Summer Lifestyle Edit 

Summer Lifestyle Edit 

It is Summertime and everyone is out and playing! I’ve had the luxury of enjoying several fun adventures so far. So, please join me as I recount my sun-soaked adventures in Palm Springs! Where I reveled in the beauty of the desert and discovered the transformative power of immersive sound baths. And of course, no Summer is complete without a touch of skincare indulgence. I embraced the incredible results of Radiesse Filler. Get ready to be inspired by my Summer tales and step into a world of relaxation, exploration, and self-discovery in this Summer lifestyle edit.

Travel

In June I flew to Los Angeles to take a trip to Palm Springs with my daughter to celebrate her birthday. Or as we like to call it, our anniversary. On social media, I refer to Serena as our “resident stylist”. She is a stylist and works as a costumer in film and television and I’m sure you have seen her work. She authors most, if not all, of our fashion blogs. I am so lucky that she is still on board after all of these years.

Serena Parker Palm Springs Spa
Serena Parker Palm Springs Spa

Style Beyond Age was originally her brainchild. Serena, knowing full well that at 65 I needed a new direction for my creativity, is the one that got this platform off the ground.  It’s important as we get older to keep our interests growing and it’s a key element to remaining ageless.

While we were in Palm Springs we stayed in three hotels over three nights and crazily enough, we did that on purpose. We wanted to experience each of these unique hotels, and we wanted to shoot Summer content for you in a range of environments. We had a lot of fun in the process! The blog from that trip is linked here.

You might know by now that I am more about showing you editorial pictures that will inspire you rather than clothing that you can purchase. But in this case, most of it is available and all of the outfits that I wore on that trip are linked on our Shop Page.

Wellness 

While we were in Palm Springs we had tickets to one of the best sound baths I have ever experienced in Joshua Tree at the Integratron. The Integration itself is an incredible space and the sound bath did not disappoint. It was a beautiful experience and I would highly recommend it.

Summer lifestyle edit the Integratron in Joshua Tree

If you haven’t heard of a sound bath, it is where you sit in a room where they play crystal bowls and all the sounds amplify in the space so that you can feel them vibrate through your body. It is very grounding and transformative. Anytime I can go to one I take advantage of it and I always like to share with a friend. You can read more about our experience here.

Skincare

Have you tried Radiesse?

If you follow me on social you may have heard that this past winter I had a bump on my forehead that wouldn’t go away. My doctors kept trying to figure it out. Finally, I had to have a biopsy and as it turned out, I was having an allergic reaction to hyaluronic acid which is the ingredient in fillers we use to plump up our wrinkles and lips. 

Sonia Style Beyond Age Summer lifestyle edit 

You can imagine my shock. That extremely rare reaction has never happened to me before or to anyone I know.

Now months later,  it’s time for a touch-up around my lips and chin. What to do?  Some of us might say leave it alone, age gracefully, and we can talk about that in the comments section if you like. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Suffice it to say I searched for an alternative.  I went to Vitalyc Med Spa and tried Radiasse for the first time. Becca the RN at Vitalyc Med Spa addressed my concern regarding the lower portion of my face and suggested the non-hyaluronic acid filler.  It was a quick and relatively painless procedure that gave me just the amount of fullness I was looking for.  The change is almost imperceptible but I have just the subtle lift I was looking for. 

I am very happy with the results. When we talk about less is more, that is even more important when dealing with fillers. 

What’s Next?

With Summer still in full swing, I am on to my next adventure in Toas New Mexico where my husband and I are staying for a few more weeks. Serena and I have a few more trips up our sleeve that we can’t wait to share with you, so stay tuned for those adventures as well. I hope that you and your family are enjoying each other and finding some adventure and unforgettable memories this Summer! As always, thank you for following along and I hope you enjoyed this Summer lifestyle edit. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below!

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How to Dress to Impress: A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Outfit for Dress Code and Color-Themed Parties

How to Dress to Impress: A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Outfit for Dress Code and Color-Themed Parties

In the last six weeks, I have been to two color-themed parties.  Harder for my husband than me I’ll admit but they are so much fun. 

