Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Giveaway for You! #becauseimalady Promotion at Talbots...

Another promoted post. Talbots gave me some stuff, and some things for you too!



Talbots was always the "go to" store for ladylike clothes... I remember when Belovedest and I moved back from Ireland, and I was wearing the smallest clothing size I've worn since high school, and I really NEEDED a "kick butt and take names" suit - I went to Talbots. When I worked in an office, the family gift cards were ALWAYS for Talbots...

I have to admit, though, that I've always had reservations about the term "lady." I always felt that it meant older, and more retiring, and genteel in a way that might mean being a doormat. The idea of manners and good breeding and appropriate conduct appealed, though... I was conflicted.

Which is why I'm happy to embrace Talbots' current efforts to reclaim the term "lady," on our terms. Or, as they put it: "being a "lady" is defining it for yourself and being unapologetically you - real, confident, fun, and imperfectly enchanting."

So how does this involve us all? First, Talbots gave me some more clothes! Let's look at what tempted...

Obviously - I'm always interested in something black and white, or black and grey. Snuggly, sweatery, and long-sleeved are ALL in the rotation now that the temperature dropped a solid 30 degrees in the last few days!


cardigan – Talbots; half-zip sweater – Talbots; dotted tee – Talbots

I've been mad about cables since I was a little girl - and some of these colors are pretty appealing! The tweedy cabled sweater sort of has my name written on it, too. And I was pleased to note that the cardigan that I bought before I went to Paris is still catching my eye as I scroll through the Internet...


sweaters – Talbots; black tweed sweater – Talbots; cardigan – Talbots

I briefly flirted with the idea of a marled, tweedy dress... And BOTH of these floral sweaters keep attracting my attention; I'm going to have to be alert to this sudden (and somewhat out of character) interest in florals!


dress – Talbots; grey flowered sweater – Talbots; black flowered sweater – Talbots

But #becauseimalady, I know enough to take the advice of my friends! When I reviewed what I packed for Paris, quite a few of you noted that I seem to have a pretty serious affection for the black and white marled garments that I own. So when I saw these 2 pieces, and I remember what you all had said, I knew that I had winners!


sleeveless shell – Talbots; cardigan - Talbots

I can already see these coming together in an easy 6-Pack wardrobe for a long weekend... I just need to find my destination!


cardigan - Talbots; black tee - L.L.Bean; cream tee - Lands' End; sleeveless shell – Talbots; velvet cropped pants - Uniqlo; black ponte skirt - J.Jill

Also #becauseimalady, I keep my word about keeping my "active" wardrobe streamlined! So this is what I'm currently wearing. My sleeveless dress has ceded its position for a striped dress from L.L.Bean that I particularly love...

striped tee - Muji; cream tee - Lands' End; black tee - L.L.Bean; dotted shirt – Lands’ End (similar here); gingham shirt – Lands’ End (similar here); birdseye sweater - & Other Stores, black crewneck cashmere sweater - L.L.Bean; black cashmere cardigan - Lands' End; chambray shirt - J. Crew; black ponte skirt - J.Jill; jeans - Dearborn Denim; pants – Eddie Bauer; striped dress - L.L.Bean

The "stardigan" is back! And my short-sleeved tee shirt and jumper dress have made way for my new sweaters...

velvet sweatshirt - & Other Stories; cardigan - Talbots; tweed sweater – J. Jill (similar here); lace top - Talbots; velvet tunic - Eileen Fisher; star cardigan - Maison Rika (somewhat similar here); ruffled shirt - Lands' End; cardigan - Talbots; sleeveless shell – Talbots; velvet cropped pants - Uniqlo; plaid skirt - J.Jill (similar here); dress - Eileen Fisher; tweed dress - COS (similar here)

This is the full current wardrobe - more than enough for anything that life throws at me!



But here's where the really good fun starts!

Leave me a comment - use the "hashtag" #becauseimalady - and tell me what being a lady means to you... (Talbots wants us to use the hashtag, so I'm complying - anybody who gives us gift cards gets to make at least ONE request, eh?)

And next Monday, at 4 pm Chicago time, I'm going to randomly choose THREE commenters to receive a $100 Talbots gift card! Yes, I have 3 of these... Your odds of winning are very good!

