Showing posts with label Wear it Wednesday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wear it Wednesday. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wear It Wednesday - Hair and Makeup

Many of you have asked for more suggestions for hair styles and make up tips so I will share a few of my personal successes and failures in general. 
(Sometimes a bad example is a great teacher!)



Let's review: Hair too short and the bangs need to start further back. There is too much going on around my face. Smaller earrings and one less collar sticking up and no scarf would have been better but the jacket is also too bulky and boxy. That dark smudge of eye shadow underneath makes me look harsh.

At 54, I felt as if I was dressing up as an older woman instead of embracing who I am and just letting my personality come out by wearing what I am comfortable in.




Wispy bangs that are too short and brows that were not filled in make me look older than my 55 years. I should have left off the earrings.




When I see a picture of myself in a outfit that is a total failure or if I am people watching with Mr. Mickey I will sometimes whisper to him "Tore up from the floor up". That means that there isn't anything from that look that is working. This navy jacket worn with jeans and the sleeves pushed up might work but not in this dowdy get up.



Stop laughing!



My hair is way too short above. I am wearing too many knit items. At this age (56 here) I need more structured clothing and softer makeup and longer less neat hair.



At 58 I am being more true to myself with longer full bangs and softer more blended makeup. The black trench coat from Express and simple black heels work with everything including these Chico's boyfriend jeans.


I'm four years older here than the first picture but I am now a lot more confident and comfortable in my skin.

Now for the makeup tips.
  • I never put brown on my face... contour powders or bronzers just make my skin look dirty. A bit of rose blush high on the cheekbone works for me.
  • Dark lip color on me is too harsh. A color that is close to my own lip color to give a bit of color and rich moisture is much better. 
  • No lines, shadows or even mascara on the lower lash line. I do wear liquid eye liner but I put it under and into the upper lashes only, then follow with a smudge of dark shadow on the top of the lash line and progressively get lighter as my shadow reaches the brows. Blending is the most important part! No harsh lines anywhere and no shimmering shadows at all.
  • Another eye shadow trick: My eyes are fairly close together and as we age the area at the inner corners becomes darker so I wear a lighter color on the inner third of my eyelid, a little darker color on the center third and the darkest color of all at the outer third of my eyelid.
  • I don't wear foundation but I do sometimes wear a tinted moisturizer with a high SPF sun protection.
  • Remove all makeup and sleep with clean skin. I put on moisturizers only when I wake up in the morning otherwise I will have breakouts.
I get a facial about once a month. I drink lots of water and eat mostly fresh organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, seeds, beans and an occasional glass of wine. I try to get seven (more like five) hours of sleep every night. Those are my skin care tips!

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

Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Wear It Wednesday - What Was I Thinking?

In my late forties I suddenly became fashion challenged as I struggled to dress appropriately for midlife.




Honestly! Why did I even buy that top or skirt... much less put them together!
I was close to my heaviest here so wild prints and a gathered gauze skirt were the last things I should have been wearing.




This is my Queen Mum look. All that's missing is a pillbox hat.




This is another type of "What was I thinking?"
That five bedroom house and all that landscaping was way too much for me to maintain. I am so very glad I sold it earlier this year! 




When Mr. Mickey and I first started dating I was forty-nine and wanted to dress appropriately for my age and circumstance but I had no idea what that meant. I was wearing a chartreuse green wool jacket from Talbots with a brown mock neck sweater AND a ribbed white sweater vest. What was I thinking? Green is a horrible color on me! My hair color didn't complement my skin tone either.




This was a sad attempt at casual attire gone woefully wrong. I put so many hours into my company during those years, I didn't take time to think about how I dressed anymore.





At last! I found my fashion voice and now feel comfortable in my skin and the clothes I wear at fifty-eight. I learned a lot in the last decade. Thank goodness! I was on the verge of frightening small children.

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

Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wear It Wednesday, Get Dressed

On a recent weekend getaway, we stayed at the Crowne Plaza Hotel as we normally do when we go to Knoxville.



This is a really lovely and rather pricey hotel with a very professional staff. The rooms and public spaces are decorated very nicely.



On Sunday morning we dressed to go down to the hotel restaurant to have tea and enjoy the breakfast buffet which includes a large variety of fresh fruits.




When we walked in, the host asked if we were going to church. A bit puzzled, we said no, just to breakfast. As I looked around the packed restaurant there was at least one person at each table wearing a ball cap... while eating. We quickly realized that some people were still in pajama bottoms with a sweat shirt thrown on for a top. One woman didn't even have on shoes, just dirty white socks! 

