Monday Musings : What’s on my Mind

Monday Musings : What’s on my Mind

I’ve been thinking about you lately. My readers. I assume you’re here for reasons other than you like my smile 🙂 I started this blog to help women get dressed with confidence. I love to read your comments and I’d love you to tell me:

  • What do you want to see more of on AWSL?
  • Would it help for me to show you outfits that fit your lifestyle? If so, please share what your lifestyle is these days.
  • Would you like to see more DRD type posts that show what’s new and how I would style it?
  • What are your favorite retailers?


In other news, here’s what caught my eye this week.

Faux Fur

When I was visiting my daughter in Vancouver, we did a little boutique hopping, and both fell in love with this little jacket. Then we discovered this longer version and but not in the color she wanted. She finally located it online and it’s due for delivery tomorrow. I really wanted this coat but she found it first. I love faux fur! Yes, I do know it’s supposed to have a larger carbon footprint than real fur, but since I won’t wear beauty products that are tested on animals, I certainly won’t wear their skins! I can’t be the only one loving faux fur coats because they’re everywhere at all price points.


Last week I asked the ladies on my Facebook Page, “what’s the most expensive skincare product you splurge on because it’s just that good?” The answers were fascinating. Some of the products were familiar to me, but most were new. They ranged from very affordable to astronomical. Of course, me being me; I googled most of them. Dropping down internet rabbit hole after rabbit hole wiped out an hour in my day but I had a blast because I love beauty and skincare products.

These were some of the ones mentioned:

Warm fuzzy throws

Under the category of too much information, I had a nasty bout of food poisoning on Saturday which left me feeling chilled and wanting to cuddle up on the couch. I ended up on my bed and wanted something fuzzy and substantial to cuddle under. My thoughts went to faux fur (again) and I realized I need a fuzzy throw in my life. I can’t believe I’ve never gotten one. Here are a few I found online. I can’t decide on the size.


How could this not be on my mind? My daughter is flying home, my son and his fiancé will be here and it’s our first in the new house. I bought our organic Turkey and cranberries yesterday which got me planning what else to make with it. I’ll make sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie but would love some fresh inspiration. Do you have something special you always make at Thanksgiving? Which veggies do you include?

Have a great day ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.



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  1. Pat
    December 29, 2019 / 7:57 pm

    I enjoy your daily styled looks that illustrate a concept like column dressing, posts about shoe choices, and your travel wardrobe posts bests. I am a few years away from retirement, so I am evaluating purchases based on that. I ask one question – will I potentially wear in retirement or to travel? If the answer is no, then I pass. I am no longer buying work clothes or shoes as I have plenty of classic pieces that will work for the remainder of my working time. I am also weeding my closet of items I don’t wear and are phasing out high heels in favor of lower block heels, flats, and sneakers. I have only purchased sneakers and flats of late. I would be interested in content about transitioning to retirement- what pieces in your wardrobe continue to be workhorses and useful in retirement and for travel, what are your go-to classics in retirement and for travel, etc. I am also evaluating my accessories — jewelry, handbags, etc. So content on what pieces will serve you well without having too much would be great. I love anything about travel wardrobes which are helpful when planning a trip. DRD posts are not my favorite, but are helpful at times. I shop at Nordstrom’s, Macy’s, Chico’s, Talbots, J.Jill, and Soft Surroundings. Online favorites are Amour Vert, Everlane, and Uniqlo.

  2. Betsy
    December 4, 2019 / 1:00 pm

    Love everything you do; don’t change a thing. Especially love that you have some cost conscious options, advocate cruelty free, and are upscale without being snobby. Thank you for not promoting real fur, a disgusting industry.

  3. Kay
    November 29, 2019 / 7:48 pm

    Good hair.

  4. Lou Murphy
    November 26, 2019 / 7:36 am

    I always love learning what DRD pieces you decide to buy. I am also interested in what you are removing from your wardrobe. Not things that are too worn or the wrong size, but things that may be no longer current, not flattering, or just bore you to tears. Sometimes I put something on and think “Why did I ever want to wear this?”

    • November 26, 2019 / 8:07 am

      That’s a great idea! “What Jennifer’s donating this week and why?”

  5. November 26, 2019 / 5:07 am

    I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years and it’s one of my favorites. You offer helpful, practical advice and give examples of outfits I would actually wear – not crazy stuff that screams “look at me!” I’d love to see more DRD. And I’d love to see a few posts on wardrobe planning during the transition from the corporate world to retirement. What am I going to do with all those suits and jackets?? I’m 65, 5’2″, petite, 105 lbs.

