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Perennial Style

Glamour Italia

Ageless Active, Beauty, Fashion, Perennial Style, Postive Aging, TravelJan CorrellComment
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Last year, if you were following me then, you may recall that I was featured in the New York Times as one of seven “Glamorous Grandma’s of Instagram” written by Ruth LaFerla. If you did not get to read the article, here is a link. I was so honored and humbled to have been chosen. And then it was re-printed by the Independent in the UK here. And I am happy to say that the article continues to be re-printed many times over.

I was a bit surprised when a writer for Glamour Italy reached out in February and asked for an interview. My sister Kathy and I used to sit on our beds each month and gush over our GLAMOUR magazine. She proceeded to tell me I had huge fans in their offices and they wanted to feature me with some other “Golden Girls” in a similar article. We scheduled a 30 minute interview and I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation. I am happy to say that the article just published this month and I can’t wait to get my hands on a hard-copy to one day show my grandchildren and maybe their children. I am working on having this translated but until then here is a link to the article and I have posted pictures of each page below. The good news is that google will translate it for you. Enjoy!

Thank you Chiara Oltolini. I am again honored and humbled for this opportunity and to be featured with these magnificent women.

My Grandpa Luca and Grandma Nana (Angelina) would have been so proud…

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Until next time… keep blooming,



Perennial Style: A Denim Shirt for the Win

Fashion, Perennial Style, Shoes, PursesJan CorrellComment

Happy Friday. I have family in town and we are celebrating my Mom’s 84th Birthday Saturday night… enjoying everyone’s company. So happy we get this opportunity as a week ago she was in the hospital but is doing fine now!


What do you think about this fun frayed denim shirt? I found it early this spring at my local Belk on the 70% off rack. I thought surely, it was mis-labeled but when I checked, the saleslady said it was $12.00. I immediately said, I’ll take it and put it aside while I continued to shop. It is an Ella Moss. I looked it up and other stores were still selling it. Evidently, the sales lady felt is was a great deal too because she asked where I found it and if I was sure I wanted it. HA! You can shop this look below and if an item is no longer available I have linked similar items.

I will be styling this fun find a number of ways… but love it with my white jeans and a pop of color from my bag. I will be layering this over skirts, black pants and may layer it over a sequin top for another fun look. These fun ideas came from an event I attended, last night at Neiman Marcus featuring one of their senior buyers from corporate, Lori Caplan. It was a great event and she shared lots of ideas on how to think out of the box; twist your thinking and round out your looks with different patterns, colors, styles and textures. So many ideas and so much fun to meet this wonderful and talented woman. Check my stories for many picks from the fashion show.


I love this shirt for it’s versatility and how much I can do with it. Looking forward to many different looks. And I definitely feel like I got my $12.00 worth in the few times I have worn it already. Do you have an item you love and found at a bargain?

Have a great weekend friends. Until my next post…




A Versatile Spring Piece...

Fashion, Lifestyle, Perennial Style, Travel, DressesJan Correll2 Comments
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It’s Hump Day all! Yay… and we are halfway to the weekend. I am looking forward to a couple of events Saturday and Sunday and plan to wear this beautiful bomber jacket, a Johnny Was design.

I know many of you may have heard of the brand but if I am introducing you to it for the first time, I’m delighted. Their designs cross cultures and defy trends. Yes, there is a bohemian spirit and a sense of authenticity. Their inspiration comes from anything beautiful, genuine and special and can be likened to a striking piece of artwork. (Just like all of us!) Johnny Was is known for their signature embroideries, luxe fabrics and effortless silhouettes. When I wear Johnny Was I feel like my personal style always shines through.

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I love the fact that it is slightly quilted since it’s still cool here in the Carolina’s… especially at night. If my upper arms are cold, I act like it is below zero and shivering, (the same in air conditioning). Anybody else with me? So the fact that this bomber jacket is REVERSIBLE with two different silk, color pallets and designs, and will keep me warm is a huge bonus. I will be wearing this on repeat from now until… fall. Definitely an investment piece with limitless options for your wardrobe. If you are planning to travel, this jacket will see you through any journey, whether a weekend jaunt or a 10 day cruise.

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I have paired it as a casual look and then dressed it up a bit with a Johnny Was dress. The dress is an incredibly soft knit and versatile, too. Another great piece to add to your wardrobe. I have posted shopping links below.

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Do you own any Johnny Was pieces? If not, definitely check them out for spring and summer. So many beautiful clothes, that are so much fun to wear and style! Thank you to Johnny Was for sponsoring this post! And thank you to Jennifer Austin Photography for her wonderful work behind the camera..

