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

May 31, 2016

Let's Help the Retailers Out!


This was taken in 2013 and was my last photo shoot with Coldwater Creek...a retailer I supported and was sad to see go.  Please join me to day on MIDLIFE BOULEVARD and give your thoughts on how retailers can keep and earn your loyalty.  They want and need to know.

I hope you will share the post in 




How can we help a few more stick around...

Happy Tuesday!

May 29, 2016

Hit Your Style Sweet Spot: Dressing for Summer Errands Over 50


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 may be the unofficial start to summer this weekend, but it sure seems official here.  You can smell the fresh cut grass, see tourists tubing down the river, walk the grocery surrounded by carts full of outdoor eating supplies, and enjoy the aromas of chlorine and suntan lotion.  But, of course, I left out...the humidity and heat.

We have not experienced humidity like this in a few years, since we were mostly dry and in a serious drought...but rain and moisture has arrived with that old feel of thick air and a belief it is hotter than the temp gauge is registering.  

I have told you before,  I like to look nice when running errands...even in over 90 heat!  I rarely wear shorts any longer...I am just not confident in them.  But, if I do put them on, it is home only.  These METRO CROPPED DENIM LEGGINGS FROM SOFT SURROUNDINGS are perfect for summer...look nice, flattering, and are not heavy at all.
Both tops are CHICO'S purchases from a couple of years ago.  Very lightweight...yet looks nice.  I believe sales people...grocery checkers...all give better service when I take the time to look my best even under the heated circumstances.  Also, if I run into a familiar face...which I often do...I am not ready to crawl behind the counter and hide.  Lightweight kimonos and tops are all around and there is really no excuse for heat to hold you back from a fresh look when out and about.
This fun necklace is by local jewelry designer SUSAN BUTLER, and features her glass blown beads.  Please join me this Wednesday for a very special post featuring Susan and her talents.  You will not want to miss what she has to share with you.  Look for more designs like this one HERE ON HER WEBSITE.

Now, let's go see what JENNIFER OF A WELL STYLED LIFE is wearing to run her errands!  I hope all of you are enjoying a holiday weekend with family, friends. or both!


Happy Celebrations!

Linking up with VISIBLE MONDAY ...SHOE AND TELL LINK UP...MONDAY MINGLE...TURNING HEADS LINK UP
Here are ideas from the current Chico's Memorial Day Sale which are perfect for wearing in summer heat!





May 28, 2016

Would You Wear It?


It has been awhile since I asked the question...this is when I post a look found locally on a mannequin and ask you what you think.

But it really means more if you explain your answer as to why or why not you liked this style.  

So, I ask you...WOULD YOU WEAR IT?

Have a relaxing, fun Saturday!

May 26, 2016

Work Wear for Women Over 50: More Inspiration from Entertainment


It's been quite a week in my career reinvention...a week of cheese trays, champagne toasts, french toast, and coffees.  I enjoy the networking...as long as I can control my eating...and I really enjoy watching what other women wear. 


 
I always get ideas watching women around me...it is one of my favorite sources for inspiration.
I could've taken many many pictures, but shared only a few here.  For one of the functions, I wore an IC COLLECTION print jacket I purchased on sale at DILLARDS.  It's a brand I really like.

It is definitely a challenge to dress professional every day...but I am finding so much inspiration and ideas around me.

  Where did you discover inspiration this week?


Happy Friday, all!

Zenni Optical Celebrates Female Leaders and A Giveaway

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May 24, 2016

Tea Time...Special Touches for Special People


On Monday, I mentioned attending a graduation celebration last weekend.  It was such an honor to be there, for the graduate selected only 12 women to attend a wonderful dinner in her honor.


We were served an amazing four course meal, and a little after 4:00 PM, tea and scones were served...this was my beautiful cup from the grandmother's collection.








The brand was the house tea from THE DORCHESTER in London.  They began afternoon tea in The Promenade in 1931, and now boast of many awards and are known for celebrating the best of British heritage.





I also want to add...and, please, do not shoot the messenger, but the dress code for tea at the Dorchester is called smart casual.  You are NOT ALLOWED to wear baseball caps, beanie hats, sportswear, trainers, flipflops, shorts....or ripped jeans! (Thank you!)
The tea was fabulous...the best I have ever tasted...and I have tried many teas. This one is a fruity black tea with vanilla and caramel flavors and a hint of lemon...medium body.  The flavor was created in honor to Paris.  
  I was so excited I could order the Paris tea on Amazon...and I promptly did....including a couple of extras to use for gifts.   The information is below.  I also am going to practice making scones.  I am so ready to have a group of family or friends over and serve this tea.  It was such an honor and a special moment.  I highly recommend bringing a little bit of the Dorchester home!


Enjoy Your Tea Time!


Think About It: What Do Your Clothes Say?


Just by looking at this picture, I believe this woman is intelligent, strong, savvy, chic...her clothes speak messages.  I am discussing the legacy we leave with our messages on MIDLIFE BOULEVARD today!

Join me in the ....





And have a fabulous Tuesday!

BIG NEWS:

ARTFUL HOME is having a big clearance sale on fun fashion designs,  Get them quickly before they go...some are 40% off!

May 22, 2016

Style Sweet Spot: Graduation Wear for Women Over 50


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 that time of year again...graduations from all schools...with weddings on the horizon!  For graduation and graduation parties, I personally like to wear a dress.  




Parties and ceremonies may be outdoor or inside and a dress will work for either situation.

