over50feeling40: July 2016
Fashion and Lifestyle Blog for women over 50 to help achieve strength, confidence, joy, inspiration, and, of course, head-turning personal style!

Jul 31, 2016

JJill August Collection: Adding Statement Pieces

Wow, it is hard to believe tomorrow's August...not one of my favorite months: really hot, school starts, traffic increases, and still really hot!   However, the JJILL AUGUST COLLECTION  has made me smile about it...rather than whine about it!

One of the reasons I love JJill is that I can pick up statement pieces to add to my JJill Knit Leggings, and Wearever Tank Top..like this PAISELY BORDER SCARF PONCHO.  Makes a wardrobe easy and workable!  I put on my ballet flats and I am good to go!

I am also wearing their new COMPASSION FUND HEART WRAP BRACELET. JJill creates fun pieces in a Compassion collection in order to donate money back to our local communities.  Here is what they say, "The JJill Compassion Fund is honored to provide support to community based organizations that help disadvantaged and homeless women become self-sufficient through programs that focus on education, job skills, and transitional and affordable housing."  These would be perfect gifts as well!

Women helping women...love it!  Now, I think I will wear this outfit, call a girlfriend and head out for #NationalGirlfriendsDay (Monday)!
Sharing nachos sounds perfect!

Have a wonderful National Girlfriends Day!  
(You are all on my list of special girlfriends)


Disclaimer:  This garment was provided by JJill, but the words are my own. 

What I Wore to the Baby Shower!

K is for Kinsley...the name of my granddaughter who is expected to enter this world mid-September!  So we celebrated this weekend with friends to shower the new mom and dad (my son) with gifts.

I loved this decorative cake made of baby diapers created by the hostess, my daughter-in-law's close friend.

Showers are such a special time when all ages get together to honor either a new couple, or future parents.  I have always loved what a shower represents...kind of a traditional blessing by those closest to them.   I think it is appropriate Monday is National Girlfriends Day!
I chose to wear two garments I purchased at DILLARDS a couple of years ago, the tunic is my BRYAN WALKER, and the pants are EILEEN FISHER.  I feel very confident in this color and it is a fun casual style.
These were special pieces one of the friends handmade to match the nursery decorations perfectly.  I predict they will one day be in a keepsake box.

Every detail was perfect and the company ....special.  My granddaughter will be blessed to be born into so much love......

Now, if you were looking for HIT YOUR STYLE SWEET SPOT...we needed to take this week off, because Jennifer is somewhere outside of Vancouver struggling to find Wifi!  I missed it too...but hopefully we will return next week!

What did you do this weekend?  

Also, San Antonio ladies!  I cleaned out my closet and took some real treasures to my favorite consignment shop THE GARMENT EXCHANGE!  I love supporting my friend, Marilyn, the shop owner...come by for some real fun!  Just look for this rack...

Happy Sunday!

Jul 29, 2016

Goodwill SA: This Grandma's Assistant

My monthly trip to GOODWILL SA was all about my grandchildren. They may be headed this way for a visit in the fall and I need some new treasures for two little boys, ages 3 and 1.  The books and new toy will go in the treasure pile.  The Santa is actually for me...I collect Santas from around the world, and this one is from Finland and was only 99 cents!

My treasure hunts to Goodwill are always fun for me.  It is amazing how our community supports Goodwill with generous, quality donations and support.

I like to pick up fun mugs, fill them with flowers, and then take it to a friend to brighten their day...much more fun than a glass vase!

The employees always put a smile on my face...I have never met a grumpy Goodwill SA employee...they are fun and seem to really enjoy their work.  The way Goodwill SA supports the SAN ANTONIO COMMUNITY with job creation and training is so important for our city.
And you cannot beat how fun the treasure hunts really are.

If you are in San Antonio, then perhaps it is time for you to stop by any of our GOODWILL LOCATIONS!

It's a good way to get out of the heat!

Disclaimer:  I was compensated to shop at Goodwill...the words and images are my own.

Jul 28, 2016

The Lancaster Hotel: You Won My Loyalty!

