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Spotlight On: Over 40-Style at a Certain Age

Hello Ladies
Today I bring you another special edition of Spotlight On: Over 40 feature.  What I love about Beth’s style is the confidence she exudes, the classic looks, and how she incorporates color that is very flattering. Not only that, she shares of love of pups with her own dog, Oscar , who is a part of this stylish blog.
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1. Tell me about the name of your blog: Style At a Certain Age. Love it. Do you think many women do not like to discuss their age, or are we more at a time where we are accepting and being proud of being over 40?

1. Style at a Certain Age came about when I decided to start a personal style  blog that featured daily outfits. I was 55 at the time and wanted the title  to reflect my age, but still leave the reader with the thought that when it  comes to style vs. fashion it really doesn’t matter what age you are. I’m  never happier than when I read both mother and daughter are following  my blog. Many times it’s the daughter who first discovers my blog, and  shares it with her mom – that always brings a smile to my face.

What made you start blogging about fashion?

2. Starting a personal style blog happened quite by accident after a woman  stopped me and complimented me on my style. AH HA, I thought, that’s it.  I love clothes, always have. I can post an outfit of the day. I can start a  Blog! So I woke up the next day and did just that. First I started on Tumblr  since it’s user‐friendly and you don’t need any technical knowledge  whatsoever. I’ve since graduated to Wordpress this past March, and while  I’m light years away from where I’d like to be, my techie skills are slowly  improving along with the overall aesthetics of Style at a Certain Age

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Tell me about Fridays with Oscar, is that like Tuesdays with Morrie? How did you want to incorporate your pup into your blog?

3. Fridays with Oscar was a very organic process that sprang up when Oscar  joined our family last Christmas after he was orphaned. My husband and I  knew we wanted to chronicle Oscar’s growth from adorable puppy to full‐ fledged canine so he would tag along on photo shoots where my husband  could easily snap a few photos of his progress. I posted a few of those  early photos on Instagram and they were well received. One day, much to  my surprise, some of my followers noticed an absence of pictures and  asked, “where’s Oscar?” The rest is history, and Fridays with Oscar has  become one of my more popular posts. I have lots of readers writing and  asking about his progress, sharing tips about their own dogs, training, etc.  I don’t mind a bit if he’s stealing my thunder. Being a pet owner is similar  in many ways to being a parent where you’re even more thrilled when  they surpass your wildest expectations. He’s turning into such a gorgeous  dog and is so good‐natured that we’ve toyed with the idea of getting him  into print besides my blog. We’ll see…

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

. 4. I haven’t sewn for years, but back in the day I was an above‐average  seamstress with a kick‐ass sewing room. It was my sanctuary when my  boys were young, and I cranked out many a home‐dec project as well as  homemade Christmas gifts

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

5. My mother was a major style influence in my life. She was the one who  skillfully picked out my school wardrobe before she handed the reins  over to me around middle school. I know I tried her patience more than  once during high school when I favored a grungier look that didn’t live up  to her classic aesthetics, but we both survived and came out on the other  side of the experience knowing that it’s okay to have a fashion failure or  two.

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

6. I think the fun of a trend is that it is short‐lived and has more to do with  fashion and less to do with style.  Overall, I try to focus on the positive  aspects of the ‘rules of fashion’ if there are any these days. There’s just  been far too much negativity, especially when it comes to the over forty  crowd and what we ‘can’ and ‘can’t’ wear. Who made up those rules in the  first place, and why? There may be a trend that I wouldn’t personally  wear, but I’m all about empowering women, and supporting each other.

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

7. I will splurge on items that I know will stand the test of time. A classic  handbag, or overcoat. A well‐made pair of shoes. These are the things that  I don’t mind paying a little extra for.

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8. I know you like jackets. Tell me why they are a staple in your closet. 

8. Overall, I like clean, simple lines and blazers have just that. I think  growing up in a colder climate definitely had an influence on my overall  aesthetics. Overcoats, jackets, and blazers just feel right to me.

 

9 Are you one to always dress up? Tell me about what you might wear just to go grocery shopping?

9. I’m all about form and function when I pick out my outfits. While I always  want to look somewhat put together even when I head to the grocery  store, you’ll never see me ‘dressed to the nines.’ Blue jeans, a cute pair of  shoes, and lipstick will usually do the trick.

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

10. Fashion for the over forty set is slowly changing for the better. There are  some amazing role‐models out there in their fifties, sixties, seventies, and  even eighties that decided to stay cool and true to themselves when it  came to style. Think Jane Fonda, Helen Mirren, Jamie Lee Curtis. The list  goes on. Thanks, ladies, for paving the way.

11. High heels or flats? Any particular style that appeals to you?

11. I love both, and each have their time and place. Most days in San  Francisco if I’m traversing the hills you’ll see me in flats. But nothing  dresses up an outfit faster than a pair of heels and a nice shade of lipstick!

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

12. Pink is my signature color and has been for years. It’s flattering with my  skin tone, and goes with just about every color I can think of. Red, orange,  blue, gray, black.