Dress codes and color-themed parties add an extra layer of excitement to our social calendars. However, they can also leave us feeling perplexed when it comes to deciding what to wear. 

Fear not! I have a few ideas on how to dress to impress.

Let’s start by saying that it’s important to do just a bit of pre-planning to avoid the “I have nothing to wear “ mindset and ensure the perfect outfit that’s sure to turn heads at any event.

All-White Dress Code: If you really want to dress to impress, an all-white party calls for a crisp and fresh ensemble. Opt for a white dress that flatters your figure or mix and match separates in various textures. For a touch of individuality, break the rules just a bit by incorporating a pop of color as an accessory, like statement shoes, a vibrant purse, or bold jewelry. For a one-off event like this, Dillard’s usually has some over-the-top accessories in all colors and at a great price point.  

How to Dress to Impress Summer white party 2023

All-Black Dress Code: When it comes to an all-black dress code, this is a great time to play with the Siren archetype. Experiment with different styles within the black palette, such as a sensual little black dress or a tailored women’s tuxedo. Look into a customized tuxedo that will remain in your wardrobe for years to come. Tux Couture offers made-to-order feminine tuxedos to fit your style and body perfectly. Embrace your personal style and have fun with it and you’ll be the perfect example of how to dress to impress. Accessorize with bold pieces that bring out your individuality and express your personality.

How to Dress to Impress

Up-scale casual: Some dress codes say formal attire, evening attire, or casual.  Those are all pretty straightforward.  Lately, however, I have seen a request for  “upscale casual”. What does that mean?  For me, I always choose an outfit that is tailored and polished. You can achieve this look with pants and a blazer, or even a dressy top paired with jeans or leggings. Though for me any excuse to not wear either of those makes me happiest. If you do choose that route, make sure your shoe, bag, and jewelry add that elevated touch. 

How to Dress to Impress

My pearl bag from Amazon is a multi-tasker since I can change the color of the insert to match my look. My go-to bracelets are by Julie Vos and they add an extra bit of richness to any outfit.  Of course, the time of day always dictates what this could mean as well. If you’re going to a daytime event, keep your look bright and colorful. If you’re headed out for dinner at night, opt for darker colors and more subdued tones. For me accessories are key. They can elevate any look.

Pre-Planning and Having a Fitting:

Preparation is key to nailing your outfit for a dress code or color-themed party without getting stressed or shopping at the last minute. Here’s a glimpse into my personal process of pre-planning and having a fitting, complete with fitting photos and outfit options for inspiration.

  1. Research and Gather Inspiration: Before diving into your wardrobe, do a little research to familiarize yourself with the event’s theme and dress code if possible. I always like knowing what I’m going to walk into. Browse fashion magazines, websites, and social media platforms like mine for inspiration. If you are the type to do a mood board go ahead and have fun with that.  Pinterest is full of ideas.
  2. Assess Your Wardrobe: Take inventory of the clothing items you already own that align with the dress code or color theme. Mix and match pieces to create different outfits and experiment with accessories for added flair. Consider utilizing statement shoes, colorful purses, statement jewelry, or unique headpieces to enhance your overall ensemble.
  3. Fitting Session:  Try things on. I have fallen into the trap of thinking that what I wore last year will still look good and fit me.  Our body changes over time even if we are still in the same dress size.  Capture fitting photos to help you evaluate the overall look. Make any necessary alterations or adjustments to ensure a perfect fit and comfort. It’s silly but true. There are times when I need to go through my pictures to remember what I put together that I liked.
Style beyond age wearing denim dress

Attending dress code and color-themed parties can be fun and a great opportunity to showcase your style and creativity. With proper pre-planning and a fitting session, you can ensure that your outfit not only meets the dress code requirements but also highlights your unique personality and fashion sense.

So, the next time you receive an invitation to a dress code or color-themed party, embrace the challenge and fun of it. Hopefully, this guide will help you learn how to dress to impress and guide you to the perfect outfit. For more fashion inspiration, check out my blog about Summer fashion here. Happy styling!

Spring Lifestyle Edit

Spring Lifestyle Edit

Spring is officially here and I thought I would give you a rundown of my days in this Spring Lifestyle Edit. 

