Rosey Tones & Light Charcoal

Rosey Tones & Light Charcoal

What's our mix? How many mixes can you identify? 
1-Pink and gray
2-Industrial and modern
3-Are there more styles that you see here? Can you do that in one room, mix styles? Well, yes,you can mix styles. You can up to a point and as long as you play by a few rules, such as good taste and common sense for two. Though there are some who would disagree with me. You can mix and match to your heart's content if you are blending your woods. Or if you are using just a couple of colors, or colors that are close on the color wheel. Otherwise, what could be exciting eclectic becomes gaudy mishmash and you may want to throw it all out and start over!

Winter Floral

Winter Floral

Over50Styling!
Style Trend: Print Slacks!
Brown tapered slacks with floral print top-to-bottom on the outsides. Dark avocado green top with rolled sleeves. Beige over-sized cardigan. Beige and olive silk scarf tied at the neck. Nude stiletto pumps. Dark burgundy jewelry for a touch of color. Multi-colored handbag for fun!
That's stylin'!

Patterns in the Snow

Patterns in the Snow

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Black and White! A zebra print T-shirt dress and an Aztec patterned cardigan with black and white flats. Add a touch of oxblood in a great leather handbag and jewelry.
That's stylin'!

Taupe and Gold Decor

Taupe and Gold Decor

Taupe and gold can be sort of boring if you don't add a touch of fun, geometry or something into the scheme of things. Here I added a touch of orange into the color palette and sort a of twisted sense of humor into the design. The orange gives the colors a pop and stiffens it a bit so it's not whimpy. The sense of humor comes in with the range of topics on the throw pillows and the artwork. The cowboy is a character drawing of a celebrity - do you recognize him? The lighting gives the design a bit of character. What do you think? Is it inviting?

Your Romantic New Year's Eve

Your Romantic New Year's Eve

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Where will you be on New Year's Eve this year? I used to go to big glitzy parties every year. Not so much anymore. So I got to thinking about what I would wear if I were going to one this year. I don't like low-cut and I don't like bare arms. This dress has it covered on both counts. This lovely beaded red sheath dress has a sheer bodice that goes up to the collarbone and has a sleeve that's almost 3/4 long. It's not cute full, but flowing, and slimming. And it's a lovely ruby color, just what my husband loves to see me in. I can't wear heels these days, so I chose mettalic gold flats with a pointed toe. Unless anyone is really looking, the shoes will have the appearance of a heel because of the pointed toe. Since I have to carry emergency medications with me, I need a handbag with some room. So I chose one that has room in it for everything, plus my husband's car keys since he won't want them in his pocket all night. The bag is gorgeous with all that swirling gold on black, plus the tassel on the end! If you have to carry one, it might as well be good to look at and this one is! The earrings and bracelet are fairly simple so as not to draw the attention away from the complexity of the gown...and me!
That's stylin'!

New Year's Eve Nails

New Year's Eve Nails
Trending Style: From paint on to stick on, holiday appropriate nail art is definitely a trend!

As the Music Winds Down on the Old Year, the New Year Prepares to Launch

As the Music Winds Down on the Old Year, the New Year Prepares to Launch

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The Day After

The Day After

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The day after, all anyone really wants to do is kick back and relax. Dark wash straight legged jeans and that lovely gray cashmere blend top your considerate hubby gave you for Christmas make a great combination. Add some bright and shiny turquoise ballet flats and wonderful Amrita Singh earrings and bracelet from your jewelry box. If you need to run out for something, you have a great gray handbag handy. Otherwise curl up with the cat, a cup of hot tea and your latest book.
Note to self: remember to mark the catalogs well next year again for hubby. He does a great job with a little guidance!
And that's stylin'!

Your Coffee Date

Time for Coffee

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It's the day after chaos and all through the house all the creatures are still sleeping off all the hoopla from yesterday and its build up! So you and an old friend are meeting for coffee for a long, quiet chat! Look great in this casual, chic outfit! Boot cut jeans in a medium wash...still slimming in this wash and the fullness in the boot cut balances any fullness you may carry in the hip or thigh area. A soft white crinkle top and black-gray-white color blocked cardi with a waterfall front. Slip into these wonderful Burberry booties with the scrunched top. Add some great bling in a burgundy color and grab a burgundy and black hobo bag. Now you're set for a good long natter!
That's stylin'!

