alidastyle alidastyle

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Alidastyle  Fashion is my passion, @mymakeovermission is my calling!

To All Of My Faithful Followers....
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As much as it saddens me to say, I am taking my AlidaStyle profile off Instagram. It took much thought and consideration to come to this decision, but it’s what is best for me at this time in my life. .
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I realize that time is a luxury, and I was spending more time on IG than I was on my nonprofit mission. And, this is where my focus needs to be. It hurts a great deal to leave many of the wonderful and inspiring people I’ve met on this platform, but the women I serve in my nonprofit deserve my full attention. .
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Many of you have gone on my journey of discovery with me. And, what an exciting ride it was. I couldn’t have achieved my goal of getting my nonprofit launched without your encouragement and support.
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I will continue with @mymakeovermission and welcome you to interact with me on this page. If not, I will miss you and wish each and every one of you much love and success. ❤️❤️

I’m sorry to say I’m not feeling fabulous and I won’t do it!! I need a break from IG to clear the deck!!
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When I started on IG almost a year ago, I posted a pic and got so excited to see how many people liked it! It was the gift that kept on giving! As time went on, I realized it wasn’t about how many likes or followers I got, it was the people I engaged with and ultimately, became friends with that mattered. .
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During this time, I was getting followers who didn’t like or comment, you know, the ones who have private accounts, generic pics and numbers after their names! I never followed back, but yet they requested to send me messages! I declined, but they kept coming. I decided to respond to two saying IG is not Tinder, then blocked them! Well, as the months went by, the fake followers came fast and furiously to the point that they’re seeing my posts, when so many of my treasured insta friends are NOT! .
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In a recent post, I don’t have a story, just a pic. Why you ask? IG deleted it. I believe it was due to the content. I told the story of the unfortunate and embarrassing incident I had at the airport! You would have laughed your asses off if you had read it!! To say I was disappointed would be an understatement!! IG deleted my story, but they don’t police these insidious fake followers! Unacceptable!
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A few weeks ago, I spent hours blocking 48 of these fake followers, but have at least 400 if not more to go. And, to make matters worse, I now have them on my nonprofit page! I don’t have time for this and I’m angry that I have to work so hard when all I wanted, was to find like minded people who I could connect with. Unfortunately, it has turned into a job that I hate and a job I’m not getting paid for! Your thoughts?
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#beheardbeseen #tellingmystory #keepingitreal #beproudofyourself #myinstafriends #makeitmatter #lovewhatyourdoing #bebravebeyou #alidastyle #gottadothis #makingchangesforthebetter #makingchangesforme

Are You Under The Weather?
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Wherever I go, whoever I speak to, the conversation is always about the weather! When will it end, when will Spring be here, what’s with the weather? .
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I was in the supermarket yesterday when it started to rain. Not only was I bundled up due to the chilling temperature, now it was raining and I didn’t have an umbrella! I was on the checkout line when a woman standing behind me said, “how long is this weather going to last?” I turned around and said, “I wish I had the answer”, but I don’t! What I do know, is, it’s lasted longer than my last relationship! LOL!!
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#motojacket #blackcap
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How Well Do You Know Me?
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I have been blessed with a great number of amazing women followers who have joined me on my journey over the last six months. Thank you for your love, laughs, encouragement and support!
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For all my recent followers who haven’t gotten to know me, I invite you along with my faithful followers to get a glimpse into where my journey has taken me and to find out more about me, Alida! .
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About a month ago, I was approached by a lovely young woman named Stephanie. She too is a curly girl and asked if she could write a story on me to be featured in her new magazine@readcurl When I asked why me?, she told me I was a woman not only with curly hair, but a woman with great style and a woman who recently launched a nonprofit! @mymakeovermission She then told me the piece is going to be in a section about Women Who Are Changing The World! Me?, Holy sh-t! I could understand if I was Oprah, but me, changing the world?, I can’t even figure out how to change my sheets!!
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So, if you’re interested or curious, you can read the article that was released the other day by clicking on the link in my bio @readcurl.com/alida.pdf
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#mycurls #mycurlyhair
#alida #embraceyourage #styleatanyage #fabulousandfierce #citystyle #beyourself #styleshoot #monochromestyle #minimaliststyle #urbanstyle #redefiningage #myinstastyle #meandmystyle #mylookoftheday #mylookfortoday #grayhairdontcare #curlynaturalhair #alidastyle #rockyourhair #fabuloushair #earringfashion #earringlover #agegracefully #allblackstyle