So let me start:

#becauseimalady, I know the difference between pants and leggings!

love,
Janice

p.s. If you're in the mood for holiday socks, Talbots has TONS. I need socks like I need a bad headache, but I'm SO tempted...

A Giveaway for You! #becauseimalady Promotion at Talbots...
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218 comments:

  1. #becauseimalady I say bless your heart instead of fleepyflappyflufferfrappe

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  3. #becauseimalady I buy quality over quantity and wear garments I love for years

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  4. #becauseimalady I do not ridicule or condemn fashion choices of others but instead try to be the change I want to see around me. I don't think that having an attractive style is going to help much if you are a mean and judgemental person...

    Sara K.

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  5. #becauseimalady - being kind is always fashionable

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  6. #becauseimalady I know the difference between “it fits” and “I can fit into it” ( with s struggle, crisco and fishing line)

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  7. #becauseimalady I say 'Please' and 'Thank-you.' Thanks, Janice, for letting us into your closet. Thanks, Talbots, for this opportunity and also for years of keeping me appropriately and happily clothed.

    I have great affection for Talbots - when I used to work in an office, I wore Talbots blazers nearly every single day. I had them in every available color - in wool for winter and linen for summer. And I had a great many Talbots dresses and skirts that I wore with them. I thought of them as my version of my male colleague's suits - my uniform. But never was a uniform so varied and colorful.

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  8. #becauseimalady I know appearing confident on the outside helps the inside to follow suit.

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  9. #becauseimalady I finally realized that would looks good on me is so personal and distinctive. Trends, and what others wear can influence me, but only I know what really works for me!

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  10. Ooh, some good comments already. I'm with you, I have mixed feelings about the word lady. It often has a condescending subtext, especially when used by a man speaking to a group of women he refers to as ladies, but the idea of "reclaiming" the word is intriguing.

    #becauseimalady I care about the world around me and make try to make ethical choices when purchasing clothing.

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  11. #becauseImalady I listen to my mom, but buy what's right for me

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  12. #becauseimalady Talbots has been a favorite of mine for at least a decade. Great style, consistent fits, reliable quality. I love that I have pieces that are 5+ years old that still look great and work with current pieces! They mix traditional with stylish in a perfect blend. As do you, Janice!

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  13. #because I'm a lady, I try to dress appropriately. Sustainability is coming to the forefront of my clothes consciousness. Janice has given us the tools to be intelligent consumers.
    Karen

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  14. #becauseimalady I buy less but better :) and I wear it til it falls apart.

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  15. #becauseI'malady, I buy only the clothes that make me feel happy and fit well, and appreciate my body for what it can do. Focus on the positive and keep moving forward. Thanks, Janice and Talbots for this chance. Sue

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  16. #becauseImalady I don't go past the mailbox without lipstick. (I also shop almost exclusively at Talbots!)

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  17. #becauseimalady I always try to dress my best (neat, clean, appropriately) for others, but mostly for myself!

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  18. #becauseimalady, I only wear what makes me happy.

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  19. #becauseimalady I dress to please myself and am not a slave to the latest fashion trends. I've loved Talbots since I was straight out of college!

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  20. #becauseImalady I look first at the color and fit of the clothes I am considering, and stay away from the garbage clothes that some stores offer. I do look at price, but I splurge when I find something great. I'm worth it! Megan

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  21. #becauseimalady I try to wear clothes in natural fabrics that won't sprout holes in three years and generally buy secondhand - don't want to contribute quite as much to the landfill.

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  22. #becauseiamalady I know beach attire is not office attire!

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  23. #becauseimalady, I take care of myself, and part of that means dressing my body well no matter what size I am. Having lost 120 pounds, shopping is more challenging due to some sagging parts, but I keep looking until I find something I love. Terry

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  24. #becauseimalady, I try to find age-appropriate, but not dowdy or too-youthful clothing. I've been retired almost 10 years, but still wear some of my beloved Talbots items that I wore to the office in every season. I still shop Talbots for my "retirement" wardrobe.

    Thank you for this wonderful chance to participate!

    NancyO.

