I began blogging as a means to chronicle the completion of our vacation rental and to promote the Paso Robles area. My original blog was called Villa Cantinas. I quickly found that my readers were most interested in the design aspect of the blog and spun off Rough Luxe Lifestyle. I am 61 years old (how did that happen?). A few years ago I let my hair go grey. I covered my decision to go grey on the blog here.
In 2014 I began doing sporadic posts about fashion and beauty for women over 50. I quickly found there are so many women my age that still want to feel and look the best they can. Those posts have become some of my most popular. My two most popular Pinterest Boards are If I Had a Style and Beautiful Grey Hair. As bloggers we are approached many times to represent products and or brands. I personally don't want to promote any brand or item that doesn't reflect the interest of myself or my readers. I recently was approached by a small company (30 total employees) that reflects my style and supports independent artisans and fashion designers from North America and made in North America. Artful Home began over 30 years ago as a publishing company that helped artists sell their work to designers and architects. In 1999, it was transformed into a successful website and catalog offering fine works of art for the home.
In 2007 Lisa Bayne (who previously held senior executive positions in marketing, merchandising, and design at J. Jill, Gymboree, Smith & Hawken, and Eddie Bauer) joined the Board of Directors. In 2008 she was hired as CEO. Lisa began her career as a fashion designer and with a love of all things textile, has expanded the apparel line. I view Lisa as the Jenna Lyons of Artful Home. She has really stepped up their game. She also is debuting her own line in this fall's catalogue. When Lisa called I jumped at the opportunity to get involved. I am not much of a "big brand" shopper. To be honest, most of my wardrobe is purchased on Ebay. I love Etsy and anything artsy,upcycled or vintage. The older I get the more I realize the importance of buying a few quality pieces rather than purchasing a bunch of "stuff" from the usual suspects. Artful Home is my online go to when I am looking for that special piece. Check out their fall catalogue here.
In the coming weeks I will feature some of my personal favorites. Right now I am loving things that can transition from Summer to Fall. Our weather here on the Central Coast does not cool off much until the end of October. I am a huge tunic and legging fan. I am about 5'4 with a long torso and short legs. Most dresses are either too long or too short waisted. I do miraculously still have a waist but do have a little excess baggage below the waist. Big flowy shirts or tunics only make me look shorter and rounder. I look best with something slightly fitted at the waist and not too flowy. Anything asymmetric is also a personal favorite. This Whirlwind Tunic from Spirithouse, with it's asymmetric hem and neckline, and the fit to flare shape fits the bill. I'm not a huge pattern fan (you won't catch me in any florals or bows) but this graphic pattern creates just enough interest without overwhelming.
I think the neckline should be the star of this piece so I would wear a chunky bracelet or big earrings, and stear clear of anything at the neck.
You could always wear a simple black tank from your own closet but if you invest in more than one of these wonderful Spirithouse numbers you might want to invest in the Crescent Tunic
If you love cydwoq caracal sandals but can't bring yourself to spend the bucks now is your chance these babies are on sale for 60% off!
And of course the icing on the cake would be to get the hubs to buy this little Princess Ring for his princess! A girl can dream, right?
My plan is to do a design post every Monday and a Fashion/Beauty post on Friday. I have loved hearing all of your great suggestions on your favorite beauty products so I hope to revisit that with some of your suggestions soon. Next Friday I will show you some of my favorite cheap chic fashion picks. Do you choose clothes with an artistic flair or do you prefer a more tailored look?
Disclaimer: I was compensated by for this post, all opinions are own