• Fashion,  life,  Style

    Self Care Sunday

    Welcome to Self care Sunday, a new weekly lifestyle post that deals with various ways you can take care of and show love to yourself. This can be as simple as having a favorite hot beverage and some good chocolate or as involved as an in home spa day. Whatever you do, it’s important to remember to take time for yourself and to indulge in some things you love and that bring you joy. Self care can also include watching a favorite movie or listening to music that puts you in a good mood. (At the end of this post I’ll include a playlist of music I’ve been enjoying when…

  • life,  Rants

    It’s not just Stanley Cups and collectibles

    Reselling collectibles and other in demand items is nothing new. I’ve known for years (and been annoyed by) the fact that people buy up hot items like sneakers, game consoles, limited edition items and resell them at prices that are way higher than retail. What I didn’t know until now was that people were doing the same thing with inexpensive items like seasonal decor from the Bullseye’s Playground area at Target. That’s really a shame because there are some super cute items and this makes it hard for people to get them if they aren’t there right when things are put out. (I’m not talking about someone buying several of…

  • Fashion,  Style

    Wearing white after Labor Day

    Since it’s Labor Day weekend I’ve been wondering if anyone still follows the rule of not wearing white before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. I know I usually don’t. At least strictly. I don’t start using my white purses or wearing white sandals before then but I do wear white skirts and dresses. I also still wear dresses with white in them and white jewelry after Labor Day. I usually don’t wear all white outfits though, or carry a totally white purse. Do fashion rules like this matter anymore? Did they ever really matter? I’ve always liked making my own rules. Even back in the 90s I’d wear white…

  • Beauty,  Style

    Barbie Dreams

    Like a lot of other people, I also got caught up in the hype for the Barbie movie this summer. This post will show some of the themed things I bought. (Another post will show fashion and jewelry items.) The hype for the movie also made me pull out the Beautiful Bride Tracy and Malibu Skipper dolls I still had from my childhood, and start a small collection of current Barbie dolls. Here is a picture of me with the Tracy doll as a child. (This was in 1982 or 1983) I was surprised at what good condition my two dolls were in considering I had gotten them originally in…

  • Beauty,  Fashion,  Rants,  Style

    Are Women Over 40 Invisible?

    This is something that has been on my mind for some time. It seems like brands, especially makeup and skincare brands are mainly focused on people in their 20s and early 30s. Women over 40 might as well not exist.  This includes subscription boxes and services like Influenster. It’s frustrating to see people posting about all the Voxboxes they get, Voxboxes with products I use or would like to use, and to never get offered any myself. Do companies think women over 40 don’t wear makeup or fragrance? Do they think we don’t go anywhere or have money to spend? Do services like Ipsy think people over 40 only want…

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    Fashion,  Style

    Pretty in Pink

    I’m going to try and post outfit of the day and makeup of the day posts regularly. I thought a good place to start would be with this Barbiecore inspired look. I love pink, and wearing it always makes me feel good. I am wearing the Maneater dress in hot pink from Vixen by Micheline Pitt. Shoes are by Sofft. Headband, bracelets, and gloves are from amazon.com. Necklace is thrifted. Earrings are from Unique Vintage. Here is another view of the look, this time with a beret also from Vixen. Here is the dress worn in warmer weather. I am wearing a Powderpuff top from Vixen under the dress. Shoes…

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    Rants,  Style

    Lamenting the lack of dressing up

    What is happening to society and it’s standards?  I wonder about this every time I go somewhere where dressing up would generally be expected and see what a lot of people are wearing. Shorts and flip flops at museums. Jeans or shorts at the theater. Is nothing special anymore? I remember when I was a little girl and going downtown to shop was something special and you wouldn’t just wear any old clothes to go. I also remember when “Sunday best” was still a thing.  It makes me sad to think that we as a society may have gotten to a point where everything is mundane and nothing is worth…

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    life,  Rants,  Style

    Lots To Unpack

    This somewhat goes along with my post from several days ago about manners. As I was walking to the train after finishing at the grocery store today, I passed a group of three people. One of them asked me if I was trans. I said no and continued on my way to the train. (They also asked me for money and got a little shirty when I said I didn’t have any.) I was dressed in my usual style- dress with petticoat under it, tights, boots (today, Roxy ankle boots), beret hat and my warm jacket.  I also want to add that I have nothing but support for trans individuals…

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    life,  Rants

    What is it with the lack of manners these days?

    “Whatever happened to fair dealing?And pure ethicsAnd nice manners?Why is it everyone now is a pain in the ass?Whatever happened to class?” “Class”- Chicago Do you ever wonder why people behave like they do now? I have started thinking about this a lot recently. It seems like people are getting more comfortable leaving messes in their wake and less used to cleaning up after themselves. For example, every time I go down to lock our apartment building Community Room at night I end up having to push in a number of chairs that have been left out. I also often have to throw trash in the wastebasket or put papers…

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    life,  Style

    Bolder, Not Older

    It seems fitting for my first post on my redesigned site to introduce the new tagline. I came across this phrase while doing a Google search about why brands seem to ignore women over 40. (More on that in a future post.) It resonated with me right away and really sums up how I want to live my life. Aging is inevitable. That doesn’t mean you have to fade away or become invisible. It also doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, and style, and enjoy what you always did. I like the idea of growing bolder as I age. (I also like the phrase “aging disgracefully”.), feeling more free to…