Silver is the New Blonde™

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?

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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!  

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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.

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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

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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

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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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Valentine's

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Do you celebrate Valentine's or Galantines?  Mr. Silver and I usually stay in and fix a special dinner for the two of us!  It is much more relaxing and since my birthday is right before, we are usually done celebrating and like to keep it simple.  But for those of you that like to celebrate on the town, I have put together a few looks around light pink and a little rose gold!  I wanted all three dresses to feature the same rose gold shoes and purse but the last dress did not work with the shoes... so I used black and added a fun new clutch ($12 at TJ Maxx!!) but linked below.

Hope you enjoy these three different looks!  I may use one of these looks for an upcoming wedding in March!! (I am a  bit late due to some heavy celebrating for my milestone birthday this weekend!)  I have linked all in the gallery below, unless the piece is from my closet, #ftc.

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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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A Coatigan!

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What's a "coatigan?"  It is a coat and a cardigan combined and this one is wonderful!  Perfect as winter winds down (wishful thinking,) this can take you through the spring.

I was looking for something I could wear round the clock, day into the evening to take on an upcoming trip.  Since I only want to take one coat, this versatile find will work with so many outfits; to stretch my wardrobe.  It comes in additional colors so be sure to check it out before it's gone.  

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Love to share fab finds that are wardrobe staples.  In fact, as much as I wear black and grey this compliments everything I own and will be part of my core "capsule" wardrobe!!

Hope you are enjoying the week and if you were rooting for the Eagles... congratulations!!!

Do you see yourself wearing a "coatigan?"  I look forward to your comments and as always,  thanks for stopping by.  XXOO

 

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Animal Print Jackets

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Back to fashion... sharing my love of this cute Chico's faux fur, animal print jacket in leopard.  I love to throw on a cute jacket and go and this one really dresses up jeans or simple black pants with a touch of chic.  I would also wear it with red, kelly green, white or brown.  This jacket is very warm... so for the next couple of months, you can wear this literally everywhere.  

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Do you have a favorite animal print jacket?  And how do you wear it?  This one is still available from Chico's and is a steal.  But in case it sells out,  I have linked a few others to provide choices! 

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I look forward to your comments and as always,  thanks for stopping by.  XXOO

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Super Woman Wednesday - Meet Gwen

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When talking about menopause with my female pals, I  share that I have been experiencing menopause for 8-10 years, due to a hysterectomy.  And have always questioned whether or not I am in menopause "purgatory" and wondering if I will ever get out.  Thankfully it is subsiding but anytime I can read up on how to beat or ease symptoms, I am all in.  A week ago while working out, I saw information about an upcoming segment about a Facebook menopause support groupon Good Morning America, and made sure to tune in at that time!  I have included a link to the segment here.  This is when I met Gwen Harris, the founder of this group.  Gwen and I had similar stories with menopause symptoms beginning after a hysterectomy.  And as she states in the article, her symptoms hit her "like a ton of bricks." She started the group to find women she could relate to and offer a safe haven for discussions.

The group has quickly expanded from 11K followers to almost 23K since the airing on GMA.  As a new member myself, I jumped right in and started reading. I learned a ton about new treatments, found great ideas and saw the loving support of women dealing with this condition.  The group is run by Gwen herself!  I knew I had to meet her so reached out to learn more about her.

We had a great conversation and laughed about some similar stories.  Gwen is genuine and heartfelt about helping others.  What a great leader for a support group!    I was so impressed by Gwen, I want to introduce her to you, too!  

Gwen was raised in Zambia, South Africa and came to the US at the age of 15.  She said it was a hard move dealing with an accent, and being an outsider.  She shared she was saddened by the greed and found it difficult to understand the love of money. However, after 44 years here, has definitely become accustomed. 

Gwen is married and currently lives near Seattle.  She has two grown sons, one in Washington and  the other in Nashville, both married.  She and her husband will be relocating to Tennessee in the future.

