Spotlight On- Over 40 Blog: Vanity and Me - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Spotlight On- Over 40 Blog: Vanity and Me


Hello Ladies

As summer goes, there are summer vacations and less of a hurried schedule. It has been a few months since I posted my series: Spotlight On. If you are unfamiliar, and are a new reader, I select an Over 40 Blogger to highlight and interview. It has been fun to get to know other ladies in this blog world, and find out a bit more about their style. I would like to think I have a come a long way since my Metallica T-shirts and black pants. ( Although concert tees are trending now!)    Anyhow, I am going to introduce you to my friend and fellow blogger, Laurie, of Vanity and Me.

1. Please tell me how you came up with the blog name Vanity and Me? Do you agree with this statement?
I found it really hard to come up with a name for the blog. Something that was available for all platforms. I am actually very shy,and not vain at all !My friend said to me “Isn’t talking about yourself and spreading selfies on social media a bit vain?” Voila !
2. How did you begin your blog, were you influenced by other fashion bloggers?
I read a magazine about a fashion blogger and I thought it was such a fantastic idea. I saw it as a challenge, I do love a challenge! I had never even sent an email before, so this was a huge step into learning all aspects of how to use a PC.
3. You have been to several fashion shows in an intimate setting. Tell me about one of your favorite designers, what did you like about the fashions?
I have loved all the fashion shows and events I have been to since blogging. I have to say the JD Williams show was full of what I would love to wear. But Agnes Klapput is so talented. Her creations are like art.
4. You post about beauty and fashion. Tell us about 3 of your favorite beauty products.
My three beauty must haves for me are Elizabeth Arden eight hour cream, Estee Lauder night repair and Estee Lauder foaming cleanser. Sounds a bit boring, but if I could choose only three it would be those.
5. Do you think women should “grow old gracefully” or try and use anti-aging profducts to look younger. Explain. 
I think we should age gracefully but look after our skin to keep that youthful appearance as long as possible. I am not a fan of botox or fillers.
6. Would you be interested in a capsule wardrobe? If so, what pieces in your current closet would you have to keep? If not, why?
Yes, I love the capsule wardrobe idea. If I had to keep certain items, it would have to be trousers and jeans for me. Being petite and finding the right fit can be a task ! I tend to wear mostly classic items I re-wear over and over anyway. It’s the cheaper in and out of trend items I will not be keeping.
7. You have had some lovely collaborations this year. Tell us about one of your favorite companies you worked with. 
I have been very lucky with collaborations this year ! One of my favourites has to be my nude court shoes from Pretty Small Shoes. I have small feet at 2 1/2 -3  Sandals are ok in a size three, I can get away with those. But court shoes are really hard to find .  Or were ! should I say.
8. Your style is quite elegant and you are petite. Is it difficult to find petite clothing that you love? What tips can you give petite women?
 My tips for petite women ? Keep looking to find that perfect fit. Alterations can make a huge difference too . I often have things taken up at my local cleaners. I think Knee length is best for skirts and dresses, as is monochromatic dressing. I don’t colour clash too much, I think it makes me look shorter. I also prefer fitted clothes, the baggier they are, the shorter I become ! 
9 What are some pieces you are looking forward to wearing or buying for the upcoming Fall 16-17 season?
I am really into the culottes that are around at the moment. I will definitely be wearing those. I am trying to build my winter classics with Grey’s and brown’s and steering myself away from black. Black just doesn’t suit me anymore. As I age it’s just making me look washed out !
10. What do you look forward to in blogging for the next year?
look forward to meeting more friends in blogosphere in the next coming year. Also, I am still learning a lot, which gives me a buz. I am thinking of joining a photography class. I need to polish up on my photography.
11.What trends are you interested in right now? Least favorite?
 I am liking the new embellished denim trend. I think there will be a lot of embellished/ embroidered denim around. The one trend I don’t like is the cropped flared trouser. I would look ridiculous in those. Actually they would most probably be the perfect length on me !! I didn’t think of that !
Thank you Laurie for this wonderful interview.
 To check out Laurie’s site click HERE. Follow her on Instagram HERE.
To keep up with my Spotlight On Series and Over 40 fashion, follow me on Bloglovin and Instagram.
Have a great day!
Jess xo
  • Aliza
    Posted at 03:53h, 15 September Reply

    This article on the Spotlight 40+ Blog Vanity is fantastic! It’s refreshing to see a platform that celebrates and highlights the style and confidence of women over 40. It’s never too late to embrace fashion and express oneself. Thanks For sharing.

