About Andrea Pflaumer

Author of Shopping for the Real You, Andrea Pflaumer, is a non-fiction writer in the San Francisco Bay Area and host of the video series, Vital, Vivacious, and Visible after 50. She has written extensively about fashion for local and national publications and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Better After 50, Sixty and Me, She Savvy, and Prime Women. Her free ten-lesson course, A Lazy Person's Guide to the Perfect Wardrobe, is available on Highbrow.com.

Colors to Dye For…

Original colors

If you’ve read my book you know I’m compulsive about colors, especially the ones worn near my face. The right one make me come alive. The wrong one, like those in some of my faded tops, make me look dead. But I’m almost as compulsive about recycling as I am about color. So instead of just tossing or giving away things I love, I often break out my treasure chest of Rit Dyes. A quick dip, and voila! An old favorite becomes like new again.[...]


Are Your Shoes “Romantic?”

Nordstron Caslon sandals

Recently I was at Nordstrom and was delighted to see how they had interpreted sandals in their own brand, Caslon. (BTW, the Nordstrom annual sale is on right now.) There are a lot of different shoe styles here that work for a variety of archetypes. But I was interested to see how much the Romantic archetype was represented. Let’s break down the elements.[...]


Say “Cheese!” Getting Your Picture Taken

Shoey Sindel

For a lot of us the idea of having our picture taken can be extremely intimidating. (It has been for me!) Just having a camera pointed at you can bring up all kinds of insecurities. That's why I was delighted to have the opportunity to interview portrait photographer Shoey Sindel to get some perspective from a person behind the lens..[...]


A Summer Set: Comfort and Ease

Pauline Durban

My friend Pauline Durban, of Covered Perfectly, contacts me a couple times a year to check out the newest items on her site. If you've seen my previous posts about her clothes you know that they lean heavily toward comfort and sustainability. For the summer season she sent me two pieces to check out, both extremely comfortable and versatile. Here's how I styled them.[...]


Couture vs. Real Life: Handbags

Years ago a friend of mine who lived in Manhattan rationalized buying a cheap knockoff of a designer handbag from a street vendor on Canal Street: “They charge ridiculous amounts for the real thing. I don’t feel bad buying one that looks pretty darn close.”

I think a lot of us can relate.

Now, there is a difference between a knockoff and a counterfeit. A counterfeit is simply illegal. It’s a direct copy of an original, including the logo and details. The culture surrounding the sale of counterfeit merchandise is both sleazy and slightly dangerous. But a knockoff is something that has a similar design to an original, but with a bit less refinement, and without the cache, the […]