Be creative and Wear Something Fun This Week

fun clothes

Do you wear the same safe clothes week after week? I dare you to step out of the box and Wear Something Fun this week! You might have to do a little shopping or maybe you need to dig deeper in your closet. Whatever the case may be, just do it.

I bought a new outfit this week. It was out of my comfort zone but I love it. It says fashion all the way. I got it at ModeAlise. You’ve heard me talk about this amazing boutique before. Sorry, right now it’s just in the Columbus area. They will also be opening a shoe store soon. I love this boutique because the clothes are unique. I don’t fill like I would run into anyone wearing the same outfit (it has happened to me at a wedding). Oh, course I looked better in the dress, Ha Ha! But, really how embarrassing. By the way, I don’t get a commission or get paid in any way, I just love her store.

Wear something fun

I will take more photos of this outfit later and post to Lively Joy Facebook page. My camera is packed away. It is so different and fun!


I wanted to share with you more of Margaret’s style. She is very fashion forward and has great taste. I hope these photos inspire you to wear something fun. Most of the outfits came from ModeAlise


Over 50 fashion

This picture doesn’t do this outfit justice! It looked amazing on. It is kinda like a skirt and pants in one.

This is my favorite! Love Love this dress. I have to find it. Also, Margaret’s shoulders look great in this dress. This one is from Saks.


How stylish are these pants? Don’t forget to check out the shoes, Oh my!


These pants were so fabulous! They were very slimming and wrinkle free, again ModeAlise! What would you do to make this outfit more fun?


Margaret looks great in this blue and black outfit. I like how she tied in the black lace with the black shoes a very slimming look.


I love the little pop of color with this fun black and white dress.


This is 1/2 of Margaret’s closet!

Are you going to Wear Something Fun this week? I would love to see the photos. You can share them on Lively Joys Facebook page.

Dare to be different!











Style Story with A Lover Of Clothes

Style Story with A Lover Of Clothes

I love photographing woman for style stories. Margaret is defiantly a lover of clothes and has a closet full of unique and beautiful pieces. She worked and traveled to many stylish cities all over the world, working and shopping.

When I first got to Margaret’s house she was excited! She had 5 to 6 outfits laid across her bed. They were all very nice but to me a little safe (black, white, and beige). So when she said, take a look in my closet to see if there’s something else you want me to wear, I was excited. WOW, she had some amazing items with color everywhere.

I picked out shirts, jackets, and other pants that didn’t match the tops. Margaret knows what she looks good in and has great taste. She also told me about a boutique that she shops at in Worthington Ohio, called ModeAlise. Very cool store with unique style. I hear they might be starting an online store! I will let you know.

So here are some of the photos from the shoot and a slideshow at Margaret’s house. Make sure you read her style story.

Let me know what you think, have you ever done a style shoot? Are you a lover of clothes?

Style Story over 50


Style Story over 50


Style Story over 50


Style Story over 50


Style Story over 50

1) How would you describe your style?

– Classic/Classy/Age & Body Appropriate but with a little bit of Edge

2) I feel that you have a unique style that is truly you, but also very different. What do you seek to achieve when you dress?

– I look for things that “feel” uniquely mine; something that I can do that will not look like everyone else’s. I truly enjoy fashion and so my goal is to find the style, fabrics, colors that are best for me, my coloring, my size, my shape and help me to feel the way I want to feel.

 I have a love for art and the creative in my heart but my career was “straight business” so my clothing gives me a bit of an “artistic or creative” outlet for expression.

3) How do you go about choosing your clothes and what inspires your outfits?

– First, I NEVER worry about what’s popular or currently on-trend. When I was younger that all mattered. Now, I’m buying pieces that should get me through the next decade or two. They are classic pieces that I should be able to wear.

That said, as much as I like classic, it just has to have more for me. I like pieces that have a classic feel, but I want them to be a stunning color or a  wonderful fabric or have great lines or even an added feature – like lace (which was a big winter/spring feature and still is) or a cool pattern or an interesting hemline, etc.. I don’t like bland and I don’t want to fade away in my outfit. Each piece may only have one or two of those features, but that is quite enough. The goal isn’t to have so much going on that it’s all too busy or just too much. I believe we are supposed to wear the outfit, not the other way around.


4) Do you take things like color profiling or body type into account when you dress?

I absolutely take color and body type into account. In fact, both are my first considerations. I consider my build and height. I’ve got bust and hips and I am height-challenged (short) and also short-waisted. So I look for things that do not emphasize my bust. A good V-neck or something that pulls the eyes to my face or shoulders is much better for me. Also, I like pieces that give a longer elusion and do not specifically define my waist.  I try not to cut myself off at the waist so I don’t tuck in tops. If they should not just hang loose and tucking in needs to happen, I tuck a little in the front and then let it drape out over the side and back hips.

