Murder Mystery Party: What is it and how do you play?

Before going to our first murder mystery dinner party we did not know what to expect.  We only knew to dress up a little and that one of us was the suspect.  In this video I will help you know what to do at a murder mystery dinner party and how to play.
There is minimal dress up, absolutely no set up, and a script with background information to help you know your character.


Why am I a number one fan of murder mystery dinner parties?  They have you laughing, you get to know each other better, the people who are shy feel more uninhibited because they are in character mind set.  If you are looking for team building exercises or things to do with other adults, plan a murder mystery dinner party.  I do suggest that this be kids-free because there is a script throughout the dinner party, and you need everyone at the table the entire dinner.  There is no time schedule though.  So you can be on task and then take a break to just talk while you eat the main course, for example.

Leader Responsibilities:

The leader of the party is the person who bought the kit.  She will send the party invitation in an email, assigning each guest a character.  You do need to know that that person can for sure attend.  The instructions in your kit will tell you how many people you can invite before you even buy it.  We had 3 couples and then the lead couple who had minimal talking.  Do not be overwhelmed by the menu the kit suggests.  It’s intense-giving you a grocery list and specific menu items to make.  Do what your group wants to do. 

mystery-dinner-party-kitYou can search online for murder mystery dinner parties, for singles, couples or for youth groups (some do not have the word murder in them; it’s just a mystery dinner party).  Ours had a theme, but this one also seemed fun. Some mystery dinner parties are available for download.  And some kits are mailed to you.

On the night of the party, we had the leaders bring roast beef, mashed taters and green beans.  The host provided lots of appetizers…cheese, crackers, cream cheese with pepper jelly.  Then we had a dessert.  I highly recommend having lots of appetizers. You will use those as people arrive as well as when you all sit at the table for the beginning of the mystery.  It was nice having lots of crackers and cheeses to pass around.

couplesSet up:

The leader will send an email invitation with all the characters listed with their info and suggestions for ways to dress.  The dress suggestions are simple ideas that people do not have to spend money on.  Depending on your budget, the leader can purchase party favors and decor, but it is really not necessary.

Here is an example of our Murder Mystery Dinner Party email information that I made up for this video; everyone receives this same list of characters.  It’s fun seeing who got assigned what.  Notice there is a theme.

Poor Caprice Wagon died three years ago, and each of you is a suspect.

Polkst Wagon: You were her husband.  You are a German car dealer whose company filed for bankruptcy 4 years ago but came out of it just a year later.

Costume ideas: sleezy car salesman pants and shirt/tie, greasy hair, German accent

Kim Carcashian: You are dripping in jewels.  You can buy anything you want.  After your car broke down on I-10 during a hurricane, you have been in the limelight ever since.  Hollywood loves you.

Otto Bond: You are a has-been football player.  For the past 3 years you have been dating Kim Carcashian but are rarely seen paying for your dates.  

Minny Cooper:  You have been the Wagon’s house servant for 10 years.  You have been a loyal household maid…always on time and you never call in sick.


As guests arrive, you talk, eat and then move to the dinner table or sofas with the appetizers.  


The leader who bought the kit will pass around booklets specific to each character.  You listen to a CD for 30 seconds, and it will tell everyone to read page one and stop when you see the picture of a stop sign, for example.  You all read the Background.  This gives you background of your specific character that only you are silently reading about-the good, the bad and the ugly.

When everyone is done reading silently, you all will read through a little script that each person is holding.  It leads everyone into the mystery by telling a story.  No ad-lib happens here, but each person reads their part in character and in order according to the booklet.

Round 1:

Then you listen to the CD for 30 seconds, and it will tell everyone to read page 3 and to stop when you see the picture of the stop sign.  Round 1 is where the fun comes into play.  During this round, each character will have something different in their booklet.  For round one in the mystery dinner party, people have scripted paragraphs of Accusations.  Your paragraph will tell you who to accuse.  You also have Responses.  It tells you like when you are accused by So and so, say this.  This is where you can ad-lib and ham it up.  

