4 Ways To Soften Your Menswear Inspired Looks this Fall

4 Ways To Soften Your Menswear Inspired Looks this Fall

Cape it!

I love the simplicity of throwing a mens blazer over my shoulders. It automatically makes the shape softer and more feminine.  

 

Leopard it!

Adding a leopard element to any Fall look is an instant update! These open top booties create a strong long line, don’t you think?

 

Embellish it!

Adding a little pearl detail never hurt anyone! It adds a feminine and soft touch to this grey oversized overcoat. It is so City Chic paired with my all white ensemble. 

 

Cinch it!

I’ve always been a fan of belting a coat in an unexpected way. Here I am using my favorite leather Obi Belt to tie it all together! 

 

9 Principals For A Happy & Healthy Life | Power 9

9 Principals For A Happy & Healthy Life | Power 9

Can you believe the average life expectancy in the United States is 78 years old? Yet there are people all around the world who have the privilege to surpass 100 years of age. What are we doing differently than anyone else? I found this great article on Well and Good about this 9 habits of the Blue Zone, which are regions of the world where people live much longer than average. 

Where is the Blue Zone? 

  • Barbagia region of Sardinia – Mountainous highlands of inner Sardinia with the world’s highest concentration of male centenarians.
  • Ikaria, Greece – Aegean Island with one of the world’s lowest rates of middle-age mortality and the lowest rates of dementia.
  • Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica – The World’s lowest rates of middle-age mortality, second-highest concentration of male centenarians.
  • Seventh-Day Adventists – Highest concentration is around Loma Linda, California. They live 10 years longer than their North American counterparts.
  • Okinawa, Japan – Females over 70 are the longest-lived population in the world.

Culturally, these regions are VERY different from this American Life. Luckily, a team of medical researchers, anthropologists, demographers, and epidemiologists researched these cultures and created the Power 9, or 9 principals that you can start incorporating into your daily routine today. 

 

 

Power 9®

Reverse Engineering Longevity

 

1. Move Naturally

The world’s longest-lived people don’t pump iron, run marathons or join gyms. Instead, they live in environments that constantly nudge them into moving without thinking about it. They grow gardens and don’t have mechanical conveniences for house and yard work.

 

 

2. Purpose

The Okinawans call it “Ikigai” and the Nicoyans call it “plan de vida;” for both it translates to “why I wake up in the morning.” Knowing your sense of purpose is worth up to seven years of extra life expectancy.

 

 

3. Down Shift

Even people in the Blue Zones experience stress. Stress leads to chronic inflammation, associated with every major age-related disease. What the world’s longest-lived people have that we don’t are routines to shed that stress. Okinawans take a few moments each day to remember their ancestors, Adventists pray, Ikarians take a nap and Sardinians do happy hour.

 

4. 80% Rule

“Hara hachi bu” – the Okinawan, 2500-year old Confucian mantra said before meals reminds them to stop eating when their stomachs are 80 percent full. The 20% gap between not being hungry and feeling full could be the difference between losing weight or gaining it. People in the blue zones eat their smallest meal in the late afternoon or early evening and then they don’t eat any more the rest of the day.

 

5. Plant Slant

Beans, including fava, black, soy and lentils, are the cornerstone of most centenarian diets. Meat—mostly pork—is eaten on average only five times per month. Serving sizes are 3-4 oz., about the size of a deck of cards.

 

6. Wine @ 5

People in all blue zones (except Adventists) drink alcohol moderately and regularly. Moderate drinkers outlive non-drinkers. The trick is to drink 1-2 glasses per day (preferably Sardinian Cannonau wine), with friends and/or with food. And no, you can’t save up all week and have 14 drinks on Saturday.

 

7. Belong

All but five of the 263 centenarians we interviewed belonged to some faith-based community. Denomination doesn’t seem to matter. Research shows that attending faith-based services four times per month will add 4-14 years of life expectancy.

