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

Sep 30, 2016

Soft Surroundings Shoes and Beautiful Granddaughter

When I dressed for this important day, I knew I wanted to look and feel my best; be comfortable; and know it might be a long haul.  So I wore my new Remy Sneakers from Soft Surroundings...such gorgeous, casual fun...with the look and craftsmanship of real leather.
Arriving at the hospital early, I was excited to welcome my new granddaughter into the world.  

I just had no idea this day would span endlessly over the next 15 hours....

I started off with some like reading as my daughter-in-law was induced.

She was over a week past due and as the baby grew, the doctors knew it was going to be a challenge for her tiny frame.

So, we took selfies...told stories...watched a little TV...and went to eat.

I drank enough water to float a boat!

At 1:30 AM, my husband and I were alone in the hospital.  It was so quiet, it was unnerving.  But, in my sneakers, I still looked great though I could barely hold up my head.  They have some wonderful shoes and boots right now...and if you go for these sneakers...go up a size...they do run small.

But, it was so worth the wait for this little angel to arrive....
I have three incredible grandchildren...and she is the first little girl.  She was worth every second of a very long day...

I hope you will join us Sunday for Hit Your Style Sweet Spot...and a new Sweet Spot Fashion Link Up which started last week with great success.

Have a lovely weekend!

Disclaimer:  I was provided product for this post, but the words are my own.  The post also includes affiliate links. 

Sep 28, 2016

Chicos Fall 2016: Jackets, Jackets, Jackets

It's been so great to have some fall breezes begin to blow this week, and I was ready with the jackets I purchased over the summer at Chico's.

I highly recommend that if you are not already a Passport Chico's Customer to sign up for it...completely free and will give you added savings.  Also, watch your emails for the one day pop up sales.  That is how I buy most of my nicer jackets at 50% off.

This one has a touch of faux suede to it and I love it with the THE JULIET PANT!  A perfect look for work.

Now here are my favorite jackets currently at Chicos...there are some beauties!!

Keep Smiling!

Sep 27, 2016

Products for Women Over 50: My Recommendations

We may be over 50, but we are all WONDER WOMEN...and acknowledge it takes the right products to help us feel that way.  Recently, I had a woman I really trust tell me about some great hair products...and she was right, the products are amazing. However, she was purchasing them at a salon for a big price.  I wanted to use them, but not at that price...so, I discovered them on Amazon for much less.  So, if you have hair which needs some taming like mine often does, I highly recommend Keratase...



Excellent products!

Also, it is that time of year when I wear tights and hosiery often. I am very impressed with these Berkshire Tights for flattering fit and style.  Your will like the FIRM ALL THE WAY TIGHTS and the EASY ON TIGHTS for a cooling fit...fun colors and styles.
Also, remember how much I love this neck tightening cream...it has made such a difference in my neck...thanks STRIVECTIN NECK TIGHTENING CREAM

I hope this helps...I have tested these products and think they are worth every penny to help us feel like the WONDER WOMEN we are !

Happy Tuesday!

Disclaimer:  These are affiliate links in this post. 

Sep 25, 2016

Hit Your Style Sweet Spot: Another Fall Trend for Women Over 50 and A Link Up

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

Fall is finally here!  I am so excited to wear different clothing and have new fun.  When I began the blog ten years ago, it was clear most of you wanted to discuss fashion more than anything.  So I became a student of the industry...reading many books and even taking an online course in fashion merchandising.  There were alot of terms I did not know at that time, so I believe some of you may be in the same position. Today's fall trend is called "mixed media."

Mixed media garments are ones which mix different textures, materials, and details in one piece.  Textures are found visually or in the feel of fabric. 

I purchased this mixed media jacket this past summer on sale at CHICO'S and I really like it.  However, I do want share with you a couple of things I learned when first styling it...

Overall, remember LESS IS MORE.
Mixed media has so much going on, it would be easy to over accessorize.  So just let the statement garment speak alone.
Also, one of the fabrics here  is a faux leather...and, it really does not look good with the same on the bottom in a skirt or pant...too much of a good thing! 

However, I love it with this skirt and then with black denim for a fun time out.  Sure it is a trend, but one that stays around and works really well...it is also a fun trend.

Now, this week's collaboration with JENNIFER OF A WELL STYLED LIFE is so much fun.  I want you to go to her SITE and see what she is modeling for a fall trend.  But, on either of our blogs you can join in if you are another blogger.  Just link in and show us how you are hitting your style sweet spot lately...we would love to see!


Then have a wonderful week!!

Sep 24, 2016

Career Reinvention Over 60: 5 Early Observations

I have sat in my EDITOR chair exactly 24 days and to say life is hectic is an understatement, but career reinvention after 60 is interesting.  I heard a young lady say the other day to a younger co-worker she was not looking forward to being over fifty because she would be so bored at that stage of life...well, let me tell you, it is no where near boring!  Down-time has been precious and small.

