{Day 15} Our Neck: Fashion & Beauty For Women Over 40

We’re almost half way through our 31 days of Fashion & Beauty For Women Over 40. We’re working our way from our head all the way to our feet. We’ve finally made it to our neck!

The neck seem’s to always give away a person’s age and if I’m totally honest, my neck has started aging, and it bothers me a little. The horizontal wrinkles are the first wrinkles that begin to appear, usually in your forties. I’m there!

By the time you hit your sixties, many women have extra skin under their chin, giving them a double chin.

What can we do? Fortunately we can reclaim our necks with more flattering necklines and accessories, says Christopher Hopkins, The Makeover Guy.

If you have……….a short neck, a thick neck, and/or a double chin: 

  • Choose a V-neck. It’s the be all, end all, most slenderizing neckline around.
  • Avoid a turtleneck like the plague, esp. if you have a double chin.
  • Never wear a choker (even though they’re in right now, steer clear of them).
  • Avoid chunky neckwear.
  • Avoid stiff scarves. If you wear a scarf tie them vertically.
  • Choose necklaces that create a V, such as a pendant.
  • Avoid round button earrings; opt for medium to long vertical dangles.
  • Choose a soft collar that lies flat.

If you have………a long thin neck:

  • Wear turtlenecks. It’s great alone or as a layer
  • Turn up your collar.
  • Button-down collars ride up higher and are flattering.
  • The choker is your friend.
  • A short stiff scarf is excellent for you. You can wear scarves closely tied around your neck.
  • Wear chunky jewelry.

The picture on the left is for women with short, thick necks. This is the way to wear a scarf vertically. The picture on the right is for women with long thin necks.

How to help with wrinkles on your neck:

Wear sunscreen! ( I got too much sun on my neck when I was younger.)

Use a firming cream specifically for your neck and moisturize your neck.

Here’s something you can do that’s inexpensive {source}: You can get instant smoothing results by applying whipped egg white to the neck. Whip one egg white in a cup and apply with fingertips to the throat and neck areas. Apply the egg white liberally, smoothing it on with a tissue. Allow the egg white to dry—you should see a visible difference in your neckline appearance. If a white residue remains, cover it up with powder or makeup base.

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**If you’ve missed any of my posts in this series or want to start from the beginning you can go here!

Have a blessed day!

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{Day 13} Top 25 Clothes That Just Gotta Go

Happy Saturday! I’m having so much fun with this series and from all the positive comments and emails, I think ya’ll are enjoying it too. Today I’m sharing the Top 25 Clothes That Just Gotta Go according to Charla Krupp, in her book How Not To Look Old.

Of course, these are her opinions and if you want to wear any of these, feel free. I’m just sharing them with you. Charla says, “they date you and make you look old lady.”

Here’s her list: 

1. Holiday Sweaters with bells and appliques (in my opinion, a teacher might get away with wearing one of these.)

2. Granny/mommy necklaces that tell how many grandchildren/children you have.

3. Souvenir T-shirts

4. T-shirts with meant-to-be-funny sayings

5. Overalls

6. Acid-washed jeans

7. Ripped jeans

8. Shoulder pads

9. Flannel shirts

10. Muumuus

11. Photo handbags (no matter how cute the kids or grandkids!)

12. Flesh-colored hose

13. Penny loafers

14. Oversized blazers

15. Mommy robes (ouch I may have a mommy robe!)

16. Thin-gold-chain necklaces

17. Elastic-waist pants

18. Granny undies

19. Baggy sweats

20. Bearlike, full-length fur coats

21. Short shorts

22. Cargo pants

23. Stockings iwth reinforced toes

24. Three-piece suits with vests

25. Backpacks

Okay, there you have it! What do you think about this list? 

I’m so glad you stopped by! I enjoy hearing from all of you. If you’d like to chat, you can follow me on facebook, I also love to add things to my pinterest boards and if you’d like to follow some of my pictures throughout the day, you can follow me on Instagram.

Beauty For the Heart~~Ladies, I’m so thankful for grace!

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

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{Day 3} Hair Color: Fashion & Beauty For Women Over 40

Here we are, Day 3 and we’re talking–Hair Color.

Um…I have lots of personal experience with this one! I’ve been coloring (or having my hair colored) for at least 10 years. Hair color can make you look years younger especially if you’re covering gray hair.

First, lets talk about NOT covering your gray hair. Some women have gorgeous gray hair and look very classy. But Charla Krupp writes this in her book, How Not To Look Old, “Before you join the sisterhood of silver foxes, know that although silver hair can look cool, it will never look young. Truthfully, it adds ten years.”

So, its up to each woman to make that call. I can’t ever imagine having plastic surgery or botox but I will color my gray! :-)

Second, you don’t want to do an extreme color change because it can damage your hair. It can cause breakage, which will not give you a healthy, glossy, young look. Of course, I learned this one the hard way! See this blond streak? It caused a lot of damage to that area of my hair.

