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My Herb Garden

Home, Lifestyle, Fashion, Favorite ProductsJan CorrellComment

I don't want you to get the wrong picture in your head... about a large garden.  Let's reset the expectations... I should have titled this, my small herb garden.   Our home was built on less than 1/10th of an acre in a planned unit development.  And although we are on a very small lot, we love our home, neighborhood, and neighbors and make the most out of what we have.  Hence, this is my herb garden, which I plant every year.  Yes, it's in a pot!

 I tried to warn you!  :) 

I tried to warn you!  :) 

I love this little garden as it has everything I need; mint, rosemary, and basil. Fresh basil is for my "sauce", salads, drinks and more.  I use rosemary at least once a week in different recipes and mint is a staple after I concocted my own special drink shared below:

 The Zesty Mint Cooler

3 lemon slices, 3 lime slices, and Mint leaves muddled

1 1/2 fluid ounces of your favorite vodka (I like Tito's)

Soda Water of your choice and extra lime or lemon juice as needed for a cocktail glass

2 drops of Stevia ( I like Trader Joes)

Shake and pour over ice!  You can adjust the tartness to your liking by adding more soda and lemon/lime juice. And if you are fresh out of limes and lemons, use pure lemon/lime juice with no sugar.  

 YUM!!  

YUM!!  

Before we downsized, we had a much larger garden with tomatoes, peppers and more but this little garden is perfect for us now.  I love to cultivate and grow something and it's so easy to have your herb "staples" outside your back door.  Do you grow herbs or vegetables?

Mr. Silver and I recently found this beautiful herb garden, outside an office building when we were taking pictures in downtown Charlotte.  Such a fun use of space in an unexpected place... and this herb garden blew mine away.  In the pics, I am wearing a simple white top from J. Crew Factory, frayed Joe Jeans, simple black slides by Marc Fisher and some Ray Ban Sunnies.  My scarf is from Anthropologie earlier this spring.  All the details are below and you can shop via LIKEtoKNOW.it.  

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Have a great week and as always, thank you for reading the blog.  My goal is to share chic, ageless style and endless fun, from a sincerely silver perspective as we share this journey together!  I  really appreciate you!

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Goals of an Ageless Woman

Dresses, Fashion, Jewelry, Purses, ShoesJan Correll6 Comments
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I was recently asked by a friend what do you miss people asking you about vs when you were younger?  I shared my answer immediately.  I miss people asking about my goals, personally and professionally.  I have always been a goal setter... that's why it's important to me..  And when we are younger, the question seems to come up quite often.  What do you want to do?  What do you want to be? What's on your bucket list, etc.? At 60, maybe people give up on goals, feel goal setting is not as important or think we don't need goals... but I feel we do.   

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Today, more than ever before, there is so much I still want to do and be, and look forward to.  I feel like I am in the prime of my life, so why not!  

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When we were younger, it was more difficult to set goals with husbands, kids, work and aging parents.  Today we finally have the time to focus on ourselves and we can.

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Sixty is the perfect age to re-set or set your goals and it's never too late to achieve life goals.  I'd much rather achieve something later in life than to never achieve it!  

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So what are a few of your goals, my friend?   Mine, thanks for asking?   I want to write a book, own a Christmas Tree farm with horses,  learn Italian and become a sommelier!  But don't get me started because my goal list goes on and on!  

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This question can really get you thinking.  I  hope you take some time to ponder on your goals and I look forward to your feedback in the comments.  

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Thank you to Soft Surroundings for sponsoring this post and both great outfits featured on this page. I simply love both looks and the high quality clothing they offer. These complete outfits are from Soft Surroundings with the exception of the cork shoes.  You can shop below on my IG or on the LiketoKnow.it app. 

Have a great weekend ahead and as always, thank you for reading the blog.  My goal is to share chic ageless style and endless fun, from a sincerely silver perspective;  fashion, beauty, and relevant lifestyle information as we share this journey together!  I truly really appreciate you!

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Glitter on my Feet

Fashion, ShoesJan CorrellComment
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After a super busy week and feeling badly that I got behind... I wanted to share a look that makes me happy.  A tee, jeans and sneakers.  As we  all know, we cannot be dressed to the max all the time and I love a casual jeans day!  

