Nude Pantyhose vs. Black Tights: Fashion Over 40

Today we’re going to take a look at nude pantyhose vs. black tights. During the month of October I did 31 days of Fashion & Beauty for women over 40. On Day 13 I wrote about 25 clothes that just gotta go and one of those was flesh colored hose.

I was quoting Charla Krupp from her book, How Not To Look Old. She said nude pantyhose definitely age you (actually she said they make you look like an old lady. eek!).

I decided to take some pictures and let you all be the judge. This is a black Michael Kors dress I purchased from TJMaxx. I first tried  a pair of Spanx nude pantyhose on with black heels.

This is the same black dress but I paired it with black opaque tights and the same black heels.

I thought I ‘d take another picture of how I would actually wear this black dress. I added a colorful scarf, black boots with a wedge heel and kept the black opaque tights.

I think this is a much younger look and I think it can be worn by women in their 40s, 50s and beyond.

I personally think the nude pantyhose are the worst look of the three pictures, that’s why I don’t wear them (I had to buy the nude pantyhose to take this picture). Okay, I’m ready to hear from you all!

What do yo think of the nude pantyhose vs. the black tights? I would love to hear from you!

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Beauty For the Heart~~For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

Have a blessed day!

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{Day 29}10 Things in 10 Minutes Take Off Ten Years

What a month! We’ve learned a lot about fashion & beauty for women over 40. Now it’s time to summarize what we’ve learned. Today it’s 10 things you can do in the next 10 minutes to take off 10 years (from How Not to Look Old by Charla Krupp).

1. Pick Pink for your Pout. I use Revlon ColorStay Lipcolor in Iconic Iris. I also use a clear lipgloss over it.

2. Arch your Eyebrows Upward.

3. Cover gray brow hairs with pencil and powder. I use my brown eyeshadow to fill in my eyebrows. This is the exact eye shadow I’m using right now and I fill my eyebrows in with the darker brown.

4. Slim down your eyeliner. Several have asked what eyeliner I’m using right now. I’m using L’Oreal Infallible Never Fail eyeliner in brown. It doesn’t smudge!

5. Falsify a few lashes. (This one I don’t do.)

6. Don’t outline your lips with dark eyeliner. This is a no-no!

7. Lighten up on the foundation and powder.

8. Unchain your reading glasses.

9. Lose the suit. Switch up the pieces instead.

10. Slip on heels or high-heeled boots.

Most of these are quick and easy fixes but can make you look years younger.

Do you think this is a pretty easy list? How do you think you’re doing with this checklist?

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Beauty For the Heart~~Thankfully our past mistakes don’t have to define us. Psalm 103:11-12 says, For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. We are forgiven!

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{Day 27} Shop For A Cause: Fashion & Beauty For Women Over 40

Good morning ladies! I couldn’t go through 31 days of fashion & beauty for women over 40 during October and not mention breast cancer awareness month. Not only should you make sure you get your mammogram but you can also support and shop for a cause.


1. Olivetee Faith T-shirt ($26) Great t-shirts!!
2. Essie Breast Cancer Color Collection ($8 each)
3. Anne Klein Awareness Bracelet ($30)
4. Bobbi Brown Pink Peony Set ($45
5. Clinique Skin, Great Cause ($36)
6. Christopher Radko’s Pink Power Walk Breast Cancer Ornament ($49)
7. Stila Positively Pink Set ($18)
8. Smashbox ‘Be Legendary’ Lipstick ($19
9. Avon Breast Cancer Crusade Watch ($20) 

If you purchase any of these products, the company gives a portion of the money to breast cancer research and awareness. How cool is that?

Cancer is a horrible disease. I’m sure all of us know someone who has had breast cancer and many of us have lost someone we love to breast cancer. I’m ready to find a cure!

Have you lost someone to breast cancer or do you know someone who is going through it right now? 

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Beauty For the Heart~~But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

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{Day 26} Adding Accents: Fashion & Beauty For Women Over 40


By now we’ve got a cute haircut possibly with bangs, we are wearing neutral makeup, we’ve got some basic pieces in our wardrobe, we’ve added some cute shoes and now we want to add some accents. This is the fun part!


Accents are the ultimate attention getters. They give any outfit a boost and help add color.

What are accents? They’re scarves, rings, earrings, necklaces, colored belts, bracelets etc.

As with everything we’ve talked about over the last 26 days we need to remember that less is more. I love what Christopher Hopkins says in his book, Staging Your Comeback, “A maturing face and figure carry a patina of wisdom. They make a statement in and of themselves that doesn’t require bright lips, over-the-top earrings, or a crazy hip belt to bring it forward. Less is simply more as we age.”