Quoting Charla Krupp, “Crazy color changes are better left to teens in their experimental stage. At your stage, you want to look elegant, classy, and, well, sane.”

Ouch! I wish I had read this book before I went through that mid life crisis!

What are we looking for as women over 40? We want fabulous hair color that’s bright and bold. We want to add highlights around our face and darker toward the back.

Dark brunettes will look beautiful with lighter highlights and Blondes should not go darker than when they were a kid.

Be seasonal: In the summer you should be at your lightest and brightest, so add more highlights. In the winter, you should be darker and warmer.Use highlights more sparingly and make sure they’re in warmer tones too.

As you age you should always lighten your hair, right? Not true. With hair color there are no absolutes. If you like your dark hair, it just might be perfect for you even beyond sixty. Just make sure it’s not a black-blue!

I had this head shot taken this past weekend at the Bloggy Conference thanks to Angie from 2 sisters and a blog. This is my hair color right now. My stylist uses two different colors by Paul Mitchell.

You don’t have to go to a salon to have your color done. Here are some good products you can use at home.

  • Clairol Natural Instincts
  • Clairol Nice ‘n Easy Gray Solution
  • Garnier Nutrisse
  • L’Oreal Paris Superior Preference

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Beauty For the Heart~~Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Luke 12:7 
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31 Days Of Fashion & Beauty For Women Over 40

Okay, here we are at the beginning of October! I’m so excited to begin this series-31 days of Fashion & Beauty For Women Over 40.

I’m guessing that a lot of you are like me and asking the same question, “How in the world did I get here?” It was just yesterday that I had my first pimple!

Of course everyday when I get up and look in the mirror, I realize I’m not 16, or 26, or 36…..I’m 46! I don’t know about you but I’m noticing age spots, crow’s-feet, gray hair, spider veins, gravity issues everywhere (to put it nicely), and the list goes on.

So, over the next month we’re going to look at ways we can look younger, thinner and feel better. We are NOT over the hill! Remember 40s the new 20, 50s the new 30 and 60s the new 40. Works for me!

We’re going to start at the top of our body, the head, and work our way down. I’ll be sharing some to-do tips and some not-to-do tips. Believe me, I have a lot to learn too and I can’t wait to get started!

Tomorrow we’ll talk Hair. What looks good, and what makes us look younger.

To get us started, I’ll leave you with “things that shouldn’t be seen on anyone who has left her twenties”: (This is not my list but is from the book, How Not To Look Old by Charla Krupp.) In my opinion I think it should be more like anyone who has left her thirties:

  • A dead-middle part with straight hair, no layers
  • High ponytail
  • Braids
  • Beaded braids
  • Thick, structured headbands
  • Ribbons
  • Kiddie barrettes
  • Glitter
  • Hair accessories that could be mistaken for toys or charms
  • Scrunchies

**I’m using two books as resources, How Not To Look Old by Charla Krupp and Staging Your Comeback by Christopher Hopkins.

Day 2- Hair~Fashion & Beauty for Women Over 40
Day 3- Hair Color~Fashion &Beauty for Women Over 40
Day 4- Eyeglasses~Fashion & Beauty for Women Over 40 
Day 5- Eyes~Fashion & Beauty For Women Over 40
Day 6- Eyebrows~Fashion & Beauty For Women Over 40
Day 7- Beauty For the Heart~Passing On Our Faith
Day 8- Eyelashes~Fashion & Beauty For Women Over 40
Day 9- Skincare~Fashion & Beauty For Women Over 40
Day 10-Foundation~Fashion & Beauty For Women Over 40
Day 11-Cheeks & Lips-Adding Color
Day 12-Teeth~Fashion & Beauty For Women Over 40
Day 13-Top 25 Clothes That Just Gotta Go
Day 14-Beauty For the Hear~Life is Short
Day 15-Our Neck: Fashion & Beauty For Women Over 40
Day 16-Over 40 Fashion: Matchy Matchy is out!
Day 17-Our Wardrobe Essentials: Fashion over 40
Day 18-Minimize The Midsection
Day 19-Finding the Right Jeans: 13 Do’s and Don’ts!
Day 20-Shorten those Skirts: Fashion over 40
Day 21-Beauty For the Heart: Blessings
Day 22-Nails: Fashion & Beauty For women over 40
Day 23-Shapewear & Bras: Fashion & Beauty For Women over 40
Day 24-10 Ways to have Younger Looking Legs
Day 25-It’s all about the Shoes: Fashion & Beauty For women over 40
Day 26-Adding Accents: Fashion & Beauty For Women Over 40
Day 27-Shop For A Cause: Fashion & Beauty For Women over 40
Day 28-Beauty For the Heart: Finishing is More important than Starting
Day 29-10 things in 10 minutes take off 10 years
Day 30-1o things for less than $100 to take 10 years off
Day 31-Fashion & Beauty for Women over 40
Thanks so much for stopping by, have a blessed day!
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