Men walked in before their female partners and just sat down whether she was seated or not. What happened to manners and getting dressed before going out in public? I am sad to see that people don't seem to know or care that you should get dressed in actual clothes before going out in public especially if you are going out to eat in a nice restaurant. 

You may say that it is more important to be comfortable in your jeans and tee. Keep in mind that is what I am wearing here... jeans and a tee.



The dark rinse jeggings are from Chico's. I wore them with a black long sleeve tee from Kohl's. The vintage St. John Country jacket was given to me by my dear friend Mitzi. The calf hair d'Orsay animal print shoes are by Sam Edelman via Nordstrom.




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

Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wear It Wednesday Makeup Tools

How often do you wash your makeup brushes? 
How long do you keep your mascara?




After I apply my makeup on Friday mornings I wash all my brushes and my Beauty Blender Sponge.





A bath in warm soapy dishwater and a 
thorough rinse under running water is followed by laying everything out on a clean towel to air dry.




I store brushes on my dressing table far away from the bathroom. All sorts of bacteria and dampness is there so makeup and applicators do not belong there.




I throw out mascara and eyeliner every three months. I don't use eyeliner pencils but if I did they would go out at the same time. Bacteria builds up on these products and I don't want to chance an eye infection.

Once a year I throw away old eyeshadow and blush. Makeup changes as it gets older and bacteria grows so it's good to start fresh.

Never pump your mascara wand into the tube. You cause it to dry out faster.




I recently added this lucite organizer to my dressing table. I love having all the items I use most often at my fingertips.
(The black object in background is a bronze bust of a Gibson Girl which a grieving Victorian person painted black. I've been meaning to restore it to the original bronze finish but I haven't gotten around to it yet.) 

My dressing table is this little antique desk I bought when I was living near New Orleans a few years ago. 
My parents gave me the small bench. 
It is in an extra bedroom upstairs.


The best lighting I have ever gotten from a makeup mirror comes from this one by Ott.


I also use this type of mirror with 5x magnifying on one side.

The few minutes you spend putting on makeup each morning should be comfortable and pleasant. Your makeup should enhance your beauty, not cause health problems. 

This is the type of mirror I pack to take with me for travel. I sit in front of a window to put on makeup if possible.

What tips would you share for storing and keeping your products safe to use?

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

Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cali and York Boots

Wearing black, brown and animal print boots with gold details can elevate your look to a whole new level.



These Blingiton Boots are from Cali and York.



This is a timeless silhouette with a modern twist. The boots have gold zippers on both sides and include two-toned kidskin on the front with leopard-print velvet on the back.



I paired the boots with a quilted Chanel inspired gold chain trimmed black jacket, black tank and a pair of ivory denim jeans.







A tip for putting on boots worn over jeans is to roll your socks up over your jeans first. This makes putting on the boots easy and quick.




This post is sponsored by Cali and York.

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

Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.

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Cali and York Animal Print Bag

Animal print continues to be extremely popular for all seasons but especially in fall.



This animal print Blingiton Bag is from Cali and York.




My love of animal print is no secret, however I limit myself to one piece per outfit. I also wear it with solid neutral basics most of the time.




Animal prints with a lot of gold in them are not good with my cool complexion but I do love a belt, shoes or bag as interesting additions worn away from my face.




The style and size of the this bag lends itself to the perfect workday bag which can take you right into evening.



I am wearing it here with black jeans, a gray long sleeve tee and a white trench coat for a late day lunch with Mr. Mickey.



Be sure to check out all three Wear It Wednesday posts for today! 
All sponsored by Cali and York.

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

Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.

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Cali and York Vest

For Wear It Wednesday I am sharing style tips using items from Cali and York.




This dark denim Cupertino Vest has suede-like trim and equestrian detailing.




I wore the vest on this day with black denim jeans and a three quarter sleeve white tee. I chose my customary black heels but you could certainly wear flats or boots with this look.




A light with dark combination is a more attractive way for us to wear denim on denim rather than both pieces being a similar color of blue. The contrasting color is also more slimming and interesting.



The vest would look great with white or khaki jeans as well.




Adding this vest to your jeans and tee suddenly elevates the look to one that is appropriate for any casual event. Denim is one of my favorites because it flatters our softer rounder bodies so much more than other casual fabrics.

Be sure to check out all three Wear It Wednesday posts for today! 
All sponsored by Cali and York.

