Thursday, March 24, 2016

Warm Weather Game

As the temperatures climb into the eighties during most afternoons, I am starting to wear more tunics.




One of my all-time favorite looks for warm weather is a long, swingy lightweight tunic. By adding a long necklace, I am breaking up the expanse of my middle visually with the deep V created by the necklace. The subtle print of this tunic also moves the eye over that area without stopping on my trouble spots. When wearing a print, always be mindful where the blocks of color and pattern land on your body. The wrong placement can actually draw the eye to a problem area.




The necklace is by French Kande. The fabulous subtle geometric print cold shoulder tunic is by Clara Sunwoo via ShopmyFairLady. The white pull on pants are by Tribal via Body Language by Connie.





I almost always wear a statement bracelet or watch and sometimes even layer on three different pieces on the same wrist with a three-quarter length sleeve. This fantastic bracelet is from French Kande.






The ring is just a bit of fun bling I picked up at some forgotten place in my travels. The clutch is old from T.J.Maxx. The sunglasses are by Michael Kors. The shoes are old favorites by Calvin Klein.






I took my camera with me on one of my walks this week so that I could share some of the beauty of springtime in my neighborhood with you.
























I hope that you are enjoying the tummy hiding tips I am sharing with you on the blog this week. There will be a few more tips tomorrow, but honestly, if you study my all looks you will notice that I always try to downplay that area of my body.


Facebook has some real issues this week. Administrators have been unable to log on to any of our pages to post updates or answer questions for the past two days. I apologize for that. I will do so as soon as I can log on to the Fifty, not Frumpy page.



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 French Kande, ShopMyFairLady, and BodyLanguageByConnie
All words, styling, and creative direction are my own.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Blush Is The New Black!

Are you proud of showing off your rock hard abs? Me either! This week I am sharing some of the little tricks that I employ to play down my tummy area and other jiggly bits.




Wear black. OK, I know that isn't groundbreaking news but here is how I use black to my advantage. Black soft flowing tunics, tees, and tanks are my most important building blocks.

For you, it might be black, navy blue or even dark brown but you need a dark base color that you can wear on your top half and then layer over it. 


If you are interested in drawing attention away from a certain area of your body, this tip is goldenLight colors emphasize and dark colors recede. Whether you are putting on makeup or getting dressed you need to always keep this universal truth in mind.






So the magic, fool the eye tool I am using here is the black Covered Perfectly simple comfort long sleeve top. The low scoop neckline lifts the eye up and cuts the area that is my middle. Black is the perfect neutral for me, so I can add any of my other favorite neutrals over it. This jacket in blush is from White House Black Market. It is also a great neutral that I can wear with any of the other items in my closet.







Another fool the eye technique is to keep the middle of your body very plain and then use an accessory to draw the eye up to a real showstopper. This fabulous necklace was sent to me by French Kande. You have likely noticed that I have fallen hard for this line!








The old woven clutch and the watch by English Laundry are both from Saks Off 5th.







The BCBGeneration shoes are from DSW.







The distressed (but never torn) boyfriend jeans are old from Chico's. The sloppy turned up cuff is a youthful hipster trendy styling trick. Sometimes I do play around with one fun trend per look. Too many trends on me can look silly. I can't say that I will ever wear the trend of distressed to the point of torn jeans or release hem items, but I do like the look of faded jeans sometimes.








Here is a little video to show you how I quickly changed a plain tunic into a fool the eye ruched top. The top I am wearing in the video is the Simple Comfort V-neck from Covered Perfectly.









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 French Kande and Covered Perfectly
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

More Tummy Slimming Tricks

Many styling tricks are known and used by the most fashionable women. It isn't that they have perfect bodies. They just know how to guide your gaze to their best features.


Women over fifty often complain about the sudden thickening of the waistline. Welcome to my world! I weighed nine pounds and eleven ounces at birth; my thick waistline has been my nemesis ever since. This means I have been using tummy hiding tricks for a very long time.


One such trick is to half-tuck your shirt. When you leave a shirt with a straight hem entirely tucked or untucked, you create a straight bold horizontal line, usually at the widest portion of your body. This line guides the eye to look there at your middle in all its glory.

