Silver is the New Blonde™

Be Powerful

LifestyleJan Correll4 Comments

Hello, World!

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I recently had the opportunity to attend a free 50+ class at the top Women's Fitness Studio's in Charlotte.  I saw it advertised on social media and signed up.  Hilliard Studio Method aka HSM is known as simply the best for women's fitness in the Charlotte area.  Pictured above is Liz herself on the cover of her book, about Finding Your Strength At Any Age.  

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Even though my weight fluctuates 5-8 pounds, I pride myself on staying active 5-6 days a week.  I include free weights and 3 days of HIT (high-intensity training). So when I arrived for my class and they suggested using a 3-8 lb weight I guffawed to myself!  Two days after the class, I was still feeling the effect in every one of my muscles. It was no laughing matter... just ask Mr. Silver! :) Don't get me wrong there was nothing in the class (which is geared toward low impact and is pilates based) that I could not do... with a little coaching on my form.  It's the fact that I was working my muscles differently.  Did I mention my muscles shaking at the end of class?  Well, they were!  The HSM method promotes a safe and effective approach combining different modes of resistance plus stretching and focuses on the strength of the spine and the power of the core.  

Alas, the core.  I don't know about yours but that is where I need work.  I have lower back issues and tight hips which I understand are all related to the core. The class was exactly what I needed for a kick start or maybe a kick in the rear.  I need and want to get myself into my best shape ever and plan to commit to the program.   I live 35 minutes (an hour in traffic) from this studio and cannot make it to class 5-6 days per week but I can commit to working out on my own using the HSM online videos and streaming.  This will allow me to use the program based on my schedule and offers flexibility.  I plan to stick with this for 3 months and at that point see how I feel.... and look.  I will keep you all posted!!

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Ladies, I would be thrilled for any of you to join me!  The good news is, Liz and her team have offered me and my readers half off your first month and since they already offer a 14-day free trial... that is one month free!  The price is less than $30 per month and you can cancel at any time.  I am very excited to get started!  How about you?

Be sure to watch the Be Powerful video here, to understand the essence behind HSM and Liz Hilliard.  At 60+ she is a beautiful, powerful force, empowering women to find and be your best self!  Sounds familiar!! :)

Interesting that the day I was going to attend, I almost talked myself out of going but knew, that day especially, I truly needed to prioritize and focus on myself...and that is just what I did!  Ladies, I don't know about you but I think we should all make sure we are making ourselves a priority... if not now...when?

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PS.  There are not a lot of pictures in this post, even though the studio was kind enough to take some.  Sometimes, we have a wake-up call, to get it done and make changes.   The pictures did that for me!  Hope you can all appreciate my transparency.  

HOW TO SIGN-UP:

You can work out with Hilliard Studio Method anywhere with our easy to use Video Streaming platform. The first two weeks are free, and then it is $29.99 after that. Once you sign up, you can cancel your account at any time. There are over 1,000 minutes of content with a variety of options. We would recommend starting with our Hot Flash Hottie workout or our Beginner workout. Any option in our Beginner category is great to mix it up! As you master these selections, we recommend moving on to our HSM Live Classes  which is a real Hilliard Studio Method class, recorded!

CODE for 50% off your first month: SILVERHSM (http://hilliardstudiomethod.vhx.tv?code=silverhsm)

CODE for 15% off our Hot Flash Hottie DVD: SILVERHSM (https://hilliardstudiomethod.com/product/single/hilliard-studio-method-hot-flash-hottie-dvd/)

**Codes are valid through 12/31/17

 

Are you working on something about yourself... to Be Powerful?  Would love to hear your comments!

As always, thank you for stopping by and reading!  I so appreciate each of you!

                                                                            XOXO

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Misook - Dressing for Success

Jewelry, Fashion, TravelJan Correll8 Comments
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Hi Friends,

Helping others be successful has always been a passion of mine.  This could be helping a woman considering the transition to silver hair shine, a person trying to become more relevant as she/he ages or mentoring a millennial to find their true joy.  Sales leadership has been my lifelong career and I recently have been doing some sales consulting.  I love helping companies, sales leaders, and salespeople be successful.  

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I believe that as a modern, ambitious woman it is important to look the part.  And to me, the biggest part is looking and feeling CONFIDENT every day!   I was recently contacted by the Misook brand and was aware of the brand since three of my favorite blogging influencers were recently promoted by the brand.  Check out these three fabulous bloggers Beth, Tanya, and Cathy featured here.  Needless to say, I was more than thrilled to collaborate too, based on the quality and stylish designs.  I feel that quality, style and elegance are what help us feel confident in the clothes we wear.  If we buy less quantity, but higher quality, we can never go wrong.  Read more about this wonderful brand and how Misook Doolittle got her start here.  I also loved the fact that Misook uses silver-haired models to promote their brand.  BRAVO!!

