Welcome! It is time for Ageless Style. Elizabeth (aka the Vintage Contessa) and I interview someone each month that we think has great style. This month I am interviewing my friend Kelley Motschenbacker. I met Kelley several years ago at an Antique Fair. I probably attended just on the off chance I would meet Kelley. I had been enjoying Kelley’s blog The Polished Pebble, and felt a kinship with her even though we had not yet met. You can now find her at Kelley and Co where she still blogs on occasion. Kelley has renovated numerous homes in her signature collected style that we have all come to love. We have continued to be friends via blogging through the years. I have been begging and pleading with her to do this and she finally got tired of my prodding and gave in (did you hear that SH?) I am so happy to bring you Ageless Style-My Friend Kelley Motschenbacher. I know you are going to love her style
You Have a Signature Style that is all your own. How Would You Describe It?
Wow, that’s a hard question, Cindy! A bit boy meets girl, minimal with color, modern but not trendy. Probably a bit of preppy thrown in. I like to mix up proportions: If I wear an oversized sweater I’ll pair it with a skinny pant. With a looser bottom, I like a more fitted top or jacket. Pink is my very favorite accent color. My go-to casual uniform is a great fitting jean, a white long sleeve tee or menswear shirt, fun shoes, and a great watch.
Who Inspires You and Why?
I am very inspired by bespoke menswear and how that is re-interpreted by designers in women’s wear. I love Brunello Cuccinelli, Max Mara, and Ralph Lauren.
I know you are a passionate gardener and love a collected, layered look in your home. Do those elements inspire your personal style as well?
I am way less layered and collected in the way I dress!! But I do think we all gravitate to colors and pattern that makes us feel good and that definitely shows in what we wear. Your personality is really your brand so to speak, and that is apparent in our houses, gardens and in our environment; so what we choose to wear each day really is part of that.
What is your favorite accessory?
Probably a great watch and gold hoops. Followed by sunglasses and scarves, oh, and let’s not forget a classic handbag. Sorry I couldn’t pick one!
What are your favorite color combinations?
White with denim and camel. Black with light blue. Navy with charcoal gray. All of which you can mix and match.
Do you have a signature piece that defines your style?
20 Years ago I purchased an incredible cashmere trench coat from Donna Karan Collection. I still wear it. Its unlined, with classic proportions and made in Italy so the tailoring is beautiful. I’m big on blazers too and have a lot, most of which are vintage.
What are your favorite beauty products and why can’t you live without them?
In the last few years, I have really paid more attention to my skincare routine. I use 3 or 4 products religiously in the morning and before bed. A few favorites are products from SkinMedica, LaMer, and Clarins. As for foundation, right now I’m using Lancome Teint Miracle or IT Cosmetics CC cream. Makeup is important as I age but I tend towards a more minimal look for eyes and lips and always use a little bronzer. I love Weleda skin food hand cream and always slather a bunch on before bed. And a spritz of perfume never hurts right?
Do you have any style rules that you live by, or do you choose to break the rules?
Gosh, I have made so many rules for myself over the years. Quality over quantity is probably one rule I think I wish I had followed more. Comfort is NOT overrated. Nobody I know likes blisters from shoes or pants that are too tight.
What are your favorite online and or boutique sources?
I was a menswear buyer for Nordstrom for 15 years and I still shop there. There are some great small shops on Etsy and vintage designer finds on Ebay. I love hitting the local shops when we travel as well as shops that pop up near where I live. Shopping small and local is wonderful! I’m not opposed to online anything as long as it’s not a hassle to return.
Do you have a particular diet and or exercise regime that you follow?
I have been a lifelong runner. Right now I log in about 25 miles a week. I know people think they can’t run or do cardio as they get older but it’s all about getting started, even walking and working a plan that is achievable. I turned 62 recently so if I can do it anyone can. I eat really well, lots of greens, fish, and chicken and very little red meat and recently I gave up white wine. I do like a nice stiff vodka soda with a lime…!
Do you have any anti-aging foods and or supplements that are your go to’s?
I’m a big fan of Amy Meyers MD. I use her protein and collagen in a blended drink every morning. I have tried lots of other supplements in the past but lately, a multivitamin from Amy Meyers is about it.
What advice do you have for women over 50?
Gosh hard question. Please don’t compare yourself to others if you can help it or judge other people to quickly. It’s so hard right now to feel somewhat incomplete given the youth-driven culture we live in but age and experience are an amazing gift. Use it wisely and share when needed or asked. Set boundaries; for relationships, how much you can realistically do every day and remember the quality of quantity rule. Do things, lots of things and but do them well and enjoy it. I put my wellness, both mental and physical at the top of the list these days because without that everything else seems unimportant.
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Thank you so much Kelley for sharing your style with us. I learned a lot from this interview and found a few things I might have to invest in! You will definitely want to follow Kelley on Instagram. She is renovating a beach house currently and it is filled with ideas and inspiration
Thank you for reading Ageless Style-My Friend Kelley Motschenbacher. I so appreciate you taking time out of your day to visit. Now pop over to the Vintage Contessa and see who she is interviewing today