over50feeling40: April 2015
Fashion and Lifestyle Blog for women over 50 to help achieve strength, confidence, joy, inspiration, and, of course, head-turning personal style!

Apr 29, 2015

Jenny Craig: An I MATTER GIFT....Plus The Thursday Blog Hop!


JENNY CRAIG just sent me a gift!  This beautiful box contained items I will use for sure...an apron, water bottle, salad container, and a bag to cart home my JENNY CRAIG MEAL ITEMS.
It is always nice to receive an unexpected gift, but really Jenny Craig is a gift I give myself, because I MATTER.  I decided a couple of years ago, I would need to make an investment in myself and pay for a gym, a trainer, and a weight loss program.  Now, right at 28 pounds down, I am so glad I did this.  I hope to keep going...slow and steady wins the race, right?
The program is easy...delicious...and one of the TOP RATED WEIGHT LOSS programs. They also have some specials going right now.  I highly recommend it.

What gift have you given yourself recently?

Tell us and then go enjoy the wonderful talents from the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop!


HAVE A WONDERFUL THURSDAY, ALL!


Welcome to the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop! You can link your favorite post of the week. Or write a post about your favorite things and share it with old and new followers. This hop is hosted and posted on 6 different blogs! Your link will appear on the blogs of Katherines Corner, Over 50 Feeling 40, Vintage Mamas Cottage, All That's Jas, What Erika Wears and Surroundings by Debi. Please follow ALL of your hostesses. 

We invite you to Grab a Hop Button for your blog  (just copy and paste with a link back please)



RULES

• PLEASE DO NOT link and run, please visit and comment on at least two of the links ahead of you. This simple act of kindness will result in a much more satisfying blog hop experience ♥

• Please link to your post and not to your blog home page.Yes you can link giveaways (they are everyone's favorite thing).

• Please remember to post no more than 3 links.

• No adult content blogs.

• No links directly to your shops or websites selling things/services please! (sorry they will be removed)

♥ Optional- Link back on your post and/or Grab the hop button .

Please leave comments when you visit, let them know you are visiting from the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop . I invite you to add your giveaways toKatherines Giveaways Page too


Adding your link to this blog hop gives Katherine and her hostesses permission to share your posts and pictures via social media, pinterest and as a Make It Monday feature on Katherines Corner.♥

♥ Please  Follow Your hostesses ♥


Katherines Corner 
Over 50 Feeling 40
Vintage Mamas Cottage
All Thats Jas
What Erika Wears
Surroundings by Debi

Lets HOP ♥


*I was provided a free trial program, and free Jenny’s Cuisine® items. Currently, I purchase their food at a special rate.   However, the opinions and writing are entirely my own. 
Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs per week


Girl-Time, Fun-Time, Springtime .... all at Elizabeth's Boutique

Take a group of vibrant ladies, one amazing esthetician, fabulous fashions and jewelry in a gorgeous boutique and you have one fun evening!  That was our event last Thursday at ELIZABETHS BOUTIQUE in San Antonio on Hwy. 1604.
Most of the ladies were shopping for color and pants!  Elizabeth easily delivered perfect fits in both!
Elizabeth Abbott, boutique owner, is so good at stretching boundaries for women and showing us new ways to look and feel out best.  She has taught me much about fit.  So, I took home a really amazing fit in printed leggings.
It was such a fun evening...Monica's Salon and Spa came with her quality selection of beauty products and introduced the guests to new ideas for thinning hair, BB creams, and anti-aging care....with those incredible hand massages which relaxed all of us. 
Fun times with the girls!  For those in San Antonio, please give these two ladies a visit!

Rena asked below about online purchases!  Elizabeth told me to pass along...you can go to the FaceBook page to order items, or call at 210-490-7774.  If you click on her Boutique name above, you will get the Facebook page.  Seems you do not have to be in SA...how much fun is that!


Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Disclaimer: I did receive clothing for promoting this event, but my words are my own.

