it’s fridays with oscar, and we’re off to the pet store to find a special treat for oscar mayer and a cup of coffee for me. i may even splurge for a cafe mocha seeing as it’s my birthday. yup, i’m celebrating my 58th today. and i’m counting my blessings as i have three healthy kiddos, a fab photographer a.k.a. mr. style who i spend oodles of time with as we venture off on photo shoots near and far. and oscar by my side. as you can see from the photos, he’s more than excited to head on in and select his favorite treat – a bully stick. what do you think about this bright orange skirt? i’m loving this shade as it’s perfect for summer but will transition nicely into fall. stay tuned to see how it’s styled in future weeks. i’ve always been a big fan of orange paired with gold. so i’ve pulled out my metallics to give this ootd some zing. i almost always wear flats if i have a hemline above the knee but the star of the show today is this belt. what do you think? is there a new favorite in the rotation? you’ll have to wait and see…
do i have any parting thoughts upon celebrating another birthday? well, i will say this: i got a kick out of mr style’s b-day gift. the world’s easiest can opener. due to the fact, i have a serious case of arthritis and i sometimes struggle with simple kitchen tasks. don’t you love it when someone looks out for you? down to the tiniest detail? yes, i see my body wearing out on me, and feel it too. and yes, there are many ways to combat that: eating right, exercising (this girl is finally getting her fanny back in they gym) a good night sleep, the latest and greatest skin care products. it’s pretty much the same sage advice we should have been following in each of the preceding decades. (and each decade has its challenges!). but to me, the best part of hitting my late fifties is my mental state-of-mind. there’s a sense of peace that’s been tempered by circumstances faced through the years. no one reaches this age without facing a tribulation or two. of course, yours may have looked quite differently than mine. that’s the thing about trouble – it comes in a variety of packages. just like we do. some of us face chronic disease or financial woes, job loss, breast cancer, or maybe the death of a loved one. fill in the blank. and one thing i’ve learned is that even if i don’t have control over some of my circumstances, i do have a choice as to how i respond to them. so i’ve decided to choose joy no matter what situation i’m faced with. because when the storm has passed the sun makes a grand entrance, and it’s glorious. now, i just might have to break into a chorus from the musical annie; the sun will come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar… and that, my friends, is the best part of turning 58. i not only know how to spell experience, i have years of it.
oscar and i wish each of you a lovely weekend! make it a good one.
labels: skirt Ann Taylor; tee J.Crew (old, similar here and here); sandals Steve Madden (old, similar here and here); belt Ralph Lauren (similar here and here); handbag Ipa-Nima
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She’s 63, 5’8, and size 8.
Love the skirt. The shade the shape the length… gorgeous. I was about to ask you what did oscar choose on the pet store. Have a wonderful birthday!
hi maria! oscar picked a bully stick which is a chewing stick that lasts all of an hour because oscar chomps away until it’s finished.
Happiest of Birthdays! I hope it’s a glorious year ahead! Perfect pairings–love the orange, although it actually reads to me like a nice red-orange (cadmium red?) Anyway, it’s gorgeous.
I smiled to hear you were so happy about the can opener. As someone who has chronic autoimmune Rheumatoid Arthritis, with issues from my neck to my feet, I cried out of joy over this gift one Christmas: http://www.arthritissupplies.com/gas-cap-tool.html
It gave me back my freedom to fill the gas tank and not have to pull into stations only when someone else was there to help me. So I get it.
What’s that expression? “The earth has music for those who listen.” It’s all about attitude–and you’ll hear the music if you’re watching for it…
Happy Birthday weekend! You’re a mere baby. I’ve got you beat by 4 years, and I’m here to tell you–it has always gotten better so far. xo
you are always such a darling! isn’t it funny that we both suffer from arthritis? thanks for the b-day wishes. and i’m thrilled to hear each year gets better! the best is yet to come.
Have a terrific birthday and a fabulous year ahead!
Happy Birthday! You look fabulous! Your words are so true. Thank you for sharing.? And, Happy Dog Day to Oscar❤️
Happy Birthday to my sweet friend! You are the younger sister I never had. Is your “arthur” osteo or rheumatoid? I have some osteo and I take turmeric supplement to help ease discomfort. Mr Style gets an A+ for his gift selection! Did Oscar get a bully stick? My Chis love them. Enjoy your day to the fullest! xoxo P.S. Yes, tribulation comes in all shapes and sizes. My youngest daughter (age 41) had a heart attack last week but is recovering nicely.
thank you, donna, for the sweet b-day wishes! you know i always love to hear from you. now, when i don’t, i tend to worry… and i wish your daughter a speedy recovery. a heart attack is a scary thing. you guessed it, oscar picked out a bully stick. he loves them even though they last about an hour.
A Special day for a Special woman. Buon compleanno Beth !
thank you, letizia, for the birthday wishes! it is so appreciated.
Happy Birthday, Beth!
I love reading your blog each morning and appreciate that you post so frequently. Don’t let the arthritis get you down. I’ve had it for years and it can be a struggle… but it can be endured or even overcome. It sounds like you take good care of yourself, and that makes all the difference.
Happy Birthday!!!! Wow, my 60th is right around the corner! I agree, no matter what our trials and troubles, we should take on an attitude of joy. Have a glorious birthday weekend!
hi janie! well happy 60th to you. it’s a milestone to be certain, but it’s a grand day to be our age. and it sounds as if you are enjoying each and every day!
Happy happy birthday Beth!!! Many, many more!!
I hope you have a day as wonderful as you!!!
thank you, sweet friend, for the b-day wishes! i had a wonderful day spent with mr. style.
Thank you so much for your authenticity. What an amazing role model you are, your joy devereux jumps off the screen in your photos! Yours is a voice that is needed today, thanking you for having the courage to share it. Happy Birthday! Oh, and I love your ootd, it’s one of my favs!
thank you, for the birthday wishes! and thank you, for tuning in each day and reading the blog. there’s something special happening with women of a certain age, and i’m happy to be a part of it. we baby boomers have pushed so many boundaries in the past. so why not push back on outdated ideas about age?!
Happy Birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day. Your skirt is so cute I jumped online and ordered one for myself. I had my 59th birthday last week, and strive to be as youthful as you are, every day. You are an inspiration. Thanks!
hi jeanette! thank you for the birthday wishes. and i hope you had a marvelous day yourself celebrating your 59th! it’s a great day to be a woman of a certain age, isn’t it?!
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