In 1997 at forty years old, I weighed more than two hundred pounds. After a devastating divorce the following year, I became homeless. The next few years shaped my life in ways I could never have imagined. When I finally found my voice and the courage to address my lifelong issues with weight and an extreme lack of confidence, I began Fifty, not Frumpy, as a Facebook page on July 16, 2011. When I started to blog, I had recently lost more than forty pounds and was in the process of buying a new wardrobe when I discovered it wasn’t as easy or as much fun as you might think.

We may run and workout or diet endlessly, but the fact is our bodies are shaped differently now. Our more rounded curves and softer coloring require that we put a little more thought into our wardrobe choices. I launched to share what I continue to learn in this stage of life. I enjoy fashion, but now I must use a different set of guidelines for putting together outfits than the younger gals.

Mr. Mickey is my adventure partner since 2006 and is often my photographer. He usually plans our outings and wants to take pictures of everything we do to share with you. He is very proud of this project and enjoys sharing every date with you here on the blog.

My career in the fashion industry began in 1976, working part-time in the Visual Merchandise Department at Parks Belk and within a year, was promoted to the Visual Merchandise Manager of three Parks Belk Department Stores. After serving four years in the United States Navy, I held the position of Corporate Director of eight Cosmetic Departments for Rices Nachman’s Department Stores as well as the District Manager of a chain of boutiques.

I started Vintage Jewelry Supplies Company more than thirty years ago. As the editor of the blog Fifty, not Frumpy and now Susan After 60, I share tips, trends, and wardrobe ideas for women of all ages but especially those who like me, become fashion-challenged over the years. After working endless hours or devoting our lives to children or aging parents, we may lose touch with our style. Fashion is what you buy; Style is what you do with it. The way we present ourselves is unspoken communication. I want my style to convey that I am a professional woman with an awareness of trends while remaining appropriate, approachable, and engaging.

Use the Contact tab above to reach me. I no longer accept collaborations. They became much too overwhelming to keep up with.

I blogged for five years as Fifty, not Frumpy. Now that I am in my sixties, I am sharing ideas and inspiration for using and loving what you already have.

Thank you!