I have a habit of living in denial and pretending things don’t exist in the hope that they will just… well… just stop existing. If I don’t acknowledge it, then it doesn’t exist, right? Like the garden shed, I promised to clear out during Corona, but it's still a mess. My ever-growing toe hair. Why do I always seem to miss it when I shave? The fact my hair only looks good for about 1 hour a day before humidity destroys it. And my age!
I'm turning 50 this year, 50. 50! Did I tell you I'm turning 50 this year??
I've never had a problem with my age. When you stay alive, you grow older. It's as simple as that! And now I'm turning 50.
I’ve noticed my body is slowly changing. Although my weight has been the same for over almost a decade ( 65k at 1.78) I do see the changes kicking in. My skin had become dryer and less tight. Doing the downward-facing dog at yoga has become very scary seeing the skin wrinkle on my knees! It’s more obvious now, despite the fact I’ve got fitter and stronger and more toned my skin seems to think otherwise. I'm turning 5o and I’m learning to be fine with it.
My blogging adventure as Ibizabohogirl started 5 years ago and I had no idea this would become my full-time business. Now, 5 years later, I sometimes feel like a bohemian unicorn among all those girls just starting out. Do I envy them? Hell no! I'm a happy and healthy European size 38 and I love my body and the wrinkles that are appearing on my face. I don't feel the pressure for a strict diet anymore just to fit into a bikini. I don't feel the pressure to sculpt my face with fillers and fake lips like the Kardashian girls just for the sake of getting more Instagram followers.
Think of all the products we see that promise to maintain a youthful body and face. The magazines and Instagram are full of it.
It is such a toxic message. “Getting older is wrong” But simply living, makes you grow older! I'm not saying you shouldn't take care of yourself, because you should! Nurture your body like it's your most expensive bag. Try and eat healthily, but please also eat that cake and ENJOY it! Moisturize or even better, oil up your skin but don't spend a month's salary on it!
To be brutally honest, I feel better in my skin now than I did in my 20s. Looking back at those pictures I see a very skinny girl always trying to please others and afraid to speak her mind. Wisdom comes with age and I've certainly learned my lessons. Now I'm not afraid to make choices others may not approve of. Who cares! I'm not afraid to live life out of the box and live a life less ordinary.
I hope this inspires you to embrace your age no matter if you're in your 30's, 40s, 50's, or above! We all have our own song to sing in life and I sure hope you're singing it out loud girl!
Don't forget that true beauty is the smile on your face, no matter what age you are.
With love & light,
get the look: Afghan coat | Hippie bus | Graphic tee | Boots vintage from Etsy
Great article Yvon! I turned 60 this year but I feel great. I am much more comfortable in my own skin than when I was in my 20’s…
Thank you so much, Christy! Let’s simply celebrate life! No matter what our age is 🙂 with love, Yvon
60 s make you even more real. Enjoy!
I’m 66, and my focus is in good health. But aside from this, I get to enjoy doing all things bohemian!
I am turning 67 this Aug 1st. I feel great but I do say: how fast the years have pasted! Lol!
Yvon! Thank you for sharing this!!! You are very beautiful and a wonderful inspiring woman.
I started my own journey with Colorful4u.com 3 years ago (at the age of 42) and I totally relate with your experience. I pose in some of my photos to showcase my products and it feels weird sometimes but I have learned to get used to it. Thank you for inspiring me every day!
Thanks for sharing Maria! And thank you for always supporting me! Let’s grow old and just have fun! xoxo Yvon
This article came to me at the perfect time. Thank you. I turned 56 last month and have never been concerned about my age until now. Your words reminded me that a number doesn’t determine who or what I am. Only I can do that. Thank you for helping me refocus on what’s important. 💜
Amazing! You are beautiful in so many ways. Thank you for the wonderful advice!
Live your life to the fullest Bobbi and embrace your flaws! Just be unique in your own way.
Thank you so much for this sharing! I’m a vintage 58 yo! I’ve dropped 90 lbs!!! I changed my (eating!) habits, and voila, my body thanked me! but alas, at 58, after porting the extra ‘tonnage’, my skin no longer contains the elastin that it used to… and crepe-ing is a new “friend”!
After reading your article, I am open now to embrace those ‘flaws’ – they are reflections of where have been, what I have done, and who I have become.
Wow Dawn!! I’m totally with you girl! I look at my skin with wonder everyday! Let’s treat our bodies with pride! Thanks for taking the time to read my story xoxo Yvon
Hi Dawn It’s wonderful n many thank ABT age I’m 62year old n I kp my face happy n no need to worry ABT wrinkle n just think more positive n kp up young Ive always wear hippie clthes Frm 12years old till now 62year old n natural ways n hate fake things n face lift n body n city clthes make uncomfry n never wear make up 😍
Hi Gorgeous..and I’m still following you on IG 😉
Yeeeesss, Age is just a Number and we should wear it with pride !!