A Shimmering, Golden Christmas

A Shimmering, Golden Christmas

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Have a super special event this Christmas? this is the outfit for that event. You'll shimmer and glow from head to toe in a strapless gold sequined sheath slit up to your thigh. Royal blue satin shoes with bejewled heels and a glittery ombre blue clutch. Top it off with glittery blue stones at your neck. every eye will be on you.This is not for the shy nor for the out-of-shape.. Wear this only if you have the confidence to carry it off and if you have maintained your figure to an attractive shape. This is not the outfit to "let it all hang out". This is where you show your class.
That's styling!

A Pastel Christmas

A Pastel ChristmasOver50Styling!
If you're having a relaxed at-home Christmas or going to family or friends' house, this is a great outfit for the day. A soft, drapey maxi skirt in pale blue, an off-the-shoulder pale pink sweater done in a bulky yarn. Add a multi-color pastel statement necklace, soft palest pink shoes and a coordinating clutch. You're set to sit and nibble at holiday goodies all day long! Merry Christmas!

Get Your Green On

Get Your Green On

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Khaki slacks are so boring. Unless you get them in a stunning style such as the ones shown here! High-waisted, button plackets on the pockets, pleated, and tucks at the ankles - that's style! Top them with a sleeveless dark green turtleneck. Top that with a floaty, crossover leaf green top. Slip into dark green suede and leather booties with gold chains. Add a smashing blue and green statement necklace and a green bangle bracelet. Grab your green crossover handbag. Who's having the party?
That's styling! 

From Our House...To Yours

From Our House...To YoursWishing you a Merry Christmas from our house to yours!
My livingroom is where I put most of the Christmas decorations. It has pale yellow-y gold walls and camel carpet. The couch, love seat and my husband's chair are all a golden camel. There are pieces of painted furniture in Chinese red and navy blue. There are throw pillows in burgundy, forest green, gold, and navy blue  I decorate with a tree done in multi-colored lights and no theme other than ornaments we've collected over the years. I also have a snowman collections and a snowglobe collection that I've been working on for the 32 years we've been married. So while this design isn't in the style of my home, it is in the color palette.
Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

Got Your Blues On

Got Your Blues On

Over50Styling!
It's a casual day! Straight-legged jeans in a dark wash look slimming. A blue print top with a black and white plaid over-sized wool shirt, topped by a blue scarf. Slip into nude and silver flats for pizazze and some wonderful blue sparklies for fun! Grab  your black clutch and you're ready for anything!
That's styling!

T'is the Season...

T'is the Season...

T'is the season to take care of your lips. The dry, cold air of winter can wreak havoc on your lips if  you don't take care of them. Fresh SUGAR makes a whole line of lip car and beauty products to keep your lips pretty and soft. From a scrub to get the dry skin off to your choice of glosses to make your lips shine.

Denim Skirt Day

Denim Skirt Day

Over50Styling!
Dig out your denim skirt today! Top it with a tailored white blouse and a rosy bulky sweater. Tie a light blue scarf around your neck. Slip into some pretty shrimp-coral colored flats and grab a blue handbag. Some pretty dangly earrings and a bracelet finish the look.
You're styling!

Minimal on Natural

Minimal on Natural

Another minimal look today. If you have the "cabin in the woods" decor, Christmas could be really lively at you house. If you really don't want it to be all that bright red and green, then try a more natural color scheme. On the table is a deer with a wreath around its neck. Hung on a door, window, or cabinet, is a greenery arrangement with pinecones. On a bare branch over the window are small gold ornaments to catch the light. Nothing flamboyant or bright. just a continuation of your woodsy, natural decor. A very peaceful Christmas decor theme.

