Meryl Streep as Karen Blixen
Not long ago I watched the 1985 film, Out of Africa, and found myself crying in the exact same place I cried the last time I watched it. I didn’t cry after Karen Blixen’s lover, Denys Finch Hatton, was killed, or when she says goodbye to her longtime Somali headman, Farah, before she boards the train for Denmark and leaves her beloved farm and Africa forever. I cried when the all-male members of the exclusive Muthaiga Club ask to “stand with Karen for a drink.“ It was the only way the aristocratic, British Colonial men of 1931 knew of expressing their admiration for her strength and resolve of character. The very qualities she’d been forced to develop when the same men had turned a deaf ear to her requests for help.
I cry each time I watch this part of Out of Africa because it reminds me of how few men have helped me along the way or acknowledged my strengths, and I believe the majority of women can say the same thing.
Photograph from Osservatoria Digitale PMI
Most of you who responded to my recent fashion survey said you wanted elevated, casual clothes. Outfits that are a cut above your every day wear and will take you from work, or workout, to date night with your honey. This fall I want to help you build an easy, comfortable wardrobe you can continue to add to and wear for years. Over the next few months my easy suggestions and styling tips will make you look “put together” as opposed to thrown together in the dark.
Dressing better is an important step toward feeling better about ourselves.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY JENNIFER DENTON, ©1010ParkPlace, 2018
It’s still crazy hot everywhere, but that hasn’t stopped us from thinking about the fall weather that’s just around the corner. While summer clothes can be fun, many of us prefer the rich colors and textures of fall clothes. Speaking of fall clothes…
I’m excited to share an affordable brand that’s designed with our age group in mind.