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Spotlight On: Over 40 Style: Jodie of Jodies Touch of Style

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  1. I usually begin by finding out how you decided on a name for your blog, but it doesn’t take a Brain Surgeon to know why you named it, haha! JTouchofStyle right? If you could tell the readers why you got into fashion blogging? After I retired from dentistry, I always said I’d love to take women shopping and help them with their outfits. Yes, I’d call shopping an addiction!! Yet, I can’t even remember how I found out about bloggers and blogging. However, once I started looking into it, I thought it might be a fun way to share my love of clothing!!

  1. I love the unique concept of your blog, Jodie, where you style you mother, Charlotte, 70, and your stepmom, Nancy, 60. What made you decide to show all 3 decades?

Well this was my brainstorm for a couple of reasons. One of the reasons was because then, all of the attention wouldn’t be focused on me! I’m sure anyone who has never been a model can relate to that!!
But the other reason was I really wanted to show that age shouldn’t be a consideration about being stylish! When I was cleaning out both mom’s & Nancy’s closets, I realized that even though we were different, we were still quite the same. I don’t mean to be philosophical, but we all have to get dressed, and there are only a certain amount of items we can wear. So why not make sure the clothes you pick look wonderful??

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3. How do you choose a theme to share on your blog? When I first started this adventure, I’d pick out clothing items that all 3 of us already had in our closets. I still do that to a degree, but now I will buy products to actually showcase for the themes. I’ve also had a couple of requests from readers for a style or theme, which really makes my day!! I always love a challenge, so it’s fun to come up with different ideas & how to present them.

  1. Tell the readers about a time where you found it a challenge to style everyone . Well, the challenge can be that I get an idea in my head, yet it doesn’t always play out perfectly with the clothing. For instance, one frustrating time was when I was trying to style our leggings for the post to show them with a short hemline. I just didn’t love how the outfits pulled together. But I think we can all relate to that challenge. Who hasn’t had the times, when they’ve tried on multiple outfits and had clothes strewn around the room?
  2. Now that Fall is approaching, what can’t you wait to wear? As an avid knitter, I love the cooler weather for the fact that I can pull out my hand knit sweaters! I don’t stop knitting in the summer, but I don’t get to show off my creations as often when it’s hot outside!

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6. NYFW was just upon us, were there any trends that you loved that you want to incorporate into your blog? I will admit that I don’t always follow all the new trends from Fashion Week very religiously. However, I did notice that velvet was making a comeback, and that’s a material that the three of us could easily incorporate into our closets!

  1. Where do you get your inspiration for styling the 3 ladies ( yourself included)? My inspiration varies! My mom & Nancy now will give me suggestions about items they’ve seen or already have in their closets which is very helpful. Of course I read many other blogs and get tons of inspiration from others (including you, Jess!!). I also love people watching, and will sometimes come up with ideas based upon the women I see out and about! The funny thing is I was worried about having enough material to keep this blog going when I first started. And now, there are times I feel I can’t do all the themes I’ve imagined!

  2. You mention your fair skin on your blog. ( I’ve been blessed as well). Do you have any tips for women with fair skin, any suggestions on colors that may not be as appealing? I confess that I’m not always cognizant about which colors look best on me. I think I’m getting better, but I always hate to limit myself to only certain colors! I certainly steer away from black, but if I am wearing it, I’ll try to add a scarf or another piece close to my face that works better with my complexion!

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  1. Have there been any trends you have tried that the ladies weren’t fond of? Why? Ahhh…this is a good one Jess! The list for this question could go on and on—ha ha! But I’ll keep it short. My mom snubbed her nose at the open shoulder shirts when I first brought her shirt over to her. But after she wore it around for a day, she admitted that she really liked it (score one for me). In Nancy’s case, just recently she was not pleased at all about wearing her graphic t-shirt with her glitter skirt. She made it well known that she was only doing it for me!! But both of them, are good sports and love me dearly! (Of course they have no other kids, so I’m the one to decide which home to put them in when they get older—ha ha!!)

