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I’m happy you’ve stopped by to check out Ageless Style. Each month my friend Cindy and I interview a different woman. This month I’d like you to meet Robin Tracey.

Gliding Thru Sixty is the name of Robin Tracey’s Instagram account and like Robin, it’s relaxed and easy, and as Robin says, a page for women who have a limited wardrobe and use drugstore makeup. As she says, “I have sunspots and have done nothing except for old micro-bladed eyebrows that are fading.” 

I think Robin is authentic and beautiful, and I think you will, too.

BRENDA: I understand you just turned 69, Robin. Happy Birthday! Aging is getting harder for me. What about you?

ROBIN: I stewed over posting a recent (black and white) picture of me from my daughter’s wedding…It set me back on my heels and I thought, maybe I’d spent too much time in the sun. When I see that picture, I see all the things that bother me. Then I laugh and think at least she photographed the better side of my face because it doesn’t show the recession of my hairline on that side. LOL!

BRENDA: I know what you mean. I was asked to interview one of the 80’s supermodels at an event in Dallas two weeks ago. Afterward, we took photos of the two of us, and I kept asking if we could take another photo and another, thinking I could turn my head a different way and I’d look better. Then I thought, Hello! You’re setting yourself up when you stand next to a woman who was just on the cover of Vanity Fair and Vogue.”

ROBIN: Isn’t it terrible we do that to ourselves? Maybe that’s one of the reasons I started my Instagram account. To show women that if we take care of ourselves and stay current, I think we can all be attractive. Then I posted that picture from my daughter’s wedding.

BRENDA: I think it’s gorgeous. I think you’re gorgeous…You’ve said you struggle with thin sparse eyebrows. I can identify with that. Have you discovered a good way to fill in the holes and make them look better?

ROBIN: About five or six years ago I had them micro-bladed. They were great at the time, but they’ve faded. One of these days I’ll do it again. Doing my brows takes more time than anything else I do.

BRENDA: Me, too. I think brows are a problem for most of us. How are you doing them now?

ROBIN: I pencil them, and it takes a long time.

BRENDA: You fell off a step ladder a few months ago and fractured your fibula. That sounds painful.

ROBIN: I wore an air cast for seven weeks…It was okay. It was when the air cast came off my foot that I realized how much healing in the soft tissues…still needed to take place. But I was able to walk five clicks this week so I’m on the road again.

BRENDA: That’s great because things like that make us feel vulnerable, age-wise.

ROBIN: Definitely. This year when my husband and I were in Hawaii, I sent a video of me collecting shells to my grandchildren. Afterward, I looked at it and thought I can see a woman who’s changing even when she walks. When I read your blog where someone said Stevie Nicks had the gait of an elderly woman, I thought, what do you expect? She’s 75. I used to work out three times a week; we downhill skied and did all sorts of things. Now I’m looking at what else can I do. You age, you change. It’s constant work, Brenda.

BRENDA: You were diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. How has it changed your life? 

ROBIN: It came on really fast when I was 64. I started getting pain in the finger up the arm. I was diagnosed four years ago and all of my exercise programs changed. It was months before my medication kicked in. My husband and I would move out west for five months and we skied each day. We’re thinking about skiing again and instead of racing so hard, we’d be a bit gentler. Eventually, I was able to do yoga again, but at a different level, and I don’t do Pilates any longer…Right now I’m back to walking.

BRENDA: Did you also change your diet? I see that you eat a lot of seeds and nuts. 

ROBIN: Yes. In 2022, nothing fit me in my waist and my boobs, and I decided I needed to lose five pounds. I wasn’t feeling well physically or mentally and wasn’t motivated in the kitchen. Takeout was becoming an unhealthy pattern…I started the online Gina Livy Method. Surprisingly I lost 15 pounds and felt wonderful. A year later, I regained 10 pounds so I’m back on it to lose five of those regained pounds. 

BRENDA: You and your husband have both had health challenges and decided it’s now or never to make some big changes, and you moved. I love how your term for downsize is “right size.” How did you approach this big life change? 

