Monday, January 27, 2014

B-Day, 2014 !





With a little luck, by this coming Friday afternoon, January 31st, and just after 1:46 PM, I will have completed my 63rd trip around the sun and will commence my 64th. And every year, no matter how glad, sad or mad I might feel when I wake up on my birthday, I remember that I'm celebrating a privilege not every one I have loved still gets to experience. That's true every morning, but there's something about a birthday that makes the thought more poignant. Along with that thought, there's a sense of urgency to get up and go do something productive and meaningful. It's a personal New Year and is always about renewal and fresh starts. Not bad ideas to celebrate. No matter how many you have under your belt, it sure beats the alternative. (And the longer you live, the more platitudes you'll have to use on the day. Collect all you can.)

And once again, just as I wrote it as a 63-year-old, my blog will be about my adventures and misadventures with personal style. At this age, I should have some pearls of wisdom on the subject. You'd think so, wouldn't you? But no. I still don't have it all figured out.  Just lots of adamant opinions, some personal style puzzles and projects, minor and major shopping triumphs and frustrations, and photos documenting all of the above. And you can surely count on my review of and spoils from at least one designer collaboration with Target.  And shoes.  Always shoes.
I hope that all of you who are regular readers enjoyed what I had to say this year.


So, I really just have this one question today.

Will you still read me, when I'm 64?

(With sincerest apologies to Lennon and McCartney.)




I finally found the navy blue blazer I've wanted for the last two years! Nice little win.

(Sandals in January? It was 69 degrees on Sunday.
Today, the high was 31 degrees and high, cutting winds. Fuzzy Uggs today.)



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I'm celebrating early with the also Black and Blue and Especially Sassy Patti at Visible Monday

and with the Lovely in Leather Seeker at 

96 comments:

  1. I'm a newish reader but I had to comment: Friday is my birthday too! Here's to a great year!

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  2. Happy early Birthday! You are one smart and chic looking "almost 64" year old.


    A real inspiration.


    Big hugs & bisous
    Suzanne

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  3. I thought you were 44....never 64. You look amazing. Please share your secrets! Happy Birthday!

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  4. Happy happy happy birthday!!!!!! It's a wild ride, isn't it? You are looking chic as always. Big birthday hug!!!!

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  5. Aw, what a great post. Happy Birthday Jan...you look marvelous(in my Billy Crystal voice)

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  6. Happy Birthday, young lady! Of course I'll still read you when you're 74! Have a wonderful year.

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  7. Happy birthday Jan! Congrats on finding the blazer that you've been looking for and I have to say - those jeans are so flattering on you too. Enjoy your day!


    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  8. Happy 64 years young Jan! Showering you with the brightest birthday wishes! Affirmative...will still read you when you're 64...but more importantly, will still love you when you're 64! Perfect fit with the blazer; the sleeves are spot on! And the heels...Oh Wow! I'm trying, really I am...

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  9. Happy Happy Birthday to you Jill! Do hope you'll be celebrating in style (and then sharing the outfit photos!) and wishing a wonderful year ahead. I certainly will be reading when you're 64 don't you worry about that. You look wonderful here - very French chic in the blazer and breton stripes and I love those high heels! Inspirational! I do hope I will still be wearing stilettos at 64. Like you I'm a shoe lover and love my high heels but I am finding it harder to put up with wearing them for long periods at a time these days (how do you manage?) - but I also dread having to give them up completely.
    Anyway hope you have a fabulous birthday xxx

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  10. You becha, I'll be reading as long as you'll have me. Happy Birthday! Why not sandals in winter? It's not like you're tromping through the snowy woods in that awesome outfit. Time to celebrate.

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  11. Yes I will still read you when you are 64, surprised that I am that you are going to be 64. Really enjoy reading. Have a happy birthday!

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  12. You're kidding me!!!!! No way you could be doing 64!! You don't look like it no way near!!
    Anyway I will follow you to the Moon, my dear :)
    Loving the blazer, I'm a brazer's fan, and navy is such a must have colour.
    You look fabulous in your stripped top with that beautiful necklace. Very European chic. (Believe me I know, I'm European)
    Happy earlier Birthday!!!!! Hope you'll enjoy your day as much as you can and may the year ahead be full of blessings!
    Stilettos... you're brave, I'm having some troubles wearing them :( I'm a high heels woman...
    Thank you so much again for linking with Très Chic Style Bits.

    xoxo


    Btw- Yes I did a little cut to my hair.

