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PARIS PHOTOS ©Brenda Coffee, 2019
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One of my girlfriends is going to Paris next month. While I don’t know what clothes she’s planning to take, I saw these Cuyana pieces and thought of her. They’re timeless and versatile, and since they’re neutrals, she could mix them with almost any color.

So dear friend, for your consideration…

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PHOTOGRAPH BY BRENDA COFFEE, ©2019 1010ParkPlace
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A couple of weeks ago my friend, Donna Beckman Tagliaferri, and I connected on the phone. We’ve been Facebook friends forever, but this was the first time we’ve actually spoken, and we had fun talking about everything. Donna’s the friend who put the word “frumpy” in my ear not long ago, and I used it in my post 10 Ways Not to Look Frumpy Over 50. Today’s Fashion Friday idea comes from Donna as well, so…

Here’s a detailed tutorial about how to shop online.

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Fashion Illustration and blog post by Jill Anthony. Background by Brandon Smith.
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We’ve all been told, time and again, if you’re a woman of a certain age you must never, ever, wear a mini. Do you remember the last time you wore a mini? At the height of my mini wearing days, The Cars album played on the turntable as I doused myself in Jovan Musk, strapped on my Maud Frizon heels and headed over to Studio 54 to dance the night away.

Yes Darlings, it was that long ago.

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While this isn’t a typical 1010ParkPlace Fashion Friday post I think you’ll be interested in what the original supermodel and the oh, so fashionable, Kim Alexis, is up to these days. Kim is one of my favorite people. She’s so real and down-to-earth and has a giant capacity for love whether it’s people or animals. Kim wrote this post for 1010ParkPlace. Thank you, Kim. xoxox, Brenda

“Wow, there are so many dogs,” was one of the many thoughts going through my head as I walked through my first “dog pound” visit.

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BRENDA COFFEE & SANDY LINTER, 2011. Sandy did not do my makeup the day this photo was taken. We were talking about her new book, Makeup Wakeup. The first time she did my makeup I was 21.
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Before the holidays a reader sent me a message: “I went to see Stevie Nicks last night and I was so surprised at how frumpy all the women (in the audience) looked, and I wondered how I looked. I don’t want to be 16 again, but I want to shake up my “look.” I don’t need to look like Stevie Nicks, but I would like to look less… old. Do you have any suggestions?”

My answer to her got me thinking about this post. Here are 10 things all women over 50 should think about.

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Hildie Plumpepper Illustration and Blog Post by Jill Anthony. Background by Brandon Smith.
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Ahhh… Chanel. Music to any girl’s ears. Earlier this month when I heard Chanel had presented a collection inspired by Ancient Egypt, I googled right away to see it for myself.

Karl Lagerfeld, designer and creative director extraordinaire, did not disappoint. 

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JENNIFER DENTON. ©1010PARKPLACE, 2018
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A few weeks ago I moved all of my slides and photographs into wicker baskets, and now I can’t find the photo I wanted to share with you. So much for organization… It’s a picture of me on Christmas Eve when I was 22. In the photo I’m barefoot, curled up on a teal-colored, velvet sofa at the George V Hotel in Paris. I was wearing the same black dress I’m wearing in these current photos. I’ll keep looking and if I find it, I’ll post it next time. In the mean time, Christmas reminds me of Santa and gifts. Have you done all of your shopping? 

Here are some affordable gifts that can be under someone’s tree in a matter of days.

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JENNIFER DENTON. ©1010ParkPlace, 2018.
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The past couple of days I’ve watched the moving funeral services for the late President George H.W. Bush. Almost every woman wore black, and I saw how many different looks you can put together with a simple black dress. Over the holidays I hope you don’t have anything as somber as a funeral to attend, but black would look great on New Years Eve. Whether you wear a dress or a sweater and pants, don’t forget to add your own special touch. I like to pair my old things in new ways.

Electric guitars are optional.

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HILDIE ILLUSTRATION BY JILL ANTHONY, BACKGROUND BY BRANDON SMITH @2018
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Darlings, do you recall the ensemble I’m wearing? This look is from one of those iconic Ralph Lauren ads that appeared in every fashion magazine in 1981. The ads were beautifully shot by legendary photographer, Bruce Weber, and featured the gorgeous model, Clotilde, wearing the Santa Fe Collection. The looks were inspired by Navajo prints and southwestern American classics. 

Oh, those ads captured my fashion heart. 

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