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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

Fashion Adventures At Any Age

Most fashion bloggers take you on a journey, posting weekly photos of their style. Beata B. takes you on an adventure!

Beata is the founder of  Fashion Adventures At Any Age, a 40+ style blog that’s exciting, a little risky and a lot of  fun!

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Beata thrives on experimenting with clothes. I’ve been following her for a while now, and I always enjoy popping to see what she’s wearing that day. She always looks classy, confident , (and super cool), and she isn’t afraid to try out the latest trends.

When I dug a little deeper I discovered that Beata is a Londoner. She’s also a happy wife, and a mum to two beautiful children. She says, ” I love fashion, design and all creative things. I think fashion should be fun and I enjoy the challenge of incorporating current fashion themes into my outfits.”  I got the chance to chat with Beata about her style and here’s what she had to say:

Deborah BolandDeb: You have a real talent for mixing classy and edgy. What’s the key is to pulling off this combination?

Beata: Hmm, this is not an easy question, but I feel that it all comes from confidence in your own style. I think it’s important to pick clothes that suit your shape but also to be discerning when it comes to trends, as they come and go. I personally like to stick to classy cuts and styles and then add trendy touches, be it in a form of a pattern, a scarf, or texture. This is what makes the outfit “current”  whilst still, above all, classy.

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Bold Color Block

Colorblocking combines 2 or more bold chunks of color giving a hip, graphic effect. Beata pairs a vibrant two-tone top with wide leg trousers and high heels for a stunning look.

Deb: Who and/or what has influenced you in terms of your personal style?

Beata: To a large degree my style is influenced by the city where I live. London is so trendy and the street style here is very inspirational because individualism is key to being a London fashionista! I also love magazines where I pick up a lot of my influences, not to forget my fellow fabulous bloggers who always inspire me with their own interpretation of trends and fashion themes!

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Pretty Poncho

A poncho is a great way to add drama to your casual style. Beata looks fab in this luxurious belted poncho.

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Biker Chic

From colored to printed to textured, jeans have evolved over the years.  Beata wears fashion’s latest craze – coated (waxed denim) jeans paired with a graphic tee and a leather jacket.

Deb: Have you always been a fashionista?

Beata: Definitely! Even as a young woman I always experimented with fashion, made my own clothes and those for my daughter. I always tried to be original and not follow trends rigidly but put my own unique spin on them.

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Splash of Color

Beata goes monochromatic in this rich shades of burgundy. This outfit is one of Beata’s all time fall favorites. It’s dressy, yet cozy.

Deb: Who are your role models?

Beata: Strong women inspire me. Of course as many other women my ultimate icon is Coco Chanel for her effortless chic and revolutionary, masculine take on fashion. I adore women who are true to their own style but are also brave and open to try new things.

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Fun, Printed Leggings

When Beata says she likes experimental fashion, she isn’t kidding. These printed leggings are quite unusual and add some fun to her outfit.

Deb: Biggest mistake you see women over 40 making when it comes to dressing?

Beata: I think it’s trying to dress “age appropriate”. It is of course important to be intelligent when it comes to dressing as there will always be some trends that are just not right for everyone, but this should be based on your body shape and not age. I’ve always been quite brave when it comes to fashion and with the start of my blog and the wonderful support I’ve had, I’ve become more confident in my conviction that if done right there is nothing a woman over 40 cannot wear!

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Mixing In Metallics

Metallics are considered a neutral and work with everything. This bronze bag looks right at home with black leggings, a black lace top, brown woolen jacket and edgy boots.

Deborah: What’s the one item in your wardrobe you can’t live without?

Beata: Everything hahaha! I could not live without my wardrobe full stop. But to be honest I am a shoe fanatic and could not live without short black boots – they are so versatile and perfect for any look!

Deb: Thanks Beata for taking the time to chat about your fabulous style. I look forwards to your next fashion adventure!!

Be sure to check out Beata’s Blog:  Fashion Adventures at Any Age.

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