if you can believe it, the blog has an anniversary this month. six years ago, mr. style and i snapped the first ootd photo, and life has never been the same. let me tell you, it’s been a wild ride ever since. at the time, i knew nothing about blogging – zero, zilch, nada. some of you may be curious as to why i started a blog in the first place. that’s a story i recently shared on a podcast interview with jennifer duvall, the beauty blogger and makeup artist behind JennySue Makeup. if you have a moment to listen, here’s the link.
the very first post was simply titled “step into spring.” the denim was J.Crew the sweater from Loft. in the beginning, i had no idea my readers wanted to know what retailers the items were from. in my mind, the posts were simply inspirational. but let’s take a jet tour from the inception of the blog. as i said, it’s been a wild ride these past six years. initially, the blog wasn’t even a blog as it got its start on the social media channel Tumblr – a user-friendly space for those of us who aren’t tech-savvy. think of Tumblr as the predecessor to Instagram but with more photos. the only skill necessary was uploading a photo and hitting publish. and that’s just what i did, consistently, five days a week. three months into my new venture, i received a text message at work from mr. style, asking, “have you paid attention to your Tumblr account today?” back then, i rarely checked my social channel. all of my attention was focused on coordinating a daily outfit, squeezing in a photo session then heading off to work. after my husband’s message, i grabbed my phone and logged into Tumblr. this email greeted me.
can you believe it! my blog was splashed on the front page of Tumblr smack dab in between ellen degeneres and nbc nightly news. this was the photo that launched my account into unchartered territory. thanks, Tumblr! you got the ball rolling.
when i returned home that evening, two of my kiddos were camped out on our sofa glued to the computer monitor, spewing advice and scratching their heads as to how the momster’s blog had suddenly gone viral. but all i could think about was what to wear the following day? suddenly, i had a captive audience that was growing by the second. and i discovered, to my dismay, i had absolutely nothing to wear… i finally decided on my go-to outfit. can you guess what i chose? that’s right, a blazer, blue jeans, and a sweater.
after my Tumblr channel went viral, i decided to take things seriously with social media. and i knew i needed to set up a proper blog on WordPress. but the idea of transitioning to the main blogosphere struck fear in my heart. there were many technical aspects on the back end of the blog i didn’t understand and was hesitant to learn (can you really teach an old dog new tricks?). i finally made the decision to set up shop in cyberspace after the lovely deb boland from Fabulous after 40 contacted me for a style blazer interview. thanks, deb! it was just the sort of nudge i needed. now there was a deadline involved. if i didn’t meet that deadline, i wouldn’t meet all the lovely readers that didn’t have a Tumblr account. initially, panic set in as i didn’t know the difference between a link and a plug-in, let alone how to operate either one… a big thank you to all who faithfully stuck by me as i navigated one learning curve after another in those early days.
mr. style was a fantastic photographer from the get-go. although we had our hits and misses. now, when I can look back at the early days of the blog, i’m so thankful. it’s a diary in many ways as i can remember exactly what was going on that day. the outfit, the location, mr. style behind the lens cheering me on every step of the way.
a weekly gig with oscar started in san francisco, watching him grow from adorable puppy to full-grown canine. after oscar grew up and we moved to athens, we introduced cocktails and recipes to keep fridays with oscar fun and interesting. ollie, a Maine Coon cat, joins us from time-to-time.
there have been some amazing hairstyles along the way. and hair stylists that keep me looking at the top of my game. sometimes the ‘do’ is longer. other times it’s short. life changes, hairstyles change, it’s good to mix things up.
over the past six years, there’s been more than one adventure. early 2016 Chico’s flew me to California to kick-off their first campaign that celebrated fifty-somethings.
shortly after, i hopped on a plane and flew to Minneapolis to take part in several photos shoots with Christopher and Banks. it was beyond fun!
i’ve had the privilege to work with some amazing bloggers. ty, naty michele, and i worked on the “beautiful eyes confident style” campaign with alcon. the photoshoot took place in chicago.
can you believe i interviewed That Girl marlo thomas in her penthouse apartment?
how lucky to meet some of my favorite bloggers in person that turned into friends.
nikol from Fresh Beauty Studio
alison from Wardrobe Oxygen, maria from Maria Sadler, angie from Hot and Flashy, and erin from Busbee Style.
and my dear friend lisa from Silver Stylist, who lives a hop, skip, and jump from me, to name but a few.
