January 18, 2017

Walking through Anthropologie the other day, I checked out The Texture Market, a gorgeous little setting in a corner of the store that attracted me as much as the sale pricing. Stocked on the wall were pillows of every size and texture and one-of-a-kind-looking throws that would make Etsy blush with jealousy.

I fell in love with the All Roads Design pillows and throws on display. This Los Angeles studio creates artistic and nature-inspired designs that will perfectly enhance any room in your home. You might need to ask yourself whether you are buying a pillow or a piece of art!

With a sale going on at Anthropologie, isn’t it time to freshen up your home’s winter accessories?


January 18, 2017

Isn’t it fun to check out the ages of over-50 women we all know and love? HELLO THERE 50 sharpened the pencil and created a list of fabulous big-screen legends, TV stars and award-winning singers . . . just for fun!

Remember actress Marlo Thomas in the sitcom That Girl? The show aired from 1966 to 1971, and Marlo portrayed a single, struggling actress in New York City looking for her first big break. Married to TV talk show host Phil Donahue since 1980, Marlo, age 79, devotes her time, energy and heart to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Did you know her dad, Danny Thomas, founded this hospital? The Lebanese comedian prayed to St. Jude Thaddeus, patron saint of hopeless causes, for help as he started his career in show biz. In thanksgiving to answered prayers, he built the medical facility that cares for children with cancer and other diseases, and is also  a research center. Click here for more info on St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to become a local volunteer.

See if you can correctly guess the ages of these legendary over-50 women below:

Hello There 50s:
Sandra Bullock, age 52 – This actress and producer hails from Arlington, Virginia, and has a long list of popular films to her credit including Speed, While You Were Sleeping, Miss Congeniality and The Heat. Sandra won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her stellar performance in The Blind Side in 2009. People Magazine named Sandra their “Most Beautiful Woman” in 2015. Over the years, the actress has been a major public supporter of the American Red Cross.
Demi Moore, 54 – Do you remember this favorite actress and model when she first appeared in St. Elmo’s Fire? We loved her in Ghost, A Few Good Men, The Proposal, G.I. Jane and The Juror (filmed in my old upstate New York neighborhood . . . got to see Demi,too!)
Gloria Estefan, age 59 – This Cuban-American singer began her career with the Miami Sound Machine, and we all loved her famous “Conga” back in 1985! Along with seven Grammys, Gloria was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to American music.

Hello There 60s:
Christie Brinkley, 62 – With a background as supermodel, actress, celebrity, artist and author, it’s no surprise that Christie is also an entrepreneur, with her new anti-aging collection of Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare.
Kathie Lee Gifford, age 63 – The Emmy-winning co-host of the Today Show with Hoda Kotb writes books, sings and has her own California collection of wine, GIFFT by Kathie Lee Gifford. This lady with a heart of gold is dedicated to helping the Association to Benefit Children.
Jane Seymour, age 65 – The creative Jane has an inspirational Open Hearts collection of jewelry,  home decor and fine art prints plus a skin treatment system to help protect skin against aging and winter elements.

Hello There 70s:
Suzanne Somers, 70 – Remember Chrissy on Three’s Company? The actress, author and entrepreneur has an organic line of cosmetics, and actively promotes good health, fitness and fashion.
Diane Keaton, 71 – We all love this film actress, director and producer who won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Annie Hall! Another memorable role was Kay Adams-Corleone in The Godfather. Besides acting, Diane loves photography, writes books, develops real estate and has promoted L’Oréal Paris’ anti-aging skincare line.
Martha Stewart, 75 – Television personality and successful businesswoman Martha delivers the best on her blog, Martha, Up Close and Personal. And, if you need something fun to do, tackle one of Martha’s DIY home projects!

Hello There 80s:
Julie Andrews, 81 – Dame Julia Elizabeth “Julie” Andrews is a film and stage actress, singer, author and director. No one can forget her film debut in Mary Poppins! Julie started in The Sound of Music in 1965, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Maggie Smith, 82 – Dame Margaret Natalie Smith – aka Maggie Smith – has acted on stage, television and film for over 60 years. Most recently we know her as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham on Downton Abbey until the PBS series ended in 2015.
Barbara Walters, 87 – This broadcast journalist, author and TV personality’s résumé includes hosting 20/20, Today, The View and ABC Evening News. Although in retirement, Barbara can be seen on an  occasional report for ABC News.


January 9, 2017

Are you still in disbelief after Friday’s shootings at Ft. Lauderdale Airport? It hit home to so many of us here in Florida. I sat for hours glued to the TV waiting for updates, knowing I had a family member aboard a noon flight ready for take-off. Finally at midnight, we were reunited at the Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center as the American Red Cross fed hundreds of bused-in passengers, and Ft. Lauderdale police did an excellent job of dealing with a situation that you just can’t prepare for or imagine.

Although this is a lifestyle blog for women over 50, I feel a responsibility to share my takeaways. A dear friend whose son survived the 2012 Colorado theater shootings sums it up by saying, “You never know what the day will bring!” And, how right she is.

My main takeaway: This is why we need to pray every day. When faced with a crisis, death or illness, it’s often difficult to find the words to pray because we are caught up in the situation and may not be thinking clearly. Prayer is petition, blessing, praise, intercession and thanksgiving. It’s the best way to start and end your day.

Take a moment to check out the following:

  • PLAN: Develop a family plan for any emergency situation. Add ICE (In Case of Emergency) to your cell phone. Here’s how. Check out the American Red Cross Emergency preparation page. It tells about all types of emergencies and how to prepare and respond to them.
  • PACK: Be sure to have your cell phone charger with you plus a battery back-up. Wear clothing with pockets. Put your your driver’s license, plane ticket, cell phone and some cash in a zip-lock bag in your pocket — even if you are carrying a purse.
  • ATTITUDE: Stay calm. Stay alert and stay quiet. Chaos only adds to chaos.

After being on the sidelines on Friday, here are my three takeaways:

  1. Cherish every moment with your family and friends. (Mend fences. Give hugs.)
  2. Be prepared spiritually. (Begin 2017 with prayer and a gentle spirit.)
  3. Remember to say “I love you.” (Often.)

Interestingly, this photo of a rainbow on the Ft. Lauderdale Airport runway was taken one hour before the shootings occurred.

My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims’ families and the injured.


October 23, 2016

Get inspired to eat well with a heavenly plate of colorful berries, thinly sliced Granny Smith apple and room-temperature brie topped with slivered almonds. Add a few slices of a French baguette, and share with a friend.


September 10, 2016

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