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Investing in Beauty Sleep

Beauty, Ageless Active, Lifestyle, HomeJan CorrellComment
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As an ageless woman, I have realized how important sleep is.  I used to be able to get by on 5-6 hours of sleep but learned the wear and tear that regimen can take on your body and your beauty.  ;)  Once I hit 60, I made the decision to not take my sleep lightly.

Mr. Silver and I had been discussing investing in a new mattresses since we both felt we were tossing and turning way too much each night.  He sleeps very sound, whereas I am a very light sleeper and usually wake at least 2-3 times per night.  My waking is usually the result of night sweats or just being uncomfortable in a particular position.  Do you wake up many times each night, too? 

So we turned to the Internet and began researching the best mattresses out there.  Luckily we found The Wave by @casper.com, designed for advanced support for your body at 33 key points, temperature regulation (breathable foam for increased airflow) and 5 layers of premium foam. 

I want you to know that although this is a sponsored post, I am truly in love and so happy with our new mattress, that I would endorse this mattress regardless.  Mr. Silver and I are both sleeping better than we have in years and feel that this bed was made specifically for us.  I am sleeping through the night.  Neither one of us is tossing nor turning and best of all, I have eliminated my night sweats. 

If you are considering a new mattress, I would highly suggest The Wave by @casper.com.  It was shipped directly to our home, setup was a snap, and they offer a 100-night trial with free return and pickup.  You have nothing to lose but everything to gain by investing in a great night’s sleep. 

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As always, my goal is to share chic ageless style and endless fun, from a sincerely silver perspective.  Including fashion, beauty, and relevant lifestyle information as we share this journey together!  Thank you for reading my blog! 

 

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Roll with it Baby!!

Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle, MakeupJan Correll2 Comments
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I love that song... and I have to agree...sometimes you've got to roll with it baby, soak it up and take it all in.  And this month my friends... that is just what I am doing!

As many of you may know, I was featured by the New York Times and Ruth LaFerla as one of seven Grandmas's of Instagram.  It is still surreal to me but I am ever grateful to have been included with these fabulous women.  A high school girlfriend in Tampa sent me her newspaper from Tampa and I was smack dab on the fashion page. This is the same girlfriend that worked with me in my Dad's chicken restaurant, Mr. Drumstick.  (We wore white uniforms with orange and white striped aprons... truly not a glamorous start.) Ha. Since then, I have been featured by Charlotte Stories here and CharlotteFive here, Darla Desiderioboth wonderful features, as well as on a live radio interview by Patti Mercer, in Fort Mill, SC where I reside.  

You can imagine my excitement when a Charlotte TV station asked me to join them on their morning show and tell my story about age positivity as well.  I thoroughly enjoyed Tonya Rivens and Julianna White... they made it so much fun.  I felt like I was sitting down with friends.  What a great experience.  You can watch the interview here.  

Next, a gentleman reached out to me on Instagram, which I usually delete.  "Lucky" is his name and he shared that he had just seen me on a top 30 TV station.  Not understanding completely, I had to say "huh" and "where?"  Lucky was nice enough to find the link for me to share with my family.   I loved this video and want to share it with you, created by Fox46 Charlotte's Page Fehling:

Please know that I am not tooting my horn, rather I am sharing what is possible for anyone at any age. You can do anything!  And I am here to support and tell you that the time is right, grab it, hold onto it, create it, do what you want and most importantly... roll with it, baby!

My goal is to share ageless style, and endless fun, from a sincerely silver perspective.  Including fashion, beauty, and relevant lifestyle information as we share this journey together!  And as always thank you for reading my blog! 

xxoo

 

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Life is a Party

Dresses, Fashion, Purses, Lifestyle, ShoesJan CorrellComment
Life is a party... dress for it
— Audrey Hepburn
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A few months back, I had the opportunity to wear three Teri Jon dresses for an article and photo shoot featuring several Mother of the Bride/Groom dresses for Paul Simon Women in Charlotte by yours truly and @scoopcharlotte.  I sincerely did not know what I was in for until I put the first dress on and my heart skipped a beat when I looked in the mirror.  The quality, the designs and the fabrics make these dresses very special and a brand that women have trusted with all of life’s special occasions for over 35 years. 

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Rickie Freeman, the founder, CEO and designer at Teri Jon is also a wife, mother, and grandmother; and believes that all of these roles combined are her inspiration behind the collections.  I love the fact that Rickie tries on each and every design ensuring a proper fit for every woman. 

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After the article above was published, Teri Jon reached out and asked if I would be interested in working with their company.  I literally jumped at the chance! 

This brings me back to the dress I am featuring today.  My very own Teri Jon dress… needless to say… I am thrilled. I paired this dress with simple jewelry and silver pumps by Michael Kors.  

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I chose this dress because of both the print but also the beautiful design.  It reminded me of dresses that my Mom and Grandma’s wore back in the 50’s .  Polka dots are timeless and ageless just like the Duke Mansion where these pictures were taken, in the Myers Park neighborhood of Charlotte.

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The Duke Mansion was built in 1915 has been home and host to leaders of the 20th century. Duke’s most lasting legacies, including Duke University, Duke Energy and the Duke Endowment, took shape at the home. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Mansion is operated as a nonprofit with all proceeds being used to preserve and protect this community treasure. 

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As you can see this community treasure is a wonderful place to stay, celebrate, meet and relax.  If you are planning any of the above or looking for a very special venue in the Charlotte area, you have to include the Duke Mansion… where character and charm reside. 

