Silver is the New Blonde™

A Sympli Beautiful Black Dress

Fashion, Dresses, Lifestyle, Purses/Handbags, ShoesJan Correll2 Comments

As a result of a recent post I did for Scoop Charlotte, I was provided the opportunity to work with Paul Simon Women, a boutique in Charlotte.   I'm sorry to say that I had not been to this boutique before... but will not be a stranger again!  What led me to this work with Paul Simon in the first place was a blogger friend that had asked for some formal dress advice on a very special occasion for her as MOB/Mother of the Bride.  Scoop Charlotte paired me up with PSW to help with my endeavor and help they did and more!!  You can read my post on Scoop Charlotte here.

The more is the fact that I fell in love with the store and their classic, chic lines but also their wonderful staff.  The day I was there, the manager, Johann, had on this beautiful black knit dress which I commented on.  Although I was shopping for MOB/MOG, I knew that it likely would not fit into my post, featuring 5 different special occasion/evening wear outfits.  However she insisted, I try it on.  Needless to say I did, and fell in LOVE with this dress by Sympli.  I had heard of the brand in the past from a couple of female executive colleagues, who traveled as much as I did.   They loved the brand and the wearability for travel and versatility. (Hopefully, a collaboration is in the works for the near future.)  My friends had told me about the brands strong following and the staff at PSW  reiterated that point.  PSW is one of a few "select" boutiques in the SouthEast offering the Sympli line, which is based out of B. C. Canada.  

I hope you enjoy these pics of this beautiful black dress and how I styled it.

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Why do I love this dress so much?  First and foremost, I love the fit! Secondly, it can be dressed up or down with the right accessories.  And  next, it can be worn as a v-neck or round neck by "simply" putting it on in reverse!  If you are traveling, I would wear this with Chuck Taylor low-top converse or flat, fun sandals during the the day and with stilettos or strappy sandals into the evening.  In fact, Johann said someone had recently purchased it for a black tie event.  I could definitely see that.  

You will see this dress in a future post and I will definitely be dressing it down!  

To purchase this dress, clutch and earrings,  contact Paul Simon Women here: this Sympli dress is $230,  the bag is Lilla P, $128, and the earrings are Samantha McCroll $85.  

If you have a chance to stop by Paul Simon Women, please do and tell them that Jan from Silver sent you!!  I should also mention Paul Simon offers men's clothes, too!  I need to take Mr. Silver by soon.

Have a great rest of the week and as always, thank you for reading the blog.  My goal is to share chic, authentic and ageless style; covering fashion, beauty, and relevant lifestyle information as we share this journey together!  I really appreciate you!

xx

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Female Hand-Crafted Jewelry

Jewelry, LifestyleJan Correll1 Comment
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I am a fan of jewelry and I know many of you are too!  I recently found a company, actually, they found me and I fell in love with their story.  Each piece of jewelry is designed and hand-crafted by women, and it can vary slightly due to the fact it is made in limited quantities.  Each collection is designed to enhance a woman's individual beauty.  The company is Sabika; a company by women and for women.  You can learn more about them here

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The story starts with the founder, Karin Mayr, (at the age 50) when she found her family in financial need.  She had been a successful businesswoman as a trend forecaster working for others, for years. Her mission has stayed true to women empowerment through her commitment to helping women along their paths to growth.  

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I should not have been surprised when their head designer picked out the pieces specifically for me, but I was!  I have linked the beautiful jewelry in the gallery below.  Lucky, for me she chose some pieces done in collaboration with Swarovski, called the Sabika Cut®, that holds 30 geometric facets. Most of the pieces also have a signature pink heart  inscribed on them as an indicator of authenticity. You can purchase Sabika jewelry on line here or you can find a local consultant here.  You won't be disappointed with the collections and high quality... and remember that each time you purchase Sabika you are empowering women.  A great Mother's Day gift idea!!

Thank you to Sabika for sponsoring this post and the beautiful jewelry.  All opinions are my own.  

Have a great rest of the week and as always, thank you for stopping by the blog.  My goal is to share authentic ageless style; fashion, beauty and relevant lifestyle information as we share this fun journey together!  I  appreciate you!

XOXO
 

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A Fan... Yes!

Favorite Products, Home, Fashion, LifestyleJan Correll4 Comments
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If you're like me and have suffered through hot flashes or night sweats, you want a solution!  Yes, a fan works wonders but typically only cools your face, or can sometimes cool you down, too much!  Cold tile floors work wonders, too!  However, they are not always convenient.

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Nights have been the worst for me!  Hot/cold, cold/hot!  Covers off, covers on!  To say I drive Mr. Silver batty at times is an understatement and no...he does not get to weigh in!  Tee hee!  However, I found a sleep solution a few years back that truly helps and I don't wear any other pajamas to bed.  The brand is Soma, trusted by many including me, (love the Vanishing Back!)  But back to PJs, the line is called, Cool Nights and is a Soma Solution, which features their signature fabric that feels cool against your skin.  They are very soft and so comfortable.  I highly recommend them to you.   In fact, I recently had to "retire" a few pairs, so when SOMA approached me to collaborate, I jumped at the chance!!  Ladies, if you or your daughters, mothers or any female friend is having "hot flushes" or night sweats... order them a pair!  And with Mother's Day on the way... they make great gifts.  

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Cool Night PJs have a special tag to indicate they are in fact Cool Nights, as Soma sells other pajama's that do not have this special fabric!  I have linked my PJ's below in the gallery.  However, be sure to look at the full selection, there are many beautiful prints and options to choose from.  