In twenty four days, I have learned these things:

1.  I miss blogging every day of the week...I do miss you (my readers) and it is a challenge to keep both going, but I am determined to do so.  I did not realize how much I really enjoyed being here every day!
2. Returning to the professional world with some maturity has made such a difference.  While the workplace drama is the same, I react so differently now...calm, quieter, reserved and thoughtful.  I do not over-react as I did in my 20s & 30s to other people...and I recognize what other employees might be up to, faster.
3.  Yes, there is some age discrimination, but I think by working hard, and being on my game, I have showed them I am really more capable of good work than some younger employees.  It has been better to address this with action rather than words.  I have been at my desk for about an hour before the others arrive to work each morning. 
4.  Interesting enough, there is some "blogger" discrimination.  I do not know why some people talk about our time with our blogs as if it is not work.  It doesn't feel like work, because I enjoy it so much...but, nevertheless, it is WORK.  I have been in the world of communications for over 40 years, but one employee will describe me as "just a fashion blogger"  while looking down her nose.  I am proud of all my experience...including blogging!
5. A daily workout has been imperative to keep me mentally on my game and feeling good.  M-F, I am at the gym at 5AM.  

Currently, I am working harder than I have in a long, long time.  There are so many small details to learn and oversee.  But, it is possible to do this...so have hope, those of you who desire to return or remain in the career world for awhile.  It can be done...with a little panache and STYLE!

See you later with Jennifer and Hit Your Style Sweet Spot!  Have a wonderful weekend.....

Sep 20, 2016

Eileen Fisher Fall Fashion Show at Dillards

Women over 50 love fashion, style, and Eileen Fisher for many reasons, and last week we received a big dose of the gorgeous fall fashions for Eileen Fisher at Dillards.
There were new colors to celebrate; new washable fabrics in the line; jeans now made in the USA with consistent sizing; and beautiful pieces for going from office to an evening out.

EF Representative, Roy Fiedler, explained the reasons behind many selections.  The new brown is called CLOVE, because it has more red in it...than Chocolate which has more blue.  I loved everything I saw in clove.

Here are some of my favorites ...complete with EF Shoes and prices!

DILLARD'S is where I find my Eileen Fisher...I get great service there and often find pieces on sale or with specials.  This was an EF Fall Event with savings attached to it.  I was able to walk away with a great outfit to go from work to evening events...and I needed this depth in my wardrobe for my new position.  I love supporting Eileen Fisher...Dillards...and, of course, ME!

One more note, my friend and established fashion journalist, MICHAEL QUINTANILLA did a great job as commentator!  He also helped to pull a few pieces for me to try!  A fun afternoon...

Enjoy your day and keep smiling!

Sep 18, 2016

Hit Your Style Sweet Spot: American Designers 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

I know many of us get behind American businesses and love to discover new American talent to give our support.  I am here today to introduce you to new American Designer, LISA BAYNE, of ARTFUL HOME.  She is one clothing designer proud to say her designs are made in the USA...and perfect for women over 50!
I am so in love with this MAYA TUNIC DESIGNED BY LISA BAYNE for winter wear and find it perfect for an evening at home by the fire with my husband or to wear as we go to a local cafe for a warm cup of coffee. The fabric is luscious...so soft; yet, heavy and definitely for cold days and nights.  It is one of those foundation pieces worth the investment, because you will wear it over and over again, and styled in so many different ways.  Bayne designed the tunic for a flattering fit.  It is a perfect fall and winter piece for warmth, comfort, and confidence.
Lisa is one of several American designers who have designs made here and offered by ARTFUL HOME.  This is where I go for creativity, quality, and unique, confident style.  It feeds the artistic side of me and her tunic would look amazing with one of their SCARVES or NECKLACES which you will not see anywhere else.  Spend some time with Artful Home to appreciate the masterpieces.

Now, let's go see what JENNIFER OF A WELL STYLED LIFE is wearing for her American designer today. 

Does "made in the USA" matter to you?

Have a fabulous week!


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

Sep 15, 2016

T.G.I.F....How Was Your Week?

I am so glad tomorrow is Friday! I need to put my feet up for awhile.  Whew....magazine deadlines are intense.

How was your week...what are our weekend plans??

I Hope It Will Be A Good One!

Sep 13, 2016

Strivectin Neck Serum and Cream: It Works!

I don't really think the challenges with neck have anything to do with technology....but, I do think, it has much to do with aging!  However, for the last two years or so, I have been using Strivectin products for the neck and continue to do so, because THEY WORK!
This new serum is my favorite so far...I love the rollerball application...feel like I am rolling the wrinkles out!  The tightening agents in all of their neck products do work beautifully.

While I cannot stop the aging process, I can look my best and feel confident during it.  I have highly recommended the Strivectin line for necks before and I am still using it and love it!  Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Keep Smiling!

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