What’s my Style?


Interpretation vs. Replication
How do I choose to dress myself today . . .
and how does that affect my brain?

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
from the Brain-Based Series
2nd Collaboration with
Jodie’s Touch of Style

Mom Jeans?

Some of you may not have heard the term, and many of my female readers may have heard it often enough to shoot on sight.

Even if you’ve never been aware of the concept of “Mom Jeans” before you read it here, the Moms with teen-aged daughters anywhere near their size don’t need a definition:

If your daughter hasn’t already tried to abscond with your favorite pair of jeans, put them in the Mom Jeans pile, meaning, according to the Saturday Night Live sketch, “Over the hill, lady, just give it up!”

Related Video: Original Mom Jeans Parody

Apparently, 7-9″ zippers are verboten, since waistbands are not allowed anywhere near anyone’s natural waistline anymore.

Even those styles that first came out as “hip huggers” many decades ago ride too high to please teen-aged fashionistas or the networks today.

Still unsure of their own opinions, the kids band together to undercut everyone who no longer has (or never had) the body to dress like they do, and the networks seem willing to do practically anything to curry favor with this demographic.

Something similar seems to happen every generation. We Boomers, remember, turned a skank eye on all of the preferences of the grown-up population when we were teens: “Don’t trust anyone over 30!”

Nobody’s Safe from Censure

Even Dads make good Mom Jeans targets!

Get real. Bodies change as time goes by.
Priorities change too.

Moms & Dads agree

Working hard to be able to send the twins to college somehow totally eclipses spending time in the gym to keep those washboard abs in show-off shape.

Paying for braces for those teen teeth means that questions about fashion are likely to be replaced by far more practical concerns:

  1. Does it fit at all?
  2. Is it clean enough?
  3. Does it need mending?  Or ironing?
  4. Can I breathe in it?

And who cares anyway?

When grownups start dressing to please the average teen (or Madison Avenue Marketing Exec), the world will be in worse shape than it is already.

Everybody knows they won’t be pleased until they are decades older themselves, no matter what we choose to put on our bodies.

And aren’t we pleased as punch that we are no longer in the throes of a time when fitting in with the in-crowd – or rebelling against them – was all that mattered?

Still, being comfortable in our own skin doesn’t necessarily mean giving up, giving in, freezing solid in time, or attempting to keep up with the Joneses’ kids.

Change your Clothes, Change your Brain

So I am continuing the 3-part series with Fashion Blogger Jodie Filogomo of Jodie’s Touch of Style.  We are using the various ways in which women play with the idea of  fashion at different points of their lives to illustrate the importance of play, choice and change to healthy brain aging, taking advantage of the miracle of neuroplasticity.

Just Tuning In?

Jodie models looks and clothing more likely to appeal to 40-50-somethings, her  stepmom, Nancy is the 60’s model, and her mom, Charlotte is the 70’s model.

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Resisting the Lure of the Absolute

Brains like things settled and decided for more than a few reasons.

Biology hasn’t been able to keep up with the speed of technology, so our brains are lagging a great deal more than a little bit behind what we expect of them.

  1. The brain developed to cram a lot of computational power into a relatively small skull, so it prefers to reuse as many “sub-routines” as possible – time slicing and juggling as it goes.
  2. In terms of cognitive currency, pattern matching is resource conserving: this is “me” – this is not.  Decisions are expensive.  What if those resources were suddenly needed to figure out whether to run from a swarm of killer bees or fight off a sabre tooth tiger?
  3. Since the human brain equates certainty with safety and security, it LOVES absolutes; black and white thinking reduces the anxiety that comes with the uncertainty of choice.  I like this – hate that.  Settled!

However, brains that are never challenged never develop!

Change is challenging

To move forward in life, we ALL need to learn to identify and let go of the patterns of thought that leave us judging ourselves when we deviate from “norms” that haven’t been reexamined in years.

Think of your brain a little bit like a great many sharks:
if it stops moving forward, it dies.

