Sunday, February 8, 2015

Old With New

There are few items in my wardrobe that have survived my various closet purges after weight gains and losses over the years.



About twelve years ago I lost a lot of weight and then bought this tea length chiffon fully lined skirt at T.J.Maxx. A couple of years later I gained the weight back but I kept the skirt because it has an elastic waist so I thought it might still work on those occasions where I needed to dress for an evening event.




I have worn the skirt in several ways but with this sequined pullover from Saks Off 5th is my favorite. The pullover is from their private label Saks Fifth Avenue RED. It is now only available in navy here




This Gieger of Austria black coat is another oldie but goody. I bought this when I was at my heaviest so I had the sleeves altered and will hold on to it for a few more years. When I invest so much in a piece I have a difficult time letting go of it. Thankfully I have kept the weight off for several years now by eating mostly fruits and vegetables.






These earrings arrived in the mail just minutes before I started getting ready for date night.




They are truly works of art! The earrings were created by one of my extremely talented clients, Victoria Timm. She makes the most amazing jewelry! You can see more of her work here at her Etsy store.





As we were entering our favorite restaurant, Gourmet & Company we saw this well-dressed beautiful lady. She graciously allowed us to take her photo. 





We always skip the big going out to dinner nights such as Valentine's Day. This was a special going out night for us instead. After a fantastic dinner, we attended the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra performance. Dr. Chih-Long Hu performed with the Orchestra and then received three standing ovations for encore solo performances.





Mr. Mickey loves these shoes so he kept saying "One more." because he was afraid he didn't get a good shot of the shoes. (He is so dedicated to creating an interesting blog for you.) The shoes are suede from Saks Off 5th. I am wearing Hanes hosiery.


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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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Sunshine In Winter

When we have sunshine and sixty degrees in February, we must go out and enjoy every moment of it.
















On this beautiful day we stopped to snap some photos in Blountville which is a very small town nearby.






















I am wearing ankle jeans and a red military inspired blouse from Chico's. The French Connection black blazer is from Saks Off 5th. The Ivanka Trump calf hair ankle boots are also from Saks Off 5th. The Michael Kors bag is from T.J.Maxx.

Thank you for joining Mr. Mickey and me 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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Friday, February 6, 2015

Making New Friends

I read an article this week which stated that one of the most difficult things for people in their fifties was making new friends.



At this time in our lives, there can be many changes that take us away from familiar environments. It might be that we retire from a job we have had for many years. Perhaps the children finally leave home and you become an empty-nester. A marriage may end by choice or by the passing of a partner. It may be that you move to a different neighborhood in order to downsize or a different state to escape the cold. 



As you enter into this new phase of your life, how will you make new friends?



As always I will use myself as an example. I have experienced several start-overs in my life and I am an introvert so it was even more daunting to try to make new friends.




Just last year I moved into a new neighborhood when I decided to downsize. During the first month, I was invited to attend a neighborhood women's breakfast. At first I thought "I don't have time to do this!" but I put my chores aside and got dressed and went to the breakfast. I met several ladies who have become friends that I look forward to seeing often during our frequent get-togethers.




Volunteer to help. You will meet like-minded people. For example, if you are interested in music, volunteer to help your local Symphony, get involved with a school program or start one at a nursing home.




Go to a place of worship. Actually talk to people and attend any other classes they offer there. Get a part time job at the place you like to shop most. Even if it is for only one evening a week, that is one night you get to dress up a little and be around people. Make the most of every minute! Smile and talk to everyone you see.




When you are speaking to someone give them your undivided attention. Ask about them. Look at them not around them. Don't plan what you are going to say when they stop talking.



It isn't all about you. I see this a lot! As a blogger and as a woman who is very active in my community. I interact with people every day who only talk about themselves and everything they see relates only to them. This makes me want to run away screaming!


Drop all negative thoughts. You know that person who when you say "Isn't this a gorgeous day?" will respond "Yeah but tomorrow it is supposed be cold and rainy again." Look at the positive side. If you don't have anything positive to say, be silent and move along.


In order to have a friend, you must be a friend. Be someone that people are happy to see and talk to. Get out of your house and be a part of something greater than yourself.


Find a project that helps those who are less fortunate than you. Make a difference in someone else's life. Share what you know. Share what you have. Be a mentor. Read to people in nursing homes or write letters for them or just listen to them. You may learn important things about yourself in the process.



Before the end of the month, you will have met new people and helped a lot of people. Soon you will start to be included in more and more events. Friends will come along with your efforts and you will have a full life again. True friendships are like a good marriage. They develop over time if you give them a chance and your best efforts.

Please share your own success stories in the comments below. You may be helping someone else who is struggling to adjust to a new way of life.

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

Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Modeling For Chico's

Occasionally my friends at our local Chico's ask me to model for them. 
I enjoy these events very much!



I always bring a variety of colors and styles of shoes with me when I am asked to model. As you know, shoes make the look.




The spring merchandise has already started to arrive at Chico's. I bought several of the pieces I wore today. I just had to have these ankle length Platinum jeans.




I always enjoy getting to meet Fifty, not Frumpy followers when I am out and about. This is Patsy Davis who also lives in Johnson City. Thank you for coming out today Patsy!


























An award winning management team!

















This pale blue top has a sequined front so I added a long crystal and silver necklace and suede pumps to make it more appropriate for evening.





I always find something in the Traveler's Collection that I love.






 Jane Street and Susan Street... no relation, just long time friends. 




There was a great turnout throughout the whole day!




As I was about to dress in my own clothes to leave, a guest asked me to model these palazzo pants. They are so comfortable! They would be perfect to take with you on a cruise.



A very special thanks to Mr. Mickey for spending the whole afternoon being our photographer. (I was told several times today that it would be great if we could clone him!)


Thank you for joining Mr. Mickey and me 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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