What to Wear When You’re Going to be on TV

Deborah Bolan Backyard Pleasures

Deborah on the set of her TV show Backyard Pleasures

Earth Day is around the corner and I am a  lover of all things outdoors!

Did you know that before I started Fabulous After 40 I  produced and starred in my own TV series on HGTV called Backyard Pleasures for many years and just loved it.

Recently my friend JoJami, who  likes organic gardening, was asked to appear on the Martha Stewart Show as  Aveeno Brand Ambassador for the special Earth Day show.

Martha and JJ Cropped

Martha and JJ Cropped

When you have a chance to be on national TV it is important that you look the part and dress appropriately for your segment.  So, I talked to JoJami about what she was going to wear.

The producers of the Martha Show requested she bring 2 colorful outfits.

JoJami: I knew that I wanted to look nice but not too dressy since, after all, this was the Earth Day Show and Martha usually wears just a blouse or top that’s not too fancy.

I also had a budget in mind since I didn’t want to have to buy something that was too expensive. Here is what I ended up wearing:

In front Martha Studio

In front Martha Studio

Top and cropped sweater by NY and Co. and white skirt by Express.

Little did I know that I would be standing the entire time behind a large table and only my top half was going to show. (I had brought 4 pairs of shoes with me, so I could pick what felt right to wear when I got there!)

Oh, I didn’t want to forget to tell you about my experience in getting my make-up done.

The make-up artist was a fabulous over 40 gal named Deborah Jones who took one look at me and said, “I’m going to re-do your blush!”  Hmm…this was going to be interesting!

What she ended up doing was putting some light peach blush at the top of my cheek bone right under my eye.  This was a fantastic trick and gave my face a nice lift.  Normally, I put my blush right under and around my cheekbone…so I can’t wait to try this new way in the future!  She did a beautiful job on my make-up, it was very natural looking but didn’t wash me out under the hot lights.

So finally it was my time to go on the set and meet Martha!  I walked over and stood beside her and I noticed right away that she was so tall and beautiful, and had such a calming presence.  She is a true professional and made my job easy.

I was there to talk about the new Aveeno Be An Active Naturals program and put  plug in for Fabulous After 40. It was a wonderful experience and a great lesson in what to wear to look Fabulous After 40 on TV.


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  1. Love the outfit and Shoes! AND Lovely that they had a professional help add a little blush- fun!

  2. Melinda Nowers says:

    So love checking in to read your latest posts! This is a wonderful place for 40+’s to find great info. Am posting one of your pics on my blog….hope that’s ok, will link back to you of course! Melinda

  3. Thanks so much Deb! Yes, we hopefully will have one to share with everyone! Stay, tuned!

  4. Mamavalveeta03 says:

    I like the shoes, too. I’m looking for a pair of espadrilles that don’t have a sky-high platform. Do you ladies have any posts re:Shoes for Fab over 40’s?? (I can’t wear a high heel due to achilles tendon surgery, but I still want to look great!)

  5. Even though you were standing behind a table, you can’t go wrong with a white pencil skirt. You look great – as usual!

  6. Hi, They are very old BCBG nude wedges.