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Have you tried Cool Nights?  And if you have, do you love them as much as I do?   Please comment and let me know!!  As you can tell, I am a "fan" of Cool Nights.   They have helped improve my sleep, (lord knows... I need my beauty sleep,) And I was already planning this post long before they reached out! Seriously, girlfriends!  TREAT yourself to some Cool Nights.

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Thank you to Soma for sponsoring this post!  All opinions are my own.  I only feature and promote, what I find valuable to pass along to my readers. 

Have a great rest of the week and as always, thanks for stopping by.  My goal is to share authentic ageless style; fashion, beauty and relevant lifestyle information as we share this fun, ageless journey together!  I appreciate you!

XOXO

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My Wardrobe Criteria List

Fashion, Jewelry, Lifestyle, Purses/HandbagsJan Correll4 Comments
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Happy Monday/Tuesday!  This post was supposed to go out yesterday but due to unforeseen circumstances... it did not.  I am a planner and some days just don't go as planned, as hard as I try.  In fact, I missed my book club last night due to a photo shoot running later than I thought... but had so much fun!  More on that in an upcoming post!  

I thought I would share how I decide if an item makes it into my wardrobe.  As a planner, I have a list of everything I have to do daily and love to check it off.  As a list maker, I keep a list of grocery items, Target items, and Costco items on my phone.  I share the list with Mr. Silver on our iCal so that if he makes a run before I do, he knows what we need.  However, I do not share my wardrobe list, nor my home update list. :)

My closet is an average size, not over-sized, so I switch my summer and winter clothes 2x a year and keep a running tally (list) of what I have and what I need and what I would like to add including shoes, bags, and accessories.  That means that twice a year, I go through and donate items I no longer wear for the upcoming season to Dress for Success or another charity.  This keeps my wardrobe fresh and updated.  

I have some guidelines that I use when shopping that you may find valuable, too.  These apply to most everything with the exception of special occasions.   

1.  Will I wear an item multiple seasons?  In the south, we can wear things longer since our seasons tend to drag into each other.  

2.  Is the cut flattering for my figure and will it be in style for at least a couple of years? 

3.  Is the color flattering on me?  Does it accentuate my skin and hair color? And will the color take me through a couple of seasons?

4.  Do I see myself wearing this item more than 4 times?  If yes, that means, I will wear it a lot more but if not... it's a waste of money as I try not invest in items that just hang in my closet.

5.  If I don't buy it will I be sorry?  This is a big one.  Typically, if you like something a lot...buy it then because if you go back... I guarantee it will be gone.

6.  Is it on my list or a variation of what I need to compliment my current wardrobe or for an upcoming event?

7.  Is it good quality?  Your wardrobe is an investment...invest in good quality.  It will show, your feet won't hurt and you will always be happy with your purchases.

8.  Is it a closet staple that you can wear numerous ways?  My Eileen Fisher Moto Jacket, my favorite Jean Jacket, my favorite black pumps, tailored slacks, etc. are all worn time and time again and dressed up or down.

9.  Will I wear it with confidence?  If I doubt that I will, it's not a good purchase.  

10. I am buying it just because it's on sale and a good deal?  I'm guilty of this too!  I always feel like it easier to justify a purchase but if it does not fit my guidelines above, I don't buy it!

I bought this simple J. Jill blue knit dress and have worn it as shown, with tights and flats, with boots and numerous ways already.  Same with the shoes, purse, and necklace.  In fact, I have built a couple of outfits around the necklace because I like it so much and knew it would fit my "wardrobe list!"

Do you have shopping guidelines you "try" to live by?  If so, I would love to hear them.  What's on your fashion shopping list?   Please share in the comments below!

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Have a great rest of the week and as always, thank you for reading the blog.  My goal is to share chic, authentic and ageless style; covering fashion, beauty, and relevant lifestyle information as we share this journey together!  I really appreciate you!

xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you a Perennial?

Fashion, LifestyleJan Correll2 Comments
The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.
— Alfred Austin
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I thought this was an interesting quote, based on a conversation I had yesterday when meeting a new friend.  She asked me how I stay relevant and current, not only with fashion and style but for the mind and the soul.  Over the course of the conversation, I found that she already invests in herself, by exercising regularly and eating healthy, she experiences new things by traveling and volunteering and has an active, faith-based lifestyle.  I also asked about reading and learning.  She shared that she is an avid reader and loves a good novel.  I shared one way that I continue to grow and learn is a simple app on my phone, Blinkist.  While walking or working out, I listen to a short "blink" (15 minutes or less) of a nonfiction book on a variety of topics (19 different categories) that interest me.  These blinks provide key highlights to over 2000 bestselling nonfiction books.  This habit allows me to stay current and fresh on a variety of topics and also provides a great start or an end of the day.  I can boost my knowledge, skills and widen my world in a short time frame.  The best part is that I can download these to my kindle for reference and that you can read them or listen in.

The definition of a perennial is: lasting or existing for a long or apparently infinite time; enduring or continually recurring.  This is my goal, to stay current, be relevant and to feed my mind and soul every day.  I feel it's more important than ever as a woman to show our kids, husbands, partners, grandkids, and families that we will continue to be a strong, lasting flower (presence) in this world. 

Do you consider yourself a  perennial?  Would love to hear your thoughts on how you continue to grow and learn.

In this pic, I am wearing my favorite style purchase within the last year.  My Eileen Fisher moto jacket! (There are still some sizes left, details in the gallery below.) It is light enough to wear a sweater or tee underneath, and is perfect for any weather condition, it is machine washable and I can dress it up or down depending on my outfit. What is your favorite clothing purchase that you wear again and again... or should we say perennial piece?  :)

If you decide to purchase Blinkist, I may be compensated if you use the link I provided.  Purchase this app any way you can.  I highly endorse it.

