We Love You, Bess (And Your Generous $1,000 Giveaway)!

Bess Heitner, one of our all-time favorite jewelry designers, is generously giving one lucky lady a $1,000 gift card for her online shop, showcasing her magnificent creations.

Bess has just unveiled her Fall Collection, which features Baroque pearls, Brazilian druzy, and fossilized coral, among the distinctive stones and gems she carefully curates from around the world.

Use your gift card for one majestic creation, or select a few pieces for the favorite ladies on your holiday list.

Here we present some of our favorites
from Bess’s line.

◼︎ White Baroque Square Pearls on a Micro Faceted Golden Pyrite Rope
◼︎ Gold Natural Geometric Crystal Coated Collar
◼︎ Grade AAA Golden Baroque Pearl 24K Venetian Collar (one of a kind) (more…)

Sound Advice For First-Time Home Buyers

Whether you’re buying a house for the first time at 69 (like I did), or know a young couple purchasing their first home, we all could use a bit of sound advice before we officially make one of the most important decisions of our lives. Even if you have no intention of moving, pass this on to someone who is. They’ll be glad you did!


“1. Talk to the neighbors if they’re willing. Walk around the neighborhood, don’t drive, walk.

“2. An inspection is non-negotiable, do it no matter what.

“3. The costs are more than you think – window treatments, shower curtains, deposits for utilities, lawn tools, furnace filters, and even your welcome mat are going to cost money.

“4. Ownership isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Over the past 22 years we’ve replaced the water heater twice, 3 dishwashers, 2 stoves, 2 washer/dryers, all windows, roof, heat system, flooring and painted the exterior 3 times all due to wear and tear.

“5. As silly as it sounds, think of your furniture placement. Will your giant sectional fit in the living room? Will your king size bed fit the master bedroom? What about that hutch grandma gave you that you love, where are you going to put that? Take measurements for everything, especially the spot for the refrigerator.”
Jodi Smith Rasar (more…)

The Many Minds of Single FOFs On The Subject of Dating

Whether divorced, widowed, or never married, single women “of a certain age” don’t equivocate about about the topic of dating.  They either love or loathe the idea, and have definitive reasons why!  A couple of guys also weighed in.

 P.S. If Mike B. is reading this, send us your email!

“No. And likely never will. I have no desire to raise a man child at my age. Men my age just want a maid and caretaker. No thanks. I’m good.”
Tammy Velasquez

I am newly divorced so I am so looking forward to it.”
Colleen Dungca

I’ve just joined a dating site, fun times ahead. If I find ‘the one,’ then all is good, and if I don’t my life is already complete…..a man is only ever supposed to be the icing on the cake.”
Sarah Tranter

I don’t need it, and I’m not looking for it, but if I happened to meet someone I liked, then I would. But until then I’m content being single. Plus, I have a cat. So. Yeah. I’m good.”
Liz Schwartz  

Nope….men over 50 have more issues than Time magazine.”
Kathy Cooper (more…)

21 FOFs Reveal Their Partners’ Most Memorable Gifts

Candace was hoping for a diamond for her 30th anniversary, but got something else instead. Read on to see her most memorable gift from her partner, and gifts 20 other FOFs will never forget.

“My husband gave me a journal when he came home from Iraq. He’s not a touchy/feely kind of man, but he expressed his feelings for our family in the journal. It gave me a little insight into his experience over there. He always kept things positive when we would communicate during his tour, because he didn’t want to upset me.”
Brenda Billings Frazier

He was the first man to buy me flowers. One dozen beautiful long stem roses”
Kathy Andolina

Besides him ❤, A little folded up sticky note that said ‘one week tropical destination of your choice’.”
Sandra Beally (more…)

“I’ll Retire When…”

The idea of retirement makes many of us giddy, in more ways than one. Every time we read Phil’s, Victoria’s and Nancy’s comments, we start laughing all over again!