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  25. #becauseimalady, I walk with strength and dignity, and I am able to smile at the future.

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  26. #becauseimalady Two wardrobe staples I wear every day - a confident smile and sassy pants!

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  27. I appreciate having nice clothing available in plus sizes - #becauseimalady

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  28. #BecauseIamaLady I can be colorful and classy at the same time.

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  29. #becauseimalady I know that hose and proper foundation garments will make elevate an outfit to the next level.

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  30. #becauseIamalady, I don't have to dress like a girl. I can dress for me, the occasion, and choose good fabrics, great colors, and wear my clothes for years, not a season.

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  31. #becauseimalady I smile at myself in the mirror, especially when I am wearing red lipstick

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  32. #becauseiamalady, I choose clothes that fit my actual body, not the body I used to have, and don't feel badly about it.

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  33. #becauseimalady, I wear colorful clothes that make me happy and I do my best to be gracious when the world around me is not.

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  34. #becauseimalady, I wear pearls with a tee shirt and jeans.

    BTW, reading through these is the best! We are all fantastic ladies!!

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    1. I second your words! What a great, inspiring group :)

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  35. #becauseimalady, I know when a shirt fits and when it is too tight.

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  36. #becauseimalady, I know that athleisure attire is not appropriate everywhere :)

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  37. #becauseimalady i dress in marl or tweed almost all the time in fall and winter, my close second is plaids-- and i love cardigans, long ones, 34 to 38'' long

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  38. #becauseimalady I take care of myself and help those around me. Lesley

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  39. Janice,
    #becauseimalady I won’t wear distressed jeans !

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  40. #becauseimalady means that I dress that a lovely woman, not a trashy girl. It means dressing age appropriate,y, but never matronly. A well put together sense of style is just good manners.

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  41. #becauseimalady I'm not afraid to call out sexist work dress codes and advocate for change when necessary.

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    1. Amen to that! It’s a very ladylike quality to stand up for justice.
      Bravo, Katherine!

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  42. I love that cleaning house snippet! #becauseimalady my outfits always have at least 3 pieces.

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  43. #becauseimalady I choose pieces that are flattering, functional & fun to wear.

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  44. #becauseimalady I know that 'private parts' ARE private: they do not need to be shared with the world in order to be attractive.

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  45. #becauseimalady I know that true beauty comes from the inside, so I try not to judge anyone by their size or shape.

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  46. #becauseimalady, I dress for who I am now, with an eye toward who I'm working to become.

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  47. #becauseimalady, I try to make others comfortable, without making myself uncomfortable.

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  48. #becauseimalady, I wear clothes that boost my mood and make me feel like I can conquer the day ahead of me.

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  49. #becauseimalady I'm streamlining my wardrobe to include only things I love.

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  50. #becauseimalady I know that quality trumps quantity, especially in clothes. Thanks, Janice, for all you do compiling and writing The Vivienne Files!

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  51. #BecauseImaLady, i wish that skirts were a little longer! Fortunately there are many great slacks for those of us who don't like to show off our knees. Am trying to incorporate some tights, so that i feel comfortable in the shorter skirts. ps: Love your new Talbot cardigan It's just perfect!

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  52. #becauseImalady I dress the woman that I am now and not the one that others expect me to be.

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  53. #becauseimalady I know what I want, I know what I need, and I know how to tell the difference.
    #becauseimalady I care for others.
    #becauseimalady I embrace adventure.

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  54. -- as an aside, I was going to order that half-zip sweater today anyway for outdoor winter adventures! -- : )

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  55. #becauseImalady I can wear what I want when I want to and totally be myself doing it.

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  56. #becauseimalady I get to wear what I want, when I want and where I want; I've earned it #becauseimalady. All y'all rock on this site!

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  57. #becauseimalady I always wear stockings with leather dress shoes and never barefoot.

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  58. #becauseImalady I know that certain garments have a time and a place and choose accordingly (and sometimes that time is "never" and that place is "not on me!")

    (also, if I have posted twice I sincerely apologize and ask that it be disregarded, I waited and my first post never seemed to appear so I have tried again.)

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  59. #becauseimalady I know that cleavage has no place in the office! I shudder to see some of these young women with their blouses cut way down low and "the girls" hanging out for all to see.

