As you may know, Gold Violin was born when our founder went looking for a stylish cane and came up empty-handed. So when we heard this story about 89-year-old entrepreneur Pearl Malkin, it touched our hearts. She’s started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the launch of Happy Canes, her line of walking sticks decorated with artificial flowers. It just goes to show you’re never too old to start something new!Â
Personal style is one of those things that changes and evolves with age, but never goes away. In fact, some of the most stylish people we know are seniors. It’s always a delight to see people loving their look and expressing their sensibilities through amazing outfits, so we were excited to come across Advanced Style. This blog showcases senior street style that’s inspiring for all ages!
Stylin’ seniors all over have discovered that needing something to lean on isn’t such a bad thing these daysâ€”canes are getting cool! With tons of colors, patterns, materials and designs available, you can easily find a walking stick that supports your stride and your stylish sensibilities. Read on to find your style profile and canes that match your look.
Style Profile: Elder Elegance
Your personal style is equal parts old Hollywood glamour and British Royal familyâ€”Barbara Stanwyck, eat your heart out! These canes are perfect fashion statements for your wardrobe.
Designer Carbon Fiber Cane Pewter mesh, a classic floral or a bold graphic roseâ€”all the pattern options look regal with the classic derby handle.
Pairs well with: A cashmere sweater set and pearls.
Favorite features: Incredibly lightweight carbon fiber that’s also sturdy.
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Now that the weather is warming up, you may be booking your flight back to home in the north. You have probably researched the best deals, picked the best flight seat, determined how long the flight is, figured out how to get to the airport and made a list of what to pack. When you start packing, donâ€™t forget these five must-have items for your flight back home.
Below are our top five picks for products that will make your flight more pleasant:
1. Rolling Suitcase
Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in 0 Comments
If youâ€™re an experienced snowbird or simply vacationing in a warmer climate for the very first time, itâ€™s important to be prepared when you make that long journey, especially if youâ€™re traveling by car. You probably already have the basics covered: snacks, a cooler and your medications, but did you know that there are some fantastic new products available to help make your trip even more comfortable and convenient?
We picked five must-have items that can help make your next journey more enjoyable:
Sitting for long periods of time can cause leg fatigue, cramps and even blood clots. To combat these common problems, consider investing in a massager. This lightweight item is designed to fit around your calf. Its small size makes it easy to pack, and its pumping action can relieve aching muscles, stimulate blood flow to your legs and even build strength because it works the calf muscles by simulating exercise. Itâ€™s cordless and runs on AA batteries, making it a convenient choice for those on the road.
When it’s time to let go of your car, you might wonder how you’re going to enjoy your favorite outings or run errands. But when you stop driving, you don’t have to lose your independence. On the contrary, you might find a new sense of freedom now that you’re unburdened from the effort and responsibility of car ownership. There are other options for getting around town and other ways to connect with family and friends. Read on for four suggestions on how to be independent without a car and enjoy a new sense of individuality.
1. Take a Stroll
Find out what’s within walking distance of your home and set out for a pleasant walk to pick up a prescription or grab a bite to eat. This also kills two birds with one stoneâ€”you get your daily exercise while getting your errands done. Walking with a neighbor or friend during the daylight is a good way to make sure you stay safe. If you’re less solid on your feet than you once were, a helper like the Metro Walker or Walkabout Rollator can keep you walking strong without worry.
Driving his future wife, Ann, to school in his Ford roadster, John Batarâ€™s attention was probably not entirely on the road ahead. More than eighty years later, the couple has indeed traveled a long road together â€“ they have just been honored as the 2013 longest married couple in the U.S. by the group, Worldwide Marriage Encounter.
â€śI fell for her right away,â€ť John said. â€śGradually she liked me and we got together.â€ťâ€¨ But the made-for-each-other couple seemed star crossed at first; Annâ€™s father had pre-arranged her marriage to a man twenty years older. So the Bridgeport, CT couple eloped to Harrison, N.Y. to be married in 1932. â€śSome people said it would never last. We showed them,â€ť smiled John.
What is the secret of their marital longevity? According to John, â€śGet along. Compromise. Live within your means and be content,â€ť he said.Â â€śAnd let your wife be the boss.â€ťâ€¨â€¨â€śWe donâ€™t have bosses,â€ť Ann chided, adding that spouses shouldnâ€™t hold grudges, and they should live according to their commitments.
Of course, part of the secret to their lasting marriage is their personal longevity â€“ John is now 101 years old, and Ann is 97. They have 5 children, 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. “That’s what makes life what it is,” she said. “We were fortunate enough to live long enough to see this … and it’s really one of the most gratifying things in the world to see your great-grandchildren, to see your grandchildren become adults.” John added, “That’s what keeps us alive. We live for them.”
It sounds as though the Betars have also lived very well for each other.
Here at the Gold Violin offices, we all have our favorite parts of watching the Super Bowl: Ellie loves dressing up to support her favorite competing team, Peter enjoys the chance to show off his home theater set-up to friends, and for Tara, it’s all about the delicious snacks. But there’s one thing we all agree on: it’s always a kick to watch the zany ads that companies come up with for this special event.
This year, our hands-down favorite ad was on a theme near and dear to our hearts: older people having fun and living it up. After all, we spend our days hunting down products that make it easy for people to live full, vibrant, independent lives no matter what their age or abilities. So it was tremendous fun to see these seniors showing the world that life after “a certain age” is far from boringâ€”it can truly be a blast!