It has been a while since I’ve posted a lifestyle edit but it’s a great opportunity for me to connect with you. Plus, it provides an inside look at the “behind the scenes” of my past few weeks!

Spring Lifestyle Edit with Style Beyond Age

Closet Turnaround & Skincare Treatments

First, right before the weather gets hot, I always make sure that I have made the turnaround in my closet.   

That formula rarely changes you can read more about that in my blog here: There are a lot of blogs about closet cleanouts and refreshers so I won’t get into that on here. Suffice it to say that in most cases less is more. Try to stick to the basics and keep your color palette fresh. Or invest in one or two new spring or summer pieces and you’ll be all set.

 Next, at about the same time each year, I take a good look at my skin and do a BBL treatment. It’s imperative to do it before the sun gets too high in the sky and this year I was thrilled to be connecting with Jacquelyn at Revival Dermatology here in Dallas.  BBL Photofacial is a corrective phototherapy treatment that uses Broadband Light (BBL) to target signs of aging, sun damage, and other skin conditions. 

According to Dr. Lisa Pruitt, BBL treatments should be a staple in everyone’s anti-aging routine. Thanks to studies that showed that regular BBL light actually halts the progression of aging skin and turns on a youthful DNA expression. Corrective BBL treatments reduce brown and red discoloration, treat rosacea and acne, and improve skin quality. Basically, Forever Young BBL treatments help maintain beautiful skin. 

My treatment was quick, painless, and effective. It reduced the appearance of veins and dark spots on my face, neck, and chest and gave me clearer, smoother more vibrant skin! If you want to consider an in home treatment take a look at out blog post here.

Dressing for a Gala

I wasn’t planning to attend the Westlake Academy event, but as luck would have it a good friend of mine, Melissa Hughes of @luxeofblue was going as well. So, at the spur of the moment, I changed my mind!  

Of course, there is always the dilemma of what to wear. But in the end, I always remind myself that whatever I’m going to wear is already in my closet! No spur-of-the-moment stressful shopping for me. After all, when it all comes down to it, that would just be a waste of time and money. 

Here is my go to formula:

Pull out a simple dress, in most cases for me it’s a slip dress.

Look over your blazers, Tux Couture will custom make one for you and it will be all you ever need. For this event I chose an embellished blazer by cinqasept. But you can always embellish your own with brooches or decorative chains.

Pick out a pair of statement earrings or a necklace, but rarely both.

Choose a comfortable pair of heels (they don’t have to be high). Or you can be ever so “je-ne-sais-quoi” and wear some embellished sandals!

Lastly, pick out a cute little evening bag!

Try it all on, check yourself in the mirror and you are out the door!

Date Night

There comes a time when you get a chance to look back. We did just that by attending a fantastic concert by Santana. He hasn’t missed a beat in all the decades he has been playing and is considered one of the greatest of our generation. If you listen to Europa, Oye Como Va, or wild magic woman you will remember what I’m talking about! He played for 2 hours straight without ever stopping, a real example at 74 that “age is just a number.”

I am so fortunate that my husband loves music, searches it out, and finds great seats. The Santana concert was no exception. I like to dress the part and was super comfortable in this combo. 

This look is casual and rock ‘n’ roll, though this is not quite the look I’ll be sporting for our date to see Pavarotti in late November. 

Attending Benefits

Every year since I have been in Dallas I make it to two benefits Galas and DIFFA is one of them.

There is nothing too much for this event and dressing over the top is some of the fun of it. This year I got more creative than usual. Here is my 50’s inspired look:

The base is a pant from Chico’s that is always a go-to for me. It stays in my rotation of basics year in and year out. You can see more of my fashion staples in another blog this one and on my LTK.

The body suit I sourced from Abercrombie & Fitch some time ago and I chose it for the sweetheart neckline.

The skirt was a random find at an inexpensive store many years ago. The print is very Versace-inspired and the volume and style were not to be left behind. At the time I had no idea where I would ever wear it, but I knew for sure that it would come in handy one day. When I see pieces like this at vintage or secondhand stores, I always make sure to grab them!

