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The Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 5

In all the noise of the holidays, we sometimes wish for a little peace and quiet.

Day 5 –   Walking   –   Walking is beneficial in so many ways, healthy and uplifting. We love walking during the holidays, whether it be after a snowfall or to view the holiday lights. So grab your loved ones and head out.

There is a special joy in bundling up and heading out in the brisk air. When the sunlight hits the new-fallen snow it seems to glisten with diamonds. I am always tempted to make a snow angel. My decision is based on how far it is to the house.  Breathing in the fresh air is both invigorating and calming.

Our favorite walk during this season is to see the lights, strolling along the creek path with the tall trees covered in white lights while the bushes are draped with multi-colored lights until we reach the LED tree. This enormous pine in its cloak of many colors is a beautiful sight to see.

Visitor Center Tree

Or a visit to the botanical gardens with its covered trellises, whimsically lit butterflies, dragonflies, and strolling carolers. Every year there is something new, but our family tradition remains the same. We buy hot chocolate, a bag of roasted chestnuts and head down the path. Once we are sufficiently chilled, we step into the warm atrium filled with poinsettia of every color. I love to sit on a bench near the fountains for reflection. It’s so serene.

Blue Tree Botanic Gardens

There are so many places to take a holiday walk and escape the noise of the holidays. We have  Zoolights, Butterfly Pavilion, our neighborhoods, the Civic Center and many more. One of these years we will manage to see them all!

If you find yourself getting a bit overwhelmed this year, head outside, it’s good for the soul.

The Case of the Missing LookBook

Like so many of us, I was a student of the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys school of  sleuthing, so when I didn’t receive my lookbook from Keaton Row as expected the mystery began.

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As you may recall from The Lion, The Witch and My Wardrobe, I had followed-thru on a blog written by Lucky Shops regarding personal shoppers. One of their recommended sites is Keaton Row.

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As requested, I had filled out Keaton Row’s questionnaire, which consists of questions and picture choices. Once the questionnaire is complete, they assign a stylist based on your answers.

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Individual stylists have lookbooks you can browse before deciding who you work with. The original stylist Keaton Row chose for me… well, let’s just say I studied her lookbooks and NO! Our taste in clothing could only be described as dissimilar.

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Just kidding. This is not from a Keaton Row stylist, the person who did design these outfits probably looks adorable in them.  Hmm, maybe I could have an alter ego – Nona Punk?  I already have the purple in my hair. But I digress.

Since Keaton Row’s chosen stylist didn’t work for me, I  browsed through all their stylists and their sample lookbooks to choose my own.  I chose Markee Benton, requested a lookbook and waited for my email notification it was ready for viewing. And waited some more. After a couple of weeks, I thought “Do they send an email notification or am I supposed to check back on the website?” I checked the website, nothing.  I again requested a lookbook, only to get the same result.

I’d pretty much given up on Keaton Row and began my blog on on-line Personal Stylists.  Yet, the lack of response from Keaton Row nagged at me so like a good disciple of Nancy Drew, I decided to go back one more time.  Perhaps Markee Benton has looked at my questionnaire and said “NO!” “I can’t style this woman!” (Who can blame her? I’d done the same thing with my original stylist!)  Truly, I have no idea what happened to Markee.

However, being a professional company, Keaton Row had assigned me a new stylist, Sara Reardon. I put the blog on hold and requested a lookbook from Sara. She came through almost immediately. I had asked her for an updated look in denim. I received an email shortly after stating my lookbook was ready. In addition, Sara sent me a personal email to get a better feel for my personality as well as what I was looking for. This was more of what I had expected originally.

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Sara’s lookbook for me consisted of 3 pairs of jeans,

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7 blouses (love #’s 3 & 5)

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and 1 complete look.

Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 3.59.49 PMNaturally, I don’t like everything Sara chose but I do believe that Keaton Row and their stylist, Sara Reardon did a great job delivering on what they promised. These items are more in keeping with what I would wear as well as what I asked for.  Keeping the lines of communication open with Sara should lead to a lasting relationship as well as a fabulous wardrobe!