ROBIN: We always said when we retired, we were going to sell the house…but I had an anxiety attack and couldn’t sell the house…So we renovated it and enjoyed it. I wanted to keep the house because I was so attached to my children. I thought the house would attract the kids to come home more, but kids can’t come home when you want them to, so it was silly holding on to this anchor…When I was ready we listed it, and it took days to sell, and I was doing the happy dance…I wanted to be near water, and we found this area near a marina. 

I also let go of my kids and stopped being a clingy mom and it was time for me and my husband to reconnect as well.

BRENDA: You make such an important point about reconnecting with your spouse. I think it’s easy to settle in and become like roommates.

ROBIN: I think it takes work because you get set in your ways and go in different directions, but it’s worth the work.

BRENDA: You have a casual style that suits you and your lifestyle.

ROBIN: I was a dental assistant for all the years I worked so I wore scrubs and with the kids, I wore jeans and t-shirts. I’m still basic classic, and functional, and I tend to keep things longer than I should. I usually buy things on sale.

BRENDA: You posted a photo of yourself in a gold sequin top you weren’t sure you were going to keep. I hope you did because you looked fabulous in it. 

ROBIN: No. I did not. It was during the winter, and I freeze during the winter and need to wear things on my arms.

BRENDA: Well, if you find another sequin top, grab it. You can wear it the other times of the year. 

ROBIN: LOL! I will.

BRENDA: Your daughter recently got married. As mother of the bride, how did you decide what to wear? I imagine your recent fall dictated what kind of shoes you wore, and that can create a domino effect because some outfits don’t look good with flats.

ROBIN: It was a small wedding…So it was going to be a cocktail-style dress. [Because of her foot] I was limited to shopping in stores that were easy for me to get to. I brought home two dresses and gave my daughter and daughter-in-law a fashion show and they told me which one they liked. 

BRENDA: Were your shoes flat?

ROBIN: Yes, Mary Janes. I know they’ve made a big comeback, but I kind of felt silly in them because I used to wear Mary Janes in public school. These were sparkly and reasonably priced and if I didn’t wear them again that was okay, and I used a sparkly purse. I decided this wasn’t about me and what I wore, so just be grateful I didn’t have a cast on my foot.

BRENDA: Do you have any favorite brands?

ROBIN: Whatever fits and may stand up for a couple of years, and I’ll get my money’s worth out of it…I have a lot of things from Calvin Klein and Melanie Lynn (IG) and there’s a little boutique downtown I visit. I don’t really enjoy shopping. I’m overwhelmed and get distracted, and I’m out of there. I don’t understand how people can shop at Zara’s and put these fabulous outfits together because when I shop there, I think ‘no,’ that’s not for you. I really enjoy Tommy Bahama, but I don’t like to order online because sizes don’t always fit.

BRENDA: If I’m in doubt about size, I’ll order two and send one or both back. Sometimes there’s a delivery fee, but that’s the price of shopping. It’s the equivalent of how much I’d spend on gas driving to the mall and back and what my time is worth. That’s how I feel. I’m not a shopper either, and I get overwhelmed because I just see a sea of things on hangars, and I leave the store. Online shopping is easier for me because I know what looks good on me and I have favorite brands I go to. 

Talk to me about what you use for your skin and the makeup you use.

ROBIN: I like Riversol. It’s a Canadian product, and I use their cleanser, exfoliant, hydrating cream, and their sunscreen. The nice thing about this product is you can go on their website, and they’ll send you a 10-day supply for free so you can sample it. Also, I love The Ordinary’s serums and oils. Their rose hips oil is the Holy Grail. Put it on your skin and your chest. And I use Nivea cream’s CQ10. 

BRENDA: Thank you for visiting with me. This has been fun.

ROBIN: Thank you, Brenda. You made it easy for me and made me feel so comfortable. 

Thanks for reading Ageless Style with Robin Tracey. Don’t forget to see who my friend Cindy is interviewing this month!

Love, Brenda


  • Kathy October 27, 2023 at 7:49 am

    Great interview Brenda! I can relate to Robin and her lifestyle and fashion choices and her needing to grow as a mother. I think she’s beautiful.

    • 1010ParkPlace October 29, 2023 at 11:23 am

      Hi Kathy, I thought you’d love Robin! Thanks for letting us know. Yes, the mother in us never dies, but sometimes we have to adjust our hopes and expectations surrounding our adult children. Tough to do! xoxox, Brenda

  • patti nisenholz October 27, 2023 at 8:32 am

    I SO totally related to her having her picture taken. I am NEVER happy with them. I too, have a better side. And I always forget to switch positions which then leads me to either be unhappy with the result or making someone w retake. WHY can’t we be satisfied? LOL!

