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The Midlife Fashionista by The Midlife Fashionista - 5d ago
As you may know,  I FINALLY moved into my new home last week! Besides being inundated with boxes and tasks, I'm so happy and grateful to be a home-owner again and to be sleeping in my own bed!

I apologize for the lack of posts, I haven't had two seconds to breathe. But I'm back in action now!

The weather in Boston has been very hot (like a lot of the country) so I've been dressing cool and easy. I'm a practical dresser--my clothes need to be comfortable and versatile.
I post a lot about Peach because the line fits my style and lifestyle. The clothes are amazing.

Peach's new Bossa Nova collection recently launched and it's fabulous! This Lola maxi dress (get this!) has a built in shelf-bra! Now I VERY rarely go without a bra, but this one really works! It can also be worn with a bra too. It's so comfortable but also a bit sexy.  I've been wearing this dress to hang by the pool, run errands and out to dinner, with just a switch up of accessories and shoes. It works for just about all occasions!
Isn't the back of this dress fabulous?
 I also love the side slit. Peach adds great details to their clothes.
By the way these scratches and bruises on my leg are from weeks of moving boxes and furniture.
Sometime I like a bit more coverage, so this
Carioca hoodie is perfect! I wear it over a dress (as shown) or with my yoga pants or jeans. It's the perfect "throw on" piece to look effortlessly chic.
I'm on my NEW porch!!! Yippee!!!
Necklace from Mack and Jane.
I also want to show you my new favorite top from Peach's Bossa Nova collection, the Luna Tee. This loose flowy tee has great arm coverage without looking frumpy. The sheer front and sleeves give a "cool" look that can be dressed up or down and the bodice has a nice flow (no cling here!). You can wear this top with a black bra (shown here) or with a tank top underneath.  I promised you will love this piece!
Sandals are from Sofft, a super duper comfy shoe line. I got these last year but here is the newest versions HERE.
Peach has the most fabulous details like this side slit and the mesh sleeve.
I love the longer sleeve length too!
And last but not least, I have to show you my stunning new silver agate ring from Juwelo. I had never heard of the company until they reached out to me, but I'm so glad they did because I'm blown away by the quality of their pieces and the prices! This gorgeous ring was well under $100--it only looks expensive!  And free shipping over $50!
If you love jewelry as much as I do, you must take a peek at Juwelo--the selection is astounding (be prepared to spend some time poking around the site). I also got this fabulous smokey quartz ring that I wanted to show you close up--it's stunning!
This one was under $30!
Thanks for stopping by.  I can't wait to show you my new home once all the boxes are cleared out!
XO Susan


The Peach clothes, Juwelo rings and Mack and Jane necklace were gifted and some of the links in this post may generate a small commission.  But rest assured, I only post what I love. Promise!






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The Midlife Fashionista by The Midlife Fashionista - 3w ago
I'm a sucker for soft comfortable clothes.  So when Cali and York recently reached out to me to help them promote the launch of their new line, I said YES!  These clothes are like wearing pj's all day, but way more stylish! 
Let's start with these crazy comfortable "I could live in" white knit pants.  With a high rise (no muffin top!) and perfectly cropped length, they're a "must have". 

I'm also wear Cali and York's knit top from their Desert Mirage Collection
I love all the pretty details Cali and York adds in!
Next up I'm wearing their Sonoma Valley Knit Cardigan which is perfect over a little black tank, like their black Glitz Tank.
This little tank has a sprinkling of subtle rhinestones and looks fabulous on its own or layered.
One of my favorite pieces is this Shimmer Stripe Knit Polo from Cali and York's Hampton Collection.  It takes stripes to a whole other level with a contrasting collar, bit of shimmer, and fabulous criss-cross cuffs.  There is nothing boring about this top!
This cute little Shimmer Stripe Tank is also from the Hampton's Collection.
I like my tees to be heavier in weight. I stay away from thin clingy tees and go for more of a substantial fabric.
Cali and York offers a fabulous selection of tees that not only fit great, but also have their signature details. Here I'm modeling the Cali Glitz top.
Isn't the neckline sweet?
And the notched cuff makes this tee a bit more elegant.
Here it is in a beautiful coral color.
This Tribal Knit Print Top is loaded with gorgeous details!
There is the coolest little black bead at each side of this top!
Besides being incredibly comfortable and stylish, the Cali and York line is also surprisingly affordable! This line is also perfect for travel--everything mixes and matches!
And as a special gift to you, Cali and York is offering my followers 20% off at checkout with code SUSAN20
I know you'll enjoy experiencing Cali and York and fall in love with their clothes!

