Name: Bev Katz Rosenbaum
Occupation: Editor and writer
Age: 55 in real life, 35 in my head
Lifestyle: Weird mix of urbanite (restaurants! movies! theatre!) and nature lover (lapping waves! trees! stars!)
What’s a typical day like for you?
I get up early, exercise for an hour, read the newspaper over breakfast and coffee, work on editing projects half the day and writing projects the other half. I often work in local coffee shops with other writer/freelancer friends so as not to go mad.
I also have occasional volunteer commitments–one with my professional organization, and another with a cause that’s personally near and dear to me.
Later in my day, I’ll check in with my lovely grown kids, and in the evening I’ll either grab a meal at a new resto or try out a new recipe, then catch a hot new movie or binge-watch something on Netflix. My day ends with a couple of relaxing yoga poses, a mug of cocoa and some pleasure reading!
What in your life is really important to you?
I believe in living a meaningful life. (I hear you gagging. No worries–the middle grade book I’m currently writing, which has a couple Important Issues at the heart of it, is still chock-full of snark and pop culture satire.)
I also try to never take for granted my *amazing* kids and friends, all of whom are incredibly brilliant, funny and kind. And I never underestimate the restorative effects of great coffee, food and art!
What would you like to be remembered for?
For being a helper, in Mr. Rogers lingo.
For being a good mom and an all around nice/empathetic/open-minded person. (And also, if I’m being completely honest here, for being smart and funny and for writing the world’s best–meaningful + snarky–middle grade novel.)
What role does fashion play in your life?
I use fashion to express who I am. I may seem quiet and agreeable–which I am, most of the time, LOL!–but I definitely have an edgy and rebellious side.
That translates to classic cuts with interesting/unexpected details.
What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?
Pretty much everything in the store fits that ‘classic with an edge’ description! I also love that so many of the shop’s designers are dedicated to sustainability. (See the documentary The True Cost and you, too, will stop shopping at the big chains!)
At FC, I can get great quality pieces from local designers that will last for years, at reasonable price points.
What made you want to be one of our Style Profile Models?
Apart from it sounding like a fun way to spend a morning (it was!), I love that you’re open to featuring over-40 women in cool clothing.
In addition to wanting to spread the word about your fabulous store(s) with my network, I was totes down to help spread the message that women of a certain age can wear anything!
What was your favorite outfit of the shoot?
I’m kind of obsessed with the long black vest and the black trench–will probably return to buy the vest.
I also loved the minidress with the vaguely 70s shape. And those jeans fit unbelievably well!
What do you have that you want to promote?
First off, I want to promote the idea (again!) that age is just a number. Over-40s and over-50s can wear anything! And also do anything!
I’m more fulfilled professionally at this particular moment than at any other time in my life. I’m super-confident in my abilities and super-proud of the busy freelance editing business I’ve built.
Speaking of which, if you write fiction (for any age or genre), and you think it might be useful to get the opinion of a former in-house editor and multi-published novelist (whether you intend to submit to a traditional publisher or to self-publish), check me out at http://bevkatzrosenbaum.com/, where you’ll find info on price and procedure as well as testimonials.
As for my books, I won’t have new ones out for a couple years; Google me then if you want to read my stuff! (The old books are OP–out of print. I took a loooong break from writing while building up my freelance editing biz!)
Where can people find you on social media?