Spotlight On: Over 40-Over 50 Feeling 40 - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish -Fashion Over 50
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Spotlight On: Over 40-Over 50 Feeling 40




Hello Ladies,

Bringing you another edition of Spotlight On! This time, I am with the lovely Pam of Over 50 feeling 40. Love her blog name, I really think it is a matter of how one feels too, no matter what age!

I wanted to share with you how I first “met” Pam, what a lovely person she is, and share her insights on fashion, blogging and other topics.

1. Tell me how you came up with the name of your blog, Over 50 Feeling 40. It sounds

obvious but what did it “feel like to you ” to be in your 40s?  My best friend encouraged

me to begin a blog in 2010. I went through an AH-HA moment at age 50 (2005) and

knew I needed a makeover. I began to share all I had learned with my friends, so she

thought I should write it all down. I wanted the title to say I was over 50, but feeling

good about myself. I tried many word combinations, but when I said over50feeling40 to

my husband, I just knew that was it….it said attitude….it said feeling good about myself.

When I turned 60, some readers asked if I would change the name…but I am still over

50 feeling great! It is a positive statement and an attitude about aging at our best.

What made you start blogging about fashion? Part of my makeover at age 50

was learning to dress with confidence and learning how to develop a new

personal style…so the way to begin to have confidence was to dress with

confidence. I have always loved fashion, but I left it on a shelf during my 30s and

40s. I had to bring it down to begin again and to learn clothing communicates

messages. It is important to learn how to control the messages the right way.

The journalist in me loves to write about the industry and tell the many fashion

stories out there. I love it as an art form as well.

3. Tell me about your “I Matter” program or philosophy. I became aware of this

when I began blogging and it drew me to your site…..

During my 30s and 40s, I ceased to care about me. I was internalizing negative

messages spoken to me by family members, so I ceased to care about me, and

gave all of my attention to my family. I put me at the bottom of the priority list. I

gained weight, stopped dressing properly, stopped fixing my hair, stopped

wearing makeup. This dreadful person was who I saw for the first time at age 50

and I was shocked I did not know her. So, I MATTER day on the blog is to

encourage women to put themselves at the top of the priority list. When we do

this and care about ourselves inside and outside, then we can do more to help

others (family, work, volunteer) and we will enjoy life more.

4. Tell the readers something they do not know about you that may surprise them.

I love to sing and I performed in musicals as a teen. I love to sing at the top of my

lungs in the car, shower, or my living room which has great acoustics! My most

memorable role was playing Dolly Tate in Annie Get Your Gun!

5. Was there a woman in your life that influenced your style as you grew up? In

what way? I wrote a post in the Huffington Post about a woman in my hometown

who influenced me as a very young girl. Her name was Mrs. Burns and she

captured my attention with her kindness, joy, gorgeous dresses, incredible home

décor and a Christmas display which still shows in my hometown today. Here is

the link to that post: HERE


( Love this navy jacket with the grey slacks. Pam has on a lovely bold gold necklace as well)

6. What is probably your least favorite “trend” right now, and do you even follow

trends? I absolutely hate ripped, distressed jeans…I agree, they are distressing.

It is tragic that these are called fashion and worn by even my age group. Oh, they

are great for working in the garden, but not life out of the house. So, sad to see

them everywhere. I really try hard not to PIN any outfit with them in protest. I do

follow some trends. I think it keeps clothing interesting, current, and youthful;

but there are many trends that don’t work for midlife women. As Clinton Kelly

used to say, “Don’t compete with a 25 year old. They will win every time!”

7. What is something that you are more willing to splurge or invest in? Right now

I cannot splurge on anything while I am looking for a new career. But in the past,

it would be a great jacket, pants, or dresses. I love well- made clothing and,

despite what some say, quality does make a difference in fit and wear. I love

statement pieces…maybe a great jacket that just looks fabulous on top of

anything is what I would spend money on. Also, I am completely a Fall & Winter

girl…splurges will be on pieces which go across all seasons.

8. What does “dressing down” mean for you? I guess Saturday morning at home

or in the yard. It means my boyfriend denim pants, and a tee shirt with flip flops.

I try to dress up even when I run errands…you just never know who you will run

into or who is watching you because of your blog.

How has your style changed throughout the years? I have tamed the beast. I

use to be all about bright colors, all-over prints, lots of accessories, and mostly

oversized styles. Now, I try to wear clothes which fit better, outfits are

predominantly neutral based, and accessories are less…. Less is more.

10. Do you think fashion has changed for women over 40? I hear many women

say there are no clothes for them on the market. I completely disagree. I think

fashion is there for all women 40+. We just need to learn how to style the clothes

and what we want to say with our style. The clothes are there…women need to

know what to do with them. That is where blogs and other media come in.

11. What colors do you find to be the most flattering on you? Saturated colors

like deep, eggplant purple; deep blues; forest greens; and burnt orange….some

readers say that burnt orange is my best color.

