Trying and Tying on New Style

I love the inspiring style of Beatrix Ost. It’s effortless, in an exotic way.

She writes a weekly column for Grey Magazine that is eloquent, and thought-provoking. It’s occasionally over my head and makes me “reach” intellectually, which is a great thing in my book. Her personal style is eclectic, witty and seriously chic. Can those terms describe the same style? I think so, and she does it beautifully.

I’m intrigued by her deep blue hair. She began coloring it blue because she hated the shade of grey, her hair had become.

I’m toying with dying mine blue. A whole new style for me. My family thinks I’m nuts!

I spent some time trying to tie a turban. My result looked more like a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, than a chic sophisticate. You would have howled, if you saw me in it. Hence the cropped photo. I thought I just needed more practice. My second attempt had me looking like Lucille Ball in her famous candy making episode.

Trying and Tying on New Style

Goofy is a look I try to avoid, at ALL costs!

Then I found this great video where Beatrix demonstrates how to tie a turban. Score!

After I watched it I succeeded in tying a great turban!

My husband said I looked like Aunt Jemima. What does he know? Perhaps it was the scarf I used?

So I sent a photo of me to Contessa, whose opinion I trusted because she wears turbans beautifully. She suggested I just “may not be turban material”.


Beatrix Ost told me she just thought the fabric was too large! Hmm…There may be hope for me yet!

Trying and Tying on New Style

Turban success…style fail.

I may be able to physically execute it, but I can’t wear it authentically. YET. I think it looks so chic…on other people. I’m much more of a hat person these days.

Okay…so moving on…
I met a woman with an aqua streak in her hair. I asked why she wears it. She said,[tweetthis] “I needed to make a statement. I couldn’t let 50 come and go without doing something striking”.[/tweetthis]

Trying and Tying on New Style

The lady with the aqua hair stripe is full of great ideas. Note the wine glass holder on her spinning wheel.

Perhaps that’s part of what I’m feeling. A sort of “why not shake things up attitude?”.

When I was in Provence a few years ago, I saw several women my age, wearing brightly colored hair. Fuchsia, purple, and bright, bright red. All…with ordinary, normal looking clothes and seemingly, simple, country lives.

This hair stripe, color idea is growing on me. I’ve been playing with temporary colors until I find one I like. Here’s the blue.

Trying and Tying on New Style

Would you ever do something like that?

Even Image Consultants get the urge to shake their personal style up! I’ll keep you posted:)


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  1. September 15, 2015 / 11:15 am

    I have a wonderful picture of my mother from (probably) the forties, where she is wearing a turban. She looks so chic and exotic. I, on the other hand, would look like a fool. Part of it is face-shape, but part of it is confidence. She KNEW she rocked the look so she, in fact, did.

    I really appreciate this post. Now that I am retired and no longer have to face an “audience” every day (I’m rather introverted and never liked the attention – good or bad – a new look got me at work), I feel like I can try more, fun styles.

  2. June 15, 2015 / 10:45 am

    I’ve been wearing some variation of purple/fuchsia/pink in my hair for about 10 years now so I feel like a trendsetter LOL! I don’t think I could pull off a turban, either, but that blue is really striking on you! Of course, you really should try purple 😉


  3. June 15, 2015 / 6:01 am

    How fun you tried the blue streak and I’m actually too nervous because I highlight my hair every couple months and it gets so fragile I don’t know if I could risk a temporary dye. :)) I’ve had a few friends try the streak in the under layers and I think it’s really fun so I’m glad you went for it! I’m happy you did blue over pink or purple also. I can’t wear a turban either, but I think it’s a great trend. We’ll both have to stick to hats though. 🙂


  4. June 13, 2015 / 2:50 pm

    I am here for the FOCUS!
    I LOVE your streak! I have a new hairdresser (young with bright burgundy hair ). She introduced me to low lights! I am loving them. Last time she took them a little darker…chunkier and more edgy! (What – the – hey!) We only live once, and I REFUSE to be or feel sixty-three!
    Yes. I just said my age.

  5. June 13, 2015 / 7:20 am

    How fun! I’ve been tempted by pink or purple lately! It’s the little things in life that make it fun, right?!!!

  6. June 12, 2015 / 2:57 pm

    Hi Jennifer,
    well aren’t you the daring one! you go girl. I’m thinking this is becoming more and more like your breakout year, so maybe a daring shade of sapphire blue is right up your alley. I’ve wanted a very small mermaid tattoo for years, haven’t done it yet. Maybe you will be my muse. xx Nancy

  7. Lisa Murie
    June 12, 2015 / 1:26 pm

    I honestly can’t say that I would add a streak to my hair…. but living the “norm at 50” is not my style either! I guess I am a bit of a rebel, and I do what makes me feel good. The blue looks good on you!


  8. Marcia
    June 12, 2015 / 11:28 am

    Oh, Jennifer, this was by far one of my favorite visits to your page. lolololol You had me laughing from beginning to end, and as usual,inspired. Not one but two Aunt Jemimas?? lol I can only imagine.
    I’ve never dyed my hair, which is almost black, but something new is always fun. Maybe I’ll try on a turban. Okay, maybe a spinning wheel with a wine glass holder. 😉
    PS-Thank you for hosting.