    • November 26, 2019 / 7:57 am

      Thanks, Ann. I would definitely hold on to your favorite suits and jackets to break up and wear with more casual things. I’m working on a post for transitioning your wardrobe for retirement.

  6. Janet
    November 25, 2019 / 8:31 pm

    Hello Jennifer, I have followed you for a few years and I have found your style tips to be very useful. I shop at Macy’s, Nordstrom, Loft, Target & Uniqlo. I am still working so like to see clothes that can be worn to work. I enjoy DRD and also “Would you wear it.” It’s fun to see what is currently in fashion although I prefer to buy classic items that will last longer than one season.

  7. Kathy
    November 25, 2019 / 5:49 pm

    I am 62, 5’4″ and 110 pounds with a small frame – but pear shaped. I am a early childhood teacher, and can dress casually. I live 100 miles away from shopping, so free shipping it important. I tend to shop at Loft a lot, because they have affordable clothes that go on sale frequently. Affordability and comfort are important. My least favorite posts are the Would You Wear It? ones. I appreciate your blog, because even though you look like a million bucks and seem so sophisticated – you seem so friendly and approachable. My biggest fashion issues always come when the weather heats up, living here in dry Arizona. With my skin tone not what it used to be, it is hard to dress comfortably and appropriately. I wish companies would make more short sleeve summer clothes rather than sleeveless. When you find good short sleeve choices, please share on your blog! Anyway – THANKS for what you do…we appreciate you!!

  8. Angie
    November 25, 2019 / 4:04 pm

    I shop at Dillard’s and Kohls, sometimes Sam’s has cute coats and sweaters that are on trend. I dress very casual but like to look in style. Our Thanksgiving dinner will be Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy and sweet potato casserole. Mac and Cheese, broccoli salad, homemade cranberry orange relish, green beans/bacon, rolls. Dessert is apple pecan pie, pumpkin and peanut butter pie.

    • Angie
      November 25, 2019 / 4:09 pm

      Forgot to say Sam’s has beautiful fake fur throws for $30.00. I have two in the bedroom and one in the living room. It gets cold in Arkansas in the winter!! Lol

  9. Karen
    November 25, 2019 / 3:38 pm

    I have seen (and petted) the faux fur throws in Pottery Barn. Scrumptious and a comparative bargain. I love everything you do. Thank you!

  10. Karen
    November 25, 2019 / 3:11 pm

    I’m retired and live in norther Alberta. I enjoy your blog very much. It helps me with styling tips and how to be on trend in a way that is appropriate for my age. I really like the styling tips you have of how to wear different items that most of us already have in our closet.

  11. Sandy
    November 25, 2019 / 2:53 pm

    I like when you show us your mistakes and then tell us why it doesn’t work.

  12. Janey
    November 25, 2019 / 2:41 pm

    I love your blog and everything you cover, even though I live in the southern hemisphere so the seasons are out of sync. You show such a variety of fashion, and always inspire me to thing of other options for myself. I am still working part time, soon to retire but separated with little cash. I’d be interested in your retirement life, and I think you have moved into a retirement complex, how is that working out?

    • Janey
      November 25, 2019 / 2:46 pm

      And shoes. the older I get the more comfortable my shoes have to be. So I am always on the watch out for stylish flat shoes

  13. JoAnne
    November 25, 2019 / 2:25 pm

    What do you want to see more of on AWSL? I would love to see your suggestions for people with different body types.
    Would it help for me to show you outfits that fit your lifestyle? If so, please share what your lifestyle is these days. Yes. I am newly retired and want to look nice while I am doing errands, going to appointments and church, etc. But I am still wearing my work wardrobe. Not quite sure where to go from here. And I do like to walk every day so something that I could put on in the morning and then do errands and my walk would be great.
    Would you like to see more DRD type posts that show what’s new and how I would style it? I would love that and enjoy DRD but how about bringing in a guest with a different body type? I learn a lot from your DRD posts but it would be even better if you showed some of the clothes on a curvy, 5’1″ 67 year old!
    What are your favorite retailers? Nordstrom, Loft, L.L. Bean.

  14. Kathy
    November 25, 2019 / 1:05 pm

    Thanks for asking. My favorite is your dressing room diaries. It helps me with new styles and fit. I shop Nordstrom, Loft, J Crew, Madewell, J McLaughlin, and lululemon. I have stopped shopping at Banana Republic but your last post with the wide leg jeans was great. I am a retired art teacher in southwest Florida so I need casual clothes, going-out-to-dinner, ladies’ lunches and meetings clothes, and holiday clothes. I’m 5’ 4”, 120 pounds and love stylish clothes. My typical daytime outfit this time of year is jeans (animal print, colored, or blue denim), blouse, cute belt, and flats. Need comfortable shoes. Also, I would like to see more columns on travel dressing/packing — for different climates and activities.

