Keep it Simple with Summer Dresses

Over50Styling! Summer dresses that are almost as comfy as your favorite t-shirt! Slip into this wide striped dress and push up the long sleeves. Two tone flats and a striped tote keep your striped theme going. Rose gold earrings complement the coral in the dress. That's stylin'!Coral, Tan & Blue
Sonia by Sonia Rykiel long sleeve dress, $190 / Flat shoes, $20 / Tory burch tote, $245 Earrings are sold out online.

Red, White & Blue

Over50Styling! An off the shoulder striped dress this time. And red-white-blue plaid pumps. Earrings in red-white-blue stones. A red faux croc patent clutch. And red floral sunnies for fun! That's stylin'!Red, White & Blue
Striped pencil dress, $17 / Sole Society mini pump, $70 / Patent purse, $21 / Lionette glitter stud earrings, $158 / Dolce&Gabbana star glasses, $250

Green, White & Blue

Over50Styling! Again, put on your dress and push up your sleeves. This time it's a pretty blue and white print. Slip into your pumps and grab your clutch - a delight with polka dots! Pop on your earrings and sunnies. 
That's stylin'! Green, White & Blue
Long sleeve Print dress, $19 / Prada shoes, $430 / Henten blue purse, $122 / Nicole Romano vintage jewelry, $295 / Gucci glasses, $375

Chic, Elegant, and Classy keep Mondays Amazing!

Over50Styling! A B&W floral sheath dress with a cobalt open work sweater. Blue prism drop earrings to sparkle and shine. Cobalt pumps with a bow. Black envelope clutch. B&W polka dot sunnies for pizazz! The whole look is chic, elegant and classy. You know it when you see it.  The dress is classy on its own. Add the cobalt accents in a tasteful manner and you take it over the edge into the realm of chic. This is what I think of as an Audrey Hepburn outfit. One that I picture with a nice smooth French twist.
That's stylin'! Chic, Elegant, and Classy
Coast dress, $62 / Karen Millen crop top, $105 / Signorine Italiane leather shoes, $150 / Black purse, $50 / Bling Jewelry sterling silver earrings, $41 / Retro sunglasses, $15

Chic Easy Pieces

Over50Styling! A B&W striped pleated midi skirt. A pale mint pleated camisole top. A soft green cardigan tied up and trimmed with B&W animal print. Black and green earrings to keep the color going. Pretty black slingbacks with bows in patent shine on your toes. A handbag with bursts of green on green. And B&W animal print sunnies just for fun!
That's stylin'! Chic Easy Pieces
Just Cavalli green cardigan, $176 / Dorothy Perkins camisoles tank top, $19 / Chicwish black white striped skirt, $42 / Daniele Tucci leather sole shoes, $138 / Amy Butler green handbag, $52 / Bling Jewelry silver drop earrings, $51 / Illesteva sunglasses, $290

Smile & Wave

Over50Styling! A soft minty green asymmetrical cardigan. A skater dress with colorful jellyfish all over it. Soft minty suede kitten heel pumps. A creamy handbag. Earrings that look like pearls of sea mist.
That's stylin'! Smile & Wave
Skater dress, $26 / Tua Nua green top, $79 / J.Crew suede shoes, $260 / Forever New purse, $23 / Alexis Bittar jewelry, $120

Your weekend forecast is simple!

Over50Styling! Keep it simple, comfortable and classy this weekend. Denim shorts and a hi-low navy blue batwing top. Flip flops with a heart. Pretty print tote. Silver earrings to catch the light!
That's stylin'!
simple one
Navy blue shirt, $20 / Madewell jean shorts, $72 / Flat shoes, $16 / Vera bradley tote, $55 / Silver jewelry, $20

simple too

Over50Styling! Denim shorts with a pretty white off-the-shoulder blouse. Blue ankle tied denim wedges. A striped canvas tote. Pretty blue chandelier earrings to sparkle in the sun!
That's stylin'! simple too

simple three

Over50Styling! And finally it's denim on denim, flowered denim. A tote with cutouts and red sandals. Pretty rainbow earrings to sparkle and shine!
That's stylin'! simple three
Maurices  top, $32 / AG Adriano Goldschmied blue jean shorts, $195 / Twisted shoes, $71 / Beach tote, $45 / Pippa earrings, $4,046 / Sheriff&Cherry wayfarer glasses, $39

simple..chic

Over50Styling! Simple..chic..elegant..we all know the look when we see it. It's the look we all want and strive for. A cream pencil skirt. A yellow asymmetrical off shoulder sweater. Classic yellow pumps. A simple statement necklace. A floral clutch. 