Have a great week, friends.



LBD Guide for Spring

Dresses, Perennial Style, FashionJan CorrellComment
Dress by Lafeyette 148, Beads by Margo Morrison

Dress by Lafeyette 148, Beads by Margo Morrison

Hope everyone has had a great week! It’s a beautiful day here in the Carolina’s and it’s been a great week. My newest grand-daughter was one month old yesterday and I found out I was a finalist in the Shorty awards. YAY! And thank you for everyone’s support. As the underdog, would not have made it without your help. Thank you.

My go to much of the time is a little black dress for various occasions. If you look at my Instagram, you will see that I wear a lot of black year-round A little black dress is what I choose when I don’t know what to wear. They can easily be dressed up or down depending on your accessories and rarely is black a bad color for anyone.

The "little black dress" is considered essential to a complete wardrobe by many women. I’ve heard that it is a "rule of fashion" that every woman should own a simple, elegant black dress. So as we head into the spring, I put together some of my favorites. Most of these are pretty simple allowing for accessories of your choosing. I wear black pumps year round but as we get closer to spring and summer I might suggest a kitten heel sandal and definitely a chic handbag and fun earrings. In fact, watch for an upcoming post on accessorizing a LBD.

And remember, nothing says a little black dress has to be skimpy. The “little” refers to the shorter style and not a long evening gown.

Do you have a favorite you wear on repeat? The one I am wearing is a beautifully cut, shift dress by Lafeyette 148 with pockets. I love any dress that offers pockets. I found this at Paul Simon Woman in Charlotte. Knowing that everyone has different tastes and budgets, I’ve provided shopping links for several choices below.


Are you looking for a special LBD? If so, what’s the occasion. Me? I just keep adding them to my closet to give myself many choices.

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 ageless journey together! 



Silver Style Guide: What to Wear to a Gala or Evening Event

Perennial Style, Jewelry, Dresses, FashionJan CorrellComment

You’ve just received an invitation to an esteemed social event-- naturally you are thrilled and already planning out the perfect outfit to wear in your head. Whether you’re attending a charity fundraiser, an upscale cocktail event, or a themed ball, finding an exceptional outfit that is both appropriate and glamorous is a must. Below are a few sophisticated and chic outfit ideas from my Silver Style Guide for a gala or evening event.

A Black Tie Festivity

Adhering to the dress code is an important part of styling an outfit for an upscale festivity. If you are attending a black tie event where the gentlemen will be donning their sharpest tuxedo, then you should stick to a formal gown or floor length dress. A lady can never go wrong with a solid colored gown and decorative accessories; however if you wish for your dress to have a little sheen, there is nothing wrong with indulging in a bit of sparkles, and keeping the jewelry simple and elegant.

Teri Jon Dresses, Jewelry by Margo Morrison

Teri Jon Dresses, Jewelry by Margo Morrison

Dress by Siri

Dress by Siri


Formal Fun

Formal fashion allows for some leeway, meaning that you can certainly style a gown or floor length dress if you so wish; however, you can also show off your favorite party dress. Mid-calf formal dresses paired with a statement heel and an eye-catching clutch are excellent options for a formal event. A metallic shawl or wrap is a great way to incorporate some shimmer into your ensemble while staying warm, and also avoiding the possibility that a jacket or coat might distract from your look.

Teri Jon Dresses

Teri Jon Dresses

Classic Cocktail Look

The perfect cocktail looks consists of a classy dress, great heels, and dazzling accessories. A few favorites for cocktail attire include a little black dress, a tailored jumpsuit, a flattering wrap dress, or even dressier separates, like a blouse and skirt set. Add a faux fur bolero, or a formal jacket, an embellished clutch, and some glittering jewelry and you’ll be dressed to impress at any cocktail party.

Dress by Tom and Linda Platt, Earring by Primaura

Dress by Tom and Linda Platt, Earring by Primaura

Jumpsuit by Lafeyette 148, Fairchild Baldwin Necklace

Jumpsuit by Lafeyette 148, Fairchild Baldwin Necklace


If you live near the Charlotte area, these beautiful clothes and gorgeous jewelry are available at Paul Simon Woman, in the Village at SouthPark. This wonderful boutique offers stylish, age-appropriate fashion for all ages. Their staff caters to each client’s specific needs… and if you happen to walk in the door for the first time… you will leave having made new friendships. This is what keeps clients coming back!! And for those that live outside of Charlotte, Paul Simon Woman can order whatever you need and ship it to you or, I have included available links to shop below.

