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Wine Festival? Of Course We’re There!

In between Dallas and Fort Worth (and right by DFW Airport) is the great town of Grapevine. This quaint town is known for its historic downtown district. Maintaining the original architecture, it is a wonderful collection of retail, art, restaurants and wine tasting. Anchored on one end of Main Street is the Gaylord Texan Resort, a spectacular hotel with a center atrium and numerous amenities. As a bonus, it is located close to Lake Grapevine…a popular destination during the water sport months in Texas.

True to its name, Grapevine is home to several local wineries. So, it is only natural that the largest wine festival in the southwest is held here. Grapefest, in its 31st year, is a family friendly event that celebrates wines of Texas and some from New York and Canada. Also featured are golf, tennis, carnival rides, live entertainment and enough retail vendors to put a definite dent in your monthly budget. You can also channel Lucy Ricardo and participate in the grape stomp! This festival grows yearly in popularity and attendance.

As you may have noticed, we are self-admitted victims of the grape. We braved the unseasonably hot Texas weather and went to see what all the fuss was about. We will definitely be returning! So, if you live in the DFW area or want to visit, check out this annual event.

Here, we are enjoying the 4 wine flight at the Sloan & Williams Winery Tasting Room. This was a great chance to combine two of our favorite things…wine and air conditioning.

Sister love!!!

We loved sampling wines from the Finger Lakes region of New York at the Liberty Park Wine Experience presented by the Gaylord Texan Resort. Of course, we had to purchase the souvenir glass!

 

Grapefest was worth braving the heat and we hope to make this an annual event. However, Grapevine is worth the trip any day of the year. We plan to return later this year to visit Ice! at the Gaylord Texan, a walk through attraction (kept at 9 degrees) featuring holiday ice sculptures. So…make the time to have fun and experience new things when you can. Some may be better than others, but when you do it with a sister or friend, it’s never wasted time!

 

Some Rules Are Made To Be Broken

Growing up, our parents taught their three daughters the importance of following rules. They informed us that rules were made for a reason, and following them showed respect to others and increased the possibility that situations in our lives would run smoothly. Whether it was understanding the logic of what they said or the feeling of guilt when we let them down, we became rule followers. If an entrance to a parking lot says “Exit Only”, we find the entrance, even if the lot is empty and not a car in sight. We count the number of items in our shopping cart before we enter the express lane at the grocery store. And we were never tempted to use our mother’s handicap parking placard unless she was in the car with us.

Fashion rules have morphed over time…you can wear black to a wedding, you don’t have to adopt a short hairstyle after the age of 50, you can wear your brown boots with a black dress. One of the older and more well known rules (especially in the south) is “no white before Easter or after Labor Day”. This is a rule we have no problem breaking. White jeans are a great wardrobe staple of which we both have several options in our closet…skinny, crop, fresh hem, uneven hem. If we give this much closet space to one type of clothing, why would we ignore it eight months of the year? So, here are several ways we style white jeans for fall.

 

When you start with white jeans and add a chambray shirt and a neutral jacket (similar), you create a style that is classic, comfortable and easy. Mules are huge this year and these black ones are fabulous. We have shown this tote with many outfits because it looks great with so many things. It adds interest to an outfit of neutrals. Alison chose to minimize the accessories, choosing a pair of fun earrings.

Tracy is date night ready by pairing her white skinny jeans with a pink sweater with slit cuffs and shirttail hem. The suede flats (similar) match beautifully with the sweater. An embroidered clutch (similar) and beaded tassel earrings add the punch.

These are just two ways to style white jeans for fall, but the possibilities are endless. Don’t let your white jeans hibernate.

 

It’s A New Day At Target…Literally

We think it is impossible to not get excited about the launch of a new line at Target. Over the past few years, Target has added some great lines, including Who What Wear and Knox Rose. There have also been some great limited collaborations with lines such as Victoria Beckham and Lily Pulitzer. In true Target fashion (pardon the pun), they are reasonably priced. Which brings us to the newest line…A New Day. The versatility of this line is great….offerings from the most casual to work appropriate. The mix and match pieces can form numerous great outfits or work well with items already in your closet. That is just what we have done below. Check out how we chose to style some great AND pieces…

 

