How to look both elegant and colorfully arty after 40: Style lessons from Ann

Ann Blue Hue Wonderland
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Ann is another blogger I discovered through my 40+ blogger community recently and I was immediately taken by her very creative outfits plus her amazing photos. Beautiful photos really DO make a difference and I’m so happy that bloggers such as Ann take the time and effort to make their photos truly special. The fact that she is an artist comes through in all her her creations and I’m certainly a fan! Time to discover both her style and hair secrets!

Hi Ann. Thanks for taking the time out to answer a few questions for Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I’m an artist and creative partner with my husband, Dean Lucker. I sell my paintings to individual collectors and we make small editions of mechanical artwork sold to shops and galleries. We also exhibit at fine craft shows nationally.

As a point of reference which age group do you belong to or perhaps you are willing to share your age?

I am 51.

Can you tell us a bit more about your blog Blue Hue Wonderland? Why did you name it that?

The last five years have been a difficult time for me. Both of my parents were experiencing declining health and I was actively involved with their care. I had to put my needs on hold. This blog is my way of doing something positive for myself. I am enjoying sharing my interest in fashion with women and creating a place that documents this time in my life.
I named my blog “Blue Hue Wonderland” because it grew out of this blue time in my life and the northern light where I live has a blue cast. The word ‘wonderland’ describes the quality I’m searching for when I make my photos.

How would you describe your style

I see my style as an extension of my interest in art. Creativity has always been at the center of my life–it extends to my painting, gardening, interior design and fashion. I subscribe to some fashion magazines to keep current on style changes but follow trends in a low pressure way. I want my voice in fashion to be unique and timeless.

From the first moment I saw your blog I was drawn to your beautiful coats? Can you tell a bit more about your fascination with coats?

I live in a cold place. I love coats because I can wear simple outfits, then put on a coat and feel dressed.

You combine color, texture and creativity yet always look supremely elegant? What is your style secret?

Thank you so much. Color and texture are my speciality with my art so I think my years of experimenting naturally extends to how I see everything. I believe clothing can sparkle if one is wearing what truly reflects their unique spirit.

It’s true that outfits look extra special when they are photographed beautifully and yours always are. Who takes your photos and how much work goes into producing them?

I first think of the outfit I want to wear depending on the weather. Then Dean takes some quick pictures with the Ipad. I then adjust the accessories until I feel right about the combination. I do one post a week and I’m always looking for interesting backgrounds. We go to a site or two where I have a solid idea of the shots I want and Dean contributes his own perspective. Before I went to art school I studied commercial photography.

As an artist, art is obviously omnipresent in both your environment as well as in your outfits. What is a good way for others to dress more artfully while at the same time preserving timeless elegance?

I think one way to look more artistic is to purchase handmade jewelry. I think a simple dress with unique jewelry can look artistic. I like jewelry by Kenneth Cole available at Macy’s for a less expensive option.

I recently asked the question on whether or not to go grey or not. You are a great example of someone who has both a great cut and color where your grey hair blends in with other colors. Can you tell a bit more of how you achieved that look?

I have a wonderful hair stylist and I’ve been with her for 15 years. Gosh this is like a marriage! She foils my hair with three colors–the lightest is bleach, a medium blond and one darker tone. Since the base of my hair isn’t colored, some of the grey shows through. We have been talking at some point I will go gray, but for now this process is working. I cut and color my hair every seven to eight weeks.

Can you tell me where you live and how your location influences your style? Is it very different from others in your area?

I’m part of a vibrant arts community. People in my area generally dress in a conservative and casual manner with a good mix of stylish dressers.

What inspires your outfit choices the most?

Color, texture and mood.

Do you take things like color profiling or body type into account when you dress?

I try to wear colors that reduce the red undertone in my skin. When I shop I wear little makeup so I can see this. I’m also 5′ 4″ so I fall in between petite and regular sizes. It can be more of a challenge to find things I like in petites.

Would you say you have a signature style? And if yes, what are the main elements?

Right now I’m attracted to blouses with bow ties, structured jackets and slim pants. I’ve notice some of the younger women wearing tights that reflect their hair color. For me, I like textured light colored tights, but these things are always changing.

Has your style changed at all after turning 40?

Definitely less skin showing. I don’t do many tops and jackets without collars or anything low cut.

Do you believe in dressing ‘age appropriately’ and what does it mean to you?

‘Age appropriate’ just has so many negative associations for me. I like to think about ‘life style appropriate’. I need clothes with flair for my life choices. I am enjoying the variety of choices I see reflected in the many blogs of the 40 plus women. There’s many options depending on who you are.

Would you say that at this stage of your life you are now more, or less interested in fashion, style and the way you look?

I’m less interested in following trends. In my daily life I am low key about clothes. I’m busy and work at my studio with paint and wood so I wear bright colored jeans and thrifted sweaters. My blog shows outfits I wear to special events.

Why is the way you look important to you?

The way I look tells others that I respect myself and have an unique voice and outlook on life.

Which outfit from your site is your favorite outfit and why?

I like my green and pink post because it got me interested in wearing pink. I’ve never worn pink before so I purchased some pink jeans.

Do you follow trends? And if yes, which trends excite you at the moment?

I make the rounds, absorbing trends, picking and choosing. I like seeing more color and pattern mixing.

Do you have any fashion and style tips for women over 40?

Take some time for yourself if you can. Try that haircut or color you have been afraid to try. About every five years I cut my hair in a pixie for a change. If you see something in the store that delights your eye, try it on. You can always put it back on the hanger!

Do you plan to continue with blogging and how do you see your blog develop over the coming years?