As I said in Monday’s segment of this exploration of change and fashion, Change your Clothes, Change your Brain? . . .

Changing anything is brain-friendly.  Not only is “playing dress-ups” in your own closet and shopping for a few new alternatives not a frivolous waste of time, it is actually a relatively quick and easy-to-do creative activity that supports remaining cognitively nimble as you move through life.

However, in terms of brain resources, looking at a picture in a magazine or on a blog and duplicating it in your wardrobe isn’t really changing much.

Any brain can replicate without breaking a sweat.
No exercise, no brain benefit.

To keep our brains young and vital as we grow older, the goal is to build a choice of strong pathways to get it where it needs to go should a metaphorical detour become necessary.

Creative Interpretation

Creativity is what interpretation is all about – and that’s where your brain gets a workout.

Interpretation takes some thinking outside the box – especially when you are limited to what you already have in your closet, which is part of this second challenge.

Think of it as brain aerobics!

Here’s the other part: find an inspiration outfit from someone years younger than you are, and figure out how to interpret it to shake up your “look.”

As Jodie begins in her Wednesday article:

Many of us worry that we would be trying to dress too young if we copy what the younger girls are wearing! But I want to show you how it could be done with what you have already in your closet!

… we want to try to prove that you can recreate some of the looks that you like on the younger women without being inappropriate.

Click HERE to see what they did, and to read my comments about the brain-based changes their interpretations inspired.

DO Try This at Home

I hope everybody reading along is also playing along – for at least a week or more – and that you will take the time to journal your changes as the time frame progresses, deepening your new neural pathways by making them conscious.

The more modalities you employ, the more change-friendly adaptations you will activate:

  • think it up
  • change it up
  • try it all on & strut your stuff
  • journal your changes
  • read ’em back – and
  • drop back by to let us all know how you did!

I’ll bet you’ll surprise yourselves when you look back over some of the changes you’ve forced your brain to embrace in areas other than what you put on your body.

Head on over to Jodie’s Touch of Style to see how our models fared with our second challenge:

1-Choose an inspiration outfit from somebody young and trendy, then

2-Shop your closet for a way to interpret the look in a manner that makes better sense for who you are, stretching your answer to the title of this post just a bit outside your brain’s comfort zone.

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96 Responses to What’s my Style?

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      xx,
      mgh

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  5. mistermuse says:

    As a believer in comfort over style, my fashion in clothes is ‘the older, the better’ — but if I were a woman, perhaps this quote would be my mantra: “Women follow the fashions because they want to look different or because they want to look the same.” –Evan Esar 🙂

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    • lol – my female readers resonated with the exploration of fashion as a example of making friends with change more than the male readers (some of whom, like you, were kind enough to read and comment anyway).

      I’d replace Evan’s “or” with “and” – both are true in my experience.
      xx,
      mgh

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  6. I am really enjoying these posts, Madelyn. I must be honest that a teenage would never ever where my trousers as they all have high waists.

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      Apologies for how long you have been waiting for me to approve & respond. My comment feed is not working today, so I haven’t been able to see the comments TO approve them. Hopefully somebody at WordPress will find and fix SOON!

      Meanwhile, I am inventing new ways to work and playing catch-up. I’ll be back to respond a soon as I am able.
      xx,
      mgh
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    • Me either, Robbie. I don’t go in for the elastic waistbands, but I’ve never been much of a fan of baring my belly-button in street wear – even when my bod was in tip-top shape. Now that I’m older and not quite so taut, I’ve even exchanged my bikinis for one-piece maillots.

      Just a bit of bathing suit humor from a friend of mine, turning down an invitation to a beach picnic: “I can’t go. I only have one bathing suit anymore, and it has a hole in the knee.” 🙂 🙂
      xx,
      mgh

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      • Brilliant, Madelyn, I haven’t worn a bathing suit for ages and ages. More to do with my not liking cold water than anything else though.