Colors that blend. Lines that flow. Shapes that compliment. That's stylin'! simple..chic
Weekend Max Mara yellow top, $95 / Theory white skirt, $133 / Moschino pumps, $340 / Oasis white purse, $24 / Jules Smith chain necklace, $45

simple, but significant

Over50Styling! A white top and striped skirt. Silver hoops and a dragon pin. Animal print sandals and sunnies, and a black handbag. 
That's stylin'! simple, but significant
Mango top, $30 / Sole Society strap high heel sandals, $70 / Pu handbag, $25 / Nanà Firenze pin jewelry, $176 / Steve Madden purple lens glasses, $20
Skirt and earrings are unavailable.

Keep it simple and elegant.

Over50Styling! A white pencil skirt with gold embroidery. A ruby colored off-the-shoulder blouse. Ruby colored slingbacks. A gold foldover clutch. And sparkling golden and ruby toned earrings. 
That's stylin'!  Keep it simple
River Island ruby top, $48 / By Sun high waisted skirt, $580 / Jimmy Choo leather shoes, $270 / Michael kors handbag, $285 / Elie Tahari drop earrings, $29

Summer Adventure

Over50Styling! Look great and feel fine in a snazzy striped short caftan! Large gold hoop earrings. Gold and wood Asian inspired sandals. Gold cats eyes sunnies. Straw and black strapped tote. And a gold classic one piece swimsuit. That's stylin'! Summer Adventure
Diane Von Furstenberg kaftan tunic, $298 / Melissa Odabash gold swimwear, $205 / Uzurii crystal flip flops, $145 / Muuñ structured tote, $166 / Lana gold jewellery, $810 / Tom Ford logo sunglasses, $380

Relax

Over50Styling! Relax in white! A caftan and sandals. Large hoop earrings and sunnies. That's stylin'! Relax

Summer Rainbow

Over50Styling! After a hot day at the beach, all you want to do is relax and stay cool and comfortable. Slip into a cool rainbow caftan and flip flops. Some pretty earrings. And kick back with friends or alone. That's stylin'! Summer Rainbow
Mara Hoffman tunic, $435 / Norma Kamali retro swimsuit, $380 / Beach shoes, $9.50 / Silver Tote, $16 / Stud earrings, $263 / French Connection beach hat, $51 / Oliver Peoples cat eye glasses, $405

Just another accessory...

Over50Styling! Not for the shy and retiring. This outfit is for the woman who dresses in the morning using her fashion sense as an accessory to her personality and sense of self. The clothes, no matter how bold, are only the setting for the strong, self possessed woman that she is. Just another accessory...

Not a beauty queen, just naturally beautiful You!

Over50Styling! A pretty large floral print sheath dress and a cardigan. Pretty simple. Kitten heel slingbacks to match the cardigan and a clutch to match the belt on the dress. Add sparkle in the rhinestone earrings and flash your smile! 
That's stylin'! just beautiful me

Smile! It's Monday and it's Summer, so you're Amazing!

Over50Styling! Happy Monday! And now it's officially Summer here! Take a bodycon tank dress and style it up with a lovely kimono jacket. Pop on pretty earrings and grab a casual bag. Slip into silver pumps to spark you up and add some flash. There's just something about wearing silver pumps that make you feel just a bit mischievous! So go have some fun!
That's stylin' for life!smile!

Real, not Perfect

Over50Styling! As we get older and our bodies change, typically it's the upper arms we don't want to expose. However, collar bones and shoulders still look lovely. So off-the-shoulder sweaters and tops are perfect for the older woman. Here I show a dramatic look pairing a black off-the-shoulder sweater with a zebra print pencil skirt. Black and silver pumps and a silver envelope clutch. Black drop earrings finish the look. Sleek and elegant. 
That's stylin'! Real, not Perfect

ROMWE Sale

Over50Styling! ROMWE.com has two sweaters that are a great style for the older woman who doesn't want to show off her upper arms. These sweaters are currently on sale at wonderful prices. Practically a give-a-way! ROMWE Sale

Come Sail Away with Me!

Over50Styling! For your next sail, deck out in crisp stripes! Striped halter one-piece swimsuit and a pretty red, white, & blue pareo. Keep the sun off your head with a big floppy hat and the sun out of your eyes with your red and white striped sunnies. 

