Every time I read a message from another FOF woman registering for faboverfifty.com, I want to call her. Each statement is filled with the passion, honesty, spirit and wisdom that define my generation. I can’t wait until we celebrate each other’s smarts, style and success—not to mention our fab faves—on the site. It’s going to be great fun.
Tonight, I couldn’t resist, so I called Leigh Chandler from Las Vegas after reading her message. “Bravo! Or should I saw Brava?” she wrote. “I’ll be 53 soon and I think I’m pretty fabu! I am a self-taught businesswoman, textile designer, mother, wife and sometime blogger who loves life. …one of my main contributions has been to mentor and help other business women just getting started….thanks for what you are doing!”
Leigh owns Papillon Linens, a luxurious collection of bedding and specialty home accessories. I think one of the great joys in life is crawling onto crisp, cool, ultra soft sheets at night, so Leigh and I share a passion. Her humor also captivated me. When I complimented the photo she sent (I asked for one), Leigh said she wasn’t sure she liked it because she’s “wearing makeup.” Her 21-year-old daughter bought it as a gift because Leigh never wore any. “I’m glued to the computer 15 hours a day and didn’t think I needed makeup.” She promised her daughter she’d have a picture taken when she was dolled up.
Although she hasn’t worn any makeup since the photo was taken on New Year’s Eve, Leigh really liked the LashBlast mascara from Cover Girl (“the best lengthener I ever wore and it doesn’t clump or smudge. It comes off in flakes.”)
Leigh’s husband liked the new look and the photo, she told me. Max, 47, currently restores vintage razors. Check out his website, www.vintagestraightrazors.com, for the men in your life. And check out Max. A former international fashion model, he’s really easy on my FOF eyes. Lee says he’s a wonderful man, smart, and speaks six languages.