On July 16, 2011, I launched a Facebook page and named it “Fifty, not frumpy.” I had begun the process of shopping for a whole new wardrobe after losing more than forty-five pounds at the age of fifty-four. I wasted lots of money buying things that weren’t right for my personality, age, or lifestyle. Finding the right size is hard enough, but standing in the sea of choices in my local department store, I felt overwhelmed, confused and less confident by the hour. As a woman who had been working in some aspect of the fashion industry for more than thirty years, you might think this chore would have been child’s play for me. Not so much.
The most important lesson I’ve learned while blogging is that I don’t need to shop very often to make wise choices. I stopped following other bloggers or even acknowledging the latest trends about three years ago. I realized the futility of trying to keep up with that vicious cycle and decided to be true to myself and show you our adventures and the classic basics I wear on repeat in a myriad of combinations.
On this rainy Saturday, we explored the little town of Waynesville, North Carolina, before having dinner at the Sweet Onion restaurant.
The Sweet Onion serves Southern-style comfort food.
That’s my open handbag with my favorite scarf inside. Some of you asked me to show you how I use a scarf to fend off the air conditioning in restaurants. I fold it into a triangle and then put it over my shoulders and let the ends rest at my sides.
A scarf in the colors above would be more appropriate for the woman with a warm skin tone.
The other elements of my look have been worn many times here on the blog. The white linen jacket was found on a sale rack at Stein Mart a few years ago. The double-layer V-neck tank was from Express last year. The VANELi Aliz Slingback pumps are from Nordstrom. The narrow black and silver belt was from T.J.Maxx a couple of years ago.
Thank you so much for joining us on our fun blogging adventure. Mr. Mickey and I enjoy sharing our little part of the world, our fun adventures, and our classic style with you. The second fifty years are the best!