Also, I tend to do heels whether they are stiletto, wedge or block heel. I need height, but I am careful to mix the right heel with the right apparel look so it doesn’t look like my main goal is to look taller. I like the shoe and apparel to blend so that they look like a “total” outfit, not an attempt to look taller.

Lastly, I am conscious of color. I do best with Fall, then Winter then Summer. I’m not a “Spring”, pale-shades person. I do really well with fuchsia but a pale pink is not good on me at all. I can do acid yellow or green, but the paler versions of these colors just “lay” on top of me looking and feeling very separate from me. I like to look like me, my outfit, my shoes, my jewelry…they just all look like they go together.

Overall, I try to focus on what looks good on me…not something that just looks good on the hanger or is on-trend. The clothes are not the story, they are that thing that should highlight or add to the story.

I think it’s a nice compliment when someone tells you that your outfit looks great. It’s even better when they tell you that YOU look great and that gets achieved when you’ve pulled it all together.

5) Would you say you have a signature style?

I’m not sure if I have a signature style. When I look at my closet, the pieces are not very similar. I guess the one thing they have in common is that they are unique pieces and not run-of-the-mill. I don’t want a wild wardrobe, but even less do I want a boring wardrobe.


6) Do you believe in dressing ‘age appropriately’?

I think taking one’s age into consideration is important. But more, I think it’s important to dress effortlessly and in consideration of one’s body. While that may sound different than “age appropriate”, it really isn’t.

Our bodies change as we age – even if we workout religiously, our bodies, our faces, our hair, our skin elasticity all change. In consideration of that, we should adjust how we dress and on what we focus on ourselves and our bodies.  


7) Would you say that at this stage of your life you are now more, or less interested in fashion, style and the way you look?

I have always been interested in fashion, style and the way I look. That said, I would say that I am more conscious now for several reasons:

1. I am retired so I have more time to notice “me” and to focus on “me” and I love that. After 43 years of working, it’s about time!

2. I am older so admittedly, there are more challenges with my body. I have more of those “Where’d that come from?” and “When did that happen?” moments. I’m more honest with myself and thus, I’m willing to recognize what I want to de-emphasize and what I do want to emphasize.

3. That now “extra” time I have has given way to noticing things around me…the colors and patterns and flow of life and I’m more willing to embrace what that means for me. 


8) Do you have any fashion and style tips for women over 50/60?

I think my biggest tip would be “Really get to know yourself and your body”. Some of us are quiet; some are reserved; some are lively, etc. To me, our mode of dressing should be an extension of who we are, not something separate.

In addition, I think without being negatively critical of ourselves, we should each honestly determine what we feel to be our best assets to highlight and what we’d prefer not to highlight. What colors, fabrics, and styles make us come alive and make you walk with a stride that is confident, comfortable and beautiful?

At this point in life, it’s not about making someone else happy with how we look or about feeling we “must” dress on what’s the biggest trend. It’s about each of us being uniquely ourselves. Recognize that at 50 or 60 or at 67 like me, it’s not about trying to hide our age, it’s about determining what brings out the best in us and going for it.


9) What did you learn from the style photo shoot?

So, this might get a little emotional for me. The last 15 years of my career required a great deal of me. A high-stress job with long hours and immense responsibility. I was easily a “go-to” person when big things needed doing and I was kind of a workhorse. A few months after my retirement, my husband had a debilitating stroke that left him partially paralyzed and requiring my care 24 hours a day for 3 years. Due to both of these, I stopped feeling like or thinking of myself as a “girl” or even “feminine”. I didn’t realize these changes had occurred because as always, I was simply doing what needed doing and doing so with gusto, purpose, and determination.

During the style photo shoot and seeing the photos afterward, I remembered that I am still “that girl” and that I am “feminine” and that it felt good to know that those attributes bundled with still being a strong woman who can make things happen – is a great package. That realization is a great gift to me especially at this juncture of my life.


10) What did you learn from looking at your photos of the style shoot? 

I learned that I can wear the color “white” without looking or feeling like a beached whale. I think many of us shy away from that color, but I felt fresh and energetic in it and felt good when I saw it.

I learned that my style of dressing works for me. I’m never going to be that tall, lean model type, but I’m really happy with what I am (without naming it) and feel like either it’s gotten better with aging or I’ve just gotten happier and more confident with who/what I am over time.

Lastly, while I have lost 35 pounds, I determined I want to lose another 8-10 pounds. I know that this is not the anticipated “learning” from the shoot, but I realized that I am still a “meaty” girl (some of it in the right places) and I’d like to downsize that still a bit.

 Bottomline…I just feel GREAT!


Margaret in a beautiful person inside and out! I am looking forward to our next shoot. Check back to see what we put together.

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Creative and Fun “Style Story” with Julie

Creative and Fun "Style Story"

When I first saw Julie walk into the gym from work, I knew I had to do a creative and Fun “Style Story” with her.  She rocked her outfit! Her style is creative and fun, not something I would wear but, I loved it!

