New Photos, Old Friends and Chuckles

Well it all started when I read my friend Vee's post about being a copycat.  Vee is the best writer and I always get a chuckle when she writes one of her funny posts.  Vee's blog is called A Haven For Vee.

But seriously the photo of me that has been on my blog all these years is ancient.  From 2004.  She gave me the confidence to share what I look like now...two months shy of 63 years old. Yikes!

So, I set out to show me today, gray hair and all.  I let my hair go natural, and my girls are always asking me to die it.  But I have spent so much money dying my hair through the decades, I could own a beauty salon by now.

Besides, I like my gray hair, and the rest of it is turning a bit silver, I love that.

Several years ago I went to the salon and spent $120.00 to highlight my blonde, and lowlight the darks, and some other kind of light to make my hair look younger.  And it did, except it didn't cover the gray at all.  So then I had this young looking hair from the back, or when I looked down and held my head very still.  But I had to avoid windy days, because then the contrast between the gray sides and the young hair was too stark.  I looked like an old woman trying to look younger.  Oooh Betty Davis Scary.

I told my hairdresser that I was going to let it grow out and back to my natural color.  She said, in her young voice "Oh that will age you", I answered I am old, how much older can it make me look?

Well, I didn't want a photo like the ones you see on most of the blogs authored by gorgeous young girls.  I wanted something that shows who I am without scaring people away.

So, my daughter Sarah had this idea.  She really made me laugh, so my smile isn't one of those staged fake ones.  It's how I look when I am laughing.  I added it to my sidebar.  Thank's Vee!!!

When you put on a happy face, the wrinkles's better than Botox.

Happy Wednesday.

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Hi Karen,
What a fun, lighthearted post, glad to know the real you! I like your picture! Patsy from

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello Karen,

You look awesome! Love your smile.


Celestial Charms said...

Hi Karen,
I hope to look as good as you do when I'm approaching 63. Bless your soul, you look marvelous! A fun photo, too, I like that.

Dolores said...

I love reading Vee's post also....she talented just like you.
I love your new're a very young and beautiful woman!

I go through the same type of feelings with my hair...the hair dressers love us...and our money.

Great picture!

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Joyce said...

Looking good!!!!

Kathleen Grace said...

What grey hair? Your hair is beautiful, I'm still trying to keep up with my roots, red hair dulling down and going grey is not a pretty sight. Some day when I have more grey than red I'll let it go. You are beautiful and your smile is gorgeous Karen!

Beverly said...

Karen, you look beautiful. And, I don't see any gray.

I just turned 59, and my hair is completely gray. Like you, I was tired of coloring my hair. I let mine grow out and be natural quite a few years ago. I like it, and it is kind of liberating.

Snap said...

"When you put on a happy face, the wrinkles's better than Botox." Love it and so true! Fun post ... I giggled all the way through ... you beautiful woman you!!!!

Vee said...

Oh that's great! What a fun photo of you and, believe me, you are beautiful! Simply gorgeous! And a smile makes every woman lovely.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Karen,

What a lovely, fun post and you are so beautiful~ love your smile and your hair is wonderful.
I agree with you a happy face, keeps the wrinkles away.
Hope that you are enjoying your week.



Oh Karen I love this post!

I'm 37 and my hairs are turning grey...and I'm loving it! my hubby loves it too...he actually doesn't want me to get into the 'fake' colouring and all that maintenance! so it's good all around.

I don't know why so many women fight it. It can look so beautiful, natural, silver highlights!

Maybe it's the old granny sitting with her hair in a bun that they all picture...or worse yet...the short, curly permed, white do that conjure up images of 'old lady'.....or the classic Golden Girls look!

but if we keep it styled...edgy even....I think it looks stunning! Maybe between you and me, we can put Nice and Easy and L'oreal....out of business!
Do you know they say that colouring your hair ruins your kidney's? That's scarier to me than looking my age! lol

I love posts like this! So happy you took the time to write it up.....your real smile is genuinely beautiful, like you!

ciao bella

I know you've been by to visit with me today.....but I've just posted a FLASH GIVEAWAY and I'd love to have you come by and enter, if you like!

Creative Carmelina

Cinner said...

I think you look beautiful, and love your smile. This post just exudes happiness. you inspire.

Lisa Oceandreamer Swifka said...

you are beautiful and gorgeous inside and out....I love this photo as it really captures the joy!! Your smile lights up your eyes and I'll bet it lights up a room!

cindy said...


Love your blog.
I’ll be back.


Georgianna said...

Hi Karen, You are stunning! It's a beautiful photo, and as you say, it's real and warm and so welcoming. Love that you shared the details behind it, too. Very inspiring!

And thanks so much for stopping by Paris By Two.

Have a great weekend.


Charli and me said...

What a delightful post. You are just beautiful! And what a warm and charming smile. All of us who follow your blog always knew that thought :>) Your warm heart is shining through.