over50feeling40: May 2017
Fashion and Lifestyle Blog for women over 50 to help achieve strength, confidence, joy, inspiration, and, of course, head-turning personal style!

May 31, 2017

Fashion Over 50: Another Casual, Comfy Look

It is good I dedicated this week to casual, comfy style for fashion over 50, because the rain has continued.  Each picture was literally taken while raindrops were falling on my head...a little Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid reference there!

This is another  great ombre duster from the Marla Wynne Collection on HSN, and it is ON SALE!  Check it out HERE  Also, as a new buyer at HSN, you also save with a discount code.

These are so fun to bump up a more relaxed style, and her fabrics are top notch.  I love to run errands or meet a friend for lunch in a look like this!







Also, remember Marla Wynne also designs wonderful accessories!  These are so cool...and I saw a couple of NECKLACES on HSN which have my name on them!  GOLD NECKLACE HERE and BRACELETS.  Love Marla Wynne's collections.


  
Make sure you check out some of the other pieces I am wearing in the slide show below....







Stay Relaxed and Keep Smiling!

Linking to Katherine's Thursday Blog Hop


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

May 30, 2017

Health & Beauty Products for Women Over 50

I am always in search of good health and beauty products for you and for me in an effort to look and feel our best over 50.


About two months ago, I began to drink a cup a day of Numi Organic Tumeric Amber Sun Tea.  It is a deaf tea with tumeric and cinnamon. Of course, I do not know for sure it helps with my inflammation, but I believe it has. 
FIND THE TEA HERE

I have confessed to you before my problem with emotional eating...particularly, sugar.  After some research, I think this is going to be my best way to tackle it and break free of the sugar addiction.  I will blog about it when I decide when to begin....still reading.  I can't wait to make recipes like this...
FIND THE BOOK HERE

For those of you going through menopause or preparing for it, you might like this book by Lorraine Miano.  She shows the benefits of a healthy approach to this important time of life.  FIND THE MAGIC OF MENOPAUSE HERE
I have tried many dry shampoos of several price ranges, and I really like this Dove product the best.  Five days of the week I try to begin my day at the gym and usually like with sweaty head.  Since I like my longer, colored hair, this keeps me from constant shampooing...saves color and time.  FIND THE DOVE DRY SHAMPOO HERE.
I just recently discovered this mascara and really like it.  Because if my glasses, I tend to make up my eyes a bit more than I would otherwise and this is a good product, with volume and doesn't smear in the heat.  FIND THE MASCARA HERE


The words cooling and comfy jumped on the package at me this first time I met these capri leggings.  Great for summer tunics or even a long dress!  Check them out HERE.


Hope These Help you to Smile!

Disclaimer:  The mascara and leggings were products sent for my review.  The words are my own.

May 29, 2017

Fashion Over 50: How to Make A Style Statement

I hope many of you have enjoyed a three day weekend as much as I have.  Now, refreshed and smiling, I am ready to talk style statements for women over 50 from the outside to the inside.  This week is more about casual, comfy and cool.
As you know, I am a fan of column dressing.  So, in order to have a wardrobe that is creative and confident, I have many toppers, dusters, and long jackets which add a stylish statement to my looks.  Recently, I have become a huge fan of designer Marla Wynne's toppers.  She can be found on HSN HERE..  I love this one with a touch of dusty rose, black, gray and cream.  Find this DUSTER HERE.  A casual wardrobe which features statement toppers and fun accessories works well for me.  I also just purchased on sale, the JJill Capri Leggings.  I wore my old ones until they were unwearable and it was time for replacements.




There are so many great accessories...and it helps to mix up column dressing so that it appears we have a huge wardrobe...when that may not be the case.

But, I also want to discuss what I believe it our best accessory....







When I took these pictures, it was raining.  But, I chose to smile and enjoy the process.  Smiling...positive attitudes...enjoyment...are all choices.  In the past month, it seems I have been surrounded by angry people of all kinds. Some days the world just seems angrier.

  Anger produces a toxic atmosphere which not only spoils your own life, but that of the lives around you.  Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, " For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness."   No matter what is happening, anger is a choice.

I personally believe women who display great style which is captivating and attractive are those who are joyful and wear a smile as their best accessory.  You want to be near them.  Those who are angry, you want to run away from.

Smiles plus beautifully designed pieces...those are great statements for the over 50 woman to make!


Keep Smiling, Everyone!

Linking with Friday Fashion Link Up

Here are some of the other brands I am wearing today....






