Bonjour à tous!
My new project…learning how to say “hello everyone” in every major language. I’m starting with French because it sounds so sexy! 😉
For every two or three bright outfits (which I love for this spring), I’m throwing in the neutrals to indulge my mature side.
An email from a friend who’s battling cancer…
As I’ve aged, I’ve become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I’ve become my own friend.
I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.
Whose business is it, if I choose to read, or play, on the computer, until 4 AM, or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 50, 60 &70’s, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will.
I will walk the beach, in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves, with abandon, if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set.
They, too, will get old.
I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And, I eventually remember the important things.
Sure, over the years, my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break, when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody’s beloved pet gets hit by a car? But, broken hearts are what give us strength, and understanding, and compassion. A heart never broken, is pristine, and sterile, and will never know the joy of being imperfect.
I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.
As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don’t question myself anymore. I’ve even earned the right to be wrong.
So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).
MAY OUR FRIENDSHIP NEVER COME APART, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT’S STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART!
Thank you so much for visiting, and God bless you!
Jacket & Skirt: BCBGMaxAzria Cami: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Rock & Republic Bag: Chanel Shades: Burberry
I like all your chic outfits and this letter from your friend has inspired me to give a little more love to myself.
Thank you so much!! So glad you liked the letter….they’re wonderful sentiments to remember!
ur bag…… wow! looove!
Thanks! This one is my favorite! 🙂
Very, very elegant. The unusual shape of your jacket adds so much interest. I’ve been becoming kinder to myself, too, especially in the past year. It’s not worth worrying over, you know?
I concur! No need to sweat the small stuff! 🙂
Wow, those shoes are shockingly awesome and beautiful, as you are in every post.
Thanks Lynne! So sweet! 🙂
beautiful email from your friend. It makes me happy and sad at the same time. thanks for the heart tug.
I’m happy to have shared the message with my blog friends…
Tres, tres chic!!! I love black and white, and the print sandals add the perfect accent.
Merci beaucoup Jean! 🙂
i like the way the neutrals offset the sharpness of the black and white! you rock, sister!
Hubby thought I looked like a penguin! 🙂
best looking penguin i’ve ever seen! tell him to be nice or i won’t drink scotch with him when we meet up someday!
Lol! I’ll be sure to relay your message! 🙂
You should meet us in Hawaii this summer. We’re planning on a manta ray night dive!
These shoes are lovely ! Make me think to the heroines of “sex and the city” !!!
Yeah? Thanks! Too bad I never got into that show…I should check out the re-runs! I might learn some thing or two! 🙂
i would say this outfit has a kind of a sex appeal to it
very classic, yet sexy
It’s the heels!! 🙂
Excellent reminder–with a nice dose of fashion. Thanks so much for sharing on Monday Mingle.
Thank you for hosting the party!
Such a touching email!!! *tear*
I love your neutral color look – that jacket is gorgeous. I absolutely adore the shape! Xox ❤ hautepinkpretty.com
Thanks sweetie! It would look 100 time better on you than me…for sure!
This made me cry! (in a good way), I have a very close friend who’s battling cancer too and I’m still in disbelief. This is very inspiring. You look gorgeous as always.
Merci ma dame!
I pray your friend and mine will win this battle!
Sorry to hear about your friend and chemo. Seems so unfair! What a beautiful email filled with so much wisdom.
Love your outfit… Classy… But especially your shoes!
She’s a strong lady…I’m betting that she’ll win this battle!
Glad you liked the message.
And, thank you! I kinda like the shoes, too! 🙂
Those shoes are killer! And thank you for saying how great I look preggers. I’m feeling like a house, so it’s much appreciated! 🙂
Hi Kristin! You ARE a gorgeous preggo mama!!
What a sweet email. That’s just the way life really should be lived…if only we could figure it out sooner rather than later.
Very nice ! Love the shoes.
Thank you!! 🙂
It’s hard to choose but I may have a new favourite of your outfits. The shoes, the jacket! Together! You are a stellar stylist.