As the day cools, change into cream colored cropped pants and navy top with a red, white, and blue striped cardi to keep off those breezes. Pretty red drop earrings for some subtle sparkle. Striped deck shoes with appliqued lobsters for sure footing. Hang onto those striped sunnies for the glare of the setting sun. And an anchor decorated bag to handle your gear.
That's stylin'! Come Sail Away with Me

You, Me and the deep blue sea

Over50Styling! For your next sailing party or beach house party, try the nautical look in all stripes! The sleeveless shirtdress in blue, the sweater in red, bathingsuit in blue with red trim. Add on some fruity earrings and a wrap bracelet for accent. Some comfy red shoes and a red, white and blue striped bag. Some red floral sunnies for fun!
That's stylin'!You, Me and the deep blue sea

Werther's Original Hard Toffee Candy

Over50Styling! Don't know what to wear today? What's your favorite candy? Match it! One of my favorites is Werther's. So the toffee and red combo here came to be. The high-waisted shorts, wrap top and belted cardigan in different shades and textures of toffee make for interest. Keep the jewelry and accessories in the same tones. The pop comes in with the red sandals. 
That's styling'! Hard Toffee

History, Treachery, and a Great Read!

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 out 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.

Pretty as a Picture in Bright and Colorful Summer Dresses

Over50Styling! A lovely sheath of bright summer flora and a bright pink cardigan. Pretty pink roses for your ears. A pale pink handbag. And palest mint heeled sandals. That's stylin'!Pretty as a Picture

a smile is always in style

Over50Styling! A dress so soft and comfortable, you just have to smile, with a cardigan covered in flowers! Pretty rose gold jewelry to blend and sparkle. A pale pink handbag and bright pink sandals to tie in the colors of the cardigan's flowers. A straw hat with a wide brim to keep off the sun. And fun sunglasses to make everyone else smile! That's stylin'! a smile is always in style

Summer Days and the livin's easy

Over50Styling! Summer days, summer dresses, and the living is easy. Pretty cotton print dresses with a cardigan for air conditioning or the cool of the evening. Pretty gold jewelry. A light summer handbag. Comfy summer sandals. Fun summer sunglasses. That's stylin'! Summer Days and the livin's easy

Your Weekend Forecast is Colorful!

Over50Styling! Bright yellow jeans and a bright green sweater need a floral top that combines those colors. Then add more yellow in your handbag and green in your sandals. Multicolor chandelier earrings tie all the colors together, especially when you pop on hot pink cat eyes sunnies! That's stylin'! Colored Your Jeans Yellow

Jeans in Mint Condition

Over50Styling! Take a pretty floral top. Choose one color from the top for your jeans. Pick another color for your sweater. Try another for your sandals. And another for your handbag. Put some more flowers in your ears to sparkle. And some around your eyes for fun! That's stylin'! Jeans in Mint Condition
Dorothy Perkins blue tank top, $25 / Yellow cardigan, $31 / French Connection mid-rise jeans, $115 / Stuart weitzman shoes, $460 / Kate Spade leather handbag, $324 / Betsey Johnson drop earrings, $40 / Gucci sunglasses, $375

Is it Caturday yet?

Over50Styling! Just kick back this weekend and relax in cropped boyfriend jeans and a pretty blue cami with a denim shirt for a topper. Some pretty multicolor stone earrings add some sparkle. Light blue shoes, a coral bag and sunglasses add polish if you have to step out of the house. That's stylin'!Is it Caturday yet?


Just a note to those who might have missed me...

Note to blog


It's Thursday! How are you wearing your LBD this week? Here are three ideas!

Over50Styling! Always the first choice for your LBD is black! Here's a great way to do it. Shiny black shoes. A black over white lace clutch. Diamond chandelier earrings for sparkle. Now, the final touch is your beautiful smile! That's stylin'!  LBD Accessories

Do Your LBD in Blue

Over50Styling! A second look for your little black dress is blue and gold. The blue stands up to the black well and the gold gives it all some sparkle. Then, of course, you can add even more sparkle with a few diamonds or rhinestones here and there! That's stylin'! Do Your LBD in Blue

Do Your LBD in Pink

Over50Styling! A third look for your favorite LBD! Try it in hot pink with a kiss! A sheath with a round neck or tank style dress is so easy to style any way you want to, especially in warm weather! This look with the hot pink is a lot of fun with the kiss bracelet! That's stylin'! Do Your LBD in Pink


Maximum Style for Your Amazing Monday!

Over50Styling! For your amazing Monday, here's a great maxidress look! Maximum Style

Over50Styling!
A maxidress covered with colorful "art deco" like designs. A pale yellow short cardi. Pale yellow pointed toe flats. A soft teal crocheted clutch. And fun gems at ears and wrist to coordinate with it all! A bright, sunny look!
That's stylin'!

