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Jul 4, 2015

Thank You for Five Wonderful Years!

On July 1, 2010, I began over50feeling40!  For five years, I have sat at my desk looking out this French door and writing for women in midlife and beyond.  It has exceeded all of my expectations, because of you.  Thank you so much for reading, following, commenting, supporting, encouraging me and others by showing up here on a regular basis.  I have made so many new friendships and been able to do what I love best...to write and hopefully inspire women to live the second half of life with joy!
I do not know where we are headed, but hopefully, there are five more years of fun before us.  

You do not understand how deep my gratitude is for you.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for five incredible years.

Happy July 4th, everyone!

Jul 3, 2015

A Fashionable Week in Old San Antone.....

It was a fashionable week in San Antonio, Texas. Here I am meeting with a few of the wonderful members of the SAN ANTONIO FASHION SOCIETY.  We gathered for delectable delights from THAI TOPAZ IN CASTLE HILLS...try the homemade ice cream...so fresh and delicious. 

I also met a couple of friends at Starbuck's this week...love the unsweet, black ice tea...and one of the friends was up and coming fashion designer, CALLEY GONZALEZ...featured last year in British Vogue.  Calley has many exciting opportunities on the horizon...when she makes decisions, I will let you know!

I also received this announcement from another up and coming fashion designer from San Antonio, Marcus Andrews:

Local Designer Makes Mark at BET Awards
Marcus Andrews showcases his Sartorial Luxury collection for Hollywood’s elite

July 2, 2015 (San Antonio, TX) – The future’s bright for San Antonio menswear designer Marcus Andrews, but he’s outfitting everyone in custom suits and Italian-crafted shoes, not shades.  The local style connoisseur recently dressed celebrities for the BET Awards’ red carpet in Los Angeles on Sunday, including Aaron D. Spears of The Bold And The Beautiful and Being Mary Jane
Andrews also hosted a range of celebrities from musicians to actors for styling sessions during his trip to Los Angeles, including LeCrae, rapper Too Short, Floyd Mayweather, and actor Darrin Henson.  His Sartorial Luxury collection was featured in a similar manner just a few weeks prior at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.
Above all, Andrews says the quality of his work is of the utmost importance.  “My clients deserve the best, no matter who they are,” he says.  “It’s been a privilege to meet some amazing people doing what I love, and I hope to continue growing our loyal following in San Antonio, Hollywood, and beyond.”
The Sartorial Luxury collection began as a way for Andrews to design for himself what he was unable to find in the market: high-quality, unique menswear.  The line initially began with Italian-made footwear, and slowly expanded into custom suits and accessories, including personalized pocket squares and cuff links.
For more information about Marcus Andrews and his Sartorial Luxury collection, please visit his website at: http://sartorialluxury.com

Of course, I worked my little part time job at SOFT SURROUNDINGS.  I love helping select outfits for customers...such a joy!
But, on the morning of July 4th...I plan to be right here...drinking coffee and listening to the birds chirping.  Nature is wearing her fashionable best.
Also, I have a new post up on HUFFPO 50 POST, which includes more specifics from yesterday's post on negative self talk while shopping...check it out.

Any big plans for the holiday weekend?  I hope you have a safe and joyful one whatever the plans include...Happy July 4th, everyone!

Jul 1, 2015

Nasty Dressing Room Talk...and the Thursday Blog Hop!

I use to partake in it….even knowing I shouldn’t, it was so easy to fall into the behavior.  I did not understand the damage and the power it could hold over me.  But, now on the other side of changing, I am super sensitive when women make the decision to do it.
I am taking about negative self- talk…putting ourselves down and becoming our own worst enemy.  Since joining the world of retail sales associates, I am stunned at how many women talk negatively about themselves in the dressing rooms, in front of the three way mirrors, and out loud where everyone can hear.

Words are so powerful and can lead any of us down a path to depression.  Even if a woman is unfortunate to live around people who constantly criticize her, the way to change is to begin to see the positives all of us possess. Confidence can shut up many bullies, or take away their power over us.   
It begins with little, baby steps.  So before you shop….

1.       Look in the mirror and name three positives you see.  Beautiful eyes, sunny smile, thick hair…whatever they are…speak the affirmations out loud.
2.       Understand all garments are designed and sized differently.  If a garment does not look good on you, it is not any failure on your part, it is just the construction of the garment.
3.       Go out knowing your best colors, and the needs in your wardrobe.
4.       Seek help from a sales associate.  They know best what is in the store.  A good sales associate can show you how to enhance the positives, and down play the problem areas.
5.       Have the courage to step outside of the dressing room and look in the three way mirror.  You want to look your best going and coming. 

Then, when you get home, look in the mirror once again and complement yourself on a job well done. The minute you begin to put you down, STOP…. and remember I MATTER!

Now, go find some great summer ideas and recipes on the Thursday Blog Hop....and

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!
Also, remember 50 women will receive this amazing new product FREE, FINESS!

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