Julies favorite place to shop is Anthropologie. A shop that I would stick my head in and walk back out. Now, after seeing some of Julie’s outfits maybe I will spend a little more time in there. She is creative and makes some of her clothes as well as some of the embellishments on her clothes to add “her style” to things she buys.


Jean jacket cat shirt and scarf

Jean jacket cat shirt and scarf

I love this shirt with cat faces on it. If I saw it in a store I wouldn’t have looked twice at it, but, now that I see how cute it is on Julie, I would buy it.

Skirt from Anthropologie and crocheted flowers

Skirt from Anthropologie and crocheted flowers

Julie said when she bought this skirt her husband said, “it looks like a blanket”. I told her I thought it looked like drapes. I would never wear anything like that but, again Julie rocked it! She also crocheted the flowers on her shirt. Julie is truly a “Fashionista”! Oh ya, and WOW does she look great in that outfit!

 crocheted flowers on shirt

Skirt from Anthropologie

A couple of close-ups to show you the pattern and the crochet flowers.

Jean jacket with dress and belt

Jean jacket, hat, with dress and belt

This is another great look. I think jean jackets can be worn with  just about anything. What do you think?

Thank you, Julie, for inspiring me to want to “step out of the box”.

What do you think about Julie’s creative and fun “Style Story”? If you live in the area and what to have some fun, I would love to do a style story with you.

Fall Jackets With Style and My Addiction

Fall jacket red

OK, I have to admit, I have a jacket addiction but I’m loving these fall jackets with style. I have somewhere around 46 jackets, Ouch! I also have 57 workout jackets. That’s not so bad because I wear one every day to work  (I own a personal training studio).

This is where you come in. I just cleaned out my closet and made part of a second bedroom my new closet. Make sure you follow my blog to see the before (very embarrassing) and the after photos. So, here’s what I’m going to do, I will put each jacket on and take a photo, you can tell me which ones I can do without and which ones are keepers. Some of them are 20 years old so you tell me, are they out because they are too old or do they not look good on me. You get to tell me which ones to donate and which ones to keep. I might not agree, but I will really try to donate some of them to dress for success.

I just had a Cabi party and ordered two more… whats wrong with me? You can see them below, can’t wait to get them and NO I am not going to donate them!


White Cabi jacket

I love this shaggy look! This jacket is so me!. It will look good with straight leg jeans and boots.


red cabi jacket

Red is not a color I would normally choose, but I love this style. It’s a bit oversized and has a 60’s look. If anyone knows where I can find a black belt like the one with the jacket please let me know, it’s fabulous!


oversized jackets for fall
Photos: (L) Courtesy The Row via, Carven via, (R) Céline via

Here are more oversized jackets/coats. I love them all!


fall brown jacket

The big pocket, army looking jackets are back. This brownish color is in for fall.

As far as color goes for fall, Elaine from OMG Lifestyle blog says, “according to Pantone, one of the hot colors for Fall 2015 Fashion is Dried Herb. My translation of Dried Herb are more familiar names such as Army Green, Military Green or Olive Green. Depending on the shade, it can also go by Khaki Green”.


 Pantone colors Fall 2015 Fashion

What do you think? Did you like any of these fall jackets with style? Are you going to help me donate some of my jackets? Leave a comment below so I can count you in.


Style Story – With Cheri – Your Unique Body Style

Cheri style story

This weekends weather was unbelievable! I couldn’t wait for the warm weather but now I say spring slow down. I can’t believe its almost the end of April! But what a great day for a photo shoot with Cheri.

In this video Cheri talks about her style. She knows what she likes and how to put it together. I know you are thinking she is tall and thin and looks good in everything, right? Well, mostly she does but we all have a unique body style.

Have you heard of the rule of thirds in fashion? Yes, it’s not just for photography. Cheri talks about it in the video without calling it the rule of thirds. She has long arms and legs and a short torso so she would need longer tops as she talks about in the video.

Here is an example Cheri style story  Cheri style story

The first photo makes Cheri look a bit unbalanced and all legs 1/4 – 3/4 and the second is more balanced with the longer top 1/3 – 2/3. Even though she looks great in both. I say rules are meet to be broken. I will post later more on the rule of thirds for fashion.

I love the look of the jean jacket over the dress and what a cool pair of shoes.

You can’t go wrong with a white pair of pants and of course you have to have a little FUN!

I love black and white with a pop of color and check out the asymmetry skirt.

This is a great spring/summer color. The jewelry adds to this outfit helping to make a statement.

Love this top you could dress it up or wear it with a pair of boyfriend jeans and it would look great!

So what do you think about Cheri’s style story? Would you have put anything together different?

What is your unique body style? Show us your style on our Facebook page.