Your Post 50 Feet Will Love These Comfortable Shoes

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer womenIt was around the time I reached my late 40s that I started having issues with shoes. Before then, I couldn’t wait for Lord & Taylor to have their fall sale. Each year, I would race to the store to pick out three pairs so I could get 30% off. Sometimes I would buy more than three. My closet racks were filled with shoes.

As I approached my early 50s, finding shoes to fit proved more difficult. I went from heels to ballet flats. In the winter I wore Uggs for casual wear and high black leather boots when I was going to the office.

When I retired from my full-time job I started doing lots of yoga without shoes or socks.

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I have flat feet from aging and going barefoot so much during my life after 50.

A Visit To The Podiatrist
“I used to be able to walk all over New York City, from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park and now my feet hurt after a short distance,” I told the podiatrist during my appointment last winter. “You have flat feet,” said Dr. L. “Your arches can flatten out as you age, especially if you are going barefoot all the time. You need more supportive shoes.” He also recommended orthotics.

The Hunt For Comfortable Cold Weather Shoes
I bought Dr. Scholl’s orthotic inserts which worked well in my sneakers. But I couldn’t find comfortable shoes. That’s when I turned to SAS also know as San Antonio Shoemakers. I went to the shoe store in town where I used to take my kids when they were toddlers. Unlike many department stores, the saleswoman measured my feet and brought out several pairs of shoes. I felt like Goldilocks.

“This pair is too tight,” I said about the first shoes I tried on.
“This pair is too lose,” I said about the second.
“I have narrow heels. My foot is slipping out of this pair,” I said about the third.
“The arch is too high in this shoe,” I said about the fourth.

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I wore my SAS Freetime shoes with jeans to the NY NOW Show in NYC this winter.

Finally after trying on about 15 different shoes, the saleswoman brought out a pair of SAS shoes — the Freetime style, with a removable, cushioned foot bed and a soft sole for shock absorption. I have to admit that they weren’t the most glamorous shoes I ever owned but my feet felt like they were walking on a cloud. I wore them all winter with jeans, leggings, even tights and a skirt and was able to walk all over NYC on multiple occasions. My feet were so happy and my boyfriend L said I looked cool in my Freetime black Nubuck shoes, like a fashionable hipster.

Not Just Your Nana’s and Papa’s Shoes
As the weather warmed up, I had a new dilemma. I couldn’t  wear my Freetime black Nubuck shoes during the summer months. Oh no, oh no, oh no – not another search for shoes!

Then I saw an ad on Facebook. It featured a new stylish collection of SAS shoes. Could it be possible that the same company that inspired an ardent customer-base of elderly nanas and papas was now targeting boomer women? I was so excited.

I quickly contacted the marketing team and told them I would love to learn more about their 40th anniversary line. The nice marketing manager offered to send a pair of their casual shoes to me in collaboration for a blog post.* (Did I say I love being a blogger? I do! I do!)

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I wore my Breezy shoes to the shore.

I picked out the Breezy casual with genuine moccasin construction in trendy Periwinkle. I liked that these shoes had side perforations to vent heat, and a foam foot bed topped with striped microfiber for all-day comfort. I bought a size 8 so I could add my orthotics. Continue reading

“Absolutely Fabulous – The Movie” Is Fabulous, Fashionable, and Fun

This post is made possible by support from Fox Searchlight Pictures. All opinions are my own.

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer womenThe crowd cheered as Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, the stars of Absolutely Fabulous – The Movie, walked into the Chelsea Bowtie theatre in New York City on Tuesday evening for an advance screening of their new film. Not knowing much about the British series of the same name, I was eager to learn more about their characters Edina and Patsy. Edina runs a PR agency and Patsy is a magazine editor.

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Crowds cheered when “Absolutely Fabulous -The Movie” stars Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley entered the theatre at the screening in NYC.

An Hilarious Twosome
My friend J and I quickly became Edina and Patsy fans, laughing our way through the hilarious twosomes shopping, drinking, clubbing, and escapades around London’s trendiest hotspots. The two are post 60 women with attitude and not afraid to pop themselves with Botox, wear outlandish designer outfits, and say whatever they feel like saying, whenever they feel like saying it. Maybe that’s why I found myself cheering on this dynamic duo for the entire 90 minutes. Having worked in PR for most of my previous career, I could empathize with Edina’s and Patsy’s outrageous behavior to win a prized client or placement.