Who inspires you?  "Mother Theresa,  because her value came from her heart!" 

What's the most exciting/adventuresome thing you have ever done? "Conquered Angels Landing, in Utah's Zion National Park, (with her son.) Which included a 5-mile hike, traversed the side of the canyon, and crossed the canyon, a mile in the air." Can we say #agelessadventure?  YES!

Do you have a motto you live by? Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn!  

What would you tell your younger self? "Be who are... your not ordinary, your one of a kind!"   We laughed about trying to re-invent ourselves when we were in high school! 

Thoughts on aging? Gwen saw her Mom age not so gracefully but has turned that initial fear into facing the fact that she can age on her terms and by embracing it and all that life has to give!!  Gwen, it appears you are doing just that but also giving a lot at the same time! Especially  to those of us dealing with menopause!

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Bravo, Gwen!!

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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Ageless Adventure - Ax Throwing

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Happy Saturday!  YAY!  After the interview with Ashton Applewhite, I have decided to show my readers that life is not boring as we get close to 60 and beyond!  In fact, life and each adventure we create, can be quite fun and maybe even surprising!  

I don't recall ever waking up and thinking, I want to throw axes!  However, when my son told me about a new activity in Charlotte that included craft beer, I decided to check it out.  The closest I have been to throwing axes are darts!  Which is fun... and the pin holes created on our basement wall were easy to patch.  Not so much with an ax!  Hence a trip to LumberJaxe

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We were greeted by our very own Lumberjack, Sam!  He truly is a lumberjack (arborist by day.)  Sam was our coach for an hour and coach he did!  He quickly taught Mr. Silver and I the art of throwing axes, (including safety instruction)  as an axe can be a weapon.   One-handed throwing for the Mr. and two-handed for me.  I had no idea it would require skill and finesse but it did.  With Sam's help, we were quickly hitting the board and with a bit more, actually sticking our axes.  I even got a couple of really good hits on the target!  It takes some power, and follow through, somewhat similar to golf!  See Sam, I was listening.  :)

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Even though I am a Mich Ultra kind of girl, the craft brew selection was great, which Mr. Silver loved!! The place was rocking!  It would be a great couples outing, girls night out, company function, etc. And if you are really into it...  they offer leagues!!  Have to say we truly enjoyed the adventure and will be back to perfect our throws!    I am giving ax throwing and LumberJaxe a thumbs up!  One tip is to book online! There are lots of ax throwers in the area.  And if you don't live close, check out ax throwing in your area!!

Wearing #ftc (from the (my) closet):  a Madewell sweater, a fun workshirt from Luxe Angle Boutique, and my favorite puffer vest from GAP!  All lumberjack gear!! :)

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

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Wonder Women Wednesday - Ashton Applewhite

Lifestyle, Super WomenJan Correll1 Comment
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Today is the second in my series of #wonderwomenwednesday and I could not be more excited to introduce you to Ashton Applewhite!  Ashton is the author of, This Chair Rocks, " a manifesto against ageism, and the belief that now is the time for Age equality and Age pride!!  I feel it is a must read for people of all ages as we embark on the path of making  age discrimination as unacceptable as any other kind.  Ashton, also writes a blog, Yo, Is this Ageist? and gave a TED Talk in 2017.  Asthon has been widely recognized  and published as an expert on aging, an aging influencer and a sought after speaker, including the Library of Congress and the United Nations.

Ashton is lively and funny, in fact she wrote a best-selling paperback in 1982, Truly Tasteless Jokes, under the pseudo name; Blanche Knott.  In fact, Blanche made the New York Times bestseller list four times.

What was the catalyst behind the book and the ageism movement?  Ashton wants to challenge why the view of late life is so grim when the lived reality is so different.  Deeply researched, Ashton understands that stereotyping starts in early childhood until it is hardened over time into a set of truths: "it's just the way it is." Old people are incompetent and sad and wrinkles are ugly.  The book does a great job of promoting the benefits of aging and diminishing the fears, which is what everyone needs to understand.  

