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Keep It Going

photo: NYC Run Fashion

photo: Elle Street Chic

It’s always perplexing when people assume that once one’s past a certain age, that they stop caring about how they look (not sure what that age is exactly). That somehow reaching the milestones of life: marriage, divorce, kids, career and the need to carry reading glasses) sends a woman straight into shapeless clothes and uninspired outfits. I think this is a load of b.s. Nearly everyone I know cares about how they look at some level, even if they don’t take it to the heights of being a devout fashionista.

Probably, more often than not, what happens is that our life changes, but our closets don’t really keep up with us. There are the unavoidable weight gains of pregnancy and menopause that force us to eye our pants with increasing loathing or roll our eyes when our shirt no longer skims easily over our belly. This is life and it happens to all women. The best thing we can do for ourselves is to build a closet full of clothes we love — whatever moment we are in, in our life. I would much rather have fewer clothes and love them, than to have a lot of things that make me feel cruddy when I put them on.

It’s not often that I run across street style shots of older women. So many of the shots I find are of women who look like they’re in their 20s or not much beyond. Today I’m happy to share some pictures of women who’ve seen some milestones. I can’t be sure what those milestones are, but I like that they are still dressing for life, whatever that life is right now. These women are keeping up with the times, looking modern, confident and vibrant. I’d even venture a guess that none of them wish they were 20 again.

photo: Style from Tokyo

Have a great day!

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Sailing along

The past week has been chock full of inspiration and surprises. First, while clicking around to various street style sites from around the world, I found so many beautiful photo portraits of interesting people. I am struck by the confidence, artfulness and individuality of how people dress themselves. I find true street style so much more fascinating that any fashion editorial. Here are some recent finds:

Seattle (photo: 21eme Arrondissement)

London (photo: Cafe Mode)

New York (photo: Swagger New York)

New York (photo: Advanced Style)

Tel Aviv (photo: Streets Walker)

Another drop of inspiration came in my red Netflix envelope this week. Our Netflix queue is a jumble of genres, probably a lot like yours. We watch box-office biggies, documentaries, foreign films, romantic comedies, sci-fi, kids movies and dramas. A few months ago, my dad recommended a fantastic documentary called 180° South. It’s the story of Jeff Johnson, a surfer and climber, who retraces the 1968 epic journey to Patagonia of two of his longtime heros, Yvon Chouinard (founder of clothing company Patagonia) and Doug Tompkins (co-founder of The North Face). Jeff, while looking for perfect surfing conditions through South America and Easter Island, meets up with Yvon and Doug to talk about life, money and success and ends up attempting to summit Cerro Corcovado with the pair. The film has a bit of everything: humor, sport, catastrophe, reflection, wisdom and altruism.

In renting that film, another recommended film popped on my screen, Morning Light. This is the one we watched this weekend and it was fantastic. It’s the true story of a team of young, inexperienced sailors who get the opportunity to sail in the 2300 mile Transpac race from Long Beach, CA to Diamond Head, HI. A team of 15 people are given the chance to train for 6 months before heading out into the open water by themselves to compete in one of the toughest sailing races on the planet. This is a movie about young people who are competing for a chance to live a dream and what is so striking is that they treat each other with heart, respect and a sense of class that is not often shown today. The drama is in the race, the unforgiving ocean, the learning and the obstacles, not in people being mean to each other. So, so, so refreshing!

Lastly, I ended up going to see the Moore In the Gardens sculpture exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens this past weekend. Much to my surprise, the gardens were still lovely with so many blooms and gorgeous native grasses waving in the breeze. I kept exclaiming, “Glorious!” to which my daughter said, “Mom, I’ve never heard you say the word glorious before and now you’ve said it ten times!” I let her set the course for the winding tour and discover the many paths, archways and hidden nooks among the beautiful grounds. We both had an outstanding time. The exhibit runs through January 31, 2011.

Henry Moore sculpture at Denver Botanic Gardens

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Hope you have a glorious day! — Laura

Street Style: New York

photo: all the pretty birds.blogspot.com

This street style look is from New York during Fashion Week and shows a creative mix of neutrals and pattern. The core elements of the outfit make it feel like you could rummage through your closet and find a close approximation to her outfit, which is what I love about street style. There’s nothing like shopping your own closet and coming up with new ways to wear things you already own. Brilliant!

By the way, I found this photo on a wonderful street style blog from Milan, hosted by Tamu McPherson called All the Pretty Birds. For more inspiration, please check it out.