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Your Favorite Stories of 2018

As the New Year is right around the corner, I thought I’d share a list of the top 5 most-read stories in 2018.  What does this list say about us, as a community? I’ve given that some serious thought and here’s what I believe.

We are VISIBLE + VIBRANT! We are more than what we appear to be. However, we do care about how we look, from beauty to style. We are not shrinking violets, but we do continue to BLOOM!

We are committed to flourishing. We are interested in new adventures and examining new things, new ideas, and new experiences. I like to say we are bloomers, not boomers and that is because we grow. Best of all, we are a community of women who are GROWING together.

1.) Fashion, what’s old is new again

We trade opinions about so much in life, from relationships to religion, so it’s interesting that your favorite story of the entire year was a roundup of some of my favorite, long-owned fashion items, like the poncho pictured above.

If like me, you are a woman better than 50, you have probably amassed quite a few favorite items. Here are the clothes that are back in style from previous eras…and those I have happily held on to, and still wear, quite stylishly, today.

I love the idea that we are all connected in this sense: We cherish the items, people, and ideas in life that are timeless and yet we are so very interested in remaining current and relevant. And because this is how we feel, we are beyond visible.

Read it now, here!

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2.) In our prime and looking gorgeous!

You loved my story about the best primers for women better than 50, and why not? Primer is my secret to flawless makeup after 50. You apply a primer after your moisturizer and before your foundation.

A primer is just what it sounds like; similar to priming your walls before you paint them, a primer allows a foundation to apply smoothly.

And I shared some of the very best primers, at many price points in this story.

Read it now, here!

3.) The skin care routine you need when you’re better than 50

This lovely story was actually from one of our contributors, Gwen Lewis. You loved it and I did, too!

“The day I turned 30, I was a wreck. Most of us women are – after years of reveling in our carefree youth, the idea that our 20s are over can be quite a lot to process. That evening, I found myself in sweatpants on the couch, watching old movies with my best friend (still a few months away from the big 3-0 herself).

“Cheer up. At least you’re not 50,” said my girlfriend.

How wrong she was, in my experience, a woman’s 50s are some of the best years of her life. She’s more confident. Her relationships are stronger. If she’s lucky, she may even have a few grandkids to spoil. As I now round the corner from my 50s into my 60s, I just can’t imagine being afraid or unhappy with my advancing age. Things just keep getting better!

Of course, to keep feeling great, I take extra care to make sure my skin is looking great.”

Read the story now, here!

4.) Why I wear the red string

The custom of wearing the red string dates back to biblical times, as it is mentioned in Genesis 38. But today, thanks to many celebrities who have embraced this tradition (such as Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mick Jagger and dozens more), it is most associated with Judaism’s Kabbalah, the ancient Jewish tradition of mystical interpretation of the Bible.

After I explain the meaning of the red string to someone, I always get the same questions, which in truth make it clear anyone can embrace this practice. So I am sharing them with you, dear readers, in the event that you want to embrace this tradition.

The string is made from thin red wool, and I am sure it is not a coincidence that it is such a vibrant shade of this powerful hue. I wear it on my left wrist, nearest to my heart. Seven tiny knots secure it. My husband, Shelly, wears one as well.

Here’s why we both believe in the red string and what you should know about it.

Read the story, here!


5.) Let’s bloom…together!

Let’s bloom together. They’ll have to stop calling us “boomers” because we can’t be put in any one box. We blossom, we grow, we are bloomers.

There are women over 50 who continuously flourish and bloom. What is their secret? What are the emotional ingredients that make their lives delicious? What is the personality of a woman who blooms?

She has her trials and tribulations, fears, disappointments, anger, sadness, and human frailties, but she also has characteristics that make her a positively ‘blooming’ woman over 50. Find out what they are…

Read the story, here!

What was your favorite story of 2018? Do tell! Please share your thoughts with me via TwitterFacebookPinterest, Instagram or in the comments section below.

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  1. Honey Good, hard to fathom which stories were worthy of being the best or most favorite…difficult task to say the least, as they were all informative, uplifting and special. Mazel tov in 2019! But it’s not really about luck, it’s about talent, and you have it, Honey Good!!

    1. Thank you for the compliment, Ramona. Wishing you and yours a great New Year, in every way. May all your dreams come true. Warmly, Honey

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