Afterword – If you try Keaton Row, we’d love to hear about your experience.

 

The Lion, The Witch and My Wardrobe

On May 5th, 2015 I read Lucky Shops article on personal on-line shoppers. I clicked on the link for each one and eventually chose to try Keaton Row and Stylit.

I simply filled out a questionnaire on both sites, although Keaton Row’s was more extensive. I put some effort into my answers so that you and I could get a good feel for the validity of an on-line personal shopper, and naturally, I wanted to see how they would style me. Would they cater to younger women or would they read my answers in order to know me?

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My mother was a former model and she taught me a lot about buying clothes for your body type as opposed to the latest fashion. Go classic!

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She also pointed out that you needed to really look at the clothes on the model, if a model doesn’t look great in it neither will you! Unfortunately, in these days of photoshopping it’s quite difficult to determine how a model really looks.

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I designed these first three outfits myself at Polyvore. Although this site was not an option in Lucky Shops blog, it is a great place to choose and tweak new outfits. Polyvore also provides links for each item if you wish to purchase. It’s the site to play with different pieces and looks before you buy.

After filling out the Keaton Row questionnaire, they say they choose a stylist they feel would be the closest fit. After seeing my chosen stylist and perusing her look book, I cynically wondered if they chose a stylist who is trying to build her clientele. Her tastes and mine were light years apart! Fortunately, Keaton Row allows you to choose a different stylist if you like. I went through each stylist and chose Markee Benton. I’ve requested a personalized lookbook from her. I waited some time for Markee to reply. Nothing happened.

More on my Keaton Row experience in our next blog. Hint: It got better! Thank you Sara!

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^^ As to my personal shopper on Stylit, I find it hard to believe she looked at my answers to their questions. While some of the chosen looks would look fabulous on my daughter, they would not flatter me in anyway.

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^^I personally would feel like a circus tent in this dress.

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^^The hips look like the focal point here, my hips are not something I wish to emphasize.

Again my cynical other half kicked in and has decided that she is promoting certain brands rather than looking to promote me.

Good Choices

^^This look has potential.

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^^This look would work for me.

In the end, for the over-50 woman,  I can say that Stylit didn’t take the time to understand my needs and therefore didn’t pass my test.  Polyvore is addicting and useful although it doesn’t technically fall in the Personal Shopper category. More on Polyvore and Keaton Row in upcoming blogs!

Damn that Wild Hair!

S and I had a hysterical conversation the other day about that frickin’ single facial hair that pops up so randomly, the one we like to call The Wild Hair. Yes, we do crack ourselves up!

Do we all have them? That one hair that grows independently on some odd spot on your face. Usually the most noticeable spot. Is it really that noticeable to others or is it that once we figure out its there we fixate on it?

Sure, we have every intention of plucking it, but until we get back to our tweezers and a mirror, what’s a girl to do?

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The smart thing would be to ignore it, haha! Instead we touch it, focus on it, pull at it and more.

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We suspect men only get that wild hair in their eyebrows. At least that’s where we notice them. Women? Not so lucky. They sprout wherever they please, on your chin, your upper lip, middle of your cheek? No problem, the wild hair is always happy to oblige especially if you are heading to an important engagement.

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The wild hair loves to stand out, therefore it generally comes in thicker, longer and coarser than all the others. What better way to be noticed, not only by yourself but by everyone who comes close to you.

Which brings us back to the question, do others really notice or have we become obsessive about it? Someone once told us, “It’s just part of you, an addition to your personality.”

You’re kidding right? Looking like the evil witch from Hansel and Gretel or Snow White’s apple bearer adds to my personality? Cue the warts? Thanks a lot.

Truly, how did this wild hair become so prominent in our lives that we actually have conversations and write blogs about them?

Another menopause mystery…

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Finding Our Way Back to Creativity

I used to make things all the time. Baking, cooking, crafting decorations, gardening, painting… I don’t know where the day goes, I don’t seem to have the time to do these things like I used to. Isn’t that strange, I had the time when my kids were going up.