What are the antidotes to ageism?  Awareness, Integration and Activism  I highly suggest the book to learn more.  You won't be disappointed!  Click here, to read and learn more about challenging the stereotypes that segregate us by age.

Bravo to you Ashton for bringing awareness and activism against Ageism!  You are truly a Super Woman, helping us all raise our consciousness to rethink aging and welcome what the future holds.

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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Making Beauty Last

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Hope everyone had a great weekend!  We enjoyed some family time and had a fun Sunday!

Have you ever had a nice compliment and then someone threw in a modifier?  "You're very successful, you've got style, you really take care of yourself, you look great... for your age!  Rewind!  WHAT?  This modifier does not need to be said.  Don't you agree?   A compliment is great, and everyone loves them... but forget the modifiers especially... for your age!!!!

Beauty is different to everyone and I although I don't like the term anti-aging, I do believe in making  beauty last.  I have said it before and will say it again but want to look and be my best at every age!!  With that said, whatever I can do to accomplish that goal, short of having "work" done, I will do it! 

I have always used sunscreen, applied moisturizers and utilized a good skincare routine.  In fact, I suggested my daughter start a similar routine as a teenager.   Being part Italian, I feel lucky to have good olive skin and a Mom that has very few wrinkles at the age of 83.  And until last November, have never used Retin-A or a Retinol product.  

ROC Skincare sent me some of their newest product, Retinol Correxion Max to try.  I'm happy to share  I saw improvements after one week in my crow's feet, forehead and under-eye wrinkles.   And now after using this product for the last month and a half, my results, continue to improve over time. These are the kind of results, I like to see.  

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When I wrote to ROC to tell them how pleased I am with the results, they ended up sending me more product when I asked if they had if they had a product to help with eye puffiness. They sent Retinol Correxion Eye Cream, Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum and Deep Wrinkle Night Cream.  I have to say I was thrilled!  And am equally as pleased with the Eye Cream and the other products. 

My recommendation is to try any or all of these ROC Retinol products, especially the Retinol Correxion Max!  I hope you will be equally impressed with the results if you're on a similar journey...  to make beauty last!! 

Thank you to ROC Skincare for these wonderful products. And also for changing the conversation.  Love that you are heightening the awareness of misguided phrasing and negative implications of backhanded compliments.  Let's do embrace the aging process... on our own terms.  As always, 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!  XXOO

 

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Wonder Women Wednesday - Bonnie

Travel, LifestyleJan Correll2 Comments
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Recently on a flight to San Antonio, I met a really cool lady.  Her name is Bonnie and she is a flight attendant for American Airlines.  My Mom was with me and we engaged in an ongoing dialog with Bonnie throughout the flight.  Soon into the conversation we found out, she is not your ordinary 70ish year old!  In fact, she started as a flight attendant 33 years ago and continues to enjoy her career today.  She said the day she stops enjoying it, is the day she will retire.  

Bonnie has the best smile and a beautiful head of curly, silver hair.  These days, she only makes day trips but that does not stop Bonnie from traveling for pleasure.  When I asked Bonnie about taking risks and adventures, she did not hesitate to tell me about her most recent excursion.  Drum roll, please!  Bonnie drove by herself from Charlotte to Alaska and back in her Prius; 12,800 miles!  Let me repeat that... all by herself.  Many people want to do something like that but she did it.  We talked about the adventures she had including one mishap and how she met the best people along the way!!

Bonnie at her destination, Chicken, Alaska

Bonnie at her destination, Chicken, Alaska

When asked about her motto or mantra, Bonnie shared that it changes all the time as she evolves.  Most recently, she borrowed one from an author who walked the Pacific Coast Trail, "I am safe, I am strong, I am brave."  You are awesome, Bonnie!

Bonnie also said she has no regrets!  She loves herself and attributes that to all she has experienced in her life, both negative and positive! 

