Why You Should Definitely Go Shopping

Women over 40 and shopping.

Why You Should Definitely Go Shopping

Quote of the day: “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” Bill Gates

For those of you who like to shop, you’ll be singing the praises of this post from kingdom come, right? Because we are going to suggest to you that shopping is helpful to establish those neurons to build new pathways!

Once more, we are using Madelyn from ADD…and-so-much-MORE to help us understand how fashion & clothing doesn’t have to be considered superficial! I introduced Madelyn in our first challenge where we took a piece of clothing, and restyled it differently, here. Since this is something I do often on the blog, luckily this wasn’t too hard for the 3 of us.

In our second post, here, the idea was to show that no matter what your age, you can take the details about what the young girls are wearing. And feel good about it!

This Challenge

And below is our photo when we started out on this specific adventure!

Women over 40 and shopping.

Now the challenge was to go shopping at a thrift store to find an item to go with something we already had in our closet! Why a thrift store? Madelyn weighs in with her thoughts in a brown font!

Because it adds an additional layer of creativity to the challenge, Jodie.  Anybody can find something to complete an outfit amid the practically endless choices at the mall, especially if you have to do it in a single trip.  Chances are high that, if you do it that way, you will probably end up buying what you always buy.
The selections will be more limited in a thrift or resale store – which forces your brain to work harder to come up with something that might work. 
You were thinking perhaps a top?  Too bad, not today, get further outside your box, Girl!  What ELSE can you imagine might possibly work?  Look around with an open mind. Extra credit if buying “gently worn/pre-owned” clothing is not something you consider often (or ever!).

Great!  Now go try them on – because the whole point is to change your self-image to force a new pathway or two in your brain. 

  • If you think you’re going to hate it because it isn’t “you,” try it on anyway, while you try on a whole new you. 
  • Pretend you are a well-paid fashion model who has to sell whatever look some designer puts together, even if you hate it personally. 
  • Walk around for a bit and see how others respond.

My family ended up going to a local store that sells sample clothing. This means we were definitely limited in our selections and sizes! (My idea was to take photos while we were shopping to show you some of our options along the way; however, the store frowned on this….bummer)! Of course I had to add in a little extra to our day of work!! I wanted us to really try to think outside of our usual box and the items we tend to buy! (Let’s just say that I know how to cause strife–ha ha)

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: I went on this shopping expedition wanting to find a great top to compliment my new Chico’s pants!

My first response with choosing an item for these pants is to play it safe with white. Although for our #LoveChicos Girlfriend Event I went with a black striped top. But those are both neutrals, so I wanted to see if I could challenge myself to pick something more fun & daring.

 Women over 40 and shopping.

Madelyn’s thoughts:

Good for you, Jodie!  You may not wear these pieces together ever again – but I’ll bet you’ll find an equally creative pairing once you get the top home that would never have occurred to you if you had stayed safe with neutrals. 

More to the point, you stayed with the spirit of the challenge rather than trying on what normally attracts you when you shop.

Women over 40 and shopping.

Let me give you a little synopsis of what I tried on at the store!

I narrowed my choices down to a lilac (kinda like this one, except it had some flowers along the front) and then the blue vest you see! Even though I really love lots of color, I still worried that this blue might be too bright with the gold pants! But after getting everyone’s opinion, I decided that the blue was the winner! Besides, I don’t really have a ton of vests, especially like this. Whereas, my closet is full of short cardigans.

I’ve been trying in earnest to really pick items that I don’t already have in my closet. I’ve heard many women say they buy something only to find they already have an item like it in their closet. And I’m just as guilty of doing that. I mean, it makes sense, right? You liked it the first time you bought it, so you’re drawn to it again at the store. So I’ve been working hard at evaluating an item before I purchase it!

Women over 40 and shopping.

I have to also address my necklace that I’m wearing here!!

After I wrote the article on wearing your pearls for Sixty + Me (here), I’ve really been trying to practice what I preach! Of course, that meant I needed a new pearl necklace, right? No, but really, I saw this cool choker at Kaitlyn’s in Cherry Creek and figured I really needed it! I love these big, faux pearls and have seen this type of necklace elsewhere. In fact, here’s one with black pearls, but the only ones I could find on my shopping site with the white, were much smaller! Unless you like just one pearl in the middle like this one?

