CRUISING ALONG Men & Women

Nothing gets me more excited than planning for a trip.  I LOVE to travel, and have been fortunate enough to have been able to go to quite a few wonderful places around the world, including Europe, China, and Israel.

Seeing other countries and cultures is more than just educational. It is easy to think that the way we live our life is “normal”, and that things are pretty much the same everywhere, but when we get out of our little corner of the world and experience first-hand the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, culture and people of another place, we are forever changed. The cliche that “travel is broadening” is more than true in so many ways.

Even with the internet, and with all the information that is available to us, there is no way to really know what a place is like without going there. A book, a movie, or a website cannot provide us with the atmosphere of a place, and there is no substitute for actually interacting with the people who live in other places.

One of the great things about travel is seeing how many different ways there are to live life, and how many beautiful things and people are in this world. The creativity of people never ceases to amaze me, and I love seeing how other cultures interpret life on this planet.

Soon my husband and I will be going on an Alaskan cruise. We did this before about ten years ago, and can’t wait to do it again with our very good friends, Tim and Lynne!

So, let’s talk about packing for a cruise. For my husband and Tim, packing is a one-hour experience…take some jeans, shirts, pants, jacket,2 pairs of shoes, raingear, and a suit…throw them in a suitcase, and good to go.

But for Lynne and me, it is a whole different thing! We start weeks ahead of time, thinking about what we are going to wear, and doing whatever shopping we need to do to make sure we have just the right outfits. Don’t laugh, but here is what we have to think about in order to pack correctly:

  • Comfortable travel outfits
  • Dressy outfits for formal nights on the ship
  • Comfortable shoes for excursions
  • Outfits to wear to dinner
  • Outfits to wear on cruising days
  • Shoes to match each outfit
  • Jewelry to match each outfit
  • Coats and jackets
  • Purses

We also have try things on, and make sure stuff goes together, especially if we are trying to mix and match to save luggage weight. We have to wear our new shoes around for awhile, to make sure they are really comfortable. We have to think about layers, because weather in Alaska can be unpredictable.

I have been working on packing for the last week! But it will be worth it. I will have an outfit for every occasion already planned out, and can relax and enjoy the trip without worrying about what to wear.

This is the first of several posts about getting ready for the cruise.Here are links to the others:

Packing

Cruise Clothes 1

Cruise Clothes 2

Cruising with friends

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LITTLE OLD LADIES

Hello friends. In my last post, I asked you to consider coloring your hair instead of going gray. I feel sure that I offended quite a few people, and if so, I apologize, but one of the cool things about blogging is that you get to express your opinion. My opinion is that women look younger if their hair is not gray, but if you have a different opinion, I respect that.

I know that some women are proud of their age and their gray hair, and have no desire to look younger than they are. I respect that also. There is no “right or wrong” in this area. Your hair is one of the things that portrays on the outside how you perceive yourself on the inside, and how you want others to see you. If you want to be perceived as a wise older woman, then your look should reflect that.

Most of my friends are over 50, and we have had some interesting conversations over a glass or two of wine. I can truly say that no one in my circle of friends and family feels like a little old lady, or even a wise old woman. We all feel young on the inside, and don’t want to be stereotyped as anything like a “senior citizen.”

In response to the last post, my grandchildren’s other favorite grandmother, made an interesting comment, and even sent these photos.

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Now you have to understand that Judy is one of the most stylish and put-together people I know. She is one of my biggest inspirations.  She always looks beautiful, and is very energetic, active and creative. She is one of those people who acts her “inside age”–about 30.   And I have to admit that she looked beautiful with gray hair.  LOOKED–as in past tense. The picture on the right is the most recent one. Here is what she said about why she decided to go back to coloring her hair:

“I decided to color because strangers were literally treating me like an old woman, complete with “little lady” comments. It didn’t fit how I felt.”

So really, that is the point of this post. Just make sure your hair reflects how you feel.

Check out the 100 Black Pants page….up to Number 7.

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HAIR’S THE THING Part Two

In my last post, I encouraged you to make sure your hairstyle is updated, and is a flattering look for you. If you are afraid to try something new, one of the easiest ways to get an idea of what style and color looks good on you is to try an online virtual hairstyle site.