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        • Ditto here – mine get worn primarily in hot tubs (which I adore, but public nakedness has never been my thing).
          xx,
          mgh

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  7. Wow! I certainly don’t fit very well here today. I think the application of healthy creative brain activity to one’s personal fashion is quite imaginative and practical unless you’re like me. I have never cared one whit about fashion and my idea of hell is shopping in a clothing store. So, my wife shops for my clothes and decides what I wear each day (I retain the power of veto). Having said that, I’m grateful for this post in that it enlightens me about the importance of continued mental creative exercise. I hope my writing, blogging, and problem-solving around the house will suffice! If not, I’m in big trouble, because I don’t hang out near my closet!

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      Apologies for how long you have been waiting for me to approve & respond. My comment feed is not working today, so I haven’t been able to see the comments TO approve them. Hopefully somebody at WordPress will find and fix SOON!

      Meanwhile, I am inventing new ways to work and playing catch-up. I’ll be back to respond a soon as I am able.
      xx,
      mgh
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      • I used you shamelessly in my blog tomorrow about friendship.

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        • Oh my! Shamelessly, huh? I hope you’ll come back and leave me a link so I remember to get over to do damage control 🙂 My poor brain started out still a bit fuzzy – and after dealing with comment snafus I’m wondering if there will be anything left of it at all by the time I finally give up the ghost and go to bed.

          btw – I finally got a working comment feed on my stats page but I’m afraid to go look to see if it is back anywhere else for fear it will go away here!
          xx,
          mgh

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          • When I get back to my computer, I’ll send you the link. It goes live at 1:00 am EDT. I’m sorry about your WordPress snafu.

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            • Not the best day for it – but (cross fingers), it seems to be working here on my stats page. I hope I’ll still have a bit of wind in my sails when it goes live. If I crash “early” (for me), I’ll probably awaken earlier than usual too – so as long as The Gremlins allow me access, I’ll be there before I go to bed or as soon as I awaken. I’m looking forward to it (there are a couple of other posts I’m eager to read as well.)
              xx,
              mgh

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    • I’m pretty sure your brain’s okay with writing, blogging, and problem solving, John – you don’t HAVE to be creative with fashion

      However, for folks who has been feeling guilty about their emphasis on what they wear, I hope that they can simply enjoy being creative in that manner going forward.

      The point of the post was to underscore that there are a LOT of ways to play and be creative, and none of them are frivolous – even football and golf – lol.

      Just make sure you get in plenty of your form of play, whatever it is!
      xx,
      mgh

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      • I just have to figure out the “play” part.

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        • You know, I kinda’ wondered about that, John. You and I have that in common, I fear – one of the problems when we enjoy what we do is that we forget that enjoying our work is not the same as “play” and “fun.”
          xx,
          mgh

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          • Yes, you are 100% dead on the money. I have not achieved balance. I need to allot time each day for physical exercise, play, and to write my next novel.

            Here’s the promised link for my blog tomorrow: http://wp.me/p8lCQG-1mx

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            • Your follow-through is impressive. 🙂 Is novel writing play or work?
              xx,
              mgh

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            • It is enjoyable work. I think.

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            • That’s the best kind of work – but it’s still WORK. (I know, I actually had to think back to what I used to do for FUN) – and crossed a few things off that list because they didn’t sound like fun to me at this stage of my life.

              Then I had to look ONLY at the fun things that didn’t leave me sedentary or isolated (like reading) to come up with a few things I would love to do “out in public” — that I could afford to do!

              If money were no object, I could come up with a list a mile long, I’m sure, and I’ll bet you could too. 🙂 But the science says that play has been proven to be important to brain health (which makes me want to sit here and draft another blog article, not to get outside and play with TinkerToy.)

              Thinking up ways to play is a tough job, but somebody’s gotta’ do it, right? 🙂
              xx,
              mgh
              PS. GREAT article, John, linked a couple of comments back. I left you a comment that was practically blog-sized.

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  8. We truly enjoy the way you relate these morsels of truth to the simple activities of daily living. Change can be so healthy and yet so difficult but like everything is life good things require intense difficulty.