 

8. Loved Ones First

Successful centenarians in the blue zones put their families first. This means keeping aging parents and grandparents nearby or in the home (It lowers disease and mortality rates of children in the home too.). They commit to a life partner (which can add up to 3 years of life expectancy) and invest in their children with time and love (They’ll be more likely to care for you when the time comes).

 

9. Right Tribe

The world’s longest lived people chose–or were born into–social circles that supported healthy behaviors, Okinawans created” moais”–groups of five friends that committed to each other for life. Research from the Framingham Studies shows that smoking, obesity, happiness, and even loneliness are contagious. So the social networks of long-lived people have favorably shaped their health behaviors.

 

Go to BlueZone.com for more information. 

 

Two For the Price of One | One Outfit Two Ways

Two For the Price of One | One Outfit Two Ways

If you’ve been following along, you know that I love to mix high fashion with accessible essentials. I wanted to share with you some outfit ideas that not only do that, but they also give you the most bang for your buck!

Part of the enjoyment that I get out of styling is in the creativity of using what is available within the given budget. So here are some “two for one’res” to get your thrifty fashionista some inspiration today! 

You may remember some of these pieces from my wardrobe if you follow me on Instagram. These pants were originally posted a few months back when we shot our summer wardrobe-essentials from Chicos.

Cami: Black Halo

Ruffle Sleeve Blouse: ALC

Pants: Chico’s  

Orange Strappy Sandals: Zara 

Black Wedge Sandals: Saks Fifth Ave 

 Dior Sadal Bag and Hermès Kelly Bag: Fashion Reloved

What’s more classic (and budget-friendly) than white and navy? 

Here at Style Beyond Age, we think that leopard IS a neutral. This skirt from Free People is no exception! 

Printed Blouse: H&M

Graphic T-Shirt: Chaser Brand

Jacket: Lucky Brand

Skirt: Free People

Pearl Sandals: Tory Burch

Lucite Sandals: Steve Madden

Bone Crossbody: Givenchy

 

Maximize your investment with accessible and versatile pieces.

I did a little tutorial on my IG videos on how I modified this t-shirt. Sometimes I prefer a little more flirty and feminine than what the out of the box crew neck t-shirt has to offer! This one now falls off of the shoulders perfectly without gapping too much. 

Happiness T-Shirt: Spiritual Gangster

Ruffle Sleeve Blouse: Antonio Melani

Pants: Chicos

Sneakers: Adidas

White Sandals: Francesco Russo

 

Make an unexpected statement by pairing an architectural blouse with flowy pants. 

Striped Tunic: Cupio

Crochet Sweater: Chicos

Pants: Free People

Flat Bow Sandals: Karl Lagerfield

Rattan Purse: Anthropologie

Rattan Bucket Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

 

Packing Like a Pro | Tips to Avoid Overpacking

Packing Like a Pro | Tips to Avoid Overpacking

Do you pack at the last minute, forget things or throw things in just in case?
or
Do you pack as soon as you can, forgetting what you’ve already packed because you did it so long ago? Overpacking is real, and even after all these years of practice, I still do it too! 


In the age of budget travel, some airlines are not even allowing a carry-on, excess baggage fees are high, and it is almost impossible to define how heavy your luggage is until you get to the airport. We all know that fitting your life into a suitcase smaller than a stool is an almost impossible task, so here are some tips to make the most of your packing, while keeping it all relevant.

 

Plan in Advance
I start a week or two before my trip. To me, packing is the beginning of the adventure. I get a rolling rack out to get started. If you don’t have a rolling rack available, find some space in a spare closet and start picking and choosing what you would like for the trip. Don’t judge at this point; have fun with your imagination. Take a look at what you are gathering up, and you might start seeing a color story emerging. Your color story will end up being key. Over time I reevaluate and assess my choices and make sure items can mix and match.

 

Accessorize Smartly
Pick three pairs of shoes at a maximum – casual/comfortable, smart/eveningwear, and beach/street. Avoid outfits where only one pair of shoes match; this will save valuable room. I get overly excited, and I always have one or two of these outfits on my rolling rack that has to be restyled or deleted! Take multipurpose handbags too. My evening purse can double as a makeup bag.

