21-YEAR-OLD BRENDA AND 33-YEAR-OLD PHILIP. PHOTOGRAPHS ©BRENDA COFFEE, 2017
One of the things I like best about reading blogs is getting an insight into how other women live; a sense of who they are, what troubles them and what lights up their world. Blogs have also underscored something I already knew… how out of the mainstream my life has been.
I’ve also realized, for the most part, the life we have is the life we choose.
Before you can “change your style,” you have to know how you want to change it and what suits your lifestyle. Do you go to an office, or maybe you’re retired or work from home and don’t need a professional look? I work from home, go to the gym three days a week and walk dogs every day. Because I was used to dressing for the office and the board room, finding my look for this lifestyle has been challenging.
Something that’s helping me buy the right clothes is knowing what style I want to achieve, identifying my style icons and buying pieces with these two things in mind.
There are a lot of simple things we can do to prevent a fall. Many of the devastating injuries I see every day in my medical practice are a result of a fall. I’m hoping the fall prevention measures I share with you will become part of the habitual things you do to protect yourself from injury. Continue Reading
THE VIEW OF TUSCANY FROM OUR VILLA All Photographs ©Brenda Coffee, 2017
My recent trip to Italy was the best trip I’ve taken in a long time. Perhaps it was because my traveling companions were women approximately my age. Whether we talked about cultural references, age-related issues we’re all facing, or went gaga over the scenery, this group of women was an easy-going sisterhood.
Next September, 2018, my friend and professional guide, and I are talking about a 1010 Park Place trip to Tuscany! Are you interested in coming with us?
All photographs ©Brenda Coffee, 2017
My recent FASHIONABLE ITALIAN WOMEN OVER 50 post struck a chord with many of you. From the emails, comments on social media and the blog post, women over 50 want to look classier, like the women of Florence, but tweaked in for our more casual lifestyle. Women are also frustrated because fashion designers don’t design with us in mind, especially since we’re the ones with the money.
As one wise reader said, “American women need to have a fashion Renaissance.”
“I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date.”
And just how important was that date, when you’re sitting in the ER with a broken wrist and nose? We’re always in such a big hurry, and if it’s not an important date we’re headed to, we just think we’re running out of time. We’re even in a hurry to be at leisure. Continue Reading
All photographs @Brenda Coffee, 2017
If you saw the video tour I did, last year of my new house, then you may remember my favorite food is prosciutto. Just the mention of the word ‘prosciutto’ is akin to food porn foreplay, and when I’m actually in the presence of thinly sliced prosciutto, I’m more than ready to go all the way and indulge myself with wild, orgiastic abandon. On my recent trip to Italy I not only ate copious amounts of prosciutto, I indulged in fresh pasta, figs—straight from the tree—and gelato. Lots and lots of gelato.
Every time I’m in Italy, I’m reminded of how much better and how different the food is from the Italian American food we find in our neighborhood restaurants.
All photographs ©Brenda Coffee, 2017
Like an Italian Woodstock, people of all ages and nationalities, wearing Rolling Stones t-shirts, poured into the walled Renaissance city of Lucca, Italy, to see what might be the last tour of the Rolling Stones. A reported 55,000 to 75,000 people made the pilgrimage for their #NoFilter European tour. I was one of them. It’s always a great day when I get to see the Rolling Stones. They’ve been part of my life since I was 12 and had a front row, center seat to their second U.S. performance in San Antonio, Texas.
It’s an even better day when I get to see the Stones and meet an angel.
All Photographs ©Brenda Coffee
Florence took my breath away, especially the Florentine women over 50. They are the epitome of style and elegance. While they acknowledge some fashion trends, others they ignore. I spent five days in Florence and never once saw a Florentine woman over 50 wearing an off the shoulder or cold shoulder blouse, ripped or skinny jeans, leggings, capri pants, camel toes or flip flops. It was the American and the Asian tourists who wore trendy clothes, usually every trend at the same time.
If I’m to be brutally honest, the American women were tacky looking compared to the women of Florence.
Everyone has a favorite classic rock song that pops up on the radio and transports you to your younger days. Mine is “Gimme Shelter” by The Rolling Stones. Those were heady times Darlings! What fun we had! Mick and those lips! Let’s leave that one for another time, shall we? Continue Reading