did you know that Style at a Certain Age is turning two years old? well, technically we posted our first photo on Tumblr three years ago, that changed the course of my life. the blog came into being a year later. in fact, here’s the first pic that mr. style took titled ‘step into spring.’
but how and why did i start this blog? in all honesty, i started out as an aspiring writer. way back in 2012, i finished my first book and even snagged an agent from NYC to represent me. one of the first discussions we had centered around the fact that writers need a social media presence. and i only had five facebook friends! ‘go find some,’ he told me. harsh! social media presence? how could i get one? where to start? where to begin? i had no idea what i was doing. but a seed was planted.
two years went by (sometimes i’m a little slow) until the light bulb finally switched on. it started small and simple: a woman complimented my outfit and asked if i were a stylist. ‘no,’ i answered. but right then and there i realized how to jumpstart my social media presence. ‘a blog,’ i thought. ‘i can post an outfit of the day. the 20-year-olds are doing it. why can’t i?’ and that’s when i stumbled upon tumblr. there i could post a daily outfit photo with absolutely no technical skills. (‘cuz i certainly didn’t have a single one!)
things were a little rocky at first. my children pointed out that my photos weren’t quite up to snuff. in their opinion, well, the photots “sucked” to put it in their terms! so the kids banded together, pooled their resources, and bought mr. style a camera for his birthday. that new canon rebel must have been the secret sauce. early in july, mr. style called and asked me if i’d was paying attention to the traffic on my tumblr account. i hadn’t been. but when i logged into my account, i discovered this lovely note:
this is the photo that started my new adventure and was plastered on the front page of tumblr between NBC Nightly News and Ellen DeGeneres. i have to laugh because my haircut in this photo is probably one of the worst i ever had. thinking back, i had been in between stylists, as mine had moved to new york. it just goes to show that you’re never really picture perfect or ready for the next step, but that should never stop you! sometimes you have to jump into the deep end and swim. (or at least tread water like i did.)
things finally did settle down on tumblr. but my search for a fab hairstylist continued until i met the amazing karmen buttler who quickly upped the style bar. isn’t she darling? after that first haircut, i breathed a sigh of relief, as i knew i was finally in good hands.
2014 quickly came to an end. and there was a new addition to our family. yes, oscar was the best christmas present ever!
even if mr. style didn’t agree from the get-go. he was still grieving the loss of our beloved english bulldog, buster.
2015 rolled into town and it was time to officially launch the blog into the blogsphere. there was still so much to learn. and i was hesitant to venture onto wordpress, as i had no idea what a link was let alone a plugin. but it was time to take the next step. and grow. and meet all sorts of new readers—like you.
i think you would agree that my hair looked pretty fabulous all year long. (i told you i was in good hands). thanks, karmen! and walking the hills of san francisco kept me somewhat in shape.
oscar grew by leaps and bounds all year long until he turned into a full grown canine.
and monday through friday i fa
2015 came to a close with an amazing invitation to join chico’s on a photo shoot in january! what? me on a photo shoot? why not. so off i flew to santa monica in january 201
mr. style and i also decided to relocate our digs to athens, ga from san francisco, ca. it was time for us to put down some roots after moving around the world for some 30 odd years. ‘why athens?’ you ask. well, mr. style loves small towns and i love big cities. so if i’m going to live in a small town, it better have a university. years ago, my mother grew up in a university town and loved it. athens, ga kept coming up on our radar screen, and boy-oh-boy am i glad it did. what a fantastc city to call home. go dawgs!
but i was on the hunt for a new hairstylist again.
mr. style and i made a few weekend trips. like savannah, ga and hilton head for his birthday. there’s nothing quite like an ocean view.
by the time my birthday rolled around, i knew it was time to get my fanny back in the gym. i no longer had all those hills to climb, and guess who likes to eat carbs and drink red wine? there’s nothing better than an hour of sweaty exercise for your body and soul!
this year, i’ve had the privilege to partner with great brands like christopher and banks. take a look.
2016 came to a close with mad dash to london. coty, one of the largest beauty professionals in the world, invited me to a brainstorming workshop centered around aging.
which brings us to 2017! and guess what? i’m still posting an outfit of the day. and i’m lucky enough to have you lovely readers tune in. the past 3 years have been an incredible journey for me. one in which i have learned so many things like how to run a blog. or post an instagram photo. or share a style tip on video. or negotiate a contract. small things, i know. but with each opportunity came a new learning curve for me.
and i can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2017! in my heart of hearts, i think i will finally
is the Founder and CEO of Style at a Certain Age. She writes Sundays-Fridays on all topics ranging from fashion, health, wellness, home design and more.
She’s 63, 5’8, and size 8.
You look fabulous! How tall are you? and how do you maintain your weight??
Congratulations Beth on your anniversary!
I don’t know how you do it posting a new outfit everyday!!
I’ve enjoyed following you for the past year!
