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Between the Lines Series

Between the Lines (pun intended)

It’s my turn to be one of the featured bloggers of Katherine’s series meant to celebrate us bloggers that are over the age of 50. She’s interviewing each of us (many of us at a time for 10 weeks) and then we get to interview her at the end! You can read my group’s questions on her site!

Katherine came up with the idea for this series to feature bloggers over the age of 50. Boomers are the largest growing population in America and 78% of them are online. And most of us have lines on our faces! Thus she couldn’t resist the title Between the Lines.  So if you fall into this age group—here’s one way to find more bloggers who discuss various topics that interest people over the age of 50 ! And even if you’re not yet fifty—there’a a good chance you will be one day! Spread the word, shout it out—all of us would love your support!  For this post, Katherine has asked us to share our feelings about blogging in the second half of our life.

When I started blogging, I was excited to learn all the new computer issues that came with the territory. I thought this would be the hardest part—I was wrong!  I thought that taking pictures of the three of us for these posts wouldn’t be anything special. Ha ha ha ha ha ha!!

My first idea was the three of us would meet at my house with 3 sets of outfits. We would then take our pictures and be done for the week. Have you ever tried to get 3 retired women’s schedules synced every week?  Let’s just say, that went over like a lead balloon. So the picture taking process evolved. The schedule has morphed into me travelling to mom’s house every other week and then to Nancy’s the weeks in between. I get there, we take pictures for six different posts and then figure out the outfits they will wear for the next session. It’s usually a 3 hour deal!

This sounds well planned out, eh? And it usually is. Thus most of our pictures are taken a good month before the post goes live. Talk about freezing our tookus’ off to show springy things when it’s snowing outside. Yet the part that I struggle with the most, is twofold. One is story telling. This part of the blog is definitely not my forte! I’m not a writer—but I have to give it best for the blog….arg.

The second struggle is the photos themselves. Sure, there are fabulous times when Kari helps me out and takes our pictures (worrying about the lighting, the focus, the poses). However, she has a life too and thus her time is quite limited. So I’ve been working on learning the trade. And can I tell you how many times the photos look fine on the back of the camera, only to come home and see them show differently on the computer monitor as ughhhh? Or when the weather doesn’t cooperate—-having to deal with snow, rain or wind can be a bugger! Or, of course, the closed eyes, funny expressions and altogether inappropriate gestures! Check out just a couple of the bloopers at the top (mom has her eyes closed if you can’t see that in the picture—it happens a lot)!

So, when you see an unfocused photo or terrible background, have pity….these are some of the struggles of a “real life” fashion blogger!

Linking with Bloggers who have Inspired Me & Style Me Wednesday

Since this episode came on a Tuesday, I’ll be finishing the week with my Covered Perfectly Knit Tops series that was put on hold due to low inventory of the shirts we were wearing from over a month ago. To refresh your memory, that first post of that series started here. And please, don’t forget to check out the rest of the Over 50 Bloggers on Katherine’s site and visit the others in my group—-there is something for everyone! You’ll also be able to read the interview questions she asked mom, Nancy & me on her site. 

  • Trueheartgal

    What a brilliant idea of showing a similar look on three different women! It sounds like a ton of work, but worth it. There are a few magazines that do something similar and I’m always totally intrigued. It’s been wonderful meeting so many different 50+ bloggers on the BTL series.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Carla—it is work, but definitely fun. And considering it’s my mom & step mom, I have a lot of leeway with doing what I want (luckily)!
      When I started thinking about a fashion blog, I realized how the three of us fell into different generations so nicely and I really wanted to show how it’s not just the youngsters that could be dressed fabulously!
      I came to realize, the other nice thing about three of us in pictures is it takes some of the attention off of just me!
      thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!!

  • It is so nice to meet you Jodi! Your blog is fun and refreshing. ANd your decription of blogging is spot on! You have two othe ladies to deal with and thier moods, along with the fickle weather. I am a diy blogger who repurposes old things. I have to worry about the wind not blowing on my balcony so I can take pictures with light. Oh what fun blogging has turned out to be. So glad to have met you. I’ll be following you on social media as well.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Hi Mary—It’s funny how these are the things you’d never imagine being an issue, right? But they are good issues and it’s so nice to meet other ladies who understand these funny things!!
      Thanks for stopping by!!

  • Hello Jodie, I am finally catching up on the Between The Lines series and it’s so good to see you are a part of it. I’m so surprised to see you are part of this group – you certainly don’t look in your 50’s. As for the photography thing, oh my I’m still trying to master still life photos, I can only imagine the challenges with living, breathing, and moving people. Nice to find you on more social media platforms and look forward to following you!
    Marie, The Interior Frugalista

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a nice compliment Marie—I am 50 (and a half by kid standards–ha ha).
      The advantage of full body photos is they aren’t close enough for readers to see the wrinkles. My grey hairs tend to look blondish and the bags under my eyes are nicely hidden with my glasses!!
      So let me plead with you….when you master your photography, I’d love some tips! I feel like I have gotten better, but there’s some things I forget or miss!!
      Thanks for reading!!!

