Erica is my dear friend from my Michigan years. Back then we were very close, kindred spirits with lots of energy and ambition, hopes and dreams to come. Our futures were about to begin and as it happened, we ended up at opposite ends of the country. Whereas I went east to follow my path, Erica settled in Los Angeles after law school. Along with her husband, they made a wonderful life out there.
Facebook wasn’t around yet and we lost touch. Last year, Erica was in NYC and she reached out to me. It was great reuniting. Months later, Erica emailed me about starting a community for women in their Fifties.
She is wildly passionate about our 50’s being our best years and she created a place to unite, help, and promote women 50 and over. She wants to disrupt the negative chatter and inspire women to embrace this time of their lives!
Fiftiness is just beginning and it will grow. The goal is to get content from women in their fifties who want to help others by sharing their innermost feelings(as well as fears and hopes) on universal life events. Fiftiness will have stories, podcasts, and videos us Fifty Plusers can relate to such as emptynesting, career changes, and challenging ourselves to do things we have always wanted to do.
Erica is inspiring us to take action by taking action herself-
I’m proud and excited to help her along the way as content provider and manager of development.
50 Candles to Light Your Inner Fire!
What a FIND! I will never own a fancy dress again! I’ll certainly wear a fancy dress again but I will never buy one again! There is no reason anymore, not since there is Rent The Runway!
OMG, there is so much to say about RTR and all from a gal who is not that into clothes. But I am a changed lady after stumbling across RTR. I always thought that I was above fashion, that I wasn’t going to be a puppet and spend money and buy lots of clothes just to go along with fashions and trends that the media forces on us. But now that I can pay one low price per month and have an open closet of pretty, fun, expensive dresses – I have been wearing my many options often. I guess that money was a big factor of my anti- fashion stance. I just can’t or won’t pay to have a lot of items in my closet. Now I don’t have to. I think you can hear my enthusiasm! I can’t even stop using exclamation points!
For a recent wedding in Buffalo, NY, I went shopping for a dress, I was about to plunk down $500 at DVF for a very nice dress. I was a little bummed because I knew I wasn’t going to wear it much. Oddly enough, I had to go home first before making the payment and luckily, my friend told me about RTR. I went there on my way to DVF.
Well, at the store, I see the exact same dress I was on my way to buy. Yes, I could rent it for much much less. Was I dreaming??? So as it happens, I found another dress that I liked even more and ended up renting a different dress. The wedding was great and viola- success in renting a dress. The following Monday I returned the dress and found out that RTR has a monthly unlimited plan. It is $139/ month and I decided to try it for a month. Needless to say, I have been having fun. I haven’t had any special occasions to wear fancy dresses this month but I have been renting them anyway. I rented a dress to go to the Village Vanguard to hear jazz and I rented a LBD(little black dress) to go to an art opening at Tenri(Japanese cultural center) and a different LBD to see Captured (The Play Company /Off Broadway show). I also rented a dress for a birthday celebration at the wonderful Blue Hill recently BUT should I wear the DVF dress that I have waiting here for an occasion to play ping pong tonight at Spin or am I spinning out of control with all of these dresses?
I am so changed….the old me wouldn’t like the new me.
I’d like to work for them or become a brand ambassador. I hope RTR goes public because I will buy lots of shares in it!
Some highlights from the past week… enjoy your weekend!
This is a TED talk from Angela Lee Duckworth on GRIT, which she says is better than high IQ.
Here’s a smile. How would you react if Shaquille O’Neal appeared as your LYFT driver!!! This Happened Undercover Lyft
When their kids left, they moved to NYC!
I’m at a screening at the Landmark Theater on East Houston Street. I’m alone because my daughter canceled on me at the last minute and when I thought of some friends to invite they were either 1) out of town 2) or their kids are going away to college tomorrow and they wanted to spend time with them. This screening is thru The New York Times Film Club and anyone can join. I happen to love seeing movies first and before they are released.
The Hollars is a new movie starring Anna Kendrick and John Krasinski. The press release gives this as the plot:
John Hollar, a struggling New York City artist, is forced to navigate the small middle-American town he left behind when news of his mother’s illness brings him home. Back in the house he grew up in, John is immediately swept up in the problems of his dysfunctional family, high school rival, and an over-eager ex-girlfriend as he faces impending fatherhood with his girlfriend in New York. With Anna Kendrick, John Krasinski, Sharlto Copley, Charlie Day, Richard Jenkins, and Margo Martindale. Directed by John Krasinski.
My Take: I’ve seen so many movies in my years that opinion is jaded. For me to give a glowing review of a film it has to be unique- which is rare these days. The Hollars is nothing great but it isn’t awful either. The acting is pretty good and as a first time movie director, Krasinski succeeds. But overall, even though at times the movie pulls at your heart strings, it is just another formula movie, with highs and lows and then ends with the possibility that everything will work out in the long run. Most movies are like this and perhaps for a reason; we, the public, must like to hear this script over and over.
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Read this from Daily Worth.
Even though Robinhood was created by and for Millenials, I urge Boomers, especially women who don’t have much experience investing on their own, to try Robinhood.
Even if you just put a little bit of money into your account at Robinhood, give it a try. Trading is FREE so you can buy just one share of a company if you want!!
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