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Edina and Patsy are cohorts and best friends in “Absolutely Fabulous – The Movie.”

A Fabulous, Fashionable, and Fun Movie

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In the movie, Edina and Patsy push their way into an uber fashionable launch party to gain access to model Kate Moss as a potential PR client. When Edina happens to push Kate into the river and potentially kill her, all hell breaks loose and they are relentlessly pursued by the media and paparazzi. Penniless, they escape to the French Riviera, planning a way to make their stay there permanent so they can live the high life forever. Continue reading

A Fabulous Day of Fashion at the MET Costume Exhibit

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomersA few weeks ago I wrote a review of the new documentary, The First Monday in May, which is all about The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) Costume Institute’s 2015 exhibit “China: Through The Looking Glass,” and the star-studded fundraiser that celebrates the opening. After seeing the film I told myself that I was not going to miss this year’s Costume Institute exhibit.

I’m excited to tell you that my BFFs N and J and I went to see “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” at the MET in New York City last week. Simply put, IT WAS FABULOUS and YOU HAVE TO SEE IT! It’s definitely worth adding to your summer 2016 “to do” list, especially if you love fashion.

Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology
We spent almost two hours walking the exhibit halls “oohing” at all the dresses and gowns, one prettier than the next. The exhibition explores the dichotomy between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) as it relates to haute couture (custom made clothes) versus designer prêt-à-porter (garments that are produced in multiples for the mass market). It is structured around mêtiers, or trades of dressmaking found in the Encyclopédie of the French Enlightenment (1751-72). The techniques include embroidery, leatherwork, artificial flowers, pleating, lacework, leather, even paper — some hand-sewn and others machine stitched — in certain instances it’s hard to tell which is which.

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The Chanel Wedding Ensemble

Costume Institute Curator Andrew Bolton did an amazing job displaying the fashions, including the dramatic rotunda entrance with a Chanel Wedding Ensemble featuring a magnificent long train magnified like a kaleidoscope on the ceiling. The main room is followed up with showcases on each mêtier including embroidery, leatherwork, artificial flowers, pleating, lacework, leather, and even paper. Some of the fashions have hand-sewn details and others machine stitching — in certain instances it’s hard to tell which is which.

House of Dior Is My Favorite
There were so many beautiful dresses. My favorites were mostly from House of Dior — some designed by Christian Dior and other more contemporary styles by their Belgian born designer Raf Simons. Since pictures tell a thousand words, take a look below. I think you’ll see why I chose dresses from this collection.

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My favorite dresses from Dior. Designed in the 1950s.

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An Easy Way To Shop For Stylish Eyewear

boomer beauty, life after 50, makeup for 50+ women, over 50“Mom, you can’t buy anymore frames,” said my daughter A during our travels to Paris a few years ago. I had never seen so many optical  shops in one city. We were in the Jewish Quarter where I purchased two tortoise-shell frames that I later filled with my progressive and computer lenses.

As a post 50 fashionista, I do believe that eyewear is an important accessory and sends a statement about your style. “Because people generally recognize you by your face, the eyeglasses you choose to wear are a very real part of your identity,” says Erinn Morgan, editor-in-chief of Eyecare Business.

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Stylish Eyewear: I’m sporting black frames from Felix + Iris and tortoise shell frames from my trip to Paris.

Today there are many online shops for stylish specs and readers. It’s good to know what styles look best for your shaped face (see my blog post about this tip). Many of the shops let you try on frames before you buy and provide measurements for each frame. You can use a ruler to determine the size of your current glasses and compare. Some shops require a faxed prescription from your doctor prior to ordering. I also recommend having your PD (pupillary distance) properly measured by an optometrist. This measurement is used to make eyeglasses, but not usually included in your prescription.

A Range Of Readers
Being a boomer blogger, I frequently receive emails from online shops that sell readers. Readers are a trend I noticed at the Winter 2016 NY NOW Gift and Lifestyle Show. It’s no surprise that there are more reader options available to midlife women, with Eyecessorize reporting that there are now 30.9 million Americans wearing over-the-counter readers.