The high heels were made wearable by Vivian Lou Insoles which worked miraculously.  I contemplated wearing lower heels but they just didn’t do the look justice.

The belt is Judith Leiber from TheRealReal

Now at the age when I have to consider covering my arms these gloves definitely served to show off the rings from Pharaoun Cocktail Rings. They’re called “Rock Star” and I certainly felt like one!

Spring Lifestyle Edit Rings from  Pharaoun Cocktail Rings.

The collar was made in India and was a gift from my sister. Honestly, I thought it would go unworn forever but it worked beautifully with this outfit!

Keeping Good Habits

In the meantime, Spring is a time to reassess old habits and give birth to new ones. 

I work out with a trainer twice a week and go to Pilates when time allows. Plus, I always try to rekindle connections with friends. It’s important to keep these little things in mind as we are all coming out of hibernation.

Thank you for tuning into my Spring Lifestyle edit! What changes are you starting to make this season? Are you honoring yourself with good habits, rekindling relationships, or learning something new? Let us know in the comments!

I want to know more about you 😘

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Making Friends with the Younger Generation

Making Friends with the Younger Generation

Today we’re discussing the power of building connections after 50 and how I manage to stay active at 70!

Making friends with the younger generation

As we age, making new connections and friends can be a challenge, especially if you are moving to a new area. I have moved so much during my life that I know just how that feels. You can read a bit more about that here!

As I have gotten older I see social circles that may be dwindling and an energy level that has done that as well. At 70, and having moved to a new area, I know all too well the challenges that present themselves on both fronts.

When I was 65 I ended a large building project and I was faced with the problem of what to do. Without a raison d’être I was rudderless and bored. We all need to stay active and involved to be healthy in body and soul.

That’s when I started my journey into Social Media and discovered all the challenges and benefits it has brought me.

Making friends with the younger generation

Making Friends with the Younger Generation

I love youthful energy and all the excitement it brings and I feel a real connection with the women of all ages I have met. They are genuinely interested in what I have to say and I am interested in the challenges they are facing.

Don’t discount the impact you could have by sharing your experiences. Shedding a light on a path you may have taken is a gift you should give freely. We all have that time when we have thought “if only I had known”.

3 women wearing exercise outfits and making friends with the younger generation
Style beyond age and a friend posing in front of a wall of greenery

There are many ways to make friends with the younger generation, even after 60.

Decide what gives you joy at this point in your life and look for people and groups that inspire you.

Joining a group is one of the easiest and best ways to make meaningful connections, this will help ensure that you meet like-minded individuals who share your passions and values.

You can also look for groups online if there are not any physical ones near you.

Style beyond age making friends with the younger generation
Dominique Sachse and Style beyond age at a book signing
@dominiquesachse and I at her book signing

Where Can You Go to Make New Connections?

In-person events and conferences can be great places to make new connections. Whether these events focus on business networking or simply meeting new people, they provide the perfect opportunity to introduce yourself and start conversations with strangers who could become future friends or colleagues. Don’t be afraid to strike up conversations with people you don’t know. They are probably shyer than you are. Take that first step. It’s empowering.

If you live in a remote area why not take advantage of online learning? There are many websites offering classes in everything from art to history to computer programming. (I definitely need one of those). Taking an online course allows you to connect with other students who share your interests and goals. Plus, it’s always nice to have someone holding you accountable while you learn something new!

Making new friends after 60 can seem daunting but it doesn’t have to be! There are plenty of opportunities available for those looking for meaningful connections with others of all ages. So join me in making friends with the younger generation.

Don’t talk yourself into complacency. Get out there and make things happen for yourself!

Remember ………

The difference between Success and Failure is Action!

The Power of Small Changes in Your Life

The Power of Small Changes in Your Life

We often think of big changes when it comes to improving our lives, but small changes can be just as powerful. Whether you’re feeling stuck or just want to take your life up a notch, small tweaks can make a world of difference. Let’s look at the power of small changes in your life and how you can start making those changes today.