Pants: Chicos (here)~~Vest: Mel & Lisa (similar here in a much lighter color)~~Top: Banana Republic (similar here)~~Sweater: LOFT (similar here)~~Shoes: Jessica Simpson (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: Nancy’s goal was to find some clothes that would go with her new olive colored shoes! She wore the white jeans to go shopping with them as a neutral, so she was open to either pants, dresses or shirts that would give her some more options with these shoes!

 Women over 40 and shopping.

Madelyn’s thoughts:

Nancy gave herself a wide-open challenge by using shoes as her anchor piece — and olive is a color that opens the paradigm even farther.  She even changed seasons by picking a Spring into Summer color palette, moving away from matching entirely.

If she decides to take the top home, I’ll bet she’ll come up with a few more other ways to pair it, now that her brain is a bit more change-friendly.

Women over 40 and shopping.

Nancy was a great sport and tried on many items that didn’t necessarily match the shoes, yet still looked great since the shoes are a neutral.

One of the shirts she tried on was a peach colored blouse (similar to this one) that looked very nice on her. She even bought a black, open shoulder tunic like this, not so much to wear with these shoes & jeans, but to take on her upcoming cruise!!

In the end the consensus was to get this pastel striped shirt. It’s a lightweight sweater, and I think it’ll work so nicely with the rest of her closet!! All of us really liked how it’s a little longer in the back portion and comes up on the sides at the bottom hem. And I think it can be one of those shirts that will dress up easily, yet can still be casual!!

Women over 40 and shopping.

To top it off, we found this light green necklace too!! We didn’t specifically buy the necklace for this shirt, but I thought it was a good fit.

This necklace really showed up well against the black tunic, and that was much of the reason for getting it! I think the long necklaces are so fun right now. Especially since I couldn’t wear them while I was working. But if you like them too, then check out this one because it’ll be a stand out against a solid colored shirt!

Jeans: Chicos (similar here)~~Striped top: Nally & Millie (similar here)~~Green top: Pleione (similar here)~~Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar here in a bootie or here in a sandal)~~Necklace: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Now in my mom’s case, she has every color imaginable already in her closet–ha ha! But I suggested she look for something outside her norm that she could wear with her new Chico’s brown pants.

What she wore at the beginning of the day is a very usual outfit for my mother. Since the pants are brown, she grabs other clothing pieces that are brown or have brown in them.

But I really wanted this shopping expedition to work on expanding our usual! Therefore, if mom doesn’t look entirely happy in these photos–it’s because I was bugging the heck out of her! Isn’t that what all good daughters do??

Women over 40 and shopping.

Madelyn’s thoughts:

Charlotte probably has the toughest challenge – and stands to gain the most from stepping outside the ideas about “outfits” that were practically norms for decades of her life. 

Getting used to some of today’s ideas will be a bit easier for Nancy, who came of age on the fashion cusp, and easier still for you, Jodie.  What that means is that, to get the brain-benefit, Charlotte can take smaller steps for a while which, to her eye, will seem like bigger changes.

I love seeing that she rose to the challenge in a huge way, anyway. The mix of colors in the new top she is wearing with those brown pants – which almost seem to take on a different hue as well – is more than a stretch from her original look.
I especially love the fact that she changed her silhouette entirely — going from symmetrical to asymmetrical.  Smashing!  And completely different.
Whether she loves the new look or remains lukewarm about it, her brain has already started to shake up her idea of “self.” As long as she doesn’t reject additional new looks entirely, she will continue to deepen the ‘brand-new-Charlotte’ pathway every time she challenges herself anew.

Women over 40 and shopping.

My mom finally came home with this bright, asymmetrical top! And trust me when I say, Rob & I had to twist her arm to get it.

Should I tell you everything she picked out to try on with the pants? No, I won’t. But trust me when I say that she gravitated toward the brown pieces. Finally I went hunting for her and picked out a bunch of different colored tops. I figure her brown pants are a neutral and would go with everything. I started with tops that were pink or blue, but we wound up with this one!

One of the issues that mom didn’t like about it is how low the neckline is in the front. It doesn’t seem low to you? Well that’s because mom is wearing it backwards for these photos. She did tell me that she wore it the other day with a white shirt under it. Way to go, mom since that’s another smart option!

Women over 40 and shopping.

This blouse is amazing in my opinion! Come on, who else thinks that, too?

