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Darlings, did you watch the Oscar’s this year? I never miss, but I must tell you… I only watch it for the fashion. Those swoon worthy dresses! While I don’t have any red carpet events right now, there will be wedding invitations, galas and garden parties in the coming months. Of course with every invitation comes the anxiety about what to wear.

I think it’s high time we took a new approach to dressing up.

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BRENDA COFFEE AT THE DIENGER TRADING COMPANY, BOERNE, TEXAS. PHOTOGRAPHS BY JENNIFER DENTON, ©1010ParkPlace, 2018.
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While much of the country is enduring another Nor’easter, the rest of us are hoping for a couple of spring-like days. Today was one of those days for me and my oh, so talented friend and photographer, Jennifer Denton. When we left San Antonio, it was sunny and 49 degrees. By the end of our day in Boerne—45 minutes north of San Antonio—it was 65 and beautiful but still cool enough for a jacket.

In addition to a few oldies, but goodies from my closet, I wore my new glasses.

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This isn’t your typical Fashion Friday blog so don’t be alarmed… I’m not suggesting you go out and buy an outfit like the one I’m wearing. When I came across this old photo of me and couldn’t stop laughing, I had to share it with you.

Have you ever tried something on, hoping your spouse or girlfriend would validate your purchase?

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Who’s your favorite style icon?
I  have many, but here are my five favorites: Jane Birkin, Kate Moss, Linda Rodin, Audrey Tatou and Ines de la Fressange. Occasionally I do a channeling post on my blog where I feature someone who inspires me.

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PHOTOGRAPH BY JENNIFER DENTON, ©1010PARKPLACE
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There’s only so long you can complain about an issue without doing something about it. For several years I’ve been bemoaning the ever-widening landing strips on my scalp. My hair’s so thin, even the invisible man couldn’t hide in there. When I point out the vast shiny spots, my girlfriends put on their sunglasses to block the glare and say, “I don’t know what you’re talking about. Your hair looks great.”

I finally decided to take my thin, receding hairline by the roots and find a solution.

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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 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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