{Giveaway} Win a gift for you and for the charity of your choice!

FabOverFifty and CafeGive are giving away a $100 gift certificate to the FOF Shop! Anytime you shop through CafeGive this month, 5% of your purchase goes to one of five fab charities.

Thank you for entering. This contest is now closed.

To enter to win the gift card: Visit CafeGive to see all five charities, then comment below and tell us which of those charities you would like to support.

FOFs love to give. We also love to shop. This month, we’re partnering with CafeGive to help you give back while you’re shopping at some of your favorite stores. CafeGive will donate 5% of every purchase you make from fabulous shops such as Nordstrom, Soft Surroundings and our own store. You choose where the 5% will go!

To kick it off, we are giving one lucky FOF a $100 shopping spree to the FOF Shop.

Enter to win by visiting CafeGive to see the charities you can choose. Then comment below to tell us which of those charities you would most like to support.

(See all our past winners. See official rules. Five winners are chosen at random from all those commenters who answer the question. Contest closes April 14, 2011.)

{Giveaway} Win a custom painting!

FOF Linda McCoy is giving away a custom painting to celebrate the launch of her FOF Shop!

She’ll paint your pet, your home or a person you love–just in time for the holidays. To enter, visit Linda’s shop and then comment below with your answer to this question: What would you want Linda to paint?

Thank you for entering. This contest is now closed.

Comment to enter: What would you want Linda to paint?

(See all our past winners, here.) Contest closes November 2, 2010.

{Giveaway} Win a $350 bag!

This week: Win a Scout leather messenger bag valued at $350. Browse through the FabOverFifty Shop, then comment below and tell us: What are your 3 favorite items? This contest is now closed. Thanks to all who entered!

{Street-Spotted} Linda Cohen

It’s “out with the old, in with the new,” for some, but FOF Linda Cohen likes to have it both ways.

This style consultant’s outfits fuse designers pieces (many are her friends or clients) with vintage accessories. Today, we snapped photos of Linda outside our FOF office where she was helping with the launch of our new FOF e-shop (coming soon)! She was wearing a sleek, comfy cardigan by White + Warren (her friend Susan White is co-owner of the company) and her grandmother’s vintage European ring. “I buy what I like, and it just all goes together somehow,” says Linda, who says her upbringing inspired her modern vintage style. Her mother Inga, a “blonde bombshell with a thick accent from Germany” always got so dressed up. Her father, Lee, was “a simple guy from the Bronx.”

“My childhood was like Eloise at The Plaza goes to a Yankee game.”

Name: Linda Cohen

Age: 53

Where are you from? Port Washington, N.Y.

What do you do? I’m in fashion consulting and merchandising. I’ve had my own consulting business since 2007. Before that, I owned retail stores for 27 years.

How would you describe your style? Modern vintage. I’m always about buying great items and mixing them up. I invest in good pieces, whether it is clothing or accessories.

What is your signature piece? Accessories are very important. I always wear my silver bangles.

What are your favorite stores? In New York, I love Barneys. I also like Barneys, Lululemon, and my favorite vintage store, My Inheritance, in Montclair, New Jersey.

Where else do you shop vintage? I attend the Manhattan vintage shows about three times a year at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York with my daughter. My mother was a European model with great style who taught me how to shop at consignment stores and flea markets since I was five years old.

Favorite designers? Not necessarily one designer. I like Stella McCartney, Rick Owens, Paige Jeans and vintage Jean Paul Gaultier

Who is your fashion influence? My mother. She was like a mixture of Marilyn Monroe and Zsa Zsa Gabor, with blonde hair and blue eyes. She always got so dressed up.

Signature scent? Costume national

Is there something you don’t wear? I don’t wear a lot of color. I wear black all winter and light neutrals in the summer. I don’t have to think about it. My accessories, shoes, and bags have color and texture so it works .

Advice for other FOFs? Take the time to embrace who you are. Be confident in your own individual style and the choices that you make. At this point when I look at all my “stuff” I know less is more.

On Linda:
Necklace: Paige Novick
Dress: Vince in ombre tie-dyed silk
Cardigan: White + Warren in natural
Earrings: Silver diamond hoops
Wedding Band: Cathy Waterman
Ring: Vintage (a European heirloom passed down from her grandmother!)
Bangles (Silver): M + J Savitt (from the 70s)
Bakelite bangles: Vintage (from the 40s)
Shoes: Tila March

Photos by Katherine McPherson for faboverfifty.com

Welcome to the FOF Style Blog

Welcome to the FOF Style Blog—where women of substance share their style.

Thanks to our incredible FOF members, we’re privy to a world of insider style, from the hot new jewelry designer in Manhattan to the secret sample sale in Chicago. From the t-shirt that fits just right to the deep conditioning treatment every stylist is buzzing about. And like true FOFs, we can’t wait to tell everyone!

So we started this blog, where you can read . . .

Consider our FOF Style Experts your personal shoppers. Each week, we ask the experts from our FOF Shops—Wendy Foster, Joan Shepp, Churchill and Joseph to name just a few—what they’re loving right now.

Be the first to know when our favorite FOF stores are offering serious sales, trunk shows, designer previews and other noteworthy events.

FOF style is everywhere we look. Here we’ll spotlight real FOF women we meet on the street.

A look at where FOF women eat, shop and stay in every city from Chicago to Paris, Nashville to Istanbul.

Hope to see you here every day.

Xoxo, The FOF Team