Happy Anniversary! Thank you for the inspiration your blog provides. You remind your readers that we can be stylish at any age and for any occasion.
Are you letting your hair grow out ?
Happy Anniversary! Congratulations on your successful blogging career. I love reading your posts.
Happy number 3 Beth! You are such a inspiration for the women over 50! Wishing you much more success as a blogger and an author!!! Loved my time with you in Dallas! xoxo
Happy Anniversary! Love your story and your style. Thanks for the inspiration.
Happy Anniversary! Thank you for sharing your story and continuing the ootd! Pick up the pen and run with it! Have a fabulous rest of the year.
Happy Third Blogiversary! Whew, you have have accomplished a lot in just three short years. So many gals re-pin your outfits from my My Style board. I hope some of them go straight to the source and read your posts. I’m so glad I found your blog! xoxo
Happy Anniversary Beth! Love reading your blog – Your fashion style is spot on.
You often refer to your photographer, Mr. Style, which I’m assuming is your husband?
Can you please share some pictures of him also? Men need a fashion style too. Sweat pants and flannel shirts – not so much.
Happy Anniversary! I am a newcomer to your blog, and I can truly say that I love it!! I look forward to seeing what great style you have for the day. You are an inspiration for women our age, that beauty and class are always in style!
I’m also a new reader of your blog and am so impressed with your outfits! I love your use of color and the way you incorporate trends but look so polished and fresh. The price point of your clothing is much better than with other blogs, too. Keep up the great work!
Congratulations on your three year anniversary. I can’t remember how I discovered your blog, but am SO glad I did! Thanks for inspiring all of us who are of “a certain age”.
Happy Happy day and congrats. I have been a follower for about 2 years and have enjoyed getting style tips and inspiration. You’ve directed me to new sources and back to some old favorites.
I also have enjoyed watching Oscar grow to be such a hansom guy.
Lets call it Happy Birthday! All your fellow blogger followers can honestly say having a blog is like having a baby! No matter how many odd, long hours we are up nourishing and grooming we still coo every time a reader admires our baby. Keep it up girlfriend. After all, now that your hair looks great everyday there really is nothing else you can’t tackle!-Laurel
Happy Birthday! Love your blog. Continued success with it.
What a lovely recap – what fun to read the “back story”! Enjoying your posts every single day, wherever I am in the world!
are you a writer, ann? not everyone tunes into the backstory. and what a great opportunity to travel the world! mark twain said, “travel is fatal to prejudice.” hear, hear.
Writing lately just in the form of our Music and Markets Tours blog and website…used to write about food, wine & travel for other publications back in the days of paper 🙂 I’m interested in your novel…details?
Happy Blogoversary!!! Thanks for sharing your blogging story. You really do have a style that is worth sharing.
hi janie! your words are music to my ears. thank you!
Congratulations and thank you for sharing your closet with us! I look forward to your posts every day.It was fun looking at all these ootd’s you posted today.
thanks, sharon! it’s been a wild ride, but one i’ve been thankful for from the get-go. thank you, for tuning in and cheering me on. your love and support is so appreciated.
Congratulations Beth !!!! Omg after reading this post I can only say that indeed, nobody knows what awaits around the corner. I know you have heard it many times but your style is impeccable and you are so very inspiring ! Its always a treat to visit your blog.
thank you, lorena! i always love to hear from you. thank you, for your love and support.
Oh my goodness, I love every single photo from beginning to end (what a good looking family you have), and as for your hair…Wow, it is lovely, always has been, no matter who you have to style it. You and Mr. Style are AWESOME, of course it helps too, that you really are beautiful, I believe inside and out!
oh, bonnie, you are such a sweetheart! thank you, for all the love you have shown. it is so appreciated. (and mr. style loves it too!)
Congratulations on a beautiful journey! I’m a definite believer that there is serendipity in life, and sometimes when we just go with our strengths, good things definitely sweep us along, (like sitting on a huge wave that shrugs its shoulders on that distant beach!) Good for you–you’ve done a great job of it all and you’ve grown in the process. To many more!
I had an art blog for many years, and it was such fun to see it develop, and watch followers from all over the world. I never knew how the hell people found me, but it was great fun–and i still have friends from it all!
i would have loved to see your blog, sue! are you still painting or has your arthritis gotten in the way? isn’t it crazy how you met so many incredible people through the airwaves? that’s one of the bright spots of the world wide web.
Congratulations and what a great story!
Well. As much as I love shoes and clothes, THIS has to be my favorite of all your posts. It is so interesting to hear how it all got started! And I remember when I found you too. Thanks for sharing. Cheers to the years to come! *clink*
Happy blog anniversary Beth! I love your blog – you are a wonderful inspiration for me and many other women. I am so happy that I found your blog! It’s funny but I don’t remember how I found it, but I remember that my jaw dropped when I saw your OOTDs and I said to myself: Oh boy, what a lady! I want to be like her! Thank you for sharing this wonderful story. Renata xox
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