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  13. Happy birthday for Friday, lovely Jan. Age? Well, it is what it is, can't change it, so we embrace it and we laugh and we revel in our still-being-here-ness and whatever scraps of knowledge we have picked up along the way, right? Opinions, puzzles, triumphs, frustrations; these happen at all ages, and I think you have great personal style and buckets of good sense, humour and wisdom. So yes, if it's OK with you I will be reading and learning and laughing along with you for another year.
    Nearly forgot the outfit - soooo chic, the blazer is super-flattering, and as always, Heels of Glory! xxx

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  14. VersatilestylebytraceyJanuary 28, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    Happy Birthday! As someone who lost her father when he was just 42, I have really celebrated every year since I reached that milestone! I am sure you have many pearls of wisdom unrelated to fashion, which is ever evolving ... Love the navy blazer!

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  15. Happy birthday! And, as always, you look fabulous!

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  16. You do look tres chic for celebrating your soon-to-be birthday and new year. (I always think of the new year starting on my birthday too.) Your shorter hair cut looks really great, don't you think? Yep, I think you've found the one. As one crone to another, I'll still read ya, thinking 'bout my generation...

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  17. Hey, Autumn! Happy Birthday to you on Friday. Clearly, your Aquarian cool will guarantee you a great day. Seems I'm in good company. Thank you for stopping by!

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  18. Mrs_Jack_of_all_tradesJanuary 28, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Not only I will keep on reading your blog, I will follow you around the sun, Jan.. and I shall drink in your fountain of youth.. c'mon spill the location of that fountain!! You are fabulous, ageless and ever so funny, sunny and kind. I wish you all the best the world could offer - health, wealth, more things to shop, more closet space and above all that, LOVE. Happy Birthday, dearest!

    Mrs Jack Of All Trades

    Dubai UAE

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  19. Of course I shall still read you. And I'm trying my darn-est to catch up with you in the age category. Have a wonderful day.

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  20. I love your blog

    followed

    http://minimaysi.blogspot.co.uk/

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  21. Great title, but there is a typo ... 64, maybe in 10 years?
    I cannot believe that, Jan! Here in Germany we do not wish Happy Birthday in advance, so I'll come back for that!
    My favourite styling for jeans: stilettos or sandals and a blazer. Great!

    Annette | Lady of Style
    2 x 60€ Valentine's Legwear Giveaway

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  22. Happy B-day! You look amazing as usual. Love your new blazer. Looking forward to your new posts in 2014.

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  23. Sixty-four? NO WAY! Where do you keep the portrait, on the wall or in the attic? Either way, Happy Solar Return to you!
    I will always read you, my quirky Aquarian friend! That blue jacket is divine! I hope you're not getting slammed by an ice storm today (I suspect the Uggs are still on your feet).


    Alicia

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  24. Sixty four no way I thought you were 44..... I have been telling myself the reason you look so kick ass cute is because you are 20 years younger than me. Now what is my excuse??? I am such a fan of your style. Have a fabulous birthday...

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  25. Happy pre-Birthday! You look great and you are doing with your fashion choices. Keep it up! The outfit is fab and the hair is beautiful.

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  26. Beautiful outfit, Jan. I love stripes with a blazer. 63?? I'll be turning 53 in April and thought you were MY age! Happy Birthday!

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  27. Dawn @ AlterEgoFashionistaJanuary 28, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    I think you must be lying about your age, Missy! You look amazing! My 56th b-day was earlier this month, as well...Happy Birthday! Furthermore, I think that you have a lot to say, and I really enjoy checking out your blog. Looking forward to definitely reading you at 64!

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  28. NO WAY!!! You look so much younger Jan!!! That's not how 64-year-olds looked when I was a kid - matter of fact, that's not what 64-year-olds look like now either!! I would have guessed 40s.

    Yes, we'll be here, looking forward to your fashionable photos and reading your adventures and words of wisdom!!

