Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Should women really act their age?


Hi everyone, I'm Lola Walsh, star of stage and screen. And I'm the mother of Dr. Maggie Walsh, host of a talk show on WYME, although people always mistake me for her sister! I'm not sure Maggie is thrilled when that happens, but what can I say? When you've got it, you've got it!

I have a serious question for you. I always cringe when someone describes an outfit as "age-appropriate," don't you? I start thinking about a lime green polyester pantsuit with a pair of Dr. Scholl's. Or maybe a royal blue "mother-of-the-bride" cocktail get-up. I like to wear jeans, tank tops, lot of gold jewelry, along with some cool sandals. And make-up! Don't get me started. I love it. I have the entire MAC collection. Maggie says I have enough make-up for the entire cast of Aida, if you don't count the elephants.

So what do you think, do women "of a certain age" have to "dress their age?" I sure hope not! You can read more about me in REEL MURDER, just thought I'd mention that. Or you can wait for the movie. Kisses, dahlings.

21 comments:

  1. Hi Lola,

    If they make a movie of Reel Murder, who would you like to play you?

    I think if we can wear an outfit and look good, it shouldn't matter our age.

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  2. Hi Lola,

    Re: appearances -- I have to tell you, my assistant Frances most definitely dresses age-appropriately. I think she could use a little sprucing up, but I don't dare suggest it. I'm afraid she'd bite my head off and have it as a mid-day snack.

    I like Dru's question though. Who do you see playing you?

    Grace

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  3. Lola - high five, sister! I couldn't agree more.

    My daughter, Alice, is always after me for the way I dress. Can I help it that the good Lord saw fit to bless me with exquisite double D's? It would be a sin to hide that light under a bushel, don't you think?

    The way I look at it, bra size and age are both just numbers. I like one better than the other, and everyone who disagrees--I'm looking at you, St. Alice--can kiss my be-hind. It's easy to find in the spandex. :)

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  4. Dru, Grace and Bree, I'm so glad that everyone agrees that clothes from WET SEAL really can look terrific on women over 30. I mean, 40. And as for who should play me in a movie...hmmm...that's a tough one. I vote for Angelina Jolie (I'm sure it was just a mistake that the producers want Helen Mirren, not that she isn't a lovely person, just saying...)

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  5. Continue to dress to suit your personality. If you really want an original look, come up to Threadville where my friends and I can help you create outfits beyond your wildest dreams.

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  6. Hi Lola,

    Nice to meet you. Sounds like my ex-boyfriend's mother, Bunny, and you would have a lot in common. If you're ever in Scumble River you might want to stop by the bowling alley and have a chitchat with her. She makes a great martini and has all the back issues of the Victoria's Secret catalog.

    Skye

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  7. Hi Denise, the Victoria's Secret catalogue is my bible!! I know I would love Bunny. And Edna, I would love to come to Threadville, I may be nominated for an Oscar and I'll need a drop dead gorgeous dress. I would have won an Oscar last year for my role in Huevos Rancheros (a small, indie flick filmed entirely in Spanish in Tijuana) but that minx Meryl Streep stole the award from me. It's who you know in Tinseltown, I'm afraid. Sigh.

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  8. Hi Lola, I'd say dress the way that make you happy. Besides you're the one who has to be in the clothes all day, no other people.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  9. Right on Mason, you rock! Thanks for the words of support. Maybe I can sway my sometimes-uptight daughter, Dr. Maggie.

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  10. There's "age"-appropriate and then there's age-"appropriate". They may or may not be the same thing!

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  11. My husband is right there with you, Lola. He keeps saying my taste in clothes matches his grandmother's! Finally I told him, "Okay, fine, YOU pick out my next outfit!"

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  12. Lola, I'm lucky, because I can get away with wearing almost anything. However, I do understand Maggie. I take my mother shopping and buy her lovely clothes, yet invariably, I have to give her my jacket to cover up. The woman simply insists on wearing miniskirts and tight jeans. Oh, and the jewelry! Rings on every finger and multiple bracelets! Maggie and I have reputations to uphold, you know! Maybe when you attend events with Maggie, you could cover up and tone it down?

    ~ Natasha
    Domestic Diva Mysteries

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  13. Signlady, that's a good point! And Shel, brilliant idea about taking your husband shopping with you!! None of my ex-husbands would last five minutes in a boutique, but hey, if you can drag him there, do it! It might be interesting to see what he picks out. Natasha, your Mom actually covers up? She sounds like a good sport, my kind of gal. I remember my years with the nuns. They used to tuck a hankie in our decolletage if we were showing too much cleavage at proms.Yes, that was back in the days when ladies carried hankies. Well, nuns did. Oops, I think I just dated myself with that last remark. Strike that, strike that.

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  14. I am all for wearing what you like wearing and what makes you feel comfortable and confident. That being said, there are some people that wear certain pieces of clothing-or lack thereof-that are less than complimenting. :)

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  15. Oh, Lola - I'm so glad to meet you in person. I love your daughter but, just between us, I'm closer to you in age. (We're both 29, right?)

    My husband did good this year - he bought me a fabulous purse for my birthday, with bling and big cherries dangling from the handle. But, it's pink. Bright pink.

    Now, if I'd known he was thinking of getting this for me I would have hinted for the black. But he thought the pink suited me, so I decided to Embrace the Pink this year.

    Pink purse, pink nails, pink accessories. Excuse my French, but screw the fashion rules - I figure after fifty they shouldn't count, anyway.

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  16. Ashley, you are so right!! I saw a woman the other day in jeans with little zippers on the legs that looked like they'd been spray-painted on her...oh no!! Not a good look...not for her, I mean.

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  17. Becke, OMG, yes, 29. Erase the word "fifty" from your memory banks! . As my daughter, Dr. Maggie always says, "Denial. It's a wonderful defense mechanism." I use it all the time (of course sometimes my "denial" crosses into "delusional" according to my lovely daughter.) That's the trouble with having a shrink in the family. I can't get away with anything!

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  18. My daughter considers her fashion instructions the only thing that keeps me from turning into Cincinnati's older, flatter version of Dolly Parton.

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  19. Lola! You sure brighten things up. I can't imagine anyone talking you out of anything. Dress to be happy, I say, just keep your closets organized.

    Charlotte Adams (through her author who sometimes misses the fashion boat)

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