I created this collage to demonstrate this point. All of the pants and tops are the same size. In the center, I replaced the crew neck tee with an open jacket. (Imagine that there is a low scoop neck shorter black tank under the jacket in the middle.)

Do you see how varying the hem length of your top or layers of tops create the illusion of being more slender?

A bold horizontal line or break at or near the waistline makes you look shorter and wider because it visually cuts your body in half. That is why I am a fan of wearing or creating the illusion of an asymmetric or broken up hemlines in my tops. The diagonal line is so much more flattering than a single straight horizontal one. A jacket, cardigan or vest worn open over a shorter or longer tank is a look you see me wear often for this reason.



To get this effect, just tuck a little of the hem of the shirt into your waistband and let it fall softly back in place. This styling trick makes your legs look longer and removes the focus from your waistline. I also love a V-neckline for its ability to lengthen. 

The henley style Covered Perfectly top I am wearing here is indeed the perfect casual top to wear with jeans, with or without a jacket. It is made in the USA from soft draping micro modal knit, which adds no bulk under jackets. The neckline is very flattering, not just for the face but for the body as a whole because of the diagonal lines.

The three-quarter length sleeves are the next slimming trick. Showing your forearms, further, breaks up the straight line created across your middle by your clothing. When your sleeves and your hemline end at the same point, it creates a solid, horizontal line.



Even my hair is cut in a diagonal line as you can see from the photo below. Hairstyles should be considered in a full-length mirror because balance is imperative for your overall look. A good stylist understands this and will give you a cut that creates balance and harmony from head to toe. (Imagine a petite woman with long full bushy hair that visually seems too heavy for her small body to carry.)



I hope that these tips help you to get dressed with more confidence every day.

The top was provided by Covered Perfectly. The jacket and jeggings are old from Chico's. The Ralph Lauren bag is from 6pm.com last year. The Vince Camuto sandals are several years old from Nordstrom.

Fifty, not Frumpy followers can get a 20% discount on up to two items! Use the discount code FNF20 when you check out at Covered Perfectly. Only one discount can be applied per order. There are several styles to choose from and the discount will apply on up to two items, after that, you can take advantage of the buy 2 get 1 FREE special!

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

Full disclosure: When companies supply products to me, I share that within the body of the post. All opinions are my own.

Monday, March 21, 2016

A Different Look

Having a style formula for dressing can make life easier each morning, but I also like taking risks and trying something entirely different.






I rarely wear a print, wider leg pants or flats, but here I am combining all three!

Throughout this week, I will be sharing the styling tricks I use to draw attention away from my thick waistline.
 







The cold shoulder top is by Clara Sunwoo. The pants are by Mesmerize. ShopMyFairLady provided both items to me.








The cold shoulder style is going to be very popular this year. These Clara Sunwoo tops are made from a comfortable and forgiving fabric that works well with many body shapes.

If I wear a print, it is almost always geometric or animal print. This one is a playful combination of the two.








These pants are the longer style of Mesmerize pants. I love it that they have a simple waist line with a very discrete zipper and no loops. This is a style I always look for. Not having a bulky zipper and loops or pockets instantly slims my waistline.
 








This shoe is named "Susan" (not named for me personally!). These are by Marc Fisher, and I found them at Saks Off 5th. The small gunmetal colored clutch is old from T.J.Maxx. The sunglasses are old by Michael Kors. I don't recall where I found those, but most likely it was Saks Off 5th.








ShopMyFairLady offers many of my favorite brands all on the same site and they are so helpful. Each time I go there, I buy so much I have to ask them to ship it
The store is located in 
"The Alley In The Valley"
6000 Reseda Blvd. Tarzana, CA 91356



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.


Represented by Talent Trek Agency in Knoxville TN.

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Full disclosure: When companies supply products to me, I share that within the body of the post. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

In The Pink!

Has spring arrived in your part of the world?






Our temperatures rose into the eighties for several days this month. The bright sunshine inspired many people to reach for their flip flops, tank tops and shorts. I much prefer something a bit more covered up for warm weather such as this look by Tribal, which was sent to me by Body Language by Connie.









This just might be the perfect tee! It has three-quarter sleeves with burnout open work details so that you are still cool and comfortable. The body is made with the same burnout layer over a solid tank. That means all my jiggly bits are camouflaged! 