For example: 

Kim Carcashian’s page:


Accuse Minny Cooper of knowing where every one of the diamonds is in the Wagon mansion.  Point out that she is now the heir of Caprice Wagon’s billions.  Did she change the paperwork so that she would now be the heir?  Then you wait for her response.

Accuse Polkst Wagon-

No one knows but Polkst Wagon inherited $500,000 when his wife died 3 years ago.  Bring up the convenient happening of his company filing for bankruptcy a year before Mrs. Caprice Wagon died and then coming out of bankruptcy the year she died.


Respond to Polkst Wagon:  It’s true that is my real name.  It was a little embarrassing.  I was in shock that my dad was the captain of that Exxon Valdiesel leak.  I do not have ties to him any longer.  And there never was a cover up.  I share my hard earned money with my current boyfriend, Otto Bond.

Polkst Wagon’s page:


Accuse Kim Carcashian of her false identity.  Her father drove the ship that leaked all that oil from Exxon.  Her name isn’t Kim Carcashian; it’s Polly Valdiesel.  Maybe she was paid to minimize that story in the headlines.

Accuse Otto Bond that he knows she was paid millions, and Otto is dating her to find out the true story of the ship that leaked oil.

Response to Kim Carcashian-

The money you inherited three years ago was for household uses and couldn’t be used on the family car business.  You have the receipts to prove it.  Your business came out of bankruptcy because of Kim Carcashian’s video that went viral.  Now everyone wants that car that Polkst Wagon sells.

Minny Cooper’s page:


Accuse Otto Bond: Point out that Otto Bond just likes Kim Carcashian for her fame status from her unfortunate car video that rocked the nation.  He just wants to be popular again to fill a deep void.

Respond to Kim Carcashian-

The late Mrs. Caprice Wagon was a classic friend who felt like a mother to you.  You cannot help it if Mrs. Caprice Wagon looked at you like daughter and left you her millions.


Then it’s time for Round 2.  We took a break and ate dinner just talking.  Then we moved on to Round 2 in our booklets.  There will be similar scripting prompts, all the while giving more clues into the mystery.  Then during dessert, you will move on to Round 3.  Everyone can then guess who they think the murderer is.  

I hope you feel educated so you can host or lead your own Murder Mystery Dinner Party.  It’s so much fun and brings people closer together in friendships.  Thanks for POPping over to my channel!

Our mystery had a winery theme to it.  But there was also this one which looked fun and Italian.

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Ann Taylor Loft – End of Summer Looks

Today I am showing you outfit looks from Ann Taylor Loft for the end of summer.  Loft has many sale styles to fit every woman – petite, regular, tall and plus.  These tops and dresses from Loft are items you can wear now. But they will be classic wardrobe pieces to carry you into Fall.  As a woman over 40, I like to be stylish and cute but comfortable in the clothes I am wearing.  How I style my clothes from Ann Taylor Loft may be different from you.  I hope my looks will give you inspiration for your visit to Loft. These outfit looks are what I feel comfortable in.  When we feel comfortable, we look confident.  And I feel like I can relax and really be myself when I am confident in what I’m wearing. feel-comfortable-confident-relaxed-in-loft-clothes

The first piece of clothing from Ann Taylor Loft is like a navy teal gray color.  You have the Fall look while not sweating to death haha.


I wish I had gotten this; I’m keeping my eye on it.

100% polyester in the front  with the back being a knit blend that hangs nicely.  It doesn’t cling with the knit fabric.  The fit is true to size.  I love the buttons in the back-gold.  I can put my top on without having to unbutton it.  With another top and dress, I had to unbutton it before getting my head through the hole.

Exactly the same except for the front fabric.

Pink Shell:  Made differently.  The front is a polyester blend so it is different than the other shell.  Love that it is not see through.  It’s a warm blush color.  True to size fit.  Love the detailing about the neck and arm holes.  This top has the same buttons as the navy one.  All of Loft’s shell tops have a shirttail hem that helps tucking in your shirt easier for different body types.

See how it barely sits off the shoulder?
Notice the flutter sleeve?

