over50feeling40: Ageless Beauty
Fashion and Lifestyle Blog for women over 50 to help achieve strength, confidence, joy, inspiration, and, of course, head-turning personal style!

Apr 17, 2012

Ageless Beauty



Are you trying to look a decade younger, or are your trying to look and feel the absolute best you can at your current age?  There is a difference in the thinking process and it requires a healthy acceptance of ageing. That's the topic, however, let's begin with this: One of the beautiful things about social media and writing in the current technological age is how accessible everyone is.  I wrote for years with few responses…not really knowing how my writing affected anyone …whether negatively or positively.  But, in today's world there is instant response and I have to say sometimes, the response can be so much fun!
I recently introduced you to Valerie Ramsey and her book Gracefully Looking and Being Your Best At Any Age…which, by the way, she co-authored with her daughter, Heather Hummel.  But, to my delight, Valerie contacted me after seeing the blogs and we enjoyed a forty five minute phone conversation this past Sunday!  She is an amazing lady and so inspirational. 

First of all, she sent this clip from one of her many Today Show appearances and the topic of discussion is AGELESS BEAUTY


This is what 58 looks like!!
I was thrilled to hear and see in this report the retail industry begin to take women over 50 seriously and to hear that this is a growing (not temporary) trend!  These are women who have embraced their age completely and rejoice in the process.
Valerie is a NO EXCUSES kind of woman.  She determined to have a glamorous, enjoyable second half of life and despite facing down three major illnesses; she is not slowing up one bit as she nears her seventy-third birthday.  She has signed on to more modeling work; increased public speaking assignments; appearances on behalf of the GO RED campaign; a pilot for a new television show called WHAT’S NEXT; is an involved grandmother and mother; and recently relocated from California to Palm Beach, Fl.   Whew…makes me tired just to type it!  But, through reading her book and speaking with her, I have learned much. 



Later this week, I will feature more of her story in my blog for the San Antonio Express News and I will make sure to link it up here.  Until then, let me leave you with Valerie’s childhood friendship with actress Ali McGraw...which included slumber parties and all of the fun/stress of puberty.   She said they recently got together after years apart and re-connected in Carmel, CA. “It was as if we were girls again and had never been apart,” Valerie said.  She sent along this picture and also confirmed that Ali does do yoga every day!  And, settle down ladies…there is no renewed romance between Ali McGraw and Ryan O’Neal!
Valerie Ramsey and Ali McGraw meet in Carmel, CA

Wow, blogging can really be so much fun!


Sweater and tank: Chicos on sale!!
Skirt: Lane Bryant
Flats: Old Navy

18 comments:

  1. I am glad the industry is finally paying attention to boomers and beyond! We aren't all 20 years old but that doesn't mean we don't want to look our best!
    Love the sweater and your outfit Pam!

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  2. My Mom pulled out a pair of glasses similar to those on Iris to read music in the choir this Easter. Hers aren't as oversized, but they looked good. I think there is room for advice to women in their 70s/80s about style. Silver hair needs different colors and treatments. My Mom's black glasses were much more flattering than the typical rimless/wire-rimmed style.

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  3. I adore how blogging opens doors and the people we get to meet are fascinating! How cool is she? She is gorgeous and I love her zest for life and the message about aging she brings!! Can't wait to read more. xo

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  4. The best thing about blogging is meeting new people, for sure!

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  5. Pam, you are looking so chic these days! I agree: I don't want to look younger, but alive, vital, current and whatever age! I read Valerie's book a few ago...may have to pick it up again. The picture of her and Ali McGraw is so sweet.

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  6. We're on the same wave length this week, Pam ;-)
    And I agree blogging can be so much fun...lovely to hear from you today.
    Catherine
    xx

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  7. You look so vibrant,Pam.
    What a fantastic post.
    I detest women and men who look like inflated dolls. When you look at them, they still look old. It is not about the wrinkles, but the inner light.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  8. Wonderful post, Pam. It's impossible to be younger, but we can be vital, excited about life and full of ideas at our age and any age. Lovely photos!

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  9. You women are all lovely at any age because you ARE women. I'm over seventy and my silver hair is healthy and quite gorgeous even as many others have said. I had the makeover on The Nate Berkus Show last year and it was great fun- (he's darling)-(I never wore makeup before, either). AND, I am keeping my head of silver hair and wear it proudly as my sacred mane. I ain't changin who I am for no one. I am a luminous, amazing woman! The beauty is: after 70, we know who we truly are and like it the way it is. lol. Bluebird.

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  10. Oh, and I was on with Valerie Bertinelli. Now there's another amazing, luminous woman. Hi Valerie!

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  11. I remember this lady when she was first discovered, i just didn't realize who she was till now
    loved the piece she sent you to watch. passed it on to all of my friends
    lovely outfit you are wearing as well
    brett

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  12. You look utterly amazing. She sounds incredible. And you're just as inspirational as she is, I can't even imagine what you're going to accomplish in the years to come!

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  13. I love your outfit and especially the necklace! It was so good to see Ali McGraw again. She continues to be beautiful!

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  14. Pam, You look fabulous in this outfit. You look so poised and polished.
    I think that blogging has helped me realize that what I look like at this age is just fine. I think I held myself up to all the women that I see in the media who often have resources I don't have to help make themselves look great. After seeing all the other lovely ladies who blog I realise that we are doing pretty darn good.
    I look forward every day to reading your blog and seeing what you are sharing with us.

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  15. Whoa, you're starting to rub elbows with folks in high places! Cool to hear that Valerie and Ali were girlhood friends. And I must say, you're looking lovely in this outfit.

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  16. Lovely shoots. The dresses were very beautiful for them.

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  17. What a wonderful post!!
    I'm actually trying to look a decade younger AND feel my best! Can I have the cake and eat it too? Lol!
    Have a great day Pam! You're looking lovely as always...so classy!

    Jeannie

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  18. That's a great topic you chose to present today and I so admire your endless ideas and new collaborations and your fresh look on things.You got me inspired and that's a great way to start the day.I love these soft colors on you today.

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