Welcome to a new collaboration with Jennifer of A Well Styled Life and Pam of over50feeling40.  We desire for all of us…the grandmothers, the professionals, the retirees, the volunteers… the fabulous women over 50 …to look and feel our best each and every day.  After years of blogging for this audience, we have heard from so many of you about your discouragement and despondency when you look in the mirror every morning.  But, we both know just how transformative style can be and we hope to encourage you with specific, step-by-step guidelines right here every Sunday.  We would like to see all of us empowered with strength, joy, and confidence!
Each Sunday, we will bring to you a scenario we face each week and show you our step-by-step process as we decide what to wear…you will see on our individual blogs how we handle the challenge and seek our personal sweet spot for the day!
Today we are discussing what to wear to book club.  I have never been able to attend a book club …surprising since books are such a major part of my entire life. I cannot imagine a more enjoyable event than discussing books with friends on a regular basis…perhaps now I have the time to seek one out or even start one!  This challenge was selected, because we know so many women in our audiences attend book club!
The two words I would like to focus on today are…comfortable and intelligent.
These would be my style goals for such an event…and I know exactly how my past thinking would have sabotaged my event.
OLD FRUMPY THINKING:  Let’s see, I am going over to a friend’s house to sit on a comfortable couch, drink wine and talk books…sounds like sweat pants, or old denim to me.  I just want to be comfortable and that means my old, around-the-house-attire!

NEW HEALTHY THINKING:  My outfit of choice reflects my attitude from the outside in…if I dress with confidence to send a message of competence and strength, then what I have to say about a book or anything else is received with more acceptance and respect.  My outfit should say I respect myself, and, therefore, others are more likely to respect me.  Remember to always look in the mirror and ask…what does this outfit say about me? 

You don’t want to send a message of stay away….

OLD FRUMPY THINKING:  OK, so I want to look intelligent.  That must mean a business, conservative style.  Dress pants, collared shirt, and jacket.  No jewelry.  That way everyone will think I am smart!

NEW HEALTHY THINKING: I communicate intelligence by exhibiting I know how to care for myself.  It doesn’t have anything to do with pinstripes…in fact, intelligence can be communicated in posture, in attitude, and in our confident smile…which will begin from our first appearance when we  enter the door at the book club host home.

For this book club evening, I chose to wear:


PURE JILL BLACK LEGGINGS
JJill Textured Silk Kimono Top (this is in the December catalog soon to be released and not available online just yet…will tweet when it is!)  Check out other kimono tops HERE
JJILL LUXE WOOL AND CASHMERE WRAP

I uncovered this treasure of a necklace at one of my favorite re-sale shops, and the flats are SAM EDELMAN…found on a sale rack at DSW SHOES about four years back.  I decided to allow the necklace to be my statement piece.  This outfit is good for fall in Texas.  The kimono works if the weather is warm, and THE WRAP deals with any unexpected cool breezes inside or outside.  

Now, just for fun, I asked the wonderful women of MIDLIFE BOULEVARD which books have been there favorites to discuss.  One member has been in the same book club almost 30 years…I wish I could list all of the books they loved discussing here…but there were far too many.  Here are just a few:
THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES
LIFE OF PI
MIDDLESEX
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT
THE CORRECTIONS
INTERPRETER OF MALADIES
THE RED TENT

THE WIND UP BIRD CHRONICLE
JUST KIDS
LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA
BEYOND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVER
LEMONGRASS HOPE
THE GOOD NEIGHBOR

Now, let’s go see what Jennifer is wearing to book club!  Find her at A WELL STYLED LIFE HERE and thanks so much for joining us!
What would you wear to book club…or a similar event??

Have a wonderful beginning to your week!!




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Disclaimer:  I did receive clothing from JJill, but the words are my own!

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