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Spring Fashion 2019: Dressing Fierce For Warmer Weather

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I’m done talking about winter.

Ok, maybe I can’t promise I’ll be done forever, but I’m done for right now. The storm is still going on in Bend, OR and my friends and family are stuck. But, I made it out to Puyallup, WA a couple of days ago in anticipation of the Sewing and Stitching Expo and I’ve seen the light.

Literally. I saw the sun again. The sun!

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Workout Clothes for Women after Fifty: Sweating Fierce

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We’re going to talk about workout clothes today. Why?

Well, if someone hasn’t already told you, I’m the friend who is here to say it. Your husband’s old college t-shirts just aren’t cutting it anymore.

Workout clothes have changed so much since we were kids. Back then, heavy, suffocating polyester was the height of chic.  “Athletics”, and the gear that went with it, was for people who played a specific sport. There wasn’t an entire industry devoted to making clothes just for working out.

We put a man on the moon and deregulated the telephone industry. Then finally we learned how to make a supportive and comfortable sports bra. Which is to say, the innovation took time. But now that it’s here, let’s take advantage of it!

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What I’m Loving Now – Fall 2018

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If you know me at all, you know that when I love something, I love it intensely and absolutely must tell people about it.

To that woman I accosted in the fiction section of the bookstore, insisting you could not leave without a copy of Kristan Higgin’s Good Luck With That, I apologize if I frightened you.  On the other hand, what’s a little scare if you a get really great read out of the deal? You’re welcome.

Okay, yes. It is possible that I sometimes go overboard in my enthusiasm.  Who doesn’t love sharing a good thing? I consider it a sort of public service on my part. continue reading

Style Over Fifty: The 6 Fall Fashion Must Haves You Need In Your Closet Right Now

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Every year about this time, when the temperatures start to drop a bit, when a hint of crispness hits the air, and the foliage starts flirting with the much-anticipated color change, I get a few dramatic urges. I give in to these urges.

I welcome the warmer palettes, the cozier afternoons, the excuse to wear cashmere, and the flavors and aromas that make up Fall. (pumpkin spice, anyone?)

And maybe it’s because my inner schoolgirl is just programmed this way out of habit,  but there’s a feeling that September marks a time to refresh, to renew, to reassess, to begin again. continue reading

Pretty Summer Sandals For Every Occasion

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Let’s talk pretty summer sandals. It’s that time of year when my toes, having spent the past few months cozied up and hidden from view in socks, start to get the urge to feel the open air, when temperatures hit about 75 degrees. It’s also the time of year where I make sure my toes are painted. I’m all for going natural or low maintenance but that doesn’t include my feelings about shiny, bright, colorful toenails.

Part of being over fifty is embracing the things in life that bring you joy. Shoes bring me joy, and there’s something about a festive sandal that just really does the trick. I also use shoes and accessories to give my outfits a little flair. You know, to remind everyone around me of the aspiring fashionista and trend-setter I am. continue reading

5 Tips for Fashion Over 50

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So. I want to start this fashion over 50 post with one very important point. (Pay attention because it matters.)

If wearing big, bold prints, or miniskirts, or red cowboy boots, or angel wings with gold glitter makes you feel incandescently happy, that’s what you should wear.

Don’t let anybody talk you out of it. Not even me. The best part about fashion over 50 is that it’s on your terms. continue reading

Fierce, Fabulous Boots That Won’t Hurt Your Feet

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When the weather turns wet, slushy, or snowy, a good pair of boots that won’t hurt your feet (or two or three) is a must.

Here in my high desert home in Central Oregon, people can don their winter boots as early as Halloween and live in them all the way until Memorial Day, so I really need boots that are sturdy and comfortable, as well as fashionable. continue reading