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  60. #becauseImalady I remember to speak only when it is kind, true and will help

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  61. #becauseimalady I treat others with respect and kindness and try to treat myself the same way.

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  62. #becauseimalady I smile when I pass people. I compliment someone's choice in clothing/accessories if I see something I like—which is often! I remind myself not to judge. And I try to limit my wardrobe to six colors :P

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  63. #becauseimalady I wear red lipstick.

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  64. #becauseimalady I am always kind and classy. And never use the word b**bs. ;-)

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  65. #becauseimalady My wardrobe has to work as hard as I do.

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  66. I love everything about this wardrobe. The new Talbot's catalog is beautiful and I love the red lace skirt and bow pumps!

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  67. #becauseiamalady, I read The Viviennefiles everyday!

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  68. I show rather than tell others my strategy for fashion and life in general. It's all in the details but you must look and listen closely. I won't shout them #becauseimalady Deb in KY

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  69. #because I'm a lady, I've been raising my sons to be feminists.

    Hey, how do you like those uniqlo velvet pants? They're on sale for $14.90 today, and I have them and the matching top in my cart...

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    1. I'm adoring them! And I don't adore clothes lightly - but I actually search for occasions to wear them. If you get them at that price, you'll feel like a gorgeous genius!
      hugs,
      Janice

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    2. Alright, you sold me! I'll be in head-to-toe indigo velvet this holiday season! Hmmm - I'm thinking I need a hot pink silk sash around my waist to tie it all together...

      Oh, and #becauseImalady again, because my fingers typed *words* above! ;)

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  70. #becauseiamalady I know that when you judge another, you don't define them, you define yourself.

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  71. #becauseiamalady, I treat service people with respect.

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  72. #because I'm a lady, I seek style advice, not permission

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  74. #becauseimalady I keep my underwear *under* my other clothes.

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  75. I agree with what Talbots is suggesting,and I'll add that a lady is kind. #becasueimalady

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  76. #becauseImalady I polish my shoes and my jewelry :-) But sometimes I have garden dirt under my nails, despite cleaning.....

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  77. #becauseimalady I love the clothes and shoes at Talbots.

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  78. #becauseimalady I "dress up" most days just to show that I am a lady.

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  79. #becauseimalady I value quality over quantity.

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  80. #becauseimalady I wear my favorite purple shoes to work once a week
    ~Amy

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  81. #becauseimalady I love to watch trends and others' styles, but remain true to what makes me feel the most confident and comfortable. Talbots usually knows exactly what that takes!

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  82. #becauseImalady I hold my head high

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  83. #becauseimalady I know that a smile is always our best accessory :)

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  84. #becauseimalady I try to dress classically and comfortably, and Talbots helps me to do both! Kindness, however, makes us more attractive than what we wear!

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  85. #becauseimalady I say please and thank you and treat others with kindness and teach my children to do the same. And I wear pink whenever I can! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  86. #becauseimalady, I ALWAYS check the full length mirror before I leave the house to make sure nothing is showing that should not be showing.

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  87. #becauseimalady I practice good manners and have a pair of good black pants.

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  88. #becauseimalady I know that my clothes reflect my personality.

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  89. #becauseimalady I try to treat everyone with honor and dignity

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  90. #becauseimalady To my mind a lady means a person who knows how to speak to and treat people in any walk of life in a courteous manner, knows how to dress appropriately for any given situation, and one who is always gracious to others (even if they don't want to be).

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  91. #becauseimalady kindness is never out of style
    Love what you´re doing with the travel packs but I can not wear black or grey or white
    Please include some warmer neutrals including pants.
    Saludos!
    Wendy

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  92. #becauseimalady, I like to follow the golden rule. Not because I'm better, but because I appreciate and respect those around me. Beauty comes from the inside...

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  93. #becauseimalady I think before I speak.

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  94. #becauseimalady...I always try my best to be elegant, courteous, and have a sense of respect toward oneself and others.

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  95. #becauseimalady, I always have lipstick on.

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  96. #becauseimalady, I can use my chainsaw, splitter and wrapper for my firewood business and show up at my vendor with a sense of style and panache and no one believes I've been the one processing the wood!