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      Apologies for how long you have been waiting for me to approve & respond. My comment feed is not working today, so I haven’t been able to see the comments TO approve them. Hopefully somebody at WordPress will find and fix SOON!

      Meanwhile, I am inventing new ways to work and playing catch-up. I’ll be back to respond a soon as I am able.
      xx,
      mgh
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      • Please Madelyn, there are no apologies necessary. We so completely understand. You are working non-stop and its okay to not respond to every thing. WordPress for sure has a mind of its own at times and some days we just shake our heads and laugh. You do incredible work!!!!

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        • You guys are GREAT! Thanks so much for understanding. Laughing is a bit beyond me right now, but I did stop trying fruitlessly and made some potato salad to use up the hard boiled eggs. It took my mind away from WP for a bit — and it was yummie — Tink approved (not that he got much more than a taste before I added seasoning – but his little tail went crazy!)
          xx,
          mgh

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    • Tink makes sure I get in my daily dose of fetch and frisbee – and I’ll bet Emma makes it easy for you to take a few detours in your routines too.

      I appreciate your mentioning my attempts to make “brain-science” relative to day to day life – reading about pure science can be deadly dull sometimes, so I always try to remember to ask this question as I read, “Why should I care?” 🙂
      xx,
      mgh

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  9. robjodiefilogomo says:

    Brain aerobics!! I love that!!
    And it’s true we get into habits and ruts, but for there to be a good reason to get out of them, just makes me so excited to keep up with the blog and styling my moms!!
    Thanks so much for this incredible collaboration, Madelyn!
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    • Thank YOU, Jodie. Except for the tech glitches this week, I have loved every moment of it.

      I have especially enjoyed the comments from your readers – they all seemed to be excited to know that their interest in fashion actually pays dividends.
      xx,
      mgh

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  10. -Eugenia says:

    Great post, Madelyn. I think mom jeans are getting a bad rap. They look nicer than having a roll of fat above your hip hugging jeans. Yikes!

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      Apologies for how long you have been waiting for me to approve & respond. My comment feed is not working today, so I haven’t been able to see the comments TO approve them. Hopefully somebody at WordPress will find and fix SOON!

      Meanwhile, I am inventing new ways to work and playing catch-up. I’ll be back to respond a soon as I am able.
      xx,
      mgh
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      • -Eugenia says:

        Good luck. I WP fixes it for you.

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        • Everyone who blogs on the WordPress dot com version knows that it’s a bubble under plastic – they fix one thing and always seem to break another in the process.

          This week they seemed to have been working on a LOT of bubbles!
          xx,
          mgh

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          • -Eugenia says:

            Oh oh. I haven’t had problems with WP that are of any consequence. Most of my problems are because of my lack of techie knowledge.

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            • I think most of my frustrations are because I have that dangerous thing called “a little bit of knowledge.”

              I keep trying to fix things or work around them long after many would have given up and gone to bed to wait until WordPress fixed whatever it was they broke. lol
              xx,
              mgh

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            • -Eugenia says:

              I understand because I am the same way. I have 3 computers and last night my laptop (the newest) crashed. I had to set it back to the factory reset. It has taken hours for me to get it close to normal. Now I know why I keep my old laptop. Step by step I keep telling myself – I need to practice what I preach. 😃

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            • You and I both! We teach others to keep things alive in our memory banks, praying that maybe we’ll listen to ourselves – lol! I am chronic talking myself through frustrations with, “What would you tell a client?”

              I feel your pain over the reset – only my fingers know where anything lives – and, as a touch typist, I set up each interface to make sense to my brain and work similarly (as far as finger placement). I’m back to hunt and peck if I have to go back to factory defaults. NO productivity what-so-EVER!
              xx,
              mgh

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            • -Eugenia says:

              It took several hours but my laptop and I lived through it. Thank you OneDrive, and my sites (Firefox, Google, beBee and WordPress). I lost some of my collages that I created but I can easily recreate them.

