“It’s
not very easy to grow up into a woman. 
We are always taught, almost bombarded with ideals of what we should be
at every age in our lives: THIS IS WHAT YOU SHOULD WEAR AT AGE 20; THAT IS WHAT
YOU MUST ACT LIKE AT AGE 25; THIS IS WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING WHEN YOU ARE AGE
17.  But, amidst all the many voices that
bark all of these orders and set all of these ideals for girls today, there
lacks the voice of assurance. There is no comfort and assurance.  I want to be able to say, that there are four
things admirable for a woman to be, at any age! Whether you are four or
forty-four or nineteen! It’s always wonderful to be elegant; it’s always fashionable
to have grace; it’s always glamorous to be brave; and it’s always important to
own a delectable perfume! Yes, wearing a beautiful fragrance is in style at any
age!”  -C. JoyBell C.

For the last three years, I have
read so many different opinions about how a woman develops great style.  From Coco Chanel to C. JoyBell C., the variety is
vast.  But, isn’t that what makes any
creative art form fun….variety!
The readers of this blog are much
diversified.  You will meet in this
audience: 
*women who only shop
secondhand.  They love a good treasure hunt
through the thrift and resale side of life.
*women who prefer traditional,
modest priced retailers and love a good sale!
*women who have their style and
closets designed to the letter and now, with discretionary income available,
mostly purchase investment pieces to enhance their wardrobes.
*women, like me, who love to live in
all of these worlds and find it fun to travel around this fashion globe.
The September issue of HARPER’S BAZAAR includes an article by Lisa Armstrong, On Personal Style,  and she supports the fact that creating
personal style is derived from a variety of places. A couple of quotes from the
article I really like are:
“Designers
have realized that the modern woman doesn’t come in a cookie cutter package.”
“Personal
style isn’t what it used to be. With the Internet and the flourishing of street
style blogs has come a dizzying liberation that has enabled us to think about
clothes as a bona fide expression of personality.  We are no longer being spoon fed a single
viewpoint from designers. Today we are saturated with all kinds of women making
their sartorial mark in all kinds of amazingly sophisticated ways.”  (For the rest of this article, pick up the
latest Bazaar)
I have been able to report stories from
this wide playing field, except, less time has been spent on the investment
shopping world.  So, this next week, I
will bring you some fabulous finds   We all must face purchasing and budgeting
decisions every day.  We must prioritize
and decide where the budget money is best served.   For example, I have decided that funding a
personal trainer is key for my health and will, hopefully, lower medical costs
down the road.  There are some of you who
budget to purchase one or two amazing garments rather than a cart full at a
consignment boutique.
Neither is wrong.  I hope as I spend some time bringing you
these stories that we all will love to see and appreciate the beauty and
innovations of what is currently on the market. Some may even find themselves
changing a viewpoint and actually participating in this incredible niche of the
fashion and beauty industry.  It’s our time, ladies, and some are in positions to finally live in the fashion world the way we always dreamed…there is nothing wrong with that!
Remember, we all develop personal
style in different ways and that is what makes us unique and exciting!

Have a fabulous Saturday and I will
see you Sunday evening to introduce an incredible “woman of a certain age”designer..these are two of her designs!!


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