Apr 28, 2015

Korbata Ties: For A Man's Special Occasion Dress


Meet my handsome son #2...birthday this week...turning 23!  And since he will be celebrating and job interviewing soon, we decided to follow up a discussion about women's special occasion wear with this important word for men's special occasion wear....

KORBATA ties and bow ties are beautiful...excellent quality...youthful and fashion forward...and support for another culture.  (My husband already plans to steal it!)


From their words:

"For Guatemalan tie making company KorBáta, a tie is not merely an accent piece or an afterthought.  Their hand-woven ties tell a story. When the thread is woven, the rich history and heritage of the Mayan people are woven along with it. That is because each thread has been put in place by the hands of a Mayan woman whose efforts preserve Guatemala’s textile traditions. KorBáta’s newest collection, Lagos and Lagunas, gives ode to Guatemala’s glistening lakes. Like all of their collections, Lagos and Lagunas is a limited edition.  Crafted from 100% cotton, each hand woven pattern is unique, never to be duplicated. KorBáta ties and bow ties are for the man who knows quality when he sees it, loves old world tradition but isn’t afraid to dress for the 21st century. 


Ties retail for $45.00. Bow ties retail for $40.00.
KorBáta’s story begins by the serendipitous meeting of two entrepreneurs, Jennifer Menegazzo and Diego Arias. Both of Guatemalan descent, they found a shared love for their country, the beauty of its land, the Mayan culture and Guatemalan art. Combining their talents and efforts, they started a small artisan project and named the company KorBáta. Their work has been most gratifying because they have not only brought their dream to fruition but are helping to sustain Guatemala’s rich weaving history and providing work for those in rural areas of Guatemala. For more information, visit KORBATA."


Check them out...I was very pleased with the sample they sent for preview...and so is he!

Have a great evening!


Disclaimer: A tie was sent for preview.  The post is all my own.

Fashion Ideas: For Graduations, Weddings, Garden Parties, Special Times!

Most of our special occasions are not going to require a fabulous gown like these from SAKS FIFTH AVENUE.  For, real-world ideas, please join me today on THE MIDLIFE BOULEVARD to prepare for the special occasions in your life.

Join us in


For ideas to leave good memories of those important moments.

Have a joyous Tuesday!

Apr 26, 2015

#OOTD: An Eileen Fisher Love Story and Fashion Flash!

Believe me...I rarely do this.... spend this much on one piece.  But, as I age, having certain investment pieces in my wardrobe make good sense to me.  I know what I like, so why not make sure it will be around for awhile by buying one of the best.


Especially when I love a garment this much.  Recently, I was scrolling through DILLARDS ONLINE and came upon this EILEEN FISHER BOXY JACKET...birds began to sing, and hearts to float through the air as I gazed upon something I really, really wanted in my closet. 
At first, I thought I would call it a Mother's Day treat to myself...and then I thought I will call it a "got through another year of teaching" treat...or perhaps, I have lost weight treat...oh, what the heck, I just decided to call it, An I MATTER TREAT!
98% of my clothing purchases are on sale or clearance.... and not full price.  But, I do have about five which I just wanted in the closet and this jacket is one.  I love it.  I plan to wear it on a date with my black leggings!

Have you treated yourself lately with something you really love?  Let us know the details!


Happy Monday, everyone!

COLE HAAN COPPER LEATHER FLATS AT DILLARDS


Now it is time for Fashion Flash!


FASHION FLASH ON DIVA DEBBIE

Just click on the link for informative posts from the cream of the crop of Fashion and Beauty bloggers for midlife women!  Hosted by Diva Debbie!

Linking up today with SHOE AND TELL...and MONDAY MINGLE... and TURNING HEADS TUESDAY...and VISIBLE MONDAY!


Poppy King: The Lipstick Queen and Advice for Midlife Lips

When I entered ULTA in the NORTHWOODS SHOPPING CENTER, POPPY KING was surrounded by adoring customers and a bevy of Ulta sales representatives. "She is just lovely," one of the employees told me. "She is gracious and impressive in every way."
I sat to the side and watched Poppy, 42, with her fan base while waiting for our scheduled interview time...and soon, I agreed completely, she is just lovely.  Her Australian accent and confidence are intoxicating and she showed respect and concern for each individual.

