Dinner On The Square

Asheville, North Carolina has numerous charming neighborhoods which include diverse restaurants celebrating many different cultures. Among our favorites are those offering fresh locally sourced vegetables prepared and presented with creativity. On Saturday,…


Vest Repeat

A base of white topped with a colorful flowing vest creates a look that is a step above a tee and jeans but just as comfortable. Tying the vest up in the…



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  1. Susan, I’ve been following you since Fifty Not Frumpy and love and appreciate all you and Mr Mickey share I’ve been battling some sort of autoimmune problem for years and am about to have MRI of brain. I desperately want to learn to Eat To Live as you have. I’m married but husband doesn’t comply with his own diabetic diet and our adult daughter and grand baby are living with us. I’m retiring early on 4/30 at age 55 because I can’t tolerate working any longer. I was diagnosed in 1999 Fibromyalgia and now possibly MS. I want to focus on my health at retirement to hopefully get stronger and able to return to part time work. I’m wondering if you would post more/ current how you “transformed”? You’re an inspiration especially because I don’t have very supportive people around. Thanks so much!

    1. Eat food as close to the way it grew in the ground as you possibly can. Do not ever eat fast food or packaged convenience foods or snacks. Avoid beef, pork, and all processed meats. Eat beans, greens, grains, seeds, nuts, vegetables, and fruit in small quantities. Drink only filtered water. Walk and move around as much as you can during the day. Go to bed at the same time and rise at about the same time each day. (This is my lifestyle in a nutshell.) I hope you have success in your pursuit of better health. Best to you, Susan

  2. Susan, Thank you for being the bright spot in my email in box! You always offer usable information and beautiful photos. I appreciate your disclosure and judicial use of advertising in your blog. You are successfully maintaining your “brand” by doing so. Its disappointing when a blog turns into just one more piece of advertisement.
    I have a difficult shape (ie: short waisted, long legs and arms, and hips that are fuller immediately below the waist). So I need to camouflage the short torso and high hip issue when I dress myself. Never able to find an of the rack dress, never a belted waist. I dress in separates always. I’m 5′ 4″, 135 pounds and 68 yo. I would appreciate additional ideas for dressing my specific issues. Thank you Susan and Mr Mickey.

    1. I have the same short waist, high hip situation! I never fully tuck in a shirt. I also never show more than the bottom half of my behind. We might think the answer is to cover up with oversized or long clothes, but that always makes me look larger than I am. Now that I wear more low heeled shoes, I am still re-evaluating what I can and cannot wear.

  3. Susan, your website is great! I have shared it with friends and we all love it. I especially like when you show outfits and compare which is better, like the recent utility jacket. You are very informative, clear, and offer valuable tips for consideration – whether shopping or evaluating what to keep in my closet. Right now, I am debating about shrugs! What are your thoughts?

  4. Pushing 70 I dont wear old people clothes…looking for a style for the young at heart..always wore jeans an d tee shirts…help me

    1. I also wear jeans and a tee often. I pair the look with slingbacks or nude loafers and carry a structured bag. The accessories can elevate basics and make them appropriate for most occasions. The fit is essential. Look for jeans that fit without being too tight and tees with feminine details like a V-neckline. Stay away from faded or torn jeans and tees with logos or designs.

  5. I have been pinning your outfits for inspiration. You always look classy & well
    dressed. Thank you so much for showing
    such style.

  6. I have two questions. Can you suggest organic body was for very sensitive skin? How do you find restaurants that have such healthy, clean eating?

  7. Hi Sonia Rosario here, saw your pins on pinterest and I like what I see. You do a great job putting fashion things together and I’m looking forward to seeing more. At 55 I have a pretty good idea about fashion but I always appreciate more help and for that I say thank you.
    Keep up the good work!

  8. How tall are you Susan? I am only 5 feet 3 inches and I wonder if your clothes would look good for me.

    Thank you

  9. The series on tank dresses was great and so helpful for styling the dress to perfection. Thanks to you two for the big effort. Kate

  10. Hello Susan,

    Is there a shampoo that you like for grey hair? My hair is pretty much all white except the very low hair which is a bit darker. I bleached it the lightest color so I could see how much grey I have. I will just cut all my hair off in a few months. I am used to a very short pixie in the past so that will work the best for me. Any other ideas??

    Thank you,

    Joan Stone

    1. Hi Joan,
      I use a purple shampoo for blonde hair (Cool Blonde Shampoo Color Solutions by Ion) and mix it with my Beautycounter shampoo a couple of times a week. It tends to dry out my hair, so I don’t use it more often but, it does cut the yellowing.
      My face shape requires more length, but I would love to have a pixie cut. So easy!

  11. I love seeing you show brown colors. And warm accessories. I have similar brown core pieces or I would have added yours. Thanks for all the tips! I live in cold Michigan so am gearing up with down vests, etc.

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