Celebrate July: My Favorite Summer Month!

July is by far my favorite month of the summer!  Why?  Well, to begin with today is my blogoversary!  I began Over 50 Feeling 40 on July 1, 2010 after my best friend, Gail, encouraged me to begin a blog!  I wanted the name to be a statement of optimism and hope.  It is more about feeling great, than feeling a certain younger age.  So, I wanted to inspire women over 50 to look and feel their best as we march on!   When I began, I never intended to show my face on the blog….in fact, I was the headless blogger and actually would cut off my head and just discuss the clothing.  It was other bloggers who coaxed me out in the open.

This blog has been a blessing to me in many, many ways and I thank you all for being here!  Your support and encouragement has meant everything.  Celebrating July, to me, means I celebrate each and every one of you!  You know I love fashion and I love confident dressing, but the most important message I hope to give you here is to CHOOSE JOY.  Choose Joy no matter what you are facing or living.  Don’t allow the anger around you to cause you to focus on anything but the joy and the blessings of this life.

My story is one of reinvention …of staying relevant in an ever changing world.  I had no idea what I was doing in the beginning and have spent long hours studying blogging and social media marketing.  That alone has benefitted me in so many ways and kept me active and relevant in a communications profession.   So, your takeaways today are LAUGH…LOVE…and LEARN!

Also, this is my birthday month and it is a big one!  More about that later in the month…but I intend to face it with a smile.

Finally, July sales are simply the best and July is when we begin to get glimpses of fall fashion (my favorite).  The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is just around the corner….it is a brilliant marketing idea, to be the first to put fall items on sale.    And, I usually pick up some great cool weather clearance items from the season before in July. Thinking of fall always takes my mind off the heat.  We will discuss some of this on Friday when I typically bring you style tips to keep in mind for the next month.

July is going to be a fun ride here…so stick around and let’s enjoy each moment, one day at a time.  And, by all means,


You know how I love statement jewelry and there are some great pieces out there now…enjoy the slideshow below!


  1. Lots of reasons to celebrate! It is quite a commitment to keep a blog going this length of time! July is my favourite month too as I love summer and there are so many great times to look forward to starting with Canada Day today!

  2. Happy blog anniversary, Pam! I celebrated 8 years on June 29th. I am so glad to have connected with you many years ago through our blogs.
    I can relate to much of what you write in this post. After taking a two month break from blogging, I missed interacting with others and I missed using my brain the way I do when I blog – not just the writing but the creativity too. I don’t enjoy the tech stuff we bloggers must deal with but I know it’s good to stay current and to use that part of the brain.
    Here’s to many more blogging years! And happy early birthday! xo, Adrienne

  3. Love your beaded necklace. It is not listed and I wonder if it is available? Thank you.

  4. I would love to see where it all began when you were “the headless blogger!” I’m not sure when I started reading, but it’s been some years now. Thank you for keeping it going and continuing to inspire us. You look great in the red jacket. That’s a good color on you. I had the same birthday in April and don’t feel a day older. It was just another number and things didn’t change! You get used to the new numbers quickly! Another year blessed, another year wiser, another year where I continue to grow and find new things to enjoy. In fact, I dragged my bike out of hiding after that birthday and renewed that activity. We are still rockstars Pam!!

  5. You are a rockstar, Karen! Good for you pulling out the bike! That inspires me. Thank you for your faithfulness to read and follow!

  6. That’s awesome, Susan! I hope you love yours as much as I love mine.

  7. Yes Adrienne! I am honored to have you as a blogger to blogger friend! Some day perhaps you will make it to San Antonio! I look forward to many more years of supporting one another!

  8. Thanks Jill…I love these glass blown beads made by a talented jewelry designer, Susan Butler, right here in my home, San Antonio. Here is the link http://www.conbriobeads.com/
    I have watched her do this and it is truly amazing. She sells her jewelry in the local museum shops as well as some Texas boutiques.

  9. Thanks so much, Janet….I am glad we are celebrating July together!

  10. Congratulations on your anniversary! I’m not sure when I found you, but it was shortly after retired in 2010. I remember the headless blogger & some of your other methods of hiding your smiling face. I’m glad your friends nudged you into letting us see you.
    When I found your blog, I was looking for something for women over fifty. I was also in a state of flux not being a part of the professional ranks anymore. I needed to transition my working wardrobe into something more casual without becoming sloppy. Your blog hit my sweet spot, so thank you for your guidance.

  11. Thank you Becky…you just made my day! Thank you for hanging in this long and I am so glad to find it helped. I have to laugh remembering all the ways I hid my face…behind newspapers and hands etc. It took me awhile to fully understand what this space was about. Thanks for the good laugh and memory.

  12. Happy Blogoversary! I’m glad you decided to show your beautiful face. I only found your blog a little over a year ago but I really enjoy it. Today is my birthday and I love the fun jewelry you showed. Hmm, maybe I need to treat myself to a birthday gift. lol

  13. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Michele. I hope it has been a good one. Thank you for being here. AND, of course you need a birthday treat. Pampering yourself is completely allowed on birthdays!

  14. Happy Blogoversary, Pam! I have enjoyed following your blog for several years and I’ve learned a lot from you! You are one of the people who inspired me to add a weekly fashion feature to my own blog.

  15. Thanks for being here, Elaine. You have done a wonderful job and I appreciate the encouragement from a fellow blogger!

  16. Congratulations Pam! I have long enjoyed your blog very much!
    Happy birthday! woo-hoo! xo

  17. Happy blog anniversary! I’ve been a follower for a few years now. You’re such an inspiration! Your hair looks beautiful!

  18. Susan, I always get compliments on this necklace and I have shared your name often. You are a gem of San Antonio!!

  19. Congratulations on this anniversary! I find that you offer “real” clothes for “real” women, along with all your other interesting tips and it is much appreciated.
    PS – I love that black outfit with the bright red jacket – I’d wear that in a heartbeat!
    Thank you for all your hard work.

  20. This outfit is sharp. I like how the bracelet and necklace work together.
    Congratulations on 9 years!

  21. You are so welcome, Margie. I appreciate you being here and for all of the encouragement!

  22. Congratulations, Pam, on your anniversary here!! I’ve enjoyed your blog so much and it has been helpful in SO many ways!

    Happy Birthday to you, too. I am celebrating my 60th birthday this month and feel like I am in good company here!!

    Here’s to celebrations!!

  23. Yes, Beth…here’s to celebrations! Hope your 60th is an amazing day! Thank you for being here.

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