    • 1010ParkPlace October 29, 2023 at 11:30 am

      I know, Patti. We’re our harshest critics, especially as we age. We zero in on the changes we see, the lines, sags, and bags that weren’t there a few years ago. We need to work on loving these changes and realize they come with the trials and tribulations of life. Then let’s celebrate the fact that we’re still here, stronger and smarter than we were when our faces were smooth. xoxox, Brenda

  • Helen James October 27, 2023 at 8:36 am

    Like Robin I have health challenges that have changed the way I eat and exercise. It’s been a challenge to find my new normal but I’ve found a low impact aerobics class I’m enjoying. Love the Ageless Style series you and Cindy are doing. Please keep it up.

    • Robin Tracey October 27, 2023 at 3:21 pm

      Hi Helen, I found my new normal challenging as I grieve for my old self. I wrote a post on that under #robinsjourneywithpsoriaticarthritis…a mouthful I know! Read the series if you are interested.
      I use YouTube and google…example… seniors’ yoga, gentle exercise, etc. There is so much available on YouTube. It sounds like you found a low-impact aerobics class that works for you… which is wonderful.
      All the best!!

    • 1010ParkPlace October 29, 2023 at 11:35 am

      Thank you, Helen. I’m delighted you’re enjoying our interviews because they’re fun to do. You bring up a good point: There are several things like low-impact aerobics, dance classes and tai chi we can do to stay flexible and interface with other people at the same time. xoxox, Brenda

  • La Contessa October 27, 2023 at 9:12 am

    Well done!
    I really enjoy your questions and where you go with them!
    She is Right!The kids are not coming back so maybe it’s time for a change!
    I will check her out!

    • 1010ParkPlace October 29, 2023 at 11:37 am

      Thanks, Elizabeth. You and Robin remind us that we should continue to evolve as mothers and wives. xoxox, Brenda

  • cindy October 27, 2023 at 9:35 am

    Hi Brenda

    This was so good! Robin is a breath of fresh air. She is gorgeous, practical, and stylish, what a combo! She has drop-dead gorgeous hair as well. This interview was one of my favorites and I bet many others will agree. Thank you, Robin and Brenda bravo!!

    • Nancy Weisx October 27, 2023 at 4:02 pm

      I found this quite enjoyable. I’ve known Robin on Instagram for a few years, while Brenda, I’ve only recently started getting to know you. Your platform has introduced me to so many amazing women. I’m excited to read more of your blog posts and to get to know other fascinating midlife women. For the record Robin, you look absolutely stunning in that picture from your daughter’s wedding.

      Best wishes wonderful ladies,

      • Robin Tracey October 28, 2023 at 9:20 am

        Nancy, such a lovely comment written to Brenda and me. A huge Thank You!

      • 1010ParkPlace October 29, 2023 at 11:44 am

        Hi Nancy, I just learned about you through Cindy’s interview, and it shows me how many fabulous women are out there I don’t know. And yet, regardless of where we come from or what our stories are, we’re more alike than we could imagine. I’ll be seeing you! Brenda

    • Robin Tracey October 28, 2023 at 5:21 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind comment.
      My supportive hubby, who was away at the time, sent me a text….. “How nice is that!”Very nice I replied.

    • 1010ParkPlace October 29, 2023 at 11:39 am

      Thank you, Cindy! I love doing this series of interviews because I get to know more about so many of the women I follow on Facebook and Instagram. We have more in common than we think we do. xoxox, Brenda

  • Jenny October 27, 2023 at 10:50 am

    Most of us when we reach a certain age have similar problems so it’s great to read about other women and how they feel about them and what they’re doing to get past them. This is my first time to comment, but you’re a genuine soul Brenda so I know the women you interview are as well and Robin’s no exception. Thanks for inspiring me!

    • 1010ParkPlace October 29, 2023 at 11:46 am

      Thank you, Jenny! Your words inspire me to get to know other women in our demographic. We draw strength from one another! Strong women!! xoxox, Brenda

  • Cathy Robinson October 27, 2023 at 10:52 am

    Thank you, love your blog. Any advice for a 75 year old considering upper and lower eye lid surgery???

