Ageless Beauty & Shelly's Fall Favs

Becoming a grandparent has changed my life in many wonderful ways. Prior to my daughter and son in law having their first child a few months ago I was asked repeatedly what the baby would call me. I was very direct in saying I didn't want to be called Grandma. First of all I don't feel like a grandma and second of all I don't want to be treated like one. 
Boy was I mistaken and wrong in so many ways! I had the privilege of being at the hospital when my grandson Bennett was born. The minute I laid eyes on him my heart melted. As the nurses asked me once again what he would call me I stated that it didn't matter. In that moment I was so proud to be connected to this precious little boy, all my preconceived ideas about the name went out the window. 
Btw…I chose Mimi for Bennett to call me but whatever he decides to call me will be just perfect. Grandma, Memaw, Nanny, Nonna, Bubbe, Glamma, Lola, Granny, Gram, GiGi, Oma, Yaya, Cookie and the list goes on. 
Truth be told as I was growing up I felt like Grandmothers seemed so much older. As I reflect on their age now it's crazy to think they were just a little older than I am now. My mother was a grandma when she was only 40 years old as I had my daughter at the age of 20. Women have a youthful mindset now which makes them seem younger. Then add in all the tools, services, surgeries etc. and we can look at someone 80 years young and not know if they are 80 or 60!
I recently listened to a podcast called Wiser Than Me with Juia Louis-Dreyfus. Julia wanted to know why we don't hear more from older women. In the podcast she interviews women such as Jane Fonda, Carol Burnett, Diane Von Furstenberg, Isable Allende, and Fran Lebowitz in their 70’s & 80’s who have a lot to say about aging. All of the women reflect on aging and embrace their chronological age while not getting caught up in the number. Instead of asking people how old they are, you can ask “How many years have you lived?”
What a beautiful way to look at life lived!
I wanted to share a few of my favorite takeaways from the series:
+ Don't waste a good worry on things you can't control.
+ No is a complete sentence.
+ When you have a big goal in life that seems overwhelming just get started and before you know it you will be there.
+ The hardest part is getting started. Don't waste your time worrying about the finish line.
+ Halfway is further than you are now!
I love being a part of the Beauty & Fashion industry in so many ways. The ability to help women embrace their natural hair color with a fashion forward hairstyle or color for their covering unwanted gray all goes into the same bucket for me. The team at Allure values helping people to embrace what makes them feel beautiful while using our talent and tools to achieve their desired look. Helping women pick out fashion forward clothing completes the look no matter what hairstyle, skincare or makeup is chosen. Our mission at Allure is to "Transform inner beauty to external radiance." This statement is behind everything we do and say while performing services at the salon. 

As I have touched on being a grandparent and embracing aging, I will share with you my new fall favorites for the season.

Bennys Favorites: 

Warmies! If you do not have one of these for the baby or child in your life you need to get one asap.
Warmies® Plush are fully microwavable to provide soothing warmth and comfort. Warmies are scented with real dried French lavender and perfectly weighted for a positive sensory experience. Warmies make an ideal gift for all ages.
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Obsessed with our Sloth for some reason.

As my grandson has begun eating food this bib is a must! It catches all the dropped goods, plus it makes dad laugh :)

His favorite teethers:

Now that we've covered this seasons cuteness, let's focus on those mama's, grand mamas, aunties and besties. We have really great fall items that are perfect, every day wears that both elevate your style while stating cozy.  

A Vest this season is a must:

Our favorite jackets:


Get ready for the holidays! We have the most beautiful velvet blazer and gorgeous tops for every occasion: 


And of course, Sweaters! A fall and winter MUST. Cute and cozy, does it get much better?