over50feeling40: January 2012
Fashion and Lifestyle Blog for women over 50 to help achieve strength, confidence, joy, inspiration, and, of course, head-turning personal style!

Jan 31, 2012

Shabby Apple Contest Winner and Anti-Ageing Tips!

  Who won the contest!!! I was so excited to see Deja Pseu @ unefemmedecertainage's name appear on the paper drawn for the Shabby Apple Izzy skirt!  Congratulations!!  I will contact you by email and cannot wait to see how you style the skirt.  Now look for details to follow this week on the most amazing Valentine's Giveaway!!  You will not want to miss this one!!

Enjoy this, Susan!!!

What are your secrets for staying forever young?  Clinton Kelly shared a few this week on his ABC Show, The Chew.  "Being a nice person keeps you looking younger," Kelly said.  "Negativity eats away at your insides."  I completely agree with him here!

Clinton Kelly from The Chew

He also said that all women over 40 should wear styles which are 75% classic to 25% trend.  "You need the little details to modernize classic style," he said.  I would probably agree with that as well!!

Finally, the super foods we should eat every day are crispy seaweed, ground bee pollen, and ground flax seeds.  I am just curious...do any of you do that?

Flax Seeds from Google Images

Bee Pollen from Google Images
I will see you tomorrow with my version of Styling with Lace as I join in with Adrienne and Jill.

Remember to send me your smile...I am ready to post pictures of our best accessory!!!!

Send it to over50feeling40@gmail.com

Jan 29, 2012

Comfort Dressing and Visibility...on the Beach!

Road Trip!! Mr. B and I headed down to the Texas Gulf Coast on Sunday to visit family. I certainly realize that the upper Gulf Cost is not where you go for beautiful beaches, but it was nice to get out and see everyone.

It was also nice to have so many places to take pictures…I just could not decide which setting was the best…so you will just have to tell me if you prefer the bird watchtower, the umbrella, or the fishing pier! When I know I am going to be sitting in a car for six hours, I usually go for comfort…and I am so glad I brought my coat because it was very windy and cold on the beach.  Wind was a real photo challenge...you should see the outtakes!

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Now head on over to Patti's Visible Monday!

Workshop Cardigan by andrea jovine: Marshalls

Dollhouse shoes: DSW

By the way, I will announce the winner of the Shabby Apple Skirt on Tuesday! On Wednesday, I am so excited to bring to you a really great Valentine’s Day Contest with two gifts going to one lucky reader!! That’s right ladies and gentleman…I said two!

Finally, I am also joing in with the Monday Mingle at Mom Trends:

See you Tuesday!

Women Making A Difference!

Meet Nina Rodriquez!! She is an amazing woman who runs a business around tribal African drumming!! That’s right…her Unlock the Rhythm workshops are held around the country for schools, businesses, and seminars. When I walked into the room last Friday night in a local elementary school, I was not sure what to expect. Each chair cradled a tiny African bongo….and Nina was surrounded by two very muscular men setting up their drums.

This was one of the most fun exercises I have witnessed. She was great with the kids and the whole experience was exhilarating. What made it even more touching was that the majority of the children in the audience are deaf. Nina is just one of the many incredible women in the world doing unique things with their gifting! It has been fun to go out and find them since my freelance writing ramped up a bit!

I hope we all are looking for ways to make a difference in this world!

I am on the road today to see family, but hopefully, will be here for Patti's Visible Monday!

Happy Sunday!


Jan 27, 2012

JCP and Me: Rebels With A Cause (New Info Below)

It's Friday!!!
Scarf: Marshalls
Grey Sweater: Ross
Brown, pinstripe jacket: Macys
Lee Jeans: Kohls
Flats: Old Navy

Crossing over that line at 50, and realizing, at most, one half of your life may be over, can bring on a touch of rebelliousness!! For example, on Fridays at the school where we work, all faculty are asked to wear school spirit shirts and jeans. Gigi and I struggle with this one just a bit…we love the jeans part…it is just the spirit shirt where we really throw obedience out the window!! I do not want to spend Act II in a spirit polo…but I love the idea of a well styled casual look on Fridays! So far, no one has complained that we are dressing up a bit!

