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

Aug 30, 2015

Date Night! Where We Went and What I Wore

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Friday night was date night for me and Mr. B...we wanted to celebrate end of summer and our transition back into a full house.  My daughter and grandsons are coming for a couple of months since they need to evacuate their home in Saipan...which was hit by a Category 3 Typhoon about a month ago. They have been in Guam for three weeks, but now must move on to us!
We headed downtown to the renovated and popular PEARL BREWERY development.  I chose to wear this BRYN WALKER JAIDA TUNIC at Dillards. Last year, I really fell in love with two brands I discovered at Dillards...BRYN WALKER and IC COLLECTION.  Every time I wear these garments I receive compliments.  This  tunic is such a great print and I know I will wear it often this fall with scarves, cardigans, and my long Eileen Fisher sweater jacket.

This is my beautiful new handbag from ANT HILL, a local boutique run by Project Runway All-Star Season 2 winner, Anthony Ryan Auld.  I love this bag so much and it is the professional, chic style I have been looking for to wear with my new job.

We started with dinner at CURED, currently one of San Antonio's go-to restaurants.   The atmosphere was vibrant, intimate, and so friendly....mostly because of the employees...over-the-top nice.  The food was absolutely unique, tasty, and just the right size...paired with excellent wine.

We had an opportunity to have a long conversation...which with such busy schedules, we have to make a priority.

Dinner was quiet and conversational...the rest of the evening was loud and rocking!
We changed locations to SAM'S BURGER JOINT for the music.  Mr. B plays guitar and follows every great guitar musician whenever he can.  The atmosphere completely changed because in this place, you stand for the shows...no sitting!!

He likes to be really close up where he can see every chord and fret!  I was exhausted after two shows...but the good news is, my outfit worked for both places...though I was one of the best dressed at Sam's!! 

Remember...the week is about transitions!  And our crazy home life transitions again this week!  It was a great evening.

What did you do this weekend?


Have a refreshing Monday, all!

Career Reinvention: Transitions

Join me on the patio this morning as I think about transitions.  This is an amazing morning with low humidity....cool breezes...transitions are in the air.
My new career has been years in the making.  Years of change... from a budding young marketing career after college to 16 years as an educator and now returning to marketing.  I do miss my friends from school, but the freedom to be out and performing something different (which I love) is amazing. To be my own boss, and challenged by learning how to run a small business is incredible.  And who would have thought it was possible after being away for so long, and, yes, at the ripe age of sixty.

As I slowly transition to this new phase, I am enjoying the freedom more and more every day.  I can breathe deep these cool breezes and smile.

Transitions are ribbons running through our lives and tying each moment together.  How we handle transitions is so important.  We can go forward with hopeful expectation or sit shut down.

There was a little anxiety at first, but now just determination to do well and keep this going!  Don't let age keep you from transitioning to something you may not see as possible.   You just might be surprised like I have been...it's in the wind...anything is possible.

This week my blog is dedicated to transitions as we go forward together.

Have a joyful Sunday!

Aug 29, 2015

Thought for the Day: Only Getting Better

I read this in a card recently:

I'm not aging

I'm ripening!

That's how I feel...

Ripe...at my best time! Right now!

I feel more mature, in control, more healthy, more joyful...

Remember: Act II should be the best part of the play!

Have a happy Saturday!!

Aug 28, 2015

What Personal Style is All About...and What It is Not!

"Style is not about what you have or what you can afford.  You don't have to be young, rich or skinny to have it. You can be you, and develop an incredible personal style that can give you great confidence and allow you to walk through the world with a sure step, and feel great about yourself." - Stacy London

I arose early this morning to watch an episode of  LOVE, LUST, or RUN: STACY REVEALED
When I went through my wake up call 12 years ago, it was Stacy and Clinton from WHAT NOT TO WEAR who communicated and connected with me best about how I looked on the outside.  She taught me that style is transformative from the outside in,  and it is!

THE TRUTH ABOUT STYLE remains the best style book I have read to date.  I wrote about it HERE in 2012, and you can see how far I have come from that time to now.   Stacy's goal in life is to make every woman feel the possibilities are limitless, and she certainly has helped me to feel that way.  She said in last night's special, "I learned on What Not to Wear how the way we dress reveals much deeper things about what is going on inside.  I learned to develop personal style based on self acceptance and self understanding.  I learned more compassion with myself and others."  She revealed in her book and again last night her hardships growing up when she was bullied as a child for PSORIASIS...she understands the struggles with self acceptance. She lived them.

"It is a tall order to expect other people to give you self esteem," she said.  "I hate watching women who loathe themselves, but love to see them empowered."

I now communicate on the outside, what I feel on the inside:  joy, fun, excitement, hope, strength, and confidence! She defined her midlife as a renaissance, not a crisis...love that!  Thanks for all your help, Stacy!

Order her book, HERE if you want to read more encouragement!

Happy Weekend, Everyone!

Aug 26, 2015

Are you a Coco or a Ken? Plus the Thursday Blog Hop!

The iconic fashion designer, Coco Chanel, said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror, and remove one accessory.”
The fashion director and senior vice president of high end Neiman Marcus, Ken Downing, said, “When in doubt about how many necklaces to wear this fall, add one more.”

So, I ask you…are you a Coco or a Ken?  The folkloric, bohemian, 70s influences in fashion this year are shown with lots of layers and necklaces, necklaces, necklaces.  And on the runway, they looked fabulous.  I do not see myself solely in one camp or the other.  I have my Coco days, and my Ken days. 

I did decide to experiment recently and went to an event with three necklaces on.  Everyone I met that night commented on how much they liked the look.  It would take a step of courage for me to pile on more…but I just might take that step and see how it goes.

I love necklaces.  They are a perfect item to watch for in resale, consignment and thrift stores.  You discover some true treasure.

Let us know, ladies, which side to you find yourself on and are you willing to try accessories both ways?

Pictures are from the Fall 2015 Runway Preview at Neiman Marcus in San Antonio, #nmsanantonio

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