While in Greenville, SC this week, we found this wall by Gaia a well-known street artist, which spoke to my heart. You can read more about the wall and symbolism here. It is hidden among construction sites going up everywhere in this fabulous southern city, and in fact, the wall had a danger ribbon around it to prevent it from harm. However, the importance of the wall, altruism, is to remind people to spread kindness and provide inclusiveness to all.
Kindness is so easy to share, with anyone and it all starts with love in our heart for everyone. In fact, when we practice altruism, we benefit greatly as well. A smile, a compliment, a conversation, a gift of love or compassion, making others feel welcome: is a simple act shared every day can make the world a better place. Kudo's to Greenville, for this wonderful street art and the meaning behind it.
In this photo, I feel like I blend into the wall. Maybe I do! I am wearing a classic jean shirt from Chico's pants, and their so slimming jeggings and my favorite Sam Edelman slide on leopard sneakers. I have put links to all or similar below in the gallery.
Mr. Silver and I are planning a trip back to Greenville soon. If you have time while near Charlotte or Atlanta, take an extra little journey on I-85 and explore Greenville, SC.
As always, thanks for stopping by and reading the blog. My goal is to share authentic ageless style; fashion, beauty and relevant lifestyle information as we share this journey together! I appreciate this time together! Hope that did not sound too much like Mr. Rogers! :)
I never thought I would age. I am serious. Why for some odd reason, I thought the clock would stop for me! Then reality hit me in the head, literally. At 35, my hair began to gray. I had some stress, but not a hard life. I could not figure it out… aging prematurely! So I did what any young female professional would do and I covered it! My hair was important to me. My hair framed my face and I thought it defined who I was. So I did this FOR YEARS! Until my 50th birthday approached when I said no more! I was done. I felt fake. I was covering up who I was. I was not supposed to still have this luscious head of almost black hair. I was silver underneath. I saw the dreaded line, “Morticia” every 3 weeks, and would examine her closely. Is she gray or silver? Due to the cost, I would push a color to 4 to 4 ½ weeks. And on the rare occasion, when I had to, I would color my hair myself!
At 49 and a half, I decided to embrace my hair for its true color. My husband, the love of my life, who supports me in anything and everything, was all for it. He said go for it! My son and daughter, who mean the world to me, said the same, “Do what you want!” Well, I was not completely sure but almost sure. I kept remembering my Nana (Italian Grandmother) saying that Italian women should not go blonde or gray… this is the same woman that did not like my curly “messy” hair!
One thing I did know from my observations in the mirror, “Morticia” was more than gray. She appeared to be pretty silver! So I decided to go for it. I was going to be authentic, and everyone was going to see my silver strands.
I talked to my stylist and told him my plan. He tried to talk me out of it because this impacted him too. After a long consult, with not a lot of choices, we proceeded towards my goal. This was way before silver color was cool!! After a long afternoon at the salon, I ended up, a platinum blonde, mixed with gray and I swear, my Nana, was rolling over in her grave. My nieces and nephews called it “gronde!” Lord have mercy, what did I do!! At that point, there was no turning back. So I cut off my shoulder length hair to a very short pixie cut. I had not had a pixie cut since I was five years old and my Dad decided to play barber one afternoon. That’s another story that was a short-lived hobby for my dear Dad.
Eventually, my hair grew out. Thankfully! And I embraced it. I got up in the morning and put my makeup on and it got to the point that I did not think about the color of my hair. It was who I was! In fact, I loved it. I was not allowing my hair color to define me. I had many people and colleagues tell me how much they loved it. The fact that I was authentic and still looked so young! Until one night… when a female colleague, albeit 10 years younger, told me that I looked old! PAUSE. “What”…as I choked on my red wine? Why would one woman feel that they had the right to say that to another? It took me down… I had to absorb it and ruminate on it. I discussed it with family and close friends, thinking I may have made a mistake. They told me what I knew in my heart…continue. So I ultimately decided to kick myself in the butt and move on. I was a young at heart, spirited, smart, kind, stylish 50-year old that believed in herself and no one had the right to change my opinion. She was entitled to her opinion, but I was also entitled to mine. It was my HAIR!!
Fast-forward, five years later, I purchased a few URLs and launched Silver is the New Blonde™, my fashion/lifestyle blog, in December 2015. SITNB is my platform to show how great aging can be. Staying young at heart, fashionable and learning to love, own and be the best version of yourself at 50, 60, 70 and beyond. My goal is to help others see it’s OK to age and do it your way!I
As a side note: Everyone is entitled to be his or her self, or to color his or her hair. Gray or silver is not for everyone and that's ok!! Thankfully views are changing and social barriers are dissolving, which makes this easier. Aging will happen (whether we believe it or not), the millennials and boom-lets will have it happen, too. It’s time to come together and look at each person. What can they contribute? When hiring, when marketing, when interacting, no one should be invisible. We all matter…
If you are thinking of transitioning to gray or silver, now is the time. It is cool, modern, fun, and can make life easy! Today, colorists have the means to help you transition with beautiful silver colors!! I have a habit of counting women that have transitioned or who are transitioning and not a day goes by without having seen 20 or more. If I can help you in any way... please reach out!