  • trinagrandinettiTrina
    Posted at 14:09h, 01 September Reply

    Love this series, I always think its nice when other bloggers take time to give a shout out to one another. Thanks for introducing me to another new blogging friend. Laura’s style is so classy, I look forward to following her as well.

  • maryamgnia
    Posted at 00:19h, 30 August Reply

    This dress is fabulous, you look lovely!

    xo, Maryam

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 16:35h, 29 August Reply

    Such a lovely interview, Jess! I love Laurie and am a regular reader of her blog as well! She has such impeccable taste and chic style!


  • Olya
    Posted at 10:03h, 29 August Reply

    Wow! What a fabulous look! Dress is perfect, and those shoes, I love them. They emphasize the legs’ slimness. Like it very much!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:42h, 29 August Reply

      Thank you Olya, glad you enjoyed the interview.

  • happinessatmidlife
    Posted at 14:51h, 28 August Reply

    I love Laurie’s style, she’s got such timeless taste!

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:14h, 29 August Reply

      Thank you Alice, glad you enjoyed the interview, I agree! x

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes
    Posted at 12:32h, 28 August Reply

    Great interview! I always enjoy your interviews! I love Laurie’s style! Her clothes fit her so well; I had no idea she was petite…

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:15h, 29 August Reply

      Hi Andrea! Thanks so much for your feedback on my series. Yes, Laurie has that down, and I feel like that is key with fashion, fit has to be there! xx

  • Dawn Lucy - Fashion Should Be Fun
    Posted at 09:25h, 28 August Reply

    Fun interview! Gorgeous pics and fab style!

    Thanks so much for linking up with Fun Fashion Friday!

    Dawn Lucy

  • Elle
    Posted at 22:48h, 26 August Reply

    Laurie’s style is so great and versatile! Great advice for we petite ones! Great interview Jess!
    xx, Elle

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:51h, 27 August Reply

      Thank you Elle I agree. Classic style! Thank you for stopping by, glad you enjoyed the interview. xx

  • Jacqui
    Posted at 16:11h, 26 August Reply

    Lovely to find out more about Laurie, I love her style, it’s definitely me. Thanks for this post Jess it’s been very interesting. x Jacqui

  • Megan Ballard (@Fashionista_Mom)
    Posted at 00:08h, 26 August Reply

    Such a great sense of style and what a great series Jess. xo ~ Megan

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:59h, 26 August Reply

      Thank you Megan! Glad you enjoyed the interview. I love to find out more about my blogger friends!

  • Nicole
    Posted at 19:23h, 25 August Reply

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style

  • Amy Christensen
    Posted at 16:49h, 25 August Reply

    Laurie has a great blog that I am just becoming more familiar with. She always looks so classy and elegant, so much like you, Jess. Thanks for doing this spot for other bloggers. It helps to introduce them to your regular readers. And your questions help us to get to know them better. Great post. Thank you. – Amy

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:07h, 26 August Reply

      Thank you Amy for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed the interview 🙂 x

  • [email protected]
    Posted at 16:14h, 25 August Reply

    I like to read Laurie’s blog, so enjoyed your spotlight today. You are both “elegantly dressed” women!!

  • robjodiefilogomo
    Posted at 12:23h, 25 August Reply

    I definitely enjoy Laurie’s blog—she is quite elegant and has a great eye for fashion!!
    It’s so fun to learn more about the blogs we read with your questions, Jess. Thanks for doing this!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:47h, 25 August Reply

      So glad you enjoy this series and interview. I always love to find out more about the ladies. Enjoy the weekend xx

  • OceanBlue Style “Salonblog”
    Posted at 10:33h, 25 August Reply

    Jess great choice. I love Lauries style and she is just such a classy lady. And happy to learn we got some things in common like Culottes and wanting to take a photography class. Thanks for the feature both of you. Have a great weekend. xo Sabina

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:46h, 25 August Reply

      Thank you Sabina! So glad you enjoyed the interview, I too love Laurie’s elegant style! Enjoy your weekend too xx

  • Laurie
    Posted at 08:41h, 25 August Reply

    What a joy to come home and find this on my PC ! Thank you so much Jess for featuring me. I hope I don’t bore everyone to death ! xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:16h, 25 August Reply

      Happy to Laurie! No boring answers here !! Have a great weekend. xx

  • nancy
    Posted at 07:30h, 25 August Reply

    I love Laurie’s style. She always looks so elegant! Nice to know her a bit better! Thank you.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:47h, 25 August Reply

      Thank you Nancy for popping by! Glad you enjoy my interview.

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