  9. June 12, 2015 / 9:19 am

    Jenn I looooove your ‘shake things up attitude’ and totally embrace it in my own life. Heck why not? Life’s too short to play it safe, that’s my thought. Your turban story was utterly charming, especially that comment from the Contessa. (I love her personality) and I’m still smiling when I think of you looking like Lucy in that candy making episode. (one of my favorite episodes every)
    By the way I have the warmest feelings about Lucy and privately relate to her brand of innate goofiness. hahaha

  10. June 12, 2015 / 6:59 am

    Don’t you just love that you can learn to do anything on online? Youtube strangers have saved me multiple times on sewing projects that tripped me up, and the blogosphere provides endless inspiration for new projecs to try!

  11. June 12, 2015 / 6:10 am

    Perhaps it’s because I lost my hair when I had chemotherapy for breast cancer, but every time I see a woman wearing a turban or a scarf, my heart sinks. I have to fight the urge to ask her if she’s getting chemo. Because of chemo, my hair has never been the same. It’s thinner and a different texture. I’ll skip the headpieces and crazy colors. I’m just grateful I have hair, and I’m still here.


  12. June 12, 2015 / 4:46 am

    Oh, I most certainly would and have given things a whirl which might seem daring to some! It is essential to kick life up a notch, focus on moving forward, live with passion, diligence and never, ever succumb to the notion that age is a negative! I will not let that notion wrap it’s webbed fingers around my mind.
    I am 58 and going strong-jog, lift weights, shop til I drop, love on the grands and I am happy to say we are the verge of breaking ground on our new home!
    Life is just as is should be.

  13. May 16, 2015 / 10:19 am

    I got the biggest laugh out of Contessa’s comment…’You may not be turban material.’ Lol. I know you both so well, this cracks me up. Well c’mon at least show us the photo!! I sadly am not turban material and can barely do a hat. Love Beatrix though and I hear you about intellectually stretching.. I question my education quite frequently when reading some people’s posts.. Tabitha’s too. xxoo Kim

  14. May 8, 2015 / 9:21 pm

    Oh my goodness—you’d be very surprised if you saw my hair. This past year I wore three shades–black underneath, then a layer of bright red topped off with light blonde. Just last week though I colored the majority of my hair deep purple (but with the blonde on top still). I LOVE doing unique things to my hair….and I’m in my mid fifties!

    • Jennifer
      May 9, 2015 / 7:12 am

      I feel pretty boring now!!!

  15. Bluebooby
    May 8, 2015 / 2:31 pm

    I agree with Marsha…it’s not going to kill you so give it a go. I do love your blonde hair though.

    • Jennifer
      May 8, 2015 / 10:16 pm

      Thanks so much doll! I’ll post photos.

  16. May 8, 2015 / 1:35 pm

    I love Beatrix Ost, she is a fascinating personality and her style is so elegant, unique. I also love wearing scarves and turbans, though have not done so for many a year…my style has moved away from slightly eccentric to more tomboy/gentlewoman…oh that does sound a little dull! Not sure about blue hair on me but as my hair is growing through grey I will reserve judgement until I can see the full effect. But I love it on Beatrix Ost!!!!

    • Jennifer
      May 8, 2015 / 10:15 pm

      No it does not sound dull at all! She is so very elegant! That is one of the things that’s so appealing to me. I’ve never worn a turban before. Beatrix inspires me to try. I see many women wearing them who look comical. And that’s the LAST thing I will accept for myself. We must all find and wear what is authentic for ourselves. Aspiring to a certain style just gives us motivation. Always a good thing.

  17. May 8, 2015 / 1:25 pm

    Beatrix and I have just communicated!I read her book………I highly recommend it!I could hardly put it down.MY FATHER’s HOUSE.
    Seems she has written a sequel………which I SO look forward too!
    She also told me what RED lipstick she wears!!!!I ADORE IT!
    She is the QUEEN of TURBANS!!!SO STRIKING……………..
    I cannot find GREY MAGAZINE TO BUY ANYWHERE………..do you read on line?I want it in my hot little hand!I have looked for months…………

    • Jennifer
      May 8, 2015 / 10:06 pm

      Of course you have my darling Contessa. I have her book on order and chatted with her through Instagram. But you, my clever friend, have your finger on the pulse of all that is cool. I totally trust your opinion on turbans.. Expect me to send more photos your way. Xoxo

  18. May 8, 2015 / 1:14 pm

    I have been thinking about a colorful strip myself. I haven’t decide what color might look best with my light blonde hair yet though.

    If you decide to shake your look up, let us know. It’s always fun to try a new look!

    • Jennifer
      May 8, 2015 / 10:04 pm

      I have very pale blonde hair that is turning silver (gray).
      For me, the color must be just right. Mostly because I’m anal, but also because I am a perfectionist.
      Trust me. My readers will the second to know, after I pick my husband off the floor

  19. Alayne a
    May 8, 2015 / 1:06 pm

    There are marvellous real hair extension strips that can clip in…the hair colour can then change to suit your mood or even your outfit. Have fun with it!