    ♥ carmen

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  29. I will still read you when you are 84 Jan!! I love you, have a blessed Birthday!
    Xo,
    Alyssa

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  30. Congratulations in advance. And of course I will read you when you are 64. And 65 and... etc. You are super and funny.
    This outfit is great. You must be so glad you finally found that blue blazer. It is indeed perfect. I was wondering about those sandals.. 69 degrees hey? Then dropping to 31.. Big differences. We have a steady 5 degrees Celcius (you do the maths...). You hair looks great in this picture as well. I washed my hair today and it is much better. Really pleased I copied you.
    Greetje

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  31. Happy birthday, my friend! Over sixty, you have to be kidding. Just look at this stylish and youthful woman here. Classic all the way and looking fabulous. It has been my pleasure getting to know you this year. I'm looking forward to seeing your stylish ways in the year to come!


    blue hue wonderland

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  32. Ah, now I feel double sad. We could have had a great birthday celebration. Now the weather really owes us, well you, that is. I still trying to get over the fact that you are in your sixties and look like this super young chic just waiting to capture the world. Your vibrant personality and energy has definitely kept you young and beautiful. Your excellent style sense also plays a huge role in that factor as well. I do believe the long wait was worth it because that jacket fits you like a glove, and what a great combo you put together.
    Have a wonderful wonderful Birthday. Sure hope Dan is feeling better.

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  33. That's what I'm hoping for, Val ... and at least one more! Make it so.
    Thank you,V.

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  34. Pleased you like them, Alice. I'm having trouble making my boyfriends look like they should ... to me they're reading as "mom jeans" on me. Gotta work on that. Advise?
    Thanks for all!

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  35. Feeling showered, Sue! So kind ... and you got the pun. That's worth a lot, love!

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  36. Wow! I'll take that, Karen! Wish it were more true ... from your mouth to the style-fairy's ear! That would be the best gift; the ability to understand and ACHIEVE effortless chic. I need to frame this comment. Thank you, Karen.

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  37. Oooh! Is Jill having a birthday too? (Sorry, couldn't resist!) Thanks V. I appreciate it. Will, unfortunately, be sashaying around our little restaurant on Friday night, hostessing other women's birthdays (that's actually kind of fun, now that I think of it.) Will make up for it on Sunday night, I hope.


    You will undoubtedly wear anything you wish by the time you're 64 ... it's a long time away, and I hope to be around to see it. ( Imagine you in a hologram, strutting your stuff in future high-tech couture! )
    It's just habit. And stubbornness. But I did note that a couple of nights wearing a mid-heel did make the higher ones less comfortable the next night. Urk.

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  38. Awww, thanks Mel. Seriously, it was so warm I had to shed the jacket! Ass-freezing misery 24 hours lately. I appreciate you so much, lady.

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  39. Thank you, Maggie! I'll do that, and I appreciate your reading!

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  40. Yup! 64! It's just a fuzzy photo ... and my round face, big baby features and that I'm proportioned like a 6 year old. Such nice wishes ... you are a kind girlfriend to say those nice things. I will have a great birthday, and will drag it out as long as I can!
    You have a great week, dear Seeker!

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  41. Thank you, Curtise. My numbers have never bothered me. (I do this every year ... on February first, I start telling myself that I'm 65 so it's no big surprise when it arrives. Not kidding. I do this.) I'm going to bake myself a sugar-free dark chocolate cake and enjoy every bit. Dan can have some if he's nice!
    Seriously, I never thought I'd make it this far with all my teeth and most of my hair, so it's all good!

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  42. Thank you, Brittney! Nice to hear it. So kind of you!

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  43. Thanks, Pao! We don't have much family left, either one of us, so birthdays are a little bit of an issue this time of the year ... slow for the business after Christmas, so we punt. I'm looking forward to the year.
    I am/was/will be a Who fan ... the Doctor fan and a Daltry fan at the same time. Townshend will always be a favorite rock composer and lyricist, in spite of his misogynist tendencies!

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  44. What nice birthday wishes! Impressive ... and very kind. I'm thinking that my little kid stature and round face and head make me look younger than I might. So when you find the fountain of youth, I'm right there with you.
    Those wishes are just what I'd like, so thank you very much!

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  45. I appreciate that a lot, Sandy! Kind of you ... and you have a great day as well.

