Fashion over 50: Beach Casual

HI, friends, thank you so much for the well wishes on our wedding story. It was a thrill for me to share it with all of you because really, you have been a part of my story all along the way and it’s only fitting that you get to see the happy ending.  It’s been a true God journey for me to get to this place and I’m very grateful for it.

Mark and I went to the beach last week with his family and it was so much fun. Well, if you like to sit on the beach, cat nap, and read books then it was fun. That’s about all we did until dinner each evening.  The weather was hot as you’d expect August to be, but the crowds were gone, since most schools are back in session already in the Southeast.  We had great weather and only one morning of rain.

It’s been a crazy 2 months as we bought a house, my dad was in the hospital and rehab for 6 weeks, I had the Haven Conference, we got married, and then went to the beach. It’s mostly been good stuff happening, but it’s been exhausting.  We are really getting close to moving in the new house and that’s going to be a banner day! I’m in packing mode right now and getting things ready for movers to come week after next.  I’ll continue to share updates on the house and all of that process as we get moved in and settled.

I’ll do another update on Dad soon, but he’s home and doing well!  He’s getting plenty of home cooking and eating much better now that he’s home and getting around well on the walker and using a cane.  We think he’s going to recover very well and get most of his energy back.  It’s such a relief after seeing how far down he had gone fighting that c diff.

So, back to Fashion over 50! I went off and forgot my hanging bag when we left for the beach, which meant I had shorts and pants in my suitcase, but nothing to go with them, so I had no choice but to go shopping!  I went in a local beach shop on St. George Island and found a few things by Raya Sun and bought a couple of dresses.  These aren’t expensive at all and may fall apart, but they worked for me while we were on vacation and I think they are cute.

I went in and tried on several things and ended up with 2 dresses and a top.  This ombre one in blue and white was beachy and comfortable too, so I figured it would be a good summer dress with flats.  Each of the dresses was $32.

I found that Amazon (affiliate link) carries this brand, so you can check out that link if you like these and want to find something similar.  

I don’t like short dresses anymore, but these came to the knee which I liked a lot.

Sometimes it’s cooler in the summer to wear dresses rather than shorts or pants.

Another dress by Raya Sun.  I gave up on my hair at the beach. No use trying to really style it with the humidity and wind, it was a hot mess most of the time.

I loved this top, also Raya Sun. These will be fun to have in my summer wardrobe.


Each of these pieces have some embroidery on them which I liked too.

So, I didn’t plan to go shopping on our beach trip, but it turned out I needed to and I’m sure I’ll enjoy these for other occasions too.  I’ll do a post next week on our beach trip to St. George and share the highlights.

That’s it for this week’s Fashion over 50. Thank you as always for stopping by!



- Rhoda


  1. Love all the outfits but especially the first dress! Congratulations on all the good things coming together in your life!

  2. Jan Jensen says:

    Love the dresses and top. You wear the styles I like and can afford. Love your hair. You are looking more beautiful every day, guess Mark is the cause of that. I married my husband in my late fifties and it was the best thing ever.

  3. Humidity— Nature’s curling iron! You look adorbs!

  4. Love that idea for some beach shopping! ? I left my entire make-up bag once. Fortunately it was on our way home, not to. Your buys look adorable on you, I agree and love cool dresses all summer, much easier to throw on, too. And, it sounds unanimous, your hair is very cute that way! I hope you plan some ‘down’ time after you get moved in. You both will need it. Thankful for good news about your sweet Dad!

  5. Colloni Keener says:

    We have been to SGI many times. It is our favorites beach! Hope you loved it.

  6. Your new outfits are so cute and reasonable! Left your hanging bag at home. That sounds like something I might “accidentally” do so I’d have to go shopping. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

  7. diane in northern wis says:

    I love all your new duds Rhoda…really cute. and they look so great on you too! Bet you had a fine time on the beach, even in the heat. It sounds great to me. Can’t wait to see the pics of you guys moving into your new house. So happy for you and Mark!

  8. Audra Taliaferro says:

    Cute dresses! Love your hair – I’m a curly girl myself!

  9. Girlfriend you look fabulous ❣️
    And ditto on all the comments! You do have the “glow” that registers your new marriage, your new home and a new wonderful chapter in your life and abundant blessings! God is good! So glad your Dad is home! (wink wink)…a lovely new connection with your dad and your dad’s sister! Southern Hospitality at its finest!

  10. p.s. I love your blue dress (Gator blue) but I love the red too (Alabama red) ! And the white dress is perfect for a “family” honeymoon after your marriage in Savannah!

  11. Cute outfits as always. So glad your Dad is doing well.

  12. Iris McCloud says:

    Rhoda, Isn’t it true that we always want the hair that we don’t have ? Since my 20’s I have wanted wavy hair like yours. Mine is poker straight and when I go to the ocean the salt and humidity make it lay completely flat without a hint of wave . I have friends that wish they had “nice,smooth” hair like mine. The grass is always greener.

    • That’s true, Iris. I guess after having crazy wavy hair all my life, it’s nice to have it smooth sometimes and I could never get that before the flat iron was invented. Now I can do both, which is fun.

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