A Day of Celebration for Women!! .
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As my once a week post was approaching I panicked! No photographer, no arsenal of photos to choose from and certainly no selfies! Oh shit, what was I going to do? .
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After calming myself down, it dawned on me that I have a series of black & white photos taken by a fashion photographer for my website about a year and a half ago. I’ll use one of those pics, NOT!!
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This is my tbt photo taken on my iPhone by my grandson who was helping on the shoot that day. He snapped the shot at the same time the high priced professional snapped. As it turns out, my grandson’s photo was far better than the photographers!! Lesson learned and big bucks saved in the future. .
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Prior to this photo, the only pics I have of myself dates back to about ten years ago. Years before IG and years before apps! As I was rummaging through the photos, I found this one. I liked the pose but I wanted to tweak a few things, but I didn’t know how. It was my first time using any apps! Sad, but true. So, I found a photo app and of course didn’t have a clue what to do and ended up editing the crap out of my face! Who knew I would end up looking like a wax figure! The second thing I noticed and laughed my ass off was me wearing my Converse sneakers and posing them as though they were Manolo Blahnik’s!!
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#mycurls #mycurlyhair
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My hairstyle today is “I Tried”
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Before I embraced my curly hair, I wore it slicked back in a tight bun! I also blew it out to look straight, but that took forever, and although I don’t exercise, the muscles I built up in my right arm could have knocked out Mike Tyson!! .
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I personally think our hair and how we choose to wear it speaks volumes about our personality. For me, curly hair turned out to be a perfect match and I loved it! I was more approachable, I let my quick wit rip and my personality took on a life of its own!
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However, I soon learned some of the challenges that comes with the curls. People who don’t have curly hair think you don’t have to do anything but wash and condition. Wrong!! You are only supposed to wash it once a week so you don’t dry it out, leaving me with 2 out of 7 days to look good. The other 5 days I wear hats. That would probably explain why I have more hats than hairs on my head! I’ve been asked countless times why I cover up my gorgeous hair with hats and my reply is always “oh honey, that’s not my hair, it’s a wig!”
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When I started to let my gray grow in I had no clue how long it would take. I thought maybe a year. NOT!! I certainly wasn’t prepared to wait 18 years!! Yes, you read that correctly. The saying gray hair don’t care is no joke. Anyone with gray hair I’m sure would agree, that gray hair is often a challenge. For me, it’s straight, fragile and thin. Mix it in with the curls gets you what you see in my photo! .
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Thankfully there is a plethora of curly girl products on the market, but certainly not enough information on how to maintain your gorgeous locks. For all of you ladies who have curly hair there is finally a new magazine just for us! Check it out @reaDcurl You’re welcome!

Scarf made with upcycle fabrics .
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When You’ve Lost Your Mojo!!
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I know it’s so uncharacteristic of me not to write a story, but this has been a hellish week and I don’t want to bore you with the details.
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Did you ever have a week where everything turned out to be one curve ball after another? Thankfully, I was a pretty good softball player in my time and was able to dodge some of the balls, but boy it knocks the crap out of ya!
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The one good thing was my finding an incredibly talented photographer to take my pics. He took these, but please don’t judge him until I’ve had a few good nights of sleep and back to my usual perky self!
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#ageless #embraceyourage #ootd #benoticed #statementearrings #styleatanyage #nycstylist #nystreetstyle #advancedstyle #advancedstyleolderandwiser #style #nycpark #blackhats #stylecollage #fabulousandfierce #tbt #citystyle affordablestyle #beyourself

