Since 2011, I’ve enjoyed the exchange between followers and their comments and questions for me. My Facebook page was our little community. We didn’t always agree on everything, but it was an additional way to meet and discuss many topics. Earlier this year, there was a noticeable shift in the atmosphere. It continued to decline until Facebook started to feel a little like wandering down a menacing alley after midnight.
Facebook includes an Inbox Message feature for page administrators that I was not able to turn off. I was banning up to thirty men a day who wanted to “meet an older woman.” All of these accounts are fake, but it takes time to go through banning them from the page and reporting the fake account to Facebook. When I discovered that I had banned or blocked hundreds of people from my page, it made me realize what a time-waster it has become. I could have ignored the Inbox, but many women wrote to me there with specific questions that they did not want to make public, so I had to click on every notice and read it to find out if I needed to respond to a legitimate follower.
Sinister people have found the perfect outlet for their unrestrained shenanigans through Facebook. I monitored the comments and deleted many because they served no purpose above stirring up confrontation or ill will. Those same men mentioned above tried to engage in dialog with women who commented on my posts. Those accounts also had to be banned, blocked, deleted, and reported. I have learned to cope with personal criticism, but when it started to include bitter exchanges between followers, I decided enough is enough.
I will continue to share fashion and style tips, photos of trips, food inspiration, and encouragement here without anyone trying to turn it into a political debate or a personal attack. Those comments will be blocked before they ever see the light of day. I prefer to use this space and my energy to create informative, uplifting content that I hope you will find helpful.
I always wear a mask when I go into a public space or a building. I have a collection of fabric masks that make it possible to coordinate with what I am wearing. The tropical print mask is here. The turquoise top is here.
I have the same style of jeans in white, blue, and black denim. These white ones are here.
I found the Antonio Melani bag here. Other similar bags are here, here, and here.
Another summer favorite is this pair of shoes. I have them in black and natural as well as these gold and natural ones. These shoes are here. The black and natural ones are here.
The ring is an antique. A similar one is here. Similar pearl earrings are here. The watch is here. The long pearl and leather necklace is perfect with casual looks. It is here. The pearl bracelet has become a summer favorite. I bought it here. Use the code SAS10 For $10 off any item at Beauty in Stone Jewelry.
Thanks to Mr. Mickey for taking the pictures.
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