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 ageless journey together!  Thank you for reading my blog! 




Pearls are Always Appropriate

Fashion, Perennial StyleJan Correll2 Comments

Jackie O has always been associated with pearls… such a classy lady. And although diamonds and rhinestones are fun and sparkly, I typically don’t wear them on clothes, do you? But give me pearls and they make any outfit classy including a simple sweater.

I found this fun charcoal gray sweater at H&M recently and was smitten. I plan to wear it both dressy and casual. As featured I am wearing a long tee shirt underneath but love it over a crisp white blouse as well. I paired this sweater with gray frayed jeans and black booties. By the way… did you know that H&M is going after the ageless woman. You can read more here.

I have linked a number of pearl sweaters (with shopping links) both inexpensive like mine (under $20) as well as more expensive ones, depending on your taste. Do you like pearls on sweaters?


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 ageless journey together!  Thank you for reading my blog! 



My Girl's Photo Shoot

Beauty, Ageless Active, Fashion, Super Women, Perennial Style, LifestyleJan CorrellComment

As a Mom I have two awesome children, a son and a daughter. I feel awfully lucky as they are both special people that are very dear to me and Mr. Silver. My son and wife, have two children, a son and daughter and my daughter and her husband, have two sons. When our daughter shared the news they were expecting a third, we all prayed for a healthy baby and Momma. And when they shared the news that this one was going to be a little girl, I was thrilled that she too would get to experience a Mother/Daughter relationship… as we have shared.

My daughter and I have fun and loving affinity and have always supported each other. We have also pushed each other when needed and are very open and honest with each other. It’s like having a best friend, other than your hubby.

When I decided to start the blog, she was behind me in every aspect. She took some of my first pictures and then handed that responsibility over to her Dad. She was always fluffing, fixing and catching little things that a detailed eye could see. And it always made me feel so special.

When she decided to do a maternity shoot, she planned it so I could be there. I was so excited to be part of this to in turn do the same that she had always done for me! We had such a fun time as they setting was magical and the “golden hour” was perfect.


My daughter chose her very close friend, Kameron Rogers for this shoot, Owner of Kameron C. Photography. She is based in Texas and I highly recommend her, if you have photography needs. She is super talented and made it so much fun that the three of us laughed the whole time.


I love these photos and was so happy when my daughter said I could share them with you. I hope you enjoy them too!


This bundle of joy arrives in February and I can’t wait for my girl to experience her “girl.”


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 ageless journey together!  Thank you for reading my blog! 


Silver Style Guide: What to Wear for NYE

Purses, Shoes, Perennial StyleJan Correll2 Comments

The countdown to champagne, fireworks, and confetti has officially begun as New Year’s Eve is only days away! If you’re searching for the perfect celebratory ensemble, look no further! Below are some fabulous and fashionable ideas, from my Silver Style Guide, for you to wear as you ring in the new year.

The Main Event

New Year’s Eve is the perfect occasion to indulge in a little glitz and glamour. Whether you’re attending an elegant soiree or spending the evening with friends and family, it is always important to look and feel your very best!


For a more casual outing, dress up your favorite pair of jeans with an eye-catching top, or pair a tailored jumpsuit with your favorite leather jacket or faux fur vest. These options allow for a look that is casual and comfortable, but still chic and put together.


A more formal event, such as a cocktail party or a New Year’s Eve gala, calls for dressier attire. A woman who appreciates perennial style knows that a LBD is always a tasteful and classic option for an elegant affair. Some popular fashion favorites also include wrap dresses, velvet dresses, and embellished sets that are sure to dazzle all night long.


Add a Little Sparkle

New Year’s Eve fashion is also about making a statement. There is no harm in adding a little sparkle to your ensemble. Silver and gold accessories are a must for any iconic New Year’s Eve look, and incorporating some shimmer into your outfit is simple with the right jewelry and shoes! If you’re searching for the perfect finishing touch for your NYE outfit, check out these glittering favorites of mine!


Life of the Party

Of course, a party-look is not complete without a handbag! Printed purses, sparkly clutches, and metallic handbags are all great options for NYE as long as they can hold all of your necessities!

Love my Brenna B Bag

Love my Brenna B Bag


Even if you spend NYE at home in your PJ’s (which I also enjoy) get out your champagne flutes and toast in style!!

Have a happy and safe New Years and as always, my goal is to share chic, ageless style and endless fun, from a sincerely silver perspective.  Looking forward to 2019 and sharing more fashion, beauty, and relevant lifestyle information as we share this ageless journey together!  Thank you for reading my blog and may 2019 be your best year ever!!