The Mature Woman: In Style Fashion Looks

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In one of my last posts I was moaning about the dearth of fashion advice and shops that cater to those of us who are aging gently.

Well, since then I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find I was wrong on both counts! While searching on the Net for age-appropriate jeans, I came across Vibrant Nation (www.vibrantnation.com) , a U.S. website that features fashion advice by like-minded women. And what’s more, the brands they comment on are mentioned too. They have done articles on “What to Wear After 50”, and “Best Jeans for Women Over 50”, amongst many others. And I love the name of the website, too, because it epitomizes how the mature woman wants to be seen. If any of you out there have your favourites websites, please let me know about them. I am sure there are many hidden treasures yet to be discovered. I’ll continue to search them out, too, and keep you posted.

Now, on to my favourite (local) shops! While driving around town the other week, I just about screeched to a halt when I noticed a Zacks store. They at one time had several outlets in my vicinity, but the economic downturn in the 1990″s forced some of them to close. I really thought all the branches had closed. so imagine my delight! Zacks is a local store that was established in 1921 – that’s a lot of years to be in business. Also in the same plaza is a Vivian Lee boutique, a Tweed & Hickory store (www.tweedandhickory.com). In Canada, that’s www.tweedandhickory.ca. In the same plaza, there’s an upscale shoe store named Lashbrook’s.

Onto on my shopping adventure! For my first foray into Zack’s, I purchased this neutral Conrad C blazer and Zack’s label brown patterned blouse. I already had a lovely orange scarf that toned with this outfit perfectly. The added bonus was a 25% discount on my next visit! And did I mention I got 25% off the jacket?

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Obviously I wanted to return and take advantage of that discount. I had my eye on a jacket and top I had spotted on my first visit. I purchased another Conrad C blazer and Tribal multi-coloured top. Again, I had a scarf that matched the outfit very well. And I got 25% off both items!Next I purchased these beautiful SAS black patent leather loafers with silver buckle detail. Easy to dress them up or down. I love classic pieces, but sometimes with a twist, like the chartreuse jacket

Needless to say, I was delighted with my purchases. You don’t need to spend the earth to look chic. The mature, vibrant woman is alive and well!

The Great Gatsby: Book or Movie? Why not Both?

The cover of the first edition of The Great Ga...

The cover of the first edition of The Great Gatsby (1925) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, today I went to see The Great Gatsby 3D movie. I must admit I was skeptical, as I’d heard mixed reviews, and anything billed “as interpreted by [Baz Luhrman]” makes me suspicious.

Right now I’m reading the book and loving it…the beautiful, lyrical descriptions of nature, and the unexpectedness of certain scenes, e.g. when Tom Buchanan suddenly breaks Mrs. Wilson’s nose. If you haven’t read the book (I’m almost ashamed to admit I hadn’t), you’re in for a real treat.

Now, back to the movie…
Please note that this is my own opinion. I promised myself not to be biased because of the reviews I’d read. My husband and I went to see it this afternoon, and surprise, surprise, he really enjoyed it. As did I, which just goes to show you, I was right when I decided to make up my own mind.

As you’d expect, it was a spectacular extravaganza, particularly the party scenes. What I didn’t expect was that it stayed true to the book. Tobey Maguire, as Nick Carraway, proved to be the perfect bystander narrator.

I really liked Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby, the mysterious but ultimately vulnerable man. Tom Buchanan is played particularly well by Joel Edgerton (he has the most burning blue eyes), as an arrogant, mean bully boy. And, Daisy…well, Daisy is very much a shallow, pretty face, although charmingly played by Carey Mulligan.

If you haven’t read the book or seen the film, I won’t spoil it for you. Suffice it to say that Gatsby comes off as the good guy in the end, maybe even great, as the title says. I would certainly recommend this movie to anyone who loves a good love story and the 1920’s era.

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Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio in the yellow roadster

Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio in the yellow roadster

Leonardo Di Caprio as Gatsby and Carey Mulligan as Daisy.

Leonardo Di Caprio as Gatsby and Carey Mulligan as Daisy.

Random Images of the 1920’s

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Poster for the movie The Canary Murder Case (1929) with Louise Brooks as The Canary (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Studio publicity photo of Clark Gable.

English: Studio publicity photo of Clark Gable. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Woman with cloche and wrap coat

 
 

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Cookbook

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Vionnet Gown
Vionnet Gown

Gloria Swanson

Gloria Swanson

The inimitable Coco Chanel

The inimitable Coco Chanel

Marlene Dietrich, May Wong and German Filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl at the Pierre Ball, Berlin 1928

Marlene Dietrich, May Wong
and German Filmmaker Leni
Riefenstahl at the Pierre Ball, Berlin 1928

Favourite Vintage 1930’s Vogue Covers

In the 1930’s, Vogue covers featured drawings by prominent artists of the day; Eduardo Garcia Bonito, Carl “Eric” Erickson and Georges LePage were the most favoured. It’s interesting to note that women were often shown in natural, resort-like settings.

Carl Erikson January 1932 Vogue Cover

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Pierre Mourgue July 1933 Vogue Cover

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Alix Zeilinger May 1934 Vogue Cover

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Carl Erikson July 1934 Vogue Cover

July 1934 Carl Erikson Vogue Cover

A 1935 Vogue Cover

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Eduardo Garcia Benito July 1937 Vogue Cover

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Salvador Dali June 1939 Vogue Cover

Salvador Dali Vogue Cover June 1939

Carl Erickson Vogue Cover November 1939

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Favourite Vintage 1920’s Vogue Covers

Fashion and beauty were certainly alive and well as evidenced by these beautiful Vogue Magazine Covers. You’ll notice that the covers featured drawings by prominent artists of the day. Look also at the many different font styles in the masthead. My favourite one is the cover featuring a woman astride what looks a peacock. Enjoy!

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