Although I don’t personally wear readers, I know many of my blog readers do. If you’re one who likes to have a pair to match every outfit, here are some sites to check out:

Readers.com offers hundreds of inexpensive bifocal reading glasses including no-line bifocals, fashion styles, and sun readers. My friends at readers.com provided a 35 percent discount  if you want to order a pair. The code is ENJOY35OFF and is valid until May 31st. In addition, they are offering one lucky blog reader a free pair of their Bouquet glasses – so be sure to enter the giveaway below. (Note: Also check out my blog post about their online sister company Felix + Iris, where I was treated to a pair of frames that I wear all the time.)

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You can win a pair of Bouquet readers from readers.com

Peepers.com readers were an Oprah “O” List favorite for 2016. These colorful specs come in all shapes and sizes. Continue reading

A Special Video Summit for Post 50 Women

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomersReserve your front row seat! On February 19th, I’ll be a featured guest for an online video summit from author Andrea Pflaumer entitled “Vital, Vivacious, and Visible after 50.”  Taping occurred via Skype a few weeks ago and I haven’t seen the episode yet. (Hope I kept my neck up during the interview so my wrinkles didn’t overwhelm the screen.)

Shopping for the Real You

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Andrea Pflaumer is author of “Shopping For The Real You.”

Andrea Pflaumer is the author of Shopping for the Real You – 10 Steps to a Better Wardrobe for Every Women: Fashionistas, Fashion Phobes and the over 50. Her articles on art, fashion, and shopping have appeared in local and national publications, including the San Francisco Examiner, Oakland Magazine, East Bay Express, San Francisco Weekly, and the East Bay Monthly. As an educator, she has trained thousands on the principles of image and personal branding. Andrea is also a leader in the human potential movement through her work as a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique.

In in the past few years Andrea has had conversations with her readers about fashion and style. But as much as they’ve discussed these topics, they’ve also explored what our lives are going to look like moving beyond our 50’s.

“Women want to know how to keep looking good, but we also want to know how to stay relevant, hip, and lively into our 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s, and beyond,” said Andrea. “That means how to stay healthy, how to maintain a sense of humor, how to engage in activity that is meaningful for us, how to expand our horizons and our circle of friends and acquaintances so that we keep growing instead of shrinking – literally and figuratively.”

“Vital, Vivacious, and Visible after 50” Online Video Summit
For her online video summit, Andrea interviewed a group of experts in fields ranging from personal style to health and wellness, from joyful aging to entrepeneurship – all geared toward those post 50 – as well as other midlife women, as she says, “who will be in this category before long!” Continue reading

Simple Ways To Stay “Skin Smart” In The Sun

boomer beauty, life after 50, makeup for 50+ women, over 50I’m gearing up for summer. Bright sunshine is a welcome relief after the cold and snowy winter. My boots are packed away and now it’s time for swimsuits and shorts.

I love being outdoors, especially at the beach. I have fond memories of going to Long Beach, N.Y. My family rented a flat there each July and August. Who knew from SPF during the 60s? My mom used to slather greasy orange Ban d’Soleil over her body and my dad’s too. Sometimes my sister N would sit with a metallic reflector near her face to catch more rays.

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I have great memories of my summers at Long Beach, N.Y.

Sadly, later in life my mom ended up with melanoma and had to have surgery on her leg. That’s why I try to cover up when in the sun and wear sunscreen with SPF 50+, especially on my face. I also get regular checkups at the dermatologist. Continue reading

“IRIS” – A Delightful Documentary About A 93 Year Old Style-Maven

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer womenI’ve always adored the style-maven Iris Apfel. I’ve followed her flamboyant fashions and over-sized iconic eyewear since I was in college in the 70s. As a student of textile and clothing design, it was a treat to see what avant-garde outfit and costume jewelry Iris was wearing on the fashion pages or around the streets of New York City.

Now at 93 (the same age my mom would have been if she was alive), she is the subject of a new documentary called IRIS. If you are a fashionista or creative spirit like me, you won’t want to miss this fabulous film directed by the legendary documentarian Albert Maysles (who sadly passed away in March).

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Iris Apfel in IRIS, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo credit: (c) Bruce Weber.

