Category Archives: Fierce at 50

Putting On Five Pounds In Midlife On Purpose, Or, Saturday Morning at 9:49am


So I’ve just put on five pounds. On purpose. To be fair, this takes me from a BMI of 20 to one of 21, so I am not making a revolutionary statement. But it seemed my thought process, given our cultural focus on women’s weight, might of be of interest anyway. As background, I have […]

What Should You Wear To Speak On A Panel About Two Of Your Great Life Interests?


As you may remember, back before Christmas, I was asked to participate in a panel about the Apple Watch. Wristly, the sponsoring firm, had found me via my review, here. As you can imagine, deciding what to wear that day required serious deconstruction. I considered my options across several axes, as one does. Modern vs. classic, […]

Objects Of Desire: That 70s Clothing


While fashion lacks a gale force trend right now, I think we might reasonably point out a few “breezes” — influences, if you will. The Seventies are in the air. And that’s it for wind metaphors. Anyone else here a teenager in the 70s? I thought so. Remember our bell-bottoms, skinny-rib tees, and hand-tooled leather […]

A Singular Piece


This post sponsored by Halsbrook Fashion has moved to a “post-trend” universe. So says Cathryn Horyn at the New York Times, and I agree. In these days of multiplicity, high style requires evidence of the wearer’s imagination,  AKA, “Yes I Dressed Myself.” Recently, in New York, I was amazed at how different everyone looked. On […]

Packing for 5 Days In Brooklyn, Manhattan, and New Jersey


During my recent break I took a little trip. First, a plane to JFK for three days in New York visiting my son and some newish friends. Then, a train to New Jersey for two days with my best friend of several decades. I had vowed to put aside the camera, and my internal blog […]

Trying Out A New Silhouette That Forgives My Midlife Midsection


I’ve always preferred a fitted waist, to work with broad shoulders and a long torso, but I may be ready now to trade that off for comfort. Breathe an actual sigh of relief; I’ve been sucking in my stomach for a decade now. This will require some experimentation. So, last week my middle sister, my […]

Is There A Good Way To Buy A Bathing Suit, Even If You’re Over-50 Looking For A Bikini, Maybe?


Last December, I tried to buy a new swimsuit. I failed. Even the shop at the Four Seasons Hualalai came up short. Now, as one of my suits has popped a veritable rage of threads,and I’m dreaming of The Carneros Inn, I’m going to try again. Can Women Over 50, or Over 40 For That […]

What Would It Take To Wear This Out Of The House?


You may remember I proposed a hypothetical 4th of July outfit, here. Somewhere around 7 o’clock the night of the actual 4th I grabbed my youngest sister, and said, “Oh, hey, would you mind taking a picture for me?” So she did. We were down at my mother’s, in Santa Barbara. All the siblings, the […]

Aging Out Of Shorts, And Into A Long, Navy, MaxMara Dress


This post is sponsored by Halsbrook. Retailer particulière to the Grande Dame in all of us. The photo above, although I didn’t know it at the time, signaled the end of my street shorts days. I’ve aged out. It’s not that I hate my knees, or worry about shocking my neighbors. But, to be blunt, I find the texture of […]

Your Work Clothes May Have Some Fun In Retirement


I used to wear a long white Splendid blouse over black bootleg cords. I used to wear pencil skirts with boots. I used to wear lavender, cadet blue, and dance oxfords together. To work. But this week I took that white blouse, a black pencil skirt and dance loafers out on a spontaneous little outing with my husband. I […]