XO Susan

Hair by Robert Jason Salon
Photos by Chantal Kellerd

Cali and York sponsored this blog but I only post what I love..promise!



























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One of the best things about being a style blogger is learning about fabulous new clothing lines!  I was thrilled when robin b. recently reached out to me to collaborate on a blog featuring this flawless little black dress.
robin b. is based out of Rhode Island (they're a Boston neighbor!), and the brainchild of owner/designer Robin Barrett Wilson.  Robin's makes beautiful women's clothing that is versatile, timeless, high-quality and won't break the bank. After all, isn't that what we all want? 
This "Career to Cocktails Dress" is perfect with a little jacket or cardigan or by itself.
It's incredibly comfortable--the fabric is soft and although it hugs your body, it's not skintight.  The shape and fit of this dress is perfection--it's SO comfortable!
Work, work, work.
This past year has been soooo crazy due to moving twice and starting up a non-profit and as a result I've had zero time to workout.  I get many comments like "you're thin and can wear anything". This is SO NOT true!! I'm a skinny flabby person!
I was a bit nervous that without a jacket this dress might cling to my tummy-- but it's surprisingly camouflaging! The fabric has a nice weight to it and actually gives you shape!
The wide straps allow for a REGULAR bra (hallelujah)!

AND this dress is the perfect length, hitting just to the knee (I'm 5'6''). It's not too short (especially for sitting down!) and definitely not frumpy!
And then POOF, this dress instantly changes over for evening with a switch of accessories. Didn't I tell you that it's the perfect little black dress?
I added a sparkly necklace, statement ring and metallic clutch-- and I'm off for a night out!
I also love that this dress is wrinkle-free making it the perfect travel piece!
I give this fabulous dress two thumbs WAY up (it's that good!).
You can find it here along with the rest of the robin b. Essentials Collection 
Read more about Robin Barrett Wilson (robin b. herself)--her story is so interesting!  And check out this fabulous classic line of clothing which you'll have for years to come!

And for my very special followers, code MIDLIFEFASHIONISTA20 will get you $20 off $100 purchase from the collection!

XO Susan

Thank you to robin b. for sponsoring this blog.

Photos by Chantal Kellerd
































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The Midlife Fashionista by The Midlife Fashionista - 1M ago
I'm often asked asked if women over 50 can wear distressed jeans---the answer is a big YES!
Here's a way to wear them.
I recently learned of Poppy and Co owned by Katy Nicolls (a sister social worker!).  She also has a passion for fashion and recently launched a small coveted collection of reasonably priced clothes that fit FABULOUSLY!  


These boyfriend jeans are perfect in so many ways.  The mid-rise is comfortable and hits at the right spot. There's "just" enough distressing going on to look "cool" but not overdone. And the price is right at just $79.99!  But even better, take 20% off with code SUSAN20.  You will love these jeans.
I paired the jeans with a cold shoulder top in the most fabulous shade of blue. This top is so comfy I could wear it every day!
I love the high-low hem and the looseness that camouflages my ever expanding muffin top, the result of a year of not exercising!
I'm carrying a super chic, lightweight and very roomy Jetzy Bags in a gorgeous gunmetal color and my bracelets are from Mack and Jane (I'm in love with this line!).
And let's talk about these FABULOUS shoes from Jax and Bard. I adore this company and the owner (and also shoe designer) Jax herself! She recently donated boxes and boxes of new shoes to Uncommon Threads!