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

13. Every decade has its challenges,but if we continue to find new  adventures to embark upon, and decide to recalibrate every so often,  aging is truly FUN! I’m so much more comfortable in my skin these days. I  know who I am, and more importantly, who I’m not. Hey, I didn’t decide  to write my first book until I was fifty. My blog came along at fifty‐five. I’m  excited to see what’s next. And while we’re in the process of reinventing  ourselves our appearance is going to radiate from somewhere deep  within.

14. For someone that is just starting out in fashion blogging, what 2 things would you tell them to help them get started. 

14. First piece of advice is for a new blogger is stay true to yourself.  Writers  call it your ‘voice’ but what it boils down to is that you have something to  share with the world that is uniquely yours. So just be you, plain and  simple. Second piece of advice is select a niche and stick with it.  Readers like consistency!

I truly enjoy interviewing these ladies and hope you do to! I learn something new every time!

Do some of these responses ring true to you, or can you personally relate?

If you want to know more about Beth, and Style at a Certain Age, You can follow her Here and Here.

If you are interested in this series, that appears monthly, and want to know more about it and my over 40 style, You can follow me on Facebook  and Bloglovin ,Twitter for Over 40 fashion as well

THank you Beth, and readers!

Have a wonderful weekend and stay cool!

Jess XO

linking up: with Visible Monday, Still Being Molly, Share in Style ( every other Mon), SHoe andTell , How I Spring Manic Monday, Monday Mingle Linkup with Lisa Tues: Garaytreasures Link Up  Style Sessions, Walking in Memphis   Bless Her Heart Wed: The Pleated Poppy, Get Your Pretty On, Random Wednesday,   Style Me Wednesday  Watcha Wearing Wednesday,  Jersey Girl Texan Heart  Trendy Wednesday  Momsmorningcoffee Thurs: A Labour of Fashion,Reason to Dress,  Throwback Thursday  Friday:Passion 4 Fashion  ,Style Elixer    Fun Fashion Friday  / Forage Fashion 

 

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29 Comments

  • Reply
    Dawn Lucy
    July 27, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Wow Beth is fab!!

    Thanks for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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    FreeUrCloset
    July 26, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    I enjoyed reading about Beth. She has impeccably style.

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    Remi Sabbah
    July 26, 2015 at 6:08 am

    I’m absolutely in love with ur style!!!!! Amazing, gorgeous and unique outfit. The pictures are stunning! LOVE the interview
    http://www.mlleepaulette.com/index.php?r=site/blog

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 26, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      Thank you Remi! I try and find things are are a bit different, I have a pretty feminine taste Thank you for the comment on the pictures, it means alot and I enjoy doing the interviews.

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    Jill James
    July 25, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    Enjoyed your interview with Beth , such a stunning style.

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    styleatacertainage
    July 24, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    may i just say, thank you, jess! what a lovely blog, and interview series. it’s wonderful to get know so many wonderful women. i’m looking forward to your next installment. and, thanks, ladies for the compliments. i truly appreciate every word.

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 25, 2015 at 10:29 am

      Thank you Beth! Glad you enjoy the blog and I enjoy doing the interviews and getting to know ladies as well. You are a fab lady!! xx

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    Shelly
    July 24, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Wow….she is beautiful!!

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    Stephanae V. McCoy
    July 24, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    I really enjoyed this interview Jess. Beth is absolutely gorgeous!! I think she echoes the sentiment of many of us more seasoned woment as it relates to what we ‘can’ and ‘cannot’ wear at a certain age. I’ve asked myself the same question from time to time on who made up these silly rules – Bravo to Beth!!

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 24, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      Thanks Steph! I feel the same, begone those silly rules! I am glad you liked the interview, I would love to interview you in the future! x

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        Stephanae V. McCoy
        July 24, 2015 at 9:20 pm

        You’re welcome and I would love to be interviewed. Just say when.

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    Johanna
    July 24, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Beth is smokin’ – what a stunner and such style!

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 24, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      So true! Thank you for reading the interview xx

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    asallows
    July 24, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Oh my goodness. How ridiculously classy is Beth!?

    https://forsevenseasons.wordpress.com

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    jeffriestyke
    July 24, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    I love this! She is beautiful and has the most fabulous hair style! I do agree that its good to splurge on bags, coats and shoes too! Thanks for joining us today! Susan

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 24, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      Thank you Susan! I agree, her hair always looks lovely and I sprlurge on those items as well. Glad you enjoyed it! xx

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    Fafá Gorayeb
    July 24, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Tudo é muito elegante e estiloso!

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    cassidl
    July 24, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Awesome share Jess, love this

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 24, 2015 at 10:47 am

      Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed the interview! Have a great weekend, Linda! x

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    carmen
    July 24, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Wonderful interview Jess! Beth is a fashionable and beautiful woman with a zest for life at any age!

    ♥ carmen

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 24, 2015 at 10:28 am

      Thank you Carmen, I love meeting women and learning from them as well. She is! xx

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    Posh Prime
    July 24, 2015 at 9:08 am

    She has amazing style! Great interview!
    ~~Megan~~
    http://www.poshprime.com

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    Patti
    July 24, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Wonderful interview, Jess. Beth and her blog are fabulous.

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 24, 2015 at 10:01 am

      Thank you Patti! Your next 🙂 xx Will send you questions this week, my friend x

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