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How Your Friends Make It Easy to Be Healthy

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 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

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.”

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!

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

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

Everything You Need to Know about Layering Slip Dresses

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

Want to Stop Traffic in a Sparkling Coat?

Sequin Coat
Angie on the run!

This coat from Metro Style gets compliments every time I wear it, and so many women have said, “I want that!  I’ve got to get one.  Where did you get it?”  So I am showing it to you now, at the end of January, while the cold winter is still ahead and the coat is discounted as stores begin marketing their Spring clothing.

I had a long, black, faux leather coat from La Redoute that I wore out and replaced and wore out again.  When I looked for it a third time, last year, they didn’t have it.  So I waited until this year, and they still didn’t have it.  I began to Google black faux leather coats online and still couldn’t find one to compare.

The black faux leather coat was a go-to outerwear choice because it was long enough for any length pant or skirt, the color went with anything, and it was even usable as a rain coat!Back of coat

Meanwhile, for the past few years, I have been looking at this embroidered and sequinned coat in the Metro Style catalog.  But I was thinking that it was only for evening and I already have a black velvet evening coat.

When I gave up on finding a replacement for the faux leather coat (I didn’t want leather for humane reasons), it occurred to me that the sequinned wool coat was as close a match as I could find.  My long tweed winter coat was worn thin and I had been looking for a long black wool coat.  This sequinned coat would fit the purpose of both the winter coat and the black leather coat that I was looking for!Coat & scarf

I decided to buy it and wear it as an everyday coat.  And it has ended up being another go-to.  I am pleased with its usefulness and I get constant compliments to boot.  It’s a win-win situation!

As Marie Antoinette said when the poor needed food, “Let them eat cake.”  In my case, when I needed a discontinued coat, I decided “Let them wear sequins!”

The coat also comes in red embroidery.  If you want to get one for yourself, you can get it here.large red embroidered coat

This is my opinion about this coat, and has no connection with Metro Style.  I do not participate in any sponsored or affiliate programs.  I would appreciate it if you would sign up to receive my posts every week by e-mail.  Also, please share this blog with your friends and family.  Thanks, Angie

Over 35 Ways to Transform Your Outfits in the Fall
Late Summer leading into Fall

After Labor Day, the weather often cools down.  Hot days will often continue or recur until the Fall Equinox the third week of September.  Here are some ways to take the chill off in between warm spells as the seasons change:

  • Even if the weather is still hot, you can wear your light and cool summer clothes in fall hues, such as:  orange, red, rust, mustard yellow, and earth-tones like chocolate brown, and burgundy.
  • Add layers to your summer outfits.  The magical number of three layers creates the perfect look.  If it’s still warm out, use light, floaty layers; or leave something bare, like legs or arms.
  • Add tights to summer dresses.
  • Between seasons, a scarf will update and warm up any outfit:  A light scarf for temperate days, a warm scarf for chilly days.
  • Summer maxi dresses are still usable:  layer with a tank, t-shirt, sweater, leather or suede jacket.
  • Sundresses are still usable with warm layers, a blazer or a cover-up.
  • Add a long-sleeved lace top under a dress.
  • Shorts are still useable with tights.  You may want to add a long-sleeved top, a 3/4 length coat…
  • Layer your favorite summer tops under a cardigan or vest.  May add jeans.
  • A summer top, tunic or sundress over pants (even corduroy or leather).  May add a long vest.
  • A long vest over a summer outfit.
  • A t-shirt over a thin hoodie.
  • A short skirt with boots, such as Uggs.
  • A blazer in place of a jacket, with a sweater or hoodie underneath.
  • A sleeveless  or short-sleeved sweater or mockneck, or other partially-exposed sweaters worn alone or layered with other knits.
  • You can still wear sandals with a warm outfit.  If it’s cool, you can wear socks with sandals, even if they are heels.

    A warm outfit with sandals.

Transitional Outfits:

  • A cozy cardigan + a henley or a top with pretty cuffs  + skinny corduroy pants.  Add a pendant + rings.
  • A tank top + blue jeans + a kimono.
  • For weekends, wear skinny jeans + an oversized sweater.  Add ankle boots.
  • For weekends, wear a cardigan over a plaid shirt + skinny jeans + ankle boots.
  • A long-sleeved ivory t-shirt tucked into an earth-toned maxi-skirt (such as taupe) + a colorful infinity scarf.  Add an earth-toned cuff bracelet + snakeskin sandals (or other neutral leather sandals).
  • A white shirt +skinny blue jeans.  Add crystal stud earrings + a printed scarf.
  • A long-sleeve white t-shirt over black culottes.  Ade big colorful earrings + multi-color bangles + flat black sandals.
  • A short-sleeved knit shirt over a long white or beige skirt.  A drawstring skirt is good here.  Sling a big belt over it + mixed metal bangles.
  • Start with a maxi-skirt or culottes + one of your dressy tops.  Add a thermal, tall boots, leather jacket, and a scarf for chilly weather.
  • Start with any style of bottoms + a tank top + ankle boots.  Add a hat, lightweight cardigan + jacket.
  • A silky button-down + white jeans.  Add bright sandals or wedges.

    White pants after Labor Day.
  • A short dress or skirt + over-the-knee boots + a slouchy cardigan or jacket.
  • A little black dress + over-the-knee boots.  Add pendants + bangles.
  • A print dress + bomber jacket.  May add pumps.
  • A long-sleeved plaid shirt + jeans + motorcycle jacket.  Add flat ankle boots.
  • A short-sleeved turtleneck + a short suede skirt.
  • A camisole over gray trousers.  May add peep-toe booties.
  • A feminine top + cargo pants.  Add a lightweight scarf looped around your neck.

For Weekends:

  • Skinny jeans + an oversized sweater.  Add ankle boots.
  • A cardigan over a plaid shirt + skinny jeans + ankle boots.
  • Skinny jeans + an oversize sweater + ankle boots.
  • A cardigan over a plaid shirt + skinny jeans.  Add ankle boots.

I hope this was helpful.  Let me know in the comments section!  More on transitional outfits at: Ageless Style Link Up.


How Your Friends Make It Easy to be Healthy: Daily Exercise


July:  Sustaining Daily Exercise

This is a diary of the healthy lifestyle goals that my son, Chris, and I are making together each month.  In July, Chris wanted to get from one to two hours of exercise five days a week, and I wanted to get a half-hour of aerobic exercise five days a week with stretching and weights on the other two days. Continue Reading