Hello all, My name is Jess and I am from North Carolina, the Lake Norman area. I live here with my 2 shih tzus Gibby and Truffles and my husband. I have a creative side and received my Master’s in Jazz Guitar, which I do play from time to time. I also graduated with a degree in Elementary/Music Education, and have taught both in the classroom. I am a over 40 fashion blogger who dresses in what I like, preferably a classic and romantic style, and believe FIT is the key to having a great looking outfit. I love the style of other eras as well, the 20s flapper girls and dapper guys, the 50’s and 50s circle skirts and cat eye glasses certainly appeal to me. I write about trends, How to dress 40+, interview women over 40, and host a Fashion Party all about style, beauty and showing “fashion can be fun” as we explore and learn about the lovely ladies that participate. I believe that fashion should show off one’s personality, as I don’t believe in many of the silly “rules” imposed on dressing over 40.
Elegantly Dressed and Stylish is an acronym for EDS, a chronic illness, in which I have. EDS is a connective tissue disease where my collagen is faulty,is missing a protein which causes hypermobility where my joints move farther than the normal range of motion, causing dislocation of joints, and severe muscle pain. My muscles, in turn, experience deep knots which have to be released using a procedure called, “dry needling.” on a bi-weekly basis. Since this, there may be some days I won’t be able to blog, but I will certainly do my best~
I try to take advantage of the good days. With this blog, I did not want to focus on the disease, but also show that if you do have this or others, that you can try to dress up to make yourself feel good. I deal with chronic pain, however, I am in pain when I see some of the outfits people put together!! 🙂
I can not remember a single outfit in high school, probably due to the sheer horror of what I wore. I can’t wear heels due to my disease, so if you are a shoe lover, you will find that I have a nice shoes collection without having to wear stilletos. I am finding that more women want comfortable shoes without sacrificing fashion! Can I get an A-Men!
I love skirts and dresses, jackets, cute flats, and I am a natural red-head with some help from the salon now. So again, women who are over 40 and love fashion, you can check on styles I create and follow me on my social media as well. I have a propensity for lace and florals, but love to try new styles as well.
My little Teddy bears, shih tzus Truffles, 6 and Gibson 4, are the best, and help me with days I don’t feel well. I can’t help but wake up and smile when I look at their two cute faces.