I found a site that is a lot of fun and easy to use.  You just have to sign up and upload a headshot of yourself. One of the cool things about it is that if you find a style you like, you can print it out and take it to your stylist. Here is the one I found:

http://www.thehairstyler.com/virtual-hairstyler

Here are some of my looks from yesterday, and from a couple of years ago on a different site:

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I long ago decided that I want hairstyle that is quick and easy, so that limits me to something that I can wash and blowdry with a minimum of styling. That also means that I have to get it cut about once a month. Not to mention that I would probably be completely gray if I did not get my hair colored.  I say “probably” because I have not seen the natural color of my hair since about 1984!

And speaking of completely gray, I know that there are those of you who are proud of all the gray hairs you have earned, and don’t see why you should have to pay someone to give you a different color. If that is you, go for it.  Just make sure that you have a modern, pretty style. Personally, I believe that gray hair will ALWAYS make you look older. If you don’t agree, that’s fine. But at least try out the virtual hair colors and see what you think; in fact, ask a good friend for a second opinion.

I would LOVE to hear from you if you get a hair makeover using the virtual styler. It would be great to see before-and-after pictures, so send me some at Blog5020@aol.com and I will post them.

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HAIR’S THE THING Part One

Hair! It is something that almost all women think about. Should I grow it out? Is this the right color? Should I go gray? (NO) How often should I get it cut? And on and on. We all know that a “bad hair day” can mean a plain old bad day.

Having a dated hairstyle is one of the main things that makes us look older. Are you still wearing the same style you had in high school?  Please say no!

I bet you can guess the decade of each hairstyle below. If your hairstyle still looks like any of these, it is long past time for a change!

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I don’t claim to have the world’s best hairstyle, but I can tell you that it looks a lot better on me than some other styles. I found this out when I tried one of the virtual hairstyle sites.  Oh my!  It was so funny to see how the exact same picture of myself looked so different with different hair! If you are thinking about changing your look, I encourage you to try it. There are many out there, but here is a link to one that I have not actually tried.

http://www.hairfinder.com/hair_imaging.htm

In my next post, I will show you some of the hairstyles I “tried on”.  I hope you will enjoy laughing at my efforts!

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HOW NOT TO LOOK FRUMPY

frump-y   (of a woman or her clothes) dowdy and old-fashioned. Synonyms: dowdy, frumpish, unfashionable, old-fashioned, drab, dull, shabby, scruffy.     Powered by Oxford Dictionaries   Oxford University Press

I hope that does not describe you! We are all guilty of looking frumpy at times, but it should not be an everyday thing. No one needs to look that way on a regular basis. No matter what size, shape, or age you are, you do not have to look  drab, dull, homely, old-fashioned, or shabby.

I learned to dress in more flattering styles by reading blogs and fashion magazines, watching makeover shows, and photographing myself in the mirror with my iPhone. There is nothing like seeing a picture of yourself to see what kind of an impression you are making!

This started several years ago when I was packing for a vacation. I was having a hard time deciding what to pack, because I really did not want to see bad pictures of myself. My husband likes to take a lot of vacation pictures, and I dreaded seeing bad ones, so I got the bright idea to photograph outfits ahead of time to make sure they looked okay.

One reason I dreaded seeing them was that whenever I see a bad picture, I never wear that outfit again! Maybe that’s why I like to buy inexpensive clothes.

I can’t believe I am doing this, but hopefully these bad pictures will help you. Here are some example of ways to look frumpy.  Do NOT copy them!

Wear clothes that are not flattering and show your figure flaws:

Frumpy clothes, unflattering

Wear clothes that are old-fashioned looking and too long:

Frumpy dress, unflattering clothes

Wear shirts that are too small with boxy jeans:

Frumpy, shirt too small, jeans, unflattering clothes

Wear unflattering shirts AND wrinkled clothing:

Frumpy clothing, unflattering, shorts

I could post a lot more (like some of my old vacation photos), but that’s all I can stand to look at for now! I hope you get the idea.

You can look frumpy if you wear clothes that are too big, or too small, or that have been in your closet since the last century. Don’t laugh…I know you have something from 1999 hiding somewhere in the back…hopefully hiding in the back and not set out on a chair to wear to work tomorrow!

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WHERE’S THE CHEAP STUFF?

