INFOGRAPHIC: How You Dress For Your Age

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“There is no substitute for hard work.”-Thomas Edison

Labor Day is just around the corner, so we thought it would be apropos to celebrate the people whose jobs give others hope, joy, and charity; comfort, sustenance and shelter.

1. Teachers

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2. Firemen

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3. NursesFile:Navy nurse corps 1908.jpg

4. Volunteers for charities that actually help others

5. Music composers

6. Craftsmen and craftswomen

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7. Service dog trainers

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8. Conservationists

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9. Mothers

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10. Hospice workers and home health aides

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11. Flight attendants

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12. Animal rescue teams

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13. Anyone who works at St. Jude’s

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14. Farmers

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15. Servicewomen–and men

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16. Ice cream manufacturers

And then there are those whose jobs consistently manage to aggravate, agitate, anger, thwart, taunt and terrorize us.

1. Meter maids

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2. Mattress salesmen

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3. Anyone who works for Ashley Madison

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4. Political fundraisers (and the politicians they represent)

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5. Celebrities who are famous for being famous

6. Gossip TV anchors and writers

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7. Hackers

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8. Telemarketers

9. Identity thieves

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10. Uninformed & testy customer service reps

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11. Landlords

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12. Anyone who works for/or promotes tobacco products

6 Jewelry Trends For This Fall

It’s almost time to think about how we’re going to step out in style this fall. Amazing how little pieces of jewelry can make such big statements!

FOFriend and fashion guru, Terry Gibralter, shows us her favorite looks.

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1. Going Goth

A Victorian twist on gothic, ornate black jewelry looks especially fetching this fall

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2. Not Your Mom’s Pearls  

You’ll actually wear these ‘always right’ pretty pearls, served up in a new way

3. Let’s Brooch The Subject

Showing off multiple pins on your jacket or collar gives you major style points

4. Fringe With Benefits

Whether in chain, suede or cloth, fringe goes boho with the addition of tassels, feathers, and beads

5. Sculptural Minimalism

The simple elegance of this piece is inspired by the 90s minimalist movement

6. Flower Power Redux

Flowers are not just for the spring and summer. Adding pretty petals to your fall looks will make you look fresh as a daisy

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H*O*T, Terry’s online shop, is holding an IRRESISTIBLE 50% OFF BIRTHDAY SALE, through midnight Tuesday, August 31st, giving you one more week to grab fab designer fashion at rock bottom prices! Lots of great pieces for Fall. SHOP THE SALE NOW!

[POLL] How Do You Dress At Your Age?

It’s always enlightening to learn what other women in our generation are thinking and doing. Every Thursday, FabOverFifty asks members of our community a series of simple questions about pretty complex issues (and some not so complex issues), then we report the results back to you!

This week, we’re curious about the fashion styles you love, and the ones you loathe!

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1. How old are you?

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2. Do you wear skirts or dresses above or below your knees?

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3. Do you wear sleeveless tops?

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4. If you answered ‘no’ to #3, why not?

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5. Do you wear form-fitting clothing?

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6. If you answered ‘no’ to #5, why not?

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7. Do you wear leggings?

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8. If you answered ‘no’ to #7, why not?

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9. Does your daughter copy your style?

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10. What’s your favorite style of pants?

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11. Do you prefer sweaters or blouses?

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12. Do you like to get dressed up?

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13. If you answered ‘no’ to #12, why not?

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14. Are you happy with the clothing options available?

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15. If you answered no to #14, why not? [Check all that apply]

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JUST IN: How You Spend The Days Of Your Life

How Do We Spend The Days of Our Lives?

It’s always enlightening to learn what other women in our generation are thinking and doing. Every Thursday, FabOverFifty asks members of our community a series of simple questions about pretty complex issues (and some not so complex issues), then we report the results to you the following week.

Today, we’re asking about how you spend the days of your life, because this, after all, should be the most exciting time of our lives.

