As the title explains, I am going out on a limb here. Because I am going to tell you all my secrets on how I keep my youthful appearance.Photos
Don’t be deceived by pretty photographs: … for every published photo I discarded 30 photos because they made me look terrible.

Hair
My hair is awful. It is thin and I don’t have much of it. The trick is a good hair dresser. I go there every 6 week to have my hair dyed and cut. And in between those visits, my neighbour dyes my roots. I wash it twice a week and use all sorts of products to give it volume. Every day I brush and back-comb my hair.

Face
OK, I know I have wrinkles, but for age 58, almost 59 I am not doing bad, am I? There are reasons for that. Some people have good genes, but I have not. When I was 40 my eye-lids were sagging. They were leaning on my eyelashes. People inquired whether I was feeling allright. When I answered “Yes I am, thank you”, they replied: “Well, you don’t look like it. You look tired”.
I took a good look at my father and saw my future….. it was going to get a lot worse.
Plastic surgery solved the problem: big eyes again.
Ten years later, same sort of thing happened: I got a very sad and tired face. My skin was hanging below my jaws as if it was going to fall off. And my neck… like a turkey! (Thanks daddy, for those genes.)
Plastic surgery solved that problem too: half a facelift performed on the lower part of my face.

Figure
I never had a waist but last year that part of my body was bulging out instead of going in. Age thingy.
Plastic surgeon liposucked my waist and took off 8,5 cm.
Even after getting the waist I never had, I usually wear bodyshapers as they keep everything so nicely in its place. Nothing to worry about when you buy a tight, stretchy dress or jacket. I do pay attention to my lingery though. The whole picture has to look appetizing to my husband, bodyshapers or not.
And of course I am careful with food. I eat: healthy, home-cooked, very little sugar, no cookies (besides on festive occasions) etc. so I don’t gain weight. I have a whole wardrobe as incentive to keep the same size.

Suppleness
For 6 years I was doing tummy excersizes (620 to be precise) every day at 5.15 AM. Now I am down to 3 x a week (350),still at 5.15 AM.
I am doing fitness at the fitness school for the past 8 years, twice a week, an hour each time.Those are my secrets. I am very curious to know how you are going to react on this.Herewith a film of the brand Dove about models and photoshopping.Film (1 minute 14 s):       Our distorted view on beauty

Because, believe it or not…. although I have done all of the above en although making myself more beautiful is my passion, I know, really I know, that the most important thing in my life is love. Call me sentimental.

Me in 2008. A happy rubber ball with short hair. Bad photography can also make you look younger.

Greetje

When I saw this jacket on the sales assistant I thought it was sóó cute. Of course it was.
She was 5 ft 4 (1 meter 65) and I am 5 ft 74 (1 meter 75). Oversized stuff always looks cute on small girls.
So why didn’t I realize that it would not necessarily look good on me?
I have no idea. Total blanc, I suppose.
Apart from that, she wore the jacket in black and I decided to go “for something different” and chose grey.

Grey is not my colour. Not at all.
Boxy, wide, long jackets are not flattering for my figure.

I have bought so many things to make this jacket work, it would have been a lot cheaper if I had thrown in the towel immediately and gave it to my niece. I am sure she agrees as she loves this jacket.

Here we go…. (they are photos from some time ago, so some of them are not the best).

The above combination was not half bad in my opinion.
To me, you can wear anything with jeans. Combined with high heeled grey boots and the blouse, I felt I did well. The comments were contradictory. Some thought the world of it, some thought it was wrong to add such a feminine blouse or to wear it with jeans. I wasn’t sure.

The grey boyfriend jacket outfit with the hat is my favourite combination. But not everybody likes (off)white boots over trousers with mature woman. It this too much cheergirl-style? Could be. What do you think?
I love the hat, but you don’t always wear it, especially not indoors. I did once and had such a laugh with one of my colleagues. She had the funniest break-down speech ever and ended by saying: “Never mind dear, you know what they say, it is the inner you that counts”. By that time my tummy was aching from laughing.