I just love the colors and how bright they are. And then how the sleeve is so unique along with the fact that it’s asymmetrical. I call that super interesting and fun—just like my mom (when we aren’t at each other’s throats..ha ha).  So if you like that asymmetrical detail, then you might like this shirt or if you have all the money in the world, what about this?  Ok, so that one is a little expensive. But I think every woman benefits from wearing asymmetrical clothing. Our bodies aren’t symmetrical, so why should our clothing be? If you don’t like this on the hemline, what about at the straps, like this? Or if you like a much more subdued color there is this one!

Okay—so she’s a little happier here in this photo—probably because she know we are almost done!! Ha ha!!

Pants: Chicos (here)~~Asymmetrical top: Blu Ice (similar here different colors but the same kind of sleeve–sorta)~~Brown Print Blouse: Mom made it (similar here)~~Shoes: Dr. Scholls (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Don’t Stop Now

I want to remind everybody that making friends with change is what we’ve been up to — taking advantage of neuroplasticity — shaking up our concept of who we are by playing around with what we wear. 

The take-away is that, as I explained in Making Friends with Change when we introduced this Series last Friday, science now understands that who we are and what we do is dynamic and flexible until the end of our days — unless, of course, we allow ourselves to remain increasingly “set in our ways” as time goes by.

The elixer we have been seeking since the days when man believed that The Fountain of Youth had yet to be discovered has been available to all of us all along: exercise and change.
I hope all of you who have been reading this week will look for places to incorporate change and growth into many areas of your lives.  And if you ever feel like you are becoming stuck in a rut, remember you can always CHANGE YOUR CLOTHES!

Make sure to click over to Madelyn’s post about this topic. She has so much information about your brain and how to be good to it! 

The Facts

Even if you wouldn’t consider purchasing your clothing online, it can be helpful to look through my links to see what is available! It certainly doesn’t hurt my feelings, if you click on them but don’t like them. Just so you know, one of the ways I make money from this blog is through these linked items.

What this means is that when you click on a linked item, I receive a couple of cents. Those couple of cents can certainly add up! So I appreciate it if you keep clicking to help support Jodie’s Touch of Style!

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And if you’re new to the party, you can always see our outfits organized by categories, here! Don’t forget to check out the deals & discounts too, on this page!

And since you couldn’t go with us on our shopping trip, I found some newer styles to try to push you out of your comfort zone. I’m found these thinking these would be items that aren’t already in your closet. Like the raw hemmed jeans, or a hi-low skirt, or even the flared sleeves!! Come on—push yourselves into trying new styles! And go shopping. All for the sake of your brain health!

  • Peachy

    What a fun idea! I’ll have to try this out for myself. Sorry for the late comment. #FabFridayPost

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for stopping by Peachy…no matter when!!

  • Just posted a closet storage article and linked here – so you may pick up a few more readers.

  • Take me shopping with you. I will be on my best behavior and you’ll hardly know I am along. But I think I could learn so much. Thank goodness you and Rob took the upper hand and convinced Charlotte to buy that top. It is interesting in so many ways and just lights up her beautiful face. She looks ultra confident in it, too! Can’t believe she didn’t run up the register to buy it the second she tried it on. And Nancy’s find?! Wow. First of all, I need those olive shoes. Gorgeous. Paired with the soft pastels of her new top…perfection. And you, my friend…glad you selected the brighter blue over the pale purple vest. I bet your will find lots of creative ways to use this piece.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’d love for you to come shopping with me! And bad behavior is preferred–ha ha!! But seriously I love shopping for others because it’s way more fun with friends. You end up trying on things you never thought to try on and if they are good friends, you get good feedback!!
      So when you are ever out in Denver—I’m ready for you!!!

  • Thanks for sharing at #OverTheMoon and have a lovely week!

    • Jodie Filogomo


  • Love Charlotte’s look here. I would wear both styles that she wears. Browns are always my fav’s And I like the idea of trying something you don’t like on the hanger too. I need to step out of my comfort zone for sure.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laurie!
      It is hard to not reach for the same thing over and over when we go shopping—but I think having others there to help makes it easier!! 🙂

  • What a fun and fashionable post Jodie! Great shopping idea and you all look amazing in these outfits!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Carmen!

  • This is such a cool and fun idea to reuse your tops without investing another extra penny! If I were to be honest, I’ve always shy away from wearing tops backwards but this post has inspired me to give it a shot for at least once! Thank you so much 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Ankita!!
      I always have to admit that my mom has some kind of card up her sleeves when it comes to making something work!!
      I’m glad you liked it and thanks for saying so!!

