Monday, January 11, 2016

Dressing Up

You can see by the reflection in the windows behind me, the rain was about to come.

Mr. Mickey and I were on our way out to dinner and then to the performance of the Johnson City Symphony.

I wore a Polo Ralph Lauren soutache-trimmed wool jacket from Dillard's with a simple V-neck tank top by Clara Sunwoo supplied by ShopMyFairLady

The Chico's Traveler's pants are more than ten years old. They are made from a heavier weight knit with a bit wider leg than what is offered today. I wore them with my "rain boots" which are an old pair of Nine West boots that I wear when the weather is wet. I don't wear my nicer shoes and boots when it is snowing or raining and I know I have to walk a long way in the weather.

As we were shooting these photos at a bank near my home, a fabulous blue Jaguar sedan roared into the otherwise empty parking lot. This beautiful lady called out to me "I LOVE your blog!" Her name is Sally and she was just returning from the gym. I really enjoy meeting Fifty, not Frumpy followers! They are always the most pleasant people.


When I posted the "What's in your Pantry?" video last week, some of you were concerned that I don't go to the gym anymore. That doesn't mean I don't exercise at all! I am very active all day every day. I do lots of stretches and leg lifts. I have small weights that I use to keep my arms strong and I often do Pilates at home in the winter. I walk three miles very fast every day when the weather allows. Keeping fit and healthy is very important to me but it isn't necessary to go to a gym to achieve that. It's your regular daily lifestyle, not what you buy that makes your health better and your body stronger. I have a friend who goes to the gym quite often but she believes that gives her the right to stop on the way home for french fries before she goes home to sit on the couch and watch TV until it is time for bed.


In case it was as cold as the weather forecaster said it would be, I took this Opera coat with me but didn't need it. The wool jacket was warm enough for the evening.

The soutache trim is on the front of the jacket as well but it isn't showing up very well in these photos. I will always wear this jacket open because the neckline becomes much too high and round when it is closed.

Thank you for joining us on this wonderful journey through midlife and beyond. The second fifty years are truly the best!

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Lisa B said...

Beautiful outfit! So elegant and sophisticated. I love the longer pants - they make you look taller and thinner. I try not to wear the shorter pants (unless it's hot) because I know they make me look short and squat. Thanks for posting, especially pictures of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is our favorite area to visit on our motorcycle. We are from Wisconsin.

Amy Kennedy said...

That is a gorgeous jacket! Sounds like a lovely evening!

Pamela Joan said...

You look just lovely! I'm crazy for that RL jacket!

Deborah Lambson said...

Just a note to say how much I enjoy your posts..and special thanks for the links! I'm in love with that jacket! :-)

Jan Maier said...

Chicos Travelers Pants have been staples in my wardrobe for many years..maybe since they first appeared. The shapes have changed through the years (and so has mine!) and they've added colors. Right now I don't have black ones but I do have a pair in a lovely shade of brown.

What you say about going to the gym or not going to the gym is so right on. I go many times a week but I could get the same benefits from walking briskly and doing things at home. I prefer the gym because I live alone and I'm now retired. I like the social aspects of working out in classes and/or around other kindred spirits. One only has to read your blog and look at you to know that you're healthy and fit.

Susan said...

You make an excellent point Jan. I used to go to the gym every day because my life was otherwise devoid of friends and human interaction. Now that my life is so full of friends and activities I no longer have to seek out opportunities to talk to people. I once would never go through the self-service checkout because I wanted to talk to someone.

Jane said...

There are simply no words for that jacket...I covet covet covet!!!

Kathy Frances said...

Susan, I have followed this blog for years and watched your look evolve to the confident beautiful self you are today - you just keep getting better!

I love the gym for the social aspects you discussed as well as continually learning something new. I appreciate the structure and the encouragement to push myself - something I don't do on my own. I just started using kettle bells - anyone have an opinion on these?

Elaine @ Following Augustine said...

I love the jacket!!! How fun that you met one of your readers when you were having the photos taken. Thanks for including her in your post!