Bracelet:  Forever 21 (years back)

JC Penney's Rebels Against Sales:

Now, I am just curious…but have you seen the new strategy from JC Penney’s…..the NO MORE SALES ever strategy.

Their ads feature over-taxed shoppers inundated with sales brochures and coupons, screaming….and conclude with the words ENOUGH IS ENOUGH….JCP.

I know they are attacking the ALL SALES-ALL THE TIME Strategy of Kohls. But I am not so sure that it will work…psychologically, I love getting a great deal at KOHLS during Power Hours with my combination of coupons from online-newspaper-text alert-see how low you can go strategy!!  Also, I like what Kohls offers...such as the great Simply Vera (Wang) look from Gigi today!

Gigi's Friday Look features Simply Vera from Kohls:
blouse and belt

 JCP now says they will have low prices all of the time....40% off always. But, I am not sure they have quality merchandise that makes me want to experience the low prices. In recent months, I have seen the selection to be less than desirable.  This doesn't motivate me to shop there...what about you?

What do you think?? Will the new strategy work??

Happy Weekend!!
Saturday Morning Breaking News:

Brett shared this article about JCP also stepping up their style!  Looks pretty good and the article author was even amazed....read here!!  JCP'S Cute CLothes!

Thanks Brett!!

Friday Fun!

Simply Vera Scarf and Bracelet: Kohls
Cardigan: Stein mart
Pencil Skirt:  Jana Kos
Tights: Lane Bryant
Boots: Ross
Espirit Black Trench: Ross
(Gigi talked me into leaving my glasses on...I am
Just not feeling it!!)

Happy Friday!!

The lovely Ariane has tagged me for quite a lengthy “get-to-know-the-blogger” event. It involves answering 11 questions posed to me by Ariane…. then confessing 11 random things about me…and  finally asking my own 11 questions of 11 other bloggers. This all made me wonder…why 11?  If anyone knows the answer, please share. So, hang in there why I go through all of the elevens!! First, the questions Ariane asked of me:

What do you think makes you unique? God created me to be unique…just as He created every individual to be. There is only one me. On the blogs, you do not find many suburban middle aged...high school teacher…mother of three…Texas through and through women…who have suddenly turned FASHION JOUNALIST!

What is your hidden talent? I have been blessed with the ability to speak well at the drop of a hat. I am not rattled if someone suddenly were to ask me to speak in front of 2000 people on the spur of the moment, unprepared.

If you had the choice, where would you live? Though I love seasons and the ambiance of northeastern cities, I think I would live right where I live. I am born and bred Texan. San Antonio is a multi-cultural city different from any other Texas city, and the majority of my own children are nearby.

The things you hate to do? CLEAN THE HOUSE. I am not a good housekeeper and I really hate it. My goal is to reach a place in life where I have housekeeping assistance...at 58, I am still waiting!

The worst injustice….This is hot button question. I am very passionate about many injustices happening around the world. I will mention particularly sex trafficking...racial and religious persecution..and then there are some I will keep in my heart, not ready to approach them here.

Fast fashion or vintage? Another tough question!! I love both. I guess I am more of a fast fashion girl.

Red wine or white wine? RED!

What causes me to lose my patience? With my students, I lose my patience with laziness and those who do not appreciate education. I lose my patience with those who do not want to read or work hard. I lose my patience with those who use Face Book and other social media as a weapon to destroy and bully…(if you are so spineless to not confront someone to their face, just say nothing at all.) I lose my patience with journalists who make assumptions and do not do their research or keep an open mind. Uh Oh…got a little carried away…I think this question caused me to lose my patience!!

Favorite male actor and why? Well, he’s dead. But I loved Michael Landon since childhood!  Cary Grant is dead also...sigh!

High heels or low heels? Cute little ballet flats!! After bunion surgery, my days of daily high heels are officially over!!

Favorite subject in school? JOURNALISM! Fell for it in middle school, and majored in it in college…it is who I am!


1. I love to sing…mostly Broadway musicals!!

2. I said above that I loved Michael Landon…well… I met my husband when he was in a satire at church playing the role of Little Joe Cartwright on the Ponderosa as a prodigal son…..Cool, HuH?