Hope your weekend is going well!  I know there have not been many outfit posts lately, and I do apologize, but my wonderful photographers (son and husband) have been exceptionally busy lately! 

I do have a very special place I would like to share with you today.  If you ever travel to Houston, you must stay in THE LANCASTER HOTEL a fabulous boutique hotel in downtown across from The Jones Concert Hall.  Built in 1926, the Lancaster is an official Texas Landmark and a member of Historic Hotels in America.   It is rich with heritage, which you can read about HERE.

What I love is the way the designers created a blend of vintage and new with each step from the entry way to the rooms.   The vintage feel affords a coziness you will not find in the big chain hotels and creates a chic, elegant ambiance which is well…warm and cozy.  However, the new touches of leather, and marble counters, and creative design takes business travel to a new level.  

I was there on business travel and appreciated the breakfast provided in the morning complete with smiling, service-focused staff; the eating area with current news channels on and daily newspapers available; and the easy business room with computers to pull up the airplane site and printers to print whatever needs you might have…such as a boarding pass.  As a female business travels, I loved the makeup mirror, full length mirror…and oh, did I mention the cozy robes and Starbucks Coffee for the room.

The food was excellent from dinner to breakfast…and I loved the intimacy of THE BISTRO LANCASTER.  All it lacked was a touch of Frank Sinatra or a pianist to add icing on the New- York- feeling atmosphere.  I also want to compliment the staff…their kindness and smiles!  
Final word...this MOLTEN CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH JACK DANIELS AND NUTELLA SAUCE...there are just no words...best dessert I have tasted in a long time...it was incredible!

This is one hotel I will return to....

Have a Wonderful Thursday!

Jul 27, 2016

DermSilk 5 Minute Face Lift: Beauty on the Go for Women 50+

Perhaps it's a photo shoot...or a high school reunion...or a date night with the significant other...there are occasions when we want an extra lift!
Derma Silk has brought the busy woman over 50 a perfect product for beauty on the go...the DERMA SILK 5 MINUTE FACE LIFT
I realize I have introduced you to a lot of skin care products lately...but there are some excellent choices on the market and I want you to have all the information, so you can make your best choice.  It takes time to research all that is available, so perhaps I can make it a bit easier.

I like this product.  It feels smooth, natural, and not overly tight.  I use it on my neck and face...very pleased with the results.  It does take the 5 minutes to see the full results.  All I used on top of it was my primer and eye cream.  Here are the key points to remember:
• Cosmetically lifts and tightens and firms sagging, aging skin.
• Reduces the appearance of fine line, wrinkles and sagging skin.
• See results in less than 5 minutes
• Contains the South American Beauty Secret, Helix Aspersa serum

Disclaimer:  I was compensated for this post, but the words are my own.

Jul 26, 2016

5 Fall Fashion Picks for Women 50+

Yes, I am dreaming of autumn...no surprise to those who know me...and the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale got me to desiring Fall Fashion Picks now.  So, go on over to MIDLIFE BOULEVARD to see my top five!  I am excited to start the hunt.

See you there...in THE JOY BOUTIQUE!

Happy Tuesday all!

Jul 25, 2016

Instantly Ageless: Making Birthdays Fun

Hi everyone, please look closely at my complexion here...not my neck...my face! I am still staring at it in amazement since I just used my new best friend, INSTANTLY AGELESS!
This is the best gift I received for my 63rd birthday last week!  I am still taken with how instant, smooth, and tight the results are!  It works fast to rid eyes of puffiness and the dark circles, and fast to tighten and diminish wrinkles.
Such an impressive product! Of course, my before picture is on top above.   I love it when someone seems shocked at my age and use of Instantly Ageless, in this powerful little tube,  will keep those great reviews coming in!  The product has been featured on Good Morning America, Rachel Ray, The Doctors, and Inside Edition. 

 Just click HERE to discover more...but I highly recommend it for those who need a "lift."  Thanks Instantly Ageless for making this birthday extra, extra special...just as if I went backwards!