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Jasper National Park in Canada

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It was a true pleasure to meet Bonnie and I hope she inspires you as she did me!  Bonnie, is one fierce lady that I am lucky enough to count among my friends!  And kudo's to American Airlines for valuing this fierce, ageless woman!  

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If you would like to be featured in an upcoming Super Women Wednesday, please send me an email to jan@silveristhenewblonde.com.  Thank you!

As always, thanks for reading and stopping by!   Keeping it fun, chic and ageless...

XXOO

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Ready for the New Week...

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We all have those weeks! And I am glad to put last week behind me and move on but thought I would share with you a little with you. 

Last Sunday night after watching our team's awful playoff game, I got that terrible stomach flu.  I barely surfaced till Tuesday afternoon as it hung around.  That night my Mom had a mild heart attack and we quickly met her at the hospital.  Thankfully, after two procedures, care and rest in the hospital, she is back home and feeling much better! 

Mom is a strong, independent, fierce, 80 (plus) year old that does things her way!! She still lives on her own with her two little dogs, drives herself, plays bridge 2X a week and enjoys life with her family and many friends.

My Mom and I

My Mom and I

My family is so blessed to have her in our lives and what a loving person she is.   Who was she worried about last week?  Not herself but me!  She was worried that I had not gotten enough rest after the flu and spending the night and days with her. Talk about a mother's love! 

Hoping to get back to normal this week but will be spending a lot of time with Mom till she is back in the driver's seat...so to speak.    

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I am wearing a cute plaid shirt from one of my favorite boutiques, Luxe Angel in Charlotte, a grey Eileen Fisher sweater from the closet, #ftc and jeans, also from Luxe Angel, which happen to be some of my new favorites.  The brand is Articles of Society and they are a dark gray with a raw/cut hem.  The fit is great and so is the price.  In fact, they are still available here.  My boots are Ralph Lauren from the closet, which I bought on sale at Belk last year for $7.  They have the best sales.  I have linked some similar boots for you.  

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Hope your week is great and thanks for stopping by as always.  XXOO

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Teeth Whitening at Home (and smiling fearlessly)

Lifestyle, BeautyJan Correll1 Comment
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Out of the mouths of babes!  Thought this was too funny!  

Out of the mouths of babes!  Thought this was too funny!  

SMILE FEARLESSLY (teeth whitening at home)

I feel a smile is your signature.  A smile also exudes confidence.   And I don’t know about you but I would much rather be smiling than not!   Thanks to Smile Brilliant and our recent collaboration, I am smiling fearlessly!   

I am a coffee drinker and a red wine drinker. And love both!! Even my daughter (very young at the time) noticed my yellow teeth from enjoying these habits (see above!) 

I always wanted to have my teeth whitened but due to tooth sensitivity was fearful.  Smile Brilliant made my decision easy when they asked me to collaborate.  Have to say I was thrilled.  The process was simple and my teeth are no more sensitive today than they were initially.  For sensitivity, they offer a special desensitizing gel that counteracts any sensitivity. 

First, they send you a kit to make the dental impressions.  This was the hardest part for me.  They key is to do this step in front of a mirror; after that, it was a breeze.  I always planned on about 2 hours to make sure I followed the process.  I whitened every other night but some people whiten every night. 

I am thrilled with the results and feel it’s a great alternative to traditional teeth whitening.  I plan to continue to whiten with the Smile Brilliant product because I love the results! 

And the best part is that Smile Brilliant is offering my readers a Giveaway!  Enter below and on all my social media accounts!!

Giveaway link: www.smilebrilliant.com/g/silveristhenewblonde

$15  off tray code: silveristhenewblonde15

*The giveaway is open for two weeks. You MUST enter through the link to be counted.  Giveaway is for $139 credit- and is open to USA, UK, Canada, and Australia residents. Please note that 25 entries are needed, so invite your friends and family to enter too!! to close the campaign and choose a winner!*

I’m so glad I had the opportunity to work with the Smile Brilliant brand.  My results are fantastic and I love my smile!   