Oh my word, this off the shoulder is beautiful.  It barely comes off the shoulder.  If you are over 40 and have been on the fence about an off the shoulder shirt, this short sleeve sweater from Loft is a great choice and fit!  You need to wear pants that are higher waisted because the top hits right at the waist.  But for a special night, this would be a treat!

Love this with a denim jacket. I like leaving the buttons undone at the wrists.

This white lace stripe halter swing dress is so dreamy.  Swiss dots line the neck and arm holes. 

I bought it in Tall Medium, and I love the fit.  Fully lined with just a bit of flow.  Love this! I do not feel like a 40 year old trying to look younger.  I feel airy and cool on a hot summer day at a picnic for about 5 minutes because we’re in Houston.


spring-floral-halter-topThis floral sprinkle halter swing dress is beautiful and airy too.  And the regular Medium was plenty long enough for me as 5’8”.  I just didn’t want it bad enough.  I did have to unbutton this dress to fit it over my head.


Gasped when I tried this on!

Ya know that feeling when you immediately gasp when you see a top you love?  This floral smock shell is my favorite purchase from Ann Taylor Loft this summer.  The fit is great.  If you have a tummy, this baby doll style will be flattering on you.  Love this color, and I think it will look great with jeans, navy and army green pants.  This is fully lined and would also be a great work outfit piece for your wardrobe. pink-shell-from-ann-taylor-loft

Loft has upped their quality in the last 2 years, and I’m loving how they have lined their tops and dresses.

LOVE this dress with coral and blush loafers.

Loved this dress, but I was worried I wouldn’t wear it enough.  I am keeping this sun dress because you can style it with a coral or blush cardigan. I wore it with my blush loafers.  Can you see the mint and blush? Again, because I live in the south I paired it with a jean jacket and boots. It’s long enough of a dress for me to feel comfortable in the summer and in Fall.

Great dress for Summer and Fall.

I really like Loft’s denim because they make a curvy skinny which works well with my body type.  I tried on 9 pairs at Madewell yesterday, and none of them looked or fit correctly for me.  I also tried on some expensive ones at Nordstrom and did not bring home any of them.  Finding good jeans is like shopping for a bathing suit, right?

Thank you Ann Taylor Loft for lined tops and dresses, making them not see-through!

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19 ish LIFE HACKS (travel-kitchen-closet)

Today I’m sharing 19 ish Life Hacks with you.  These are life hacks for the kitchen, life hacks for travel, life hacks in the closet, and life hacks for cleaning.  These 19 tips and tricks are from friends, other social media friends

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Choose a light fabric inside your handbag.

and hacks I have figured out on my own to help you my viewerslight fabric inside life hackdark fabric cannot see things in purse

The number one life hack is to make sure your purse has a light colored inner fabric to help you see what’s in the Deep black hole of your purse.  This hack is just a helpful tip that I got from my friend Shawn. 

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Life hack for kitchen

Another life hack is for the kitchen from my friends Desneige and Carrie.  When you have to cook shredded chicken for tacos or for a crowd, boil your chicken.  Then toss 2-3 chicken breasts in your kitchen mixer to shred it.  Shredding your chicken with a mixer will shred it perfectly.

This life hack is to help you get through airport security with peace of mind and more quickly.  Take a screenshot of the email pass from your airline so you will not have to scroll through emails while in the security line.  This pass is what will get you through security.  TSA can easily scan it from your photo.  You won’t be worried about finding wi-fi in order to open your emails.  No need to look up the email when you get to the airport; just show your picture on your phone.  It is also one less thing to keep up with-no paper ticket thing.

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Use pants coat hanger from the hotel closet to keep those curtains closed and the morning light OUT.

We are an airline family so do not miss my travel videos.  In my Travel Hack video, a subscriber commented with this life hack.  Use pants hanger from your hotel closet to keep hotel curtains closed and keep the morning light out!

This next life hack is for your closet.  Put a rubber band on the edges of your hanger to keep your wide-necked blouse on the hanger.  I got this idea from Benriwaza on YouTube.

For makeup hacks, store your beauty blender in a plastic easter egg!  Since Beauty Blenders are damp after using them, an easter egg allows air flow if it has holes in the bottom and top.  Brilliant!  I cannot remember who I got that idea from; it was like a year ago.