Start with the Small Stuff

Personally, if I don’t start with a clean slate, I can’t move forward. With Spring now on its way it’s time to get out of under our inevitable winter clutter and into a breath of fresh air! Before anything else, I like to create a list of all the little things. Tasks that seem insignificant but still linger at the back of your mind. For me, this starts in my closet.

I can’t update my wardrobe without a clean slate. Every year I thoroughly edit my winter wardrobe, which for me is the hardest part as I am always trying to keep something that might come in handy later. Does that happen to you?

Then I go through and hand wash all my cashmere and silk before I put it away. It would be easier to send it to the cleaners but that is not as good for your delicates and honestly, it just feels good to do!

Here are some of the items that help me do that:

  • Woolite
  • A drying rack
  • A good steamer
  • Storage boxes

Make Room for the Good Stuff

As you might know by now there is a new member on our team which I have been calling our #ResidentStylist. The first time she came into my closet was decades ago, and she gave me some direct, but sage advice.

She said, “Mother if you don’t want to look like sh*t, don’t put your sloppy clothes at the front of your closet.” With that said, she took my daily cotton tanks and sweats and moved them out of my direct reach.

Instead every day I’d see my silky camis and comfortable but stylish pants front and center. She was the first to introduce me to the leather bomber jacket combined with dressier clothes. That was a long time ago and is worn by many today.

Keep Your Closet Organized

Some of the items that come in handy to “Style your Closet” you might already have. I am in a smaller place now and these are some of the things that are coming in handy.

Slimline hangers are a must for my closet, they’re perfectly slender yet they’re also strong and durable. But best of all they allow you to hang your clothes together as close as possible, which frees up more space. Another one of my favorite closet space savers is pant hangers with hooks. Pants can be quite bulky, so this storage solution is particularly helpful.

I’ve also been using clear acrylic drawers that are stackable. They’re relatively inexpensive and the see-through acrylic is a big time saver and keeps everything looking uniform.

For scarves and belts storage I have been using acrylic filing boxes. Not only are they functional but they also keep items, that might otherwise look cluttered, organized, and easily accessible.

Bags, clutches, and wallets can be difficult to keep organized, but I have found that using filing separators is quite practical. It’s a great way to display the bags while also keeping them neat and organized and not falling over when you pull one out for the night.

I have found that it is important to keep my jewelry organized because otherwise it’s easy to lose or it ends up in an unsolvable tangled mess. I love using the velvet neck busts for my necklaces but some other helpful organizers I have been using are acrylic drawers and trays for all my odds and ends.

Small changes like these can set you up to be more organized and lead to making more intentional decisions. Plus, when you explore the power of small changes in your life, you have time for more important things like spending time with family and friends.

To save even more time, we’ve added all of my favorite organization tools to the Style Beyond Age Amazon Marketplace.

Look for Inspiration Online

If you’re looking for styling ideas, then you’ll find plenty of inspiration on Instagram, regardless of your age. My goal there is to show you how to bring a contemporary edge to your style without looking out of place for our age. You can follow me here!

If you find that you’re often caught wondering what to wear, snap a pic of an outfit that inspires you. Or take a picture of an outfit that you’re wearing to keep in mind for next time. There’s no shame in exploring your style through the examples of others.

Make Room for New Habits

It doesn’t matter how big or small these habits are—what matters is that they help bring joy into your life and add value.

Maybe you want to read for 30 minutes every day or start taking an online yoga class twice a week. Maybe you want to go on a retreat but are too reserved to put yourself first. This is an ingrained habit we should break from time to time. Empower yourself. It will give you the energy you need to help others.

Be Open to Change

One of the most important things about making small changes is being open and flexible. Don’t be afraid to try something new! If something doesn’t work out, don’t give up—just adjust accordingly and keep going forward until you’ve found what works best for you. After all, we’re all unique creatures with different needs and desires; why not embrace that?

In the end, the power of making small changes in your life is exhilarating! By taking care of those nagging little tasks first, then focusing on healthier habits and trying new things, who knows what amazing opportunities could come knocking at your door? For me, it was an entirely new life in fashion after 65!

Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and let yourself explore new possibilities; after all, sometimes the smallest change makes all the difference in the world!