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            • ::shudder:: Tech troubles always take more time to recover from than ever makes sense. Glad to read you got back most of your hard work.
              xx,
              mgh

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    • I’m with you on that one, Eugenia. And if I were EVER to be tempted, one look at one of those “Seen at Walmart” memes would bring me to my senses immediately.
      xx,
      mgh

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  11. Mmmmmm, I quit wearing jeans when it was too hard to put them on. Have a decent collection now I haven’t worn in years. I wear reasonabl tracksuit pants because it’s easy to get on and off I miss street-wear jeans.

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    • ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      Apologies for how long you have been waiting for me to approve & respond. My comment feed is not working today, so I haven’t been able to see the comments TO approve them. Hopefully somebody at WordPress will find and fix SOON!

      Meanwhile, I am inventing new ways to work and playing catch-up. I’ll be back to respond a soon as I am able.
      xx,
      mgh
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    • I’ll bet you do – but mostly because you can’t easily get them on and off one-handed. When I was in my hip cast, passing the time by amusing myself with fashion magazines, I actually cried tears because I wouldn’t be able to wear an entire season of spring shoes — never mind the fact that I NEVER shopped that way before I broke my leg! 🙂

      When you find yourself looking longingly at fashion jeans, try to recall how binding they were unless you were standing straight and motionless (and that their pockets were practically useless). I rarely wear mine anymore for those reasons primarily, even though I can manage getting them up and down now that I have two working hands.
      xx,
      mgh

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  12. Debbie says:

    Oh, I just ask my no-longer sub-teenage and now officially teenage aged daughter what to wear.
    She always makes me look good! have to throw out half my wardrobe! lol….

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      Apologies for how long you have been waiting for me to approve & respond. My comment feed is not working today, so I haven’t been able to see the comments TO approve them. Hopefully somebody at WordPress will find and fix SOON!

      Meanwhile, I am inventing new ways to work and playing catch-up. I’ll be back to respond a soon as I am able.
      xx,
      mgh
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    • Aren’t you lucky, Debbie, that she’s willing to be so helpful – lol – and that she seems to understand what would look good on YOU vs. what looks good on someone her age.

      Are you raising a budding fashion stylist? The ones who work with people in the public eye make quite a bit of money, so I’ve heard, and their job comes with a lot of other percs.
      xx,
      mgh

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  13. Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, You are an Angel sent from Heaven. These wardrobe posts are just what I needed to help me focus on Celebrating Me! Thank you for helping us to reveal and relish in our Inner Goddess and from ways of creative sartorial expression. I am getting ready to send you my first installment and I am motivated to do more and be more. This has helped me in so many ways and on so many levels. God Bless you My Sister!! ❤ ❤

    I salute you with this song!!

    Tavares ~ Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel

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    • What a great comment! 🙂 I’m also glad you have connected with Jodie through these posts. You’ll be a great addition to their fabulousity – and thanks so much for sending me off to bed with a huge smile on my face with a little trip down memory lane. Believe it or not, I had a work suit with a jacket very like theirs and a skirt shorter than anything I’d ever try to wear today, only mine was black with white edging (of course!)

      I have to say I’d rather be dancing along than going to sleep, but I’ve got to be up and out in less than 8 hours, so I’ll have to come back to dance tomorrow nite!!!
      xx,
      mgh

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      • Glad to send you to sleep with a smile. I too went to bed right after I wrote the comment. I hope Jodie sees my post because I forgot to put a link to her blog sight. Meantime we will all dance in our dreams and on the weekends! LOL!! I will prepare my 2nd Sartorial Splendor installment in a few days.

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        • I’m sure she did (or will), but the WordPress Gremlins are at it again today.
          My comment feed is not working – the spinning ball of frustration is all I have been getting.

          I haven’t been able to see the comments TO approve them, so they are probably somewhere in the ether right now. There are a few showing up “backstage” (but no “like” buttons) so I’m hoping that soon – oh Lord! – I will be able to catch up. MEANWHILE, thanks for commenting and my apologies for taking so long to get back to you.
          xx,
          mgh

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          • No problem. I have found with my blog that some of the comments get trapped in the Spam folder and I must rescue them. At times WordPress is possessed.

