Thursday, October 30, 2014

Another Fab Blogger Meet, and Great Eyebrow Stuff

Nothing better than a creamy latte, and a blogger meet-up. I was lucky to catch the lovely Sabina of Ocean Blue Style, just before she left the city for her native Frankfurt. I wish we'd had more time, because she's a fascinating woman. She teaches English to adults in Germany, she wrote her Masters Thesis on The American Presidency, and she loves style too.

After we covered religion and politics (I know, taboo! but it was effortless with this thoughtful woman) we walked to Sephora together. Sabina had been given a tip on a brow product, and we both bought this:


Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. I bought Blonde, and used it already; good stuff.


We asked a charming young Australian man to take our photo. I said "We met on the Internet."
And he said "Here's to Internet love!"


We take this picture every visit. The Arch at Washington Square and the Empire State in the background.

Have a warm and cozy day, and stay fabulous,



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Monday, October 27, 2014

Fabulous Not-Dead-Yet Fashionistas

In addition to the thrill of being in the Greatest City in the World, I had the pleasure of meeting Jean and Valerie (of The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas) and Shelley of Forest City Fashionista, at the Manhattan Vintage Show. I had just gotten off a plane, and was not equal to their energy or the splendor of their style, but we bonded over the sublime vintage fashions surrounding us.

That's Jean on the left and Valerie on the right.

The shoes! Shelley's hot pink Converse andValerie's vintage spats. Forgive my carry on bag from the flight  : >
Oh my, this embroidered red coat almost came home with me.

There were almost as many irresistible shoes and hats as there were vintage frocks.

Shelley modeling a 1920's kimono she'd just picked up for under $100. I had to buy a similar one.  Had to.

Shelley's gone home to Canada. She is a true sweetheart with gusto, and I hope to meet her again. The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas live in NYC, so we're planning a proper cocktail hour later this week. And I am roaming the city in search of that Once In a Lifetime bargain.

Oh, and today's our thirteenth wedding anniversary, so we're taking a sunset cruise tonight. Life is good.



Stay fabulous,


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Friday, October 24, 2014

My (New) Favorite (Cheap) Makeup, and Renee Zellweger's Face

I admit it's hard for me to stay faithful to any one makeup. I like to try new products, and I like variety, and I am under the spell of advertising. Yes, I am influenced by the shiny pages in the lady-mags.

My latest number one favorite is Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse foundation, in Porcelain/Ivory.  I'd been using an Avon BB cream and I was happy with it until I stopped by the in-store Sephora at JC Penney. There I sampled a creamy full-coverage foundation and I was impressed by the difference in my skin tone. I don't remember the brand, but it was spendy.

So, on my next trip to the drugstore I picked up this makeup:

It comes in nine  shades and sells for about $8. Good value!

I've worn it for a week now, and I love the finish. It is matte but not dry or cakey. It corrects for my pink undertones. It lasts through the workday with no touch-ups. It slides on nicely over my Olay moisturizer/sunscreen. And it's $50 less than my previous full-coverage foundation, hello.

I do combine the foundation with a pricey Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit (recommended by several of you here). So I have a high-low face.

Speaking of faces, Renee Zellweger has been getting a lot of press for her "new" face. Apparently, she's had some face-changing procedures. I cannot abide all the criticism of her choice.

Women in the public eye are derided if they age "naturally" and reviled if they fall for the latest in plastic surgeries. It's a no-win, and what has to change is our view of midlife women. Salon writer Mary Elizabeth Williams said it better than I could in this article:

 I am eternally dismayed at a culture that obsesses so profoundly on bikini bodies and lineless countenances that some really strange results continue to happen to people who try to hang on to what they once were.


Love your face today, and stay fabulous,

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What I Wore: A Little Black Dress With A Twist

The lovely people at Diane Gilman sent me this black knit dress, and it's as if they knew my fashion soul. Diane is a fashion designer, entrepreneur, and author. She got her start in the 1960's " . . . hand-crafting one-of-a-kind denim creations for Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Gracie Slick & the Jefferson Airplane, Jerry Garcia & the Grateful Dead, Jim Morrison & the Doors, and more." What fun that must have been.

Diane is best known these days for her exceptional jeans; her nickname is the "Queen of Jeans." She says she "caters to the baby boomers’ figure challenges," like our slightly broader mid-sections and desire for stretchy fabrics.

