Finding Fitness: How to Get Arms like Michelle Obama

One of the easiest ways to create fitness goals it to start small and build from there.  I happened to be having a conversation the other day at a CAbi sample sale and we were talking about the various items on the rack.  I was telling one of the women running the sale said that I was not ready to try on anything sleeveless because I’m sensitive about my flabby upper arms.  I’ve been trying to get myself psyched up to start working on them.  Her response? 

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How to Dress a Pear-Shape with Narrow Shoulders? I Miss Shoulder Pads!


How to dress a pear-shape with narrow shoulders?  I miss shoulder pads!  Most people look back on 1980’s fashion and say, “Oh those shoulder pads!”, reflecting back on those oh-so-big shoulder pads that we all wore and with somber regret.  I however, really, really miss them!  Shoulder pads were the perfect antidote to balancing out my pear shaped body in some of my favorite outfits.   Small shoulder pads were great for me because they gave me an hour glass silhouette and down played my wider hips while accentuating what back then was my “tiny” waist.

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Finding Quotes that Inspire Me!


Finding Quotes that inspire me!  I have a facebook friend that once said I offer the best facebook therapy with all of the quotes that I share on my wall.  From time to they inspire me when I feel I need a little inspiration.  So, I’ve decided to continue the trend here on  So, without further ado, here are today’s quotes:


“Life isn’t about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.

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The Little Black Dress! Updated


The Little Black Dress. It’s the perfect staple for any woman’s wardrobe.  It can be dressed up, it can be dressed down and it’s appropriate at any age–so practical!

damselpennyA while back, I found Shauna Miller’s blog, Penny Chic, which is all about creating designer looks for less.  Not only does she write the blog but she also recently launched a line of little black dresses that are being carried at Walmart, all for $20!  To celebrate the launch of  her line she asked five of her blogger friends to style one of each of the five dresses.

I was inspired by this outfit that Shauna’s blogger friend Jacey Duprie put together and featured in her blog, Damsel in Dior.  Jacey, Shauna and the other bloggers all  have an amazing sense of style and I highly recommend that you visit their sites.

While I love many of the outfits they feature in their posts, sadly, I can’t pull off their amazing 20-something style at 51.  Much like Shauna is inspired to create looks for less, I am also inspired to create looks that are more age-appropriate for a 50 year old woman  by using the looks that I see in fashion blogs and the pages of magazines on younger models at prices that I can afford.

In this photo, along with her Penny Chic dress, Jacie wears a striped jacket from Lovers + Friends x Because I’m Addicted, Charles David Shoes, a Celine a bag and sunglasses.   While I love every piece she selected, I don’t love the designer prices.  In fact, I’m kicking myself  because I waited too long to buy the dress, which of course was a steal — and it’s no longer available in my size.



Here is a picture of all of the bloggers from

Originally I chose the  Eliza J Pleated Dress ($70.80),  it was the right length, it had a cap sleeve, and it really was a hybrid, if you will of the 5 little black dresses in the Penny Chic collection.  In as much as I like the dress, I wanted to feature a sheath dress which is more in keeping with the little black dress that Jacey Dupree wears, above.  So, I’ve gone back to the drawing board and here’s my updated look, which, once again,  I think is appropriate for a woman in her 50’s.   What do you think?  Would you wear this outfit?


1)   Black Short Sleeve Sheath Dress, $106 at

2) Striped One Button Blazer, $89.50*at Banana Republic

3)  Silver Pumps, $99.95  at

4) Neon Yellow Earrings, $14 at

5)  Neon Yellow Bib Necklace, $32.00 at

*Originally I added an  Apt. 9 Striped Roll-Sleeve Blazer from, however it is no longer available

I’m currently gathering all of the pieces to assemble the outfit.  If it all comes together, I’ll post a picture.  Wish me luck!   Have you ever assembled an outfit based on a younger or more expensive version?  How did it work out for you?

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Finding Myself at 50

findingmyself1I’m a wife and mom who is finding myself at 50. No, I’m not “finding myself” like they were “finding themselves” in the 1960’s!  I guess it’s more appropriate to say that I’m figuring out who I am at 50 years old, finding my style now that my body is changing along with the fact that in this new decade though I don’t have to feel more “mature,” I do have to dress more maturely.  I’m discovering  that I’m interested in new and different things today versus ten years ago, and I’m wondering what’s in store for the next 50.   It’s an exciting time, but it’s a challenging and sometimes scary time, too.

The blog is my way of journaling what my goals are, what I like, what I’m interested

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