What does 50 look like?

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Registered: 01-03-2004
What does 50 look like?
Sat, 03-06-2010 - 12:04pm

Hi everyone!

Hope you're all having a good week. I'm so glad it's March. The sun is up longer, the snow is melting, and I am hearing birdsong every morning when I walk to my car! Yay!

The other day I had a nice compliment from a customer. She asked me how old I am (she's very forthright so I knew this wasn't a rude question from her) and I told her "50." She blinked a couple of times and leaned forward to look at my face a little closer and then said, "You don't look 50!

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sat, 03-06-2010 - 8:03pm

Nice compliment!

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Sun, 03-07-2010 - 2:52pm

It's been so long ago, I don't remember.


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Sun, 03-07-2010 - 5:19pm

I remember the quote from Gloria Steinem when she turned 50 - "THIS is what 50 looks like", i.e. you look like yourself. She had a little gray in her hair, little makeup and a few wrinkles. When I turned 50, my co-worker asked how it felt to be 50. I told him I did everything I did at 30, but A LOT SLOWER - LOL.

I am fortunate to have inherited oily skin from my DM, so do not have the fine wrinkles some get. When people compliment me, I just tell thank them and say it's pure heredity. I did color my silver hair blonde well into my 60s, as I was in the work force and knew some people would judge me by the hair, not the brain. Some famous actress responded to how she hadn't changed over the years and said she always wore a hairstyle similar to what she wore in her 30s - maybe a little shorter, maybe a little longer. That way there are no radical changes, and people's perception of her was that she hadn't changed. Since retiring, my hair is totally white and I have it styled like Meryl Streeps in The Devil Wears Prada. This is very similar to a style I wore in the 60s.

One thing to ponder is what you DON'T want to look like and work to avoid it. Could be wearing too much make up, over-dyeing one's hair, wearing clothes meant for a teenager, too much jangling jewelry.


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Mon, 03-08-2010 - 10:16pm

Good question.


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Registered: 03-13-2010
Sun, 03-14-2010 - 4:50pm

Women today are certainly not our mothers at 50+, at least I know I am not.

I am now 62 but feel

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Sun, 03-28-2010 - 8:55pm

Hello again, wisdomtooth, and again, welcome to this 50 & Fab board! You definitely pose an important question to the women of age 50! I vividly remember wayyy back when I was in that age group and how the younger set thought


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