California at the age of 50 wanting a fresh start from the corporate world. While still trying to
figure this out, my new husband Allan and I took a trip to South East Asia.
In Vietnam I was struck by the hard working women, and for some reason, the ones stringing
pearls especially tugged at my heart and I wanted to help. One woman I met, Huong, invited me
for tea and we talked about her life, her small pearly jewelry business and her desire to do
business in America. I promised to help her and brought home 13 strands of pearls and a
renewed sense of purpose: helping women and children in need
The thirteen strands of pearls were quickly sold and the adventure took off as I began to buy
more jewelry and set up booths at the weekend markets and traveling around the US selling
pearls at women’s events. As my husband and I traveled to other countries such as India,
Turkey, Nepal, Thailand, France, England. and of course Vietnam, I began to meet other women
making amazing jewelry in other countries and finally opened a jewelry store in Coronado, an
island extension of San Diego.
The freedom and space of having my own store allowed me to start buying gemstones, charms,
beads, icons and medals for designing my own jewelry. However, when COVID hit, I closed my
store and moved into the studio apartment at my home and began to focus on building an online
I am fascinated by life and the aging process even though I keep forgetting that I will be 75 in a
few weeks. I love meeting people of all ages and my friends spans at least five decades. This
affords me the opportunity to constantly be in a flexible learning mode but also comforts me to
be with women older than me to experience their graceful aging.
Age is really a state of mind and a conscious choice about how I want to show up in life. I want
to keep dancing until the band stops
“It’s so cool to see a woman your age so hip”
They love my blue hair and my costume wardrobe from around the world.
I love wearing Indian saris and embellished long coats from Turkey
Yoga, I’ve been practiceing for over 60 years, not only for flexibility, but to quite my mind and improve my balance.
I experiment with different styles to keep myself from agaile and at the top of my game.
Yes, so much so I keep forgetting my age. The age range of my friends spans at least five decades. This affords me the opportunity to constantly be in a flexible learning mode but also comforts me to be with older women than me to experience their graceful aging. So much so it’s sometime hard for me to realize I am 75 years old.
That’s really a hard question for a woman who has a showroom full of beautiful one of a kind gemstone jewelry.
I love pearls with everything and the more unusual and funky the better.
I’m also drawn to bold, ethnic, chunky, over the top jewelry.
Every piece I design I would personally love to wear.
I never make jewelry just for popularity sake.
Chanel foundation for sure and always, flaxseed oil for cleaning and
three layers of drug store lipstick (Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink, Maybelline Super Stay Ink Crayon & No7 Stay Perfect lipstick.
Iris, of course and my blue hair was inspired by McKenzie & Child.
Zandra Rhodes showed me the importance of wearing the colors you love — not what your color seasonal palette is.
And Betsy Jonhson inspired mixing colors and textures and styles for a more original look.
That said I still love jeans and white shirts.
Favorite TV SHOW was AMERICAN BANDSTAND.
ANY THOUGHTS ON GETTING OLDER?
I’m in TWO of his books, the second edition of Advanced Style OLDER & WISER page 28, across from Carol Channing and the third book ADVANCED LOVE.
Advanced Love, Dolores and Allan page 72.
As to my thoughts on aging, it really is a state of mind and a conscious choice about how I want to show up in life.
I want to keep dancing until the band stops.
That’s a tough question because I have no desire to go back in time.
I’ve worked consciously to live in the state of mind of positive law of attraction, forgiving the past and making peace with the journey.
Those mistakes, missteps and screw ups I want to acknowledge and leave behind with self forgiveness.