Have a great rest of the week and as always, thank you for stopping by the blog.  My goal is to share authentic ageless style; fashion, beauty and relevant lifestyle information as we share this fun journey together!  I  appreciate you!

XOXO

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Running Errands (What to Wear)

Shoes, Fashion, LifestyleJan Correll2 Comments
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Ever since I was first married, many moons ago, when I had to go out to get something, I always told Mr. Silver,  I will be out "running errands." (Mr. Silver does not share my love of shopping.) This could really mean a lot of things; but to me, it meant getting stuff done, on weeknights or weekends when I was not flying around the country for work.  However, it also meant that I did not have to hurry and I had time to browse and look around.  Sometimes, errands could be quick, or sometimes they took awhile.  Have you ever noticed that when your husband goes out to get something he is quick about it? To be perfectly frank, I am not quick... as I like to "look around."  Therefore, in our house, (including my kids), they still like to ask/kid me if I've been out "running errands!"  HA!  Why yes I have! And I don't mind at all because it provides, me some "me" time!!  Do you "run errands," too??

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I found this fun, long hoodie (super comfy) at J.Jill recently.  It is perfect for the spring.  I am also wearing black leggings and a black J.Jill long sleeve tee (a great wardrobe basic.)  Wearing my favorite Sam Edelman, black Carin espadrilles, (which they have brought back for another season), a silver bangle and earrings (FTC) and my new Silver backpack.  This outfit is easy and comfy for some important errand running!  :)  You can find all details below.

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Have a great rest of the week and as always, thank you for stopping by the blog.  My goal is to share authentic ageless style; fashion, beauty and relevant lifestyle information as we share this fun journey together!  I  appreciate you!

XOXO

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Four Fab Spring Looks

Fashion, Purses, Purses/Handbags, ShoesJan CorrellComment
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Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend.  We had a blast with our son, daughter-in-law and two sweet grands.  Both my son and my daughter are not fond of social media so you won't see much of my grands except for maybe legs, backs of heads, etc.... which I completely respect.

The weather at the beach was still a bit rainy on Friday and chilly on Saturday.   So we did not get a lot of time in the sand and sun but we did get to do a little shopping during naps at the local TJ Maxx.  And let me tell you, this TJ's has fab finds... any time of the year.  

So I thought, I would share 4 spring outfits built from this quick shopping trip.  The best part is that every piece is under $40.  Unfortunately, there is no way to link to the clothes as they typically stock different items online than in the stores and even so (as you well know) if you don't by it when you see it at TJ's or Marshall's, there is no going back, cause it's gone.  

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The first outfit is a casual sweatshirt with pouffy cotton sleeves perfect for spring weather.  I am wearing my favorite converse tennis shoes and a pair of Articles of Society frayed jeans, which I linked in my Pearls post here.  

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Second is a pretty rose-colored tee/top with gold thread around the top.  I am wearing jeans from the closet and gold espadrilles bought last year at TJ's.  

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My third look is a blue and white striped bell sleeve shirt, on sale for under $20, Free People jeans from the closet and my favorite JSlide blue suede shoes.

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Last but not least is my favorite of the bunch, tencel joggers in a color I love but find difficult to describe.  The tag says "toast" but it is closer to a "buttered rum with a twist of orange."  These cool joggers can be dressed up or down.   I added black strappy sandals and a black bell sleeve shirt from the closet.  The fun, clear bucket bag was also under $20 and a fun accessory for the spring.

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The moral of this post is don't shy away from the discount stores, when shopping for your seasonal wardrobe.  For just over $100, I found four spring looks that I will wear through summer/fall.  

As always, thanks for stopping by the blog.  My goal is to share authentic ageless style; fashion, beauty and relevant lifestyle information as we share this journey together!  Have a great week!!

XOXO

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WHO KNEW - White Boots

FashionJan Correll6 Comments
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Hope it's been a great week, friends!  Mr. Silver and I  are getting ready for our son's family including two of grands and can't wait!  As you may know, I am a great shopper and deal finder!  So while shopping for Easter goodies, found some white boots... that I did not know I needed.  

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Now there is a bit more to the story... as I always wanted white boots when I was young.  However, my parents did not feel they were appropriate.  My older sister and I pined for them.  No lie, every single TV show, had women in white Go-Go boots.  Maybe it was the Go-Go part they objected to.  Can't say we ever really lacked for much, so we never pushed the envelope.  But our staple shoes at the time were black and white saddle shoes!   

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So when I came across these beauties, I had to make them mine.  Because at 60, nothing is stopping me! 

I never really thought about how I would wear white boots because I wanted them and they were on my list (more on the list in another post.)  However, what I have found since purchasing these, is that I can wear them with everything and everywhere.  Dresses, jeans, skirts, overalls... well, maybe not shorts! 

Do you have white boots and do you love them too?  Would love to hear from you in the comments, below.  You can check out the gallery below for "my white boots," and more choices, the sunnies and the ring.  The rest of this black and white look is from the closet.

As always, thank you for stopping by the blog.  My goal is to share authentic ageless style; fashion, beauty and relevant lifestyle information as we share this fun journey together!  I so appreciate you!

xoxo

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Hair Worries

Favorite Products, Beauty, LifestyleJan Correll4 Comments
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Have you ever looked at the shower drain after washing your hair and exclaimed, "oh my?"  Or looked at your hairline in a magnifying mirror and seen more scalp showing?  I can answer "yes" to both those questions.  And if you can too, then this post is for you!  