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As you can see I chose this beautiful Faux Suede Moto Jacket.  I love the gorgeous gray color and the stylish design.  This jacket can be dressed up for an evening out or used for a more casual look.   I am wearing a black pencil skirt and black turtleneck, gray chandelier earrings; J. Crew, MAC lipstick,  patterned stockings and black suede pumps by Guess. I am carrying my favorite notebook by Leuchttrum 1917, ruled slim.   Check out the gallery below for all of the shopping links.

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These photo's were taken at the Ballantyne Hotel in Charlotte, NC.  The perfect place for meetings and events and where I have had many meetings over the years.  It's a fabulous venue.  

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Thank you again to Misook for sponsoring this post and my Moto Jacket! Misook has also provided you, my reader with a promo code, for 25% off... even more reason to shop.  Here is the code: MSK6191.  Happy Shopping!!

Thank you for reading and until next time!  XXOO

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The Bolero Jacket

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I love a great jacket for fall, because you can do so much with it.  When the weather is cool, it's a great layering piecefor both work or casual days.  It's been a while since I have worn a Bolero Jacket (maybe college or high school) but fell in love with this fun, fringed,  jacket from Picadilly, a women's clothing designer from Ontario, CA.  They recently asked me to collaborate and share their designs with my readers.   Picadilly creates and blends classic silhouettes and unique pieces that are timeless, ageless, and seasonless. You can read more about them here, and check out their new line "Into the Wild."  Thebrand was exclusively sold in in high end boutiques, around the world but is now available online.  The clothes are very well made and the fabric is great quality.  I am also wearing the pull on straight leg pants in  black, which fit extremely well.  Fabulous, is how I would describe these slacks.  Under my jacket,  I am wearing a simple white shirt FTC (from the closet) and carrying a black Rebecca Minkoff bag, which doubles as a purse and laptop bag.  Notice the scarf tied around the handle to give a pop of color.  This one is Juicy Couture in a red leopard print.

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 You will see me in this jacket the rest of the fall.  I will be styling it with a navy top and dark jeans and I may even wear it with boots to so stay tuned and watch for new ways to style this fun little gem.  

Check out this great line and leave me a comment about your favorite piece.  I have already picked out this for my fall/winter needs.  Picadilly caters to the independent, confident and active woman.  I believe that means each and every one of you!!

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As always, thank you for stopping by and reading.  Don't forget to comment on what you are shopping for!

Until next time... XOXO

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Black Crocheted Lace

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Hope you did not think there was something more to this post due to the title. :)  Lace does make me think of soft, feminine style.  Does it you? This post is about a beautiful black crocheted lace top, from Soft Surroundings.  Have you seen their catalog or been to one of the stores? The clothing is very high quality, and they cater to the mid-life woman.  Soft Surroundings believes you should live an inspired life, surrounded by the "little things" that make all the difference... including the philosophy to put yourself first! As we should!!

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One of my favorite items in my wardrobe is from Soft Surroundings and is a beautiful sweater coat, bought several years back and featured here in a previous blog post as well as a favorite bathrobe that is you guessed it... so soft!   I recently visited their store in Charlotte and was impressed with the assistance and attention provided by their sales staff.  Be sure to check out their skincare and makeup lines, too.  The staff is very knowledgeable and they cater to the mid-life woman's skin care needs. 

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When asked to collaborate with Soft Surroundings.  I chose this beautiful black crocheted lace top that comes with a built-in tank, which can be worn year round.  I love the sleeves and the scallop lace around the hem and cuffs.  So feminine and versatile to be dressed up or down.  I styled this with black bootcut leggings (pull on), which are a stretchy jean material and very comfortable.  The shoes are leopard print mules which I feel kick it up a notch!  My jewelry includes these fun gold, leather earrings, and gold bracelet.  Check out the gallery below for links.  

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One important bonus, is that you usually size down for this brand, especially on pants.  I wear an 8-10 and sized down to a small on these leggings.   Hey, I would never complain about sizing down...would you?

I had so much fun working with this brand that really understands the mid-life women, including the different style choices and body type needs. I would definitely suggest putting them on your radar for online or in-store shopping depending on your location.  Soft Surroundings offers a one stop shop catered to us... in mid-life.

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Thank you to Soft Surroundings for this sponsored post!  Watch for another outfit soon, from this great brand!  

As always, thanks for reading and stopping by!    

Until next time,

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Face Value & the Beauty Blogger: Bridging the Gap

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With today’s launch of Bridging the Gap, I am thrilled to be part of the 200 Influencers who are taking part in an unprecedented campaign for social change. As women from multiple and disparate demographics, we have much to offer one another. We are stronger together! This campaign unites the Millennial and Midlife Demographics to blur artificial boundaries while encouraging Reciprocal Mentorship. I am so excited to introduce you to beautiful partner, Miranda Mendoza of Slashed Beauty.  This award-winning blogger featured in numerous print and online magazines, ads etc.  is a beauty in her own right as well as kind, savvy, smart, creative and a very determined young woman. Miranda was born and raised in Los Angeles and recently moved to Las Vegas to be with her fiance.  