Goldenrod is a huge color this fall (we are seeing it everywhere!) and A New Day took advantage of that with this great skirt. Lightweight and flattering, it can be dressed casually or dressed up for an evening out. Alison chose the casual route, adding our favorite “perfect” white shirt and jean jacket. For a little punch, a pair of absolutely fabulous mules. Add a black clutch and you’re done. Hard to believe this skirt retails for under $25!!! (sunnies (here))

Another big trend is military. This vest is offered in olive (as shown above) and grey. This is a perfect wardrobe addition that can work with just about anything…add it to a tee shirt dress or switch out jeans for chinos. Tracy paired it with jeans and added a great AND tee shirt. We love a peep toe bootie because they make any outfit look great. Bracelets (here and here) and a long necklace (similar) add a little sparkle. It may be predictable to pair a camo tote with a military vest, but we just had to do it…it adds that final touch of interest.

Alison fell in love with this tan Anorak hooded jacket that is offered in three additional colors. This lightweight jacket is perfect when the weather turns cold and can be layered for warmth or fashion. Just like the vest featured above, it works with jeans or a dress, and just about anything in between. The striped tee, jeans and fabulous boots make this outfit look effortless. Earrings, sunnies and the tote take it from effortless to put together.

If you want to go romantic, lace is a great option. This AND top is beautiful and trust us…you will not be accused of looking like your grandmother’s tablecloth. We love the femininity of the top as well as the versatility. Tracy paired it with jeans and wedges (similar) for a date night look. Add it to tailored slacks and pumps and you are ready for a holiday party. Earrings are the only accessory because a top like this stands on its own. (sunnies (similar))

Hope we have convinced you to check out A New Day at Target. The stores offer a great deal of the line but there are added options online.

Tracy Loves Tatcha

As a woman who celebrated her 60th birthday this year, it’s no surprise that one of my obsessions is great skin care. I suffer from the usual issues…lines, wrinkles, dullness, loss of firmness and large pores. If this list gets any longer, I may remove all mirrors from my home. Added to this, I suffer from very sensitive skin. This sensitivity adds a difficult component to my skin care equation. Adverse reactions from products are common (sometimes after using for an extended period) which necessitates the need to change products frequently.

Another obsession of mine is Japan. Alison and I had the privilege of living there in the 70’s when our father’s employer asked him to oversee their first international market. Japan is a beautiful enigma…a combination of bustle and stillness, loud and quiet, hard and soft. It holds a special place in my heart so it is only natural that I am attracted to products coming out of Japan. That is how I discovered Tatcha. Created by Victoria Tsai, it is a combination of ancient Japanese geisha beauty secrets and the modern ease expected by US consumers.

 

I have been using Tatcha for several months and love it! At this point, I am using the essentials and have not introduced any extra products into my routine. With sensitive skin, you take it slow. I am hoping to ease in the eye and face serums soon. The products I am using are formulated for sensitive aging skin, but there are products for all skin types.

Step One: One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil

Used at night, this product removes all impurities and makeup (including waterproof mascara) easily while hydrating the skin. Due to my sensitivity, I have never found an eye makeup remover that does not dry out my eyelids, resulting in flaking and puffiness. Therefore, I need a makeup remover that is gentle enough for my whole face.

Step Two: Soothing Rice Enzyme Powder

This water activated creamy exfoliant is used after cleansing at night and as the first step in the morning. This product gently cleanses, exfoliates and soothes skin. After using, my skin feels extremely soft.

Step Three: The Essence

This product combines three Japanese nutrients…algae which hydrates, rice which nourishes and the antioxidants of green tea. The Essence leaves the skin soft, smooth and glowing and prepares the skin to maximize your moisturizer.

Step Four: Soothing Triple Recovery Cream

I use this product as both a day and night cream. It is formulated specifically for sensitive aging skin, and I fall into both categories. It leaves my skin feeling calm and hydrated. I am prone to dry patches and have not experienced any since using Tatcha.

I am hoping for a long relationship with this brand. The products are a little pricey, but at this stage of my life I use what works. Visit the website (www.tatcha.com) and learn more about this amazing line. Read the Tatcha story and learn about the inspiration behind it and the partnership with Room to Read which helps to better the world.