Diane Gilman

The asymmetrical hem dress below is completely "me" and I love it. The fabric flows, doesn't cling a bit. The neckline is scooped just the right amount. The hemline is fun and funky. And it's the best background for jewelry, or scarves, or belts.

Diane's fashion are found on the Home Shopping Club. I'll show you some of her jeans in a future post. Thank you, Diane, for  this terrific and versatile dress, and for focusing your talent on us mid-life, Not Dead Yet women.



Hula Girl is a new addition to the kitchen. She's a decal from Third Ave Shore's Etsy shop.
Skinny G makes a headless cameo.


Stay fabulous,

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Visible Monday #141: Re-Cycling From My Closet

Welcome to Visible Monday #141! If you want to participate, it's so easy: just go to the bottom of this post for the how-to. Please be kind and leave a link to Not Dead Yet Style in your post.

I've been shopping in my closet for a month or so -- since two new dental crowns in one week maxed out the cards! And with New York City coming up next week, I want to save some $$$ for thrifting there. So, I've been recycling my pieces.

Like this no-name black lace top (similar), purchased at the Revolve consignment shop. It's completely sheer so I wear a short-sleeve tee under it for the office. The J Jill trousers (similar) are from the fifty-cent rack, and the GAP belt is old. It's fun to be creative with what I've already got.



I think I prefer the unbelted look. Skinny G is getting really Fatty-G, isn't she?


Now, show us what you're wearing, Visible Women!!


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  1. Whoever wants to can join in! Just compose a post that includes any outfit, accessory, piece of jewelry, hairstyle, cosmetic or other adornment that makes you feel more confident, alive and visible that day.
  2. Include a link to Not Dead Yet Style somewhere in your post. Please leave a comment, too, so we know you had a good time.
  3. Go to the bottom of this post and click on the InLinkz button "Add Your Link". It should open a new page.
  4. In the "Next Step", you crop the pic (easy tool) you want to display, and you're done!

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Fantasy Hair, and Visible Monday Reminder

I'm always drawn to curly hair. I'm charmed by curly-haired protagonists in the movies, from Amy Irving in Crossing Delancey, to early-days Nicole Kidman in Dead Calm, and the gorgeous Bernadette Peters in The Jerk. I know I'm attracted to curls because I have them, but my own hair is fine, thin and fuzzy.

Amy Irving in Crossing Delancey. How adorable is she?

Bernadette Peters in The Jerk.

I've addressed my hair issues mostly through acceptance and a lot of products. I also use faux-hair: clip-in bangs and top pieces at times, to make it look as though I have bigger hair.

But a woman can still dream, and in my dreams I have hair like this:

I'd need serious extensions or a wig to get this kind of volume and curl.

Or this:

The silver is gorgeous, too. Via More magazine.

What's your fantasy hair?
Stay fabulous, and see you at Visible Monday,

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Some good products for thin, fine, curly hair:



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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Change Is A Beautiful Thing

Have you seen this video yet? As part of The Beauty Project series, director Kathryn Ferguson filmed five women, all over age 80, on the subject of beauty. The short (three minute) film feels very fresh and honest, and not a papering-over of the real changes of aging.

The theme of the the film, per its site, is: "What does beauty look like after eighty? From keeping your thoughts young to facial aerobics, five older women discuss what beauty means to them." 




Here are some of the questions Ms. Ferguson asked of the women, and their answers, and my own answers (I would love to hear yours):

"What do you see when you look in the mirror?"
It's changed over the years.
I see myself.

My answer: Myself, changing ever so gradually but still me.

"Do you feel beautiful?"
I feel attractive, not beautiful, no.
I do if I take care of myself.
Looking beautiful . . . it's a little shallow, maybe?

"What is your beauty secret?"
Keep your thoughts young.
Eat well and take care of your skin.

My answer: No secrets. Move a lot and laugh a lot.

"At what age did you feel most beautiful?"
My early 20's.
Around age 40, I became confident.

My answer: Mid 30's. A great time for my physical self.

"Does beauty fade?"
You have to keep working at being alive. If you don't, everything fades.
You have to be in love with change; change is a beautiful thing.


Stay fabulous, as you already are,

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A small fashion round-up inspired by the stars of the film:




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