Wow, Lifestylers you are amazing! Last week I threw open the challenge to post photos of yourselves to Lifestyle Fifty on Facebook (or email me) with photos of you in everyday wear, and what a wonderful response there’s been from you fun, funky, feisty women.
This week I’m featuring 5 women.
Liesl, Catherine and Lucinda, who are keen cyclists. Catherine who writes a blog JKRiter, wrote in with a picture and an explanation about why they wear what they wear and why it’s perfect for their lifestyle.
Jenny Shenton is a Nu Skin consultant (an anti-aging company committed to providing quality skin care and nutrition products). Jenny lives on a gorgeous tomato and avocado farm in the south west. Her choice of clothes is at once thrifty and stylish.
Wanda Ariano , is a program officer for Art Parners which provides mentorship in the arts for people of all abilities and her style is funky defined. She writes a blog at Art Partners.
Here’s what they had to say.
“I had the brainwave to take a photo when we were cycling by the beach near Bunbury. We met at 5.30am, then we cycled along coastal paths for an hour before getting to Dome just after 6.30 for a well earned coffee. We ride anywhere between 60 to 120 KM per week and belong to the South West Cycle Club, a very friendly club which welcomes new members.
Lucinda and I purchased our shirts through the South West Cycle Club. Liesl’s shorts came from an online sports store called Wiggle. My cleat shoes are Nike brand and they were given to me by another cycle buddy named Marg who has been very helpful and patient teaching me cycling skills. My shorts came from Fitzroy’s Cycles where it’s especially great to deal with Donna, an experienced cyclist, who also sold me my fabulous bike. I’ve learnt that it’s VERY important to be fitted properly for a bike and helmet/accessories.
Lycra comfortable for cycling
It took a while to get used to wearing lycra in public but it’s the most comfortable attire for cycling. The padded pants are a must for long distance riding and the fitted shirts don’t billow out all over the place when we pick up speed, or when it’s windy.
Once you get used to riding with cleats on your shoes you’d never go back to riding without them. I was terrified at first (being connected to the pedals/bike) but once I learnt to clip in & out of the cleats quickly I was away…..
These days I’m more likely to be seen in sportswear than anything else, which is fine with me. Some of my swim/cycle/walk buddies are like minded in that they enjoy keeping fit, don’t bother with makeup (or use very little) and prefer comfort over high fashion any day.”
“If one doesn’t really enjoy shopping, the best strategy is to have someone else do it. That’s exactly what I did last year in South Africa.
I was confined to the couch due to an accident, while my gorgeous sister in law was raving on about a second hand clothing store. I gave her some money, and invited her to shop for me! The trick was that she was to buy clothes for me that she thought would be suitable. She was not to think too much about what I would like.
This dress was one of several she chose for me. I pair the dresses with my iconic Converse All Stars and happily romp around without much fuss.”
Wearing what suits us
A big thank you to Catherine, Wanda and Jenny for spilling their everyday wear secrets, and for their tips too. I think it’s lovely that when we reach a certain age, although we may give the nod to looking good, or dressing up on occasion, most of us are quite settled in our skin and wear what suits our lifestyles and our body shape.
No more teenage angst, no more peer pressure, we wear what we like, and perhaps on occasion … what we desire (at least I know I do!)
Every Monday I’m running a “What we are wearing today” post, so please play along (and I’ll link to your blog or website if you have one). It’s fun, and all I need is a photo with a description saying a little bit about you and what you’re wearing. So post away to Lifestyle Fifty on Facebook – see you there!
Until next time,