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Miranda started her blog her freshman year in college when she began sharing her beauty findings and tips which in turn allowed her to fuel her makeup addiction.  Miranda's niche, beauty trends on a budget, has grown into an extremely successful business.  Her blog is her full-time career, which was a goal she achieved last year.  With her Mother as her major influencer, the apple does not fall too far from the cart.  Miranda's Mother, a self-made woman,  paved her way to success with a small idea for a website.  She is the founder of the successful website,  BabyNames.com

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My favorite post on Slashed Beauty is "How to Make Your Lips Look Bigger."  Simply brilliant!  And my second favorite is here; using OZNaturals to help under eye puffiness.  Many posts including these two are helpful to women at any age! 

Even though Miranda and I are miles apart geographically (Las Vegas vs Charlotte) and on the maturity of our blogging (6 years vs 1 1/2), we have some similar viewpoints on this chosen profession:  

+ the ability to help others

+ the connections and the friendships

+ the ability to do what you love and are passionate about

+ brand value - the fact that many brands know the value of influencers

- how quickly blogging changes including all the different platforms

- the competitiveness and the focus on always driving followers.... which makes it sometimes difficult to enjoy the little things and be in the moment

- brand value - when brands want free promotions, not valuing the influencers

Interesting that even though there is a gap in age and generational differences, we still have many similarities.  Miranda and I both believe that as bloggers and influencers we need to tell brands, readers, and the public, what we stand for, what we want to see, what we love and what needs work, including a focus on women and beauty at all ages.

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On the subject of aging, Miranda's hope is that once she sees tangible signs of aging that she can take them in stride instead of giving in to the culture including the pressure to conceal the natural process.  However, Miranda also knows that it may be hard to speak for her future self, as part of the beauty industry since society's current perception is that beauty has an age limit.  Miranda, I highly doubt your "beauty" will fade and I am also confident that your blog and influence will help change that misconception in the future. 

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It's rare to be able to take someone at face value, even when we have not met face to face.   I am grateful to bridge the gap with this fierce woman and to develop an ongoing relationship where we help each other in the future. 

Isn't it time we came together to bridge every single gap that’s out there? As a society, we’ve made substantial progress in letting go of many labels and divisions, yet when it comes to ageism, it doesn’t get talked about. We intend to change that together. There is energy and innovation in youth and wisdom and experience in midlife. Let’s share with one another and embrace both for the greater good. Deep inside of every Midlife Woman, a Millennial exists and within every Millennial lies a future Midlifer to be. We invite you to join us as we show you that age is just a number while it’s your attitude about life that keeps you young or makes you old. With the concept of Reciprocal Mentorship, we encourage these demographics to embrace one another and share their unique wisdom.

Thank you, Miranda for bridging the gap with me as we are definitely #StrongerTogether. 

As always, thank you for reading! 

XXOO

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Day to Night

Fashion, Purses/Handbags, ShoesJan Correll2 Comments

Happy weekend, friends! 

I love accordion pleated skirts as they are timeless and an ageless addition to any wardrobe!  This silver and rust leopard print from Anthropologie really caught my eye, for the fall!  I love the length and the beautiful fabric. 

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I like to get as much wear as I can from any addition to my wardrobe. So... I styled this pretty skirt two ways so that you could see the transition from day to night and how easy it is to make the switch. 

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These fabulous earrings are also from Anthropologie and found on sale.  The grey suede booties are Vince Camuto.  My sweatshirt is Free People, from the previous season #ftc, and Carolee earrings #ftc.

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The evening photo features the same accordion pleated skirt, a J.Crew sequin top #ftc (possibly 10 years old), a Kate Landry evening bag #ftc, Ralph Lauren strappy sandals #ftc and earrings #ftjb.  All new or similar items will be featured in the gallery below.  

These photos were taken at the Pump House in Rock Hill, SC (just south of Charlotte) at the Rooftop Bar.  If you get a chance to visit I would I highly suggest this restaurant and bar.  The views are beautiful and the food and drinks... amazing!  

As always, thank you for reading and I love to read comments so be sure to post them below! 

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Cheers, beauties!

XXOO

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SPOT ON

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Hi Friends, 

Loving the new line from Target called A New Day.  The tagline is "style that goes wherever you do," which I believe is spot on.  This line offers a boutique experience at a lower cost, everything is under $50. Whose on board with saving some dollars!!  ME!  I found this statement jacket last week and fell in love.  From the embroidery on this military jacket to the lining, and turn back cuffs... it's really cute and can be worn at any age! 

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I'm wearing Free People frayed jeans, a red French Connection top from the closet and fun gold slides from Steve Madden.  Check out the gallery below for links to the items.  