What can I say of the above? I tried to add a colour that did suit me. But I don’t like this combination, although I have no idea what is wrong with it.

You will see more of my trials with this jacket in the near future.

Sleep well or have a nice day.
Greetje

I know I should have resisted buying this jacket, but I am weak.
Saturday I was in Amsterdam with a friend, “doing” the shopping area called “the nine streets”. This is one of the nicest shopping areas you can image. We only covered three streets from 11 to 15.00 hours. Of course we went for coffees and lunch as well, but every shop, one after another is só nice, you cannot pass it.

We were talking about our pitfalls and I told her that my biggest pitfall is always falling for clothes that really stand out, that draw attention. Buying such items gives me a wardrobe full of pieces which cannot be combined as they compete with oneanother. I need basics and the creativity to make good combinations and add a twist. (I am bad at that, really bad.)
I had just finished telling her this, when I saw the jacket in the window, went in and bought it.

Arguments against:
Is this jacket basic? No.
Is this jacket easy to combine with other clothes? No.
Can I wear it much without the risk of people saying “here she is again with her lemon green jacket”? No.

Arguments in favour:
Do I love this jacket? Yes.
Is this colour a right colour for me? Yes.
Is this shape, the right shape for me? Yes.
Do I “need” another top to fully use these trousers? Yes.

4 Argument in favour and 3 against. Case closed.

 

 

 

Till tomorrow.
Greetje

Python jacket Versace
I nearly forgot to give you the third and last episode of my grey green baggy trousers. As I promised.
Which was also caused by the fact that I did not want to bore you with three times the same trousers.
But, a promise is a promise.

So herewith my baggy trousers for the last time.
I combined them with a jacket and I combined them with a leopard print top and leopard print vest. Which happened purely by chance. I had the top on and wanted to see whether I would still fit the vest. As the vest is at least 10 to 15 years old. Then I looked in the mirror and thought: hey… that is actually quite exciting.

Truth be told, I wore this outfit with the python high heels, which is nicer as you already know. But I have not got any photos of that.

To give this article something extra, I started with a photo of my python coat. This was a very good buy at a thrift shop. (Seem to be doing pretty well these days at thrift shops.)
The coat is by no less than Versace Jeans Couture and it was a steal. It is a featherweight and as soft as the skin of a kitten.

I quite like my animal prints. Hope you do too.
Greetje

PS There is a lovely challenge going on at the blog 40plusstyle.com:  40 + style challenge
Challenge is to create 2 outfits that combine 3 colours and 1 pattern. Here is an example of how Sylvia has done it. I am a big fan of the outfit on the right. Perfection to my taste.

I showed you my multicoloured silk suit yesterday, still contemplating whether I would wear it for Christmas.
Looking at it again, I decided it was too much summer and party and searched for another outfit.

My friend Anja gave me a whole bunch of skirts this summer which did not fit her anymore.
She is a size small now. I am not.
I am a size large believe it or not. In English sizes: a 14. In Dutch sizes a 40 and in Italian sizes a 44.

Back to the pile of skirts… In that pile was a beautiful black skirt embroidered with black beads. Ideal for Christmas. Which is why I did not wear it this summer. It was obviously a winter skirt.

The question was “what to wear on top”? I decided it had to be something tight, something that would show my waist. A normal fitted jacket was out, because it would cover part of the skirt with the beads.
A short jacket was an option but I only own 1 short jacket, a red one.
(Come to think of it, that might also work. Red is a Christmas colour. I will have to try that later.)

I opted for two similar blouses. One in purple and another one cream coloured.
Give me your opinion. Which one looks best?

First I made a photo indoors (above) as it was storming outside.
Then I decided the light was significantly better outside (below).

Changed into my other blouse as the wind was getter worse (below) … bye-bye hair-do…:

 

 

As you can see in the photo above on the right, the wind was really fierce. And it was cold. The things you have to endure when you are a model hahaha.

DETAILS…. beads and evening purse.

So let me know: purple blouse or cream blouse? Or should I search for something completely different because you dismiss the outfit all together?

Greetje