10. You have certainly shown with your blog, that fashion transcends age. What are your thoughts on age-appropriateness with fashion? Should we be able to wear anything? ( no spandex please!) Truthfully, it’s only since blogging and reading other blogs, that I’ve gotten less judgmental about other women’s style and what is appropriate. I love the idea that we should have fun with our clothing and style, and really show more of our personality through what we wear. So the answer to your question: Forget your age—but keep it looking fabulous!!

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11. Tell the readers what you might do to transform a spring dress to Fall? My initial reaction is to add layers to make a spring dress work for autumn. In the past, I’d only think to add a cardigan over top of the dress, but I’m trying to be more adventuresome now! I recently added a thin sweater under a dress for a future blog post. And I’ve even been wearing my ankle boots with dresses!! That’s certainly progress for me!

12. Shoes or purses? Over the Knee boots or booties? I’m a shoe girl through & through. It’s only lately that I even think about what my purse looks like with the outfit!! As for the boots—I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much I like the OTK boots! I think they are unexpected for women my age; besides they keep me warmer in the winter!!

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  1. What are some key elements that make up your style Jodie? I always like to say that my personality isn’t one dimensional, and thus my clothing style shouldn’t be either! However, the truth is, I’m a shoeaholic, so a fun pair of shoes could be that key element!!

14. Thank you for being my Spotlight On Over 40 Fashion blogger. Is there anything else you would like to share with the readers? Did you know after  8 min of speed dating that your husband was “the one”? Love to hear that story! It’s true my husband and I met at an 8 Minute Dating Event. Since I attended with two other girlfriends, the joke is he’s also dated my friends!! I wouldn’t say that we had a special connection at our 8 minutes but I did consider him a nice guy! I happened to be dating a couple other guys at that time, so I’m lucky he thought me special enough to make an effort. He’s definitely made me a better person in our 12 years together!

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I hope you enjoyed my interview with Jodie! Follow her on her blog here, as well as Instagram and Bloglovin.

If you are interested in this SPOTLIGHT ON-Over40 series, you can subscribe to my blog, follow me on Bloglovin, catch more Over 40 fashions by following me on INSTAGRAM

Have a great weekend!
Jess xo

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30 Comments

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    Dawn Bell Solich
    September 25, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Great interview. You asked such interesting fashion questions. Jodie and I have met a couple times in Denver. You captured her spirit!

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    October 31, 2016 at 4:34 pm

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    Anna Parkes
    October 4, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    It’s great to find out more about our favourite blogging stars here, so thanks for that Jess. Lots of interesting facts to learn and great styling advice too. Thanks x
    Anna
    http://www.annasislandstyle.com

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      Jess Jannenga
      October 5, 2016 at 11:36 am

      Absolutely! I enjoy interviewing and finding out more about our lovely blogging friends! xx

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    Rena
    October 4, 2016 at 12:39 am

    Jess, you’ve done a fabulous job showcasing Jodie and her blog as well as giving some of her fans more information about her blog. Jodie’s blog is so unique with the on-going collaboration with her mother and step-mother that I’m more often than not just as interested in the back story of her post as I am about the fashion topic she is sharing.

    Rena
    http://www.finewhateverblog.com

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    Jacqui
    October 3, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Great post, some fab styles here, nice to link with you. Jacqui
    http://www.mummabstylish.com

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      Jess Jannenga
      October 3, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      Thank you Jacqui, glad you enjoyed the interview! xx

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    Elle
    October 2, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Such an original concept for a blog! I am really impressed, and I agree with her premise. I am glad she is more comfortable taking fashion risks now. Great interview Jess!
    xx, Elle
    http://www.theellediaries.com/

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      Jess Jannenga
      October 4, 2016 at 9:30 am

      I agree! I enjoy seeing the generational looks and how they incoorporate a theme. Jodie is super, glad you enjoyed the interview! it is fun to get to know people more.xx

