Fashion and Lifestyle Blog for women over 50 to help achieve strength, confidence, joy, inspiration, and, of course, head-turning personal style!

Jul 23, 2017

Fashion Over 50: Summer Sunday Style Sweet Spot with Boho and Floral

Bohemian fashion never really goes out of style for women over 50.  It resurfaces each season with a different focus.  Last year, the trend was lace, and this year it is floral.  But, the same relaxed, artisan feeling is always there.  
Meet my dear friend, Eileen.  She is a wife, mother, grandmother, and substitute teacher who also has a fashion career background.  I thought she looked so cute recently in these floral embroidered jeans with a lace tunic.  A great way to say "comfy" with style.

Eileen loves to shop Stein Mart, but I have seen these type of jeans in retailers from Neiman Marcus to Macys.

I found some selections for you below if you like the style.

I have left bohemian in my past for the most part, but I have many friends who love and wear it often. 

I believe Eileen hit the sweet spot with this outfit! And there are so many outfits you could do with a great tunic like this one.  She purchased the tunic and jeans at Stein Mart, and her necklace is from a Premiere Jewelry party.

How about you?  Are you a fan of boho...why or why not...please share.  Then enjoy the pieces I selected from the latest in bohemian style.

Keep Smiling, Everyone!

Jul 22, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Pamela's Picks 3

Sure, you can spend the day smelling the flowers....or you can take advantage of the great sale prices at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  Here is my third set of recommendations from this year's sale...some of my favorite brands are here!

Jul 21, 2017

New Aging Message, New Outlook, New Hashtag...When I'm 64!

Yes, I am over 60 and Feeling Fantastic!  Today I am 64!  Can you hear the Beatles swimming in my head?  Which lead me to look up the lyrics to the song.  Yes, they paint a picture of an elderly couple which is not really a modern day elderly couple…(I do not think you will ever see me knitting by the fire)…but I do love to hold my grandchildren on my knee!   It is not really a song about getting older as much as a song about unconditional love, “Will You Still Love Me, When I’m 64?”

This brings me to a perfect topic for my birthday post.  Do you love yourself unconditionally at the age you currently are?  This is the crux of the matter for those of us marching into our older years.  If we accept ourselves as older women, we will discover more joy, contentment, and confidence.  But, if we are always trying to be younger and go the other direction, then there is nothing but frustration and depression on the table.  I am very concerned about the number of young women I know in their 20s and 30s who have regular Botox appointments.  What caused them at such a young age to begin this process?  I submit it is an overall society message against aging.
Let’s face it….we age.  There is no way to stop the process, but I can do everything to look and feel my best at the age I currently am.    When I see hashtags like #ageless, #agelesstyle, #anti-aging, #agedistruption, I just have to laugh….nothing true about a single one.  In fact, sucking women into philosophies which can encourage them to be twenty again is harmful.  I have accepted the fact I will not ever wear a bikini...or have an completely smooth face…or rock short shorts…or many other things from my past.
However, with my acceptance comes a freedom to be me at my best right now.  True, I do color my hair, but not to look younger, to look my best with my complexion and style messaging.   I have many friends who look fabulous with their gray, because of skin tones and most of them use a colorist to get the perfect shade of gray. It is more about what is right for me at this time....and about you doing what is right for you.   But, doing this for the purposes of looking younger would just lead to depression for me…I am not going to go backwards ever again.   This is why comparisons can be deadly to our state-of-mind.

Most of you know, I make style decisions based on the messages I send with my look from head to toe…savvy, creative, approachable, strong, current.    All of the adjectives must work together.  There are many current styles which do not say strong and intelligent to me.  I am happy at 64 to have a career and wisdom from experiences in my past.

I named this blog Over 50 Feeling 40 because I believe it made a statement of hope and encouragement.  I did not name it Over 50 Looking 40 on purpose.   Traditional fashion media often focuses more on the outside and not on the overall message of confidence, wellness, and acceptance.  I hope you will always find that here.

My new hashtag?  #ageacceptance  I do this in an effort to encourage you to love yourself today at the age you are.  Hopefully, by beginning there, you will see that age acceptance also means self- care at its best….inside and out!  It will put a smile on your face and a song in your heart!  (Rather than trying to be something we will never be again)  Life is too short to not live it to it's fullest...confident with a smile on our faces. 

64...and Smiling!