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I have been growing out my grey hair for a year. I was really curious to see how grey it was, and I hoped I could cash-in on the silver hair trend! A couple of pixie-cuts later, and I love my new color!

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ME WHEN I WAS 38, WEARING ONE OF MY BIG HATS!
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Because I want to understand your style and clothing needs, I’ve put together a simple survey with 20 questions that will help me with my Fashion Friday posts. Please take a few minutes to answer them. They’re easy-peasy “yes/no” or multiple choice. With your answers, I can better help you find the styles and clothes you like.

This is a blind survey, so you’ll remain anonymous. I won’t know who answered them.

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Hildie Plumpepper Illustration by Jill Anthony, ©2018, Background by Brandon Smith.
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Darlings, I’ve taken a new lover this summer. Oh for goodness sakes…. Pick your jaws up off the floor and take a listen! Whether day or night, my lover is always there for me, adding a touch of elegance to any event. My lover is alluring in an easy, breezy, comfortable way. My lover doesn’t care if I’ve indulged in too much guacamole and chips. My lover is very forgiving that way. Who, you ask, is this fabulous man? 

Well my dears, it’s not a man at all… It’s the Caftan! 

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Have you ever been put in the awkward position of telling someone they need to blow their nose, or they have spinach in their teeth? While that can make us, and them, feel uncomfortable, it’s not as difficult as handing your business partner a pair of tweezers and asking her to pluck her chin hairs… Now. 

She had a crop of hairs on her chin that stuck straight out, but it was the ones that looked like curly fries that bothered me most. 

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ICONIC MAKEUP ARTIST, AUTHOR & BEAUTY AT EVERY AGE EXPERT

By Brenda Coffee photographer Jennifer Denton

Name a supermodel, Hollywood legend, rock star, head of state or world class photographer, and Sandy Linter has worked with them all. As one of only two superstar makeup artists in the ’70s, the late Way Bandy being the other one, Sandy Linter’s work has graced the covers and photo spreads of every top magazine in the world. Her talent, disarming beauty and candid honesty, skyrocketed her to the top of the beauty world where she remains, today.

THE GIRLS WHO THINK THEY’LL DO INJECTIONS FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES SHOULD BE AWARE THAT EVENTUALLY THEY’LL STOP WORKING AND CAN MAKE THEM LOOK WEIRD.

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Last week I spent a lot of time in airports, waiting for the rain to stop and trying to read Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential. I love this book because he wrote just like he talked. From page one, paragraph one, we’re reminded that his cutting wit was as sharp as his knives. Even so, like a deflated soufflé, my attempts to read his irreverent banquet fell flat. Who would have guessed Anthony Bourdain would be derailed by an airport full of poorly dressed passengers… mostly men over 50? 

Maybe it’s just me, but I think it’s telling when the best dressed person in the airport is a nun.

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The Nordstorm Anniversary Sale is coming up fast. I love this sale for the chance to snap up bargains on fall merchandise. The first year Nordstrom was in Ottawa, I struggled with the concept. How could I think about fall in the middle of summer when it’s difficult to imagine wearing sleeves, let alone a sweater coat? Now I’m fully on board. Continue Reading

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PHOTOGRAPH BY BRENDA COFFEE ©2018
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The hot thing for women of every age this year is a cute summer bag. Some are wicker; others are woven; many are on sale. I’ve even seen some where you might need to take out a loan to pay off your credit card, and I’ve listed them all for you to purchase, lust after or giggle about! 

Recently I pulled out my favorite woven bag I bought 20 years ago at a boutique in Highland Park Village in Dallas (on the right in the photo above). I get compliments on it everywhere I go.

What I don’t tell people is it smelled like bacon for the first two years, so I’d set it out in the sun everyday to get rid of the smell.

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These colorful, machine washable pieces from Chico’s will add chic, summer charm where ever you go. I love these first two Printed Surplice Tops–which are the same design but different colors–because they’re long sleeved, yet open and airy so you’ll stay cool. I especially love that they’re longer in the back, so they cover part of your bum, and they float when you walk. So fun!

They also come in Regular and Petite!

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