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

Jun 29, 2016

Celebrations, Vacations, and Cake!


As the phrase goes, LET THEM EAT CAKE!  This weekend is a time for me to celebrate,,,,

On Friday, I officially begin my 7th year as a blogger and I hope it will be the best yet!  over50feeling40 was born on July 1, 2010.

On Friday, I officially begin the third month of my career reinvention with the local publishing company.  I love it and it keeps me really, really busy as I scramble to do both!  

Remember, don't let anything hold you back from pursuing your dreams...especially not age! 

So, in honor of both big accomplishments, I have decided to take a few days of vacation.  Jennifer is traveling around the West Coast in search of camping spaces and WIFI, so both of us will vacation from our collaborations this weekend...and return rested and ready for fun next week!

Make sure you follow me on Instagram and Pinterest...buttons in the right hand column...and next Tuesday join me for the weekly column for Midlife Boulevard. The week after promises new looks and new information just for you, the amazing women over fifty.

How will you celebrate this weekend?  Cake?  Sun? Family?


See You July 5, Keep Smiling!



The first picture was taken in the newly renovated party room at Bird Bakery in San Antonio.

Jun 28, 2016

Holiday Fashion for Women Over 50 Under Control

It can happen easily under extreme excitement...but we all know the challenges of holiday fashion.  Join me today on MIDLIFE BOULEVARD for suggestions of how to enjoy the holiday and keep your look under control. 

I will be over in ....





Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Jun 26, 2016

Hit Your Style Sweet Spot: Fashion for Women 50+ When Out and About


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.

Jennifer and I are leading very different lifestyles under this 2016 summer sun.  She is enjoying life on the road with her husband and a trailer, experiencing retirement at its best.  I am working hard in my career reinvention as a full time member of a magazine staff, attending women's events around the city and interviewing exciting female movers and shakers.  So, we decided to pick a fun outfit which depicts what we wear when out and about in our new lives.
Chico's fits my lifestyle perfectly.  They have more professional looks if I need it (as I have SHOWN HERE) and if I desire to sport more of a trend, then they have many styles like this wonderful top.  I have been gushing with admiration for these BRIGETTE SO SLIMMING PANTS...








Amazing fit and comfort.  My new favorite pant....and I was told it would be...and I agree 100%!  Also, I am in and out of the car and office most of the work day...the pants do not wrinkle and still look nice at the end of a long day. 














I have not participated in the fringe trend this year until now.  I was drawn to this TARRIN FRINGE PONCHO for several reasons:

1. It is current
2. It has the same appearance as sleeveless yet covers what I want covered.
3. I can wear it across seasons.
4. I feel confident and fun wearing it!

Note:  This is a poncho with open sides, so a tank top is necessary underneath, but it the look can be changed slightly with different colors of tank, since they may be seen from the sides.




















The necklace is vintage Chico's.  I have kept the majority of my Chico's jewelry over the years...all the pieces make the statements I want to say...and I return to them again and again.  I have another Chico's necklace which is more modern, I will wear with this top the next time I go out! You can see the necklace in the Shop the Post widget above.



I am out and about experiencing life in a new way and never leave the house without checking to make sure my outfit of choice sends the messages I am strong, savvy, creative, youthful and confident.  Chico's helps me communicate!

Meeting new people and learning about our community also keeps me youthful and joyful, so it is fun to be out and about these days.

Now, let's go see what JENNIFER OF A WELL STYLED LIFE is wearing as a tourist these days!

 What is your out and about life this summer and what does your favorite fashion look like?  Please share with us!

Last thought...comfortable shoes are a must when out and about.  I love the ROCKPORT TOTAL MOTION TECHNOLOGY.  So, comfy and these shoes look perfect...stylish flats for my new life. 


Linking up with VISIBLE MONDAY...SHOE AND TELL LINK UP...TURNING HEADS STYLE LINK UP


Enjoy the last week to 06-16!



Disclaimer:  This post is a partnership with Chico's and items were provided.  The words and opinions are my own.






Jun 24, 2016

Vibrant Nation Featured Blogger


If you have heard me speak at BAM the last two years, then you know how much I love the women at Vibrant Nation! I was honored recently to be a member of their focus group team for their website re-design! So, this is another special honor to be their featured blogger today HERE!