Disclaimer:  I was compensated for this post, but the words are my own!

Jul 24, 2016

Hit Your Style Sweet Spot: What Women 50+ Wear to a Family Reunion

Welcome to a fun collaboration with Jennifer of A Well Styled Life and Pam of over50feeling40.  We desire for all of us… the fabulous women over 50 …to look and feel our best each and every day.  After years of blogging for this audience, we have heard from so many of you about your discouragement and despondency when you look in the mirror every morning.  But, we both know just how transformative style can be, and hope to encourage you right here each week.  We want to see all of us empowered with strength, joy, and confidence.

It's time to step into new territory for me...we have not had a full blown family union other than just immediate family.  But, you asked and Jennifer and I listen...so here is how we would approach our selection as Women 50+ for this event.  I suspect most family reunions are on the relaxed, casual side. 
So, I would look at something along these lines.  When I am around the young women in my family, I always want to set a confident, healthy example...something they might aspire to one day.  I was keenly aware as a teacher of how my choices might communicate to the high school girls I taught for 16 years, and at a family event I would be thinking about the same.

I really want my complexion and smile to glow at such an event.  Though it is casual, I want to wear an outfit which puts a confident smile on my face.

Recently, a new friend reminded me of a store I have not shopped in years, Palais Royal.  They are not everywhere, but I was able to visit one in the Pearland, TX area.

I walked away with some pieces I have actually been in search of offered by top brands...like this CALVIN KLEIN Blush Pink shirt. I have looked for a functional blouse in this color which works for casual and professional wear.  The utility vest is a brand called DEMOCRACY and I know I will wear it often...it has a cute bronze stud detail in the back.   Though I don't wear scarves in the summer, I threw this one on to show how a great print would really make a simple look like this more fun.  I also picked up the comfortable and stylish leather BARETRAPS sandals there and since it was a BOGO promotion...I got another pair of fun black, bling sandals YELLOW BOX.  This was a successful shopping trip...so glad I was coerced to return.

My takeaway for family reunions is to dress confident and remember the younger ladies are watching you!  

Now let's go see what JENNIFER OF A WELL STYLED LIFE is wearing for her reunion!


Have an Amazing Week!

Jul 22, 2016

I am on a Special Fashion Panel Representing Women 50+

I am a part of a super secret, super exciting, and super fun new Fashion Panel.  I cannot give you many details, but I promise
as soon as I can, I will!  This looks like a sketchy situation here, but I promise a really cool atmosphere and amazing work happened inside!

I was told hundreds of women were considered for this panel and only 12 made it.  I am representing Women 50+ and I promise our voice will be heard.

I wish I could tell you more...but I just cannot.  It is an honor and tons of fun!

The only frustrating part of the last three days was the massive computer glitch at Southwest Airlines which cancelled 700 flights and my flight home was one.  Mass chaos and many unhappy people crowded the airport.  I had to stay an additional 24 hours.  But, I am home now and overall the experience was fascinating.

You will just have to wait for details down the road!

Happy Friday all!

Jul 20, 2016

JJill July Collection: Wardrobe Complete Pieces for Women 50+

I have been in search of a versatile, short, lightweight jacket for awhile and JJILL has delivered a good one in their July collection...in fact, the OPEN FRONT CARDI is available in many colors! 

I like the fact that JJill collections all work together to help women 50+ build a stylish, workable wardrobe...whether you are still in the work place, retired, or watching grandchildren!

The LONG PERFECT TANK top has excellent length and offers a very flattering fit.  It works for many different outfits in my closet.  

And remember, JJILL has great SUMMER ACCESSORIES...they sent me this hat last year and it is so much fun and really needed it for the intense sun we experience right now.

If you want a workable, worry-free, stylish wardrobe, consider JJill.  They have some excellent sale prices right now.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Remember, if you would like a copy of my reinvention story with assistance of how to do it, then email me at over50feeling40@gmail.com and ask for 8 Steps to Reinvented Style...it's FREE!

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Disclaimer:  Clothing was provided for this review, but the words are my own.