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

Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wear It Wednesday - Textures

You already know that leather is a big fashion statement this fall.



Have you seen people wearing three or more leather items at once? Too many leather pieces at once can come off as very harsh for most of us. Especially if those items are black.





Combining lighter and and darker pieces in suede, leather, fur or animal print calf-hair is a much more flattering look for most people.

For example a long cozy sweater with leather leggings would look great, but the same leggings with a leather jacket would be too harsh. Mix up the textures for a more interesting and wearable look.

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

Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wear It Wednesday - Choices

A few years ago I was about fifty pounds over my ideal weight and I was ill quite often. My fashion choices were plunging into the depths of frumpy old lady styles. I had given away all of my jeans and cool shoes because I was convinced I should start dressing in a more grown up feminine way in my fifth decade of life.




A print knit top with ugly khaki slacks and a strange summer weight scarf to top it all off was my look for our tour of the Barnsley Garden ruins in the early spring of 2010. Check out those sensible shoes!

In 2011 I read the book "Eat to Live" by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. It gave me the information I needed to help me make healthier choices at meal time. Over the next few months, I lost more than forty pounds and found my confidence again. My health improved dramatically. I returned to wearing my lifelong favorites including jeans and solids in neutral colors. I now have many styles and colors of jeans and wear them with interesting shoes almost everyday. I am honoring my true self.



The top photo was taken when I was four years younger but the extra weight and style of clothing makes me appear ten to fifteen years older.

The choices we make at every meal and each time we get dressed affect and reflect our self image. Your choice of clothing is silent communication with those who see you but those clothes also send messages to your inner self. Each time I saw myself in a picture or caught a glimpse of myself in a mirror during that earlier time, I was filled with self loathing. My inner voice would always say, "What has happened to you?" It makes a monumental difference for me when I am at or near my ideal weight and wear clothes I feel comfortable in. Not just comfortable on my body but also clothes that reflect who I really am. I grew up on a farm in western North Carolina so I was always a bit of a tomboy. Floral prints, dresses and ruffles are completely against my nature.

The moral of this post is, wear what makes you feel comfortable. Wear what reflects your true self. Don't try to fit anyone's perception of what is right for you. Be your best self and celebrate who you truly are everyday.

The black jacket, white tank and jeans are from Chico's. The belt is from T.J.Maxx. The shoes are by Nine West from Ross. The bag is from Finely House Couture in Blowing Rock, NC.

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

Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wear It Wednesday - Jeans

Jeans are one of my all time favorite items of clothing. That being said, they provide a lot of frustration for me as well.


The jeans I am wearing above are the least favorite pair in my closet. The trendy gray/brown "dirty" tint to the wash and the slouchy fit are not flattering on me at all.
Mr. Mickey and I were going out for bagels and coffee so I thought I looked OK until I saw this picture. The jeans are now in the To Go Bag!


Trends in jeans are not always a good idea for us ladies of a certain age. These Junya Watanabe jeans are $1,165!


While they might look cute on an eighteen year old, they certainly would not be right for this fifty-eight year old.


These Atlantic Sea dark wash jeans would be a much better choice for most of us.


The slim straight leg allows me to wear heels or flats with them. Jeans by Chico's.


If you wear loafers or other flats or perhaps boots with your jeans you might enjoy a boot cut jean. Note: I wear athletic shoes with jeans or yoga pants ONLY when I am running or walking for exercise in the neighborhood. 


These jeans are Levi's.

In most cases jeans with a jacket or nice sweater are perfectly acceptable in most situations. I would never wear jeans to a job interview, when giving a dinner party, to a wedding or a funeral, to a court date or a business meeting, to a gallery opening or to the symphony.

Some of my favorite jeans are from Chico's, Not Your Daughter's Jeans, Michael Kors, Kut from the Kloth and Levi's. I look for straight legs, a dark wash and no embellishments. When buying jeans that stretch, I buy a size smaller than I normally wear. After I have them on for an hour, I am so glad I did.

I usually add a third element such as a jacket, a vest or a cardigan when I wear jeans. I feel more appropriate and also much more comfortable.


Not all my jeans are blue. I love black jeans most of all but I do have lots of white and on occasion I have worn brown or red. The tone on tone patterned jeans below were out of character for me but I do like them.


Speaking of white jeans or white jackets... I wear them all year long in dry weather. No white after Labor Day is an incredibly outdated fashion rule.


Thank you for joining us on this journey through midlife and beyond. 

The second fifty years are truly the best!


Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.

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