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  97. #becauseiamalady.... I love well-made quality clothes. It makes me feel confident.

    (Hah, this was fun.)

    Your capsules are very wise and I too adore a black and white combination. That has my first love. But... I’d love to inject some bright colours in your capsule. That is just me of course... always so loud haha.
    Greetje

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  98. #becauseimalady words matter and I don't say anything if I don't have anything nice to say!

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  99. #becauseimalady I respect others and myself, including by the way I dress -- classic, classy, ready for anything but never overdoing it.

    I love Talbots, some of my all-time favorite clothes come from that store.

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  100. I have your Talbot's travel wardrobe saved in my Pinterest board for my London trip next month. And #becauseimalady, I know that buying better quality clothes is more important than buying MORE clothes!

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  101. #becauseimalady I know that my appearance matters and must be appropriate for the occasion and true to my style preferences...simple lines, timeless, and luxuriously comfortable :)

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  102. #becauseimalady I do know the difference between boss and bossy -- and make sure to live it so my colleagues learn too (Talbots is where I go to for my suits for when I also need to dress like a boss).

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  103. Good manners were bred into me as a girl, both at home and at school, and they have stayed with me over the years, as has Talbots! #becauseiamalady

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  104. #becauseimalady I love to dress up, accessorize, and show my feminine side just as much as I love to be comfy and casual

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  105. #becauseimalday Being appropriately dressed is essential in my office. I feel better about myself and have more confidence if I have taken time with my appearance. I can always depend on Talbots to fine just want I need. Shopping is difficult because I petite and older (proud of it).

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  106. #becauseimalady I dress nicely even on casual days.

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  107. #becauseimalady I make sure to share my positive thoughts with others and use tact when someone asks for less positive feedback.

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  108. #becauseimalady I never leave home with holey underwear.

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  109. #becauseIamalady, I like my reading glasses to match my clothes.

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  110. #becauseimalady I get dressed (including jewelry!) every morning, even if my job for the day is staying home with my three young children.

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  111. #becauseimalady, I’m glad that good taste isn’t dictated by others who initiate ‘must have’ fashion trends! Sharon, U.K.

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  112. #becauseimalady I wear clothes that fit (properly) !!

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  113. #becauseimalady I always fall back to Talbot's dresses. I can get a piece here and a piece there and don't have to worry, next year I can still wear it. Classic clothes.

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  114. #becauseimalady I am grateful and I try to show it.

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  115. #becauseimalady I wear earrings every day

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  116. #becauseimalady I treat my body with respect and appreciate the people I encounter each day. I enjoy each day that I live. Mary Lou

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  117. Charlene BurroughsOctober 26, 2017 at 3:01 PM

    #becauseimalady I know classy never goes out of style.

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  118. #becauseimalady, I'm always careful of others' feelings.

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  119. #becauseimalady, I live my life with gratitude and accept my very wonky smile and partial facial paralysis caused by a (non-malignant) brain tumor. I still smile everyday! And I still wear a bit of lipstick!

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  120. #becauseimalady I’m striving to be the best person I can be. Lori M

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  121. #becauseimalady I want to wear clothing that shows I am the lady my mom always admonished me to be. Carol S.

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  122. #becauseimalady, I struggled not punctuating the "I'm"! :-) Wear lots of Talbots, love their pants usually come in longs.

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  123. #becauseiamalady I love shopping at Talbots!

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  124. #becauseimalady I am always ready to accept a challenge, work hard to achieve results, and let the best shine through!

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  125. #becauseimalady I love your wardrobe and have used it as a springboard for my own.

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  126. #becauseimalady I assume good intentions and treat others how I would like to be treated and also have Talbots as a go-to for their awesome petite choices.

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  127. #becauseimalady...when they go low, I go high.
    Charlene H.

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  128. #becauseimalady, I seek to listen more than I talk and enjoy dressing nicely each day in spite of small town living!

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  129. #becauseimalady who loves a store that always has petites!

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  130. #becauseimalady, MY LEGS STAY TOGETHER: THEY ARE BFF'S

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  131. #becauseimalady, I believe in being kind.