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

May 27, 2017

Fashion over 50: A Discussion on Color and the Power of Neutrals


Here is another Blab talk...starring three Fashion over 50 Bloggers who love their neutrals!  Remember these are flashes from the past,  when we had a chance to take advantage of a fun medium...now gone!

Hope you enjoy this one!!  Jennifer and Susan are so much fun.


Happy Weekend!



May 26, 2017

EILEEN FISHER ON SALE AT DILLARDS




Hi Everyone,
I rarely post more than once in a day, but I just discovered some great Eileen Fisher pieces on sale at Dillards.  I have already placed my order and I think many will go fast.  Here are some of the pieces I saw, but once you are in the site, there are more...and you will find, Misses, Plus Size and petites in the sale items....You know how much I love and highly recommend Eileen Fisher and there are some great prices here...so have fun!!



Fashion Over 50: Summer Sales Are On!

I think we all agree summer really starts with Memorial Day weekend!  So, to spice up your fashion over 50 wardrobe, pay attention to all of the great summer sales going on this weekend!  I am so excited about my sandals for the warmer weather..I have four new pair!  The Steve Madden slides I am wearing here were a Marshall's find recently.  I will model them for you soon with my new favorite outfit!

I will also be shopping these sales for some treasures:







Always fun to prepare some cool warmer weather looks.


Have a Joyous Holiday Weekend, all!

May 24, 2017

Fashion Over 50: Fit Options In Skirts

On Sunday, I discussed how much I like the JJill Pencil Skirt.  Another place where I find affordable, well fit skirts is Dress Barn. I found this knit recently on sale and love the cream, pink and black print.  It is an easy skirt to style all year long.
On this day, I wore it with an open toe, mettalic shoe which has a small wedge to it.  Another day though, I will probably wear it with ballet flats.
There was one comment the other day about our over 50 knees.  I realize mine are not the best, but so far I do not see them as a reason to not wear skirts at all.  I am sure that will not always be the case!  This skirt is a little longer than the other one I had on earlier in the week and I do prefer this length.


I selected some Dress Barn skirts for your consideration below.  They are one retailer, like JJill, which covers all body types with their options and often have sales.   There is so much versatility for a skirt like this...can be dressed professional or casual.  I am really glad I found it!


Keep Smiling, Everyone!

Linking with FUN FASHION FRIDAY



May 23, 2017

A Discussion: How to Dress Your Body Type over 40



Many asked to see more of the Blabs we recorded when the medium was at it's height...sad, to see it go!  I began the week with a frank admission about my body type and dresses, so I thought you might enjoy the Blab we recorded about dressing your body type over 40.  Let us know what you think!


Enjoy Your Tuesday!





May 22, 2017

4 Steps for a Successful Tea Party


I thought you might enjoy an article I wrote for one of the magazine's I oversee as editor.  It is 4 Steps for a Successful Tea Party.

I love any reason for a tea party!  Hope the article inspires you to host one.

Keep Smiling!

May 21, 2017

Fashion Over 50: My Biggest Body Shape Struggle

It is hard to admit, but for the past 20 years, I have struggled with my body shape.  I seem to be a pear….at times, an apple….and other times I feel more like an eggplant!  There are many days when dressing my body in a flattering style is a challenge for me.  However, before I go further, I want you to know, it does make a huge difference in my attitude, my confidence, and joy when I am able to hit that sweet spot, and dress in the most flattering way possible.

Dresses have been my biggest issue.  I would love to wear more of them.  However, I have spent hours in dressing rooms, trying on a multitude of shapes, sizes, and fabrics and rarely find one I like. I live in a very warm climate and to purchase dresses which only work with shapewear defeats the purpose of wearing them to begin with.  I want to wear them to be cooler…but shapewear is hot!



The best way for me has been to have a wardrobe of predominantly separates.  I mostly wear pencil skirts, because I find them perfect to flatter a curvy figure.  I recently found this blouse at Marshall’s and I really like it.  I can take this simple look (with my JJill pencil skirt) and dress it more casual with sandals like I have done here.  Or I could add my pearls and pointed toe shoes for a dressier style.


Most of us are not skinny, slim, model-type women.  I love it when a brand says they are featuring a curvy woman and it turns out she is a size 10 or 12.  I doubt in my life I will ever be a 10.  So, I will continue on my search for dresses which flatter my figure and help me to feel confident.  But, for now, it is separates which are the foundation of my personal style.  Honestly, I prefer pants!

Does anyone else struggle with finding dresses?  Please share...