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These photos were taken in front of a red dot for the effect.  However, funny enough you can find these red dots on any liquor store in the state of South Carolina.  Why might you ask?  I had to look up the answer!  You can read the article here but the gist of the story is that in 1945 legislation was passed that strictly limited advertising by liquor stores. A Charleston Liquor dealer got creative and painted a red dot around the words "Retail Liquor Dealer," and they have been painted on the Palmetto State's liquor stores since.  

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Don't forget to check out this new line at Target and if you find something fun, let me know in the comments below.

As always, thanks for reading!

XXOO

Think Pink

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Hi Readers, 

Happy Wednesday!  Hope the week is treating you well.  It's been a busy one so the weekend cannot get here soon enough.  

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When I saw the fall colors listed by Pantone, I knew that Ballet Slipper would be a favorite in my wardrobe. And it would pair so well with one of my other favs: black!  

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I found this cute Vince Camuto bomber jacket in Ballet Slipper. (check out the gallery below) Dressed up or down it's a great addition to any closet and it just so happens to pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Which is so important for all of us as a reminder!  I just scheduled my mammogram, have you?

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A dear friend, from my childhood, put me in touch with Nancy Anderson of Karina Design: a design studio Check out her website here.  She designs hand-made jewelry and other wonderful gifts.  I am wearing a Pink freshwater pearl necklace in silver and love the unusual design.  It's always fun to get a unique gift like this!

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Have a great rest of the week and thanks as always for reading!

Until next time...  XXOO

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September Colors

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Hi Friends, 

Do you remember?  Ba de ya - say you do remember! Sorry got carried away...love this song!  :)  Oh my September is almost gone so I could not leave without an autumn post even though it is freakin hot here in the carolinas.  You still dancing... HA... me too!  Ba de ya!!!  

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Love this month... so sorry to see it go!  Wanted to share these awesome Chico's Juliet pants in Brandy Brown... can we say OH SO SLIMMING!  Yes, let's do because they are!!!!  Second, this white blouse from Chico's is the best... mine is on its second season and looks like it is the first.  Let's attribute it to quality!  The earrings and cuff are also Chico's... sooo chic!  Shoes are from the closet #ftc and are Stuart Weitzman. Sorry that I cannot help with these but ladies.  I hold on to everything as I promise it will come back in style at some point... and if it doesn't, buy good quality and wear it anyway. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!  Last but not least, I found this clutch at Nordstrom Rack last month and it was a #have2have...  Helen Kaminski high quality at a fantastic price.  Shop all the looks in the gallery below and similar substitutes.  

Stay tuned as I will be featuring many of these same pieces with a top change. SNEAK PEAK below:

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Have a fabulous Friday and weekend ahead and as always... thank you for reading!  

One last time... do you remember... Ba de ya!!

XXOO

 

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A Special Day as a Special Guest - Timeless + Trend

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Life-fulfilling work is never about the money — when you feel true passion for something, you instinctively find ways to nurture it.
— Eileen Fisher
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Happy Monday friends,

First, let me start off with the quote above and share how much I agree with it!  Secondly, I feel it says so much about the woman who wrote it, her brand, her clothes, her beliefs and most importantly the people of Eileen Fisher.  I had the privilege last Saturday of getting to know these people first hand.  Wow... what a great group of women! 

The beautiful women of Eileen Fisher Charlotte!

The beautiful women of Eileen Fisher Charlotte!

If you are not familiar with the brand, I highly suggest reading this short story as I truly believe Eileen can tell her own story best.  I love the end...  about making a difference (my mantra) and that Eileen feels that business can be a movement!  You might want to read about THE SYSTEM, too.  I might call them "foundations of the brand."

Let me back up!  Back in August, I walked into the Eileen Fisher store in Charlotte.  I did not know it was my lucky day... but feel it was!  I shopped a bit, tried on some clothes and met some of the stylists.  It was then and there that I found my black jumpsuit and also shared my story about SITNB.  Next thing I knew, I was being invited to be part of their Fall Event as a special guest; to share my style ideas for the new fall line.  Everything I tried on was simple, chic and of the highest quality.  The customers were absolutely fantastic and the stylists knew almost everyone by name due to the continued customer loyalty!  In fact, several women came in carrying bags to return clothes they had worn for years. Read more here about this amazing program.

Please enjoy the pictures from the day.   My background in sales and love of helping and talking to people showed.  It was cool to be in this relaxed environment and suggest a few things that may have been out of some women's comfort zone.  But the best part was to see them realize how great they looked and feel confident in their choices!!  

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The washable motorcycle jacket! 

The washable motorcycle jacket! 

beautiful graf lantz accessories

beautiful graf lantz accessories

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The incredible "Vanessa" and my giveaway, a beautiful Shibori scarf.

The incredible "Vanessa" and my giveaway, a beautiful Shibori scarf.

