Friday, February 12, 2016

Choosing A Winter Coat


Do you have a great winter topper? It has been at least twenty years since I purchased a nice full-length winter coat.






Our east Tennessee weather is not often harsh, so I don't need to dress for sub-zero temperatures.







A stroller or some other type of jacket over layers is my usual cold weather look. While that works most of the time, it can be rather casual.






I have been doing research for a few months in order to make a wise decision about this purchase.






I didn't want a bulky coat that would visually add pounds to my frame. I looked for a sleek style without a large collar, belt, memorable buttons or other details that might date it and me. While I love black, I wanted this coat to be another color. Having one that can be dressed up or down and worn with scarves was also a priority for me. This coat could also be belted if I ever magically acquire a waistline.






The rest of my look includes a black vest and knit turtleneck top by Fabrizio Gianni. The reptile embossed black leggings are labeled "Jack" and I found them in a small boutique on Hilton Head Island last year. The boots are Saks Black Label from Saks Off 5th. The bag is by Ivanka Trump also via Saks Off 5th. The hat and scarf are both old from T.J. Maxx.






I am confident that I can wear this coat for several years, with any type or color of attire and to any event. It is by Cinzia Rocca via Saks Off 5th.






Here are some other coats I admired.

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I remember how excited I was when the Fifty, not Frumpy Facebook page accumulated one hundred followers. Today there are nearly 20,000 of you! 

When I began this project in 2011, I could not have imagined how it would change my life and my style. I have learned so much as I search for information that is worthy of being shared with you. I always seek to discover and share interesting, healthy, informative posts that might be helpful to you.

The journey continues!


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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Daily Basics

This is an easy combination that always seems to work for me. 





I put to use some of the tips we covered in a previous post here. Those are ankle jeans from Chico's which work so well with short boots or the caged sandals I like to wear in warmer weather.




The Chico's tank is tucked in to give me a slimmer look and I used a belt in brown. If I had used a lighter color belt it would have made my upper torso look longer. (I need that!) The navy blazer is by Tahari via Saks Off 5th. The large square scarf is several years old from Ross.




That is the same Ivanka Trump bag from Saks Off 5th. I like the more modern look of not matching your bag to your shoes. The Vince Camuto boots are several years old from Nordstrom.

Here are some other great items I saw while I was shopping at Nordstrom.
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Monday, February 8, 2016

Learn How to Use Accessories With Confidence!

My blogger friend Sylvia is such a great teacher! 

She owns the website 40 + Style and now she has created a new course to teach you how to use accessories to your advantage. Many of you have asked me about this in the past. I am happy to report that she has done the work for me!





You can sign up for the course at this link. Save money by being one of the first to sign up at this low price. Don't wait! This price is good only for two days!

I have taken all of her courses and webinars and I highly recommend her new course. I always learn so much from her.

Join me! I'll be taking this course also.
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Details Make the Difference

On Saturday, we visited the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Virginia.





I don't know how other bloggers do their photoshoots, but I just get dressed and we go somewhere and have fun. We take a small, not so great camera and shoot a few photos while we are there. It isn't a very planned or well-choreographed event. We are just having fun and sharing the pictures with you. Sometimes I wear old clothes and sometimes I wear something new. If I can remember where I bought the item, I share the source with you.





Laughter always fills our time together. Mr. Mickey has a great sense of humor and I must admit it has begun to rub off on me after ten years of dating.





Count yourself lucky that you won't be hearing me sing!




Do you buy scarves and then never wear them because you don't know how to tie them? I have lots of scarves, but I always tend to wear them in the same few ways, so today I made a real effort to try something new. First I tried the trick of tying the scarf in a small loop on one end and pulling the other end through to form a lovely drape and a long free flowing end. That lasted about two minutes because it kept slipping forward to look like I was wearing a noose. Not an attractive look!