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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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This post is sponsored by Smile Brilliant. While I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

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Me, discussing my gift list with Santa, and sharing my love of reading via my favorite app!! 

Me, discussing my gift list with Santa, and sharing my love of reading via my favorite app!! 

As I age, I often ask myself, what is the one thing I can do every day to continue to improve.  When things are busy and hectic anytime but especially during the holiday season, I ask myself what I can do to invest in me and stay grounded.  Even if I only have 15 minutes, I always have time to read, which allows me to stay relevant, grow and learn.

How do I do this you might ask?  I bought an app for myself, last February and have read every day over the last year. This app is a digital learning service, and a micro–learning platform.  The app is Blinkist, where I have access to key insights from 2000+ bestselling nonfiction books.  In essence it's a book in a "blink." These books are transformed into powerful packs you can read or listen to in just 15 minutes. These bite sized books are so easy to listen to in the car, while working out or anytime!  They offer apps for iOS, Android, and the web, so you can take Blinkist anywhere. Plus, the Send–to–Kindle feature makes reading on any device much easier... which I love!!

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So if you need a last minute gift for anyone on your list, or need to gift yourself to meet a New Years resolution, I would highly suggest Blinkist!! 

Click here to order now and check another gift off your list!!

As always, thanks for reading.  Hope you can take the time to breath, read and stay relevant during this wonderful season and into the New Year.  Remember that each day is a gift, that's why it's called the present!! 

As always, thanks for reading!  XXOO

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Gift Idea's

Beauty, Lifestyle, HomeJan CorrellComment

Oh my!  Thirteen days till Christmas!  I feel like I am running out of time, do you?  So happy that I can shop online, even though I enjoy the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping in malls, boutiques and my favorite stores.

I mentioned in a previous post that Soft Surroundings asked me to choose some items, to share with my readers. You might remember the fabulous, faux fur poncho. Such a fun piece for the wardrobe!! Well, I got to pick three more items, and  can't wait to share them with you!  Truly, it felt like an early Holiday!

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The first item, I chose and highly recommend as a gift for anyone is this Lamb Wrap.  Several years ago, my husband gifted me a neck wrap for neck and shoulder tension.  So every night, before bed, I heat up the wrap in the microwave, wrap it around my neck and unwind.  It has always been one of my favorite gifts.  And this little lambie is so cute, and the aromatherapy is wonderful.  This one can also be frozen.   If you put this on your list for a loved one, I swear it will be a hit!!

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Next, I chose a holiday oil diffuser from Nest. If you love Holiday fragrances in your home and try to stay away from candles like I do, this one is simply the best.  I actually gave this as a gift to my children's in-laws in the past and it was a favorite.  Also, a great gift for the friend that has everything!! 

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Last but definitely not least is my Cailyn O! Wow Brush.  This is one of Oprah's 2017 Favorite Things and you or your friend will say "Oh Wow," once it's used.  This brush provides a flawless finish when applying foundation and has won two beauty awards.  The shape makes for even distribution.  I love this makeup brush and feel you will, too!  

Hope this puts you a little closer to finishing your shopping.  Soft Surroundings can really help you mark some items off that list via your local store or shopping online!

I hope to hear back if you gift any of these items or just buy them for yourself.

Tomorrow, I am headed out and braving the crowds.  Wish me luck!!