  • This is such a fun post! And what a great idea! You ladies always have so much fun 🙂


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Liz!!

  • Oh! This is such a fun challenge! This was so fun and interesting to read! I love that you ladies did this. And you all found such wonderful pieces. I loved your vest! I, too, am guilty of buying the same pieces over and over again. It’s niece to try new things! Also, I need every single pair of shoes Nancy features on here, haha. And that top your mom found is just darling!

    Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lindsey!!
      I guess it’s only human nature to be drawn to what we like—but once my husband pointed it out to me, I’ve been consciously trying to change. Although he laughed last year when I came home with sequined shorts—I certainly didn’t already have a pair of those and he didn’t like them!! 🙂

  • What a fun challenge! I wouldn’t mind doing something like that since shopping is one of my favorite hobbies 😉


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I feel the same way, Cristina!! It’s been kinda nice to find that the hobbies I like are really good for me, LOL!!

  • It’s been a really interesting week with you four ladies. I’m looking differently at things I already have and adding things to my list of things to look for. Madelyn brought such wonderful tips for shopping with imagination to improve our wardrobes as well as our brains.

    Charlotte and Nancy are such good sports and fun models for trying new ideas and outfits. I look forward to seeing your blue vest over a dress — I thought sleeves underneath would be great to balance it.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much for reading along and taking Madelyn’s ideas to heart, Jean!
      I was just saying to some friends, that having an “expert” reiterate these ideas, makes it so much better!!
      When you said wearing my blue vest over something with sleeves…that was an “aha” for me!! It did look better with my dress, and I wasn’t sure exactly why, but that could be it!!

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    Ok, I am in love with what your mom found. That shirt is so pretty and I love that it is asymmetrical! You ladies would be so fun to shop with! You all did well! Your necklace is so pretty!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Carrie!!
      I think my mom is finally coming around to realizing that this shirt is fabulous!! It takes everyone else telling her for her to believe it!! 🙂 Thanks for chiming in!!

  • Missy May

    I haven’t thrifted before, but I know its definitely a place where people can find great things. Y’all ladies look great and I love the versatility here. Wonderful and beautiful ladies! 🙂


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Of course, thrifting isn’t the only way to make your brain work, Missy!! I think if you are open to new styles & possibilities when you go shopping, it can be so beneficial!!
      Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

  • Such a fun post, love all of your finds!

    Treats and Trends

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jamie!!
      Have a fantastic weekend!

  • I Love the top your mom came home with! It is gorgeous. I really enjoyed Madelyn’s thoughts on how to challenge our brains while shopping and going to a thrift store would certainly up that challenge. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Jennie!!
      It’s the nicest thing ever to hear that the things we enjoy can actually be good for our brain, right?
      Have a fabulous weekend!!

  • Mireille

    I love your mom’s shirt the best and I think having it backwards makes it look even cooler! Glad you twisted her arm 😊

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I sorta got her to admit that it’s a fabulous top the other day!! But you know those stubborn Germans, right? Ahhhhhh!!!
      Thanks Mireille—of course I’ll forward this to her!!
      Have a fabulous weekend!!

    • I agree, Mireille. Just like Charlotte, I have played with wearing tops “backwards” for years, sometimes every time I wear it and sometimes when I simply want a different neckline when I pair it with something else. I had to carefully remove the tag in a few instances, but the added wardrobe flexibility was completely worth it.
      (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE.com)
      ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
      “It takes a village to educate a world!”

  • Lesley Watson

    Fun blog again Jodie! I especially Love Charlotte’s new top. It makes her look like a CC Lady. Were you shopping in the new place next to Joy’s consigment shop? I can’t believe they wouldn’t want to be mentioned in your wonderful blog. Have a lovely is slightly damp weekend.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lesley!!
      Yes—that’s exactly where we were—you recognized it?? Part of the issue was our fault…we should have called ahead and requested permission. The owner wasn’t there that day and the employees didn’t want to let us photograph inside the store without her consent. But now we know…. because my first thought was of course they’d be happy to be mentioned…..
      Enjoy your weekend also Lesley!! 🙂

    • I agree, Leslie, and thanks for ringing in. If I were the owner of that shop I would not have been happy to hear that my employees said no to a perfect marketing opportunity! Maybe they need to read the Fashion Week posts to get a little more change-friendly, huh?
      xx, mgh

