Style Tips & Fun with Fashion, over 40.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Starting a blog in your 40's | 40 Things I have learned, blogging.

Thinking of starting a blog in your 40's?


Surely know one cares what an old fogey has to say about anything, right?
Is now not the time to disappear, quietly, into an all-beige {or all-grey} ensemble and keep your opinions to yourself?

Clue: The answer is NO!



Canon camera in action.

Starting a blog has been a liberating, and extremely enjoyable experience for me.
One which I would recommend to anyone who feels passionate about ANY subject, and loves to write.

I know my blog is just a baby, but I thought I would share some of the things I have learned in my first 3 months of blogging...


Things I have learned about STYLE and fashion:


  1. There are some AMAZING and incredibly stylish older women in the world.
  2. Not everyone is desperate to look younger or slimmer, they are happy just being the best version of themselves.
  3. There are some AMAZING younger women out there too, equally stylish and inspiring.
  4. You can be happy being older, or shorter, or curvier, or greyer or just generally anything-er!
  5. Being Young and Skinny does not automatically make you stylish. Some not-so-young and not-so-skinny people are THE most stylish and fabulous people I have met.
  6. Older women are NOT automatically boring and frumpy.
  7. Don't bother trying to please others with the way you dress, you will never succeed. 
  8. Do what you want and wear what you like. People can love it or loath it BUT, in the grand scheme of things, it does not matter a jot!
  9. Fashion is supposed to be FUN...always try to remember that.
  10. Don't worry about making fashion "mistakes", have fun and laugh about it. Who really cares, anyway?
Grey Beddlington whippet lurcher, by the sea.


Things I have learned about Bloggers:


  1. There are some lovely bloggers and blog-loving people out there.
  2. Not everyone on the World Wide Web is a coward (or a fake) hiding behind a computer, making nasty comments and trolling.
  3. Other bloggers have lots to say and are very inspirational and supportive.
  4. People with successful blogs SHARE their tips for success and help you make YOUR blog better and more successful. Check them out, take note and soak it all up!
  5. Listening to the more experienced bloggers is a great idea,  they know what they are talking about....they've done the legwork.
  6. You will make cyber-friends all over the world and take a peek into interesting lives across the globe.
  7. Looking at editorial-style photography on blogs is great fun... swooning over fantasy outfits and AMAZING shoes, hours can be lost this way!
  8. BUT,  I prefer seeing real outfits on real women. I know high shoes look great, lengthen legs and generally make outfits look 'better'...BUT don't pretend you can spend all day running errands, walking dogs and chasing after children in them.
  9. I prefer it when women look like a 'real' person on their blog.  Airbrushing is not necessary (in my opinion), let those crow's feet, veiny hands or baby-belly shine through. We all have our flaws and it is reassuring to see a blog with a real woman in it. It makes me think... if she can wear that and look beautiful, then I can too!
  10. People blog about ANYTHING and EVERYTHING....and thank goodness they do! 
  11. You can find out more about whatever your passion is, on a blog, somewhere....and have lots of fun searching and getting lost down various interesting rabbit-holes!

Bloggers that inspired me and helped me improve my blog:


  • Catherine @notdressedaslamb was brilliant. Her blog is my go-to site. She is very encouraging and supportive. Her posts are laid out clearly and she give many useful hints and tips.
  • Amber @ForeverAmber a sleek and inspirational blog.
  • Sacramento @MisPapelicos  A beautiful blog full of artistic photography, almost dream-like... I can spend an age looking at her posts.
  • Also, check out my sidebar for some other great blogs that I love to follow!

You can also search any blogging question or problem, and some knowledgeable person will have blogged about a solution. The internet is a fantastic place!

Nikon camera in action.