Thanks Vibrant Nation...keep doing great work for ladies of a certain age!

And the General Is...


Ret. Major General Salinas was the first woman Hispanic to join the Marines and she is a ball of inspiration and wisdom.  She is the CEO of the Girl Scouts of America in South Texas.
Your comments were so interesting.  Especially those of you who feel classic, minimal styling is like a uniform.  
Both women are leaders in the community, and obviously sending different messages about themselves with their fashion of choice.

I may do this from time to time, because I do believe it helps us to remember what messages we send with our fashion.  First impressions are also important ones!

Thanks for participating and ....

Have a wonderful Friday!

Jun 22, 2016

Your Turn to Answer a Question


Hi everyone, let's lift our Thursday spirits and have a little fun!  One of these ladies is a retired Major General in the Marines!  Can you guess which one?
Please share with us which one you think it is and why you made that decision!  I will tell you Friday if you are right!  Remember...explain your answer as to why you picked the one you did.

Now, I have some fun summer shopping ideas for you below!


Happy Thursday!



Roadblocks to Personal Style for Women Over 50



Like it or not…care about it or not…we all have a personal style.  If you ignore it, you are still communicating something about yourself to the outside world.  Our style is so much more than clothes; yet, clothes are a major part of our personalities.

When I first read this quote from STACY LONDON, I could identify.  For years, I allowed emotional obstacles to block me from going forward toward looking and feeling my best.  Once I began to process all the factors I had allowed to shut me down, I was able to keep walking along the path and go through the gate to success.
So, I ask you today…is there any obstacle blocking your path toward achieving confident personal style?

What do you think the obstacle or obstacles might be?  Let’s keep going forward…life is amazing and fun after 50…even more so when wearing a confident smile!


Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Jun 21, 2016

Midlife Beauty Tips from Women in France


We can learn a lot about beauty from other countries!  Today I am discussing what beauty tips I have picked up from midlife women in France.  Join me on MIDLIFE BOULEVARD.

Just click on the image below...and I will see you over there!





Have a beautiful Tuesday!

Jun 19, 2016

Hit Your Style Sweet Spot: How to Feel Youthful and Stylish After 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.




When I spoke to a ladies group recently, someone asked, “How do you dress to feel youthful?”  This is such a big question with a long answer.   The answer is individual for each woman…just as the answer to “what is frumpy?” is very individual.  It is not an answer which includes buy this garment…buy these shoes…wear this makeup…because, what helps me feel younger…may make you feel older.  So, here is how I feel youthful and vibrant…..

HOW DO I DRESS MY ATTITUDE TO FEEL YOUTHFUL?
Feeling youthful for me begins with my attitude every day!  I can be old, ridge, and grumpy or I can chose to be joyful, open, and youthful.  What works for me?
1.       I work in an industry packed with creative young people.  I consider them my peers.  Teaching high school before I re-entered the professional communications world, helped me to accept the best in the younger generations.  They are fun and mostly enjoy life.
2.       I do not take myself too seriously…but laugh a lot at myself and the world around me.  A sense of humor is key.
3.       So, I smile a lot!  Smiles are the best accessories to wear.
4.       I am always a student of advancements in the world, while I also appreciate the heritage of the past.  Being in a constant state of learning will help us to stay young.
5.       I take one day at a time, and choose to live it to its fullest....getting out keeps us young!

HOW DO I DRESS ME?
Once I am wearing my smile, I am ready to put on a fun look and face whatever is on my calendar for the day.  In order to do this successfully and feel confident and youthful, I must understand me…what do I want my clothing to say about me…what are my best colors…what styles do I like.  Here is what I have learned which helps me to feel youthful…
1.       Clothes which help me feel youthful have a great fit.  No matter my size, I dress it to look its best.
2.       Clothes which help me feel youthful are mostly neutrals.  There are many prints which make me feel older.  I know them and avoid them.  It will help to have your own list and to spend some time asking yourself questions in front of a dressing room mirror.  You will not see me in polka dots…they make me feel older…not sure why, that is just how it is. But, the print today...I really love.  It has such a nice artistic flair to it. 

