Sequined Cami, Velvet Blazer, & Skirt: Lane Bryant
Spanx Tights: Nordstroms
Aerosole T Strap Heels: Marshalls

A day dedicated to sequins?? How much fun is that! I am pleased to join with the ladies of Everything Just So and The Rich Life On A Budget to bring out the sequins even though mine are a bit understated!

This past Tuesday night, I sat in on a phone chat with Deborah Boland and JoJami Tyler (the Glam Gals) from Fabulous After 40 about holiday dressing for women over 40. It was interesting to sit and listen to them give their counsel and also answer questions from 16 of their followers. I will confess that after listening for an hour, I had to get off the phone. But, one thing, they said after a visiting the mall they were overwhelmed with how much sparkle and shine was displayed for the holidays. “I haven’t seen this many sequins and satin since the 1980s,”said Boland. “Don’t be afraid to pick the place you want to accent and put your sparkle there!”

Sequined Bag: Thrifted
Bling Bracelet: Kohls

I enjoyed listening in on the conversation but , according to these ladies, today’s outfit for me is totally wrong! They said that we should avoid wearing black at all costs, because it does not flatter our skin. With this idea in mind, I have added more neutrals to my jackets over the last three years…browns, olive greens, navy blue and greys. But, I still love black. This velvet jacket is about three years old and I have not worn it very much…so I love an opportunity to put it on!!

 They also said that this season, the form fitted, pencil skirt style is in on dresses and skirts, and the skirts with volume are out. In or out….I do like the skirt I am wearing today and feel very confident in it. I also like pencil skirts and believe that this season, there is room for both!!

A few ideas from the call you might want to consider:
1. Satiny, shiny fabrics show every curve and roll and should always be worn with Shapewear.
2. Target sells a version of Spanx, Assets by Susan Blakely, that has a looser (more comfortable) compression and is not as expensive.
3. It is easy to create a holiday look for what you already own…with great accessories…they recommended faux fur collars and shawls; leopard gloves; statement necklaces; and fun tights.
4. They love the current trend of draped dresses. These are “soft, feminine, elegant, and work well with every figure.”
5. These ladies love a Michael Kors gold, open-toed pump for a great holiday shoe
http://www.michaelkors.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod13190017&parentId=cat126&masterId=cat121&index=0&cmCat=cat000000cat121cat126&isEditorial=false

I just listened in as if eavesdropping on a group of women talking in a restaurant about what they will wear for all of the fun holiday parties….and though there were some things said that I might not agree completely with (such as, “nobody makes dresses with sleeves anymore.”), I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and wish I could’ve stuck it out all the way to the end.  Overall, I really like all that these ladies are doing…they are certainly busy and on top of things…working to encourage the over 40 woman…something we can all agree on!!

Now, head on over to JILL or ADRIENNE to see how women wear BLING!!! Then put on your courage and have some fun…….

Now for a special announcement:  As of today, I have been married to Mr. Wonderful for 27 years!! Thank you, Mr. B, for being such an amazing father and husband!  I love you!

Here’s Mr. B holding our handsome nephew, Cole, during my daughter’s rehearsal dinner!

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