How to Transform a Sexy Slip for Every Day

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Anthropology Satin Jacquard Slip Dress with Birkenstocks and Chambray shirt as jacket, as seen on Polyvore

A slip dress is not only a sexy little slip of a thing.  It can be worn solo in the summer, of course, or when you’re feeling sexy….  But you can do so many other things with it:  layer under and/or over during the fall and winter, adding as many layers as you want.  It makes the slip dress wearable for all.  Age doesn’t matter.

There are dress extenders or skirt extenders that look just like slip dresses and can be used the same way.  See my article on skirt extenders here.

And then there are slip dresses that are like two-fers:  a t-shirt and slip dress all in one piece.  That makes it easier to wear and easier to add more layers!

The easiest thing to do is slip a white tee, short-sleeve or long-sleeve under a slip dress and add casual shoes.  But you can use any color t-shirt, or even a graphic or striped tee.

Junarose layered slip dress from Simply Be

Here’s a list of different pieces to add under and/or over your slip dress.  And then, below this list, you will find over 50 ideas for how to put them together.

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How to Make the Best of What You Have


In an effort to encourage you to make the best of what you have (age doesn’t matter), I am sharing a short series of articles that are inspiring.  🙂

The November issue of InStyle magazine contains an interview with Drew Barrymore, “The 5 Beauty Products Drew Barrymore Swears By.”  But what’s really important about that interview, and what drew me to read it, is the highlighted quote where she said:

     “Instead of beating yourself up about what you don’t have, figure out what you do have and make it work.”

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101 Ideas for How to Use Scarves in Your Outfits


Outfit idea from Badass Baby Boomer

My signature piece is the scarf.  I love to add a scarf to what I am wearing because it is the simplest layering piece and an accessory to add color and tie an outfit together (pun not intended :D).  Age doesn’t matter.  Scarves are a basic accessory that anyone can use any way you choose!

I usually just let the ends hang free in front, which adds a vertical line and a little coverage.  Then, I wrap it around my throat if I get chilled.  Or throw it over one shoulder if I get too warm.  Pashminas and shawls are even better because then I can open them up and wrap them around me for warmth when needed.  They can also be worn unfolded and draped around the shoulders like a poncho, which fits in with the trend.  You can throw one side over your shoulder like a cape and pin it; or belt it poncho-style; or belt it over the free-hanging ends in front, under or over your coat.  There are infinite possibilities! Continue reading “101 Ideas for How to Use Scarves in Your Outfits”

What’s Special About You? Make the Best of What You Have!

shine a little brighter
From BK on Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

I have a simple little thing to tell you today:  Make the best of what you have.  Age doesn’t matter.  No matter what age, size or body type you are, you can always appreciate your good points and take care of them and play them up.

A long time ago, when my children were small, I had a woman come in to clean my house to help me catch up on things.  I was apologizing for some old parts of the house that I wasn’t able to replace because of the cost.  She reassured me, “Just make the best of what you have.”  Then she polished it up and when she was done, the whole place felt so sparkling and new.  I felt so much better; she made me happier about my house!

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How to Wear Belts in Interesting New Ways This Fall

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Wide gold belt from

Belts are trending this Fall, especially wide belts, but thin ones too.  The point is to emphasize the hourglass shape of the womanly body.  Belts add interest to a plain outfit and define your waist, giving you shape even when your clothes are shapeless.  I’ll give you some ideas for substituting other things for a belt, such as a necklace, or using two different color belts that are the same size and style.  And, of course, as usual I will give you outfit ideas using belts.  Age doesn’t matter because you can belt anything, and I encourage you to be creative about how!   Continue reading “How to Wear Belts in Interesting New Ways This Fall”

Would You Want to Be a Member of the Forever Fierce? I Love It!

Forever Fierce Chico's
Graphic by Beth Briggs

I’m so happy to be a member of Forever Fierce:  The Midlife Revolution Facebook group.  They are so supportive, and there are so many members…not just bloggers but also midlife women who want to connect with each other.  Members have blogs that cover so many ages and so many different styles and topics.

The group started as the Fierce50, but then women in their 40’s, 60’s and 70’s joined as well.  Now the group is broadening yet again with a campaign Bridging the Gap (BtG) between women young and old.  (I might start a group called Sensational60…  Lol!)  Forever Fierce is expanding so much that stylistas in their 20’s through 70’s were at the meetup.  So, Age doesn’t matter anymore!

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How to Get that Free-Spirited Gypsy Style

I love the flowing, eclectic, colorful and embellished outfits put together in the gypsy style.  It’s free-spirited!  You can dress for your true self, and age doesn’t matter.  I often see artistic women of a certain age in multi-color, sweeping skirts with loads of jewelry.

Today’s Gypsy style is like to a global, bohemian style; thus, the offshoot of Gypset — a style adopted by jet-setters who travel the globe.  The modern Gypsy style is an exotic combination of tribal, art deco, hippie, ethnic, gothic,  and of course vintage.

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True Confessions: Why Have I Lived in Detroit All This Time?

For the last 40 years, my husband Russ and I have lived in Detroit.  At first, we lived in the Cass Corridor.  Then we bought my Aunt Anne’s house on the northeast side.  We have lived been here for 31 years because Russ didn’t want to leave Detroit.

The Cass Corridor had a bad reputation back when we lived there.  My own family stopped coming to visit us because they thought our home in northeast Detroit was in a dangerous area.  My sisters were amazed that I would continue to live here because of my husband’s wishes.  I don’t usually invite people over to our house anymore, since the foreclosures took over the area in recent years and the Emergency Manager took away some of our public services.

So why are we here, and what’s good about Detroit?  There are lots of reasons, from the personal to the ideal.

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