What I Wore Wednesday

Okay Lovelies...

Today is my first installment of What I Wore Wednesday.

For this series, I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the looks that I wear each week...both to work and on my days off.  It's important to me that women realize that wearing what they love is acceptable regardless of their age.

40 is not what it used to be...neither is 50, 60 or beyond.
Our age doesn't mean anything, and it makes me crazy when I see those articles that delineate what is okay to wear for women of a certain age group.

As long as your outfit is appropriate to the situation (i.e. - don't wear cut off shorts to work etc.) then choose what makes you feel beautiful, or fun, or sophisticated, or cute or whatever and make it work for you!

These photos are selfies off my phone...I promise that I will up my game as these posts continue.  I will at the very least enlist my kids to take the photos instead of taking them in the mirror in my family room.  Oh, and I'll work on posing as well.  That's definitely going to be a challenge.

But for today...Enjoy!

We'll start with our Sunday Best.  This photo was taken right after church of me and my daughter.  I'm wearing a blush pink dress from Called to Surf.  Emma is wearing an adorable white dress from Who What Wear for Target.

I admit to feeling a bit sassy on Monday.  The top is from Hope Avenue, the floral pants are from Gap Outlet and the necklace is Banana Republic Outlet.

Casual Friday found me in a check button down with a half-front tuck from Target and jeans from Old Navy.

Finally, on Saturday I went to lunch with my sisters and my dad.  It was blazing hot and I wanted to stay cool so I wore this amazing drapey maxi which I purchased from a local boutique called Koodeker and slip-ons from  the Gap Outlet.

Have a great week, Lovelies!  And remember to feel beautiful!




Studio 5: Ferns in Decor

Recently, I had the opportunity to film a segment for a local TV Show, Studio 5.
I talked about botanical prints and their recent resurgence in popularity.  In particular, I shared about Ferns and some inexpensive (virtually free) ways to incorporate them into your décor.

I shared some great freebie prints (you can find the links on the Studio 5 website) as well as a couple of easy DIY options.

Check out the video here.

This is a screenshot from the segment...loving our facial expressions. ;-)

Follow the link to watch the segment and then checkout those freebie prints that are now hanging in my master bath.  Below  ⇩⇩⇩⇩⇩

Have a great day, Lovelies!




Perennials (I'm not talking about plants)

I read a very interesting article the other day which was published in The Telegraph about how women in their 40's and 50's are considered the new "ageless generation".

Now, if you read my previous post, you'll know that turning 45 this past month has really put a spin on my world.  In a good way.  I am using this birthday to catapult me toward some serious changes.  (Which I promise to discuss in future posts).

And for any of you who are at a similar stage in life, I'm sure you've thought many times about the fact that mentally, you don't feel as old as your driver's license says you are.

In my case, I feel exactly like I did in my 20's.  Thank heavens I have a bit more experience and expertise under my belt now, but otherwise, my thought processes and feelings are very much the same.  I certainly don't feel "middle aged" and as this article pointed out, "middle aged" really isn't considered a thing anymore.

The article discussed the fact that women in their 40's and 50's don't subscribe to the types of changes that they did 20 or so years ago.  For instance, it mentioned the fact that it is very difficult to tell a woman's age if she is seen from behind because women across various age ranges dress very much the same as one another.

I know this is true of me.  I even borrow my 14-year-old daughter's clothes.  (And she, of course, borrows mine).  I mentioned in a post on Instagram the other day that I have a very youthful fashion aesthetic, and I don't think that is a bad thing.  I truly don't believe that there is a certain way that a woman is supposed to dress once she hits a certain age.

The article didn't just touch on fashion, however, it also mentioned hairstyles (women don't cut their hair short once they reach their 40's and 50's as often as they once did), music, and TV shows etc.

It also mentioned the fact that because women in this age group are feeling as young and vibrant as ever, many are pursuing goals and making life changes that they wouldn't have dreamed of when younger.  THIS IS EXACTLY HOW I FEEL!!

The term that has been coined to describe this no-age mindset is Perennials.  Because, according to the article "Perennials are ever-blooming, relevant people of all ages who know what's happening in the world, stay current with technology and have friends of all ages.  We get involved, stay curious, mentor others, and are passionate, compassionate, creative, confident, collaborative, global-minded risk takers."

I honestly feel that age is just a number.  I no longer define myself by my age.  In fact, I am proud of where I am as a 40-something. I am really excited to see where I go from here.

I hope you'll join me as I share my big changes this year!