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,
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Bravo to everyone for participating in this revealing initiative. I’ve spent a good part of my life in lycra, so thumbs up to the three ladies in their action-packed gear. I also love Jenny’s sleek pants and T paired up with flats. Great choices all around!
Thanks Wanda! I love how everyone is just so honest about what they wear 🙂
Life Images by Jill
It is great to see that I am not the only one who likes to feel casual and comfortable in what I wear rather than conforming to fashion trends. Jenny looks like she is wearing an outfit I would be very happy to wear – great idea about the 3/4 pants for taller women. The colourful dress looks fabulous on Wanda, and I congratulate her for wearing comfortable joggers teamed with a dress – I just wish I might look as good as her in a dress! As for Catherine – 120kms a week – no wonder she looks fabulous wearing lycra!
Hi Jill, nice to see you here, thanks for your Thumbs Up!
Janet @ Redland City Living
Ooo this looks like fun I will have to join in!
Hi Janet, yes it would be great it you’d join in too 🙂
This blog post is a GREAT idea! and isn’t it interesting how many of us seem to be like-minded in that we’re doing (and wearing) what we like? Goodbye convention & peer pressure, hello pleasing ourselves and being comfortable. I can see the artist in Wanda wearing the floral dress, and Jenny’s 3/4 pants tip for taller women is a great idea. Keep the pics and stories coming.
Yes, I agree Catherine – we’re in it now to please ourselves and be comfortable. I know, wasn’t Wanda’s dress artistic and Jenny’s elegant 3/4 pants and tip was fabulous too. Thank you for being game to play 🙂
Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot
I love the cycling ladies and could see myself pictured in any of the outfits posted here although the floral dress and converse is what I’d be most likely to wear. It’s fun, funky and comfy.
I’ve uploaded a pic – hope I didn’t share too many details about my underwear!!!
Hi Annabel, they were great weren’t they! Thanks for your contribution, can’t wait to post it!
This is a great series Jo – It’s nice now to be able to feel comfortable within ourselves and with what we wear. Only the other day I ditched the heels in favour of flats because my feet really don’t appreciate me wearing heels.
Thanks Pam, glad you like the series. Yes, like you, my heels have been relegated to the back of the cupboard too. They look very glum! Appreciate you popping by today – know how busy you are.
Thanks for your comment on my First Christmas Market of the Season post. The Christmas markets in Germany are the best! I will be posting about the Wiesbaden and Heidelberg Christmas markets I went to this weekend!
That’s a pleasure Brittany. Thanks for popping by here too 🙂