By Tammy Seibert
If you are thinking, no way Tammy… I’m not wearing white booties for fall and winter fashion. I’m not wearing white on my feet after Labor Day. It may feel like the white boot trend seems a little bit tricky and it feels like a footwear choice that’s too difficult to make your own, you are wrong! What’s your excuse not to wear them? For fear that they’ll be ruined on the first wear, or they are too big of a fashion risk to take and you choose the safer, classic black version?
I have to admit I thought all the same things which is why I went with a cheaper version from Target to ease my way into taking a walk on the wild side. It hurts less when you’ve spent less money to try a new trend. I would never feel comfortable spending hundreds of dollars on white boots. But Target’s price point gave me permission without breaking the bank. The kitten-heel bootie is great for work-related events too when I’m on my feet for 12 plus hours.
After all, the white bootie is made to stand out. Forget those old rules and march into fall with a pair of white ankle booties. I’ve actually enjoyed this change up and when you are over–fifty, change is good to shake your wardrobe up. Here are some inspirational street-style fashion pictures to get you thinking outside the box.
I was inspired when Marcie and I sat down to look at Vogue and saw this ad by DKNY.
Actually, Marcie was polling the Fashion51 girls on their wish list for fall and one of my items was the white bootie.
In the end you can call it the Celine effect, but the biggest wave of nostalgia to hit the scene is the white boot. Who might want to wade in the water with me…by trying one on to see how it fits your style?
The Real-Real Behind the Scenes/ Tammy’s Book Recommendation
Happy Birthday to me…Fearless Living and turning 55.
I just finished reading this book: Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist.
In these pages, Shauna invites you to consider the landscape of your own life, and what it might look like to leave behind the pressure to be perfect and begin the life-changing practice of simply being present, in the middle of the mess and the ordinariness of life.
As she puts it: “A few years ago, I found myself exhausted and isolated, my soul and body sick. I was tired of being tired, burned out on busy. And, it seemed almost everyone I talked with was in the same boat: longing for connections, meaning, depth, but settling for busy.
We can either let fear stop us in our tracks or we can use it to move us forward. What will you choose?
Fearless after 50 means fear needs to banished. Fear will stop you from pursuing your dreams, and could cause you to give up and give in. Keeping you a prisoner in your comfort zone. Stay in the present. Enjoying the present moment can be a powerful antidote to age–related anxieties about the future as well as regrets about the past. It can also help us stay in touch with what we care about. I recommend a regular practice of prayer, mediation or journaling to help keep you in the here and now.
Remember to have fun and not take yourself too seriously. In the book she has a chapter on Learning to Play. She writes, “It’s that for all sorts of reasons, I default to hustle mode all too often. Hustle in the opposite of heart. But my jam these day is wasting time, playing, becoming aware of the internal engine that always wants to go faster, faster , faster. That engine is not the best part of me. My heart is the best part of me. And I’m finding that my heart loves to play. My heart loves to color and draw, loves to dance in the kitchen, loves to shoot baskets, loves to do cartwheels with my nieces in the front yard.”
I’m trying to take her advice and savor the moment. Not taking myself or my wardrobe too seriously. Learning to play, break some rules, wearing white after Labor Day on my feet, coloring outside the lines and being thankful for each day that I get to spend here. Turning 55 is a privilege and age is just a number. It’s how you feel in your heart that counts.
A Little Background Music