Who Is Iris Apfel?
For those of you who don’t know Iris, let me tell you about her. “While Iris Apfel has been an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades, her life is more than just about glamour,” as the press release states. “She continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. Her enthusiasm for fashion, art and people, reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment.” Her fun-loving attitude, abundant creativity, and tireless energy are what make Iris so inspiring and the film IRIS so endearing.

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Forecast For Spring 2015 Fashion Trends

boomer beauty, life after 50, makeup for 50+ women, over 50Happy spring! It’s time for my fashion forecast. After reading a total of 2000+ pages including Vogue, InStyle, MORE, O Oprah magazines, plus countless Nordstrom catalogs, and my favorite T Magazine and weekly Style sections of The New York Times, I’m ready to give you the lowdown on this season’s trends.

The good news is that I just de-cluttered my closet so there’s plenty of empty space waiting to be filled. It’s been two years since leaving my full-time job — out went all my tailored suits, skirts, dresses, and heels. While I’m still a fashionista, my semi-retired lifestyle demands more casual attire. As for the corporate gig – I now enjoy helping my daughter A establish her career-building wardrobe.

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Spring 2015 Fashion Trends To Rock The Season
Here are highlights along with pix from my recent purchases and some candid commentary. There are so many trends that it sometimes feels like anything goes: Continue reading

Finding Spectacular Specs At Online Eyewear Shops

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer womenLupita Nyongo put on bold black specs at the Golden Globe Awards (@LupitaGlasses), Carrie Fisher wore 3-D red frames and Oscar nominee Patricia Arquette donned purple readers to see the teleprompter at the SAG Awards. These days eyewear is a trending fashion topic.

Eyewear is one of my most important accessories — I have to wear my eyeglasses every day. I’ve been known to shop the streets of Paris for my frames, swoon and spend a lot on Italian shades at my local South Jersey boutique, and shell out extra dollars for stylish computer specs which greatly improve my worklife.

Felix + Iris = Smart Style + Sharp Vision 

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Felix + Iris is a new online eyewear shop.

As a boomer blogger, I’m often approached to try out online eyewear shops. I was always a little leery of purchasing progressives from a website. It wasn’t until I went to a press event for Felix+Iris that I warmed to the idea. “See the beauty that is around you,” said the invitation. I brought my son D along. We were both treated to a new pair of specs. D chose a black frame. I copied his look with a black pair too. The glasses came with a magnetic sunglass attachment. The only negative is the tiny magnetic dot on the edge of the glass.

The most important part of ordering online is to make sure that you have your correct prescription and measurements. The online shops provide tools to help you take your measurements — however I highly recommend that you ask your optician to provide your proper sizing. (I had the Felix+Iris optician measure my face and wrote down the measurements for future orders.) Continue reading

A 50+ Fashionista Gets Stylish for Spring

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomersOoh, ooh, ooh! The weather is warming up on the east coast and that means that spring has finally sprung. Time for this 50+ fashionista to go shopping for some new clothes.

I’ve read my March and April mags – Vogue, InStyle, “T” New York Times Style Magazine, “O” Oprah Magazine. I’ve made my way through Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Ann Taylor Loft, Banana Republic and Denim Habit. I may no longer have a full time job or need new business attire for work, but my passion for fashion has not waned. It’s just taken on a more casual style.

life after 50, over 50, baby boomer fashions, spring clothesI’ve emptied my closet of any corporate remnants. Out with formal suits, skirts, and dresses. Next, out with any old jackets and coats that I haven’t worn in a year or two. My body is shrinking and my 10 year old tan leather jacket (once the love of my life) must go, go, go — off to consignment. There’s no room for an ill-fitting jacket that reflects the past when I’m 100% ready to live in the present.

My shoulders have narrowed, my height is 5’2″, and my legs and arms are quite muscular since I’ve been spending much more time at the gym working out now that I don’t work at a desk all day.  The new me is trimmer and slimmer.

Thanks to my stylist, Elizabeth, who helped update my look last fall, my spring shopping trip with my daughter A was quite fabulous and fun. Elizabeth showed me how to shop for color, shape and outfits. She showed me how to mix and match and spend wisely. Continue reading