About the Blog:
My goal for the blog is exactly what my tagline says! I’d love to inspire style for women of many ages, sizes and budgets. Just because your driver’s license says a certain number does not mean that you can’t continue looking fabulous! In the same thinking, your beauty is not dependent on being a specific size. And on top of it all, spending a ton of money on your clothes does not guarantee that you will look and feel great.
Of course not everyone loves to plan their outfits and go shopping, so I wanted to give each and every one of you a place to visit to get inspiration. Most weeks on the blog is a theme for what we are wearing that week. This can help you when you have a similar clothing item for imagining different ways to wear that piece. Or the same holds true for specific events and occasions that we highlight. Therefore I created a menu of all of our past outfits here. Feel free to look around the blog and let me know if you have items or colors that you’d like help in styling.
I used to think there was only one right way to dress, but this blogging experience has certainly taught me more than just computer and photography skills! I’ve learned that it’s fun to try new styles and be more adventurous! Heck, it’s only clothing, right? I certainly wish that every woman could feel better about themselves with the clothes they wear. We all know that life is too short. So we might as well wear the fun clothing, break a rule here and there, and look incredible each and every day!
Considering, I’ve always been an exuberant and thrifty shopper, I also believe that spending gads on clothing items is not usually necessary. I rarely spend more than $100 on items for myself, and thus I try to link to the same kind of items in the same price range.
JODIE (50’s model)
I started out wanting to be either a dentist or interior designer in middle school. Luckily my mother was of the mindset that I could do anything I set my mind to. Consequently I attended dental school in the early 1990’s and practiced as a sole practitioner for over 20 years. I loved many of the aspects of being a dentist except for the fact of being a boss. I supremely enjoyed taking care of my patients, yet I also felt the weight of the world on my shoulders at times! Thus when the opportunity arose to sell my practice a little earlier than expected, I decided to give it a go!
Shopping and decorating are truly a fun pastime for me–heck, I even like grocery shopping. Really, I’ve decided that life is a learning process! Styles change, our bodies change and even our likes and dislikes change. Call it evolution if you will!
CHARLOTTE (70’s model)
Charlotte is my mother! She grew up on a farm in Indiana and attended Purdue University in order to become a Home Economics teacher. My mom met my dad at Purdue and moved to Toledo to start her family. She taught Home Ec at a small high school in Ohio for almost 30 years before retiring! Then she kept busy by working in the alterations department at a local department store. Finally she gave in and moved to Colorado to be closer to her only child (me!)!
Once here in Denver, she continued doing alterations at Nordstrom’s Department Store for about 5 years. She would even alter clothes for neighbors and friends until about 3 years ago.
My mom considers herself a collector and hates to part with much of her closet. She has traveled with groups to see many other countries and places! Most of the time she comes back with interesting clothing, material or jewelry to add to her collection. If I remember, I always try to tell you about these pieces in the blog!
NANCY (60’s model)
Nancy grew up in Indiana and also went to Purdue University for Elementary Education (quite a few years after my mom & dad were there)—small world, huh? She moved out here because it was an adventure and started teaching 1st grade!
She met my dad in one of her square dancing groups and they married in 1994. He passed away from pancreatic cancer in 1999, but the nice thing is the three of us get along fabulously! We spend time together at holidays, and everyday, not just for the blog!
She still skis in the winter months with a group of friends, and loves attending plays and baseball games! She’s also an avid traveler and usually has one or two trips in the works whenever you talk to her!
In case you’re wondering, the 3 of us are considered petites. I’m 5’2″, Nancy is 5’0″ and mom is 5’4″. The photo on the right shows us stacked against each other (although I’m wearing flats and both mom & Nancy have on heels!)!! I consider us “real” women because we are not what social media would consider “model material” and our sizes vary!!
Kari Strand (Photographer)
My former neighbor, Kari, is a photographer specializing in portraits, weddings and engagements. She was so helpful when I started the blog, by travelling to our different houses to take our photos! As her life has gotten busier, she’s not able to join in as much. However, if you visit the older blog posts, you’ll see her work in action. Most of the time now, I’m taking mom’s & Nancy’s photos and Rob is taking mine (he loves the You-Tube video about Instagram husbands because it’s so true)!
Rob (Men’s Fashion Model)
Rob not only helps out with the photography at times and is Jodie’s husband, but he’s also starting to show up on the blog by showcasing men’s fashion. If you wanted to group him into an age category, then he’d fall into the 50+ company!
Besides being the best husband ever, Rob’s style has evolved tremendously over the years. There was a time when the thought of stepping into a mall would cause him to break out in a sweat (seriously). But he’s grown to love shopping, clothing and looking terrific! I always say that behind every great man is a great woman, but in Rob’s case, he has the 3 of us (Jodie, Charlotte & Nancy)!! Lucky him, right?