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The Perfect Pouch to Stash Your Stuff

Annice
Annice

Ladies, (not only women over 50), have you ever left your cell phone on a restaurant table?  Or how about searched for your glasses when they were already on your head functioning as a headband? I’m sure none of you have ever lost your keys even though you threw them in your purse – that infamous black hole where objects vanish.

If you’ve ever done any of these things, you will surely identify with our beloved Nora Ephron when she says, “I am living in the Google years, no question of that.  And there are advantages to it. When you forget something, you can whip out your iPhone and go to Google.  The Senior Moment has become the Google moment, and it has a much nicer, hipper, younger, more contemporary sound, doesn’t it?”  I Remember Nothing.

Eleanor at Woolworth 'Walk
Eleanor at Woolworth ‘Walk

So, now you’re wondering what my memory has to do with the perfect pouch.  For starters, it’s attached to my body.  It is a perfectly designed, handmade pouch that clips to your jeans or any pants/skirt via belt loops.  It’s stylish and sized perfectly for your cell phone, car keys, and lipstick.  I love it, and so do all my friends who’ve received them as gifts who in turn buy them for their daughters.  It’s my gift du jour and I have designer, Kathleen Lewis, to thank.

 

Kathleen Lewis
Kathleen Lewis

Kathleen Lewis has spent over forty-five years creating art with fabrics, fibers and other art mediums in Asheville, NC. Kathleen can take a piece of fabric and change it into something totally different such as a whimsical owl to carefully stitched bags, one-of-a-kind hats, and beautiful hand-dyed clothing.  I can’t thank her enough for that perfect pouch.  

Please take a look, and if you’re in beautiful downtown Asheville, NC you can find them at Woolworth Walk, (the chicken salad is pretty good there, too.)  eleanor standing

Visit Kathleen at:   kathleenlewisdesigns.com/ 

Covered Perfectly

Annice dressed in Covered Perfectly
Annice dressed in Covered Perfectly

One of the things I love most about our blog is meeting incredible women over 50 who are constantly creating something new in their life.  I love my baby boomer generation – we just never stop innovating.

One such woman is Pauline Durban, who discovered Oops50 and reached out to us about her company, Covered Perfectly, an online retail store selling fashionable tops for women over 40.

Pauline Durban
Pauline Durban

A native Brit, Pauline, moved to California in 1992, and decided to launch her company 21  years later  (at the age of 57) to respond to a forgotten market – women who want cute and stylish clothes that actually fit them and not their daughters.  And, at the same time, covering parts we would rather not reveal. Without going into too much detail, you know what I’m talking about.

I will admit, before looking at the website, I was skeptical. Clothes for women over 40?  Surely they couldn’t be talking about me.  On the other hand, clothes shopping just wasn’t as fun as it used to be.  I mean, how many long sleeve varieties could one department store sell?  And don’t get me get started on shoe shopping.

I am pleased to say that I agreed to wear and review one top from the Covered Perfectly store.  I told Pauline it was risky, because I was going to be honest.  “Fair enough,” she said.  For starters, the choices were amazing.  I chose a silvery gray top that feels like silk on the body.  I wasn’t sure about the right size but followed the instructions on the web, and when my top came, it fit perfectly.  I will definitely order more. 

Open Collar
Open Collar

Launching a business at any age is challenging and exhausting.  I applaud Pauline for being innovative – focusing on women over 40 and getting it right.  And that’s why we so love the Brits.