I’m thinking short term for now. When I began I just thought about making the pictures. I know I’m still thinking about the next post.

Anything further you would like to add?

Thanks for asking me. I respect the blog you have created and I’m inspired by your style.
Note from Sylvia: Thank you Ann. Lovely to learn more about you! Be sure to check out her fabulous blog: Blue Hue Wonderland.

Site Spotlight: Artistic outfits with Blue Hue Wonderland

Site Spotlight: Ann of Blue Hue WonderlandThis month in the Site Spotlight is Ann of Blue Hue Wonderland. An artist, Ann’s eye for beauty shows in both her outfits and her outfit photos.

About Ann

I am a visual artist and collaborative partner with my husband who is also an artist. We make mechanical cards and pictures plus a variety of other art pieces that we sell at fine arts shows in the US.
I also studied photography and enjoy creating photos with backgrounds that compliment the clothing.

About Blue Hue Wonderland

I see my blog focusing on the 40+ woman. I want to be seen as I age. I’m interested in fashion and enjoy experimenting with what I can wear.  My goal is to show clothing with an artistic flair that could inspire others to wear their own pieces in a more personalized way.
I started Blue Hue Wonderland at a time in my life when I was taking care of senior parents. I was tired of wearing way too many pairs of black stretch pants and tops. I decided to start a personal style blog almost one year ago just to see if I could do it. Blogging has become a passion for me and I enjoy the interaction with bloggers of all ages.

What she writes about

I wear designer pieces, old and new, with affordable and thrifted items. My interest is in combining textures and creating photos with a sense of place. I write about fashion choices as well as stories from my life.
Lately I’ve been doing more posts featuring more casual styling. As a creative person, I am always looking for ways to style clothing in a a offbeat manner, especially when choosing accessories.

Her favorite posts

[Site Spotlight is a feature that brings you a new or noteworthy style and fashion blog. Thanks to Ann for participating, and thank you for reading.]

Ann Wood:
«The coats, my favorite item of clothing»

Antonella Pontillo
Ann2Ann Wood, an artist from St. Paul, Minnesota, with an passionate interest in fashion and photography. In her blog appears the full spectrum the interest on designer labels to thrifted pieces. Her enjoy pattern mixing and have an entry closet jammed with coats, her favorite item of clothing.
What inspired you to start a beauty blog for women over?
I started Blue Hue Wonderland after several years of care taking elderly parents. I was not wearing my favorite clothes and wearing way too many pairs of black stretch pants. You know the old saying, “you look better, you feel better” well I took this to heart. When I first started blogging I just wanted to see if I could do it. As time passed, I became more interested creatively on taking the best photos I could. I want my blog to feel like a mini magazine filled with original photos with a concentration on personal styling.
What has changed in your lifestyle since you became a successful blogger?
Blogging does take quite a bit of time. I post once a week but I do put much effort into each post. I especially enjoy my interaction with other bloggers of all ages and take inspiration from the diversity in styling I see on many blogs. All of this does take time so I’m not watching television and this summer my garden wasn’t tended to as much as usual.
What is your favorite outfit that personifies you?
During the warm months I wear mostly dresses and during the winter skirts and jackets. I live in a part of the US that has cold winters therefore I have developed a collection of colorful and detailed coats. I also adore accessories, shoes and handbags, which I have collected over 20 years. I take special care photographing these items because I think it’s details like this that make outfits unique.
Would you say that at this stage of your life you are now more, or less interested in fashion, style and the way you look?
I’m an artist so most pursuits that are visual peak my interest, fashion being one of them. Life is a journey and I see looking the best I can and feeling good as important to overall well being.
Which trends excite you at the moment?
Oh there are so many! I’m looking for the right midi length skirt right now and a sweater to go with it. I love all the bright colored coats I’m seeing. As a woman above 40, I have changed my style through the years and I plan on keeping my eyes open for new styles to try in the future.

Interview published on November 27, 2013 by the Italian blog

Blue Hue Wonderland

Bloggers in the spotlight – Blue Hue Wonderland
In the spotlight this week is artist Ann Wood’s stunning blog Blue Hue Wonderland.
Blue Hue Wonderland
Ann’s passion for style and photography shines through in every image on her blog. Her spectacular use of colour and the sense of place in each picture are just a couple of the many reasons we love Blue Hue Wonderland.
Based in St. Paul, MN, Ann often braves snowy and icy conditions to bring us her outdoor posts, particularly at this time of year! You can read more about the story behind her blog here.
We’ve collected some of our favourite images from Blue Hue Wonderland to share with you here. Of course, this is just a select few – there are many more pictures over on the blog, and we do recommend you check it out.
Blue Hue Wonderland Mural
Blue Hue Wonderland Chair
Blue Hue Wonderland Brick
Blue Hue Wonderland Green
Blue Hue Wonderland Riana

All of the pictures in this post belong to Ann Wood and originally appeared on Blue Hue Wonderland. In the final image in this post, Ann is carrying her Maxwell Scott Riana.

Article from Pelletteria, blog by Maxwell Scott the luxury bag company.

Blue Hue Wonderland on the web

Sense corbata/ No tie
Face it Catalog
My Thrifty Chic
Plane Pretty
Suzanne Carillo Style Files
40 plus style
Already Pretty
The Life of the Party
S'organiser, c'est facile
Sense Corbata/No Tie
40+ Style
free ur closet
Not Dressed as Lamb
Fabulous After 40
Simple Sequins
Lady of Style

Blue Hue Wonderland in print

Redbook December 2013

Redbook October 2013

1 comment:

  1. What a romp! How fun--seeing one of your passions in print! Contratulations.


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