31 Mar

{ excuses: }

Let’s face it, I haven’t just slipped from grace, I’ve tanked. Well, only as it pertains to blogging regularly. I have my reasons, sure. Such as, having a dog which leads to why I’m wearing pants a lot these days. I dress in anticipation of what the day holds for me, like walking her daily every afternoon on one of the trails nearby. Sometimes it’s not all that exciting, however, working from home hasn’t stopped me from caring.

I may not have the bandwidth to post as regularly but having fun with outfits is an integral part of my life, not a phase. Here’s a little recap. You need proof, after all. But first, this:

{ rant: }

Being a woman of  ”a certain age”, (45! Woohoo!), I’m starting to get annoyed at all the age-appropriate style advice in women’s magazines. No more short mini-dresses? Why not? I like my legs just fine, thanks. No more obnoxiously bright neons pants paired with an equally bright top? I’m not sure I like this advice at all. Here’s what I have to say: Ignore all of it. ALL. Wear what makes you happy. Skirt too short? Heels to high? Too much cleavage showing? I don’t care. Squeeze yourself into a pair of leopard-spotted pants, you hot mama, you. Rock them to work if it puts a smile on your face.

Let the real old farts tsk… tsk… behind your back while you are living your life exactly as you wish. The most flattering thing a woman can ever wear, the one thing that looks good rain or shine, day or night, is her smile. Her genuine, life-loving smile. So, if what you put on today is wrong by every standard but it makes you happy, and if that happiness translates into a smile, that’s all the style advice you’ll ever need.

Go on, beautiful. Wear whatever you feel like wearing, just as long as it makes you happy.

{ proof: }

wear purples

Wearing sheer aqua top, orange cardigan, light denim pants

Wearing sheer purple top, printed scarf, hand-carved earrings

Wearing green cashmere sweater, royal blue tank top, cyan skinny pants


{ deets: }

First: Purple top/gifted, neon yellow t-shirt/Old Navy, raspberry velour pants/Athleta*, necklace/Anthropologie, brown Uggs. Second: Sheer printed aqua top/Target, orange cardigan/Target, denim/Nordstrom’s, mustard scarf/Cheeky Boutique, wood teal bangle/bazaar in Spain, neon yellow Vans. Third: Sheer printed blouse/TJ Maxx, sheer printed kimono-style top/Target, tie belt/handmade, printed scarf/bazaar in France, necklace/Anthropologie, hand-carved earrings/Braindrop. Fourth: Green cashmere sweater/Bloomingdale’s, royal blue tank top/Old Navy, cyan skinny pants/Urban Outfitters, beaded necklace/Anthropologie. 


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  1. Ofelia

    March 31, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Fabienne, you rae back and looking beautiful and happy. I love your smile and I do agree that most fashion magazines people have no sense of what is real life and what real women are capable off. I have friend that is 64 and she still wear mini skirts to show her fantastic Tina Turner like legs!

  2. Josep-Maria

    April 1, 2013 at 11:28 am

    A good reflection and pretty outfits, all beautiful, elegant and funny, which represents a mature woman …

  3. jane at the flight platform

    April 6, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    just found you via the 40plus list (of which i have just joined) i too cannot relate (i am 45 in november) and neither will i try to relate….more likely to dye my hair green again than follow advice from anybody else on how to look oh and by the way you are totally and utterly stunning xxx

  4. Sarah

    April 7, 2013 at 6:33 am

    I laugh and shake my head at those “20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and Beyond” type styling suggestions. It’s all about the shapes that look flattering on you, no matter your age. I would argue for common sense for everyone, though, like don’t do miniskirt + too much cleavage + a stiletto, even if you’re 19!
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  5. Arash Mazinani

    April 27, 2013 at 7:41 am

    It’s funny I was going through my old posts and clicking through on the comments left by bloggers on them. You’d be surprised at just how many have stopped, burnt out or just slowed down.

    It can be tough to consistently feel inspired to write and I know when it feels like a chore it’s just not worth doing.

    Having said that, it’s great to see a familiar face and see you posting again.

    I think the last time we chatted we were talking about invisiline? How are the braces doing?

    I agree on the age appropriate style advice. I prefer dressing the individual, celebrate the parts of your body that you love and make sure your clothes highlight them.
    Arash Mazinani recently posted..Who Do YOU Dress For?

    • Fabienne Jach

      May 1, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      I can imagine, Arash. It’s easy to burn out after several years. So much of my life changed that I had to slow it down but every time I consider stopping, I can’t go through with it. I’ve made peace with slowing the pace down and keeping it from stressing me out. The whole point in the first place was for it to be fun!

      Thanks for visiting:) I’m glad to still see you out there!

      xo, f

  6. Tanya

    October 31, 2014 at 8:42 am

    I like your scarf.