My Fifties, Peplum Tops and Some Lovely Things

I would like to start this week by saying how much I look forward to reading your comments each week. I hope it is not too trite to say I appreciate that people are taking the time to read the blog and I like to hear what you think and what if anything has been useful.

I was watching TV last night when I started thinking about aging and how it effects us. I started thinking about being in my 50’s. The downside is that my body is obviously not what it once was, I am constantly getting rid of grey roots in my hair, I am not as physically strong as I was, I have to wrestle my trolley around the supermarket,it takes me longer to accomplish physical chores and tasks and I can no longer wear some of the beautiful clothes I see. I have even had younger people, shop assistants, receptionists, treat me with what felt like a sort of irritation and impatience bordering on straight rudeness that I recognise from the few times I have witnessed people much older than me, getting the same treatment.

The upside to my 50’s is that I am probably more confident now than I ever was in my 20’s, 30’s or 40’s. I won’t  stand for people being rude to me, ignoring me in queues or shops or harassing me into buying things I don’t want or need either over the phone or in person. I think I probably know myself now better than ever before and I am comfortable with myself. I now think confidence but not arrogance, is everything and that people respond to the image you project of yourself. Fashion can play a part by making you feel attractive. It goes without saying but Yves St Laurent phrased it perfectly by saying “I have always believed that fashion was not only to make women more beautiful, but also to reassure them, give them confidence.” and “Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.”

Now that my kids are older, more independent and need me less, I am really enjoying the time that I have to myself. In a way it has given me a whole new lease on life. I can go to more galleries, read more, explore more and spend more time with my husband. Although being older has now eliminated some fashion choices, for me, sleeveless dresses, spaghetti straps and shorter skirts, it has also given me freedom to try brighter colours, more contrasts and more prints and has given me permission to sometimes be ‘that eccentric old lady’ I don’t begrudge a minute of getting older.

Below are some beautiful things I found this week. I hope you like them.

Miu Miu Coral patent shoes with glitter heels

Crystal Steve Madden Shoes

Thurley Metallic Sandals

Saba had these beautiful orchids displayed in David Jones today.

I love all the peplum tops that are around at the moment and I don’t think they are difficult to wear.The thing to watch is the overall silhouette, so if you wear a peplum top then you need a sleeker bottom. Maybe a pencil or slimmer cut skirt, shorts or pants.

Printed Peplum Tops at Saba

Cream Peplum Top at Veronica Maine

Red Lace Peplum Top at Zara

Peplum Top

I made this peplum top using Vogue pattern V8766. It started life as a dress but I didn’t wear it so I cut it off to make a top.


If you, like  me, spend ages painting your nails, then ages waiting around for them to dry only to have them chip the very next day, then you might like to try the Rimmel nail varnishes. My daughter, who steals absolutely everything of mine, brought back a bottle of Rimmel varnish that she had appropriated last week and announced that it’s the best nail varnish she’s tried as it doesn’t chip very easily and she was not very keen to give it back! I decided to try it out and she is right. Although the colours available are quite limited, I found that it lasted two days longer than other nail varnishes. At $6 a bottle, it’s worth a try!

Rimmel Nail Varnish at David Jones

When I went into the Peep Toe store the other day they had the most beautiful crystal rings with lovely shiny stones in shapes like starfish, octopi and squid. They also have stunning coloured crystal bands that can be worn alone or stacked together.

Peep Toe octopus ring

Peep Toe Fish Ring

Coloured crystal bracelets


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5 Responses to My Fifties, Peplum Tops and Some Lovely Things

  1. Colette says:

    As you know I’m a big fan! Just love your creations and what you spot on your shopping trips. Thanks to this blog, I’m off to check out those Silver Thurley sandals!
    Keep posting!

  2. Marianne Isaacs says:

    Oh I wish I could have nice nails but as a physiotherapsit I fear my clients might run away if I had the lovely shiney red ones I would love !

  3. Geraldine says:

    I have been following your blog from England. I am also 53 and your experiences are so true of life. I am in Sydney for 12 weeks as my daughter starts a job in central Sydney in a weeks time. I shall then be on my own during the week and wondered if you would like to meet for coffee ?

    • shirlcatts says:

      Hi Geraldine, Sure, I have sent an e mail to the address above, please let me know if you don’t get it for some reason.

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