Saturday, July 16, 2016

Five Years!

On July 16, 2011, I started a Facebook page to share what I wish I had always known about nutrition and style. I was so excited when I reached one hundred followers! 
Today there are more than twenty-eight thousand of you.



I was a lifetime yo-yo dieter whose weight might fluctuate by as much as fifty pounds in one year. There were times when even my extended family members didn't recognize me if they hadn't seen me for a while. Reading the book "Eat to Live" by Dr. Joel Furhman taught me what to eat and why. 

After my weight and poor health issues were under control, it was time to tackle my frumpy style. That is still a work in progress, but it is fun to share what I learn with you.





To celebrate my five-year blogging anniversary, Mr. Mickey took me out to dinner last evening. I wore a new tunic by I.C. Collection over old Mesmerize pants; both are from one of my favorite places to shop, ShopMyFairLady.com.

My tunic is a size medium. The pants are a size six.





The bag is old from Saks Off 5th. The shoes are old by Nina New York. The necklace weighs about fifteen pounds (only a slight exaggeration!), and I bought it at S.M. Bradford at Harbour Town Yacht Club on Hilton Head Island last year.

The nail color is OPI "Dutch Tulips".





Even though I have several red tunics, I wanted this one too because it reminds me of a mullet hairstyle; all business up front and a party in the back.




We visited Gourmet and Company, which is our favorite restaurant in Johnson City.




My dinner was the fabulous heirloom tomato salad with grilled peaches.


Mr. Mickey had the spring garden salad with benne brittle and grilled wild salmon.





Here is what happens when I see a tiny baby praying mantis on the wall during a photoshoot and totally forget what I am supposed to be doing...



Mr. Mickey says that he no longer kills bugs because of me. Great compliment!


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

All words, styling, and creative direction are my own.
I no longer accept products in exchange for reviews.

48 comments:

Brenda said...

Love the close-ups of accessories! Great necklace!

rosary said...

Susan, You always look lovely in your pictures. But the first one right at the Gourmet and Company door is just lovely. Quiet, elegant posture, a particularly beautiful long line and love how you always draw that eye upwards -- this time with that wonderful necklace! Brava!

Yvonne said...

Happy Anniversary!!!! That is a gorgeous tunic and necklace.

ValerieC said...

Beautiful! ♡♡♡

Teresa R said...

Congratulations on your five year anniversary!! So glad you're hear inspiring us all! You look beautiful!!

Canuck-Girl said...

Congrats on five years; a great accomplishment in and of itself�� But my biggest congrats are reserved for your hair cutting skills. Love the new look! You look beautiful and happy; the best accessory of them all.

Jayne Dewsnip said...

Congratulations on your 5 years Susan. I LOVE the red top.
By the way, I managed to order some Covered Perfectly items, and they have been shipped to the UK.
Had a chat with Pauline about how awful the British summer has been.

Cathy said...

You look gorgeous in red!!!!

Cathy said...

Red is your color! You look gorgeous!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan.....I have read your blog a long time but never commented before. Love your hair shorter....takes off ten more years.....you look forty! I love all Creatures too and volunteer helping abused animals. Struggling with my weight but am going to try vegan. Still frumpy but trying. I am a pear with heavy legs. Hard to dress that type. Thank you for being a kind spirit.we need more in the world! Xo Mel

Nancy said...

You look wonderful in red! And you got your hair cut :)

Lynn Marsh said...

Congratulations on the 5 years. I appreciate your blog, very helpful. Keep it up please! You look good in red.

Kathy said...

Praying mantises are good. They eat the other bugs that are bad!

Darcie L. said...

Congratulations on your blogging anniversary! You have a beautiful spirit and I appreciate your tips and suggestions so much.

Linda Lee said...

You look absolutely stunning in red! I'm slowly finding my own style thanks to your blog. I like the flowing tops that are out now, but I've found my frame needs a more tailored style. It's a process for sure! Have a wonderful weekend. I also like your hair since you cut it. Nice job!

Anne M said...

Congratulations Susan. I've really enjoyed your posts and updates on Facebook over the last few years when I found you. You're a great inspiration. I'm 52 and a mum of 2. A girl 11 and a boy 9. I didnt have my children until later in life but I don't feel 52 at all. It doesn't help that I want to feel comfortable or don't have time to dress better because my children keep me busy but you inspire me to look good everyday. Don't ever stop what you're doing because of negative comments. You're inspiring this Aussie gal and many others around the world.

Best wishes
Anne from Australia xx

Ann Lee Gibson said...

Sweet, sweet post!

Susan Reinhart said...

Susan, you changed something about your hairstyle. Looks great!

Susan

Judy McLane said...

You look beautiful! And thank you for being a non-bug-killer like me. Especially my beloved praying mantids.
And congrats on the anniversary.

Anonymous said...

Happy 5th anniversary, Susan! You look radiant in that shade of red. I just love your blog.

Lynn said...

Love your blog and your story. The red top is great! Sorry to get personal here, but what type of bra did you have on underneath it?

Tracie Kaczor said...

LOVE this whole look! You look stunning. You're already thin but this outfit slims you even more. I WANT IT! Haha. Love what you're doing. Keep it up!

emmapeelDallas said...

Susan, in addition to being chic and beautiful, you are so tender hearted toward all living things. You're the best. I always enjoy your posts.