3. My favorite foods are peanut butter and ice cream!

4. I love Bed & Breakfast-vintage stays over the super fancy hotels

5. A perfect afternoon: cloudy and cold; candles; Phantom of the Opera

6. I'm a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll!

7. A perfect morning: in a bookstore with a coffee shop

8. I really miss our Yorkshire Terrier and would love to have another one some day!

9. The majority of my days, I have no sense of smell due to allergies!

10. My chicken enchilada recipe is to die for!

11. At age 11, I wrote an award winning essay for the local newspaper and rode in my own float in the July 4th parade!

My Eleven Questions for the bloggers I have tagged:

1. Name one lesson you have learned from blogging?

2. What makes you smile?

3. What do you enjoy most about being a woman?

4. What is one thing you would tell young girls to remember when they get older?

5. You wish you had learned to ____________________________

6. Your favorite place in the whole world is __________________________

7. If you were stuck in an elevator, who would you like to be stuck with ___________________________

8. The next book you want to read is _______________________________

9. Hardwood floors or carpet?

10. Coffee or tea?

11. Dresses or jeans?













Last call to enter the Shabby Apple Giveaway!!  Winner will be selected next Tuesday!!!!!!  See the sidebar with the cute skirt which will be won by a lucky winner!

Jan 25, 2012

Introducing Foxcroft Collections….and my little DIY necklace!!

Send up the balloons…break out the bubbly…shoot off the bottle rockets…I have finally completed a successful DIY project and decided to debut it at the same time as this fabulous line of clothing….http://www.foxcroftcollection.com/!!

White No Iron Shirt: Foxcroft Collection
Black Trousers: Foxcroft
Back jacket: Lane Bryant
Pointed Toe Flats,Target: Brand New at Goodwill

My white shirt and black pants are provided by Foxcroft today and I want you to know that I am loving the fit and feel of these pieces. The shirt is a no-iron soft cotton with impeccable detail and seaming for a figure flattering fit. These are updated classic pieces which every woman needs in her wardrobe and can either be purchased online or in stores including Nordstrom, Von Maur, Lord & Taylor and some select Bloomingdales. The pants are now the most comfortable pants I own and I was so happy with the length…so often pants are too short for me and I have to go to a tailor and have the hem let out.

Bracelet: Stein Mart

In March, I will be hosting a giveaway with Foxcroft , so make sure you look for the announcement and tell all of your friends. Till then… visit their website to see more of their collection.

 Now, for the amazing part….I finally completed a DIY project that worked….I am not the most artsy/craftsy person, but, believe me, the desire to be is there. I found a broken belt in my closet and just hated to throw it out because I loved the buckle…this round, turquoise piece. So, I took it off, and with my needle nose pliers, added it to this little black necklace which had been sitting in my jewelry for some time…not worn. You can see on the back of the buckle (below) how the belt looped through the piece…I had to superglue the little chain I placed there in order to hold it in the middle. VOILA! I love it! And I did it without help! I’ve come a long way, baby!

Now, please DIY crowd, don't make fun...can I hear some applause??


Some of you may remember I was selected to be one of the nine Over 50 and Fascinating winners by KENS TV.  Each one of us received a weekend downtown...which I wrote excessive posts about before Christmas!!  Now, everyone can vote for the one who will receive a trip to Beverly Hills, CA.  BUT, I do not want you to vote for me.  I would like everyone to go to this link and vote for Janet Everett, who received organ donations for a second chance on life.  As far as I am concerned, she needs to go celebrate life!!  Would you please click on this link and vote for Janet....I just did!!


ALSO,  Visit Katie's Blog Hop  and meet some wonderful women on the blogs:


Jan 24, 2012


Jacket: Dress Barn
Green Sweater: Ross
Green Skirt: Lane Bryant

Anyone who is a regular reader of this blog knows my wardrobe consists mainly of separates. I purposefully did this in order to have the ability to make more unique outfits and not always wear the same thing. I suppose if I had unlimited funds…I might possess more dresses. But, I love separates and how accessories can make you appear as though you shop daily!

Image consultant, Dominique-Vaughn-Russell, agrees that working with accessories is “the easiest and most cost effective way of updating or reinventing any outfit.” In her essay from the book Inspired Design, she poses an accessory challenge where two basic outfits are changed several times with accessories for different activities. In a nutshell...practice!!

