Thursday, September 3, 2015

What Would You Wear Every Day?

I'm watching a brilliant series on Netflix, Sense8. It's about eight (young, gorgeous) people who are psychically connected and being hunted by the usual nefarious Big Medical Corporation. It's eye candy and exciting, but what inspired me to write this was the prison uniform. One of the characters serves time in prison (she's innocent, of course). She wears a blue cotton jumpsuit which on her, looks rather fetching.

Sun Bak always looks tranquil. But she is a fearsome Tae Kwon Do master.
What if we had to wear the same thing every day? Unless you're in the active military you probably have a lot of freedom in your wardrobe choices. And even if you wear a sort-of uniform to work, you likely have a lot of leeway in your free hours.

For a mind game, play along with me, and describe what your hypothetical every-day outfit would be. Imagine standing in front of your closet, looking at a row of . . . the same things. A nightmare, or would it be freeing in some ways, to never think about what you wear? This exercise helps us define our core style.

My uniform would be as below. But I'd insist on the freedom to color my hair pastel and wear crimson lipstick and big peace-sign earrings.

  • A flowy full skirt. Either a black or white one. The white one below is faux leather, so that's for winter - all six weeks of it.
  • A body-skimming but not tight knit top.
  • Oxfords or booties.

Here's an example:

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I could do everything I need to do in this outfit (read, bike, sing, travel, sweep the floor and drink Tequila). It expresses my easy, feminine style. I'm sure I'd be praying for the end of time after a couple of weeks, but this is what I'd pick right now.

How about you? If you can get past the barbarism ( : > ), what would you wear every day?

Stay fabulous,

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

What I Wore: Simple, And Full Of Feelings

It's a style cliche but true - there's no easier way to get dressed, than a dress. And this one is versatile, colorful, fits perfectly, washes in the machine and was made in the USA. It's a Karina, naturally.

The one-of-a-kind necklace was created by Melanie, for the Vancouver Blogger Meetup in July. I love wearing it because 1) it looks so groovy, and 2) nobody else has one exactly like it (See Anne and Pao here, flashing their Melanie art).


The wood link belt is special to me - it was a gift from my late brother-in-law Randy, who imported heartwood accessories and guitar straps from Costa Rica. Miss you, Randy, gone way too soon.

So, lots of love in this outfit: a dress by my friend Karina, necklace from Melanie, and belt from Randy. xox
I am fascinated with black and white now, because it shows what my silver hair will look like.

Stay fabulous, and dress with love,

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Return Of Visible Monday! Better Than Ever



Did you miss us? The Visible Women who populated your Monday morning blog read? We are back after a relaxing summer, and announcing the return of Visible Monday for Monday, September 14th (actually it goes live the Sunday night before).

Visible Monday is an inclusive link-up; all ages, all genders, and species are welcome to participate. Our goal is to promote visibility, especially for those of us over 40. We seasoned souls are not going anywhere, and we still gild the lily and rock the Casbah.

The link party began in June 2011 as a remedy to some posts about the Invisible Woman (here, and here, for a start). We came up with the idea of a "Visible Day" in which we post an outfit, accessory, lipstick color, hairstyle, etc., that expresses our Joy of Being (Physically) Visible. 

Visible Monday started with three or four participants, and has grown over the years to more than one hundred. Here are some gorgeous Visibles over the years, some of whom no longer blog but are not forgotten, I love you all:
Paula, Pam, Vix, Sylvia, Sheila, Melanie, Catherine, Curtise, Ariane, Suzanne

I'll remind you when the date gets closer and I hope you'll join us - for the first time or hundredth. 

Stay fabulous,

Visibles wear all the things:
 
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Friday, August 28, 2015

How To "Look Your Age" And Be Cool With It

We all have a touch of vanity, and want to look good (in our culture, that usually means young). So when I have occasion to state my age (pharmacy, senior discount movies, voter registration) I find myself waiting expectantly for the shock, the disbelief and denial. "You? No way! I would've guessed late 40's."

Those surprised responses come less frequently, and I'm adjusting. Mostly now I get a smile and a nod, and perhaps the person will tell me their age in return. So what's that nagging little disappointment in my head? Have I attached so much value to "looking younger" that I get a pang when I appear my given age?

I don't promote lying about your age. But this is funny.

Because we can change nothing but our own selves, I have found new ways to talk to myself about this. Here are seven ways I cope. I'd love to hear yours if this situation has come into your universe.
  • I have seen about twenty-one thousand sunsets. Wow.

