Bed Bath Beyond Giving Plate on Over 50 Feeling 40

Today, for our focus on Cultivating Everyday Elegance, I want to assure you that elegant women find ways to bless others during difficult times.

We do not need to completely shutdown due to the pandemic, but perhaps return to some traditional ways of communicating and reaching out to others.

SILVER LINING: Now, we have the time to spend returning to old traditions and think of ways to reach out to others we have not seen from the safety and comfort of home.

Christmas Cards on Over 50 Feeling 40

I want to take you back to one of my favorite books, The Essentials of Fabulous (Because whatever doesn’t work here anymore) by Ellen Lubin-Sherman. 

I really believe her word “fabulous” could be exchanged for the word “elegant.”   Ellen encourages us to remember the power of handwritten notes.

“Guess what? The good ole days are still here, especially for the fabulous types who want to leave nothing to chance (especially their reputation for making the extra effort to delight someone with their appreciation.)”

She discusses how handwritten notes create a “wow” factor,  “There’s something so deliciously old fashioned and gracious about seeing someone’s handwriting on an envelope and knowing that they took an extra step to express their feelings.”

Hand written notes for 2020 on over 50 feeling 40


With this in mind, the upcoming holiday season is a perfect time to return to handwritten cards for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanakkuh, and New Year’s. 

In fact, I picked up a new box of lovely Christmas Cards at Goodwill San Antonio this past week…it is a great time to return to traditions with personal touches. 

Elegant Hand written cards on over 50 feeling 40

I am sharing this encouragement now, so you can plan ahead for holiday blessings.  We all have people we have not seen in a long time because of the pandemic and we can practice everyday elegance and reach out.

Another way to reach out is with a Giving Plate like I am showing in the first picture.  A Giving Plate is way you bless a neighbor with baked goodies and it encourages them to turn around and share the love with others.  

Here is a slideshow of only Giving Plates…so many pretty ones on the market….I bought the one above at Bed Bath & Beyond and will fill it with my pumpkin bread!


Pamela Lutrell with autumn floral decor on over 50 feeling 40

And don’t forget …you can always send flowers if someone you know needs encouragement.  Remember the ease and beauty of Teleflora!



Southern Living Christmas at Dillards

Don’t forget the Recipe Contest…some of these entries look so, so good.  More is needed in the Hot Cocoa Division…so make sure you send in your best for both…I think you will really like the gift basket prize!

Neighbor Quote on Over 50 Feeling 40

A great thought to remember as we plan our gift giving, card writing, and baking.  

Do any of you still take time for hand written notes?  Will anyone be writing holiday cards this year?  Please share…..Black Friday links and shopping below….and always


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Macy’s Black Friday Deals

Walmart Black Friday  

Target Black Friday

Home Depot Black Friday Deals

Lowe’s Black Friday Deals

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Rack Room Shoes

J Crew Factory

Eloquii (for Plus Size)

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Bed Bath & Beyond

Pottery Barn

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By Pamela Lutrell


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