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

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Winter White

Winter Melody

Over50Styling!
White and white and white on white! It makes a statement! A lovely white dress with a pleated bodice and fitted waist. Top it with a lovely cashmere coat for warmth in white, of course. Knee-high leather boots with belt and buckle accents keep your feet and ankle warm and dry in those snow drifts and styling big time this winter. Grab a pretty white clutch for accent! Add some sparkling snowflakes and dazzle the crowd!
That's styling!

Minimal Christmas Decorating Ideas

Modern Christmas
With a decor scheme that's almost formal in tone such as the one above, you probably don't want to go throwing red and green all over it, though it can be done with lots and lots of greens, I think. If you want to stay with minimalism we've been focused on, then this is my take on it. The metallic in the room is a wonderful shiny silver, platinum. So choose platinum decorations like the deer and the wreath. No tree is needed - gifts can be stashed on a side table under the wreath. Happy decorating and celebrating!

Missing you...

Missing you...

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Missing you and our "chats" and wishing you and your family and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Hoping the New Year brings you what you are wishing for.

Coffee with a Friend

Coffee with a Friend

Over50Styling!
This is a fun outfit for a weekend! Straight-legged jeans in a dark wash. I chose a dark wash for its slimming effect. A bright coral scoop-necked long sleeved tee. A super sized bulky knit cardigan with dolman sleeves. Add a multi-colored scarf at the neck. Neutral shoes, but not just any shoes. These are hand-made and have darling details, like that cute little heel and the off-center tie-up in front. A sleek handbag in berry red. Sunnies in bright true red for pizazz!
That's really styling!

Walking in Wonderland

Walking in Wonderland

Over50Styling!
It's the weekend again! Sigh, I survived...
I love this outfit. Straight-legged jeans in a dark wash (has a slimming effect). Bright light blue tank under a bulky knit sweater in a forest-y green. A scarf in blue and green. Shoes(flats) in a dark green and a handbag in a medium green - just big enough to hold the bare minimum of what you need. I've added this bright bracelet for a dash of fun color, too!
Now, that's styling!

If it's Thursday, It must be a LBD!

Keep Our Memories

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Yes, it's LBD! This Helmut Lang dress is fabulous! It's a sweater, but it's got textured inserts down the length of it as well for interest. It is sleeveless with a large turtleneck. Wonderful for accessorizing! I've added a sheer gray shawl that's gathered and beaded and drapes very dramatically. Silver shoes keep it sleek and simple. Large turquoise stones in silver at the neck for added drama. A turquoise and silver clutch for added color. House parties will be more comfortable and fun in an outfit like this! New Year's Eve is coming!
That's styling!

Beauty is Skin Deep

Beauty is Skin Deep

Over50Beauty!
I'm sure each of you has a particular skin regimen that you follow daily. As a woman's skin ages it becomes more fragile, it thins and loses color. It develops spots and dry areas. It loses elasticity. It's no fun getting older, is it?! Things we took for granted when we were younger are now deserting us and no one is telling us how to deal with what we are left with. This aging outer layer is as rebellious as our bodies, and Lord knows they're doing strange things these days!

1. Keep it clean. Use something gentle and don't be harsh with the scrubbing and tugging. I use Aveeno daily scrub. It's soy based and is very gentle. I've used it for years and find it takes care of those little bumps that show up around the edges or where I put my fist when I lean on it to read things on the computer! In really dry winter weather, or if I've been out in the wind or cold, I use coconut oil to clean my skin. It cleans and moisturizes at the same time.

2. Keep it moisturized day and night. There are all sorts of moisturizers available, and it can take some time to find the right one for you. For daytime, I like Aveeno daily brightening lotion. It's light, but does the trick most of the time. When I'm really having dry skin issues, I use coconut oil. At night, I use one of those expensive 2-for-1 things. I won't give you the brand name, because I'm half convinced it's a scam. You have to mix the lotion and gel together and they work to tighten things up and reduce wrinkling and fine lines. Believe it or not, it really does work. I don't use it every night, but even using it 3 times a week, I get pretty good results. I try to use it sparingly because I can't afford the price they want to take out of my credit card each month to automatically send it to me.