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

XOXO

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The Boots

Beauty, Fashion, Makeup, Jewelry, LifestyleJan Correll6 Comments
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You might have seen these boots on a social media video two weeks ago.  These boots are special and unique!  Just look at them... they are so much fun, in addition to being fur-fringed, bling-tasseled, suede and Italian made.  That is why I had to show them off in a video first!!  I bought them right off another women's feet. A first for me!  Why might you ask? I attended a Fall Pop-Up for Dress for Success (DFS) Charlotte.  This is not your usual Pop-Up... it was for a great cause.  Four Charlotte women, all friends, came together two years ago to host Cocktails & Couture.  They solicit their friends to provide high-end, haute couture that they no longer wear for donations to the event.   The event has become a great success and is now hosted both spring and fall!  For every $500 raised, DFS provides job preparedness, job acquisition, employment retention, IT Access and Support, and Career Advancement Services to a woman for an entire year.  So twice a year, dozens of women benefit from a fun night of shopping and friendship.  

Over the course of the evening, I noticed the boots, one of the hosts, was wearing.  I had to comment on them, since they were so unique!  Little did I know, she was just modeling them. Next thing I knew, she was taking them off and I was putting them on.  That is when I knew I had to have them and voila, they were mine!  In fact, I did not take them off till I got home and showed Mr. Silver. (He could not believe the story about how I acquired them.)  I should also mention, I bought a couple of other items including a snake bracelet that I adore.  I guarantee you will see it in the future!

I hope you enjoy the photo's of these fun boots styled three different ways.  Who says we can't wear what we want?  I choose stylish, chic and fun every time.  

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this look is partly FTC (from my closet.) the sweater is from United Colors of Benetton, 10+ years ago.  one of my favorite (of several) black sweaters.  the pencil skirt in black and brown is from Nordstrom Rack. my lipstick is chili by MAC.  I have added some similar options for shopping in the gallery below.

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this pink leopard dress is from Nordstrom Rack.   I included similar dresses in the gallery, as this sold out quickly. I am wearing MAC lipstick in captive and the sunnies are linked in the gallery below.

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this sweater is free people, FTC (from the closet)  as well as the jeans.  Shop the gallery below.

These boots were not the only thing I found at this fun event... I also had the opportunity to meet many wonderful and amazing women!  And can't wait for my next Cocktails and Couture Pop-Up!  Check out other fun events coming up here or look for your local worldwide DFS chapter.  

Thanks for stopping by and reading!  Let me know if you ever bought something right off a model or at least wanted, too.

Until next time XX

 

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Gorgeous Garnet

Jan Correll3 Comments
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Who loves silk?  This gal sure does. In fact, if you remember from a previous post, I sleep on a silk pillowcase every night.   I was recently asked to partner and collaborate with Lilysilk. I am so excited to introduce you to this luxury silk brand that manufactures and designs silk fabrics into beautiful clothes, bedding and more.  As you can see, I am wearing a gorgeous garnet silk dress.  The perfect color for the upcoming holiday season.

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Lilysilk was founded by Lily Lin after she spent many years working in the silk industry in France. She returned to China in 2010 to start her own silk business so she could use her experience to create a company that offered beautiful silks, give silk workers a better wage and give the customers a fair price. Her goal was to create an online opportunity to connect Chinese silk masters and the Western world lovers of silk.

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The product line first started with 6 colors of silk bedding and now has over 20 colors. In 2012 Lily expanded the product line to sleepwear, decorative bedding, baby sleeping bags, beauty accessories and now men’s and women’s apparel. 

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As you know, I love high quality and Lilysilk offers very high quality silk as well as a wonderful price.  And I have to mention their incredible service, including free shipping  when ordering from their US website, including a 45 day guarantee. 

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I will be wearing this red garnet dress from Lilysilk for all my upcoming holiday parties.  The good news is you can have one, too!  Lilysilk is offering exclusive discounts to my readers.  Check out their Black Friday promotion including a 16% off coupon "silveristhenewblonde16", as well as the following discounts! 

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If you would like to purchase multiple pieces, click here for the discounts below.   

25% off for 1 piece

35% off for 2 pieces

45% off for 3 pieces

This post was brought to you in partnership by Lily Silk. Even though I was paid, all opinions are my own.

As always, thank you for stopping by and reading!  Have a wonderful holiday this week!  I am thankful for each of you my friends!!

Until next time! XXOO

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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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