  15. Linda
    November 25, 2019 / 12:51 pm

    Well, I love all the ideas you present! As a school teacher living with a disabled Veteran, I can’t spend a lot on clothing but I still live to look!

    It’s America and wonderful things can and do happen in our country so I try to keep a positive mind about the future for my husband and myself in spite of the odds.

    Keep doing what you do and throw a bit of Walmart and Target in the mix once in awhile!

  16. Christine
    November 25, 2019 / 11:14 am

    I love your blog, as you have lots of variety and helpful tips. I too find the mannequin pieces not very helpful. How about an occasional segment where you feature other women who show their style tips…..maybe even from your followers? And I love when you ask readers for their recommendations, like the skin care topic. I am 69, retired but I still care about how I look. On a fixed income and in Canada, so limited shopping options!

  17. Peggy
    November 25, 2019 / 10:49 am

    I love DRD because it tells me what’s out there, plus I have had some hilarious dressing room experiences of my own and it all floods back and I laugh. The Would You Wear It mannequins are just awful. No, hands down, I wouldn’t wear it. What are they thinking with the mannequins? This feature is so funny that you just have to keep doing them. I dress well, given a couple of major drawbacks, and I love to be funny about clothes. Column dressing is so helpful. Also, a woman’s best friend is a tailor. If it fits in a dressing room, you got lucky, so don’t count on it happening again. Also, I have some tips about shopping for clothes on-line that I would be happy to share.

  18. Jill
    November 25, 2019 / 10:44 am

    I do enjoy your blog and reading what others have to say. Being retired I am very casual and do most of my clothes shopping on line as I live in a rural area. I highly recommend Lands’ End and L.L. Bean for well made casual clothes that last. Both have good sales. I also like eBay, Talbots, J.Jill and Chico’s on sale.

  19. Anon
    November 25, 2019 / 10:42 am

    I have limited retail options. My size is not readily available in my country, even though it is the average size of North American women. As you know, our big department store chains have closed, with only one remaining. It doesn’t carry my size. Few international retailers carry my size on their Canadian shopping sites. So a big shout-out to The Gap and Old Navy! This is where I find what fits, plus Joe Fresh sometimes, Walmart sometimes and one other Canadian chain geared to women size 12 and up (Addition Elle). My lifestyle is casual, so that’s good. Otherwise, I’d be like those women who take cheap flights to Vegas once or twice a year, just to shop for clothes.

    Exchange rates are killer right now, along with shipping and customs duties from U.S. stores without a Candian online presence.

    With so few choices, it is impossible to get on the sustainable/ethical bandwagon, although some items from The Gap now have statements about these things on their website. I get tired of eco-everything, because there is nearly nothing for me in this category. If everything goes eco, surely women size 12 and up will be forgotten. We already pay a premium for our size. Extreme clothing prices are not sustainable.

    I still learn from you, even though I am not your size or body shape. BTW, I have a teddy coat from The Gap that would be perfect for your winters. I love it.

    • MRSBEN2
      November 26, 2019 / 5:52 am

      @Anon: Do you live near the USA/Canadian border? IF so, many brokers (i.e.: Fedex/Strader-Ferris Intl. Service etc.) are located just minutes from the USA border where you can have items shipped to, who will receive and store them for a nominal fee which in return you can pick up and process through customs yourself (in other words pay the duty on them) without incurring the shipping/processing charges if such applies. Also shall add; a good majority of retailers accept Pay Pal (as well as a major credit card) regardless that you are a Canadian resident.

  20. Nola Rice
    November 25, 2019 / 10:26 am

    Have read you for a few years now, like your take on things. I am conservative with a crazy gene. And I rarely go without a scarf. Dennis Basso is my favorite for throws, washable. Just could not part with the money last year for a faux fur in the plush, got a BCBG lavender 400 dollar coat for 99 dollars at Marshalls in September. Lucky break. Most money this year went for shoes, Rothy, Birdies and some fancy Italian shoes, not impressed. Most clothes purchased were Soft Surroundings and Nordstrom. Trying Prose shampoo and I am impressed. Also using Armani foundation with their brush and I am in love. Hope you stay around as I truly do enjoy reading your blog.

  21. Sue
    November 25, 2019 / 10:23 am

    I agree with Nancy about clothes you can actually get dirty, but still look stylish. I am having problems with finding comfortable shoes. I don’t like sneakers, but need something to wear with jeans and sometimes leggings. I think shoes are my biggest problem. Love your blog!