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  132. #becauseimalady I try to be kind and caring, but speak my mind

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  133. #becauseimalady I strive to treat ALL women as ladies

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  134. #becauseimalady I remember what slips are and wear them. I also know that the view from behind when bending over isn't always as demure as the view from the front standing straight. I know to check both before leaving the house.

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  135. #becauseimalady I like my clothes to fit well and Talbot's Pointe knit jackets are a great fit. I LOVE their selection of women's petites!

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  136. #becauseimalady I want to unclutter my life with too many choices so I can be a blessing to others. Love your fashion advice Janice!

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    1. This is great!! More freedom comes with fewer choices! And thank you, Janice, for helping me focus my wardrobe (especially for travel since I travel a lot!) so I can concentrate on what matters—the people around me.

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  137. #becauseimalady I drive fast and wear Talbot's cashmere because it's the best

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  138. #becauseimalady [of a certain age!], I now know to buy my shoes before I buy my outfit at Talbots, my favorite store.

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  139. Great post! #becauseimalady I know there are still some occasions that call for an outfit that does not include jeans.

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  140. Love the post, and Talbots!) #becauseimalady I know it's never a bad thing to be the smartest person in the room!

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  141. #becauseimalady I want to treat others with dignity and respect.

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  142. #becauseimalady, I endeavor to meet ignorance with understanding.

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  143. #becauseimaladyI will buy the best quality I can afford. #faveTalbotsBlazers!

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  144. #becauseimalady, I know I'm like a fine wine, I get better with age. I love classic, well made clothes that are age appropriate and not just todays trend.i still think wearing hose and slips or camisoles should be a requirement. The make your clothes fit and look better. Also must have my pearls. Love Talbot's for their style and customer service. Love your blog S well.

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  145. #becauseimalady, I have become a Talbot's aficionado, due to their consistent inspirations in fashion each season, and their annual Dress for Success clothing drives!

    kajuergens@gmail.com

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  146. #becauseimalady, my girls have grown up to be strong, loving, caring women. So proud of them. They respect others treat people equally.

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  147. #becauseimalady I can be feminine AND accomplished.

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  148. I wear the pants. #becauseiamalady

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  149. #becauseImalady I wear a slip always with a skirt or dress so that the garment looks attractive and not distracting. - nancyo

    ps, I shouldn't be surprised that other commenters above share my love of slips, #becausetheyreladies too!

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  150. #becauseimalady, I love a classy dress.

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  151. #becauseimalady I dress the body I have today with well-fitting and coordinating clothing, use good posture, and try to feel good about myself even if I’m still wearing a clunky sports shoe following foot surgery.

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  152. #becauseimalady I love the cashmere at Talbots. The water weave wraps are my favorite

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  153. #Iamalady-dressing well is part of having good manners

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  154. #becauseimalady although I have a career in a predominantly men's field, I am myself when I'm stylish, graceful and kind.

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  155. #becauseimalady I own a castle, prefer to buy ethical clothes and fairtrade items to give others a decent chance at life and I don't judge people on their clothing choices, despite not choosing athleisure or rips for myself.

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  156. #becauseimalady I know comfort and style are not mutually exclusive.

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  157. #becauseimalady I strive to do my best in whatever I face each day and consciously look for the best in others as well.

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  158. #becauseimalady I bought a quality handbag that will stand the test of time while still showing a lot of personality.

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  159. #becauseiamalady I embrace diversity in others rather than demand conformity... and that of course includes apparel preferences! I know my casual style is not for everyone, just as the looks others choose are not necessarily for me, but my feeling is that if everyone did everything the same way we would live in a very boring and stagnant world, and stagnation is the antithesis of progress. I choose progress every time. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity, Janice!

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  160. #becauseimalady I define and embrace my own versions of strong and sexy.

    I rediscovered Talbots last year when rebuilding a wardrobe after losing weight. After feeling dismissed in another store, I walked in and was greeted by a most helpful sales associate. She spent hours helping me find the proper new sizes, providing a critical eye, and putting together basic pieces to give me the most bang for my buck.

    I recently added in the Paris cardigan. It caught my eye in the catalog, and your post convinced me of its versatility. Thank you, Janice!