I’m turning 53. next Year in March and yesssssss the body changes like everything changes in life as you grow;-))
I love your Vibe and the fashion you present..it’s totally my style !!!
Let’s keep supporting one another and spread thaaat Boho Hippy Gypsy vibration
Lots of love and light 2U2
Wow!!! Thank you so much Corinne!! Age is just a number and I’m just enjoying life more every day! Thank you for following me! xoxo Yvon
Dank lief! Lekker samen oud worden en rimpels tellen!!! Let’s do this! xxx Von
Hi I’m 51 and age doesnt bother me! My profile foto was taken only a couple of weeks ago, no filters or anythin (useless with technology so wouldn’t know how) women of our age look fabulous cos we dont try so hard, be proud of who and what you are, you deserve it!
Thanks so much Beverley! I never expected this blog to have such an impact. Happy to my wrinkles and stories with you! Keep on glowing! xoxo Yvon
Thanks for sharing this.
Well, I am very close to 50 too. I am single mum with 3 beautiful girls living life at its fullest. Today I am beating again breast cancer and reading your blog in the hospital gives me even more strength! Hell yes, we get older, but along with this we accept ourselves more and more, we are stronger than before and no longer take any crap from no one. I love your blog and your van and your articles.
Thanks for inspiring all women of all age.
Tons of butterfly hugs from Switzerland 🙏✌️
( I did private sales here over in Switzerland, if interested let me know)
I don’t know what to say but you’re the stronger one here! Sending you strength and health! Keep your hippie spirit alive! With love & light, Yvon
Yvon. what a Soulful article that really connected with me and I thank you.
You’re absolutely welcome my dear! Thanks for getting back to me. Appreciate xoxo Yvon
Welcome to the 50+ club. I joined in October last year. Like you my body has changed, especially my skin but I see it as an adventure. I try to live the boho life, recycling, wearing vintage, growing my own and letting go of anything negative. Never been so happy or content. Please keep writing and sharing your philosophy and adventure xxx
Life is only getting better and I’m totally embrassing it! big hugs xoxo
Love your energy, your Spirit. I just turned 55 on the 3rd and so relate to the philosophy. Feel better than ever, sex is the best, my mood is bright and light and I couldn’t be happier. The mind is such a big factor is how you feel and how we age. I so get that! There is a balance, complete truth, but happiness, true contentment, will beat any food combo, without doubt. Yay you! Thanks for inspiring our timeless sisters! 🙂
Wow! I couldn’t have said it better Hilary! Keep on shining sister! xoxo Yvon
I did not even become me until I was 45! 3 kids, married, a full time teacher and finally everything came together during a magical girlfriends trip to Paris. It’s funny because this is who I was at 5! Just took 40 years to find her.
Have a wonderful 50th🥰
Yvon, on July 4, I turned 83! You are a mere child in the scheme of things. From that wonderful face (and hair!) to those absolutely gorgeous legs, you are at your very, very best. Live on, Live long. Oh yes, even at my age (which is just a number) I am very into all boho things and love your philosophy and presentations.
OMG!! I don’t know what to say Dare!! You are a true inspiration. Thank you! Never lose your hippie spirit! xoxo Yvon
I NEVER would have guessed! You look beautiful and are an inspiration. So glad I started following you awhile back. Im in my 40s & about to have a bday here in less than a couple weeks but I feel like Im in my twenties still thank God. I often do the same thing as far as not acknowledging my age. I don’t think its so bad really; its more like I think ‘forever young’ so I always look at the world as bright, fresh and new because there is still so much I have to learn! And aren’t we all young in someone else’s eyes? Age may continue marching on but I always want to keep that boho spirit and sense of joy & wonder 🙂 Thank you for giving me a glimpse (along with all the awesome ladies that responded above) of how cool the future can be no matter what number of years you’ve been on this planet and that age need not be a factor for fun and being a free spirit! Nor do we need to feel ashamed. Besides theres still so much to see and do. Blessings to you & all the cool chicks above 💗
Thank you so much Michelle!
The response to this blog has been so overwhelming. I’m feeling blessed being part of a group of such amazing women.
Stay boho sweetie! xoxo
Hello! First off may i say, you look fabulously beautiful! More so, your attitude is the true base in which your beauty is built on. I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your positive attitude. I, myself am turning 60 in August. It does NOT seem possible. I believe age is a state of mind. Being kind to yourself is an absolute MUST. Loving yourself and seeing to your own needs and definitely NOT taking things TOO seriously in life is important. Laughing and playing is just as important as an adult as was a child is of key importance. Stay positive girl. Stay happy. Look at thing’s in awe, as if it were your very first time seeing them. Rainbows, flowers, animals etc…thank you for sharing. Hugs.