  • Mimi HomewithMimi

    This looks like it was a fun challenge. I’ve never bought clothing from a thrift store, but I can see that one can find interesting pieces to complement your current wardrobe. Looks like fun!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It was fun, Mimi!!
      I’ve been shopping at thrift stores for years, so I’m always a little surprised when others say they’ve never been? I have a couple of friends who don’t enjoy it either!!
      But the same challenge could still be done especially at smaller stores where there isn’t as much variety as the department retail stores!! Any excuse to go shopping, right?
      Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

    • Oh Mimi – extra brain-change-friendly insurance for YOU, since you’ve never investigated thrift store shopping before! Try it – I’ll bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
      xx, mgh

  • What a fabulous challenge! I ll bet you had such fun during this shopping session! It is such a pitty you couldn t take pictures! But you all done such a great job!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Nancy—it would definitely have been fun to show all of the options we tried on and get other’s opinions!!
      Hopefully next time…..
      Have a great weekend!!

  • What an awesome challenge! I need to do this sometime. I love the top your mom found. It takes the pants to a whole new level. Love all these looks!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I thought this top was fabulous on my mom too! I think she’s finally realizing how wonderful it is, but that wasn’t her feelings that day—LOL!!
      Thanks for chiming in, Kathrine and have a great weekend!

      • Charlotte’s initial reaction underscores the whole point of Fashion Week, Jodi: we need to practice change to force our brain to make friends with it.

        Our brains resist exercise just as much as we tend to resist physical exercise. But OH those benefits are so GOOD for us!

  • I think your mom totally won! Not that it’s a competition, but I can totally see her wearing that in an upcoming post! Nancy’s necklace was quite a find too. I’m clicking your links to see the options you have found for us that are similar to your finds! Always fun! Julia

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Of course this shirt looks fabulous on my mom—I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought so! Maybe on our next shopping trip, she’ll be more open to different items!
      Thanks for the love, Julia and have a great weekend!

  • Laura

    You all picked such fun pieces! I love the idea of this challenge! Your mom’s top is especially fun. I love the bright colors on her and her pants compliment it so well!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think this is one of those times that having a piece that isn’t exactly the same color can be better than the matching!!
      Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend, Laura!

  • Judy Gramith

    Charlotte needs to embrace this look! It’s really terrific on her!!! As long as that longer side of the top doesn’t impair her ability to shop! =-)
    Nancy’s look is also great and it looks like there are some neutral colors among all of those blues. This top is going to be very versatile.
    I like the color pairing of your yellow pants with the blue of the vest. I don’t think the fit proportions are right though. The vest seems a bit big (?) so I think it would be great with a turtleneck, leggings and boots. Maybe something to wear to Yoga? Is it fleece?

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I had to laugh at your comment…as long as it doesn’t impair her ability to shop!! LOL ….does anything??
      My vest isn’t fleece…it’s just a sweater material. I actually wore it the other day over a dress (like a duster) and I think it was a better proportion. I’ll have to try it again on the blog!!
      Have a fabulous weekend, Jude!!!!! XOXOXO

  • kristin mccarthy

    I am obsessed with thrift shopping. My favorite designer pieces have come from thrift stores

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s true—-it’s not only good for our wallet, but also the landfills!!
      Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Jodie, this has been such an interesting series! I am so impressed that now I can justify my shopping! Ha, ha. Not that my hubby will agree, but at least now I have some scientific proof to support it. Since I am an avid thrifter, I can fully understand what Madelyn is saying. Sometimes I go with a list of things I am looking for and other times I just sort of peruse for something new and different that I can use for an outfit or a unique look. You gals did a great job and I love that top your mom ended up with. Good job ladies. – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Right, Amy?? Who doesn’t love to hear that there are facts to support what we love to do??
      I’m usually the shopper that only peruses. I always figure I can find something to go with it when I get home. And maybe that’s not always the best way to shop—maybe it would be better for my brain to have a particular item in mind or to coordinate with??
      I guess I’ll just have to go shopping and find out…LOL!
      Have a great weekend, Amy!!

    • Wonderful comment, Amy – underscoring the point of these three challenges – shaking up our paradigms about what elements best express our personal style.

      Even when you shop with a list, you still have to prime your brain for a change in perspective because you won’t be able to detail exactly what you might locate, so your brain can’t fall back on its standard “pattern matching” default.

      Below is a link to the review post on ADDandSoMuchMORE.com – and a bunch of fashion funnies so we can all start the weekend with a chuckle.


