Cathy combines an obvious zeal for life (which is always infectious) with a fearless take on making impeccable styling both approachable and fun. We couldn’t resist the opportunity to chat with Cathy and learn more. Enjoy!

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I grew up in Dallas, but have lived most of my life in Alabama and Tennessee. We live in Nashville, but have a condo in Dallas, because most of my family is there. I am a wife to a wonderful and funny man (32 years with him), mother to three, and grand mother to two “perfect” angels! I am a “homebody”, love red wine and sleep!

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As a point of reference which age group do you belong to or perhaps you are willing to share your age?

I am 55 years old, and so blessed to be here!

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Can you tell us a bit more about your blog The Middle Page?

My blog was started almost three years ago, because I didn’t think there were any blogs for middle aged women. Boy I was wrong! There are so many great blogs written by that age group! I wanted to share my love of fashion, and to let women know, that just because you are a certain age, you don’t have to wear a granny shawl and sit in a rocking chair knitting (unless of course you want to!)!!!

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I was diagnosed with breast cancer (triple negative) about three months into starting the blog. It became a cathartic outlet for me to share what was going on with my journey and the treatment. I was hell bent on not looking like a “cancer patient”. I wanted to show women, that even if you are going through a trial, you can still get up in the morning and live! I still talk about cancer some on the blog.

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How would you describe your own personal style?

I think my style leans toward casual with a twist. I am usually in jeans, tees, and jackets. I think our world has become more and more relaxed, and you can wear pants most everywhere. I do however, love handbags and shoes!!!

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What would you consider the most important components of your style?

My signature style consists of denim and being comfortable. I won’t buy a top or sweater that doesn’t feel soft. Now, shoes are another story! I will suffer in a pair of pumps for the sake of fashion!

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Where do you live and how does that influence your style?

I definitely consider color and my body type when dressing. I know which colors look better on me, and I tend to wear those. I know that yellow and red are not my friends! I am pretty petite, so pieces that have a lot of fabric tend to swallow me. I usually choose more streamlined silhouettes.

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Do you feel you have a signature style?

My style has changed some since I turned 40 (oh lordy that was a long time ago!). I won’t wear shorts, unless I am at the beach. I also won’t wear a short skirt without tights. The knees are not looking so hot! Crop tops (obviously) and extremely ripped jeans are a no too!

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What inspires your outfit choices the most?

I am still very interested in fashion. I think God put that love in me, and think I will always be interested. I love to look at fashion magazines, and love shopping (which can mean just looking at what’s out there).

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Do you take things like color profiling or body type into account when you dress?

I don’t think I am a huge follower of trends. I really love flare jeans, but I just couldn’t get on the bandwagon of wearing them much. I know that the “off the shoulder” trend is big, but I haven’t really gotten on that one either. I just buy and wear what I like.

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Has your style changed at all after turning 40?

I think women over 40 should be themselves and wear what they like. If you feel good in something and it makes you feel confident, then wear it. I saw a woman who was probably in her 60’s that was sporting bright pink hair and a band tee, and I thought to myself, “go girl”!!!

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Fashion should be fun, and I think, that the older we get, the more fun we should have! Life is short, why not have fun?

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Thank you so much 40+Style for interviewing me. It was fun to do it!

Want to see more of Cathy? Be sure to visit her blog and instagram!

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