Accessorize to add Pizzazz!

Accessories can add interest to your appearance, and can add a quick step to your walk.

Many of my friends tell me they can’t wear “big” jewelry. I tell them, ‘Hogwash!” You never know until you try. I used to wear only on small necklace, my wedding rings, and small earrings. Then I discovered costume jewelry! Oh, my, what a difference that made!

Chunky necklaces bring attention to your face, which as we know is beautiful! And by having them in a color that flatters your skin tones or eyes, you enhance your natural beauty.

Try some on, maybe at Charming Charlie, where the most common price tag is $15.00! You may be surprised and pleased with the way you look.

I dare you! 😉


Debbie Hardy, The Queen of Resilience

Debbie Hardy, The Queen of Resilience

I’ve been knocked down and bounced back so many times, some folks call me a Weeble(TM) — remember? Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down.

That has made me The Queen of Resilience!

Add COLOR to your looks and life!

I used to wear basic black or navy blue so I’d look thinner. While it looked slim, it also looked drab. I eventually learned that color has an effect on attitude, my own and others.

Nowadays, I may start with a basic dark color, but I always punctuate it with color, either as a scarf around my neck or a great necklace or brooch with earrings. And sparkles, whether in jewelry or threads in a scarf, bring more glamour to your appearance.

What works even better is a bright jacket, maybe purple or fuchsia (dark hot pink). Then, add two or three necklaces in the same color for a pulled-together look. You’ll find yourself getting compliments from friends and someone in line with you at the store. It’s happened to me, and it could happen to you, too!

Fabulous is an Attitude

I’m not a beauty, not by any stretch of the imagination. I’ve never turned heads by my looks when entering a room. Maybe I could with purple spiked hair, but not normally.

But I have turned heads. It’s my attitude. I walk like a queen, with my head held high, as though there’s a crown on my head and I expect people to admire me. And it works!

Try it. Look at yourself in a mirror and imagine a crown on your head. Then stretch your neck to hold the crown steady. Now walk with your head held high. You’ll be amazed at how people respond to you differently when you exude confidence.

Go for it. You’re fabulous!



Instant Facelift

Gravity is useful until it starts working on your face. You know – your eyebrows droop onto your eyelids, your cheeks start falling toward your neck, and the rings around your neck become ovals.
I recently met a doctor with a successful practice helping women tighten their skin and reduce wrinkles without plastic surgery. She charges hundreds and thousands of dollars for temporary improvement. Some procedures must be repeated on a regular basis. Too expensive and time-consuming for me!

There is one way to have a facelift without money, doctors, or recovery time: SMILE! A smile instantly raises your cheeks to get rid of your jowls. And smiling with your eyes gets rid of the droopy eyebrows.

Dr. Phil had a guest once who refused to smile because she felt it caused wrinkles. But the end result had the opposite effect: instead of looking younger, she looked old and cranky. Not a good outcome!

So if you want an instant facelift, use your face muscles. The exercise will improve your looks AND your outlook!

Easiest Way to Be Fabulous

Are you having a fabulous day? I am, mostly because I decided I would.

The number one way to be fabulous is to have a positive attitude. That will transform into an attractive face, a friendly disposition, and a person others want to be around.

Life hasn’t been particularly good to me, but that doesn’t mean that I deserve a fulltime pity party. So I wake up every morning eager to see what today will bring, even if there’s nothing fun on the schedule. I learned long ago that if you live life looking only in the rear-view mirror, you’ll have some serious crashes that could have been prevented. I know lots of people who held onto grudges so much it showed on their faces. Not pretty!

Here’s a tip: just for today, make up your mind that you’re not going to allow a negative thought to hang around. They may pop up every once in a while, but that doesn’t mean you invite them in for an extended stay. Then, do it again tomorrow and the next day and the next. After a while, it’ll become second nature and you’ll be pleased with the way you are.

Stay positive and BE FABULOUS!

Welcome to a Fabulous World!

Hello, all you fabulous ladies from 40, 50, and beyond! Hope you’re having as great a day as I am.

This is the first post on my new blog, where I plan to share some tidbits I’ve learned about looking, acting, and feeling younger. These are similar to ideas in my upcoming book, Free to Be Fabulous from Forty, Fifty, and Beyond: 100 Ways to Look, Act and Feel Younger.

Follow this blog as I help you take years off your appearance, attitude, and emotions. Choose which ideas you want to use, and discard the rest.

I’ll work hard to keep my posts short and sweet. and I promise not to have verbal diarrhea.

Enjoy your step-by-step journey to a more fabulous you! And feel free to add your comments to help all of us on this road NOT to get old!