  • Laura

    I think we all struggle with pics…I always take WAY more than I need because inevitably, there are some that out of focus or crazy hair, closed eyes, lol!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s so true—I’m so glad this is a fun hobby and my life doesn’t depend on my modeling skills (or lack of!! ha ha)
      Thanks for reading Laura!!!

  • The logistics of blogging are hard enough with just me to consider, I cannot imagine how challenging it must be for you. And to have to do the development so far in advance. you are doing a fabulous job with your blog.

    This BTL idea of Katherine’s was brilliant and I’m truly enjoying the series. It will be my turn next week.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rena—I am a planner by nature, so for me I think it’s not super crazy—it’s all the elements I can’t control that are hard (can you say control freak?)!
      Can’t wait to see what Katherine asks you on your interview!!

  • I feel your pain! All of the times I’ve looked through my screen on the back of the camera and thought, “Got it!” and then been thoroughly disappointed with the photos.

    The closed eyes? that is one of my favourites. Thankfully that is the great part about summer and being able to take photos outside again…sunglasses!

    I don’t have the issues of trying to schedule three different ladies …eek…that gives me a migraine just thinking of it! LOL

    Kudos for keeping at it.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      But really, it reminds me of the saying “don’t sweat the small stuff. Everything is the small stuff”
      Especially after reading your last comment…I’m still reeling from that.
      Thanks for joining in…I appreciate it!

  • Nikki G

    As I mentioned, I was already following your blog a few months before I even found out about this BTL series, but I had NO idea you were over 50. Seriously!?? Anyway, I appreciate how difficult it is to get those pictures, when I can’t even seem to get pictures of inanimate objects or of myself. LOL I look forward to getting to know you better!
    🙂 gwingal

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a nice compliment Nikki!! (of course, you don’t look 50 either)…but part of it is the pictures are nice and far away—ha ha!!

  • Marci Vaughn

    What a wonderful post! It’s so nice to meet you! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Marci!!

  • Lisa

    I love to see your outfits. I found you first looking to reinvent my own style, then now from Between the Lines Lisa @

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a great comment to read, Lisa!! Thanks for saying so!!

  • Everyone looks great! Isn’t it crazy how much time actually goes in to blogging?

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Right? One would never realized until they do it themselves.
      I guess it’s really no different than most things in life. My husband and I always say, every person should own a business for at least a year —it gives one quite a different perspective!!
      Thanks for reading Tara!

  • sue

    Hi fellow Between the Lines blogger! I follow you Jodie and didn’t realize how much it takes for you to organize a post. I always enjoy reading them and seeing who is wearing what! Well done! Sue from Sizzling Towards Sixty

    • Jodie Filogomo

      And thanks for always reading Sue—I truly appreciate it!!
      I keep trying to figure out a way of making this process easier—but I think with the fact that there are three of us—it’ll always be a process. But in the whole scheme of things, it’s not life or death and really it’s optional!! I’m just trying to learn not to stress out when things don’t go as planned!!

  • PetiteOver40

    Even with your “oops” photos you all look adorable! They make you seem like real, fun people. I do appreciate and understand the frustrations you mentioned, though! That screen on the back of the camera needs to be bigger! 🙂

    – Sherry

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Exactly (about the camera)—-especially for my “older” eyes!!
      I didn’t use the really bad pictures because I didn’t want to embarrass Nancy & mom too much (although in the end–they are pictures of us, with makeup on—how bad could they be, right?)
      You are one of those who have the writing down Sherry—you are such a natural story teller and I’m quite jealous (in a good way)!
      Thanks for the love!

  • With all the challenges of getting outfit photos done, sometimes I still feel like that is the easiest part! Of course I feel differently when it’s a week of straight rain or sub-zero temperatures, but never the less…I admire your ability to have all your photos planned out so far in advance, definitely not something I can accomplish!

    Chic on the Cheap

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That is my personality though Lydia—I’m a planner by nature. So it would totally stress me out to do it at the last minute. Of course, I am trying to learn to be more spontaneous—it’s all a balance, right?

  • CathyLynchLawdanski

    So glad to see you on here Jodi! I love your blog. I struggle with the photography too and am trying to learn to take better pictures!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I just took an online class through I think it was very helpful, now I just need to practice, practice & practice!! And if only I could get Mother Nature to accommodate our schedule—ha ha!!

