Thursday, November 8, 2018

Winter Skin Care

As a woman over 60 my skin is very dry. Using the furnace also dries out my skin and eyes. I think keeping your skin hydrated makes you look healthy. Moisture plumps up the skin filling in fine lines and wrinkles. I use over the counter moisturizing eye drops twice a day to rehydrate my eyes. I switched from drugstore brand skin care products 13 years ago. I started using Clarins skin care that I buy at local department stores. I like their cleanser for sensitive skin followed by their "Hydra-Quench" serum. In the morning I apply Clarins SPF 30 sunscreen. It's very moisturizing so I don't need a daytime product. In the evening I follow my cleansing and serum with Clarins "Super Restorative Night Creme." It's formulated for women over 50. I also use their lip restorative in the blue tube. It stays on all night to keep my lips hydrated. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day keeps your entire body hydrated as well as your skin. My favorite way to hydrate is drinking Evian water. It not only tastes delicious but contains natural spring minerals that are good for our bones.  The items I've listed are little expensive to some but I think it's good self care to use products that provide positive benefits and make us more comfortable.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Hat Etiquette

Lily Lemontree

SOCIAL STUDIES The 'Whens' And 'Wheres' of Wearing A Hat

Since Meghan Markle has recently been credited with reviving the panama hat, amongst many other things that we didn't know we should like until the Duchess gave it her stamp of approval, the question now isn't 'why wear a hat?' but when and where?

Hats aren't as popular as they once were although I have a feeling that the tides might be turning on the style front with the newest royal as a potential ambassador.
Just as important as finding the perfect hat for your noggin is knowing when a hat should or shouldn't be worn and of course, when to remove it.
Removing a hat in certain instances is a gesture of respect. Men were expected to take off their hats in places of worship, when greeting their boss, when they entered someone’s home and always in the presence of a lady, regardless of the place or circumstances.
On the other hand, ladies and their millinery had carte blanche when it came to the rules, they could wear them whenever and wherever they liked and were not required to take them off at all.
Times have changed in many aspects of society and the stately hat has not been spared the after effects of a more casual social order. The late '60s ushered in a turnabout fashion evolution and the hat was one of its noble victims (can you tell I really dig hats?! 😉) The younger generation stopped wearing them and along with the hat went the knowledge of its situational appropriateness.
Since I am not one to leave you in the lurk especially when it comes to something as delightful as the hat, here’s when it’s proper to wear your hat and when it’s not:


Hats should be left on...
in office lobbies and elevators,
on the bus, train, subway, or in your Uber,
in the outdoors,
in public buildings like banks, airports and hotels,
at indoor and outdoor athletic events.

Hats should not be worn...
in someone's home,
in restaurants and coffee shops,
at a movie theatre, the opera or any performance held indoors,
in churches or places of worship unless it is required that you cover your head,

at mealtimes or while sitting at the table,

while being introduced to someone,

at work if your job is in an office,

in schools and library,
at a courthouse, town hall or government building,

And most importantly when your country's national anthem is played.
(it's an absolutely charming touch to remove it when any country's national anthem is played but I leave that up to you)


While gender inequality usually works against us, this is one area (albeit a small one) where the ladies rein supreme!

Hats can be worn…
Any old time and any old place!

Hats can be removed...
anytime it blocks someone’s view, such as at a wedding or in a theater,

and indoors at work unless it's part of a uniform.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Vintage Dressmaker Details

I chose these Vintage outfits from Pinterest to show how women's clothing used to be designed. I love the covered buttons and little details that show how much care and creativity went into each design.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Kentucky Fashion Social Media Accounts

When was bought by another company over 200 of my clothing design Sets disappeared from this blog.  I'm grateful that I was able to Pin 100% of my Sets to my Pinterest boards so at least they can still be viewed.  My purpose for creating the majority of my Sets was to inspire women over 50 to style outfits for themselves. I also created professional Sets for women in funeral service because I am in funeral service myself.  Although I miss creating Sets I know that my time might be better spent writing on this blog more frequently. I post something on my Kentucky Fashion Facebook page nearly every day. I have that account synced to my Twitter account by the same name.  I have been posting Vintage items that I find beautiful or interesting on my Instagram account.  All links to my accounts are at the bottom of this page. Please Like and Follow me if are interested. Feel free to email me at:         

It took this photo of my dressing table and accessories to inspire women my age to gather their beautiful things together in one place simply because they love them.  I call this photo "My Favorite Things."

Pamela Owen                                           

Friday, May 4, 2018

10 Tips for Attending the Kentucky Derby

I've invited my good friend Mary Gayle to be a guest blogger today to help you get ready for going to Churchill Downs. She and her husband entertained out of town business guests for years. I don't think anyone has better advice for me to share with you.

10 Tips for Attending the Kentucky Oaks and Derby
1. Comfy shoes.
2. Bandaids, ibuprofen, etc.
3. Poncho, clear is nice so your dress can still be seen.
4. Foldable, lightweight tote bag and paper hand towels to wrap Mint Julip and Lilly glasses to take home.
5. Snack mix in clear baggies. Food lines can be long and you need to keep food in your stomach if you are drinking alcohol.
6. Cell phone service is scattered, make sure your family knows this.
7. Loose change to tip the bathroom attendants. They are wonderful and most have mints and other handy things.
8. In case of a chill, stick a scarf in your bag.
(Or tie it to the handle of your handbag to look chic! Pam)
9. Place your Derby bet way before post time. Men are notorious for the last minute bet. There may be lots of shoving and stepping on toes.
10. Sing "My Old Kentucky Home" loud and proud!  You are already a winner because you are lucky enough to attend!
Should you have the winning ticket and want to wait to avoid lines you have weeks to go back and collect.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Kentucky Derby Hat Advice

If you plan to wear a hat to the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby please pull the brim down on your forehead. If you try to keep your bangs from getting messed up you could end up looking like you are wearing a costume. Face it...your hairstyle is going to get trashed by your hat so you might as well pull that brim down to keep the sun out of your eyes. Don't be a "Little Debbie," "Annie Oakley" or "Polyanna" at Churchill Downs.