My younger sister, Teresa Cunningham used to look up to me when we were little and now I look up to her! She took care of my mother in her declining years, keeping up her quality of life all while running her successful marketing company in San Diego. Teresa has an unpretentious but spectacular ageless style. And she has a joie de vivre that captivates everyone around her. Hard to believe that she will be 60 years old this year!
Cindy Hattersley asked us to fill in for Ageless Style while her usual partner, The Vintage Contessa takes a break. I am excited to find out who Cindy is featuring this month! The link is at the end of the post.
How would you describe your style, Teresa? “Unpretentious But Spectacular Ageless Style” was my idea.
It’s so nice to be featured on Classic Casual Home (especially since, as you know, I gave you the name suggestion for the blog)!
I am not a slave to trends and I try to work with my body type and feet problems (bunions and the dreaded hammertoes). That said, I like to be comfortable, relaxed, and a little sparkly. My wardrobe is eclectic to include weekend casual, business-appropriate, evening, and wedding dresses.
I’ve also been known to rely on you, Mares, and my other close friends, to borrow clothes on occasion! The teal dress I am wearing is my friend Christine’s and my friends, Anne and Liz had the idea of putting a brooch I had onto a silver chain for a necklace.
What are your favorite accessories?
A good handbag (from Louis Vuitton to good finds at Marshall’s) and a good pair of glasses can elevate any look. My friend, Tammy bought me a gift certificate to Warby Parker seven years ago and I still order from them!
You were one of the first people I know to go natural with your hair color (way before Covid). When did you let your hair go to it’s natural color. How do you take care of it?
I inherited my dad’s premature grey hair in my 20’s and by the time I hit my 40’s, I was struggling with highlights and lowlights. So I reached out to my long-time hairstylist, Basil Scofido, with whom I had lost touch. He welcomed me back and said, “Let’s embrace the white!”
So we did with some highlights in the beginning and regular glaze treatments. Within 2 years it was mostly grown out and now I just get cuts every 3 months.
What beauty products do you love?
My favorites are when a girlfriend buys one of their favorites for me as a gift! Mary Ann got me this Sunday Riley CEO Vitamin C Rich Cream and I love it.
Linda gave Thrive Mascara Liquid Lash Extension to me. So good. It doesn’t smudge toward the end of the day.
I’ve been using Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation for almost 20 years.
What are your favorite color combinations?
Even before my hair went white, I liked wearing a white blouse or a black sweater. I still like white and black but find softer colors like pale pink, cream, and camel work well with my complexion.
What advice do you have for women over 50?
Have fun! We learned from the best – our parents were still laughing until their very last days on Earth!
Thank you, Teresa, for all your great advice. See why I am so proud to call her my sister?
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