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  46. Oh, no. No typos, sadly. It's the truth. Thank you for your kind thoughts, Annette! I still want to be just like you when I grow up. (So I should perhaps hurry?)
    Ha.
    Glad you liked the outfit. It was like late spring ... almost hot. The next day it was miserably cold. Go figure.

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  47. Jan sorry! I'm mortified!! I must say your voice here on this blog does remind me of the real conversational voice of a Jill I yknow in person so there you go - wires finally crossed! I do hope you Jan, have a wonderful birthday on Friday in the highest heels you can muster xxx

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  48. Way. Really, way. Wish there were a portrait, but sadly ...nope. Thank you, doll. Glad you'll keep reading, 'cause your comments mean a lot. Know what it costs you sometimes.
    Nope, no ice storm ( fingers and toes still crossed) but it was colder than .... well, you know what it was colder than! I just need a little more prosperous winter, and all will be well come spring.

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  49. Yes, ma'am. And thank you for not believing me! Dan liked me in the Breton stripes and navy, too. You are so kind, Sabine.
    Hope you are having a fabulous week, too!

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  50. I remember when I first heard that song, and felt just like you did! 64 has changed a lot, if I do say so myself. Mostly because of sunblock, hair color and lots and lots of retinol!
    Kind of you, Paula. Thanks so much ... I'm doing everything I can to have fun on the day, but we'll celebrate on Sunday!

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  51. Yes, sadly it is "Way". Sweet of you to tell such a big whopper, though. That was quite the nicest fib I've heard all day, but I enjoyed hearing it!
    Thank you so much. I'm working on the fabulous day ...!

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  52. Thanks so much, Zalina. I appreciate the nice remarks and good wishes. I intend to keep it up ... the alternative isn't a cheerful one!
    You have a great week, young lady!

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  53. Not to worry ... I'm the worst tease. I really couldn't help myself. Mortification is way overrated, so please skip it! Thank you, Adorable V, I was born with crossed wires, or at least that's what I blame it on.
    I will indeed be hauling around in high, high heels! Count on it.

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  54. So kind, lovely Liza, but you don't look close to 53! Thank you so much for the sweet birthday wishes. They're very nice to hear.

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  55. Nope ... although I'll start telling myself that I'm 65 pretty soon, just so I'll get used to it by next year. Try it ... it really works! Seriously, thank your so much, Dawn. Glad you enjoy the reading. For me, that's more important than outfits, at least most of the time. I just love talking about why we wear what we do!
    Hope I told you Happy Belated Birthday as well ... I'm so old I don't remember if I did or not. Anyway, Happy Belated Birthday if I did not!

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  56. Yikes, Carmen! Never 40's, not even at the deep end of the pool! But thank you ... loved to hear it anyway. So nice of you, and I appreciate the effort.
    So happy that you'll continue to read. I'm so happy to write!

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  57. I'd like to still be writing then! 64 isn't nearly as grim as I thought it would be. Thank you for your very sweet wish, kid. Miss your face, and hope you begin writing again someday soon.

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  58. Thank you, Greetje ... so nice to hear from all my friends, and I love good wishes for my birthday! Glad you like the blazer. I'm sure it will get a workout this spring.
    Did you cut your hair!!!! Seriously? Are there photos?!!! I need links, please!
    And stay warm, lovely Greetje!

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  59. Thank you, Sara. I'm so glad to hear from everyone. I appreciate it.

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  60. Awwwh. Thank you, Karen. Three little words that really pack a lot of birthday pleasure!

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  61. The pleasure has been mine, Ann. Dan always uses you as an example of the interesting women I've met in my bloggy adventures. We both agree! Thank you for the kind wishes, and here's to another healthy, prosperous, productive year for us all!

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  62. Yes, me too. But soon! We'll get it together. What nice compliments, Trina ... I love it that you would exaggerate so to make me happy. You have such a kind heart, girlfriend! I appreciate every word. Thank you so much, Know I'll have a great one.
    Dan's better, but still sore. Takes longer to get over being stove up when we are ancient! ( He's milking it for all it's worth, but he'll get bored doing that soon, I know! )

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  63. Aya in CouturgatoryJanuary 30, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Happy Birthday, Jan! As always, you look amazing; put together and tailored on top, nice lines mixed with comfort/pratcicality for the lower half, and sexy footwear. :D


    Of course I'll read you this coming year. I'll read your awesome blog posts and musings for as long as you put them on the Internet! Did I read correctly in a recent post that you're petite, too? High-five!