I generally wear a large square silk scarf by folding it diagonally from corner to corner. Next I drape the ends of the triangle over my shoulders and put my jacket on over it to hold it place. That's sort of boring but it gives me the straight lines and pattern break I need plus it never moves.






Next I folded the square scarf in a triangle again. This time, I put the point in front and wrapped the ends around my neck and brought them back to the front. I tied a tiny knot at the very ends and then opened the triangle to drape the top part of the triangle over the tie so that it was now between the folds and not visible. Lastly, I moved the point to the side and slipped it under my jacket to create a cowl effect.









On to the next detail. The top is from Chico's Zenergy collection. I like the silver dots on a white background, but you can see here that the top is too billowy to wear with a jacket. I prefer the look of a slim fitting sleek top under a jacket. It makes me look thinner and less messy.


Those are jeggings from Chico's. This look would have been much better with a pair of ankle pants, but I didn't want to take the time to go back and change. Ankle pants are a couple of inches shorter so that they barely touch the top of most of my short boots. I tried turning these up, but the line of the light blue of the underside of the denim made my legs look too short. I gave up and stuffed them in the boots to keep the look long and lean.






The wine colored bag is by Ivanka Trump via Saks Off 5th. The boots are by Gianni Bini from Dillard's last year. They are suede in the back with a smooth leather front and buckle details. 






The faux leather jacket was purchased from Stein Mart two years ago. The scarf is by Versace via Saks Off 5th.





Here you can see the tips put into action. Scarf tied into a cowl for warmth and an added pattern. Top tucked in at the back for a slimmer fit. Jeans tucked into boots to keep them from bunching up on the tops of my boots. 





I hope you enjoyed being included in the thought process that I often go through when trying to put together a successful look. I will try this look again tomorrow so that you can see how I put these tips to use with different items.


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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Dinner and the Symphony

A favorite date night is to have dinner at the best restaurant in town, Gourmet and Company and then attend a performance of the Johnson City Symphony.





I wore a Covered Perfectly long sleeve tunic because I love this neckline so much. It looks fabulous layered with anything else in my closet. (The black tunic is sold out at the moment but there are more on the way!) I paired it with Ivanka Trump slacks from last year and a Peter Nygard jacket I recently got online from Dillard's end of the season sale. The studs and faux leather trim had me at "Hello"!




The reptile embossed bag is from last season by Ivanka Trump via Saks Off 5th. The simple black pumps are Saks Fifth Avenue made in Italy, via Saks Off 5th.




Tomorrow on the blog I will be delving into the little details of an outfit and how they can help you look your best. See you then!


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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Wear Red Day

I am a proud member of the Go Red for Women Circle of Red. We organized a special presentation for Wear Red Day, which was on February 5th.






Another member showed up with a very similar look. Great minds!


Do you know that 80% of heart disease and stroke events may be prevented by lifestyle changes and education? Heart disease is the number one killer of women.To learn more, go to the American Heart Association’s website at Heart.org.





During the month of February, American Heart Month, participating hospitals in East Tennessee and across the country will pass out thousands of little red hats to the parents of newborns as a part of the Little Hats, Big Heart’s program.

 The Little Hats, Big Hearts program raises awareness of heart disease, the No. 1 killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country. 

Volunteers from across Tennessee and four other states have hand knitted over six hundred Little Red hats. In the photo above our Chair, Maggie Ingram and I are explaining the program to Pete Peterson, our city manager just before the presentation.







The Artic air has returned to my area, so I wore layers. The red dress worn as a tunic was supplied to me by J.Jill last year. The leggings are by Hue via Dillard's worn over Hanes pantyhose in the color jet. The boots are by Saks via Saks Off 5th. The oversize black and gray animal print knit scarf is old via Nordstrom. The gray quilted bag is from Express.







I would only wear this dress as a tunic because of the over the knee length. This might be a good look for a pear or apple shaped body. Wearing a necklace or scarf brings the focus up to your face. 

The tunic fits nicely above the bust and then relaxes into an A-line, which flows across your body, not accentuating any particular area. I love the fact that it has pockets!








