Dear readers of over50feeling40,

This letter is similar to one I have written before.  Occasionally, I feel like I must remind some of you what I am doing here….
The reason I love the world of fashion is the same reason I
love to visit an art museum, or love to decorate my home.  There lives a creative bent deep inside of
me.  My entire fashion life has been about
taking inspiration from magazines and runway shows…now Pinterest…and learning
how to create the same looks I am drawn to in an affordable way.
I do not get frustrated or jealous that I cannot afford many
of the pieces I love, but my creative juices begin to flow when I am inspired
and want to “fashion” the same type of style. Since I began working part-time retail last May, I have met wonderful women…some who have the disposable income to spend thousands on their clothing, and some who stop by to check out the sales racks on a regular basis.  We share a love of clothing and a desire to look our best at whatever price point we live in. 
This is a diverse audience. 
I know there are some of you who love the Goodwill/thrift posts I write
because that is where you live.  I also
know there are some of you who can afford to treat yourself with fashion from
Neiman Marcus, Artful Home, or other high end retailers.  Investments in key pieces can often pay off in many ways.  Some live in between… where I usually reside.
I learn and apply what I learn from the top retailers and
designers.  When I write about high end
fashion, it is so those who can afford the clothing will look for it, and for
those who are on a different budget be inspired by it.  I hope when I bring you the fashion show
later in the week, it will not anger some of you, but inspire you in ways to
copy a look in an affordable manner to your own budget.  Frustration only shuts us down, but when we
look at what others are doing and broaden our minds, there is just no telling
what we can create in our own closets.  In the fall, my friend Gigi and I noticed the models at Neiman Marcus were wearing various lengths of layered necklaces.  We headed over to Charming Charlie’s to re-create the styles on our budgets.  It was a great way to celebrate her visit from out-of-town.
I am still the same woman who began this blog in 2010.  Yes, I was a teacher, but honestly, I am more
on a budget than ever before, because that teacher’s guaranteed salary is
gone.  I did not retire…there was no
retirement plan in the private school where I worked.  I quit because of  a leadership change and a disagreement on new policies. 
I want to show you the full range of what is offered to you to
look and feel your best and then you can decide according to your budget what
works best for you.  Please don’t get
angry or frustrated when I show all that is available…we are diverse and I want
to serve you all. This is still a blog for the everyday woman…I am not a
skinny, young fashionista pretending to be something I am not.  I am and will always be a journalist for
women over 50…reporting all of the stories to help you strive for joy, strength, and confidence.  I also share with you a real, over 60 life and all that I am learning as well.
I hope you stick with me…for a fun ride. I appreciate all of you so very much.

Now, tomorrow, Jennifer and I are going to show you how we do
over 50 fashion on a budget…I hope you will join us!!

Have a wonderful Saturday!

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