Style and Substance: A Conversation with Nina Bandoni

The celebrity midlife fashion blogger behind the Sharing A Journey blog conducts her life with effortless style

Nina Bandoni went from a corporate Lady Boss to a new mom at age 40, to a fashion blogger at age 60. Nina from the “Sharing A Journey” blog has pushed barriers and advanced the fashion profession. Her blog for women is blazing new trails discussing fashion, beauty and navigating midlife with style. She answers rapid fire questions on everything from fashion to mindset, below!

When I wake up… I get up around 6:00 a.m. and grab a vanilla latte. I spend 45 minutes meditating, and “listening” which involves asking questions, thinking about things I want to work on, and taking note of inspiration and answers. I then write in my gratitude journal. I try to do at least 20 minutes of yoga. My work day starts at 7:00 with a social media sweep; I respond to comments and check analytics. Then depending on what day it is, I’m either at my desk or at the ice skating rink.

Before I go to bed… I take some time to reflect on my day, and write in my gratitude journal. I spend about 10 minutes doing affirmations before going to sleep.

Style means…expressing yourself, putting your own unique spin on fashion.

A well-dressed person…always takes into consideration what he or she will be doing and dresses accordingly.

Women and men should always…I prefer to limit the use of the word “should” In life, there are millions of “shoulds” and then there is what we actually do.

The biggest misconception about me…that I am aloof. I will own being a bit guarded or cautious. I am actually very sensitive person, and put my whole heart into relationships. I am loyal friend. I’ve learned to be careful whom I invite in, I guess I have a limited bandwidth, and I like to kind of see what’s going on with people before I jump into relationships with both feet.

My favorite quote…“Better late than never.” It’s never too late to live your best life, it starts with making the decision and figuring out what it looks like for you, then just start walking. Everything else has a way of falling into place, including changes in direction, if necessary.

If I weren’t doing what I’m doing today…I view my work like breath. There is a force within me that has been longing to make its way into the world for as long as I can remember. I’ve finally found where I belong, so gosh, I don’t know what I’d do if I hadn’t started the blog and didn’t get to create content!

My legacy will be…It’s important for people to know that it’s never too late to live your best life. I’ve done almost everything in my life “late” from the day I was born (2 days late), having a child (age 40), to starting a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog in my 50’s. I’d like to inspire people to work out their unique version of life and live it wholeheartedly no matter where they are along life’s journey.

Gratitude means…Gratitude opens the heart in ways that few other things can. Practicing gratitude twice a day will change your life.

The future of fashion is…Fashion is ever changing. Like a river it continues to flow with ideas, new and old influences and is inspired world around and within us. As the world and our inner beings change, fashion changes with us and reflects both who we are as individuals as well as a multi-cultural world.

Happiness is…a choice, a practice, and is self directed.

My family…I am so grateful to have my little family. I have an amazing boyfriend and a wonderful daughter. I consider myself blessed.

Giving back means…Just giving of your heart without expecting anything in return, giving for the simple joy of giving is another life changer. It is an antidote for depression and anxiety. If we all give and receive freely, the whole world changes. Needs are met. Fear is awaited. That’s not to say we should not have commerce, nor that people should not make money to sustain themselves. It is to say that one should give 10% of his or her excess, and your excess could be time, money or other resources.

In the end…Life offers us the opportunity to live in love or fear. You get to choose.

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