  22. marlene alves
    November 25, 2019 / 10:17 am

    Certainly enjoyed all on this blog…so many good ideas! However, a huge dilemma for this lady in her 80’s…very comfortable shoes that allow for foot problems (bunions, thinning footpads, now ingrown toenails). This issue is limiting my ability to walk and that is quite frightening. Ideas, Ladies..!?

  23. Dena
    November 25, 2019 / 9:15 am

    I use EltaMD products, mainly the clear and tinted sunscreens. In fact, I have replaced my foundation with the tinted at my esthetician’s suggestion. I have three children and my middle son lives in Seattle and my daughter recently moved to Honolulu, so there will only be three for Thanksgiving. We decided to eat out this year for our Thanksgiving meal, but if I were cooking crawfish cornbread dressing and spinach madeline would definitely be on the menu. Everyone will be home for Christmas so we will have spinach madeline then.

    I do love your blog and you really help with coordinating outfits and suggestions with new styles. I think Sue’s suggestion is excellent. So often when I’m shopping I see attractively dressed ladies in my age range and I try to discreetly study them to get tips. Recently I asked two different ladies about their handbags and they were pleased and had no problem with sharing the details. Unfortunately, they were both out of my price range. 🙁

  24. November 25, 2019 / 9:09 am

    I love Dressing Room Dairies … and I also love reading about your travels, RV adventures, moves to new homes, beauty products, etc. I like you and enjoy reading your blog! And … seeing what you wear! I’m 71 and have been retired for 4 years, so my wardrobe needs are much more casual now. Even though I’m casual, I try to put together an outfit that looks good everyday. I love faux fur jackets … so fun! Favorite stores/brands are Nordstrom, J Crew, Banana Republic, J Jill, Chico’s, and a local boutique. I love Eileen Fisher and watch for pieces to snag on sale.
    Thanks for your emails! I look forward to them!

  25. Terry
    November 25, 2019 / 9:03 am

    I very much enjoy your DRD and have gotten ideas for purchases from those posts. I like seeing available illustrations of current trends (say, items in emerald green) and would love your analysis of their shelf life. For example, I’d hate to pay ? for a faux fur jacket that will look dated by next winter. It’s also helpful to see one item styled multiple ways, as I can get into a rut. I tend to lean more boho but really like your style.

  26. nanci
    November 25, 2019 / 9:01 am

    I really like your blog. It is more helpful and more at my fashion and thought level than others I’ve seen, I especially like DRD. I’m not a styling wizard(to put it mildly) and I love the tips. I have broad shoulders and narrower hips, like you so I relate to your ideas. I am taller, though and think about the women of all shapes and sizes that read your blog. I wondered if you would consider styling other women as part of DRD or some other feature to give some variety to the blog. I also love your skin care tips and really about everything I’ve seen.
    Thank you!

  27. MRSBEN2
    November 25, 2019 / 8:46 am

    I for one enjoy your fashion sense Jennifer and do appreciate the time and effort you put into your blog. That said; I also personally find the links you provide very helpful as well as more often than not, search engines are restricted to your I.P. Address even though many retailers do ship internationally. As for other content; perhaps once a month (similar to ‘Would You Wear It?) you could include a helpful tip/hint that you’ve learned and encourage your readers to provide similar based on their experience. (Just a thought.)

    In respect to Thanksgiving though I am not fond of Pumpkin Pie I do make a double layer one whose filling is also that of cream cheese ‘n whipping cream with a graham cracker crust plus often do a Lemon Torte that is light and goes down well after a heavy meal. As for other fixings when doing a Turkey; most are make-a-heads that range from an extra batch of home-made dressing, a mashed potato dish that is stored in the fridge for 24 to 48 hours and heated through prior to serving, always a gelatin salad of some kind whereas vegetables chosen are variable and sometimes served with a (make-a-head) cream sauce. (Mornay/Parsley/Onion/Mushroom/etc.) -Brenda-
    P.S.: As our Thanksgiving (in Canada) is in October usually it is only immediate family so often Turkey is not even served whereas for Christmas it definitely is and usually accompanied by a pineapple glazed ham (or similar) as there are often twenty to twenty-five people that grace our table for dinner with the above mashed potatoes always being on the menu and for sure honey-glazed carrots (as children even enjoy the latter.) As for desserts; again they are light and make-a-heads but never guaranteed to be calorie-free … ☺…. and
    A HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU and all your American readers.

    • Joanna
      November 25, 2019 / 7:06 pm

      I live in Canada too and turkey and all the accompanying accoutrements are served. I guess it might depend on where you live in Canada and how close family abides. I am thankful that we give thanks earlier in the fall so we have one less big occasion leading up to Christmas, enjoyable as it is.
      I love pumpkin anything! Yum! Once a year, I get my fill. Of course, there is another dessert for those that don’t share my love of everything pumpkin. ?