I asked her to share the most important lesson learned through years in business and after a little thought, she said, "The customer really is always right. You can tell them what you recommend, but if they are uncomfortable with that choice, ultimately they are right with the decisions they make.  Any business needs to learn that."



I gave her a series of rapid fire questions about women in midlife and their lipstick.  Here are the Poppy Words of Wisdom:

Matte or Gloss?  For women over 40, matte is the better recommendation with just a touch of occasional gloss.
Lipliner?  It is a tool, not a rule.  It is an individual taste matter...acquired by some and rejected by others.  
Lip Plumpers? Good or not?  Better to think shimmer...light does make for a fuller lip, so it is better to think illumination....more about that below.
Red Lipstick?  Red lips are good for any age, however, if you wear red, tone down the other accessories.  Do not go overboard.  Red lipstick is the statement.
Nude lips...ok?  It is best to have something on your lips.  A dewy, hydrated lip is youthful and gives a healthy appearance. 

 Finally, I asked Why San Antonio for personal appearances?  With a big smile, she said San Antonio is one of her largest selling markets and she wanted to come thank and work with the customers personally!  
After listening in to one conversation, I asked a customer why she liked the lipstick so much.  She said, "You don't use it, do you? Or you wouldn't ask that.  It is the best."

Sometimes it is tough to get a quote!

I was most impressed with her ICE QUEEN LIPSTICK.  Poppy calls it "a touch of fairy dust"...illuminating any area it touches. 
And, HELLO SAILOR enhances original, natural lip color and looks like you put a color on...but didn't! I know it looks blue...but doesn't go on blue.

Check out her complete line HERE....and thanks to Poppy for spending time with me and our city!


Happy Sunday!




Apr 25, 2015

Video Blog: Why My Aching Back Isn't Aching Any Longer!




Happy Saturday, friends!  Earlier in the week, I told you I was moving videos to Saturday!  So here we go.  Since I did not begin working out until age 60...I have had to learn much quickly...mostly by making mistakes! Here are some of my pointers!  Plus some important words about Osteoporosis.

If you would like to subscribe to my channel, just go HERE!


Hope your weekend is full of joy!

Apr 24, 2015

Marshalls: Decorating My Home for Spring


Happy Friday, all!  Today I switch from my personal exterior, to my home interior.  I am a seasonal home decorator, but warm weather months are more subtle than fall and winter. 



I was in the mood for a few small changes this year, so off I went to MARSHALLS...my favorite place for affordable quality items.
These two bird statues and the aluminum tray work perfect on my dining table!








The front door wreath was switched out from winter pine cones, to this cheery floral (can you see the gardener's spade hidden there?)


You might have seen this empty bowl on my mantel behind me in my interior pictures, well Marhsalls had a bag of beautiful decorative balls for just $4.99.
My final touch is to occasionally bring home some fresh flowers just for the spring icing on the cake.  I love shopping for my home at MARSHALLS!

Linking up with two of my favorite bloggers, Jennifer and Heather for their new Style Link up...find it HERE

Does anyone else touch up the house with spring decor?  Please share you ideas...and 
A FABULOUS FRIDAY!

Apr 22, 2015

What I MATTER IS NOT...Plus The Thursday Blog Hop!


Hi everyone, it's I MATTER day!  And, in an effort to make sure we are all on the same page, I would like to reminder you of what I MATTER does NOT represent...


I MATTER is not a statement of selfishness.
I MATTER is not for divas.
I MATTER is not saying no else matters.
I MATTER is not about spending tons of money.
I MATTER is not for tantrums.






I MATTER does say we care about ourselves inside and outside.
I MATTER acknowledges we can and will do more for others when we feel good about ourselves.
I MATTER notes life is short, so we must put ourselves on the priority list.
I MATTER means we do this primarily for ourselves...no one else. 