My name is Jan... as you probably know.  And my middle name is Ellen... which you may not know.  For years, I have received mail and people will mistakenly call me Jane.  In fact, Mr. Silver likes to tease and call me Jane, too!  I am so used to it... I now love the name Jane.  So when I saw this cute tee at J. Crew... I grabbed it!  I cannot say I am a "Jane of all trades." but I like to try!!  AND then, I saw the pink glitter sneakers and was done!  The makings of a casual, jeans day, outfit.  I continue looking for pink and white seersucker shorts for the heat of the summer but have not found them yet!!  If you spy them...give me a shout. 

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There is something about glitter on my feet that makes me smile (possibly my inner young self!) Do you wear shoes that have glitter on them?  And do they make you happy, too?  I kinda feel like dancin. :)  I should also mention my madras bucket hat.  It is special because it was my Dad's and I always miss him around Father's Day.  

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I hope you enjoy the look.   I have linked my Instagram and LIKEtoKNOW.it below.  

Have a great weekend 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 always appreciate you!

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Effortless Fashion for all Women

Fashion, Favorite Products, ShoesJan CorrellComment
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Do you remember my favorite black dress?  Well if you don't, know that you will see it again soon in reverse!  Yes, that's what I said.  It can be worn either way... a scoop neck or v-neck!  Different looks from one dress and both so figure flattering.  I am a fan of the Sympli brand!  Therefore, I was thrilled when they reached out to ask if I was interested in being a brand ambassador.  Yes, yes, yes!

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Sympli realizes that each woman is unique.  We all have diverse figures and body types.  The fabric used is wash and wear, extremely comfortable so it can be worn every day.  They have on-site manufacturing and also use a Home Sewing network: a local community of entrepreneurs who work on their schedule while still caring for their families. I love that! I can go on and on about the brand and the fashion that fits every age, shape, size, and style but suggest you check it out at a local boutique, find yours here or at an online retailer, here.   Sympli has quite a following around the world.  Have you tried their fashions?

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In these pics, I am wearing the Matrix Box Top and Midi Pants in navy, Tahari pumps and Burberry sunglasses.  Thank you to Sympli for sponsoring this post.  

Have a great weekend and if you live in the USA, remember that we live in the land of the free, because of the brave that served and died for our country.  Thank you for stopping by the blog.  My goal is to share authentic ageless style; fashion, beauty and relevant lifestyle information! I truly appreciate you!

XOXO

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Wearing White before Memorial Day

Fashion, Favorite Products, JewelryJan Correll2 Comments

A new acquaintance recently asked me if I was a "rule breaker."  My answer to her was no, most of the time... unless it is a silly rule.  I went on to explain that I do like to challenge the status quo.  For the most part, I follow rules but also would consider myself a bit of rebel when need  be.  What do I mean by rebel?  If someone tells me there is only one way to do something, I'm all for finding a better and faster way to do it... or shall we say... my way of doing it!!  My daughter gave me a card long ago, which I proudly display on my bulletin board today. See below:  51% Good Girl/ 49% Outlaw.  If you change Outlaw to Rebel... you get the picture.  

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In my humble opinion, I am a big proponent of wearing white year round.  According to fashion reporters, it began in the 1930’s with the ultra-rich wearing only white in the summer. Light clothing gave the look of leisure, while dark clothing was mostly for working people.  Silly, yes! I am breaking this rule.  Are you?  How do you feel about wearing white year round?  

You may have already seen me wearing all white this spring, or all winter white over the winter.  In these pics, I am wearing Chico's with the exception of the shoes, which are the Limited brand, from Belk.  Unfortunately, the top sold out quickly but I have linked others on LIKEtoKNOW.it, below.  You can find me here for shopping details or below on my Instagram or LTK.it.  

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 My hair looks so yellow in this pic, due to the sun setting!  Purple shampoo... to the rescue!!   

My hair looks so yellow in this pic, due to the sun setting!  Purple shampoo... to the rescue!!

 

 Have you tried Chico's Brigette slacks!  They are a fave of mine!!   

Have you tried Chico's Brigette slacks!  They are a fave of mine!!