These Tribal pull on wide waistband pants fit like leggings that are not too tight, but with the great details of jeans. The front is smooth and flat so that you don't have a zipper, button and all those loop bumps showing through your top. The legs do not flare out at the bottom, so the line stays long and lean. I would like a pair in every color, please!







The gold hammered gold cuff is several years old from Chico's. The BCBG bag with a bamboo detail handle is old from T.J.Maxx. The shoes are by VANELi. They were sent to me last year by Marmi Shoes.


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The outfit suggestions and tips I share with you most mornings are offered to you for free and with love for the forgotten women that we may feel like sometimes.
 In that spirit, I would like to ask you to try something today. 
Kindness.
Instead of saying to those around you, "You should do it this way." or "I don't like that." Try, "You look so happy in that."

Instead of focusing only on yourself and what you want, recognize that you have the power to make those around you feel joy with the kindness of your spoken or typed words.

You really do get back what you give out.

   
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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.


Represented by Talent Trek Agency in Knoxville TN.

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Full disclosure: When companies supply products to me, I share that within the body of the post. All opinions are my own.


Saturday, March 19, 2016

If Only It Had Sleeves

I bought this dress by Ralph Lauren because I loved the ruching at the waist and the unique detail at the neckline. 




I most definitely did not like the fact that it was sleeveless. At the time of purchase, I thought I could work it with a shrug or a cardigan, but that plan failed miserably. As a result, I have rarely worn the dress.





Just before I gave it away, Yvonne from Cami Confidential contacted me. I am so glad she did! Yvonne Gillon has been a couture designer for more than thirty years. 




She created the piece I am wearing under the dress below (shown above on a model).





There are several other fabulous items in the Cami Confidential line which solve the issue of women who no longer want to show the skin around our underarm area or at our décolleté. 






The piece I am wearing is called the Sophia, and you can find it at Cami Confidential. It was supplied to me, but I will be getting it in other colors so that I can convert all the great sleeveless or low cut styles I have been passing up. 

If you have mastectomy or other surgery scars you wish to cover, these pieces are excellent additions to your wardrobe. The sheer lace adds no weight, so you can wear these even on a hot day.

All of the items are made on site in Cheshire, England. That means if you have issues such as lymphedema, they can adjust the sleeve size. All you have to do is ask!

Thank you, Yvonne, for coming to our wardrobe rescue!


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.


Represented by Talent Trek Agency in Knoxville TN.

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Friday, March 18, 2016

In Summary

On Sunday, we had a lovely afternoon brunch before leaving the beautiful resort of Primland for now. We will return soon and often!




For the long drive home, I layered the White House Black Market jacket over the white tank top by Peck and Peck via Stein Mart with the black ankle jeans by Chico's. I wore the gray faux reptile booties by Vince Camuto and carried my Zac Posen bag, both from Saks Off 5th.




The fabulous coin necklace is by French Kande. The watch is by Michael Kors via Nordstrom.





Let's take a look back over the past few blog posts to see how I mixed and matched the ten pieces of clothing I took with me on this trip. I took three jackets (could have been just one white one), three tank tops, one cashmere cardigan and three pairs of pants. All of the items fit into a rolling carry-on size bag in addition to a hanging bag for the jackets. All of my toiletries and shoes also easily fit into the carry-on bag.




My travel look on the first day.


His mother loved the sweetness of the cartoon character Mickey Mouse. His father admired the baseball player Mickey Cockran. As a result, my Mr. Mickey was so named. He has been collecting Mickey Mouse antique toys of the highest caliber for most of his life. That massive collection is now for sale in its entirety. You can see much of the famous collection as it was once displayed in his museum on this Facebook page.



I wore this to dinner on the first evening.




I wore this casual look to breakfast on Saturday.

This was my look for dinner on Saturday evening.

This was my look for the drive home.





As we were leaving the resort property, we saw this beautiful pheasant pecking about in the grass beside the road. I might have scared him a little when I squealed "STOP... back up!"






The view of mountains for as far as the eye can see always soothes my soul.





I hope that this series of blog posts helps you to pack fewer pieces that work in a variety of ways for your next trip.


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.


Represented by Talent Trek Agency in Knoxville TN.

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Full disclosure: When companies supply products to me, I share that within the body of the post. All opinions are my own.