3. Remember that your skin doesn't stop at your chin or collar bone! Moisturize your whole body! Anything you use on your face, should be used all the way down to your decolletage. It's really awful seeing a woman who has worked on her face and it's just lightly lined, but her neck and cleavage are wrinkled and unattractive. If your cleavage is very wrinkled, cover it. That's what all those pretty scarves and clothes are for!

Theoretically Historically

I only have a cursory knowledge of this particular period of English history, but I was grateful for it as I read The Traitor's Wife. While I wouldn't say that you would have to know the time during which the Despensers ascended then suddenly fell is necessary, it would be nice to have a basic "map" in your head of who the key players are.

Higginbotham's style of including extensive historical detail to complement her storyline, while possibly boring to some, is one of my favorite aspects of this book. (I majored in history, though, so I might be biased...) She also provides a wider view of the political and social playing field by going beyond the limited lives of the main characters. Not only do we know what is happening to Eleanor, Hugh and their family, but we come to understand the repercussions their rise in power has on the whole of England.

The characterization is adequate, though not exceptional. We see both the good and the bad in the individuals who played such a significant role in the evolution of England (and France) during Edward II's haphazard reign, as interpreted by Higginbotham. While certain characters are more easy to sympathize with than others (Eleanor and her children for example), I didn't find myself deeply attached to anyone in particular.

This is a very detailed and extensively-researched novel, rich in information regarding what living in this era would have been like. I have to deduct one star from my rating, however, because while certain events described in the novel are grounded in historical fact, the way in which they occurred is very much a matter of theory. Because of this I would not blame an author for using her creative license to flesh out what is not entirely known, but Higginbotham chose what are considered to be some of the most far-fetched and unlikely theories for her plot. The most obvious example is the mystery of Edward II's death at Berkeley Castle -- was he murdered; and if so, how? Strangulation? Suffocation? Poison? While these are thought to be the likeliest theories, Higginbotham selects what is considered the most unlikely, born of gossipy rumor (no spoilers: read and find out what it is). Fair game for a work of fiction, true, but I find it to detract from what else this book is built of.

The two negatives aside, this is an excellent medieval historical fiction novel which is well worth the read. Its shorter sequel, Hugh and Bess continues where The Traitor's Wife leaves off (though there is a portion that re-hashes some of the first book from another perspective), and is more finite in terms of viewing the historical record, focusing entirely on Hugh le Despenser and his young wife Elizabeth de Montacute. As it reads almost as an epilogue to The Traitor's Wife, I definitely suggest reading them together.

Joy All Around the World

Joy All Around the WorldOver50Styling!
 A look that's slim and sleek! Slim cut mini-herringbone gray slacks. A purple knit top with collar and pocket interest. And here's the slim and sleek part. Top it all with a long gray cardigan that draws the eye from top to bottom in one long sweep! Cute button earrings for fun. Purple suede pumps. A light purple clutch.
That's styling!

Teddy Bear Weather

Teddy Bear Weather

Over50Styling!
The perfect casual day outfit! Blue pinstriped slacks in a tapered cut. A denim shirt worn soft. Add a soft knit vest with a cute teddy bear pin. Cute green flats and a snazzy green handbag to complete the look. Don't forget the sparkle of green and blue earrings.
That's styling!

Minimal on Bold

Minimal on Bold

So you have outrageously bold decor and Christmas really doesn't look good in it? Hang a lovely crystal or brass snowflake from your chandelier and let it sparkle. Choose just a couple of glass balls in the colors of your decor and set them on a glass-topped table to let them glow. Do you really need more Christmas decorating if it's not your thing? If you choose to do more, do it in your colors, but keep it low key, like the glass balls. A few here or there will be elegant and will work with your bold decor. Too much and you will be in danger of overkill and tacky, which is exactly what you've been trying to avoid all along.