Things I have learned about MY personal blogging style:


  1. If I over analyse an outfit it never works. An impulse outfit always looks better.
  2. Being 40+ does not mean I am old, boring, frumpy and decrepit. 
  3. No one is expecting me to be High-Fashion (phew!)... I can genuinely wear what I like.
  4. I can (as an older women) confidently try he "new" trends because,  lets face it,  anyone over 40 has seen most of them before {sometimes a couple of times} so we know which trends to jump on board, and which ones we should let sail by.
  5. I NEED to put on some colour on my face for photographs. My face looked dead in my early blog shots.
  6. However, I should go easy on the make up, and not take it too far... I looked a little bit like Coco the clown in some pictures, I need to find a balance.
  7. My skinny legs (or "sparrow-shanks", as my Dad used to call them) are not so bad after all....in fact, they are made for coloured and patterned tights {which I love}.
  8. Who cares that my body has been battered and bruised over my 41 years? It still looks pretty decent, and I marvel at the amazing things it has achieved.
  9. I am not ashamed to be over 40 and in a mini skirt. And, to be honest, nobody really cares that much anyway.
  10. Life is too short to worry about what other people are thinking, I dress for myself.
  11. Happiness is beautiful and attractive, and has nothing to do with the size of your bum!

Things I am looking forward to:

  1. Discovering more brilliant blogs and interesting bloggers.
  2. Keeping up with the blogs that I read regularly, and continuing to be inspired.
  3. Putting together more outfits and experimenting with the contents of my wardrobe.
  4. Filling my wardrobe with new things!
  5. Shopping and "collecting" in the name of my blog.....it is the BEST excuse for a rummage in the charity shops, high street stores and online.
  6. Expanding my hair and beauty posts....more awkward issues, maybe?
  7. Having fun, and experimenting, with make-up.
  8. Cooking up more recipe blog posts. I do love to cook and eat!

If you are thinking of starting a blog...What are you waiting for? 

Don't procrastinate.....just do it!! 

It doesn't matter what you want to blog about, anything and everything goes.....someone, somewhere will want to read your blog.


Please share your blog link in the comments so I can check it out.

Happy blogging!
XXX
Samantha


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44 comments

  1. Such a lovely and inspiring post. I am so glad to have discovered your blog, I think you look fabulous!
    Rachel xo

    Garay Treasures

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    1. Thank you very much, Rachel. That really means a lot!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  2. I've been siting on a half-started blog for months now, lacking the courage to add posts to it and finally put it live. Mostly because I'm not sure what I want it to be and whether I can get away with it being the scattered mess of things I want to write about (food, fashion, weight loss, books, tv, etc...). But I'm getting there. I think. Maybe. :)

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    1. Come on Laurie...take the plunge!
      Just get stuck in to your first post and the rest will follow. I think you can write about ANYTHING...and don't think of it as a "scattered mess" think of it as a diverse blog with plenty of interesting content.
      Get yourself out there...and make sure you send me a link so I can check it out.
      Good luck!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  3. Hey Samantha, love this round up post. Your blog may be relatively young but you have made your mark as an over 40's blogger. I have to agree with you that Not Dressed As Lamb is highly informative and helpful for anyone trying to set up a fashion blog. I think fashion bloggers are inspiring, fun and are definitely keeping it real and you are one of my favourites xxx

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    1. A heartfelt thank you, Anna. Your kind words of support really do mean a lot!
      Thank goodness for established-bloggers (like @notdressedaslamb) and their helpful blogging tips... I would have been totally clueless without. I am still learning, everyday, and it is great fun.
      Keep blogging!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  4. Really great read, Samantha! I know I am way more stylish in my forties than I ever was in my youth. Dressing for yourself is a very empowering mindset. :)

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    1. Thank you Jennie. It certainly is!...Once we getour heads around that, confidence naturally follows.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  5. I really, really love this post. I have been thinking of doing a fashion blog for a bit but then I thought who'd pant to see and read about a 40+ mum? I have now realised there is a world out there of 40+ bloggers looking great. I have been doing mainly parenting posts but I might take the plunge and actually include a bit of fashion and if no one reads it so what...

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    1. I'll tell you who wants to see and read about a 40+ mum's ideas on fashion and style....Me!!
      And plenty of others too!
      Just be yourself and get that fabulous fashion post out there...the more 40+ women blogging the better.
      Please send me a link when you do, I would love to check it out.
      Go for it and good luck!
      XXX
      Samantha

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    2. LLGF I thought I'd just echo what Samantha said - there are LOADS of 40+ (and 50+, and 60+) women who are love following blogs by older women, and they want more!! The 35+ market is the biggest growing market out there, and brands are just starting to cotton on to the fact that this age group has a much bigger spending power than teens and 20-somethings (which makes total sense).

      If *you're* enjoying Samantha's blog - as well as lots of other 40+ blogs - then you've answered your own question...! So if you want to do it, go for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Catherine (Not Dressed As Lamb) x

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  6. Love this!!!!! I'm loving being 40(almost41!)
    Jaymie
    www.jaymieashcraft.co.
    Hope to see you at my Fridays Fashions link up.

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    1. Aging is certainly not for wimps but we don't need to give up and give in....Forty (1) and fabulous!!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  7. Having struggled with being older and bigger than the evarge blogger (more lately than ever) this post comes at a great time. Thanks for the encouraging words and reminders to keep it all in perspective. FASHION IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN!!! If it isn't, then what are we doing!?!?! Great words.. thank you!
    Heather Wyancko
    http://ForageFashion.com

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    1. Thank you Heather. Your blog is super sleek and ageless...it could not be more fabulous!
      And, of course packed with LOTS of Fashionable-fun.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  8. Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwww Samantha I am so flattered and touched. You are brilliant and kind and I couldn´t agree more with your points.
    Tons of love
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. Thank you, Sacramento. Your artistry is inspiring....anyone who has not check your blog out should do it NOW!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  9. Samantha this post is AMAZING. It's very hard to write these sorts of posts when you've been blogging for several years like I have, and to read it from a newer blogger's POV is refreshing and reminds us how the journey of discovery is so exciting at the beginning.

    I really appreciate your kind words - you're such a sweetheart! - and I totally agree with you about Amber and Sacramento too: Two of my best blogging buddies, right there. I'll never get over how wonderful the friendships that I've made through blogging are, and I hope you get to start turning those online friendships into real life friendships like I have.

    You're a fantastic example of someone who's thrown herself into the deep end of blogging and has come up smiling, you're streaks ahead of me at the same stage!! Keep doing what you're doing, I hope it continues to be as wonderful for you as it has been for me. Believe me when I say it can only get better...!

    Catherine x
    Not Dressed As Lamb

    P.S. This is definitely going into my September fave & fabulous links post a week tomorrow! x

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    1. Thank you so much for your words of support and encouragement.
      I did not realise that blogging would be so challenging, stimulating and so much fun!
      I thought I would write maybe a post a week, if I was lucky...BUT I am constantly thinking about post ideas (furiously scribbling in notebooks) and just want to blog most of the day {my pesky job and housework are getting in the way of blogging! hahaha}.
      I hope that this post might encourage someone to start their own blog, even just one more 40+ blogger out there would make me very happy!
      XXX
      Samantha
      P.S....to anyone who has not read Catherine's blog (not dressed as lamb), where have you been? Forget what you are supposed to be doing and check it out right now!! :-)

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  10. I love this post and it's given me encouragement to keep writing my fledgling blog. I like to collect links to share with like minded women (I'm a midlife woman in my fifties who still loves style and fashion). My blog is timetobloom.uk.com Thanks again for the inspiring post.....I'm going to follow your blog and check out some of your other suggestions too. Caro😊

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    1. That is Brilliant news Caro!
      I am just going to pop over and take a look.....
      XXX
      Samantha

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  11. Samantha...really you just said it all! I've been thinking many of these same things lately! You are truly inspirational and I'm so glad I found you. As a new blogger also, I've grown and figured out that all bodies are wonderful...now if we can only get all women to realize this!!! And a huge thank you for including me in your favorite blogs...that is so thoughtful! jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. You are very welcome, Jodie!
      I really enjoy your blog, such a great idea with it's 3 fabulous ladies and your styling ideas.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  12. What a great interesting post! : )

    I found you because Jodie posted your link on her FB page.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Suzanne.
      I had recently (reluctantly) re-started my Facebook account....I'm glad I did now!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  13. Just stumbled across your blog and I couldn't agree more with you about starting a blog! Thank you for this inspirational post!

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    1. Thank you so much, Karen! I am glad you found my blog and left a comment...most appreciated!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  14. Great advice - the blogging journey is a long one but definitely supposed to be enjoyed by us oldies as well as them young folk xxx

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    1. Absolutely! I think many women think that age it something to be embarrassed about (as popular culture favours youth) BUT we are a fantastic resource... Older women have bucket loads of experience and extensive knowledge. We should be celebrating each others fabulousness!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  15. I just found your blog via Catherine's (@notdressedasalamb) link up! I love what you are doing and look forward to following along - your posts are super fun, great job!

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    1. Thank you so much, Suzanne!
      What a fabulous compliment.... That really means a lot.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  16. I also just found your blog from Not Dressed as Lamb (one of my favorite blogs as well!). Thanks so much for this post. I just started my blog about a month ago and I agree with all of your points! Being in my 40's has been fabulous so far and I think the 40's will just get better. Blogging is challenging, but so rewarding, validating, inspiring, and fun! I am adding your blog to my favorites tab!

    Thanks again.

    Shelbee

    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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    1. Thank you so much Shelbee! What an honor...that really means a lot to me.
      I am so glad to hear that you are enjoying your new blog. Mine is so much more enjoyable than I thought it would be...not to mention taking up A LOT more time than I could have imagined.
      I just wish I had procrastinated less and started sooner.
      So much fun!
      Thank you for your address... I am off now to check out your new blog!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  17. What a brilliant post. Thank you for your tios and observations. I think life after forty just keeps on getting better! Love Lizzy (www.whatlizzyloves.com) Xxx

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    1. Thank you for popping over and leaving a such a lovely comment, Lizzy.
      We certainly have plenty of fun in our 40's!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  18. I just clicked on this from Catherine's favourite links post. You're so cool lady!
    Of course I'm already following you on twitter but I just love the tone of this post you've written because it so utterly resonates with me & my blog. Of course I bloody agree with everything you've said which just confirms how right you are about what other women in their 40's want to see/read!
    Bravo xxx

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    1. Wow Michelle, what an awesome comment!
      Thank you so much....I am so thrilled to hear that you are enjoying blogging as much a me.
      I wish you had left a blog link in your comment.
      I am going to have a search for your blog just now.....
      XXX
      Samantha

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  19. I thought this post was fantastic!!! I started a blog 2 1/2 years ago, thinking there weren't many "Over 40" bloggers out there. Boy was I wrong!!! I have found the most stylish, fun, and amazing "over 40" bloggers, and it is awesome! While I love my younger blogger friends, it's so nice to hear from women my age. One of the things I have enjoyed about having a blog, is that it's forced me to learn a little about technology. The best part, is finding new blogs and meeting new blogger friends! It's nice to find and meet you Samantha!!!
    www.the-middlepage.com

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    1. Thank you so much Cathy!
      I totally agree about the technology...I realised(very quickly) that I knew NOTHING...and I mean absolutely nothing AT ALL about the technical side of blogging. It was the steepest learning curve of my life. And yet, so much fun....
      Thank goodness for the generosity of other bloggers and the joy of google searching!
      I am so touched by your comment....it really does mean a lot to me.
      Thank you for your link address...off for a nosey now!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  20. I love this post. I've been meaning to read it and have now finally returned. I book marked it so I can return often and read when I need a pick me up.

    Thank you for this one Samantha.

    Love, Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

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  21. Oh wow! I just discovered you via IFB, and after scrolling through tons of posts ,and loving them all, I randomly clicked a link to this post in your sidebar and was so excited to see you'd mentioned my blog! Thank you so much: I wish I'd found this sooner, but I'm following now :)

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    1. Thank you so much Amber! It really means a lot that you have popped over and taken the time to leave a comment. XXX

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