Breaking all the rules…after age 50

Who makes the rules, anyway?  Where fashion is concerned, especially for myself, I wonder what the rules are for the over 50 set.  I think I am like a lot of you that are over 50, maybe a little fluffy (or ~ ahem ~ a lot fluffy) and you want to be fashionable and on trend.  But, while being on trend may sound great we don’t want to look like we raided our 20something daughter’s closet.

I admire the ladies that have reached the age where they just truly don’t care what anyone thinks about their fashion sense!  I recently went on a little trip to Ruidoso, New Mexico with some friends and family.  We went to the horse races and had a blast betting on the ponies and watching people.  I am an avid people watcher and I noticed this woman who had to have been a former Rodeo Queen – she was adorable.  She was at least in her 70s, and believe me, she KNEW her style and she completely ROCKED IT! She sported a straw cowboy hat, bleached blond long hair worn in a fashionable side braid, HIGH WAISTED WRANGLER JEANS, a Texas Western shirt (that mimicked the Texas flag) and tall red Western boots with her jeans tucked in.  People around may have snickered as she made one of at least 15 trips in front of the stands to go place her bet, but I thought she was freakin’ fabulous!  While, I would never dream of wearing what she had on I admired the fact that she didn’t give a rip what any of us thought and she obviously knew her style and she loved it!  That made me love her!

With all that being said – I say “if you love it, wear it, but keep it simple and classy”.  Don’t compare yourself to all the slick ads and photos we see on social media.  Know your style and OWN IT.  We don’t need to look like we shopped all the window displays at Forever 21…but we can give a little nod to trends and feel great about what we are wearing at the same time.  So, I think I will just mix prints and wear denim on denim…as a matter of fact I think I shall wear it today!

In the words of Coco Chanel “I don’t care what you think of me, I don’t think of you at all”  Ladies – be YOU because YOU ARE FABULOUS!

~ til next time, stay stylish


Lending a Helping Hand

We can make a difference…

On August 27th, after Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast I was texting my aunt that lives in Dickinson. The town, which neighbors the town where I grew up and is where some of my family lives, was on the national news due to the deluge of rain that was hitting the area.  She sent me photos of the water that had risen up to the bottom of her mailbox and was nearing her home, as it continued to rise.  The rain would not stop.  She described the ordeal as a “nightmare” and indeed it was.  I asked her if someone was coming for her and her reply was “I don’t know”.  She had dialed the emergency number trying to help her step-daughter and couldn’t get through. A regular vehicle could not make it down any street.  Then she told me she could hear boats behind her home but didn’t know if they were coming to her street.  I could not imagine what she was going through – I have been through hurricanes before but nothing compared to this.  She was later rescued and evacuated via large military truck, along with her dog.   My cousin and her two children were also rescued, via boat, as their home was taking on water.

So, I’m left wondering if there is anything we could do.  Then one of my wholesalers from Perryton, Texas puts a post on facebook that she has designed a Hurricane Harvey Fundraiser t-shirt. She was going to donate all her proceeds to hurricane relief and we could purchase from her and do the same in our retail shops.  So there it was! The wholesaler/designer and shops like ours were donating 100% of the proceeds from t-shirt sales.  We put a post on facebook asking for orders from anyone interested in helping. Y’all ordered t-shirts like crazy, the response was humbling.  We raised $1030.  Then our son, who is a college student and a musician in Wichita Falls, wanted to add to the donation.  He announced that evening at a gig that all of his tips would go to hurricane relief.  He raised $100 in two hours.

Because I am from that area I knew of a foundation that donated food and supplies to people in need.  I was able to get in touch with them, with some help from my dad who is a Dickinson resident, and make arrangements to deliver our donation.  When I talked to the head of the M.I. Lewis Foundation he informed me that they had flooded out and were working out of a church, but were still able to give to those that were struggling.

On October 21, I traveled to Dickinson to visit family and still could not believe the devastation two months later.  People are displaced, living with relatives and friends or in campers in their front yards and even tents. Piles of debris are still everywhere.  Businesses are still not open, leaving people with no jobs.  The small family owned grocery store is still not open, the McDonalds, Jack In The Box, Walgreens and countless others – none of them open.  It is heartbreaking.  I am attaching a few snapshots that I took while I was there.

I went to deliver our donation to Mr. Mitchell Dale, the president of the M.I. Lewis Foundation.  He wanted me to pass along that the donations received by the foundation were easily multiplied by ten…stating our combined donation was equivalent to $11,030 because of their affiliation with a local food bank.  What would normally cost $1, they were able to get for nine cents.  That is amazing!  You, by your donations are helping feed a lot of people – people with no jobs that are struggling.  Thank for lending a helping hand and making a real difference.

til next time…





A day behind the scenes…

Photo shoot for Cornell’s Country Store

Hi y’all! Just dropping by to share something new from Cornell’s Country Store, a small town shop trying to make it in a big, big world.  The job is fun, it’s hard, it’s confusing, it’s competitive, it’s ever-changing, very time consuming and I love it!

Here is a peek into our most recent photo shoot (I say most recent like I do this all the time – this is officially the second, all-time photo shoot).  It was a fun day and I can’t wait to share all of the new arrivals with you.

The planning for this started last Spring when I first ordered Fall 2017 Fashions.  After the clothing is picked out, purchased and finally received, unpacked and steamed we pair it with jewelry and shoes.  Then my trusty photographer, JoAnna Robertson, shows up along with my two amazing, willing, beautiful daughters.  We have decided to do the shoot at home, so my bedroom is command central and the pasture and the porch are our backdrops!  We spent nearly three hours on the shoot after all the hours of planning!  There was lots of laughter and I hope you will enjoy the finished product!

til next time,