  • Annette Daly

    Oh my heavens! That’s admirable what you do to get your blog posts done. Fun read!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Annette! There was this day, I drove over to mom’s (luckily she only lives 5 minutes away) and I had forgotten my clothes (I was so focused on my camera & my accessories)—so I had to go back home to get them, and then get back to mom’s! I was laughing at this shenanigan and that’s when I came up with the idea for the blog post! Because some days, all you can do is laugh (because luckily it’s not life and death!)

  • Your one of the few bloggers in this series I actually knew beforehand. Although, I always thought Nancy was your sister. I was surprised to find out she was your stepmom. I love your blog…the three different ages is very original and different in comparison to most fashion blogs.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amy for commenting—Nancy will love that you thought we were sisters (and in a way we probably are more like sisters!!). By the time we get to be this old—the #’s don’t really matter, right!!

  • Love hearing all the stuff that goes on ‘behind the scenes’. The life of a fashion blogger is not an easy one, that’s for sure! I’m thankful I only have to worry about myself. lol My hat is off to you!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Ha ha…as we’ve talked about “those divas”, right?
      Neither mom nor Nancy has really come right out and said it, but I think they are having fun with the blog (either that or they just put up with me ??)
      I think the worst is when we have to take pictures inside—neither of their houses is a great backdrop for it. I’ve actually been researching other places—but then comes the fact of hauling everything with us (can you imagine?) But really, it is lots of fun!!!

  • Hahaha eyes shut. Odd expressions. Inappropriate gestures. Cute!! You really ought to do a post featuring all those outtake shots, Jodie 🙂

    So, the business of blogging. The bit I’m hate most is being in front of the camera. The posing. Urgh. I always feel spastic and awkward. I’ve been told that the pain will fade into a slight tingling over time, so let’s see 🙂 xoxo

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Man, you are so right Sheela—I didn’t even mention the modeling part. Why can’t I just stand there and have the camera make me look good?
      I’ve contemplated doing the flat shots of the clothing, but to me it’s totally not the same. I don’t even like looking at them that way, so we’ll keep modeling them!!
      I always think you do the most interesting poses, Sheela—mom, Nancy & I laugh that we stand the same way over & over—but I keep telling myself it’s about the clothing, not us!!

  • I hear ya sista! Loud and clear. Love these ‘oops’ photos. Oh my, my husband can take a gazillion photos and then I’ll find one a couple work. I could scream sometimes. Not at him, mind, just at the process! I too, am trying to take photos myself as I can’t always rely on him and it’s just so laborious. It’s the one thing about blogging I don’t like! The writing…. well, that I love. So much easier than taking photos!
    Well done on Katherine’s feature. It’s a great series.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Or we take all these pictures and I had my pant leg caught in my boot —or the best picture was exactly when a car drove by….i could go on & on!!! The things only a fashion blogger understands, right? But it is fun….funner than dentistry at least!!

  • the struggle of fashion blogging is real! It’s taken me years to get good at taking pictures but I still end up with lots of hilarious bloopers!

    cute & little

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Right? Just knowing the lighting and how it works—it’s fun to learn, but there are growing pains!! I do think the bloopers are my favorites—it’s good to laugh!!
      Thanks so much for reading Kileen!!

  • Jodi, what a great post! I found you through the Between the Lines series. My hubby takes my photos as well. He is so much better at it than I am! Carla @

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s so nice to meet you Carla—I see you’re starting a link up party in June—-I put it on my schedule, and look forward to being part of it!!
      I realize that the photos aren’t the most important thing on my blog, but since we are visual creatures….it sure helps to have nice ones!! (especially since writing is not my strenght!!)

      • Jodie, I would love for you to come party in June! It’s so nice to meet other bloggers my same age. I look forward to seeing you there!

  • Laura

    So true! My hubby takes my photos and it’s always frustrating when we get them on the computer and the white balance was off or something. Every part of blogging is a constant learning process!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I know, I know!! And then, wordpress has an update, and one of my plugins doesn’t work and I have to spend the day figuring it out!! But it’s all good, right??

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    Love your bloopers and to read what is takes to get your photos! This really is serious business!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Oh…there are so many more bloopers—but I didn’t want to embarrass mom & Nancy too much (as for me, who cares?)
      I have to admit, there is much more that goes into it than I ever guessed. Especially when something doesn’t work correctly and you spend all day trying to fix it (like right now, when I try to share on google +, the image doesn’t show up—and it used to just fine)…ah…the joys!!
      Thanks for reading Terri!!

  • Jodie this is such a good post that speaks to not only fashion over 50 but the challenging aspects of blogging. Many people are under the misguided impression that blogging is just a hobby but they don’t realize the time commitment involved. Thank you for sharing this illuminating article. <3

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s so true Stephanae—and I was no different before I started blogging. To me it’s the saying, “walk a mile in someone’s shoes”—blogging incorporates so many aspects & issues that people are just not aware of because they’ve never done it.
      It’s been a fun voyage though—and I’m glad I’m in it!