Scarf: Marshalls
Bracelet: Kohls
Necklace: Stein Mart Red Dot Sale

Russell believes by practicing, we will have greater success with reinvention of our wardrobes through creative use of accessories. The results of practice can lead to:

"1. Know what accessories we currently own and are overlooking and can now organize and interchange them

2. Have a better idea of what our “must have, multitasking, go-anywhere-do-anything,” accessory items are.

3. Discover what missing essentials we need to add to our existing wardrobe inventory

4. Realize we are much more creative than we ever thought possible"

nicole boots:  Ross

The two basic outfits she recommends practicing with are a white T shirt and jeans; and a little black dress. My practicing so often happens on this blog. Sometimes I will look back at the way I styled an outfit and either think VICTORY or DUD!  Blogging has cemented in my mind the value of accessories, and how you can completely reinvent your wardrobe simply with an amazing
scarf or necklace!

NOW, I would like for you to send me a picture of you in your best accessory…YOUR SMILES!! Please send your best smiling picture and I will feature these smiles throughout February. Just email your smile to over50feeling40@gmail.com with the name you would like to appear underneath!!

And tell us, what "missing essential accessories" would you like to add to your wardrobe??

Steve Madden Purse:  Ross

Silk Jackets, Purple Legs, No Regrets

Maggy London Silk Jacket: Goodwill
Black Travelers Cami: Chicos
Print Skirt: Lane Bryant

Silk….beautiful, luxurious silk…is due to make a big come back for next fall. Last summer, I purchased this silk jacket at Goodwill for $3….I love the feel of it!! Unfortunately, because of our heat and humidity, I do not get to wear it for very long, but it is perfect for the transitional times.

Middle age is perhaps the ultimate of transitions. It is easy to spend this time living in the land of regrets. There are times I allow my thoughts to drift into...

I wish I had learned to eat healthier earlier

I wish I had learned to love exercise.

I wish I had accepted that job or not accepted another.

I wish I had allowed my mother to teach me to sew as she wanted to.

I wish…I wish…I wish…..

Necklace:  Stein Mart Red Dot Sale

I have some friends who literally carry a card in their wallets that says STOP on the front of it. Whenever, they begin to think negatively they are to pull out the STOP card and begin to think of what good is happening in their lives right at that moment. I do not carry a STOP card, but I have learned to recognize the signs. If I give “the regrets” a foothold, they will soon move in and stake a claim. For me, I mentally say STOP, take one day at a time, and focus on my blessings.

NO REGRETS ….just excitement to find gorgeous silk at Goodwill!!  Now that's a blessing!

Merlot Tights:  Goodwill
Brown, pointed toe flats:  Old Navy

 Do you like silk or avoid it?

Jan 22, 2012

Classic Visiblity: The Trench

London Fog Trench: Stein Mart
Black Lee Jeans: Kohls

“With jeans, dinner-suit pants, over a little black dress – is there any occasion when a trench coat will not do? It goes over everything and with everything!”

-Ines de la Fressange in Parisian Chic

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!! Today’s outfit may be a bit toned down for VISIBLE MONDAY, but great classic pieces will always turn a head. I have been searching for a classic trench coat for a long time. Now, I know it is easy to find quality trench coats, but the stickler has always been price. Until, last week…with my last portion of Christmas money I found this London Fog trench on a 50% off rack at Stein Mart. Score!  Though it is a shorter version, it's perfect for our weather in South Texas.  If I was in a wetter climate, I might have held out for the longer length.

I wasn’t sure about the belt, because I really did not like it belted, so I turned to Ines for suggestions. In Parisian Chic, she writes:

“Never, ever buckle the belt properly like a good little girl. Tie it in front or behind with the buckle hanging loose. Unobtrusive fashion statements like this (Life’s too short, or the buckle’s broken but I love this coat so much I found a solution…) are very, very Parisian.”

Tortise Shell Bracelet:  Chicos

 Classic pieces such as the trench coat, pencil skirts, a great white collared shirt, and pearls are very visual and can always be counted on for perfect style!! I have seen many colored trench coats which were affordable, but I have literally waited for three years to find this one. So happy!

Liz Claiborne Boots:  Marshalls

Now, go check out all the visibility over at Not Dead Yet Style!


Also, join the MONDAY MINGLE: