Good Morning Everyone!!

Most readers and fellow fashion bloggers value authenticity in the blogs they read. How would you describe blog/blogger authenticity? I think authentic bloggers are those who do not take themselves too seriously and are willing to share their real life around the blog. Fashion/Style is not just about clothes and the bloggers who understand that are the ones who appear more authentic and thus are enjoyable to read.

When it comes to your blog, how do you infuse it with that true authentic feeling? I hopefully come off as a 58 year old woman hoping to help other 50+ ladies enjoy and experience life. Therefore, I have to be real…..over 50 includes bungles, clenched teeth, hot flashes, incontinence, bone density scans….part of your style is how you face and deal with all of that. If I present myself as a Vogue-fashionista with a life of runways and photo shoots, then no one is going to buy into that!! My favorite reader comment has been that they find my blog to be uplifting…that comment makes me smile! Life is too short to spend it DEFEATED. I also have to be humble about the fact that I have much to learn about technology!!

Have you stopped following a blog in the last three months? Absolutely, but maybe for different reasons than some of the younger bloggers…… I am not drawn to blogs that are pretentious and too much like the fashion magazines. The appeal of fashion blogs is that you can find women just like you and learn from each other….you can find the curvy, heavier woman; you can find the woman struggling on a budget and looking for economically friendly fashion, and you can find the Baby Boomers looking to connect and develop a new personal style for the second half of the game.

We can’t communicate on our blogs something we don’t live in real life….what are some ways you try to live an authentic life? I put the picture of Lucy and Ethel on this page because so often I think I lead Lucy’s life…….in order to be authentic and not defeated, I practice a sense of humor and my faith. I believe my blog has been real in reflecting both of those without being too preachy or heavy on the second one. Taking my style and fashion up a notch has helped me to enjoy life more and have more confidence and I want to constantly send that message to other ladies!! But that also means that I must be willing to share the days that I do not feel that way and how I dealt with them. Inevitably, there will be someone who says,” thank you for saying that living with your 86 year old mother is difficult”, and they want to talk about it.

Give a shout out….What bloggers do you think are truly genuine and why? There are many in the community that I believe have become my friends and who I will read first. That is what is so great about the blogging community!! I love Terri @; Serene @; Collette @; Reva @, the ladies of Southern Comfort @; Paula @; and Vanessa@mailto:Vanessa@; Bella@….so many…these and Dressing Mommy, Style Underdog, and Style Crone are women I would run to hug if I met them any where!!

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Just A Note: In 1967, on this day, The Monkees Released, “I’m A Believer!!”  Loved it then…love it now!

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