Shukufuku (Blessings), Tracy

Beads and Balls and Tassels…Oh My

 

“The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize” is a great quote from the movie Steel Magnolias, and truer words were never spoken. A great outfit does not live up to its potential without the right accessories. Statement earrings are a great way to take an outfit to the next level. There are three big earring trends right now…beads, balls and tassels. We are sure these will go off trend at some point, but we may not be ready to part with them.

 

These earrings combine two of the trends with beaded tassels. All are very similar with subtle differences and are offered in many color choices and at different price points. On the left, this offering from Charming Charlie is very reasonably priced at $16.00. We are linking the clip-on and a multi-color choice on the website. The pierced solid color version is not on the website at this time, but the earrings were purchased in the store this week and many color choices were available. The center earring comes from the J Crew Factory and comes in cobalt blue, black & hot pink. These are on sale now for $23.50. We love the J Crew Factory items, but don’t procrastinate…some items don’t last long. The earring on the right comes from one of our favorite accessory retailers…BaubleBar. Similar to the first pair, this option hangs a little shorter than the first two. Though a little more expensive, still reasonably priced at $36.00. What makes this option a great choice is the 27 color options. Yes…we said 27!

 

These three are examples of different looks for beaded earrings. The beaded black hoops are from J Crew Factory and also come in cobalt blue. These earrings (priced at $24.00) are a great option if you want that on trend beaded look without a long dangle. The stripe pair comes from BaubleBar. We have linked the same pair with a pale aqua bead. This earring looks great dressed up or dressed down and is priced at $38.00. The final pair of earrings offer a multi-color beaded look. These shown were purchased at Target but unfortunately are no longer available, but we are linking a similar pair at BaubleBar and are sale now at the great price of $20.00.

 

You would have to be living in a cave right now to have not seen all the different options of the three ball dangle earring that is so hot right now! These two pair show a larger with a fish hook wire and smaller with a stud backing. The grey and white earring is Sugarfix by BaubleBar  sold by Target. It is offered for the great price of $12.99 and has six color options. The pink earrings are a great size with a length of just two inches, which is a full inch shorter than the grey and white. Lark and Love is one of our favorite accessory websites, and they offer these at just $14.00. The pink is unfortunately sold out right now but it is available grey and mint. Don’t despair…L&L is great about re-stocking.

 

Now, on to tassels. The earrings on the right were purchased at Target at the beginning of spring and are no longer available. However, Sugarfix by BaubleBar has a very similar option available now that we are linking. Just as most of the Sugarfix pieces, these sell for the very reasonable price of $12.99. The middle earring is also by Sugarfix by BaubleBar (are you noticing we spend a lot of time checking out SFbyBB options?) and is on sale now for just over $9.00. Mint and pink options are also available. The orange tassel was purchased at a local boutique, The Impeccable Pig. The website shows the earrings in white. We are also linking a multi-color tassel choice from both The Impeccable Pig and Lark and Love. These range in price from $17.00-$28.00.

 

We love all the options we have shown and hope they inspire you to go outside the box and have fun with your accessories. You do not have to make a huge investment…check out the discount stores. The great thing about trends is that most retailers want to cash in on them. Therefore, all price points are easily available.

Summer Sweaters…No Sweat

As we reach the hottest month of the year, considering sweaters as a fashion choice does not seem too appealing…but think again. There are several reasons to love summer sweaters. First…they are almost exclusively 100% cotton which is very breathable and breathable equals less sweat. After 50, less sweat is a biggie!!! Second…a sweater can make shorts or a pair of jeans look more chic. Third…it’s a great change from the endless t-shirts that seem to be the go-to choice during the summer months. Last but not least…when the temperatures get cooler, layer with a jean jacket or blazer and they work for the fall and winter months. Word of advice…take great care of them. We recommend dry cleaning over hand washing. This retains the shape and weave of the garment.

There are two things we really love about this sweater (unfortunately no longer available but here is a similar option)….the color and the side tie detail. Most sweaters are a solid color so a touch of interest make it stand out. This outfit is perfect for lunch to date night or anything in between. The sweater looks great with these fresh hem jeans but would work with regular denim, tailored slacks or shorts. The gold sandals look great but other choices could be heels, wedges or sneakers. Get creative…anything goes!

