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My Favorite Color & Cut From Rita Hazan & Juan Carlos Maciques, NYC, 2017.
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While the first official day of summer isn’t until June 21, what if we use this time to give ourselves a more youthful, modern update to our hair and nails? For starters… Teasing, helmet hair (hair with not a hair out of place) and too much hair is aging.

BTW, I’m talking to myself about teasing.

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I have a girlfriend in Austin who always says I’m too dressed up for Austin. Sometimes she’s right and sometimes she’s not, but I don’t care. I’m dressing for me, not to follow a trend or fit in with the hip Austin millennials—who all look alike—the older hippie dippy crowd or those women of a certain age who look fabulous.

I’m interested in what looks good on me.

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Hildie Plumpepper Illustration by Jill Anthony, ©2019, Background by Brandon Smith
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Ahh Capri…with its azure shores, captivating beauty and Italian charm, it’s no wonder that it has long been a playground for the rich and famous. Capri has a free-spirited vibe that exudes a leisurely glamour, much like myself. In the 60’s and early 70’s, it was the place to be for the international jet-set.

In the past few weeks a curious thing was happening on my instagram feed. 

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I’ve heard we shouldn’t wear any more than seven things at any one time like pants, blouse, dress, belt, shoes, earrings, rings, necklace, watch, purse or a scarf. If we’re wearing more than that, we need to remove something until we’re down to seven items. I’ve also heard bags and shoes need to match. Well those were the old school ways of styling an outfit.

Here are the new ways to dress and use accessories over 50.

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I’ve never been a girly-girl but recently I surprised myself and bought a pale, yellow frilly skirt and a pale, pink, tulle midi skirt with vertical lines of small silver sequins. A grownup version of a ballet tutu for little girls.

How did this happen? Who is this Brenda? 

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A couple of months ago I told you about a dress I ordered online that seemed too good to be true. It was only $29.99 so I ordered it anyway as an experiment because I wanted to check out the quality. Besides I thought I could just send it back if I didn’t like it. WRONG.

Where do I start to list my complaints?

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SELFIE, 'BORED IN A HOTEL ROOM' BY BRENDA COFFEE, ©2019 1010ParkPlace
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I’d be willing to bet that almost every woman over 50 has experienced the not so subtle shift that happens when men no longer give us the eye. Many of us feel like we’ve blended into the woodwork. If we want to be that woman who still has it going on, then for starters… We need to believe we are that woman.

Here are six tips to becoming that woman.

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White jeans will always be in fashion. Remember when Jackie Kennedy wore white jeans with a black or a blue and white striped top? They were straight-legged and sat on her waist, and she looked like a million bucks. A couple of weeks ago I asked if you still wore jeans, and the overwhelming majority of you said you will never stop wearing jeans. I, too, love jeans, but I’ve always been a bit leery of wearing white jeans. 

If you don’t get them right… They can go so wrong.

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Many women over 50 say they feel invisible. While the cloak of invisibility is a real phenomenon, many of us forget to update our style, or if we do, we buy haphazardly with no thought about putting together an outfit instead of separates that just hang in our closet. It takes more than a great blouse and a pair of pants to have style. Regardless of your personal style, or your figure, here are seven tips that will give you that extra “je ne sais quoi.”

A style that says we’re vibrant and interesting, someone you’d like to know.

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