12. Are you a handbag or a shoe girl? What do you think the fascination is with

women and shoes? Tough decision…I love them both equally! How could I ever

choose between the two? My fascination with shoes began when I was not

confident in my clothes, so I gave shoes all the attention. I guess maybe if I had a

great pair of shoes, I thought no one would look at the rest of me. Now, I love my

clothes more than shoes…shoes and bags are just icing on the cake.

13. Any advice you could give women as they get older in regard to appearance?

Please understand that your appearance on the outside does affect how your feel

about yourself on the inside. If you take the time to look great every day…even if

you work at home…you will have more confidence and feel more joyful

throughout the day. Looking frumpy and giving up on appearance will eventually

lead to depression. This is true. You MATTER….life is short…live to the fullest

every day and look your best while doing it.

14. Now you are on YouTube, what is the biggest challenge? The challenge of

video is to look your best…I sometimes see all the fatigue and wrinkles on my

face. It is also a challenge to keep them interesting and engaging in a short

amount of time. I think I will keep it going, but it is a challenge. I am way more

comfortable with writing!



Love the shape of this silver jacket and unique print! Pam has a knack for finding artistic looking jackets!



Follow Pam Plutrell  See more of PAM HERE AND HERE


Hope you enjoyed this interview and have a great weekend!

Jess XO

  • Heather Davis Wyancko
    Posted at 17:03h, 25 June Reply

    Great read! So much of what Pam had to sayabout self image and style resonated with me.. and I’m 37. I think she’s a timeless lady!
    Heather Wyancko

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:16h, 25 June Reply

      Glad you enjoyed the interview, yes so true. Timeless lady and advice. I appreciate your feedback Healther! xx

  • Anna Shirley
    Posted at 22:37h, 22 June Reply

    Such a wonderful lady. It was great idea to do this interviews. I am always looking for inspiring ladies.o)


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 00:19h, 23 June Reply

      thank you! Glad you enjoyed it. I look forward to seeing you at the linkup too! xx

  • Dawn Lucy
    Posted at 08:50h, 21 June Reply

    Great feature, Jess … and ADORE Pam! Love her “I Matter” attitude. It was cool to learn more about her and how she got started blogging.
    Dawn Lucy

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:09h, 21 June Reply

      Thank you Dawn, I too enjoy interviewing ladies over 40 and will continue. Pam was one of the first ladies I met when I started. XO

  • eugeniahargrove
    Posted at 22:22h, 20 June Reply

    Thank you for the interview with Pam. I love learning more about Pam as well as “I Matter” campaign to encourage other women.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:08h, 21 June Reply

      So glad you enjoyed the interview, I do one a month, so enjoy, I also love Pam! xx

  • Elle
    Posted at 16:15h, 20 June Reply

    Jess, I am so impressed by Pan, she is so genuine! I love her straightforward approach to style and her artistic pictures! That last jacket was heavenly. I disagree about the denim, but I respect it. Some of it is overkill, I do agree, and some too revealing. Very investing and well done!!
    xx, Elle

  • debra
    Posted at 21:15h, 19 June Reply

    This was really wonderful. I love how Pam said there are clothes out there for women 40+ we just need to learn how to style them. So true! Thanks for allowing us to get to know a fascinating woman.
    Have a fun weekend doll!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:20h, 20 June Reply

      Thank you ! I post this series once a month, love to feature our age category and get to know other ladies myself Enjoy your weekend too! xx

  • Theresa
    Posted at 18:07h, 19 June Reply

    Pam is one classy lady! So nice to read about women who still believe in dressing up a bit. Am a big print lover myself and think that kimono jacket in the first picture is amazing!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:19h, 20 June Reply

      Glad you enjoyed this interview, I really like Pam too! I post an interview once a month. xx

  • Posh Prime
    Posted at 15:28h, 19 June Reply

    She is so pretty and has such great style!

  • Laura Ehlers
    Posted at 09:41h, 19 June Reply

    What a wonderful interview. Pam is absolutely an inspiration!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:57h, 19 June Reply

      Thank you ! Glad you enjoyed it, yes she is! xx

  • Patti
    Posted at 09:15h, 19 June Reply

    Wonderful interview with one of my favorite women! Pam is an inspiration. xox

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:56h, 19 June Reply

      So true Patti! I need to visit your site today. 🙂 I look forward to sharing your story in Aug. xx

  • Chelsea
    Posted at 08:21h, 19 June Reply

    I love your blogger spotlights Jess! You always highlight such amazing women!

    Ginger Side of Life

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:56h, 19 June Reply

      Thanks so much Chelsea! I enjoy doing it. xx

  • [email protected]
    Posted at 07:33h, 19 June Reply

    Jess, you are so kind! Thank you for this feature…I am honored to be on your blog!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:55h, 19 June Reply

      Glad you enjoyed it, I appreciate all of the effort in answering the questions, you are a great lady! xx

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