Georgine Garbarini said...

Happy anniversary!! Beautiful outfit. Thanks for sharing your stories. You are a great role model for those of us trying to stay healthy and stylish.

Suzanne said...

So happy to have stumbled upon your blog. You have an inspiring story to share, and I look forward to hearing more about your journey. I had to laugh at that 50 pound necklace. I have a necklace I absolutely love, but it gives me neck pain if I wear it too long:-)

Maryann Guldin said...

I love your hair- and the red tunic is just wonderful!

Rhonda williams said...

Congratulation in your 5 year anniversary. MY blog just had it's 1 year anniversary. You are the inspiration for my blog. I love your your fashion sense and good nature. Please continue. I am a loyal follower.

Thank you for all the hard work. I know the effort it takes to post as often as you do.

Rhonda - www.rhondasescape.com

Judy said...

You are simply glowing in these photos Susan....I love your red top and new haircut! You are such an inspiration to a lot of us, I know I've learned a lot from you.

I lost about 20 pounds last year and donated all of my "big" clothes...it's been fun recreating a new wardrobe and I keep a lot of your tips in mind whenever I buy something new.

My style is very similar to yours and I wear a lot of black, white, denim and khaki...I really want something in red so I was happy to see the one you have on today.

Congratulations on your blog anniversary, this December will be 9 years for me!

Jen said...

Congratulations Susan! I just wish I had found you sooner :-(
I love love that tunic. You look great-even your toes look great!
I hope you will continue your blog for many years to come.
Have a nice day
Jeannette

Prairie Poulet said...

Congratulations, and best wishes for the future. You are a bright light!

ci said...

Your face is all sparkles!! You are a happy lady! Congratulations for 5 years of great blogging. And another congratulations to turning your life around to become the woman you are today. And a big thank you for so selflessly sharing all your knowledge. I believe you would be astonished to know just how many women you have helped in so many ways! Enjoy the moment and keep marching on!
If I could....I would give you a warm hug now!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ 

JoanieP said...

Congratulations on five years of inspiring us all to be MORE! Because of you, I have lost weight and am committed to living a lifestyle of eating healthy and being the best that I can be. Thank you a gorgeous example of being fifty...not frumpy is!

Shelley Zurek -- Still Blonde after all these YEARS said...

Love the new hairstyle! You just keep shaking it up! Thanks for all your hard work.

Catia from Leuli said...

Absolutely stunning, very chic and polished. Congrats for your five years.

KC said...

You look lovely in this outfit, Susan! Red is perfect for you - you are glowing! The necklace frames your face beautifully! I am wearing Dutch Tulips right now, because of your recommendation. The tunic is beautiful! Congratulations on 5 years of blogging and the number of followers you have gained!

S Goins said...

Beautiful as always! Love your hair style.

The Pouting Pensioner said...

Congratulations! You must feel proud of what you've achieved.
Mary PP.

Over Fifty in Hollywood said...

Thank you for sharing your style tips! I really liked your post on storing handbags and then seeing them in an outfit. Red is definitely working for you. -Julie

Routines said...

Congratulations on the Blog anniversary. You are a real inspiration, not just for the stylish clothes and accessories but also for what seems to be such a positive, grateful spirit. I just bought the Fuhrman book in hopes of curing some of my "ills." Please continue with this wonderful Blog!

Anonymous said...

You are an inspiration. We are followers and fans and now friends. Congratulations!!

Kristien62 said...

I absolutely LOVE this look. I don't wear red, but hope the tunic comes in another color because I must have it. Thank you for inspiring all of us. You have helped many of us learn to accept and enjoy this time of life. And find our own personal style. Congratulations and stay with us.

Joanne said...

Susan, Your hair is beautiful! You don't need a hair stylist! Love it.

Kristine Chapman said...

Happy Anniversary Susan,
I believe that you posted that you had some unkind posts this week...I just wanted to thank you....
My mother had been ill for a couple of years and passed away June 2015. I found your blog and enjoyed reading it at the end of a difficult day....this week my Dad was diagnosed with cancer so we begin another battle....so besides fashion advice, you have helped me through challenges with parents...after all the illness and change, I found comfort in reading about your life.... So I want to thank you. Happy Anniversary!

Fire Horse said...

Congratulations Susan (and Mr Mickey)! I get so much inspiration from your blog. I also love that you don't harm bugs :)

Teresa S said...

Congratulations on your five years! I sure appreciate that you share with us and really look forward to your posts. I love seeing how you dress and whqt activities you are doing. Thanks a lot! You are a great inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary! I love, love, love so many of your outfits - it's the very same style of pants/tops/jewelry that I wear. And while I adore high heels and have quite a few pair I'll never part with - I've not worn them for years. It's been so long I've forgotten how to walk in them. Many times I go to buy something you model only to find it's hand wash or dry clean only. I no longer buy things that require that kind of care. But I love looking! Thanks for doing what you do!

Barbara

Susan Street said...

The bra I am wearing here is from Soma. It is the Enhanced Shape Full Coverage style. They have many styles for many different shapes. When you get fitted in the store, they are very good at helping you find the right style for your breast shape not just your body shape.

Roberta said...

Congrats on your blogiversary! Hope you and Mr. Mickey continue to have adventures and inspire us for many more years!