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            • I couldn’t even get THERE – and now I have a comment feed on my stats page, so it seems that comments have not been spammed – just held for ransom, I guess. 🙂
              xx, mgh

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    • robjodiefilogomo says:

      It is important to celebrate yourself!! I always love the saying “you can’t pour from an empty cup” and looking good does make us feel good!!
      Jodie
      http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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        Apologies for how long you have been waiting for me to approve & respond. My comment feed is not working today, so I haven’t been able to see the comments TO approve them. Hopefully somebody at WordPress will find and fix SOON!

        Meanwhile, I am inventing new ways to work and playing catch-up. I’ll be back to respond a soon as I am able.
        xx,
        mgh
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      • Boy are you right – and the flip side is even more true. When we feel like we look terrible, it’s even hard to go out to get the mail!
        xx,
        mgh

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  14. Madelyn thank you so much for an amazing post. On clothes and I totally agree change is always challenging. It is so nice to be always me even though I am changing and it is true it’s a very creative activity. It is fun too. Great and superb words.

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    • Thank you Kamal. It has been fun working with Jodie on this one — and I have really enjoyed seeing how the three of them interpreted the challenges.
      xx,
      mgh

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      • Yes absolutely Madelyn it is a pleasure to face challenges and working with beautiful people is so good.

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        • Yes it IS, Kamal – the best part of blogging is the connection with the community.
          xx,
          mgh

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          • Yes absolutely Madelyn and it seems we all are connected in someway or the other and all write so beautifully and want to communicate happiness within the group too.

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              Apologies for how long you have been waiting for me to approve & respond. My comment feed is not working today, so I haven’t been able to see the comments TO approve them. Hopefully somebody at WordPress will find and fix SOON!

              Meanwhile, I am inventing new ways to work and playing catch-up. I’ll be back to respond a soon as I am able.
              xx,
              mgh
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            • Welcome and it’s k completely do not worry

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            • Kamal, you are the dearest spirit! Thank you.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Welcome dear Madelyn am feeling so happy and you too are an angel. Hugs and kisses to you.

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            • Thank you, Kamal. Tink and I are heading to bed, but he sends you puppy kisses. 🙂
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Good night dear Tink a bell and Madelyn have a great sleep and wake up fresh and new. Love to both.

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            • It is so funny that our hours are “flip-flopped” – since it is 3:30 in the afternoon here, you must be deep in dreamland right now. So Tinker and I wish you a great sleep and hope you wake up fresh and new in a few hours.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Yes dear we r polls apart and thanks for your great wishes. Good morning have a great day

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            • You are now just awakening and beginning your day, Kamal – and I am about to take Tinker for his midnight walk before we both head to bed – and yet we are speaking to each other over the internet (after a fashion). What a miracle!
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Yes dear so see u in the evening at my time. Good night to both of you’ll sleep well.

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            • Enjoy your day as we enjoy our dreams, sweet Kamal.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Yes dear sleep well

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    • robjodiefilogomo says:

      It is challenging, but I’ve finally learned that they are only clothes! So if I try something and it doesn’t look good, it’s so easy to switch it!!
      Happy Wednesday!
      Jodie
      http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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      • ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        Apologies for how long you have been waiting for me to approve & respond. My comment feed is not working today, so I haven’t been able to see the comments TO approve them. Hopefully somebody at WordPress will find and fix SOON!

        Meanwhile, I am inventing new ways to work and playing catch-up. I’ll be back to respond a soon as I am able.
        xx,
        mgh
        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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      • Or get used to it instead of switching it – like your mixed patterns and distressed jeans. Everybody commented that they loved that outfit, even though you weren’t exactly sure that you could get away with it “in real life.”

