There’s a new widget on my sidebar.

I was delighted to discover I was one of the TOP 15 FASHION OVER 50 blogs!


Now what to wear for this special occasion?

I’d like to start by thanking my daughter Jean who inspired me to start a fashion and lifestyle blog, otherwise, I would not be here.

A BIG THANK YOU to all my readers, without YOU I would not have received this award.

Thank you fellow bloggers where words and photos bring us closer: we can connect and have a window into each others lives.

I’m thankful for WordPress who gave me this platform.

Thank you so much FEEDSPOT for this honour!

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Black and White Checkered Duster

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Black and white has to be one of my favourite duos when it comes to two-tone outfits. Not only do I wear this combo a lot, but I’ve even packed black and white clothes on two vacations and plan to do it again next trip because it means I don’t need to pack much and everything matches. Even clothes I buy while on holiday will go with black and white.

Originally dusters were long, loose, lightweight coats that horsemen wore to protect their clothing from dust. Then men and women wore dusters when riding in open carriages and cars.

Now we wear dusters as a fashion statement and this one caught my attention with its big, bold black and white checks. I can wear it now with black corduroy leggings and black booties.

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Dress rehearsal for spring–I’ll be able to wear it with white skinny jeans and sandals if the snow ever melts. Everything looks dead, no signs of life yet.

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Do you have a duster?


Linking up with Patti who happens to be wearing black and white checks too!

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Red and Black

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You don’t have to be rich to be well dressed! Thrifting can make you look like a million dollars for under $20. I prefer thrifting than buying new cheap clothes. With the money saved you can buy quality clothes. My daughter taught me that.

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What a great find: like-new Jones New York coat has an elegant vintage vibe with black velvet collar and little velvet covered buttons. $10. Cha-ching!

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This new-to-me red beret is also thrifted and happens to match beautifully. $5. The beret has a black faux fur trim so I sometimes wear a faux fur scarf with it.

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With the money saved, I bought top quality bamboo tights from my daughter’s eco-boutique–DRIZZLE and SHINE. Not only are they supper soft and comfortable but also eco fashion.

What a coincidence that my outfit just happens to match my vintage doll from the 1960s.


I love two-toned outfits. In my previous post I showed burgundy and black and my next post will be black and white.

What do you like wearing with RED?



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Burgundy and Black

burgundy and blackBurgundy and black are a fabulous pair and go together like love and marriage. Add velvet and voila! A regal look! I fell in love with burgundy as a young teenager and I’m still lovin’ it!

Both my blazer and peplum top are velvet from Reitmans. The blazer was thrifted and I bought the peplum top in two colours (my other one is black). This top has three things I love so how could I resist? Velvet. Peplum. Lace. 

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The blazer is comfortable and elegant, can be worn with anything in my closet. Dresses up jeans like a dream. Here worn with black corduroy leggings from Fred Meyer, Seattle.

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What colours do you love wearing together?


Linking up with THURSDAY MODA

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Spring is on the way

We had a taste of spring and all the snow melted like a snowman in a sauna! I was able to wear spring jackets and my tartan poncho (bought in 1994 in Scotland).

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Funny, I don’t like it when stores start showing their fall collections in the summer. I don’t even want to think about fall while I’m enjoying my favourite season because I dread winter.

However, there’s just something hopeful and uplifting when the stores start advertising spring clothes deep in the middle of winter! Bring it on!

March started with a snowfall to remind us that it’s still winter. I’m going to start packing away my snowmen and make room for my spring decor.


Can’t wait to shed my winter coats and wear sandals again!

Bring on the spring!



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Dress Your Age

Dress Your Age?

What is that supposed to mean? I dress how I like, I wear what I want to. We should choose clothes that make us happy, that make us feel good and that suits our personal style and the occasion. Clothes that are eco-friendly is very important to me.

Health is more important than age and more important than what we wear. I’m another year older and another year closer to where I’m going. Another year of memories made and another year of breaking fashion rules.

With every year I gain more confidence and break silly rules. I’ve read so much ridiculous advice since I started blogging, for example: women over 40 shouldn’t wear shorts or mini skirts because our knees are ugly.

