Sunday, March 29, 2015

Wedding Guest Blazers for Slacks or Dresses

Ivanka Trump Open Front Blazer

Editor's note: Congratulations to Alicia S., winner of the Flattering50's $50 Visa Gift Card Giveaway!! There's still time to enter the Flattering50's Swimwear Giveaway. For details, click Giveaway.

A Flattering50 reader recently asked me for the shopping sources for blazers I featured in a post about Slacks and the Evening Wedding. Unfortunately, that post is a couple of years old and the blazers shown are no longer in stock. Since we're entering a time when there's often lots of wedding invites, I thought I'd post some 2015 spring blazers that might do nicely with slack or a dress for a wedding guest outfit.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Flattering50 Giveaway: Enter for a Chance to Win Swimwear

Editor's Note: This Giveaway has now ended. Thanks to all Flattering50 readers who entered!!
Yesterday, I wrote about my experience ordering a new tankini from SwimSpot. It was a great shopping experience and I'm thrilled with my new tankini. Now SwimSpot would like to give one Flattering50 reader a chance to win swimwear of her choice valued up to $100.

SwimSpot offers high-quality swimwear from brands like Nautica and Athena. The site has a large collection of one-piece suits, tankinis (like the one above), swimdresses as well as cover up dresses, tunics, shorts and pants. Most garments come in either Sizes XS-L or 4-16.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

SwimSpot: Stylish, Comfortable Swimwear

I suspect I'm not alone when I say I don't enjoy swimsuit shopping in department stores. I'm usually shopping for a new bathing suit at this time of year, when my body, particularly my skin, has yet to recover from the cold, moisture-zapping winter months. Needless to say, the fluorescent lights in the store fitting rooms aren't friendly to chalky, wrinkly skin. As a result, I'm a huge fan of buying swimwear online. I love trying on swimwear at my leisure under the softer, more forgiving lights at home. So when the folks at SwimSpot recently contacted me to see if I'd like to review a swimpiece from their online site, I jumped at the offer.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Style Forever: A New Book About Grown-Up Style

Are you over 50 and looking for style inspiration? I just finished reading Style Forever, a highly appealing style guide for grown up women by That’s Not My Age blogger Alyson Walsh. I say “highly appealing” because not only is Style Forever well-written and chocked full of helpful style tips, the ideas are conveyed with a healthy dose of humor in the form of personal anecdotes, inspiring quotes, interviews with clever women over 50, quick-to-digest lists, and lots of lovely whimsical illustrations. Truly, this is a book with something for every woman over 50 or as Alyson calls us, Generation FAB (Fifty And Beyond).

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Style Over 50: The Green Scene

styling green on women over 50

The color green is having a moment. And, no, not because it's March and some people like to put on the green for St. Patrick's Day. According to the NY Times, green, especially forest green, started trending during Fashion Week in New York last month. The newspaper's online site created a slide show of celebrities (ie, Anna Wintour, Julianna Moore) dressed in high-end green outfits a few weeks ago. I was I was reminded of the slide show this week when I was in the city and saw three women wearing green winter coats. How many green sightings makes a trend? I sometimes wonder. I'm sure Bill Cunningham knows. No matter. Then, on Friday, The Guardian, a UK publication, created a slide show of green outfits. This slide show shows women with more down-to-earth clothing allowances styling green. to my closet I went this weekend to see what green I could find.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Flattering50 Giveaway: $50 Visa Gift Card and More

Editor's Note: This Giveaway has ended. A winner will be announced shortly. Thanks to all of you who entered!

If you're a Downton Abbey fan, you may be a little sad today. After all, the final episode of Season 5 aired last night and the next season won't begin until January 2016. Sigh. But I've got news that might brighten your spirits whether or not you're a Downton fan. On Friday, March 6th, Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton (from Downton) will star along side Judi Densch, Billy Nighy, Richard Gere and others in the Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the sequel to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

To celebrate the release of this new movie, the folks promoting the film would like to give one Flattering50 reader:
  • $50 Visa gift card to inspire your next adventure
  •  Hotel Key Chain
  •  Copy of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on DVD

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Spring Handbag: Chasing the Winter Blues Away

spring handbag for women over 50

It's snowing--again! Oh, well, at least yesterday was sunny and bright. I asked my husband to snap the photo above to show my latest fashion pick for chasing the winter blues away: a spring handbag. After weeks of frigid temps and every-other-day snowfalls, I decided to bag my winter black handbags and start using a honey-colored spring handbag. And strange though it may sound, it's definitely picked up my spirits. It's a little like seeing those cheery crocuses popping out, which sometimes happens around this time of year--but not this year! So in lieu of crocuses, I recommend (if you haven't already) pulling out a spring-y something, like a handbag or shoes. Stay warm!

I thought you might enjoy this snow creature (a caterpillar, perhaps?) with its stylish red bandana and gloves...