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

 

Neutral-Colours
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

 

stella-dot-sarong-1-of-1-3
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!

Continue reading “How to Look Hot at Summer Events”

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”

It’s Here Now! 50 Shades of Beautiful

Be your true self…age doesn’t matter.

The American fashion industry has slowly and gradually progressed beyond focusing on the stereotypical beauty as only being the blonde-haired, blue-eyed young woman.   After much pressure, they began to include beautiful young women of other ethnicities.  Then the Dove soap company broke another barrier by starting an ad campaign showing normal women as beautiful.

Dove ad
Dove Ad by Unilever

Recently, plus size models, models over 40, models with vitiligo, and all sorts of unique women are being celebrated in the fashion mainstream. A Moscow Fashion Week show just took yet another important step toward inclusivity: It featured models in wheelchairs. And Indonesian Muslim fashion designer Anniesa Hasibuan is the first to feature hijabs in every outfit of her collections in New York Fashion Week.

In just two seasons, Hasibuan has successfully made the hijab her trademark, bringing it into the mainstream and saying that “fashion is for everybody….There is beauty in diversity and differences , something we should not be afraid of.”

AHasibuan
Creation by Anniesa Hasibuan

Meanwhile, I’ve noticed that Glamour magazine has been becoming more progressive in advocating for inclusivity and women’s rights all around.  In February, they published an article “Meet 6 People Pushing to Make Fashion Week More Inclusive” about fashion insiders who are leading the charge.

In the March issue of Glamour, the editor’s note at the beginning of “Imperfection is Where It’s At” by Brit Marling said, “The new rules of beauty are that there are none except for one: be awesome.”

Hmm, I wonder if this is a new hurdle.  I thought my mom was awesome and you probably thought the same about yours, but they didn’t have to do anything more than the most important thing in the world:  love.  Being a kind soul can be the most beautiful thing about you!

Brit_Marling_TIFF_2014
Marling at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014 on Wikipedia

Anyway, Marling talks about how “what’s usually considered the flaw is often the loveliest part.”  It reminds me of how Cindy Crawford was advised to get the mole removed from her face when she started modeling.  Luckily she didn’t because it became her signature beauty mark and set her apart from all the other models.

And, finally, in Glamour’s May issue, the editorial is titled “There’s No One Right Age to Be Awesome“.  Editor-in-chief Cindi Leive talks about awesome women from 17 to 71 and beyond inside and out.  Some just look beautiful, and some are doing beautiful things.

The Senior Living Blog featured “22 Inspirational Women Over 60“.  Women who have made major accomplishments after the age of 60 are wonderful role models to remind us that it is never too late to do great things and live life to its fullest.

Now that we know that we are all beautiful in our own ways, we need to also know that we are beautiful on the inside.  Your true self is beautiful, inside and out.  And what’s most beautiful of all is love and kindness.

What do you think about the progress being made in the fashion industry?  How does it impact you or women you know?  Give us your opinions in the comments box below.  Also sign up for e-mails and get future blog articles free on Thursdays and Saturdays.  You can follow YourTrueSelfBlog on Instagram and Facebook.

Thanks!  Angie  🙂 

 

How to Get the Ultimate Cool and Casual Safari Look

RL safari
From the Ralph Lauren Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Collecton

I first fell in love with the safari look when I saw it in the Ralph Lauren style guide. He captured the romance of an exotic adventure.  A Ralph Lauren catchword is “global artisan,” a keyword for the kind of style I love.  The other styles that fill my eyes with stars and take my breath away are exotic and bohemian, which fit right in with safari chic.  Age doesn’t matter when the styles are classic!

The urban safari look is timeless, recurring year after year in ever modern variations during the spring and summer months.  The safari theme contrasts masculine and feminine.  Its main idea is the comfort and utility of a safari vacation in the African outback.  Its feminine touches are based on themes of royalty and candlelit dinners in weathered canvas tents.  Overall it has a rustic feel with rich embellishments. Continue reading “How to Get the Ultimate Cool and Casual Safari Look”

How to Clean Out Your Closet for Spring: 6 Easy Steps to Start Now

closet
Clearing out Winter Clothes

Welcome to a place where age doesn’t matter and you can just express your true self.

A couple of years ago, I came across an article by Alison Syrett at Lucky Shops (now defunct), “How To Clean Out Your Closet For Spring:  Six Easy Steps To Start Now.”  I tried her system because it broke down the seasonal wardrobe changeover into one task a week for six weeks.  It made the whole job easy to complete.  I loved it so much, it is now how I switch my Winter wardrobe to Spring. Continue reading “How to Clean Out Your Closet for Spring: 6 Easy Steps to Start Now”

Everything You Need to Know about Layering Slip Dresses

ragbone-autumn-fall-winter-2015-nyfw1
Rag and Bone

Following up on my recent post about skirt extenders, I am exploring the myriad ways to wear a slip dress.  A skirt extender is just like a slip dress.  If you don’t want to wear the slip dress solo, here’s what you can layer under a slip dress and what you can layer over a slip dress.  You can layer under and over, and you can go on to add as many layers as you want. Continue reading “Everything You Need to Know about Layering Slip Dresses”