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!

Christmas teas inspire thoughts of little old ladies in fancy hats and long dresses…

But, today’s events are not our grandmothers’ teas.  In fact, I attended one luncheon last week featuring a talk by TANUJA SINGH, D.B.A. the Dean and Professor of Marketing at the Greehey School of Business at St. Mary’s University.  Her holiday message was about Women Empowering Women…how we can help one another succeed.  It was so inspiring.

With an abundance of special events, I do not want to look like a grandmother (though I am proud I am). So, I try to decide how I can bring a fun, festive, stylish look to the events.

MY OLD THINKING: I would panic sometimes about worrying over acceptance and looking like everyone else.  So, often I went and spent money on new clothes, when it wasn’t necessary to do so.

New Healthy Thinking:  I am more confident of who I am.  I no longer compare myself to others but walk in to any situation feeling as though I own it.  So shopping in my closet is a fun option because I know what is there and that I like it.  I also know there are many ways to mix and match different pieces. 

Some blogs will tell you to throw out anything not worn in a year.  Jennifer and I both disagree with that line of thinking.  This cape is two years old, and capes returned in a big way this year.  Sometimes participating in a trend will update a style. The red pencil skirt…I do not wear often, but I am glad it is in my closet.
My black turtleneck and Christmas pin are from Coldwater Creek before they closed.  I will keep them for a long time..great pieces to have.
The Liz Claiborne boots are about three years old and I love to pull them out in the winter only….found at MARSHALLS.  

Shop your closet first….and look for something you will feel awesome wearing.  Enter that luncheon with a confident smile and posture.  Try to avoid over the top holiday wear…let the room decor say it!  That way you can leave the old fashioned grandmother-style at home.

Now, if I were hosting a luncheon or tea, I would head over to my favorite hardware store for some fun decorations….it is…

SUNSET RIDGE HARDWARE in Terrell Heights on North New Braunfels…
such a great place for San Antonio!

It’s time to go see what JENNIFER AT A WELL STYLED LIFE is wearing…and I also wanted to send you to see fellow over-50 blogger, Susan, where she showed a Christmas luncheon and what her friends wore.  Check out FIFTY NOT FRUMPY HERE.  Also, for more ideas, remember our HIT YOUR STYLE SWEET SPOT PINTEREST BOARD!

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