The other day I had tea with the lovely lady above. Irene and I met on the bus after I asked if I could take her photo. She has great style and a wonderful outlook on life. She writes on her website, “In another life I would be like an Argentine Tango dancer. I’m still gearing up for my Grand Finale in this one.” Advanced Style is an attitude. The people I meet are fighters. They continue to challenge themselves and  push past obstacles that come their way.

Irene wrote in to share these words with all the Advanced Stylers:

 I realize that I am preaching to the choir by addressing these comments to Ari’s Girls – after all, we are writing a how-to manual (documented lovingly by Ari) for our contemporaries, present day boomers & beyond.Leaving youth for middle years is tough. What can possibly compensate for having been Belle of the Ball?
 Entering advanced years is tougher, yet can be softened by clarity that sometimes comes only with age. Having been there, done that, I would like to share some basic stuff born of experience:
 Could this transition be regarded as an adventure rather that a struggle? Metaphors for fighting are of limited value when faced with a losing battle.
 We are like snowflakes – uniquely exquisite and unique – one-of-a kind divine creations
 To thy highest self be true
 Since the eyes mirror the soul, where else is beauty but in the eyes of the beholder?
 Many a Hollywood star or historical icon continues to bewitch and bedazzle her public!
Think Bette Davis. Think Martha Graham. Think Cleopatra.
  • Mim

    Buddha and big ring! Her expression is so spritely.

  • I'm also amazed by that ring – was waiting to get your reply to my email – hope all well.

  • Irene…where did you get that super ring????

  • A tango dancer…wow. What a better thing to be in any life????
    Irene is fabulous.

  • I love the details in her look here. The leaves on the hat and the buddha as an icon…just wonderful.

  • ari

    Hiii FF,
    which email? I don't think I got it


  • Anonymous

    Irene – I was never one of those girls who was the Belle of the Ball when I was young. In fact, I think I didn't really come into my own until my mid-50s. I think I looked really great at about 57. At almost 61, I STILL think I am much more attractive than when I was younger…

  • great blog and interesting!

  • I hope my costume jewelery collection contains such amazing pieces when I am her age. What a cool lady!

    Trés Awesome

  • amazing idea for a blog! thank you for sharing all those amazing styles! and here – teh necklace is just fab!
    Love your comments! thank you! hope you know that k come karolina is also on bloglovin, facebook and twitter 🙂 so cu soon!!!

    xoxo from rome

  • violette

    Irene is my new guru! When I was young, I got attention (sometimes unwanted) for being another interchangeable pretty girl. Age allows for individuality, for being appreciated for who you really are. If a woman over 50 gets noticed, it means she's a force to contend with!

  • Dear FF – I'm so sorry but I did not receive email – still it's never too late to yhank you for your kind words – that great hunk of tiger.s eye just begged to go home with me from Bloomies!

  • Hi Anonymous – aren't yu lucky to be a late bloomer – i'm sorry if I implied that one size fit's all.
    thank you for your rminder that we were created – then the artist threw away the mold!

  • Dear Fabrique Fantastique – believe it or not it was marked down 50% at Bloomies – thank you!