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New Mrs. Scharf, Vintage Bob Mackie

New Mrs. Scharf, Vintage Bob Mackie

Ageless Provocateurs
Well, I finally did it. It was the world’s longest walk down the aisle. Only a few short yards, and yet it took 50 years. My long journey to the altar had more twists and turns than a Hitchcock movie, more starts and stops than a NASCAR race, and more bumps and bruises than a mixed martial arts match. That’s what it feels like when you’re single forever: a long, never ending slog, with just enough high hopes and heartbreak to keep things interesting. But on May 24th 2014, I finally did it. I GOT MARRIED. All said and done, I went from Miss Brandon to Mrs. Scharf in 50 years flat. Catch your breath everyone, it was record time…
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Announcing my book Ageless Bride!

Announcing my book Ageless Bride!

Ageless Provocateurs
When it comes to love, I am hopelessly romantic. I believe that love enhances our lives in so many rich ways. As the old proverb goes, “Love makes the impossible possible.” Or to borrow from Maya Angelou, “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” We are all deserving of love, no matter the age. So when I became 50, I turned my attention to women who are too often ignored: the over 50 and ageless bride. I saw all around that instead of feeling joy about getting married, they were so focused on a number. And they felt that they had to dress a certain way because of…
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Checks, Balance and Serendipity!

Checks, Balance and Serendipity!

Ageless Provocateurs
I always took it as a complement when friends and colleagues described me as Type A. High energy? Check. Ambitious? Check. Detail-oriented? Check. In fact, writing checklists seems to be part of my DNA. My mother’s to-do lists are the stuff of legend. My goal-oriented, deadline-driven personality served me well in the three decades I spent as a fashion magazine editor. I loved the ever-changing cycle of fashion, the challenge of coming up with a new way to spin a story I’d told 30 times before, the camaraderie of a team, the travel, the parties, the hoopla. I prided myself on helping to produce a very large, successful magazine, InStyle, on time and on budget, month after month. Looking back, I…
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Owning Your Age

Owning Your Age

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Today I turn 49. I went back and forth on announcing this on my site, not because I want to solicit more birthday wishes than I get on Facebook, but because I honestly think women would rather not discuss how old they are. And today being #DayWithoutAWoman and International Women’s Day, I thought it an appropriate topic. Your 40th birthday is a big deal—everyone can’t believe how great you look, you still feel pretty good and anything seems possible. Fifty is the big “damn you’re old” birthday and then until you get so old it’s just a blessing to be alive, most women would rather not say their age. Hollywood and fashion magazines may be ageist, but I think women—by…
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Discovering Your Personal Style

Discovering Your Personal Style

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I love showing women how to command attention when they walk into a room, and feel beautiful regardless of their insecurities. I’ve been helping women feel great about how they look since I was 21 (and let’s not talk about how long ago that was).  At the time I worked for a cosmetic company, and actually got my first promotion largely in part because I understood how the way you looked affected the way people perceive you. People would often ask me for style advice because I always dressed “different” and didn’t necessarily follow trends, but had a natural knack for finding bargains and clothes that flattered me. Never would I have dreamed that years later, shortly before turning 50, I decided…
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SILVER IS THE NEW BLONDE™

SILVER IS THE NEW BLONDE™

Ageless Provocateurs
I never thought I would age. I am serious. Why for some odd reason, I don’t know, I thought the clock would stop for me! Then reality hit me in the head, literally. At 35, my hair began to gray. I had some stress, but not a hard life. I could not figure it out… aging prematurely! So I did what any young female professional would do and I covered it! My hair was important to me. My hair framed my face and I thought it defined who I was. So I did this FOR YEARS! Until my 50th birthday approached when I said no more! I was done. I felt fake. I was covering up who I was. I…
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Why I decided it was time for a Healthy Revolution!

Why I decided it was time for a Healthy Revolution!

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I’m Wendy, the creator of Wendy’s Way to Health and The Healthy Normal Revolution membership program where I help women quit dieting for good and live happy, healthy lives. Improving my health and fitness, along with helping others do the same, has always been part of my life, to varying degrees. I absolutely loved the ‘aerobics’ craze that swept the world during the 1980’s and  90’s. My best friend growing up, (and not an exercise fan), will tell you how I put her and a couple of other neighborhood kids through their paces in the family garage. But I also had a big interest in fashion, which became my career for most of my 20’s. Fitness remained a hobby until…
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50 is Not the End but the Start!

50 is Not the End but the Start!

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I am Rachel a photographer based in London UK, who specialises in Portraits and Personal Branding giving women the opportunity to show themselves how they are. Social media Instagram https://www.instagram.com/rachelvogeleisen Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ByRachelVPhototography Pinterest https://uk.pinterest.com/ByRachelV/ It’s hard to imagine yourself at 50 when you’re young, and here I’m reaching 53! I remember when my grandmother reached 50, the way she was at the end of the 70s and seeing me now sounds like a million years ago. Our generation didn’t grow up with a lot of women role models over 50; a lot of actresses i.e. Brigitte Bardot quit the screen at 40, 50 was more like the end of everything! I was lucky to have a mum and her friends…
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A Fierce New Friendship!

A Fierce New Friendship!

Ageless Provocateurs, SoStylish
I am writing today about Cathy Terrell Williamson. It’s been two years since I discovered Cathy’s blog The Middle Page and became a big fan. But that’s not what brought us together on this blog. Here is the exciting story: Catherine McCormick, (remember this name!) had an idea to bring together 50 female bloggers over the age of 50 on the 50th day of every year.  Who knew she would ignite a fire with dynamite? The response to her The Fierce 50 Campaign has been an overwhelming success!  Catherine says, “Let’s show the world who we are and that 50 is now a starting point, a launching pad and a time of celebration and freedom for women midlife and beyond.”…
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