    • 1010ParkPlace October 29, 2023 at 12:01 pm

      Ooooh, Cathy! Research, research, research. Interview a lot of plastic surgeons. ONLY THE BEST, regardless of where they are located. Ideally, you want one that specializes in eyes. Ask how many of these surgeries they’ve done and ask to see their before and after photos. AND, ask about the ones that went wrong and ask them why. Don’t be afraid to ask these questions because if you don’t, that’s how you wind up with regrets. Not to scare you, but a friend of mine–a doctor’s wife no less–had the same procedure and now she can’t close her eyes. She’s plagued by extremely dry eyes and because she can’t close them and because of the dryness, her eyeballs hurt. The skin is pulled so tight, I don’t see where another surgeon could “let the seams out” if you will. It’s a disaster. I’m friends with and a client of a lot of celebrity makeup, hair, and hair color people in NYC. Back when I thought I might have something done, one of them gave me the name of Dr. Ebby Elahi in NYC who does eyes and has an amazing reputation. You might make an appointment and go for a consultation and some advice. Let me know what you decide to do. xoxox, Brenda

  • gayle olson October 27, 2023 at 9:23 pm

    I loved this post with such an open, real woman. She looks so beautiful and comfortable in her age. I am 80, not as slim as I could be or want to be, not too wrinkled but with thin eyebrows and the effects of Bell’s Palsy and a crooked smile I hate photos. I have stomach bulges due to hernias and fallen mesh from repairs so I can only wear over blouses. BUT, I am happy and love to try new makeup, walk, and swim and have a great relationship with a husband of almost 60 years! Attitude, gratitude and love make us smile.

    • 1010ParkPlace October 29, 2023 at 12:11 pm

      I love you, Gayle! This may be my favorite comment from anyone! Ever! Like Robin, you are open and real and you inspire me to the moon and back!!! I’ve had so many breast cancer surgeries and not all of them turned out well. My hair is thinning, along with my eyebrows, and I see the age settling into my face. I don’t have a husband and my circle of friends has narrowed but the ones I have I love more than anything. And I am happy! I’m grateful to have survived the things I have and to still be here! I know some things are difficult to get past, but in the end, it’s a matter of focusing on the right things. Of having our priorities right. Blessings to you, Gayle! xoxox, Brenda

  • Kathy Howell October 28, 2023 at 4:48 pm

    I had to jump in here with an eyebrow comment. About 6 years ago, after spending an eon of time on research, I had my eyebrows microbladed. It has been one of the best things I ever did for my appearance. I’ve had just 2 touchups. Now I don’t have to do anything at all to them and they look great. My technician has stopped microblading and just does straight tattooing. She said she came to the realization that microblading was kind of a silly concept and pointless. I mean, to make them look like individual hairs would mean lots of “open” spaces which would look strange. I just found someone with fabulous eyebrows and made an appointment with their technician.
    As always, I enjoy your posts. Keep up the good work!

    • 1010ParkPlace October 29, 2023 at 12:58 pm

      Love your comment, Kathy. It’s an example of the importance of research, research, research and not having something done on the spur of the moment. Eyebrows are huge problems for a lot of us. Tattooing isn’t for me… perhaps I haven’t seen eyebrow tattoos done by an expert… Neither is micro blading. Regardless of the solutions we continue to try, it’s a pain, isn’t it? Thanks for letting me know you like my blog. It means a lot. A ton!! xoxox, Brenda

  • Sharon October 29, 2023 at 1:05 pm

    I love all of your blogs Brenda. You inspire me with your strength and remind me I need to step back and look at the bigger picture instead of narrowly focusing on the things about me I don’t like. I need to focus on the things I’ve survived not the jowls on the side of my face.

    • 1010ParkPlace October 30, 2023 at 12:00 pm

      Oh, Sharon! Thank you. I’m grateful to have helped you in some small way, but truth be told… I need to do the same thing. While I’m grateful to have survived breast cancer and so many other indignities, those pesky jowls and lines jab at me like a woodpecker who’s taken up residence in my mirror. Blessings and thank you again, Brenda

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