When I started this blog, I told you that I don’t like to pay over $20 for any one item, and then proceeded to give you links for items that were mostly over $50!  Well, the title of the blog is Over50under20, and as you know, the over 50 part was supposed to be about my age.  I have been feeling bad about not doing anything about the Under 20 part, so today I will share with you some of my recent purchases. You will most likely see them show up later in outfits.

I have included the price and where I purchased the item, but the purpose is not for you to try to find the exact item at the exact price at the exact store.  The purpose is to encourage you to be creative, and find whatever bargains are available in your area. They are there….waiting for you…..go find them.

Happy shopping!  I would love to hear from you if you find a great bargain.

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BLACK PANTS

ScottE Vest, Red Vest, Travel Vest, Black Pants, Over 50 Style, Over 50 Fashion
Number 3

In my first post, I told you about my favorite Athleta pants. I really do wear them at least 100 times a year. I actually have two pairs….a pair and a spare. If they were the only pants I owned, I could still wear a different outfit every day, and make them work for almost any occasion.

Oh dear, I think I just gave myself a challenge! I should challenge myself to make 365 outfits using my old favorites! That would be so cool! I can’t wait to get started!   BUT   That but is to remind myself that I should stop and think before I make such a big commitment. Deep breath. Okay,  I think I could manage to do 100. So, here is number 3.  I am going to count the first two that I have already done.

I have added a page to the blog (at the top)  and will add outfits there until I reach 100. Don’t look for one each day, or you will be disappointed. I will add a note to my posts to let you know when a new one has been added to the page. It will be more than likely be pretty random, just so you know.  This will be fun.

About the vest. Another of my splurge items. It is a ScottE travel vest with a million pockets. Can’t wait to wear it on a trip.  I will let you know how it works. I got this one on sale, and I’m not sure they make this particular one anymore.  Looks like it has been replaced by the RFID version.

http://www.scottevest.com/v3_store/subindex_womens_products.shtml#vests

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SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY

 

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We have all heard the saying that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Today I would like to share with you the outfit that was inspired by the awesome blogger who inspired me to start this blog. I guess I am imitating her in more ways than one! I hope she is flattered.

She is much more disciplined than I will ever be.  She posts an outfit EVERY DAY! I love the fact that she uses a lot of color, and that she always has cute shoes.  She recently had a post about shoes, so be sure to look for that. This link is for the outfit that I tried to steal.

http://50isnotold.com/2016/04/29/blue-white-floral/

Please notice where my cute top was purchased, as was by the way, the adorable REVERSIBLE bag, which was a whopping $16.00.

Floral top, WalMart,Print top

 

I have had the pants for awhile. Again, these are in the category of “foundational” (I am pretty sure that is not really a word). They are Peter Nygard slims, and I think they are about $60.  But any cute white pants or capris would be fine.

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http://us.nygard.com/en-us/nygard-slims/Ankle/?N=385044+240002+810001

I would be very flattered if you tried to copy this look. If you do, please send an email to  Blog5020@aol.com and include a photo.  I will post it on the Reader’s Outfits page.

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WELCOME TO MY FASHION WORLD

Well hello there! Thanks for checking out my NEW BLOG! I am so excited to have a place to share what I love doing….putting outfits together. Like most women I know, I love to shop and I love to find bargains, but the real fun begins when I get home, go to my closet, and start mixing and matching.

The title of my blog reflects the fact that I am over 50 (waaay over) and that I rarely spend more than $20.00 for any one article of clothing, unless it is a foundational piece like my favorite Athleta pants.

Bettona

http://athleta.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1035856&vid=1&pid=819227002

or one of my Skinny Shirtsskinnyshirt-classic-collar-sleeveless-cscot100-white

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I am a visual learner, so a lot of my posts will be photo comparisons like these:

What I look like in real life
What I look like in real life
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A better version of me

Another example:

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I am wearing the Athleta pants in the photos. They can go from the gym to a dressy occasion. I will post more black pants outfits later, so check back if you are interested in that.

If you are looking for actual fashion advice, you will need to visit other people. There are many good blogs and fashion and makeup sites. Here is a link to my favorite blog:

http://50isnotold.com/about-50-is-not-old/

and a link to a great place to learn about how to dress:

http://www.missussmartypants.com/

If you are looking for someone who is on a “fashion journey”, I hope you will join me in trying to LOOK GOOD AND SPEND LESS!

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