Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Secrets Revealed! A Liebster Award From Maricel

Talented blogger Maricel of My Closet Catalogue graciously bestowed on me a Liebster (means "dearest" in German) Award. Here's the earliest reference I found to the Liebster award online.

As a recipient, I am to answer whatever questions Maricel dreams up. Rather than asking specific questions, however, Maricel requested a sentence completion exercise. She's a teacher, you know, and skilled at giving homework. 

Here's Maricel. She's a babe, and a smarty too.

Since these sentences are so open, I decided to answer them within the domain of aging, beauty and style. You're not ready for my full autobiography, are you?

As a 59 year-old woman, professional, wife, and lover of style:

  • I see … myself physically aging, and I don't care for it, because inside I feel ageless and full of dreams. This numbering of years seems so arbitrary.
  • I find … life easier than it was in my 20's and 30's, even though my body is not as resilient. I worry less, hope more, and have learned the art of relaxation.
Who relaxes better than a cat? I love this little girl.

  • I have … more wisdom, more confidence and more attitude than I used to.
  • I wish … I'd had these qualities in abundance, sooner!
  • I miss … my Dad, gone too soon, and my biggest fan. We need all the fans we can get.

Dad and me at my wedding in October 2001.

  • I crave … experience, and beauty, and novelty, even though the familiar has become so dear. It's one of the paradoxes of aging.
  • I wonder … what other women of A Certain Age are thinking about? That's one of the reasons I started my blog.

This is the gorgeous Judith of Style Crone. We met in 2012, what a delight.

I've met up with the delightful Paula of Fashion Over Fifty twice!

And just had the pleasure of meeting wonderful Anne of Spy Girl.

  • I regret … not much. I wish I'd met Sandy, my best friend and husband, earlier in my life, but perhaps I wasn't ready for him yet?

Sandy and me a few years ago, at our old cottage.

I'd love to hear from all of you, how you'd respond to these questions. Please consider yourselves awarded a Liebster, as you are indeed Dear to me.

Have the very best day, and stay fabulous,

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Monday, July 21, 2014

What I Wore: Linen And Things

I think I'm in love with linen this year. Maybe it's just a crush, but I am wearing it most every day in the Florida heat. Here's a work outfit I put together for just a few dollars, starring a linen skirt.

The man's shirt (similar) is a thrift find for about $3, years ago. It's a soft, fine cotton, and it doesn't need ironing. The black linen skirt (similar) is a new purchase from the second-hand site ThredUp. It's by Grace Elements and cost about $6. And the cool obi belt was crafted by my friend Megan from two men's ties.

Only the shoes - my blue suede platforms by Sofft - were retail.
I used a sepia filter in this picture to complement the old drawing of NYC behind me.

Hey, I'm wearing two-thirds guy-stuff today. Thanks, men.

Have a cool, refreshing day, and stay fabulous,

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Weekend Check-In: What's On Your Mind?

Time for another edition of Weekend Check-In. It consists of random thoughts, left over at the end of the week, about style and more. The fun part is you playing along in the comments.

I'll start an open sentence about fashion, or life, the universe and everything, and complete the sentence with whatever I'm thinking about. Then you finish the sentence with your own random thought.

 So, the (non) rules are:
  1. I start a sentence.
  2. I finish the sentence with my thoughts du jour, subject to change at any moment.
  3. You finish the sentence with your own response, in the comments, if you like.

This week's check-in: 

  • I'm currently fascinated with . . . enamel rings. It started with this art deco stunner I found on Pinterest. Now I am on the hunt for a more affordable repro (thanks, Sheila, for the tip).  All suggestions welcome!
It was for sale at, but appears to have sold. Phew!

  • Best piece of reading (fiction or nonfiction) this past week . . . a thorough analysis of the value of mammograms, in Science News. They save surprisingly few lives, according to the research. I am still in favor, and continue to get one annually. 

The statistics are not impressive, but if you're the one whose life is saved, it's huge.

  • Best smile of the week . . .
It's the thought that counts . . .

Have a glorious weekend, and stay fabulous,

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Visible Monday is on its "off" week this week, so we can recharge, refresh, and be cool at the pool. ☺  We'll be back on Monday, July 28th (actually, the Sunday evening before)!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

DIY Hair: Do You Or Don't You?

My mother and grandmother went to the salon - the beauty parlor -  every Saturday. They had a wash and set and lots of hairspray. And gossip. Then they didn't touch their heads in between appointments. My mother used to wrap a silk scarf around her head for sleeping, so as not to disrupt the 'do.

It all seemed glamorous to me, as I made my crayon drawings and drank a Coke. Source.

Now most of us, even those of A Certain Age, are more casual about our hair. We shampoo and blow-dry and mousse and gel at home. But there are some hair services well worth shelling out for, in my humble experience.

For example, Une Femme wrote yesterday that her colorist is "worth his weight in gold." She describes what he does as an art and a science, and she's happy to turn her color over to him.