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    Samantha
    October 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    It is great to see Jodie here Jess!
    She and I go back a long way…. right from the very beginning of my blogging adventure.
    She has not moved from my sidebar.
    A great interview.
    XXX
    Samantha
    http://www.fakefabulous.com

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      Jess Jannenga
      October 2, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      Thanks Sam, yes, Jodie us a lovely person. So glad you enjoyed the interview! Have a great Sunday☺
      Xx

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    cassidl
    October 2, 2016 at 11:39 am

    another great spotlight Jess, thanks for sharing with us

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      Jess Jannenga
      October 2, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      Hi Linda, so glad you enjoyed the interview! Have a great Sunday. Xx

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    Gemma
    October 2, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Such a great post! I love reading Jodie’s blog so really enjoyed this. Also loved your feature over on her blog the other day. Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

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      Jess Jannenga
      October 2, 2016 at 12:06 pm

      Thank you Gemma, yes! Jodie and I have gotten to know one another more and she is a great lady, glad you enjoy! Xx

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    Jess
    October 1, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Thank you Andrea! I am glad you enjoyed it! I really love to find out more about our fellow blogging friends. I know! Speed dating, right? 🙂 xx You enjoy your weekend as well! ~

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    [email protected]
    October 1, 2016 at 10:19 am

    That was a great interview, and I learned quite a few things about Jodie that I didn’t know even though I read her blog regularly!

    Have a great weekend, Jess!

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    Anna Marcus
    October 1, 2016 at 2:49 am

    Great job, Jess, showcasing Jodie’s style and talent. I like the way she incorporate three generations into her sense of fashion

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      Jess
      October 1, 2016 at 10:29 am

      Thank you Anna! Yes, me too! It is always interesting to see what she comes up with for the three ladies! xx

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    Amy Christensen
    September 30, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    This was a great interview, Jess. I love Jodie’s blog and her three generations of style. Jodie is so down to earth and is always so good about following other bloggers and commenting on posts. I would really consider her a friend as I’m sure you do to. Thanks for sharing this and for featuring Jodie and her beautiful models on your blog. Great post. – Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

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      Jess Jannenga
      October 2, 2016 at 9:46 am

      Thank you Amy! So glad you enjoyed the interview and my desire to showcase Jodie! I think of all of the work that goes behind just styling myself, let alone 2 additional people! Yes, she is a great lady! I appreciate your comments, enjoy your Sunday! xx

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    Tamara
    September 30, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    These ladies always brighten up my days with their post. They always smiling and they have such a nice vibe !

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

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      Jess Jannenga
      October 2, 2016 at 9:47 am

      I agree Tamara, always happy smiles ! I enjoy seeing the looks over the generations. Glad you enjoyed! xx

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    robjodiefilogomo
    September 30, 2016 at 9:29 am

    This was a lot of fun for me Jess—-I get caught up in doing the blog that I don’t think about how I started it and why very often anymore!!
    Happy Weekend and talk soon!
    jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      September 30, 2016 at 9:52 am

      Glad you enjoyed the interview! Me too, I always enjoy finding out more about my blogger friends. you too have a great weekend! xx

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    Suzanne Carillo
    September 30, 2016 at 8:22 am

    This was a fun read! Thanks for featuring Jodie : )

    bisous
    Suzanne

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      Jess Jannenga
      September 30, 2016 at 9:26 am

      Glad you enjoyed it Suzanne! Yes, I especially loved to hear about the 8 minute dating experience! Have a great weekend1 xx

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    Nancy
    September 30, 2016 at 6:48 am

    This was very nice to read. Jodie is such a lovely lady! I like reading her blog and she very often surprise me with her outfits and her fabulous accesories.

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      Jess Jannenga
      September 30, 2016 at 9:27 am

      I am glad you enjoyed the interview Nancy! Jodie is a sweetheart. I enjoy seeing the three styled looks. Have a great weekend! xx

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