{Giveaway} Icon Shoes’ Shoulder Handbag and Wedge Bootie

Win wearable art worth almost $700!

Our talented friends at Icon Shoes are giving away two pieces of truly wearable art from their “Everyday Sorcery Collection,” designed by contemporary artist, Rodney White. Enter to win a “Marcie” Large Shoulder Bag ($365) and matching “Pearl” Lace-Up Covered Wedge Bootie ($295).

This dashing duo will turn heads wherever you go!

The shoulder bag features a zipper enclosure, two interior pockets, and detachable shoulder straps. “Great for work, but more fun at leisure!” says the manufacturer.

The bootie features a 2-inch covered wedge, and deep brown leather to complement Rodney White’s design. These statement, Italian-made shoes offer “the perfect punch of color and inspiration.”

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At The Top of Her Game

These are some of the things I love about Pauline Durban: Her enthralling British accent; the fact she adores her son as much as she does; her warmth; her generosity, and her humor.

And, I love the pretty, comfortable and flattering tops she’s been designing for the last couple of years, for FabOverFifty women just like she and I.

Pauline has recently added a honey of a selection of new tops to her Covered Perfectly collection, and she’s redesigned her website so it’s simple as pie to view it all. When I visited Pauline a few months ago, in her hometown of LA, she showed me a few of her new designs and I immediately said: “I want that one!” pointing to the top she was wearing.

So here I am, wearing Pauline’s Color Block top, in beautiful coral and black, over a pair of narrow black pants. The MicroModal and Spandex top (it’s machine washable!) also comes in black with red or black with malt (a deep taupe), in size small to extra-large. The length is perfect, because it helps disguise my less-than-svelte midsection. The sleeves are perfect because they cover my underarm flab. And the round neckline is perfect, because it’s not too low and not too high. I’ve accessorized the top with a thin silk scarf and you can see my coral necklace peeking through if you look closely!

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Win A Lustrous $2,500 Strand of Perfect Mikimoto Pearls

Roy Herzl, Inc., diamond and jewelry experts since 1855, is partnering with Readers.com and FabOverFifty.com to generously give away a jaw-dropping strand of pearls from Mikimoto, valued at $2,500.

The lustrous necklace is made of the highest-quality AAA Akoya pearls from Japan. Each white pearl is approximately 6.4mm, and the necklace features Mikimoto’s signature 18-carat white gold clasp.

Whether you wear it with a little black dress, or with slacks and a sweater, this classic strand of pearls will turn heads wherever you go.

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Light Up Your Eyes This Holiday Season

During the next few months, you’ll undoubtedly dress to the nines for a few holiday parties, dinners, and perhaps a New Year’s Eve gala.

Whether you’re reading a menu or checking your phone, you’ll most likely need to pull out your reading glasses—But how can you possibly wear a pair of drab, flimsy readers from the drugstore with your fabulous outfit?

The online reader gurus, Readers.com, have put an end to this fashion faux pas by curating a special line of readers for the holiday season. The collection of frames includes our favorite reds and greens, as well as classic styles in more traditional tones. Here are our top picks for four important holiday gatherings.

Whether you’re reading a recipe to prepare a from-scratch dinner or scanning a menu while dining out, The Studio is a feast for your eyes and, most importantly, will help ensure you enjoy a delicious meal. (You don’t want to add too
much salt or order the wrong thing!)

All eyes will be on you when you sport The Laura, in deep red fading to clear.
The wayfarer frame offers a slight cat-eye look, making it a go-to style
for any evening soiree.

Bring pizzazz to the workplace with The Sophie, which combines function and style (work + play). What’s more, it comes in this trendy lime hue (a twist
on your traditional holiday green) and five other hip shades.

Round and retro, The Bookworm’s unique marbled black design will look dramatic with everything from a little black dress to your favorite jeans and a sweater.

Readers.com offers distinctively designed glasses made from top-notch materials and at prices for any budget. Trained staff members are available to advise you on style and strength. You think long and hard about what to wear to holiday events—and your glasses should look just as good as everything else you’ve got on!

Click here to automatically receive an extra 20% off your order, exclusively for FabOverFifty fans. Readers offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee and hassle-free return policy.

A Woman With Exceptional Style Opens Her Closet To You!

Terry Gibralter is one of those women with exceptional style.

You wouldn’t simply say she looks “pretty”, “beautiful,” or “put together” because she’s wearing a lovely—and flattering—outfit, accessorized with a nice handbag, shoes and necklace, and her hair and makeup look good. Her style actually is, well, just one of a kind, and no single adjective can adequately define it. I put a scarf in my hair and it looks like a schmatta (rag); Terry wraps a scarf on her head, and she, literally turns heads. That kind of style.

