Editor’s Note: In this Guest Spot, we travel to the land of swaying palm trees and ocean breezes, down to Tampa, FL. Here lives a woman who thinks about deep things like balance, perspective, and calm in the face of life’s tempestuous storms. And she could teach a Master Class in how to do classic style so that it is NEVER boring, predictable, or frumpy. Meet fellow over-fifty blogger Nina from Sharing A Journey, who opens her heart and home to talk to us about both life and style. — Marcie
Nina, you look so vibrant. How do you feel about being over fifty? I don’t give my age much thought. Half the time, when someone asks, I have to calculate to see how old I actually am. I am loving this chapter of my life, though it hasn’t been without bumps and massive change. I’m better able to navigate life’s ups and downs now.
Has your style changed in any way? What is your style now? I’d say my style is classic, and elegant with a twist — I usually try to keep my look interesting and fun. When I was young, I was very feminine and floaty, then I transitioned into corporate life which is essentially a uniform — I was always looking for ways to express my personal style and may have broken a few dress code rules along the way. My former husband liked more body-conscious looks so some of that made its way into my wardrobe for a while as well. Lately, I’ve been loving vintage vibes, so we’ve been having fun playing with modern clothing with a nod to the past. I’ve been watching too much PBS, I think.
Are you more willing (less, same) to try new things? I am always trying new things and morphing them into my wardrobe. I love seeing how many ways I can style a single piece. I do sort of gravitate to the classics though.
How do you tweak current fashion to accommodate the over-fifty lady? An over-fifty lady is no different than any other lady. A lady should dress to flatter her unique figure, choosing clothes that suit her sensibilities and lifestyle. Style has nothing to do with one’s age. I look for clothing that inspires my imagination and I make sure it fits properly — fit is key.
What are your goals as an over-fifty woman? Career? Family? Personal? Do you have a bucket list? My daughter is at college and is doing an excellent job of “adulting” so my new job title is “parental consultant.” She is studying Advertising/PR and has her own YouTube channel, so we have lots to talk about. Sharing A Journey has been an amazing opportunity for me as a writer, content creator and explorer/adventurer. We’ve been enjoying diving deeper into storytelling with our photographs and getting out into the Sharing A Journey community by doing more video, Facebook Lives and are launching Sharing A Journey Real Live here in Tampa. This will be a local style series starting in late April. On my bucket list is more travel, writing books and seeing what comes next — life has been a surprise all along; I don’t imagine that will change.
Do you keep up with current fashion or feel that your wardrobe reflects your fashion statement? I do take a gander at the trends and check out the runway shows to get a feel for what’s going on, but ultimately I am into playing with what inspires me from my closet, Instagram, Pinterest, television, things I see in the stores or being worn on the street.
What wisdom would you pass on to your younger self? Gosh, that’s a hard one. I used to take life very seriously; I was always worried about fitting in, being perfect and being liked. I had to have the top designer clothes; everything had to be a certain way. It was very expensive and stressful. I wish someone had showed me how to be more inwardly directed, and I wish I had started practicing yoga and meditation when I was 20 rather than 48.
A Little Background Music
A fresh update on a classic from the wonderful rising recording artist Samantha Fish.
*The gorgeous photos were provided by Nina at Sharing A Journey and were shot by R.S. Estey Photography. Mad respect from us for the man behind the lens!