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Thank you to Teri Jon for sponsoring this post!  I am humbled to have featured the brand and this beautiful dress.  I may get a commission if you purchase through LIKEtoKNOW.it.  However, the links here take you straight to the Teri Jon website.  

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In closing, I want to thank you for stopping by the blog and I will leave you with a little reminder.  "Life is a Party" and it is what you make it.  Make it a great week, lovelies!!  

My goal is to share ageless style, and endless fun, from a sincerely silver perspective.  Including fashion, beauty, and relevant lifestyle information as we share this journey together!  And as always thank you for reading my blog! 

xxoo

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"Of Course You May"

Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle, Shoes, TravelJan Correll4 Comments

When becoming a grandmother almost 4 and 1/2 years ago, like most Grandma's, I was smitten with my first grandson.  He was born almost 3 months early and that made him even more precious.  At the time, I decided that as a Grandma, I wanted to be as special as my Grandma (Marnie) and my grandma (Nana) were. They were two very different women, one from a small town in Southern Illinois and the other an Italian immigrant from Chicago.  Although distinct women, their spirit and love for family and  their grandchildren was immense.   Marnie, was a spitfire, who kept reinventing herself (a yogi at 80) and Nana, a very successful business woman, providing global travel tours through her business.   Both taught me different things... that left life long impressions.  Nana; a great work ethic, and my love of cooking and travel and Marnie; to live life to the fullest and to make each little adventure count.   

Even though my grands are all under the age of 5, I wanted to instill subtle lessons and reminders that may help them especially in times of self-doubt at any age.  "Of course you may." became my mantra to them whenever they ask me a question.  Unless of course, they wanted to do something dangerous.  "Of course you may," means that yes, they can have that chocolate chip cookie or yes, I will play pirates or dolls, but it also means that they can do anything!  And that is what I want them to remember.  They can change their mind, they have the right to make decisions (although there are consequences) and that they have the ability to be in control.   Much like my Grandma Marnie, I like to get down on the floor, do somersaults, make up stories, and play in the dirt but the love, affection and support she provided, was that I was special and I could do anything I wanted.  

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 These photos were taken in Charlotte at a rooftop bar and restaurant called   Merchant and Trade  .  A fun venue with great food!  The sunsets and sites are an added bonus!

These photos were taken in Charlotte at a rooftop bar and restaurant called Merchant and Trade.  A fun venue with great food!  The sunsets and sites are an added bonus!

So friends we need to remember this phrase as well because we can do anything, or be anything we want at any age; start a blog, start a business, travel, change course, meet new people, try different things, continue to learn... "of course you may, my friend."

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 Enjoying a "French 76" cocktail while watching the Charlotte Knights play.

Enjoying a "French 76" cocktail while watching the Charlotte Knights play.

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Thank you to Birdie James for sponsoring this post.  Another woman who decided to change careers, try something new based on what she loves and turned it into a fantastic business.  Check out Birdie James herewhere they believe in authentic chic.  This beautiful outfit  is from her boutique.  The top is a Birdie James label which I fell in love with... silver metallic dots...yes! The skinny leg, frayed jeans are one of the labels she carries and the handcrafted earrings are by Gloria Jane (also on the island).  They offer clothes for every woman.  Make sure to check out this  boutique online and if you are ever in Hilton Head, stop in!!  Birdie wants you to gather, laugh, shop and be you!  A friend after my own heart.

I hope you you had a great week and if you recently joined... welcome!!   My goal is to share ageless style, and endless fun, from a sincerely silver perspective.  Including fashion, beauty, and relevant lifestyle information as we share this journey together!  Thank you for reading my blog! 

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The New York Times

Lifestyle, Beauty, Fashion, Super WomenJan Correll4 Comments
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I would be lying if I told you I was calm and collected when I received a pm on Instagram from a writer at the New York Times.  I immediately checked out the writer's articles and was blown away; Ashley Longshore, Isabella Rossellini, and Brooke Shields to name a few.  Her message read:  may I contact you for a New York Times feature?  I did not take long to say, why yes... you may!  

After a 30 minute interview, with Ruth La Ferla, who was a delight, the rest is history!  You can read the article here.  

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I am honored and humbled to be among the other Fabulous Grandmas of Instagram!  And sincerely believe that aging is the new frontier and that we have to re-write the rules for future generations.   My motto is: Embrace Aging!

Have a great rest of the week and  thank you for reading the blog.  My goal is to share chic, ageless style and endless fun, from a sincerely silver perspective!  I appreciate you!

xx

 

 

My Herb Garden

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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!

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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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. 

 Photo Credit R.S. Estey Photography

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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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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The Altruism Wall

Fashion, Travel, LifestyleJan Correll3 Comments

Hi Friends,

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

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

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

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

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

XOXO

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Transitioning to Silver and Beyond

LifestyleJan Correll6 Comments
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I never thought I would age.  I am serious.  Why for some odd reason, I thought the clock would stop for me!  Then reality hit me in the head, literally.  At 35, my hair began to gray.  I had some stress, but not a hard life.  I could not figure it out… aging prematurely!  So I did what any young female professional would do and I covered it!  My hair was important to me.  My hair framed my face and I thought it defined who I was.  So I did this FOR YEARS!  Until my 50th birthday approached when I said no more!  I was done.  I felt fake.  I was covering up who I was.  I was not supposed to still have this luscious head of almost black hair.  I was silver underneath.  I saw the dreaded line, “Morticia” every 3 weeks, and would examine her closely.  Is she gray or silver?  Due to the cost, I would push a color to 4 to 4 ½ weeks.  And on the rare occasion, when I had to, I would color my hair myself! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

XXOO

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