There is a "common thread" in this blog. All of the small businesses featured are WOMAN OWNED! 
These photos were taken in the backyard of the house we're renting.  The owners have three adorable chickens and they're super friendly! I'm going to miss them when we move!
Say "hi" to the girls.
In a few weeks we'll be moving to our new house.
It's been a roller coaster of a year with lots of uncertainty and stress.  However I'm grateful to have had a super cute place to live and the nicest landlords on the planet. If you follow me on IG, you'll be seeing photos of my new home soon!  Thank you to everyone for your support during a very trying year.

XO Susan

Take 20% off at Poppy and Co with code SUSAN20

Hair by Robert Jason Salon
Photos by my "stand-in photographer" Richard 

The Poppy and Co outfit, Jetzy bag, Mack and Jane bracelets and Jax and Bard shoes were gifted, but I only post what I love (and I LOVE these pieces!).  Promise.





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The Midlife Fashionista by The Midlife Fashionista - 1M ago
Ahhhh...spring is here! I love everything about spring--the warm weather, flowers, sunshine and SPRING CLOTHES!
This gorgeous baby blue lace bomber is from Chico's and just happens to be on sale!! Woohoo!
I love that this jacket mixes feminine with a little edgy.
I'm wearing it with denim, but it would also look fabulous with white jeans or with a dress or skirt.
Chico's also makes the best tanks. I need one in every color--they're so comfy, have the perfect neckline, and don't roll up!
Similar white clutch HERE and HERE (super cute!).
This lariat necklace is from my friends at SKM Collection.
Everyone jokes that I should buy stock in Sofft because I recommend the line so often.  I genuinely LOVE their shoes because they're incredibly comfy!
Check out my favorites HERE   HERE and HERE.
Most of my jeans are ankle length. I find them the most versatile as they go with flats, heels or even tucked into boots. 
Here are some similar ankle jeans HERE  HERE and HERE.
Hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!
XO Susan


The Chico's tank and jacket and the SMK Collection necklace were gifted. Links in this post generate a very small commission, but rest assured  I only post what I love!
Promise!













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The Midlife Fashionista by The Midlife Fashionista - 1M ago
Life works in mysterious ways.
Lately I've had way too many "coincidences"---or maybe these happenings are not by chance?
Last month, Richard and I stayed in Quechee, VT for a few days. We decided to take a ride over to Stowe and of course I wanted to do some boutique shopping!
I had been following Well Heeled on Instagram and sent a message to see if they would be interested in doing a collaboration while I was there.
I was so excited that the answer was "yes".

Well Heeled is the most gorgeous boutique nestled in outskirts of Stowe.  It's so charming that you might think you were 
at a B and B! But inside, it's all fashion!

I met with the owner Lisa and we started gabbing like old friends.  She told me that she worked for a clothing line years ago--one that I had also worked with.  I mentioned the name of a woman I used to communicate with and Lisa said, "THAT'S ME!".  What are the chances???
We left poor Richard occupied with his phone while we chatted away. Turns out we know several of the same people too!

Lisa had a baby shower to go to so she cut me loose in the store (dangerous!) and told me to pick out my favorite outfit.

There were SO many amazing styles to choose from but I landed on this Ecru suede jacket (wardrobe must-have!),
J. Brand jeans (love the hem) and an Ecru silk top.

Richard finally got disgusted (he was so bored) and left for the nearest coffee shop.  He knew I'd be more than the 30 minutes I had promised--smart man!

When we got back to Quechee, we took some photos of the outfit accessorized with a fabulous long tassel necklace (see their necklace collection HERE), and these AMAZING French Sole metallic pumps (here they are in black suede too--NEED!).
I am so in love with this whole outfit. I wore it out to dinner that night but since our trip, I've probably worn it ten more times!
This top is so fabulous---I adore the sleeves!
And for the final "coincidence",  Ecru is now donating clothes to Uncommon Threads and Lisa wants to be involved in the program! Talk about full circle!
A visit to Well Heeled is a MUST when in the Stowe area or shop their stunning selection of clothing and accessories HERE.
If you don't see what you're looking for, give them a call at 802.253.6077.