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  64. Ok, number 1, I cant believe you are in your 60's!!! What the heck. Happy Birthday and many, many more!

    I think you should get a new hair dresser! I did. Back in my 40s I had gone to the same stylist for 10 years. I wanted my hair short and she said,"You wouldn't look good with short hair!" Excuse me? So I fired her and never went back. I did! I told that to my newest stylist and she was very taken back. hahahahaha

    Renae of Simple Sequins
    (http://www.simplesequins.com)

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  65. Are these the boyfriend jeans? They look like a straight leg jeans. I think maybe if you wear it with them rolled they would look more bf -ish? I think maybe more relaxed top with it?

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  66. Oh, I am glad that I'm just in time to wish you Happy Birthday, dear Jan! You definitely don't look your age being always so smiley, so stylish and so pretty. No doubt I will continue visiting your blog as long as you write it.

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  67. Mrs D from Hello the MushroomJanuary 31, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Happy Birthday!!!! I hope you are having a wonderful day. I think you are extremely elegant and stylish. I know a lot of ladies who can't say the same thing, so you do know what you are doing! I think that not having things totally defined is great, means you are always curious and willing to experiment with new things. It's great. Hugs xx

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  68. Happy Birthday to you!!! Whatever your age you're awesome, gorgeous, sassy, sexy and opinionated, like a fine wine you can only get better! Sandals in January, man, I'm missing mine already! xxxxxx

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  69. I wish you all the best for your birthday today and you look awesome! Age is just a number! you definitely rock the blogging world and I love coming back! Hope you have a good party!

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  70. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SWEETIE!!!

    TIME TO CELEBRATE!!!

    ♥ carmen

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  71. you're gorgeous!, Happy Birthday, dear lady!!
    (and that blue blazer looks fabulous!)
    besos

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  72. You're looking very smart and sophisticated on your birthday, Jan! I hope it was amazing!

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  73. Haha! Of course I'll still read you when you're 64! Happy Birthday to you!! <3
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.blogspot.com

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  74. You look AMAZING! Happy to find your blog! OXOX

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  75. Thank you, Aya! Glad you'll hang in with the old ladies!
    Yes, petite in the sense that I'm 5' 0 " ... but may soon eat myself out of single digit sizes. Urk.


    Hmmm. My jeans in the photo are bfs from Old Navy ... they say "Boyfriend" in 1 inch print around the inside of the back waistband/ But they look like comfy mom jeans ...these may be a thing that I have to avoid. Don't really liked distressed jeans, but might cuff them. That's problematic as well. I'll work on it. I don't mean to look like I habitually opt for the most comfy bottoms. Thanks for the heads up!

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  76. Oh, yes. So into my 60s. Not so bad, it seems. Thank you for you sweet wishes! So kind.


    You were probably right to fire your stylist ... you look great, and you are looking extrememly sharp. Sadly, though, I think mine is quite right. My big features (kind-speak for coarse) don't work with even the choppiest pixie. I've had it very short, and it was unfortunate. However, she is working on it, and long layers with texture seem to help. She's saving me from myself ... whenever I consider chopping it off anyway, I get that feeling in the pit of my stomach that says "listen up ... you're gonna make a big mistake!"


    Hair. It's so important!!!! Thanks for listening to my angst!

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  77. Thank you, Olga! The big smile just hides my droopy jawline! (I've been told too often that I have Resting Mean Face when I don't remember to grin like a 6 year old in a candy shop.)
    I so appreciate your sweet compliments ... I'll go all week on them!

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  78. Thank you Mrs. D! What sweet things to hear from one of my "Elegant Lady" role models! You do it with such retro flare! So happy you stopped by, and will keep experimenting with you.

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  79. There she is! Thank you ... I appreciate the kind wishes and extreme compliments! Sandals in January, then snowed-in yesterday. What a winter it has been this year.
    I see your vacation pics starting to appear, so will have lots to entertain me. Thanks, too for that. We're all happy to see your lovely rested self back in the cyber-neighborhood!

