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Style upgrade- looking my best at 60

magenta and violet hairAfter viewing some selfies that I took to show off my new hair color, I realized that I needed to do a style upgrade. I’m not looking my best at 60. I haven’t had a haircut since my chemo ended in April 2014, the back is way too long but the sides are okay.

Mostly, I need to start wearing makeup again.  My glasses got an upgrade, more modern, plastic frames, which helps amazingly. In the interest of full disclosure, this is the photoshopped version, though the hair really looks like this.  It’s violet and magenta KUUL hair color cream. So far this is my favorite, I also tried out the green which is more of a teal color. The biggest problem with green and the violet is that they clash too much with my wardrobe and are really too bright for me. Oh, I also have some plata (silver) for when I need to be more conservative,it results in darker graphite gray which blends better than the stark white.

First thing that I did was watch videos on YouTube, it’s amazing how many videos there are out there labeled make-up for over 60 or some variation there of. I have to see what is still good in my makeup box.

Lucky for me, I sew, so the wardrobe problem is a relatively easy fix, though time consuming. Most of my tops are too long to wear out, but not long enough to be tunics. To be honest, I hate doing alterations, I’d rather make a new garment than alter an old one and I have the crate full of clothes waiting to be fixed to prove it.

Sew Simple Leggings in Black LaceThis is where the pattern testing has been invaluable. One of the first things I made was the Sew Simple leggings in orchid color. Embolded by that sucess I made this pair in black lace. I think I need to make a few more to wear.

I actually don’t wear the leggings and this top together, it’s a little too weird a combo, even for me. I love that tunic, but it shrank in the wash and is a tad too tight, though it may fit now.

Making leggings is so much easier than I ever thought it would be, with the heat here, normal weight leggings are just too warm, but the lace ones feel just right.

Remember when I was thinking about lagenlook? I’ve pretty much abandoned that idea, I am between a pear shape (due to my narrow shoulders) and an H (due to my less than narrow waist), which rules lagenlook out for me. However, I really do want a more funky, bohemian look, that’s always been my style.  I’ll keep you updated on how I do.


About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Hola Theresa,

    Do you know this blog? http://www.newdressaday.com/

    The author challenged herself to get a new dress a day for an entire year without spending more than a dollar on each dress. She scours secondhand stores, flea markets, and the like for old, often frumpy dresses, and then turns them into something quite fashionable. I think you’d like it.


    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we’ve enjoyed reading her blog for her creativity and sense of humor, though we don’t do this ourselves.

    • Thanks Kim,

      I’ve seen it. Makes me very jealous of people who live near thrift stores. LOL, I can’t imagine having or making 365 articles of clothing, let alone dresses. I think she does an amazing job. Thanks for reminding me of it.


  2. Well, when I met you (pre-chemo) you had a very attractive short haircut, which I think suits you. As for the look in the last photo? I like it. Maybe it looks over-the-top in person, but the photograph looks very cool.

    And I think, properly done, older women can often pull of surprisingly stylish looks. Don’t be timid!


    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we are somewhat fearful of what we’ll look like at the ever-nearing sixty.

    • Kim has it been that long? I started chemo in November 2013, it ended April 2014 but I continued to have treatment (Herceptin) until November of 2014. To be honest all that time is in a blur.

      Wondering what you are going to look like at 60? Time to get out those old family photos, or look at your aging relatives. I look a lot like my paternal grandmother, and my dad. It freaks me out to look in the mirror and see how much I resemble my father, who is a very handsome man, but that means I look like a guy!

      Who looks like who is so odd. I have photos of my son when he was a toddler and he looks just like me, but now he really looks like his dad. Which is good since he’s over six feet tall.

      No timidness here! No one is being banished to wearing black and crocheting on the porch. Well, unless I feel like wearing black and crocheting…


      • You know, I think you’re right. We met some time in April 2014, so you had probably just stopped chemo. But I’ll stand by my comment on your hairstyle. It looked nice, and was flattering.

  3. Your hair looks terrific!

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