So one day, I hope you can experience the brand by popping by an Eileen Fisher store, meeting their awesome stylists and trying on the clothes.  I guarantee it will be hard to wear anything else, once you have felt the beautiful fabrics and see how easy it is to wear this brand that offers timelessness + trend.  

My wonderful son and DIL stopping by to shop!

My wonderful son and DIL stopping by to shop!

Every day at Eileen Fisher you will see the Power of Women at work.  You will see creativity, confidence, and connection!  Yes, Eileen, your business is a movement.  

Thank you, readers...until next time! XXOO

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p.s. A very special thank you to Mr. Silver, my photographer, who spent his Saturday photographing the event and at one point, even dog-sat for a shopper!  :)

 

Modern Vintage Jewelry

JewelryJan Correll4 Comments

Hi Friends,

I believe that jewelry plays a big part in a woman's unique style and feel that each piece has a history, especially when given as gifts.  To that end, I own a lot of jewelry and give a lot as gifts.  A few years back, I found a piece of jewelry by John Wind that remains one of my favorites today; a Sorority Gal Cotton Pearl Initial Bracelet in Gold. The piece was inspired by Grace Kelly in Rear Window.  Love it!!

Through this post, I would like to introduce you to John Wind and his most recent collection inspired from the past.  Each piece takes on a personal meaning and a little soul of its own.  I love the fact that the line is unique, collectible and high quality. In fact, they could and should be handed down for generations!   My initial charm bracelet is still as beautiful as the first day I wore it!

John started as an artisan making chunky collage brooches and watch bracelets made of linked watch heads!   And due to demand for the line expanded into the gift world to deliver a unique jewelry line!  

Wind's designs have been featured in many books and magazines; including Harpers Bazaar, InStyle, Oprah and the New York Times.  You can purchase the full line on their website or it is sold in a number of boutiques around the world!  

Jackpot!!!

Jackpot!!!

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Tortoise and gold is a match!!

Tortoise and gold is a match!!

Arm candy makes this look!

Arm candy makes this look!

I have styled two very different outfits, one from the closet and the other new.  I feel this jewelry complimented, enhanced and completed these looks.  In the first, I am wearing a Magaschoni gold coat purchased a few years back and #ftc (from the closet) with Free People frayed jeans and gold sandals, by BCBGMAXAZRIA again #ftc. And of course, my John Wind jewelry, featured in the gallery below.)  The second look is a fun, casual dress by Sundays from a local boutique in Charlotte called Luxe Angel.  Love the rose gold zipper and pockets ( can you tell I am a fan.) The dress is actually of gift for someone close to me so....sssshhhhh!! Such a great place to shop!!  The black sandals are Vince Camuto, from Nordstrom Rack. 

I am in love  

I am in love

 

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Jane Fonda... move over!  

Jane Fonda... move over!  

Love this combination...

Love this combination...

If you add any of this fine jewelry to your own personal collection, I look forward to hearing from you via comments below!! Check out my personalized "J"!  Everyone needs a fun, personalized item.  I am in love with this awesome pin!!

"J"  nothing more to say!  

"J"  nothing more to say!

 

 

Until next time and as always thank you for reading!

xxoo

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EILEEN FISHER, a powerful brand

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Words have the power to change us
— CASSANDRA CLARE
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Hi dear friends,

Hope you are having a great week and that you and your loved ones or friends were unaffected by those crazy "hot messes",  Irma and Harvey.  Compassion is what is needed today for all those suffering as a result.  It is times like these when people pull together, and put differences aside to help others heal. It is so powerful to see,  kindness in action.

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This post is about the Eileen Fisher brand and her fall campaign, Power in the Words of Women.  First, I will tell you that I have a few Eileen Fisher pieces.  They include a grey wool top and pencil skirt, that I wear repeatedly in the fall/winter and a linen dress that I recently featured on my Instagram feed.   Last month I  visited the EF store in Charlotte and was immediately taken with several pieces.  In fact, when chatting with the wonderful sales staff, I shared that I did not realize how modern her clothes were and now have a fresh perspective. I also learned that this high quality brand believes in adding key pieces to your wardrobe each season, and not starting over.  This makes so much sense!  During my visit, I tried on the most beautiful taupe dress,  and purchased the black jersey jumpsuit featured in this post. I love this jumpsuit, as it  is one of those pieces, I will wear again and again. BEWARE: you may get tired of seeing this, but I won't get tired of styling it so many different ways. It's perfect with flats, heels, traveling, dressing up or down.  

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Secondly, I want to share Eileen Fisher's fall campaign; Power in the Words of Women.   The designer's mission is to continue the empowerment of women and girls, and celebrates the women making an impact on the world and their power.  If you have not see the campaign, please check out a link to the video and stories here.  I also loved learning more about the brand here... including Eileen's 30 year plan, which encompasses so many of my beliefs; women empowerment and recycling. 

