Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Fall and Winter Fashions

Post by Sharon and Julie

Fall 2019 has hit the malls big time and there are some real take-aways about what the fashion trends are. In general, it's a pretty good season for any figure or coloring. 

We trekked to the mall to see the trends and found ourselves rather comfortable with the choices. It felt like autumn in the 1970s.

Colors were very inspired by foods such as spices and nuts. We saw pistachio, walnut, eggplant, grape, peach-pink, chili powder, curry, and nutmeg. 

Styles were a throwback from about 1976. We saw body suits - remember those tops with snaps in the crotch?  Super fake furry jackets, leggings, and ponchos.

Plaid was the #1 print to be found.

The most popular fabric details were fake fur, fringe and corduroy. Yes, the noisy fabric is back big time!

Maybe it was just us, but it felt like we were shopping in Lerner's, Casual Corner and Foxmoor's again! 

(rockin' the spices and textures)

(Rockin' the plaid) 

Hair color trends?
Gray is still very hot!
Pastel semipermanent tones on gray
Gold and red tones to any hair color

Considering the warm tones to the fall clothing this year, gold/ginger/red tones would be a dream. 

Our favorite hair colors? 

Permanent color? Here's our #1 choice.
We like that it is ammonia free and the color is an ideal soft warm color that works on all women. As we age, if we color over gray, it's ideal to bring the color back toward childhood lightness as darker colors look stark and sickly against mature skin tones.

Semi permanent? Here's our #1 choice to enhance your present color, whether it is gray/silver or blonds/browns.

There are some great tutorials online about how to use these tints. They give you a maybe 4-6 shampoo-lasting semipermanent "stain" that wears off. Sharon uses this one. After some playing with it, she combined 1/2 c. regular hair conditioner with about 2 tsp of tint. She dampens her hair, spreads it throughout well with a comb and depending on how much brightness she wants, leaves it in 1/2 hour to 1 hour and rinses. It's subtle unless your hair is silver or blond. then, as you can see in the photo above, it's pastel-toned. For most medium to dark hair colors, it gives a wonderful warmth. 

Accessories for Fall 2019? 

boots - especially ankle boots
long dangle earrings
gold instead of silver
super fluffy fuzzy fake fur coats

Here's what Sharon got for fall - 

(I got this oversized to be more "Flashdance" feeling and got it in several colors. Can wear a tank top under to show contrasting straps)

(fantastic with pants and jeans and the lacy/hole pattern is shown on a lot of boots this fall.)

(This one gives the gold and pearl as well as Bohemian jewelry feel that is big this fall.)

(This one is timeless. It will always be in to wear this in the cooler months.) 

All in all, we're pleased with the fall offerings this year. It was actually nostalgic to hit stores like New York & Company, Free People, Forever 21, Q, and American Eagle. We felt as if we had skipped back into our youth when autumn had rich food-inspired colors, tons of textures, a hint of bohemian/hippie, and it almost smelled like autumn in the stores!

Monday, October 21, 2019

How To Make a Haunted Mirror

Post by Sharon 

This technique I came up with is extremely cheap and easy to do. I got creative and after making this mirror (above), I made more - 

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Bohemian Campers

Post by Sharon and Julie

Hippie vans, gypsy caravans give way today to the bohemian camper. As we plan to acquire a camper trailer to pull behind the Jeep and trek to some unusual places to share here on Groovy New Life and on our Groovy New Life  YouTube Channel, we thought we'd share how fun these can be - 

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Why Mature Woman Choose To Live Alone

Post by Sharon Day

My mom was proud to serve in the Navy during WWII. Her role model prior to that time was Amelia Earhart. She loved the feeling of responsibility, independence, and dating a lot! Then, my father became her boss and they fell in love, married, and had five children.

When I was 16, my father died quite suddenly. He was 59 and mom was 54. My mom didn't drive, had never handle a bill, was quite sheltered.

I watched her struggle with the loneliness and the overwhelming responsibilities. I taught her to drive. She was so proud to have a license. I helped her with finding repair people for the house and car. And I pondered if she would ever find another man and no longer be alone. As the baby of the family and older siblings living elsewhere, I worried I might be babysitting mom forever.

And, over a year or so, something very unusual happened. I never saw it coming -

Friday, October 18, 2019

Tall, Dark and Elusive - My Latest Book Is Released!

Post by Sharon

Book two in my SEEK Team Investigation paranormal romance series is out now online in bookstores. It will be out next week on ebooks - all formats - on Smashwords.


Billionaire Edward Schulte dispatches psychic Beau Fraser and her investigative team to track down evidence of Bigfoot. Chasing the elusive hairy man is nearly as dangerous and terrifying as her feelings for Marco. Caught in the crosshairs between two men who want her, Beau has to dance a fine line. On the one hand, she must keep Schulte’s secret from the team, and on the other hand, she doesn’t want to upset the newly developed closeness with Marco. Will the team that investigated ghosts in the last installment (“Ghost of a Chance!”) be able to survive the dangers in the forests, and will Beau Fraser be able to survive the dangers of the heart?

