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Showing posts with label style after 50. Show all posts

Sunday, July 10, 2016

All Is Well


Tremendous storms passed through our region on Friday evening. Countless trees were torn apart or completely uprooted by high winds taking power sources with them, which means many thousands of people are still without power on Sunday morning. 

For all those who wrote to ask, we are safe and well. We sustained very little damage in our neighborhood.






We had reservations for dinner on Saturday night, so we decided to keep our plans. We anticipated that it might take a lot longer to reach our destination because of all the debris on the roads. 

Teams were out in force before the break of dawn to start clearing the damage and trying to restore power as quickly as possible.






We were more than ready to have a day away from the stress of life after this somber and frightening week. As we drove through the mountains on our way to Blowing Rock, North Carolina I could feel the release of tension.






There is something calming about looking out over endless green mountain ranges that fills me with a sense of peace and gratitude.








We forgot to take the camera with us when we parked the car earlier in the day, so we had to grab a few minutes before dinner to snap some photos for you. We always try to shoot looks at the beginning of our day before I become too rumpled looking but today you are seeing me after a day of shopping, visiting with friends, sitting in the park watching people and riding around in a convertible.








There are many things I like about owning a capsule wardrobe of basics. Most of all, I appreciate that when I don't have the energy to come up with a special look, I can just put on something and go without giving it too much thought.








It is always a lot cooler in the mountains, so I have learned to wear layers whenever we are going that way. Today I wore a jacket by IC Collection via ShopMyFairLady.com. (It is on sale now!) The layered V-Neck tank could have been worn alone if I had gotten too warm during the day but that did not happen. The tank is from White House|Black Market. The pants are the Sasha Style by Lior Paris via ShopMyFairLady.com.


My accessories included small silver wide hoop earrings with tiny crystals, sunglasses by Balmain via Saks Off 5th, and a stack of silver bracelets.

The shoes are old by Bar III via Macy's.








After seeing so much damage all day, I was relieved to see that this little flower garden spot behind a store in Banner Elk had survived unscathed.








Red sky at night, sailor's delight.







I always share where I got the items shown if I can remember. The source is often ShopMyFairLady.com because they carry many of the lines I find comfortable, and that fit in well with my personal style. They also have super customer service!


When you visit the store or their site at ShopMyFairLady.com, you can use the code July16 to receive 15% off by way of a refund after you complete the purchase.



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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Sunday, June 19, 2016

The High Country

Saturday was the perfect day to be in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.






I was dressed up a bit because we were in Blowing Rock to enjoy dinner at Rowland's at the West Glow Resort and Spa later in the evening.







Blowing Rock is one of my favorite places in the world! The panoramic views of mountains always fills me with a sense of peace and wonder. When we explore neighborhoods there, we always find a house or a garden that takes my breath away.




















I purchased this jacket by IC Collection from ShopMyFairLady earlier this year but had not yet had the opportunity to wear it. Since the temperatures were only in the seventies there yesterday, this was the perfect time to take it out for a spin. The Lior Paris pants were a gift from ShopMyFairLady.







The tank top is from White House | Black Market. The necklace and bracelets were purchased from French Kande. The shoes are old by Gianni Bini from Dillard's. The wicker clutch bag is by JMcLaughlin. The Balmain sunglasses are from Saks Off 5th.








I was beyond thrilled to see this beautiful owl along our way down the mountain! 










Here are some alternate shoe suggestions for you. View more options by clicking on the arrow on the right. (You must visit the actual blog post to use this feature.)





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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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Created in collaboration with ShopMyFairLady.com.
All words, styling, and creative direction are my own.


I no longer accept products in exchange for reviews.






Saturday, June 18, 2016

Easy Pieces


At the end of a twelve hour work day, there are times when I just want to take a long bath and go to bed. On this particular evening I had a date with my favorite gentleman, so getting dressed in five minutes was next on my busy agenda.





You rarely see me in full makeup and a well-planned look here on the blog (or in my daily life). This look is certainly no exception!






Some bloggers have the luxury of a staff to help them with their photo shoots. The fabulous outfits, perfect lighting, a talented stylist, beautiful scenery and a professional photographer with an assistant or two all work together to create the most successful blogs. The biggest fashion houses send them fabulous clothes, shoes and bags to show. 