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I am wearing the Eileen Fisher Jersey Crop Wide Leg Jumpsuit... check out the pockets!!  The gold earrings are from J. Crew and the bracelet is my favorite, #ftjb (from the jewelry box). Shoe are Cole Haan.  This is a simple chic outfit.  Follow the the gallery for links (below.)  

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Last, I will be attending the Eileen Fisher Fall Collection at the Phillips Place store in Charlotte as their special invited host.  I am so honored and excited.  Please stop by the store anytime from 10-6 on Saturday, September 23.  I look forward to seeing everyone and hope you get to experience this amazing line like I have!  

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As always, thanks for reading.  Until next time...  XOXO.

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Thoughts... for my younger self

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Hi Friends,  

Hope everyone's week is off to a great start. Our weekend was relaxing!  In fact, I even rested on the couch Sunday as I have been fighting something (tickle in the throat) all last week.  I tried so hard to take a nap but it did not work, as it never does! I envy people that are so relaxed and can rest whenever needed!  Good for them!

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I met someone new recently, through a mutual friend.  She was great! Younger than myself but we shared so much in common and she is so chic!  What a wonderful experience, meeting new people! We had a great conversation, as she is also a fashion blogger!  One question she asked me that I pondered for a bit, was "what would you tell your younger self, today?"  I loved the question and the thought process it led me down.  I had not one answer but several!  I am sharing my list with you... and hope you enjoy it!  And as always am open to your thoughts!

1.  Be who you want to be... always: don't let anyone or anything define you or tell you who you should, or shouldn't be!

2.  Put yourself first...no one else is going to!  And you have got to take care of yourself!  As women, we put everyone before us but we don't need to.

3.  Lighten up: relax and see the laughter and joy in everything.  Life is not serious.  

4.  Only look for the good in others: look beyond differences and faults.  

5.  Make your smile your signature:  it can make an average woman beautiful!

6.  Hold your head high, your posture will follow and do everything with confidence.

7.  Do some form of exercise everyday: it will make you mentally and physically stronger.  

8.  Remember to re-invest in yourself and always stay current so that you are cool and relevant as you age!  Read, take classes, learn how to do something new and never stop growing!

9.  Don't say I'm sorry, unless you have hurt someone, lied or cheated.  That word is in many women's daily vocabulary and it does not need to be.

10.  Rely on your faith always... it will get you through anything!

My favorite quote is below:

“I have come to the conclusion that the most important element in human life is faith.

If God were to take away all His blessings, health, physical fitnes, wealth, intelligence, and leave me but one gift, I would ask for faith –- for with faith in Him, in His goodness, mercy, love for me, and belief in everlasting life, I believe I could suffer the loss of my other gifts and still be happy....”

— Rose Kennedy
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In these pics, I am wearing a wonderful black and white checked dress from J.Jill!  I love it and plan to wear it all fall.  So get used to it!! :)  My sandals are Guess.  My necklace was found in an antique store and is solid dark blue turquoise.  A bit on the heavy side but I love it!  My jewelry is Roberto Coin (silver), and David Yurman (silver links) and a pretty white turquoise cuff (compliments of my daughter).  

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These photos  were taken in a small Texas town called New Braunfels in between San Antonio and Austin.  The Landmark is a  restored historic building on the Comal Canal.   Photo credit to Katherine Hannah Conlee.

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As always,  thank you for reading!  I so appreciate you!  XXOO

SUPER SHOPPING (groceries)

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Hi Friends, 

It's Sunday and I hope it's been a great weekend so far you and yours!  Ours has been great, although we wore ourselves out last night... hanging with our kids!  Don't get me wrong, we had a blast but the night went on, and on!  So now here it is Sunday and time to get the chores done, which includes groceries for the week ahead.  Yes, so mundane, and a waste of time but sometimes enjoyable when you are not in a rush... or tired.  

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Interesting is the fact that my son and his wife do their grocery shopping online.  Both working professionals, they plan their menu for the week and order and pick up twice a week.  Rarely are they at the grocery store, except for emergencies (which happens with 2 small children.) They save money, by not impulse buying and feel they stay focused on eating healthier with all the planning.  

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Although the majority of grocery shopping is done the traditional way, this is expected to change greatly in the next decade.  Very similar to the milkman in the past more and more retailers are delivering right to our door.  Yes, Gen Y or so called Millennials have embraced this due to their heavy tech reliance, but my feeling is we can learn a thing or two from them and free up additional time for more important things.  Additionally, we may reap savings benefits in both in our wallets and our waistlines.  It's never a bad idea to learn something new as a perennial!!  Let's keep on blooming and flourishing, even as we age.

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In these pics, I am wearing a cute crochet swing dress from Anthropologie by Akemi + Kin.  It's on sale at a great price.  My sandals are gold Jack Rogers and my fab earrings are vintage Betsy Johnson FTC.  

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Would love to hear your experience with online grocery shopping.  If you have not tried it...  let me know your feedback. 

