, I’d rather look my best at every age versus trying to resist aging and end up looking like a wax sculpture of myself, ha ha. I like the way Audrey Hepburn remained a classic beauty without trying to permanently look 30 years old. So chic.
q: how do you stay in shape after having four children?
a: I hardly ever sit still! No seriously, I stay pretty active chasing kids, riding bikes, teaching ballet and riding our horses. Horseback riding really builds the arms, core and bootie. For me riding is my dose of freedom and joy, it’s just a bonus that it burns calories. There’s nothing like having a true connection with a horse and working together as a team. Horses are very sensitive creatures as well as tremendous athletes – believe it or not it takes a lot of mental and physical stamina to keep up with them! Savez and I cantering in a flat class last month at the Pensacola show…
I’m also the Ballet Mistress at Seaside Neighborhood School and have the pleasure of teaching students in our new academic dance program. Ballet is an incredible discipline that will tone every muscle in your body. I highly recommend signing up for an Adult Ballet class if you have any nearby. If you’re not into equines or dance, but would love a quick way to snap into shape, I recommend jumping rope. I was actually in much better shape when I did that three times a week! It’s easy and takes only about 20 minutes. I used to jump rope with my ipod – would jump nonstop for one song then take a one minute break and stretch. I did this over and over for about 20 minutes. It really built up my stamina and made me feel great.
q: do you eat a special diet?
a: I try to stick with natural foods (versus processed) as much as possible. I always tell my kids, “if God made it, then it’s healthy to eat.” When thirsty, I drink water versus fruit juices or soft drinks. I also try my best to have our family eat something raw and leafy green every day – not always successful, but the effort is there. Note: raw kale is your friend! I love making green smoothies and shared how I make them over here. I admit to having a weakness for sugary snacks such as cookies or cake…ugh, that’s my biggest hurtle to eating healthy. Tried to ditch sugar completely earlier this year and only made it about 39 days…then fell off the wagon. Right now my goal is to limit myself to 10 grams of sugar per day. Not for weight issues, but to help control my blood sugar in order to avoid that awkward afternoon blood sugar crash that is so common for women. Sugar is a whole other topic entirely!
q: how do you juggle four kids and blogging?
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Hope that answers some of your questions. If I’ve missed something or you’d like to know more, just leave your question in the comment section and I’ll answer back there.