Sunday, February 13, 2011

my forty valentine

valentines are for lovers. the citizen rosebud celebrates your all ages approach to style

To the fabulous over-40 folks
who are still slinging their style

to the fashion icons
who prove that "style is eternal"

to the women who dress to the nines after age 39

to all those old broads
who,like a fine wine, make age taste better-

this is your valentine.

Let's celebrate the women
who always loved to dress up,
and still do

and the women who gave up on giving up,
and started dressing for pleasure again.
Let's raise a glass to the grand dames

to the older vixens, 
the seasoned women and veteran lovelies
who express with gusto
the flamboyant act of living

who dress to express
in their tantalizing, all-ages
approach to beauty.

They are those who know
no time-limit on style

who show
the fashion of forever
unfettered by a number.

Here's to the women (and men) of all ages

who have grown comfortable in their own skin.

They celebrate this fashion fact:

A personal history is beautiful 
with the right accessories. 


My Heart Blogged said...

I love this. Fashion doesn't have an age limit. There are a lot of women out there to toast to, I think I may need a lot more wine.
My Heart Blogged

Vix said...

Bella, I love you! What a fabulous post. I'm going to print this out and frame it. You are an inspiration, my darling. xxx

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...


Happy Valentine's Day, Bella!

the Citizen Rosebud said...


the Citizen Rosebud said...

Happy Valentines to you lovely Pam, and Vixen, and Vanessa! xo. Bella Q

Anonymous said...

This is adorable and sweet. and you are such a talented writer Bella.

Fabienne Jach said...

Dang woman, that was just beautiful! You got it goin' on. I love the agelessness of women today. 40 is the new awesome! Lol! You're such a beautiful person, Bella:)

Collette Osuna said...

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Stephanie Loudmouth said...

So cute, I'll have to share this with the 40+ women I know :)

Happy Valentine's day Bella!

Anonymous said...

I will certainly raise my glass and toast to this! Happy Valentine's Day Bella! x

Marta said...

happy valentines day, my dear amiga!!!

Anonymous said...

You have cheered me up already. I'm one of these:

and the women who gave up on giving up

Anonymous said...

I tried to leave a comment previously, so forgive me if I post this twice, but I want to thank you for this fantastic post, Bella! I'm almost 41 and still going fashionably strong. Happy Valentine's Day to you my dear!


Unknown said...

Awww Bella! This is as beautiful as your name! I think style that has simmered a few more years has a richer flavor! I know myself and yet am discovering myself more now than 10 years ago. Big hug to you!!! ~Serene


Raising my glass up...especially since I turn 39 this year and will soon be in this group! Cheers!


Penny Dreadful Vintage said...

Too right my dear! x

Unknown said...

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JTWisdom said...

Beautiful post and so true. Age is just a number.

Thank you Bella for stopping by my blog and offering congrats. I appreciate that and you so much.

Happy Valentine's Day!


the Citizen Rosebud said...

Thank you Penny and JT! Happy Valentine's Day to you!

Jill said...

Hey, thanks for the shout out to all of us 40 and up! What a delightful surprise. And I deeply love Chet Baker. Thank you for a great Valentine's Day post.

Anupriya DG said...

To all of you graceful, stylish, beautiful & gaining-the-numbers-without-showing bunch of lovelies out there.......cheers!!! Happy Valentine's Day! :)

mispapelicos said...

You have me in tears...Your words are sweet and landed in my heart to stay.
Love you Bella.

Lise Marie said...

Bella!! I loved this!! What an amazing thing to read. <3

feministified said...

Cheers! xoxo.

Comtesse de ferveur said...

Woot woot! I couldn't agree more with these beautiful words xxx

Unknown said...

Oh, baby, this is just what I needed to hear! My first Valentine's Day of my 40s so this is a beautiful song to my heart as I run out to pick up my kids in my (I hope) fashionable and age-appropriate but not too much so, outfit!

Pearl Westwood said...

What a beautiful post, happyt valentines x

Unknown said...

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Want to be a fan too :)
Happy Valentine's day !

Marissa said...

Still can't believe you're over 40. It's women like you who make me realize life just keeps getting better from here. Happy Valentine's Day, Bella!

theequinebovine said...

cheers to love! cheers to bella Q!

Veshoevius said...

Love this! Wonderful poem which I also will be printing out to stick somewhere prominent so I can read it every day as I'm turning 39 this year too!

Catherine said...

Fantastic! This gave me goosebumps AND made me smile at the same time! Wonderful. I'm 40 and only just finding my style now, so you've just spurred me on! x

ChocoDisco said...

I hope you had a good one Bella!

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

Simply fabulous! I would like to think that in ten years I'll be just as into fashion and that people will still appreciate it on me!

Sarah said...

Wonderful poem, Bella, in thought and rhythm. I liked the "-ines" echoes in lines 4-8.

Gosh, I hope I manage this confident, comfortable-in-my-own-skin style slinging as the years continue!

Anyway, it's frameable indeed, to be hung inside closet doors and near mirrors everywhere.

I love your photo, too -- a unique, striking, and personal Valentine.