Not a word was spoken

Over50Styling! Your style speaks for you, so make sure your style is really you! Not a word was spoken

Over50Styling!
A lovely robin's egg blue dress with white floral print. A white sweater with black polka dots. Bright robin's egg blue d'orsay flats. An envelope clutch in two sizes of gingham check. And earrings and a bracelet in bright blue stones. Pretty and ladylike.
That's stylin'!

simple chic

Over50Styling! Simple chic is when you look fabulous with a minimal outfit. simple chic

Over50Styling!
A smooth-fitting tunic dress. Minimal strappy flat sandals. An envelope snakeskin clutch. Your favorite silver hoop earrings and your favorite silver charm necklace. Keep the necklace on the minimal side. Light and easy is the whole concept.
That's stylin'!

Duology

Duology

Digital Derivative Fantasy Art by Judi Easley

Looking forward to a weekend with my friend!

Over50Styling! Whether it's hanging around or on the go, denim is the fabric of the weekend. My friends

Over50Styling!
Great jeans. A pretty pleated yellow camisole. Blue and white striped d'orsay flats. A blue scarf tied at your neck. Gold crane earrings. A yellow handbag. And bright blue aviator sunnies.
That's stylin'!

Too Late for Tea!

Too Late for Tea!

Digital art journal by Judi Easley

Ready to Fly

Over50Styling! A long, slim stretch of gray & black and gray & white stripes edged with black. Top with a black cardi with asymmetrical hemline and gray & black cuff accents. Black gladiator sandals. Black sunnies with white stripes. A bright teal clutch. And sparkling teal earrings. That's stylin'!Ready to Fly
Great Plains maxi dress, $84 / BCBGMAXAZRIA open front cardigan, $228 / Nine West black sandals, $79 / Rafe studded purse, $398 / Roberta Chiarella emerald earrings, $88 / Lens glasses, $35

Five Simple Rules

Over50Styling! We love and live by lists. Here's one you can't pass up! Five Simple Rules

Over50Styling!
A long stretch of black, gray and blue geometry. A black cardigan with an asymmetrical hemline. Black gladiator sandals. Silver triangular earrings that flash. A blue clutch with polka dots. Blue and silver sunnies.
That's stylin'!

Be Yourself

Over50Styling! Not exactly a LBD, but it's black and looks great! Be Yourself

Over50Styling!
A great jumpsuit in black with softest yellow and pale green flowers. Pale green bell sleeved cardi. Pale yellow kitten heel pumps. A soft green handbag. Pale yellow and green stones flash in vintage earrings.
That's trendy stylin'!

Play among the stars!

 Over50Styling! Mix, match and a pop of color is so much fun!Play among the stars!

Over50Styling!
B&W checkered slacks. A yellow sleeveless blouse. B&W zebra & yellow striped flats. Black and yellow clutch. Black and star sunnies. Yellow earrings to sparkle. Checks, stripes and stars!
Now, that's stylin'!

be your own star

Over50Styling! It's your life, be the star of it! be your own star

Over50Styling!
Creamy capris. A flowy tunic top with scenic swans and yellow lilies. Green earrings. Green shoes with stones for sparkle. Vivid yellow handbag. Pale yellow sunnies. Sometimes you have to bring your own sunshine!
That's stylin'!

the little things

Over50Styling! Styling is a matter of putting together a bunch of little things to make one big impact. Just like life is a bunch of small moments that come together to make a whole life. the little things

Over50Styling!
Pale pink slacks. Pale pink top. Soft green cardigan. Light green flats with a bronze toe. Rose gold earrings. A floral clutch. Palest pink and pale green sunnies. A soft summer look.
That's stylin'!

...a garden to walk in forever.

Over50Styling! Putting together floral shades in an outfit without actually using flowers is fun! ...a garden to walk in forever.

Over50Styling!
Take a pale pink dress and a light green cardigan. Add a green and purple necklace. Pale pink shoes. A light purple clutch. You're the color of a flower without wearing a floral print.
That's stylin'!

Getting Warmer

Over50Styling! Pinks, peaches, nudes - stir slowly over low heat. A hot number! Getting Warmer

Over50Styling!
What's warmer than peach? Papaya! Mandalas of peaches and papayas on a sheath. Slip into d'orsay pumps in the same papaya. Add a cardigan in a shade somewhere in between the two. Sunnies in a pale peach. Drop earrings in a shade even hotter than papaya. And a clutch made of all of them!
That's stylin'!