Today I’m going to send you, if you have a moment, over to Not Dressed As Lamb. Catherine has put together a beautifully done post, soliciting thoughts from style bloggers over 40 on the topic above. And yes, I’m there, and honored by the inclusion, but the post has implications more interesting than my Nike Air Maxes.
Endearingly blue and peach though they might be. The shoes, not the implications. But I digress.
Beaning Someone With My Handbag
First, being 57, the wherefores and howfores of style after 40 itself feel like history. While I remember how it felt to turn that age corner, at 57, I truly feel that I’ve made the philosophical shift into independent old lady territory. One who might bean a questioner with her handbag, scolding, “I’ll blog if I want to, my friend!” It feels good to be this far from 20.
Do Not Fluff Me, Please
Second, if it’s good to be a 40+ blogger, is it therefore good to read them? Yes, of course. But were we, in fact, waiting all along to read only about people like us? No, and while that’s not what Catherine’s saying, let me elaborate. Think about More. I have tried, over the last two decades, to read that magazine, and failed, despite its focus on my demographic.
Why? Because I have zero desire to see magazine editors do to my age group what they’ve already done to younger women, i.e. create a “look” to measure us against. Fluff us, if you will. You know what I mean, the artful highlighted and layered shoulder-length hair, the ever-so-white teeth, a gentle blur of neck. The Cial*s commercial wife. No thank you.
40+ style bloggers do way less fluffing. Thank you, my friends.
The Infinite Lightness Of Choice
And style bloggers, by multi-headed design, can offer a broader spectrum of options. For example, I am likely to substitute a few Minimalist-Tomboy-Twisted-Classic-Aesthete companions in place of more outré 40+ blogs. We can’t forget:
Inspired By The Doing Of A Very Good Job
Finally, Catherine’s blog is an inspiration. And I don’t do inspiration, generally. She and her images are beautiful – the lighting, the color, the settings. And she shares what she knows about blogging. Professionalism and generosity – isn’t that what we all want in a colleague?
Here’s the link again, if you’d like to take a look. Enjoy.
*(I starred the C-word to fend off certain traffic, as per Louise. Let’s hope it works.)