It is my 60th birthday month!
There will be celebratory dinners, spa visits, lunch with friends and weekend getaways. Last evening we enjoyed a special dinner with our dearest friends.
It was a real challenge to take photos in front of the bank near my house due to the whipping winds. We try to take photos before I get all rumpled from sitting in the car, that's why our backgrounds are often the same.
A few subtle changes in my style will come about in the next season of my life. Scarves will be added to my look a lot more often. Wearing a scarf in colors that flatter your complexion is an easy way to add color and pattern without wearing a print over your whole body.
Black, white and denim are my neutrals and the largest blocks of color in my wardrobe. None of these colors are especially flattering close to my face. The good thing about my base of neutrals is that I can pull in small doses of the colors that are more flattering.
The basis of great style is taking suggestions from trends or outfit ideas and making them work for your shape and your lifestyle.
I have been collecting colorful scarves and tanks for years. Wearing a tank (over the correct *bra) with a color coordinated beautiful silk scarf tied simply near my face can make almost any combination of base pieces work together.
*The bras that work best for me are the Soma Enhancing Shape Full Coverage Bras. I also wear the Ultimate Shapeez Bra for long-line smoothing with certain tops that tend to cling to the jiggly bits around the middle.
When all else fails, go across the street inside the Post Office to take a closeup without the wind whipping your hair all over your face.
The shot above includes the portrait area. Keeping the scarf in this area avoids adding more bulk to my bust.
If I am wearing a larger scarf with more texture for warmth, I will tie or wrap it so that it hangs in smooth straight lines rather than adding more fluff where I am already "fluffy".
Subtle makeup, a simple hairstyle, not too much jewelry, a soft supple silk scarf in vibrant jewel tones and less stress are all elements that I plan to enjoy in the coming years.
The long duster cardigan is a recent purchase from White House|Black Market. The tank and the pants are old from Chico's. The shoes are old by Sam Edelman. The earrings are old by Brighton. The ring is a long ago gift from Mr. Mickey.
The fabulous hand painted silk scarf is a recent purchase from Uno Alla Volta. My scarf tying techniques are always simple and easy. This one is a long rectangle shape, so I just wrapped it around my neck twice and tied the ends loosely.
Thank you for joining us on this journey through midlife and beyond. The second fifty years are truly the best!