Style at a Certain Age has slowly morphed into a lifestyle blog that’s dedicated to aging with grace, strength, and beauty. now i share fitness tips with you as i needed to get this bod back in shape back in January 2018. Faster Way to Fat Loss really works! this lifestyle keeps me on track and focused on nutrition, which is so important for our body and soul. what we eat keeps our minds sharp, and our bodies fueled.
slowly, over time, i’ve changed the way i eat and exercise. the key is what you eat – 80% kitchen, 20% exercise. but exercise is soooo important as we age. use it or lose it. but fitness begins with food.
exercise, nutrition, and sleep are three key ingredients to a healthy body. but i’m interested in anything and everything that helps us live life to the fullest.
there’s an online book club with Style on Facebook. come join the fun!
in 2019 i added HSN style expert to my resume when i flew down to launch Lemon Way. my hat is off to the cast and crew that get up at 3am to broadcast live!
major milestones have been shared with you. what i learned after thirty-five years of marriage with mr. style and my sixtieth birthday.
can you believe mr. style was undergoing radiation treatment for liver cancer when we took these photos? what an amazing attitude he had right to the end. boy, did we have fun on this photoshoot! afterward, we ate at his favorite Persian restaurant in Atlanta.
our oldest son was married in May of 2019.
three short months later, mr. style lost his battle with cancer, and you all mourned with me goodbye, mr. style.
slowly, but surely we returned to work when jr. style graciously stepped behind the lens. Talbots was my very first collaboration back in August 2015 and they were my first after mr. style passed away. Talbots will always hold a special place in my heart. and they’re still one of my favorite brands to work with to date.
what a privilege to represent our age group and work with beauty brand powerhouses like L’Oreal, itCosmetics, and Estee Lauder.
the blog continues to grow and improve. there’s a classic style series (after all, i’m a classic style blogger) on Instagram.
there’s a growing audience on YouTube!
i’m dedicated to working with brands and campaigns that resonate with me, and i know will resonate with you.
at some point, we will travel again, and i’ll take you along with me.
in the meantime, i’ll continue to show up day after day because i have the most a-ma-zing readers from near and far that tune in offering love and support. thank you, from the bottom of my heart for this incredible journey. thank you for six beautiful, wonderful, challenging years. even though the world still looks topsy turvy, i’m looking forward to many more years of sharing valuable content with you because hope springs eternal.
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.
VERY nice memories. Thank you for sharing and congratulations!
Congratulations Beth! You’ve worked so hard to get here. I know Mr. Style is looking down and smiling!
Here’s to many more happy years!
Truly a beautiful journey! Thanks for sharing your joy, sorrow, style, beauty and health inspirations.
Wish I had been following you all 6 years but so glad I found you a few years back. What an amazing journey this has been for you ( and those of us who follow you)!
Thank you for sharing the history of your blog. I enjoy reading your posts.
Gentile Signora, lei entra nelle nostre case, con garbo ed è un piacere seguirla nei suoi consigli di moda o altro. Bella persona, stupenda famiglia. Tanti cari auguri di buon proseguimento per continuare così un abbraccio dall’italia. RENATA
GREAT POST. Enjoyed seeing the past blasts!Also seeing the puppy OScar!(my typing is not so good today,better quit while I’m ahead!) Best
This is a great post. I did not know your story, as I only found you last year. So interesting to read through the history of your blog (even pre-blog.)
I just requested to join your Book Club. I am in a local Book Club with friends, but we will be moving at in a few months, when I retire. I look forward to more time to read. I cannot wait to see what books you will be reading.
I cannot thank you enough, Dear Beth, for your inspiration in my life! Your blog came to me at just the right time. Thank you!
So very proud for you. What an amazing journey. Your email is the first one I open.
You always have an awesome ootd and such a postive vibe. Keep those great fashion ideas and inspirations coming. We’re behind you every step of the way !
Happy Anniversary! Congratulations on six amazing years. I’ve been following you for about a year and I loved reading how you started and developed over time. Best wishes in continued success!
Happy Birthday, Style!!! Wow, six amazing years. You look absolutely marvelous. Indeed, you love us and we love you! Keep up the incredible work because, as the 80’s Vidal Sassoon shampoo ad stated, “If you don’t look good, we don’t look good. We take pride in you…”! Yes, we do. Here’s to many more birthdays, Style! ~
Just found your blog this past year. I turn 40 this summer, and just wanted to pop in and let you know that your blog is my favorite!
Thank you for sharing and congratulations on your past 6 years. I have only been following you for about 5 months but have really enjoyed your classic style and will continue to do so. Also enjoy Fridays with Oscar,
Thanks for the anniversary share! I can’t tell you how many outfits & recipes I’ve copied from you! Truly an inspiration! And I always look forward to those Fridays!
Congratulations on this special anniversary! Since I only found you two years ago, it was delightful to read today’s post and learn more about you and your venture. And imagine my surprise when I opened my email and saw your photo – I still have that very sweater!
What a lovely account. Thank you!