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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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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Why Plants?

About five years ago, I stopped eating meat and processed foods. I lost weight but that was not my motivation. 

When I visited my Doctor for my annual checkup in 2011, she warned me about my fatty liver, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, the strange nodules by my thyroid and noted that my gall bladder would have to come out because I had gallstones. 

She wrote prescriptions for three different medications that I would have to take for the rest of my life and made appointments for me to see two specialists. She was also concerned about my blood sugar since I was now a borderline diabetic. 

The flat shoes I wore that day didn't help. My feet still hurt a lot from inflammation because of arthritis. Just walking into her office was painful. I had seven sinus infections that year. At least two migraines per week (sometimes more) were normal for me during that time.

I read the book "Eat to Live" by Dr. Joel Fuhrman while I was recovering from the gall bladder surgery. Within a week, I started to lose weight and feel better. When I went back to my surgeon for my six-week checkup, I had lost twenty pounds. He was thrilled with my progress!

Later that day I ran two miles on the path around that same hospital where the gall bladder surgery had been performed just a few weeks before. I must say; I felt a little like Rocky when I did that!

Processed foods are deadly for me. I will not buy them. The only things you will find in my pantry and refrigerator are plant-based foods in the most natural and organic state. The changes I made in my choices of food made a major difference in my health and the way I feel every day. I no longer take any medications and my lab results are similar to those of a teenager. My doctors are amazed and motivated by the changes I have made and maintained over the years.

If we eat in a restaurant, as we sometimes do, I will order a salad, a side order of broccoli or some other steamed vegetable and a glass of wine. I mostly skip the bread and share an occasional dessert when Mr. Mickey wants to have one. Three small bites are enough to fully enjoy it.

This is normally my breakfast.


The photo above shows what my breakfast looks like about 95% of the time. I use fresh fruit that is always changing with the seasons. 

One of my lovely followers shared this with me recently. Emily wrote: "I have suffered from chronic constipation (IBS) for years and this recipe seems to have reversed this disease. I am very regular with no stomach cramps!!!! PTL!!! Thank you so very much for this wonderful recipe!!!!"

You will find the recipe for the porridge here when you scroll down to the bottom of the page.


This is normally my late in the day lunch.




A typical late lunch might be steamed veggies over a salad with a baked sweet potato. I often make a meatless chili or vegetable soup for lunch in winter. I use frozen vegetables without any preservatives or salt in my soup. Two meals per day are enough for me. If I feel hungry later in the day I may have a piece of fruit or some hot tea. I sleep much better with an empty stomach.


This might be a different late in the day wintertime lunch.




I drink lots of filtered water with lemon every day. Many digestive issues are a result of not being adequately hydrated. I never drink sodas!

Eating highly nutritious plants, seeds, nuts, dried beans, and grains has allowed me to maintain a healthy weight for several years. This is the first time in my life that I have been able to do that. I have struggled with my chubbiness since I was a child. The best part of all this is that my immune system is very strong. I have not had a cold in years!


The many letters I get from readers who thank me for turning them on to a plant-based diet are so special to me. This one came just this week. 

Susan, when I found you on FB, I decided to follow you because you look so fabulous in skinny jeans. I am 64 and since menopause, I have gained a tremendous amount of weight. Anyhow, I wanted to tell you that I too found "Eat to Live" and started a new life on November 16. I have lost 25 pounds and have 75 more to go. I will continue to be inspired by you. We are both prolonging our lives. But I have to say what I want to do most right now is look as good as you do in your clothes. You are lovely, and I think you ought to talk more about your plant based diet. It would be a great service. I have inspired two male friends of mine to adopt this way of eating, and they cannot thank me enough! They have lost more weight than I have, and now they think I'm the greatest.


Sharing fashion tips and style inspiration with you is fun, but the most important thing I hope to accomplish with this blog is to encourage you to eat for your best health. Never underestimate the power of plants to help you regain your health.


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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