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Tuesday, April 6, 2010
My mother’s fifty wasn’t my fifty. Actually, fifty is the new thirty. Being a grandmother used to mean abandoning fashion and looking like the late Queen mother, carrying a large black purse which closes with a loud snap and wearing hats in pastels which land on one’s head like a fluffy bird.
I want to look chic and au courante, not like a Sesame Street character. Think more Helen Mirren and less Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles’ wife.
Monitor and enjoy trends, but do not allow trends to own you. Your wardrobe should be filled with classic clothing which fits impeccably; basic long pants, cropped pants, skirts, dresses, and jeans that suit your figure. Keep a fresh young look with surprising accessories...this year’s trendy animal print, a fun cocktail ring or a wonderful scarf in seasonal colors.
Shop in several locations. Do not overlook stores which cater to a younger demographic, such as Banana Republic. You can find some cute things there. The Banana Republic dress above would look wonderful on an older woman, perhaps with a little t-shirt or camisole underneath. This is where your instinct for mixing classic pieces with a few of this year’s newest looks can blossom
Think outside the box and take advantage of shops which provide alterations. Last year I tried on a dress in Nordstrom’s with a wonderful 1960’s inspired print, trimmed in black. The dress was on sale. It looked wonderful from the hips up and terrible from there down. I had a brainstorm and had it altered into a very chic tunic that I wear all the time with classic black pants. In fact, I am wearing it in the pictures here on this blog entry, scrolling down a bit, where I'm showing you the grey purse.
Locate a good department store ally in either a professional shopper or a very knowledgeable sales person. Their advice will be invaluable and make your shopping experience more enjoyable.
If you’re wondering if you can get away with…you can’t.
Watch the décolletage, it isn’t so alluring with age spots on your chest. You needn’t be a nun, but adding nicely-fitted camisoles to your wardrobe can fill in that spot and freshen the look of a tunic or dress with a bit of a plunging neckline. Even young women do this, it is fashion forward.
One sentence: Spanx are your friend. If you don’t know what they are find out here: www.spanx.com.
Pay attention to hem lengths. Knees are cute on a coltish 17 year old, less so on a woman over forty. Knees tend to go all wobbly by then.
Don’t allow the fashion industry to push you to the side and settle for less of a smashing look than you would have worn in your twenties. We Baby Boomers now make up a huge demographic with buying power. To paraphrase Johnny from Dirty Dancing, "Nobody puts Baby (Boomers) in the corner.
We have a wonderful woman’s magazine all our own, “More…for women of style and substance.” (www.more.com) If you haven’t seen it, check it out on line! More has wonderful fashion shoots for mature women using models our age.
Keeping my look fresh and updated is one way that I live life beautifully,
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Saturday, March 27, 2010
Our home is in a densely populated part of our city called Olde Towne. And yet, still I am surrounded by the palate of nature by the Elizabeth River on at the end of our block, as well as the trees, parks, and spring flowers of Olde Towne.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
I am so proud of my husband! Joseph has been involved in the martial arts since his days in England. About ten years ago, he took up Tae Kwon Do. Recently, he was awarded his third-degree black belt in a very moving ceremony at the Tae Kwon Do Center in Virginia Beach. Afterwards, we celebrated as with his son Justin and family and some dear friends at Nara Sushi. The food was superb and our moods filled with joy and laughter.
Pictured above are the following:
Joseph after the award
Joseph with his instructor, Master Bae
Joseph and the entire club, with the youngest member on his lap
Joseph and his granddaughter at Nara Sushi
A reporter from the Virginian Pilot wrote a wonderful article about Joseph. Now he is famous, with people commenting to both of us about this exciting news!
This is how Joseph lives life beautifully,
Monday, February 22, 2010
True colors is the story of three sisters. The characters are nuanced and drawn by the author with finesse. I found myself really caring about what happened to each of them.
Kristin Hannah also has the most wonderful blog, which I will link you to here:
I strongly recommend this book. It is a good read. Keeping up with good books is one of the ways I live life beautifully.