“I’m retiring as soon as I’ve paid off the mortgage.
According to the calculations I should be hitting the beach when I’m about 135…”
Phil Hutt

“I retired almost two years ago. I turned 62 on a Thursday and Friday was my last day…I couldn’t wait. I retired the same place I’ve been living, and although someplace without snow sounds great in winter, since I don’t HAVE to go out in the snow if I don’t want to, I’ll just stay where I am. I love my small town rural life.”
Bee Rakar

“Already did, at 52. Spent my life running my own business, and then one day I just knew I was done. Sold it, and never looked back.”
Lucy Gwendolyn

“I retired two years ago come October. Haven’t regretted it for a second. Neither does my husband, who retired.”
Michele Smith

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The Boldest Move You’ve Made After Turning 50

When we launched Fab Over Fifty 7.5 years ago, we knew what dynamic, passionate, driven women you are. But, when we read the bold things hundreds of you have done since turning fifty, we couldn’t adequately describe you with all the superlatives in the dictionary. We’ll leave it at INSPIRING!

Today, we continue to bring you a selection of these physical, emotional, life-changing, unconventional, wild and wonderful moves.


I lost more than half my body weight; down 143 pounds.”
Cathy Skillen Hoffmeister

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Irresistible Tops For Fall

Whether you want to hide your tummy, slim your waist, or show off your decolletage, Covered Perfectly apparel will do the job to perfection. Most pieces in the lovely fall collection are styled in completely natural MicroModal, with just the right amount of Spandex.  They feel so luxuriously soft and light, you’ll almost forget you’re wearing them. And, you’ll look absolutely amazing no matter where you’re going, anytime of day!
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The Boldest Move You’ve Made After Turning 50

When we launched Fab Over Fifty 7.5 years ago, we knew what dynamic, passionate, driven women you are. But, when we read the bold things hundreds of you have done since turning fifty, we couldn’t adequately describe you with all the superlatives in the dictionary. We’ll leave it at INSPIRING!

Starting today, we bring you a selection of these physical, emotional, life-changing, unconventional, wild and wonderful moves.


Finishing my doctorate and made a decision for clean eating and nutritional balance/wellness..lost 60 pounds in 4 months….feel like I’m 30 again…best decision ever!!”    
Jacklyn Smith

Went back to college and earned my BA in Psychology. Joined The American Red Cross and helped provide disaster relief in North Carolina during Hurricane Mathew.”
Linda Cunningham

Ziplined in Jamaica to celebrate surviving breast cancer.”
Sandra Klein  

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Never Say Never

By Theresa Miceli

Our generation grew up with strict parents who instilled in us their morals, ethics, religion and values. They were our role models. We weren’t pampered, indulged, nor spoiled.

I followed a prescribed path of education (had to be on the honor roll or else). I had curfews, including when to be home for dinner. I ate whatever was served. I had to have an after-school  job, and help clean the house once a week. Cell phones weren’t invented yet, but I didn’t have a landline in my bedroom. I also didn’t have a car or get a lift to school. I had no clothing allowance.

When I graduated and got a job, I started to enjoy amenities I could provide for myself.  

Geri Brin, who founded this website, hired me to be her assistant in 1976, when I was in my early twenties and she was almost 30. That was four decades ago, and today we’re as close as sisters, even closer than some sisters. Geri didn’t especially like my then boyfriend, who would later become my husband, but she and her husband came to my wedding and hoped for the best for me.

Geri and I lost touch for many years. When we reconnected, I invited her to dinner at my home, when her negative feelings about my long-time husband resurfaced. She may have missed out on over 35 years of my life, but her attitude about him made sense.

I raised four children without a bit of input from my husband. He may have provided financial support, but it wasn’t steady, and he often used money to punish me.

I was berated for not having enough sex, and started hormone therapy to please him. The hormones did more for me than our marriage. I felt like Humpty Dumpty put back together again. No night sweats, no mood swings, more energy, weight loss, and yes, improved libido. Still, this didn’t make him happy.  I finally realized nothing I could do would make him happy. It was impossible.

Sure, every marriage has it warts and pimples. My marriage, though, was a prison sentence.  Two and half years ago I left. I wanted to write this to give encouragement to anyone who thinks she can’t survive without a man.  

Who Needs Permission?

When we ran this photo and quote on the FabOverFifty Facebook page, we didn’t think we’d get such pushback.

We assumed Babs meant that driven and successful women aren’t highly regarded in our society. She, for one, has often been criticized throughout her brilliant career for being an overly strong, domineering woman. So have many other accomplished women. (more…)