Showing posts with label style bloggers for women over 50. Show all posts
Showing posts with label style bloggers for women over 50. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Birthday Celebration!

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Mr. Mickey treated me to a wonderful weekend away at the Westglow Resort and Spa to celebrate my 60th birthday. I wore a tank top and jeans with flat shoes for traveling. 

The Westglow is situated on the top of a hill overlooking fabulous mountain ranges from every angle.

We stayed in the Grand Master Suite during this visit. Every elegant room in the mansion is decorated with different fabulous antiques.

I turned 60 this year. When I was much younger, I would have considered that a depressing thought. Now that I have arrived, I feel as if my life is just beginning. The difficult training part has been successfully completed, and now I am ready to start enjoying my life.

I found the white linen-like jacket on a sidewalk sale rack at Stein Mart last month. It is by Calvin Klein. The Michael Kors jeans were also purchased at Stein Mart last year.

The gray tank top is a couple of years old from Chico's. The scarf is by Halston Classic, and I think I got that one at Nordstrom. It is a large chiffon square which I folded on the diagonal to form a long thin scarf. I just draped it around my neck for a pop of color and pattern.

The bag was from Express last year. The shoes are by Circa Joan & David via Saks Off 5th.

When I purchase simple basics in solid colors, I find that I can wear them in a variety of ways, and for years to come.

This may be the final post on this Fifty, not Frumpy blog site. My webmaster has created a fabulous new website. Included is a shopping cart here where I have added a few items from my closet at a fraction of their original cost, some never used or worn, some gently worn and well cared for. The classic basics in a comfortable crepe fabric are now on sale at the new site and there is a vast selection of scarves.

Some women have written to say that they resent me telling them what to wear or how to live. That isn't the case at all. I am merely sharing what has worked so well for me. Several women have also written to say I look a lot older than fifty. Hopefully the new site, will help to clear things up a little. Please visit me there.

I freely share what I have learned in the hopes that you will benefit from my experience.

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

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Dressing For The Heat

When hot weather comes, I reach for a hat.

A hat is the most important part of any hot weather look since it isn't possible for me to look my best with dripping hair plastered to my head.

I am wearing a packable hat which is several years old from Betmar.

Tips for wearing hats: I always need to choose a style of hat which has a high crown and a wider brim. Hats that fit close to the head such as ball caps and cloche style hats do not flatter my roundish face. A woman who has a long thin face and neck would look great in a cloche style.

The brim of your hat should not exceed the width of your shoulders.

The hat should rest comfortably on your forehead with no bangs showing, not on the back of your head. I comb my bangs back with my fingers, put on the hat and then brush the lower part of my hair toward the front with my hands.

Ladies do not remove their hats while dining but a gentleman should always remove theirs and place them on an empty chair (never on the table.)

Loose fitting light colored clothing that flows across my body is also most comfortable in hot weather. I rarely wear a sleeveless top, but when the temperature rises to 100 degrees, it is time to reach for my most minimal clothing and sunscreen.

These palazzo-style pants are old by Clara Sunwoo, and I found them at If you buy Clara Sunwoo pants, you would be wise to go down in size. They do run large. I am wearing an extra small here.

The BCBGMAXAZRIA draped blouson top is made from lighter than air layers of almost sheer fabric. It is from Saks Off 5th. I am wearing a size medium.

I love to wear a draped surplice top because it hides the jiggly bits. I find that this style of top looks best worn alone. If I wear a jacket, I layer it over a much more fitted tank. There is something to be said for balancing the visual weight of the pieces you layer.

This look would also be great using a loose-fitting maxi dress or a sundress with flat sandals. I am wearing old black platform sandals by Charles Jordan here. The wicker bag is from J.McLaughlin.

Great looking sunglasses are another essential element of this look since I am not wearing makeup other than a bold red lip. The sunglasses are by Dolce and Gabbana from the Sunglasses Hut at Macy's.

Makeup running down my face or smudged around my eyes is not a good look. On days when I know I am going to be mostly out in the heat, I skip the other makeup and just go for red lips.

This lip color is Carnal by Estee Lauder. I color in my whole lip with a lip liner than add a layer of lip color. Next, I blot and reapply the color, then blot again. The idea is to stain my lips rather than have the color sliding around and creeping into lines and creases.

Hats make a bold statement, so sunglasses are the only other element near my face. Earrings, a necklace, sunglasses, and a fancy hat all worn together looks a bit too eccentric. I also like for my hats to be unadorned and almost masculine in style.

I am wearing a link bracelet by French Kande. A bold solid cuff bracelet, wide belt, fitted pants or even a shoulder bag are just too much contact for me in hot weather.

A positive attitude is the best makeup you will ever wear!

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

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I no longer accept products in exchange for reviews.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Everyday Leggings

What do you throw on to run to the grocery store?

Yesterday, I wore leggings which I have come to love! I didn't even own a pair of leggings until last year. Now I have several pairs. These are from Body Language by Connie. Connie has a real talent for finding good quality at a very reasonable price.

Body Language by Connie supplied these leggings.

The long faux leather trimmed vest and cowl neck sweater are old from Chico's. The bag is old by Calvin Klein via T.J.Maxx. It has become my everyday bag because it seems to go with anything I wear. I read somewhere that if your bag and shoes match your natural hair color you will wear them much more often than any other. 

The loafers are by BCBG via Saks Off 5th. Did you know that BCBG means bon chic, bon genre? In English, it means good style, good sort. It is an expression used in France to refer to a subculture of stylish members of the Paris upper class.

Wearing long tops with leggings and flats is the perfect running errands attire for me in cool weather. I like the long and lean look and enjoy the comfort. I still love to wear my heels but when I know I am going to be walking a lot, I wear comfortable flats.

 Our weather can change as much as forty degrees in one day so layers are essential for me. Ruanas and vests are the perfect layers because you can take them off when you need to and still be well dressed but comfortable.

I like to wear a top that stops at about my fingertips over leggings. The extra layer over it can be shorter or longer. The ideal proportion is to visually divide your body in thirds (not in half).

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

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