Charity Fashion Show ~ What I Wore

A few weeks ago I posted some photos from Toronto Fashion week where the majority of the city’s top fashionistas were decked out in black.

Funny enough, I was just at a local charity fashion show here in Burlington for Breast Cancer, and it was the same story. It seems like black is the top choice of gals over 40 at evening fashion events. Take a look at the interesting ways these ladies wear black and the few who broke the mould.


These two women stood out from the crowd because of their fabulously put together equestrian looks. On the left:  Head to toe black is always slimming, but looks best when you combine various textures and finishes. This gal mixes smooth, shiny patent leather boots, with matte pants and a tweedy, textured jacket.

On the right: Gray is a refined color to wear with black. I love the super flattering cut of the jacket and the touch of purple at the collar. It adds a lovely shot of energy.


One of the best ways to wear black is to keep your outfit really sleek and simple; that way you really stand out. That’s the case here where these two women choose perfectly tailored, minimalistic cuts that play up their great figures. Leather leggings and tall suede boots with shorter skirt add a cool, urban edge.


Vests have been big this fall. This gal went for a more cozy look in A faux fur vest and chunky  knit sweater THAT she combined with tall riding boots and comfy black leggings.


More black and  this time worn left with a dark floral dress, another hot trend. On the right, a classic look – all black with a stunning gold statement necklace makes this woman look totally chic.


As we just saw jewelry can really add a lot of dimension to black. Left: This woman looks elegant and artsy in this lovely statement necklace that looks like it could be one of a kind. Her friend (right) mixes navy with black, which adds some lovely warmth to her all dark look. jackets-for-women-over-40

Here’s a fun coat and it’s right on trend. This is the kind of thing that looks great at  a special event because it really is a statement piece. This gal likes fashion!


Finally, something different in a sea of black. Bravo to this woman for being true to herself. She looks very creative and like she has a very fun sense of style.

Have you been to any fashion shows lately What did you wear? Would you wear any of these looks? Which one?

Meet The 40+ Blogger Behind A Labour of Life

One of the nicest things about being a 40+ blogger is getting to meet other bloggers. Nine times out of ten, that takes place online because everyone is spread out around the world. But this weekend I got a pleasant surprise when I attended a 2- day fashion blogging conference here in Toronto called Spark Sessions.

Linda and Deborah Boland at Social Sparks fashion blogging conference

I had just arrived and was having my morning cup of tea when I noticed what seemed like a familiar face making her way across the room. You know how it is when you think to yourself, “I have seen this woman somewhere”, but you just can’t place her?

I made eye contact, motioned to her and excitedly asked, “Do we know each other?” Then it hit me. This was Linda, a fairly new 40+ blogger who had, just the day before, sent me photos of her style to post on my What I Wore segment.

What a wonderful surprise! One of the reasons I didn’t recognize Linda right off the bat was she had just changed her hair color. I knew her as a blond, and now she was a gorgeous shade of  fabulous red. The other thing I didn’t realize was that Linda was from Canada.

Deborah Boland and Linda at Social Sparks Fashion blogging conference

I live in Burlington,Ontario which is just west of Toronto and about two hours from Buffalo, NY.  Linda lives in our nation’s capital, Ottawa – a four hour train ride from Toronto.

We had a great time hanging out at the conference and it feels great to have made a Canadian blogger friend. This week I thought I’d post these photos of the two of us and of Linda’s unique 40+ style.   Take a look and meet Linda, the lovely woman behind the lifestyle blog, A Labour of Life.

leopard print over 40 style blogger

A blogger in her spare time, Linda is actually a top government officer by day who negotiates essential services for bargaining units during labor disruptions as well as managerial exclusions.

On and off the job, she  loves wearing “trendy pieces, but always with a bit of a classic twist.”  Her favorite things are shoes, boots and statement jewelry.


When I asked  Linda how her style has evolved over the years, she said, “I have always had a love of fashion but as I have matured I think I have become more confident in wearing what I like and what I believe suits me. Maturity helped me realize that age is a number and I can wear what I like but adapt it to what I feel comfortable at my age.”


What’s the best fashion tip/advice Linda has ever received? “Sit and bend before leaving the house… if either of those movements make you uncomfortable maybe you should rethink what you are wearing.  The best advice I received was, rules were made to be broken. It’s OK to mix patterns and wear white when you want, but make sure you are comfortable with your choices.”

plaid suit over 40 style blogger

What does Linda like most about being a 40+ blogger? “With maturity came confidence. Now, I worry if I think I look great, not if someone else thinks I look great. The best part of being a 40+ blogger is the expectations are all mine no-one elses.”

red plaid over 40 style blogger

It was a pleasure meeting Linda and I look forward to getting a Canadian branch of 40+ Fashion bloggers up and running. Be sure to check out Linda’s wonderful blog, A Labour of Life. It’s a joy to read.

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