I am so happy you gave blogging a try. I have been following you for 5 years and look forward to your daily post! You are my favorite blogger ! Keep posting🤩
Congratulations on your six year anniversary. I’m new to your blog (following for about 2-3 months) and love your style. You have mentioned Mr. Style on many occasions but didn’t know anything about him until I read your blog about your 35th wedding anniversary and saw the beautiful photos of you and Mr. Style. Your blog summed up perfectly the essence of a beautiful, loving marriage. I a sorry Mac is gone. He is so proud of you.
Congratulations! Love your blog!
Congratulations on 6 years. You have brightened my day and helped me keep up beat. Thank you.
Congratulations, Beth, on the six year anniversary! I have only been following you for about a year. Today’s post has encouraged me to go look at some of the posts I missed (when I get some free time). Keep up the fantastic work!!
You are amazing! I love your style and have incorporated numerous similar items to mimic your style, which is quickly becoming mine. Not exactly. I add my own twist that you definitely are the catalyst for my changes. I thank you!
Oh I loved this stroll down Style at a Certain Age memory lane! Beth, your style and your writing inspired me from the moment I first found you to this very day, and I am honored to also call you a friend. Congrats on six very chic years, here’s to many more. I adore you!
Congratulations on your anniversary!
Thank you for bringing new life into this 70 year old, you are such an inspiration and beam of hope that we can always looks stylish no matter our age. Congratulations and please keep up the blog I so look forward to it each and every day
Happy 6th Blogging Anniversary Beth!
Such an amazing posts and truly enjoyed sharing every step with you!
Looking forward to more years with you and your family and fur babies🐾
Congratulations on your 6th anniversary! I am 46 and enjoy your blog and posts. Thank you for taking us down memory lane and sharing your personal story. Your husband would be very proud of you. God bless.
Great inspiration then and fabulous inspiration now. Congrats and looking forward to 6 more years,,,
I’m a new to you visitor. Thank you for your blog – I do enjoy it. I’m 51 with younger kids, working full time and I so appreciate your inspiring looks and thoughts. Congratulations on 6 years! You should be very proud of yourself!
Gracias siempre por sus publicaciones. Sigo su blog desde España. Un saludo.
Love this blog! Happy 6th birthday! I have followed you, since I retired about 5 years ago, and you have become a friendly part of my routine. So appreciate the work, topics and heart that are put in.
One of my favorite posts.
What an amazing journey!
So enjoyed your story today! Have been following everyday for two years I think. Your style is my style. I like classic and timeless with (a little trend) mixed in. I’m a little older than you but want to stay youngish. Keep going girl!
Thanks so much for sharing your story with us. I always love reading your blog and seeing your OOTD.
Happy Anniversary, Beth!
I’ve been with you now four years and I can honestly say I’m better off for it. You and your blog have elevated my style and motivated a healthier lifestyle. It’s a pleasure to read your blog each day.
Beth, reading this brought back many memories for me! I’ve been following you longer than I realized. I do remember the time you went to do the Chico’s shoot and going to Minneapolis!
Thank you for taking us in your journey with you!!
Happy Fashion-a-versary Beth!!!!! You Rock!
Congrats on 6 years!! I just started following you last year but love your site!! I’ve joined the book club as well.
I look forward to your blog daily.
Congratulations to a lovely lady.
Wishing you many more years of special memories.
You are a lady with great style and grace. I have so enjoyed all your posts.
Happy Anniversary! Continued success.
Congratulations, Beth! I love your blog and find lots of inspiration. You are talented and creative. I appreciate all you share with your readers. To many more years…….all the best!
“You’ve come a long way baby…to get where you got to today.” (From an old TV commercial). I have enjoyed your blog for about 4 years now. You had just moved to Athens. Talbots brought me here and I love those classics with an edge. I am 63 years old, from Iowa, and I hope you will continue blogging for the next 25 years. What a ride! Your daily emails give me great style ideas and inspire me in all ways. Thank you! I like it when you share your life experiences with us. Mr Style is surely looking down at you beaming with pride. Congrats on 6 years!
Congratulations and thank you for sharing your life with your readers. I love checking your blog to see what new ideas you share. You never disappoint! Your energy and delight comes through your words and are contagious. Keep on keeping on!
Wonderful look back over the last 6 years – congratulation. I’ve been following you for about 4 of them and always love your Youtube videos and daily blogs, thank you.
I look forward to your column each day. You are such an inspiration, and I feel like I know you and Oscar and Ollie. Congratulations on your six years. Please keep on inspiring us.
Thank you for this great post of your journey and timeline. It’s fun to know how it all got started for you since I have only been following you for 2 or 3 years. Keep up the great work. I love your blog. It’s very inspirational.
Great memories, great post!
What an absolutely delightful post. So much inspiration and wisdom.
What a lovely journey! You’ve got style, Beth. I follow you with joy and hoping that some of that style will rub off on me. I look forward to your every post. Thank you!
Congratulations Beth to this achievement. You are my favorite blogger for my updated classic fashion interests and I love your Youtube channel.
