Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Basic Red

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We all own it and love it.
It mixes and matches with everything.
It is the staple to every wardrobe.

do you find yourself thinking that everything you own is black and every time you go shopping you come home with something else black to add to your closet?

It's okay.
You've probably made some wise choices and now all you need to do is spice them up
with one of the trending colors for fall  -  red.

Carolina Herrara

Add red accessories to an all black outfit to bring an updated edge to your look.

You know you want it.

Here are a few suggestions to further tempt you.

A red handbag...

The OMG option from Valentino

$3795 from

Swoon Worthy version

Lodis $298 

or the Guilt Free take that is on sale from Michael Kors for $49.00!

Turn heads by adding a dashing red vest to your weekend look.

OMG from BurberryBrit $495

available at

Swoon Worthy

Patagonia $160 from

Guilt Free

London Fog available at $89.00

Red shoes are a definite attention getter.
Dorothy knew how great red shoes can make you feel and so should we.
A classic red pump adds instant style to a pair of jeans, a black work pant, or that unexpected dazzle to an evening look.
Tres Chic.

Consider these if you will...

OMG version

Christian Louboutin $625.00

Swoon worthy

Ivanka Trump via $130.00

Guilt Free

Target $30.00

Red. It works as a neutral. It could be the new basic. Basic Red.

Happy shopping,

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Coming Into Our Own Sense of Style

BeColorful Life is a blog I have been contemplating writing for well over a year.  I already publish another blog on Typepad, called BeColorful, that focuses on home decor, and my own painted furniture and accessories. I am new to blogger and trying to learn how things work here so please bear with me as I stumble through these initial posts.

I chose to create a fashion blog because of all the great images I was collecting via the internet and what better way to share them with friends.  When I was a teenager I just copied whatever styles I saw in the fashion magazines. I was a mindless follower.

Then, after I became a mom I had very little discretionary money to spend on my own wardrobe. Besides, it was much more fun to buy something cute for the kids. I was a slave to whatever boring basics I was able to accrue or the generous birthday and Christmas gifts from others.  I didn't have time to read the fashion mags.  Pinterest and blogging were still in the distant future. My exposure to what was trending or current was what I saw in the local department stores. If I liked it on the mannequin and they had one in my size on sale it was more than likely what would come home with me in my shopping bag. I was beginning to learn what worked best for my body type but I was still jumping on the fad wagon.

Now, I am a fifty something woman with the luxuries of more time to call my own,  the ability to finally travel a bit more ( code for better shopping) and now have the whole wide digital world of fashion blogs and retail websites at my fingertips.

It is hopefully true that with age comes wisdom. I used to think that fifty was the hand on the door knob of the retirement home.  I know better now. :D
Every age is beautiful.

I truly believe that
but I also recognize that each chapter in our lives offers uniquely different fashion challenges.
 I do not want to look like I shopped my daughter's closet

 and I also do not want to look like I threw in the towel and joined the ranks of the  ladies you see on over-the-hill birthday cards dressed in ."World's Best Grandma" sweatshirts and  donning Crocs and baggy crop pants.

Don't let this happen to you because ladies, we still have it going on!

Let's own it.

Sometimes, we just want a bit of help reinventing things we already own or help targeting our new seasonal must haves so we can all leave the house every day looking this good.

My goal is to hopefully bring to you what is trending, chic and timely for our fabulous fifty something selves.

Stay tuned for 
Trending Tuesdays
Fashion Fave Friday
Saturday Style


Linking up my post here:

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Monday, July 29, 2013

It's Going To Be A Great Ride

        Welcome to a 50ish life.

How lucky am I to be at this point in my life?
I have a stylish and savvy twenty something daughter that always inspires me with the confident approach she brings to her uniquely sporty, glam style. Then I have this equally fabulous and chic seventy something mom that continues to turn heads with her tastefully paired, colorful, and age appropriate approach to the trends. These two are the heart and soul when it comes to the women in my world.

I inherited my love of fashion from one and passed it on to another. Now, as it should be, we learn from each other.

A 50ish LIfe is where I hope to bring you flattering style trends, shopping suggestions and sites along with new ideas to refresh your existing wardrobe. I welcome suggestions from you and hope you will follow along as we both weave our way through the green lights,  caution signs, and detours that make up our life and style adventures.

Stay tuned.

It's going to be a great ride.