More Wisdom From a 99 Year Old Lady

A while back I shared 98 year old Rose’s top ten ways to look stylish and great at 98. A year later, Rose is wiser and more beautiful than ever. Here are the latest lifestyle tips from an amazing 99 year old woman.
1. Stay Organized “If you take a toothpick out,or a pair of pantyhose, or a hundred dollar bill,always put it back where you found it,because if you add up the the time you spent looking for it later, that’s a waste of time.”
2.”Always tell the truth because if you don’t you’ll have to think of another lie.”
3.”Be More, appear Less.”
4.”Always take the phone off the hook when you’re in the bath.”
5.”Make friends with the maitre de'”
6.”Never loan, Never borrow.”
7.”Never keep anyone waiting. Always be 15 minutes early.”
8.”Never look back. always look forward.”
9.”Don’t be afraid to tell your age, that’s silly. Be proud of your age.”
10.”Don’t frequent a restaurant where they don’t crumb the table.”

Here are Rose’s top ten beauty and lifestyle secrets on how to look and feel great at 98
  1. Find your perfect perfume, people will remember you by your scent. Rose is known for her Pauline Trigere fragrance.She tells her granddaughter “I’ll give you anything in the world, but I won’t give you my perfume.”
  2. Belts and Beads. Rose believes that a belt or unique strand of beads can really make an outfit and they don’t have to cost a fortune.
  3. Take care of your feet and wear good shoes, but when you are going out for a night on the town “Fashion comes before comfort” At 98, Rose goes out every single night!
  4. “Walking is a must, its better than doctors or medicine”
  5. No need to use expensive moisturizers, Rose swears by Oil of Olay which she has been using for decades.
  6. “Inexspensive lipstick is as good as expensive, only better!” Rose has tried every brand from Chanel to Lauder and has recently been turned on to Revlon.
  7. Be Unique: “If Everyone is wearing it, then its not for me”
  8. “Be smart enough to know what you don’t know”
  9. If you have trouble reading the dinner menu, Lorgnettes are a fashionable and elegant alternative to reading glasses(see example above)
  10. “Be Happy, enjoy what you have at every moment!”
  • I love them all, but I was touched by: ."Be More, appear Less."
    Have a safe trip, my friend.

  • Rebecca

    Ari, what a treat it is to see and read about all these spectacular women in their 90's. We can all learn from such wonderful people how to live each day with style, grace and enthusiasm.
    Thank you!

  • I love this woman. What fantastic advice!

  • Love the blog, and LOVE Rose! I'm forwarding her advice to my "young" friends.

  • Love love love your blog. Keep it up!!


  • Rose is gorgeous – and I love the idea of looking great at 98.

  • Fabulous advice from an extremely lovely and stylish lady thank you xx

  • What fabulous advice! Thanks for sharing Rose with us.

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  • I kind of intuitively know what "Be more, appear less" means, but I am having trouble putting into words. Anyone have a way to describe what she means?

  • Every time you feature Rose, I make a mental note to find a lorgnette!

    She has a smashing sense of style and great advice. I love the mix of patterns and texture in the first look.

  • As a young female it is often to magazines and models in the fashion industry that we look for direction and ideas that influences our fashion and lifestyle choices.
    Then life happens and we adjust to changes of style, of body and the realization that you can be attractive and energized no matter your age, but one MUST know oneself both inside and out.

    I am delighted each and every time I visit your blog. I find your photos lovely, the people fascinating and the attitudes both bold and fun with a bit of realistic seasoning thrown in. We aspire to look and feel our best no matter our age, our shapes, our personalities or our economic positions.
    I want to thank you for not only giving advanced style a voice but for making it the star of the show.

  • This list is wonderful! I'm going to print it out and put a copy of it on my wall.

  • This is so inspiring. Rose is a beautiful and wise woman. I will be printing out her tips and hanging them on my corkboard. I love Rose's style and attitude. Thanks for sharing!

  • This is one of the best and sagest posts I've read in a long time! Love this woman! Thanks for sharing…you made my day!

  • I want to be like her… right now!

  • Rose is a wise woman with style and character.

  • Rose is a wise woman with style and character.

  • I also love her whole outfit… so classic and stylish!

  • What a lovely woman – I only hope I can age with such grace!

  • What a wise, witty and beautiful woman.
    Every time I come by to read one of your profiles, I am in awe.

  • Carol

    I am betting she is lots of fun to be around.

  • shes is amazing! her style is so chic and very classy!

  • What a great post and Woo Hoo, you go girls. How wonderful that you are having a blog that included the sage one. What great dressers. I hope I can look like that, it's not to far off. Thanks for sharing. I'll keep your blog in mind and be back to visit.

  • I don't know who Rose is, but I love her advice! Some of it is difficult, like eating where they crumb the table. (takes $). But I really love her advice about staying organized, accessorizing, and being unique. Wonderful!

  • Rose is more beautiful (inside and out) with each passing year. I love how her advice has evolved since last year's wonderful tips; this year's list is more about personal betterment from the inside. Tip #7 is something I have been working on for myself for many years. Oh, and I love the jacket/top Rose is wearing in the top photo–the pattern and shape are incredible!

  • I can't tell you how much I love this blog. Thank you so much for making it!!!!

  • Oh what a fantastic blog! I have added you to my daily reading list.

  • I love reading your blogs!

  • Old ladies give the best kind of advise because they've lived through it all. The good and bad times.