(sunnies – here, tote – here, bracelets – here , here, here and similar here, necklace – similar here)

The ability to pair this sweater with the full color spectrum makes it (or anything similar) a wardrobe absolute must. We love the look with the paint splatter jeans but try it with regular denim, shorts, slacks or a skirt. The neck and armhole detail is really pretty (a little difficult to see in these pictures due to the light color but the merchant website shows it off beautifully) and adds that pop of interest that any outfit needs. Have fun with it…let your creative juices flow.

(sunnies – similar, earrings – here, bracelets – here and similar here, watch – here, ring – here, sandals – here)

White Shirts…If It Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix It!

In our last post we talked about the clothing item which took up the least amount of space in our closets.  Well this post we are talking about the item which takes up probably the most space (after denim, of course)…the white shirt.  In all its forms the white shirt is perfection.  It can be dressed up or dressed down, worn as a blank slate for statement accessories or worn just to help you feel cool when it is a hundred degrees outside.  By looking back at all our insta posts and Instagram Looks on our site, it is clearly evident how much we love white shirts.

A crisp white tie blouse (similar) is shown here with light blue shorts and flip flops.  It is such an easy look for running errands in the summer.  There are times when even though we are just trying to get things done we don’t want to wear workout clothes and this fits the bill perfectly. By pairing a white shirt with shorts you feel put together with very little effort! (Sunnies (similar), bracelets (here and here))

This silk blouse (similar here and here) was purchased last year and remains a favorite.  Paired here with seamed leggings it looks classic is perfect for that in-between casual and formal occasion.  We have been known to even rock this look at cocktail parties but throw this top on (half tucked) with a pair of your favorite denim and it is the perfect date night outfit! (shoes, bracelets (here and here), watch, ring, necklaces (similar here, here and here), sunnies (similar))

Maybe our favorite look of all time.  The classic white blouse.  We have shown this blouse several times before and no doubt it will be featured again many many many times! This is without question our favorite and pair it with favorite denim in any color and in any form (distressed, boyfriend, girlfriend, skinny, etc.) and it is a winning, go to outfit.  (sunnies, necklaces (in addition to those listed above, similar here and here), bracelets (here, here, here, here and here), watch, shoes)

The white shirt, it definitely ain’t broke!!

 

Don’t Skirt the Issue…Skirts Are the Issue

While inventorying our closets, we realized the wardrobe item taking up the least amount of space was skirts. We began to wonder why…did our mother not like skirts and not dress us in them as children? Do they not think flatter our bodies? Or, do we just decide to skip a step and buy a dress instead? Whatever the reason, we think we are making a mistake.

Think about it…with a change of top or shoes, a skirt can go from really dressy to really casual. A pencil skirt looks just as great with a pair of flats as it does with the highest heels you can wear and still remain vertical. With versatility comes options…less pieces, more outfits.

Below are some of Tracy’s skirts…her options outnumbered Alison’s. After preparing this post, we think we will probably explore skirt options more in the future.

We absolutely love the brightness of this pencil skirt (similar). Most women think you have to be a Size 2 to wear one, but not true. Pencil skirts are flattering on so many body types, especially ones with curves. So don’t be shy…flaunt it! We’re sure you recognize this perfect white shirt. We both own several and it goes with so many things. As we have said many times…nothing better than a crisp white shirt. We also love to wear this skirt with a chambray shirt for a more casual look. Go neutral with the shoes and bag so they don’t compete with the skirt. A touch of color and sparkle is added with earrings and bracelets (similar here & similar here).

 

If you wear your white jeans as often as we do, doesn’t it make sense to buy a white denim skirt just to switch things up?!! This short denim skirt is perfect for summer. The length is the same as shorts but makes the outfit a little more put together. This blue tank is comfy and the neckline is flattering for women of all ages. These sandals should be called the perfect sandals…comfy, durable and look great with just about any outfit. Add some great silver accessories (here, here, here & here)  and shades, and you are summer ready.

 

This skirt is a favorite (unfortunately sold out so here is a similar option) from one of our favorite lines…Who What Wear at Target. We have shown this skirt before with a tailored white shirt but we also love the simplicity of the black tank. The wedge shoes are perfect for the outfit but flat sandals would be great too. We thought the hat was a fun addition. If you are hesitant to wear a hat…be bold. They make you look fabulous!!! Finishing off the outfit are earrings, bracelets (here, here & similar here), watch and sunglasses. A great look for a date night or a summer party.