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My hair is thick, coarse and wavy.  Over the last few years due to thyroid issues and hashimoto's, I feel that I have lost a lot of hair.  Although I would not say my hair is thin, I would say it was thinning.  I even went so far as to speak with my endocrinologist about my concerns.  He tweaked my medicine, but that did not seem to help much.  I was getting concerned and reading everything I could about thinning hair on the web.  Lucky for me, I heard from a company that addressed my problem... KeraHealth.

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I have to say, I was a bit skeptical at first but after doing my research, was intrigued and agreed to work with them.  What makes the product unique is the patented technology ingredient, KerCysteine – an exclusive product developed by scientists in the South of France that provides hair follicles with the necessary, highly absorbable amino acids, to stimulate and improve the production of the natural structural elements of hair. Importantly, the ingredients in Kerahealth Women and KeraHealth Men are naturally sourced, and the supplements are manufactured in an FDA approved facility in the USA.  I would suggest you do your own research here as I am not a scientist nor a doctor.  If you are interested in the results of their clinical studies you can read more about them here.  

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After two months, of use, I am extremely pleased.  I am seeing new hair growth and my hair is much shinier and feels thicker, too.  I don't see nearly as much breakage when drying or using hair tools.  In fact, I plan to buy the product for my Mom, daughter, and DIL.  My Mom has experienced thinning hair for years and both of my girls went through the typical hair loss after pregnancies.  

My hair is important to me as it is to most people and I will do whatever I can to maintain it.  KeraHealth has now become part of my regimen.  This product seriously works and I highly recommend it.  As mentioned above, they also make a men's product available here.

KeraHealth is offering my readers a 10% discount.  When ordering here you may use the code: JAN10.  Please... if you decide to purchase KeraHealth, comment and share your results to spread the word for others having the same "hair worries."

Wearing a J. Crew blouse from the closet and a sweater from Soft Surroundings.  Details in the gallery below.  

Thank you to KeraHealth for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are my own and I only share products, styles, and brands that I believe in, wear or have tested.

As always, thank you for reading and stopping by the blog.  My goal is to share authentic ageless style; fashion, beauty and relevant lifestyle information as we share this journey together!  I so appreciate you, my friends and readers!

XOXO

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Spring Things for the Home

Home, LifestyleJan CorrellComment

I have been on the road for over 10 days and am happy to be home and re-group a bit.  Whew!  It's been a whirlwind... and a blast as well!   AND for the first week of spring, what is with this crazy weather?  Sure glad I did not put my winter wardrobe away yet!!   I am ready for some milder days.  Are you? 

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Speaking of home... I recently had the opportunity to choose some items for our beach cottage, from Soft Surroundings when they asked to collaborate.  Did you know they offer fine home goods?  They have a beautiful selection and most items come with the Softness rating.  

My first selection was this beautiful Paris Faux Fur Throw in Tranquil Teal.  It is so beautiful and the perfect throw to curl up with!  I have used it several times this spring as the weather fluctuates and know it will be my go to when we are running the A/C full blast.  

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I also chose a NEST Reed Diffuser.  I love the constant fragrance a diffuser provides and am trying to stay away from candles.  The Grapefruit is a wonderful light scent for Spring (they offer 5 other choices) and the glass vase will compliment any decor.  Both of these items are below in the gallery, if you are interested in shopping.

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Don't forget to keep Soft Surroundings in mind when shopping for your home.  The spring line is beautiful.  Their slogan says it best, "My Time, My Place and Myself."

Thanks to Soft Surroundings for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are my own. 

Hope your week has been great and thanks for stopping by the blog.

XX

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Pearls Two Ways

Fashion, JewelryJan Correll2 Comments
Pearls are always appropriate
— Jackie Kennedy

Happy first day of spring!  Hope you all had a great week last week and a fantastic weekend as well.  I was missing in action, as I spent the week in Texas with my daughter’s family.  Her two small children had spring break from their pre-school program.  We spent the week doing kid stuff every day; playing pirates, picnics in the park, train rides, movies and visiting an amusement park catered to special needs children, but perfect for little’s of any age.  By the weekend, this Nannie was worn out, but would not have traded the time spent for anything.  Lucky for me, we also fit in time for some pictures, taking advantage of one of many daughters many talents; photography.  Texas has such fun backdrops and beautiful landscape.  

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Today, I am collaborating with my friend, John Wind; you can find his Modern Vintage line here.   As part of his spring line, John asked me to introduce you to his new-knotted pearl line, which I love.  You can wear this piece as a bracelet or as a necklace, as shown.   I added a black tassel, but John offers other adornments that will compliment any outfit.   The collection also has matching earrings. 

I am wearing a Joan Vass White silk top from the closet, and William Rast Black jeans, details in the gallery below.  

 

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Lucky for you, John and I are doing a giveaway for my readers on Instagram.  So be sure and to enter for a chance to win the exact JW pieces, I am wearing.  Also, if you would like to browse the rest of his website and to find some additional wonderful pieces, John also is offering a 15% discount to my followers and readers on your next JW purchase with code: SPRINGFLING. 

Thank you to John Wind Maximal Art for sponsoring this post!  All opinions are my own.  I only feature and promote, what I find valuable to pass along to my readers.

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Have a great week, lovelies and as always, thanks for stopping by and reading! 

XOXO

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Rainy Days and Mondays

Fashion, Favorite ProductsJan Correll4 Comments
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There are Mondays, and then there are rainy Mondays.  Blah!  But I have to tell you that when I went out for a stroll around town in my new pink coat, I was feeling anything but blah!  I had pep in my step due to this bright pink rain jacket from Crossings on Main, in Ft. Mill.  Located around the corner from where these pics were taken.  I saw this coat over the winter (which comes in a variety of colors) and told the owner (and my friend) Cathie Smith, I had to have the pink!  The jacket is made in Italy and is very high quality and can be worn year round, especially if you live in the south.  I will be wearing this throughout the spring and summer rain or shine!  