Also, I stay cooler in a dress and this time of year, there may be heat involved...depending on the time of day.










Also a dress can be taken up a notch if you need to or taken down a notch...depending on the venue. Use select accessories for both.
Some of the ceremonies can be very long so comfort is a must...no matter the selection you make.
But, dresses for spring and summer are colorful and fun... enjoy a seasonal selection for celebrating!





This JODE DRESS DESIGNED BY COMFY USA from Artful Home is colorful, cool, and comfortable.  In June, you can buy it for 15% off!  Also, they have many fun selections in the SALE category now. 

I love it with this super cool, unique MARION NECKLACE.  So much fun...a true statement piece...I strive to have pieces like this in my wardrobe!  It is designed by artist Kathleen Nowak Tucci.




And, last but not least, the stunning leather YOSHI BAG  is amazing...so beautiful...I carried my graduate gift and purse items in it.

ARTFUL HOME has the June sale coming up soon, with 15% off EVERYTHING on the site.... and before that, many items will be moved to SALE...so keep an eye on things you love!


As I have said before, dresses are great for just about any situation and will keep us cool and looking confident over the summer.  Of course, I put on a touch of tinted lotion on the legs before wearing the dress!  You can find beauty at any price point for graduations and weddings ahead.

Now let's go see what JENNIFER OF A WELL STYLED LIFE  is wearing for graduations. 

What do you like to wear to a graduation party or ceremony?


Have a wonderful week ahead!

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Disclaimer:  I was given items from Artful Home but the words are my own. 


May 19, 2016

Work Wear for Women Over 50: All About Foundations


I thoroughly enjoyed our Blab discussion last Sunday on the power of neutrals with SUSAN OF UNE FEMME  and JENNIFER OF A WELL STYLED LIFE. You can listen to the broadcast HERE.


My work wardrobe really functions on a foundation of neutrals.  I love neutral separates because they stretch the wardrobe and open so many possibilities. I try to select the night before what I am going to wear the next day...just keeps the morning more organized and on time.  I have this pencil skirt in three neutrals...and, good news, they are on sale PONTE KNIT PENCIL SKIRT BY JJILL.




Creative accessories and statement pieces will help to make a neutral wardrobe fun.

This necklace from CHICO'S and the Eileen Fisher jacket from DILLARDS were both purchased on sale.  I found the jacket on deep clearance out of season and it is just what I need now as things heat up...it is so lightweight...and worth the wait to wear.





News Flash...These TOTAL MOTION POINTED TOE SUEDE FLATS are on sale!  I love how chic and comfortable they are for work.  Highly recommend this new technology comfort collection at ROCKPORT.


EILEEN FISHER ON SALE AT DILLARDS

TRAVELERS TANKS AT CHICOS

CHICO'S JEWELRY

JJILL PONTE KNIT PENCIL SKIRT ON SALE

KATE SPADE HANDBAG AT MARSHALLS

Because they are separates and neutral based, I will mix them up other ways soon!  


Have a relaxing weekend! Keep Smiling!

May 18, 2016

Career Reinvention Over 60: The Ups and Downs + #OOTD Fun


Something I love about my new job is I do not have to look the same every day.  Some days I can wear an outfit like the one above when I am working in house or conducting certain types of interviews.  Other days, I need a more professional style for business meetings or presentations. 

I always need a hopeful, humble attitude though.  Last Thursday, I wrote about starting over with humility.  On that same day, I was sent to a luncheon for a business women’s organization to assist with social media during the event. They put together an excellent panel discussion on entrepreneurship. 


During the actual program, I bent down low and went forward to get a shot of the panel for Instagram and Twitter.  Wouldn’t you know it…my foot caught on a chair moving back to my seat and I wiped out in front of everyone!! Several thought I passed out and one was calling 911 until she heard me laughing.


There are days I wish I was invisible…that was one of them.  Of course, a cute, young social media maven in high heels came right after me to also take her photos, and did it with grace and panache!  My family is still laughing.  Just re-telling it makes me want to throw up.  It was an I FEEL OLD MOMENT.  But, I know it can happen to anyone…just ask singer and 22 year old Meaghan Trainor who fell recently on the Tonight Show during a performance.  I guess we have more in common than I wrote about on Tuesday...bless her heart.


But, laughing at myself was the best way to handle it.  I was wearing a fun outfit though…always go down in style.   The one above was a Friday look working in the office.  I love it and feel very confident in it.  All the pieces have been in my closet for a long time…but just recently met each other in one look.  I think next fall I will repeat this with my faux leather leggings.




My experience is you have to work a little harder on confidence when over 60…but I still have it and am hopeful I am charting a new course with a smile.  



I am also stepping out of my comfort zone with a new lip color...RED!






I was given this sample of TOM FORD LIP COLOR MATTE at a Beauty Event at Saks Fifth Avenue months ago.  It sat in my makeup case for a long, long time and finally last week, I decided to try it.






Love the color, and this brand goes on like butter and stays there.

And I will now wear red more often!








Bracelet from SOFT SURROUNDINGS JEWELRY
Sequined Top from SOFT SURROUNDINGS
Joan Vass Leggings from MARSHALLS
Lucky Brand Leather Flats from MACY'S
Eileen Fisher Long Cardigan from EILEEN FISHER AT DILLARDS
TOM FORD LIP COLOR MATTE AT SAKS

Have a Happy Thursday, everyone!