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  161. #becauseiamalady I help people whenever I can without letting anyone know. I love the Ann Lamott quote that earth is forgiveness school and we are all just walking each other home. Also, I LOVE Talbots, the have petites that are the right shape for me. Been wearing them for the past 40 years to teach, still wearing them retired.

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  162. #becauseiamalady I know a little mystery is a good thing!

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  163. #becauseimalady I can. I will. And I do!

    PS - First time commenting, but I treat myself to your blog every day! Thanks so much for what you do!

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  164. #becauseimalady I can enjoy Disney and War and Peace all in the same night of at home entertainment with great running dialog.

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  165. #becauseimalady I don't judge folks by their shape or size.

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  166. Oh Janice, you took mine! (leggings as pants) Everyone posting is so clever! Here's mine -

    #becauseimalady I believe pre-distressed is preposterous!

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  167. #becauseimalady I dress comfortably, age appropriately and professionally with an eye towards quality and classic attire and dressing for who I am.

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  168. #becauseimalady I spend hours at the thrift store helping my young adult daughter put together an outfit. We sort through rack after rack for possibilities and then I give feedback as she tries things on, pointing out why some things don't play nicely together, how cheap garments and quality garments hang differently, what colors and lines work best on her, and encouraging her toward appropriateness, all while not imposing my style on her.

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  169. #becauseimalady I try to treat others with kindness :) (even myself!).

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  170. #becauseiamalady I packed light for a six day trip to London and Aarhus. All garments were either black or white with a silk scarf used to add some color punch. I looked and felt like a million bucks and was ready for all occasions, which included sightseeing, semi-formal dinners and a performance of The Magic Flute at the Royal Opera in London! Never forget to pack a LBD!

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  171. #becauseimalady I take time to look my best whether I'm going out or just working at the home office all day

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  172. #becauseimalady I greet everyone I meet with a smile!

    I love that quarter zip fair isle pullover! Good choices Janice!

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  173. #becauseimalady I know the vital corollary to "Treat others as you want to be treated," is "Treat yourself as you would have others treat you."

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  174. #becauseimalady I want to dress appropriately for special occasions both celebratory and sad. (Weddings and funerals come to mind.) For those special occasions, I often find myself wearing a classic Talbots coat purchased some 25 or 30 years ago. (It may well be the oldest item in my wardrobe.)

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  175. #becauseimalady I don't always say out loud what's on my mind. As Sun Tzu said, victorious warriors win first and then go to war.

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  176. #becauseimalady I salute you, Janice, for the great eye and the prodigious energy, soul, and vision that you bring to this blog. I love the heartfelt sentiments expressed by your many, many appreciative readers and I marvel at the way you keep on changing our lives one mindful closet at a time.

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  177. #becauseimalady my straps do not show! Thank you Janice - I'm enjoying and learning from you.

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  178. #becauseimalady I wear a smile, great shoes,a wonderful handbag and a beautiful scarf!

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  179. #becauseimalady sometimes I dress to please myself, and sometimes I dress to do homage to those around me, and sometimes I manage to do both.

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  180. #becauseimalady I treat others with respect. :)

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  181. #becauseimalady I know how to dress appropriately for various situations. I also know that leggings are not pants!

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  182. #becauseimalady I correct my children's grammar, but not my friends'.

    I've never had a problem with the word lady. Where I'm from, "lady" implies a strength, dignity, and magnanimity that I've always aspired to.

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  183. #becauseimalady I know that a compliment can make someone’s entire day...and sometimes dresses really do need a slip underneath!

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  184. #becaseimalady...I know that a scarf or necklace can complete my outfit.

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  185. #becauseimalady....I have given myself permission to wear only what is comfortable, stylish, fits my figure well, and is the best quality I can afford.

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  186. #becauseimalady I want my casual weekend wear to be as nice and stylish as my working wardrobe.

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  187. #becauseimalady I can never have too many cardigans and scarfs.

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  188. #becauseimalady I can never have too many cardigans and scarfs.

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  189. #becauseimalady Being a lady is keeping your personal business private, being gracious and dressing modestly but still pulled together.

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  190. #becauseimalady I practice good manners while standing up for myself.

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