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I like to shop locally whenever I can and as a frequent Crossing's customer, Cathie has offered to pass along a 15% discount on this coat (mention that Silver sent you or give them the code SILVER.)  I promise you will love it.  I have included their website and contact here.  Call them and they will ship it out to you!  

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Also featured in these pictures are black hunter boots (linked in the gallery below) a polka-dot umbrella from Nordstrom Rack, closet staples; black pants and a black turtleneck and a gold alligator ring found at TJ Maxx.  

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Hope you all have a great week! Thanks so much for stopping by and reading the blog.   I sincerely appreciate your support!  xoxo

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The Altruism Wall

Fashion, Travel, LifestyleJan Correll3 Comments

Hi Friends,

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While in Greenville, SC this week,  we found this wall by Gaia a well-known street artist, which spoke to my heart.  You can read more about the wall and symbolism here.   It is hidden among construction sites going up everywhere in this fabulous southern city, and in fact, the wall had a danger ribbon around it to prevent it from harm.    However, the importance of the wall, altruism, is to remind people to spread kindness and provide inclusiveness to all.

Kindness is so easy to share, with anyone and it all starts with love in our heart for everyone.  In fact, when we practice altruism, we benefit greatly as well. A smile, a compliment, a conversation, a gift of love or compassion, making others feel welcome: is a simple act shared every day can make the world a better place.    Kudo's to Greenville, for this wonderful street art and the meaning behind it. 

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In this photo, I feel like I blend into the wall.  Maybe I do!  I am wearing a classic jean shirt from Chico's pants, and their so slimming jeggings and my favorite Sam Edelman slide on leopard sneakers.  I have put links to all or similar below in the gallery.  

Mr. Silver and I are planning a trip back to Greenville soon.  If you have time while near Charlotte or Atlanta, take an extra little journey on I-85 and explore Greenville, SC.

As always, thanks for stopping by and reading the blog.  My goal is to share authentic ageless style; fashion, beauty and relevant lifestyle information as we share this journey together!  I  appreciate this time together!  Hope that did not sound too much like Mr. Rogers!  :)

XOXO

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So Soft Cardigan

Fashion, JewelryJan Correll3 Comments
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Earlier this week, my husband and traveled down to Greenville, SC to see Willie Nelson in concert.  I have always wanted to see him perform live and at 84, this may be his last tour.  This was a birthday gift from my children which included awesome seats.  We had a great time and got to explore the Greenville, beforehand.  What a great city!

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The weather had taken a turn and was chilly, so I took the opportunity to wear a new spring cardigan and necklace that Soft Surroundings had sent me.  If you are familiar with SS, you know that they have a softness rating on their clothes of 1-3, #3 being the ultimate of softness.  This "cardi" as they call it, did not disappoint and is very soft (a #3), and warm too.  The rosy-peach color is trending this spring so will be wearing this sweater with tee shirts, and the like throughout the season.  

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Along with the sweater they also sent this beautiful handmade necklace; a leather bouquet of colorful flowers.  It truly is a wonderful piece of jewelry.  You will see it in the future with a simple black dress and many more outfits.  I have linked these items and my black patent booties below in the gallery.

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I really enjoy shopping at Soft Surroundings, not only for clothes but for skin care, makeup and home goods as well.  Watch for future posts showing other spring items!! I look forward to sharing them.

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Thank you to Soft Surroundings for these beautiful pieces and sponsoring this post.   All opinions are my own. 

As always, thank you reading and stopping by the blog.  My goal is to share authentic ageless style; fashion, beauty and relevant lifestyle information as we share this journey together!  I so appreciate you, my friends and readers!

XOXO

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Simply Venom

BeautyJan Correll4 Comments
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After posting this picture on Facebook back in January,  a woman accused me of having "work done!"  I was quick to let her know that I have not and don’t plan to.  Although other women may choose that route.  More power to them, it’s an individual decision.  However, I know it’s not for me.  I choose to work with what I’ve got and want to look great for my age… not necessarily younger.  Yes, as you can see, I have laugh lines around my mouth and smile wrinkles, too.  

The same month, I was in contact with Simply Venom™ and we made the decision to collaborate.  I had seen a few big time bloggers advocating the product so of course wanted to try it and share my results.  You can read all about the product here to learn more about how and why it was developed by two doctors.  The first thing I liked is the fact that the specific ingredients are right on the bottle.  Secondly, after 30 days of use, feel it is a great product.  Did it remove my wrinkles?  No, however, I feel it made them much less noticeable and made my skin look great.  Everyday, I used both the day and the night cream and noticed my skin became firmer and tighter after a few days of use.  Fun fact, I was out of my foundation and ran into Sephora to get a refill.  The sales consultant quickly helped me and asked if she could take a moisture reading on my skin.  I said sure and she could not believe the results.  She asked what I was using and said, “keep using it… I have never gotten a higher rating and your skin looks great!”  Her endorsement said a lot about the product and the way I felt about my skin. 

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I should also mention that my skin feels wonderful and even though I did this trial over January/February  (in the middle of winter), it feels hydrated all day long.  Therefore, I give a big “thumps up” as my second grandson would say and I would highly recommend Simply Venom to my friends and readers. 

Thank you to Simply Venom for these wonderful products and sponsoring this post. We can all try to look and feel our best, but aging is going to happen, let’s try to make the most of it and us!   All opinions are my own.  

