Sunday, January 5, 2014

I Want to Be Pretty...

“I am not as pretty as I used to be, but I still want to be pretty.”

This statement was said to me by my beloved Aunt Pauline while she was in the hospital toward the end of her life. She had asked me to bring her some lipstick and I had replied that she didn't need lipstick in the hospital. Ouch.

Her last Christmas with us.
I never thought of Aunt Pauline thinking that way, she was such a practical, down to earth person. However, Aunt Pauline always made sure her hair was fixed, her lipstick was on and she had on her earrings. I had always heard that “Pauline was a looker” in her day. And old pictures seem to bear it out.
Pauline (seated)  and others at the USO during WWII
But I believe it is a sentiment all women share, especially those of us over 50. Women in our society are still measured by their appearance, though that may be changing slowly.

With today’s youth-focused culture, many beautiful older women are over looked. 

Today, I just want to celebrate some beautiful older women I admire - besides Aunt Pauline. 

Dame Judith Dench - my all time favorite
Kathy Davenport - lifestyle blogger
Nancy See - real estate
Olivia Manning
GoGo Ferguson - jewelry designer
Diane Keaton
Catherine Deneuve
Monica Kaufman Pearson
And of course, everyone's favorite, the original "Flying Nun."

Sally Field

Who would you add to the list?  As I end this post, I can think of many, many others. Oprah, Susan Sarandon, Olivia Newton John just to name a few more.


  1. Cher, Olivia Newton John, Meryl Streep, Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Glenn Close.

  2. Wow! I was thoroughly enjoying your post and was shocked and thrilled to see my pic there among so many wonderful women! Thank you sweet friend! Wow!


    1. You are welcome! Glad to see you blogging again. Pat