Cozy Holidays

Cozy Holidays

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Just Kickin' Around

Just Kickin' Around

Over50Styling!
Nothing to do, but places to go? A long denim skirt with a navy polka dot blouse and navy and camel striped cardigan wrap make a great outfit for comfort and pizazz! Blue suede flats with a flat silver buckle to add some flash will do the trick. Top it all with a cashmere and wool cardi-coat! That's styling!

You Have a Small Space?

Focues on Kinkade

So, you have a small space and a difficult color palette to work with for Christmas? Well, keep things to a minimum and on the small side. Use a wreath instead of a tree if space is really limited, or a table topper tree if you have the space. Choose things in white or one of the colors of your space. Here, I used the blue for the wreath with silver stars. Minimal decor on the wreath will keep it from taking up more space. Change out a piece of artwork. Here I used a Thomas Kinkade Christmas print that has similar colors to the room. On the table is a small pink tree and a white deer. Simple and small. The only other decoration is a rose crystal snowflake to hang somewhere that will catch some light to sparkle! So even a pink room can be done for Christmas!

Monday Morning!

Monday Morning!

Over50Styling!
Hello! It's Monday again! Are you amazing today? In a neutral beige wrap dress with lovely accessories like these, you certainly will be. A bright orange floral pin and fabulous leopard booties look great! If you prefer flats or lower heels, there are plenty of both in leopard print. If you're going out, wrap up in this wonderful orange coat and leopard print scarf with beige on brown leather gloves. Add your leopard print sunnies and grab your two-tone Michael Kors bag. Lady, you're styling'!

Lovely at Any Age!

Lovely at Any Age!

Over50Styling!
So many women seem to love the color purple, all shades and tints of it. Well, you can still wear it and look great, you know. Look for the violet shades of lipstick and see if they work for you. Try the many, many shades and tints of nailpolish available! There are also lots of eyeshadows in purple combinations. Just be careful about the amount of shimmer in your eyeshadow. Glitter and shimmer should be avoided if you have any wrinkling around your eyes as this type of shadow will make those tiny lines and wrinkles more pronounced. Not the result any of us are looking for. Stick with the matte shades. And be sure to take good care of your skin by removing every little bit of your make-up and using the moisturizers that are so important to your skin, especially around the eye area.
Over50Lovely!

Is your home decor not conducive to Christmas?

Exotic Home Decor, not conducive to Christmas?

So you have an exotic home decor or something that just doesn't seem conducive to Christmas red and green or angels and elves? Well, I chose an Egyptian-ish theme for my example. It's got great lines and lots of cream and black and gold. No real angels or elves here. So, what do you do? Choose one color. Here I chose a citrus green. Use it in things that suit your decor. I chose that velvet pillow with a gold initial. I put some glass balls on the table in the green. And the wreath is leaves of magnolia and herbs. No holly or mistletoe. No red bows or bells. but this creates a festive feel with one color in items that will blend with your decor! Try it this season!

The Magic of Christmas

Your Weekend Fashion Forecast - Snow!

Your Weekend Fashion Forecast - Snow!

Over50Styling!
Have you tried fingerless gloves, AKA wrist warmers? I think they started out with the Goth/Steampunk crowd. Now, if you are into knitting or crocheting, there are patterns everywhere to make them. You can buy them on Etsy and in the stores, even mainstream stores! They are great for hands that need to be kept warm on cold days. Some of them are basically tubes that keep your wrists warm. Others are almost gloves, with the fingers cut off. Depending on why you want to wear them, get the ones that will do you the most good. If you have trouble with your hands due to things like arthritis, neuropathy, fibromyalgia or other conditions, these can be a big help. They come in every color under the sun. They can be a fun fashion accessory with a great benefit! Try them! They work for me and look great in all the colors I've made!

A Christmas to Remember

Modern Christmas Decor Ideas

Modern Christmas Decor Ideas

Keeping your holiday decor to a minimum because your normal decor is modern and traditional Christmas  decorations  just don't seem right? Well, above are a few ideas to use in your modern home. Use one or more, and maybe some of these will give you other ideas!
1. A tree made of wooden poles wrapped in greens. You can decorate it or not in whatever color you want. Do all one color, two colors or multicolor.
2. A wreath made of clear bubble balls glued together.
3. A square glass vase, battery operated candle, sticks, and mercury glass or silver ornaments glowing from a table or mantle.
4. PVC and ornaments make a wreath in any one, two or multicolored  scheme you desire.
5. Wooden and newspaper trees give an  upcycled  look to the decor.