Wow! Merci beaucoup!!
I’m trying to learn a few words in French today! 🙂
C’est tres bon. Ici en Canada, tous les boites des aliments ont l’anglais et le francais a l’ exterieur. Il est recommende d’ etudier le francais dans l’ecole.
But then we don’t use it that often.
Haha! Are you kidding me? Going to google translator right NOW!
Ah, il a obtenu! Je vais parler français dans quelques jours si ça continue!
Ah, tu as l’ esprit vif!
And the shoes are amazing!
Told ya I love black & white!!
You weren’t kidding!
And that black and white outfit is loving you!!!
Jeannie, tu as tres jolie!
I love this post, not only do you look wonderful in noir and blanche, but you’ve included this very inspirational piece. I’m going to read it again later today when I have some quiet time….and to reflect.
Have a lovely day!
Merci beaucoup Elisa!
Thank goodness for google translator!!
The message is SOOOO inspiring!! I believe it’s been circulating via emails. It’s a perfect message for my friend because that’s who she is…a trooper with loads of wisdom!
Passez une bonne journée!
What a great post!! I love the shoes too.
I love them, too! 🙂
What an inspirational post! I agree with your friend….our hearts aren’t supposed to go through life pristine and sterile. They are made to be USED not put on a shelf! You look beautiful in black and white…one of my all time favorite combos!! Hugs! ~ Serene
Thank you Serene!
It is a heart warming message…puts things in perspective.
i’m so sorry to hear about your friend! but these are wonderful reminders. sometimes i let the little things get to me and i forget that it’s so silly. i love the neutrals, BTW, i’m very much into brights, but i also love to wear my all black outfit sometimes!
My friend is a trooper! I get stressed over little things as well. What I need is a big banner that says “don’t sweat the little stuff” at home and the office as a reminder!
I’d say my favorite color(wardrobe) is BLACK…I’m just drawn to it for some reason.
Nice return to the classical. Balance between color and cut. A jacket that I am impressed by its design. Perfect black and white. And the shoes! I can say? Impressive … Wonderful … Today’s outfit is simply gorgeous.
Thank you my friend!
As always, I appreciate your thoughtful comment very much!
I love that pop of red on the heels! And the inspirational letter from your friend too.
Thank you Heather! 🙂
I absolutely LOVE your outfit! I wish I could wear black and white but alas, they have always made me look completely washed out.
The message from your friend touched my heart. It contains so much wisdom.
Well, I think anyone can wear black & white…including you! I’ll bet the farm that you’ll look wonderful!
Yes, full of wisdom acquired through experience…
More than obsessed with that jacket! I wish I could pull it off!
Oh, I’d say you can more than pull it off!
Thanks for your visit, and happy early birthday!
I just wanted to tell you how much I love your blog – you inspire me every time I visit. I have nomiated you for the Sunshine Award – for bring so much sunshine into the world.
I really appreciate you so much Laura! Thank you!
Love your shoes! and the blazer is beautiful!
I thought the black & white needed something…leopard!!
What beautiful words and what a gorgeous jacket.
Thank you Terri!
Oops! “that email from your friend” is what I meant to type. Darn typos!
That email you from your friend is really speaking to me right now…thank you for sharing.
I feel the same way about the bright color thing. Sometimes I need to wear grey and black or white and beige just to change it up.
Love those sexy shoes…meow!!
Life is so fragile with lots of ups & downs…I’m just grateful for every day that I get to enjoy my family & friends. Hang in there!
Great fit! So funny – I laid out my clothes for tomorrow and I’m wearing a white blazer and black jeans. Ha ha! You’ll have to see how I style it. Love your outfit though. So fresh!
I’ll be sure to check it out tomorrow!
Love Ann Taylor! Tell your dear friend to visit my beach – bulges and all. You see it all here on the Gulf Coast 😀
Aww…thanks! I think she’s planning to go on a long cruise when she’s finished with her chemo.