Monday, July 6, 2015

How To Create Your Own Swimwear

I live across the street from the beach but I don't swim often enough. I want to change that and enjoy the ocean more. Part of that decision is feeling comfortable and confident in my swimwear. Another part is sheer laziness, as in "I'll have to wash my hair afterwards."

I have never worn a bikini - never, isn't that odd? I was a "chubby" child and not permitted to wear what we called a "two-piece." And later, I just never did. I think I missed out on some fab opportunities, as I was a shapely 20 and 30-something. I usually wore a traditional tank suit, easy to adapt to swimming or diving.

I wore some version of this basic tank suit for decades. It still makes a great layer for creating my own look. Macy's.

Catalogs and websites offer us over-50 women mostly swimdresses and tankinis. Nothing wrong with that, but they still leave me exposed on my back, where the nasty basal cell carcinomas are found.

A very pretty swimdress.

But we don't have to be sheep, people, we can create our own swimwear.

I've designed my version of a bathing suit that provides good sun protection, and is easy to swim in.  I wear a rash guard over a bikini top, and a pair of board shorts on the bottom. I previously had to buy my rash guards, or "skins" at grubby surfer shops frequented by my husband sunheads. This season the variety of rash guards is amazing - like they have just been discovered by Nordie's and Macy's as a fashion item. Yay, lots of choices.

I wear something like this. Feels great, no sunburn. Nordie's.

I am totally relaxed and happy in this creation. I still use Bullfrog Super Sport Lotion on my face and hands. It works on the surface of the sun, I think. All my swim stuff washes and dries easily and packs into a tiny ball for travel.

Here are some of my favorite swim pieces:

Additional fab beach fashions:
I'd love to hear how you dress for the beach/pool/backyard sunning.

Stay fabulous,

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Friday, July 3, 2015

What I Wore: Makes Me Wanna Shout

After four years and 868 blog posts, I've gotten into a posing-rut; have you? Shoulders back, head up, turn body slightly, smile like a lady. Think about kittens, or Tom Hiddleston.

This way of posing shows off one's outfit to its full advantage. See here:

Good posture, slight turn, but I had a frowny face in this one, so the face had to go.

Don't you want to do this sometimes?

Sing it out and sing it loud, I'm wearing clothes, and feeling proud! 

I'm wearing a version of my Summer Uniform. Today it's a thrifted tank top with uneven hem (similar), and my reliable denim trousers (sim). Anne Klein wedge sandals (sim) and a thrifted pendant (sim) - I have had it since before the Mockingjay was popular, so it's even more cool.

Stay fabulous, and let your flag fly,

Browse the easy looks:
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

How To Swoon Over Your Clothes

I've always wanted to wear clothes that looked good, naturally - so few of us dress to look wretched. But I would buy a lot of "useful" and fill-in-the-gap and on-sale pieces that looked fine, but didn't move me. Now I mostly shop for clothes that make me swoon.

My shopping mantra is: Good enough isn't good enough. And we don't need a special occasion or a lot of $$ to wear what we love. One of the questions I ask when I contemplate a new purchase is, do I want to wear you right away? Am I excited about wearing you? Will you shout "pick me!" from my closet? This last question is borrowed from Olivia Goldsmith and Amy Fine Collins little treasure of a book, Simple Isn't Easy.

There are so many clothes in the world, at every price point. In case I had doubted that, volunteering at the thrift store brings the point home. Clothes to the ceiling! If you leave an ivory tulle skirt behind because it doesn't sing to you (as I did yesterday), be certain there is a skirt that will.

I like it but I don't love it - the fabric feels cheap and it's too full at the waist. A near-miss. 

I used to exclude socks, workout clothes, and sleepwear from the "must love" requirement, but now I look for winners in those categories too. Why not have socks that make you happy, or a nightgown that makes you smile. Why not choose the softest tees as your basics, and your favorite color for your sneakers?

I love wearing my crisp white cotton nightgown. So pure!

Wearing what I love means repeating pieces, and sometimes whole outfits, quite a bit. I don't mind, and others don't either - because no one is doing an audit of my wardrobe.

I look like this many days, with some version of a loose, light top and boyfriend pants.

Stay fabulous, and keep loving your closet,

Some of the objects of my swoon:
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Style Confessions: Bra-less At 60

I have a wardrobe confession: I don't wear proper bras. I wear lightweight "shelf" bras built into camisoles. And this is not my first life era going bra-less: Naturally I went sans bra in the late 60's - early 70's to show solidarity with the Movement, and because I had a small chest.

These are my go-to cami-bras in navy, black and nude.

I had breast implants in my early 30's and enjoyed having a different silhouette for a decade and a half. I wore "good" bras then, wanting to protect, serve and uplift my bosom. One of my implants burst, and I had them removed. So I am small-chested again and loving it.