 

So back to the question at hand?  Are you a rebel?  And how are you rebelling?  

Have a great 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 truly really appreciate you!

xx

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Charleston Culottes

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

Last week, Mr. Silver and I took a jaunt over to Charleston for the day while in Hilton Head for a stay-cation.  We love Charleston for all the fun shops, great eats, and the southern style charm.    The weather was gorgeous, not too hot and a beautiful breeze. 

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We spent the morning walking around and shopping, and ate lunch at a fun taco place, Mr. Silver knew I would enjoy; Taco Boy.  In the afternoon, we had drinks at the Pavilion Bar on the rooftop of the Market Pavilion Hotel which offered great views of the city and the harbor and visited the bar at 5Church; pics below.  5Church is worth a visit in itself, just to see a former church, renovated to a restaurant.  Definitely check out the art, the ceiling, and the drinks.  We finished the day at Husk, which is a must for a great dinner if you are planning a trip to Charleston.  Hint… book reservations way before your visit!!!

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That day, I was wearing wide-leg floral pants from H&M (I call them culottes... remember them),  a silk sleeveless blouse, open toe booties and a rattan Boho circle bag.  It was the perfect “cool” outfit for the day.  Follow the link below for shopping details on IG and LIKEtoKNOW.it. 

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The ceiling of 5Church

 Sunset on the way home!

Sunset on the way home!

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 truly appreciate you!

XOXO

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Palazzo Pants

Fashion, Jewelry, ShoesJan Correll2 Comments
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I try not to do trendy. However, these fun Palazzo (pants) jeans feel a bit that way to me.   According to Wikipedia (here) and others, Palazzo pants have been around since the 1930's and '40's.  In fact, Katharine Hepburn, Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich were all huge fans and many women still feel they are avant-garde.

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I found these fun pants, with snaps up the side at a trendy boutique in Texas, maybe another reason they feel trendy.  But I have to say... I love them.  I'm not sure everyone will like them  but know that you will see them again with different looks this summer, and on my Instagram account.   Speaking of Instagram, please follow me there which links to my blog and a shopping app called LIKEtoKNOW.it, for your smartphone. See the links below.  You can shop all of my looks or similar there! Follow this link, for a  video on how to use it.  Then follow me and any other influencers you like!!  You can also reach out to me for help!!

 This is where I nearly fell in the fountain!!  HA!

This is where I nearly fell in the fountain!!  HA!

Have a great weekend 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 truly appreciate you!

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Super Women Wednesday: Connie Reed

Fashion, Super Women, LifestyleJan CorrellComment
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Meet Connie!  A 59-year-old Military brat that has lived and experienced many places growing up. She believes that this life, while not always loved, helped to shape how she lives today. Family, church, and the ability to live an active lifestyle are very important to her, as well as giving back. Connie is fortunate that all 3 of her children and grandson live in Charlotte, close by.  Her faith keeps her grounded and an active lifestyle includes being a lifelong runner, including a couple of marathons, and her new functional fitness class, Cross Fit. Connie also loves gardening, quilting, reading, traveling, and her longtime involvement and work with Habitat for Humanity

Connie was a high school math teacher after college and then decided to work in the home full time.  As CEO of her home, (family of five) she helped run the family effectively, including all of the extra-curricular activities; church, sports, mission trips, etc. Her family has worked with Habitat for Humanity for approx. 20 years... starting with builds in Charlotte. This work also allowed her children the opportunity to see and experience giving back to others through Habitat.  They have all participated on builds out of the country;  including El Salvador, Ecuador, Africa, Costa Rica, the Philippines, and the Jimmy Carter build in Thailand. Connie and her husband currently do a weeklong build in El Salvador twice a year. She feels its very rewarding to meet the homeowners; whose lives you helped to change.