I feel the same about the gorgeous Joy who colors my hair every seven weeks and cuts it twice a year: whatever the going rate is, I am happy to pay. She balances me out, keeps the color from getting too yellow or white. I love it when I sit down in her chair and she says, "I saw you walk in and I think you need a little toner today." Ahh, the professionals doing their thing!

Here are some hair procedures that we can do at home, or dare not do at home. Where do you fall on the scale? Are you a hair DIY-er or a salon kind of woman?

  • Trim bangs. I can do this in little-bitty increments, using very sharp nail scissors. I found some good tips here:

The article includes advice on using a plastic fork to help you trim.

  • Color roots. I am an old hand at this, having gone gray in my 30's. In between visits with my Hair Goddess, I use Clairol or L'Oreal products to cover my gray roots. 

Both L'Oreal and Clairol have good coloring lines, at low prices.

  • Perm/straighten hair. Here I will not tread. I got a professional keratin smoothing treatment about four years ago, but my hair's too thin and fine to handle it. I won't try anything stronger, either at home or in Joy's chair. Too risky to what's left of my fuzzy mop.

Mostly I just play with a few hairpieces, like my scrunchie add-on, and my clip-in bangs, and spend way too much $$ on products. I am a hair product junkie, I admit, although I have pared down significantly in my middle years.

What's your skill level for at-home hair care?
Have a dreamy day, and stay fabulous,

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What I Wore: Off-Duty Summer Uniform

Florida's weather forecast for the next two and a half months:

Please make note of the "Feels like 100 degrees."

So I've come up with a super simple, cool uniform for my off-work hours. It consists of:

  • A cotton knit tank top. I used to hate to show my arms, but now I flaunt them. No one has passed out from the horror, yet. Show your arms, my friends, we're not dead yet and it's awfully hot out there.
  • Linen trousers. I have two pair: these navy pinstripe and an ankle length khaki pair, both thrifted.
  • Flat or low wedge sandals. Today it's my Birkenstock Gizeh's. I wear a pair like this if I want to look more pulled-together:
These are by Nine West, and come in six colors.

  • A couple of pieces of jewelry, like my dolphin hoop earrings and Bella Bracelet. Some days I wear a funky pendant:

This one's so pretty, from Max and Chloe.

  • Sunglasses, naturally.
  • Rosy lipgloss.

For cold indoor venues, or for modesty, I just throw on a cardigan or wrap.

These are the basics: tank, linen trousers, cute sandals.

I have tanks in coral, olive, cobalt, gray, black and white. Here's a great basic from Nordie's.

Do you have an off-duty formula for steamy days?
Have a cool-breezy day, and stay fabulous,

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Visible Monday #134: I'm In A Festival Mood

Welcome to Visible Monday #134! If you want to participate, it's so easy: just go to the bottom of this post for the how-to. Please be kind and leave a link to Not Dead Yet Style in your post.

I've been having a yen for these 90's dresses - long, floral and simply made. They were called "Granny Dresses" for a while, now they're "Festival," "Hippie," or "Grunge" dresses, according to my eBay searches. I found this pretty dress at Bella's Etsy shop, and it's my favorite.

I prefer dark floral prints like this one. I love the sweetheart neckline and ankle length. I don't need to accessorize it much, because it has personality. I added just a vintage locket and old GAP belt, and my Kenneth Cole wedge sandals. Bring on the festival, I'll have a spiked lemonade.

Nothing better than a swingy, easy floral frock, especially from Citizen Rosebud's.

Close up of the locket and the neckline detail.

Bella gave the dress her smoldering vibe.

Now, show us what you're wearing, Visible Women!!

The guidelines to participate in the Visible Monday Link-Up are so simple!
  1. Whoever wants to can join in! Just compose a post that includes any outfit, accessory, piece of jewelry, hairstyle, cosmetic or other adornment that makes you feel more confident, alive and visible that day.
  2. Include a link to Not Dead Yet Style somewhere in your post. Please leave a comment, too, so we know you had a good time.
  3. Go to the bottom of this post and click on the InLinkz button "Add Your Link". It should open a new page.
  4. In the "Next Step", you crop the pic (easy tool) you want to display, and you're done!

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Big Fun In The Small City

"Second Friday" is an event in our small city, where vendors (and politicians, arghh) set up booths to show off their stuff. It's bucolic and fun, the way a small-town fair can be. And I do actually enjoy giving the politicians a hard time.

Here's a look at last night's revelries. It ain't Greenwich Village, but it's ours:

I bought a colorful scarf, and browsed the bags, sarongs, and jewelry.

Have a bit of tasteless beach humor.

Tunes on the street. "Stray Cat Strut" for us nostalgic baby boomers.

Sandy points the way to simple pleasures . . .

. . . while I prefer the Martini Bar.

Have a magnificent weekend, and stay fabulous,

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