Don't get me wrong…I love looking at lithe young sexy things with flawless skin and shiny hair. Who doesn't? They often have interesting creative ideas on clothing and how to wear it.
However, I do find that when I binge on these type of blogs it leaves me with a poor self image and a bit depressed. Like when I eat a whole bag of potato chips. I know I shouldn't have done it, but I did it anyways and now I feel like crap.
To compensate I turn to my peers, the slightly more life-experienced bloggers. The ones who have been there, done that more than twice and know what they are talking about. Like Bella…
You know the ones I mean, intelligent, witty but with real substance for your brain to chew on. Like Jan.
The ones that have enough perspective on themselves and their lives to let it all hang out. Like Sky.
The kind you think you'd like to hang out with and get tipsy over a bottle or two. Like Melanie.
The kind you think you'd let borrow your new shoes because they would know how to take care of them. Like Patti
The kind that own their choices and accept, nay celebrate themselves as they age. Like Vix.
The kind that isn't afraid of speaking their mind. Like Gabriala.
The kind with a positive outlook and vibrant energy that don't take themselves too seriously. Like Tamera.
The kind that always seems to know just the right things to say to make the day a little bit brighter. Like Sue.
The kind that just makes you laugh no matter what. Like Shan.
The kind that makes you reflect with gratitude on the smallest details that often pass us by. Like Tamera.
The kind that can weave a great tale out of a thrifted skirt that makes you laugh out loud. Like Val.
The kind that'd knows all the best places to travel, and can still be stylish despite lost luggage. Like Heather.
And many others that I haven't mentioned here. The list is growing daily.
There are certain things that only time and experience can afford.
That is why I love Bloggers Over 40.
Tamera the Menopausal Supermodel says
I LOVE all these gals, too!!! I get more inspiration from bloggers-ESPECIALLY the over 40’s, then i get from fashion mags. Because these gals are REAL–not airbrushed to death-REAL!!
two birds says
yes, i definitely feel like an oldy in the blogging world! thanks for giving me more bloggers to check out!
Tamera Beardsley says
My dear… what a fabulous and rich post! I absolutely agree about reading some blogs… and feeling all the worse inside afterwards!
I adore your roundup of over 40 bloggers…so many I know and love..including your dear self! You have keen insight into the strengths of each one!!
I am so very happy and honored to have made your insightful list… and all the more for the reason you mentioned!
Sending you much love and gratitude Suzanne!
Grunge Queen says
Ah yes, I know and love most of these bloggers. Thanks for introducing me to the few I don’t know. While most of my tried and true blogger pals are 40-plus, and indeed so am I, I haven’t felt inclined to advertise the latter by putting the badge on my blog. I guess I don’t want to be identified wholly as such, but I completely agree that 40-plus bloggers give me the most inspiration (and comfort?) in the blogosphere. I find a lot of the younger blogs too fashion and trend-driven, and yes, slightly depressing. 🙂 xo
Sue @ A Colourful Canvas says
Suzanne!! I’m at a loss for words…as I was scrolling down the page, I was thinking, Yup, uh huh, I agree, definitely would lend Patti my shoes, etc. These beautiful women do indeed brighten my days with their words, and photos. It’s a honor to be included, thank you so very much! I add your name to the list too. I always open your post as soon as I see you in my blog roll! Thanks for being you!
What an honour to be included among such greatness, I’m honoured!
I love your analogy about young fashion bloggers and potato chips, too. These woman are real, they inspire, make me laugh and bring colour and style to my life. xxxx
Lynn Dylan says
Love it! And I totally agree!
The Style Crone says
How very true and a fabulous post. A great lineup of some of my favorites too. And a few new bloggers to check out!
Happiness at Mid Life says
I follow a few of these fabulous ladies and thank you for introducing me to some new ones!
Heather Lindstrom says
Suzanne dear-so happy to see that you are getting back to your fabulous self. I am honored to be included in your list of over 40 (shhhh over 50) bloggers. I so agree with your assessment of being real and having ‘been there’. It is so true. I am always inspired by your beauty and style (and courage I might add). Thanks for the mention. I promise to turn out more posts on how to make a cocktail dress out of a bra and a sarong after an unexpected trip to NYC. 😉
WHAAAAAT???? That you so much for including me in your list!! I am flattered to be in such great company! I am always excited to hear about other …more MATURE bloggers, if you will…and couldn’t agree more with the sentiment in your post. I feel like I’m inspired by all kinds of bloggers, but like you, find myself feeling wistfully envious sometimes at those 20-somethings. It’s silly, because I feel like I PERSONALLY have so much more to offer at 44 than I did at 24 – not putting judgement on anyone else here at all – strictly speaking personally. You put things in perspective beautifully.
Val Sparkle says
And the kind who share their good and bad experiences, their creativity and fashion sense, with intelligence, wit and thoughtfulness, like Suzanne!
Thanks for including me. I need to look at some of these other ones now (I’m so behind and I just keeping finding more blogs to read!).
Alison @ Get Your Pretty On says
I am proud to have recently joined this 40 and over crowd! More substance, more daring, more comfortable with who they are. Yes, my kind of peeps!
I love all of these bloggers. I can relate totally to how you feel and it is nice to see a great round up of mature bloggers. I am in this club too!
Suzaane, What an awesome article and so personal. I love your choices and the personal descriptions you gave each and every one of those great ladies. I’m leaving on a little vacation but I’m seriously going to do a feature on you when I get back, because talk about an amazing women!
kendra kay says
great list and your reasons cracked me up. i’m so glad i am in the 40 plus crowd (did i just say that. man, that number thing sneaks up on ya!)
i’m having fun checking in and catching up on some of my favs after taking that lovely summer off.
have a wonderful week-end!
Gabriala @StyleHigher.com says
Suzanne, I love your round-ups! And I love everyone of these bloggers! And your comments! Crack up about me speaking my mind… I guess I can be opinionated…! 🙂 I just got online after not being connected to any technology for three days and I find this goodness. 🙂 Too bad you can’t add yourself to the lineup. I would put for the text, “The kind that you can’t wait to read because you know it will be good and what a treat it is to see her when she shows her fine self, like Suzanne.” XOXOXOXOXO!!!!!
Are you over 40??? I would never have guessed. You keep it very well hidden.
When I first started blogging I didn’t want anyone to know I was over 40.
Then I just thought **ck it. I need to own my age. I’m not getting any younger.
You really are like a ray of sunshine : )
I featured you in my top five last week in that fabulous red dress of yours.
So good to hear that you are happy with your age. So many women can’t accept it.
I know the blogosphere is a never ending rabbit hole.
Welcome to 40 plus Alison!
Hope you have fun on your vacation. I can’t wait to read all about it : )
You really hide that fact well. I never would have guessed you are over 40.
I love the fact that you are opinionated. You have a backbone and character. You are not just out there to “be loved”. Being real and standing up for what you believe in keeps me coming back to your blog time and again.
Thanks for popping by : )
Bella Q, The Citizen Rosebud says
You featured some of my personal faves, and gave me some new ones to discover- thanks Suzanne! And a big bonus to my day/week/month is that you also mention me- so very flattering, thank you again! -Bella
Jan Graham-McMillen says
I’m so flattered that you included me with the rest of these great women! Coming off a long and tiring weekend, this is just the tonic to start my new week off right.
Suzanne, there are few that know style better than you … yours and how to help everyone else. Can’t count the times I’ve been inspired by you, kiddo.
I appreciate this recognition all the more because it’s coming from you.
Wow. Thank you.
Beverly Like Hills says
YES! YES! AND YES!