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  80. Thank you so much! I'm glad you've enjoyed all, and am glad you liked my choices. I spend half my getting-dressed time trying to not chop myself off at the ankle. I ended up with mom-jeans instead of bfs ... but at least the shoes didn't do too much damage. Fun to wear them on the odd warm day, and just because I wanted to!

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  81. Thank you, Anja! So kind of you, and I appreciate your very nice comments! Not sure I rock the blogging world, but it was very nice of you to say so! No party ( work all weekend) but did manage to eat WAY tooo much cake!

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  82. Thank you, Carmen! I appreciate it. I'm going to drag it out as long as I can!

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  83. Thank you so much, our delightful Senora! I appreciate it. I'm tickled with my blazer, and have all kinds of plans for it this spring!

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  84. So nice of you, Natalie! Very kind. Because of our business, I work all weekend and then was snowed in on Sunday when we would have celebrated. I'm going to try to string it out so long that it interferes with Valentine's Day!

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  85. Thanks, Debbie! Worked on my birthday proper, and was snowed in yesterday when we would have gone out to dinner, but I intend to celebrate seriously soon. I did, however, eat way too much cake, and will spend the month doing something about it!

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  86. Thank you, Dawn Lucy! Back at you ... you are very kind. Glad to have found yours as well. Looking forward to what you'll do in the coming year!

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  87. Happy belated birthday, Jan! What can I say, you´re the only `girl´ I know who rocks a gorgeous tulle skirt at 62. If that doesn´t define how stylish you are then I don´t know what does. :) By the way, I´m digging the shorter red hair and the nautical chicness that you´re wearing. I´ll still be reading your blog, of course! ;)


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  88. Tamera Ferguson WolfeFebruary 3, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Happy Birthday beautiful!!!! I can't believe you are 64!!! I hope I look that good when I'm 64 years old!!! In fact I'd like to look that good NOW!!!
    Hope you have a fantastic day and a wonderful coming year!!

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  89. I'm so behind in wishing you a happy 64th birthday. Sending warm congratulations and looking forward to following you and your fabulous blog through 2014. I love checking in with your world, your extraordinary writing and all that you contribute to this vibrant community.

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  90. Aya in CouturgatoryFebruary 5, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Aiee! I apologize Jan, I chose my words poorly, then. I meant, as a compliment, that your bottoms always look like something you can move in. To answer the question you left me, I'm a martial artist, which is why I have a bias against tight jeans/trousers/skirts- with my build they always feel like I'm a trussed side of beef. That is why I admired your styling of jeans and slacks!

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  91. Oooh, no... No Apology Necessary, Aya. There was something bothering me about this outfit that I just couldn't put my finger on. Definitely should have had on jeans that look more contemporary on me. I don't have a feel for these, and like cardigans, I may be too old to wear them without looking elderly. They do look like mom jeans on me, especially in this outfit. So you innocently pointed out something that I couldn't figure out. I wasn't offended at all. I don't mind very fitted clothing so far as comfort goes. In fact, a close fit helps me manage proportions better. But no offence taken, Aya, and I know none was meant.
    Martial arts: I THOUGHT there was something disciplined-looking in your stance, Aya. Excellent girl! Which flavor? Hobby? How long have you studied?

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  92. Thank you, Tamera. That was so nice to hear ... very sweet, you are! Have had a celebration yet ... snow, ice, business, etc. but have big hopes for this coming Sunday. Fingers and toes crossed.
    Hope you're feeling better, kiddo. Had to laugh at the puppys-in-your-lap vista! So cute, but I understand cabin fever! Hurry and get better!

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  93. At 63, if you please! And you're right, we still think of ourselves as girls, just old ones. Such nice things to say, Che. So glad you like my hair. It is different for me, and am still learning how to fix it. Thank you so much for the birthday wishes!

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  94. Thank you, Judith. Still trying to manage a real-world celebration ... snow, ice, finances, etc. but had a lovely cyber party with all the kind wishes. I especially value yours.

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  95. Aya in CouturgatoryFebruary 6, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    I've been doing Chinese wushu, specifically longfist and straightsword for a total of... jeez, 13.5 years now. That sounds/looks a lot more impressive than it is.

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  96. My gorgeous friend you are a true example that age is just a nuimber.
    More wonderful and stylish than any 15 year old,
    love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY (a bit late I know, lol)

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