Now don’t freak out, we can wear accents we just need to be careful not to overdo it. We’ve all seen older women who wear too much bling or are still wearing the same accents they wore when they were 16.

Here are some accents that need to go if you’re over 40 (according to our favorite Charla Krupp).

  • Ankle bracelets
  • Belly necklaces
  • Body piercing
  • Ear piercing in multiples
  • Toe rings

So how do we add accents? I think it’s good to pick one accent piece that you want to make a statement with and then add other accents that compliment your accent piece.

For instance, in this outfit, I wanted the necklace to be the statement piece. I have earrings on but they’re small. If you wear a statement necklace you don’t need statement earrings too. Make sense?

I definitely could have added some bracelets and a watch to this outfit and it would have looked fine.

Accents are the final touch to our total look. It’s important to look at the trends and then add them to your outfits. Right now, bubble necklaces are popular and wearing several bracelets and cuff bracelets are very popular. Big rings also look stylish.

So what do you think? Do you like adding accents to your outfits? I love to hear from you all, your comments are great!

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Beauty For the Heart~~I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

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{Day 22} Nails: Fashion & Beauty For Women Over 40

I can’t believe we’re on Day 22 of my 31 days series of Fashion & Beauty for Women Over 40! It’s flying by! Today we’re going to talk about our nails, so hang on!


When I first read in Charla Krupps book, How Not To Look Old, that acrylic nails and dark nail polish makes you look old, I was shocked. But after several days of thinking about it, it kind of makes sense.

As we age, our hands age right along with the rest of our body. The point is, not to draw attention to the parts of our body that are aging. If you have long, young looking hands by all means wear dark nail polish and/or acrylic nails.

But if your hands are aging, try to go with a manicured short neutral nail (there seems to be a theme to the neutral look!).

I have short fingers and my hands have started to age. I’ve noticed when I wear dark nail polish my hands look shorter and stubby. Nail polish that is close to your skin color will elongate your hands.

So here’s the young and hip nail tips, according to Charla Krupp:

Shape: “Squoval” Not quite square and not quite oval, this is the flattering shape in between.

Length: Keep nails no longer than a quarter inch beyond your fingertips. I don’t know how women do anything with super long nails!

Color: Save your fun colors for your toes. On fingernails a pretty, sheer pink or beige will take you anywhere. Again, light colors elongate the look of your fingers.

The french manicure can be tricky if not done right (Krupp says acrylic nails can age you, I’m just telling you what she says, you don’t have to agree with her. She says you would have a hard time finding a salon that did acrylic nails in Manhattan, who knew?)

If you have to have acrylic nails, Deborah Lippmann, celebrity manicurist says, “the French manicure should be a soft white, not a stark white and the tip (white part) should be applied very thin. Nine times out of ten, it’s too thick, which makes it not chic.”

Also, no nail art, and avoid excessive glitter! (This makes you look like you’re trying too hard to look young!)

Well, what do you all think? Agree or disagree? I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Beauty For the Heart~~Proverbs 31:10-13

A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.

Have a blessed day!

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{Day 16} Over 40 Fashion~Matchy-matchy is out!

It’s Day 16 of my 31 day series and we’re now getting into the nitty gritty of our wardrobe. There’s so much to talk about!

Today we’re going to throw out the old rules and learn the new rules. First and foremost, nothing ages us like matchy-matchy.

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Start with your closet, organize your closet by color. Mix and match everything. It’s a younger and hipper look.

Here’s The Old Rules vs. The New Rules according to Charla Krupp in her book How Not To Look Old.

1. Old Rule: Always match your handbag to your shoes. New Rule: Matchy-matchy will make you look oldie-oldie.

2. Old Rule: Don’t wear white after Labor Day. New Rule: Wear white in the winter and black in the summer-so chic!

3. Old Rule: Don’t wear black and navy together. New Rule: Mix black with navy—and brown.

4. Old Rule: Don’t wear different shades of black together. New Rule: Mix black and black whatever the tones.

5. Old Rule: Never mix different prints or patterns in the same outfit. New Rule: Mixed patterns look fresh when matched according to color tones.

6. Old Rule: Metallic pieces are for evening only. New Rule: Metallics are for day, too. They’re the new neutral.

7. Old Rule: Stockings should be flesh toned. New Rule: Shoes should be flesh toned, legs bare. (I know ya’ll aren’t going to like this one, Kate Middleton has helped change this a little.)

8. Old Rule: Don’t wear costume jewelry. New Rule: Faux can be fabulous!

9. Old Rule: Jeans are for daytime only. New Rule: Jeans are for evening–with heels and an embellished top.

I can’t wait to hear what ya’ll think about this list! Do you agree? Are you a matchy-matchy person?

Thanks for stopping 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.

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

Beauty For the Heart~~ All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

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