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Have a great week ahead and as always, thank you for reading!  XOXO

 

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Drinks on the Town

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Enjoy the little things in life, because one day you will look back, and realize there were the big things

Hi Friends,

Hope everyone is having a great week and ready for the weekend ahead.  I am excited to be headed to Texas for a visit this week!  Will be loving on two grand boys and celebrating one's first birthday.  Can't wait!

I recently had 4 inches of silver hair cut off!  YIKES… when I looked down I about freaked.  My one request was to be able to pull it back for my workouts.  Well, my stylist definitely accomplished that but I would not call it a ponytail but rather a micro tail of some kind!  HA!  I do love the new cut but initially, it took some styling magic, but I think I have mastered it; with the exception of humid days (almost every day in Charlotte or HHI are humid!)

This picture was shot in Uptown Charlotte overlooking the city from one of my favorite restaurants.  The night was not anything important, but we felt it warranted celebrating: life’s little moments together! This fun drink is a spicy margarita, which is my favorite!!

 

I am wearing a DVF top in black silk.  It is piped in the prettiest bright yellow satin, which unfortunately you really cannot see once on but I love small details. The black slacks are Vince Camuto, Tahari sandals, a Ralph Lauren cross body, and last but not least, Chandelier earrings from J.Crew.  The bright yellow was a bit out of my comfort zone, but as always, wearing what I want and most importantly, with confidence! 

Have you worn anything lately that put you out of your comfort zone?  Comment below.

 

Have a great week lovelies. 

Until next time and as always… thank you for reading!! XXOO

Rose', Blush and Lace

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Happy Wednesday lovely friends,

Tell me that you are having a great week so far!  I sure hope so. Mine has been productive and fun.   In fact, Mr. Silver and I found a new place (to us) that serves good wine  and craft beer, not too far from our house.  We enjoy having a drink together to wind down the day!  This little place was the perfect spot.  Not the original plan for a photo shoot, but hey, Que Sera, Sera!   

With all the hubbub around Rose' or blush wine, I have jumped back on the bandwagon (as I used to love it years ago), pun intended.  I find it light and easy to sip when the temperatures are hot or year round, depending on your palate.  And if you have not tried a Frose', I would highly suggest it.  Here is a fun recipe, that is simple to make and quite refreshing.  Tip: I use stevia instead of sugar.

One of my dear friends recently gifted me this beautiful blush top from Zara Woman.  She had bought it in Italy and never had the chance to wear it.  Being the friend that she is, she knew it was my style!  So sweet because I fell in love with it.  In fact the blush color is so on trend!!  Thank you again, MJ!! I am also wearing Free People Gummy high waist jeans, Shoes from Nanette Lepore, earrings from SUGARFIX by BaubleBar from Target and a cute little HOBO CrossBody clutch.  

Sure hope your week continues to trend towards great and that you have fun plans for the weekend.  We will be caring for a set of the grands and are so looking forward to it!  

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As always, thank you for reading...cheers until next time! XXOO

 

 

 

 

Point of View

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If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as your own.
— Henry Ford

Hi lovely friends, Hope your week is was great and that your upcoming weekend will be fantastic!! Last weekend was relaxing, this weekend not so much!                            

I love this quote by Henry Ford but find it is not always easy to do what it suggests, but I do agree with Henry and feel that most successful people can look at other's point of views.   Today, everyone including me (or so my son says)  has an opinion on everything.  We have so much information available to us at our finger tips all day long. We look up long enough to share our thoughts on what we have read or learned to socialize a bit. These opinions range from politics to sports, healthcare, education and the list goes on.  Recently I am seeing many articles  sharing what women over 50 should and should not wear.  In fact, I just read a Harpers Bazaar article which stated that as you get older to keep your animal urges confined to a skirt or a clutch. And that's all fine but in my opinion, if you find something you really like wear it!!  Even if it is an all over leopard print shirt dress.  With the likes of Iris, Carmen, Diane Keaton and Furstenberg, and many fashion sysmbols, we can and should wear what we want.  The key is to be true to yourself and confident about what you like.  It's not necessarily about what's in fashion, it's about what you love for you and your style.  

Which leads me to this post.  First, I chose the location based on the fact that it is a triangular shaped building near downtown Charlotte.  I was standing in front of one of the three points.... actually making my point!! This fun leopard print shirt dress is from Chico's.  It is sold out on line but available in some stores and is a great price too!!  My bag (a gift from Mr. Silver last year) is a Louis Vuitton,  Pochette Modis and hard to find this year!  Theses black Ivanka Trump pumps are FTC and are a wardrobe staple.  

In closing hope you all have a great Friday and weekend!   Be confident in what you wear.  Nobody else can or will be.  

Until next time, thank you for reading!!

 

As far as I’m concerned, leopard is a neutral.
— Jenna Lyons

Island Time

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Hi Friends,

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!  We are as well and enjoyed time with family. Due to travel yesterday and today, I am a bit late with my post.  So here goes...

