101 Ideas for How to Use Scarves in Your Outfits

 

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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”

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

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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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How to Wear the Popular Athleisure Look

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How to rock the athletic wear trend

For fall 2017, the newest athleisure look is the leisure suit.  You’ll be seeing some pretty jazzed up track suit with a luxe look that looks really good with high heels.

The thing is, everybody likes to feel comfortable.  Wearing sweats anywhere you go is so laid back and comfy.  Wearing business clothes or evening clothes that are comfy makes the day or evening that much more enjoyable. Continue reading “How to Wear the Popular Athleisure Look”

How to Be Happy Every Day

I strive to be happy every day, no matter what is happening around me.  The main thing I do is search for the good things in each day, and think about all of the things I appreciate and am grateful for.  I’ve gotten through many difficult times by meditating, using the mantra “om”, and doing yoga and tai chi.  Of course, prayer is another way to rise above adversity.

There are many ways to achieve happiness, and we all have our ways.  But I’m always interested in knowing more about how people get happy.  Every day is another chance to form new habits.  Age doesn’t matter.

Before I share with you the habits that bring joy, I want to quote a powerful reminder of what truly makes us happy.  In “The Simple Guide to Being Wonderful” in Spirituality & Health magazine, Emma Seppala, PhD, concludes: Continue reading “How to Be Happy Every Day”

How to Have Fun with Neutral Tones for Classy, Sexy, Creative Looks

 

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Also see Thisismeagankerr.com for a nice article on “How to Wear Neutrals”

Neutral colors include black, white, gray, brown and beige.  Neutrals are colors that go with everything, so I’m including navy, indigo and leopard print.  Earth colors are also considered neutral, so I am covering the far reaches of the spectrum such as moss green, rust, and dark chocolate brown as well.

Using these basic colors in your wardrobe anchors your other colors in order to give you flexibility without going overboard.  Age doesn’t matter.  These colors tend to project a classic look and yet help you to be sexy with leopard, for instance, or wildly exuberant without overdoing it.  The charts I present here are a guide, but feel free to experiment and try new combos off the charts. Continue reading “How to Have Fun with Neutral Tones for Classy, Sexy, Creative Looks”

Will We Look and Feel Absolutely Amazing After 70?

Shopping at Meijer, I spotted an interesting woman, nicely-dressed with voluminous white hair.  As we passed each other, I stopped in my tracks.  I introduced myself and she told me her name was Sandy.  I asked if she would mind posing for a photo and she said, “Sure!”.  We looked around us and said in unison, “in front of…eggs?!”  We were next to the dairy case.  Baked goods looked much nicer, so we moved along to the case of special occasion cakes to take our photo.

When she told me she was 76, my jaw dropped in disbelief with the same reaction that everyone else probably has.  She said, “The number is scary, but I don’t feel old and I don’t think I look old.”  I said, “Oh my gosh, you give me hope that I won’t just shrivel up and get old when I’m in my 70’s!”  Obviously, age doesn’t matter! Continue reading “Will We Look and Feel Absolutely Amazing After 70?”

How to Look Hot at Summer Events

 

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Stella & Dot convertible sarong

Summer is the time of year to relax and take life slow.  When enjoying fresh summer breezes, sunshine, the peaceful sounds of nature when the birds chirp and the wind whispers through the trees…age doesn’t matter.  We all get the urge to partake in the events of the season:  picnics, barbecues, outdoor concerts whether rock, techno, jazz, classical or Big Band.

Paste this handy list on your closet door and when getting ready to go out this summer, look it over for inspiration on what to wear. Enjoy!

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How Your Friends Make It Easy to Be Healthy

Counting Calories and Getting Enough Sleep

This is a diary of the healthy lifestyle goals that my son, Chris, and I are making together each month.

Since it takes 21-30 days to develop a new habit, making a goal for the month ahead is an effective strategy.

Chris and I agree that making these monthly goals together and posting our results here for you to see helps us to improve our health.  I’ve always found that if I say out loud to someone what I plan on doing, I’m more likely to do it.  Because if I said I would, I feel responsible to follow through. 

Age doesn’t matter.  It’s never too late.  You can always make progress and actually reverse the signs of aging!

In May, my goal was to count calories (for the first time ever!) and keep them down to 1200 a day.  Chris was so exhausted from insomnia and hard work that he decided to try to get enough sleep each night. Continue reading “How Your Friends Make It Easy to Be Healthy”

How to Reveal without Revealing: Detroit Designers Astound

IMG_0539Over the holiday weekend, I attended the Walk Fashion Show in Detroit’s Eastern Market district.  The venue was big enough to accommodate a large runway, a light-show backdrop, photography shoots, fashion and beauty vendors, food and drink stands, and the designers with plenty of front-row and close-up seating.  The only thing was the acoustics; it was hard to understand what the announcer was saying.

I was most interested in the emerging designers.  There was street wear and evening wear.  I was not so interested in the tight, revealing, body-con outfits.  And it seemed to me that was what the independent designers at the show were focused upon.

The first emerging designer in the show was Teasers Boutique (Facebook page:  Teasers Boutique – Paulette).  Although their club wear can really be tight and short, there were some really interesting outfits that could possibly be worn by anyone.  Although they were sheer, there were only peeks of sheerness here and there with all else covered by unique design details.  When you can see but not see, age doesn’t matter. Continue reading “How to Reveal without Revealing: Detroit Designers Astound”