XO Susan

Hair by Robert Jason Salon

The Well Heeled outfit was gifted, but I only post about what I love. Promise!















































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The Midlife Fashionista by The Midlife Fashionista - 2M ago
I find maxi dresses to be so comfortable AND if I forget to shave my legs, no problem!
This Leota maxi is perfect for the summer months, but can be worn almost all  year round too!  Aren't the colors amazing?
And the best part is that it's on sale for just $125! Find it HERE.
Leota is such a fabulous company.  They make the most beautiful clothes AND they donate to Uncommon Threads.
I'm wearing the Songo River Sandal from Jax and Bard , located in Maine. I connected with the owner Jax on Instagram last month, and she came to Uncommon Threads with boxes of shoes to donate! She's the absolute sweetest and I LOVE her comfortable and stylish shoe collection! These sandals have a solid chunky heel that is stable and just the right height.
These beautiful gunmetal earrings are from another Instagram connection, Mack and Jane Jewelry. I am head over heels for this stunning, yet very reasonably priced line. 
There you have it, three AMAZING businesses and one fabulous outfit!  

Shopping links:
Gunmetal earrings (very similar here and here LOVE )

XO Susan


The Leota dress, Mack and Jane earrings and Jax and Bard sandals were gifted, but I only post what I love.  Promise!
















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The Midlife Fashionista by The Midlife Fashionista - 2M ago
The first (and hopefully annual) Uncommon Threads Gala is coming up this Wednesday! After months of planning, I can't believe the event is almost here!
I've been going a lot of events lately and "winging" my outfits, which is SO stressful!  There's nothing worse than getting dressed for a special occasion an hour beforehand and hating everything you put on--planning is key!
Yes I have a lot of clothes, but I've been living out of boxes for the past year -- my wardrobe is a disorganized mess! So for the gala, I decided to choose my outfit in advance to avoid having a total meltdown.
Because Chico's is sponsoring the gala and because I love the company SO much, I'm wearing this fabulous palm print jumpsuit!  
This fun jumpsuit looks super high-end, but it's just 
$139!  It's crazy comfy, doesn't wrinkle and you can dress it up or down.  I may just throw a denim jacket over it this summer!

But the gala is called "Dress to Impress" so I'm getting dressed up by accessorizing with this white clutch (similar and under $40) and a turquoise ring (similar).  
My earrings are designed by the talented Sue Freda.
And these nude tassel back sandals are from Adrian Allen. They're so comfy--I love the platform!
Can't wait to post about the gala! I'm hoping we will raise a lot of money for Uncommon Threads so we can serve even more women.
Stay tuned!
XO

Thank you to Coco Collection and Salon Navid for letting me  turn their space into a photo studio!

The Chico's jumpsuit and Sue Freda earrings were gifted and some of the links in this post generate a very small commission-but rest assured, I only post what I love! Promise!









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The Midlife Fashionista by The Midlife Fashionista - 2M ago
I was in NYC a few months ago and stumbled upon the most incredible jewelry store called Versani.  It's hard to describe how gorgeous Versani is--it's truly a feast for the eyes".
The store has an earthy feel and many pieces are displayed on natural materials such as stone or wood. 
 And then there's the bling....ohhhhh my goodness!
I have to say, these pieces are some of the most beautiful I've seen.
I fell in love with a black diamond ring that was calling my name (Richard are you listening??).
While at Versani, I had the pleasure of meeting Ara the owner and designer.  His talent is off the charts and his creations are so unique--they're truly art!
Needless to say, I was so excited when Ara wanted to collaborate on a blog.
But doing a blog with Versani put me in a dilemma--what to choose to show off? One of each please!
I landed on some stunning silver pieces that work with just about any outfit.  
Here are my four wardrobe must-haves from Versani:
Statement earrings
Chunky silver ring
Intricate silver cuff
Silver woven necklace
This intricately designed silver cuff is the perfect combo of edgy and feminine.  It fits just about any wrist and looks fabulous on!  I paired the cuff with this chunky silver ring that makes a statement even on its own!
Next up I'm wearing  these amazing Versani silver earrings that are surprisingly lightweight!
These fun earrings can be worn casually or dressy. Here I've paired them with the chunky silver ring, jeans, a loose sweatshirt and slip-on sneakers.
A woven silver necklace is so elegant and this Versani piece is stunning.
I'm wearing this necklace with a very simple black and white outfit...perfect for just about any occasion
This necklace might look heavy, but it's actually light and very comfortable! I love that it's understated yet bold at the same time (does that make sense?).
 Versani has four stores in NYC and another in Miami (details here).  If you're in either location, a trip to Versani is a must!
And while you're there, say "hi" to Ara for me!