Wow Laura! You just brought tears to my eyes with your beautiful words. Thank you, Thank you!
and YES, life is all about not taking things TOO seriously. Let’s just have fun and always stay positive.
I love reading all the comments here and everyone who admires and adores you, as I do. And the courage and inspiration to be found in so many of them! The birthdays that end in a zero are the hardest, and I don’t anticipate turning 60 in a couple of years. But then you get past it, and have this rich and interesting history to look back on, we all have lived lives that are uniquely fascinating and have lived through different times at different places, and it’s all to be appreciated and celebrated. And, the best is always yet to come! Congrats, live well, keeping blooming and smiling, and get back to that shed! Xxxooo
I will be 70 this year and I still feel like the boho girl I was 50 years ago! It’s only a number.
Don’t worry about your age!
I did’t either when I turned 50 but I have to say that when I turned 60 I felt a bit scared, I don’t know what but the number just felt so big!
Today I am Ok with my age, I actually 61 now but feeling great, most of the time I don’t even remember my age!
So the age is just the number!
Love Tuija 🇫🇮
I was 55 in May this year. Age is just a number …embrace the boho spirit whatever your age. Young at heart keeps a healthy mind and soul xx
I turned 52 this year and actually feel like I’m in my prime. My kids are grown and everyone tells me I look better than ever. I see the wrinkles and don’t fancy the menopause but I’m gonna face it all head on in my own bohemian way! 50’s are the new 30’s 💖👍🌈☮️
That’s so true! 50’s are the new 30’s! Although I wouldn’t be able to dance till 4 AM anymore! Let’s just have fun and embrace life as it comes.
With love & light, Yvon
I`m portuguese and I was 59 in May this year, thanks for inspiring all women of all age. I love your blog.
Very successful to IBIZABHOGIRL, best regards☮️ 💖
You are so sweet Carla Maria! Thank you so much for your kind words.
Thanks for following me! Big hug xoxo Yvon
50 is het nieuwe 30! Je bent prachtig, van binnen en van buiten. Cheers to 50 years! 💕
I have seen your blog before—and admired it, and am a subscriber now, but I had no idea you were anywhere near 50! When I go to many of the boho girl blogs, I see “fashion models” who don’t seem to be real. They have marvelous photographers and photograph in exotic places.
I have my own style blog — diybohemian.com — but, I am a one person blog. I am 66.
This post, revealing your age, really ranked you up to the top! Knowing your age, really inspires me.
When you said you make your living doing this, you really inspired me because I have wondered how in the world to monetize my blog. I am checking out your affiliates. My particular problem, though—and, I would ask this of you, if you don’t mind: My blog is about creating your own style—frugally. This is my question, and I’d love your honest take on it: Since I’m all about creating style frugally by re-purposing and re-fashioning, up-cycling, etc., would offering fashion products (clothes, shoes, bags etc.) turn off my followers? Because the fashion manufacturers featured on your site are not cheap! Would this be an extreme conflict?
I don’t know how to make money from my blog if I don’t get into affiliate programs. Your honest answer, please. Thank you!
Blessings, Cindy, creator of diybohemian.com
I think the most important thing is to always keep your ideal customer in mind. What are they looking for? What can you teach them? They love you because of your unique style. My advice would be to only work with those brands that fit your niche.
It was never my intention to make money from the blog and still today I turn down almost 80% of my collab requests simply because they don’t fit my style and my audience. Stay true to yourself.
I hope this helps you. Otherwise, feel free to drop me an email so I can help you more.
With love & light, Yvon
Very inspiring! You always send good vibe! Really age doesn’t matter. What matters is living a healthy and happy life, I’ve been following you on Instagram for quite awhile now and I enjoy everything you post! I love the boho style- although it doesn’t show in everything I do or style, but I love the bohemian style and soul! So keep up the good spirit and enjoy life! I’m trying always!
Love and light to you too! 💖💖
Always stay true to your bohemian soul! Age is just a number so just enjoy yourself and always stay positive!
Thank you for this! I’m also turning 50 this year. Where did the time go? I’m not accepting it well. Like you I am healthy and fit, but the stigma on being 50 is so hard to break. Love and light to you, you are fabulous!
Hoi Ivon,wat ben jij bent een prachtige vrouw !Volg jou al een tijdje en ieder keer weer denk ik ..man wat is dat weer een prachtige outfit! En dat je 50 wordt zou je ábsoluuuut ni zeggen ,dikke vette chapeau👌! Ikzelf ben de 60 gepasseerd..dat pikt echt 🙉It ‘s all in the mind 😉
Heb zelf het gevoel dat mijn leven nog moet beginnen…raar he.Wil nog zoveel doen..ik moet minstens 90 worden dan.😂Ben zopas mijn eigen webshop gestart met bobo spulletjes.Ben zot gek op Ibiza ,het ongerepte,de nonchalance, de vibes én de stijl natuurlijk.Was ik ook maar 50 😊 Jij verpersoonlijkt perfect wat ik zou willen zijn ..ook qua looks.