Does anybody else understand island time? I truly believe the phrase can be used as a verb and adjective at the same time and that there is something special about this phrase.   Whether it is a long island, a caribbean island or just an island off the coast...there is magic that happens once you hit the island. Time seems to slow down and deep breaths seem to come easier. 

When we cross over the bridge to our island,  we can smell the sea air and time around us seems to slow down.

I hope you enjoy these pictures taken in Hilton Head near Coligney Beach on our island, HHI.

My Island Time tee as well as the pom pom earrings are from J.Crew.  Unfortunately, this everyone else love it and it is now sold out!  My vintage tulle skirt is from Bomdiggity Boutique in  Texas but I have posted similar styles on my gallery page.  My black strappy sandals are Coach and have great detail, similar are shown below.  My sunnies are Ray-Ban.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and wherever you are in the world, island or land... hope you can relax and live lie your on "island time!"

Until next time XOXO

Patriotic Spirit

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Hello lovelies,

Hope everyone had a great weekend and that you are ready to celebrate tomorrow!  We sure are!  We spent a great weekend with close friends and had a staycation at the beach house.  Actually, I have been here for almost 14 days, which has been WONDERFUL.  My little sister came to visit as well!  So much fun!

For this post, shot in Hilton Head, I am wearing three different outfits featuring my patriotic spirit in red, white and blue.  The first is centered around this ruffle pencil skirt from J. Crew.  Unfortunately, it is now sold out in the chambray but available in other colors.  I fell in love with it and the ruffle down the front.  The tee is French Connection, FTC and this cute paper straw clutch is from Fresh Produce HHI.   The shoes in this post are Marc Fisher, previously featured but linked below.  Featured in this picture is a statue in Hilton Head, featuring "Albert" the gator and Charles Fraser, a real estate developer who helped shape the vision of HHI.  You can read more about it here.

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The second outfit is also FTC. The red eyelet top is from J. Crew as well as the seersucker shorts.  These fun shoes are Marc Fisher from last season, (however my sister just found them on eBay!)  My beach bike is from Bike Doctors of Hilton Head.  Love the red and white!!

Last but not least is this cute bell sleeve cut-out top is from BCBGeneration.  My red skinny pants are J. Crew, FTC, previous season.  The Jack Rogers Leopard sandals are always in style and go with so many outfits!  Featured also, are Gracie (our dog) and Tonka (our grand-dog) both Wheaten Terriers.  It was a bit challenging managing both doggies for the shot but as you can see we laughed and sweated our way through it.

I hope you all have a great Fourth of July and that you enjoy this special day with family and friends!  Our country may have many challenges but it represents the home of the free and the brave and we have so much to be grateful for!

As always, thanks for reading and God Bless America!

XOXO

One of a Kind Jeans

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Hi Friends,

As you may know, my family is everything to me and I count myself one lucky girl that I recently got to spend extra time in Texas, with my daughter and her family. So while there, got to do a bit of sightseeing, which included a visit to Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas.  If you like music like I do, this place is one for the bucket list.  You can read more about it here  but the likes of Loretta Lynn, Willie, Lyle Lovett and Leon Russell are just a few of the artists that have performed there.  A couple years back, my daughter, husband and I did enjoy a band there one evening and a couple of beers....what fun evening.   But this particular day (for the photo shoot), the Bacon Brothers (Kevin Bacon) were playing that night and had just arrived in their motorcoach.  I tried everything to get my kids to go with me... just in case Kevin broke out in a Footloose dance... but it did not work out.  Next time!!

The town of Gruene, just outside New Braunfels, offers a quaint perspective of small town Texas.  Fun shopping, good restaurants and the chance to tube in the cold, clear water of the two local rivers.  

For my visit to the one and only Gruene Hall I chose one of a kind jeans.  Who can truly say they have "one of a kind" jeans.  Luckily, some of us can say,"I do!"  These "holy" jeans are from Punkie's Place and feature Our Lady of Guadalupe and serape print fabric! Contact Punkie for adding these awesome jeans to your wardrobe! This black silk blouse is from the closet but find similar in the here.  My espadrilles are Sam Edelman and if you missed them in a previous post, they are super comfy... I would grab them while you still can as they will take you through the fall!  These cool Quay Australia Vivienne Aviator Sunglasses are a wardrobe staple and at this price... I am adding them in Metallic, too!  This snakeskin Hobo clutch is a classic and can compliment any outfit... and after 10 years continues to offer style.  Similar styles below.  Last but not least, the skull bracelet by Tarina Tarantino is over the top! Check out all these items in the gallery at the end of the post!

Even though I did not get to see the Bacon Brothers, every time I go to the New Braunfels area, Gruene Hall will be on the list; good music, good bands and good company!  And maybe, just maybe, I will be footloose!  

Until next time and as always, thanks for reading!

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