As always, thank you reading and stopping by the blog. My goal is to share authentic ageless style and relevant information as we share this journey together! I so appreciate you, my friends and readers!
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.
For this year's Forever Fierce campaign, I am one of 50 bloggers chosen because we embody the spirit of supporting and helping one another. We are serving the community by having our post act as a platform to share other women's voices. We truly believe it's not just about us, but there is strength in numbers.
A blog is really a means of creative self-expression and each of us is excited to use this platform to share the powerful voices of these women. But let's not stop here. Ask your friends and family around you "what it means to be fierce at midlife?" Share their answers with the world by using the hashtags #foreverfierce and #foreverfierceday.
I am so excited to introduce you to some incredible and amazing women from around the world that I have met through this group. Please read what it means to each of them to be Forever Fierce!
Kim, 61, Cincinnati, OH - Follow on Instagram @kimdecherfitfoodie and on Facebook @kimwalkerdechert
Fierce in midlife means being my best self possible and having the confidence and courage to live out loud, while supporting others to do the same.
Debbie, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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!!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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 group, on 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!
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
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!
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. :)
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
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
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!!
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!
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!
If you would like to be featured in an upcoming Super Women Wednesday, please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
As always, thanks for reading and stopping by! Keeping it fun, chic and ageless...
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 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.
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.
Hope your week is great and thanks for stopping by as always. XXOO
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!
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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
This post is sponsored by Smile Brilliant. While I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.
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!!
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
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!
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!!
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!!
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?
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!
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**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!
As you may know, my family is everything to me and I count myself one lucky girl that I recently got to spend extra time in Texas, with my daughter and her family. So while there, got to do a bit of sightseeing, which included a visit to Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas. If you like music like I do, this place is one for the bucket list. You can read more about it here but the likes of Loretta Lynn, Willie, Lyle Lovett and Leon Russell are just a few of the artists that have performed there. A couple years back, my daughter, husband and I did enjoy a band there one evening and a couple of beers....what fun evening. But this particular day (for the photo shoot), the Bacon Brothers (Kevin Bacon) were playing that night and had just arrived in their motorcoach. I tried everything to get my kids to go with me... just in case Kevin broke out in a Footloose dance... but it did not work out. Next time!!
The town of Gruene, just outside New Braunfels, offers a quaint perspective of small town Texas. Fun shopping, good restaurants and the chance to tube in the cold, clear water of the two local rivers.
For my visit to the one and only Gruene Hall I chose one of a kind jeans. Who can truly say they have "one of a kind" jeans. Luckily, some of us can say,"I do!" These "holy" jeans are from Punkie's Place and feature Our Lady of Guadalupe and serape print fabric! Contact Punkie for adding these awesome jeans to your wardrobe! This black silk blouse is from the closet but find similar in the here. My espadrilles are Sam Edelman and if you missed them in a previous post, they are super comfy... I would grab them while you still can as they will take you through the fall! These cool Quay Australia Vivienne Aviator Sunglasses are a wardrobe staple and at this price... I am adding them in Metallic, too! This snakeskin Hobo clutch is a classic and can compliment any outfit... and after 10 years continues to offer style. Similar styles below. Last but not least, the skull bracelet by Tarina Tarantino is over the top! Check out all these items in the gallery at the end of the post!
Even though I did not get to see the Bacon Brothers, every time I go to the New Braunfels area, Gruene Hall will be on the list; good music, good bands and good company! And maybe, just maybe, I will be footloose!
Until next time and as always, thanks for reading!
Last week I visited my daughter's family in New Braunfels, TX and had a wonderful time. While there, she and I (and two small grandsons) decided to take a side trip to Waco, Texas and Magnolia Market for an overnight. The town of Waco is charming and Magnolia Market is something to see if you like Chip and Jo Jo's style and the show Fixer Upper!
making my mark with my Silver is the New Blonde™ tee
Mr. Silver and I enjoy the show. It is easy to watch and to get caught in the humor between Chip and Joanna. Chip has an uncanny way of helping her see the humor in most things... and although widely successful they are rooted in their family, community and life together. If you have read their story, you are aware of Joanna's strong faith. Trying to do the right thing as a mother, (independent of religion) and putting your trust in the Lord that you are doing your best for your family and children. There are so many trials and tribulations as a Mom, most of us can easily associate with her struggles.
Wherever we went the people of Waco were gracious and welcoming, the store was fun, and the crowds were not too bad. Customer service is pretty spectacular, wherever you are on the property. My daughter and I found the prices reasonable for the quality. Not everyone can find treasures like Joanna, so it's great that they provide these items (although mass produced) for the average homeowner. We both felt that the greenery and silk flowers were very real looking and of extremely high quality. I would suggest you check them out as I have not seen anything like them before at any of the craft stores. Especially the tulips!
