Happy Monday, everyone! Today I want to introduce to you my lifestyle inspiration…Betty Halbreich at 95 years of age.
I have followed Betty Halbreich for a few years, and want to share with you why she inspires me so much going into age 70.
I look for women who age is just a number to them and are continuing to live life fully and with purpose.
Betty Halbreich is one of those women; plus, she works a profession that I would now consider to be a dream job.
I hope she will inspire you as well.
LIFESTYLE INSPIRATION: BETTY HALBREICH STILL WORKING AT AGE 95
Betty Halbreich has been a personal stylist/shopper at Bergdorf Goodman’s in New York City for well over 50 years.
She is known to be fiesty, funny and wise. Well respected by her many famous clients and the head of the Solutions Personal Shopping Service at the store.
The pictures I am showing you today are from her Instagram page (simply called @bettyhalbreich) where she posts from her office and on the job.
Betty writes, “Idle hands and brain make for unhappiness…one exorcises the bad in pulling the heavy wagon.”
As I enter the seventies, I plan to keep blogging and writing to keep my mind active and engaged….and to hopefully inspire others.
Betty Halbreich is such a great lifestyle role model for this….we stay young and healthy by continuing to go forward as we always have.
I love to listen to her words of wisdom from her office.
LIFESTYLE INSPIRATION: BETTY HALBREICH, A WRITER
I learned more about Betty Halbreich several years ago from reading her books.
It was sent to me for review before it was published and arrived in a Bergdorf bag! Such fun…..
“I’LL DRINK TO THAT” is a memoir and where we learn of the hardships and the perseverance in her life.
One reviewer wrote, “This is not a book about fashion and style alone, but the story of a woman who overcame difficulty and challenges her entire life and did not allow herself to become a victim.”
That is what first drew me to learn more about Betty Halbreich.
I was raised by a mother who was a victim her entire life. She had such potential, but allowed her victimhood and whining to hold her back.
I compare me to my mother at age 70 and there is very little commonality in the two women.
She considered her life over and much harder as she aged, and I look at my life now and what’s ahead as exciting with more potential to achieve my dreams than ever before.
Looking at Betty Halbreich, I know that potential exists for many of us.
I am here for a purpose and I want to seek it and live it every day.
This is her first book, and I am a certain it is out of print, SECRETS OF A FASHION THERAPIST.
Published in 1997, many of the references to shopping in-store with experienced help, and using magazines for inspiration, for example, are out of date now.
However, there is much wisdom in this book and I am going to adapt some of it and share with you on Thursday.
Betty reveals that dressing daily is as much about the mind as it is about the body.
This is one of the reasons I believe so much in considering what our clothing speaks about us to others…the style adjectives.
She doesn’t talk specifically about my method, but she does discuss how we need to look at our wardrobes with intellect.
I love that at age 95, Betty is still writing. She is working on a book right now and keeps a pad of paper near her to jot down thoughts.
I am old school in that respect as well…love a blank notebook ready for words.
And, if the Lord allows, I desire to be writing well into my nineties or beyond.
LIFESTYLE INSPIRATION: BETTY HALBREICH, THE OVERCOMER
I love to follow women like Betty Halbriech, Iris Apfel, and Betty White, when she was living.
They show us that we can really do anything if we put our minds to it…and take care of our overall physical and mental health.
The little bit of work I did in retail was very rewarding.
I love to see a woman light up and experience joy when you assist her to see new possibilities.
I wish there were more Betty Halbreich’s in stores, ready to help women over 50 with their experience and wisdom.
For now, I will use her as my lifestyle inspiration to continue to do this very thing through blogging.
She is a treasure…even to those of us who do not shop high end fashion, but desire to look and feel our best every day.
On Thursday, I will take Betty’s wisdom about sale shopping and create some tips for you as we look at July Sales.
I hope you enjoyed meeting this inspirational woman…..