Simply Venom has offered my readers a special discount.  Go to www.simplyvenom.com and enter the code: SILVER for 20% off.  Not available through the Amazon link!!  

As always, thank you reading and stopping by the blog.  My goal is to share authentic ageless style; fashion, beauty and relevant lifestyle information as we share this journey together!  I so appreciate you, my friends and readers! 

XXOO

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Transitioning to Silver and Beyond

LifestyleJan Correll4 Comments
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I never thought I would age.  I am serious.  Why for some odd reason, I thought the clock would stop for me!  Then reality hit me in the head, literally.  At 35, my hair began to gray.  I had some stress, but not a hard life.  I could not figure it out… aging prematurely!  So I did what any young female professional would do and I covered it!  My hair was important to me.  My hair framed my face and I thought it defined who I was.  So I did this FOR YEARS!  Until my 50th birthday approached when I said no more!  I was done.  I felt fake.  I was covering up who I was.  I was not supposed to still have this luscious head of almost black hair.  I was silver underneath.  I saw the dreaded line, “Morticia” every 3 weeks, and would examine her closely.  Is she gray or silver?  Due to the cost, I would push a color to 4 to 4 ½ weeks.  And on the rare occasion, when I had to, I would color my hair myself! 

At 49 and a half, I decided to embrace my hair for its true color.  My husband, the love of my life, who supports me in anything and everything, was all for it. He said go for it!  My son and daughter, who mean the world to me, said the same, “Do what you want!”  Well, I was not completely sure but almost sure.  I kept remembering my Nana (Italian Grandmother) saying that Italian women should not go blonde or gray… this is the same woman that did not like my curly “messy” hair!

One thing I did know from my observations in the mirror, “Morticia” was more than gray. She appeared to be pretty silver!  So I decided to go for it. I was going to be authentic, and everyone was going to see my silver strands.

I talked to my stylist and told him my plan.  He tried to talk me out of it because this impacted him too. After a long consult, with not a lot of choices, we proceeded towards my goal.  This was way before silver color was cool!!  After a long afternoon at the salon, I ended up, a platinum blonde, mixed with gray and I swear, my Nana, was rolling over in her grave.  My nieces and nephews called it “gronde!”  Lord have mercy, what did I do!!  At that point, there was no turning back.   So I cut off my shoulder length hair to a very short pixie cut.  I had not had a pixie cut since I was five years old and my Dad decided to play barber one afternoon. That’s another story that was a short-lived hobby for my dear Dad.

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Eventually, my hair grew out. Thankfully!  And I embraced it.  I got up in the morning and put my makeup on and it got to the point that I did not think about the color of my hair.  It was who I was! In fact, I loved it.   I was not allowing my hair color to define me.  I had many people and colleagues tell me how much they loved it. The fact that I was authentic and still looked so young!  Until one night… when a female colleague, albeit 10 years younger, told me that I looked old!  PAUSE.   “What”…as I choked on my red wine?  Why would one woman feel that they had the right to say that to another?    It took me down… I had to absorb it and ruminate on it.   I discussed it with family and close friends, thinking I may have made a mistake.  They told me what I knew in my heart…continue.    So I ultimately decided to kick myself in the butt and move on. I was a young at heart, spirited, smart, kind, stylish 50-year old that believed in herself and no one had the right to change my opinion.  She was entitled to her opinion, but I was also entitled to mine.  It was my HAIR!!

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Fast-forward, five years later, I purchased a few URLs and launched Silver is the New Blonde™, my fashion/lifestyle blog, in December 2015.  SITNB is my platform to show how great aging can be.  Staying young at heart, fashionable and learning to love, own and be the best version of yourself at 50, 60, 70 and beyond.     My goal is to help others see it’s OK to age and do it your way!I

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As a side note: Everyone is entitled to be his or her self, or to color his or her hair.  Gray or silver is not for everyone and that's ok!!  Thankfully views are changing and social barriers are dissolving, which makes this easier.   Aging will happen (whether we believe it or not), the millennials and boom-lets will have it happen, too. It’s time to come together and look at each person.  What can they contribute? When hiring, when marketing, when interacting, no one should be invisible.  We all matter…

If you are thinking of transitioning to gray or silver, now is the time.  It is cool, modern, fun, and can make life easy!  Today, colorists have the means to help you transition with beautiful silver colors!!  I have a habit of counting women that have transitioned or who are transitioning and not a day goes by without having seen 20 or more.   If I can help you in any way... please reach out!

As always, thank you reading and stopping by the blog.  My goal is to share authentic ageless style and relevant information as we share this journey together!  I so appreciate you, my friends and readers! 

XXOO

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Sparkle Day to Night

FashionJan Correll2 Comments
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I love finding a multi-function dress that can be used for daytime casual or an evening out.  I recently found this cute little dress at Anthropologie, on the sale rack and below $50.  So I did what any fashionista would do and grabbed it, knowing it would be worn several times!  Now before you run out to grab it or shop online, I am sorry to tell you it is gone and sold out quickly.  However, I thought I would show you how I styled it, so that you too can get many looks out of one simple dress.   

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For a casual day look, I paired it with my favorite (Silver is the New Blonde™ personalized) jean jacket and some fun silver sneakers.  I wore this look to lunch with a friend and to a fun new brewery on a Saturday afternoon with Mr. Silver.  I also added a fun snakeskin purse and jewelry to make it a bit more casual.  

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The same dress has now been worn to an evening dinner event, styled with black pumps, a black moto jacket, and a black clutch.  I have plans to wear this same dress for an upcoming evening wedding, with some strappy sandals and fun jewelry.  