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Current life and Chico’s: Connie started working as a part-time sales associate 9 years ago when her children left home. She likes fashion and loves helping women feel good about what they are wearing. Chico’s has done several charities over the past couple of years but Connie was thrilled to learn they were partnering with Habitat for Humanity - Women’s Build initiative, which is a build designed specifically for women. Houses built for women by women... but men can help, too. It is all about empowering women by helping them have a safe place to live. Chico’s FAS is trying to raise $ 650,000 for the Women’s Build initiative to work with 77 communities across the United States. Two communities will receive funding to build a house and the other 75 will receive $1000.00 grants towards their Women’s Build program. At the Charlotte South Park store, they are promoting the collaboration by making customers aware of the campaign. Connie took it a step further and made informational signs, brought in some Habitat shirts, tool belts, and hard hats for the mannequins, and educated her fellow associates on the importance of the effort to give fellow females a “hand up in life”.  Connie believes that we don’t have to move mountains to help others, but be consistent with what we can do or give, whether it’s time, money, or talents. It all adds up for the greater good of mankind. 

I hope you enjoyed meeting Connie...  a Mom and Grandmother making a difference for others whether it be a family needing a home or a shopper looking for the latest styles.  

Bravo, Connie! 

As always, thank you for 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 Two Week Ride on a Tilt-a-Whirl

Fashion, Jewelry, Lifestyle, ShoesJan Correll4 Comments
Photo by rkupbens/iStock / Getty Images
Photo by rkupbens/iStock / Getty Images

My favorite ride at an amusement is still the mind-jangling unpredictability of a Tilt-A-Whirl.  As you might recall, it spins its passengers in one direction, then another, sometimes hesitating between forays and sometimes swinging abruptly from one motion to another. This is the perfect analogy of life with a 1, 1 1/2, 3, and 4 year old; three little boys and a baby girl.

Let me start by saying these are all wonderful children, (admittedly, these precious darlings are my grandchildren).  The oldest two are well mannered and polite and set a great example for their younger siblings.  However, the energy level and the lack of communication skills on top of young emotions can be a ride.  

Our Son and DIL in North Carolina went out of the country for 7 days entrusting us with their children.  Two days later our Daughter and SIL in Texas did the same.  We had a blast!  However, I will say it is much different when you are not handing them back at the end of the day or after an overnight.  Just like many moons ago, these little's depended on us entirely; diapers, pull-ups, wipings, throw-ups, scraped knees, bruises, meals, baths, drop-offs, hugs, kisses, time-outs (only 2), and bed-time stories.  In between, there were many adventures; power wheels, park visits, horseback rides,  train rides, strawberry picking, ice cream, soccer, Batman, some TV, snow cones, hot wheels, baby dolls, and forts.  The most important thing is that we kept them uber busy and on their own schedules so that Mom nor Dad were missed.

Would we do it again? Absolutely, it was a fun ride.  We may just ask for a week in between... next time!  

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Before leaving Texas, we did take a couple of photos about town and in front of a new mural in New Braunfels.  And what a beautiful mural it is... (on the Comal Flower Shop wall) the El Legado De Nuestra Jornada –The Legacy of Our Journey. This public mural, commissioned by The Historic Outdoor Art Museum in New Braunfels, is a timeline of Hispanic heritage dating from the 1680’s to 1845. Designed by MOSAIC Artist-in-Residence Alex Rubio, the 12 ft. by 60 ft. mural was completed by lead  MOSAIC Student Artists Laura Gonzalez, Rachel Kamata, Zöe Reyes, and Elizabeth Samuel.  In fact, we met one of the artists the day we were there.  

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Standing in front of the beautiful wall, I am wearing a white and gold Lilly Pulitzer silk shirt (from the clost, white frayed jeans, gold Kate Spade sandals, gold leaf earrings and borrowed bracelets from my daughter to match.  In fact, I loved the bracelets so much, I hinted that they would make a nice Mother's day gift for this Nannie (Grandma).  You can message Laureen @ McCotti designs here for details.   All other details or similar items are in the gallery below!

Pop (Mr. Silver) and I are still not completely rested but are getting there.  We loved our experience with our sweet grands and can't wait to see what is around the next spin and the adventure it brings.

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!

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Special Feature: Sharing A Journey

Beauty, Fashion, LifestyleJan Correll6 Comments
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Photo Credit R.S. Estey Photography

Have you ever met someone and wished you gotten to know her sooner?  I feel this way about Nina of Sharing a Journey an ageless Fashion and Lifestyle blog.   I am thrilled and happy to share and promote her to you, my readers as part of a special feature!

