it was a fashionable year!

Here are highlights of a fun, fashionable year! Fashion opportunities I had only dreamed of came true!

In January I was one of 10 finalists for the Most Fabulous Women over 40 Model Search with an opportunity to model beautiful fashions in February and walk the runway in style.

Most Fabulous Women Over 40 finalists

ValentineIt was nice to meet one of my dance students from years ago. She was one of the 10 finalists from 2010. We both got to model similar red dresses, wore black stilettos with straps and had similar hairdos!

What a lovely way to celebrate my 61st birthday!

I wore my red dress for the Valentine’s Dance. It felt regal. I also wore it recently to a Christmas Ball–a very elegant dance and formal affair with all the ladies dressed up looking glamorous and the gentlemen in tuxedos looked dashing like a scene from The Great Gatsby.

We all modeled beautiful outfits in the May issue of  MOST magazine–celebrating women over 40. What a wonderful experience for us! The winner (Nanette Jozwiak–in hot pink) was the cover girl.

MOST magazineIn August I was thrilled to be featured in Fabulous After 40 online magazine! They chose this photo of me wearing a flattering peplum top. This was my first peplum top and since then I’ve bought three more! Stylish clothes are not just for the young, but the young at heart can have fun with fashion too. Frumpy is boring! Here’s what they wrote …

Pretty in Peplum carmen-peplum-top

Peplum tops, like maxi dresses, were hot this spring. They’re are a great way to dress up an outfit.

Fashion blogger Carmen has fond memories of her mom’s gorgeous red peplum dress with black roses from the 60s and longs to have a wardrobe full of peplum suit jackets with matching pencil skirts just like her mom had.  While in New York City recently, Carmen wore a peplum top with capri pants and strappy black sandals.

Carmen (who is 61!) loves peplum tops because they are feminine, great for all body types from slim to fuller figures and really create the hourglass that so many of us wish we had. They also make her feel very feminine.

You can see more of Carmen’s feminine and pretty style at her blog, Fashionable Over 50.

peplumWhat a perfect way to end a fashionable year by doing a fashion review in December for a Californian company–Covered Perfectly. The first thing that leaped out when I checked out their Website was MADE IN USA . So many lovely styles to choose from and the quality is unbeatable!

These are must-have tops, I simply love them! They’re so stylish and comfortable, especially the tops made with European beechwood, completely natural and produced in Austria–luxurious fabric, super soft!!  I ordered more of these amazing tops in different colours and patterns. Blue leopard (shown below) is a unique animal print and I will feature the others in the new year!

Like Covered Perfectly on Facebook! With over 10,000 likes, see what other stylish ladies are raving about!

Covered Perfectly - blue leopardCovered Perfectly - teal topThank you Gemini Models, MOST magazine, Fabulous After 40 and Covered Perfectly for these wonderful opportunities and lasting memories that made 2013 a very fun and fashionable year!!

Wishing all my fabulous fashionistas and readers a fashionable and healthy New Year!! 

Join the fashion party at Patti’s

Photography by Ema Suvajak and Doug Coburn

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18 Responses to it was a fashionable year!

  1. I had absolutely NO idea what a peplum top was … never even heard of it until I was reading this post but that is the sweetest little top ever! I love something a bit flirty and girly but as I am no longer 20, it needs to be something that is fun but not out of place and this is perfect … maybe I will find one this summer when I am back “home” … hopefully they will still be “in” but I probably wouldn’t care anyway – they are just so adorable.


  2. Christa Haeussler says:

    A very nice year Carmen! You look great in every picture! Have a wonderful 2014 and see you in June!!!!


    • carmen says:

      Thank you Christa! So nice of you to drop by! Hope you are enjoying the warm weather, it’s freezing here with plenty of snow!! Miss you in class but glad you can escape the cold winter and come back to sunshine in June!

      ¡Próspero Año Nuevo!
      ♥ carmen


  3. Bob says:

    As a keen follower, you have had my comments throughout the year……what a remarkable year….thanks for the summary.


  4. You’ve had a lovely year! Hope to see much more of your inspiring posts in 2014!


    • carmen says:

      Thank you Jan! I never in my life expected this, especially at 61. It’s been so much fun and I’m very happy to connect with my lovely fashionistas around the world to share our thoughts and style!! Thanks for your support! Together we can encourage women to be their best and enjoy fashion at any age.

      May 2014 bring you blessings and all your heart desires!
      ♥ carmen


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  6. Wow! This was fun! You are an inspiration!


  7. TRUE and REAL BEAUTY!!!!! Happy New Year my dear friend!!!


  8. josep-maria says:

    Carmen, I hope not to bother you, but I must say what I think. You are the most beautiful, elegant, and more personal style woman I’ve known. It is not a compliment, it’s what I think. You have a style and natural elegance that impresses. In these fashion shows and magazines have discovered these . You can wear dresses, pants, capri pants, skirts … and everything looks perfect on you. No offense to you or anyone, but I think you’re the queen, not only the queen of the capri pants, but also the most elegant mature lady. I hope that the next year will be perfect for you, and you continue making your fans happy.


    • carmen says:

      Thank you so much Josep-Maria!! You really made my day!! Your kind words mean so much to me! I appreciate your friendship and encouragement!

      Wishing you a wonderful and healthy New Year with new adventures!!
      ♥ carmen

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