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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?
    Thanks,
    Lois

  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,

    Warmly,
    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.

  12. I’ve just turned 60. Your blog has given me so much hope, I have always cared about my appearance, but not ready to look like an old lady. You have shown me I can still be classy & attractive at this age. Just ordered my first pair of pants from your shop, can’t wait to get them! Keep inspiring all us women who still want to be beautiful! WISH Pinterest would only do your current post.

  13. Love your blog. Love your sense of style! You truly inspire me to dress my best! I look forward to finding your posts in my inbox ! (And) I can usually find pieces similar to what you wear already in my closet! #FreshIdeas

    You take ‘Ho hum style’ to ‘Wowza! We certainly do not need to sacrific style as we mature a bit! #BetterThanEver

  14. Thank you for your doable/wearable fashion ideas to use pieces we probably have in our wardrobe and what to look for in pieces we add that will get used in more ways than one.

  15. Several months ago you posted a recipe for your go-to lunch of rice & beans. I finally found some black rice that I would like to try. Now of course I can’t find the recipe. Can you help?

  16. What would you wear to a barn wedding? I am 67, normal weight, 5’ 6”. I am stumped. Love the way you dress.

    Thank you for whatever insight you can give me. Vickie

    1. I would wear something that makes me feel confident with comfortable wedge heeled shoes so that they don’t sink into the dirt. What time of day and what time of year is the wedding? Those answers will determine the type of clothing that will be appropriate.

  17. I like your style which is actually very similar to mine. We even have a similar hairstyle but at nearly 65 I am yet to give up being a blonde. I am not sure how tall you are but slim pants with looser shirts and tops are very flattering and disguise the thicker middle which most of us seem to end up with. I also have a biggish bust and find I need to up size to prevent the gape which is annoying. I have recently lost some weight ( about 8kg ) and this winter I have just about lived in a short bikey style fake leather tan jacket worn with slim pants and boots. I do find I end up with a favourite outfit and just about wear it to death even tboygh I have a reasonable sized wardrobe which is regularly culled. I normally wouldn’t have worn a short jacket but this one is quite flattering. I live in New Zealand so our seasons are apposing and I can’t purchase the same clothes but can certainly follow your style and suggestions. The only thing I am not keen on are the bootie style of shoe that you like. I mostly wear flats including boots. I am lucky to have slim ankles and calves and suit a variety of shoe styles but find heels are no longer comfortable if I wear them for any length of time.
    Regards
    Linda

  18. Dear Susan, you are georgeous! Best wishes and lovely greetings from nortern Germany. B (over 70…) Never bern where you are in all my life. Very sad.

  19. Hi Susan…my daughter is an employee at Chico’s. .She had an event and asked me to model. .Susan, I had a great time. I too brought alone my own footwear and wow..perfect for the two outfits she picked for me..The Leopard print SKIRT SOLD..I even assisted shoppers and contributed to four sales…I was invited to participate again..Susan, I think I will..Talking to the clients were so much fun..I too LOVE clothes..I would love to send u a picture of the clothing I modeled. .

  20. Susan, you are one of the fashion bloggers I consistently follow because you’re a tad over 60, like me, and don’t subscribe to every trendy fashion whim that comes gusting along. Your taste is similar to mine, and I often receive compliments on the way I dress because, like you, it’s age appropriate, stylish, a nod to a passing trend, if appropriate, & thoughtfully accessorized.
    I loved the vlog you did with Ellie! I wish you would consider doing more along those lines. Makeovers for “real” everyday women we see in ordinary life. Perhaps pulling existing items from their closet, showing ways they can be accessorized, worn in a new, fresh way, or even adding new pieces, which you could detail in links below, i,e., black pants from Nordstrom, jacket from Talbots, etc. So your readers could shop along! I’d also love a vlog, accenting different body types & what looks good on them, using real, everyday women 60 & over & making your wonderful suggestions.
    Jan Stevens, Cookeville, TN

  21. Just wanted to say thank you, Susan. I have followed several of your tips. It’s so nice to have someone helping us “over 60” gals. It’s difficult to be over 60 and not be frumpy–especially when today’s fashion caters to youth.

  22. Susan, thank you for sharing the pictures of you in the Navy, and for serving our Country. Just as beautiful today as you were then. Thank you for your suggestions – I have the crepe pants and tops in every color. Just sorry I can’t wear them in the winter in the Philadelphia area. I travel for work and they look great with jackets, scarves and ballet flats. I would like more ideas from you for clothes to wear to work in the winter in the Northeast.

  23. Susan, I normally do not write to blogs, but I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your articles and look forward to them each week. I am 10 years your senior but find the ideas you bring forth can be applied to myself. I had been looking for some time to find ideas on how to keep my appearance up to date. Most of the articles in magazines were not appropriate to my age level and I do like a ‘classic’ look with quality that can last for several years.

    Even though you are retiring from your business, I hope you will continue the blogs. I have enjoyed them and they are most helpful. I too have had to give up high heels, much to my sadness, and have been interested in seeing how you are dealing with the issue. As I age I have noticed that my figure is becoming more of a rectangle and my narrow waist is long gone. If you are ever able to deal with this issue it would be greatly appreciated. I have noticed among my friends that I am not alone in this issue.

    Thank you again
    Lydia

  24. Hi Susan,

    Will you be coming out to NorCal soon? I can host you and Mr. Mickey at our beach house.

    Very different weather, but Monterey might be similar in style.

  25. You have been such an inspiration over the last few years! I retired this year to sunny California from NY. Talk about wardrobe weeding! I refer back to your past posts to motivate and help me during the process. It will take me a year for sure as I experience the weather and lifestyle changes but using your advice I go to my closet before I head out to purchase anything new for an event. Thank you!

  26. Hi Susan, The closet tour is one of my favorites. I have been following your blog for a few years now, and I always enjoy your helpful thoughts and photos. While your colors and mine are totally different, I have learned to substitute and use what works best for me. Im 75 and love just being basic with a touch of pizzaz now and then. Im a traditional gal. I cant wait to start on my closet this morning, and use your great tips! We are never too old to enjoy and change our fashion.

  27. Could you please address the issue of pant length some time? I am 5 feet tall and bootcut styling is my favorite (because the line is continuous if shoes match) but I feel the look is dated. Searching through your posts, I find that you note ankle length pants are cooler in summer. Would you recommend ankle length in winter? Like you, only very small heels, for very infrequent and limited use, work. I almost always wear flats. My needs are primarily casual, With retirement, I seldom dress up. Thanks.

  28. Thank you for the post today. It was perfect as I have another event Tuesday night. It is seldom cold here but thanks to AC I can wear jackets or sweaters at night. Diane

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