Because, I love to enjoy life, I am wearing lots of color today to wear for a celebration of SAN ANTONIO'S FIESTA 2015!  Tomorrow is our BATTLE OF FLOWERS PARADE...schools will be out for the day as we attend the largest parade in America run completely by women! Oh Yeah...I wrote about the parade two years ago HERE

If you are in San Antonio today from 4-7, make sure your join me at Elizabeth's Boutique on 1604 for a great event with fashion stylist Elizabeth Abbott and esthetician, Monica Casell!  Door prizes, specials, and lots of fun.

Now, go out and do something good for you...because we all need to carry the I MATTER sign.

I hope you will also enjoy the great reading below from the Thursday Blog Hop or hop on yourselves.


Have a fabulous Thursday!


Welcome to the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop! You can link your favorite post of the week. Or write a post about your favorite things and share it with old and new followers. This hop is hosted and posted on 6 different blogs! Your link will appear on the blogs of Katherines Corner, Over 50 Feeling 40, Vintage Mamas Cottage, All That's Jas, What Erika Wears and Surroundings by Debi. Please follow ALL of your hostesses. 

We invite you to Grab a Hop Button for your blog  (just copy and paste with a link back please)




RULES

• PLEASE DO NOT link and run, please visit and comment on at least two of the links ahead of you. This simple act of kindness will result in a much more satisfying blog hop experience ♥

• Please link to your post and not to your blog home page.Yes you can link giveaways (they are everyone's favorite thing).

• Please remember to post no more than 3 links.

• No adult content blogs.

• No links directly to your shops or websites selling things/services please! (sorry they will be removed)

♥ Optional- Link back on your post and/or Grab the hop button .

Please leave comments when you visit, let them know you are visiting from the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop . I invite you to add your giveaways toKatherines Giveaways Page too


Adding your link to this blog hop gives Katherine and her hostesses permission to share your posts and pictures via social media, pinterest and as a Make It Monday feature on Katherines Corner.♥

♥ Please  Follow Your hostesses ♥


Katherines Corner 
Over 50 Feeling 40
Vintage Mamas Cottage
All Thats Jas
What Erika Wears
Surroundings by Debi

Lets HOP ♥



Chadwick's..Clothes with Great Fit!

One of my goals for 2015 is to wear more garments which fit my body better.  I am amazed at the confidence boost a great fit provides.  I have hidden for so long, it always takes a bit more courage to step out of my comfort zone and not hide behind too many oversized styles.



CHADWICK'S sent me the dress and the blue blouse and both are such a good, slimming fit.  The fabrics are cool and soft, and I know will wear well throughout the summer.




This PRINT KNIT FAUX WRAP DRESS which hits just under the bustline is very slimming and so comfortable.  It will be perfect for graduations coming up.












I felt such a boost of confidence when I first saw how well this FLORAL BLUE BLOUSE fits.  I know I will style it in many ways and it has a great print! It is sleeveless and will be very cool for summer professional wear.







Check out CHADWICK'S HERE...they have some wonderful styles for spring and summer!

Linking up with SPRING STYLE ME CHALLENGE!

NOTE:  I know I have been placing the video here, but I believe I am going to move them to Saturdays, to give more time to watch a 5-7 min video blog.  So, look for #4 this coming Saturday!


Have a wonderful Wednesday!

DIsclaimer:  Chadwick's provided the garments, and I wrote my own words!

Apr 21, 2015

5 Ways to Shop Fabulous, Fashion Flats, AND on HUFFPO


Flats are one of my favorite fashion topics and I am on MIDLIFE BOULEVARD today to give some shopping pointers!

Just join us in the 


And lets discuss all of the fun ways to enjoy our shoes!

Also, I am starting to blog on the Huffington Post!  Please join me here for my first post...leave comments...share...LOVE...Would so appreciate it!  HUFFINGTON POST BLOG HERE  Today I am discussing the legacy we leave!

Linking up today with the gorgeous ELEGANTLY DRESSED

Have a Tuesday full of joy!