    • Jennifer
      May 8, 2015 / 10:00 pm

      I’ve never seen them Alayne!! Seems like a perfct way to try without a commitment. Thank you!!xo

  20. May 8, 2015 / 12:51 pm

    Love the turban effort and the kindness of your friend who suggested you might not be turban material. It’s always worth trying something new and fresh.

    • Jennifer
      May 8, 2015 / 9:58 pm

      Contessa is totally cool. I love her to pieces. New and fresh keeps us vibrant. And vibrant is a key to being visible.

  21. Karen H.
    May 8, 2015 / 12:49 pm

    Sounds like you are ready for a change! I say go for the streak of blue, and then you might want to go all the way! It’s only color, so have fun. I’m too much of a traditionalist to change my medium brown hair to a different color. However, I did try a deep aubergine color years ago. BTW, I like your turbans.

    • Jennifer
      May 8, 2015 / 9:56 pm

      Thanks Karen! My style is usually elegant, dramatic. So if I give my dramatic side full reign, I’ll go for the color.
      That’s the way I’m leaning. Thanks for helping me decide. I love my readers!!!

  22. May 8, 2015 / 11:31 am

    I saw someone with lilac hair recently and I loved it…I was even surprised that I loved it. Days are running out to have fun and experiment, so I say give a streak a try! Why not?

    • Jennifer
      May 8, 2015 / 9:52 pm

      I saw Lilac too!! It was awesome Pam!! My confidence and bravery are growing with each comment. This is what I LOVE about blogging. The community of women we are.

  23. May 8, 2015 / 11:20 am

    I remember having a very bright pink streak in the front of my hair way back when I was in my early twenties.I thought I looked fantastic, my mother did not agree. I also wore “hot pants” and high Biba boots. Don’t think I will being going back there.

    • Jennifer
      May 8, 2015 / 9:50 pm

      I also wore hot pants…but my legs were hot back then. So apparently I’m long over due to through some color in my hair!!

  24. May 8, 2015 / 10:53 am

    Have fun! Hair grows back. I’ve had purple and blue hair with streaks as well as black all in my 40’s. (The black was the WORST! I’m a natural blond and it just looked awful.)

    I applaud your efforts on the turban.


    • Jennifer
      May 8, 2015 / 9:49 pm

      It’s funny but I just can’t picture you as a blonde!!

  25. May 8, 2015 / 10:51 am

    Don’t feel bad I love the turban too, but can’t pull it off either! I’m not sure how I feel about the blue but it is my favorite color.

    • Jennifer
      May 8, 2015 / 7:34 pm

      It’s my favorite color too. I may start with a thin one and widen it as I get braver

  26. wendymm
    May 8, 2015 / 10:47 am

    I think I’d love a streak, however, my daughter’s hair is multi-coloured and she is still at home and I suspect she would prefer I leave the colour with her so people don’t suspect us being twinsies! What I would really love are dreadlocks! I’ve always wanted those! Husband says he will disown me. I know; it’s not for everyone! I think a lovely streak of cobalt would be delightful….

    • Jennifer
      May 8, 2015 / 7:31 pm

      Husbands are strange creatures aren’t they? They have us in a box that they don’t like rattled too much. Maybe one dreadlock?

      • September 15, 2015 / 11:09 am

        I just love your description of husbands! Mine is definitely that way too. When we first met, his preferred style for me was way to preppy. I’ve slowly expanded his box, but it’s not easy.

  27. May 8, 2015 / 10:29 am

    Oh, Good Lord, it’s not fatal or permanent…go for it !!!

    • Jennifer
      May 8, 2015 / 7:30 pm

      That’s what my hairstylist said about a perm ten years ago . I ended up looking like a poodle.

  28. May 8, 2015 / 10:21 am

    Oh do it, do it! I’m trying to shake it up too but NOoooo turbans for me either. I loved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. 🙂


    • Jennifer
      May 8, 2015 / 7:28 pm

      I think one has to have a certain bohemian look to carry off a turban. And I just don’t have it. It’s just not my style.

  29. May 8, 2015 / 10:07 am

    Jennifer I always compliment women with colorful steaks in their hair. First, I think it so artful, second, an outside of the box statement, and third, it looks so fun and fashionable! A deep blue would work for me definitely!

    The Arts by Karena
    Bunnies by Hunt Slonem!

    • Jennifer
      May 8, 2015 / 7:27 pm

      I think that’s what I’m feeling! An out of the box statement that throws caution in the trash!!
      Deep blue would look fabulous on you!!

  30. May 8, 2015 / 10:03 am

    It’s a wonderful twist that us boomers, in our masses, are turning the idea of midlife into a wild journey. Brightly colored hair, tattoos, piercings and what not, growing older will never be the same. I couldn’t be more pleased with us! (personally I’m sporting a tattoo, toe ring, thumb ring and it may not stop there . . .)

    • Jennifer
      May 8, 2015 / 7:24 pm

      You wild woman Kimberly!! It is fun being this age. It feels like the fun has just begun!!

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