 

1. How old are you?

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2. How do you generally spend the majority of your weekdays?

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3. Do you generally feel fulfilled?

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4. If you answered no to #3, why don’t you feel fulfilled?

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5. If you could change jobs, what would you most like to do?

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6. Are you physically active?

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7. If you answered yes to #5, what kind of activity do you do? (check all that apply)

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8. With what kind of people are you involved most often? (check all that apply)

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9. Do you like to meet new people?

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10. If you answered yes to #9, where do you most often meet new people? (check all that apply)

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11. If you answered no to #9, why don’t you like to meet new people?

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We’re Tote-ally In Love!

Our Fave FOFashionista, Terry Gibralter, gives us a little history lesson on the ubiquitous tote, and picks out different totes for different folks!

You must check out the tote she’s introduced in her shop!

The “tote” can be traced back to the 17th century, when travelers actually protected their luggage in big bags as they carried it from place to place. But a version of the amazing tote bag, as we know it today, first made an appearance in 1944, when the esteemed L.L. Bean company, of Maine, introduced its Boat & Tote Bag to transport ice from the car to an ice chest. People soon realized they could use that style bag to carry just about everything, and an iconic handbag was born!

Designer Bonnie Cashin added style to the bag in 1962, when she created a handsome leather version for Coach, called Cashin Carry (get it?) And in 1993, Kate Spade introduced colorful nylon totes to fill a woman’s need for a practical purse in a fun look, and the idea became an overnight sensation.

Later on, totes started taking the place of plastic bags, when we learned those flimsy things were a scourge ruining our planet.  Why would you opt to carry your purchases in a plastic bag, with all the really cute totes around? They let us do the right thing, and look good while doing it!

Today, these open handbags for toting lots of small items (and even a bunch of larger items), are more popular than ever. Besides replacing plastic bags at the supermarket, they’re making fashion statements in all the fashionable places, carrying gear to the gym, and turning into nifty overnight bags when your grandson comes to visit.

Totes also are great ways to express yourself. They can be extensions of your personal style, whether you’re preppy, edgy or just plain quirky. And you can always carry a tote to show who and what you support. The selection of smart looking–and practical–totes comes in every color, print and material imaginable, and at every price point.

Here’s my H*O*T list of 11 excellent examples.

Note from Geri: “This is a limited edition tote.  I’ve already ordered mine!

QUICK TOTE TIPS

no1When you need to carry two bags, pair your tote with a coordinating small bag (cross body or top handle, both on trend now) in the same color family or shape.

no2Stick a small evening bag in your tote, and, at the end of the work day, stash the tote and you’re all set for the evening.

no3Make sure your tote works with your height and body shape. If you’re petite,  don’t carry a tote that looks like it could carry you.

no4If you’re putting valuables in your tote, consider using one that closes with a zipper or a snap.

 

Are YOU Comfortable In Your Own Skin?

Keepin’ It Cool In The Heat!

newterry1If you don’t have the luxury of lying on a beach or at a pool during the “dog days of summer” * (don’t forget to apply 30 SPF sunscreen), it’s no fun getting dressed to go to work, or even to the grocery store.

Our Fave FOFashionista, Terry Gibralter, to the rescue, with 14 tips and tricks to stay cool, calm and collected when the temperature starts soaring.

* Interestingly, the expression “dog days of summer” harks back to the ancient Greens and Romans, who discovered that the dog star, Sirius, appeared to rise just before the sun, in late July, during the hottest days of the year.

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[ANONYMOUS POLL] What Are Your Cleansing Habits?

It’s always enlightening to learn what other women in our generation are thinking and doing. Every Thursday, FabOverFifty asks members of our community a series of simple questions about pretty complex issues (and some not so complex issues),  then we report the results to you the following week.

Today, we’re asking about your cleansing routine, because what we do in the shower or bath can really make an impact on the health of our skin.

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