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Store your damp beauty blender in the holed plastic Easter egg. Brilliant

Lazy Budget Chef suggests using a cotton ball to remove permanent marker from clothing by rubbing the alcohol-soaked cotton ball onto the piece of clothing stain.  She also says you can remove sticker label excess from jars or for me, this foundation container that they sealed it with so you couldn’t open it.  Works like a charm!  My foundation from an Over 40 video was sealed with this tape.  It took forever to take off the tape, but the residue left is still sticky.  Her hack took it off.  The video proves each of these life hacks.

My creative husband has a life hack for your home office.  Use a plastic gum container to hold multiple usb sticks.  This plastic is sturdy.


Keep copy of insurance card (health) inside glove box.  This life hack is for other people God forbid you’re in an accident.  I’m talking about your health insurance card in addition to your car insurance card.  Having that health insurance card will lead authorities to your doctor and then to your emergency contact person.

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This is not your proof of insurance. It is a way to get in contact with your family via the doctors.

This next life hack is for when you are traveling abroad.  Stuff cash in-between the padding of your sports bra when you travel-in the suitcase but also while you’re wearing one in a foreign city.


This next life hack is for the kitchen.  Use an apple slicer to cut potato wedges or to make steak fries.  I suggest cutting the bottom rounded end so that the potato stands flat and so that the blade goes all the way through.

When we moved to Houston three years ago we were so excited to have fresh guacamole.  Avocados are cheap here, and there is a life hack for finding a beautiful green one…a perfect avocado like Barefoot Contessa would use.  When you are in the grocery store, pop off the stem thing on the end.  If it’s light green or has just a few spots of brown, you have found a fantastic one.  Green avocado everytime.

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Green avocado every time!

This next life hack is for the closet.  If you have a long shirt tail that you don’t want to tuck in, use Cheryl’s idea from Northwest Mountain Living.  Loop it through a belt loop.  Either belt loop will work.  Isn’t that cute?

Another subscriber gave me this life hack and that is to use the free newspaper bag that gets thrown on your driveway for travel.  Pack shoes in that free bag.


You have heard of the lemon wedge down the disposal life hack.  If you do not have a lemon, you can toss 10-15 coffee beans down your disposal to absorb funky smells.  Flight attendants will sometimes clip a coffee filter bean pouch to the inside of the lavatory on board airplanes.  Coffee beans are great at absorbing smells.

cotton ball hack
One drop of rosemary oil on this cotton ball will help give a fresh scent; like it’s been cleaned.

My friend Tammy sells essential oils (Oily Goals on Facebook), and she suggested putting one drop on a cotton ball and storing it in the bottom of your kitchen trash can.  This life hack gives your kitchen a fresh smell.  It does not smell like your kitchen has rosemary blooming, but it just smells fresh and clean.

We love FatHead Pizza and slathering a tube of basil on the crust.  It tastes like pesto but all the work has been done for you.  Just cut the tube and you have a good two tablespoons left of basil.  This tube is in the produce section, near the herbs, of your store.

We also use this life hack with our stand up lotion bottle.  I use strong kitchen scissors to cut the bottle, giving me three weeks of lotion.  It is a financial life hack.

Take it from my mistakes when you use this next life hack.  Do not wash your tassels when washing your cute tops.  Hold them out of the sink.  If you absolutely need to wash them, run water over them while forming the same tassel shape.  It will help prevent unruly tassel threads.  I had to cut mine on this shirt because they were so damaged.

Another hack came from Brenda Kinsel and Northwest Mountain Living (Cheryl).  Pull your long shirttail through a belt loop for a feminine life hack.


This last life hack comes from Frugal Miss Julie.  She repurposed a mug holder for her bracelets.  Such a clever DIY idea for a jewelry holder and a way to store bracelets.

Thank you so much for visiting my LauriePOP Channel.  I hope these life hacks give you tips and tricks to help you in travel, in the kitchen, and in daily life.

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17 Things to NOT Forget When You Visit Colorado (In the Summer)

When you visit Colorado or any of the surrounding areas in The Colorado Rockies, do not forget these 17 things.  We had a family reunion early summer in Silverthorne, near Breckenridge, Colorado.  I had visited Colorado during the winter, but I forgot several packing items this summer.  So here are 17 things to NOT forget when visiting Colorado this summer.

sandal for visit Colorado in summer
My sandals are old, but these Merrell shoes can get wet and are supportive, perfect for walking around Breckenridge.

Booties or hiking shoes – You will be walking to restaurants or walking down one of the thousands of trails around town so be prepared for mud or dirt.  For hiking near Breckenridge, in Frisco, Colorado, I recommend hiking shoes, a shoe with grip because the trail will be muddy or dry.  If it’s dry, you slip around and do not take as sure of a step with just sneakers or tennis shoes.  I also think Teva sandals or Merrel sandals like the ones I wore would be a good Colorado travel shoe because they have a grip and are such high quality sandals!  I have had mine for 3 years.

I wore my Merrel sandals to kayak in and stand up paddle board around Frisco, Colorado.  These shoes can get wet, dirty and give me support. And I’m very picky about support.  These Merrell sandals have a rubber sole with a leather upper section.  Merrell sandals have an air cushion in the heel that absorbs shock.

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Do not forget a skort for kayaking during the summer in Colorado

I LOVE this skort with built in shorts that is long enough and wicks away wetness from rowing your kayak and getting splashed by the person in the back.  And they have pockets.  When you’re in The Rockies you will do some type of outdoor adventure so having activewear is a must.

kayak near Breckenridge colorado
Frisco Marina (Breckenridge exit) kayaks

Fleece – Weather in The Rockies will be warm or hot during the day and cool at night or in the shade so take a fleece or light jacket when you visit.

do-not-forget-thick-lotion-in-coloradoI recommend taking lotion to Colorado for everyday wear (I used a travel tube of Aveeno) and lotion for deep moisture (Gold Bond Diabetics-no idea why they call it Diabetics).  I use these disc containers for my 7 pumps of Gold Bond Diabetic Lotion in my liquids bag because it seeps into your dry skin so well.  Since this lotion is very thick, I knew it would not leak or get watery.  But I used Aveeno for a quick application in the morning and took it in its own travel tube.  And you can get the thick Gold Bond Diabetic Lotion in your grocer’s lotion aisle.  

do not forget hat when visit Colorado
Do not forget a hat when you visit this beautiful area in Colorado.

Sunscreen – the sun in The Rockies is intense.  We hiked in Frisco and were at The Continental Divide near Silverthorne and used it!  The Denver Post says that at high altitudes, those who participate in the outdoor activities get higher doses of ultraviolet rays. If you are going to a Colorado location with mosquitos, I can vouch for Sunsect-made for the military when they would be in sunny areas but need insect repellent as well.  I took this to Costa Rica and highly recommend it.

Pjs that can be cool in the evening but warm when you first get up.  The heat from the day warms your bedroom, and many houses do not have air conditioners because of the pleasant temps.  So we were HOT going to bed but cold by the time we woke up.  Leggings to throw on when you get out of bed will help keep you warm.

Sunglasses – ultraviolet rays above?  Keep those out of your eyes.  Now that I’m 46, my eye doctor insisted on polarized sunglasses for eye cataract protection especially in higher altitudes.

Eye drops – Because the air is so dry in the surrounding areas of Breckenridge I use Systane Preservative Free eye drops.  They come in individual vials, and one vial will last 2-3 days.

Hat – to protect you or your man’s head

waterproof cell phone holder case
Cell Phone Waterproof Case for kayaking in Colorado

Wiffle ball or soccer or football to play with because of all the parks in Breckenridge, Silverthorne and Frisco, Colorado.

Brush – I forgot my brush.

Swim suit – your rental house will probably have a hot tub.  You will want to get in after a warm day and in the 50 degree nights.

Shoes that can get muddy and u won’t be upset.  It will maybe rain in the afternoon, and some parts, as the snow is melting, will be muddy.  Just beware.

Puzzle – it’s a cool activity you can have out in the main living area…while the fire is going maybe?

Water bottle for hike or just dry mouth while touring around town~

My brother let me use this water bottle holder for hiking and for kayaking in Frisco.  The condensation doesn’t come off, and the holder keeps it insulated while keeping your fingers free.  There is also a thin-line fanny pack type bottle holder that my niece used.  This one is even more hands free for hiking.

Waterproof cell phone holder – because if you do a water sport, there is an emergency phone number to call the marina’s office.  Well we did not take our cell phones because we were kayaking.  If I had taken my waterproof phone holder, I would’ve felt a lot more at ease.

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For water adventures in Colorado, do not forget a waterproof under water disposable camera.

I don’t know if you would want to bring this to Colorado, but when we got in the kayaks, watching our son stand up paddle board, I wish I would have brought a water-proof under water camera – those disposable kinds that you wind up. 

Baggies to keep leftovers when you rent a house and to store snacks for hiking.  We used an empty Doritos bag the first night for leftover chicken.

Thanks for watching, and let me know if there is one more item we should not forget the next time we visit Breckenridge.  Sharing is caring!  Let’s be friends on Instagram.  not-forget-when-visit-colorado-in-summer

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Summer Outfits for Women Over 40

Now that summer is in full swing, I want to share some outfit inspiration for your wardrobe.  I will share my summer outfit pieces I have purchased from Ann Taylor Loft, Nordstrom Rack, Target and more.  

Being over 40 what my body needs in a pair of shorts or in a t-shirt and other tops has changed.  What I shop for as a 46 year old has morphed into a renewed style.  I am still the same 20 and 30 something girl, wanting to express my creativity while paying attention to fit and length now that I’m near 50. 

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Great frayed hem jean for women over 40

On trend this summer is the frayed hem; I do not feel comfortable with long fringe or distressing on my jeans, but I have found a pair from Ann Taylor Loft that I love!  I almost bought the light pink frayed hem capris, but i got the light gray ones with a hint of green.  They are comfortable and fitted.  This Loft Skinny Crop Denim is flattering for women over 40.  The frayed ends are delicate and age appropriate.  These Skinny Cropped capris have a higher mid-rise – they’re not high rise, but they are a nice secure mid-rise fit.   If you have large thighs, I recommend Loft’s Curvy Crop – I’ll show you those in a minute.

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The video shows them much better. Not too much frayed hem, right?

I paired these capris with this Target floral pocket tee with gray cotton at the top.  Get Your Pretty On first debuted this cute top on her blog, and it sold out immediately. Our local Target got these in a few weeks later.  So check yours.  This top skims my stomach and blouses out enough without adding extra bulky look to my over 40 outfit. 

Also paired it with gray Walmart cargo pants and Coach super padded loafer from Amazon.  I also wore my curvy crop denim capris too.  Aah, I love this light colored denim from Loft!  It is a true mid-rise and is roomy without being loose.  I sized down, and they fit great!  In my Spring clothing haul I’ll show you why I love these curvy crops from Loft because when I exercise, the waist doesn’t budge.  Very comfortable for me.  But those Walmart cargo pants, super stretchy.  But wear a belt.

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Such soft, stretchy but does not budge denim capris

This palm frond sleeveless top from Target is beautiful and a classic.  For this outfit I paired it with my coral Loft kick Crop from last year.  Loft capris have a classic style to me.  The fabric is a little stiff, and it would be a perfect work top.  Love the colors of pink and this pattern.  Look at this functional and smart detail under the arm holes!  Love this attention to detail.  You know I always do an under arm check before keeping tops. I took it back because I felt it was too stiff for me near the neck.  I wanted the collar-ish area to fold down more loosely.DSC_0101

This new linen brand from Loft is just an easy, flattering hang of a top for women over 40. This tee is a linen blend so it’s soft and happy and looks like fireworks, but they’re dainty flowers.

Paired this top with navy Nordstrom Rack shorts.  Y’all I bought these shorts in 4 different colors!  The length of these Nordstrom Rack shorts are long without being bermuda length for over 40 and tall.  I wore my turquoise ones to Costa Rica.

White shorts  I paired my white Nordstrom Rack shorts with a cobalt blue v-neck tassel tee by Ralph Lauren in Dillards.  Finding white pants or white shorts for women over 40 has been tricky, but I love these for summer.

Dillard’s has so many feminine, nice tees and tops for women over 40.  This Ivanka Trump Blossom flutter sleeve top is my favorite.  The top does not cling, and the arm holes are secure.  Do you see the detail stitching on my shoulders?  This pattern is found on Amazon too.  This black colored one that is exactly the same.  I made a foundations for over 40 makeup video wearing this top.

Hunted forever for this one. No snagging, great storage and on Amazon haha.

Here’s a straw bag for this summer.  Do you have this straw beach looking bag yet?  I bought this one off of Amazon; they have a darker one in the same look.  This straw purse holds three bags as well as my cell phone.  And it has a pocket; it does not zip.  But the straw bag does zip!  I love this bag’s storage.  The straps can poke into the bag if you want to use it as a hand strap bag.  Plus, it does not snag on ANYTHING.

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3 bags and my phone stored in here

I bought this kimono spur of the minute from Kohls.  It’s a deep purple with a hint of navy from the Junior Department, but the size small was big enough for me.  I wanted to wear it as a travel outfit, but after my What Not to Wear on an Airplane video I remembered that I’d be tugging at the sleeves if I wore it.  I’m wearing this Kimono with all navy.  These Capri jeans have a tummy control in them and are a bit frayed.  I’d say they’re a little higher than mid-rise.  I would also wear it with my high waisted leggings and black tunic from Amazon.  I can wear it back for a more laid back look or all the way up.  I like that it is boxy and tie dyed.

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Kimono outfit – all navy. LOVE!

I did take my skort  on a vacation.  This women’s active wear by Tek Gear at Kohls is long enough for a skort.  These have hidden shorts and pockets.  The easy wicking fabric helped when I kayaked in The Rockies.  They are not see through.  I’m showing you a turquoise just so you can see the details.  I bought navy.skort-women-active-wear

These very comfortable shoes from Kohls look great with dark denim capris.  They run true to size, and have support for my picky feet.  Wearing navy shoes is tricky because they can not match or look weird.  I absolutely love these!

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I have already worn these for airline travel. Very comfortable shoes!

Other LauriePOP Ideas That POP videos you may find useful:

7 Tips for Your First Time in an Airplane

What’s in My Carryon Backpack

3 Drugstore Foundations for Women Over 40

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7 of the Best Tips to Help You Overcome Your Fear of Flying in an Airplane

In my LauriePOP Ideas video we are going to help you conquer your fear of flying today by giving you the BEST tips.  If you are scared to fly, we can help you not be as anxious on your next airplane ride.

I eat the whole time we have turbulence.

Many of my friends, including myself get worried when there is turbulence.  Most people are worried a mechanical problem will arise while in the air.  One of my friends has a fear of the plane crashing and her children being motherless.  So while an airplane is in flight, a lot of passengers are freaking out on the inside. My friend Shannon is afraid of not being able to escape-like no way to leave.  She has a fear of heights.  I cannot see the bumps.  I don’t know what turbulence means, I equate being careful with slowing down my car so that I don’t hydroplane.  Airplanes just seem to keep going fast or even faster when there is turbulence.  I think sometimes that the plane will snap in two or that the wings will just pop off.  As irrational as flying fears sound, they are real phobias.  Many passengers do not like being in control.  According to Wikipedia, the fear of flying in an airplane is aviophobia.

Tip: Gum helps you get out your anxiety while flying.

Our fears propel us into a nosedive of irrational thoughts.  When we lift off of our normal routine, especially when we don’t know the things we SHOULD BE controlling (like I don’t know what a pilot checks or what he missed), it can mean a bumpy ride for our emotions.

Read a book or magazine so your hands have something to grip.

When we travel, we want to have fun and be relaxed, usually because we’re headed to a vacation spot.  Ya know the saying that ‘Knowledge is Power?’  Knowing what a pilot checks on an airplane may help calm some of your fears of flying. Today we will hear tips from a pilot here in Houston.  These are some of the best tips to overcome your fear of flying based on his training and background knowledge.  I hope these tips help you!

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7 Tips for Your 1st Time Flying

If this is your first flight, you will be very relieved after hearing these seven tips to get you through the airport.  Some passengers have never flown before.  I’m a former teacher AND I’m married to an airline employee, so I have 7 practical tips to help flying in an airplane for the first time be easy!  Some people who do not travel very often can also benefit from these airport tips.  I will get you to the airport, walk you through the security line and get you to your plane on time!

When traveling on an airline, there are TSA packing guidelines, airport tips and airplane tips.  I highly recommend visiting for actual rules and guidelines.  They even have their own YouTube channel like myself with very specific questions.  Knowing the 3-1-1 liquids rule when flying will set you up to go through security.  Each container has to be 3.4 oz or less.  So, you cannot bring a 20 oz bottle with two tablespoons of shampoo in it.  They will discard that liquid.  You also have to use a quart size zipping bag.  Anyway, in the top right corner of the main page on you will see What Can I Bring Through Security in my carryon bag for the airplane?  The list of approved liquids for carryon as well as your checked luggage, is alphabetized.  I stopped at the Ns and I was on the 28th page of this liquids list.  What’s crazy is that they have probably seen these items in carry on bags and had to add them to this list.  I have been on probably more than one hundred flights, and I will still forget to take off my belt or I have left a half empty water bottle in my backpack by accident.  I recently found the MyTSA app and can recommend it.

Helpful Tip #2 for flying for the first time: When you arrive at the airport, arrive 2 hours before your flight.  There are lines in ticketing, and there can be huge lines in security.  TSA sometimes has only one agent checking IDs and tix.  I think, “I might have to wait in the ticketing line 30 minutes, and I may have to wait in security line 45 minutes.  Then I want to get a snack and magazine.  That is about 2 hours before my flight boards.”

Helpful Tip #3  if you have never flown before: Airlines have boarding times for you to board the plane.  They stop boarding about 15-20 minutes before the plane will leave.

Have your confirmation number in your hand, your suitcase and your carryon handbag or backpack or duffel or purse.  You do not walk up to the ticket counter in the airport and then look for your confirmation number and ID.  A prepared traveler is going to have those documents ready to pull out so that no one has to wait.  Please know that I’m speaking to you as an adult, but I have to say don’t sometimes.

So now you know what the rules are, let’s learn some frequent traveler tips to go through security.  There are TSA checkpoints in the airport security line.  Before you can even enter the security line, you will have to have your boarding pass out so they know you have a real ticket.  Do not be in a hurry.  Rushing only will stress you out and you will forget important steps.  You are calm cool and prepared because you watched an awesome YouTube video about how to go through the airport the first time.  You will never see the agents or the passengers again.  Now get out Have your shoes ready to take off.  While standing in line, untie them or unzip your boots.  When you get to the actual TSA agent, you will have to show your ID AND your board pass or ticket.  Know ahead of time where you will put those because you are DONE with your documents.  Just put them somewhere quick until you get through security.  I put mine in the zipped pocket of my backpack.  Sometimes I throw them in the outside pocket of my suitcase.  I like to leave it unzipped sometimes so I can throw my liquids bag and documents in there until I have a second to get organized.


TSA.Gov states that you can bring any sized stick deodorant because it’s not a liquid.  But gel and aerosol deodorant needs to be no larger than 3.4 ounces.

In checked bags, larger liquids can go in your suitcase.  They actually say you don’t have to worry about the liquids rule if you store liquids in checked luggage.  But remember that they may leak in the belly of the airplane.

Safety razors are not permitted, but disposable razors are allowed, even the extra blades can be in your carryon bag.

Baby formula, breast milk, prescription medicine, baby food and JUICE – it says it in their 3-1-1 page – are all allowed on your person.  And it does not have to fit in a quart bag.

My YouTube above is even more thorough so check out the rest of the tips there.  Where are you going this summer?

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