        When I was in college some of my outfits must have looked mighty strange to my mother’s friends – but she always encouraged me to think of my clothing as costumes. Since my degrees and first career were theatre-related, deciding who I was going to be that day (and how that “me” would be costumed) always made me laugh.
        xx,
        mgh

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      • Yes absolutely nothing to give so much importance in life. Happy Wednesday to u too Jodie

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  15. Lucy Brazier says:

    This is a great idea! I am always thinking ‘Oh, I’ve got nothing to wear…’ (apart from my extensive collection of jammies, obviously!) and absolutely hate shopping for clothes because I have no idea what suits me. I can’t spend my life only wearing waistcoats and a bowler hat, so I am going to try this. Thank you!!
    xx

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    • Oh I don’t know, Lucy. Once you start doing signings, etc. you will probably be able to “brand” waistcoats and a bowler hat. Why NOT?

      When you need a break, check out the Mom Jeans parody – very clever – and you will feel like the fashion plate of the decade after watching it. lol 🙂
      xx,
      mgh

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      • Lucy Brazier says:

        I do have quite a few waistcoats and hats, it must be said – it’s my signature look!
        I will have a peek at the parody – I have heard the expression ‘mom jeans’ but was never exactly sure what it meant. Now I know! This blog is always an education 😉
        xx

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        • I’m not crazy about the beginning of that video, but it gets clever as soon as the “keds” are mentioned, so hang on for a moment.

          You would probably look super in a waistcoat over a catsuit, btw.
          xx,
          mgh

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          • Lucy Brazier says:

            I do have several catsuits too… it’s a look I hadn’t considered before but it’s just begging to be tried!!
            xx

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            • Absolutely – I think it’s YOU!
              xx,
              mgh

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    • robjodiefilogomo says:

      Good luck, Lucy!! You should send us a photo of what you end up wearing!! I always love to see what others style!
      Jodie
      http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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      • ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        Apologies for how long you have been waiting for me to approve & respond. My comment feed is not working today, so I haven’t been able to see the comments TO approve them. Hopefully somebody at WordPress will find and fix SOON!

        Meanwhile, I am inventing new ways to work and playing catch-up. I’ll be back to respond a soon as I am able.
        xx,
        mgh
        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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      • Lucy Brazier says:

        Thank you Jodie! I have little sense of style but generally know what suits me. Usually something a little bizarre-looking but that sort of sums me up!

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        • UNIQUE, Lucy – not bizarre. 🙂

          Normal is not the goal! Exceptional is the goal – and exceptional people are NEVER normal. (so why should they dress like everybody else?)
          xx,
          mgh

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          • Lucy Brazier says:

            As ever, my dear, you are so RIGHT!!
            xx

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            • And you are so UNIQUE – which is why I love your books!
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Lucy Brazier says:

              And I love YOU Madelyn!!
              😀
              xx

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            • ditto-ditto-ditto!!!
              xx,
              mgh

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  16. thanks for a great post!!!! I agree change is challenging… and the main thing is to be still me when I change something :o) and it’s true it’s a creative activity… I love it to write my plans in my little black book first before I buy it… and I like it to look back to things I liked last year or last month and to grin at my silly ideas :O)))

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    • I have many journals from years gone by where I did the same thing – some things I never made happen for one reason or another, but many things I still have and recombine. 🙂

      When I had to go into an office I used to put various outfits on notecards – ALL pieces of the ensemble, because I have never been sharp-brained upon awakening. Thank goodness I no longer have to do THAT!

      btw- if you’ve never seen the Mom Jeans parody, it’s a HOOT!

      Thanks for reading & taking time to comment!
      xx,
      mgh

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    • Phenny, I don’t know what’s going on with WordPress this morning (almost 3:30 AM here) – but it won’t let me post Tink’s response to your fly curtain Mischief Moanday (and your Dad is clearly the culprit – you’ve got the evidence – so don’t let them get away with blaming you!!).

      I’ve got to put myself to bed because I must be up and out for most of the day in less than 8 hours, so I’ll try again when I return in the evening.
      xx,
      mgh

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