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DAYLE HADDON IS THE ONLY MODEL TO HAVE FOUR MAJOR CONTRACTS AS THE FACE AND INTERNATIONAL SPOKESPERSON FOR L'OREAL, REVLON, ESTÉE LAUDER AND MAX FACTOR.
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From Covergirl and Supermodel to Championing Education for Girls

By Brenda Coffee content editorial director Mark Grischke photographer Noel Sutherland

“The times when you have the most growth and make the most progress are when you’re challenged and have obstacles,” said Dayle Haddon. “That happened to me when I lost my husband and most all my finances. At nearly 40, I went back to zero with a teenage girl to support and an industry that didn’t want me.”

“Educate a girl, and you change the world.”

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I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of the phrase “it girl.” It’s been around long enough, ever since Clara Bow was the very first “it girl” in 1927. Time for some “it women,” I say. The women I would classify as “it ” have every bit as much style and pizzazz as any “it girl.” And they have what many “it girls” don’t: the confidence that comes with experience and an understanding of who they are and what the world’s all about. They have personal style, but their style does not define them.

They are, as one friend said recently, “bien dans sa peau.” Comfortable in their own skin and in the world.

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Because this is the third time in six weeks I’ve posted something about shoes, you may be thinking I have a foot fetish or at the very least… a shoe addiction. I don’t. In fact, I bet I own fewer shoes than any woman you know. It’s not because I have such great shopping willpower but because I can’t find shoes for my painful, skinny feet. Out of the shoes I have, only half of them—five pairs—are narrow enough and/or comfortable enough to wear.

The rest I keep boxed on the shelf for nostalgic reasons like…

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CAROL DIETZ, PHOTOGRAPH ©BRENDA COFFEE, 2018
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Carol Dietz is creative–until recently she was the former Art Director at The New York Times–and has a strong sense of individuality. As I sat across from Carol at the Roman and Williams Guild Cafe last Saturday, there were moments when I was certain someone would ask for her autograph but then, New Yorkers are great about giving celebrities their privacy. While my photographs don’t reflect all of her doppelgänger expressions, much of the time she could pass for Diane Keaton.

So much so the store owner at one of our stops kept looking at Carol and asking, “Are you sure you’re not her?”

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Darlings, I don’t know about you, but, when I come home from a cold winter day, I want to wrap myself in warmth and relax with the things that make me happy. At home I’m not so worried about being fashionably stylish. I want to feel contentment and comfort. I want to sit by a crackling fire, enjoy a warm beverage and let the day’s craziness drift away.

The Danish even have a word for just that feeling: Hygge, pronounced “Hue-gah,” the art of creating joy and coziness in life’s everyday moments.

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I just came from Whole Foods where a group of 80-ish-year-old women were having lunch. They looked great for their age, and had they not been wearing clumpy, orthopedic shoes, I would have guessed them to be younger than their shoes made them appear. Lately it seems, I’ve been obsessed with shoes. A few weeks ago I wrote about the Ferragamo Shoe Museum in Florence, and this week my friend and I went to one of those no frills shoe stores.

You know the kind, those warehouse-looking stores that sell every shoe imaginable except for the ones in your size.

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Remember Rene Russo’s revealing black dress in the Thomas Crown Affair? I bet I hit reverse a dozen times—every time I watch this film—to take another look at her clothes. I still want everything Russo wore… plus her body… her hair… to have sizzling sex with Pierce Brosnan… Without a doubt Rene Russo’s onscreen character, Catherine Banning, is one of my top fashion icons.

While most of us have fashion icons, how many of us actually use them as our own style and beauty guides?

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Photographs by Jennifer Denton, ©1010ParkPlace 2018
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Hello Girlfriends! I hope you and your families are safe from mudslides and this brutal winter weather. Another cold front is blowing through my courtyard. Annie and Lulu are hilarious, running around in circles, one after the other, chasing piles of swirling leaves.

Today I want to share my favorite outfit: black pants and a white shirt. You can never go wrong wearing black and white! It’s classic and sharp.

You can dress it up or dress it down, and it lends itself to a wide range of accessories in different colors.

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“Baby It’s Cold Outside… ” This past week living in the Northeast has been a bit chilly so I finally broke out my favorite wintertime piece – a cozy, cable-knit sweater. Pair an ultra feminine piece, like this vintage satin slip, with your favorite chunky cable knit sweater and a pair of cowboy boots. It’s the perfect marriage of boy meets girl.

The iconic cable knit is a wardrobe essential, very functional (so warm), but at the same time very chic.

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