Every birthday offers a transition into a new era! Similar to passing through the New Year every January 1st, I feel an awakening that offers hope and renewal.  I don’t make resolutions or set in place a plan for the next 12 months, but I have been known to throw a huge party or travel to a location that is meaningful to me.


It’s the only day of the year that belongs just to me, and I love to celebrate with family and loved ones, creating memories that will be with me for a lifetime.


This year was relatively quiet and subdued, but not without fringe, rhinestones and a vintage pillbox embellished with a veil.  I’m grateful for my health and the relationships that add so much to my life every day.  For that is what enables me to have the energy and focus to live my life with passion.


I’m looking forward to developing the projects that I envision, and bringing new energy to my blog and the beloved sanctuary that I call home.  And traveling to new and unexplored territory, both physically and emotionally.


This is the year to practice “Age Pride,” as discussed in Ashton Applewhite’s new book, A Manifesto Against Ageism.  That in itself is something to celebrate and to toast, with a glass of Prosecco and a flash of fringe flying about my vintage silk fabric covered pumps!


Photos By Daniel

Open weave dress and overlay trimmed with fringe – consignment shop years ago, vintage pillbox with veil, vintage pumps, vintage slip, vintage rhinestone covered clutch, and vintage jewels – estate sales.

Linking up with Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb, and Cherie’s Shoe and Tell HERE at Style Nudge.


  1. Just had my birthday – didn’t celebrate it so elegantly dressed as you, but managed to be with all my family.
    Love your hair, I went “natural” 2yrs ago and love it, but think it does give some people a licence to patronise! “Are you alright dear, do you need any help?”

  2. Judith – MANY HAPPY RETURNS! I know “you’re such an inspiration” is the biggest cliche…. but you really are!

  3. Judith you continue to be a constant inspiration!! Age Pride … I will definitely be lingering over this fabulous concept!

    Happiest of birthdays to you darling!!


  4. Happy birthday, beautiful lady! You look smashing, as always.

    Judith, how does that pillbox hat stay on? Are there combs or an elastic on it, or does it just stay in place through friction? I am a beading fanatic and I want to make a pillbox hat for myself using bead weaving. It will be a bit on the heavy side, so I need to figure out how best to make it stay in place once it’s done.

  5. Loving the swish and sway of that fringing! Happy birthday, Judith – you look wonderful as always. xxx

  6. Dear Judith, Happy Birthday all the way from the tiny island of Tresco on the Isles of Scilly in the UK. You are a continuing ispiration to so many, including myself. I love that you exude such peace and joy, that you know how to live an harmonious life, that you create happiness through sharing the pleasures of your life, that true balance and goodness are your everyday fare. Hurrah for the Style Crone!
    Anna’s Island Style

  7. Wow! What a stunning outfit! You have such an amazing collection of vintage items.

    This is fringe done very well indeed.


  8. All my best wishes for your birthday and for your year ahead. Your wise words and enthusiasm are always so inspirational, to say nothing of your wonderful style, always so wonderful. Age Pride , as Patti mentions is a much needed concept and really should be embraced by us all.

  9. Judith, just beautiful. I just bought my first pillbox with a veil. Love your whole
    Ensemble. Have a wonderful Easter holiday! Debra is coming the following weekend to give one of her hat workshops and we have 11 participants!
    Best to,you,

  10. You are beautiful!! Your photos bring a smile to my face and your positive attitude is contagious! Love You!! Janet

  11. You look like a Dream Come True!!
    Happiest Birthday and Happy Age Pride Celebrating to my favorite role model!!

  12. Age Pride I like that and YOU wear it WELL.
    I found myself nodding my head to everything you said!
    Happy Year to You and I agree it is the connections we are making that makes every day a GIFT!
    Happy Birthday week!

  13. If we can celebrate Gay Pride, we should definitely celebrate Age Pride. Your birthday outfit is elegant but also sassy, just like you. Love the fringed overlay on the dress, and the way it swishes when you walk. I hope you had a lovely birthday, and this year is full of adventures with friends and family (and that new grandbaby).

  14. What a gorgeous dress on you. Happy birthday. I just celebrated the birth of my second grandchild, so congratulations to you on becoming grandma, nana, bubbe, nona, or whatever name the little tyke gives you.

  15. Happy Birthday; you look gorgeous and have an equally beautiful outlook on life. I thought this was particularly brilliant, “And traveling to new and unexplored territory, both physically and emotionally.”

    I wish you all of these things!

  16. That’s one killer outfit! You look gorgeous, absolutely love it!
    I’ve always thought birthdays are special, I think it’s because my mum died when she was so young (33) so I can honestly say that each birthday becomes precious. You never know what’s going to happen so they should celebrated not mourned.
    Wonderful post.
    Suzy x

  17. Happy Birthday, Judith! I love your wonderfully fringed outfit – so very you! Wishing you a year of good times with good friends.

  18. Thank you for the book recommendation, Judith, a lot of what she says is quite thought-provoking.

    I like the way you celebrate birthdays. For my sixtieth, I’m going back to school to get my esthetician’s license, then will take a course in makeup artsistry as that’s what I want to do most. I guess I should plan a big party, too 🙂

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