This is a big week! This week my marriage will be 27 years old and my blog will be six months old!

As all marriages, we have had our ups and downs and all a rounds, but who could be unhappy married to a hunk like the one pictured here. He is one of the kindest, gentlest souls around and has been a blessing to his entire family!

I call him Bear; Others call
him Bill Clinton!

The blog also has had its ups and downs, but in celebration of the ups, I think at the halfway point it is time to officially introduce myself. I am Pam Lutrell…57 years old….and having way too much fun doing this most every day! Anyone who really knows me knows how much I detest having my picture taken, so the irony of this is really sweet! I am forced to let go of certain inhibitions in order to reach the goal that I have set for this blog.

I started this six months ago at the encouragement of a close friend when I said that I desired to inspire and encourage women over 50 to live as women of strength and dignity.

When I spoke those words, I was witnessing many women who were shut down, despondent, and feeling like they had no purpose past child rearing. They look in the mirror and think the image is supposed to look forlorn simply because they are aging. They do not feel useful or joyful and lack confidence and direction.

Those are the women that I desire this blog to help. I was helped seven years ago to come out of the doldrums and a major part of that journey was creating a new personal style and beginning to care again about my appearance. It resulted in a new era of confidence and joy for me.

My daughter questioned if this was the right venue, because she does not believe that women over 50 will follow blogs or spend that much time on a computer. But, with women 40 and above making up over half of the current U.S. female population according to the Census conducted before the most recent one, I believe there are many women online who will enjoy a blog like this one.

So, I am dedicated to finding them and persevering. I believe I have learned principals in the past seven years that keep me balanced, dignified, fashionable, and fun…..but, also are principals for the everyday woman within her budget…within her comfort zone…within her world.

There you have it…I am Pam and I have much to celebrate!

Chico’s: Jeans; Koh’s:  Simply Vera Purse;
Stein Mart: Favorite Brown Boots

This week starts with a coat I found over the summer at Ross. I love this coat (Jones of New York, Signature) and I am so, so happy that the weather down here finally turned cooler. I have learned that making off season purchases really pays off…even though it is hard to buy something like this when it is over 100 degrees and then wait so long to wear it.

When I wear it, I feel like I could walk into this picture and walk right into the party at this house!!

Here’s to Anniversary Celebrations and Holiday Parties!

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