  • Rhona Crouthamel

    What a fun challenge! I am a huge thrift shopper, so this is right up my ally! (I probably thrift at least once a week, and I swear it’s NOT an addiction! Of course now I can say it’s for my health!) You all did such a wonderful job! That bright blue vest is so fun, oh, my, your mom’s tunic! So striking! It’s true we all get stuck in ruts of wanting to repurchase the same type of items over and over. This point was recently really driven home with me as I’ve had to replace my ENTIRE wardrobe in the last year and a half. So I became very conscious of what I was purchasing and noticed similar items continually showing up. I had to consciously stop myself, knowing this was my perfect opportunity to truly recreate my look and I didn’t want to waste it stuck in the same old ruts. Easier said than done. Really enjoying these posts. So glad I found you ladies#

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m so glad you found us too, Rhona!!
      And I’m especially happy that this made sense to you! Sometimes I read articles that say we should have a “style” which to me translates to wearing the same things—and I always feel like I want to have different looks and different styles!!
      And I certainly don’t call your exercise an addiction—we breathe every day but we consider that a necessity—so why shouldn’t thrift shopping be a necessity too?? LOL
      At least you’re being conscious of your purchases—that’s so fantastic!!
      Happy weekend, and thanks so much for being a part of this!!

    • Good for you, Rhona! You really underscored the point of fashion week – we tend to do what we’re used to unless we consciously shake things up. Thanks so much for this comment.
      Review post: https://addandsomuchmore.com/2017/04/21/friday-fun-fashion/

  • Jocelyn (@ReadingRes)

    I do like the idea of this challenge. It’s so easy to fall into habits and go for similar looks, good to keep things fresh x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I have to admit, Jocelyn, that it’s harder than it sounds! Even I tended to pick things out that I normally would get—so after awhile I just started grabbing anything, ha ha!!
      Thanks for chiming in!! XOXO

      • You are SO right, Jodie! Our brain evolved to conserve cognitive resources, so it IS hard to force it to make friends with changing things up.

        But all three of you have done a fabulous job with this challenge, AND (even more important), you’ve moved a bit closer to developing change-friendly habits in the rest of your lives as well, whether you are aware of it consciously or not.

        Change-friendly thinking has TONS of brain-benefits that keep “age related cognitive decline” beaten back.

  • Karen

    This challenge was certainly some fun! What a great idea to shop with an anchor piece! I have to say, that top your mom is wearing is like a piece of art. I love how it has one close-fitting sleeve while the other side reminds you of a poncho. I just love that top and would feel so very creative wearing something like that. She did well and even if it took some convincing, it is very flattering on her and she looks great! I’m sure you and Nancy will find many other options when you start mixing and matching your new tops with what you have. You made great choices and were all creative, which was the point, right? My sister and I are going to a consignment store tomorrow since we haven’t done this for awhile and I’m actually looking forward to it more now that I’ve seen this post. I always enjoy seeing how they style things in the store, what they put with what. It opens our minds to new options. This was a great series and validated my love of shopping and playing around with my clothes! : ) Thanks to Madelyn for her input (and validation!!)

    • Jodie Filogomo

      How fabulous that you get to go shopping and really put some of these ideas into practice, Karen!!
      I’ll be so interested to hear about it (you should be a millenial and take pictures, haha) and try on more than you normally would!!!
      Thanks for being such a fabulous supporter and giving your thoughts to our experiments!!
      Happy weekend and say Hi to your sister also!!

    • You are most welcome, Karen. It’s been good for my own brain to expand my brain-based science focus into the world of fashion and shopping. More to the point, its been wonderful fun to play with my inner girl. lol

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Click the link below for a quick review of the brain-based concepts before moving on to some Friday Funnies about fashion.

  • I love how you mix prints! The outfits are so bright and fresh!
    Dora http://www.BangsBang.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Dora!!

  • CathyLynchLawdanski

    You all did great. I can so relate to your mom. My girls get on me for being so “matchy-matchy”! But I love that asymmetrical top on her. And Nancy’s necklace. And your big pearl one. Great job! I feel challenged to clean out my closet and go shopping at stores I don’t usually try. Will you come with me?

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Cathy—I will be there in a nano second!! I love helping other women shop because I think a different perspective can make a world of difference. Remind me again where you live???
      We could even Skype ??????

  • Marci Vaughn

    What a fun challenge! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Marci!! It really was fun!!