  28. Denise
    November 25, 2019 / 8:22 am

    Do you ever shop Kohl’s? I go in when I hear a designer is coming in for a limited time. Just bought a beautiful winter white coat from Popsugar. Also they are now carrying Nine West which is good quality. Love when Target has designers for limited runs too. They just had Missoni and Ana Sui.

  29. Joanna
    November 25, 2019 / 8:14 am

    I really don’t remember how I came upon your blog but I checked it out because you had lived on Vancouver Island and stayed because I like your common sense approach to fashion, beauty & health.

  30. Pam
    November 25, 2019 / 8:11 am

    This season, most of my purchases were from Loft, Talbots, Chico’s and Dillards, but I am also a Nordstrom fan. I like the Victoria Emerson Boho cuffs that I discovered via this wonderful blog, and have bought them as gifts and for myself.

    I have to admit that my lifestyle includes running errands in workout wear after exercising. Jennifer, I would like to see if you might be able to do for my workout wardrobe what you’ve done for the rest of my wardrobe!

    • November 25, 2019 / 6:23 pm

      My workout wardrobe could use so updating so I’ll get to it and share

  31. Karen H.
    November 25, 2019 / 8:03 am

    Jennifer, thanks for asking what your readers would like to see on your blog. I have been following you for several years because I like your honesty and transparency, and you have good styling tips. I’m in my late 60’s and have been retired for two years. I like to see casual and comfortable styles. The DRD are interesting for ideas. Honestly, I don’t care for the Would You wear It posts, or maybe just post less often. I love the idea presented about snapping photos of women our age that you think look stylish and sophisticated. Really enjoy seeing your travel adventures, home decor ideas or recipes. Have a happy Thanksgiving with your family!

    • November 25, 2019 / 6:21 pm

      Please don’t feel the need to click through to every post! I never want to be a burden.

  32. Lynn
    November 25, 2019 / 8:02 am

    This may not be a common problem but I suffered a life threatening event this year (recovering nicely– no worries) this year and would love to see some ideas about how to dress with some style while still needing clothes that can be worn in bed or a wheelchair and are easy to take on and off. It would be such a boost to morale at a difficult time.

    • Eileen
      November 25, 2019 / 10:29 am

      Jennifer, I love your blog. I have “sampled” many that aim at dressing stylishly over a certain age and yours is the best. The clothes you feature are for the most part reasonable, but I do like the occasional splurge. I am retired and attend senior learning classes and do volunteer work. Your casual lifestyle suits me.
      All I can say is keep it up.

    • Peggy
      November 25, 2019 / 11:05 am

      I am in a similar situation. I wear huge and extremely helpful leg braces these days. The braces go *over* my pants. I really have to think about what will work. I have whittled it down to leggings (Lands End makes great ones and are on sale right now) and skinny leg jeans because they are easier to get on under the braces. I am about to give up on zippers in the front (jeans) because I need to hold onto a bar in the restroom stall so can’t grasp the zipper or any buttons. Side zips = no way. No dressing rooms for me so I order on-line where they will actually take out a tape measure and measure the clothes. I concentrate on any variety I can squeeze out of this situation by concentrating on my waist up. I am living in American Giant long sleeve t-shirts. They fit me and wear very well.

    • November 25, 2019 / 6:20 pm

      I’m so glad you’re in the mend. I will see what I can do. Of course you know I’m going to recommend keeping up with grooming and makeup. Earrings too!

  33. Debbie
    November 25, 2019 / 7:59 am

    The DRD are my favorite. It’s a great help to see the pieces modeled and put together in outfits. I have visited the stores to find some of the pieces or shopped my closet to put the looks together. Thanks for your ideas and inspiration. I shop Nordstrom, Talbot’s, JCrew, Chico’s, as wsll as Marshall’s and TJMaxx.

  34. Cindy
    November 25, 2019 / 7:24 am

    I do look forward to your smile! I enjoy your blog. I now do my own version of DRD. I use my clothes while trying on, online purchases. I snap a picture. . I helps me determine if I should keep the item and plan outfits.

    • November 25, 2019 / 7:25 am

      Selfies are so helpful. I do them all the time to get a better perspective on items. Especially eyewear.

  35. Eileen
    November 25, 2019 / 7:22 am

    I would like to see pics of women on the street also. I like DRD a lot. I shop at Nordstrom, Macy’s, and H&M, as I’m a petite size on top, 5’5”, pear shaped, 68 year old, working part time. Thanks for your site!