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Do you have a fun sparkle dress that you wear day to night?  I would love to hear about it in the comments below and if you too, have added some fun tennis shoes.  In the future, I plan to wear this with my low-top converse.  Why?  Because as we live this life to the fullest, we should find a reason to sparkle every day!

As always, thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting!  I so appreciate each and everyone one of you!

XOXO

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Forever Fierce Day - What does it Mean to be Fierce at Midlife?

LifestyleJan Correll10 Comments
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It was just one year ago, that Catherine Grace O'Connell along with myself and 50 other bloggers began a campaign called the Fierce 50.  At that time, I introduced you to my Fierce Friend, Elaine. Since this time, our group has continued to grow with over 4600 members.   

When Catherine started the Fierce 50, it started out as a push to make retailers realize that being 50 does not mean you shouldn't market clothing to us, that has since expanded to the fact that women in midlife have an important story. As a member of Forever Fierce, we want women at any stage of their life to be empowered and feel great about themselves. The second campaign this fall was to have midlife bloggers pair up with millennial bloggers to help us realize that age is truly just a number. That's when I introduced you to Miranda .

And now, we would love to hear from every midlife woman.  Whether you are reinventing or simply perfecting while trying new experiences, careers, fashion, travel, etc., our hope is to show that the midlife woman is cool.  As we embark on this new journey together, join us in supporting each other.   If your interested, we would love for you to join us in the Facebook group where we talk about issues, ask questions and share our experiences.

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For this year's Forever Fierce campaign, I am one of 50 bloggers  chosen because we embody the spirit of supporting and helping one another. We are serving the community by having our post act as a platform to share other women's voices. We truly believe it's not just about us, but there is strength in numbers.

A blog is really a means of creative self-expression and each of us is excited to use this platform to share the powerful voices of these women. But let's not stop here. Ask your friends and family around you "what it means to be fierce at midlife?" Share their answers with the world by using the hashtags #foreverfierce and #foreverfierceday.

I am so excited to introduce you to some incredible and amazing women from around the world that I have met through this group.  Please read what it means to each of them to be Forever Fierce!  

Kim

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Kim, 61, Cincinnati, OH - Follow on Instagram @kimdecherfitfoodie and on Facebook @kimwalkerdechert

Fierce in midlife means being my best self possible and having the confidence and courage to live out loud, while supporting others to do the same.

Debbie

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Debbie, 55, Charlotte, NC - Follow on Facebook @debbiemcknightsmith

Being fierce in midlife means I have a new confidence in myself and my ability to face difficult situations head on. It is finding the best version of myself, one that I love and respect. One that realizes the end of my 33 year marriage doesn’t mean I was a bad wife or unloveable. One that has no regrets after losing my precious 19 yr old daughter to mental illness 2 years ago. Being a mom that can take a terrible,  tragic situation and with confidence and love make sure my daughter’s memory lives on by helping other families going through similar situations shows others I am fierce. Being able to give love and receive love again from a wonderful man instead of withdrawing and feeling sorry for myself is fierce. To put it in a simple sentence,  It is the confidence that comes with knowing I am good enough and settling never will be, It is an attitude, it’s acceptance, compassion, confidence, love and a grateful heart.

Georgette

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Georgette, 59, Suffolk, VA - Follow on Facebook @georgettebridger

On February 26th I will turn 59 years old. In my almost 60 years I have survived a less than happy childhood, and escaped with my infant and toddler an abusive marriage over 30 years ago. I went on to marry my husband of almost 25 years and we raised my two boys who are now remarkable men. I earned a Bachelor's and Master's Degree while working and raising a family. I retired from a career in Education but in my late 50's became the founder and CEO of an Educational Consulting and Advocacy business. Two years ago I began a weight loss journey and have lost and kept off 90 pounds. What fierce in midlife means to me is: don't look back on life with regret, rather take those life lessons that have been learned and use them to live each new day to the fullest! Life is all about choices, and as I have grown older and become more mature my motto is, " If you choose it, you can achieve it! If you choose to be FABULOUS AND FIERCE in midlife than you can achieve it! 

Paula

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Paula, 68, New York, NY - Follow on Facebook @paulamarks

The best thing I can say at 68 is that I have consistently supported women through my life. Tho my mother was hardly supportive of me I had some great women who did support me and I wisely chose to be more like them.  I write a series called “Inspiring Women” ( and men) that I post on FB and Linked In. I like to focus on people who have made a difference such as, Career changers , drivers of not for profits etc.  Women undervalue other women and we have the power to change that.  Up with women!

Kelly

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Kelly, 55, Westminster, MD - Follow on Facebook @kellynippardgroseclose

The Definition of Fierce:  4 : wild or menacing in appearance I don’t think you have to be wild and crazy as far as style is concerned to be Fierce.  I think Fierce is an attitude.  Fierce is a confidence that many of us didn’t have in our younger days.  Fierce can be making some life changes that don’t necessarily fit into your personal mold.  For me, travelling is something I didn’t do prior to turning 45, but a new marriage to a wonderful man has changed that and I am doing and seeing things I never thought I would.  Fierce is having a second chance and giving it all you’ve got.  Fierce is a sense of humor about mid-life. Fierce is most definitely participating in a campaign about being Fierce, at least for this kid.  I would never have done this 10 years ago.  

Deb

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Deb, 65, San Antonio, TX - Follow on Facebook @deborahbecht

As a career woman who spent years in executive level human resources management positions, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t need to be fierce.  To be successful, fierceness came with the territory as I built my career.  So now that I’m retired, is it still necessary to be fierce?  Absolutely!  Today in my midlife retirement years, being fierce means embracing my new life -  my time is my own; if I want, I can sleep in, travel, stay out late and go dancing, be with my grandkids, enjoy and openly live this new chapter of my life. Who cares if I don’t have workplace anecdotes to talk about?  My life still has meaning. I also don’t worry so much about what people think nor do I need their approval.  Life and this kind of fierce is DELICIOUS!