Hope these looks have inspired you (as they have us) to venture into the world of skirts. Doing so will bring out your creativity. See how many looks you can get from one skirt. We would love to hear from you and see pictures of how many options one skirt can offer.

Next week on the blog…the wardrobe item taking up the most space in our closets. Hint: you have seen it a lot on our blog and it is not shoes. Check back next week to see if you guessed right!

 

 

The Katy Trail Khronicles

If you have been following our blog (and we really hope you have) you may have noticed quite a few pictures from the same location…Katy Trail Outpost. This bar/restaurant is located in the north Dallas suburb of Plano, which is also the home of Lovely Alison. We wanted to utilize a blog post to help you understand why this place is one of our favorites.

First…The Food

Starting with the appetizers, we love the Loaded Cheese Fries. These are an indulgence and well worth it! Don’t even think about the calorie content….just enjoy the experience. The Steak House Onion Rings are massive circles of heaven. Another indulgence, but you only live once. And of course, Loaded Chips & Queso are a must on the menu of any respectable Texas inspired food establishment.

If you want a really great salad or burger, this is the place to be! We absolutely love the salads offered. FYI…request salads served in a tin instead of on a plate. These salads are huge!!! Our personal favorites are the Outpost Chop Salad and the Chicken Caesar. Tracy considers herself a Caesar Salad connoisseur and this one rates high on her list. The burgers are just really really good….enough said.

Last but not least…the barbecue. Different states in this great country profess their barbecue to be the best, and Texas is no different. When you drive up to the Outpost, you will notice the huge meat smoker. The barbecue menu offerings are standard, but why mess with perfection? It is only served Thursday thru Sunday until gone, so don’t procrastinate. Some days, supply can run out sooner rather than later.

BTW….sorry we have not posted any pictures of food. When they set it in front of us, we immediately chow down.

Second…The Beer

Don’t know that we really need to elaborate much on this. If you are not a beer lover, nothing we say could entice you. If you are a beer lover, all we have to say is variety and really cold. Could it get any better than that?

Third…The Atmosphere

This is a fun place! The seating options are in the bar, booths, 4-6 top tables and community tables in the main dining area. There are multiple televisions usually tuned to sports, and in Texas, we love our sports! Seating is open, so you choose. But choose wisely, once you are there, you may not want to leave for a while. The outdoor space is large, fun, colorful and pet-friendly. Want to have a beer with your pup, this is your place. Due to Texas weather (which can be really crazy) there are misters during the hot months and heaters during the cold. Texas music is a constant, but not too loud to make conversation difficult.

Fourth…Great Work Environment

The combination of all of the above and free wi-fi make this a relaxing work spot. Yes…we said relaxing. When we choose to get out of the house and move to a different work environment, Katy Trail is the perfect option. We hijack a space for an extended period, but are never made to feel rushed. Service is always attentive but not annoying. They seem to train the servers well…it’s a fun, relaxed place to be.

So, if you are one of the lucky and live in the Dallas area, check out Katy Trail Outpost in Plano or the original Katy Trail Ice House in Dallas. Well worth it and tell them notyourmoms50.com sent you!

 

For outfit details, check out previous blog posts and Instagram Looks.

 

Shorts…To Wear Or Not To Wear

Another one of those pesky over 50 dilemmas…shorts.  Some question the length while some question if they should wear them at all.  The answer to the shorts questions for us is that we wear shorts that we feel comfortable in.  While we don’t go too short we love wearing them during the hot summers in Texas.  They add another option to our hot weather wardrobes.

Tracy paired a sleeveless ruffle top with a pink short which is perfect for casual dinners on a patio or poolside.  The shorts have a six inch inseam which makes them a perfect length. An adorable rattan clutch is carried. Bracelets (here, here and similar) and earrings along with sunnies (similar here) and gold slip on sandals complete this warm weather look.

Alison paired a cami (similar here) and cardigan (similar here) with these fabulous cargo shorts.  They can be worn rolled or unrolled so they can be a length that almost everyone is comfortable with.  This look is perfect for going out to a movie or a very casual dinner since movie theaters and restaurants can sometimes be kind of chilly during the summer months. Finishing the look are sunnies, cute tassel sandals (similar here), necklaces (similar here and here), bracelets (similar here) and earrings (similar here)…plus, Alison’s favorite tote to carry essentials plus the cardigan if it gets too warm!