Check the Weather
Checking the weather for the duration of your stay is obvious, but most people don’t bother. If it looks like it might rain a couple of times, consider wearing a waterproof jacket on the plane to save packing it – Or if the weather is going to be better than you thought, you might want to only bring one pair of long pants with you, plus a couple of thinner sweaters and plan to layer up. The weather really does change everything!

Compartmentalize
Keep your cosmetics and skincare in mini bottles and leave your miniatures bag inside your carry-on bag. You will not need to pack them ever again (remember to replace them as they run out though). You should also store a few Ziploc bags which you can put your leakables in, and I also keep a spare nylon bag for dirty laundry to order to keep them away from fresh clothes. 

 

Make A List

Make a list, check it twice. Plus one more for good measure. You’ll find that by the third time you check, you’re still finding things in there that you don’t particularly need.
If you make a checklist, have an “essentials” column and include items you need to bring at all costs, such as passport, medication, specific clothing for activities or a gift for someone you are visiting.

 

To roll or to fold?
I usually roll my clothes and use packing bags. Eaglecreek has several choices, but I use the super lightweight ones. It is incredible how much you can put in even a small one! My shoes are always in their shoe bags but don’t forget all the space in the toes for socks or other small items like belts and accessories.

Digital Checklist
Inflight entertainment is a must. Don’t forget to pack your earbuds! I also download a movie or a book in case I get stuck at the airport or on the plane with no entertainment. Traveling internationally? Be sure to check in with your phone provider and make sure you have an international plan or turn your roaming off.
Before setting off on vacation, go through your purse or wallet, and leave the cards that you won’t require in a safe place at home. Not only will it make your wallet smaller, but it’s less to worry about if you misplace it, or in the unfortunate event it gets stolen. Smartphones now have mobile payment, and most mobile payment apps store a wide variety of loyalty cards and payment cards – so making the switch will help you in day-to-day life, as well as when you’re away.

 

Leave a little room
Just because there’s a little bit of room left after you’ve finished packing, doesn’t mean you can add that extra shirt “just in case.” I am extra guilty of this. Firstly, we all know that you’ll never be able to pack your bag the same on your way home, it’s just an unwritten travel rule! And secondly, what about those souvenirs you’ve purchased along the way?

A recent study shows that 62% of Americans overpack when they’re traveling, with a third of the people surveyed admitted that they pack their cases less than 24 hours before they travel! Clothing was the most overpacked item. This does more to justify making lists and placing looks on a rolling rack to find the weakest links in your outfits before packing them than anything else I can think of.
Another interesting thing people do when packing is taking comforts like a favorite tea or condiments; travel allows you to try different things. Don’t deny yourself the chance to try something new.

So, if you’ve got a trip coming up soon, why not try out some of these packing tips and see how much room you can save in your case…for souvenirs!

Our Favorite New Budget Fashion Line is CHIC AF!

Our Favorite New Budget Fashion Line is CHIC AF!

As you know we LOVE to support women in business and when Chic AF popped up on our radar we jumped at the chance to support a fellow fashion and travel junkie. We took our haul to Beverly Hills to showcase all of these amazing and affordable styles from our new favorite line that is CHIC AF! 

 

Designer Amanda Bates designs for the Chic Travelista! Chic AF brings you chic style from around the world everyday, without the jet-lag! Not only are the styles super easy and wearable but the prices won’t break the bank either! 

 

My new go-to shirtdress is super lightweight and comfy! I love the contrast stripes. Tres Chic! 

Noailles Cotton Twist Front Dress $58 

The easiest travel dress this summer is heather grey jersey and it is Chic AF! I love the knot front detail for the extra bit of sexy. 

Bernadette Handmade Rattan Bag $68 

It’s all about the round bag this summer. This rattan straw bag was handmade in Bali. It’s cute gingham line with sun cut-out details keeps it super stylish yet one-of-a-kind. 

The signature Chic AF downtown denim jacket is the one that we have all been looking for! It is relaxed, lightweight and will be in constant rotation in your closet.