It would be an understatement to say that we really, really like Patti, the person behind the indispensable +40 personal style blog, Not Dead Yet Style. Because we really, really, really like her. In fact, Patti’s been featured on the blog before, but we thought we were due for a revisit, and perhaps a re-introduction of this gorgeous and inspiring woman to our newest friends and readers.
Introducing a Karina Dresses All-Star Frockstar: Patti Gibbons of Not Dead Yet Style.
Name: Patti Gibbons
Location: East central coast of Florida
Favorite Karina dress: I love them all, and I think Rita is my favorite. I really like a wrap dress for its simplicity and flattery, and Rita is the best wrap I’ve had. And the Rita prints I own are so fabulous!
How did you discover Karina Dresses? What a great story! I got an email from Garnet, one of the Karina partners, asking if I’d be interested in doing a product review. The only “catch” was we had to talk on the phone first. When we did, we had an instant rapport and a friendship was begun. Now whenever I travel to NYC, a visit with Karina and Garnet is a must. They are warm and real and so much fun. And naturally, once I tried my first Karina dress – a Megan – I was hooked.
Who are some of your biggest style inspirations? Other bloggers, to be certain, especially some of the 50+ women I have befriended: Paula of Fashion over 50, Susan of Une Femme d’Un Certain Age, Melanie of Bag and Beret and so many more. I also like to study the online catalogs of JCrew and Anthropologie, and I am a Pinterest junkie.
Who would you pick to play you in a movie made about your life? Bernadette Peters! She’s about my age now and still fabulous. The curls, that wonderful voice (I don’t have one) and her apparent joy of living – I think I’d be very happy with that movie!
What are your every day, must-reads, online or off? Funny you should ask! I was just wondering what *one* site I would choose if (heaven forbid) the internetz allowed me access to only one. It would have to be The New York Times. I can get all the current events, plus art, music, style and science. And links to what’s happening in the Greatest City on Earth. After the NYT, I read my favorite bloggers, check in at Facebook and Pinterest, and look at kittens on Livestream : >
Why is it important to love our bodies? We live in our bodies and they carry our minds. If we don’t appreciate them, we can bring the misery for sure. All of us will change physically as we age, no one is immune from that. I try to say “How interesting!” instead of “How terrible” when I notice the changes in my physical self.
If you could give your 16 year old self advice, what would you say? Ah, darling little teen girl, you are just fine with your curls and crooked teeth. Please don’t spend any more time lamenting your looks. Go forth and blossom, and don’t be so fearful. And buy stock in Apple, you will be glad you did.
Your perfect day. What would it look like? I have a couple of versions but here’s a favorite: Staying a in a cozy West Village flat. Get up and have a latte at Joe Café, wander around the bookstores and thrifts. People-watch at Washington Square while I read a Heinlein novel. Later, a lovely glass of wine with my sweetie and then we watch a baseball game at the Riviera Café and Sports Bar. Heaven!
Favorite quote: From the great wit Oscar Wilde: “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.”