I found something so special...
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For me, Style is all about self expression! My aesthetic is simple and classic. The “edge” as most described by others are the accessories I adorn with my look. Accessories that bring out my personality! I wear black because I love it, but also because it’s a great canvas to highlight my collection of my treasured accessories that are mostly vintage!
So, when I saw these earrings@femmefrancaise.shop I was so excited! I loved the simplicity of design and the black horn that was so unusual and appealed to my aesthetic! And, although I have a plentiful collection of interesting and unique earrings, I had nothing that resembled these. They are a minimalist design with a modern and classic style made with lacquered buffalo horn. Ooh la la! I immediately DM them to purchase a pair and much to my surprise, I was asked if I would wear the earrings with one of my outfits and post. Are you kidding me? Of course!
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Well, the earrings arrived about a week later and much to my surprise, they were more fabulous in person! They are lighter than a feather, made by hand and beautifully designed with the most ingenious silver lever back. Of course, being the klutz I am, I immediately DM them to please tell me how to put the lever back in!!! It reminded me of the first time my friend taught me how to use a tampon. I struggled, but finally got it and was so proud of myself only to find out I left the cardboard in!! Once a klutz, always a klutz!! earrings@femmefrancaise.shop
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I Just Want To Smell The Flowers!
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This photo was taken several months ago when the weather was glorious and I was enjoying eating ice cream cones outdoors! I so long for the return of warm weather, light clothing and flowers in full bloom. I’m not sure how long I have to wait, as I don’t understand the weather forecast being relied upon by a ridiculous little rodent who jumps out of the hole in the ground to predict how many weeks we have until Spring! Are you friggin kidding me? .
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#ageless #embraceyourage #ootd #benoticed #styleatanyage #nycstylist #nystreetstyle #advancedstyle #curlsrock #advancedstyleolderandwiser #style #earringslover #flowersoftheday #ageaintnothingbutanumber #nycfashion #nycpark #grayhairdontcare #upyourstyle

Fake It Till You Make It!😘
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Picture this...it’s the 70’s and my Dad is a ladies coat manufacturer in the New York City garment center. He’s making what was referred to at the time, fake fur coats for the masses. He’s selling to JC Penney, Sears, Burlington and other merchants in that category. While he’s busting his ass making these low end coats, my mother is sporting her gorgeous sable coat for evening and a leopard to wear to her card game. Imagine the irony!
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It’s now the 80’s and those fake fur coats are now called fun fur! They couldn’t be manufactured fast enough. They were the darlings of the lower end market. Originally, the coats were made in every color imaginable, but when they came out with all different animal prints they were in high demand. My Dad was one of the first people to be on HSN showcasing the coats. I didn’t understand what a big deal that was at the time. So, when my Dad asked if I wanted a coat I was horrified. I had my eye on a real fur coat and told him “I wouldn’t be caught dead in a fake fur!” Boy, have things changed and as you can see, so did I!
I’m sure he’s smiling down on me now, or not! LOL!
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Fast forward to two weeks ago...I had a credit in a vintage thrift store and was determined to use it before it expired. So, on an snowy day in NYC, I dragged my tush downtown. As I’m eyeing the inventory, I spot this incredible faux fur as they’re referred to now. It’s a reversible leopard print with a fabulous hood. It was love at first sight! I tried it on and although the sleeves were big enough to fit a small child in, I thought I can make this work! This was obviously not the low end fake fur my Dad made, this coat is beautifully crafted and it’s warm enough that I don’t need a portable electric blanket! . . The last pic is my Dad and I 2002
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The takeaway here is....clothes and style are like karma. What goes around, comes around!! .
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#ageless #embraceyourage #ootd #benoticed #fauxfur #fauxfurcoat #statementearrings #styleatanyage #nycstylist #nystreetstyle #advancedstyleolderandwiser #styleisageless #urbanstreetstyle #minimalstreetstyle #wearwhatmakesyouhappy #curlsrock #naturallycurly #silverjewelry

THANK YOU!! .
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I want to give a big shout out to my insta friends who followed me on my journey. I never imagined the outpouring of love and support I would receive. I am touched and oh so grateful. .
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I am overcome with emotion knowing I have been an inspiration to people of all ages. We talk and post about aging, style, fashion and skincare, but never did I anticipate my giving makeovers to the often forgotten women in nursing homes would find a place in the hearts and minds of so many people. .
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My heartfelt thanks goes out to those of you that left such beautiful comments. I cried just reading them. And, for those of you who spread the word on a live story, for those that directed people to @mymakeovermission, for those who were not following me, but posted my story on Fb and for the requests I have to tell my story in magazines and blogs is all overwhelming! I could never have predicted that so many people would be touched by my story and my mission. And, last, but not least, those who donated to mymakeovermission a big thank you for helping me put smiles on the faces of the ladies. .
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It fills my heart and gives me such joy to give makeovers to the often forgotten women in nursing homes, but I especially love that I’m the youngest woman in the room! LOL!!
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#thankyou #tbt #agelessstyle #curls #nycstylist #smile #redlips
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#wearwhatmakesyouhappy #headshot #nyc

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