Tania

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Tania, 49, Melbourne, Australia  - Follow on Instagram @taniadalton

Being fierce in midlife means that I have finally developed the courage to risk failure and start attempting things I always thought about but never considered I was capable of. I still experience fear and insecurities but I now live life out of my comfort zone - it's a great place to be.

Cindy

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Cindy, 56, Mount Holly, NC -  Follow on Instagram @cindymtholly

I work as a proofreader, so before I answered this question, I consulted Merriam-Webster dictionary to see if I remotely fit the definition of “fierce.” Violently hostile or aggressive. Not much. Given to fighting or killing. No! Unrestrained zeal. I don’t know about the “unrestrained” part, but having a zeal for making the most out of my life is something I strive for daily. Being fierce in my fifties means making certain I grab happiness when it’s looking me in the face. And dealing with the lows in life with a positive outlook, knowing that tomorrow is a new start.  I definitely try to maintain a fierceness about being optimistic. I enjoy helping others and I’ve been volunteering at a residential facility for pregnant women and new moms and their babies.  Making a priority to give more of my time is what I’m fierce about.

If you agree and love hearing these women's voices and also want to move forward and  and embrace this season of your life... I would love for you to join me!  

I invite you to read about all the women's voices, featured by the other heart centered bloggers from our Forever Fierce Facebook group  here.  

As always, thank you for reading and remember to always be Forever Fierce!!

XOXO

 

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I blinked and turned 60

LifestyleJan Correll1 Comment
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Last Sunday, I had a milestone birthday.  Yes, the big 6-0!  I thank god every day for this privilege and the fact that my loving family was here to help me usher it in.  They made a big event of it, which made me feel so special!  What more could a woman want, to be surrounded by a wonderful, loving husband of 43 years, a wonderful son and daughter, an equally wonderful SIL and DIL and four sweet grandchildren.  My Mom and two sister's and a BIL were there to help me celebrate. This is one I shall always remember!  They know me well and know I don't like surprises but around every turn, made the whole weekend special!  My kids and their spouses gave me tickets to a concert, I have always wanted to see and I have included pics below of some additional "special" gifts!

 Hand sparkled by my 4 year grandson!

Hand sparkled by my 4 year grandson!

I don't tell you this to gloat, only to explain my thoughts.  You see I never thought I would be 60! I never thought I would age!  Do most young people think about what it will be like to age and hit birthday milestones?  I never did!  Maybe I was naive or thought it was too far off in the distance!  

 A special Hot Wheels for racing, picked out by my 3 year old grandson!  This guy also made me cupcakes!!

A special Hot Wheels for racing, picked out by my 3 year old grandson!  This guy also made me cupcakes!!

 A beautiful "J" scarf from a Sis!

A beautiful "J" scarf from a Sis!

What I will tell you and that many of you have experienced, is that it is wonderful and awesome to look back at what you have accomplished.  The challenges, the opportunities, the misses, the wishes, the hopes, the dreams and most of all the love.  OK... I promise not to be sappy but truly, if you are younger, talk to your elders, at 70, 80 and 90!  Ask them to tell you about their life, and truly listen!  

 A precious gift from my Daughter completely personalized!

A precious gift from my Daughter completely personalized!

 Another personalized gift my baby sis!!

Another personalized gift my baby sis!!

 My hubby replaced some "special" earrings that were misplaced!

My hubby replaced some "special" earrings that were misplaced!

 And a blanket from my SIL... personalized for me to a T (NSFW)... pretty awesome!!  

And a blanket from my SIL... personalized for me to a T (NSFW)... pretty awesome!!  

I blinked and then I was 60.  My babies now grown, are awesome human beings! Mr. Silver and I both have "silver hair," and are still in love (since high school.) But we are not slowing down and have many plans for the future.   Last Sunday on my birthday, I promised myself to relish every moment until I turn 70 and beyond and own it!  It's was harder to do when young with all our responsibilities; kids, jobs, spouses, parents, always caring for others.  But I can do this now!  And if you read my last post, about DVF... "I will never, ever lose myself."  Because I like me and in the end that is all that matters!  

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Her messy hair is a visible attribute of her stubborn spirit. As she shakes it free, she smiles knowing wild is her favorite color.
— J. Iron Word

DVF

Fashion, JewelryJan CorrellComment
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Most people know the fashion icon Diane Von Furstenberg, who revolutionized the feminine wrap dress back in the 70's.  Today, this fierce woman that built a fashion empire is so much more.

These days Diane is embarking on her "third act or her fulfillment phase"... and her mission is to empower women and help them find their strength! You can read more about her recent interview here with Poppy Harlow and Haley Drazin from CNN Money.  The interview is definitely worth watching, reading or listening to.  One big point Furstenberg makes is that "the most important relationship in life is the one we have with ourselves.  It's very important because if you lose yourself, you have nothing."  I love this advice!

DVF has always been one of my favorite designers, and her line has expanded greatly since a rebranding!  I recently found this beautifully detailed blouse and want to share it with you!  Notice the ribbon on the cuffs and down the front.  I believe it is simply spectacular for a simple white blouse.   I paired it with red slacks but you could wear it with anything.  

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As always, thank you reading and stopping by the blog.  My goal is to share authentic ageless style and relevant information as we share this journey together!  I so appreciate you, my friends and readers!  XXOO

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