I suppose I could retire and move to a warmer climate. It would be such a joy to dress in lightweight layers all winter!
Instead of taking a long trip to Paris for my 60th birthday, as I had planned, I started a new corporation. I truly enjoy my work, so the thought of retiring does not appeal to me. I know that if I had an unfulfilling job, I would indeed be looking forward to that day. But then what would I do all day? Get dressed up, go out to lunch and spend the afternoon shopping? Travel alone or as part of a tour group? None of these options seems particularly appealing to me. Some of my friends are retiring in their early 60’s and taking care of parents or grandchildren or playing golf or tennis on most days. These options certainly do not apply or appeal to me. I could volunteer with a charity and help a few people locally. Donating to organizations that support women and girls as well as small businesses has been very important to me for several years. To continue doing so on the same scale, I need to generate income to donate.
Several of you have written to ask for more information about starting your own blog or opening a shopping site. Since I have just completed this project and all of this information is fresh in my mind, I will share with you some of what is involved. As a successful blogger, you will need to have a strong command of your language, basic knowledge of HTML code, photography, layout and editing skills, and share information of value with your readers. I study much more now than I ever did while I was in school! Creating original content is vitally important to the success of your blog. You will need to build your brand across all social media channels consistently and use search engine optimization (SEO) in order for your blog to be found among the millions of other sites. Hiring a professional photographer can make your blog beautiful, but it also adds to the expense of creating it. Mr. Mickey and I take most of my photographs, I write the articles and descriptions, answer the phone and pack all of the orders as well as the buying and research for articles. Thus far, my investment in creating this new blog site and the stocking the shopping site is more than $30,000. You can rest assured; I am fully committed to this project and very passionate about helping women move into their third act with style and grace and a sense of humor. As I begin my third act, I want to remain productive, proactive and positive. (Many of us are living thirty years longer than our ancestors did, thus the third act.) I plan to continue to share what I learn and inspire you to enjoy every day to the fullest. Older women are now the largest demographic in the world, and yet we are rarely represented in advertising and the fashion industry mostly forgets about us. I never focus on showing you all the latest greatest trends but it’s nice to know a little about what is going on in the style world so that we can look current. At this stage of life, our goal isn’t always shopping for more as much as it is using what we already have in creative ways to look our best.
My girlhood dream is now coming to fruition more than forty-five years later in the form of my online shop. Most major charge cards are accepted (processed through my PayPal account for your safety, scroll down to click on the button for pay with a card on the payment page) as well as PayPal payments. Feel free to call me or send me an email if you have questions. I will be happy to help you. The worldwide shipping charges reflect the actual cost to ship by Priority Mail (the safest way). There is never a handling charge. More than one hundred and fifty unique items are currently listed in the shop, and I am adding more items all the time. Most of the items listed are new basics, but I am also offering some of my own (rarely if ever used items) at a fraction of their original cost. After blogging for more than five years, I have many fabulous items that were sent to me to review. Some of those items were worn once for only a couple of hours. (Please note that I no longer do any product reviews or collaborations with companies or other bloggers.) Doing reviews and collaborations can easily become another full-time job.
It is my hope that you enjoy this space, share your thoughts, tell your friends, ask questions, feel inspired, learn something new and maybe even shop with me occasionally. The subjects I write about are inspired by your comments, questions, and suggestions. The comments you share below are often the conversations that inspire my most helpful posts. I am not an expert on anything. However, I thoroughly enjoy hearing from you, learning new things, doing research, searching for elusive items, photography, and writing. Instead of whiling away my twilight years as a lady of leisure, I have decided to explore my potential, celebrate women at every age and keep working and sharing for as long as I am blessed with the good health to do so.