Thank you for sharing your trip down memory lane – so much to treasure. A huge congratulations – you deserve every wonderful moment.
Thank you for sharing your history. I am turning 60 this year and I gotta say I’m dreading it. (Age has just always been a number for me) But reading your blogs and watching how you dress is very inspiring and reminds me that, yes, age is just a number. It’s how you feel and the attitude you project. I can’t wait until the world returns to normal (soon) and life can go on and I can forget about my age. I’m all for living my best life!
You, Beth, are a style icon. With my 67 years of life experience, I pronounce this with certainty! You were born with an innate sense of style, beauty and intelligence, and you use your gifts so well. We, your followers, are your lucky beneficiaries. I appreciate the hard work, persistence and diligence you apply to this blog. I enjoy you as a “living doll” as much as I enjoyed my Barbie as a little girl. Thank you and God bless you. Hope to follow you for many years more.
Congratulations Beth! It was great to review this look back on your blog. I appreciate your style input and wisdom and look forward to reading your blog every day. Thank you!
What a fantastic journey Beth! I only recently discovered your website and YouTube videos. You have inspired me to take better care of myself as I am getting older. Your messages are exactly what I needed to hear! I will stay tuned and thank you!
6 years- what a great accomplishment. Congrats!
Thank you Beth – have followed you since your SFO days. Love your blog, congratulations on 6 years – you packed a lot into those years. Your strength, style and spirit is inspiring. Following you from Melbourne, Australia Viv
Congratulations, Beth! I think this is my first comment in the 3-4 years that I’ve been reading your blog. And I recently subscribed to your YouTube channel, which I am enjoying. What a roller coaster ride it has been for you in six short years. You’ve done a great job and I thank you for the hard work that you put into it day after day. I hope you feel you’ve received as much from your readers as you’ve given to us all.
I think you are the first blogger I ever found. And I’ve been following you ever since. I wasn’t on Tumbler. But I’ve followed you everywhere else. And I love your ootd. And seeing Oscar and Ollie. I also live in Georgia, but farther north than you. We moved here a little over two years ago. I love the weather, most of the time. I live out in the country, no neighbors. Just a lot of feral cats, who are driving my dogs crazy. But I love it here. We moved to be closer to our grandkids. But now they’re living in Virginia, while my daughter works as a traveling nurse. I hope they come back soon. I miss them all. But I’m not leaving here. Keep up the good work. I enjoy everything you do. Congratulations on six years!
Gotta say girl, you are rocking’ it! I thought your outfits compared to the fashionistas, Amal & Diana, looked way better — no joke! And Mr Styles, well what a tall glass of water he was! So sorry he’s not here to share in all your accomplishments.
You look as fabulous as day one!
Thank you for sharing your everlasting wonderful sense of style, it’s been a blessing! You go girl!!
Congratulations! What a ride. Indeed! Thank you for sharing your fabulous journey with all of us. I have learned so much. Wishing you all the best as the journey continues.
I well recall the very first time I found your blog in the very, very early days in San Francisco. I am still waiting on that book you were going to write……….. Hopefully you have not abandoned the idea. Love your blog and I must say that when I cannot think straight about what I am doing workwise which is very large commercial loans I quickly flick to the blog even though I may already seen it at 4am our time, but you somehow brighten my day………. Thanks so much for all your work and taking us on your journey even though it was quite sad at one point.
What an amazing ride! Beth, thank you for sharing this wonderfully emotional journey and your inspiration, each day! You are beautiful- inside and outside.
Job well done; kudos to you!
Congratulations!! I so enjoyed this look back! I believe one of the biggest blessing of being a blogger is having documentation throughout the years of ones life experiences! Well done and I look forward to future posts!!
Thank you for sharing the past is six years. It makes all of us feel closer to you . I’m new to your blog and have enjoyed all the fashion information.
Experiencing a loss can be an emotional set back and I feel bad that anyone has to go through that. Some how we find our way back and move forward, as you have done. Bravo
Happy Anniversary! Love this blog!
What a fun post. I was trying to figure out how long I’ve been following you. At least 3, maybe 4 years. The photoshoot with Mr. Style where you are in the pink dress and he’s looking so handsome and dapper in the jeans and tux jacket are some of my favorite photos of you. You both look so happy and in love.
So many great outfits. I’m about 20 years your junior I think (42), and you are definitely #stylegoals and #aginggoals.
Congratulations on your 6 year anniversary! Here’s to many many more.
Loved the story of how your blog came to be! I have enjoyed your ideas on fashion and style. Some I use and some don’t fit. But then I’m much older than you!
Keep up the good work!
Congratulations on six years of styling! I look forward to seeing your daily outfits and recommendations. Your positivity is always motivating.
A wonderful post! I so enjoyed hearing about the early days of the blog! Congratulations on six great years!
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