3.       Clothes which help me feel youthful are current.   This is how I discovered my love for skinny pants.  I feel youthful in them and you will not see me in palazzo pants…which make me feel old! This does not mean I shop in stores or departments targeted for 20-somethings…but, I will try something new which I believe is age appropriate.    I do not wear many trends, but I will try them on and see what I think.  For some reason, lace makes me feel older unless it is a simple lace detail. 

4.       Clothes which help me feel youthful are clothes sending the messages: I am strong, savvy, creative, joyful, and confident!  When I see that in the mirror, I am ready to leave with a spring in my step and young at heart. 


A smile is such an important accessory to wear if you desire to feel youthful.  That means wearing fashions which help you to feel confident and put a smile on your face.

SOFT SURROUNDINGS is one of the places I find those fashions.  You can get the information on today's style below...this sheer top is perfect to look great and stay cool in the heat...and summer is finally beginning on Monday!!
Have a wonderful week, all














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

Jun 18, 2016

Beauty Products for Women 50+

Happy Weekend, all!  Tomorrow on Hit Your Style Sweet Spot, Jennifer and I will discuss how we dress to keep that youthful feeling!  I am over 60 feeling amazing!

There are also products which help me to feel young...and here are a couple of my favorites!  Hopefully, I will see you back here tomorrow....


Enjoy Your Day!

I really, really like this eye cream...it is all natural, and it works!  You see immediate results.  I give it my highest rating...if I had a highest rating!  Find the link below...

I have used this Olay product for years and even my esthetician uses it once a week.  Follow it with your favorite serum or moisturizer for a youthful feeling! It will last you 3-4 months.


Jun 17, 2016

Amiche: Jewelry with a Mission & A Giveaway

In my new job, I have wonderful co-workers, and one is the very joyful, very creative, lovely Rachelle. Rachelle is also a jewelry designer with a unique concept and vision...AMICHE.

In an interview, Rachelle recently said, "Everything we create has our Ally charm. Ally is short for alliance, and means to join together in support of one another. We want every woman that wears our pieces to know that she is not alone and we consider her a daily representative of our mission.
Our pieces are meticulously crafted and our Ally charms are hand cut in India. I love to incorporate semi-precious stones. You will also notice a touch of crystal, turquoise, and rosewood throughout our line, as I can’t get over my love for Mediterranean Sea!" (the storibook)
THE MISSION IS EXPLAINED HERE and is about female friendships.  Rachelle would love to see everyone purchase one piece for themselves and gift a second piece to their closest female friend.

The bracelets are beautiful for the popular trend to stack bracelets, and the necklaces are delicate and fun for any age. The bracelet at the top of the post is the one I wear the most! 
Now, for the fun part! For the whole month of June, Amiche is hosting their first Girlfriend Giveaway [GiGi for short]! They are looking for like-minded women who believe in their message and want to help out! The goal is to get at least 1,500 women signed up to in the Amiche network [by July 1], where they can share stories of female friendships, highlight women in their community, share new products and other news! They need as much support as they can get! For every woman that signs up, she will get her name in the drawing to win a basket full of Amiche product. They are talking limited edition pieces, items they have never sold before and new pieces too! The basket will include several bracelets, new earrings and necklaces!

Every time a woman gets others to sign up using her own personal link she will get her name in the drawing again and again! They are so excited about GiGi and we hoping to partner with all of the women who have supported them and helped them grow to what they are today. 
So go to this link HERE and join in the fun!  I am happy to support Rachelle and her vision to strengthen women and our friendships!


Happy Friday, everyone!









Jun 16, 2016

Goodwill SA: Stay Cool Hunting Treasure Inside

Sad to say...but it is already hot here...really hot!  I think it was 105 yesterday.  But, one of my favorite stay cool activities is to go treasure hunting at GOODWILL SA!

When I was there recently, I was drawn to the home decor department.  

Beautiful items!  There were two young ladies shopping for their apartment and it was fun to watch as they discovered their own treasures.



I guess I really was in the mood for cooler weather, because everything I actually purchased had fall written all over them.
I found this brand new, tags still on Coldwater Creek Peplum Jacket and it is the most flattering fit.  The price...
I cannot wait until cool breezes blow and I can wear this jacket to work...something to look forward to.  Also, I planned ahead for this bench
It decorates my front porch and was a sweet gift from a neighbor years ago. I get the pillows at Goodwill and change them out seasonally.  So recently I found the ones for fall...you will just have to wait to see what they look like...but I will call attention to it when I change them.