  • When I am 70 (if I am so fortunate) I will say, "Damn I was hot at 60."
  • My declining vision is not an all-bad thing.
  • I will start saying I am 75 now, then wait for the reaction.
  • You should see my brain - it's still fabulous and looks like Gisele Bundchen.
We have beautiful brains. Source.
  • Life events that would have knocked me over at 25 are now bearable. I go with the flow, I'm a willow.
  • I am hot at 60, for as much as that matters. Sandy made me write this.

Stay fabulous at any age, and be sassy,

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Throwback Wednesday: How Age Makes You More Attractive

I know, throwbacks are supposed to be on Thursday, but I'm bending the rules. I have a lot of years to throw-back to now  : >

Here's a pic from exactly a year ago, followed by a recent one. You can't over-analyze just two photos, but I  look much more relaxed and happy in August 2015 than I did in 2014 (on my way to work). The smile from this year looks natural and even sassy.

I did love my work, but I was truly ready for a change. Those of you who've retired or changed your work situation, did you feel the same? That the needed change revived you, and relaxed you at the same time.

Businesslike and buttoned-up: Chambray shirt (sim), pencil skirt (sim) and wedge sandals (sim).

Brighter lipstick, relaxed hairstyle, a kimono jacket (sim) and ankle-strap flats (sim).  Chill.

Stay fabulous,

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Monday, August 24, 2015

What's Your Passion?


Finding and pursuing our passions is a mainstay of life happiness. We're not all fortunate enough to find passion in our 9-to-5 jobs, although some of us have had the privilege of getting paid to do what we love. Many find our passions on the side: through hobbies, friends, media, our talents, our community, or our closets.

Passions change throughout our lifetime, of course. I think rollerskating in the driveway was my first passion, and you could not get me out of my metal skates when I was seven years old. I skated so much, I felt like I was still skating when I lay down to sleep.

Do you remember? Source.

I was crazy for disco in the late 70's, and had the wardrobe to show it. While not crafty nor artistic, I did have a time of sewing my own clothing,  and collecting 1940's dresses. I still appreciate all these things, including disco, but I can't say that I have a present-day passion for them.

My modern passions, after my husband and pampered pets, are: 1) volunteering at the cat thrift, and 2) learning to sing. Oh yes, and 3) making my blog more appealing, as inspired by Sylvia of 40+ Style.

Besides the pleasure of working alongside animal-loving friends at the thrift shop, and helping the no-kill shelter stay open, here are some of the scores I've picked up while working there (I do pay for them but less than $5 each):
A drapey Eileen Fisher dress (sim - looks better on): a funky embroidered Diesel shirt (sim)  - I think the back says
"Sky Fighters 1978" but not sure who they are?; super comfortable white Clarks sandals (sim).

My voice lessons are challenging, and I'm embarrassed to say, kind of thrilling. I could carry a tune, but now I am finding power in my voice and an extended range. I also have a smart, talented teacher, and a disgruntled upstairs neighbor.

As for my blog, I will soon transfer Not Dead Yet Style to WordPress, with my own domain. I'll be experimenting with new options for presenting my stuff. I am ever grateful to you for reading it. I may also try out new sponsors. I hope you don't mind, and you never have to click, but in retirement it's lovely to pick up a few extra dollars. I will only promote companies I believe do ethical business, and whose offerings I would use.

Now, I would love to hear what your passions are, whether style-related, home-centered, artistic, blog-ish, or otherwise. In addition to that first cup of coffee, what puts a smile on your face and makes your heart beat faster?

Stay fabulous,

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Color Is Free! Vintage Fashion Advice And A Fab Jacket

I love old style and fashion books. I have a small collection and it's fun to browse through them, to see what's changed and what stays the same. My latest, Clothes Sense by Barbara Weiland and Leslie Wood, wasn't revolutionary. It's got that strong 80's "capsule wardrobe" orientation: just buy two suits and three blouses and you're all set.

But there's always a nugget in a fashion book, that offers a new idea for me. Chapter 8 is about color, heavy emphasis on wearing your "season." These "facts about color" though are timeless and helpful for the modern women:
  • Color is the first thing your eye sees.
  • Color is free with every garment you buy. Buying the best color costs no more than buying a not-so-great one.
With that in mind, I am more colorful today than usual. I've got my basic khaki trousers (similar) and black cotton tank (sim). I tossed on this long fuchsia duster, swapped at the Vancouver Blogger Meetup from Melanie, I think. I was in a Vancouver mood so I added my cool bead necklace designed by Suzanne.

And newly thrifted white sandals (sim) - I am on the fence about them. Here they almost scream out: "I'm an older woman!" But in other wearings, they look cool.

Color is free, so play around with it today. xo

Stay fabulous,

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