  36. Annie
    November 25, 2019 / 7:20 am

    Love what I do with no plans of retirement! At 61 my look and style is so important in a professional environment. You have given me great advice and I have tried products that are new to me! Thank you! Happy thanksgiving to all!

    • November 25, 2019 / 7:25 am

      Happy Thanksgiving Annie!

  37. Linda L
    November 25, 2019 / 7:04 am

    Love your DRD posts especially when you hit Talbots, J Jill and Chico’s. I am still transitioning from NY professional to Southern California retiree so I shop my closet and try to make things work. If they don’t they’ll be donated. I like when you style what you already own; gives me ideas on utilizing some of my expensive pieces.

  38. Deb Foss
    November 25, 2019 / 6:59 am

    Love your blog especially Dressing room pictures . Don’t care for the mannequins as they are usually nothing I would consider wearing. I love your style and since we are about the same size it is very helpful!

  39. Nancy
    November 25, 2019 / 6:48 am

    I’m in my 60s and I work in a flower shop- I love it! It is part time but often we work long hours with weddings, in the garden center or designing dance flowers for proms and parties. This is in addition to traditional centerpieces both silk and fresh. As you can imagine, this work can be messy and dirty and it requires clothes that are heavy duty and washable. Believe it or not, I still want to look stylish. I seldom see suggestions for this situation and I would love too!

    • November 25, 2019 / 7:28 am

      Oh I would love your job !! I expect very comfy shoes are critical. I’ll see what I can put together.

  40. Shirley (GA)
    November 25, 2019 / 6:34 am

    I enjoy your “lifestyle” blogs very much – especially seeing your travels and your family! I’m thinking Thanksgiving foods – like most things – are regionally based. Here in Georgia, our Thanksgiving will be homemade cornbread dressing (not stuffing!) with gravy, sweet potato souffle (brown sugar/pecan topping), deviled eggs, green beans (not casserole), mashed potatoes (grands love them), Paula Deen’s recipe for Mac&Cheese, homemade chocolate pie, pecan pie and some sort of cake (whichever one gets the most requests!).
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • November 25, 2019 / 7:30 am

      Yum!! I want to come to your house:)

  41. Anne
    November 25, 2019 / 6:30 am

    Love your passion to share fashion trends. You truly help me! I still work, loving what I do and at 61 have no plans to retire. Need your help to look (and feel) my best in a business environment.

    • November 25, 2019 / 7:31 am

      I wondered how many of my readers still worked. I’ll put some ideas together. Is your job business casual?

      • Anne
        November 25, 2019 / 7:37 am

        Sometimes! You have recently helped me pick out pants at Talbots! Keep doing what you do and I can modify. Just know we exist?

        • November 25, 2019 / 6:17 pm

          Thanks Anne. I do it to help

  42. Julie
    November 25, 2019 / 6:28 am

    Creamed spinach (in the crockpot) is a family favorite and so easy to make. Love the DRDs! wish you’d do a DRD in Soft Surroundings. Shots of women who put together a cute outfit is a great idea, especially older women who manage to look current and age appropriate but not like they are trying too hard. Thank you for all your posts!

    • November 25, 2019 / 7:33 am

      I wish I had a Soft Surroundings near me! It’s difficult to post images of other women without their signed consent. I’d hate to get sued =:o

  43. Kathy
    November 25, 2019 / 6:17 am

    DRD is one of my favorite posts as well. I also loved Sue’s idea about including photos of real women showing how they style a certain look. Funny you should mention faux fur; I was sorely tempted to order a Banana Republic faux fur jacket yesterday but resisted because I have so many jackets hanging in my closet already! Chico’s is one of my favorite shopping sites, so anytime you post something about Chico’s, I’m there! I also love to see styles from Target and Walmart for the budget conscious woman. Just to weigh in on cosmetics, I recently ordered some eye makeup from Thrive Causemetics. I haven’t received it yet, but the reviews are great. What drew me to this particular brand, though, was that they donate millions of their profits to help women in need (cancer survivors, domestic abuse victims, etc.), and they never test on animals! Check out their website. Also, keep updating your reports on dealing with thinning hair. It’s an issue many of us continue to struggle with. Thanks for another year of wonderful posts! Your enthusiasm radiates, and I look forward to seeing what you’re up to and what new things you will blog about next year!

    • November 25, 2019 / 7:35 am

      Thank you Kathy! I’ll give Thrive a try. I love brands who support women.