If you're interested in any of these pieces, please contact Versani (they ship!).

XO Susan

The Versani necklace and cuff were gifted and some of the links in this blog generate a very small commission...however I only post what I love. Promise!












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The Midlife Fashionista by The Midlife Fashionista - 2M ago
I'm frequently asked to review skincare products, but I will only post about the ones that give great results.  It is very important to me that my reviews are honest--I simply will not post about a product that doesn't work.

I recently tested out some of skinfo® Specialty Skincare Boutique products for "mature skin" (yep, like mine) and was blown away. The company was founded by Dr. Amy Foreman Taub, a leading dermatologist who is on the cutting edge of new medical innovations, which she makes available to her patients. Through skinfo® Specialty Skincare Boutique, her top product choices are now available to the public too! It's an on-line boutique for the best skincare products!

I was asked what my biggest skin complaints are. At 56, the list is a bit long...
1.  Lack of firmness
2.  Age spots
3.  Lines
4.  Old looking neck (ugh the neck)


DefenAge Clinical Power Trio was recommended. This "three product kit"does it all including counteracting everything from uneven skin-tone to sagging skin. I was not expecting miracles (let's be honest NO cream can give you a face lift), but I was willing to try the products for a solid three weeks to see how they worked.
Here's what I experienced.
The DefenAge Clinical Power Trio is so easy to use. First goes on the 2-Minute Reveal Mask which gently exfoliates and makes skin feel incredible.  Next is the 24/7 Barrier Repair Cream which is a super light anti-aging lotion. And last comes the BioSerum which goes over the cream (very different than other serums which go on before face cream!).  This product can even be used around the eye area!
After three weeks of using these products I noticed brown spots fading (and no new ones popping up!) and a difference in my skin texture--my skin is definitely smoother. I also noticed a decrease in lines and a glowing "radiance".  I've had compliments on my skin and the other day someone actually asked me what products I use!

Skininfo® told me that the REAL results come after a month, so I'm sticking to the regime. I can't wait to see what my skin looks like next month! 

I also tested out the Colorscience Even Up Clinical Pigment Perfector SPF 50.  This AMAZING product does so much more then protect your face from the sun! It also evens the skin-tone and brightens up your whole face! It's the perfect product to use during the summer months and to take the beach! With SPF 50, it gives high powered sun protection (which I won't go without after having basal cell skin cancer several years ago). 
I started using this product in leu of foundation on warm days!
The only make-up I'm wearing here is Even Up, a pop of blush and lipgloss.

Now let's talk about the neck. I've been at war with my neck for years. It seems to droop and sag more and more every day.  skininfo Neck.of.Time was the product of choice to combat a saggy neck. Using just a tiny amount of cream twice a day, it battles crepiness and water loss, resulting in a firmer and more hydrated looking neck--I'll take it! Love this product too!
The last thing I want to touch on is safety. Having been diagnosed with cancer a few months ago, I now read labels carefully.  Here's what the DefenAge does NOT contain!
The company has some of the best skincare products around as well as three amazing mineral make-up lines.
So if you need a skin "pick-me-up", try skinfo® Specialty Skincare Boutique products.
I think you'll be as happy with them as I am!

And as a special gift to you skinfo® Specialty Skincare Boutique is offering 10% off with code SUSAN through Thursday May 10th! Shop the line here.

Follow them on:
XO Susan

This blog was sponsored by skinfo® Specialty Skincare Boutique but my review is based on my own personal experience. I only post what I love--promise!

















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