I love the JJill Pencil Skirts and they are on sale right now...look 

below.  Also, my necklace is from Soft Surroundings...they have

awesome accessories...I selected some below...


Linking up with VISIBLE MONDAY




Keep Smiling!





May 19, 2017

Join In As We Discuss FRUMPY!

Blab is a medium long gone, but while it was here, we had some fun with it.  Here are three bloggers discussing a word we all try to avoid...FRUMPY!
Since this talk first aired on Blab, we have ceased to call ourselves the frump-busters as a group (though we all do it individually) and Susan has a new blog location, Susan After 60.


Happy Saturday!






May 18, 2017

Fashion Over 50: What to Wear Work Day to Casual Evening Out


Last week I faced one of those over 50 what-to-wear-dilemmas when I had to go from my professional setting to a casual evening night out.  We were honored to be asked to an intimate gathering to hear an on the rise to big fame, Nashville singer, JENNA PAULETTE. (who is super talented, by the way).


I chose to go with this Asian-inspired, peplum jacket from Chico's.  It had a style I liked which worked well for work and for evening.  I could easily wear it with denim, but for the work day wore my So Slimming Chico's pants.  
I did not wear a necklace underneath because the jacket had so much going on in the front.  So my bracelet from Soft Surroundings was my jewelry of choice.
I chose these Halogen flats I purchased a couple of years ago during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  The brown in these shoes matched the color of the Chicos tank I wore underneath the jacket.  

Usually I would wear jeans or black denim to such an event, but this worked well for both.  I have the jacket, pants and similar styles below...

And Jenna is amazing...I know we will see a lot more of her in the future.







Happy Weekend!

Linking with FUN FASHION FRIDAY



May 17, 2017

Life Over 50: Time to Toss the Trash!


The event I told you about earlier this week was at a trendy, popular place in San Antonio called THE PARAMOUR.  When I saw this chair on their balcony, I immediately wanted a picture in it...actually, I wanted the chair for my office..queen-style at work!  It would not fit in my purse, so next best thing was to snap a picture.  You can imagine my disappointment when I put in the card and found all the pictures with a TRASH CAN proudly in the image!

I was so upset...all I could do it focus on that trash can and be sad the pictures were a bust.  But, were they?  Just as I was about to hit delete, a small voice of reason said CROP.

So, I did...and the image I wanted was there.  All I had to do was re-focus my thoughts.

Isn't this what we tend to do every day?  We look in the mirror and just see the fat, or the gray, or the wrinkles, or whatever problem we believe we have.  Sometimes, we need the voice to say STOP and CROP.  Crop out the negativity and re-focus on what makes us special.  It may be your smile, or your eyes, or your complexion, or your hair...or all of it.  But, there is something special about you!

Please join me in throwing out the trash and focus on all that makes you the queen your are!  Life is too short to do it any other way!

Does anyone else usually see the trash first or have ways you avoid it?


Keep Smiling!

May 16, 2017

Joseph Nagucci Bracelets: Get One Free Now

I just had to tell you about JOSEPH NAGUCCI bracelets...because they are beautiful and on sale and if you act now, you get one FREE! (until May 17)
I have been wearing Joseph Nogucci bracelets for about a year.  They are quality, beautiful...and inexpensive accessories!  
Also are perfect for any age of woman...in fact they just might make a good graduation gift.

Like I said, the ones I am wearing here are ON SALE.  You also might spend some time on their WEBSITE!

Keep Smiling, Everyone!

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

May 15, 2017

Fashion Over 50: Make Classic Your Own

When I am speaking or ask to do a presentation, I often keep my look simple.  The reason is because I want to concentrate on the words and not worry about anything else. 

 Recently I was asked to be on this panel:

A discussion about media and fashion for our local Fashion Group International (FGI) chapter.  It was a great morning and discussion with 

Brenda Coffee of  1010 PARK PLACE
and
Lance Avery Morgan of SOCIETY DIARIES


Besides my blog, I am Editor of SAN ANTONIO WOMAN and 78209 Magazine



A tailored white shirt with leggings is a classic look, but I made it my own with this Black Label shirt from Chicos. The leggings are from JJill. That one simple drop of the hem on one side, really gave it a unique spin.  I accessorized with the beautiful Elaine Turner shoes and bag, which I showed to you in the last post. 

I had a great time...It was a wonderful discussion and I felt very confident!  Thanks for the invitation FGI!


Keep Smiling, everyone!

Linking with TURNING HEADS LINK UP...FASHION FUN FRIDAY