Monday, October 29, 2012

Katie Interviews Designer of Fashion for Over 50 Women

 My recent post about Marla Wynne Ginsberg, a new designer of fashions for women over 50 (Fashion Over 50: At last, A Designer for Us!) has gotten a lot of traffic in the past week or so. I thought I'd share the video clip of Katie interviewing Marla for those of you who missed the show, but are interested in the woman behind the Marla Wynne Collection. Enjoy!


An Evening Wrap: Elegant Solution for Aging Arms

What do you do when your arms are aging, but you're not ready to stop wearing sleeveless dresses or tops, especially to evening weddings or holiday parties? That's been one of my fashion over 50 dilemmas lately. I find  plenty of good-looking long-sleeve dresses and tops for daytime, but they're not stylish and sophisticated enough for evening. For once, I'm happy to say there's an elegant solution: the evening wrap. An evening wrap is dressier than everyday shawls. They're made with luxurious materials--chiffon, satin, velvet, to name a few--and often have a little shimmer from sequins or metallic embroidery.  Because they're so many choices in evening wraps, it's easy for the woman over 50 to find one to match her personal style. Click "read more" for more on evening wraps and where to shop.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Glittery Shoes Say "Special Occasion"


Last weekend I attended a wedding at an elegant old mansion-turned-conference center. It was an evening affair and just about every female guest, regardless of age, was "dressed to the nines" in a beautiful cocktail dress. It was a warm autumn night, so I wore my favorite sleeveless LBD with black sequins and strappy black heels. As it turned out, I was one of the few women over 50 who wasn't wearing glittery, silver shoes. I hadn't "gotten the memo," as they say. I wish I had.

Glittery shoes are perfect for an evening wedding because they say "Special Occasion." What's more, they look lovely with most cocktail dresses--regardless of style or color. At the wedding I attended, no two pairs of glittery silver shoes were alike. The women over 50 wore flats, kitten heels and low heels. And every girl under 30 was elevated in 6" glittery heels--naturally. I don't have any other weddings coming up, but I'm looking for a pair of glittery shoes for holiday parties in December. When I went online the other day, I was happy to find a nice selection of styles, like the EVITA SILVER BABY GLITTER ($89) above. Click "read more" for other styles in photos and weblinks.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Fashion Over 50: Katie Couric to Interview New Designer

Editor's Note: Katie's interview with Marla Wynne Ginsberg, the new designer of fashion for women over 50, was broadcasted on Wednesday, October 24th. But I've posted the videoclip of the interview HERE.

This is just a quick follow-up post about Marla Wynne Ginsberg, a new designer of clothing for women over 50. If you liked reading about Marla and the MarlaWynne Collection in my recent post entitled, Fashion Over 50: At Last, A Designer for Us!, you might want to tune in or set your DVR for the Katie Couric Show on Wednesday, October 24th. Katie will be interviewing Marla. To find the time and channel in your area, visit Katie. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fashion Over 50: At Last, A Designer for Us!

Marla Wynne Ginsberg, 56, is living the dream of many over 50 women. After a successful career as a television producer, she’s embarked on a new adventure as a fashion designer. I’m a huge fan of any woman over 50 who reinvents herself. But what makes Marla's reinvention so exciting is she’s chosen to design clothing for us—women over 50!

On the MarlaWynne site, the designer tells us her clothing is easy care, easy wear and easy elegance. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it? Recently, I had a chance to chat with Marla. She’d just completed a successful runway show in New York City and was gearing up for three shows on the Home Shopping Network (HSN) at the end of October. I asked her about her latest collection and her design philosophy. Naturally, I couldn’t wait to share all with Flattering50 readers.

Click “read more” below to learn more about Marla (that's her above)  and her designs.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Beautiful Lingerie: It's Great Therapy Over 50

Next Floor: Ladies Lingerie

“Where’s the man who can ease a heart like a satin gown?” wrote Dorothy Parker. I couldn't agree more. Now that I’m over 50, I appreciate beautiful lingerie more than ever. It’s sexy, glorious against my skin and makes me feel, well, like a million. It's great therapy for the heart and mind.  Click "read more" for more about lingerie and where to shop.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Giveaway: What’s Your Secret to Looking Good Over 50?

What's Your Secret to Looking Good Over 50?

Now that I'm a woman over 50, I'm focused on what I can do to help my appearance and not on what's out of my control. We can't defy aging (despite what Madison Avenue tells us), but  we can do little things--everything from the applying the perfect lipstick shade to wearing a well-cut garment--to look our best. Every woman benefits from strategies that accent her positives and divert attention away from her little imperfections. I'd like to know what your strategies are. So for my October Giveaway, I'm asking readers to tell me:

What’s Your Secret to Looking Good Over 50?

Click "Read More" below for details on how to enter for a chance to win one of three $25 gift certificates.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Vivien, Queen of the Over 60s?

Or will it be Tina? Or CJ Marie? A new documentary called QUEENS follows these three women as they rehearse for a New York City pageant. A pageant, that is, for women over 60. Vivien is 87 years old, Tina is 65, and CJ Marie squeaked by the contest’s age requirement at 60 years old. “It's a film about senior-aged women and how they relate to beauty, aging, and even loneliness,” wrote Kiran Alvi, one of the film’s producers, in a recent email.

Kiran and her friend and co-producer Eleonore Hamelin are currently fundraising for the project. They’d like you to take a peek at the movies’ trailer (above). They’re hoping the trailer and their kickstarter page will generate the funds needed to complete the documentary. “We're on a mission!” writes Kiran. “We want to show that women -- at even an older age -- have so much to share... and are worth a great film.” You can learn more about the film, the three contestants or make a contribution on the film’s Kickstarter page. If you have a minute, I’d love to know what you think of this project.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Hello, Artists!

"Ring-a-ling-a-ling!" I'm reaching out to all craftswomen, especially those over 50, who create lovely fashion- and beauty-oriented products and sell them online. I'd like to share your creations with my readers. With the holiday season nearing, everyone is looking for gift ideas. And many of us would like to find unique gifts for girlfriends, work colleagues and family members.


Do you or someone you know create jewelry, accessories, clothing, soaps, or something like that?
I'd like to share your talent with my readers in late October or early November--in time for shopping and shipping for the December holidays. I'm looking for artists who can send me a few jpegs of products, plus a link to a website where readers can purchase the products and/or browse the complete collection. If you'd like to tell me a little about your artistry, that's great too.

Send your jpegs and web address to me at by Friday, October 26, 2012. Hope to hear from you!

PS. The lovely necklace above is from Neena's collection at Caprilicious Jewellry.

Scarf Season: Styling Tips 2

Since writing my post titled Scarf Season: Are You Ready to Wrap?, I discovered a few scarf tying video clips from Eileen Fisher. While some of the tying techniques are repeats of those I posted earlier, there are new ones. And, besides, I actually like seeing some of the techniques repeated. Here's one...

Click "read more" below  to continue. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Style Over 50: The Mix Bag

"The thing I love about this bag is that it goes with practically everything!" bubbled a tennis friend when I admired her Coach bag (above) yesterday. Since turning 50, she said she's playing a lot more with color and prints in her accessories, while keeping her tops and bottoms in solids or simple prints (polka dots, stripes). "I no longer wear busy-looking clothes," she explained. "I want to look like I'm wearing the clothes, not like the clothes are wearing me!" An accessory with a mix of color and/or a pattern can add a little "pop" to a outfit in neutral or muted hues. It's also likely to put a smile on your face. For a few other examples of bags with a mix of colors and/or prints, click "read more" below...