As a self-professed fashion addict, who inherited her mother’s and grandmother’s style genes (“My grandmother looked gorgeous until the day she died, at 101. She was still doing her nails and they were beautiful”), Terry has long been a fan of vintage clothes, accessories and jewelry, long before it became as fashionable to shop flea markets and thrift shops as it is today. It didn’t hurt that she lived and worked in Paris and Singapore for years, when her husband was transferred abroad. “Paris is a vintage haunt and Singaporeans are just plain insane about shopping. When we left Singapore, I put an ad in the paper for a garage sale we were having. People lined up outside our house at 5:00 AM!” Terry remembers. As a fashion stylist for Elle Magazine Singapore, Terry had suitcases of goodies that she preferred not to take back to the States.

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16 Things That Scared Us Silly Growing Up

1. The shower scene in the
movie, Psycho

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Meet The Woman Who Will Make You Glad That LA Writers Went On Strike In 2007

I have one favor to ask any woman who is reading this, whether you’re a lady of means and wouldn’t be caught dead shopping anywhere but Bergdorf Goodman, or watch your pennies and swear by Marshalls.

Next time HSN features MarlaWynne apparel, pour yourself a glass of wine (if it’s nighttime), settle into a comfortable chair and “meet” a woman with Bergdorf’s tastes and style, who designs clothes that sell at Marshalls prices, often for even less. I’ll be surprised if you don’t buy at least one piece from Marla’s collection. By the way, her great clothes are one thing; her magnetic personality is another.

Marla Ginsberg, 58, used to shop at the chichi stores all over the world, thinking nothing of buying a $300 pair of slacks here, a $1,000 sweater there, and goodness knows what in between. That’s when she was a successful international television executive and producer, living in Paris and flitting back and forth between CDG (Charles de Gaulle airport) and LAX. Her fortunes changed, however, when the writer’s strike hit in 2007-2008 and Marla lost her job. Back in LA with two teenage children to support, she wasn’t the type to wallow in self-pity. But what to do, she thought, accepting the fact that the likelihood of finding a post-strike job was “about as good as finding a natural blonde in Beverly Hills.”

“I’ll buy
a sewing machine”

Marla’s creative juices kicked in and she had one of those “ah-ha” moments. She’d buy a sewing machine, and she’d design clothes for the women being ignored by the big-name fashion designers, the women of her own generation, the boomers. She reasoned that if other women had as hard a time finding affordable fashion as she did, she could develop a viable business. “I wanted to cover all my icky bits, like my sagging underarms and pooching stomach,” Marla told me when we first met three years ago, “but all I could find were moo-moos and over-priced matronly styles that made me feel like a refugee from an artists colony.” So what if she didn’t know how to sew and or design clothes, she thought. She had developed a great appreciation of style, after living in France for 17 years. She knew she was creative. She’d figure it out.

Win a $1,000 wardrobe and personal consult with Marla!

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11 Types of FOF Moms: Which One Are You?

We’d like to think we’re all around great moms, but a single mothering persona usually stands out, way above the rest. When your kids think about you, what image would they conjure up?

Tell us which type of mom you think you are, then share this list
with your kids and see what they say!

1. The Cool Mom

You not only smoke pot with them, you supply it.

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How To Avoid 8 Embarrassing Situations

This post is brought to you by Wearever Incontinence Panties.

1. Forgetting someone’s name
at a party

Quickly say “hi” and introduce your companions to her, hoping she introduces herself
back to them (and you).

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Smart Women Finish Rich: Discover The 9 Steps To Help You Achieve Your Financial Goals And Dreams

I’ve often joked that I hope my body gives out before my
money runs out.

The prospect of ever living from hand-to-mouth is mighty distressing, but I hate thinking about my financial future. I figure I’ll always be able to make an income, no matter how old I am. After all, I’ve been supporting myself since I graduated college. Never needed a man for that.

WRONG! What if I get sick and can’t work? How long will I be able to keep going before my money does, indeed, run out? I feel vulnerable just thinking about it.

And when I look at many of my women friends, whose husbands have handled their finances for decades, they’re in the same boat I am. They avoid talk of money at all costs. It’s too darn intimidating. But what if their hubbies die first? Will they be left financially secure?

One of my closest friends was literally left “holding the bag” when her husband died in his 50s. But the bag was virtually empty because his business was practically under water, and what little he had left went to healthcare costs. My friend had to create a new life on her own: Downsize her home; get a job (she hadn’t worked since college); learn how to live on a budget. It was a scary time for her.

So when the folks from Edelman Financial Services approached us about their 90-minute Smart Women Finish Rich seminars, they got my attention.

Wouldn’t it be worth it to spend such a little amount of time if what I learn could help me to take charge of my financial future, and to feel safer and more secure?

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