My daughter Jean wrote an excellent article Youth, Body Image and Aging. Here are ten of the forbidden things we shouldn’t wear after a certain age according to the list somebody made up. BTW I’ve broken all those rules.

  • Bikini, 47
  • Mini skirt, 35
  • Stilettos, 51
  • Knee high boots, 47
  • Leggings, 45
  • Swimsuit, 61
  • Tight vest, 44
  • See-through chiffon blouse, 40
  • Long hair, 53
  • Ponytail, 51

Here’s me at 66 breaking three rules and lovin’ it:

  • knee-high boots
  • leggings
  • long hair


What matters to me, no matter our age, is to buy ethical and cruelty-free clothes. People should have good working conditions and animals should not suffer for fashion.

Which fashion rules have you broken?



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Once Upon a Summer

My mom and grandmother took my brother and me to the CNE in Toronto when we were young. That was my first time in this huge amusement park, no pictures but lots of fond memories. Since then, I’ve had numerous adventures there and on this occasion I went with my oldest son and his family (my grandchildren) and visitors from Germany.

I wore a yellow tee and white capris, simple and summery.


The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE, also simply called The EX) is an annual event in Toronto, during the last three weeks of August, always ending on Labour Day. It kinda wraps up the summer holidays, as school and work starts again, even though it’s still summer on the calendar.

Besides midway rides there’s lots to do and shop and see. Entertainment everywhere all throughout the day. We stopped to listen to a jazz performance on a sidewalk cafe setting. Music makes me feel like dancing, so I did and to my surprise, Enrico Galante gifted me with his CD It’s Never Too Late For Sax. It felt like I was back in my Go-Go days!


The sand castles …

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Rock balancing …

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All part of a fun day with memories to last a lifetime.

Thinking of summer gives me hope that it will return again.

What’s your favourite amusement park?



Come see what all the fashionable ladies are wearing at Patti’s

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February Blues and Floral Booties

We’ve had more snow flurries and freezing rain this cold February, reminding us that winter is still here, but that doesn’t stop me from thinking spring and wearing flowers.

I’m so into florals this winter, kind of like a protest against the cold weather!

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I was a flower child in the ’60s and you can imagine how happy I was when floral booties came in style! I bought these cute floral booties at Hudson’s Bay in the fall. They are velvety (non-leather) with comfortable block heels. Vegan purse with fringes from Drizzle and Shine eco-boutique.

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I paired this baby blue cable knit sweater from Ricki’s with skinny jeans for a casual, relaxed look.

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Have you bought booties with patterns: floral, leopard, paisley, plaid etc.?

Thanks for stopping by!


Linkup with PATTI

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Happy Valentine’s Day

with love



In January I took the Christmas decorations off our Christmas tree and decorated it with snowflakes and pinecones for winter. Snowmen and penguins are everywhere! They make me smile.

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For February I hang hearts on the trees and add red and silver accents.

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Hearts are my trademark.

I have an extensive collection of hearts from jewellery to home decor.




Beloved, let us love one another …

God is love!

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Little Red Dress and a Houndstooth Coat

It’s a title I’ve used before, Little Red Dress, this time with a completely different style. My dress from the Fabulous over 40 Model Search was ultra glamorous! This one is classy for everyday and yet can be dressed up to go to a birthday party (like my birthday 🙂 ) and a romantic Valentine’s dinner.

I’m celebrating 66 years!

 It’s only a number. I don’t act my age. The best is yet to come!

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I bought this little red dress at Hudson’s Bay during their Boxing Day sales. The front is a very soft faux suede and I love the fancy faux suede stitching, gives it a bit of a western vibe. In this bitter cold weather, I’m wearing warm bamboo tights from Drizzle and Shine. I won’t need those when the weather warms up someday, but for now, they are perfect.close up

Oops! Caught in the act of refreshing my red lipstick!

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Houndstooth coat is thrifted and takes me from the house to the car to the restaurant.

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The little black heart purse was a gift from my daughter Jean for my 60th birthday.

houndstooth coatHappy birthday to my February friends 

and Happy Valentine’s to everyone!

Love never fails!

Life is good!


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Fashion party at Patti’s



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