Top 6 Fall Trends by Ming Wang

Stylish women have been counting on the versatility and functionality of Ming Wang knit pieces for almost three decades, so FOF wanted to learn what gives the brand such staying power. Monica Escamilla, a Ming Wang product specialist, explains:

What is the Ming Wang design philosophy?

When you buy two of Ming Wang’s separates, it’s really like buying four or even six, because every single piece can work with most anything hanging in your closet to create a range of looks. We pair seasonal color trends with our timeless statement pieces, so even when a color is no longer at the height of fashion, you will be.

Can you give us an example of the brand’s versatility?

Jackets create great points of interest and can transform your wardrobe, whether they’re dressed up or down. They add extra flair that other tops and bottoms can’t. Pair them with dressy black pants or denim. They also can easily make the transition from day to night.

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{Big Giveaway} Win This Makeover and Shopping Spree!

FabOverFifty.com and Dressing Your Truth are partnering up to bring you an incredible giveaway. One lucky FOF will win a Dressing Your Truth online makeover course, where you’ll find out your Type of beauty, and receive $200 credit to the Dressing Your Truth store, chock full of beauty products, clothing and accessories organized for the 4 Types of beauty. The winner will also receive the Dressing Your Truth for Men course for a special man in her life!

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Dalit Fresco, founder of online retailer Dalitika, scours LA’s upscale consignment stores and endlessly shops for you. Her background in architecture, design and sustainability gives her an eye for timeless trends with a sensibility for reusing and recirculating.

Want to win a piece from Dalitika? Take a look at her website, then comment below on which piece you want to win and why.

We all love hand-picked fruit–now we can have hand-picked clothes! Dalit’s affordable collections features all sorts of hidden gems, from a BCBG Kimono Top ($32) to an Ann Taylor Wrap Dress ($45). Her selections cover every season, and cater to all sizes from petite to plus. Choose a tunic for your beach getaway or a fabulous jacket for a rainy fall evening. But don’t debate too long over each item—there’s only one of each in Dalitika’s affordable collections, and pieces go quickly!

Want to win a piece from Dalitika? Take a look at her website, then comment below on which piece you want to win and why. 1 FOF will win.

1 FOF will win. (See official rules, here.) Contest closes October 13, 2013 at midnight E.S.T. Contest limited to residents of the continental U.S.

Kickstarting Your Wardrobe

First Lady Michelle Obama loved wearing Maria Pinto clothes long before she stepped into a stunning purple Maria sheath for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. In an instant, the Chicago-based FOF designer became an international sensation. Maria’s newest collection, M2057, is being launched on the crowd-funding platform, Kickstarter, and is designed to appeal to real women of all body types. Women like you and I.

FOF talked to Maria about what she’s been up to since the heady days of 2008 and the genesis of her new collection.

Why did you close your previous design and retail business, what have you been doing since then and what prompted you to take this route with the design of a new collection?

The economic situation in 2008 and 2009 led up to closing my business in January 2010. I was then contracted to be the creative director of Chicago retailer Mark Shale, where I was charged with rebalancing and resuscitating the brand. I gave it a year, and I was really excited about what I was able to do, but I subsequently felt that I needed to move forward in my process.

During this time, I continued to create art, painting and drawing. I was co-curator of an exhibit at the Field Museum, which ran from last September to this September. It was an amazing experience. All these endeavors have built up to where I am today. I have to design. I love designing. I recognized the opportunity to create a clothing line that’s the nexus of form and function.

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Fashion Flash time! This week, it’s hosted by glam gals Deborah Boland and JoJami Tyler of Fabulous After 40a blog with simple tips for updating your style! Learn how to find your best look and enjoy all the other links from our fab Fashion Flash friends.

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It’s Fashion Flash time! This week it’s hosted by Jackie Silver of Aging Backwards, a blogger who is dedicated to helping women turn back the clock on aging.  Learn how you can start “aging backwards” and enjoy all the other links from our fab Fashion Flash friends.

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This week it’s our turn to host Fashion Flash! We love being part of this amazing group of bloggers and look forward to reading their weekly fab fashion and beauty advice. Here’s a roundup of their best posts this week:

February is Healthy Heart Month. Mirabai Holland, Women’s Fitness Expert, wants you to dust off those sneakers and resurrect that passion for cardio!

Want the best of two worlds? Female fat loss over 40 expert, Shawna K has a bodyweight AND a pilates workout for you HERE.

Having trouble keeping your weight loss resolution? Jackie Silver from AgingBackwards.com discovers new products that could help.

Tracking your goals increases the odds of success. MenopauseMakeover.com has free planner downloads so you can create a customized notebook.

From Black Cat Plus: Plus Size Fashion Brand Carmakoma from Denmark hosts pop up fashion show with model Fluvia Lacerda at Copenhagen Fashion Week.

Cindy over at Prime Beauty has teamed up with several other bloggers from The Beauty Blogger Coalition to give YOU a Valentine’s Day gift–a chance to win a $450 VISA gift card!

“It seems as though every time I read a blog or pick up a magazine, another expert is telling us the latest “fashion rule” to follow,” says Barbara Hannah Grufferman. “Well, as far as international guru Jacqui Stafford is concerned . . . there’s only one you ever need to care about.”

Wearing black when you’re over 40 can make you look tired, hard and old – accentuating your lines and wrinkles. Get some tips from The Glam Gals at Fabulous After 40 on how to add color to your wardrobe and get you out of your black rut.

Cold snowy weather is a perfect time for laser treatments. Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog shares anti-aging laser care for the hands.

Looking to see changes in your skin? Fab Over 40 wants you to enter to win this US FDA approved device and skincare worth $330!

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It’s Fashion Flash time! This week, it’s hosted by leading health and fitness expert Mirabai Holland, of Moving Free with Mirabai. Check out her exercise clips, health and wellness tips, and enjoy all the other links from our fab Fashion Flash friends.