Do we get lazy or move on to other things? Do we become less organized as we get older, more scattered perhaps? I know I miss painting and gardening, I keep telling myself I just need to do it. Then another day, season, year goes by and I still haven’t started a new project.

I have a so many wonderful memories of making crafts or recipes with friends and family. Days spent in artistic pursuit while enjoying conversation and laughter.

This Christmas, MB and I decided to get back to it.

We made foot balm from a natural recipe and bottled it up for Christmas gifts. We took great delight in designing our own scents and labels, creatively attaching a pair of socks, ribbon, and bells to each jar for a festive look.

We got quite a few laughs as we realized just how rusty we had become in the simple art of tying a bow.

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We tried the double boiler method of melting our ingredients, patiently stirring on low heat until MB got impatient, mixed a second batch and stuck it in the microwave. The microwave method is so much quicker, requiring very little effort on our part, leaving more time for constructing our holiday presents.

It was fun :). We got to gab, ok we always gab, still talking, laughing while concocting gifts, well, it was just kind of fun doing a girly thing! I think I’m gonna go buy those paints…

Many thanks to Sarah Lipoff at Popsugar.com for sharing her DIY Sleep Salve recipe.

Women In Black

We read an article today that stated “Women of a certain age should not wear black.” The gist of
the article was that as we age we should start wearing bright colors. Black highlights our
wrinkles and crepe-y skin.

Yes, well, writers of certain articles should probably refrain from telling me or anyone else what
to wear. You don’t know us. We like black. MB likes to wear a bright color and then a top layer of
black. S, being tall and thin (something MB envies),  can wear whatever she likes, some days she likes bright colors, others black. So what! The important thing is that we feel good about ourselves.

Aren’t we supposed to wear black for its slimming and classic effects? If you like bright colors, go for it! If you feel more comfortable in black, then by all means, knock yourself out!

There’s an old saying, if you wear it long enough it will come back in style. Our girls have worn clothing that is a spin on the same stuff we used to wear. S’s daughter even told her that she wishes S would have saved some of her stuff when she tells her “had that…wore that”

We would both rather buy just a few of the items that are “in style” and then mix and match them with what we have. We all have the classic favorites that we get complements on, why wouldn’t we wear those?! Don’t know about you, but we’re always fishing for compliments!

We do have to say, however, that men do not get the” what to wear at your age” articles. Probably because advertisers are aware that men don’t care and aren’t going to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe. We think as women we need to work on this. Like we have said in other articles, we need to be happy where we are and not trying to keep up. There are so many good things about where we are in our lives right now!
PS – In all fairness –Men will buy any new technology on the market! But that’s a whole different conversation. Haha!

The outfit above is a particular favorite. fashionistatrends.com

Your Hair, Your Choice

Have we all had a Mom that cut our hair into a “pixie” because it was the style and she was tired of combing the knots out of it? We have and we have shed many a tear over it.

MB’s brother had a bright idea when they were 4 and 5. He’d give her a sucker if she agreed to him cutting her hair. When she looked in the mirror, talk about tears! All her luxurious long curls, gone! We are sure most of you have had a similar experience.

Women and their hair are tightly entwined. So much of who we think we are ties into to our hair. And yet, someone else always tries to dictate what you should do with your hair. It’s personal! Let us decide what makes us feel good. And no more tying aging to hair style.

We are so glad that we are getting out of the thought process that when you get older, you cut your hair short.  We really think that you should wear the hair that looks good on you at any age.  If you have always had short hair and like it, then you should wear it that way.  Same for long. In conversations with men we have learned that they don’t understand this phenomenon. They don’t think a woman has to cut her hair just because she is older, We like those men.  We have always had long hair and until it thins out or, maybe we can’t raise our arms high enough to fix it, we’re staying with it.  We can’t do a lot about the wrinkles, but, we can keep our hair long, our nails done oh, and our minds and bodies active!  Come on four out of five ain’t bad!

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