Casual in Ruby

Casual in Ruby
Over50Styling!
Casual never means sloppy. Even if you changed the heels to flats, they should be attractive and coordinated to the outfit. They should be clean and in good condition. Too often you see a woman dressed very nicely, but her shoes are worn at the heels to the point that the leather of the back of the shoe has been damaged. Her look is totally ruined by such carelessness and neglect. A favorite pair of shoes should be taken care of. Check the soles and heels and have repairs made before the damage goes too far. If the damage has gone too far, it's time to replace them.
Time to check your footwear?

B&W, Purple Today!

B&W, Purple Today!

Over50Styling! 
Wide leg slacks are rather dramatic, more so in this black and white plaid. You can add even more drama by adding a long cardigan in another dramatic color, like this purple one! This outfit simply cried for one more touch of drama, so I added the fuzzy handbag in B&W.
Could you handle this much drama? Would you?

Enough Red & Green?

Enough Red & Green?

If you already have enough red and green in your decor and don't want to add any to it this holiday season AND you want to keep your holiday decor to a minimum, try one or more of these ideas. Pinecone wreath - spray the pinecones white, gold or silver before making the wreath. Branch tree - spray a tree branch white, silver or gold and secure in pot, decorate pot with white gifts, decorate tree with silver or gold ornaments. HoHoHo - spray paint letters in gold and decorate around with silver stars and snowflakes. Natural candleholders - use woven and glass hurricane lanterns and decorate with berries and twigs.
See you tomorrow with more minimalist decorating ideas! If you use any of these ideas, send me a picture and let me know how it worked out for you!

Your American Classic

Timex Contest Entry: How will you #WearItWell this holiday season?

Over50Styling!
A classic? The sheath dress has become a classic. We see it done a little bit differently now, but it's still basically that body skimming dress that makes men's tongues hang out. So this season, do it in red! Another classic. Wear stiletto heels with it if you can, since they are the "partner in crime" that goes with that lovely sheath dress.

You are all Heart!

You are all Heart!

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Oranges are a winter crop!

Oranges are a winter crop!

Over50Styling!
I did encourage bright and this is about as bright as it gets! I love putting the citrus colors together all at once from time to time. This wonderful faux jacket invites it with its outrageous color! Just imagine the rest of the outfit with a camel coat and you can see it tone down immediately. Not as much fun, though. This outfit would make any day fun1
In the article about women's glasses, they said that every woman should have a pair of black frames. It outlines the eyes and makes them stand out. I think it also gives a woman an appearance of authority. Think about when we want to point something out in a drawing or a report, we outline it in black! Black frames do the same thing! Make your next pair of frames black!

Your Weekend Fashion Forecast

Your Weekend Fashion Forecast

Over50Styling!
I'd say your weekend looks bright if this is what you're wearing! Lovely rich shades of purple with a helping of bright turquoise makes for a real pick-me-up on these dark days when the snow doesn't fall but you can see it up there in the clouds.
I was reading a long article on mature women wearing glasses. I have the whole article pinned on my Pinterest board For Women Over 50 Like Me if you want to read it in its entirety. One of the things they addressed in the article was color. They said that the warm colors, like red, were really good for older women due to the lightening of our skin as we age. The cooler colors, like blue, were not good unless the conditions were perfect (your skin, the color and shape of the glasses with your face shape, etc.). So I got to thinking about purple frames. I guess you have to divide purple into the cool and warm tones of its color. Here I have a warm tone of purple and a great catseye shape. Great for the styling woman! They also recommend having more than one pair (if the budget allows). Hmmmm.

A Beautiful Christmas!

A Beautiful Christmas!

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You're an Angel!

You're an Angel!

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