  44. Nancy
    November 25, 2019 / 6:05 am

    Photographing people on the street sounds very time consuming. I don’t care for mannequin Saturday. Most look so thrown together, it’s annoying. I do like dressing room days. I just try on 8 or medium and if it doesn’t fit, I forget about it. The other day I bought a cashmere cardigan in small. Sounds so lame, but honestly I don’t think I would have thought of it in my own. I like TJ Maxx for retail therapy. I need very few clothes and you just never know what you’ll find.
    I do love and appreciate the educational part of your blog. Lots of people blog about clothes. But, you tell why it works or doesn’t. We just spent 2 weeks in Wash DC and people dress so fabulously all day and night. I was so able to “see” so much more because I’ve been reading your blog. And that makes fashion fun.

  45. Linda McCormick
    November 25, 2019 / 5:59 am

    Corn pudding and an oyster/cracker/butter casserole always make an appearance. The scalloped oyster dish is my mother’s recipe and a family favorite. LOve the blog and your insights. I am a retired teacher but still love dressy casual styles from Talbots, J.JILL, Chico’s and Soft Surroundings.

  46. Carolyn
    November 25, 2019 / 5:56 am

    I first found you on Pinterest when I was considering Stitch Fix. Your classic styling appealed to me. I love the DRD – sort of a personal what to wear/not to wear. At barely 5’1″, and wondering where my waistline is going, I need all the help I can get! Being retired, $$ is much more an issue these days. Happy Thanksgiving!

  47. Mary
    November 25, 2019 / 5:53 am

    Since you asked, I love your more casual lifestyle as I just retired and I am searching for the right wardrobe for my new life (although I too love your smile and upbeat attitude). Love DRD– you give great insight on what the clothes will look like on different body types. I am trying to be a more ethical shopper so currently focused on buying a few good pieces that will last a few seasons or when I do buy, starting at mostly used (i.e., Poshmark), Eileen Fisher or Everlane. So if you have ideas for clothes that will span a few seasons or more, would love your input.

  48. Patricia
    November 25, 2019 / 5:51 am

    Love Talbots, JJill, and Ann Taylor. Love the idea of photos of ‘every day women’ out and about, not styled but stylish!

  49. Debbie P
    November 25, 2019 / 5:36 am

    You are one of my favorites!!! I always look forward to your emails. I don’t have instagram. I guess I need to get with it. I love Loft,J Jill, Chicos,and Banana Republic. I love DRDs. I think you’re doing a great job!!! But I do love your smile too.

  50. November 25, 2019 / 5:21 am

    I love the DRD also. I would like to see you dress out of your comfort zone. or at least, try items that are more bohemian, just to see what they look like on an older woman. I also like the idea mentioned of taking pictures of women on the street that feature outfits that we might not think to wear in a certain way. I think we all get stuck in our routines of what we wear and won’t wear. A fresh look at different types of clothing would be interesting. I love the fuax fur jacket but cannot justify the expense living here in Florida. Funny to say, but I do miss wearing warm sweaters and scarves and nice gloves. I have quite a collection of items that I wear maybe once a year here in Florida. Then they go back into the archives because 99% of the time here I wear shorts and tee shirts.

  51. November 25, 2019 / 5:21 am

    This year I am including a coleslaw dish to add a raw, healthy component and also a wild rice stuffed acorn squash. Thanks to the CSA farm (community supported agriculture)I joined last summer, I have some veggies still in storage that need some loving. Also, I made lefse, a scandinavian flat bread, which my husband says is wonderful. Happy Thanksgiving and grateful you share so many inspiring ideas.

  52. Sheryl
    November 25, 2019 / 5:16 am

    Faux fur coats don’t appeal to me, I like the throws, but they would have to be machine washable as I share them on the sofa with pets. I like the drd `s, my lifestyle is casual, still working but a casual office. I have a Chico’s,soma addiction…I seldom look elsewhere,

  53. Roxanne
    November 25, 2019 / 5:13 am

    Since I’m retired, I would love to see casual options, age appropriate cocktail party dresses (weddings, holiday parties, etc), DRD from different price points, latest trends, low heeled shoes …. you cover all of this anyway! Retin A is my favorite beauty product, my dermatologist says it’s the only thing that really works, and it’s quite inexpensive with a GoodRX coupon! Buy a big throw….it’s cold here and I have my 3 rescue dogs and the cat cuddled up with me on my fuzzy throw! Jennifer, you are truly a blessing to so many of us.

  54. November 25, 2019 / 5:13 am

    Yes love faux fur! So warm and cuddly on the couch. Have 2 upstairs on beds and a smaller throw we use in our cold damp winters in Rhode Island!

    My daughter and her husband will have Thanksgiving at their house. Root vegetables are primary so his mom is making a turnip, carrot, parsnip mash. Otherwise, His sister brings a green bean dish and he is making a broccoli casserole . I was assigned a dessert so pumpkin cheesecake is my plan. There will also be a homemade apple pie and lemon squares from an aunt. Back to the main meal my son brings an out of the bird stuffing or dressing with some sausage meat and onion celery etc. calories galore!