Treasure hunting is a great way to stay cool in the summer and take our minds off of the heat.

I highly recommend it at GOODWILL SA...who gives back to our community in many ways.





Happy Thursday!





Disclaimer:  I was provided compensation to shop at Goodwill and report to you my discoveries.  The words are my own.

Items were found at the location on Highway 281S at Bitters

Jun 15, 2016

Wardrobe Inspiration for Women Over 50

When I went through my reinvention time 12 years ago, I would look all kinds of places for inspiration with my clothing.  I looked through books, magazines, blogs, fashion shows, store displays...just to name a few.
However, now I primarily go to PINTEREST for inspiration.  There was a look I saw on Pinterest last week which inspired what I am wearing today. When I saw the picture online, I immediately thought I have all the pieces for it...let's give it a try!  The coat and top have been in my wardrobe for years, and I have not worn them for a very long time. The coat is so lightweight, almost sheer. The original look was featuring a solid neutral top, but I chose to mix things up a bit with a print.
  So, I believe to spend some time on Pinterest or blogs every week may inspire you to use pieces in your closet in more creative ways.  It helps us to shop our closets more than the stores and get more out of prior purchases....in other words, more bang for your buck!  I also love to watch what other women wear...one of my favorite past times.
Here are my Pinterest boards where I most often put my favorite looks:

OVER 50 FEELING FABULOUS

MIDLIFE STYLE

HIT YOUR STYLE SWEET SPOT

HOW TO LOOK CHIC IN FLATS

SUMMER LOOKS

LOOKS I LOVE  CHECK THIS ONE TO SEE THE PICTURE WHICH INSPIRED MY LOOK TODAY


Where do you go for inspiration with your wardrobe?

Linking with THURSDAY FAVORITE THINGS BLOG HOP...FASHION CAN BE FUN LINK UP


Have a wonderful Wednesday, all!




Jun 14, 2016

5 Summer Trends Midlife Women Love

This is a summer trend very popular at our office!  Two of these feet belong to ladies over 50, and two belong to ladies in their teens and twenties!  Join me on MIDLIFE BOULEVARD today to discuss trends I have seen other midlife women rocking this summer.




Join the discussion! HERE

And...

Have a awesome Tuesday!!

Jun 12, 2016

Hit Your Style Sweet Spot: Women Over 50 Wear for Summer Outings



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.


Summer is full of so many fun activities...sightseeing, traveling, festivals, and, on this day, lunch with my girlfriends at La Madeleine!

The reason this outfit works for me is.....



1. The Chico's poncho is light, airy, and flattering with the diagonal stripes. It can go to any summer outing and I feel very confident.

This is the PAULA DIAGONAL STRIPED PONCHO AT CHICOS

2.  I prefer these METRO DENIM CROPS FROM SOFT SURROUNDINGS to shorts.  I just feel confident wearing them and they are very comfortable, flattering, and not hot to wear.



Stripes are everywhere right now and do approach with caution.  Horizontal stripes will add the appearance of weight and make us curvy, busty ladies look larger.  These diagonals trick the eye into following a more flattering fit. 

Underneath the poncho is one of my many CHICO"S TANKS.  I have several colors and wear them often....highly recommend. The one I am wearing here is blue.

I am going to enjoy a summer outing much more if I am not overheated and this is why I tend to prefer the light, breezy tunics. Also, on my feet are my FIT FLOP METALLIC SANDALS...they are the most comfortable sandals I own and I wear them often....especially when I am going to be walking many places.  They also come in a variety of fun styles.  
Finally, I am wearing for makeup Bobbi Brown Long Wear Collection...it is designed to stay on in Summer Heat...I particularly love the long wear cream eye shadow!

Typically, this type of look might be what I wear for summer sightseeing or going out...what do you like to wear when sight seeing or a summer lunch with friends??

Let's go see what  JENNIFER OF A WELL STYLED LIFE has to say about this!


Keep Smiling!

Linking up with VISIBLE MONDAY...SHOE AND TELL LINK UP...THURSDAY FAVORITE THINGS BLOG HOP

Time is running out on this special! Just click on the picture...you get the earrings free and the beautiful necklace is leather and peach pearls!