But even while larger-busted I found bras uncomfortable, and they were the first things to come off after work - sometimes while in the car (though never on the subway). I know, I was probably "wearing the wrong size, like most women." TL;DR, I've never worn a real bra, of any brand or price, that was truly comfortable. 

I love the comfort, freedom and modesty of my cami-bras, especially under a sheer top. I will probably not go back to proper bras, at this advanced age. (I do wear a supportive sports bra for working out.)

Another easy cami-bra, from Anthropologie.

I'd love to hear from you - have you found that perfect bra that you enjoy wearing? Or are you still doing the major ahhhhhh at the end of the day when you take it off? No wrong answers, of course, we like what we like.

Stay fabulous,

Browse the bras - it seems like there's something for every taste : >
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Saturday, June 27, 2015

I'd Like To Be . . . In An Octopus's Garden With You

I just got this tee from Etsy, and couldn't wait to wear it - I am four years old! I was going to save it for the Vancouver blogger meet-up, but it's best suited for casual runaround-town days. But with an octopus on it.

I love browsing on Etsy for unusual items, like these hand painted Lil Bub sneakers and vintage lizard earrings. The world is so full of a number of things, props to R. L. Stevenson.

GAP boyfriend trousers, Walking Cradle shoes, cheap sunglasses and red lippie. Done

Octo close-up

Enjoy the classic tune:

Stay fabulous,

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Summer Reading Club: Post Your Recommendations!

Summer is the traditional season for big, trashy beach novels and there's nothing wrong with that. I'd rather read a trashy book than watch a trashy TV movie, any day. I try to read more memorable books, though - the kind that turn into an earworm for your brain.

Sandy is a pure sci-fi/fantasy reader. He can work his way through a twelve-volume series like nobody I know. If a book has a bosom-y spacewoman, or arty spaceship on the cover, he will read it (along with the classics of Heinlein, Asimov, and Clarke).

My reading tastes skew to mystery, suspense, courtroom drama, and humor. I love a good dark mystery like those by Ruth Rendell and P.D. James. I also read (browse really) lots of style books and have a nice collection. I enjoy the history as well as the mechanics and art of fashion.

Reading requires reading glasses, once you've passed age 40. We look like a meeting of the Nerd Club.

Here are some recent reads from our bookshelf. I would love to hear what you're reading this summer.

  • Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov. Sandy is re-reading these classic tales of the Galactic Empire.

  • The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein. My favorite science fiction novel of all time; I re-read it last month and relished it again. It's a bit juvenile, but still has a gripping plot and modern social/political parallels.

  • I Am Not A Serial Killer, by Dan Wells. My current read. It's from the point of view of a teenage boy, John Wayne Cleaver, who knows he could become a serial killer, but really doesn't want to. It's surprisingly hilarious.
  • A Reliable Wife, by Robert Goolrick. A suspenseful and twisty story of a woman and man, drawn into a strange marriage of convenience. I couldn't stop thinking about Catherine and Ralph even after I'd finished.
  • The Hanging Valley, by Peter Robinson. A good old-fashioned murder mystery with love gone wrong, a bucolic setting, and sturdy British detectives. Starts with a rotting corpse, say no more.

Stay fabulous, and enjoy your summer reads,

Browse the reading section:
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A New And Natural Moisturizer: Biossance

I was invited by Biossance to review their new moisturizer for skin and hair, The Revitalizer. I'd been hearing positive buzz about the company, and was delighted to accept. A special thanks to Biossance for sponsoring this post. The opinions of the product are 100% my own.

Biossance relies on moisturizers found in our own bodies, one of which is squalane. Their patented plant-derived emollient, Neossance Squalane "instantly hydrates, while locking in essential moisture, leaving your skin feeling nourished and noticeably revitalized."

The Revitalizer can be used by all skin types/ages, and is dermatologist tested, paraben-free, non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic. That's what I look for in my skin products these days.

The company reports promising results after clinical trials:
  • 93% of women agreed that their skin felt instantly hydrated
  • 95% of women agreed that their skin appeared softer and smoother after 1 week
  • 84% of women agreed that their skin felt revitalized after 2 weeks
I've been using the Revitalizer for about ten days, on my face, neck and hands. I use only a couple of drops for my face, and another couple for my neck and hands - especially my dry cuticles. I apply some to the dry ends of my hair, too, and it encourages the curls.

I'm delighted with the way the Revitalizer keeps my skin feeling moist, but not greasy. More like a subtle glow than a shine, and the moisture is long-lasting. I apply sunscreen over it, and feel comfortable going out without foundation or powder. And it's nearly scent-free, a big plus for me.

Biossance plans a full launch on July 20th, but you can purchase it right now, through their website. And you can sign up to learn how you can receive a complimentary sample (US Residents Only). I think you'll enjoy it, it's simple and natural.

Stay fabulous,