As the air turns crisp and cool, nothing beats a good cozy romance tale. Simply put, Tall, Dark, and Elusive is an excellent read and I highly recommend it.
                                                                                                            Barry Huddleston of Gnostalgia 

Book one in the series was "Ghost of a Chance!" (the beginning of the romance between Beau and Marco - and investigating ghosts) 

I am proud to say the editor proclaimed this was the best cold read she had ever had! Be ready for excitement and the use of real-life info on the subject of Bigfoot as well as use of real-life encounters.

Fire Pits and Bonfire Foods

Post by Sharon

It's that time of year as darkness increases and temperatures decrease that we instinctively seek fire - fireplace, candlelight, or bonfire. Here's some great firepits and ideas for your backyard fire session eating. -

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Baby Boomers Manifesting and Staying Motivated

Post by Sharon

I often am plagued with self-doubt. It's easy to do when you're turning 57 and you spent your life building someone else's home and career and find yourself divorced. 

Starting over at this age looks like an unending mountainous climb. You have to try to get a home again, get health care again, get savings again, get a career, be able to retire.... And it's soooo late in the game! 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Jack O'Lantern Lovers' Dream Experience

The town of Kenova, West Virginia (near Ohio border) puts on an amazing over 3000-pumpkin display at this home. 


Worth seeing! 

Desert Living: What's It Like?

Post by Sharon

People come to the desert to live or to live part of the year (snowbirds) for lots of reasons. Here's just some of what it's like living in the desert (having lived here for 36 years I know) -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Metaphysical Healing

Post by Sharon

Life has a way of humbling us. As teens, we thought we knew everything and let authorities know that all the time. Then, as we raised kids, we realized we were really overwhelmed by adaptation and understanding a forming human being. Later, we began to roll with our life experiences and our challenges and it humbled us. We began to realize that as much as we try to grasp life, there are whole aspects of it yet to crack open. So, when I talk to my baby boomer friends about our lives evolving and changing, one aspect really opens up - holistic solutions to health and spiritual stimulation for our souls. 

Monday, October 14, 2019

The Most Haunted Roads of America

*Sharing this awesome route* 

Ready to be scared this Halloween season? We’d love to frighten you with the tales of America’s seven most terrifying roads. These roads are quite spooky as one may see from each unique story they hold. The roads are located in the NorthEast region of the U.S. and create a perfect chilling route that takes around 6 hours to complete. 

If you plan on visiting these roads you will find technology failures, ghosts roaming the streets, strange paranormal activity (including glowing orbs), unexplained fog, and screeches in the distance. You’ve been warned!

See an overview of the eerie roads below or read the full haunted road trip here. You’ll catch a glimpse of the legends on America’s most terrifying road, Clinton Road.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Staycation: Making Your Home into a Resort Getaway

Post by Sharon

If you consider a vacation might be a week long and in that week you have to trek around, wait for flights, get a rental car, lug your suitcases, and do it all over at the end of the week, no resort can counter that stress. Instead, focus on the things resorts offer that could be in your home to help you recover every day of the year. If your home is your oasis, the place you recover after a long day to be able to face the next day, there might be some features that are well worth the investment. I'm going to share my top faves for making your home your castle AND resort. - 

Friday, October 11, 2019

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Healthy Girl's Natural Medicine Cabinet

Post by Sharon

What does a natural-freak keep in her medicine cabinet? I'm sharing my top faves. (*Note: I am not a health care professional, just a person who loves natural alternatives, tests them, and researches extensively*)

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

History of Halloween Candy Tampering

October 31st is noted as All Hallow's Eve or Halloween.  It's believed Christians took this festival concept right from pagan origins of the Celtic Samhain celebration. There is much debate on how this holiday began, but it has become a most popular time for children to get candy and adults to put on costumes and watch scary movies. The basics are the same; scary decorations, costumes, parties, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, Jack O'Lanterns, apple bobbing, trick or treating, and horror themes. America has done Halloween up more than any other country, celebrating it full force with horror movie marathons to Haunted Attractions and huge parties.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Baby Boomers: Coming of Age Films

Post by Sharon

Depending on the generation, the styles and ethics change, but the themes never change - coming of age means defining oneself separate from the parents to become an individual. It is a time from adolescence and into young adulthood when we are fraught with anxiety, insecurity, and raging hormones. Sometimes, it feels good to remember that place, now that we are so far removed from its awkwardness. Here's some movies that will bring you nostalgia - both films done in our times and ones done in modern times taking place in our time. All of them are coming of age and a great watch as summer heads over the peak into the downhill mode and our thoughts turn to those first awkward days of school -

Monday, October 7, 2019

Doll Island: Baby Bumper Crop!

After leaving the dolls up all spring and summer awaiting Halloween time, I harvested the dolls on my backyard doll island and collected creepy hands, feet, and heads.... 

Fall and Winter Fashions

Post by Sharon and Julie Fall 2019 has hit the malls big time and there are some real take-aways about what the fashion trends are. In ...