Getting to know her...  first, over a year ago we both participated in a blogging event called The Fierce Fifty.  We were two of 50 female bloggers who partnered to share each other's stories.  Several of us in the group became friends and since then Nina started an informal group so that we could stay connected and help each other.  When she suggested a similar collaboration amongst our small group I was excited to be paired with Nina as I had admired her from afar.  From our very first phone call, I could tell that she is not only a beautiful woman but also, has a beautiful spirit; with a passion for sincere kindness and a love for others. 

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Photo Credit R.S. Estey Photography

Nina’s story is one you may have heard and that I too have experienced a part of.  The love of a raising independent children and having a great career but also that search of, what’s next in this journey of life.  Nina has a beautiful college-age daughter and is soon to be a permanent empty nester!  What’s interesting about Nina’s story is that although very accomplished in a variety of ways she realized areas of her life that she wanted to change and improve and as she made these changes her story led her to a mid-life renaissance and her blog. 

Nina is fashionably chic, classic and elegant with a  twist.  I feel that our styles are somewhat similar and maybe that is one of the ways in which I feel a kinship.  She looks great in anything and does not tell her readers how to dress but guides them by trying new things to keep her look interesting and fun. Nina also stays very active and practices daily meditation and reflection, you can read some her "Morning Musings" here.    

I hope you will pop over to Nina’s blog, Sharing a Journey and check it out!  She’s a great writer offering wonderful perspective.  

Below are some questions I posed to Nina in the hopes that you may get to know her better, too! 

What has been the biggest benefit as a result of your blog? The biggest benefit I’ve experienced from my blog is the relationships I’ve developed with other bloggers, and Sharing A Journey Readers.  We’ve been doing bi-weekly Facebook Lives, which has been really fun because of the interaction in the community.

What or who inspires you?  I am most inspired by the women I’ve met over the past year or so who are rocking midlife like nobody’s business.  Two of my friends have started businesses and are crushing it, my daughter who is just starting out is amazing and going strong.  I think it’s all the positive creative energy.  It’s amazing and so powerful.  

What’s the most exciting/adventuresome thing you have ever done? I am not an adventurous person.  My father loved to travel and was always introducing me to new experiences.  I still smile remembering how many times he had me doing all sorts of silly things (and snapping photos of me—he was a photographer in his later years) and the many trips we took together.  Now that he’s gone my biggest adventures have been starting over after being divorced, beginning a new chapter with an almost empty nest and starting Sharing A Journey.  I’d love to travel again and am hoping to go back to Europe next year.

Do you have a mantra/motto you live by?  One thing that started happening last year was that I started receiving “guide words”.  I would work with one like “say yes” and when that would sort of peter out, another word would come.  The words helped me navigate all the new territory I was experiencing with the blog and my life.  

Do you have any regrets?  I regret listening to negative Nellie’s who discouraged others and me. You know the kind of people who don’t want anyone to be their best.  I only surround myself with people who want the best for themselves and others.  I am blessed to be in a small working group of women who really enjoy seeing each other succeed and help each other.  We cheer each other on—one of my friends is launching a book next week—she started it 7 months ago and now it’s being printed!  I can’t wait!  

What would you like to tell your younger self?  Not to listen, spend time or give any energy to people who don’t bring out the best in one another.

What are your thoughts on aging?  I don’t think much about “aging”- I am all about living my best life and encouraging others to do the same.   

What is one thing that you look forward to every day? Just experiencing life, whatever comes that day, it’s mostly good, and I am grateful. (Though I did have a blood test today and my arm still hurts...)

I hope you enjoyed meeting Nina!  If you are in mid-life you already know about this voyage toward the next phase of our lives and the challenges it brings.   I hope you find it inspiring and insightful to read about other women and their journeys so that we know we are never alone. 

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! I appreciate you!

XOXO

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A Sympli Beautiful Black Dress

Fashion, Dresses, Lifestyle, Purses/Handbags, ShoesJan Correll4 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!

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Female Hand-Crafted Jewelry

Jewelry, LifestyleJan Correll2 Comments
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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!

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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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