Friday, January 25, 2013

The +40 Blog Roll: Here, and Back Again

The +40 Blog Roll is now nearing the 300 mark- that would be a considerable increase over the original 20 posted over 2 years ago! It's a sign that 2013 is starting off strong for us- especially when it comes to the subject of fashion, and blogging, for women over the age of forty.

First off, let's welcome two dear blogger friends BACK to the bloggersphere!
Last year, a tough one for some, and many slowed down or took a break from blogging. But two of my faves are back, so please welcome them with open arms: the delightful Reva of Revas Rags to Roses, and the wonderful Ofelia of My Intended Life. Both of these women are warm and genuine, and share a few passions of mine: personal style, and thrift shopping. 

You can check out their blogs here: 

Revas Rags to Roses:
Midwest magpie, and frugal fashionista, Reva "the Marvelous" has long been a favorite a mine. Her eclectic, bold and colorful style, keen eyes for a bargain, and burst of personality stand out in a sea of sameness. Warm, down to earth, Reva is a personality that hits home, and offers up more than just a laundry list of fashion tips. Reva gives you real life examples on how you can love fashion, explore trends without losing your sense of self. Reva's blog is a must-read for anyone learning how to SHOP SECONDHAND FIRST.

My Intended Life:
Puerto Rican plus 40 beauty, Ofelia currently lives sunny Florida, and her posts are filled with much more than her thrifted goodies and outfits. Ofelia shares the art, culture and cuisine of her city, as her blog is much like herself: warm and personal . A visit to Ofelia's blog will leave you with the sensation of savoring simple pleasures, and, after viewing picture after picture of her heaping plate after plate of delicious looking food, more often than not, you will go away hungry. And I mean that in a good way.

There's been quite a number of new (to me at least) bloggers over 40 who are raising the question regarding age limits in fashion. There are a number of +40 fashion bloggers starting a discussion on what's in, what's out, when it comes to age appropriate dressing. These conversations include one over at Lady of Style, who just wrote a thoughtful post on the limits of "age appropriate dressing," and +40 blogger, Robyn who gives her run-down of Forever 21 finds for the +40 Woman. I think its clear that we, as women over the age of forty, love fashion but are still having a dialogue in regards to how fashion as an industry fits us. There's not necessarily one answer, but you can count on some mighty interesting conversations.

Brand Spanking New to the +40 Blog Roll: 

Dressed Her Days Vintage
It's Robyn
Lady of Style
Late Blooming Sparkle
Mrs. American Made
My Favorite Things
My Mauve Shoes
No Fear of Fashion
No Nonsense Beauty Blog
Paulanne M- Midlife/Modern Style
So Stylie
Tea Time with Trina
Tea with Squirrels
The Sky Over 40
The Vivienne Files
Thrifty Style at 64
Versatile Style by Tracy
Vintage Advantage
When A Door Closes
Young Heart, Old Soul
Young In the Sixties

I would LOVE the kindness of  your support by installing your Citizen Rosebud +40 Blog Roll widget on your sidebar, that is, if you enjoy the benefits of the time and effort involved in its maintenance. Please let me know if you need help installing one, and I'll be happy to help!

Please share YOUR favorite +40 fashion blogs in the comments.


Suzanne said...

I love seeing more 40+ bloggers : )


Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I cannot tell you how excited I am to see Reva return to blogging...she is so much fun!! And a thrift queen!

Lynn Hasty said...

Am more than glad to have your badge on my blog, Lovely Bella! I don't always get the chance to comment, but your blog is one of my regular go-to's! :)

Lynn Dylan

Patti said...

I love this list, and I adore Reva; it's wonderful to see her again.

Unknown said...

Thank you sooooo much.
You are a dear friend,confidant and one classy,straight-forward chicka!
I love you so much!
Big hugs

Becky said...

So cool!! Going to check these ladies out NOW!

Forest City Fashionista said...

Thanks so much for all your effort promoting us blogging dames over 40! I've been a proud member of the blogroll for a while now, and may have to start one for the over 50's!

Shybiker said...

Great new links to explore! Thanks, buddy.

Anonymous said...

Bella, thanks for the mention on your list! I've got the widget and am delighted to be here. I have practically given up on house-cleaning and reading since I've started reading blogs, and it looks like I should just get used to cobwebs and overdue library books! So many wonderful blogs, so little time.

Anonymous said...

Here's another one you should add - Sue at

vintage honeybee said...

This makes me not dread turning 40 this year.

The Dainty Dolls House said...

It's a super list!! I have a while to go until I am able to be on such a list, but, it's great to know there are ladies out there celebrating this fact instead of loathing it like I usually see ladies do, I find it tiresome! I saw your comment, thank you. What other ways to read my blog would you like me to add, I have bloglovin', Google+, It can be sent to your email as well! I ask, so I know to make it easier for you :) Just let me know & I shall sort it out for ya ;) Have a great weekend doll xx

Unknown said...

Definitely need more 40+ bloggers!

GeeGee said...

My dear Bella, thank you for mentioning my blog between such amazing ones!

Ofelia said...

Bella, Mil gracias por este honor y por las palabras tan lindas con las que me describistes a mi y a mi blog!
Con mucho amor, Ofelia

Unknown said...

I love being included in the Blog roll of this inspiring group. Some of us are just finding our 'voice' at this age in time and it's fun to share. My blog just turned 1 and what an adventure it has been this year. Blogging is a gift.
Happy weekend!
xx, Heather

Sheila said...

I'm proud to have been one of the originals on the list, I think! I've had your widget up for ages - thank you, Bella, for calling attention to us "mature chicks."

Kristina said...

Good to see the list growing. I often check to see if I can discover new 40 somethings here. I love seeing blogs of younger chicks, but 40 somethings are closer to my heart.

Luna Tiger said...

I already know Ofelia, and I'm so happy she's back. I don't know Reva, and I'm gonna check out her blog right now !

Kaffesoester said...

Great to hear Reva's back - I've been missing her! Welcome back Reva!

Beryl said...

Thanks for letting us know that Reva and Ofelia are back! And it is so sweet of you to realize that some of us don't know how to install a widget on our own.

Rosalind said...

I have found some of my favourite blogs through you Bella, so it's a such delight to get a new raft to follow up.

Jean at said...

Thank you Bella!! Can't wait to dig in. :-)

The Style Crone said...

Bella, sending my appreciation for keeping this list up to date with feeling! Looks like I have fabulous new blogs to explore and excited that Reva and Ofelia are back!


I was very happy to see Ofelia back as well. Looking forward to check out the others on the list! :)

Vix said...

Ofelia and Reva rock! So good to see them back. x

Claire Justine said...

Love this blog roll, can anyone join in? I will in May when I reach the big 40 if I thats ok :)

Closet Coach said...

So glad to be part of such an awesome group!

Unknown said...

You are a good soul Bella. xoxo