over50feeling40: Here's To Beautiful, Courageous, Outstanding Women!
Fashion and Lifestyle Blog for women over 50 to help achieve strength, confidence, joy, inspiration, and, of course, head-turning personal style!

Aug 13, 2013

Here's To Beautiful, Courageous, Outstanding Women!

I know that many of you are familiar with the fabulous Iris Apfel, renown New York Fashionista at 91!  Well, I am going to introduce you to a new version...in a moment!
But first...a special luncheon was held last week...actually, it was a bittersweet moment.  My friends Jean and Gigi (Gail) have moved six hours a way...this is Texas, big cities are not close to one another!
So, Jean (pictured left) held a luncheon to say farewell to eight of her closest friends.  She has lived in San Antonio for over 30 years, and she took the time to tell her story and go around the room and bless each one of us, publicly, for the role we played in her life.  It was such a joyful and affirming time for all of us...so many amazing women in the room.

Not to mention...beautiful fashionistas!!

After fifty, Jean has gone through an exciting reinvention and become a model and actress.  From the cover of AARP, to movies, to national advertising, we have and will see her in a variety of venues.  The most fun to date...she is to play Iris Apfel in a national eyewear campaign to be released soon!  Jean said it is the most fun she has had on set so far!

I will miss her and my sweet Gigi so much, but what she did speaking love and acceptance into our lives was powerful!  So, now I would like to do the same for each of you.  I received this card for my birthday from another sweet friend, Kerry, and would like to send the verse out to each and every reader!  Each of you is special....

To a Beautiful, Courageous, Outstanding Woman!

Believe in yourself,
as I believe in you.
Trust your strengths,
as I trust in them....
Look in the mirror
And see what I see.
A talented, uplifting, and
Magnificent Woman
Who can do anything and
Everything she wants.
Believe in your heart
that you have the power to grab hold of your future.
and mold it into the things
You have always dreamed of.
Trust in your soul
that you are capable of doing
all that needs to be done.
Know that you are incredible in every way
and see yourself
as others see you...
as an intelligent
and spectacular woman.
 -Lamisha Serf

Have a joyful Wednesday everyone!!


  1. Hi Pamela-What a momentous experience with your fabulous friends. These photos are just dripping with fun and love. Pure proof how fabulous 50 and over can be. Lovely friendships and lovely post my dear.
    xx, Heather @ Stylemindchic

  2. What a fabulous post! The photos and poem were glorious and so uplifting.

  3. I can't believe we won't be seeing Gigi as much on your blog anymore. What?!? You two are like the dynamic duo when you do outfit posts together. I miss her already. I love that Jean will play Iris. How fun! Iris is a hoot, one of my Bloomie's coworkers got to meet her at the 59th Street store last year when she was there to promote her handbag line. There was a line of people to meet her! XO, Jill

  4. Awe. Treasure your friends. And remember, a 6 hour car drive with a book on tape is quite a bit of fun to see an old friend!

  5. Love your post! So beautiful!

  6. What a stylish bunch! How wonderful for Jean to have this exciting new career. I hope you're able to arrange some visits with Gigi despite the distance.

  7. Great friends you have. Very nice post.

  8. Thank you for this, Pam. The photos are uplifting and the poem is inspiring. xoxo

  9. Ahhhhh....this is what I love. Friends, creativity, confidence in the God-given gifts that we each have. Celebrating it all is what we are to do.

    Oh Pam, thank you for visiting. I am well, thank GOD. Life is so fragile, but when we are given the chance to continue on in good health, all the more important it is for me to realize how blessed I am. Thank you for commenting! LOVE! Anita

  10. beautiful . Thanks for sharing the verse. I admire your great attitude and all that you do. How wonderful to have the energy to do so much!

  11. Pam - this poem is what I have always thought of you. Even in our teens, you seemed to always be able to "do anything you want" and "all that needs to be done." Now, in our 60's, I am sometimes sad when I read your blog that we weren't closer as I can see we both don't always see ourselves as others see us. You, my friend, are an amazing woman. I am proud to call you friend. I know we missed lunch this summer, but maybe we can schedule a shopping and lunch day. Hugs to you!

  12. First, i love and love Iris, i want to be just like her!
    Your friends are lovely
    Amazing that Jean had become a model and actress, i'm so impress!


Thanks so much for joining in our conversation today! I appreciate your time and love hearing from you!