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Hey Everyone, and welcome to a new series – “Before and After” – featuring (cough) willing Lifestyle Fifty Readers in a “Before” they get ready outfit, followed by the “After” version, along with their tips for a healthy daily routine. and how they get ready to walk out of the house looking great. Today Leanne shares her morning routine checklist.

Leanne writes a fantastic blog for women of a certain age called Cresting the Hill (scroll to the end of the post for the link to her blog.)

“I used to define my life by saying I was a wife, or a mother, or by what I did as my profession. Now I define myself on my own terms – as a woman in my own right. I’m discovering who I am, and I’m really liking that person! It’s like I’ve reached the “crest of the hill” in life, the climb is behind me and the view stretches out in front,” says Leanne.

Personal makeovers might be wonderful, but I don’t know about you – I’ve never had one. So I rely on hints and tips from my friends, magazines and the internet to help me look my best, feel great, and maintain a healthy daily routine. Which is why I’m very thankful to Leanne today for sharing what works for her.

Leanne’s Morning Routine Checklist

5 points for getting ready in the morning.

  1. Take a morning walk – if I don’t do that first thing then I know I won’t do it later in the day. As my metabolism slows down in Midlife I need to move more and eat less (neither is a fantastic option – but both are necessities).
  2. I “do” my hair every morning – not the whole wash and blow dry thing, but definitely a little smooth and style with the hairdryer or if I want to look a little bit snazzier I use my Instyler Ionic Styler to give me a bit of bounce.
  3. I’m not a big wearer of makeup but I discovered a super cheap Mode 2 in 1 foundation/concealer  stick that is ridiculously cheap at $3 and helps cover up the dark circles and age “spots” then it’s a dash of mascara and a bit of eye colour and a smear of lipstick – I also love the Nivea Pearly Shine lip balm for a bit of sheen.
  4. Clothes-wise I work on what needs the least amount of ironing without looking like a scruff! I am loving a lot of the clothes that Millers is putting out these days – really appropriate for Midlife and they often have 40% off sales or free shipping on their online stuff. The dress I’m wearing in the pic came from Millers and was a bargain buy.
  5. Shoes are another issue altogether – I found the cute little boots in the pic on sale at Target and they’ve been fantastic (but I also admit to loving my ugg boots around the house in Winter!)

PS – My husband offered his 5 points about my morning routine …

  1. Leave getting out of bed as long as possible
  2. Crawl into the bathroom
  3. Complain loudly about how cold and dark it is
  4. Talk about quitting my job so I can sleep in
  5. Trudge off for my morning walk

I prefer my version but can’t really deny his either ☺

Here’s me, before I’m ready to leave the house …

And After …

The dress  is from Millers Fashion (I buy a lot of stuff there these days) – bought on super duper special (I love a bargain!).

Taking these selfie photos certainly made me appreciate how hard it is to look effortless when you’re taking a fashion selfie!

A big thanks to Leanne for her morning checklist and for tips about her healthy morning habits. And thanks too for her humour and her fabulous before and after shots 🙂 If you’d like to read more about Leanne and her world, then grab a cup of coffee and pop over to  Cresting the Hill for a wonderful read. You won’t be disappointed.

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  • kathymarris
    Reply

    Wow! That is quiet a transformation. You look stunning in that dress. I like your simplistic approach to your beauty routine. It just goes to show that we don’t need too much ‘war paint’ to look gorgeous at our age!

  • Janet Camilleri
    Reply

    Love that dress on you Leanne. Alas I rarely have the opportunity to look smart these days, working from home!

    • leannelc
      Reply

      Thanks so much Janet – at least you get to wear pretty things for your fashion pics and for those awards nights!

  • Vanessa
    Reply

    I’d love to get exercise better included in my day (I do a decent amount of “incidental” exercise but now that I’m over some health issues I need to work out where to fit it in! I get up very early to get to work and I really don’t want to get up even earlier than I already do 🙂

    • leannelc
      Reply

      I know the feeling Vanessa – I have really had to make an effort to incorporate some exercise into my day. I don’t get much incidental exercise (I sit at a desk all day) so I need to do a little bit each morning or I’ll become a whale! Getting up early is a killer!

  • budgettraveltalk
    Reply

    The Mode 2 in 1 sounds great. Do you know of any local stockists instead of buying on line Leanne?

    • leannelc
      Reply

      I bought mine at Coles supermarket for $3 – and it’s lasting forever 🙂

  • sizzlesue15
    Reply

    Hi Jo what a great idea for a series and of course I’m always happy to see my friend Leanne Le Cras. Looking good Leanne and glad to see you getting in your morning walk before the day starts to get crazy. I always think exercise is a great way to set up my day. Loved hubby’s list and you take a mean ‘selfie’.

    • leannelc
      Reply

      Aaahh Sue – I can always count on you for a bit of cheer leading – thank you my friend xx

    • Johanna
      Reply

      Hi Sue, thank you 🙂 And can’t wait for your guest contribution too 🙂

  • penpen
    Reply

    whether it’s a walk or a yoga routine–if it doesn’t get done as part of the morning routine, it’s unlikely to happen. thanks for the reminder to push myself before the day gets overwhelming.

    • Johanna
      Reply

      I’m the same Penpen, if exercise doesn’t happen early on the day just takes over.

  • Jennifer Dunham
    Reply

    Morning routine is so important. My Summit guest speakers all agreed.

    • Johanna
      Reply

      I agree. If my morning routine doesn’t go as planned, my day feels completely wrong.

  • Michele
    Reply

    It is nice to get a peak at your life. I LOVE the blue dress,

    • Johanna
      Reply

      Thanks Michele, That blue Millers dress really suite Leanne, doesn’t it 🙂

    • leannelc
      Reply

      Hi Michele – thanks so much for the compliment – I certainly look somewhat of an improvement on the pj’s and uggs 🙂

  • leannelc
    Reply

    Hi Jo – I’m feeling very honoured to be featured on your blog (especially in my pj’s and uggies!) Hopefully my cheap and cheerful approach will inspire other women who don’t have a huge budget but still want to look nice when they venture out of the house. I’ll be sharing it on my social media xx

    • Johanna
      Reply

      Thanks Leanne, you are a natural in pjs and uggies! Lol! Be assured you are very inspiring and many of us relate to your approach. Thank you 🙂

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