when the seasons’ transition from hot to cold it’s time to assess our wardrobe. what still fits, what’s still in style, how do i update my current items to stay fresh and modern?  i don’t know about you but i want to age with strength, and grace, and beauty. because ageless style doesn’t have an expiration date. but we do have to keep up with current trends or we’ll look as if we’re stuck in time.

on my YouTube channel, i introduced a new series where i select five items from a specific brand. this is an easy way to incorporate trends into your existing wardrobe that helps our outfits stay current and fresh. this week i went shopping at Ann Taylor. this is what came home with me. don’t forget to watch the YouTube video at the end of this post to see how i styled each of the items.

moody florals with rich deep hues are trending big time this fall. you’ll see floral dresses, shirts, and skirts everywhere this year. i chose this floral stand collar slit-neck blouse due to the vibrant colors. and it has a matching skirt. when worn together you have a snazzy shirtdress. but since they’re separates they can be mixed and matched with other items in your closet.

i know, i know, we’ve been told over and over again that women of a certain age shouldn’t wear this and shouldn’t wear that. and many of us shy away from bold or large patterns. stick to your comfort level, ladies. if looking slim is your main objective definitely steer clear of oversized prints. but if you want to add a little punch to your wardrobe and stay on trend don’t be afraid to step outside of the box when it comes to style rules.

this floral scarf print pleated skirt is fun and flirty and feminine. and all of the colors are on trend so this skirt was a must-have for yours truly.

the next item that found its way into my shopping cart is a bow neck blouse. i chose a sleeveless blouse as the temps in Georgia are still in the eightes. but i love the fact this ivory shell will slip underneath a cardigan or blazer with ease. bow blouses are classics in my eyes. but they do tend to drift in and out of favor with the fashion powers that be.

animal print is hot and hotter this year. if you’re ready to take a walk on the wild side try this zebra print cardigan on for size. it’s the classic cardigan with a twist. and i love the classic black and white color combination.

there’s no quicker or easier way to update your wardrobe than with a pair of modern blue jeans. i get it, every time i wear a pair of distressed jeans on the blog there’s an uproar from the women of a certain age. but take heart. you don’t have to wear distressed jeans or jeans with holes or patches to step into the twenty-first century. instead, look for details that update jeans to stay fresh and current like a frayed hem, step hem, side stripes, high waist or in my case i love, love, love these sailor jeans with brass buttons.

happy sunday, gang! don’t forget to watch the YouTube video that introduces our new series Style Secrets where i take five new items and incorporate them into my classic wardrobe. there’s a recap of the outfits you’ll see in the video at the bottom of the post.


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outfit #5

september has arrived gang! but before we focus on fall fashion, full-time i wanted to take a moment and share the top five posts from august. every month the style at a certain age team takes a deep dive into our analytics to see what resonates with all of you. summer is such a busy time what with vacations, long weekends, and lazy days by the pool you might have missed a post or two. so in case you were away or taking a hiatus from the internet here’s what resonated with you in august.

watercolor tunic, white denim and gingham slingbacks

fridays with oscar continue to be a favorite with you. and this month not one but two fridays with oscar posts were hits! first up was a delicious one-pan roasted chicken and veggies. and y’all loved this tunic from Macy’s. these gingham flats from J.Crew were on style repeat as were the white denim from J.Crew. win/win/win.

salty dog

read the post | salty dog and one pan-roasted chicken and veggies

one pan roasted chicken & veggies

the second most popular post in august was lose weight fast with Faster Way to Fat Loss. nothing makes me happier than to share health and wellness tips with you. since our generation grew up eating processed food, sugar, and the misconception it’s okay to gain weight as we age i’m always happy to share FWTFL. our health is important no matter what age but especially as we age. lot’s of things start to show up after we hit menopause, including illnesses associated with being overweight like diabetes or auto-immune diseases. if you want to learn how to burn fat and choose nutritious foods that will help us achieve a healthy lifestyle then you won’t want to miss this post.

read the post | lose weight fast with Faster Way to Fat Loss

the third most popular post in august was a favorite of mine. vince camuto separates. the dog days of summer recently settled in, so it’s all about beating the heat in style. i particularly like how light and airy this outfit feels. and the sheer ruffle on the paisley skirt gives this ootd some personality. stay tuned for tomorrow’s post where the easy flowing blouse makes another appearance. this time dressed down. these Vince Camuto separates are so dang versatile!

vince camuto separates

read the post | vince camuto separates

vince camuto separatesvince camuto separates

coming in fourth place is leopard jeans that transition from summer to fall. and believe you me these leopard jeans will be on style repeat all fall. i snagged these babies at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale knowing they would turn into a perennial favorite. 

leopard jeans, silk blouse, white blazer

read the post | leopard jeans that transition from summer to fall.

leopard jeans, silk blouse, white blazer

leopard jeans, silk blouse, white blazer

last but not least is fridays with oscar labor day hacks! and since we’re smack dab in the middle of labor day, you still have time to watch the video and read the post where i share a few entertaining hacks, a cute summer outfit, and of course, a cocktail.

chino shorts chambray shirt

read the post | fridays with oscar | labor day hacks

labor day hacks

labor day hacks

now that we covered the five most popular august posts let’s take a look at the top ten items you purchased in august. several of the items are from Talbots a brand we both love.

Milano knit topper

Vince Camuto

Wool blazer

Gingham shirt

Houndstooth pencil skirt


Leopard jeans

Leather circle crossbody handbag

Paisley ankle pants

Loafer mules

that’s a wrap for august! it’s full steam ahead to fall fashion no matter what the temps may be. happy sunday, ladies!








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