Dus lieve Ivon,no worries..je ben geweldig!Inside and out.❤
You look amazing! I would of thought 30’s, you seriously surprised me! It’s true you grow into yourself as you mature. Sending you a big hug❤
Love it…I’m hitting the big 4-5 this year and I’m not feeling it. Thanks for the inspiration to be me.
What a great post! You’re so beautiful! I never imagine you almost turn 50. You look so young! I wish I could be like you in the future!
You’re so inspiring! Thank you for all the good vibes you share! ❤️
LOL I’m loving its your awesome and I can see that you have a beautiful soul inside as you are on the outside! And for me when it comes time putting on that bikini living in Hawaii all I have to say is, if you don’t like it, don’t look, life is to short to care. I just turn 62 in May and I still dress younger then my age and I still want to be that peace loving flower child even if I’m a grandmother or as I’m called LA LA . It reminded me when I was younger see older sliver foxes dress up in blue jeans ,Tee with sneakers so cute and hip and I wanted to be just like them when I got older. You are an inspiration and I love reading you blogs, thanks for keeping us young with a smile!
Have a beautiful day,
Surfer girl Vana
You are the best Vana! Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m happy to see there are so many hippie girls over the world no matter what age you are. Just keep on smiling and enjoy every given day! xoxo Yvon
I just stumbled across your post on IG. Not sure how really, except that the older I get, the more boho I become and have really started to look for more inspiration. I am a flight attendant for Delta. I grew up in Maine, always dreaming of becoming a California girl. With flying, I have been all over the world (often in Amsterdam – let’s meet up next time!) thought I had found “my place” in San Diego, to have an old love come back into my life and sweep me away to Massachusetts. I came back to the East Coast kicking and screaming, although so much in love, and have felt “lost” ever since. My tribe is not the same here. Last year I decided to start photographing adventure elopements and I am back in my element with travel, couples in love, adventure and boho style around me all the time. (Have you seen these amazing boho gowns that are trending right now?? Wow!) But it has come to mind: “who is going to hire a photographer in her 50’s?!” I am not too far from that milestone and am working along 20-somethings. So thank you for your blog. It inspired me, when first time in my life I have self-doubt about getting older. I am going to embrace it and carry on— bohemian style! Much love, Sherry
Thanks for sharing your story beautiful! Never lose your boho spirit! Love, Yvon
You are beautiful and thank you for your honesty! I turned 59 this year and its just a number, Im alive and feel great. People judge though and it makes it difficult not to fall into a trap with social media. I always enjoy your posts and again thank you for just being you!!
Thank you so much Lori! Appreciate xoxo Yvon
I have only recently just found your blog. I adore the boho style but always kind of thought myself too old to pull it off. (I’m turning 45 this year.) So I’ve enjoyed your blog with the thought that you were much younger and resigned myself to the fact that I’ve somehow missed my window to rock the “young” boho fashions. But this has proven to me that age is just a number! I should wear what I like and what feels good. Nothing is out of bounds just because I have reached a certain number of revolutions around the sun! So thank you for this. You have inspired me.
I cannot believe you are 50 yo!!
That makes me feel hopeful and never too old to live my Ibiza Balearic dreams. I thought you were younger than me and I just turned 38. Wow, you look so great for a fair hair and skin woman. What about your thoughts on kids? Do you have any and if not could you write a blog about that?! Keep living the dream, you look beyond amazing!!!!!
Thanks for all your lovely words! Yes, 50 in just a few weeks. Can’t really believe it myself. And about those kids, no, I don’t have kids of my own but I have 2 beautiful stepdaughters now. Do you have kids? xoxo Yvon
Giving a shout out to Long Hair! Looks great with the Boho look. It’s so tragic when stylists try to chop off your locks! It looks romantic on Wiser Women.
I follow you on Insta, you look amazing! I am turning 40 this year and feeling better than ever! Love your style and your page.
Great style and look!!!
Oh my gosh. I hear you. I’m 62. I’m in better shape now than I ever thought I was in my 30’s. But just these past weeks, probably due to rapid weight loss, my skin on my arms is wrinkling. I don’t want to start covering my arms.
Hola !! soy Ana y tengo 52 años , luego d e23 años de trabajar en una entidad financiera me llego el retiro.
Guauu un monton de años en relacion de dependencia y por fin me siento libre!!!!
Siento que llego mi momento de hacer las cosas que me gustan y llenan mi alma.
Gracias Ivon por tu experiencia !!
coincido con el tema d ela piel , son otras arrugas y el pelo tambien esta mas fino .