I have always had an awareness about style and I believe my appearance is a way for me to express myself, it’s an extension of my personality. Not sure if it’s something I was born with (looking at my son, I’m inclined to think it’s a genetic trait), or something I learned. Either way, the person I have to thank for it is my mom – she laid the foundation in my childhood that continues to be the strong base for my personal style. Here’s my interview with her on this subject
Q: What do you think about when you see these pictures?
A: I feel happy to be with you in these pictures. You give me confidence and make me feel good about myself. I feel proud to have raised you to be the woman that you are now.
Q: Do you have a personal style and has it changed since when you were in your 30’s?
A: I have always had a classic style that transcends the latest trends but I am also not tone deaf to what is fashionable at the moment. I try to incorporate current elements into my classic wardrobe. In that aspect my style hasn’t changed over the years.
Q: Did you have any fashion/style rules when you were younger that you no longer follow? Have you taken fashion risks?
A: I have taken more fashion risks in the past few years than when I was younger. The older I get, the more confident I get in the fashion choices I make. And you contribute to my confidence.
Q: In what way?
A: I go to you for advice when I’m unsure about those choices and if you approve, I trust your judgement. I emulate your style!
Q: That’s so interesting. I think I emulate your style and that I have learned from you – by listening and observing. Was there anything about fashion and style that you knew you wanted to teach me when I was a little girl?
A: I didn’t consciously try to teach you anything. I was always comfortable with my style and wanted you to naturally follow in my footsteps and make the same choices as me. Most parents do, I believe!
Q: Do you think I turned out the way you hoped for me (I think I know the answer!)
A: Absolutely, even beyond my expectations!
Q: I want to turn to another subject that’s been on my mind lately, aging! Do you remember what your thoughts were on aging when you were 36?
A: I don’t remember worrying about aging in my 30’s. I don’t think of aging in terms of wrinkles which is what worries most women. I am concerned with what’s going on inside my body. I am happy that my body performs better than expected for someone my age. I am not worried about the wrinkles on my knees that you wrote about (here), instead I am happy that my knees don’t hurt.
Q: So should I not worry about the new wrinkles I keep seeing on my face?
Q: What should I worry about at 36?
A: Don’t worry about anything! Enjoy your life!
Q: Have you ever suffered from body confidence issues? How do you overcome them? I think we all have them.
A: I have accepted my imperfections. It comes with age – one good part of it. I don’t compare myself to younger women. It’s not my goal to look younger than my age. My goal is to be in the best shape I could possibly be. And when I see that I look and feel better and am more physically capable than people decades younger than me – that gives me confidence and makes small body imperfections immaterial.
Q: What’s your opinion on using Botox and other similar interventions?
A: Go for it, if it will make you feel better! I think the effect is more psychological than noticeably transformative.
Q: Would you use it?
Q: So you don’t think it’s a sign of insecurity to use Botox and the likes?
A: No, at this point it’s kind of like using make up. Just don’t go overboard.
Q: What do you think about the trend of going natural (without any makeup)?
A: I like make up as a tool that a person can use to mask some imperfections and highlight good features. As I said before, don’t overdo it. If makeup is tastefully applied, it shouldn’t be the first thing you notice on a person. You should be seeing the person’s face, not the make up on it!
Q: How about plastic surgery?
A: I generally don’t approve. I think it’s rarely done successfully and it’s usually not an improvement. I stay true to the notion that to look and feel good, and youthful, I need to take good care of myself.
Q: How do you take care of yourself?
A: I work out regularly, eat healthy (I avoid the bad stuff – processed foods, added sugar, etc.), get enough sleep, and stay out of the sun.
Q: Is there a question you’d like me to ask you that I haven’t yet?
A: You haven’t asked me if I want desert.
Q: Last question, have you always been a blonde?
A: No. I was a brunette my whole life until you suggested that I try blonde when I started to turn gray.
Q: I gave you good advice!
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