My awesome new earrings featured above are Raven +Lilly, bought at the market. Before I left the market three people asked me where I bought them. They are made of leather and so fun! I am also wearing white jeans from J. Crew Factory, Clubmaster sunnies from Ray-Ban and my faithful Jack Roger sandals as well as my usual arm candy!
Truly the best part of the trip was spending time with my daughter and grandsons. Check out the cute pics below. Of course the last is in the hotel pool!
Suggestions for your trip... don't go in the heat of the summer! Or if you do, at the very least, don't shower till after! HA! Check out the watermelon drinks at Luna Juice Bar. Pretty awesome! And enjoy lunch at Alpha Omega Grill and Bakery... it was really good! My one suggestion for Magnolia Market was recycling containers, which they said were in the works!!
PS. If you love my tee as I have heard from so many, know that they will be coming to the blog! Please check back!!
Thank you for reading and until next time XXOO,
As you may have noticed, I took a vacation. It was much needed, am very rested and heart is full after spending time with our children and grands. Excited to be back!
We took a quick trip to Asheville this weekend and had a great time. We love the downtown area, Biltmore Village, and all the fabulous breweries. The West Elm outlet is fun too, if you love a great deal like I do! The Grand Bohemian Hotel is one of our favorite places to stay. I highly recommend you check it out!
These fun pictures were taken while enjoying mimosas at the Grand Bohemian. I can literally have a mimosa any day of the week, but Sundays seem fitting... celebrating the week behind, the week ahead and the little bit of weekend left!
This cute tee is from Target by Zoe + Liv. My adorable black wrap skirt (frayed at the bottom) is by Cloth & Stone purchased at Anthropology (in the sale room.) Similar here. These black suede espadrilles are Sam Edelman (one of my favorite brands.) My necklace is Roberto Coin (a gift from Mr. Silver), earrings are vintage Kendra Scott, and the matching clear bangle is FTJB (from the jewelry box).
I hope everyone has a fantastic week ahead and that you get the chance to celebrate even life's little moments with a mimosa. Here is a toast to the week ahead, "cheers lovelies!"
As always, thank you for reading!
Today, Feb 19th, is a special day in the blogging world. It marks the launch of the first annual Fierce 50 Campaign bringing together 50 female bloggers over the age of 50 in a celebration of mid-life on the 50th day of the year! While I don't usually talk about age on my blog, I am honored to be selected as a member of the group and this campaign.
Inspired at the Edge by a True Gem
I’m honored and humbled to introduce to you my fellow Fashion Blogger Elaine Davis @squarepearls on IG and creator of Square Pearls. I am happy to say that I now call Elaine my friend and fellow ‘Fierce Sister’. Elaine lives and works in New York City, one of the fashion capitals of the world.
Let me just tell you…. you will NEVER find Elaine Davis in the women’s coordinate department and if you do… she will be there challenging other women in mid-life that they can do better! Elaine, with her youthful glow and “true southern charm” (yes, this girlfriend is a true Southerner at heart) knows how to have fun, be authentic, be in control and embrace life in her 50’s. She is the mother of two grown adults and she has an extreme love of fashion. From the first time we spoke, I felt that Elaine had a sense of calmness about her, knew that family was very important and had a deep sense of caring for others.
One can equate a pearl to a life, as they are one of nature’s great miracles. A living organism produces a pearl and is considered the world’s finest and most original gem. A pearl, just like a life has to survive the many perils over their growth period before harvesting. In the case of Elaine she too has experienced perils; ups and downs, the loss of parents, siblings and a divorce. Life’s many challenges present obstacles but like the classic pearl, Elaine has chosen optimism, hope, perseverance, determination and joy as she designed her balanced life. The end result is when everything has gone well, a beauty is revealed — in the case of Elaine, the result is a classic, timeless and edgy square pearl!
We all need a tribe for connection, inspiration, and growth as we continue to learn from other in this second phase of our lives. I want this fierce woman as my friend, ally and confidante and you will too!
Elaine and I were lucky enough to meet face to face this weekend when she traveled to South Carolina. It was a blast to meet her! Cheers to my Fierce Friend, Elaine. Be sure to check out her blog Square Pearls.
If you have enjoyed reading this blog post and learning more about The Fierce 50 Campaign, please visit this page to see an archive where you will find each of the women that are participating in The Fierce 50 along with their blog posts. (Journalist Hanna Storm is one of them!) If you or someone you know is interested in either joining or supporting the movement, please contact email@example.com for more information. We have lots more planned for this year and beyond so, stay tuned everyone.
Be sure to also check out this article in Thrive Global about the movement.
As always, thank you for reading, cheers!