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Striped shirts

A Striped Button Down Can Be Styled Oh-So Many Ways

The button down shirt can take you almost anywhere you want to go. Add a stripe, and it takes on even more personality. This season tailored clothing is taking center stage, and we are seeing striped button downs in lots of bright colors. Along with many shades of blue and black, vibrant oranges and yellows are being featured, which look fresh and modern. Read on for my Top 10 striped button downs you will wear again and again....
beach with tire tracks

What Should We Do About This?

I walked off the beach yesterday and my pulse was racing. An enormous jeep truck was spinning its wheels trying to move out of the deep soft sand. Deeper and deeper it sunk into the depths and then it began to spin sideways banging up against my friend's jeep. And the driver didn't stop as we watched shocked from our beach chairs. The bumpers were grinding and the driver kept trying to accelerate his way out of the quicksand like mess....
Holly Eger

An Hour to Pack Before The Flames Reached Us

When the winds changed and we realized we had about an hour to pack and get out before the flames reached us, we counted ourselves lucky. Many people get no time at all. We live south of San Francisco, just west of Stanford and 20 miles short of the Pacific Ocean. The woods in our town are etched with trails that weave through cypresses and manzanitas and spill into grassy meadows of larkspur and purple lupine. The snowy fog, in the cool misty mornings, pulls back toward the ocean as if God is making Her bed....
Words of wisdom

Not So Wise Words of Wisdom

I’m sending out a blanket apology to anyone who listened to my advice when I was twenty-five. I’m so sorry, I was an idiot. My friend Sonia recently reminded me that she got married because of me. I had no recollection of any profound words. We thought, how many bad marriages could have been avoided if people didn’t listen to our shitty WISDOM? ...
Hiking

Age & Agility: A Lesson In Ups and Downs

when my family signed up to hike to the top of Skellig Michael in Ireland, over 600 crumbly steps there and then back, with sheer vertical drops and no handrails, I was understandably nervous. The literature stressed ‘you hike at your own risk, there have been fatalities’. Adding to the anxiety, the only way to reach the island was an hour ride in a small boat, crossing the open seas of the North Atlantic. This almost guaranteed you arrived slightly seasick....
Essential Jean Jacket $98.50

Hip Crop Tops and Jackets Paired with Scarves will Elevate your Fall Outfits

This fall, we are seeing cropped everything, including shirts, sweaters, jackets and blazers. Some silhouettes are so cropped that they show a bare midriff, which may look great on our twenty-something aged daughters, but not on most of us BA50's. We can, however, rock many crop styles that are just a bit longer. The trick is to pair them with a pair of high waisted denim or slacks to keep everything covered. To bring your look up a notch further, pair your trendy crop jackets and tops with a colorful scarf....
Beautiful woman contemplating a beautiful road surrounded by nature

Can I Have a Do Over?

“Georgia, I swear I’ve never seen such a smile.” I hadn't heard Boz Scaggs in years and suddenly all I could see was my younger self, with a whole future of unlimited possibilities available to her. It was a moment in time when anything and anyone was possible.  However,  I think I chose the wrong guy, settled into a mediocre marriage and was now 60 and alone for the first time since my late twenties. Damn you Boz Scaggs, I want a do over!...

Body Shaming: I’m Not Going to Be That Mom Until I Was

I was shopping with my preteen daughter in LuLuLemon.  I was tired and not in the best mood but she wanted to show me this jacket she liked, a trim fit, hot pink zip up.  The saleslady stood outside the dressing room as she tried it on. She zipped it up and I immediately noticed her slight outward curve in the middle. She doesn’t look perfect. What do I say to her? “I think she needs a bigger size.”  I told the saleslady. “Can I come in?” she responded....
Bar Cart

The Bar Cart Dilemma: We Vowed Not To Shop At Walmart And Then…..

Mom would scary-mutter things about unfair labor practices and dismal manufacturing conditions whenever we drove past that store, her opinion proclaimed with such vehemence I could clearly imagine whip-wielding giants standing over kids (just like my friends and I) laboring over assembly of Barbie Dream Houses.  Walmart-avoidance was just a point of fact as I grew up, never something I judged in others. Or did I? I probably could have been quieter about disliking Walmart when the Kids were young.  But like many Mom-isms, the words and explanations of why “We don’t shop at Walmart” shot out of my mouth. The Kids were listening....
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The Trendy Jacket Shop: 10 Jackets You Need for a Fashionable Fall Season!

Your outerwear choice has the power to take your everyday look to the next level and kick off your seasonal style the right way. Whether it's a simple light layer or a jacket with utility, we have compiled the perfect list of trendy jackets to shop. Check out the 10 jackets you need for a fashionable Fall season! Shop our favorite styles here! ...

Featured on Relationship Thursday

Words of wisdom

Not So Wise Words of Wisdom

I’m sending out a blanket apology to anyone who listened to my advice when I was twenty-five. I’m so sorry, I was an idiot. My friend Sonia recently reminded me that she got married because of me. I had no recollection of any profound words. We thought, how many bad marriages could have been avoided if people didn’t listen to our shitty WISDOM? ...
Beautiful woman contemplating a beautiful road surrounded by nature

Can I Have a Do Over?

“Georgia, I swear I’ve never seen such a smile.” I hadn't heard Boz Scaggs in years and suddenly all I could see was my younger self, with a whole future of unlimited possibilities available to her. It was a moment in time when anything and anyone was possible.  However,  I think I chose the wrong guy, settled into a mediocre marriage and was now 60 and alone for the first time since my late twenties. Damn you Boz Scaggs, I want a do over!...

Body Shaming: I’m Not Going to Be That Mom Until I Was

I was shopping with my preteen daughter in LuLuLemon.  I was tired and not in the best mood but she wanted to show me this jacket she liked, a trim fit, hot pink zip up.  The saleslady stood outside the dressing room as she tried it on. She zipped it up and I immediately noticed her slight outward curve in the middle. She doesn’t look perfect. What do I say to her? “I think she needs a bigger size.”  I told the saleslady. “Can I come in?” she responded....
Articles BA50s Loves

Empty Nested & Single: Uplifting Strategies When Life Gets Too Complicated

It’s not a linear process, my new normal. It still makes me cry when I see families picnicking in the nearby park because I am missing all the family time that seemed so idyllic, so long ago. I realize that I still grieve the loss of my marriage, my children and my former life. Then I get a text from the man I’ve been dating, “Just thinking about you and wanted to say hi ;) “ and my heart skips a beat. I smile and feel happy. People see me smiling and smile back....

Featured on Fashion Friday

Striped shirts

A Striped Button Down Can Be Styled Oh-So Many Ways

The button down shirt can take you almost anywhere you want to go. Add a stripe, and it takes on even more personality. This season tailored clothing is taking center stage, and we are seeing striped button downs in lots of bright colors. Along with many shades of blue and black, vibrant oranges and yellows are being featured, which look fresh and modern. Read on for my Top 10 striped button downs you will wear again and again....
Essential Jean Jacket $98.50

Hip Crop Tops and Jackets Paired with Scarves will Elevate your Fall Outfits

This fall, we are seeing cropped everything, including shirts, sweaters, jackets and blazers. Some silhouettes are so cropped that they show a bare midriff, which may look great on our twenty-something aged daughters, but not on most of us BA50's. We can, however, rock many crop styles that are just a bit longer. The trick is to pair them with a pair of high waisted denim or slacks to keep everything covered. To bring your look up a notch further, pair your trendy crop jackets and tops with a colorful scarf....