Your Priciest Purchases Of 2016

One FOF did something wonderful for 50 of her dearest friends and relatives. Another is treating herself to the same thing, 12 times! We asked about your most expensive purchase of 2016, and the answers were as varied and interesting as you are!

“I retired and bought myself a horse, brand new truck and horse trailer so we can travel together! All told $62k. Aaarrggghhhhh!”

Shannyn Scassero

“2 puppies @ $300 each. In my defense it was also my dumbest purchase! One would have been enough work but nooooooo, like a genius I had to double that.”

Jodi Smith Rasar


We’re Always Going Places!

We’ve always been a generation of adventurers, signing up for the Peace Corps, flocking to Woodstock, criss-crossing Europe after college, and jetting to new and exciting spots every chance we get, to look, listen, learn and just have some good old-fashioned fun!

These are some of the adventures we’ve taken. 


“South Africa to New Zealand. My first and only overseas trip and done all alone!!!”
Mavourneen Donaldson


Judie Crookston


“Colorado to Singapore, many times.” Laurey Rose Gilbertsingapore (more…)

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Win A Once-In-A-Lifetime Trip To Rome For Two (Thanks To Lubrigyn)



Thanks to Lubrigyn, a successful feminine hygiene brand based in Rome, generations of European women have known that it’s a no-no to use soap in the shower, especially on their delicate vaginal skin. Now, Lubrigyn Lotion, a combination moisturizer, cleanser and lubricant, is fast becoming a favorite of American women, too. Once you try the silky smooth and hydrating formula, you’ll never use another product down there again.

Our good friends at Lubrigyn look forward to hosting the lucky winner and her companion for this glorious trip, valued at $5,500.

Exclusive Travel Experiences For FOF Women

Holli Rovenger doesn’t just “go someplace” when she travels.

“I think a trip should be an in-depth experience,” says the 59-year old dietitian-turned-travel-planner for women. “The things you can learn on a trip come back with you, and can change your life,” she adds.

When Holli was married to a successful attorney, they travelled a great deal, to places including Colorado, Denmark, Russia, and Italy. “We loved taking fabulous cruises on smaller ships,” she adds.  On one trip, another couple asked if Holli and her husband cared to join them on a private tour and “we learned what a difference it is to travel with a private guide than when you’re doing things on your own or in a group,” Holli explains. (more…)

Mary Ann’s Guide To Taking An Action-Packed Vacation

While Mary Ann’s closest friends are content to bask on the beach for their vacations, she’s always opted for holidays jam packed with adventure, from crossing the Costa Rican jungle on a zipline to biking hundreds of miles in the French countryside. What’s more, Mary Ann is perfectly happy to vacation alone, leaving her husband at home, if he’s not up to one of her “exhilarating experiences.”



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Win Tickets to 50 Shades! The Musical in NYC

Whether you’re a 50 Shades of Grey fanatic or you couldn’t get through the first 10 pages…

You’ll enjoy 50 Shades! The Musical – The Original Parody, now playing Off-Broadway at the Elektra Theatre in New York City.

Be prepared for a bit of raunch, and a lot of skin (no nudity, however)! The story starts with Carol, Pam, and Bev deciding the next selection for their book club. When they choose 50 Shades of Grey, the fun (or should we say, fantasy) begins. Clever lyrics, lively dancing and a cavorting cast of real characters, from virginal college student, Anastasia, to illustrious businessman, Christian Grey (this one has a paunch to go with the raunch).


12 Defining Signs of Summer (50 Years Ago)

The Hamptons? Nantucket? The South of France? Nah, we stuck closer to home for our summer vacations. And we loved every minute (well, most of them, anyway)!

1. Swimming caps


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This 10-Second Quiz Could Change Your Life

Select one or more of the options below.

  • Something you create (i.e. jewelry, art, hand-knitted pieces) (33%, 293 Votes)
  • A service you provide (i.e. travel agent, recruiter, accountant, makeup artist) (25%, 220 Votes)
  • Your cherished items (i.e. antiques, jewelry, furniture, accessories) (18%, 161 Votes)
  • Products you represent (i.e. beauty products, clothing) (17%, 151 Votes)
  • Something else—comment and tell us below! (6%, 55 Votes)

Total Voters: 737

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{Giveaway} A Celebrity Cruise On Land

Celebrity Cruises® & FabOverFifty are joining forces to bring you a fabulous giveaway—a cruise experience on land! One lucky winner will receive the full luxury experience of a Celebrity cruise—a first-class evening with some special treats! Your cruise on land will feature:

  • 2 tickets to this year’s James Beard Foundation’s Chefs & Champagne® event honoring Food Network Star, Bobby Flay. The evening will include flowing Taittinger Champagne and all sorts of drinks, and culinary offerings from over 30 celebrated chefs. The event will be held at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in the Hamptons on Saturday, July 26.

  • 1 Riedel wine tasting set (Value: $100)

  • 1 Bulgari bath product set (Value: $50)

  • 1 Celebrity Cruises® Martini shaker