  55. Michele
    November 25, 2019 / 5:03 am

    I love your dressing room diaries. Having you model clothing makes it easier to envision the outfit on me. Flat lays give me little inspiration. I am a Loft, Chico’s and J.Jill shopper for the most part. I am 61; retired; a Nana to 5; married to a hard working farmer; and live in a very small rural community in Indiana. My style is very casual. All of my shopping is done online because the nearest mall is at least an hour away. I bought me a faux fur black vest just for fun the other day. Looking forward to wearing it during the holiday season. Thanks for all of the time you spend trying to help us look and feel better about ourselves. P.S. I have never purchased anything organic…don’t want to spend the extra money for the unnecessary.

  56. Kathy
    November 25, 2019 / 4:52 am

    I am retired and have a fixed income. I want to look my best on what I have. We are the same height so I find your suggestions very helpful. I love your drd and the way you accessorize. I love shopping at Talbots but can only shop sales now. I have a lot of good basic pants and sweaters from Talbots and you help me see new ways to put them together. I used to make scalloped oysters for Thanksgiving, but we all think it’s just too many calories, I might make it again this year, what the heck? Happy Thanksgiving!

  57. Lynne
    November 25, 2019 / 4:44 am

    I quite like the look of the faux fur, but at 5’2”, it makes me look stocky and overwhelmed. I weigh 116, not thin, but not overweight either according to my doctor. But I would definitely do it on the collar of a coat where I could feel the softness.
    I really enjoy your blog, and I love seeing you in outfits whether or not it’s the DRD. Gives me some great ideas. Thanks!

  58. Sue
    November 25, 2019 / 4:40 am

    I’d love to see everyday photos of women you encounter—on the street, shopping, at book clubs and meetings, at home. Women who didn’t style their looks for the blog and aren’t necessarily posed. Women who have a good eye, know who they are and dress accordingly.

    • Roxanne
      November 25, 2019 / 5:02 am

      Sue, that is a great idea! Most women who are nicely/fashionably dressed would probably have no problem being photographed if politely asked. I’ve had people ask to photograph my haircut and felt quite flattered.

    • Michele
      November 25, 2019 / 5:04 am

      I like this idea

    • Sheryl
      November 25, 2019 / 5:09 am

      Love that idea!

    • mary jo tesch
      November 25, 2019 / 5:54 pm

      love this idea!!! women of all shapes, ages and sizes. that would be great

  59. Sara
    November 25, 2019 / 4:35 am

    Enjoy your blog. I am the same age and similar build. I am always looking for sporty, stylish clothes I can wear to the gym and out and about on errands. Due to foot and ankle issues I need to wear flat comfortable shoes. I tend to shop at the same stores as you( Nordstrom, JJill, Athleta, Ann Taylor). Sometimes Talbots and Chico’s leave me feeling a bit dowdy. Love Artful home but it is too pricey for my budget and I don’t like to pay for shipping.

  60. November 25, 2019 / 4:29 am

    Have both knds-real and faux fur. Usually take the faux on trips because if something happens,spills,rain,etc.it is ok. I have had the real wander away(with a little help) but if that happens to the fauzx I am not out much. My husband usually makes oyster dressing for himself, but can’t convice teh kids to eat it/ Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!

  61. Cathy B
    November 25, 2019 / 4:22 am

    I really enjoy AWSL. I like the variety of styles and options. I realize I’m in the minority but if you could include options for us tall gals (I’m 5’10”) occasionally that would be wonderful! I’m retired and so my lifestyle is casual. I’m often in sneakers and jeans because I do a lot of walking and I have problem feet. I particularly enjoy your DRD that show more casual looks. Would it be possible to show a few less expensive options?

  62. Deb Campbell
    November 25, 2019 / 4:12 am

    Enjoy reading your insights. Some are bang on me and others aren’t but great to see. Live in southern Ontario Canada so a 4 season gal – some longer than others. Older but wanting style. Enjoy your DRD very much. Like accessories and seeing how you put things together.

  63. Joni
    November 25, 2019 / 4:07 am

    Love your blog!We always make corn pudding for Thanksgiving!

    • Naniscah
      November 25, 2019 / 7:11 am

      Hi-I have been a fan only in the past 6 months.
      I am a fashionista have been most of my life-my grandmother taught me well
      What I have learned from you is the “COLUMN’ dressing
      I am 5′
      Happy Holidays,
      Naniscah R Apperson
      Portland, Oregon 97224

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