Well I tried posting my blog entries in the evening but I have to admit, I am a creature of habit so I am going back to morning posts. I think my mind is more organized in the morning!
Decatur's best kept secret is the Used Book Room at the public library. The Friends of the Library keep it stocked with all sorts of books that a reader can purchase. Priced from ten cents to three dollars, it is hard for this reader to leave the Book Room without a book under my arm! You never know what you will find there as the Book Room relies on donations from the public as well as cast offs from the library. Last year the Friends of the Library raised enough money to replace some carpeting in the library. They also donate a portion of the funds to purchasing new books. Several of my friends volunteer their time, pricing and shelving books there. When I no longer have Nana duty, I hope to volunteer as well.
The other day I was browsing the aisles when I came across this book,
This book is about 20 years old but as it is about timeless style, I have learned a lot from reading it. Well I guess I can say, I felt vindicated in my fashion choices!! At 60, I am finally learning that I am not a "frilly" girl. I love pretty feminine clothing but I am the more tailored type. In fact, I recently went through my closet and got rid of a lot of fashion mistakes. And while we are on this topic, I am reading lots of blogs about Fashion over 50. Some of these ladies must be delusional if they think they can wear the same things they wore in their 20s and 30s. Skin and muscle tone just change as you get older even if you do exercise...be careful about showing off those bare arms! I have a rule that I only bare my arms around family.:) Or if you want to bare them, use a little shrug or a wrap. And bare legs are big now as well. Varicose and spider veins are not the best look for anyone so watch that too!! Ok, now that I have offended everyone, let's move on! Linda Dano also recommends having a wardrobe that has about ten select pieces that can be mixed and matched. Another fashion forward older star is Jamie Lee Curtis. I read a magazine article about her style choices and she revealed she only has white, black and khaki in her closet! I would not go that far as I like color but it works for her and everything can be mixed and matched successfully.
As for make up...that changes too as you get older. I read that for ladies over 50, you should focus on your eyes or your mouth. In other words, let the 80s stay in the 80s. I have found on my own that eye make up can be aging as that skin begins to sag a bit. I do not want to look like Carol Burnette in the Sunset Boulevard spoof on her old tv show. I wear some eye liner on my bottom lids, add mascara and that is it. I do still have good lips...I have been blessed with plump lips that were not fashionable when I was a teenager in the 70s! I am happy to have them now and I choose to use lipstick to focus on that area. Also being gray headed, I need some color in my face. I use just a small amount of creme blush...The Balm is my preferred brand. I have found that powder blush is not your friend as your skin ages.
And Hair....I think most women struggle with their hair. It is a love hate relationship! There is the temptation to just chop it off, and I have done that!! ( hissy fit June 2014) But I realize that my hair does better with some length and a bob is probably going to be my hairstyle for the rest of my days. And I am always going to have to flat iron it into submission! I have a sis in law who has beautiful thick auburn hair and she can just wash her hair and let it air dry! Wouldn't that be lovely? If I air dry my hair, it is a wavy, crazy mess. I have found some products that help but they are not miracles in a bottle
One site on Facebook that I have enjoyed is Fifty Not Frumpy. She is also on Instagram. She puts together very pretty age appropriate clothing and I do enjoy her style. Covered Perfectly is another site that I have followed on Instagram.
So do you have any beauty hints for the Baby Boomers? We are listening!