That is NOT what you see when you visit my blog! You would likely laugh out loud if you saw us snapping photos with our little pocket camera in front of some random building. Many times, my look includes thrown together pieces I have had for a few years. I might have gotten dressed in four minutes and still be wearing the same makeup I put on ten hours ago. This is certainly no big production! We are just sharing snapshots of our daily lives.


I hope that by sharing what goes on behind the scenes here, you will be inspired to create looks from basics that help you to feel pulled together and confident without much fuss.









As I approach my sixth decade, I feel a strong urge to simplify and uncomplicate my life so I have been clearing clutter from my home and closet this year. Do you do that too occasionally? It feels great to look around and see only the things that bring me joy or that I actually use. 









The hammered silver cuff is from my own company.







The rings were gifts from Mr. Mickey. The earrings are from Target.



My white jacket and the belt are old from Chico's. The scoop neck black tee is from White House|Black Market. The Tribal pants were a gift from Copper Penny in Hilton Head. The bag is old from Express. The shoes are old from Vince Camuto. 




Below are some options for flat shoes that might look good with a similar outfit. View more options by clicking on the arrow on the right. (You must visit the actual blog post to use this feature.)




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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.

Find me on Twitter.
Find me on Pinterest.
Find me on Polyvore.
Find me on Instagram.


Created in collaboration with Copper Penny, Hilton Head
All words, styling, and creative direction are my own.


I no longer accept products in exchange for reviews.






Sunday, May 15, 2016

For The Fur Babies

Giving back to the community is imperative to me. That community includes the pets that become a part of our family and also those that get discarded.






Last evening we attended the Dogwood and Cattails Ball to benefit the Humane Society of Washington County.







It was great to see so many of our friends who also came out to help support the animal shelter. Our shelter is a no-kill organization. No matter how long it takes for an animal in our foster program to find a home, it will remain in our program until the best possible home can be found. Thanks to this program, 1300 healthy, happy animals have been adopted into loving forever family homes.







The Oustanding Animal of the year was awarded to a special dog named Arabela, who serves our country by disclosing improvised explosive devices (IEDs are simple bombs made and used by unofficial or unauthorized forces).







I fell in love with a sweet pit bull named Chloé!






Chloé was rescued from a very inhumane breeder situation and given a loving forever home. She showed her gratitude with kisses, snuggles, and a tail that wagged non-stop.











Rather than buy another ball gown that I will never wear again, I made use of old items I already had in my closet. The theme for this year's ball was based upon the Great Gatsby, so I went with separate pieces that sort of reflected that theme. 






The simple knit tank dress with a side slit is by Yon Design from Paris Apartment. The tuxedo style jacket is old from the Traveler's Collection at Chico's. The little evening bag is many years old. The shoes are old by French Connection via Saks Off 5th.

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As a blogger, I share my unscripted life with you. My purpose for publishing this blog is to inspire you to eat mindfully and for the health of your body, to show you some new ways to wear what you have in your closet already and to make wise decisions about adding only what works with what you have. I want to help you to discover what makes you look and feel your best. If I also inspire you to help others, excellent!

I normally wear heels because that is what I find comfortable. Not just on my feet but also in my head. At one time or another, I think almost all 23,500 of my Facebook followers have had a go at me for wearing heels. I will try to remember to show you some other options that might go with what I wear in the post. 

Please remember that I am not trying to sell you anything or get you to dress like me. You do not need to set me straight or criticize my choices. I am just sharing my life and what works well for me. You are welcome to take what you need from what I freely share with love for the women fashion almost forgot.


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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.

Find me on Twitter.
Find me on Pinterest.
Find me on Polyvore.
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I purchased all the items I am wearing in this post. 
As always, all words and styling are my own.



Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Favorite Looks for 2015

Looking back over the blog posts for 2015, some looks stood out as my style and comfort favorites.



































Out On The Town



Fifty, not Frumpy Anniversary!



 What Do You Eat?



Trip to the Beach



Eat Smart Even On Thanksgiving!



Spirits of the Season



The Comfort Zone


As I edit my wardrobe and shop less, my style has evolved into one that is comfortable and easy.  A combination of mostly solid neutral color pieces that fit both my body and my personality make up a wardrobe that serves me well. Unique accessories add the finishing touch that makes each look my own.

I hope that these examples have helped you to create your own wardrobe of easy comfortable looks. More importantly, I hope that my tips for healthy eating have encouraged you to make better food choices. Fashion is a fun way to express yourself, but a strong and healthy body is priceless.



Thank you for joining us on this wonderful 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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